Viking Mars Review

5.0 / 5.0
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Nice in most respects, but some issues as well

Review for the British Isles & Western Europe Cruise on Viking Mars
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First Time Cruiser • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Aug 2023
Cabin: Penthouse Veranda Stateroom

This was our very first cruise. On the whole it was good, and we plan to sail with Viking again, but there were some hiccups.

About a year before the cruise, they shifted us to a different ship leaving about a week later. And a few months after that, they announced that three of the planned stops had been changed. We were very disappointed to miss Belfast, but Isle of Man was very nice and Stornaway promised to be nice (but was dropped due to high seas). The third was… Scrabster. Everything we could find about this port suggested it was a stop of last resort. There was only one excursion, an included tour of John O’Groats. The claim of that place is its location at the tip of the island. When friends we were traveling with took the morning tour, they told us to cancel ours later that day, as there was nothing to see but swarming, biting insects. It was basically a tourist trap… as was the main stop on the included tour in Wales, where we spent 1 1/3 hours at a shopping area whose claim to fame was the 58 letters in the name of the place.

One other negative: like many cruises (as I hear), illness was going around. We heard people coughing plenty on buses and in the auditorium. I asked the excursion director to put in a notice suggesting people mask if sick, and he said they did, but what they asked was that sick people contact guest services.

Cabin Review

Penthouse Veranda Stateroom

Very spacious and comfortable.

Port Reviews

Edinburgh (South Queensferry)

Too crowded during the festival!


Drop the tourist trap. But Carnaerfon was a treat.

Invergordon (Inverness)

Too rushed, and the boat ride on Loch Ness was a waste of time.

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