Viking Ocean Cruises’ Viking Star. It’s All in the Details

Viking Star anchored in the Mediterranean.

Looking back at the Viking Star, anchored in the Mediterranean, as we headed to port.

How about a heated bathroom floor? Yes, please.

The difference between upper premium and luxury cruise lines isn’t always easy to distinguish. Viking Ocean’s first ocean cruise ship, the 928 passenger Viking Star, is a case in point. After 12 days of cruising the Mediterranean aboard Viking Star I felt as though I was aboard a stunning new luxury cruise ship.

When Viking Ocean launched the all-veranda Viking Star in mid-2015, the ship was quickly categorized as upper premium by most cruise reviewers.  And I might slightly agree with everyone except for one major, hard-to-overlook feature:  the attention to detail throughout the ship and especially in your stateroom.

In no particular order, here’s my list of eleven examples of why I think the well-planned attention to detail aboard the Viking Star pushes it from an upper premium cruise line into luxury territory.

Lighted Mirror and Make-Up Vanity/Desk

Loved this! Viking Star lighted makeup mirror and desk. Another great idea.

Loved this! Viking Star lighted makeup mirror and desk. What a great idea. (Note the included bottled water, too).

Viking Star vanity/desk area with the makeup mirror closed.

Viking Star vanity/desk area with the makeup mirror closed.

Heated Bathroom Floor

My bathroom, there is a matching storage shelf on the opposite side. And that's the amazing heated floor.

My bathroom, there is a matching storage shelf on the opposite side. And there’s the amazing heated floor.

It looks like an ordinary faux wood floor. But turn on the light for the bathroom, wait a few minutes and presto – cozy warmed floor. Especially welcome on cool weather itineraries.

Bathroom storage for all.

It’s rare to find ample bathroom storage for two people, especially if two women are traveling together. Usually you end up cramming all of your stuff on one or two small shelves with no unobstructed under-cabinet option. On this ship there is the equivalent of twin bathroom storage so no fighting about who gets to put their stuff where and on which shelves.

Discreet Night Light

Tired of leaving the bathroom light on all night or packing your own nightlight? The Viking Star has a dim, low-level night light in your room’s foyer that subtly illuminates the path to the bathroom. You’ll find the control switch at both sides of the bed. If you want pitch darkness for sleeping, simply flick the switch as needed for any middle of the night bathroom breaks.

Nightstand Electric Outlets

Charge your phone and still have it by your bedside. Brilliant!

Charge your phone and still have it by your bedside. Brilliant!

Wouldn’t it be nice to keep your phone at your bedside (think alarm clock) and have it charge at the same time? Most cruise ships have two or three 110/120 outlets near the desk area but none next to your bed. Located at box spring level at both sides of the bed is an electric outlet. Nice, simple touch.

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Extra USB Chargers

Simple solution to a decade’s old problem: How to charge multiple computer devices at the same time. If you’ve even been on a river cruise, you might be familiar with the audio device that you wear around your neck on shore excursions to hear your tour guide. The new Quiet Vox charging stands have two USB ports right on them.

There’s a chair in my shower.

It’s not quite a chair, but it’s a handy ledge, perfect for sitting, shaving legs and placing all of your bath products. No more having to crowd your own shampoo, conditioner, bath gel, face wash and shaving cream on the metal wire basket next to the shower bar.

Hand sanitizers that are hard to miss.

Viking Star automatic spray hand sanitizers.

Viking Star automatic spray hand sanitizers.

You can avoid the goopy liquid that’s dispensed at food service entrances. Simply wave your hands inside the wall-mounted gizmo at the dining room entry. Your hands will be lightly sprayed with unscented alcohol. Dries fast, too.

Everyone stateroom has a doorbell, don’t it…

Breakfast room service is one of the joys of cruising. But to hear the delivery person knock on your neighbor’s stateroom door at 7am and announce at the top of their lungs, “Room Service” can be annoying not to mention startling, especially when it’s at your door..

Usually found only on upper level suites across the cruise spectrum, every stateroom door on the Viking Star has a pleasant-sounding doorbell.

Room service on disembarkation day.

Viking Star breakfast room service, even on departure day.

Viking Star breakfast room service, even on departure day.

Not only can you stay in your room until 9AM on the morning of departure, you can also order a full breakfast with room service.

Come out of the closet.

Yes, real hangers. Not those awkward to use kind that prevent guests from stealing hangers.

Yes, real hangers. Not those awkward-to-use hangers fixed on the rod to prevent guests from stealing them.

Real hangers. Viking Star has a closet full of wooden hangers that you can actually remove from the closet rod. Not just the wooden part with a protruding spoke, but the whole deal, wooden hanger, hook and all.

For me, luxury extends beyond fine dining, exceptional service and an extensive pillow menu (which Viking Star also offers.) It’s also the consideration to details that gives me reason to to believe that Viking Star is has raised the bar on upper-premium cruising.

If getting to Europe to experience the Viking Star isn’t in your plans, stay tuned. The Viking Star is heading to North America and the Caribbean!  After an autumn transatlantic crossing from Bergen Norway to Montreal, the Viking Star will reposition to San Juan for 10-night Caribbean itineraries from October 28, 2016 through February 15, 2017.

For more info on the Viking Star Caribbean cruises, click here.

Disclosure:  I was a guest aboard the Viking Star, though in no way was I under any obligation to write a favorable review or commentary.  This article would have been just as positive if I had bought my own ticket.

By |February 4th, 2016|Viking Ocean|

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