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21 Night Caribbean Cruise from San Juan

21 Night Caribbean Cruise from San Juan

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Itinerary

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  • Day 1
    San Juan
  • Day 2
    San Juan
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Barbados
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Devil's Island
  • Day 7
    Atlantic Ocean (Cruising)
  • Day 8
    Cruising
  • Day 9
    Santarem
  • Day 10
    Parintins
  • Day 11
    Manaus
  • Day 12
    Manaus
  • Day 13
    Cruising
  • Day 14
    Cruising
  • Day 15
    Belem
  • Day 16
    Atlantic Ocean (Cruising)
  • Day 17
    Atlantic Ocean (Cruising)
  • Day 18
    Scarborough
  • Day 19
    St. Lucia
  • Day 20
    Antigua
  • Day 21
    St. Thomas
  • Day 22
    San Juan

Viking Sea

Viking Sea - Viking Ocean Cruises

Pros

Destination-focused ship with superb dining and service

Cons

Lack of entertainment features like casino might turn off some

Bottom Line

Inclusive cruise provides immersive experience without high-end luxury pricing


Cruise Reviews

After many years of cruising, primarily on luxury cruise lines, we decided to try the very highly publicized Viking Ocean Cruises. We were anticipating a big anniversary, so opted for the Explorer Suite, one category below the ... Read More
After many years of cruising, primarily on luxury cruise lines, we decided to try the very highly publicized Viking Ocean Cruises. We were anticipating a big anniversary, so opted for the Explorer Suite, one category below the Owner's Suite. Viking arranged our air, though we paid a supplement to choose our own travel dates and flights. No problems there. On the day of embarkment, we got to the ship to be greeted by a girl in native costume, and no one else. We found our own way to our suite, and again found no notes of welcome or general information. Granted a booklet had been mailed to us with information, but we had expected some greeting and proof of the onboard credit we were to receive from our agent. Nothing. There was a bottle of sparkling wine in the frig, but that was it. No fruit, no welcoming canapes, nothing. After some time one of our cabin attendants came to introduce himself. We went down to the Explorer's desk and they had no idea of our onboard credit or our upcoming anniversary. After many attempts, and phone calls, this was never resolved. Our agent, who we called directly, and who spoke with Viking's main office, could not get them to accept the money from her credit card, so we never got the onboard credit. Not a great start. The suite: disappointing. A livingroom with more furniture than should have been put into it. A loveseat, 2 opposing chairs, a table with four chairs, a huge coffee table, and a desk with frig inside. Sounds impressive until you have to walk around it. Many bumped shins here. A small crooked passage led to the bedroom. King bed, two nightstands. A walk-in closet with makeup dresser and mirror. TV on the wall, and door to the balcony. Tight. We had to step aside to pass each other. More like a balcony cabin. The bathroom was half the suite. One room with double sinks, toilet connecting with another room that had shower, DEEP tub, and of all things, a picture window above the tub. Oh, yes, and the TV inside a mirror above the tub. Getting in and out of the tub for older folks, though, is a challenge Viking didn't consider. The balcony: one of the reasons we booked this suite. It is large and wraps around almost half of the ship. Again, HEAVY wooden lounge chairs that are almost impossible to move, a table with four chairs, large wooden snack tables, and a double lounger on one end of the balcony which is anchored to the floor. Difficult to entertain on this balcony. Or even to lounge in the sun. Try moving those loungers! So far, ok. The room attendants, both from Indonesia, were great. Most of the entire staff was fine. Our big problem and the one that will keep us off Viking cruises in future? FOOD. We could not believe how mediocre the food was on this line. The World Cafe is a large cafeteria where you help yourself. We have had better food in college cafeterias. Bland, food that aspired but missed the mark by a long shot. Pastries that left you feeling as though you'd eaten cardboard. Meats that lacked any meaningful, though simple,seasonings. Chef's Table was one of the specialty restaurants. After the first night, we found it pretentious and simple strange, This is a restaurant that has wine pairings with the courses. House wine is given if you didn't buy the wine/liquor package when booking. Each dish, however, was a cacophony not of sounds but of tastes. The chefs apparently thought more is better so tossed in every spice in the cupboard rather than trying to match the taste to the duck, beef, shrimp, etc., they were trying to highlight. The result was undefinable and disappointing. Same for Manfredi's, the Italian "specialty" restaurant. Unimaginative and often tasteless meals. Skip the gnocchi and the lasagna. Food is a large part of cruising, and we wound up cancelling our specialty restaurant reservations to opt for the World Cafe where you had at least many choices. We had some rough sea days after leaving New York. On one of them two entire breakfast trays along with glassware, chairs, table, were tossed to one side of the living room. The attendants helped to clean everything up, and we did hear from the chief manager as to the damage. The staff onboard was helpful. However, in summing this up, we would not book Viking Ocean again, and would go back to other lines where the food is superior. We did not feel valued as customers on this line, which is unfortunate as they lost our business. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
This cruise was just packed full of interesting Islands to tour, terrific food and wine and the crew were 10/10. This was our 2nd Viking cruise and if you have experienced one Viking cruise you do not want any other. We couldn't ... Read More
This cruise was just packed full of interesting Islands to tour, terrific food and wine and the crew were 10/10. This was our 2nd Viking cruise and if you have experienced one Viking cruise you do not want any other. We couldn't fault it - just loved the Italian and Chefs Table restaurants but if they were fully booked there are others to choose and all excellent. The ship was much smaller than many - (900 passengers) but didn't lack anything. Days at sea were full of things to do or just relaxing. Evening entertainment was most enjoyable and with an early and late performance we could plan our evenings to suit. The choice of Islands including Bermuda, Antigua, Tortola and Puerto Rico was perfect giving us a good inside into different cultures within the Caribbean. We hope to be back with Viking - either Ocean or River cruise before too long! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
This cruise was a great fall break. The captain maneuvered the ship to avoid some rough seas on the first day as we departed for Bermuda The captain was always informative, giving us daily updates of the cruise. Bar servers Rosie and ... Read More
This cruise was a great fall break. The captain maneuvered the ship to avoid some rough seas on the first day as we departed for Bermuda The captain was always informative, giving us daily updates of the cruise. Bar servers Rosie and Nadia were always gracious and made our trip a lot of fun. The ship was the right size to dock close in to the port minimizing the walk down the pier. The piece and quiet made the trip great. No long lines ever. The dining rooms were beautifully decorated and again the service was great and the menu selection was outstanding. The ships stores were excellent. There was a scarf demonstration. At night we went to the theater and saw several good shows, then found a quiet spot for cocktail. Included shore excursions were excellent as well as the optional tours. The Viking crew assisted us getting us to the right tour and helping us catch a missed buss. There was always some activity going on all day. Our cabin was turned down each night and the next morning room service was nice to have coffee and rolls on the balcony. We couldn't wait to tell our friends and travel agent about our BEST small ship cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
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