We joined a group of friends already booked on the "Viking Homelands" cruise. We had never taken a cruise before so it was great going with friends that could show us the way!
I was more than impressed with every single detail of this experience. From the first minute to the last, it was 1st class all the way.
The Viking Staff are friendly, helpful and professional. The ship had everything you could possibly want. Great food, drinks and entertainment. The spa was amazing, too. We had an excellent massage therapist, and enjoyed the cold room, hot tub and pool.
The Viking Captain would give live updates and instructions before each port a call, therefore you always knew where to go and what time.
The TV in our room had our personal information in case we wanted to see what we had scheduled or if we wanted to check the menu, the weather, the entertainment, etc. Very high tech!
The food was excellent with a plethora of restaurants to choose from. When we informed the concierge that we were vegan he set up an appointment for us to visit with the main chef! I still can't believe how they went out of their way every single day to accommodate our lifestyle.
The evening shows are amazing. The musicians and vocalists are very accomplished and entertaining. They love what they do and it shows.
The countries we visited were beautiful and the tour guides were excellent, too. The included excursions were usually walking or bus tours. Informative, but to be honest we learned that the optional excursions that you pay extra for are the way to go. A couple to times we broke away from the walking tour and did our own thing, which is acceptable as long as you tell the guide.
I could go on and on and on about how perfect our experience was with Viking. This cruise company knows what they are doing. If they could have done more for their guests I truly do not know what it would be.
Oh yes! I forgot to comment on how clean the ship was. Every floor buffed and shining daily, the living rooms, libraries, restaurants, restrooms, bars, elevators, and glass windows all were cleaned daily. It didn't look like anyone was on the ship. You will not find even one book out of place! The workers, even those doing the cleaning are all dressed in uniform with shirts tucked in and the men have on a white shirt, vest and tie. As I said, Viking knows what they are doing.
Very pleased with our room. The personal attention was over the top! Your room is always clean, even if you mess it up and leave. When you return it will be perfect. The bed was comfortable and we had a nice desk that when opened had a large make-up mirror. Very helpful.
The TV was a large flat screen and had TV, movies, plus our personalized itinerary that we could view each day.
We had a sliding glass door which opened up to the veranda. Beautiful!