My wife Heidi Leppert and I are newlywed millennials and not exactly the target demographic for Viking Ocean Cruises, but that didn’t stop us from falling in love with the Viking Star in the Caribbean. Here we give a bit of a “he said, she said” banter on our opinion of the new cruise line and ship.
He said: Having sailed from New York City to San Juan, Puerto Rico before a Caribbean roundtrip we had the opportunity to enjoy an entry-level Deluxe Veranda stateroom for the first few sea days before upgrading to a top-of-the-line Explorer Suite, and they were both fantastic in their own ways.
Even in the smallest cabins, which are larger than average, my favorite feature is an ample shower. Too many other ships skimp with a truncated bathing area farther reduced with a shower curtain blowing in on you, but not on Viking. The large square footprint glass enclosure is palatial in comparison to competitors.
She said: Preach. When I can comfortably shave my legs in a cruise ship shower, I’m a happy camper. Viking, thanks to a helpful shaving ledge, made me a happy camper!
He said: Our generation, in particular, also loves the plentiful USB charging ports in most staterooms onboard: two at each nightstand and five in the base of the desk lamp. Inexplicably, the Explorer Suite, however, did not have any, but that was quickly overlooked when we had a spacious living room with its own dining room, perfect for room service meals, separate from a master bedroom, walk-in closet and one of the most luxurious bathrooms ever.
How can you not fall head over heels for a massive shower and tub combo with a built-in television and window-view to a massive wraparound balcony and beyond?
Nooks and Crannies
He said: One of the greatest things about the Viking Star is its many comfortable venues to pop a squat and relax, from The Viking Living Room atrium to the Explorers’ Lounge observation space. I can never get enough of a great venue for taking in the passing scenery from the front of the ship, and Viking’s tops them all with two decks’ worth of panoramic views and an attached Norwegian deli for the tastiest of waffles.
She said: As for outdoor nooks and crannies, I rarely dip even a toe into a pool on a cruise ship (except for maybe the pool in the spa, or the adults-only pool) because they are always so darn crowded! Call me crazy, but being splashed by a bunch of kids and having no room to swim around isn’t my idea of fun. On this trip, I enjoyed every pool on the ship! I suppose you could call all of them adults-only pools since you have to be 18 to sail on Viking Ocean. But the real treat was how empty they could be!
There is a pool on deck 7 under a retractable magrodome, an amazing infinity pool on the back of the ship, and a pool in the spa. And at one time or another, I was the only person in each of
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