New Viking Line Christens First Ship
PHOTO: The new Viking Star was christened in Bergen, Norway. (Courtesy of Viking Ocean Cruises)
The new Viking Cruise Line christened its first ship, the 930-passenger Viking Star, with a waterfront concert, fireworks and festivities attended by thousands of people in its homeport of Bergen, Norway, on Norwegian Constitution Day.
Bergen Mayor Trude Drevland served as ceremonial godmother and offered a blessing of good fortune and safe sailing for Viking Star, a naval tradition that dates back thousands of years.
“We believe the arrival of Viking Star signals a new era in destination-focused cruising, and I could not be more proud that she will call my favorite city in the world ‘home,’ ” said Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking Cruises.
The May 17 christening was the culmination of a maiden voyage that began April 11. Since then, the ship has sailed throughout the Mediterranean and Western Europe.
The 47,800-ton Viking Star has 465 staterooms, each with its own veranda. The vessel has a modern Scandinavian décor designed by the same team responsible for the company’s riverboat fleet of Viking Longships.
It also has a glass-backed infinity pool off the stern, a wraparound promenade deck, the first snow room at sea, and a Wintergarden with a glass ceiling.
The new cruise line currently has two more cruise ships under construction, named the Viking Sea and Viking Sky.
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