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Viking Star Cruise Review
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Amazing Vistas on Viking Mediterranean Cruise

Viking Star Cruise Review by Melody Mugs

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2019
  • Destination: the Mediterranean

We had cruised with Viking River Cruises and wanted to have an equally memorable experience while visiting Greece, Montenegro, Croatia, and Slovenia. We are so glad we chose Viking for this cruise. Our room aboard the Viking Store was very comfortable and we had excellent WiFi coverage while onboard the ship. The various dining rooms and lounges were beautiful and the staff was very attentive to our wants and needs.

We were very pleased with our guides in the various ports we visited and we loved the excursions that we had selected prior to the trip. We would advise others to take the tour of the excavation site of Akrotiri on the island of Santorini; it is amazing how far advanced that civilization from 4,000 years ago was! We also thoroughly enjoyed the music made by the waves hitting the sea wall at Zadar, as well as the tour which took us to Lake Bled where we viewed the Dolomite Mountains and the turquoise waters caused by the limestone.

The onboard entertainment was excellent; we looked forward to the shows provided by talented, young musicians. We did not sign up for this cruise with family members or friends, but people on the excursions were very friendly and we learned a lot from the people we met. We liked the cruise so much that we have signed up for two more Viking Ocean cruises--one in the British Isles and another in the Western Mediterranean.


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Cabin Review

Cabin Deluxe Veranda ?

We were on the third floor, so it was easy to get to the dining rooms as well as the exit for the shore excursions. The individual who helped us make the reservation helped us secure a room on the side of the ship where we'd be able to see a lot of the landscape along the shore. We had a veranda with two chairs and a little table, so we could sit out and read when we returned from an excursion. The bathroom was larger than those on the Viking River cruises; we had plenty of space to maneuver in the bathroom. The closet was full-sized and the bed was very comfortable with a lot of pillows, should you like to sleep with lots of head support. The room was kept spotless by a very attentive crew.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

The Plaka Walking Tour

We had a nice reception on the top floor of a hotel overlooking the Acropolis and then walked to a restaurant in the Plaka district of the city where we had a lovely meal with traditional Greek music, dancing and singing.

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Oia Village

It was interesting to see the different parts of the island.

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Prehistoric Museum

Amazing--highly recommend this! It is amazing to think that the people in Akropiti had toilets with pipes so that the waste would be taken into the ground underneath the streets. Their paintings were more advanced in knowledge of how to paint the human body than some painters in Europe in the middle ages.

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Olympia Archeological Tour

This was fascinating; we enjoyed seeing the venue for the original Olympics, and learning about how the competition was conducted.

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We learned how to make various appetizers, ate dinner after having toured Olympia, and watched Greek dancers who then taught those who wanted to do so, how to execute the dance steps.

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Achilleion Palace

Of all of the tours, this one wasn't exceptional. I knew of Empress CiCi of the Hapsburgs because I had lived in Vienna; so I thought it might be interesting to go on this tour. Unfortunately, the weather was chilly and threatening and the tour was just OK.

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Mount Lovcen

The hairpin curves up the mountain were amazing! We arrived here on the country of Montenegro's independence day, so once we returned to the city where the ship was docked, lots of stores were closed. Our guide was excellent, and we enjoyed the excursion, partly because of his expertise and cordiality.

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Walking the Walls

Our guide had studied in Iowa on a volleyball scholarship and she now teaches Business courses at the business college in Dubrovnik. Her English was excellent and she gave a detailed explanation of what we were seeing from the walls and how it related to the history of the city.

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We loved the sea wall which plays tones like a Pan flute due to the waves hitting it. While there we visited the St. church and heard an a capella men's group sing. We then drove to Stankovci where we had lunch at the House of Dalmatian Prosciutto.

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