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We picked this cruise for 2 reasons. 1st: Our experience with a Viking river cruise was so outstanding that we felt we just had to try their ocean cruises & 2nd: We thought the itinerary was ideal. Both of these reasons turnout out to be right on decisions. Our room stewards Efirleen and Aang were excellent in every detail. Our stateroom was kept in pristine condition. The cruise director and Viking excursion staff were well organized and were always available to help with any questions or concerns. Dining was a joy. We appreciated not having fixed seating and that there were no formal banquets. Elegant casual was only required in the two specialty restaurants and casual in all the others. When it came to the others, numerous choices were available including 24 hour room service. Food choices ranged from a simple hot dog to an elegant Beef Wellington. The Viking ocean ships are right sized. With just under 1000 passengers, we never felt like sardines packed into a can. No lines to get to dining areas or crowds waiting for elevators. The only time we noticed a large crowd was the last evening aboard for the farewell ceremony and entertainment. The theater complex was not just to watch a movie or entertainment. Educational presentations were available to provide insight into history of places visited as well as educational presentations. Port talks providing information about the area to visited, some language and money tips as well as background of local culture helped in appreciating our excursions. If you couldn't make it to the theater, those presentations were available to watch on your in room TV. In summary, we we're extremely satisfied with our cruise and would highly recommend Viking to others.

Impeccable staff and appointments

Viking Star Cruise Review by keno940

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We picked this cruise for 2 reasons. 1st: Our experience with a Viking river cruise was so outstanding that we felt we just had to try their ocean cruises & 2nd: We thought the itinerary was ideal. Both of these reasons turnout out to be right on decisions. Our room stewards Efirleen and Aang were excellent in every detail. Our stateroom was kept in pristine condition. The cruise director and Viking excursion staff were well organized and were always available to help with any questions or concerns.

Dining was a joy. We appreciated not having fixed seating and that there were no formal banquets. Elegant casual was only required in the two specialty restaurants and casual in all the others. When it came to the others, numerous choices were available including 24 hour room service. Food choices ranged from a simple hot dog to an elegant Beef Wellington.

The Viking ocean ships are right sized. With just under 1000 passengers, we never felt like sardines packed into a can. No lines to get to dining areas or crowds waiting for elevators. The only time we noticed a large crowd was the last evening aboard for the farewell ceremony and entertainment.

The theater complex was not just to watch a movie or entertainment. Educational presentations were available to provide insight into history of places visited as well as educational presentations. Port talks providing information about the area to visited, some language and money tips as well as background of local culture helped in appreciating our excursions. If you couldn't make it to the theater, those presentations were available to watch on your in room TV.

In summary, we we're extremely satisfied with our cruise and would highly recommend Viking to others.
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Cabin 3061
Cabins were well laid out and comfortable. All the amenities of a 5 star hotel.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

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    An extra cost excursion and worth every penny. The best shore excursion on our cruise. The Greek cooking lesson and food were excellent and included a welcome drink, wine with the luncheon and baklava for desert with a cordial.
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    This was an included excursion. It was the best of all the included excursions we went on. We saw the tower, went inside the church and the baptismal building and had some time to explore on our own to have a cappuccino, some gelato and do some souvenir shopping.
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  • Split
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