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Viking Sea Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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Amazing Baltic

Viking Sea Cruise Review by team essex

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2019
  • Destination: the Baltic Sea

We chose this cruise as a great way to explore the Baltic region and we certainly achieved that aim....The tours and lectures meant we returned home having seen and learnt so much!

From arrival at Stockholm to the departure gate at Bergen we were looked after very thoughtfully. The senior officers were ever present and available to talk to. A small niggle about the buffet was picked up by an attentive Restaurant Manager and dealt with professionally and personally by the Head Chef. The food throughout was excellent,we enjoyed both speciality restaurants and found it easy to make extra bookings once on the ship. Viking Sea is beautifully designed with lots of interesting artwork and understated Scandinavian style. The lectures we either attended or caught up with on the cabin t.v were all relevant and interesting/ thought provoking. There was more entertainment than we expected,

we particularly enjoyed the 2 guest shows by Mary Jess and the resident Viking band and singers. The musicians who entertained in many of the public areas were very accomplished.

We took several of the included tours, some were better than others but all gave us an introduction to the area which we were able to follow up independently at most destinations, often aided by the complimentary shuttle bus.

After reading reviews we opted to use Alla tours in St Petersburg. They were excellent and I have no hesitation in recommending them.

We chose not to take a tour in Berlin instead taking the included morning trip to Rostock and then occupying ourselves in Warnemunde (a local seaside town with a long sandy beach and promenade,interesting waterfront and lots of little shops,cafes ) A day well-spent.

We were lucky to enjoy good weather throughout which always helps although strong winds in Gdynia meant we were unable to dock that day, an extra day at sea was easily occupied.

If you decide to take this cruise I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.


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Cabin Review

Very well appointed....particularly the shower room which had a very spacious shower for a cruise ship. Lovely comfortable bed. Good a/c.Cabin was kept clean and tidy by cabin staff who were friendly, helpful and unobtrusive.

The ship is small so all cabins are conveniently positioned.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

City Tour

Rather rushed....had to miss one major attraction as it was closed, guide told us about this but seemed unsure how to re-occupy the time

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Excellent, covered everything promised with good timing and a really interesting guide who spoke perfect English.

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City Tour

Very good guide...it was really busy in the morning, think about afternoon tour or revisit using Shuttle By during free time in the afternoon.

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City Tour

Excellent guide who managed to make the tour interesting even though thick for meant we could hardly see a thing! We retraced our steps in (sunny)afternoon to appreciate the city.

View All 201 City Tour Reviews
Aalborg

Not too much to see with an inexperienced guide....it was Sunday am.

Far too long for level of interest.

Pulpit Rock

Excellent on lovely sunny morning...boat crew were very helpful. Comfortable boat and interesting guide

View All 76 Pulpit Rock Reviews
City Tour

Weather wasn't great and guide was inexperienced...very informative but quite dry delivery.

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