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This cruise itinerary hit all the high points of the British Isles and Norway. As a first timer to each of the ports of call, it enabled us to sample the stops. We booked the pre-cruise extension in Oslo/Bergen and loved it. It would have been nice however, to spend several days at the larger stops like Edinburgh or Dublin as there were plenty of things to do at those locations. The ship itself was beautiful, clean and had many places to relax. They had several guest speakers on board that gave excellent educational presentations and if you missed them due to other commitments, you could watch them later in your room. The port talks were helpful and prepared us for the activities and sights we would see at the particular location. The food was fabulous. We took advantage of the many restaurants and especially enjoyed the Chef's Table with their rotating menu. Traveling with a group of 10 enabled us to book the private room where we felt pampered and special. The crew was delightful, they were pleasant and friendly and seemed to remember you each time they spoke with you, and servers tended to remember your drink and food likes and dislikes. The buffet area was always fully stocked and the food was always fresh. We booked the additional Kitchen Table dinner and totally enjoyed our evening preparing and eating our own food. My only complaint is the Shore Excursion booking process. As most passengers have the same date/time to book, it overloaded the website, bounced us out of our selections and was the worst booking experience of any cruise we've ever been on.

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Viking Jupiter Cruise Review by swengcruiser

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2019
  • Destination: Europe
This cruise itinerary hit all the high points of the British Isles and Norway. As a first timer to each of the ports of call, it enabled us to sample the stops. We booked the pre-cruise extension in Oslo/Bergen and loved it. It would have been nice however, to spend several days at the larger stops like Edinburgh or Dublin as there were plenty of things to do at those locations. The ship itself was beautiful, clean and had many places to relax. They had several guest speakers on board that gave excellent educational presentations and if you missed them due to other commitments, you could watch them later in your room. The port talks were helpful and prepared us for the activities and sights we would see at the particular location. The food was fabulous. We took advantage of the many restaurants and especially enjoyed the Chef's Table with their rotating menu. Traveling with a group of 10 enabled us to book the private room where we felt pampered and special. The crew was delightful, they were pleasant and friendly and seemed to remember you each time they spoke with you, and servers tended to remember your drink and food likes and dislikes. The buffet area was always fully stocked and the food was always fresh. We booked the additional Kitchen Table dinner and totally enjoyed our evening preparing and eating our own food. My only complaint is the Shore Excursion booking process. As most passengers have the same date/time to book, it overloaded the website, bounced us out of our selections and was the worst booking experience of any cruise we've ever been on.
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Cabin Review

Cabin 3028
Our cabin was clean and comfortable. The room steward kept it neat and tidy. We didn't use the mini fridge much but if we did, they always restocked it.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Belfast
    This was an exceptional tour. We had gotten a recommendation to tour Belfast on our own and it was fantastic. Although we enjoyed the standard included tours at other locations, they aren't very interactive as the tour guide talks but there is little opportunity to ask questions. We were very interested in the history of the conflicts in Belfast and our driver was a native and we got to hear BOTH sides of the conflict and he took us many places and gave us time to explore. The total tour was 4 hours and he gave us a recommendation of a great pub (McHughs) where we had lunch then we caught the shuttle back to the ship.
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  • Bergen Museum
    As part of the Bergen pre-cruise we toured the outdoor Gamle Bergen museum. The tour guide was informative and we saw much more with the pre-cruise than our friends did that toured with the ships included tour. We took the Funicular up to the top of Mount Floyen ourselves as it is walking distance from the ship and very easy to do on your own.
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  • Canterbury
    The drive to Canterbury was delayed by traffic snarls. The walking tour itself was good and we enjoyed the commentary. We were given an hour of free time which was great for those wanting to pay to go into the cathedral but for those of us that didn't want to see another church, there wasn't much to do bin town unless you wanted to shop. The bus ride back was better but still long. Friends took a train back from Canterbury to the ship and said it was delightful and quick.
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  • Dublin
    We took the standard included City tour which was my least favorite tour. The traffic was horrible and we spent a lot of time sitting on the bus. We stopped at only 1 location to take a picture of a door and another location to use the restrooms at a lovely garden but didn't have additional time to tour the garden area. We asked the bus driver and guide to let us off near the Guinness Brewery so we could do it on our own. We loved the self guided tour Brewery tour as it is very doable on your own. From there we walked about 40 minutes back to the shuttle stop, but stopped partway back to enjoy lunch at a local pub (Stag's Head).
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  • City Tour
    We took the standard City tour which we enjoyed. We exercised the option of getting off the bus by the Royal Mile and touring on our own. Viking provided a shuttle back to the port where the tenders took us back to the ship. Our guide gave us suggestions of what to do and see on our own and we enjoyed a fun lunch at a pub as well as time at the free museum of Scotland.
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  • Holyhead
    It was a long drive to Beaumaris but the scenery was pretty. We had a short amount of time to explore the town on our own. Unfortunately there was a bad accident on the return trip that delayed us for an hour as we had difficulty turning around the large bus on the narrow roads. We didn't then have time to explore the local area.
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  • Invergordon (Inverness)
    We took the standard included tour and had a good guide and plenty of free time to explore the city.
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  • Kirkwall
    One of my favorite stops was the Orkney Islands. The standard tour was to the Ring of Brodgar and having an archaeologist as a guide was great. We also took the bus into the town of Kirkwall and had fun exploring the town and shops.
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  • Beatles Tour
    The tour guide was very informative and we totally enjoyed the Beatles museum although we would have liked more than an hour there to take it all in. We enjoyed seeing and hearing about iconic places. We got to walk back into town and revisit places like the Cavern Club to spend additional time there.
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