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Viking Sea Review

5.0 / 5.0
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A wonderful ocean crossing

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2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Dec 2022

I have cruised with Viking before; my new boyfriend has been a Seabourn cruiser. We chose this repositioning cruise because of the good price and the itinerary. I was not sure what to expect in the mid-Atlantic in December, but we enjoyed temperatures in the high 70s, clear skies and smooth seas. We had a very relaxing time. My boyfriend found the food to be better than he had expected; I enjoyed the Viking friendliness that I had enjoyed before, and the whole design of the ship. We met many interesting fellow passengers onboard. At ages 71 and 72, we were probably close to the median of travelers on the ship.

Our original itinerary was changed when Viking learned that the streets of Valencia would be jammed the day we were scheduled to arrive because of a city marathon race, so we were routed to Malaga instead. This was done with plenty of notice, but the change meant we did not sail through the Straits of Gibraltar during daylight. Because of a storm system centered on Madeira, we went to Grand Canary Island instead. That decision was made much more quickly, but the Viking staff scrambled admirably to put new excursions in place, and we enjoyed the change. Indeed that more southerly route may have contributed to our positive experience in crossing.

My only critique, compared to my cruise six years ago, was that I sensed it had been a challenge to staff up the dining rooms post-covid. At times, there did not seem to be adequate wait staff in The World Cafe, the main buffet restaurant, and we sometimes had to look around for place settings, coffee pitchers, etc. It also seemed as if the numbers of reservations for the specialty restaurants, Manfredi's and The Chef's Table, had been limited more than in the past, probably because there was not enough staff to run them for two full seatings. It seemed harder to get a reservation after we make our initial pre-cruise reservations. But staff morale seemed very good, and we enjoyed forming relationships with some of the entertainers, bar tenders, and guest lecturers.

Cabin Review

Our cabin, 5094, was very comfortable, with plenty of room for two weeks' worth of clothes. It was toward the rear of the ship, with a bit of a walk to the elevator bank, but not an unreasonable one. The weather was warm and calm enough that we enjoyed sitting on our balcony at many times of the day. We experienced some vibration when the thrusters were turned on when navigating to the cruise ship piers, but the associated noise (or vibration) was not objectionable. I heard one cruiser complain about the swaying they experienced on the 8th floor, but we did not notice it where we were (and the seas were not THAT rough during our cruise.)

Port Reviews

San Juan

We disembarked our ship early in the morning. Before catching our suppertime flight, we enjoyed the Flavors of San Juan Tour, which led us to four restaurants in Old San Juan with a dose of history thrown in. We enjoyed our fellow foodies and our guide. A good way to pass a few hours if you have them. (We checked our bags at the Barrachina Restaurant in Old San Juan that held them for no fee (just a tip). We were sorry that the restaurant's hours, and our travel schedule, did not permit us to have a drink or coffee while we were there. The tour began a few blocks away, and we were able to catch a cab to the airport at a cab stand close to the restaurant. Old San Juan is a great town to explore on foot.


We made a point of arriving in Barcelona a few days before our cruise began. We revisited the amazing Sagrada Familia, Gaudi's Casa Mila (more exhibits than the last time), took in an evening concert at the Palau de Musica (check the schedule, but go back during daytime to truly appreciate the stain-glassed windows) and the Tablao Flamenco Cordobes Barcelona, an authentic flameno show (The best seats are reserved for those who eat dinner there, but we arrived just for the show.)


Malaga was a change in itinerary. Since we had previously been to Granada, and did not want the long bus ride there, we opted for the tour to the Picasso Museum, which included a walk through the city streets, before a short drive back to the cruise ship. The city was vibrant and decorated for the holidays. Also, high-end shopping if you want it!


We had seen the sights of Casablanca before, so we opted for the excursion to the Portugese fortress city of El-Jadida. We got to see the coastal countryside south of Casablanca that we had not seen on our previous visit to Morocco; the history of the town, and how it has developed in more recent years were interesting to learn.

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