After a transatlantic crossing and a stop in Boston, Viking Star arrived into New York Harbor.
On Thursday, Viking Star, Viking Ocean Cruises first cruise ship, was welcomed into New York Harbor and the Manhattan Cruise Terminal.
Greeting the 930-passenger ship on its first-ever visit to New York City was a water-spraying display by a fleet of red and white New York Fireboats.
On October 11, Viking officially commemorated its first United States port of call in Boston, with a traditional maritime plaque ceremony attended by local officials and dignitaries. This is the first time Viking has sailed into North American ports, which are part of the company’s new itineraries exploring the Americas and the Caribbean.
To sail past Ellis Island and into New York for the first time is a proud moment for our entire Viking family,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking Cruises. “As our fleet continues to grow, we will look for new ways to bring our unique destination-focused approach to more regions of the world. There are no kids onboard, and there are no umbrella drinks. Instead, our Caribbean itineraries are inspired by iconic 18th century navigation routes and were developed to highlight the rich history and culture of the region.”
From the Manhattan Cruise Terminal, Viking Star cruises to San Juan, Puerto Rico, which will serve as the ship’s homeport for the winter season.
For a peek at my recent Viking Star experience in Europe, click here.
For almost four months, Viking Star will sail an 11-day West Indies Explorer itinerary. Port calls will include the BVIs, Antigua, St. Lucia, Barbados, Guadeloupe, St. Kitts, St. Martin and the USVIs. And a new twist to Caribbean cruising; there will be no sea days.
While onboard, there’ll be opportunities for educational enrichment both onboard and ashore. Presentations by local experts, historians and lecturers, as well as a variety of shore excursions, with optional visits to museums, gardens and historic sites will be offered.
On February 25, 2017, Viking Star will begin a return transatlantic voyage back to Europe sailing from San Juan to Barcelona.
What to expect onboard Viking Ocean Cruises
Every cruise fare includes a veranda stateroom, shore excursions in each port of call, all onboard meals, and all port charges and government taxes. Complimentary amenities include beer and wine with lunch and dinner service; premium dining reservations; Wi-Fi; self-service laundry; access to the Thermal Suite in the LivNordic Spa; and 24-hour room service.
From now through October 31, 2016, Viking is offering U.S. residents a special savings of up to $2,000 per couple: up to $1,000 off cruise fare and up to $1,000 off air. Contact a travel agent or call Viking toll free at 1-855-8-VIKING (1-855-884-5464).
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