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This was an amazing cruise! We selected this itinerary because we had been to a few Norway ports previously, and totally fell in love with the scenery. This cruise had six stops in Norway - enough to satisfy our desire to see more. Also, since we had previously enjoyed Viking river cruises, we had been wanting to experience their ocean voyages as well. The Viking Sea is an absolutely gorgeous ship. Everything about it is comfortable, calm, and serene. It is much smaller than the Celebrity ships we are used to, and we loved the smaller size, and the ease of getting from one venue to another on board! At no time did we feel crowded. The Living Room area on Deck one just invites you to sit in a comfortable chair (there are many seating areas, and many choices of chairs and sofas) with your book and a cup of tea. There is often live music (soothing) being played, and there is a wonderful absence of all the noise and clatter we are used to on other cruise lines. In various locations around the room are large screens which display lovely photographs of beautiful artwork and photography. Our cabin (penthouse veranda junior suite) was very large with plenty of storage room and seating. The beds are most comfortable, and the heated floors in the bathroom were a fun treat. Although the coffee maker in the room sounds like a good idea, it wasn't easy to use, and we felt it just took up valuable storage space. Not until the end of the cruise did we even turn on their tv system, which is amazingly complete...there is trip info, your account info, port info, and a wealth of entertainment options. We should have checked that out earlier. There are many other beautiful spaces throughout the ship - the Wintergarden room for afternoon tea is lovely, and the actual tea time is a fun way to meet and interact with other passengers. The pool area is beautiful, with so many different types of seating - lounges, chairs, sofas, throw pillows, blankets, etc. It's an inviting space to spend time in, even if you are not indulging in actual pool time. We enjoyed the Explorers Lounge, though it was often difficult to secure one of the premium "view" seats at the front. Towards the end of the cruise we discovered the upstairs area of this lounge which was much less populated, and much quieter. There is no casino, and we certainly did not miss it. There is also a wonderful absence of hype about the shops. There are shops, but no daily advertising flyers, specials, art auctions etc. One wonderful plus is the app you can download before boarding the ship, it activates once you are on board, so that you can access the daily newsletter, your own personal calendar with the excursions you have scheduled and any specialty dining reservations you have, and lots of other information. So all that is right at your fingertips. Oh - and don't forget that the whole ship is wi-fi enabled all the time, for no extra cost. The main restaurant was our choice for most meals - there were plenty of choices, and we found the food to be tasty and filling. No set time or reservations are needed. We went to both specialty restaurants (no extra charge) and again, truly enjoyed the food in each. Also, on several days we took advantage of the Pool Grill for lunch which serves several types of hamburgers, hot dogs, and sandwiches...all were delicious. Wine and drinks were always offered at lunch and dinner, and there was no hesitation about refilling our glasses. The World Cafe, the buffet option for breakfast, lunch, and dinner was smaller than on most ships, but there were still several choices of entrees. I personally would have liked a bit more variety there. Although we normally don't go to the evening shows on cruises, we did attend three or four enjoyable musical productions in the theater - another extremely comfortable venue. There were four guest lecturers on board, though I only attended one lecture. For me, many of the topics were not of interest. Viking offere an included tour in each port - usually a bus tour with a couple of photo stops. We opted for the included tour in three ports, and they were pretty much as advertised. In other ports we paid for some optional tours, and found them to be well planned and interesting. In all cases, the Viking staff is exceptionally well organized, well informed, friendly and polite. The Port Talks provided each day were a valuable source of information. It's important to note that when we booked this cruise, we felt like we were spending much more than we usually do for a cruise, and kept reassuring ourselves that yes it was a splurge, but it was OK. The thing to note is that after you have booked, you are not constantly paying for other things, as normally happens on other lines, Wi-fi is free, wine at meals is free, specialty restaurants are included, there are no photographs to purchase or casinos to visit, and you have an included tour in each port. I should note that we flew into London, arriving at 3:15. We had opted for the Viking transfer to the ship in Greenwich, and had scheduled an excursion for 7 that evening. Be aware, that time frame did not work. Due to long lines in Passport Control, and work traffic in London making it a two hour bus trip, we arrived in Greenwich an hour and a half late for our excursion. When I spoke with the Shore Excursions desk, primarily to suggest that they warn passengers not to set things up as we had, they immediately refunded our money for the excursion. Disembarkation was smooth, with a minimum of PA announcements, and proceeded on schedule. No muss, no fuss. A final note regarding Viking service. We opted to take the post cruise two day stay in Bergen. The day we were to fly home, I dislocated my hip, and could not walk - let alone fly! In a difficult situation for us, many people came through and helped us sort our way through this situation, including the staff at the Radisson Blu, and most importantly the local Viking representative, Bozidar Despenic, who helped us every step of the way - he was at the hospital with us, made phone calls to the airlines and Viking Air in New York, helped us deal with insurance reps (who were also very helpful) and generally "held our hands" all the way through the situation until we were finally able to fly home three days later. I cannot say enough about the care and concern that was shown to us. There is no question that I would sail on the Viking Ocean vessels again. We had previously taken and enjoyed three of their river cruises, and now are passionate about their new ocean going ships.

Loved This Ship!

Viking Sea Cruise Review by mscjm

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This was an amazing cruise! We selected this itinerary because we had been to a few Norway ports previously, and totally fell in love with the scenery. This cruise had six stops in Norway - enough to satisfy our desire to see more. Also, since we had previously enjoyed Viking river cruises, we had been wanting to experience their ocean voyages as well.

The Viking Sea is an absolutely gorgeous ship. Everything about it is comfortable, calm, and serene. It is much smaller than the Celebrity ships we are used to, and we loved the smaller size, and the ease of getting from one venue to another on board! At no time did we feel crowded. The Living Room area on Deck one just invites you to sit in a comfortable chair (there are many seating areas, and many choices of chairs and sofas) with your book and a cup of tea. There is often live music (soothing) being played, and there is a wonderful absence of all the noise and clatter we are used to on other cruise lines. In various locations around the room are large screens which display lovely photographs of beautiful artwork and photography. Our cabin (penthouse veranda junior suite) was very large with plenty of storage room and seating. The beds are most comfortable, and the heated floors in the bathroom were a fun treat. Although the coffee maker in the room sounds like a good idea, it wasn't easy to use, and we felt it just took up valuable storage space.

Not until the end of the cruise did we even turn on their tv system, which is amazingly complete...there is trip info, your account info, port info, and a wealth of entertainment options. We should have checked that out earlier.

There are many other beautiful spaces throughout the ship - the Wintergarden room for afternoon tea is lovely, and the actual tea time is a fun way to meet and interact with other passengers. The pool area is beautiful, with so many different types of seating - lounges, chairs, sofas, throw pillows, blankets, etc. It's an inviting space to spend time in, even if you are not indulging in actual pool time. We enjoyed the Explorers Lounge, though it was often difficult to secure one of the premium "view" seats at the front. Towards the end of the cruise we discovered the upstairs area of this lounge which was much less populated, and much quieter.

There is no casino, and we certainly did not miss it. There is also a wonderful absence of hype about the shops. There are shops, but no daily advertising flyers, specials, art auctions etc.

One wonderful plus is the app you can download before boarding the ship, it activates once you are on board, so that you can access the daily newsletter, your own personal calendar with the excursions you have scheduled and any specialty dining reservations you have, and lots of other information. So all that is right at your fingertips. Oh - and don't forget that the whole ship is wi-fi enabled all the time, for no extra cost.

The main restaurant was our choice for most meals - there were plenty of choices, and we found the food to be tasty and filling. No set time or reservations are needed. We went to both specialty restaurants (no extra charge) and again, truly enjoyed the food in each. Also, on several days we took advantage of the Pool Grill for lunch which serves several types of hamburgers, hot dogs, and sandwiches...all were delicious. Wine and drinks were always offered at lunch and dinner, and there was no hesitation about refilling our glasses. The World Cafe, the buffet option for breakfast, lunch, and dinner was smaller than on most ships, but there were still several choices of entrees. I personally would have liked a bit more variety there.

Although we normally don't go to the evening shows on cruises, we did attend three or four enjoyable musical productions in the theater - another extremely comfortable venue. There were four guest lecturers on board, though I only attended one lecture. For me, many of the topics were not of interest.

Viking offere an included tour in each port - usually a bus tour with a couple of photo stops. We opted for the included tour in three ports, and they were pretty much as advertised. In other ports we paid for some optional tours, and found them to be well planned and interesting. In all cases, the Viking staff is exceptionally well organized, well informed, friendly and polite. The Port Talks provided each day were a valuable source of information.

It's important to note that when we booked this cruise, we felt like we were spending much more than we usually do for a cruise, and kept reassuring ourselves that yes it was a splurge, but it was OK. The thing to note is that after you have booked, you are not constantly paying for other things, as normally happens on other lines, Wi-fi is free, wine at meals is free, specialty restaurants are included, there are no photographs to purchase or casinos to visit, and you have an included tour in each port.

I should note that we flew into London, arriving at 3:15. We had opted for the Viking transfer to the ship in Greenwich, and had scheduled an excursion for 7 that evening. Be aware, that time frame did not work. Due to long lines in Passport Control, and work traffic in London making it a two hour bus trip, we arrived in Greenwich an hour and a half late for our excursion. When I spoke with the Shore Excursions desk, primarily to suggest that they warn passengers not to set things up as we had, they immediately refunded our money for the excursion.

Disembarkation was smooth, with a minimum of PA announcements, and proceeded on schedule. No muss, no fuss.

A final note regarding Viking service. We opted to take the post cruise two day stay in Bergen. The day we were to fly home, I dislocated my hip, and could not walk - let alone fly! In a difficult situation for us, many people came through and helped us sort our way through this situation, including the staff at the Radisson Blu, and most importantly the local Viking representative, Bozidar Despenic, who helped us every step of the way - he was at the hospital with us, made phone calls to the airlines and Viking Air in New York, helped us deal with insurance reps (who were also very helpful) and generally "held our hands" all the way through the situation until we were finally able to fly home three days later. I cannot say enough about the care and concern that was shown to us.

There is no question that I would sail on the Viking Ocean vessels again. We had previously taken and enjoyed three of their river cruises, and now are passionate about their new ocean going ships.
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Cabin 8008
Beautifully decorated, with plenty of storage space. Plenty of outlets, with recharging outlets by each bedside table. Large bathroom, huge shower, and heated floors! Comfortable chairs and a sofa, and a very comfortable bed. Lots of windows for viewing during scenic cruising. Also, it was nice to have the ability to pull curtains to close off the "living area" from the bedroom area which helped cut down on the amount of light during "midnight sun" sleeping hours.

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