Viking Ocean Cruises has officially welcomed their first ship into the New York harbor – Viking Star. The 930-guest ship docked at Manhattan Cruise Terminal at noon on October 13, just after sailing past the Statue of Liberty with a reception by New York Fireboats. Two days earlier, the line commemorated their first US port of call in Boston. This is the first time Viking has sailed into North American ports.
Viking is the world’s leading river cruise line, and was recently awarded top honors as the #1 Ocean Cruise line in Travel + Leisure‘s 2016 World’s Best Awards. Viking Star is now safely in San Juan, which will serve as her homeport through the winter season. From there, the ship will operate an 11-day West Indies Explorer itinerary, which calls on ports in the British Virgin Islands, Antigua, St. Lucia, Barbados, Guadeloupe, St. Kitts, St. Martin, and the US Virgin Islands with no sea days. Viking Star will return to Europe in February, with a transatlantic crossing from San Juan to Barcelona.
Viking Star Details
Classified as a “small ship,” Viking Star scored a 5-star rating from Cruise Critic, and was named Best New Ocean Ship this year. In addition to the new Viking Sea, the cruise line will launch four more ocean ships in the coming years.
Viking’s ocean ships feature:
- All Veranda Staterooms – Guests can choose from five stateroom categories, all with private verandas and luxury amenities.
- Explorer Suites – Ships feature 14 Explorer Suites, which range from 757 to 1,163 square feet, offering the most amenities and privileges of any category onboard.
- Two Pools – In addition to the main pool with a retractable roof for colder weather, the ships feature a glass-backed infinity pool cantilevered off the stern for unmatched ocean views.
- LivNordic Spa – The spa onboard is designed with the holistic wellness philosophy of Scandinavia in mind, including a sauna and snow grotto.
- Explorers’ Lounge and Mamsen’s Gourmet Deli – These spaces are located in the bow and designed in the Scandinavian spirit, complete with sweeping views through double-height windows
- The Wintergarden – Guests will find serenity here, where they can indulge in afternoon tea under trellised wood – an homage to Norse mythology and Yggdrasil, the Tree of Life.
- Dining Choices – Viking’s ocean ships offer multiple dining options, from The Restaurant and World Café, to the Italian venue Manfredi’s, The Kitchen Table, and the Pool Grill with gourmet burgers, plus more.
- Entertainment – Instead of casinos and waterslides, guests are offered Viking’s Culture Curriculum. They can hear lectures on history and art, taste vintage wines from their destinations, listen to informative port talks, and enjoy folkloric shows and musicians playing regional and classical music. There’s also an onboard cooking school where travelers can learn to prepare local specialties.
Because Viking Ocean Cruises’ ships are smaller, they allow access to smaller ports, and allow guests to get even closer to the destinations. There are more overnights and fewer days at sea. Cruising is more inclusive, too. Every cruise fare includes a veranda stateroom, shore excursions in each port, all onboard meals, and all port charges and taxes. Other complimentary amenities include beer and wine with lunch and dinner, wifi, laundry, access to the Thermal Suite in the spa, and premium dining reservations.
From now to October 31, Viking is offering US residents a savings of up to $2,000 per couple – up to $1,000 off cruise fare and up to $1,000 off air. Contact your travel agent or give Viking a call for more information.