Viking’s first ocean ship, Viking Star, will be christened this weekend in Bergen, Norway. Trude Devlen, the mayor of Bergen, is to be the ship’s godmother and said of the ship “this is going to be the soul of Scandinavia, with some touch of Bergen, and I will love her”.
Viking Star sailed into London for the first time on May 12 as part of her maiden voyage. The ship left Istanbul last month and is en route to Norway, where the christening will form part of the country’s Constitution Day celebrations.
The ship carries just 930 passengers and Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking Cruises, said the line wanted to buck the current trend for megaliners. “It is our view that in the race to build bigger ships, many cruise lines have lost sight of the destinations to which they sail. With our new ocean cruises, we have created a new kind of vessel that is smaller in size and smarter in design, offering an alternative to today’s mega liners,” he said.
Viking Star channels a Scandinavian design aesthetic with blonde wood, Swedish limestone and Viking themed artworks. All cabins have balconies and the ship boasts more outdoor dining options than any other on the water. Unique features include and infinity pool cantilevered off the stern, a retractable roof over the main pool and a snow grotto in the spa. The ship will sail in Scandinavia, the Baltic and Mediterranean.