Viking Venus Review

We saw the Northern Lights!

Review for the Baltic Sea Cruise on Viking Venus
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CAMT1
First Time Cruiser • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Jan 2024

We loved this voyage! The trip is for someone who is adventurous and doesn't mind being cold, wet, and blown around. Be prepared for 3 hours max daylight each day. The ship rocked substantially but I found it was manageable with a seasick pill every now and then and wrist bands. I didn't know of anyone who got sick. If anything the banging and creaking wall noises during the rough seas was the hardest. The captain slowed down and this ceased. Slowing down caused us to miss a stop and be late for another one-but, we were safe. The crew was attentive, friendly and visible. When we came back in from a cold adventure they always had a warm drink for us. I love the self serve laundry on board. The food in The Restaurant was my favorite place to eat in the evenings. We did not do any optional activities. In hind sight, I would have tried to book the snow shoeing trip. Most excursions were sold out or very expensive when we first tried to get reservations. Try to book as soon as the excursions open for the best selection. Tromso was my favorite stop. There was plenty to do there without extra excursions. Alta did not have as much to do and we were there 2 full days. The enrichment talks were informative and insightful. There was plenty to keep you busy during the 5 sea days if we choose, if not we just relaxed. The entertainment was enjoyable. The crew seems like family and the cruise director gave other non-Viking vocalists the chance to do a show. The cruise director, the assistant cruise director and the violinist all had their own show. The crew was great to let us know when the Northern Lights were visible and on which side of the ship. It happened at the craziest times (that is how nature is), dinner, during a show or when we were sleeping. Norway is a wonderful place to visit and Viking is a great way to see it!

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Alta

There was not much going on in Alta. We hit all of the high points and they were great but after that there were malls and eating establishments. We choose not to purchase any expensive optional tours. We visited the Laksens hus and it was very interesting as it was educational about the salmon industry. It was very interactive, and free.

Tromso

There is plenty to do in Tromso. It is a medium sized city with lots to do and see on your own. We took advantage of the 3 hours of daylight by being out enjoying the bustling little city. There are many quaint shops to visit as well as the Polaria which is an aquarium where they train seals and let you watch.

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