Viking Oceans

Viking has set the standard for European River Cruising,  having succeeded in taking its passengers to places that have been overlooked  in mainstream tourism and providing a look into parts of Europe  that have yet to be ruined by endless crowds, cheap food, and inauthentic  tourist traps.  But, though Viking River  Cruises has continued to grow and expand its fleet of longships, they  announced almost a month ago   the introduction of the Viking Star, which  will herald in their new fleet of oceangoing vessels under the brand Viking  Oceans.

The new Viking Star, © Viking Cruises

Forget the massive cruise ships that have replaced the  destination as the reason for going, Viking Oceans’ ships will bring passengers  back to exploring the cultural, historic, and culinary heart of the places they  visit.  Here’s what it will offer:

© Viking Cruises

Viking has tailored its newest brand with experienced  travelers in mind.  Its ports include  cities that appeal to experienced travelers, with more time in port, late  evenings, or overnight stays, offering guests the chance to explore a port’s  nightlife.  Each cruise fare will include  a veranda stateroom–that is, all staterooms are veranda staterooms.  Shore exursions, all onboard meals, all port  charges and government taxes, complimentary beer and wine with lunch and  dinner, wifi, self-service laundry, and 24-hour room service for all  passengers.

 © Viking Cruises

Accomodations:

Although every stateroom has a verandah there are still the  conventional room categories that range from the 270 sq. ft. standard room  which offers king sized beds, large showers, and LCD TVs to the incredibly  spacious 1163 sq. ft. explorer suites that provide wrap around verandas and  priority access to ship’s services and options.

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Dining:

Like its river cruises, the Viking Star will highlight regional  and local specialties made from locally sourced ingredientswith several  additional options onboard for passengers wanting American classic, heart  healthy options, or simply seeking to enjoy their meals al fresco.

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Activities:

Keeping in line with their alternative approach to cruising,  the ship’s activities and amenities.

  • The onboard spa offers a holistic, Scandinavian set of options such as its snowflake filled snow room.
  • Two onboard pools: one featuring a retractable roof and the other an infinity pool that’s perched off the stern of the ship.
  • Relaxing spaces such as the Explorers’ lounge with its two story panoramic windows, selection of craft beers, and Viking Deli or the Wintergarden surrounding the main pool where passengers can play witness to a tea ceremony or partake in an afternoon tea service.
  • The Star Theater will offer enrichment lectures from experts on topics of       regional history, art, and music.
  • An onboard cooking school allows passengers to not only enjoy the regional specialties that are served onboard but also how to make them.

Sailings:

Although the first ship, the Viking Star, isn’t scheduled to begin its maiden voyage unto 2015,  rooms are already filling up for its itineraries to Scandinavia and the Baltic; and Western and Eastern   Mediterranean destinations.

To learn more, we invite you to visit the Viking Oceans’ website.

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