Viking Star Christening Voyage, Day 1: Embarkation in London

...the spectacular pool area and Wintergarden on Viking Star. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Viking Star Will Change The Way You Think Of Cruises Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports Tuesday, May 12, 2105 Viking Cruises first-ever oceangoing cruise ship, the 930-guest Viking Star, is a stunning antidote to the homogeneity that seems to infect a certain portion of the industry. In an age where most mainstream cruise ships look… [Read More]

Uniworld’s Maria Theresa: Day 4, Open-Air Balconies Make All The Difference

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During my tour of S.S. Maria Theresa’s stateroom 425 yesterday, I promised to show you a video of my favorite stateroom feature, the open-air balcony. I’ve seen similar balconies on river cruise vessels, but Uniworld did an exceptional job with the concept on S.S. Maria Theresa. Catch up with on my journey on Uniworld’s S.S…. [Read More]

Viking Star, Two Ways

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This past week, the Avid Cruiser‘s own Ralph Grizzle has been sailing onboard Viking Cruises‘ brand-new (and first-ever) oceangoing cruise ship, Viking Star. During that time, he’s filed an amazing series of reports, including a firsthand video look at what makes this new ship so exciting. Produced by Ralph Grizzle | Cinematography by Chris Stanley, Amber… [Read More]

Viking Star: Day 6, Lisbon, Portugal, End Of A Journey, Summing Up Viking Star

World Cafe al fresco on Viking Star. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle

My six days of cruising on Viking Star may not have been quite enough time for a full experience. After all, with four restaurants and room service open for dinner, the dining experience alone needs a little more time to fully assess all five dinner venues. I will say that I had the best sushi, excepting… [Read More]

Silversea Launches New Silver Select Program

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There’s good reason to book a cruise with ultra-luxury line Silversea: from now until June 30, 2015, new bookings made with the line on select itineraries can benefit from Silversea’s latest Silver Select promotion. Spanning the line’s classic and luxury expedition voyages, these new Silver Select perks include a two category suite upgrade, a $1,000… [Read More]

Viking Star: Day 5, Avid Cruiser’s Viking Star Introduction Video

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I’ve been on board Viking Star for five days now, and it took me that long to assess Viking Ocean Cruises’ newest vessel and figure her out. I’m not alone. She’s a small ship, but as Viking Ocean Cruises’ Chairman Torstein Hagen points out, space was well-utilized, and that means there is a lot to… [Read More]

Viking Star: Day 4, Gibraltar, United Kingdom, A Peak Inside My Penthouse Veranda Stateroom On Viking Star

My stateroom. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle

When I first walked into it a few days ago, my stateroom on Viking Star appeared plain and uninteresting, but it has grown on me, and I’ve come to appreciate that there is a beauty in its simplicity. To paraphrase Torstein Hagen, Viking Ocean Cruises’ chairman, Viking Star embodies an understated “Scandinavian” elegance. I’ve come to… [Read More]