Doesn't everyone want to visit Venice at least once? We certainly did. Having been on 3 Viking River cruises, we were excited to set sail on the Viking Sea. Knowing that the number of passengers would be lower than other ocean cruise we've taken and that the smaller ship size would allow it to be closer to the city action was very attractive to us. And every cabin having a balcony was a big plus.
One of our favorite spots on the Sea was the spa. We went every day to soak in the thermal pool and the hot tub and relax on the heated loungers. We enjoyed the novelty of the Snow Grotto but didn't linger. Another daily activity for us was afternoon tea in the Wintergarden where we enjoyed tea, scones, sandwiches and lovely music.
While food in the dining room and the World Cafe was excellent, the 3 times we ate at Manfredi's are memorable. There are many places on the Sea to find a quiet place to read or check news from home, via their free WiFi service. The included excursion in every port were well done and enjoyable. We were totall enchanted by the ship and the service of their friendly staff and that has made it hard to think of using another cruise line.
The cabin size and amenities outshone any other cabin we've been in. The sitting area was perfect for the times we ordered room service or wanted to relax without getting into bed.. There was plenty of closet space and drawers to put away all our belongings. The bathroom was spacious, well stocked and the heated floor was lovely, even in April. The desk, close to the balcony, was the perfect place to put on my makeup each morning since the lid of the desk opened to a lighted mirror. Because of the numerous food opportunities on board, we didn't make much use of the in room coffee maker or the stocked minibar.