Viking’s first ocean ship ready to take on passengers on 11 April
Viking Cruises has announced the successful completion of sea trials in the Aegean Sea by its first ocean ship, Viking Star.
Following the vessel’s first voyage in open water Viking Star‘s captain, Gulleik Svalastog deemed the ship “one of the most agile, state-of-the-art and seaworthy ships on the water.”
Maritime experts executed more than 80 different tests during the week of intense diagnostics which took place in December. The tests were designed to evaluate everything from the ship’s engine and propulsion performance to navigation systems and cabin acoustics.
“Following six months of nonstop construction since her float out, this was a major milestone for Viking Star, and we are proud to be another step closer to launch,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking Cruises. “Now we can focus on the finishing touches, and we look forward to welcoming guests on board in two months’ time.”
Viking Star is currently back at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard for final outfitting and interior decorating, and will take on its first guests on 11 April. It will then set sail from Istanbul, making its way through the Mediterranean and into the Atlantic before being christened on 17 May in its Viking homeland, Bergen, Norway.
Guests on board will be treated to a celebration on Norwegian Constitution Day when dignitaries from around the country and thousands of Bergen residents will gather along the waterfront to welcome Viking Star to port. Bergen Mayor Trude Drevland will serve as godmother to the ship and officially name it during the christening.
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