Viking Sea Cruise Review by Elliotbay
- Sail Date: September 2016
- Destination: Transatlantic
We got passed that and rode the funicular up the mountain, had lunch in the Fish Market and took a fjord tour by boat...a great day in Bergen! Since we were not sailing until the evening of the 19th, we took a farm tour that was included on the 19th and it was very enjoyable.
Let me say at this point that we are experienced cruisers with this being our 26th cruise since the early 1990's. All ocean cruises, no river cruises and no Viking. We read great things about the Star, which turned out not be true.
Our first stop was the Shetland Islands where we had a great tour and my wife bought wool (she is a knitter). Our second stop was the Faro Islands, which we had toW pass due to rough seas. Iceland was next and we had a great time in Reykivik; we had lunch at Cafe Loki where we had the traditional meat soup and several varieties of herring. For dessert we had Rye Bread Ice Cream (delicious). My wife bought more yarn and we bought some gifts. Nice Day.
Then the fun began! We ran into a substantial storm that night with up to 45 foot waves and winds gusting to 80-90 mph. Lots damage on the ship and some people were hurt. Everyone had to hunker down for the night. Fortunately we were not seasick. Several items broke in our cabin. It was by far the worst storm that we have ever encountered while cruising. The next day was better, but 15 foot seas and 30 mph winds were not that much fun.
Greenland had a stark beauty highlighted by a floating iceberg, a glacier and some very remote villages. We stopped at two very small Inuit villages and had to tender in since there was no dock to handle our Ship, even though we were under 1,000 passengers.
After another sea day, we landed at L'Anse aux Meodows, a site of reconstructed Viking village. We were in one of the last two groups when the Captain cancelled the tendering due to rough seas. We felt we could have made since we have tendered in rough seas before. He later apologized since the seas did not get as bad as he expected. Needless to say we were very upset about missing this site.
Our next port, Sagueny, Canada we took a paid tour of crafts, etc. At our first stop the bus broke down; end of tour
Quebec City was really hopping and we had a good tour. Finally Montreal where we stayed in the Renaissance, a Marriott property which was outstanding. Especially using points and an upgrade to suite. I am a Platinum Elite, which is helpful.
Here is our assessment: the Ship is beautiful, the staff is very attentive, but ineffective, the cabin is very well designed and the food ranged from horrible to very good. We ate in every dining venue. The phones have a clock, which was out for 4 days, thus when putting in a wake up call you were awakened two hours early until the problem was corrected. The wifi is free but very slow and not there several times. Everything you as for takes 2-3 to get it; making little things big things and gets you angry. There is no single point of contact like a concierge and/or a butler. At $7,000 per person one would hope for something like that. Entertainment was minimal, but surprisingly very good. We felt that Viking is not ready for prime time ocean cruising. Also DO NOT CRUISE THE NORTH SEA AND NORTH ATLANTIC IN SEPT-OCT.
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