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Viking Sea Review

5.0 / 5.0
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Editor Rating
5.0
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Colleen McDaniel
Cruise Critic Editor-In-Chief

Viking Sea, the second oceangoing ship from longtime river cruise stalwart Viking, is a stunning vessel that seamlessly integrates comfort and modern, Scandinavian style. The ship's small size means it rarely feels busy and is able to get into ports bigger ships can't reach.

Pros

Destination-focused ship with superb dining and service

Cons

Lack of entertainment features like casino might turn off some

Bottom Line

Inclusive cruise provides immersive experience without high-end luxury pricing

About

Passengers : 930
Crew : 550
Passenger to Crew : 1.69:1
Launched : 2016
Shore Excursions : 764

Sailing on Viking Sea feels a bit like you've been invited into a friend's home. The decoration is personal and elegant without being stuffy, and you really feel like you could flop just about anywhere to relax and be comfortable. So many of the decorative touches are personal to Viking chairman Torstein Hagen that you feel like you get a glimpse of him and his taste: from photos of him as a child, tributes to his mother and generally the things he loves, such as books, music and simple, clean elements. Decor shipwide relies heavily on shades of blue, gray and white, along with light wood and materials such as leather and wool. The company made a 3-million-euro investment in art onboard Viking Sea, with feature artists including Edvard Munch and Jakob Weidemann. (You can take a nifty art tour using your mobile device and the ship's free Wi-Fi.)

A cruise on Viking Sea focuses heavily on destinations, and passengers are entitled to one included excursion in each port the ship visits. Upgraded "premium" excursions also are offered and are excellent, but many passengers are content with the included option. Viking provides local guides who speak English and know the regions well. Onboard programming complements the excursions; lectures focus on port history and culture.

Because itineraries and time in port are so important on Viking Sea, the ship doesn't have a casino or splashy water features. The ship is unabashedly geared toward adults 55 and older. Programming and entertainment options match the target crowd, though the production shows offered onboard in the theater are a rare weak spot that could use some revamping.

The ship rarely feels crowded, as multiple spaces for relaxing are available throughout the ship, and everyone seems to have his or her favorites. They have their favorite restaurants, as well, and with alternative options such as Italian Manfredi's and an evening at The Chef's Table included in the fare, you will have to make reservations to get a seat. It's worth it, though: Dining onboard is fantastic.

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Viking Sea is an innovative, special ship because of the thoughtfulness that went into every space. It's the things you never knew you needed but are thankful to have: USB ports and outlets in the atrium seating area, in case you need to power up your Kindle or camera; blankets in the theater; heat lamps poolside; outlets bedside so you can sleep with your phone charging next to you; even bookmarks left in your books if you're otherwise lacking. The little touches and the extraordinary service make sailing Viking Sea a delightful experience.

Fellow Passengers

Passengers on Viking Sea are well traveled and seek new experiences. A large number of people have cruised Viking's riverboats in Europe, prompting their curiosity about the ocean product. Most passengers fall into the 55-and-older category. The minimum age to sail is 18.

Viking Sea Dress Code

Passengers onboard Viking Sea wear "resort casual" clothing, which in the evening means somewhat dressy, with men wearing slacks and button-down or polo-style shirts and women wearing dresses, skirts and blouses, or slacks and blouses. Viking Sea has no formal night, but some men do wear jackets to dinner, though it's certainly not required. During the day -- and anytime in the ship's World Cafe buffet -- more casual clothing such as shorts, jeans, T-shirts and capris are acceptable. Passengers tend to wear swimwear in the pool or spa area only.

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Where does Viking Sea sail from?

Viking Sea departs from Piraeus, Piraeus, Laviron, San Juan, Venice, Rome, Civitavecchia, Manaus, Barcelona, Vancouver, Seward, and Istanbul

How much does it cost to go on Viking Sea?

Cruises on Viking Sea start from $2,999 per person.

Is Viking Sea a good ship to cruise on?

Viking Sea won 23 awards over the years, including Best for Entertainment, Best for Fitness & Recreation, and Best for Public Rooms in 2019.
Viking Sea Cruiser Reviews

Viking Sea Mediterranean Odyssey

Enjoyed our trip & will continue to travel with Viking. The ship’s captain was excellent. The crew on Viking Sea did an excellent job from start to finish!Read More
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BoRudi

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

Beautiful Ship, Beautiful Vities

The Viking Sea was absolutely beautiful in every area of the ship and kept meticulously clean.Read More
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AtlantaPyrs

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

Not as good as pre covid

Loved the itinerary, lovedthe sea days, loved the cruise, but just not quite as good as previous Viking cruises pre covidRead More
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mamahenis50

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

A Wonderful Cruise Visiting Greece!

As previously experienced, we thoroughly enjoyed our cruise, with fabulous ports-of-call, seeing something new to us each day, meeting the locals, and totally loving the entire staff of the Viking Sea!Read More
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virginialemm

2-5 Cruises

Age 70s

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