1. Home
  2. Cruise Reviews
  3. Viking Sea
In the Wake of the Vikings - Ocean Cruise (Sep 2018) Sep 01 - SAN DIEGO - FRANKFURT * Flew on Lufthansa First Class (excellent service) * Arrived in Frankfurt and was met at the plane with a wheel chair for Glenn and full assistance transporting us to our departure gate. (Excellent service) Had a couple of hours layover in Frankfurt. Ate lunch at airport. Sep 02 - FRANKFURT - OSLO * Flew to Oslo, Norway (short flight) * Our arrival was late afternoon. * Transfer from Airport to Hotel - provided by Viking - Private Mercedes Benz Limo. * Joe Christian was our driver. (Exceptional service) * Hotel was excellent. * Due to our arrival in the early evening our visit to Oslo was limited. Sep 03 - OSLO - BERGEN * Breakfast at hotel (Food was delicious, procedure for seating in dining room was chaotic) * Transfer from Hotel to Train Station via included Bus tour of Oslo - (Tour Guide was very good) * Train to Bergen - There was confusion regarding the seating on the train. * (The arrangement for lunch on board was unexpected, but the boxed food was hot and good) * Transfer from Train Station to Hotel did not go well. (Guide was late, unapologetic and very unprepared. * Bus driver and passengers were kept waiting with no explanation from the Guide). * Hotel was excellent. We had dinner in the bar as the dining room was full. Sep 04 - BERGEN * Breakfast at hotel (excellent) * Transfer to from Hotel to Ship via included Bus Tour of Bergen did not go well. * Tour Guide was not organized, very difficult to understand. * We literally drove in circles and passed the same locations two and three times. As a result we were not able to spend sufficient time at the Gamle Bergen Open Air Museum * Tour Guide did not clearly point out the difficulty of negotiating the open air museum to our physically challenged passengers. * This included tour has the potential to be so much better. Sep 05 - BERGEN * Breakfast on Ship * We chose to walk on our own from Ship to Funicular in the morning * Strolled through town back to ship seeing some sites along the way * Set sail in the evening for Lerwick, Shetland Islands (UK) Sep 06 - LERWICK - SHETLAND ISLANDS * We chose to skip the tours and took a shuttle bus from the dock to Downtown Lerwick. * We strolled the streets and enjoyed our visit. Sep 07 - TORSHAVN - FAROE ISLANDS ALTERNATE PORT - KOLLAFJORDUR * Our cruise hit a major snag here. After the Captain docked, he was informed by the port authority that we could not dock there. Apparently the dock was double booked and our ship eventually (after 2 hours of discussions) had to relocate to another port on the island. * After relocating we were finally able to disembark and take a two hour bus tour of the area. OK but nothing to write home about. Captain to be commended for his handling of the situation. * Sad thing was the town of Torshavn lost out on our visit entirely. And some of the tours had to be cancelled. * The alternate port was nothing more than a dock and no village. * Very disappointed that none of us were able to visit Torshavn due to the dispute with the port. Sep 08 - AT SEA Sep 09 - REYKJAVIK, ICELAND * We docked without incident at this port. * Glenn took a bus tour of the city. * Pat went to the Blue Lagoon. Very well done with one exception - we were told to bring a towel with us to the lagoon. However when we arrived at the lagoon we were informed that towels were provided as part of our tour package. * This was the only port of call where some of us encountered rain. Sep 10 - AT SEA Sep 11 - NANORTALIK, GREENLAND (aborted) ALTERNATIVELY - AT SEA * Due to bad weather conditions in the area it was decided to skip this port and continue to Qaqortoq, Greenland. * As a result we had an extra day at sea. * Because we had the time the captain took us through a couple of magnificent fiords on the way. Sep 12 - QAQORTOQ - GREENLAND * We woke up this morning in this charming village community. * We tendered in. * We opted out of any tours and wandered around the village on our own. * Viking did an excellent job of greeting us on shore. * The weather was picture perfect. Sep 13 - AT SEA Sep 14 - L’ANSE AUX MEADOWS, NEWFOUNDLAND (aborted) ALTERNATE PORT - SAINT ANTHONY, NEWFOUNDLAND * Due to dangerous weather conditions in the area we continued to an alternate port, St. Anthony, which proved to be a delightful and very friendly community. * Glenn stayed on board the ship. * I took a tender into town and did a lot of walking, exploring and hiking. * Another picture perfect day for weather. * This port should be on the itinerary Sep 15 - AT SEA Sep 16 - SAGUENAY, QUEBEC, CANADA * The scenery as we left the Seaway and went up the river to Saguenay was beautiful. * We arrived in the morning to great fanfare. Several of the town folk came to the dock to greet us with dancing and music. * Upon arrival we were taken in busses to a very large auditorium for a major theatrical production. Excellent. * The port provided wheel chair and electric cart service for the physically challenged from and to the ship. * The transfer from ship to theater and back to dock was a bit chaotic, but short. * Back on board we freshened up, had lunch and then did some walking along the harbor. * Our ship had the best docking location. * There were three other ships in port at the same time and they all had to tender in. * Crew and Staff were on shore to welcome us back to ship with music and champagne! * Another picture perfect day for weather. Sep 17 - QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC, CANADA * Pat toured the town on his own including a trip on the funicular and coffee and sandwich at Starbucks. * Glenn took a guided bus tour of the city. Excellent Tour and Tour Guide. * We did not get the ideal docking position but there was a shuttle that transferred us between ship and the city. * We felt that an overnight with an extra day in Quebec City would have been preferred. * Another picture perfect day for weather. Sep 18 - MONTREAL * Arrived in Montreal. Disembarkation went very well. Viking Staff there to help and give directions inside the Terminal. * Short Transfer to Hotel via a large van. * Settled into the Westin hotel and began our explorations on our own. * No included tours here. * We had lunch and dinner at the hotel. * The Hotel and Dining Room was excellent. Sep 19 - MONTREAL - Extended stay * Enjoyed our included breakfast at the Hotel. * We set out on our own and toured the city including a visit to the Bank of Montreal and Notre Dame Basilica. * As suggested by the Hotel concierge we had an excellent lunch at the Portus 360 revolving restaurant with commanding views of the city. * We then continued exploring the city on foot, including a visit to St. Patrick’s Basilica and the Olympic Monument. * We attended the night show AURA at Notre Dame Basilica followed by a delicious dinner back at the hotel. This should be highly recommended to all clients in advance so as to get a seat. Very popular. Reservations should be made well in advance. We purchased our tickets on line from home before the trip. Sep 20 - MONTREAL - PHILADELPHIA - SAN DIEGO * Enjoyed our included breakfast at the Hotel. * After breakfast Pat took one last walk through Montreal Old Town * We had a private included transfer from Hotel to Airport in the afternoon * Flight was late leaving Montreal - no one at the airport kept us informed * Arrived in Philadelphia and was met at the plane with a wheel chair for Glenn and full assistance transporting us to our departure gate. (Excellent service) * Arrived in San Diego late at night and took cab home. The ship - Viking Sea * It is important to note that there was a serious problem on board this ship. Based on our own personal experience and conversations with some of the passengers - there is a noise problem that needs to be addressed. * Our cabin, 4084, was so noisy we could not sleep at night. * We invited engineering into 4084 so they could hear the noise as well and they did. Not at all clear what the cause was but it was intermittent and even occurred when the ship was not moving. It was a very loud booming sound and vibrated one wall in the cabin. * After two nights in that cabin - Viking relocated us to cabin 5026 which was identical to 4084 except without any noise. * The staff was excellent. The public areas were comfortable. * Attention to detail could be better. Example: the tile floor in the World Cafe is chipped and cracked in places and the grouting appears dirty. Food Service & Entertainment * Food on board the ship in the main dining room and the World Cafe was creative and delicious. The food was not often hot and only mildly warm. Warm plates were offered as an alternative to the cold plates under the counters at the buffet. This needs attention and better notice. * For one of the meals in the main Dining Room Glenn had to ask the waiter for a replacement of the main course as the one delivered was barely warm. * Meals were creative, excellent presentation and flavorful. * Eric, the maitre’d, was outstanding. He was attentive and helpful. Prior to the cruise we were not able to get an earlier seating in the Chefs Table and Manfredi’s restaurants. Eric took care of that and we were able to dine earlier. * The Pool Grill provided nice simple options for meals. * The waffles in Mamsen’s were outstanding. * Both Alternative Dining Rooms were excellent. Service excellent and food excellent. * Wintergarden Afternoon Tea very well done. * The Afternoon Brunch in the Wintergarden was outstanding. They did run out of some of the items too soon. * Table 131 in the main Restaurant is a very bad table to sit at. There are glaring fluorescent lights from the kitchen area visible in parts of the dining area. Recommend a modification so the light is not visible to guests. * Entertainment on board was good. Drew, the Cruise Director, was amazing. His ability to sing, play musical instruments and his knowledge of the ports we visited - incredible.

In the Wake of the Vikings

Viking Sea Cruise Review by ptmcarron

3 people found this helpful
Trip Details
In the Wake of the Vikings - Ocean Cruise (Sep 2018)

Sep 01 - SAN DIEGO - FRANKFURT

* Flew on Lufthansa First Class (excellent service)

* Arrived in Frankfurt and was met at the plane with a wheel chair for Glenn and full assistance transporting us to our departure gate. (Excellent service) Had a couple of hours layover in Frankfurt. Ate lunch at airport.

Sep 02 - FRANKFURT - OSLO

* Flew to Oslo, Norway (short flight)

* Our arrival was late afternoon.

* Transfer from Airport to Hotel - provided by Viking - Private Mercedes Benz Limo.

* Joe Christian was our driver. (Exceptional service)

* Hotel was excellent.

* Due to our arrival in the early evening our visit to Oslo was limited.

Sep 03 - OSLO - BERGEN

* Breakfast at hotel (Food was delicious, procedure for seating in dining room was chaotic)

* Transfer from Hotel to Train Station via included Bus tour of Oslo - (Tour Guide was very good)

* Train to Bergen - There was confusion regarding the seating on the train.

* (The arrangement for lunch on board was unexpected, but the boxed food was hot and good)

* Transfer from Train Station to Hotel did not go well. (Guide was late, unapologetic and very unprepared.

* Bus driver and passengers were kept waiting with no explanation from the Guide).

* Hotel was excellent. We had dinner in the bar as the dining room was full.



Sep 04 - BERGEN

* Breakfast at hotel (excellent)

* Transfer to from Hotel to Ship via included Bus Tour of Bergen did not go well.

* Tour Guide was not organized, very difficult to understand.

* We literally drove in circles and passed the same locations two and three times. As a result we were not able to spend sufficient time at the Gamle Bergen Open Air Museum

* Tour Guide did not clearly point out the difficulty of negotiating the open air museum to our physically challenged passengers.

* This included tour has the potential to be so much better.



Sep 05 - BERGEN



* Breakfast on Ship

* We chose to walk on our own from Ship to Funicular in the morning

* Strolled through town back to ship seeing some sites along the way

* Set sail in the evening for Lerwick, Shetland Islands (UK)

Sep 06 - LERWICK - SHETLAND ISLANDS

* We chose to skip the tours and took a shuttle bus from the dock to Downtown Lerwick.

* We strolled the streets and enjoyed our visit.

Sep 07 - TORSHAVN - FAROE ISLANDS

ALTERNATE PORT - KOLLAFJORDUR

* Our cruise hit a major snag here. After the Captain docked, he was informed by the port authority that we could not dock there. Apparently the dock was double booked and our ship eventually (after 2 hours of discussions) had to relocate to another port on the island.

* After relocating we were finally able to disembark and take a two hour bus tour of the area. OK but nothing to write home about. Captain to be commended for his handling of the situation.

* Sad thing was the town of Torshavn lost out on our visit entirely. And some of the tours had to be cancelled.

* The alternate port was nothing more than a dock and no village.

* Very disappointed that none of us were able to visit Torshavn due to the dispute with the port.



Sep 08 - AT SEA

Sep 09 - REYKJAVIK, ICELAND

* We docked without incident at this port.

* Glenn took a bus tour of the city.

* Pat went to the Blue Lagoon. Very well done with one exception - we were told to bring a towel with us to the lagoon. However when we arrived at the lagoon we were informed that towels were provided as part of our tour package.

* This was the only port of call where some of us encountered rain.

Sep 10 - AT SEA

Sep 11 - NANORTALIK, GREENLAND (aborted)

ALTERNATIVELY - AT SEA

* Due to bad weather conditions in the area it was decided to skip this port and continue to Qaqortoq, Greenland.

* As a result we had an extra day at sea.

* Because we had the time the captain took us through a couple of magnificent fiords on the way.

Sep 12 - QAQORTOQ - GREENLAND

* We woke up this morning in this charming village community.

* We tendered in.

* We opted out of any tours and wandered around the village on our own.

* Viking did an excellent job of greeting us on shore.

* The weather was picture perfect.

Sep 13 - AT SEA

Sep 14 - L’ANSE AUX MEADOWS, NEWFOUNDLAND (aborted)

ALTERNATE PORT - SAINT ANTHONY, NEWFOUNDLAND

* Due to dangerous weather conditions in the area we continued to an alternate port, St. Anthony, which proved to be a delightful and very friendly community.

* Glenn stayed on board the ship.

* I took a tender into town and did a lot of walking, exploring and hiking.

* Another picture perfect day for weather.

* This port should be on the itinerary

Sep 15 - AT SEA

Sep 16 - SAGUENAY, QUEBEC, CANADA

* The scenery as we left the Seaway and went up the river to Saguenay was beautiful.

* We arrived in the morning to great fanfare. Several of the town folk came to the dock to greet us with dancing and music.

* Upon arrival we were taken in busses to a very large auditorium for a major theatrical production. Excellent.

* The port provided wheel chair and electric cart service for the physically challenged from and to the ship.

* The transfer from ship to theater and back to dock was a bit chaotic, but short.

* Back on board we freshened up, had lunch and then did some walking along the harbor.

* Our ship had the best docking location.

* There were three other ships in port at the same time and they all had to tender in.

* Crew and Staff were on shore to welcome us back to ship with music and champagne!

* Another picture perfect day for weather.

Sep 17 - QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC, CANADA

* Pat toured the town on his own including a trip on the funicular and coffee and sandwich at Starbucks.

* Glenn took a guided bus tour of the city. Excellent Tour and Tour Guide.

* We did not get the ideal docking position but there was a shuttle that transferred us between ship and the city.

* We felt that an overnight with an extra day in Quebec City would have been preferred.

* Another picture perfect day for weather.

Sep 18 - MONTREAL

* Arrived in Montreal. Disembarkation went very well. Viking Staff there to help and give directions inside the Terminal.

* Short Transfer to Hotel via a large van.

* Settled into the Westin hotel and began our explorations on our own.

* No included tours here.

* We had lunch and dinner at the hotel.

* The Hotel and Dining Room was excellent.

Sep 19 - MONTREAL - Extended stay

* Enjoyed our included breakfast at the Hotel.

* We set out on our own and toured the city including a visit to the Bank of Montreal and Notre Dame Basilica.

* As suggested by the Hotel concierge we had an excellent lunch at the Portus 360 revolving restaurant with commanding views of the city.

* We then continued exploring the city on foot, including a visit to St. Patrick’s Basilica and the Olympic Monument.

* We attended the night show AURA at Notre Dame Basilica followed by a delicious dinner back at the hotel. This should be highly recommended to all clients in advance so as to get a seat. Very popular. Reservations should be made well in advance. We purchased our tickets on line from home before the trip.

Sep 20 - MONTREAL - PHILADELPHIA - SAN DIEGO

* Enjoyed our included breakfast at the Hotel.

* After breakfast Pat took one last walk through Montreal Old Town

* We had a private included transfer from Hotel to Airport in the afternoon

* Flight was late leaving Montreal - no one at the airport kept us informed

* Arrived in Philadelphia and was met at the plane with a wheel chair for Glenn and full assistance transporting us to our departure gate. (Excellent service)

* Arrived in San Diego late at night and took cab home.

The ship - Viking Sea

* It is important to note that there was a serious problem on board this ship. Based on our own personal experience and conversations with some of the passengers - there is a noise problem that needs to be addressed.

* Our cabin, 4084, was so noisy we could not sleep at night.

* We invited engineering into 4084 so they could hear the noise as well and they did. Not at all clear what the cause was but it was intermittent and even occurred when the ship was not moving. It was a very loud booming sound and vibrated one wall in the cabin.

* After two nights in that cabin - Viking relocated us to cabin 5026 which was identical to 4084 except without any noise.

* The staff was excellent. The public areas were comfortable.

* Attention to detail could be better. Example: the tile floor in the World Cafe is chipped and cracked in places and the grouting appears dirty.

Food Service & Entertainment

* Food on board the ship in the main dining room and the World Cafe was creative and delicious. The food was not often hot and only mildly warm. Warm plates were offered as an alternative to the cold plates under the counters at the buffet. This needs attention and better notice.

* For one of the meals in the main Dining Room Glenn had to ask the waiter for a replacement of the main course as the one delivered was barely warm.

* Meals were creative, excellent presentation and flavorful.

* Eric, the maitre’d, was outstanding. He was attentive and helpful. Prior to the cruise we were not able to get an earlier seating in the Chefs Table and Manfredi’s restaurants. Eric took care of that and we were able to dine earlier.

* The Pool Grill provided nice simple options for meals.

* The waffles in Mamsen’s were outstanding.

* Both Alternative Dining Rooms were excellent. Service excellent and food excellent.

* Wintergarden Afternoon Tea very well done.

* The Afternoon Brunch in the Wintergarden was outstanding. They did run out of some of the items too soon.

* Table 131 in the main Restaurant is a very bad table to sit at. There are glaring fluorescent lights from the kitchen area visible in parts of the dining area. Recommend a modification so the light is not visible to guests.

* Entertainment on board was good. Drew, the Cruise Director, was amazing. His ability to sing, play musical instruments and his knowledge of the ports we visited - incredible.
ptmcarron’s Full Rating Summary
Enrichment Activities
Value For Money
Embarkation
Dining
Public Rooms
Entertainment
Cabin
Fitness & Recreation
Shore Excursions
Service
Onboard Experience
Free Price Drop Alerts
Get Viking Sea price drops
250,000+ people have entered their email

Cabin Review

Cabin 4084
* It is important to note that there was a serious problem on board this ship. Based on our own personal experience and conversations with some of the passengers - there is a noise problem that needs to be addressed.
* Our cabin, 4084, was so noisy we could not sleep at night.
* We invited engineering into 4084 so they could hear the noise as well and they did. Not at all clear what the cause was but it was intermittent and even occurred when the ship was not moving. It was a very loud booming sound and vibrated one wall in the cabin.
* After two nights in that cabin - Viking relocated us to cabin 5026 which was identical to 4084 except without any noise.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews