81 Istanbul Viking Ocean Viking Star Cruise Reviews

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 November 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 April 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
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
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
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
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
Sail Date March 2016
It was a Viking cruise! We had previously traveled on a Viking River Cruise, and when we learned that Viking was starting up an ocean cruise, we jumped on board. We selected the Eastern Mediterranean since the ports of call seemed so ... Read More
It was a Viking cruise! We had previously traveled on a Viking River Cruise, and when we learned that Viking was starting up an ocean cruise, we jumped on board. We selected the Eastern Mediterranean since the ports of call seemed so interesting to us. Our departure city was Istanbul and we were to have explored that city before setting sail. However, and this is to Viking's credit, due to terrorist incidents in the city near the date of our departure, the itinerary was changed. We flew into Istanbul, but Viking set sail the night of our arrival for a port where we could visit the ruins of Ancient Troy. The cruise was simply lovely. Our cabin was terrific! The regular and specialty restaurants were wonderful and the staff superb! The included shore excursions were well planned and we took advantage of many of them. Due to the ship's smaller size, we were able to dock very close to the sights. All of the guides were extremely knowledgeable and made each excursion interesting and enjoyable. Absolutely would travel with Viking again! Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
I chose this cruise because I already had experience with Viking, and knew that the quality of the ship and the service would be excellent, and because the route of this cruise included several places that I had wanted to visit for a long ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I already had experience with Viking, and knew that the quality of the ship and the service would be excellent, and because the route of this cruise included several places that I had wanted to visit for a long time. This was our first ocean cruise on Viking. The ship is exquisite; the cabins are lovely, and, as expected, the service was superior. We had a wonderful time. I have previously been highly impressed with the quality of the guides that Viking employs. I was not disappointed on this cruise. The guides at each shore excursion were very informative, and also very kind and helpful to those in our group who needed extra time or assistance to get around on uneven ground. The dining experience was superb. Good food, very fresh and well prepared. The lecturers on the ship were very informative and entertaining. The musical entertainment that we saw was very high quality. We particularly enjoyed a trio that played classical music in the atrium. We had afternoon tea several times, and sat in the hot tubs on other afternoons, watching the Adriatic and Aegean seas flow by. Always curious, we explored the ship from top to bottom, finding a putting green on the top deck. Since I was sending email photos with descriptions as well as Facebook messages every day to my family and friends, I have convinced a sizeable group of people that if they want to take a cruise in this area, this is the one to take. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
We chose this cruise because of the many destinations we had wanted to see, and this one checked off a lot of them. We were lucky enough to go into Istanbul 4 days early, probably one of the last cruises going in there. We booked our ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the many destinations we had wanted to see, and this one checked off a lot of them. We were lucky enough to go into Istanbul 4 days early, probably one of the last cruises going in there. We booked our pre-trip seperately from the cruise line. It was wonderful, and we hope that Istanbul and the rest of Turkey get back to some terrific tourism! A gorgeous and historically important city. The Viking Star surpassed our expectations! I don't do open water well, but we had fantastic weather while we were onboard! We got to see Troy, Epehsus, and the fabulous Santorini. We met up with our new sister ship the Viking Sea, and the whole day, start to finish, was spectacular. We sailed into the caldera side by side, on a breath-taking morning, to a whole lot of celebration with Viking! We did stop in Athens as well, but, Athens is still in a state of turmoil, and the city was a graffitti mess. We journyied up to Montenegro, and Croatia, and departed in Venice, which we did not stop at, because we had been there previously. The Viking Star was a wonderful ship, with so many different places to dine and drink and entertainment, that you never even realized there were 900 people onboard. The entertainment was good, and and the series of talks were outstanding. The specialty restaurants were fantastic! The crew was fun and friendly, and more than helpful. The spa was a dream, who else has a "snow room" onboard?? Our cabin was roomy and comfortable, and even had a free stocked mini fridge, which was replenished daily. Don't miss out trying this fabulous "Small ship"!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
We arrived in Istanbul several days early to explore the city with the three other couples in our group, using Tours by Locals online in advance of the trip to find a guide. This was our fifth cruise, but our first on Viking. We had a ... Read More
We arrived in Istanbul several days early to explore the city with the three other couples in our group, using Tours by Locals online in advance of the trip to find a guide. This was our fifth cruise, but our first on Viking. We had a wonderful experience, with great food at all venues and uniformly excellent service from all staff members. This ship is beautiful, and even our "deluxe veranda" cabin was great--not large, but very well designed and comfortable, with enough room for my husband to do his yoga poses there every day. (We didn't get a chance to try the fitness center and classes offered there, due to schedule conflicts, but I know group yoga and pilates classes were offered.) We loved the fact that Viking includes so many things that other cruise lines have been charging extra for in recent years (e.g., one included tour at each port, a veranda for every stateroom, free meals at all venues including the specialty restaurants requiring reservations, wine and beer included at lunch and dinner.) We attended four evening shows and enjoyed them all. The entertainers were young, personable, and talented. The included shore excursions were interesting and well organized. Despite Viking's decision to make a last-minute change in itinerary (due to terrorist threats in the general area), everything went quite smoothly, and the bonus was an extra port (Cannakale/Troy). Security and hygiene precautions throughout the cruise were effective but unobtrusive. Both embarkation and disembarkation went very quickly and smoothly. Our final destination was Venice, Italy. Once again, we elected to explore that city for several days on our own before flying back to the U.S. We would take another Viking cruise--river or ocean--in a heartbeat. My husband, who normally isn't wild about cruising, says he'll gladly become an unpaid spokesman for Viking. When the budget allows, I'd like to try a Viking river cruise. Another passenger told us that Viking plans to offer river cruises in the U.S. in the next two or three years, and we'll be the first in line for one of those. We highly recommend this cruise and this cruise line! Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Viking Star Read about it in the brochure and online. Empire cruise was actually 4 legs combined sequentially from Istanbul to Stockholm. What a trip! I can only say WOW! Service and food was exceptional. Staff was most attentive, ... Read More
Viking Star Read about it in the brochure and online. Empire cruise was actually 4 legs combined sequentially from Istanbul to Stockholm. What a trip! I can only say WOW! Service and food was exceptional. Staff was most attentive, friendly, and was hard to say goodbye after getting to know them over the 50 days. Staterooms were great with balconies and nice modern bathrooms. However, nothing is ever perfect. There were a few irritants. 1. The deck three washing machine was out of order for the whole cruise. 2. Some of the excursions left a little to be desired. A partial refund was given for unsatisfaction. 3. The only U.S. news channel was Fox. Which was totally crap for world news and only politically orientated. Needs CNN.....please! 4. Internet was totally disappointing and a universal complaint with everyone. Couldn't upload anything like photos to show back home. You could barely access your email.......sometimes! The onboard computers, for guest use, were in a high traffic area, which made it very annoying and hard to use. They should be in a separate area, free from walk through busy traffic. The onboard facilities were first class. The restaurants, lounges, atrium, spa, outdoor deck, and pool areas were exceptional. Really enjoyed the afternoon teas in the Winter Garden. Everything considered, we were very satisfied, and would recommend Viking Ocean cruising. In fact we have already booked a Caribbean cruise next year on the Viking Sea. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
We heard about Viking through other people and that they had a great experience. Everyone we talk to would choose Viking over any other Cruise Lines. They were right. We had a great trip. We went on a 50 day cruise and never regretted ... Read More
We heard about Viking through other people and that they had a great experience. Everyone we talk to would choose Viking over any other Cruise Lines. They were right. We had a great trip. We went on a 50 day cruise and never regretted going on that long of a trip. Some of our friends thought we would get bored but it was just the opposite. Trip went by fast with all the activities and we didn't think once of going home until day 48. Service and employees were helpful and friendly. The food was great and we had to make sure we got enough steps in for the day to help with the weight. The excursions were interesting. Some of the tours guides went above and beyond. Smooth sailing when we went on excursions. Very well organized and always left in a timely matter. Entertainment was great and relaxing after a day out on the town. The only thing is on a 50 day cruise I wish they had different performances. Our cabin was spacious and always clean. Our cabin maid always made sure I had ice in our cabin at the end of the day because I needed to ice my knee. Over all we would recommend Viking Cruises to anyone. They wouldn't regret the experience, service, excursions, and the friendly staff. Going go a River Cruise with Viking in another month. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
This was a 50 day Viking cruise that covered 18 countries and 36 ports. I was one that thought 50 days was to long but in the end it was great. Would recommend this to any one that had the time and money to do it. We were not ... Read More
This was a 50 day Viking cruise that covered 18 countries and 36 ports. I was one that thought 50 days was to long but in the end it was great. Would recommend this to any one that had the time and money to do it. We were not nickeled and dine at all everything we could have ask for and more. We booked another cruise for 15 days while on this cruise. The ship was new so everything was in very good condition. The people on the ship we always very helpful. Food was fantastic with lots of choices.You could enjoy a meal at any restaurants with out waiting in a line. The wait staff was great. You could dine alone or with a group it was up to you. The port talks cover every port and was very useful. Each port had a least one tour that was included in the cost of the trip. The Shore excursion staff was as good as it get they worked long day and aways had a smile. The nightly entertainment was very good for a 50 day cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
We have enjoyed the Viking River cruises, and trusted Viking to please us once again on this new ocean cruise. They did not disappoint! Although we were greatly unhappy that the tour of Istanbul had to be cancelled (our main reason for ... Read More
We have enjoyed the Viking River cruises, and trusted Viking to please us once again on this new ocean cruise. They did not disappoint! Although we were greatly unhappy that the tour of Istanbul had to be cancelled (our main reason for choosing this cruise), we loved all the other ports of call and excursions. We consider every aspect of Viking cruising of 5-star caliber, and Empires of the Mediterranean lived up to this expectation -- except for the pre-cruise, post-cruise options. Viking River cruises always offer accommodations and guided tours at each end, that allow for adjusting to the time zone, etc. This cruise did not. Little planning went into thinking through what guests might want and need at each end of the cruise, as we would have loved spending more time in both Istanbul and Venice, but no accommodations were forthcoming. Except for that, everything was exceptionally well-planned. The ship was spacious, and we never felt crowded -- in fact, we were surprised by how evenly distributed guests seemed to be at all times throughout the journey. Our cabin was comfortable and kept very clean. The food was marvelous, the Enrichment Lectures superior, and the service everywhere provided well and with a smile. We were also fortunate in that the weather could not have been better throughout our journey. The seas were calm, and we only needed a light jacket a few of the mornings. The entire experience was amazing, interesting, fun and educational. Kudos to Viking! Thank you. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
We have been on over 20 cruises and I have to say this was the best overall. The ship was more like a 4 star hotel then a ship. The dining was one of the best even the buffet was great. They had Snow Crabs and Sushi every night ... Read More
We have been on over 20 cruises and I have to say this was the best overall. The ship was more like a 4 star hotel then a ship. The dining was one of the best even the buffet was great. They had Snow Crabs and Sushi every night plus the same food they had in the restaurant. The specialty restaurants were wonderful, great service and food. This is also included in the price of the cruise. Wine, beer and soda are included at lunch and dinner at no charge. High tea each day at 4pm was also a nice treat. Each day they had either a string and flute trio, guitar or piano player at tea and in the main foyer and the bottom or the staircase. Our cabin was spacious and had a large closet. The bathroom was nicer then many hotels I have been in. Plexiglas enclosed shower with a small seat. Our cabin steward was wonderful and fulfilled all our requests. Service was good in the whole ship and everyone had a smile and you could tell they all wanted to be there. Spoke to many of the crew from the Captain down and they all said they loved their jobs. Ports were wonderful and guided walking tours were included with each port. Most ports you could go back with the guide to the ship or go out on your own and take a shuttle back. I cannot say enough about this whole cruise. It was amazing. It was great not to be followed around by a photographer. We never had to walk thru noisy smoke filled casinos or listen to unruly children. Viking is the cream of the crop. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
We scheduled this trip, with two other couples, 18 months in advance. We wanted to explore eastern Europen countries that we had yet to experience. Though we didn't get to see much of Istanbul, due to enhanced security, we were ... Read More
We scheduled this trip, with two other couples, 18 months in advance. We wanted to explore eastern Europen countries that we had yet to experience. Though we didn't get to see much of Istanbul, due to enhanced security, we were impressed that Viking called us to hear our input regarding other port destinations. We arrived just before sunset. We heard the call to prayer as we passed views of the mosque. That left us wanting more. Embarkation was very smooth. We boarded with only a couple of others. We were happy to find our spacious, compfortable rooms. It was Easter Sunday. Viking never fails to add a special touch, a much appreciated chocolate bunny! This was our sixth Viking experience and our first ocean journey. We experienced the passing of the shake-down voyage of the Viking Sea as the sun rose one morning. Celebrating with champagne as a helicopter captured the moments along with us was a special gift. We get attached to the well-trained staff. They enhanced our experience in every possible way. Viking is consistently amazing. Their employees are wonderful. I was impressed how spacious the ship was organized. Never did I feel as I have on large cruise ships, crowed and hurded. We were able to enjoy all aspects of The Star and found special areas to relax before dinner such as the Explorer Lounge and the pool area. I look forward to Viking cuisine, it never dissappoints. I've come to expect the delightful included excursions but the offerings of extra excursions made it difficult to choose. Regardless, we we happy with our choices. I would love to take this trip again but not until I have experienced all the other itineraries. We are booked again on the Star, May 2017. We are already looking forward to another Viking journey in welcomed comfort. This time we'll be traveling with people we met on our China trip! Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
We chose this cruise as it had all the destinations we wanted. We explored Istanbul in advance on our own and always felt safe, however, I certainly understand Vikings choice to take the tours off the schedule. I wish we had added more ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it had all the destinations we wanted. We explored Istanbul in advance on our own and always felt safe, however, I certainly understand Vikings choice to take the tours off the schedule. I wish we had added more than one additional night in Venice. Way to much to explore in a day. Very much enjoyed receiving champagne on embarkation. The cabins were well appointed- loved the heated bathroom floor! Our room steward made sure we had everything we needed and checked back for questions. It was nice to choose whether we wanted to pay for an excursion or join the included. For the most part, the tour guides were very knowledgeable and we had time on our own to explore as we wanted. I have specific dietary needs and was so pleased to have a staff member assigned to dealing with this. It made travel and eating much less stressful!! The service was impeccable. Staff greeted us and spoke always. It was fun to watch the officers run down the halls and shake hands. We even had the opportunity to speak with the captain. What a open and engaging man! The weather could not have been more perfect. While there were times we had to wait for a shuttle after exploring on an excursion, the guides always made it clear where to be and how much time we had. We enjoyed some of the entertainment and had a great time at the movie under the stars- popcorn included!! Sometimes the entertainment was at times that conflicted with other things, but you always had choices. I would go again in a heartbeat. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
We chose the Catalonia to Constantinople cruise based on the ports that we would be docking in. There were only a few disappointments...one which Viking had no control over. The state department didn't want tourists in Istanbul. ... Read More
We chose the Catalonia to Constantinople cruise based on the ports that we would be docking in. There were only a few disappointments...one which Viking had no control over. The state department didn't want tourists in Istanbul. Understandable for sure, disappointing most definitely. Some day when it is safe to go, we will see it on our own. There were two other ports we were less than happy about. One was our tour in Athens. We took the included tour which did not bring us to Acropolis and the Pantheon. It was not made clear on the description. Also, in Italy the only way we could have gone to Florence was to take an add-on trip. I'm glad we had been to Italy before! One more thing. We wished we could have stopped in Cicily instead of Dubrovnik twice. All in all though, it was an excellent trip. The ports we did go to were different and exciting. Santorini and Kotor were my favorites. Of coarse Monte Carlo was very special. Not at all what I expected. The people were wonderful, the room was excellent, the food was terrific and it was nice not being on a gigantic cruise ship. The lectures were wonderful, very informative. The pool was wonderful and it was nice that it had the retractable roof. It allowed for much more flexibility. The lounge areas were very relaxing and I would highly. It was nice to have the background music. I would absolutely recommend Viking to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Wanted to go on a Viking ocean cruise and experience all it had to offer. I had previously experienced 2 Viking River Cruises. Viking never disappoints. Everything was perfect. Ship, cabin, excursions, food and of course the wonderful ... Read More
Wanted to go on a Viking ocean cruise and experience all it had to offer. I had previously experienced 2 Viking River Cruises. Viking never disappoints. Everything was perfect. Ship, cabin, excursions, food and of course the wonderful Viking employees. Love the excurs ions with the local tour guides who were most informative and very proud of their home lands. Viking cruises are elegantly casual but never stuffie . The Explorers lounge and the spa Pool area were my favorite spaces. Both calm, soothing and a great place to relax and unwind. This certainly will not be our last Viking cruise. We are looking forward to a river cruise to Portugal in the future with Viking. We enjoyed meeting the captain on several occasions. Willie Ames was the best cruise director ever. We enjoyed his humor and great smile. The food was so good we had a hard time trying to make up our minds where we eat each evening. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
The ship was very new. Excursions, tips, and beer and wine were inclusive and we had wifi in our cabin for free. All cabins had a balcony and we wanted a luxury cabin to be pampered. Our Explorer Suite was phenomenal and the service ... Read More
The ship was very new. Excursions, tips, and beer and wine were inclusive and we had wifi in our cabin for free. All cabins had a balcony and we wanted a luxury cabin to be pampered. Our Explorer Suite was phenomenal and the service throughout the ship was stellar. The walk in closest, bath with a view, and heated towel racks were some of my personal favorite unexpected highlights of the room. Laundry and dry cleaning were free. Coming home without a huge pile of laundry made return to reality much easier. The Viking Cruises focus more on the ports and less on a large variety of things to do on the boat. We wanted to learn about different destinations and be able to relax in between destinations. The lectures provided by on board specialists were fascinating. The additional benefit of these being recorded so we could watch them on our own schedule was an added bonus. We would definitely go again. We were on the younger side of the clientele and would have preferred some of the excursions to be more active. We had initially chosen some more active excursions, but when it came time to register, these were no longer a choice. This was our only disappointment. One caution, our Explorer Suite was on the bow on deck 3. In front of our suite was an area not open to guests but where the flags were changed and the anchor was weighed. Some mornings the anchor in particular was a bit noisy. We loved our suite and the trip so much and were so fascinated by the views and even the daily workings of the ship that this disturbance did not bother us much. However, other consumers may feel differently. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Past positive experience on Viking River Cruises led us to sign up for the Ocean going Viking Star..The cabin set-up was excellent. The food service was very gracious and was able to properly prepare my husband'sspecial diet (Celiac - ... Read More
Past positive experience on Viking River Cruises led us to sign up for the Ocean going Viking Star..The cabin set-up was excellent. The food service was very gracious and was able to properly prepare my husband'sspecial diet (Celiac - Gluten Free). The Food Service Manager and his staff were the very, very best.The public areas of the ship were grandly furnished. The swimming pools, hot tub, sauna, and "work out" area were relaxing and enjoyable. The afternoon tea was delightful. It again provided special service for my husband's gluten -free needs The shore excursions were quite professional. The highest rating goes to Dobrovnik, Kotor and Ephesus. There were very high winds on the island of Santorini that detracted from a complete experience. The guide in Athens spent too much time in the Museum, leaving little time in the area of the Temple of Zeus and the view of the Acropolis. Viking reacted well to incidents in Istanbul and Brussels and re-routed us to Troy-Gallpolli. And our quick departure from Istanbul was without incident. We enjoyed the "Viking Star" so much that we booked the same cabin on the Repositioning Cruise (San Juan PR to Barcelona, Spain) for February, 2017. An excellent "On Board" Discount was available. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Viking Star Ratings
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Cabins 5.0 4.8
Dining 5.0 4.7
Entertainment 3.0 4.1
Public Rooms 5.0 4.8
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.3
Family 1.0 4.3
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.2
Enrichment 4.0 4.3
Service 5.0 4.8
Value For Money 5.0 4.4

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