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Viking Sea Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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Viking Sea Cruise Review by Iowanago

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jun 2017
  • Destination: the Baltic Sea

We’ve been on two previous Viking River cruises and this was the first Viking Ocean cruise – we have trusted and been happy with all aspects of Viking – we wanted to cruise the Baltics and our favorite stops were Tallin, Estonia – Gdansk, Poland – Aalborg, Denmark and all of Norway - all ports were easy to navigate on to shore (no tethering) most by bus but several were walk right off into the community like Aalborg, Denmark and Eidfjorde, Norway - after several free excursions by bus and the general 2-3 hour tour we started to appreciate some of the paid excursions that had around 20-30 people - more personable and enjoyable - we weren’t impressed with larger cities like St. Petersburg as tours to landmarks and museums were rushed and crowded - we are on vacation and do enjoy relaxation and that's what the ship offers in all areas - it's OK to skip a port and just relax on board as there is so much to do - the spa and fitness area offered programs and the top deck had the best fitness equipment and activities like shuffleboard - movie theatres provided themed movies in connection to the areas we cruised - on board musical entertainment was fun and vibrant from lounge shows to pool parties and the dining offerings ranged from great lasgna and an Italian menu at Manfredi’s to a wonderful wine and food pairing at the Chef’s Table – the Restaurant offered a wide range of choices from fish to steak and local favorites – the World Café offered a smorgasbord of main entrees – desserts and snacks – Mamsen’s served a wonderful daily breakfast with fresh pastries and fruit plus waffles and breakfast platters made to order - the lounge choices were fun – warm and friendly – relaxing views of the sea and countryside from the Explorer’s Lounge listening to a guitarist or pianist - to night time entertainment at Torshavn with shows like The Rat Pack – the Viking Bar and Living Room was a great place to hear music from highly skilled musicians and entertainers – we will be cruising another itinerary with Viking Ocean in the future and we highly recommend connecting with Cruise Critic through their Meet & Mingle on board – we have many friends just from that connection – we like the smaller ship with 930 cruisers and no casinos or themed gimmicks – this allowed us to meet so many great people - fun ship and wonderful staff !!!


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Cabin Review

Wonderful - the only way to travel - excellent room service and a spacious cabin - best shower ever - heated floors and fogless mirrors plus a daily stocked refrigerator with wine - beer - pop and snacks like potatoes chips and candy bars - all complimentary with the room and laundry service is included - great storage for 2 weeks worth of clothes - the bed was super comfortable - great lighting and plenty of 110 volt plugins plus an easy to use safe - Vikings onboard system through the television was great - it provided your personal daily shore excursions plus a tracking of your onboard expenses - top notch technology -


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

City Tour

Basic government sites

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Catherine Palace

Too many tourists and we were pushed through - just short of mayhem in a few areas

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A nice small group of 20 - some street sites the first hour then made candy at the chocolate store

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Gdansk Old Town

Loved the downtown area - cafes and restaurants out in the streets - a festive feel - truly enjoyed -

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Typical street walking - wonderful lunch at the Niederregger Cafe - not enough time on our own - would have liked to had a beer and relax in Wismar before the 1 1/2 bus ride back

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City Tour

Enjoyed seeing the palace of the Queen - as some black limos approached was told it was the Queen arriving with security guards - downtown Copenhagen was heavily under construction which took away from seeing the layout in a quality view

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Aalborg

Did the beer tour - loved the city - walked right off the ship - these smaller locations remind me of river cruising where you get that small town free wheeling feeling - great Danish Bier

Stavanger

Walked on our own - neat area but rained all day - we were soaked - great food - bought Dale of Norway sweaters from the company store - only average because of the weather

Eidfjord

Best place this side of Heaven - even though there was rain off and on this is true beauty in nature. - the waterfalls - the fjords - driving inside of a mountain - a must see place - took the train from Voss to Geilo - lots of tunnels and rain - not good for picture taking - could have done without the train ride

Troldhaugen Concert

The pianist for the short concert was world renowned - excellent - the tour of the Edvard Grieg house (a very tiny home) was too crowded for the tour - unenjoyable but the concert and museum store were top notch

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