In Pictures: Viking Star Cruise Ship
Viking Cruises' state-of-the-art cruise ship has developed a reputation for unbridled luxury on the ocean. We've taken a peek inside and pulled out some highlights of Viking's first ocean ship, including a spa with snowflake showers, a glass-walled infinity pool and 465 private balconies.
Half A Million Tons
Weighing in at 47,800 grt (gross register tonnage), the nine-deck, 980-passenger ship was christened on Norwegian Constitution Day (May 17) in the Norwegian city of Bergen.
Think crisp blond woods, pared-back cabin decor and light and airy spaces throughout. Reminders of the Viking legacy are borne out in art across the ship, with some impressive stairwell art. In keeping with the cruise lines' river ships, interiors draw heavily on the company's Nordic heritage.
15 Places To Eat & Drink
The cruise line says that Viking Star includes "more alfresco eating places than on any other cruise ship". In addition to the main restaurant – where windows open to the deck at the touch of a button – is a World Cafe (tuck into Turkish mezze surrounded by views of the Bosporus or Nordic gravlax as you glide through the Norwegian fjords) and a Chef’s Table for more intimate dining.
Start as you mean to go on with, perhaps, a Sicilian Negroni, Dubrovnik oysters in a saffron sauce, porcini dry-rubbed rib eye and a pistaccio torta (frothy, orange blossom-whipped creme fraiche). Afternoon tea will be served in the Wintergarden, which surrounds the main pool.
465 Private Balconies
Fancy a night in a king-size Viking Explorer bed? Every cabin has one of these, as well as its own veranda. The ship's cabin categories range from the entry-level veranda (25 square metres) to the deluxe veranda, penthouse junior suite, penthouse explorer suite and the top-of-the-range explorer suites.
The ship's piece de resistance: a glass-walled infinity pool cantilervered off the stern. Come evening, the space transforms into the Aquavit Terrace, an alfresco dining area. A second, main pool has a retractable, all-weather dome which, when closed, can also be used for film screenings.
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Snowflakes. Look out for Nordic influences, too, in the menus and spa – which features a snow grotto that showers spa-goers in snowflakes that descend from the ceiling through chilled air.
14 Explorer Suites
The two-room suites feature wrap-around private verandas and measure up to 108 square metres. Expect luxury bed linens (that bed just gets better), in-suite binoculars, a welcome bottle of fizz, a large, flat-screen interactive TV for movies on demand), a coffee maker and cashmere blanket, 24-hour room service and free laundry, dry cleaning, shoe shine and pressing.
Suite status affords privileges such as an earlier (11am) check-in and three guaranteed priority dining reservations – although passengers still have to book these three months before sailing.
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Spent in key destinations, along with fewer days at sea. Chairman Torstein Hagen says the on-board lecture programme and 'privileged access' such as behind-the-scenes tours of world-class museums are central to itineraries. The Europe-centric ports appeal to those with an interest in art, history and culture. Some shore excursions are included in the cruise fare.
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