Viking Sun Cruise Review by Kahlen14
- Sail Date: December 2018
- Destination: Transatlantic
We wanted to see Lisbon, Valencia and Lucca so chose this trip. It was very easy getting on and off the ship, there were no tenders which was fantastic. You could walk into most towns or Viking would provide a shuttle. Viking also provides included tours in all ports. Many ships do not. We did pay for a few extra tours. There were many to choose from. Unfortunately because of the protests in France we couldn't drive into Aix-in-Provence but we understand that those things happen when traveling.
The Chef's Table is high end food cooked perfectly and presented beautifully with wine pairings. There is no cost for the special dining rooms which is unlike many other ships. We found that if we didn't have a reservation, if there was room you could be seated. The World Cafe buffet had many fresh and good tasting offerings for breakfast lunch and dinner. The Pool Grill had a surf and turf night that was delicious and the chocolate buffet in the beautiful Wintergarten was stunning.
Although we did not try the free sauna and snow room other guests raved about it.
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BarcelonaBarcelona is a wonderful city with beautiful architecture. We had been there a number of times so just took the bus shuttle into town and explored some of the area we love. The shuttles from the ship in all ports are great. They come often and were perfectly on time.View All 2,206 Barcelona Cruise Port Reviews
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CadizWe went on the Viking walking tour. Cadiz had beautiful buildings and squares. We visited the cathedral with our guide.View All 43 Cadiz Cruise Port Reviews
We left the tour midway to explore on our own because there was too much talk and standing rather than moving and seeing as much of the city as we could. We really liked the city. It was lovely, filled with tall palm trees. We discovered a large market, walked around a bit and then walked back to the ship via the seawalk.
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Cartagena (Spain)We took the bus tour and it was a bit boring. We went to a lighthouse and saw the ocean coast line filled with hotels. The water swirling around the rocks were varied in beautiful blue colours.View All 426 Cartagena (Spain) Cruise Port Reviews
We then drove awhile through some rocks that had been blasted leaving colours on the hills. The history was interesting but the tour wasn't great even though our guide was very thorough.
I would have only given the tour a 2 but we saw the incredible Roman Theater Ruins that wasn't discovered until 1987. It was very interesting and amazed me that it was just recently discovered.
The town looked nice but we only had 15 minutes to explore which wasn't enough. I'd say the tour should focus just on the town and the ruins rather than driving around.
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Lucca Walking TourWe chose the "on your own tour". The bus took us to Lucca and the guide organized our return. It was very nice to do things on our own. You often don't have time on the included tours to relax, have a leisurely meal and shop.View All 36 Lucca Walking Tour Reviews
City TourWe went on the city walking tour with the funicular ride up to the Barrio Alto. We walked through a number of specific areas of Lisbon, each with it's own personality. We enjoyed the tour but again there wasn't enough exploration time, although you could stay in the city if you wanted and take a shuttle or cab back to the ship but we were too tired. Lisbon is old with a lot of character.View All 80 City Tour Reviews
Malaga City TourWe enjoyed the tour but could have used more free time. First a drive to the top of the town to see the view. Then into the town centre. We walked the town and saw the largest cathedral in Spain. The town was nice with restaurants, shops and orange trees. We saw the Teatro Romano ruins that were discovered in the 1970's.View All 38 Malaga City Tour Reviews
MarseilleWe had a tour booked for Aix-in-Provence but because of the protests in France we were unable to drive to the town or dock in Marseille. We understand these things happen. The ship docked in Se'te and we walked into the town. There wasn't much to see.View All 800 Marseille Cruise Port Reviews
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ToulonWe saw some lovely scenery on the comfortable bus but were not blown away by Toulon. Much of the city was built up after the war so the building were drab except for the lovely Housemen buildings in the town centre. My review may be unfair because we were on the bus and we didn't get the true feel of the town by walking around.View All 298 Toulon Cruise Port Reviews
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ValenciaWe took the included tour by bus and walking. Our guide was very good. The city is beautiful. The bus took us to the very futuristic modern area just outside of the old town which was done in all white steel. The inner town was very lovely with beautiful buildings, huge palm trees and orange trees everywhere. The city seemed to us half Barcelona half Madrid. We enjoyed the city very much but there wasn't enough free time before we went back to the bus.View All 290 Valencia Cruise Port Reviews
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