The ship has an airy, Scandinavian design with many lovely gathering spaces as well as plenty of spots where you can be all alone if you want to. Our cabin was small but so smart in its layout that it never felt cramped. It had plenty of storage and the balcony was great for previewing the next port over (completely free) room-service breakfasts. The bed was large and comfortable, and our stewards kept everything immaculately clean and well stocked. Without exception, the Viking staff was friendly and warm and offered outstanding service. Onboard recreation was limited - perhaps replacing shuffle board and putting greens with pickleball courts might energize the elderly vibe. Entertainment options were similarly targeted to older passengers with easy-listening/classical music, (admittedly interesting) lectures, and movies. The quality of the excursions depended greatly on the guide, but several were excellent. Among the best for us happened to be the free excursions. Be aware that ALL excursions in Turkey will end with a high-pressure rug sale. You will be taken into an establishment that your guide assures you is highly reputable. You will be welcomed with food and drink while truly beautiful rugs are displayed with great flourish and without price tags. When the presentation ends, your personal salesman will descend and exert great pressure to buy. Of course you can decline, but you will need to be firm as even your guide will attempt to redirect you back into the salesroom. We do not regret this cultural experience one bit - just offering a heads up!
The only real disappointment we had was the food. Even in the speciality restaurants, it looked pretty but tasted bland. We were thoroughly bored by the time our week was up and just wanted a good cup of coffee.