332 Viking Ocean Viking Sun Cruise Reviews

We really like the ocean crossings and traveled once before on Viking. This cruise was as wonderful as the first. Embarkation went seamlessly and we were allowed into our cabins a bit early. Cabin was roomy and comfortable. All dining ... Read More
We really like the ocean crossings and traveled once before on Viking. This cruise was as wonderful as the first. Embarkation went seamlessly and we were allowed into our cabins a bit early. Cabin was roomy and comfortable. All dining venues are really good on board Viking. We enjoyed Manfredi's and ate there a few times; we skipped the Chef's Table after eating there once on a prior cruise -- just don't like not being able to have a choice of things. The main dining room is definately as good as the specialty dining. The movies in the room were good and we enjoyed the facilities on board. Service is outstanding -- the entire crew really goes above and beyond. Our one real disappointment was the transportation following disembarkation in Florida. We arranged with Viking for a private car to take us to the airport. This was prepaid and not cheap. We followed instructions from two different Viking reps inside the cruise terminal for finding the car only to discover that there was no car, and the representatives outside the cruise terminal had no idea what we were talking about or where to find this car. Of course, you cannot go back inside the terminal to get a Viking person. After literally an hour (seriously, an hour -- we were afraid of missing our plane!), finally a Viking person seemed to find that someone had indeed ordered a car. He called it and 30 minutes later it appeared. Will NEVER use Viking transport again -- we'll take cabs or call an Uber. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
I Had travelled a Viking river cruise earlier in the year for the first time and really enjoyed the trip so, when this transatlantic special came out in my email I thought I would give it a try. I am so glad I did. The staff, food, ... Read More
I Had travelled a Viking river cruise earlier in the year for the first time and really enjoyed the trip so, when this transatlantic special came out in my email I thought I would give it a try. I am so glad I did. The staff, food, rooms, and ship were amazing. Truly a wonderful experience. The entire staff was more than helpful and friendly. The accommodations were also more than expected. I especially liked the room service, the food was always hot and prompt. The entertainment was also very talented. I really can't think of anything negative. As for the excursions, we also enjoyed them, but would have liked to spend a little more time in Bermuda. There really was just barely enough time to enjoy the port. We enjoyed our trip so much that we booked another trip on the Sun for Nov 2018. Can't wait to go again. Oh and we are leaving for our second viking river cruise in 25 days! I think that says it a lot for Viking. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We were looking for a transatlantic cruise for relaxation and comfort. Viking Sun exceeded our expectations. The well trained staff offered excellent service, not only with fulfilling our requests but anticipating our needs. The design and ... Read More
We were looking for a transatlantic cruise for relaxation and comfort. Viking Sun exceeded our expectations. The well trained staff offered excellent service, not only with fulfilling our requests but anticipating our needs. The design and decor of the ship was very attractive with attention to color and comfort detail. Bookshelves stocked with books that would appeal to anyone were scattered throughout the ship. There was always a cozy quiet place to read or simply relax. Dining venues and options were always available from the specialty restaurants to the less formal World Cafe, Pool Grill and Mamsen's. There was something for everyone. The entertainment was diverse - lectures on a variety of subjects, cooking classes, wine tasting classes, ballroom dancing, board games, music, theater shows, movies, and much more. Very impressive to us was that there was absolutely no pressure to buy anything. Attractive stores were available to buy duty free items but so sales pressure. And, there were no photographers ready to snap and urge one to buy. Having heard of these things from fellow travelers on other cruises, this was a big plus for us. If it sounds like we are impressed with Viking - we are, very much so. In fact we have already signed up for another of their cruises next spring. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We chose the cruise to see how Viking compared with the other transatlantic we have done. Other than Azamara, this was the smallest ship we sailed in. The Sun was spanking new and nicely decorated, with much Scandinavian art on ... Read More
We chose the cruise to see how Viking compared with the other transatlantic we have done. Other than Azamara, this was the smallest ship we sailed in. The Sun was spanking new and nicely decorated, with much Scandinavian art on display. It was a comfortable ship even on the few days we had some moderate waves. We especially enjoyed the entertainment, provided by the very talented but small group of singers and dancers. The ship's house band, and especially its pianist-conductor, were very good and all the shows were very entertaining. We appreciated hearing some classical music. The lecturers aboard were fairly interesting, but seemed to be scheduled at odd times. We especially enjoyed the ones given by a gentleman who was an author and filmmaker and showed scenes from old movies. Our major disappointment was with the food on the ship. We did not care for the menu selections in the main restaurant, nor did we think the selections both in the buffet and the main dining room were very well prepared and/or tasteful. On the occasions that we ate in the speciality restaurants, we were much more pleased. Another disappointment in the main dining room, was the problem in sitting at a table that we could shared with others. We enjoy doing this in order to meet more people, and this did not seem to be encouraged on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We've heard so much about Viking Ocean that we wanted to give it a try. The price was right as was the itinerary: Lisbon to Miami. The pre-cruise stay was at a hotel in the heart of the downtown area, thus, far more expensive than ... Read More
We've heard so much about Viking Ocean that we wanted to give it a try. The price was right as was the itinerary: Lisbon to Miami. The pre-cruise stay was at a hotel in the heart of the downtown area, thus, far more expensive than the type of hotel we would normally use. The city tour was a bit short for the price. This was our 3rd visit to Lisbon, and it's a great city to visit. Dining options: Restaurant: superb menu with food prepared superbly World Cafe: Buffet: amazing -- "hot" breakfast food was actually hot; evening dinners were varied and, to be redundant, superb Manfredi's Italian: best food on the ship, where almost all food was superb Chef's Table: fixed menu, not much in the way of choices. Mistake to even try it, a mistake we won't ever repeat. Room: we were upgraded to a 'junior suite" which happened to be a handicapped accessible room. For a wheelchair dependent person, it would have been superb. For us, the deficiencies (no place to put the soap, shampoo, etc) outweighed the positives. In addition, the ship was on its initial mid-Atlantic cruise. Ship had too many repairs in and around our room. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
After much research we decided on an Atlantic crossing to get a bit of flavor of the old-time crossing cruises. We needed the relaxed atmosphere and the amenities of this cruise line to convince us to try ocean cruising. We enjoyed every ... Read More
After much research we decided on an Atlantic crossing to get a bit of flavor of the old-time crossing cruises. We needed the relaxed atmosphere and the amenities of this cruise line to convince us to try ocean cruising. We enjoyed every bit of the time on board. We relaxed, exercised, ate and relaxed some more. We enjoyed every minute, and were ready to come home to the winter holiday rush! Embarkation and discharge went smoothly, as did the two ports of call. The food variety was delightful. We really felt like we "knew" the ship after a few days. The small swimming pool at the stern of the ship was lots of fun. We especially liked the variety of food choices, and the fresh fruits and vegetables available with every meal and snack. The one HUGE burger we had was delicious!! We will do another crossing voyage with Viking in the future, probably going in the opposite direction from Puerto Rico to Spain. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
What I loved about this cruise and ship: *new, wonderfully laid out ship design *clean, elegant, understated ship design *comfortable accommodations with balcony *best cruise food ever (compared to 3 other cruise lines) ... Read More
What I loved about this cruise and ship: *new, wonderfully laid out ship design *clean, elegant, understated ship design *comfortable accommodations with balcony *best cruise food ever (compared to 3 other cruise lines) *Norwegian waffles! English tea! *enjoyed free amenities, including WiFi and spa facilities *wine served during lunch and dinner, no extra charge *specialty restaurants, no extra charge *beautiful library and lookout *nice stop at quaint islands of the Azores and Bermuda, no charge for excursion My husband and I took this trip after seeing multiple top reviews on the Viking ocean cruises. There were comments about the cruise lines targeting mature (and yes) sophisticated travelers, it didn’t bother us because we enjoy quiet, non-chaotic vacations. While we’ve cruised several times before, this was our first booking the flight through the cruise line. Viking chose a good airline, though in retrospect we should have planned a few extra days predeparture in Lisbon. I would highly recommend this cruise line to those who appreciate a more quiet luxury and all-inclusive value. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
This was the first time we were on a Viking Ocean Liner. We have traveled extensively on other cruise lines over the years. This was a transatlantic cruise from Lisbon Portugal to Miami Florida with stops in the Azores and Bermuda. The ... Read More
This was the first time we were on a Viking Ocean Liner. We have traveled extensively on other cruise lines over the years. This was a transatlantic cruise from Lisbon Portugal to Miami Florida with stops in the Azores and Bermuda. The excursion in the Azores was fantastic and quite extensive. We got a fantastic overview of the main island. In Bermuda, because we were a smaller ship we were able to dock right downtown. Consequently we were able to explore that portion of the island on foot plus enjoy the larger excursion provided by Viking. Everything on this cruise was above expectations: Fantastic cabin, Great Entertainment, Amazing crew members, and a beautiful, artfully decorated ship. I would sail on it again anytime. Plus I love the size of the ship. I much prefer it to the larger 2-5,000 passenger vessels If you get the chance I strongly encourage you to take advantage of this great small ship experience Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
This was the maiden crossing for this ship, and it was amazing to be on board a brand new vessel. The rooms are very nice and cleverly designed. The ship itself is stunning. The food was consistently excellent. Very impressive, ... Read More
This was the maiden crossing for this ship, and it was amazing to be on board a brand new vessel. The rooms are very nice and cleverly designed. The ship itself is stunning. The food was consistently excellent. Very impressive, considering the price point. Only slightly below Seabourn in quality, although far less fussy. The wine choices could have been better. Service was good, but it was clear that many people were still learning their roles on such a new ship. I noticed that other passengers were not very polite or patient on this point, and some were rude and outspoken: they paid full price, and didn't expect anything less than full service. If I have any major complaint, it actually regarding my fellow passengers. Too many were rude and that made my uncomfortable. I've rarely seen that type of behavior on other ships, and it left me wondering if Viking attracts a certainly type of personality. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We chose this cruise for the transatlantic crossing, seeing the Azores, and for wonderful days at sea. The vast majority of passengers where appalling, down right rude, and never out of their back yards. The ship personal and food was ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the transatlantic crossing, seeing the Azores, and for wonderful days at sea. The vast majority of passengers where appalling, down right rude, and never out of their back yards. The ship personal and food was nothing more then being at a diner on some back country road. The advertisements produced by Viking was nothing like the experience. The new vessel was beautiful, cabin wonderful, but the on board experience was appalling!! The port excursions where well conducted. The entertainment and activities where so poor and lacked any attention to detail . At tea time, in the different areas serving tea, there where passenger sleeping on the sofas, with no shoes on, dirty feet and resembling a beached whale. In many of the restaurants passenger arrived wearing flops, T-Shirts and this was at the evening meals and nothing was said for the poor dress! This Viking cruise was nothing more the a world filled with mediocrities. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We've cruised on two Viking River Cruises and loved them. We wanted to experience one of Viking's Ocean Cruises. It was above and beyond what we expected! The first night, we worked closely with the Shore Excursion Team in ... Read More
We've cruised on two Viking River Cruises and loved them. We wanted to experience one of Viking's Ocean Cruises. It was above and beyond what we expected! The first night, we worked closely with the Shore Excursion Team in order to make reservations to see Michelangelo's David in Florence. She bent over backwards to try to get us tickets. Thereafter, every time we saw her, she remembered us and called us by name. Very nice. Very professional. The food was incredible. Wait staff was incredible! LOVED the Italian Dining Room. On our next Viking Ocean Cruise, we'll make multiple reservations to go there!. Our Cabin Steward, Komang, was extraordinary. Very attentive to our every need. Very friendly and courteous. A couple of the shore excursions were just meh. The majority of them were outstanding! The Viking Travel Concierge was excellent. We talked to her on multiple occasions in order to make reservations on the Miami to Los Angeles (via the Panama Canal) Cruise. She was very helpful to us in making our reservation! YEA! We cannot wait to go on a Viking Ocean Cruise again! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
This was our third cruise with Viking Ocean and it was on their newly launched Viking Sun. The cruise stopped at interesting ports and we hit a sale that worked for our budget. We have always experienced excellent and friendly service ... Read More
This was our third cruise with Viking Ocean and it was on their newly launched Viking Sun. The cruise stopped at interesting ports and we hit a sale that worked for our budget. We have always experienced excellent and friendly service from the crews and their embarkation, disembarkation and shore excursion procedures are well managed and punctual. We used the "Roll Call" to connect with some fellow travellers a few months before the cruise and were able to set up some great private shore excursions and activities. Getting to meet some of our fellow cruisers at the Meet & Greet was great and made for good travel and dinner companions during the cruise. Viking includes in their price a lot of things that with other cruise lines show up as extra charges in your statement at the end of cruises. This avoids the shock that otherwise happens on the last days of a cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We chose this Mediterranean cruise because it offered 11 ort stops counting Rome. Unfortunately we missed one, Marseille, due to stormy weather. We experienced amazingly good weather except for that one overnight. This new ship is ... Read More
We chose this Mediterranean cruise because it offered 11 ort stops counting Rome. Unfortunately we missed one, Marseille, due to stormy weather. We experienced amazingly good weather except for that one overnight. This new ship is totally awesome, and perfect in every way. Lots of comfortable area, indoors and out, to sit and relax. The cabin was perfectly laid out with plenty of closet space, a large bathroom with heated floor, large shower and lots of towels. Good lighting and a large vanity with excellent storage shelves and drawers. The bed was amazing with lovely, fresh linens. Had a great sleep every night. The sitting area was comfortable with two chairs, a coffee table and desk. The balcony had comfy furniture and was a good size.The food was excellent quality, delicious with a huge variety including a sushi bar. There were many excellent choices of seafood every day as well as meat and vegetables, and all cooked to perfection. Breakfast offered an egg station where you could order any type of eggs. Eggs Benedict was offered every day. We experienced tours that were inclusive and ones we purchased. Every tour was top notch with excellent guides. Two times we did experience poor buses with dirty windows and torn seats. This was the only negative on the whole vacation. Viking staff are the best...they are organized, polite, friendly and intuitive. They make every effort to get to know you and provide you with your every need. They are an amazing group of people and I cannot commend them enough. They are the best part if the cruise. We did the pre cruise stay in Rome which was lovely. The Grand Hotel Palace was situated perfectly, although thought it was rather expensive for the room type we had. Very basic room. No coffee maker and no coffee available in the lobby. Breakfast was poor. We were not given any suggestions when we inquired about excursions (from host) other than we could share a taxi with others. We did manage ok on our own with the hop on-off bus and did enjoy this part of our vacation. Just thought it was expensive for what we received when compared with other Viking pre and post stays purchased in the past. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
The ship itself is great. Need more visible overhead hallway signage for elevators and, more importantly, REST ROOMS as these are impossible to find unless you are standing right in front of them. Need more overall bar service attendants ... Read More
The ship itself is great. Need more visible overhead hallway signage for elevators and, more importantly, REST ROOMS as these are impossible to find unless you are standing right in front of them. Need more overall bar service attendants any time passengers are on board and the ship is moving. The volume in the theater should be increased for movies and presentations. Repeat the presentations for in-cabin TV's. More American sports broadcasts, especially American football--it is a tradition on Thanksgiving Day. We were there over Thanksgiving and there were no decorations. Food in the main restaurant was fine but not so with the food on Deck 7. The food was never warm, let alone hot. Quality there was just fair. The burgers, however, were great ( this was the same situation as on our first Ocean cruise-Barcelona to Venice). Our Cuba tour guide was very difficult to understand-her accent was very heavy. Since Cuba wants more American tourists, signs with the photos in the Bay of Pigs Museum should also be in English. We did not have time to see the 20 minute film in the museum. No washcloths in the hotel (they don't have them). Hotel breakfast was great. The dinner before the show was fine and the show was spectacular! Would be good to have a "non smoking" area at the show facility, especially since they give out free cigars to all of the men. Americans are very accustomed to smoke-free areas in venues like this. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Everything about this cruise was top notch. The itinerary and ports of call were cities/areas that we wanted to visit. Beginning in Rome and ending in Lisbon was fabulous....what could be better! The shore excursions were well planned and ... Read More
Everything about this cruise was top notch. The itinerary and ports of call were cities/areas that we wanted to visit. Beginning in Rome and ending in Lisbon was fabulous....what could be better! The shore excursions were well planned and all of our guides were very knowledgeable, friendly, articulate and engaging. Our ship, the Viking Sun, was beautiful and meticulously cleaned and maintained and our cabin was perfect in size and amenities. Dining options were plentiful and the food was delicious. We especially enjoyed Manfredi's! The Chef's Table, The Restaurant and the buffet in the World café was excellent as well. Service on board was superb.....from our cabin stewards to wait staff all were very personable and made our voyage very enjoyable. The Viking Classical Trio, resident pianist Grego and resident guitarist Laszlo presented beautiful music in the atrium. Port talks were very informative and gave us insights into our next port of call. We will definitely book another ocean cruise with Viking. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We had been wanting to do a Mediterranean cruise and this Itinerary came available on short notice. (We don't like planning 18 months ahead to take a cruise) We have travelled before with Viking and knew the level of excellence to ... Read More
We had been wanting to do a Mediterranean cruise and this Itinerary came available on short notice. (We don't like planning 18 months ahead to take a cruise) We have travelled before with Viking and knew the level of excellence to expect. The food choices were wonderful. Lots of seafood. Also several specialty eating places. We were in a port everyday which did not allow us to enjoy all the amenities on the ship. There were port excursions from free to several hundred dollars. Be sure to review all the excursion info and sign up before you get on the ship. The popular ones fill up fast. If the excursion you want is full, be sure to wait list it. There were so many choices it was hard to pick just one each day. Two days in Barcelona is not enough time to see all the major sites. In Malaga, Spain be sure to visit Nerja to see the "Balcony of Europe". Recommend extra days in Rome and Lisbon on each end of the cruise. So much to see in both cities. If you fly out of Lisbon allow yourself 3 hours to get through their airport system. As expected, Viking personnel provided excellent service. Everyone greeted you and no matter who you asked for assistance, they stopped what they were doing and helped you even if it was not in their area. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
I took my daughter in law on this cruise with me. The ship was pristine, and the crew incredible. Our every need was addressed (not that we had many due to the amenities). The food was wonderful, and the entertainment opportunities were ... Read More
I took my daughter in law on this cruise with me. The ship was pristine, and the crew incredible. Our every need was addressed (not that we had many due to the amenities). The food was wonderful, and the entertainment opportunities were great. If we wanted to have a quiet night and just have a glass of wine, there was a place for that. If we wanted to listen to music there was many options in different areas of the ship. The shore excursion choices were many, depending on how much walking you wanted to do. The evening port talks were always educational. My daughter in law is an artist and enjoyed the art on the ship and the ambiance the ship provided. The whole experience with Viking is exactly how I expected, always the best. I can't praise Viking enough, and I am looking forward to my next cruise with them in November. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We have sailed on Viking River Cruises so trying Viking Ocean made sense. Inaugural cruise, around the world, why not? We were very pleased with the entire experience, we met wonderful people, travelers and crew. Small ship meant that ... Read More
We have sailed on Viking River Cruises so trying Viking Ocean made sense. Inaugural cruise, around the world, why not? We were very pleased with the entire experience, we met wonderful people, travelers and crew. Small ship meant that we didn’t overwhelm any one location. Sea days were great, so many activities so little time to fit them in. Shore excursions were a mixture of highlights bus tours and overnights off the ship giving everyone a choice of how they want to spend their time. On sea days cooking classes were offered, hands on with new foods and new tastes to try. Buffets, dinning room and specialty restaurants offered a wide variety of choices. Sushi, pizza and wonderful gelato we offered everyday. We were never wanting for food as snacks were available. Cruise director and staff kept things moving smoothly. Would we do it again, absolutely, and we are going to finish sailing around the world in August 18. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
In 2016 we took our first VIking River cruise and were so impressed that we booked our first VIking ocean cruise the following year. My husband and I have cruised often (Diamond status with Royal Caribbean and Elite with Celebrity). VIking ... Read More
In 2016 we took our first VIking River cruise and were so impressed that we booked our first VIking ocean cruise the following year. My husband and I have cruised often (Diamond status with Royal Caribbean and Elite with Celebrity). VIking definitely has a different feel. It is more relaxed and upscale. Embarkation in Venice was easy and quick. We booked air transportation on our own since we included extra days in Italy pre and post cruise. We traveled with four friends and had three cabin next to each other on deck 5. Everything is new and sparkling clean on the Sun. We found the cabin to have adequate space for storing clothes and toiletries. We liked the location across from the launderette, which all of us used more than once. There never was a time we could not access a washer or dryer. Late afternoon and early evening seemed to be the busiest times. You really need to read the directions to make sure detergent is added. That is located separate from the stacked washer/dryer. We dined at Chef’s Table and Manfredi’s and enjoyed both. We never had an issue getting seated at a table for six in The Restaurant. The majority of the tables are for two, but some are located close to other tables so you could have conversations with others if you chose to On one occasion we all felt too full, after having a large lunch at port, to eat a multi-course meal. We were surprised when we checked out the World Cafe and found a seafood bar with crab legs, large prawns, and an excellent sushi bar. We loved the crab legs and sushi as well as other dishes there. We all purchased the Silver drink package and found it to be a good value for us. Viking’s prices on the drink menu are reasonable compared to other cruise lines but we liked being able to choose more wine options as well as Grey Goose vodka and Makers Mark bourbon cocktails. Also when we travel with friends, we find ourselves enjoying the cocktail lounges more. Explorer Lounge was our favorite. We booked five included excursions and two at additional cost. The only one we should have skipped was the included tour in Messina. It was just a bus tour of the city rather than a walking tour. We did not have time for any enrichment lectures and only saw one show in the theatre. We all loved the spa area with the warm bubbling pool, snow grotto, steam room, etc. The Deck 7 pool area was very nice but our weather was just a bit cool to enjoy the pool. The retractable roof made the area usable every day. My husband and I used the small gym a couple of times. It was almost always empty. It would have been nice to have at least one sea day to enjoy more of the ship’s amenities but this itinerary visited a port each day. Frankly, we loved our vacation and have no complaints at all. We are not very hard to please but one does have expections when paying Viking’s prices. We all felt VIking delivered on all fronts and we will definitely cruise with them again. I cannot wait! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Always wanted to see Italy. Been to France, Germany, aAmsterdam, Switzerland, Great Britain. I had already been on a River cruise up the Rhine and liked it very much. Viking offers the elements that are important to me. Trip to the ... Read More
Always wanted to see Italy. Been to France, Germany, aAmsterdam, Switzerland, Great Britain. I had already been on a River cruise up the Rhine and liked it very much. Viking offers the elements that are important to me. Trip to the departure port was very long and tiring though. No direct flight. Changed planes 3x. Cabin ok. Comfortable beds. Dining very creative. Especially liked the Italian restaurant. Food was good. Service excellent. Excursions excellent but little time to shop. Also shops closed in afternoon which added to problem of little time to shop. Excursion to the farmhouse where we helped make the pasta was the best!! We were lucky to have another excursion where we ate home cooked Italian food. I would love to go to Italy again but the plane trip is just too much for me. I have been on many cruises but Viking Cruises are the best. A little pricey but worth it. Thank you for such an enjoyable and memorable time. The entertainment crew were very good. Especially liked the Beatles night as I am a BIG fan of Paul McCartney. Also, my daughter was with me and she fell during an excursion and was very sore afterward. The tour guide reported it to the ship personnel. I was upset that no one contacted us from the ship just to see if she was ok. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We have done 3 Viking Cruises now, 2 river and 1 ocean. All three have been truly an experience to remember and all good. The ship was brand new which made it even better. The crew was very eager to make a good impression (which they ... Read More
We have done 3 Viking Cruises now, 2 river and 1 ocean. All three have been truly an experience to remember and all good. The ship was brand new which made it even better. The crew was very eager to make a good impression (which they did). All of the cabins have an ocean view with a veranda which make for excellent sightseeing as you enter and leave port. Not much else as most of the cruising is done at night away from shore. The cabins are roomy enough as little time is spent there since there are plenty of activities to participate in or entertainment to view. The service as always is impeccable and it always seems the staff is there just for you but they take care of everyone the same. Sitting in the Explorers Lounge on the bow or the Aquavit Terrace on the stern really allows an individual to relax and get to know your fellow cruisers or just sit and contemplate where you are and enjoy the view. This is not a family type cruise meant for young children and there is no casino or climbing wall or zip lines. It's for those that want to learn and think about their place in the world. Shore excursion are plentiful and there is at least one included in the fare each day with other optional one available. Sometimes it's hard to chose but you can;t do it all in one voyage. We are already signed up for another River Cruise in France for my 65th. Can't wait. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We chose this cruise because of Viking's excellent reputation for river cruising and hoped it carried over to the ocean. It did - everything about this brand new ship is beautiful. The artful design of every space is stunning. The ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of Viking's excellent reputation for river cruising and hoped it carried over to the ocean. It did - everything about this brand new ship is beautiful. The artful design of every space is stunning. The amenities are all you can ask for and the service is warm, friendly and efficient. Mark the cruise director could not be more pleasant. The excursions have all been very informative and enjoyable. The included excursion in Crotone (the only port where we did not book an optional excursion) was just OK. My favorite excursions were the olive grove in Bari, and Pompeii in Naples. The one place where they FAILED MISERABLY is the specialty restaurant reservations that are "guaranteed" with certain cabin levels. We attempted to book them online within 2 hours of when they opened (in August) but were told that all tables for 2 were already booked and we could not book a seat at a shared table online - that would have to be done onboard. While frustrating, we were assured we could book any time once onboard. When we arrived at the ship the first day we were ushered to lunch upon arrival. When we finished lunch we went to the cabin and immediately called for our shared table reservations. The line just rang and rang for several attempts. We went to guest services and they said that you could only make dinner reservations during breakfast and lunch hours (which were now over for the day). The experience of trying to reach someone by phone and just hearing it ring was very frustrating and could have easily been avoided by adding a message stating the hours that reservations are accepted and not making me walk to guest services to find that out. The next morning we had an early excursion and didn't get to attempt to book our two "guaranteed" reservations until early afternoon on the first day of the cruise. At that time we were told that all reservations in the specialty restaurants were already taken and we would be put on the waitlist. I explained that we had booked a better cabin on the ship so that we would be guaranteed reservations in Manfredi's and the Chef's Table and they just said sorry - they are already all booked. We were put on the waitlist and on the last night were finally given a time slot at the Chef's Table restaurant. It was very good and I would have loved to try Manfredi's as well. Maybe next time. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Having sailed with Viking before on rivers and the ocean, we were interested in the destinations for this cruise. We were very disappointed to learn we would not visit Kotor as scheduled and our tours in Venice were also cancelled because ... Read More
Having sailed with Viking before on rivers and the ocean, we were interested in the destinations for this cruise. We were very disappointed to learn we would not visit Kotor as scheduled and our tours in Venice were also cancelled because of fog. The service on board was excellent in most areas but not so in The Restaurant. Most of the staff were excellent but some could not get our orders right. The food was good but not exceptional and the lobster that was served to one of us tasted peculiar and made him sick. The guest speakers were not as interesting or dynamic as on previous voyages. The music in the Atrium was delightful. Overall we felt the experience was being "dumbed-down" to some lower common denominator whereas previous voyages with Viking were elevating. Our included walking tours of Corfu and Split were very good. Our Dalmation Coast Wine & Food tour in Dubrovnik was excellent as was our Tuscany extension. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Brand new ship on its second trip. Beautiful ship and very comfortable. The staff was new to the ship and many were new to their jobs but they worked very hard to make the trip pleasant. Overall our party of 4 were very pleased with ... Read More
Brand new ship on its second trip. Beautiful ship and very comfortable. The staff was new to the ship and many were new to their jobs but they worked very hard to make the trip pleasant. Overall our party of 4 were very pleased with the staff, most of whom were either from the Phillipines or China. All of the new staff were very friendly and seemed to enjoy the interaction between the cultures. Most of the Chinese were young and very friendly and very polite and eager to please. Shipboard experience was great! This was our fourth Viking cruise and first on their small ships. The only advice that we four travelers can give is DO NOT USE THE VIKING AIR SERVICES -- BOOK YOUR OWN FLIGHTS. We have used the Viking air services twice now but never again will we be so stupid. The first time we were forgiving and just wrote it off as a one time bad experience, but now that we used them twice, Viking proved to be totally a bunch of idiots. They choose bad schedules, bad airlines, and have zero flexibility of choosing good seats or getting upgrades. Houston to Toronto was on a small jet, and Toronto to Athens was miserable on Air Canada with no movies whatsoever, poor service, crappy food. Can you imagine 9 hours on a boring flight with no movies; we have been to Europe many times and never experienced no entertainment to pass the time. And, our party of four was booked on different flights with differing schedules as well. Overall a bad experience both leaving and returning to Houston -- NEVER AGAIN. Read Less
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
Sail Date October 2017
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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