Sail Date: November 2018
We have cruised Viking several times before, both river cruise and ocean, and have always enjoyed ourselves. This time was no different. We actually brought along some friends on this trip and they too loved the ship and the service. ... Read More
We have cruised Viking several times before, both river cruise and ocean, and have always enjoyed ourselves. This time was no different. We actually brought along some friends on this trip and they too loved the ship and the service. They will be cruising again! A new member in the family of viking. We chose this trip because of the Itinerary.. the ports and excursions were amazing. We especially like Kotor. The entertainment was awesome and since we had sailed the Sun before we already new the cruise director, who is also amazing. Our cabin was always clean and fresh and our steward was always wiling to go the extra. Bringing me extra hangers or and extra pillow. We always come back refreshed and look forward to our next trip with viking. As a matter of fact, We ended up booking another trip March 2020. Oh and our friends are coming too! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
While we have done several Viking river cruises, this was our first ocean cruise. The ship is beautiful, love that everyone has a veranda cabin! The cabin was roomy, plenty of storage space, the bathroom is also a great size and has the ... Read More
While we have done several Viking river cruises, this was our first ocean cruise. The ship is beautiful, love that everyone has a veranda cabin! The cabin was roomy, plenty of storage space, the bathroom is also a great size and has the heated floor. Our friends were in the cabin next door, so our Housekeeper pushed the veranda separation panel back, giving the for of us one big veranda - nice! The public spaces are beautifully done, and we absolutely LOVED the Explorers Lounge! The views are floor to ceiling all the way around, and since we were sailing in November, the fireplace made a perfect place to end the day. While this ship is obviously larger than the river ships, it still manages to give you a small ship feel. The service was exceptional, as always, and everyone delivered excellence at every turn. Loved all the ports except Corfu. That stop did nothing for me, especially compared to all the other stops. We did the included shore excursion in every port and the were great. We still had plenty of time to play in that city afterwards. We went to a couple of the entertainment offerings and a couple of the enrichment offerings. They did not seem as good or relevant as on the river ships - that was a bit disappointing. Overall - an exceptional cruise experience, as compared to other lines I have used in the past. I will absolutely do a Viking ocean cruise again, and of course - more river cruises! Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2018
We wanted to visit Croatia and we had not spent much time in Italy so the pre-cruise stay in Tuscany with the 8-day cruise from Venice to Athens was great fit. It did not disappoint! We were greeted at Florence airport and comfortably ... Read More
We wanted to visit Croatia and we had not spent much time in Italy so the pre-cruise stay in Tuscany with the 8-day cruise from Venice to Athens was great fit. It did not disappoint! We were greeted at Florence airport and comfortably transported to Resort Villa La Veronica in Greve en Chianti where we met up with several other couples. Host Anita was like a mother hen making sure all needs were met. After three enjoyable days in Tuscany we were delivered to Venice and escorted to the port for easy embarkation. The cruise itself was fabulous. The food at every restaurant is like the best in any city. The Chef's Table was not to my husband's liking, but that is just that he is not that fancy in his tastes, but I loved it. We did not go to the more nightclub type room, but the entertainment each evening in the upstairs Explorer's Lounge was fabulous. We also took advantage of the spa for massages and I had my hair washed and blown out which was a lovely time saver. We went for the extra excursions into the countrysides in Croatia and Montenegro. In retrospect I would have preferred to have spent more time more time in Split and Dobrovnik with the included tour. The optional excursions were great, but more for those who have previously spent time in those cities. The Highlights of Montenegro tour was very worthwhile, with a hair raising ride that was actually one of the highlights of the trip. We booked another trip while on board. Looking forward to cruising Viking again soon! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
Our first opportunity to cruise with Viking. Loved it. Will be looking to cruise Viking again. This cruise had 2 days in our departure port of Venice, Split, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Corfu, port for Olympia and disembark in Athens. Really enjoyed ... Read More
Our first opportunity to cruise with Viking. Loved it. Will be looking to cruise Viking again. This cruise had 2 days in our departure port of Venice, Split, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Corfu, port for Olympia and disembark in Athens. Really enjoyed the stops at Split, Dubrovnik, Kotor and Corfu. This cruise fit perfectly with a marathon tour group that my wife and I continued on with after our arrival in Athens. We stayed another beautiful 8 days in Greece, as my wife and I ran the Athens marathon and 5K races. The Viking Sun is a beautiful ship. All six of Viking's ships are virtually the same; 975 passengers, Great food, Excellent dinning room and two Specialty dinning rooms. Every cabin is spacious and has a balcony. Wine and beer with your meals are included. Each deck has a very nice laundry room, which is free. Excellent spa, fitness center, sauna and even a snow room. There are places to sit and relax everywhere on this ship - never crowded. Superb service. Best of all, Viking offers a free excursion at every port. We had several very knowledgeable guides.. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
Small ship experience very good however staff attentiveness is much less than on Viking River Cruises. Dinning options were very good. However, trying to get a coffee refill at breakfast was nearly impossible. Shore excursions were again ... Read More
Small ship experience very good however staff attentiveness is much less than on Viking River Cruises. Dinning options were very good. However, trying to get a coffee refill at breakfast was nearly impossible. Shore excursions were again not as good as the river cruise excursions - ship staff were not on top of local tour guides. Quality of shore guides was very inconsistent. Often excursions were delayed starting because local guides were not all there. Ship staff seemed unconcerned about this. Cabins were very comfortable and amenities good. Cabin staff excellent and responsive Public spaces beautifully designed and comfortable. Onboard shops were interesting and had unique items. The most attentive staff was in the perfume shop; she was friendly and engaging. The steam room and snow cave were very relaxing and a unique experience. Viking needs to focus on staff training to make sure that each staff member treats each guest as a valued person - start with a smile and a pleasant hello. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
We went couple of days earlier to explore Barcelona. Embankment & disembarkment was seamless. Staff were courteous & very helpful. They couldn’t do enough for you. It’s a beautiful ship, large enough for ocean cruising but ... Read More
We went couple of days earlier to explore Barcelona. Embankment & disembarkment was seamless. Staff were courteous & very helpful. They couldn’t do enough for you. It’s a beautiful ship, large enough for ocean cruising but small enough to enjoy every aspect of the ship. Loved the gym & the spa pool. The cabins are relatively large compare to other cruise ships. They have all toiletries that you needed. Love the laundry facilities especially having detergent dispensary. ( would have been better if we have someone to show us how to use them though. It was through trial & errors). Dining is amazing, a lot of delectable food, as well as many varieties. Services were excellent with abundance of wine. They did a great job with excursions & leaving us some times to explore if one wants to. The only negative comment from my spouse is that there is no casino. There were no children on board. Don’t think children would like it because there are not a lot of activities for them on board. We’ve booked another cruise with Viking Ocean Cruise in the near future. What we like about this cruise is that the expenses are up front so there is no billing afterward. Therefore, the cost is more but in the end, they work out the same. Great cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
We were anxious to see/compare the Viking smaller ship, ocean cruise with other large ship ocean cruises. We also wanted to compare this venue to Viking's river cruise ships. Turns out these smaller ships are a HUGE plus, and their ... Read More
We were anxious to see/compare the Viking smaller ship, ocean cruise with other large ship ocean cruises. We also wanted to compare this venue to Viking's river cruise ships. Turns out these smaller ships are a HUGE plus, and their river cruise ships are a close second. Our ship was always spacious and immaculate everywhere we went. The main dining area food was always excellent, with many fine choices at each meal. Even the pizza was better then in Naples, and their galeto never stops. Three additional private restaurant options were also terrific, and was a nice change of scenery. Service was friendly and very accommodating everywhere you go, from dinning, to cabin, to poolside. Our flight arrived late, so the staff transferring us to the ship started this display of their warm service. Casual, quality, elegance everywhere....perfect! The entertainment was multi talented in their lounges, and the stage shows were outstanding. It was like a condensed Las Vegas! All this while in perfectly comfortable, relaxed settings. Included and optional excursions, were both very enjoyable and varied. The access on/off the ship with ground transportation was all excellent. Every port was a pleasant call, but Monte Carlo, Corfu, and Croatia were outstanding, and left a smile in our hearts. We'll be back on Viking again, but I have a big suggestion. If guests have long flights (> 8 hours), Viking should allow/provide ground transfers to the ship for overnight hotel stays before boarding. No reason to start a cruise exhausted or rushing. Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2018
This cruise covers a lot of places. Very interesting, and full excursions. We went from Madrid to Venice. With extensions on both. Madrid was a disappointment. The hotel was nice, but you had to pay for coffee after breakfast. This ... Read More
This cruise covers a lot of places. Very interesting, and full excursions. We went from Madrid to Venice. With extensions on both. Madrid was a disappointment. The hotel was nice, but you had to pay for coffee after breakfast. This should be free in the lobby. The street beggars are constantly asking you to buy their wares. Even when seated in outdoor restaurants. Very annoying. I would pass on this part again, and do more days in Barcelona. From Madrid to Barcelona we took a train. Very well organized and enjoyable. Viking did a great job here. Barcelona was beautiful. We went to Marsaille France, did the included tour. Next was Monaco. Loved seeing the palace and where Grace Kelly was buried. Warning to anyone taking this tour, it's all uphill, and quite a long walk. Next we went to Italy-Luca and Pisa. It's a very long day, but well worth the tour. You get to see a lot. And the tour guide was very informative. These were paid for excursions, and an 8.5 hour day. Our next stop Rome. Went to Vatican City and Sistine Chapel. I have to say I was disappointed, only in that it was chaos. Multiple tours, hundreds of thousands of people all going to the same place. It was beautiful, and glad I went, but be prepared for the crowds. You can not take photos in the Sistine Chapel. This was a paid for tour and a 10 hour day. Afterward we went through Rome, past the coleseum but it would have been nice to have a short stop for pictures. This excursion did include lunch at an Italian restaurant. It was very good, and offered homemade limoncello. Onto Sorrento and Pompeii. These were also paid excursions, and another long day. Sorrento is the home of limoncello (yum). Pompeii is an amazing city. Well worth the tour. It's a lot of rocky walking. Our guide was amazing, and humorous. Corfu Greece was next. Did the included tour. Much needed break from three days of long tours. Neat city, and nice tour. Dubrovnik, Croatia was also lovely, went on included tour. Can't say this tour was good. Left us to explore on our own. Town was having a huge celebration which had State dignitaries and thousands of people. Made sightseeing difficult. Our guide wasn't very good either. Split Croatia was a small walking tour, and then a paid for river boat ride. We loved the river boat ride. It stopped at a small restaurant to give us a local flare of wine and bread. Enjoyable. Guide was very good. This was also a paid tour. Last stop Venice. We were in the rain, so didn't get to see as much as we would have liked. The hotel is across the canal and you have to take a water taxi provided by Hilton. San Marco square was flooded, but still crowded. We went in the Doge Palace, it was huge, and cost $20 euro to go in. But worth it to get out of the rain. Viking dropped the ball on this part of the cruise. Leaving the ship was delayed. There was a lot of waiting. But retrieving luggage went smoothly. It all arrived at the hotel. Once at the hotel, rooms weren't ready, so you had to sit around. There wasn't enough seats for the number of guests. However, we kept checking on our room and got one early. The Viking desk in the lobby did not offer much helpful info. They have no tours except for the day from the ship. You are on your own. Leaving the hotel was very interesting. They retrieve your luggage at 9am outside your room. Take it to a ramp, you identify your pieces and then board a small water taxi with other guests and on o the airport, with your luggage. It's about 30 mins to the airport. The Viking rep there was very helpful. The airport was crazy. I suggest getting your boarding pass printed at hotel. There are two lines-boarding pass and no boarding pass. Even though I did ours electronically, the one for my husband was wrong, and it reproduced mine to him. So we had to get back in line to get him a paper one. Our cabin on the ship was 3053. DO NOT ACCEPT this cabin. It is right over the dance bar. EVERY NIGHT WE HEARD THE BAND FROM 10-12mid. Once we identified it, and complained, (Viking actually knows about this!) they couldn't move us, because the ship was full. Three days before leaving they offered us another room, but we declined because we were leaving soon. Food on the ship was amazing. But they have some buffet setup issues. Some of the offerings can't be reached, and others ran out numerous times. Wait staff wasn't always on top of things, and you would have to ask over and over for your drink. Though they were always there with beer and wine. Room was always cleaned well, and our steward Eddie was great. I would go again, but would definitely make sure my room was in a better location. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
All values are excellent combined into very high rate of “VALUELITY”. Good shore excursions included in each of the port plus some free time for self exploration. We do not require ourself much regarding the cabin, but it was roomier ... Read More
All values are excellent combined into very high rate of “VALUELITY”. Good shore excursions included in each of the port plus some free time for self exploration. We do not require ourself much regarding the cabin, but it was roomier than we need since we spent most of the time in and about. Food was unbelievable, especially at the specialty restaurants, and most surprisingly was from the GRILL. The experience talks onboard were somewhat not in our interests as the topics were not current. The entertainments were good and suitable to the level of audience and age. We had turned in several suggestions regarding more visual (such as videos) for us to compare the OPTIONAL excursions, about more channels choice on television (such as US news and sport channels) as well as the option for close-caption. We also suggested the use of phone notification to remind us the times for excursions and for entertainment shows. Read Less
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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