Sail Date: October 2017
This was our first Viking cruise. We had been on others with other cruise lines but Viking really knows how to create a relaxing vacation. They coordinated tours and activities very efficiently. Everything they put together on and off ... Read More
This was our first Viking cruise. We had been on others with other cruise lines but Viking really knows how to create a relaxing vacation. They coordinated tours and activities very efficiently. Everything they put together on and off the boat was perfect. The atmosphere on the ship was very quiet and calm. Maybe that''s because no kids were on board and there was no casino. Whatever the reason, we loved it! We spend extra time at both ends of the cruise to allow us to explore the cities. When we arrived at checkin, there were no long lines and we were ushered to the ramp to get on the ship. We were greeted with champaign which was much appreciated after a hectic morning getting checked out of our hotel (which we booked) and getting some shopping in. Our room wouldn't be ready for a while so we got a bite to eat and relaxed by the pool while listening to the live band. It set the tone for a great trip. I'm looking forward to our next Viking cruise! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We were on the maiden voyage of the Viking Sun from Venice Italy to Athens Greece. This ship is stunning and the staff very efficient. Can you believe the bathroom floors are heated or air conditioned - which ever you prefer? The ... Read More
We were on the maiden voyage of the Viking Sun from Venice Italy to Athens Greece. This ship is stunning and the staff very efficient. Can you believe the bathroom floors are heated or air conditioned - which ever you prefer? The curtains in the cabin open and close with a touch too. We had two cabins, 5082 and 5080 and both met our needs perfectly. Just a note - the beds have feather pillows which you can have switched out if you want. Unfortunately we had need for the services of the medical staff - thanks for their caring attention! We found the meals to be excellent and served quickly. The evening buffet had whatever was on the menu for The Restaurant. Less crowded. Reservations are needed for The Chef's Table. Mixed reviews on the fixed menu by the four of us. (I hated it) Reservations are also needed for Manfredi's. This is where we had our worst service and the food - just ok. Many lunches we at The Pool Grill - yum. I suggest buying the silver beverage plan. With meals you get upgraded wine and of course alcohol.Two in our party are Gluten Free and our needs were well taken care of. The machines in the laundry were free as well as the detergent. As for entertainment - we only saw a few but enjoyed what we saw. It was great that at the beginning of the cruise all the officers of the ship were introduced and they were even seen walking around during the week! Rare indeed. The cruise director was very hands on. My husband and I are in our late 50's and our children 28 and 25 were with us. Unfortunately we found the variety of the shore excursions to be poor and not "active" enough. I suggest finding noncruise ship excursions for some cities. My son and I took the excursion to Medjugorje.in Bosnia. Not enough time was given to this religious experience. Note - the other guests on the ship were NOT the oxygen, walker crowd. We were very busy enjoying our ports and didn't get much chance to use the pool, spa, gift shops etc. The Viking Sun has A LOT to offer. Note - we left out of Venice and ended up in Athens the beginning of Oct, and I expected the temps to be a little warmer. I highly recommend the Viking Sun for a lovely cruise. This is not your typical cruise where the horn blows when you leave port or there are constant announcements over the PA - it is very classy but not formal. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
Itinerary... and value! My brother and I have always wanted to visit Portugal and the Bahamas, which were both spectacular. The stop in the Azores was an additional treat! The crew was exceptional, and the entertainment surpassed my ... Read More
Itinerary... and value! My brother and I have always wanted to visit Portugal and the Bahamas, which were both spectacular. The stop in the Azores was an additional treat! The crew was exceptional, and the entertainment surpassed my expectations. (I am a musician, and have high expectations.) Well done in every respect. Even my trip to the Ship's Doctor for a sinus infection was a highlight! The speaker for the cruise was also a highlight, as was our visits to the two specialty restaurants. Our cabin was spacious and comfortable, and the public rooms were wonderfully laid out and beautifully decorated. Bravo! We especially liked the small - but very informative - exhibit on Vikings. Very well done, as was everything else on the cruise. We hope to do another Viking Ocean cruise in the future... having now done two river cruises and one ocean cruise. Viking is exceptional in every respect. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
An unexpected maiden voyage of this beautiful ship. While many joked that it had a new car smell, we would have appreciated knowing in advance that we were the guinea pigs. That said, there were very few teething problems, and the ship ... Read More
An unexpected maiden voyage of this beautiful ship. While many joked that it had a new car smell, we would have appreciated knowing in advance that we were the guinea pigs. That said, there were very few teething problems, and the ship operated smoothly. In particular, the universally pleasant, cheerful, helpful, and polite staff were a cut above other ships. They made a big difference in our day. The cruise went from Venice to Athens. We spent a few days in each outside the cruise. The ship was expected to be a recharging interlude, but the ports and tours were so good that we were kept hopping every day. Embarkation at both ends was a breeze, with many staff pointing out the direction to go in a potentially confusing port. Our junior suite was well laid out, with a balcony that actually allowed you to move around and stretch a bit. It included laundry service and a well stocked mini bar. Room service was excellent. We had breakfast sent up most days. The food won't win any awards, but it is certainly adequate. It's a smaller ship, so there's a buffet and two upscale restaurants. One focused on Nordic food, which didn't appeal, leaving only the other Italian style option. There's also a grill at the pool, and small bistro in the explorers lounge. The buffet is adequate, but choices are limited. The lineup for the gelato bar in the desert section is a tip off that the rest of the selection isn't much. There’s a magnificent Nordic spa area with huge bubble pool, saunas, steam room, cold plunge pool, a cold bucket splash and snow room. Alas the large bubble pool broke the first day and didn’t get fixed until the last. A major disappointment as it figured in our decision to take this ship. The steam room needs more light. It’s dark to the point of unsafe. I wish the saunas weren’t on timers during opening hours, as you sometimes have to wait a while for them to heat up. The gym is very well equipped. The hot tub jets in both the main and infinity pools were often broken, but the heat did work. There’s a broad range range of books throughout the ship. The public areas are surprisingly peaceful, with the explorers lounge having a two level view forward. Bars are never far away, and wait staff are attentive. Liquor and wine prices were very reasonable, and often included. Entertainment was low key. A classical trio, pianist, and a string player are the mainstays. No rock bands into the wee hours here. The included shore excursions were excellent. We took 3 which all had a bus and walking tour in groups of around 25 people for 2-3 hours. The optional excursions were equally good. We took two, and the Kotor trip through the mountains is not to be missed. While not Viking's fault, a couple of ports were swamped with people. Kotor is a small town, and 4 cruise ships dumped 5,000+ people into it. We escaped via an optional tour, but even when we returned some hours later, our guide could hardly get us around the town. Corfu wasn't much better. Oh, and don’t miss afternoon tea. It sounds quaint, but is well done. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary, the newness of the ship, the fact that it would not have young children aboard and there was no casino. We had taken a Viking river cruise and wanted to see the layout of the new ocean liners. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary, the newness of the ship, the fact that it would not have young children aboard and there was no casino. We had taken a Viking river cruise and wanted to see the layout of the new ocean liners. We knew the food and service would be the best and it did not disappoint. The ship was spectacular with no crowds or lines anywhere. We liked the fact that there was a gym, several pools, and choices of restaurants. We are very private people and loved that you could get a table for two with no trouble. We enjoyed the free beer & wine at lunch, dinner and room service. Our cabin (deluxe veranda) was adequate for storage and the bathroom had plenty of room for everything. We both LOVED the heated floors! Favorite eating place was Manfredi's, the Italian restaurant. The tiramisu presentation was very unusual and I loved it. Least favorite was Chef's Table although you can substitute with a little warning if you prefer something like chicken from the Restaurant instead of a main fish course. WE LOVED breakfast at Mamsen's. NO crowd at all and delicious waffles. Try not to miss it. On our cruise The Restaurant (main dining room) was short on staff and the meal took WAY too long with long waits between courses. The included shore excursions gave us an overview of each port and there were plenty of optional excursions to choose from if we were already familiar with a port. Groups were small and we appreciated everyone being on time and excited about each outing. We will definitely book another Viking ocean cruise, probably in the Caribbean next time. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
This was our second ocean cruise and we liked the first Viking Cruise Ship (Viking Sky) starting on Feb. 25, 2017 so much that we booked this second trip on the Viking Ocean Cruise line on the sister ship the Viking Sun starting on October ... Read More
This was our second ocean cruise and we liked the first Viking Cruise Ship (Viking Sky) starting on Feb. 25, 2017 so much that we booked this second trip on the Viking Ocean Cruise line on the sister ship the Viking Sun starting on October 4, 2017. It was so nice that we have already booked a third cruise with Viking. We also had marvelous extensions on both ends of the cruise first in Florence and then in Athens. While we had been to Florence, Venice, and Athens once before (over 20 years ago) this gave us a chance to see some new things and revisit a few fantastic places too. The pre-extension was essentially all inclusive with wonderful food and locales for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and great included tours of Florence, Sienna, and San Gimignano. It was a small group and we received personal attention but also had enough free time at each site. We stayed at a wonderful villa in the Tuscan countryside near Florence. We then had a good and quick bus ride to Venice where we boarded the Viking Sun and found it even more inclusive, luxurious, and wonderful. We had included and few extra special tours of Venice, Split, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Corfu, and Olympia. The food on the ship was fantastic.There were great and uncrowded hot tubs, pools, and infinity pool. There was some nice entertainment and great bars throughout the ship. The food was very nice with two great specialty restaurants (included), a formal restaurant, and a buffet restaurant for breakfast and lunch. Obviously we put on weight even with the walking tours! Finally we had a fantastic extension in Athens with a tour of the acropolis and museum and then tours of the Pelopenese and Delphi. Great included lunches and time on our own for great dinners in Athens. Viking handled the transfers very well and smoothly picked us up at the Florence airport and dropped us off at thee Athens airport. Somehow both of our Viking Ocean cruises have been the inaugural trip for each ship. Both went very smoothly. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2017
We chose this cruise when we saw the exceptionally great price and the itinerary to places we'd never seen. We were very impressed with the Viking staff who helped with the reservations and answering questions post cruise. When ... Read More
We chose this cruise when we saw the exceptionally great price and the itinerary to places we'd never seen. We were very impressed with the Viking staff who helped with the reservations and answering questions post cruise. When you talked to someone there, they knew or got the answers immediately and didn't switch me to another department. They always followed up the conversation with a confirmation of what they'd told me and ask if there is anything else they could do; assuring me that I should feel free to contact them again. The embarkation was seamless and we chose the room on the absolute stern which gave us great views, of both sides and quiet with on one passing our suite. We found that there was amply room for relaxation on the decks and the spa on the lowest deck with so many free amenities; snow room, two different pools, warmed relaxation beds and plenty of loungers w/pads and towels. Also had a steam room. Excursions were free at every port; there were paid for excursions but we found that the free ones suited our needs. We always had plenty of time to explore the cities after the walking tours of the town. Excursions were grouped in small numbers and left at staggered times so that everyone was not at the same place at the same time. Suite was good but storage space was not adequate for folding clothes. Shelf space was taken up with a coffee pot and cups. Beds in our upgraded suite was so close to the closet that you could barely get into it or even bend over to put on your shoes. That needs some addressed on future ships. Food and the restaurants were not that outstanding. Acoustics in all the restaurants were poor. Tables were so close together that talking with your table mates was difficult because everyone had to raise their voice to be hear which led to the noise increasing. The noise level needs some adjustment; perhaps some noise abatement panels. We found that the buffet restaurant was good, however. We ate there often. Every staff person really tried hard to please. Will definitely consider Viking Ocean when we travel again. Viking Ocean is so much better than Viking River. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
To see Cuba and several central American ports was our goal. I have been to Cuba multiple times and was indifferent to the port (my wife's first visit and she was very happy). The hotel stay purchased via Viking was a poorly kempt ... Read More
To see Cuba and several central American ports was our goal. I have been to Cuba multiple times and was indifferent to the port (my wife's first visit and she was very happy). The hotel stay purchased via Viking was a poorly kempt hotel on the older side. It was not the quality that we would choose to stay and makes us unlikely to stay at a Viking cruise choice of hotels. The Hilton property is not a fine hotel, but a worn middle class facility. The cruise was only disappointing if you expected what was advertised. The restitution was inadequate for a cruise that was far different than what we purchased. A few hundred dollars was given for a future cruise. towards the end of the cruise, I went to purchase several more Viking cruises. I went to the future cruise desk and their was no line. A approached the Viking Cruise future cruise salesperson. He looked up and said, "I.do not talk to people who do not have appoints, I am too busy to speak with you. Sign up for an appointment and we will let you know when to come back. I was incensed and said. "I do not want to talk to you, all I want to do is purchase to more cruises NOW! He backed off and us to buy to two voyages. I was very angry at the time, by wife calmed me down. Not wanting to accept our money and not wanting to sell the cruise is appalling Read Less
Viking Sun Ratings
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Cabins 5.0 4.7
Dining 5.0 4.5
Entertainment 4.0 4.3
Public Rooms 5.0 4.8
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.4
Family 1.0 4.4
Shore Excursion 4.5 4.1
Enrichment 4.5 4.3
Service 5.0 4.7
Value For Money 5.0 4.3

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