Viking Star Naming Ceremony-First Ocean-Going Ship of Viking Cruises

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After a visit to London’s cruise ship mooring facility at Greenwich last week, last night saw the naming ceremony for Viking Viking Star christening-Viking CruisesCruises’ first ocean-going cruise ship, when the 930-berth Viking Star was christened in Bergen.

Trude Drevland, Bergen’s mayor since 2011, served as the ship’s godmother. The day was also Norway’s National Day.

After having actually entered service in April, the US press has been writing up this ship as one of the most economical in terms of what is included in the fare. Included in the fare are free Wi-Fi, wine and beer with lunch and dinner, no extra charge for the two alternatives restaurants, free room service and some shore excursions

The new ship is registered in Bergen and will compete primarily with Azamara Club Cruises and Oceania Cruises’ ships in the 684 to 1,250-berth range.

The ship has been offering passenger sailings since mid-April but Norwegian-born Hagen wanted to officially launch Viking Star in his adopted hometown of Bergen. The ceremony was timed to coincide with Norway's National Constitution Day, its most important national holiday, and included a city-wide concert and celebration. It's estimated that more than 20,000 attended the free event.