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We chose Viking Star for the itinerary (we'd never seen this part of Norway) and for the reputation of Viking Cruises. We have been on a Viking River Cruise and were very impressed with the quality there. We found the Viking Star to be beautiful, with lovely staterooms, restaurants, and public areas. There were many places to sit quietly, away from the chatter of other passengers. The Restaurant (main dining room) was very nice with excellent service. Food very good. The buffet breakfasts seemed very repetitive, but of good quality. We did not go to any evening entertainment, other than a martini tasting/demo, which was a lot of fun. I think the biggest disappoint of the cruise were the shore excursions. Some were very good. Our day in Bergen and the guide we had was excellent. Geiranger was stunning and the guide very good. But the "Håholmen: A Viking Adventure, was not well done, nothing like the write-up, and the guide was pretty bad. Sometimes, I think we just chose the wrong excursion, as others returned from their day and raved about the sites they experienced. Embarkation was well-done, but disembarkation did not go as smoothly. Bags were taken off ship(in London) and placed in a large tent where you needed to claim them and pull them to the waiting busses. Someone on our bus was unable to locate his bags, and those the entire bus waited for nearly an hour, making some anxious about their flight connections at Heathrow. All-in-all, we did enjoy our cruise, and will travel with Viking again.

Norwegian/Midnight Sun

Viking Star Cruise Review by PattiRae

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We chose Viking Star for the itinerary (we'd never seen this part of Norway) and for the reputation of Viking Cruises. We have been on a Viking River Cruise and were very impressed with the quality there.

We found the Viking Star to be beautiful, with lovely staterooms, restaurants, and public areas. There were many places to sit quietly, away from the chatter of other passengers.

The Restaurant (main dining room) was very nice with excellent service. Food very good. The buffet breakfasts seemed very repetitive, but of good quality.

We did not go to any evening entertainment, other than a martini tasting/demo, which was a lot of fun.

I think the biggest disappoint of the cruise were the shore excursions. Some were very good. Our day in Bergen and the guide we had was excellent. Geiranger was stunning and the guide very good. But the "Håholmen: A Viking Adventure, was not well done, nothing like the write-up, and the guide was pretty bad. Sometimes, I think we just chose the wrong excursion, as others returned from their day and raved about the sites they experienced.

Embarkation was well-done, but disembarkation did not go as smoothly. Bags were taken off ship(in London) and placed in a large tent where you needed to claim them and pull them to the waiting busses. Someone on our bus was unable to locate his bags, and those the entire bus waited for nearly an hour, making some anxious about their flight connections at Heathrow.

All-in-all, we did enjoy our cruise, and will travel with Viking again.
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Cabin 5021
Comfortable, clean, nice bathroom amenities.