MV Viking Star

MV Viking Star is the lead ship of the Viking Star class of cruise ships, and the first such ship operated by Viking Ocean Cruises, a division of Viking Cruises. She entered service in April 2015. Two Viking Star-class sister ships, Viking Sea and Viking Sky, joined her in the Viking Ocean Cruises fleet in 2016.[5]

Viking Star departing Tallinn, Estonia on August 2, 2016.
Name: Viking Star
Owner: Viking Ocean Cruises
Operator: Viking Ocean Cruises
Port of registry: Bergen,  Norway
Ordered: July 2012[1]
Builder: Fincantieri, Marghera , Italy
Yard number: 6236
Laid down: 18 December 2013[2]
Launched: 23 June 2014
Sponsored by: Trude Drevland
Christened: 17 May 2015
Completed: 2015
Acquired: 28 March 2015
In service: 11 April 2015
Status: In service
General characteristics [4]
Type: Cruise ship
Length: 228 m (748 ft)
Beam: 29 m (95 ft)
Draught: 6.3 m (21 ft)
Decks: 14
Ice class: 1C
Installed power:
  • 2 × MAN 9L32/44CR (2 × 5,040 kW)
  • 2 × MAN 12V32/44CR (2 × 6,720 kW)
Propulsion: Diesel-electric, two shafts (2 × 7,250 kW)
  • 17 knots (31 km/h; 20 mph) (service)
  • 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph) (maximum)
Capacity: 930 passengers
Crew: 602

Concept and construction

Viking Star was designed by SMC Design of London with Exterior styling by Clifford Denn Design, while Rottet Studio in Los Angeles was engaged to design her interior.[6] The vessel's modern Scandinavian design ties in with that of Viking Cruises' river cruisers, and was intended to mix onboard elegance with a focus on destinations.[7] As a relatively small vessel, Viking Star is able to access most ports directly, and thus facilitate efficient and trouble-free embarkation and debarkation processes. She also has a hydro-dynamically optimised streamlined hull and bow for maximum fuel efficiency.[8]

The ship's first plate was cut on 7 June 2013 at the Fincantieri Marghera shipyard in Marghera, Italy. The plate cutting ceremony was attended, among others, by Torstein Hagen, founder and chairman of Viking.[9] The keel was laid on 18 December 2013.[2] Fincantieri launched Viking Star on 23 June 2014, about 20 days earlier than the previously announced launch date in mid-July.[6]

In mid-December 2014, the ship successfully completed a week long period of sea trials in the Aegean Sea, during which she underwent more than 80 different tests. A variety of functions and systems were evaluated, including engine and propulsion performance, the navigation systems, and cabin acoustics.[8]

Viking Ocean Cruises took delivery of Viking Star at the shipyard on 28 March 2015.[10]

Architecture and equipment

Public areas

On board, Viking Star features two pools, the main pool and the Infinity Pool, a spa and a fitness center. She also has two restaurants, lounges, the piano lounge and the explorers lounge, the wintergarden, the aquavit terrace and the world cafe. Also, Viking Star has a sports deck, the star theatre and bar, the lobby bar and various shops.[11]


Viking Star has five stateroom categories, all with private verandas, and 14 Explorer Suites.[6] Up to 930 passengers can be accommodated in her 465 staterooms and suites,[12] all of which are spacious for a cruise ship. The smallest staterooms are 25 m2 (270 sq ft) in size; the two-room suites range from 70.3 m2 (757 sq ft) to 134.5 m2 (1,448 sq ft) in area, and feature wrap-around private balconies offering sweeping views.[7]


The vessel is fitted with energy-efficient hybrid engines, and onboard solar panels and exhaust pollution-minimising equipment to enable her to meet strict environmental regulations.[10] Her COMPAC propeller shaft bearings, manufactured by Thordon Bearings, are lubricated by seawater, which is recycled into the ocean. The use of seawater as a lubricant lowers in-service maintenance costs, by eliminating the requirement for an aft seal. The seawater lubricant also replaces expensive biodegradable oils, which, if used, would need to be stored, sampled and disposed of, and would also create a risk of accidental oil discharge.[13]

Entertainment facilities

The theatre features live entertainment, as well as new-release films and some old favourites. Additionally, there are port talks and lectures from the on-board cultural enrichment programmes on art, history and culture. The lecture programme includes academic lecturers, local speakers and interactive demonstrations.[12]

Commercial service

Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge

On 12 October 2016, a mast on Viking Star clipped the underside of the Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge. Subsequent inspection of the bridge indicated no damage, other than scraped paint.[14]


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  9. "Plate-Cutting Ceremony for 'Viking Star' at Marghera Shipyard". World Maritime News. Retrieved 9 June 2013.
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  11. "Viking Ocean Cruises - Viking Star Deck Plans". Viking Ocean Cruises. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  12. Stone, Deborah (April 2, 2015). "The arrival of the VIKING STAR: Norwegian giant launches beautiful first cruise ship". Daily Express. Retrieved April 17, 2015.
  13. Gibson, Rebecca (November 5, 2014). "Viking signs deal with Thordon". Cruise& Retrieved April 17, 2015.
  14. "Cape Cod Canal bridge clipped by passing cruise ship". WHDH (TV). October 14, 2016. Retrieved October 14, 2016.
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