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A beautiful ship , with stylish public areas , always easy to find somewhere comfortable to sit and read a book . The furnishings in all locations on the ship were top class . The Scandinavian style abounds throughout the vessel ,with beautiful pieces of artwork , and a phone App that enables guests to get more information on each item . The main pool area was spacious with comfortable sun beds . Unfortunately they have a problem with the opening roof , they seem afraid to open it in case they are unable to close it . The Captain said they could not use it if there was more than 3 degrees of inclination on the ship . When closed the pool area was more like a Sauna and made everyone head to other areas. This looks like a problem on this vessel which will not go away until a significant engineering effort. The sun areas on deck again have some very nice furnished areas , you can almost feel you are on your own super yacht . In the Caribbean we had a sea swell of about 4 metres , the Viking Sky did not handle this very well . The downside was the dining experience . The Restaurant (main dining room) is a vast ordinary venue , the food on the occasions we used it was over cooked and often cold and bland .The service was basic just placing of order and delivery of food . Just a quick dining operation .It s also a very noisy environment due to low ceilings and hard furnishings . The World Cafe buffet style eatery was ok , and some dishes were freshly prepared in the open kitchen you could see into .The Sushi in the evenings was excellent . The feature restaurants again rather ordinary. The Chefs Table menu always sounded exciting but the taste was not there . We settled for having dinner in the World Cafe buffet , not what we normally do . The Dining experience is far superior , more an event , stylish with higher quality produce with excellent feature restaurants on Oceania. The Norwegian cafe Mamsems offered oatmeal or pancakes with fresh berries for a light breakfast and Scandinavian open sandwiches for lunch - very nice. The entertainment team although small were very good with singers offering a wide range of music skills . The use of high quality and stylish graphics as a backdrop to the stage in the theatre worked well and was comfortable . The enrichment lecturers (3) were very good and always available to talk to and their presentations accessible on TV in the cabin . The Viking band was excellent , especially in the night club at the end of the evening where a good atmosphere was generated , The ships officers mainly Norwegian were very friendly and very willing to engage with the passengers . Overall the most stylish cruise ship we have sailed on in more than 20 cruises . Viking will have 10 of these ships on the high seas in the next few years . Nearly 10000 guests to find each week . Unless the dining improves hard to imagine how they will attract the customers at their current prices . Would we come back onboard. . NO - the wining dining experice is important to us . We had a bad experience on arrival in San Juan. Not on any hotel lists , had to sort it out ourselves . Viking said they would investigate and get back to us , but to date (3 weeks ) no communication from their customer services .

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Viking Sky Cruise Review by Croxton

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A beautiful ship , with stylish public areas , always easy to find somewhere comfortable to sit and read a book . The furnishings in all locations on the ship were top class . The Scandinavian style abounds throughout the vessel ,with beautiful pieces of artwork , and a phone App that enables guests to get more information on each item . The main pool area was spacious with comfortable sun beds . Unfortunately they have a problem with the opening roof , they seem afraid to open it in case they are unable to close it . The Captain said they could not use it if there was more than 3 degrees of inclination on the ship . When closed the pool area was more like a Sauna and made everyone head to other areas. This looks like a problem on this vessel which will not go away until a significant engineering effort. The sun areas on deck again have some very nice furnished areas , you can almost feel you are on your own super yacht .

In the Caribbean we had a sea swell of about 4 metres , the Viking Sky did not handle this very well .

The downside was the dining experience . The Restaurant (main dining room) is a vast ordinary venue , the food on the occasions we used it was over cooked and often cold and bland .The service was basic just placing of order and delivery of food . Just a quick dining operation .It s also a very noisy environment due to low ceilings and hard furnishings .

The World Cafe buffet style eatery was ok , and some dishes were freshly prepared in the open kitchen you could see into .The Sushi in the evenings was excellent .

The feature restaurants again rather ordinary. The Chefs Table menu always sounded exciting but the taste was not there .

We settled for having dinner in the World Cafe buffet , not what we normally do .

The Dining experience is far superior , more an event , stylish with higher quality produce with excellent feature restaurants on Oceania.

The Norwegian cafe Mamsems offered oatmeal or pancakes with fresh berries for a light breakfast and Scandinavian open sandwiches for lunch - very nice.

The entertainment team although small were very good with singers offering a wide range of music skills . The use of high quality and stylish graphics as a backdrop to the stage in the theatre worked well and was comfortable . The enrichment lecturers (3) were very good and always available to talk to and their presentations accessible on TV in the cabin .

The Viking band was excellent , especially in the night club at the end of the evening where a good atmosphere was generated ,

The ships officers mainly Norwegian were very friendly and very willing to engage with the passengers .

Overall the most stylish cruise ship we have sailed on in more than 20 cruises . Viking will have 10 of these ships on the high seas in the next few years . Nearly 10000 guests to find each week . Unless the dining improves hard to imagine how they will attract the customers at their current prices .

Would we come back onboard. . NO - the wining dining experice is important to us .

We had a bad experience on arrival in San Juan. Not on any hotel lists , had to sort it out ourselves . Viking said they would investigate and get back to us , but to date (3 weeks ) no communication from their customer services .
Viking Cruises, Community Team has responded
Dear Croxton, Thank you for taking the time to review your sailing on Viking Sky. We’re sorry to hear that the dining experience on board did not live up to your expectations, and further, that you have not heard back regarding the hotel issue upon your arrival in San Juan; that certainly doesn’t sound like the service experience we strive to provide. We would like to learn more about your concerns and invite you to email us at TellUs@vikingcruises.com with your booking information so that we can connect you with a Customer Relations agent to address your review in further detail. We look forward to hearing from you and hope you have a lovely day. Kind regards, Viking Cruises
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of The Independent Traveler, Inc.
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Cabin Review

Cabin 6061
Stylish with enough storage space . Excellent shower room , well designed + underfloor heating if needed
Cabin Dressing table has built in vanity mirror and storage for the ladies . wardrobes were ok , doors a bit flimsy will probably break in a couple of years .
Excellent quiet fridge , Coffee pod machine and tea making facilities .
Bed linen excellent and comfortable .
Cabin steward Mr Asot , best we have ever exprienced