Viking Star Will Change The Way You Think Of Cruises

Viking Star at anchor in Greenwich (London) England on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports
Tuesday, May 12, 2105
Viking Cruises first-ever oceangoing cruise ship, the 930-guest Viking Star, is a stunning antidote to the homogeneousness that seems to infect a certain portion of the industry. In an age where most mainstream cruise ships look and even feel more similar than not, Viking is doing things differently. Of course, this should come as no surprise to anyone who has taken one of their river cruises: the Viking Longships changed the way people viewed river cruises when they burst on the scene in 2012.
Now, Viking is poised to change the way you think about cruise ships.

Sleek lines...Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Sleek lines…Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

...are coupled with an exterior design that channels the spirit of a classic cruising innovator, Royal Viking Line. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

…are coupled with an exterior design that channels the spirit of a classic cruising innovator, Royal Viking Line. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

After only having been onboard for a few hours here at our floating dock in the middle of the River Thames just off Greenwich – close enough to be London, England – I am already impressed with the Viking Star, but not for the reasons you might think. Sure, the Infinity Pool is swanky, and yes, the Nordic “snow room” in the LivNordic Spa is cool both figuratively and literally. But as I become acquainted with the ship, the things that really leave a lasting impression on me are much smaller.

Welcome Aboard! The first space most guests will see is the spectacular Atrium that spans Decks 1, 2 and 3. The

Welcome Aboard! The first space most guests will see is the spectacular Atrium that spans Decks 1, 2 and 3. The “painting” at the top of the stairs is actually a high-resolution digital screen. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Viking Star's atrium as seen from Deck 3. Note the change in imagery at the top of the stairs. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Viking Star’s atrium as seen from Deck 3. Note the change in imager

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