368 Bergen Luxury Cruise Reviews

We wanted to get away from Atlanta's hot weather and really liked the itinerary of the Viking Homelands cruise. We had a wonderful time and met a lot of really nice folks. What was really amazing was how organized Viking was. The food ... Read More
We wanted to get away from Atlanta's hot weather and really liked the itinerary of the Viking Homelands cruise. We had a wonderful time and met a lot of really nice folks. What was really amazing was how organized Viking was. The food was awesome and we learned a lot about the various ports we visited. We also felt the guides hired to lead the excursions were very good. We enjoyed all of the ports but standouts included seeing the Norway fjords. Gdansk was also very interesting. The cabin was very comfortable. We did wish there had been more options for room service although that did make us go out and eat at one of the many dining options. The Viking Star is a gorgeous ship and we felt very safe and comfortable throughout the cruise. We would definitely go on another Viking cruise again, and may go on a river cruise next. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Loved the room, service, restaurants, spa, activities and lectures! One disappointment was getting dropped off at the airport with no info as to where SAS was (hiding around the corner) and the need to print out baggage tags before ... Read More
Loved the room, service, restaurants, spa, activities and lectures! One disappointment was getting dropped off at the airport with no info as to where SAS was (hiding around the corner) and the need to print out baggage tags before getting in line. Viking was so good about providing details along the way I was surprised at the abrupt ending at the airport. Also our tour of the Hermitage was not a good value as it was so crowded one could hardly move or see anything. And it was difficult to have to tip in so many different currencies. Having a somewhat smaller ship was so nice and not as noisy and crowded as the bigger ships. No one under age 16 really made it much more relaxing. We especially enjoyed the lectures on American and Russian spies. All in all, the cruise was fantastic! Would dearly love to go again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We booked this cruise, Into the Midnight Sun, after having read an article in our local Melbourne paper from a travel journalist who cruised the Norwegian coast and raved about the experience. A combination of length of cruise, itinerary, ... Read More
We booked this cruise, Into the Midnight Sun, after having read an article in our local Melbourne paper from a travel journalist who cruised the Norwegian coast and raved about the experience. A combination of length of cruise, itinerary, finishing port in Greenwich, London and travel inclusions made us choose Viking Ocean. We were the first people to use Viking from our particular travel agency. I won’t reiterate all the glowing comments made by others about the ship, Viking Sea. They’re all accurate. We loved the clean-cut Scandinavian design and interestingly, I found that our cabin had more drawer space than we actually needed. It was always immaculately clean. The staff were uniformly cheerful, polite, friendly and efficient. They appeared to genuinely enjoy each other’s company and their work. The food was fine without being outstanding in any of the dining venues. After trying all the restaurants, eventually, we chose to use the buffet only. The scenery was beautiful and the weather kind. Our port stops were varied and interesting. The exception to this was Edinburgh where we were docked quite a long distance from the city in Rosyth. By the time our included tour reached the city centre, it left us with very little time to do much of anything. Despite our upgraded cabin class, by the time we were allowed to book optional excursions, many were already filled and this was very disappointing. We were further frustrated because we heard that on some of those optional excursions that we missed out on, there actually had been extra places available and the included tours we took, were full to capacity. I had been involved in the Cruise Critic forum prior to the start and noticed that it was a very small group which kind of petered out. We went to the meet and mingle and thought that while it was pleasant, we were glad that the staff was there, to supplement our small numbers. If Viking were to make its guests aware of this valuable site prior to the start of the cruise, I’m sure that many people would appreciate the chance to make connections through it. Our cruise fare included the Silver Drinks Package. While this might seem to be a good thing, we are not big drinkers and it’s frustrating to be obliged to pay for something that we didn’t really appreciate or get good value from. Likewise, the choices of wine in this package were just so/so. We are fit and in our mid 60’s and observed that this cruise seemed to cater not just for an older demographic, but an elderly crowd. There were many infirm, frail people who clearly had mobility issues and caused long, slowly moving lines to develop behind them as they clambered on and off the ship and the tour busses. While we acknowledged that seats at the front of the busses should be reserved for the disabled, we noticed that their occupants were never asked to wait until the busses emptied before their disembarking. This meant that many times we were impacted by these people who were either unaware or inconsiderate of the frustration they were causing to those of us stuck behind them. Even though it has impressive ships, crews, fares and itineraries, Viking Ocean doesn’t quite live up to its potential and for the reasons stated, we’ll likely return to Oceania for our next cruise. Having said all this, we still had a very good time and would wholeheartedly recommend travel to this part of the world. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
My wife wanted to see Norway, and I wanted to see Scotland; and we were both blown away with the natural beauty of both countries! There was not enough time to see and do everything, and that includes our time on the ship. Our ... Read More
My wife wanted to see Norway, and I wanted to see Scotland; and we were both blown away with the natural beauty of both countries! There was not enough time to see and do everything, and that includes our time on the ship. Our Penthouse Veranda was soenjoyable and well featured. We were on the Viking Star 1 1/2 years ago, but we were still in awe of all the amenities on the Sea. We just didn't have enough time in the days to completely enjoy all that the ship offered: the shows, the entertainment, the talks, the tea times, the pools and spa! Our son-in-law had said he had the best steak he had ever had; when we were on the Star. But, we now agree that the food was just spectacular in the specialty restaurants, the main dining restaurant and even with the buffet! We had escargot and outstanding seafood even in the buffet! We ate so well, that some nights we had to just eat appetizers or only the seafood in the buffet. My wife also commented on how happy and courteous the staff were. She said she had counted a number of them singing to themselves. They sure made us feel at home andcomfortable whenever we met them around the ship. Now for excursions and sights. I really appreciated Norway and Scotland for their breath-taking natural beauty; as well as for their countrymen. They were excited and appreciative for us to visit their countries and know about their history and current situations. We, as Americans, could learn a lot from them concerning their environment, use of sustainable energy resources, and how they care for their young families, mothers and children. We met many fellow travelers on board, including a number from "down-under." We all talked, ate and shared our experiences over the 2 weeks; and this really contributed to a well memorable time! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Admiring spectacular fjords and experiencing midnight sun embarked us on this journey, and Viking Ocean Cruise - Into the Midnight Sun far exceeded our expectations. We were (and are) very happy that we chose Viking and took the trip. ... Read More
Admiring spectacular fjords and experiencing midnight sun embarked us on this journey, and Viking Ocean Cruise - Into the Midnight Sun far exceeded our expectations. We were (and are) very happy that we chose Viking and took the trip. The crew met us at the airport in Bergen and escorted us to a very comfortable looking bus. We were given a bottle of water, much needed at that moment having traveled hours. Needless to say, the bus ride to the ship was smooth ensuring us of a good trip. Checking-in was thorough and efficient, and friendly. We went to our room. Our steward, greeted us friendly but discreetly. He was informative, introduced each feature of the room and his service. Bags were delivered. We unpacked. Afterward, we walked around the ship. There were lots of reading areas! An actual library too! An atrium (where daily digital showing of Munch's collection accompanied with live music took place), five (5) culinary restaurants, gym, spa, theaters, etc. Modern, yet warmly yet cooly welcoming decor and furnishing. For the following 15 days, we enjoyed our home on Viking Oceans: tasted culinary delights, immersed ourselves in cultural and intellectual enrichment on board programs, participated in included and optional excursions learning and experiencing visiting villages, town and cities, and nurtured our body with stretching exercises at the gym or a run around a 1/4 mile track around the ship - incredibly freeing experience running in the ocean. We thank Viking Ocean Cruise and the crew. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
I have always been interested in Scandinavia and to visit it on a small ship was a dream come true! The small ship allowed us to travel in areas not accessible by large ships, which took us to pristine small ports, allowing for very ... Read More
I have always been interested in Scandinavia and to visit it on a small ship was a dream come true! The small ship allowed us to travel in areas not accessible by large ships, which took us to pristine small ports, allowing for very interesting excursions and adventures. The beauty of the fiords is indescribable, crossing the Arctic Circle unimaginable and the people so very interesting and welcoming. The Viking crew, staff, food service and Program Director are of the highest quality. All the services were above and well beyond my expectations! I was traveling with 17 friends , which could have been an issue when dining together on several occasions, not so on the Viking Sea. We were accommodated and welcomed even with that number of people. As to the quality of the food.........words escape me....all I can say is the food was absolutely delicious and special request were met. As a vegetarian, I was so pleased that there were always several options to choose from. Even though Viking Sea is a small ship there were 3 very unique restaurants, the large buffet-style dining room, a café by the pool, one on the bow of the ship and a wonderful afternoon tea room! I was so glad there was a fitness center where I could work off a small portion of my indulgence! The Spa facility was another surprise. The "Ice Grotto" experience was so exciting and fun! It is a MUST experience! Our cabin was very comfortable, roomy, and the balcony a treat; especially in Kirkwall, Scotland where we were charmed by bagpipe music and Scottish dancers as we departed. All in all, I can honestly say it was a trip of a life time, for me anyway!!!!! Since this was the first time Viking Sea had visited some of the ports, I did have 2 disappointing excursions. The first in Molde, Norway where the hike was much more difficult than I had anticipated. 4 of us decided to head back and we went unescorted, left on our own. The second was on an excursion to Mousa Island in the Shetlands. Our hike around the island was cut short because several guests were not prepared to hike. I was assured by the Viking Sea staff that those excursions would be re-examined to better fit the guests. The other 7 excursions were fantastic!!!!! My favorites were biking up a mountain on an electric bike, kayaking in the fiords to view 2 magnificent waterfalls, walking an Alaskan Husky, named Barkly, and an ATV adventure in Honningsvag! Looking for an overwhelimg adventure?" Into the Midnight Sun" will be just that! I would go again in a heart beat, well, maybe after I embark on several other Viking adventures!!!!! Loving to travel, Andrea Kristo (69 year old adventurer!) Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
I chose this cruise from recommendation of friends, who absolutely loved it, and so did I. The embarkation / disembarkation so smooth and efficient. The ship is generally beautiful w/ every corner thought of from the corridor rails, ... Read More
I chose this cruise from recommendation of friends, who absolutely loved it, and so did I. The embarkation / disembarkation so smooth and efficient. The ship is generally beautiful w/ every corner thought of from the corridor rails, wardrobe handles, stairs, elevator decor, restaurants, nicely laid out. The cabins are comfortable, with a nice large flat screen TV where you can watch free movies, lectures or shore excursion talks you might have missed, or just simply listen to music or just watch ship's sailing. The bathroom has heated floors, showers has menu showers, and enough storage space for 2 people. Cabin service excellent. They provided nice Norwegian shampoo, conditioners & lotions. Had room service twice which was excellent. Restaurants were amazing. From the buffet, to the specialty Italian & the chef restaurants were excellent. Excellent high quality food & service. Entertainment was very good. I particularly loved the operatic shows by the cruise director Heather Clancy. That was the biggest hit. We all rushed too early to get good seats and the show room was packed! And she delivered! Shore excursion was informative & sufficient, introduction to the environs. For the most part I enjoyed the ship more than anything. Loved the gym, but unfortunately closed at 10 pm, I wished they had it opened to passengers anytime, I would give them a perfect score then. No children on this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
This cruise was the very best we have been on. The ship was beautiful and thoughtfully designed. Every detail was perfect. The food was excellent and they took special care for my special diet. We very much enjoyed the special ... Read More
This cruise was the very best we have been on. The ship was beautiful and thoughtfully designed. Every detail was perfect. The food was excellent and they took special care for my special diet. We very much enjoyed the special restaurants. The people were wonderful, but best of all the Norwegian coast was so spectacular and the ports were excellent. I would do this cruise again and I recommend it to anyone. We enjoyed the free Wi-Fi and drinks without having to deal with special costs. The cruise director was excellent and we especially enjoyed her performances and her comedy. I recommend tea in the Wintergarten. The captain made sure to take in any route he could that would enhance our enjoyment of the scenery. The ports were excellent and we especially enjoyed the added tours. I know that Viking has no control over the weather, but we had excellent weather for most of the trip. Thanks Viking for a wonderful trip! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We had been to this destination 10 years earlier and wanted to visit again. Our prior cruise was on the Crystal Symphony which had been extraordinary. From the website and the brochures we thought we would really like the Viking Ocean ... Read More
We had been to this destination 10 years earlier and wanted to visit again. Our prior cruise was on the Crystal Symphony which had been extraordinary. From the website and the brochures we thought we would really like the Viking Ocean ships so we thought we'd try this cruise. My overall impression was that everything was good to, in some cases, very good, but nothing was remarkable or truly special. The ship's design was quite beautiful, and we very much appreciated the lack of a casino in which we are not interested. The spa, available to all, was truly extraordinary but eventually became so popular it was difficult to get in. One area of the ship to which I was particularly looking forward was the Wintergarden. Curiously, it was rarely used and was somehow cold and uninviting; that was disappointing. Our Penthouse Junior Suite was exceptional. Plenty of room, nicely laid out and appointed, an exceptional bathroom for a ship and plenty of closet space and drawers for clothes. Our stateroom crew were also excellent. Food was generally disappointing. With the exception of Manfredi's, our meals were good but, again, not extraordinary. The Chef's Table restaurant should simply be done away with. We found nothing of interest there and felt the space could have been better used by another good restaurant. The only restaurant in the world that can actually get a way with 'Here's what we're serving - here's what you get' is the French Laundry in California. To try that on a ship is just a very bad idea. Other disappointments included the lectures which, with one exception, were a waste of time. The excursions, too, were all OK, but offered nothing really special. And Guest Services, with the exception of the manager, were useless. We're not sure if we'll return to Viking Ocean Cruises. We had a good time and met some very nice people, but, once again, was not exceptional which, for the cost, is what I expect. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
This was a new itinerary for us. We had sailed on Viking river and wanted to try their ocean voyages. We were not disappointed. Spent a few days in Bath (Cotswolds) and London before the cruise. Embarkation went very smoothly - really ... Read More
This was a new itinerary for us. We had sailed on Viking river and wanted to try their ocean voyages. We were not disappointed. Spent a few days in Bath (Cotswolds) and London before the cruise. Embarkation went very smoothly - really enjoyed Greenwich. Our private transfer was in an accident and neglected to calll us - quickly remedied by the staff at St. Ermin’s Hotel. We had an overnight in Greenwich - very accommodating for those arriving by air. Took the free ship tour of London on Sunday - much less traffic and congestion. Ship service superb in every way. Ship was christened just a few months before so a few little blips in scheduling. Purser area not always on top of events/availability. CABIN - all outside rooms with a spacious balcony. My only complaint was the position of the refrigerator in the desk - eliminated drawer space. Coffee maker in the cabinet area which also reduce usable space. I would ask that the coffee maker be removed for our next cruise. Warmed floors in the bathroom - spacious shower. Light switch near the bed to allow you to turn on the bathroom light from your bed. Room always kept clean and stocked. Coffee drinks are available in several areas of the ship so a room coffee maker was not necessary. DINING - spent three nights in specialty restaurants. Now we know the pattern for these restaurants to better plan our evenings. Cuisine rotated every three days. Loved Mamsen’s for breakfast - beautiful location at the top of the ship - georgeous views. Wait in main restaurant was usually under 10 minutes. We were a group of 4 and when we found staff that clicked we requested their section every night we were there. Nice variety of dishes and very good standards available every night. PORTS/EXCURSIONS - free tour included in every port. These sometimes conflicted with the paid tours so you had to make a choice. There were several ports where we would have taken the free tour and a paid tour later in the day. Be prepared for rain in this part of the world. You learn to deal, but some visits are spoiled because of the weather. Excursions are purchased pre-cruise according to your stateroom category. Some were sold out before our turn arrived. Always check on the ship as there are cancellations. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
After an excellent Med cruise on the Viking Star, We knew we wanted to use another Viking cruise ship for our next trip. The Viking Sea is identical and the perfect ship to see the beautiful coastline and fiords of Norway. Great Ship. ... Read More
After an excellent Med cruise on the Viking Star, We knew we wanted to use another Viking cruise ship for our next trip. The Viking Sea is identical and the perfect ship to see the beautiful coastline and fiords of Norway. Great Ship. Great itinerary. We found it easy to get into the speciality restaurants multiple times. The menu does not change in Manfredi's Italian restaurant, but there are many dishes to choose from on it and they are perfectly prepared. The main Restaurant was excellent; never a wait for a table, even though we were often a large group. The challenge was to choose. The World Cafe had fresh shellfish most nights - King Crab and freshly cooked mussels on the terrace. The entertainment was just right - a group of young, energetic performers gave it their all. And the cruise director, Heather Clancy, was the best we have experienced in 40+ years of cruising. Not sure when she slept. She made sure we had every opportunity to enjoy ourselves. Our cabin was kept spotless by a friendly steward who we rarely saw - never came back to an unmade bed. While the ports were fun, the heart of this cruise was the scenery that we could enjoy from the deck or our veranda. The Captain kept us informed of upcoming sites. And, there were lots of them. We are already booked on the Viking Sea again in 2018 to continue the Viking path from Bergen to North America. Vikings"s one shortfall was their airline scheduling. Despite the fact that we made our cruise reservations over a year in advance, Viking was unable to get us on the nonstop flight from Seattle to Amsterdam. We ended up paying several hundred dollars extra to fly a day early (to get on a nonstop) plus being on our own from the Airport to Bergen, and paying for a hotel there. Viking should have picked up these costs if the plane was full. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
The Viking Homelands cruise gave us a great opportunity to visit multiple countries in a relatively short period of time. For us, this was perfect. The itinerary was wonderful. Each port held its own special quality, and begged for a ... Read More
The Viking Homelands cruise gave us a great opportunity to visit multiple countries in a relatively short period of time. For us, this was perfect. The itinerary was wonderful. Each port held its own special quality, and begged for a longer visit. However, knowing that it would be unlikely we'd ever spend a week in Gdansk, or Helsinki, or Tallinn, we were satisfied to have an opportunity to go at all. It was a wonderfully enriching experience. Norway has our vote for most naturally, beautiful country. We began in Iceland, which we loved. However, the hotel was way too far from the center of downtown, which is where all the action is. The Blue Grotto was WAY overrated. However, the Golden Triangle tour was wonderful, and the people are friendly and lovely. Food and service aboard the Sky was unsatisfactory. As a gluten-free restricted dieter, the service was so incredibly inconsistent that I could hardly believe it. I would stand for 10 minutes in the World Cafe, just to get a piece of toast for breakfast....every day! However, you could get a freshly cooked, gluten-free waffle in Mamsen's...if you knew enough to go to the other end of the ship and ask for it. In the restaurant you could only get one, poorly heated (usually microwaved), GF dinner roll, that was pre-packaged, every, single night at dinner. It was sub par for Viking to offer such poor options...especially given that on a river cruise 4 years earlier, I was given freshly baked baguette every day. Why each restaurant on the Sky didn't have a couple of gluten free toasters, and gluten free bread at the ready remains a mystery to me. Not only that, but many of the service staff in the restaurants were totally clueless as to what gluten-free even meant. It was sad. Between the lack of training and the language barrier (which is totally understandable), it was a far cry from 5-star treatment, and left me feeling annoyed at each meal....without exception. The bed was not at all comfortable for me. They tried to soften it up, but their efforts were a waste of time. Coming from a tempurpedic mattress at home, to what felt like a rock, hard sleep surface was a big disappointment. Three weeks into it, I had never adjusted. Given the problems with food and rest, it still wouldn't be fair to give this cruise an average rating. However, I will say, without reservation, that the river cruises are by far my favorite. While the Sky was a beautiful, luxurious ship, with ample room at every corner for privacy, the intimacy of a river cruise, and the shore excursions that permitted the passengers to simply walk off the ship and be in the heart of it, get my vote for the best experience and bang for the buck. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Mostly because it ended in England where our children live. It also included hard-to-access places in Norway plus the Orkneys and the Shetlands. Viking had left no stone unturned in designing, building, equipping, decorating and ... Read More
Mostly because it ended in England where our children live. It also included hard-to-access places in Norway plus the Orkneys and the Shetlands. Viking had left no stone unturned in designing, building, equipping, decorating and staffing this ship. The cabin was roomy, but simply decorated, Scandinavian style; the bathroom had heated floors; there were adequate electrical outlets (in US current) and lighting; great TV with free movies and a good selection of channels; balcony was lovely, but it was too cold in Norway to sit outside much. Free laundry facilities, including soap!! Unbelievably good food, but not served all day long (except room service) so one coukd be a little controlled!!!! The wait staff was very well trained and pleasant to have around. The entertainment was apprprpiate to the passengers, i.e no glitz, no rap, no vulgarity and a tolerable amount of it (short shiws). Very appealing young entertainers for most part. A few solo performers were clearly over the hill and were not too good. Excursions were excellent and superb,y organized. Truly memorable and we were sceptical before going as we had been on two terrible cruises prior to this on other cruise lines. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
A cruise to the midnight sun took us to many scenic destinations in Norway and included the Orkney and Shetland islands and Edinburgh, Scotland. The ship was exquisite not only because it was new but was furnished with quality items. There ... Read More
A cruise to the midnight sun took us to many scenic destinations in Norway and included the Orkney and Shetland islands and Edinburgh, Scotland. The ship was exquisite not only because it was new but was furnished with quality items. There was no difficulty in finding a relaxing spot to read even while at sea. Though the laundry machines were free, there was little difficulty in finding them available for use. The lectures was engaging and enlightening. The included tours generally sufficed for most ports so that extra cost trips were unnecessary. The crew were all courteous and provided prompt and attentive service. The quality of food and wine was upscale though you can purchase more expensive wines. From the café, to the buffet, the main dining and specialty dining the food was tastefully prepared using fresh ingredients. Need I say more to get you interested in a Viking ocean cruise? Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We have taken several Viking river cruises and were impressed by the quality of the ships and personnel, friendliness of the staff, included and optional tours offered and their dedication to customer service. With tat in mind, we decided ... Read More
We have taken several Viking river cruises and were impressed by the quality of the ships and personnel, friendliness of the staff, included and optional tours offered and their dedication to customer service. With tat in mind, we decided to try their ocean cruise. To say that we were impressed with the Viking Sky is and understatement. The ship was gorgeous. The rooms were comfortable and well appointed, the public spaces were open nd airy, the spa was phenomenal,, with a huge "hot tub", ice room, sauna and lounges. Even the changing rooms had hot tubs in them. We happened to be on the "Christening" cruise and it was an experience we will always remember. Viking had a symphony orchestra at the christening port and put on several on-board concerts during the trip, all with free flowing champagne. They know how th throw a party. Ports of call were all great and included tours were informative and well run. Embarkation and disembarkation were a breeze. The overall experience was outstanding and I we are considering another ocean cruise with Viking in the future. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We chose this cruise because of the small ship, small number of passengers, lack of small children, and itinerary. The cruise was perfection: quiet, elegant, serene, excellent food and service. You could always find a quiet place to read ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the small ship, small number of passengers, lack of small children, and itinerary. The cruise was perfection: quiet, elegant, serene, excellent food and service. You could always find a quiet place to read or have a drink. The decor of the ship was restful and calming. The service was exemplary. I had the unfortunate occasion to have to use the ship's infirmary and I found their care to be professional and kind. Their follow-up was also appreciated. The cabin was beautifully decorated and the heated bathroom floor was a real treat. After traveling Viking, we are now spoiled and will hesitate to use another cruise line in the future. We hope that our first cruise with Viking will be the first of many. The enrichment activities and shore excursions that were part of the cruise were enjoyable and relaxing. The spa was a real treat. I've had many massages, but the Swedish massage that I enjoyed on this cruise was the best by far. All in all, the cruise exceeded our expectations and we can't wait to travel with Viking again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We chose this cruise because we had enjoyed one of Viking River Cruises. Embarkation went very smoothly. The ship is beautifully appointed, the crew were friendly and helpful, always ready to do anything to make our cruise a good one, the ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had enjoyed one of Viking River Cruises. Embarkation went very smoothly. The ship is beautifully appointed, the crew were friendly and helpful, always ready to do anything to make our cruise a good one, the food was very good and there are so many places to eat. There were guest lecturers who were fantastic!! Our cabin was a bit tight, but then who spends much time in their cabin. We liked the ports. The included tours were disappointing. We had really good tours on our river cruise and had expectations that these tours would measure up. Sadly that was not the case. This cruise would not have been a good one for children. There were no activities geared to young people. Unlike most ships which have a front desk, there are 3 explorer desks which function as a front desk. This is so much nicer. In certain public bathrooms upon entering you begin to hear soft bird calls which for me was delightful and soothing. Everything about the ship was very clean. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We selected this cruise because of the itinerary and our desire to see the Norwegian fjords, the beauty of the Norwegian stunning and breathtaking western coast line and to experience 7 days of the midnight sun. As a bonus, we also visited ... Read More
We selected this cruise because of the itinerary and our desire to see the Norwegian fjords, the beauty of the Norwegian stunning and breathtaking western coast line and to experience 7 days of the midnight sun. As a bonus, we also visited the beautiful Shetland and Orkney Islands. The walk from Yesnaby to Skara Brae, a 4500 years old Neolithic farming community in Orkney, was truly spectacular. We also wanted to return to the beautiful Viking Star. We were on the christening cruise in May 2015. Viking Cruises just doesn't entertain you, but makes a special effort to educate you with excellent speakers who talk about the countries and cultures we are visiting. These Enrichment classes covered such subjects as the history of the Vikings, Science and the Viking World, Peer Gynt, Henrik Gibson's Epic Tale and the music it inspired and Edvard Munich's Self-Portraits. My wife and i also enjoyed the movies under the stars, especially with the much needed popcorn. Finally a little hidden gem was were we chose to eat our morning breakfast. In the explorer's lounge is Mamsen's where the treat you to the wonderful Norwegian breakfast's that the mother of the owner of Viking was served as a boy. The views, the food and the quiet of the morning made this a special place. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
My husband and I were drawn to Viking because of their emphasis on the cultural experience, and we weren't disappointed. Our cruise began with being able to explore Bergen the day before our cruise on our own and with a guide ... Read More
My husband and I were drawn to Viking because of their emphasis on the cultural experience, and we weren't disappointed. Our cruise began with being able to explore Bergen the day before our cruise on our own and with a guide provided by Viking. We appreciated that flexibility. Embarkation and disembarkation were well executed and almost ridiculous in how easy it was compared to other cruise lines. The ship itself is a work of art, and the crew does an impeccable job in keeping it clean and tidy. The staff were very friendly and responsive, and seemed to very much enjoy their work. The food was always A+ and we appreciated that the World Cafe was available for delicious breakfasts. We never went to the restaurant for breakfast due to early morning excursions, but we liked to mix it up anyway, and prefer the World Cafe casual style for breakfast and lunch anyway. No complaint there. In fact, we have none, and were amused when the rare someone would complain, but then they appeared to complain consistently about everything, and what they were complaining about usually was based on perspective, not fact. Most of the passengers we encountered couldn't rave enough about their experience onboard, and in fact, quite a few were repeat customers, having been won over from Regence, Oceania, and Cunard. We liked our deluxe veranda and would stay in it again. In summary, for the experience and the price tag, we would book Viking again and again. In fact, we just booked a river cruise with them, as many of the passengers we met also recommended that. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We returned from a fifteen day cruise, "Into The Midnight Sun" from Bergen to London on the Viking Star. We had sailed on this ship soon after she entered service in 2015. It was a Christmas cruise on the Mediterranean. While ... Read More
We returned from a fifteen day cruise, "Into The Midnight Sun" from Bergen to London on the Viking Star. We had sailed on this ship soon after she entered service in 2015. It was a Christmas cruise on the Mediterranean. While the very talented singers, dancers and other acts were great, their material wasn't. The same (not first class) shows that we saw two years ago were replayed on this last cruise. They were stale then and even more so now. The spy show was stupid...not funny ..not even entertaining. The Ship's entertainers, including the couple who sang in the night club, the Assistant Cruise Director and Cruise Director produced a fabulous "Salute To Broadway" that had everyone on their feet. FINALLY!!! a production which showcased their talents, rather than wasting it Viking should be ashamed to ask customers to return, when they can't be bothered to even provide a worthy entertainment experience. Once was a disappointment. Twice and you're losing a customer. The ship, the cabins, the food, the excursions and especially the staff were all amazing. This is a corporate failure. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
First we went to Iceland for the precruise holiday and Viking did an outstanding job. Arrived in Bergen, Norway, and we were bussed to the port. Very easy embarkation, and our room was ready when we arrived. Bags arrived shortly thereafter ... Read More
First we went to Iceland for the precruise holiday and Viking did an outstanding job. Arrived in Bergen, Norway, and we were bussed to the port. Very easy embarkation, and our room was ready when we arrived. Bags arrived shortly thereafter while we were having a drink on the explorer's lounge. We purchased the silver spirits beverage package which for us was a great deal. My husband had his Italian liquors every night along with his brandy, pool drinks and wines. My husband tried every drink on the pool menu, lol. The bar staff was terrific, from the girls on the pool or at night in the atrium. As for the meals, we never had a bad meal at any restaurant and service was great every night. Definitely recommend the cheif's table with wine pairings, very unique menu, went here four times. Manfredi's has great risotto, pasta, ossobuco, and their zabaglione with berries is just as good as what I make at home. And the rib eye steak is like butter. The restaurant prepares the lobster dinner, and it was done to perfection. I had escargots and they were delicious. We also ate at the world cafe on a number of nights also. I had the the New York strip which was good but at one port, they had fresh catch salmon which they cooked on the outside patio and that was the best. But the next day, they made a fish soup which was equally as good. Great breakfast here, never tried the restaurant for breakfast because we had early morning tours. Mansen's waffles were delicious but we shared it because it was so filling. Oh yes, don't forget the gelato bar, delicious. Also, room service was excellent and the food was hot. Never did try the afternoon tea as we were stuffed from eating at the pool grill. Entertainment was great, there was always something going on. The entertainment director was Suzanne and her assistant was Jaime. Both were terrific. In the atrium, they had santo playing guitar, Eve playing piano and the had a group that played violin, and other instruments. Each sessions was different and the music was barely repeated. Now the night time shows we're exciting, a quirky musical adaptation of get smart, very funny. The rat pack show was excellent but get your tickets early. Abba was great if you're a fan of momma Mia. Then they tried a new show with broadway shows, I think that this was my favorite. Then they had discussions, all day, my husband loved these sessions, especially the smaller ones. Loved our cabin, suitcases went under the bed and we found that between the draws and shelfs in the closets, we had plenty of space. Loved the warm bathroom floors, the outside veranda was great but because it was chilly outside, we didn't use it that often. Check your vox boxes because the previous guests had not left the ear phones. The refrigerator was small and the bar person exchanged the tonic water for club soda. Our steward Rio was great and offered us great advice at different stages. The spa was great, just know that their hot tubs are not that hot but I found they were confortable. The main pool was deep so be aware of this. We didn't try the infinity pool but expect to try it on our next cruise in February. We originally chose optional tours but three were cancelled due to lack of interest. So we chose included on those days. Honestly, every tour was great except for rudeness among some of the cruisers. If you're in a foreign country, don't make fun of the tour guides when they speak English, it's not their first language and oh yes, the bus drivers are not deaf and they also understand English. Also aquavit is nit sold on the ship but in Tomso, we found a liquor store at a local mall close to the pier, prices were excellent and staff were very helpful. Word of advice, everything is expensive, but handmade items are worth purchasing. Finally purchased my Norwegian sweater and I purchased it at a fair price. Had a great time in the Orkney islands, Shetland islands and Scotland. Just a world in advance as to souvenirs, if breakable then let security know before you put it through the scanners, unfortunately, a piece of painted glass art didn't stop when it went though the scanner and ended up breaking. Security felt terrible when we saw it fall and break but what are you going to do, accidents happen. If you follow instructions at each port, then getting off for tours is very easy. People with handicaps take elevator to get down to tenders or to ramp when your group is called. Look into getting a folding all terrain walker for the tours, made it more enjoyable when I participated in tours and staff on busses were very accommodating. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We chose Viking Star for the itinerary (we'd never seen this part of Norway) and for the reputation of Viking Cruises. We have been on a Viking River Cruise and were very impressed with the quality there. We found the Viking Star ... Read More
We chose Viking Star for the itinerary (we'd never seen this part of Norway) and for the reputation of Viking Cruises. We have been on a Viking River Cruise and were very impressed with the quality there. We found the Viking Star to be beautiful, with lovely staterooms, restaurants, and public areas. There were many places to sit quietly, away from the chatter of other passengers. The Restaurant (main dining room) was very nice with excellent service. Food very good. The buffet breakfasts seemed very repetitive, but of good quality. We did not go to any evening entertainment, other than a martini tasting/demo, which was a lot of fun. I think the biggest disappoint of the cruise were the shore excursions. Some were very good. Our day in Bergen and the guide we had was excellent. Geiranger was stunning and the guide very good. But the "Håholmen: A Viking Adventure, was not well done, nothing like the write-up, and the guide was pretty bad. Sometimes, I think we just chose the wrong excursion, as others returned from their day and raved about the sites they experienced. Embarkation was well-done, but disembarkation did not go as smoothly. Bags were taken off ship(in London) and placed in a large tent where you needed to claim them and pull them to the waiting busses. Someone on our bus was unable to locate his bags, and those the entire bus waited for nearly an hour, making some anxious about their flight connections at Heathrow. All-in-all, we did enjoy our cruise, and will travel with Viking again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Viking Homies is an exceptional cruise visiting 8 different countries with emphasis on Norway where we started, plus 2 full days ashore in classic historic St Petersburg Russia. Lots of interesting optional tours which most often ... Read More
Viking Homies is an exceptional cruise visiting 8 different countries with emphasis on Norway where we started, plus 2 full days ashore in classic historic St Petersburg Russia. Lots of interesting optional tours which most often conflicted with the free included walking or "panorama" tours as Viking describes bus rides. Our first time in the Nordic countries so we did everything possible within port time constraints. Another first was insight into life behind the Iron Curtain from guides in our visits to East Germany, Poland, Estonia & Russia. A wonderful learning experience. Tours are well organized and fit many interests. Food is very good but short of excellent. Specialty restaurants are superb, but your tastes must be eclectic to enjoy the unique menus changing every 3 days at the Chef's Table. We loved it. Some don't. Check the posted fixed menu. Steaks etc. at Manfredis Italian specialty restaurant are world class. Great pasta etc. sides. The classic Restaurant is always available if you want a relaxing, served business casual dinner similar to the river ships style. Alternatively, dine informally up top at the buffet style World Cafe with the best views. To my complete surprise, my wife really enjoyed the many, many selections at the World Cafe. The only shortcoming is that some of the dishes are occasionally not served hot enough. Using cold buffet plates exacerbates this problem. I suggest finding a way to dispense warm plates and better IR heaters or something over the hot dishes. Meat dishes are carved to your liking. Never got to try the sushi bar. Too many choices at the World Cafe. Waitstaff is attentive and works to please. The fitness room needs to lose the many unused treadmills and substitute more ellipticals that everyone was waiting for. Viking needs a polite reminder sign to prevent one woman who monopolized one of the 2 elliptical machines while setting personal time endurance records. Decent free weights selection. It would take simple rearranging to get a higher rating for the fitness room. My wife loved her spa treatments and so did Viking whose profit margins rose considerably from our cruise. We had Viking do our laundry (next day) as my wife is convinced I'd destroy her clothes doing them myself. I say the do it yourself laundry room is adequate and simple enough for a man to operate under his spouses orders. The ship's interior is everything and more that others have described and you see in the videos. It seems as if you're on a ship with very few people. We loved that. Our favorite areas were the lounge chairs facing outward in the corridor outside the pool area and most of all the fantastic Explorer's Lounge, especially the quieter 2nd story. Talks were great what little we saw of them. No time. Loved the 3 piece orchestra, guitar player and piano player. All excellent. Ambiance. Never got to see the shows in the theater or the nightclub, exhausted form all the tours we booked. Bottom line: we eagerly booked another Viking Ocean cruise while onboard. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
The itinerary looked promising and some friends had raved about their experience on a similar Viking cruise in 2015. It's OK, but Viking has some problems: - Viking requires payment of the entire cost of the cruise at the time of ... Read More
The itinerary looked promising and some friends had raved about their experience on a similar Viking cruise in 2015. It's OK, but Viking has some problems: - Viking requires payment of the entire cost of the cruise at the time of booking, in our case $14,000 paid 19 months before scheduled departure. - Viking has no traveler support while passengers are trying to reach somewhat obscure departure points, such as Bergen, Norway. We found ourselves stranded in London on a Viking arranged flight. Viking offered no assistance to us in re-booking our flight when we missed the connection to Bergen. - While their Silver Spirits package looked promising, they ran out of the only India Pale Ale a few days into the cruise and did not restock it despite numerous opportunities to do so. Their "premium" wine choices were better than the non-premium wines, which were truly inferior, but they were nothing to write home about. How can a cruise line that caters to Americans run out of tasty craft beer? - When we sought assistance for the considerable expense we incurred in making alternative flight arrangements, they promised to try to make it right. In the end, this was not the case. We won't be cruising on Viking anytime soon, and we ever change our mind, we'll use a travel agent to make our flight arrangements. - Their included tours were average to poor, with one or two exceptions. The average cost of a premium tour was in excess of $150 per person, but we felt compelled to do so at several ports. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Beautiful ship with very friendly staff. Very interesting onboard lectures. Love the all balcony staterooms, free WIFI, great free beer and wine with lunch and dinner. All of the stops had excellent free tours and the optional pay tours ... Read More
Beautiful ship with very friendly staff. Very interesting onboard lectures. Love the all balcony staterooms, free WIFI, great free beer and wine with lunch and dinner. All of the stops had excellent free tours and the optional pay tours were outstanding. The 2 day optional tour of St. Petersburg was the best tour we ever took. The dining experience was great and the optional free specialty dining was superb. The cooks were willing to modify the menu to suit our tastes and the service was excellent. The ship entertainment was very good and there were some shows that reflected the country that we were visiting. All of the places we visited were very interesting and the guides spoke English very well. This was our 3rd trip with Viking (2 ocean cruises and 1 river cruise) We like Viking so much that we booked another river cruise for 2018. This is a class act cruise line that is worth every penny spent. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017

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