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Viking Sea Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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1,339 Reviews

Fabulous Mediterranean Odyssey

Viking Sea Cruise Review by Quilter8509

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Apr 2017
  • Destination: the Mediterranean

We have sailed Europe's rivers with Viking River Cruises and had a wonderful trip each time, so when looking for a cruise in the Mediterranean, Viking was our #1 choice. We enjoyed the 3-day pre-cruise stay in Tuscany, then boarded the Viking Sea in Venice. Embarkation went very smoothly as there were many welcoming faces to assist with the process. There were the tedious but very necessary security checks.

The Viking Sea is a beautiful ship. Our cabin was spacious and well appointed. Our cabin steward took care of our every need. Viking employees are courteous and helpful. There were plenty of activities onboard. We especially enjoyed the lectures and nightly musical reviews. Dining was a dream. We never had a problem getting seated, and the food and wine were scrumptious. Good variety and nice portions.

An area in which Viking excels is the inclusion of at least one excursion in each port with a local guide and audio headset. They also offer many additional excursion choices if there is a particular experience you wish to enjoy, such as off-roading or visiting a winery. Getting on and off the ship for the excursions was very orderly and quick. Because the ship is smaller, they are able to dock portside and we only need to use a tender once, in Monte Carlo.

We loved our Mediterranean Odyssey with Viking and are looking forward to a cruise on the Baltic sea in September 2018. We also have a river cruised booked with Viking in December 2017.

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Venice Walking Tour

Short and not much depth.

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Walking Tour

Excellent local guide.

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Walking the Walls

Beautiful view of the scenery and excellent local guide.

Delicious gelato, too!

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Panoramic Corfu

Excellent local guide. Lovely city.

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Pompeii Walking Tour

The Pompeii walking tour was incredible.

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Excellent local guide on the bus to Sorrento, a beautiful city and one of my favorites of the entire trip.

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Historic Tour

Excellent local guide. We chose this tour because we especially wanted to see the Colosseum, which was amazing. Very crowded as we visited during Easter week. We also saw the Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and other sights in this combined bus and walking tour. Delicious gelato!

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Leaning Tower of Pisa

You have seen it in so many pictures, but to see it in real life is a wonderful experience. We had a terrific local guide.

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We enjoyed the panoramic city tour, and then walking from the ship to the old part of Toulon. Great shopping and people watching.


Excellent local guide and wonderful first visit to this beautiful city.

Montserrat Walking Tour

Interesting place, but not enough time to explore and see everything.

I would have liked to have about 2 more hours here.

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