Viking Sky Review

Cruise was great, excursions not great

Review for the Western Mediterranean Cruise on Viking Sky
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montylee
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Jun 2023

Traveling with friends who had never been to Italy. Previous Viking river cruises were great. This cruise was delayed from 2021 due to cancelation by Viking. In 2021 Viking offered the pre-cruise Rome extension and post-cruise Tuscany extension. That was not an option for 2023, with only Rome and Tuscany offered as a pre-extension.

For those considering a Tuscany extension, do it on your own through a third party. The Viking extension was not worth the cost. Viking went out of their way to lodge us in a very nice villa in a remote area of Tuscany. The problem is that it took well over an hour to get anywhere, and one night the return took almost three hours due to traffic. It would have been better to lodge in Florence with quick and easy access to many locations. If you have no free time at a fancy villa, it really isn't worth the cost."

Second, the Tuscany excursions were very superficial and general (here's this, here's that, etc.). The guide is excellent, but limited to what Viking dictates. As such, only basic sites were pointed out and there is NO entry to any of them. In fact, the #1 tourist attraction in Florence is Galleria dell’Accademia and Michelangelo's David. The excursion didn't even go by this building at all nor the Duomo! After much research I found out that Viking was not going to enter any sites and so had booked them myself through commercial sites. Viking ignored Pisa for other locations, but I booked Pisa and Galleria dell’Accademia ahead of time and was able to see the major tourist sites. It's disappointing that Viking does not even give you an option to book a "special" excursion to any of the famous sites ahead of time (optional excursions). To be in Florence/Tuscany and miss some of the top tourist areas, especially for those never having been there, is very disappointing.

Cabin Review

Standard balcony cabin with plenty of storage. This category means a later chance for excursions and dining, which may be sold out.

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Naples

Above & Below tour (optional) was excellent. Lots of history. Naples is a very busy and crowded city.

Bari

Excellent Puglia's Gold tour. Ancient (3000 years) olive trees. Tour was superb as well as the olive oil tasting.

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