62 Viking Ocean Viking Star Family Cruise Reviews

We have sailed on multiple lines and have a number on premium lines like Oceania. Having had a positive experience on Viking River, we took our first cruise with Viking Ocean. The ship was very comfortable and the service was ... Read More
We have sailed on multiple lines and have a number on premium lines like Oceania. Having had a positive experience on Viking River, we took our first cruise with Viking Ocean. The ship was very comfortable and the service was extraordinary. The 900 passenger size made it feel large enough to have the amenities we wanted, but small enough to be cozy and make new friends. The entertainment was very good and had a nice variety. The shows were understandably smaller than the mega ships, however very enjoyable. The restaurants had delicious food great service. The specialty Restaurants were excellent. The buffet had a good variety and was acceptable, but not outstanding. The grill-to-order steaks were excellent, but other dishes left room for improvement. We enjoyed the informative port talks and several ment lectures. Interesting subjects presented by knowledgeable folks. We thoroughly enjoyed the excursions. We appreciate the included excursions and took many with great experiences. We also took several optional excursions with positive Experiences and good value. In summary, we will definitely sail with Viking again and have booked our next trip. Read Less
Sail Date October 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
We chose Viking because of the small ship. All of our other cruises have been on large cruise ships and we are tired of those. We lived in Europe for two years so we weren’t interested in any of the River Cruises you offered as we have ... Read More
We chose Viking because of the small ship. All of our other cruises have been on large cruise ships and we are tired of those. We lived in Europe for two years so we weren’t interested in any of the River Cruises you offered as we have already toured those areas. We had not been to Italy so that was why we chose this cruise. We were so pleased with all of the staff on this cruise. From the cabin staff to the bar staff, they were all wonderful. We ate most meals at the World Cafe because we did not realize you had to make reservations so far in advance for the speciality restaurants. I would have liked to have had a more varied restaurant choice. The World Cafe was good but I do not liking eating at buffets, so it was not a good dining experience for me. I am also a vegetarian and there were not a lot of vegetarian dishes at the buffet. We would love to do a Viking Cruise to Scotland. Do you have any of those planned in the future? Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This was our third consecutive, annual cruise with Viking. Having enjoyed several of their river cruises, we decided upon an ocean voyage this year, in part because we were taking our two "under 30" ages kids. Viking ocean ... Read More
This was our third consecutive, annual cruise with Viking. Having enjoyed several of their river cruises, we decided upon an ocean voyage this year, in part because we were taking our two "under 30" ages kids. Viking ocean cruises offer more onboard than do their river going sisters and thought the additional options would be more suited to their interests than the rather sedate life on a river cruise. As we expected, the cruise was wonderful and one all of us will always remember. The itinerary was selected for its historical and cultural value. The ship embarked in Athens, but, since Viking offers no excursions before boarding, we booked a private company to pick us up at the airport, provide us with a personalized tour, and deliver us to the ship in time to sail. Regrettably, flight delays caused us to miss the (expensive) Athens tour and almost the ship itself. Although the flight delays were no fault of Viking, Viking imposes a financial "penalty" for guests who plan their flights through their air department and wish to fly in on any date OTHER than day of embarkation. This really cuts time very, very short, with little allowance for flight delays. For some absurd reason, Viking charges $100. extra, per guest, if they choose to fly in a day early and avoid the type of grief we experienced. Why they feel this cost is justified is beyond our comprehension. First, the customer saves Viking the need to provide an airport transfer to the ship. The customer purchases their own transportation, hotel, entertainment, food and beverage. It costs Viking nothing and actually save them time and trouble. I'm still annoyed with this policy as it affecting our next cruise plans with Viking. Once aboard, everything was delightful. The food was exceptional. Excellent variety and selections, fresh, beautifully presented and prepared with an expert hand. Since we are wine enthusiasts, we always purchase the Silver Spirits package as a convenience. It is actually quite a bargain. The wine list was adequate and far from legendary.Nevertheless, the Sky's sommelier, Roman, was delightful and went to extra effort to make suggestions and recommendations. Our waiters and the hostess always recognized us and called us by name! Our cabin steward, Edy, was equally fantastic. He could not have been more friendly, helpful, attentive and thorough. Always at the ready to assist in any way possible, including remembering my cabin number when I forgot it the first couple of days. If you are looking for a cruise with non-stop entertainment, Viking is not for you. We choose Viking specifically for that reason. No casinos, no guests under 18, no ambitious broadway shows, rock-climbing walls or on-board surfing. Viking caters to a different demographic. In the case of the Sky, guests could enjoy several pools and jacuzzi's, a heavenly spa facility too impressive for me to describe here (it has a "snow-room", if you can imagine), a full gym, and outdoor exercise and sports options (putting green, shuffleboard). Plenty to occupy one's interests when not ashore. We have always found Viking to provide exceptional shore excursions. The guides are very knowledgeable and, with few exceptions, quite amenable, enthusiastic and helpful. We did, however, experience quite a bit of unhappiness and discomfort on the 5 hour optional excursion to Krka National Park. The park itself was spectacular and well worth the time. The problems occurred when the guide seemed to underestimate the time required for many "older folks" to walk across narrow bridges or pathways. Secondly, the bus driver became completely lost on the way back to the ship. This confusion added two hours of unhappiness, which became more and more pronounced as time ticked on. Guests were unhappy, and the bus driver and guide swearing at each other! The final problem, and very upsetting to us, was the communication (not) provided by the Viking representative at the Hotel Molino Stucky where we stayed during our three day post-cruise extension in Venice. Poor communication caused us great confusion, grief and some money. When this fact was brought to her attention, she became very hostile and defensive. Rather than simply say " sorry for the misunderstanding", she thought it better to pursue an argument. She was truly the only completely rude Viking employee we have ever experienced. Embarcation and disembarkation are non-events with Viking. Quick, simple, no lines, no confusion. So, all in all, a great trip. We forgive Viking the glitches and will be repeat guests. Off to the Nile in 2020! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
I choose the Mediterranean Ocean cruise to take my mother to the Vatican and Europe for the first time. We enjoyed the wine at lunch and dinber and the restaurant and in room dining options on the Viking Star. The King size bed cabins were ... Read More
I choose the Mediterranean Ocean cruise to take my mother to the Vatican and Europe for the first time. We enjoyed the wine at lunch and dinber and the restaurant and in room dining options on the Viking Star. The King size bed cabins were modern and comfortable as well as the bathroom which had a fairly large shower. Even the public bathrooms were always spotless with calming cheerful bird sounds. Our steward room service was wonderful, the bartenders were very friendly and most all the staff fantastic. We also enjoyed the excursions and itinerary for the the ports in Italy, France and Spain. Sete was lovely, Monaco was fun and we needed more time in Barcelona. We even had time to watch one movie under the stars and the lounge band for dancing was so much fun. I would definately choose Viking again someday to try a river cruise next. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We wanted an anniversary cruise, and had hoped to book one of the cruises Athens to Venice. The problem seemed to be that every thing was already booked. I had spoken with Roland, and then emailed him some choices for 2019. It seemed ... Read More
We wanted an anniversary cruise, and had hoped to book one of the cruises Athens to Venice. The problem seemed to be that every thing was already booked. I had spoken with Roland, and then emailed him some choices for 2019. It seemed doubtful. Then a call from Roland that two rooms (4035 and 5051) became available, departing Athens on June 27, putting us in Dubrovnik on our July 1st Anniversary! Not only that but the rooms were on the starboard side, which was exactly what we wanted sailing north. We: my husband, our son, our daughter-in-law and myself arrived in Athens a day early and thoroughly enjoyed it. In the past, we usually traveled by train, but thought it would be too taxing for my husband. After a great deal of research, we found Viking. From the moment we boarded the ship, we were blown away. Everything was more than perfect! My husband had a great deal of special dietary needs; he had an amazing person who looked after him every day, giving him menus a day ahead, checking various items, answering questions, etc. Wonderful! The two individuals (4035 & 5051) who looked after our rooms were amazing, friendly and hard working. We enjoyed talking with them each day as well! The restaurant staff were very helpful and friendly; we hugged them goodbye. Our son, a Meteorologist, enjoyed conversations with the cruise director too! We enjoyed everything! Our son and daughter-in-law loved it as much as we did! The ship was beautiful and never seemed crowded. We had an early morning breakfast on deck going into Kotor. We were on deck with special drinks given out as we arrived in Venice; the views were unbelievable! There were shuttle buses to take us in and out of the cities; some ports were close enough to simply walk. I had read the Durrells of Corfu and thoroughly enjoyed my time in Corfu. We ate in Manfredi’s for our anniversary, complete with a very special anniversary cake. Our cruise: unforgettable! Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We have experienced 2 Viking river cruises in the past and have always received top notch service. The ocean cruise did not disappoint. The smaller cruise vessel made the experience more intimate. Our room was more spacious than other ... Read More
We have experienced 2 Viking river cruises in the past and have always received top notch service. The ocean cruise did not disappoint. The smaller cruise vessel made the experience more intimate. Our room was more spacious than other cruise ships. As always, the food and service was exceptional. My sister and niece joined us on our trip and as first time Viking travellers they were very impressed with the itinerary, service and quality of the meals. We opted for to take 6 optional excursions and found they were a good value. The service was good on all the optional excursions. The tour guide on the included Corfu tour was unfriendly and not responsive to your questions. She was our only negative tour experience. The sea was quite rough at night on the trip from Corfu to Dubrovnik but not likely something that could have been prevented. We would definitely take another Viking cruise in the future. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Love cruising with Viking so wanted to take this cruise with them. This was our 4th ocean cruise with them. The ships are spotless. The crew is friendly and polite. You can rely on them. The rooms are larger. Bathroom larger. Every ... Read More
Love cruising with Viking so wanted to take this cruise with them. This was our 4th ocean cruise with them. The ships are spotless. The crew is friendly and polite. You can rely on them. The rooms are larger. Bathroom larger. Every room has a lanai. Loved our cabin boy. Anything we needed, he got for us. The food was excellent. All freshly cooked. No preservatives. The lectures were very good but I would have liked more entertainment. Playing Trivia was not my cup of tea. A 22 day cruise needed more to do. The shore excursions were well organized. Our guides were knowledgeable and spoke good English. Not like some places. The poor countries were a little depressing but we knew that would be. We were lucky to have sunny weather. The fact that it was Central America, it was extremely hot and humid. We wanted to visit Cuba and travel through the Panama Canal. Each country was so interesting. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
This cruise was a celebration of successful medical treatments. We wanted to get away and be together after a great deal of anxiety. Also, we wanted to be close to the USA. The timing, location and length of this cruise satisfied our ... Read More
This cruise was a celebration of successful medical treatments. We wanted to get away and be together after a great deal of anxiety. Also, we wanted to be close to the USA. The timing, location and length of this cruise satisfied our needs. Our experience exceeded our expectations that were high because of Viking's excellent reputation. From the moment of our Viking greeting after arrival at the airport in Montreal until our departure we felt comfortable with the happy, friendly and professional crew. Our cabin was roomy, comfortable and well appointed. Meals were excellent and service was superior. The dining services team were attentive, caring and empowered. The no charge for beverages was a plus even though our personal limits are one-two. Tours were well organized and added value to our experience. Lectures were excellent and presented by exceptionally well qualified professionals in their field. We were drawn to the lectures on Art, presented by a PHD from the Edinburgh, Scotland Art Institute. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
After 15 cruises on various mid to high end liners we went a level higher on this Viking ship. Viking is for adults. Ok, it is a bit more expensive than others, but it is well worth it. The ship is elegant but not flashy. Very ... Read More
After 15 cruises on various mid to high end liners we went a level higher on this Viking ship. Viking is for adults. Ok, it is a bit more expensive than others, but it is well worth it. The ship is elegant but not flashy. Very tastefully done in every corner. The size is perfect, no big crowds, long lines. Out room was very comfortable, the king size bad was better than the one at home. A great desk setup had all the USB charging plugs, lights for convenient "working" environment, coupled with fairly good WiFi along the trip. Dining was another wonderful experience. Besides the "normal" food, all the high end restaurants were fantastic. It was tough to decide where to go dining every night. Wine selection was very good, although they ran out of some of the most popular labels a bit early. The crew performed flawlessly. Cabin crew was always there when needed. The restaurant personal could serve in any 5 star restaurants. They were well trained, attentive and friendly. The entertainment was sized to the size of the ship. No big Hollywood productions, but perfectly entertaining and tasteful. The Hungarian Classical Trio played wonderful pieces from Grieg, Mozart, Bach, Dvorzak. Other observations No photographers in your face, ridiculous internet charges, free or very reasonably priced drinks, free shore trips (with optional paid for trips). No casino and loud action, no children running around. We are definitely going back. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We had previous experience with a 15 day river cruise in 2014 from Budapest to Amsterdam. Wanted to see if the Ocean going cruise would be as great. Had researched many cruise lines and the single most item why we choose Viking was the ... Read More
We had previous experience with a 15 day river cruise in 2014 from Budapest to Amsterdam. Wanted to see if the Ocean going cruise would be as great. Had researched many cruise lines and the single most item why we choose Viking was the previous river cruise and the fact this Viking ship did not carry as many passengers as the other cruise lines. We were looking forward to seeing many different countries in Europe. We loved the ship it was almost exactly what we expected. The staff is very simple superb, friendly and helpful at all times. Execution of all aspect of this voyage were flawless and logical. All shore excursion and returns were executed with logical sequence and always pleasant. When we made our reservation we informed my brother who also signed up for this cruise the very next day. My wife also informed her best friend in Arizona who did sign up as well. My brother and his son were able to get the cabin next to us, and my wife's girlfriend and her son got the cabin directly above us. Unfortunately the cabin was not pleasant nor conducive to good nights of sleep. The very first day we noticed that we were unable to turn the HV/AC blower off and there was a constant droning noise at 40db coming from the vent. After several phone calls to staff they were unable to resolve this issue. By the 3rd day I had a very sore throat, and at best we slept maybe 3.5 to 4 hours a night. On the 4th day a ships engineer came out to try and solve the problem. He finally figured out that our cabin environmental controls were tied to the ships hallway HV/AC and could not be shut off. The engineer solution was to bring about a 6' piece of insulation to close the vent and try to mitigate the droning noise. It helped in reducing the constant air movement somewhat but the noise at night was still very intrusive and lack of sleep was still a problem. I have pictures of this "fix" but I don't see were in this review I can attach them. We were offered a cabin on deck five but we declined. We had friends and relatives traveling with us and the move would diminish our experience even more. When we made the reservation we asked to be close together in our cabin choices, and to be on the same Buses in some of our shore excursions. In conclusion I would say that this particular cabin should never have been sold to a customer on this ship. I don't know if anyone has ever lodge a complaint about this problem cabin, but in my opinion the cabin should be converted to some thing the staff can use or maybe another laundry for the convenience of travelers on the 7th deck. I hope you can understand that we are now somewhat reluctant to plan another voyage on one of your otherwise very modern and beautiful kept ships for fear of having to put up with another insolvable problem that could ruin what was otherwise a very exiting and wonderful voyage. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
I took this cruise with all five sisters and spouses. This is the second Viking cruise the ten of us have taken. We began with two extra days in Barcelona. Fantastic decision as it gave us time to see Barcelona and visit many of its ... Read More
I took this cruise with all five sisters and spouses. This is the second Viking cruise the ten of us have taken. We began with two extra days in Barcelona. Fantastic decision as it gave us time to see Barcelona and visit many of its attractions. When it was time to embark we everything went somewhat smoothly. Although, the constant TSA like security every time we boarded got old fast. Once on board it took many of us a while before our roo ms were ready. Yet this transition went relatively smooth considering the number of people boarding. As a group we usually ate our meals in the World Cafe. Although, all ten of us did eat at Manfredi's Italian restaurant twice. My wife and I also ate at the Chef's table a couple of times. One thing I learned early is that the World Cafe has two serving lines and generally both lines had different items. One thing about Manfredi's is that one needs to be aware of the amount of food that will be served. You could easily share the pasta, main course and dessert if you want to limit calories. The Chef's table is a more intimate setting. Each course was well described by wait staff and was paired with a fine wine, also well described. I was confused the first time we had reservations. Supposedly the Chef's table was fully booked. Yet when we arrived and during our meal there were a number of open tables. I suspect this allowed staff to focus on those dining while leaving tables for later reservations. There is also the restaurant. If you have sailed on a Viking River Cruise, the restaurant is similar to the River Cruise dining room. My wife and I really enjoyed on visits to the restaurant. However, the majority of my family opted for the World Cafe. I must compliment the Cruise Director and his assistant. They put together a fantastic schedule of daily informational speakers and evening entertainment. The highlight was the last night medley of ABBA (AKA Mama Mia) and Beatles hits. They were successful in getting the older crowd to really get stand and boogie as they completed their ABBA series. The service on board was excellent. I know all passengers were treated well. However, I am not sure that there were many on the Viking Star that received the personal attention most of my family did. Probably due to some of the very outgoing personalities evident in my family. I was actually surprised that most of the wait staff not only knew my name but also my wife's. If there was any disappointment on this trip is was some of the excursions. A caveat here is that excursions were operated by contractors and not Viking, unlike river cruises. A couple of times the bus ride for the included tours were so long that there wasn't much time for walking around. Although we were pretty happy with the optional tours we booked. My favorite was Normandy Beach. We figured the trip to Paris wouldn't give us enough time to do anything but see the sights. We could do that with pictures. On the Normandy Beach option we saw a lot of WWII history, including information about how allied military actually moved men and machines into France after the invasion. The various bunkers, military equipment and remains of the landing harbor really should impress the WWII buff. As an aside, we really loved the Porto, Portugal excursion. My wife and I spent our Honeymoon in Portugal, including a couple of nights in Porto. We talked about returning for our fifth anniversary. We didn't make it. We were 17 years late. So who's counting? One thing I should note. There was a jigsaw puzzle available to complete. Evidently it had never been done during the time of a cruise. However, we did complete it. Our cruise ended in Bergen, Norway. The included tour of Bergen allowed us time to take pictures from various locations around the town. We then were left in town to find our way back. We had the opportunity to hear a number of drum corps during the drum corps competition. We, as a family of ten, added a local three hour Fjord cruise. We were very pleased with this addition. While this tour didn't offer any narrative, we had the opportunity to see a part of Norway and the Bergen area that others didn't get a chance to do. An interesting sidelight was the opportunity to drink water taken from a local waterfall. The tour boat captain motored his boat to the cliff where the water fell. As he did a crew member used a pail that was on the end of a ten foot pole to catch this refreshing drink. Disembarkation went smoothly. Once at the airport reality set in and we had to get ready for the trip back to home. Would we do this cruise again? Definitely. However, we would be more aware of the various options and would research the actual port and its amenities before considering included excursions. I would have added a couple of pictures but there was a problem with the program. Sorry. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We had been to Italy before and wanted to see more of it and last trip was with a group tour. While we loved our tour guide and became friends with fellow tourists, it was a bit grueling having to unpack and pack again to go from city to ... Read More
We had been to Italy before and wanted to see more of it and last trip was with a group tour. While we loved our tour guide and became friends with fellow tourists, it was a bit grueling having to unpack and pack again to go from city to city every day. So taking a cruise was the hit! We also were traveling with friends and while we had plenty of time together, we also had our separate excursions and time to be on our own. The best part of this cruise for us was the wait staff. They were like family by the time we disembarked. One waiter in particular took our drink order the first night and the next time he saw us (not even in the same setting) he called us by name! That's impressive. The buffets were great, a huge variety to meet everyone's palette. I'd say the only disappointing food experience was the Chef's Table. It was difficult to get reservations and then the night we finally were able to go there, it wasn't even half full. The food was not good and the service was not nearly as good as the service in the main diningrooms! In our opinion (and several other's we spoke with who had dined at the Chef's Table) they could do away with that dining option. If it's going to be made out to be so special, then the food should be on par with the diningroom and the service should be even better. We enjoyed Manfredi's and would go back there again. Shore excursions were for the most part very good. One in particular though really needed a better guide. The Trulli village tour. She repeated herself taking up much more of our time than necessary rather than giving us more time to go and explore. The Naples tour guide, however, was very entertaining and enlightening. We did wish we had more time to explore. Bottom line, we enjoyed cruising with Viking so much that we are booked for the Cuba cruise coming up in February 2019 and we are on the Star again!!! Hoping we're lucky enough to see some of the same crew members!!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We sailed on Viking in 2016 (Into the Midnight Sun) and loved the smaller ship. (We've also done 5 River Cruises with Viking) Embarkation was not a good experience....Not the usual welcome, and security people were extremely rude ... Read More
We sailed on Viking in 2016 (Into the Midnight Sun) and loved the smaller ship. (We've also done 5 River Cruises with Viking) Embarkation was not a good experience....Not the usual welcome, and security people were extremely rude (pulling things out of my carry on and throwing onto conveyor belt) and shouting directions. Not one person welcomed us until we entered the ship. Not usual Viking Standard. All tours are highly dependent upon the tour guide's knowledge and language ability, 2 bad, the rest good. A couple tours were at least 15 - 20 minute walks to the bus. People with difficulty walking were really lagging behind. Again, unusual for Viking We were somewhat disappointed in the World Cafe and Restaurant. Service excellent but many of our selections were overdone or lacked flavor (Restaurant). Waiters were helpful in replacing ordered items that didn't meet expectations. Manfredi's and Chefs table were wonderful. Entertainment was EXCELLENT, from the piano players, trios. shows, really the best we've experience on any ship!! Cruise director, Jenna, was outstanding! Enrichment series not as good as before (or other ships) Our weather was not "ideal". But that certainly is NOT the fault of Viking nor the captain....we had a couple rocky nights and lots of rain, but have had much worse on other lines. All in all, we had a wonderful time with friends. And we've booked the Mid-Atlantic Crossing cruise for Dec 2018...........and we will continue with Viking. Our friends also booked another cruise for this year! Lots of times it's attitude and flexibility that makes for a good experience. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We wanted a Mediterranean voyage that had multiple stops and did not want to be on a massive ship. The guest size was perfect to be able to meet many new people and small enough to constantly meet up with those new friends. We traveled ... Read More
We wanted a Mediterranean voyage that had multiple stops and did not want to be on a massive ship. The guest size was perfect to be able to meet many new people and small enough to constantly meet up with those new friends. We traveled with 6 other friends and the dining room staff always worked diligently to seat us together. The pre-embarkation tour of Madrid was informative and the hotel was so comfortable and had a great location. Having been on several other cruise lines, we were prepared for a tedious embarkation process. Imagine our surprise and delight when we showed our papers to one person and then simply walked "plank" to enter the ship. The end of our cruise was just as easy and our luggage was ready and waiting for us. The ship exceeded our expectations - beautiful cabin and comfortable size, food was always delicious and we took advantage of the many varied entertainment choices as well as fun games and activities. We were always busy but tried to find a few hours to relax in the beautiful lounges. The staff was so considerate, friendly and always willing to do whatever we needed to make our trip more enjoyable. The tour guides we had were so friendly, full of knowledge and information about the unique places we visited. The weather did not cooperate so in the future we would go a bit later in the year, but in spite of those uncontrollable circumstances we will definitely take more Viking cruises and have recommended this Cruise Line to many of our friends. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Itinerary was good, improved a lot with new stops in Naples and Isla Maeorca. Boat was well staffed and friendly. Viking is designed for the adult traveler. The shore excursions were very well done, pros! Food was Michelin level.Boarding ... Read More
Itinerary was good, improved a lot with new stops in Naples and Isla Maeorca. Boat was well staffed and friendly. Viking is designed for the adult traveler. The shore excursions were very well done, pros! Food was Michelin level.Boarding was well done in advance and at the gate. Service on luggage was fast. Staff everywhere was friendly and helpful. Dining staff was awesome , so willing to help. Food was fantastic, best of any cruise line we've sailed on, lobster night they kept bringing us more to eat, dessert was the same, always getting us to sample several desserts. The Norse influenced pastry shop was a total delight, scones were yummy as well as the cheese and fruit offering, too many thing to try in just a week. The gym was clean and well staffed. Pools were awesome and under used, the spa facility was especially nice with sauna and steam, loaner towels and flip flops aplenty. Entertaining was good and disembarked easily. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We chose this cruise because the itinerary included Tunis and Algiers. Unfortunately these ports were cancelled because of a State Department alert. Most of the other ports (other than Rome and Naples) were places we hadn't been to ... Read More
We chose this cruise because the itinerary included Tunis and Algiers. Unfortunately these ports were cancelled because of a State Department alert. Most of the other ports (other than Rome and Naples) were places we hadn't been to either, so it all worked out well. In fact, we enjoyed our extended stay in Barcelona so much that we're talking about when we'll return for a longer visit. This was our 1st cruise with Viking and I'm looking forward to more. The food was so very well prepared (we ate in the Italian restaurant, Manfredi's, one night and I had the best lamb chops of my life); the cabins were quiet with very comfortable beds, the public spaces never felt noisy or crowded. The Explorer's Lounge was one of our favorite spaces as the light was lovely day or night, and I enjoyed browsing through the beautiful selection of old (and new) books on the shelves. The crew was always thoughtful, courteous, and great fun to chat with. Arrival at our hotel in Rome and in Barcelona was very smooth and welcoming. Viking took great care of us at every step along the way. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Our cruise was a family travel experience. It was also our first time and it turned out just fabulous. From the morning greeting at the breakfast cafe right up to the last glass of wine listening to the great piano tunes from Mr Andres ... Read More
Our cruise was a family travel experience. It was also our first time and it turned out just fabulous. From the morning greeting at the breakfast cafe right up to the last glass of wine listening to the great piano tunes from Mr Andres at night. All the staff greeting us everywhere on board to the guides on land was just the tops. The food was great, the shows were tremendous. Seeing the staff working all the time was so amazing as if they were sleepless robots that had the best of attitudes, they were always pleasant. Our cabin was always a welcome retreat. We had a pre and post time to spend in Venice first and Athens after. We were very comfortable in every port excursion and treated so nicely by all. We had only one thing that we noticed, our post days were booked at an American run hotel. It was very obvious it was American which was a shame,It was a let down compared to the great Viking service. We are anxious to go with Viking again if we can find a pot of gold. Great grreat great Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Love the understated and casual elegance of the Scandinavian design. THere was so much to do and see I didn’t even get to fully explore the ship. So I’m going again on the Viking Orion to Alaska next year! Shore excursions were ... Read More
Love the understated and casual elegance of the Scandinavian design. THere was so much to do and see I didn’t even get to fully explore the ship. So I’m going again on the Viking Orion to Alaska next year! Shore excursions were excellent and well organized. Food was wonderful, especially the World Cafe and the Poolside Grill for casual dining with gourmet food. The Spa and Snow Grotto and Steam room are very relaxing and a favourite of mine. I like the fact there is no casino on board and less glitz. San Giminagno and Sorrento were highlights for us. And of course, Venice was well worth it. Amazing to sail in and pass the sister ship and see the crew greeting each other. THe enrichment lectures were excellent. Embarkation and Disembarkation was well organized. I would highly recommend Viking. I have also done a river cruise with Viking and recommend it as well. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
This is the second time we cruise with Viking. Bit this Scandinavian cruise is beyond our expectations. Every shore excursion, every lecture, every musical performance is well thought of, well planned. The ship is sparkling clean. The ... Read More
This is the second time we cruise with Viking. Bit this Scandinavian cruise is beyond our expectations. Every shore excursion, every lecture, every musical performance is well thought of, well planned. The ship is sparkling clean. The meals are awesome. The staff is courteous and helpful. My husband and I had a wonderful time, an unforgettable experience. We will choose Viking over any other cruise. The food is beyond our expectations. The staff is always courteous, no matter how busy they are The lectures by Mr Patterson about the Vikings and the Hanseatic trades are so interesting. We learned a lot from his talks. The embarkation and disembarkation are extremely well organized, and we do appreciate that. That made our travel much easier. About the food, there are so much varieties to choose from. The food presentation made the whole experience much better. We can either eat at the buffet on 7th floor or eat in the dining room. We love it Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
The perfect size ship. Big enough to handle the sea but not overwhelmed with people. The cafe was well thought out. No cumbersome trays! Take your plate to the table and the beverage of your choice appears momentarily. The staff was ... Read More
The perfect size ship. Big enough to handle the sea but not overwhelmed with people. The cafe was well thought out. No cumbersome trays! Take your plate to the table and the beverage of your choice appears momentarily. The staff was unbelievably friendly and the interactions with the guests were great. As the 3-stripe boss said, you seek people with the right personality and the rest can be trained. Well done. The staff didn't look oppressed and wary like on other cruises we have taken. The no-charge laundry was very welcome. No nickel-and-diming, which increased our pleasure on the cruise. ("Oh wait, I can't use the Internet, I'll feel guilty about spending this much money." Not,on Viking.) No,children, no casino, one night in a fancy restaurant, included tours which were way better than other cruise lines. We had no intention of doing this when we sailed but we signed up,for,your Alaska cruise in 2019. And one of your housekeepers got a small perk for mentioning the future cruise service. How can we cruise with anybody else after this? (Second cruise - river cruise in 2014.) Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
I have cruised the Caribbean with other lines and loved the experience. My ancestry is Scandinavian so this cruise itinerary appealed to me. It was also a chance to reward my daughter for earning a PhD from Oxford(she accompanied me on ... Read More
I have cruised the Caribbean with other lines and loved the experience. My ancestry is Scandinavian so this cruise itinerary appealed to me. It was also a chance to reward my daughter for earning a PhD from Oxford(she accompanied me on the cruise). From beginning to end, I have never had a better travel experience. The crew and staff were attentive, personable and efficient. I never heard “no” from any of them. I think Viking is the only way to travel. Nothing is perfect, of course, and there are things that could be improved or changed, but overall it was such a great experience I’m repeating the cruise next year with my new bride. We will even repeat some of the same shore excursions as you can’t see everything in just one visit. We are booked on the same ship, but have upgraded cabin class as I missed having coffee to take out on the veranda in the morning. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
See Norway from the seaports. Enjoy a very leisurely trip with a group of friends and family. First experience with Viking - a super value for the money - we bought when buy one - get one was the deal - a super way to go. A bit ... Read More
See Norway from the seaports. Enjoy a very leisurely trip with a group of friends and family. First experience with Viking - a super value for the money - we bought when buy one - get one was the deal - a super way to go. A bit disappointed when we couldn't get all of the optional excursions that we wanted. The general excursions provided for all were very good. The food was fabulous - great selection and was available somewhere all day long. I took a cooking class for Italian cuisine and what an experience! The cruising was nice and calm - no sea sickness! The staff was superb - meeting and exceeding all of our expectations. The cabin, although on the lower end of them, was just fabulous! Loved to see the countryside slip by as we sailed. We were also disappointed that we could not land at the Shetland Islands, but that was out of the Captain's control - safety always first. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Wonderful staff all around, love that the excursions are included and we have the option to sign up for more. The transfers to and from the airport are also included if you do Viking Air. The ship are 1st class with larger cabins and ... Read More
Wonderful staff all around, love that the excursions are included and we have the option to sign up for more. The transfers to and from the airport are also included if you do Viking Air. The ship are 1st class with larger cabins and huge bathrooms for a ship. The food is delicious regardless if you do the private dining or buffet. The staff is wonderful, always willing to serve you in any way. The locations usually are the most popular ones. The only suggestion I have is stay in port longer on the disembarkation like Venice, Rome, and Stockholm. The Ocean ships are fabulous, I've been on 4 River Cruises and am proud to say the three Ocean cruises are just as interesting and well orchestrated. The only advantage on the River cruises is you get to know everyone on the ship. Thank you Viking for listening to our suggestions. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We selected this cruise because it went where we wanted to go; was at a time of year we could get away; and was in our price range. We chose Viking because of their reputation and the fact that we had a great river cruise with them a few ... Read More
We selected this cruise because it went where we wanted to go; was at a time of year we could get away; and was in our price range. We chose Viking because of their reputation and the fact that we had a great river cruise with them a few years ago. This ship, the Viking Star, is fantastic. Big enough, but not too big. I couldn't even tell I was on water. Very quiet and smooth. The amenities are top notch. Very pretty boat, very well laid out; very manageable and the staff is fantastic. The food in the restaurant was excellent with outstanding service. The ports of call were beautiful. The excursions were very good. I personally loved the fact that there was no casino and no kids on the boat. This is not a cruise line for young families. This is designed for retirees and empty-nesters getting away for a while. If there was a downside to this cruise at all I would say the nightly entertainment lacked a little, but not badly. I've just seen better entertainment on the bigger lines. That said, the Beatles review was really fun and well done. As well, the piano player, guitar player and string quartet that played quietly in the lounges throughout the evening were all fantastic and personable. I highly recommend this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
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 4.2
Enrichment 4.0 4.3
Service 5.0 4.8
Value For Money 5.0 4.4

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