Cruising the seas on a newfangled Viking ship

When the chairman of Viking River Cruises set out to build his first ocean-going ship, he followed the theme song of many an aging free-thinker: Torstein Hagen did it his way. Hagen’s new ship, the 930-passenger Viking Star, now is cruising to ports from Northern Europe to the Mediterranean Sea, following a May naming ceremony in Bergen, Norway. If you want to cruise on this ship during the next year, you will have to go to Europe, …

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Cruising Viking Star with lessons on Viking history from the Bayeux Tapestry

Several times a day, on a cruise in Europe aboard the new Viking Star, I paused at one of the landings on the fore or aft stairwells to gaze at a scene from the famed Bayeux Tapestry. Reproductions from this amazing work of art tell one of Europe’s great stories of conquest. It is no coincidence that a major Viking victory is represented as the core artwork on Viking Star, which is based in Bergen, Norway. The …

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Eccentricities and itineraries on new Viking Star, cruising in Europe

Walking in the snow like a Viking A cruise line that will remain nameless used to advertise its ships as opportunities to cruise like a Norwegian. Most people are not sure exactly what that meant. But on the new Viking Star, registered in Norway, passengers may cruise like a Viking — by walking in snow. In its impressive Nordic spa, Viking Star has a snow grotto. Flakes fall and the floor provides a bit of shock to …

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Cruising Europe’s seas and ports on the new, sophisticated Viking Star

A new cruise line, starting with a new ship, seldom happens, perhaps once in a decade. Huge obstacles include vision and investment, design and itineraries, marketing and selling to new clients. So, the debut of the Viking Ocean Cruises’ Star Viking is a big deal. That the ship’s home port is in Norway, where much of the modern cruise industry began, but left, is remarkable. The 930-passenger Viking Star, now cruising on itineraries to Northern Europe, the …

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Viking Ocean Cruises’ Viking Star to debut this year

For those of you wondering about the new Viking Star Ocean Cruise new ship. Viking Star Classified by some as a “small ship,” the 930-passenger all-veranda Viking Star – as well as its two sister ships, Viking Sea and Viking Sky – is engineered at a scale that allows direct access into most ports, so guests have easy and efficient embarkation and debarkation. Light-filled and intimate, the ship features understated elegance and modern Scandinavian design. Highlights include: …

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