Outstanding Journey Into Antiquity and Holy Land

Viking Star Cruise Review to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 15

Overall rating:

4.5 out of 5
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Viking Star

14 Night Cities Of Antiquity & The Holy Land (Rome To Athens)

Sail date: November 09, 2017

Ship: Viking Star

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 5057

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

One of our best cruises. Great itinerary, excellent food and wine, friendly ship staff. Look forward to our next Viking cruise, a Viking river cruise in Portugal and another ocean cruise in 2019.


5 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Excellent. Specialty Restaurants outstanding. Appreciate the elegant casual dress code; no need to have formal wear!

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5


4 out of 5

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
Generally excellent. Some restaurant wait staff could be more attentive.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The contemporary Scandinavian design and size make Viking ocean ships our favorite. Do not miss casinos, glitz/glamor, and large crowds found on other cruise lines we have experienced.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Viking upgraded our cabin from Deluxe Veranda to Mini-Penthouse and it was outstanding.

Ship tip

Carefully read Viking excursion information carefully and book on a timely basis. “Included” excursions must be booked just like purchased excursions.

Ports of call

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

5 out of 5
Suggest anyone who has not visited Rome extend vacation time in Rome because there is some much to see and experience.

Naples, Italy

3 out of 5
Not enough time. Do not miss the great pizza!

Iraklion (Heraklion), Crete

5 out of 5
Taxi driver gave great two hour tour of city and surrounding country side to our party of four.

Ashdod, Israel

5 out of 5
First gateway to all-day Holy Land excellent but intensive excursions.

Haifa, Israel

5 out of 5
Second gateway to all-day Holy Land excellent but intensive excursions.

Limassol, Cyprus

5 out of 5
Really enjoyed excursion and lunch into the countryside; beautiful fall colors.

Rhodes, Greece

5 out of 5
Wonderful shopping and food within walking distance of ship’s berthing location. Wish more time or departure time would allow for lunch.

Mykonos, Greece

2 out of 5
Least favorite port. Excursion to Delos was poorly organized. Delos weather was cold and windy and participants were not adequately informed or prepared for this.

Piraeus (Athens), Greece

5 out of 5
Our second visit to Athens. Do not miss walking/shopping and eating in an outdoor restaurant in the Plaka district.


5 out of 5
Well organized with guidance and help from ship to airline check in.
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