My husband and I had done a Viking River Cruise several years ago so I knew that I wanted to choose Viking for our Ocean Cruise. I planned this cruise 2 years ago as a 50th birthday gift but because of COVID it was delayed. My Daughter had told me what she wanted to visit and I looked for the Cruise and dates that best suited our Mother/Daughter vacation. My Daughter is a 5th grade teacher and so we had to make our plans around her schedule. I am a retired teacher and love to travel. Viking was very accommodating since our cruise had to be delayed and upgraded us to flying Business class which was a fabulous bonus. Viking travel consultants planned our air travel, picked us up and our baggage at the airport and transferred us to the Viking Sea which was docked in Barcelona, Spain. They put our bags outside of our fabulous stateroom and our journey began!
Our cabin was apportioned so beautifully and was extremely clean. It was set up as we had requested with twin beds. There was a well stocked refrigerator with drinks and snacks for our enjoyment. And they were restocked each day at no cost to us! Our stateroom was well taken care of by our attendant who saw to our every need. He made our beds each day and not only cleaned our bathroom but gave us clean towels whenever we wanted them. There was plenty of closet & drawer space for the 2 of us and a table and 2 chairs with a coffee table! We had a wonderful balcony to see the sights from.
Our fist port was Barcelona, Spain. Since we had previously spent time in Barcelona we opted for another excursion. We visited Santa Maria de Monserrat Abby in north Barcelona and the drive there was very beautiful. The Abby itself was magnificent to see. The guide was very knowledgeable and it was a wonderful tour.
Our next port on the Viking Sea was Marseille, France. Because the Gran Prix was actually taking place during our visit we did the excursion that toured the coast and it was just breathtaking. Marseille is very clean with high cliffs.
Our 3rd port was in Monaco where we did a bus tour of Cote d’Azur. Lots of history and such a small state! Large yachts and beautiful, shimmering seas.
Our 4th stop on Viking was in Livorno, Italy. Our excursion took us to Tuscany and San Gimignano. It is hard to put into words the scenery as we drove to San Gimignano and the Tuscany region. We had a tour of a working vineyard and distillery and ate lunch at the Farm where fresh farm raised food was served.
The drive to Rome and St Peters in Vatican City was lovely. Our tour guide for St Peter’s was extremely knowledgeable and I can’t imagine going through St Peter’s without an explanation of everything we saw! The line to get into St. Peter’s was quite long but moved quickly. I would say that paying money for “Skip the Line” tickets is not necessary.
Naples was nice to see and we walked our feet off exploring the city. We ate the obligatory pizza there as it was said this was where pizza began!
Corfu was one of our favorite ports! So much history, beautiful views, and great shopping
Dubrovnik is a lovely city. The walking tour gave us a good history of this wonderful place.
We opted to take the tour of Burano and Murano and were do glad we did. The water transport took us right by St Marks Square and the bridges we had read about in Venice. However, the charm of the two islands was truly amazing. Multicolored homes, charming bridges, tour of a glass blowing place in Murano and a demonstration of lace making made for an awesome excursion.