Viking Sea Cruise Review by LadyImpactOhio
- Sail Date: February 2017
- Destination: Mediterranean
We stopped in Toulon, Monte Carlo, Florence, Rome, Sardinia, Corsica, Malta, Tunis, Algiers and Valencia. Personally I would have skipped Sardinia as it was a long way to cruise and only 4 hours in port. I would have liked to spend the night in Tunis to see more.
This is an extraordinary itinerary most people will never get to experience. The highlight for many including me, was going through the Messina Strait between Italy and Sicily and seeing the volcano Stromboli smoking. In Tunis the ship was met at the pier by a small band and camels you could ride. Also there were men with Falcons to put on your shoulder. All for a small price, of course.
This Is not a cruise for children, and it's not a "party boat" although there was much entertainment. A show most nights, there is a small night club. And one night a big dance party on the pool deck. And live background music in the evening.
Stateroom service was excellent, but I have to say food service in all categories was not up to the same level as our last cruise. They were understaffed and many crew seemed frustrated. Many times we had to ask to be waited on in the buffet and tables were not cleaned and reset in a timely manner.
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One day I was in the infinity pool and I'm sure I wasn't noticed. A man in a suit was ragging in a low voice to a bunch of waiters who were rearranging tables, chairs, and table plants while mopping the outside deck. I heard him tell the guys "see, if you do it right the first time you won't have to do it again." Major faux pas. If you are going to chew out staff, make sure none of the passengers are around to hear you.
The quality and amount of food was never an issue. There is 24/7 room service at no extra charge. I was sick in bed with a cold one morning and had breakfast delivered to my stateroom in about 20 minutes.
There are issues with the electrical sockets though. They have several each of American and European sockets, however, issue is the placement. The American sockets are too close to the ground and in positions where there isn't enough clearance for the large charging plugs. Major design fail. My husband's computer has a large 3 prong plug and even with any type of adapter, couldn't get it charged. The Viking Sea does now have 2 USB outlets on each side of the bed. They are useful but charge much slower than plugging directly into a socket. I recommend not taking a laptop unless you want to use it in a common area. I noticed better placement of the outlets there. Tablets are the way to go. They do have 4 hard-wired computers to use for free, but most times I saw there was a wait.
One other thing I argued about. I called Viking before I left and asked if they would accept euros as payment toward our shipboard account in case we had any left. I was told "yes." The pre-cruise booklet also states ( I still have it) US dollars, British pounds and euros will be excepted. However, when I tried to use euros at the desk I was told there would be a 10% fee. I showed the woman the page in the book which had no mention of a 10% fee. She wouldn't budge so I didn't give up the euros. The next day I spoke with a supervisor and we were able to reach an amicable arrangement.
I got a terrible cold on board. I had bought cold medicine from home but ran out. The ship store sells cold medicine, but the store is not open while they are in port. We were in port for 2 days and it was frustrating because I could see several types of cold medicine through the window but couldn't buy it. Pharmacies in port are skeptical to me plus there wasn't enough free time to hunt one down. Thomas, at the spa, was very kind and sent me to the medical center but they told me they don't sell cold medicine. I asked at the desk and they said no as well. When the shop finally opened, I asked the woman running the shop about the policy. She told me Guest Services is SUPPOSED to stock a supply of items for illness only to purchase. Too late for that.