When it comes to river cruises, Viking is king and so it was only a matter of time before they tried their hands at ocean cruises. Viking Star will be their first ocean-going ship, which is due to set sail on her maiden voyage in April 2015. The new ship has marked yet another milestone in the build up to its launch, and the fact she was finally floated out onto water.
Viking Star had previously been in dry dock, and so it is a big deal that this 930-passenger ship finally met the water for the first time at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, well Venice to be precise.
This is good news as when you look at the build process, it means the Viking Star has already undergone its initial stages of construction, which means the exterior work is done and now moves onto the interior.
Once the Viking Star interior work starts, then we hope to see a few pictures of some real life shots rather than renders. However, this will take some time because this ship will have an extreme attention to detail seeing as though she will be competing with the likes of Azamara and Oceania Cruises.
Things are already looking good for Viking Star, as the company already had to increase its 2015 itinerary, proving that the two other specialist, small cruise lines will have some tough completion ahead.