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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 Yes, we were offered, but that offer was unilaterally rescinded by the company the next mornig.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
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
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2015
This was our first ocean cruise and we couldn't have picked a more beautiful ship! Not a speck of dust, a fingerprint, a scuff mark, nor any dirty spot either inside or out! Room was very comfortable and we had a balcony as do all ... Read More
This was our first ocean cruise and we couldn't have picked a more beautiful ship! Not a speck of dust, a fingerprint, a scuff mark, nor any dirty spot either inside or out! Room was very comfortable and we had a balcony as do all the staterooms on this ship. "Classy" was the term used by many travelers. The seasoned travelers all agreed that this was the best ship on which they had ever traveled. Food was amazing and I know I gained 6-7 pounds! The quality of the food was the best and everything was fresh. One of the Maitre d's told me that they never hold anything longer than three hours. Be sure to have the made-from-scratch sticky buns and cinnamon doughnuts made on alternate days! YUM! On board entertainment was wonderful: string quartet, opera, piano, singers in night club, etc. No climbing walls, no ice skating rink, no gambling, no water slides, etc. so this might not be the best choice for children. My biggest disappointment was not in the ship at all but the near lack of free time in ports with only 20-30 minutes at the destinations. Most of the tour guides were very good except for the one we had in Barcelona. (Do not take the panoramic tour of Barcelona!) Naples is a port that could be skipped as far as many were concerned as it was very shabby and buildings were falling apart with rubble and trash in the streets. Even the best part of town ("where movie stars and football players live") was very shabby. Better to have been shuttled over to Capri. One of the most memorable stops was in Valencia, Spain, where we were taken to the Market on our tour. This place must have been as big as a football field inside and had the biggest, most beautiful, blemish-free fruits and vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, etc. If I lived anywhere in Spain, it would have to be near this market. Fabulous! While we are not seasoned ocean travelers, the "rough" seas we had were enough for us to decide to stick to river cruising. Other travelers thought it was nothing and even the captain told us in a private conversation that it was next to nothing and that the ship could handle ten times that. We will leave it to others to enjoy ocean cruising. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2015
This was our first cruise so I do not have a comparison. However it met or exceeded all my expectations. Our cabin was well appointed with adequate storage space. The bed and chairs were very comfortable. We had access to laundry ... Read More
This was our first cruise so I do not have a comparison. However it met or exceeded all my expectations. Our cabin was well appointed with adequate storage space. The bed and chairs were very comfortable. We had access to laundry equipment which we used as we were traveling after the cruise. Our attendant, Arya was very thorough in keeping our cabin clean and well stocked. In fact we were impressed with the quality of service we received in every area. The restaurant managers, waiters, and wait staff were very friendly and attentive. All the members of the staff were helpful, courteous and accommodating. We were very impressed with the food in the World Cafe. We actually enjoyed it more than the specialty restaurants. In fact one meal at Manfredi's was unappetizing and the fish at the The Restaurant was flavorless. But otherwise the food was very good with a wide variety and some dishes were made to order. We thought the excursions were excellent with the exception of the Underground Cisterns. Although the Cisterns were unique and interesting , we only spent 30 minutes there and the rest of the tour was just wasting time. I did not think it was worth the money. The others were great. The Complimentary ones were as good as the optional. Loved Kotor and Dubrovnic. All the guides were wonderful. We were disappointed we missed Pula. We did not take advantage of visiting Venice at 5:00 pm as a replacement of Pula as we were going to stay two night after disembarking. We had made our own arrangements prior to the Cruise in Istanbul and in Venice. In Istanbul, we stayed for two nights in the old City at the Seven Hill Hotel. It is small older boutique hotel with a fabulous rooftop restaurant. We stayed at a Marriott Autograph Collection Hotel that was charming. The Cruise was an experience of a life time and we would definitely consider another Viking Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2015
I rated this cruise as Very Good only because we had no other cruise to rate it against. The Viking Star was great. Our cabin was surprising in how spacious and comfortable it was. Embarkation and disembarkation was very ... Read More
I rated this cruise as Very Good only because we had no other cruise to rate it against. The Viking Star was great. Our cabin was surprising in how spacious and comfortable it was. Embarkation and disembarkation was very painless. The Staff were all very friendly & obliging. The service was very good, nothing was too much trouble and any little "wrinkles" were ironed out very quickly. The food onboard had only problem - it was so good you just wanted to eat more. The entertainment on board was varied, interesting and enjoyable. We only went on the included shore excursions and found them to be very informative with good and knowledgeable tour guides. Leaving the ship each day for our excursion was easy, very organised and well managed by the staff. As I said we are only novice cruisers and apart from a short Alaskan cruise and a river cruise (with a different Company) this was our first big cruise and we loved it. We loved it so much we are planning our next cruise as at this time. We would like Viking to cruise down the west coast of America, through the Panama Canal up to New York. 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
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
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
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
2 Helpful Votes
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
19 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
I am going to focus on the positives! This is a beautiful ship with an amazing crew many of whom seek to go the extra mile in trying to give you a great time! We had an amazing trip. It was our first sea cruise and we were not ... Read More
I am going to focus on the positives! This is a beautiful ship with an amazing crew many of whom seek to go the extra mile in trying to give you a great time! We had an amazing trip. It was our first sea cruise and we were not disappointed. All of the four restaurants are excellent and we eat 3/4 times int he evening in each. Even the buffet style World Cafe is great in the evening as it is quiet, spacious and has the best views on the ship! We particularly enjoyed the Chef's table and were able to enjoy 4 out of 5 of the menus offered when we were on board. The included wines repeat a bit over 2 weeks but we are not great drinkers so it dodon't bother us. We loved the entertainment programme and music which were outstanding but for us the enrichment lectures were rather highbrow...and I am no intellectual slouch at all! They seem to be enjoyed by the academically minded on board. So for the downsides...security was a bit of a shambles...with the scanning process quickly abandoned after a port or two due to inefficiency. My wife's bag was impounded as she had a picnic knife and it took us 2 hours to track it down after we had to go to Guest Services and initiate a search! Finally what must be imporved - excursions...we had a really poor experience before we went with changed excursion times ( which Viking put right under pressure) and one really bad excursion that I am still discussing with them ( awful guide and not as described) . It is a challenge to get 700 or so people off on an included excursion. Those disattisfied with their walking tour allocation learnt that groups could be gatecrashed on the quay leading to a loss of control! ( not a problem with coach trips though as tickets were tightly controlled). It is early days and I am sure Viking will sort all this out. Most of our excursions are fine but be ready for immobile people who cannot keep up with the most gentle walks! Enough of that...an amazing experience...we loved it and hope to be back on a Viking cruise ship in a year or two. Read Less
24 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2016
We are not your typical cruisers. Cruising is not on our top list of ways to take a vacation. We are typically independent travelers on land. We were talked into this by our brother and sister in law and decided to go because it is a new ... Read More
We are not your typical cruisers. Cruising is not on our top list of ways to take a vacation. We are typically independent travelers on land. We were talked into this by our brother and sister in law and decided to go because it is a new ship, a relatively small ocean cruise ship, and the focus was on the ports and cities, not hanging out doing stuff on the ship. Ironically, half way through the cruise, we wanted a break from the go, go, go of all the port excursions and just spent a delightful day relaxing on board the ship. We had a deluxe veranda stateroom on the 4th deck. The accommodations were roomier than expected. We had enough drawer space and the layout was very efficient. The bathroom was lovely, super clean, and roomy with plenty of room for 2 weeks worth of clothes. The bed was very comfy and we enjoyed having a nice sitting area, plus the desk and chair, and the outdoor balcony with table and chairs. There were also plenty of electrical outlets for charging phones and computers. Lighting was also good. Internet was pretty reliable--though it sometimes got a little slow. But not enough to be annoying. This was January, but the weather was mild and the crowds were small in all the ports. It was a great time of year to travel. Having a launderette on board on each deck was convenient and they provide the laundry soap. But finding a time when the machines were available was tricky--they were in use most of the time. Only thing is you can't adjust the water temp--we put it on cold for delicates, but the water ran hot anyway. We really enjoyed all the little nooks and crannies to relax in throughout the ship. The Explorer's Lounge was a favorite. The décor was so beautiful all over and everything was designed for comfort, style, and having nice conversations or playing board games or cards , or reading while relaxing with cocktails and snacks. The main theatre was nice for various lectures, shows, and port talks. We enjoyed the special guests they had give educational lectures on art and architecture. We also enjoyed the outdoor facilities--shuffle board, Jacuzzi, infinity pool. Eating outside in winter was great--temps in the high 50s and low 60s with plenty of sun was perfect. We loved afternoon tea in the Wintergarden, although we were gone most days on shore excursions. The gym was also really nice and we used it regularly. We also took advantage of the Spa--very nice. With regard to excursions--we did 13 excursions. We learned that the local excursion guide really makes or breaks the excursion experience. Most were very good, but some were not because guudes had poor command of English language and couldn't understand questions people asked, and repeated the same things a lot because they didn't know what else to say in English. Hard for Viking to tell which are the best--to their credit they ask for formal feedback after every excursion and we know they listen. They actually refunded our money for 1 excursion that we thought had little value (we could have done much better on our own or on the included tour, rather than the optional excursion). The Viking Explorer desk where several staff help you plan excursions or adjust excursions were great. Although we had chosen our excursions beforehand, we did make several adjustments once we got on board. The Port Talks preceding each day's excursion are really useful to understand what to expect. The talks are recorded so if you miss the live version, you can watch the recording in your room at your leisure. Food and restaurants were fabulous. We had several meals at Manfredi's and Chef's Table. We traveled with another couple and were able to coordinate most of our dinners together onboard. It wasn't possible to do that beforehand. We also found The Restaurant menu and food to be great with lots of variety and we enjoyed the focus on local cuisine in each port. There really is something for everyone--they are extremely accommodating for all palates. And you can also take your meals in your room or in one of the less formal areas on deck 7. In terms of entertainment, there were wonderful classical musicians playing every day at cocktail hour and later in the evening. Plus a group of young people who sang and danced and offered a variety of performances in the theatre and on the pool deck. There were also organized trivia games, parlor games, and special guest performers (like opera singers) brought on board in some ports. We were very glad there was no casino onboard. It would have given a different atmosphere that we wouldn't have liked. In conclusion, being nontraditional cruisers, we were really extremely happy on the Viking Star. And we are already considering what our next adventure might be with Viking. We thought the value was terrific with high-quality service all around. We rated the excursions as average because some were fabulous and others not so. Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2015
We've travelled on Royal Caribbean for many years, always moving to bigger and bigger ships. This time, we went with Viking - initially because we've enjoyed their River Cruises so much (I think we've taken 10 or so). ... Read More
We've travelled on Royal Caribbean for many years, always moving to bigger and bigger ships. This time, we went with Viking - initially because we've enjoyed their River Cruises so much (I think we've taken 10 or so). When we heard they were branching out into ocean cruising, we had to try it. One of the coolest things about the ship is that everyone has an outside cabin with a veranda - a luxury in this age of tiny inside rooms on other lines. Please see below for an extensive review of our wonderful cabin. Someone met us at the airport in Barcelona for ship transfer...when they found out some guests would arrive late, they called someone else to help them later and took us right away. When we got to the cruise terminal, they saw we had a suite and walked us right on to the ship. I think we waited an hour for our bags, which was fine, since we had a bottle of champagne waiting for us and were hungry anyway. When walking the hallways, you notice that instead of a bunch of second-rate art packed onto the walls, they are mostly bare - just wallpaper and simple, light wood trim with a strong horizontal line - but every so often there's a large photo of some landmark, e.g., the Eiffel Tower. DINING: There's a traditional restaurant setting on the lower part of the ship, with a menu that changes every day, with dinner every evening, breakfast and an occasional lunch, depending on whether you're in port (mostly no). You can just give them a window of time that you'll be there and whether you want a table for 2 or larger...you meet interesting strangers this way. If you've never been on a cruise, it's an easy way to meet people from a variety of backgrounds (but all of whom can afford to take a cruise, lol). Tons of honeymooners and people with anniversaries. CASUAL DINING in the World Café is located toward the top of the ship. But when I say "casual dining," that doesn't do it justice. On a big RC ship, there's a huge cafeteria with many stations spread throughout the space, one for burgers, another for pasta, and on and on for salad, soup, hot entrees, asian/ethnic, continental, traditional American, etc. It has "cafeteria" written all over it and it's an apt description of the food. Again, this is on OTHER ships. ON THE VIKING STAR, casual dining involves tables already set (that you choose) and free wine & beer. There's one wall that surrounds the central kitchen (so the whole thing space runs around one end of the ship), and there are individual bars/counters, very orderly, that serve different types of food. Instead of throwing everything they possibly can at you, there's an ever-changing menu that is more limited and very high quality. So you might get an asparagus timbale decorated with red pepper relish, on a saffron-infused cream sauce. Perhaps caviar with blinis and all the traditional condiments. Grilled eggplant and zucchini, with an herbed vinaigrette. And, of course, you can also get all the entrées that are on that night's restaurant dinner menu, but it's pretty much all you can eat. The difference is that you can see into the open kitchen, so if they're waiting on something to come out of the oven, the cook will point back into the kitchen so you can see them making what you're about to eat. I've never seen anything like it on a cruise ship, except in a fine-dining venue, which always costs extra. There's a sushi bar (again, in casual dining), where you can watch the sushi chefs make what you're going to eat. Want your ahi seared instead of rolled? Just say the word and you can even wave at the chef when you think it's had enough heat. There are fresh crab legs, claws, and a few varieties of prawn and shrimp...always. I had a first course of crab claws every night. Want gelato? Chocolate fountain? Creme brulée? Fruit mousse (varies nightly)? After two meals in the restaurant (which is a bit quieter), we made the switch and ate here every time that we could. There were some things available every night, but main courses, sides, etc varied every day. There were usually some ready for you to pick up, but sometimes you had to wait for them to prepared, so everything was always fresh. And swimsuits, shorts, sleeveless whatevers are not allowed - there's a grill by the indoor pool for people who want it *too* casual. ENTERTAINMENT: there are some shows. Since this ship carries less than a thousand guests, they aren't very elaborate, but are still pretty good. Movies are shown in a theatre twice a day, I think. There are also daily talks about the history of whatever port you're visiting. They're usually given by academics and can be a bit yawn-inducing if you aren't into WWII or whatever. I only saw them because they are used as background material when you are waiting for a tour group to assemble. There were no children. HALLELUJAH. FINE DINING VENUES: You have a limited number of reservations for each. There are two fine-dining venues, one is Italian/Steak House, with the same menu every night. It was fine. The second is The Chef's Table, which serves a degustaçion menu that changes every three days. This food was top-notch in quality, presentation and flavor. There are different wines served with every course. The service isn't quite what you'd get in a 4 star restaurant (for instance, a waiter couldn't confirm the details on the ingredients of a sauce one night), but it's efficient since every table gets the same meal you do. Eat here twice a week if you can get a reservation. OTHER SHIP VENUES: the Explorers' Lounge at the front of the ship is wrapped in glass and is coffee tables, sofas, chairs, with board and card games. There are also furs and blankets all over the place and it's hilarious to see a guest wrapped in what looks like the skin of a polar bear or a holstein cow, wandering around after a few drinks. This lounge has two floors. The upper has TV screens built into the table tops. The lower has a long and lovely fireplace on one wall. You can sit in a corner and read or hang out with friends; there are lots of soft surfaces, so the noise level is always a bit hushed, even when there's a convivial crowd. This lounge also has something called "Mamsen's" that allows you to have traditional Scandinavian smorgasbord until around midnight. The venue is actually open to guests 24 hours. There's also a small disco that sometimes doubles as a venue for lounge acts and a theatre for the shows. In addition, all public areas have bar service. Since they are located around the atrium, you can hear a live jazz combo that also plays "Three Tenors" type stuff as well off and on through the day and evening. They've designated a small area as a library, but the entire center of the ship has seated conversation and gaming areas that use open book shelves as dividers. You can borrow any of these books, some of which are complete series collections of classic and specialty authors, so if you want something to read, from novels to histories, you won't lack for any of it. Drink service is available in all public areas and servers come around regularly. When you order a drink at a bar, lounge, or anywhere else, they'll ask for your cabin number and that's that. Although it's added to your bill, you don't sign for anything. There's an indoor pool. The room is kept quite warm unless the weather is nice, when they roll back the ceiling to let the sun and fresh air in. At night, they occasionally show movies poolside. Blankets, popcorn, and earphones (if you need them) are provided. There's also a section of the ship called "The Wintergarden." It's really classy and beautifully appointed. There are screens made of...you know, I can't really do it justice. Please check the photos. Here they serve afternoon tea (and it's the whole nine yards). Also cocktails and such at other hours. SPA: one of the best spas ever. Haircuts, massages, manicures, etc. PLUS: hot tub, pools of different temperatures, an ice cold bucket rinse, dry sauna, steam room, and a snow room that is so packed with the stuff that you could build a snowman if you wanted. Yes, a room full of snow. Awesome. And a hot tub and infinity pool at the front of the ship. STAFF: Friendly, mostly Eastern European and Filipino, service-oriented and efficient. Front desk: there is no front desk. If you need assistance with something on your bill (for instance), you go to a waiting area of sofas and chairs, and wait for a rep to help you. Sometimes, you'll go to their desk; sometimes, they'll come to you. Much different than waiting in a long line of irritated people. SHORE EXCURSIONS: the only area where I'd give the experience a very, very slight "ding." There are excursions *INCLUDED* with your cruise for every port, but they are often lead by people with questionable English who might decide to stop for an informative talk in a back alley or some other inexplicable place. One of my favorite quotes from such a tour was, "Here is a museum of Napoleon's home. You can see the line. We won't go in; it's just a table and a chair." Later in the same tour, we could see the "famous outdoor restroom of Napoleon." We stuck with paid excursions from then on, and they were fabulous. For instance: we had an after-hours tour of the Vatican that included the Sistine Chapel. If you've never been, no one is allowed to speak inside the Chapel and a recorded voice repeats the word "Silencio" regularly. None of that for us! Usually, the guide describes what's on the other side of the door and then lets you loose - no photos. This time, since there was only one guard, our guide came in with us and gave a complete lecture, describing all the scenes (which are pretty complex once you really get into them), loads of info about the historical setting and the difficulties both the artists and patron had to overcome, answering our questions, and we took all the photos we wanted. Unbelievable. Besides that, he was one of the best-informed and most knowledgeable guides we'd ever met. His name is Niels-Arne Dilger and if you get a chance to take this tour, it's worth every dime. Plus, dinner after, mostly small plates, with a bunch of people who just had an unforgettable experience. Let's just say the wine flows freely, lol. There's also a panoramic drive through the city, included with the tour. A great "pilgrimage" tour. On top of this, the birds were migrating, so we saw several huge murmurations of starlings, and they made hypnotic, ever-shifting shapes in the evening sky, just at dusk. Our other paid excursions: usually very good, just don't go to the "working ranch/museum" on Corsica...it's a beautiful drive, but that's about it. The rest is mannequins with thimbles of wine at the end. SHOPPING: Palma de Mallorca, which has some of Europe's best shopping areas and beautiful public squares, finally has shops open on Sundays all year long, which was illegal until the recent economic downturn. No tour needed. Barcelona's port has a great mall that's a 10 minute walk away. You can also get a cab at the port...the driver will take you to other shopping malls, but you'll need to pay him about 10 euros an hour if you want him to hang around so you get back to the ship on time. If you've been to Barcelona before, take the tour to Montserrat. Breathtaking. TIPPING: Unlike every other major cruise line, there were no suggested gratuities. A small service charge was included on liquor, and that was it. Nobody hung around, hoping you were going to grease their palms, or anything like that. Of course, we did a combination of some tipping, some glowing performance reviews (which were read out loud at staff meetings, we later learned; I think our cabin steward is getting promoted), and gifts of wine that we got in port. Our wine steward, from the Philippines, had never tried Beaujolais Nouveau. We were in a french grocery in season and there was the Wall of Beaujolais Nouveau: we got some for ourselves, too. That's another thing: RC won't let you bring food or alcohol you get in port on board ship. Viking ENCOURAGES you to buy local cheese, regional snacks, wine, bring it back to your ship and it's no problem. We got a great floral arrangement for our room in France and weren't hassled at all. RC makes you buy their own horrible vases of carnations and mums if you want flowers in your room. What a difference. TO SUM THINGS UP, we went small and don't regret it. If you've been taking your kids on RC or other family cruises and they're finally out of your hair, or if you haven't had kids yet, this is absolutely the way to go. The next time we find an itinerary which we haven't run yet, this is our first choice. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2015
Having conducted 2 Viking River Cruises we were looking forward to our first Ocean Cruise of any sort and were not disappointed. Initially concerned when we read reviews of the early cruises any problems had been sorted by the time our ... Read More
Having conducted 2 Viking River Cruises we were looking forward to our first Ocean Cruise of any sort and were not disappointed. Initially concerned when we read reviews of the early cruises any problems had been sorted by the time our cruise took place. Staff were friendly and approachable; food was excellent and so much choice; tours were well planned and ran smoothly with disembarkation and embarkation, even by boat, well timed and executed as long as people turned up at the times specified and did not try to go on tours earlier than they were supposed to! The only downside about the tours is that if you choose to go on one of the paid tours you receive no compensation for the included tour you did not take and this can work out expensive. That said the included tours were generally fine for getting a feel for the places visited and are similar in style to those included in River Cruise tours. Cabins are a good size and the veranda is lovely even in the autumn weather. Bathroom a good size and storage is good. Public areas have enough seating and the 3 pools and SPA are just great. Despite autumn we ate breakfast and lunch outside every day (though some found it cold) and had no problem dining in the evening at the times we wanted. Unlike river cruise you eat at a time that is good for you and can eat as a couple or join in with others if you wish. Embarkation was well handled though it was frustrating at Istanbul airport where porters insisted on taking luggage to the waiting coaches where it would have been quicker for those who were able to take their own. Unfortunately this is the only cruise where you do not arrive in the disembarkation port the day before so we did not have a day in Venice (we knew this so visited Venice separately earlier in the year). I believe all other cruises have a day in port either end. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2015
This was our first cruise and we are looking forward to another with Viking. The size of the ship was perfect, very well run by all crew personnel in all areas of the ship. While we don't have another to compare with, I can honestly ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we are looking forward to another with Viking. The size of the ship was perfect, very well run by all crew personnel in all areas of the ship. While we don't have another to compare with, I can honestly say "why bother". It was exactly what we wanted as far as a cruise experience. It's topnotch in our view, the layout of all areas were were so well designed, it made it feel even larger than it was. The crew members were extremely efficient and polite. We loved that the dining areas provided different ambiance and all were very satisfying to our palate. We thought the excursions were very good, but perhaps needed more detail on some of them as to the demand of areas for walking, etc. We had no problems, but did help some who were having difficulty getting around. The cruise and tour directors provided exceptionally detailed information regarding the ports being visited. It was especially nice to be able to review those presentations on the TV in your room. A nice surprise was the beauty of the walled cities and harbors of Kotor and Dubrovnik. This is definitely a cruise to be taken by everyone - for the beauty and history of the sites. Finally, we loved the 'all-inclusive' aspect of the cruise. Made it so simple, yet relaxing (and no formal requirement). Read Less
Sail Date: November 2015
Being new to cruising, this experience was beyond my expectations in every way. The stateroom was roomy and luxurious and having a veranda with table and chairs was delightful. The food was gourmet, no matter where we dined. Having ... Read More
Being new to cruising, this experience was beyond my expectations in every way. The stateroom was roomy and luxurious and having a veranda with table and chairs was delightful. The food was gourmet, no matter where we dined. Having choices as to where we wanted to dine was very nice - sometimes we just wanted to grab something at the World Cafe, sometimes we wanted to go to the smaller restaurants and order off a menu, and other times we wanted to go to the cutting edge venus -and at each choice, the food didn't disappoint! The ship was very comfortable and well appointed with no crowds. There were plenty of spaces for people to find and relax, all with views. Viking was very good at moving people seamlessly, we knew where to go and when to be back. The local guides were knowledgeable and the tours were small enough so we could talk with the guide and glean lots of local information. The staff was incredible - everyone was friendly and helpful. Very well trained, they made us feel welcomed and comfortable everywhere we went. We are already looking forward to picking another ocean cruise and are confident that Viking will help make the experience rewarding and enriching. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2015
As Dorothy said to Toto, we weren't in Kansas anymore -- meaning we had done three river cruises with Viking but had never embarked on an ocean cruise anywhere. What a way to weigh anchor! The Star is a beauty, an Emerald City afloat. ... Read More
As Dorothy said to Toto, we weren't in Kansas anymore -- meaning we had done three river cruises with Viking but had never embarked on an ocean cruise anywhere. What a way to weigh anchor! The Star is a beauty, an Emerald City afloat. The staff in our floating Oz is superlative. The fine food and beverages keep coming. The cruise organization -- pre-boarding communication and arrangements, airport transfers, pre-stay in Venice, embarkation and return -- all work handsomely with precision. The ship's ambience is relaxed elegance with large spaces as needed to accommodate passenger crowds comfortably but with plenty of nooks for couples to find getaways for viewing, contemplating, admiring the seascapes. Entertainment opportunities abound, organized in a daily listing for picking and choosing. We most like on-board talks by experts, and the scholarly presentations are a delight to anticipate. We like shore excursions that expand the reach of the boat, and The Star's guided offerings excel. A staff bobble kept us from seeing Delphi, but the alternative time spent in Athens' new Parthenon Museum compensated more than adequately. Folk music, folk food and folk places swell the experience even now in memory especially with dream opportunities to photograph. A visit to the hill country of Croatia really shines. The native guides there and in Athens and in Mostar got us off the yellow brick road and into a deeper understanding of our destinations. Our expansion of lands and UNESCO World Heritage sites seen is a treasure no one can take away. Do I gush? Well, Viking is a wizard on river and now on ocean. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2015
The Viking Star is a great ship with all the amenities you need. The entertainment on our cruise was excellent and the food was always very good. All interactions with crew and staff were pleasant and professional. We were greeted by ... Read More
The Viking Star is a great ship with all the amenities you need. The entertainment on our cruise was excellent and the food was always very good. All interactions with crew and staff were pleasant and professional. We were greeted by every member of the crew that we met. I was amazed by the well thought out design of the ship and the ease of getting anywhere on board. We toured the kitchen and the bridge and were not rushed or ignored. All of our questions were answered no matter how trivial. We had arrived in Venice a few days early and stayed at the Hilton Molino Stucky Hotel. Our embarkation was directly across the lagoon from the hotel and went very smoothly. We went on the provided tours in each port of call and were generally impressed with the quality of the tour guides although some were better than others. Everything about the ship and crew was wonderful and as this was our first cruise, I fear that we have been spoiled. I don't think any other cruise line will be able to compete for our affections and our next cruise will have to be with Viking. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2015
We just returned from a month in Europe. We were on Viking's Star Mediterranean Odyssey for 13 days. We have been fortunate enough to be able to travel on private luxury yachts in the past and the Viking Star experience did not ... Read More
We just returned from a month in Europe. We were on Viking's Star Mediterranean Odyssey for 13 days. We have been fortunate enough to be able to travel on private luxury yachts in the past and the Viking Star experience did not disappoint. I never wanted to get off. The management of this ship is superb. Employees are well trained and consistent. They are fun and want you to enjoy yourselves and seem to enjoy their jobs. There was something for everyone on the ship and with 900 people onboard it never felt even that large. It was elegant and quiet and comfortable. We found the included walking tours to be just enough to give you a flavor of the old towns and culture and took you into some museums you would have had to pay for on your own. After the tours, we spent plenty of time on our own in the ports. Florence and Pisa in one day was very long and not really doable. We returned from the ports early enough to go and enjoy the spa (sauna, steam, frozen room, hot tub, resistance pool). We opted for a few of the paid trips such as Herculaneum and it wasn't outrageous but convenient and well organized with good guides.They had a special folkloric performance at Sponza Palace for about 30 people that we paid extra to do and that was a special treat. The entertainment was first class and one of the big highlights of this trip. There was music and shows everywhere with a great variety of professional performers. We often listened to Spanish guitar music on the aft deck at night. Food we adequate and good. Lots of variety. We found ordering breakfast in our room every morning helped a lot with an 8:30 bus tour. Management was very receptive to suggestions about improvements and this being their first season they had some kinks to work out. The help desk needs a little work but overall they pretty much have it figured out and truly delivered on a great experience from beginning to end. Even though we were not on their extended portion in Venice, we were staying at the Molino Stuckey and we were allowed to pay a fee and have them handle the transfer of bags which was great. In these reviews this summer there are lots of little complaints but in the overall view Viking far exceeded our expectations. We could see from reading those reviews some the improvements they made from what they learned. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2015
This was our first cruise and we loved every minute of it, from the beauty of the ship to the crew, to our ports of call. My husband and I have travelled quite a bit but our experience on The Viking Star met and exceeded our expectations. ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we loved every minute of it, from the beauty of the ship to the crew, to our ports of call. My husband and I have travelled quite a bit but our experience on The Viking Star met and exceeded our expectations. The ship itself is beautifully designed, luxurious in every way, offering so many choices in excellent food no matter which restaurant you choose and very importantly, the friendliest and most accommodating staff! We enjoyed everything the ship had to offer, whether it was the daily lectures on upcoming excursions, the live entertainment, the classical music offered in the atrium, the quiet spaces on the ship for reading or playing board games, or a swim in one of the ship's three pools. My husband and I were so impressed by the organization which was evident in everything we did. Embarking was so easy and our cabin stewards were wonderful each and every day. Our cabin was spotless and the linens luxurious. Our ports of call were excellent with various excursions to choose from each day, along with knowledgeable local guides. Overall, our trip was outstanding. Thank you, Viking, for giving us the holiday of a lifetime for our 25th Wedding Anniversary! We hope to do it again in the future! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2015
This was our first cruise, ever. We chose Viking because we wanted an upscale, small environment. We got just what we expected. The cruise was outstanding. The ship was beautiful and the accommodations stunning. The crew and staff were ... Read More
This was our first cruise, ever. We chose Viking because we wanted an upscale, small environment. We got just what we expected. The cruise was outstanding. The ship was beautiful and the accommodations stunning. The crew and staff were professional, courteous and gracious. Every excursion was well run with experienced, knowledgable guides. The ports were all very interesting, especially Kotor. What a beautiful port. Our cabin was exquisite. We will probably look at the explorer's cabin for our next trip. Especially if business class airfairi is included. The food was very good. We really like the convenience, view and selection of the World Cafe. Sushi, seafood and great desserts. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2015
I have always been reluctant to go on a "cruise," but have to say the Viking Star changed my thinking. Beautiful, well-signed ship, fantastic staff, great food all made it a great experience. Really enjoyed the many options on ... Read More
I have always been reluctant to go on a "cruise," but have to say the Viking Star changed my thinking. Beautiful, well-signed ship, fantastic staff, great food all made it a great experience. Really enjoyed the many options on public spaces to hang out (but Explorer's Lounge was my favorite) and enjoy meals. The Spa facilities were fantastic, especially after walking seven or eight miles on certain days. Understated yet elegant design and detailing throughout the ship was a big hit with me, but then I am an architect. The emphasis on education and exploring really appealed to me, as opposed to some of the cruise lines that promote casinos and night clubs (THANK YOU for being different)! I came away with the sense that Viking as a company has a clear Vision and target market and they have done an exceptional job at meeting the vision. The staff, from top to bottom really were fantastic; genuinely friendly and always helpful! My only suggestion would involve how Viking handles getting their guests on and off the ship at ports. Not a huge problem when actually docked, but when anchoring and using tenders, it was very annoying to be the last people off the ship if one was not signed up for an excursion. The Venice to Istanbul is a fabulous route and would highly recommend it to others who have not visited the Eastern Med. Pula, Croatia was the weakest of the stops. I would skip it and add another Greek stop, preferably another of the islands. Five stars all the way around for my first (and only) cruise experience and kudos to Viking Cruise Line! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2015
This was our first cruise in many years. We chose Viking because we had heard many good things about their river cruises. We thought the ship was awesome however we were disappointed in some of the side trips we took. If we ever went ... Read More
This was our first cruise in many years. We chose Viking because we had heard many good things about their river cruises. We thought the ship was awesome however we were disappointed in some of the side trips we took. If we ever went on another cruise, we would set up our own tours in some of the ports to get to the exact places we wanted to go and possibly have a smaller tour group. We loved the food on the cruise; the spa and the spa services were extraordinary. Our cabin was great and the staff was always there when you needed anything whether in our cabin or any other place on the ship. Part of any vacation is the people you meet and on a ship of this size it is very easy to make new and lasting friendships with people around the world. This trip was our 4th trip to Europe and before we always rented a car and stayed a maximum of 2 nights in any one place. We originally decided on this cruise so that we could unpack and not have to repack again for 13 days and also because we would see more of Europe by having someone else do the "driving". We thought your entertainment was great and enjoyed all the shows we saw. The disembarkation was a little fuzzy as we were staying an additional night at a hotel that we had booked, not an extension through Viking, and trying to figure the transportation to our hotel was confusing. In the end it all worked out well. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2015
Loved the new ship. Felt spacious and comfortable. Never felt crowded. Lots of rooms to spread out and relax. Loved the pool deck with the chaise lounge chairs facing the windows. One day of rain in Dubrovnik cause us to miss our ... Read More
Loved the new ship. Felt spacious and comfortable. Never felt crowded. Lots of rooms to spread out and relax. Loved the pool deck with the chaise lounge chairs facing the windows. One day of rain in Dubrovnik cause us to miss our schedule trip but we were comfortable in the chaise lounge chairs, reading and watching the storm come in with lightning, thunder, heavy rain and dark clouds. We always felt very well cared for and what privilege to experience the Mediterranean in such comfort. The staff was wonderful, always greeted you with a smile and hello and service was impeccable. Disappointed in some of the port excursions. Would have loved to have taken a tour of the inside of the Colosseum and the Sistine Chapel in Rome. Really enjoyed the evening PORT Talks that gave background and history of the sites we were traveling to. Appreciated the bottled water on disembarking for trips and the moist towels and champagne on re-embarking after tours. Food was outstanding on the ship. Always lots of choices and good wine in the World Café. Manfredi's was also excellent. Not so impressed with he Chef's Table, it was a menu of foam and we just couldn't appreciate it. Loved the afternoon tea with the hot scones, clotted cream, jam, finger sandwiches and small pastries. Loved the Wintergarden and Explorers Lounge I really appreciate that the ship does not cater to children. I enjoy being in the company of adults while on vacation. This was our first ocean cruise. We picked the sixth deck at the end of the ship. I would not do that again. We would lie in bed and the bed was shaking back and forth all night long. I just kept saying the ship was rocking me to sleep because I would not let this spoil my trip. We could also hear the wooden chairs on the 7th deck being dragged across the deck in the morning and evening. We will pick mid ship and forth level in the future. Loved the washers and dryers on the ship. Made packing lighter much easier(even with 15 additional hangers). I would recommend they post washer and dryer times on the wall so you know how to keep track of your laundry and make sure others aren't waiting for you to move your clean or dry clothing so they can use the machines. Read Less
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