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Prior river cruise experience with Viking was excellent. We wanted to visit the Baltic ports and expected the same level of experience on Viking's ocean cruise ships. There was almost a complete lack of on board entertainment. Most consisted of a string duet, a pianist and guitarist playing classical music. Only 5 shows in the theatre on a 14 day cruise and nothing during two deadly boaring sea days. The shows that were performed were reminiscent of karaoke. Enrichment was poor and consisted mainly of trying to pitch shore excursions. The main dining room was excellent for both the menu and service. The specialty restaurants are best avoided. Average food variety and quality with exceptionally poor service. The passenger demographic could be best described as ancient which nay have influenced the entertainment. Overall, the cruise was disappointing. At the price point, there are much better choices, even non premium lines would be superior.

Premium price for sub par experience

Viking Sky Cruise Review by Policy cynic

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2019
  • Destination: Baltic Sea
Prior river cruise experience with Viking was excellent. We wanted to visit the Baltic ports and expected the same level of experience on Viking's ocean cruise ships.

There was almost a complete lack of on board entertainment. Most consisted of a string duet, a pianist and guitarist playing classical music. Only 5 shows in the theatre on a 14 day cruise and nothing during two deadly boaring sea days. The shows that were performed were reminiscent of karaoke.

Enrichment was poor and consisted mainly of trying to pitch shore excursions.

The main dining room was excellent for both the menu and service. The specialty restaurants are best avoided. Average food variety and quality with exceptionally poor service.

The passenger demographic could be best described as ancient which nay have influenced the entertainment.

Overall, the cruise was disappointing. At the price point, there are much better choices, even non premium lines would be superior.
Viking Cruises, Community Team has responded
Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughtful review. While we’re glad your previous travel experiences with us were enjoyable, it is disappointing to learn the onboard enrichment and entertainment offered on your ocean sailing did not meet expectation. Your various suggestions for improvement are valuable to us, and have been documented for review by our internal teams. Should you wish to continue the conversation, we welcome you to reach out to us at TellUs@vikingcruises.com. Thank you for the opportunity to respond, and have a lovely day.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of The Independent Traveler, Inc.
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