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Viking Atla
Viking Atla
Member Name: smithjnf
Cruise Date: March 2014
Embarkation: Amsterdam
Destination: Blank
Cabin Category: balcony
Cabin Number: 327
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Member Rating   3.0 out of 5+
Dining 3.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Cabins 4.0
Entertainment 3.0
Spa & Fitness 1.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 4.0
Embarkation 4.0
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money 1.0
Rates Not Rated
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Ship Facts: Viking Atla Review (by Cruise Critic!)
Disappointing experience in general

It is apparent that Viking Cruises are meant for an average age of about 65. As 46 and 48 year olds, we found it disappointing that there were not many passengers around our age. We lost power overnight, for 12 hours and the Viking corporate office offered us a voucher for money off a future cruise. We informed them we do not intend to take another cruise like this for perhaps 15 years, and would prefer to have our bill reduced from the cruise we just took, or to be reimbursed a few hundred dollars. This is common practice at hotels when we are inconvenienced the way we were on the Atla. We had no running water, so no showers, no flushing toilets. In addition, the emergency lighting in all cabins was on all night long. Viking corporate refused our request and once again offered only a voucher for future cruise that we don't intend to take. If you are looking for an experience like the commercials show, with lovely scenery passing by, do NOT take the Amsterdam/Antwerp/Amsterdam cruise. You will either be cruising at night, or be docked with a ship parked next to you every single day. We had sailing scenery only twice out of a 9 day trip. Totally not worth paying for the balcony we thought we'd enjoy. Wifi speed is non-existent, ironically one of the modern windmills in the middle of nowhere was having 4G installed on one of the days we visited. It takes forever to connect, and is sketchy at best. Food was fine, nothing to write home about. The crew was the best part, friendly and always doing their best. Keep in mind the ships are small. No gym and very limited opportunity for exercise. Walking tours were interesting, but we would have liked more time in many of the places. However, due to the general age of the passengers, the tours are no longer than 2 hours. These cruises are definitely targeted toward 60 and up, although some of the more active people at those ages were also unhappy about the pace. Most disappointing was Viking's unwillingness to compensate us for what was an extremely un-vacation-like night during an extremely expensive vacation. Cannot recommend them.

Publication Date: 04/16/14
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