After a long flight with no problems and no long layovers, thanks to Viking's scheduling, we arrived in Istanbul, ready to board the ship and begin our tour that evening. We were met by a friendly, smiling staff and crew, who continued to seek to please and deliver great service.
The Viking Star was beautiful and the accommodations unbelievable! We immediately felt welcome and that we were "living the good life" when we walked into our superb room, our home away from home for the next three weeks. We never felt rushed during our great variety of port and shore excursions led by knowledgeable local guides. The food was fantastic and offered a wide selection so that all of our tastes were satisfied, often featuring local delicacies.
We cannot praise the Cruise Director enough for his choice of guest lecturers, local talent, and port talks. The variety of entertainment on board had something for everyone's taste and was top-notch. Our disembarkation was made easy by the efficient staff, although we hated to leave after such royal treatment. In fact, we enjoyed our cruise so much that we will be on the Viking Sea as it sails from Barcelona to Bergen in April. Thanks, Viking, for making our dream vacation a reality!
Our cabin was roomy, beautifully decorated, and spotless. We appreciated having a large bathroom with lots of counter space and good-size closet and storage areas. We were able to adjust the heating and cooling so that we were always comfortable, something that we were not always able to do on other cruise lines. The bed was great and offered us plenty of room so we awoke feeling refreshed and ready for the next day's adventure.