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One of the most beautiful ships we've been on. Everything brand new, very Scandinavian lots of blonde wood. Our cabin was good sized and well appointed. Would have liked double sinks, however. Food was hit or miss. Viking has no restaurant option at lunch, so its either the buffet or the pool grill, which is also self-service. Not what a company aspiring to be a top cruise line should offer. Liked the Chef's Table, especially the premium wine pairings. Maître d' and wine person were great! Manfreddi's , however was a whole other story. Disorganized, loud, the Maitre d' was useless. Ate there twice and had to send three of four entrees back-undercooked, overcooked, fishy "fresh fish". Got a side order of asparagus that literally smelled and tasted like diesel fuel. We had the Silver drinks package, but were told upon boarding the ship that they had recently decided to exclude Champagne, even though it's within the $15/drink cost limit! This was ridicules, but the food & beverage manager did accommodate us after we pressed. Viking needs to address, especially since its included in the River cruises. Loved the classical trio, who play at various spots all over the ship. Guitarist and keyboardist were also very good. Shows and musicals in the Theater were below average. Seemed like college- level performances. Theater is also small with low ceilings Service was good overall, with most people really wanting to please. Loved Torshavn bar, which opens at 9pm. I shouldn't tell anyone, because it was nevre crowded Crowd was a lot of first-time, crusers. the kind that don't wash their hands coming out of the bathroom--on a ship! On the 8th day people still hadn't figured out their QuietVox for the tours. Really, you got all the way to Athens and you can't figure out how to push two buttons? Excursions were generally very good with good guides. 90+% of passengers take the included tours. Olympia and all he Venetian influenced cities were our favorites. Because of Fo, we got diverted on the last day from Venice to Trieste, IT. Very disorganized. We were supposed to get off at 8am, some people didn't get off the ship til 9pm, and then a 2 hour bus ride to Venice. We lost our only day in Venice, but we booked flights the next day, so we were not quite as effected. Overall good, not great.

Beautiful Ship, Food Not So Much

Viking Sea Cruise Review by timmm

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One of the most beautiful ships we've been on. Everything brand new, very Scandinavian lots of blonde wood. Our cabin was good sized and well appointed. Would have liked double sinks, however.

Food was hit or miss. Viking has no restaurant option at lunch, so its either the buffet or the pool grill, which is also self-service. Not what a company aspiring to be a top cruise line should offer. Liked the Chef's Table, especially the premium wine pairings. Maître d' and wine person were great!

Manfreddi's , however was a whole other story. Disorganized, loud, the Maitre d' was useless. Ate there twice and had to send three of four entrees back-undercooked, overcooked, fishy "fresh fish". Got a side order of asparagus that literally smelled and tasted like diesel fuel.

We had the Silver drinks package, but were told upon boarding the ship that they had recently decided to exclude Champagne, even though it's within the $15/drink cost limit! This was ridicules, but the food & beverage manager did accommodate us after we pressed. Viking needs to address, especially since its included in the River cruises.

Loved the classical trio, who play at various spots all over the ship. Guitarist and keyboardist were also very good. Shows and musicals in the Theater were below average. Seemed like college- level performances. Theater is also small with low ceilings

Service was good overall, with most people really wanting to please. Loved Torshavn bar, which opens at 9pm. I shouldn't tell anyone, because it was nevre crowded

Crowd was a lot of first-time, crusers. the kind that don't wash their hands coming out of the bathroom--on a ship! On the 8th day people still hadn't figured out their QuietVox for the tours. Really, you got all the way to Athens and you can't figure out how to push two buttons?

Excursions were generally very good with good guides. 90+% of passengers take the included tours. Olympia and all he Venetian influenced cities were our favorites.

Because of Fo, we got diverted on the last day from Venice to Trieste, IT. Very disorganized. We were supposed to get off at 8am, some people didn't get off the ship til 9pm, and then a 2 hour bus ride to Venice. We lost our only day in Venice, but we booked flights the next day, so we were not quite as effected.

Overall good, not great.
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Cabin 4019
Big, clean well appointed.