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Still a few small kinks to workout on new Viking Star, but overall and exceptional trip. -Started with a pre-cruise visit to Oslo. Arrived in Oslo late in day and did not have much opportunity to explore the city on our own. Next morning up for city tour and then to train station for trip to Bergen. Would have preferred to have a full day in Oslo on our own before journeying to Bergen. Two nights in Oslo hotel would have been better than one in Oslo and one hotel night in Bergen. This is especially true since after a hotel stay in Bergen we had an additional night on the ship and a day before we sailed in the evening. Frankly, nothing special about the Radisson Blu. Stops in Flam and Stavanger were beautiful, could have skipped Alborg to have an extra day in Copenhagen. Also a third day in St. Petersburg would have been nice as there is so much to see/do. We did not take the trip to Berlin, but many of the people we met while traveling described it as a grueling day - three hours each way by bus, then all day touring by bus in the city. For most, 13 hrs on a bus was just too much. As for the ship, beautiful appointments throughout make it feel spacious and airy. Light woods of Scandinavian design are very attractive. Love the use of the Bayeux Tapestry as a theme for the stairwell decor. Also thought the Viking history exhibit near the dining room was interesting. Not something you get on other ships. Made the choice to use Viking for the Baltic seem perfect. Dining room is lovely and the seating arrangements work out well. It enabled us to meet many people. The World Cafe provided a nice range of choices for breakfast and lunch, although we never tried it in the evening. Mamsen's was a nice departure from other dining venues on other ships, with a menu unique to Scandinavian/Norwegian foods and the time frames work perfectly. Manfredi's was a great venue for dining with a nice selection of Italian specialties. The Chefs table was interesting, with a set menu and wine pairings. the way the menus change every few days is unique and gives you the opportunity to sample unique cuisines. Loved the Explorer Lounge in the evening with its constellation glow. A great place to hang out and listen to music. Weather discouraged use of the Aquavit Terrace but liked the concept. The spa is a real standout. Cannot get over how much I enjoyed the snow room. Production shows were unusual and made great use of technology and a talented cast.

Viking Homelands was excellent

Viking Star Cruise Review by CruiserGal62

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Still a few small kinks to workout on new Viking Star, but overall and exceptional trip. -Started with a pre-cruise visit to Oslo. Arrived in Oslo late in day and did not have much opportunity to explore the city on our own. Next morning up for city tour and then to train station for trip to Bergen. Would have preferred to have a full day in Oslo on our own before journeying to Bergen. Two nights in Oslo hotel would have been better than one in Oslo and one hotel night in Bergen. This is especially true since after a hotel stay in Bergen we had an additional night on the ship and a day before we sailed in the evening. Frankly, nothing special about the Radisson Blu.

Stops in Flam and Stavanger were beautiful, could have skipped Alborg to have an extra day in Copenhagen. Also a third day in St. Petersburg would have been nice as there is so much to see/do.

We did not take the trip to Berlin, but many of the people we met while traveling described it as a grueling day - three hours each way by bus, then all day touring by bus in the city. For most, 13 hrs on a bus was just too much.

As for the ship, beautiful appointments throughout make it feel spacious and airy. Light woods of Scandinavian design are very attractive. Love the use of the Bayeux Tapestry as a theme for the stairwell decor. Also thought the Viking history exhibit near the dining room was interesting. Not something you get on other ships. Made the choice to use Viking for the Baltic seem perfect.

Dining room is lovely and the seating arrangements work out well. It enabled us to meet many people. The World Cafe provided a nice range of choices for breakfast and lunch, although we never tried it in the evening. Mamsen's was a nice departure from other dining venues on other ships, with a menu unique to Scandinavian/Norwegian foods and the time frames work perfectly. Manfredi's was a great venue for dining with a nice selection of Italian specialties. The Chefs table was interesting, with a set menu and wine pairings. the way the menus change every few days is unique and gives you the opportunity to sample unique cuisines.

Loved the Explorer Lounge in the evening with its constellation glow. A great place to hang out and listen to music. Weather discouraged use of the Aquavit Terrace but liked the concept. The spa is a real standout. Cannot get over how much I enjoyed the snow room.

Production shows were unusual and made great use of technology and a talented cast.
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Spacious, light and airy veranda/penthouse cabin. Superb service from Cabin Attendant, Rosalyn

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Bryggen Wharf
    Walked through Hanseatic Town and visited museum. Quite interesting and well preserved
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  • City Tour
    Copenhagen is lovely but you really need to have more than one day to appreciate the city and its many attractions. Our tour was combined with a visit to Tivoli Gardens. Will have to go back to Copenhagen when I can stay longer.
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  • Tivoli Gardens
    Just not enough time in Tivoli Gardens. We chose not to remain and take public transportation back to the ship. A great option would have been to end tour at Tivoli with regular shuttles to the ship to enable a longer visit. Coffee stop was okay, but could have better used the time to enjoy the Gardens and the attractions within.
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  • Flam Railway
    Somewhat similar to the train ride across Norway from Oslo. Tour was interrupted by a strike of the rail workers.
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  • Gdansk Old Town
    Beautifully restored Old Town was in sharp contract to many other areas of Gdansk as we drove to the Old Town. This was the first tour on the trip where there was planned time for shopping or a coffee on your own. Drive by of Gdansk Ship Yard and Solidarity did a disservice to the tour. Surely even a photo stop could have been fit in. The same was true for the drive by at the railroad station where the Kindertransport monument is.
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  • Sippoo
    So nice to get out of the city, away from Medieval Towns and Palaces. The trip to the country was lovely. Our stop at the horse farm, truly unique. Generous hosts offered coffee and cake in their home
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  • Schwerin Castle
    Enjoyed Schwerin Castle Tour and as with all our tours on this trip, we had an excellent guide. Once again, however, the tour did not allow time to stop and shop in the town, even though the scheduled departure of the ship was several hours after the tours conclusion. We did have time to wander through what turned out be the very charming town of Warnemunde.
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  • The Old Town
    Lovely preserved old town, visited the Cannery. Proved to be a great walk. Unfortunately, our tour was last of the day and so there was little time to explore or shop after tour.
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  • Old Town of Tallinn
    The walking tour could be better described as the very crowded shuffling tour, although our guide did an excellent job of getting us to all the important spots of the upper and lower cities, despite the large number of visitors. A lovely charming Medieval City with its roots in the Hanseatic tradition, as were many of the ports we visited. Once again there was little time for shopping or a refreshment break.
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