If you haven’t already been aware, Viking River Cruises has expanded their fleet over the last two years at the fastest rate of any river cruise company in the world. Or, for that matter, any cruise company, river or ocean.
Exciting new designs offer more spacious accommodations. Outstanding values include shore excursions, Wi-Fi, and, on their new “longships”, more full verandas to take advantage of the magnificent scenery both in port and while traveling through the European waterways.
Viking’s visionary president has been exploring the ocean cruise segment for some time and came to the conclusion that many of their guests that enjoy the cruising experience often mix their travel plans with ocean cruises.
But just having the storied Viking name on an ocean ship would not be enough.
The question to go big or stay small — or go smaller yet — would be the first challenge. In the end, fewer than 1,000 passengers and still staying intimate and comfortable would be their best choice.
The Viking Star, the first of the “ocean class” Viking ships, accommodates up to 928 passengers. And not your ordinary accommodations found on many ships.
Every cabin has its own private veranda, king-size bed and spacious shower. Every passenger will enjoy the more-inclusive experience: complimentary shore excursions, complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks, complementary self-service laundry, complimentary 24-hour room service, complimentary specialty coffees & teas are but a few of the additional benefits.
If you are looking for an upscale ocean cruise at less than upscale rates with the latest innovations, we think the new Viking Star is a worthy contender for your next cruise vacation.
The maiden voyage of the Viking Star is April 2015.