1,754 Viking Ocean Viking Star Cruise Reviews

The Viking Star was beautiful and clean, and the staff were efficient, organized , pleasant and helpful and the food was terrific. Every excursion was organized very well and we loved every city we visited. My husband loved having the ... Read More
The Viking Star was beautiful and clean, and the staff were efficient, organized , pleasant and helpful and the food was terrific. Every excursion was organized very well and we loved every city we visited. My husband loved having the lectures from the history professors about the cities we were visiting and it was so fun for them to talk us through what we were seeing as we sailed in to the port at Venice. That added so much to our understanding of what we were seeing. we loved every one of our tour guides since they made the cities come alive with details of history. I can not say enough wonderful things about this trip!! Our beds were comfortable, the bathrooms were pretty and very functional and we loved every meal we ate on that ship. Every staff person was friendly and helpful and went out of their way to get us what we needed. I loved having a washer and dryer on the ship to clean our clothes and we loved the thermal pool and work out space. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
The adage, you get what you pay for, certainly applies. A wonderful trip visiting a city of Europe almost every day. While it was difficult (though with some outside excursions) to see a city in one day, you get a feel for it and can ... Read More
The adage, you get what you pay for, certainly applies. A wonderful trip visiting a city of Europe almost every day. While it was difficult (though with some outside excursions) to see a city in one day, you get a feel for it and can return if you are so inclined. We were busy almost every single moment. The walking/bus tours were pretty nice especially because of the added devices that let you hear the leaders story, comments, and descriptions of the city. I learned a lot and saw the most famous of the iconic landmarks . Food was wonderful with a themed food every day corresponding with the city visiting. If you wanted a steak, just ask for it. Tasty and so much better than the usual cruise food. Entertainment was a bit of a let down. The same people did different genre of songs each evening, but we were so tired out that it was just fine. The best feature was the wonderful support staff. You developed a rapport with those you see each day and while they may be friendly just to get your tip, I don't think so. They genuinely seemed to care for your welfare. You treated them right, they returned it - double! Loved our Viking trip and truth be told, won't be going on any other ever again!!!! GREAT JOB! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Small ship, great shore excursions. The food venues were fantastic and the entertainment venues were fabulous. I would not way to be on a larger ship, it would be too crowded. We loved the Barcelona excursion of Gaudi Architecture. ... Read More
Small ship, great shore excursions. The food venues were fantastic and the entertainment venues were fabulous. I would not way to be on a larger ship, it would be too crowded. We loved the Barcelona excursion of Gaudi Architecture. Monaco was impressive. We loved Pisa and Lucca. Rome is indescribable. The Amalfi Coast was beyond words. Being on the edge of a cliff is breathtaking. We saw the Stromboli volcano erupting was a once in a lifetime occurrence. Who sees that in their lifetime? The day at sea was very relaxing no. We got to experience parts of the ship we had not yet seen. We experienced the spa as well as Manfredi’s restaurant. Corfu Greece was another world. Then we visited Dabrovnik, Croatia which was a wonder. Split was fabulous with the Cetina River Cruise. Then, entering Venice was the highlight of the trip! Cruising past the Grand Canal was the best! The crew of Viking Star was the best! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This was our first Viking cruise. The experience was as wonderful as our river cruise. Service, food and itinerary outstanding. Guides were exceptional and we felt like we had real insider views from the locals of each country. The cruise ... Read More
This was our first Viking cruise. The experience was as wonderful as our river cruise. Service, food and itinerary outstanding. Guides were exceptional and we felt like we had real insider views from the locals of each country. The cruise offered a wide range of excursions and we enjoyed traveling by foot, bus, boats and cable cars. The food was the best we ever had on a cruise. Dining was open and it was easy to get a table whatever time we choose to dine. No long lines or hassle with reservations. The service and staff was outstanding. Rooms always clean, room service 24x7 in addition to all the diverse places to eat. Seafood buffet nightly was amazing and food in the dining room diverse and tasty. We were wowed by the entertainment, the house band and singing crew were wonderful. Everyone was up close and personal, it was a wonderful experience. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Overall it was a great cruise. The internet was extremely slow. Although we watched little TV in our cabin, when we did operational is was slow to respond.The walking tours were great and most of the guides we good.The only on shore ... Read More
Overall it was a great cruise. The internet was extremely slow. Although we watched little TV in our cabin, when we did operational is was slow to respond.The walking tours were great and most of the guides we good.The only on shore tour we would eliminate was Sete. It is a fishing village and does not offer much. The bus tour of Barcelona was good and gave us a heads of on where to go in the city. We stayed two extra days on our own. One of the best paid tours for the money was the Ca Lunae winery tour . It was excellent. The tea service was great. Maybe too much food. The pool area was crowed at times but manageable The wine served was very good and plentiful. Best meal was served at Manfredi's. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
My sister recommend it. She had done a River Cruise and wanted try this one. She loved them both. The cruise included my three sisters and I. We felt so spoiled the whole time. The staff were always so sweet, courteous and efficient with ... Read More
My sister recommend it. She had done a River Cruise and wanted try this one. She loved them both. The cruise included my three sisters and I. We felt so spoiled the whole time. The staff were always so sweet, courteous and efficient with good sense of humors and memorized our names wherever they would see us. The food and drink was amazing, so many delicious options. The entertainment was great. The band in the lounge were so talented and fun and the cover ABBA group were incredible. The ship was always so clean and spot less, our cabins were always kept up and clean and well stocked. We went on quite a few excursions, which were amazing and there were so many great options to choose from. This was a trip of a life time and I would do it again in a heartbeat, especially with my lovely fun beautiful sisters!! Thank you Viking Star!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This cruise was to celebrate a special anniversary, our 50th and we wanted a very special cruise to a place we had never been. The 7 Night Iconic Western Mediterranean cruise did not disappoint. We felt pampered in every way. The ship is ... Read More
This cruise was to celebrate a special anniversary, our 50th and we wanted a very special cruise to a place we had never been. The 7 Night Iconic Western Mediterranean cruise did not disappoint. We felt pampered in every way. The ship is beautiful. The food was delicious and all of the Star's employees were always eager to please the passengers in every way. The entertainment on board was wonderful. The bathroom in the stateroom exceeded my expectation. It put a smile on my face every time I want in it and the heated floor was such a treat. All of the toiletries were high quality. I didn't have to use any that I brought, which I always do just to make sure. An especially nice perk is that every deck has three washer and dryers for guests to use free of charge, including detergent and an iron and ironing board. I was able to come on board with clean cloths and leave with clean cloths. I would highly recommend a Viking cruise. You will not be disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Chose Viking for a sophisticated luxurious experience- NOT. CONSTRUCTION (!) POWERWASHING(!) Misleading ports of call- “ Tuscany Florence” “Provence” - Yeah sure as long as you’re paying to get yourself there! When I ... Read More
Chose Viking for a sophisticated luxurious experience- NOT. CONSTRUCTION (!) POWERWASHING(!) Misleading ports of call- “ Tuscany Florence” “Provence” - Yeah sure as long as you’re paying to get yourself there! When I originally booked St. Tropez was one of the ports which was abruptly switched to Sete, France. Not an exciting destination to say the least. Entertainment- AMATUER hour. They’ll tell you there’s a jazz club but no jazz to be played. Food- average at best. I lobster tail on lobster night was over cooked mush. Dont fall for the “elegant” sounding videos- check photos I included- there’s part of what you’ll get. (Photo n video could not be posted in this site w phone) After I posted a review on ConsumerAffairs.com I was contacted by Viking’s customer relations department. All they gave me was attitude, and “I’m sorry you feel that way” like I was the one with the problem. Horrendous. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We wanted to explore Rome, Barcelona, and points in between; this cruise afforded us the opportunity to travel safely and with few worries. The Viking Star was the cleanest ship imaginable, and our cabin was immaculate. Staff members ... Read More
We wanted to explore Rome, Barcelona, and points in between; this cruise afforded us the opportunity to travel safely and with few worries. The Viking Star was the cleanest ship imaginable, and our cabin was immaculate. Staff members Made and Maha kept it that way the entire cruise, and accommodated our few special requests. We enjoyed all restaurants and cuisine we tried -- World Cafe, Manfredi's, and the Chef's Table. Dining al fresco was a special treat for the four of us. We enjoyed lectures available on board, and also the evening entertainment in the Star Lounge. An unexpected acknowledgment and recognition of the Viking staff on our last night onboard by the cruise director was a very poignant moment. (Good job!) The spa was a favorite activity, as was the infinity pool. Shore excursions were exceptional, if not a little tiring. We were very impressed with very smooth embarkation and disembarkation experiences, thanks to Viking's top-notch staff. And we look forward to our next Viking cruise! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We wanted to try Viking ocean cruise ships since we have made several river cruises. It was a beautiful ship with the customary superb Viking care, service and food. And we were celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary by visiting Italy ... Read More
We wanted to try Viking ocean cruise ships since we have made several river cruises. It was a beautiful ship with the customary superb Viking care, service and food. And we were celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary by visiting Italy for the first time, taking the Italian Sojourn, Venice to Rome cruise. We took the Tuscany extension which included staying in a 600 year old villa set in the beautiful Tuscany countryside. One of the highlights of that visit was an enchanting dinner at an even older villa and winery. Viking excels in remarkably designed cabins that maximize space and efficiency. We received the wonderful care by the crew on our deck as well as in the dining room as we have in the past river cruises we've taken. One of the bonuses of the ocean cruise was the remarkable lecturer who was uniquely qualified to communicate enriching information and insights into both Italy and Croatia as well each port of call. He was delightful and helpful in his presentations and happily answered questions one on one. Another bonus was the tremendous bargain we received by scheduling our next cruise while onboard during the cruise. We chose a river cruise from Lyon to Avignon in southern France and the saved a great deal by dong that. All in all, we encourage anyone to try Viking ocean cruises.. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We had gone on a Viking River Cruise,and were so impressed with the quality that we decided to try an Ocean Cruise. We added a 2 day stay in Barcelona before the cruise and a 3 day stay in Tuscany after the cruise. Everything was arranged ... Read More
We had gone on a Viking River Cruise,and were so impressed with the quality that we decided to try an Ocean Cruise. We added a 2 day stay in Barcelona before the cruise and a 3 day stay in Tuscany after the cruise. Everything was arranged by Viking for this. Upon arriving in Barcelona, we were greeted by Viking reps at the luggage pick up and they graciously guided us through customs and to our transportation to our hotel At the Hotel we were again greeted by a Viking representative to lead us to checking in to the hotel, and since we were early for our room, he led us to an area where other reps talked to us about possible excursions were could take while in Barcelona. Absolutely no pressure was put on us to take any excursions at all. The rep answered all of our questions and guided us to an excursion that would show us Gaudi sites in town. Our room was ready when we finished. The recommended tour was great, as was the night of flamenco dancing they recommended. We were given clear instructions about where to leave our luggage for the trip to the ship, and that all went seamlessly. At the ship we were again greeted graciously, and given champagne while we waited for our room where we found all our luggage already delivered. We were almost immediately greeted by our steward who answered all our questions and made sure we had everything we needed. The next 13 days were glorious. the excursions were well planned and left plenty of free time for us to explore on our own. back at the ship, the service was amazing. The staff could not do enough for you, and the food....I didn't miss a meal which was the only problem with the trip. Many of the staff knew us by name after seeing them only a few times and made us fee as if we were the only couple they needed to take care of. We visited 4 of the restaurants on board and the food was excellent in each. The 3 days in Tuscany afterward I would recommend to everyone. Bothe the hotel and oyr guide were amazing. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
The best review is....WE BOOKED ANOTHER CRUISE while onboard! Our positives are too many to mention here...glorious sunrises with breakfast on our private veranda are at the top of that long list! Viking is a well-oiled machine...from ... Read More
The best review is....WE BOOKED ANOTHER CRUISE while onboard! Our positives are too many to mention here...glorious sunrises with breakfast on our private veranda are at the top of that long list! Viking is a well-oiled machine...from coordination of airport transportation, embarkation, the fabulous excursion options, how we were organized to exit the ship for excursions, dining options, OMG! We felt spoiled, spoiled, spoiled. Our only negative was the post-extension in Rome. Going forward, we will consider a pre-extension....the post-extension affected our relaxed mood following the cruise where we were spoiled, but I’m sure that was the hustle and bustle of Rome. Wish Viking had offered us excursions in advance in Rome during the post-extension trip just as they did during the cruise as all cruise excursions were excellent. Of the two Viator tours that we booked on our own in Rome, one was phenomenal and one was a disappointment (the most expensive one!). The group dinner on our last night in Rome, that our Viking rep at the hotel coordinated after our arrival in Rome, was a night to remember, so.... more of that please. I personally needed to pre-arrange in advance to assure we took full advantage of our short time in Rome. So, giving us advance options for Rome through Viking would have been preferred. I heard a few others on the cruise who were also in the post-extension trip say the same. We now plan to take many more cruises with Viking. THANK YOU VIKING!!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We initially chose this specific cruise based the itinerary/ports. We had also heard amazing reviews from friends and family about Viking and were so excited when their Ocean Line launched. Well we came off this cruise with two more ... Read More
We initially chose this specific cruise based the itinerary/ports. We had also heard amazing reviews from friends and family about Viking and were so excited when their Ocean Line launched. Well we came off this cruise with two more booked.....and can't wait to experience viking again Needless to say we LOVED it and it was the best experience we've had on a cruise (this was at least our 12th). -Embarkation/Disembarkation was super easy -The rooms were lovely and the layout of the ship was spacious and felt so relaxing -Our steward I Made was excited and made us feel very welcome for the two weeks aboard -The excursions ran very smoothly! and we loved getting free bottle water before we got off the ship at each port -The food was incredible as was the service in the dining areas -The spa was a lovely treat after a long day -We loved the board games too! Overall we are beyond pleased and can't wait to sail with Viking again! Theres not nickel and diming. Its such a great relaxing trip Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Our cruise started with a 2 day pre cruise hotel at the Hilton Venice which was excellent. We are regular cruisers with this being a first with Viking. We have sailed with P and O , Celebrity, Princess, Royal Caribbean and Fred Olsen. We ... Read More
Our cruise started with a 2 day pre cruise hotel at the Hilton Venice which was excellent. We are regular cruisers with this being a first with Viking. We have sailed with P and O , Celebrity, Princess, Royal Caribbean and Fred Olsen. We have to say Viking excelled in everything and wouldn’t hesitate to go with them again if the itinerary was right. Yes they are initially more costly but this is offset with the included excursions which are varied and drinks included with lunch and Dinner. Also free use of the spa facilities excluding treatments. The food is the best we’ve had on any cruise and with the alternative restaurants at no charge this gives you great variety without paying a subsidy. We definitely liked the more intimate nature of the smaller ship compared to the newer mega ships which are getting too big for our liking. Ports of call excellent and overall a fabulous cruise. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
My wife and I wanted to see Italy and this cruise seemed like the perfect fit. It allowed my wife and I to travel from Venice to Rome with several stops in between. We purchased some optional excursions that were truly great, but most ... Read More
My wife and I wanted to see Italy and this cruise seemed like the perfect fit. It allowed my wife and I to travel from Venice to Rome with several stops in between. We purchased some optional excursions that were truly great, but most the the included excursions were a little unstructured for our liking. Previous experience from an excellent Viking River cruise left us with an expectation that was not met with the Ocean cruise experience. Overall still a great cruise. The food was great and we upgraded to a junior suite room on board which felt like a full size hotel room. A little odd that very few traditional Italian meals were prepared. Accommodations were excellent and viking staff was super attentive. We added a 3 day extension when we got to Rome and that was a true highlight. We did not add extension with Viking as only a 2 day was available and we wanted at least 3 days. Staying on our own was less than half the cost anyway. Not sure why Viking charged so much for an extension when it only included transportation from the boat and the room. Overall Viking is a high quality cruise with lots of attention paid to passengers. Ship had great entertainment and created a fun environment. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Definitely all inclusive: From direct airport assistance for Viking passengers to expedit lost luggage, to Viking reps at/to/from airport with curbside service and luggage handling, to free shuttle bus and water taxi service to and from ... Read More
Definitely all inclusive: From direct airport assistance for Viking passengers to expedit lost luggage, to Viking reps at/to/from airport with curbside service and luggage handling, to free shuttle bus and water taxi service to and from ship on a regular basis throughout the stay in port(s), to free alternative dining, to free excursions lasting 3 to 8 hours, to free beer and wine, to free laundermat. Also provided garlic free dinners for special dietary needs. 50th Wedding Anniversary cake was fantastic and one of the best cakes we've ever had! Swimming pools were however too deep for elderly passengers to enjoys 5' 10" uniform depth. over 95% of passengers heads and had to tread water. Too discomforting! Also thermal suite was not monitored by a Viking attendant. Too much risk for the elderly: thermal shock, pool current very strong, slippery floors, lighting..... Would like at least one other entree choice at the Chef's Table menu. Say one meat entree and one seafood entree, Also not enough wine portions served with each course. Everything else at the alternative dining venues was excellent. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We chose Viking because of the small ship. All of our other cruises have been on large cruise ships and we are tired of those. We lived in Europe for two years so we weren’t interested in any of the River Cruises you offered as we have ... Read More
We chose Viking because of the small ship. All of our other cruises have been on large cruise ships and we are tired of those. We lived in Europe for two years so we weren’t interested in any of the River Cruises you offered as we have already toured those areas. We had not been to Italy so that was why we chose this cruise. We were so pleased with all of the staff on this cruise. From the cabin staff to the bar staff, they were all wonderful. We ate most meals at the World Cafe because we did not realize you had to make reservations so far in advance for the speciality restaurants. I would have liked to have had a more varied restaurant choice. The World Cafe was good but I do not liking eating at buffets, so it was not a good dining experience for me. I am also a vegetarian and there were not a lot of vegetarian dishes at the buffet. We would love to do a Viking Cruise to Scotland. Do you have any of those planned in the future? Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We chose the Viking Cruise because of all the fabulous countries that it offers to take people. We have seen many commercials about Viking and we loved that everyone has a balcony to sit out and relax. With other cruise lines, this is ... Read More
We chose the Viking Cruise because of all the fabulous countries that it offers to take people. We have seen many commercials about Viking and we loved that everyone has a balcony to sit out and relax. With other cruise lines, this is given to passengers that pay more. Viking is also very different in a great way. We were given wine, beer and soft drinks with our meals, sit down dinner restaurants are also included versus other cruise lines where you have to pay for your meals in these restaurants. Food was outstanding with Gelato every day! You can have a steak cooked to your preference. Viking offers complimentary excursions in every port or you can opt out and choose one that you want to pay. With other cruise lines, all excursions are paid by passengers. The entertainment was the best. We had dancing in the lobby with the Cruise Director and entertainers participating. Washers and dryers with detergent and fabric softeners are there free for passengers. Outstanding staff that go out of their way to make the impossible possible for passengers. I have heard many former Viking cruisers that they will not use any others but Viking. We had a blast and will continue to return to Viking for our vacations! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Have traveled with Viking on a River Cruise in 2015. Best ever- and this Ocean Cruise was fantastic as well. We extended our trip by two days before embarking and two days after the cruise ended. Everything went smoothly. Having the ... Read More
Have traveled with Viking on a River Cruise in 2015. Best ever- and this Ocean Cruise was fantastic as well. We extended our trip by two days before embarking and two days after the cruise ended. Everything went smoothly. Having the Viking personnel arrange our air flights, connections, and stays before and after the cruise made the experience all the better.The crew, stateroom, food and entertainment were all excellent. All of the excursions were well planned and enriching. We had the best possible tour guides and the process and organization of the excursions was terrific. The food at each of the restaurants was excellent and the staff made us feel welcomed no matter where we went to eat. The cabin staff were friendly and made our stay almost like being at home. We have nothing but the best reviews of our trip and would gladly travel with Viking again soon. Thank you Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We haven't done much travelling in the Med area so thought this cruise was an ideal way to see a lot of places for a taster. Great embarkation procedure. We had travelled Viking oceans before so knew what to expect of the ship, and ... Read More
We haven't done much travelling in the Med area so thought this cruise was an ideal way to see a lot of places for a taster. Great embarkation procedure. We had travelled Viking oceans before so knew what to expect of the ship, and where everything was. The ship is well laid out, and the relaxing atmosphere on board is great. There are plenty of places to sit and relax both out in the fresh air and indoors. The entertainment on board, is good because each show isn't too long but is very professional. There is always a great presence of staff on board from The captain, who is usually very approachable, down to the maintenance guys, everyone has time to speak to you. The shore excursions included are usually panoramic and therefore not of a great length but give a good overview. There is usually a shuttle bus in towns so you can go back after lunch or stay out and return when it suits. The optional trips are quite expensive so we feel it just depends on how keen you are to see whats on offer Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This was our first Viking cruise, and overall we were thrilled with our experience. Looking for a cruise with more stops, and no sea days in the mediterranean, this was a great option. Service was king, and clearly on the minds of every ... Read More
This was our first Viking cruise, and overall we were thrilled with our experience. Looking for a cruise with more stops, and no sea days in the mediterranean, this was a great option. Service was king, and clearly on the minds of every staff member we encountered. From checkin to waitstaff... we were treated very well. The only major complaint was not being able to wear shorts in the dining room. This was pretty ridiculous. The rules don't say explicitly that we couldn't wear shorts. I wear pressed shorts and most days had a nice linen button up shirt on, with either sneakers or birkenstocks. Given that it was HOT in most ports and we were tired at the end of the day... being met with resistance at our wardrobe was not welcome. I'm told that we could have insisted in the dining room... but I would rather it just be clear... shorts should be acceptable. I would call the way I dressed more "Resort Casual" or "Country Club Casual" yet was denied access to the main dining room. Thankfully the buffet was excellent. The staff was attentive, quickly coming to tables for drinks and to clear plates. The food selections were also very good, even having a few fun nights at the pool where they had fish and chips and surf and turf. The coffee bar in the main lobby area was also excellent. It was also nice to have basic drinks included. We're not drinkers, but not charging extra for specialty coffees was a huge plus. We also loved that there was plenty of spacious room in the common areas around the main staircase, with beautiful blankets. It was cozy and warm, and felt more like a really classy hotel... instead of the Vegas glitz that many cruise ships have adopted. Even with my complaint about shorts, and the fact that the TV in our stateroom didn't have a sleep timer and we could hear the neighboring stateroom tv though the wall... it was a wonderful experience. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
The ship, the crew, the food, the overall experience was just amazing! There are not enough words to describe how wonderful our trip was. We were first time cruisers and we cannot wait to do another. In fact, we signed up for a river ... Read More
The ship, the crew, the food, the overall experience was just amazing! There are not enough words to describe how wonderful our trip was. We were first time cruisers and we cannot wait to do another. In fact, we signed up for a river cruise while on board. The crew were very attentive and catered to our every wish. The room was very comfortable and quiet too. The dining was simply terrific! There was a variety of food to choose from every day and all day if you desired. The 24 hour room service on board was a wonderful treat for us when I did not want to get up and get ready to go to breakfast. NOTE: I do wish there were gluten free desserts readily available, but I did manage just fine. The entertainment was okay. I expected better, but we did not go on this cruise just to be entertained. The Cruise Director Jenna was the best singer of all of the singers on board. The musicians however were top notch. We loved that the excursions were included, but wished some of them were more than just a walking tour of the port town. We would have liked more INCLUDED historical excursions in Venice, Messina & Sicily. We did pay extra for some excursions in order to see the historical sites. Would we go again? You bet! Not this exact cruise, of course, but another ocean cruise in the future is highly possible. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This was our third consecutive, annual cruise with Viking. Having enjoyed several of their river cruises, we decided upon an ocean voyage this year, in part because we were taking our two "under 30" ages kids. Viking ocean ... Read More
This was our third consecutive, annual cruise with Viking. Having enjoyed several of their river cruises, we decided upon an ocean voyage this year, in part because we were taking our two "under 30" ages kids. Viking ocean cruises offer more onboard than do their river going sisters and thought the additional options would be more suited to their interests than the rather sedate life on a river cruise. As we expected, the cruise was wonderful and one all of us will always remember. The itinerary was selected for its historical and cultural value. The ship embarked in Athens, but, since Viking offers no excursions before boarding, we booked a private company to pick us up at the airport, provide us with a personalized tour, and deliver us to the ship in time to sail. Regrettably, flight delays caused us to miss the (expensive) Athens tour and almost the ship itself. Although the flight delays were no fault of Viking, Viking imposes a financial "penalty" for guests who plan their flights through their air department and wish to fly in on any date OTHER than day of embarkation. This really cuts time very, very short, with little allowance for flight delays. For some absurd reason, Viking charges $100. extra, per guest, if they choose to fly in a day early and avoid the type of grief we experienced. Why they feel this cost is justified is beyond our comprehension. First, the customer saves Viking the need to provide an airport transfer to the ship. The customer purchases their own transportation, hotel, entertainment, food and beverage. It costs Viking nothing and actually save them time and trouble. I'm still annoyed with this policy as it affecting our next cruise plans with Viking. Once aboard, everything was delightful. The food was exceptional. Excellent variety and selections, fresh, beautifully presented and prepared with an expert hand. Since we are wine enthusiasts, we always purchase the Silver Spirits package as a convenience. It is actually quite a bargain. The wine list was adequate and far from legendary.Nevertheless, the Sky's sommelier, Roman, was delightful and went to extra effort to make suggestions and recommendations. Our waiters and the hostess always recognized us and called us by name! Our cabin steward, Edy, was equally fantastic. He could not have been more friendly, helpful, attentive and thorough. Always at the ready to assist in any way possible, including remembering my cabin number when I forgot it the first couple of days. If you are looking for a cruise with non-stop entertainment, Viking is not for you. We choose Viking specifically for that reason. No casinos, no guests under 18, no ambitious broadway shows, rock-climbing walls or on-board surfing. Viking caters to a different demographic. In the case of the Sky, guests could enjoy several pools and jacuzzi's, a heavenly spa facility too impressive for me to describe here (it has a "snow-room", if you can imagine), a full gym, and outdoor exercise and sports options (putting green, shuffleboard). Plenty to occupy one's interests when not ashore. We have always found Viking to provide exceptional shore excursions. The guides are very knowledgeable and, with few exceptions, quite amenable, enthusiastic and helpful. We did, however, experience quite a bit of unhappiness and discomfort on the 5 hour optional excursion to Krka National Park. The park itself was spectacular and well worth the time. The problems occurred when the guide seemed to underestimate the time required for many "older folks" to walk across narrow bridges or pathways. Secondly, the bus driver became completely lost on the way back to the ship. This confusion added two hours of unhappiness, which became more and more pronounced as time ticked on. Guests were unhappy, and the bus driver and guide swearing at each other! The final problem, and very upsetting to us, was the communication (not) provided by the Viking representative at the Hotel Molino Stucky where we stayed during our three day post-cruise extension in Venice. Poor communication caused us great confusion, grief and some money. When this fact was brought to her attention, she became very hostile and defensive. Rather than simply say " sorry for the misunderstanding", she thought it better to pursue an argument. She was truly the only completely rude Viking employee we have ever experienced. Embarcation and disembarkation are non-events with Viking. Quick, simple, no lines, no confusion. So, all in all, a great trip. We forgive Viking the glitches and will be repeat guests. Off to the Nile in 2020! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We have done Viking River Cruises and they have been very nice. Thought we would like to try the ocean and weren't disappointed. The itinerary was also a draw as we hadn't been to these places. Hard to say what I liked best ... Read More
We have done Viking River Cruises and they have been very nice. Thought we would like to try the ocean and weren't disappointed. The itinerary was also a draw as we hadn't been to these places. Hard to say what I liked best so I will just leave it that the 'package' was marvelous. Food, service, décor, excursions were all outstanding. We didn't eat in one of the reservation only dining areas but the others were so good! I quickly found that three desserts with each meal was perfectly okay. I also did the afternoon tea and it was great. A room service breakfast started the day right. Our cabin steward was so nice and by the morning after we embarked knew our names. I enjoyed sitting in the public rooms listening to music and having a drink in the afternoon. Things were tasteful and not overdone and quiet. No bands blaring at the pool! We had very knowledgeable guides for all excursions and learned a lot. It was hot but that is normal for the area in August. Too bad there isn't a rating higher than 5. I can't wait to go on another Viking cruise. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Heard about it 2 years ago when we did the Homeland Cruise on the Sea. Always wanted to visit Greece, go back to Italy and visit Barcelona. The staff and crew were fabulous! Alberto, our room steward (now on the Sky) and Ivana our ... Read More
Heard about it 2 years ago when we did the Homeland Cruise on the Sea. Always wanted to visit Greece, go back to Italy and visit Barcelona. The staff and crew were fabulous! Alberto, our room steward (now on the Sky) and Ivana our room attendant were fabulous and anticipated our needs and wants. They always greeted us with smiles. They are true Viking Ambassadors! William, the restaurant manager, always helped us with the perfect tables and reservations, and Elinora, the wine steward, shared both her great knowledge of wines and her friendship. Nickoli and Alexander would greet us with smiles, handshakes and our favorite drinks. The excursions were great and very well planned. Scott, the excursion manager always had time to listen if we had any questions or concerns. The Viking Ocean Cruises have exceeded our expectations on both cruises. The finishing touch were the Viking representatives who were at the airport for our departure. They collected our luggage and had it taken to our ticket counter, and then led our group from to bus to the ticket counter! Seamless transportation from arrival on 04 Aug (we did a pre-cruise excursion in Athens) to our departure from Barcelona. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
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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