Ahead of its launch in spring, Viking Cruises‘ first ship has completed its series of sea trials.
The Viking Star vessel first took to the waters in December last year, where it embarked on a number of voyages across the Aegean Sea. The ship’s completion of the week-long trials mark the beginning of an exciting future for Viking as it prepares to enter the cruise market.
During it’s sea trials the Viking Star underwent more than eighty tests that checked the vessel’s engines, navigation systems, cabin acoustics and propulsion performance were all in working order.
Upon completion of the ocean trials, Viking Star’s captain Gulleik Svalastog described it as “one of the most agile, state-of-the-art and seaworthy ships on the water, destined to exceed the expectations of the most well-travelled guest“.
Torstein Hagen, chairman of the line, said: “Following six months of non-stop construction since her float out, this was a major milestone for Viking Star and we are proud to be another step closer to launch.
“Now we can focus on the finishing touches, and we look forward to welcoming guests on board in two months’ time.”
Upon completing the sea trials, the Viking Star returned to Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard where it will be decorated with some finishing touches.
The 930-passenger capacity vessel is scheduled to launch on April 11th this year and will be the first of three ocean ships in Viking Cruises’ fleet.
Viking Star’s staterooms will each include a private veranda, king-size bed, large shower and an LCD television.
Exciting facilities will include two pools, a spa, Explorer’s Lounge, Wintergarden and a piano lounge.
The ship’s first sailing will depart from Istanbul, from which it will head to Bergen, Norway, to be officially christened on Norwegian Constitution Day on May 17th.
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