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We booked because Viking was offering free RT air. We were torn between Viking's Mediterranean and West Indies options. We decided upon the West Indies due to increasing Islamic extremist massacres in Europe. We liked that the cruise began and ended in San Juan, Puerto Rico, so you didn't waste time cruising from Fort Lauderdale. We chose a deluxe room, due to the free daily refill of the mini-frig and in-room coffee maker. We used the free sodas most days by mixing with our own rum purchased on shore excursions. That is a nice aspect of Viking, as they don't seem to mind you bringing your own liquor. A bartender at the Viking Bar convinced us to purchase the beverage package ... worked out to $19.99 pp per day. That's three or four cocktails apiece per day. We feel like we got our money's worth. Always have more cocktails on vacation, yes? The generosity with beer and wine during meals was significantly greater than we had anticipated. We loved dining al fresco on the aft in the evenings and would often linger an hour or two after we finished eating, just to enjoy the departure scenery and the rising of the moon. We even got to see a volcano erupt! Occasionally, one of the musicians arrived to entertain on the aft while we were still lingering. At no time did we feel like the staff was slow or hesitant in delivering the free wine or beer. They often remembered what our beverage preference was, from one day to the next. We greatly enjoyed the dining options. The specialty restaurants did not require an extra fee. Manfredi's was excellent (especially the Saltimbocca), and the Asian tasting menu at Chef's Table was great fun. And did I mention that, by purchasing the beverage package, we received upgraded wine options with meals? Most of our meals were taken at the Restaurant. On other cruise lines, the buffet option was always disgusting ... people acting as though it was their last meal, poor hygiene, wasted food. The Restaurant was a buffet, but still a refined experience, due to the age and sophistication of the average Viking traveler. Not once did we get grossed out by a feeding frenzy. Oh, wait. There WAS usually an overabundance of enthusiasm at the dessert counter. (

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Viking Star Cruise Review by PianoBabe1

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2017
  • Destination: Caribbean
We booked because Viking was offering free RT air. We were torn between Viking's Mediterranean and West Indies options. We decided upon the West Indies due to increasing Islamic extremist massacres in Europe. We liked that the cruise began and ended in San Juan, Puerto Rico, so you didn't waste time cruising from Fort Lauderdale.

We chose a deluxe room, due to the free daily refill of the mini-frig and in-room coffee maker. We used the free sodas most days by mixing with our own rum purchased on shore excursions. That is a nice aspect of Viking, as they don't seem to mind you bringing your own liquor.

A bartender at the Viking Bar convinced us to purchase the beverage package ... worked out to $19.99 pp per day. That's three or four cocktails apiece per day. We feel like we got our money's worth. Always have more cocktails on vacation, yes?

The generosity with beer and wine during meals was significantly greater than we had anticipated. We loved dining al fresco on the aft in the evenings and would often linger an hour or two after we finished eating, just to enjoy the departure scenery and the rising of the moon. We even got to see a volcano erupt! Occasionally, one of the musicians arrived to entertain on the aft while we were still lingering. At no time did we feel like the staff was slow or hesitant in delivering the free wine or beer. They often remembered what our beverage preference was, from one day to the next.

We greatly enjoyed the dining options. The specialty restaurants did not require an extra fee. Manfredi's was excellent (especially the Saltimbocca), and the Asian tasting menu at Chef's Table was great fun. And did I mention that, by purchasing the beverage package, we received upgraded wine options with meals? Most of our meals were taken at the Restaurant. On other cruise lines, the buffet option was always disgusting ... people acting as though it was their last meal, poor hygiene, wasted food. The Restaurant was a buffet, but still a refined experience, due to the age and sophistication of the average Viking traveler. Not once did we get grossed out by a feeding frenzy. Oh, wait. There WAS usually an overabundance of enthusiasm at the dessert counter. (
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