Cruising - Now THAT'S Luxury!
Posted on August 24 2020
I've been doing trunk shows on cruise ships for eight years now and have been fortunate to sail on some of the world's top cruise lines. But, I when I was invited to hold a trunk show on the Viking Sea I had no idea I'd be sailing on what is without a doubt the most beautiful, well-designed and thought-out ship I've ever seen.
The decor is impeccable - from the perfect neutral colors with pops of color, to the just-right mix of minimalism and restraint - this ship is stunning. I could go on, but I think this excerpt from the Viking website says it best:
Light-filled with modern Scandinavian décor, Viking Sea, like her sister ships, was designed by experienced nautical architects and engineers, including the same interior design team responsible for the award-winning fleet of Viking Longships®. Throughout the ship, details were incorporated to pay homage to Nordic heritage and to help guests immerse themselves in local surroundings. A glass-backed infinity pool cantilevered off the stern offers unobstructed views; indoor-outdoor spaces offer more options for al fresco dining than any other vessel in its class; huge windows and skylights blur the lines between inside and out; and a wrap-around promenade deck nods to a bygone era of classic ocean liners.
Onboard Viking Sea, clean lines, woven textiles and light wood evoke the Viking spirit of discovery and connection to the natural world. A carefully curated collection of Scandinavian artwork adorns the walls of the restaurants and public spaces. In the two-deck Explorers’ Lounge at the bow of the ship, the décor was inspired by ancient Viking trade routes and navigation methods – imagery of star constellations and astronomical maps are complemented by antique globes, astrolabes and sofas with cozy pelts.
In the LivNordic Spa, the holistic wellness philosophy of Scandinavia is in mind – from the Nordic ritual of the hydrotherapy pool and a real Snow Room, to materials inspired by Scandinavian nature: Swedish limestone and black slate; juniper and teak wood details; recycled and etched opaque glass; and cast iron.
I braved the Snow Room and have to say it is not for the faint of heart!
In the Wintergarden, blonde wood “trees” stretch their branches up to the glass ceiling, forming a lattice canopy over a serene space where guests can enjoy afternoon tea service. And in the Viking Living Room, a geometric garden was inspired by the wild lichen of Norway’s Finse Mountain Plateau.
So, when we can get back to cruising the seas, you should consider Viking. You'll be pleasantly surprised at the comfort and luxury you'll find.