Initially it was the route we wanted. The idea of a Viking ocean Cruise was new to us, but the ship facilities looked excellent and turned out to be superb.
The plan had been to spend a day and a half in Istanbul, but the political situation meant that we were immediately coached to the ship and sailed away. An interesting visit to Troy was introduced as a replacement which although a shame was very acceptable.
Good to have the special dining venues available at no extra cost. Generally the seating and meal ordering and delivery process was very efficient, the food of course was very good.
2 memories stand out - the spaciousness and decoration of the communal areas on the ship - and the friendly attitude of all members of staff who always had time for a few words.
Not realising we had booked a maiden voyage, it was clear that both the ship and crew had been through a first class work-up.
We mostly used the complementary excursions which, although simple and short, were very acceptable and gave us free time to explore or rest. The paid excursions were well organised and interesting.
As a result we have booked our first river cruise (with Viking) and await the next Ocean Cruise catalogue.
Very comfortable, we were well looked after. The décor was light/airy and very restful.