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We've been cruising twice a year for a while now, almost exclusively on Viking. Aside from the comfortable cabins and stellar service we especially like the many food options. On this cruise we celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary and chose to eat at the specialty Italian restaurant Manfredi's. After a terrific meal, they brought out a special anniversary cake baked just for special occasions. It was a wonderful way to finish off a full day spent exploring Monaco. This cruise was our fifth with Viking and we have four more in the works. Viking ships are smaller than most and aimed at an older clientele. We cruised the big ships with our kids when they were young, but now we enjoy the relaxed and elegant ambiance of Viking. We also especially appreciate the free launderettes on every deck. Because we stick with Viking we arrive to familiar surroundings and can settle in quickly, all the better to enjoy the many varied itineraries they offer. Viking Star has the same layout as most of Viking's other ocean cruisers. Each ship has several dining venues. We prefer the World Cafe which is their casual buffet option. Certain items are always available, but the menu features new offerings everyday. Two favorites are the steamed vegetables (to offset the many rich dishes) and the fabulous gelato. There is also a more formal sit down restaurant, and two specialty restaurants which require advance reservations but are free of charge. One can preview the World Cafe and Restaurant menus on the in-cabin TV monitor. Each Viking ship carries expert lecturers who provide programs of interest about the history and/or science of the areas traveled. They are also available for small group discussions of interest. Other entertainment includes local ensembles who come on board to perform. This cruise included Italian opera and Barcelona flamenco. There's also a resident company of singers and dancers. They perform the same sets every cruise, ABBA and Beatles retrospectives, plus old standards on the longer itineraries. We no longer attend those but they're fun for newbies. Other musicians routinely perform around the ship including a pianist, classical strings, jazz ensemble and the like. The in-cabin TV monitor also offers a long list of movies and diverse other programming. The Iconic Western Mediterranean cruise is especially enjoyable because the ports are fairly close together so the port stops are lengthy allowing lots of time for both shore excursions and free exploration time. Viking offers one free general excursion in each port plus lots of varied optional excursions to appeal to every type of traveler. Our favorite excursion was Gaudi: The Great Architect of Modernism, a Special Access visit to several Gaudi houses in Barcelona. Special Access excursions are offered to small groups and get into attractions that aren't usually available to most cruise visitors. Anything Gaudi is a must see attraction in Barcelona. We've found passengers on Viking Cruises to be always friendly and helpful. We've received tips from cruisers who've already been on one of our upcoming itineraries (like don't miss Gaudi in Barcelona and in St.Petersburg check out Alla Tours for an independent shore excursion) and we've helped people navigate the launderettes which can be confusing at first. (Everything's free including the detergent but bring your own dryer sheets if that matters to you). We plan to keep cruising with Viking as long as we are physically able.

Anniversary at Sea

Viking Star Cruise Review by wiserfamily

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We've been cruising twice a year for a while now, almost exclusively on Viking. Aside from the comfortable cabins and stellar service we especially like the many food options. On this cruise we celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary and chose to eat at the specialty Italian restaurant Manfredi's. After a terrific meal, they brought out a special anniversary cake baked just for special occasions. It was a wonderful way to finish off a full day spent exploring Monaco.

This cruise was our fifth with Viking and we have four more in the works. Viking ships are smaller than most and aimed at an older clientele. We cruised the big ships with our kids when they were young, but now we enjoy the relaxed and elegant ambiance of Viking. We also especially appreciate the free launderettes on every deck. Because we stick with Viking we arrive to familiar surroundings and can settle in quickly, all the better to enjoy the many varied itineraries they offer.

Viking Star has the same layout as most of Viking's other ocean cruisers. Each ship has several dining venues. We prefer the World Cafe which is their casual buffet option. Certain items are always available, but the menu features new offerings everyday. Two favorites are the steamed vegetables (to offset the many rich dishes) and the fabulous gelato. There is also a more formal sit down restaurant, and two specialty restaurants which require advance reservations but are free of charge. One can preview the World Cafe and Restaurant menus on the in-cabin TV monitor.

Each Viking ship carries expert lecturers who provide programs of interest about the history and/or science of the areas traveled. They are also available for small group discussions of interest. Other entertainment includes local ensembles who come on board to perform. This cruise included Italian opera and Barcelona flamenco. There's also a resident company of singers and dancers. They perform the same sets every cruise, ABBA and Beatles retrospectives, plus old standards on the longer itineraries. We no longer attend those but they're fun for newbies. Other musicians routinely perform around the ship including a pianist, classical strings, jazz ensemble and the like. The in-cabin TV monitor also offers a long list of movies and diverse other programming.

The Iconic Western Mediterranean cruise is especially enjoyable because the ports are fairly close together so the port stops are lengthy allowing lots of time for both shore excursions and free exploration time. Viking offers one free general excursion in each port plus lots of varied optional excursions to appeal to every type of traveler. Our favorite excursion was Gaudi: The Great Architect of Modernism, a Special Access visit to several Gaudi houses in Barcelona. Special Access excursions are offered to small groups and get into attractions that aren't usually available to most cruise visitors. Anything Gaudi is a must see attraction in Barcelona.

We've found passengers on Viking Cruises to be always friendly and helpful. We've received tips from cruisers who've already been on one of our upcoming itineraries (like don't miss Gaudi in Barcelona and in St.Petersburg check out Alla Tours for an independent shore excursion) and we've helped people navigate the launderettes which can be confusing at first. (Everything's free including the detergent but bring your own dryer sheets if that matters to you).

We plan to keep cruising with Viking as long as we are physically able.
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