13 Viking Ocean Viking Star Cruise Reviews for Luxury Cruises to Europe - Western Mediterranean from Venice

This was our first ocean cruise with Viking after 3 river cruises. There is a difference but we adjusted quickly. We picked this cruise because of the itinerary and the sites we could see. We were off the boat almost all the times that ... Read More
This was our first ocean cruise with Viking after 3 river cruises. There is a difference but we adjusted quickly. We picked this cruise because of the itinerary and the sites we could see. We were off the boat almost all the times that were available. The extra tours (on river boats you don't pay for them) were worth what we paid for with few exceptions. And the exceptions were the guides not the tours themselves. Life on the boat was great and in one sense I wish there was more time not on the boat. At first it was ok 13 days we can do it all on the boat. Well 13 days later we probably did 40% of what was offered. Our fault not Vikings. The cabin was what we paid for and lovely! the service was great and I can't say enough about this part. The only downside was the veranda chairs were NOT comfortable at all. The food....hmmm breakfast was good not great. Don't get me wrong there was so much to choose from but unlike the river cruises this food was cooked for 1000 guests and was rather on the bland side. Lunch was good offering quick lunches and buffet as well as restaurant lunches. So you could get whatever you were hungry for. On a lot of our tours lunch on the boat was impossible so we probably had 5 on the boat. Dinners ranged from restaurant quality in any good city to bland food cooked for the masses. The two special resturants were exactly that special. Food to order flavorful and over all excellent. The regular restaurant was very good but again food for the masses. The staff in all the resturants worked their hearts out to make us happy. They were so gracious! The shows were good but don't expect Las Vegas type shows. The cast was talented and engaged the audience. One show was up at the pool deck which I though was great. 2 or 3 of the nights they showed movies on the pool deck too. That was great! Like a drive in without cars!!! One disappointment there was no recognition of previous Viking guests or a reception for Viking explorers. THAT SHOULD BE CORRECTED!!!!!!! If any of this sounds negative or like we had a bad time we have already booked the transatlantic crossing in Febuary of 17. So let that be your real guide. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Viking is the best. The food is wonderful, the service fantastic, and the staff is friendly. Viking took care of us from the moment we arrived at the airport, and continued until they dropped us off when we left. They were clearly visible ... Read More
Viking is the best. The food is wonderful, the service fantastic, and the staff is friendly. Viking took care of us from the moment we arrived at the airport, and continued until they dropped us off when we left. They were clearly visible when we arrived, took care of the luggage and delivered it to our room. There is so much to learn about other countries and Viking helps you to learn. I appreciated how they incorporated the entertainment, the food and wine, and activities with the location of our stops. The excursions were also led by experienced guides that were able to add there own color to the tour. They were also knowledgable enough to be able to answer questions that were asked. I do appreciate that this is the focus of Viking ~ this is not your party ship. There were many options for dining. Manfredi's and The Chef's Table were both great alternatives to The Restaurant for fine dining. I was able to try new foods that I might not have ordinarily tried. I was never disappointed. The pool areas were also great places to relax. Also, there were quiet places to curl up with a good book, or take a nap! Movies under the stars was a lot of fun. Everything about Viking is great. You can tell they have put much thought into this business. They are also very good to the staff. Everyone would explain why they like to work for Viking. I like to support businesses that are good to their employees. I look forward to the next cruise! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We sailed from Venice to Split, Dubrovnik, Corfu, Naples, Rome, Livorno, Monaco/Monte Carlo, Toulon and ended up in Barcelona. It was truly the trip of a lifetime for me, never having taken any cruise before! We loved the idea of ... Read More
We sailed from Venice to Split, Dubrovnik, Corfu, Naples, Rome, Livorno, Monaco/Monte Carlo, Toulon and ended up in Barcelona. It was truly the trip of a lifetime for me, never having taken any cruise before! We loved the idea of starting in Venice and ending the voyage in Barcelona. We took an extra day and a half at each end of the trip to see a bit more of each of those cities. Great idea. Gave us a chance to rev up for the cruise on the front end and wind down from the cruise at the back end. While on the cruise itself, we truly can't speak highly enough of the ship's appointments, the entire staff from the wonderful captain to our stateroom steward, the various entertainment choices and lecture offerings, the dining choices (all excellent, by the way) and the shore excursions. Manfreddi's Restaurant, the Chef's Table restaurant and "The Restaurant" were all wonderful as was the more casual restaurant where breakfast, lunch and dinner were always available. The bar up on the 7th deck as well as the bar down on the first deck were delightful places to have a drink and review the fun activities of that particular day! We will definitely consider another cruise in the future, perhaps taking a river cruise the next time for a change of pace! If you have the chance and time to make an ocean cruise trip, Viking Cruise Line is a SUPERB company to book your cruise through! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
My sister and I took this cruise to celebrate our retirement after teaching HS for 35 yrs. we had never been on a cruise before so as 'newbies' it was quite the experience. We became known as "the sisters" by friends ... Read More
My sister and I took this cruise to celebrate our retirement after teaching HS for 35 yrs. we had never been on a cruise before so as 'newbies' it was quite the experience. We became known as "the sisters" by friends and crew alike, which was one of the surprising things! The crew was so personable , kind and friendly! The ship was amazing and we spent the first few days in spare time just roaming in awe of the beauty of the ship! Our cabin was spacious and we loved the private veranda where we spent several mornings eating breakfast and enjoying the view while being catered to 24/7. All accommodations were spacious and again, the crew was terrific. We couldn't have asked for a more pleasant group of people to be around. The food was amazing and we loved having several possible choices for dining! We samples them all, and give all our approval! Also having the waiters and waitresses remember our names and preferences added that touch of class and friendliness. Every evening there was offerings of music, dancing and movies by the pool. Afternoons offered lectures on varying topics including our ports of call as well as timely information on travel and entertainment. It was amazing what all was available! After 10 days on this cruise, we left feeling like we had made new friends and acquaintances, and we're anxious to tell out husbands about it so they could experience this wonderful opportunity too - taking us again of course! We loved every minute and made memories for a lifetime. Thank you Viking! Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
this cruise was chosen for the ports of call, time of the year and past experience with Viking. We can't say enough about this cruise; it was amazing! The service was impeccable; staff went out of their way to make sure we were ... Read More
this cruise was chosen for the ports of call, time of the year and past experience with Viking. We can't say enough about this cruise; it was amazing! The service was impeccable; staff went out of their way to make sure we were satisfied and had what we need. One staff even provided some cough drops for a sick co-traveler. The food was great and we loved that everything was included-room service, specialty restaurants, tours. The spa area was fun and unique, especially the snow cave-it snowed!the entertainment was top notch and varied. The local ones that were brought on board, especially the opera singers, really added to the tours and the cities. This ship provides all balcony cabins, which was nice, and the weather was warm enough to enjoy them. Cabins had comfortable seating for 2 with a table big enough to put ones order from room service. The bathroom- bigger than any other cruise ship and wonderful amenities. Most ports were easily accessible but we did opt for a private tour in Florance and wish we would have done so in Rome as well as the included tours tried to do too much. we really enjoyed the tour in Venice and it was even more fascinating as we had taken a gondola ride the night before and got to see the flooding the next morning. This is a cruise is best for adults. We can't say enough about the service-after our tour in Rome the staff met us with champagne and singing, just an example of the positive attitude and a great time! Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
. This was our first cruise and first trip to Europe. Everything went off without a hitch. The flights (arranged by Viking) were excellent. We were greeted at the airport and shuttled to the Viking Star in Venice. Check-in was a breeze ... Read More
. This was our first cruise and first trip to Europe. Everything went off without a hitch. The flights (arranged by Viking) were excellent. We were greeted at the airport and shuttled to the Viking Star in Venice. Check-in was a breeze and then we were off to explore the ship. We ate most of our meals in the World Cafe although there were many other options available. The cabins are well designed and very comfortable. I loved having a coffee machine in the room. Our cabin attendant was off the charts good as were all the crew. With only one cruising day we really enjoyed waking up every morning in a new port. Viking provided a complementary excursion in each port and the opportunity to select from a number of upgrades. We upgraded about 50% of the time. A ship representative and a local tour guide escorted us on our excursions in most cases. The excursion that we picked in Venice spent too much time on the water tour with not enough time in Venice itself. Rome was (St Peter's Basilica) was my favorite. Barcelona was a close second. After you visit Monaco everyplace else looks dingy. After our shore excursion in Monaco we bought tickets for a double decker hop on/off tour bus. We went around 3 times. We were totally and emphatically satisfied and are totally sold on Viking. Every other guest that we encountered on this cruise had been on several (2-9) Viking River Cruises. We have since booked the Viking Star West Indies Ocean Cruise for December 2016. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
This was an excellent cruise. It was more expensive for 10 days than I was used to, but the smaller number of passengers, more space, better food, free excursions, no waiting more than 5 minutes for anything, and low bill at the end ... Read More
This was an excellent cruise. It was more expensive for 10 days than I was used to, but the smaller number of passengers, more space, better food, free excursions, no waiting more than 5 minutes for anything, and low bill at the end (mostly just gratuities, well deserved) made it worth it. The ship was beautiful but not stuffy and the atmosphere and passengers were casual without being sloppy. The passengers (almost all North Americans) were great. The places we visited were all great, and a nice mixture of bigger cities and smaller cities. I hope Viking continues going to smaller places like Kotor (quite nice and easy to get to from the ship) and unknown places like Pula. I liked having at least a half day to see a little of the beginning and end cities, as a half day is better than just views of a city to and from airports like you get on many itineraries. I also like that Viking starts one place and ends up in another so you at least get to see some of 2 cities. The food was excellent - not too heavy on meat and potatoes but not too “froo-froo” either. Restaurants were quite nice with lots of tables for two. Even the buffet was quite good. Free beer and wine was nice. You can spend so much money on alcohol if you’re not careful. The service and cabin were excellent, especially large bed and roomy shower. Excursions, while not all day affairs, were fine for me. With so many cities in a row, I was glad I didn’t try to overdo things. The guides were excellent and the size of the groups was typical of cruises I’ve been on before. Because the basic excursions were included in the price, for the most part I took them, and probably saw and learned a lot more than if I had had to pay for excursions or wander around in the ports without a tour. There really was no nickel and diming, as Viking promised, and no pushing of things to buy like on other ships and no photographer. There were enough activities to keep me busy, but I could have used a few more sports activities. I wanted to play bocce ball but was told Viking was restricting play to times when the ship was in port because people below were hearing thumps. Several of us thought they should have at least given us a few hours a day (maybe late afternoon, especially when ship was at sea?) Why have a nice bocce ball setup you can’t use just because a few people are unhappy? The entertainment and music was good, although not necessarily your typical Broadway show tunes, and no magician or comedian, which I would have liked. But Viking said from the beginning they wouldn’t have those, so I can’t complain. I also would have liked a casino, but the lack of one turned out to be no big deal. The larger mainstream lines have a greater variety of music and entertainment but at least Star had some rock and roll and 60s music in their nightly shows for those folks who don’t like classical or opera. The Cruise Director was good (not too overly enthusiastic), and the Captain quite likable. (Of course, who could dislike a captain?) Overall I thought Viking did a terrific job and I'd love to cruise again. I can't afford the more expensive small ships, but now I think I'm spoiled for smaller ships, so I definitely won't be cruising on any ships larger or of lesser quality than Viking. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
This was our first cruise. Viking came highly recommended by friends of ours who we cruised with. As our first experience, I can say it was outstanding. The ship was beautiful and very well designed. Our room was lovely and every ... Read More
This was our first cruise. Viking came highly recommended by friends of ours who we cruised with. As our first experience, I can say it was outstanding. The ship was beautiful and very well designed. Our room was lovely and every possible space was well thought out and used. The only suggestion I have with respect to the rooms was that the outlets were a little difficult to get to near the bed and an extension cord would have been helpful. The service and staff were remarkable, helpful and friendly. The food was plentiful and unexpectedly delicious. The travel to and from the embarkation ports went smoothly. The ship was kept extremely clean and the staff was constantly cleaning all common areas. The Port and shore excursions were uneven. Some were wonderful, some not so great. It all depended on the guide assigned to the excursion. Some were extremely knowledgeable and made the excursion come alive. Others not so good. Also, a few of our stops were a little disappointing, such as Corfu and especially Barcelona. We were really looking forward to seeing Barcelona, but it was a bus tour that didn't make any stops, except one short stop not in a very interesting area, and kept moving at a very fast pace so you really couldn't see or take pictures of the points of interest. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
The Viking Star is a BEAUTIFUL ship and everything about our cruise from our spacious cabin, the service, the staff, the restaurants and the food to the amazing excursions, was simply THE BEST! We were never disappointed (the Rome ... Read More
The Viking Star is a BEAUTIFUL ship and everything about our cruise from our spacious cabin, the service, the staff, the restaurants and the food to the amazing excursions, was simply THE BEST! We were never disappointed (the Rome excursion was a LONG day) but all our other excursions were perfect - we feel fortunate that we made the right choices for our interests, as there were many to choose from. The trips to the small towns and countryside farm were especially memorable, and our guides were all knowledgeable and entertaining. We had fun!! And at this point in our lives, what could be better? Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We were excited to hear that Viking was entering the small luxury ocean market. Based on our cruising experience, this is the market segment most attractive to us. This review is based upon our previous cruises with lines such as Regent, ... Read More
We were excited to hear that Viking was entering the small luxury ocean market. Based on our cruising experience, this is the market segment most attractive to us. This review is based upon our previous cruises with lines such as Regent, Oceania and Azamara. We knew when we signed up for a part of the maiden voyage of the Viking Star that there would be rough spots. However, given our previous experience on Viking and their reputation, our expectations were higher than Viking's performance. We purchase our air through Viking and transfers to/from the ship were included. We were met at the airport and loaded onto buses where representatives checked in each person on handheld terminals. Credit card information was processed on the bus. At the port we gave them our passports and boarded the ship. ID cards were on the bed in each cabin. Overall embarkation was fairly efficient. The Viking Star is a new ship on its maiden cruise. It is a beautiful ship designed in a sleek, Scandinavian style. It has a three story atrium surrounded by sitting space, game tables, a bar and services areas. The services areas are an interesting design. Rather than counters, there are tables where you sit with Excursions or Guest Relations representatives. The problem is these service spaces are very inefficient. Because there was no counter, people were cutting in front of others, not realizing that there were lines until the lines got really long, which they did. The tables and chairs invite you to sit down and chat with the representative. So instead of a quick interchange, it results in longer and inefficient visits that create the long lines. While it seems like a good idea, it does not work. There are many dining options on the ship. The Restaurant is the main eating facility. It is well designed with a number of eating spaces rather than one big dining room. Viking moved to a casual demand dining system during the cruise. This did result in longer lines during prime dining times. Overall the food was good. The menu is the usual 14 day cycle. There are the "always available" items in addition to a "regional specialty" every night. Service was initially spotty, as the crew was new, but it did improve during the cruise. There are two specialty dining rooms, Manfredi's and The Chef's Table. Manfredi's is an Italian restaurant and was the best dining venue on the ship. The menu is the same every night, but is extensive and the food is very good. Many passengers dined multiple times there. The Chef's table is a tasting menu concept. There is a theme such as Asian, Indian or Italian for the menu. It is a fixed menu that changes every 9 days (they may be moving to every 5 days). You have no choices, everyone eats the same thing. If you liked the menu it was fine. If many items were not to your liking you would leave hungry. I am not sure how well the concept was working. There seemed to be empty tables in The Chef's Table every night, while it was difficult to get into Manfredi's. There is no charge to eat in the specialty restaurants. The dining area at the pool was pretty good. Unfortunately the staff was rather new and inexperienced at handling the long lines. As time went on the lines shortened a little. The spa facility is one of the highlights of the ship. There is a large hot tub with built in seating, a cold dunk pool and a hot whirlpool. Lounge seating surrounds the pool area and a snow room. As for the exercise facility it is equipped with a number of machines. There is also a well-equipped weight room and stretching area. There is no provision for spinning on the ship. While there were classes, they were few and very limited. I did not attend any so I cannot comment. The usual trainer seemed to be absent any time I was in the facility. Our experience with free excursions is that you get what you pay for. We took a few and found them to be overcrowded with over 40 people on some. While they do put radios and earphones in everyone’s cabins, 40 people is too many to manipulate on a walking tour of a city. That said, the quality of the guides was pretty good. We did have one experience with an excursion that is worth noting. I had signed up for the Lamborghini Factory tour in Venice. After an hour-and-a-half ride to the factory we found out that the tour operator failed to confirm the tour with Lamborghini and we could not get into the factory. What troubled me was Viking’s response to the problem. When we got back to the ship we were informed that Viking would refund HALF the cost of the excursion. Needless to say, the participants were not happy. After meeting with us, we received a letter from Viking informing us that based on passenger response they would refund the full amount. I cannot believe that Viking would not immediately apologize to all of us and tell us they would be happy to refund the full amount. We did get the expected result, but it seemed grudgingly on the part of Viking. Not the way to run a luxury cruise line. As a follow-up, it is now over a month and a half since we returned from the cruise and Viking did refund HALF the cost of the excursion. When I called “Customer Retention” to ask what happened they called me back to inform me that only one of us signed up for the excursion, so they had refunded the full amount. The Viking website clearly showed the full cost of the excursion as twice what they refunded me. Viking cannot even figure out how much they charge for an excursion. My confidence in Viking continues to wane. We did take a couple other Viking paid excursions and they were good. In general we prefer to arrange private tours and find other people on the Cruise Critic Roll Call to share the cost. We did this in three ports and had wonderful private tours. The cabins are visually very attractive. However there are a number of issues. There are only three small drawers for storage in the cabin and one is used to store the hair dryer. The shelf over the closet becomes the primary storage space. The closet is parallel to the bed, so if someone is on the bed it becomes more difficult to get in the closet. What appears to be a spacious desk drawer is the refrigerator/minibar that contains soda, water and the one mini Twix and Mars bars they "generously" give you each day. Instead of a center drawer the desk has a fold up mirror storage space (vanity) that is totally useless if you leave anything, like a computer, on the desk. While the square footage for the cabin sounds spacious, the room feels cramped. This feeling is probably due to the large bathroom. The shower is large and comfortable. Unfortunately, showering was a challenge due to problems regulating the water temperature. We know of passengers who did not have hot water in their cabin for the first leg of the cruise and were told to shower in another cabin, but could not be moved. We experienced severely fluctuating water temperature in our shower. No matter how you set the faucet, the water cycled from scalding to cold every minute or so. Calls to Guest Relations did not solve the problem. The television system is another story. It did not work at all for the first few days of the cruise. While it appears sophisticated, it is slow to respond and awkward to use. It was obvious that Viking was not happy with the system and working hard to fix it. Overall I would rate the cabins average for this class of cruising, but with dysfunctional storage. I assume the shower temperature is a startup problem that will be corrected. I could go on, but I think I have conveyed the basic idea that Viking is not ready to compete with other luxury class cruise lines. We will return to the other cruise lines we have used and give Viking Ocean a few years to learn the business. If you have enjoyed another luxury cruise line I suggest that you do the same. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Overall we had a great time - there were quite a few rough edges but we attribute them to the fact that the ship was brand new and many things needed to be ironed out. Our relative took the same cruise in Sept. and it appears that many of ... Read More
Overall we had a great time - there were quite a few rough edges but we attribute them to the fact that the ship was brand new and many things needed to be ironed out. Our relative took the same cruise in Sept. and it appears that many of the issues have been corrected. Here were some of the items that warrant improvement on our cruise - extremely long lines for dinner service; spotty cable/internet connections; unilateral changing of shore excursion times without prior notice; confusion at the excursion desk came boarding time for the shore excursions; less-than-robust nightly entertainment offerings; ports of call selection/shore excursions that can be improved. Let us expand on that last point. We'll be blunt - there are more desirable ports to stop in Greece than the one selected (substituting Santorini or Mykonos would be highly desirable); there was little to do at Provence even though it's along the way (We personally would have preferred to skip it, get to Barcelona one day earlier as there's much more to see there). The coverage of the shore excursions also can be improved. For example, we were left to hang out at the Vatican in Rome for 5+ hours - the lines were very long and there's no way we can get in; we were told about taxis and public transportation to get to the Spanish steps/Trevi fountain but no one told us about the "skip the line" option to get into the Vatican. One member of our cruise watched Rick Steves ahead of time, knew exactly where to go and was able to see the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican. For most of us, we were neither here nor there. We just stood by the tacky souvenir shops around St. Peters Square waiting for the tour bus to come pick us up. Rome ended up being an underwhelming stop because of how the shore excursion was executed. By the way, for some unknown reason, Viking told us to bring our passports on shore in Rome. We checked with friends who went with other cruise lines and heard no such thing. Having your passport on you is not such a good idea - two members of our cruise got pick pocketed and these incidents are hardly rare in Europe. Barcelona was a fun stop but the city shore excursion was also poorly routed. We spent a ton of time on Mt. Juic whereas some of that time could have been diverted to a quick stop at the famous La Segrada de la Familia. In response to repeated requests by the folks on our bus, the tour guide had to call HQ repeatedly for permission to even do a drive-by. Finally the green light came down and the driver got to "swing by" for us to snap some pictures. Like I said, the Barcelona excursion itinerary could have been tweaked to make it more rewarding. IMHO, La Sagrada would be more deserving of our time than looking at knick knacks and guarding our wallets against pickpockets along the La Rambla. If you want better and more in-depth coverage, you are better off doing the hop-on/hop-off than the "free" Viking city excursion. That's just our opinion. Like we said, most of the kinks (except for the ports of call) appear to have been ironed out with the passage of time, but there is one thing that irked us the most. We paid extra for business economy and called the airlines to book our seats as soon as the itinerary was released in December 2014. Viking changed the routing without notifying us. We happened to call them on a separate matter and by happenstance, found out in March, with weeks of departure. Obviously the prized side-by-side two-by-the window seats that we reserved in December were gone because we were now on a different flight. We spent an hour on the phone with Viking only to be called to the terms and conditions - that Viking reserves the right to change our flight routing. However the Viking representative admitted that no emails or any other form of notification was sent out. For our troubles, they gave us $100 shipboard credit. You decide for yourself, whether $100 was sufficient compensation for being stuck in undesirable seats across the Atlantic that we just paid $2,000 for. To make things worse, the routing that Viking switched us to was totally counter to the concept of getting from point A to point B in the most direct fashion. The new route they put us on coming back took us east from Barcelona to Frankfurt where we sat for hours only to head northwest again. Mind you, we really needed to head southwest to get home. Instead we went north the New Jersey and by another stroke of bad luck, equipment problems (not Viking's fault but really more bad luck with this routing) made us sit at the airport for hours before we could board the last south-bound flight to head home. We finally made it to our home city's airport at midnight. We wasted the better part of the day sitting around airports and flying backwards to get home. Even without having to pay extra, it was not a good use of our time. Having paid extra and being stuck in undesirable seats made it doubly worse. Our suggestion - book your own flights; you can do much better and be somewhat in control of your destiny. Our relative did it and it worked out just fine; you can shop for upgraded airline seats yourself and do as well if not better price-wise and time-wise. We would be remiss if we do not mention the great things about this cruise - the staff was wonderful (housekeeping, restaurant) and everyone truly aimed to please. After all, many of the technical difficulties on board were not their fault. The food and wine (although offerings could be more varied as they start to repeat) served were excellent and befitting of a luxury cruise. In summary, we did have a good time, having accepted the bad that came with the good. Our fellow passengers, mostly being Viking river cruise veterans, were extremely understanding. Viking's river cruises were excellent as they really have it down pat. Everyone believes that the newness of the ocean cruise concept is to blame for many of our woes. With time, things should improve. They must as the competition is stiff and we get solicitations from Viking's competitors every week. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We joined the Viking Star in Venice after a pre Trip through Italy ( a great land trip) in April 2015. The ship is beautiful. This was the first scheduled trip for the Star, and there were a few glitches but nothing that affected the ... Read More
We joined the Viking Star in Venice after a pre Trip through Italy ( a great land trip) in April 2015. The ship is beautiful. This was the first scheduled trip for the Star, and there were a few glitches but nothing that affected the smooth sailing of the ship or the delicious cuisine and the interesting itinerary. This was our first ocean cruise so we had to orient ourselves to a larger ship (we had taken many wonderful Viking River Cruises prior to this) and the greater number of activities on a larger vessel. We usually did all the activities on the River Cruises but that wasn't possible on the Star. Our cabin was large and luxurious; loved the extra space and fantastic bathroom. Our TV did not work most of the time (but who goes on a cruise to watch TV?) The food was fantastic; Manfredis and the Main dining room were superb. For the most part the staff were efficient and courteous; however the casual dining room staff seemed under staffed and poorly supervised. I'm not sure that I enjoyed the chef's special restaurant (we went twice) as much as I did the other venues. The wine pairings were excellent, but I think some of the dishes missed the mark. They seemed somewhat pretentious, and I hope we are never served the white foam again. We were really impressed with the on board entertainment. The classical trio was superb as well the Montserrat Boys Choir. There just wasn't enough time to hear everyone and get a good nights' rest. Overall, we enjoyed our trip enough to already be scheduled on two more Viking Ocean Cruises (2016 & 2017.) Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Accommodations were superb, staff was fantastic, and the best gem of the dining experience was in the Nordic restaurant. Wait staff and chef were outstanding. Best coffee on the ship was to be found here. Coffee in regular dining areas ... Read More
Accommodations were superb, staff was fantastic, and the best gem of the dining experience was in the Nordic restaurant. Wait staff and chef were outstanding. Best coffee on the ship was to be found here. Coffee in regular dining areas was horrid. I was very disappointed in it. I enjoyed a wonderful dessert nightly without coffee which I dearly love. Read Less
Sail Date April 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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