We have previously traveled on Silverseas and Seabourne and are now Viking Converts. We enjoyed our trip so much that we have booked a trip later in the year in the same cabin. As both Seabourne and Silverseas have a smaller number of passengers, we were a bit worried that the ship would be crowded, however we were pleasantly surprised that this was, on the whole, not the case. With the exception of one instance we were able to get into all restaurants without waiting. The one exception was due to all morning tours returning at the same time in Plymouth, and the World Cafe and Patio Grill being full. This could have been mitigated by opening the Restaurant also.
The staff on Viking Star really shined - they made the trip enjoyable. Special thanks to our room attendant Oliviera who just spoilt us, and Kivesh the Manager in Manfredi's. I hope Viking realise how special these two staff members are. Oliviera organised a great cocktail party in our suite so that we could have a few final drinks and canapes with new friends.
What I really like about Viking is that there are no formal nights, with the dress requirement being casual in all restaurants and public areas. We also like that the entertainment in the Theater is at held at reasonable times as we do not like waiting until 10pm or later to see a show. Whilst low key the entertainment suited us, and we really enjoyed it.
Terrific suite - a significant amount of storage for our clothes and the quality of the fittings were very high. Our room attendant Oliviera was a standout and made sure that we were never left wanting. Two things that could be improved - albeit minor - would be the provision of storage for suitcases once they have been emptied. In most cabins these can slide under the bed, however in this suite that is not possible. The second is the installation of a wine fridge for white wines - rather than needing to fill the sink with ice in order to cool the wine. However I must say the quality of the wines provided in the suite are first-rate and the sommelier was always willing to recommend alternatives.
Did a private tour to Stonehenge and the new forest. Great guide and experience.
A bit of a drive to get to the city, but overall enjoyable.