Viking Venus Review

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Review for the British Isles & Western Europe Cruise on Viking Venus
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6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: May 2023
Cabin: Deluxe Veranda Stateroom

This is a wonderful way to visit the British Isles. The Viking Venus visited the major cities, but the real stars were the smaller destinations (notably Shetland, Orkney, and Holyhead) that the bigger ships skip. Shopping was a pleasant surprise in Ullapool, and the included tour in the Orkney Islands visited two ancient stone circles reminiscent of Stonehenge, but without the crowds. The cabin attendant learned our names by the second night of the cruise and greeted us morning and evening as we went on many shore excursions. The food was excellent. We mostly ate at the World Cafe because it was casual and convenient. It was difficult to get a reservation at Manfredi's, but the other venues were available throughout, and the Chef's Table was outstanding and often uncrowded.

It isn't perfect. Dublin and Edinburgh are reached via tender ports at some distance from town, so the included tours spend annoying time stopped in big city traffic or waiting for tenders. Optional tours were excellent, but they are expensive, and some of the most interesting ones sell out before reservations are opened for Veranda staterooms.

Cabin Review

Deluxe Veranda Stateroom

We were upgraded from a DV6 (Thanks Viking!), and the views from deck 8 were spectacular. Storage space is adequate if you pack lightly. The weather was perfect for using the veranda, but most of our cabin time was spent sleeping because we were so busy on board and on excursions.

Port Reviews

Shetland Islands

Sheepdog demo was amazing, and we still got to visit with ponies.

Belfast

We took the food tour which made us love this port.

Edinburgh (South Queensferry)

South Queensferry is too far from town. Included tour spends too much time in traffic. Shopping on Royal Mile is crowded and expensive.

Dublin

Beautiful city, but traffic was terrible. At one point an auto driver didn't follow the rules in a roundabout and traffic completely stopped in gridlock. Our guide had to hop out and direct traffic so an ambulance could get through.

Kirkwall

We thought this was the best included tour. The Orkneys are small, but the ancient sites are amazing.

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