1. Home
  2. Cruise Reviews
  3. Viking Sea
We wanted to sail the Amazon River and enjoy the view from our balcony (see cabin review). The balcony was so disappointing. Food: The food is excellent. Our favorites were The Restaurant and Manfredi's. Chef's Table is fine if you like the fixed menu for that night. The included wine with lunch and dinner was another disappointment. There's one choice each day, red or white. You don't get to choose dry or sweet in either category, so sometimes the red was too sweet for my husband and the white was too sweet for me. The response is that you're welcome to order and pay for what you want. Internet: The best we've had on any of our 40+ cruises. Officers: Excellent. It wasn't unusual to see the captain and other senior officers strolling through the public areas, saying hello to passengers. Crew: The Shore Excursion Staff was wonderful, as were all food and beverage servers. Guest relations staff was on the cool side. Entertainment: The Viking Sea band and singers were all excellent. There was chamber music in the evenings in the atrium. No dance music until 11:00 pm. Around the ship: cleaning and maintenance was excellent, the best we've seen. No photographers interrupting us at meals or at every port of call. No art auctions. No casino. Special touches for suite passengers: None. Nothing special at embarkation. No suite concierge or separate line at Guest Services. No special breakfasts or evening receptions. We do not plan to sail with Viking again. Princess, Oceania, and Holland America all made us feel welcome and appreciated, so that's who we will stick with.

Viking Sea - Amazon River

Viking Sea Cruise Review by CroozinFools

5 people found this helpful
Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2018
  • Destination: Caribbean
We wanted to sail the Amazon River and enjoy the view from our balcony (see cabin review). The balcony was so disappointing.

Food: The food is excellent. Our favorites were The Restaurant and Manfredi's. Chef's Table is fine if you like the fixed menu for that night. The included wine with lunch and dinner was another disappointment. There's one choice each day, red or white. You don't get to choose dry or sweet in either category, so sometimes the red was too sweet for my husband and the white was too sweet for me. The response is that you're welcome to order and pay for what you want.

Internet: The best we've had on any of our 40+ cruises.

Officers: Excellent. It wasn't unusual to see the captain and other senior officers strolling through the public areas, saying hello to passengers.

Crew: The Shore Excursion Staff was wonderful, as were all food and beverage servers. Guest relations staff was on the cool side.

Entertainment: The Viking Sea band and singers were all excellent. There was chamber music in the evenings in the atrium. No dance music until 11:00 pm.

Around the ship: cleaning and maintenance was excellent, the best we've seen. No photographers interrupting us at meals or at every port of call. No art auctions. No casino.

Special touches for suite passengers: None. Nothing special at embarkation. No suite concierge or separate line at Guest Services. No special breakfasts or evening receptions.

We do not plan to sail with Viking again. Princess, Oceania, and Holland America all made us feel welcome and appreciated, so that's who we will stick with.
Viking Cruises, Community Team has responded
Thank you for your kind words towards the crew, entertainment and ship, Croozinfools! While we are regretful that you did not feel valued as suite guests, the comments you have shared are appreciated and have been recorded for further internal review. Nevertheless, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at TellUs@vikingcruises.com should you like to discuss your feedback directly. We are grateful for the opportunity to respond, and wish you a lovely day.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of The Independent Traveler, Inc.
CroozinFools’s Full Rating Summary
Enrichment Activities
Value For Money
Embarkation
Dining
Public Rooms
Entertainment
Cabin
Shore Excursions
Service
Onboard Experience
Free Price Drop Alerts
Get Viking Sea price drops
250,000+ people have entered their email

Cabin Review

Cabin 5000
We booked the Explorer Suite based on the large, forward-facing balcony, thinking we would actually get to use it. If you call reservations and ask about the "wraparound veranda" on the forward suite, you're told that you have unlimited access to the whole thing, including right up front, so you can see to the left and right as you cruise scenic areas. We were unpleasantly surprised to find that you can see the whole balcony, but you can only step out onto a small part of it on the side. A large part of what you get to walk on is awkward because of a glass wall that slopes toward the back of the ship. Very easy to hit your head as you try to access the area.

The forward facing suites we have stayed in on Princess and Oceania have fabulous balconies that you can walk out onto and have an unrestricted view port & starboard.

As for the rest of the suite, it was the cleanest, most well maintained suite we've ever been in. The only drawback was the huge coffee table that took up valuable space.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews