My Viking Story, Every Bit Of It


My Viking story started with the inauguration of Viking Longships in Amsterdam and there has been no looking back ever since.   It’s the last part of that statement “…and there has been no lookng back,” that is of particular importance here as Viking Star completes her first swing through the Caribbean.  Also jumping off the page to me is that “swing through the Caribbean” part.  Both sentence fragments speak to what Viking has done in the Caribbean, a part of the cruising world that will never be same.

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They’re Doing Something Right
Over the last few years we watched in awe as Viking River Cruises brought travelers a unique river cruising experience like no other.  Growing a fleet of ships numbering more than all other river cruise lines combined, the success story of Viking is interesting.  Even the most severe of critics agree: they must be doing something right.  We saw that ‘something right’ as the thoughtfulness found on Viking Longships was transferred to their new ocean cruise line, largely due to river cruise guest demand for it.

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Blowing Away Expectations
Not surprising, we want to recreate wonderful travel experiences. It’s the reason we are past guests of just about all cruise lines.  Give us a good time once, we want it again, right?  Viking knows this too and often seems singly focused on delivering more than is expected, every step of the way.  That’s a focus that served them well in the Caribbean and will continue to draw new cruise travelers into the Viking family.  This is just too good to be ignored.

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My Viking (Love) Story
My Viking Story continued onto first ship Viking star, sailing in the Mediterranean and on a transatlantic sailing across the Atlantic.  It’s a story of traveling in comfort from the time we exit the baggage claim area at an embarkation airport to onboard programming and a Viking-exclusive way to see destinations we have been to many times in the Caribbean.  That’s where the Viking ocean cruise experience truly shined and solidly made a place for itself going forward.

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Verified: Viking Has Created A New Caribbean Cruise Experience
Our New York to the West Indies itinerary verified what we had hoped:  Viking would create a new different and exciting way to sail in the Caribbean, unlike any other.  Initially, we excluded groups of travelers that would seemingly not care for the Viking experience because it has no casino, top deck attractions and other elements of the experience associated with other cruise lines.  I need to take that back at this point.

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Kudos To Ships With Top Deck Attractions, They Too Have Value
Revised, that statement would be more accurate as “It’s worth leaving your big ship attraction behind to experience Viking’s Caribbean”.  Yes, that absolutely nails the experience for all those to whom a genuinely relaxing, enriching travel experience beckons.

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“…and there has been no lookng back,”
Vikings are a fearless bunch, ready to explore the world with an unsatiable hunger to learn along the way. I think that is one of the very most accurate statements I have made throughout this travel journey with Viking.  Beginning with the river cruise ships and now solidly established as a unique ocean cruise travel experience as well, there seems to be no limit to what the Viking organization can accomplish.

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“swing through the Caribbean”
I can’t count the number of times I have written about taking a swing through the Caribbean with nearly all cruise lines that do.  It had become a generic term to describe a wonderful getaway, a way to leave your land based cares and woes behind, if only for a while.  The end result of buying into any cruise line’s onboard programming was a renewing effect.  Get involved with the onboard programming, let cruise lines have their way with our brains and we left feeling a bit different, changed…perhaps with a more global view of our world.

Viking has effectively rewritten what a swing through the Caribbean can be in a very good way.  Viking takes that good feeling we get after a good cruise and brings it into the cruise to experience live, as we travel.  More accurately, the people of Viking do that.  Better yet, they genuinely love, protect and constantly improve how they go about it. While looking back on this experience will bring further meaning in reflection, one thing is solidly for sure:  the future of Caribbean cruising will never be the same.  Case in point: Disembarkation usually brings surprisingly different looks on faces as passengers get off the big ship and prepare to return to the cold, real world.

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Sailing with Viking Ocean Cruises, we leave Viking Star behind for now, sure we will be back to see our friends and experience more of what the world has in store for us, in comfort.

Coming Up:

  • Saturday: Your Viking Caribbean Questions Answered
  • Sunday: One From Each Place: Our Viking Caribbean Cruise Remembered

 

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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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  5. Qaqortoq, Greenland
  6. Viking Star Penthouse Verandah Staterooms
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  8. Viking Star At Sea
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  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
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  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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