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45 Viking Ocean Eastern Caribbean Cruise Reviews

We hadn't been to those particular Caribbean islands on previous trips so wanted a brief time to explore. One day in each port gave us an idea which island(s) we might wish to return to for a longer stay. The sunny skies (most days) ... Read More
We hadn't been to those particular Caribbean islands on previous trips so wanted a brief time to explore. One day in each port gave us an idea which island(s) we might wish to return to for a longer stay. The sunny skies (most days) and warm seas made the trip extra enjoyable. The cruise staff gave excellent service. Our cabin was kept spotless. The singing entertainment group chose music that was upbeat, harmonic, and varied. We enjoyed the casualness of dining. Sometimes we chose to sit by ourselves and other time chose to sit with a small group. Whichever it was, we met delightful traveling companions. We think that fellow travelers are more friendly on Viking ships. The port excursion we enjoyed the most as a couple was the St. Thomas "Kayak, Hike, & Snorkel of Cas Cay". The guides took very good care of everyone, no matter the kayaking ability level. On St. Martin, I took a French cooking class that was just like being in a class in Paris. We prepared the dishes with the chef's guidance and then ate our gourmet creations. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We had never taken a Viking Ocean or River Cruise before. We were doing a last minute search for a trip to the Eastern Caribbean when we discovered this offering. Upon contact with your representative and after a thorough discussion of ... Read More
We had never taken a Viking Ocean or River Cruise before. We were doing a last minute search for a trip to the Eastern Caribbean when we discovered this offering. Upon contact with your representative and after a thorough discussion of the itinerary, the Viking Sea ship, the cruise amenities and the cost of the cruise, we decided to commit to our first cruise with Viking. We were extremely pleased with all aspects of the trip including the air travel which was included in the package price. The value to cost was excellent. Overall, the ship and the personnel serving us was the best we have ever experienced. We like the size of the Viking ships and the all veranda cabins. The choices of entertainment, in the public venues as well as in the cabin was excellent. Our only problem was staying up late enough to enjoy more of the offerings. Dining was one of the highlights. The choices of food...from the World Cafe, the Restaurant and the speciality restaurants, the Chef's Table and Manfredi's was just outstanding. Your people were so professional and friendly, especially in the dining areas, that we felt we were leaving good friends at the end of the cruise. Our next cruise will definitely be with Viking! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Viking Ocean Cruise 2016 Review We have been on the Baltic Viking cruise, we were familiar with the Viking philosophy. We liked the itinerary so we decided to try it. We were not disappointed. We have booked another Ocean Cruise next ... Read More
Viking Ocean Cruise 2016 Review We have been on the Baltic Viking cruise, we were familiar with the Viking philosophy. We liked the itinerary so we decided to try it. We were not disappointed. We have booked another Ocean Cruise next year. The ship is very well laid out, we never walked into a lounge or other room and felt crowded. The included excursions were not a good as we had experience in Europe. The optional recommended excursions tended to be better. The Americas Cup race in St. Martan was fabulous. The embarkation disembarkation process was painless and swift, the most efficient we have experienced. The food was varied and uniformly excellent, whether you choose to eat in the World Cafe or the Restaurant (no reservations necessary) or the more intimate specialty restaurants such as Manfredi's or the Chefs Table (reservations required). We also enjoyed have Norwegian breakfasts at Mamsen's in the Explorers Lounge. Waffle with brown goat cheese!! Yummy!!The spa was well equipped and featured hot and cold pools and a snow room. Very Scandinavian! My wife would appreciate some Zumba classes. Our room was great, we had a Penthouse Junior Suite. Room service was great. Laundry was included, which we took advantage of. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We had been on Viking River cruises before, which were fabulous, so we signed up for this Caribbean Island hop on one of Viking's ocean ships, with just under 1000 passengers. The ship is lovely, and our cabin was excellent. Food ... Read More
We had been on Viking River cruises before, which were fabulous, so we signed up for this Caribbean Island hop on one of Viking's ocean ships, with just under 1000 passengers. The ship is lovely, and our cabin was excellent. Food was good as well. After the charming old San Juan, there the first couple of islands on our itinerary didn't have much to see. Things improved though as we moved along. The entire cruise director / activities thing was very different from any other cruise we had been on. The cruise director participated in evening entertainment as a singer and emcee, but we didn't see or hear much else out of her. The port talks in the theater, which she hosted, were scheduled right at 6 PM when dinner started. Whose idea was that? There is much reliance on their snazzy electronics to support the evening entertainment in lieu of traditional props, etc., so it was always singing and dancing by a small group against a projection screen backdrop. A comedian, or mime, or juggler, or something different would have been a nice addition. The pop tunes cover band was mediocre at best, but the classical trio (cello, violin, flute), classical guitarist, and pianist were all superb. Couldn't get enough of them as they rotated through several venues every evening. Tea time at 4 was very nice, the couple of times our schedule allowed it. We had an odd experience with an activity on the sea day - there was to be an organized bocce ball tournament on the sports deck, and several pairs of people showed up, but no one from the ship staff did. Consequently, a control freak passenger proceeded to take over the court and spend 45 minutes trying to explain the rules to two very dense guys, as the rest of us waited. We finally all just left. Overall, the cruise had potential, but they need to work on entertainment a bit. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
My husband and I, average age 62, took the West Indies cruise on the Star for the New Year. We are experienced cruisers with voyages on Princes, RCI, Celebrity, Azamara, Oceania, and Seabourn in Europe and the Caribbean. In general, ... Read More
My husband and I, average age 62, took the West Indies cruise on the Star for the New Year. We are experienced cruisers with voyages on Princes, RCI, Celebrity, Azamara, Oceania, and Seabourn in Europe and the Caribbean. In general, the cruise was very enjoyable, food very good, friendly staff, and beautiful ship. Our impression is that this cruise was somewhere between a Celebrity and Azamara experience. Some experiences were closer to a premium and some to mass market. The person who would be happiest on this cruise wants a laid-back, quiet experience with good food, spirits, and limited additional charges. If you like a lot of ship sponsored activity, you will be disappointed. This ship is ideal if you can entertain yourself through conversations, reading, or listening to light music. The average age of our cruisers was between 70-75, American or British. Many excursions require good mobility and health. Most passengers are well traveled and highly educated. Greats 1. The size of the ship means instant embarkation (5 minutes check in to room), no lines to leave or enter ship through security, and in general a very quiet and relaxing experience. – painless. 2. Staff does not seem harried as on the large ships. They work, with a few exceptions, in a refreshingly efficient and mostly friendly manner. Cabin attendant was very good and unobtrusive, really one of the best attendants we have had. 3. Overall, the evening dining quality was very good in food and service. Dinner was not rushed and the menus surprisingly varied and creative. The dishes were flavorful, not bland. Dishes such as the Thai chicken/lemongrass, coconut soup and the French Riviera Fish soup were very enjoyable. Salads were crisp and dressing tasted fresh. Service and meat quality were very good. Dining in the Restaurant is not a set time and you may request shared or individual tables. 4. New Year’s Eve celebration – very nicely done! Atrium party with live music, ice sculptures, hats and noise makers, champagne and au d’oeuvres. Best part was the next day was a sea day. 5. Adults only. 6. Pool area never crowded. 7. Chef’s Table – the first menu, Journey through Time, was extremely satisfying and the standard wine pairing very good. The amuse bouche was romaine and cucumber with goat cheese mouse, followed by Gallic oxtail consumme, then a vodka, mint and mixed berry granita. The main course was a Renaissance style lamb filet and then a 21st century brownie for dessert. We did not have reservations for the second menu, but it looked tantalizing. We did attend the third and found it a little bland, cod fish filet as the main, but still a very nice evening. Please note that the Chef’s Table is not like other cruise lines with shared tables, good size wine pours from known wine makers and the chef himself making an appearance to describe his dishes. But, this Chef’s Table is included in your cruise fare instead of $100 or so a piece, and I enjoyed the themed and different approach. 8. Manfredi’s Italian – we went 3 times so I think that speaks for itself. The menu had quite a variety of dishes and specials each evening from salads, veal, steak, pastas, and soups. This restaurant is also included in the cruise fare. 9. Gregarious cruisers. Our fellow travelers were very friendly, well-traveled, with interesting backgrounds. Very easy to socialize on this vessel. 10. Christina, the Oaseas vocalist in Torshaven, brings life to the ship. Not only is she a very good singer, she takes the time to speak with the passengers that attend her shows and remembers them. Do not miss the sets for dancing. Christina and Speedy, also a fine vocalist, usually start at 9 pm. 11. Ship is beautiful. Really love the décor on this ship from the giant screens showing images from our cruise and artwork to the furnishings and knick-knacks. Gaudy ships are a turn-off to me, this ship is on the other end of the spectrum, understated elegance. The ship never seems crowded. 12. No swiping and signing of cruise cards. You provide your room number and your picture appears on their phone to verify and charge. Wine, soft drinks, tea at meals without charge. Tea and coffee always available for free. Very nice not to swipe, sign, etc. 13. Trivia – the best currently at sea. If you enjoy trivia, as we do, you will like this. Very popular with decent questions, and competent cruise staff running the show. I think everyone would have liked this to occur a few more times. 14. Explorer’s Lounge – the most beautiful lounge on the seas. Also, the Norwegian food specialties served there were wonderful to try. 15. Scrabble boards, shuffle board, golf putting range, and bocce – enjoyed these amenities immensely. 16. 24-hour Room Service – very quick and delicious with every necessary accoutrement. 17. The bathroom is designed well. Shower in penthouse veranda had great showerhead, plenty of pressure and shower door. 18. Chirping birds in the public restrooms. I loved this! Here are a few experiences that could be improved - from my perspective. They are not deal breakers, except number 1 for us. I do not like subsidizing excursions, but can book my own excursions at each port of call if necessary to achieve the experience I desire. 1. The wines and wine service – my husband and I know a bit about wine having traveled to wineries around the world to improve our cellar. Wine is subjective and you drink what you like, but the free wines all tasted like they came out of a box in my son’s dorm room. They were not stingy with quantity, to their credit, but I got the impression that the line thinks we are ignorant and as long as we drink enough we will be happy. The bottles consisted of unpopular varietals and “blends” mostly from Italy, Spain, and France. There are of course outstanding table wines from Italy, Spain, and France, but I did not enjoy the selections provided. The free wines on Azamara and Seabourn are superior. We gave up on the free wine and began ordering bottles for fee later in the cruise. This also proved troublesome as one time, they didn’t know how to get the wine suggested on the dinner menu for purchase. They became so frantic about it, we felt guilty having ordered it. Also, when my husband asked for a taste of one of the fee wines by the glass, he was told no. Very shocked as we have even had the sommelier on Celebrity offer us tastes of his favorite bottles without asking after a pleasant wine discussion. Our stateroom category includes alcohol, but all that was available were spirits, except the welcome champagne. We asked to trade the spirits for wine and we were told no. It has not been a problem on other ships that have provided alcohol in the room. 2. Excursions – the included excursions we took were not enjoyable. Examples - One tour, we drove all the way to one end of the island for a market and many spent the entire stop waiting in line for the restroom. Then, we drove to a very pretty spot for a picture opportunity (15 min), then to a cemetery. Next included excursion, drive to a lookout for a picture stop, then to a shopping mall for a rum punch and restrooms. I really don’t want to subsidize big bus driving tours with my cruise fare – ditto the wine. I would prefer if excursions were not included. Even the fee excursions were just so-so. I didn’t understand why the beach break (for fee) was to a park instead of a hotel or beach club as I have experienced elsewhere. Not knowing the time your tour will depart until evening turn down the day before always means a trip back to your stateroom after dinner to see what time you need to go to bed. This is annoying and all other cruise lines seem to be able to handle telling you the meeting time on your tickets when you board or on their website. 3. You should not have to ask for ice in your room at this level of cruise fare. It should be standard, along with a pad of paper and a pen, chocolate at turn down. Did not use included toiletries as they were not to my liking except the hand soap. They are not upscale toiletries. 4. Dance floor – too small in Torshaven – given all the empty space elsewhere. The drink tables situated on the dance floor are a problem. My table with drinks was knocked over by dancers and no one was available to help me clean up the glass which I did myself even though one of the staff saw me bringing the broken glass to the bar. 5. TV – I don’t come on a cruise to watch TV, but the selections are Euro focused – Sky Sports with soccer. Very limited channels, mostly news. This proved a disappointment during college bowl season. No bowl games and I imagine – heads up- no super bowl later. The internet is too slow to stream. Lot of grumpy people including myself who had a college team in a bowl. 6. While it is nice having free internet, it is too slow to do anything other than some email downloads. No streaming or playing any video. As it is a new ship, I thought it might have the new capabilities appearing on RCI and other ships. 7. Entertainment – too much 70s disco. Most of the music selections baffled me. Wonderful dancers, but no dance lessons aboard. I would prefer to have a dance lesson than watch. I would prefer some kind of customer game show rather than a movie, Snowdon one night. I can watch movies at home. 8. Marketing of this cruise line – the stated cabin size on their website is 338 sq. ft. Please note that this figure seems like it is the cabin + balcony, not the cabin alone. Most cruise lines list the square footage as cabin and then state the balcony separately or as Princess on their web site, “323 sq. ft.,including balcony” (mini suite). The excursion descriptions are also a bit over blown. My experience in customer service is to set expectations then over deliver for a happy customer. It seems they somewhat inflate expectations. Website talks about destination importance, but I did not really see a difference on the Caribbean cruise from other Caribbean cruises I have had. The exception was the French Riviera Fish soup the night we left St. Maarten. I had the same soup that day on our own in Grand Case. I am certain they do a better job in Europe and I would try this cruise line again in Europe if the itinerary and price are a value. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We chose another Viking cruise based on excellent experience in the past. Viking is not flashy, there are no kids, no casino, etc.Only 900 passengers. It's a more sophisticated and older crowd. No one gets loud or drunk on Viking. ... Read More
We chose another Viking cruise based on excellent experience in the past. Viking is not flashy, there are no kids, no casino, etc.Only 900 passengers. It's a more sophisticated and older crowd. No one gets loud or drunk on Viking. This was the West Indies Explorer itinerary. Dining is excellent, including wine or beer or soda with lunch and dinner. Waiters seemed a little more harried than last year. Entertainment is as good as the big ships, although we were disappointed to see the same shows we saw last year. They put on a great New Years Eve party in the atrium with nice dance music. Viking offers one included excursion in each port, plus several pay-extra options. At first we were disappointed in the excursions, but then I realized it's unfair to compare Barcelona or Roma to Tortola or Guadaloup. Weather and scenery in the Caribbean are great, but honestly there just isn't much to see. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We enjoyed Viking's France' Finest offering a year ago and looked forward to doing another or trying their new ocean cruise options. Soon after we returned from France we received an email promotion of The West Indies Explorer ... Read More
We enjoyed Viking's France' Finest offering a year ago and looked forward to doing another or trying their new ocean cruise options. Soon after we returned from France we received an email promotion of The West Indies Explorer offering and determined that one of the sailings would include New Year's Eve at sea. The combination was too much to resist. As mentioned in many of the accompanying reviews, the Viking Star is an amazing ship. We loved the Viking Longship experienced on our France cruises and knew we would feel right at home on the Viking Star as it had the same feel as the Longships. There is an amazing attention to detail apparent throughout the ship that exudes quality, craftsmanship and very good taste. One never tires of enjoying the common areas. Accomplished artists playing the piano, guitar or the classical trio certainly makes one want to linger and enjoy. How nice it would be if we could enjoy a drink in the Explorer's Lounge everyday at sunset. We didn't miss that opportunity very many days and look forward to enjoying that luxury again. Apart from New Year's Eve where the events centered in the large 3 deck Atrium, we never felt crowded aboard the Viking Star. No lines to speak up except maybe short ones going through the security line but certainly minimal inconvenience. Other reviewer's seem to have different views on the food than we did. We had dinner 3 times at the Chef's Table and at Manfredi's and all of our meals were very good to excellent at these two fine restaurants. However, the wines served at dinner seldom achieved the same standard and were disappointing considering the wines we enjoyed on our France river cruises. We did not buy into the alcohol package based on our river cruise experience but would certainly recommend doing that on this cruise. At the Chef's table a five course fixed menu is served together with paired wines. If you have bought into Viking's alcohol package or pay $25 more with your meal you get paired with a premium selection of wines. The extra $25 for the Chef's Table dinners makes the economics of the alcohol package work a little better. The Restaurant is a fairly standard "hotel" offering for breakfast but we found it to be quite nice and certainly not very crowded. Dinner too was nice but we heard complaints about service and to a lesser extent the food. We did not have these experiences. What I think is overlooked is the really excellent buffet served at the World Café for all three meals. To state that one could not find something they enjoyed on the buffet is a disservice. Our problem was controlling the portions of the multiple dishes we tried on a regular basis. It was obvious that it was popular because it was constantly highly populated with diners. Always available tables but sometimes a little further from the buffet lines than one would like. The delicatessen in the Explorer's Lounge was a bit disappointing to me. I had hoped to be able to grab a quick sandwich (pastrami, ham and cheese, roast beef, etc) but alas the menu was very limited. I did have one meal there where I tried just about everything on the menu including an incredible waffle so it was very good but not what I had hoped for. Lastly, as to restaurants, I was disappointed in the Aquavit Terrace which I found to be virtually empty for breakfast and I could order the same food as served in the main restaurant on the Longship. Alas on the Viking Star the World Café commands this space and there is no service to take orders and bring you your meal. The setting is similar but it is much more crowded than I enjoyed on the Longship. In the process, it has lost some of its charm. Too bad. Perhaps the major disappointment on this cruise were the excursions. I was frustrated in the same ways as other reviewers. The biggest problem is there are just too many people on the islands coming from all of the cruise ships. Ground transportation anywhere is horrible. We found if you leave the Viking Star to get on a catamaran to go to a beach, snorkeling or something else you probably will have a good time. We certainly did. Our experience would indicate that Viking is still having some growing pains with the Ocean Cruise market but they have a winning product and will soon workout the kinks and fix the issues noted by the other reviewers. We are so convinced we have already booked another cruise on the Viking Star. This time in Europe. We will not take a Caribbean Cruise again but will find a 5 star resort and stay a week there. Avoid the traffic and do some serious relaxation. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
This was our first ocean cruise and we are hooked! We chose this particular cruise because there were so many ports of call and we thought it would give a good sense of the Caribbean overall and perhaps clue use into an island we might ... Read More
This was our first ocean cruise and we are hooked! We chose this particular cruise because there were so many ports of call and we thought it would give a good sense of the Caribbean overall and perhaps clue use into an island we might want to visit for an extended stay at some future point. As it turns out we enjoyed everything about the ship so much that it was difficult some days to even go on shore. The spa on the Viking Star was absolutely fantastic...best jacuzzi ever! HIgh tea every day with wonderful musical accompaniment could not have been better. The entertainment on board exceeded our expectations exponentially. We cruised over the New Year and had the best New Year's Eve party ever...champagne, dancing, entertainment, balloons at midnight. Every one of our shore excursions was very well planned and executed. Sailing at night was perfect in that we were able to wake up each day to a new port. Our state room was large and comfortable. We enjoyed the balcony every day. And the crew....FANTASTIC! Our room was kept immaculate. The servers at meals was personable, efficient and attentive. We loved the diversity of servers...representing 37! countries. This was one of the best vacations we have ever taken and we have already booked our next cruise with Viking. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Overall, my family and I were extremely impressed by this Viking Cruise. First, the highlights: The ship: Viking Star is an absolutely beautiful ship. It's still new and kept immaculately clean. The decor is Danish modern - I ... Read More
Overall, my family and I were extremely impressed by this Viking Cruise. First, the highlights: The ship: Viking Star is an absolutely beautiful ship. It's still new and kept immaculately clean. The decor is Danish modern - I loved the furniture, especially in the public spaces. While it's a definite bonus that each room has it's own balcony, we also found ample places to sit in the public areas. The shaded poolside seats with ocean views went first, but unlike other cruise lines, we found ample shaded (and indoor, air conditioned, if you wanted) seating areas. Because there's no casino, there's no wafting cigarette smoke. There are two small pools, but they were never crowded (and our ship was at, or near, capacity). Even though the ship is small (930 passengers max.), it never felt crowded. Service: Excellent. From housekeeping to dining services, everyone was friendly and attentive. Absolutely no complaints about the customer service! Dining: The real highlight for us was the onboard dining. I feel that most ship's main dining room tends to be average; however, we found that the main dining room on the Viking Star was as good as the two specialty restaurants -- both of which are included in your overall cruise pricing. There are also buffet and snack options throughout the day, the quality of which are exceptional. It's worth noting that I have a food allergy and the chef and servers did a phenomenal job preparing and serving me safe - and delicious - food. This was a major plus! Entertainment: Even though there are a handful of specialty shows, we found the "background music" to be the most impressive. Olga, the resident pianist, along with a classical trio and a modern guitarist were all excellent. Classy entertainment at its best! Some lessons learned: Ship size: Even though this is a cruise ship, it's much smaller than most cruise lines (again about 900 guests as opposed to thousands) and thus we felt the ocean movement more than expected, especially the first night leaving San Juan. If you're prone to seasickness, be sure to bring Bonine or a patch -- and request a room in the middle of the ship. Excursions: It feels as though Viking has mastered the onboard experience, but is still working out the kinks for excursions in the Caribbean. We made all of our reservations well in advance, as per our salesperson's recommendation; however, we found that once on board the information outlining the excursions didn't always match up and we changed quite a few. If you do this, you get ship credit - not a true refund, so consider this when making reservations in advance. Additionally, if you're interested in "land" excursions and tours, the included ones were the best. We found them surprisingly nice on most islands and we only found additional tours worthwhile when they included an extra activity like visiting a neighboring island or taking a catamaran tour. Viking Air: This was our biggest frustration. All of our party was quoted prices "with air" but ended up not being able to use the air itineraries and not getting a refund or discount (which I understand is standard in cruising). The itineraries we were given had unnecessary layovers to other states - many of which didn't seem wise in the middle of winter. Despite not using the air, we had to pay an additional $50 per person for a transfer from the ship back to the airport, which seemed ridiculous at that point. Overall, this was an incredible trip on an incredible ship. I highly recommend! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We chose this cruise after a lot of cruising experience because Viking has taken the difficulties out of the experience making it hassle free and very enjoyable. The dining experience was so elegant and the food interesting and delicious. ... Read More
We chose this cruise after a lot of cruising experience because Viking has taken the difficulties out of the experience making it hassle free and very enjoyable. The dining experience was so elegant and the food interesting and delicious. The bathroom we had was the nicest ever with a shower head with power and drawers to put things in. We loved the size of the ship and the smaller number of guests. The Viking person on the phone (Barb) was so efficient and helpful. Registering for this cruise was the easiest we have ever experienced. The booklet which came in the mail was excellent. The greeting people when we arrived were helpful and since it was so late, they made it easy to get settled. The bus trips were well done but too long. An hour and a half would be plenty to see what is there and get a feel for the port. The first trip on Tortola in an open air bus was a little scary going up and down the mountains there. The evening entertainment was wonderful. It was tasteful and geared toward people our age. The music was chosen to be recognizable for older people. The entertainers were so talented and charming. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Tried something different. Heard good things about Viking Cruises The service at. The steward was efficient, knew us by name on the first day. The dining choices were enjoyable and the special restaurants were like eating in 5 star ... Read More
Tried something different. Heard good things about Viking Cruises The service at. The steward was efficient, knew us by name on the first day. The dining choices were enjoyable and the special restaurants were like eating in 5 star restaurants. The included excursions were average but this could also be because the Caribbean islands are all similar with not much to see culturally. The music trio, as well as the guitarist and the pianist were great. The singers were average. Dancing under the stars was fun. The lecturers were average at best. The room was spectacular for a cruise . Nice size, well filled minibar. Bathroom and shower were amply huge. Television was large but the amount of station were lacking. Nice touch of included wi fi. Just wish it was a bit faster. The most amazing part of the cruise was the spectacular service offered from every one in the crew. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We had been on Viking River cruises in Europe and were happy with all of them (4). Decided to try a "not large ship" for a change--usually go on cruises of over 2,000 people. This was only 930 passengers, no children. The ... Read More
We had been on Viking River cruises in Europe and were happy with all of them (4). Decided to try a "not large ship" for a change--usually go on cruises of over 2,000 people. This was only 930 passengers, no children. The decor was Scandanavian and relaxing--numerous public areas with comfortable, living room type furniture, book-lined walls, and peaceful live music. No one is taking your picture or selling you anything--all included except for liquor. Excellent food and service. Each port has an included excursion, most of which were very good. A couple of them were so-so and that was mainly because of the individual tour guide--the destination was fine. Did not have any formal events although people "dressed up" a bit for New Year's Eve--was a fun evening but not crazy boisterous. Entertainment was well done--not extravanganzas. Had poolside night movies with individual headsets--current movies and popcorn! Watched from comfortable chaises by the pool. Daily High Tea incuded--lovely service, scones, sandwiches, etc. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We chose Viking's West Indian tour since we wanted someplace warm and we were looking for a slightly different type of cruise experience. We took advantage of a special advertised deal for this eleven-day voyage. Everything about the ... Read More
We chose Viking's West Indian tour since we wanted someplace warm and we were looking for a slightly different type of cruise experience. We took advantage of a special advertised deal for this eleven-day voyage. Everything about the cruise went smoothly from our initial arrival to our departure. We loved the modern ship and the clean, new, well laid-out cabin. The food in all of the venues was outstanding. The two specialty restaurants had gourmet food and service, and there was no extra charge for them. The pool grill had fantastic, interesting and abundant choices of food. I especially enjoyed the tasty shrimp salad and the sauteed beet-red onions which I put on almost everything. There were four of us and we always requested a table for eight in the main dining area, as we enjoy socializing with new and interesting people at each meal. The staff was obliging at every meal and the quality and variety of food was among the best we have experienced. The service in every area of the ship was professional, accommodating and beyond friendly. The entertainment, especially with the mind-blowing technology was excellent, with one or two exceptions. The ports were definitely familiar but I liked the fact that the basic tours were included. The buffet Explorer restaurant (7th floor) was excellent, but it would have been much better to be open at least an hour later for a full breakfast. I loved the "free" modern laundry facilities and the bathroom layout. I would definitely go on the Viking Star again if the timing, price and destinations worked out. What a way to run a cruise line! Five STARS. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We did a river cruise in 2010 and loved it. We have always planned to take another Viking cruise, however, life came in the way of children's college graduations, trips to India to visit family, and lastly a child's wedding. ... Read More
We did a river cruise in 2010 and loved it. We have always planned to take another Viking cruise, however, life came in the way of children's college graduations, trips to India to visit family, and lastly a child's wedding. We love the level of service offered by Viking and its employees. Both of us are veterans of the hospitality industry, we are hotel school graduates, we have worked for luxury hotel chains across the globe, we have taught hospitality in colleges, and we know god, well trained staff when we see the end result. We have not traveled with our adult children with Viking as yet, but we plan to. The Viking Star was a very pleasant experience right from the ease of booking, the value for money, arrival at the airport and the transfer to the ship could have been a little more quick, however the staff was always smiling and happy to see all of us at the San Juan airport. The embarkation was very smooth and quick. The Cabin was very well appointed, and Comfortable. Our floor steward, Mohammad, was a pleasant surprise of our cruise, always smiling, ever ready and happy to serve. We had meals at all the restaurants and each meal was well planned and presented. A couple of suggestions; why on a cruise are long pants required for males in specialty restaurants? Thank the Lord we flew in from the colder region, I had one pair of long jeans! The bread baskets served in full service restaurants were at room temperatures or cold; to me that is unacceptable. Bread needs to be warm. I have no issues with breads being cold on a buffet type service, but table service? The butter when applied to the bread should melt a bit. The Thermal Suite was an exhilarating experience after long hot days ashore. Thank you to the staff for educating on the correct use of the ice grotto, steam room, cold water bucket dunk, sauna, and the Jacuzzi. The walking/ running trail on board, the games worked well for us and are well designed. We did feel that one day at each port was too short to fully explore and experience the local fare. The Shore Excursions need a little more of TLC for planning and execution. All in all, we love Viking. Keep up the good work, and we will be onboard in the near future, we love the more exotic places like China, Egypt, African Safari type of tourism. And we are waiting for Viking to start the Nile cruise again soon! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We went through the shore excursions before the cruise. I would recommend two things, one, book your excursions early, they fill up fast. Two, when you get aboard check for additional excursions that were not offered on-line. We ate ... Read More
We went through the shore excursions before the cruise. I would recommend two things, one, book your excursions early, they fill up fast. Two, when you get aboard check for additional excursions that were not offered on-line. We ate most of our meals in the main dining room which has an excellent selection for dishes and good wine. Second most dining was in the 7th floor buffet which also has excellent selections. We at some in the dining areas on the first floor which were outstanding and unlike other cruises, we were not charged an additional fee for eating there. On our next Viking cruise we will make serveral reservations for the 1st floor when we board the ship. They also book up fast. The entertainment was very good and the screen in the main lounge was unbelievable. You have to see it to understand. All the entertainers, both men and women, were very talented and friendly. The service staff was very good and always had a smile. On other cruises we have taken some of the staff clearly did not like their jobs. Every thing from room service to cleaning the room was done very well. The ship, including the windows, was the cleanest we have ever seen. It really is nice to look at beautiful scenery through clean windows. To sum it up, we booked two more Viking cruises while on board. That is how much we liked it. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Viking did an excellent job of make the ship seem more intimate than it really is. There are several smaller areas you could go to relax and seem that that this was your private cruise. Especially enjoyed the Explorer Lounge area, which ... Read More
Viking did an excellent job of make the ship seem more intimate than it really is. There are several smaller areas you could go to relax and seem that that this was your private cruise. Especially enjoyed the Explorer Lounge area, which was never crowded. The good was excellent--loved seeing the open kitchen in the World Buffet. Also liked that you did not have to pay additional to dine at their two other upgraded restaurants. The service was excellent, both the cabin and food. There was nightly entertainment every night--even had some entertainment under the stars poolside. The ports we visited (Tortola, Guadeloupe, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, Antigua, St. Maarten, and St. Thomas) varied. Some of the included excursions were great, and some were just for people who wanted to shop. All in all I would go on another Viking Ocean Cruise since I prefer the smaller passenger size over the mega cruise ships. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We have booked out 8th cruise with Viking. They take care of everything from booking our airlines, transfers, hotels & returning us back home. Very convenient Visa services, too. As for the ship, there's plenty to do plenty of ... Read More
We have booked out 8th cruise with Viking. They take care of everything from booking our airlines, transfers, hotels & returning us back home. Very convenient Visa services, too. As for the ship, there's plenty to do plenty of places to eat, exercise or even relax. Rooms are perfect. I love the makeup desk mirror. Viking provides great shower products....not the small hotel sizes but good size products. Plenty of places to charge camera, notebooks, curling irons & so forth. Provided me plenty of hangers. Ship's TV had lots of movies (free) to watch & their Internet worked great. They also have their own Internet room with printer (free) if needed. I even broke my eyeglasses with the screw falling out and someone at their Explorers desk fixed it for me! The last thing I wanted to say is that Viking does not nickel & dime you for little extra stuff. You feel like you're really taken care of while on vacation with Viking. They hire great staff on their ships. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
I originally chose this cruise because it stopped in 8 ports. Before we sailed, I find out that one port has been deleted from our itinerary, which means a day at sea. Oh well. The day after we left San Juan, we were headed to Tortola, ... Read More
I originally chose this cruise because it stopped in 8 ports. Before we sailed, I find out that one port has been deleted from our itinerary, which means a day at sea. Oh well. The day after we left San Juan, we were headed to Tortola, but the Captain decides to pass it by, due to winds and waves! It didn't make us feel better once we saw a smaller ship then ours head in! Now it's 2 days at sea! This was not what I expected! Promise to myself: don't book a Caribbean cruise in the winter! However, the cabins are a good size, but there are not enough drawers or storage areas for two guests. The bathroom is wonderful, with a walk-in shower! Plenty of room and storage. The dining facilities are lovely and the food was very good. Even the buffets are really good. The specialty restaurants are truly special! I would have preferred more nightly entertainment in the Star Theater. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We chose this cruise because we had sailed on the Viking Star during Christmas 2015 in the Mediterranean and had an amazing time. When we saw the Star was coming to the Caribbean knew we wanted to sail on her again. The ship is so well ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had sailed on the Viking Star during Christmas 2015 in the Mediterranean and had an amazing time. When we saw the Star was coming to the Caribbean knew we wanted to sail on her again. The ship is so well appointed that even on sea days there is enough comfortable public space for all passengers! Only complaint was the deck chairs "saved" by the Infinity Pool with no one returning for the hour I was in the pool. The crew on this ship was very attentive and always smiling! The cruise director, Suzanne, was not only fun and personable but also a very talented singer. The musical programs including the Rat Pack, Long and Winding Road and the Christmas Eve performance were amazing! The performers were extremely talented and versatile. We thank them for the wonderful Christmas "sing along" on the holiday. The food on this cruise was fantastic....one meal as good as the other and we ate most our meals in the regular dining room. The menu selection each night was diverse and always delicious! Dining room service was prompt and always with a smile. Both embarkation and disembarkation went off without a flaw, there was always someone with a Viking shirt to help with questions and directions. We will travel with Viking again without question! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
This was our second cruise on the Viking Star. Last Christmas (2015) we cruised from Barcelona to Rome on the Viking Star. We were so pleased with that trip that we booked the 2016 Christmas cruise to the West Indies, our first trip to ... Read More
This was our second cruise on the Viking Star. Last Christmas (2015) we cruised from Barcelona to Rome on the Viking Star. We were so pleased with that trip that we booked the 2016 Christmas cruise to the West Indies, our first trip to the Caribbean. We were not disappointed. The ship capacity is 930 and we received great, personal service. I will never sail on a mega-ship. The restaurant food and entertainment was excellent. There were several dining choices. We had one dinner in the reservation-only Italian restaurant that was very tasty. Other dinners were in the Restaurant at which we could choose to eat by ourselves or choose to join a large table at which we met many interesting people. At breakfast and lunch we ate at the Cafe (cafeteria style) and had many choices that changed every day. I will never forget the homemade sticky buns and donuts for breakfast. Lunch had both hot and cold choices. There were several other food options available around the ship. A group of about six talented young people provided nightly shows; one had a Beatles theme, another based on ABBA songs. Though I didn't use them, there was a spa, infinity pool, and exercise equipment. I did use the main pool and hot tub. This ship caters to an older group although because it was Christmas, there were some families. There is no gambling or activities catering to children. We will stick with Viking for our cruises in the future. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Choose this cruise because we winter-over in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, and the cruise embarked from San Juan, which is only a 45 minute plane trip. Arrival at the ship was easy and the check-in procedures were easily ... Read More
Choose this cruise because we winter-over in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, and the cruise embarked from San Juan, which is only a 45 minute plane trip. Arrival at the ship was easy and the check-in procedures were easily completed. The staff at the check-in were very helpful and informative about what was going to occur on the cruise. The ship is beautiful and extremely clean and well-maintained. The ship itself was uncrowded and easy to navigate around the decks. Decks were well-marked and adequate elevators were available for those who wanted to use them. Stateroom (Veranda Penthouse 6th deck) was immaculate and well-stocked with a complete mini bar and beverages as we desired. Fresh drinking water was provided twice daily and turn-down service was nightly. The cabin stewards were friendly and attentive to our needs. Dining, in all venues was outstanding, especially the World Cafe on the 7th Deck, which had an excellent variety of food items with each meal served (gelato was available throughout the day as well as gourmet coffees and teas). We were unable to stop at our first port-call in Road Town due to weather conditions, but all the other stops were on-time and the docking procedures were smooth and coordinated. Tours provided at each port call were basic, well-guided and informative. We especially enjoyed the free time we had in each port to shop and see local attractions near the ports. Would definitely recommend this cruise for people who really are more interested in LEARNING and ENRICHING their knowledge of the sites seen. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Pros The ship was beautiful and clean. I loved the age group and the limit on children (age). I went on the cruise for peace and relaxation and that's what I got. The thermal area was great. The music was beautiful. Embarkation and ... Read More
Pros The ship was beautiful and clean. I loved the age group and the limit on children (age). I went on the cruise for peace and relaxation and that's what I got. The thermal area was great. The music was beautiful. Embarkation and Debarkation as well as the transportation to and from the airport was seamless and stress free. The customer service was amazing - from the room stewards to the dining room staff. They seemed to like working on the Viking Star and said it was the best work experience they have had on a cruise ship. I loved the ability to eat outside and watch the ocean. Cons The same food seemed to be served over and over. Not enough variety in desserts - same ones served over and over Not enough pizza choices The shore excursions were not that great - seemed to end at a tourist trap to buy souvenirs mostly. But, the excursions were well organized. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
After being on a Viking River cruise we decided to go for the Viking Ocean cruise over Christmas in the West Indies. We so much enjoyed the "Viking" experience I wanted to see if it transferred to the big ship. Our conclusion - ... Read More
After being on a Viking River cruise we decided to go for the Viking Ocean cruise over Christmas in the West Indies. We so much enjoyed the "Viking" experience I wanted to see if it transferred to the big ship. Our conclusion - kinda. It's hard to get the small, family feel with even as few as 930 people. The itinerary was fine and hit ALL the major places we wanted to see. However, weather kept us at sea the day we were to be on Tortola and since it was Christmas Day we couldn't stop in Martinique either. The places we did hit were fun and mostly pretty to see. Included tours were mostly bus rides around the islands and we saw lots of things we didn't want to see. Outside of the main tourist areas there's lots of poverty and rustic living. On board, the food was to die for. Even for folks who don't like buffets, these were fresh, clean and constantly stocked or cooked fresh when you asked. The 'special' restaurants don't require a special fee and were worth going to if you wanted to feel like you were at a restaurant ordering food. Don't come looking for casinos or climbing walls or the like. Shows were OK and there were some good educational talks and TED talks on video. LOTS of areas for quiet time and being in the sun. All the cabins have verandas with no inside cabins. The spa is better than I've seen on many larger ships and cruise lines. The crowd for this cruise was NOT all old people over 60. Good cross section of ages but no kids. My main beef is cost. You will pay more for this experience and if you're ready for it, it's worth it. The ship itself, the decor is subtle Scandinavian and not flashy weird colors of other mid level cruise ships. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Many staff friends and passenger friends from the Radisson / Regent recent past recommended Viking Ocean, then the Star came to the Caribbean and we jumped at the chance to be on her. We fell in love with the vessel and its entire staff - ... Read More
Many staff friends and passenger friends from the Radisson / Regent recent past recommended Viking Ocean, then the Star came to the Caribbean and we jumped at the chance to be on her. We fell in love with the vessel and its entire staff - top to bottom. Viking Ocean (and Viking River) focus on the destinations and the onboard experience. Nothing over the top. Nary a zipline, Karaoke, nor casino to be found. Instead an excellent small-ship experience without crossing the line to gaudy. Excellent food in all restaurants. And the SPA!!! Did I mention THE SPA????? The entertainment on board uses top notch talent in cabaret settings. No Broadway production numbers, just solid talent. And they support them with the most innovative use of LED screens you will have ever seen. Loved it. The passengers were a very congenial lot on this cruise. No grumps made themselves obvious. Lots of closely-spaced two-tops in the restaurants that almost always joined themselves in lively conversations. Absolutely superb in every way Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
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