16 Rome (Civitavecchia) to Mediterranean Viking Ocean Viking Star Cruise Reviews

My sister and I had not been on a cruise for quite a few years and had heard about Viking Cruises, so when got a special offer, we decided to go. Everything seems to be planned pretty well, but if we had it to do over, we would have gone ... Read More
My sister and I had not been on a cruise for quite a few years and had heard about Viking Cruises, so when got a special offer, we decided to go. Everything seems to be planned pretty well, but if we had it to do over, we would have gone a couple days early so we could have visited Rome. Our room steward, Tito, provided very good room service. We always had a clean towel or ice when we needed it, and he was friendly and helpful no matter what we asked. We did think the stateroom was a little small, esp. with 2 beds. I don't like to say this, but we were a little disappointed in the food and service in some dining rooms. We tried to eat at the different ones. I thought there could have been a couple special shows in the theatre but if there was, we missed it. They had great fun music on New Years Eve along with horns and hats to go with it. The shore excursions we went on were good, but several times the walk from the bus to the site and back was long and not always safe. My sister fell and cut her head and had to spend 2 hours in Medical when we got back to the ship, getting stitches and treated for her injury. Embarkation and disembarkation went well. We loved the swimming pool area with the overhead cover and the light still came in. And having lunch there was very relaxing. We also enjoyed the brunch that was served on New Years Day. All in all, the trip was very nice. But the flight from Seattle to Frankfurt and return was so long. Very tiring. I would go again but maybe at a warmer time of year. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This was our first time to Rome and Barcelona and we fell in love with the beauty, history and people of these iconic cities. We loved all the ports and wish the cruise would have been a couple of days longer to see more sites. Ship ... Read More
This was our first time to Rome and Barcelona and we fell in love with the beauty, history and people of these iconic cities. We loved all the ports and wish the cruise would have been a couple of days longer to see more sites. Ship was beautiful, stateroom was great- although we didn't spend much time in it. For us, cruise director was lacking in ability, personality and knowledge. (Please learn how to accurately pronounce names before referencing them publicly.) Palace of the Popes tour should have included audio / visual aid available at site to bring this historical place to life. We do believe food / menu options lacked a great deal...with the exception of the New Year's Day Brunch which lived up to the hype. Given we were in Italy, France and Spain - the food should have been SPECTACULAR...it wasn't; it was mediocre and repetitive....Viking should really consider upping their menus / quality of food in the World Cafe (previous cruise lacked variety as well). While shore excursion options were terrific, Viking should institute a 'waiting list' so as to better accommodate guests when tours initially sellout. (i.e. without a prior wait list, how do you know if additional buses / spots need to be arranged). While Viking did a good job of providing options to experience Barcelona before cruise ended, no chance to experience Rome unless you added days prior to embarkation- that is a HUGE misstep.... All in all, this is a great trip with so much to see and experience. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We wanted a cruise over the holidays for our family, including our son and daughter in their mid twenties. We chose this as we had never been to Athens and our son had never been to Rome. We wanted a family trip over the hoiidays to ... Read More
We wanted a cruise over the holidays for our family, including our son and daughter in their mid twenties. We chose this as we had never been to Athens and our son had never been to Rome. We wanted a family trip over the hoiidays to interesting places and not just beaches. We got off to a bad start with travel complications and rather than arriving at 1:00 PM we did not arrive until close to midnight. Once on board the rooms were very nice and the food was great. We had only done river cruises before and liked the small size of those ships so wondered a bit about being on a larger ship with 900 plus people. It was surprisingly uncrowded, there were several bar areas and food options and it never seemed crowded. Unlike the river cruises, you did not see the same people repeatedly. There were several times where I met interesting people and hoped to see them again and did not. You needed to get names and contact information if you wanted to see them again, it usually did not happen by chance. December 24 the sea was quite rough and it was a bit of a challenge walking around the ship. We did have a lot of family meals together which was nice. We enjoyed most of the shore excursions, the first day walking the Acropolis with a great guide was nice. At Ephasis the guide gave the impression Viking had endorsed the carpet market we were taken to and there was huge pressure to buy a carpet as we were the last ship of the season. Viking should have made it clear in advance about this situation. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
My wife and I were anxious to try the much touted Viking Ocean. We booked a one week Rome to Barcelona cruise with a three-day pre-cruise Umbria extension. We made our own flight arrangements in order to assure only direct flights to and ... Read More
My wife and I were anxious to try the much touted Viking Ocean. We booked a one week Rome to Barcelona cruise with a three-day pre-cruise Umbria extension. We made our own flight arrangements in order to assure only direct flights to and from. We were, however, obligated to arrive on the day our extension began. Would have preferred to arrive a day or two earlier and meet the Viking guides at the airport but we were told this could not be done. I have since found out that there is a way around this by booking private transportation to the extension hotel for the first night there. Another couple in our group did this. The Umbria extension was outstanding. I have reviewed this elsewhere. Transportation from the extension to the ship was flawless though we didn't arrive until 5:00 PM with only a half hour until muster drill. As for the cruise itself, I must say that I readily understand the high marks given by the vast majority of its guests. The spotless ship, its gracious crew, its many amenities and very comfortable accommodations validate the acclamations. For me, however, there is one very prominent deficiency. This is dining. Let me hasten to say that the majority will probably disagree with me. I add this note in hopes of dissuading the many Viking defenders from venting. Folks, it's just a matter of some like chocolate while others prefer vanilla. Dining on Viking tends to be casual, and is meant to be. Of the various venues, The Restaurant (main dining room) is the only one with table linens. All others use plastic place mats. The World Cafe is the “buffet” which is cafeteria style self-service for everything except beverages which are served. This is very popular for a variety of good reasons. Guests who are in a hurry, who prefer to wear more casual clothes than suggested for other venues, who like to fill their plates with a variety of offerings, love this place. The World Cafe is always open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There are two “specialty” restaurants, Manfredi's and The Chef's Table. Manfredi's has a very interesting menu with an Italian theme. The offerings are delicious and portions tend to be large. Service is as helter-skelter here as it is in all other service venues. I'll explain later. The Chef's Table offers a set menu which changes every several days. These two alternative restaurants serve dinner only and only by reservation. The remaining three food outlets are the Living Room bar, Mansen's (a Norwegian deli), and the Pool Grill. All with very good but limited menus. Of course, there is always the 24-hour option of room service which arrives promptly, on a tray, and must be consumed from your lap or shagged to the balcony table, unless you have a suite which includes a dining table. So what's my beef? Service! Everyone, in every mentioned venue and in every other part of the ship, is as gracious, friendly and accommodating as possible. It is the method obviously prescribed for them in the restaurants that troubles me. In all restaurants, one's server will introduce himself, or herself, and state that they will take care of you. That may be the only time you see him or her. Someone else may take your order, another to ask about wine, still another to bring the first course and so on. If you stick to three courses as shown on the menu this is OK. However if you veer from this, confusion and unwarranted delay result. Requesting a salad to be served after the main course, asking for a small serving of a main for a starter, or a large serving of a starter for a main just doesn't work when dealing with multiple servers. Asking one if San Pellegrino is available and being told yes, and later being told no by another, just doesn't work. This MO was very much more evident in Manfredi's and The Chef's Table than in The Restaurant. For this reason I preferred The Restaurant. We had two reservations in Manfredi's and two in The Chef's Table. We canceled one in each to return to The Restaurant. We would have been delighted to take all three meals every day in The Restaurant. Unfortunately The Restaurant serves lunch only occasionally when at sea, and does not serve breakfast before 8:00 AM which means you must dine elsewhere in order to make a early morning tour. With that off my chest, let me say that we enjoyed our first Viking cruise and would not be adverse to taking another. I am old but still a pretty fast learner and can work around the dining issues. I do want to offer special kudos to Natalie, the charming young lady who manned the desk at the entrance to The Restaurant, who always greeted me by name and “two chairs” as I preferred any table so long as it had two chairs (no banquet seat); and to Gregory from Armenia who took good care of us at the Living Room bar and saw to it that I had my breakfast oatmeal cookie in the morning and my Maker's Mark in the evening. I score our Viking cruise a 9 out of 10. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
I choose the Mediterranean Ocean cruise to take my mother to the Vatican and Europe for the first time. We enjoyed the wine at lunch and dinber and the restaurant and in room dining options on the Viking Star. The King size bed cabins were ... Read More
I choose the Mediterranean Ocean cruise to take my mother to the Vatican and Europe for the first time. We enjoyed the wine at lunch and dinber and the restaurant and in room dining options on the Viking Star. The King size bed cabins were modern and comfortable as well as the bathroom which had a fairly large shower. Even the public bathrooms were always spotless with calming cheerful bird sounds. Our steward room service was wonderful, the bartenders were very friendly and most all the staff fantastic. We also enjoyed the excursions and itinerary for the the ports in Italy, France and Spain. Sete was lovely, Monaco was fun and we needed more time in Barcelona. We even had time to watch one movie under the stars and the lounge band for dancing was so much fun. I would definately choose Viking again someday to try a river cruise next. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Viking Star has more than we could do on one cruise. I suggest reading thoroughly through all the information to see what is available and included with the cruise and planning ahead. Included excursions were good except for one which ... Read More
Viking Star has more than we could do on one cruise. I suggest reading thoroughly through all the information to see what is available and included with the cruise and planning ahead. Included excursions were good except for one which started in Port Grimaud before many of the shops in the town were open, one in Mote Carlo with a rude guide (not Viking personnel), and the bus tour through Marseille which could have been skipped. Dining options were great and we found a team of servers in the main restaurant that were exceptional. No need to waste time having dinner at the buffet! Buffet good for breakfast and eating out on deck before the early morning excursions we signed up for. Steward was available and accommodating. Some issue with the plumbing required repair and extra attention to our bathroom, but all was taken care of quickly and to our satisfaction. Entertainment staff employed by the line was substandard but those hired from the locations were super as was the lecturer each night that spoke about the next day’s location. We would book with Viking again for ocean or river cruises. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We chose this cruise to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. The cruise was described as Rome to Barcelona. We opted to stay 2 addt’l days at the end in Barcelona. However, had we known we wouldn’t see ANY of Rome, we would have ... Read More
We chose this cruise to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. The cruise was described as Rome to Barcelona. We opted to stay 2 addt’l days at the end in Barcelona. However, had we known we wouldn’t see ANY of Rome, we would have added on 2 days at the beginning as well. The ships departure port is 45min. from Rome. So there was no time to see the points of interest on our list. We also felt thatvsome if the excursion descriptions were a bit misleading. One in particular in St Tropez was called Culbary Walk. The description stated we would see food demonstrations and taste food from local chefs. We did taste crepes. But we did not see them being made nor was there any instruction on how to eat them or what to put on them. Some people in our group did not even know how to fold them. This was very disappointing. We also felt that if we were held to the dress code standard in the restraints then everyone should be. We witnessed a family of 5 dressed VERY casually in jeans and old t-shirts get seated. It was even posted at the check-in. We mentioned it to the Maitre ‘D and were told that some people didn’t know so we made an exception. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. Unfortunately one of our hoped for ports was cancelled shortly before leaving due to State Department alerts. I respect Viking's decision to heed these warnings and the substitution of Naples ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. Unfortunately one of our hoped for ports was cancelled shortly before leaving due to State Department alerts. I respect Viking's decision to heed these warnings and the substitution of Naples was appreciated but missing Tunisia was a disappointment. The itinerary was very active and time in port was often limited to just the excursion without time for personal exploring and virtually no shopping other than a table on the pier in Algiers or the shops in the terminal buildings on the way to reboard the ship. We have no need for any more trip souvenirs but part of travel is to support local economies - craftsmen, artists, restaurants, even the street hawkers. This was not done on this trip. Food was generally very good and varied. We experienced a couple less than pleasant issues with service in The Restaurant. These were brought to the attention of management, addressed and resolved. It's unfortunate that the lack of professionalism by one person has such negative impact on an otherwise very good team. A suggestion for Viking: Provide a ship plan in the in-room info I'm not sure I would travel with Viking again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
My sister and I initially picked this Viking cruise because of the pricing, inclusions, and the organization's reputation. Because my flight to JFK was delayed, it looked like I was going to miss my flight to Rome. When I finally ... Read More
My sister and I initially picked this Viking cruise because of the pricing, inclusions, and the organization's reputation. Because my flight to JFK was delayed, it looked like I was going to miss my flight to Rome. When I finally arrived to JFK, someone from Viking had already called and left a message that she booked me on another flight leaving within a two hours. I apologize for not knowing her name, but it was crazy and hectic, but I ran and made it just in time to make my flight. My luggage did not make it, but it did arrive the following day. The Viking represetative helped make arrangments for Delta to ensure I got my suitcase. It was delivered to me before we left Rome. Our Penthouse Veranda was the the best in which I have ever stayed. It was spacious, efficient, and extremely comfortable. Our cabin attendants were excellent. Room service was punctual, too! The free Wifi and the television selections were good, as well. We loved the free dining choices, no photos being sold, no art auctions, nor expensive bingo games! The evening entertainment and lectures, were lackluster; so we chose to go to our rooms to relax and watch TV. Unfortunately, we were disappointed that we could not go to Sardinia (high waves), Tunisia, or Algiers (state department restrictions). However, I loved Naples because I was able to see Pompeii and Palma De Mallorca was nice, too. We took an excursion to Erice, but it was too foggy to enjoy. We climbed to the top on slippery cobblestones to see just fog at the top. The food was fantastic and I was able to stay within my dieting restrictions. The included sodas and wine were apprecitated. All of the restaurants were great and the service impeccable! I am looking forward to finding another Viking cruise to take! Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We chose this cruise first of all because of the itinerary. Secondly, we like Viking Cruises in terms of ship size, service, included amenities and overall quality. This was our second cruise on the Viking Star and we like the ship very ... Read More
We chose this cruise first of all because of the itinerary. Secondly, we like Viking Cruises in terms of ship size, service, included amenities and overall quality. This was our second cruise on the Viking Star and we like the ship very much. It is the right size and the crew is outstanding. Our cabin attendant , Caroline, provided exceptional service. She was responsive to all our requests and went out of her way to make us feel welcome. The dining staff was also a treat. We usually had dinner in the dining room and we always requested the Turkish Hero, Selcuk to be our waiter. He and his staff of assistants took care of us with great care and some humor, as well. It was a treat. We also took advantage of the specialty restaurants and the meals were so enjoyable and the service was invariably outstanding. One item however, that wasn't so satisfying deals with the itinerary. We have been on enough cruises to understand that there are no guarantees about ports of call and safety has to be the prime concern for the cruise line and we appreciate that. But this Mediterranean Explorations cruise, which I thought had an outstanding itinerary, turned out to be a completely different cruise. We were excited about visiting the African ports. They of course were cancelled just prior to our departure so that was a major disappointment. I thought at the time, at least we are stopping at Trapani, Sicily (where my mother's family is from) and Cagliari, Sardinia, a place that we've never seen. Then, during the cruise, both of those ports were cancelled due to high winds. This was another downer. The places substituted were in most cases fine but with the exception of Majorca, we had visited those locations at length on previous vacations. Certainly, one of the reasons we like Viking is that most of the services you could wish for are included in the basic cruise package, but it seems like there must have been something that could have been offered to make up for what can only be termed, a complete change of itinerary during the first week of the cruise. Again, I want to emphasize that we enjoyed our cruise and, overall it was a positive experience. We particularly enjoyed attending Fenella Bazin's discussions. Included shore excursions are a plus with Viking although they typically provide a quick overview of locations. But they also typically an opportunity to explore some areas alone. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
I have cruised on viking river and ocean cruises 7 times. I have extremely high expectations. The cruise itinerary was changed eliminating Tunisia and Algeria. We missed another stop because of bad weather. The tour to the mountain town ... Read More
I have cruised on viking river and ocean cruises 7 times. I have extremely high expectations. The cruise itinerary was changed eliminating Tunisia and Algeria. We missed another stop because of bad weather. The tour to the mountain town of Erice should have been cancelled because of the dense fog which prevent any seeing and was dangerous. No one finished the tour. Those are the negatives. Here are the positives. The ship, the staff, the food, our room, and the ambiance were wonderful. Our room was large with a great bath and more storage space than we used. We loved Mallorca, Naples, and Valencia. I thought the included tours were as good or better than the optional. We ate in the Chef’s Table twice. Delicious. Our friends really enjoyed Madsen. Frankly the food is better than any other ships. The youngest person on the cruise was 22 and I believe the oldest was in her nineties. They both seemed to have a great time. If you are looking for casinos and outstanding entertainment do not choose Viking but if you enjoy beautiful scenery and outstanding service, see you on our next cruise river or ocean. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We have travelled on Viking before, on a River Cruise and wanted to try the Ocean Cruise to compare. We found most things to be the same however unlike the River Cruise our gratuities were not included. This does add a bit to the over all ... Read More
We have travelled on Viking before, on a River Cruise and wanted to try the Ocean Cruise to compare. We found most things to be the same however unlike the River Cruise our gratuities were not included. This does add a bit to the over all expense at the end of the cruise. We did find that the first two days at our Pre-Cruise Hotel a bit disappointing considering the price we had to pay per person. The rooms were very dated and the furniture was very worn which kind of made one not want to spend much time in the room. As well we did not find the bar are area very inviting. One last point that we disliked was that we had to have out luggage out or our room extremely early in the morning and that we had to vacate the room before 10:00am. Leaving the room so early requiring us to sit in the small lobby until 1:00pm waiting for the bus. Not a good experience for anyone. And in particular for my wife who is suffering from Parkinson's Disease. She was truly uncomfortable to say the least. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We had a free week in January and always enjoy the hospitality and experiences with Viking. We were able to book at the last minute. Had visited Pompeii last year on a Viking cruise so visited the ancient site of Herculaneum this time. ... Read More
We had a free week in January and always enjoy the hospitality and experiences with Viking. We were able to book at the last minute. Had visited Pompeii last year on a Viking cruise so visited the ancient site of Herculaneum this time. Our guide was excellent. Being January the weather was a factor. We missed one port completely and Viking rerouted us to an alternate port on another day. There are always things on board to keep everyone occupied. While in Sicily we did a tour to the ancient city of Erica. We were warned that the weather might hamper our views which unfortunately it definitely did which was disappointing as it appeared to be a beautiful city. More importantly the travel was a hazard in conditions of no visibility so the tour should have been cancelled. Because travel was not recommended in Algiers at that time, Palma de Mallorca was added to the itinerary. I usually find the included tours are a simple overview but it exceeded my expectations in Palma de Mallorca. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
The ship was very good. We sailed on this same ship in January ‘17 in the West Indies, and felt the food was better on that sailing. All servers and cabin mates on board were very attentive and friendly. Included shore excursions were ... Read More
The ship was very good. We sailed on this same ship in January ‘17 in the West Indies, and felt the food was better on that sailing. All servers and cabin mates on board were very attentive and friendly. Included shore excursions were generally very good. I love this size ship, as there is little waiting, yet it provides most of the amenities the larger ships have. Both embarkation and disembarkation are so easy - almost no waiting and took less than 5 minutes each. My main problem is that the stops in Algiers and Tunis were cancelled only shortly before departure. These stops were the only reason we decided to take this cruise, as we have been in Italy and Spain multiple times in the past. Another issue is that the air travel (purchased from Viking) was extremely uncomfortable, especially as we traveled non-stop from Los Angelos to Rome. The Air France seating was horribly uncomfortable. If you haven’t been to Spain or Italy before, this may be for you. The Viking Star is a beautiful ship with a wonderful staff. Food - both in the dining room and buffet area - is wonderful. Included wine, beer, and soda at meals a plus. The Italian specialty restaurant is great. We really like that Viking doesn’t charge extra for these dining experiences. Also - the 24 hr room service is very nice, with food served hot and promptly. The pool areas are beautiful, and we liked the retractable roof over the indoor pool. Lots of areas for reading and socializing. Everything is very clean and well maintained. Bath areas in the cabins are the best we have seen, even in the lower priced cabins. Beds were very comfortable. As this was a winter cruise, we didn’t take advantage of the balcony, but we did so on our last cruise in the West Indies. Like the fact that all cabins have a balcony. Port information was very good. The social team was friendly and professional. Missed a casino, but that was expected and ok, as there were other activities to take advantage of. Musicians were very good. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
My wife and I enjoyed our Dec 15 to 22 cruise on this new ship. There were no problems caused by engine malfunction which occurred earlier this year when the Star stranded approximately 600 passengers in Tallin Estonia or the following ... Read More
My wife and I enjoyed our Dec 15 to 22 cruise on this new ship. There were no problems caused by engine malfunction which occurred earlier this year when the Star stranded approximately 600 passengers in Tallin Estonia or the following cruise when the Star limped into Lisbon on one propeller. Service was excellent until we arrived in Palma de Majorca Spain for a port call. That evening dinner service in the main restaurant was a bit disorganized either because new wait staff came aboard or because of the late departure time the dining room staff expected many guests to eat at restaurants on shore. Speaking of new staff, there was at least one new person in guest relations who could not answer the following questions for me shortly after embarkation (1) Was there a charge for using the self service laundry directly across from our cabin (2) how late was the self service laundry open and (3) was there a charge for using one of the four computers next to the Explorers Desk. I can only assume this young woman must have joined the staff in Civitavecchia because she could not answer these simple questions without asking her supervisor and even then told me the ship did have laundry service for a fee. (I can wash my own underwear and knit shirts.) However, I did learn the self service laundry was free (extra points) it was available 24 hours and -- surprisingly and happily-- I did not have to purchase a computer time package: (many extra points). Martha Hanley, a lovely Irish woman who is guest relations manager, is a valuable asset on board the Star. Viking Ocean Cruises would do well to retain her. On earlier cruises the heated bathroom floors on board caused porcelain tiles to crack. This was the case in our cabin where a padded mat was provided to prevent injuries to be bottom of feet. After I turned in a feedback form mentioning the cracked bathroom tile, Ms. Hanley personally called leaving a message that the tiles would be replaced the next day while the Star was on a port call in Tripani. Indeed the tiles were replaced. The Star is easy to navigate. Food is excellent at all venues, and the public spaces are inviting and comfortable. Speakers on the cruise were interesting. Staff were friendly and welcoming. I also enjoyed a wonderful massage in the Spa. Prices in the shops seemed to be expensive, so consider the cost of an item before you purchase. Included shore excursions were worthwhile and those we paid for were well done. I feel the new staff came on board for this cruise for "on the job" experiences prior to joining the Viking Sea which is expected to be ready for service in March or April 2016. Prior to this cruise on the Star my wife and I have sailed with Cunard (twice on the former QE2, once on the Queen Victoria and Queen Mary2), Holland America (three times), Celebrity (three times) Disney (once with my two granddaughters when they were younger) and Norwegian (never again). Since Viking is new to the Ocean Cruise market its staff must smooth out new employee training and on board procedures to enhance its product. We will cruise with Viking again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
We flew to Rome from the UK and were very impressed to find Viking representatives in the baggage arrivals hall with porters for our luggage and then we were taken to the port in small groups in mini buses. Easy boarding and found our ... Read More
We flew to Rome from the UK and were very impressed to find Viking representatives in the baggage arrivals hall with porters for our luggage and then we were taken to the port in small groups in mini buses. Easy boarding and found our deluxe verandah room quickly. The ship is lovely, quite Scandinavian / retro 1950s in decor, very comfortable, lots of areas to sit and relax and several different eating venues. Our room was very nice and the bathroom was super with underfloor heating, great shower cubicle and spacious vanity unit. The storage for clothing is adequate for a short cruise but there is very little drawer space. The fridge with soft drinks and daily snacks was not worth the extra cost of a deluxe room. Lovely comfy bed, small settee and average size balcony. The television was interactive with daily menus, excursions etc and was very useful! Too many ports for our liking, one every day is very tiring, but most of the passengers were American and there to see Europe! The included shore excursions were all good. Many passengers had not bothered to get any Euros and there was quite a bit of time lost while people needing toilets tried to change dollars. The "mighty" dollar is of no use for toilets!! We booked two optional excursions, one was a transfer from Messina to Taormina, the other a day trip to Palermo which was poor with a massive lunch which no one either wanted or needed and then just a bus ride through Palermo after visiting two cathedrals, a real waste of time and money. The service in the main dining room and the buffet was either excellent or slow and nothing in between. We liked the burger bar and found the the buffet very good. There is not the wide choice of larger ships, but what we had was excellent with great seafood. Overall many of the waiting staff require better supervision. Our room stewardess, Tina, was simply wonderful. The dress code was not adhered to with many passengers seen in the same clothes day and evening for days on end. This lets the ship down badly. The security seemed very lax. When boarding our hand luggage, bags etc were scanned by port staff, not ship security, and nothing was scanned again until port staff in Valencia six days later. When we queried this, we were told that one in ten passengers had their handbags etc scanned when boarding, but this did not happen and concerned us a lot. Will we return? Yes, but with some provisos. Fewer port days, and certainly we would have to hear of improvements in both dress code and increased security. This is a beautiful ship and could be fantastic with some adjustments. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Viking Star Ratings
Category Editor Member
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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