Viking will resume limited operations in May 2021 with three sailings along the coast of England, available exclusively to U.K. residents.

Viking will offer the eight-day itinerary, England's Scenic Shores on its newest ocean ship, the Viking Venus, slated for delivery in April. The ship will sail roundtrip from Portsmouth on May 22, May 29 and June 5.

The moves come shortly after Cunard Line also said it would offer domestic U.K. cruises this summer for residents only. Like Cunard, Viking also cited the U.K.'s saying that it will allow the resumption of domestic cruises beginning in May.

Torstein Hagen
Torstein Hagen

"We welcome the U.K. government's support for the return of safe domestic cruises as an important component in the travel industry's recovery," Viking chairman Torstein Hagen said in a statement.

Hagen said that to recognize that support and to celebrate the ship's British godmother, broadcaster and journalist Anne Diamond, it will name the Viking Venus in the U.K. on May 17.

"We are in a position to restart operations quickly and to start sailing again in May because we have kept our ships crewed during warm lay-up throughout the past 12 months," Hagen said. "We have been implementing our additional protocols -- including daily quick-and-easy, noninvasive saliva PCR tests for our crew -- for almost six months now. With our new protocol enhancements in place, we believe there will be no safer way to travel the world than on a Viking voyage, and we look forward to welcoming U.K. guests back onboard very soon."

All other previously scheduled Viking sailings through May 31 remain canceled.

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