Viking Star Cruise Review by suja
- Sail Date: May 2016
- Destination: Baltic Sea
The cheapest cabins were sold out so we had the next level up which unless you have to pick them (because others are sold out) was a total waste of money. The extras you get are simply not worth it. A bag of crisps, 2 mini Twix bars and soft drinks in your fridge, plus a coffee maker. Nice but not necessary. There is a great coffee machine up in the World Café which is open all day/night and has tea, coffee, hot chocolate, lemon, honey, water, juice etc. And there are soft drink cans on a trolley in the Cafe too so if you need one in your cabin you can just grab one.
The cabins are lovely and pretty spacious. The balcony is an extra luxury.
In general cruisers were older people although there were several couples who looked to be in their 30s.
Everything was superb but if I had to complain there were a couple of niggles: The World Café was very very busy most of the time and often difficult to find a table, especially at breakfast. When trying to get a table for 8 one night we had immense difficulty (having been told we could not book one) but on insisting were given a table they had been holding for someone else???? These are not major but the thing that annoyed us the most was the way Viking lumped all the passengers together on tours so that the able bodied are constantly waiting for those who, through no fault of their own, are not so fast. It is essential that Viking split up the tours a little better. In Bergen it annoyed us so much that we left our tour and wandered around on our own – did it all and passed our group on the way back. It is silly for everyone.
Room service was a little hit and miss. They always seemed to forget something: one yoghurt instead of two, no coffee or tea and so on. Still, it’s all inclusive so we didn’t care just ran upstairs to grab something else.
There is a lot of walking up and down the corridors so if you want to be close to food I would suggest taking a cabin towards the rear of the ship. We enjoyed the exercise.
It is also worth noting that prior to leaving home for the cruise we logged on and put our name down for excursion times and dining options only to find when we boarded that these had been “lost”. Only on checking on the TV did we discover that we had been put down for an excursion over lunchtime EVERY DAY. Very disappointing. Viking did change them all to times that suited us better but only after we made a fuss – something you prefer not have to do on holiday.
Once extra comment. The additional paid excursions are very expensive and can be organised privately much cheaper. A standout of this is the Flam railway (in Flam). The ship is parked right next to the Flamsbana station, a 3 minute walk, and you can buy your tickets there much much much cheaper. Just check Google for train times and it’s a simple way to save a few $$$$. The train ride is well worth doing.
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