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Viking Star impresses with its excellent food, spacious and beautiful Explorers Lounge, multiple pools and stunning spa. The attentive, friendly staff excels at providing service above and beyond expectations. We enjoyed the very talented entertainers, who performed diverse shows nightly. We signed up for all the included tours, most of which were quite well done and interesting. The cruise offers many fascinating lectures and port talks. There is plenty to do, and we could not fit as much of it into our schedule as we'd have liked, even without opting for additional tours. The inclusive nature of the cruise allowed us to enjoy lots of amenities at no additional charge including a tour lasting generally 4-5 hours in each port, dinner in Manfredi's Italian Restaurant, alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages, use of the spa (not treatments) including the thermal pool and snow room as well as the sauna and other facilities, 24 hour room service, daily high tea, movies on demand, self service launderettes with detergent, stateroom robes and slippers. The ship's facilities are lovely with lots of spacious and beautiful public lounges for reading and relaxing.The stateroom is comfortable with plenty of storage areas and a more than adequate bathroom with a glass enclosed shower. The larger than expected tubes of nice quality toiletries include shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and bar soap. We experienced occasional minor glitches but nothing disconcerting. The coach transfer between the airport and the ship could be enhanced by having a bit of a tour en route. The Viking representative on our coach spoke minimal English and, therefore, could not answer our questions as to what we were seeing along the way. The Explorers' Desk staff were very helpful when we stopped by with questions, but they were apparently too busy to answer the phone on numerous occasions. A word of warning: Be prepared to pay to use toilets during many of the tours, generally 1/2 - 1 Euro, something I find annoying but no fault of Viking's. When shopping, plan to negotiate the price. Currency varies from country to country, but most merchants accepted Euros and often dollars, even if another local currency existed, and guests gave guides and drivers gratuities in all of these currencies. We were pleased with our Viking Star cruise beyond our expectations. Relax, explore, enjoy!

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Viking Star impresses with its excellent food, spacious and beautiful Explorers Lounge, multiple pools and stunning spa. The attentive, friendly staff excels at providing service above and beyond expectations. We enjoyed the very talented entertainers, who performed diverse shows nightly. We signed up for all the included tours, most of which were quite well done and interesting. The cruise offers many fascinating lectures and port talks. There is plenty to do, and we could not fit as much of it into our schedule as we'd have liked, even without opting for additional tours.

The inclusive nature of the cruise allowed us to enjoy lots of amenities at no additional charge including a tour lasting generally 4-5 hours in each port, dinner in Manfredi's Italian Restaurant, alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages, use of the spa (not treatments) including the thermal pool and snow room as well as the sauna and other facilities, 24 hour room service, daily high tea, movies on demand, self service launderettes with detergent, stateroom robes and slippers.

The ship's facilities are lovely with lots of spacious and beautiful public lounges for reading and relaxing.The stateroom is comfortable with plenty of storage areas and a more than adequate bathroom with a glass enclosed shower. The larger than expected tubes of nice quality toiletries include shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and bar soap.

We experienced occasional minor glitches but nothing disconcerting. The coach transfer between the airport and the ship could be enhanced by having a bit of a tour en route. The Viking representative on our coach spoke minimal English and, therefore, could not answer our questions as to what we were seeing along the way. The Explorers' Desk staff were very helpful when we stopped by with questions, but they were apparently too busy to answer the phone on numerous occasions.

A word of warning: Be prepared to pay to use toilets during many of the tours, generally 1/2 - 1 Euro, something I find annoying but no fault of Viking's. When shopping, plan to negotiate the price. Currency varies from country to country, but most merchants accepted Euros and often dollars, even if another local currency existed, and guests gave guides and drivers gratuities in all of these currencies.

We were pleased with our Viking Star cruise beyond our expectations. Relax, explore, enjoy!
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