1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
A friend suggested it because it was new and had an interesting itinerary. I had been on a Viking tour of China so was familiar with the company. I was very impressed. The ship is lovely, the service is excellent, wine with lunch and ... Read More
A friend suggested it because it was new and had an interesting itinerary. I had been on a Viking tour of China so was familiar with the company. I was very impressed. The ship is lovely, the service is excellent, wine with lunch and dinner was included and was very good and generously poured and the places we visited were interesting. I liked the entertainment and the lounges. We were in room 4094, a medium priced choice. Very nice and quiet as well. We ate in both specialty restaurants - the Italian themed one was very good - as well as in the dining room and the buffet. We were able to eat some lunches and dinners out on the deck and that was very nice. When I got back home I told all my friends that I wouldn't go on any other cruise line besides Viking. The good news is that they are building a lot more ships in this same style! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
Overall, the cruise was wonderful. The excursions were excellent and the guides were well informed. One exception to the excursions was a guide that left part of the group without notice. Now, we bring a map supplied by Viking. ... Read More
Overall, the cruise was wonderful. The excursions were excellent and the guides were well informed. One exception to the excursions was a guide that left part of the group without notice. Now, we bring a map supplied by Viking. The cabin had plenty of room, the bathroom was big, and well prepared every day. The food was tasty and plentiful. Did not like the special dress code for a few of the Viking restaurants. The size of the ship was small enough to enter the smaller harbors and was located near the city centers. We like Viking's policy of adults only on the cruises. A disadvantage of the Viking provided flights is Check-in is not an option the day before the flight, which is inconvenient. Our final flight was delayed for embarkation, but Viking made arrangements to pick us up at the airport on time to bring us to the ship. We like Viking and have booked our next Viking Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
We had not been to Scandanavia and were interested in seeing the fjords and other scenery. We liked the one-stop unpacking of a cruise so that was the logical choice fo;r our next vacation. We had great prior experiences with Viking, one ... Read More
We had not been to Scandanavia and were interested in seeing the fjords and other scenery. We liked the one-stop unpacking of a cruise so that was the logical choice fo;r our next vacation. We had great prior experiences with Viking, one a river cruise on the Danube and one an ocean on a sister ship to the Sun, from Venice to Istanbu. We were greeted by friendly reps at the airport followed by a quick trip to the port. The embarkation was as efficient as could be, particularly having pre-registered on line. On board the cabin and public amenities were great as we expected from the prior ocean cruise. We started out with sit down dining and then found that the World Cafe food was as good and also with more selections made that our usual stop. There were a good variety of shore excursions and in most ports we found an appropriate excursion without extra charges. They had helpful and friendly local guides so we had enjoyable and educational expeiences. Entertainment was very good and the three on board historians with their lectures were and added bonus. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
We decided to take another cruise (3rd) with Viking because our friends, who we met on our first Viking river cruise a few years ago, invited us to join them. We thought it would be interesting to compare the ocean cruise Viking had to ... Read More
We decided to take another cruise (3rd) with Viking because our friends, who we met on our first Viking river cruise a few years ago, invited us to join them. We thought it would be interesting to compare the ocean cruise Viking had to offer to our two previous Viking river experiences and to other ocean cruises we had taken. The ship was gorgeous and comfortable. The staff onboard were attentive, pleasant and extremely professional. The dining rooms were all excellent. Manfredi's was the most desirable dining option (in our opinion) but in very high demand. It was difficult to secure a reservation to eat there once onboard. FYI, Viking grants those who have spent the most money on their cabin priority access to dining reservations and excursions. That may be the case with other cruise lines as well. Most of the dining was set up for couples. We travelled with friends, but saw a few couples who looked at our group longingly. They seemed interested in meeting new people but the dining room tables which are mostly set up for two people didn't facilitate that. We enjoyed our cruise but found that the included excursions were not anywhere near as impressive or enjoyable as those provided on the river cruises. Some of the extra excursions were disappointing as well. Overall, however, the beautiful ship and attentive staff made this an enjoyable trip. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
I have always wanted to see the Fjords and I think the best way to do them is on a ship. But we had never cruised before as we didn’t fancy being on a large, glitzy ship. We saw Jane McDonalds programme on the Viking Sky and loved the ... Read More
I have always wanted to see the Fjords and I think the best way to do them is on a ship. But we had never cruised before as we didn’t fancy being on a large, glitzy ship. We saw Jane McDonalds programme on the Viking Sky and loved the decor. The vast majority of the passengers were American. Although I believe there were a few Brits on board, we never found them. The ship is beautifully light and spacious. It was easy to find quiet corners. The cabin was large and very well appointed, with an excellent shower room. The bed was extremely comfortable and the cabin was very quiet. The steward did a great job of cleaning. The restaurants were all excellent with a wide choice of menus. The staff throughout the ship were unfailingly friendly, helpful and professional. The optional (paid for) shore excursions were very expensive and not, in our opinion, good value for money. But I have one major complaint. The ship was freezing due to excessive air conditioning.For The first half of the cruise we had cold and very wet conditions and, having been on shore excursions and getting cold and wet, the last thing you want is to board a freezing cold ship. Even when the weather improved all the public areas were subject to blasts of extremely cold air. We complained to guest services, restaurant managers and anybody who would listen. All the passengers we chatted to agreed with us. Surely one doesn’t expect to have to wear outdoor jackets or warm sweaters in the restaurants? So, to sum up, a fabulous ship in every way apart from the temperature. It really spoiled our enjoyment. 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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
My sister and I have always wanted to see where our ancestors came from, Sweden and Norway, and what a way to go! Viking was the absolute best choice we could have made for ourselves. We loved our cabin, loved the ship, loved the food - ... Read More
My sister and I have always wanted to see where our ancestors came from, Sweden and Norway, and what a way to go! Viking was the absolute best choice we could have made for ourselves. We loved our cabin, loved the ship, loved the food - never got bored and wish the trip had lasted at least another week. It really was the trip of a lifetime and I don't know how we'll ever top it. Great service, nice people on board, stunning ship decor, a fantastic spa, no kids running around, no pushing and shoving or long lines. It was EVERYTHING I could have wished for in a cruise. If I HAD to change one thing it would be to add a couple of sea days into the itinerary as I would have liked to have spent more time relaxing on that gorgeous ship. We loved the shore excursions - even the ones that were included at no cost. Wonderful, wonderful, experience and highly recommend to anyone that is even thinking about VIKING. VIKING DOES IT RIGHT! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
We had visited Sweden previously and wanted to see more of Scandinavia. We had been on two Viking River Cruises and loved them so we wanted to continue with Viking. We loved the educational and entertainment options on board. We also ... Read More
We had visited Sweden previously and wanted to see more of Scandinavia. We had been on two Viking River Cruises and loved them so we wanted to continue with Viking. We loved the educational and entertainment options on board. We also liked the logistical planning so some of the guests could attend a presentation while others went to dinner so everyone didn't go to dinner at the same time. Very clever. We didn't feel overwhelmed by the over 900 guests as there were so many things to do and places to hang out on board that the experience was comfortable and enriching. The river cruises had about 100 guests so we were concerned about the larger number, but we never felt overwhelmed by the much larger size of the voyage. The cabin staff were helpful, friendly and responsive to our requests. They all - the entire crew - were very professional and respectful throughout the voyage. The shore excursions were wonderful - so educational and well planned. The guides were knowledgeable and professional. The buses were clean and comfortable. We have been and will continue to share our praises for Viking to family and friends. we also enjoyed our extended stays in Oslo and Copenhagen. Beautiful and inviting cities. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
I wanted to visit Norway because it's my ancestors homeland. I loved every port we went to. Just wish we had more time in each port. I would love to visit Russia again - so much to see. Loved the bands that welcomed us in some of ... Read More
I wanted to visit Norway because it's my ancestors homeland. I loved every port we went to. Just wish we had more time in each port. I would love to visit Russia again - so much to see. Loved the bands that welcomed us in some of the ports. What a fun event to watch. The excursions were very nice but since we had to change our trip dates we didn't get to see as many things as were available because they were sold out. Excursions we went on were very interesting. The food choices at meals were very good. I especially liked the food that was customary in ports. Great job by all the serving staff for taking care of our drink needs. Loved the spa. Had a great massage and had my nails done by a wonderful cosmetologist. Loved listening to the stories the tour guides told us about each country. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
We selected this Viking Ocean Cruise due to its extended Homelands Itinerary. Other lines do many of the same ports, but they don't do them all in one shot the way Viking does. We have done multiple River Cruises with Viking, so we ... Read More
We selected this Viking Ocean Cruise due to its extended Homelands Itinerary. Other lines do many of the same ports, but they don't do them all in one shot the way Viking does. We have done multiple River Cruises with Viking, so we were not apprehensive about trying the Ocean Cruising side with the company. Overall it was very good, albeit pricey. So, when comparing this itinerary to other lines, you get more ports, included and quality excursions, included wine and beer, and exceptional service. That being said, we have done other lines cruising Europe, and will continue to do so keeping an open mind. Viking is very good, but we have had just as much fun and enjoyment on those other lines. We primarily select a line for a unique itinerary, after that, if itineraries are same, we compare cost, value and quality. Viking is a more subdued experience with an older demographic. We are on the early age-side of their demographic, so sometimes we want more excitement, loud music, and some younger folks around us freely enjoying themselves rather than reading on a quiet deck with sipping a glass of something. Read Less
Viking Sun Ratings
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Cabins 5.0 0.0
Dining 5.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 5.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 5.0 0.0
Family 1.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.5 0.0
Enrichment 4.5 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
Value For Money 5.0 0.0

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