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  • USA Today 10Best: Bonjour, Paris: The Viking Cruise Adventure Begins

    January 13, 2017 – Long a hub of French culture, architecture and cuisine, Paris is undeniably one of the most romantic destinations in the world. After checking into the luxurious Paris Pullman Hotel (steps away from the Eiffel Tower), Viking River Cruise guests enjoy a comfortable afternoon bus tour with a knowledgeable local guide. The famed avenue Champs-Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe, commissioned by Napoleon in 1806, are the first of many highlights on this city tour.

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  • USA Today 10Best: Viking River Cruises Wins Best River Cruise Line

    December 23, 2016 – Founded in 1997, Viking River Cruises plies the waterways of Europe, Russia, China, Southeast Asia and Egypt with its fleet of 35 vessels. While Viking has also launched an award-winning ocean cruise line, the company built its reputation in river cruising. These all-inclusive cruises feature outside staterooms, WiFi, wine and beer with meals, shore excursions in every port and Viking’s signature Culture Curriculum program.

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  • Canada.com: Viking River Cruises celebrates 20 years in 2017

    December 13, 2016 - It’s a special year for one of my favourite lines, Viking River Cruises, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017. Back in 1997, Viking got its start in Russia, sailing itineraries along the Volga River. In the new year, the line will offer one of the largest seasons on the Volga of any river cruise line, with 59 departures between May and October.

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  • Chicago Tribune: Cruising the Waterways of the Czars in Surprising, Sprawling Russia

    December 5, 2016 - A river cruise like Viking’s Waterways of the Tsars is an ideal way for first-time visitors to get a sense of sprawling, surprising Russia.

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  • Condé Nast Traveler: Plan Now, Take A River Cruise

    December, 2016 - If you’re still on the fence, consider that booking during 2016 will lock in this year’s prices, which could save you a few hundred dollars, depending. You’ll also have your pick of itineraries and the first choice of the best cabins on the best lines (Viking and Grand Circle topped our RCA list this year).

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  • Town & Country: These Are the Best Cruises in the World

    October 6, 2016 - Town & Country awarded Viking River Cruises Best For Suites and Best for Design in their 2016 Cruise Awards, noting: The simple Scandinavian design of Viking's nearly 50 newly built Longships makes the best use of space we've seen. They don't feel cramped, and they have a lovely indoor/outdoor dining area, the Aquavit Terrace.

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  • Huffington Post: The Best Way To See The Sights Of Russia

    August 10, 2016 - I was going with Viking River Cruises on the Waterways of the Tsars cruise. Viking River has a longstanding relationship with the Russian government. I knew I would feel confident and safe seeing Russia with them.

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  • JustLuxe: Coasting Along the Mekong on Viking River Cruises' 15-Day Trip

    August 10, 2016 - Since my last three Viking trips were all one-week cruises in Europe, I decided to embark on a 15-day Magnificent Mekong cruise which goes through Vietnam and Cambodia. Initially, I had some reservations about the hassle of a hotel/cruise ship combo and the longer time frame. Plus, this time I wouldn’t be luxuriating on one of their signature Longships. The Viking Mekong, which was specifically built to traverse the “Mother River of Southeast Asia,” is a much smaller wooden ship, accommodating just 56 guests. However, it turned out to be my favorite Viking trip to date.

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  • Cruise Critic: A Truffle, Wine and Cheese Cruise Excursion: We Try It With Viking River Cruises

    August, 2016 - Viking River Cruises offers the perfect opportunity. The line's truffle, wine and cheese cruise excursion not only shows you what everyday life in rural France is like, but also a taste of its most sought-after delicacies.

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  • Huffington Post: The Tao of River Cruising: Finding Peace on the Mekong River

    July 25, 2016 - Watching the blood red sun drip into the Mekong River makes me feel cinematic and I dream of romance and adventure. I chat with fellow travelers, murmuring about the intoxicating beauty of the region.

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  • Cruise Currents: What It’s Like: Sailing On A Viking River Longship

    July 9, 2016 - My entire cruise career has seen me sailing on cruise ships of all sizes. From the largest ships at sea to the classics that are tiny by today’s standards, so I was intrigued and admittedly nervous about trying out my very first river ship with Viking River. The Viking Lif, which spans a total of four decks and has a tonnage of just a few thousand, would be my very first experience with a ship of this size and on a river. And wow, did I fall in love with her.

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  • Canadian World Traveller: Perfection with Viking River Cruises

    July, 2016 - A new destination each morning without having to look for hotels, pack and unpack luggage, drive through unknown roads, find parking… Viking has taken all the guess work and hassles out. It is truly a perfect way to travel, so much so that the only thing to do is remember what time the boat leaves.

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  • Boston Herald: Set sail for Europe on river cruise

    June 26, 2016 - The popularity of cruising the continent’s scenic rivers shouldn’t come as a surprise. Europe has more navigable waterways than any other region in the world — and arguably more diverse cultures and visitor attractions along its riverbanks than any place else.

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  • Condé Nast Traveler: Why You Should Book a River Cruise Right Now

    February 11, 2016 - Eyeing a river cruise getaway? You’re in luck: award-winning Viking River Cruises has brought back its risk-free booking promotion for the month of February, a limited-time only no-fee cancellation policy that you’re more likely to see when booking a dinner cruise than two-week river trip.

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  • Bon Appetit: Take Me to the (Danube) River

    January 27, 2016 - Bigger isn’t always better—especially when it comes to the cruise life. We went sailing down the Danube in search of stunning views and the ultimate week of R&R. (Spoiler: We found both.)

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  • Landlopers: Christmas Market Highlights – The Viking Danube River Cruise

    November 29, 2015 - Every December, usually a week or two before Christmas, we have traveled to different places in Europe in order to visit Christmas markets, see new sights and enjoy destinations when they’re not as touristy. Last year we did something a little different and joined a Viking Christmas Market Danube River Cruise sailing from Budapest to Nuremberg. The experience was one of the best trips we’ve ever taken, so much so that we plan on doing a Viking Rhine Christmas market cruise in December 2015.

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  • Toronto Sun: Cambodia: New Takes on Tradition

    November 18, 2015 - During our seven days on the Mekong in the luxurious 58-passenger French-colonial Viking Mekong riverboat, there were also inspired excursions to take in eye-opening markets full of fish, produce, rats and edible insects; more kids at a traditional riverside village of sheet-metal shacks on stilts; zipping around cities and towns on rickshaws, tuk-tuks and ox carts; playing volleyball with orphans; and tour temples crawling with monkeys.

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  • River Cruise Advisor: Portugal’s River of Gold Aboard Viking Torgil – Voyage Recap

    October 13, 2015 - It’s been almost a week since I returned from Portugal’s Douro River after a 10-day journey from Lisbon to Porto with Viking River Cruises. And in that time, I’ve had the chance to reflect on the adventures that were had in this fascinating country and in the UNESCO World Heritage Site that is the Douro River Valley.

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  • Cruise Fever: 5 Ways Viking Takes Care of You Even When OFF the Ship

    September 30, 2015 - We are currently on a 10 day Viking cruise, with the first two days being spent in Lisbon before we head up to Port, Portugal to begin our river sailing journey. (Remember to follow along on Twitter and Instagram).

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  • Chicago Tribune: River Cruise Dining Shows What the Little Guys Can Do

    September 28, 2015 - For food lovers, riverboats offer distinct advantages too: Buffet tables may be shorter, but so are the lines. Guests can step off a riverboat close to the center of a town or village to sample local foods and drinks and mingle with locals at restaurants and pubs (either independently or as part of a small-group excursions).

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  • New York Post: Exploring the Beautiful Rhine with Europe’s Best River Cruise

    August 31, 2015 - First impressions matter in love — and when you’re traveling. That’s why the Viking Baldur’s good looks boosted expectations for the seven-night cruise from Frankfurt to Amsterdam that I was about to board.

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  • The Daily Meal: On the Danube River with Viking River Cruises

    July 24, 2015 - There are two universal truths about Viking River Cruises. One: literally everyone you talk to wants to take one. And two: everyone who wants to should.

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  • Chris Cruises: The Viking Advantage: We Would Gladly Repeat Our Experience

    July 20, 2015 - We Would Do It Again, Exactly As We Have Done It. That’s probably the best summary of all we experienced and how the modified plan sent to us by Viking just days before we began worked out. Lisa and I agree, without hesitation, that this was a wonderful travel experience that we would repeat in a heartbeat, exactly as we had done it.

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  • Cruise Fever: 16 Things to Love About Viking Sea

    January 16, 2017 – We are currently on a 14 night Grand Mediterranean cruise on Viking Sea, the second ocean cruise ship from Viking Ocean Cruises. After the cruise, we will showcase the highlights of this incredible Grand Mediterranean cruise, a trip that has really blown us away so far. Until then, here are 16 things (in no particular order) that we love about Viking Sea.

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  • The Daily Meal: Learn to Cook Like Viking Ocean Cruises’ Chef While on Board

    January 6, 2017 – Viking Ocean Cruises’ hands-on cooking classes beat the competition, hands down. The program offered by Viking Ocean Cruises is a winner, combining the full attention of one of the chefs responsible for giving Viking the highest passenger rating for food in the industry, according to Cruise Critic, the No. 1 web site for cruisers.

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  • JustLuxe: 9 Highlights From An Ocean Cruise Aboard The New Viking Sea

    January 4, 2017 – Though more known for its European river itineraries, Viking Cruises and its new oceangoing vessels already excel at creating itineraries that showcase the highlights of various destinations, yet remain highly personalized and hit all the right notes.

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  • Dame Traveler: Cities of Antiquity & the Holy Land with Viking Cruises

    January 4, 2017 – I joined Viking Cruises aboard the Viking Sea on an inspiring 15-day cruise through the eastern Mediterranean embarking from Athens and debarking in Rome. I was never much of a cruiser until I discovered how amazing smaller boutique ships are and the new fleet Viking ocean cruises are no exception.

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  • USA Today: New cruise ships for 2017: Viking Sky and Viking Sun

    January 3, 2017 – Several major cruise lines that market to North Americans are rolling out new oceangoing ships in 2017. Here, USA TODAY profiles two of the new offerings: Viking Cruises' Viking Sky and Viking Sun.

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  • USA Today: Another New Viking Ocean Ship Takes to the Water

    December 19, 2016 – River cruise giant Viking's move into ocean cruising hit another milestone Thursday as the line's fourth ocean-going ship took to the water for the first time.

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  • The Daily Meal: On Viking Ocean Cruises, Mamsen’s Deli Serves Mum's Recipes on Mum's China

    December 9, 2016 - To say that Hagen is hands-on would be an understatement. In a recent interview, he went on at some length describing how he had developed Viking’s Freya toiletries to make them supremely easy to open in the shower. This attention to every detail is unquestionably why Viking has taken the cruise world by storm.

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  • Town & Country: These Are the Best Cruises in the World

    October 6, 2016 - Town & Country awarded Viking Ocean Cruises Best Overall, Contemporary Luxury and Best for Design, Contemporary Luxury in their 2016 Cruise Awards, noting: The Viking Ocean design philosophy holds that ships should be elegant and comfortable and never overwhelm the real purpose of cruising: to see the world. As a result, the ships' furnishings are custom, the colors nautically neutral, the rooms high and light-filled.

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  • Departures: The Rising Tide: How Viking Changed Cruising

    November 21, 2016 - In just under two decades, Viking Cruises skyrocketed from a small river cruise agency to one of the best cruise companies in the world, redefining guest expectations and converting non-cruisers into repeat customers while they were at it.

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  • The Daily Meal: Cuisine on the World’s No. 1 Cruise Line

    November 21, 2016 - Chef Anthony Mauboussin, culinary director of Viking Cruises, has a lot on his plate, including 42 new dishes this year alone.

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  • Fodor’s: Inside the Viking Star, the Caribbean’s Fanciest New Cruise Ship

    November 8, 2016 - The Star, built in 2015, is Viking’s first ocean liner. Just 745 feet long, this small ship still feels expansive, with plenty of dining options, elegant outside decks, and a luxurious spa and salon.

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  • TravelPulse: WATCH: Viking Ocean Cruises Explores the Caribbean

    November 10, 2016 - Viking Ocean Cruises has stretched its legs beyond Europe into the Caribbean for the company’s first time, and the Viking Star is taking guests to the frequented region with renewed interest. In newfound style, Viking is currently embarking on a season of 11-day “West Indies Explorer” sailings roundtrip from San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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  • NY1: Viking Star Gets New Yorkers into Caribbean Fast with Cruises out of Puerto Rico

    October 27, 2016 - Viking Star came steaming up the Hudson River recently paying a visit to New York City for the very first time.

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  • TravelPulse: What Sets Viking Ocean Cruises Apart in the Caribbean

    November 1, 2016 - Viking is all about full immersion, and the Caribbean experience did not only begin and end ashore. Before heading out, wonderfully detailed port talks briefed guests with cultural and historical context as well as shore excursion details, and enrichment lectures weaved a narrative tying all the islands together in a larger tapestry.

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  • Cruise Fever: Viking Ocean Cruises Visits the Caribbean for the First Time

    October 19, 2016 - Viking Ocean Cruises made their inaugural stop in the Caribbean this week when their award winning cruise ship, Viking Star, stopped in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Viking Star debuted in the spring of 2015 and quickly earned Viking the title of “World’s Best Ocean Cruise Line” by the readers of Travel + Leisure.

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  • Fodor’s: This Fancy Scandinavian Cruise Ship Has a “Snow Room” on Board

    October 14, 2016 - The Viking Star might be one of the fanciest new cruise ships on the seas. Built in 2015 with an eye toward Scandinavian design, this small and sleek vessel boasts a deluxe spa with Scandinavian specialties.

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  • TravelPulse: Viking Ocean Cruises Readies for Its First Ever Caribbean Season

    October 13, 2016 - Viking Cruises is expanding well beyond its known European territories. The Viking River Cruises brand pioneered the inland waterways’ boom, and now the Viking Ocean Cruises brand has left from Norway to come across to the Americas for the first time ever.

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  • Canada.com: Live from Greenland aboard Viking Star

    September 26, 2016 - It’s rare to find a transatlantic crossing that sails from Bergen, Norway to Montreal, and rarer still to find one that determines its ports of call based on the historic routes of the early Viking explorers. But that’s exactly what my current voyage with Viking Cruises is all about.

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  • Huffington Post: 10 Reasons a Viking Ocean Cruise Should Be On Your Midlife Bucket List

    August 29, 2016 - Viking prides itself on its wide variety of destinations and its focus on education and experience. There are always guest experts on board, offering talks about the history and culture of the places you’re going to see, and the chefs make sure you get a taste of those places, as well. But, as much as we’ve loved the destinations we’ve visited on our cruises, we’ve equally looked forward to our days at sea. And honestly? We would go anywhere with Viking.

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  • Forbes: Viking Star: The Smart New Kid On The Seas

    August 30, 2016 - Since its christening in the spring of 2015, the Viking Star, and its sister the Viking Sea (christened this past spring), have wowed the cruise critics as the first of two ships in the new Viking Ocean Cruises line. And more importantly, legions of passengers who had already experienced their popular Viking River Cruises are instant fans.

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  • Forbes: Viking Star: Premier Cruise Ship Or Fine Art Museum?

    August 31, 2016 - The Viking Star collection is so comprehensive that even as you work out in the well-equipped fitness room you’re staring at a wall-size photograph of a fjord by Polish-British photographer Henryk Hetflaisz. The water ripples slightly, the mountains are majestic, the sky is stunning.

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  • Forbes: Discovering Denmark's Diminutive Aalborg City With A Viking Ocean Cruise

    August 25, 2016 - One of the best ways to discover Aalborg is on the Viking Star, or her sister the Viking Sea, which are the largest cruise ships that can navigate the shallow 120-mile-long Limfjord waterway that divides North Jutlandic Island from Jutland proper where Aalborg lies on the south bank. Which is to say that on the 900-passenger vessels you won’t be swamped at port by behemoth ships disgorging visitors by the thousands.

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  • Porthole: Home Is Where the Heritage Is

    August 23, 2016 - In many ways Viking Ocean Cruises’ newest ship, Viking Sea, is a welcome return to basics — comfortable destination-based cruise travel at its heart and soul without any unnecessary bells and whistles. It’s elegant simplicity by design. And it’s something special.

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  • Travel Age West: Cruise Review: Viking Cruises' Viking Star

    July 31, 2016 - It was clear to me after only one week onboard Viking Ocean Cruises’ luxurious Viking Star that it is, first and foremost, a home to its passengers. And for good reason — the designers have found a way to combine elegance and comfort, making the vessel not only a ship, but also a residence.

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  • Travel + Leisure: The World's Best Ocean Cruise Line

    August, 2016 - Just one year after launching its first oceangoing ship, Viking Cruises pulled off a surprise win, beating out the competition. What truly makes a statement on the line’s twin 930-passenger ships, Viking Star and Viking Sea, is the Scandinavian aesthetic, which translates to airy cabins (all of which have full-size balconies) and public spaces.

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  • By Land and by Sea: Viking's New 'Kitchen Table' Culinary Arts Program

    May 19, 2016 - Since last year's launch of its first ocean cruise liner, the Viking Star, Viking Cruise Line has stunned passengers and cruise critics alike with its gleaming ship and emphasis on learning and discovery through travel.

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  • Cruise Fever: 7 Ways Viking Ocean Cruises Reinvented Ocean Cruising

    July 18, 2016 - Viking launched their first ocean cruise ship, Viking Star in May 2015, and currently has a fleet of two cruise ships (Viking Star, Viking Sea) with four more either under construction or on order. Viking Cruises has not only created a vision to reinvent ocean cruising in seven different areas, but exceeded on every one of them.

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  • Avid Cruiser: Scandinavia Cruises: Viking Wants To Be Your Best Choice

    June 26, 2016 - With its Norwegian roots and Norwegian-flagged ships, Viking says no other company does Scandinavia cruises better.

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  • Viking Sea Review

    June, 2016 - Viking Sea, the second oceangoing ship from longtime river cruise stalwart Viking, is a stunning vessel that seamlessly integrates comfort and modern, Scandinavian style. The ship's small size means it rarely feels busy and is able to get into ports bigger ships can't reach.

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  • Travel + Leisure’s Take on Viking Cruises’ Brand New Ship, Viking Sea

    May, 2016 - You will not find a casino on this cruise ship. I repeat: You will not find a casino on this cruise ship. For some folks, that might be a turn off. But for many, it’s an enticement, and it is certainly an indication of the kind of tone the Viking Sea is trying to set. Quiet. Restrained. Calming.

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  • Yahoo! News: Viking Ocean Cruises Launches New Ship in London

    May 6, 2016 - Viking Ocean Cruises has officially welcomed its second ship, Viking Sea, during a celebration on the Thames River in Greenwich. Viking Sea's debut follows the launch of the cruise company's first ship Viking Star, less than a year ago and signals the growth of Viking Ocean Cruises, which last year became the travel industry's first entirely new cruise line in a decade.

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  • Condé Nast Traveler: Viking Plans a 141-Day World Cruise for 2017

    May 3, 2016 - Cross 35 countries and 66 cities off your bucket list in a single cruise. Since launching the first new ocean cruise line in a decade, Viking Cruises is making good on its promise to shift the cruise industry's focus to cultural experiences over, say, Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville.

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  • Cruise Critic: Live From Viking Sea: 5 Surprises from Viking’s New Ship

    May 5, 2016 - Viking Sea, the newest ocean-going ship from Viking Cruises, debuted in April 2016 and will be christened today in Greenwich by godmother Karine Hagen on Thursday. Cruise Critic is onboard now, checking out the features of the 930-passenger ship, the second of what will be six nearly identical ocean ships from Viking.

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  • The Daily Meal: Viking River Cruises Take to the Oceans

    February 19, 2016 - It’s hard to tell which is larger: the ship, the amount of dining options, or the value. For the past five years, Viking River Cruises has consistently topped numerous “World’s Best” travel lists.

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  • Afar: Cruise News: Viking Takes to the Seas

    December 11, 2015 - Viking Ocean Cruises is coming to the Americas in autumn 2016 with itineraries in Canada/New England, along the Eastern Seaboard, and in the Caribbean. This new line, an offshoot of the well-known Viking River Cruises, has been getting glowing reviews in Europe where its midsize Viking Star began sailing in the spring.

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  • Los Angeles Times: New Viking Ocean Cruises Line Adds Four More Itineraries

    June 29, 2015 - Viking Ocean Cruises has been so popular in its inaugural year of sailing that it has added four new itineraries for its recently christened Viking Star and sister ships Viking Sea (debuting in April 2016) and Viking Sky (debuting in March 2017).

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  • USA Today: River Giant Viking Cruises Christens First Ocean Ship

    May 18, 2015 - River cruise giant Viking's move into ocean cruising officially kicked off Sunday in Bergen, Norway with the christening of its first ocean ship, the Viking Star.

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  • Condé Nast Traveler: 5 Reasons to Sail the Viking Star, the World’s Newest Cruise Ship

    May 11, 2015 - It's not a stretch to call the launch of this ship the biggest news in cruising this year. Cruise lines frequently roll out new ships, but the 930-passenger Viking Star is in a class of its own: It's the first ocean-going vessel from Viking Cruises, which operates a fleet of enormously popular—but much smaller—river ships, mostly in Europe.

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  • USA Today: Fast-Growing Viking Cruises Christens Second Ocean Ship

    May 6, 2016 - Under a sky blanketed with fireworks, the 930-passenger Viking Sea was officially welcomed into service by her godmother, Karine Hagen – Viking’s vice president and daughter of company chairman Torstein Hagen.

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  • Fox News Travel: Viking Cruises Unveils Second Luxury Ocean Liner

    May 6, 2016 - When it comes to modern cruising, increasingly massive ships dominate the high seas. But Viking Cruises is bucking that trend with its new destination-focused Viking Sea – a 930-guest sister ship to last year’s Viking Star, the company's first vessel designed for the ocean.

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  • Seatrade Cruise News: Karine Hagen is Viking Sea’s Godmother

    June 26, 2015 - Widely recognized as the face of the brand in Viking’s television advertisements and online cultural enrichment videos, Karine Hagen is responsible for infusing the company’s itineraries with extraordinary experiences.

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  • Toronto Sun: Viking Sea Stretches its Sea Legs

    May 9, 2016 - The ultra stylish Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, may not have been the most fashionable lady on the London scene last week. Stiff competition came from the new Viking Sea, which turned heads as she sailed along the Thames on May 5.

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