We have enjoyed the Viking river cruises and we also enjoy ocean cruising, so when Viking announced Ocean Cruises we booked very early for the first season. The ship was fantastic. The cabins were very spacious and the public areas are beautiful. The design and décor are exceptional and speak of comfortable luxury.
The food was wonderful in all of the venues. The included excursions were hit and miss and tended to be very basic. There were plenty of optional tours, but the claim of value with the included excursions is a bit misleading. There needs to be some thought given to the scheduling of some of the lectures. They were scheduled at the same time as the start of the evening meal forcing a choice. If you went to the lecture, you would then have to wait up to 30 to 45 minutes to be seated for dinner.
Compared to other ocean cruises the drink situation is rather strange. They hype the wine and beer with lunch and dinner being included as an advantage, but the inability to maintain a stock of dry chardonnay was troublesome. Also in the drink area, they had only one beer on tap. It was good, but other choices would have been appreciated. Another issue was that even with the additional purchase of the drink package, drinks in one of the bars were not included. As a result, we never visited that area of the ship.
The cabin was very roomy. The closet space was good and the bathroom was a very good size for a cruise ship. The only issue was the lack of other storage such as drawers or cabinets for storage.
Very basic tour.
The guides on the Hermitage tour walked us past the museum shop to their favorite souvenir shop to wait for the bus so they could get their cut from the vendor.
The tour was great and the ride back on the hydrofoil was a glimpse at the "technology" of the Soviet period - uncomfortable but instructive.
It was an exceptional performance in the theater of the old officers club. Other than being on the third floor, there were young soldiers that help the older guests up and down the stair since there were no elevators.
Tallinn was one of our favorite places. The tour included the concert grounds, the old palace, the upper town and the lower town. It really gave us a nice overview of the city. The guide was great and was a wonderful ambassador for Estonia.
This was a wonderful tour. The drive to the castle was interesting. The guide at the castle was excellent. His English was great and he did a wonderful job of telling the history the castle and interweaving stories of inhabitants.
The tour included a boat tour from Warnemunde to Rostock, a walking tour of downtown Rostock and then a bus tour back to Warnemunde with a stop at a micro brewery. This was a great alternative to spending hours on the bus to Berlin for a too little time in that city.
We had visited here before, but decided to take the city tour that was included. It turned out to be a winner. We visited the routine sites, but also got to visit several places like the Carlsberg brewery grounds and the new opera house, that we had not seen before.
The scenery was beautiful and the stop for waffles was nice. It really gave us a view of the natural beauty of the area.