This was our first cruiser that was not part of a land tour and we loved every minute! We chose this Viking Ocean cruise because we were intrigued by the itinerary and preferred a smaller ship. Starting in Rome, we ventured to Malta, Tunisia, Sardinia, Algeria, Valencia Spain and Barcelona. Each port was unique and filled with history. All of our guides took great pride in sharing their country with us and we quickly learned that no matter where you are, we all care about the same things.
The ship was lovely, with quiet nooks to read in or open spaces to meet new people. Our junior suite was light, airy and comfortable and our cabin steward was extremely helpful and pleasant. This we found true with all of the staff, always willing to help or just saying "Hi" when they passed you wherever you were on the ship.
We enjoyed the food in all venues, each with exemplary service and an eye to making sure we were enjoying our dining experience. The food choices were many and varied and wines of your choice were available. The fresh mussels at Manfredi's were delicious and the chef's choice menu at the Chef's Table was a fun way to taste more unusual fare.
The entertainers and musicians were very talented and interacted with the audience. Who knew our Cruise Director was a mezzo soprano with a comedic tilt until her show one evening...great fun!
Without hesitation, we would definitely recommend a Viking Ocean cruise. Having had this experience, we know why Viking Ocean cruises has been voted #1.
With 405 sq. ft., the suite was light and roomy with a king bed, a comfortable sofa and two chairs, plus 2 large televisions. The heated bathroom floors were a delight and there was plenty of space with a large shower and two sinks. Our suitcases fit easily under the bed and, because of the extra large closet and plenty of drawer space, we never had to use them for storage. We loved the complimentary laundry and dry cleaning services which we used during our cruise. Our cabin steward kept it in perfect condition making us feel quite at home when we returned from our daily excursions.
Enjoyed walking through Valletta, UNESCO, and learning about the history of Malta, seeing the UNESCO megalithic stone temples, with a final stop in Mdina to see the Caravaggio painting "The Beheading of St. John the Baptist".View All undefined undefined Reviews
Toured the Bardo Museum, walked through the medina and visited the stalls of the souk of Tunis. Learned about Carthage as we walked among the Roman ruins and visited the blue and white Moorish village of Sidi Bou Said.View All undefined undefined Reviews