River Cruising Leader Viking Cruises Launches New Oceangoing Line

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Viking Star. Photo: Viking Line

Viking Cruises has officially launched its new oceangoing cruise line with the departure of the new Viking Star cruise ship on its maiden voyage.

The new company, named Viking Ocean Cruises, marks the industry’s first entirely new cruise line in more than a decade and Viking Cruises’ first venture into ocean cruises.

The 47,800 gross ton Viking Star was delivered in late March by Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard outside of Venice, Italy. The Ship can accommodate 930 passengers in 465 cabins.

Viking Star is one of three ocean cruise ships on order for Viking Ocean Cruises. The remaining two ships, Viking Sea and Viking Sky, are currently under construction with delivery expected in 2016.

On her maiden voyage, Viking Star will sail from Istanbul to Venice before making her way through the Mediterranean and into the Atlantic. The ship will be officially christened in Bergen, Norway during a citywide celebration on May 17 – Norwegian Constitution Day.

Viking Cruises operates the world’s largest fleet of river cruise ships through the Viking River Cruises brand.