Sail Date: October 2018
We booked this cruise because of the itinerary and my wife's experience with Viking river cruises. Both the destinations and the hospitality were outstanding! The tour guides with real historical chops and the resident historians were ... Read More
We booked this cruise because of the itinerary and my wife's experience with Viking river cruises. Both the destinations and the hospitality were outstanding! The tour guides with real historical chops and the resident historians were stars. The food was on par with a legend of Valhalla (see what I did there?) We loved creativity of the Chef's Table, and were surprised it wasn't more packed. We were also pleasantly surprised by the excellent musical talent of the entertainment; they were professional and I would not be surprised to see them in first class musical theater productions or commercially successful in selling recordings. My only disappointment was the unavailability of spots on some shore excursions. In particular, we were unable to get in the Alhambra tour, and that was one of the top three reasons we picked this cruise. Bottom line, we loved it so much that we signed up (on the boat) for another ocean cruise in the eastern Mediterranean in 2020, and we are trying to get our extended family members interested. Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2018
We chose Viking Ocean because of excellent experiences with Viking River Cruises, of which we have been on four in Europe. We were not disappointed. Before I write the review for this cruise, a word about the ocean: Traveling the ... Read More
We chose Viking Ocean because of excellent experiences with Viking River Cruises, of which we have been on four in Europe. We were not disappointed. Before I write the review for this cruise, a word about the ocean: Traveling the North Sea and Bay of Biscay is a completely different animal from cruising the Caribbean, where most “past-cruisers” have gone. Here you really are “at sea,” with all that entails: waves and troughs that can easily be 20 to 30 feet high, storms, and other nasty weather. As a Navy veteran I absolutely loved the return to the open sea, but many on board seemed quite nonplussed that they weren’t on the glassy surfaces they had previously experienced. Do your homework. Travel to and from: Viking offers deals on air transportation. If you can, it is much easier to package your entire trip with them, including insurance (which we found to be quite reasonable). Once you land at your embarkation destination, worries go away as Viking takes care of everything. Once your trip is over and you return to an airport, Viking people go with you and make sure you have found your flight and gate. I find that quite impressive. They could, but do not, abandon you after you leave the ship. Regarding the Viking Sun: The ship was immaculate, as all Viking ships (ocean) and boats (rivers) are. The amenities were impeccable, from the four or five places to dine to the public spaces where, seemingly, every comfort was anticipated. There was even a jigsaw puzzle table. The crew was also wonderful. A mandatory tip is assessed to each passenger but we additionally tipped our cabin cleaning duo and a particularly fun waiter. We asked for his table every evening. There was not a single crew member who was less than helpful and accommodating. The size of the ship is perfect. Slightly less than 1,000 passengers mean relatively quick off-and-on. Personal service is possible with a ship that size, and the ports you visit aren’t inundated with your fellow shipmates (especially in off-season, which is when we travelled). Remember, though, that a somewhat smaller ship may be more difficult for passengers in rough seas. Dining was also very good. The portions are smaller than we are used to but we certainly weren't hungry after eating. There is a local menu, a chef's specialty menu, and a "standard" menu for those of more traditional taste. As mentioned above, the table service was as good as it could be. Shore excursions: Because I have a limited ability to walk, my wife and I had limited ability to enjoy excursions, me more than she. I offer this caution: if you can avoid the "Panoramic _____ (major city)." You get driven around in a bus with maybe a stop or two and can point at places you've heard of/seen before, but that's about it. Have I been to London? Well, I've been THROUGH London but saw it mostly through a bus window. For those old enough to remember: "If it's Tuesday it Must be Belgium." Attached is an image from an iPhone 8, taken through a bus window (Buckingham Palace in the distance). Amsterdam was somewhat different: there we toured canals in an enclosed boat, but the result was similar. Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2018
We had long wanted to visit many of the ports included in the Viking Homelands experience, but have, previously, planned our own travel trying to avoid anywhere with a ship in port! However, the prospect of smaller numbers and ... Read More
We had long wanted to visit many of the ports included in the Viking Homelands experience, but have, previously, planned our own travel trying to avoid anywhere with a ship in port! However, the prospect of smaller numbers and all-inclusive travel appealed, and we thoroughly enjoyed our first cruise experience! We cannot speak highly enough of the service we received! Embarkation was a breeze, the cabin every bit as lovely as the brochures promised, and the Sun itself is a work of art! Food was outstanding and the entertainment first class, whether in the public areas or theatre! We danced every night at Torshavn till they kicked us out!!! Travelling with another couple added enjoyment (we Aussies swept all before us at trivia!!) but we often went our own ways when in port and made many new friends. Unfortunately we lost two ports (and gained extra sea days) due to the weather, but this actually gave us more time to relax after busy times ashore. We did most included excursions, some of which were excellent, several optional ones with Viking and a brilliant two days in St Petersburg through Alla Tours (saw so much in a small group). It's expensive but we are so glad we took the plunge that we've just booked another! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
Because of the Itinerary and all of the inclusive's! We had an all inclusive including air fair, hotel and we had great transfers and pick up and drop offs were seamless. Beautiful ship, wonderful Interior Design and very well ... Read More
Because of the Itinerary and all of the inclusive's! We had an all inclusive including air fair, hotel and we had great transfers and pick up and drop offs were seamless. Beautiful ship, wonderful Interior Design and very well maintained, absolutely loved the spa!!! .City Tours were very informative, only issue I would probably offer people with disabilities a separate tour so enabled people could move quicker so people who move slower don't feel the need to move faster and visa versa. All guides were very well informed. Embarking and disembarking very smooth. Food in the Restaurant was the Best, had dinner in the specialty restaurants and was disappointed, love current presentations and techniques but they just left us flat. Great Concept, just needs work.Loved all the fresh seafood and the breads which I understand were made in house were wonderful! We enjoyed the experience so much we are going on an other Ocean cruise in 2020. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
We chose this cruise because we always enjoyed Viking River cruises. The ship's layout and rooms were very nice. It was very easy to get arround the ship. There were multiple restruants and they were varied enough to allow you to ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we always enjoyed Viking River cruises. The ship's layout and rooms were very nice. It was very easy to get arround the ship. There were multiple restruants and they were varied enough to allow you to schedule your meals around you activities. The food were excellent. The land tours were informative and well organized. We missed two ports due to weather issues which was disappointing. Service was excellent and all crew were happy and smiled when you addressed them. Land excursions were led by well informed guides who could answer every question put to them. They adjusted the pace of the tour to keep the group together and stopped as necessary to allow the questions to be answered in detail. Entertainment was minimal and could be improved. The shows and pre-tour discussions that we attended were good. This was an adult cruise with few if any children. Embarkation and disembarkation process were well organized and went smoothly. Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2018
Chose this cruise to see fall colors, especially in Quebec but due global warming previous fall temperatures had been too high for tree color to develop. We were disappointed that color change was delayed but we were not disappointed in ... Read More
Chose this cruise to see fall colors, especially in Quebec but due global warming previous fall temperatures had been too high for tree color to develop. We were disappointed that color change was delayed but we were not disappointed in our experience on Viking. We had wonderful service, superb food and a well-run Cruise. We especially enjoyed our three evenings at the The Chef’s Table with three different internal menus along with wine pairings. We did no purchase the premium spirits package and thus received the house selections of wine but they were all superb and nicely paired with each course. We also enjoyed lovely meals in the Restaurant and were able to request to be seated in our favorite waiter’s section. We enjoyed the classical trio from Serbia, made up of violin, cello and flute. The port enrichment talks were extremely helpful and we never missed the ship historians’ talks. We even attended a delightfully entertaining cooking class presentation by the ship’s head chef. He should have his own TV show on the Food Channel! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
We have gone on four river cruises with Viking, so we knew we'd have a high-calibre experience. However, this was our first ocean cruise. We've avoided ocean cruises because the idea of sailing with thousands of people on a ... Read More
We have gone on four river cruises with Viking, so we knew we'd have a high-calibre experience. However, this was our first ocean cruise. We've avoided ocean cruises because the idea of sailing with thousands of people on a behemoth of a ship held no appeal. But Viking's small ship experience is something completely different. No tendering in from a ship docked in open water, 5 minutes to disembark for even the most popular attractions, and no children. (Sorry, but now that we are empty-nesters, we want adult company when we travel.) The staterooms were excellent and the food exceptional. We paid for a penthouse veranda cabin (which got us free laundry and lots of space) but didn't go so far as to book a cabin with a separate sitting room. That turned out to be a good move: the sitting room cabins were really the same accommodation with a curtain separating the sleeping and sitting areas. The tours were excellent and varied. Every port included at least one free tour, but we found that the "included panorama tour" was often a bus tour with little chance to really explore - bite the bullet and do one of the special activities in every port. To be honest, we didn't take advantage of the nightly entertainment, preferring to socialize with fellow passengers or hit the hay. We chose the tour for the itinerary, never having been traveled through Scandinavia. Traveling in September meant we hit rain and cool weather in Finland and Norway, but even then the enrichment activities were well worth the time. Once out of Finland, the sun was with us for the rest of the trip. We took way too many clothes. Despite the advice to dress formally for the specialty restaurants, one nice pair of pants and a nice blouse or sweater is really all you need - and men didn't always wear jackets even in the nicest restaurants. Furthermore, if you are in a penthouse category stateroom, the laundromat is free so you don't need two weeks' worth of clothes (just don't plan to do your laundry when the ship is at sea for the whole day - everyone has the same idea!) As I said in the title, we had such a great experience that we booked 2 more cruises (Bergen-London and Barcelona-Venice) before we left the ship. There are some excellent perks offered for doing so and few penalties if you subsequently change your mind. We were glad to book early, as the ocean cruises seem to fill up very quickly. Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2018
We had never been to Iceland, Norway, Finland St Petersburg, Copenhagen etc. this cruise touched all of these countries. Also a small ship cruise no more than 900 people We were very impressed with the attention to detail, the attitude ... Read More
We had never been to Iceland, Norway, Finland St Petersburg, Copenhagen etc. this cruise touched all of these countries. Also a small ship cruise no more than 900 people We were very impressed with the attention to detail, the attitude of the staff their service was exemplary. The cruise director Bevin was so engaging and brought great talent to the ship. The variety of restaurants and the quality of food was without question outstanding and there was some food available all day and an afternoon tea was thrown in as well As is true with many excursion opportunities the experience is in the eye of the beholder. All included excursions very basic and usually a bus panoramic of the city. Anything more required an additional payment and that could add up quite quickly. thhecgym was well equipped and while I did not use the sauna or the snow room those who did were quite happy with it. Overalll a company that delivers on outstanding customer service. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
We have travelled the world extensively but never been to Scandinavia or Russia so this looked like a good way to do a first experience in that part of the world. When we looked at the various options it seemed like Viking was the best for ... Read More
We have travelled the world extensively but never been to Scandinavia or Russia so this looked like a good way to do a first experience in that part of the world. When we looked at the various options it seemed like Viking was the best for many reasons. First among those reasons was that it was a smaller ship which meant that everything was not so crowded with only 930 guests. All cabins were outside with balconies and from the internet pictures looked very comfortable and well appointed which they were. One of the features that particularly attracted us was the list of what they did not do or have since we were more interested in an expedition type cruise rather than a floating party. For example, they have no casinos and big entertainment. No passengers under 18. No umbrella drinks. No photographers. No nickel and dime treatment. No extra charge for different dining venues. No charge for wifi and the list goes on. The shore excursions were interesting and varied as well as being included for at least one in every port with other options which cost extra. They were all very well organized with smaller groups. Prior to any shore excursion there was a comprehensive briefing to supplement the hand-out information in their booklets. The crew were very accommodating, the entertainment good without being too elaborate and every aspect of the service was first class. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
We are interested in this part of the world due to our heritage and were very excited to see all the delightful tour spots. We also met up with our high school foreign exchange student from 50 years ago in Bergen Norway. We loved ... Read More
We are interested in this part of the world due to our heritage and were very excited to see all the delightful tour spots. We also met up with our high school foreign exchange student from 50 years ago in Bergen Norway. We loved every minute of the cruise and everything on board the ship was just perfect. You could not ask for better facilities. The food is just terrific in every way and delicious. From the more formal dining restaurants to the World Cafe, you always receive a fantastic meal. All the crew is top notch in every regard and always gave the most gracious service for any and every request. I love the way they remember your name. Our only regret is that we did not have more time in Berlin. I guess we are going to have to go back! The Soviet Flashback tour was a unique eyeopening and informational event as well as the most entertaining day. That was our favorite tour. We also were so fortunate to have dinner at the Captain's Table which was a real treat. And our cruise director Beven Addinsall was terrific! We also appreciated and feel so fortunate to have received the opportunity to upgrade our room just prior to the cruise. It really made a difference in our comfort level and total experience. We are looking forward to our next cruise to Egypt this September! Read Less

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