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This was my first experience with Viking. My wife and I have done less expensive cruises (family events on Royal Caribbean) and more expensive cruises (Alaska on Regent). This cruise hit the sweet-spot for us. We booked our next Viking Ocean cruise while we were on board (Into the Midnight Sun). As the Hotel Manager said at the farewell reception, Viking offers a floating hotel, not a floating amusement park. It is for adults who want to stop in ports of historical, cultural or scenic interest. There is no casino, no climbing wall, modest entertainment, and one small space for those who want to drink and dance into the wee hours (here meaning maybe midnight - I don't know. We never saw it). The food is very good, but not extravagant on most nights. I think a lobster dinner was offered once in the Restaurant. We found the World Cafe buffet very agreeable for dinner - most of the daily specials in the Restaurant were also available here and the sushi/shellfish counter was available every night. Often, after a tiring excursion, 90 minutes to 2 hours in the Restaurant was not appealing. The World Cafe made a good dinner easy. Manfredi's - the Italian specialty restaurant - was a very pleasant alternative for a couple of dinners. The Chef's Table is less successful. We greatly enjoyed one menu and did not at all enjoy another. There were four different menus on our 13 night cruise, each offered for 3 or 4 consecutive nights. We found that booking the specialty restaurants before the cruise had a drawback - we might be booked in one on a night when the Restaurant itself was offering something particularly interesting. There is a desk for rescheduling Manfredi's and the Chef's Table, but this issue is a complication for those who plan in advance. The average age was probably 60-65. I don't think we saw a couple under 50. There are no facilities for children and this is not a ship for singles. The youngest cruisers seemed to be mother-daughter pairs with daughters starting in their mid-40's. The ship itself is decorated elegantly. Muted tones. Neutral colors. Nothing loud or ostentatious. Service is calm, polite, efficient, and friendly, although the World Cafe staff seemed stressed at key breakfast times prior to excursions. The included excursions were better than we expected them to be, and once we learned to read the excursion descriptions very closely, we cancelled some pre-scheduled excursions that had added costs and rebooked on the included excursion. Excursions were weak when the port was weak. Naples was the stop we would replace first. All of our ports except Monaco were at the dock. In Monaco, we dropped anchor and used tenders. Our one experience with tenders was a bit chaotic and could be improved. Disembarkation was very well organized.

Will cruise with Viking again.

Viking Star Cruise Review by Richard2

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This was my first experience with Viking. My wife and I have done less expensive cruises (family events on Royal Caribbean) and more expensive cruises (Alaska on Regent). This cruise hit the sweet-spot for us. We booked our next Viking Ocean cruise while we were on board (Into the Midnight Sun).

As the Hotel Manager said at the farewell reception, Viking offers a floating hotel, not a floating amusement park. It is for adults who want to stop in ports of historical, cultural or scenic interest. There is no casino, no climbing wall, modest entertainment, and one small space for those who want to drink and dance into the wee hours (here meaning maybe midnight - I don't know. We never saw it). The food is very good, but not extravagant on most nights. I think a lobster dinner was offered once in the Restaurant. We found the World Cafe buffet very agreeable for dinner - most of the daily specials in the Restaurant were also available here and the sushi/shellfish counter was available every night. Often, after a tiring excursion, 90 minutes to 2 hours in the Restaurant was not appealing. The World Cafe made a good dinner easy. Manfredi's - the Italian specialty restaurant - was a very pleasant alternative for a couple of dinners. The Chef's Table is less successful. We greatly enjoyed one menu and did not at all enjoy another. There were four different menus on our 13 night cruise, each offered for 3 or 4 consecutive nights. We found that booking the specialty restaurants before the cruise had a drawback - we might be booked in one on a night when the Restaurant itself was offering something particularly interesting. There is a desk for rescheduling Manfredi's and the Chef's Table, but this issue is a complication for those who plan in advance.

The average age was probably 60-65. I don't think we saw a couple under 50. There are no facilities for children and this is not a ship for singles. The youngest cruisers seemed to be mother-daughter pairs with daughters starting in their mid-40's.

The ship itself is decorated elegantly. Muted tones. Neutral colors. Nothing loud or ostentatious. Service is calm, polite, efficient, and friendly, although the World Cafe staff seemed stressed at key breakfast times prior to excursions.

The included excursions were better than we expected them to be, and once we learned to read the excursion descriptions very closely, we cancelled some pre-scheduled excursions that had added costs and rebooked on the included excursion. Excursions were weak when the port was weak. Naples was the stop we would replace first. All of our ports except Monaco were at the dock. In Monaco, we dropped anchor and used tenders. Our one experience with tenders was a bit chaotic and could be improved. Disembarkation was very well organized.
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Cabin 5034
The penthouse veranda (330 sq. feet) was very comfortable. Good closet and cabinet space, good sitting space, good isolation on the veranda from adjoining rooms. Comfortable bathroom, reasonably sized shower. Excellent bed and linens. Excellent temperature control in the cabin. Good number of outlets. Excellent sound insulation from hallway and adjoining cabins.