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This was my first cruise. My sister and I went with our Mom and her husband on this cruise, it was on her bucket list to go on one. We had a wonderful time and were very pleased we picked Viking for our first cruise. It was wonderful to be treated like royalty for the duration of our trip. We were met at the airport and shuttled directly to the ship with no issues whatsoever. I believe that initially we were to arrive the previous day and stay in a hotel in San Juan but with the hurricanes, most hotels were either not usable or full of displaced residents and people helping with the rebuilding. When we disembarked, we were dropped off at the airport directly. I also understand that normally, we would stay at a hotel near the airport for our wait but that option was unavailable. We were very impressed with the quality of the service and amenities Viking provided, from the staff that remembered our names and greeted us whenever we met to the fine food provided by all the restaurants. We ate breakfast and lunch primarily at the World Cafe and a majority of our dinners at The Restaurant. I can see no reason to eat dinner at the buffet when you can have such wonderful meals at The Restaurant. We had two dinners at the Chef's Table which were very unique and enjoyable although not meals we would eat on a regular basis, this restaurant is a tasting menu with wine pairings. We also enjoyed afternoon tea in the Wintergarden, a nice, relaxing break after a busy day. Our room was lovely and not the least bit small, in my opinion. Having the veranda was wonderful and I spent quite a bit of time each morning enjoying our entry into the various ports of call. I don't think I would want to cruise without the ability to step outside from my room. Our room steward, Arvid, kept everything in tip top shape and we enjoyed talking to him when we had the chance. We participated in all the included excursions except one (we had scheduled spa treatments when we thought we would be at sea that day) and all were very informative although I would have liked more walking and less bus riding. I understand the reason behind using the buses and it does work well for the age range of most cruisers on our ship (55+). The availability of excursions included int the cost of the cruise was one of the reasons we chose Viking. We did miss out on swimming on one of our excursions since it wasn't clear we would be spending enough time at the beach when we set out on our excursion (Guadeloupe). We added paid excursions, horseback riding in Puerto Rico, kayak/snorkel in St Kitts and snorkeling in St Thomas. All were well worth the money spent and I would not hesitate to do them again. I am very glad we opted to go on this cruise in spite of the hurricanes. It was very eye opening the see the devastation and recovery work first hand. All the locals were thrilled to see us and treated us great. We were the 2nd cruise ship to visit St Croix (an island not on our itinerary, Tortola was too devastated to accommodate our ship) and the first cruise ship into ports at St Martan and St Thomas. I used the spa for two massages, both of which were wonderful. The spa facilities are lovely and the sauna/snow grotto wasn't nearly as shocking as I may have expected. We didn't attend many of the shows available although we did listen to some of the musicians in the Atrium. We did hear one of the port talks while waiting to disembark one day and it was well done and informative. Although Viking caters to older cruisers, there were a few youngsters on board and I would not hesitate to take my 18 year old son on this cruise. This is not the cruise line to use if you are wanting casinos, waterparks and nonstop entertainment on board. All aboard the ship, the common areas were quiet and allowed relaxation and rest. If you want to sit and read and watch the ocean flow by, you can, uninterrupted by loud music and announcements. You will only be disturbed by an occasional steward asking if you need anything. Overall, I was extremely pleased with my experiences with Viking and the Viking Sea. I would not hesitate to sail with them again in the future and highly recommend them to anyone looking for a quiet, relaxing cruise. I was ready to get right back on board for the next trip after mine concluded.

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Viking Sea Cruise Review by Newtsmom2

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2017
  • Destination: Caribbean
This was my first cruise. My sister and I went with our Mom and her husband on this cruise, it was on her bucket list to go on one. We had a wonderful time and were very pleased we picked Viking for our first cruise. It was wonderful to be treated like royalty for the duration of our trip.

We were met at the airport and shuttled directly to the ship with no issues whatsoever. I believe that initially we were to arrive the previous day and stay in a hotel in San Juan but with the hurricanes, most hotels were either not usable or full of displaced residents and people helping with the rebuilding. When we disembarked, we were dropped off at the airport directly. I also understand that normally, we would stay at a hotel near the airport for our wait but that option was unavailable.

We were very impressed with the quality of the service and amenities Viking provided, from the staff that remembered our names and greeted us whenever we met to the fine food provided by all the restaurants. We ate breakfast and lunch primarily at the World Cafe and a majority of our dinners at The Restaurant. I can see no reason to eat dinner at the buffet when you can have such wonderful meals at The Restaurant. We had two dinners at the Chef's Table which were very unique and enjoyable although not meals we would eat on a regular basis, this restaurant is a tasting menu with wine pairings. We also enjoyed afternoon tea in the Wintergarden, a nice, relaxing break after a busy day.

Our room was lovely and not the least bit small, in my opinion. Having the veranda was wonderful and I spent quite a bit of time each morning enjoying our entry into the various ports of call. I don't think I would want to cruise without the ability to step outside from my room. Our room steward, Arvid, kept everything in tip top shape and we enjoyed talking to him when we had the chance.

We participated in all the included excursions except one (we had scheduled spa treatments when we thought we would be at sea that day) and all were very informative although I would have liked more walking and less bus riding. I understand the reason behind using the buses and it does work well for the age range of most cruisers on our ship (55+). The availability of excursions included int the cost of the cruise was one of the reasons we chose Viking. We did miss out on swimming on one of our excursions since it wasn't clear we would be spending enough time at the beach when we set out on our excursion (Guadeloupe). We added paid excursions, horseback riding in Puerto Rico, kayak/snorkel in St Kitts and snorkeling in St Thomas. All were well worth the money spent and I would not hesitate to do them again. I am very glad we opted to go on this cruise in spite of the hurricanes. It was very eye opening the see the devastation and recovery work first hand. All the locals were thrilled to see us and treated us great. We were the 2nd cruise ship to visit St Croix (an island not on our itinerary, Tortola was too devastated to accommodate our ship) and the first cruise ship into ports at St Martan and St Thomas.

I used the spa for two massages, both of which were wonderful. The spa facilities are lovely and the sauna/snow grotto wasn't nearly as shocking as I may have expected.

We didn't attend many of the shows available although we did listen to some of the musicians in the Atrium. We did hear one of the port talks while waiting to disembark one day and it was well done and informative.

Although Viking caters to older cruisers, there were a few youngsters on board and I would not hesitate to take my 18 year old son on this cruise. This is not the cruise line to use if you are wanting casinos, waterparks and nonstop entertainment on board. All aboard the ship, the common areas were quiet and allowed relaxation and rest. If you want to sit and read and watch the ocean flow by, you can, uninterrupted by loud music and announcements. You will only be disturbed by an occasional steward asking if you need anything.

Overall, I was extremely pleased with my experiences with Viking and the Viking Sea. I would not hesitate to sail with them again in the future and highly recommend them to anyone looking for a quiet, relaxing cruise. I was ready to get right back on board for the next trip after mine concluded.
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