Viking Star Review

Not Good

Review for Transpacific Cruise on Viking Star
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10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Nov 2023

We chose Viking based on cruise ratings and have sailed on over 30 ocean cruises. Our review benchmark used 2019 sailings on HAL and Regent. The Star passenger areas are in good shape for the ship's age. However the ship is small and suffers from excessive pitch and heave in the typical Pacific 6 to 9 foot swells as compared to larger ships such as the HAL Westerdam, which we took on a nearly identical cruise in the south Pacific in 2009. The Star's rolling motion was controlled and was similar to that experienced on the HAL ship. The food and entertainment was subpar. Many menu items appeared to come from pre-packaged frozen entrees you could find in WalMart Supercenters. The pastas were an exception and were very good. The activities on board were limited and not well planned. The crew servicing the passengers provided excellent service except for the attendants in the Explorer's lounge; many of whom lacked enthusiasm and gave incorrect directions such as what deck disembarkation would be. We suspect that Viking ocean has received its high marks from its shorter duration cruises, where providing food, entertainment, and activities is not as difficult.

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Larger cabin was in good condition and well maintained by the staff. At sea states with 7 ft. swells and above there was considerable creaking and loud noises as if panels and doors were not secured.

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