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Best sea cruise we have ever been on ! The Viking Star is a wonderfully designed ship kept in immaculate condition by the hard-working crew. The cruise included interesting and varied ports of call, fine dining on board, a very comfortable and spacious state room, excellent lecturers on a variety of topics, and entertaining but not extravagant stage shows. It was also a pleasure to enjoy the company of well-informed fellow passengers from different backgrounds and walks of life. The food offered in the buffet-style World Café, the more formal Restaurant, and the two speciality restaurants was superb and the different restaurants (we tried them all)offered a variety of dining ambiences. I very much appreciated the fact that once on board there was no "nickel and diming" for the various services provided. The fact that standard shore excursions, wine and beer with meals, laundry facilities, speciality restaurants, welcoming mini-bar, wifi (unfortunately very slow), etc. were all included, rather than appearing as additional, over-priced costs on the final bill at the end of the voyage, as they often are on other cruise lines, meant we could treat ourselves to some optional extras (selected non-included shore excursions, massage and manicure in the spa for my wife, occasional martinis and cocktail events for both of us, and so on) without undue concern about on-board expenses. Embarkation and disembarkation was very well handled and transit from and to airports most convenient. Having to arrange one's own ground transport after a long, overnight, trans-Atlantic flight when one has little or no foreign currency at hand would be a major inconvenience, so being met at the embarkation airport by Viking representatives with a bus to the ship already arranged was a very comforting start to the cruise. The baggage delivery to our room was delayed because the x-ray machine had detected a small picnic knife used for peeling apples in one of our suitcases. It was only after much pleading that my wife was allowed to take the knife to the cabin. This seemed a rather excessive application of security precautions to me. One very small suggestion: when we arrived in a new port, the cruise director's announcements regarding arrangements for the day were not relayed to the cabin --- we had to open the door and stand in the corridor to hear what was being said. When we asked the cabin steward why this was so, he said it was so that people would not be disturbed in their rooms. In my opinion these important announcements should be heard in the cabins even if they serve as a wake-up call ! Perhaps a switch allowing one to turn a cabin speaker on or off according individual preference would be a possible solution. In summary, if you are looking for casinos, discos, ice skating rinks and glitzy stage shows, then this cruise is not for you; but for the more sophisticated traveller who is seeking an enriching travel experience coupled with fine dining, superb service, interesting lectures, excellent facilities on board, light entertainment and informed conversations with other well-educated passengers from various parts of the world, this is the perfect cruise. Thank you, Viking.

Best sea cruise ever!

Viking Star Cruise Review by VictorianVoyager

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2016
  • Destination: Baltic Sea
Best sea cruise we have ever been on !

The Viking Star is a wonderfully designed ship kept in immaculate condition by the hard-working crew. The cruise included interesting and varied ports of call, fine dining on board, a very comfortable and spacious state room, excellent lecturers on a variety of topics, and entertaining but not extravagant stage shows. It was also a pleasure to enjoy the company of well-informed fellow passengers from different backgrounds and walks of life. The food offered in the buffet-style World Café, the more formal Restaurant, and the two speciality restaurants was superb and the different restaurants (we tried them all)offered a variety of dining ambiences.

I very much appreciated the fact that once on board there was no "nickel and diming" for the various services provided. The fact that standard shore excursions, wine and beer with meals, laundry facilities, speciality restaurants, welcoming mini-bar, wifi (unfortunately very slow), etc. were all included, rather than appearing as additional, over-priced costs on the final bill at the end of the voyage, as they often are on other cruise lines, meant we could treat ourselves to some optional extras (selected non-included shore excursions, massage and manicure in the spa for my wife, occasional martinis and cocktail events for both of us, and so on) without undue concern about on-board expenses.

Embarkation and disembarkation was very well handled and transit from and to airports most convenient. Having to arrange one's own ground transport after a long, overnight, trans-Atlantic flight when one has little or no foreign currency at hand would be a major inconvenience, so being met at the embarkation airport by Viking representatives with a bus to the ship already arranged was a very comforting start to the cruise. The baggage delivery to our room was delayed because the x-ray machine had detected a small picnic knife used for peeling apples in one of our suitcases. It was only after much pleading that my wife was allowed to take the knife to the cabin. This seemed a rather excessive application of security precautions to me.

One very small suggestion: when we arrived in a new port, the cruise director's announcements regarding arrangements for the day were not relayed to the cabin --- we had to open the door and stand in the corridor to hear what was being said. When we asked the cabin steward why this was so, he said it was so that people would not be disturbed in their rooms. In my opinion these important announcements should be heard in the cabins even if they serve as a wake-up call ! Perhaps a switch allowing one to turn a cabin speaker on or off according individual preference would be a possible solution.

In summary, if you are looking for casinos, discos, ice skating rinks and glitzy stage shows, then this cruise is not for you; but for the more sophisticated traveller who is seeking an enriching travel experience coupled with fine dining, superb service, interesting lectures, excellent facilities on board, light entertainment and informed conversations with other well-educated passengers from various parts of the world, this is the perfect cruise. Thank you, Viking.
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Cabin Review

Cabin 5028
Well designed, spacious cabin with ample storage space for clothes and other belongings and a generous number of easily accessible power outlets for lap tops and other electrical equipment. The bathroom was well supplied with superior quality toiletries and the mini-bar with a bottle of welcoming champagne was a pleasant surprise. The TV screen was large and of high resolution. It was very helpful to be able to check details of our tour reservations, on-board account, ship position etc. on the screen as well as keeping up-to-date on world news with the BBC and other channels. Nice balcony for relaxing quietly. The service provided by the cabin stewards was excellent.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

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    Good walking tour around this beautiful city. Guide was Italian and very personable. She pointed out a speciality store where I later bought a Norwegian cardigan.
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    An interesting walking and coach tour through Copenhagen with plenty of free time at the end.
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  • Copenhagen
    This was great fun. Traditional jazz played by the Scandinavian Rhythm Boys while cruising along Copenhagen's canals and habour. A great way to start the evening.
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  • Flam Railway
    This was the half day tour, not the full day excursion with return by coach. Spectacular journey, pleasant destination with refreshments, and a short hike in the region before the return trip. I have very fond memories of Norway and this trip rekindled them. One of my favourite countries.
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  • Helsinki
    Interesting tour especially the Rock Church.
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  • City Tour
    Good overview of the city. Enthusiastic guide who overloaded us with information which I found interesting but some others in our group found too much. I'd always wanted to go to St. Petersburg and my goal has now been reached. I wasn't disappointed.
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  • Hermitage Museum
    A 'must' for any visitor to St. Petersburg. I marvelled at the palace itself but found the tour slightly disappointing because we didn't have enough time in the galleries with so many other tour groups there. Most disappointing of all was the absence of the collection of Impressionists which has now been moved to another building.
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  • Russian Folk Dance
    Wonderful performance. Great male voices counterbalanced by the rich voice of the female singer. As expected, the dancing was energetic, skillful and acrobatic. A wonderful performance even if it was staged specially for tour groups like ours.
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  • The Old Town
    The Stavanger walking talking tour was interesting but there was not enough time in the oil museum. Picturesque old town and a fine modern opera theatre and concert hall built on the waterfront which I visited independently. Our guide was an English lady who has lived in Stavanger for many years.
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  • Old Town of Tallinn
    I loved Tallinn. Very vivid and happy memories of walking through the old town. We bought a couple of items there and visited two cathedrals (Orthodox and Lutheran) in our free time. The organist was rehearsing for a concert in the Toomkirik (Lutheran athedral) --- what a wonderful organ.
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