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We selected this cruise from an offer we received from Viking because we had traveled with them previously. The itinerary looked interesting so we booked the cruise. We are both retired so we have the flexibility to make plans with short notice. The only major disappointment we had was the cancellation of one of our excursions: "Michelangelo's David without the Crowds". This was a very expensive ($799/person) excursion but we thought it was worth the money to see this fabulous piece of art. We were notified once we started the cruise that this excursion was canceled because not enough guests signed up for it, and the alternative excursion to see the art was fully booked. Since we were not notified until the cruise was underway it was too late to book a tour through a private vendor. They did offer us the opportunity to book another excursion, just not to see "David". They promptly refunded our fees for the excursion. That said, we missed what was to be one of the highlights of the cruise. It's rather misleading to say the cruise includes Rome. Actually, you disembark in Rome and if you do not sign up for the Rome extension all you would see of Rome is the view from the bus on the trip from ship to the airport. It would have been nice to have at least one night on the ship when we were docked in Rome to avoid paying for additional time in Rome. This is how they scheduled the embarkation; we had a full day to explore Barcelona before the cruise left port. It would be nice if it was possible to extend the extension by a few additional days but it is not possible if you use the Viking fly option. I realize it is far easier and economical to move guests efficiently when everyone leaves on the same day, but I'd be willing to pay a little extra to extend another day or two. The accommodations for the Roman extension were beautiful. It was nice to have Viking staff available in the hotel lobby during our stay to answer any questions. All the staff are very polite and friendly. Our steward was excellent. He seemed to know when we'd be out of our room so he'd not disturb us. We especially liked the fact that they do not allow passengers under the age of 18. We love kids (we have three grandchildren) but having an adult only environment is nice. The excursions were very organized and there are several staff available to help and answer any questions. We dined in all of the restaurants and enjoyed them all. The food and the service was wonderful. Since I exercise every day, the fitness center was greatly appreciated. This was our second ocean cruise with Viking and we have done a river cruse with them as well. We are very pleased with the ease of booking a Viking cruise and we have booked two future trips already. We will do a river cruise this fall and an ocean cruise in January of 2021, We recommend Viking to all of our friends.

Another Memorable Viking Cruise!

Viking Star Cruise Review by kennonmoen

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We selected this cruise from an offer we received from Viking because we had traveled with them previously. The itinerary looked interesting so we booked the cruise. We are both retired so we have the flexibility to make plans with short notice.

The only major disappointment we had was the cancellation of one of our excursions: "Michelangelo's David without the Crowds". This was a very expensive ($799/person) excursion but we thought it was worth the money to see this fabulous piece of art. We were notified once we started the cruise that this excursion was canceled because not enough guests signed up for it, and the alternative excursion to see the art was fully booked. Since we were not notified until the cruise was underway it was too late to book a tour through a private vendor. They did offer us the opportunity to book another excursion, just not to see "David". They promptly refunded our fees for the excursion. That said, we missed what was to be one of the highlights of the cruise.

It's rather misleading to say the cruise includes Rome. Actually, you disembark in Rome and if you do not sign up for the Rome extension all you would see of Rome is the view from the bus on the trip from ship to the airport. It would have been nice to have at least one night on the ship when we were docked in Rome to avoid paying for additional time in Rome. This is how they scheduled the embarkation; we had a full day to explore Barcelona before the cruise left port.

It would be nice if it was possible to extend the extension by a few additional days but it is not possible if you use the Viking fly option. I realize it is far easier and economical to move guests efficiently when everyone leaves on the same day, but I'd be willing to pay a little extra to extend another day or two. The accommodations for the Roman extension were beautiful. It was nice to have Viking staff available in the hotel lobby during our stay to answer any questions.

All the staff are very polite and friendly. Our steward was excellent. He seemed to know when we'd be out of our room so he'd not disturb us. We especially liked the fact that they do not allow passengers under the age of 18. We love kids (we have three grandchildren) but having an adult only environment is nice. The excursions were very organized and there are several staff available to help and answer any questions. We dined in all of the restaurants and enjoyed them all. The food and the service was wonderful. Since I exercise every day, the fitness center was greatly appreciated.

This was our second ocean cruise with Viking and we have done a river cruse with them as well. We are very pleased with the ease of booking a Viking cruise and we have booked two future trips already. We will do a river cruise this fall and an ocean cruise in January of 2021, We recommend Viking to all of our friends.
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The stateroom was lovely. There was plenty of storage for luggage and drawer and closet space. I especially liked the dressing table in the desk with room to store cosmetics and the lighted mirror. We were disappointed that the heated floor in the bathroom was not very warm. We have been on another ocean cruise and a river cruise and the bathroom floor was so nice and warm. In all fairness, we did not say anything to see if the temperature could be adjusted. Very quiet and we did not hear noise from any of the adjoining staterooms. Love the verandas.