225 Viking Ocean Viking Sun Cruise Reviews

Because the cruise went to Cuba a place that neither my wife or I have been to before. The trip was very enjoyable. The overnight stay in Havana was a real pleasure. The hotel was great and the show at the Tropicana was really good. ... Read More
Because the cruise went to Cuba a place that neither my wife or I have been to before. The trip was very enjoyable. The overnight stay in Havana was a real pleasure. The hotel was great and the show at the Tropicana was really good. They took us from the hotel to the Tropicana in a older convertible which was nice. The food that was supplied was good also. They claimed that the hotel was a five star hotel and it probably was. The rest of the sight seeing was food also. The guide was well informed. He didn't leave much out if anything. This was my first sailing with Viking Ocean Cruises and very satisfied with the whole experience. Looking forward to booking another cruise with them. Everything was first class and the way we were treated on board the ship was great. Food was great and the buffet and the dining room was terrific. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We were on the December 1-8, 2017 cruise to Cuba on The Viking Sun. Very beautiful new ship with really nice public areas, pool, spa, and fitness center. Like the river cruises, Viking did an outstanding job with the Cuba tours with ... Read More
We were on the December 1-8, 2017 cruise to Cuba on The Viking Sun. Very beautiful new ship with really nice public areas, pool, spa, and fitness center. Like the river cruises, Viking did an outstanding job with the Cuba tours with highlight being and included stay at a very nice Havana hotel and Tropicana Show. Cuban guides were excellent! Reason for giving Average score for Dining and Service: 1. Breakfast and lunch buffets were nice, but had some quirks. Only one side of the World Cafe had a salad bar and way too many desserts! 2. Wine service in the Restaurant was very poor because they only has 3 wine stewards, leaving only one for the Restaurant and the others for the specialty restaurants. Never did they announce what white or red wine they were pouring, nor did they offer a wine list. Once they lost a bottle of Chardonnay we had purchased, and after much to-do looking for it ending up just giving us a free bottle. The Head Waiter agreed with me about the poor service but said that upper management was not listening to his recommendations. Service was excellent in specialty restaurants. The Viking Band was excellent and really livened the place. Demographics of passengers were 60+ years in age and were retired college professor/ school teacher types, not saying their is anything wrong with that! Overall great cruise and beautiful new ship. Viking just needs to iron out some service issues in the Restaurant. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We had always wanted to go to Cuba, and when Viking said it was going, we signed up. While there were obstacles along the way (Cuba nixing port call for us in Havana, unexplained medical problems suffered by American diplomats in Cuba, ... Read More
We had always wanted to go to Cuba, and when Viking said it was going, we signed up. While there were obstacles along the way (Cuba nixing port call for us in Havana, unexplained medical problems suffered by American diplomats in Cuba, itinerary changes, U.S. Cuba travel regulation changes), we are very glad we didn't cancel this cruise. There was some extra effort in getting to Havana, but Viking outdid itself by working with a travel agency to give us a fabulous experience that was interesting, fun, and well choreographed. Of course the ship is beautiful, as was our cabin. Dining is great. My husband loves the World Cafe, and I love eating outside if the weather is decent, so we spent a lot of time in the World Cafe. Activities were low-keyed but adequate for probably the majority of people Viking atracts. We appreciated the free internet and included excursions, and the extras Viking gave us when our itinerary was changed. Free use of the spa pool, sauna, etc. was nice too, although I'm not much of a spa person. We thought the port talks were excellent. While the entertainers didn't present the big, splashy nightly shows that some other cruise lines present, we felt the quality was high. We loved the service on the ship, and the little things as well - ship phone number on your key card, door bell, more drawers on the Sun, placement of your luggage on the bed when you embark, etc. I liked the impromptu/informal gatherings in the Atrium, and the fact that the cruise director was personable but not in-your-face friendly/accessible. Most importantly, I think the excursions were well run, and I know how hard that must have been, given that Cuba is a new country for Viking. Yes, we spent time on buses, but hopefully Viking will gain approval to go to Havana in another year or so when Cuba feels it can handle more visits. Also, hopefully people will feel freer to arrange their own excursions and not be dependent upon ship excursions, which are usually more expensive with less quality than what can be arranged on your own. Given what Viking had to work with, I think they and Cuba Travel Services did a fabulous job. I loved Trinidad, and of course Havana was very interesting and rewarding to visit. Those classic cars everywhere make Cuba a pretty unique travel destination, and I'm glad I got to see (and experience) Cuba before it is completely overrun with American tourists. My only regret is that despite visiting Cienfuegos, I had little time and energy left over to see much of it! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We chose this cruise for the opportunity to see Cuba and to enjoy another Viking Ocean Cruise. We'd been on the Sun's sister ship - the Viking Star - for a trip to the Mediterranean in 2016. We loved that experience and knew ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the opportunity to see Cuba and to enjoy another Viking Ocean Cruise. We'd been on the Sun's sister ship - the Viking Star - for a trip to the Mediterranean in 2016. We loved that experience and knew we'd feel at home on the Sun. Our itinerary was changed several months before our departure which we were not thrilled about. But Viking made its up to us in other ways. Docking at Cienfuegos rather than Havana was a bit of a challenge, but I'm glad that we got to see and experience both cities. The vintage car ride through Havana and the evening at the Tropicana were particular stand outs. And by the way, our visit to Key West was equally enjoyable. The ship is fantastic and everything on it! The layout, design, public rooms, food and general service is just wonderful! I highly recommend Viking Ocean Cruises if you're considering a cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Also a first in many ways, one we almost missed. The chance to sail on a new ship with a new ocean cruise line was a draw. The opportunity to see Cuba at last was reason. The chance to go to Belize as well was a plus. When the Viking Sun ... Read More
Also a first in many ways, one we almost missed. The chance to sail on a new ship with a new ocean cruise line was a draw. The opportunity to see Cuba at last was reason. The chance to go to Belize as well was a plus. When the Viking Sun told us we wouldn't be docked in Havana and would spend 3 days in Cienfuegos and had to ride a bus for three hours to get to Havana and wouldn't even go to Belize, well, we almost bailed. Glad we didn't. Viking went out of its way to make this experience a good one. About Cuba, I think we got essentially the "party line." But that is okay. We learned much just from listening, knowing history and making our own assessments. The ship and crew are outstanding. There is none of that gotta get your picture taken at every turn. None of that rush to buy buy buy at the last minute sales in the onboard stores. Everything is laid back, quiet, comfortable, simple and adult. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We wanted to visit Cuba, and Viking offered the most comprehensive experience for a cruise tour. This was our second Viking cruise (the first was a river cruise in France), and we were delighted. The shore excursions (including an ... Read More
We wanted to visit Cuba, and Viking offered the most comprehensive experience for a cruise tour. This was our second Viking cruise (the first was a river cruise in France), and we were delighted. The shore excursions (including an overnight in Havana) were well-planned and enjoyable, and the small boat was far superior to the larger boats that we'd experienced on previous ocean cruises. As on our first Viking cruise, we found it easy to make friends, and we've kept in touch with several of our cruise friends. On other cruises, we've found ourselves racing through shore excursions, while, with Viking, the schedule is flexible and responsive to what the travelers need and/or want. The food is quite good, and the ship staff are uniformly excellent. The cabins are comfortable and well-designed, so we never felt cramped or inconvenienced. For what it's worth, we also got a great view of the crew practicing their evacuation procedures, and it was very reassuring. Viking is not taking chances with safety! We highly recommend Viking--We've already booked our next Viking cruise and are looking at a fourth! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Wanted to do Cuba again since my wife missed out on our last opportunity and this seemed like a reasonable option. Classy. We liked that there are no formal nights. No children is a definite plus. No charge for specialty restaurants. ... Read More
Wanted to do Cuba again since my wife missed out on our last opportunity and this seemed like a reasonable option. Classy. We liked that there are no formal nights. No children is a definite plus. No charge for specialty restaurants. Spa is very nice. I was a bit disappointed in the itinerary. I do not know why we could not have overnighted in Havana instead of having to spend hours on the road to get there. It would have been nice to also have visited Santiago. No casino was fine with us. No photographers was also quite welcome. The ship was well appointed. I thought the dining experiences were very good. There is no charge for the specialty restaurants and we thoroughly enjoyed the food we were served. Service is excellent. We were provided incorrect information about being picked up at our hotel to be taken to the port for embarkation. We were led to believe that Viking would provide that transportation but we had to fend for ourselves on embarkation day. I will say that Viking was good about comping us for the cost of cab fare after we boarded. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We were interested in a cruise to Cuba at a time we could go at a reasonable price. It was our first Viking cruise and we booked it over a year ahead, paying the entire cost at booking. The docking at Havana was cancelled resulting in a ... Read More
We were interested in a cruise to Cuba at a time we could go at a reasonable price. It was our first Viking cruise and we booked it over a year ahead, paying the entire cost at booking. The docking at Havana was cancelled resulting in a change of itinerary. Viking compensated us with on-board credit and an overnight stay in Havana at no additional cost. It was a fair arrangement but if I had a chance to cruise to Cuba again, I would be sure the ship could dock in Havana so we could walk around the old city directly from the pier. Our ship was anchored by Cienfuegos, an experience that does not compare to being in the heart of the city. Cuba was very interesting and our local guides were excellent, sharing honest opinions about the government and economy. The state of infrastructure was terrible. There were huge potholes on secondary roads and horse drawn carts for transportation were common. We were glad to see many independent souvenir vendors. The local people we interacted with were very friendly and some spoke very good English. Read widely before booking a trip to Cuba. Some on our cruise were surprised that there were no ATM's or credit card terminals. You must have cash and there is a surcharge for using American dollars. Of course there is a surcharge to exchange money too! Most fellow passengers had sailed with Viking many times. We are converts as many extras are included that you must pay for on mid-priced cruise lines. A meal at each of the specialty restaurants is included. It would be smart to make reservations before boarding as they fill up fast. Food in the regular restaurant is very good with lots of variety. Sharing tables with strangers is not encouraged, but the tables are close enough to talk if you choose. Most fellow passengers are very friendly. Afternoon tea with sandwiches and sweets is offered in the Wintergarden on sea days. There is no Bingo, casino, photographer, or upselling for anything. Evening entertainment included talented singers and dancers but no elaborate production numbers. There were many lectures and port talks and Trivia games at times. Our favorite on board amenity was the spa area which is open without an appointment for the pool sized hot tub, sauna, and snow grotto. WE wished we had more time to enjoy the ship and plan to travel with Viking again soon. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We did not explore Miami before this cruise, as we have done this at other times. Both embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly as we booked the airfare with Viking and they cover all the details. The ship was wonderful. Cruising on ... Read More
We did not explore Miami before this cruise, as we have done this at other times. Both embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly as we booked the airfare with Viking and they cover all the details. The ship was wonderful. Cruising on a smaller ship is always a treat. The itinerary had to be changed from the time we booked to the day we embarked. We were to go to Mexico and Belize on this trip as well as Cuba. Since Viking could not dock in Havana, that changed the time frame and Mexico and Belize were deleted from the itinerary. Viking did have an excursion to Havana with an overnight stay at a 5-star hotel that was free. Very nice excursion with a small walking tour, lunch, dinner at The Tropicana, and breakfast the next day included. On the way back to the ship, we stopped at the Bay of Pigs Museum. Service on Viking is always superb! A trip not to miss! Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
My wife and I have always wanted to visit Cuba but for most of our lives it has not been possible for U.S. citizens. When it finally became possible, we jumped on it. We have been on many Viking cruises, both ocean and river. The reason we ... Read More
My wife and I have always wanted to visit Cuba but for most of our lives it has not been possible for U.S. citizens. When it finally became possible, we jumped on it. We have been on many Viking cruises, both ocean and river. The reason we keep coming back is because Viking is the Rolls Royce of cruise lines. We love everything about Viking and will continue to cruise with them as long as our health allows. We are senior citizens and travel to learn about new places. Viking shore excursions provide us with that opportunity. The food onboard the Viking ships that we have traveled on has been excellent. I always eat too much of it and have to come home and go on a diet until the next cruise. Then I repeast the process all over again. We have traveled with Viking enough that we have become friends with many of the crew members that have been on multiple ships on which we have traveled. Princess Guzman from the Philippines is one crew member that we have enjoyed on several cruises. She is one of those people who remember your name and your usual drinks. She is a real asset for Viking. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We wanted to see Cuba. And, we were able to get a good view of the city, the countryside, and some of the people. The highlights were primarily three: One, the vintage cars, and our riding to dinner and the Copacapana was so much fun, ... Read More
We wanted to see Cuba. And, we were able to get a good view of the city, the countryside, and some of the people. The highlights were primarily three: One, the vintage cars, and our riding to dinner and the Copacapana was so much fun, Two, the owner's suite aboard the ship was TO DIE FOR! Exquisite, luxurious, with the most accomodating crew. We invited a group of CruiseCritic travelers to join us in a "Cabin Crawl", ending up in our remarkable accomodations. The staff provided a butler, hor d'oerves, and a bartender for complimentary drinks, including wine and mixed drinks. They were wonderful. And, Three, the Cruise staff accepted my offer to conduct the inter-denominational church service (I offer and do these on many, many cruise lines; people give them high marks, I understand.) The service was well attended and many really appreciated my willingness to lead it. And ,I appreciated the Cruise Director's willing attitude. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
I wanted to see Cuba and it's turbulent past before the changes of time. The dining experience was excellent.the service personnel always friendly and courteous ....we enjoyed the Chef's Table selection and the Italian ... Read More
I wanted to see Cuba and it's turbulent past before the changes of time. The dining experience was excellent.the service personnel always friendly and courteous ....we enjoyed the Chef's Table selection and the Italian choices. My mate liked especially the Market Place Cafe where we had all breakfasts, some lunches and if he could have, dinner. I never surprised me to see the perfectly ironed and starched linens. We were impressed with the seafood fiesta where the tantalizing aromas outdid theglistens selection of superb , especially nordic seafood. The talented Singers and dancers did best to entertain us. The Spanish Guitare marveled at romantic music to dancing and listening. The shore excursions were a big disappointment. I look at the Itinerary, flamingo's in thedistance, a 3-hour of the most uncomfortable boat ride one can imagine , a nonexistent Botanical Garden? The excursion personnel did not a good job in explaining other optionsthat would have been a better use of our time. I regret having missed the opporatunity of a night in Havana, due to insufficient attention and care by Shore Excursions. What Iii really enjoyed was the infinity pool. One late afternoon, not a soul around,the sun was shining over the sparking ocean . From the quiet pool, one can imaginefloating away to infinity. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
I chose this cruise for the combination of Cuba and Viking Ocean. Originally we were suppose to dock in Havana but Viking didn't get docking rights...so the itinnery was changed to Cienfuego. Viking gave us an all inclusive overnight ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the combination of Cuba and Viking Ocean. Originally we were suppose to dock in Havana but Viking didn't get docking rights...so the itinnery was changed to Cienfuego. Viking gave us an all inclusive overnight in Havana and free excursions in Cienfuego to compensate us. as well as on board credit. We were a little nervouss because of the change in itinnery and news reports of diplomatic problems. Non of these were an issue while traveling in cuba. All the guides were knowledgeble and friendly The excursions were excellent-beyond expectations and the ship was beyond expectations Ship was elegant, Cabin was attractive, service was also beyond expectations. Wonderful spa experience, wonderful food. Afternoon tea was superb. Felt like a treasured guest...no one was trying to sell us anything This was the most elegant cruise we have been on and we have been cruising for about 50 years. We will definitely cruise with Viking Ocean again..and will rprobably try Viking River Cruises Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We chose this cruise because of the destination and the value of the cruise - it was offered at a really good rate. The onboard lectures were informative and entertaining, and the shore excursions were likewise. The ship's ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the destination and the value of the cruise - it was offered at a really good rate. The onboard lectures were informative and entertaining, and the shore excursions were likewise. The ship's accommodations were outstanding, and the staff were uniformly helpful and attentive. The cuisine on the ship was fresh and tasty, with a good variety and new items each meal.Viking Cruises handled all the details about getting our visas for Cuba. We also appreciated the many items included in the cost of the cruise, such as wifi, wine with meals, and so forth, because these have been add-ons on for extra cost on cruises we have done on other cruise lines. One disappointment was that the ship docked solely in Cienfuegos, and the trip overland to Havana was long; if there could have been docking on Havana one day, and the other days in Cienfuegos, that would have been preferable. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We have done several river cruises with Viking and were curious about Viking Ocean. The price was good and had free air. We then continue to Cuba on a back to back for a total of 18 days. We found the staff outstanding, the went out of ... Read More
We have done several river cruises with Viking and were curious about Viking Ocean. The price was good and had free air. We then continue to Cuba on a back to back for a total of 18 days. We found the staff outstanding, the went out of there way to make your cruise enjoyable. The entertainment was very good. The food was very good, and we enjoyed having the option of dinning rooms without additional charges. Our favorite was Manfredi's. As expected, the ports on the Transatlantic were limited, and the shore excursions were a disappointment. However, I enjoyed the Cultural Cuba ports and shore excursions. The Background information and speakers were very good, and made the sea days enjoyable. I had a knee replacement, so I found the main pool hard to get into, and only used it once. The infinity pool at the back of the ship is small, but very enjoyable. The spa therapy pool is very nice, my used it every day. The seating around the the pools were very comfortable. We enjoyed sitting outside the Wintergarden, it was very quiet and comfortable. The pool grill had a great selecton of hamburgers and the onions rings are great. Afternoon tea was fun, and the pastries in the Explorers' Lounge were outstanding. The cabin and balcony was comfortable, but our closet was in an awkward location next to the bed. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Wanted to experience Cuba Cabin attendants were excellent. Being handicapped and using a wheelchair or walker I used room service frequently. Precious was an apt name for my attendant. In every way she was precious. I appreciate ... Read More
Wanted to experience Cuba Cabin attendants were excellent. Being handicapped and using a wheelchair or walker I used room service frequently. Precious was an apt name for my attendant. In every way she was precious. I appreciate the wide variety of television selections.I chose not to go on the land tour of Cuba. I was delighted finding on the television the biography of Albert Einstein. I enjoyed an entertaining and enlightening day in the cabin. I appreciated a cabin large enough for my chair and walker. Having a balcony made it a pleasure to enjoy the view whether of the waves of the sea or the other ocean ships passing by. Also it was nice to be able to open the door for fresh ocean air. The choice of which gourmet restaurants shall I try was difficult. The menus were all tempting. Each offered entrees I couldn't resist. Service was always excellent, I think I tried every one. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Now that Cuba is open we wanted to see what was happening there. My wife visited Cuba in 1980's as a travel agent and saw how poor the country was. This time I was surprised how poor it still was. Beautiful architecture was in ... Read More
Now that Cuba is open we wanted to see what was happening there. My wife visited Cuba in 1980's as a travel agent and saw how poor the country was. This time I was surprised how poor it still was. Beautiful architecture was in disrepair - thought some reconstruction was evident. Disappointed that Cuba would not let our small ship dock In Havana, however it allowed us to see the country side during the 4 1/2 hour bus trip. An over night excursion allowing use to stay over night in Havana was very special. Wonderful 5-star hotel, great dinner, a ride in the old American cars and a visit to the Copacabana night club highlighted the excursion. Little to see in Cienfuegos. This was the Viking Sun' first cruise. A wonderful new ship. We had a, Explorer cabin - one of the best we have ever cruised in. Large walk-in closets, direct view out the bow of the ship and may other special features. Truely a five-star-cruise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
This was my third cruise with Viking. We were able to drive to the Port of Miami so embarkation and disembarkation were extremely easy, along with parking at the terminal. Our cabin included a sitting area, large closet, plenty of ... Read More
This was my third cruise with Viking. We were able to drive to the Port of Miami so embarkation and disembarkation were extremely easy, along with parking at the terminal. Our cabin included a sitting area, large closet, plenty of drawers, and balcony with chairs and table. The ship has two specialty dining rooms, a main restaurant, cafeteria style restaurant, plus several other areas with food. The very friendly crew was from lots of different countries and it was interesting finding out where they were from and learning about these countries. The ocean ships of Viking are smaller ships which is what appeals to me. This was Viking's first cruise to Cuba so there were some snags with the excursions but having been with them before and seeing how well run their excursions always are I am sure their next cruise was very well organized. The destination lectures were very informative and knowledgeable. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We chose this cruise to see Cuba and their culture before it changes. Knew nothing about Viking Ocean Cruises until reading reviews. To our great surprise this turned out to be one of if not the best cruise we have taken. The Viking ... Read More
We chose this cruise to see Cuba and their culture before it changes. Knew nothing about Viking Ocean Cruises until reading reviews. To our great surprise this turned out to be one of if not the best cruise we have taken. The Viking Sun is almost brand new which is very apparent as you look around at all the modern technology and spotlessness of everything. Room was a Deluxe Veranda on deck 3. Very nice with comfortable bed, sitting area, coffee maker and mini-bar. Food was excellent even in the buffet which is where we ate almost every meal. Wide variety of choices including great sushi and seafood. Servers were very good if you needed something to drink, etc. Bar staff did a wonderful job of making drinks correctly and quickly. Good entertainment and limited activities but didn't choose this cruise for those things. First stop was Key West which have been to before so just went into town to walk around have a drink and eat Key West pink shrimp. Next stop was Cienfuegos, Cuba located on the South side of the island. The shore excursion we chose was an overnight stay in Havana at the Melia' Habana that included transportation, lunch, dinner, a wonderful show at the Tropicana and breakfast before returning to the ship. Oh, did I not mention that a group of 74 restored vintage American cars from the 50's picked the group at the hotel and took us in a caravan to the Tropicana. We toured Old Havana, shopped and stopped at the Bay of Pigs Museum on the way back to the ship. Didn't choose to go on another shore excursion because we were happy to enjoy the ship. We liked Viking so much that we booked a cruise with them for next Fall. We will continue cruising with Viking. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We code Viking as they were one of the first cruise lines to travel to Cuba. We had been on several Viking river cruises and were looking forward to the brand new ocean ship. The ship was amazing from our cabin to the entertainment to ... Read More
We code Viking as they were one of the first cruise lines to travel to Cuba. We had been on several Viking river cruises and were looking forward to the brand new ocean ship. The ship was amazing from our cabin to the entertainment to the fitness room to the spa to the restaurants. We especially enjoyed the Rat Pack singers as part of the entertainment onboard. We each had a massage and enjoyed the snow grotto. The fitness rooms had all of the equipment we needed to work out while at sea. Our cabin had a coffee maker, small refrigerator with complimentary water, snacks and soft drinks that were replenished every day. We also had complimentary robes and slippers and binoculars in our cabin. Our cabin steward was attentive to our every wish. Our first stop was to Key West where we sailed on a catamaran for a snorkeling adventure at a reef filled with colorful fish. Havana is an amazing city and we enjoyed our ride in a 1952 Chevy convertible to dinner at a Cuban fusion dinner. We were then treated to an evening at the legendary Tropicana Club followed by staying overnight in a 5 Star hotel in Havana. The next morning we toured Fusterland in Havana before heading to the Bay of Pigs museum, I highly recommend visiting Cuba before it changes and traveling on a Viking Ocean ship. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
This was a Trans Atlantic Cruise, the first for The Viking Sun, but not the first for my spouse and I. The ship is lovely in every way. It's comfortable, uncrowded, quiet, and supremely well appointed. If it were rated as a hotel (and ... Read More
This was a Trans Atlantic Cruise, the first for The Viking Sun, but not the first for my spouse and I. The ship is lovely in every way. It's comfortable, uncrowded, quiet, and supremely well appointed. If it were rated as a hotel (and after all an ocean cruise ship today is a floating hotel/resort) it would be 5 star. The spa is beyond belief. It is open to all passengers unlike on most other cruise ships we have been on. The spa pool is wonderful, as are the hot and cold rooms. The fitness center overlooks the side of the ship instead of the front or rear. It took a bit of getting used to this view while using some of the exercise equipment. The equipment was all new and very state of art. The service in the room was outstanding, with water and towels being provide without needing to ask. What was lacking were daily classes such as a morning stretch class, or ab class, or something such as this. There were classes, but they did not take place daily and weren't specifically stretch, or something like that. The main dining room, called "The Restaurant" needs a new name. The service was excellent, the quality was very good, but the preparation was not up to the standards that one expects on a luxury cruise cruise or fine hotel. As for the alternate dining at Manfredi's Italian was marginal and way too noisy. We dined there twice and both meals were not very good and most certainly not very Italian except by name. The Chefs Table is best described as silly dining. The menu items were interesting and a few of the dishes were quite good. But the dishes didn't work together to make a meal. I would not waste my time eating a dinner in this restaurant. The World Cafe offers the best prepared food on the ship. We don't enjoy buffet dining. But we found ourselves eating at the Cafe one evening after a long day ashore. We had to go back there a few more times because their menu was the same as in "The Restaurant" and was prepared better. As for "The Restaurant" my recommendation is to change the name to "The Dining Room" Fine hotels don't serve fine meals in a restaurant! Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Viking ocean’s great reviews were not overstated. The ship is beautiful with lots of lovely, quiet spaces. Our cabin (penthouse veranda) was spacious and had more storage space than we needed - a first for us. The well-equipped ... Read More
Viking ocean’s great reviews were not overstated. The ship is beautiful with lots of lovely, quiet spaces. Our cabin (penthouse veranda) was spacious and had more storage space than we needed - a first for us. The well-equipped self-serve laundry was a pleasant surprise. We are elite on other lines and get free laundry but this was better. Entertainment was terrific, a small ensemble of singers and dancers who did small shows that did not overextend them, as too many cruise lines do. Small, pre-dinner recitals by one or two of them were a special treat. Kudos to the cruise director who scheduled extra performances of one show when more passengers wanted to attend than could be accommodated in the theater - a pleasant change from so many lines where on board cruise staff have little discretion to deviate from schedules dictated by corporate staff. Shore excursions available for a fee were the usual array. The included excursion in each port was essentially a drive-by tour or, in Bermuda, a bus pass. The only real negative was the food service. The main dining room was only average and the included specialty dining options were disappointing. One had only so-so Italian cuisine and the other had a menu fixed menu that was unusual at best. We are not timid, meat-and-potatoes diners, but we found preparations odd, to put it kindly. Fortunately , our server offered the option of ordering from the main dining room menu. The other disappointment was the buffet. The quality and variety of the food and presentation (small serving dishes, frequently refreshed) were excellent BUT the hours were far too limited. The pluses were afternoon tea in the Wintergarden, a treat we allowed ourselves only once, and availability of espresso drinks at several bars and at the buffet. Embarkation was slick. We arrived at check-in to find a clerk waiting for us (no lines!!) and our bags arrived in our cabin not long after we did. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Everything was perfect. Excellent room - Penthouse Jr suite , Fantastic food, excellent crew and no crowds .You always felt welcomed by the entire staff no matter where you were on the ship. Everyone was so helpful and polite. The ... Read More
Everything was perfect. Excellent room - Penthouse Jr suite , Fantastic food, excellent crew and no crowds .You always felt welcomed by the entire staff no matter where you were on the ship. Everyone was so helpful and polite. The Penthouse suite was so comfortable and spacious with every possible amenity. The bathroom had double sinks , heated floors and towel rack. The room had two separate areas - each with it's own big flat screen TV. A spacious balcony with table and chairs and a great view. We were on the forward, starboard side of the boat on the top floor. It was extremely quite and private but yet accessible to everything. The food was first class all the way as was the wait staff. Nothing was a problem and they were always there to help through out the meal. When you asked for something specific your wish was always granted. All and All you can not do better than a Viking Ocean Cruise. We love Viking so much we just booked 2 Viking Cruises over the next year.When you are with the Best stay with the Best !!!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
This was our first Viking Ocean Cruise (We had previously been on a couple Viking River Cruises.) and our first Atlantic crossing. It won't be our last! Everything was perfect from booking to disembarking in Miami. Because the ... Read More
This was our first Viking Ocean Cruise (We had previously been on a couple Viking River Cruises.) and our first Atlantic crossing. It won't be our last! Everything was perfect from booking to disembarking in Miami. Because the Atlantic crossing has few ports to visit, my wife and I were both concerned about so many days at sea. We should never have been concerned as we were kept busy beginning in the morning with a great breakfast followed by a workout in the beautiful fitness center and spa. The pool, lectures and other provided activities kept us busy throughout the day. Lunch either poolside or in one of the dining areas was always great. Dinner in the evening was followed by a show and then either dancing and drinks in Torshavn, a movie under the stars or maybe a brisk walk around the deck. We have cruised with at least 6 other cruise lines in the past, but none compared with Viking. From the absence of photographers always wanting to take your photo to complimentary beer, soda and wine provided at lunch and dinner it quickly sets Viking apart from the others! The free speciality restaurants were amazing. If you like steak, don't miss the ribeye at Manfredi's! Entertainment was low key but always fun and entertaining. Don't expect a Vegas casino type production, but do expect to have an enjoyable hour of entertainment. We enjoyed our first ocean cruise with Viking so much we have our second one planned for October. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We chose this cruise because we enjoy time on the ship, and this cruise had a lot of it. It was a very relaxing cruise. The ship was lovely, our cabin was comfortable and very well equipped, the dining was excellent. We thoroughly ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we enjoy time on the ship, and this cruise had a lot of it. It was a very relaxing cruise. The ship was lovely, our cabin was comfortable and very well equipped, the dining was excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment & activities provided on the ship, as well as the shore excursions. The entertainers were a joy to get to know during our cruise. The staff was excellent, from the dining staff, to our room steward, to everyone else we came in contact with. Everyone was always more than willing to help & answer questions. We have now done one river cruise & two ocean cruises with Viking, and we will do more! Viking has spoiled us now, and we aren't interested in sailing with any other cruise line.They are building more ocean going ships now and that means we'll have more choices as to where we'll go next! Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Viking Sun Ratings
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Cabins 5.0 4.7
Dining 5.0 4.5
Entertainment 4.0 4.2
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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