I had always wanted to do a "Maiden Voyage" and this was our chance. The Viking Oceans concept fascinated us from the beginning; we hate mega-ships, we do not frequent casinos, we have zero interest in rock-climbing walls, zip lines, or any other "modern" ship embellishments that keep the crowds entertained, and we don't want what we call "stuffy luxury".
What DO we like? Excellent food (I'm a former chef), a destination-oriented itinerary, libraries, relaxing public spaces, roomy staterooms with verandas, and friendly, professional service. Viking Star promised all this, and more. And they delivered! There were some maiden-cruise glitches, but they weren't a big deal.We couldn't have been happier with the ship and our cruise.
In fact, we were so pleased that we're booked on Viking Sky next September for "In the Wake of the Vikings", and counting down the days until we embark :-) We're positive we'll have another wonderful cruise.
We're serious photographers. When we saw the first published deck plans and realized there were 4 DV rooms nestled amongst the Penthouse Junior Suites on Deck 8, the Weather Deck, we snapped one of them up. It was a great decision; whenever something interesting was happening, we could pop out onto the open deck in mere seconds and get to work shooting it. The room itself was lovely; 270 sq ft (quite large for the category, industry-wide) with a full veranda, and the bathroom was wonderful, the shower to die for.