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
Sail Date: June 2018
The Baltic was an area of the world we had not visited and thought what better line than to choose Viking, Their Homeland Cruise. Every country, every port was chosen with great thought and this cruise gave us a wonderful view of the ... Read More
The Baltic was an area of the world we had not visited and thought what better line than to choose Viking, Their Homeland Cruise. Every country, every port was chosen with great thought and this cruise gave us a wonderful view of the Baltic countries. The ship staff work so hard to provide us with a fabulous experience; nothing is too much for them to handle. The amenities are beyond comparison on the boat. The Scandinavian design and spa is extremely enjoyable at most times of the day. The food and restaurants available create dishes unique to the area and beyond. The wines available with meals are excellent quality. The port talks and educational lectures are extremely informative for the areas that we were visiting. This was our 4th cruise with Viking and we have two more booked for 2019. They are at the top of our list for Value and Excellence! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
Past experience with Viking put them at the front of our list of cruise ship companies. Our interests were in exploring and experiencing a part of the World that we had not visited previously or to this depth. While a one destination trip ... Read More
Past experience with Viking put them at the front of our list of cruise ship companies. Our interests were in exploring and experiencing a part of the World that we had not visited previously or to this depth. While a one destination trip will give one much greater depth of experience and understanding of a locale, a cruise such as this is excellent for giving a broader scope of a number of countries and their peoples. This trip showed us the rugged beauty of Norway's fjords and mountains, the rolling countryside and cities of Sweden, the lovely, fertile lowlands of Finland, Russia, Estonia, Poland, northern Germany and Denmark. It truly packed a unique, busy itinerary and frankly, dizzying assortment of countries into a 15 day experience. Especially interesting (and recommended) are the optional home visits available on this cruise - we visited two Danish families and one farm based one in Norway. These put a more personal face to the countries we visited. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
Beautiful ship; staff extremely pleasant and accommodating!! Loved Entertainment especially Luis and Viking Band( not a fan of classical music).. Some of the entertainers they brought on board were not my favorites. Ship entertainment ... Read More
Beautiful ship; staff extremely pleasant and accommodating!! Loved Entertainment especially Luis and Viking Band( not a fan of classical music).. Some of the entertainers they brought on board were not my favorites. Ship entertainment staff- very good. Great shows except forgot the Rollong Stones in the 60’s. Liked staying over in Stockholm, St. Petersburg and Bergen. Only one day at sea was great!! Food in specialty restaurants great!!! Liked the different menus at Chef’s Table- wonderful! Manfredi’s was great too! Buffet for dinner was not my favorite; not a fan of buffets anyway. Also thought people should have dressed better for dinner—upscale casual please! Beverage package worth it!! Loved the gym!! Thanks for such a nice one and well equipped. TV and internet in room- generally worked well; good variety of options to watch! Great cruise overall and very smooth. Tours in St. Petersburg ( Catherine’s Palace and Hermitage) were great! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
a cruise i have been wanting to do for a few years. we finally bit the bullet and spent the money to go. service could not have been better. if you can do it for a special occasion DO IT!! service of ice water at the pool - no ... Read More
a cruise i have been wanting to do for a few years. we finally bit the bullet and spent the money to go. service could not have been better. if you can do it for a special occasion DO IT!! service of ice water at the pool - no problem finding plenty of open chairs. then sorbet and champagne around 3:30 to cool you off! high tea at 4pm in the tea room. smiling and accommodating help. great food which included something from the country we were visiting, free beers and wine with lunch and dinner, great burgers by the pool, a spa with a room full of snow, bathrooms with heated floors, lectures and entertainment also about and from the ports of call. an example of the service - i am short and had trouble using the single cup coffee maker that was on a shelf set in about shoulder high. to fill you had to put water in a container at the back of it and then press a few buttons on top which i had a hard time seeing . when we received a survey in our cabin asking for suggestions and comments my husband suggested in the future planning of rooms to switch the safe and the shelf to make it easier to use. the next evening our room steward showed up - "I am here to move your coffee maker!" we aim to make everyone happy. i will fill the back with water for you also! wow was my husband impressed as was I. this is just an example of what we experienced daily - besides the ship being beautiful. the right size also to get into tight ports of call. one great experience! my other cruise experiences pale in comparison. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
This was an excellent and very enjoyable and informative cruise. I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to et a good overview of the Viking homelands. The excursions were great, the staff on the ship was extraordinarily ... Read More
This was an excellent and very enjoyable and informative cruise. I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to et a good overview of the Viking homelands. The excursions were great, the staff on the ship was extraordinarily wonderful, friendly, courteous, helpful and knowledgeable. The meals and all food was great. The atmosphere on the ship made everyone feel friendly and at home. The accommodations were exquisite and comfortable and here was always a place to be comfortable in you own space. Viking does a masterful job of bringing in the culture, history and climate of the destinations visited whether it be b y entertainment, port talks, destination menus, etc. The local aides that they hire are excellent and the entertainment on board is also excellent. The drew, all of them, take a special pride in making you feel comfortable and know among the staff and they all try to make your trip a wonderful and memorable experience. Thanks for a truly wonderful trip. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
We love Viking River Cruises, so decided to try this ocean cruise - the itinerary looked, and was, amazing. The many ports and the shore excursions were very good - enough options to meet a variety of interests. The cabin was quite nice ... Read More
We love Viking River Cruises, so decided to try this ocean cruise - the itinerary looked, and was, amazing. The many ports and the shore excursions were very good - enough options to meet a variety of interests. The cabin was quite nice and comfortable, with plenty of room for storage and movement. The cabin stewards, the dining room and cafe/kitchen staff, the maintenance people, all staff members were friendly. It was obvious that the desire is to anticipate needs and possible disruptions, in order to help us feel safe and comfortable. My only suggestion is for better communication between the Viking flight booking staff, and the on-board customer service staff, and the airline. Those of us flying to the post-cruise extension had some difficulties and the on-board staff was unable to assist us. Had they called the airline for us, as asked, or communicated with the Viking people who made the reservations, perhaps this group of people wouldn't have had a stressful disembarkation. The ocean-cruise crew may need to learn more about the disembarkation-transport to the airport and at-airport services provided by the river-cruise crew. I trust this will improve in time because Viking strives for excellence. That said, we are looking forward to another Viking Ocean cruise in January. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
The on board experience was excellent, food, service,entertainment. Everything just lovely. The Eidfjord Norway stop is scenic however there is nothing to do there except an excursion. There were no shops, nothing. Unfortunately the ... Read More
The on board experience was excellent, food, service,entertainment. Everything just lovely. The Eidfjord Norway stop is scenic however there is nothing to do there except an excursion. There were no shops, nothing. Unfortunately the Viking included excursions have sometimes 29 people assigned to one guide and in the more crowded stops, its hard to enjoy since you spend more time trying to keep up with the guide. In Stockholm the guide had almost 50 people (the whole bus) and it was crowded. We booked a two day tour with TJ Travel in St. Petersburg with a maximum of 16 in a nice van. Our guide Victoria was absolutely terrific and its a good deal less expensive than the optional Viking tour. For a two day stop, Viking had only one half day included tour and you cannot leave the ship there without an escort that has a visa waiver status. We stopped in Iceland on the way over from New York. We arrived to the hotel about 7am and the rooms were not going to be available until 3pm. We had to sleep in the lobby of the hotel. Fortunately we did get rooms around noon but it just ruined our first day and the hotel is some distance from town. There's a shuttle until 5pm but then you need to walk 30 minutes or so or take a cab which is about $20 USD each way. VERY disappointed with Viking for this treatment. The organized excursions were really good but we lost a day for a relatively expensive stop. The cabin was very nice, the staff on board was outstanding. The food was superb in all dining locations. Their entertainment was good and their seminars informative and well done. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
Viking, once again, came throuigh by providing the cruise of a lifetime. Looking forward to our next one. Our cabin was outstanding, with the veranda providing us a chance to watch the world go by as the ship was sailing. Being able to ... Read More
Viking, once again, came throuigh by providing the cruise of a lifetime. Looking forward to our next one. Our cabin was outstanding, with the veranda providing us a chance to watch the world go by as the ship was sailing. Being able to open the door between our veranda and the one of our traveling companions provided us a chance to share the experience. The service we received during the whole cruise, from our cabin staff and all staff members on the rest of the ship was what we have come to expect from Viking - friendly and professional They do a great job of representing Viking. Only problem with the shore excursions was there were "too many and not enough time, We especially like the Fram train trip into the fiords of Norway. Beautiful way to begin our adventure. One final suggestion - add another gelato/ice cream section in the dining room. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
I have always wanted to see the Scandinavian countries. Viking made this possible and it was the most wonderful cruise my wife and I have ever taken! We have taken nine cruises and this was the best!. Viking does it right, great ... Read More
I have always wanted to see the Scandinavian countries. Viking made this possible and it was the most wonderful cruise my wife and I have ever taken! We have taken nine cruises and this was the best!. Viking does it right, great accommodations, great food, great service! Viking is absolutely the best cruise line to sail with! One more thing, the room, the Explorer Suite was a jewel, as good as any hotel suite we have ever stayed in! The food was great, as usual, and the shore excursions were entertaining and educational. Our cabin steward, Adria, was the best ever! He paid close attention to our needs and the cabin was kept spotless. The stops in Copenhagen, Gdansk, Tallin, St. Petersburg, Helsinki and Stockholm were wonderful with St. Petersburg being one of the most enriching and educational stops we have ever made! I highly recommend Viking for anyone wanting to visit these countries. It was truly a great time and educational to boot! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
We like this trip itinerary. Ship was very nice and clean. Every restaurant food was great. Room service was fantastic. We love spa. This is our first ocean cruise with Viking, we did River cruise with Viking before. We ... Read More
We like this trip itinerary. Ship was very nice and clean. Every restaurant food was great. Room service was fantastic. We love spa. This is our first ocean cruise with Viking, we did River cruise with Viking before. We thought this ship is very small, once we arrived at port Viking sun is pretty big size and inside there are everything what we need and everywhere is enough spaces. Excursion of each port event are nice organized for city tour and proper duration for walking tour. Weather was much nicer than what we expected in May, every 8 country we were traveling sunshine and good temperature. Most of the top, we like no casino on ship and no children around. All staffs of ship are very kindness and knowledgeable what should know about their duty. I had bad experience with one of lady at front desk(passenger service desk) otherwise every where every staff are wonderful . We enjoyed very much this "Viking home land" itenaries and we wish stayed more over night at St. Petersburg. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
This was our first cruise on a Viking ocean ship after having taken the Romantic Danube cruise three years ago. We lucked out on the weather with 14 days of warm sunshine and the seas were calm. We had a junior explorer suite with plenty ... Read More
This was our first cruise on a Viking ocean ship after having taken the Romantic Danube cruise three years ago. We lucked out on the weather with 14 days of warm sunshine and the seas were calm. We had a junior explorer suite with plenty of room very close to the Exlplorer's Lounge. Our favorite spots were the fjords in Norway and St. Petersburg. Dining by reservation was super fun and we made new friends. The nordic spa experience seemed intimidating at first but we quickly bought in and visited several times! Our only disappointment was one of our shore excursions that was rescheduled to an earlier departure late the night before by the vendor and we missed the notice (and, thus, the excursion). Otherwise, things worked like clockwork and we are Viking Fans for life! On board shopping was excellent and very personalized. The daily previews were very informative and helpful and the fact that we could watch a video replay at our convenience was great. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
I had previously taken a Viking River Cruise and loved it. I like smaller ships (previously having sailed many times on the Star Clippers, and a couple of times on the Windstar Line). I was a little worried that 900 passengers would be ... Read More
I had previously taken a Viking River Cruise and loved it. I like smaller ships (previously having sailed many times on the Star Clippers, and a couple of times on the Windstar Line). I was a little worried that 900 passengers would be too big for our tastes. I was wrong. It never ever felt like 900 passengers. The public spaces are well designed and there were always plenty of places to hang out without feeling crowded. Loved the Explorer Bar. On the whole, loved the service. The only complaint I would make is about the wine service which was definitely lacking. We bought the silver beverage package to upgrade the wine choices, but in the main dining room and in the World Café it was difficult to get a wine list and they just seemed interested in pouring the included wine. The specialty restaurants did have good and upgraded choices with a wine steward who knew what he was doing. Loved Viking Ocean Cruises. Already booked our next one. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
We had heard positive comments about Viking and when I was looking to plan a surprise 40th Wedding Anniversary Cruise I looked more closely at Viking. From my first phone call to inquire about a Viking Cruise I knew I had made the right ... Read More
We had heard positive comments about Viking and when I was looking to plan a surprise 40th Wedding Anniversary Cruise I looked more closely at Viking. From my first phone call to inquire about a Viking Cruise I knew I had made the right choice! Viking made us feel like friends as opposed to a customer and that feeling continued up until we boarded the Viking Sun. While on the Cruise we built friendships with members of the Viking Sun Staff that have remained in contact with us! Everywhere we went on the Viking Sun the staff welcomed us by name! The restaurants made us feel like we were walking into our favorite restaurant back home where they knew us and were excited to see us and had been awaiting our arrival. Andriy and Andriy the Wine Stewards were ABOVE AWESOME! The Viking Band and Chris and Leroy were incredible entertainers that catered to the patrons of TorsHaven. We could no have wished for a better experience on the Viking Sun. Were we impressed??? Well, we booked our next two Cruises while on board! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
We were on our first Viking Ocean cruise with 3 other couples in 2016 and all of us had such a fantastic time that before we even left the first cruise we signed up for the British Isles trip. The ship is a dream - our cabin fantastic ... Read More
We were on our first Viking Ocean cruise with 3 other couples in 2016 and all of us had such a fantastic time that before we even left the first cruise we signed up for the British Isles trip. The ship is a dream - our cabin fantastic along with the dining and entertainment options. The dining options are exceptional and the reservation system works well. The servers were quite new but were polite and tried very hard to please. Food was outstanding the entire cruise.We really like the fact that they had entertainment early and later to accomodate all passengers. The ports were great and our tour guides were all locals that gave us great history on the areas of interest. We also had plenty of time to explore on our own after the organized tour and either could walk back to the ship or Viking organized bus transport if necessary. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
I have been to England numerous times for business, but my wife has not. We also decided to try a Viking ocean cruise after several river cruises. The Viking Sun returned from a 'round the world cruise' the day we embarked. ... Read More
I have been to England numerous times for business, but my wife has not. We also decided to try a Viking ocean cruise after several river cruises. The Viking Sun returned from a 'round the world cruise' the day we embarked. It took a bit to get the embarkation organized, the cabins turned, and the wait staff to get in a team configuration. Eventually the excellent Viking service became the norm. The itinerary was relatively new and the ports of call really welcomed the ship with information, greeters, and in some cases costumed actors and dance groups. The excursions were great, except one where the local coordinators really blew it. [The excursion was scheduled to a very popular location on a Bank Holiday resulting in the time being spent in bumper to bumper traffic in lieu of at the venue.] While not as convivial as a river cruise, the Viking Ocean cruise is none the less way more informal and facilitates the making of friends better than any other cruise line. The lack of children, a casino, constant activities at the pool and elsewhere, were not missed by us. The entertainment was excellent! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
This trip was truly a bucket list fulfillment. Being a 5 time Viking cruiser (2nd ocean + 3 river cruises) I could not think of a better way to see the British Isles. I will say to begin, that the issues I had along the way will not ... Read More
This trip was truly a bucket list fulfillment. Being a 5 time Viking cruiser (2nd ocean + 3 river cruises) I could not think of a better way to see the British Isles. I will say to begin, that the issues I had along the way will not dissuade me from traveling with Viking again. I was traveling from San Francisco with my sis-in-law, meeting my travel partner and her sister in Baltimore. From there the 4 of us let Viking handle our travel and transport arraignments. I contacted Viking to determine what date we needed to be in Baltimore to connect with whatever air transport we were to be booked on. Difficulty #1 occurred because the wait is so long before getting flight confirmations and we needed to make reservations for our own trip from SF. The Viking rep said we should be prepared to fly from Baltimore on the 4th of May. I knew the cruise began on the 5th, but he suggested the 4th to be sure we would make the connections. Upon receiving our travel docs, we noticed our flight out was May 4, landing in London at 9:00 PM of that eve. The cruise beginning on May 5, and no note as to what we were to do for our overnite in London on May 4 and no transport info regarding where to meet the ship. I contacted Viking again, they accepted the fact that there was a miscommunication, made a reservation for us in Heathrow and directed me to take transportation from airport to hotel the evening of 5/4 and to the ship terminal on 5/5. I was assured I would be reimbursed for transport fares. When we got settled aboard the ship I spoke with the concierge and presented the receipts for the 2 taxi fares, amounting to 255 lbs ($325 US). This took a large hunk out of my cash spending money! The concierge informed me I needed to present a claim to my insurance to be reimbursed. This would not help me on the trip, and presenting a claim does not guarantee it will be approved. This certainly did not start the trip off on a positive note. Yes, my travel partners would split the costs, but that would have meant they too would have been short money for something we'd already paid for in our fees. Once over that disappointment and adjusting my attitude to enjoy my trip, I began the expected emersion into Viking hospitality. Thankfully, upon return home I did send a claim to our travel ins and was reimbursed in full. The ship and our accommodations were exactly as expected. No disappointments there. As my travel partner and I began introducing our sisters to the ambiance, food, drink, entertainment and tours, several things became evident to my friend and I that our 1st timers would not expect. The 1st being an underlying "disconnect" between staff. The usual up-beat attitudes and camaraderie did not seem to be there. Our cabin steward was absolutely charming & helpful throughout the trip. I wrote her name down, but sadly, am unable to find it now. The servers in the Explorer lounge were great!! However, the staff in the World Cafe and Mamson's were not what we expected. The Restaurant seemed to have their routines together and worked more smoothly. We were told that this particular cruise was the 1st following a world cruise, and that many of the staff that had worked together on that cruise were on vacation, many new ones brought in to replace. That was the excuse for them not seeming to know how to work well together. Tables in the World cafe were often not quickly bussed. We needed to ask for a clean table several times. Dirty placemats were just flipped over in front of us, partial set ups were left for some places and not completed so the need to ask for a glass or flatware or napkin to fill in needed to be requested. Just not what we expected. The food, as we had bragged about, was beautiful to look at, but was sorely lacking in seasoning. I fully understand the desire to serve all as not everyone likes or can eat salt, but so much can be done with other seasoning to make a meal special. I for 1 do not like to add salt or to have only salt & pepper to chose from. It was almost as tho nobody with a palate was testing the food. This being a major disappointment! This certainly does not pertain to the specialty restaurants. They were exemplary! Our last morning, before disembarkation, we went to Mamson's to have our favorite Norwegian Waffles. The person behind the counter was someone we had not seen before. We asked for 4 waffles with fruit, sour cream and cheese, just as they are displayed. All 4 were misshaped, and missing most of the toppings. No 2 had the same of anything and what was there was literally thrown on top. ! of the 4 of us asked for a smoothie and was told "I don't have time for that." Just an example of what was disappointing in the restaurants and this last one, unfortunately, was the last service we remember. The biggest plus to my travel friend and I, and what we expound about most, are the tours and the ability to be immersed into the people, traditions and areas we are visiting. We were very excited to see the almost overwhelming number of tours available. But, what we found was that they were seemingly abbreviated from what we had experienced before. The 1 tour that was closest to actually being introduced to the country, city, people, food, and traditions was our very last tour, A Taste of Norwegian Farm Life. During the other tours we seemed to spend a lot of time being transported to where we were going, given some information and direction then being left on our own. Not always a bad thing, we all love to shop, it just didn't seem to be that engagement with the traditions and people in our surroundings we'd grown to anticipate. The guides were all great! Still found that utilizing the people from the areas we were visiting is the best way to learn. The guides Viking uses are all wonderful. I'm sure I sound like I'm complaining about a lot and not offering any solutions. The thing is, in all but 1 of our trips, these topics were part of the whole feeling, learning and seeing of the excursions we have had our eyes and wonderment opened to. The 1 other trip was the Baltic Volga Waterways. That was a huge eye opening experience that had a few rough patches. Most understandable due to the country's lack of tourist interactions. A great trip, none the less. I am thrilled to think back on all the wonderful places we saw on this excursion. Including all the history I learned and felt a part of and all the people I met on this last journey. I guess my #1 desire would be to offer more in depth tours of a few varieties instead of so many different tours that just "touched bases". Oh, yes...and seasoning! OK...so there is one other thing that bugged me. No acknowledgement as repeat Explorer Society members. The "cocktail party" with return cruisers (only) invited was non-existent. Instead, included was everyone aboard to gather in the atrium, tripping over too many people crowded on the stairway and no where near enough room for all who showed up. There was no show of hands of those who have cruised however many times, river, ocean or combined. No spark of conversations to compare notes and connect. There was a quick toast to all who had traveled Viking before and a pitch about all new things to come. On arrival for the cruise there was no little gift, or note from the captain. All those little treatments that make those of us who have traveled with Viking, feel just a bit special. In closing I wish to reiterate, I will continue to fill my wanderlust thru Viking Cruises. The growth of your company is phenomenal. I'm hoping it is not the reason for the "issues" we experienced aboard this trip. Looking forward to booking our next adventure. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
What an amazing itinerary! The big cities: London, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Dubin, Belfast...; but also the beautiful coasts and countryside: Loch Ness, Leeds Castle, Canterbury, the Orkney Islands, the Shetland Islands... Best way to get a ... Read More
What an amazing itinerary! The big cities: London, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Dubin, Belfast...; but also the beautiful coasts and countryside: Loch Ness, Leeds Castle, Canterbury, the Orkney Islands, the Shetland Islands... Best way to get a perfect sampling of the UK IMHO. And as a bonus, you end your trip in Bergen, Norway. I had never been (and thought I'd never be) to Scandinavia. Nice that everyone is so friendly and speaks fluent English. Everywhere felt very safe, even the cities. Mostly used the British pound sterling (the Euro in Ireland and the Krone in Norway) so money was easy. Delicious Fish & Chips everywhere. Meat pies. Guinness, Scotch abound. Wonderful Celtic/Scottish music; bagpipe playing. Beatles in Liverpool (and London if you want to do Abbey Road). We did a combination of included tours, Viking pay tours, and stuff on our own. Nice mix. Service on Viking is impeccable and the food is delicious so you "come home" every night to a luxury floating hotel. Highly recommend! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
I have been on several Viking River Cruises and have always found the staffs to be very warm, welcoming and inviting. The Viking Sun was no different. The entire staff went out of their way to make our voyage one of the most exciting of ... Read More
I have been on several Viking River Cruises and have always found the staffs to be very warm, welcoming and inviting. The Viking Sun was no different. The entire staff went out of their way to make our voyage one of the most exciting of a lifetime. Viking does it right! My husband and I were on the Viking Sun World Cruise for 4 months. Between the interesting ports of call, enrichment lectures, shore excursions and the dining options, I can honestly say that we never got bored. I can't say enough about the staff. They would go above and beyond to get you whatever you asked. Everyone on the staff was accessible, from the captain on down. In four months of dining aboard ship I can honestly say that I never walked away from a meal feeling disappointed. While we are not planning any further cruises in the near-term, you can be sure Viking will be the one we contact when we're ready to cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
This trip covered all that we wanted to see in one voyage the excellent weather we experienced was the icing on the cake. The exceptional service on board was the cherry on top. The size of the ship was a bit larger than we are used to ... Read More
This trip covered all that we wanted to see in one voyage the excellent weather we experienced was the icing on the cake. The exceptional service on board was the cherry on top. The size of the ship was a bit larger than we are used to but it ensured pleanty of room to not feel crowded. In port it was never a hassle with crowds to depart or return. The entertainment was "Broadway good". The food at the Chefs Table was our favorite with no problem making reservations for it whenever we wanted. I wish I was wealthy enough to do a Viking Cruise every year. That said, we have booked our next one for next year. We are spending our kids inheritance! Worth every penny for these experiences> There is no better way to travel. Our only issue was not enough time in each destination given the length of land transportation to and from the ship in port. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
This cruise aboard the Viking Sun (930 guests) included overnight stays in Greenwich, England and Bergen, Norway. This allowed more time to explore these iconic cities of London & Bergen, as well as must-see destinations on the ... Read More
This cruise aboard the Viking Sun (930 guests) included overnight stays in Greenwich, England and Bergen, Norway. This allowed more time to explore these iconic cities of London & Bergen, as well as must-see destinations on the British Isles itinerary of Dover, Dublin, Holyhead Wales, Liverpool, Belfast, Ullapool The Highlands, Orkney Islands, Edinburgh (capital), Invergordon The Highlands, & the Shetland Islands. Each port had an included shore excursion led by a knowledgeable local guide. Our embarkation in Greenwich, England around lunchtime was a tender and went smoothly and the disembarkation in Bergen, Norway at 9:15am was also very organized. Free shuttles are provided in every port. The meals onboard the ship included regional specialties with beer, wine and soft drinks included with lunch and dinner. We also ate in the alternative specialty restaurants onboard, Manfredi's and Chef's Table, and enjoyed these exceptional menus. The mussels and ribeye steak in Manfredi's were delicious. The "Xiang" menu at Chef's table is outstanding in our opinion. We also did the 4pm afternoon tea one afternoon in the Wintergarden and couldn't believe how nice it was. As for entertainment, it was tastefully provided - we enjoyed the comedian (Rikki Jay) and singers (Helen Wilding) very much. The Viking Classical Trio from Serbia was relaxing to listen to in the Atrium and Explorer's lounge. The Viking Sun is an elegant ship throughout and the service onboard is impeccable. We are happy that there is no casino, formal night, or children onboard. All staterooms have a private veranda and include king-size bedding, large showers, LCD TVs, and 24-hour room service. We had room service for breakfast several times and it was great. We loved this cruise and have just booked "Into the Midnight Sun". The only recommendation I would make is to have the Spa open until 9pm instead of 8pm, and have a London Panoramic Tour or "hop on/ hop off tour. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
The Viking Sun is an absolutely gorgeous ship. The pool with the removable roof is a real plus on cool days. The pool itself is kept at a perfect temperature. If the top is closed due to temperature and the sun shines through it gets warm ... Read More
The Viking Sun is an absolutely gorgeous ship. The pool with the removable roof is a real plus on cool days. The pool itself is kept at a perfect temperature. If the top is closed due to temperature and the sun shines through it gets warm and pleasant The restaurants are all gorgeous and the staff is excellent. Could use a bit of tweaking on the wines for sale The cabin we had which was a Jr Penthouse was roomy with the perfect appointed furniture. We had so much room to unpack. The bed is so comfy. It also came with early embarkation and early dining choices and tour choices Liked all the different bars around the ship. Could go to a new one almost every night The included tours were ok. The paid tours were more to our liking. The hikes were great, but you need to pay attention to the word: strenuous We had people come on bus and then couldn’t do the hike. The staff all over the ship is professional and courteous. No complaints The Master of the ship is very social and you can see him about Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
My wife and I had taken a Viking River Cruise a couple of years ago and were excited to find that the company had gone into the sea cruising business. We were somewhat late in signing up for this cruise but found that the rear Explorer ... Read More
My wife and I had taken a Viking River Cruise a couple of years ago and were excited to find that the company had gone into the sea cruising business. We were somewhat late in signing up for this cruise but found that the rear Explorer Suite was available. The reputation of Viking and our personal experience gave us great confidence that our money would be well spent. This proved to be true in nearly every segment of the cruise. Our early boarding was nicely done as our luggage arrived at our room in a very timely fashion. There was one problem which took time to resolve. The obligatory picture of each of us upon boarding for the first time apparently failed to register. We had to stand in a fairly long line to have that resolved which kept us from our room for about an extra hour. Once in however, we were made comfortable by our extraordinary Stewardess, Jackie. The Suite was beautiful and comfortable as I discuss in the box below. My wife had a hip problem that caused her to be uncomfortable in the two chairs provided in the room. We saw deeper chairs in the room next door and asked Jackie about exchanging one of ours for one similar to what we saw. Ten minutes later Jackie and her partner had the new chair set up and the other one gone. We were pleased to no end. This was just a sample of the extremely courteous, thoughtful service she provided throughout our voyage. The ship itself is the most beautiful and functional we have been on. Great care has been put into considering the comfort of the passengers and offering a different style of cruising from that of the competition. The dining experience was one of recognizing what was great and what was ordinary. I thought the seafood was outstanding and the beef dishes to be ordinary. This might be something to look to upgrading. The specialty restaurants were mixed, I felt.Manfredi's Restaurant was superb in both food and décor. The Chef's Table was okay except for the problem that causes the passengers to pick the date they want to be at that restaurant many weeks in advance without, as we found out, any knowledge of the style of food to be served at that sitting. We were fortunate to change our sitting to a different night when we found out that reindeer was not on our list of exciting food choices. I do suggest that something be done to allow passengers to have better information prior to making a choice on the Chef's Table. The port excursions were uniformly excellent. We loved them all. I particularly liked the trek across the headlands at Kirkwall in the Orkneys and Scara Brae. Our tour of Dublin afforded us the opportunity to see, hear and sing along with the best single day guide we have ever had. His name is Sam Ford and he is the best. Others were top notch as well. Needless to say, my wife and I will continue to patronize Viking Cruises both on the rivers and at sea. Our experience was the best ever and it is little wonder that the latest Travel and Leisure rates Viking Sea Cruises head and shoulders above the competition and with the highest rated ships of any size. Thank you for a most wonderful time aboard the Viking Sun. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
We traveled with Viking before and liked the way they did things The food was great the staff and crew weee wonderful attentive Although overworked! The crew and staff did their best to ensure everyone’s safety Some of the ... Read More
We traveled with Viking before and liked the way they did things The food was great the staff and crew weee wonderful attentive Although overworked! The crew and staff did their best to ensure everyone’s safety Some of the passengers were obnoxious demanding and very rude to the crew and staff More disciplinary actions should have been taken towards those obnoxious passengers though The ports of call were fantastic and there was so much to see We felt safe at all times Some of the passengers came on board sick and their coughs and colds spread like wild fire The medical staff was excellent and caring ensuring the health and stability of the passengers I wish though that some of the staff would not have been so negatively chatty with the passengers One in particular was the female singer who talked about the passengers in a very negative way She was the opera singer and thought she was the “star” of the Viking Sun She was very negative Unfortunately she is on the new around the world cruise this year 2019 that left early January Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
This cruise was for 121 days and was Absolutely fantastic. Viking pulled out all the stops for this round the world. They added many extras like 24 hour room service, free laundry, and premium drink package. Everything was top notch. There ... Read More
This cruise was for 121 days and was Absolutely fantastic. Viking pulled out all the stops for this round the world. They added many extras like 24 hour room service, free laundry, and premium drink package. Everything was top notch. There was over 50 stops and each one was unique and interesting. The excursions were well planned and exceeded my expectations. Customer service was incredible. Every detail was thought about and taken care of. Although we visited many different countries all the customs procecedures were well taken of, eliminating any custom issues. The tour guides were very knowledgeable and professional and the tour buses very modern with airconditioning. The crew was superb and the Captain, cruise director, and general manager were spectactular. Even though we had over 900 passengers, the managers personally knew me and my background. The crew worked very well as a team with showed that management was very effective. The food, entertainment, and cultural presentations were first class. I cannot say enough on how good this cruise was! I would highly recommend Viking to all my friends. Read Less
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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