We are avid Viking voyagers. After five wonderful river cruises with them, we decided to try our first ever ocean cruise. We left on November 7, 2017 on the Viking Star on their 11-day West Indies Explorer trip, which visited 9 different islands in the Eastern Caribbean.
While we are big Viking fans and have already booked our seventh and eighth trip with them in 2017 for more river cruising, we found our trip on their ocean ship to be a mixed bag. In this review, I'll cover all of our main pros and cons, but first let make a few points.
We found that we strongly prefer river cruising for reasons I will explain later. Would we go on another Viking Ocean Cruise? Yes, but only for the right itinerary, while we love their river cruising so much that we would go anywhere on a Viking River Cruise. Finally, based on everything I've read, we continue to have zero interest in an ocean cruise if it isn't on a Viking ship. We don't like a ship packed with people (the Viking Star is already too big for us), we don't dress up for dinner, we don't need a casino, and we don't want to cruise with a bunch of children.
We had Explorer Suite 4000, which is at the very front of the ship. It is one of the best rooms we've ever had in entire lives. It was AMAZING, and soooo well designed and beautifully appointed. We had lots of room for everything and plenty of places to spread things out. The large balcony had two big comfortable chaise loungers with side tables plus we had a round table with chairs as well on it. I didn't want to go to bed at night. Frequently, I was up late watching the world go from our balcony. I especially liked watching the bow of the ship rise and fall slightly as we went through the waters as the stars twinkled above and the clouds rolled by. It was absolutely magical.
We were the first people on the ship, so we made a point of going around inspecting every single class of room in detail. We were really impressed. While we clearly had the best room on the boat, all of the other classes of accommodation were very well done, and we would have been more than happy to have had any of them.
One final note, we loved, loved, loved the shower. Lots of pressure, lots of water and as hot as you wanted to make it. Plus, in the Explorer Suite, we had a big separate tub as well.