As expected from our experiences with Viking River Cruises, this was five stars all the way, from transfers to and from the airport, to luggage handling, to greeting on the ship. We stayed in a deluxe veranda, which is one of the smaller suites, but still had plenty of room and a fabulously comfortable king size bed. Besides, who wants to stay in the room?
LOVED that there were only 900 passengers - it makes disembarking at ports uncrowded.
We appreciated that this was not a “party cruise” - no casino, for instance. And no passengers under the age if 18 !!
nstead there were lots of interesting lectures: a naturalist, a historian, a travel writer, and an astronaut on board to give talks. The food was (as expected) wonderful: a buffet style restaurant with live grilling, a Norwegian deli, a pool bar with grill, a table service restaurant with ever changing menu and (one of our favourite things) open seating so you could eat as a couple or meet different people each night. In the afternoon, the upper deck Wintergarden served full English cream tea. The 2 specialty restaurants (no extra charge) were fantastic: Manfredi’s Italian, and The Chef’s Table. We especially enjoyed the curated menus at the latter. On sea days, there was also a pop-up restaurant on the pool deck: the king crab day was spectacular!
Christmas Eve’s chocolate buffet in the “Living Room” was amazing - chocolate sculptures highlighting thousands of delicious treats. We were also on board for NYE, which was a fantastic party, followed by an amazing NY Day brunch.
Entertainment included music everywhere (grand pianos in 3 places, classical string duo, acoustic guitar, and nightly shows by both the onboard talent and acts flown in from Vegas!!
The ports of call and included excursions were carefully chosen to give us a taste of the “real” South America, but side excursions were also offered to the more well-known tourist attractions like Macchu Pichu.
Must mention the fabulous fitness facilities and Nordic spa (with a snow room!), as well as terrific estheticians, massage therapists, and wellness instructors.
Overall a fantastic trip. The 27 days were over too soon.
It really was an excellent adventure!
King bed, 2 chairs, desk, daily replenished minibar, lots of closets and drawers, large balcony with 2 chairs and table. Stateroom and filtered water refreshed twice a day plus bed turndown. Everything sparkling clean. Live TV, current movies, and ship info (port talks, daily menus, etc) on large screen in the room.
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