Caribbean Comparison Underscores Viking Difference


We tried to stick with the thought “it’s not fair to compare Viking Ocean Cruises to other ocean cruise lines…to either side.  The Viking experience offered as “just what they do” casts a spotlight on the service-focused, relaxed ambiance  on Viking Star.

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Choosing not to classify their new ocean cruise experience as one of luxury, Viking promotes and delivers a very comfortable way to travel.  Believing that the cruise industry had lost its way in the world of customer service, Viking places a high value on it.

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Staterooms You Will Use
Staterooms with multiple USB Ports and plugins are nicely designed and a pleasant place to spend some time on the balcony.  All Viking Star staterooms have balconies and they all enjoy unobstructed full ocean views.  Free wi-fi gets you online, subject to the temperament of the satellite that makes this happen.  The ship’s intranet system is not subject to silly satellites and is a fast, efficient way to see the daily schedule, check to see if you have reservations for tours and dining.  Also part of this system, the Cruise Directors’ daily summary, available anytime.   Better yet, viewing Live TV and films happens via the inter-ship system not the satellite.

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Dining has options going on all the time in one part of the ship or another.  The World Cafe is often the first dining venue visited, commonly for the standard cruise ship embarkation buffet.  There will be crowds, it will not be relaxing…in some other universe.  Viking plays in their own galaxy.

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Viking handles their version of “crowds” on the 930-guest Viking Star without issue, efficiently moving people in small groups that do not overlap on tour.  Usually about 20 Viking travelers seem to make up a group and the content is an overview of wherever it is we are for the day.  Some travelers choose optional tours, either in advance of sailing or once on the ship.  This is where many the Caribbean lover gets their beach and sand fix.

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Optional tours in the Caribbean always have a beach/sun/fun option, often many of them.  The included tours of the day steer clear of beaches, but there are ways to do both.  Choosing a Luxury Catamaran Tour, a beach oriented tour or some other choice would bring sun-filled adventure.   In addition, walking off Viking Star, passengers find plentiful cab drivers standing by for a private tour or direct drive to the beach.  So far, included tours are not going to be beach focused except to mention named beaches as part of orientation.

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Back on board after tour, we like that crowding is usually not a part of the experience.  All public areas seem fully staffed.  Better yet, that  highly-skilled crew is having a good time taking care of business.  As far as “Good Fits For The Caribbean”, the onboard ambiance of Viking Star is a natural for the Caribbean.  The ‘feel’ of the ship fits in just as well in the Caribbean as it has everywhere else in the world so far.

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The Viking difference also brings multiple ways to engage the destination.  A regional specialties menu evolves as we sail bringing unique variety to the culinary program. The ship’s World Cafe connects with the destinations visited by Viking Star.  Better yet, while giant floor to ceiling windows provide great views, they also provide temperature and humidity level control, encouraging guests to linger longer.

We’ve been talking a lot about onboard features that are fitting in nicely in the Caribbean, but there is also the Caribbean, the destination.  Here are some images from our tours so far:

 

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Viking Ocean Cruises In The Caribbean

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Viking Caribbean: Pre-Cruise Countdown

  1. Coming Up: Viking West Indies Explorer, Epic Invasion
  2. Viking Cruises Caribbean: Island Connected Dining Like Never Before
  3. Viking Cruises Caribbean: Panoramic Island Hopping\
  4. Viking Cruises West Indies Explorer Countdown
  5. Viking Caribbean Shoreside Focus Different, Included
  6. Thinkable World Of Viking To Meet The Caribbean
  7. In The Viking Caribbean, No Smuggling Skills Needed, Door Wide Open
  8. Uniquely Different Viking Ocean Cruises: Specific Features That Caribbean Travel Will Like 
  9. Follow Viking Star In Real Time Satellite View
  10. Flexibility Enables Surprise Viking Exploration, Again
  11. Coming To North America: Our Viking Adventure Begins 
  12. Viking Introduces Previously Ignored Caribbean 
  13. Viking Welcome Home: It Can Happen Anywhere
  14. Exploring Iceland Like Vikings: Thoughtfully
  15. Vikings Explore Prince Christian Sound, Very Carefully
  16. Spectacular Travel Moments With Viking Ocean Cruises
  17. Interesting Viking Tour Brings Global View In Very Simple Terms 
  18. Viking Star Passes Ultimate Cruise Traveler Test
  19. Viking Caribbean: Something New For Someone New
  20. Aggressive Repositioning Itinerary Highlights Viking Commitment To Travelers
  21. Thoughtful Canadian Port Choice Typical Of Viking Destination Focus 
  22. Features Not Part Of The Viking Caribbean Experience
  23. Viking Star Caribbean Dining: New Cuisine For Cruise Travelers
  24. Actually, Viking Star Is Designed For Caribbean Cruising
  25. Incomparable Viking Star
  26. Viking Star Base Features To Elevate Caribbean Cruise Experience
  27. In The Wake Of Vikings [PHOTOS] 
  28. Viking Caribbean Preview: Your Questions Answered
  29. Viking Caribbean Preview: More Of Your Questions Answered
  30. Reader Question Highlights Viking Attention To Detail 
  31. Slideshow: Favorite Viking Star Features I Can’t Wait To See
  32. Viking World Cruise: I Could Do That
  33. Viking Star Arrives In New York City  

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  1. A Day In Reykjavik, Iceland
  2. Icelandic Air
  3. In The Steps Of Vikings: Cruising Prince Christian Sound
  4. Nanortalik, Greenland
  5. Qaqortoq, Greenland
  6. Viking Star Penthouse Verandah Staterooms
  7. Viking Star Ship Shots
  8. Viking Star At Sea
  9. Northern Lights
  10. Viking Star Culinary: Mamsens
  11. Viking Star Nordic Spa
  12. Viking Star Living Room Bar
  13. Viking Star Culinary Sampling
  14. Viking Star Explorer’s Lounge
  15. Viking Star Pool Grill
  16. Viking Star Past Guest Party
  17. Viking Star Living Room
  18. Saguenay, Quebec, Canada
  19. Viking Star Infinity Pool
  20. Sailing To Canada On Viking Star
  21. Viking Star Top Deck Spaces
  22. Viking Star Aquavit Bar
  23. Viking Star Crew
  24. Viking Star Main Pool Area
  25. Greenland From The Deck Of Viking Star
  26. Viking Documentation
  27. Al Fresco Seating Areas

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