We chose this cruise because of the itinerary, the newness of the ship, the fact that it would not have young children aboard and there was no casino. We had taken a Viking river cruise and wanted to see the layout of the new ocean liners. We knew the food and service would be the best and it did not disappoint. The ship was spectacular with no crowds or lines anywhere.
We liked the fact that there was a gym, several pools, and choices of restaurants. We are very private people and loved that you could get a table for two with no trouble. We enjoyed the free beer & wine at lunch, dinner and room service.
Our cabin (deluxe veranda) was adequate for storage and the bathroom had plenty of room for everything. We both LOVED the heated floors!
Favorite eating place was Manfredi's, the Italian restaurant. The tiramisu presentation was very unusual and I loved it. Least favorite was Chef's Table although you can substitute with a little warning if you prefer something like chicken from the Restaurant instead of a main fish course. WE LOVED breakfast at Mamsen's. NO crowd at all and delicious waffles. Try not to miss it.
On our cruise The Restaurant (main dining room) was short on staff and the meal took WAY too long with long waits between courses.
The included shore excursions gave us an overview of each port and there were plenty of optional excursions to choose from if we were already familiar with a port. Groups were small and we appreciated everyone being on time and excited about each outing.
We will definitely book another Viking ocean cruise, probably in the Caribbean next time.
Our room was exceptionally quiet. We could have used more drawer space but that is a higher category that includes a dresser. Balcony was lovely to have. Coffee maker was wonderful to have.