4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
Our experience on the Richard With exceeded our expectations. The food was amazing and fabulous. The cabin was comfortable and the public rooms very nice and attractive. The scenery must be the best in the world.! The crew could not have ... Read More
Our experience on the Richard With exceeded our expectations. The food was amazing and fabulous. The cabin was comfortable and the public rooms very nice and attractive. The scenery must be the best in the world.! The crew could not have been more pleasant. Of course alcohol bought onboard was expensive but it is everywhere in Norway. The breakfast & lunch buffets were out of this world, and the served meal in the evening very tasty. If you saw something on the menu in the morning you did not like, you could ask for something else for that evening. The ports were interesting, the embarkation easy, the talks interesting. Disembarkation in Kirkenes was a bit slow and crowded but not a problem. I think this was unusual. We did not take any excursions but liked to wander around ports on our own. We were lucky with perfect weather. Mu husband says that everything was "splendid, an extraordinary time, and we enjoyed it thoroughly." The 6 nights were expensive in our view at first but by the end we felt it was good value for the money. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
I saw an article offering no single supplement on this Hurtigruten cruise (11.11.17) and investigated it. Sounded good, so I booked it. Flew from Sydney to Bergen - warm weather to icy chill! Dinner on the first night was buffet ... Read More
I saw an article offering no single supplement on this Hurtigruten cruise (11.11.17) and investigated it. Sounded good, so I booked it. Flew from Sydney to Bergen - warm weather to icy chill! Dinner on the first night was buffet style, but after that each night - bar one - it was a set three course meal - no choices. However the choices for breakfast and lunch were excellent - particularly if you like seafood - and cheese. The only complaint I have is that the hot food could have been a lot hotter - some times it was just warm. Hurtigruten prides itself on supporting local suppliers and often what we had for dinner was bought fresh from a local port that day. While the coastal voyage states that it calls into 34 ports - don't be fooled - this is a mail/cargo/passenger run and so often the ports are at all times of the day and sometimes only 15 minutes. Usually each day there is a major port stop with excursions offered - quite pricey - but most times there is a good map available on board so that you can walk around yourself. I had bought rubber slip on "spikes" to attach to my boots and was able to walk on snowy and sometimes icy streets with confidence - after the first cautious steps. On board we had cultural and information talks about Norway and its history. Don't expect any entertainment at night - there is an occasional story telling at 9.30 - and you may be lucky to be called from your bed for the Northern Lights but that's it. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2017
This was our first "ocean" cruise with Viking (we previously did a river cruise). This company REALLY knows how to take care of their guests. They ship was just the right size and so beautiful. Our room had plenty of space and ... Read More
This was our first "ocean" cruise with Viking (we previously did a river cruise). This company REALLY knows how to take care of their guests. They ship was just the right size and so beautiful. Our room had plenty of space and they provided binoculars, umbrella, extra bedding when requested, free snacks and drinks...I could go on and on. We definitely will use them again. The included excursions were top notch. I believe we only paid for an extra excursion in St Petersburg. We loved the difference in the various ports...small, large urban, historic, party town, etc. Some guests had a bit of a hard time with all the uneven cobblestone, so be forewarned about the older towns. We did a LOT of walking in the ports and had no issues (all four of us in late 50s early 60s). We appreciated that we could watch all of the port talks in our cabin and did not have to attend in person. Read Less
29 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
The boarding process went very well. A bit of a hassle checking in baggage due to two ships boarding and departing at the same time. Delay for baggage check in and safety briefing was less than 15 minutes. The cabins are as advertised in ... Read More
The boarding process went very well. A bit of a hassle checking in baggage due to two ships boarding and departing at the same time. Delay for baggage check in and safety briefing was less than 15 minutes. The cabins are as advertised in the brochures, not typical big cruise ship cabins. We found our cabin (610) to be very comfortable with a large closet for hanging clothes with 8 hangers, a spacious 7 shelf floor to ceiling closet for folded items with a safe, a long up high shelf over the bed, and night stands on both sides of the bed. The bath was larger than expected and well appointed with two shelves under the sink and two shelves in the shower area. Note that like most Scandinavian hotels/cruise ships the Spitsbergen does not furnish wash cloths so bring your own if desired. The typical pull out clothes line is available in the bath. The bed was large and comfortable with separate duvets and two pillows on each side. Breakfasts were buffet style with an variety of dishes both hot and cold including typical US and British breakfast items, fish, fruit, cheese, juice, coffee, tea, and at least a half dozen breads and rolls. Lunch was also buffet style with a large varied choice of hot items, a daily soup, cold meats, sea foods, fruits, breads, cheeses, coffee, tea, and outstanding cakes and other deserts. Dinner was a three course affair with unique dishes served each night usually sea food. Tap water is available at all meals at no cost if requested. A good selection of wines are available a bit on the expensive but not out of line with shore based restaurants in Norway. Excursions are varied in length and quality governed in great part by the ships schedule. The Bodo Aviation museum, not mentioned in the ships literature is highly recommended for anyone with an interest. Onboard briefings are informative and interesting. Deck eight activities are nice when the weather cooperates. This is definitely a scenery cruise so don't expect nightly entertainment. Disembarkation went very well even in the rain with plenty assistance from the Cruise director and staff. Without exception Shipboard personnel were pleasant, friendly and fun to talk to. Expect wind, rain, and cold on a totally different cruise and you will not be disappointed. In our opinion the six outside cabins forward on deck six are the best onboard the ship for comfort, location and convenience. The fitness center appeared to be worthwhile for those interested. Never saw it in use on this trip tho. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
We had not been to Scandinavia or the Baltic states and were anxious to go to this area. Viking's ocean cruise there seemed to offer all the places we wanted to go with the luxury of not having to pack and unpack and sail from one ... Read More
We had not been to Scandinavia or the Baltic states and were anxious to go to this area. Viking's ocean cruise there seemed to offer all the places we wanted to go with the luxury of not having to pack and unpack and sail from one location to another while we slept. It was the perfect choice. Loved everything about the trip. The Viking Star was a lovely ship and the staff/crew was outstanding in every way. We had done a Viking river cruise and loved it so that is one reason we chose Viking over other options. The shore excursions were numerous with many options in each location, sometimes hard to decide which one to take. The local guides provided great insight into the region. I wish we could have had more time in St. Petersburg, especially at the Hermitage. There was so much to see and not enough time and we had no control as to the areas we visited in the museum. We had good weather and only one day with rain, which did not hamper or tour or "dampen" the experience. The food was excellent and varied with a nice number of restaurants to chose from. We could chose to have fine dining and linger over the dinner table or we could do a buffet meal quickly to move on to our next activity. There was so many choices on board of things to do we never get to do them all. We were never board. The entertainment while on the Viking Star was outstanding with options varying from the concert pianist, string trio, the ship's band to the performers (singers and dancers). The Aba show was really fun and the digital set state of the art. The young performers were very talented and always put on a superb show. We are already planning out next trip with Viking Ocean and have talked to a number of friends about joining us. (we went with a group of 3 couples) Bravo Viking Star! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2016
Wanted to see Scandinavia. We enjoyed the cruise, and really liked the size of the ship. The additional tours we took were very enjoyable except for Germany/Berlin. Would have preferred more time in Amsterdam or Helsinki. We have ... Read More
Wanted to see Scandinavia. We enjoyed the cruise, and really liked the size of the ship. The additional tours we took were very enjoyable except for Germany/Berlin. Would have preferred more time in Amsterdam or Helsinki. We have traveled with Viking and are looking forward to our ocean and river cruises we have booked for next year. The rooms and service were very nice. The restaurants were nice, but we didn't enjoy The Chef's Table as much as the other dining venues. The food was very good, but we felt rushed at The Chef's Table; it wasn't a very relaxing experience. The ship as I said was very nicely sized - we do not do the "monster" cruises. It was also very clean and all the staff was very attentive. Our most enjoyable shore excursions were Gdansk, Amsterdam, Stavanger, and Helsinki. We did a number of additional tours and found them all worth the extra we paid, except for Berlin. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
Never have been to this part of the world. We were very happy with the selection of port stops. We were able to see all of the Scandinavian countries and also had stops in Germany, Poland and Estonia. We were very taken by the ... Read More
Never have been to this part of the world. We were very happy with the selection of port stops. We were able to see all of the Scandinavian countries and also had stops in Germany, Poland and Estonia. We were very taken by the friendliness of the people especially in Denmark and Estonia. The trip to St. Petersburg was beautiful. Great gourmet food served in all venues on the Viking Star. The entertainment is diversified and wonderful. Whatever your tastes in entertainment there was talent on board to meet your needs. We enjoyed the afternoon teas and the tasty scones and sandwiches. We were amazed by the design of the ship and we again noticed that even when we were all on board during the day at sea you feel as if there are only a few people on board. The public areas are spread out in a way that you never feel as if there are more than a few dozen on board. Read Less

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