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Having previously taken a Viking River Cruise in China and had a very positive experience we try - glad we did. The Viking Sun was the nicest ship we have sailed. Previously we have cruised on Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, Holland America, Renaissance (Tahiti and out of business) eight cruises in total. This ship got it right in every respect. We ended up in a Junior Suite, cabin 6023. I was anxious that the location near the elevator may have been a problem, I called and was assured the cabins were almost sound proof - they were right. We had so much storage in terms of drawers that we did not even use them all. Lots of hanging space with a side for full length and another for full length. The bathroom had double sinks and a large shower. Heated floors and towel rack which were too hot had to cut them off but there is a control. Adequate water pressure and plenty of hot water with great fixtures in the shower. Two large televisions in the suite we only used the one in the sitting area which was very spacious with sofa, two chairs, coffee table and credenza/storage. The balcony was adequate, we had lunch there one day. No recliners just two chairs and a table. There were power curtains on the sliding doors and a second window floor to ceiling. Also a set of curtains between the sitting area and the bedroom were also powered. Mini bar was included in the price and stocked every day. Had a nice bottle of champagne on our welcome. Also champagne and a large cake on our anniversary! One nice perk is laundry and dry cleaning are included with the Junior Suite. FYI if you order same day service there is a charge I think 50%. Service was reliable. Cabin attendants were very good - friendly, thorough and service oriented. They worked in teams of two and really did a great job each day including de-wrinkling the bed spread and pillows each day. One "negative" for me was that drinks are included with meals, mini-bar is included as is room service 24 hours a day, but if you order a soft drink after 2:00pm when the dining room is closed you pay for it unless you do the Silver Spirits package - we do not drink much and chose not to do it. Mini Bar and room service were fine - just inconvenient and kind of silly since I could get it free in my room. One big negative was the excursions. Overall the excursions were lacking in terms of quality of information, amount of free time and audio equipment. To be clear the equipment which is stored in your cabin and you have to bring with you each time works fine but the guides in general were not familiar with it. Maybe new and over time will be fine. Had three solid guides Lisse in Copenhagen on the Pre-Cruise Extension, our tour to Lubek was very good and the tour to Voldendom the Windmills. We are photographers and really wanted more free time - in general we had 3-=45 minutes. Also you need to pay attention to the excursion descriptions when they say moderate trust that it is a bit strenuous. We had people with walkers and a broken leg trying to manage the excursions - felt bad for them because it was very challenging over cobbles, hills etc. Be honest for yourself and the others on the excursion. One thing that struck us on the cruise was that it never felt crowded. No matter where we went it was relaxing and pleasant. We dined at the World Cafe most evenings. Buffet was excellent in terms of choice and quality of food. Would recommend they place cream cheese by bagel toaster to avoid having to back track all the way to the first station from the last but otherwise really good food. Prime Rib was excellent. Manfredi's Italian was very good - I will say it was the loudest experience on the ship.It was full when we dined at 7:30pm and loud. by the time we left around 9;00 it was quiet. Explorers Lounge was a nice space as was the Winter Garden Tea Room! The cast for the entertainment was very good. Fun and friendly entertainers with themes that connected with the audience, Beatles, Abba, etc. The pre and post cruise extensions were not worth it for the money. The pre cruise in Copenhagen we stayed at the Radisson Blu Royal - great location and a beautiful view. Room was Euro 4 star not luxurious but adequate. The Movenpick in Amsterdam was not as good. Long walk to get to anything about a mile to the Central Train Station. There are other hotels closer into where everything is that they should have used. Hotel was tired and a bit dirty in the hallways. Room was adequate. Overall an excellent experience!

Beautiful Ship, Great Service, Great Itinerary - Excursions Need Work!

Viking Sun Cruise Review by jLawless01

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Having previously taken a Viking River Cruise in China and had a very positive experience we try - glad we did. The Viking Sun was the nicest ship we have sailed. Previously we have cruised on Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, Holland America, Renaissance (Tahiti and out of business) eight cruises in total.

This ship got it right in every respect. We ended up in a Junior Suite, cabin 6023. I was anxious that the location near the elevator may have been a problem, I called and was assured the cabins were almost sound proof - they were right. We had so much storage in terms of drawers that we did not even use them all. Lots of hanging space with a side for full length and another for full length.

The bathroom had double sinks and a large shower. Heated floors and towel rack which were too hot had to cut them off but there is a control. Adequate water pressure and plenty of hot water with great fixtures in the shower.

Two large televisions in the suite we only used the one in the sitting area which was very spacious with sofa, two chairs, coffee table and credenza/storage. The balcony was adequate, we had lunch there one day. No recliners just two chairs and a table.

There were power curtains on the sliding doors and a second window floor to ceiling. Also a set of curtains between the sitting area and the bedroom were also powered.

Mini bar was included in the price and stocked every day. Had a nice bottle of champagne on our welcome. Also champagne and a large cake on our anniversary!

One nice perk is laundry and dry cleaning are included with the Junior Suite. FYI if you order same day service there is a charge I think 50%. Service was reliable.

Cabin attendants were very good - friendly, thorough and service oriented. They worked in teams of two and really did a great job each day including de-wrinkling the bed spread and pillows each day.

One "negative" for me was that drinks are included with meals, mini-bar is included as is room service 24 hours a day, but if you order a soft drink after 2:00pm when the dining room is closed you pay for it unless you do the Silver Spirits package - we do not drink much and chose not to do it. Mini Bar and room service were fine - just inconvenient and kind of silly since I could get it free in my room.

One big negative was the excursions. Overall the excursions were lacking in terms of quality of information, amount of free time and audio equipment. To be clear the equipment which is stored in your cabin and you have to bring with you each time works fine but the guides in general were not familiar with it. Maybe new and over time will be fine.

Had three solid guides Lisse in Copenhagen on the Pre-Cruise Extension, our tour to Lubek was very good and the tour to Voldendom the Windmills. We are photographers and really wanted more free time - in general we had 3-=45 minutes. Also you need to pay attention to the excursion descriptions when they say moderate trust that it is a bit strenuous. We had people with walkers and a broken leg trying to manage the excursions - felt bad for them because it was very challenging over cobbles, hills etc. Be honest for yourself and the others on the excursion.

One thing that struck us on the cruise was that it never felt crowded. No matter where we went it was relaxing and pleasant.

We dined at the World Cafe most evenings. Buffet was excellent in terms of choice and quality of food. Would recommend they place cream cheese by bagel toaster to avoid having to back track all the way to the first station from the last but otherwise really good food. Prime Rib was excellent.

Manfredi's Italian was very good - I will say it was the loudest experience on the ship.It was full when we dined at 7:30pm and loud. by the time we left around 9;00 it was quiet.

Explorers Lounge was a nice space as was the Winter Garden Tea Room!

The cast for the entertainment was very good. Fun and friendly entertainers with themes that connected with the audience, Beatles, Abba, etc.

The pre and post cruise extensions were not worth it for the money. The pre cruise in Copenhagen we stayed at the Radisson Blu Royal - great location and a beautiful view. Room was Euro 4 star not luxurious but adequate.

The Movenpick in Amsterdam was not as good. Long walk to get to anything about a mile to the Central Train Station. There are other hotels closer into where everything is that they should have used. Hotel was tired and a bit dirty in the hallways. Room was adequate.

Overall an excellent experience!
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