This is the first ship to debut from Viking Ocean Cruises, the oceangoing line by the team behind Viking River Cruises. Launched in spring 2015, the 930-passenger Viking Star is best known for being more all-inclusive than competitors, with Wi-Fi, alcohol, all specialty restaurants, and even some shore excursions included in the fare.
What We Love
The Infinity Pool: The first infinity pool at sea sits on the rear of the ship, with a gorgeous view of the wake.
LivNordic Spa: Created in partnership with a Scandinavian spa company, this spa is a step above what you’ll find on other ships, with a stunning thermal area that’s blissfully included for all passengers. Hats for sale that were hand-knit by a Scandinavian grandma add a personal touch here.
Best Known For
Chic Design Choices: The ship has a modern, clean design that makes all the flashy colorful Las Vegas-influenced ships look a bit tacky in comparison.
Walking Tours: Wander the streets of European towns behind a guide who speaks into a microphone that’s then broadcast to headphones in your ears.
Large, Comfortable Cabins: The staterooms have a similar clean, bright look, as well as nice touches such as 24-hour room service (which is included) and heated bathroom floors.
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Who It's Best For
Sophisticated Travelers: This ship draws a well-heeled crowd of cruisers who love the calm, elegant atmosphere and the well-done takes on classic experiences, such as afternoon tea and an exquisite buffet that sometimes features local ingredients a chef picked up in port.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
Itineraries Are Limited: Viking Star sails in the Baltic and the Mediterranean, year-round.
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Viking Star at a Glance
- Line: Viking Ocean Cruises
- Class: Viking Star
- Number of Passengers: 930
- Ship Size: Medium
- Launch Date: 2015