Captain Gulleik Svalastog will bring 40 years of sailing experience to Viking’s first ocean ship

Viking Ocean Cruises has announced that Captain Gulleik Svalastog will be at the helm of its first ocean ship, the 930-passenger Viking Star, when it sets sail on its maiden voyage in April 2015.

An experienced cruise captain from Viking Cruises’ homeland, Norway, Captain Svalastog, will command and oversee the operation, crew and safety of the ship in its maiden season in Scandinavia and the Baltic; and the Western and Eastern Mediterranean.

Svalastog brings 45 years of sailing experience to Viking Ocean Cruises and has held a variety of senior ship management positions including as as superintendent for Norwegian Cruise Line and Crystal Cruises and as Lead Auditor for Det Norske Veritas (DNV). His most recent position was as captain of Color Line Cruises.

Svalastog is currently part of the team overseeing the final stage of outfitting and interior build-out for Viking Star, which touched water for the first time in June 2014 at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard and will be christened in May 2015.

“We could not ask for a better captain for our first ocean ship,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking Cruises. “Captain Svalastog brings an impeccable record that will undoubtedly guide Viking Star and her guests though a successful maiden season.”

Click below to watch a video from Viking and hear from Captain Svalastog

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