Viking Star in Venice
Viking Star in Venice / Viking Ocean Cruises
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Atrium
Atrium / Viking Ocean Cruises
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Atrium
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Main Pool
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Wintergarden
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Wintergarden Lanai
Wintergarden Lanai / Kristen Boatright
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Deluxe Veranda Stateroom
Deluxe Veranda Stateroom / Kristen Boatright
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Aquavit Terrace Bar
Aquavit Terrace Bar / Kristen Boatright
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Infinity Pool
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The World Café
The World Café / Kristen Boatright
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Sushi at the World Café
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Main Pool
Main Pool / Kristen Boatright
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Viking Sea's LivNordic Spa
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The Spa Women's Changing Room
The Spa Women's Changing Room / Kristen Boatright
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The Spa Thermal Loungers
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The Spa
The Spa / Kristen Boatright
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Fitness Center
Fitness Center / Kristen Boatright
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Explorers' Lounge
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Explorers' Lounge
Explorers' Lounge / Kristen Boatright
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Mamsen's
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Smørrebrød Sandwich
Smørrebrød Sandwich / Kristen Boatright
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Manfredi's Italian Restaurant
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Manfredi's Italian Restaurant Octopus Carpaccio
Manfredi's Italian Restaurant Octopus Carpaccio / Kristen Boatright
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Mandfredi's Italian Restaurant Bistecca Florentine
Mandfredi's Italian Restaurant Bistecca Florentine / Sherri Eisenberg
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The Chef's Table
The Chef's Table / Kristen Boatright
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Chef's Table Peking Duck
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The Restaurant
The Restaurant / Kristen Boatright
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The Restaurant Wine Selection
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Dessert Sampler
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Explorers' Lounge
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Explorers' Lounge
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The Viking Living Room
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The Viking Living Room
The Viking Living Room / Kristen Boatright
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The Viking Living Room
The Viking Living Room / Kristen Boatright
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Explorers' Lounge
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Explorers' Lounge
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Penthouse Junior Suite
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Viking Heritage Museum
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Bayeaux Tapestry
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Viking Star
Our Ship Review
Viking Ocean Cruises
Cruise Line
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger

This is the first ship to debut from Viking Ocean Cruises, the oceangoing line by the team behind Viking River Cruises. Launched in spring 2015, the 930-passenger Viking Star is best known for being more all-inclusive than competitors, with Wi-Fi, alcohol, all specialty restaurants, and even some shore excursions included in the fare.

What We Love

The Infinity Pool: The first infinity pool at sea sits on the rear of the ship, with a gorgeous view of the wake.

LivNordic Spa: Created in partnership with a Scandinavian spa company, this spa is a step above what you’ll find on other ships, with a stunning thermal area that’s blissfully included for all passengers. Hats for sale that were hand-knit by a Scandinavian grandma add a personal touch here.

Best Known For

Chic Design Choices: The ship has a modern, clean design that makes all the flashy colorful Las Vegas-influenced ships look a bit tacky in comparison.

Walking Tours: Wander the streets of European towns behind a guide who speaks into a microphone that’s then broadcast to headphones in your ears.

Large, Comfortable Cabins: The staterooms have a similar clean, bright look, as well as nice touches such as 24-hour room service (which is included) and heated bathroom floors.

Who It's Best For

Sophisticated Travelers: This ship draws a well-heeled crowd of cruisers who love the calm, elegant atmosphere and the well-done takes on classic experiences, such as afternoon tea and an exquisite buffet that sometimes features local ingredients a chef picked up in port.

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

Itineraries Are Limited: Viking Star sails in the Baltic and the Mediterranean, year-round.

Sherri Eisenberg
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger