A transatlantic crossing was a bucket list trip. This trip so exceeded any expectation that it's hard not to sound phony. Some standouts: first, the crew/staff - talk about 5 star service, friendliness, thoughtfulness and super polished; second would be the ship itself - great cabin, wonderful public areas (e.g. really well equipped gym), really loved the outdoor infinity pool deck (had lunch every day) etc. etc. Other call-outs: the no casino, no kids was a huge bonus for me.
As good and as varied the food was in the main restaurant, having the two specialty restaurants (Manfredi and Chefs Table) was a real treat, especially on a two week cruise. Also, there was a real breadth of food overall - you could have Beef Wellington one night and a simple poached salmon with steamed veggies the next.
Interestingly, I spoke to a lot of people and 100% of all had been on previous Viking cruises. Best way to sum up: I just booked my next one.