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Viking Sea Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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The Sea is a delight.

Viking Sea Cruise Review by Hayyseed

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Nov 2016
  • Destination: the Eastern Mediterranean

We have taken 3 river cruises with Viking and been very pleased with the experience, so naturally we considered them when we starting thinking of for a blue water adventure. We were continually amazed at the level of service, the array of activities available on board and ashore in included and available excursions.

A few negatives:

1. On shore experiences the guides spent altogether too much time making local shopping available to the passengers. Naturally, frequent rest room breaks are appreciated; but on a number of the excursions in Greece & Israel particularly, we were obviously & continually being dumped into souvenir shops. Most tourists want to take back souvenir items for themselves and acquaintances, but the amount of time spent in such shops could have been better spent on useful touring.

2. The tour of Haifa's Bahai Gardens is not worth the effort - amounted to peeking thru gates from the top of the hill for 2 minutes. If their religious strictures restrict the access to their facility, the limited time in port would be much better spent elsewhere.

3. In Jerusalem, as my wife is of Armenian heritage, she naturally wanted to visit the Armenian Quarter. There was no tour that offered even a brief foray into that area; therefore, she bolted the tour and ventured on her own to satisfy her desire. She is an experienced traveller and rejoined the tour as agreed after an hour's diversion on her own. You may consider accommodating that need in future tours.


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Cabin Review

Cabin PV1 5103

Spacious, more than we were expecting, I think they upgraded us. Great views, especially when in port. Absolutely spotless housekeeping & attention to detail by the staff. Punctual and comprehensive room service when used.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Acre Walking Tour

Interesting but too much emphasis on access to souvenir hunting.

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Baha'i Shrine

Baha'i Shrine is a big "Don't Bother". Other than the guide's prosethyzing, we learned very little from the 2 minute view from the top of Mount Carmel we were afforded.

View All 6 Baha'i Shrine Reviews
Nazareth and Galilee

Visits to Nazarath and the sea of Galilee were quite enriching to me. Especially liked hearing and seeing what has been done with agriculture around the Sea.

View All 26 Nazareth and Galilee Reviews
Nazareth Walking Tour

Visit to the church of the Visitation was most interesting.

View All 3 Nazareth Walking Tour Reviews
Grand Master Palace

enriching and interesting.

View All 24 Grand Master Palace Reviews
Istanbul

Cruise did not stop at this port due to security concerns.

Kusadasi

Cruise did not stop at this port due to security concerns.

Acropolis

Enriching. tour guide very knowledgeable, but frequently abrupt in personality.

View All 390 Acropolis Reviews
Acre Walking Tour

Interesting on a minor level.

View All 0 Acre Walking Tour Reviews
Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Intesting & quite enriching to me.

View All 9 Church of the Holy Sepulchre Reviews
Dormition Abbey

Intesting & quite enriching to me.

View All 1 Dormition Abbey Reviews
Garden of Gethsemane

Intesting & quite enriching to me.

View All 4 Garden of Gethsemane Reviews
Nazareth Walking Tour

Intesting & quite enriching to me.

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Tomb of David

Intesting & quite enriching to me.

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Via Dolorosa

Intesting & quite enriching to me.

View All 5 Via Dolorosa Reviews
Western Wall

Intesting & quite enriching to me.

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