We chose this cruise because we were interested in visiting Scandinavia and we had cruised with Viking once before. We knew after doing our Rhine River Cruise a few years ago that the service, comfort,tours, and food made Viking our top choice. When we read about the new ocean ships and their luxury, size and the the ports included it was an easy decision.
When we boarded the ship we were in awe of it's beauty. The many comfortable seating areas in the atrium were great for visiting with friends, enjoying the musicians, and playing the games provided. Our cabins were roomy, comfortable, and had everything we needed.
They were cleaned by friendly staff twice a day and they always greeted us by name. Having a balcony, comfortable beds, sitting area, and so many amenities was another plus.
The dining areas were top of the line also. The selection at the buffet was always so varied, fresh and delicious. I was amazed every morning at all the fresh fruit that was being prepared and how delicious it was. This was a great place for breakfast, lunch and evenings when we had been out all day and just wanted to go straight to dinner. The meals we enjoyed at The Restauarant and Manfredi's Italian Restaurant were amazing. We can not say enough about the friendly and attentive service we received at all the restaurants, it ws outstanding. Some of my favorite meals were done on special days poolside. The day the chefs made the pasta and alfredo and ravioli was like being in Italy. Every special meal they served here was excellent!
One of the things we love most about Viking Cruises is the small size, no children, no casinos and the classy atmosphere and guests.
We enjoy having an included tour each day and optional ones to chose from. Another plus for Viking is being close enough to the towns to walk back on your own to expore or having buses that will shuttle you back and forth. The only problem we had with excursions on this cruise was many of them being sold out when it was our level of cabins time to book them. After communicating with several people from Viking, we were able to work out schedules that helped us book tours we wanted in the ports.
The free laundry facilities on this ship were very much appreciated and used by the guests since it was a 15 day cruise, excellent idea to include this on each stateroom floor!
One of the main phrases our friends and my husband and I kept repeating on the entire trip was how pampered we felt and how wonderful the entire staff was. There were so many extras like water given before excursions, drinks and warm washrags as you returned and just little surprises as you cruised that made it special. Since we enjoyed our time so much we did book another ocean cruise before we left and Anna Oriz Lozano who helped us with this was also wonderful to work with.
Last, but not least was the ease and service we received picking us up at the airport, checking us in, providing pastries and coffee to enjoy after our overnight flight, and a comfortable place to wait before boarding the ship. The service leaving the ship was also wonderful. Before getting off the bus at the airport each couple had somone load their bags onto a cart and take them to check in for them.
What can I say, we love cruisng with Viking!