39 Bergen Luxury Cruise Reviews

We chose Viking Star for the itinerary (we'd never seen this part of Norway) and for the reputation of Viking Cruises. We have been on a Viking River Cruise and were very impressed with the quality there. We found the Viking Star ... Read More
We chose Viking Star for the itinerary (we'd never seen this part of Norway) and for the reputation of Viking Cruises. We have been on a Viking River Cruise and were very impressed with the quality there. We found the Viking Star to be beautiful, with lovely staterooms, restaurants, and public areas. There were many places to sit quietly, away from the chatter of other passengers. The Restaurant (main dining room) was very nice with excellent service. Food very good. The buffet breakfasts seemed very repetitive, but of good quality. We did not go to any evening entertainment, other than a martini tasting/demo, which was a lot of fun. I think the biggest disappoint of the cruise were the shore excursions. Some were very good. Our day in Bergen and the guide we had was excellent. Geiranger was stunning and the guide very good. But the "Håholmen: A Viking Adventure, was not well done, nothing like the write-up, and the guide was pretty bad. Sometimes, I think we just chose the wrong excursion, as others returned from their day and raved about the sites they experienced. Embarkation was well-done, but disembarkation did not go as smoothly. Bags were taken off ship(in London) and placed in a large tent where you needed to claim them and pull them to the waiting busses. Someone on our bus was unable to locate his bags, and those the entire bus waited for nearly an hour, making some anxious about their flight connections at Heathrow. All-in-all, we did enjoy our cruise, and will travel with Viking again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Traveled with sister who had been on this line before. Food delicious. Choices of restaurants very good. Port talks and lectures very informative. Entertainment very good. Service excellent in all areas. The ship and room ... Read More
Traveled with sister who had been on this line before. Food delicious. Choices of restaurants very good. Port talks and lectures very informative. Entertainment very good. Service excellent in all areas. The ship and room were lovely. So nice that all rooms have a veranda. The spa was wonderful. They had areas that I have never seen on a ship before like the ice room. We added a pre-trip to Iceland for 4 days which was fabulous. Would definitely go with Viking again and would recommend to friends which I already have. Even though it included wine and beer with lunch and dinner and one free land tour per port; I thought it was a little pricey. The one drawback was that we had to get up at 2:30AM to disembark. Because Viking made the flight plans I think that they may have picked flights that were cheaper for them. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We chose this cruise due to an email we got from Viking with a special offer price. We were escorted from the airport in Bergen with plenty of Viking staff in attendance. The weather in Bergen was normal rain. We were taken to the ... Read More
We chose this cruise due to an email we got from Viking with a special offer price. We were escorted from the airport in Bergen with plenty of Viking staff in attendance. The weather in Bergen was normal rain. We were taken to the ship and the registration process was very quick with your passport being scanned as well as your credit card this gave the picture for your cruise card. That was it your cards was passed to you. We boarded the ship through security and cards scanned as normal we had the normal champagne on arrival and were greeted by the cruise director. We were early approx 1200hrs our stateroom was not available until 1400 hrs.We explored the immediate area and it was very comfortable and bright and airy. Our first problem was on the first day we ordered a drink you just quote your stateroom number and the waiter has a smartphone which shows your photo my picture did not work so we had to go to guest services who then took the photo again and added this to our stateroom account. But over the next 14 days the system was showing two photos of my wife but not me. We contacted guest relations twice more who assured us the problem was fixed but it wasn't nor did they remove the second photo of my wife. So each time we ordered a drink there was a hesitation by the staff. So moving on from this we entered our stateroom at 1400hrs and we were impressed to see our luggage waiting for us. The staterooms are a good size with a nice decor. The bathroom is very nice with a heated floor. A good sized shower cubicle with a glass door. Plenty of storage in the bathroom for all your normal items. We unpacked and had plenty of storage for hanging in the wardrobe but there is a lack of drawer space. On the bedside cabinets there was power points and USB sockets but these were not working and it would be another week before these were changed and we then had power on these cabinets. There is a seating area with coffee table. Dressing table and chair with power points and a mini bar stocked with soft drinks and two mini chocolate bars. These were topped up each day. There was a coffee making machine but nowhere to make tea. No tea bags and no way to boil water. I know some of these machines can make tea so I sent a request on your first day to guest service but never got a reply. So Coffee but NO TEA The TV was good and the reception was very good and good easy interactive connections with a separate tab for the olympics. There was also a good hair dryer and a pair on small binoculars which were good. Normal size balcony with two upright chairs I thought the table was perhaps a little to big for the space. The free wifi was excellent even at sea. This is the best wifi we have had at sea When we got going on the second night we found a lot of vibration in the stateroom. We know you get some shuddering in bad weather we have been on 18+ cruises on larger and smaller ocean going ships. This was a vibration even when the sea was calm it was like something was out of balance. So I can't say we had good sleep it did disturbed it. We did have an engine problem later on I don't know if this issue was related. The ship it self is very light and plenty of space it never seemed crowded. We visited the cafe which was very good and there were plenty of good views being on deck 7 and in good weather you could eat outside and watch the sun set. The food quality and service was excellent we visited for breakfast and some evening meals. There is also the restaurant on deck 2 the decor is nice but it was always busy in the evening and very noisey. The service did not seem as good in here. We had a table for two and every time one person is left looking at a wall and the other person could view the room. We went here twice but did not enjoy the experience. There are two speciality restaurant with no cover charge we visited these 5 times in the cruise and the food again was excellent. The service was a bit patchy at times. We enjoyed eating in the cafe in the evening especially when we got to the med as we could sit outside and it never Got to busy. The entertainment team was a troupe of 8 plus the cruise director and these were very talented and put on some great shows. The scenery is all done by a screen at the back of the stage so the sound and visual side were fab. We had an engine problem on the ship which meant we missed Athens as an overnight stop which meant we had an extra night at sea so Heather Clancy put on a one man show. She was excellent sometimes singing to background music others she was supported by the band who were 5** these guys had a huge repertoire of music they had two singers a key board player who also played the trumpet, a drumber and two guitars. The Waite staff and state room attendants were all excellent they all seemed happy in there work and tried to remember your name. In all a good cruise in a beautiful ship most of the time it was excellent but I am sure they can sort out the few issues it will soon be 5*. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
My wife and I have sailed with Viking on many river cruises and were curious about the new ocean service. During our Viking Homelands cruise we were, overall, very impressed. The food was outstanding. The staff made us feel at home. It ... Read More
My wife and I have sailed with Viking on many river cruises and were curious about the new ocean service. During our Viking Homelands cruise we were, overall, very impressed. The food was outstanding. The staff made us feel at home. It was delightful, with two exceptions. First, we selected a stateroom aft on Deck 6 right under the open air dining area on Deck 7 aft of the World Cafe. Every evening the crew would move the tables and chairs forward to the World Cafe bulkhead. Every morning between 4:30 and 5:30 they would relocate them around the open area--not by picking them up and placing them down, but by pushing them around the deck. This created an annoying racket. Asking Reception and the Maitre d' to delay re-positioning the tables/chairs, or instructing the wait staff to lift them and place them quietly on the deck got us intermittent relief. We recommend future guests book passage in stateroom amidships on Deck 5 for an uninterrupted sleep. Second, Viking offers shore excursions for a fee. If you want to guarantee a place on an excursion before embarking, you have to pay for it with a credit card. You cannot use ship board credits, until you board the ship. Its an easy fix to pay for the excursion before boarding, cancel on board, and substitute credits for payments.. It is, however, annoying. Otherwise, it was an incredible cruise aboard a fabulous ship. One last note. We prefer to travel independently and didn't take excursions that cost extra except in St. Petersburg--the ballet and the Russian Museum. The included tours, mostly windshield tours of the port towns, were OK, but with planning you can easily see the worthwhile sights for a fraction of the cost. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
The Viking Sea is a beautiful, brand new ship, and we thoroughly enjoyed our 2 weeks aboard! The ship is not a huge mega-ship, but rather a smaller, more intimate ship that is still large enough to have amenities such as several ... Read More
The Viking Sea is a beautiful, brand new ship, and we thoroughly enjoyed our 2 weeks aboard! The ship is not a huge mega-ship, but rather a smaller, more intimate ship that is still large enough to have amenities such as several restaurants, a fitness center, and a spa. The food is great, especially Manfredi's Italian restaurant, the ship is very clean, and the staterooms are well-appointed and very comfortable. It's so nice to have a balcony for every cabin, and the cabin bathrooms with heated floors are awesome! Some of the group tours were a little boring, but since they were included, it's hard to complain. The entertainment was average but the service was top notch! Our Norwegian and Baltic Sea ports were fabulous - would love to go back! We especially loved the ports of Bergen, Flam, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Tallinn, Gdansk, and St. Petersburg. The only port we would have skipped was Helsinki. Would highly recommend Viking ocean cruises! Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
I looked forward to this cruise to visit countries not previously seen, especially the coastline of Norway, Denmark, Sweden and other Baltic countries. Previously, I had taken several Viking River cruises and I was enthusiastic about their ... Read More
I looked forward to this cruise to visit countries not previously seen, especially the coastline of Norway, Denmark, Sweden and other Baltic countries. Previously, I had taken several Viking River cruises and I was enthusiastic about their approach to cruising. Alas, the ocean cruise experience did not quite measure up to the standard I had expected of Viking based on my experience with the river cruises. Good points: the ship was comfortable and well-planned, with many nooks and crannies for privacy, if needed. I liked having books about the region interspersed in many places for browsing. The cruise director was outstanding. Mediocre: the food was adequate and, at times good (the specialty restaurants), however, the menu grew boring. In fact it deterred me from considering a longer cruise with Viking. Bad: the excursions director, by contrast to the cruise director, was not strong on public relations skills. When I made a comment about disappointment with one of the short excursion guides, he appeared to show no interest (in great contrast with my experience on the Viking river cruises, where there was a good effort made to improve the excursions). So, all in all, I would not give Viking Ocean cruises the highest rating. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Definitely the trip of a lifetime. Ours was an ocean cruise going to eight countries on the Baltic Sea. had always wanted to go to the Scandinavian countries and Germany. My grandparents were from Denmark, and we'd had foreign ... Read More
Definitely the trip of a lifetime. Ours was an ocean cruise going to eight countries on the Baltic Sea. had always wanted to go to the Scandinavian countries and Germany. My grandparents were from Denmark, and we'd had foreign exchange students from Sweden. I spoke German, but had never been there. The ports were wonderful. My only disappointment was Berlin. The tour guide gave us 20 minutes to shop in an area where I didn't see any shops. Most of the shore excursions were wonderful. Again, Berlin was disappointing. Norway, Denmark, and Sweden were the best. Got to spend time with one of my exchange students in Stockholm. Talinn, Estonia, blew us away. We didn't really know why we were going there, but it was fantastic. Also very much enjoyed St. Petersburg, but our time there was shortened due to weather. With people from different countries on the cruise, you could definitely see the difference between different nationalities. The Aussies appeared to have the most fun. Entertainment was quite good most of the time, especially the singers and actors/actresses. The two dancers were not as good. Service at meals was spotty when it came to beverages. You would either be deluged by people trying to give you wine, or you would be totally ignored when all you wanted was water. Choice of meals was good, and the service for the food itself was much better. Dessert was to die for. First time I'd had creme brulee. If you wanted the Silver Spirits package, everyone in the room had to pay for one. I understand the reasoning, but my husband drinks, and I don't, so it was too expensive. I now would like to go on one of the river cruises in Germany or Austria, the sooner the better. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Luggage didn't get to ship for almost 4 days -- TripMate came through for me and paid my bill onboard at the shop. Ship is gorgeous -- Viking is unbeatable in service and value. Have also and will continue to make river and ship ... Read More
Luggage didn't get to ship for almost 4 days -- TripMate came through for me and paid my bill onboard at the shop. Ship is gorgeous -- Viking is unbeatable in service and value. Have also and will continue to make river and ship cruises also. Thank you for your attention to details -- included tours; excellent tour guides; lovely "extra" restaurants at no extra charges; good entertainment; attentive crew; lovely cabin (might arrange differently so that closet is not right against one of the beds -- we had beds separated, so that might have been part of it.); Disappointed that our Berlin tour of 12 hrs. was taken up by transportation -- only 3 hrs. in that great city. Dining was excellent; emb and disembarkation went smoothly, except for "snafu" in Heathrow -- about 40 of us had delayed luggage! Appreciated adjustment of cost of tour in St. Petersburg, due to rough waters and many large ships going in/out of the channel. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This was Viking Sea's inaugural voyage up the coast of Norway so glitches were to be expected. The ship itself is a marvel of design and the shipbuilder's craft. The onboard service was top shelf. Aside from general minor ... Read More
This was Viking Sea's inaugural voyage up the coast of Norway so glitches were to be expected. The ship itself is a marvel of design and the shipbuilder's craft. The onboard service was top shelf. Aside from general minor annoyances, such as poor flight scheduling resulting in our bags getting delayed in Copenhagen, the main problem was in the shore excursions which failed to live up to what one would expect of Viking. I'm sure they'll get it sorted out, but for this trip, unfortunately, we were the guinea pigs and the results were poor/average at best. Our other big complaint is not directed specifically at Viking, but at the cruise industry in general and their kowtowing to the ADA. We are in our 70s so I'm sure we'll get there, but the level of decrepitude of the clientele that we encountered on this cruise was stunning, and their sense of entitlement even more so. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We were interested in seeing the Baltic region and we felt we got a good taste of that through this cruise. Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Estonia were our favourite countries and we plan on making a return visit. We took the rail ... Read More
We were interested in seeing the Baltic region and we felt we got a good taste of that through this cruise. Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Estonia were our favourite countries and we plan on making a return visit. We took the rail trip from Oslo to Bergen and found that a wonderful trip over the mountains. Tried out all the dining options on board and were very pleasantly surprised by the consistent quality of the food at each place. We are vegetarians and felt that there were many different choices for us everyday. The excursion organization was well done and the disembarking and reboarding was very fast and efficient. Really loved the staff as they were all so upbeat, happy and willing to go the extra mile to make our cruise an enjoyable event. Each night we spent at the Terrace Lounge watching the sunsets. We were so happy with the overall experienced we booked another cruise while on board! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We did the ‘Viking Homelands’ cruise from Bergen to Stockholm on Viking Star, and the experience was generally excellent. The Ship: As most would know, the ship is one year old. It is a beautiful ship, in a classical modern ... Read More
We did the ‘Viking Homelands’ cruise from Bergen to Stockholm on Viking Star, and the experience was generally excellent. The Ship: As most would know, the ship is one year old. It is a beautiful ship, in a classical modern Scandinavian design and built to a high standard. The joinery and décor is magnificent. Unlike other cruise ships that we have experienced, there are many gorgeous public spaces where one can sit peacefully with no crowds. A very different experience. The Staff: The standard is exceptionally professional. All staff members seem happy and always greet the guests. The service is second to none. The Food: Certainly in the running for the title of the best food at sea. Extensive variety at every meal. Food is very fresh, prepared to perfection and beautifully presented. The Cabin: The high standard of finish and fittings does not quite extend to the cabins. By comparison with the public spaces, the cabin felt a little plain and mediocre. It is quite cramped, particularly for a newly designed ship. More bathroom hooks would be advantageous. Storage space is a little lacking, and the coffee table takes up too much floor space. A table half the size would be adequate (or none at all), and leave more space to move around. The overall offering: The offering is all inclusive, with no additional charges for specialty restaurants, wine and drinks with meals or specialty coffees. An excursion is included in every port. There are no formal nights, no casino, no art auctions, and no photographers chasing you everywhere. Viking has hit the spot perfectly. Note though, that the Viking offering is ‘destination based’, and we had just one restful sea day in our 14 day cruise. We left feeling quite tired. The Negatives: Not to major on them because overall the cruise was very good, but there are three that were important to us. 1. The bed was hard. In fact it was the hardest bed that we experienced on our trip in European and Scandinavian hotels both before and after the cruise. Sleep was not great! 2. The noisy dining room. Parts of the main dining room are built with hard surfaces, with glass wall panels, mostly timber floors and reflective ceilings. It looks beautiful but the noise is unbearable, and this is hardly a ‘fine dining’ experience. We encountered several other guests who expressed their disappointment and disillusionment. The staff that we spoke to were well aware of the issue. As a result, we chose to dine mostly in the World Café (the buffet) which is much quieter. Strangely, the World Café has carpeted floors! 3. On our cruise, 75% of guests were American, and a large percentage of those were loud, rude and obnoxious. Many were grossly overweight. It seems that Viking releases the cruise programs in the USA first, and when the rest of the world hears about it, most cabin categories are booked out. Viking may be quite happy with this outcome, but if they would prefer a more balanced mix of guests, they need to change their strategy. This one factor would cause us to think twice about another Viking cruise. We took a ‘Deluxe Veranda’, and wonder if the additional benefits (for the same size cabin) are worth the cost. These benefits comprise a coffee machine in the cabin (coffee is available throughout the ship, and there is room service), mini-bar with soft drinks (soft drinks are available free in restaurants and bars), snacks consisted of 2 mini chocolates and 1 tiny bag of chips preferential bookings for specialty restaurants (really?), and binoculars in the cabin. Is this worth the significant extra dollars per day? Probably not, and the Americans obviously don’t think so, since they book the cheaper cabins first. All things considered, it was a wonderful experience, but the negatives we mentioned could possibly mean this will be our only Viking ocean cruise. Interestingly, we did not find the same negatives on a Viking river cruise in China a few years ago. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This was our second cruise on the Viking Star, so many of the crew knew us and did an outstanding job insuring a fantastic experience. Our favorite part of the ship was the Explorer Lounge. Beautiful views and great service! From the ... Read More
This was our second cruise on the Viking Star, so many of the crew knew us and did an outstanding job insuring a fantastic experience. Our favorite part of the ship was the Explorer Lounge. Beautiful views and great service! From the dining to shore excursions, we couldn't of asked for more. The Manfield's Italian restaurant was superb. The maitre d" was especially helpful in making sure we were taken care of properly. The staff involved with the shore excursions were fantastic and advised us on how to take advantage of each stop. We took the pre excursion trip to Iceland. Highly recommend if you haven't ever been there. Perfect acclimation to the colder weather we were about to experience. Loved it! We have already booked two more Viking Mediterranean Cruises for 2017! As luck would have it, one is on the Star again! Favorite stop's - Helsinki, Estonia, Stavanger, Gdynia Poland and Stockholm. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We booked our cruise after reading a promotional flyer in July 2013. The next two years we spent following the progress of the ship's being built and tested. This to say that, as seasoned travelers who had never taken a cruise and who ... Read More
We booked our cruise after reading a promotional flyer in July 2013. The next two years we spent following the progress of the ship's being built and tested. This to say that, as seasoned travelers who had never taken a cruise and who live in Europe, we were very much anticipating this different adventure. We were not disappointed. Since we handled all our arrangements in terms of arrival and departure, we cannot write about theses issues, but can say that our embarkation and debarkation were handled smoothly and professionally. The ship itself was wonderfully laid out, with so many different lounges, the spa, and quiet corners that I'm not sure we discovered all of it on our time aboard. The Explorer's Lounge is quiet, seemingly private and very comfortable. I met with a group of friends (who all met for the first time on the second day out) nearly every day in the upstairs of the Explorers Lounge. We all had a common issue and, for the most part, were able to share our experiences, solutions and challenges in some privacy. The artwork displayed throughout the ship was excellent and we enjoyed being able to read about the artists and the works in the book provided in our cabin. I'd suggest a lecture or a tour of the artworks as an activity for those who are inclined. So much of the work was thematic for the region in which we were traveling that it was a subtle enhancement to the experience overall. We didn't participate in many of the shipboard activities, lectures, etc. so I can't say much about them, except that we watched a few of the port lectures on the tv in our cabin and found them informative. In Bergen, we skipped the tour as we'd spent three days there in advance of the trip, and is our style, had discovered much of its hidden enchantments on our own. The cruise into the fjord with Flåm as our destination was, by itself, a highlight for both of us. Waking to those cliffs, waterfalls, and draped with long low clouds and mist was absolutely magical. The fact that the Viking Star is so quiet and smooth enriched the experience. We booked, in advance, our own rail trip in Flåm, so we cannot speak to Viking's excursions there. Our excursion was enjoyable and informative, although we hadn't left ourselves enough time to explore much. The Pulpit Rock cruise was great fun and our guide was informative and entertaining. As we are both active and fit,we'd have preferred a hike to Pulpit Rock, and would have scheduled and paid for it on our own, but there wasn't enough time in Stavanger for us to do that and be assured of returning to the ship on time. After our fjord cruise in Stavanger, we had precious little time to explore this charming town which we would have liked to do. Our time in Aalborg, on the walking tour, was well spent. The guide was thorough and spoke nearly-flawless English. My husband got tired of being in a group, but stuck with it. Because the walking tour was long, we also didn't have much time to explore the town, however, we'd already seen most of it so it wasn't necessary for us. We skipped the Copenhagen tours during the day and went out on our own. The added excursion of the Canal Jazz (actually Dixieland, not Jazz) was sensational. The band was great fun and the cruise gave us a view of Copenhagen we'd otherwise have missed. We almost missed the cruise itself as it wasn't well-publicized, and we only found out about it from friends. We didn't take any of the Berlin tours as we planned to spend the month of August, and are now, in Berlin. Gdansk was great, albeit a bit hurried. I appreciated the accommodation to my motion-sickness on the bus tour. The front seat was reserved for us even though we hadn't given much notice. Our guide was very good, well informed and professional. Our only problem came during the walking tour. Our guide was very short, and she either couldn't or wouldn't hold up the group sign, nor, apparently did she did ask anyone taller to do so. As Gdansk was extremely crowded, I got lost from the group on more than one occasion. This was quickly remedied as my husband alerted her and once I walked into the range of her voice on my listening device, I rejoined the group. The day spent sailing was fine and relaxing. However, most of the window area lounge chairs were taken up the whole day by people who camped out on them, left their belongings for long periods of time in order to save their places, and made it impossible for anyone else to use them. Bad manners. St. Petersburg: the bus tour wasn't the best. It was difficult to see much. Fortunately, we'd booked the canal cruise and the weather cooperated by giving us clear skies and mild temperatures—a fortuitous happenstance. The cruise was informative and we had much better views and viewpoints than on the bus tour. As an added bonus, we toured the Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood and the St. Isaac's church. Our guide, Irina, was excellent, the best we had on the whole trip. She was our guide again the next day for The Hermitage. The next day, we started early for our tour early and arrived at the Hermitage before the crowds, being admitted to what amounted to be a nearly-private touring. Our guide, once again, was knowledgeable, complete and very well educated in both history and art. This s an excursion not to be missed! Especially with Irina. She knew how to navigate this huge museum, allowing us time to see many masterpieces without any crowds at all. We had time to linger with the Rembrandts and many others. Quite a few of my fotos have no people in them—remarkable considering the time of year, the venue and the extremely long line waiting to get in after we left. Definitely the best excursion of the whole trip. We cancelled the walking tour of Helsinki and went in on the shuttle. It's a charming city, and it's one we may return to on our own. We took the bus tour of Stockholm, and as I hadn't reserved the front, we were farther back. Fortunately, I had no motion sickness, but the tour was a wash in that we couldn't see anything. We stayed on our own a week in Stockholm, so we got to know the city fairly well. As to dining: we ate only once at the Chef's Table and had the Sweet and Salty meal. It was sublime, and spoiled us for all our other meals. We ate lunch and breakfast almost exclusively at the World Cafe. The food was very good, not excellent, but not at all common cafeteria food either. The selection was good. The Pool Grill was also good. Service at both was very good. All the wait staff were polite, friendly and professional. Our favorite restaurant was The Restaurant and we had dinner there frequently. The choice of meals varied nightly, with some constants. The quality never varied—it was always excellent. As was the service. The Beef Wellington is to die for, absolutely great, as were all the fish dishes. Our only dining disappointment was at Manfredi's. The waiters were very good, and apologetic that out food took so long to arrive. The chicken one night was overlooked, and my one pasta dish wasn't al dente, nor particularly tasty. When we spoke to the maître, he was surly and defensive. He tried to explain to us how each meal was individually prepared, etc. as if we had no idea how a well run restaurant of reputation operates. Rather than argue with him, we simply didn't return there. We heard from others that they'd had great meals there, so I assume the quality varies. In summary, I'd say it was a wonderful trip, made all the more so by the friends we made on it, and the sights we saw. We may taking a Viking Star cruise of the Eastern Mediterranean in the future. It depends on if one is scheduled for the Fall, as we normally spend our summers in the States and return to Barcelona for the Fall. 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Sail Date July 2015
My wife and I had previously taken a Viking River Cruise and we had a wonderful time. Everything was well planned and the staff and crew were exceptional. Food, beverages, schedule and excursions were outstanding. Therefore, when we ... Read More
My wife and I had previously taken a Viking River Cruise and we had a wonderful time. Everything was well planned and the staff and crew were exceptional. Food, beverages, schedule and excursions were outstanding. Therefore, when we received the notice of a new Viking ship to cruise the Baltic Sea we immediately signed up for one of the top suites. The Viking Star is a great ship - comfortable, well equipped, and very easy to get around. Everything functioned well except the TV and internet - a problem I am sure has been taken care of by now. We enjoyed boarding our small ship at our leisure in every port while watching passenger from those mega-ships waiting in long lines on the dock. The excursions seemed to be a work in progress. The included shore excursions were not well planned and often seemed to be an after thought for the contract operators. We were given the opportunity to reserve excursions early due to the stateroom level we had booked but that was not necessarily an advantage since numerous excursions were added almost up until the day of departure. It was also difficult to get much information regarding excursions beyond the very short descriptions available on-line. Some were great, especially St. Petersburg which was led by a Viking Riverboat staffer. Others seemed rather "canned". Food was always amazing in quality and quantity. Seating in restaurants required reservations which were not difficult to obtain and the World Café was always easy to just walk in anytime. The self-service food at the World Café was equally as good as any of the meals we had in the other restaurants onboard - All you can eat escargot one evening for example. The only real issue was with the crew - wait staff in particular. Some, like the porter and maid who took care of our stateroom were very professional and attentive. Others seemed to resent being there and would walk by without a word unless you asked them to stop. I chalked this up to the fact that Viking had to hire a lot of people who didn't understand the Viking culture just to staff this ship. I am sure this is something that can be addressed with training and careful future hiring. All in all, it was a wonderful experience and we are still Viking fans who are planning our next river cruise. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015

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