Overview of the Viking Star Cruise Ship Interior Common Areas
The Viking Cruises' Viking Star cruise ship carries 930 guests and primarily sails northern Europe in the summer and the Mediterranean the rest of the year. Her sister ship, the Viking Sea, which was launched in 2016, has similar interiors (other than some of the artwork).
The mid-sized ship has many unique features that make it attractive to travelers. The ship has more amenities included in the base than most ships its size. The cabins and suites all have balconies, and the dining venues include wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner. In addition, none of the dining rooms have an additional surcharge. The cuisine in all the restaurants is interesting and delicious, and the two specialty restaurants are especially memorable.
The Viking Star interior common areas like the lounges, theater, and spaces for relaxing or socializing are designed to please the guests on the ship. Although the ship is more destination-focused than many ships, I think cruise travelers will love the Scandinavian design and spaciousness of the common areas on the Viking Star.
The 27 pages of this photo gallery focus on the Atrium, Living Room, Theater, and lounges on the Viking Star cruise ship. One interior feature that some cruisers might miss is the casino--the Viking Star doesn't have one. The ship does have a marvelous Nordic spa, with a thermal suite available to all guests at no extra charge.
One fascinating interior feature that some might not see is the lichen garden on deck 1, which is pictured on the next page. It's under the stairs!
Viking Star Lichen Garden
This lovely lichen, moss, and algae garden is found under the main mid-ship staircase linking decks 1 and 2 on the Viking Star cruise ship. Aren't the colors wonderful? The designers have re-created a Scandinavian mountain landscape on a small geometric scale.
Also located in the Atrium is a large Steinway grand piano, which is used for musical entertainment.
Steinway Piano in the Viking Star Atrium
Musicians use this large Steinway piano to entertain guests in the Living Room and Atrium area of the Viking Star cruise ship.
Viking Star Atrium
Like many cruise ships, the Viking Star has an atrium that serves as the hub of the ship. It is found on decks 1, 2, and 3 and includes retail shops, reception desk, computer stations, Viking bar, and the Living Room.
Viking Bar in the Viking Star Living Room
The Viking Bar is one of several bars and lounges on the Viking Star cruise ship. This one is found on deck 1 in the Living Room. Note that the bar is made of wood, just like the original Viking longships.
Near the bar is the Viking Heritage display.
Viking Heritage Display on the Viking Star
The Viking Star is a Norwegian cruise ship, and one feature is a small exhibit of Viking Heritage on deck 1. Glass cases feature clothing, artifacts, and interesting museum-caliber pieces related to the Vikings.
Tapestry on Stairway of Viking Star
Everyone I spoke with on the ship loved the different tapestries that occupy the stairwells on 8 decks of the Viking Star cruise ship. They are a reproduction of the famous Bayeux tapestry in France that dates back to the 11th century and celebrates the life of William the Conqueror and the Battle of Hastings where he conquered England. The Normans led by William were descendants of the Vikings, and the panels tell this story.
The Bayeux tapestry, which is actually embroidered, is one of the world's most famous, but these are more magnificent. (Of course, these aren't almost 1000 years old either, so their colors and workmanship are better.)
The Theater on the Viking Star is the setting for many educational lectures and entertainment on the ship. Its entrance is interesting--do you see Mickey?
Entrance to The Theater on the Viking Star
This whimsical piece of art is at the entrance to The Theater on the Viking Star cruise ship. Do you think it looks like a head shot of Mickey Mouse? It's unintentional, I'm sure. Next to the entrance is a nice bar, and the interior of The Theater is well done, with amazing pillows that many guests want to take home.
The Theater on the Viking Star
The pillows featuring photos of famous movie stars are a nice feature in The Theater of the Viking Star cruise ship. Sometimes local musical groups or dancers come onboard to provide guests local culture; other entertainers are brought in to entertain.
The Theater is very versatile. It can be used as two theaters, a cabaret lounge, or for lectures and special entertainment. The Theater seats 450 guests and has theater seats, curved sofas, and individual lounge chairs. It also has two retractable walls to maximize its flexible use.
Venues like the Torshavn Lounge also feature nightly musical entertainment.
Torshavn Lounge on the Viking Star
The Torshavn Lounge is a touch of modern decor on the Viking Star cruise ship. In the late evening, a live group entertains with dance music. It's the closest thing the ship has to a "party bar" since most guests prefer quieter daytime venues like the Wintergarden over a late night celebration.
Viking Star Wintergarden
The Wintergarden is on deck 7 of the Viking Star cruise ship. It's a very popular place to sit since it is near the main pool, with a retractable roof. The Wintergarden has comfortable seating and an excellent tea service in the afternoon, complete with petit fours, finger sandwiches, tantalizing desserts, and (my favorite) scones. Of course, there's also tea, along with some quiet classical music.
I think guests love sitting in this space because the Wintergarden reminds them of a historic greenhouse.
Viking Star Seating in the Wintergarden Lounge
Like the rest of the Viking Star cruise ship, the seating at the Wintergarden is conducive to conversation with new or old friends.
Viking Star Wintergarden
Although the Wintergarden is covered with a glass roof, it sometimes gets fresh air if the retractable roof is open over the main pool.
Viking Star Wintergarden
These delightful Wintergarden chairs are a nice touch, aren't they?
Viking Star Indoor/Outdoor Pool
This main swimming pool on the Viking Star cruise ship is next to the Wintergarden and has a retractable roof so that it can be used in all types of weather.
Viking Star Lanai
The 2 sections of the Lanai connect the Wintergarden to each side of the Viking Star cruise ship. The lounge chairs in the Lanai are very busy for those who like to sit in the shade and overlook the sea.
View of Mamsen's from Viking Star Explorers' Lounge
Mamsen's Cafe serves typical Norwegian deli-style takeaway food and is located in the Explorers' Lounge on the Viking Star cruise ship. This tiny venue serves delicious food (especially the waffles).
Viking Star Explorers' Lounge Seating
The Explorers' Lounge is found forward on decks 7 and 8 of the Viking Star cruise ship. This observation lounge features amazing views of the sea and has some interesting books and exhibits on the shelves and in the glass cases.
Viking Star Explorers' Lounge
Many travelers on the Viking Star cruise ship come to the Explorers' Lounge to read, watch the sea, or nap.
Viking Star Explorers' Lounge Bar
The bar in the Explorers' Lounge on the Viking Star cruise ship is a great place to get a drink anytime, but is especially popular before dinner.
Viking Star Explorers' Lounge and Stairs
When you cruise on the Viking Star, be sure to go up the stairs to the second level of the Explorers' Lounge. It features all sorts of books, maps, and displays of "explorer-related" items.
Upstairs on the Viking Star Explorers' Lounge
The seating upstairs in the Viking Star Explorers' Lounge is as comfortable as the seating on deck 7.
Bookcases in the Deck 8 Area of the Viking Star Explorers' Lounge
I loved perusing the books and browsing through the items in this bookcase at the Explorers' Lounge. There are numerous books with inspirational stories of adventurers and brave explorers, along with ship models and even a magnetic meteorite.
Viking Star Meteorite in the Explorers' Lounge
Don't miss this magnetic meteorite in the Viking Star Explorers' Lounge on deck 8. The rock appears to be suspended, but is actually held in place by a very powerful magnet. I thought the meteorite might have come from Norway, but it's from Chile. Seeing something from outer space certainly relates to exploring, doesn't it? As does the telescope seen in the next photo.
Telescope in the Viking Star Explorers' Lounge
This telescope can be used to do some star watching from the Explorers' Lounge of the Viking Star cruise ship. The entry doors to the Explorers' Lounge feature constellations, as do other places in the Lounge.
Small Bonsais on the Viking Star
Much of the decor on the Viking Star is simple and small, like these small bonsai-like plants (I wonder if they will grow) in a quiet hallway of the cruise ship.