361 Bergen Luxury Cruise Reviews

This was our first cruise. We chose Viking because of the size of the ship (relatively small cruise ship)and the itinerary. . Every cabin had a private veranda and was well appointed. The food was outstanding. We ate most our meals ... Read More
This was our first cruise. We chose Viking because of the size of the ship (relatively small cruise ship)and the itinerary. . Every cabin had a private veranda and was well appointed. The food was outstanding. We ate most our meals in the restaurant rather than the buffet . Each night there was a menu that featured cuisine unique to the port of the day. The portions were peefect size. The ship itself was magnificnent with a variety different areas in which to to spend your time on ship. It was easy to find quiet spots in which to read or nap. Every port had an excursion that was included in the price, usually a walking tour with a local guide. In general, the guides were very informative. We also were able to do city bicycle tours in Estonia and Helsinki . My only disappointment was the lack of spin cycles in the spa and exercise areas. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
I chose this cruise because I have traveled with Viking before on a River Cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam. I was very pleased with Viking and wanted to try an ocean cruise. I liked the itinerary on this cruise. We went to eight ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I have traveled with Viking before on a River Cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam. I was very pleased with Viking and wanted to try an ocean cruise. I liked the itinerary on this cruise. We went to eight countries: Norway, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Estonia, Russia, Finland and Sweden. We also added on three days in Iceland on our return. We were happy that the ship spent two days in St. Petersburg so we could attend an evening performance of the ballet. The ship was beautiful and our room was large and lovely. We had great service throughout the ship. The friendliness of the staff made it pleasant for everyone. The food was delicious. We especially liked Manfredi's and also enjoyed Mamsen's and the Pool Grill. The entertainment was enjoyable. And the excursions offered were varied and pleasant. I would recommend this cruise and I would especially recommend Viking. In fact I have already booked another cruise to the Mediterranean with Viking. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
The inspiration for this cruise was "The Woman in Cabin 10" by Ruth Ware. For those not familiar with the book, it takes place on a yacht sailing through the Norwegian Fjords. As I was reading it, I was thinking that Norway and ... Read More
The inspiration for this cruise was "The Woman in Cabin 10" by Ruth Ware. For those not familiar with the book, it takes place on a yacht sailing through the Norwegian Fjords. As I was reading it, I was thinking that Norway and its fjords would be a lovely region to visit, and my husband agreed! In 2015, we took our first river cruise with Viking (Elegant Elbe), and we remembered our cruise director announcing that Viking would soon be offering ocean cruises with four new ships. So, we looked at Viking ocean cruises and found the Viking Homelands Cruise. We called Viking with a few cruise questions and before we knew it, we were booked for April 28, 2018! The cruise was absolutely amazing from start to finish, and it was one of the best vacations we've taken. The Viking Sky was beautiful and the crew kept it spic and span. Our cabin was incredibly comfortable. The heated floors in the bathroom were heavenly, and the bed was almost as comfortable as our bed at home. The Freyja line of toiletries was very nice too. The restaurants were all delicious no matter what level of dining you chose, and my favorite was the experience at the Chef's Table. The spa was incredible and so relaxing. The Viking Band and the singers, Vince and Jen, were so talented and played a nice variety of music. It was fun dancing the night away in the Torshaven lounge. Even our cruise director, Aaron, and assistant cruise director, Edward, performed for us, and they were amazing. And, I loved not having a casino on-board! The service was impeccable. All crew members worked hard to make sure we had everything we need and they took such great care of us. The ports and shore excursions were very enriching, and Viking did a great job of offering a good variety of activities to chose from. I must admit that I was nervous about taking an ocean cruise because I prefer the smaller river vessels with 100-125 passengers. On the Viking Sky, we were full at 930 passengers, but it never felt crowded. Now for the hard part -- deciding where to cruise next! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Viking Ocean is terrific!! Food, staterooms, excursions and staff were all first class! Ship is gorgeous, common areas are perfect, crew is very accommodating. The specialty dining rooms were wonderful and menu was perfect. Stateroom ... Read More
Viking Ocean is terrific!! Food, staterooms, excursions and staff were all first class! Ship is gorgeous, common areas are perfect, crew is very accommodating. The specialty dining rooms were wonderful and menu was perfect. Stateroom was well appointed and spacious. Food presentation in both dining room and buffet was country club perfect! The shore excursions were well organized, efficient boarding and disembarking, tour guides were well informed. Lots of time to do your own thing in ports (except Russia, where you needed a visa to go off on your own). Good use of port time do one could savor the local flavor. Very stable sailing ship, very little movement, even in the North Sea. Viking is definitely a premier line. They don’t nickel and dime passengers for every little thing like someocran lines. Wine selection was great, meal variety was terrific and service was top notch. I can’t say enough good things about Viking, and I can afford to travel on any cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We were very anxious to see the Scandinavian countries and this proved to be an outstanding way to accomplish our dream. We loved every port of call, but Norway tops our list. What a beautiful country. The ship is just beautiful...and kept ... Read More
We were very anxious to see the Scandinavian countries and this proved to be an outstanding way to accomplish our dream. We loved every port of call, but Norway tops our list. What a beautiful country. The ship is just beautiful...and kept spotless. The restaurants were excellent. We loved Mamsen's for breakfast and often lunch. The setting, decor and food are wonderful...and reflect the Norwegian heritage of the Viking family. The two specialty restaurants were grand and we enjoyed each one three times!! The Spa was another treat...especially came to love the cold/snow room and sauna. We had done two river boat cruises and loved them...but we so loved the ocean cruise we have already booked the Australia-New Zealand cruise. Another plus with Viking is the superb staff...always helpful, efficient and gracious. Our cabin, penthouse veranda was perfect...The excursions were good and like being able to pick and choose. Can't wait for our next Viking cruise!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Positive experience with Viking River cruises,ad us try a Ocean. We are now booked for Ocean to Alaska and Tuscany,Venice and the Adriatic!. Great food,excellent cabin amenities,service and cleaning. Public areas are terrific and very ... Read More
Positive experience with Viking River cruises,ad us try a Ocean. We are now booked for Ocean to Alaska and Tuscany,Venice and the Adriatic!. Great food,excellent cabin amenities,service and cleaning. Public areas are terrific and very comfortable. We loved the specialty restaurants, the buffet and the dining room. Open seating is a great way to meet people at breakfast and lunch. The shore excursions were well organized, meaningful and interesting. Viking always makes you feel like royalty. We are even looking at 128 day around the world cruise and many more Ocean cruises. May also adds couple of River cruises in Russia and the lower portion of the Danube. We really love all included pricing. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
This cruise stopped at so many Scandavian ports with St Petersburg also. This included so many countries and sites I have always wanted to visit. This was the perfect way to travel. Our first Viking cruise exceeded my highest ... Read More
This cruise stopped at so many Scandavian ports with St Petersburg also. This included so many countries and sites I have always wanted to visit. This was the perfect way to travel. Our first Viking cruise exceeded my highest expectations in that the staff, food, ship were all exceptional. I enjoyed all the talks offered and the port tours were so well orchestrated. I learned so much regarding the history, culture, and people of the different countries. I enjoyed my fellow shipmates in that each had travelled and loved traveling. Everyday was well planned and the pace of activities were excellent. My cabin stewards were lovely and seemed to anticipate my every desire. The cabin was beautiful and I enjoyed having the 110 plugs for my electronics as that was less to pack. Entertainment was fabulous, from the crew productions to the marvelous guest performers. I can’t wait to goon my next Viking cruise! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
The cruise was in celebration of our 50th wedding anniversary. These areas in Northern Europe were the last areas that we had not visited in Europe. This was our first cruise and in comparison to what others have said about cruises, this ... Read More
The cruise was in celebration of our 50th wedding anniversary. These areas in Northern Europe were the last areas that we had not visited in Europe. This was our first cruise and in comparison to what others have said about cruises, this was the premier of cruise lines. the set up of the travel to the ship and all of the port visits was very well corrigraphed. Our room was beautiful and very functional. the heated floors in the bathroom made for the perfect morning wake up and being ready for breakfast. The dining was the best of the best with a variation that matched the areas we visited. We could not have asked for anything better. One of the nice things were the cultural events that occurred prior to our port visits. These gave us some insight into what was coming on the tours. Personnel service was of top quality. Over all the best of the cruise lines, we will be traveling with you again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Our Family is from Scandinavia so my Sister and I decided that we would like to see where our heritage originated. It was my first cruise so I didn’t have any prior expectations. WOW!! I now know what it feels like to be treated like ... Read More
Our Family is from Scandinavia so my Sister and I decided that we would like to see where our heritage originated. It was my first cruise so I didn’t have any prior expectations. WOW!! I now know what it feels like to be treated like Royalty. Every single crew member we encountered made us feel like we were the only people on the ship. The excursions were amazing and the guides so knowledgeable about their country. The buses were comfortable and the windows large enough to see all the sites. All activities were organized to impeccable precision. If anyone didn’t find something to do, they were not on our ship. The flexibility of restaurant choices and the 24 hour room service met all of our needs. The food was 5 Stars. Our Stateroom hosts were present and accommodating to our every request. The Stateroom was spacious and the views from the Veranda were breathtaking. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Love Viking & loved the itinerary! Many of the ports we had not visited before. Also loved the idea of a few sea days as this ship is so comfortable. We were just ready to enjoy all that Viking had to offer on this remarkable ship...as ... Read More
Love Viking & loved the itinerary! Many of the ports we had not visited before. Also loved the idea of a few sea days as this ship is so comfortable. We were just ready to enjoy all that Viking had to offer on this remarkable ship...as we had been on it just a year ago. However this was our 4th Viking cruise. I recommend Viking to everyone. We love the richly rewarding historic lectures on the culture of the areas we are visiting! No Casinos and picture pressure! Truly a relaxing adventure. The entire trip was so very enjoyable, from Bergen Norway to Barcelona Spain! Viking does everything to ensure your comfort & safety. We did have to forego our Falmouth England port because of weather but thanks Captain for thinking of our safety first! The employees/crew are so friendly and will go out of their way to help in any way. Need more hangers for your clothes, pillows...how many?...done! On other cruise ship I have had to pack extra hangers or layer everything! Food was for the most part outstanding! In each dining room we were treated like royalty! We didn't enjoy the Chef's Table so much and I heard the same from many other people, we were still hungry after 4 courses. The included wines served daily with meals were plentiful, excellent quality & variety. Also appreciated the plentiful water whether on ship or off! Entertainment & lectures were simply outstanding! Viking only fell short on the included tours in a couple ports. River included tours are handled much better & make provision for a "leisure" tour selection for folks who have walking issues. The free time in Knokke, Belgium was a waste, very little open, prices no one could afford in very exclusive shops that were! Couldn't wait to board the bus! I never heard a positive comment. Wish we could have just explored the historical little town of Damme, I think it was, that we drove though. Other tours were exceptional! Guess you can't win them all but I think Viking needs to re examine this aspect. These included tours makes Viking unique in the the cruise industry but that could change quickly. Also our last day in Barcelona lacked communication on the optional "An Evening of Flamenco" ( not worth the $139 pp) as we had to switch docks late in the afternoon and that caused all types of confusion. They combined our included city tour with it as we had to change the time 2 1/2 hours and we wouldn't have known this if we hadn't have ask! Thus our city tour ended up in the dark, with very low visibility, right before our dinner. Hated to disembark and head for the USA...Looking forward to cruise #5 soon! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
I absolutely loved the experience and everyone that worked to make my time enjoyable. From the moment we were greeted at the airport to how quick and painless the embarkation was. Once inside, the ship was breath taking and beautiful. The ... Read More
I absolutely loved the experience and everyone that worked to make my time enjoyable. From the moment we were greeted at the airport to how quick and painless the embarkation was. Once inside, the ship was breath taking and beautiful. The cabin and bath were fantastic, and our luggage arrived about 5 minutes after we did, with plenty of room for storage of our things. The Dining was simply over the top. I prefer everyday food as my comfortable food choices and what a treat to dine in a beautiful restaurant every evening for our supper serving luxurious items I love, but never indulge in. And the ships entertainers were polished and adorable, good enough to be America's got Talent finalists. I was led to believe however that excursions and tips were included, and when I found out differently I was dismayed. That is the absolute only reason for 4 stars rather than 5. I would have happily rated this 5 stars if there was an area to voice my feelings. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
My wife and I are nearing retirement and fortunately still have our health. We chose this cruise, because of the itinerary: we started in Norway, and visited the Netherlands, Belgium, France, England, Portugal, finishing in Spain. This ... Read More
My wife and I are nearing retirement and fortunately still have our health. We chose this cruise, because of the itinerary: we started in Norway, and visited the Netherlands, Belgium, France, England, Portugal, finishing in Spain. This was interesting, and we visited many different and beautiful places. Our cabin, and the crew that supported us were top shelf. We probably will not go on a cruise like this again, though. The "style", the manner in which our time was occupied, was overwhelmingly about the boat. We attended lectures and enjoyed them. We watched TED talks in our room and in the cinema. The food was fantastic. Tibor and Andras, musicians, were enjoyable. We found the spa and the Nordic bathing ritual to be great. Much of our time was spent in the transfer to the next port in each case, and we would have liked more contact with the countries to which we went. Tours did not allow much down/exploration time. The ship moved too fast to sit on the Aquavit, drink a glass of wine, and enjoy the evening. Having said that, we DID enjoy the experience. The Explorers Lounge was a reasonable alternative, with the glass front facing the front of the ship. Activity in the docks was interesting: we had a ring-side seat for mooring and casting off. We saw dolphin, whales, and tuna along the way, and we met many couples with whom we enjoyed corresponding. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Great value for an itinerary that covered several areas that we had not visited before. The offer of two guests for one fare with free air was too great a temptation. The trip was excellent except for somewhat rough seas for a couple of ... Read More
Great value for an itinerary that covered several areas that we had not visited before. The offer of two guests for one fare with free air was too great a temptation. The trip was excellent except for somewhat rough seas for a couple of days. It could have been a lot worse! The excursions were well planned, and for the most part were interesting and informative. The service on the ship was excellent. Our cabin was kept spotless and the dining was always good. Most of the dishes were very good, but other options for special order were also available. One evening I ordered a New York strip steak that was as good as any I have ever had--even at some very expensive restaurants. The entertainment was also excellent, as were the informative talks about European history and environmental issues. We especially enjoyed the entertainers. The three young female vocalists were especially talented and performed in a most professional manner. The string trio also was an elegant touch to the trip. We have been on a number of ocean and river cruises, but the cruise director on this one was the best I have ever seen. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We chose this cruise for our 50th anniversary trip primarily because of the itinerary - we have travelled quite a bit but many of the ports on this journey were new to us. However, once we started the trip we realized that the highlight ... Read More
We chose this cruise for our 50th anniversary trip primarily because of the itinerary - we have travelled quite a bit but many of the ports on this journey were new to us. However, once we started the trip we realized that the highlight was the SHIP! The Viking Star was unbelievable - modern, light, beautifully furnished; so many spaces to read, relax, rejuvenate; dining rooms that were intimate yet bustling with energy; a spa that offered many options from luxurious hot tubs, sauna, and snow rooms to personal treatments in lovely, light rooms; an entertainment theater that was state of the art- really an immaculate beautiful ship! The next highlight were the Viking people - a management crew that was approachable, knowledgeable and communicated often with passengers; a housekeeping crew that was professional, kind, and courteous; a food and beverage staff that were fun, attentive, personal, and always one step ahead of whatever it is you might want or need; an educational group that offered multiple small and large opportunities for enrichment and education; an entertainment team that was brilliant, overflowing with talent, and so much fun! And then there were the Viking travelers- smart, curious, energetic, anxious to learn more, and super nice! We made a point to do everything- we swam in the pools, drank in the bars, danced every dance, took an excursion every day, went to the spa several times, attended lectures most afternoons, dined at all the different venues and slept hard at night! Truly this was an amazing experience and we were so impressed with Viking - for us, this was a perfect cruise and we would not change one thing! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We chose this particular cruise because of its Itinerary. We've enjoyed Viking River in the past. The ship, its amenities and staff exceeded our expectations. The Service from all the crew was "over the top'. Everyone is ... Read More
We chose this particular cruise because of its Itinerary. We've enjoyed Viking River in the past. The ship, its amenities and staff exceeded our expectations. The Service from all the crew was "over the top'. Everyone is so friendly and outgoing and it is very clear the entire crew is very happy to be with Viking. Viking is very good to their guests and apparently to the crew as well. There is a larger group of travelers on the Ocean Cruises and some of the included excursions were rushed and didn't provide much free time in a number of ports. Popular European destinations with tiny streets and lots of traffic are always going to have congestion and traffic delays. My only suggestion for improvement would be to build more travel time into the excursion schedule to allow more free time for guests to wander a bit. The local city guides were outstanding. Food was very good in all of the ship's venues. Our particular favorite - The Chef's Table! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
The route was intriguing. Spent a few days in Olso to start, Fell in love with Norway! Great seafood. Took the train to Bergen great trip! Everything on board was spectacular! Great layout, never crowded! The Spa is TOP NOTCH. Chef ... Read More
The route was intriguing. Spent a few days in Olso to start, Fell in love with Norway! Great seafood. Took the train to Bergen great trip! Everything on board was spectacular! Great layout, never crowded! The Spa is TOP NOTCH. Chef Martin and culinary staff were always impressing, great cuisine coming from an Executive Chef myself. Great Italian restaurant. The Chef Table enjoyed only once regretfully. This was very cutting edge for a cruise ship to take on and hopefully it carries on success. We did enjoy the ever changing menu and delights of The Restaurant menu each evening. Even tried the Pool Bar menu, Great Viking Burger and Rueben for lunch. The bar staff was over the top! Nothing better than the Explorer Lounge! The classic guitarist entertainment was relaxing with drinks. Loved the Beatles tribute on the pool deck area. Played lots of shuffleboard championships between the two of us:) THE best excursion was the Taste of Andalusia at Malaga port! Extremely well executed and interesting. We enjoyed ourselves tremendously and booked our next cruise with Viking with "Into the Midnight Sun" in Norway with a pre-stop in Iceland. Cannot wait! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and because the Viking Sea was a new ship. We have been on a Viking River Cruise and enjoyed the cruise. The embarkation was easy to move through and our luggage was delivered promptly. We ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and because the Viking Sea was a new ship. We have been on a Viking River Cruise and enjoyed the cruise. The embarkation was easy to move through and our luggage was delivered promptly. We found the ship to be fantastic, beautifully decorated and easy to navigate. No area of the ship ever felt crowded. The crew, for the most part, was be top notch, very friendly and accommodating. The food was very good with varying venues. The beverage package was a bargain, but I do not remember that it was marketed that well. We were very disappointed in the air arrangements on both ends of the trip and would probably do our own in the future. Shore excursion information was not delivered to customers in a timely manner. We thought choices were very limited and were not executed well. Because of a biking event, we were not able to see Bergen except from the water and we were there 1 1/2 days. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
The Bergen combination of Viking's apparent lack of awareness of a major bicycle race that had been scheduled for three years resulted in shore tours being cancelled and the ship having to berth in an industrial area away from the ... Read More
The Bergen combination of Viking's apparent lack of awareness of a major bicycle race that had been scheduled for three years resulted in shore tours being cancelled and the ship having to berth in an industrial area away from the downtown made for a rough start. The area boat tour that was arranged to substitute for the planned included tour was a fair recovery, but not a complete one. We had to find our own way to Bergen's stave church, only to discover that it had closed for the season two days earlier. We had to be helped by friendly Norwegians when the tram system didn't take cash, a point we could have been warned about. One of the highlights of any Viking cruise is the opportunity to visit a local residence. The Inuit hostess in Qaqortoq, Greenland, was wonderful, but the local guide was poor. The girl took off up a very steep hill at a pace that overwhelmed the 60-and-70-year olds that made up the group. One older couple arrived - apparently without having been missed - 20 minutes after the rest. Recognizing the difficulty of finding English speakers in such a remote location, the local guide was quite unable to translate our questions to the hostess and her answers to us. Then the girl took off to let us find our own way back to the ship. It was unfortunate that Nanortalik had to be bypassed, but the captain's decision was, I believe, well taken. Aside from these points of criticism, the rest of the cruise was wonderful. The menu choices in the restaurant were plentiful, well prepared and very professionally presented. That Viking could find so many high quality servers, especially the Macedonian contingent, was quite amazing. Not to be forgotten are the crews of the tenders; that nobody went overboard or got hurt while getting on and off the boats in rough seas was highly commendable. The performers and musicians who made up the entertainment team were absolutely superior. Great shows night after night with super special effects! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
My husband and I are both Scandinavian descent so we thought it would be fun to learn more about the Vikings and see where they lived. This is our second cruise with Viking Ocean and we knew that we really loved our other cruise to the ... Read More
My husband and I are both Scandinavian descent so we thought it would be fun to learn more about the Vikings and see where they lived. This is our second cruise with Viking Ocean and we knew that we really loved our other cruise to the Caribbean last December. We loved the decor of the Viking Ocean ships. The deluxe veranda rooms were a tad small but were well-appointed and clean, clean, clean. The linens were absolutely first class. The bed was very comfortable and there was sufficient closet space for all our things. The bathroom was surprisingly roomy with heated floors which came in handy since we were sailing the North Atlantic and Northern Countries. The weather was a lot colder than other cruises we have taken, but the room's HVAC was very efficient and responsive. Be sure to lift the desk top and collect the binoculars---we didn't find them until the day before we disembarked. The complimentary self-service laundry came in handy. They even supplied the detergents. Be sure to choose a good time on a day when you are not at sea. It seemed everyone chose that day to do their laundry. The food was wonderful. What more can you say?! Reserve your times early for Chef's Table and Manfredi's but we never were refused a request for our favorite time of 6:30pm. You won't be disappointed with the included excursions. We took 2 optional tours and loved them. The entertainers were terrific and very personable. Be sure to sign up for the tours of the Bridge, Galley and Back-Stage...great. Best of all were the crew. They cannot be beat. Fabulous. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
In general, the cruise and the ship was the best that we have ever experienced, and we have sailed on Princess (elite status), Celebrity, and Carnival (never again!). That the route was an ocean crossing, ending in a port far from the ... Read More
In general, the cruise and the ship was the best that we have ever experienced, and we have sailed on Princess (elite status), Celebrity, and Carnival (never again!). That the route was an ocean crossing, ending in a port far from the initial port is an excellent strategy. Embarkation and debarkation were smooth, although finding the host at the embarkation point was a bit difficult (posted signs at the street would have helped). The ratio of public space to passenger load is excellent, the wealth of books outstanding, and the size of the ship ideal. The lack of “nickel and dimeing” is unique and much appreciated, as was the lack of pressure to patronize the on-board shops. The included use of the Spa/thermal room was very enjoyable, and we used it often. The simple addition of beer/wine with lunch and dinner is an incredible luxury. High Tea was likewise a delight. The guitarist, the trio and the pianist were excellent, with a very good repertoire. Background music was well chosen and not obnoxiously loud. We did not patronize Torshaven, being neither night owls nor party goers. Minor suggestions and criticisms follow: Cabin: 1) A second towel rack for the hand towels would be very useful, either over the toilet or higher up on the wall over the existing one. 2) An open shelving unit in the back corner of the closet would help. The single shelf over the coffee maker is insufficient, even with the drawer space and the night stands. TV: 1) A “sea state” channel showing outside air temperature, sea temperature, wind speed and direction over the deck, wave height and sea condition would be appreciated, so that one could dress appropriately for deck sitting. 2) The ship’s course plots are very inaccurate, and in fact annoying as they show the ship crossing land! My GPS from my tablet was more accurate. Please improve this channel. 3) The online ship’s account does not show the 15% service charge per person per cabin per day, and should, so as to give a more accurate estimate of the account. Hiding this amount until late in the cruise is misleading. 4) It might be convenient for the Viking Today channel to be available from a local web server on board ship via WiFi, as well as the menus, etc. While it is obvious that the ship’s systems need to be completely isolated from anything the passengers can access via WiFi, perhaps a separate sub-network could be arranged. Food: 1) The coffee tends to be quite acid. Both the strength and the roast are fine, however. 2) The salad bar needs some redesign as parts are not accessible, and the staff have conflicting duties. 3) The morning omelet station needs a list posted of ingredients that can be requested. 4) Sushi for lunch would be nice, instead of just for dinner. 5) Posting the menus for the specialty dining venues early enough to be in time for successful reservations would be appreciated. We were just lucky that our reservation for the Chef's table consisted of a menu thankfully lacking in capseicin. Tours: 1) Bus logistics could be somewhat improved – buses need to wait for guests, not the other way around. As noted, all the above are really only minor things. We would, and have, recommended Viking Ocean to our friends, and will sail again (already booked for Alaska 2019). Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
As a retired 35 year History teacher traveling alone, I was searching for a cruise that would be more appropriate to the classroom experiences I had with my students. The Viking SEA cruise "In the Wake of the Vikings" filled ... Read More
As a retired 35 year History teacher traveling alone, I was searching for a cruise that would be more appropriate to the classroom experiences I had with my students. The Viking SEA cruise "In the Wake of the Vikings" filled that bill and more for me. The cruise began in Bergen, Norway, and crossed the Atlantic to Montreal. I took advantage of pre and post extensions in Oslo and Montreal for two days each and was not disappointed. Bergen was also a joy, and the fact that this pro cycling fan was there during one day of the week long UCI World Championships was a pleasure that was unexpected when I booked the cruise. To get to the ship, I traveled by train from Oslo to Bergen. The views were amazing, and definitely a harbinger of things to come on the cruise itself. The Viking SEA was easy to get around, and the staff was the best part of the entire experience! Whether it was my Steward, Tito, the food staff, or the security and boarding staff for the three tendering situations, they couldn't have been more patient or professional. The food was outstanding! When I arrived on the first night, I went to the Buffet ("World Cafe") expecting to pick up a burger and fries. Imagine my surprise when the offerings included Duck a L'Orange and Lamb Shoulder...the excellence and variety of the food was unchanged for the next two weeks. I got my first taste of Venison, and Caviar as well. Breakfast and luncheon offerings were equally as good. The 'reservation restaurants,' Manfredi's Italian, and the Chef's Table, were above and beyond expectations. A cautionary note: If you intend to hit the Casino, buy art, rock climb, or see extravagant Broadway type shows with large casts; this cruise is not for you. The stage time is taken with lectures on the History, Geography, and politics of the area served. We had four lecturers who touched mainly on the Viking legacy (it was the theme, after all), but also included climate concerns, political policy issues regarding whaling, oil, and other natural resources, and more recent Historical events. There were also "Port Talks," led by the Cruise Director. If you missed any of the lectures, you could watch them later on your cabin television. Entertainment was controlled by an eight person troupe, who brought a different show each night to the theatre. Despite the small size of the troupe, they handled their assignments very well. They, like the rest of the staff, were also very gregarious and thoughtful to the passengers off the boat. The Spa and exercise areas were excellent! The Deck 2 walking area was a quarter of a mile around, which surprised me, because I have been on much larger Carnival and Disney ships where the walking distance was identical. How did Viking do it? The Shore Excursion opportunities brought unexpected visual experiences. The beauty of the Shetlands, the Faroes, Iceland, Greenland, Newfoundland, and Quebec were the highlights here. The local guides were all knowledgeable and easy to converse with. The views from the ship were also amazing, especially going through the fjords in all of these locations. Prince Christian Sound in Greenland was at least equal, if not superior, to the views in Alaska's Inland Passage. Three glaciers, icebergs, and mountains around every corner kept the camera busy! The included tours usually were of the "Panorama" variety, where we took buses to various areas as an orientation of the location, with opportunities for stops for photo opportunities. I was most disappointed with the included tour of Reykjavik, Iceland, because we spent an inordinate amount of time driving through residential areas and were not allowed to stop at key locations because "we do not have time." I was also a bit frustrated with one of the onboard consultants informing me that the 'excursions in Saguenay, Quebec, were very helpful, because there isn't much to see in the town.' Two opportunities to walk proved to me that this was a very charming town, and there was much that we weren't able to see otherwise. Perhaps a reevaluation of the opportunities in this region for excursion purposes would be helpful. The optional tours were tremendous! In my case, a walk through the Shetlands' capital of Lerwick, a ride around the Faroes, a visit to a fur house in Qaqortoq, Greenland, a walk around the L'Anse Aux Meadows Viking settlement in Newfoundland,and walking and carriage tours in Quebec City were stunning! On three occasions, we had to "Tender" from the ship to the shore. The crew was excellent in getting us on and off board, but suffice it to say, the term "Tender" is now an oxymoron in my book...remember that the North Atlantic in mid September is not easy on good days. We also had to miss the Nanortalik, Greenland port due to treacherous wind and waves. Kudos to the Security and Boarding crew who had to deal with disembarking so many in limited time in all of the ports. The cruise was exceptional, and, despite a few minor issues, I would go again...In fact, while onboard, I signed up for a future Viking Ocean Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
My wife and I, both in our 70's made the cruise. Our pre-cruise visit to Bergen was great. We had Viking plan the air, which was a mistake. They routed us through Heathrow, which I avoid based on experience several years ago. It has ... Read More
My wife and I, both in our 70's made the cruise. Our pre-cruise visit to Bergen was great. We had Viking plan the air, which was a mistake. They routed us through Heathrow, which I avoid based on experience several years ago. It has gotten worse. It took over an hour standing in line with our carry-on luggage to get on a bus to take us from Terminal 3 to Terminal 5. We had reserved the Hotel Oleana in Bergen. It was conveniently located, nice staff, but the furnishings were spartan. Good weather and we ate well in the 3 days there before we boarded the ship. I thought embarkation went smoothly but my wife disagrees. We both were very happy with our stateroom, especially the heated bathroom floor. Wish I had one at home. I screwed up, not having looked at the ships plans/specifications enough beforehand. I thought it would be too cool to use the pool, so didn't pack a bathing suit. But the main pool and it's hot tub were protected and there were two more hot tubs plus the two pools and the sauna in the spa. Dining was great, with several options. I regret that they did not offer more choices of joining others when we went into The Restaurant. We met fewer other cruise travelers than we have on other cruises. We both took advantage of the talks and enjoyed them a lot. One speaker was so good that I regretted I was not going to be on the next leg (to New York) to hear some scheduled for it. All of the crew were helpful and pleasant to deal with. Security process for exiting and reboarding at the port stops was very efficient. I appreciated the steps they went to to help us keep our hands clean and prevent the spread of disease. There were several locations outside of the staterooms where people could relax and read. An ample number of books were available at multiple locations. In many of these one could be close enough to the performing musicians to have the music in the background. All of the musicians were top notch. Portable hearing sets were available to help people hear the excursion guides but they were awkward to use and were unnecessary except on one tour I went on. The size of the ship is large enough to have great facilities but small enough to go places larger ships cannot visit. We were already book for a Spring 2018 cruise on the Viking Sea when we booked this one. We liked it enough to book a cruise on the Viking Orion in December 2018. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
My husband and I chose this cruise for the itinerary as well as Viking's stellar reputation. We weren't disappointed. The cabin, food and service were exceptional. We've cruised with RSS and Celebrity but Viking ... Read More
My husband and I chose this cruise for the itinerary as well as Viking's stellar reputation. We weren't disappointed. The cabin, food and service were exceptional. We've cruised with RSS and Celebrity but Viking outperformed them both in these areas. We enjoyed a few days in Oslo prior to the cruise staying at the Hotel Thon Opera. We were a bit unhappy that our rooms weren't ready when we arrived at 3:00pm and we had to wait in the lobby for a bit. Other than that, the hotel was very nice and the breakfast they offered was sensational. And because we were inconvenienced by the delayed check-in, Viking arranged a very nice coach tour of the Oslo area, which included a stop at the the very interesting Viking Ship Museum. We took a very comfortable and scenic train ride from Oslo to Bergen to embark the lovely Viking Sea. Excurions: We highly recommend the Fish Farming and Maritime History tour offered while at port in Bergen. We toured a facility that builds beautiful wooden boats and makes rope, then drove through beautiful Hardangerfjord to reach the fish farm. We were then taken to the mountains, to Voss, for a delicious lakeside lunch. It was a great day! It was fortuitous that our tour took us out of Bergen because Bergen was hosting an international cycling event the day we were in port so most of the Bergen city tours were cancelled. (A boat tour of Bergen was substituted.) Viking provided everyone with a $200 ship board credit for being inconvenienced. Very nice of Viking. While in Lerwick, Scotland, we opted for the walking tour, The Nature Trail of Mousa Island. After a brief coach ride through town, we boarded a small boat for a 10 minute ride to Mousa Island. It was a beautiful day for a walk; scenic, sunny and very breezy. The 'trail' is over uneven grassy ground and a bit slippery and wet, so be aware. Make sure you have the appropriate shoes. But it was a wonderful experience seeing the Moussa Broch. The guide was knowledgeable. We're glad we chose this tour. We booked the Sea Safari tour while in Torshavn, but due to high seas, the tour was cancelled. Safety first! So we walked through town and toured on our own. We opted for the all day, Golden Circle tour, while at port in Reykjavik. It was well worth the time and cost. And the guide was very knowledgable. Such fantastic scenery! We had a wonderful salmon lunch too. I wish I could have spent a bit more time shopping at some of the gift shops. The most spectacular sight on the entire cruise was waiting for us in Greenland. We cruised slowly through the magnificent Prince Christian Sound. Breathtaking, really. Mountains, glaciers, bergie bits, seals, whales, sun, snow - fabulous! And no other ships around. We saw one person, a kayaker, on the 5 hour sail. Unbelievably harsh beauty. Wow! Due to weather, we were unable to dock Nanotorlik. But the ship was able to dock in Qaqortok. There is not much to see there, but we walked around town in the sunshine and found the grocery store to be an interesting visit. L'Ans Aux Meadows - was interesting. It gives you a real sense of the Viking life there, hundreds of years prior. Saguenay, Ontario - our least favorite excursion. We opted for Zodiac in the Park tour. We felt we spent too much time on a school bus there and back. The actual tour on the zodiac was brief and just ho hum. And a very rough ride. There is no food offered, so Viking should arrange snacks somewhere along the line. (We were gone from 10:00 until 3:00.) The guide didn't really offer insights or history of the area on the long rides. Beautiful scenery though. Quebec City - Many ships in port that day (8?) so it was very a very busy, crowded port. We opted for the included tour, which was fine with us. The streets were clogged with people so sitting on a coach with a guide telling us all about Quebec City was just about perfect for us on our last day. Food - we loved Manfredi's; left the Chef Table after the second course - not to our liking. But enjoyed every other meal everywhere else on the ship. We especially enjoyed the fresh seafood the chef arranged for us in Bergen. Mussels were yummy. And Mamsen's deli for waffles in the morning. And High Tea daily! And drinks at the Explorer's Lounge! We look forward to our next cruise in April. Love you, Viking! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
My husband was in the Air Force and stationed in Greenland during the Korean War. He said he would like to go back, so when I saw this Cruise I though it would be the perfect opportunity. His birthday is 9-25 and we were in Greenland that ... Read More
My husband was in the Air Force and stationed in Greenland during the Korean War. He said he would like to go back, so when I saw this Cruise I though it would be the perfect opportunity. His birthday is 9-25 and we were in Greenland that day and celebrated his birthday. I liked the fact that the Ports of Call were so different from other cruises. The scenery was amazing, actually breath taking. So far it was the best cruise we've ever taken. The ship was the perfect size and capacity, most new ships are overbearing in size and capacity. Manfredi's was the best, the food was excellent, I would say it equaled that of a fine dining Italian Restaurant. The service personnel was the best, they were there for all our needs. The tours were good but some could have been better organized. I have recommended this cruise to many of my friends and family. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
My wife and I have been on numerous Viking River cruises(5), and decided to try their Ocean Cruise. We picked Viking as our previous experiences were excellent. We picked this one, for the ports of call. We were completely satisfied ... Read More
My wife and I have been on numerous Viking River cruises(5), and decided to try their Ocean Cruise. We picked Viking as our previous experiences were excellent. We picked this one, for the ports of call. We were completely satisfied with Viking. We found that the Ocean Cruises, followed the same wonderful times we had with the River Cruises. Ship, food, staff ,were all excellent! Like a River Cruise, only in the Ocean. Staff was always smiling and very helpful. We highly recommend the Viking Ocean Cruises. The included trips were well thought out, and the guides were wonderful. Food service staff were most helpful, refilling juices, coffee, wine, water. Felt like we were eating in a 5star restaurant every day. Conveyed the "small ship" feel of the river cruise with the larger ocean ship. We always had a good berth and excellent shuttles to the towns and villages we visited. We are planning our next trip with Viking, as I write this review. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017

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