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Viking Star Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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1,878 Reviews

An overload of wonderful places and things!

Viking Star Cruise Review by cs9314

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

We had done a Viking Phine River Cruise 3 years ago and that was wonderful. I didn't want to do an ocean cruise on one of the mega ships, the size of Viking's looked perfect. The level of service and attention we were afforded was beyond compare. Everyone was happy, helpful and acted genuinely glad to see us. They made us feel special. The food on board was the absolute best. Plenty of choices, except near the end I was longing for some simple "fast food" type grub, nothing fancy. The various shore excursions were plentiful and generally well planned and executed. A couple might have tried to cram in one too many stops however. There were at least two where we wished we'd have been given more time (Monte Carlo and Eze Village France in particular). Getting to/from each of the excursions was smooth and easy. Our cabin was plenty spacious and well appointed. The ship itself easy to get around and looked brand new (although we knew it wasn't, Their attention to cleanliness and safety was fantastic). My only knock was against the "resident historian" on board. Tried to listen to a couple of his presentations and he about put me to sleep. Very poor presentation skills. The daily "port talks" were helpful, but were continually interrupted by announcements, etc. rather than stopping them to make the announcements and then restarting where they left off (they talked over each other). The Port talks were canned/pre-recorded.

The fact that there were NO children on the cruise was another huge plus. Disney can have them! Given this cruise's focus was on antiquity, most if not all of that would have been lost on them. I'm a history buff, so the subject of many of our shore excursions suited our interests perfectly.

However, would I do another ocean cruise? Probably not. We had 36+ hours of pretty rough seas between Crete and Naples (24' crests) where the ship actually bounced a few times. Dramamine to the rescue but pretty well caused me to want to do nothing but sleep. We'll stick to river or train trips I think. The "Viking Band" and vocal group were OK (I'm a fairly hard critic of entertainment having been in the industry myself so I have pretty high expectations and criteria). Most of the time the band looked bored and as a result their music reflected it. The Assistant Cruise Director should have stuck to being just that and not trying to be an entertainer. Seeing a 1st run movie one night on-board was a nice treat. The New Years Eve party on board was nicely done.

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Cabin Review

Clean, enough room to move around. Well appointed. Having the veranda to sit on a few times (weather permitting) was nice.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


At the carpet weaving demonstration we felt kind of trapped and pressured into buying a rug frankly.


Ephesus was fantastic. All the cats loved seeing us!

Crete (Heraklion)

Crete was gorgeous. After the huge let down we experienced at Athens (filthy, run-down, looked like ghetto or 3rd world, at least the route the buses took from airport to port, from port to city).


We had no idea Pompeii was so large! Amazing to walk thru the streets.


An enjoyable morning excursion with enough free time to enjoy area.

Historic Tour

Taking the bus around the city was nice, but for some things only if you were on the correct side of the bus. Hard to take pictures often times as a result. Would have been better if a few photo stops could have been arranged or if stops were not possible, make a second pass going the other direction so both side of the bus could see the Coliseum, Circus Maximus, etc.

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Sistine Chapel

Spectacular. See above, glad we booked this with Viking.

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St. Peter's Basilica

So glad we booked the Vatican City/Sistine Chapel tour thru Viking. Saved us lots of time being able to bypass long wait lines, well worth the $$'s. Huge crowd made it tough to really admire some of the things there but that's not Viking's fault. We'd have seen and done far less if we'd tried to do it on our own.

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Vatican Museums

Same as above.

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Leaning Tower of Pisa

part of above.

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Florence (Livorno)

Actually one of the more enjoyable walking tours.

Florence (Livorno)

Those poor Italian builders just can't build a straight building. The guide was very entertaining here.

Monaco (Monte Carlo)

I loved Eze, the wife loved Nice. Wish we could have spent more time in Eze.

Monaco (Monte Carlo)

Nice view, but.....given how little time we had to spend at Monte Carlo itself, this part could have been omitted and time better spent. The Palace itself is bland and not very note worthy.

Monaco (Monte Carlo)

This was a spectacular drive that could have benefited from a few photo stops perhaps.

City Tour

A few photo stops would have been nice.

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Fantastic views. Something other than just one more fantastic church.

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