8 Viking Ocean Viking Sea Cruise Reviews for Luxury Cruises to Europe - Western Mediterranean from Barcelona

Highly recommend Viking Ocean. Excellent cruise, service, deluxe cabin is set up very nicely - plenty of storage. Bathroom is very nice- heated floors, plenty of storage space. Our cabin was kept very cleaned - serviced twice a day. ... Read More
Highly recommend Viking Ocean. Excellent cruise, service, deluxe cabin is set up very nicely - plenty of storage. Bathroom is very nice- heated floors, plenty of storage space. Our cabin was kept very cleaned - serviced twice a day. Always had plenty of ice. The main dinning room and World Café are very good. Our favorite is Manfredi's. Excellent. Least favorite and should replace is the Chef Table. Shore Excursions were very good. The included are nice, we did the optional tour to Windsor Castle and Monet Gardens -- the guides were excellent. Did our own private tour in Cherbourg to the American Sector. We suggested on the review that they give us more time in Portugal and skip the A Coruna port as well as they could skip Haugesund, Norway - not much to see and the shops all closed on Saturday at 4:00 pm and we did not dock until 1:45 pm and with tour no time to shop. What is great about Viking Ocean is it is geared for adults - not children. Very relaxing - pool area is great, options for entertainment. If you go don't miss the Rat Pack and Cabaret in the Torshavn lounge. What is great about Viking is you can do their tours or your own, they don't hassle you about getting off the ship - they supply free transportation getting into the city and back to the ship. You can drink your own wine at dinner without a corkage fee. They are very service oriented, friendly and provide an excellent cruise experience. Wonderful lounges. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We had sailed on Viking Rhine River cruise and loved it and were intrigued by the ads for the Viking Ocean itineraries. The ship was fabulous, it was truly the nicest ship we had ever sailed . It was wonderful.Food was excellent, although ... Read More
We had sailed on Viking Rhine River cruise and loved it and were intrigued by the ads for the Viking Ocean itineraries. The ship was fabulous, it was truly the nicest ship we had ever sailed . It was wonderful.Food was excellent, although the Chef Table could use a better ways of serving...we felt very rushed, as our wine glasses kept adding up on our table, while we were eating. A restaurant fashioned like this needed to slow down between courses. But my biggest complaint was the lack of time in each port.We would have been better off having on or two less ports, and spending longer days or more overnights in the others. In our itinerary, if we didn't go to Coruna, which basically a waste, we could have spent more time in Portugal. We whisked around Lisbon and Porto so fast, that I hardly remember half of what we saw. But overall, it was otherwise a wonderful voyage and we are already booked for your Turquoise Caribbean cruise out of Miami in December Looking forward to it, and anxiously awaiting your newest itineraries for 2019. Hope there are some new choices.. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Good cruise, great food and wonderful cabin. A few of the included tours didn't meet the standards for the rest of the cruise. Especially in Porto, the tour guide did not need the level of the tour guides in other cities. Had a ... Read More
Good cruise, great food and wonderful cabin. A few of the included tours didn't meet the standards for the rest of the cruise. Especially in Porto, the tour guide did not need the level of the tour guides in other cities. Had a great time in Paris, the tour guide was very knowledgeable. Food on the shop was was great! The spa was very comforting as well. This is our second Viking Ocean Cruise and I rate them very highly. Suburb quality. Met several wonderful people in the wait staff. Going off season was not a disadvantage. We dressed accordingly and had a wonderful visit. Actually much better than in season when the temperature is much hotter. I love Barcelona! All of the sightseeing is great there. I'm a fan of Gaudi. He's absolutely fantastic. What a great mind! Service in the restaurant is fabulous, the quality of the food in restaurant is suburb. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose Viking because they had the best Med stops as well as the level of luxury and service. Viking is a top notch company. We have been so pleased with the river cruises so we gave their ocean cruise a try. Wonderful overall ... Read More
We chose Viking because they had the best Med stops as well as the level of luxury and service. Viking is a top notch company. We have been so pleased with the river cruises so we gave their ocean cruise a try. Wonderful overall experience!!! Having done over 15 ocean cruises this was by far the best! We loved the size of the ship. We never felt like a number at all, in fact the staff knew us and would often greet us by name! The embarkation was effortless. The bar service wonderful. The shore excursions were all really good and they allowed us to change one of our excursions due to an injured ankle in our party. The dining options were spectacular! The buffet was over the top good! Fresh sushi every night! Our stateroom was like being in the lap of luxury! The disembarkation was easy and we didn't have to wait in any long lines, that is very rare! We would defiantly cruise with Viking Ocean Cruises again! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We were interested in the ports of call and had heard good things about Viking. There ARE good things about Viking, including amazing service people who are very well trained. Here's what is not so good: 1: The included tours ... Read More
We were interested in the ports of call and had heard good things about Viking. There ARE good things about Viking, including amazing service people who are very well trained. Here's what is not so good: 1: The included tours were done by local guides and were not well organized or supervised. After trying three, we gave them up as an awful waste of time. We tried three other tours that we paid for and they were no better. Very disappointing. We had one great guide. The other five don't make the cut. Depending on where the ship is able to dock, you are/or are not able, to manage to see the sites on your own. Rome eg. is hours away on a bus ride and the tours deadly boring. We'd been to Rome so fortunately we didn't "miss" Rome but you really do not "see" Rome and several other places on this cruise. 2. Our 22 days included 11 days of "new food" and 11 days of new entertainment. After the first half, landing in Venice, we found to our dismay that the exact same menu rotated. For our taste, there was an over emphasis on beef and veal, and hardly any poultry choices. What fish we had was good. EVERY night we were offered the same vegetables medley of broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and zucchini. Other vegetable choices were very limited. The evening entertainment after we set sail was fun for the first 11 days and some of the lectures were interesting. Then they repeat. Even the Ted Talks rotated the same talks! Taking the two halves is a mistake and feels like you are being overcharged. 3. Our observation was that Viking and their staff were tone deaf to people with disabilities. We are fortunate not to be affected but it was painful to watch those who were. In all the 22 days we were on board, I did not see a single wheelchair offered, hear a single word about assistance available, see a single written notice. If you have physical challenges, beware. They seem tone deaf. 4. Everything was impeccably clean until we had been on board two weeks or so. The dishes, silverware and glasses became "gritty" with (hopefully sterilized) food particles and chairs developed stains that were not cleaned. Their sanitation and hand washing system is really good however. The ship is beautiful and the open areas very well decorated and comfortable. Impressive. The staff relentlessly cheerful and helpful. Wonderful. If you enjoy spending $1000 a day to be indulged and pampered, this is an OK choice. If you are more curious about your destinations, looking for some adventure or a rich learning opportunity this is not for you. Many people read books...lots of books. I love books but I don't spend $1000 a day to do it. My couch at home is equally comfortable and free. If you want to know which of the two halves of the cruise to take.....Barcelona to Venice or Venice to Athens, we would suggest the latter. You'll spend a lot less money that we did and you'll see much more beautiful and interesting places. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This is a very good ship probably aiming at the high end of the market. Lacks some of the sophistication of Regent and Crystal in terms of service and certainly in terms of passengers. Viking really need to make it clear what the dress ... Read More
This is a very good ship probably aiming at the high end of the market. Lacks some of the sophistication of Regent and Crystal in terms of service and certainly in terms of passengers. Viking really need to make it clear what the dress code is or lose high end of market particularly in main and special restaurants after say 18.00 hrs.Suggest - for men - After 18.00 hours no jeans or baseball caps allowed. Jacket and tie for special restaurants and jacket all other areas Need to clearly define smart casual Cabin food service at breakfast is basic in terms of presentation Overall food is very good with Chef's Table the best experience ever on a cruise ship Staff etiquette could be improved in terms of service. However, always friendly and attentive Included shore excursions are basic with additional fee excursions much better Quiet Box audio system is good but need to provide right ear speaker bud. Also shore excursion leaders/ guides need to be taught how to use equpment Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was our first trip to the western Mediterranean. We embarked in Barcelona after an efficient and pleasant trip from the airport. The ship and cabins are beautiful and comfortable. Felt like home from the beginning. All of the dining ... Read More
This was our first trip to the western Mediterranean. We embarked in Barcelona after an efficient and pleasant trip from the airport. The ship and cabins are beautiful and comfortable. Felt like home from the beginning. All of the dining options were wonderful. Excellent variety of food customized to your liking. We especially enjoyed Manfriedis Italian specialty restaurant. Mamsens gave a little hint of Norwegian delicacies. The bar service and wine selection were some of the best we have ever had. We have never taken advantage of so many of the entertainment venues. They seemed to be tailored to the adult crowd with enrichment lectures of interest to older adults. We also enjoyed all of the shore excursions. Those that were included were ones we would have taken anyway so we only went on 2 that were not included. The post cruise trip to Iceland was fabulous! We would do this again without reservation! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Scandinavian décor (Norwegian Ship). Clean and spacious staterooms as well as the Junior suite we had,(Suite 8001). No one forward of us or above us. Super quiet! Food was good and ports and excursions were exceptional as well as ... Read More
Scandinavian décor (Norwegian Ship). Clean and spacious staterooms as well as the Junior suite we had,(Suite 8001). No one forward of us or above us. Super quiet! Food was good and ports and excursions were exceptional as well as stimulating. We were on an ocean cruise from Barcelona to Venice. We just completed a AMA Bordeaux cruise and found it to be inferior to Viking (comparison) is unfair as one was ocean going and the other was a riverboat). We intend to stick with Viking in the future. Viking dining was same as AMA excepting the Chef's Kitchen at the aft of the AMA ship. It was close to being a Michelin rated dining venue. We have to more Viking cruise next year and have reserved suite 8001 on both. I have lots of years cruising, but most of it was big gray ships with big guns and missiles. Cruising is a heck of lot better on these vessel than the US Navy.. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Viking Sea Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.8
Dining 5.0 4.6
Entertainment 3.5 4.2
Public Rooms 5.0 4.9
Fitness Recreation 4.5 4.4
Family 1.0 4.4
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.2
Enrichment 4.0 4.4
Service 5.0 4.8
Value For Money 5.0 4.4

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