10 Viking Ocean Viking Star Cruise Reviews for Senior Cruises to Europe - Western Mediterranean from Venice

This was my first experience with Viking. My wife and I have done less expensive cruises (family events on Royal Caribbean) and more expensive cruises (Alaska on Regent). This cruise hit the sweet-spot for us. We booked our next Viking ... Read More
This was my first experience with Viking. My wife and I have done less expensive cruises (family events on Royal Caribbean) and more expensive cruises (Alaska on Regent). This cruise hit the sweet-spot for us. We booked our next Viking Ocean cruise while we were on board (Into the Midnight Sun). As the Hotel Manager said at the farewell reception, Viking offers a floating hotel, not a floating amusement park. It is for adults who want to stop in ports of historical, cultural or scenic interest. There is no casino, no climbing wall, modest entertainment, and one small space for those who want to drink and dance into the wee hours (here meaning maybe midnight - I don't know. We never saw it). The food is very good, but not extravagant on most nights. I think a lobster dinner was offered once in the Restaurant. We found the World Cafe buffet very agreeable for dinner - most of the daily specials in the Restaurant were also available here and the sushi/shellfish counter was available every night. Often, after a tiring excursion, 90 minutes to 2 hours in the Restaurant was not appealing. The World Cafe made a good dinner easy. Manfredi's - the Italian specialty restaurant - was a very pleasant alternative for a couple of dinners. The Chef's Table is less successful. We greatly enjoyed one menu and did not at all enjoy another. There were four different menus on our 13 night cruise, each offered for 3 or 4 consecutive nights. We found that booking the specialty restaurants before the cruise had a drawback - we might be booked in one on a night when the Restaurant itself was offering something particularly interesting. There is a desk for rescheduling Manfredi's and the Chef's Table, but this issue is a complication for those who plan in advance. The average age was probably 60-65. I don't think we saw a couple under 50. There are no facilities for children and this is not a ship for singles. The youngest cruisers seemed to be mother-daughter pairs with daughters starting in their mid-40's. The ship itself is decorated elegantly. Muted tones. Neutral colors. Nothing loud or ostentatious. Service is calm, polite, efficient, and friendly, although the World Cafe staff seemed stressed at key breakfast times prior to excursions. The included excursions were better than we expected them to be, and once we learned to read the excursion descriptions very closely, we cancelled some pre-scheduled excursions that had added costs and rebooked on the included excursion. Excursions were weak when the port was weak. Naples was the stop we would replace first. All of our ports except Monaco were at the dock. In Monaco, we dropped anchor and used tenders. Our one experience with tenders was a bit chaotic and could be improved. Disembarkation was very well organized. 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
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
The ship was beautiful, very up to date, clean and efficient. The room was spacious, although we were looking forward to heated bathroom floors which didn't exist in our cabin. The entertainment was excellent, enjoyed everything ... Read More
The ship was beautiful, very up to date, clean and efficient. The room was spacious, although we were looking forward to heated bathroom floors which didn't exist in our cabin. The entertainment was excellent, enjoyed everything offered. The shore excursions were excellent as well, very organized, with well informed tour guides. My favorite was the Amalfi Coast drive, especially the stop in Sorrento--a beautiful little town. I also enjoyed the "long" day in Rome. Although I had been there before I enjoyed it all the more this time. I would suggest to anyone who tends to get sea sick to take some medication with you, as the sea tended to get a bit rough in spots, although our trip was November/December and you would expect that at that time of year. The food was wonderful, and the service excellent in the dining rooms. Not so good in the "World Cafe" which is a buffet-type of meal. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
We have been on three Viking river cruises, thought the Med cruise and Viking Star was worth a try, even though we thought the ship would be too big for us. It was wonderful! Great food, great tours, beautiful cities, awesome staff, ... Read More
We have been on three Viking river cruises, thought the Med cruise and Viking Star was worth a try, even though we thought the ship would be too big for us. It was wonderful! Great food, great tours, beautiful cities, awesome staff, beautiful and clean cabin. We enjoyed the Star singers and dancers; went to a few of their shows. We ate in the dining room most mornings and evenings but did have a couple if meals at the buffet and the pool grill and Mamsen's. It is a beautiful, comfortable ship. No issues w/ embarking/disembarking. Got from and to the airports safely and w/ plenty of time. We stayed in Venice two nites before embarking. Venice is a beautiful, friendly city. We stayed at the Hilton Molino Stucky on Guidecca and had a beautiful view of the main island of Venice. We had a wonderful meal at a small restaurant o Guidecca. We shopped in Murano, we bought masks at Ca' Macana, ate pizza, drank wine, had a gondola ride, walked everywhere. The vaporettos and water taxis are fun and safe. Not a cruise for children, but we did some late-20's people. It is really more for retired or almost-retired people; in their 50's and older. We will go again, probably September 2017, In the Wake of the Vikings. We also want to do. Portugal river cruise and another France cruise. Seriously, no complaints. We loved all of it! We met a couple our age on our first river cruise in 2011; we have done the others w/ them and will schedule our next cruise w/ them. You will meet wonderful, friendly people! Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Just returned from a 15 day Viking Ocean tour, Empires of the Mediterranean. We took a 4 day pre cruise tour of Rome, Florence, Bologna and Verona and embarked from Venice. This is our second Viking tour, our first was a riverboat tour ... Read More
Just returned from a 15 day Viking Ocean tour, Empires of the Mediterranean. We took a 4 day pre cruise tour of Rome, Florence, Bologna and Verona and embarked from Venice. This is our second Viking tour, our first was a riverboat tour of China. Based on our outstanding experience with Viking tours in China, we had signed up for this cruise two years ago and were not disappointed. The new ocean ship, Viking Star is the first of a reported 10 being built. Though much smaller than other ocean cruisers, the smaller size allows access to other ports and cities. Many of the expected "hiccups" with a new ship that were previously reported had been resolved, and for the most part everything worked as advertised. Just a few points for any future travelers: 1. Okay to bring you own alcohol on board. We had packed several bottles in our checked luggage and was not sure about Viking's policy but no problem. 2. Having on board washer and dryers was wonderful. Three washers and dryers on each level and laundry soap is provided. 3. Wifi throughout the ship worked flawlessly with only occasional outage. 4. Would definitely recommend coming in a day earlier than embarkation, and there is no included tour for that city. We booked a separate city tour for Venice. Overall, great trip and experience. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
The crews was great! I think the walk to the bus was too long dragging our luggage on arrival at Venice airport. All tours of the various cities was excellent except Rome where the local tour guide was terrible. She could not be ... Read More
The crews was great! I think the walk to the bus was too long dragging our luggage on arrival at Venice airport. All tours of the various cities was excellent except Rome where the local tour guide was terrible. She could not be understood. I turned my "quite box" off because it was difficult to listen. The food was great. The itinerary was excellent. The ports were all I wanted to visit. The room service was very good except that the sign in the bathroom said to "put the towels on the floor when we want them change to save the environment". The towels were changed twice a day. I will recommend Viking Cruises to all my friends. This was our second experience with Viking. We plan to cruise the Rhine next. 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
The staff were friendly-helpful-very attentive The stateroom was comfortable - especially the bathroom (large shower-2 sinks-shelving) Complementary tours provided a wonderful overview of each port - favorites: Dubrovnik - Pompeii - ... Read More
The staff were friendly-helpful-very attentive The stateroom was comfortable - especially the bathroom (large shower-2 sinks-shelving) Complementary tours provided a wonderful overview of each port - favorites: Dubrovnik - Pompeii - Monaco - basically due to the tour guides enthusiasm Menus were varied enough to sample local foods, as well as standard meal selections Loved the Mamsen's breakfast menu on Deck 7 - the servers were always cheerful for our early morning breakfast Scheduling of shore excursions had several conflicting times between the complementary and special tours - we had to cancel some of the special tours due to the timings of the tours Cocktail and Conversation period: should be scheduled for late afternoon (5 to 6 or 6 to 7) rather than at 10 to 10:45 PM. After a day of touring we were to tired to attend. We missed many events on ship due to the conflict of touring and being on board the ship Enrichment Lectures for next day tours should be scheduled for late afternoon or early evening We missed the Captain's Welcome event - should be scheduled late afternoon or early evening not 9:30 to 10 PM Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
The specific ports of call were exactly what my wife and I wanted. The new ship offered all amenities that we enjoy-Spa, Music, Excursions-and the food was amazing. The ship has excellent crew and staff. There are perfect levels of ... Read More
The specific ports of call were exactly what my wife and I wanted. The new ship offered all amenities that we enjoy-Spa, Music, Excursions-and the food was amazing. The ship has excellent crew and staff. There are perfect levels of enjoyable activities and we can choose intelligently. Viking is deservedly the number 1 rated cruise line on rivers and on seas. Thanks for Masterpiece sponsorship. Any money we spend for the shows is well worth it. The Western Mediterranean has some outstanding areas for travel, and the selection of ports of call were intelligently chosen. The variety of excursions at each port of call were amazing and able to satisfy most tastes and interests. Travel across the land excursions were both speedy and comfortable. The on board extras are highlighted by the SPA for travelers. The Ice Cave, reflecting pools, heated chairs and benches were totally unexpected and helped us stay healthy and invigorated. 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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