For the First Time, a River Cruise Favorite Takes to the Open Sea
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For the First Time, a River Cruise Favorite Takes to the Open Sea

Aquivit Terrace on the Viking Star
Courtesy of Viking Cruises

When Viking Ocean Cruises begins sailing the Baltic and Mediterranean this month, it will become the first major river-cruise company to launch a seagoing offshoot. It’s a smart move for Viking, which has already cultivated a fiercely dedicated fan base for its trips down the Danube and other European waterways.

Devotees will find much that’s familiar on the 930-passenger Viking Star: spacious Scandinavian- designed staterooms with private verandas, overnights in key ports, and niceties bundled into the fare (Wi-Fi, wine and beer, city tours). The change of scenery and larger vessel bring plenty of new additions, too: lectures by local experts, a craft beer bar, a Nordic-style spa with a snow grotto, and a culinary emphasis on regional specialties (Black River osetra caviar on Baltic sailings, pea-leek risotto with goat-milk cheese in the Med). The crowd favorite is sure to be the cantilevered, glass-backed saltwater pool, which gives guests the illusion that they can swim right off the stern.

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