Primarily chose this cruise because of family Scandinavian background, previous travels in eastern and inland Norway, desire to see St. Petersburg and outstanding previous experiences with Viking river and ocean cruises.
Embarkation and disembarkation were handled very smoothly, the ship is beautifully designed and equipped with a relaxed and roomy feel. Specialty restaurant dining is at no extra charge and very good, although the main dining room and World Cafe buffet dining and service are also excellent. Ports of call and shore excursions were all interesting and the excursions all handled very well. We also very much enjoyed the enrichment activities, particularly the excellent Viking era and Russian imperial historical reviews presented by excellent speakers.
Our Penthouse Veranda category cabin was very comfortable and we especially appreciated the complementary self-serve launderette on each deck on this two week cruise.
We have enjoyed the Viking ocean cruises and have already booked a 2020 Australia/New Zealand cruise on Viking Orion.
Very pleasant, roomy and comfortable cabin with excellent amenities and service.
Beautiful location, small, walk-able town and excursion to interesting park/museum. Upclose cruising by waterfall on return to Stavanger.
Interesting area of old town with wooden homes and buildings. Tour of Norwegian Oil Industry Museum was also very interesting and informative.
Information about Viking heritage was good and encounter with "Viking" reenactors entertaining and educational.
Walking tour was fairly comprehensive and gave excellent overview of Danish history and current royal establishment.
Elected Rostock tour as we had recently been to Berlin. Rostock was a charming Hanseatic league town and walking tour of city was very good. We also greatly enjoyed an afternoon of wandering around the charming seaside port of Warnemunde on our own.
Wonderful tour of this Teutonic Knights HQ castle, the largest brick castle in the world. Very interesting history, architecture and reconstruction history.
A well-conducted walking tour of the old town with views over the city and opportunity to walk down through the lower city also.
City tour was a bit disrupted as we were there on May 8th, the day before the major celebration of VE day on May 9th, so preparations closed certain areas, especially plaza in front of Catherine Palace/Hermitage.
Hermitage is an amazing collection of art in an historic and architecturally amazing 18th century palace. The special access provision of the Viking tour was very helpful but the huge crowds appear to make a visit without such access virtually impossible.
We toured Peterhof on the 9th, so were out of the city during the big celebration with crowds and military displays. Peterhof was beautiful and fascinating. The engineering for the amazing fountains is quite impressive for an early 18th century palace. The grounds/gardens are beautiful and very pleasant for strolling around on a gorgeous weather day.
Very interesting and enjoyable old small town with guided walk, lunch and time for individual exploration of town and church, which has both Swedish and Finnish services.