My brother & his wife sailed Greece years ago, and their experiences and photos inspired my husband and I to tour the Mediterranean. Our past Viking River cruise led us to the Viking Ocean cruise - and we had a great time.
The ship and its crew - and especially our waiter and staff (Theo, Sybil, and Bree) were wonderful. They entered in to our table banter while remaining professional and efficient. Sybil is a real gem - she would always speak to us when we'd encounter her doing various other duties throughout the day. Bree quietly and efficiently supported her team from the background, and will be another wonderful addition to the Viking line.
The entire ship felt brand-new - even after its commissioning some 2 years ago. Everyone onboard looked us in the eye when interacting, and you could really feel the teamwork as everyone pitched in to make everyone on the Viking team essential. There was no "that's not my job" at Viking.
Our PV room was the perfect size for the 9-day cruise: the right size and very well appointed to maximize the amenities available. I made use of the clothesline in the shower!
Jay and Maithy (our room Stewards) were all but invisible - but every time we entered the cabin it felt as it were the first time with everything being fresh and clean! It's a thankless job, but their care and efforts were noticed. A huge shock was the appearance of a gallon of distilled water after our first night when Jay/Maithy noticed the breathing machine! What a kind and thoughtful provision!
The walking tour we did was fine, but Athens was dirty (graffiti, weeds). Could have spent more "free time" in the museum - but the overview was good.
Really enjoyed this port - had never been on my horizons, but I'd certainly return.
Yes, it was beautiful and looked just like the pictures, but we preferred other ports on the cruise.
We enjoy walking - and this tour had walking - but I'm not into the Olympic experience so looking back would happily have stayed onboard the ship.