225 Bergen Senior Cruise Reviews

We have long wanted to visit Scandinavia so were completely taken by the idea of Viking's new Ocean Cruise Line, specifically the Viking Star "Viking Homeland" cruise. We received courteous, knowledgeable phone support ... Read More
We have long wanted to visit Scandinavia so were completely taken by the idea of Viking's new Ocean Cruise Line, specifically the Viking Star "Viking Homeland" cruise. We received courteous, knowledgeable phone support whenever contacting Viking to discuss flights and other aspects of the cruise. Our flights from San Francisco to Bergen, Norway went quite smoothly, as did our return flights. Arriving in the Bergen airport we were met by Viking representatives allowing for a very smooth transfer from flight to ship, and smooth embarkation. Likewise our disembarkation was very well organized allowing for easy transfer from ship, to airport busses. We did not have add-on visits before and after our cruise. All areas throughout the ship provided excellent guest service and we cannot sing the praises of staff loudly enough, we would rank staff higher than a 5 if we could. We loved have room service allowing us to have early morning breakfast (as early as 6:00am) in the comfort of our room or balcony before leaving for daily excursions.The variety of breakfast foods was extensive suiting all palates. Dining was anywhere from casual dining to elegant providing excellently prepared varieties of foods, from appetizers through desserts, in each of the dining venues, additionally the ship has two speciality restaurants. We greatly enjoyed the ships sitting and reading areas, lounges, theater, movies- under-the-stars, and afternoon tea.The fine attention to service was noticeable, even providing coffee while waiting for our shore excursion time. We were so very pleased with our daily shore excursion selections and ease in understanding our knowledgeable guides. We marveled at the wealth and depth of memorized information they shared which was always interesting. Our guides were so helpful to us in navigating around foreign (to us) countries. The ship offers a wide selection of shore excursions. We especially enjoyed being on a smaller cruise ship, with less people, which made the ease of departing and returning from shore excursions seamless. We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of our cruise, and were a bit sad to see it come to an end. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
This was my first cruise, but even the experienced cruisers praised Viking Star as their best cruise. The ship is new, modern and high class. The tours were also high quality in addition to the food and staff. It was mainly 65+ guests, ... Read More
This was my first cruise, but even the experienced cruisers praised Viking Star as their best cruise. The ship is new, modern and high class. The tours were also high quality in addition to the food and staff. It was mainly 65+ guests, with no children on board. So if you are younger it requires some patience and adjusting assumptions. But there were a few "younger" people traveling with parents and there are always a few 65+ people who like late night entertainment and drinks. We sailed around the Nordic sea, Bergen (three stops in Norway), Denmark, Germany, Poland, Estonia, Russia, Finland and ending in Sweden. The dining options were a good variety. We were on the third floor and had only two nights of special dining, but those were excellent. The restaurant and buffet area offer a wide range of options and we did not tired of those options either. I loved the accommodations and the staff was fabulously consistently kind and generous. I would go back in an instant and dream of retiring on a Viking ship. Thank you Viking! Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
One of the best cruises we have ever been on. The new ship Viking Star is a Star. A truly fantastic ship - lives up to the hype. Loved the experience so much we booked an Amazon cruise while on this one. Still breaking in new ... Read More
One of the best cruises we have ever been on. The new ship Viking Star is a Star. A truly fantastic ship - lives up to the hype. Loved the experience so much we booked an Amazon cruise while on this one. Still breaking in new employees. Viking Ocean is growing at a fast rate and there are some growing pains - but nothing huge. Would recommend the 3-day precruise stop in Iceland. A very interesting place. Embarkation and Dis were better than average. Excellent baggage service. Only 930 passengers - giving an elegant and not rushed feel the entire trip. Not a party boat for the 20's and 30's. There is one show per nite - so dine early. Three big productions by Viking performers. Other performers were adequate, but no big name acts (the act billed as "the big one" was a singer from England we did not know). Lecturers were excellent - not to be missed. Food was cruise caliber plus. Italian restaurant was excellent and with no extra fee. The elite restaurant was the Chef's Table also no extra charge. It has a fixed menu. Better check it out before you reserve. All three menus were excellent. One we liked, one we did not care for and one was just not our cup of tea. As on Viking river cruises there is free unlimited wine at lunch and dinner. Also free wifi. Very nice perks. One downside item was the air travel booking. First try booked us to the wrong city (Bergen instead of Keflic Iceland). Second try had extremely poor connections. Third try was acceptable but United on the return charged us $100 for our second bag. Fabulous cruise not to miss! Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
This was an amazing experience. I travelled with my parents for their 50th Anniversary. They had been on several Viking River Cruises and had fabulous experiences, so we decided to take a Viking Ocean Cruise aboard the Viking Sea. ... Read More
This was an amazing experience. I travelled with my parents for their 50th Anniversary. They had been on several Viking River Cruises and had fabulous experiences, so we decided to take a Viking Ocean Cruise aboard the Viking Sea. Everything was first rate. The cabins were gorgeous- spacious and comfortable (heated bathroom floors!!), the food was amazing- we did make reservations for a few nights but actually preferred the World Cafe which is open seating and has something for everyone. I loved that there were no small children or casino- other guests were very nice and pleasant to travel with. Not much of a show person but the entertainment was good- they had a Beatles night and ABBA which was fun, plus opera- La Boheme from the Met on the movie screen and classical musicians around the ship. Excursions were great- we did a lot of the included ones- basic overview of the cities, and added a few extras. Our guides were very good. Spa was heavenly- we went for massages and enjoyed the pools. We even tried the Snow Grotto! Only negative we encountered was everyone was trying to print boarding passes before debarkation and the printers were so slow it took hours- could have been a printer glitch that day. We have actually booked another cruise for winter 2017 to the Caribbean. I highly recommend Viking! Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We have taken several Viking River trips and have always had excellent experiences. We booked the Baltic Ocean trip for ou4 fiftieth anniversary. The balcony cabin, beautiful unique spaces throughout the ship were extremely comfortable. ... Read More
We have taken several Viking River trips and have always had excellent experiences. We booked the Baltic Ocean trip for ou4 fiftieth anniversary. The balcony cabin, beautiful unique spaces throughout the ship were extremely comfortable. Anywhere you went on the ship you could find a quiet spot to read or visit. The artwork and the libraries throughout the ship are wonderful. NO CASINO thank god. No smoking. No "prom pictures". Everything is done tastefully. The music consisted of classical guitar, piano and a string trio, all of whom played daily. The stage performers were talented and their shows entertaining. The onboard lecturers in history, foreign policy and art were outstanding. Somewhat jokingly I say that the entire tone of the cruise is suited for the PBS/NPR audience to which the advertising is targeted. But, that is pretty accurate. We took a mixture of the included and extra shore excursions, all of which were in line with the descriptions. In St. Petersburg taking the extra guided tours for the Hermitage and Catherine's Palace was essential. We were in small groups that got in well before the crowds. That is worth whatever the cost! While not inexpensive, the entire trip was an excellent value. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
I am a solo traveler, so I have a few pet peeves that I will address last. First and foremost......the housekeeping crew is amazing! They work non-stop keeping this ship spotless. The excursion staff are very helpful and friendly - always ... Read More
I am a solo traveler, so I have a few pet peeves that I will address last. First and foremost......the housekeeping crew is amazing! They work non-stop keeping this ship spotless. The excursion staff are very helpful and friendly - always willing to try and accommodate your wishes. Most of the included tours are either walking tours with head sets or motor coach tours with on off stops, which are some times inadequate for getting a good cultural experience. Most of the ports are easily explored on one's own, other than the large cities such as Copenhagen. Download a 'good' map of the cities before you take off on your own - the maps from the ship are poor. The kitchen crews do a wonderful job of preparing for the 900+ guest with menus changing daily. The 'World Café' is a buffet style eatery that is always well stocked and clean. The 'Restaurant' is an 'order from the menu' dining room that does not take reservations, but there is always seating available due to it's size. The specialty restaurant's, Manfredies and the Chef's Table are via reservation only, so make them early - they go quickly. Manfredies was good with above average service, but the Chef's Table was excellent for food and service. The entertainment productions are very good, but get to the theater early, seats fill quickly. The hydo-pool and steam sauna in the spa area are fabulous, don't forget to take advantage of this free experience. Now for the 'pet peeves'.....as a solo female traveler, I often felt overlooked or ignored by wait staff......constantly flagging down someone for water, juice, coffee, etc. There are no 'social' functions for those who are independent traveler to meet other solo travelers....everything is couple oriented. Also, on the day of disembarkation, if you leave the ship before the café opens, expect to get nothing more than a cold, left over pastry and a cup of coffee. And, be prepared to be dropped at the airport with no assistance, unless you need a wheelchair. Overall, I had a fabulous time because I met several nice couples and a few ladies who were traveling together. This trip is a great experience given all of the countries one gets to see. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This cruise was EXACTLY what we thought it would be. Instead of thousands and thousands of passengers there were ony 450. There are 11 ships in this line with a new ship leaving each day. They also deliver cargo, act as a ferry, and ... Read More
This cruise was EXACTLY what we thought it would be. Instead of thousands and thousands of passengers there were ony 450. There are 11 ships in this line with a new ship leaving each day. They also deliver cargo, act as a ferry, and have passengers just for a couple of days going from one part of Norway to another. We loved the Nordlys. The tour director made wonderful announcements in Norwegian, German, and English telling us of what was coming next. The housekeeping staff were friendly and efficient. The restaurant staff were just simply excellent. Speaking English we were a minority, but almost all the crew and staff spoke really good English. The scenery was spectacular. The room was mall, but we knew it would be, and it was fine. The bathroom and cabin were so clean. The bed is really tall, so my poor wife at barely 5 feet tall had to be creative to get in, but she managed, and the mattress and HUGE pillows were wonderful. The view out of our porthole was awesome. The breakfasts and lunches were buffet style, and there was a plethora of items to eat. The evening meal was a 3 course dinner featuring local items from cod, king crab, salmon, trout, mackerel, duck, reindeer, veal, lamb, etc., etc. etc. The desserts were heavenly. If you were allergic to anything or did not want to try anything, you could tell them in the morning, and they would work with you to get something else for dinner. We tried everything, and some we loved and some we liked and some we did not particularly care for, but we tried it all. Norway is expensive, but we found the whole adventure a wonderful experience. We would recommend it to everyone. There is no entertainment, but again we knew that before we left. The midnight sun and other aspects of Norway made up for the lack of entertainment. We were not bored. Timing was right that I got to watch almost all of the Europe 2016 Soccer Championships in a big TV room. Loved that part. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We chose Viking having been on two of their river cruises . We actually booked this cruise as soon as it became available in 2014 because the Fjords had long been on our wish list of places to visit but also because of the interesting add ... Read More
We chose Viking having been on two of their river cruises . We actually booked this cruise as soon as it became available in 2014 because the Fjords had long been on our wish list of places to visit but also because of the interesting add on of the Shetlands, Orkneys and Edinburgh. Also important to two ocean cruise virgins was only one trip across the North Sea. In the event even that proved not to be a problem at all with such a splendid new ship which made light of it! The Viking Sea is just beautiful and the sleek Scandinavian interior designs were restful to the eye. We were surprised that with 930 guests the ship never seemed in any way overcrowded and there were many places other than our spacious stateroom to find a quiet place to sit and have a rest, a read or a drink. Although we weren't able to spend time in Bergen in advance of the cruise we were able to get a flavour of the place in the time available and would recommend visiting Grieg's birthplace if you are a music lover. Most of the shore excursions we chose were included in the price paid and were interesting and with quality guides. What we did not enjoy was the tendering to shore in Edinburgh when we had been informed in a separate letter before travelling that we would be docking at the new Newhaven Ocean Terminal. A satisfactory explanation for this was sadly never obtained. My husband actually asked the captain why we were anchoring mid-river and he expressed his own surprise but said it was beyond his control. Our stateroom was spacious and comfortable and only lacked one item ... a kettle! We couldn't make a decent cup of tea in the coffee maker. One generous feature was complimentary room service; most helpful for breakfast when going on an early morning shore excursion. It was useful to be able to catch up with port talks and enrichment lectures via the TV and watch one or two of the recent films available too. The choice of dining was excellent and the food beautiful in all the different restaurants. We ate most often in the World Café as small tasters of several dishes that caught our eyes and taste buds were an attractive option. We also enjoyed The Chef's Table; themed meals with wines designed to complement each course. Having tried the Restaurant for breakfast on one occasion we chose to use the World Café for the rest of the cruise because we preferred the self service option and did not like to have to wait to be served at our table. We were very impressed with the high standard of entertainment provided by the six main singers who were so versatile and a real pleasure to watch and listen to. The specialist digital effects in the theatre were amazing and really enhanced the shows. The two guest entertainers were also spectacular. Not all the entertainment took place in the Star Theatre, some was by the pool and the classical trio, pianist and guitarist were to be found playing about the ship at different times and venues. Thank goodness there was no casino! The service in the staterooms was excellent, nothing was too much trouble for our stewards and indeed the same went for all the staff who were friendly and helpful throughout. It was a pity we had to disembark at Harwich, but we couldn't fault the organisation of our final morning. At least from next year the port of Greenwich will be ready to use. We would definitely love to go on another Viking Ocean Cruise and would highly recommend them. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
My wife and I selected this cruise because of the itinerary and Viking Cruises, having been with Viking for four previous river cruises and one ocean cruise. This cruise was on the Viking Sea, the sister ship of the Viking Star, our other ... Read More
My wife and I selected this cruise because of the itinerary and Viking Cruises, having been with Viking for four previous river cruises and one ocean cruise. This cruise was on the Viking Sea, the sister ship of the Viking Star, our other Viking ocean cruise. Viking established a standard of excellence on river cruising and that has carried over to the ocean cruises but not without some small issues that I'm sure will be remedied in future sailings. Several of the issues have been mentioned in other reviews. There were computer problems with scheduling excursions and there were delays in use of tenders to get into the ports but when all was said and done, Viking performed extremely well and they will learn from the experience. Computer problems caused some previous excursion arrangements to drop from the system and Viking had to make adjustments to satisfy everyone. I experienced part of that issue but by the time the excursion was to take place, Viking made the proper adjustments and I took the tour as scheduled. Regarding the tenders, I was told by a crew member that they had to keep a certain number of tenders at the ship for emergency use (makes perfect sense) so could not just simply use all of them to get people from the ship to shore. I suspect that in the future, Viking may have to have transportation from the port to help with the requirements but I don't know all the details so will resist offering other suggestions. In one case, Viking just scheduled too many things to happen at the same time and when the anchorage was further distant from the dock, time issues ensued quickly. Individuals who were not on scheduled tours and wanted to simply go ashore had issues of tender availability also. Having mentioned those two concerns, let me now turn to all the great things of the cruise, of which there were many and the reason why I did not downgrade the rating from 5 stars. The itinerary was fantastic. We actually started in Oslo (pre-cruise extension from Viking) and after one night there, took the Bergen Express train from Oslo to Bergen (almost 500 kilometers). The views of the countryside were incredible as we climbed to around 4000 feet in Finse and then back down as we approached Bergen. Track maintenance required us to leave the train in Voss but Viking had bus transportation immediately available to get us the rest of the way. Arrival in Bergen was on schedule but the hotel staff had not gotten our luggage to our rooms by the time we arrived. They took our luggage from the hotel in Oslo the night before so they had plenty of time to get the bags to the rooms. I fault the hotel staff and the Viking representative on scene for that problem. The representative at the hotel was apparently a contracted person who didn't understand her responsibilities and really let the ball drop on that one. The problem was solved and the luggage was delivered albeit a bit late. After a night in Bergen in the hotel (part of the pre-cruise extension), we were able to board the ship and begin the cruise. The sights to be seen as we made our way from Bergen to the North Cape and then back down the coast before crossing the sea to the UK were breath-taking and provided a daily opportunity to explore and photograph (my real interest) the wonders of the world around us. Spectacular on the list of stops was Geirangerfjord where our tour took us to multiple viewing locations that offered panoramas of the local fjord that were very special. Our port call in Tromsø provided yet another spectacular panorama from the top of the cable car lift to Mount Storsteinen. As much of Norway, Tromsø is made up of a series of islands and you could see all of them from the 1,378-foot summit of Mount Storsteinen. Crossing the Arctic Circle was greeted with appropriate pomp and circumstance and all on board were issued a certificate providing proof that the bearer had crossed that north latitude. The port call of Honningsvåg provided the opportunity to take a tour to Nordkapp or North Cape, the northern most point of Norway where cliffs rise more than 1000 feet from the water below and the Norwegian and Barents Seas meet. Other port calls provided similar opportunities to see uniquely Norwegian landscapes and other buildings such as the stave churches which are increasingly rare. Ålesund was our last port call in Norway and like the others, it is a fascinating blend of the new and old. Like many Norwegian towns, the city has had to deal with devastating fires but has rebuilt itself with new life and different architecture. Ålesund provided another opportunity to view the landscape from a mountain (really big hill). Crossing from Norway to the UK, we visited the Shetland and Orkney islands before cruising to Edinburgh. While good weather greeted us in most of Norway, we were not as fortunate in Scotland. The rain made for more difficult tours but that is just something you have to plan for under the best of circumstances. Even though this cruise was in June, you need to be prepared for a wide range of temperatures and conditions. Temperatures ranged from mid-80s in Oslo to the high 30s in the North Cape. Layers are the way to go and you will be comfortable. As I mentioned, rain is always a possibility so be prepared for that also. The crew was exceptional. Clearly, Viking trains their crew members to take care of the passengers. They anticipate your desires and make every effort to satisfy them, sometime even before you know them. We ate in the specialty restaurants twice and thoroughly enjoyed each experience. The main restaurant competes very favorably with the specialty restaurants and provides excellent food. The ship is a work of art with open spaces and fresh uncluttered decor. The Viking Sea and the Viking Star are essentially the same in layout and design. Having been on one, you are immediately familiar with the other, making for immediate recognition of where things are located on the ship. A number of the crew on the Viking Sea had been on the Viking Star and became the "launch team" for the new ship. Familiarity from one ship to the other eased transition and made for a very enjoyable experience on the newly launched Viking Sea. Viking provides great value for your money. They cater to older travelers. They do not have activities for younger people. The bottom line is that I have enjoyed each and every cruise I have taken with Viking and plan to continue cruising with them. If fact, I have two future cruises already booked, one ocean and one river. I have cruised with other cruise lines and will in the future, depending on itineraries. My recommendation is to consider the itineraries and the style of cruise provided by Viking and weigh it against any other available offering. You can depend on Viking to provide a fantastic cruise at a reasonable price point without much of the "extras" found on less expensive cruises. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We had always wanted to sail the coast of Norway into the Arctic Circle. It was our first Viking Cruise. The cruise Into The Midnight Sun sounded just what we wanted and it proved to be so. This was a new ship and was superb throughout. ... Read More
We had always wanted to sail the coast of Norway into the Arctic Circle. It was our first Viking Cruise. The cruise Into The Midnight Sun sounded just what we wanted and it proved to be so. This was a new ship and was superb throughout. We had an excellent junior suite and our stewards were wonderful. I had problems with my leg whislt on the cruise and they were willing to provide anything I needed. We had wonderful meals in Manfredi's Italian restaurant and the World Restaurant and enjoyed the uniqueness of the food at the Chef's table. The light lunches in the Explorers Lounge were also very good. All the crew were very helpful expecially reception and the medical staff whom I needed to consult as well as our cabin stewards. The waiter's especially the maitre de in Manfredi's were all extremely friendly and helpful. The evening entertainment and the presentations prior to reaching each port were very good and with the latter being very informative. We enjoyed the shore excursions immensley but we thought Bodo and Bronnisund were less interesting than the rest. We would not hesitate to recommend this cruise to other people and those in two minds we would encourage to go ahead. We will definitely book another cruise in the future based on this experience. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Although we had not considered it, we heard from several friends that we would love a Baltic Sea cruise. We had been very impressed with the Viking Danube Waltz river cruise we took in 2014, so we thought we'd stick with Viking and ... Read More
Although we had not considered it, we heard from several friends that we would love a Baltic Sea cruise. We had been very impressed with the Viking Danube Waltz river cruise we took in 2014, so we thought we'd stick with Viking and try their Baltic itinerary. It was terrific. The Ritz-Carlton treatment all the way, in every way. Not only was the beautiful ship, excellent service and amenities above expectations, but the stability of the ship in open water was amazing. While the Baltic is not like crusinig the Atlantic, it was the smoothest cruise ship I have experienced, having cruised about 12-15 times before. Meal options at various locations on the ship were ample, food was very good to excellent. Public areas on the ship were so numerous and comfortable that there was never the feeling onboard of being part of a large crowd. Supervision of embark and debarkation at the various ports was thoughtful, safety-conscious, and very creative. A wonderful memory! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We were looking for a cruise that was destination focused rather than a ship whose primary focus was the cruise itself. Fine food, no small children, a five star environment was high on our list of requirements. The ship was beautiful, ... Read More
We were looking for a cruise that was destination focused rather than a ship whose primary focus was the cruise itself. Fine food, no small children, a five star environment was high on our list of requirements. The ship was beautiful, the shore tours were great, and the service was beyond expectations. We liked the smaller ship environment rather than the mega ships that seem to dominate the cruise industry today. The "Chef'sTable" restaurant, serving four course meals with wine pairings was excellent and included in the cruise price. We chose Viking in part because we were impressed with our experience on one of their river cruises and that proved to be a good comparison. They've transferred their great reputation on rivers to the sea successfully. One word of caution, if you're looking for gambling or a family vacation, this isn't your cruise. If you're looking for an exceptional, all included, adult experience in exceptional quarters with exceptional cuisine, then this is the one. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We had been on a Viking Rhine River Cruise. I do not like too much sun and heat so the Baltic had appeal. The Viking Star was beyond wonderful. The brochures do not do it justice. The care and attention to detail was exceptional. We were ... Read More
We had been on a Viking Rhine River Cruise. I do not like too much sun and heat so the Baltic had appeal. The Viking Star was beyond wonderful. The brochures do not do it justice. The care and attention to detail was exceptional. We were impressed by the warmth and sincerity of the staff and crew. The organization of tours was outstanding. I appreciated the security measures for leaving and returning to the ship. The optional shuttle bus for those who wanted to stay beyond the tour was a bonus. We loved the World Cafe! The choices were varied and I was always able to choose a fish portion. I love fish and was pleased to discover that Norwegian farm salmon was superior to Canadian farm salmon! The attention to detail was evident in service and cleanliness. There were so many options on board and at no time did we feel crowded. I commented to a friend back home that the lobby of the Royal York Hotel in Toronto was busier than any area of the Viking Star. If any one needs to be singled out for service above and beyond it is Rob Riddell, who did the tour outline for the port talk presentations. Our flights were delayed due to a strike by pilots of SAS. Bob appeared, took over, ushered us to a more comfortable area, gave us vouchers for coffee and snacks, dealt with the situation, updated us a regular intervals, and after nine hours gave us vouchers for taxis to and from the hotel. When we arrived we only had to say our last name and we were given room keys! Well done Rob Riddell. You removed so much stress for us and made a glitch an experience. We are so pleased we booked the flights through Viking. While on board we booked another cruise for 2018 to see Italy. I have wanted to see Italy for sometime; Ed was not too interested but after his Viking experience he is thrilled to go anywhere with Viking! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Everything on this trip went beyond my expectations. Embarkation and debarkation went very smoothly and fast. The staff and crew was very helpful and polite. The excursions covered all the highlights that needed to be seen in each ... Read More
Everything on this trip went beyond my expectations. Embarkation and debarkation went very smoothly and fast. The staff and crew was very helpful and polite. The excursions covered all the highlights that needed to be seen in each port, and the guides were great. Cabin was just right for my husband and myself. I was glad to see a shower instead of a bath tube, the tube in most ships are hard to get in and out of. The bed was comfortable and slept through the night. We dined at the World Café the food was impeccable the wait staff catered to our every need. One of the highlights for me was our return from Berlin. The crew and staff greeted us with song and champagne. That was really nice after a very long day. The tours also allowed for time for us to explore on our own to see other sights or to shop. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We have done three river cruises and as we looked at the literature we decided to take this ocean cruse because it was not the typical entertainment centered ocean cruise. We are interested in the people and places, not the ship. The ... Read More
We have done three river cruises and as we looked at the literature we decided to take this ocean cruse because it was not the typical entertainment centered ocean cruise. We are interested in the people and places, not the ship. The accommodations, staff, food and entertainment on the ship were a pleasure. The tours and land features of the cruise were well done and met our expectations. The ocean cruise did not provide nearly the on shore free time we so enjoyed on the river cruises but with the dock being some distance from the city in each case the special pleasure of the river cruises was not possible. We have recommended the river cruises to three other couples who have taken them and you supported our recommendation well. They were European cruises. The amenities aboard your newest ships are marvelous and we look foreword to the possibility of one more river cruise perhaps next year. We tool the pre tour of Iceland and enjoyed it even with the hotel/bus type of tour. Biggest difficulty was arranging for tips for guides and drivers with the differing currencies. Some help there would be a great improvement. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We had sailed with Viking on two previous river cruises, and respected their reputation for a customer-focused product. We were not disappointed. We like the quality level of Viking (very high), the inclusion of at least one tour per ... Read More
We had sailed with Viking on two previous river cruises, and respected their reputation for a customer-focused product. We were not disappointed. We like the quality level of Viking (very high), the inclusion of at least one tour per port, the outstanding food and restaurant offerings, and the itineraries. The ship was faultless and our cabin was spacious and very comfortable. The service is impeccable. We were not subject to ANY "gotcha's" or extraneous charges for this, that, and the other thing. We felt absolutely coddled the entire cruise. The excursions were uniformly terrific. The only criticism I had for Viking was that the pre-cruise extension in Iceland (before the Baltics cruise) was not up to the luxury standard of Viking. I hope they have responded to my concerns and improved that offering. Specifically, travelers to Reykjavik arrive in the very early morning (around 6 am) after travel on Icelandair (which offers no food whatsoever). The hotel room (which leaves a lot to be desired) is not available until mid-afternoon. If they are going to offer Iceland as a pre-cruise option, they need to have a hotel room available upon arrival. There were dozens of us who were miserable for at least 36 hours--the uncomfortable flight on Icelandair and the hours waiting for our hotel in a hungry and exhausted condition. That said, I would still highly recommend Viking. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We chose this cruise because of the travel itinerary and the fact that it is a smaller ship. Having done a few cruises where the passenger count reached upwards of 3,000, this experience was so much nicer! I never felt like we were cattle ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the travel itinerary and the fact that it is a smaller ship. Having done a few cruises where the passenger count reached upwards of 3,000, this experience was so much nicer! I never felt like we were cattle being herded around. We got to know a number of couples because we found ourselves on the same transfer/excursion vehicle (planes trains and automobiles) or dined in the same spots at the same time, or just ran into them on board at random times. Lots of different excursions to choose from, all spectacular. Our guides were all very well informed, spoke English very well and clearly, and took good care of us at all times. On board ship, the food was superior at every dining level. We didn't go out for extra entertainment on board because we were exhausted from having so much fun on shore excursions all the time. I would absolutely go again. We want to do a river cruise next. The only criticism has to do with a before-cruise add-on that we chose, flying into and out of Reykjavik, Iceland. Both times at the Iceland airport, the tower crew were on strike, so our flights were messed up, delayed and so on. Also, the airport itself doesn't seem to think passengers waiting need to sit down. Only a handful of chairs at each gate, and most of the people waiting on our flights had to stand or sit on the floor. Not good at all. Having said that, our time in Iceland was fun and interesting and very comfortable overall. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We wanted to see scandinavia and to cruise on a smaller ocean liner. the viking star was incredibly beautiful and easy to navigate and get around in. service absolutely impeccable. Food options were plentiful and quality very good. ... Read More
We wanted to see scandinavia and to cruise on a smaller ocean liner. the viking star was incredibly beautiful and easy to navigate and get around in. service absolutely impeccable. Food options were plentiful and quality very good. servers very accommodating and friendly. entertainment on board was very professional and so well done. Shore excursions were very informational and interesting. We so appreciated the unique opportunites to spend our time learning and understanding more of the destinations we visited, through port talks each day and informative lectures that covered history and customs. -- but perhaps most importantly the viking crew and staff were always available to meet every need and help us understand everything we needed or wanted to know -- from arrival to departure. -- we are ready to travel with viking again -- two more journeys . . . One river cruise and one ocean cruise already booked :-). Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Seven countries, good price, always wanted to see this part of the world. Food excellent service very good. The ship was well appointed and being so new was a bonus. Getting on and off re shore exertions was well organized. Would have ... Read More
Seven countries, good price, always wanted to see this part of the world. Food excellent service very good. The ship was well appointed and being so new was a bonus. Getting on and off re shore exertions was well organized. Would have liked a bigger store that sold general merchandise, could switch places with the store that sold the perfume perhaps. Nothing for grandparents to buy for children and let's face it there were many grandparents traveling on this cruise. Did not have much time to shop when we were off the ship and we much preferred to take photos and site see so on board shopping would have been nice. Too many currencies to have enough cash on hand for the tipping we should have done for drivers and tour guides, suggest include it in the price of the shore excursions and can be set up as an option in case some want to give cash. We were also told when we called Viking in L.A. there would be currency exchanges in all terminals, never saw one. Noted some guests just gave Euros and let the guides do their own exchange at the bank, I would have done this for sure but your literature says not to. On a positive note we loved this vacation and look forward to perhaps a river cruise next. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We chose this cruise because we hadn't traveled to several of the destinations previously and had experience on Viking river boats. We also had some experience on larger cruise ships which we found disagreeable at best, so we were ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we hadn't traveled to several of the destinations previously and had experience on Viking river boats. We also had some experience on larger cruise ships which we found disagreeable at best, so we were pleasantly surprised by our first reaction to the Viking Sea. This cruise was her second after being built and was outstanding. The ports of call and tours were handled extremely well and the on board lectures and lecturers were fantastic. It should be noted that this ship is not for people looking for climbing walls, water slides, or extravaganza entertainment. It's geared for travelers who want to experience the ports of call and learn some history along the way. The ship itself is beautiful as are the cabins. I believe all of the cabins are outside and most, if not all, have a small veranda. The food is delightful in both the restaurants (no extra charge) and the buffet which offers both indoor and outdoor seating. The staff is terrific and always went out of their way to make sure we were both comfortable and satisfied with the experience. We will be sailing again on this same ship this fall on a transAtlantic repositioning and are already excited. We've actually done a similar trip before on another lines huge, 3000+ passenger ship, which was one of the worst trips we've ever taken, so we're looking forward to revisiting some of the ports on the much smaller Viking as well as seeing several new ports. If you sail for the destinations and the ambience of a relatively small ship, Viking can't be beaten! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
My husband and I chose the Viking Homelands cruise as we had been on two Viking River cruises and were very taken with how well we were cared for and the great boats and itineraries. We were very excited to try the new ocean ships. This ... Read More
My husband and I chose the Viking Homelands cruise as we had been on two Viking River cruises and were very taken with how well we were cared for and the great boats and itineraries. We were very excited to try the new ocean ships. This cruise went beyond our expectations! We did the Oslo and Bergen extension. Even though we were only in Oslo for one night, we were able to pack in quite a bit. The Viking rep in the lobby gave us good help in exploring the waterfront area the first evening. After a wonderful breakfast at the hotel, we boarded a coach and toured the highlights of Oslo, including the famous Olympic ski jump, the Viking ship museum, and the sculpture garden. Then we boarded a train for the trip across the mountains to Bergen. We were impressed that we had a Viking rep with us who talked with us and treated us to lunch! Then we had an extra day in Bergen (with a tour) and a hotel stay. On the third day, we boarded the Viking Sea. Embarkation was quick and easy. They had me whe they handed me a glass of champagne; there was a classical trio playing and they said our cabin was ready but would we like to partake of the luncheon buffet first? Here are some of the notable aspects of our cruise: *The flights that Viking arranged for us were excellent--they gave us a choice of the two major airports we lived close to and our KLM flights went well. *The ship was gorgeous with beautiful public rooms that were uncrowned. Our favorite was the Explorers Lounge. We were too busy touring and eating to take full advantage of the spa and pools, tale games, and sports deck. The ship always docked in port--no tendering. *our cabin was perfect-- more space than we needed; we were able to invite other couples to enjoy drinks and snacks from room service. *The staff was outstanding, as on the river cruises. We would travel again with Viking just because of the staff. *All inclusive. Loved not being nickeled and dimed. There was even guest laundry including detergent! We also loved the specialty restaurants, especially the Chefs Table. *entertainment-- we liked the shows. Not too long and comfortable seating. A VERY talented soprano, Robyn North, came on board for a couple of shows. Wonderful performance! *Shore excursions. We found the included excursions to our liking. We did two optional ones and would highly recommend the Hermitage tour as it was the only way to see it. We also highly recommend traveling with Viking! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This was an amazing experience, from beginning to end. The Viking Sea is a beautiful vessel. The staff and crew were incredible, attentive, smiling, helpful. When we had questions or comments, they were always received and answered.The ... Read More
This was an amazing experience, from beginning to end. The Viking Sea is a beautiful vessel. The staff and crew were incredible, attentive, smiling, helpful. When we had questions or comments, they were always received and answered.The dining was some of the best we have ever experienced. We celebrated our anniversary in one of the special restaurants, and were treated with special treats and singing! The entertainment was first-rate, ambitious, varied, enjoyable, professional - as was the staging. Daily information sessions provided excellent background to the next-day's activities and port calls. Special presentations on history, music, art, architecture were enriching. There were also small discussion group opportunities. The amenities were first-rate. The size of the ship was just right for us, not too large and not too small. The ship was filled with music, from night-club to classical trios. Shore excursions were incredible, with motivated and informative guides. We packed a life-time of new travel experiences into these several weeks. I would recommend this Viking experience to anyone in a heart-beat! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This was our second cruise with Viking the first was a river cruise & the second the ocean cruise. The room was fabulous - we were in a deluxe veranda with heated bathroom floors, mini bar, cappuccino maker, robes and slippers just ... Read More
This was our second cruise with Viking the first was a river cruise & the second the ocean cruise. The room was fabulous - we were in a deluxe veranda with heated bathroom floors, mini bar, cappuccino maker, robes and slippers just to name a few appointments. Food and service was excellent. They offer an excellent selection of wines & beers which are included with you meals. The staff always remembers your preference (i.e. I preferred a glass of white wine with the appetizer and red wine with the main course - impressive!) The shows were great and the lectures interesting. The spa, snow grotto & sauna were great - after spending time in the sauna you are encouraged to spend time in the snow grotto - this is a Swedish ritual. Then you can spend time in the spa or relax on heated lounge chairs. The ship also has an infinity pool & indoor pool. We can't say enough. We were so impressed that we have booked another cruise for 2018 & are considering other future destinations. They offer "loyalty" discounts & early booking discounts making the value hard to beat. Most itineraries offer free airfare or discounted rates. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We wanted to see the Baltic Countries especially the Scandanavian ones. Everything was first class especially the food, service and tours. It was good enough that we have already signed up for another one. Really enjoyed Norway, thought ... Read More
We wanted to see the Baltic Countries especially the Scandanavian ones. Everything was first class especially the food, service and tours. It was good enough that we have already signed up for another one. Really enjoyed Norway, thought Stockholm was a great and beautiful city. We were disappointed in St Petersburg but all the other ports of embarkation were very interesting and exciting. The smaller ship made for a friendly close group that we really enjoyed getting to know. The staff got to know us and we got to know them. There was one issue that should be addressed and it did not involve the actual cruise. I along with about 15 others had flight problems. We did not have enough time to get through Heathrow airport and had to spend the night in London and catch a flight to Bergen the next day. We were lucky the ship was still in Bergen. Everything was awesome! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We have been on river cruises with Viking and decided to try this Viking Homelands itinerary. The Viking Star is a beautiful ship and never felt crowded even with 930 passengers. Our cabin was huge and very comfortable with a king bed ... Read More
We have been on river cruises with Viking and decided to try this Viking Homelands itinerary. The Viking Star is a beautiful ship and never felt crowded even with 930 passengers. Our cabin was huge and very comfortable with a king bed and large bathroom. On our big screen TV we could access the "Port Talks" and information about excursions, in addition to the written Viking Daily, plus the menus for all the restaurants. The excursions were wonderful, and the staff did a good job of getting everyone off the ship in a timely manner. The guides on the optional tours were excellent. We felt that overall the guides on the included tours were not as knowledgeable, but still did a good job. The food was excellent. Our only complaint was that the included wines in the Restaurant and buffet areas were only passable. We did eat at the "Chef's Table" with it's set wine pairings and menu. One of the wine choices seemed very odd to us, and when we expressed our views, we were told that all the wine pairings are decided at the corporate level, so there cannot be any deviation. Mamsen's Restaurant was wonderful with decent pairings. This is only the second ocean cruise we have been on. We love the intimacy of the river cruises and felt it was hard to meet new people all the time on the Star with open seating at all restaurants and different assigned groups on the excursions. So we've signed up for another river cruise. We'll consider an ocean cruise when we are not as mobile as now. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016

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