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10-09-2019 08:56 PM
10-10-2019 08:41 AM
@PartDeux Thanks so much for your reply. I'm in no rush so whenever you get a chance to write back that is fine. That's great you had an amazing trip. It would be great if you'd let me know what port stop(s) you liked the best and why and what did you like the least. Also, I'm curious to know if most of the passengers were older and that could be the case during the time you went. How were your accomodations on the ship and which ship were you on. Just any feedback would be appreciated. We keep trying to figure out if we are doing the river cruise vessel or a large ship to like the Greek Islands. Maybe just maybe some day we could do both. LOL! Thanks!
10-10-2019 12:46 PM
Good morning! Ok, I guess I will start with our ship, the Viking Star. It was really nice, first class all the way. It held less than 1000 passengers, so the public spaces never felt crowded. The staterooms were roomy that we never felt that we were tripping over each other. (We were on deck 4) Huge bathrooms and nice "living" area with sofa, console table with makeup mirror, etc, nice balcony and wonderful cabin stewards that couldn't do enough for us. Rumor is that the ship is going into dry dock at the end of the year to be totally refurbished. It boggles my mind because it looked perfect to me. Curious to see it when it is redone.
As far as the age of the passengers, we were definitely one of the younger couples on board. (We are in our mid 50's) We knew that going in and we were fine with that. Everyone that we interacted with was extremely friendly and had interesting stories to tell. We enjoyed thier company on our excursions and they enjoyed ours. No kids under 18/16 (I forget the age) and that was great because there wouldn't been anything for them to do while on the ship. It wasn't that kind of cruise. I guess and time and place for everything!
Now the ports ~ we boarded the ship in Barcelona, then came Marseille, then Monte Carlo, Florence, Rome, Naples, Corfu Greece; Dubrovnik & Split Croatia, and lastly Venice. With only one day at sea! 6 countries for a total of 16 days. I actually lost 8 pounds with all the walking that we did. I have to say that Barcelona, Monte Carlo and Florence were our favorites, but for different reasons. We flew into Barcelona a few days early and loved the extra time that we had to explore. They food was fabulous, the atmosphere was fun, and we had a great time chatting with the locals. It was an adventure! Monte Carlo was good for the fact that our excersion that day took us into both Nice and Eze France. They were both so beautiful. The scenery just takes your breath away. Monte Carlo itself was very pretty, the big draw there of course is the casino. We are not casino people, but we enjoyed having drinks in the lounge and the fact that we had a chance to visit. The wealth there is mind blowing. Yachts are as big as our cruise ship. (not really, but close enough!) In Florence we took a trip into Tuscany and took a cooking class in a castle with amazing grounds. Olive orchards and vineyards as far as the eye could see. And such beautiful gardens. The food was good and the wine was better. What a perfect day!
Marseille France was the stop that we like the least. I'm sure it is also beautiful, but our excersion that day was kind of the pits. I felt it was more about us shopping in the outdoor markets and less about the town of Marseille and it's history.
All in all, we had a fabulous time. It was our first time in Europe, so the cruise gave us a little taste of what to expect when we decide to return.
By the way, a trip to the Greek Islands sounds fabulous. I'll have to add that to our bucket list!
10-11-2019 08:20 AM
@PartDeux Thanks so much for your wonderful review/feedback. I was very much interested in hearing about Viking and it sounds amazing. Your accomdations sounded very roomy for a ship. I do think I'd likely not take the kids on a Viking cruise based on the ages on the ship and I kind of heard the same from others too.
All the ports sound just lovely. I know some day we want to check out Barcelona for sure. I forgot you were stopping in Monte Carlo. I'm sure that was beyond beautiful. We aren't casino people either but would love to take in the city.
Thanks again for taking the time to let me know about your cruise.
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