Viking Star Cruise Review by huandbo1991
- Sail Date: October 2017
- Destination: Mediterranean
We enjoyed the buffet meals almost as much as the restaurant meals. Both provided a great variety and were not only well-presented, but also well prepared with fresh ingredients. Considering that meals are prepared for up to 930 passengers, we had nothing that was overcooked or mushy.
There are no inner cabins, so all cabins have good views. The cabins are spacious, well appointed, good toiletries, and we enjoyed the views from the veranda (most of the weather was warm enough even in October).
The public areas are beautifully arranged -- those who go with Viking are not primarily looking for huge waterparks, but there was a great pool with retractable roof, an infinity pool, and other fitness and spa facilities. The lounges, Wintergarten, Aquavit Terrace and other areas are well designed and beautiful appointed.
We do not go on cruises for the onboard entertainment, but enjoyed the local dancers and musicians (could have had a few more?) and the music of Abba (presented by the Viking staff). Well done!
However, the main goal of the cruise is to experience the destinations. Great selection of shore excursions, but some tended to feel a bit rushed or superficial. Once or twice, we felt getting to the tour buses was handled by individuals who were rude. The tour guides on the shore excursions make those tours and we enjoyed their presentations. In spite of a few weaknesses, we experienced what we came for -- the history, geography, and some of the culture and daily life of Venice (our third time there), Split, Montenegro, Dubrovnik, Corfu, Ancient Olympia and Athens (which we did on our own--our third time there)
Based on one river cruise and one ocean cruise with Viking, we recommend Viking cruises.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews
City TourThis was a great introduction to the history and architecture of this city, including its British connections. Tour guide was informative and had good humor. The tour allowed free time, which permitted us to do some other exploration, shopping, and life in CorfuView All 47 City Tour Reviews
Cable CarWalked to the cable car by myself (a very short uphill walk) and bought tickets. The rain had stopped, the view was fantastic, and the war memorial museum on the summit was very profound, though obviously told from a Croatian point of viewView All 42 Cable Car Reviews
Walking TourSeemed a bit rushed and superficial. Having this during a serious rainstorm made our view of Dubrovnik less objective! It would have been good to include walking on some of the walls a part of this tour. Disappointed that was not the case.View All 57 Walking Tour Reviews
Olympia Archeological TourWhile some would consider ruins to be just a collection of ruins, the experience of this historically significant place was well done and interesting. The guide helped us get a "feel" for the religious, political, and "ordinary" nature of this place.View All 186 Olympia Archeological Tour Reviews
Montenegro HighlightsGreat to see more of the rough interior and old capital of Montenegro. Views of Kotor from the mountain were fantastic. Experiencing the local prosciutto and wine and the king's palace were a great contrast to the touristy coast The walking tour of Kotor that followed was informative and provided free time.View All 80 Montenegro Highlights Reviews
Trogir Walking TourSalona and Trogir excursions were highly informative and a contrast to Split. It would have been good to see more of Salona (the amphitheater especially).View All 26 Trogir Walking Tour Reviews
Walking TourWhile the Split (Diocletian's Palace) tour was good, it felt like a very superficial introduction to Split. The "folk culture museum" in Split was pretty mediocre. There were, unfortunately, time constraints and we had individuals with disabilities who could not easily handle the many steps involved and the entire group had to "slow down." Could there be alternative arrangements?View All 32 Walking Tour Reviews
St. Mark's SquareThis was part of the previous tour and it felt rushed and disjointed. Having been to Venice by ourselves as independent travelers, we know this was not a very good introduction to this wonderful part of the old city.View All 41 St. Mark's Square Reviews
Venice Walking TourIt would have been much nicer to get to St. Mark's Square by way of the Grand Canal rather than the "outer route." This shore excursion did not help participants experience the beauty and history of Venice that we had experienced on our own in previous visits to Venice. More instructions about alternatives back to the Viking Star (instead of the prearranged shuttle boats) might have enriched our experience. The tour did not take anyone to the Rialto Bridge, La Salute, or other places that could have been included in the walking tour!View All 69 Venice Walking Tour Reviews