15 Viking Ocean Viking Star Cruise Reviews for Senior Cruises to Mediterranean from Rome (Civitavecchia)

This was our 3rd Viking Cruise and it did not disappoint. It was so great! The Viking Staff members in each and every phase of the cruise are friendly and polite and excellent at their jobs. The food is always delicious and the ... Read More
This was our 3rd Viking Cruise and it did not disappoint. It was so great! The Viking Staff members in each and every phase of the cruise are friendly and polite and excellent at their jobs. The food is always delicious and the excursions run like clockwork. Viking takes special care to hire the best excursion guides, most of whom have first-hand knowledgr about whatever country we are in. Our rooms are elegant and comfortable and we love having a veranda. All in all Viking ranks 1st in our Hall of Fame for cruise lines and we hope we can sail with them again. Although we were disappointed not to get to see Rome, the New Years Eve party on the ship more than made up for it. We love the size of the ship and we enjoyed putting a jigsaw puzzle and playing cards on deck 2, We added a family member to our usual foursome, my husbands brother and his wife, and it was so much fun to watch them learn to love the Life of Cruising as much as we do, Good Job, Viking! . Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This was our very first cruise of any kind, having been an owner of a sailboat. We thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the cruise. We had been watching PBS for years, always seeing the ads for Viking River Cruises. And we were pleasantly ... Read More
This was our very first cruise of any kind, having been an owner of a sailboat. We thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the cruise. We had been watching PBS for years, always seeing the ads for Viking River Cruises. And we were pleasantly surprised how much we enjoyed this cruise. We kept looking for a great deal. When one came online, we jumped at the chance. The ship was impeccably clean. Our cabin was kept in pristine condition. The food was fabulous- large assortment to choose from. Every night we were eager to see what was on the menu. W were so impressed with the quality of all the food. The meats and seafood was so fresh and tender. Cooked to perfection. And presented beautifully. The fruits were flavorful and presented at their peak.The staff was there to cater to our whims, and the excursions were very informative. We will plan on saving enough money to take a river cruise in 2021. Can’t wait. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Great price. Opportunity to see countries that I wanted to see. Food was delicious The ship was spotless, staff friendly and courteous. All details were handled flawlessly. Excursions were well organized with great tour guides. Weather ... Read More
Great price. Opportunity to see countries that I wanted to see. Food was delicious The ship was spotless, staff friendly and courteous. All details were handled flawlessly. Excursions were well organized with great tour guides. Weather was in mid 60 There was entertainment at night-loved the Beatles review. Also enjoyed sitting in explorers lounge to relax We had invited friends and felt responsible for their enjoyment. Luckily they loved it too They especially enjoyed relaxing outside on our days at sea. We each bought a beautiful rug in Turkey which we enjoy looking at now every day. It reminds us of our great trip. This was our first ocean cruise having done 2 river cruises. We would do another one as long as it is calm water. I did get a little seasick the first morning but used patches behind my ears and was fine the rest of the trip. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We chose this cruise because of Viking Cruise’s reputation for excellent customer experiences & we were not disappointed. In fact, we booked our first Viking River Cruise during this ocean cruise. One important factor that affected ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of Viking Cruise’s reputation for excellent customer experiences & we were not disappointed. In fact, we booked our first Viking River Cruise during this ocean cruise. One important factor that affected nearly every facet of the overall experience was the smaller number passengers onboard. Therefore there were no long waits, lines or crowds for embarkation, disembarkation, dining, shore excursions, entertainment, bar service or other ship facilities. Other comparable cruises we’ve experienced had two and a half to three times as many passengers aboard similar sized ships. The ship was beautiful in its Scandinavian design with many different areas for relaxing, dining & entertainment and was spotlessly maintained. There was no earl or late seating assigned. It wasn’t necessary. You simply dined when you desired. There were two special restaurants on board: one Italian and one seafood. Reservations were required, but weren’t difficult to obtain & there was no extra charge for using them as with other cruise lines. In fact there was no extra charge for house wines, soft drinks, coffees, mixed drinks or beer up to a certain amount. There were four things the cruise did not have that were positives for us: no casino; no annoying staff photographers; no inside cabins; and no children! Our cabin was lovely, comfortable and had a balcony. Housekeeping was excellent. We wanted for nothing in that area. The food & dining service met our high expectations for quality, variety & efficiency. The cruise director and her assistants were welcoming, knowledgeable and enthusiastic without being over the top. Entertainment was varied, of excellent quality and appropriate for grownups as well as very being thoroughly enjoyable. Before the ship sailed, we opted for the two night Rome extension and highly recommend it. During the cruise we visited :Florence & Pisa Italy, Monte-Carlo, Monaco; Marseille & Montpellier France & Barcelona Spain. Each port visit included one included excursion at no additional charge. Tours were of high quality & varied interests. Overall we received an excellent value for our money without being charged at every turn for everything. We highly recommend the Viking experience. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
This cruise was to celebrate a special anniversary, our 50th and we wanted a very special cruise to a place we had never been. The 7 Night Iconic Western Mediterranean cruise did not disappoint. We felt pampered in every way. The ship is ... Read More
This cruise was to celebrate a special anniversary, our 50th and we wanted a very special cruise to a place we had never been. The 7 Night Iconic Western Mediterranean cruise did not disappoint. We felt pampered in every way. The ship is beautiful. The food was delicious and all of the Star's employees were always eager to please the passengers in every way. The entertainment on board was wonderful. The bathroom in the stateroom exceeded my expectation. It put a smile on my face every time I want in it and the heated floor was such a treat. All of the toiletries were high quality. I didn't have to use any that I brought, which I always do just to make sure. An especially nice perk is that every deck has three washer and dryers for guests to use free of charge, including detergent and an iron and ironing board. I was able to come on board with clean cloths and leave with clean cloths. I would highly recommend a Viking cruise. You will not be disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Overall it was a great cruise. The internet was extremely slow. Although we watched little TV in our cabin, when we did operational is was slow to respond.The walking tours were great and most of the guides we good.The only on shore ... Read More
Overall it was a great cruise. The internet was extremely slow. Although we watched little TV in our cabin, when we did operational is was slow to respond.The walking tours were great and most of the guides we good.The only on shore tour we would eliminate was Sete. It is a fishing village and does not offer much. The bus tour of Barcelona was good and gave us a heads of on where to go in the city. We stayed two extra days on our own. One of the best paid tours for the money was the Ca Lunae winery tour . It was excellent. The tea service was great. Maybe too much food. The pool area was crowed at times but manageable The wine served was very good and plentiful. Best meal was served at Manfredi's. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This was a 25th wedding anniversary cruise. The boat was amazing. Room was a wonderful size. We had a deluxe veranda. The food was 5 star quality and was absolutely delicious. No need to eat off the boat. The meals served were from ... Read More
This was a 25th wedding anniversary cruise. The boat was amazing. Room was a wonderful size. We had a deluxe veranda. The food was 5 star quality and was absolutely delicious. No need to eat off the boat. The meals served were from the region we were visiting - and did I mention they were outstanding! The excursions were good. I would choose differently on some of them now that I have been the the Iconic Mediterranean cruise. We added a pre-excursion in Rome and so glad we did. The concierge at our beautiful hotel arranged a night bus tour and fabulous meal at a restaurant in Rome. One of our highlights. The staff on the boat were extremely kind and funny. Always smiling and willing to help in any way. The only port we stayed on the boat was Montpelier. I wish we could have skipped that stop and had two days in Barcelona. Our flight on the way home was the only bad experience but not the fault of Viking. Took us 28 hours to get from Barcelona to Pittsburgh. Hope we can travel with Viking again. Loved every minute. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We had decided to join our friends on this cruise however we had not done our homework and the weather was brutally hot. Of course Viking can’t control the environment but it certainly would be a key factor if we decided to go again in ... Read More
We had decided to join our friends on this cruise however we had not done our homework and the weather was brutally hot. Of course Viking can’t control the environment but it certainly would be a key factor if we decided to go again in that time slot. We enjoyed the amenities and service on the ship especially High Tea. It would have been nice to have tours that we’re a bit longer at each stop but that might have created logistics problems for Viking. We did spend a few days in Athens before departure which was a mistake. The city is quite dirty and the smog was overbearing. Unfo, there was graffiti on many of the buildings and it seems as if the city does not have the resources to clean up after the street artists abusing public property . All and all we certainly would recommend the itinerary and the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We're a couple in our mid-70's, and this was our first Viking ocean cruise after two river cruises (Danube and Rhine) as well as three ocean cruises with three different lines. Our cruise itinerary was east to west (Rome to ... Read More
We're a couple in our mid-70's, and this was our first Viking ocean cruise after two river cruises (Danube and Rhine) as well as three ocean cruises with three different lines. Our cruise itinerary was east to west (Rome to Barcelona). To be honest, the primary reason we chose this cruise was because of the pre-cruise offering in Tuscany, and it didn't disappoint. We were lodged at the Villa il Poggiale, an absolutely charming hostelry dating from the 1500s. Our hosts were wonderfully kind and accommodating, and our Viking host, Alessia, was extraordinary, the equal of any we've ever had. Unlike other pre- and post-cruise extensions we've had with Viking, most of the meals were included and were both bounteous and delicious. Thank goodness for all the walking we undertook on the tours. The first full day was a bus ride to Florence and a walking tour, including lunch. We had been to Florence back in 2002, and it was nice to see it again. April, however, is not a good time to visit since this is the time in Italy for school trips. The usual swarm of tourists, therefore, was greatly magnified by youngsters elementary to high school age. Shopping was nice, as always, and our free time began outside two affiliated stores, one for gold and the other for leather, with whom Viking has arranged a significant discount. The second day we went to Siena and San Gimignano with a wonderful lunch at a Tuscan farmhouse in between. Siena was crowded, of course, but even the large number of people could not diminish the magnificence of the Piazza del Campo, where the biennial races are run matching horses from some (but not all) of the 17 contrade, or sections, of the city, each of whom bears a fanciful name, from dragon to caterpillar. San Gimignano, like Siena, is perched on a hill, but is much smaller, consisting mostly of a main street that goes up one side and down the other. Wonderful views and more good shopping, including the locally grown lavender. We left the villa early Saturday morning for the bus trip to Civitavecchia, Rome's port city. It's always exhilarating to board a ship, but we were sorry to have to part with Alessia. The Viking Star, launched in 2015, has aged very well despite a stain here and a worn chair seat there. Embarkation was wonderfully smooth -- better even than Viking's river cruises. Our stateroom class (penthouse veranda) gave us access at 1 a.m., so our arrival at 11:30 gave us just enough time for a good lunch and a bit of a stroll around the ship. For information on our cabin, see below. Dining is primarily in the World Cafe (all buffet with the menu changing daily) and The Restaurant, where guests are seated and attended by very friendly and helpful staff. The food and service, I thought, were consistently better than in the World Cafe. Specialty restaurants were Manfredi's (Italian, very popular) and The Chef's Table (varying theme menus, kind of edgy and not as popular.) I think the Viking demographic (50 and up, sometimes way up, white Americans) had a sort of distrust of Chef's Table fare. There's no charge for these restaurants, but reservations are necessary. The breakfasts were excellent -- so many dishes from which to choose. Our only quibble is that the orange juice did not seem fresh, but rather more of an orange drink. We went to the entertainment only the first two nights, but both were excellent -- a quartet of opera and light classical singers and then a 12-member saxophone ensemble from a music school for teens. The enrichment activities were very appealing, but we didn't attend any due to time constraints. Day-long shore excursions and hearty suppers with wine made for early bedtimes. We did, however, go to a Cruise Critic "Meet and Mingle" party on the second afternoon. It was very nice, with most of the senior officers there, except that we and another couple were the only passengers to attend out of the 12 who had accepted the invitation. Shame on you people who weren't there. It was a bit awkward for everyone. Shore excursions (including one free one) were featured at every port of call. Our favorites were Scenic Lucca and Pisa (from Livorno), the Exclusive visit to Villa Rothschild (at Monaco), the Palace of the Popes at Avignon (from Marseille) and Montserrat Abbey north of Barcelona. We saw Lucca on a Sunday morning and, for once, there weren't any crowds -- at least until lunchtime. During our free time, had a good visit to Puccini's home (now a museum) and the gift shop. The Rothschild villa is splendid, but the real treat was a stroll through the breathtaking gardens capped by champagne and canapes al fresco. The papal palace is immense and only partially restored, but the part on view is most impressive. Montserrat Abbey is high in the mountains, about 4,000 feet above the plain, and we reached it by cog railroad. The jewel of the abbey is the Black Madonna, which we got to see up close. The complex is home to a school of young choristers famous through Europe. Bought a CD, of course. The only dud (and this wasn't Viking's fault) was the day on your own in Florence. It was a Monday, hence most of the major museums were closed, and the crowds prevented us from seeing much of anything else, including the Duomo, for which we had bought tickets in advance. Disembarking on the final morning was smooth, at least until we reached the train station for the journey to Madrid. Our guide had told us we'd probably be on Track Six or Seven. We got there only to find that we were really on Track One. Kind of harum-scarum. While the Madrid extension is billed as two days, it's really a day and a half since most of the first day is taken by a train trip from Barcelona. We were housed at the Intercontinental Madrid. Our room was tiny, smaller, I think, than our cabin on the Star, and the window looked out on a forest of rooftop television aerials and satellite dishes. Surely Viking could have insured us nicer accommodations. The bottom floors, however, are splended, indeed, with lots of mirrors and polished wood. The hotel is not smack in the center of the city, thus is not walking distance from the Prado art museum, the royal palace, or the Plaza Mayor. Still, it was in a good part of town, with plenty of embassies and lots of nearby restaurants that were affordable. There also were a couple of small art museums nearby, and the National Library had a very good exhibit on mass communication devises from hieroglyphics to flash drives. Dining at the hotel was distinctly unaffordable, for us, anyway. The tab for two Coke Zeros in the bar, for instance, was 17 Euros (over $20 USD). The main restaurant is similarly pricey, but the bar menu is much more in reach. The breakfast buffets (included in the rate) were wonderful. Altogether a wonderful trip, particularly the Tuscany extension. There were about 32 of us, and we achieved such camaraderie -- doubtless grape-fueled to some extent -- that we held a reunion party in the Explorer Lounge on the last night of the voyage and are keeping in touch with one another via email. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
This was my first EVER cruise (I'm 73 y/o) and I don't know how any other cruise line could have done it any better than Viking. This was a delayed honeymoon for my wife and I, although she had been on several Viking cruises in ... Read More
This was my first EVER cruise (I'm 73 y/o) and I don't know how any other cruise line could have done it any better than Viking. This was a delayed honeymoon for my wife and I, although she had been on several Viking cruises in her "other life". The staff, stateroom, excursions, food, room service, were exceptional. I know one day we'll be back on a Viking cruise ship. The excursions planned at each port were terrific. Well planned out from start to finish and the local guides were great and knew all about their city. The food was a very pleasurable experience. It wasn't overwhelming with huge buffet tables...just the right amount of selection and quantity. The quality was excellent. This was also true of room service. You fill out your selection menu the night before, with the time you would like it, and it was there within 5 minutes of your selected time. We never had a problem with the food or service on the 15-day cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 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
Itinerary was good, improved a lot with new stops in Naples and Isla Maeorca. Boat was well staffed and friendly. Viking is designed for the adult traveler. The shore excursions were very well done, pros! Food was Michelin level.Boarding ... Read More
Itinerary was good, improved a lot with new stops in Naples and Isla Maeorca. Boat was well staffed and friendly. Viking is designed for the adult traveler. The shore excursions were very well done, pros! Food was Michelin level.Boarding was well done in advance and at the gate. Service on luggage was fast. Staff everywhere was friendly and helpful. Dining staff was awesome , so willing to help. Food was fantastic, best of any cruise line we've sailed on, lobster night they kept bringing us more to eat, dessert was the same, always getting us to sample several desserts. The Norse influenced pastry shop was a total delight, scones were yummy as well as the cheese and fruit offering, too many thing to try in just a week. The gym was clean and well staffed. Pools were awesome and under used, the spa facility was especially nice with sauna and steam, loaner towels and flip flops aplenty. Entertaining was good and disembarked easily. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We picked this cruise because we liked the ports we would see. The weather with really blue skies added to our enjoyment. We were apprehensive to go in December --- but Viking said 50's° and it was true. VIKING keeps their word ... Read More
We picked this cruise because we liked the ports we would see. The weather with really blue skies added to our enjoyment. We were apprehensive to go in December --- but Viking said 50's° and it was true. VIKING keeps their word and its even better then advertised. The cabins and public areas were spotless. The television had a ton of good movies --- which we took advantage of when due to wind we couldn't go to one port. The activities and entertainment was very enjoyable whether we were waiting for dinner or going to a show after dinner. Restaurants were very good especially the Italian and "The Restuarant" we ate at most nights. We also enjoyed the Buffet Rest. --- especially the excellent service from the staff. You get to know the staff and there are always some that go out of there way for you. We feel the price is a good value for a perfect-relaxing-entertaining cruise with tours that were very educational/memorable/and sets Viking apart from others. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We signed up for this cruise due to the unusual itinerary that also included Isreal. This was our second cruise on Viking this year so we more or less knew what to expect. We just loved the itinerary, however, the ship experience did not ... Read More
We signed up for this cruise due to the unusual itinerary that also included Isreal. This was our second cruise on Viking this year so we more or less knew what to expect. We just loved the itinerary, however, the ship experience did not live up to our previous experience on the Viking Sea. The ships are beautiful and identical so we instantly knew our way around. The shore excursions were included, or at least a very basic offering was included, so we did take several of the optional tours in Isreal. As with all shore excursions, there is never enough time to see everything. I must say that excursion to Masada was terrific. We were very disappointed with the main dining room, known as The Restaurant. Service was very slow and oftentimes the food arrived cold. On one occasion we were seated at a larger table and the wait staff became rather testy with our requests for more wine, more butter, more water etc. that they poured extra large glasses of wine and produced what looked like a kilo of butter piled in a plate! It appeared that most of the wait staff were new and just learning the ropes. Service in the two specialty restaurants was perfect. We really enjoy the enrichment program on Viking and this cruise was no exception. We had three lecturers, a historian, biblical scholar, and a Geologist. All three were outstanding and very informative. We particularly enjoyed the Geologists biblical lecture which added a different perspective to many common bible stories. We also had a Viking Resident Historian as a forth lecturer. This poor man, we found out later, had to present a pretty dull company prepared lectures on subjects he was totally unfamiliar with. Add to that we are on an Israel and Greek Island cruise so why on earth is he struggling to tell us about the Bayeux Tapestry? I must admit we knew what to expect as on our previous cruise with Viking we had a similar dull and uninspired lecture on the Hanseatic league as we passed Portugal on our way to Spain. Apart from the enrichment lecturers we found the entertainment quite ordinary. Some singers doing the good old Beatles and Abba numbers, and a couple of guest entertainers that we never attended. We thought the cruise director was missing in action. On our previous Viking cruise and cruises on other lines, the cruise director was very visible and friendly. Hardly ever saw this lady around the ship. A few days before arriving in Athens were informed that the hot water temperature was going to be raised and be careful not to scald yourself in the shower. Seems we had some health issues aboard and the extra hot water was part of the cure. Departure in Athens was somewhat of a mess as all passengers had to leave by 8am, even those with afternoon flights. All in all, would I sail with Viking again? I think we will give them another try, simply because we love the ships. I do hope that they take passengers comments to heart. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
How does one begin to rate spending more than one week in the utmost luxury, state-of-the- art accommodations -- the Viking Star. For me this was a once in a lifetime experience! The Viking Star is beautifully designed and tastefully ... Read More
How does one begin to rate spending more than one week in the utmost luxury, state-of-the- art accommodations -- the Viking Star. For me this was a once in a lifetime experience! The Viking Star is beautifully designed and tastefully decorated. The state rooms were exceptionally clean!!! large and bright, having every accommodation found in the finest hotel. All of the staff that I countered on a daily bases - those assigned to room service, the dining facilities, reception areas were particularly responsive and gracious in their interactions; as well, those with whom I had chance encounters such as the individuals who were responsible for maintaining and sailing the ship. Mohammed was responsible for my area - and he was the best!! The dining accommodations/service and meals were lovely. A wide variety of menu choices, tasty, and artfully presented - including the local cuisine Definitely the entertainment was top notch! The Viking Star singers and dancers - an Orlando based entertainment company - were multi talented and offered a variety of music and dance events. The enrichment lectures were particularly thought provoking and stimulating for me personally. While I was not able to attend everyone of these lectures these were available in our the room on the large TV - so watched those at a later time. In the future it would be great if all of the entertainment could be available to watch at a later time in the room. I have one suggestion. I often must travel alone. Therefore, it would certainly be financially more appealing if Viking ships offered (single) state rooms for 1 person. In summary, the Viking Star Mediterranean cruise was wonderful! 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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