The Viking Star is Getting Ready for her Debut
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Viking Star

Currently under construction in Italy, the Viking Star will be making her debut as the line’s first ocean going vessel. The Viking Star will accommodate approximately 930 passengers and will appeal to those looking for a small ship experience with fine dining and enrichment programs.

CABINS

Scheduled to debut this coming April, the ship has five different types of cabins, each with its own special charm. All cabins will have balconies.

The Veranda Staterooms are the most basic cabins and at 270 square feet are more than ample when compared to other lines.

The Deluxe Veranda Staterooms are the same size as the standard rooms but come with the added bonus of providing special reservations at several of the onboard restaurants. They also contain a complimentary iPad with Wi-Fi access as well as coffee and a mini bar.

Penthouse Veranda Suites are 338 square feet and have enormous bathrooms. Don’t worry about packing the shampoo because the suite also provides its guests with high end toiletries. In addition, the suites provide shoe shining, priority seating and reservations at both the speciality dining areas and also for shore excursions.

Viking Star Penthouse Veranda

Penthouse Junior Suites are 405 square feet and consist of two separate rooms joined together with an oversized veranda. As they are at the front of the ship, they’re great for getting to popular areas such as the spa or Explorer’s Lounge.

Finally, the most deluxe staterooms are the Explorer Suites and the Owner’s Suite. The intricacies of the Owner’s Suite are secret for now. The Explorer Suites stretches out to over 1,163 square feet and allows the passengers to see the view from the ship’s bow from their balcony.

DINING

The main restaurant on the ship is simply called “The Restaurant”.  It features an American based cuisine mixed in with specialties from the ports visited. For example, if the ship makes port in Venice, expect to see a Venetian risotto served. Other dining spots include the Viking Deli offering Scandinavian fare, the Italian Grill and the Chef’s Table which will offer fine dining chef specialties.

Viking Star Restaurant

ACTIVITIES

The Viking Star will offer a superb range of activities. Heading to the Explorers’ Lounge is a great way to meet new people and share experiences with fellow passengers. There are several cultural enrichment programmes available onboard that range from art to music, with the subject structure based around the ports visited. These are hosted by history experts and celebrities.

Viking Star Explorer Lounge

Two movie theatres are onboard and will offer an interesting variety of films, thus making it a perfect outing for a rainy or quiet afternoon. There are also two swimming pools; the glass covered Infinity Pool and the Main Pool, which has regular “movies under the stars” sessions.

Finish off a day at sea with a spa session. There are endless menus of treatments that will relax the body and the mind. Retreat to the Wintergarden for a peaceful atmosphere with a cup of tea and meditate under its simple yet elegant decor.

ITINERARIES

The Viking Star is scheduled during her maiden season for 8 day and more sailings around Europe’s Baltic and fjords and also the Western Mediterranean. Viking will offer a complementary excursion for every port.

Viking Star Infinity Pool

RECENT EVENTS

Recently, this famous river cruise line had the Viking Star testing the waters close to the Fincantieri shipyard near Venice, Italy. This event marked a major milestone and showed the cruising industry that Viking’s first ocean-going ship will be right on schedule.

“Following six months of nonstop construction since her float out, this was a major milestone for Viking Star, and we are proud to be another step closer to launch,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking Cruises. “Now we can focus on the finishing touches, and we look forward to welcoming guests on board in two months’ time.”

From all the reports, the Viking Star ship is sure to be the successful ‘newcomer’ to arrive on the seas this year.

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Viking’s First Foray into Ocean Cruising
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Viking have been a popular river cruise line for the past 26 years and at present they operate a successful fleet of 35 river cruising ships along the rivers of Europe, Russia, China, Egypt and Vietnam.

Viking have recently announced their decision to diversify and to move into ocean cruising, and this new cruise line will be called Viking Ocean Cruises which will officially launch in 2015.

Viking’s chairman Torstein Hagen declared that Viking Ocean Cruises will be an upmarket cruise line with Scandinavian influences, and will focus on destinations in a way that he feels has been lost across much of the cruise industry in the last few years.

He declared that Viking felt that the emphasis in cruising had become too focused on building the biggest ships with the most innovative features, rather than on focusing on the actual destinations that people are travelling to.

This will be Viking’s first foray into ocean cruises, and they are the first new ocean line to announce a debut in almost a decade. Viking Ocean Cruises have ordered two ships for the new cruise line and these will both be able to hold 928 passengers each.

The first of the two ships, Viking Star, will begin cruising in the May of 2015 and will sail maiden voyages within Europe including the Baltic, Scandinavia and the Mediterranean. Staterooms on board the Viking Star’s maiden voyages have already gone on sale.

Viking Star

The smaller size of the Viking Ocean Cruises ships compared to some of the mammoth cruise liners that sail the world’s ocean at present will mean that the ships are able to visit the smaller ports of call. It will also mean they’ll be able to dock closer to the centre of certain ports of call too and passengers will undoubtedly benefit from this.

Viking Ocean Cruises are also set to offer all-inclusive packages that will include all on board meals, shore excursions in every port of call, beer and wine with meals and even wi-fi.

The inclusion of wi-fi in the all-inclusive rates will be welcome news to passengers who are increasingly relying on technological devices which require internet access during their trips. The prices charged by some ocean cruise lines are extortionate so this will certainly be something passengers will be happy about.

Restaurant

All cabins on board Viking Ocean Cruises ships are set to have balconies, and the smallest stateroom will be 270 square feet, which is significantly larger than most ocean cruise ships at the moment.

There will be 14 luxurious two room suites on Viking Ocean Cruises ships which will offer surround views from private, wrap-around balconies. These are sure to appeal to passengers who have a taste for luxury and the finer things in life.

Balcony Stateroom

The announcement of Viking Ocean Cruises launch in 2015 comes just as Carnival Cruise Line have recently stated that they will be withdrawing some of their ships and itineraries from Europe.

Thanks Mock up Images Courtesy Viking River Cruises