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We took a Viking Quiet Med cruise at the beginning of 2017. I loved the spare and soothing decor on the Viking Sea and knew if I could convince my husband to visit the Norwegian Fjords, I would want to do it on a ship like this. It was all I could hope and more-husband enjoyed what he thought would just be a boring scenery cruise enough to book another cruise on board. Two things to think about for the Midnight Sun itinerary-we took the last cruise of the season and although there was a party for it, there is no longer midnight sun there by the last week of July. Book earlier in the month if you must see it (we have before). Weather however was better than some of the earlier cruises. Do not take the tubes to Greenwich in the summer if you embark there. It was hot, hot, hot taking away from it being faster and less expensive than some car services during the morning rush hour. From the exit of the Cutty Sark tube station to the embarkation tent, the way was very well marked. We checked in ( 5 minutes!) and left our luggage to go touring. I do not know if others who were arriving could go to the ship or not at 10 am. London and Greenwich were hot but still enjoyable. We had a DV cabin this time though we had a V before and think V is good enough since all cabins have a veranda-sadly many are on to this. The DV was on 6 aft which is very convenient to World Cafe, pool, Mamsens and Explorer Lounge. Before we were on 3 forward which was convenient to the theater and espresso bar. That would have been nice for this cruise which was full and everybody attended the nightly shows. We tried the Chef's Table several times this trip (did not like our 1 visit the first cruise). When we went early, we could get a seat by the window which was pleasant. Some of the menus work better than others (sorry but shredded duck rolled up in a tortilla with a dollop of sauce and a small disc of crisp skin is not Peking duck). Manfredi's was very good and we like the Restaurant well enough. The enrichment talks were very good and Drew was an excellent cruise director. Music and shows were pretty good. I have taken a cooking class on a sea day on each of my 2 cruises-they are fun even if you do not cook a lot. Included tours were hit and miss. The Bergen included tour even though mostly on a bus was excellent because the guide gave it as if it was a Viking River walking tour with points of interest, shopping and foods to try. Most of the others were not as good. The worst included tour was Edinburgh. Tendering got off to a slow start and our tour guide was so upset (started 1 hr late) that our tour was a toilet stop at Holyrood Palace and a slow ride up the Royal Mile to Greyfriars Bobby statue where she said get out here to tour on your own as the bus was returning to the ship from there. We had been before and enjoyed touring on our own after that. It is easy to get city buses back and forth to the tender dock and others nearby. If you prefer a tour take a private one or a paid Viking tour. I felt sorry for anyone on that tour who might not have been there before. We took Viking's paid tour in the Shetlands and visited some ancient ruins and a nice small town. The included tour there was good too and there is time for both. In Molde and Geiranger we took city bus tours to some points of interest outside the towns. They were narrated and interesting. I almost forgot Hot above the Arctic Circle. Honningsvag had shirt sleeve weather even where it was windy. There were people swimming on their one tiny beach! We were in Molde before it got cooler (we were hoping for cool coming from Florida). Best recommendations we got on CC: get the Viking App-you can book your restaurant reservations and change them if necessary without ever standing in line. Do the $39 Nordic Bath & Spa experience. Walk around the Norwegian ports and take buses if not on an adventure tour. We disembarked ourselves before 6 am to catch a bus from the Radison Blu to the airport on our way to DIY in Iceland. Breakfast was available from 5 am. It was a great trip.

Hot time above the Arctic Circle!

Viking Sea Cruise Review by Dhsamso

Trip Details
We took a Viking Quiet Med cruise at the beginning of 2017. I loved the spare and soothing decor on the Viking Sea and knew if I could convince my husband to visit the Norwegian Fjords, I would want to do it on a ship like this. It was all I could hope and more-husband enjoyed what he thought would just be a boring scenery cruise enough to book another cruise on board.

Two things to think about for the Midnight Sun itinerary-we took the last cruise of the season and although there was a party for it, there is no longer midnight sun there by the last week of July. Book earlier in the month if you must see it (we have before). Weather however was better than some of the earlier cruises. Do not take the tubes to Greenwich in the summer if you embark there. It was hot, hot, hot taking away from it being faster and less expensive than some car services during the morning rush hour.

From the exit of the Cutty Sark tube station to the embarkation tent, the way was very well marked. We checked in ( 5 minutes!) and left our luggage to go touring. I do not know if others who were arriving could go to the ship or not at 10 am. London and Greenwich were hot but still enjoyable. We had a DV cabin this time though we had a V before and think V is good enough since all cabins have a veranda-sadly many are on to this. The DV was on 6 aft which is very convenient to World Cafe, pool, Mamsens and Explorer Lounge. Before we were on 3 forward which was convenient to the theater and espresso bar. That would have been nice for this cruise which was full and everybody attended the nightly shows.

We tried the Chef's Table several times this trip (did not like our 1 visit the first cruise). When we went early, we could get a seat by the window which was pleasant. Some of the menus work better than others (sorry but shredded duck rolled up in a tortilla with a dollop of sauce and a small disc of crisp skin is not Peking duck). Manfredi's was very good and we like the Restaurant well enough.

The enrichment talks were very good and Drew was an excellent cruise director. Music and shows were pretty good. I have taken a cooking class on a sea day on each of my 2 cruises-they are fun even if you do not cook a lot.

Included tours were hit and miss. The Bergen included tour even though mostly on a bus was excellent because the guide gave it as if it was a Viking River walking tour with points of interest, shopping and foods to try. Most of the others were not as good. The worst included tour was Edinburgh. Tendering got off to a slow start and our tour guide was so upset (started 1 hr late) that our tour was a toilet stop at Holyrood Palace and a slow ride up the Royal Mile to Greyfriars Bobby statue where she said get out here to tour on your own as the bus was returning to the ship from there. We had been before and enjoyed touring on our own after that. It is easy to get city buses back and forth to the tender dock and others nearby. If you prefer a tour take a private one or a paid Viking tour. I felt sorry for anyone on that tour who might not have been there before. We took Viking's paid tour in the Shetlands and visited some ancient ruins and a nice small town. The included tour there was good too and there is time for both. In Molde and Geiranger we took city bus tours to some points of interest outside the towns. They were narrated and interesting.

I almost forgot Hot above the Arctic Circle. Honningsvag had shirt sleeve weather even where it was windy. There were people swimming on their one tiny beach! We were in Molde before it got cooler (we were hoping for cool coming from Florida).

Best recommendations we got on CC: get the Viking App-you can book your restaurant reservations and change them if necessary without ever standing in line. Do the $39 Nordic Bath & Spa experience. Walk around the Norwegian ports and take buses if not on an adventure tour.

We disembarked ourselves before 6 am to catch a bus from the Radison Blu to the airport on our way to DIY in Iceland. Breakfast was available from 5 am. It was a great trip.
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Cabin Review

Cabin 6065
Enough room for us-relatively close to laundry room, right downstairs from World Cafe and other 7th floor venues. This port side got a wonderful bagpipe concert at Kirkwall as we were departing.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • City Tour
    This was the best included tour we took due to an excellent guide who covered everything. She also gave information about how to get to other sites that was useful the rest of the day. Take an early tour there.
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  • City Tour
    Our city tour in Edinburgh was terrible. Do it on your own (easy buses to and from tender dock area) or take a paid private or cruise tour.
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  • Geiranger
    We walked up a trail to a viewing point above a waterfall with a great view down to the harbor and museum. Later we took a city bus to Mount Dalsnibba. The view was clouded by the time we got there but we had great views and narration and some other stops on the way up and back. Geiranger is the most scenic place on this itinerary.
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  • Kirkwall
    Included tour was okay. In the morning, we walked to the distillery at the edge of town (long walk but doable) and took a tour which was great. We booked ahead online but some people just walked in at the first tour time. Even the deluxe tour with more pours did not leave us too happy to get back to the ship for the afternoon included tour.
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  • Molde
    Our included tour was okay but the city bus tour we took first to see the Atlantic Road was even better. The Atlantic Road itself is very short though interesting but the ride there (about an hour) was very scenic and nothing was clouded over yet. The bus driver gave information along the way.
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  • Tromso Highlights Tour
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    Before our included tour we walked to the Arctic Cathedral (okay) and finicular (great view) and then went to the planetarium. The rock garden next to the planetarium is also very interesting.
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