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Viking Sea Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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1,339 Reviews

Changed my opinion of cruises: now I love them!

Viking Sea Cruise Review by mgounaris

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

My husband loves cruises, but it has never been my favorite form of travel. Viking ocean cruises have changed my opinion and I am looking forward to another Viking Ocean cruise. He, too, found this to be an excellent form of cruising so we are now happily in agreement for future travel.

The ship is brand new and designed beautifully for those who want nooks and crannies to quietly enjoy solitude, or gregarious meeting spaces for times that you wish to enjoy the company of others. The itinerary and many on-board experiences are wonderful for thinking people. So much art, culture, history are available during shore excursions, enrichment lectures on-board, TED talks, talented musicians and entertainment. This cruise also had a fascinating Munch exhibit. The spa is beautiful and free (massages & facials extra charge.) The entertainment was not cheesy, but excellent quality.

Our veranda cabin was comfortable, spacious enough for 2, and well appointed. To be arriving in ports early morning while watching from your veranda is a gorgeous way to start the day! This was especially true of our arrival in Naples.

The dining was better than expected. Dining room and cafe (buffet) were both excellent. The 2 specialty restaurants (no extra charge) were delightful changes of pace.

I liked that there were no casinos or shopping malls onboard. There are a couple boutiques, but not overwhelming. Swimming pools & hot tubs were very good.

Best of all were all the helpful, friendly crew members, the efficient embarkation and disembarkation processes.


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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

enjoyed an ubfirmative guided tour of the new Parthenon Museum. The museum is not at the Parthenon, but below, so travellers should be aware. We have been to the Parthenon before, so that was ok for us.

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Island of Delos

Was amazed at Delos, and so grateful that Viking had our tour led by a retired archaeologist who was knowledgeable and personable.

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Grand Master Palace

was great for me, but a little difficult for my husband (activity level was a bit hard for him).

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Paphos Walking Tour

Cyprus! Never thought about visiting Cyprus. Viking needs to change the itinerary and stay 2 days, not one. Randomly chose Paphos out of the many shore excursions. It was an excellent balance of antiquities, time in the town on your own, and a beautiful coastal drive.

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Acre Walking Tour

This tour actually went to an important Baha'i site and beautiful gardens outside of Haifa (not the large Baha'i temple in Haifa). Thenon to a kibbutz to see how they are run today, followed by an intersting visit to some lovely grottos on the Israel-Lebanon border.

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Nazareth and Galilee

Long day but worth it. Interesting for Christians and those interested in cultural stories.

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City Tour

a must see for those who are either religious, and/or historically interested. It is a bit of a challenging walk for some. The excellent Viking rep on the tour kept my husband company while I was more free to explore. The only reason not "excellent" was I didn't appreciate being taken to the designated shop for purchases.

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Yad Vashem Memorial

incredibly moving and beautifully done. This was a part of, not separate from, the city tour.

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Crete (Heraklion)

Have been to Crete before and seen the sites. Since I have relatives who live there we opted to visit instead. Big port so can't easily walk into town if you are on your own. Fortunately a shuttle bus is available to get you to the taxi stand.

Herculaneum

afternoon after morning tour to Pompeii. Had to return to ship instead between tours. Viking should coordinate this better so you don't waste time like that. Actual tour was fine.

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Pompeii Walking Tour

morning tour prior to afternoon Herculaneum. Had to return to ship instead between tours. Viking should coordinate this better so you don't waste time like that. Actual tour was fine.

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Etruscan tour

We have been to Rome before (not to say Rome isn't worth repeated visits) but had this opportunity to see something we were not familiar with. Excellent guide! Very interesting tour.

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