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We selected this cruise for two general reasons (1) the countries it visited particularly including Norway and (2) Vikings reputation as a premier cruise line. The bottom line of this cruise is it exceeded every expectation at every level. This is probably the first time I have ever said that of any cruise. We arrived in Bergen, Norway a day early which gave us some time to accumulate and time to walk around and enjoy the water front and people of Bergen. The next day we boarded the ship. The embarkation went very smoothly. We had our house cleaning staff member waiting for us when we got to our cabin. She welcomed us to the Viking Star and went over all the aspect of our cabin with us. She was a delight to interact with throughout the cruise. She was very helpful with any question or request we had. The ship itself was beautiful -- new within the last three years, clean and just the right size. The ship handled just over 900 passengers NOT a mega ship which we appreciated. Dining met our style -- casual, open seating and no reservations except in the two speciality restaurants which were both excellent. The service from embarking to disembarking was excellent. Every crew member from deck hand to captain was very friendly and helpful. Every one of the crew seemed to like their job and it showed. We had thirteen shore excursions during the cruise. We liked every one and were not disappointed in any of them. The challenge is there are so many optional shore excursions that it is hard to pick. I spent hours reading about each excursion, making a wish list and in concert with my wife working the list down to the final 13. There were no children on this cruise and while we love kids it was nice to have an adult only cruise. I believe Viking has positioned itself very well in the cruising market providing its customers with an outstanding experience at a reasonable price. For any future ocean or river cruises Viking will be our number 1 choice.

Beautiful sampler cruise of the Baltic Countries

Viking Star Cruise Review by 1bruce13

Trip Details
We selected this cruise for two general reasons (1) the countries it visited particularly including Norway and (2) Vikings reputation as a premier cruise line. The bottom line of this cruise is it exceeded every expectation at every level. This is probably the first time I have ever said that of any cruise.

We arrived in Bergen, Norway a day early which gave us some time to accumulate and time to walk around and enjoy the water front and people of Bergen.

The next day we boarded the ship. The embarkation went very smoothly. We had our house cleaning staff member waiting for us when we got to our cabin. She welcomed us to the Viking Star and went over all the aspect of our cabin with us. She was a delight to interact with throughout the cruise. She was very helpful with any question or request we had.

The ship itself was beautiful -- new within the last three years, clean and just the right size. The ship handled just over 900 passengers NOT a mega ship which we appreciated.

Dining met our style -- casual, open seating and no reservations except in the two speciality restaurants which were both excellent.

The service from embarking to disembarking was excellent. Every crew member from deck hand to captain was very friendly and helpful. Every one of the crew seemed to like their job and it showed.

We had thirteen shore excursions during the cruise. We liked every one and were not disappointed in any of them. The challenge is there are so many optional shore excursions that it is hard to pick. I spent hours reading about each excursion, making a wish list and in concert with my wife working the list down to the final 13.

There were no children on this cruise and while we love kids it was nice to have an adult only cruise.

I believe Viking has positioned itself very well in the cruising market providing its customers with an outstanding experience at a reasonable price. For any future ocean or river cruises Viking will be our number 1 choice.
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Cabin Review

Cabin 5046
Our cabin was very nice well organized and very functional . Although it was not one of the larger cabins we were very comfortable in it. The fact of the matter we were out of the cabin or seating on the veranda most of the time. The cabin had plenty storage space, a good quality bed, and adequate seating.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Aalborg
    Our bus trip out to the Viking village, museum and cemetery was very interesting. Our tour guide made the trip. She was very knowledgeable, articulate and interesting.
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  • City Tour
    The bus tour give us a great overview of the city and many of the historical structures of the city.
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  • Eidfjord
    Wonderful cruise up the fjord and tour of the Hardangervidda Nature Center
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  • Gdansk Old Town
    The walking tour through the old city gave us a great flavor of what the old city would have been centuries ago. The tour was very interesting. It was great to have some personal time to explore on our own.
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  • Old Town Porvoo
    Great bus ride out to Porvoo and personal time to explore the town. Our tour guide was from Porvoo so she had very interest stories. After visiting Porvoo the bus stopped in Helsinki's main square to allow us to walk around the area which give a sense of Helsinki.
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  • Berlin
    The tour of the city provided an excellent overview of east and west Berlin. Once again the tour was made because we had an excellent tour guide who was a Berliner and had lived through the days of having family member living in Russia East Berlin while he and his parents lived in West Berlin. His personal experience brought a wonderful context to the whole tour.

    This was the only tour that had a major challenge. The train from the port to Berlin and back was not air conditioned. With the abnormally hot summer in Europe and no air conditioning on the train the trip back to the ship was VERY VERY uncomfortable.
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  • Hermitage Museum
    This tour was beyond all expectations. Our tour got into the museum early before the mass of people were allow in, therefore we were able to see the art etc up close. Further our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable -- she would help us understand the art and the artist better than any art museum I have ever been in. Since we were the first group in she would position us in a way to achieve the best understanding of the art.
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  • Peterhof Palace
    The palace was interesting but our tour group was strung out to the point that it was somethings hard to hear our tour guide. This was caused to the many of the rooms in the palace are fairly small and the palace personal kept the tour moving fairly fast. However the real bonus of the palace is the palace gardens. They are spectacular.
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  • The Old Town
    interest history and current events on how the oil money is used by Norway
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  • Vasa Museum
    This was another highlight of the cruise seeing the old ship that sunk in the 1600s on its maiden voyage. Also lunch was very enjoyable which included Swedish meatballs.
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  • Old Town of Tallinn
    The walking tour of upper and lower old town provided a good perspective of the history of the town and the history.
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