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My husband and I wanted to see the Amazon and believed that this Viking cruise would provide us with that opportunity. We booked late last fall and as we only had a choice of four cabins, we ended up selecting a DV5 category cabin on Deck ... Read More
My husband and I wanted to see the Amazon and believed that this Viking cruise would provide us with that opportunity. We booked late last fall and as we only had a choice of four cabins, we ended up selecting a DV5 category cabin on Deck 4. Upon embarkation, we would quickly discovered that this was the smallest balcony cabin we’ve ever been assigned, not only in terms of square footage, but also in terms of storage space. However the public areas on the ship were well done and we spent quite a bit of time hanging out in the Explorer's Lounge on Deck 7, often going up for a late breakfast or early lunch on sailing days at Mamsen’s and then settling into comfortable seating to read or visit with other passengers while we kept an eye on activities along the Amazon. On excursion days we would go up to the World Cafe' for breakfast before heading out where we took many meals on the Aquavit Terrace on the ship's aft. We really didn't eat many meals in The Restaurant as service was slow enough that it only served as our go to spot for a late lunch or early dinner on sailing days. Our cabin grade only allowed us two dinners at the speciality restaurants, but we were fortunate enough to be able to grab a reservation on both Christmas and New Year's Eve. Afternoon tea at Wintergarden also became routine on sailing days, usually before taking in a talk at The Theater. The speakers were generally good and these presentations were usually well attended. The young crew also put on several stage shows during our three weeks at sea, the best one being their Christmas offering. Some of the included shore excursions proved to be disappointing, especially the last one on St. Thomas where we were driven in an open bus to the top of the island where we then disembarked to view the area. While the view itself was quite scenic, the FORTY MINUTES we then spent in the gift shop complex was more than a bit frustrating! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
My brother, who had taken previous Viking Ocean cruises, talked me into it because my wife and I had taken several river cruises on Viking and had enjoyed them. The four of us had cruised before and enjoyed each others company. We ... Read More
My brother, who had taken previous Viking Ocean cruises, talked me into it because my wife and I had taken several river cruises on Viking and had enjoyed them. The four of us had cruised before and enjoyed each others company. We very much enjoyed and were impressed with the Amazon River experience. I would have greatly appreciated wider WI-FI coverage. We had to very frequently rejoin the wi-fi because of lost signal. Perhaps some wi-fi repeaters placed strategically throughout the sip would help. I was very unimpressed with the pancakes and waffles on the breakfast buffet. An improved batter recipe is needed! The disembarkation in Buenos Aires amounted to a completely wasted day. We had to get out of our cabins before 8:00 and had nothing to do until leaving the ship at 10;30. Upon arrival at the Hilton, we were unable to get our rooms until 1500 and the luggage wasn't available until 1800. An entire day spent waiting. Perhaps a four to five hour shore excursion beginning at disembarkation and ending at the hotel.could be arranged. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Looked forward to this So American sojourn as we have never been to So America previously. The port destinations and the available tours were excellent. We particularly liked the 1,000 miles into the Amazon. There is a gem of a show put on ... Read More
Looked forward to this So American sojourn as we have never been to So America previously. The port destinations and the available tours were excellent. We particularly liked the 1,000 miles into the Amazon. There is a gem of a show put on by locals at your second Amazonian port! This is your normal, Viking extraordinary trip, with only two blips on the radar. This itinerary is rich with sea days, and they needed to cancel the Recife Port due to slow timing in the Amazon. It was disappointing, as it seemed that time could have been made up. We had an extension In Buenos Aires, and the hotel check in and tours information during the extension left MUCH to be desired. Not to be missed if you stay in Buenos Aires is the evening dinner & tango show in a historic building, a perfect experience! I must comment that when we shared our disappointment with Viking, they did their utmost to make it right. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
The itinerary of this cruise was great and as it was a segment of the world cruise the entertainment and lectures were superior Our cabin was upgraded to a penthouse suite from a veranda This gave us more space for the longer ... Read More
The itinerary of this cruise was great and as it was a segment of the world cruise the entertainment and lectures were superior Our cabin was upgraded to a penthouse suite from a veranda This gave us more space for the longer cruise. Additionally we enjoyed complementary drink package so that we could have cocktails anytime of the day and not just beer and wine at lunch and dinner. My wife enjoyed being part of the Viking Choir while in the cruise. We greatly enjoyed the cruise director and the enrichment lectures. The chef cooked local delicacies in port which added to the meaningfulness . The service was superior with all the staff friendly and greeting us throughout the day. Having one shore excursion included at each port with additional shore excursions available was a plus. We have been on other cruise lines and definitely feel that Viking and in particular Viking Sun is a great value for the money. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We looked forward to our first Viking ocean cruise after a lovely Viking River Cruise earlier this year. We’ve traveled extensively on other ocean cruise lines and were extremely disappointed in this 48 day cruise. Starting with ... Read More
We looked forward to our first Viking ocean cruise after a lovely Viking River Cruise earlier this year. We’ve traveled extensively on other ocean cruise lines and were extremely disappointed in this 48 day cruise. Starting with Embarkation, the tone of the cruise was set. Viking booked the cheapest airfare with a 3-1/2 hour layover at DFW airport which is a haven for storm-related delays. We were delayed 8 hours arriving at the ship at 3:30am. No one was at the port entrance to let us in so we waited for 45 min with our luggage until we gained access. We had to cancel our paid excursion that started at 8 am because we didn’t get to sleep until 5 am. The itinerary said we had two days in San Juan. We ended up with 1/2 day due to the delays. We aren’t home yet but they booked our return flight in the cheapest seat possible on an 11 hour red eye next to the bathroom with seats that don’t recline. We had to pay $200 Extra to get reclining seats!! Three missed ports. 1st Recife because they had to go slower coming out of the Amazon due to water level (although announced water level was the same going in as going out about 650 ft). 2nd was Puerto Madryn because there was some storm near the Falklands the captain was trying to avoid. Yet I searched every maritime weather report and could find nothing within 1000 of miles. The 3rd was Puerto Montt. The captain said it was too rough to tender passengers. Yet as I sit here I’ve watched all of the Holland American passengers, who arrived in port after us, get tendered to shore as we sail off to who knows where. Poorly executed excursions. Most of the excursions that we wanted to book were sold out even though I we went online literally the first minute with my choices ready. We spent $6000 on excursions and were extremely disappointed. All the buses in the Amazon were filthy, stinky and none had A/C in the 90 F 99 % humidity weather. The excursions throughout were a stretch to provide anything halfway interesting. Their description of what you will see on paid excursions is false advertising. They quoted seeing certain waterfalls or type of penguins on one excursion when I asked the guides they said it was on the another one. Food was disappointing. Compared to other cruises the food was nothing like you would expect e.g., New England Clam Chowder was like runny cream of celery soup with a few clams. Their menus lacked variety and the only way to get a grilled chicken breast was to order room service. They tried to get fancy in the Chef’s Table but there was nothing but weird creations that didn’t taste good with at least two servings containing alcohol. For someone with shell fish allergy the menu was very limited with 3 out of 5 entrees containing shellfish. I had to ask because even the daily sushi bar didn’t identify which had shellfish and they obviously don’t have any concept of cross contamination. Onboard entertainment was lacking. Enrichment lectures were OK if you like history. The other entertainment was the worst I’ve ever seen on any cruise. It’s not over yet, but I’ve already made up my mind that I will never cruise Viking again even if they offered it for free. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
This was such a unique itinerary that we felt compelled to book as soon as we saw it! This was a once in a lifetime trip which really informed us about our big, big neighbors to the far south. The ship was as we expected since ... Read More
This was such a unique itinerary that we felt compelled to book as soon as we saw it! This was a once in a lifetime trip which really informed us about our big, big neighbors to the far south. The ship was as we expected since we had been on the Viking Star two years ago and were familiar with the layout and amenities. The staff were exceptional in attitude and service, going above and beyond to ensure we were safe, comfortable and happy. We particularly enjoyed the Lectures which gave us a good introduction to Local history, culture and customs. And of course the included and optional tours were a great way to learn even more. The spa, with so many free amenities was greatly appreciated! There was so much to do on the ship, that sea days were Fun, busy and welcome too. Bridge classes, knitting classes, get togethers for painters, tap dancing lessons, writing lessons,,,, the list in the Viking Daily was endless. The food, well, we were very happy with the many restaurant options, and visited all of them. Such exceptional service, variety and always delicious! Free wine with lunch and dinner too! And what a fun experience we all had at the Crossing the Equator Ceremony! Thanks for the certificate and all the laughs that day! Well there are some things missing from a cruise with Viking.... There’s no added costs, there’s no “sales pitch” there’s no casino! It’s a different kind of cruising and we love it. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We've sailed on two other Viking ocean ships, so we expected to enjoy ourselves. We did. The route through Caribbean islands and up the Amazon was new territory for us. Because of air schedule we didn't have time to see ... Read More
We've sailed on two other Viking ocean ships, so we expected to enjoy ourselves. We did. The route through Caribbean islands and up the Amazon was new territory for us. Because of air schedule we didn't have time to see San Juan, but had a good excursion into El Junque rain forest. Viking Sea is a splendid ship. All public areas are beautiful, open and light, comfortable to hang out at all times. There were 930 people on this "small ship," but you would never know it from the onboard experience; it was never crowded. We were in a smaller cabin but it was extremely comfortable, room for everything, well designed, great bathroom. And, of course, like every other cabin on the ship, it had a private balcony. We ate in all the dining venues; they were all good. To call the World Cafe a "buffet" gives a wrong impression. The food was always great, with a huge selection from crab legs and sushi on one end, through a choice of meats and fish, to the gelato station at the other end. Two scoops, twice a day, was my chosen prescription at the gelato station. The breads, pastries, and gelato are made fresh on the ship. The very best dining is in the Restaurant, while Manfredi's, Chef's Table, and Mamsen's were nice changes of pace from time to time. And if you can possibly stuff in a little more, we recommend the afternoon tea with special sandwiches and pastries in the Wintergarden. I like to eat, and I was always happy. There were many sea days on this itinerary. We were constantly entertained by Viking's selection of lecturers. Time simply didn't permit seeing every single lecture I would have liked to see. Others will have to discuss evening entertainment; we are early-to-bed folks and didn't see any of the evening shows. But the musicians playing around the boat during the day (string ensemble, pianist, guitarist) were just wonderful. What Viking does best is service. Every crew member smiled at all times and continuously offered to do anything we could imagine. It's uncanny for a bartender to remember your name on the second encounter, before you have ordered or mentioned cabin number. The captain greeted us daily over the intercom, and sometimes several times a day, with an incredibly cheerful and friendly account of what was happening and what was about to happen on "the friendliest and happiest ship on the seas, the Viking Sea." The first time I thought he was way over-the-top, but he always left people smiling. You just couldn't help it. His greetings added a lot to the enjoyment of the trip. Would I go with Viking again? You bet! Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
When we saw the ad on PBS touting the elegant experience we should expect aboard a Viking cruise, we believed the hype and signed up for their cruise to the Caribbean and Amazon. The itinerary certainly sounded interesting and we were ... Read More
When we saw the ad on PBS touting the elegant experience we should expect aboard a Viking cruise, we believed the hype and signed up for their cruise to the Caribbean and Amazon. The itinerary certainly sounded interesting and we were excited. Having now had it, I can say that this Viking experience was barely average, especially when compared with other cruise lines in the same price point. Oh where to begin... first off, they made the flight arrangements for us instead of doing it ourselves as we typically do. Wouldn’t you know it, they booked us onto a flight at 1:00 AM and selected for us the seats right in front of the bathrooms so the seats couldn’t recline. I chalked it up to their lousy airline travel booking skills or us drawing the short straw, so we took our thump and moved on to looking forward to our trip. We were told we should check in at a certain time, which we did, but the cabins weren’t yet ready at the appointed time, so we asked to wait... only there were just a few chairs in the waiting area, so after a sleepless night, now we had to stand around while waiting in the hot terminal. Maybe a small logistical hiccup, no problem. Once aboard, we were pleased to see that our cabin was nice. Even though it was our first cruise with them, they had upgraded us to a more spacious unit where free pressing was included. Based on their behavior on board, I did not believe this to be a generous or good-will gesture. I speculated that since we had bought early and paid full price, they upped our category so they could fill unsold cabins at bargain prices. What lead to this speculation is that they say they offered wine at dinner ... which they did, supposedly included .. but the instant I opted for a riesling with my dinner rather than their selected red or white, I was asked to produce my cabin number for an up- charge. So much for free wine with dinner. This ship went to the Amazon and Caribbean. Several of the stops had included tours. These were all awful. I've come to realize that you get what you pay for with these "free" tours. They drive you around a lot like bus-prisoners and avoid the things first time visitors want to see, and definitely avoid any beach stops when visiting islands. Instead they include places where they sell alcohol or tourist junk and leave you there to roam for 40-50 minutes. I have no idea who thinks up these tours but they’re all crap, with the sole exception of the included tour of Santarém and folkloric show at Parintins. The paid tours were somewhat better, but don’t get me started on those.... they’re happy to take your money for paid tours but make now reparations when they schedule stops where THEY KNOW well in advance that the things you’ve paid plenty to see will be closed and the experience will be a total bust. Along the way the Viking Sea made a stop at a very shabby town at the entrance to the Amazon called Belém, where we spent an entire day. Believe me when I tell you that the best thing to see there was scores of vultures picking through garbage on the street and on the shore. To add to that insult, the scheduled departure was for 6 PM, which meant that we did not arrive at our next stop until 1:00 PM the following day. The next stop was Tobago, which was probably the prettiest stop on our itinerary... but their docking and departure time allowed us only about 4 hours there, meaning that our highly-paid-for excursion was rushed. I don’t know who is in charge of planning their itinerary but, heads up, it is not guest-centric. And talking about not being guest-centric, the dining experience further underscored this point. They didn’t open the dining room for breakfast until 8:00 am, so if you had an early shore excursion, you had to go to the buffet style cafe on the top floor. Try finding a seat when 900 people are trying to eat at the same time...impossible. On other days they didn’t bother to open the dining room for breakfast or lunch. They, not you, decide if your onboard dining experience will be quiet and elegant, or rushed cafeteria style where you had to catch the eye of the roaming service staff to get a drink, then frequently wait 15 minutes before they passed by again and realized they had forgotten to bring you the beverage you ordered. This cruise included 8 sea days... so I thought I’d get in some pool time... but no! Guests would get up early, drop an iPad or a robe on a pool lounger, and "claim it" for the day. The ship's staff did nothing to police this selfish hogging of deck chairs, even when those chairs remained claimed but empty pretty much all day long. If you did manage to snag a chair, good luck getting a server to walk by and take a beverage order... Nope! Regarding entertainment, they showed one movie a day, although that movie was also available on the movie channel in the state room TV. This channel saved me from jumping overboard to escape, as I could at least watch a movie or two a day. On the daily agenda they scheduled different types of events and talks, but these were aimed a a decidedly older, passive audience... like broadway show trivia and music from the 60s ... and some irrelevant lectures and marginally interesting destination talks. I was bored out of my mind, as no activities were actual activities... no art classes, no "learn to do something new" activities whatsoever. I was praying for it to end. Once we got back into US territory, we had to go through an onboard immigration exercise where we had to go down to a dining room to collect our passports and have them inspected. This was by far the most disorganized experience. 900 people descended as instructed and chaos ensued. Viking was in charge of this exercise and could have assigned tickets for when to come down, but they didn't and it was a mess. Now, the cruise wasn’t all bad. Thankfully, the disembarkation process was well organized and the transfer to the airport went smoothly. Whilst on board I found the wait staff and cabin attendants all to be lovely, but, I can get that on any cruise line, so... guess what... it's unlikely that I'll ever cruise on Viking again.Their adverts overpromised and their cruise experience under-delivered. If I’m going to drop that kind of cash on a cruise, I expect them to plan for my enjoyment. Viking, sadly, fell far short. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We arrived a day early to San Juan and stayed at the Sheraton Old San Juan. Nice hotel...great location. Unfortunately for our departure the Sea was not docked in town but at the less convenient pier. Embarkation was EASY...but remember ... Read More
We arrived a day early to San Juan and stayed at the Sheraton Old San Juan. Nice hotel...great location. Unfortunately for our departure the Sea was not docked in town but at the less convenient pier. Embarkation was EASY...but remember to keep your Brazil Visa with you, they want to see it when you board. We were onboard within minutes of leaving the cab ( $25 USD from the hotel). We arrived about 11:30 and our cabin was ready by the time we had signed up for a beverage package, made some dinner reservations, adjusted a couple of tours. Disembarking the ship was so easy...we were at the old town pier this time and were off the ship, luggage collected and on the bus bound for the airport in 15 minutes!!! We had to go through customs / immigration again in the ship's terminal even though we had done that on the ship in St. Thomas. That too was VERY efficient! Be aware there is an agriculture check of all luggage BEFORE you check in...the bus drops you right there and they off load your luggage to be scanned and you walk through any hand luggage larger than a purse. We chose this itinerary because we wanted to see/experience the Amazon. We had previously done a small ship (Vantage Cruises) in Peru on the Amazon and enjoyed it but had been a little disappointed that we did not see much wildlife. Viking's Brazil itinerary really showed us the scope and enormity of the Amazon but not a lot up close and personal. Rain forest hikes had too many people and we often could not hear the leader (why dont they all use quiet boxes) OR so many people by the time we passed what the leader was describing we could not find it or it had flown/scampered/hopped away. Viking needs to find vendors who will offer smaller groups...use the same number of buses but 2x the guides and it would be wonderful! We did one DIY excursion in Manaus and spent the day exploring the river, meeting of the waters, fishing, hiking, swimming with the pink dolphins, and indigenous people...all from a small boat. It was wonderful, the highlight of the trip BUT I was nervous about getting back in time for sailing away ( the small boat certainly could have had engine problems). I have not figured out how to get a small group experience which are always superior and usually a value and the safety net of it being ship sponsored!!! The included tours were OK....we took optionals in most ports...make sure to see the inside of the Opera House in Manaus. In some ports we managed to also do the included tour!!! It is great when schedules allow for that. The only tour that was really bad was in Tabago...it was snorkeling...however the boat was crowded and they did not have enough equipment for those that did not have their own. The snorkeling was very disappointing in time and what we saw. The second spot was just beautiful knee deep sandy bottom water!!!! Waste of time and money!!!! The Caribbean ports were fine....why didn't Viking offer snorkeling in St. Lucia? Perhaps the mega ships that were in port had all the vendors reserved. We did a very nice catamaran sail! The ship and her crew from the Captain to the deck hands were wonderful. Unfortunately for us, I do not think another cruise will EVER be able to compare with Viking's Inaugural World Cruise. I did not realize how spoiled I had become!!! This cruise did a fun Equator Crossing....on the SUN the crossing was extraordinary including Cruise Director,Heather Clancy, ending up in the POOL!!! WE had a lovely Brunch on day on this cruise....on the Sun it encompassed the entire pool deck and Wintergarden. The entertainment on the WC was really varied and often included local shows ... it was fine on this cruise but no WOW's. For me one of the really different aspects of this cruise was the role of Cruise Director...Ms. Clancy really seemed to part of the "TEAM" who were creating the experience on this cruise I really felt the cruise director was more 'entertainment' and announcement focused not really engaged with senior management. Just an observation...and to be fair I do not remember much about the cruise director on our Baltic and Beyond Cruise. The Staff of Viking ships is extraordinary. I do not think NO is in their vocabulary. They go our of their way to remember names. It was so fun to board the ship and see familiar faces. We love sea days...always enough to keep us busy. The Speakers on this trip we very good. The naturalist was not "out and about" as I expected but he was very approachable when we did see him. The food was good, sometimes excellent....at times the main dining room seemed very crowded and the waiters working too hard!!! Has Viking cut down the number of wait staff? Breakfast service in the main dining room was SLOW but we only went on Sea days so we were in no hurry!!! I missed the mushroom soup in Manfredi's but we had outstanding meals there everytime. The fish special of the day NEVER disappointed. We had the Silver Spirit package and enjoyed good wines and great cocktails throughout the cruise. I needed to do my homework more thoroughly and we should have stayed in lodge if we really wanted to experience the Amazon. This was our fault certainly not VIKINGS....they delivered as promised. We had a great time and can't wait until our next cruise!!!! Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We choose this cruise because we loved our Viking river cruise on the Danube the previous year and also because I've always wanted to explore the Amazon river and rain forest since I was young. We have sailed on RCL 4 time and ... Read More
We choose this cruise because we loved our Viking river cruise on the Danube the previous year and also because I've always wanted to explore the Amazon river and rain forest since I was young. We have sailed on RCL 4 time and Princess once. This was our fist Viking ocean cruise and more than likely our last. The staff on board was excellent. Every single member of the crew was friendly and helpful. They felt like family to us. The ship was very nicely appointed in Scandinavian design. The Explorers lounge and Mamsens were particularly nice common areas. The spa with the steam and cold rooms we used frequently. Our room was acquitted but could have had more storage space. Dining was hit or miss. We had some excellent meals at the Chefs Table restaurant. We also ate some under done steaks and over done fish at the restaurant and the buffet. The musicians and entertainers we professional. Typical of the entertainment you would find cruise ship. The Brazilian female singer was wonderful. Snorkeling in Saint Thomas and sailing on a catamaran Saint Lucia were wonderful. The shore excursion in Brazil were as good they could be is the best way I can describe it. Our focus was to see as much natural beauty in the Amazon region. The city tours were a bit underwhelming and struck me as typical cities you would find in many developing countries. We could have skipped Belem all together. We never got off the bus probably for good reason. We enjoyed the Pink Dolphin encounter, the survival trek, piranha fishing, and the search for caimans excursions. I wished we saw more wildlife. It's my understanding the best time to see animals in the area are at dawn or after dark. The caimans excursion was at night so we did see what we were looking for. The other excursions were during the day so the animals were not active. Our tour guides did their best to find what they could though which we appreciated. Our biggest complaint about the cruise was the lack on activities. We had 8 days at sea and we were not big on catching up on reading so we really started to go stir crazy. The few activities they did offer like the lectures (which were great!) felt mobbed. If you didn't arrive 30 minutes early to the theater you had trouble finding a seat. The atmosphere generally speaking felt a little sedate on the ship. This is what many people on the ship enjoyed, but it just wasn't for us. I think we need a little more excitement. It seemed like Viking I using the minimalist activity model which works on the river cruises but does not for a ship this size. Our next complaint is that it seemed like we had to wait in long lines more than I would expect. Wait in a line for a table for dinner. Wait in line to get into the Theater. Wait inline to get out of the Theater. Wait in line for the excursions. Wait in line for crab legs! We didn't feel this way on larger ships we've been on. Lastly, We purchased the premium drink package and the ship started running out of our preferred beverages 2 weeks into our 3 week cruise. We talked to others who were having the same issue. Viking should plan better for this or ask us what we like prior to departure. All this being said, we are going on another Viking river Cruise this summer. All the issues I have with Viking Sea seem fixable. I'm hopeful Viking figures it out. Matt Note: we had to conserve water while in the amazon river since the ship could not desalinate fresh water. Not a big deal but something I didn't know prior to the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Seeing the Amazon River and particularly the Opera House in Manaus has been on our bucket list for some time. Being able to do it on a Viking Ocean Cruise made it the perfect fit. We have cruised more than 50 times and the Viking ... Read More
Seeing the Amazon River and particularly the Opera House in Manaus has been on our bucket list for some time. Being able to do it on a Viking Ocean Cruise made it the perfect fit. We have cruised more than 50 times and the Viking cruises have the best of them all. The ocean cruises are better than any we have done. The smaller passenger size, the ambiance, the service, the itinerary, the enrichment programs -- all are wonderful. The included excursions were very informative about the location and history of the area visited. The optional cruises offered were varied and have something for everyone, whether it is an active one or an educational one. It was fun going piranha fishing , seeing the Boi Bumba Folkloric performance with the very colorful Carvaval-style costumes, cruising on the famous Meeting of the Waters (the Black River and the Solimoes River). The most interesting one was a visit to a local village along the Guama River and with a guided walk through the forest -- seeing the local plant life. All in all, it was the best cruise ever for us. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
This was a lovely 3 week cruise thru the carribean down to the Amazon river, but,. Viking needs to make some improvements especially on the Amazon part. Several of their included tours were just plain boring. The overnight in Manhaus ... Read More
This was a lovely 3 week cruise thru the carribean down to the Amazon river, but,. Viking needs to make some improvements especially on the Amazon part. Several of their included tours were just plain boring. The overnight in Manhaus was a waste of time.....the city is not safe enough to be out at night. Several ports were tendered and in other Carribean islands the port used was not the most desirable location. Overall the ship was just beautiful. Well designed, rarely were there any areas that you felt crowded. Public areas were made into "living room" like areas, making it easy for quiet conversation. Food was very good all over the ship.Their wine/drink needs to be improved. They ran out of all Cabernet!!! Not a bottle to be found ! They also ran out of ginger ale early in the cruise! Was told they can not buy anything local???? What???? Aren't Cabernet Sauvignon and ginger ale basics? The buffet was always fresh and usually had the same food as the main restaurant. Many nights the buffet include d a special theme food station. Eating outside most evenings was delightful! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We chose this cruise because it would be a once in a lifetime experience. To travel to such a remote area and yet be on such a wonderful ship was a great combination. We love the Viking Sea and all the crew. This was an adventure we’ll ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it would be a once in a lifetime experience. To travel to such a remote area and yet be on such a wonderful ship was a great combination. We love the Viking Sea and all the crew. This was an adventure we’ll never forget. We were very happy with our cabin, which was very comfortable. The food was delicious, including the gelato! The evening entertainment was always excellent, and the lectures were very interesting and informative. I enjoyed the games, Name That Tune and Trivia. Playing those is a good way to meet new friends. We are glad not to have children or a casino, and people smoking never were close enough to bother us. The pools are beautiful, and the entire ship is elegant and lovely. The shore excursions were interesting and informative. We do wish we had seen more Amazon wildlife, as we were not able to go on those excursions. We would have enjoyed excursions suited to the physically challenged,perhaps to the zoo where we could have seen animals. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We are in our late 60s. Australians. We had long heard of the wonders of the Amazon and the beauty of the Caribbean and this cruise took in both those destinations. We were so disappointed. The ship itself is good. Very well appointed, ... Read More
We are in our late 60s. Australians. We had long heard of the wonders of the Amazon and the beauty of the Caribbean and this cruise took in both those destinations. We were so disappointed. The ship itself is good. Very well appointed, in excellent condition, lovely cabins and nicely decorated. 900 people is not huge and our cruise was child free. The passengers were 95% middle America. We have been on smaller ships and cruises with a more interesting mix of nationalities. The shore excursions were very well managed and many were included in the fare. Wifi was also included which was amazing. The lecturers ranged from excellent to corny (content was not so much the difference, rather presentation). Americans seemingly like lots of pizzazz in their infotainment. The entertainment was very good. Better than we expected. There are several dining options but only one offers excellent food: Manfredi’s. The Chef’s Table does ethnic specific, set menus that change each night. Good service but ordinary food. The World Cafe is about the standard of a Diner: food in Bain Maries or a very limited cold buffet. This is where you go for quantity and it was packed, chaotic and noisy. Table service is slow. The pool deck food is American street food. The dining options on this cruise did not compare with Seabourn or Silverseas but I suspect Viking knew their market. Why have I given the cruise only 2 stars? Because the Amazon is not a place to see from a cruise ship unless you like long days at sea and short visits to very ugly cities. You will not ever experience anything fulfilling or echt during this cruise. Days of gazing at the shore line of a vast river, Disney like “jungle”, pirhana, dolphin and other such glimpses. What we saw and heard about in the on-board lectures was tantalising but pretty well never translated to a “live” experience. Likewise, the Caribbean Islands need to be carefully chosen and seen at leisure, not in 4 hours from uncomfortable mini buses. My advice to anyone thinking of spending 21 days on a cruise ship is that Viking is OK but the food and the other passengers need thinking about. If the destination is important, maybe don’t cruise unless you can’t do the alternative. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
The Viking Sea is a lovely looking ship: nice décor, super clean and very friendly staff but the ship itself doesn't sail very smoothly and our cabin in the very aft vibrated & shock night after night. We chose the Amazon as we ... Read More
The Viking Sea is a lovely looking ship: nice décor, super clean and very friendly staff but the ship itself doesn't sail very smoothly and our cabin in the very aft vibrated & shock night after night. We chose the Amazon as we have never been there and wanted to see the nature and wildlife that live there and experience the might of the river. Sadly no included tours showed us any wildlife and only one showed us some trees, plants and nature like the rubber tree. Mostly we saw very dirty cities and a polluted river. It was enjoyable to attend a native costumed show with it's vibrant music. The meeting of the waters was probably the most awesome sight. Viking is not the best at serving dinner. Most food was good but not great and the serving staff didn't always work well together, most nights courses were served two at a time or we were given the wrong meal and serving sizes were very inconsistent. The enrichment program was very good as was the evening entertainment. One BIG thing was, that the ship was not allowed to make fresh water while on the Amazon and there were 8 days of water restrictions that we were never told about ahead of time. Very little showering & no laundry in a hot climate wasn't fun! While it was a good trip it could have been a great trip with some changes made. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We will definitely choose Viking again BUT if you are choosing this itinerary to really experience the Amazon's wild life and rainforests explore your options ....any cruise may not be the best choice. If you want to appreciate the ... Read More
We will definitely choose Viking again BUT if you are choosing this itinerary to really experience the Amazon's wild life and rainforests explore your options ....any cruise may not be the best choice. If you want to appreciate the grandeur and magnitude of the Amazon, enjoy sunshine, some Caribbean islands and escape early winter doldrums at home this is the perfect itinerary and SHIP! We chose this itinerary because we wanted to see/experience the Amazon. We had previously done a small ship (Vantage Cruises) in Peru on the Amazon and enjoyed it but had been a little disappointed that we did not see much wildlife. Viking's Brazil itinerary really showed us the scope and enormity of the Amazon but not a lot up close and personal. Rain forest hikes had too many people and we often could not hear the leader (why dont they all use quiet boxes) OR so many people by the time we passed what the leader was describing we could not find it or it had flown/scampered/hopped away. Viking needs to find vendors who will offer smaller groups...use the same number of buses but 2x the guides and it would be wonderful! We did one DIY excursion in Manaus and spent the day exploring the river, meeting of the waters, fishing, hiking, swimming with the pink dolphins, and indigenous people...all from a small boat. It was wonderful, the highlight of the trip BUT I was nervous about getting back in time for sailing away ( the small boat certainly could have had engine problems). I have not figured out how to get a small group experience which are always superior and usually a value and the safety net of it being ship sponsored!!! The included tours were OK....we took optionals in most ports...make sure to see the inside of the Opera House in Manaus. In some ports we managed to also do the included tour!!! It is great when schedules allow for that. The only tour that was really bad was in Tabago...it was snorkeling...however the boat was crowded and they did not have enough equipment for those that did not have their own. The snorkeling was very disappointing in time and what we saw. The second spot was just beautiful knee deep sandy bottom water!!!! Waste of time and money!!!! The Caribbean ports were fine....why didn't Viking offer snorkeling in St. Lucia? Perhaps the mega ships that were in port had all the vendors reserved. We did a very nice catamaran sail! The ship and her crew from the Captain to the deck hands were wonderful. Unfortunately for us, I do not think another cruise will EVER be able to compare with Viking's Inaugural World Cruise. I did not realize how spoiled I had become!!! This cruise did a fun Equator Crossing....on the SUN the crossing was extraordinary including Cruise Director,Heather Clancy, ending up in the POOL!!! WE had a lovely Brunch on day on this cruise....on the Sun it encompassed the entire pool deck and Wintergarden. The entertainment on the WC was really varied and often included local shows ... it was fine on this cruise but no WOW's. For me one of the really different aspects of this cruise was the role of Cruise Director...Ms. Clancy really seemed to part of the "TEAM" who were creating the experience on this cruise I really felt the cruise director was more 'entertainment' and announcement focused not really engaged with senior management. Just an observation...and to be fair I do not remember much about the cruise director on our Baltic and Beyond Cruise. The Staff of Viking ships is extraordinary. I do not think NO is in their vocabulary. They go our of their way to remember names. It was so fun to board the ship and see familiar faces. We love sea days...always enough to keep us busy. The Speakers on this trip we very good. The naturalist was not "out and about" as I expected but he was very approachable when we did see him. The food was good, sometimes excellent....at times the main dining room seemed very crowded and the waiters working too hard!!! Has Viking cut down the number of wait staff? Breakfast service in the main dining room was SLOW but we only went on Sea days so we were in no hurry!!! I missed the mushroom soup in Manfredi's but we had outstanding meals there everytime. The fish special of the day NEVER disappointed. We had the Silver Spirit package and enjoyed good wines and great cocktails throughout the cruise. I needed to do my homework more thoroughly and we should have stayed in lodge if we really wanted to experience the Amazon. This was our fault certainly not VIKINGS....they delivered as promised. We had a great time and can't wait until our next cruise!!!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We wanted to try Viking Ocean Cruise since we've done two Viking river cruises. When we checked itineraries, our first choice was the Panama Canal but it wasn't available when we were looking. So we decided on Caribbean to the ... Read More
We wanted to try Viking Ocean Cruise since we've done two Viking river cruises. When we checked itineraries, our first choice was the Panama Canal but it wasn't available when we were looking. So we decided on Caribbean to the Amazon. We loved the ship, the number of sea days and most of the ports. We weren't as thrilled with the Amazon as we'd hoped but really enjoyed the Caribbean ports. Restaurants were fabulous especially The Restaurant. The World Cafe wasn't my favorite but my husband and our friends liked the healthy choices. The best entertainment was the magician, Greg Moreland and the singer, Salvatore Hansard. For a 21 day cruise, we think there should have been more special entertainment. There was a Brazilian singer too which was ok. The house band was excellent, especially the piano/trumpet player! We also loved San Juan Puerto Rico and would go back there again. We stayed at the La Concha Renaissance resort on a pre cruise. Beautiful hotel. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
So, we love to snorkel and we wanted to see the Amazon and we like to do this in the company of friends from Australia, so we chose Viking, because we knew we would be well looked after and have a memorable experience. And this is what we ... Read More
So, we love to snorkel and we wanted to see the Amazon and we like to do this in the company of friends from Australia, so we chose Viking, because we knew we would be well looked after and have a memorable experience. And this is what we had! Our cabin was comfortable and beautifully maintained by our steward. Our first day aboard, I requested more hangers and a teapot, as we are not coffee drinkers. These were provided almost instantly, along with a variety of teabags and sugar and honey. We later needed a sewing kit, which was also quickly to hand. I love the Freyja products in the bathroom and wish that they were available to purchase for home use. We also made use of the free, onboard laundry facilities, which allowed us to pack lightly from home. However, I would have appreciated early warning that the laundry would be closed to conserve onboard water while in the upper reaches of the Amazon. I would have seen to it that our laundry was done before venturing up the river. We had been to several Caribbean islands in the past and had good snorkeling experiences. Viking does its best, but cannot provide good sea conditions for snorkeling. Our excursions for this activity were varied, and St. Thomas on our last day was a really good snorkel, while Tobago was certainly not. Absolutely excellent was our excursion to "swim" with the pink dolphins in the Rio Negro. Won't forget that for a very long time, as it was unique, somewhat wild, and visually spectacular. My husband and I took the history of Brazil in graduate school at the University of Alabama in 1971. We were so pleased with the excursions which provided a look at village life, rubber production, manioc processing, and the Opera House in Manaus. The Amazon River itself did not disappoint with its vast waters, albatross and flying fish. Ordinarily onboard a cruise ship, I have come to expect dubious quality entertainment. This is fine, as I am an avid reader and can enjoy my kindle no matter where we travel in the world. On this particular voyage, however, the entertainment was really good. The four young singers from England provided 3 or 4 shows that we really liked. They were talented and energetic. We also enjoyed the guitarist, Valentino, very much. The impromptu music events in the bar area were also fun. Food service was really nice. We ate several times in the two specialty restaurants but liked the buffet line, as it left us free to eat al fresco on the aft deck most evenings. The sous chef, Ari, and I developed a rapport, and he provided us with a few special menu requests which made our meals special. The service staff all over the ship were simply top notch. They were personable, out-going, solicitous of our comfort, and great to get to know. I didn't know that I would go on at length in this review, but doing it gave me a chance to mentally relive our recent experience with Viking on the Amazon. It was memorable. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We were on the ship for 10 night South America and Caribbean. It was comfortable. But excursions in Cartagena and San Martha Colombia were difficult due to lack of planning and street people trying to sale souvenirs. Curacao, Aruba and ... Read More
We were on the ship for 10 night South America and Caribbean. It was comfortable. But excursions in Cartagena and San Martha Colombia were difficult due to lack of planning and street people trying to sale souvenirs. Curacao, Aruba and St Kitty we felt welcomed all the time and by tourist guides. Finally in San Juan PR we received a warmed welcome in any place we visited. Viking long walking excursion tour thru colonial city and its castles and fortress full Spanish history was exhausted. On board the Restaurant Chef's Table was high class and its Chef explained to us how to cook perfection combining the proper wine with every course.The World Cafe buffet had many fresh and good tasting offerings for breakfast lunch and dinner. in general we recommend dining on board in any of fine restaurants and buffet. A final comment: Viking Ocean Cruisers are focus in adult travelers of any age attracting customers from the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the U.K. but ignoring Latin Spanish spoken countries even there ships travel thru multiple ports in Spain and South America. I recommend to Viking planners to consider open offers to this potential market. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We love Viking cruises and this one looked interesting. The island visits were really good and the included excursions were excellent. I can't say enough about the crew. Everything was very clean and the food was delicious. I ... Read More
We love Viking cruises and this one looked interesting. The island visits were really good and the included excursions were excellent. I can't say enough about the crew. Everything was very clean and the food was delicious. I would like to have a little more entertainment in the evenings after dinner but what they offered was quite entertaining. A young group formed just prior to sailing and really did a good job with ABBA and Beatles music. I appreciate the fact the Viking doesn't try to "nickel and dime" a person to death. We especially enjoyed the restaurant choices onboard. I loved the steak in the Restaurant as well as the Prime Rib in the Italian venue. The included drinks and mini-bar in the stateroom was always kept well stocked. This was our second cruise on the Sea and both were top-rate!! Thanks Viking for a great cruise! We are looking forward to another one soon. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We chose this trip because it was a new ship and new line that we wanted to try. It was also a smaller ship which we prefer rather that those humungous "floating hotels" that we found so distressing. In addition there were no ... Read More
We chose this trip because it was a new ship and new line that we wanted to try. It was also a smaller ship which we prefer rather that those humungous "floating hotels" that we found so distressing. In addition there were no kids, no casino, no formal nights. The entire ship was a wonder of beautiful Scaninavian design and elegance. Lots of spacious areas for relaxation, reading or socializing. And the peacefulness and quiet were exactly what I sought and value highly. We were quietly pampered - the heated floor in the bathroom was an additional elegant touch. Overall, I would like to sail with this line again - wherever they are going. The destination is not my priority - sailing aboard their ship is. I don't remember much about the entertainment or the excursions. When I cruise the most important thing for me is the relaxation and the food. I must say the meals in the various elegant restaurants were excellent. We were introduced to many meals that contained delicious entrees that were new to us. Appropriate portions beautifully plated and served by attentive waiters added to our genuine pleasure. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
The Amazon—not your usual sun yourself on the beach type cruise! We are not beach people although we enjoyed visiting most of the islands we did. Our focus was the Amazon and gow people live in that part of the world. It delivered. ... Read More
The Amazon—not your usual sun yourself on the beach type cruise! We are not beach people although we enjoyed visiting most of the islands we did. Our focus was the Amazon and gow people live in that part of the world. It delivered. The ship was delightful. Amenities were great. We enjoyed a few of the shore excursions that included entertainment and sctivity like hiking through thr jungle. Lectures were educational an interesting. Other parts of the trip—embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. Every meal (except my very last one on the ship) were very well prepared and served. The cabin was verycomfortable—always clean due to the great efforts of Joe and Sam. Such delughtful young men! Most of the staff throughtout the ship were very attentive to our needs. I probably will not revisit the Amazon but am interested in spending more time along the South American coastline. We never travel with children so that is never part of our considerations. We are not interested in transatlantic crossings but were delighted with our one river cruise. That is probably in the future for us. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
WE are a retired couple that loves to travel. When we were offered a chance to visit the Amazon with Viking, we immediately booked our cruise. This was our first cruise on a Viking ocean going vessel. Having been on three river cruises, ... Read More
WE are a retired couple that loves to travel. When we were offered a chance to visit the Amazon with Viking, we immediately booked our cruise. This was our first cruise on a Viking ocean going vessel. Having been on three river cruises, we expected the best, but were surprised to find it even surpassed our expectations! I can tell you now, that we can't wait to book another ocean cruise with Viking. We have been on many other ocean going cruises with a variety of companies... but this was the BEST! The entire crew from room attendants up to officers ingratiated themselves being so helpful, happy, while also very professional. The numerous restaurants had not only quality food, but choices beyond our belief!! Even with a 22 day sail, we could not experience all they offered. We enjoyed the he excellent guest lecturers- all had very interesting programs. Entertainment aboard was varied and very much appreciated. There was always a variety of choices, and all very professional. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We chose Viking Sea because of the Amazon itinerary and of its excellent reputation as a newer ship. Because of port problems in San Juan, Puerto Rico due to the hurricane, we chose the cruise line's airfare and didn't spend any ... Read More
We chose Viking Sea because of the Amazon itinerary and of its excellent reputation as a newer ship. Because of port problems in San Juan, Puerto Rico due to the hurricane, we chose the cruise line's airfare and didn't spend any time in San Juan prior to the cruise, which we usually do when on a cruise. Connections being what they are, we arrived to the ship at about 11 p.m., and had been told by the greeters that a snack had been prepared and it would be happy hour for us. After stumbling about, we found where the snacks were, and the bar was still open. It hadn't been longer that 15 minutes when it was announced that the snack bar was closing. The next day, I checked on our room TV, and I had been charged for my wine, which I thought was complimentary. The charge was subsequently removed. Quite an interesting start to the cruise! The ship itself is beautiful, with plenty of public area. Our room on the stern of the ship was well thought-out, and incorporated items which we have found lacking on other cruise lines. Any minor needs were quickly taken care of by the extremely efficient and personable crew. We continued to have a "vibrating safe" which we shimmed with cardboard...not big thing. A big thing, however, was the sliding door to the verandah. If you are both out on the verandah at sea, there is no way to secure the 200+ pound sliding glass from the outside. Consequently, when the ship rolled (as it does on the stern), this huge door would slide from side to side. This was extremely dangerous, and we ended up placing a rubber door stop in the track. Dining was nice, with efficient waiters and good food. We ate at The Restaurant a few times, and always had to wait at least 15 minutes. This was a mystery to us since they would have sections of the restaurant closed off while we sat there waiting. The specialty restaurants were excellent, except for one night in the Italian restaurant when the swordfish was like shoe leather. I continue to be disappointed by the casual dining experience of virtually every ship that we have cruised on (about 15), and especially by this new ship. The trend for casual dining continues to grow, and the ships haven't kept up with this trend. Consequently, if you are eating at "prime time", there aren't enough tables. We ended up eating late dinners, early breakfasts, and lunches out by the pool. Although entertainment is not stressed as a prime feature, it was very good and educational. The theater could only hold about half of the passengers, so there were usually two presentations. When there weren't two shows, it was chaos...with overflow set up in the lounges, etc. Often, we would just watch a "rerun" in our room TV to avoid the crowds. The ship had never been to the Amazon, and it showed. First, due to an inability to resupply the ship in Barbados on time, we had to miss Devil's Island as a stop. Second, as new cruisers aboard Viking, we were unfamiliar with the headsets provided, and there was no instruction provided either in writing next to the headsets or verbally by the excursion director. We figured that ours were defective, and missed out on a lot of good inormation. When I told the Excursion Director, she blamed things on the local guide, who should not be expected to tell us how to operate the headsets. Parintins and Manaus visits went smoothly, and the included tours were very nice. Belem, however, was the nightmare of tender experiences. We felt that the entire tender operation was disorganized and inefficient...from allocating tender passes to the actual operations. Obviously, it would be a challenge to basically tender all of the passengers, since shore excursions are included for everyone. However, there has to be a better method than having to stand in a line at the same time with all of the other passengers to get a pass. Particularly in Belem, where there was no terminal (none in any of the Brazil ports, actually), everyone was crowded randomly under an awning to avoid the rain, and people started passing out. It was an absolute nightmare, compounded by the aforementioned medical emergencies. The culture and natural beauty of Brazil was something to behold, however. The Caribbean was a dream compared to Brazil, and it was most enjoyable after Brazil. We plan to return to Brazil and spend more time exploring the country, particularly since we went through so much angst and expense to obtain a tourist visa. If you don't have a Brazilian visa, then don't bother going until they simplify their process for issuing the visas. We also plan to cruise again on Viking ocean cruises, since we know that they will be getting better organizationally with time and experience. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017

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