We chose this cruise as it had all the destinations we wanted. We explored Istanbul in advance on our own and always felt safe, however, I certainly understand Vikings choice to take the tours off the schedule. I wish we had added more than one additional night in Venice. Way to much to explore in a day.
Very much enjoyed receiving champagne on embarkation. The cabins were well appointed- loved the heated bathroom floor! Our room steward made sure we had everything we needed and checked back for questions.
It was nice to choose whether we wanted to pay for an excursion or join the included. For the most part, the tour guides were very knowledgeable and we had time on our own to explore as we wanted.
I have specific dietary needs and was so pleased to have a staff member assigned to dealing with this. It made travel and eating much less stressful!!
The service was impeccable. Staff greeted us and spoke always. It was fun to watch the officers run down the halls and shake hands. We even had the opportunity to speak with the captain. What a open and engaging man!
The weather could not have been more perfect.
While there were times we had to wait for a shuttle after exploring on an excursion, the guides always made it clear where to be and how much time we had.
We enjoyed some of the entertainment and had a great time at the movie under the stars- popcorn included!! Sometimes the entertainment was at times that conflicted with other things, but you always had choices.
I would go again in a heartbeat.