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My family selects a cruise based on the itinerary, as we view the ship as a floating hotel. We had been on the Viking Star during part of its “maiden voyage,” the year before we booked our second voyage on the ship. We had been on several Viking River Cruises. We found the Viking River Cruise line to be exceptional in quality, service, itineraries, and value. At first glance, Viking cruises are more expensive than other cruise lines. However, Viking included shore excursions and beer and wine with meals. The Viking Star cruise was titled “In the Wake of the Vikings.” It started in Bergen, Norway, which is the Viking Cruise Line’s headquarters. The itinerary included stops in Lerwick, Scotland, the Torshavn Islands, Iceland, Greenland, Newfoundland, Saguenay, Quebec and Montreal, Canada. The cruise is fifteen days in length, with three sea days. The sea days included lectures, sea watching, or whale watching. The Explorers Lounge is located on decks seven and eight. Passengers can sit in the Lounge and listen to lecturers discuss the Northern Lights or the Ocean, or look for whales. It was very windy on our voyage. There are entrances and exits on both sides or the Explorers Lounge. Both entrances and exits have two very heavy doors, with signs instructing everyone to close one door before opening the second door. Of course many of the passengers ignored the signs and opened one door while the other was still open, causing the very dangerous slamming of one door of very heavy doors. No one was hurt by the above unsafe door opening. It is worth noting that there is a Medical Doctor and several Registered Nurses on staff. There is an advanced Medical Center on Deck A, the bottom Deck. The North Atlantic is notorious for being very rough. Several relatives on both sides of our families came from Ireland. They came after the coffin ship era but before the cruise ship era, i.e., the late 1800s. Family verbal histories attest to the rough North Atlantic. We had visited the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo, Norway prior to going to Bergen, Norway. It is amazing to see a Viking Longboat in the museum and imagine crossing the North Atlantic in such a boat. The Vikings landed in Reykjavik, Iceland ca. 870 AD. They landed in Greenland circa 986 AD and in Newfoundland, Canada circa 1000 AD. The Viking Star has stabilizers and was built for the North Atlantic. But the cruise was still very rough. The roughness of the sea would be the only “problem” noted on the cruise. The Viking Star holds approximately 900 passengers. Each cabin has a balcony with an ocean view. The cabins are all adequate in size and amenities. WI-FI is provided through out the ship. The on board meals are all very good and varied. The wine with the meals is also varied to compliment the meal. Although not advertised, champaign and / or mimosas is provided with breakfast. My only negative comment would relate to the rough North Atlantic Ocean.

Rough Ocean but very enjoyable cruise.

Viking Star Cruise Review by strongfamilytravel

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2016
  • Destination: Caribbean
My family selects a cruise based on the itinerary, as we view the ship as a floating hotel. We had been on the Viking Star during part of its “maiden voyage,” the year before we booked our second voyage on the ship.

We had been on several Viking River Cruises. We found the Viking River Cruise line to be exceptional in quality, service, itineraries, and value. At first glance, Viking cruises are more expensive than other cruise lines. However, Viking included shore excursions and beer and wine with meals.

The Viking Star cruise was titled “In the Wake of the Vikings.” It started in Bergen, Norway, which is the Viking Cruise Line’s headquarters. The itinerary included stops in Lerwick, Scotland, the Torshavn Islands, Iceland, Greenland, Newfoundland, Saguenay, Quebec and Montreal, Canada. The cruise is fifteen days in length, with three sea days. The sea days included lectures, sea watching, or whale watching. The Explorers Lounge is located on decks seven and eight. Passengers can sit in the Lounge and listen to lecturers discuss the Northern Lights or the Ocean, or look for whales. It was very windy on our voyage. There are entrances and exits on both sides or the Explorers Lounge. Both entrances and exits have two very heavy doors, with signs instructing everyone to close one door before opening the second door. Of course many of the passengers ignored the signs and opened one door while the other was still open, causing the very dangerous slamming of one door of very heavy doors.

No one was hurt by the above unsafe door opening. It is worth noting that there is a Medical Doctor and several Registered Nurses on staff. There is an advanced Medical Center on Deck A, the bottom Deck.

The North Atlantic is notorious for being very rough. Several relatives on both sides of our families came from Ireland. They came after the coffin ship era but before the cruise ship era, i.e., the late 1800s. Family verbal histories attest to the rough North Atlantic. We had visited the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo, Norway prior to going to Bergen, Norway. It is amazing to see a Viking Longboat in the museum and imagine crossing the North Atlantic in such a boat. The Vikings landed in Reykjavik, Iceland ca. 870 AD. They landed in Greenland circa 986 AD and in Newfoundland, Canada circa 1000 AD. The Viking Star has stabilizers and was built for the North Atlantic. But the cruise was still very rough. The roughness of the sea would be the only “problem” noted on the cruise.

The Viking Star holds approximately 900 passengers. Each cabin has a balcony with an ocean view. The cabins are all adequate in size and amenities. WI-FI is provided through out the ship. The on board meals are all very good and varied. The wine with the meals is also varied to compliment the meal. Although not advertised, champaign and / or mimosas is provided with breakfast.

My only negative comment would relate to the rough North Atlantic Ocean.
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I do not remember the cabin number. It was mid ship. It had a veranda, as do all cabins.

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