The Viking Star, Viking Ocean Cruises first ship, has embarked on her maiden voyage from Istanbul to Venice, thus launching the travel industry’s first entirely new cruise line in a decade.
From Venice, Viking Star will make her way through the Mediterranean and into the Atlantic on her way to be officially christened in Bergen, Norway on May 17.
Viking Ocean Cruises has two additional sister ships on order – Viking Sky and Viking Sea – all of which will sail itineraries in Scandinavia and the Baltic, and the Western and Eastern Mediterranean.
Viking Star accommodates 930 passengers in 465 staterooms – each with its own veranda. Engineered at a scale that allows direct access into most ports, guests have an easy and efficient embarkation and disembarkation, allowing them more time to spend enjoying each destination.
“We have always believed that cruising should be about connecting you to your destination – not just taking you to places on a map,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking Cruises. “Along with our privileged-access excursions and onboard enrichment, we have made the destination the true focus of our new ocean cruises.”
Light-filled with modern Scandinavian décor, Viking Star was designed by experienced nautical architects and engineers. A glass-backed infinity pool cantilevered off the stern offers unobstructed views.
Indoor-outdoor spaces offer more options for al fresco dining than any other vessel in its class and feature huge windows. A wrap-around promenade deck nods to a bygone era of classic ocean liners.
Itineraries are designed for maximum time in port, often with late evenings or overnights, so guests can experience local culture at night or evening performances. Ports include both cosmopolitan cities and “collector ports,” appealing to those with an interest in history, art, music, and cuisine.
Every cruise fare includes a guided excursion in each port, but Viking’s optional excursion program provides guests with enriching privileged-access experiences, such as private tour of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, cooking with a countess in Venice, a sailing lesson on a luxury sailboat in the French Riviera, or a cheese and brandy tasting in the Normandy countryside.
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From now through April 30, 2015, Viking is offering U.S. residents 2015 Special Savings and 2016 Early Booking Discounts with 2-for-1 pricing on cruise departures and savings of up to $750 per person on international air.
Every cruise fare includes shore excursions in each port of call, onboard meals, and port charges and government taxes, beer and wine with lunch and dinner, WiFi, self-service laundry and 24-hour room service.
Contact us if you are interested in booking a cruise on Viking Star or for details on all itineraries and pricing details.
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