888 Viking Ocean Viking Sky Cruise Reviews

I hadn’t been to any of the destinations on this cruise but the destination I was really excited about was Eidfjord, and I wasn’t disappointed. We flew to Bergen and were met by Viking representatives at baggage reclaim. As soon ... Read More
I hadn’t been to any of the destinations on this cruise but the destination I was really excited about was Eidfjord, and I wasn’t disappointed. We flew to Bergen and were met by Viking representatives at baggage reclaim. As soon as our luggage appeared we were escorted to the waiting transfer minibus. As we arrived late afternoon we went straight up to our cabin after a very smooth check in and welcome glass of champagne. Our cases arrived a few minutes later with our cabin steward, who introduced himself and was very helpful and friendly throughout the cruise, as were all the ships company, from cleaners and maintenance engineers to the officers and entertainment team. Our cabin was a deluxe veranda, and very spacious and well equipped. The wardrobe was very roomy with extra hangers available from the cabin steward. All cabins have a balcony, which is not only great for early evening drinks, but also early morning sailing into port. We got up at 6 on the morning as we sailed into Stockholm, to see all the tiny islands. Spectacular! And it was wonderful in Eidfjord to be able to sit and relax with a drink in such a beautiful setting. There were several very gifted classical musicians on board who rotated around the public areas- pianist, guitarist and string duo. They provided a very pleasant atmosphere to relax in. A resident singing group performed in concerts in the theatre accompanied by the resident band , all excellent value. There are several restaurants which all provide a very high standard of service and a wide range of choices, with special menus to reflect the port being visited. I am vegetarian and there was always plenty of choice. Hygiene is very important on a ship, and there were wash basins and sanitisers at the entrance to the World Cafe, which is a buffet. The toilets around the ship were spotless and were checked very regularly. Handrails were also often cleaned during the day and I felt that the standard of cleanliness at all times, throughout the ship, was extremely high. The public areas of the ship never felt overcrowded- never any need to reserve a lounger in the pool area! Although most of the passengers were of an age, there was plenty to appeal to the younger end of the range including the gym, a wonderful spa and range of entertainment. We were very lucky to have such good weather throughout our cruise. It was only raining on the last couple of days, and even then we managed to dodge the showers on our shore excursions. As local guides were employed by Viking, it was fascinating to hear their personal experiences as well as learning so much about our destinations. We had a wonderful holiday and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in experiencing interesting places in an inspiring setting , and not to those expecting entertainment 24/7. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We loved everything about the Viking Homelands tour. From airport pickups to tours to see the cities, it was all run like clockwork. Getting on and off the ship at every port was easy and never any lines (except for when we all returned on ... Read More
We loved everything about the Viking Homelands tour. From airport pickups to tours to see the cities, it was all run like clockwork. Getting on and off the ship at every port was easy and never any lines (except for when we all returned on the train from Berlin, but we were greeted with champagne and the crew dancing and welcoming us back....my own family doesn't welcome me home like the Viking crew did!) We took advantage of all the included tours (many were walking tours) and the guides were knowledgeable and gave insights into the history as well as the current events of the cities. The added tours we choose were all wonderful...very well run and friendly guides. We loved all of the areas of the ship and it never felt crowded; our favorite was the explorer's lounge for the cool vibe and sweeping views. Cabin was comfy and roomy and the bathroom floor was heated. The rooms were serviced twice a day and was always spotless. Dining was excellent; so much variety and, while you could eat decadent meals every day, there are healthy delicious options, too. And, wine with lunch and dinner was a nice treat with a great variety of wines. We also enjoyed the special poolside meals of seafood. Entertainment was top notch...I expected it to be cheesy and corny but it was not. From talented singers to special guests, it was all five-star. Our last night brought a Bergan violinist and we were listening to a virtuoso in the finest concert hall. All the ports were interesting with plenty to see and in most towns there is shuttle bus to get you back to the ship if you want to explore the town on your own. We really appreciated that. Fitness center, spa, and pools were wonderful and we took advantage of all of them,. The service exceeded expectations; Viking really takes care of you and makes you feel special. We would definitely go on another Viking trip; and we booked a Viking River cruise to Egypt while on board! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We chose this cruise because we love cruising. We find this way of travelling very relaxing and at the same time interesting. You can visit many cities and have a general idea of all the places the ship stop. The ship has all you need to ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we love cruising. We find this way of travelling very relaxing and at the same time interesting. You can visit many cities and have a general idea of all the places the ship stop. The ship has all you need to have a fantastic vacation time. We never have to wait for a table to eat. The restaurants, all of them are amazing. The chef Ivan, from Chile took really good care of us. He showed as the kitchen and we were surprised how everything was being prepare for each meal in all of the restaurants. The cabin was very comfortable, as well as the bed and pillows, but the best part in the cabin was the bathroom. Really big for a ship bath with warm floor. They have service twice a day to keep the cabin always tidy and clean. We love the entertainment, the 4 young vocalists were exceptional, same as the pianists and the 2 girls who played stringed instruments. We only were sad because the ship couldn't stop in Poland port due to weather conditions.The excursions were very interesting same as the guides, specially Helen in Saint Petersburg. We did some included excursions and some prepaid ones. We already booked a future trip to Egypt in a Viking river for 2021. We recommend the pre and post cruise extensions, both great options, we enjoyed them a lot. We value very much; the quality of service Viking has. Although we did many other cruises with other companies, this last one was overall the best ever. Thanks Viking crew and everyone on the ship for a great experience and a phenomenal vacation. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Friends who had travelled on many cruise lines before suggested that Viking was now one of the top - so well worth considering if we wanted to cruise. The entire cruise and the staff who looked after us were superb. The ship never ... Read More
Friends who had travelled on many cruise lines before suggested that Viking was now one of the top - so well worth considering if we wanted to cruise. The entire cruise and the staff who looked after us were superb. The ship never seems crowded / no queuing in the restaurants. A thoroughly enjoyable experience. More expensive than some other cruise lines but you only get what you pay for! The shore excursion guides were very knowledgeable but I did wish on occasions that we had been given more time to explore the various places by ourselves as in Nice and Monaco Perhaps not to have combined both places in one tour would have given us the additional time we should have liked to look around that particular place. The food on board was superb. Excellent choices and everything so perfectly presented whether at the buffet or service at the table. The wines offered as part of the all inclusive are of extremely good quality - so much better than one might have anticipated as a freebie! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This was a great cruise, exceptional staff. Went to many ports all beautiful. Went to Sweden, Finland, Russia, Denmark, Germany, Estonia and Norway. We missed Poland due to rough water, but we would have been there five hours. Food was ... Read More
This was a great cruise, exceptional staff. Went to many ports all beautiful. Went to Sweden, Finland, Russia, Denmark, Germany, Estonia and Norway. We missed Poland due to rough water, but we would have been there five hours. Food was great and we saw a lot of country. We did many of the optional tours and some included tours, plus we did some walking tours on our own. The weather could have been better in some places but that is out of everyone’s control. On ship we had a massage which was great but a bit overpriced. We also went to the steam bat, the snow grotto, the thermal pool, the sauna and the cold pool. My traveling friend was Norwegian and Swedish and I am German and Finnish so it was great we went to all four countries. I was very happy to get to see the where the Berlin Wall was and Checkpoint Charlie. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This was a thrilling cruise! I have always wanted to visit Scandinavia. The three destinations in Norway were varied and interesting. In Scavanger we visited the Nature Centre and not only experienced incredible exhibits but were treated ... Read More
This was a thrilling cruise! I have always wanted to visit Scandinavia. The three destinations in Norway were varied and interesting. In Scavanger we visited the Nature Centre and not only experienced incredible exhibits but were treated to a panoramic tour of the north which I found thrilling to watch. Bergen was a wonderful way to end the cruise and when there we experienced plus 30C sunny weather! The highlight for me was the Pulpit Rock Cruise, in Eidfjiord Norway. I loved experiencing the fiords from the top of the boat! We loved visiting the varied destinations taking in St. Petersburg, Russia, Berlin Germany, Estonia, Finland and Denmark. Our tour guides were very knowledgeable and pleasant. I learned so much about the history of these historic destinations. Stockholm is a beautiful city. Visiting there was a wonderful way to begin the cruise. We were blessed for the most part with fabulous weather which made our excursions, especially the walking tours, very pleasant. While on the ship we were able to meet many of our fellow passengers and enjoyed socializing with them. The entertainment on the ship was fabulous too! For example, the four young people who performed for example, the Abba Medley were outstanding as was our talented cruise director, the pianist, guitarist, and string duo and Viking Band and singers. The atmosphere on the ship was so pleasant that when sea days occurred, it was a pleasure just to stay on the ship. Guest services was extremely helpful, not to mention friendly. We felt we could go there for any concern. The Viking Sky is a well designed ship and I particularly appreciate the fa that it is a smaller ship than some ocean liners who carry thousands of passengers. In summary, the Itinerary was terrific and the luxury of the ship, friendliness of the crew made this the most memorable of my cruises thus far. I would highly recommend this cruise to family and friends. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
As a reasonably well travelled couple around mainland Europe we were looking forward to travelling a little further afield and so chose The Viking Homelands cruise whilst on our second river cruise with them. From the minute of booking ... Read More
As a reasonably well travelled couple around mainland Europe we were looking forward to travelling a little further afield and so chose The Viking Homelands cruise whilst on our second river cruise with them. From the minute of booking to coming home everything was superbly handled by all the Viking staff we had dealings with. The Viking Sky herself did not disappoint,I can find nothing about it to complain about.It was furnished exactly to our style being modern and elegant without being 'flashy' or too simple.Even on sea days it did not seem crowded. We got to meet several like minded fellow passengers who we would bump into again and again as the cruise progressed.Passengers seemed to be mostly from the US but there were also a fair number of Canadians and Australians.We only came across six other Brits. The main restaurant on deck 2 is the best place we found to meet new people and also The Living Room in The Atrium.(especially around the jig saw puzzle table on level 2.) All the staff seem very happy to be on the ship,it shows on their faces and they always greet you with a smile and say hello. Our favourite place on board was the upper level of the Explorers Lounge closely followed by the comfy loungers facing outwards with sea views in the area at the side of the main pool. The sad faces and fond farewells on disembarkation morning said it all. No one wanted to leave.We cannot wait to sail again and actually rebooked for next year whilst still on board (Australia and New Zealand) Many wonderful memories to savour over the coming winter months . Watching the sun rise and set over the ocean everyday is sadly missed at the moment in my land locked home location. Thank you Viking for yet another special holiday. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
The cruise went to all the cities we have wanted to see for several years. Our hotel stay in Stocholm was lovely and in the perfect location for walking. The Viking Sky is a beautiful ship. Our cabin couldn't have been nicer. We ... Read More
The cruise went to all the cities we have wanted to see for several years. Our hotel stay in Stocholm was lovely and in the perfect location for walking. The Viking Sky is a beautiful ship. Our cabin couldn't have been nicer. We had plenty of room and storage in our cabin. Our bath had nice a nice heated floors. Our refrigerator was refilled everyday with drinks and snacks. The excursions and tour guides were excellent. The ballet in St Petersburg was exceptional. The disembarkation was very well organized and easy to do. The enrichment talks on board were very informative and helpful to understanding the cities on the tours. The food was exceptional featuring local cuisine and wines and beers. The young entainers were extremely talented with a variety of shows. Everything about this cruise was exceptional and couldn't have been more perfect. The staff were all so friendly and helpful. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
The Viking Homelands itinerary seemed perfect for us and though we hadn’t been on a Viking Cruise before, had always heard good things. The experience from start to finish was amazing and, now that we have been thoroughly spoiled, would ... Read More
The Viking Homelands itinerary seemed perfect for us and though we hadn’t been on a Viking Cruise before, had always heard good things. The experience from start to finish was amazing and, now that we have been thoroughly spoiled, would find this cruise line hard to beat. The friendly staff’s prompt attentiveness and professionalism, exceptional logistics from embarking to disembarking (and all in-between), well planned tours in each country and variety of dining options exceeded our expectations. The ship is so well laid out that you can find quiet getaway areas or seek out activities to join, as you’d like. It never felt too crowded. The Viking staff take all feedback to heart and they seem to be continually looking for ways to achieve the wow factor for all of their guests. It was quite relaxing to leave all of the details to Viking and we are delighted to have had such a positive experience. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Exploring the Baltic, Scandinavia and Russia have long been on our bucket list. No better way than on a "small" cruise ship, especially one with Viking's reknowned reputation. Our embarkation was smooth, both pre and final ... Read More
Exploring the Baltic, Scandinavia and Russia have long been on our bucket list. No better way than on a "small" cruise ship, especially one with Viking's reknowned reputation. Our embarkation was smooth, both pre and final boarding of the ship, with the always courteous and very welcoming crew. Once aboard viewing the bright spacious interior with its many appointments, amenities and services assured us we were to be pampered, spoiled and well fed for the duration of our adventure. Our stateroom, a "Deluxe Veranda" appeared and was always kept neat clean and comfortable. Given the opportunity to pre-book reservations in both "Manfredi's" and the "Chef's Table" restaurants we not disappointed. Fine dining with "French" style service and meals prepared to perfection. Of the on-board activities we frequented the "Spa" and "Fitness Centre", attended the informative port talks and knowledgable and historic lectures. The cruise itinerary and choice of excursions provided us a wide selection of interesting activities at every port. Not having experienced an "ocean" cruise we weren't sure what to expect. We were definitely not disappointed, never bored and the time did not pass by too fast or slow. Despite our first impression of being a "big" ship we found it to be as intimate as the Viking longships we've cruised on. Thank you Viking for the wonderful experience ! We've already booked our next cruise ! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Prior river cruise experience with Viking was excellent. We wanted to visit the Baltic ports and expected the same level of experience on Viking's ocean cruise ships. There was almost a complete lack of on board entertainment. ... Read More
Prior river cruise experience with Viking was excellent. We wanted to visit the Baltic ports and expected the same level of experience on Viking's ocean cruise ships. There was almost a complete lack of on board entertainment. Most consisted of a string duet, a pianist and guitarist playing classical music. Only 5 shows in the theatre on a 14 day cruise and nothing during two deadly boaring sea days. The shows that were performed were reminiscent of karaoke. Enrichment was poor and consisted mainly of trying to pitch shore excursions. The main dining room was excellent for both the menu and service. The specialty restaurants are best avoided. Average food variety and quality with exceptionally poor service. The passenger demographic could be best described as ancient which nay have influenced the entertainment. Overall, the cruise was disappointing. At the price point, there are much better choices, even non premium lines would be superior. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
The cruise was nice, but it fell a little short of my expectations. Most all of the staff was very friendly, but being in the explorer suite we expected a little more of a personable experience like we have received on other cruise lines. ... Read More
The cruise was nice, but it fell a little short of my expectations. Most all of the staff was very friendly, but being in the explorer suite we expected a little more of a personable experience like we have received on other cruise lines. Our suite had several mechanical issues (we got locked out of our room twice, tv was serviced three times but still did not work properly, outside door hatch was not latched properly and banged open and closed all night, toilets didn’t work one morning). It would be nice to have a butler service like other cruise lines, and a direct phone number to that person if they are needed. The entertainment most evenings was only at 9:15 pm. We are accustomed to having the option of an early or a late show. We were not interested in waiting until late evening to see a show. A 6:30 and 9:15 would be a much better option. Not everyone wants to stay up that late. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Desire to visit the Northern Europe countries. We have visited many parts of the world but never the Northern Europe area. Being older the cruise was an excellent way to travel. Do not have to constantly pack and repack your belonging ... Read More
Desire to visit the Northern Europe countries. We have visited many parts of the world but never the Northern Europe area. Being older the cruise was an excellent way to travel. Do not have to constantly pack and repack your belonging as you move from site to site. The excursions at each of the ports gave you the opportunity to see many different sites. The local guides were very good and gave you all kinds of local information. The service on the ship was outstanding. Variation of food was very good and the multiple restaurants gave you the opportunity to choose what you wanted to eat. Only problem encountered was the airplane return trip. United Airlines had a 5 hour delay at the Amsterdam airport switch that was handled extremely poorly. It will be a long time before I ever choose to fly with United Airlines. All other services and problems were handled very well by Viking Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We wanted to start with an ocean cruise that brought us to countries we had not been too before. Norway was amazing and the stops we made along the start of this trip were truly memorable.We did do some of the "optional" tours ... Read More
We wanted to start with an ocean cruise that brought us to countries we had not been too before. Norway was amazing and the stops we made along the start of this trip were truly memorable.We did do some of the "optional" tours along the way and some of the "included" tours were also quite good! The restaurant experiences (food, seating, service, etc) were quite an experience, as everyone seemed to want two help and be a part of our experience! The Fitness Center was perfect, never too crowded and my wife's facial and both our massages were among the best ever! Our room was very comfortable and the staff (Clark and Ameline) were great as far as extra water, coffee, etc. Enjoyed the Explorers Lounge as it was close to our room and got us out and relaxing a bit! There was only one thing that I would not do again...the Malmouse Castle was boring (Baron ?) and we unfortunately had a couple from New York, who seemed to know more than the "Baron" and constantly interrupted his long-winded description of the "castle". The soup was not that great and the organic beer was less than enjoyable! Now, overall, this experience did nothing to dampen the great time we had as we enjoyed everything else on our trip and have booked the Ageatic Cruise for next year and have no qualms about going and enjoying! Thank you! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We had always wanted to see the Winter and Summer palaces in Saint Petersburg and we love Scandinavia. It was the perfect vacation. Our cabin was an upgrade and was better than most 5 star hotels. There were only 2 excursions we did not ... Read More
We had always wanted to see the Winter and Summer palaces in Saint Petersburg and we love Scandinavia. It was the perfect vacation. Our cabin was an upgrade and was better than most 5 star hotels. There were only 2 excursions we did not enjoy. At Helsinki we took the Porvoo and Malmgard Castle, quite a lot of driving and not a great deal to see. The castle was a large manor house!! At Eidfjord Norway, the Flam Railway was a great disappointment. It was vert difficult to see the views. The waterfalls were beautiful but a very long way to travel to see them. We enjoyed the Chef's table, wonderful food and service. Mamsens was delightful. Service in the main dining room was rather slow on occasions, we even gave up waiting for dessert on one occasion!! The cafeteria was beautifully furnished, plenty of room and good food. The departure from Stockholm was very enjoyable. The staff were attentive and always willing to help. Service in the Explorers Lounge was excellent, and so were the cocktails. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We choose this cruise as it was going to all the ports we have been longing to visit for years. We were able to enjoy all the Scandinavian countries, Russia, Germany, and other countries along the Baltic Sea. The embarkation and ... Read More
We choose this cruise as it was going to all the ports we have been longing to visit for years. We were able to enjoy all the Scandinavian countries, Russia, Germany, and other countries along the Baltic Sea. The embarkation and disembarkation were easier than ever. There were plenty of associates to assist us with checking in and to answer any questions we had. The ship exceeded our expectations. It was well appointed and easy to maneuver about. Our cabin was absolutely beautiful and the housekeeping staff cared for our every need. They called us by name every time we bumped into them and were very helpful, courteous and hospitable. The food was five-star dining daily, with lots of selections to accommodate every type of diet. The specialty restaurants were outstanding and the selections in the World Cafe were incredible. Service was beyond my wildest dreams, and I had high expectations in the beginning, as it is, after all, a VIKING CRUISE. There was plenty to do on the ship, such as lectures, excursion briefings, lots of games and puzzles, nightly entertainment in several areas of the ship, and good ole relaxing after a day ashore. Excursions were enjoyable and informative and the tour guides were very personable, knowledgeable, humorous, and full of historical facts about their country. Can't wait to plan our next cruise. There is a whole world out there waiting to be explored. VIking is the absolute best way to do it all. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Our friends invited us to go with them. We weren’t sure exactly what to expect but our niece had gone on a Viking river cruise and absolutely loved it. We were so pleased with every aspect of the cruise. Our room was outstanding. It was ... Read More
Our friends invited us to go with them. We weren’t sure exactly what to expect but our niece had gone on a Viking river cruise and absolutely loved it. We were so pleased with every aspect of the cruise. Our room was outstanding. It was so cozy and clean and super comfortable! Everything was so organized and the staff were so professional and friendly and cheerful. There was such a variety of food and it was very, very good. It was fun to eat at the different restaurants! We loved the entertainment and thought it was just the right amount. The theatre was very nice and had comfortable seating. We enjoyed the lectures and loved all of the shore excursions we went on. It was wonderful the night in St. Petersburg when the two professional Russian opera singers came on board to entertain us! It was lovely. We also loved the gift shop. Such quality items. Although the cruise was expensive, if you divide the price by the number of days we were on the ship and the excellent service and everything that was included it actually was quite reasonable. We hope someday we will be able to go on another Viking cruise! P.S. The tour guides were all good.We especially loved the ones in Aalborg, Estonia and Finland. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Countries we never visited. Friends encouraged us to join them. So glad we did! Staff was amazing in every restaurant, cabin people Ferry and Barry the nicest people and the entertainment led by Beven was great! Our first time ever and ... Read More
Countries we never visited. Friends encouraged us to join them. So glad we did! Staff was amazing in every restaurant, cabin people Ferry and Barry the nicest people and the entertainment led by Beven was great! Our first time ever and now we want to go again! Loved sitting on our little balcony and sail in and out of all these different ports. So much to see, so much to do but also plenty of time to enjoy a high tea or go to the sauna. Food was excellent The walking tours in every city were fun and very informative. Sometimes not enough time to do some shopping and the train to Berlin was quite an adventure . Maybe time to charter a better more modern version with airco and WiFi? The Russian folk dancing was a highlight and so was the Hermitage museum. The Viking camp in Aalborg was very fun too!!! Definitely one of the better days. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
The cruise happened at the right time and place. We always wanted to go on a Baltic Cruise and had heard so much about Viking Cruises so we thought we would give it a try. Needless to say we weren't disappointed in the least. ... Read More
The cruise happened at the right time and place. We always wanted to go on a Baltic Cruise and had heard so much about Viking Cruises so we thought we would give it a try. Needless to say we weren't disappointed in the least. Included shore excursions were good and enjoyable and we used them as much as possible. We signed up for the mix and mingle and to our surprise Viking cruise provided a spacious room for our meeting that included wonderful snacks, drinks and introduced us to some of the senior crew and chefs. This was a perfect touch to begin our cruise. Thank you Viking Cruise line and the staff aboard the Viking Sky. The food and restaurant provided a wide variety of choices and we didn't feel overly "stuffed" at the end of our meal. We thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment, specifically tributes to the Beatles, Frankie Valley etc. that got us singing along. Thanks for a great trip. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
The Viking Homelands cruise was selceted based upon the itinerary and especially the end point of the cruise-Stockholm. This cruise was perfect perfect in all respects and everything went like clock work. Embarkation was quick and most ... Read More
The Viking Homelands cruise was selceted based upon the itinerary and especially the end point of the cruise-Stockholm. This cruise was perfect perfect in all respects and everything went like clock work. Embarkation was quick and most efficient. The ship was immaculate in all respects.- minimalist in design and very Scandinavian decor. Ample space on this vessel for a place to seek out a quite place to enjoy the cruise. Sure nice NOT to have children, casinos and bingos. As for the food-plenty of choices and the 3 speciality restaurants. Really enjoyed The Chef's Table with their speciality themed menus. As for the food served on board-we were very astounded with the selections, and quality of the food. Far beyond our expections. Staff always made sure everyone was very pleased. Granted the entertainment on board was not your broadway show productions, however, Viking has very talented musicians on staff and they provided very enjoyable programs. Shore excursions always went off without issues. Viking provides excursions that will appeal to almost everyone and we were not disappointed. All in all, this was a most famous cruise and would sail with Viking Ocean again. The only question is which cruise to select. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We have cruised with Viking many times and have enjoyed them all very much. The staff takes such good care of you and the fact that you can unpack in your cabin. The food was to die for. There were so many different foods available that ... Read More
We have cruised with Viking many times and have enjoyed them all very much. The staff takes such good care of you and the fact that you can unpack in your cabin. The food was to die for. There were so many different foods available that you did not have trouble finding something that you enjoyed. It was very interesting to see this part of the country. It did rain in Bergen as we flew in from Amsterdam but the buses picked us up at the airport under a covered area and off we went. We enjoyed the Shetland Islands even though they are virtually treeless but the people were so friendly. It was great to tour parts of Scotland and Ireland and taste their history. We extended our stay in London for four days and really enjoyed the 65-75 degree weather and sunshine. We had packed our rain gear just in case of rain and it was not needed at all. The only problem we had was the Brexit demonstration that occurred on the weekend we were in London. It really made a mess of bus transportation. Overall, our trip was excellent. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
I had always wanted to explore Iceland and Scandinavia. What better way to do this than on a superior, luxury cruise? Prior cruisers raved about this cruise line on social media. Included excursions at every port, unlimited dining at the ... Read More
I had always wanted to explore Iceland and Scandinavia. What better way to do this than on a superior, luxury cruise? Prior cruisers raved about this cruise line on social media. Included excursions at every port, unlimited dining at the specialty restaurants, included use of the spa, beer and wine at lunch & dinner, included WiFi, snack bar refills at no additional charge, verandas for cabins, free use of the laundrette, and other extras were included in the price. The entertainment was fabulous. The food was extraordinary. Healthy choices were always offered and were delicious. There was a large offering of menu items on their 24/7 room service. It was so nice to wake up to freshly brewed coffee delivered to my cabin in the early morning hours. All staff was friendly and knew had to do their job. The ship was impeccably kept clean also. The bathrooms were modern and the largest I have ever had on a cruise ship. I would highly recommend Viking. Great job, Viking! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We have only been on a few cruises. We selected Viking based on friend's recommendation, industry reputation and the itinerary was just what we were looking forward. The Viking SKY did not disappoint. Everything was spotless ... Read More
We have only been on a few cruises. We selected Viking based on friend's recommendation, industry reputation and the itinerary was just what we were looking forward. The Viking SKY did not disappoint. Everything was spotless clean, food was excellent, service 10 stars, shipmates were fun and engaging, wonderful ports and excursions, fun entertainment and plenty of beautiful public spaces to enjoy. We never felt like there were 900 people on board. Embarkation was seamless. We got on board at 11am. The restaurant was open for lunch and we were in our cabin before promised time. Port disembarkation for shore excursions were very well organized. Depending on excursion they had you meet at different locations. So all went smoothly. Pleased that they had some fun onboard surprises. One night dancing by the pool - themed" dancing under the midnight sun". We crossed the arctic circle (briefly) and that night we received certificates signed by captain stating this. There were a few more. Highly recommend and will return to do another Viking voyage. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Iceland’s Majestic Landscapes, August 13, 2019, Viking Ocean We chose this ship for chance to see Iceland up close. It made four stops in Iceland with two days in Reykjavik at the beginning. Most cruise lines stop at the capitol ... Read More
Iceland’s Majestic Landscapes, August 13, 2019, Viking Ocean We chose this ship for chance to see Iceland up close. It made four stops in Iceland with two days in Reykjavik at the beginning. Most cruise lines stop at the capitol for a day as they transit between the US and Europe. This was our first Viking Ocean cruise. If you are tired of the glitz, the constant sales pitches and wandering to find a quiet spot to read, this cruise line is for you. The ship had no casino and only two shops. Decks 1 and 2 which surround the 3 story atrium are open concept with contemporary Scandinavian décor in neutral tones– sofas, easy chairs & coffee tables with low bookcases to make them feel more intimate. Instead of a single room dedicated as the library, books are shelved at one end of Deck 1 with more books in other areas. Bars/snack areas are also spread throughout the open public areas. There were only two sea days. We found that our only choices for spare time were the port talks, lectures (excellent) and evening performance by the four ship’s singers. There are no dance/show productions. Trivia was held only on the sea days. Obviously the sports deck was not used with the cold and cloudy weather although the pool deck with its glass ceiling had wonderful nooks for reading, relaxing and looking at the ocean and also offered grilled food at lunch and sometimes at dinner. We used the buffet and pool grill for lunch each day and dinner varied between the dining room, Manressa’s Italian café and The World Café. The World Café offered one dedicated ethnic cuisine menu with paired wine included which changed every four days. We found that to be as much of a “show” as a dinner and portions were a bit small. The dining room and buffet food was well prepared and presented. It tended to have emphasis at times on Asian/Indian dishes which were interesting to taste made us wish to see a nice clam chowder, something less pretentious, ie. “down home food” by the last days of the cruise. As my husband put it, after traveling over three weeks, we had “hit the wall” as far as eating was concerned. The staff without exception was helpful and cheerful. Ports: Iceland is a small country with a population of less than 400,000. More than half live in Reykjavik. When our ship of 900 visited a port, Viking worked hard to gather good excursions and transportation. We were often delighted to find ourselves in a small group of less than 20. Viking offered one or more free excursions in each port. The majority were not just a short bus tour around the town. Some days we took both an included tour and a paid tour. Reykjavik We were exhausted when we boarded the ship. Many flights from the US are red-eye and our Icelandair business class seats did not recline more than a few degrees. I would recommend coming in a day early to acclimate. The most popular tour the day after boarding is The Golden Circle, an 8 ½ hour tour staring at 7 AM. We saw Iceland’s most famous waterfall,, Gullfoss, a geothermal area, lava fields and more. Isafjordur: A small group tour to Litlibaer, a tiny home from the early 1900s with stone walls and a turf roof. You will see many turf roofs throughout the country. We were served waffles and jam and our guide made butter in a churn. We were also served homemade chocolates at a photo stop and told about the home-grown enterprises to earn money in this sparsely populated country. Akureyki: We chose a private tour through Tripadvisor/Saga Travel to the Lake Mvatn area to see lava formations, bubbling geothermal areas, Godafoss, the “Waterfall of the Gods”, and learn a lot of local lore. We won the grand prize in our guide, Thor, who truly looked like his name. He had grown up in the area, entertained us with stories from his childhood and was also an extra in Game of Thrones. This was hands-down our best excursion. Seydisfjordur: The Wilderness Center is a unique hotel/tourist attraction far off the beaten path. The owner has created a museum of unique walk-through dioramas showing the life of early settlers and local lore plus a bed-and-breakfast hotel with some of the beds in a single room arranged in cubbies along two walls much like ancient Vikings built their homes, plus two outdoor geothermally heated soaking tubs, all of which the owner proudly showed us. We were served waffles and jam and given taste of lamb smoked on the premises. Thorshavn, Faroe Islands: The 22 small islands which comprise the Faroe Islands stand midway between Iceland and Norway. We visited a turf church, the remains of a 10th century Viking home, and saw fish ladders for salmon while driving through the scenic countryside. Geiranger, Norway: Easily the most scenic stop on the trip, the tiny narrow fjord ends at a tiny town where we chose to take a free tour up a road with 11 switchbacks to a viewpoint looking over the town to the mountains and reverse course and go up the other way to a viewpoint looking down over the town and fjord. This was nothing more than viewpoints and we ended a hotel for a “rest break” which was far too long with nothing to do. Alesund, Norway: Sunnmore Open Air Museum is a collection of homes, barns and other buildings from the past two centuries. Most are open so you can visit inside and the guide gave commentary as we walked along. The buildings are set on rolling land with gravel paths so this may not be suitable for anyone with difficulty walking. Flam, Norway: The small town of Flam set at the end of a fjord hosts up to six cruise ships a day. We were lucky to find only one other. The #1 tour is a 12-mile ride on the Flam railroad up the hillside and through the mountains with waterfalls in abundance. There is a 10 minute stop at a waterfall where the mythical witch appears singing her siren song. At the midway point, there is an hour stop to enjoy waffles and coffee in the hotel and spend a little time enjoying the view back down the valley before catching the next train back down. Viking reserves seats for its passengers. Check out the1-minute zip line ride from the viewpoint halfway down the valley to a farm you can barely see in the distance if a seat on the train back down is too tame! Bergen, Norway: Bergen is the 2nd largest town in Norway and iconic for its gathering of quaint historic merchant homes/warehouses from the days when the town was a trading powerhouse in the Baltic region. Our tour included visiting an old merchant building, a town tour and a funicular ride up Mt. Floien to enjoy the views, a gift shop, a child’s playground, some goats which keep the vegetation trimmed, and restaurant. It was possible to then wander the old wharf and Fish Market on our own afterward since the ship could be seen from the wharf and gauge if it was within a distance you could walk. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We've wanted to visit these countries for some time and have enjoyed a Viking river cruise. In addition, we preferred to travel on a smaller ship, rather than a typical large ocean cruise ship. The Viking Sky has a well-designed ... Read More
We've wanted to visit these countries for some time and have enjoyed a Viking river cruise. In addition, we preferred to travel on a smaller ship, rather than a typical large ocean cruise ship. The Viking Sky has a well-designed interior: the public areas, like atriums, are spacious and attractively decorated. Our cabin, while not luxurious, was exactly what we needed, as we did not spend much time in it. The variety and quality of food was very good, not exquisite dining, but one cannot realistically exquisite when they are feeding over 900 passengers. We believe that the food was as good as can be expected on a cruise ship. A group of four talented vocalists backed up by four very capable musicians provided most of the entertainment. Of the various shows they performed, we especially enjoyed their tributes to Abba and the Beatles. In addition to these shows, the cruise director organized game nights and comedy acts. We enjoyed visiting all of the ports. The guides provided informative and interesting background information on the locales we visited. The optional excursions covered a wide range of activities. We wished only that Viking offered more than one "included" excursion per port. An important feature of the ship for me was its fitness center which was large and well-equipped with elliptical trainers, stationary bikes, treadmills, resistance machines and free weights. The staff and crew provided amazing service. They were always friendly and showed interest in the passengers. Every one of them we met tried to make our cruise a pleasant satisfying experience. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Viking Sky Ratings
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Cabins 5.0 4.8
Dining 5.0 4.6
Entertainment 3.5 4.2
Public Rooms 5.0 4.9
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.4
Family 1.0 4.4
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.1
Enrichment 4.5 4.4
Service 5.0 4.8
Value For Money 5.0 4.4

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