Viking Ocean Cruises has quietly taken delivery of the company’s first oceangoing ship, the Viking Star.
The delivery ceremony took place on March 28 when the ship was presented at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard outside of Venice, Italy. On April 11, Viking Star will set sail from Istanbul and will make her way through theMediterranean and into the Atlantic on her way to be officially christened on 17th May 2015 in Bergen, Norway.
“This has been a remarkable journey, and I am grateful to everyone at Viking and Fincantieri who has worked tirelessly to turn our vision into reality,” said Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking Cruises. “With Viking Star’s maiden voyage and christening now within sight, we are ready to bring our destination-focused experiences to ocean cruising.”
The all-veranda Viking Star has 465 cabins and will accommodate 930 passengers. It is engineered at a scale that allows direct access into most ports in order to promote an easy embarkation and debarkation. Light-filled with modern Scandinavian décor, the ship was designed by the same interior design team responsible for the fleet of Viking Longships. Viking Star is one of three ocean cruise ships on order. The remaining two ships, Viking Sea and Viking Sky, are currently under construction.
‘Viking Star’, like its two sister ships, with a gross tonnage of about 47,800 tons, will be classified in the small cruise ship segment.
The ship has been designed by experienced nautical architects and engineers, including an interior design team of London-based SMC Design, and Los Angeles-based Rottet Studios.
Fincantieri has built 69 cruise ships since 1990 and other 15 ships are currently being designed or built in the Group’s yards.
Ship Rendering courtesy of Viking Ocean Cruises