7 Amsterdam Viking Ocean Viking Sun Cruise Reviews

We had been on a Viking River Cruise the previous year and were so impressed with that experience, we thought we’d try an ocean cruise with Viking. Best decision ever! The ship was beautiful, well designed and had a great crew. We ... Read More
We had been on a Viking River Cruise the previous year and were so impressed with that experience, we thought we’d try an ocean cruise with Viking. Best decision ever! The ship was beautiful, well designed and had a great crew. We never felt crowded as there are numerous public spaces. Our room was comfortable and well-designed. Heated floor in the bathroom! The food at several restaurants provided us with lots of choices and was excellent. Every single crew interaction( yes, every one!) was positive; polite, professional and always helpful. We enjoyed the daily morning excursions although we always went off on our own in the afternoon to see the sites or sit in a cafe and people watch. We particularly enjoyed the Bluetooth system that allowed us to hear the guide clearly. Although we do enjoy children, we were very happy to NOT have any kids running around and disrupting our peace. We applaud Viking’s no kids under 18 rule. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Viking provides a complete vacation experience. The Viking Sun is magnificent and easy to get around. You don't feel crowded even with 900 people on board. Service is excellent. Food is delicious and prepared just the way you like to ... Read More
Viking provides a complete vacation experience. The Viking Sun is magnificent and easy to get around. You don't feel crowded even with 900 people on board. Service is excellent. Food is delicious and prepared just the way you like to have it served. Eating in the normal dining room or a specialty dining room makes no difference. The waiters are top notch and make you feel like you are royalty. Crew is outstanding and you feel you are part of a family and not a customer. Entertainment is on a par with the best of " New York Broadway". The side trips are well planned and executed with efficiency and very interesting. The scenery in Denmark and Norway is beautiful and a photographers paradise. We have cruised on at least 16 different ships from 4 different cruise companies over the years and this adventure (the first on Viking Ocean) was the best we have experienced. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We chose this trip due to the Norwegian itinerary and the 7 day trip fit into our work schedule. We have cruised large ships and small, including very small ships of under 100 passengers and many of the larger lines with mega ships so we ... Read More
We chose this trip due to the Norwegian itinerary and the 7 day trip fit into our work schedule. We have cruised large ships and small, including very small ships of under 100 passengers and many of the larger lines with mega ships so we have a good basis of comparison. This was our first trip with Viking and the entire experience from embarkation to debarkation and everything in between was flawless. The ship is considered 'small' at 900 passengers. The boarding process was the fastest ever, and we have taken over 30 cruises! The ship itself is well designed, nicely furnished, but in that clean Scandinavian way. The staff was very friendly and efficiency abounded everywhere. The buffet area was well organized, and the food quite good. Despite having a nice main dining room, and two specialty restaurants, many guests enjoyed the themed dinners in the buffet without the need to change clothes from the days touring. The food came out of the open kitchen with service from two sides, and they were happy to cook to order if requested. The Italian restaurant was excellent as well, with service to match. The ships tours, many of which are included in the cruise fare were well organized and very good. We did some optional tours including the food tour in Oslo and bike riding down from Flam (actually Myrdal) after the train trip up. The guides were all excellent and again every aspect was well organized. This was great itinerary to get a feel for the Norwegian fjords, culture and people. Wish we had more time for a longer trip though! Our penthouse veranda was very comfortable, and well laid out. We even enjoyed the guest lecturers, one was an English journalist who was quite interesting and entertaining. We did not see the production shows though. Overall a great trip and would definitely take another Viking Ocean cruise again Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We chose this cruise because we have always wanted to go to Norway, where my husband's maternal family is from. We had the bonus of his sister and her husband being able to join us on this cruise. We have really loved our Viking ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we have always wanted to go to Norway, where my husband's maternal family is from. We had the bonus of his sister and her husband being able to join us on this cruise. We have really loved our Viking river boat cruises on the Rhine and Elbe rivers, so were anxious to try a small ship. It was over so quickly, we are now looking forward to our Med cruise on Viking in spring 2020. The cabin was beautiful and we enjoyed having the veranda, especially since we had wonderful, warm weather. The only improvement for us would be more places to hang clothing and towels when showering, and a way to turn off the closet light so it did not wake the person still trying to get some sleep. The restaurants were very good, and we loved the main dining room for breakfast and dinner. We tried the special dining room for the Chinese dinner, but still preferred the view in the main dining room. But our favorite places were the Explorers Lounge where we went before and after dinner, and the back of the boat on the second floor with the couches and panoramic view while underway! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Our cruise this year on the Viking Sun was our 2nd cruise on the ocean, the 1st being with Holland America to Alaska, and I can say that the Viking Sun was smaller and more intimate than the SS Zaandam. While the food was excellent on both ... Read More
Our cruise this year on the Viking Sun was our 2nd cruise on the ocean, the 1st being with Holland America to Alaska, and I can say that the Viking Sun was smaller and more intimate than the SS Zaandam. While the food was excellent on both cruises, the Zaandam had a more international selection of cuisine, while the Viking Sun was more continental. This is not a criticism, just a comment. As I said, the food on both ships was excellent. Since the Viking Ship Museum tour was filled before we got to sign up for it, we took the water taxi over to Bygdøy and walked up the hill to the museum. We had dinner in The Restaurant that night and met some people who had taken the tour and were unhappy with the length of time that they spent at the museum. But we were very pleased with our trip across the harbor and of course, getting to spend as much time as we wanted at the museum, which is certainly the high light of our trip. I feel it would help others if you informed them of this option when they tried to sign up for the tour and found it full. Our two other cruises with Viking were river boat cruises up the Rhine and the Elbe. But we recently booked a Med cruise with Viking and are looking forward to it. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Wanted to see something of Norway and the fjords. We did spend a few days in Amsterdam before departure and a few days in Bergen after the cruise was ended. We have already signed up for a southern hemisphere cruise around Cape Horn for ... Read More
Wanted to see something of Norway and the fjords. We did spend a few days in Amsterdam before departure and a few days in Bergen after the cruise was ended. We have already signed up for a southern hemisphere cruise around Cape Horn for February 2020. There were no children on the cruise as far as I remember, and since there are no child-specific areas for play, etc., I would not recommend these cruises for children. The food was excellent and we really only used the Buffet restaurant because the selection was so wide ranging and the servers were friendly. No problems at all with embarkation or disembarkation - all ran very smoothly. The cabin was just lovely with our little balcony where we could sit outside, and the room attendants were delightful, as were all the people making life pleasant for us on the ship. And I remember there was a laundry room on our deck where I could do my own laundry! The entertainment was high quality, and I could dance in the Bar every evening after dinner. I became known as the "Dancing Queen"! :-) Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We took our cruise on Viking Sun on July 7th leaving from Amsterdam, sailing to Bergen. Overall it was a wonderful cruise on a spectacular ship with a friendly crew to see unbelievable sights. The positive: We enjoy sailing on ... Read More
We took our cruise on Viking Sun on July 7th leaving from Amsterdam, sailing to Bergen. Overall it was a wonderful cruise on a spectacular ship with a friendly crew to see unbelievable sights. The positive: We enjoy sailing on smaller boats (less than 1,000 passengers) and have sailed with Princess, and Azamara. This, by far, was the best ship we have been on. Throughout the ship, it was just simple little touches that made everything so wonderful. There are plenty of spaces to intermingle and meet people, but also quiet nooks to escape and enjoy the solitude. The Explorer’s Lounge at the front of the boat is outstanding. We had a Penthouse Veranda suite and again, the little touches made it our best cabin ever. Everything from a heated bathroom floor, to a shower you can actually turn around in, to light switches beside the bed, everything was laid out with you in mind. We dined at Manfredi’s Italian Restaurant, the main dining room and the World Café. Mandredi’s was good, but not outstanding. The food in the main dining room and the World Café was very good. We found the main dining room too loud and took most of our meals at the World Café – with the outdoor seating. As we may not get back to Norway, we went on two excursions most of the days in port. Some guides were better than others but on the whole, all but one or two of the excursions were very good to outstanding. It was annoying that there was a last minute time change to one of our tours that made us miss going on both for that day. All of the crew members were friendly and helpful. They always took that extra step to see that you enjoyed your time on board. The less than positive: We signed up for the post cruise excursion of three days in Iceland. As it was considered part of the cruise, Viking made the travel arrangements. I do not think I will ever let Viking book air travel for us again. On Viking’s air web site, it states the best flights available, minimum connections standards of 60 to 90 minutes, most arrival and departure times ranging from 9:00am to 5:00pm local time and automatic seat request. None of that was true for our flights. Direct flights were available from Bergen to Iceland but we were routed through Copenhagen. We only had a 40 minute layover in Copenhagen. We had to leave the boat at 3:45am for a 6:00am flight and we were never given the opportunity for requesting seats. Also, you should note that when Viking makes the air arrangements, you still have to pay extra for luggage. All in all, it was a wonderful trip and one I would highly recommend. We have done both Viking river and ocean cruises and have enjoyed both. I would not hesitate to recommend Viking curises, just book your own air connections if possible. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018

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Viking Sun Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.7
Dining 5.0 4.5
Entertainment 4.0 4.2
Public Rooms 5.0 4.8
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.4
Family 1.0 4.4
Shore Excursion 4.5 4.1
Enrichment 4.5 4.3
Service 5.0 4.7
Value For Money 5.0 4.3

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