CRUISE THE PLANET
So this time next week we will have sailed away from New York City on the way to the Caribbean. Nothing really unusual about that, cruise ships do it all the time. But that we will be back on board Viking Ocean Cruises new Viking Star, heading to the Caribbean for the first time; that’s big news. With just a few days to go on our Countdown To The Caribbean focus, we’ve covered a lot of ground. Our New York to the West Indies itinerary has been detailed, along with the excursions that are included in each port of call. We made our way around the ship as Viking Star made her way to North America for the first time on an interesting In The Wake Of Vikings itinerary that ended in Montreal. Covering many of the Caribbean-friendly features Viking Ocean Cruises we still have a few more to go before taking another look, comparing our expectation to the actual experience. First, some questions from readers that have come up along the way.
Dr. Roger C from Tulsa jumps right in, tackling a topic that is sure to be on the mind of anyone who has ever sailed in the Caribbean, asking “So where is the best bar on Viking Star?”
Roger, the aft-facing Aquavit Bar is (not really shown on the diagram below but about where the hot tub is) the obvious choice that will be super popular in the Caribbean, perhaps even more than in other parts of the world where Viking Star has sailed. The location overlooks the ship’s infinity pool and doubles as the service bar for both sides of the ships World Cafe. They need that because wine and beer are included during lunch and dinner. Also, many travelers will probably choose to upgrade that to the Silver Spirits Plan ($19.99 per person, per day- You just need to do that Roger) that extends that time to around the clock and increases the choices.
A personal favorite, the World Cafe is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and is popular worldwide for multiple reasons. Looking in, there is an open display kitchen where the menu items featured are produced as well as other hot stations on both sides that serve up culinary delights that change daily. Looking out, if the weather is bad we see what is around the ship on floor-to-ceiling windows. If the weather is good, those windows are open and Viking travelers spill out onto the deck.
The same goes for dining spaces in front of the Aquavit Bar which fan out on both sides of the infinity pool. Additional seating is located on the deck above where comfy loungers await. While crowding is rare on Viking Star, this is one of the least crowded areas of the ship and sure to be a hit in the Caribbean for its top deck location. Also on that top deck, on one side is the ship’s one and only smoking area. Not to be relegated to some unpleasant space, even the smoking area features comfortable chairs and tables and is serviced from the Pool Bar directly below.
Roger, I have to tell you though, while the Aquavit bar will be popular, to rule out the Pool Bar would be a mistake, especially at time of the day when the main pool cover is open and the ship’s Oaseas Band plays. Actually, come to think of it, where “the best” bar is kind of depends on the time of day.
The Living Room bar is located on what would be considered the main floor of a hotel lobby, where the Explorer’s Desk (think concierge with super powers), Guest Services, a computer center and multiple areas of more comfortable seating areas interspersed with bookshelves, reading material and a whole lot more are located. It’s where I start my day with a double espresso but could choose from full bar service or a display case of tasty treats that changes appropriately throughout the day.
Go up high and forward and we find the Explorer’s Lounge which is the king daddy of observation lounges at sea. Seriously, I go out of my way not to throw other cruise lines under the bus as I write about this ship but the double deck Explorer’s Lounge simply blows everyone else away. Solidifying that hold on top lounge rank an ancillary dining venue, Mamsen’s, goes from morning through night and, like that display case of tasty treats in the living room, Mamsen’s too changes offerings throughout the day.
The Viking Experience Flows Throughout Viking Star
This is one really long answer to what appeared to be a really simple question but it speaks to one of the most wonderful parts of Viking Star if not the entire Viking Ocean Cruise choreography: it flows.
One area, one dining venue, the menu in that dining venue all appropriately reflect what cruise travelers want/need/ask for during a particular time of the day. Bonus: they are all appropriately staffed throughout the day. Example: Even when in port when most Viking travelers are off ship on an included tour and the Explorer’s Lounge is nearly deserted, a crew member happens by to see if there is anything the one and only person there might want.
Interestingly, while this entire post accurately summarizes the “drinking” topic that is so very much a part of any other Caribbean cruise, it is but one part of the Viking Ocean Cruises Caribbean experience that extends to so many other areas.
The Countdown Continues
- Coming Up: Viking West Indies Explorer, Epic Invasion
- Viking Cruises Caribbean: Island Connected Dining Like Never Before
- Viking Cruises Caribbean: Panoramic Island Hopping\
- Viking Cruises West Indies Explorer Countdown
- Viking Caribbean Shoreside Focus Different, Included
- Thinkable World Of Viking To Meet The Caribbean
- In The Viking Caribbean, No Smuggling Skills Needed, Door Wide Open
- Uniquely Different Viking Ocean Cruises: Specific Features That Caribbean Travel Will Like
- Follow Viking Star In Real Time Satellite View
- Flexibility Enables Surprise Viking Exploration, Again
- Coming To North America: Our Viking Adventure Begins
- Viking Introduces Previously Ignored Caribbean
- Viking Welcome Home: It Can Happen Anywhere
- Exploring Iceland Like Vikings: Thoughtfully
- Vikings Explore Prince Christian Sound, Very Carefully
- Spectacular Travel Moments With Viking Ocean Cruises
- Interesting Viking Tour Brings Global View In Very Simple Terms
- Viking Star Passes Ultimate Cruise Traveler Test
- Viking Caribbean: Something New For Someone New
- Aggressive Repositioning Itinerary Highlights Viking Commitment To Travelers
- Thoughtful Canadian Port Choice Typical Of Viking Destination Focus
- Features Not Part Of The Viking Caribbean Experience
- Viking Star Caribbean Dining: New Cuisine For Cruise Travelers
- Actually, Viking Star Is Designed For Caribbean Cruising
- Incomparable Viking Star
- Viking Star Base Features To Elevate Caribbean Cruise Experience
- In The Wake Of Vikings [PHOTOS] (this post)
Flickr photo albums
- A Day In Reykjavik, Iceland
- Icelandic Air
- In The Steps Of Vikings: Cruising Prince Christian Sound
- Nanortalik, Greenland
- Qaqortoq, Greenland
- Viking Star Penthouse Verandah Staterooms
- Viking Star Ship Shots
- Viking Star At Sea
- Northern Lights
- Viking Star Culinary: Mamsens
- Viking Star Nordic Spa
- Viking Star Living Room Bar
- Viking Star Culinary Sampling
- Viking Star Explorer’s Lounge
- Viking Star Pool Grill
- Viking Star Past Guest Party
- Viking Star Living Room
- Saguenay, Quebec, Canada
- Viking Star Infinity Pool
- Sailing To Canada On Viking Star
- Viking Star Top Deck Spaces
- Viking Star Aquavit Bar
- Viking Star Crew
- Viking Star Main Pool Area
- Greenland From The Deck Of Viking Star
- Viking Documentation
- Al Fresco Seating Areas