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We did not do any excursions (neither included, nor optional).

Honestly, well do the included tours for the South American/caribbean tour in February, I just want to hang by the ship pool and listen to music and just relax

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I'm in total agreement with some earlier posts that this has been an excellent thread in review of Viking. Ronbe65 you did a wonderful job and many of us do appreciate the time and effort that goes into a report such as yours. Not to say that I totally agree with some of your points. But I do understand where you are coming from. As for my wife and I, we love the Viking oceans ships and have been on the Star twice and have a booking for the Spirit (I believe).

 

But I did want to say that this has been one of the best threads I've read regarding a review of Viking Ocean.

 

Just my $.02

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A standard balcony:

 

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Storage space is quite limited in the standard balcony cabins (all "Veranda" categories).

 

Very nice cabins overall (with beautifully designed bathrooms).

 

We noticed lack of life jackets in cabins on the Vikins Star.

Although they are provided on muster stations, common sense says that life jackets must be in every cabin.

I am sure that Viking Cruises are compliant with current regulations... but what are regulations?

Safety equipment on the Titanic was in compliance (even surpassed!) with regulations of that time.

So... life jackets must be in every cabin on a cruise ship. Period.

Without life jackets, people are "smaller" as they through narrow halls and staircases to reach a muster station. Need the jackets when cast adrift to the elements, not inside the ship. Others have mentioned heading back to cabin first, before heading for muster.

 

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Ditto on all the compliments on this thread. Awesome job, Ronbe65! Your photos helped convey the beauty of the ship (as well as a few mis-steps).

 

The Viking Star seems to be the polar opposite of the Regent Explorer ('most luxurious ship ever built ...'), which we recently cruised on. Dark wood/extensive marble vs. light/airy. While no ship gets it 100% right, we look forward to sailing with Viking Ocean. The spacious promenade deck and the absence of a casino can't be beat.

 

 

Thank you again for a truly informative review.

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Hi, we're booked on the Viking Star in a DV1 cabin -- do they come equipped with hair dryers? Thanks.

 

Emma

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Hi, we're booked on the Viking Star in a DV1 cabin -- do they come equipped with hair dryers? Thanks.

 

Emma

 

Emma, yes they do. Here are a few places to read on the Viking website that will familiarize you with the ships.

 

Stateroom amenities-- scroll down this page to the section marked Stateroom features and at the bottom of the three shown click the button that says show more to see the DV amenities. All the ships are the same.

You'll want to read everything on the MyTrip page, especially the FAQs because there is a lot of little things there like dress code, electricity, etc.

Lastly, read the Terms and Conditions--because everybody should read the fine print.

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The hair dryer was powerful too unlike some hotel models that can take ages to dry your hair. The only problem is that you must use it in the cabin proper (not bathroom). There are 2 mirrors with convenient receptacles to use.

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Other cruise lines have begun to move jackets to the muster station, and plenty are also available on lifeboats. I feel TOTALLY comfortable with this process. Any comparison to the Titantic is really without merit.

 

As to Viking ships.. we love them. Did a mini review here and on our blog below.

 

Agree with you - better to have life jackets where they'll be needed, with no need to go back to your room to get them. You may not be ABLE to get back to your room, after all! Also, if people just grab them and don't put them on, they could trip over long straps that dangle from the vest.

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After two cruises on Viking Ocean--Sea and inaugural Sky cruise, we believe while a beautiful room, the Wintergarden is a total waste of space. Other than tea, it is not used for Anything else! Make the pool bigger!

 

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Viking used the Wintergarden for a few activities on our recent 2017 cruise. On our first cruise in 2015, I loved this room but wondered why more people weren't using it. However, it seemed to be used more on our 2017 cruise.

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I think someone asked about other reviews and pictures. I just read a blog on http://www.travelswithcappy.com (recent Midnight Sun cruise on Star). In various places, especially one "sea day" page, there are a number of photos of the ship as well as other things like short descriptions of the Chef's Table menus. I also took a lot of pictures of Star and posted them on my photo site (http://www.pbase.com/roothy123) but you'd have to scroll down a ways to see the photos, which are from our 2015 Empires of the Med cruise on Star.

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After two cruises on Viking Ocean--Sea and inaugural Sky cruise, we believe while a beautiful room, the Wintergarden is a total waste of space. Other than tea, it is not used for Anything else! Make the pool bigger!

 

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Just goes to show how different folks view things through different lenses. We loved the Wintergarden, and on the occasions that we even noticed the pool, it was not crowded. But then, we don't even bring bathing suits, so the pool is not our thing!

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I don't see any pictures...all I get is an embed message from photobucket asking me to pay money and update my account "to enable 3rd party hosting." Does anyone else have this problem?

 

 

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My husband and I are dedicated Viking cruisers. But I'm irritated that there are no solo savings on the repositioning cruises like the one in November from Lisbon to Miami. My husband's twin lost her husband recently and we'd like to take her on this trip but even though the repositioning cruises are never filled nor cabins sold out, they insist on charging us double for her to have her own cabin. Viking is a wonderful line and we know they have special cabins for solo travelers on river cruises, but charging us full fare for a solo first timer seems outdated and unnecessary:mad:

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My husband and I are dedicated Viking cruisers. But I'm irritated that there are no solo savings on the repositioning cruises like the one in November from Lisbon to Miami. My husband's twin lost her husband recently and we'd like to take her on this trip but even though the repositioning cruises are never filled nor cabins sold out' date=' they insist on charging us double for her to have her own cabin. Viking is a wonderful line and we know they have special cabins for solo travelers on river cruises, but charging us full fare for a solo first timer seems outdated and unnecessary:mad:[/quote']

 

 

 

It is standard on cruise ships to charge double for a solo cruiser. Sometimes, ships do have solo fares for 125-150% per person but they are not common.

As to repositioning cruise, our March 2018 from SanJuan to Barcelona has many catergories of staterooms already sold out.

Maybe she can go with a friend or another member of her family?

 

 

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I don't see any pictures...all I get is an embed message from photobucket asking me to pay money and update my account "to enable 3rd party hosting." Does anyone else have this problem?

 

 

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We all have the problem.

 

Photobucket, the site hosting the photos, is now a subscription site and the owner of the photos is the only one who can remedy the problem. We cannot pay a fee to see the photos and Cruise Critic cannot pay a fee so that we can see the photos. It is wholly up to the account owner to make it work.

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Extremely frustrating to not be able to see the pictures, and I am sure also for the poster. I expect Photobucket will get a lot of backlash about it, and lose a lot of users. A real operations mistake.

 

Though it would be a monumental job I suppose the OP could download the photos to another service and post them again.

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Extremely frustrating to not be able to see the pictures, and I am sure also for the poster. I expect Photobucket will get a lot of backlash about it, and lose a lot of users. A real operations mistake.

 

Though it would be a monumental job I suppose the OP could download the photos to another service and post them again.

 

No, the checks are rolling in from business clients who use Photobucket for third-party hosting. The article I read in the Denver Post has them sounding as happy as clams at high tide. The only individual customers who are effected are those who use the site for 3rd-party hosting. If all you want to do is store photos there for other people to look at, as I understand it, accounts are still free. My guess is that most of the CC members who created posts using PB will not be upgrading their accounts and we will see a lot of placeholders in old posts, because we cannot go back to edit those posts.

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I've been enjoying lots of services on the internet for free for a long time [thank you Ad Block Plus!], but at some point somebody has to pay for this stuff. In addition to Photobucket's new mandatory fees [and they are pretty steep for individuals like us], my preferred free blog hosting site [TravelPod] just went completely out of business! I rebuilt all my blogs on WordPress, but who knows how long that will last? Maybe I should go back to chiseling the info on a Standing Stone -- they seem to last millennia!

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I've been enjoying lots of services on the internet for free for a long time [thank you Ad Block Plus!], but at some point somebody has to pay for this stuff. In addition to Photobucket's new mandatory fees [and they are pretty steep for individuals like us], my preferred free blog hosting site [TravelPod] just went completely out of business! I rebuilt all my blogs on WordPress, but who knows how long that will last? Maybe I should go back to chiseling the info on a Standing Stone -- they seem to last millennia!

 

We better get used to it. Eventually the internet ad paradigm is going to burst (or fall like a house of cards) and we will be paying for more and more services that we have taken for granted. There is no such thing as a free lunch.

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Well, I've been using pbase.com for 10 or more years now. They have always charged for use of their site, but it's what I consider very reasonable. Prices start at $23 a year and go up, depending upon how large your storage is. I have quite a few large photos in numerous galleries on there; think I pay around $40. I'm glad I chose them long ago. I also like them because you can write fairly long captions, although format is certainly not as flexible as that of a blog site.

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Well, I've been using pbase.com for 10 or more years now. They have always charged for use of their site, but it's what I consider very reasonable. Prices start at $23 a year and go up, depending upon how large your storage is. I have quite a few large photos in numerous galleries on there; think I pay around $40. I'm glad I chose them long ago. I also like them because you can write fairly long captions, although format is certainly not as flexible as that of a blog site.

 

 

If we're comparing photo sites, I highly recommend SmugMug. No limit on the size of what you post or how much. Provides much better organizational functionality as well (folders that can be organized hierarchically with galleries of photos within). No charge to anybody who accesses your photos. No charge to download altho you can, for a small fee, have prints made. You can limit access to or the discoverability of your content in various ways. I have my site set up as SmugIsland (invisible to Google) and have set up some galleries that hide the existence of or a path to the rest of my site (such as the gallery i set up for the pics I took at our Meet & Mingle last year). They have 4 tiers of membership. I pay $72 a year for a Power plan (just above Basic). Used to be $60.

 

 

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Thank you for your comments!

It's very unfortunate that FB is no longer a free service.

 

Another thing is that Cruise Critic does not allow members to go back to edit posts.

 

I will post a link to the video review as soon as it's ready.

 

I will be posting photos on my blog instead of FB.

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Thank you for your comments!

 

It's very unfortunate that FB is no longer a free service.

 

 

 

Another thing is that Cruise Critic does not allow members to go back to edit posts.

 

 

 

I will post a link to the video review as soon as it's ready.

 

 

 

I will be posting photos on my blog instead of FB.

 

 

You can edit them but only during a very teeny tiny time window. No different btw than Facebook. All these forum/social app sites operate on the "shoot and forget" model. [emoji849][emoji3]

 

 

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You can edit them but only during a very teeny tiny time window. No different btw than Facebook. All these forum/social app sites operate on the "shoot and forget" model. [emoji849][emoji3]

 

 

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I think auto-correct may have been at work and that ronbe65 is referring to Photobucket and not Facebook.

 

"Shoot and forget" I like that. Edit period for CC posts is 20 minutes after you post them. Facebook seems to be a lot longer than that. I went back on my timeline for a few months and everything there seems to be edit-able or delete-able.

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I think auto-correct may have been at work and that ronbe65 is referring to Photobucket and not Facebook.

 

 

 

"Shoot and forget" I like that. Edit period for CC posts is 20 minutes after you post them. Facebook seems to be a lot longer than that. I went back on my timeline for a few months and everything there seems to be edit-able or delete-able.

 

Actually my reference to Facebook was deliberate. And nice to know how much time I have to fix things. And....you're right about Facebook. I was wrong. Forgotten when I've written a post late at night and not notice the effects of a blunderimg autocorrect til the next day. And fixed it. And have also deleted posts many days later.

 

 

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Hmm, for some reason I am unable to view your posted photos - seeing the pasted image below. Nevertheless, thanks for the great review. Our first Viking Ocean cruise in at the end of March 2018, I am counting the days!!

 

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Hmm, for some reason I am unable to view your posted photos - seeing the pasted image below. Nevertheless, thanks for the great review. Our first Viking Ocean cruise in at the end of March 2018, I am counting the days!!

 

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Sadly, OP's images can no longer be seen at all. The third party site that he was using changed its terms of service and began charging for the ability to share images. OP decided not to pay the fee.

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Sadly, OP's images can no longer be seen at all. The third party site that he was using changed its terms of service and began charging for the ability to share images. OP decided not to pay the fee.

 

Like many of us. If a cruise line had made a change like this, we'd be all over its forum complaining about the 'cutbacks' :mad:

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Host Jazzbeau,

 

Good news. I am about to complete the major part of my Viking picture blog.

IMO it will be better to post in a new thread (instead of scrolling many pages with empty picture frames).

Thanks.

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Host Jazzbeau,

 

Good news. I am about to complete the major part of my Viking picture blog.

IMO it will be better to post in a new thread (instead of scrolling many pages with empty picture frames).

Thanks.

 

I agree. Thanks.

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Thanks, loved your description of the Star, sailing June 16, can't wait. My only disappointment was i could not view your pictures.

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I surely will.

Sorry for the delay.

Some issues.... like on a cruise that starts from the shipyard.:)

Thanks for waiting.

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