A Star welcome – Viking’s new ocean-going ship arrives in London

A star is moored: Viking’s new ocean-going ship in Greenwich (Picture: Dave Monk)

Viking’s first ocean-going ship called in to London today on the way to its christening in Norway on Sunday.

The 930-passenger Viking Star moored on the Thames at Greenwich, home of some of Britain’s richest maritime history.

Ship in the city: Viking Star passes the O2 Arena (Picture: Viking Cruises)

Viking Star eases through the Thames Barrier (Picture: Viking Cruises)

Gently does it: Viking Star eases through the Thames Barrier (Picture: Viking Cruises)

On the way: The Thames Barrier seen from above (Picture: Viking Cruises)

On the way: The Thames Barrier seen from above (Picture: Viking Cruises)

Nearly there: Viking Star negotiates another bend in the river (Picture: Viking Cruises)

Nearly there: Viking Star, now travelling backwards, negotiates another bend in the river (Picture: Viking Cruises)

Measuring just 47,800 tons, the ship boasts 465 staterooms – each with its own veranda – as well as two pools, a spa and a choice of restaurants.

It is the first venture into sea voyages by Viking, widely known for its river cruises through a TV advertising campaign around Downton Abbey.

Old and new: Viking Star moored off Greenwich (Picture: Dave Monk)

Viking Star will be named in Bergen on Norwegian Constitution Day at a private event organised by company owner Tor Hagen. Two sister ships are on order – Viking Sky and Viking Sea.

For a photo tour of the ship, please click here

See also:

Viking Star among 2015’s new ships

Tor Hagen honoured for contribution to cruising

Review of Viking Rhine voyage

Recreating a teenage cycle trip along the Rhine with Viking Cruises

Review of Viking Danube voyage

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