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Cruise Through the Remarkable Cape Verde Archipelago With Variety Cruises



WHY IT RATES: Cruisers will enjoy beautiful landscapes, cultural experiences and pleasant weather when traveling on one of Variety Cruises’ Cape Verde Archipelago itineraries. —Codie Liermann, Associate Editor

Starting November 2020, Variety Cruises is offering guests the journey of a lifetime sailing through the Cape Verde Archipelago aboard the mega yacht, Harmony V.

Embrace the unique mix of African and Portuguese culture while island hopping through Cape Verde’s picturesque volcanic and mountainous landscape. Setting sail from Sal, Palmeira, guests can immediately begin relaxing in the 70-degree year-round climate while taking in the endless clear waters.

During this eight-day voyage, Variety Cruises, with an onboard naturalist, offers an exceptional itinerary to provide guests with an immersive experience, a beautiful blend of Cape Verde’s culture, cuisine, architecture, history and customs.

Sail through the Atlantic to discover the islands of Sal, Boa Vista, Santiago, Fogo, Sao Vicente and Santo Antao. Variety Cruises offers guests the opportunity to take optional excursions on each island or to explore the islands on their own.

Variety Cruises offers the small ship advantage of visiting ports that large cruise ships cannot access, offering more life-enriching journeys that focus on cultural immersion. On board the Harmony V, guests enjoy incredible local cuisines crafted by the onboard chefs, as well as personalized attention with an almost 2-1 passenger /crew ratio.

Itinerary Highlights

—Palmeira, Sal: Embark and disembark at the port of Palmeira, enjoy the laid back, bright environment.

—Sal Rei, Boa Vista: Explore the beautiful beaches, colorful villages, ceramic artisans and local lifestyle.

—Praia, Santiago: The largest island, and site of Cidade Velha, the first colonial city built in the tropics.

—Sao Felipe, Fogo: Site of Fogo Volcano, venture to the crater’s edge to the village of Chã das Caldeiras.

—Mindelo, Sao Vicente: Explore one of the most well-preserved colonial cities and cultural centers in Cape Verde, Mindelo.

—Porto Novo, Santo Antao: Safari through the volcanic landscapes and isolated village of Lagedos.

For more information please call your local travel agent or Variety Cruises at 1-800-319-7776 or visit

SOURCE: Variety Cruises press release.

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Viking Extends Suspension of Cruising Through August 31



Viking has further suspended operations through Aug. 31, 2020. The company initially announced it would stop cruising on March 11.

“We were the first cruise line to announce a temporary suspension of operations. We have continued to evaluate the situation, responding accordingly,” Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen wrote in a May 28 post on the company website. “While restrictions related to COVID-19 are beginning to ease in some countries, travel remains complicated. Therefore, we have made the decision to extend our temporary suspension of operations through Aug. 31, 2020.”

The company is offering 125 percent credit to passengers booked on canceled voyages. “It is fully transferable, allowing you to gift it to someone with whom you would like to share the joys of travel. It can be applied within the next 24 months to any river, ocean or expedition cruise,” Hagen wrote. “If you are unable to use your voucher by the expiration date, simply return your expired voucher to Viking, and we will send you a refund equal to the original amount paid to Viking.”

For more details on credits and refunds, click here.

Hagen said the company is developing new safety protocols and taking care of its crew members.

“We have always had the highest standards for health and cleanliness—and are now developing additional protocols to make traveling with Viking even safer. We will be sharing more information about this very soon,” he wrote. “Also, during this time of non-operation, we are further training our crew and preparing our fleet to welcome you onboard again. Since our first announcement, many of you have expressed concern for our crew, and I want to reassure you that we are continuing to take good care of them.”

Hagen said he is seeing signs of hope in Europe. “I am delighted to note that in the past couple of weeks, hope has emerged here in Europe. In Switzerland, restaurants and shops opened two weeks ago, and I must admit it was a great treat to go to my favorite Italian restaurant the other day. Last week, I had my first day in the office – with a mask and proper distancing. It now also looks as though the local borders in Europe are starting to open up.”

Viking plans to launch the ocean ship Viking Venus Early next year and, in 2022, will welcome new expedition vessels, Viking Octantis and Viking Polaris, that will sail the Arctic, Antarctic and North America’s Great Lakes, and a modern river vessel, Viking Mississippi.

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