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Viking Sun Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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October 2018 on the Viking Sun

Viking Sun Cruise Review by Lynn Cole

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Oct 2018
  • Destination: Europe

We chose this cruise for the itinerary...Bergen Norway to Barcelona. Wonderful cruise except for the stormy seas and the bland food and the constant, annoying cello and violins!

The food....the Restaurant took at least 2 hrs to complete a meal, but the food was better here than in the World Cafe (buffet). Mancini's was great, but not for all the time. We never did the Captain's Table, you have no control over what's on the menu. The World Cafe is where we ate most of our meals because it suits our attire, and hours. For breakfast, you at the same thing boring thing everyday. I tried to get an omelet once, but the "chefs" were too busy fooling around to pay attention to the customers waiting, plus it took forever when they did. Lunch and dinner were just boring and the desserts were all mini gel-filled things. Aweful stuff. In the dining room, you got a proper dessert, but again, we only went there sporadically because we hated how long it took. I will say that the gelato ice cream bar in the WC was very good.

We love Viking generally, but the food was seriously lacking on this cruise. Even the "chocolate" show near the end of the trip was mostly unedible. I found lots of people throwing their stuff away, including us.

Never gave hurricanes in the North Atlantic any thought in October, I thought they mostly stayed around Florida or up the eastern seaboard. I was wrong! The seas were very rough my friends! Nothing 'normal' people couldn't handle, but if you are at all prone to getting sick, this time of the year may not be for you. You take your chances, I guess.

Our first port was Bergen..loved it! The North Sea, not so much.

We love Amsterdam as well, but the included tour did not allow us to stay in town. The only time they allowed us off the bus was to look at up close at a windmill and take a canal cruise.

Our absolute favorite stop was Brugges, Belgium!! Don't forget to buy chocolate!!

LaHavre was a wasted stop. 3hrs from Paris left us weary from bus traveling all day...9hrs worth...and that was the INCLUDED tour! Wish we would have never done that one. I guess we could have done Normandy, but we weren't really interested.

Portsmouth England was very windy, but had a great lunch at a local pub. We missed Falmouth England due to hurricane Michaels forces flooding the town.

Porto was a great town, loved walking around there, even though it was raining on us! Malaga was beautiful, so was Cartegena!

Barcelona's included tour was a huge disappointment! The fact that we didn't arrive in to port until 2pm was bad too. Only left with this scant few hours to see Barcelona, and as it turned out, we didn't really see anthing! Unless you stay a couple extra days at the end of this tour, you will not see much of Barcelona...except huge amounts of traffic!

Sadly we can't really rate any of the entertainment in the theater because the seas were so rough we rarely went there.

Tea! If your ship has "tea time" GO. It was fabulous! You might want to give it a day or two to slow down though. We didn't go the first week, but we did the whole second week with a lot fewer people!

It was my sister's birthday and they brought her the most beautiful piece of cake and a bottle of champagne to her room! All ya gotta do is let them know!


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Cabin Review

Cabin DV5 4108

Cabin was great, nice balcony, a couch to sit on (instead of just a bed) and a coffee table. Nice bathroom with heated floors and great toiletries.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

The only down side was they didn't allow you any time in town from the bus. None.

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Paris

Included tour. Was a very long, hard 9 hour wasted day.

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City Tour

Included tour

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Canal Boat Tour

Took included tour and a canal ride on our own. Loved it and LOVED Bruges.

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Falmouth

We didn't get to stop here because of hurricane Michael.

Malaga City Tour

Large buses DO NOT belong in teeny small streets like in Malaga! What a beautiful little town. Loved it here!

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Cartagena (Spain)

We took the included tour which was a 3 hour bus ride all over the countryside. It was really expansive and took you everywhere and let you actually "see" how and where the people here live. The bus lets you off at the end in town and allows you to walk back at your leisure. Loved it.

City Tour

The ship doesn't even get in to port until 2pm! By the time we got on our included bus tour, the traffice was horrific and we saw absolutely nothing. The bus wouldn't even go by the Familia Sagrada...nowhere near it. A worthless tour.

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