68 Viking Ocean Viking Star Family Cruise Reviews

We wanted a cruise over the holidays for our family, including our son and daughter in their mid twenties. We chose this as we had never been to Athens and our son had never been to Rome. We wanted a family trip over the hoiidays to ... Read More
We wanted a cruise over the holidays for our family, including our son and daughter in their mid twenties. We chose this as we had never been to Athens and our son had never been to Rome. We wanted a family trip over the hoiidays to interesting places and not just beaches. We got off to a bad start with travel complications and rather than arriving at 1:00 PM we did not arrive until close to midnight. Once on board the rooms were very nice and the food was great. We had only done river cruises before and liked the small size of those ships so wondered a bit about being on a larger ship with 900 plus people. It was surprisingly uncrowded, there were several bar areas and food options and it never seemed crowded. Unlike the river cruises, you did not see the same people repeatedly. There were several times where I met interesting people and hoped to see them again and did not. You needed to get names and contact information if you wanted to see them again, it usually did not happen by chance. December 24 the sea was quite rough and it was a bit of a challenge walking around the ship. We did have a lot of family meals together which was nice. We enjoyed most of the shore excursions, the first day walking the Acropolis with a great guide was nice. At Ephasis the guide gave the impression Viking had endorsed the carpet market we were taken to and there was huge pressure to buy a carpet as we were the last ship of the season. Viking should have made it clear in advance about this situation. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
A new experience for us to see ancient sites in Greece and Turkey and to again explore Pompeii with family. A new ship put into service in May 2015, Viking Star is state of the art cruising limited to 930 over 18 age passengers. This is ... Read More
A new experience for us to see ancient sites in Greece and Turkey and to again explore Pompeii with family. A new ship put into service in May 2015, Viking Star is state of the art cruising limited to 930 over 18 age passengers. This is our second Viking Christmas week ocean cruise in the Med with grand daughters. Everything was fabulous- the weather, cabin, dining, activities, and shore excursions! A day and a half at sea was a bit much and we would have liked to have stopped in Sicily which was on the original route when booked. Christmas dinner was very special with lobster and beef Wellington. The spa has many amenities including a unique snow grotto. The salute to ABBA show was very lively and everyone was in a festive mood. We stayed an extra two days in Rome to explore the Vatican and ancient sites with great Italian food. We would definitely go again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Our short but sweet “Journey to Antiquities” cruise is over but will remain a special memory for a long, long time! We boarded the beautiful Star in Athens and we were able to go to our stateroom immediately. A last minute upgrade ... Read More
Our short but sweet “Journey to Antiquities” cruise is over but will remain a special memory for a long, long time! We boarded the beautiful Star in Athens and we were able to go to our stateroom immediately. A last minute upgrade put us in a Penthouse Junior Suite which was a lovely space but the inclusion of free laundry (including dry cleaning!) was the biggest perk! Our housekeeping team was phenomenal … at every step they were eager to make sure that we were comfortable and had whatever we needed and/or wanted. This was a somewhat abbreviated version of the cruise. We had two sea days which were the 24th and 25th. That meant that we had only four ports before disembarking in Rome. We really didn’t miss the extra stops as we truly enjoy the time we spend on the ship and we were looking for some R&R on this trip. There were two sea days (back to back the 24th and 25th). There were lots of on board activities planned but the first day we had some really rough seas and ended up hunkering down in the cabin … navigating the ship was a challenge for all but the most sure footed! Things finally settled down during the night and we enjoyed a calm and peaceful Christmas day! Dining was, as always, a pleasure. We are not fussy eaters and although I love to cook I do enjoy occasionally having someone else do the shopping, chopping, serving and clean up! We skipped the Chef’s Table this trip as the menus were ones we have had twice before but we enjoyed two lovely dinners at Manfredi’s. We always enjoy The Restaurant and enjoyed most of our dinners there. The service was great and the food as good as we remembered! This trip we enjoyed some lunches at the Pool Grill which were very enjoyable … we often skip the grill as it can get crowded but they seem to have added some seating to the area around the grill and seating was much easier than it seemed to have been in the past. We did a mix of included and optional tours and enjoyed them all. Athens - We did the combination Acropolis & Plaka District by Foot in Athens. It was a nice tour and not as physically challenging as we anticipated. We had thought we might stay in town and take the shuttle back to the ship but when all was said and done it would only have been about an hour and a half of extra time and the traffic was pretty awful so we headed back to the ship with the tour guide. Kusadasi (Ephesus) – We took the Ancient Ephesus tour which was great … the only thing we noticed was the fact that we were shadowed throughout the tour by groups on the included A Gentle Journey Into the Ancient World tour. Several members of our group commented that they weren’t sure what we were doing that was different but weren’t sure it was worth the cost of the excursion. Another note on the Ephesus/Kusadasi stop … we were, at the end of the tour, taken to an establishment that sold goods that were made by local artisans who were subsidized by the government and apparently recommended by Viking (and a host of other cruise lines) as authentic and of good quality. While we appreciate knowing where good quality products (rather than “made in China” junk), we weren’t in the market for high priced (no matter how high the quality) souvenirs. The people in the shop were very nice but it felt a little high pressure (we were outnumbered two to one!). If they continue to make this stop on the tour(s) keep in mind that it is easy to skip and get back to the ship on your own. The port is across the street from the shop and the ship was easy to see from the place where they have you exit the bus. Chania (Crete) – We did the included tour here and enjoyed it very much. It is a charming town and there was a lot to see. I wish we had had more free time but it was adequate enough for non-shoppers. In Naples we did the Sorrento and Pompeii combination. We did Sorrento first thing in the morning which was a change from the printed itinerary but our guide suggested that traffic along the main road into the city could be problematic later in the day. Sure enough as we were leaving town the traffic into town was horrendous! We enjoyed a relatively quick trip to Pompeii where we had time for a quick piece of pizza before we began our tour. Pompeii was fascinating and we would have liked to have had more time there but we did feel that we got a good overview during our tour. We enjoyed a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice after the tour and enjoyed a lovely drive back to the ship. Another highlight of the trip was the extension Ultimate Italy / Umbria. The castle (yes, we stayed in a freaking castle!!!) was amazing and our guide took good care of us. There were only ten of us on the extension and everyone was friendly and respectful of the schedule and we enjoyed a great deal of friendly and lively conversation during some wonderful meals. The food was terrific! Although we had a crazy early departure time on the day we were to fly home Viking provided a private driver who got us to the airport comfortably and in plenty of time for a pre-flight breakfast. I would absolutely recommend this extension … or the one to Tuscany which we enjoyed last year! Both were awesome … but then of course Italy is awesome, isn’t it? All in all … great cruise, great time! Can’t wait for the next one … summer on the river! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
I saw the December cruise from Rome to Athens advertised in August. It was a good deal so I booked the cruise for my husband and me. We had taken a Viking River Cruise in 2018 and have a Viking Alaska cruise booked for June 2020. Our ... Read More
I saw the December cruise from Rome to Athens advertised in August. It was a good deal so I booked the cruise for my husband and me. We had taken a Viking River Cruise in 2018 and have a Viking Alaska cruise booked for June 2020. Our first ocean cruise was fantastic, despite the fact that we missed the Naples port and our Pompeii excursion due to 65 mph wind and 17 ft seas in Civitavechia. We sailed directly to Sicily on the following morning-definitely the correct decision by our delightful Captain, " a Viking from Norway". The ships are beautifully decorated in clean Norwegian style. The Christmas decorations were beautiful! There is no feeling of being crowded on these ships because there are so many places to "hang out". The staff was fantastic! Service is great in every way and everyone is so genuinely friendly! Our cabin steward, James, saw that my husband uses a C-pap and ordered demonized water for him-without having been asked. We had great service from and great conversations with my husband's favorite bar-tender, Apri, and Margerite, the adorable server who introduced me to a Proscecco and raspberry liqueur drink: Fantastic! And the best part is that Apri is scheduled to be on our Alaska cruise in June! Shore excursions were very good. Tour guides were knowledgeable and spoke good English. The only excursion that disappointed was in Turkey. Not being familiar with the geography, we booked a tour to St. John's Basilica and the Temple of Artemis-not realizing they are outside of the ancient city of Ephesus, so we did not visit Ephesus. Also the last step of the tour w a s to a carpet store, where the sales people were very high pressured! Food was good. Manfredi's and the Chef's Table were very good. I had one of the best burgers I've ever had at the pool grill. I did not think the choices in The Restaurant were as good as on the River Cruise. You could always have steak, but I usually prefer the Regional offerings. Entertainment was fine. We became groupies for Mark, who went entertained in the lounges. The Viking band was very talented and the four young entertainers that did the Abba and Beatles shows were great. I'm not into casinos and lots of shows, so the entertainment was great to me. I liked the port talks before dinner each night on the River cruises better. The Times varied for them on the ocean cruise. The his experts talks were good. There were no lines at demarcation. Going through security leaving and returning to the ship was easy. Again, there were no lines. We love Viking so much that we don't consider taking other cruise lines. Since returning, we have booked a Viking cruise to Australia and New Zealand in January 2021, so we are now eagerly anticipating two cruises. We are also planning to take another Viking River cruise within the next two years. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
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
We had gone on a Viking River Cruise and decided to try Viking Ocean (great reviews and an itinerary we liked). We had 3 generations (youngest was 19) and there were no complaints from anyone. We usually went on different shore excursions ... Read More
We had gone on a Viking River Cruise and decided to try Viking Ocean (great reviews and an itinerary we liked). We had 3 generations (youngest was 19) and there were no complaints from anyone. We usually went on different shore excursions and all (except for one) were excellent. We had 3 cabins and they fixed the balconies so they could be connected - great place to "hang out" before dinner. The World Café was outstanding as was Manfredi's. The ship was well-designed and never felt crowded. Loved being able to watch in our cabin the descriptions of the next day's shore excursions. Aside from some of the Port Talks which were excellent, the Team Trivia activity which was lots of fun, and the Afternoon Tea which was well attended and a nice later afternoon break, we didn't see much of the entertainment - too tired from all of the days shore excursions. After dinner we spent a leisurely evening on our balcony. The staff in all venues was outstanding and they seemed to enjoy their jobs. We did the pre-tour extension in Venice and loved Viking's choice of hotel (Hilton Molino Stucky). I felt like everything from start to finish was very well organized. Embarkation and disembarkation went exceptionally smoothly - don't know how they managed to do the latter so well. We also used Viking Air Plus. I did this not because it was the best price (didn't do research, it may have been), but because I was concerned by strikes or problems beyond our control. I wanted to have a large company behind any problems and not just me. It turned out that there actually was a problem and Viking took care of it. Glad I made that choice! Read Less
Sail Date July 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 chose this cruise to see some new countries and some areas that are more difficult to get to than be sea. The ship was immaculate and the food and staff outstanding. This was our first time on a Viking Ocean ship and we enjoyed the ... Read More
We chose this cruise to see some new countries and some areas that are more difficult to get to than be sea. The ship was immaculate and the food and staff outstanding. This was our first time on a Viking Ocean ship and we enjoyed the having a LOT more options or locations for socializing with our group or on our own. This gives you time to skip a day on the cruise and just relax while finding plenty of time and space to work out, have a meal on your schedule, or find a quiet place to read and just watch the scenery wherever you are docked. We purchase the silver spirits package and pay for gratuities ahead of time. This makes it truly "all inclusive" and we never think about how much our bill is going to be at the end of the cruise. The spa treatments are excellent but very expensive - though not out of range for what you'd pay at an upscale hotel. Compared to what you'd expect to pay at home in your own town, the cost is double. Gratuities for the spa staff are not included as part of the pre-paid gratuities (didn't expect them to be) so factor that on top of the cost too. The fitness room is a little small but since most people head out on the tours, you can find time to work out. They have a small work out area outside on the forward deck that is not maintained as well (probably because it is exposed). One thing that is disappointing about the ship design is that there is no deck that you can simply walk circles around like a running track to get a longer walk. You have to navigate stairs (or elevator) to make the loop. Food on the ship was excellent and we were able to get more reservations at the Chef's Table and Manafredis after we boarded by constantly checking back as people change their plans regularly. The menu at the Chef's Table changes regularly and many people did not care for the "adventurous" items on the menu (it's a set menu). I think this is more of a demographic issue around the passengers and many prefer more "traditional" menu fare. The wine selection as part of the Silver Spirit Package was better (and worth it) than the included selection but not as nice as the River Cruises. On the River Cruise it seemed to be exceptionally rare that bottle of wine or drink was not included in the Silver Spirits Packages. On the Ocean Cruise, this is not the case. There were still many wines and high end liquors that were above the price-point of the Spirit package This was not an issue for us as we don't typically drink that at home but be aware. The staff was outstanding and accommodating. We ordered room service for breakfast frequently and enjoyed t on our veranda. Our room was made up quickly and was always immaculate and comfortable. Yes, the heated floor in the bathroom is awesome. The rest of the ship was also exceptionally well maintained. Read Less
Sail Date May 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
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 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
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 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
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 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
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
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
Viking Star Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabin 5.0 N/A
Dining 5.0 4.7
Entertainment 3.0 4.1
Public Rooms 5.0 4.8
Fitness & Recreation 5.0 N/A
Family 1.0 4.3
Shore Excursions 4.0 N/A
Enrichment Activities 4.0 N/A
Service 5.0 4.8
Value for Money 5.0 N/A

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