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Sail Date: August 2018
We chose Viking because of it's fine reputation for quality and service. The smaller ship size made the trip more intimate with a relaxed atmosphere free from queueing and crowds. We chose this particular cruise as it had ports in both ... Read More
We chose Viking because of it's fine reputation for quality and service. The smaller ship size made the trip more intimate with a relaxed atmosphere free from queueing and crowds. We chose this particular cruise as it had ports in both Karen's and my homelands. So, we had an opportunity to visit our roots. Unfortunately, due to winds???? the Captain cancelled our stop in Gdansk Poland. Being 100% Polish I was unable to visit my homeland. Quite a disappointment. This was the only negative we experienced. The food was outstanding and the personalized service was extraordinary. Brian Rodriguez our Cruise Director was the finest Director we have ever had the pleasure of sailing with...and what a voice!!! I found the guides on our tours to be extremely knowledgeable and very courteous. Docking locations were very convenient to transportation and town centers. This eliminated the need for long walks on piers and to tour buses. Thank you to the Viking team for making this a memorable trip. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
We had been on two Viking River cruises and were extremely impressed. We never had an interest to go on an Ocean cruise until those experiences. We were always disinterested in the larger capacity ships and felt that with Viking's ... Read More
We had been on two Viking River cruises and were extremely impressed. We never had an interest to go on an Ocean cruise until those experiences. We were always disinterested in the larger capacity ships and felt that with Viking's smaller passenger count they could provide the same level of intimacy that we experienced on the River cruises. They did not disappoint!! The ship was beautiful and immaculate. The service was outstanding. Our cabin was very roomy and comfortable as we had hoped since this was a longer cruise. Plenty of storage for all of our belongings. A comfortable sofa and chair to lounge in as well as a roomy veranda to enjoy the views from. The food was delicious and diversified with several venues to choose from. The ports and included shore excursions were wonderfull and diversified from the bustling St Pertersberg to the fjords of Norway. Not only would we go again we already booked, while on board, the Mediterranean Odyssey. Looking forward to another wonderful trip Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
I wanted to see Scandinavian countries and i felt a cruose was a good way to sample many of them. The Viking ship was beautiful, the service perfect, and i felt i had a very magical wonderful experience. I was pleased with th itinerary ... Read More
I wanted to see Scandinavian countries and i felt a cruose was a good way to sample many of them. The Viking ship was beautiful, the service perfect, and i felt i had a very magical wonderful experience. I was pleased with th itinerary because it included all the countries i wanted to see. I was on the ship with 3 friends and we shared beautiful meals together, had fun tea time, did the excursions together, and met in beautiful lounges on the boat. All the crew was helpful, respectful, and and extremely competent. I am a musician and i felt the on board entertainment was exceptional. Our cruise director Brian impressed me grearly. He was easy to understand and well organized. He had a wonderful and versital voice and great stage presence. I would have enjoyed hearing him even more. The exercise facilities were well done. I enjoyed the deck 8 exercise track. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
The travel to and from can be tiring but once you are in Vikings hands everything is made easy. This was our second Viking cruise and we were even more impressed this time than last year. We love everything about the ship. I would start ... Read More
The travel to and from can be tiring but once you are in Vikings hands everything is made easy. This was our second Viking cruise and we were even more impressed this time than last year. We love everything about the ship. I would start my list but I honestly mean everything. The service is beyond excellent as well. The dining choices are wonderful and the food delicious. There is no skimping or cutting corners on the part of Viking as the food offered at the World Cafe is every bit as elegant as the fine dining venues. The tours are terrific and the included tours (no cost) compare favorably with the optional tours. The optional tours are very reasonably priced if you have specific interests. There have been times when I wished that I had made a different tour choice but I credit that to my lack of research. Tip: If you have a specific tour in mind book as early as you can according to your storeroom category. Any cruises in my future will be with Viking. Two perfect vacations cannot be a fluke. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
We like smaller ships. Viking does a wonderful job. The food was fantastic in all the dining rooms. The crew was excellent, they really catered to all our needs. Our cabin boys, Willy and Tijo were outstanding, couldn’t ask for ... Read More
We like smaller ships. Viking does a wonderful job. The food was fantastic in all the dining rooms. The crew was excellent, they really catered to all our needs. Our cabin boys, Willy and Tijo were outstanding, couldn’t ask for better. The excursions were great. Viking was great in the timing and picking the right guides for the excursions. The ship was immaculate, always someone cleaning. We didn’t do night entertainment, was too tired after long days of excursions.(which we picked), but we did hear the music, they played throughout the day, which was nice. Our embarkment and disembarkment went on time and smoothly. I can’t say enough about Viking they are great. Our extended days were great, Viking took care of our hotels and excursions and bags. Was a little disappointed that they had to cancel our stop in Poland, was looking forward in seeing the concentration camp, but understand the weather just happens and you have to compensate for that. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
We are Interested in the Nordic countries and the Baltic. Also Findland, Russia and Poland. Food was very good but the standard white wine (a French Blanchard was not very good). It would have been nice to very the complimentary wines. ... Read More
We are Interested in the Nordic countries and the Baltic. Also Findland, Russia and Poland. Food was very good but the standard white wine (a French Blanchard was not very good). It would have been nice to very the complimentary wines. Service was very good particularly room service. We were disappointed we missed Gdańsk Poland because of weather. Our room steward was excellent. The free excursions were generally good but could have been more extensive. The Berlin excursion left too much free time and did not stop enough at the major attractions. The optional excursions were excellent but a little pricey. This being said the buses and loading were well organized. Embarkation and debarkations were well managed and quick.! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
The itinerary is what interested us the most. We had done 2 river cruises with Viking before and felt confident that they have an excellent product. The itinerary was excellent as were the programming aspects of this cruise. The boat ... Read More
The itinerary is what interested us the most. We had done 2 river cruises with Viking before and felt confident that they have an excellent product. The itinerary was excellent as were the programming aspects of this cruise. The boat was immaculate and the service was beyond expectations. At times, the excursions could get crowded -- same with the port with a combination of boats -- but Viking did its best to minimize those situations. The meal choices were plentiful and all of high quality. There was always something you could do on the boat, or choose to just hang out. We loved the diversity of the itinerary and the ports. Also, the boat was just the right size -- large enough to not get bored and small enough to not feel overwhelmed. We took advantage of an on-board promotion and booked our next cruise. We are very much looking forward to it! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
We chose this cruise because our backgrounds are Polish, German, Danish and Irish, so we would be able to visit some of the countries our ancestors came from Embarkation took only about 10 minutes. We enjoyed the port lectures in the ... Read More
We chose this cruise because our backgrounds are Polish, German, Danish and Irish, so we would be able to visit some of the countries our ancestors came from Embarkation took only about 10 minutes. We enjoyed the port lectures in the theatre giving us an idea of the countries we would visit. Most of the tour guides on the buses were very knowledgeable, and having headsets was a great help in hearing everything they said. In our leisure time, we enjoyed relaxing on a lounge chair by the pool, the music was always so calming. We did not swim in the pool because the water was a little cooler than what we are used to in Florida. We also enjoyed listening to the guest piano player, and guitarist. Our favorite restaurant for dinner was The Restaurant--we enjoyed being waited on and they always tried to give us a table for 2 at the window. We ate in Manfredi's twice, and the food was excellent, however, it was quite noisy for our liking. The World Café also had so many choices to choose from, all delicious. I think we had gelato every day of the cruise! We never really had to wait on any lines for too long with anything we did. We loved that we could walk from one end of the ship to the other and not be tired out. The shows in the evening were all outstanding. Our cruise director, Brian Rodriquez led an interdenominational service on Sunday and sang the Our Father which blew everyone away with his phenomenal voice. He also had his own show one evening, and we couldn't believe the range of songs he performed. When all 600 of us returned on the train from Berlin, we were welcomed back with a reception by the crew & staff with a red carpet, champagne and music. It was the perfect ending for a perfect day. Service was excellent from everyone, and we were always greeted with a smile and nice salutation. Eventually they called us by our first names. All good things must come to an end, and we disembarked at 6 am, The Viking porter crew took care of our bags from the terminal all the way to check-in at the airport. We felt very safe and cared for. Thank you Viking for a wonderful trip! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
We chose the VIking Homelands cruise because of the variety of countries (Baltic countries plus add on of Iceland) and time of year fit well with our needs. This was our second Viking cruise (previous was the Grand European two years ago) ... Read More
We chose the VIking Homelands cruise because of the variety of countries (Baltic countries plus add on of Iceland) and time of year fit well with our needs. This was our second Viking cruise (previous was the Grand European two years ago) travelling with my brother and sister in law. The air travel booked for us went smoothly. Embarkation/disembarkation went without a hitch. Amazing with over 900 people coming from all over the world and we all arrived and were sent off at the correct times. Quite a scheduling feat. The staff were so friendly and helpful. Our room steward kept our room so neat and clean and met us with a smile and something cheerful to talk about several times a day. Several servers became good friends and would stop by and talk to us daily. The multiple food choices were spectacular (we loved the Chefs Table...I can't rave enough about how great it is). We enjoyed the variety of food choices and types of restaurants, trying dishes that we would not normally have at home and loved every one of them. Trying to be reasonable with food portions was difficult with so much good food available. Eating our way through the many choices was a challenge that we enjoyed. And there was the afternoon tea, how much fun that was. We did manage to maintain our weight. There was a varied selection of excursions available. We went over the descriptions of each and were able to book our first choice for every one. Our one disappointment was that we were not able to get into the Gdansk port due to high winds. A relative was born in Poland and we were looking forward to at least visiting the country for a few hours. The last minute alternate destination, Bornholm, was up the usual high standard we have come to enjoy with Viking excursions. Again these excursions were a scheduling marvel. Over 600 went by train into Berlin and everyone came back on time. The add on in Iceland excursions were wonderful. We loved the musical evening entertainment in the theatre. The music was tuned in so well to our age group, every evening the audience was singing along with the entertainers. We enjoyed the trivia contests and were always one away from winning. Next cruise we will win those mimosas! We could not partake in all of the offered on board activities as there was so much to keep us occupied. We found the port talks were very helpful. To fill in some free moments, and they were few and far between, we enjoyed the mini golf, shuffleboard, and scrabble tables. I staff and feel of the ship was so welcoming. Our every need was fulfilled Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
We chose this cruise do to past experience with Viking river cruises and their excellent service. It also had the itinerary we wanted. The ship is only 3 years old and in perfect condition. Really appreciate the free water bottles and ... Read More
We chose this cruise do to past experience with Viking river cruises and their excellent service. It also had the itinerary we wanted. The ship is only 3 years old and in perfect condition. Really appreciate the free water bottles and included beer and wine at lunch and dinner. Staff spoke excellent English and addressed any needs that came up. Also appreciate the smaller passenger count and very seldom felt crowded except on a couple of occasions. Dinning was generally excellent except for a few poor entrees. Appreciate the no extra charge for the specialty restaurants. For dinners would have appreciated two entree sizes because a number of times because of the size of the servings I felt food was wasted. Would have liked all liquors included with the price as it is on other luxury cruise lines. Because of weather we did not get to stop in Poland which is something we were looking forward to. Read Less
Viking Star Ratings
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Cabins 5.0 4.8
Dining 5.0 4.7
Entertainment 3.0 4.1
Public Rooms 5.0 4.8
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.3
Family 1.0 4.3
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.1
Enrichment 4.0 4.3
Service 5.0 4.8
Value For Money 5.0 4.4

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