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Viking Star
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86% of cruisers loved it
132 reviews | Write a Review
  • Pro: One of cruising's most beautiful small ships
  • Con: No casino and no amenities for families with young kids
  • Bottom Line: Terrific value for money on port-intensive cruises

Viking Star Overview

Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor in Chief
Editor Rating
5.0

Viking Star, the first of at least three nearly identical ships in Viking Ocean Cruises' all-new fleet, offers an experience that very nearly borders on luxury.

Even better, Viking Star represents one of the industry's best value-for-money options. Its cruises are offered at a moderate price point (along the lines of a larger stateroom or suite on Princess, Celebrity and Holland America) but are far more inclusive than those upmarket, big-ship options. Complimentary extras include transfers, free-flowing beer and wine at lunch and dinner, and a tour in every port (along with extra-fee shore excursion options). The biggest inclusion is unlimited free Wi-Fi. Very few amenities incur extra charges for services -- mainly one dining experience and spa treatments. The majority of restaurants and the spa's relaxation areas are all free of charge.

Viking is positioning cruises on Viking Star and Viking Sea, its next ship to debut (2016), as destination-focused experiences. Itineraries offer few days at sea. Destination-focused enrichment is a significant part of the ship's onboard offerings. In addition to port-packed schedules on each cruise, the line spends longer days at dock than most and offers a nice range of overnights, as well.

The ship itself is meant to serve as a backdrop to the ports it visits, a floating version of a boutique hotel. The irony is that it's so beautifully designed -- with terrific indoor lounging areas, gorgeous collectibles and a Viking history alcove, one of the most beautiful pool areas at sea, an elegant spa on a par with a five-star hotel, and superb dining and crew service -- you'll wish for more time aboard. We sure did.

Viking Star Fellow Passengers

Viking Star is designed to appeal to well-traveled, curious and value-oriented travelers in the 50-plus age group (though it will also appeal to those younger). The Viking Ocean Cruises experience is not meant for families, fans of casino gambling (no casino onboard) or those seeking constant onboard entertainment.

Viking Star Dress Code

Resort casual is the prevailing dress code, with a slightly more relaxed feel during the day. There are no formal nights on Viking Star.

Viking Star Gratuity

Onboard currency is the U.S. dollar. The recommended gratuity is $14 per person, per day, and it's automatically added to onboard bills. Passengers can make adjustments by visiting the customer service desk. Spa bookings and cocktails levy an automatic 15 percent tip.

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Viking Star Member Reviews

Viking Homelands Grumpy Old Sailor
07/15
Our sixth cruise, first on Viking. First Baltic cruise. The Viking Star was the most beautiful and comfortable ship we have ever sailed. The service and attitude of the staff and employees were the highest level we have encountered. This was all ... Read more
Fantastic Ship mrslyons
07/15
Viking clearly got it right when they designed the layout and amenities of this ship. The cruise director did a great job of using the different areas of the ship for entertaining. Every seating area on the ship seems special...inviting, ... Read more
Overall thing wer going well. The television had a tendency to stop and start at random, but that was minor. Crew was efficient and friendly. Food was very good. Leaving St Petersburg noticed that a Costa ship had passed us shortly after leaving ... Read more
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Viking Star Ratings

Editor Rating 5.0 Member Rating
Category
Editor
Member
Dining
5.0
4.5
Public Rooms
5.0
4.8
Cabins
5.0
4.6
Entertainment
3.0
3.8
Spa & Fitness
5.0
4.1
Family & Children
1.0
Shore Excursions
4.0
3.7
Enrichment
5.0
3.9
Service
5.0
4.6
Value-for-Money
5.0
4.0

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Ship Stats
Crew:
550
Launched:
2015
Decks:
10
Tonnage:
47,800
Passengers:
930
Registry:
Malta
CDC Score:
Not Yet Inspected

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