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Viking Sea Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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1,339 Reviews

A wonderful cruise experience!

Viking Sea Cruise Review by Cheryl Irene

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Apr 2018
  • Destination: the Baltic Sea

We select cruises based on itinerary and pacing, ship size and cruise line reputation. Viking Ocean did not disappoint! A big selling point for us was that the "Barcelona, Baltic and Beyond" cruise allowed us to stay overnight in several ports; Barcelona, Amsterdam, St. Petersburg and Stockholm.The Viking Sea provided a lovely atmosphere and exceptionally attentive service during this 21 day cruise. Dining offerings were varied and wonderful, with Manfredi's being our favorite and The Restaurant a close second. The World Cafe was fine for breakfast and lunch but service was a bit disorganized and the ventilation could be improved. We loved, loved Mamsen's! Wonderful waffles and pastries. The Wintergarden for tea and scones was a highlight for midday snacking. The best spot on the ship to enjoy the views and libations is The Explorer Lounge. It even has a fireplace! We took advantage of several of the included excursions and we're very pleased with them. We also purchased several excursions; very fine as well. On sea days we took advantage of the gym (our choices; rowing machine, weights and elliptical). This was a wonderful cruise and I look forward to our next adventure with Viking.

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Cabin Review

Cabin Deluxe Veranda 4098

Our cabin was quiet, comfortable and well-appointed. I especially enjoyed the heated bathroom floor and roomy, well-lit shower. Drawer space, shelving and the large closet provided adequate space to store things and luggage fit perfectly under the very comfortable bed. The lighting near the floor was appreciated for midnight trips to the loo. We used the veranda even on the cooler days and kept the sliding door open a crack most nights to enjoy sleeping in fresh air. Cabin service was exceptional. How nice to find bookmarks placed near all our reading materials!

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Sitges Walking Tour

Lovely beach town.

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Arcos de la Frontera

Nice sherry tasting experience but walking around the hills town wasn't possible due to rain.

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Jerez de la Frontera

Nice bus ride

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D-Day Beaches

Husband loved the historical tour of D Day beaches. I enjoyed the provided lunch.

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Porto (Leixoes)

Lovely porto tour with a knowledgeable guide and a very nice tour and tasting of port wine.


Enjoyed the city and canal tour in a very crowded Amsterdam.

Volendam Walking Tour

Nice tour and drive to Volendam. Enjoyed the samplings at the fish market too.

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Very nice tour, including a train ride, with much of interest to history buffs. Good lunch included. Would have liked more time in this great city.

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Port cancelled due to the closure of the Kiel canal that day.

Old Town of Tallinn

Very interesting day in beautiful Tallinn. The Orthodox Cathedrals during service were a high point.

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Private Tour

Wonderful and exhausting two day tour of fantastic St Petersburg.

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City Tour

Little information and attention provided by guide who parked the bus after a brief city ride and left us to stroll around the pier area before taking us back to the ship. Not worth our time.

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We walked into Old Town from the ship and arranged a water taxi to the Vasa Museum. We then took a cruise of the port area. An enjoyable day in beautiful Stockholm.

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