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97 Norwegian Fjords Luxury Cruise Reviews

The itinerary was exactly what we were looking for. Having an overnight in Bergen, Norway at the beginning and another overnight in Greenwich, London at the end of the cruise was an added plus. Cruising several Norwegian fjords up to the ... Read More
The itinerary was exactly what we were looking for. Having an overnight in Bergen, Norway at the beginning and another overnight in Greenwich, London at the end of the cruise was an added plus. Cruising several Norwegian fjords up to the North Cape over the Arctic Circle was on our bucket list. We also enjoyed our time in the Shetlands, Orkneys, and Edinburgh. The Viking Sea is the most beautifully appointed ship that we've cruised on. Our cabin was very comfortable and the public areas were quiet and plentiful. Although the weather and seas were mostly calm, the Viking Sea was very smooth and quiet. The food was excellent, although the service in the main dining room tended to be very slow. We found an excellent waiter, Nagesh, who tried very hard, but he didn't seem to get the help he needed from his assistant. We found the resident historian to be excellent. The shore excursions were mostly excellent, although those that were included as free tended to be somewhat superficial. in all we would definitely sail on the Viking Sea or another Viking ship. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We chose this cruise because we have always wanted to explore more of Norway. My husband is 1/2 Norwegian and booked this cruise immediately following our May 2018 "British Isles Explorer" cruise on Viking which ended in ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we have always wanted to explore more of Norway. My husband is 1/2 Norwegian and booked this cruise immediately following our May 2018 "British Isles Explorer" cruise on Viking which ended in Bergen, Norway. We especially liked the 930-passenger small ship cruising with Viking as well as having "adults only" on board. The ship is elegantly appointed throughout with a Scandinavian decor. There are many areas of the ship to relax and enjoy small ship cruising. It is an exciting, but relaxing experience. Our cabin was #6096 which was a Deluxe Veranda 2 category. It was aft, port side, and adjacent to an Explorer's Suite. There was a coffee/espresso maker in the room as well as a mini-bar which was replenished daily with nuts, chocolate, Coke, Sprite, Tonic Water. Our stateroom Stewards, Arvin and Kevin, cleaned the room spotlessly twice/day and made certain body wash, shampoo, conditioner, and lotion were always available. Arvin shined my husband's shoes on the night we were celebrating our 37th Anniversary. He always asked if there was anything that we needed. He made sure that we also had bottled water in addition to still water in a covered pitcher. Dining was phenomenal throughout the ship. We enjoyed the alternative restaurants (Manfredi's and Chef's Table) as well as the main dining (The Restaurant) and the buffet (The World Cafe). Crab legs were available on the buffet every night of this Norwegian cruise! We mainly ate in the World Cafe since the options were amazing. The Gelato was fresh every day. We enjoyed EVERY included tour as well as some optional tours in Greenwich, England, Edinburgh, Scotland, Orkney Islands, Scotland, Shetland Islands, Scotland, Lofoten, Norway, Nordkapp, Norway, Tromson, Norway, Geiranger, Norway and Bergen, Norway. There was an excellent port talk each evening containing details of the history, heritage and culture of each destination. The onboard entertainment was great. During the day and early evening The Viking Classical Trio and Resident Pianst, Andras provided a perfect combination. The shows at night included excellent singers, performers and violinists. We enjoyed very much. Our Cruise Director, Aaron Syfert, was the best we've ever had. The level of service is amazing. Everyone is genuinely friendly and happy to assist. One of the highlights of exploring the Arctic Circle was "The Blue Nose Ceremony" on the pool deck with Captain Gustafsson. As the Viking Band played, passengers could enjoy a Maritime ceremony of crossing the Arctic Circle...taking a cold ice plunge, followed by a shot of Aquavit, and proclamation from the Captain. It was a lot of fun! We would do this cruise again. We have many wonderful memories of this voyage. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We traveled with my brother and his wife. Both couples had always wanted to see the Norwegian fjords, so this seemed the perfect cruise. Both couples had sailed previously on Celebrity and Royal Caribbean, but none of us were prepared ... Read More
We traveled with my brother and his wife. Both couples had always wanted to see the Norwegian fjords, so this seemed the perfect cruise. Both couples had sailed previously on Celebrity and Royal Caribbean, but none of us were prepared for the level of service, comfort, and cuisine that we found on Viking. If we could give Viking six stars, we would. Liked it so much that we signed up for our next cruise while we were still on the ship. We especially liked the Chef’s Table restaurant and were able to eat there multiple times so that we were able to sample each of the distinctive menus paired with special wines (buy the beverage package upgrade!). Less so the Italian restaurant. Ate there only once. The buffet restaurant was excellent for all three meals. We especially liked the sushi at dinner time and the gelato at lunch. What we liked best was that every detail was thought out, then perfectly executed. The only tiny glitch was at the end of the cruise when there was only one person on board to handle the VAT refunds, which led to a very long line, and a long wait. Only time that happened on the entire cruise. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
I have traveled with Viking before so I knew their standards were high. The ship is amazing and so Beautiful. Everything is 1st class. They have High Tea everyday on the ship. The scones were delectable. On of the shows was the ... Read More
I have traveled with Viking before so I knew their standards were high. The ship is amazing and so Beautiful. Everything is 1st class. They have High Tea everyday on the ship. The scones were delectable. On of the shows was the "Beatles" . It was held by the pool and the party got started. The customers were up and dancing all over. The Purser had a wonderful voice too. The entertainment needs a little tune up though. We loved all the detail that is paid to the ambiance. The only thing that was a bummer was that when we tried to book the excursions we wanted to , we couldn't because we were only Veranda rooms, not suite rooms. We still loved every minute though. One of the excursions was Mardelfossen Falls and they were in crdible. I was amazed at their crooked roads. The town definitely depends on all the tourism. The Orkney Islands were some of my favorite views . Tromso was very interesting too. It is the northern most north you can get . Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We chose this cruise because we have always wanted to go to Norway, where my husband's maternal family is from. We had the bonus of his sister and her husband being able to join us on this cruise. We have really loved our Viking ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we have always wanted to go to Norway, where my husband's maternal family is from. We had the bonus of his sister and her husband being able to join us on this cruise. We have really loved our Viking river boat cruises on the Rhine and Elbe rivers, so were anxious to try a small ship. It was over so quickly, we are now looking forward to our Med cruise on Viking in spring 2020. The cabin was beautiful and we enjoyed having the veranda, especially since we had wonderful, warm weather. The only improvement for us would be more places to hang clothing and towels when showering, and a way to turn off the closet light so it did not wake the person still trying to get some sleep. The restaurants were very good, and we loved the main dining room for breakfast and dinner. We tried the special dining room for the Chinese dinner, but still preferred the view in the main dining room. But our favorite places were the Explorers Lounge where we went before and after dinner, and the back of the boat on the second floor with the couches and panoramic view while underway! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Wanted to tour the Norwegian fjords. Service was marvelous. Ship was almost new. Food was very good and lots of selections. Especially liked the heated bathroom floor! The self service laundry was very busy. Liked the fact there ... Read More
Wanted to tour the Norwegian fjords. Service was marvelous. Ship was almost new. Food was very good and lots of selections. Especially liked the heated bathroom floor! The self service laundry was very busy. Liked the fact there was no casino or a photographer who followed you around taking pictures one didn't want or need. This was, I believe, a cruise for older travelers, i.e., very nice indeed. No problems in getting off or on the ship at each port of call. Lots of help if such were needed. Had to use a tender in a couple ports. Some travelers with limited ability were able to navigate the tender experience. Did the extension to Oslo. Not good. Would not recommend. Learned it was "over booked" so that might explain why we did not get an express train, the hotel mentioned, or the tour guide who was to be available at the hotel during our time there. Hotel was barely a two star. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
I wanted to go to Scotland and up north so this seemed like a good choice. We liked going up into the midnight sun and seeing the area north of the arctic circle. The cruise allowed us to take separate outings and yet spend lots of time ... Read More
I wanted to go to Scotland and up north so this seemed like a good choice. We liked going up into the midnight sun and seeing the area north of the arctic circle. The cruise allowed us to take separate outings and yet spend lots of time together. We met lots of nice people our age and had excellent food. We liked the fact that the boat is smaller than usual cruise boats and didn't have casinos and family style entertainment. We were busy all the time and even though we ate plenty we actually lost a couple of pounds! A couple of the excursions were not very active or exciting, and some of the active ones had people who shouldn't have gone on them because they weren't fit enough. For the next cruise we booked at a higher level so we could get into some of the better trips that filled up before we could sign up. The fitness center was too busy and we just used the excellent track outside. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We flew from Cleveland to Oslo, Norway where we met up with most of the other passengers. Hotel was booked downtown to let us enjoy a bit of Oslo before catching an early charter flight the next morning to Longyearbyen where we would meet ... Read More
We flew from Cleveland to Oslo, Norway where we met up with most of the other passengers. Hotel was booked downtown to let us enjoy a bit of Oslo before catching an early charter flight the next morning to Longyearbyen where we would meet the Silver Cloud. We love Level 6 on the Cloud because it is close to the Expedition Desk, the reception desk and on the same level as the auditorium where presentations and briefings are held. The Cloud originally held about 300 passengers but now takes about 200 as it was retrofitted for Expeditions which require zodiacs and kayaks.Our cabin was roomy and had a large screen TV. Unfortunately, the satellite signal in the arctic wasn't strong so often you couldn't get live TV. You could still watch movies. Everything is included on Silversea. We ate in four different restaurants and also had room service. Alcohol is free whether it be hard liquor, wine or beer.Top shelf brands. The expeditions were well planned and offered a variety of options. Most involved zodiacs with both wet and dry landings. Silversea provided personal parka, backpacks and water bottles which you take home with you at the end of the cruise. Butler and maid service are outstanding. They are always there but not under your feet.Food is high quality with choices at every meal. You can always ask for something special and if they can make it you will get it.Our Expedition Team was outstanding. Very knowledgeable, informative and approachable. You are urged to invite them to dinner. Captain Taillard was refreshing. He is outgoing and personable. He worked hard to find ice and bear for us. We ended up having g dinner with him the night that the Silver Cloud went the farthest North that any Silversea ship has gone. We have already booked our next Silversea Cruise. In all we have sailed on four of their ships. All have had high quality of service and staff. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We have never cruised before, so was not sure we would enjoy the experience, how wrong we were. The ship, Marella discovery, was very modern, well equipped, and professionally staffed, we were wined and dined, entertained, and felt ... Read More
We have never cruised before, so was not sure we would enjoy the experience, how wrong we were. The ship, Marella discovery, was very modern, well equipped, and professionally staffed, we were wined and dined, entertained, and felt pampered from arrival to departure, nothing was too much for them. we traveled to multiple ports around the fjords and the scenery was a delight to the eyes, we enjoyed our experience so much we are already planning our next cruise, I am a firm believer of not booking the same hotel twice, as I like variety when parting with my hard earned cash, but marella dicovery is more than just a hotel, it really felt like home from home, I would like to thank our captain, Chris, general manager Elizabeth, Karen, Fiona, rachel, in fact too many to mention, thank you all so much for the memories xxxx be seeing you all soon, Chris and Ruth , from brighouse. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
A 5 star experience in every category. The food was excellent and plentiful. The staff accommodating, friendly and approachable. Excursions reasonable and interesting. The Spa was incredible! The service was tip-notch! Pre-cruise ... Read More
A 5 star experience in every category. The food was excellent and plentiful. The staff accommodating, friendly and approachable. Excursions reasonable and interesting. The Spa was incredible! The service was tip-notch! Pre-cruise stopover in Iceland was excellent. Staff met us at airport and provide orientation on bus ride to hotel. A hot, full breakfast awaited us at the hotel. Transport back to airport, though early in the morning, was timely. Welcoming in Bergen was warm and well coordinated. We did not see Our bags again until they were in our cabin. Embarkation was hassle free and very quick. Lunch ready upon arrival and we were out tiring within an hour of boarding. First dinner was at Manfredi's specialty restaurant and was remarkable in terms of food and service. A great way to start the cruise. Twelve hour excursion to Berlin was well coordinated and the private train was a nice touch. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We love Viking river cruises and have done several, so naturally we wanted to go with them on a sea voyage. We have wanted to see Noways Fjords for a long time. We also went to Scotland, the Orkney Islands, and ended up in Greenwich, ... Read More
We love Viking river cruises and have done several, so naturally we wanted to go with them on a sea voyage. We have wanted to see Noways Fjords for a long time. We also went to Scotland, the Orkney Islands, and ended up in Greenwich, England. We absolutely loved the ship, the decor, the crew, and the food. The lectures and cultural highlights aboard the vessel were enlightening and added true enrichment to the experience. There were even Viking displays of museum quality. We enjoyed the "living rooms" and entertainment very much, as well as the entertainers and the Spa. The excursions, both included and optional were a good variety. One of the neatest things was to go up the Thames River in a Cruise Ship, turn around in the river and dock in Greenwich! Viking built the ships to measurements that would allow just that very thing. To embark, we just stepped on the ship, no lines or waiting, and the transfer to the airport flawless. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Fortunately for us our inclusive pre-cruise hotel in Reykjavik was in a great location in the old town, however talking to many of our fellow passengers it appears we were very lucky and most were in hotels some distance from the city ... Read More
Fortunately for us our inclusive pre-cruise hotel in Reykjavik was in a great location in the old town, however talking to many of our fellow passengers it appears we were very lucky and most were in hotels some distance from the city centre. Taking advantage of our pre-cruise time we took a privately arranged Golden Circle Tour, which despite the so-so weather was an amazing day out giving a great introduction to the history and geology of Iceland. Embarkation was by far the worse we have ever experienced with a huge queue outside on the dock before check-in. Fortunately the weather was ok as that wait would have been horrible in the rain. However, once onboard with a glass of champagne and efficient check-in, the wait was quickly forgotten. This was our second cruise on the Explorer, the first being one of the early cruises post launch in 2016. On that cruise we felt the majority of the cruise staff were very inexperienced with many of the waiting staff making the most basic of mistakes. Fortunately a year on, service is much improved with the majority of bar and restaurant staff being highly competent and even remembering preferred drinks after a couple of evenings. The itinerary was fantastic with 2 other ports in Iceland, then onto Faroe Islands and the Shetlands followed by 3 days experiencing the Norwegian fjords, along with ports of call of Skagen, Oslo and Gothenburg before disembarking in Copenhagen. The choice of excursions at each port ranges from sedentary bus tours to active cycling or hiking tours. They are well organised and usually led by informative and entertaining guides. Group size is limited and we’ve never felt the size to be too large to be able to fully enjoy ourselves. There is an excellent choice of restaurants, all of them of extremely high quality. Our least favourite is the evening Italian restaurant Sette Mari where service can be quite chaotic, with either rushed or desperately slow service. It’s very popular so would be better if this was a reservation only restaurant to avoid the long queues or if the weather doesn’t allow for outside dining consider opening up the whole of the restaurant. At least one of the speciality restaurants is open at lunchtime which makes for a relaxed change from the more usual buffet fare available at the Pool or La Veranda. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
This was our first cruise on Oceania and we are officially spoiled. Marina is a beautiful ship and the service and cuisine were excellent. We were impressed with the spacious public areas as well. Even on sea days there was always a ... Read More
This was our first cruise on Oceania and we are officially spoiled. Marina is a beautiful ship and the service and cuisine were excellent. We were impressed with the spacious public areas as well. Even on sea days there was always a place to sit with friends. The staff were courteous and pleasant at all times and our cabin was always immaculate. We dined at all four specialty restaurants and found them all quite good with the sea bass at Red Ginger the standout entree for everyone in our party. MDH said it was the best he's ever had. The Main Dining room and the Terrace Grill were both very good options. The grilled lobster at the Terrace was wonderful when we chose to go for a more casual dinner one evening. Turning to the ports of call, the fjords were breathtaking as we were fortunate to have mostly clear weather after the morning mist and fog lifted. We enjoyed all the ports in Norway with the exception of Stavanger where there wasn't much to see. We did not use any of the ships excursions preferring to go at our own pace. We bought our tickets online, months in advance, for the Flam railway which was one of the major highlights of our trip. Edinburgh was fogged in so the tender service was delayed until afternoon so we decided to stay on board. We've done it before and it's one of the most unpleasant lifeboat rides ever. Anyway, loved the ship! Also, disembarkation was the smoothest in our experience. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for embarkation - with all the Americans arriving from the airport quite early we were herded into a waiting room for almost two hours and then had to wait in a line until "priority " passengers were allowed to check in without standing for more than a minute. Rather unfair to those of us with blue tags who were left to stand and wait in a very long line. Improvements are needed there. With the exception of embarkation, this cruise on Marina was excellent and Oceania is our new favorite cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We had a mid ship DELUXE VERANDA....I was expecting a better cabin. THE VIKING SEA has a major shortage of storage space in the cabins. They know about it and have done nothing...What could be done? Hutches on the desk, a small chest ... Read More
We had a mid ship DELUXE VERANDA....I was expecting a better cabin. THE VIKING SEA has a major shortage of storage space in the cabins. They know about it and have done nothing...What could be done? Hutches on the desk, a small chest of drawers in the closet, replace night stands with real shelf space. SCHEDULING OF MAJOR ACTIVIES and DINING: 6:30 -7:15 pm is the guest lecturer in the theater; after which a mob descents upon the “ anytime” RESTAURANT. If you scoot out a few minutes early- you're more apt to get a table right away. The major entertainment shows start at 9:15 pm back in the theater (there's only one show) - The problem- the kitchen is SLOW. We rarely made it to the show on time. AND when we did- there were NO SEATS!! What can be done?: We discovered the World café as a substitute to the dining room. Food was excellent and the Seafood was plentiful (Shrimp and King Crab Legs), However, my husband and I enjoy being served…so when we opted for the Restaurant- there was a conflict with time. What can be done? Viking could start the guest Lectures (which were excellent) earlier, perhaps at 6pm and start the show a little later, perhaps at 9:30 pm. The itinerary (INTO THE MIDNIGHT SUN) was wonderful. Ports were excellent and the VIKING SEA included tours were basically panoramic bus drive around with a guide. It included “photo op” stops but no real sightseeing. Anything in depth was an additional tour with an additional charge. ONE SMALL SAFU: We were travelling with friends, two women who were recently widowed. They signed up for a special tour in Edinburgh: Tour of the Royal Yacht. They were assigned a bus number that was incorrect. So- when that number was called…their tour had already left. They were instructed by the crew staff to take a cab…and were told they would be reimbursed. We are talking about two women in there upper 70’s. They were already upset and once the cab left the dock they worried about having enough GBP to pay. Fortunately they just had enough but had forgotten to obtain the taxI receipt. They did miss a small amount of the included sights along the way and were feeling uncomfortable about being rushed. They wanted their money back in full. The Officer in charge gave them a really hard time in obtaining a refund. At first he offered only a partial refund …and refused to refund the cab fare without a receipt. As their travelling companions, my husband and I could not understand why the process took so long- at least 4/5 days. We were told the cruise staff had to clear it with the home office in Los Angeles. Really? This was small potatoes in my mind. And I still don’t understand why VIKING does not allow the office onboard to deal directly with these small problems. Basically we were pleased with most aspects…The Food was very good, The entertainment was hit and miss- but fine. The Lectures were very interesting and the Lecturers were great and shared their time with passengers. The Cruise Director: Heather Clancy was fabulous. And the Ports for INTO THE MIDNIGHT SUN were terrific. NO TRAVEL AGENT GIFTING ALLOWED...How about this- I am an experience cruiser...having used the same agent for years. Every cruise I have gotten a card with a ship credit or a bottle(s) of wine. On this voyage- no note- no gift. I thought this to be an error...so I notified my TA...He responded that VIKING does not allow Travel Agents to do on board gifts or ship credit... #VIKING CRUISES -WHY???? Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We chose this intinerary with the thought of great vista and deep fjords. We were not disappointed as the daily sights were stunning with some interesting tours, both included and the extra excursions. We started in London with a sail ... Read More
We chose this intinerary with the thought of great vista and deep fjords. We were not disappointed as the daily sights were stunning with some interesting tours, both included and the extra excursions. We started in London with a sail down the Thames with fantastic weather. A day of sailing and the following morning we pulled into Edinburgh with a nice trip and walkabout through a great old city. The next two days were in my opinion more enjoyable with the travels through the smaller towns of the Orkney Islands and the Shetland Islands. There was a great amount of history that we learned in these two days as we visited the Stones of Stennes. Next we crossed above the Arctic Circle with beautiful but stark scenery looking out from the north cape. Chilling site and the weather was still holding good for us. The trip brought a new delight each day and I would highly recommend this itinerary for those that enjoy deep fjords and beautiful vistas. The nightly entertainment was very enjoyable with a different show each evening by a very talented group. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We were on the London to Bergen cruise with a side to Oslo. The Viking Sky is a beautiful ship with a friendly crew. Food is very good and the entertainment was wonderful! But we have been spoiled by Viking river cruises and the ocean ... Read More
We were on the London to Bergen cruise with a side to Oslo. The Viking Sky is a beautiful ship with a friendly crew. Food is very good and the entertainment was wonderful! But we have been spoiled by Viking river cruises and the ocean cruise did not meet the standard set by the river cruises. Maybe its just that handling 200 people is a lot easier than handling 1000, but they did just not have their act together yet bringing back the excursions and getting them back on the ship smoothly. In Edinburgh, all the excursions came back at about the same time, resulting in at least 1 hour to reboard! Same thing happened 2 more times during the cruise, although you could tell they were trying. (The one tendering service we had, however, was excellent.) The restaurant service was another problem. It seems they are using a system where there is a team, by section. One person takes the order, and there is a person for water, another for drinks, another for bread, another for silverware etc, but there is no one person responsible for your table. So things get forgotten (example, we often received bread without butter, dessert without spoons to eat it etc. The couple next to us asked 3 or 4 individuals to bring their main course, but nothing happened for a very long time until they got the restaurant manager involved.) Very frustrating. The service in the specialty restaurants however was much better, but there we had an actual waiter responsible for our table. So if you are a river cruiser and really like Viking, i'd say wait a bit before you jump into the ocean cruise. Hopefully, they will get better, and all will be as good as their river cruises. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We have been on Viking River cruises and were very excited about the new ocean cruise ships and wanted to go on one as soon as we could. The itinerary was wonderful, from London, Scotland, and the Shetland Islands to the five ports in ... Read More
We have been on Viking River cruises and were very excited about the new ocean cruise ships and wanted to go on one as soon as we could. The itinerary was wonderful, from London, Scotland, and the Shetland Islands to the five ports in Norway which were each more amazing than the previous. Being able to witness a 24 hour day 200 miles above the Arctic Circle was a tremendous experience. The service from the entire staff was first class, from knowing your name right away to always insuring that you were happy with the food, drinks, tea etc. We already signed up for the Australia New Zealand cruise in January 2019 because we are absolutely sold on the excellence of the Viking experience. The shore excursions were wonderful, covering all the highlights that we were interested in and pointing out places that we could visit on our own. The onboard shops were delightful, we always enjoy a little shopping and this cruise was no exception. The spa was a really unique experience with a coed spa including a jacuzzi, steam room, cold plunge and a snow grotto where it actuall snows on you. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
After an excellent Med cruise on the Viking Star, We knew we wanted to use another Viking cruise ship for our next trip. The Viking Sea is identical and the perfect ship to see the beautiful coastline and fiords of Norway. Great Ship. ... Read More
After an excellent Med cruise on the Viking Star, We knew we wanted to use another Viking cruise ship for our next trip. The Viking Sea is identical and the perfect ship to see the beautiful coastline and fiords of Norway. Great Ship. Great itinerary. We found it easy to get into the speciality restaurants multiple times. The menu does not change in Manfredi's Italian restaurant, but there are many dishes to choose from on it and they are perfectly prepared. The main Restaurant was excellent; never a wait for a table, even though we were often a large group. The challenge was to choose. The World Cafe had fresh shellfish most nights - King Crab and freshly cooked mussels on the terrace. The entertainment was just right - a group of young, energetic performers gave it their all. And the cruise director, Heather Clancy, was the best we have experienced in 40+ years of cruising. Not sure when she slept. She made sure we had every opportunity to enjoy ourselves. Our cabin was kept spotless by a friendly steward who we rarely saw - never came back to an unmade bed. While the ports were fun, the heart of this cruise was the scenery that we could enjoy from the deck or our veranda. The Captain kept us informed of upcoming sites. And, there were lots of them. We are already booked on the Viking Sea again in 2018 to continue the Viking path from Bergen to North America. Vikings"s one shortfall was their airline scheduling. Despite the fact that we made our cruise reservations over a year in advance, Viking was unable to get us on the nonstop flight from Seattle to Amsterdam. We ended up paying several hundred dollars extra to fly a day early (to get on a nonstop) plus being on our own from the Airport to Bergen, and paying for a hotel there. Viking should have picked up these costs if the plane was full. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We had read about the small ship experience. Cannot tolerate large groups of people in a small area. Silver Seas was perfect in all respects. Great service, great crew, great ship, fantastic dining, beautiful and well planned excursions. ... Read More
We had read about the small ship experience. Cannot tolerate large groups of people in a small area. Silver Seas was perfect in all respects. Great service, great crew, great ship, fantastic dining, beautiful and well planned excursions. Our Cruise director, Ms Vicki Van Tassel was the best. She made the trip very, very special. We had 380 passengers just like us. We met wonderful friends who we know will be in our lives for years to come. A real bonus. The all inclusive aspect made the day. Our suite and accommodations were exemplary. Our butler was there for anything we desired. Will cruise Silver Seas again and again. The price was higher than many cruises. The value was terrific. We got much more than what we paid. That is good value. A bonus: the entertainment was very special. Such talent was not anticipated on a small ship. The singers and dancers were fantastic. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
This was our second time cruising with Azamara and it was just as wonderful as the first time. The Journey is a beautiful ship and has been well maintained since the dry dock last year. We love the decor with it's serene color ... Read More
This was our second time cruising with Azamara and it was just as wonderful as the first time. The Journey is a beautiful ship and has been well maintained since the dry dock last year. We love the decor with it's serene color palate with comfortable furniture throughout. Many of the repeat guests have expressed missing the old decor and dislike the new design. We think that ship has totally opened up and the light colors make the cabins and public spaces appear larger. Constant care is shown all over the ship with even slightly worn carpet being replaced in certain areas. The Living Room is a beautiful space with a great bar and dance floor. The talented guitarist was a wonderful backdrop for evening cocktail hour. There are different appetizers available each night with a favorite being a gazpacho shot topped with a lobster nugget. We really enjoyed the excellent cocktail service provided by Jacques and Pavlo and the perfect martinis poured by Juliana. Azamara offers inclusive cocktails, specialty coffees, and select beer and wine in the cruise fare. You may choose to upgrade to a package that includes more brand liquor choices for a daily fee but we found that the complimentary choices included were sufficient for our needs. I will say that the wines poured each day were not of the highest quality but they were mostly drinkable. The cabin was just as beautiful as we remembered and the dreamy bed was a delight to fall asleep in each and every night. There is an abundance of storage space with a large closet containing slippers and two wonderfully plush robes. The bathroom may be small but was fine for our needs. Top this off with the excellent cabin service from Alfie and his assistant Jane, who could ask for anything more? Onto the food. Delicious choices in almost every venue with a couple of additional specials offered for dinner in Discoveries every night. This is rare, but If you should have a problem with a dish they will be happy to rectify the problem. We had a package for the specialty restaurants which included 2 dinners in Aqualina and 2 in Prime C which was later altered to 1 dinner in each because we loved the choices in Discoveries so much. The specialty restaurants are great but didn't warrant more than 1 visit to each especially because there was a problem with a filet steak in Prime C and the filet we had in Discoveries was perfect without an extra charge. That said, the appetizers, soups, salads, sides and deserts were excellent in both fee restaurants. The Dover Sole and Limoncello Souffle in Aqualina are divine. The menu in Discoveries is easily accessed on the cabin television so you can arrive at the dining room ready to enjoy the mouth watering food. How could a gnocchi in a gorgonzola cream sauce or a simple spinach and ricotta ravioli be so divine on the high seas? Both tasted home made and were scrumptious. Not every dish was a home run but the hits far outweighed the few misses. The buffet afforded bountiful choices at breakfast, lunch and dinner which every night hosted a different themed buffet like Greek, Indian, Spanish or French. We would try to have a drink at the outside Sunset Bar most nights and share a small plate of various tapas before heading to dinner. Gotta love cruising! The mostly mild weather allowed us to watch a beautiful sunset and enjoy a lovely martini poured by Jason. I must add that the specialty salads served at lunch everyday were varied and outstanding. There are other venues for food like the excellent outside Grill, which cooks food to order, or The Mosaic coffee bar where you can enjoy a specialty beverage and nosh on mini sandwiches and sweets. Room service is available as well. We found the entertainment portion of the cruise to be varied, with productions shows and featured entertainers performing most every night. The standouts in the production shows were Eric the Cruise Director and the two Russian dancers. We really enjoyed the performances of the female flautist and the male tenor, both extremely talented individuals. Unfortunately, we missed the pianist and featured female singer. There were also 2 lecturers that fell flat for us. Both of them mostly read from the slide screen not adding much more information. We did not attend the Le Club Voyage party or the Captains toast but you can't do everything. Also, the Azamazing Evening was a concert held at the Grieg Concert Hall in Bergen. The White Party was the final event to be held on the pool deck the day before the final sea day. The beautiful weather guaranteed a great evening for all in attendance. We made an appearance to look at the buffet and say hello to some recently made friends and then headed to Discoveries for an absolutely sumptuous meal. I popped up to the party after dinner and everyone seemed to be enjoying and dancing to the high energy stage performance lead by Eric. Service was wonderful all over the ship! We seem to have a problem with the host in the main restaurant on almost every cruise, but usually they seem to get nicer as the cruise progresses... that was the case yet again. Can't say enough about how much we appreciated our great cabin steward team of Alfie and Jane. They were azamazing! This was a 14 night cruise to the Norwegian fjords starting in Hamburg and ending in Copenhagen. We had a forward facing balcony which was the perfect vantage point for cruising into and out of the fjords. Our itinerary was filled with interesting ports of call. It all began with Bergen, where despite the rain we had a fun day. The day was capped off by an Azamazing evening at the Grieg Concert Hall starting with champagne, followed by a concert for Azamara passengers by members of the Bergen symphony including a pianist, violinist and a soprano, performing works by Norway's most famous and Bergen local composer Edvard Grieg. A wonderful event. Next on the itinerary was our trip to Flam. We took the excursion to the Stegastein outlook above pretty Aurlandsvagen with an incredible view over the Aurlandsfjorden, including a stop for a waffle and coffee. Next stop was our cruise down Geirangerfjord, past the seven sisters and opposing suitor waterfalls, where our captain spent at least a half hour doing two full rotations so that every passenger could get a complete view of the falls for picture taking. After tendering in to Geiranger town, we took the tour to the top of Mt. Dalsnibba, hoping for a clear look down to the fjord and the 3 ships anchored there. But alas a single cloud rolled over and we only caught a brief glimpse of the fjord; better than the last time we went up when we were encased in fog. On this day some were able to get a clear view, others none at all. We will try again another time! Other than that it was a clear sunny day. Next stop was Svolvaer in the Lofoten Islands, above the arctic circle. Although we were scheduled to tender here, our captain Johannes was able to achieve access to the pier in town and we were anchored all day. Very nice! We had a beautiful day here, capped by a race to cruise into the narrow and stunning Trollfjord, ahead of another ship that was in Svolvaer at the same time, but had to tender. Svolvaer was a surprisingly beautiful small town, easy to navigate on foot. Next stop was Tromso, where we had another sparkling clear day. We decided to walk across the bridge to the Arctic cathedral for photos, and then to take the tram to the top of the mountain for the most incredible views. After walking back to town for a closer look we stopped by Mack's brewery and pub for a local beer. A fun way to end a beautiful day, before heading back to the ship. Next stop Honningsvag, the top of Norway and Europe; again a beautiful sunny day greeted us. We took the tour to North Cape which included a stop at a Sammi reindeer farm, and the scenic fishing village of Komyvaer, where we were engaged by a local guy who said you have to be tough to live there. We have no doubt about that; but on this beautiful summer day it is hard to imagine what the winters are like. We were told on many occasions by our guide just how brutal the winters are. Lots of snow, road closures. Anyway, after spending an hour and a half at the north cape and getting a slew of photos we were taken back to town where we stopped by the local King Crab House for a hearty bowl of king crab soup and of course a local beer before heading back to the Azamara Journey. Another remarkable day. Next stop Olden for a ride on Lake Olden and the great views of the glacier edging down the surrounding mountains. The final stop was Stavanger where we docked right in town! We took the excursion down the fjord to pulpit rock. A great ride with spectacular scenery including a stop for a Norwegian waffle and coffee. We got great photos of the pulpit rock and also the waterfall that boat got almost right under! After the excursion we were able to walk through old town and get even more wonderful photos. This trip was memorable for many reasons, but first because the captain kept the ship in the inland waterways as much as possible, meaning the scenery was incredible, and the time in the open sea was minimal. He also stopped at 3 small towns along the way to personally go ashore for fresh ling cod, fresh local goat cheese and fresh sweet Norwegian strawberries which were served dipped in chocolate and left on the bed one night. And also the weather was incredibly good, making for excellent photos everywhere we went. Kudos to the captain Johannes and his crew for an unforgettable cruise. They really went the extra mile to make our cruise interesting and innovative. If you can't tell, we love Azamara! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Weboarded in Stockholm after a three day stay there, we met the ship at the address stated on our paper work, we were greeted by the captain ( a very dry and funny guy) they're still looking for my luggage ( just joking) his crew who ... Read More
Weboarded in Stockholm after a three day stay there, we met the ship at the address stated on our paper work, we were greeted by the captain ( a very dry and funny guy) they're still looking for my luggage ( just joking) his crew who were absolutely fantastic. We had a cabin on deck 6 which was close to the main dining area, perfect for us. We chose the starboard side but in hindsight it wouldn't matter which side of the boat you're on when travelling through the Fjords the scenery was fabulous. Dining was in two areas, the formal and not so formal and both areas had everything covered, the food was sensational and a want for nothing, the food varied always with wonderful breads and desserts, the wines with the meals were just right and if one wanted something more special that was also available at a price. The room service incase one slept in for lunch or dinner was also fabulous. The bars, which I think there were 3, are fantastic the bar tenders super knowledgable and speak multiple languages of course the cocktails were included in the fare so why not a Bloody Mary at 10 am and Pisco sours in the afternoon. The entrainment on the ship was a bit lame and boring it would have been nice if they had a dinner dance or if the musicians who played on the boat separately could have joined together in a band, I felt that the musicians and the opera singer were only there for their own holiday and a fill in. ( my opinion and really need to do some work on it) In the morning there were yoga classes and some dance classes which were fun the teachers had a great sense of humour. We didn't elect to go on any tours as we like to do our own thing when getting to port which was fine for us as we didn't miss the great lunches or cocktails!!! We didn't hear any complaints from people who did go on the tours, passengers weren't given the big sell and we felt very comfortable. The service we received on the ship was absolutely fantastic from George the cabin steward to the ships captain everyone was so obliging. Our cruise quite a mix of race of passengers mostly French who I might add were lovely and we tried to converse regularly, The ship was near capacity at 240 passengers and 142 crew - in my world - perfect - plenty of room to move around no one in each others pockets. I loved every minute of this cruise except for the so called world famous opera and the lame musicians, Please do something so that people can dance after dinner to reasonable music. My wife loved the yoga and dance classes All in all a fabulous time Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We had previously had an enjoyable experience on a Viking River Cruise so we decided to try the Ocean cruise. We had wanted to go to Norway so the London, Scotland and Norway itinerary fit our needs. The ship was beautiful and the ... Read More
We had previously had an enjoyable experience on a Viking River Cruise so we decided to try the Ocean cruise. We had wanted to go to Norway so the London, Scotland and Norway itinerary fit our needs. The ship was beautiful and the amenities were well thought out. The service in the restaurants, cabin and special events was great. The sites visited were breathtaking. We enjoyed the history of the Norwegian cities. I went o Windsor castle and enjoyed the day. The entertainers were fantastic as were the special events. The only negative we experienced was the embarkation process from the London airport to the ship. Traffic was crazy and there was no Viking staff present when we got to the Ship docking area which caused us to walk around before we learned where the reception area was located. Overall, we really enjoyed the trip. We will likely take another Viking cruise in 2019. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
First we went to Iceland for the precruise holiday and Viking did an outstanding job. Arrived in Bergen, Norway, and we were bussed to the port. Very easy embarkation, and our room was ready when we arrived. Bags arrived shortly thereafter ... Read More
First we went to Iceland for the precruise holiday and Viking did an outstanding job. Arrived in Bergen, Norway, and we were bussed to the port. Very easy embarkation, and our room was ready when we arrived. Bags arrived shortly thereafter while we were having a drink on the explorer's lounge. We purchased the silver spirits beverage package which for us was a great deal. My husband had his Italian liquors every night along with his brandy, pool drinks and wines. My husband tried every drink on the pool menu, lol. The bar staff was terrific, from the girls on the pool or at night in the atrium. As for the meals, we never had a bad meal at any restaurant and service was great every night. Definitely recommend the cheif's table with wine pairings, very unique menu, went here four times. Manfredi's has great risotto, pasta, ossobuco, and their zabaglione with berries is just as good as what I make at home. And the rib eye steak is like butter. The restaurant prepares the lobster dinner, and it was done to perfection. I had escargots and they were delicious. We also ate at the world cafe on a number of nights also. I had the the New York strip which was good but at one port, they had fresh catch salmon which they cooked on the outside patio and that was the best. But the next day, they made a fish soup which was equally as good. Great breakfast here, never tried the restaurant for breakfast because we had early morning tours. Mansen's waffles were delicious but we shared it because it was so filling. Oh yes, don't forget the gelato bar, delicious. Also, room service was excellent and the food was hot. Never did try the afternoon tea as we were stuffed from eating at the pool grill. Entertainment was great, there was always something going on. The entertainment director was Suzanne and her assistant was Jaime. Both were terrific. In the atrium, they had santo playing guitar, Eve playing piano and the had a group that played violin, and other instruments. Each sessions was different and the music was barely repeated. Now the night time shows we're exciting, a quirky musical adaptation of get smart, very funny. The rat pack show was excellent but get your tickets early. Abba was great if you're a fan of momma Mia. Then they tried a new show with broadway shows, I think that this was my favorite. Then they had discussions, all day, my husband loved these sessions, especially the smaller ones. Loved our cabin, suitcases went under the bed and we found that between the draws and shelfs in the closets, we had plenty of space. Loved the warm bathroom floors, the outside veranda was great but because it was chilly outside, we didn't use it that often. Check your vox boxes because the previous guests had not left the ear phones. The refrigerator was small and the bar person exchanged the tonic water for club soda. Our steward Rio was great and offered us great advice at different stages. The spa was great, just know that their hot tubs are not that hot but I found they were confortable. The main pool was deep so be aware of this. We didn't try the infinity pool but expect to try it on our next cruise in February. We originally chose optional tours but three were cancelled due to lack of interest. So we chose included on those days. Honestly, every tour was great except for rudeness among some of the cruisers. If you're in a foreign country, don't make fun of the tour guides when they speak English, it's not their first language and oh yes, the bus drivers are not deaf and they also understand English. Also aquavit is nit sold on the ship but in Tomso, we found a liquor store at a local mall close to the pier, prices were excellent and staff were very helpful. Word of advice, everything is expensive, but handmade items are worth purchasing. Finally purchased my Norwegian sweater and I purchased it at a fair price. Had a great time in the Orkney islands, Shetland islands and Scotland. Just a world in advance as to souvenirs, if breakable then let security know before you put it through the scanners, unfortunately, a piece of painted glass art didn't stop when it went though the scanner and ended up breaking. Security felt terrible when we saw it fall and break but what are you going to do, accidents happen. If you follow instructions at each port, then getting off for tours is very easy. People with handicaps take elevator to get down to tenders or to ramp when your group is called. Look into getting a folding all terrain walker for the tours, made it more enjoyable when I participated in tours and staff on busses were very accommodating. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We chose Viking Star for the itinerary (we'd never seen this part of Norway) and for the reputation of Viking Cruises. We have been on a Viking River Cruise and were very impressed with the quality there. We found the Viking Star ... Read More
We chose Viking Star for the itinerary (we'd never seen this part of Norway) and for the reputation of Viking Cruises. We have been on a Viking River Cruise and were very impressed with the quality there. We found the Viking Star to be beautiful, with lovely staterooms, restaurants, and public areas. There were many places to sit quietly, away from the chatter of other passengers. The Restaurant (main dining room) was very nice with excellent service. Food very good. The buffet breakfasts seemed very repetitive, but of good quality. We did not go to any evening entertainment, other than a martini tasting/demo, which was a lot of fun. I think the biggest disappoint of the cruise were the shore excursions. Some were very good. Our day in Bergen and the guide we had was excellent. Geiranger was stunning and the guide very good. But the "Håholmen: A Viking Adventure, was not well done, nothing like the write-up, and the guide was pretty bad. Sometimes, I think we just chose the wrong excursion, as others returned from their day and raved about the sites they experienced. Embarkation was well-done, but disembarkation did not go as smoothly. Bags were taken off ship(in London) and placed in a large tent where you needed to claim them and pull them to the waiting busses. Someone on our bus was unable to locate his bags, and those the entire bus waited for nearly an hour, making some anxious about their flight connections at Heathrow. All-in-all, we did enjoy our cruise, and will travel with Viking again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Booked this cruise based upon our experience on our 2014 Budapest to Amsterdam- Danube River Cruise which was fantastic by any definition as well! The Baltic Cruise went far beyond our expectations from embarkation to disembarkation. The ... Read More
Booked this cruise based upon our experience on our 2014 Budapest to Amsterdam- Danube River Cruise which was fantastic by any definition as well! The Baltic Cruise went far beyond our expectations from embarkation to disembarkation. The Viking Star is an unbelievable ship! The amenities and service far exceeded that of the larger cruise ships we have travelled on including food, service, entertainment, ports of call, and staffing. Probably what was most unbelievable was our Explorer Suite! Words cannot give it proper justification. Being located on the upper-level-bow location, you have nearly 180 degree view from your large private deck, not to mention having a separate living room and bedroom. Unbelievable! The overall trip was fantastic and we cannot say enough other than that of our planning another similar trip. We are hooked on small-ship causing and Viking Cruises is at the top of our list without exception! It should also be mentioned that of meeting so many new friends. In fact, new friends that we met on the Danube cruise also joined us on the Baltic Cruise. To my knowledge, Viking Cruises was recently honored as the top cruise line. Obviously, they earned this award based upon their outstanding customer service which we have witnessed on two occasions! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016

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