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2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
We boarded on our 50 wedding anniversary in Barcelona. The crew was always a big help, even though we presented some special challenges when my wife was injured ashore in one of the ports. The stateroom was more than adequate and ... Read More
We boarded on our 50 wedding anniversary in Barcelona. The crew was always a big help, even though we presented some special challenges when my wife was injured ashore in one of the ports. The stateroom was more than adequate and everything worked very well. The ship's design and features suited us very well. The activities on-board were enjoyable. The service in all the restaurants and the cafe was usually superb, always good. The cabin steward was also very helpful and always very friendly and willing to adjust his schedule to accommodate our desires. The included shore excursions were not always rated accurately as far as difficulty. Some guides on shore excursions were not very helpful, especially in Venice. Our travel to Barcelona was delayed 5 hours by an aircraft problem, but Viking representatives were at the airport ready to take us to our pre-cruise hotel. The hotel in Barcelona was well located, but undergoing renovation. The room was tiny, even smaller than the ship's cabin! The dining on-board was always very enjoyable for lunch and dinner. Breakfast in The Restaurant was not nearly as good as in the Cafe. Disembarkation in Venice was not handled as well as it could have been. It was a long walk from the ship pulling suitcases to a bus parked some distance away. There was no help with luggage. Overall, our trip was very enjoyable and Viking did a great job. Some crew members went way above the call of duty to help us. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2015
We had taken a Viking river cruise 3 years (Rhine) ago and learned then that Viking was building an oceanliner. As we loved the river cruise, we were on board from the start to try the new ship. Loved all of the information emailed to us ... Read More
We had taken a Viking river cruise 3 years (Rhine) ago and learned then that Viking was building an oceanliner. As we loved the river cruise, we were on board from the start to try the new ship. Loved all of the information emailed to us before the Viking Star was built and how beautiful the ship was going to be. We are in our late 50's and were happy there would be no children on board and also liked the size of the ship very much. The staff was always friendly and accommodating. Our room servant Wido, had a genuine big smile on his face everyday and was so helpful. Things that could use improvement: Americans like coffee with CREAM (we call it half and half - cream and milk mixture, not just milk. And the coffee was a bit weak. I think the general wine was a dissapointing too and not enough selection. The food, was always excellent no matter the level of service. The infinity pool was too deep for most women but the temp was perfect. And there could be more shade at that pool like umbrellas. Better bussing of dishes and empty glasses there too. We did not use the larger pool as there seemed to be very dead air there all the time and fumes from the engine. All in all we had a very good experience. The ship was absolutely lovely top to bottom. We plan to go on another river cruise and another ocean cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2015
We decided a Mediterranean cruise would be a good way to celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary. We are both in very challenging jobs and live life at quite a high pace. We wanted acutes that would not require us to have to spend a lot of ... Read More
We decided a Mediterranean cruise would be a good way to celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary. We are both in very challenging jobs and live life at quite a high pace. We wanted acutes that would not require us to have to spend a lot of time socialising nor having to participate in on board activity. We were looking to relax in each other's company and be in charge of our itinerary. Viking Star gave us everything we wanted. The ship was a luxurious and well managed home for our two weeks trip. The staff were attentive helpful and friendly. The quality of provision and service was very high without being imposing in any way. The food was varied and excellent throughout our trip. Whilst our stateroom cabin was comfortable, clean and cosy we spent most of our time on board trying out different parts of the ship - the gym, the lounges, the restaurants, the theatre and the bars. Despite being on board with 900 other people we never felt crowded or had to wait in queues or for service anywhere. There was always a quiet corner for us to relax in without having to hide away in our cabin. We didn't take full advantage of all the entertainment organised but the on board musicians we heard were high quality talent and the underused cinema gave us a few relaxed nights at the end of busy shore excursion days. Talking of shore excursions, these proved to be the one weak spot in the whole fortnight. They proved variable during the trip and some of the guides were not good at providing information of interest to their audience or taking notice of the capability of their audience, marching us through crowded streets on very hot days with no comfort or refreshment breaks. Other guides were really good providing real insight with enthusiasm and providing sufficient breaks and free time to really appreciate the venue. Viking need to review this aspect so that a reliable standard of expectation might be achieved. This was the first Mediterranean trip for the ship so, with all other parts of the fortnight having been so good, we were quite happy for it to have been the only weakness and it didn't spoil our holiday at all. We look forward to another Viking cruise in the future. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2015
We loved this cruise. We had done a Viking river cruise 2 years ago, we had a fabulous time. When we heard they had an ocean cruise, we signed up immediately. The Viking Star is a fabulous ship. So many nooks and corners to explore and ... Read More
We loved this cruise. We had done a Viking river cruise 2 years ago, we had a fabulous time. When we heard they had an ocean cruise, we signed up immediately. The Viking Star is a fabulous ship. So many nooks and corners to explore and enjoy. We had a fantastic trip, our guides were great, we signed up for many tours and had a ball. We opted for a night time tour of the Grimaldi Palace and a private tour of the Vatican. Well worth the price. The Food was outstanding. The Chef's Table was fabulous - so many different food and wine pairings. The service was great, the staff was eager to make sure your stay was exceptional. The cabin was very nice. The ship was exceptionally clean. The on-board Spa was a delight, bubbling pools, sauna, Jacuzzi and the special snow room was a big hit. There was music everywhere, classical trio, guitarist (sensational), the troupe of singers & dancers put on great shows, and a singer, Eve Sherrat, put on two fabulous shows. We were pampered all the way. There were many on board activities available too. From the beginning, the information provided let us plan the trip we wanted. They made sure we and our luggage were transported from airport to hotel (we arrived early for 2 nights) to ship. Disembarkation: took us and our luggage to the airport in style, once we arrived at the airport a Viking representative ported our luggage to the airline check-in. I'd recommend Viking River Cruises and Ocean cruises to anyone who want a special vacation to remember. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
The Viking Star is beautifully and comfortably appointed w/ a gracious, accommodating staff. My husband and I have traveled extensively and this is our first ocean cruise experience. We have two suggestions: #1 The city ... Read More
The Viking Star is beautifully and comfortably appointed w/ a gracious, accommodating staff. My husband and I have traveled extensively and this is our first ocean cruise experience. We have two suggestions: #1 The city included tours: No guide achieved the standards we believe Viking aspires to attain. Guides were well tutored, learned, and tried to please; BUT it is a studied fact that anyone speaking longer than 15 min. w/out a break looses his/her audience. Yes, the cities are bursting with treasures of all kinds, but have the guides select the most important, elaborate on that, then have a break in the dialogue so that us travelers can see, saturate, and remember. Our tour guides spoke endlessly. #2 Pompeii: My husband and I had the privilege of seeing the Dallas Museum of Art Pompeii Exhibit in 1979 and also the Pompeii exhibit in San Francisco several years later. The exhibitions reveal how Pompeii vanished beneath volcanic ash and recreates the catastrophic eruption results and freezes life in time. Issues of "Smithsonian" and "National Geographic" magazines, and even the recent issue of "Traveler" present Pompeii's natural disaster. BUT our tour gave us only a small portion of this. We saw almost no recreation of Mt. Vesuvius eruption except a dog in a glass case, excavated pots, and the town's proximity to the volcano. Yes, we could walk some of the streets and see the building foundations. Where are the lovely frescoes that are shown in noteworthy magazines; where is the recreation of the event that we see both in magazines and in museum exhibits??? Is it in Naples??? This most definitely SHOULD be included!!! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2015
Overall thing wer going well. The television had a tendency to stop and start at random, but that was minor. Crew was efficient and friendly. Food was very good. Leaving St Petersburg noticed that a Costa ship had passed us shortly ... Read More
Overall thing wer going well. The television had a tendency to stop and start at random, but that was minor. Crew was efficient and friendly. Food was very good. Leaving St Petersburg noticed that a Costa ship had passed us shortly after leaving port. When we awoke we were not in Tallinn and the Captain announced the engine problem. From there things quickly went down hill. Everything the capt and other officers told us was quite simply not completely accurate. Noticed that the company told one site that we were offered an opportunity to fly to Bergen to finish our cruise. Yes, we were offered, but that offer was unilaterally rescinded by the company the next mornig. Yesterday one couple in our group was told in the late afternoon to have their bags in the hallway by 10 p.m. And prepare to disembark at 4 a.m. the morning. I received a phone call telling me I was to depart on Aug 5 from Tallinn and to contact the Explorer Desk for further information. When I went there I was given flight information. When I went online to attempt to get seat assignments, the flights listed under the confirmation number provided were totally different. Additionally, some people are being told that Viking wants everyone off the boat by Tuesday, Aug 4. Guess we'll in a tent somewhere on the docks. An other person in our party was giving a flight to Chicago, even though she originated in Pittsburgh. Seems like the simple solution of just getting a flight from Chicago to Pittsburgh was too complicated so she was told to wait and they would get another set of flights. Their crisis management is just absurd. The people handling the flights will tell what will get you out of their sight and do not mind changing their story to your face. It is the ubiquitous "they" is running this operation. One can not discount the fact that if this mechanical failure had not occurred I would have been more than pleased with my experience. The mishandling of this event has soured my appreciated of all the good things about this trip. For example this morning we heard an announcement that basically stated we know nothing, don't bother us, we'll call you, but it took 5 minutes to tell us that. Additionally, announcements are often not made in our cabin. We have to go out into the hall to hear them. There seems to be a lack of real planning. For example this morning two tours had departed the boat when an announcement was made asking all passengers booked on a continuation of this cruise to report to the theater for important information. Wonder how made of these people were off the boat. Seems like they should know who these people are and contacted them directly. We're thinking of passing on our tour so we don't miss out on a opportunity to get off the ship for good. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2015
We booked our cruise after reading a promotional flyer in July 2013. The next two years we spent following the progress of the ship's being built and tested. This to say that, as seasoned travelers who had never taken a cruise and who ... Read More
We booked our cruise after reading a promotional flyer in July 2013. The next two years we spent following the progress of the ship's being built and tested. This to say that, as seasoned travelers who had never taken a cruise and who live in Europe, we were very much anticipating this different adventure. We were not disappointed. Since we handled all our arrangements in terms of arrival and departure, we cannot write about theses issues, but can say that our embarkation and debarkation were handled smoothly and professionally. The ship itself was wonderfully laid out, with so many different lounges, the spa, and quiet corners that I'm not sure we discovered all of it on our time aboard. The Explorer's Lounge is quiet, seemingly private and very comfortable. I met with a group of friends (who all met for the first time on the second day out) nearly every day in the upstairs of the Explorers Lounge. We all had a common issue and, for the most part, were able to share our experiences, solutions and challenges in some privacy. The artwork displayed throughout the ship was excellent and we enjoyed being able to read about the artists and the works in the book provided in our cabin. I'd suggest a lecture or a tour of the artworks as an activity for those who are inclined. So much of the work was thematic for the region in which we were traveling that it was a subtle enhancement to the experience overall. We didn't participate in many of the shipboard activities, lectures, etc. so I can't say much about them, except that we watched a few of the port lectures on the tv in our cabin and found them informative. In Bergen, we skipped the tour as we'd spent three days there in advance of the trip, and is our style, had discovered much of its hidden enchantments on our own. The cruise into the fjord with Flåm as our destination was, by itself, a highlight for both of us. Waking to those cliffs, waterfalls, and draped with long low clouds and mist was absolutely magical. The fact that the Viking Star is so quiet and smooth enriched the experience. We booked, in advance, our own rail trip in Flåm, so we cannot speak to Viking's excursions there. Our excursion was enjoyable and informative, although we hadn't left ourselves enough time to explore much. The Pulpit Rock cruise was great fun and our guide was informative and entertaining. As we are both active and fit,we'd have preferred a hike to Pulpit Rock, and would have scheduled and paid for it on our own, but there wasn't enough time in Stavanger for us to do that and be assured of returning to the ship on time. After our fjord cruise in Stavanger, we had precious little time to explore this charming town which we would have liked to do. Our time in Aalborg, on the walking tour, was well spent. The guide was thorough and spoke nearly-flawless English. My husband got tired of being in a group, but stuck with it. Because the walking tour was long, we also didn't have much time to explore the town, however, we'd already seen most of it so it wasn't necessary for us. We skipped the Copenhagen tours during the day and went out on our own. The added excursion of the Canal Jazz (actually Dixieland, not Jazz) was sensational. The band was great fun and the cruise gave us a view of Copenhagen we'd otherwise have missed. We almost missed the cruise itself as it wasn't well-publicized, and we only found out about it from friends. We didn't take any of the Berlin tours as we planned to spend the month of August, and are now, in Berlin. Gdansk was great, albeit a bit hurried. I appreciated the accommodation to my motion-sickness on the bus tour. The front seat was reserved for us even though we hadn't given much notice. Our guide was very good, well informed and professional. Our only problem came during the walking tour. Our guide was very short, and she either couldn't or wouldn't hold up the group sign, nor, apparently did she did ask anyone taller to do so. As Gdansk was extremely crowded, I got lost from the group on more than one occasion. This was quickly remedied as my husband alerted her and once I walked into the range of her voice on my listening device, I rejoined the group. The day spent sailing was fine and relaxing. However, most of the window area lounge chairs were taken up the whole day by people who camped out on them, left their belongings for long periods of time in order to save their places, and made it impossible for anyone else to use them. Bad manners. St. Petersburg: the bus tour wasn't the best. It was difficult to see much. Fortunately, we'd booked the canal cruise and the weather cooperated by giving us clear skies and mild temperatures—a fortuitous happenstance. The cruise was informative and we had much better views and viewpoints than on the bus tour. As an added bonus, we toured the Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood and the St. Isaac's church. Our guide, Irina, was excellent, the best we had on the whole trip. She was our guide again the next day for The Hermitage. The next day, we started early for our tour early and arrived at the Hermitage before the crowds, being admitted to what amounted to be a nearly-private touring. Our guide, once again, was knowledgeable, complete and very well educated in both history and art. This s an excursion not to be missed! Especially with Irina. She knew how to navigate this huge museum, allowing us time to see many masterpieces without any crowds at all. We had time to linger with the Rembrandts and many others. Quite a few of my fotos have no people in them—remarkable considering the time of year, the venue and the extremely long line waiting to get in after we left. Definitely the best excursion of the whole trip. We cancelled the walking tour of Helsinki and went in on the shuttle. It's a charming city, and it's one we may return to on our own. We took the bus tour of Stockholm, and as I hadn't reserved the front, we were farther back. Fortunately, I had no motion sickness, but the tour was a wash in that we couldn't see anything. We stayed on our own a week in Stockholm, so we got to know the city fairly well. As to dining: we ate only once at the Chef's Table and had the Sweet and Salty meal. It was sublime, and spoiled us for all our other meals. We ate lunch and breakfast almost exclusively at the World Cafe. The food was very good, not excellent, but not at all common cafeteria food either. The selection was good. The Pool Grill was also good. Service at both was very good. All the wait staff were polite, friendly and professional. Our favorite restaurant was The Restaurant and we had dinner there frequently. The choice of meals varied nightly, with some constants. The quality never varied—it was always excellent. As was the service. The Beef Wellington is to die for, absolutely great, as were all the fish dishes. Our only dining disappointment was at Manfredi's. The waiters were very good, and apologetic that out food took so long to arrive. The chicken one night was overlooked, and my one pasta dish wasn't al dente, nor particularly tasty. When we spoke to the maître, he was surly and defensive. He tried to explain to us how each meal was individually prepared, etc. as if we had no idea how a well run restaurant of reputation operates. Rather than argue with him, we simply didn't return there. We heard from others that they'd had great meals there, so I assume the quality varies. In summary, I'd say it was a wonderful trip, made all the more so by the friends we made on it, and the sights we saw. We may taking a Viking Star cruise of the Eastern Mediterranean in the future. It depends on if one is scheduled for the Fall, as we normally spend our summers in the States and return to Barcelona for the Fall. 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6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2015
My wife and I chose this cruise as our first cruise ever because it was going to destinations that were on our list in the Baltic, and the ship would be newly built and crewed. It was also smaller than the large vessels at under 1000 ... Read More
My wife and I chose this cruise as our first cruise ever because it was going to destinations that were on our list in the Baltic, and the ship would be newly built and crewed. It was also smaller than the large vessels at under 1000 passengers and every cabin had a balcony. We weren't disappointed. Passenger service was very good and the staff was friendly. The only down side was an excursion to Berlin which, due to traffic problems, didn't live up to our expectations. We filled our stops with excursions, perhaps too many. There were stops in Norway (Flan, Stavanger, Bergen), Denmark (Aalborg, Copenhagen), Poland (Gdansk), Germany (Berlin), Estonia (Tallinn), Russia (St Petersburg), Finland (Helsinki), and Sweden (Stockholm). We certainly enjoyed our visit to the Hermitage in St Pete. We didn't participate much in the onboard entertainment since we usually rested after our excursion packed days. However, we did enjoy the pre-port lectures on the cities and cultures. The food was very good with a large variety of settings. We really appreciated the choices of gelato after lunch and dinner, which came with complimentary house wine. All in all it was a memorable time. We have booked another different trip on the same ship for 2016. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2015
Viking did an amazing job. Was it perfect? No. Was it above expectations? Absolutely! This was a belated 40th anniversary celebration and it was obscenely luxurious-- fit the bill! Ship: Flawlessly beautiful, smooth, and gracious. From ... Read More
Viking did an amazing job. Was it perfect? No. Was it above expectations? Absolutely! This was a belated 40th anniversary celebration and it was obscenely luxurious-- fit the bill! Ship: Flawlessly beautiful, smooth, and gracious. From the Explorer's Lounge with loads of glass to the tip of the infinity pool and from the window seating in Manfredi's to the Deck Nine ports area, the views were great and the amenities wonderful. The piped in sounds of birds in some of the public area bathrooms were a bit surprising at first. Our stateroom (Penthouse Veranda) was HUGE and had a wonderful outdoor space. Wishes: I wish there had been a few more places to sit in the comfortable lounge areas with feet up after a long day. The few wing chair/ottomans combos were snapped up immediately! Also wish I had realized they have to drop the water level in the infinity pool while underway. No pics of me "swimming" in the Baltic with the water flowing over the top of the glass. Oh darn. Food: Incredible. The best were the surprises like Shanghai dumplings (as would be served in the Chef's Table) and specialty pastas (as would be served in Manfredi's fine Italian rest. ) showing up on mini-plates at World Cafe (buffet rest.) at lunchtime. If you kept your eyes open, the World Cafe was sometimes a sneak preview of the best dinners to come. Amazing Ravioli with lemon sauce. Sounds mundane, tastes unbelievable! Chef's Table fixed menu (every 5 days) great for foodies and wine lovers. Manfredi's is very popular for good reason: fine Italian food, impeccable service, and no huge plates full of red sauced spaghetti. The real deal for fine Italian-- EXCELLENT food. No extra cost for ANY restaurant. Make reservations early once on ship for popular nights, like last few days! We got everything we wanted just by asking, including our favorite window seat at Manfredi's. Oh, room service took no more than 5 min when we ordered (also free), though our requests were not "cooked" items. Service: As you can tell from above, it was outstanding. Excursions: Costs were typically more than DIY, and these were a bit heavy on motor coach tours (not our fav). Where possible, take the WALKING tours. DO NOT take the included trip to Berlin. This was Viking's major faux pas. 3.5 hr each way PLUS time "touring" sites in Berlin -- still on the bus! And ours had broken A/C on a 90+ degree day. Scott, the Excursions director, told us they are evaluating how to handle Berlin. We suggested dropping it entirely and just staying out near the port. Viking did offer included options closer to the port, but we, like 600 others, were lured by the prospect of seeing Berlin. Resist the temptation! We also had two much-anticipated excursions in other ports cancelled the day before due to tour operator issues or lack of sufficient interest. We have no experience to know how "normal" this is, but were disappointed. Rescheduling another option was made easy for us. Still waiting to see how quickly they process our refunds. (It has not been 10-14 days yet.) Best excursion: Chocolate making and Old Town in Tallinn. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2015
This was our first ocean cruise, having done three river cruises with Viking River Cruises. This time we tried their newly-launched ocean liner, the Viking Star, on the Homelands Cruise in Scandinavia. The countries visited were ... Read More
This was our first ocean cruise, having done three river cruises with Viking River Cruises. This time we tried their newly-launched ocean liner, the Viking Star, on the Homelands Cruise in Scandinavia. The countries visited were beautiful - our favorite was Norway. We were not disappointed in the overall experience. Viking goes beyond wanting to accommodate you in all aspects of travel and we had no complaints and no regrets making the cruise. We had a fantastic time; and Viking keeps you busy with shore excursions and on-board activities if you so choose to participate. The ship itself is beautiful and topnotch. We liked that it is not the mega-cruise ship you normally see. The food was excellent, our stateroom was perfect (and all rooms have a balcony with a table and chairs), and the staff from the captain down to those who clean your stateroom are friendly, helpful, accommodating and ready to listen when you talk. The tour guides on all our excursions were just as friendly as the Viking staff. All in all, we had a fantastic cruise with Viking Ocean Cruises and will not hesitate to recommend Viking to anyone and have done so many times. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2015
This was our first cruise and everything about it was first class from our original booking contact with Viking to our disembarkation. Prior to our embarkation we had a number of questions and always found the contact person to be ... Read More
This was our first cruise and everything about it was first class from our original booking contact with Viking to our disembarkation. Prior to our embarkation we had a number of questions and always found the contact person to be knowledgeable and courteous. The trip itself was outstanding. The ship was absolutely beautiful, quite comfortable, and offered a wide variety of spaces to enjoy/things to do. A number of dining options were available offering a wide variety of excellent food beautifully presented, and always top notch service. Shore excursion guides were excellent in both their knowledge and spoken English. As a person who likes organization, I was very impressed with the organization of everything from our airline reservations to shore excursions and extended tours. If there was any type of snag, Viking was quick to rectify it in some way. My only suggestion for Viking would be to be more explicit when describing excursion options for each port. We found that some tours overlapped and you saw the same thing twice when you could have gone somewhere totally different. Still, overall it was a wonderful trip, and I wouldn't travel with another cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2015
I had not wanted to go on a cruise, but the "Viking Homelands" trip won me over. The crew was always attentive and friendly. Our cabin steward was absolutely the best ever! We enjoyed dining in all the restaurants and I was ... Read More
I had not wanted to go on a cruise, but the "Viking Homelands" trip won me over. The crew was always attentive and friendly. Our cabin steward was absolutely the best ever! We enjoyed dining in all the restaurants and I was particularly impressed with the creativity of the "Chef's Table" offerings. The activities were varied so that there was something for everyone, my favorite being the Chef's cooking demonstration. Of course, the spa experiences were heavenly with excellently trained staff. There were a variety of shore excursions with excellent guides. We particularly enjoyed the visits to the homes of Sibelius and Grieg with the concerts that followed. Those were experiences that we wouldn't have been able to have done easily on our own. We prefer to go on shore at our own pace and in most cases that was possible. The daily newsletter was extremely helpful in helping us to plan the day's events and will be an excellent memory of the locations we visited. The ship itself is beautifully designed in outstanding Scandinavian minimalist style and was created in such a way that there was always a place to gather with friends or be by myself if I chose. I loved the woodland birdsongs in the public restrooms, too! So very Finnish! Our two weeks on the "Viking Homelands" cruise spoiled me forever, and that's the way a cruise should be. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2015
This was my first major cruise. After reading some reviews of earlier cruises, I understood that there could be problems. I attributed the problems others had reported to the growing pains that happen with any new venture. I arranged ... Read More
This was my first major cruise. After reading some reviews of earlier cruises, I understood that there could be problems. I attributed the problems others had reported to the growing pains that happen with any new venture. I arranged my own travel from Roanoke to Stockholm and my return from Iceland. It allowed me the flexibility to travel on a great business class fare and to arrive a day early. I stayed at the Hotel Riddergatan which was well located and reasonably priced. From the moment I embarked, the Viking experience was first rate. I was traveling solo and found the staff and other guests welcoming. Each day was an adventure from the first cup of coffee in my room to a nightcap in the Explorer Lounge at night! Timing is everything and they had it down to a science by the time I cruised. I chose to do both included and "for a fee" shore excursions. They were informative and provided a good overview of the ports of call. I'm already planning to return to some destinations so I can see them in more depth than a cruise allows. I must say something about my dining experience. I ate meals at all the venues and found the food to be well prepared and delicious. I usually ate breakfast at the World Cafe or Mamsen's. The waffles with fruit and a drizzle of chocolate were a real treat at Mamsen's. World Cafe had all my favorite starters...yogurt, fresh fruit, and a pastry or bacon and made to order eggs on other days! Lunch by the pool, in The Restaurant, or at World Cafe offered so many choices that no two days were the same! It was so nice to relax with a glass of wine or a beer as I shared a meal with new found friends. I limited tea at the Wintergarten to 2-3 times a week. If I was going to pack on pounds this is where it would happen ...innocently. The open-faced tea sandwiches and pastries were such a treat and impossible to pass up! I enjoyed dinners at The Restaurant where they seated me at shared tables or at tables in such close proximity to other tables that it was easy to strike up a conversation with those nearby. I had the privilege of tasting all three menus at The Chef's Table. With a set menu, it isn't for everyone. Each time I was there, the food was delicious and impeccable. Manfredi's was another favorite...so much so that it was not easy to get reservations. While the food was excellent, I'll never forget watching the curtain of water that washed over the windows as we ate! The North Sea made sure we knew where we were. The only downside was being in the group that disembarked at 5:45 a.m. and a mix-up with my flight for the post-trip in Iceland. What would I change? I'd build ships that had some single cabins. It stings to pay for two when I only eat, drink and do the included shore excursions for moi! Thus my lower ranking on Value for Money. Would I go again? A resounding YES! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2015
This cruise exceeded my expectations. The ship was elegant and beautiful--loved the way nature was incorporated in the decoration. The staff were friendly as well as helpful. The various types of music and food venues were most ... Read More
This cruise exceeded my expectations. The ship was elegant and beautiful--loved the way nature was incorporated in the decoration. The staff were friendly as well as helpful. The various types of music and food venues were most enjoyable. I particularly liked the quiet nooks with books and comfortable seating, but I would have enjoyed having a selection of books about the countries and ports we were visiting. However, I thought the lectures about the various ports and related topics were educational, entertaining and well presented. Having the talks recorded to view and listen to at another time was also a good idea. I took advantage of them when there was a conflict with attending the presentation in person. My daughter loved the spa. Although our luggage did not arrive when we did, Viking personnel could not have been more patient and helpful. She went with us to file a report with the authorities before we left the airport, and when we returned from dinner on the ship, our luggage was waiting for us without us having to do anything else. Thank you so much. I was glad there were no young children on the cruise. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2015
Our cruse was everything we expected and more. The service, accommodation, amenities all were excellent. Our only complaint was the rudeness of several older passengers in the buffet lines. Not something the crew could do anything ... Read More
Our cruse was everything we expected and more. The service, accommodation, amenities all were excellent. Our only complaint was the rudeness of several older passengers in the buffet lines. Not something the crew could do anything about. We enjoyed the stage shows, music in the lobby and cooking demonstration. We even got see a movie we had missed at home. The night club was just the type atmosphere to promote nostalgia for a past time. Wonderful. Service was spot on. Everything I asked for from a needle and thread to an espresso before breakfast appeared instantly. Even my night cap was waiting before I made it to the bottom step. Shore trips were well organized and led by well informed guides. We particularly enjoyed the spa. My favorite was the steam room adn snow gratto while Jack loved the big hot tube. I could hardly get him out. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2015
This was our first ever cruise. We enjoyed every part of the voyage as well as learned a great deal. The Viking Star is a beautiful ship and her crew was most accommodating. We enjoyed the food as well as the dinning atmosphere. Our ... Read More
This was our first ever cruise. We enjoyed every part of the voyage as well as learned a great deal. The Viking Star is a beautiful ship and her crew was most accommodating. We enjoyed the food as well as the dinning atmosphere. Our cabin was large and quite roomy, the steward took care of our every need. All the entertainment was enjoyable from professional theater, staff production, movies, and TED Talks Almost all the local guides were very knowledgeable and attentive. We particularly enjoyed Alexander in Russia and Tiina in Tallinn. In Berlin I felt we were terribly rushed and the guide skipped over the most interesting places such as the Wall and the actual Check Point Charley. For those of us of a certain age these were the reason for going to Berlin. The same for Poland, the Ship Yards needed to be seen not just the crane pointed out while flying down the highway from a very far distance. Over all we had a wonderful time and are planning another cruse with Viking very soon. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
Viking arranged our flight at a time that we wanted, which ment we landed in Stockholm at 11:15 and were on board at 13:17 giving us half a day to explore Stockholm. Airport reception was great with Viking reps delivering us a trolley ... Read More
Viking arranged our flight at a time that we wanted, which ment we landed in Stockholm at 11:15 and were on board at 13:17 giving us half a day to explore Stockholm. Airport reception was great with Viking reps delivering us a trolley at the luggage pick up and escorting us to the coaches. Embarkation procedures were carried out whilst we sat in the coach at the port (out of the cold and rain) and we were greeted by ships staff with drinks as soon as we boarded. Service was great, I asked Martha where I could get English Breakfast tea and on return to my room had a dish of 16 tea bags by the coffee machine. Rest of the cruise was great in all departments and we had 2 resevations for Manfredi's and 3 for the Chef's Table but the Restraunt, World Cafe and Mamsens were excellant as well. Disembarkation was good and as I had asked for an evening flight to the UK I had full use of the ships communal facilities till 17:00 hours. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
Overall our cruise was what we had expected from Viking Cruises although this was our first trip. The ship was superb, if bigger than we expected, but never felt crowded even during embarking and disembarking. The staff was always warm and ... Read More
Overall our cruise was what we had expected from Viking Cruises although this was our first trip. The ship was superb, if bigger than we expected, but never felt crowded even during embarking and disembarking. The staff was always warm and friendly and most accommodating. The food excellent and generous . We enjoyed all of our tours and tour guides. We are looking forward to enjoying a river cruise in the future as so many told us how wonderful they were. All in all a very satisfying experience. Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2015
My Mom and I took a two week cruise on Viking Star, from Barcelona, Spain, to Bergen, Norway. The Star was a lot bigger than I thought it was going to be. The brochure didn't give you a sense of how big it was going to be. The Viking ... Read More
My Mom and I took a two week cruise on Viking Star, from Barcelona, Spain, to Bergen, Norway. The Star was a lot bigger than I thought it was going to be. The brochure didn't give you a sense of how big it was going to be. The Viking representative was waiting for us right at Baggage Claim and the transfer to the ship was very efficient and smooth. There were lots of things to do while onboard. People could get together for Scrabble, chess, or knitting, and there was a lot of use of the exercise room and the spa for massages and lectures in the Star theater. The service oboard was very good. The waitstaff in all the restaurants did great jobs. The waitstaff in The Restaurant, the main venue for eating oboard, knew our names by the second day. We had a city drive in Barcelona on our second day and it was very interesting. We had a number of excursions. My favorite was our cheese and brandy tasting in France. We went to the village of Camember by bus and, once there, watched two films about the production and making of cheese, and while we were waiting for our cheese tasting to be set up, someone's farm dog came down to the museum for company and everyone in the group was petting her, and when she came to me, she flopped down on the ground and wanted her belly rubbed, so I did that for her and she enjoyed it. Had our cheese tasting, which was six different types of Camembert cheese, with a cup of cider, and after that, we did a little shopping there, then went to lunch at a local restaurant, and it was good, if a bit much after having had six pieces of cheese, and then we went to a local farm where Calvados brandy is made and we sampled that and then went back to the ship. My favorite port was London, and while there, I got to fulfill a life long dream of mine, which was to visit the Sherlock Holmes museum, and it was wonderful! We took the train and the Underground to Baker Street on the advice of the man at the concierge desk onboard ship since taking a cab would have been more expensive and taken twice as long to get there. After spending time at the Sherlock Holmes museum and having lunch, Mom and I went back into Greenwich and had dessert at a local bakery we had seen earlier that morning, then went for a walk in the Royal Observatory Park, then went back to the ship for a rest, then did a night time tour of London, which included a trip up on the London Eye, which was truly spectacular. We then got back on the bus and had a night time drive around London and got to see all the major monuments all lit up at night and didn't get back to the ship until after 11:00 at night because there was a lot of traffic, and then the tender boat could only take so many people at a time. We finished our cruise in Bergen and it was a bit chilly early in the morning, but warmed up nicely. There were many different places to eat on the ship. The Wintergarden served tea and had a high tea service every day at 4:00 p.m. My Mom and I took most of our meals either at Manfredi's, The Restaurant, The Chef's Table, or The World Cafe. The food was very good, and had lots of variety. One of my favorite things to eat was Lyonaise Potatoes. There were also home made sticky buns made in The World Cafe every other day, and they were yummy. They also had ice cream and gelato on hand for lunch and dinner, along with different sorts of pastries, cookies and cakes. There was also a small laundry room on our deck, which came in handy for doing some of our laundry. Viking Ocean cruises are not geared for children, most of the passengers being in the 55 or even older age range. I was the youngest person onboard at 28 years of age. The production team put on a number of shows, and they were all very good. One of my favorites was La Peregrina, which was a show about a diamond that had been stolen and it combined elements of Get Smart and James Bond and it was hilarious. There were also lectures in the Star theater during the day, and my favorite was about Horatio Nelson. The disembarkation was very smooth. We were all off the ship by 4:00 a.m. and at the airport a little after that and didn't have to wait long for our flight. I would recommend this cruise to anyone wanting to see more of Europe. You can also choose how many days you want to be on your cruise, from a 50 day cruise beginning in Istanbul, Turkey and continuing on from Bergen, Norway to Scandinavia or a two week cruise, like what my Mom and I did, ending in Bergen. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
Overall, this was a wonderful cruise from Barcelona to Bergen. The food was great! The staff was friendly, helpful, and professional. Our stateroom was very comfortable, especially the nice bathroom and the comfortable bed. The spa ... Read More
Overall, this was a wonderful cruise from Barcelona to Bergen. The food was great! The staff was friendly, helpful, and professional. Our stateroom was very comfortable, especially the nice bathroom and the comfortable bed. The spa treatment for my wife, her first, was awesome. She really appreciated the attention to privacy and comfort given by Natalie. We both enjoyed the music by Lazlo and the piano music in the Atrium and the Winter Garden. On the other hand, The computer system really messed up our bookings at Chef's Table and Manfreddie's. We had to take whatever time was left. Very disappointing! Buy, at least, we did get to sample their tasty food. The service in both restaurants was superb, as was the food. When we booked and paid in advance for our shore excursions, we were expecting the time for each as quoted in the on line booking. Unfortunately, we only found out the night before when the bulletin for the next day's activities was left in our room at turn down time. The problem occurred when we were booked at a different time, as several excursions for the same tour were listed. My wife had a spa appointment booked on line before we left for our cruise. Had she not inquired earlier in the day, we would have had to pay for the spa appointment that she missed due to a change in excursion time the next day. Fortunately, the error was caught in time to change her appointment time. One last thing, my wife and I were spending our on board ship credit that we received due to the 'at sea' additional days, and I was billed $165.00 for a 'VIKING M NVY FLEECE L' item code:809976. The tag showed $65.00. Bummer. It was billed to my American Express credit card. Otherwise, the cruise was a wonderful experience. Hopefully, the glitches are now resolved. Kudos to the entire staff and crew. We adored the ship's captain! Thank you for hearing me out, and for a memorable cruise. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2015
While I realize that there will always be a few glitches in a brand new ship overall we had a wonderful cruise aboard Viking Star. The ship itself is gorgeous and very comfortable, the food incredible and the service was superb. We had ... Read More
While I realize that there will always be a few glitches in a brand new ship overall we had a wonderful cruise aboard Viking Star. The ship itself is gorgeous and very comfortable, the food incredible and the service was superb. We had done a river cruise and this was our first ocean cruise, we did not want to cruise on a ship with 2000 other people, the Star was a perfect size and we found it very spacious with lots of places to meet people or just sit by ourselves if we wanted to read a book and be pampered. We stayed an extra 2 nights in Barcelona at the NH Calderon hotel which was Arranged through Viking, a very nice hotel and well located, great breakfast buffet. The port activities were as expected, similar to a river cruise with local guides escorting and explaining the history of the area and important landmarks. We loved the cruise and will probably be planning another ocean cruise in the near future. We stopped in Cadiz, Cartenega, Gibraltor, Lisbon, Paris, London and ended in Bergen. The one glitch was we only had 1 day in Paris and London because of tides on the Seine and Thames rivers, Viking did compensate us for the shorter stay. The only negative I can say about our whole experience was getting our air arranged with Viking. We booked business class and were told that since we were on an ocean cruise we could not get Air Plus and therefore could not reserve our airline seats until we got our tickets which was 30 days before departure. After repeated contact with Viking air about this issue we had to wait and hope that we could at least get seats beside each other for the 10 hour flight, I hope Viking improves this part of their service. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2015
We went from Venice to Barcelona. The ship was just beautiful. Even though it holds 900 passengers we will still seeing and meeting people on the last days. There are so many places to sit and relax on the ship it never seemed crowded. ... Read More
We went from Venice to Barcelona. The ship was just beautiful. Even though it holds 900 passengers we will still seeing and meeting people on the last days. There are so many places to sit and relax on the ship it never seemed crowded. We observed that everything was very well orchestrated behind the scenes. For example in the Word Cafe where the buffet was, and this was certainly not a typical buffet in any manner. Only small amounts of food were placed out at a time but a adequate selection to ensure it was hot and fresh, but it was under the constant careful eye of senior staff so food was always available. Also you never went without your table being clean or cleared. Senior Staff had a nice discreet manner with staff to ensure everything was taken care of and passengers were not bothered. Suchi chef was great and the head Chef was always there to explain how food was prepared and to greet you. We ate in The Restaurant, Chefs Table and Manfreddies as well. We found the Restaurant was a bit slow and only ate there when we wanted to take more time for dining. We went on both the included and extra paid for excursions all were excellent. The included excursions were very adequate and many passengers only opted for those. We did some of the paid ones to get us more into the country side and because we wanted to see more. Like the Vatican, Florence, Pompeii. Viking had top notch local tour guides ready for each tour, they all had at least 15 years experience. Each tour had some free time included so you could do what you wanted as well. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
All I can really say is WOW!!! This was our first cruise. The ship was spectacular, the staff was very attentive, friendly, always a smile. I enjoyed getting my hair fixed at the salon on board and also had a very relaxing massage. The ... Read More
All I can really say is WOW!!! This was our first cruise. The ship was spectacular, the staff was very attentive, friendly, always a smile. I enjoyed getting my hair fixed at the salon on board and also had a very relaxing massage. The excursions and guides where mostly helpful and informative. Our cabin was very comfy and the veranda was great for taking pictures and drinking coffee or a cold drink. We really enjoyed the variety of foods at World Cafe, from sushi to gelato, lamb to turkey. The Chef's Table was suberb in ALL aspects. When the trip was done all we could say was WE WILL do this again! Read Less
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