* Have a Norwegian chef on a Norwegian ship. I talked with head chef and he hadn't heard of several dishes - that are every day Norwegian fare.
* Train your entire staff, not just a hand full
The old saying, you get what you pay for, certainly doesn't apply to Viking
They offer a regional favorite for each port!!
Don't take too many clothes and go casual. The onboard free laundry provides everything. Also, the drinks that you pay for are very reasonable compared to other ships we've been on.
It is a very busy cruise when one partakes in all the excursions. It was good to have some early afternoon departures and one day at sea. I personally needed the down time.
The regional choice on the dinner menu each night was a good way to sample the ethic foods.
We started in Berge so we went to Iceland first for three day. I would recommend adding a couple days in Stockholm on the back end. Also hire your personal guide for Berlin or you will waste your time.
We started in Bergen so we added a 3 day tour in Iceland beforehand. I would not xtend in Stockholm - too long.
Plan your cruise very carefully. List port times first, then plan your excursions. The earlier in a port you do an excursion the better. Sometimes we ran into the problem that we arrived somewhere, our tour was several hours later but there was not enough time to go ashore & return for the tour. So our free time was compromised.
What a fabulous ship, cabin and crew. We would recommend all three to anyone considering a cruise but look at a Deluxe Veranda category for the best options in specialty dining and excursion selection.
River cruises are much more intimate in both personnel and service. This ocean cruise was definitely lacking on personal attention.
We loved the ship. It is larger than I thought it would be but the layout and design are excellent.
Viking is a first class company!
Nothing, they seem to have harkened to travelers inputs!!!
Take advantage of the fine dining opportunities, relaxing in the Explorers Lounge or pool side area, and the entertainment in the atrium and theater.
Casual clothes are fine--never put on the one dress I took.
Can I offer another tip? Book excursions early.
Star is a very nice ship.
We made our own arrangements to travel to Athens for 3 nights from Barcelona,had a great time then flew back to Barcelona for the Viking Air to New Orleans.