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We have had an incredible journey on the Viking Star. I shall do a review but if anyone has any questions fire away!

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We have had an incredible journey on the Viking Star. I shall do a review but if anyone has any questions fire away!

 

No question, but we had a fabulous time on this same cruise on the same ship last spring. Not surprised you had a great journey!

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Viking has totally spoiled us for going with any other cruise line now. We had a fabulous time.

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I shall do a review but if anyone has any questions fire away!

 

 

Definitely looking forward to your review of excursions you took. We too are extending in Venice and considering a private tour.

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My DH and I are taking this cruise next April to celebrate our 25th anniversary. I would love to hear which excursions you did, and what you thought.

 

We will be arriving in Athens the day of departure, but have business class air booked, so hoping we are rested on arrival, so we can see some sights the first day.

 

I am looking forward to your review (and am excited about our first Viking cruise)

 

Robin

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We are doing the reverse itinerary, starting in Venice and with the add on tour in Athens. Looking forward to your review, and thanks in advance for taking the time to post your review.

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We’ll be on the Star in just over 2 weeks! 1st time Viking. How was the food? What was your favorite dish?

 

 

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Travelling Aug. 12- Venice-Athens on the Orion. I look forward to your review although I realize we are on a different ship. Any travel tips about cruising with Viking and port related tips are most welcome.

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Glad you had a great trip! We'll be returning to Star in June. How did you like the ship? Crew? Food? Drinks? I guess I have to wait for the review...lol will be waiting for it and thank you in advance! :)

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We are Athens-Venice in April 2019. It will be our first ocean cruise (we did Viking River Cruise a couple years ago). Looking forward to your review...especially interested in excursion experiences!

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Definitely looking forward to your review of excursions you took. We too are extending in Venice and considering a private tour.

 

Hi, we hired a private guide from ‘tours by locals’. It isn’t cheap but the places she showed us we would have never found on our own. Part of the trip went to the glass factory and was fascinating. When they take you through the showroom they say their is no obligation to buy but they hope you will. Oh, and the prices will make your toes curl up !

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My DH and I are taking this cruise next April to celebrate our 25th anniversary. I would love to hear which excursions you did, and what you thought.

 

We will be arriving in Athens the day of departure, but have business class air booked, so hoping we are rested on arrival, so we can see some sights the first day.

 

I am looking forward to your review (and am excited about our first Viking cruise)

 

Robin

 

Hi, you have good need to look forward, the ships are amazing. Excursion wise, we enjoyed all we did but I will say that if you dock in Zadar go to the Krka National Park it is absolutely beautiful and would have hated to have missed seeing it.

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We are doing the reverse itinerary, starting in Venice and with the add on tour in Athens. Looking forward to your review, and thanks in advance for taking the time to post your review.

 

Hi, you will love the ship. I’ve not had an email to say my review has been posted yet, they said it could be a few days. The itinerary is excellent and although we knew little about Montenegro it was one of our favourite places.

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We’ll be on the Star in just over 2 weeks! 1st time Viking. How was the food? What was your favorite dish?

 

 

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Hi, the food is out of this world. The ribeye steak in Manfredies is delicious. If you think the buffet restaurant will be inferior to the other options, think again. That was like no buffet I’ve ever seen before, fantastic! This was our first time on Viking and I’m sure it won’t be our last.

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Travelling Aug. 12- Venice-Athens on the Orion. I look forward to your review although I realize we are on a different ship. Any travel tips about cruising with Viking and port related tips are most welcome.

 

Hi, tips about Viking, just go !

Port tips are - in Croatia if you want to buy something ask if the take euros or pay by card otherwise you need local currency. I bought a replacement pair of sunglasses from a little market in Zadar port and they took euros no problem.

Sensible shoes, getting on and off the water taxis and boats in Venice is ‘interesting ‘ the boats are moving and the pontoon landing stations are moving too!

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Glad you had a great trip! We'll be returning to Star in June. How did you like the ship? Crew? Food? Drinks? I guess I have to wait for the review...lol will be waiting for it and thank you in advance! :)

 

Hi, the crew and room stewards were lovely. The food, top notch. The drinks outside of the included ones we found very reasonable price wise. You already know the ship is beautiful, lucky you going again!

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We are Athens-Venice in April 2019. It will be our first ocean cruise (we did Viking River Cruise a couple years ago). Looking forward to your review...especially interested in excursion experiences!

 

Hi, you will not be disappointed with ocean cruise. Excursions I believe can change from year to year but I hope they keep Zadar for your trip to be able to see the Krka National Park, it’s beautiful.

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Hi, you have good need to look forward, the ships are amazing. Excursion wise, we enjoyed all we did but I will say that if you dock in Zadar go to the Krka National Park it is absolutely beautiful and would have hated to have missed seeing it.

 

We found that the included excursion in Zadar was the least interesting of all our shore excursions, perhaps because the guide was not up to the standards of our other guides. You were fortunate to take an optional excursion that you loved. With the ship docked right in the heart of the town, you could still take a walk around after your optional tour just for a quick look-see.

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Can you, or anyone, tell me if there is a venue open for lunch that offers table service? Buffets or self service and I don't get along.

 

Thanks.

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Can you, or anyone, tell me if there is a venue open for lunch that offers table service? Buffets or self service and I don't get along.

 

Thanks.

 

Hi, no there isn’t table service at lunch time primarily because most of the passengers are on excursions and get back at varying times.

As a previous passenger on a P&O ship, trust me I get your reluctance to embrace a self service buffet. The World Cafe on Viking, I promise you is a totally different beast. There are no crowds pushing and shoving. You can always get a table. You can eat outside if you want to. The food you are able to choose is top quality and if you can’t see what you want just ask. We heard guests asking for things not on show and where ever possible the chefs would do their best to oblige. I never thought our most visited eatery on this cruise would be the World Cafe but it was......and I’m fussy !

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On sea days the MDR is open for lunch.

Also at Mamsen, you pick what you want to eat from this "deli", and if the item needs to be heated then they bring it to your table.

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Hi, the food is out of this world. The ribeye steak in Manfredies is delicious. If you think the buffet restaurant will be inferior to the other options, think again. That was like no buffet I’ve ever seen before, fantastic! This was our first time on Viking and I’m sure it won’t be our last.

 

 

 

Thanks! That’s great info!

 

 

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Hello and thanks for answering questions and doing the review G. Girl. Will you also post your review here?

I’m thinking of doing a Venice to Athens cruise in 2020...Viking has two slightly different itineraries on this route Empires of the Mediterranean (10days)and Venice the Adriatic & Greece (8days), which did you do? Was there a reason you picked one instead of the other? I’m having a bit of difficulty deciding between the two as I would really like to visit both Split and Santorini and neither itinerary offers both. Right now Empires of the Mediterranean (Santorini) is slightly ahead.

 

 

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Hello and thanks for answering questions and doing the review G. Girl. Will you also post your review here?

I’m thinking of doing a Venice to Athens cruise in 2020...Viking has two slightly different itineraries on this route Empires of the Mediterranean (10days)and Venice the Adriatic & Greece (8days), which did you do? Was there a reason you picked one instead of the other? I’m having a bit of difficulty deciding between the two as I would really like to visit both Split and Santorini and neither itinerary offers both. Right now Empires of the Mediterranean (Santorini) is slightly ahead.

 

 

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We did Empires last spring, and I think that is the same one G.Girl just did, as she talked about Zadar, which is on this itinerary. I give this cruise two big thumbs up. I haven't been to Split, so no slight on that port, but Santorini is spectacular. We were there in early April, and were lucky enough to be the only ship in port that day. We got to have this amazing place practically to ourselves. It's hard to say whether Santorini or Dubrovnik were our favorites.

 

Another point in this itinerary's favor is that it is two days longer that the other one you are considering. If you are traveling a long way, a few extra days are a bonus.

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Hi, the crew and room stewards were lovely. The food, top notch. The drinks outside of the included ones we found very reasonable price wise. You already know the ship is beautiful, lucky you going again!

 

Thank you!! :)

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Hello and thanks for answering questions and doing the review G. Girl. Will you also post your review here?

I’m thinking of doing a Venice to Athens cruise in 2020...Viking has two slightly different itineraries on this route Empires of the Mediterranean (10days)and Venice the Adriatic & Greece (8days), which did you do? Was there a reason you picked one instead of the other? I’m having a bit of difficulty deciding between the two as I would really like to visit both Split and Santorini and neither itinerary offers both. Right now Empires of the Mediterranean (Santorini) is slightly ahead.

 

 

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Hi,

Yes it was the Empires of The Mediterranean we did. We chose this as wanted to see the Dalmatian coast and Venice. The whole itinerary was excellent and if you go to Santorini visit Oia it’s lovely. We’ve had two holidays on Santorini and love it.

When they send me the link for my review I shall post it.

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Posted (edited)

Looking forward to your review. Like trinicruisegyal, we are considering booking "Empires", Venice to Athens, for 2020 including a pre-cruise extension in Venice. We're doing Viking Homelands, Stockholm to Bergen, in 62 days (not that I'm counting :) ) and hope to book our 2020 while on-board.

 

Thank you all and stay in touch trinicruisegyal, perhaps we'll see you in Venice.

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Wow, G.Girl, we were also on the Viking Empires from Athens to Venice (May 12-21) and also took the optional Krka tour. This was our second Viking Oceans cruise (Homelands in July 2017) and I love the ship and the program. I was very disappointed that the Krka National Parks tour did NOT include the boat ride that was listed at the time we bought this optional tour. I will be contacting Viking about this. Our guide for this optional tour said she had done this tour many times with Viking and it had never included a boat ride from Krka to Skradin, but it was one of the main reasons we selected this tour.

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We are going on this cruise, in the opposite direction, in March. Which Krka tour did you take? There are 2 offered...

 

 

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Mpc524--we were on the "Krka Natl Park and Zadar". The park is incredible--even better than I had expected. There are wooden walkways over the water currents for a long way and then the big falls are amazing. One caveat, however--at the end of the walking tour in the park, there are a lot of rather steep steps. This was unexpected by some members of the group who had asked Viking in advance about the level of difficulty in this tour, and they were assured that it was not strenuous.

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We also took the optional tour "The Best of Ljubljana" in Koper, and it was delightful. A short canal boat ride was included.

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G. Girl, what did you choose to do in Croatia? We’re you in Dubrovnik or Split?

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We also took the optional tour "The Best of Ljubljana" in Koper, and it was delightful. A short canal boat ride was included.

 

We did the Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle tour from Koper (great trip), but really wished we could have done the Ljubljana trip too. Since we couldn't be in two places at once, I guess we may have to go back!

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G. Girl, what did you choose to do in Croatia? We’re you in Dubrovnik or Split?

 

Hi,

We went to Dubrovnik and did the ‘by land and sea’ tour.

To be totally honest we were disappointed with Dubrovnik. I think that there has been so many photographs taken from advantageous angles that when we got there it was kind of ‘is this it?’. For us the best part of the trip was the boat ride along the coast there and back.

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We are going on this cruise, in the opposite direction, in March. Which Krka tour did you take? There are 2 offered...

 

 

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Hi,

We did the Krka National Park and Zadar. Included in this tour was a four course lunch which we thought was unnecessary. I only ate the main. We would have preferred longer at the park and a simpler lunch.

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Mpc524--we were on the "Krka Natl Park and Zadar". The park is incredible--even better than I had expected. There are wooden walkways over the water currents for a long way and then the big falls are amazing. One caveat, however--at the end of the walking tour in the park, there are a lot of rather steep steps. This was unexpected by some members of the group who had asked Viking in advance about the level of difficulty in this tour, and they were assured that it was not strenuous.

 

Hi,

We are in our 50’s and found all those steps at the end a bit of a challenge. I think the guide said there was 200! Im sure some guests would have really struggled.

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Yikes! 200 steps! A required route to get out? I have always wanted to see those falls, but not excited about the climb.

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Yikes! 200 steps! A required route to get out? I have always wanted to see those falls, but not excited about the climb.

 

As far as I’m aware that is the route out as you wend your through the woodland down through all the smaller falls to the grand finale.

You just need to take your time with the steps. Unless you have a physical problem that would totally prevent you doing steps it would be a great shame not to go. I have a back problem that causes me a fair amount of pain but I’m so glad I went, it’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve been to. Walking through those woods with the water rushing all around you is like being in an enchanted forest.

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