This was an area of the world that we have always thought of visiting. To say the least, we had an outstanding cruise! Having a day in the originating and departing port was a bonus and exactly what we wanted. Checking into the ship was a breeze, no line and greeted warmly. There were more excursions than we could ever take on one journey so maybe we’ll have to do this again? Since we didn’t think we would ever do this again, it was hard to decide on just one a day! Our excursions were outstanding, the coaches were new, air conditioned, comfortable and never crowded. Our drivers were amazing and our tour guides were very knowledgeable and personable. There were excursions for every ability level and the transportation accommodated our needs for part of the family needing additional assistance. One of our excursions was scheduled for the building opening time so we were the very first group in the church and there were at least 2000 people outside waiting. Viking books their excursions well. The dining was always just right, from the specialty restaurants, to the main dining room to the buffet. We utilized room service each morning so we could sleep in just a bit longer before heading out on our excursions. This was wonderfully convenient and the food was hot and tasty. The common areas were impeccably clean and inviting. The staff in these areas were there to take care of you but not a nuisance. Every staff member on this ship is there to make you happy and they did. We chose Viking because pretty much everything is included and that included one excursion per port per day. There was no nickel and dimeing you on this cruise line and everything was top notch service oriented. I will only sail with Viking for any of my future adventures. Thank you to the Captain and Crew of the Viking Sea for a wonderful Family Adventure 2018!
The cabins were set up for comfort and the heated bathroom floors were a delight on chilly mornings. Our bed was a bit too hard for us but our cabin crew made sure we had enough mattress pads to soften it to our liking. Having a veranda is such a wonderful treat and every cabin has one. Our in-cabin refrigerator was always stocked with our choice of drinks and snack. The coffee maker was new and was a bit difficult to figure out. We were surprised just how quiet it was on-board. Our cabin staff was outstanding. Our room was always clean and ready for us. I think they hide in the hall and wait for you to leave so they can clean it again for you! Turn down service every night, ice in the ice bucket, the daily activities list, the room service breakfast menu request, lights turned on for you, just everything you can want, taken care for you! Outstanding folks!