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

My Penthouse Veranda stateroom 5101. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
My Penthouse Veranda stateroom 5101. © 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 appreciate the light woods, the simple, yet functional, furniture, and a bathroom that looks much like those I have seen in the Nordics. There is certainly a feeling of understated Scandinavian elegance in my Penthouse Veranda Stateroom.

My room, 5101, on the starboard side is large, measuring 338 square feet, with a king-sized bed, a living area with a long sofa, coffee table and chair, a desk that has ample room for a laptop and everything else I can put on it, a bathroom with a one-square meter shower (about 11 square feet) and a balcony large enough to enjoy with breakfast, or complimentary 24-hour room service.

My stateroom. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
Another view of my stateroom 5101. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle

One of my favorite features is the desk lamp, which has five USB charging slots at its base. Attention to detail.

I love the five USB charging slots at the base of the desk lamp in my stateroom. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
Attention to detail: five USB charging slots at the base of the desk lamp in my stateroom. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle

My stateroom is one of five all-balcony categories on Viking Star.

  • Veranda Staterooms measure 270 square feet and feature king-sized beds and spacious balconies. These staterooms are situated on Deck 3, one deck above the Viking Star’s Promenade Deck. This category does not include reservations at the Manfredi’s or The Chef’s Table, or priority reservations at The Restaurant.
  • Deluxe Veranda Staterooms also measure 270 square feet, but include the dining perks. These staterooms also feature in-room coffee and mini-bar services and priority reservations in The Restaurant.
  • Penthouse Veranda Suites measure 338 square feet and include spacious baths with luxury showers and toiletries. Complimentary shoe-shine and pressing services will be available to guests in these suites, along with higher-priority specialty restaurant reservations and priority embarkation and shore excursion reservations.
  • Penthouse Junior Suites measure 405 square feet and feature two separate rooms and an oversized veranda. Since they’re located at the front of the ship, they also provide quick access to the Explorer’s Lounge, Spa, Star Theater and other public rooms.
  • Explorer Suites are larger still, coming in at between 757 and 1,163 square feet (the largest are on deck 5). All feature oversized wraparound balconies that overlook the ship’s bow or stern, along with a Viking Explorer Bed that features luxury linens.
  • The top-of-the-line Owner’s Suite was designed by Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen himself. Is spans a massive 1,448 square feet.

Here are some of the stateroom and suite specifics, in photos:

Torstein Hagen in the Owner's Suite on Viking Star. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
Viking Ocean Cruises’ Chairman Torstein Hagen in the Owner’s Suite on Viking Star. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
Torstein Hagen's self-selected books in the Owner's Suite on Viking Star. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
Torstein Hagen’s self-selected books in the Owner’s Suite on Viking Star. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
Complimentary minibar in my stateroom on Viking Star. Replenished daily. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
Complimentary minibar in my stateroom on Viking Star. Replenished daily. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
Coffee machine in my stateroom. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
Coffee machine in my stateroom — with chips replenished as consumed daily. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
Laundry service is offered for a fee as are complimentary self-service launderettes. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
Laundry service is offered for a fee as are complimentary self-service launderettes. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
Bathrobes and slippers were provided in my Deluxe Veranda stateroom. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
Bathrobes and slippers were provided in my Penthouse Veranda stateroom. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
I like the large and functional desk, with two European style outlets and two North American style outlets. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
I like the large and functional desk, with two European style outlets and two North American style outlets. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
The desk has a hatch that lifts to expose a make-up mirror and storage for small items. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
The desk has a hatch that lifts to expose a make-up mirror and storage for small items. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
The bathroom was well thought-out with a large shower. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
The bathroom was well thought-out with a large shower. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
Torstein Hagen wanted amenity bottles to have print large enough for his 55+ target group to read and easy to open. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
Torstein Hagen wanted amenity bottles to have print large enough for his 55+ target group to read and easy to open. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
Entertainment centers in staterooms feature free on-demand TV and movies. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle
Entertainment centers in staterooms feature free on-demand TV and movies. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle

Viking Star, Barcelona to Lisbon

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Day 1, Barcelona: Boarding The Nordic Inspired Viking Star, A Tour With TorBarcelona, Spain
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Viking Star: Day 3, Cartagena, Spain, Has Viking Created A New Category Of Ocean Cruiser? Cartagena, Spain
Viking Star: Day 4, Gibraltar, United Kingdom, A Peak Inside My Penthouse Veranda Stateroom On Viking StarTrapani, Italy
Viking Star: Day 5, Avid Cruiser’s Viking Star Introduction Video Valetta, Malta
Viking Star: Day 6, Lisbon, Portugal, End Of A Journey, Summing Up Viking StarLa Goulette, Tunisia

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2 Comments

  • Hi
    We have become very excited about this ship and are in the process of booking a trip! Thanks

    Josephone

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  • Our second cruise with the Star coming up on July 20th, already paid for next year’s and have been on two Viking boat trips. Love!

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