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MV Viking Star – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9650418

MV Viking Star

Ex Fincantieri 6236

© Carsten Dettmer

Viking Star – © Carsten Dettmer ( Cartagena. 04/01/2020)

Steel twin screw “Viking Star – class” motor vessel built in 2015 by Fincantieri Spa, Marghera, Italy (Yard No 6236) as a Passenger (Cruise) Ship for Viking Ocean Cruises Ltd, Bermuda

Technical Data

  • Length: 228.2 m (overall) m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 28.8 m
  • Depth: 8.86 m
  • Draught: 6.45m (Design)
  • Tonnage: 47842 gross/18858 net/4912t deadweight
  • Engines: 2 x MAN 9L32/44CR and 2 x MAN 12V32/44CR diesel electric
  • Power: 23520 kW/HP
  • Speed: 20 knots
  • Capacity: 944 (working) 1433 passengers (max)
  • Crew: 465
  • Call Sign: LAIW6
  • IMO Number: 9650418
  • MMSI Number: 257903000
  • Port of Registry: Bergen/Norway 🇳🇴
  • Sister-Ship: Viking Sky (6237), Viking Sea (6245),  Viking Sun (6246), Viking Orion (6253), Viking Jupiter (6254), Viking Venus (6283), Viking Mars (6284), Viking Neptune (6285 ) +

Current AIS Location

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“Viking Star- class” designed by an interior design team of London-based SMC Design, and Los Angeles-based Rottet Studios. The first of the series, “Viking Star”, was built at the shipyard in Marghera and delivered in 2015. The other units, “Viking Sea”, “Viking Sky”, “Viking Sun”, “Viking Orion”, “Viking Jupiter” and “Viking Venus”,  handed over between 2016 and 2021 were all built at the Ancona yard

December 12th 2013: Keel struck.

May 17th 2014: Launched.

March 28th 2015: Delivered to Ocean Cruises Ship I, Basel, Switzerland.

© Ken Smith © Ken Smith © Ken Smith

Viking Star – © Ken Smith (Outbound from Greenwich, London, 13/05/2025)

May 17th 2015: Christened in Bergen.

© Dennis Mortimer © Dennis Mortimer 

Viking Star – © Dennis Mortimer (Piraeus, 30/03/2016)

January 12th 2018: “At the port of Barcelona, the FANTASTIC ferry from the Italian shipping company, Grandi Navi Veloci (GNV), collided with the Viking Star cruise ship operated by Viking Cruises. The FANTASTIC apparently dropped an anchor to try and stop the drift of the ferry into the cruise ship after the Fantastic’s engines failed in the harbour. There were no injuries involved in the mishap which took place around noon local time. Damage was minimal and being evaluated.”


All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Carsten Dettmer Dennis Mortimer and Ken Smith for their assistance in producing this feature.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)

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