Southern Atlantic Crossing – Viking Oceans Cruise

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Southern Atlantic Crossing – Viking Oceans Cruise

Embark on a historic passage

Sail the Mediterranean Sea and immerse yourself in the fabled architecture of Barcelona and Andalusian charm of Granada. Along Africa’s shores, see prosperous Casablanca and the volcanic island of Cape Verde. Across the Atlantic Ocean, visit coastal Recife and revel in the exuberance of the former Brazilian capital Rio de Janeiro. Discover the eclectic cities of Montevideo and Buenos Aires, and engage in European-influenced Latin culture.
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*Expires 31st May 2024

Expired on Friday May 31st, 2024

Expired on Friday May 31st, 2024

Day 1: Barcelona, Spain

Embark your ship and settle into your stateroom. The vibrant city of Barcelona, with its lively culture and inviting outdoor spaces, preserves a rich history. Picturesque medieval lanes wind through the oldest part of the city, the Gothic Quarter, where remnants of the city’s Roman wall were uncovered. Its treasures include the neo-Gothic Barcelona Cathedral, the medieval Jewish district of El Call and the Romanesque Church of Santa Maria del Pi. In the evenings, diners relax in the Royal Plaza at restaurants along the elegant square’s perimeter.

Barcelona is steeped in history, with stunning architecture and a rich culture. Mediterranean breezes grace the shore and Catalonia’s capital is a feast for the senses. Long strolls on wide boulevards—such as Las Ramblas, the mile-long leafy pedestrian way, and the Passeig de Gràcia, lined with some of Europe’s most elegant buildings—set the tone for a city that moves to its own tempo. Native son and famed architect Antoni Gaudí adorned his city with whimsy, whether along fantastical city blocks or with his colossal masterpiece, the towering La Sagrada Família cathedral.

Shore Excursion

ICONIC BARCELONA (INCLUDED)

SEE THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS BEAUTIFUL CITY
Discover Barcelona’s most iconic landmarks on a relaxing drive and a leisurely walk around this impressive city. You will pass the Columbus Monument and Port Vell, the seaside cultural and shopping complex. Admire the Arc de Triomf, a stately remnant from the 1888 World’s Fair. Take in the breathtaking Parc de la Ciutadella, once home to the garrison that protected the city. Next, you will alight from your motor coach and walk into the historic center, stopping to view the stunning neo-Gothic Barcelona Cathedral. The facade of this 14th-century marvel is adorned with many sculptures, including a wide range of animals and mythical gargoyles on its roof. After enjoying free time and an opportunity to take a short walk through the Gothic Quarter, you will return to the ship.

Sail the ocean stage on which civilizations have risen and fallen, where empires ventured forth in their great armadas to control these strategic waters. Enjoy the amenities of your ship as you sail. Perhaps take a breath of fresh air on a brisk walk around the Promenade or begin your day with a workout in the well-equipped Fitness Center.

Granada is a splendid canvas of Moorish architecture, rich Andalusian tradition and remarkable history. It was the last stronghold of the Moorish Nasrid dynasty, whose 250-year reign ended during the 1492 reconquest of Spain by Catholic monarchs. The grand Granada Cathedral is a soaring celebration of that victory; its Royal Chapel holds the tombs of Queen Isabel and King Ferdinand, the celebrated pair who oversaw the triumph. Their magnificent fortress-palace, the Alhambra, was long the stronghold of Moors, and so offers a magnificent blend of Islamic and Christian detail.

Shore Excursion

MÁLAGA OVERVIEW & WALKING TOUR (INCLUDED)

HILLSIDE CASTLES AND A BELOVED OLD QUARTER
Explore the seaside Andalusian city of Málaga, one of the oldest cities in the world, by motor coach and on foot. Your informative guide will explain the city’s rich history as you pass grand 19th-century buildings such as City Hall, the Old Justice Court and the Central Post Office. Witness the remnants of the 14th-century Gibralfaro Castle, a reminder of the legacy of the Moors. You will briefly stop here to take in superb views of the city below. Back in Málaga’s city center, you can take some photos of the birthplace of one of Málaga’s most famous native sons, Pablo Picasso. Continue on your walk past the ruins of a former Roman Theater and to the foot of the beautiful Alcazaba Palace, the best-preserved citadel in Spain. It was built during the 11th century and once served as a residence for Arabian caliphs. Afterward, you will return to your awaiting ship.

Casablanca lures visitors with its heady mix of neo-Moorish splendor and French influence. Known as “Casa” to locals, its streets exude an atmosphere of bygone days. Made famous by the 1942 eponymous film, today it is one of Africa’s most important ports. Parisian-style boulevards unfold past cafés and colonial buildings. The city’s medina is a maze of warrens pulsing with old-world energy, the hollers of carpet merchants and the fragrance of incense. The most impressive structure is the Hassan II Mosque, the country’s largest and most magnificent.

Shore Excursion

CASABLANCA: CITY OF WHITE (INCLUDED)

A MASSIVE MOSQUE AMID A FRENCH-FLAVORED GEM
Experience the fascinating allure of this thriving North African city and see the largest mosque outside of Mecca. You will drive with your guide to view the exterior of the massive Hassan II Mosque, set atop a scenic perch over the Atlantic. Marvel at the enormous scale of its 60-story minaret: The building and courtyard can host more than 100,000 worshippers. Continue along the corniche to the Habous Quarter (New Medina), stopping to admire the Royal Palace, a masterpiece of Islamic architecture. Pass the Casablanca Cathedral. The neo-Gothic masterpiece, which once served the French Roman Catholic population here, became secular after Morocco’s independence and is now a cultural center. Enjoy a stop at the Place des Nations Unies, or United Nations Square, once the city’s main market and today surrounded by Moorish and art deco buildings. After time to explore, return to your ship.

Sail the Atlantic Ocean, divided in half, north to south, by the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Longer than the Rockies, the Himalayas and the Andes combined, this underwater mountain range is the longest on Earth. As you sail, explore our well-curated Library, tucked in a private alcove of the Living Room, and select from a broad range of titles. Read a book by the Main Pool, a calming oasis in any weather with its retractable roof, allowing for year-round swimming.

The Cape Verde archipelago is group of ten volcanic islands that enjoy a year-round warm climate, turquoise seas and beautiful landscapes. The isles were first inhabited after their discovery by Portuguese sailors during the 15th century. Mindelo is the capital of São Vicente and birthplace of Cesaria Evora—a singer who rose from poverty to worldwide fame on the international stage. She performed her distinctive morna ballads to audiences while barefoot, which soon became her trademark style; her music is widely celebrated and is a part of Cape Verde’s heritage.

Shore Excursion

PANORAMIC SÃO VICENTE (INCLUDED)

MONTE VERDE SUMMIT, BAÍA DAS GATAS AND TASTE OF LOCAL LIQUEUR
Admire the rugged beauty of São Vicente and a taste of the local liqueur during this panoramic excursion. Take a scenic journey through arid interior island landscape to the top of Monte Verde. Reaching a height of 2,441 feet, it is a dominating feature and, together with the Madeiral and Fateixa mountain ranges, defines the island’s topography. Stop to sip a cup of coffee or tea as you take in sweeping views of São Vicente and the neighboring islands of Santo Antão and São Nicolau. Continue to Baía das Gatas and admire the azure waters of its natural lagoon set against a striking mountain backdrop, then sample the national liqueur distilled from sugarcane on the sands of Praia Grande. Conclude your tour with a photo stop for views overlooking the port and your ship, before returning to the pier.

Sail legendary waters, where medieval Europeans believed “there be dragons” beyond the ocean’s horizon. Renew your body, mind and spirit in our Scandinavian-inspired Spa, a Nordic sanctuary of holistic wellness, today while at sea. Whether you unwind in the Sauna, refresh in the Snow Grotto or take a dip in the Thermal Pool, you will feel recharged and revitalized.

Recife was colonized as part of Dutch Brazil during the mid-1600s. With its many small islands linked by some 50 bridges, Recife has been called the “Brazilian Venice.” A vast mangrove park in the middle of the city adds to the scenic allure. On the city’s namesake island, echoes of the Portuguese and Dutch colonial settlements line the elegant streets of Recife Antigo, the Old Town. The Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue here was the first synagogue in the Americas. Today, Recife’s vibrant traditions are on display at the Tunisian-style Malakoff Tower.

Shore Excursions

A STROLL THROUGH RECIFE ANTIGO (INCLUDED)

COLONIAL HISTORY OF OLD RECIFE
Discover the colonial influences on Brazilian culture through the architecture and artistry of old Recife. As you explore, you will pass historic and artistic patrimonies, and witness beautifully restored buildings. One of the most famous is the Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue, on Rua do Bom Jesus. It was the first synagogue built in the Americas. As you wander deeper into Old Recife, marvel at the distinct Dutch and Portuguese houses from the 16th century. View the Torre Malakoff Cultural Observatory, built between 1835 and 1855. This Tunisian-style monument reveals one of the most beautiful views of the city. See the restored pink Apollo Theater, which opened in 1846 and closed for more than a century before being renovated into the modern complex that exists today. From the banks of the Capibaribe River in the colorful Marco Zero Square, enjoy a final view of this glorious city.

ILHA DE DEUS CATAMARAN SAIL (INCLUDED)

DISCOVER THE LOCAL LIFE OF THE RESIDENTS OF “GOD’S ISLAND”
Sail through the mangroves to Ilha de Deus, or God’s Island—one of the oldest communities in Recife. Meet your guide, an island local, and learn how its people have utilized a sustainable mindset to enable this once poverty-stricken island to prosper. Under the directive of NGO Educational Center Popular and its “Knowing to Live” program, a number of workshops have been developed to help educate residents on the importance of environmental protection—and how, in the long term, this approach can help drive economic growth. Discover how local artists are reusing waste materials to create beautiful handicraft pieces and local fishermen are taking care of the mangroves, driving a project to replant and grow 20,000 mangrove seedlings during the coming year. Observe local wildlife as you relax onboard and are greeted by waving locals during your 40-minute cruise.

The nutrient-rich waters of the Atlantic Ocean are home to more than half of the world’s fisheries, annually providing millions of tons of fish and other marine species for human consumption and industrial purposes. As you sail today, savor a range of international cuisine on board. Choose from a variety of international flavors at the World Café, enjoy al fresco dining on the Aquavit Terrace, or regional specialties in The Restaurant.

Rio de Janeiro is the peak of Brazilian culture. The local Cariocas call their city Cidade Maravilhosa (“Marvelous City”), and it is easy to understand why: The rhythm of the samba, born in these lively streets, fills the air and stately colonial architecture rubs shoulders with gleaming skyscrapers. Legendary beaches, Copacabana and Ipanema among them, stretch for miles along Guanabara Bay, luring sun worshippers, swimmers, joggers and volleyball enthusiasts. The Christ the Redeemer statue seems to offer a gentle embrace to it all from high atop Corcovado mountain.

Shore Excursion

HISTORIC DOWNTOWN RIO DE JANEIRO ON FOOT (INCLUDED)

GRANDIOSE ARCHITECTURE AND CULTURAL TREASURES
Explore the beautiful buildings in downtown Rio de Janeiro, where colonial architecture meets modern skyscrapers. From the port, embark your motor coach for a short drive to the impressive Rio Branco Avenue, where your guided walking tour begins. See the Municipal Theater, which was modeled on the Opéra National de Paris. Built of marble, granite and bronze, this is a stunning example of neoclassical architecture. View the National Library, the largest and most important library in the country and one of the largest in the world. Admire the grandeur of the National Fine Arts Museum. This imposing building houses superb works of art with more than 16,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings and etchings, plus a large collection of folk art. On the return journey to port, you will glimpse the famous Flamengo Park, the largest leisure attraction in Rio, consisting of nearly 300 acres of beautiful, green urban park space.

Trace the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, an underwater mountain range longer than the Rockies, the Himalayas and the Andes combined. Its hidden towering peaks divide the Atlantic Ocean in half, North to South. Meet fellow guests and listen to the soothing sounds of classical music in the Living Room, an ideal setting for relaxation. Enjoy a cup of coffee or sip on a refreshing cocktail.

Montevideo enjoys a scenic setting on the Plata River. The Portuguese were the first to settle here, seeking a strategic advantage near open ocean. But Spain, already having established Buenos Aires nearby, expelled them in 1724. This was the beginning of the golden era of Montevideo’s Ciudad Vieja, or Old City: Within its walls, some of the most impressive colonial-era buildings were built, from the parliamentary Legislative Council building to the stunning Montevideo Metropolitan Cathedral. The wall has long since disappeared, but the character of old Montevideo remains.

Shore Excursion

DISCOVER MONTEVIDEO & CARNIVAL MUSEUM (INCLUDED)

SIGHTS AND TRADITIONS OF URUGUAYAN CAPITAL
Admire Montevideo’s landmarks, parks and gardens, then enjoy a visit to the Carnival Museum and murga performance. Take a panoramic drive to Independence Square. See the monument dedicated to national hero José Gervasio Artigas, the Government House and the Solís Theater, before continuing along Avenida 18 de Julio to the Legislative Palace, an impressive building made of Uruguayan marble. Equally impressive is the Batlle y Ordóñez Park, where you will find the La Carreta Monument, the Constituents’ Obelisk and the Centenario Stadium, where soccer’s first FIFA World Cup took place in 1930. Return to the Ciudad Vieja for a visit to the Carnival Museum, an institution that showcases artifacts and preserves the traditions of this beloved festival. Admire the exhibits and enjoy a lively performance of murga, a popular form of musical theater, accompanied by a snack and refreshment.

Buenos Aires, Argentina’s cosmopolitan capital, is an eclectic combination of Latin and European influences. The tree-lined streets and postcolonial architecture draw on the city’s Spanish, French and Italian heritage, while the many cafés and bodegas and vibrant nightlife are decidedly Argentine. Its barrios, or neighborhoods, exude an intimate atmosphere that belies the city’s size. Full of bohemian flair, historic San Telmo’s cobblestone streets and Belle Époque–style buildings reverberate with the mesmerizing melodies of the tango.

Shore Excursion

HIGHLIGHTS OF BUENOS AIRES (INCUDED)

COLORFUL TENEMENTS AND PRESIDENTIAL PALACES
Experience the diverse communities of Buenos Aires during a scenic tour and learn about the city’s early settlers. Around the Plaza de Mayo, see the city’s major public buildings such as the Cabildo, Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral and the rose-colored presidential palace. Stop to visit the El Zanjón de Granados, a museum housed in a 200-year-old mansion above a set of tunnels that date back to Buenos Aires’ early settlements. Discovered at the end of the 20th century, it took 17 years to restore the structure that can be seen today. Cap your tour with a stop in La Boca, the capital’s most colorful neighborhood. When immigrants began to pour into Argentina, many of the older houses became conventillos, tenements that housed European families. Today, La Boca’s vibrant cityscape is marked by the brightly painted houses and corrugated iron roofs of El Caminito.

TANGO SHOW & DINNER (PRIVILEGED ACCESS)

ENJOY AN EVENING OF VIBRANT MUSIC AND DANCE
Experience the passion and elegance of the tango with an evening dinner and show. During the late 19th century, Argentina experienced a wave of European immigration second only to the United States. The children of those immigrants would become the first generation of porteños, or “port dwellers,” and the tango songs that grew out of the working-class districts of Buenos Aires expressed the apprehensions, anxieties and longings of their new urban life. Tango mixes African rhythms and European music to create an expressive dance where partners maintain harmony and connection with each other and the music. During the evening, you will have an opportunity to admire all the qualities of tango in its different expressions—singers and dancers as well as a tango orchestra—while enjoying dinner. After the performance, you will be transported back to your ship.

Buenos Aires boasts one of the liveliest cultural scenes in the world. The stately Kirchner Cultural Center, the largest of its kind in Latin America, and the internationally renowned Colón Theater host some of the world’s most highly recognized symphony orchestras. The National Museum of Fine Arts houses an impressive collection of works by European impressionists, while the Museum of Latin American Art focuses on 20th- and 21st-century Latino artists. Buenos Aires is also home to hundreds of bookstores and libraries, affording it the nickname “City of Books.” After breakfast, disembark your ship and journey home.

*Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

*To learn more about each port of call and our included as well as optional excursions please contact us for more information.

More days means more to discover, with extension packages you can add before or after your Viking cruise or cruisetour. Enjoy additional days to explore your embarkation or disembarkation city, or see a new destination altogether with a choice of exciting cities.

Pre & Post Cruise Extensions vary by itinerary and are subject to change.

2024 DIRECTION FARE
PER PERSON

Oct-18

Barcelona to Buenos Aires FROM
AU$9,995
2025 DIRECTION FARE
PER PERSON

Mar-24

Buenos Aires to Barcelona FROM
AU$9,995
Nov-08 Barcelona to Buenos Aires FROM
AU$8,495
2026 DIRECTION FARE
PER PERSON

Mar-11

Buenos Aires to Barcelona FROM
AU$8,495

 

*All prices are in Australian dollars, per-person, based on double occupancy and reflect our current offers. Strikeout prices reflect brochure pricing.

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MORE FEATURES, SERVICES AND EXCURSIONS INCLUDED

  • One complimentary shore excursion in every port of call
  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
  • Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • 24-hour specialty coffees, teas  & bottled water
  • Port taxes & fees
  • Ground transfers with Viking Air purchase
  • Visits to UNESCO Sites
  • Enrichment lectures & Destination Performances
  • Complimentary access to The Nordic Spa & Fitness Center.
  • Self-service launderettes
  • Alternative restaurant dining at no extra charge
  • 24-hour room service
  • Onboard gratuities

 

YOUR STATEROOM INCLUDES:

  • King-size Viking Explorer Bed with luxury linen
  • 42″ flat-screen LCD TV with intuitive remote & complimentary Movies On Demand
  • Large private bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower, heated floor, anti-fog mirror & hair dryer
  • Premium Freyja® toiletries
  • Direct-dial satellite phone & cell service
  • Security safe
  • 110/220 volt outlets
  • Ample USB ports

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