1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2016
Wanted to see Scandinavia. We enjoyed the cruise, and really liked the size of the ship. The additional tours we took were very enjoyable except for Germany/Berlin. Would have preferred more time in Amsterdam or Helsinki. We have ... Read More
Wanted to see Scandinavia. We enjoyed the cruise, and really liked the size of the ship. The additional tours we took were very enjoyable except for Germany/Berlin. Would have preferred more time in Amsterdam or Helsinki. We have traveled with Viking and are looking forward to our ocean and river cruises we have booked for next year. The rooms and service were very nice. The restaurants were nice, but we didn't enjoy The Chef's Table as much as the other dining venues. The food was very good, but we felt rushed at The Chef's Table; it wasn't a very relaxing experience. The ship as I said was very nicely sized - we do not do the "monster" cruises. It was also very clean and all the staff was very attentive. Our most enjoyable shore excursions were Gdansk, Amsterdam, Stavanger, and Helsinki. We did a number of additional tours and found them all worth the extra we paid, except for Berlin. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
This was our 5th cruise which we choose because of the port stops and also as we thought the size of the ship was just perfect. The ship was beautiful all staterooms were a decent size and had a balcony. The dining rooms were great and we ... Read More
This was our 5th cruise which we choose because of the port stops and also as we thought the size of the ship was just perfect. The ship was beautiful all staterooms were a decent size and had a balcony. The dining rooms were great and we enjoyed The Chef's Table and Manfreddi's speciality restaurants. Evening entertainment was very good as where the guest speakers. We could not fault the service, the staff were friendly and welcoming, nothing was too much trouble. We took advantage of the 24 hr room service available on several occasions. It was great to have a full sized laundry available on each deck with 3 washing machines and dryers and ironing facilities. We did the extension from Oslo to Bergen with the train journey which was good and took a mixture of included tours and optional tours in all ports. All the tours were good and I could't fault the tour guides. I would love to do another Viking Ocean cruise depending on the itinerary and the region. We live in New Zealand and the travel distance is huge so ideally we would love something a little closer to home. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
We have long wanted to visit Scandinavia so were completely taken by the idea of Viking's new Ocean Cruise Line, specifically the Viking Star "Viking Homeland" cruise. We received courteous, knowledgeable phone support ... Read More
We have long wanted to visit Scandinavia so were completely taken by the idea of Viking's new Ocean Cruise Line, specifically the Viking Star "Viking Homeland" cruise. We received courteous, knowledgeable phone support whenever contacting Viking to discuss flights and other aspects of the cruise. Our flights from San Francisco to Bergen, Norway went quite smoothly, as did our return flights. Arriving in the Bergen airport we were met by Viking representatives allowing for a very smooth transfer from flight to ship, and smooth embarkation. Likewise our disembarkation was very well organized allowing for easy transfer from ship, to airport busses. We did not have add-on visits before and after our cruise. All areas throughout the ship provided excellent guest service and we cannot sing the praises of staff loudly enough, we would rank staff higher than a 5 if we could. We loved have room service allowing us to have early morning breakfast (as early as 6:00am) in the comfort of our room or balcony before leaving for daily excursions.The variety of breakfast foods was extensive suiting all palates. Dining was anywhere from casual dining to elegant providing excellently prepared varieties of foods, from appetizers through desserts, in each of the dining venues, additionally the ship has two speciality restaurants. We greatly enjoyed the ships sitting and reading areas, lounges, theater, movies- under-the-stars, and afternoon tea.The fine attention to service was noticeable, even providing coffee while waiting for our shore excursion time. We were so very pleased with our daily shore excursion selections and ease in understanding our knowledgeable guides. We marveled at the wealth and depth of memorized information they shared which was always interesting. Our guides were so helpful to us in navigating around foreign (to us) countries. The ship offers a wide selection of shore excursions. We especially enjoyed being on a smaller cruise ship, with less people, which made the ease of departing and returning from shore excursions seamless. We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of our cruise, and were a bit sad to see it come to an end. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
We were impressed with Viking from our River cruise and decided to try their new Ocean cruise. We liked the small ship with only 930 passengers compared to those jumbo ocean liners. Amenities on the ship were more than adequate, ... Read More
We were impressed with Viking from our River cruise and decided to try their new Ocean cruise. We liked the small ship with only 930 passengers compared to those jumbo ocean liners. Amenities on the ship were more than adequate, especially at an age when mega pools, water slides and climbing walls are a thing of the past. Our cabin was exactly the same as the river cruise with a veranda that we now consider a must. Our room steward was always there when needed and invisible when not. Buffet meals were carried and very good. Service in the restaurants was excellent but unlike the river cruise, the wait staff shifted around so we did not have the same servers every time we ate. We had just one port were tenders were required which also was good. The itinerary included 11 stops and only one full day at sea. As with the river cruise, the included excursions were well organized and interesting. Most of the stops required bussing into the city. But all were on time and comfortable. The service on board was as good as the Viking service on the river cruise. Some of the added excursions were excellent, especially the two day " Ultimate" St. Petersburg tour which was enough to have us wanting to return someday. Of course like any cruise one day in some of these cities is never enough. One small issue was the lack of a bursar so that with so many currencies we were forced to use euros in places that did not take credit cards and suffer poor conversion rates. We extended our stay in Stockholm and would highly recommend it to avoid the confusion and some early disembarking times. The service from getting off the ship, to the added city tour to hotel check in and final transport to the airport was exceptional as was the service when we arrived the first day in Bergen, Norway. The other travelers were similar in age and from a number of English speaking countries. The toughest were late teens traveling with parents and grandparents. Not much there for youngsters. Overall we would definitely consider another cruise with Viking. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
This cruise is far beyond "excellent." I traveled with a group of five family members and friends. We started with the pre-cruise option of one night in Oslo and an then the scenic train ride to Bergen. I wish that we had two ... Read More
This cruise is far beyond "excellent." I traveled with a group of five family members and friends. We started with the pre-cruise option of one night in Oslo and an then the scenic train ride to Bergen. I wish that we had two nights in Oslo though I would not have missed the train ride! (maybe one less night in Bergen).The Viking Star surpassed our every expectation. The design is so beautiful and spacious, with stunning views everywhere. The staff was splendid: anticipating every need, warm and friendly, and so hard-working. Our cabin provided ample room for two people without feeling at all crowded. We looked forward to every meal and especially enjoyed the dinner entrees that reflected the dishes that were native to the country that we were visiting. The excursions were ample and diverse. We chose to do the city tour in almost every port. Other excursions that we particularly enjoyed: Cruise Pulpit Rock, Flam in Norway. The time in Berlin is limited but, by planning carefully, you can see a lot. Viking's "Berlin Your Way" delivers you to and from Berlin by train, and provides a tour which included Unter den Linden, the longest surviving part of the Berlin Wall, Brandenburg Gate and much more. (Months in advance of the cruise, we made our own lunch reservations online at the Kafer Restaurant at the top of the Bundestag in Berlin. This private reservation plus using cabs to see the places of greatest interest to us enabled us to see much of Berlin in the time we had. We chose "Ultimate St. Petersburg" which includes two full days of seeing the premier sights in St. Petersburg and were delighted by this choice. The entertainment on the ship was first rate and added so much pleasure to the trip. Don't miss the "shore talks" which give you a wealth of information about the places you will be visiting. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2016
In 2015 I sailed on one of their river cruises from Budapest to Amsterdam. I was really impressed with the quality this trip which was the reason I selected to do a Baltic Cruise on one of their new cruise ships. This cruise was of the ... Read More
In 2015 I sailed on one of their river cruises from Budapest to Amsterdam. I was really impressed with the quality this trip which was the reason I selected to do a Baltic Cruise on one of their new cruise ships. This cruise was of the same high standard that I experienced on the previous river cruise. The tours provided at each port visit are of a high quality and really provide an excellent understanding of the culture of the area. The quality of the accommodations on the ship were outstanding with services such as internet access, beer and wine available at meals, soft drinks in your stateroom, laundry facilities all without any extra charge. My experience sailing with other cruise lines, these services are provided only with additional charges. The detailed briefing prior to each port visit allowed you to make the most of each tour. Another benefit traveling with Viking is that you are met at the airport and taken to the ship. The same service is also provided on your departure at the end of the cruise. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
We chose this cruise because we had enjoyed previous Viking River Cruises. While the service on board was excellent, it was also less personal on this larger ship, and the crew seemed less knowledgeable than those on the river cruises had ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had enjoyed previous Viking River Cruises. While the service on board was excellent, it was also less personal on this larger ship, and the crew seemed less knowledgeable than those on the river cruises had been. For instance, if crew members could not answer a passenger question, they simply replied with "I don't know," rather than offering to find an answer. We also missed the familiarity of the everyday contact with the same food waitstaff every day; that was not the case on this larger ship. We did appreciate having local guides at all our ports (as opposed to the riverboats' crews leading many included tours). All of the local guides were excellent, informative, and proud of their countries. The ship entertainers were good and worked hard to present a variety of shows. The entertainment brought on board (e.g. Sally Jones) was outstanding. And the lecturers also did an outstanding job. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
We chose the cruise because of the Viking reputation. We were not disappointed. The ship is lovely , very sleek and clean. Common areas are beautiful and immaculate. Rooms were comfortable and large compared to other cruises we have ... Read More
We chose the cruise because of the Viking reputation. We were not disappointed. The ship is lovely , very sleek and clean. Common areas are beautiful and immaculate. Rooms were comfortable and large compared to other cruises we have taken. The closet is large, however there are only 3 drawers. The staff was fabulous. Each going out of their way to help you in any way they can. The free wine and beer is a nice perk, however it is very generic, you get no choices of wines other than white or red. It is of decent quality but don't expect a wide selection. The entertainment is probably lacking the most, but we booked because of the itinerary not the entertainment. They tout free wifi. Which is nice, however it is not fast and in some ports non existent . They have a bank of four computers to share amongst the passengers. Our favorite ports were, all the Norway ports, Gdansk, Poland, Tallinn, Estonia, Stockholm, Sweden. Viking states that you have two days in Stockholm, however it is really 1 day. As we had a 6:35am flight on Sunday which meant our vacating our cabin at 3:00am in order to get to the airport on time. Which had we known ahead of time, we would maybe scheduled another day there on our own. Read Less
17 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
My wife and I have sailed with Viking on many river cruises and were curious about the new ocean service. During our Viking Homelands cruise we were, overall, very impressed. The food was outstanding. The staff made us feel at home. It ... Read More
My wife and I have sailed with Viking on many river cruises and were curious about the new ocean service. During our Viking Homelands cruise we were, overall, very impressed. The food was outstanding. The staff made us feel at home. It was delightful, with two exceptions. First, we selected a stateroom aft on Deck 6 right under the open air dining area on Deck 7 aft of the World Cafe. Every evening the crew would move the tables and chairs forward to the World Cafe bulkhead. Every morning between 4:30 and 5:30 they would relocate them around the open area--not by picking them up and placing them down, but by pushing them around the deck. This created an annoying racket. Asking Reception and the Maitre d' to delay re-positioning the tables/chairs, or instructing the wait staff to lift them and place them quietly on the deck got us intermittent relief. We recommend future guests book passage in stateroom amidships on Deck 5 for an uninterrupted sleep. Second, Viking offers shore excursions for a fee. If you want to guarantee a place on an excursion before embarking, you have to pay for it with a credit card. You cannot use ship board credits, until you board the ship. Its an easy fix to pay for the excursion before boarding, cancel on board, and substitute credits for payments.. It is, however, annoying. Otherwise, it was an incredible cruise aboard a fabulous ship. One last note. We prefer to travel independently and didn't take excursions that cost extra except in St. Petersburg--the ballet and the Russian Museum. The included tours, mostly windshield tours of the port towns, were OK, but with planning you can easily see the worthwhile sights for a fraction of the cost. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
Several years ago we had taken the Viking cruise in China. It was wonderful. We decided to take the Viking Star to the Baltic this past summer and were delighted with the service, food, accommodations and, of course, the ports. ... Read More
Several years ago we had taken the Viking cruise in China. It was wonderful. We decided to take the Viking Star to the Baltic this past summer and were delighted with the service, food, accommodations and, of course, the ports. Especially interesting were the side trips in each port. The guest speakers were interesting and well prepared. Questions were answered quickly and fully in the port talks. The ship was very comfortable and immaculate. Viking had also made the travel arrangements for us. These also worked out very well and were much appreciated. Everything was obviously very professionally done from the fine reception in Bergen to the departure in Stockholm. We enjoyed the opportunity to swim on board and relax in the fitness area. Entertainment was good and well received by most of the guests. There was no pressure to purchase additional drinks or gifts. Perhaps our favorite time of day was when we would go to the Cafe and enjoy the fine dining with service from the excellent wait staff. Everyone helped to make our trip memorable. Thanks for all the hard work! 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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