26 Viking Ocean Viking Star Group and Theme Cruise Reviews

Have traveled with Viking on a River Cruise in 2015. Best ever- and this Ocean Cruise was fantastic as well. We extended our trip by two days before embarking and two days after the cruise ended. Everything went smoothly. Having the ... Read More
Have traveled with Viking on a River Cruise in 2015. Best ever- and this Ocean Cruise was fantastic as well. We extended our trip by two days before embarking and two days after the cruise ended. Everything went smoothly. Having the Viking personnel arrange our air flights, connections, and stays before and after the cruise made the experience all the better.The crew, stateroom, food and entertainment were all excellent. All of the excursions were well planned and enriching. We had the best possible tour guides and the process and organization of the excursions was terrific. The food at each of the restaurants was excellent and the staff made us feel welcomed no matter where we went to eat. The cabin staff were friendly and made our stay almost like being at home. We have nothing but the best reviews of our trip and would gladly travel with Viking again soon. Thank you Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Wonderful cruise. Great staff, great food, excellent wines, good excursions, well-informed guides. All good except they cancelled the Santiago de Cuba stopover at the last minute, claiming that they might be able to get into the Santiago ... Read More
Wonderful cruise. Great staff, great food, excellent wines, good excursions, well-informed guides. All good except they cancelled the Santiago de Cuba stopover at the last minute, claiming that they might be able to get into the Santiago bay, but not get out due to "winds".... Well, we were not convinced. Viking did provide a $500 credit we can apply to a future cruise, but you know what, what if we redo the Cuba cruise and they again cancel Santiago, which we really wanted to see? What's the point then? Viking should get more serious about its stopovers because it was a deciding factor in our choice of this cruise. And if Viking can't keep to its itinerary, why bother. On the plus side, the staff of the boat was truly lovely, the food truly delicious, the indoor spa great and luxurious. The ship was the right size - not too big, not too small, blissfully free of casino and photographers. We enjoyed the promenade deck. It was possible to do a mile or so on it every day, which we really liked. Excursions were well organized, informative and fun, with enough free time to do a little shopping/exploring on our own. Guides were well-informed and pleasant, without overdoing it. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
First Viking Cruise, my wife and I enjoyed it immensely. Good staff, very engaged and aware of customer needs. Lots of attention to detail like constantly refreshing buffet offerings in World Cafe. The "all in" policy on tips, ... Read More
First Viking Cruise, my wife and I enjoyed it immensely. Good staff, very engaged and aware of customer needs. Lots of attention to detail like constantly refreshing buffet offerings in World Cafe. The "all in" policy on tips, free mini-bar etc was nice. The Port Talks were excellent, and gave a good idea of what to expect. The talk and slides on the antique cars was great. How do the Cubans maintain 60 year old cars, and get simple things like oil filters. All answered. Talks on politics, on the cities to be visited, etc. Room 6031 was clean, and perfectly fine for a short cruise. The lack of drawer storage was notable,so we threw the hair dryer, shoe shine pack, etc into the closet to create more space. Dining was fine. We had dinner in Manfredi's, and at the Chef's Table, as well as in the World Cafe. The wine selection was OK, the (free) base wines ranged from good down to swill. Beer was fine with a good range of European choices. Several special nights with pig roasts out on the aft deck, seafood spectacular, etc. All were done well. Full breakfasts were available, with alcohol for those who wanted it. The excursions are a work in progress. Cuba doesn't have a lot of experience in tourism, and more remote places like Cienfuegos and Santiago are behind the curve. That's to be expected. On four excursions, we had two superb guides, one OK, and one awful. I'm not sure how much control Viking has over the tour operators (I only saw one provider in both places). In one case, we were expected to walk through knee high grass, down a washed out culvert to see a lake. And back up via another route. Older people had trouble other , people were concerned about ticks in the grass. Another guide engaged us in a forced march, so we could spend a whole half hour in yet another a rum / cigar shop. The third in four excursions. Several people had trouble with the pace. There was a lot of overlap, as we received the Cienfuegos city park talk twice, from two different guides. It was interesting what they chose to emphasize. Some guides were great, and the excursions provided a great window into a lovely country. Hard working people, horse drawn carts, street musicians, vivid colors, wonderful sunsets. I had the opportunity to walk by myself through the mercado and beyond after one excursion ended. The guide had received 30 people, and delivered 30 people back to the dock. After that, I walked off on my own. About a two mile walk. Friendly people selling wood carvings, hats, gourds, etc. Didn't feel the least bit threatened. The neighborhoods looked a little more worn than those traversed by the tour buses, but it seemed more real. Street musicians, very lively areas. I speak a little Spanish, and did fine. The US government requires that the trip address certain people to people needs. So, we saw an honors arts school, with young children demonstrating high levels of musical proficiency. And visited the adjacent painting studio where the instructors displayed their work, most in support of the revolution. For sale, too. Other schools visible on our trip did not appear to have the same level of maintenance or exterior paint. But, all kids wear uniforms, and those we met were exceptionally polite. I'd go back to either Cienfuegos or Santiago de Cuba in an instant, and I will. But, I know it will be different, just like it was different five years ago. A government patrol boat sat near our ship in both ports. In Santiago, the ship was required to anchor about 30 minutes outside the main harbor, making a long tender ride Practical notes: I tipped guides, taxi drivers, etc in all of US dollars, Cuban convertible pesos, and Euro. They were grateful for the tips, it's a big part of their income. The government takes a cut off the conversion of all US$ to Cuban currency, so most preferred the Euro We departed Santiago de Cuba in the late afternoon, bound for Miami. A day at sea, and a 6am arrival in Miami. Customs doesn't report for work until 7am, so it was 7.15 before the first people were processed. Everyone was required to be out of their cabins by 8am, and off the ship by 9am. I would have liked a few more hours in Santiago de Cuba, and an hour more sleep in Miami. This is not a child friendly cruise. No kids activities, and most excursions were adult level. Not too much partying, the average age was probably mid-60s. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Excellent cruise. Good value for money. Great way to see Cuba and get a feel for the culture. Excellent food and service. We loved the excursion to Havana and especially the ride thru the city in the old 1950's era cars. That was the ... Read More
Excellent cruise. Good value for money. Great way to see Cuba and get a feel for the culture. Excellent food and service. We loved the excursion to Havana and especially the ride thru the city in the old 1950's era cars. That was the highlight of the trip for me. The staterooms were spacious with plenty of room for all our clothes. The entertainment was extremely good as well. Our only disappointment was with the amount and timing of the dancing available to us. Would have liked more Latin/ Cuban music. Hopefully in the near future the cruise line will have a Havana terminal in order to avoid the 3 hour bus ride from Cienfuegos. The hotel in Havana was 4 star and had an excellent breakfast. The onboarding lectures were extremely interesting, especially the lecture on Havana cars and also the Cuban Missile Crisis. Expect to gains some weight with all the great food. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Travelled in a group of 12 and we all were exceptionally pleased! Group included first time cruisers and seasoned cruisers. Exemplary food, service and off-shore tours! Staff is superb in their professionalism and service,always with a ... Read More
Travelled in a group of 12 and we all were exceptionally pleased! Group included first time cruisers and seasoned cruisers. Exemplary food, service and off-shore tours! Staff is superb in their professionalism and service,always with a friendly smile! Staff Attention to detail is amazing! Staff can remember you name, cabin and details about your preferences. Off shore excursions are excellent. We did upgrade some of our tours and they were with the extra expense. The pre-destination informative sessions were very helpful before each port. We have been on many cruises and Viking’s food exceeded expectations. Wine parring was fabulous. If we ate off ship food schedule, sometimes it was difficult to find a food option when returning to the ship after a tour. Down side is the main entertainment. Same performers with different themes every nite led us to retire to our rooms too early. Ship was always very clean no matter what time of day and in all weather conditions. When crew had to scramble to change a port due to bad weather, the result was very organized and a positive experience. Already have another cruise scheduled! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
This cruise: The Viking Homeland's offered many ports of call throughout Northern Europe. My husband and I have always wanted to visit this area. It was our opinion, THIS cruise must be among the most popular for all cruise ... Read More
This cruise: The Viking Homeland's offered many ports of call throughout Northern Europe. My husband and I have always wanted to visit this area. It was our opinion, THIS cruise must be among the most popular for all cruise lines as was witnessed by the large number of cruise/passenger ships we saw at sea and in ports. The experiences we encountered both on board ship and shore excursions offered inspiring sights, breath taking views filled with enormous amounts of historical and cultural wonders. We enjoyed fabulous dinning experiences in the Manfredi's Restaurant, as we ate there often. We were served some of the best food we've ever eaten, anywhere. As for service on board ship and in Manfredi's, was amazing and made for an awesome Cruise from start to finish. Three ports amongst our favorites were Tallinn, Estonia, Berlin, Germany and Eidfjord, Norway. I would highly recommend this cruise to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Had an Interest in the area that the cruise covered, Iceland, Norway, Shetland Islands, Orkney Island, Edinburgh, Scotland, England..Had done a previous Viking River Cruise and was impressed with the accommodations and the service so ... Read More
Had an Interest in the area that the cruise covered, Iceland, Norway, Shetland Islands, Orkney Island, Edinburgh, Scotland, England..Had done a previous Viking River Cruise and was impressed with the accommodations and the service so decided to try an ocean cruise with Viking. Really enjoyed the pre cruise option of several days stay with included tours in Iceland. The Geysir hot springs and the Blue Lagoon were some of the places along with the Golden Circle Tour. Great and knowledgeable land guide in Iceland. The staff on board ship were very friendly and helpful, always greeting you with a smile and asking if you needed anything. The ship is very clean and well maintained. The food options were varied with choices for every taste. They accommodated my husband special diet without any fuss or extra work on our part. Wine, if you wished to have it, was included at dinner at no extra cost. The cabin was comfortable with a small sitting area with two chairs and a coffee table and a outside veranda. Our refrigerator was refilled daily with our selection of beverages.Liked the heated bathroom Floor and the king size very comfy bed. There was an included tour in every port but there were also optional tours available. Found all of the tours guides very knowledgeable of the area of the tour. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
This was our second Viking Star cruise, first the Inagural year Venice to Istanbul. We arrived in Athens three days early an toured on our own. Once we boarded the Star, we felt we had arrived home. The most welcoming part was several of ... Read More
This was our second Viking Star cruise, first the Inagural year Venice to Istanbul. We arrived in Athens three days early an toured on our own. Once we boarded the Star, we felt we had arrived home. The most welcoming part was several of the bartenders remembered us from two years prior. When you are addressed as Mr. Lang and welcome back, that was it, this was going to be a great trip. Tours— Highly recommend Mykonos by 4X4 vechicle trip, Nazareth & Sea of Galilee Shore Excursion, and last and most memorable From Naples The Vistas & Villages of the Amalfi Coast Shore Excursion. The last one stops in Sorento shipping and Delightful 3 Star restaurant lunch. The road trip along the coast were as advertised most scenic, I finally got the Amalfi Coast off my bucket list after 3 prior visits. Food— My favorite Restaurant is Manfredi’s, memorable fine dining, Chef’s Table was disappointing both trips, the Restaurant is better. My breakfast and late night treat was Mamsen’s in the Explorer Lounge on Deck 7. Interesting note the Executive Chef David McDonald is the only cruise chef I have ever seen throughout the ship we’re food is served- “inspecting the troops”, so to speak, everyday. He has the time to talk to guests- a mark of a true professional. Future bookings and discounts were not available on this cruise because of the official reservations agents departure, a letter was given to some Explorer Members to use this code. I missed the window due to health issues, but will try now on an Amazon Cruise in December 2019. The staff in all corners of the ship were very professional, I believe this is due in part to the original crew who set and maintain a high standard for all new members. All in all Viking out got it right, I hope this experience is transferred the new Ocean ships coming on line. Last — This is not a family cruise for younger folks, I believe as it was modeled this way. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
This was our first cruise and a retirement dream trip. We chose Viking because of their high ratings and the fact that most everything was included. About 5 days into a 14 day cruise my husband became very ill along with several others. ... Read More
This was our first cruise and a retirement dream trip. We chose Viking because of their high ratings and the fact that most everything was included. About 5 days into a 14 day cruise my husband became very ill along with several others. At least 2 ( that we know of) were taken off the ship,and hospitalized in the closest locations. My husband was cleared to travel home but it took about a week for him to fully recover. Two days after we got home, we got an email that went to all passengers that Legionnaires Disease was identified on this ship. No one personally called us after we made 5 visits to the ship doctor. We still never heard anything more from Viking. Be aware of this situation. My thought would be that we would have at least been given some credit toward another cruise and that a representative would have followed up on my husband's condition. I understand that they could face legal issues but, because of our situation, I would not recommend Viking to anyone. If you go, be aware of all medical situations and have a plan with your family if Viking leaves you in a foreign hospital. I have kept all medical papers and am in the process of,dealing with insurance companies. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
The Homeland theme in the Baltic filled our specific desire to learn about family historic geography. As a half-Norwegian half-German guy, I learned more than I expected. In addition, the visit to the Hermitage was astounding. The ... Read More
The Homeland theme in the Baltic filled our specific desire to learn about family historic geography. As a half-Norwegian half-German guy, I learned more than I expected. In addition, the visit to the Hermitage was astounding. The “Gold Room” was particularly enlightening. Thank you Viking fo getting us into the venue earlier than must tourists. Our visit to Gdask, Poland was also a highlight. Survival and rebuilding the heart of the city indicates the ingenuity of people. Very encouraging. The ship’s staff really knew how to move passengers on and off the ship with very few long lines or delays. Nice going. The entertainment program singers and dancers were invigorating, even after a long day of excursions. The music and staging were impeccable. The various restaurants were also excellent. The Chef’s Table was a surprise since we sampled food that I would never order at a regular restaurant. More education! This was the best cruise that we ever experienced with Viking...by far. Next year we expect to cruise the British Isles with Viking. We can hardly wait!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We chose Viking because of the locations of this cruise and the opportunity to visit multiple countries without having to pack and unpack. The location, weather at the time of the year was absolutely perfect. The excursions were enriching ... Read More
We chose Viking because of the locations of this cruise and the opportunity to visit multiple countries without having to pack and unpack. The location, weather at the time of the year was absolutely perfect. The excursions were enriching and enjoyable. We had wanted to visit the Scandinavian countries and Russia and this gave us this opportunity. Viking has such good advertisements on PBS; that helped too! The staff was so attendant to every need. We loved the choices of dining venues and the excellent choices of food that was prepared. The portions were just the right size and being so gave us the opportunity to try many different ones. The on board shows and entertainment were excellent. As I love attention to details, the Viking crew never left one detail unattended too. The checking in and out each day, the train arrangements going into Berlin, the buses for tours, and step-on guides were tops in my opinion. It was all so very well organized! Appreciate Viking having the arrangements for us to not have custom issues in each country. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We were on a group trip (every one or two years) and had plenty of time for socializing with the 13 companions. ("Captains" table at back of dinning room for our large group) as well as the included excursions. These bus trips ... Read More
We were on a group trip (every one or two years) and had plenty of time for socializing with the 13 companions. ("Captains" table at back of dinning room for our large group) as well as the included excursions. These bus trips were adequate but had the usual competition for the locations from the other travelers so did not stand out like some itineraries. The food was good and they even got us in to the specialty locations which have private dining rooms for large groups. Since we are already booked on the same ship for November in the Med I guess I can say we'll be back (just not as a large group). Crew was great and we even found one who was with us last August (different ship). unfortunately we did have to skip the Shetlands stop reportedly due to the heavy winds but we had also been under under a reduced power at the time. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Just returned from our first Ocean Cruise with Viking exploring the West Indies and were very impressed. We chose Viking having been on some of their River Cruises. It was not too big, only 900 passengers and we felt that alternative ... Read More
Just returned from our first Ocean Cruise with Viking exploring the West Indies and were very impressed. We chose Viking having been on some of their River Cruises. It was not too big, only 900 passengers and we felt that alternative cruise ships were not for us. All of the staff we encountered were brilliant, nothing was too much trouble. Wherever we went It never felt crowded as there was so much space around the ship. We ate in all of the restaurants but our favourite was the main Restaurant on Deck 2. As we were in a party of 12 we were given The Captains Table as it was the only table which sat 12, other than the private dining rooms in Manfredi's and The Chefs Table. This meant that we were well looked after by the same attentive staff - Jenny and Paul who were amazing. We had opted for the Silver Spirits Package and our Staterooms included the premium wine selections, which were very good. We found that the food in all of the restaurants was top quality but having enjoyed fantastic service and a fabulous selection of food in the Main Restaurant we were actually disappointed with the food in Manfredi's and at the Chef's Table. Afternoon tea in the Wintergarden was superb, as good as any of the top London hotels. Our favourite places on board were the Atrium where we enjoyed a drink whilst playing Canasta and the Explorers Lounge/Mamsens for the Norwegian smorgasbord. The ship is amazing and they have really paid attention to detail. Whilst there was entertainment it was not too showy and was clearly aimed at the more discerning passenger. If you like dressing up and full on entertainment you might be disappointed. The Spa facilities were excellent. My husband had the deep tissue massage which was good but a little pricey. The included free excursions varied, some were simply coach trips round specific parts of the island, often with shops to browse and very little time to actually explore. Having been on Viking River Cruises where the guided tours are really interesting, we felt that Viking missed a trick and should revisit the itinerary. We know a lot of people on board were disappointed with some of the content. An example of this is a visit to a graveyard when an extended stay at the colourful market which had a lovely atmosphere would have been better in Guadeloupe. Our favourites islands were Barbados, Guadeloupe, St Maarten and St Thomas. My husband opted for two additional options of the Barbados Photographic Adventure and the America's Cup Regatta. He was very disappointed with the photography workshop as he is relatively experienced. However he loved the America's Cup Regatta (in St Maarten) and would definitely recommend that as something not to be missed. Our only gripe (and this also applies to the River Cruises) are the flights. Despite Viking cruises being quite expensive compared to others, their flight planning is appalling!. We left our cruise ship at 8.45 am and got back to London 25 hours later the following day. We went from Heathrow to Miami and then on to San Juan and flew back from San Juan via JFK back to Heathrow, with lots of hanging around at airports. Why - there is a direct flight to San Juan from Gatwick! Will definitely go with Viking again but only on the proviso we have direct flights or make our own arrangements. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Choose this cruise because we winter-over in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, and the cruise embarked from San Juan, which is only a 45 minute plane trip. Arrival at the ship was easy and the check-in procedures were easily ... Read More
Choose this cruise because we winter-over in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, and the cruise embarked from San Juan, which is only a 45 minute plane trip. Arrival at the ship was easy and the check-in procedures were easily completed. The staff at the check-in were very helpful and informative about what was going to occur on the cruise. The ship is beautiful and extremely clean and well-maintained. The ship itself was uncrowded and easy to navigate around the decks. Decks were well-marked and adequate elevators were available for those who wanted to use them. Stateroom (Veranda Penthouse 6th deck) was immaculate and well-stocked with a complete mini bar and beverages as we desired. Fresh drinking water was provided twice daily and turn-down service was nightly. The cabin stewards were friendly and attentive to our needs. Dining, in all venues was outstanding, especially the World Cafe on the 7th Deck, which had an excellent variety of food items with each meal served (gelato was available throughout the day as well as gourmet coffees and teas). We were unable to stop at our first port-call in Road Town due to weather conditions, but all the other stops were on-time and the docking procedures were smooth and coordinated. Tours provided at each port call were basic, well-guided and informative. We especially enjoyed the free time we had in each port to shop and see local attractions near the ports. Would definitely recommend this cruise for people who really are more interested in LEARNING and ENRICHING their knowledge of the sites seen. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We had not been to Scandinavia or the Baltic states and were anxious to go to this area. Viking's ocean cruise there seemed to offer all the places we wanted to go with the luxury of not having to pack and unpack and sail from one ... Read More
We had not been to Scandinavia or the Baltic states and were anxious to go to this area. Viking's ocean cruise there seemed to offer all the places we wanted to go with the luxury of not having to pack and unpack and sail from one location to another while we slept. It was the perfect choice. Loved everything about the trip. The Viking Star was a lovely ship and the staff/crew was outstanding in every way. We had done a Viking river cruise and loved it so that is one reason we chose Viking over other options. The shore excursions were numerous with many options in each location, sometimes hard to decide which one to take. The local guides provided great insight into the region. I wish we could have had more time in St. Petersburg, especially at the Hermitage. There was so much to see and not enough time and we had no control as to the areas we visited in the museum. We had good weather and only one day with rain, which did not hamper or tour or "dampen" the experience. The food was excellent and varied with a nice number of restaurants to chose from. We could chose to have fine dining and linger over the dinner table or we could do a buffet meal quickly to move on to our next activity. There was so many choices on board of things to do we never get to do them all. We were never board. The entertainment while on the Viking Star was outstanding with options varying from the concert pianist, string trio, the ship's band to the performers (singers and dancers). The Aba show was really fun and the digital set state of the art. The young performers were very talented and always put on a superb show. We are already planning out next trip with Viking Ocean and have talked to a number of friends about joining us. (we went with a group of 3 couples) Bravo Viking Star! Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Wanted to see Scandinavia. We enjoyed the cruise, and really liked the size of the ship. The additional tours we took were very enjoyable except for Germany/Berlin. Would have preferred more time in Amsterdam or Helsinki. We have ... Read More
Wanted to see Scandinavia. We enjoyed the cruise, and really liked the size of the ship. The additional tours we took were very enjoyable except for Germany/Berlin. Would have preferred more time in Amsterdam or Helsinki. We have traveled with Viking and are looking forward to our ocean and river cruises we have booked for next year. The rooms and service were very nice. The restaurants were nice, but we didn't enjoy The Chef's Table as much as the other dining venues. The food was very good, but we felt rushed at The Chef's Table; it wasn't a very relaxing experience. The ship as I said was very nicely sized - we do not do the "monster" cruises. It was also very clean and all the staff was very attentive. Our most enjoyable shore excursions were Gdansk, Amsterdam, Stavanger, and Helsinki. We did a number of additional tours and found them all worth the extra we paid, except for Berlin. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Heard so many wonderful things about Viking and the itinerary on this particular cruise was exactly what we are interested in. The ship and our cabin were luxurious! Dining a treat! Now we would like to experience a Viking river cruise ... Read More
Heard so many wonderful things about Viking and the itinerary on this particular cruise was exactly what we are interested in. The ship and our cabin were luxurious! Dining a treat! Now we would like to experience a Viking river cruise in the near future so we are looking at their river cruise itineraries. The Viking Star is a smaller ship. I have sailed out of Port Canaveral several times on various cruise lines(I won't mention any names!) with larger ships. I enjoyed the smaller ship and smaller crowds. The ship itself is beautiful. Our cabin was quite comfortable and our steward, Michael, was a joy and took excellent care of us. I told him I didn't know how I would be able to take care of myself after the cruise! There are several offerings as far as dining. The Chef's Table is particularly fun with the different food and wine pairings. There is Manfredi's if you like Italian. And The Restaurant has just about everything else you could possibly want. We took in a few of the stage shows. The spa is lovely and we enjoyed that several times. I cannot say enough good about the meticulous detail Viking puts into itineraries. Informative programs about destinations are televised and can be accessed in your cabin. Guest speakers(professors, etc.) who have expertise about some of the destinations actually travel on board and give presentations. Maps of all ports are available. We had all local guides at the various destinations who add a personalized touch to what would otherwise be just factual information. We are personally interested in the cultural, historical aspects of the destinations so this cruise was a joy. Due to the unfortunate occurrence in Istanbul our itinerary was changed mid-cruise but I feel Viking did the best they could under the circumstance, and actually managed it quite well with little planning time. We had already decided to stay on a few days in Istanbul by ourselves so when Ancient Troy(bucket list!!!) was added we were thrilled, we knew we would be sailing right past it but had no idea we would get to stop and see it! Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Sailed with Viking before & found their ships to always be excellent. It was a new ship & from all the literature, it appeared to be a first class ship. We weren't disappointed. Stateroom was very roomy & comfortable. All ... Read More
Sailed with Viking before & found their ships to always be excellent. It was a new ship & from all the literature, it appeared to be a first class ship. We weren't disappointed. Stateroom was very roomy & comfortable. All the restaurants were very well appointed with outstanding food. Common areas were very attractive. Shore excursions were excellent in content, places visited & quality of the guides. We've been on about 12 cruises & the Viking Star was the best ever. Also liked relatively low number of passengers. Only disappointment was that the ship failed to set its clocks ahead by one hour for Turkish daylight savings on Sunday, 27 March. This resulted in wakeup calls coming to the staterooms an hour late. We were also disappointed in not seeing Istanbul, but fully understood the reason. Croatia was probably our favorite stop, particularly, Dubrovnik, where we had the excursion of the cruise. My wife had a cyst which erupted while on board. The required several visits to sick bay where she received excellent treatment from a very professional and caring staff. This exceeded our expectations. Had an opportunity to meet the Captain who we found to be very "down to earth", polite and outgoing. The wait staff in every restaurant was top quality, extremely friendly, had a good sense of humor and provided excellent service. This was one our very best cruises ever and we'll be back to Viking again. About the only disappointment was that they just dropped us at the Istanbul Airport without any guidance of what to expect or how to proceed with check-in. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Excellent choice for our 50th wedding anniversary celebration...Barcelona to Barcelona. Lovely antiquities aboard ship. Great accommodations. Would rather not have walked so far to begin excursions. River boats do spoil you for close ... Read More
Excellent choice for our 50th wedding anniversary celebration...Barcelona to Barcelona. Lovely antiquities aboard ship. Great accommodations. Would rather not have walked so far to begin excursions. River boats do spoil you for close accessibility. Crew and staff were more than hospitable and made our voyage a trip to remember. The assortment of excursions was more than expected and the port history, etc. talks outstanding with excellent background information. Viking made our trip memorable from our flight arrangements, transportation, ground travel and terrific, top line entertainment. Our cabin was neatly kept with a fine hostess who made every effort to please us with her pleasant disposition. The TV system was better than expected. Dining was always a pleasure, and the various restaurants, tea areas as well as entertaining music provided was so relaxing and pampering as well as chic. Excellent service. Cannot say enough about the well organized itinerary of our port choices, length of stay and attention to detail. Very impressive from start to finish! Always a pleasant and helpful crew/staff. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
We sailed on this Viking Ocean cruise because of our great experience with Viking River cruise and we were definitely not disappointed. The same comforting, friendly, and expert service was shown on the Ocean cruise. We heard other Viking ... Read More
We sailed on this Viking Ocean cruise because of our great experience with Viking River cruise and we were definitely not disappointed. The same comforting, friendly, and expert service was shown on the Ocean cruise. We heard other Viking River cruise veterans say that they also felt the same regarding their first time on the Viking Ocean cruise. They would certainly return for another Viking Cruise, Ocean or River. The ship's crew, ship's staff, on-shore reps, tour guides and bus drivers were all very friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable in making our vacation a great experience. The inclusive shore excursions were well planned and enjoyable. The optional tours were very interesting and added to the overall travel experience. At our embarkation port of Barcelona, we signed up for the optional Gaudi tour and thoroughly enjoyed it and definitely learned a lot about this person and his beautiful architecture. We also signed up for the Flamenco dinner/show which was excellent and was not to be missed. We opted for the post-cruise stay in Rome and enjoyed the extra days to enjoy the city. We added another Vatican tour to add to the Viking tour we had already taken. Our hotel was in a very nice area and close to transportation and some shopping and restaurants. The hotel was very nice, clean, and comfortable. The staff was also very friendly and helpful. On our departure day, we were picked up by a Viking representative who escorted us to the airport, thru the ticket check-in and to the security check-point. A plus for Viking for sure! Our cabin on the Viking Star was on the Deluxe Veranda deck and was very comfortable and roomy. The bathroom was a very spacious and seemed to be from an on-land hotel room instead of a cruise ship. Our room steward was attentive to our needs and comfort. We weren't able to experience the various dining options aboard the ship but very much enjoyed the dining variety/choices and daily specials at the main dining room. The galley staff, cooks, and servers were friendly and courteous. The food was delicious, plentiful, and tasty. There was always a variety of yummy desserts and scoops of gelato. The Viking Star is beautiful, clean, and well-designed ship that was definitely built for the comfort and convenience of it's vacationing guests. Viking has certainly successfully brought over it's river cruise experience to it's new ocean cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
Absolutely fantastic. We stayed in Istanbul for two days before the cruise on our own and three days in Venice at the end of the cruise. My evaluation would be to tour the Blue Mosque and Sofia Mosque in Istanbul, and spend a few days ... Read More
Absolutely fantastic. We stayed in Istanbul for two days before the cruise on our own and three days in Venice at the end of the cruise. My evaluation would be to tour the Blue Mosque and Sofia Mosque in Istanbul, and spend a few days getting to know Venice at the end of the cruise. Overall we are very pleased with the cruise and the ship. Absolutely and totally perfect in the ship's appearance, on board expectations and entertainment and food, all more than expectations. Also, the staff, especially Marta, as desk and cruise ship liason for rooms and people traffic, she was excellent. Our rooms were more spacious than our former Viking Cruise rooms and of course the room stewards we very attentive. I used room service for late night delivery and that was very efficient. All staff were friendly and took the time to get to know us and tell us about their home town base and when they might travel again. We highly recommend Viking to our friends and family and will travel again with Viking. This was our third cruise, the past, which is our favorite of all, Amsterdam to Budapest, and then China. All so many memories to cherish. Thank you, Viking and staff! Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
We were a group of 6 couples who took advantage of the 2 for 1 deal offered by Viking, cruising the Meditteranean from Venice to Istanbul on the Viking Star. For most of us, it was a first cruise on a smaller ship and we were not sure what ... Read More
We were a group of 6 couples who took advantage of the 2 for 1 deal offered by Viking, cruising the Meditteranean from Venice to Istanbul on the Viking Star. For most of us, it was a first cruise on a smaller ship and we were not sure what to expect. The Star's crew and the ship itself met and exceeded our expectations. The ship is state of the art in its technology and appointments. From the consistent wifi on board to the clear, concise updates of all our daily activities to be found on our personal accounts, to the beautiful computer graphics of varied Viking journeys to be found on the coffee tables in the stunning atrium, the ship is first class all the way. The staff and crew were solicitous, courteous and took care of any requests we had expeditiously. For example, when we requested a special meal to be prepared for us to celebrate a festival, they not only obliged but outdid themselves in the thought and care they put into its preparation. Dining options were plentiful, with several restaurants and cafe's offering varied options. Shore excursions were timely, informative and varied. Since the ship docked early in the morning and was in port most of the day, there was ample time to do one or sometimes two excursions per day. The theater, jazz club and atrium offered fun music and dance presentations performed by energetic youngsters who got everyone energized as well! Both the embarkation and disembarkation process was seamless and easy. The crew and staff took care of the luggage and registration procedures were quick and painless. Room for improvement? Of course! The exercise facilities could be larger, more vegetarian food options could be offered and the high tea service could have expanded space and hours. However, overall this cruise was the best that we have taken thus far and an excellent value for the money. We have been strongly recommending it to all our friends. Thank you Viking Star staff and crew, for a wonderful and memorable 9 days! Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
We have been on three Viking river cruises, thought the Med cruise and Viking Star was worth a try, even though we thought the ship would be too big for us. It was wonderful! Great food, great tours, beautiful cities, awesome staff, ... Read More
We have been on three Viking river cruises, thought the Med cruise and Viking Star was worth a try, even though we thought the ship would be too big for us. It was wonderful! Great food, great tours, beautiful cities, awesome staff, beautiful and clean cabin. We enjoyed the Star singers and dancers; went to a few of their shows. We ate in the dining room most mornings and evenings but did have a couple if meals at the buffet and the pool grill and Mamsen's. It is a beautiful, comfortable ship. No issues w/ embarking/disembarking. Got from and to the airports safely and w/ plenty of time. We stayed in Venice two nites before embarking. Venice is a beautiful, friendly city. We stayed at the Hilton Molino Stucky on Guidecca and had a beautiful view of the main island of Venice. We had a wonderful meal at a small restaurant o Guidecca. We shopped in Murano, we bought masks at Ca' Macana, ate pizza, drank wine, had a gondola ride, walked everywhere. The vaporettos and water taxis are fun and safe. Not a cruise for children, but we did some late-20's people. It is really more for retired or almost-retired people; in their 50's and older. We will go again, probably September 2017, In the Wake of the Vikings. We also want to do. Portugal river cruise and another France cruise. Seriously, no complaints. We loved all of it! We met a couple our age on our first river cruise in 2011; we have done the others w/ them and will schedule our next cruise w/ them. You will meet wonderful, friendly people! Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
We had taken a river cruise in October and loved it. We thought the Mediterranean Cruise would be just as good we were not disappointed the food, cabin, staff were excellent. The excursions were all well thought out. However a suggestion ... Read More
We had taken a river cruise in October and loved it. We thought the Mediterranean Cruise would be just as good we were not disappointed the food, cabin, staff were excellent. The excursions were all well thought out. However a suggestion would be that at some excursions the time was too short and at other places it was too long a stay. I think this was expressed by others on the excursions even the tour guides . I think that some fine tuning on the excursion time frames for each destination would make things perfect. But all in all it was a trip of a life time for us . We loved the entertainment. The spa grotto was also amazing and refreshing after a days excursion. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
We choose Viking because we had already done the Danube and had a wonderful time. We began with an extended stay in Iceland and ended with an extended stay in Barcelona. The service, hotels, etc were exceptional. We had to intercept the ... Read More
We choose Viking because we had already done the Danube and had a wonderful time. We began with an extended stay in Iceland and ended with an extended stay in Barcelona. The service, hotels, etc were exceptional. We had to intercept the boat in Copenhagen as this new boat had a problem as it was coming from St. Petersberg. Viking not only accommodated us with extra nights in Bergen, flew us to Copenhagen and gave us credit on a future trip so we are headed to France for two weeks with extra nights in Paris. The food was exceptional, especially the Chef's Table. If you like seafood this is the cruise to be on. What impressed us the most is that the boat only housed about 910 passengers We did not want to be on any boat bigger than this. At no time did we feel overwhelmed with the number of passengers. Viking has so impressed us that we are also booked a trip to China and Tibet with them and we are looking into other future trips with Viking as well. Choose your shore excursions carefully. Most were very good, a few we could have probably learned more by ourselves but since we had not been to these cities before we definitely got a good introduction to the history and sights. Entertainment and various talks were great. We were disappointed with the "flamenco" dancers; wee saw better dancers in the courtyards on shore. Personally I was glad to see that there was a "Friends of Bill" meeting on board but they could have had one meeting a week instead of one every two weeks especially on a long ocean cruise. For me it was not an issue but for one passenger who was traveling with several friends who drank a lot, she definitely needed someone to talk to. Perhaps there could be some other way for recovering people to identify themselves to each other. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Viking Star Ratings
Category Editor Member
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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