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82% of cruisers loved it
94 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

This cruise was marketed as something special (and priced accordingly)- it wasn't! It is a nice ship, lots of common space per passenger. Great pool and winter garden area. State rooms were good size but did not have adequate storage and much ... Read more
Stunning Ship AlanOnMI
06/15
Nothing but superlatives for the first Viking Ocean Liner! Stunning design; beautifully outfitted; great open spaces with plenty of small places for a quiet cup of coffee or to read a book. The Club Torshaven, was a fabulous place for music, ... Read more
06/15
My wife and I and our good friends celebrated our 50th wedding anniversaries together via the Viking Homelands Cruise. We enjoyed a couple of extra days in Stockholm prior to embarkation so that was a treat; our third time in Stockholm and I hope ... 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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