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Posted on: December 10, 2020

City Commission signs Letter of Intent with Viking Cruises

Photo looking at ocean from cruise ship

The City Commission for the City of Panama City has signed a Letter of Intent with Viking Cruises, Ltd. and Port Panama City to designate Panama City as a Port of Call for Viking’s proposed Gulf Coast Getaway cruise program.

As proposed, the Gulf Coast Getaway would be a seven-day cruise departing from Tampa, Florida and calling in Panama City, as well as other ports along the Gulf Coast.

A Viking Ocean vessel would anchor in St. Andrew Bay and use tenders to transport guests to shore for excursions. In the coming weeks, Destination Panama City will be working closely with Viking to develop excursions, which could include fishing trips, dolphin cruises and tours of Downtown Panama City, Historic St. Andrews, St. Andrews State Park and other areas in the community.

Viking is working closely with public health authorities to implement a comprehensive COVID-19 prevention and mitigation program. As part of the Viking Health and Safety program, all guests will be tested for COVID-19 at embarkation and daily throughout the cruise itinerary. More details about Viking’s Health & Safety Program can be found at

Viking provides destination-focused itineraries designed for experienced travelers who have an interest in geography, culture and history. Each journey includes a shore excursion in every port, and an exclusive Viking Culture Curriculum program that provides deep immersion in the destination through performances of music and art, cooking demonstrations, informative port talks and carefully selected guest lecturers.

Viking Ocean vessels host 930 passengers and 465 crew members. The vessels do not offer casinos or gambling.

The trial period for the Gulf Coast Getaway could begin as early as the first-quarter of 2021.

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