We chose Viking having been on two of their river cruises . We actually booked this cruise as soon as it became available in 2014 because the Fjords had long been on our wish list of places to visit but also because of the interesting add on of the Shetlands, Orkneys and Edinburgh. Also important to two ocean cruise virgins was only one trip across the North Sea. In the event even that proved not to be a problem at all with such a splendid new ship which made light of it!
The Viking Sea is just beautiful and the sleek Scandinavian interior designs were restful to the eye. We were surprised that with 930 guests the ship never seemed in any way overcrowded and there were many places other than our spacious stateroom to find a quiet place to sit and have a rest, a read or a drink.
Although we weren't able to spend time in Bergen in advance of the cruise we were able to get a flavour of the place in the time available and would recommend visiting Grieg's birthplace if you are a music lover. Most of the shore excursions we chose were included in the price paid and were interesting and with quality guides. What we did not enjoy was the tendering to shore in Edinburgh when we had been informed in a separate letter before travelling that we would be docking at the new Newhaven Ocean Terminal. A satisfactory explanation for this was sadly never obtained. My husband actually asked the captain why we were anchoring mid-river and he expressed his own surprise but said it was beyond his control.
Excellent. Spacious with plenty of storage and hanging space. Heated bathroom floor and night lighting were other good features. Bed was comfortable and TV system good.