TAKE A SEAT, AND THE CHAIR
Chairs are not the traditional recipient of love at first sight, but the minute I hop on to Viking Sun for a ship inspection, it is the furniture that besots me. The bar stools are made of dark grey felt with a splash of traditional Norwegian rosemaling embroidery on the back, and are the first of many finely crafted Scandinavian interior design touches throughout the ship that would look perfectly comfortable in the pages of Vogue Living.
The next object of my affection, the spa’s Snow Grotto, highlights more of the ship’s Nordic heritage: water and extremes of temperature for the benefits of good health. The opposite of a sauna, instead of making you sweat it’s a room of subzero temperature with ice formations to prove it. Hop from hot to cold and back again to give your body a dose of ancient Scandi invigoration.
Then there were the small but simple things. The TV remote control in the cabins has nine-buttons only, all of which make sense to even the most technologically naive among us. The easy-to-open toiletries are marked with extra large lettering so the focally challenged can instantly see which is the shampoo and which is the conditioner. Both were instigated directly by the company’s chairman who, after spending more time than most in hotels, wanted solutions to all the things that frustrated him. Who hasn’t given up on watching telly because the remote needs a PhD to operate?
Viking Sun was the first ship from this cruise line to visit Australia. It’s another milestone in the growth and sophistication of the cruise industry and a plus for travellers looking for new ways to add to their days at sea.
JANA FRAWLEY, NATIONAL TRAVEL EDITOR