Preliminary Scorecard: Viking Caribbean Tours

Delivering what they promised in the Caribbean, Ocean Cruises is well on the way completing her first full Caribbean sailing.  That is bringing a quick look at a number of topics, what readers want to know about Star and her interesting Caribbean itineraries.  At a great amount of resources go into tours.  Those tours are part of the deal with and blend in well in the Caribbean.

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Included At Every Port
Nicely timed and spaced tours made for a more intimate experience in San Juan.   In Tortola, open air safari style busses were fun with engaging Miss Kitty along for the ride.  St Johns brought more of a traditional cruise ship tour, probably due to the destination. Still, we covered a lot of ground; like a $100 cab tour’s worth in three hours.

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Interesting Reality of the Caribbean
Not all places have iconic landmarks, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and numerous locations we might have only seen in a film but have dreamed about for years.  Which brings up another pre-arrival topic asked about by readers: How interesting can the Caribbean be?  As we experienced Antigua it was not the most picturesque or history-rich island in the Caribbean.  Back to back ports rather quickly bring on a more focused review of tour descriptions.

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Limber Cruising Destination Focus
The flexible experience allows us to also choose from a list of destination-specific special interest tours; experiences in addition to an included overview tour. Often, it is possible to do both. Some of those optional tours are beachy by nature to satisfy that under the watchful eye of the Viking Shorex crew. They are really good at that. This is the Caribbean after all and the beach was a star of the show on past sailings.  The idea here was to focus on destinations as the Viking Advantage does everywhere else in the world.  But what happens when stopping at places we might have already been?  What do you have for me?

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At the midway point, brings a thought that the actual Viking in the Caribbean experience will put onboard programming to test.  Lectures and port talks take a more dominant place in our daily schedules, if only to watch the Viking Daily, a video produced at the end of each day and loaded on stateroom televisions.  Guiding us through the entire experience, Cruise Director Aaron Syfert provided continuity and last minute details.  We’ll hear from him live each day with a call that the ship has been cleared to go ashore.  The Viking Daily video supplements the more detailed Viking Daily print edition which also tells us exactly where to go for tours and when to be there.

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Like the acquired skill of notifying guides of your possible personal deviation from the planned on European tours “I might fall in love with a sidewalk cafe and spend the rest of the day there.  No offense to you, love the tour, time for memories”

Back on board after tours, we’re finding cold cloths at embarkation then around here and there on deck.  The atmosphere is very much Caribbean laid back but there is always someone in any public space there to help you.  Nicely staffed, there is time to chat with passengers and provide friendly, efficient service.    A recurring theme, there is little waiting here on any element of the Caribbean experience I had become accustomed to/programmed to accept as reality.

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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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  10. Viking Star Culinary: Mamsens
  11. Viking Star Nordic Spa
  12. Viking Star Living Room Bar
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  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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