New Viking cruises will sail between Milwaukee and Antarctica in 2023
If visiting Antarctica is on your bucket list and you have $50,000 to spend, a new two-month cruise from Viking will make it possible – with departure or arrival right in your backyard.
Viking is expanding its Great Lakes offerings next year with three new longitudinal world cruises that will travel between the Great Lakes and the world’s southernmost continent.
The first, Longitudinal World Cruise I, will sail from Buenos Aires to Milwaukee starting March 2, 2023. The 65-day cruise will take place aboard the Viking Octantis, the largest cruise ship to sail the Great Lakes. He made his inaugural visit to Milwaukee in May.
The cruise will first sail south to Ushuaia, Argentina, the world’s southernmost city, before spending five days sailing around Antarctica. From there it will head north along the west coast of South America, through the Panama Canal and the Caribbean, then up the east coast to the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes. The ship is scheduled to stop at dozens of cities in nine countries along its route, including Mexico, Ecuador, Peru and Chile.
The second 71-day Longitudinal World Cruise will sail from Duluth, Minnesota, to Ushuaia, with a stopover in Algoma, beginning September 12, 2023. This cruise will be aboard Octantis’ twin Polaris, which will debut on the Great Lakes next time. year.
The final cruise, the 70-day Longitudinal World Cruise III, is set to sail from Milwaukee to Ushuaia beginning Sept. 8, 2023, aboard the Octantis.
Cruise prices start at $44,995 for a Nordic balcony room on Longitudinal World Cruise I. The other two start at $49,995. In addition to all food, beer, and wine, the fee includes at least one excursion to each port of call, a Viking expedition jacket, and, for a limited time, a free plane ticket.
The Octantis and the Polaris can carry up to 378 passengers. The seven-deck ships feature multiple restaurants and bars, Nordic spas, indoor and outdoor pools, outdoor seating around lava stone fire pits, and plenty of windows inside to take in the views, including from a lounge two-deck at the bow of the ship.
All cabins on Viking ships – including the Octantis and Polaris – are exterior rooms with Norse balconies – essentially, a window that opens halfway with a small ledge for wildlife viewing; binoculars are provided in the suite.
Viking will continue to offer additional Great Lakes itineraries in 2023, including three that begin or end in Milwaukee: Niagara and the Great Lakes (Toronto to Milwaukee), Undiscovered Great Lakes (Thunder Bay to Milwaukee) and Great Lake Explorer (Milwaukee to Thunder Bay). Another cruise, the Great Lakes Collection, calls at Algoma on its way from Duluth to Toronto.
For more on Great Lakes cruises from Viking, check out vikingcruises.com/expeditions.
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This article originally appeared on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: New Viking Cruises to Sail Between Milwaukee and Antarctica in 2023