For us this cruise was chosen more for the ship and duration than destinations as we were already familiar with many of them.
The Viking Star is a lovely ship and the public areas and lounges are really great with space always available to sit commfortably.
Our cabin was all that we wished for and in our opinion anything of higher grade would not be worth the extra money. The cabin was kept immaculate by the charming crew and any requests were met very promptly. One day we returned during the cleaning and though the bed was made it was damp at the edges. When I queried this I was told that to remove any wrinkles they spray a little water. Just like home then?
We found the dining in the restaurant was good though sometimes service was slow. Most food was really good though a couple of dishes were disappointing.
The buffet was OK but anything cooked to order took a long time. The worst experience for us was when we ordered a premium wine and a wine glass could not be found so we drank from a tumbler. The much vaunted icecream didn't seem that special.
The Chef's table concept didn't really appeal though the food was good as were the paired wines.
Manfredi's was for us the best of all and we went several times and reservations were never a problem. Once there was a long wait to be seated and served.
Lunch at the pool bar was good and service quick.
Mamsen's was good for something different.
We were really impressed by the quality and range of entertainment on offer both in the theatre and around the ship.
The service must be one of the hgh points of this ship and most crew members were happy and helpful.Bar staff in particular were great fun and it was always a pleasure to see them. We took the drinks package and we think it paid off for us. Soft drinks seemed to be free during the day and wine and beer are included with meals but access to better wines was nice especially in the speciality restaurants.
As stated the destinations were not a priority for us but those excursions we did take were pretty average. Catagena in particular was a waste of time as to reach the advertised Roman theatre there was a long ride and the theatre was actually 100m from the ship.
With few exceptions the people we met were friendly and interesting and we would certainly consider further cruises with Viking.
Good size cabin and if you take a few hangers everything can be stored. The bathroom was great and the shower roomy and powerful.