Not the Cruise that we expected

Viking Star Cruise Review to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

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

Overall rating:

3 out of 5
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Viking Star

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

Sail date: November 23, 2017

Ship: Viking Star

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 4056

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

The first week on board was okay until starting December 2, we had a "hot water" problem in our cabin, which persisted until December 6. This problem ruined the whole cruise. I was stressed out not knowing if I could shower or not. They said (Receptionist Desk) that Los Angeles Office was made aware of this, but to date nobody has contacted me yet about our misfortune in this particular cruise. Also, we felt there some kind of discrimination when being served compared to faired skin passengers.


3 out of 5
Normal embarkation

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Chef"s Table and Mamsen's, fell short of how it is shown on their website. Nothing special about the menus.

Onboard Activities

2 out of 5
Not applicable


3 out of 5
Just okay

Children's Programs

There were no kids in this cruise

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
No complaint

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Nothing different from other ships.

Ship tip

Not too much expectations.

Ports of call

Piraeus (Athens), Greece

2 out of 5
Yes, did an optional dinner excursion, food not to my expectations with the money we paid for the excursion. The chicken kebab, the main entrée was over cooked, tough. I did not travel all the way to Athens to eat chicken.

Mykonos, Greece

3 out of 5
Fine, nothing special, been here and done that before already.

Rhodes, Greece

1 out of 5
The staff from the excursion department directed us to the wrong tour. We missed our optional tour because of their mistake. Ruined our whole day.

Limassol, Cyprus

1 out of 5
It was raining, a lot of passengers got left behind by the bus.

Haifa, Israel

1 out of 5
The tour guide was not good at all. We did not enjoy or learn anything good about the Haifa kept on talking about stuff we were not there to see. Supposedly he will bring us to the Summit of Mt. Carmel.

Ashdod, Israel

3 out of 5
Did optional excursions to Jerusalem and Bethlehem; Nazareth and Sea of Galilee. All together they were fine, except the included lunch were not properly planned. There 5 loads of buses so we have to fall in line to be able to get our food, very unorganized. Also, they took us to Souvenir Shops, where our time was wasted instead of spending more time in Holy Sites.

Iraklion (Heraklion), Crete Did not visit port

Ship cannot docked, which we found out has happened several times in the past. Should not have included this port. Instead we had 3 days at sea.

Naples, Italy

4 out of 5
The best included tour. Was free was the most enjoyable included tour

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

4 out of 5
The included was also very good. We were able to spend a little time inside St Peters Basilica. These 2 latest included tours were so far the best tours we had in this cruise without spending so much money, which we did for the other optional tours we paid for.


3 out of 5
Very systematic.
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