While we usually arrive early enough to explore our departure city before our cruise, we didn't do so this time. To our delight Viking provided exceptional excursions that were quite comprehensive, and we were able to take in every thing we'd hoped to experience in Athens, and much more.
Boarding our ship and embarkation was an extremely easy, smooth and non-stressful as is sometimes the case on other cruise lines. Instead of the usual crowd of people coming and going, the checking and getting to our cabin was very pleasant. Our luggage was already in our room when we arrived, a very pleasant change from our past experience with other cruise lines.
The ship was absolutely beautiful. The common spaces were large, attractively designed and furnished, and so very comfortable. Our cabin meet all of our expectations and hopes. Very spacious and beautifully designed and furnished. Ample atorage and closet space so that we were quickly unpacked and off the explore the rest of the ship. The Explorer's Lounge was one of our favorite places to simply relax to read, and to enjoy a fabulous vantage point from which to view and enjoy our time at sea. Amazing views out over the front of the ship as we sailed on. Great beverages and tasty light snacks as we experienced the relaxing time in comfortable overstuffed chairs and couches.
We loved the anytime dining, and experienced each dining venue from the main dining room to each of the speciality dining spots. A large selection of delicious dishes everywhere we went, with top notch, attentive services in every regard. And each evening following dinner we enjoyed such excellent entertainment whose quality was matched by such great variety. Port talks were plentiful and very helpful. Mad additionally we enjoyed a series of educational and extremely interesting talks/lectures provided by a wide range of quite learned guest speakers.
The itinerary of ports was a true adventure. The range of excursions allowed for great variety of activities and tours. I think it's really worth of mention that in each port Viking provided at least one free excursion. And I sincerely complement the quality and content of these free excursions. We did a number of paid excursions especially in the history filled country of Israel, but we also enjoyed many to the complementary excursions as well. All together they provided a wonderful opportunity to experience this great cruise adventure. This trip was for my wife and me, and we so enjoyed it. Again, I'd like to complement the beauty and enjoyment of the ship. We look forward to additional travel on Viking Ocean Cruises, and we'd really enjoy inviting other friends and/or family who we're sure will enjoy their experience as much as we did.
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