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Viking’s New Ocean Cruise Line Reinvents Destination Ocean Voyages

October 9, 2013

LONDON, October 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –

First New Ship Will Set Sail on Destination-Focused Itineraries in 2015 /

2016

Viking Cruises announced the launch of its ocean product line, Viking Ocean Cruises
(http://www.vikingcruises.co.uk/oceans) in the UK, marking the introduction of the
travel industry’s first new cruise line in nearly a decade.

Developed from the ground up to return the focus of cruising to the destination,
Viking Ocean Cruises will begin sailing in May 2015 with its first vessel-Viking
Star-embarking on maiden voyages in Scandinavia and the Baltic; and the Western and
Eastern Mediterranean. Viking Cruises has aggressive expansion plans in both the ocean and
river cruise categories. Anticipating high demand for the new product, a second ocean ship
is on order for delivery in 2016 and conditional orders and options for four more
additional ocean vessels also in place. The ocean ship order follows the company’s
continued rapid fleet expansion in the river cruise sector, with 10 new river ships
recently christened in March of this year and 14 new river ships planned to launch in
2014.

“It is our view that in the race to build bigger ships, many cruise lines have lost
sight of the destinations to which they sail,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking
Cruises. “With our new ocean cruises, we are applying the same principles behind our
award-winning river cruises to our itinerary and ship design; privileged-access
excursions; and onboard experiences to make destinations the true focus.”

As a direct result of extensive feedback and input from Viking River Cruises
passengers, Viking Ocean Cruises was created. Itineraries were developed for maximum time
in port, often with late evenings or overnights, so guests can experience local nightlife
or evening performances. Ports include both cosmopolitan cities and “collector ports,” and
appeal to those with an interest in history, art and culture. In addition, all-inclusive
pricing provides unparalleled value-with every cruise fare including a veranda stateroom,
shore excursions in each port of call, all onboard meals, and all port charges and
government taxes. Passengers also enjoy many complimentary amenities as part of their
fare, including: beer and wine with lunch and dinner service; wi-fi; self-service laundry
and 24-hour room service- with prices starting from GBP1,499pp.

Wendy Atkin-Smith, Managing Director Viking Cruises UK said; ‘We are thrilled to
launch Viking Ocean Cruises in the UK market. The state of the art design of our Viking
Longships have revolutionised the river cruise experience and now, with the introduction
of Viking Star, we intend to revolutionise ocean cruising. Our ship is smaller in size and
smarter in design – an alternative to today’s mega-liners.’

Viking Star

Classified by Cruise Critic as a “small ship,” the new 930-passenger all-veranda
Viking Star is engineered at a scale that allows direct access into most ports, so guests
have easy and efficient embarkation and debarkation. The ship’s understated elegance and
modern Scandinavian design is crafted for maximum guest comfort. Highlighted features
include:

        - All Veranda Staterooms: Guests can choose from five stateroom categories,
          starting from a 270 sq. ft. veranda stateroom, all with private verandas, king-size
          beds, large showers, and LCD TVs.
        - Explorer Suites: Viking Star's 14 Explorer Suites are two-room suites ranging
          from 757 to 1,448 sq. ft. and offer sweeping views from wrap-around private verandas
          as well as the most amenities and privileges of any category onboard
        - Two Pool Choices: In addition to the Main Pool with a retractable dome
          permitting any-season swimming, Viking Star features one of the only infinity pools at
          sea, allowing passengers to swim surrounded by their destination in a glass-backed
          pool cantilevered off the stern
        - The Spa: In keeping with Viking's Nordic heritage, The Spa onboard Viking Star
          is designed with the holistic wellness philosophy of Scandinavia in mind-from the
          centuries-old tradition of the sauna to a "snow grotto" where snowflakes gently
          descend from the ceiling through chilled air
        - Explorers' Lounge and Wintergarden: Spaces designed to facilitate mingling and
          storytelling, the two-deck Explorers' Lounge at the bow of the ship is the perfect
          spot for taking in scenery through double-height windows over a glass of aquavit or
          pint of local craft beer; and the Wintergarden is a serene environment in which to
          relax and enjoy afternoon tea service complete with a curated tea selection
        - Dining Choices: Viking Star offers multiple restaurant locations and food
          choices-from The Restaurant and the World Cafe, serving a variety of global cuisines
          and regional specialties-to intimate dining experiences at The Chef's Table, Italian
          Grill and The Kitchen Table, all serving meals prepared with fresh, local ingredients.
          Furthermore, with multiple choices for outdoor seating during meals, Viking Star
          offers more al fresco dining than any other ship
        - Enriching Entertainment: Connecting passengers to their destinations through
          authentic experiences is central to Viking Cruises, and Viking Star's onboard venues
          include a dramatic three-deck atrium where passengers can enjoy musicians playing
          regional and classical music; the Star Theater, home of enrichment lectures from
          scholars and experts; an onboard cooking school where guests can learn local
          specialties; and the Viking Piano Lounge, where guests can relax, mingle, and exchange
          stories after a day of exploring
        - Sustainable Features: Designed with the environment in mind, Viking Star
          features dual-fuel engines with 'clean' exhaust meeting the most stringent emission
          standards, a hydro-dynamically optimized streamlined hull and bow for maximum fuel
          efficiency, onboard solar panels, and equipment that minimizes exhaust pollution and
          meets the strictest environmental regulations

The ship has been designed by experienced nautical architects and engineers, including
an interior design team of London-based SMC Design, and Los Angeles-based Rottet Studios.
The first of two ocean ships on order, Viking Star will be built by Italy’s Fincantieri
shipyard.

NOTES TO EDITOR

2015 Maiden Voyage Itineraries

        - Viking Homelands (15 days; Stockholm-St. Petersburg-Copenhagen-Bergen) -
          This itinerary features a blend of northern continental European cities, imperial
          Russia and the legendary homeland of the Vikings. The journey includes overnights in
          Bergen, Stockholm and St. Petersburg, plus calls in Helsinki, Tallinn, Gdansk, Berlin
          (Warnemuende), Copenhagen, Aalborg, Stavanger, and Flam. Prices start from GBP2,999
          per person
        - Passage Through Western Europe (15 days; Bergen - London - Paris - Barcelona)
        - The nimble proportions of Viking Star give guests access to the heart of the
          Continent as well as coastal cities on this cross-region itinerary that journeys from
          the Viking waters of Bergen to London on the Thames, down the Atlantic Coast of France
          and Portugal, and to the Mediterranean. Ports include Lisbon, Cadiz, Gibraltar, and
          Cartagena with overnights in Bergen, London, Paris (Rouen) and Barcelona. Prices start
          from GBP3,299 per person
        - Mediterranean Odyssey (13 days; Barcelona-Rome-Dubrovnik-Venice) - Spain,
          France, Italy, Croatia and Greece-this cruise has it all. Visit Toulon, France; Monte
          Carlo; Tuscany (Livorno), Rome and Naples in Italy; Corfu (Kerkira) Greece; Dubrovnik
          and Split in Croatia; plus overnights in Barcelona and Venice. Prices start from
          GBP2,799 per person
        - Empires of the Mediterranean (10 days; Venice-Athens-Ephesus-Istanbul) - From
          ancient ruins to medieval cities, this Mediterranean journey starts in Venice and
          journeys to Pula and Dubrovnik in Croatia; Kotor, Montenegro; Santorini, Athens
          (Piraeus), and Ephesus (Kusadasi), plus an overnight in Istanbul. Prices start from
          GBP2,199 per person.
        - Romantic Mediterranean (8 days; Barcelona - Rome) - While sailing along some
          of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, this itinerary offers a perfect mix of
          glamour, rustic pleasures and memorable landscapes with visits to Toulon, Corsica and
          Monte Carlo, France; the Tuscan region of Italy; plus overnights in Barcelona and
          Rome. Prices start from GBP1,499 per person.
        - Mediterranean Getaway (8 days; Rome-Barcelona) - Explore historically
          significant sites and vibrant cities of the southern Mediterranean with destinations
          that include Rome, Naples (and Pompeii), Sicily and Sardinia in Italy; Tunis, Tunisia
          (and Carthage); and Palma de Mallorca, Valencia and Barcelona in Spain. Prices start
          from GBP1,499 per person.
        - Mediterranean Explorer (15 days; Barcelona - Barcelona) - Combining the
          Romantic Mediterranean and Mediterranean Getaway, this itinerary features fabled
          ancient cities, medieval wonders and iconic sites that include Toulon, Monte Carlo and
          Corsica in France; Tuscany, Naples (and Pompeii), Sicily and Sardinia in Italy; Tunis,
          Tunisia (and Carthage); Palma de Mallorca and Valencia in Spain; plus overnights in
          Barcelona and Rome. Prices start from GBP2,499.
        - Grand Mediterranean Tour (15 days; Barcelona-Barcelona) - Sun-kissed shores
          and new places to discover await on this voyage that begins with an overnight in
          Barcelona and includes an overnight in Rome. Stops include Monte Carlo, Toulon and
          Corsica in France; Tuscany and Sardinia in Italy; Tunis, Tunisia and Valencia, Spain;
          plus off-the-beaten path visits to Valletta, Malta and Algiers, Algeria. Prices start
          from GBP2,899.

Booking Details

From now through till 31st December, 2013, Viking is offering an introductory Early
Booking Discount of GBP500 per person. Visit http://www.vikingcruises.co.uk/ocean for
more booking information.

Viking Star Technical Details

Length overall: 745.4 ft. (227.2m); beam 94.5 ft. (28.8 m); draft 20.7 ft. (6.3 m);
air draft 131.2 ft. (40.0 m); gross tonnage (GRT) 47,800 t; deadweight 3,640 t; service
speed 20.0 kn; number of decks 14; classification: Lloyds Register.

About Viking Ocean Cruises

Viking Ocean Cruises focuses on destination focused cruising in the small ship
category and is priced for genuine value. Debuting its maiden season in 2015, the
sophisticated state-of-the-art Viking Star will sail itineraries in Scandinavia and the
Baltic; and the Western and Eastern Mediterranean. For additional information, contact
Viking Cruises at 0800 319 66 60 or visit http://www.vikingcruises.com/ocean. To join
the Viking Cruises communities online, visit

http://www.facebook.com/vikingrivercruises,

SOURCE Viking Cruises


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