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We went on this cruise, on the Viking Star with the credit we received after a flooded river cruise in 2013. We arrived in Venice 2 days prior to the cruise. The Hilton Molino Stucky hotel was beautiful, we enjoyed the roof top pool. We found it easy to get around Venice, the Viking shuttle boat was very helpful. Embarkation was well organized, the only glitch was that our key cards had the wrong names on them and that took a while to correct, but the staff was pleasant and co-operative when asked to help. The Viking Star is beautiful, the room spacious, we loved the king sized bed and balcony. The staff were all friendly and helpful. The food was delicious and the choices were nicely varied. We found the common areas of the ship to be too cold, I needed a sweater at dinner every night. The pool area was the one exception to this. We did enjoy the pool and it is just big enough to do laps, we did not try the infinity pool. Where we found this cruise lacking was in the excursions. We found that we went past most attractions and did not get a chance to go into them, this was most notable in Rome. We would have preferred the option to go to either the Coliseum or the Sistine Chapel. The guide on this tour did not speak English well enough for us to understand her. We did enjoy the free time that we had. On this tour one participant went back to retrieve an item he left at a restaurant. The tour guide showed him were to find the bus, but he did not find us. We waited 1 1/2 hours before returning to the ship (he had found his own way back) Viking needs a set procedure for dealing with missing participants, and a phone number that can be used in an emergency, the phone number on the key card rang busy, so the tour guide could not get through to the ship. The tours we enjoyed the most were the "on your own" ones, however the maps provided by Viking were very poor, we found we had to go to the local tour information booths to get better maps. We did find the free time we had at the ports, adequate to do some of the extra things we enjoy, we like to swim and we were able to swim in the sea at Dubrovnik, Corfu,Toulon and Barcelona, the Viking staff were helpful in assisting us to find appropriate swim locations. We found disembarkation was well organized and about as good as could be expected. We enjoyed our extra 2 days in Barcelona. The NH Calderone hotel was clean but the room was a little shabby and the roof top pool was too cold to do laps. The breakfast buffet was good and had a nice variety of foods, the Viking staff at the hotel was excellent and very helpful.

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Viking Star Cruise Review by gayle fenner

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We went on this cruise, on the Viking Star with the credit we received after a flooded river cruise in 2013.

We arrived in Venice 2 days prior to the cruise. The Hilton Molino Stucky hotel was beautiful, we enjoyed the roof top pool. We found it easy to get around Venice, the Viking shuttle boat was very helpful.

Embarkation was well organized, the only glitch was that our key cards had the wrong names on them and that took a while to correct, but the staff was pleasant and co-operative when asked to help.

The Viking Star is beautiful, the room spacious, we loved the king sized bed and balcony. The staff were all friendly and helpful. The food was delicious and the choices were nicely varied. We found the common areas of the ship to be too cold, I needed a sweater at dinner every night. The pool area was the one exception to this. We did enjoy the pool and it is just big enough to do laps, we did not try the infinity pool.

Where we found this cruise lacking was in the excursions. We found that we went past most attractions and did not get a chance to go into them, this was most notable in Rome. We would have preferred the option to go to either the Coliseum or the Sistine Chapel. The guide on this tour did not speak English well enough for us to understand her. We did enjoy the free time that we had. On this tour one participant went back to retrieve an item he left at a restaurant. The tour guide showed him were to find the bus, but he did not find us. We waited 1 1/2 hours before returning to the ship (he had found his own way back) Viking needs a set procedure for dealing with missing participants, and a phone number that can be used in an emergency, the phone number on the key card rang busy, so the tour guide could not get through to the ship.

The tours we enjoyed the most were the "on your own" ones, however the maps provided by Viking were very poor, we found we had to go to the local tour information booths to get better maps. We did find the free time we had at the ports, adequate to do some of the extra things we enjoy, we like to swim and we were able to swim in the sea at Dubrovnik, Corfu,Toulon and Barcelona, the Viking staff were helpful in assisting us to find appropriate swim locations.

We found disembarkation was well organized and about as good as could be expected.

We enjoyed our extra 2 days in Barcelona. The NH Calderone hotel was clean but the room was a little shabby and the roof top pool was too cold to do laps. The breakfast buffet was good and had a nice variety of foods, the Viking staff at the hotel was excellent and very helpful.
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