• Cheers to 25 years: Celebrate with Us!
  • Write a Review
  • Boards
  • Log In
  • Find a Cruise
  • Deals
  • Excursions
  • More

Viking Star Review

5.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating
1867 reviews
69 Awards

They got everything right on our Northern Lights cruise

Review for Viking Star to Norwegian Fjords
User Avatar
Frank CC
6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

Rating by category

Cabin
Embarkation
Dining
Public Rooms
Entertainment
Fitness & Recreation

Additional details

Sail Date: Jan 2020
Cabin:
Aurora near Tromso
Aurora near Tromso
Reindeer on Kvaloya island west of Tromso

(Sorry in advance for the long review.)

My wife & I had not been on any significant cruises in the past decade because the trend to larger ships goes against most of what I want in a cruise. Things that are important to me are: lack of crowds, not feeling like each activity or announcement was a grab for more money, food properly prepared (does not need to be uber-high end, but it shouldn't taste like cafeteria/buffet food), opportunities for learning, flexibility of choices, happy crew that were allowed to show their personality, and pretty but not ostentatious decor. I don't care a lot about stage shows and performers.

As I had heard about, embarkation and disembarkation were effortless and fast. The ship was beautiful and seemed to call out for relaxation. In virtually every area at all times, there were open places to sit or lounge. Not surprisingly on this cold-weather cruise, there was almost never anyone in either pool and rarely someone in the hot tubs.

Cabin Review

I had heard that some cabins do not have adequate storage, but at least in our cabin category, that was not the case. Even with the large volume of extra clothing we brought due to the cold conditions, we had room to store everything easily. We even had a couple of empty drawers!

Having sodas and snacks in the fridge was really nice. We never touched any of the hard liquor in there, but having some wine and beer of our choosing was nice.

They offered memory foam pillows and I am glad we got them.

And because we enjoyed it, Olivera would stay and chat and laugh fairly often.

Even though the sound insulation was good for the most part, we could hear the TV in the adjoining cabin as if it were in our room. Since the TV (and its rearward-facing speakers) is mounted on a common wall, I wish they had done more to insulate in this region.

7 Helpful Votes

Find a Viking Star Cruise from $3,279

Want to cruise smarter?
Get expert advice, insider tips and more.
By proceeding, you agree to Cruise Critic’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

We have updated the Cruise Critic Privacy and Cookie Statement effective on October 1, 2020. Please click here for more information.