Having previously cruised on Viking River, I knew roughly what to expect.
We were blown away not only with the amenities on the ship, but the quality of food and the professionalism of the staff.
Let me start with the crew. What makes a good cruise an excellent cruise is the quality of the staff. These guys & gals were brilliant .... Always happy and smiling, many greet you by your name and no request is too great. 10 out of 10 here.
Embarkation/Disembarkation was a breeze. Just swipe your Viking Card and you're away.
We were in a DV Cabin on the 5th level. The kingside bed was very very comfortable and the linen 1st class. We had enough room to move around freely .... And hanging space was adequate for a couple with suitcases being able to be placed under the bed. The bathroom was superb with top notch accessories.... And the heated floor was a real bonus. The only minor issue was that sometimes the shower head had a mind of its own!
The laundry comprised of 3 washers (dispensing their own washing powder) & dryers and 2 irons/ironing boards and usage is available free of charge. This was a great inclusion. We used them 3 times and didn't have to wait. Generally we used at 0630 or 2100 .... Not sure what it was like during the day.
We tried all the restaurants. Preference for breakfast was the World Cafe but we did try room service on one occasion. Oodles of choices. Although the majority of passengers ate indoors, we preferred the Aquavit Terrace.
Lunch was either at the Pool Grill, Mamsens or the World Cafe.
We preferred to have waiter service for dinner. Tried The Restaurant (5 times), Manfredis (3) & Chefs Table (1). All meals were excellent, helped of course by the friendliness of the staff. The Chefs Table is a set menu and may not suit all tastes. The wines supplied for lunch & dinner were fine (and did not stop at 1 glass!)
Fortunately the menu for the day at each venue can be viewed on the TV in your room, so you will know in advance.
The split pea soup at Mamsens was really yummy as well (only available between 10pm & midnight). Give it a try.
One thing that was noticeable, or perhaps not noticeable was the passengers on board. Very rarely did the ship ever seem crowded. This ship is an excellent design with lots of nooks and crannies to sneak yourself away should you wish to do so. The age group was primarily 55+, but there were a number in their 40s.
We attended 5 of the live shows and thoroughly recommend the Abba show (main theatre & our favourite!), Rat Pack Revisited (Torshavn Lounge) & The Beatles revival out by the Man Pool.
These are not huge productions that you'd see on other cruise lines, so don't expect any over-the-top musicals etc ... Just appreciate how professional this troupe is.
We felt the water in the main pool wasn't cold enough for our liking although this venue was most popular. We preferred the Infinity Pool at the stern.
Make sure you visit the Spa room .... Brilliant. We both used the Spa, Steam Room & Snow Room. (I also did the cold bucket thing!)
Included excursions were a bit hit and miss. We believe it comes down to the quality of the guide. Some were brilliant, others not so. Also remember that because of the age group of the greater number of passengers, guided tours could take a little longer.
In the smaller ports such as Kotor ( ....and by the way, make sure you're on deck by 7am for the sail in .... Magnificent!), Zadar & Koper, the walking tours may only be 90 mins + free time so this may not satisfy some. For these 3 ports we used outside companies (private tours) to visit other areas around these towns.
Finally, not having a casino or children (and photographers for that matter on board, helped make this a most memorable cruise. Yes, you pay a little more, but for us it was well worth it.