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Looking out over the sea, you can almost see the Viking longboat at sail, far off in the distance. Or that may just be your imagination, teased by the whitecaps and swells, as you trace the route taken a millennium ago by so many intrepid seafarers. Launched in 2015, the 930-passenger ship was the first ocean-going vessel to set sail for Viking Cruises, known for its fleet of longships plying rivers of Europe, Russia, China, Southeast Asia and Egypt.Responding to a demand for more destination-oriented trips, Viking looked to the sea, offering itineraries to the Baltic, Mediterranean, Caribbean and North America. Just as the Norsemen ventured off into the unknown, Viking Cruises was sailing into somewhat uncharted territory with its "In the Wake of the Vikings" voyage, a 15-day trip first offered in the fall of 2016 . Just as the Vikings faced the Atlantic's mercurial moods, the Viking Star got a taste of what the ocean can dish out.It got even rougher en route to Iceland, with 130-140 kph gusts and 45-foot waves.
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