Cruise Ratings
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
This was our 1st Viking Ocean Cruise and we booked two more ocean cruises while sailing. Embarkation and Disembarkation went very smoothly. The Viking Star is a beautiful ship, with many areas for relaxation. Our tastefully decorated ... Read More
This was our 1st Viking Ocean Cruise and we booked two more ocean cruises while sailing. Embarkation and Disembarkation went very smoothly. The Viking Star is a beautiful ship, with many areas for relaxation. Our tastefully decorated cabin was very spacious. The service was over the top. The crew definately went out of their way to make this a true cruising experience. We had no complains about the food. A great variety of choice. The specialty restaurants are a must. We were treated like royalty and the food was outstanding. The entertainment on the ship was excellent. They offered a variety of Excursions which were well planned and we were very pleased with the ones we chose. The coastal drive to Peggy's Cover was beautiful. We also enjoyed the La Fabuleuse Live Stage Show. We are senior travelers and are looking forward to our next cruises. We recommend Viking to everyone who wants to travel in style!! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Almost every aspect of this trip from start to finish was fabulous. Our cabin was roomy and we chose a location at the very back of the ship so we had a greater viewing area from the patio, The cabin was roomy and the bathroom was a very ... Read More
Almost every aspect of this trip from start to finish was fabulous. Our cabin was roomy and we chose a location at the very back of the ship so we had a greater viewing area from the patio, The cabin was roomy and the bathroom was a very pleasant surprise. It was a very luxurious size for a cruise ship. Our room attendants were delightful. They were so friendly and helpful and they always greeted us by name. All of the meals were delicious and the staff was very attentive and always helpful. We often chose to join groups at larger tables and that was always interesting and added to the meal experience. I ABSOLUTELY loved the classical ensemble that played in the atrium most evenings. The music was beautiful and created such an elegant atmosphere to enjoy a drink before dinner. The wait staff in the atrium bar were so friendly and helpful. The excursions at each port were informative and entertaining. The guides were very knowledgeable and the transportation was comfortable. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We wanted a cruise that had several Canadian ports and liked the southbound route. We were very pleased with the Viking Riverboat experience, so we hoped Viking Ocean cruise would be the same. Viking exceeded our expectations. Extremely ... Read More
We wanted a cruise that had several Canadian ports and liked the southbound route. We were very pleased with the Viking Riverboat experience, so we hoped Viking Ocean cruise would be the same. Viking exceeded our expectations. Extremely clean rooms and staff that were there with every request. Great food, local and true to Norwegian taste. Beautiful common areas and a spa with many features. You pay more upfront for the experience, but do not have additional costs once on board. Laundry, Spa, drinks ( soft and alcohol) are free. Top notch entertainment every evening. Educational sessions about the local area daily. Additional excursions were all reasonably priced and set up with local tour guides that were very knowledgeable. Most of the passengers are retired or nearly retired, and enjoy a relaxing stress free cruise experience. We personally, had an issue with dinning bookings that our travel agent messed up. On board, Viking accommodated us quickly. Viking is highly recommended by us. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2016
We were on our Viking ocean cruise from 10/2 – 10/14 on the new Viking Star. That ended up being really superb. We flew to Montreal to pick up the ship. It went to Quebec, then Saguenay. Next we went to Charlottetown, the capitol ... Read More
We were on our Viking ocean cruise from 10/2 – 10/14 on the new Viking Star. That ended up being really superb. We flew to Montreal to pick up the ship. It went to Quebec, then Saguenay. Next we went to Charlottetown, the capitol of Prince Edward Island, and then Halifax, Nova Scotia. We’d been to Montreal and Quebec before, but not the rest. After leaving Canada we headed out of the Bay of St. Lawrence to Boston, and we finally ended up in New York City. From there we flew back to Atlanta. On the way from Boston to NYC we crossed the Cape Cod peninsula through the Cape Cod Canal that we didn’t even know existed, although we’d driven across it a couple of times when we visited the cape years ago. We did see it, but we just didn’t realize it was a canal. It saved us time and a much rougher trip than what we did experience closer to the mainland. We had three at-sea days not in port during the trip, and one of them on the way to Boston was a bit rough. We spent most of that day in the room watching Downton Abbey on the shipboard TV. We’d never watched it before, but we managed to get into season 3 by the time we got off the ship. They ask that slacks be worn to the two reservation restaurants, but late in the cruise jeans were creeping in. Jeans are the preferred dress for both of us, and we wore them most of the time. The menus for the restaurant meals were all excellent. The ship had one main restaurant, with an Italian restaurant, and a wine-pairing restaurant they called the Chef’s Table as reservation-only units. They were fun, but the main restaurant was pretty much unbeatable. There was also a Norwegian restaurant open for breakfast and lunch, a large café where you picked up items at various food stations and a pool-side sandwich and salad stop. We ate three meals ashore the whole trip. Wine or beer was included with lunch and dinner for everyone. They offered a beverage package which included upgraded wines as well as all but the most expensive drinks (ex: Armagnac) at the bar. It would have been very easy to overindulge, but I tried to keep myself in check. My wife probably doesn’t agree, but our standards are different. We recommend Viking’s new ocean vessels without reservation. Up to now we've been small ship cruisers (under 150 passengers). The Viking ocean ships hold about 900 passengers, and we never felt crowded, even once. The cabins are all outside and I think they all have small balconies. The Star is the second of six ships that they have planned, and all six are exactly the same. Shipboard staff and service was outstanding. While onboard we signed up for a 2018 cruise to the British Isles. This was our fifth cruise in total, only one of them on Viking, and it’s the very first time we’ve ever signed up for another cruise while onboard. The cruise lines usually push for passengers to do so with extra discounts or other come-ons available only while on the cruise, but we’ve always found it fairly easy to resist before now. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2016
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and because we were tired of sailing on the extra large cruise ships. The Star did not disappoint. Embarkation was flawless and so very easy. Our cabin was exceptional, the crew was very ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and because we were tired of sailing on the extra large cruise ships. The Star did not disappoint. Embarkation was flawless and so very easy. Our cabin was exceptional, the crew was very well trained and extremely friendly. Our waiter and his assistant along with the wine steward were knowledgeable, well trained and took personal care of us. Some of the included shore excursions were not great, but many were. This was the first time Viking had done this particular itinerary so I think they learned from our feedback on the excursions. We loved the Explorer's lounge and used it quite frequently, especially when sailing out of Boston harbor and into New York harbor in the daylight hours. The Viking staff involved in the transfers from the ship to the hotel in New York at the end of the cruise were informative and debarkation was as smooth as embarkation. What a treat that was! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2016
Viking is still learning the ocean cruise business. Our Eastern Seaboard Explorer cruise was a perfect example. We wanted to take it because we wanted to see that part of North America, particularly in the fall. We had taken Viking ... Read More
Viking is still learning the ocean cruise business. Our Eastern Seaboard Explorer cruise was a perfect example. We wanted to take it because we wanted to see that part of North America, particularly in the fall. We had taken Viking River cruises in Europe and thought they were extremely well done. We don't do many ocean cruises because I don't like rough seas at all. I thought that because this one was in the river (St Lawrence) and generally in somewhat protected waters, it would be fine. It was except for one day, as we travelled between Halifax and Boston. This part of our experience, of course, I cannot blame on Viking. They had some difficulties with logistics, primarily I believe because this was their first time in these ports, so they did not have the wealth of experience dealing with the excursion possibilities in each port. Compare this to their experience along, say, the Danube, where they go to each port about 50 to 10 times per year. You can weed out the poor local providers and concentrate on the best. I thought that one of the main highlights on the cruise was the presence of four speakers who gave of their knowledge about the history, the marine life, etc. as we went along. They were all excellent speakers with many things of interest to share. Food, dining room staff, cabin attendants, etc. were all very good. Internet service was generally available, but predictably very slow. I wished that their PA announcements were able to be heard in the cabins, but they are not, except for emergency information. Almost all passengers would be in the 60 to 75 year age group. There were no children on board. There is no casino on these ships if that is an important quality for you. Read Less
Viking Star Ratings
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Cabins 5.0 4.8
Dining 5.0 4.7
Entertainment 3.0 4.1
Public Rooms 5.0 4.8
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.3
Family 1.0 4.3
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.1
Enrichment 4.0 4.3
Service 5.0 4.8
Value For Money 5.0 4.4

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