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Viking Star Review

5.0 / 5.0
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Too much to see, too little time!

Review for Viking Star to the Mediterranean
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Goldsurfer1
2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Jun 2019
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We have sailed a number of Viking river cruises but this was our first ocean cruise. Suffice it to say - we rebooked the same ship and the same stateroom for a 2021 Viking Homelands cruise. Loved the ship but went on so many land excursions that we didn't have enough time aboard to enjoy all the ship had to offer. Embarking and disembarking was easy and well organized for the excursions.

The main and specialty dining rooms were excellent all around. The World Cafe (buffet) had a good quick food selection (several specialty stations) but I thought the waiter service (juice, coffee, etc.) was poorly staffed (not attentive at times). Satellite food areas on the ship were convenient - afternoon tea in the Winter garden, grilled food at the Pool Grill, and a very nice manager managed to find me cookies late night after the "cookie bar" had closed.

Until after we had boarded, I didn't realize that free limited shore transportation was available in any port where a town center was not close to the ship. Otherwise I would have booked fewer shore excursions and done more exploring on our own. That being said, we did book one or more shore excursions for each day. We spent 3 days on our own prior to and immediately after the cruise. As such, we immersed ourselves (on our own) in Barcelona and Venice then limited those cities' shore excursions to ones we felt that might be easier to do on the Viking excursions. So in Barcelona, we opted for the Viking Montserrat excursion (fair) and in Venice I did the Viking Secrets of the Doges Palace (terrible). All my most favorite excursions involved smaller boats - (Marseille) Summer in Cassis & Calanques, (Corfu) Paleokastritsa Coastal Views by Boat & Old Corfu, and (Split) The Krka Waterfalls & Town of Skradin. And yes, other ports also had good excursions. Don't miss - La Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona; it is unlike anything you could imagine.

Cabin Review

Just the right size cabin. Best houseman we could ever hope for. Would have liked a little more drawer space but managed without it.

Port Reviews

Barcelona

Phenomenal show with a good local dinner

Barcelona

Nice bus ride. Interesting place but too limitedl to spend that much time there.

Marseille

Was good until afternoon when we took the Summer in Cassis & Calanques excursion which duplicated much of this tour (but without this tours stops)

Florence (Livorno)

Florence on Your Own - Too bad we visited on a day that many attractions were closed. But we still enjoyed it!

Split

I love waterfalls and the Skradin local lunch with local entertainment was nice too.

Venice

Secrets of the Doges Palace - The guided part was a dirty dungeon - not worth the effort. The palace itself (self guided) was amazing.

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