While you may have visited the Caribbean many times to enjoy its many delightful offerings, wait until you experience it on the beautiful 930-guest, all-veranda Viking Star. Christened in May 2015, Viking Ocean Cruises’ stunning luxury ship arrived in North America in September for the first time and will be taking discerning cruisers to this magnificent destination in the utmost of splendor.
Viking Ocean Cruises (sister company to Viking River Cruises) has introduced a variety of Caribbean sailings in 2016 and 2017. The luxury cruise line designs its itineraries for maximum time in port, some with late evenings or overnights, allowing guests to experience evening performances and local nightlife. Enjoy the ease of an all-inclusive cruise that provides an exceptional vacation experience, with shore excursions in each port, all onboard meals and more included in the fare. You’ll appreciate the many complimentary amenities, including beer and wine with lunch and dinner, Wi-Fi service and 24-hour room service.
Let the spectacular Viking Star take you in luxurious comfort to the Caribbean’s magical West Indies. Sail roundtrip from San Juan, Puerto Rico, the ship’s winter homeport. Immerse yourself in the fascinating British, Dutch and French cultures of the Lesser Antilles on these voyages. Discover historic settlement towns on Barbados and St. Lucia, explore Guadeloupe’s majestic rainforest and such history-rich Caribbean gems as Antigua, Tortola, St. Kitts, St. Maarten and St. Thomas, with its world-famous shops.
Designed for guests to better explore their destinations, these Caribbean cruises will offer travelers experiences sure to broaden their horizons both on board and landside. Viking Ocean Cruises’ “Inclusive Cruising” provides shore excursions in each port of call, all onboard meals, port charges and government taxes. Guests also enjoy beer and wine with lunch and dinner service, premium dining reservations, self-service laundry and access to the Thermal Suite in the LivNordic Spa.
Step aboard Viking Star and you will be transported to a world of understated elegance. Huge windows and skylights add to an open feel – perfect for the Caribbean — and a stunning wraparound Promenade Deck is reminiscent of those on ocean liners of the past. Showcased on the ship is a glass-backed Infinity Pool off the stern, boasting unobstructed views, affording guests the unique feeling of swimming “surrounded by their destination.”
The Atrium is at the center of what is known as The Viking Living Room — a multipurpose space with living room-like seating areas with comfortable chairs and sofas and bookshelves. Soak up the sun at the Main Pool, with its glass magrodome which can be closed during inclement weather.
Relax with friends at The Explorers’ Lounge showcasing panoramic views and ideal for pre-dinner cocktails. Adjacent to the Main Pool area, is the Wintergarden, a relaxing airy venue with elegant furnishings, ideal for afternoon tea accompanied by a harpist or read a bestseller from the Library. Reserve holistic wellness treatments at the acclaimed LivNordic Spa, considered one of the best at sea, highlighted by a Snow Grotto. Exciting entertainment includes a myriad of production shows, movies and enriching lectures at the Star Theater. Some evenings, local performers may come onboard adding to the cultural experience. Viking’s own troupe of singers and dancers also put on shows here. Cabaret-style shows are held in various other venues.
Exquisite dining is featured at a host of restaurants, including alfresco venues, ranging from casual cafés and pool grills to boasting wine-pairing menus for foodies and regional specialties. Savor exquisite cuisine designed for discerning palates. Highlighting many meals are regional favorites that offer further insight into the culture of the destinations visited as each has its own flavors. American classics and healthy options are also served. Indulge your senses at The Restaurant, a refined venue for fabulous dinners. Spectacular walls lined with floor-to-ceiling windows that can open for a delightful alfresco atmosphere. Located in the middle is a bar that is perfect for pre-dinner cocktails. The World Café serves international cuisine and local favorites.
Intimate dining is at The Chef’s Table, with a multi-course tasting menu and wine parings. Head to Manfredi’s for freshly prepared pastas and other Italian specialties. The Kitchen Table is the place for market to table regional specialties. Mamsen’s serves unforgettable Norwegian deli-style fare and the casual Pool Grill serves gourmet burgers. Dine at the Observation Lounge, which opens to the Aquavit Terrace at the bow of the ship for grill fare and al fresco dining.
Intimate, elegant and state-of-the-art, the ships’ spacious staterooms are ultra-comfortable and all with a private veranda. Indulge in the ultra-luxury Owner’s Suite complete with its own sauna and wine cabinet. There are five stateroom categories, with extraordinary amenities including kind-size beds, luxurious linens, high end toiletries, large showers and interactive LCD TVs with movies-on-demand.
See the Caribbean as you never have before, on the stunning and luxurious Viking Star.