As with most of our adventures, this cruise was chosen with an eye to itinerary, schedule, and environment. A late season North Atlantic crossing, Bergen to Montreal, is almost guaranteed to be a nautical adventure. This cruise did not disappoint. The scheduled Faroes Islands stop became a "drive by" due to unfavorable winds and seas. Later that day and evening we were "privileged" to experience the force of an early fall North Atlantic gale with 40 foot seas and greater than 60 knot winds. The crew, and passengers, learned some lessons about securing for heavy seas through first hand experience. The ship did just fine, demonstrating an ability to navigate in any even marginally reasonable conditions.
The ship was again a delight. The cabins are spacious, the cuisine excellent and the entertainment well presented. The common areas are pleasant, and generally available even when the ship is fully occupied. Particularly noteworthy on this itinerary were the many enrichment lectures and activities addressing Norse and Viking culture and heritage, and anticipated encounters with marine life. The theme "In the Wake of the Vikings" was well presented through out the cruise. The included shore excursions provided an overview of the ports while conserving time and energy of the participants. The daytime transit of Prinz Christian Sund in Greenland was a nautical delight that will be remembered for a long time.
Cruise participants were "older" than those on many trips we have taken. There were probably several factors at work. Viking does not encourage children onboard. There are no programs for the young, and long Fall cruises conflict with school. This cruise sold out early in the year, months in advance of departure. Most passengers had taken previous cruises with Viking, and many had previously cruised in Viking Star.
We will return to Viking Ocean Cruises any time their itineraries, our interests and mutual schedules coincide.