Viking Star
Viking Star

“A New Star is Born” claims Viking River Cruises on their latest web site addition, www.vikingcruises.com/oceans/. Viking…Oceans? Yes! This past May, Viking River Cruises announced their latest product line—Viking Ocean Cruises.

Why is this such ground-breaking news?

Viking River Cruises has been a prominent name in River Cruising for over 15 years and has expanded into the American market as early as 2002. As the popularity of river cruising steadily increased, Viking River Cruises has set out to become the world’s leading and most award-winning river cruise line acquiring notable awards from Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, Reader’s Choice, Travel Weekly and more!

Because of their success in river cruising, Viking River Cruises aims to bring their extensive knowledge of destinations and heritage-based travel coupled with feedback from their loyal passengers into a “new” age of ocean cruising.

According to their recent press release:

“It is our view that in the race to build bigger ships, many cruise lines have lost sight of the destinations to which they sail,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking Cruises. “With our new ocean cruises, we are applying the same principles behind our award-winning river cruises to our itinerary and ship design; privileged-access excursions; and onboard experiences to make destinations the true focus.”

The New Ship: The Viking Star

The new state-of-the-art Viking Star, which starts her maiden season in spring of 2015, will boast a private veranda in every stateroom, a choice of restaurants offering a variety of fine dining options and al fresco seating, an infinity pool, a spa, an intimate piano bar, and much more – all done in understated elegance. Furthermore, with a capacity of only 928 guests, and falling into Cruise Critic’s “small ship” classification, Viking Star is designed with proportions that allow for direct access to both cosmopolitan cities and off-the-beaten path “collector ports.” Ocean cruises range from ten to 15 days, with itineraries designed to maximize the amount of time travelers spend at their destination. Destinations include Scandinavia and the Baltics (Stockholm to Bergen); through the Western Mediterranean (Bergen to Barcelona); the Mediterranean (Barcelona to Venice); and Eastern Mediterranean (Venice to Istanbul), as well as combination cruises of those itineraries available for 22, 29, 36 and 50 days.

Booking Details

From now through July 31, 2013, Viking is offering an introductory Early Booking Discount in the U.S. market for the 2015 maiden season with 2-for-1 pricing on cruise departures and savings of $2,000 per couple on international air. The 2015 maiden season is initially being offered only in the U.S.; Viking will begin marketing the new ocean cruises in the UK, Australia and New Zealand later this year.

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More Photos of the Viking Star

Photos courtesy of Viking River Cruises (www.vikingcruises.com/oceans/)

 

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4 Comments

  1. Your write up re the Viking Star told us nothing about what makes them much different from all the other cruis lines. Their itineraries, yawn, seem like the well warn offerings that most of us have tired of. And what are they doinng on board that makes them any better than the rest…900 passengers plus does not a small ship make and staterooms with verandas are available on every ship I’ve sailed on, if they’re trying to break into the parrana ridden cruise ship market … The Least the should offer … are FREE DRINKS! for a start. (Nod Nod, Wink Wink) but that might have a devastating affect on their already, thin red line?

    1. Hi John! In my opinion, and I am no expert, I think 900 passengers can be considered small ship sailing in the ocean cruise industry. If you think of any ships from the “Big 3” NCL, Carnival and Royal Caribbean, they’re all trying to hold more passengers and are reaching into the upper thousands these days.

      Viking is also bringing some of their river savvy to the ocean, with ports daily and guided excursions. I think it’ll be interesting to see if that translates well to an ocean cruise experience, but we’ll just have to wait and find out!

      However, I do agree with you 100% about the free drinks!

      Cheers!

  2. I will try it when I’m certain they are the equal of Regent Seven Seas. I agree that Viking is tops on the European rivers.

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