Last weekend hundreds of people took to the streets of Norway to celebrate Constitution Day, however that wasn’t the only cause for celebration. May 17 saw the latest in a flurry of Viking Cruises christenings and this wasn’t just any old ship but the eagerly-awaited Viking Star; Viking Cruises’ first foray into ocean cruising.
With her maiden voyage complete and the ship christened by Godmother Trude Drevland (Mayor of Norway), we thought we would take a closer look at a ship that promises to have the final word in Scandinavian elegance. From the moment you step foot into the awesome triple-deck atrium, it is clear that there is something truly special about Viking Star.
Your Private Sanctuary
Viking Star will take Viking Cruises’ unique cruising style to the ocean, placing the focus firmly on the destination. Expect to spend less days at sea and more days exploring the world’s most beautiful places; Viking Star is small enough to dock at most ports around the world, so you will journey straight to the heart of your destination.
Every one of Viking Star’s staterooms features a large private veranda, providing you with your own picturesque view of the world as you pass through. The ship’s two-room Explorer Suites provide the best views of all, thanks to extensive wraparound verandas.
Staterooms vary in size from the larger-than-average 270 sq.ft Veranda Stateroom to the sizeable 1,164 sq.ft Explorer Suites. Spend lazy mornings in cosy surroundings, with king-size beds and fine linens. 24-hour room service is complimentary, so order an array of dishes and enjoy in the privacy of your room or under the sun on your private veranda. Pamper yourself in the spacious ensuite, with luxury lotions, heated floor and powerful shower. Bliss.
Viking’s chefs use the freshest locally sourced ingredients to deliver an authentic taste of regional specialities from each of the destinations you visit. Speciality restaurants are complimentary and you will have a choice of ten dining options aboard Viking Star including:
Elegant yet informal, The Restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner in some of the most serene surroundings. Enjoy stunning views as you dine on some of the finest food at sea. In warm weather, the restaurant’s glass doors open to create an alfresco dining space with 270? views.
The World Café
The contemporary and casual World Café features open kitchens, so you can watch the ship’s skilled chefs create their masterpieces. Take your pick from French patisserie, Italian Gelateria, sushi bar and Asian specialities – all served with spectacular views of course.
Viking Star is big on alfresco dining, offering more outside dining spaces than any other ship. The Aquavit Terrace is the perfect place to enjoy lunch beneath the sun.
The Italian Grill
One of Viking Star’s speciality restaurants, The Italian Grill serves authentic Italian food and wine in a traditional Tuscan steakhouse setting. Juicy steaks, fresh seafood, handmade pasta and tempting antipasti complete the Italian dining experience.
The Chef’s Table
Another speciality restaurant, The Chef’s Table serves a multi-course tasting menu with comprehensive wine pairings. Acclaimed chefs and master sommeliers serve up some of the finest food and drink at sea.
Head to the Wintergarden for afternoon tea and spectacular panoramic views. It’s one of the most relaxing spots on the ship.
The Kitchen Table
Viking’s chefs are on hand throughout the day to impart some of their expert knowledge and you can put your culinary skills to the test with baking, cake decoration and Asian-inspired cuisine. Night sees The Kitchen Table become a fun hands-on dining experience, where you and other guests can prepare your own dinner in an evening of great food (if you do say so yourself) and fine wine.
Entertainment, Rest and Relaxation
Viking Star offers an exceptional blend of entertainment, rest and relaxation. Spend your sea days relaxing and your nights being entertained in a host of venues.
Norwegian’s know how to do wellbeing well and The Spa is a haven of Nordic wellness. Soak your stresses away in the hydrotherapy pool, reinvigorate in the steam room and indulge body and mind with a choice of Nordic therapies.
The Spa aboard Viking Star is also home to the snow grotto, where snowflakes fall from the ceiling and sub-zero temperatures boost the circulation.
Viking Star features two state-of-the-art gyms, including an outsidestudio. Head above deck for Pilates and Yoga classes with a special sea view.
Much has been made of Viking Star’s infinity pool; the very first at sea. Guests will also find a second pool with a retractable roof, in an area that also plays host to outdoor movie screenings during your cruise. Two additional cinemas will show a combination of new releases and old favourites, whilst the theatre will host musicals at night and lectures through the day.
The lofty Explorer’s Lounge features double height windows with incredible unobstructed 270? views. Grab a bite to eat and a coffee, meet friends or just enjoy a little time out with the views for company.
What are your first impressions of Viking Cruises’ first footsteps into the world of ocean cruising? Will you be booking your place aboard Viking Star?