Second time with Viking, first time on one of their ocean cruises. We were part of a group of 22 that go on a "big trip" every two years. After a successful 15-day Viking river cruise, we decided to do a Viking ocean cruise in an area that most of us had never been. We started in Venice, had four stops down the Ionian Coast ending with various stops in Greece.
Dining was really nice. The World Café had great selection of standard and rotating items for all meals. We ate our breakfasts and lunches there. Drink service could be a little long when it was crowded, but you may also easily get your own.
The dining room was always very nice with old stand-bys, the chefs suggestion, plus five other entrees and a vegetarian three course selection always available. I think there were a total of eight deserts each night. You may order ala-carte from any section of the menu and ask for changes. Gluten free was the only items we were a little disappointed in. It was hit or miss with some meals being as nice as everyone else and some meals being very bland and unimaginative. Viking does provide a particular officer who meets every day with special diet passengers to try and make their dining experience seamless.
The cabin was similar to a typical modern cruise cabin, but very modern styling, clean and comfortable. There were some nice features such as the USB ports and outlets almost everywhere. The bed was very comfortable and does not transmit tossing and turning to the other sleeper. The HVAC worked well. Plenty of lighting and bed lights for reading … though they were pretty bright. TV channels and movies were good. Storage was a little tight, just as on the river boats, with a few areas not really utilized at all. However everything found a place. Don't miss the "hidden" pull up desk top. That is were your complimentary binoculars are stored. There is a safe and coffee maker.
The bathroom was extremely nice and roomy with heated floors and a large all glass shower. Lighting and storage was very nice.
The balcony was a balcony, but with a table and two chairs it was just fine a quiet spot, reading or enjoying sun rises or sunsets. Be aware your HVAC turns off if you leave your sliding door open, but their are signs to warn you of this.
House keeping was exceptional and the complimentary refrigerator stocked everyday.