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This was our first crucial and we did a lot of research before we picked it. We even went to the cruise show at the NEC. We wanted a small boat that was very informal and that is what we got. We loved it. We would go back and would certainly recommend Viking. The ship is very understated. The decor is Scandinavia chic. The cabins are small but have everything you need. What is a bonus is the verandah where you can sit and admire the sunsets. Everywhere is spotless. However there is always somewhere to sit and read quietly. The pool are does get busy and we found it can be harder there to find a place to sit than say in the Explorers lounge. The staff are amazing. Someone somewhere is always working with a smile, saying hello and can I help you? Food- we tried all the restaurants. There is plenty of food and the quality is good, service can be a bit slow depending on who is serving you. Chefs table- worth going once, set 5 course menu with different wines at each course. Food a bit too rich for us. Manfreidis - again worth going to, more choice but very loud and busy. Restaurant- more formal but fine didning, excellent food. Worlds cafe - ate there mostly as it is very informal no need to dress up. Fantastic buffet you could just have a bowl of soup or a 3 course meal. Afternoon tea was delicious Explorers lounge - lunch and cakes in the afternoon. Good quality Pool grill mainly beef burgers but again good quality for lunch You can have drinks with your meals some didn’t bother having the drinks package. Trips- we only paid for Florence which is definitely worth the money. Stunning. Pisa - seeing the leaning tower was good fun Monaco- loved it and you can get around so easily you don’t need the tour St tropez- don’t bother with the tour waste of time. Not much to see and you can do that on your own Marseilles- again loved it so much to see but I wouldn’t bother with the tour as a shuttle bus is run from the ship and it is so easy to do your own thing. Barcelona again I would do my own thing as the tour is mainly a coach trip and 30mins in the city. Fellow passengers aged from 20-80 but 95% are American. Criticism - the flights having to change at Amsterdam when we are only flying from England to Rome and from Barcelona. It took us 14 hours to get home door. It was quicker to get to the states.

Excellent first cruise

Viking Star Cruise Review by Fordjoey22

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This was our first crucial and we did a lot of research before we picked it. We even went to the cruise show at the NEC.

We wanted a small boat that was very informal and that is what we got. We loved it. We would go back and would certainly recommend Viking.

The ship is very understated. The decor is Scandinavia chic. The cabins are small but have everything you need. What is a bonus is the verandah where you can sit and admire the sunsets. Everywhere is spotless.

However there is always somewhere to sit and read quietly. The pool are does get busy and we found it can be harder there to find a place to sit than say in the Explorers lounge.

The staff are amazing. Someone somewhere is always working with a smile, saying hello and can I help you?

Food- we tried all the restaurants. There is plenty of food and the quality is good, service can be a bit slow depending on who is serving you.

Chefs table- worth going once, set 5 course menu with different wines at each course. Food a bit too rich for us.

Manfreidis - again worth going to, more choice but very loud and busy.

Restaurant- more formal but fine didning, excellent food.

Worlds cafe - ate there mostly as it is very informal no need to dress up. Fantastic buffet you could just have a bowl of soup or a 3 course meal.

Afternoon tea was delicious

Explorers lounge - lunch and cakes in the afternoon. Good quality

Pool grill mainly beef burgers but again good quality for lunch

You can have drinks with your meals some didn’t bother having the drinks package.

Trips- we only paid for Florence which is definitely worth the money. Stunning.

Pisa - seeing the leaning tower was good fun

Monaco- loved it and you can get around so easily you don’t need the tour

St tropez- don’t bother with the tour waste of time. Not much to see and you can do that on your own

Marseilles- again loved it so much to see but I wouldn’t bother with the tour as a shuttle bus is run from the ship and it is so easy to do your own thing.

Barcelona again I would do my own thing as the tour is mainly a coach trip and 30mins in the city.

Fellow passengers aged from 20-80 but 95% are American.

Criticism - the flights having to change at Amsterdam when we are only flying from England to Rome and from Barcelona. It took us 14 hours to get home door. It was quicker to get to the states.
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