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Viking Star Overview

Viking Cruises' Viking Star, the first of three new ships to launch the company's ocean cruising company, has been delivered from Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard.

Key hallmarks in this fledgling ship's history include its first passenger sailing, to begin April 11, 2015, and its christening ceremony, which takes place in Norway's Bergen on May 17, 2015.

The 47,800-ton, 930-passenger Viking Star will be joined by near-identical fleetmates Viking Sky and Viking Sea in mid-2016.

Key highlights of the new line, which is based on Viking Rivers' uber-successful series of riverboats, is its destination-oriented cruise experience, with few days at sea, long days in ports and more overnights in key places than offered by other lines. Features include value-oriented extras such as a selection of free shore excursions, complimentary Wi-Fi, and beer and wine served without charge at lunch and dinner. All cabins will have balconies and, the smallest, at 270 square feet, is larger than other cruise lines' average standard rooms. Top suites measure up to 1,300 square feet.

In designing the new ships, Viking has incorporated popular elements from its innovative river-oriented Longships design, such as the indoor/outdoor Aquavit Terrace dining venue and a design sensibility that reflects Scandinavia's penchant for a simple, airy and comfortable ambience. Ship traditionalists will appreciate Viking Star's walk-around promenade deck that fully encircles the vessel. Its Explorer's Lounge, an airy two-deck top-of-the-ship venue, offers an observation area -- a feature that many of today's newest cruise ships lack.

Nifty touches include its magradome pool, with a glass roof that opens in warm weather (and closes during inclement seasons) and a main restaurant that can be converted from an open-air venue to a cozy dining room with the push of a button that controls the windows.

Many new features reflect more of a boutique hotel feel, including a fire pit, an Armagnac bar, and a Nordic-influenced spa with snow room and Finnish sauna.

Itinerary enrichment and an onboard cooking school complement Viking's destination-oriented entertainment. The ship will have numerous restaurants, from a main venue to The Chef's Table, Manfredi's Italian Grill and The Kitchen Table, with plenty of alfresco options.

What's equally interesting are more traditional ocean cruise ship features that you won't find on Viking Star, such as casinos, lavish evening entertainment and elaborate kids' clubs.

The company has also committed to incorporating sustainable features on the ship that include energy-efficient engines, streamlined hulls and bows for fuel efficiency, and exhaust minimization efforts.

In its maiden season, Viking Star will trawl the waters of northern Europe's Baltic and fjords, and the Mediterranean.

Viking Star Member Reviews

Viking arranged our flight at a time that we wanted, which ment we landed in Stockholm at 11:15 and were on board at 13:17 giving us half a day to explore Stockholm. Airport reception was great with Viking reps delivering us a trolley at the ... Read more
First of all the Viking Star is an absolutely beautiful ship. The various areas where you can sit, relax, read or converse are numerous and all are enticing and relaxing. The staff couldn't have been nicer or more polite or more attentive. We ... Read more
I am afraid that it is unlikely that I will consider Viking for another ocean trip after my experience here. Whilst the experience was not awful by any stretch of the imagination, it was not anywhere near as good as the overhyped advertising that we ... Read more
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