Travel Agent is sailing onboard Viking Star, the first ship from Viking Ocean Cruises. Here's a photo tour of our stateroom onboard the new ship:
A small ship, Viking Star accommodates 930 passengers in 465 staterooms – each with its own veranda. Engineered at a scale that allows direct access into most ports, guests have an easy and efficient embarkation and disembarkation, allowing them more time to spend enjoying each destination.
Equipped with modern Scandinavian décor, Viking Star was designed by the same interior design team responsible for Viking's Longships. Design elements are meant to pay homage to Nordic heritage. Additionally, a glass-backed infinity pool cantilevered off the stern offers unobstructed views, indoor-outdoor spaces offer options for al fresco dining, windows and skylights let in natural light, and a wrap-around promenade deck is included as a nod to classic ocean liners.
The ship also has a collection of Scandinavian artwork. In the two-deck Explorers' Lounge at the bow of the ship, the décor was inspired by ancient Viking trade routes and navigation methods – imagery of star constellations and astronomical maps are complemented by antique globes, astrolabes and sofas with cozy pelts. The Spa offers the Nordic ritual of the hydrotherapy pool and a Snow Room at sea, as well as materials inspired by Scandinavian nature: Swedish limestone and black slate; juniper and teak wood details; recycled and etched opaque glass; and cast iron. In the Wintergarden, blonde wood "trees" stretch their branches up to the glass ceiling, forming a lattice canopy over a serene space where guests can enjoy afternoon tea service. And in the Viking Living Room, a geometric garden was inspired by the wild lichen of Norway's Finse Mountain Plateau.
Itineraries are designed for maximum time in port, often with late evenings or overnights, so guests can experience local culture at night or evening performances. Ports include both cosmopolitan cities and "collector ports," appealing to those with an interest in history, art, music, and cuisine.
While onboard, guests will enjoy talks from local experts and selected lecturers in The Theater. Dining options onboard Viking Star include the World Café, which serves global cuisine with live cooking and open kitchens; Mamsen's has Norwegian deli-style fare; and Manfredi's Italian Restaurant offers Tuscan and Roman cuisine. The Kitchen Table offers cooking classes on a wide range of regionally inspired dishes and culinary techniques. At night, it transforms into an interactive dinner experience with fellow guests and Viking's chefs.
Every cruise fare includes a guided excursion in each port. Additionally, there is an optional excursion program designed to provide guests with privileged-access experiences.