Viking Cruises' Viking Star Cruise Ship Review
by Raye & Marty Trencher
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Viking Cruises' Viking Star is unlike most ocean
going cruise ships. It's beautiful, with understated
elegance built around modern Scandinavian décor and
design. We have cruised (Viking IDI - 11/2015) on
one of Viking River Cruises Longships, and felt
right at home on Viking Star.
You'll find excellent service,
and a friendly staff. The same ambiance, service and
style distinguish Viking Star from other cruise
ships. Viking Star’s clean lines, light woods,
create a calming tranquil effect from the serene
Wintergarden, perfect for a calming cup of tea; to
the Scandinavian-inspired Spa, a Nordic sanctuary of
The Main Pool has a
retractable roof, and you'll find such unique
amenities like an infinity-edge pool cantilevered
off the edge of the ship, and a spa complete with a
The ships has many more
"quite-zones" with ample seating for reading,
playing cards, scrabble or just enjoying the company
of fellow passengers.
There's even a Viking heritage
exhibit, and in the stairwell landings, tapestries
depicted the end of the Viking Age in 1066. In the
two-deck Explorers’ Lounge the décor is themed
around ancient Viking trade routes.
The ships' itineraries are
focused on the ports-of-call. Viking Star offers one
complimentary shore excursion in each port of call.
The Quietvox system used for shore excursions on
their river cruises is also found on Viking Star.
Viking Star's Culture
Curriculum, an exclusive onboard program, brings
local culture to life with informative lectures on
history and art; tastings of regional food and
wines; and enriching Destination Performances
featuring folkloric shows and musicians. On included
and optional shore excursions, Viking Star provides
the perfect overview of must-see cultural and
historic highlights, plus delightful surprises.
Fine dining can be found in
The Restaurant, which serves three full meals and
the wide choice of culinary options. Viking Star's
alternative restaurants, the World Café, The Chefs
Table and Manfredi’s Italian Restaurant, serve both
regional specialties and American classics.
All staterooms feature
balconies on Viking Star, and at no charge, there’s
24/7 room service. Staterooms are beautifully
designed, featuring a streamlined Scandinavian
interior, well appointed contemporary comfort for
which Viking is known. Viking Star's well-appointed
ceramic stone bathrooms with Freyja bath amenities
focused on the small details like the radiant
heating in the bathrooms.
There are 464 staterooms, each
with a balcony. Staterooms range from a 270
square-foot veranda to a 760 square-foot Explorer’s
Suite. Each stateroom has ample connections to
charge all your devices.
Viking Star offers
complimentary beer and wine during lunch and dinner;
and WiFi, is free, just as it is on Viking River
Cruises. Viking Star has no casino nor Broadway
style entertainment. It's not a mega-ship. Only 930
Viking Star is a thoughtful,
authentic and well-designed small ship experience
that brings you closer to the world’s cultures.
You will not find casinos,
kids, umbrella drinks or needless distractions.
Instead, Viking Star cruises to intriguing and often
little-known ports, enjoying ample time ashore, many
overnight stays and an included excursion in each
port of call.
If you have sailed on the
larger, mega-sized cruise ships and have felt that
you were nickle-and-dimed at every turn, you'll find
Viking Ocean Cruises refreshing.
Viking believes that you
should not have to open your wallet every time you
want a cup of coffee, a glass of wine or an
excursion ashore. Instead, they have chosen to
provide guests with great value, giving you more for
your money with a cruise fare that includes
everything you need, from meals and beverages to
shore excursions and Wi-Fi. So it comes to no one's
surprise, that Viking was named the #1 Ocean Cruise
Line by Travel + Leisure readers in the World’s Best
Awards 2016, overtaking the spot previously held by
a luxury cruise line for 20 years. The world’s
newest ocean cruise line is now the world’s best
ocean cruise line.
So much is included , the
value cannot be understated. Even the specialty
restaurants where you can dine are at no charge.
Choose Manfredi’s Italian venue or take in a
wine-pairing experience at The Chef’s Table or visit
Mamsen’s, the casual café.
between airports and ship with Viking Air
excursion in every port
Complimentary beer, wine
and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
coffees, teas and bottled water
Complimentary 24-hour room
[except Deluxe Veranda and Veranda staterooms]
Access to top-rated spa
Port taxes and fees
Viking estimates that these
included features offer a value of $203 per person,
Resort casual for your
evenings, and during the day, shorts, and jeans but
limited your swimsuits and workout clothes to the
pool, gym and spa areas. Viking Star passengers can
dress up in the evenings, even though there are no
formal nights. If you want to dine at the World Cafe
buffet, daytime wear is acceptable. Onboard currency
is the U.S. dollar. A daily gratuity is $14 per
person, per day is automatically added to your
onboard account, settled at the end of your cruise.
An automatic 15 percent tip is applied to all bar
This cruise line that doesn't
"do" sea days. Viking's priority is creating a
destination-intensive experience for its passengers.
For the most part, there are no days at sea at all
(except for repositioning voyages, holidays etc.). A
choice of free included sightseeing tours in every
port; and for an extra cost, other shore excursions
option are also available. On port days, all most
all passengers are out exploring. The few that stay
onboard have the ship practically all to themselves.
There's not a lot of nightlife onboard ( no big
production stage shows ) because its ships stay
late, or overnight in ports-of-call.
Who is likely
to sail on Viking Star?
Viking Ocean Cruises’ will
appeal to 55+ travelers, who are affluent, like
exploring each destination's food, culture, people
and customs. Note: no children are allowed on board.
Viking has announced plans for a total of six ocean
ships. By 2019, Viking will have all new 930
passenger ships, including Viking Star, built in
2015; Viking Sea, built in 2016; Viking Sky and
Viking Sun, debut February and October of 2017, and
Viking Spirit, in June 2018; and an unnamed, sixth
ship coming in March 2019.
If you have cruised with
Viking before, you'll love this ship. And if your
new to Viking, the experience is well worth it.
If you prefer an elegant,
serene ship ambiance, more time in each port and an
inclusive experience complete with exquisite dining
and thoughtfully curated shore excursions, the
world’s best ocean cruise line was created for you.
On a Viking Ocean Cruise, you
can choose to sail through Scandinavia, the Baltic,
the Mediterranean, the Caribbean. Even port calls in
Overall, we like what we saw.