In Spring 2015, Viking Cruises successfully launched its first ocean-bearing vessel, Viking Star. Working alongside LA-based Rottet Studio and the Italian shipyard Fincantieri, SMC Design were tasked in bringing a new client into the ocean cruise industry and one that would live up to Viking’s high standards from their River Cruise fleet.
The key design focus was to find a way to replicate the look and atmosphere of a land-based hotel. Viking’s main priority was to highlight the quality of the materials and embody the understated elegance of Scandinavian design. This design principle can be found in many areas of the vessel; from the large open plan Viking Living Room to the panoramic viewing experienced within the Explorers’ Lounge.
A design highlight onboard is The Spa, which celebrates the elegance and innovation that characterizes Viking Star whilst being in keeping with Viking’s Nordic heritage. From the centuries-old tradition of the sauna to the reimagined Nordic ritual of the hydrotherapy pool, The Spa truly encapsulates the holistic wellness philosophy of Scandinavia.
SMC Design would like to thank the project team at Viking Cruises, Rottet Studio and Fincantieri for their collaboration on this innovative project. SMC look forward to having continued involvement as lead architect and signage contractor on the sister ships to Viking Star – Viking Sea, Viking Sun and Viking Sky.