4 Montreal to Caribbean - All Viking Ocean Viking Star Cruise Reviews

This was our third Viking Ocean cruise and the high standards of the first two were evident on this cruise too! I would rate Viking excellent in all areas--crew, ship design/decor, cabin size/layout, etc. The food was wonderful, and ... Read More
This was our third Viking Ocean cruise and the high standards of the first two were evident on this cruise too! I would rate Viking excellent in all areas--crew, ship design/decor, cabin size/layout, etc. The food was wonderful, and there are several dining areas. We preferred the World Cafe, a buffet style restaurant for most of our meals. They have various food stations where you can custom order dishes. The wait staff were prompt, courteous, and very attentive. There is a yummy gelato station there and they make their own pizza in one area too. We ate in the other dining areas and they were fine, just not my favorites. We mostly did the free included tour in each port and most were very good. A lot depends on the tour guide and some are better than others. In NY City, we did the optional tour of the 9/11 Museum and it was excellent. Entertainment is good and attendance is high. The port talks and other talks were good too--many of these are available on your cabin TV. The cabin stewards are terrific---very friendly and willing to help in any way. They are very prompt in the daily cleaning of the rooms. We splurged a bit and moved up from the DV cabins to the PV2 for the extra space, and we were very happy with that decision. We have 2 more cruises booked and I can't even imagine cruising on any other line! Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
The cruise itself was ok. The ship is beautiful inside with tasteful decorating and furniture. The weather was beautiful considering all the hurricanes the previous weeks. The food in the general dining area, called the ‘world cafe’ ... Read More
The cruise itself was ok. The ship is beautiful inside with tasteful decorating and furniture. The weather was beautiful considering all the hurricanes the previous weeks. The food in the general dining area, called the ‘world cafe’ was very good for breakfast ,lunch and dinner. There were two specialty restaurants: the chefs table and the Italian restaurant. The chefs table I thought was decent, but we heard lots of comments on both sides of the table. We had two nights booked for the chefs table, but chose to eat there only one time. The Italian restaurant was definitely lacking. I received a nine oz. steak that was basically marbled fat. When they asked me why I didn’t eat the steak I showed them how it was marbled with fat. We ended up that night again at the world cafe. The entertainers were very good, but entertainment overall was lacking. This was a circle the Caribbean cruise with short tours included. Most of the tours were just not very good. On one tour the bus driver backed into the bus behind us causing all passengers to be moved to other busses. The worst decision we made, only day two on the ship, was to pre-book for a future cruise from Bergen to Stockholm. The pre-booking employee was very nice, but mislead us regarding the cancellation policy. She assured my wife and I that the deposit was fully refundable up to 120 days prior to the cruise, including insurance. She said this at least three times. We thought this was the same as Princess which we’ve sailed with many times. Never a problem. A week after we got home we decided to cancel as it conflicted with other family plans. We then found out that they would not refund the insurance. We were shocked that we had been lied to. A supervisor referred us to page 2 where the small print cancellation policy is. Keep in mind you never get this from the pre-cruise employee until they charge your card and then generate the paperwork. We were told there is no path to resolution. It’s their policy. They keep our $1400 and basically told us too bad. As a warning to all reading our story be very careful when booking with this company and don’t believe everything they say. Unfortunately, we were too trusting. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
This cruise was a celebration of successful medical treatments. We wanted to get away and be together after a great deal of anxiety. Also, we wanted to be close to the USA. The timing, location and length of this cruise satisfied our ... Read More
This cruise was a celebration of successful medical treatments. We wanted to get away and be together after a great deal of anxiety. Also, we wanted to be close to the USA. The timing, location and length of this cruise satisfied our needs. Our experience exceeded our expectations that were high because of Viking's excellent reputation. From the moment of our Viking greeting after arrival at the airport in Montreal until our departure we felt comfortable with the happy, friendly and professional crew. Our cabin was roomy, comfortable and well appointed. Meals were excellent and service was superior. The dining services team were attentive, caring and empowered. The no charge for beverages was a plus even though our personal limits are one-two. Tours were well organized and added value to our experience. Lectures were excellent and presented by exceptionally well qualified professionals in their field. We were drawn to the lectures on Art, presented by a PHD from the Edinburgh, Scotland Art Institute. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
My family selects a cruise based on the itinerary, as we view the ship as a floating hotel. We had been on the Viking Star during part of its “maiden voyage,” the year before we booked our second voyage on the ship. We had been on ... Read More
My family selects a cruise based on the itinerary, as we view the ship as a floating hotel. We had been on the Viking Star during part of its “maiden voyage,” the year before we booked our second voyage on the ship. We had been on several Viking River Cruises. We found the Viking River Cruise line to be exceptional in quality, service, itineraries, and value. At first glance, Viking cruises are more expensive than other cruise lines. However, Viking included shore excursions and beer and wine with meals. The Viking Star cruise was titled “In the Wake of the Vikings.” It started in Bergen, Norway, which is the Viking Cruise Line’s headquarters. The itinerary included stops in Lerwick, Scotland, the Torshavn Islands, Iceland, Greenland, Newfoundland, Saguenay, Quebec and Montreal, Canada. The cruise is fifteen days in length, with three sea days. The sea days included lectures, sea watching, or whale watching. The Explorers Lounge is located on decks seven and eight. Passengers can sit in the Lounge and listen to lecturers discuss the Northern Lights or the Ocean, or look for whales. It was very windy on our voyage. There are entrances and exits on both sides or the Explorers Lounge. Both entrances and exits have two very heavy doors, with signs instructing everyone to close one door before opening the second door. Of course many of the passengers ignored the signs and opened one door while the other was still open, causing the very dangerous slamming of one door of very heavy doors. No one was hurt by the above unsafe door opening. It is worth noting that there is a Medical Doctor and several Registered Nurses on staff. There is an advanced Medical Center on Deck A, the bottom Deck. The North Atlantic is notorious for being very rough. Several relatives on both sides of our families came from Ireland. They came after the coffin ship era but before the cruise ship era, i.e., the late 1800s. Family verbal histories attest to the rough North Atlantic. We had visited the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo, Norway prior to going to Bergen, Norway. It is amazing to see a Viking Longboat in the museum and imagine crossing the North Atlantic in such a boat. The Vikings landed in Reykjavik, Iceland ca. 870 AD. They landed in Greenland circa 986 AD and in Newfoundland, Canada circa 1000 AD. The Viking Star has stabilizers and was built for the North Atlantic. But the cruise was still very rough. The roughness of the sea would be the only “problem” noted on the cruise. The Viking Star holds approximately 900 passengers. Each cabin has a balcony with an ocean view. The cabins are all adequate in size and amenities. WI-FI is provided through out the ship. The on board meals are all very good and varied. The wine with the meals is also varied to compliment the meal. Although not advertised, champaign and / or mimosas is provided with breakfast. My only negative comment would relate to the rough North Atlantic Ocean. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Viking Star Ratings
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Cabins 5.0 4.8
Dining 5.0 4.7
Entertainment 3.0 4.1
Public Rooms 5.0 4.8
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.3
Family 1.0 4.3
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.2
Enrichment 4.0 4.3
Service 5.0 4.8
Value For Money 5.0 4.4

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