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389 Viking Ocean Rome (Civitavecchia) Cruise Reviews

A Mediterranean ocean cruise- what could be better than that? Well, okay, perhap a Mediterranean cruise in the spring as opposed to the beginning of December - but weather be damned, Viking handled its part of the trip briliiantly! The ... Read More
A Mediterranean ocean cruise- what could be better than that? Well, okay, perhap a Mediterranean cruise in the spring as opposed to the beginning of December - but weather be damned, Viking handled its part of the trip briliiantly! The first jaw-drop was being greeted by name by so many of the crew. I used to teach and needed at least a couple of days with identification notes in order to know who's who, yet the crew actually knew us! The housekeeping staff was unparalleled! Partaking of included excursions might have been chancy on another cruise line but not on Viking. Each excursion was well-organized and, for the most part, the guides were outstanding. Indeed, there was a good mix of different people on each excursion so we weren't stuck trekking with the same people over and over again. I must confess, however, that it would have been nice if all of our shipmates were a bit more cognizant of their physical abilities. It is annoying to be on a Medium and/or Hard excursion with people that can barely keep up. The ship itself is basically a luxury hotel. Although we had no sea days, it was lovely returning to the ship in the evening to simply relax and enjoy. Food was plentiful and prepared well - particularly in the specialty restaurants. We appreciated the knowledge of the wine stewards (we had the silver package) and would have liked a group wine-tasting session such as those held on sea days. Caveats? I cannot really think of anything major. I'm a reader; however, perhaps providing more board games or videogames in the public areas would be nice. The theatrical entertainment was actually quite good, the musicians throughout the ship were enjoyable, and the port lectures are extremely interesting. So did we re-up? Yes, I have to admit that although we are not cruise aficionados, we did sign up for a river cruise. See you in 1-1/2 years! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We liked the combination of a Western Mediterranean itinerary followed by a relaxing trans Atlantic cruise over the Holidays. Our impressions were overwhelmingly positive and we would definitely cruise with Viking again, either River or ... Read More
We liked the combination of a Western Mediterranean itinerary followed by a relaxing trans Atlantic cruise over the Holidays. Our impressions were overwhelmingly positive and we would definitely cruise with Viking again, either River or Ocean. But I will point out two issues where this cruise did not match well with our needs. The excursions were top notch, and informational material made it clear that "moderate" exertion would be involved, with a lot of walking and standing, so I was prepared for that. What I did not expect was how long the walk at disembarkation/embarkation would be. Walking on/off ship was10-15 minutes at many ports, and a couple of times, I was pushed to my limits at the end of the trip. This concern was common among many on those tours, and we were not in the "limited mobility" category. And second, a more minor concern was with the gym/exercise area. I practice yoga, and there were mats, props and floor space available. But right next to those of us looking for a quiet practice were men grunting loudly while they lifted weights. I quit going to the exercise area early in the trip and practiced on the floor of my cabin. I would have gone to more classes or used the mat area independently if there had been a quieter space. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
From the moment we were greeted by Viking staff and crew to our departure, it was a terrific trip. The staff is warm and genuine and were so accommodating to any and every request. Truly exceptional individuals work for Viking. Tours ... Read More
From the moment we were greeted by Viking staff and crew to our departure, it was a terrific trip. The staff is warm and genuine and were so accommodating to any and every request. Truly exceptional individuals work for Viking. Tours were efficient and enjoyable. Loved the attention to detail in all the restaurants. Manfredi’s was a favorite. The Explorer Lounge was enjoyed before and after dinner. Tea time was great to experience and became part of our cruise experience whenever time allowed. We were also impressed by the talent exhibited when the gingerbread house village came to life. Was my first cruise ever but will not be my last. Viking is tops in every category! Special thanks to the staff who welcomed the Cruise Critic mingle which turned out to be a way to meet fellow travelers who had corresponded on line. A stand out for us was how everyone went out of their way to make passengers feel so comfortable and truly appreciated to have us as passengers. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We joined the Viking Sky at its first port Pisa due to an airline delay. From the minute we called to explain that we would join the cruise a day late Viking handled everything. They met us at Pisa airport drove us to the ship and found ... Read More
We joined the Viking Sky at its first port Pisa due to an airline delay. From the minute we called to explain that we would join the cruise a day late Viking handled everything. They met us at Pisa airport drove us to the ship and found and delivered our luggage that never made it to Pisa. Nothing was too much trouble for them. The food and wine was excellent with good service. We often went up to the World cafe before dinner just to get some sushi and jumbo shrimp. The living room bar was nice for an after dinner drink or coffee. The staff were friendly and attentive and even made my wife who had lost her voice a special tea that one of the waiters said his grandmother had made him when he was sick. We went on 2 included excursions and 2 excursions we paid extra for. The excursions requiring extra payments were definitely a cut above those included. The Spa was a highlight for us and we used the facility daily including the snow grotto. Overall Viking is our new favorite cruise line and we have already booked a cruise to Asia for April. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We chose this cruise because of Viking Cruise’s reputation for excellent customer experiences & we were not disappointed. In fact, we booked our first Viking River Cruise during this ocean cruise. One important factor that affected ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of Viking Cruise’s reputation for excellent customer experiences & we were not disappointed. In fact, we booked our first Viking River Cruise during this ocean cruise. One important factor that affected nearly every facet of the overall experience was the smaller number passengers onboard. Therefore there were no long waits, lines or crowds for embarkation, disembarkation, dining, shore excursions, entertainment, bar service or other ship facilities. Other comparable cruises we’ve experienced had two and a half to three times as many passengers aboard similar sized ships. The ship was beautiful in its Scandinavian design with many different areas for relaxing, dining & entertainment and was spotlessly maintained. There was no earl or late seating assigned. It wasn’t necessary. You simply dined when you desired. There were two special restaurants on board: one Italian and one seafood. Reservations were required, but weren’t difficult to obtain & there was no extra charge for using them as with other cruise lines. In fact there was no extra charge for house wines, soft drinks, coffees, mixed drinks or beer up to a certain amount. There were four things the cruise did not have that were positives for us: no casino; no annoying staff photographers; no inside cabins; and no children! Our cabin was lovely, comfortable and had a balcony. Housekeeping was excellent. We wanted for nothing in that area. The food & dining service met our high expectations for quality, variety & efficiency. The cruise director and her assistants were welcoming, knowledgeable and enthusiastic without being over the top. Entertainment was varied, of excellent quality and appropriate for grownups as well as very being thoroughly enjoyable. Before the ship sailed, we opted for the two night Rome extension and highly recommend it. During the cruise we visited :Florence & Pisa Italy, Monte-Carlo, Monaco; Marseille & Montpellier France & Barcelona Spain. Each port visit included one included excursion at no additional charge. Tours were of high quality & varied interests. Overall we received an excellent value for our money without being charged at every turn for everything. We highly recommend the Viking experience. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We scheduled this cruise for the itinerary that appealed to us, as a special way to celebrate our 40th anniversary. We have spoken to many people about the cruises they have taken, and no one has offered anything but positive feedback on ... Read More
We scheduled this cruise for the itinerary that appealed to us, as a special way to celebrate our 40th anniversary. We have spoken to many people about the cruises they have taken, and no one has offered anything but positive feedback on their Viking experience. The cruise did not disappoint. The trip began in Rome and ended in Barcelona. We selected many excursions and chose to keep busy exploring, and extended out stay in Rome. The transfers from and to airports and hotels were professional and seamless. The hotel in Rome was beautiful. Obviously Viking supplies the hotel with many guests, and we were treated well. It did not appear that Viking supplied assistance with touring Rome when we booked the cruise, so we made our own plans, which worked out fine. But there is a Viking representative in the hotel lobby who would have provided on site assistance. The cruise was perfect in every way. Their staff treats the guests so kindly. The rooms are beautifully appointed with plenty of storage, lovely balcony which we rarely had time to use (our choice), very comfortable bed and linens, and a lovely bathroom. The ship is big enough to feel smooth on the water, but not so big that you feel lost. The dining options were plentiful and delicious, and the excursions offered great variety for all interests and were well done. Our fellow passengers all seemed to be in our age group, and everyone seemed so comfortable and happy. It was an all around fun and memorable experience. So much so that we will be returning next year to cruise from Athens to Rome. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Viking has always been great. This is our 3rd cruise with Viking. The other 2 have been river cruises. From the start, Viking greeted you at the airport and provided a ride to the ship. Great Service, Crew, and Food. When dining there ... Read More
Viking has always been great. This is our 3rd cruise with Viking. The other 2 have been river cruises. From the start, Viking greeted you at the airport and provided a ride to the ship. Great Service, Crew, and Food. When dining there was always someone there making sure all is well and keeping your drinks filled. Very much like the smaller size of the cruise ship with less than one thousand cruisers. This way the ship did not feel crowed at all. Went on a shore excursion everyday. The night before there would be a gathering where a presentation was made on all the activites for the next day. We are cruising and want to see a lot of the sights. There were several different excursions that could be taken each day, sometimes was hard to choose which excursion to take. We dined at the buffet style restaurant and the sit down and order your meal. The buffet was great with Alaska King Crab at night along with other great selections. Service was great with attention being paid to make sure everything was OK. Desserts were all great with gelato and several chocolate choices. Each night there was entertainment from listening to piano music to dancing the night away. Getting on and off the ship is very easy, they are very well organized and make for smooth on and off experiences. We already have our next cruise with Viking schedule for the Elegant Elbe. Looking very much to that. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We saw an ad and decided to call and do it! This cruise happened to fall on our 50th Anniversary and we wanted to give our self a gift. We booked. I do believe, being our first time to use Viking, we spent much more than we maybe should ... Read More
We saw an ad and decided to call and do it! This cruise happened to fall on our 50th Anniversary and we wanted to give our self a gift. We booked. I do believe, being our first time to use Viking, we spent much more than we maybe should have and did not do everything we could have. After you go once, though, it is easier to understand the ins and outs in order to save money on the next one. Once in baggage, we were greeted by the Viking Staff and everything was handled from that moment on. We did a pre-cruise stay in Florence so we were taken straight to the Villa. We had a host guide and she was awesome. Our daily trips out and were seamless each day thanks to Roberta. We were taken by motorcoach to the port close to Rome and boarded our ship with absolute ease. We were allowed to go to our cabin almost immediately. It was neat, clean, streamlined. Our balcony was great. The refrigerator was fill of drinks, water, spirits. Since we had bought the drink package, it was refurbished as soon as we used something. Our cabin host was Hery and he was always asking if we needed anything. Our room was kept spotless. Dining was great. The buffets we appealing, clean and filled with great entrees, sides, deserts. They were really good. However, our favorite was Manfredi's. The steaks were cooked to perfection and melted in the mouth. The sides were great and desert awesome. The wait staff was so good to us. We enjoy putting together puzzles and liked doing that. We enjoyed the entertainment provided by the Viking Star crew and our Cruise Director, Jenny, was an integral part of the entertainment., We loved Mark who played the guitar in the lounge every night. He was willing to play whatever anyone asked for and was amazing. Our service at each and every place on the ship was absolutely stellar!! Our ports were great and our excursions extremely insightful. The only drawback about the excursions is that so much time was spent educating us on what we saw and the places we visited that there was very little other time to stroll on our own and shop. We would absolutely take time out to venture on our own next time. We met the most AMAZING people on our trip and made great friends. We all decided we will get together to plan our next cruise! So, obviously, we would go again. We did have a mishap or two which we know that the cruise line will take care of . Things sometimes don't go as planned but our review is of the overall cruise and that we will travel again with Viking! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We've been cruising twice a year for a while now, almost exclusively on Viking. Aside from the comfortable cabins and stellar service we especially like the many food options. On this cruise we celebrated our 35th wedding ... Read More
We've been cruising twice a year for a while now, almost exclusively on Viking. Aside from the comfortable cabins and stellar service we especially like the many food options. On this cruise we celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary and chose to eat at the specialty Italian restaurant Manfredi's. After a terrific meal, they brought out a special anniversary cake baked just for special occasions. It was a wonderful way to finish off a full day spent exploring Monaco. This cruise was our fifth with Viking and we have four more in the works. Viking ships are smaller than most and aimed at an older clientele. We cruised the big ships with our kids when they were young, but now we enjoy the relaxed and elegant ambiance of Viking. We also especially appreciate the free launderettes on every deck. Because we stick with Viking we arrive to familiar surroundings and can settle in quickly, all the better to enjoy the many varied itineraries they offer. Viking Star has the same layout as most of Viking's other ocean cruisers. Each ship has several dining venues. We prefer the World Cafe which is their casual buffet option. Certain items are always available, but the menu features new offerings everyday. Two favorites are the steamed vegetables (to offset the many rich dishes) and the fabulous gelato. There is also a more formal sit down restaurant, and two specialty restaurants which require advance reservations but are free of charge. One can preview the World Cafe and Restaurant menus on the in-cabin TV monitor. Each Viking ship carries expert lecturers who provide programs of interest about the history and/or science of the areas traveled. They are also available for small group discussions of interest. Other entertainment includes local ensembles who come on board to perform. This cruise included Italian opera and Barcelona flamenco. There's also a resident company of singers and dancers. They perform the same sets every cruise, ABBA and Beatles retrospectives, plus old standards on the longer itineraries. We no longer attend those but they're fun for newbies. Other musicians routinely perform around the ship including a pianist, classical strings, jazz ensemble and the like. The in-cabin TV monitor also offers a long list of movies and diverse other programming. The Iconic Western Mediterranean cruise is especially enjoyable because the ports are fairly close together so the port stops are lengthy allowing lots of time for both shore excursions and free exploration time. Viking offers one free general excursion in each port plus lots of varied optional excursions to appeal to every type of traveler. Our favorite excursion was Gaudi: The Great Architect of Modernism, a Special Access visit to several Gaudi houses in Barcelona. Special Access excursions are offered to small groups and get into attractions that aren't usually available to most cruise visitors. Anything Gaudi is a must see attraction in Barcelona. We've found passengers on Viking Cruises to be always friendly and helpful. We've received tips from cruisers who've already been on one of our upcoming itineraries (like don't miss Gaudi in Barcelona and in St.Petersburg check out Alla Tours for an independent shore excursion) and we've helped people navigate the launderettes which can be confusing at first. (Everything's free including the detergent but bring your own dryer sheets if that matters to you). We plan to keep cruising with Viking as long as we are physically able. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Loved the cruise, the boat was just the right size not too big or too small. Great amenities from dining to stores to the spa. Rooms were spacious and had balcony. Most of the ports were good, only didn't care for Marseilles, but ... Read More
Loved the cruise, the boat was just the right size not too big or too small. Great amenities from dining to stores to the spa. Rooms were spacious and had balcony. Most of the ports were good, only didn't care for Marseilles, but loved the rest. The excursions were very good, interesting information and good stops. Our porters were awesome, cleaning up the room and turning down for the evening. The restaurant was great, plenty of choices. We did the Chef's table twice and the food was exceptional both times. Wine pairings with the food were great, they were generous with the wine pours too. Loved the no children on the ship! Plenty of places to go, inside and outside. We like to go to the Living Room and Explorer's Lounge. One day we made it for Tea in the Wintergarden, a definite experience not to miss. We had breakfast everyday in the World Cafe which had plenty of choices including make your own eggs any way. All the servers were very friendly and helpful. Would definitely go again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We would not have taken about a dozen Viking River and Ocean Cruises, if we didn't love the experience. This cruise provided a terrific itinerary, great food, superior tours, quality, friendly staff, etc. From the efficient, ... Read More
We would not have taken about a dozen Viking River and Ocean Cruises, if we didn't love the experience. This cruise provided a terrific itinerary, great food, superior tours, quality, friendly staff, etc. From the efficient, seamless pickup at airport and transfer to ship, the stress-free, quick check-in, quality accommodations, friendly cabin staff, to the smartly designed details, etc, nearly everything was a joy. Diverse tour choices/ options (whether included or optional) were well thought -out, interesting, with excellent tour guides, at every port. Unlike some other lines, Viking doesn't nickel and dime it's cruisers, and makes it a true vacation. Port selection was interesting, and every aspect was seemingly considered. Considering we traveled in November, we were also blessed with exceptional weather, which made a good time, even greater! Every meal was a delight, staff great, lots of choices, and food was delicious (not simply compared to other ships but even compared to quality restaurants) Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
My wife and I loved everything about the cruise and total experience from the time we landed at Civitavecchia and were met by Viking representatives until we disembarked in Barcelona. We can't ask for more. Our onboard experience ... Read More
My wife and I loved everything about the cruise and total experience from the time we landed at Civitavecchia and were met by Viking representatives until we disembarked in Barcelona. We can't ask for more. Our onboard experience was superb. Our cabin was well kept - kudos to our cabin staff who were so diligent in ensuring that everything were in order and well kept. Dining and entertainment were second to none. Our onshore excursions were so enriching. Tuscany stole our hearts. We can't forget our visit to San Gimignano and the farm-to-table dining experience at Fattoria San Donato on the first day at Tuscany. The visit to the Square of Miracles and the Leaning Tower of Pisa the following day was another one for the books. The next stops at the French Riviera (Monaco, Marseille, Sete/Montpellier) gave us varied experiences as well. Our cruise ended in Barcelona and it was time to go back home - but not after having once-in-a-lifetime experience of the city and the culture it offers. Great trip! Wish we had more time. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
The ship is just the right size. Not too big....we still felt like we had plenty of room and not overcrowded. We were also able to have some of the same staff and get to know them a bit. We were lucky enough to get upgraded to a Jr. ... Read More
The ship is just the right size. Not too big....we still felt like we had plenty of room and not overcrowded. We were also able to have some of the same staff and get to know them a bit. We were lucky enough to get upgraded to a Jr. Penthouse Suite, even though it was a handicapped room. We were on a long cruise - Cities of Antiquities, so we needed to do laundry. Not a problem. There is a self serve mini launderette on each floor with guest rooms. Took a little studying to figure out the directions, but soon figured it out. The detergent is included so you won’t have to bring any. We have cruised many times and can honestly say that the dining options and availability was great!!! Room service is available 24/7. We only used it for breakfast one day, but it was delivered promptly at the time we requested. We ate most of our lunches at the Pool Side grill. Nice salads and hamburgers/hot dogs, etc. The World Cafe also had several “themed” night options. They also have The Restaurant for a little bit finer dining. The Chefs Table and Manifreddis are their specialty restaurants. No extra charge, but you do need to make a reservation. We are not big on entertainment, but we heard it was good. Viking knows how to do service!!!! From Housekeeping, Spa treatments, Guest Services, Port representatives, and their marvelous Wait Staff!!! No complaints here! I would definitely sail on one of Viking Ocean cruises again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We chose this cruise for the amazing itinerary that included Israel with Italy and Greece. We had taken a river cruise with Viking and wanted to try an ocean cruise with them. The ship was beautiful! Very clean. So many spaces to sit, ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the amazing itinerary that included Israel with Italy and Greece. We had taken a river cruise with Viking and wanted to try an ocean cruise with them. The ship was beautiful! Very clean. So many spaces to sit, relax and take in the views. My mom really enjoyed working the jigsaw puzzle with fellow passengers and I enjoyed the infinity pool. The cabin was very comfortable. The weather was so good that we were able to use the veranda quite a bit. Loved the heated floor in the bathroom. The food, especially Manfredi’s and The Restaurant, was excellent. It was slightly better on the river cruise but they don’t have to cook for as many people. It was still better than other cruises I’ve taken. The staff is second to none. Tedde, our cabin steward took wonderful care of us. Everyone was pleasant and attentive. The entertainment was fun, I especially enjoyed the magician and the dancing lesson. What I didn’t realize was that there were going to be such incredible history lectures about the places we were visiting. The lecturers were interesting and it added something very special to the experience and greatly increased my understanding of what I would see. I had a massage which was excellent. The shore excursions were very organized and the guides were knowledgeable and experienced. I learned a lot and overall, enjoyed them immensely. Some of the days were long and there was so much to see that you couldn’t spend as much time as you might like in each spot. Also, if shopping is important to you, there is very little time allotted for it in the tours. You may want to take a shorter tour or make your own arrangements to accommodate shopping. We also did a post tour in Athens that was definitely a continuation of a wonderful experience. Overall, an incredibly beautiful, enjoyable, and extremely well planned and executed cruise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We choose this cruise because of the itinerary and Viking because of their excellent reputation. The Viking cruise is a smaller ship with approx 930 passengers. The atmosphere catering to adults with a relaxed vibe was appealing. The ... Read More
We choose this cruise because of the itinerary and Viking because of their excellent reputation. The Viking cruise is a smaller ship with approx 930 passengers. The atmosphere catering to adults with a relaxed vibe was appealing. The cabins are very nice...love the heated bathroom floor. The food was excellent. The crew attentive and friendly. We enjoyed the special luncheons on the fan tail during sea days. The specialty restaurants were amazing but we certainly enjoyed the restaurant and the cafe dining as well. Rooms are cleaned daily. The bathroom towels and amenities were refreshed as needed. The excursions were varied and we found them to be well done. Guides were knowledgeable and professional in their presentations. The groups were small enough to be able to interact with the guide and others. Some ports we did not join an excursion. The cruise activity reception had maps and other information making adventuring on your own easy. This was our second cruise...first one with Viking. We enjoyed ourselves so much we recently booked another Viking ocean cruise for May. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We wanted to visit the Holy Land. Taking a cruise was our preferred way. From arriving at the Ship in Civitavecchia to departing in Athens, every thing went as well as possible. Our cabin exceeded our expectations, so spacious, ... Read More
We wanted to visit the Holy Land. Taking a cruise was our preferred way. From arriving at the Ship in Civitavecchia to departing in Athens, every thing went as well as possible. Our cabin exceeded our expectations, so spacious, plenty of storage space, large fully equipped bathroom, comfortable sitting area with a curtain to separate areas for TV watching and quiet reading space. The enrichment classes were spectacular, so informative and helpful. The land tour guides were superior in comparison to past tours. We felt safe, we were taken to locations and drenched in the local flavors that were unbelievable to us. Loved the size of the ship, and amount of passengers. Not one time we’re we left without a seat, a table or a comfortable place to wait. The crew were the friendliest, most helpful and professional crew we have ever had. We booked a future cruise already and look forward to another amazing experience! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
My favorite example of the superiority of the Viking ocean experience is the buffet, called World Cafe. On other cruises I hated going to the buffet. No matter the line, I found the buffets chaotic and aggravating: noisy, confusing, and ... Read More
My favorite example of the superiority of the Viking ocean experience is the buffet, called World Cafe. On other cruises I hated going to the buffet. No matter the line, I found the buffets chaotic and aggravating: noisy, confusing, and with second rate food. Not on Viking Sky. The World Cafe was a pleasure: pleasant, simply organized, and with food as good as the main restaurant! In general the experience on Viking Sky followed similar lines: pleasant, easy, and with excellent service. While Sky is a much smaller ship than others that I've been on, it still had smaller crowds and shorter lines, which really reduced the stress. It also helped that the staff were very accommodating, always going out of their way to make sure we were well taken care of. Even when we asked for an after-the-last-minute change in our tours, they made it happen. One "weakness" might be entertainment. It was heavy on history lectures (which I personally appreciated) but light on the song-and-dance variety. And there were no dazzling big shows. Viking Ocean far exceeded our expectations and we'll be looking for opportunities to travel with them again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Having previously cruised with Viking I knew what to expect and was not disappointed! I heard no negative comments from other guests only praise at the quality and value of a Viking Cruise! Let there be no doubt Viking is at the top of my ... Read More
Having previously cruised with Viking I knew what to expect and was not disappointed! I heard no negative comments from other guests only praise at the quality and value of a Viking Cruise! Let there be no doubt Viking is at the top of my cruise list! The Viking Sky is not the newest ship in the fleet but very well maintained -kudos to the Captain and crew! The dining was excellent with a good variety to choose from. Compared to some other companies, Viking is a standard to meet! I especially enjoyed and appreciated the assistance from arrival to departure, someone was always there to make you feel special; luggage was whisked away and properly deposited, rooms were ready, great tours were available with outstanding guides! All in all Viking can be proud! If I had to note an area that I wished to improve it would be the dinner wine list, it is purely a matter of taste but my wife and I prefer a lieblish or sweet wine, and only dry or half-dry was available without charge. I recognize most people prefer a dry wine so it’s no big issue! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Ship’s guests were limited to less than 1000.+++ less crowded! Cabins have ocean view. Foods were excellent and never an extra charge. Service is top notch. Ports and shore excursions are all included. Our next trip are ... Read More
Ship’s guests were limited to less than 1000.+++ less crowded! Cabins have ocean view. Foods were excellent and never an extra charge. Service is top notch. Ports and shore excursions are all included. Our next trip are already planned with Viking. There was a slight delay on the embarkation due to the guests disembarking at that point and time. We can’t say enough of the great service we have had from the ship’s crew. Our kudos to the house keeping staff for the great work they did as well as the waiters and waitresses for the excellent service most especially for the food service staff. Shore tours are well planned and included. There’s also other tours that you can do if you decide not to go on the ones that are included. Tour guides should be more knowledgeable about historical events or facts concerning the sites that are visited. Extra tidbits are welcome. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Chose Viking for a sophisticated luxurious experience- NOT. CONSTRUCTION (!) POWERWASHING(!) Misleading ports of call- “ Tuscany Florence” “Provence” - Yeah sure as long as you’re paying to get yourself there! When I ... Read More
Chose Viking for a sophisticated luxurious experience- NOT. CONSTRUCTION (!) POWERWASHING(!) Misleading ports of call- “ Tuscany Florence” “Provence” - Yeah sure as long as you’re paying to get yourself there! When I originally booked St. Tropez was one of the ports which was abruptly switched to Sete, France. Not an exciting destination to say the least. Entertainment- AMATUER hour. They’ll tell you there’s a jazz club but no jazz to be played. Food- average at best. I lobster tail on lobster night was over cooked mush. Dont fall for the “elegant” sounding videos- check photos I included- there’s part of what you’ll get. (Photo n video could not be posted in this site w phone) After I posted a review on ConsumerAffairs.com I was contacted by Viking’s customer relations department. All they gave me was attitude, and “I’m sorry you feel that way” like I was the one with the problem. Horrendous. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
My sister recommend it. She had done a River Cruise and wanted try this one. She loved them both. The cruise included my three sisters and I. We felt so spoiled the whole time. The staff were always so sweet, courteous and efficient with ... Read More
My sister recommend it. She had done a River Cruise and wanted try this one. She loved them both. The cruise included my three sisters and I. We felt so spoiled the whole time. The staff were always so sweet, courteous and efficient with good sense of humors and memorized our names wherever they would see us. The food and drink was amazing, so many delicious options. The entertainment was great. The band in the lounge were so talented and fun and the cover ABBA group were incredible. The ship was always so clean and spot less, our cabins were always kept up and clean and well stocked. We went on quite a few excursions, which were amazing and there were so many great options to choose from. This was a trip of a life time and I would do it again in a heartbeat, especially with my lovely fun beautiful sisters!! Thank you Viking Star!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This cruise was to celebrate a special anniversary, our 50th and we wanted a very special cruise to a place we had never been. The 7 Night Iconic Western Mediterranean cruise did not disappoint. We felt pampered in every way. The ship is ... Read More
This cruise was to celebrate a special anniversary, our 50th and we wanted a very special cruise to a place we had never been. The 7 Night Iconic Western Mediterranean cruise did not disappoint. We felt pampered in every way. The ship is beautiful. The food was delicious and all of the Star's employees were always eager to please the passengers in every way. The entertainment on board was wonderful. The bathroom in the stateroom exceeded my expectation. It put a smile on my face every time I want in it and the heated floor was such a treat. All of the toiletries were high quality. I didn't have to use any that I brought, which I always do just to make sure. An especially nice perk is that every deck has three washer and dryers for guests to use free of charge, including detergent and an iron and ironing board. I was able to come on board with clean cloths and leave with clean cloths. I would highly recommend a Viking cruise. You will not be disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Overall it was a great cruise. The internet was extremely slow. Although we watched little TV in our cabin, when we did operational is was slow to respond.The walking tours were great and most of the guides we good.The only on shore ... Read More
Overall it was a great cruise. The internet was extremely slow. Although we watched little TV in our cabin, when we did operational is was slow to respond.The walking tours were great and most of the guides we good.The only on shore tour we would eliminate was Sete. It is a fishing village and does not offer much. The bus tour of Barcelona was good and gave us a heads of on where to go in the city. We stayed two extra days on our own. One of the best paid tours for the money was the Ca Lunae winery tour . It was excellent. The tea service was great. Maybe too much food. The pool area was crowed at times but manageable The wine served was very good and plentiful. Best meal was served at Manfredi's. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We wanted to explore Rome, Barcelona, and points in between; this cruise afforded us the opportunity to travel safely and with few worries. The Viking Star was the cleanest ship imaginable, and our cabin was immaculate. Staff members ... Read More
We wanted to explore Rome, Barcelona, and points in between; this cruise afforded us the opportunity to travel safely and with few worries. The Viking Star was the cleanest ship imaginable, and our cabin was immaculate. Staff members Made and Maha kept it that way the entire cruise, and accommodated our few special requests. We enjoyed all restaurants and cuisine we tried -- World Cafe, Manfredi's, and the Chef's Table. Dining al fresco was a special treat for the four of us. We enjoyed lectures available on board, and also the evening entertainment in the Star Lounge. An unexpected acknowledgment and recognition of the Viking staff on our last night onboard by the cruise director was a very poignant moment. (Good job!) The spa was a favorite activity, as was the infinity pool. Shore excursions were exceptional, if not a little tiring. We were very impressed with very smooth embarkation and disembarkation experiences, thanks to Viking's top-notch staff. And we look forward to our next Viking cruise! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
My wife and I were anxious to try the much touted Viking Ocean. We booked a one week Rome to Barcelona cruise with a three-day pre-cruise Umbria extension. We made our own flight arrangements in order to assure only direct flights to and ... Read More
My wife and I were anxious to try the much touted Viking Ocean. We booked a one week Rome to Barcelona cruise with a three-day pre-cruise Umbria extension. We made our own flight arrangements in order to assure only direct flights to and from. We were, however, obligated to arrive on the day our extension began. Would have preferred to arrive a day or two earlier and meet the Viking guides at the airport but we were told this could not be done. I have since found out that there is a way around this by booking private transportation to the extension hotel for the first night there. Another couple in our group did this. The Umbria extension was outstanding. I have reviewed this elsewhere. Transportation from the extension to the ship was flawless though we didn't arrive until 5:00 PM with only a half hour until muster drill. As for the cruise itself, I must say that I readily understand the high marks given by the vast majority of its guests. The spotless ship, its gracious crew, its many amenities and very comfortable accommodations validate the acclamations. For me, however, there is one very prominent deficiency. This is dining. Let me hasten to say that the majority will probably disagree with me. I add this note in hopes of dissuading the many Viking defenders from venting. Folks, it's just a matter of some like chocolate while others prefer vanilla. Dining on Viking tends to be casual, and is meant to be. Of the various venues, The Restaurant (main dining room) is the only one with table linens. All others use plastic place mats. The World Cafe is the “buffet” which is cafeteria style self-service for everything except beverages which are served. This is very popular for a variety of good reasons. Guests who are in a hurry, who prefer to wear more casual clothes than suggested for other venues, who like to fill their plates with a variety of offerings, love this place. The World Cafe is always open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There are two “specialty” restaurants, Manfredi's and The Chef's Table. Manfredi's has a very interesting menu with an Italian theme. The offerings are delicious and portions tend to be large. Service is as helter-skelter here as it is in all other service venues. I'll explain later. The Chef's Table offers a set menu which changes every several days. These two alternative restaurants serve dinner only and only by reservation. The remaining three food outlets are the Living Room bar, Mansen's (a Norwegian deli), and the Pool Grill. All with very good but limited menus. Of course, there is always the 24-hour option of room service which arrives promptly, on a tray, and must be consumed from your lap or shagged to the balcony table, unless you have a suite which includes a dining table. So what's my beef? Service! Everyone, in every mentioned venue and in every other part of the ship, is as gracious, friendly and accommodating as possible. It is the method obviously prescribed for them in the restaurants that troubles me. In all restaurants, one's server will introduce himself, or herself, and state that they will take care of you. That may be the only time you see him or her. Someone else may take your order, another to ask about wine, still another to bring the first course and so on. If you stick to three courses as shown on the menu this is OK. However if you veer from this, confusion and unwarranted delay result. Requesting a salad to be served after the main course, asking for a small serving of a main for a starter, or a large serving of a starter for a main just doesn't work when dealing with multiple servers. Asking one if San Pellegrino is available and being told yes, and later being told no by another, just doesn't work. This MO was very much more evident in Manfredi's and The Chef's Table than in The Restaurant. For this reason I preferred The Restaurant. We had two reservations in Manfredi's and two in The Chef's Table. We canceled one in each to return to The Restaurant. We would have been delighted to take all three meals every day in The Restaurant. Unfortunately The Restaurant serves lunch only occasionally when at sea, and does not serve breakfast before 8:00 AM which means you must dine elsewhere in order to make a early morning tour. With that off my chest, let me say that we enjoyed our first Viking cruise and would not be adverse to taking another. I am old but still a pretty fast learner and can work around the dining issues. I do want to offer special kudos to Natalie, the charming young lady who manned the desk at the entrance to The Restaurant, who always greeted me by name and “two chairs” as I preferred any table so long as it had two chairs (no banquet seat); and to Gregory from Armenia who took good care of us at the Living Room bar and saw to it that I had my breakfast oatmeal cookie in the morning and my Maker's Mark in the evening. I score our Viking cruise a 9 out of 10. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
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