Viking Cruise of a Lifetime – 71 days – 8 Countries – Duluth to Thunder Bay On to Antarctica

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Viking Polaris
Viking Polaris will cruise from Duluth to Thunder Bay and down the Great Lakes to the Atlantic into the Pacific and on from there to Antarctica.

Thunder Bay – LIVING – Viking Cruises has just announced a 71-day – 8 country cruise for 2023. The Viking cruise will visit Antarctica, Argentina, cruise in the Pacific Ocean, cross the Panama Canal, cruise up the eastern United States seaboard, then get into the Great Lakes.

The cruise starts in Duluth Minnesota and on day one heads up to Thunder Bay for a day.

Viking Polaris Epic Journey
Viking Polaris Epic Journey

Paul Pepe, Thunder Bay’s Manager of Tourism shares, “Thunder Bay is the first day stop in that itinerary so it will clear Canadian customs here in the city and spend the day in port.  It’s positive for our attractions, ground transportation, and guiding sectors”.

“The broader benefit here is that this itinerary is getting global media attention and being part of it enhances our community’s reputation that much more to a global audience.  We join a lot of interesting and renowned destinations in this and shows how discovery cruise shipping works so much better as an international effort.  We’ve already built new communications networks among other Viking ports that only strengthens Great Lakes cruise shipping’s future”.

Onboard the Viking Polaris, Viking Cruises state that, “This grand voyage spanning the waterways and oceans of the New World and Antarctica. Admire the natural beauty of the Great Lakes, Canadian Maritimes and the glaciers and fjords of Chile. Transit engineering marvels such as the Soo Locks, St. Lawrence Seaway and Panama Canal. Call on culture-rich cities across two continents and revel in the opportunity to experience the striking landscapes of Antarctica, the ‘Last Continent’.”

This 71-day cruise is one that offers a lot of bucket list checkoffs. From seeing Antarctic, to transversing the Panama Canal, cruising from the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans into the Great Lakes, saltwater to fresh water, it is the trip of a lifetime.
The cost per person starts at $64,995 US, which is all inclusive including airfare.
The Viking Polaris is 665 feet long with a beam of 77 feet. It is a Polar Class 6 cruise ship that was built in 2022. It has a capacity of 378 guests and a crew of 256 people.
Pepe adds, “This has global appeal but the majority of Viking’s clientele for this is likely American so starting in a US port is logistically easier. Thunder Bay’s Canadian Border Services Agency office has always enjoyed a reputation for efficient, professional and courteous service in welcoming cruise ships into Canadian waters and Thunder Bay so it will be a great experience for their guests”.

So if you are looking for an adventure that spans the globe, maybe this is the one?