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The wide variety of ports of call were a big reason we chose this cruise. We lucked out on the weather as it was delightful in almost every port. Spain was lovely. It was interesting to experience Holy Week in another country and culture. Barcelona is very walk-able. Exploring the waterfront and Las Ramblas was a good way to start the trip. A shuttle from the ship to the Columbus Statue made getting to and from the ship easy. The first evening we attended a flamenco dance. The energy and passion of the performers was impressive. On day two, we took the included tour. La Sagrada Familia was breathtaking. Wish we had time to explore the interior. There is always next time! The walk from Placa de Catalunya to the Barcelona Cathedral was well-paced with a number of sights along the way. We arrived in Cartagena on day three. The Roman Amphitheater is spectacular. You can always tell a Roman settlement by the stout walls and the theater. This was a six-hour stop, so there was not a great deal of time for exploring on your own. The port call on day four in Malaga was on Palm Sunday. The dock was very convenient to the city and cathedral. The Palm Sunday parade was unlike anything seen in the the States. We spent quite a bit of time wandering and admiring this delightful city. Day five was at sea. Unfortunately we transited Gibraltar at night, so we were unable to view this unique sight. This was also the night of the fire at Notre Dame. On day six we had about half a day in Porto, Portugal. The riverfront was teeming with cafes, tourists and the ever-present bridges. Ceramic tile was used in clever ways and was beautifully designed. Cordoaria's Garden near Cleric's Tower has interesting sculptures and some of the oddest-looking Plane trees. Paintings on some buildings is different. At sea on day seven was relaxing, though a bit choppy. Oh well, none of us have control of the weather! Trivia with fellow passengers was entertaining. Though we were scheduled to dock in Falmouth, England on day eight, the captain felt it was unsafe to do so. Instead we ended up in Cherbourg, France. Chateaux Ravelt boasted picturesque gardens. Taking the shuttle back to town and wandering about was memorable and provided a slice of French life close up. On day nine, Portsmouth, England was the destination. It was a sun-drenched Good Friday. Fort Nelson was impressive. The promenade by South Sea Castle made for a delightful walk. The view from Spinnaker Tower was awesome. South Sea Rock Garden was an unexpected find of a well-designed garden blossoming forth with spring flowers. Docking at Le Havre, France on day ten, we changed our plans and went to Honfleur rather than Paris. This is a delightful, compact and walk-able town with a wooden church, St. Catherine's. Well-maintained public gardens were everywhere. It was market day, so the vendors were selling everything from fresh seafood to spices to cheese. Taking the shuttle to La Havre after the tour, it was pleasant to wander into a modern church (St. Joseph's) and their Notre Dame, which was under renovation. The multi-colored arch made of re-purposed shipping containers was whimsical. Day eleven, Easter Sunday, dawned on way to Zebrugge, Belgium. Chefs on the ship assembled impressive displays of chocolates in each of the restaurants. Since we needed to do some souvenir shopping, we opted to go to Knokke, Belgium. There we found fine chocolate and cigars. Also went through the Helig Hart church. Docking in Amsterdam on day twelve, we viewed Centraal Station from the water and saw the "small" bike lot with maybe only one or two thousand bikes. The canal tour was delightful and provided a view we'd not had in our two previous visits to this wonderful city. A quick Uber ride got us to the Rijksmuseum. While crowded, it was manageable. Day thirteen at sea was devoted to rest, relaxation and laundry - one of the great features of the Viking ocean cruises, On day fourteen we arrived in Bergen, Norway. Having been there previously, we struck out on our own. The funicular ride up Mount Floyen was enjoyable. We were rewarded with a panoramic view for miles. The lake was a short hike and was placid. After descending, we walked about for a few hours. The folks at the TI were very helpful. The ship is well laid out. There are many dining options. The guest lecturers are knowledgeable and approachable. The smartphone app with the guided art tour is a plus and tricks you in to learning things! We don't always participate in the evening activities. The variety of these are very good this size. The cabin is thoughtfully designed. The shower was bigger than the one we had in a mid-town New York hotel! Service was impeccable from the wait staff to the room stewards to the tour desk. We will definitely go on another Viking cruise. We just wish we had more time in each city, but that is a trade-off we made up-front - breadth instead of depth. It would be helpful if Viking would include in the materials if there is a shuttle bus to town for the ports requiring such arrangements, that would be a plus. Another suggestion would be to offer a pre-packaged set of coins for gratuities for drivers and guides. Embarkation was smooth. Some ports could use more screeners when returning from a tour. Debarkation was well organized.

Wide variety of ports and great weather

Viking Sea Cruise Review by Numbersguy

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2019
  • Destination: Europe
The wide variety of ports of call were a big reason we chose this cruise. We lucked out on the weather as it was delightful in almost every port.

Spain was lovely. It was interesting to experience Holy Week in another country and culture. Barcelona is very walk-able. Exploring the waterfront and Las Ramblas was a good way to start the trip. A shuttle from the ship to the Columbus Statue made getting to and from the ship easy. The first evening we attended a flamenco dance. The energy and passion of the performers was impressive.

On day two, we took the included tour. La Sagrada Familia was breathtaking. Wish we had time to explore the interior. There is always next time! The walk from Placa de Catalunya to the Barcelona Cathedral was well-paced with a number of sights along the way.

We arrived in Cartagena on day three. The Roman Amphitheater is spectacular. You can always tell a Roman settlement by the stout walls and the theater. This was a six-hour stop, so there was not a great deal of time for exploring on your own.

The port call on day four in Malaga was on Palm Sunday. The dock was very convenient to the city and cathedral. The Palm Sunday parade was unlike anything seen in the the States. We spent quite a bit of time wandering and admiring this delightful city.

Day five was at sea. Unfortunately we transited Gibraltar at night, so we were unable to view this unique sight. This was also the night of the fire at Notre Dame.

On day six we had about half a day in Porto, Portugal. The riverfront was teeming with cafes, tourists and the ever-present bridges. Ceramic tile was used in clever ways and was beautifully designed. Cordoaria's Garden near Cleric's Tower has interesting sculptures and some of the oddest-looking Plane trees. Paintings on some buildings is different.

At sea on day seven was relaxing, though a bit choppy. Oh well, none of us have control of the weather! Trivia with fellow passengers was entertaining.

Though we were scheduled to dock in Falmouth, England on day eight, the captain felt it was unsafe to do so. Instead we ended up in Cherbourg, France. Chateaux Ravelt boasted picturesque gardens. Taking the shuttle back to town and wandering about was memorable and provided a slice of French life close up.

On day nine, Portsmouth, England was the destination. It was a sun-drenched Good Friday. Fort Nelson was impressive. The promenade by South Sea Castle made for a delightful walk. The view from Spinnaker Tower was awesome. South Sea Rock Garden was an unexpected find of a well-designed garden blossoming forth with spring flowers.

Docking at Le Havre, France on day ten, we changed our plans and went to Honfleur rather than Paris. This is a delightful, compact and walk-able town with a wooden church, St. Catherine's. Well-maintained public gardens were everywhere. It was market day, so the vendors were selling everything from fresh seafood to spices to cheese. Taking the shuttle to La Havre after the tour, it was pleasant to wander into a modern church (St. Joseph's) and their Notre Dame, which was under renovation. The multi-colored arch made of re-purposed shipping containers was whimsical.

Day eleven, Easter Sunday, dawned on way to Zebrugge, Belgium. Chefs on the ship assembled impressive displays of chocolates in each of the restaurants. Since we needed to do some souvenir shopping, we opted to go to Knokke, Belgium. There we found fine chocolate and cigars. Also went through the Helig Hart church.

Docking in Amsterdam on day twelve, we viewed Centraal Station from the water and saw the "small" bike lot with maybe only one or two thousand bikes. The canal tour was delightful and provided a view we'd not had in our two previous visits to this wonderful city. A quick Uber ride got us to the Rijksmuseum. While crowded, it was manageable.

Day thirteen at sea was devoted to rest, relaxation and laundry - one of the great features of the Viking ocean cruises,

On day fourteen we arrived in Bergen, Norway. Having been there previously, we struck out on our own. The funicular ride up Mount Floyen was enjoyable. We were rewarded with a panoramic view for miles. The lake was a short hike and was placid. After descending, we walked about for a few hours. The folks at the TI were very helpful.

The ship is well laid out. There are many dining options. The guest lecturers are knowledgeable and approachable. The smartphone app with the guided art tour is a plus and tricks you in to learning things! We don't always participate in the evening activities. The variety of these are very good this size.

The cabin is thoughtfully designed. The shower was bigger than the one we had in a mid-town New York hotel!

Service was impeccable from the wait staff to the room stewards to the tour desk.

We will definitely go on another Viking cruise. We just wish we had more time in each city, but that is a trade-off we made up-front - breadth instead of depth.

It would be helpful if Viking would include in the materials if there is a shuttle bus to town for the ports requiring such arrangements, that would be a plus. Another suggestion would be to offer a pre-packaged set of coins for gratuities for drivers and guides.

Embarkation was smooth. Some ports could use more screeners when returning from a tour. Debarkation was well organized.
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