Just finished the Vikings homeland tour. All Scandinavian countries plus St Petersburg,Estonia,Berlin,Poland. Ambitious itinerary.
Likes. Small ship felt bigger because no space set aside for a Casino and lacked the annoying photographers and space given to picture display that are ubiquitous on cruises. Entertainment was adequate for a ship this size but production shows were standing room only. The Atrium stairs were the major seating for events in the Atrium not great but Ok with provided pillows and events were short.
Included tours some very good others bogus esp. included bus tour with no stops.
Optional tours in Saint Petersburg a must. Three ports in Denmark could have eliminated Aalborg and had two days in either Stockholm or Copenhagen. Flam a great stop but would recommend booking your own public ferry from Flam to Gudvangen to see Narrow Fjord. We engaged a taxi a friendly young Norwegian Johnny Steensen who operates the only taxi in Gudvangen. +47 95 419 419 A one man operation well worth the NOK. He also uses his 16 passenger Mercedes van to bring children back and forth to school. We engaged him between 11:30 to 2 PM to pick us up at Gudvangen (there is a free bus back to Flam) He took us to the Stalheim Hotel, did the mountain descent and walks us into a great water fall and a short drive to a small farm village along the Fjord. Highlight of our trip we did miss the Flamabama railtrip but those tourist that took the ferry with us said it was much better than the rail. Without seeing the narrow fjord the other fjords were just like Alaska great but not different.
Crew was professional and helpful. Very polite and friendly.
Food is good but not great. Hygiene could have been better. No one at restaurant entrances to monitor hand cleansing on buffet line, passengers handling serving utensils. Would prefer either being served or simple paper cloths to allow each passenger to safely handle utensils.
Ship was clean and well maintained bathrooms impeccable and had paper towel to open doors. I mention this because a number of passengers including my wife were sick by the end of the cruise.
Spacious with large bathroom (for a ship) Clean comfortable. Minibar free with a selection of alcohol and soft drinks, Nice touch