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My wife and I have done a number of Viking river cruises, but this was an unexpected first ocean cruise for me when my brother invited me. Sailing in the "Midnight Sun" was spectacular: sunset/sunrises that lasted 4-5 hours! Going across the North Sea was both smoother and more interesting. Shetland Islands were fascinating. All the ports were beautiful, even when there was fog, making things "atmospheric." The ship was larger than river cruises, of course, but manageable. Several options for "lounging" while taking in the passing scenery. Fitness room was well-equipped and not crowded. Food, as always, was plentiful and tasty. Ship entertainment was high quality. The cabin was plenty large enough, and the veranda made for good viewing. It was also easier than expected to reserve excursions and dining ahead of time. One difference from river cruises: not quite as much time to wander ports independently. But tours in each port were well done, and there was good variety in the optional excursions. I've written a much more detailed journal about the trip on my blog, accompanied by many photos: http://ramblingwithruss.blogspot.com

Spectacular Midnight Sun

Viking Sea Cruise Review by cordfolks

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My wife and I have done a number of Viking river cruises, but this was an unexpected first ocean cruise for me when my brother invited me. Sailing in the "Midnight Sun" was spectacular: sunset/sunrises that lasted 4-5 hours! Going across the North Sea was both smoother and more interesting. Shetland Islands were fascinating. All the ports were beautiful, even when there was fog, making things "atmospheric." The ship was larger than river cruises, of course, but manageable. Several options for "lounging" while taking in the passing scenery. Fitness room was well-equipped and not crowded. Food, as always, was plentiful and tasty. Ship entertainment was high quality. The cabin was plenty large enough, and the veranda made for good viewing. It was also easier than expected to reserve excursions and dining ahead of time. One difference from river cruises: not quite as much time to wander ports independently. But tours in each port were well done, and there was good variety in the optional excursions. I've written a much more detailed journal about the trip on my blog, accompanied by many photos: http://ramblingwithruss.blogspot.com
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