Viking Rep met us at the plane and helped us navigate Heathrow. Because we had a pre-cruise package, we were handed off to a limo driver, who was excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed the stay in London at the Conrad St. James.
The ship was all we hoped for, and more, We usually had breakfast and lunch at the World Cafe, because of its convenience, variety, and quality. Food and beverages were delightful and the waitstaff was very good, often excellent. Our dinners were in the Restaurant, but we especially enjoyed visit to the Chef's Table and Manfredi's.
Shore excursions were good-to-outstanding. One disappointment was that, because of the docking requirements, getting to the city or attraction could be time-consuming, thereby detracting from the time we had to explore the attraction, and sometimes a little stressful -- as, for example, imprecise directions for shuttle pickup in Dublin. Guides were generally excellent, with good communication skills and knowledge of the attraction. An inevitable disappointment was that, unlike the river cruise we took in 2014, the "included" excursion didn't always provide a comprehensive overview, and time in port was short enough that many "optional tours" overlapped with the included ones.
We loved the sights of the British Isles, especially the northern Scotland islands, and we plan to come back to Edinburgh because we didn't get enough in one day. Our extension in Norway, despite a largely redundant second tour of Bergen after disembarkation and a less-than-ideal hotel choice (hotel choice in Oslo was inspired!), turned wonderful when we got on the train along the fjords and over the mountains, and that buzz lasted until we reluctantly accepted that the shuttle really was taking us to the airport, to leave beautiful Oslo behind.
Will we go again? Absolutely. But we may opt for the more intimate River cruises, in which the shore excursions were predictably effective overviews of the destination. And we'll find our way back to Edinburgh, Liverpool, and perhaps add in a couple of inland cities on our own. A great way to celebrate our 55th. Well played, Viking.
Outstanding in every way. The staff were beyond expectations, even hopes, in customer service. The cabin wasn't big, but it was efficiently arranged, and we spent most of our time exploring the vessel, walking the decks, checking out lectures, enjoying a latte. And anything we needed, Darwin and his staff made it happen.
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