1 Helpful Vote
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
9 Helpful Votes
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
1 Helpful Vote
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
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
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
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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