Sailing Preview: Viking Star “Empires of the Mediterranean”

If there’s one thing I’m excited about this month, it’s my upcoming sailing on the hottest ship in the industry – Viking Ocean’s Viking Star. A brand new ship, a brand new cruise line, and an unbelievable itinerary – it’s going to be very special. Join me in just two short weeks for an inside look into the ship that’s making waves in the cruise industry.

Welcome Aboard

Viking Star, launched only a few months ago, is the newcomer and current star of the cruise industry. Viking Ocean Cruises, the brainchild and sister of the highly successful Viking River Cruises, introduced the new ship to the world in April, making a huge splash with her contemporary design, intimate spaces, and adventurous itineraries. The ship features a number of cool (yes, I’m a millennial, we still say cool) amenities including a true infinity pool at her stern, a Snow Grotto, and a number of tantalizing dining options. Now, I don’t want to give away too much about Viking Star yet, so don’t miss out on the Mike At Sea blog, which will launch on November 16th, featuring articles and features about the onboard experience and my itinerary.

Where Am I Going?

I’ll be sailing The Empires of the Mediterranean itinerary, embarking on November 17th. My sailing will take us from Constantinople  Istanbul to Venice, calling in ports throughout Turkey, Greece, Montenegro, Croatia, and ending in Italy. Plus, I’ll be taking part in some enriching and exciting excursions along the way, including, my personal favorite, a visit to the former home to the Virgin Mary on the Biblical History & Beautiful Vistas excursion in Ephesus.

I will begin my Mike At Sea coverage on November 16th in Istanbul. Follow along for my adventures through what was once Constantinople and the Park Hyatt. 

November 17 ~ Embark in Istanbul ~ Excursion: The Underground Cistern

November 18 ~ Istanbul

November 19 ~ Kusadasi (Ephesus) ~ Excursion: Biblical History & Beautiful Vistas

November 20 ~ Piraeus (Athens) ~ Excursion: A Walk Backwards In Time

November 21 ~ Santorini ~ Excursion: Vineyards & Vistas

November 22 ~ Cruising The Ionian Sea

November 23 ~ Kotor ~ Excursion: Walking Tour of Kotor

November 24 ~ Dubrovnik ~ Excursion: Walking Tour of Dubrovnik

November 25 ~ Pula ~Excursion: Walking Tour of Pula

November 26 ~ Venice ~ Disembark

I will continue my European journey and Mike At Sea coverage in Venice for two days. Between November 26 and November 28, follow along for my adventures through Venezia and at The Westin Europa and Regina.


Following Along #MikeAtSea

It’s going to be a fun and exciting two weeks of coverage from the Viking Star, so don’t miss out on my daily blogs from the ship, ports, and at sea. On social media, I’ll be using the hashtags #MikeAtSea and #MikeTheViking to share photos, blogs, and videos.

Twitter: @CruiseCurrents & @MikeWFaust

Instagram: @CruiseCurrents & @MikeWFaust

Facebook: Cruise Currents


If you have any questions about Viking Star, Viking Ocean, the Park Hyatt, The Westin Europa and Regina, or any of the ports I’ll be visiting, please send your questions to with the subject “Viking Star Q&A.” I’ll answer your questions during and following my coverage at sea.



Mike Faust

Mike Faust is an avid world traveler, often found traversing city streets in Asia and Europe rather than his home city of Boca Raton. Mike has touched down in 39 countries, set sail on 35 cruises, and flown over 400,000 lifetime miles.