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First of all, I must admit upfront, we are not frequent cruisers. The cruises we have taken tend to be casual, smaller vessels, with an educational enrichment focus. We booked this cruise because of the wonderful reputation Viking has for their River Cruises and because of the description of the Viking Star. It turned out to be a very successful trip for us...so much so that we booked a second cruise while aboard for later in 2016. We had Viking take care of our air and it worked out perfectly. It is never fun to travel for 10+ hours from LA to Europe but the times were well thought out and the transfers in Amsterdam (going) and Paris (coming) went perfectly. We were met at the airport with no confusion. In fact the number of Viking Representatives handling the arriving passengers was impressive. The process for signing in for the cruise was also extremely efficient. No long lines...waiting while jet-lagged. Quick and well-done. Our cabin was a simple veranda on deck 3 and we were very happy with it. It was roomier than we expected. Our steward, Willy, and his partner, Fernando could not have been more attentive. We enjoyed our veranda even if the weather was a bit chilly and being able to open the drapes and see the sea going by was great! We ate at all the different restaurants except for the ones where you had to pay extra. We enjoyed all of them. My husband, who LOVES salmon, especially gravlox, was a happy camper! We enjoyed mussels, shrimp, and other seafoods. People with restricted diets would have no trouble with the diversity of offerings. We participated in the complimentary excursion tours at each port and found them very comprehensive and well-done. The guides were knowledgeable and went out of their way to accommodate any special requests. We did NOT feel like cattle. Our portable Vox boxes worked just fine and allowed us to move about more freely as we walked. We appreciated the ease with which we returned to the ship. We have been on ships where we were practically stripped searched for prohibited items. Since you are permitted to bring bottles of wine or spirits aboard with you, it went like clockwork! The activities aboard ship were high class. Music ranging from jazz to classical was special. We especially enjoyed the evening of Operatic Arias and the classical guitar. We attended the afternoon tea service when we were on board. We also delighted in the spa activity of trying out the Nordic Bathing ritual. For a very modest fee we experimented with the sauna and the "snow room" and ended with a foot massage! Overall, we truly felt that everyone aboard ship's priority was to treat us like we were valued guests. It was clear that they wanted us to enjoy ourselves. The entire atmosphere is calm, welcoming, relaxing. There are many comfortable areas to pull up with a book, a cup of coffee, your laptop and just watch the world go by. Even the main deck has a wonderful feel without having a "counter" where you have to line up for services. We felt the ship more than gave us value for our investment. It was nice to not feel nickled and dimed to death. I must admit that the shopping aboard ship was beyond my price-range but we had many opportunities to pick up items ashore. I must admit that the ship was not filled to capacity which might have contributed to the ease of debarking, getting an elevator, finding a table in the restaurant. But we had a marvelous time and can't wait to return to the Viking Star!

A Wonderful Welcome to the New Year Aboard the Viking Star

Viking Star Cruise Review by Signora28

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First of all, I must admit upfront, we are not frequent cruisers. The cruises we have taken tend to be casual, smaller vessels, with an educational enrichment focus. We booked this cruise because of the wonderful reputation Viking has for their River Cruises and because of the description of the Viking Star. It turned out to be a very successful trip for us...so much so that we booked a second cruise while aboard for later in 2016.

We had Viking take care of our air and it worked out perfectly. It is never fun to travel for 10+ hours from LA to Europe but the times were well thought out and the transfers in Amsterdam (going) and Paris (coming) went perfectly. We were met at the airport with no confusion. In fact the number of Viking Representatives handling the arriving passengers was impressive.

The process for signing in for the cruise was also extremely efficient. No long lines...waiting while jet-lagged. Quick and well-done.

Our cabin was a simple veranda on deck 3 and we were very happy with it. It was roomier than we expected. Our steward, Willy, and his partner, Fernando could not have been more attentive. We enjoyed our veranda even if the weather was a bit chilly and being able to open the drapes and see the sea going by was great!

We ate at all the different restaurants except for the ones where you had to pay extra. We enjoyed all of them. My husband, who LOVES salmon, especially gravlox, was a happy camper! We enjoyed mussels, shrimp, and other seafoods. People with restricted diets would have no trouble with the diversity of offerings.

We participated in the complimentary excursion tours at each port and found them very comprehensive and well-done. The guides were knowledgeable and went out of their way to accommodate any special requests. We did NOT feel like cattle. Our portable Vox boxes worked just fine and allowed us to move about more freely as we walked. We appreciated the ease with which we returned to the ship. We have been on ships where we were practically stripped searched for prohibited items. Since you are permitted to bring bottles of wine or spirits aboard with you, it went like clockwork!

The activities aboard ship were high class. Music ranging from jazz to classical was special. We especially enjoyed the evening of Operatic Arias and the classical guitar. We attended the afternoon tea service when we were on board. We also delighted in the spa activity of trying out the Nordic Bathing ritual. For a very modest fee we experimented with the sauna and the "snow room" and ended with a foot massage!

Overall, we truly felt that everyone aboard ship's priority was to treat us like we were valued guests. It was clear that they wanted us to enjoy ourselves. The entire atmosphere is calm, welcoming, relaxing. There are many comfortable areas to pull up with a book, a cup of coffee, your laptop and just watch the world go by. Even the main deck has a wonderful feel without having a "counter" where you have to line up for services.

We felt the ship more than gave us value for our investment. It was nice to not feel nickled and dimed to death. I must admit that the shopping aboard ship was beyond my price-range but we had many opportunities to pick up items ashore.

I must admit that the ship was not filled to capacity which might have contributed to the ease of debarking, getting an elevator, finding a table in the restaurant. But we had a marvelous time and can't wait to return to the Viking Star!
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