Viking Cruises bans children, says clients want kid-free vacations

Those looking to take family fun to the high seas can no longer look to Viking River Cruises, as the line has quietly announced that individuals under age 18 will no longer be permitted onboard for future trips.

On August 27, Orlando Weekly reported that the Basel, Switzerland-headquartered Viking Cruises adjusted their river cruise policy to mirror that of their Viking Ocean Cruises line, which has had an adults-only policy since debuting in 2015. The cruise line’s new, streamlined age policy is now “one of the strictest in the industry,” according to the outlet.

According to Viking’s new terms and conditions page, for all trips booked on both lines after August 1, 2018, passengers must be age 18 to embark on their scheduled voyage. Cruises booked on behalf of those under age 18 through 2019, ahead of the August 1 update, are still welcome for their scheduled cruise.

As noted by Travel Weekly, Viking River Cruises’ minimum passenger age was 12 years old, before the new ruling. The cruise line’s Senior Vice President of Marketing, Richard Marnell, told the outlet that the rollout makes sense, as Viking’s travel experience is geared towards those over 50.

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