This was our first ocean cruise with Viking (we'd done a river cruise previously) and were very impressed with just about all aspects of the trip. Viking's air routing was a little strange, however - we went from Baltimore to Detroit to Amsterdam to Bergen, which is not a very logical route, but I suspect was less expensive for Viking than other choices. Embarkation went very smoothly and quickly. The Viking Star itself is a very nice ship - modern, clean, well laid-out and easy to navigate. The elevators in particular were impressive - quiet and fast. Our cabin was very nice. Since this was winter in the far north, we didn't make much use of the veranda.
The staff was a true highlight of the trip. They were attentive, responsive, helpful, and consistently cheerful. I cannot imagine better.
Dining on board was wonderful. The specialty restaurants (the Chef's Table and Manfredi's) provided superb food. The chefs are truly world-class. The main Restaurant and the World Cafe also offered excellent and varied food choices.
Alta was COLD. But it's a fascinating city, with a very impressive modern cathedral. Our excursion to see the Northern Lights was disappointing in that the Lights were very faint and weak, but that's the breaks.