Having enjoyed several Viking River cruises, we decided to try Viking Ocean's 15 day Barcelona to Barcelona cruise. Overall, it was a pleasant experience. The onboard staff was, almost without exception, attentive and solicitous. The only exception was breakfast in the dining room on one of the "sea" days: we waited an hour for our order, eventually just leaving. We received a call in our suite apologizing and offering us a wine pairing at our dinner in the specialty restaurant. As we had not lodged a complaint, I felt their follow-up was an indication of their attention to detail in terms of customer service.
Boarding was extremely fast. We brought a few bottles of wine and hard liquor on board.
This practice was quite acceptable.
The ship was modern and spacious. It rarely felt crowded.
We took several of the included side trips and some of the extra charge options. Most were well organized.
We were disappointed that when Tunisia and Algeria were dropped from the trip, but security concerns were understandable. We missed one other stop due to rough weather, but another stop was substituted. My friend from the couple we traveled with and I had signed up (at an additional charge) for Shopping with the Chef in the excluded port. We were notified that it would be rescheduled at another port. It was worth the additional expense. We were taken, as a small group, to the open market with the chef. He showed us around and we suggested items we were interested in trying. That evening we met in a special dining room, where we drank wine while watching the chef prepare a special meal utilizing the items we had chosen earlier. It was a very enjoyable experience, limited to a small group. I would recommend it.
The Deluxe Veranda cabin was comfortably sized. The bathroom contained adequate storage, as did the room itself.