Viking Star Cruise Review by Sailoraz
- Sail Date: October 2015
- Destination: Mediterranean
I never wanted to get off. The management of this ship is superb. Employees are well trained and consistent. They are fun and want you to enjoy yourselves and seem to enjoy their jobs.
There was something for everyone on the ship and with 900 people onboard it never felt even that large. It was elegant and quiet and comfortable. We found the included walking tours to be just enough to give you a flavor of the old towns and culture and took you into some museums you would have had to pay for on your own. After the tours, we spent plenty of time on our own in the ports. Florence and Pisa in one day was very long and not really doable. We returned from the ports early enough to go and enjoy the spa (sauna, steam, frozen room, hot tub, resistance pool).
We opted for a few of the paid trips such as Herculaneum and it wasn't outrageous but convenient and well organized with good guides.They had a special folkloric performance at Sponza Palace for about 30 people that we paid extra to do and that was a special treat. The entertainment was first class and one of the big highlights of this trip. There was music and shows everywhere with a great variety of professional performers. We often listened to Spanish guitar music on the aft deck at night.
Food we adequate and good. Lots of variety. We found ordering breakfast in our room every morning helped a lot with an 8:30 bus tour. Management was very receptive to suggestions about improvements and this being their first season they had some kinks to work out. The help desk needs a little work but overall they pretty much have it figured out and truly delivered on a great experience from beginning to end. Even though we were not on their extended portion in Venice, we were staying at the Molino Stuckey and we were allowed to pay a fee and have them handle the transfer of bags which was great. In these reviews this summer there are lots of little complaints but in the overall view Viking far exceeded our expectations. We could see from reading those reviews some the improvements they made from what they learned.
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