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We chose this particular cruise for a couple of reasons. First, we wanted to see as much of England, Scotland, and Wales as we could without spending two weeks driving on the “wrong side” of the road. This cruise gave us this opportunity and the chance to see Dublin as a bonus. Next, we are big fans of Viking Cruises. We have been on a Viking river cruise and ocean cruise. The ships are smaller and beautiful, with spacious cabins with nice balconies. The service is outstanding. Viking chooses interesting ports that give you the opportunity to see how people really live in each country. One shore excursion in every port is included in the price. The Viking luxury experience started for us before we even boarded the ship. We did not use the Viking airfare and transfer to the ship so we found our own way to the dock. When we got there, it was easy to follow the Viking signs and drop all our luggage with the porters. We went to a large tent to check in (no waiting) and spent the afternoon checking out the town of Greenwich before boarding. Dining options onboard were plentiful for a small ship. The main dining room was always available for breakfast and dinner. Two other restaurants were available by reservation. We had no trouble getting reservations for both restaurants. The Italian restaurant was a standout for me. From the appetizers to the desserts, the food was fresh and delicious. Our least favorite dining option was the cafeteria/buffet style restaurant. The food available for lunch and dinner was fine, but we prefer more formal dining. The overall service on the Jupiter was outstanding. Our room attendants were amazing and provided us with anything we requested, such as extra towels, tea service in our room, and immediate replacement of a faulty television remote. They accommodated our comings and goings by arranging to clean our cabin when we stepped out to breakfast or went on a tour. They made us feel at home. The public areas of the ship were very welcoming. Every evening, we went into the main sitting area to listen to artists sing, play the piano, the harp, and other instruments. The public areas are comfortable with chairs and sofas, tables for puzzles and board games, and bookshelves to peruse for a good book. The walking deck provided a possibility for some exercise aboard the ship, but the weather did not make it possible to use it daily. My only disappointments were that The ship did not stay overnight in Dublin and Endinburgh. We had a nice, full day in Dublin, but we definitely left with a lot more we wanted to see. Our time in Edinburgh was definitely too short. Viking does stay in big cities for multiple days on some of its cruises. These cities really deserved extra time. Overall, this was a near perfect trip. We will definitely travel with Viking in the future.

Great itinerary, great ship, excellent service!

Viking Jupiter Cruise Review by Derysland

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2019
  • Destination: Europe
We chose this particular cruise for a couple of reasons. First, we wanted to see as much of England, Scotland, and Wales as we could without spending two weeks driving on the “wrong side” of the road. This cruise gave us this opportunity and the chance to see Dublin as a bonus.

Next, we are big fans of Viking Cruises. We have been on a Viking river cruise and ocean cruise. The ships are smaller and beautiful, with spacious cabins with nice balconies. The service is outstanding. Viking chooses interesting ports that give you the opportunity to see how people really live in each country. One shore excursion in every port is included in the price.

The Viking luxury experience started for us before we even boarded the ship. We did not use the Viking airfare and transfer to the ship so we found our own way to the dock. When we got there, it was easy to follow the Viking signs and drop all our luggage with the porters. We went to a large tent to check in (no waiting) and spent the afternoon checking out the town of Greenwich before boarding.

Dining options onboard were plentiful for a small ship. The main dining room was always available for breakfast and dinner. Two other restaurants were available by reservation. We had no trouble getting reservations for both restaurants. The Italian restaurant was a standout for me. From the appetizers to the desserts, the food was fresh and delicious. Our least favorite dining option was the cafeteria/buffet style restaurant. The food available for lunch and dinner was fine, but we prefer more formal dining.

The overall service on the Jupiter was outstanding. Our room attendants were amazing and provided us with anything we requested, such as extra towels, tea service in our room, and immediate replacement of a faulty television remote. They accommodated our comings and goings by arranging to clean our cabin when we stepped out to breakfast or went on a tour. They made us feel at home.

The public areas of the ship were very welcoming. Every evening, we went into the main sitting area to listen to artists sing, play the piano, the harp, and other instruments. The public areas are comfortable with chairs and sofas, tables for puzzles and board games, and bookshelves to peruse for a good book. The walking deck provided a possibility for some exercise aboard the ship, but the weather did not make it possible to use it daily.

My only disappointments were that The ship did not stay overnight in Dublin and Endinburgh. We had a nice, full day in Dublin, but we definitely left with a lot more we wanted to see. Our time in Edinburgh was definitely too short. Viking does stay in big cities for multiple days on some of its cruises. These cities really deserved extra time.

Overall, this was a near perfect trip. We will definitely travel with Viking in the future.
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Our cabin was spacious and had a nice veranda. This particular cruise through the British Isles was in cool weather so we did not use the balcony as much as we had hoped to use it.

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