Viking Sea Cruise Review by cocruiser19
- Sail Date: June 2018
- Destination: Baltic Sea
Based on previous reviews, my expectations for entertainment and enrichment were quite low. I was actually impressed by the quality and variety of enrichment speakers available during our cruise. Of the four, two scored an A+ with me, another an A+ with some of my travelling companions, and the fourth was well received. The entertainers, although mostly not ready for prime time, were entertaining and worthy of the title. The variety of shows and quality of production was better than I expected.
Unfortunately, the excursions were the low point of the cruise. In Norway the typical excursion was a 2-3 hour bus ride with a stop or two for photos. The guides were typically not Norwegian, and sometimes had minimal English language skills or very difficult accents. Twice our destinations were closed churches. Although the scenery was always beautiful, days of unfulfilling bus rides is not what I expected. Even the success of the paid excursions is highly dependent on the guide. My wife and I piggy-backed on another group during one because it was so much better than our own. I do recommend Kayaking Geirangerfjord; that was fantastic. Our last excursion, supposedly an "evening cruise" on the Thames and a ride on the London Eye, was a disaster. Instead of a cruise boat, we were packed into a water taxi for our trip to the Eye. The afternoon sun highlighted every scratch on the windows, so even my window seat did not afford a view. The sound system did not work so there was no narration for our ride through London. "Not to worry, we'll have it fixed for your return." On the return trip - no change! From my now center seat at the rear of the water taxi, I could not see out of the sun-glinted windows with the afternoon sun still showing every mar, nor hear the unamplified narration from the front of the boat. Not a fond farewell.
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