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Viking Removing ‘Cruise’ From Company Name

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Ocean and river cruise company Viking has revealed it is dropping the word “cruise” from its name as it continues to grow and focus on destinations.

According to CruiseCritic.com, Viking founder Tor Hagen announced during a speech in Los Angeles last week the cruise line’s website has been changed from vikingcruises.com to viking.com, cementing the change moving forward.

Hagen said the decision was made as the company continues to focus on destinations and the offerings that separate the cruise line from other brands, including visiting smaller ports and the “lack of casinos and kids on board.”

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As Cruise Critic pointed out, other cruise lines have altered their names and logos to reflect fundamental changes to the product offerings of the company, including Azamara, the Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection and Virgin Voyages.

One of the predominant reasons for the change is Viking’s move into the expedition cruising, with two specially designed ships coming in 2022. The cruise line also expects the delivery of at least 12 ocean and river ships in the coming years.

Travelers looking to book cruises with Viking through the cruise line’s website will still be able to find all of their voyages under one of three tabs; river, ocean and expedition.

Viking announced last month four brand-new, identical ships are expected to debut next year, all of which will be deployed on the cruise line’s popular eight-day ‘Paris and the Heart of Normandy’ itinerary in 2021.

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Cruise Ship Failed Its Health Inspection With 44 Violations

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Amidst the increased scrutiny due to the coronavirus, the Princess Cruise Line ship Regal Princess has become the first vessel in 2020 to fail a health inspection.

The inspection took place on Feb. 5, according to cruiseradio.net. Inspectors say the Regal Princess had 44 violations and scored just 77 out of 100 possible points. Any score below 86 is considered failing. The Carnival Fantasy received a score of 77 last year.

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Ships must undergo two unannounced inspections per year by a team from the United States Public Health Department’s Vessel Sanitation Program. The inspectors spend eight hours combing the ship.

Among the violations on the Regal Princess were:

– Two fruit flies were noticed in the Horizon Court buffet

– The glass-washing machine was out of service at the time of the inspection

– At the International Cafe, “the power cables under the right espresso machine were soiled with more than a day’s accumulation of debris

– A food employee was observed with fingernails extending approximately 10mm from the ends of his fingers. Dark debris was observed on the underside of several fingernails

– A child in a diaper was observed in the swimming pool. This facility was not designed for children in diapers. The child was removed from the facility

The Regal Princess can hold more than 3,500 passengers. Like any other ship, it must submit an action plan showing that the violations were corrected. Another unannounced inspection will then take place.

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