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LOVED the Viking Sky. We have done many ocean cruises on larger ships. This one was just right. Easy boat to navigate around, many amenities, first-class feel. Public areas were upscale. Wonderful dining room (not the big banquet hall feel of larger ships). Food was great. The World Café had a nice buffet, and seating (unlike on some larger ships) was never a problem. Access to the Aquavit Terrace (outdoor dining) was a plus. The ship's public areas were very inviting. Always a place to sit - never felt crowded. Be sure to spend some time in Explorers Lounge (two levels) and on the Aquavit Terrace (opposite ends of the ship). Those who have done a Viking River cruise will recognize the nomenclature and layout of many of the ship's areas. The cabins were adequately sized and very well appointed. The bathroom was luxurious. This brings me to some (relatively) minor matters that prevent me from rating the Viking Sky as a 5++++. 1. As wonderful as the bathroom was, what should have been a luxury amenity turned out to be a significant annoyance. The bathroom has a heated floor. On this ship (it may be different on others), there was no control for the heat (which was turned on with the light switch). Nice immediately after a shower, but otherwise it was always too hot! 2. While the size of the ship was ideal, it (apparently) puts us down in the pecking order for docking. This means that in some ports the larger ships get tied up at the pier and our ship sits at anchor. So, our passengers go ashore by tender. Very inconvenient - and annoying. 3. Avoid booking a cabin on deck 8. As much as we enjoyed having convenient access to the upper level of Explorers Lounge, this was more than offset by having the Sports Deck above - very noisy at times. Overall, I can't say enough about the first-class amenities and service aboard this ship. But there are a few issues Viking needs to address.

Just the right size

Viking Sky Cruise Review by ron47

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2018
  • Destination: Caribbean
LOVED the Viking Sky. We have done many ocean cruises on larger ships. This one was just right. Easy boat to navigate around, many amenities, first-class feel. Public areas were upscale. Wonderful dining room (not the big banquet hall feel of larger ships). Food was great. The World Café had a nice buffet, and seating (unlike on some larger ships) was never a problem. Access to the Aquavit Terrace (outdoor dining) was a plus.

The ship's public areas were very inviting. Always a place to sit - never felt crowded. Be sure to spend some time in Explorers Lounge (two levels) and on the Aquavit Terrace (opposite ends of the ship). Those who have done a Viking River cruise will recognize the nomenclature and layout of many of the ship's areas.

The cabins were adequately sized and very well appointed. The bathroom was luxurious.

This brings me to some (relatively) minor matters that prevent me from rating the Viking Sky as a 5++++.

1. As wonderful as the bathroom was, what should have been a luxury amenity turned out to be a significant annoyance. The bathroom has a heated floor. On this ship (it may be different on others), there was no control for the heat (which was turned on with the light switch). Nice immediately after a shower, but otherwise it was always too hot!

2. While the size of the ship was ideal, it (apparently) puts us down in the pecking order for docking. This means that in some ports the larger ships get tied up at the pier and our ship sits at anchor. So, our passengers go ashore by tender. Very inconvenient - and annoying.

3. Avoid booking a cabin on deck 8. As much as we enjoyed having convenient access to the upper level of Explorers Lounge, this was more than offset by having the Sports Deck above - very noisy at times.

Overall, I can't say enough about the first-class amenities and service aboard this ship. But there are a few issues Viking needs to address.
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Cabin Review

Cabin 8012
As prior Viking cruisers (4 river cruises), we were offered a free upgrade to Penthouse Veranda (significantly larger). We declined in order to stay in our Deck 8 location - a mistake because of the noise from the Sports Deck above. The standard cabin (Deluxe Veranda) is adequately sized and very well appointed.