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Interested in learning about how the Vikings got to North America and to see some of the sites that have been on the History Channel; such as, L'anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland. In Greenland, visited with a local family (with translator) to learn about their life. Also visited three sites in Iceland, Akureyri, Isafjordur, and Reykjavik, as well as Saguenay, Quebec and Quebec City, Quebec. In Quebec City, visited Huron-Wendat Reservation, to learn about the culture and history of the Huron. Saw re-creations of a longhouse, sweathouse, and teepee. The Viking Sea is a lovely vessel accommodating 930 passengers. However, one would never know there were that many people because there are several eating and lounging venues. Disembarkings for land excursions were handled with great efficiency so that everyone is not exiting for a land excursion at the same time. Embarkation meant going through immigration at the port where Viking Sea was docked. It was very smooth. Next room had many booths at which each individual checked in with Viking, receiving room keycard, and verifying credit card and other vital information. That was very quick. Then boarding, one is greeted by several crew, and were given instructions for how to "check in" and "check out" with room keycard. Disembarkation was seamless for me since I had private transportation. The only thing that is annoying (which is typical of most disembarkation procedures), is having to vacate cabin by 8 a.m. Of course, for others who need to wait a while, there are many lounges in which they can wait. All staff and crew are very friendly, yet professional. Even the upper-level staff engaged with the passengers in playing crew vs passenger games. Because of Hurricane Dorian, we were in Bergen, Norway only one day, instead of two, departing to get above the hurricane's fringe winds and rough seas. This also meant two ports of call were cancelled because of hazards that can be incurred when going through very rough seas. Despite running into fringes of Hurricane Dorian, the captain and staff ensured that while some of the stops had to be cancelled, others were put in their place, with land excursions arranged, as well. Only concern was the buffet-style eating venue, World Cafe, had food that was bland and lukewarm at best. They had a great salad bar and desserts. But most of the fish were dry (except salmon and cod), some having the consistency of mashed potatoes. The hot vegetables were usually mixed cauliflower, broccoli, and carrots. Always baked potatoes and potatoes fixed in a variety of ways, which were good. And, one or two meats/poultry. If one wants food that has flavor (apart from salt and pepper), it would serve one well to eat at The Restaurant, Chef's Table, or Manfredi's, where attention is given to flavor and food temperature. There is also the Pool Grill with a smaller version of a salad bar, as well as made-to-order hamburgs, hotdogs, fries, and daily specials. All of the food venues are free. Excellent entertainment - professional musicians were outstanding, particularly the pianists, violinists, cellist. Not all lectures were related to the Vikings. Besides land excursions to Viking sites, it would have been good to have on-board lectures talking about their history. Did not use the spa, exercise facilities, or room service. Would do it again.

Wake of the Vikings

Viking Sea Cruise Review by Beethoven46

Trip Details
Interested in learning about how the Vikings got to North America and to see some of the sites that have been on the History Channel; such as, L'anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland. In Greenland, visited with a local family (with translator) to learn about their life. Also visited three sites in Iceland, Akureyri, Isafjordur, and Reykjavik, as well as Saguenay, Quebec and Quebec City, Quebec. In Quebec City, visited Huron-Wendat Reservation, to learn about the culture and history of the Huron. Saw re-creations of a longhouse, sweathouse, and teepee.

The Viking Sea is a lovely vessel accommodating 930 passengers. However, one would never know there were that many people because there are several eating and lounging venues. Disembarkings for land excursions were handled with great efficiency so that everyone is not exiting for a land excursion at the same time.

Embarkation meant going through immigration at the port where Viking Sea was docked. It was very smooth. Next room had many booths at which each individual checked in with Viking, receiving room keycard, and verifying credit card and other vital information. That was very quick. Then boarding, one is greeted by several crew, and were given instructions for how to "check in" and "check out" with room keycard.

Disembarkation was seamless for me since I had private transportation. The only thing that is annoying (which is typical of most disembarkation procedures), is having to vacate cabin by 8 a.m. Of course, for others who need to wait a while, there are many lounges in which they can wait.

All staff and crew are very friendly, yet professional. Even the upper-level staff engaged with the passengers in playing crew vs passenger games.

Because of Hurricane Dorian, we were in Bergen, Norway only one day, instead of two, departing to get above the hurricane's fringe winds and rough seas. This also meant two ports of call were cancelled because of hazards that can be incurred when going through very rough seas. Despite running into fringes of Hurricane Dorian, the captain and staff ensured that while some of the stops had to be cancelled, others were put in their place, with land excursions arranged, as well.

Only concern was the buffet-style eating venue, World Cafe, had food that was bland and lukewarm at best. They had a great salad bar and desserts. But most of the fish were dry (except salmon and cod), some having the consistency of mashed potatoes. The hot vegetables were usually mixed cauliflower, broccoli, and carrots. Always baked potatoes and potatoes fixed in a variety of ways, which were good. And, one or two meats/poultry. If one wants food that has flavor (apart from salt and pepper), it would serve one well to eat at The Restaurant, Chef's Table, or Manfredi's, where attention is given to flavor and food temperature. There is also the Pool Grill with a smaller version of a salad bar, as well as made-to-order hamburgs, hotdogs, fries, and daily specials. All of the food venues are free.

Excellent entertainment - professional musicians were outstanding, particularly the pianists, violinists, cellist.

Not all lectures were related to the Vikings. Besides land excursions to Viking sites, it would have been good to have on-board lectures talking about their history.

Did not use the spa, exercise facilities, or room service.

Would do it again.
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Cabin 4081
Roomy cabin, comfortable bed (firm) and cushioned chairs. Sufficient drapes for privacy. Pleasant veranda. Outstanding bathroom with amply-sized shower and heated bathroom floor. Always sufficient towels, soaps, lotions, etc., and twice-daily room cleaning. Free mini-bar with snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.

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