By   | Conde Nast Traveler |

The introduction of the Viking Star coincides with the launch of Viking Ocean Cruises, a company from Viking River Cruises intended to branch into the wider world of sea travel. The Viking Star was christened in May in Bergen, Norway, and will focus on Mediterranean itineraries in 2015 and 2016, with voyages from $2,600 per person based on double occupancy.

The Viking Star is being celebrated not only because she is the first of a run of new oceangoing ships from Viking, but also for a keen attention to detail onboard, including many industry “firsts.” For example, the Viking Staris an all-balcony ship, where all cabins come standard with a veranda. That means 465 cabins and 465 balconies.

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