We wanted to see countries we had never seen before: specifically Norway, Sweden and Russia. We also wanted to try an ocean cruise, we had only been on a river cruise previously. And of course we chose Viking because we had such an amazing time on our last cruise with Viking. The crew was above and beyond attentive, friendly, professional, entertaining, and personable. They anticipated and met every need we could possibly have had. The food was also more than 5 star, an outstanding variety prepared and served in a most excellent manner. Our room was very comfortable and kept immaculate all the time. All of the excursions we took were very well planned and brought us a most intimate and educational view of all of the countries we visited. The tour guides were knowledgeable and friendly. We have recommended this tour specifically to all of our family and friends.