We are interested in learning more about Scandinavian countries and St. Petersburg, Russia. Russia and the Baltic looked like the best fit for us.
We enjoyed Copenhagen, Stockholm, Talinn, Gotland, and in particular, St. Petersburg.
We also wanted to visit Moscow however given our middle day in St. Petersburg was a Thursday we were not able to visit Moscow given the Kremlin is closed on Thursdays and the tour operators do not schedule Moscow trips on that day. Therefore, if you want to visit Moscow check on availability before you book.
We enjoyed the people, scenery and the sties in each of the ports visited.
The Viking experience is second to none. This was our third cruise with Viking. We enjoyed our Rhine Getaway on the Viking Mani and the Mediterranean Odyssey on the Viking Orion.
Viking is consistently excellent in all aspects of the cruise vacationing. We have recommended them to many people and will continue to do so.
Viking ocean cruise ships are smaller. I don't know the capacity of the ships but on both of our ocean cruises there were 950 passengers and about 500 crew members. What is the benefit? Several, namely: you do not feel crowded, cabins are larger and well appointed, bathrooms are real bathrooms not cramped RV style bathrooms, and the crew genuinely wants to provide you with a quality experience in every respect.
The meals in each restaurant are excellent. We typically breakfasted and lunched in the World Cafe. We also enjoyed the Pool Grill for lunch. We enjoyed Manfredi's and the Chef's Table on both cruises (one dinner at each on both cruises). We enjoyed the Restaurant for dinner on both cruises. The food selections were always interesting and delicious. At Manfredi's we really enjoyed the Ribeye Steak. Finally we enjoyed Tea Time in the Wintergarden and certainly the wonderful cookies and pastries at Mamsen's.
The common areas of Viking's ocean ships and their river ships are very inviting and comfortable. They really thought through and executed common areas that allow you enjoy the sea, the ship, and most importantly your friends and loved ones company. There are many of these areas on the ship. All of them are excellent. The photos on the website are totally accurate. The reality of these areas may be a very pleasant surprise for those that have cruised on the large hotel style cruise ships.
I cannot say enough about the effectiveness and the professionalism of the Viking organization. We cruised on the Viking Sky one month after the incident the ship experienced on another voyage off the coast of Norway last year. It is my understanding that the Viking Sky only had to cancel one voyage before it was back at sea. I looked hard for anything amiss on the ship on our trip and could find nothing. The crew (same one as on the incident) was totally positive and did a wonderful job of hosting and ensuring we had a wonderful experience.
Viking is a great value for your vacation money. We have enjoyed the following cruises with Viking:
The Rhine Getaway on the Viking Mani
The Mediterranean Odyssey on the Viking Orion (its maiden voyage)
Russia and the Baltic on the Viking Sky
Enjoy your cruise with Viking.
Plenty of room
Storage Space and Closet space were more than adequate
Excellent location on the ship. We had the same room on the Viking Orion when we enjoyed the Mediterranean Odyssey Cruise in 2018.
Great walking tour of Copenhagen. Excellent local guide. We covered a lot of ground in the half day tour.
Gave us a great sense of Copenhagen and its people.
This was a morning walking tour of the city. We wish we would have had more time in Visby. The market places and restaurants were just opening up when we finished our tour. Given it was a bit windy and cold we opted to return to the ship for lunch.View All 9 City Tour Reviews
This tour was brief and was part of a combination tour. Excellent local guide. Enjoyed the parts of the old town that were part of the excursion.
This is not the name of the tour however it was one of the combination tours. We drove out to a historical park in the countryside that exhibited Estonian lifestyles, rural homes, schools, and finished with a time of refreshments and local dancers. The dancers and music were excellent.View All undefined undefined Reviews
We can't say enough good things about this tour. Alla picked us up early in the morning at the dockside and brought us back to the ship each evening. All three days were touring virtually all of the sites in St. Petersburg. We booked a private tour for four people. Our guide and driver were wonderful.View All undefined undefined Reviews
You really can't get a real sense of Stockholm from the street level. The City Tour can only give you a glimpse.
We really got a sense of the lay out of Stockholm. We had no idea it consists of so many islands connected by bridges and the ferry system. The canal tour allows you to get a sense of the city that you cannot get from the street level. We had an excellent guide on the boat.View All 17 Royal Canal Tour Reviews
Enjoyed the trip to the dock area. The venue is a combination of museum, gift shop, and ride experience. We also toured the Viking Museum in the downtown area. It is a very impressive venue. The museum is too large and too interesting to really enjoy in the short amount of time allowed to experience.View All undefined undefined Reviews