Viking Prestige Cabins
Regardless of category or location, cabins on Viking Prestige are beautifully appointed and carefully thought through. Each has a bed that can convert from a queen to a pair of twins; the linens and mattresses are first-rate. One minor complaint: For a queen-configured bed, the two twins are simply pushed together; a nice touch would be the addition of bedding that could actually keep them from moving apart.
Flat-screen televisions feature news (CNN and CNBC), movies (MGM and Fox Movies), sports (ESPN) and documentaries (National Geographic).
One feature we loved was a fantastic array of movies offered via Video on Demand at -- get this -- no extra charge. We got a laugh out of the way they were organized: "The Sound of Music" and "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" were both housed in comedy, but in the little bit of time we had to kick back and watch, we enjoyed the variety.
There's plenty of storage; a two-door closet has a shelf just for shoes, and there are three bureau drawers of additional shelf space. Each cabin has an empty mini-fridge, so you can tuck away your own supplies. There are an electronically operated safe and reading lights by the bed.
Bathrooms are thoughtfully arranged, with curved showers, enclosed by glass doors, which were more spacious than expected. Showers have the best water pressure we've ever had at sea. The towels were superb, as well -- fluffy, absorbent and generously sized. There's a magnified mirror (set rather high so best for men who are shaving, rather than for women to apply makeup) and generous storage both above the sink and below. Toiletries are by L'Occitane, and our cabin stewardess was quite generous in replenishing the supply.
Cabins are served by housekeeping twice a day, and we found our stewardess to be both thorough and unobtrusive.
Kudos to Viking for building six solo cabins into this ship. (Sister vessel Viking Legend has five.) They're about two-thirds the size of standard doubles, come in all categories and have all the usual accouterments, from flat-screen televisions to nice-sized bathrooms. The big difference is that, instead of two beds, there's a couch that folds out.
There are two suites on Viking Prestige. At 340 square feet apiece, they're essentially the size of two standard doubles. One room, decorated in a spare Scandinavian style, is a comfortable sitting room with a large closet and a vast walk-in closet. The adjoining bedroom is outfitted similarly to its standard brethren, though it features an extra-special bathroom with a marble tub.
Beyond the solo cabins and suites, the only significant difference between the doubles on the Upper Deck (which leads into the Observation Lounge and is just below the Sun Deck), Middle Deck (convenient to the restaurant) and Main Deck (the lowest level) is the size of the window. (Standard staterooms are all 170 square feet.) On Upper and Middle Decks, cabins have French balconies, which means you can open your floor-to-ceiling balcony doors -- but there's no platform on which to step out. On the Main Deck, much more narrow windows are located about two-thirds of the way up the wall and could be underwater from time to time.
One negative about cabins on the Upper Deck is that you can be disturbed by activity on the Sun Deck. On our trip, one early-rising jogger regularly did laps above us; it bothered some but wasn't a big deal for us.
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