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NEWBUILD: Viking Star float-out PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 13:58

A major milestone for Viking Cruises’ move into ocean-going cruise ships, as opposed to the river cruise vessels it has operated hitherto, was marked on 23 June, when their inaugural cruise ship, the 930-passenger Viking Star (pictured), was floated out. The ceremony took place at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard outside Venice. With three sisterships being built, the 47,800gt Viking Star debuts in early 2015 with maiden voyages in Scandinavia, the Baltic, and the Western and Eastern Mediterranean, and has two new British itineraries for 2016 .

Viking Ocean Cruises will be the first major ocean line to debut in nearly a decade, having been a leader in river cruising for many years. The company’s fast-growing Viking River Cruises line operates more than 50 vessels, including 18 new ships christened earlier this year. The company has 12 river ships on order for 2015.

September's mystery ship PDF Print E-mail

mystery ship

This month’s mystery ship was again supplied by Paul Green, who seeks help in identifying another of his photos taken at Newhaven 40 years ago (see SM, July and below for the other photo). This one shows Lenpa, which looks to be of a similar design and operated by the same company as Leon. Paul says: ‘They all have apparent Union Castle characteristics, and I would love to know the ship’s original identity. The photos were scanned from original Agfa transparencies’. So can any reader supply more information about this ship?




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