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This was our first cruise and my personal first visit to Europe. We chose this cruise because it gave us just a "taste" of so many different countries traveling the coastlines of Spain, France, Italy, Islands of Greece, Croatia and back to Italy. We also wanted to be among others (adults only!) that wanted a relaxing, enriching cruise exploring culture and history all while enjoying delicious cuisine! We decided to arrive two days ahead of embarkation to allow for any travel issues as well as to acclimate ourselves to the time change. Once ready to embark, we found the staff/service to be extremely accommodating and welcoming. Throughout our cruise embarkation/disembarkation was a breeze. Because of the size of our boat, we were able to dock in the port with a direct gangway. Our cabin was beautifully appointed, comfortable, clean and larger than expected! Love the luxurious feel of all amenities. Dining choices were abundant with more than ample food options everywhere. We never felt like we were eating "mass produced" food. Optional dining (Manfredi's and Chef's Table) were excellent and provided a more intimate atmosphere. We were very happy that we took advantage of making the reservations for those restaurants in advance as they filled up quickly. The crew/entertainment kept us happily entertained throughout the week. It was fun to see our cruise director (Jenna) providing her own cabaret show. All entertainers were fun and clearly showed that they loved their jobs! Lots of activities are available at all times - hard to decide what to do next (or not to do if relaxation was the goal!) We particularly loved all of the relaxation areas, seating alcoves, library, lounges....the layout of the Viking Star was perfect and we never felt like anyplace was crowded! The Spa was beautiful and the staff was excellent. My husband and I both took advantage of the pools, saunas, as well as personal services such as hydrofacials for me and a massage for my husband. We both felt completely pampered and the value was excellent for the service provided. Overall the service on board was amazing and we found all staff members/crew to be approachable, kind and willing to provide the best service to make our cruise the best it could be. We cannot say enough about the level of service and we were thoroughly impressed as to the team approach for this crew/staff. There was no job from top to bottom that seemed to be "below" anyone! It was truly an all hands on deck approach. Outstanding!! The ports/shore excursions were plentiful and led by well qualified partners sharing their knowledge. All excursions were well organized. We selected a lot of the optional tours and enjoyed the smaller groups that participated here. The general "included" tours were a little harder to manage as there was a variety of physical levels/abilities that seemed more difficult to manage in these groups and was more difficult to keep everyone content with pace, etc. We probably overbooked ourselves as we constantly said we wished we had more time on our own to explore! Overall this experience was excellent and we have done nothing but rave about Viking and are already hoping to plan another cruise in the coming year or so. We have referred many friends as well! We look forward to experiencing a River cruise with a smaller number on board with Viking.

Mediterranean Odyssey!

Viking Star Cruise Review by Debmo1961

Trip Details
This was our first cruise and my personal first visit to Europe. We chose this cruise because it gave us just a "taste" of so many different countries traveling the coastlines of Spain, France, Italy, Islands of Greece, Croatia and back to Italy. We also wanted to be among others (adults only!) that wanted a relaxing, enriching cruise exploring culture and history all while enjoying delicious cuisine!

We decided to arrive two days ahead of embarkation to allow for any travel issues as well as to acclimate ourselves to the time change. Once ready to embark, we found the staff/service to be extremely accommodating and welcoming. Throughout our cruise embarkation/disembarkation was a breeze. Because of the size of our boat, we were able to dock in the port with a direct gangway.

Our cabin was beautifully appointed, comfortable, clean and larger than expected! Love the luxurious feel of all amenities.

Dining choices were abundant with more than ample food options everywhere. We never felt like we were eating "mass produced" food. Optional dining (Manfredi's and Chef's Table) were excellent and provided a more intimate atmosphere. We were very happy that we took advantage of making the reservations for those restaurants in advance as they filled up quickly.

The crew/entertainment kept us happily entertained throughout the week. It was fun to see our cruise director (Jenna) providing her own cabaret show. All entertainers were fun and clearly showed that they loved their jobs! Lots of activities are available at all times - hard to decide what to do next (or not to do if relaxation was the goal!)

We particularly loved all of the relaxation areas, seating alcoves, library, lounges....the layout of the Viking Star was perfect and we never felt like anyplace was crowded!

The Spa was beautiful and the staff was excellent. My husband and I both took advantage of the pools, saunas, as well as personal services such as hydrofacials for me and a massage for my husband. We both felt completely pampered and the value was excellent for the service provided.

Overall the service on board was amazing and we found all staff members/crew to be approachable, kind and willing to provide the best service to make our cruise the best it could be. We cannot say enough about the level of service and we were thoroughly impressed as to the team approach for this crew/staff. There was no job from top to bottom that seemed to be "below" anyone! It was truly an all hands on deck approach. Outstanding!!

The ports/shore excursions were plentiful and led by well qualified partners sharing their knowledge. All excursions were well organized. We selected a lot of the optional tours and enjoyed the smaller groups that participated here. The general "included" tours were a little harder to manage as there was a variety of physical levels/abilities that seemed more difficult to manage in these groups and was more difficult to keep everyone content with pace, etc. We probably overbooked ourselves as we constantly said we wished we had more time on our own to explore!

Overall this experience was excellent and we have done nothing but rave about Viking and are already hoping to plan another cruise in the coming year or so. We have referred many friends as well! We look forward to experiencing a River cruise with a smaller number on board with Viking.
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We were delighted with our cabin! The room was spacious, light-filled and soothing to the eye with every amenity we could possibly need! The bed was very comfortable and the linens were above average! The bathroom was larger than expected and we loved the heated floor. We also loved the "night lights" that were available. The furniture was comfortable and the balcony with the table & chairs was perfect.