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Viking Sea Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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After the hurricane

Viking Sea Cruise Review by taylorblues

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jan 2018
  • Destination: the Caribbean

We actually left on Jan. 6th, but that wasn’t a choice on the list of cruises for review. The ship was beautiful and the restaurant food was great. We have been on a couple of Viking river cruises, and I must say the service and welcoming attitude we experienced from the staff on the river cruises was not entirely matched on this particular ocean cruise. I think there were a lot of new crew members, and this was an early sailing after the hurricane devastated much of the islands. Most were quite gracious, but it only takes a couple of experiences with indifferent crew members to make you feel less than appreciated. The trip got off to a rough start, as our non-stop flight from Minneapolis was cancelled and we were routed though JFK. A storm the day before had shut down runways there, and we were hours late departing for San Juan. We got there well after dark and missed supper. A couple of plates of food were waIting in our stateroom, but meat and fish that was supposed to be hot was cold and looked unsafe to eat. We tossed it, as it had been there for hours. My husband’s back acted up on him, causing a lot of pain, so we had to cancel a couple of planned and paid for optional shore excursions. We lost the money on those. The islands are a lot the same, but beautiful. The most interesting to see was the unfortunate hurricane destruction. The island residents were grateful to have tourists return, as tourism is a vital part of their economies. Despite these unusual circumstances, we did enjoy the ship and the overall experience. We will likely book another ocean cruise with Viking in some other part of the world.

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