This was our 3rd Viking Cruise, but our first Ocean Cruise. We wanted to experience Alaska, but in "Viking style", without gambling, large crowds, and with a focus on history and culture, gourmet dining, excellent wine, and without children aboard. Viking once again exceeded our expectations, from the moment we stepped aboard, through departure. The staff was very proactive, accommodating, and attentive. The excursions were well planned and interesting, and the food and wine were outstanding at all of the restaurants aboard. Toward the end of our cruise, we decided to attempt to upgrade our overnight cross country flight home to First Class, due to the length of the flight and the time difference, and the concierge service took care of our request within a day (obviously, with the additional expense as expected). There were lectures and discussions offered prior to each excursion, and even a Planetarium, with 3 separate shows (you need to make a reservation for these, as seating is limited, but we didn't have any problem doing so.) There is a health club and spa aboard, a small pool, and many places to sit and relax while you watch the scenery go by. We would highly recommend Viking for any adult(s) who are interested in experiencing Alaska in a relaxed setting while providing luxurious accommodations and excellent dining. The highlight of the trip for us was observing the Hubbard Glacier. The weather was ideal, and to see the massive wall of ice, and hear it as it moved, and to see pieces of it occasionally fall into the sea was very memorable.
I also very much enjoyed the zip line excursion.
The Deluxe Veranda Cabin was excellent for our needs. It is similar, in my opinion, to a Marriott Courtyard Hotel, but smaller, of course. The bed is very comfortable, and the closets and room for clothing are sufficient for storing the clothing and other items we brought with us for this trip. The shower was larger than what we had on Viking River cruises, and the balcony was very nice for privately watching the scenery when we chose to be alone. There are lights for reading and electrical outlets for hair dryers, recharging cell phones and other devices, and a large screen TV that also has information about the restaurants, spa, lectures, and daily activities and excursions, as well as other programs.