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We choose this cruise for the itinerary. We wanted as many ports around the British Isles as possible in early August. The Viking Sky was just about our only option, and overall, we were very pleased with it. The destinations were well selected. Just a few months before the cruise was set to depart, we were informed that Liverpool was removed from the itinerary and Glasgow was added. For us, that was no big deal as we were looking for as many stops in Scotland as possible. However, this was an issue for many passengers. The food is a high point of the experience. All the restaurants, in fact all of the food, is included in the cruise fare. The standard restaurant, simply called The Restaurant, features several wonderful items every night (found on the left side of the menu), plus an exceptional rotating menu with destination fare on the left side. Every meal we had was excellent. Our other diners were at Manfredi's, the Italian restaurant. It too was exceptional, and we dined there twice. Typically our lunches were in port, but each morning we had breakfast at the World Cafe, which is served buffet style. It to was very good. Service on the ship is impeccable. Many members of the staff got to know us by name. The wait staff learned our preferred drink selections very quickly. The room staff also was very friendly and prompt. The cabin was not huge, but it was very nice for a cruise ship. We had a deluxe veranda stateroom. This was ideal for views of the coast of England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, and Norway. There was an ample amount of USB ports and outlets. The room also had a mini refrigerator. The bathroom had a shower stall, but no bath. It also had a heated floor, which was wonderful in the mornings. There was some sort of show each evening, and the entertainment staff was excellent. The club, Torshavn, features the Viking Band, and they go out of their way to meet and get to know the guests. They take requests and do their best to learn new music. Also, the Atrium, Explorer's Lounge, and sometimes the pool feature a rotating set of piano players, guitar players, and a string and flute trio. There is always entertainment to be found. Although there was an included excursion at each port, we typically booked one of the for-fee excursions. Nearly all of them were first rate. We varied our experiences with tours of castles, winery visits, a distillery visit, a walking food tour of Belfast, and scenic tours of the Yesnby cliffs and Mousa island. We had more than enough to do. A word of warning though, this ship and cruise line really does cater to an older crowd. Most of the passengers were of the retirement community. My wife and I were among the ten youngest passengers on the ship (we still have children in elementary school and high school). The entertainment is largely geared to this group. We weren't ever bored, and we weren't looking for a casino, but something like a sports bar would have been a welcome addition to the ship. Although we met many wonderful people on the ship, we also were met with a fair amount of puzzled expressions from some passengers and were outright questioned why we were on this particular cruise. Some final thoughts: 1. The spa seems nice, and my wife enjoyed their services. 2. The fitness area is above adequate, but not large. 3. There is a nice walking track around deck 2. 4. The North Sea gets choppy, so the night you sail to Bergen might get rough. 5. If you are planning on drinking more than just one or two alcoholic beverages a night, and want more variety than is offered at dinner, get the Silver Spirits Package. It will pay for itself really quickly. 6. The WiFi was free, but we often found it unreliable.

A Great Way to See the British Isles

Viking Sky Cruise Review by DJKeithly

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We choose this cruise for the itinerary. We wanted as many ports around the British Isles as possible in early August. The Viking Sky was just about our only option, and overall, we were very pleased with it.

The destinations were well selected. Just a few months before the cruise was set to depart, we were informed that Liverpool was removed from the itinerary and Glasgow was added. For us, that was no big deal as we were looking for as many stops in Scotland as possible. However, this was an issue for many passengers.

The food is a high point of the experience. All the restaurants, in fact all of the food, is included in the cruise fare. The standard restaurant, simply called The Restaurant, features several wonderful items every night (found on the left side of the menu), plus an exceptional rotating menu with destination fare on the left side. Every meal we had was excellent. Our other diners were at Manfredi's, the Italian restaurant. It too was exceptional, and we dined there twice. Typically our lunches were in port, but each morning we had breakfast at the World Cafe, which is served buffet style. It to was very good.

Service on the ship is impeccable. Many members of the staff got to know us by name. The wait staff learned our preferred drink selections very quickly. The room staff also was very friendly and prompt.

The cabin was not huge, but it was very nice for a cruise ship. We had a deluxe veranda stateroom. This was ideal for views of the coast of England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, and Norway. There was an ample amount of USB ports and outlets. The room also had a mini refrigerator. The bathroom had a shower stall, but no bath. It also had a heated floor, which was wonderful in the mornings.

There was some sort of show each evening, and the entertainment staff was excellent. The club, Torshavn, features the Viking Band, and they go out of their way to meet and get to know the guests. They take requests and do their best to learn new music. Also, the Atrium, Explorer's Lounge, and sometimes the pool feature a rotating set of piano players, guitar players, and a string and flute trio. There is always entertainment to be found.

Although there was an included excursion at each port, we typically booked one of the for-fee excursions. Nearly all of them were first rate. We varied our experiences with tours of castles, winery visits, a distillery visit, a walking food tour of Belfast, and scenic tours of the Yesnby cliffs and Mousa island. We had more than enough to do.

A word of warning though, this ship and cruise line really does cater to an older crowd. Most of the passengers were of the retirement community. My wife and I were among the ten youngest passengers on the ship (we still have children in elementary school and high school). The entertainment is largely geared to this group. We weren't ever bored, and we weren't looking for a casino, but something like a sports bar would have been a welcome addition to the ship. Although we met many wonderful people on the ship, we also were met with a fair amount of puzzled expressions from some passengers and were outright questioned why we were on this particular cruise.

Some final thoughts:

1. The spa seems nice, and my wife enjoyed their services.

2. The fitness area is above adequate, but not large.

3. There is a nice walking track around deck 2.

4. The North Sea gets choppy, so the night you sail to Bergen might get rough.

5. If you are planning on drinking more than just one or two alcoholic beverages a night, and want more variety than is offered at dinner, get the Silver Spirits Package. It will pay for itself really quickly.

6. The WiFi was free, but we often found it unreliable.
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Cabin 8015
As cruise rooms go, it was about the size you would expect for this ship size. The bathroom is outstanding. They'll give you plenty of hangars for the closet, but you might just keep some things in your suitcase and stash them under the bed.

The room features a nice television that you can use to access your itinerary and activities easily. There are plenty of free movies and entertainment available.

There is an in-room safe, which is easy to use, and we used it daily.

The bathroom isn't huge, but it isn't small. The heated floor is a nice touch. It actually had a surprising amount of storage room.

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