What started with the first Steel being cut in June 2013 has progressed fast. This week Viking Cruises announced the keel was laid for its first ocean cruise vessel, Viking Star. This marks the next phase of construction for the company’s first-ever ocean cruise product. A ceremony took place on Wednesday, December 18, at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard outside Venice, Italy.
The laying of the keel is a formal recognition of the start of construction. The 930-passenger Viking Star features state-of-the-art design from seasoned nautical architects and engineers. The company is not slowing down its amazing growth as it also plans to launch a record-breaking 14 new river vessels – Viking Longships® – in March 2014.
“Our new ocean itineraries are selling at an unprecedented rate, and the enthusiasm we have seen from guests is truly remarkable,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking Cruises. “There is undoubtedly interest in an ocean cruise experience that returns the focus to the destination, and Viking is actively planning to meet that demand.”
Viking’s ocean itineraries will include Viking Star’s maiden voyages in Scandinavia and the Baltic; and the Western and Eastern Mediterranean. Classified by some as a “small ship,” the all-veranda custom-designed vessel allows travelers to get closer than ever to their destinations with maximum time in ports, while highlighting history, art and local culture through privileged-access excursions and onboard experiences that are truly designed for the experienced traveler.