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Viking Sea Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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Great cruise; saw a lot!

Viking Sea Cruise Review by RuthPeters

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

We chose this cruise because we would see many different countries, including Israel and Italy. We began in Athens, Greece and did our own little tour in the afternoon the first day because we overslept in the morning and missed the morning tour. We were not all that impressed with what we saw of Athens, so that was OK that we just had an afternoon to view the Acropolis. Embarkation was easy and the staff was great in getting our luggage to our room. Our two room "hosts" did a FANTASTIC job of keeping our room clean and well stocked with supplies. We were very happy with how clean the WHOLE ship was - and sanitizer stations were everywhere. I can't emphasize enough about how clean the ship was.

We did two side excursions into Israel - one was a day trip into TelAviv and the other one was a 2-day fast-and-furious trip to Jerusalem, Bethlehem, the Dead Sea, Jordan River and sights in between. We were disappointed in the spot of the Dead Sea where we were taken as the whole place was filthy, lots of people were there (even though it wasn't high tourist season), and it was just gross. We know other folks were taken to a different spot and it was a lot nicer there. So we were very disappointed in that. We were also disappointed that we didn't get to do any shopping in Bethlehem - other than ONE shop - at the end of the day. We felt we got "took" by our guide as this was the only place he would let us go to and there were many opportunities to shop as we were walking along in the city - but that wasn't allowed. We were also very disappointed in the Hotel that we stayed at in Jerusalem - that just was not up to Viking standards. It was old and run down.

The restaurants, spa area, swimming pools, high tea and everything else offered on the ship was great. They did a great job of informing us the night before as to what we would be touring the next day and the itinerary. Instead of ear pieces that slip over the ears (which can be painful), I would like to see them have an option to use ear buds instead.

This is the second cruise we've taken with Viking and we have never been disappointed with the staff, cleanliness, or the ship itself. We've been on other cruises, and they just don't compare.

We did not travel with children. We would definitely take a Viking cruise again, but probably ask for more specifics about Israel ahead of time if we were going there again.

Viking has it all figured out as to embarkation or disembarkation - it runs smooth like a well-oiled machine. There is no mass confusion. Both experiences in that way are awesome.

We stayed in Rome for a few days and had a great time. We would like to go back to Rome again someday and maybe spend a week there.


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Cabin Review

We loved our cabin. We were upgraded and enjoyed the room. Our stewards kept it very clean and well stocked with water, towels, and anything else we needed. There was never a time that I saw something that needed to be cleaned. Viking does a great job in keeping their ships spotless.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Mykonos

We loved Mykonos. It was a beautiful island. The walking tour was very nice and leisurely with lots of stops and things to look at. The island was very clean and the people were very friendly.

Athens (Piraeus)

We missed the morning group tour because we overslept (our fault). So we took a bus to the Acropolis in the afternoon. We were not all that impressed with Athens. It was crazy busy, dirty, and lots of beggars.

Rhodes

Rhodes was pretty and saw lots of history. We went on a nice walking tour of the old city.

Rhodes Old Town

Rhodes Old Town was a part of the walking tour.

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Street of Knights

Street of Knights was part of the same tour and was very interesting.

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Haifa (Tel Aviv)

We really enjoyed Caesarea. Lots of history and it was beautiful by the Sea.

Tel Aviv Walking Tour

There was lots of walking with this tour. It is not meant for people that have walking problems or use walkers. The streets are uneven and there are lots of steps.

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Bethlehem Walking Tour

Overall, it was a great tour, but very quick and fast-paced.

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Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Very interesting.

View All 9 Church of the Holy Sepulchre Reviews
Garden of Gethsemane

Very nice, but lots smaller than I anticipated.

View All 4 Garden of Gethsemane Reviews
Jewish Quarter

Enjoyed seeing that culture and the Western Wall. We were disappointed that we didn't get to visit the Dome of the Rock.

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Tel Aviv Walking Tour

Lots of walking on cobbled streets and up and down stairs. Not meant for people with walking issues or using walkers.

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The Dead Sea

The spot that we were taken to was dirty and gross. Restrooms and changing rooms were filthy. Prices were high.

View All 10 The Dead Sea Reviews
Via Dolorosa

Enjoyed this part of the walk very much, but we weren't allowed any time to visit any of the shops along the way. That was very disappointing.

View All 5 Via Dolorosa Reviews
Western Wall

Enjoyed this immensely.

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City Tour

We took a bus tour of Rome through Viking and stopped at Vatican City for quite a while. It took 1.5 hours to get to Rome from the ship. The drive was nice going to and from the ship.

View All 349 City Tour Reviews
Colosseum

Only saw this from the bus, but it was impressive.

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Pantheon

Very impressive!

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Rome (Civitavecchia)

Upon disembarkation, we went back into Rome and stayed for two days on our own and took in the highlights of Rome by ourselves. It's got so much history and is easy to walk from place to place, but either use GPS on your phone or get a map. It's easy to get lost.

Sistine Chapel

Beautiful....and must see!!!!

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St. Peter's Basilica

Beautiful!!! We walked the stops to the top and the view was very impressive! Definitely worth the walk. We made a reservation for a private tour and there were about 8 of us in our group. Definitely worth it.

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Trevi Fountain

Beautiful!

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Vatican Museums

Interesting

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