Viking Cruises’ Chairman Torstein Hagen accepts delivery of the VIKING STAR at Finchantieri’s Marghera shipyard.
Viking Ocean Cruises quietly took delivery of the VIKING STAR on March 28 at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard near Venice, Italy. The much-anticipated first “ocean” ship for Viking, which is the world’s largest river cruise line, will commence her maiden voyage from Istanbul on April 11.
“This has been a remarkable journey and I am grateful to everyone at Viking and Fincantieri who has worked tirelessly to turn our vision into reality,” said Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking Cruises. “With VIKING STAR’s maiden voyage and christening now within sight, we are ready to bring our destination-focused experiences to ocean cruising.”
The all-veranda ship has a gross tonnage of 47,800 and has 465 cabins that will accommodate 930 guests. After transiting the Mediterranean and into the Atlantic, the VIKING STAR will be christened by the mayor of Bergen, Norway, on May 17. MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego will be reporting live from the scene.
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 www.midshipcentury.com 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."
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