Viking Star Cruise Review by 1bruce13
- Sail Date: July 2018
- Destination: Baltic Sea
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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