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