Viking Ocean (Viking Cruises)
Viking Star current position
Specifications of Viking Star
|Year built||2015 / Age: 6|
|Builder||Fincantieri (Ancona, Italy)|
|Building cost||EUR 340 million (USD 400 million)|
|Operator||Viking Ocean Cruises|
|Speed||20 kn / 37 kph / 23 mph|
|Length (LOA)||227 m / 745 ft|
|Beam (width)||28 m / 92 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||47800 gt|
|Decks with cabins||6|
|Sister-ships||Viking Ocean ships (Viking Sea, Viking Sky, Viking Sun, Viking Orion, Viking Jupiter, Viking Tellus, Viking Venus, Viking Neptune, Viking Mars)|
|Christened by||Trude Drevland|
Viking Star Itineraries
|Date||Itinerary||Departure Port||Price from|
|2021 Jun 03||28 days, one-way from Stockholm to London-Tilbury||Stockholm||$14298|
|2021 Jun 03||14 days, one-way from Stockholm to Bergen||Stockholm||$7299|
|2021 Jun 17||14 days, one-way from Bergen to London-Tilbury||Bergen||$6999|
|2021 Jul 01||28 days, one-way from London-Tilbury to Stockholm||London-Tilbury||$14298|
|2021 Jul 01||14 days, one-way from London-Tilbury to Bergen||London-Tilbury||$6999|
|2021 Jul 15||14 days, one-way from Bergen to Stockholm||Bergen||$7299|
|2021 Jul 29||10 days, one-way from Stockholm to Copenhagen||Stockholm||$4999|
|2021 Aug 08||10 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Stockholm||Copenhagen||$4999|
|2021 Aug 18||14 days, one-way from Stockholm to Bergen||Stockholm||$7299|
|2021 Sep 01||14 days, one-way from Bergen to Montreal||Bergen|
|2021 Sep 15||12 days, one-way from Montreal to New York||Montreal|
|2021 Sep 27||12 days, one-way from New York to Montreal||New York|
|2021 Oct 09||14 days, one-way from Montreal to Fort Lauderdale||Montreal|
|2021 Oct 23||14 days, round-trip Panama Canal Central America||Fort Lauderdale|
|2021 Nov 06||10 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Panama City||Fort Lauderdale||$3999|
|2021 Nov 16||10 days, one-way from Panama City to Fort Lauderdale||Panama City||$3799|
|2021 Nov 26||14 days, round-trip Panama Canal Central America||Fort Lauderdale||$4799|
|2021 Dec 10||14 days, round-trip Panama Canal Central America||Fort Lauderdale||$4599|
|2021 Dec 24||135 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to London-Tilbury||Fort Lauderdale|
|2021 Dec 24||17 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles||Fort Lauderdale|
|2022 Jan 10||118 days, one-way from Los Angeles to London-Tilbury||Los Angeles|
|2022 May 11||14 days, one-way from Bergen to Stockholm||Bergen||$6499|
|2022 May 25||10 days, one-way from Stockholm to Copenhagen||Stockholm||$4999|
|2022 Jun 04||10 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Stockholm||Copenhagen||$4999|
|2022 Jun 14||14 days, one-way from Stockholm to Bergen||Stockholm||$6999|
|2022 Jun 28||14 days, one-way from Bergen to Stockholm||Bergen||$6999|
|2022 Jul 12||14 days, one-way from Stockholm to Bergen||Stockholm||$6999|
|2022 Jul 26||14 days, one-way from Bergen to Stockholm||Bergen||$6999|
|2022 Aug 09||14 days, one-way from Stockholm to Bergen||Stockholm||$6999|
|2022 Aug 23||14 days, one-way from Bergen to Montreal||Bergen||$7999|
|2022 Sep 06||12 days, one-way from Montreal to New York||Montreal||$5999|
|2022 Sep 18||12 days, one-way from New York to Montreal||New York||$5999|
|2022 Sep 30||14 days, one-way from Montreal to Fort Lauderdale||Montreal||$6499|
|2022 Oct 14||14 days, round-trip Panama Canal Central America||Fort Lauderdale||$4999|
|2022 Oct 28||10 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Panama City||Fort Lauderdale||$3599|
|2022 Nov 07||10 days, one-way from Panama City to Fort Lauderdale||Panama City||$3599|
|2022 Nov 17||14 days, round-trip Panama Canal Central America||Fort Lauderdale||$4699|
|2022 Dec 01||10 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Panama City||Fort Lauderdale||$3299|
|2022 Dec 11||10 days, one-way from Panama City to Fort Lauderdale||Panama City||$3299|
|2022 Dec 21||14 days, round-trip Panama Canal Central America||Fort Lauderdale||$4999|
|2023 Jan 04||14 days, round-trip Panama Canal Central America||Fort Lauderdale||$4699|
|2023 Jan 18||14 days, round-trip Panama Canal Central America||Fort Lauderdale||$4999|
|2023 Feb 01||10 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Panama City||Fort Lauderdale||$3799|
|2023 Feb 11||10 days, one-way from Panama City to Fort Lauderdale||Panama City||$3799|
|2023 Feb 21||14 days, round-trip Panama Canal Central America||Fort Lauderdale||$4999|
|2023 Mar 07||14 days, round-trip Panama Canal Central America||Fort Lauderdale||$4999|
Viking Star Review
Review of Viking Star
The 2015-built MS Viking Star cruise ship is the first in a series of 10 identical vessels built for Viking Ocean Cruises. The sisterships are named Viking Sea (2016), Viking Sky (2017), Viking Sun (2017), Viking Orion (2018), Viking Jupiter (2019), Tellus and Venus (2021), Neptune and Mars (2022).
History - construction and ownership
After a rainy day of festivities celebrating the National Constitution Day of Norway, the first Viking ocean-going cruise ship, Viking Star, was christened on May 17, 2015, in a gala event performed in the heart of Bergen Norway, at UNESCO world heritage site of Bryggen. Bergen’s mayor since 2011, Trude Drevland (later charged with corruption) is the ship's godmother. An extra bonus was the presence of the ancestor of Viking Star, the former Royal Viking Star, now Fred Olsen's Black Watch berthed at the cruise terminal.
All Viking Ocean liners were built according to the latest maritime navigation regulations and equipped with latest marine safety systems, including “safe return to port”. The ships also implement some of the maritime industry’s latest technologies, including energy-saving hybrid engines (diesel generators and gas turbines), optimized hulls and bulbous bows for max fuel efficiency. Ship design also features the common for Viking River Cruises longships solar panels (installed on the Magradome pool cover) additionally minimizing vessel’s exhaust pollution.
The 930-passenger ship Viking Star offers destination-oriented cruising experience, with few at-sea days, long in-ports days and more exciting overnights in key spots. Each of the Viking Ocean ships offers many ticket price-inclusive / complimentary amenities and services, such as all shore excursions, transfers, Wi-Fi, wine and beer (at lunches and dinners), access to Nordic Spa (steam room, thalassotherapy pool, hot tub, snow room / grotto, sauna, cold plunge pool). The infinity pool (resistance swimming pool located aft on Deck 7 / at the ship's stern) is another unique and complimentary facility.
Cruise itinerary program
MV Viking Star's inaugural cruise itinerary program (season 2016's spring, summer and fall) was in northern Europe (Baltic Sea, Scandinavia and Russia, Norwegian Fjords) and in the Mediterranean (Eastern and Central, to ports in Italy, Spain, France / French Riviera, Monaco, Tunisia, Greece, Croatia). Inbetween was repositioning cruises in Europe (northbound and southbound / Spring and Fall).
In 2016, Viking Ocean inaugurated with Viking Star the company's first-ever USA-Caribbean cruise season. The vessel arrived in NYC (Manhattan Cruise Terminal) on October 13, 2016. following the Transatlantic repositioning crossing from Europe. Among the ship's VIP passengers was Viking's chairman Torstein Hagen. On October 14 started the repositioning to San Juan Puerto Rico for a series of 11-night roundtrip itineraries (through February 2017). Then the ship crossed the Atlantic back to Europe's Mediterranean.
In 2021-2022, Viking Star has planned a 136-day World Cruise leaving on December 24, 2021, from Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale, Florida USA) and ending in London City England. Read more in the ship's Wiki section.
Decks and Cabins
Viking Star staterooms (465 total) include 47x Suites, 32x Penthouses and 386x Veranda/Balcony cabins in 18 grades.
All passenger cabins are balconied and offering all the industry's modern amenities and services, including King-size beds ("Viking Explorer", deluxe mattresses and linens, Cashmere blankets), en suite bathroom (heated floor, heated mirror, glass-door shower, hairdryer, premium bath products and toiletries /by Freyja, bathrobes, slippers, towel warmers), seating area (sofa, coffee table, vanity desk with chair, wardrobe, full-length mirror with mini lights), satellite phone, smart HDTV (3D, Infotainment / interactive TV system for Internet access, room service ordering, movies-on-demand, live webcams views, Viking Cruises channel for news, enrichment lectures and port talks), in-room binoculars, electronic safe box, individual air-conditioning, coffee machine, mini-bar (replenished daily with bottled water, soft drinks, snacks).
The boat has 10 decks, of which 6 are with passenger cabins.
Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks
Viking Star offers the following dining venues: Restaurant (dining room), buffets (Viking Deli, World Cafe), Aquavit Terrace (al fresco), speciality (Italian Grill, Chef’s Table), Private Dining (2 rooms). Viking Star deals are inclusive of shore excursions, complimentary alcohol (wine and beer at lunch and dinner) and Wi-Fi.
Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport
Viking Star facilities include Star Lounge (theater), Explorers Lounge (observation), Atrium (Lobby and Lounge), Shops, Bar, Piano Bar, Wintergarden (poolside area), Walking Track, walkaround Promenade (deck 2), covered pool area (with jacuzzi, bar & grill), infinity pool (jacuzzi), Spa & Fitness, Beauty Salon.
Onboard, Viking Cruises Viking Star ship offers two pools – the main and Infinity Pool, spa and fitness centre. The Star also features a piano lounge, winter garden and aquavit terrace. Not to forget the sports deck, star theatre and bar, lobby bar, various shops. The walk-around promenade deck fully encircles the ship. The two-deck airy Explorer’s Lounge offers observation area which is a feature that lots of today’s cruise ships lack. Many of the new features reflect a boutique hotel feel – the fire pit and Nordic-influenced spa offering sauna and snow room are an example.
MV Viking Star was the world's ever first ocean ship with a "snow room". Must be noted, that the 2013-launched Viking Grace (2800-passenger ferry ship operated by VIKING LINE) was the first-ever ship with a snow room. Viking Ocean ships' Snow Grotto is a spa retreat with powdery snow falling down from the ceiling. The experience (touted beneficial to the body's blood circulation) includes heating in a sauna (steam bath), then walking into this small room. It is fitted with benches and has dark stone walls illuminated by blue light. The snow on the floor is kept at sub-freezing temperatures. This Arctic-themed facility is part of the ship's thermal suite (within the spa complex). This relaxation area has 1 hot tub, sauna room, heated ceramic loungers, therapeutic showers, salt-water thermal pool. Snow Grotto access is complimentary to all passengers.
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Viking Star Wiki
All Viking Ocean ships offer destination-rich itineraries featured with the line's new "small ship cruise" tour and onboard experience. Compared to similar class ships operated by other lines, Viking Ocean itineraries feature fewer sea days and longer port days, with much overnight ports' stays.
Among the vessel's innovative marine technologies are its energy-saving hybrid engines, top-deck solar panels, pollution-minimizing exhaust system. This ship also uses seawater as a lubricant for its propeller shaft bearings. This technology lowers the vessel's maintenance costs and also the risk of pollution. Replacing the biodegradable oils, the water is being directly discharged into the ocean.
Viking Ocean ships deliver a brand new-style vacation cruising experience. These vessels represent a "smaller ship" concept. The relatively shallow draft (21 ft / 6,3 m), design (hull and superstructure) and technology allow the ship to directly access even small ports. The ship's smaller size also guarantees an easy and faster passenger embarkation/debarkation process. Another unique feature for the "affordable luxury" ocean cruising market is that regardless of cabin categories, all Viking Ocean deals are price-inclusive of the shore excursions in all ports in the cruise ship itinerary.
All passenger cabins are with a private veranda, and about 1/5th larger than average standard staterooms on the ocean cruising market. An interesting feature of the ship is the dining room. This venue could be transformed into an outdoor casual dining place thanks to its floor-to-ceiling sliding windows. For Viking Ocean ships' interiors were contracted SMC Design (London-based interior design company) and Rottet Studios (LA-based hotel design company).
Viking Cruises deals (on all river and ocean ships) are inclusive of shore excursions (land tours), onboard entertainment and dining (including at speciality restaurants), drinks and alcohol (beer, wine /at lunch and dinner), 24-hour room service, Wi-Fi.
The vessel was launched in May 2015 and christened by godmother Trude Drevland - Mayor of Bergen City (Norway's second-largest city - after the capital Oslo). The naming ceremony day (May 17) was also Norway's "independence day" (National Constitution Day) when the ruled by Denmark country declared independence. The ceremony was emceed by the actor Bjarte Hjelmeland and featured live performances by violinist Charlie Siem, rock singer Sondre Lerche, comedy duo Ylvis and Norwegian soprano Sissel. The godmother traditionally smashed a bottle of Jeroboam (Veuve Clicquot Champagne) into the ship's hull. Followed a fireworks show.
Viking Ocean's World Cruise 2021-2022 (Viking Star)
In mid-July 2020, Viking Ocean announced the company's "Viking World Cruise 2021-2022" planned for MS Viking Star. The 136-day itinerary visits 56 ports in 27 countries, with 11 port city overnights and 3x new for Viking cruise ports (Phillip Island Victoria Australia, Eden NSW Australia, Yangon Burma).
The voyage starts from Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale, Florida USA) on December 24, 2021, and ends in London City England. Signature destinations include Central America, Panama Canal transit, USA West Coast, Hawaii, Transpacific crossing to New Zealand and Australia, Asia, Middle East, Suez Canal transit to Europe (Mediterranean) and the UK.
Full-itinerary "World Voyage 2022" prices started from USD 53000 per person with double occupancy. As a shorter world cruise was offered the 118-day itinerary segment from Los Angeles to London (priced from USD 48000 pp).
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