Viking Star gets festive christening in homeport Bergen

Event marks arrival of first entirely new cruise line in a decade
Marking the arrival of the travel industry’s first entirely new cruise line in a decade, Viking Ocean Cruises has christened its first ship, the 930-passenger Viking Star. The ceremony, which took place in Bergen, Norway, tied in with a citywide celebration for Norwegian Constitution Day and featured parades, parties and a public concert in the harbour attended by 20,000 locals and visitors.
This was the first time in 10 years that a Norwegian-flagged cruise ship had chosen Norway’s second-largest city as its homeport. Bergen’s mayor, Trude Drevland, was ceremonial godmother and offered Viking Star a blessing of good fortune and safe sailing.
“We believe the arrival of Viking Star signals a new era in destination-focused cruising, and I could not be more proud that she will call my favourite city in the world ‘home’,” said Torstein Hagen, Viking Cruises’ chairman. “This is a ship that was built for exploration and designed with our Scandinavian heritage in mind, and our guests will experience it from the moment they step on board.”
Viking Star’s christening was the culmination of a maiden voyage that began on April 11 when the ship set sail from Istanbul. Over the last five weeks, she made stops in what will be regular ports across the Mediterranean and Western Europe, including Athens, Santorini, Kotor, Dubrovnik, Venice, Barcelona, Seville (Cadiz), Gibraltar, Lisbon, Paris (Rouen) and London. The ship is now setting sail for Oslo and from there will continue to Copenhagen, Berlin, St Petersburg, Tallinn, Helsinki and Stockholm.
TTG Nordic