|Viking Star (Photos by M. Richmond)|
After 21 hours of flying and 24 hours without sleep,
we finally arrived at our final destination: Viking Star, Viking’s luxurious
ocean liner, a sleek vessel built in 2015 with capacity for only 930
Our deluxe veranda suite, fully equipped with
state-of-the-art amenities including flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi, mini-bar and
even binoculars awaited us. A large bathroom with glass-encased shower,
anti-fog mirror and Freyja amenities even includes a heated floor!
|Deluxe veranda suite|
Plenty of cozy areas and nooks and crannies throughout
the carefully laid out ship promote places to read, play scrabble, work on
carefully laid out puzzles, or simply curl up in a blanket and contemplate the moving horizon. Viking Star provides a luxurious home-away-from-home without the tedious burden
of having to do anything for yourself. Heaven forbid!
After a quick sweep around the room we head up to Deck
7 and the World Café for a delicious assortment of lunch options set along a
hot and cold buffet. This deck is where you’ll also find the main pool and hot
tub and the posh Wintergarden where a typical English high tea is served every
day at 4 p.m.
I make a mental note to visit the appealing small infinity pool and hot tub, which are located aft on this deck.
|Small infinity pool|
Also on this deck is Mamsen’s where snacks and light breakfast – as
well as the legendary waffles with caramelized goat cheese – are served.
Explorer’s Lounge offers a bar and a series of “living room” areas where you
can peruse library offerings or watch the sea glide by. Deck 8 features more
cozy nooks where you can read or simply relax.
Liv Nordic is home to the spa and wellness center
where you can indulge in a vast selection of massages, facials and other
treatments and is also where the hair and nail salons are located. Along the way, you can hit the sauna, dip into the cold plunge and bask in the steam bath before
giving in to the frosty delight of the snow grotto – one of the few on the high
Another "must" is the large, bubbling Jacuzzi. The fully equipped Fitness
Center and Sports Deck provide options for working off the extra calories you’re sure to consume during your voyage. The main pool on Deck 7 has a retractable roof allowing you to take full advantage of the sun .... weather permitting.
|Main pool and hot tub|
In addition to the World Café, dining treats can be
savored in the Italian specialty restaurant Manfredi’s, in The Restaurant or at the Chef’s Table where you will be treated to specially created culinary "masterpieces." Entertainment is bountiful with live music, specialty
shows, movies and lectures throughout the cruise. There's plenty to do while on board so I suspect this cruise will be truly memorable.
And service, as you would expect on Viking, will be exceptional!
|Showtime in the Star Theatre|