I was concerned by the price of this cruise on the Viking Star, but when I experienced the service, ameneties, food, and the shore excursions I feel I had a bargain!
Boarding was relaxed and extremely well controlled. It went so smooth. We were practically escorted to our cabin and our baggage was already in the cabin. The cabin was luxurious and very well laid out. The full size shower, the heated floor and the high end lotions etc. made it a superb bathroom.
We went for a walk around to get acclimatized before too may people boarded, we didn't need to be concerned as all through the cruise there were never too many people anywhere. We were impressed by the many seating areas that looked like a sitting area you would find in your home. Elevators were numerous, quick, and quiet in operation.
We tried all the dining selections and found them all to be superb, from the pool deck to the Explorer's deck to the main dining and the included specialty dining venues. Truly the best meals we have ever had on a cruise.
Entertainment was unlike the regular cruise offering, it basically revolved around six main entertainers, two dancers, three piece band a pianist and a guitarist. Doesn't sound like much but they provided some of the finest entertainment I have experienced on any cruise. Not a cruise for families with kids, this is a grown up cruise.
The included excursions were of the finest quality and it was impressive to see that, although we were often in port with other cruise ships, we were given priority at all attractions, no lines, taken to the best viewing areas, and treated like upper class.
Overall Viking have taken the "River cruise experience" and presented an Ocean cruise that would be difficult to match and raised the standard expected by cruise lines in the future.