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Viking Sea Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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We loved living "the life of Riley" aboard the Viking Sea

Viking Sea Cruise Review by Coppenhaver2

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jan 2020
  • Destination: the Caribbean

We love the cuisine offered in terms of variety and quality. We love being cared for as if we were part of the family.

Because the ships are so new, everything about our cabin was first class, new and surprisingly spacious. We felt that we could have lived there for more than the 11 days we traveled in total comfort.

The Living Room became a second hangout place for us, with a place to get snacks, a drink or hear live music while we read and enjoyed the ambiance.

Dancing was available in the lounge, and the band was great. Nightly variations with solo band members on an instrument, or the classical duo, were our style.

Frankly, the shore excursions may have been great, but we went on this cruise to experience the ship ... so we didn't focus on those opportunities. That was our choice ... we had been to some of the islands before, so that was not our priority.

Because we were met at the airport and delivered directly to the ship, we had a smooth embarkation experience. The disembarkation experience was ... different. We were bussed to a nearby hotel, and waited there for hours (as guests of Viking with sandwiches, cookies, beverages) to be bussed to the airport. As it turned out, that was a good thing because there was not a lot of amenities at the San Juan airport. However, several busses at a time, and waiting to board and load, were not ideal for my difficulty with walking and standing for a long time. It was, all considered, probably as good as it could be. The hotel (the San Juan Hilton) wasn't all I expected a Hilton to be, but that is not the fault of Viking. It is near the port, and their meeting rooms were clean and serviceable.

We would go again in a heartbeat. We would not take our friends who think that the ideal ship is the 6,000 passenger big boat because they want a balcony overlooking the INSIDE of the ship, and 3 or 4 Broadway shows to choose from every night. So this was just what we wanted to experience in every way, but it is not for everyone.

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Cabin Review

Sorry, I don't remember the cabin category. We loved our room and thought the bathroom was phenomenal. I spent some time reading on the balcony, but the glare was too much for my husband's eyes. He, on the other hand, headed to the Living Room to enjoy his reading time every chance he got during the day. But there was room to have a bite in the room, read comfortably, have space for our clothes in the closet ... and not feel crowded.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Island Tour

We saw the geography of the island, some history from our guide, and enjoyed the chance to experience what life in the early 20th century would have been like for the island's wealthy landowners.

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