Even before Viking Ocean Cruises’ first ship hit the water, it was already nearly sold out for its maiden season in 2015. The 930-passenger Viking Star “floated out” in late June at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard outside Venice, with a traditional ceremony where Viking Cruises Chairman Torstein Hagen announced the line is building three more identical sister ships.
Trude Drevland, the mayor of Bergen, Norway, will be godmother to Viking Star and will officially “name” Viking Star during a christening ceremony on May 17, 2015 – Norwegian Constitution Day.
Viking–known for its ever-expanding fleet of river ships–developed the ocean ships using extensive feedback from their loyal passengers and experienced ocean travelers, Hagen said. Guests can choose from five stateroom categories, starting from a 270 square feet and there will be multiple restaurant locations and food choices—from The Restaurant and the World Café, serving a variety of cuisines—to more intimate dining experiences at The Chef’s Table, Italian Grill and The Kitchen Table. The ships will be eco-friendly, featuring efficient hybrid engines, minimal exhaust, hydro-dynamically optimized streamlined hulls and onboard solar panels.