Viking Ocean Cruises today expanded its destination-focused cruising to North America and the Caribbean with five new itineraries launching in September 2016.

“We have always had a vision to reinvent ocean cruising – to bring destinations back to the forefront of the itinerary and to build ships that are designed to help our guests better explore their destinations,” said Torstein Hagen, founder and chairman of Viking Cruises.

“We launched our ocean cruises in Europe earlier this year, and just as the Viking explorers before us, we are now looking across the Atlantic for new discoveries; our new itineraries in North America and the Caribbean will offer our guests experiences that broaden their horizons both on and off the ship.”

Viking Star will cross the North Atlantic with a new itinerary that sails from Bergen to Montreal, with stops in the Shetland Islands, the Faroe Islands, Iceland and Greenland.

From Montreal, the award-winning ship will cruise the St Lawrence River and down the coast of New England to New York, before making its way down to San Juan, Puerto Rico, which will serve as its homeport for winter Caribbean itineraries.

The ship will return to Europe in February 2017 with a transatlantic sailing from San Juan to Barcelona, Spain.

Viking’s new North American itineraries will allow guests to sail the North Atlantic and visit original Norse settlement sites that date back more than 1,000 years.

Viking’s Caribbean itineraries will provide an alternative to the cruises typically offered in the region, with more time in port for excursions and new experiences.

The 11-day roundtrip from San Juan West Indies Explorer  a new itinerary for 2016/2017 – takes in the British, French and Dutch cultures of the Lesser Antilles before sailing to St Lucia, Barbados and St Kitts, and is on sale now.

New for 2016 itineraries on sale from next week include In the Wake of the Vikings (15 days; Bergen to Montreal), Eastern Seaboard Explorer (13 days; Montreal to New York) and Eastern Seaboard to the West Indies (15 days; New York to San Juan), with West Indies to Iberia (18 days; San Juan to Barcelona) new for 2017.

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