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Viking Star - Viking Ocean Cruises
Viking River Cruises, well known for its fleet of European River Cruise Boats has now entered the big league with the maiden voyage of the Viking Star, the first of three boutique ocean going cruise ships. The vessel was christened last week in Bergen on Norway’s Constitution Day, May 17. Ms. Trude Drevland, Mayor of Bergen played the role of godmother in the presence of the legendry Torstein Hagen, company Chairman. From Bergen, the vessel sailed to Greenwich, Rouen, Lisbon, Gibraltar, Cartagena, Pula and Dubrovnik.
Built by Fincantieri, Trieste, Italy
Owned and managed by Viking Ocean Cruises, California
GRT 47,800 tons
Propulsion: twin azipods
Speed 20 knots
Passengers; 930, crew 600
Sister ships: Viking Sea (2016) and Viking Sky (2017)
Viking Star’s ultra-modern Scandinavian design is consistent with that of Viking Cruises' river cruisers, and was intended to mix onboard elegance with a focus on destinations. As a relatively small cruise ship Viking Star is able to access most ports directly and thus facilitate efficient and trouble-free embarkation and debarkations. She also has a hydro-dynamically optimised streamlined hull and bow for maximum fuel efficiency.
Viking’s cruise itineraries are designed with few days at sea, long days in ports and more overnight stays in main ports than offered by other cruise lines. Packages include many extras including a selection of free shore excursions, complimentary Wi-Fi, and beer and wine served without charge at lunch and dinner. All cabins have above average sized balconies. Traditionalists can also enjoy Viking Star's walk-around promenade deck that fully encircles the vessel. The Explorer's Lounge, an airy two-deck top-of-the-ship venue, offers an observation area , a feature that many of today's cruise ships have dispensed with.
To manage varying climates, the ship is fitted with a magradome pool, with a glass roof that opens in warm weather and can be closed when it’s cool. In a distinct difference with other cruise ships, what you won't find on Viking Star is a casino, lavish evening entertainment or a kids' club.
Mr. Torstein Hagen’s involvement with the company goes back to the original early 1970’s built sister-ships Royal Viking Star, Royal Viking Sea and Royal Viking Sky, later joined by the Royal Viking Sun. All are impeccably maintained, popular cruise ships under their new owners. Royal Viking Star these days sails as Boudicca for Fred Olsen Cruise Line (original and now pictures above).