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We chose this cruise because of the range of countries, ports and variety of excursions offered. We loved Croatia, a country we might never otherwise have seen. Corfu was beautifully exotic. In Naples we toured Herculaneum rather than Pompeii and were surprised how immersive the tour was, being able to walk through the buildings and get up close to the frescoes, even walking on the original tiled floors. Then on to Florence. Every corner, every building was an architectural wonder. Monaco was underwhelming, we heard after that Nice is a better choice to explore. Marseille was a surprise being cleaner, friendlier and more relaxed than I remembered from the early 70s. Our cruise ended in Barcelona, a city I had looked forward to seeing but somehow didn't appeal as much as I'd hoped. In each port the bus drivers were expert at getting through narrow streets, tour guides were knowledgeable, though one or two should back off from the heavy sell they use to get tourists into favored retailers. All staff we encountered on the cruise were efficient, professional, welcoming and friendly. The meals on board were excellent, restaurant quality and never disappointed. The Viking Star was a smooth and stable home for our 12 days even in some overnight rough weather. Embarkation and disembarkation ran extremely well, obviously they've got it streamlined. We are looking forward to our next cruise, and it will be with Viking. It matches perfectly our choice for number of fellow passengers, age and interest profile and truly becomes an important part of the whole vacation.

Everything we hoped for.

Viking Star Cruise Review by YandD

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We chose this cruise because of the range of countries, ports and variety of excursions offered. We loved Croatia, a country we might never otherwise have seen. Corfu was beautifully exotic. In Naples we toured Herculaneum rather than Pompeii and were surprised how immersive the tour was, being able to walk through the buildings and get up close to the frescoes, even walking on the original tiled floors. Then on to Florence. Every corner, every building was an architectural wonder. Monaco was underwhelming, we heard after that Nice is a better choice to explore. Marseille was a surprise being cleaner, friendlier and more relaxed than I remembered from the early 70s. Our cruise ended in Barcelona, a city I had looked forward to seeing but somehow didn't appeal as much as I'd hoped. In each port the bus drivers were expert at getting through narrow streets, tour guides were knowledgeable, though one or two should back off from the heavy sell they use to get tourists into favored retailers.

All staff we encountered on the cruise were efficient, professional, welcoming and friendly. The meals on board were excellent, restaurant quality and never disappointed. The Viking Star was a smooth and stable home for our 12 days even in some overnight rough weather. Embarkation and disembarkation ran extremely well, obviously they've got it streamlined.

We are looking forward to our next cruise, and it will be with Viking. It matches perfectly our choice for number of fellow passengers, age and interest profile and truly becomes an important part of the whole vacation.
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Our cabin was spotless. Kris, our cabin steward quickly attuned to our daily routine and prepared our cabin around our schedule. As it was our first cruise, he made sure to explain all the inclusives to us, based on our cabin status. Evening turn down was always impeccable and he always greeted us by name when meeting in the hallway. A couple of extra drawers in the cabin would be nice but we managed pretty well. The cabin was large enough considering we were only there to sleep.

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