We usually take the transatlantic cruises so, when we saw that Viking was offering one, we decided to try it. From the beginning, the cruise was fantastic. Embarkation was prompt with luggage taken at the pier and waiting in our room when we entered following lunch. We had a penthouse veranda room and it was larger than rooms we have had on other ships. The bathroom had heated floors and the shower was great -- always plenty of hot water -- and large by cruise standards. There was lots of storage in the bathroom for toiletries and the shower actually had enough room to put shower items (shampoo, conditioner, soap, body wash, razor). Likewise, there was plenty of storage in the room for clothes and luggage. There was a variety of outlets and there were outlets by the side tables on each side of the bed. The veranda was nice -- the only drawback was that there were just regular chairs on it -- would have been nicer with recliners or even footstools for the existing chairs. The room had a lighted makeup mirror -- loved it! We were a bit concerned about the size of the ship given the passenger count -- I tend to get a bit seasick on smaller vessels. However, no problem here -- the ship was only slightly smaller than ships which carry 2800 passengers. The shipboard capacity was 950, but we only had 3/4 of that. There was no problem ever with seating anywhere on the ship, and even if at capacity, I don't think it would be an issue. The entertainment was pretty good. The shipboard singers/dancers put on great shows and they put on a show about a stolen pearl necklace (forget the name of the show); this was the best show we have ever seen on a cruise ship. We tended to go to the Torshaven for after-dinner drinks and entertainment and the singers (Vince and Jennifer) were great. They were not only good, but interacted with the audience and responded enthusiastically to song requests. The only issue was that they had the same 2 members of the audience sing on several of the evenings and they were quite bad -- people actually left the bar, but they kept asking them to sing. Again, not sure why. The food was fantastic. Our only problem was one lunch they had an Italian special in the buffet restaurant. The regular restaurant encouraged people to go, but the buffet could not keep up with the demand. That was the only occasion where seating was an issue. Also, we ordered the pesto pasta and alfredo pasta; received the pesto pasta, so went to eat. I was done and my husband still never received his, so he left to get something elsewhere. Other than that, the food was outstanding. We especially enjoyed Manfredi's -- the steak was wonderful. The service everywhere onboard was second to none. Waiters, bar staff, room stewards, wine stewards -- all were friendly, funny and remembered you. The fitness room was usually available; the self-service laundry was usually available. A big problem was the internet. It did not work at all for the first week aboard. When they finally resolved the problem, it was still slow, but at least it worked. We found that unacceptable that it was non-existent for the first week -- some people actually had business to conduct and most families were told that email contact was available, so some families worried. We loved the other guests and met several with whom we will keep in touch. Guests seemed to be healthier and more well-traveled than on other ships we have used. When it came time to leave, we chose to take our own luggage because we had an early train to catch. We literally walked off the ship and into a taxi -- no lines anywhere. We were very happy with Viking and booked another ocean cruise for next spring.
Not really impressed with San Juan. We stayed for 3 nights prior to the cruise, but found it lacking. There was not much interesting to see or buy. We did not go to the beach -- that might be better.
Just nice to walk around and see the town.
Very interesting shops, but get there early as they close for the entire afternoon. Great food to be found also.