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  1. Is anyone onboard now that can expand on the mechanical issues with Star that caused Santiago port stop to be cancelled? I read on another forum that the ship is SLOWLY making it's way back to Miami for repairs. Looking up the history, this is not the first time Star has had mechanical challenges. We are set to sail next week and I am hopeful things will get resolved by then, as well as for those scheduled to sail on Thursday.
  2. cruisegal#116

    Viking Star - Explorer Suite 4120

    We are holding Explorer Suite 4120 on the Viking Star. Has anyone had this Suite and what can you tell us about it. Did you hear any propeller noise? Also it says that Explorer Suites range in size from 757 to 1163 sq. ft. including the veranda. Any estimate on the actual size of this Suite? Any and all information that can be provided would be greatly appreciated.
  3. alexsarasota

    Dinner Reservations on the Star

    We are scheduled on the Cuba trip on 1/3. We are late eaters (after eight). On previous cruises we never made reservations for late dining. Will we need to make reservations at any of the venues?
  4. Homosassa

    Viking Star Horn Battle

    Horn battle with the Vision of the Seas. Horns start at 4:14. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyK4VRwnvQY&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR1UKnepRVuVsJOrrJrJJGoHUcmQBYfjoXE5aHihvJWNjAgezSuMnFSC14w
  5. We learned an hour before tours were set to meet that the Feb. 19 port in Santiago de Cuba was cancelled due to wind. We were very disappointed, especially when Viking felt a game of cornhole was an equitable substitute for the cancelled port. I’ve reached out twice to customer relations with no reply, so perhaps there is something else aside from a bean bag toss they are working out to compensate cruisers, although an acknowledgment of receipt of my messages would be appreciated. Reading through the Cruise Critic forum, it looks like more often than not that not all ports are reached, or there is some last minute change on this Cultural Cuba Cruise. We knew they hadn’t been permitted for a Havana port even though it was on the original itinerary (a major issue for previous cruisers who didn’t know that when they booked), and they had it sorted to Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba. I just read the previous sailing’s Santiago port was cancelled for illness. We are (were?) big fans of Viking, and did the Paris river cruise with few issues in 2015 (other than not being permitted to dock in central Paris, despite the itinerary, which seems to be a Viking pattern, to release an unpermitted itinerary), and no cancelled ports. In fact, we were on the boat when the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks happened and Viking went out of their way to arrange alternative excursions at no cost when we couldn’t enter the locked down city. Has anyone made it to all the ports with an unchanged itinerary on this Cultural Cuba cruise? I’m hesitant to book again with Viking if there are itineraries with routine problems that are only fixed short term rather than with a long term, stable solution. We thought we got a screaming deal (if you can call $2800pp that), but now I’m concerned this is Viking’s ‘problem child’ Cruise and any other offers will be rooted in low customer satisfaction and high dropout due to port changes, resulting in the need to drum up customers.
  6. We have had an incredible journey on the Viking Star. I shall do a review but if anyone has any questions fire away!
  7. SailorJack

    Viking Star Photo

    I thought you might enjoy a photo of the Viking Star as it was docked in Stavenger, Norway. I had tried to book this cruise, but it was fully booked. I was on the Serenade of the Seas - which had an almost identical itinerary. I was quite surprised to see how identical when we docked right next to the Star.
  8. suspaul

    Viking Star Cabin 7000

    Hi, we've just booked this cabin on a 2017 Med/Adriatic cruise. We've done 8 Viking river cruises but this will be our first Oceans cruise with Viking. Very excited. Cabins seems to be limited and just curious if anyone has had this particular cabin prior? Should we be concerned by noise from the Explorers Club? Thanks in advance for any info you can pass along. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  9. jamscckmc

    Viking Star Muster

    Does Viking Star do inside or outside muster drill? Thanks!
  10. CretaMed88

    Viking Star at Piraeus

    Her first call at Piraeus for 2016 on 24th March 0-7mnnkLh7E
  11. Kruzkrazy

    No World Series on Viking Star!

    The Series is not being shown at any venue on the ship even though the big screen by the pool would be perfect. Can't even get it on stateroom TV. This is a major disappointment. What are they thinking? Can VO really be so out of touch with their own customers?
  12. We would love to hear some real time reviews from fellow cruisers on the Cultural Cuba trip. We are going to be on the same cruise on the 15th and cannot wait. Thanks.
  13. Hi, When they refer to a ‘collard shirt’ for men does this include Polo shirts? With regard to the spa, do they have nail salon that provides a gel polish infill service? Thanks ( I received my pre cruise pack yesterday and I don’t know if I’m excited or having a little panic ! )
  14. Trip leaving La. on 12/13, will be at sea many days, anyone interested in playing social bridge during those days? let me know, my wife and I play. Applefritter1
  15. Hello, I was wondering if anyone can explain to me what kind of entertainment/music or shows they do aboard the Viking Star. What they are scheduled like and how many different band/acts they have on board. Thank you for any information!
  16. My daughter and I are back home after a wonderful trip on Viking’s Star! It was our 2nd Viking Ocean cruise but our 10th trip with Viking overall. We booked using Viking Air. The flight out of Chicago (United) went well and although our connection was tight in Newark we made the flight without having to run (I always forget how spread out EWR is!). We landed in Barcelona at 9:00 AM and were promptly whisked off to the hotel by the very efficient and almost overly-solicitous transfer team. We booked the pre-extension in Barcelona to give us a chance to see more of the city and rest a little before the cruise. The hotel was nice and very well located for our plans ... and our room was ready! Fortunately my daughter did her homework and carefully planned our itinerary for Barcelona which included procuring entry tickets to The Palau de la Música Catalana, Casa Batllo, Sagrada Familia, and booking a lovely walking food tour in the gothic quarter for our second day. Barcelona was a very busy place and we might have missed these wonderful sights or had to spend hours in line waiting to do so. We made our way around navigating the Metro system (we love to use a city’s metro system whenever we can!) and found it an efficient and easy way to get around town. After a couple of whirlwind days we were picked up at our hotel early on the morning on the 28th. We toured a bit more of Barcelona as we headed toward the ship. The check-inprocess was quick and efficient and before we knew it we were onboard! The buffet was set up for lunch and although things were busy, the service was great and the food delicious and plentiful. Our room was ready promptly at 1:00 PM as promised and we quickly settled into our stateroom (PV), met our steward(s),and did a little exploring. As it was our second cruise on the Star we were familiar with the layout of the ship but there were still things to discover. The ship is beautiful and nicely laid out. As many have stated it never feels crowded and there are so many lovely little nooks in which to settle down with a good book … or a little nap! The service is exemplary and as my daughter noted … does anyone ever say “No”? We had dinner in the Chef’s Table the first night and again several nights later. We only booked one reservation at Manfredi’s … it is very nice but not our favorite. We enjoy the buffet at breakfast and lunch but prefer the restaurant for a more relaxing and quiet dinner. The food was consistently great in all of the venues and the service was excellent. We always enjoy the service on both the river and ocean vessels … “white glove” without pretention! We selected a mix of included and optional excursions this time and enjoyed most of them quite well. We took the included tours in both St. Tropez and Monaco. They were both nice and we finally had a chance to experience tendering in St. Tropez … here again Viking managed the task with great efficiency. We took the combination “Best of Barcelona” tour which included the Abbey in Monserrat and some city highlights in Barcelona proper. We were especially interested in Park Guell which was included in this tour. It was a nice tour and a full day … we returned to the ship tired but fortunately had a little time to rest up before dinner. From Marseilles we opted for the Aix en Provence tour and loved it! We had a nice tour of the town center and enough free time to enjoy some leisurely exploring of the Christmas market which was still in full swing. Once we got to Livorno we opted for the “Merenda and Wine Tasting” and the tour of the Marble Quarry in Carrera. The Merenda excursion was great! It was lively, interactiveand included lots of wine and snacking! The tour guides were awesome and the group we toured with was a lot off un. The marble quarry was interesting but not for the faint of heart. The trip up to the quarry was a white knuckle one on a steep, winding road … of course there were few guard rails in place! Once we reached the quarry we moved to four wheel drive vehicles which we rode to the highest points in the quarry proper. The ride was another wild one on steep, one lane switchbacks; most unpaved. It was a rainy day so the “roadway” was muddy and there was some slipping and sliding that had even the most stalwart of the group chewing their nails. The tour was interesting and might have been easier on the nerves had the day been dry and sunny but we all survived and were treated to a wonderful “snack” of open faced sandwiches and wine upon our return to “terra firma”. I could have used the wine before the tour! After the cruise we participated in the“Ultimate Italy” extension. It was by far the best extension we have done with Viking and a real highlight of this trip! We have done more than ten with our various trips and this one outshined them all! We stayed at villa in the “country” that was stunning! The rooms were all different … a lot of time was spent playing “come look at my room” before a wonderful dinner that was rustic, obviously fresh and homemade and absolutely delicious! Our two days were full with tours of Florence,Siena, San Gimignano. We had lunch at a restaurant in Florence (delicious) and a lovely farmhouse between Siena and SanGimignano (outstanding!). All meals were included and I certainly know now why people fall in love with Tuscany. Our tour escort was wonderful and catered to our every need. Several individuals in our group struggled with mobility and Emanuela spent a great deal of time and effort making sure that they were accommodated … not an easy feat in some of those medieval towns! The group we travelled with was great too! Everyone was friendly, polite, and respected time tables and assisted one another along the way! Sometimes that group dynamic can make or break a tour. All in all it was a wonderful trip! We are back to reality … and a boat-load of laundry! Getting ready to plan for our next trip this summer … the British Isles (with Viking, of course)! And the one after that which we booked while onboard … we will continue the Mediterranean theme with the Southern Mediterranean Discovery … same time next year! :D
  17. Haven't seen a roll call for this cruise. It will be our first one and excited to meet and mingle!
  18. Its our 4th day into cruise and we are in Malaga. We had 2 nights in Barcelona before the cruise. This was our first time so we walked the city for many hours. Sagrada is must to see. We bought our tickets in advance and passed security in no time. We had 4 pm guided tour. Someone from this forum advised to see Sagrada in afternoon to see how Beautiful it is when the sun hits the stained windows. It WAS something magical! I would also suggest to see Palau de la Musica. It’s very unusual and beautiful and airy. We also visited Mercat de Santa Caterina. There were so many goodies :) we bought 4 kinds of ham plus a few kinds of different cold cuts, fantastic mini baguettes. veggie, etc :eek: but boy all of them were very delicious! There were many cafes and restaurants there - inside and outside. Boarding took 10 min and while we had lunch our room was ready. We were so tired from all walking that we overslept next morning and missed our excursion. We talked with very nice couple from Australia and they told us that we didn’t miss anything. They were disappointed. Our excursion in Cartagena was mostly bus but had some walking as well. We passed very depressing area of former mines but the story behind it was very interesting. Our guide Estella was very good and had great sense of humor. We’ve been in Granada so we took included excursion in Malaga which was pretty good to. All these days were sunny and it is hot now. The food is very good and SS package wine list extensive with very good wines so we are happy :) Anything you want to know? Ask away
  19. I’m considering trying Viking. I’m a regular on Seabourn. I see that Viking Star was the first ship, and I’m looking at a cruise on that. But, sometimes, the first ship isn’t the best ship when it comes to amenities, equipment, design, etc. While I know that most of the Ocean fleet is supposed to be the same, were I to travel on one of the newer ships, have they “corrected” a number of design and outfitting items as they have moved along? I managed to catch a video of one of the large suites on the Star. Then, on the Sky, it looked better equipped, nicer finishes, etc. I’m interested in feedback. So, does the Star feel old and tired compared to the newer ones?
  20. DuskDawn

    Viking Star January 10, 2019

    First Viking Cruise...and very excited about going to Cuba. Does anyone have any tips?
  21. bernphotos

    Viking Star Table Tennis

    Does anybody know if there are table tennis tables on board the Star. I play at home and like to meet up with people and play on holiday. If there is a table, is it inside or outside? (It’s not an outdoor sport!)
  22. Just starting this thread hoping that others will help tell about our journey. We are on the pre-cruise Oslo extension. Note: I am challenged with a non-keyboard device so we'll see if I can keep this going. Sorry to say I was a little disappointed with the start of this extension ... upon arrival, after a day of travel with little sleep, our host tells us that we have to put our suitcases out by 8pm as our luggage will go to Bergen ahead of us. Our walking tour starts at 8:30am and ends at the train station, so only carry a small bag. I wasn't mentally ready to deal with this. Not the relaxing start to my trip that I had hoped for, but trying to just "go with the flow" the best I can! Basic walking and sight seeing yesterday around Oslo - City Hall, Royal Palace and park, National Museum... hope to post more as we go. I hope others will join in!
  23. Looking for fellow passengers on 7/18/2019 sailing on the Viking Star.
  24. Looking for fellow passengers for 8-29-2019 cruise....
  25. Some feedback on excursions for the Into The Midnight Sun cruise. 1. Breathtaking Fjords in Geiranger was outstanding! So very glad we booked this. That being said - we have had unbelievable weather. Sunny, hot with not a cloud in the sky. Our views were amazing. 2. The Troll road (can’t remember the exact name but it was the $279 one out of Molde.) BIG disappointment. The waterfalls were beautiful but not worth an 8 hour bus drive or the cost. The included lunch was almost inedible. We had had a very clear day so our views were great. Can’t imagine spending 8 hours on a bus without the at least seeing some of the views. We would not recommend this excursion but I am interested to see what others thought. That is are all we’ve done so far. Sea day tomorrow. The ship is wonderful and we are thoroughly enjoying this cruise even with a dud excursion. [emoji3] Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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