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We had a fabulous s trip, it was the best cruise we have been on, the locations we saw and the beautiful ship and the very professional staff the whole thing was superb. We arrived at Stockholm to be greeted by smartly dressed Viking staff tunnelling us to baggage collection where they assisted us with our luggage and then guided us in small groups to the awaiting coaches. At the ship the processing of paperwork etc went like clockwork due to efficient staff, once on board we were greeted to a glass of champagne and escorted to our cabins. The embarkation was even better. Cases were labelled with coloured labels and collected the night before. On departure at designated times we were guided our colour collection area with staff assistance our cases were then taken to the coach. This process was for everyone and it made me feel like a VIP. The Nordic decor throughout the ship is lovely with modern luxury fabrics and leather furniture with historical displays of Viking artefacts and pictures. The attention to detail made it feel personal. Live music was played by a selection of musicians in different locations during the day and in the evenings it was of a high quality, not too loud or obtrusive. The whole boat was spotless, staff were constantly cleaning and every time we docked they washed the outside. Our cabin stewed washed our balcony glass and French doors every day. The pool areas were attractive and well maintained and there were people swimming in the infinity pool in the unexpected sunshine in September This is not a family cruise ship, it is not an all singing all dancing entertainment ship, there is no dressing up and having your photo taken, it is a relaxing and informative. The cabins all with balconies are simple contemporary Scandinavian, light woods and nautical colours. Bed was comfy. All rooms have seating area and a desk and the usual TV, safe, coffee machine and Wi-Fi (a bit slow but it worked all over the boat). Every cabin has bath robes and slippers. The bathroom was superb, with heated tiled floor. We had complimentary wine and beer at lunch and dinner. We lunched daily in the World cafe, the buffet excelled with a different selection every day. We tried the free speciality restaurants. The Italian Manfred’s twice and the Chefs table twice, preferred the Italian. We enjoyed afternoon tea on several occasions but did not get the opportunity to try the homely Mamsens with its jam and waffles. We liked the Explorer bar but thought the seating was a little too private with lots of two seats not a lot a chance to join other couples. The Viking bar on the 1st floor was large and nice, better for meeting up with someone. Bar prices were good with $6.50 for cocktail so we had a few. We spent some time in the spa which boasts a thalassotherapy pool, a steam room, a hot tub, a sauna, heated ceramic lounge chairs and a cold plunge pool, as well as a "snow grotto. The bath robes were lovely fluffy cotton and we had rubber sandals. The cruise was port-intensive and we had a good length of time in port. The port talks were good, more about the sights and history rather than shopping outlets. The places we visited were so very different and lovely in their own way and all very interesting. We only took the included tours and they were all excellent and very good for free. Our Warnemunde (alternative to Berlin) turned out to be a lovely day with a brewery visit (beer at 9.30am!!), guided tour of an incredible cathedral and a boat trip with fabulous views - a surprising gem for what we thought was not going to be a good day. Our 2 day Alla St Petersburg tour was fantastic and very intensive I think we did not miss anything, we even had a ride on the metro. Of all the countries we visited we would return again to Norway. The weather was fantastic for the whole trip even wore my shorts. We enjoyed this trip so much we have booked a Viking Star 2017 Christmas Mediterrean t cruise and we are having the same cabin.

Viking Homelands cruise; it had all I wanted.

Viking Star Cruise Review by fair weather golfer

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2016
  • Destination: Baltic Sea
We had a fabulous s trip, it was the best cruise we have been on, the locations we saw and the beautiful ship and the very professional staff the whole thing was superb. We arrived at Stockholm to be greeted by smartly dressed Viking staff tunnelling us to baggage collection where they assisted us with our luggage and then guided us in small groups to the awaiting coaches. At the ship the processing of paperwork etc went like clockwork due to efficient staff, once on board we were greeted to a glass of champagne and escorted to our cabins. The embarkation was even better. Cases were labelled with coloured labels and collected the night before. On departure at designated times we were guided our colour collection area with staff assistance our cases were then taken to the coach. This process was for everyone and it made me feel like a VIP.

The Nordic decor throughout the ship is lovely with modern luxury fabrics and leather furniture with historical displays of Viking artefacts and pictures. The attention to detail made it feel personal. Live music was played by a selection of musicians in different locations during the day and in the evenings it was of a high quality, not too loud or obtrusive.

The whole boat was spotless, staff were constantly cleaning and every time we docked they washed the outside. Our cabin stewed washed our balcony glass and French doors every day.

The pool areas were attractive and well maintained and there were people swimming in the infinity pool in the unexpected sunshine in September

This is not a family cruise ship, it is not an all singing all dancing entertainment ship, there is no dressing up and having your photo taken, it is a relaxing and informative.

The cabins all with balconies are simple contemporary Scandinavian, light woods and nautical colours. Bed was comfy. All rooms have seating area and a desk and the usual TV, safe, coffee machine and Wi-Fi (a bit slow but it worked all over the boat). Every cabin has bath robes and slippers. The bathroom was superb, with heated tiled floor.

We had complimentary wine and beer at lunch and dinner. We lunched daily in the World cafe, the buffet excelled with a different selection every day. We tried the free speciality restaurants. The Italian Manfred’s twice and the Chefs table twice, preferred the Italian. We enjoyed afternoon tea on several occasions but did not get the opportunity to try the homely Mamsens with its jam and waffles. We liked the Explorer bar but thought the seating was a little too private with lots of two seats not a lot a chance to join other couples. The Viking bar on the 1st floor was large and nice, better for meeting up with someone. Bar prices were good with $6.50 for cocktail so we had a few.

We spent some time in the spa which boasts a thalassotherapy pool, a steam room, a hot tub, a sauna, heated ceramic lounge chairs and a cold plunge pool, as well as a "snow grotto. The bath robes were lovely fluffy cotton and we had rubber sandals.

The cruise was port-intensive and we had a good length of time in port. The port talks were good, more about the sights and history rather than shopping outlets. The places we visited were so very different and lovely in their own way and all very interesting. We only took the included tours and they were all excellent and very good for free. Our Warnemunde (alternative to Berlin) turned out to be a lovely day with a brewery visit (beer at 9.30am!!), guided tour of an incredible cathedral and a boat trip with fabulous views - a surprising gem for what we thought was not going to be a good day. Our 2 day Alla St Petersburg tour was fantastic and very intensive I think we did not miss anything, we even had a ride on the metro. Of all the countries we visited we would return again to Norway.

The weather was fantastic for the whole trip even wore my shorts.

We enjoyed this trip so much we have booked a Viking Star 2017 Christmas Mediterrean t cruise and we are having the same cabin.
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