Viking Day At Sea Brings Relaxation, Reflection, Dining Pleasure

Enjoying a day at sea with Viking Ocean Cruises there was no lack of things to do.  Just a few days away from the arrival of Viking Star in the Caribbean, anticipation is starting to build.  It’s the first time a Viking ship has sailed in a part of the world quite familiar to cruise travelers. Becoming increasingly familiar, the world of Viking River Cruises which inspired the growing fleet of not-so-familiar Viking ocean ships. But here we are on the eve of Viking’s entry in the Caribbean market, when the world of cruise vacations will naturally try to compare what Viking Star has to offer.


I really don’t know how else to say it: to compare Viking Ocean Cruises to any other cruise line is inappropriate.  Still, I know comparisons will be made and so does Viking. In a typically brilliant move, Viking beat the other cruise lines to that process at a press conference held on board Viking Star.


Plainspoken Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen ran the numbers, stacking up the attractiveness of his growing fleet of ships to other cruise lines in the marketplace with similar price points.  On the eve of Viking’s 20th anniversary in the world of river cruising, Hagen made it clear what Viking does not offer right up front.


Several popular options of big ship cruises will probably eliminate a segment of the potential cruise traveler pool from even considering Viking, at least for now.  Stacking up cruise lines side by side, Viking’s graphic comparison of what they do vs the other guys further defined what they have been saying all along: Viking will not try to be everything to everyone.


This is not new information really, all the factors compared are readily available on any of the mentioned cruise line’s websites.  We already knew that.  Pick your favorite line from the list and so do you.  Our focus here is more on what the actual Caribbean experience will be.  How will it go on an included tour at every port of call?  We have been to the Caribbean many times, but never done a tour at each port on any cruise line.  That will be our focus on this journey beginning in a couple days, upon arrival in San Juan.

One thing to know right now as we get more specific on the actual Viking ocean cruise experience: Lobster is on the menu.




Viking Caribbean: Unique In The Caribbean

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Viking Caribbean: Pre-Cruise Countdown

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  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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