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Viking Star Review

2019 Best Overall
2019 Best for Cabins
2019 Best for Dining
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Viking Star
5.0 / 5.0
1878 reviews

Pros
One of cruising's most beautiful small ships
Cons
No casino and no amenities for families with young kids
Bottom Line
Terrific value for money on port-intensive cruises

About

Passengers
930

Crew
550

Passenger to Crew
1.69:1

Launched
2015

Shore Excursions
903
Sails To
Baltic Sea, Mediterranean, Caribbean, Canada & New England, Europe
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Carolyn Spencer Brown
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Viking Star Overview

How many cruise companies can build an entirely new line and style of ship, simply because loyal customers ask for it? That's the advantage Viking Ocean Cruises -- the sister line to the already established Viking River Cruises -- enjoyed when it developed Viking Star, its first oceangoing vessel, in 2015.

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The result is a 930-passenger ship that carries some of the spirit of river cruising onto the high seas. As is the case with the line's river cruises, Viking Star is destination focused with port-intensive itineraries. Calls are longer than average, with frequent overnights. Cruisers receive a choice of included tours in every port; for-fee options are also available. Port talks are in-depth, focusing on sights and history as opposed to shopping opportunities.

Other inclusions lifted from river ships include complimentary wine and beer at lunch and dinner, transfers, and most specialty restaurants. Wi-Fi is free and unlimited, and it worked well in cabins and public areas. Perhaps the most stunning inclusion is the Nordic spa, which boasts a thalassotherapy pool, a steam room, a hot tub, a sauna, heated ceramic lounge chairs and a cold plunge pool, as well as the first "snow grotto" at sea.

This Nordic bent is felt throughout the ship. Viking owner (and native Norwegian) Torstein Hagen has put his own stamp on the line's ocean ships, with modern Scandinavian decor, luxe fabrics and leather furniture, a small historical display on Viking history and family recipes at Mamsen's, a delightful Norwegian-themed casual cafe. The attention to detail and artwork feel personal, even idiosyncratic, making the ship feel more like an intimate boutique hotel than a cruise ship.

Viking Star might not please all travelers, though. Because of the destination-intense itineraries, with few days at sea, the ship lacks some amenities to which cruisers might be accustomed. The ship has no casino and only a handful of organized activities scheduled throughout the day. Entertainment at night is inconsistent, ranging from lackluster to engaging.

Viking Oceans is unabashedly not oriented to families with young children. The minimum age to sail is 18, and no activities onboard are arranged for children.

 


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Fellow Passengers

Viking Star is designed to appeal to well-traveled, curious and value-oriented travelers in the 50-plus age group (though it will also appeal to those younger). The Viking Ocean Cruises experience is not meant for families, fans of casino gambling (no casino onboard) or those seeking constant onboard entertainment.


Viking Star Dress Code

Resort casual is the prevailing dress code, with a slightly more relaxed feel during the day. The line's literature says that shorts, jeans and comfortable shoes are acceptable for daytime, but swimsuits and workout clothes should be restricted to the pool, gym and spa areas. There are no formal nights on Viking Star, but passengers do tend to dress up a bit in the evenings -- everything from slacks and blouses to dresses for women and khakis with button-downs to suits for men. Daytime dress is allowed at any time in the World Cafe buffet area.


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Viking Star Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins5.04.8
Dining5.04.7
Entertainment3.04.2
Public Rooms5.04.8
Fitness Recreation5.04.3
Family1.0N/A
Enrichment4.04.4
Service5.04.8
Value For Money5.04.4

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Viking Star won 69 awards over the years, including Best Overall, Best for Cabins and Best for Dining in 2019.

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  • 2019 Best Overall
  • 2019 Best for Cabins
  • 2019 Best for Dining
  • 2019 Best for Embarkation
  • 2019 Best for Entertainment
  • 2019 Best for Fitness & Recreation
  • 2019 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2019 Best for Service
  • 2019 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2019 Best for Value
  • 2019 Best for First Timers
  • 2018 Best Overall
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  • 2018 Best for Cabins
  • 2018 Best for Cabins
  • 2018 Best for Dining
  • 2018 Best for Embarkation
  • 2018 Best for Embarkation
  • 2018 Best for Entertainment
  • 2018 Best for Fitness & Recreation
  • 2018 Best for Fitness & Recreation
  • 2018 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2018 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2018 Best for Service
  • 2018 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2018 Best for Value
  • 2018 Best for Value
  • 2018 Best for First Timers
  • 2017 Best Overall
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  • 2017 Best for Cabins
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  • 2017 Best for Fitness & Recreation
  • 2017 Best for Fitness & Recreation
  • 2017 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2017 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2017 Best for Service
  • 2017 Best for Service
  • 2017 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2017 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2017 Best for Value
  • 2017 Best for Value
  • 2017 Best for First Timers
  • 2016 Best Overall
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  • 2016 Best for Entertainment
  • 2016 Best for Fitness & Recreation
  • 2016 Best for Fitness & Recreation
  • 2016 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2016 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2016 Best for Service
  • 2016 Best for Service
  • 2016 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2016 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2016 Best for Value
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  • 2016 Best for First Timers
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Viking Star Member Reviews

Karyle Blank
Sail Date: Apr 2019
The service aboard the Viking Star was exceptional, and truly made our cruise experience very special. We want to pass along our sincere thanks to the excellent staff on the Viking Star.... Read More
JujuMary
Sail Date: Jan 2020
We will certainly be cruising with Viking again when all this over!... Read More
mimicruising
Sail Date: Feb 2020
We cruised from Bergen to Tilbury on the Viking Star February 15 through February 27th. We have been on over 50 cruises but this was our first on Viking.... Read More
Lincoln explorer
Sail Date: Feb 2020
Having sailed with many 5/6 star operators including Regent, Oceania, Cunard (QG;s) we didn't have any raised expectations of what Viking would be like so as not to be disappointed - which we have been... Read More

Viking Ocean Cruises Fleet

Viking Star
5.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating

1878 reviews

Refined, yet relaxed, with an emphasis on fine dining and long port days; highlights are free Wi-Fi, plus wine and beer at meals; holds about 1,000.

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Viking Sky
5.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating

Thoughtfully designed ship, with gorgeous pool and spa, carries 930 passengers on destination-focused cruises; fares include Wi-Fi, select shore tours and drinks with meals.

Viking Sea
5.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating

All-balcony ship carries 930 passengers and impresses with airy design, multiple dining venues and gorgeous pool deck; fares include wine with meals, Wi-Fi, tours, spa access.

Viking Orion
5.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating

Viking Orion is Viking Ocean Cruises' fifth 930-passenger vessel, which is almost identical to its predecessors.

Viking Sun
5.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating

The 930-passenger Viking Sun, will spend its maiden season sailing Viking Ocean Cruises' first world cruise -- a 141-day itinerary visiting five continents.

Viking Jupiter
5.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating

Launched in 2019, Viking Jupiter is the sixth ship in Viking Ocean Cruises' mostly identical fleet of 930-passenger vessels.

Viking Venus

Viking's seventh oceangoing ship has the same magic formula of smart inclusions and sumptuous Nordic design.

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