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Viking has always instituted the highest standards for all operational protocol; we also believe in the benefit of scientific collaboration when it comes to solutions for complex health and safety challenges. Key partners that have contributed to our new Viking Health & Safety Program include:

Vice Admiral Raquel C. Bono, M.D., Viking Chief Health Officer

Dr. Raquel C. Bono is a retired Vice Admiral of the United States Navy Medical Corps and Viking’s Chief Health Officer. A board-certified trauma surgeon, Dr. Bono most recently led Washington State’s medical and healthcare systems response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As Principal at RCB Consulting, she partnered with Viking to help develop and define new protocol enhancements; as Chief Health Officer, Dr. Bono is instrumental in Viking’s restart of operations, with a focus on public health.

Commissioned in June 1979, Bono received her bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin and M.D. from the School of Medicine at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. She completed a surgical internship and General Surgery residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, and a Trauma and Critical Care fellowship at the Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine in Norfolk, Virginia. She saw duty in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm and is the first female Navy medical officer to have achieved three-star rank. Dr. Bono holds an MBA from the Carson College of Business from Washington State University, is a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Senior Fellow with the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

Medicover, Viking PCR Testing Partner

Viking has partnered with Medicover to equip its ocean ships with the world’s first full-scale PCR laboratories at sea. As part of the partnership, a strong network of dedicated shoreside labs in Europe will bring the same testing regime to Viking river ships.

Medicover is a leading international Healthcare and Diagnostic Services company with more than 96 highly specialised diagnostics laboratories and a network of 20 hospitals and 120 clinics and medical facilities, primarily across Europe. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Medicover has provided reliable testing at scale across their network of labs.

DNV GL, Viking Certification Partner

As the world’s leading classification society and a recognised advisor for the maritime industry, DNV GL enhances safety, quality, energy efficiency and environmental performance of the global shipping industry – across all vessel types and offshore structures. DNV GL has audited the Health and Safety Program, including all COVID-19 outbreak prevention measures for three of our vessels and issued Viking Sea, Viking Star and Viking Sky certification in Infection Prevention – Maritime (CIP-M).

VIKAND, Viking Healthcare and Hygiene Partner

Based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, VIKAND is the leading global maritime healthcare and hygiene solutions provider, offering a full range of services, technologies, products and protocols for the safety of crew and guests onboard cruise ships, yachts, and commercial vessels. Solutions encompass 24/7 medical management, consulting, biomedical equipment maintenance and sales, and leading air and surface decontamination solutions.

Ecolab, Viking Sanitisation Partner

A trusted partner at nearly three million customer locations, Ecolab is the global leader in water, hygiene and infection prevention solutions and services that protect people and vital resources. Around the world, customers in the food, healthcare, hospitality and industrial markets choose comprehensive Ecolab solutions, data-driven insights and personalised service that advance food safety, maintain clean and safe environments, optimise water and energy use, and improve operational efficiencies and sustainability.