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What makes Viking Ocean Cruises so special?

We are home from our two-week Baltic cruise on the new Viking Star and we remain impressed. Here are some of the reasons that we think the folks at Viking are getting it right: They do not have a casino. They do not have photographers nor do they sell photos. They do not have art […]

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Viking Star: This ship boasts a crew that any company would envy

  ABOARD THE VIKING STAR – We have all heard the adage, “Happy wife, happy life.” (Gotta admit, I’ve always liked that one.) But in cruising, the more appropriate saying is “Happy crew, happy ship.” And the Viking Star is one happy ship. In all my years of cruising, I don’t think I have ever […]

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The Viking Star: Taking a look at a typical veranda cabin

ABOARD THE VIKING STAR – We just spent two lovely days in Denmark and today are in Stavanger, Norway. For most folks, the extensive touring in Berlin and Copenhagen wore them out a bit so spending yesterday in the little town of Aalborg was a welcome respite. After a short look-about town, it was a […]

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Viking Star: Meals on board are very, very good and often have a Scandinavian twist

ABOARD THE VIKING STAR – We are now well into this 14-day Baltic cruise on the new Viking Star and everyone is beginning to groan a bit. They are coming to realize that we have all been eating too much. The food on board is extremely good and varied and it is just too easy […]

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The Viking Star: Several heavy days of touring makes everyone appreciate a day at sea

ABOARD THE VIKING STAR – After the end of our second day touring St. Petersburg, Russia – a full day tour from 9 to 5 – my Fitbit registered 13,236 steps. We certainly did stand and walk a lot exploring the palaces and gardens of the czars. But, hey, St. Petersburg is a bucket list […]

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The Viking Star: Many passengers choose multiple shore excursions on this popular Baltic itinerary

ABOARD THE VIKING STAR — We have only been sailing on the Viking Star for two days. We began in Stockholm and visited Helsinki today. In that time, we have experienced two of the included shore excursions that are another hallmark of Viking’s destination-oriented approach to ocean cruising. Taking another page from its long experience […]

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Viking Star: The spa makes a big first impression

ABOARD THE VIKING STAR –– We have not yet been on the Viking Star for 24 hours but she is such a nice size that we have pretty much explored all her nooks and crannies. And so far, she rates an A+. I came to find out why Viking Ocean Cruises received so many rave […]

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Setting sail again, on Viking Ocean Cruises

Once again the bags are packed, the fridge is cleaned out, my desk is almost clear and Chet is fretting about all the last-minute details of leaving home for a few weeks. Yes, we are bound for another cruise and so looking forward to sailing with a brand new cruise line, Viking Ocean Cruises, in […]

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The 150-passenger Louisiane (Courtesy French America Line)

New boutique river cruises for America

I receive several different newsletters about cruising, but a very handy one comes from Europe. I met its editor on a press trip some years ago and have always found it informative. Here is a great item from today’s posting: From Tutto Crociere: “Intimate, exclusive and elegant” is what the brochures call it. The “ne […]

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Reports from SeaTrade: Holland America shows off its three new entertainment venues on the ms Eurodam

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The Seatrade Cruise Global conference gets underway tomorrow here in Lauderdale, but already Chet and I have had a couple of busy days. This is the annual gathering of the worldwide cruise industry. Holland America Line invited press to come in early and preview the changes that they are introducing on […]

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