Viking Cruises has cancelled all remaining cruises for 2020, it said in a statement.
“On March 11, 2020, Viking was the first cruise line to temporarily suspend operations of our river and ocean cruises. Our commitment to our family of guests and employees is that their safety and wellbeing is always our top priority.
In that spirit, we have made the decision to extend our temporary suspension of operations across all scheduled departures through December 31, 2020.”
Guests whose sailings have been cancelled will receive a 125 percent Future Cruise Voucher.
This voucher has “exclusive and enhanced terms,” including the ability to transfer it to other people. If the voucher expires without being used, it can be refunded for the value equal to the original amount paid to Viking.
Additionally, any vouchers travelers may have applied to the booking have automatically been reinstated, are valid for 24 months and are available for your immediate use.
In an open letter to passengers, Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen said he couldn’t have imagined the suspension would go on this long.
“On March 11, when we became the first cruise line to temporarily suspend operations at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, I would not have imagined that in August we would still not be sailing and that I would be writing this letter to you.” Hagen stated.
“We are extending our temporary suspension of operations through December 31, 2020—at which time we believe the world will be in a better position, and international travel will be less complicated,” Hagen concluded.
According to the Viking Website, the first reopening sailing is a 15 day Panama and Central America cruise departing on January 3rd, 2021.