The itinerary is what first attracted us to this cruise and decided last April to book it through 6 Star Cruises. We have previously done many cruises with Regent, Azamara, Oceania and Seabourn, all of which we have enjoyed. This is the first with Viking but were very impressed indeed - the itinerary, ship, food, staff and value for money were all excellent and we'll be looking to sail with them again.
The ship, Viking Sun, was only around two years old and it showed in every way with a very thoughtful and efficient layout which showed the design reflects what cruise passengers want. The ageing Renaissance class ships of Regent etc couldn't hope to compete with this particularly when you look at the cost of Regent cruises these days which definitely do not represent value for money. Even when you add in all the included shore trips, which they seem to have cut back costs on, I feel they are starting to price themselves out of the market.
Just a few negatives :-
• Although the retractable roof over the pool area was a fantastic idea, enabling the pool area to be covered in inclement weather, I found that even with the roof open in hot climates there was a distinct lack of air movement making the area rather hot and stuffy. This was strange given that there appeared to be many vents around that area but with no air seeming to be coming through them - maybe there was something wrong with the system.
• Given the above, it would have been nice to have had some shaded areas up on the sun deck where you could sit on a lounger and enjoy the view and sea air without having the sun beating down on you.
• I loved sitting on our balcony, reading and enjoying the view and sea air but found the hard, poorly shaped, balcony chairs to be desperately uncomfortable - they need to have detachable cushions for the base and backrest.