Posted by: cruise2 | 17 April, 2015

MAIDEN VOYAGE! VIKING STAR SETS SAIL

Anthony discusses the kind of ship I’d like to sail in.

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in what must rank as the single most auspicious cruising debut of 2015, Viking Ocean Cruises’ first ocean going ship, the 47,800 ton Viking Star, has finally set sail on her ground breaking maiden voyage from Istanbul to Venice.

The 930 guest ship is not so much a clear departure from the contemporary mega ship cruising style so much as an about turn. The elegant, upscale ship draws an unmistakable bead on the former glories of the legendary, long redundant Royal Viking Line and it’s rival, Norwegian America Line.

Scaling down the size of the ship has instantly enhanced the level of intimacy and interaction between guests and staff, resulting in a far more personalised, highly styled environment. Viking Star deliberately eschews a slew of glitzy diversions to offer travellers a more full on, immersive cruise experience overall. The ship will place great emphasis on longer, often overnight stays in port…

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