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.
Viking Star was designed by SMC Design of London, while Rottet Studio in Los Angeles was engaged to design her interior. 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. 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.
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. The keel was laid on 18 December 2013. Fincantieri launched Viking Star on 23 June 2014, about 20 days earlier than the previously announced launch date in mid-July.
HistoryName:Viking StarOwner:Viking Ocean CruisesOperator:Viking Ocean CruisesPort of registry:Bergen, NorwayOrdered:July 2012Builder:Fincantieri, Marghera , ItalyYard number:6236Laid down:18 December 2013Launched:23 June 2014Sponsored by:Trude Drevland (no)Christened:17 May 2015Completed:2015Acquired:28 March 2015In service:11 April 2015Identification:
Status:In serviceGeneral characteristicsClass and type:Viking Star-class cruise shipTonnage:47,800 GTLength:228 m (748 ft)Beam:29 m (95 ft)Draught:6.3 m (21 ft)Decks:14Installed power:MAN Diesel & Turbo 2 x 9L32/44CR + 2 x 12V32/44CR generating setsPropulsion:2 shafted propellersSpeed:20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)Capacity:930 passengersCrew:602