Wanted to try Viking Ocean and Cuba was on my list. Had been on Viking River Cruise so was curious about the Ocean Cruises. The look and feel if the ocean ship was similar to the River but bigger. Also the inclusion of the Thermal Spa area which included the sauna, steam, snow room, cold pool and thermal pool with heated lounges chairs was an added bonus as there is not a charge to enter and use the Thermal spa like other cruise lines. The fitness center was well equipped as well. The pools were nice and nothin seemed crowed - not sure the ship was at 100% capacity. They had a nice smoking area on the top deck, which had plenty of seating and was not near any major public area such as the pools or dining areas. The ship was clean and the crew were in constant maintenance mode during the cruise. The staff were wonderful and we managed to have a few waiters that were special in that they remembered us and knew what we drank and were attentive, of course a little tip didn't hurt but was well deserved. The entertainment could be a little more varied especially in the main pool area to include so Top 40 tunes for some of the younger crowd, I had expected some latin music since this was a Cuba and Caribbean Cruise but none. Minus a casino more activities maybe would have been nice other than card and board games. Overall a very relaxing cruise even though we were unable to make our stop in Santiago Cuba due to weather. I booked another cruise while on board so overall pleased with the experience.
The cabin was very nice - all the cabins up to Penthouse are all the same size and configuration. The drawer space is limited but it was not a problem for us. The nice feature of the heated floor in the bathroom is nice but I found the bathroom to be too warm and wished they had a way to turn it off. The shower was wonderful, very large with a waterfall shower head and small ledge to sit if needed. The beds were comfortable and the room steward was very attentive. We had booked a V2 and were upgraded to a DV6 which the only difference was binoculars and a nepresso coffee maker, and mini bar refilled daily. I would never pay more for any of the veranda staterooms. The differences are very slight.