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Sail Date: October 2017
We took advantage of the 5 night short cruise with the get 50% off second person deal. We then took Princess up on the upsell offer to a mini-suite, our first time in one. Love the couch!! We were in B403 - strong musty smell in the ... Read More
We took advantage of the 5 night short cruise with the get 50% off second person deal. We then took Princess up on the upsell offer to a mini-suite, our first time in one. Love the couch!! We were in B403 - strong musty smell in the bathroom :( The room otherwise is great, lots of storage space. Steward was attentive - miss the folding into animals of the past years. We had anytime dining - Symphony dining room. Hubby scouted out the room on 1st night, then made reservations for table 1 each night. Nice to make your own set dining plan and time. The table was ready and waiting for us, loved the extra attention of the head waiter. It brings back the staff getting to know you when you choose the same table/section each night. Entertainment was great as usual with Princess. Quick boarding and efficient process. Two excursions - Saint John was better than Halifax. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We took a short cruise to St. John and Halifax for a quick getaway. We parked in the lot next to the ship. We found many large screws in the lot which we moved from the parking area. This was concerning. Embarkation was slow and a little ... Read More
We took a short cruise to St. John and Halifax for a quick getaway. We parked in the lot next to the ship. We found many large screws in the lot which we moved from the parking area. This was concerning. Embarkation was slow and a little disorganized. The ship is big but did not feel as big as some of the other ships in its size class. The elevators are all within a short distance of each other. We ate at Alfredos on embarkation which was good, and the wait was short. Other meals we ate in the buffet and in the main dining room. The buffet has one of the best layouts that we have experienced. There are themed meals and standard dishes. The main dining room was ok. The entertainment for the size of the ship was limited but we really enjoyed the extensive movie selection in the room and the 'Movies Under the Stars'. Karaoke was fun and the staff made it entertaining and a community experience which was great. I really enjoyed that the art in the hallways by the staterooms were guest wildlife/cultural photographs. The library had enough books to keep us occupied for the short trip. It was a comfortable place to relax. The ports were relaxing and we explored on our own. Both cities were very walkable. The staff overall was very polite and helpful. We had only one day where I actually felt the ship moving which was the last sea day. The captain kept us very informed beforehand and during the day what to expect and optimized the speeds/route for passenger comfort. The ship (and folks on the bridge) handled the waves and wind extremely well. Disembarkation was very easy. The only thing to mention is that we did not set our alarm and it was so quiet in the room we overslept but made it off the ship quickly before the next cruise came onboard. The cruise line in our opinion treats the passengers like responsible adults which is refreshing. The policy for bringing wine on board, the ease to borrow a book from the library, the extensive movie selection in the room, the multiple dining options at all hours, and the lack of in room announcements every 15 minutes on disembarkation day was a real pleasure. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
This review is a bit late, but better late than never. This was my first cruise with Oceania Cruises and I was very impressed with the experience. I have cruised in the past and this has been my fifth cruise but they have not been as ... Read More
This review is a bit late, but better late than never. This was my first cruise with Oceania Cruises and I was very impressed with the experience. I have cruised in the past and this has been my fifth cruise but they have not been as good as Insignia. I have to say that I was delighted with the experience. My daughter and I cruised together this time and it was her first cruise and she really enjoyed it. The crew everywhere on the ship were amazing, happy people. Always courteous and joking around with my daughter and I which made an even better and fun experience for the both of us. Most of the people that we talked to were returning Oceania cruisers and were very happy with their experience. Our cabin was an ocean view and the size was good. The food was amazing, except for one dish that I found very bland, but the rest was superb. It was great to see the menus for the Grand Dining Room listed in one of the TV channels which made it easier to decide if we wanted to eat there or at the Terrace Café. Our experience at Toscana and Polo Grill were really good as well. Also the 4 pm Tea Time was excellent. I was also happy to see that every day in the early and late evening for an hour at the bars they would have a two for one drinks. Overall I had an excellent experience and I will definitely book another cruise with Oceania. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
I've been trying to get my husband to do the 'leaf peeper' cruise for, at least, 4 years &, to my surprise, he acquiesced this year. Of course, we always choose Oceania when possible. We flew in early to Montreal and spent two ... Read More
I've been trying to get my husband to do the 'leaf peeper' cruise for, at least, 4 years &, to my surprise, he acquiesced this year. Of course, we always choose Oceania when possible. We flew in early to Montreal and spent two wonderful days/3 nights so our happiness began there! Embarkation was flawless and we were greeted by our beautiful & gracious cabin stewardess who immediately noted my only two requests...ONLY dark chocolate @ night and ALWAYS Diet Coke in the fridge; and the requests were always met as well as her sweet greeting every day! This ships far excelled over Nautica because of service; the crew was not only flawless but went the extra mile by memorizing names immediately as well as details about what we liked, wanted and needed with our meals! Quebec City was our first port and it was fabulous and then things began to go downhill. Whoever decided that Saguenay was worth even 1 hour must have lived in a VERY remote village because it is a real snooze. Unfortunately for the poor captain, the weather was extremely uncooperative as we were forced to completely pull out of one port right before we were going to drop anchor and so we had a second sea day and, to make matters worse, rough seas AGAIN made the captain switch from Bar Harbor to Portland so, again, our itinerary was rocking as much as we were on the ship. Everybody around us was becoming the coughing and sneezing brigade so when I ended up going to the Medical Center as well it was no surprise that I was not alone. If we had been longer at sea I think we would have turned into one of those 'Sick Ships' that you read about! Luckily, the crew was able to dispatch us to our respective fates...me to my own doctor! On the bright side...after the previous 3 cruises I've had to work for 3 months to take off the weight that I gained and this time I have nothing to lose! Such a shame though when one chooses a bowl of mashed potatoes & a pot of tea for dinner...but those breakfast smoothies saved me! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
Love this ship it is not too big and the service is outstanding. Stateroom staff went over and above to make sure all our needs where met. Dining room staff was also outstanding. First night dinner was vey slow but this was because it ... Read More
Love this ship it is not too big and the service is outstanding. Stateroom staff went over and above to make sure all our needs where met. Dining room staff was also outstanding. First night dinner was vey slow but this was because it was our waiter first night, but after that night it was above par. Second last day of cruise we hit high seas as high as 12 foot waves. The entire staff was every where to help and assist guests who needed help. Shows where repeats of the past year only new cast members. Cruise director Paul and his sidekick Ms. Tanga are still on board and they are always full of laughs. Headliners did not enjoy the comedy they are a little too off color for us While on board a water from another area spilled wine (white thank god) on me and the crew made sure that I had my clothes cleaned and well taken care of after that. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
Our 5th cruise with Royal Carribbean. The ship is older and smaller but sailed well. I enjoyed the New England and Canada ports. We went to the main dinning room for dinner the first night and the line was so long, we went to Chops ... Read More
Our 5th cruise with Royal Carribbean. The ship is older and smaller but sailed well. I enjoyed the New England and Canada ports. We went to the main dinning room for dinner the first night and the line was so long, we went to Chops because they came and offered a discounted rate to eat for those of us standing in line. The next morning we went to the main dining room for breakfast and the wait staff seemed unorganized. No one smiled and the bloody mary we ordered with breakfast came as a glass of tomato juice, No added veggies or spices. After seeing how under pressure the wait staff seemed to be, we chose to do our dinning at the windjammer where we were always greated with a smiling face, happy people and cheerful service. Our room was well taken care of and I enjoyed the storm we encountered on the way back to home port. 20 foot swells with 70 mph winds. Many were seasick, but I slept like a baby! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
I have taken this trip before, and this time I had the opportunity to spend more time on self directed day trips. I had the opportunity to visit craft beer pubs, all within walking distance of the ports. The weather was excellent and the ... Read More
I have taken this trip before, and this time I had the opportunity to spend more time on self directed day trips. I had the opportunity to visit craft beer pubs, all within walking distance of the ports. The weather was excellent and the foliage still in color (I was told that this was the warmest October in both St. John and Halifax). Dining was memorable and top notch. In the buffet I noticed many occasions in which they staff monitored the food temperatures to maintain quality. It is a smaller ship so its entertainment is not as elaborate and high tech as some other larger ships in their fleet. But there is an intimacy (positive) which comes with the lower number of passengers. Both the staff and the fellow passengers I found to be friendly. There is the advantage to depart and arrive at Baltimore so I am able to avoid increasingly unpleasant air travel. Facilities at the Port of Baltimore are very good (it is located directly off Interstate 95), with good parking by the ship. Embarkment and disembarkment went well, and the custom clearance went well. Royal Caribbean International permits self-service departure and I was in the parking lot for my car before the stated time of 7:30 am. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
Great way to see some of the New England states. All ports were great to visit we did some excursions through the ship and did some on our own. We had room 4051. It was great for us. Had plenty of room and storage. Showers had good water ... Read More
Great way to see some of the New England states. All ports were great to visit we did some excursions through the ship and did some on our own. We had room 4051. It was great for us. Had plenty of room and storage. Showers had good water pressure. It was quite and near the shows for quick location. We had one night of stormy seas and felt it was a better locations that other places on the ship when it came to the rocking and rolling. Food was better in the sit down dining for both breakfast and dinner. We like the comedy shows better than the singing acts. We didn't know until the end of the cruise we could of been calling our friends in other rooms to communicate with them by phone that was in the cabins. We brought white boards and placed them on the doors to leave notes to eachother to let them know where we went. Worked out really well. Magnets did stick to doors. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
Chose this cruise to enjoy Fall color and to see ports of call that would be primarily populated with "locals" at this time of the year. There were a significant variety of optional tours which we took advantage of. The tours ... Read More
Chose this cruise to enjoy Fall color and to see ports of call that would be primarily populated with "locals" at this time of the year. There were a significant variety of optional tours which we took advantage of. The tours were well managed and fun. Weather turned out to be very pleasant, which allowed for full use of outdoor activities on board and off. We extended our stay at the final port of call, New York. A change in our travel agenda was required due to migrating whales. This was unexpected and eliminated several tours we were looking forward to. However, Viking handled the modification to the agenda well, offering enjoyable alternatives so the outcome remained positive, overall. Both Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly during our trip and transfers to the locations of our activities was handled effectively. Viking Sky is a nearly new ship and was in excellent condition, well marked, easy to navigate with comfortable facilities for entertainment, dining and educational offerings. Cabin services were managed effortlessly and with minimal interruption to our daily activities. Dining was above average with many alternatives provided for each meal, from the very casual to more formal settings. Food preparation was very good with dietary options readily available. Cuisine on offer was varied and well balanced. We have traveled with Viking River Cruises in the past, and plan to travel with Viking Ocean Cruises again in the very near future! Read Less

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