1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2016
traveled as a single with another couple. The food was great, the tours were great, the size of the ship was great. The crew was friendly and efficient, My only issue was that as a single person who had paid double I had hoped to find ... Read More
traveled as a single with another couple. The food was great, the tours were great, the size of the ship was great. The crew was friendly and efficient, My only issue was that as a single person who had paid double I had hoped to find other single on the cruise but did not,as a result iI did feel awkward and I am sure that it did flavour my enjoyment of the trip. The included airfare was very difficult to manage as a single, I was initially booked with my friends on both flights to and from Europe but 2 weeks before the flight was to have left Vanguards airfare department put on different flights, we had to cancel those flights at a group rate and replace them with higher priced tickets in order to travel together. I supposed that had I been a seasoned traveler I might have decided to take a different trip. all in all it is a nice trip for a couple but not that comfortable for someone traveling solo, at least not for me as a widower. The educational presentations and tours I would recommend. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2016
We chose Viking because we had a great experience with Viking three years ago on a Rhine cruise. The cabin was beautiful, but there was nightly work being done on the deck above our cabin that woke us up almost every night. We complained, ... Read More
We chose Viking because we had a great experience with Viking three years ago on a Rhine cruise. The cabin was beautiful, but there was nightly work being done on the deck above our cabin that woke us up almost every night. We complained, but it still happened. Also, upon boarding we had difficulty finding our cabin. When we boarded the river cruise, there was a crew member escorting every guest to their cabin. On the cruise ship, we were on our own and it was more difficult to find. Our cabin was in the front on the upper deck where only one set of elevators actually went to our floor. The restaurants were good, but choices were limited in some places. For example at the pool, it was the same menu every day. It would have been nice to have the restaurants feature foods from the area we were traveling. The only restaurant that did this was the World Cafe and that food was like cafeteria food. The staff, just like on the river cruise, was outstanding, the only difference was that they seemed over worked, and they talked about it. They were working long hours with short down time and they mentioned this to the passengers. We had two problems with shore excursions. In Santorino Viking should not have allowed "leisure walkers" to go on the shore excursions. The hills were too severe and the sidewalks too uneven. The guide did her best, but a few people on our tour and a person we ate dinner with basically sat on the bus the whole time. When we were on the river cruise cruise, Viking had a modified versions of the daily tours for "leisure walkers" which were the over 55 and had difficulty walking, had walkers ,etc. In Dubrovnik we had a tour guide who was not sensitive to the over 55 crowd. In Dubrovnik they have their own currency and all of the public rest rooms required exact change with that currency. Having arrived just that morning and not knowing this several people on out tour needed to use the rest room and had no where to go. They ended up walking back to the ship and missing out on the rest of the tour. Sounds crazy, but it's a problem for the over 55 group. I would love to do more cruising with Viking, but it is too expensive. It's a special occasion cruise company for us. i'd like to see you stop mailing me so many catalogs. I'm in the direct mail business, so I know how expensive these are. I get a piece of Viking mail almost daily; some days multiple pieces, plus getting emails a couple days a week. Perhaps if you saved money with the mailings you could reduce the price of your cruises. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2016
We wanted to visit Istanbul and Italy and we picked a cruise that would allow us to travel between Turkey and Italy. We specifically selected Viking because they are the BEST! Best food, best service, best ships, best crew, best ... Read More
We wanted to visit Istanbul and Italy and we picked a cruise that would allow us to travel between Turkey and Italy. We specifically selected Viking because they are the BEST! Best food, best service, best ships, best crew, best itinerary, best on board experience and best schedule. Did I mention that Viking is the BEST! Every aspect of our cruise was a wonderful experience. The "basic" restaurant was at least a 5 star for selection and quality of food and the opportunity to eat on our schedule was very much appreciated. The speciality restaurants were even better and were included at no additional price. Wine with your meal was always just a glance away! And room service for those couple of times when we just wanted to rest a bit! The evening preview of the next day's excursions was always complete and professional as well as personal. Many evenings included a lecture on the culture, history, or current events of the area we were visiting. Another great feature of Viking was the free included wi-fi service and a very convenient and free self laundry facility that enabled us to do a small amount of laundry as needed and therefore pack less when we left home. Overall our experience with Viking was wonderful and we are already booked for two more cruises in 2017! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2016
This was our first 'ocean' cruise. We had avoided cruises because of the size of the ships and the impression we had of people being herded. The Viking Star was a great size - only about 800 people on our cruise. We began with ... Read More
This was our first 'ocean' cruise. We had avoided cruises because of the size of the ships and the impression we had of people being herded. The Viking Star was a great size - only about 800 people on our cruise. We began with the pre-cruise extension to Gallipoli and Troy. First class accommodations and an excellent guide. We were unable to go back to Istanbul. Viking had made the wise decision not to have guests go into Istanbul as it was only a few days after the bombing in the main street. Instead the Star travelled to Cannakale where we were and we had an additional day in the area. The itinerary was interesting - Ephesus was amazing and we enjoyed Santorini, Kotor and Dubrovnik. I especially liked that in all ports except Athens and Santorini that we docked in the city. This reminded me of the river cruises. The excursions were well done. On board the lectures were fascinating - a professor from Oxford on ancient civilizations and one from the US navel defense college on topics such as the Syrian civil war and the rise of ISIS. The entertainment was well done. Food was excellent as was the service. All the cabins have balconies. I loved being pampered and we booked another cruise on the Viking Sea before we landed in Venice Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
We had always wanted to visit Turkey, Greece and the Dalmatian coast, and this Viking cruise from Istanbul to Venice gave us that and more. The brand-new Viking Star is an extraordinarily beautiful and comfortable ship. The courteous, ... Read More
We had always wanted to visit Turkey, Greece and the Dalmatian coast, and this Viking cruise from Istanbul to Venice gave us that and more. The brand-new Viking Star is an extraordinarily beautiful and comfortable ship. The courteous, friendly and cheerful staff gave us five star service every moment of every day. We had been a bit nervous about being among 900 passengers, worrying that we might experience lines and crowds, or feel herded. We need not have worried. The Viking team made getting on and off the ship, going in to dine, and all shore excursions totally convenient and seamless. We never waited or felt rushed or herded, and excursion groups numbered only about 35 people, similar to river cruises we have taken. The educational programs and entertainment were top notch. And the FOOD! We tried all of the half dozen or so venues and loved them all, from the casual World Cafe and Mamsen's to the table service Restaurant, to gourmet Italian cuisine at Manfredi's and nouvelle cuisine at Chef's Table. We did not dare to get on a scale when we got home. Of course, the cruise itinerary is what attracted us in the first place. We felt like we had traveled back in time in our visits to ancient Troy, Ephesus, Athens, and Santorini, and when we walked around the medieval walls of Kotor, Montenegro, and Dubrovnik and Pula, Croatia. It is a beautiful part of the world, and we feel fortunate to have been able to visit it in such a luxurious way. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2016
As a history buff, my husband had a desire to visit Troy and Istanbul. I was not comfortable visiting that part of the world. When I saw the Viking cruise from Istanbul to Venice, I knew that would be the way to get him where he wanted to ... Read More
As a history buff, my husband had a desire to visit Troy and Istanbul. I was not comfortable visiting that part of the world. When I saw the Viking cruise from Istanbul to Venice, I knew that would be the way to get him where he wanted to go. We booked almost 2 years in advance. Unfortunately, our trip was scheduled about a week after the bombing in the market in Istanbul. So, the ship did not overnight there as planned. We did not have the time to go to the market or the Blue Mosque. But, they added a stop where we were able to go to Troy. We had never sailed with Viking, but we had sailed with Royal 3 times and Carnival once. There is no comparison. Viking was much better. While they are somewhat more expensive, port excursions are included, wifi is free and beer and wine is included with lunch and dinner. Service was impeccable and staff were all friendly. We let Viking handle our air travel arrangements and it was fortunate that we did. An engine problem in Dulles resulting in our 2 hour layover in Frankfort evaporating. Viking had a bus meet us at the plane, walked us through customs and bussed us directly to our connecting flight. There were about 25 of us in the plane. Our luggage was on the next flight. Viking personnel made sure that our luggage made it to the ship before we sailed that night. The cabin was great, with a king size bed and wonderful shower. We enjoyed our balcony. As we left on Easter Sunday, there was a Godiva chocolate bunny on our bed that evening. The food was great, with regional specialties every night as well as some standard fare. I loved the afternoon tea time. The ports of call were all great with the exception of Athens. It did have history with the Acropolis and the Olympic stadium, it was mostly like any other big city. Santorini was probably our favorite. We are looking forward to a river cruise, probably next year. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
We have taken Viking River cruises and been impressed by their quality. We expected (and received) the same great experience at sea. The ship was a perfect size for us. We have been put off by the cattle call style of the regular cruise ... Read More
We have taken Viking River cruises and been impressed by their quality. We expected (and received) the same great experience at sea. The ship was a perfect size for us. We have been put off by the cattle call style of the regular cruise lines and appreciated the extra attention and space the Viking Star and its staff provided. It was much closer to a small boat experience than the larger cruise lines. Our previous ocean experience has been with Norwegian (about which we have nothing negative to say), but the smaller ship was a big positive for us. The attention provided by staff on board seems much more personal than the other ocean cruises we have been on. The food was superior to any other cruise we have been on--including the Viking river cruises, our previous touchstone for quality. This applies to the specialty restaurants, the regular restaurant and especially the casual buffet line. Viking's approach to a near all inclusive experience at first can seem more expensive than other cruise lines, but once one totals up the included excursions, complimentary beverages at lunch and dinner, free restocking of the cabin minibar and free access to the specialty restaurants, I expect that the actual cost difference is minor. We had a slightly upgraded cabin and the amount of space allotted to us was amazing. We had packed for an extra ten days after the cruise and still couldn't fill all the drawers. We needed more hangers and they were instantly supplied by the cabin staff. The size of the bathroom and particularly the shower was as good as a lot of hotels. In short we had all the space we could want. The quality of the bed was the best we have ever had on a cruise. The room was amply supplied with outlets, both European and American--good for charging phones, tablets and computers. The public spaces on the ship were amazing. Superior to any we have experienced on other cruise lines. It seemed to us that if the staff to passenger ratio wasn't better than other lines, they worked a lot harder to take care of us in the restaurants, bars and other venues. The enrichment activities (in our case lectures on the history of the places we were visiting) we beyond compare. They were one of the most enjoyable aspects of the voyage. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
We have been on a lot of cruises and this was truly amazing. On our way to the ship, my husband mentioned that he hoped this lived up to his very high expectations. He was not disappointed. Unfortunately, this cruise has spoiled us for ... Read More
We have been on a lot of cruises and this was truly amazing. On our way to the ship, my husband mentioned that he hoped this lived up to his very high expectations. He was not disappointed. Unfortunately, this cruise has spoiled us for any other cruise line. The (superior stateroom) cabin (and bathroom) was larger than on most ships. The food everywhere was wonderful - not only the best food I've had on a cruise ship but often, the best food I've had anywhere. The ship is beautiful - elegant and tasteful. The service was excellent. Embarkation and disembarkation were fast and smooth. The tours (optional and included) were top notch. Almost everything you could want (wifi, wine or beer with meals, tours, specialty restaurants, specialty coffees, fresh squeezed orange juice) were included. The spa was lovely and relaxing. There were interesting lectures to help you understanding of the ports we were visiting. The other passengers could only be described as "adult - well traveled and interesting" This is not a cruise for children or people just looking for a loud/ drunken good time. I am sure we will cruise with Viking again. We had originally gone on a Viking River cruise and were very impressed by how well run and excellent it was. When we heard about the start up of their ocean line, we booked a cruise immediately. The staff was beyond helpful and went out of their way to make our trip perfect. They truly succeeded. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2016
This was our first cruise and we were not disappointed. What a fabulous ship! We had not really been interested in cruising in the past as most ships looked more suited to younger cruisers, or like floating clubs, but Viking has changed ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we were not disappointed. What a fabulous ship! We had not really been interested in cruising in the past as most ships looked more suited to younger cruisers, or like floating clubs, but Viking has changed all that. This ship embodies the best of Scandinavian design. Rooms were quite spacious....even heated floors in the bathrooms, and all rooms have balconies. The various restaurants on board were great with no trouble booking tables. Even the main restaurant was an eye opener with a resident sushi chef, beautiful fresh seafood and even gelato made on board. Wine is included free with lunch and dinner. It's not first growth Bordeaux but pleasant quaffing wine. The movement on and off the ship was slick and very security conscious. The included shore excursions were wonderful and quite comprehensive. We particularly enjoyed the evening port talks.....you even had historians on board to give you informative backgrounds to places such as Ephesus. Value for money, this tour with Viking was worth every cent. We would love to do another tour in the near future. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
Beautiful ship, friendly staff, excellent food. Never seemed crowded with only about 900 guests. Everything went smoothly. Stateroom was top notch. Don't think I'd ever go on a large cruise ship again after going on the ... Read More
Beautiful ship, friendly staff, excellent food. Never seemed crowded with only about 900 guests. Everything went smoothly. Stateroom was top notch. Don't think I'd ever go on a large cruise ship again after going on the Viking Star. It was a luxurious experience. Even the public restrooms were first class. There are plenty of common areas, beautifully decorated in Scandinavian style. Classical trio played most nights. Oldies rock band played at night poolside with dance floor. Talks by subject matter experts about the region were excellent. This cruise/ship is not great for children. In fact, there were no children on this cruise. If you want a cruise with children, I'd look elsewhere. The embarkation process was a breeze. The disembarkation process was very well organized and went very well. Much less hectic than a 3000 person cruise. We chose all the included shore excursions except for one. All were run by local guides who spoke very good English and had a great knowledge of their area. The history in these ports is very interesting. The only included excursion that was a disappointment was the one in Athens. That one needs or improvement or it would be best to take one of the upgraded ($) excursions. We had a Penthouse Veranda stateroom. It was larger than our friend's Deluxe Veranda. Had more storage furniture and area to move around. We'd recommend a Penthouse Veranda. They extra cost is worth it. However, that bathroom (a nice size with good shower) is the same for either stateroom. We liked the cruise so much, while on the cruise we signed up for an Eastern Caribbean cruise in January 2017 on the same ship! Read Less
Viking Star Ratings
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Cabins 5.0 0.0
Dining 5.0 0.0
Entertainment 3.0 0.0
Public Rooms 5.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 5.0 0.0
Family 1.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 4.0 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
Value For Money 5.0 0.0

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