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Viking River Cruises, the river cruise line that practically invented the phenomenally popular river cruises market, has now expanded its horizons by launching Viking Ocean Cruises. The company's first ocean vessel, the 930-passenger Viking Star, embarked on maiden voyages in Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea in May 2015, followed by sailings in the Mediterranean. Viking Sea joined her in April 2016, and Viking Sky will follow in February 2017. The launch of Viking Ocean Cruises marks the first major ocean line debut in nearly a decade.
As with Viking's river ships, the focus is more about guests' experiences at the destination ports rather than the time on the ship. Guests typically spent more waking hours in port than aboard the ship. There are also a lot of overnight stays and port visits where the ship doesn't pull out until nearly midnight.
The new ocean ships are mostly all-inclusive in their pricing structure — atypical in ocean cruising. For instance, specialty restaurants are available at no extra charge, and beer and wine are available at no extra charge for lunch and dinner.
The Viking ships also offer a lot of enrichment programs on board. Theaters provide space for performances from local dance troupes as well as lectures from scholars and experts, and on-board cooking classes are available for passengers who want to learn about local dishes.
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