VIKING STAR Shines On Sea Trials

Viking Ocean Cruises highly anticipated, first sea-going ship, the MV VIKING STAR, plies the Adriatic on her successful sea trials.

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Viking Ocean Cruises VIKING STAR alongside Holland America’s KONINGSDAM at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard near Venice, Italy.  Photo courtesy of Viking Ocean Cruises.

The first in Viking Ocean Cruises® ( new class of 930-guest cruise ships, the VIKING STAR, has completed her sea trials.  After departing Fincantieri’s Marghera (near Venice) shipyard, the ship spent a week sailing through the Adriatic, undergoing speed and stability tests.  Captain Gulleik Svalstog stated that she is “one of the most agile, state-of-the-art and seaworthy ships on the water, destined to exceed the expectations of the most well-traveled guest.”

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VIKING STAR is nudged out of her fitting out basin to begin sea trials. Photo courtesy of Viking Ocean Cruises.

Chairman of Viking Cruises Torstein Hagen remarked, “Following six months of nonstop construction since her float out, this was a major milestone for VIKING STAR and we are proud to be another step closer to launch.  Now we can focus on the finishing touches and we look forward to welcoming guests on board in two months’ time.”

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VIKING STAR in her new element. Photo courtesy of Viking Ocean Cruises.

The VIKING STAR has returned to Marghera for final outfitting and interior decorating.  She will embark her first guests on April 11 for a maiden voyage from Istanbul to Bergen, where she will be officially christened on May 17 by Bergen’s mayor, Trude, Drevland.


Peter Knego

Peter Knego

Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea.  With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications.  Knego also runs the website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India.  He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
Peter Knego

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