Now back from our "Passage through Western Europe" cruise, all our friends and neighbors are asking, “How was your trip?” Our answer: “It was wonderful!” “Amazing.” “A real ADVENTURE!”
The Viking Star was launched back on April 11 and we’ve been following every Cruise Critic posting, diligently, since then. The ship is GORGEOUS! How could it not be? Every public space on board was designed as if you’re visiting someone’s (albeit a rich someone) living room with warm wool throws and throw pillows everywhere. Even the seating on the deck 8’s Sun Deck is wonderfully inviting, with very large outdoor sofas!
This was our first Viking experience. We’re used to the much larger ships; so having this vessel accommodate 930 passengers was new to us, as well. Almost intimate, I thought. We’re not used to the “all inclusive” style of cruising and THAT I could get use to…but only if one can afford it. I never dreamed that I would enjoy having all the wine (or any beverage) I want at lunch or dinner, and not pay extra.
We loved our cabin. It has the clean, non-cluttered Scan décor, you’d expect from a brand new Norwegian ship. It worked well for us on many levels. We found enough drawer and shelf space to meet our needs. We appreciated the binoculars, the slippers and robes.
The desk was a good long surface. It had a hidden vanity sections that some may appreciate. As Viking worked on safety designs by NOT allowing us to use hair dryers and curling irons in the bathroom, you are almost lucky to have this vanity at your disposal (if your cabin mate doesn’t mind you moving his stuff aside to get to it). (The hair dryer is industrial strength and has a brand new cord; you are “tethered” to a small section of the large mirror to accomplish your hair style.) (Note: another passenger was able to pull out the tray and use this as a large storage space.)
The sofa was a little too soft for my sitting comfort; but hubby thought it was wonderful. Our cabin had an interesting ottoman/coffee table combo that was part cloth and part leather, for putting your feet up.
My one disappointment I must warn future passengers: The location is just below Mamsens’ and many early mornings I heard thumping, and vacuuming. I’m not sure if it was the balcony door(s) from neighbors going in or out of their cabins, or there is a lot of cleaning of that location in the early A.M.