After doing small luxury for years on Windstar, Viking was amazing. All the good things of a little ship but with all the fantastic amenities of a large luxury ship. Our first worry was the personal and friendly crew we loved on Windstar, this was put to bed almost immediately. The crew was awesome, great service and great personalities. In almost every area they raised the bar for a cruise line. The service, the food, the accommodations, the communications, modern technology, briefings, entertainment, spa, excursions, and many of the lectures were all wonderful. Even all the COVID compliance was very professional and well done with little impact to a good time. My wife was totally hooked and ready to return and didn’t even want to leave.
The Norwegian quality attitude plays across everything they do. The food was exceptional and we only had 1 that didn’t meet our expectations which was the seafood buffet evening. The Spa was amazing with everything from a ice room to plenty of ways to warm up. The entertainment was OK and more than expected for a relatively small ship. The lectures on the area, the ports, the politics, and even the geology were fantastic. Never thought I would be sitting through social-political lectures on a cruise ship, but I really enjoyed them.
The digital connectivity was so nice. You could do everything on the phone app, on the TV in the room, and there were digital information boards all around the ship to check everything from the menus to ports.