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Viking Star – Hits and Misses: a cruise ship review





A review of a long list of things that Viking Ocean Cruises got right with their cruise ship, The Viking Star… plus a much shorter list of some things that they got significantly wrong.

The hits include a VERY uncrowded ship without any children onboard, lots of complementary extras that the other cruise lines would nickel and dime you for, and some delicious meals.

The misses include two way-too-deep swimming pools with no shallow end, hot and humid conditions around the mid-ship pool when the overhead dome is closed, and a lack of entertainment options in the evenings, compared to cruising on a Mega cruise ship.

Considering everything, this cruise does score a 9-out-of-10 for me, and only “The Haven” on Norwegian Cruise line seems to be in the same league as the luxury VIP experience I had during my 10 days on Viking Star.

Please note that this review was recorded in 2016, when Viking Star was still fairly new. Several important things have changed since then, including improvements to some of things I mentioned as “misses” in this review. For a more up-to-date view of what a cruise on Viking is like, please take a look at a much more recent video I made about Viking after a cruise on the Viking Sea:

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31 comments

  1. This cruise line is for the older crowd. Which is great

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  2. I enjoyed your video

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  3. Jim Great video as usual! Question for you. Are the Viking Sun and Viking Sky the same as the Star Ship in regards to the less crowded feeling? Also, are they like Star in the way they don't nickel and dime you and other perks as you mentioned with the Star Cruise ship? Thanks for any info! 🙂

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  4. Adults need Deep pools.

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  5. I need to start looking for a cruise now O.O

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  6. Europeans do not do hot jacuzzis. They do hot mineral baths but not hot communal pools that's why the spa water was cold. It's the belief that cold invigorated the body and is good for you.

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  7. Do they allow electric wheelchairs and is there enough room in cabins? Do they have accessible cabins?

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  8. Looks great. Was the thermal suite pool always cool? I loved the thermal suite on the Epic so would be nice that this is included but would be disappointed if water wasn't warm.

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  9. Carnival Fascination is 70,000 gross ton ship. I would hardly call that same size. It’s almost twice as big, even if it doesn’t seem like it on the outside. But I would definitely prefer a 900 passenger ship more regardless

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  10. Viking is awesome. Heading on a river cruise later this year

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  11. So it sounds like shots being fired at Carnival. As said this is a cruise for a certain type of person. When you are paying over 4 or 5 grand per person , yes everything should be included! My mother is 68 and laid back and she would be bored with this cruise. If you are a retiree with lots of money then this cruise line is for you. If you are a little adventurous this is not the cruise line for you. That is what I got out of this video.

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  12. Jim, you do a great and credible job with your overviews.

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  13. Jim, love the review. Wonder if they provide religious services on long cruises? I just held services on a RCL 8 day. Was great time and well received.

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  14. Be a Crew member on Cruise ship was teribble. Especialy the lower position. They will forced you for overtime without any compensation😡

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  15. Agreed with most of this, love Viking Ocean, as well as Oceania, which is very similar in many ways and perhaps a little less expensive than VO. Perhaps the variety of excursions offered seemed too slim for your liking, but I suppose that's because so many of current Viking Ocean cruisers take advantage of the included ("free" if you'd prefer that term) shore excursion in each port. Think you should have at least mentioned the other restaurants, also included/free. The buffet is decent, and eating dinner or lunch with the big glass windows open if it's nice makes it kind of special. (Eating outside is nice, too.) However, the 2 specialty restaurants are worth mentioning.

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  16. ABBA!

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  17. Just got back yesterday from a Royal Caribbean cruise to Canada and New England. Very pleased for the most part except for the nickel and diming. We purchased the beverage package reluctantly because we do enjoy our beer (we are not annoying drunks, we're not drunks. We are very quiet people and don't bother anyone). It is VERY expensive. One day I smelled popcorn and it smelled so good. They were popping it in a popcorn machine. I went over and asked for a bag. I almost fell over when the man said that will be $2.50!! I was speechless and walked away. They can't even give out free popcorn?!!! After all the money we spent!!! There aren't even pretzels or peanuts on the bars. We don't pay for the extras like specialty restaurants and excursions, and although it was really very nice we still couldn't shake the feeling that we we're being shaken down.

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  18. Is this cruise ship right for singles? Can you tell us about that subject? Thank you.

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  19. Very nice, we're going and I'm very excited about the whole thing. Nice shirt btw

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  20. Jim I really liked your video. I definitely want to try a viking cruise. We have done a few with Princess and love the cruise life.

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  21. But Viking is a lot more expensive than most..

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  22. Love your videos,hate your big a$$ microphone. Lol. You need a price is right type of mic. Great vids brother

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  23. No. Its not a mistake. That's the way its supposed to be. The hot tub 101°-104°, and the pool in the mid to upper 70°s. After sitting in the hot tub, you take a quick plunge in the cool pool water to close your pores and invigorate you.

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  24. I never went on a cruise because the thought of thousands of loud, ignorant, shabbily dressed drones got me physically I'll. If I do cruise, I will cruise Viking, thanks to this videos. I am 53, old but not 70 yet, fit, active and athletic, but I hate loudness, crowds and bad manners. I appreciate quiet. Viking it may be for me.

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  25. Jim, what an excellent review! I love your pros & cons. I actually like a lot of what you call ‘cons’. I think you sold me on Viking. Anyway, great job!

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  26. What a great review of the pros and cons……i may consider Viking in the future…

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  27. Well done, thank you.

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  28. the overly deep pool is a big part of the reason why you could always find a spot in the pool.. it keeps people from hanging out for long

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  29. I so love Viking. I got sick on my current cruise and medical care was free as long as I follow doctor's orders. I was told to stay in my cabin until the nurse released me, and when she did, all was ok!

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  30. Loved the video. Viking is back on my watch list now. Had quit looking at them because of the price, now with you talking about all the includes I'm thinking, maybe.

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  31. It seems you have to sail with Princess Cruise Line. We do not have to sign out of towels, but honestly you are paying for the free amenities of all the drinks are included with your price. Also, it is not a Viking Cruise ship but Viking is renting the ship so it could have been another company ship.

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