Viking Cruises makes first-ever call in Portsmouth

Viking Cruises makes first-ever call in Portsmouth
Viking Star called at the UK port during a 15-day voyage from Norway (Image: Viking Ocean Cruises)

Viking Ocean Cruises made its first-ever visit to Portsmouth International Port on 29 September.

Viking Star, the first of the line’s ocean-going ships, called at the UK port as part of a 15-night cruise that started in her homeport of Bergen, Norway and will also include stops in the UK’s Port of Falmouth, Portugal and Spain.

“The whole industry has been watching the incredible success of Viking Ocean Cruises in such a short period of time and we’re delighted that Viking has chosen to bring its first ocean-going vessel to Portsmouth International Port,” said Mike Sellers, port director. “Viking Star will feel right at home using our modern facilities at the heart of our historic maritime city. We look forward to seeing her again, and other Viking ocean cruise ships, in the near future.”

“We are delighted to be visiting Portsmouth International Port for the first time,” said Matt Grimes, executive director at Viking Cruises. “It’s a great destination for our guests to explore with easy access to the best of England’s south coast and Portsmouth’s maritime history. Since the Viking Star set sail in 2015, Viking Cruises has launched a further three more ocean ships, Viking Sky, Viking Sea and the newest the Viking Sun, which will be visiting a host of worldwide and exotic destinations when it embarks on Viking’s first world cruise.”

Viking Star’s guests were able to enjoy a walking tour of Portsmouth, which includes a visit to Nelson’s HMS Victory – the world’s oldest naval ship still in commission – and the remains of Henry VIII’s flagship Mary Rose.

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Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson
Friday, September 29, 2017