Viking Star Review

First cruise with Viking!

Review for Cuba Cruise on Viking Star
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10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Jan 2019

We heard so many positive things about Viking that we thought we would try them. We have been on 21 cruises with various cruise lines and we can honestly say this is the best of them all! We had originally booked a cruise with them last Jan and also booked our flights with Viking Air to go to the West Indies out of San Juan. Our flight from Toronto to Charlotte was cancelled by weather issues and when we phoned Viking Air all she would say is "I can't get you to San Juan". Thankfully our cancellation insurance refunded all of our money and we promptly booked for this cruise to Viking. 7 days is the shortest cruise we have ever done so we booked a hotel in Toronto for 1 night, 2 nights in Miami (pre cruise) and then one night in Miami and one night in Toronto post cruise to stretch out our holiday.

Our experience with Viking was just so outstanding! Not one complaint about anything. The ship is fairly new (2 years old) and she is beautiful! We had a Deluxe Verandah portside. OUr embarkation time was 1 pm but because our shuttle got us there for 11 we were prepared to wait but we were ushered right on board! Very friendly happy staff on board. We had signed up for a Meet and Greet (the Viking Star board wasn't very active) and we received a card in our room with our invite. Even though only 4 of us were there the ship's officers came up and we had champagne and apps during our time with them. Food was delicious! Specialty restaurants are included and because so many passengers went to Havana for an overnight tour we ate in Manfredi's a second night. Chef's Table was an Asian Theme and we loved it. You really don't need a drink package as they are very generous with wine and beer and water during your lunch and dinner meals. We enjoyed our included shore excursion in Cienfuegos and also the one we paid for (Bay of Pigs museum). Glad there is no casino aboard and no little ones around. Loved the spa facilities (everything included except the treatments) and the pools. Service was excellent. Our port stop in Santiago de Cuba was cancelled due to high waves but we enjoyed another sea day. Love, love, love Viking!!!!!!

Cabin Review

Cabin Deluxe Verandah

Hubby found he had not enough space between the closet and the bed but I was fine on my side. lol Loved the heated floor in the bathroom and we had a nice verandah portside. Fridge is restocked every day. Bed was very comfortable. Great layout of our room.

Port Reviews

Santiago de Cuba

Our call in this port was cancelled due to high winds and waves. Safety first. We were okay with another sea day.


We enjoyed our walking tour and also our tour to the Bay of Pigs museum.


We stayed in a Fairfield Inn and Suites in Miami close to the airport. They had a shuttle service (3rd party) which cost us $15 each to get to the port the next day. Free shuttle to and from the airport. We would definitely stay there again.

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