We have been home a while from our INTO THE MIDNIGHT SUN cruise on the VIKING SUN in June/July 2019 and it is past time for me to put in a review. This is our second cruise with Viking Ocean, we cruised on the Sea earlier this year in the ... Read More
We have been home a while from our INTO THE MIDNIGHT SUN cruise on the VIKING SUN in June/July 2019 and it is past time for me to put in a review. This is our second cruise with Viking Ocean, we cruised on the Sea earlier this year in the Caribbean. We actually booked this cruise first and then added the Caribbean one on afterwards.
We used Viking Air for this cruise and did well with it. We certainly didn’t have a big cost savings but the efficiency was worth it. Viking representatives met us when we arrived in Bergen and also assisted us to transportation when departing the ship in London. Ground transportation to the airport after the cruise was well handled getting us to Heathrow well in advance of our departure.
The entire check-in process was quick and painless without the long lines that are normal for most of the cruises we have been on previously. We were a little early for going to our room, but since we had traveled all night, we hit an early lunch and then went to the room to unpack (yes, our luggage was there already) and a quick nap.
Our room stewards, Ranger and Erik, were there introducing themselves and assisting us with any issues we had. Of course, there were no issues; this is Viking! On a sailing with many sea days, they work very hard to ensure they don’t impact guests in cabin time, but get cabins cleaned. Throughout the cruise, Ranger and Erik were wonderful, always helpful, smiling and efficient. They did an outstanding job of ensuring we had everything we needed!
We introduced ourselves to Corinne Bach, the cruise director. Corinne was fairly new in the job and it showed, but she did a fine job. We also met Jasna Randelovic, the Beverage Manager, always someone good to know, and Norbert Tesar, the General Manager that first day onboard. We found Norbert to be the most approachable General/Hotel Manager with which we have ever sailed. Jasna and I hit it off and we spoke often, she is very personable and informative.
The wait staff onboard the Viking Sun was very efficient and their service was outstanding. Yurii Semenov the Restaurant manager was always available and often pitched right in if the restaurant staff was busy.
This cruise was a bit different from our previous one because there were a number of at-sea days. During these at-sea days, there were wonderful luncheon buffets set up in the area by the pool. The food was outstanding. But then again, the food on this ship in all the venues was outstanding and the service impeccable. The Chef’s Table and Manfredi’s (my husband’s favorite) are not to be missed and we took full advantage of both. One morning, we sat with a ‘difficult’ couple and they calmed down talking to us over a delightful breakfast in the restaurant. After that it seemed like the restaurant staff went even more out of their way to say hello and ensure we were extremely well taken care of.
We did some of the included tours in Norway, Scotland and London. Most were bus tours, but they were interesting and the guides were wonderful and very knowledgeable. In many instances we had PhD students or equivalent telling us about the area. We also took many optional tours and loved all of them. My husband knocked many items off his bucket list during this cruise. The scenery on the tours and even just from the ship as we sailed the fjords and coastlines was amazing. We learned a great deal about the areas we visited. The onboard lecturers were excellent as well, and my husband made it a practice to go to as many as he could fit in between shore excursions. On the additional sea days, these were always well attended. Those that we missed in person were available on the TV shortly after they completed. We also had a festive “Blue Nose” ceremony onboard when we crossed the Arctic Circle; what fun. We enjoyed the various musical interludes onboard, particularly the choral group in Tromso.
The entire staff from the Captain on down worked hard to ensure our trip was enjoyable. We had a wonderful time! Read Less