362 Stockholm Luxury Cruise Reviews

We went on this cruise with our friends - we took the Viking Homeland Tour. This cruise was better than we expected. The Scandinavian countries were very beautiful. We very much enjoyed the stopover in St. Petersburg. We enjoyed the ... Read More
We went on this cruise with our friends - we took the Viking Homeland Tour. This cruise was better than we expected. The Scandinavian countries were very beautiful. We very much enjoyed the stopover in St. Petersburg. We enjoyed the included tours, as well as the optional ones. The Peterhoff Palace was very beautiful. We also saw Swan Lake ballet. The stopover in Berlin the Viking Cruise, charter a train just for our ship, to get to Berlin and back without any trouble. The stop over in Stavanger was wonderful to celebrate Norway's Independence Day. Also stop at Eidfjord was a beautiful area. The room service was great. I recall that Willie was our steward. Also had one before meals and at Chef's Table and Manfredi - the steak was wonderful - Michael the manager there was extremely helpful with our reservations. All the staff on the ship all very helpful and friendly. He enjoys shows an movies at night. Also been entertainment. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
This was a special birthday cruise chosen because of three days in St Petersburg, on a small ship similar to the Navigator we had cruised on 10 years previously. We booked an overnight stay in Stockholm and would have liked more time there ... Read More
This was a special birthday cruise chosen because of three days in St Petersburg, on a small ship similar to the Navigator we had cruised on 10 years previously. We booked an overnight stay in Stockholm and would have liked more time there as its a pretty city with lots to do. It's was 6pm by the time we got out of the hotel. We were transported to the hotel and to the airport and embarked efficiently mid afternoon. Our cabin was a balcony stateroom which gave us lots of space, a bath and shower, a walk in cupboard wardrobe and a massive super king sized bed. LOccitane toiletries went down well. We got fresh towels twice a day when we wanted them. The maid service was excellent. The ship had lower staff levels than it had 10 years ago which was most apparent in dining areas. The food was good but we didn't get the wide choice or more exotic items like crab claws, king prawns, caviare in lunch buffets very often. We ate in the pool bar or La Veranda at lunch and Compass Rose in the evening bar one trip to Signatures. The staff in CR were a delight and we often got a window table as we went early, when the staff had time to chat. Later they were too busy. The food in CR was excellent and often adjusted to suit our tastes. The head chef often came out to ask people if things were to their liking - a nice touch. The pool bar was the only place to offer French fries. We found Signatures menu not our liking though the food was fine. The entertainment was very good and it was great to meet many of them on host and hostess duties over the 12 days. The cirque event was cancelled due to rough seas. There was always seats available. There weren't as many wine waiters in the theatre as 10 years ago so a few times we didn't get to order before the show started. The berths in most venues were close to the towns in Helsinki, Tallinn, Riga, Copenhagen near the mermaid, and in Amsterdam near the railway station. in St Petersburg we had an amazing view of the Hermitage Russian frigates and submarines from the river berth for three days. Only in Zeebrugge were we in a container terminal with little to see and nowhere to go unless on a tour. The tour to Porvoo from Helsinki was not great, in St Petersburg the Faberge museum and the Ballet (£95) - Mourinsky Theatre La Bayadere (usually Swan Lake we were told) were amazing. Peterhof was interesting though we didn't realise it was all a reconstruction having been burnt down by the Nazis. The trip took us past Putins Dacha. We did the Highlights of St Petersburg trip and were warned we would be targets for pick pockets, but one of our trip had their purse stolen from their bag being distracted by street artists. So be warned. Some US travellers didn't realise they couldn't wander on their own without a visa. Your tour ticket became the visa going through customs on and off the boat each trip. The Castle tour in Tallin showed what an original CzarsPalace looked like and had nice grounds leaving time to wander the town itself where there was lots to see. The Panorama of Riga tour had a lovely guide and took us round the city with commentary about how things were in soviet times being interesting. We did our own thing in Copenhagen and did canal tours in Amsterdam -disappointing as our seats faced backwards and Ghent - excellent and a lovely city. Down side We bought some LOccititane in a sale on the ship which when opened at home showed some packs had expiry dates of 2011 and 2012. Not what you expect at this level. We both started with a sore throat which became a cough and chest infection. No one else seemed to have it but it curtailed our activities not wanting to spread it. We wondered if it was the aircon, but could have been on one of the tours. This has knocked us off another cruise for now. Disembarkation went smoothly and the coach driver even took us to Heathrow via Ascot Runnymede and Windsor. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
This cruise while enjoyable did not live up to the standards we came to expect from Viking. One wonders if this was the result of growing pains. That said, this was our fifth cruise with Viking and we have two more already on the books for ... Read More
This cruise while enjoyable did not live up to the standards we came to expect from Viking. One wonders if this was the result of growing pains. That said, this was our fifth cruise with Viking and we have two more already on the books for later in 2017 and 2018. This feedback is for both the Normandy and Baltic cruises. Both ships were beautiful and meticulously maintained. The cabin personnel have always been first rate. However, tour guides on both the Normandy and Baltic cruise seemed somewhat lacking in interpersonal skills and there knowledge base was not what we experienced on earlier Viking cruises. However my biggest concern was the dining wait staff. The wait staff quality of service varied from above average to below average especially in the general dining areas. Specialty dining (those requiring reservations) was consistently above average. While my review seems overly critical, I have come to expect great things from Viking. As stated earlier we have future cruises already booked. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Had good experience on Viking river cruises and this cruise looked interesting. The food and service more than exceeded our expectations. The entertainment and pace was perfect. From the greeting at the airport to the welcome at the ship ... Read More
Had good experience on Viking river cruises and this cruise looked interesting. The food and service more than exceeded our expectations. The entertainment and pace was perfect. From the greeting at the airport to the welcome at the ship my wife and I felt like we were being welcomed into a family rather than just being a transient guest. The whole crew was invariably welcoming and allowed to be themselves as they joked with us and made meals entertaining.the food was invariably good with a varied menu and exemplary service. Our room steward kept our room clean and was always upbeat when we saw him in the passageway. The entertainers were top rate and it was good to see them about the ship.they were not only Broadway quality but they were approachable. I really enjoyed the live music in a variety of the public areas. The tours were just the right length and were both entertaining and educational. I would highly recommend this cruise to either a novice or experienced cruiser. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Having experienced many other cruise lines in the past (Celebrity, RCI, Norwegian, Princess, Azamara), a good offer came up and we jumped at the chance of trying Regent, never having thought we would be able to afford or justify the prices ... Read More
Having experienced many other cruise lines in the past (Celebrity, RCI, Norwegian, Princess, Azamara), a good offer came up and we jumped at the chance of trying Regent, never having thought we would be able to afford or justify the prices normally asked. In general, it was a fantastic cruise that lived up to expectations, but like all things, it wasn't 100% perfect and I shall list the good and slightly less good below ... Good :- - Food. 4 restaurants to choose from and all served the best food I have ever experienced on a cruise bar none. - Drink. Vast choice of wine, beers, cocktails and every other drink you can think of. Top quality brands and excellent wine. - Excursions. We booked the free excursions at every port. All included a local guide and transport. Most don't however include any food or drink except water. All were well organised and interesting. - Service. Nothing is too much trouble and you certainly feel special on this ship. - Cabin. We had a concierge cabin and it was amazing. A large bathroom (with bath and separate shower), walk in wardrobe and balcony. Best of any ship we've been on. Slightly less good :- - Entertainment. Very low key live music and limited dancing opportunities. The ships on-board set of dancers and singers were talented individuals, but the shows were formulaic and predictable. That's the price of a small ship I guess. - Coffee. Celebrity do coffee really well with a dedicated coffee shop open all day with special / liqueur coffees available. Regent's coffee offerings were very disappointing in comparison. The coffee shop closed at 5pm with a self service machine left in place if you wanted a coffee after this. - Public areas. Looking slightly tired and old fashioned. Will be fixed I'm sure by the refit in November. But these are small niggles and I would certainly recommend Regent at the right price. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
This was our first ocean cruise, and we chose Viking as we had been on several of their river cruises plus the itinerary and ports-of-call would all be new to us as we had never been to Scandinavia. We spent several days in Stockholm ... Read More
This was our first ocean cruise, and we chose Viking as we had been on several of their river cruises plus the itinerary and ports-of-call would all be new to us as we had never been to Scandinavia. We spent several days in Stockholm before the cruise, exploring on our own and trying to adjust to the time change. There was more security during embarkation than I had imagined but that was a good thing!! Our first impression of the ship was how spacious it was, and all the beautiful decorations added to our enjoyment of the spaces. There was so many places on the ship that you could sit and enjoy the scenery or read a book. The Explorer's Suite that we were in was spacious and well-appointed. It was a splurge, but IMHO, well worth it. The food served was outstanding-we never ate in The Restaurant as we loved the World Cafe, and basically it served what was being offered in The Restaurant. Plus who could miss the gelato bar and the dessert buffet???? The Chef's Table was amazing. We had 2 Asian-inspired meals there, which according to the menu "your taste buds will jump up and down"!!!We did seveal of the included excursions but we enjoy exploring on our own, and it was easy to do as Viking provides shuttle buses in ports that are not close to town. Norway and the fjords were breathtaking. We did the optional excurions to Pulpit Rock in Stavanger and the Flam Railway in Flam, and the scenery was just so beautiful. I have never seen so many amazing waterfalls, and the ride back on the road with the hair-pin turns was interesting........We were so fortunate as we had unusually warm weather for the whole trip with virtually no rain. The service onboard the Viking Star was exceptional, from our room attendants to the people in the restaurants and everyone else that we came in contact with. There certainly is entertainment on board for those wanting to partake-The Abba concert was very enjoyable. Disembarkation went as smoothly as it could, trying to take care of 930 passengers and their luggage. We spent several extra days in Bergen, Norway after the trip. The city was much bigger that I thought it wouild be and very enjoyable to roam around, enjoying food at the Fish market and browsing through all the stores. The Scandinavian countries have a very relaxed atmosphere and attitude which was a welcome change. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Viking has won recent awards for the best new ocean cruise line. That's easy to understand after having been on two of their ocean cruises (Mediterranean and Baltic). However, I didn't give them a 5-star rating because of four ... Read More
Viking has won recent awards for the best new ocean cruise line. That's easy to understand after having been on two of their ocean cruises (Mediterranean and Baltic). However, I didn't give them a 5-star rating because of four major problems. I'll discuss those in detail at the end of this review, but first let me highlight the positives. The Viking Star is a magnificent ship. It's beautifully designed and with only 925 passengers, it never felt crowded. Embarkation and disembarkation were very fast and since shore excursions were scheduled at staggered times throughout the day, there were no long lineups to get off the ship. All the facilities in the spa area were available to all passengers; spa treatments alone had an extra cost. I enjoyed the jogging track, with the non-slip flooring, that went all the way around deck 2. All of the staterooms have balconies. I was quite happy with a standard deck 3 room, since I used it only for sleeping, showering, and changing. Storage is more than adequate. I especially enjoyed the large, glassed-in shower and the heated bathroom floor. The TV system is especially impressive. Besides live news shows, movies and Ted Talks, I could access my personal shore excursion itinerary and my account details. The food and service were superb in all the dining areas and the menus often included interesting, "luxury" food items such as Russian caviar, sturgeon, and Oysters Rockefeller. I have a garlic allergy and was provided with all dinner menus one day early so my food selections could be specially prepared without garlic. The included shore excursions were generally interesting and well-organized. Walking tours were far better than bus tours where I had about 5 seconds to look at most of the things that the tour guide pointed out. And now, here's some information on four Viking policies that detracted from my enjoyment of the Baltic cruise: 1) The shore excursion booking system is unlike that found on any other cruise line. Specifically, instead of being first-come-first-served, passengers are given a time to book based on HOW MUCH THEY PAID FOR THEIR STATEROOM. I have been on many Viking cruises and have always booked the lowest category of stateroom simply because I spend very little time in my room. As a result, when my turn to book came along 2 months before the cruise, I DID NOT GET ONE SINGLE SHORE EXCURSION AT THE TIME I REQUESTED. It was most unfair that a first-time passenger on Viking who paid for an expensive suite was able to book shore excursions a full month before a long-time Viking guest like myself. (NB: Viking has one of the worst loyalty programs in the industry.) 2) All the big musical and comedy shows were a repeat of what we experienced the year before on the Viking Star Mediterranean cruise. According to the Cruise Director, the performers get 2 year contracts, so the lesson here is: If evening entertainment is important to you, don't book different cruises on the same Viking ship within any 24 month period. 3) Port talks in the theatre are scheduled in the middle of the dinner time (perhaps to decrease the number of guests in the main dining room at any one time). These talks are very interesting and contain important information about the next day's tours. Each talk is available on the stateroom TV by the following morning. However, if your are scheduled on an early morning shore excursion and wish to eat breakfast, you miss the port talk entirely. 4) Viking has installed an inadequate satellite WiFi system. It's free but is almost useless. No matter what the ship's location is or what time of day it is, the WiFi system is the slowest in the world (no exaggeration) and the small computer area is the most hated room on the ship. It usually took 5 minutes to boot up any computer to reach its desktop screen; then another 10 minutes to reach my email box, and then another 10 minutes to reach any webpage after a mouse click. I was never able to check my emails and reply to them in less than 30 minutes. Every day I saw passengers giving up, cursing, and leaving the computer area in disgust, without reaching the email box or website they wanted. In summary, Viking may be rated as being well ahead of the competition. However, once you've spent a few weeks on their ocean cruises, you realize they've still got some major problems to solve. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We had a fabulous s trip, it was the best cruise we have been on, the locations we saw and the beautiful ship and the very professional staff the whole thing was superb. We arrived at Stockholm to be greeted by smartly dressed Viking ... Read More
We had a fabulous s trip, it was the best cruise we have been on, the locations we saw and the beautiful ship and the very professional staff the whole thing was superb. We arrived at Stockholm to be greeted by smartly dressed Viking staff tunnelling us to baggage collection where they assisted us with our luggage and then guided us in small groups to the awaiting coaches. At the ship the processing of paperwork etc went like clockwork due to efficient staff, once on board we were greeted to a glass of champagne and escorted to our cabins. The embarkation was even better. Cases were labelled with coloured labels and collected the night before. On departure at designated times we were guided our colour collection area with staff assistance our cases were then taken to the coach. This process was for everyone and it made me feel like a VIP. The Nordic decor throughout the ship is lovely with modern luxury fabrics and leather furniture with historical displays of Viking artefacts and pictures. The attention to detail made it feel personal. Live music was played by a selection of musicians in different locations during the day and in the evenings it was of a high quality, not too loud or obtrusive. The whole boat was spotless, staff were constantly cleaning and every time we docked they washed the outside. Our cabin stewed washed our balcony glass and French doors every day. The pool areas were attractive and well maintained and there were people swimming in the infinity pool in the unexpected sunshine in September This is not a family cruise ship, it is not an all singing all dancing entertainment ship, there is no dressing up and having your photo taken, it is a relaxing and informative. The cabins all with balconies are simple contemporary Scandinavian, light woods and nautical colours. Bed was comfy. All rooms have seating area and a desk and the usual TV, safe, coffee machine and Wi-Fi (a bit slow but it worked all over the boat). Every cabin has bath robes and slippers. The bathroom was superb, with heated tiled floor. We had complimentary wine and beer at lunch and dinner. We lunched daily in the World cafe, the buffet excelled with a different selection every day. We tried the free speciality restaurants. The Italian Manfred’s twice and the Chefs table twice, preferred the Italian. We enjoyed afternoon tea on several occasions but did not get the opportunity to try the homely Mamsens with its jam and waffles. We liked the Explorer bar but thought the seating was a little too private with lots of two seats not a lot a chance to join other couples. The Viking bar on the 1st floor was large and nice, better for meeting up with someone. Bar prices were good with $6.50 for cocktail so we had a few. We spent some time in the spa which boasts a thalassotherapy pool, a steam room, a hot tub, a sauna, heated ceramic lounge chairs and a cold plunge pool, as well as a "snow grotto. The bath robes were lovely fluffy cotton and we had rubber sandals. The cruise was port-intensive and we had a good length of time in port. The port talks were good, more about the sights and history rather than shopping outlets. The places we visited were so very different and lovely in their own way and all very interesting. We only took the included tours and they were all excellent and very good for free. Our Warnemunde (alternative to Berlin) turned out to be a lovely day with a brewery visit (beer at 9.30am!!), guided tour of an incredible cathedral and a boat trip with fabulous views - a surprising gem for what we thought was not going to be a good day. Our 2 day Alla St Petersburg tour was fantastic and very intensive I think we did not miss anything, we even had a ride on the metro. Of all the countries we visited we would return again to Norway. The weather was fantastic for the whole trip even wore my shorts. We enjoyed this trip so much we have booked a Viking Star 2017 Christmas Mediterrean t cruise and we are having the same cabin. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
First cruise with Viking Oceans and highly impressed. The ship is beautiful. Been on other cruise ships and this ship gives you a cozy personal atmosphere. Our cabin was very nice and bigger than we had on other cruise ships;. ... Read More
First cruise with Viking Oceans and highly impressed. The ship is beautiful. Been on other cruise ships and this ship gives you a cozy personal atmosphere. Our cabin was very nice and bigger than we had on other cruise ships;. Really like the fact that every room has a veranda and there are only 930 people on the ship. There wasn't a time expect for breakfast at the cafe that I experienced any crowding. The ports were great. This was the main reason we choose Viking in the first place. This cruise was port extensive. We only had 1 sea day out of 14 days. We did a couple of the free excursions that Viking offered and they were very good. Had local tour guides that gave great insight on the area. The thing that Viking exceeded expectations on was Customer Service. The employees that were on the ship were excellent. They went out of their way to make your time there wonderful. There wasn't anything that we asked for that we didn't get. Excellent staff! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
WE chose this cruise for the destinations, to try the new Viking Ocean Cruises and to be with friends. The Viking Star is small by cruise ship standards, but very nicely appointed and stable. Food is generally good, but the Italian ... Read More
WE chose this cruise for the destinations, to try the new Viking Ocean Cruises and to be with friends. The Viking Star is small by cruise ship standards, but very nicely appointed and stable. Food is generally good, but the Italian Restaurant was disappointing. Our deluxe stateroom was very nice and the bed was comfortable. Service was very good and staff was friendly. Some shore excursions spent too much time on a bus. The train ride to and from Berlin was poorly organized (we were separated from our friends) and accounted fro 5 hours of the excursion time. The destinations are very interesting and the guide for our bus on the Ultimate St Petersburg tour, "Helen" was terrific! The cruise was great and we would do it again, but we prefer the smaller, more intimate Viking River Cruises. There were no children on our Viking Homelands Cruise and that was a real plus! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We chose Viking Oceans cruise because two previous Viking River cruises and Viking Mediterranean cruise were enjoyable and well-run. This cruise was no exception and well organized and comfortable. The food and service were superb in ... Read More
We chose Viking Oceans cruise because two previous Viking River cruises and Viking Mediterranean cruise were enjoyable and well-run. This cruise was no exception and well organized and comfortable. The food and service were superb in all the dining areas. The Viking Star is a magnificent ship. It's beautifully designed and with only 930 passengers. It never felt crowded. Thankfully, there was no casino aboard. The staterooms were spacious and well-appointed. The embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. The evening entertainment was enjoyable and certainly intended to appeal to 60+ audiences. Port talks were very informative and enrichment. The guest speakers were excellent and very enlightening. Every crew member that we encountered was welcoming, gracious and helpful. There was a wide variety of port tours on offer. We selected a combination of included and optional ones. All our tours were, without exception, in the very good to excellent category, with the same for the tour guides. We enjoyed exploring on our own. And it was easy to do as Viking provided shuttle buses in ports that were not close to town. We did the extension from Bergen to Oslo with the train journey which was good so as the tour guide. Here're some points we would like to mention: 1) Viking Customer Service: A customer service operator failed to give us correct information. Prior to the cruise we called the customer service and the operator told us that we are not required a visa at St. Petersburg staying less than 72 hours. Then we purchased tickets for Hermitage museum through the internet since we could not get the optional tour to visit the Hermitage museum. The information was not adequate enough. We found out that we could not visit the museum by ourselves unless being with a designate tour guide in there. We wasted the tickets ($45.90). 2) The excursion desk on the ship: When we tried to get a distance at some port, the answer was that she could not tell as she has never been there. We just expected weather it’s a walking distance or needing a taxi. It’s certainly not “I’ve never been there”. 3) Berlin bus tour: We got four hours free time in the city but there are wide spread interesting points in Berlin. We should have two hours each at two separate locations. 4) Viking Port Maps: At each port a city map were provided, however it is not useful. Even a local tour guide agreed. We had to get one locally always. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We had a wonderful time on the cruise! The weather was beautiful as well as the sunsets. The staff was exceptional and always made you feel welcome! The disembarkation in Bergen was the only flaw in the cruise. The dining was great with ... Read More
We had a wonderful time on the cruise! The weather was beautiful as well as the sunsets. The staff was exceptional and always made you feel welcome! The disembarkation in Bergen was the only flaw in the cruise. The dining was great with so much food with so many things to choose from. Many mornings we utilized the room service for breakfast due to the fact that we took all the excursions the ship had to offer! The morning meals were delivered right on time and always delicious! The included excursions were absolutely fabulous and very informative! Highly recommend everyone to take them if possible! I would recommend signing up for the first ones in the morning if possible. This allows for additional time on your own, other tours or just kick back and relax on this beautiful ship, In our package we had the use of full laundry services. This department as well as housekeeping preform an excellent service. Much of what I expect goes unnoticed. Wonderful cruise and look forward to joining Viking on another cruise in the future! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We have toured many times by car, bus and ship. Lots of pros for all three modes. However, to see the Baltic area a ship is a must and you couldn't find a better one than the Viking Star. Every amenity, fantastic restaurants, like ... Read More
We have toured many times by car, bus and ship. Lots of pros for all three modes. However, to see the Baltic area a ship is a must and you couldn't find a better one than the Viking Star. Every amenity, fantastic restaurants, like minded passengers, plenty of things to do on board even though the ship is a smaller size. Crew was wonderful. The excursions with the exception of the tour of the Dahl sweater factory were great. The factory does not run on Sat. so there was a very boring tour and then the opportunity to purchase a sweater. I had wanted one so that wasn't the issue, I also wanted to watch them being made. The ports were all perfect. We did chose to do a private two day tour in St. Petersburg with Alla Tours. There were 12 of us and it was a wonderful tour. I would highly recommend using them. We chose Alla as it took us to more of the sights I wanted to see. Viking had several options there but the options I wanted were on two different excursions so would have had to miss something I wanted to see. Having all shipboard things included in the up front cost was nice. Our mini bar was refilled each day with goodies that you think you don't need but were nice to have with you on your excursions. All in all, a wonderful experience. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We chose this cruise because we have had great experiences on Oceania and liked the itinerary, Stockholm to Barcelona. On this cruise, the crew from the general manager on down was terrific. Attitude was "what can we do for ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we have had great experiences on Oceania and liked the itinerary, Stockholm to Barcelona. On this cruise, the crew from the general manager on down was terrific. Attitude was "what can we do for you". Our cabin was perfectly maintained. Our major on board activity is dancing and there was plenty of opportunity everyday with music before and after dinner. The band in Horizons was great, played all kinds of music. No comments on shore excursions since we do independent touring but I will say Oceania is providing more and more information and assistance to independent travelers which we appreciate. Food has always been Oceania's strength. This was our 7th O. cruise and we thought the food in the main dining room was not as good or as varied as on previous cruises. It was not bad ( we are not discouraged from cruising again with O, we've signed up for 50 days in 2017) but it is not as good as it has been in the past. This was a port intensive cruise with one sea day so there were not many lectures. There was only one speaker who gave three lectures and he wasn't very good. On our previous cruises with O. the speakers were very good. Our one negative about the ship itself is about furnishings in public spaces. The tables in Horizons and the Terrace are much too close together. It is very difficlut to find a table where someone will not be bumped by servers or other guests. It is annoying. Also, the furniture in Martinis and Horizons, while looking great, is not user friendly. There is not a single chair (other than a barstool) we could sit on in Martinis. It is all low and soft. In Horizons all the window seating is big and soft. We found it uncomfortable and it also blocks the view from the more normal size chairs in the middle of the room. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
St Petersburg has been on my bucket list but I wanted to avoid the crowds of summer so the dates were ideal. They also offered a substantial number & variety of shore excursions from which to choose The ship came highly ... Read More
St Petersburg has been on my bucket list but I wanted to avoid the crowds of summer so the dates were ideal. They also offered a substantial number & variety of shore excursions from which to choose The ship came highly recommended & surpassed expectations. we opted for a local tour guide, again to enjoy a small group & we chose Best Guides , located in St Petersburg. Not only was it less costly than the ship's excursion but everything about them was excellent. The planning was perfect, the guide was delightful, knowledgeable & allowed us to make modifications to the itinerary - some before we left & another while we were there. I highly recommend them. The ship was excellent - the food & service was outstanding. We visited 9 countries in 12 days which was a trifle hectic but quite doable. Comments from most other guests were all favourable & I wouldn't hesitate to travel with Oceania again Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We wanted to celebrate our special anniversary in a memorable way, this trip was beyond our expectations. We chose the Marina at the recommendation of friends, and the Baltic cruise was on our bucket list. We were so happy with both ... Read More
We wanted to celebrate our special anniversary in a memorable way, this trip was beyond our expectations. We chose the Marina at the recommendation of friends, and the Baltic cruise was on our bucket list. We were so happy with both choices. The ship was so well equipped, just the right size for us, and every meal was a gourmet treat. We especially loved the Red Ginger. The cabin was a concierge, a balcony to enjoy the scenery and luxury bathroom, with the added feature of access to the concierge lounge that allowed us access to early morning coffee, newspapers, etc right on our level. Nice perk. The staff could not do enough for you and very friendly, always a genuine smile.Lots to do and see on the ship itself, great evening entertainment but we were kept busy with daily shore excursions. We did not book these thru the ship but thru small group tours with SPB tours or we just went out to explore ourselves. Every city and country we visited had a different flavor, people and politics which we discovered with delight. The best part of the tour is that we met so many interesting, like minded people on the ship, becoming friends. The world is made up of friends and we will be keeping in touch with them. WE would not hesitate to travel on the Marina again and strongly recommend to our friends Heather and Vince Meehan Campbellville Ontario Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We chose the Baltic cruise with the Oceania Line on the Marina Ship mainly because of the Itinerary. The itinerary of the ports of call was terrific. We totally enjoyed the stopover in St. Petersburg - it was the highlight of the trip. ... Read More
We chose the Baltic cruise with the Oceania Line on the Marina Ship mainly because of the Itinerary. The itinerary of the ports of call was terrific. We totally enjoyed the stopover in St. Petersburg - it was the highlight of the trip. We spent a day in SPB and then a day in Moscow, and then the final day back in SPB. We used Alla Tours for this experience and it was as great as we could have expected. We enjoyed every single port of call and had great tours and did some of the ports on our own. Oceania - Marina was a great ship. We never felt movement over the Baltic Sea and we had a Penthouse Suite which was spacious and very well located on the ship with great amenities.. The food was very good. The specialty restaurants were gourmet. The Wine Spectator dinner that we spent extra for was superb. All in all I would rate this particular trip 5 *****. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
This was the 12 night cruise from Stockholm to Amsterdam. Three days in St. Petersburg was the highlight of the trip. Staff was extremely helpful, mostly friendly, but somewhat impersonal. This may be for a couple of reasons: 1) the ... Read More
This was the 12 night cruise from Stockholm to Amsterdam. Three days in St. Petersburg was the highlight of the trip. Staff was extremely helpful, mostly friendly, but somewhat impersonal. This may be for a couple of reasons: 1) the Captain's leadership style, and/or 2) It appeared that many staff members were about to leave for vacation. Many ratings were downgraded because of one or two issues we experienced: 1) Dining and Service - main dining room food and service was poor, with surly wait staff and food well below the quality of the other on-board restaurants. We preferred eating in the Terrace to the Grand Dining Room. This was the reason for the downgraded ratings. 2) Enrichment Activities - This is a somewhat small ship and activities are limited, probably based on previous customer desires and feedback. Not bad, just limited. 3) Shore Excursions - One shorex was most unfortunate: Gdansk, Poland. This was not so much the tour as the tour guide, who did as little as possible to make the experience enjoyable. He basically left us on our own to see the old town area, plus showed no interest in our questions and/or comments during the tour. His response to me when I asked him about my family's home village about 50 miles from Gdansk was an indifferent "You can Google it." Also, the ship's excursions were overpriced and undervalued compared to what we booked independently in several cities. 4) Value - Some port times were painfully limited. Longer times in Tallinn, Gdansk and especially Copenhagen would not have impacted next morning arrival times at next ports of call. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
This is our fifth with Oceania, only one on the smaller ships. Love the space and amenities on the big ones. The main selling points are the excellent staff and food and the fact that most things are included in the cost. Love the Country ... Read More
This is our fifth with Oceania, only one on the smaller ships. Love the space and amenities on the big ones. The main selling points are the excellent staff and food and the fact that most things are included in the cost. Love the Country Club Casual dress code [3C] and free style dining. Love the selection of restaurants, none of which cost extra. Really love La Terrace as it offers essentially the same menu as the Grand Dining Room [GDR] but with a less formal, quicker turnaround for those days - evenings - when, after a long day on shore, you don't want to do the full 3C. We thought that the four specialty restaurants have never been better, which is saying a lot. Restaurant staff was friendly and very efficient. Cabin was as usual - immaculate. The cabin stewards were very obliging, always asking if there was anything else we needed. Port selection was great and we really appreciated spending three days in St. Petersburg. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
I chose this cruise because I had not seen any of the countries visited, except for Germany. Also, I took a Viking river cruise a couple years ago and knew the fine reputation of Viking. I was thrilled with this trip: it will be my trip of ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I had not seen any of the countries visited, except for Germany. Also, I took a Viking river cruise a couple years ago and knew the fine reputation of Viking. I was thrilled with this trip: it will be my trip of a lifetime. The Star is a beautiful and spacious ship with so many things to do, one can hardly get it all done in just two weeks. We loved the shows, the port talks, the history lectures (also shown on in-room TV), the tours given in each port, and of course the fabulous restaurants. We dined in the Italian restaurant two nights and the Chef's Table three nights, and neither should be missed. I had a serious medical problem during the trip, and the ship's doctor arranged that I go to a clinic in St Petersburg for a needed procedure. The doctor and nurses on the ship followed up, and I give high praise to Dr. Dees and the nurses. If you're reading this before you go, take out the travel insurance; I will be reimbursed for every cent I spent. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
I picked this cruise because of the itinerary - the opportunity to visit a range of fabulous cities and fjord towns - on what was billed as a new, stylish and not too large cruise liner. I was not disappointed. The ship is the style of ... Read More
I picked this cruise because of the itinerary - the opportunity to visit a range of fabulous cities and fjord towns - on what was billed as a new, stylish and not too large cruise liner. I was not disappointed. The ship is the style of the show - like living for a fortnight in a 'boutique museum', a mix of the modern scandi and a wealth of historical detail. It had all the facilities you might need and all of a high quality, designed with function and beauty in mind. Cabins were well designed, comfortable and attractive and well maintained by the friendliest room service you could wish for. Similarly, the dining facilities and food were of a high quality, from the homely Mamsens with its jam and waffles to the highly innovative, taste bud tingling Chef's Table. And make sure you have a cocktail in the Explorer's Lounge whilst passing through the Stockholm archipelago, the fjords or whilst watching the sun go down - a recipe for a magical moment. The pool areas were attractive and well maintained and swimming in the infinity pool in sunshine in St Petersburg was one of the unexpected highlights of the journey. A free trip was included at each port - I only paid for extras in St Petersburg (Gold Room and Hermitage - well worth doing), the ballet in St Petersburg and the jazz cruise in Copenhagen (pricey but a wonderful evening out). After feeling very herded on the Helsinki trip (lots of ships in port and the city felt under strain) we decided to do most of the other ports on our own which enabled us to miss the groups and investigate things of particular interest to us. We did, however, participate in the free trip in Warnemunde (alternative to Berlin) and this turned out to be a lovely day with a brewery visit (beer at 9.30am!!), guided tour of an incredible cathedral and a boat trip with fabulous views - a surprising gem of a day and all included! The following 'extras' were lovely bonuses: the quality of the lectures delivered by the guest lecturers that were informative and helped you to build knowledge as your trip progressed; the music everywhere on the ship - of a high quality but not too loud or obtrusive; the laundrette (not exciting but making packing and dressing much easier!); the fabulous spa facility - no need to pay a penny to fully immerse yourself in the Nordic spa system and the facility is usually nearly empty; the shuttle bus service at all larger ports (if you're the sort of person who doesn't like large, herded groups then this is the service for you - free transport to the heart of your port, a good map with a note of pick up point and you're set up for a great day!). This is not a family cruise ship, it is not an all singing all dancing entertainment ship, it is not a dressing up and having your photo taken at every opportunity ship. Instead it is a relaxing, informative, safe environment from which to explore a fabulous range of ports in a style that suits you. My only gripe - there was only a minimal reduction on double occupancy rates for a single traveller! A better deal would be the icing on the cake! Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
This was my first real ocean cruise (have taken some very small cruises and some river cruises). The crew was amazingly organized about getting everyone off and back on the ship, so it never, ever felt like a mob scene. It was a class ... Read More
This was my first real ocean cruise (have taken some very small cruises and some river cruises). The crew was amazingly organized about getting everyone off and back on the ship, so it never, ever felt like a mob scene. It was a class act all the way, with excellent cuisine, entertainment and excursions. Every cabin had a veranda and the weather was nice enough to get to use it. One day, we had room service lunch on our veranda and often sat there, watching scenery. I really enjoyed the infinity pool on warmer days. Every night there was a port talk about the next destination, which was very informative. The main restaurant, called simply, the Restaurant, had excellent cuisine and we also dined at both specialty restaurants, for a change of pace. I had a massage and there was a hair salon on board, although I did not use it. They always provided a shuttle, in case you wanted to explore a town on your own, so you never need to worry about getting a taxi. We signed up for every walking tour and got a lot of exercise! There were no children on this cruise, as there is a minimum age, which I think is 18 (?). We visited 8 countries. The crew is always friendly and helpful, which made the cruise extra nice. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
I chose this itinerary - Viking Homelands - as it went to 6 countries I had never visited before. Viking does a great job of focusing on each destination so I thought they would be the best company for me as someone unfamiliar with this ... Read More
I chose this itinerary - Viking Homelands - as it went to 6 countries I had never visited before. Viking does a great job of focusing on each destination so I thought they would be the best company for me as someone unfamiliar with this part of the world. Embarkation was ridiculously easy. My sister and I took a cab from a hotel where we had stayed for a couple nights prior to the cruise. We were greeted, needed to turn over our passports temporarily, and our luggage was brought to our cabin. Our housekeeping guys went over each feature of our cabin with us in an almost amusing level of detail! We tried all of the restaurants on the ship and had good experiences in them all but settled on The Restaurant as our favorite. Supposedly the head of Viking thinks the best food should be in the main restaurant and for us it was and we liked the service there too. I really appreciated the ship's well-appointed fitness center and for once didn't come back with extra weight! I also enjoyed a few quick dips in the infinity pool which is truly unique in my experience. I chose a lot of shore excursions and enjoyed the vast majority of them. I wasn't keen on one to a brewery in Germany one morning but then beer at 9:30 in the morning just isn't my thing! I loved an outing to a lighthouse in Denmark, enjoyed the walking tours and all of the water outings. Evening entertainment was of a very professional caliber and I liked that the shows were only 45 minutes in length. For me the fact that there aren't children or casinos on Viking Ocean Cruises is a plus. I traveled with my sister. I would not hesitate to travel with Viking Ocean Cruises again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
This was our second time using Viking. Our first time was a river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest. We were extremely pleased with that river cruise and vowed that we would use Viking in future cruises. This Baltic cruise was as ... Read More
This was our second time using Viking. Our first time was a river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest. We were extremely pleased with that river cruise and vowed that we would use Viking in future cruises. This Baltic cruise was as "good" as our first trip with them. We enjoyed the smaller ship which held approximately 930 passengers which made it possible to make many new friends. Another plus for us was the fact that there were no children on board. The crew was fantastic, from the cabin person, to the wait staff. They all made you feel right at home. The food that was served either in the buffet or off the menu in the restaurant was excellent. Another thing that impressed us was the fact that the head chef would come around and ask the passengers how the enjoyed the food. On shore excursions were very nice and well thought out. My wife and I would definitely recommend using Viking cruises. We recently received new cruise booklets in the mail. And we are looking forward to booking another cruise with Viking in the near future. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
The Viking Star was a new Ocean Cruise ship with the best amenities. Their cabins were very neat, clean, comfortable, spacious with always available cabin attendants and room services. almost all staterooms were relatively close to ... Read More
The Viking Star was a new Ocean Cruise ship with the best amenities. Their cabins were very neat, clean, comfortable, spacious with always available cabin attendants and room services. almost all staterooms were relatively close to staircases and elevators, making it easily accessible to amenities and restaurants. The ship was very well managed with available management staff at all levels, and their concern about guests wellbeing was appreciated.. With meticulously organized excursions at all the ports, we were comfortable visiting places.We were very much impressed with their well trained and knowledgable tour guides and their bases in each each cities to help should we needed. Traveling to 8 countries with 11 destinations, they were able to familiarize us with the history of Baltic nations, ethnic diversities and their past relations together and the world. With varieties of wonderful restaurants they were able to satisfy every different taste. Beside, there were bars and sandwich corners, serving foods and drinks while restaurants were not operating. Entertainments from music, shows, health club, sports to games were great and available for those interested. I would highly recommend this trip and Viking Star ship to anyone interested to take future cruises. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016

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