361 Bergen Luxury Cruise Reviews

We chose the Viking Homelands cruise for a number of reasons, not the least of which was that we've never been to Scandinavia or Russia and were intrigued by the itinerary. We chose Viking having been on a Viking river cruise the ... Read More
We chose the Viking Homelands cruise for a number of reasons, not the least of which was that we've never been to Scandinavia or Russia and were intrigued by the itinerary. We chose Viking having been on a Viking river cruise the previous summer and loved the experience. Viking is more expensive than most cruise lines, but the service and food are top-notch. Our cabin on the fifth deck midship was not spacious and lacked storage space, but for the amount of time we actually spent in it, it was more than adequate. A penthouse suite would have provided some extra space and we may consider that next time, although I'm not sure it's worth the upcharge. We were located close to the stairway and elevator, as well as the launderette, which was very convenient. Our cabin stewards were first rate and provided us with great service. We were always amazed that they remembered our name and could pronounce it correctly from the very first meeting. The food on board was excellent and occasionally exotic (reindeer consommé). We never lacked for sustenance. The ice cream and gelati were a daily treat that we're still trying to work off. The entertainment was superb. Usually on smaller ships, the entertainment suffers. Not so on the Sea. We also loved attending the historical lectures each day by the three onboard historians. A real plus! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
This was an area of the world that we have always thought of visiting. To say the least, we had an outstanding cruise! Having a day in the originating and departing port was a bonus and exactly what we wanted. Checking into the ship was a ... Read More
This was an area of the world that we have always thought of visiting. To say the least, we had an outstanding cruise! Having a day in the originating and departing port was a bonus and exactly what we wanted. Checking into the ship was a breeze, no line and greeted warmly. There were more excursions than we could ever take on one journey so maybe we’ll have to do this again? Since we didn’t think we would ever do this again, it was hard to decide on just one a day! Our excursions were outstanding, the coaches were new, air conditioned, comfortable and never crowded. Our drivers were amazing and our tour guides were very knowledgeable and personable. There were excursions for every ability level and the transportation accommodated our needs for part of the family needing additional assistance. One of our excursions was scheduled for the building opening time so we were the very first group in the church and there were at least 2000 people outside waiting. Viking books their excursions well. The dining was always just right, from the specialty restaurants, to the main dining room to the buffet. We utilized room service each morning so we could sleep in just a bit longer before heading out on our excursions. This was wonderfully convenient and the food was hot and tasty. The common areas were impeccably clean and inviting. The staff in these areas were there to take care of you but not a nuisance. Every staff member on this ship is there to make you happy and they did. We chose Viking because pretty much everything is included and that included one excursion per port per day. There was no nickel and dimeing you on this cruise line and everything was top notch service oriented. I will only sail with Viking for any of my future adventures. Thank you to the Captain and Crew of the Viking Sea for a wonderful Family Adventure 2018! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We had a great time on our Baltic Sea cruise. So many ports to visit! The enrichment opportunities on board are excellent. The entertainment was very enjoyable. The staff was fantastic! The sights were amazing! We chose to eat, ... Read More
We had a great time on our Baltic Sea cruise. So many ports to visit! The enrichment opportunities on board are excellent. The entertainment was very enjoyable. The staff was fantastic! The sights were amazing! We chose to eat, mainly, on the 7th floor. We found that when we ate in the dining room, we were squeezed in ( even if it wasn't very crowded) almost sitting at the same table with strangers. My husband really disliked eating this way. Most of the guides were quite knowledgeable, but many weren't that engaging. We found that on a River Cruise, all guides were spectacular and were actually from those towns (many for generations). Ocean just wasn't like that. In Germany we had a college student, not even from Germany. I mentioned this on our River Cruise Evaluation too, but is there any way to provide a magnifying mirror with lights in bathrooms? The lighting isnt spectacular and most of your passengers are over 50. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
The route and expected subject matter of the lectures and shore excursions were what we were looking for. We found the Viking Sea trip appropriate for our age and physical limitations and we always found helpful the understanding staff ... Read More
The route and expected subject matter of the lectures and shore excursions were what we were looking for. We found the Viking Sea trip appropriate for our age and physical limitations and we always found helpful the understanding staff and their listening to our concerns and goals. The eating options were very fine with outstanding healthy food and good choices. The classical music and entertainment in the Star Theatre was top notch and we had a good time with others. We would recommend this route and Viking highly, especially for those with historical ties and appreciation of Northern European culture and history and art. I felt that several of the excursions were overpriced and not clearly explained as to difficulty of walking required. I think it would be an improvement to offer more ideas how travelers could explore the ports on their own. Panorama bus tours are not very satisfying especially if the guide talks too much and doesn't listen more to the participants. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
we chose this cruise because of the fabulous destinations. The tour guides were all extremely knowledgeable, especially in Estonia and Russia. Should you choose to take this cruise, try to be assigned to Natalia’s group for the 2 Day ... Read More
we chose this cruise because of the fabulous destinations. The tour guides were all extremely knowledgeable, especially in Estonia and Russia. Should you choose to take this cruise, try to be assigned to Natalia’s group for the 2 Day Russian immersive experience. She is highly knowledgeable about both Russian history and art. The ship is absolutely beautiful and is kept in immaculate condition. Carla our housekeeper was friendly and kept our accommodations in excellent shape. She was responsive to special requests, and this seems to be a consistent trait among the staff of the Viking Star. Dining choices were plentiful and the cuisine was delicious. Each evening the chef prepared an entree representative of our port. Rai was our waiter frequently and his service was second to none. On two occasions we dined with three other couples in the private dining room where the service was also terrific. The public areas of the ship are beautiful and We never felt as if any place was crowded. There are numerous spots where you can get away to read, meet others, or have a beverage. Nancy offered tremendous service and was very engaging. The entertainment was engaging and the house band is made up of very accomplished musicians. The staff who checked us in and out of the ship each day were courteous and very efficient. Our Cruise Director and her assistant were both extremely helpful and energetic. Viking does an outstanding job in both hiring and training their staff members. In summation, the cruise had terrific destinations and the overall experience was simply outstanding. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We chose this cruise mainly based on the destinations and Viking Cruise Line's reputation and it did not disappoint! This was an amazing trip from the great Viking tour guides to the activities, the fantastic menus and all of the ... Read More
We chose this cruise mainly based on the destinations and Viking Cruise Line's reputation and it did not disappoint! This was an amazing trip from the great Viking tour guides to the activities, the fantastic menus and all of the wonderful staff. Our room was kept immaculate all the time, every day. We were treated like royalty. I'm an exercise fiend and I was able to easily take care of my everyday needs. I enjoyed many opportunities to walk around the cities after the tours. The fitness room, pools, steam room and sauna were perfect. I even ventured into the ice igloo and more than once! We are major music lovers and there were many opportunities to sit back, relax and enjoy the tunes...or dance the night away! We found more than enough enriching activities to peak our interest, especially the onboard presentations by expert historians, geologists and more. The embarking and disembarking sealed the deal. Cruising is a great way to see the world and not have to deal with luggage. Kudos to Viking and their staff! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Norway was as beautiful, filled with mountains, fjords, rustic old buildings,,as I had envisioned! The food aboard our Viking Star was wonderful! We were pleased that we could sit in small groups, dress comfortably in the different ... Read More
Norway was as beautiful, filled with mountains, fjords, rustic old buildings,,as I had envisioned! The food aboard our Viking Star was wonderful! We were pleased that we could sit in small groups, dress comfortably in the different restaurants and could eat gelato every day!!!! Yum! Our many tours were so interesting, easy walking to and from wonderful sights, and the tour guides were always pointing out important facts or areas of interest! The Viking staff was outstanding, from the room attendants to the Captain! Our ship was so comfortable, nicely decorated, and there even was a washing machine complete with detergent on each floor! We enjoyed our wonderful Viking Star cruise so much! The ships shops were filled with various goods the jewelry was pretty, some items were sort of expensive. I wish we could have had an oppurtinity to buy more Russian eggs, that were cheaper. The history of the Russian items was interesting...the lecturer was very interesting! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
This was our first Viking cruise and we have already booked another one for 2019. Viking certainly sets the standard for Ocean cruising and ship amenities. We had been on another cruise line that also catered to adults and was a small ... Read More
This was our first Viking cruise and we have already booked another one for 2019. Viking certainly sets the standard for Ocean cruising and ship amenities. We had been on another cruise line that also catered to adults and was a small ship. The 900-1000 passenger ships are much more accessible and you don't feel like you are waiting in line to eat or running into people as you move about the ship. Viking's restaurants are excellent, well spaced out around the ship and Viking does not charge extra for their specialty restaurants or the wine and beer served with lunch and dinner. I'm sure that cost is built into the fee, but it is nice not to get a huge bill at the end of the cruise. We enjoyed the choice of shore excursions but wish we could have spent more time in some ports. The included panoramic bus tours are OK but you don't get to see a lot. The more personal excursions are more expensive and sometimes fill up fast. There were great musical opportunities on this cruise - a Grieg piano recital, an evening performance at the ballet in St. Petersburg and a Sebelius concert in Helsinki. There are more extensive reviews listed but I would agree with many of them that all the crew took exceptional pride in themselves and their jobs and Viking holds them to a high standard. Everyone is always greeted with a smile. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
After 15 cruises on various mid to high end liners we went a level higher on this Viking ship. Viking is for adults. Ok, it is a bit more expensive than others, but it is well worth it. The ship is elegant but not flashy. Very ... Read More
After 15 cruises on various mid to high end liners we went a level higher on this Viking ship. Viking is for adults. Ok, it is a bit more expensive than others, but it is well worth it. The ship is elegant but not flashy. Very tastefully done in every corner. The size is perfect, no big crowds, long lines. Out room was very comfortable, the king size bad was better than the one at home. A great desk setup had all the USB charging plugs, lights for convenient "working" environment, coupled with fairly good WiFi along the trip. Dining was another wonderful experience. Besides the "normal" food, all the high end restaurants were fantastic. It was tough to decide where to go dining every night. Wine selection was very good, although they ran out of some of the most popular labels a bit early. The crew performed flawlessly. Cabin crew was always there when needed. The restaurant personal could serve in any 5 star restaurants. They were well trained, attentive and friendly. The entertainment was sized to the size of the ship. No big Hollywood productions, but perfectly entertaining and tasteful. The Hungarian Classical Trio played wonderful pieces from Grieg, Mozart, Bach, Dvorzak. Other observations No photographers in your face, ridiculous internet charges, free or very reasonably priced drinks, free shore trips (with optional paid for trips). No casino and loud action, no children running around. We are definitely going back. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
This cruise was going to destinations on my "bucket list". I had always dreamed of visiting Scandinavian countries. Norway was our favorite. We were very happy that we added extra days pre-cruise and Iceland post-cruise. Each ... Read More
This cruise was going to destinations on my "bucket list". I had always dreamed of visiting Scandinavian countries. Norway was our favorite. We were very happy that we added extra days pre-cruise and Iceland post-cruise. Each port was well planned and offered many choices for our enjoyment. I found that bus tours going into cities seem to work better than the afternoon choices due to increased traffic and congestion as the day went on. The specialty restaurants on this ship were exceptional. We ended up making reservations at them as often as we could. The bar areas were all different. I especially loved the Aquatic Bar on the back of the ship. Being able to look out as we cruised and enjoy a cocktail was a wonderful experience. We have a group of friends thinking about doing this cruise. I believe our input has reinforced their decision to move forward. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
This was our second cruise with Viking Ocean Cruises. The one big point is that you know what you are getting. They have six boats that are all duplicates. As oldest ship is four years, they are spotlessly clean. If you are looking for ... Read More
This was our second cruise with Viking Ocean Cruises. The one big point is that you know what you are getting. They have six boats that are all duplicates. As oldest ship is four years, they are spotlessly clean. If you are looking for casinos, multiple entertainment options, and constant activities, it is not for you. Age 50+ is the clientele, no children. Read recently that this policy has caused controversy, I do not understand as there are plenty of cruise options for younger families and children, Viking just does not cater to this group. Their focus is Baby Boomers and up! Service and attentions to detail is spectacular. Had often interaction with Management on the ship. Dining options are excellent, quality is very good. Main dining room quality is as good as the specialty restaurants. The staff goes beyond the call of duty, service is excellent. I was surprised how good the entertainment was considering being a small ship, the entertainment was better than what we had experienced on much larger ships. Norway is a spectacular country as scenery is breathtaking. Would highly recommend this cruise and Viking Ocean Cruises. Already have another trip planned early 2019 to Cuba. The one suggestion to future cruisers is that the complimentary excursions that are offered in each stop in some cases are lacking, most are say a drive around the city. Consider the other options even though you do have to pay. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We chose this cruise because of its destinations and we wanted to try the new Viking ocean going cruises. The ship is beautiful and the food was absolutely delicious with a nice variety of food choices as well as locations on the ship to ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of its destinations and we wanted to try the new Viking ocean going cruises. The ship is beautiful and the food was absolutely delicious with a nice variety of food choices as well as locations on the ship to dine. Manfredi’s restaurant was superb. Even the food offered at every meal in the buffet was above average. The organization of everything involved from check in to disembarking was top notch. We thoroughly enjoyed all of the included tours as well as several premium tours. All well worth our time and money. We were also extremely impressed with the quality of the entertainment. The young singers and dancers were extremely entertaining. Our cruise director, Aaron, what is the best we’ve ever seen. Also, the guest lecturers were very interesting. Our only criticism would be the middle of the night and extremely early morning times that passengers had to disembark who were on Viking arranged airline transportation. I would definitely arrange my own transportation. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We choose this cruise because of our prior experiences on Viking River cruises. We also choose it because of the excellent itinerary. Viking does it right! Our cabin was perfect. Viking offered us an upgrade at a small expense. It was ... Read More
We choose this cruise because of our prior experiences on Viking River cruises. We also choose it because of the excellent itinerary. Viking does it right! Our cabin was perfect. Viking offered us an upgrade at a small expense. It was well worth it. The crew is excellent. The meals were top notch as was the service. I can't wait to book another cruise. One very small critique-the performers on the shows were great but the music needs to be updated. The Rat Pack is my mother's era and she is 98. Overall I give it an enthusiastic "thumbs up". We enjoyed the shore excursions but felt that some of the descriptions in the brochure did not match the level of exertion for some excursions. The label demanding has to be printed in bold letters. The husky trek was more than we could handle at times but all in good fun. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We really enjoyed this cruise, our first Viking Ocean Cruise. It was nice not to have photographers, daily advertisements in our cabin and no gambling. Beautiful ship and excellent staff and the food was wonderful. Overall the premium ... Read More
We really enjoyed this cruise, our first Viking Ocean Cruise. It was nice not to have photographers, daily advertisements in our cabin and no gambling. Beautiful ship and excellent staff and the food was wonderful. Overall the premium excursions were excellent. I hope that the ‘included’ excursions improve to the quality that Viking River Cruises has provided for many years. Often these excursions were too short and we drove past sights but couldn’t go in to see and hear the history inside the buildings. On one day we did two different excursions which included a major cathedral. On the first one we drove through the parking lot and on the second one the bus parked and we walked around the cathedral and to the view point but never went inside. On the excursion to North Cape we didn’t even have a tour guide for the hour and a half drive (each way) that we could have received a lot of history of what we were passing and other details that make tours most interesting. I hope this improves. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We read so many great reviews about Viking, so we decided to use them for this cruise. My husband and I are both very impressed with Viking. We had a seamless embarkation in Greenwich, England, and a seamless disembarkation in Bergen, ... Read More
We read so many great reviews about Viking, so we decided to use them for this cruise. My husband and I are both very impressed with Viking. We had a seamless embarkation in Greenwich, England, and a seamless disembarkation in Bergen, Norway. The service is impeccable, and the ship is beautiful. We loved the restaurants and the food quality and selection. There was a nice free excursion at every port, and the ones we chose to purchase were all worthwhile. We have already booked a Viking River Cruise, and can't wait to sail with them again. The cultural entertainment was appreciated each evening, and we loved having a drink in the Explorer lounge while listening to the music. The late afternoon tea was lovely, and all of the lounges and bars were good. We ordered the Silver Beverage package, and were glad we did. If we had one complaint, it was only that we would have liked a better wine selection for dinner. Viking, by far, offered a better cruising experience than any ship we have ever been on. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
So here is a (long) review of the Viking Sun Homelands cruise we just finished this week. I tried to break it all down as best I could. I would highly recommend anyone who would like this amazing experience to book it! Final views of ... Read More
So here is a (long) review of the Viking Sun Homelands cruise we just finished this week. I tried to break it all down as best I could. I would highly recommend anyone who would like this amazing experience to book it! Final views of Viking Homelands Cruise 1- We are aware that our joy about this holiday is influenced by the wonderful and unusual weather we experienced for the entire 32 days in Europe (except misty in Iceland and 50 F) (we spent 10 days in the U.K. with family). The temps were mid 70’s to high 80’s the whole time, with only one 5 minute rain shower in Stockholm. 2- Viking Sun. The ship is amazing. It is well laid out, and well decorated. The hard working staff is always cleaning and polishing. We enjoyed the pianist Olga, the string group, and Luis the guitarist being in different lounges each evening. The nightclub was fun each night and a great place to wind down. Iskra was the bartender who kept up with us- we had Silver Spirits drink package and it was nice to be able to experience different drinks whenever. (Rule of thumb- if you drink 2-3 liquor or upgraded wines per day, it is $$ worthwhile). 3- Stateroom. We had a Penthouse Veranda room- perfect size, lots of storage and drawers. Our cabin steward Fery and his assistant Jayson kept up with our every need. 4- Entertainment. We were very impressed with the quality of the evening entertainment. The cruise director, Bevin, and his assistant Matthew were everywhere! From morning excursions to port talks to evenings, they were always on point for what passengers needed. The entertainment in the theater included a magician, a comedian, and a singer that has played Jean Valjean in Les Mis in West End, so you know he is a powerful talent. The resident production team consisted of 4 highly talented and energetic performers who rocked the theater with a 69’s show, a musicals themed show and a Beatles/ABBA show (we WERE in Stockholm). They were also consistently visible and great ambassadors for the ship. There were other activities during the days and evenings- history and art lectures, team trivia, dance lessons, and more. 4- Food. We ate mostly at the World Cafe buffet- always great choices- sushi, crab legs, shrimp, Prime rib, mussels, tenderloin, oysters, whatever. The menus were posted on the online app so you could make your decision. We ate at the main restaurant a few times, the pool grill a few times, and Manfredi’s, the Italian specialty place once. It was fantastic. We didn’t get to the Chefs Table, the specialty restaurant with a set menu that changes every 2 or 3 days- the day we had reservations, Dennis wasn’t feeling very well- he caught a cold and was not up to it. 5- Shore excursions. We took mostly the included Viking and they were so well organized. Every stop had a free walking or bus tour, plus shuttles included if needed to get into and out of town. One of the best was the Berlin included- we thought we would be dumped on a train, dumped in Berlin, and then find our way back to the train on our own. Instead, the train was chartered and we had a local guy with us the whole time. When we got to Berlin, we were given an orientation bus tour for an hour before we were let off at a central square to wander on our own. After 2 hours or so, we met back at the square, and were bussed to the train. On the train back, we were served wine, beer and snacks, complimentary. It was much more than we expected for the free inclusion. We took 2 of the Viking paid excursions- Pulpit Rock and the Flam railroad. I would recommend both of those. We did a 2 day highlights tour with SPB tours in St Petersburg, which also gave us an evening out with “Go Out Like a Local”- we went to some trendy bars with a 30 something guide and then took an evening canal cruise- private boat- just 5 of us plus our guide, Russian rock music and a bottle of vodka. Skol! 6- a bit about each stop -Iceland. We did the pre-extension but Viking had us in a hotel too far from town. The Golden Circle was remarkable, with the plate tectonics going on, and the volcanic landscapes got the science geology nerd in me all happy. The Blue Lagoon was quite an experience as well -Bergen. Norway was on my bucket list and I understand why. The scenery all through Norway is breathtaking. Take the funicular up to the top of the mountain for great views. -Other 2 stops in Norway. Eidfjord has the Flam railroad which goes up and around the mountains and waterfalls. At Stavanger, we took the small boat out to look straight up those glacially formed cliffs. -Aalborg was just a few hours but another quaint medieval town. Copenhagen was a bit bigger and we took the walking tour and then a canal cruise. -Talinn Estonia- the history of that region is tough. The economy is struggling because of trade problems -Berlin- train and a chance to experience the history of a crazy man and his demented dreams and then how the Cold War took a toll on those in east Berlin. -Gdansk Poland. Another chunk of history. The ship was berthed at the spot where WW2 began. Sobering. Take a look at the Polish amber- it’s very beautiful -St Petersburg- this was actually my least favorite place, but a visit I wouldn’t have changed for anything. This is a huge city, crazy traffic, so many tourists, so much standing in line to get into all the important spots- Hermitage, Catherine’s Palace, Peterhof, Spilled Blood. -Helsinki- One of my favorite places. Very laid back, nice port town. Lots of green space and very nice people -Stockholm- Tied with Bergen for my favorite. This is a great city that doesn’t seem so big. Hop On Hop Off will get you anywhere you want to go. We stayed here a few extra days because there was so much to see here, and the cruise was ending. Vasa Museum, Abba Museum, IceBar- so much to see! All in all= I'm in the Viking cult! I have drunk the Koolaid and I'm all in. We have booked a river cruise for 2020. Hooray! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We have cruised Viking previously( River Cruises ) and found Viking to be professionally run excursions. This trip was no exception. We enjoy the individual attention afforded to us on the River Cruises and Viking has made Ocean cruising ... Read More
We have cruised Viking previously( River Cruises ) and found Viking to be professionally run excursions. This trip was no exception. We enjoy the individual attention afforded to us on the River Cruises and Viking has made Ocean cruising more enjoyable by having only 900 passengers on a ship that could accommodate many more. Viking Sun was a beautiful ship with plenty of options for us passengers. The food offerings and entertainment were exceptional. The itinerary was spectacular with once in a lifetime views. The staff on board were very attentive to our needs and very professional. The ship had many places to relax and were always available to passengers. The entertainment was excellent. Each night there was something different and appealing to different tastes.The main dining room and the specialty restaurants were well staffed and the quality of food was exceptional. The overall experience was beyond expectation and I would recommend this itinerary and this ship to anyone in the future. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Loved all shore excursions and pre-cruise visit to Iceland. The ship was not overcrowded unlike other large cruise lines. So, we didn’t have to get in line for food, and we had no problem with making reservations for the restaurants of ... Read More
Loved all shore excursions and pre-cruise visit to Iceland. The ship was not overcrowded unlike other large cruise lines. So, we didn’t have to get in line for food, and we had no problem with making reservations for the restaurants of our choice. The buffet was always kept clean. Other cruise lines are too big for us and they offer too many different activities in which we have no interest. Optional excursions prices were reasonable. Viking offers privileged access to some attractions. For example, in St. Petersburg, we could get in Peterhof Palace before it opened for general public. Free shuttles were nice for exploring ports on your own time. We like Viking much better than others especially for the following reasons: No children under 18 (quieter and less mess) No charge for beer & wine at lunch & dinner No charge for alternative restaurants No charge for unlimited wifi No inside staterooms (all staterooms have verandas.) No sales pressure Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Viking cruise line lived up their reputation as being extremely fabulous!! Great ambiance! Great staff- so eager to please! Wonderful food! Informative tours! Viking does it right!!!! We took advantage of every included ... Read More
Viking cruise line lived up their reputation as being extremely fabulous!! Great ambiance! Great staff- so eager to please! Wonderful food! Informative tours! Viking does it right!!!! We took advantage of every included excursion! It would have been nice if they were more than just a couple stops for photo ops though! We especially enjoyed many of the waiters in The Restaurant! They were so polite and eager to please! The food was very good and menu selections were very adequate!! We loved Manfredi’s and the Italian restaurant! Nice to have variety! The ship was very beautiful! It was kept impeccably clean by the very hard working cleaning staff! Our room steward was so friendly and always considerate and polite! We so enjoyed our first ocean cruise and have booked two more! We have and will continue to recommend the Viking cruise line the family and friends! It is a pricey cruise line but so much is included- which helps!! Giving sizable price breaks/incentives to repeat customers would be very appreciated! We flew SAS- as arranged by Viking! NEVER AGAIN!! Horrible flight home!!! They lost our luggage for 6 days!!! Many we spoke with shared our concerns! They agreed and advised - avoid SAS!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Ship and amenities were all first class. The crew and restaurants were outstanding. Enjoyed the lectures and port talks, especially Michael Scott. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smooth and on board Services even arranged for a ... Read More
Ship and amenities were all first class. The crew and restaurants were outstanding. Enjoyed the lectures and port talks, especially Michael Scott. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smooth and on board Services even arranged for a car to take us to our stop over in London. Great help so everything went smooth. I can't say enough about the Ship, from the decor, facilities, crew, shopping and especially the entertainment. The pianist , guitar player and all the entertainment was so very enjoyable. Our cabin was great, roomy and our cabin attendant Alvin? couldn't have been nicer. It seemed like he always had the little extra that was needed. Even though the weather and fog kind of worked against us somewhat the cruise was still such a joy because of the ship, crew and the little things that made it so enjoyable. It was nice also to have so many extras built into the cruise package, like the drinks at lunch and dinner meals. Our dinning room attendants and servers were above and beyond, "Vicky and his helpers" were outstanding. We just hated to leave the Ship. Looking forward to our next adventure. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We have been on about 6 Viking River Cruises. Eight of us decided to try the new ocean cruise around Norway. We upgraded to a Junior Penthouse Suite, and it was an excellent decision. The staff and personnel were as gracious and ... Read More
We have been on about 6 Viking River Cruises. Eight of us decided to try the new ocean cruise around Norway. We upgraded to a Junior Penthouse Suite, and it was an excellent decision. The staff and personnel were as gracious and professional as you could ask. The food was always great and the staff tried to accommodate any request.. We have been on several of the very large ships, and we prefer this smaller size. The included tours were very good, and the optional ones offered different choices. Our group did not take all the tours together, so we had fun at dinner comparing our different sights and experiences.If you are looking for a leisurely, yet exciting cruise, I would recommend The Midnight Sun..Going to the northernmost point in Europe is a special opportunity. We were so impressed that we have signed up for another ocean cruise in 2020. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
The itinerary was exactly what we were looking for. Having an overnight in Bergen, Norway at the beginning and another overnight in Greenwich, London at the end of the cruise was an added plus. Cruising several Norwegian fjords up to the ... Read More
The itinerary was exactly what we were looking for. Having an overnight in Bergen, Norway at the beginning and another overnight in Greenwich, London at the end of the cruise was an added plus. Cruising several Norwegian fjords up to the North Cape over the Arctic Circle was on our bucket list. We also enjoyed our time in the Shetlands, Orkneys, and Edinburgh. The Viking Sea is the most beautifully appointed ship that we've cruised on. Our cabin was very comfortable and the public areas were quiet and plentiful. Although the weather and seas were mostly calm, the Viking Sea was very smooth and quiet. The food was excellent, although the service in the main dining room tended to be very slow. We found an excellent waiter, Nagesh, who tried very hard, but he didn't seem to get the help he needed from his assistant. We found the resident historian to be excellent. The shore excursions were mostly excellent, although those that were included as free tended to be somewhat superficial. in all we would definitely sail on the Viking Sea or another Viking ship. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
BACKGROUND My husband and I have cruised on our own sailboat from the US Eastern Seaboard through the Bahamas and all the way down the Caribbean Island chain. Sometimes it was unavoidable anchoring our boat in the same harbor where the ... Read More
BACKGROUND My husband and I have cruised on our own sailboat from the US Eastern Seaboard through the Bahamas and all the way down the Caribbean Island chain. Sometimes it was unavoidable anchoring our boat in the same harbor where the ships docked. After seeing the cruise ships disgorge thousands of passengers on tiny islands, having to listen to their loud music and announcements, and smelling their stinky smokestacks, we swore we would never set foot on a cruise ship. A couple of sailor friends convinced us to join them on this itinerary promising that Viking was not your typical cruise line. We were not disappointed. FIRST IMPRESSIONS We did not use Viking Air as San Juan is not one of their hubs and we did not arrange for a transfer through Viking as we planned to fly into Bergen a day ahead of embarkation. Our trip began with an airline issue causing us to arrive a day later then planned and with missing luggage. From the moment we saw the tall Viking rep in a red jacket at the Bergen airport our trip improved. We were invited to take one of the waiting shuttles, were told that they would handle our luggage issue once we made the baggage claim report, and were whisked off to the dock for a quick embarkation procedure and greeted with a glass of bubbly once on board. What's not to like. True to their promise, Guest Services were on our luggage issue tracking their arrival, picking up each piece and delivering it to our stateroom. Fortunately the final bag appeared an hour before sail away. Since we had worn all the extra clothing in our carry on, Viking offered free express laundry and lent us sanitized clothing to wear in the meantime. Lost or delayed baggage is a common occurrence to them. Kudos to the Guest Services staff. SHIP We found the ship beautifully appointed, light and airy. There was ample seating along the huge windows where we were able to view the gorgeous scenery as we sailed through the Fjords. We enjoyed exploring every nook and cranny inside and outside the ship quickly learning our way around. I loved all the little surprises around the ship - the informative touch screens, the trolls or elves in the elevator, birdsong in the public restrooms, the numerous hand sanitizer or washing stations, the lichen garden under the staircase and the lovely artwork throughout. True to our friends promise, there was no loud music or announcements. Even when the gangway was open for going ashore, that announcement was made only in the hallways and public areas. If you were in your room, you had to open the door to hear it. The ship carried less then 930 passengers aboard not thousands. There was no stinky cloud emitting from the ship's stack. There was barely a noticable environmentally friendly fog from the stack. The Viking Star never felt crowded. STAFF Before long the staff was greeting us by name at the Restaurant, when returning through security and at our favorite Explorer Bar. At every turn we saw smiling faces whether officers, restaurant servers, housekeeping, security, guest services or shore excursion staff. When leaving for a day trip we were handed bottled water. Upon returning to the ship, we were given cloths with which to freshen up and often a glass of bubbly. Staff was always there to serve, answer questions, give directions or help embark or disembark whether from a gangplank, tender or bus. RESTAURANTS Our first dinner reservation was at the Chefs Table with premium wine pairing as allowed by our Silver Spirit Beverage package. The Scandinavian Bistro menu was a perfect intro to Norway. Although it was a pre fixe menu, our friend who didn't care for the lamb course was offered a different choice. The dinner was a reunion of friends and the staff patiently paced the wine pouring and course serving to our most enthusiastic conversation with our old friends. We so much enjoyed the creativity of the meal that we booked three more Chefs Table menus. Although the portions were small, we didn't leave hungry. We chose our first dinner at the World Cafe for the famed seafood buffet. Although the food was very good and the tableside beverage service prompt, I found navigating the buffet disorienting. We all decided that for dinner we much prefer being seated, chosing from a menu and being waited upon. The Restaurant became our go to for dinner where the staff quickly learned our table location and wine preferences. There was never a wait for a table no matter what time we arrived. Every meal was delightful. We were happy with our two visits to Manfredi's. I especially liked the small pasta course which allowed room for ordering an entree also. We dined here for my birthday and were presented with a lovely birthday cake and a song. Breakfast was either Room Service or World Cafe. Room Service was always on time and responsive to menu write in choices. My husband likes honey with his tea and I want half & half with my coffee, items which were not on the menu. It was great eating in the room while preparing for an early excursion. With almost 24 hours of daylight, there was always something to see outside. As early risers we always got a window table in the World Cafe for breakfast. If the buffet was not quite open the beverage station was and I loved the coffee machine. Although we tried the coffee maker in our room, it was so much easier to grab a cup in the World Cafe. We tried every dining option at least once even the Viking Bar on Deck 1 for cookies and snacks. The open faced sandwiches in Mamsen's were great as was the soup. We liked the sandwich and salad options at the Pool Grill but found the area much too hot for comfortable dining unless the pool roof was open which was only one time. On the other hand, eating on the Aquavit Terrace was too cold on this Arctic Circle itinerary. The World Cafe had abundant choices for lunch whether we wanted a hot meal or a selection of salads. Finally on a sea day we tried the 4 pm tea in the gorgeous Wintergarden and loved it. ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT We enjoyed the daily music throughout the ship - piano, classical trio and guitarist each rotating locations and times. One day we watched a Cha-Cha lesson which was fun, we saw an entertaining Magician/Mentalist after the Captains Greeting on another day, and caught the Viking Band one evening in Torshavn. I do wish the Viking Band would have played earlier in the evening in Torshavn. Other then the one 9 pm time, they did not begin until 11:30 pm much too late for us. We attended most of the Port Talks and found them to be much more entertaining in person then on our room TV after the fact. The Lectures we attended were excellent. We missed most of the shows in the Star Theatre because we were too tired after busy days. We didn't participate in the Trivia or watch any of the daily films as we were always busy doing something else. We thought the Movie Under the Stars by the pool a great idea but had already seen the nights showing. To much to do but so little time. However, we did not skip the Midnight Sun party in the Explorer Lounge even though it was an early docking the next day. I can't tell you how amazing it was to watch the sun set...set...set, never touch the horizon and then begin to rise again. Major cool. There was an After the Midnight Sun party the next evening but the sky was cloudier. There was a variety of different things to do and see more then we would ever have time. Everything we attended was excellent. PORT & SHORE EXCURSIONS Includeds We booked most of the included shore excursions missing only the ones in Bergen, the Orkney Islands and Edinburgh. For the most part they were coach trips with stops allowing enough time for a bit of a walkabout and a photo op. During the drives we had excellent guides describing points of interest as we passed, giving us history, social and political lessons, describing past and current life in that country - from Vikings to the Sami to World Wars to tunnels, bridges and the oil industry, we got it all and loved it. The only included I would rate on a lower scale was in the Lofotens. Although the drive through the Island was gorgeous, the stops at the beaches were too rushed and the stop at the fishing village left us at a gas station near a narrow view of the harbor. I was disappointed as there was no opportunity to take a picture of the Rorbuers as promised in the tour description. The Lofoten Islands are majestic and I wished I had taken one of the optional tours. My husband did the Tjorndalen Scenic hike into the mountains and captured some spectacular photos. Many people don't like coach tours but this Midnight Sun itinerary was more about getting out into the countryside rather then walking through historic towns like the river cruises. Even the optional tours included bus rides. However, if a person wanted to have a town walkabout or shop, there was always a shuttle from the port to town if the distance was not walkable. Optionals Bergen: Ole Bull Home, Lyse Abbey Ruins, Fantoft Stave Church and all around Bergen. Absolutely fantastic! Our guide, walking around the lovely sites, the learning experience, scenery - could not have been better. Shetland Islands: Here we had good timing to do the morning included of Shetland Ponies and island panorama as well as an afternoon optional. Again our included tour guide was excellent explaining the islands unpredictable weather, topography, industry adding many personal stories and touches. It was a good mix of sightseeing by coach with time at stops. Our optional for the afternoon was the Rugged Beauty of the North. This was another exceptional tour with an entertaining guide and a bus driver. I don't think I have ever experienced a more enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide. She was a wealth of knowledge and knew every single bird and animal that we saw. She described life on such a remote island in all seasons and shared the excitement of Up Helly AA. She was very jolly, humorous and seemed to know everyone we passed while driving. The local Tangwick Haa museum stop was charming, the Eshaness Lighthouse stop along the dramatic northern cliffs was starkly beautiful with an easy walk, and the tea/coffee stop at Braewick Cafe with homemade Shortbread was cosy. Both AM and PM guides in the Shetlands did show and tell during the driving part. They passed around the unspun wool and a finished woven slipper when talking about the sheep, we got to handle peat and the tool used to dig it when that industry was discussed, plus a bird identification guide was available to use. My big excitement was seeing Puffins finally as they have been on my birding bucket list for 30 years. And of course we heard about Jimmy Perez and the TV series Shetland as we passed through Lerwick where set location and buildings were pointed out - a must see series if you plan to visit the Shetlands. Orkney Islands: Our optional.was Orkneys Stone Age for Neolithic and Viking sites - Ring of Brogdar, Skara Brae & Skaill House with a drive by Scapa Flow and through Lerwick. One cannot visit these Northern Scottish islands without seeing some of the ancient standing stones and archeological sites. Tour was a very nice combination of coach sightseeing as well as ample but easy walking with no rushing about. Beautiful and educational both. Guide was very informative on the bus drive talk but too talky with the Quiet Vox on the walk. Edinburgh: Royal Yacht Brittania, Lunch at Edinburgh Hotel, Edinburgh Castle, Free Time. Never having been to Edinburgh we wanted to see some iconic sites. The Royal Yacht was an excellent self guided tour on which we spent every minute we had soaking it all in. Such an amazing vessel and life the Royals had. The lunch was very good and in a hotel near the Castle, however, I would have preferred popping into a local Pub for a beer and Scottish food sampling on our own. At Edinburgh Castle our guide gave us an informative lecture and suggestions of what to see which was fine. Apparently private guides are not allowed to guide groups around inside. We did the best we could seeing the Castle but the crowds were horrible. Fortunately we saw a short line for the Crown Jewels and passed through fairly quick as the line was really long afterwards. I got tired real fast of people walking without looking, bumping into me, and taking selfies! Our travel companion friends had the right idea. While we were trying to take photos they skipped out and found a nice Pub outside the Castle across from our coach pick up point. The coach tour between sites was through crowded streets with many construction detours, barely a glimpse at historic buildings before another coach blocked the view, and painfully slow. Because of the traffic jam, we never got our free time to walk on our own. The crowds weren't Vikings fault but if I had to do it over I would skip Edinburgh and take an excursion in the countryside. Quiet Vox Opinion: I may be an odd duck but I do not like the Quiet Vox walking tours. I find someone talking in my ear constantly very distracting especially when they are talking to someone else on the excursion. However I really enjoyed the talks on the coach prior to arriving at an area. Perhaps if the walking tour guides gathered their charges in a little group at a site, gave their informative talk and then allowed us to walk in silence and contemplation I would enjoy it better. SPA, FITNESS & PROMENADE I am not an exercise machine user but the gym was always well used and, like most areas of the ship, had large windows for viewing scenery. I did, however, use the thermal spa and loved it. The locker rooms provided towels, robes, rubber shoes and everything you needed to shower, dry your hair and change afterwards. There was even a centrifuge which spun your suit dry so that you need not drip all the way to your room. I especially liked the private women's sauna where you could sweat alone and then plunge into an icy pool. Some would prefer the big pool in the coed area to be warmer, but I found the temperature allowed me to stay in longer massaging my calves and lower back both sore from lots of walking. You have to slide around on the benches to find the jet positions you like. One corner of that pool even had a full body jet area where you could bubble your body into relaxation. Adjacent to this pool was a hot tub for those who prefer it hotter. The only extra charge was for spa services of which I did not partake. The full ship 360 degree promenade was a lovely feature we used on a sea day to keep the joints oiled and muscles warmed. It was just as I pictured from the classic ocean liner days. Embarkation/Disembarkation: First arrival and final departure from the ship went smoothly. Our flight home from London was early afternoon and I thought our departure from the ship was a bit early. However we were amazed that it only took us a tad over one hour to get from Greenwich to Heathrow. But then it was early on a Saturday. On a busy work day morning it could be double the time easy. All the excursion disembarkations were organized and orderly. When we had our own plans, getting off the ship was never a problem or a long wait even when we were tendering. The only delay embarking was at the Gerianger tender pier and not Vikings fault. The port would only allow one Viking tender at a time at the pier whereas another huge cruise ship of thousands hogged the remaining pier space. Miscellaneous: I appreciate that Viking is an adults only cruise with no children under 18 allowed. Given the older demographic, I also like that motorized scooters are banned and hope it stays that way. I like the open restaurant seating and love the casual dress code. It was fun dressing up when we wanted to do so. We loved all the included things like WiFi, wine/beer, specialty restaurants, the spa thermal suite, excursion per port and the fact that there were no privledged access areas. Will I cruise again on Viking? You bet! In fact in 2020 we have booked South America and the Chilean Fjords. We visited the top of the world, next is the bottom. Suggestion/Complaint If you made it through my lengthy review you may wonder if everything was hunky dory. It was not. My only complaint or suggestion is a less stressful clearing in process from Norway to The Shetlands. Everyone had to present passports and have a face-to-face with Customs before leaving the ship. Consequently all 900+ passengers had to line up before 9 am to do so. We snaked back and forth, up and down through the Atrium levels. Morning excursions were late and many worried that the delay would cause missing the on time afternoon excursions when AM and PM excursions were booked. Fortunately we had two and a half hours between ours. This process could have been better handled. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
So the Cruise to Norway, Scotland and England was marvelous. The first day when we arrived in Bergen we toured the ship. Our cabin was wonderful and the balcony let us go out and sit and see the city. The cabin seemed just right for two ... Read More
So the Cruise to Norway, Scotland and England was marvelous. The first day when we arrived in Bergen we toured the ship. Our cabin was wonderful and the balcony let us go out and sit and see the city. The cabin seemed just right for two people. We walked around the Viking Star, saw the Restaurants, the Pool, the Lounge and everything was so nice. After dinner I left for a walk around Bergen. The town was amazing, the shops of different color, the Fort on the hill and all the sailing ships. After a stroll I looked at my watch and it was 22:30 so I thought it was time to head for the ship. As I turned and saw the sun setting in the west it looked more like 18:00. Back on the ship every day was a Port Talk where we learned about the next port and town we would visit. This helped us prepared for the Excursion the next day. Seeing the towns across Norway with the mountains and snow on them was beautiful. Visiting the Shetland Islands and seeing the ponies, the Orkney Islands and seeing the Ancient ruins, and Edinburgh with its Castles. Sailing to our last stop, London, we passed the Maunsell Sea Forts still standing and the Thames Barrier. Our last Excursion was the London Eye and the views of London are wonderful. Not sure when I will be on another Viking Cruise but I hope it's soon. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We had previous enjoyable experiences with Viking River Cruises and wanted to try the ocean cruises. Into the Midnight Sun cruise was something we had looked forward to do. It was not a disappointment. Cabin was excellent and spacious with ... Read More
We had previous enjoyable experiences with Viking River Cruises and wanted to try the ocean cruises. Into the Midnight Sun cruise was something we had looked forward to do. It was not a disappointment. Cabin was excellent and spacious with ample space for storage. Everything about the ship spoke to luxury. What was especially appealing was: no casino; no formal nights; no kids and no annoying photographers trying to peddle photos at every turn. The include shore excursions were excellent and there was ample opportunities to select additional excursions for an extra fee. What was especially striking was the fact that every member of staff seemed to be well trained and enjoyed their job. No request was too onerous and every request was met with a cheerful response. We took one of the available beverage packages which we found to be of excellent value and provided us with easy freedom to use at the various venues. For a relatively small vessel the entertainment standard was at a surprisingly high level. A thoroughly enjoyable experience and one we would cheerfully repeat in the future. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018

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