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.
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!
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.
Cancelled port to due to high seas.
Port cancelled due to the closure of the Kiel canal that day.
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.