The food was great. The ports were interesting and well-timed. Since it was off season, there were no crowds and guides had more time to show us things. I love Viking Ocean ships - spa, pools (all heated and 1 covered so you can swim even if cool outside), and incredible staff. I highly recommend. The entertainment is not as flashy as some cruise lines - but I enjoy the more low key musical shows and performances. I loved the lectures and found them interesting and fun. Overall, while it was a busy time - in port every day (overnight in 2 ports) - it still felt relaxing because the evenings had plenty to do (or not do!). We booked our air through Viking. Our arrival was delayed due to the airline and we had no stress that Viking already knew of the delay and they would be waiting when we go there. We also did an extension in Rome - I think it would be nice if that was maybe 1 day longer. It was well-organized and smooth to transfer to the hotel and then to the airport on the last day. Overall, traveling with Viking is STRESS FREE and a perfect break from my otherwise stressful job!
We stayed in 7012. It’s located near several Jr suites. The suites are of course much bigger and we stayed in one last cruise. But for the price difference, the DV1 was great! Same great location and while smaller, still plenty of space. Great storage!! Now that we’ve seen the suite vs. the DV1, we have already booked two more cruises in the DV1. You can spend the price difference on excursions or something else.
Included tour - walked downtown and it was well worth it. I’d like to see La Sagrada Familia again from the inside! We were overnight in port, so you can stay out late & enjoy tapas.
Got to see Rome via the extension. If you do just the 8-day cruise, you won’t tour Rome unless you stay after the cruise. Worth it to see the classic sites, great food. But, a dirty city.
We anchored in this port and the included tour had a bus ride to Monaco. Cleanest city I’ve ever seen. Walking tour showed me all I needed to see - Grace Kelly’s grave & the palace & most of the town. Take an extra tour if you want to gamble in Monte Carlo — you will need your passport!
Very pretty! We took the included tour but then stayed after to wander around on our own. We found Fort St Jean, which is *free* to tour the outside and the gardens and has free restrooms. It’s high up and has amazing views of the old port. It’s very near where the shuttle bus takes you back to the ship.
The Leaning Tower is on the included tour. I had NO IDEA there was so much more in that plaza. Cathedral, Baptistry & Holy field (marble structure with graves). Free to view all form outside. Free to go in cathedral. A 10 euro ticket that you can purchase there gets you inside everywhere except to climb the Tower (that’s extra 20 E). The 10E was very worth it to see the Baptistry (where Galileo was baptized!) and the Holy Field. Definitely do it!
Another pretty port. We purchased a tour to see a vermouth winery. It was worth the price for the tour and tasting and the guide was excellent. Ride to & from winery was maybe 30 mins and included some stops at scenic points for photos of the port, etc.