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We chose this cruise because we wanted to cruise the West Indies and chose Viking as we wanted to sample the quality of there ocean cruises. We were so glad we did as the whole experience was first class the restaurants were excellent as ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to cruise the West Indies and chose Viking as we wanted to sample the quality of there ocean cruises. We were so glad we did as the whole experience was first class the restaurants were excellent as was the food the staff were very attentive and the ship was superb, the interior of the ship was excellent with loads of space where you could go and relax and read if you wanted to, the afternoon tea was excellent which was served in the winter garden, this is very well designed and extremely pleasant to sit in. Our cabin was very well presented and very comfortable. We also used the spar etc and found this very invigorating with first class facilities. All the included tours we went on were very educational and our tour guides were all very knowledgable about our destinations. This was an excellent cruise and will do another in the future. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We chose this cruise because I had hand surgery recently and was not able to carry around suitcases. We thought an ocean cruise would allow us to have a great experience and not need to change rooms or locations, which is exactly what ... Read More
We chose this cruise because I had hand surgery recently and was not able to carry around suitcases. We thought an ocean cruise would allow us to have a great experience and not need to change rooms or locations, which is exactly what happened. The ports were all fun, however, visiting St.Martin Island was a little sad. The hurricane ruined that place and there is little beauty away from the ocean. Fortunately the visit was short. Portuguese Madeira was quite beautiful. It was spring and the flowers and landscapes were wonderful. We would have liked more time there. Cadiz and Valencia were very interesting. Lots of history, of course, and good food. The walking tours of both cities were very good. The guides were well informed and knew their stuff. We loved Barcelona. Our second time there so we did things we had missed on our first trip. We stayed extra days and used Viator tours for a couple of outings to wine country and Montserrat. The ship was wonderful and the food excellent. We were on the ship on April fools day and the Captain ran a scam on the passengers about a leak in the storage room and running out of toilet paper. Really funny. Overall, a great voyage. Six days at sea was filled with a new and very good bridge class, super fun cooking classes, sessions in the gym, Mohjong, evening shows and a few lazy days. A really wonderful experience. It is unlikely that we will do another long sea voyage, but as a first and only this one was terrific! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
I chose this cruise for several reasons: I wanted a transatlantic cruise, as I love the ocean and my father had been in the Navy in WWII; because of the reputation of Viking as geared toward thinking and reflective travelers; and the fact ... Read More
I chose this cruise for several reasons: I wanted a transatlantic cruise, as I love the ocean and my father had been in the Navy in WWII; because of the reputation of Viking as geared toward thinking and reflective travelers; and the fact that it limits the size and population of its guests; and a 3 day promotion that included airfare and a reduction of the surcharge for a solo traveler. Having never cruised before, I was anxious about my luggage, and so sent it via Luggage Forward. That worked so well! It was taken directly to the cabin for me. The ship was immaculate, inviting in its various spaces, and the spa facilities absolutely wonderful. I was going to have my birthday on this trip, something I mentioned to the booking agent and then again to the cruise director -- I was sent a cake and champagne, and the assistant cruise director joined me for dinner. It was delightful. I had a wonderful time! The cabin was great -- a great terrace, bathroom floors that were heated and spotless, reasonably comfortable bed and good chairs and desk. I never encountered a problem with my internet connection and the in room ability to watch any of the offered lectures at another time was a bonus for me. There were a large variety of activities and entertainment offered, and I enjoyed them very much, especially after meeting some friendly persons to attend shows with and share some of my meals with them and others. The presence of a resident historian and informative lectures was a big plus, and they were very accessible too. The service was superb -- I can't say enough about it, especially the everyday service on the floor. Shore excursions were generally good; some better than others, although some of that had to do with the destinations at which we arrived, and that I chose the included ones which were more bus tourist type than I would usually choose. Disembarkation went smoothly, and I stayed for several days in Barcelona afterwards, as arranged with Viking air. I loved the ship. I bought a small model as a memento. I am hoping my upcoming "birthday" cruise this year is just as good -- it will be on a different ship. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and our past Viking expierences. One of our favourite things on this ship is beautiful, clean, modern, excellent public areas. Lots of comfortable areas to sit and relax without feeling ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and our past Viking expierences. One of our favourite things on this ship is beautiful, clean, modern, excellent public areas. Lots of comfortable areas to sit and relax without feeling crowded. Food is excellent with daily theme luncheons offered on sea days around the main pool and several cook outs on the back deck were offered in the evenings as well as the buffet which always had lots to choose from. Daily offerings of crab claws, crab legs, big shrimp, sushi, shell fish, steak cooked to order, meat dishes. Rotating offers of roasts of lamb, pork, beef, roasted chicken, duck. Daily, a variety of vegetables, potatoes, rice etc, salads, fruit, breads and a nice variety of dessert. Breakfast offered eggs, omelets, cooked to order quickly, eggs benedict, fruits, waffles, in addition to all of the usual breakfast items. Restaurants are intimate and the service is provided by professional, friendly, outgoing staff who are attententive without being obtrusive. The menu offers a variety to choose from and our food was delicious at Manfrefi’s and at the Chef’s Table. The same can be said of the World Cafe, Mamsens and the Pool Snack bar which offered burgers of all kinds, foot long hot dogs, fries, Onion rings and all the trimmings in addition to numerous salads and desserts. The ice cream at the World Cafe is delicious with a variety of different flavours daily. All meals include wine and beer. The spa sauna, pool and snow grotto are an invigorating experience. There is a main pool with a retractable roof and an infinity pool on the back deck. All have lots of lounge seating in comfortable, relaxing surroundings. We especially enjoyed the Explorers Lounge located at the front of the ship. You feel as though you are the captain looking out through the expansive windows onto the ocean. The Viking Sea singers/dancers and musicians were the best and the most talented and enjoyable we have experienced in a long time. Beth, Hannah, Louis and Cole, along with cruise director Jenna treated us to Abba, Beatles, Divas, Motown music that rocked the theatre. The included excursions were informative and provided by knowledgeable guides. The most important thing is we are grateful to all of the staff for their attentive, genuine, smiling, caring approach, ensuring you are having a perfect vacation. How they are able to remember you by name and your cabin number is delightful surprise. It truly was, quote Captain Malmberg, “the happiest, friendliest, funnest ship on the ocean”. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We enjoy sea days and this had 8 of them, which were blissful and relaxing The ship and crew were great, as were the food and facilities. St Maarten was a waste of time and the tour was awful on a rusty, uncomfortable, aged bus. The other ... Read More
We enjoy sea days and this had 8 of them, which were blissful and relaxing The ship and crew were great, as were the food and facilities. St Maarten was a waste of time and the tour was awful on a rusty, uncomfortable, aged bus. The other excursions were excellent. All in all an ideal cruise with first class service from Viking staff, especially at the bars and restaurants. The Chef's Table and Manfredi's are a must to dine in. The cabins are nicely appointed, comfortable and very quiet. The Spa facilities are great and the main spa is free to enjoy, unlike with certain other cruise lines. The 2 pools are just fine, especially as Viking is adults only so no screaming kids clogging up your swimming freedom. The captain is great and makes this the cheeriest, most friendly ship we have experienced. The entertainment is good enough, though some cruise lines offer more in this department. Viking is our number one choice for cruises. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
My brother and I wanted to cross the Atlantic. We were particularly looking forward to Funchal (Madeira) Portugal, cruising through the Strait of Gibraltar and visiting Sevilla and Valencia, Spain. We were not let down; sea days were a ... Read More
My brother and I wanted to cross the Atlantic. We were particularly looking forward to Funchal (Madeira) Portugal, cruising through the Strait of Gibraltar and visiting Sevilla and Valencia, Spain. We were not let down; sea days were a blast, the weather was good (60s and 70s), excursions were terrific. The staff is amazing - open and friendly, always engaging & remembering our names, taking care of any requests. Just terrific. Here’s an example of great service; we would read on the top deck most days in the late afternoon, where comfortable couches are located outside. One day there had been early rain, and the furniture had been secured. We asked a senior crew member if they could set up the furniture and within 5 minutes, it was set. Very impressive. The food was very good, entertainment was great. The Viking singers get a huge high-five. We used Viking Air Plus, which I recommend- all transfers were seamless. You can’t go wrong with Viking, and I have already signed on to a 2020 cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
The cruise included our desired destinations particularly southern Spain. The seven day crossing gave us the opportunity to enjoy all the amenities of the ship. Some of our favorites included the Explorer Lounge and bar for pre dinner ... Read More
The cruise included our desired destinations particularly southern Spain. The seven day crossing gave us the opportunity to enjoy all the amenities of the ship. Some of our favorites included the Explorer Lounge and bar for pre dinner cocktails and entertainment; the exercise room and spa options and the fabulous menus options at all the restaurants. We did several dinners at the Chefs table with the premium wine pairings. We highly recommend taking advantage of the unique Viking menus that change every several days Lastly our lovely Jr Suite accommodations were amazing in space, lighting, design and comfort. All of these experiences were facilitated and embellished by the outstanding staff service. The shore excursions gave us the opportunity to see some of the southern Spanish cities including Seville, Cadiz and Valencia as well as St Martens and Madera. We disembarked smoothly in Barcelona to begin our own land tour of Spain and a Portugal. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We chose a 2-week trans-Atlantic repositioning cruise on the Viking Sea largely based on positive reviews from various sources. Although, none of our friends had cruised with Viking so we had no direct testimony. We were attracted to ... Read More
We chose a 2-week trans-Atlantic repositioning cruise on the Viking Sea largely based on positive reviews from various sources. Although, none of our friends had cruised with Viking so we had no direct testimony. We were attracted to this particular cruise because we received free Air and because of the many days at sea. We we're not all that interested in visiting numerous ports; we wanted to relax and enjoy the ship......which we certainly did. Having cruised previously on much larger ships we also liked the fact that it was a mid-sized ship and did not allow children under 18. We spent two days in San Juan before experiencing a smooth embarkation and introduction the the ship. We appreciated being able to bring alcohol on board. Every staff member from the Captain to the Cruise Director to our cabin staff were excellent. Restaurants were very good and we were never disappointed. We enjoyed Manfredi's more than the Chef's Table, where we found the selections to be a bit over the top. We appreciated the beer and wine selections with lunch and dinner. We found Mamsen's to be less inviting. The times we wanted to spend time i the Explorer's Lounge and have some food, the service and offerings seemed spotty; as well, we thought it closed too early. Other standout things we liked: - Cabin. Large, well-appointed and serviced cabin/balcony. At times we wanted the heated bathroom floor to be turned down but that was not possible. We had to call maintenance to have the sliding glass door to the balcony adjusted.....it was never really fixed. A small issue. - Spa. We spent a good amount of time in the Spa and enjoyed the modern/clean facilities, sauna, steam room, ice room, jacuzzi pool, heated lounges, etc. - Enrichment Presentations. All were excellent and Mick Dawson's presentations were superb, as were the several presentation by the British woman about Planet Earth. - Entertainment. The four singers were enjoyable and it was interesting to hear their backgrounds and how they were selected and prepared by Viking. This was nothing like the entertainment we have experienced on board the larger ships, but nevertheless not disappointing. - Common areas. All beautiful and relaxing. We especially liked the artwork and we used the app to learn about the various pieces. - Poolside Bar. We discovered it too late in the cruise Great burgers and beer! - Port excursions. All were good to very good. We especially enjoyed the Levada Walk in Madeira and the Requena Winery lunch in Valencia. - The Ship's Chef. The tour of the galley and our interaction with the Chef was great. - The Atrium, afternoon Tea and special food presentations were outstanding. We spent 3 days in Barcelona after disembarking and enjoyed revisiting that beautiful city. Overall a 5-star experience and we are booked to board the Jupiter in Buenos Aires on March 15, 2020, about 6 weeks from now. We selected another repositioning cruise, this time 21-days. We're looking forward to spending 3 days in BA before embarking. And, we hope the Coronavirus problems do not interfere with our plans. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
The repositioningcruose is an xcellent way to get to Europe if you have time. It eliminated jet lag. Lectures were interesting. Lecturers knowledgeable, friendly and animated. Great tasting food and good variety. Chef's table was ... Read More
The repositioningcruose is an xcellent way to get to Europe if you have time. It eliminated jet lag. Lectures were interesting. Lecturers knowledgeable, friendly and animated. Great tasting food and good variety. Chef's table was tasty and different. St. Martin Philipsburg excursion was very disappointing. Jerez excursion was great. Explorer's lounge Cafe has wonderful cakes, sandwiches, and in the evening, soup. The sauna and spa area is great. Repositioning cruise is wonderful for relaxing and getting to use all areas of the ship. The crossing was very smooth, just a gentle roll a few times. Interesting to visit the small museum areas on board and study the art works. There are board games available, too. The workers on board did a good job. It was nice having a coffee maker in the deluxe veranda room. Boarding was smooth and so was getting off. We enjoyed the repositioning cruise very much. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This was our second cruise with RCL. We chose the Jewel of the Seas because of the ports of call and it fitted best in our holiday planning. The embarkation and and disembarkation went very smoothly! It was impressive. We landed in San ... Read More
This was our second cruise with RCL. We chose the Jewel of the Seas because of the ports of call and it fitted best in our holiday planning. The embarkation and and disembarkation went very smoothly! It was impressive. We landed in San Juan at 10:30 and were on board eating lunch at 12. In Cicitavecchia/Rome our meeting time for disembarkation was 7:15 and we were at the airport at 08:50. I would go again on this cruise. The jewel is a very nice ship. Not to big and not too small were so many activities on board and it really seemed like the crew and staff genuinely wanted everyone to have a good time. The food was excellent and a lot of variety and options. The service - especially in the dining room - was outstanding. Everyone made a point of knowing our names and calling us by name! We are already planning our next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Transatlantic cruises are our favorite! We choose this cruise because date worked. Turns out it was one of our best cruises (30+ cruises). We flew to San Juan late on Saturday & stayed at airport hotel (very convenient), took taxi ... Read More
Transatlantic cruises are our favorite! We choose this cruise because date worked. Turns out it was one of our best cruises (30+ cruises). We flew to San Juan late on Saturday & stayed at airport hotel (very convenient), took taxi ($19 plus tip) and arrived at port around 11am. The port was chaos and porters rude. Demanded tip before they would take bag (this was only negative of our cruise). Once in terminal check in was very smooth. Was on ship quickly and went up to Solarium to relax. Jewel of the Seas was showing her age slightly but it was immaculately clean and staff and crew extremely friendly, personable and informative. We had balcony stateroom (8026) which was nicely appointed, plenty of storage and very quiet. Our cabin was also close to forward elevators. Excellent cabin steward, Kevis. He remembered little things and alway had smile. Mattress very firm (translate hard). Kevis went above & beyond to remedy that. Had excellent table with great table mates. Our waiter and assistant were both new to their jobs so service was slow but they worked hard. Fantastic head waiter Gianni. He was very present. He fixed issues immediately. He also took special care of my husband who has special dietary needs due to health. Don't like changes to menu, especially only 1 new dessert each night but food was always delicious. Loved the savory bite rolls. Headliner shows were excellent this cruise though the production shows not as good as usually. I would cruise just to see some of those entertainers again. The enrichment lectures were a disappointment. Only 1 lecturer was scheduled and she was not a good speaker. A real let down for my husband. Being smaller ship, many activities were in Centrum. It was just too small for some of the Activites held there. There were only 25 seats. The staff & crew were one of the best, if not the best we ever encountered. The tone was set Captain Dustin and his officers. The were present, always smiling and made us feel valued and welcomed. There were a few crew who made our cruise so special by their warmth and friendliness. They were not assigned to us but just went out of their way to greet you. And once they knew you, they took the time to talk with you each time they saw you. (Maileen- dining room, Jennifer-bar staff, Loupesh-disembarkation Coral theater. The ports were all beautiful. We did 4 ship excursions-2 excellent, 2 not good. The shore excursions manager Claudio was very helpful. He listened and seemed to truly value our input. He also made up for poor excursions. Disembarkation was amazing. It was relaxed, calm and peaceful. Not the usual experience. When we got off the ship, we were greeted by Captain Dustin and some officers with handshakes and a heartfelt thank you for cruising with them. Like I said, amazing. The seas were calm and weather good the whole trip. Though it was breezy! The shuttle to Rome's City Center went so smoothly. A great cruise, tremendous memories, new friends and only 1 lb gained. Hope we will sail on Jewel again. She is a beautiful ship with even more beautiful staff & crew Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
RCCL offered a very attractive price for this cruise, and we were looking for a smaller ship (i.e., less than 3,000). The Jewel is not new, but it has been kept up well and the public rooms are all very nice and comfortable. The service ... Read More
RCCL offered a very attractive price for this cruise, and we were looking for a smaller ship (i.e., less than 3,000). The Jewel is not new, but it has been kept up well and the public rooms are all very nice and comfortable. The service was outstanding, starting with a very visible and friendly captain from Canada. Everything operated very efficiently and, if something was to our dissatisfaction, the staff attended to it very quickly and in caring fashion. The itinerary was terrific, making 6 stops (3 Canary Islands, Gibraltar, Alicante and Valencia, Spain with disembarkation in Rome). All the stops were very nice, particularly Alicante and Valencia. We had plenty of time to tour, and could walk easily to virtually all ports. Entertainment/music was generally very good. A weak point was the so-called "enrichment program" with amateurs. Bartenders were incredibly efficient and service-conscious, and always with a smile (e.g., Javier from Columbia and Girish from Mauritius). Embarking in San Juan and disembarking in Rome were extremely smooth. Captain and his officers met us either going off or coming back on ship at many ports--a nice touch. This is something you can hope to enjoy with a small ship, and the Jewel delivered. We've done a lot of transatlantic cruises--some on newer or bigger ships--but this was the best. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
As a New Diamond Member with Royal Caribbean and have done more then 42 Cruises with various companies. We are proud and pleased with the Enterainment on the Jewel of the seas. The " Fly On" acts i think were a lot more ... Read More
As a New Diamond Member with Royal Caribbean and have done more then 42 Cruises with various companies. We are proud and pleased with the Enterainment on the Jewel of the seas. The " Fly On" acts i think were a lot more presentable and distinguished then the Ships production shows themselves. The Singers and dancers were probably the weakest then most ships. However the ship was BUSY! with tons of variety and lots of entertainment options around the Vessel. This 14 night repositioning cruise had continuously brought out great bands in all lounges and great parties. Andrea who is the current cruise Director from Italy ( coming from MSC and Norwegian Cruise line was out and about making sure all guests were having a great time. He was a very nice, organized Cruise Director. Disappointed to see the Cold Soups go.. from Royal. We did the Vision of the seas last year through Scotland, Ireland and they offered a different chilled soup each night. Banana, Strawberry, EXTC. Ports through the Canary Islands were extremely beautiful with fair port hours from the ship we are very pleased and grateful for this cruise experience. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Great trip! Thirteen days at sea and away from chaos of USA. The crew were phenomenal and really care about customer service. Beautiful suite with Juliet balcony. It was really nice to sleep with door open and the sound of the waves. We ... Read More
Great trip! Thirteen days at sea and away from chaos of USA. The crew were phenomenal and really care about customer service. Beautiful suite with Juliet balcony. It was really nice to sleep with door open and the sound of the waves. We had smooth sailing virtually the entire trip. Being in the middle of the Atlantic and waited on so well was such a wonderful experience. The meals, particularly dinner, were outstanding. Everything is made on demand and plated with style. Single seating wherever and whenever you want in the dining room. My wife is a vegetarian and commented on quality and variety. Perhaps the most wonderful thing on this ship is that there are virtually no lines from boarding to departure. Our voyage had 163 passengers and 150+ crew on board. I enjoyed the entertainment, especially Greg Redfern who spoke almost every morning about space and the stars. His night time star gazing session with deck lights off was amazing. I would love to do another crossing on Star Pride. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
I chose this cruise because I wanted to experience what international travel was like before the advent of modern air travel. I wanted to enjoy an Atlantic crossing a la vintage Hollywood. I wasn't disappointed. The Viking Sea is ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I wanted to experience what international travel was like before the advent of modern air travel. I wanted to enjoy an Atlantic crossing a la vintage Hollywood. I wasn't disappointed. The Viking Sea is luxurious. Her crew and the entire staff were magnificent in every respect. From a good nights sleep to a snow bath, comfort and convenience was the order of the day. There were six dining venues to accommodate every atmosphere from casual to elegant. The food quality was excellent and catered to most every taste. Some of my favorites were the foods that were unique to the country we visited that day. And, there's a well equipped gym to help work off the excess calories! What more could one ask for! Entertainment and activity opportunities while aboard afforded passengers an almost endless variety of things to do. If one got tired of the spa, pool, hot tub or wistfully staring out to sea there were several libraries, the Viking Museum, movies under the stars, high teas, dance classes, fashion shows, live music, resident lecturers and port call briefings to occupy the day. The cruise originated from San Juan Puerto Rico and ended in Barcelona Spain with eight full days at sea. Boarding and disembarking were professionally executed and effortless. Port calls included Phillipsburg on the island of St Maarten, Funchal on the island of Madeira Portugal, Tangier Morocco, Cadiz Spain and Valencia Spain. The shore excursions were well planed, fun and took us to the heart of these fantastic cities. Our passage through the Straights of Gibraltar was at 2330 in a thunder storm that produced a spectacular lightening display. One could barely make out the floodlit "Rock". What a welcome to the Mediterranean! All the ports were special in there own unique ways. I spent two days in San Juan prior to sailing. Even in the post hurricane environment it was well worth the visit. If I was forced to pick a favorite it would be Tangier. There was never enough time for sight seeing (or Shopping) at any of the ports so return trips are definitely warranted! I would recommend this cruise to anyone and would do it again in a heartbeat. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I have been smitten with the Viking ship design since the first brochure arrived in my maibox a number of years ago. Picked this 15 day Transatlantic crusie for its sea days and ports of call. Frist TA and first Vking cruise. I am ... Read More
I have been smitten with the Viking ship design since the first brochure arrived in my maibox a number of years ago. Picked this 15 day Transatlantic crusie for its sea days and ports of call. Frist TA and first Vking cruise. I am amazed by the attention to detail in the design and furnishings of the ship: I lost count of the different style of chairs in the various public spaces. My favorite are the deep brown leather chairs next to the Living Room Bar. The railings in the hallways and even the door handles to cabins are wrapped in smooth leather. The lichen garden below the stairs rising to the full story sceen showing the most brillinat pictures throughout the day and evening. The views of sky, sea through every window above deck 1. The windows are floor to ceiling. In the World Cafe these were open on sunny days in port for more alfresco dining. Stunning spa with heated tile loungers, stream room , sauna, and snow grotto and small pool open to evyerone. Fees are only for massages. Food in all venues is very good, lots of variety, creative, and the" success cake "in Mamsen is the best dessert at sea. The crew from officers to the young man who was in charge of keeping the elevators clean were always friendly, going out of their way to answer a question or help in any way. The included excursions were basicly bus tours with stops or walking tours of areas of the port towns . All the guides were very knowlegable . The resident historian program is outstanding. Our historian Mark gave lectures on art, pirates, explorers, also had round table discussions and open office hours for small group discussion. The Deluxe veranda cabin was fine, with large shower, and heated bathroom floor. Could have had more drawers in the main cabin. We did find places for all of our stuff. Loved our balcony and table height for having breakfast while looking out at the morning sea or sailing into port. Met so many intersting passengers who were all having a good time while we crossed the Atlantic Ocean. The only negative is that they ran of three of the white wines on the wine list during the cruise. Many of us had the Silver Beverage Package and they miscalculated the number of wine drinkers with this package. They did not run out of the incudled wine, however. LOL This minor detail was the only negative I experienced. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
After thoroughly enjoying our Viking Homelands cruise in 2016, we decided we just didn't have much time on the ship. So crossing the Atlantic for 6 days was a delight! We never lacked for anything to do. The lectures were fantastic ... Read More
After thoroughly enjoying our Viking Homelands cruise in 2016, we decided we just didn't have much time on the ship. So crossing the Atlantic for 6 days was a delight! We never lacked for anything to do. The lectures were fantastic with four on board lecturers, including our resident historian. We only had 5 ports of call, all of them fascinating. And we stayed over in Barcelona, a wonderful city. Viking caters to ages 50+, so it is easy to meet people with like minds. We traveled with friends that we met on our Viking Bordeaux River Cruise. Our only complaint was the Air department, which kept changing our flights. Our travel agent was right on it, but we ended up paying to keep our original flights home, a long story. But on the whole, you can't beat Viking for food, service, and value. So, of course, we've signed up for another Ocean cruise in 2020. That will make our 8th Viking trip! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We wanted to try a cross ocean cruise and we loved our experience with Viking river cruises so we tried this one. We were not disappointed. The ship is lovely. The "culture" of the ship is similar to the river cruises in that ... Read More
We wanted to try a cross ocean cruise and we loved our experience with Viking river cruises so we tried this one. We were not disappointed. The ship is lovely. The "culture" of the ship is similar to the river cruises in that people were friendly and easy to get to know. Getting on board was easy and the crew was more than willing to help with information. The Cabin had so much storage space that we didn't use it all! I tried the spa and found that the hot deep pools followed by the snow room took all the aches of travel away. Do try the snow room! I was timid but so glad I did. The spa is really lovely and totally free unless you want a treatment. As expected the food was excellent. We ate mostly in the dinning room for dinner and the specialty restaurants. The Chef's table was a delight! Such different plates and tastes-all beautifully prepared. Mamsens gave us a taste of Norway that surprised us by how much we enjoyed it. Especially the desserts! In the main dinning room here was always lively conversation at the tables. Of course if you want to eat with just your partner that is easily accomplished. Since we were going to be at sea for 6 days we opted for the premium package and were glad we did because the premium wines were carefully selected. The regular dinner wines were also good we just like to try different wines. We did not expect the entertainment to be good and we were pleasantly surprised. The troupe on our ship was wonderful and diverse, offering some really great evenings. The classical trio was also superb. I enjoyed the lectures as well. Particularly the series on Sea mammals and the challenges they face. When we arrived in port our shore excursions lived up to Vikings excellent reputation for informative in depth travel. Our first ports were just recovering from the horrible hurricanes but our excursion took us through it so we could really see and understand what had happened and what their future was. When we reached Spain we chose an optional trip to Seville that was dynamite. We saw so much and learned a lot. We will be remembering that day for years to come. We will be taking another cruise with Viking and can't wait. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
2nd time on viking ocean cruise. Will never choose another cruiseline. They got it right, cruise director Mark is not the cornball type like many others, has great taste in entertainment, which is superior to all the other cruises i have ... Read More
2nd time on viking ocean cruise. Will never choose another cruiseline. They got it right, cruise director Mark is not the cornball type like many others, has great taste in entertainment, which is superior to all the other cruises i have tried. Food is tops, no pretensions, same with service. Ship is pure elegance, so spacious. Whats not to like. Shore excursions well organized, one free for each port. Classical music all over the ship is high quality. Cant say enough about ,nordic spa. Steam room, sauna, snowbroom, hot pools, all included. My husband used gym every day, well equipped, never crowded. Scandinavian buffet for breakfast is great for late risers. Sticky buns at buffet breakfast are delish. Gelato flavors change daily. On our anniversary we received a special chocolate cake, one of the best i have ever tasted. Loved daily high tea in wintergarden with string quartet. Perfect cruising. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We had heard good reports about Viking River Cruises and when we saw this lovely itinerary on the relatively new Viking Ocean Cruise line we decided to give it a try. And we were delighted with our choice! One reason we selected this ... Read More
We had heard good reports about Viking River Cruises and when we saw this lovely itinerary on the relatively new Viking Ocean Cruise line we decided to give it a try. And we were delighted with our choice! One reason we selected this cruise was because we love days at sea. While 7-8 days at sea does not appeal at all to some travelers, my husband and I, who are retired, enjoy restful days when we don’t have to be up and ready early for an excursion. And there is so much to do on the ship during those days - the spa and pools, in-room movies, exercising and games on the deck and just watching the vast views from our veranda. But then this cruise had some lovely ports that we had not visited before and definitely wanted to see - Puerto Rico, Madeira, Tangier, Sevilla, and others that we returned to visit. One of the features of Viking cruises is that the excursions are all included. Of course, you can upgrade for a fee if there is a special spot or experience in a port that is not part of the included outings, but pricey excursions are not necessary. The entertainment was fine although we didn’t go to very many of the shows. We liked the lectures about the various ports, their histories and political issues. The lectures were recorded so we could watch them at our leisure. The food on the ship was exceptional with a nice variety of good quality and healthy options. There was always plenty of food and drinks available whenever we wanted them. Service was outstanding for the most part. Staff members seemed to be happy and to enjoy their jobs. Because we had such a good experience on this trip, we booked a future cruise onboard and took advantage of the discounts we were offered. Overall, we had a great experience and are looking forward to our next cruise on Viking. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Transatlantic from San Juan to Barcelona with stops in Madeira, Tangier, and Cadiz. The ship is beautiful! The food was excellent no matter the venue. Enjoyed the entertainment and movies with discussion groups afterward. The Meet ... Read More
Transatlantic from San Juan to Barcelona with stops in Madeira, Tangier, and Cadiz. The ship is beautiful! The food was excellent no matter the venue. Enjoyed the entertainment and movies with discussion groups afterward. The Meet & Mingle was outstanding—cocktails, hot appetizers and officers who truly wanted to engage. There are outdoor fitness machines on the sports deck for those who prefer to enjoy ocean sounds rather than gym noises. Lots of nooks and small group gathering space on the outdoor decks. Loved having laundry facilities on each floor—including an ironing board. Let us pack less with no expense. Free detergent (or you can use your own). Great social spot as we waited for a washer or dryer to open up. Lots of men doing the laundry! Viking also lets you bring your own liquor and wine aboard with no corkage fees. Wine and beer offered freely at lunch and dinner but cocktails are reasonably priced. They treat adults like adults. One initial challenge was loud banging noises in our cabin. The first night there were six crew members including head of housekeeping in our cabin trying to figure out where the noise was coming from. Because cruise was sold out, told no other cabin. Next day, noise was worse. Someone had canceled so we were moved—no noise! Finally a good night sleep! Someone else had also complained about noise and was moved to our old cabin but said the noise was worse so moved back to their previous cabin. Two days later, we found the problem—a ratchet strap hitting the metal on a lifeboat which was right under a vent pipe at our old cabin. Suggested they pad it—maintenance showed up immediately and did so. End of noise. Responsiveness to our complaint was immediate and taken seriously. Commend housekeeping, maintenance and guest relations. Stellar. Loved the heated bathroom floors! Lovely cabins with luxurious bathrooms. Public spaces are inviting. Different music (not loud!) rotated between—a string trio, pianist, jazz, etc. My husband is a singer and would’ve liked a passenger choir to fill some of the Sea days. The CD said he’d been lobbying for one so would keep trying. All in all, loved this cruise. We met more people on this cruise than any other. Signed up for two more in future cruises. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Viking Ocean Cruise ships are a "thinking, well for today's society, persons cruise", in contrast to Carnival for example which is a "drinking person's cruise". That is not to say there isn't any ... Read More
Viking Ocean Cruise ships are a "thinking, well for today's society, persons cruise", in contrast to Carnival for example which is a "drinking person's cruise". That is not to say there isn't any drinking, as wine and beer are complimentary with lunch and dinner, and we purchased the "drink package". Children under a certain age are not allowed, the isn't a casino, and the "entertainment" is more "education" oriented. Other complimentary items include, all balcony cabins, a shore excursion at each port, the above mentioned beverages, use of the spa, and entry into all of the exclusive dining areas. The staff remembers your names and preferences and in general, treats you with superior service. Always friendly and helpful. With several days at sea the atmosphere is very relaxing and leaves you feeling renewed. Having traveled on nine different cruise lines the Viking experience is one that everyone should try to do at least once. We'll be looking for Viking when we sail across the Pacific as well. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We wanted to experience sailing across the ocean a second time. We enjoyed crossing the Atlantic the year before so much we decided to go again. What an awesome way to enjoy traveling to Europe. The Viking staff on the ship was amazing, ... Read More
We wanted to experience sailing across the ocean a second time. We enjoyed crossing the Atlantic the year before so much we decided to go again. What an awesome way to enjoy traveling to Europe. The Viking staff on the ship was amazing, very friendly, always there and helpful. Best of all, was the food. The menus had wonderful selections and wine or beer is included with each meal. We really enjoyed the Chefs Table. Amazing meals where the wine was paired with each course of the meal, every course was excellent. You can be as busy as you want while the ship is at sea, there’s always something going somewhere on the ship. We always had a good time in the spa, going back and forth from the steam room to the snow room was extremely exhilarating....but the bucket of ice cold water being dumped over you was a real eye opener. After the cruise we stayed extra days on our own and explored Spain Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I was checking in to Vikings Website about my 2019 Alaska Cruise I have booked. While there I saw the "Last Minute Specials" and found a two week Trans Atlantic out of San Juan, Puerto Rico to Barcelona sale. At first I was ... Read More
I was checking in to Vikings Website about my 2019 Alaska Cruise I have booked. While there I saw the "Last Minute Specials" and found a two week Trans Atlantic out of San Juan, Puerto Rico to Barcelona sale. At first I was concerned about spending 6 days in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and finding something to do. Needless to say those were the best part of my whole trip. I was able to relax and enjoy myself the entire trip. One thing I've learned in life is that not all goes perfect every time, especially when your dealing with Mother Nature. Right away from when the boat pulled out of San Juan, Mother Nature wanted to remind us she was there. Seas were very choppy and it prevented us from being able to stop at Saint Martin the next morning. It also prevented some guest and entertainers from being able to get on to the ship there. (There had been delayed getting to San Juan and were gong to connect there). Fortunately, the seas calmed and we had a great trip across the Atlantic. The dining arrangements were fantastic. Most people follow the "business casual" dress request for dinner but you always have a few that figure those rules aren't for them. We ended up eating most of lunch and dinner meals in "The Restaurant" which is the main dining room. The foods were always outstanding and the staff was great. I recommend that if you like a particular waiter, that you request sitting in his/her area at each meal. It took a day or two to learn this but once you catch on it makes things a lot easier as he/she learns all your little secrets and requests. My only suggestion is that you make sure you give that waiter an extra tip and the end of your trip for helping to make it so special. The $15 per day that Viking charges your account is a mere pittance for all of the staff that you see helping making your trip special on this boat. The specialty restaurants are Manfredi's Italian which was very good. They have a fixed menu that will be the same every day except for the "Fish of the Day" and the "Pasta of the Day". I only ate there two nights and loved both meals Rib Eye Steak and Porchetta. Both meals were outstanding and can't wait to have them again on my next cruise. The "Chef's Table" I had booked for the first night of the cruise. My wife wasn't feeling well because of the water turbulence and I wasn't even more disappointed because I found out about their menu's changing every two days. I picked nordic night that meant just about everything had Salmon in it and that's not one of my favorites. The big thing about the "Chef's Table" is you don't select what your going to eat. It is all ready predetermined for you along with wines with each course. There were no real problems getting reservations here but after reviewing the different menu's we elected to spend most of meals in "The Restaurant" as the food quality and service are just as good. The entertainment was great with the Cruise Director Aaron doing a wonderful job. He also did a great show by himself with songs from Sinatra, Buble, etc. Viking had the Virginia Gentlemen, an A Cappella group on board for daily entertainment as well. These college students won the heats of almost every passenger and hopefully will become on regular on the Viking system. The Viking Band, dancers, entertainers all made the night end with an enjoyable show. We enjoyed out trip so much we booked a second trip for 2019 traveling from Rome to Athens next year. Because all Viking ocean ships are the same, once you get the lay of the land, it doesn't change going from boat to boat. This will make our Alaska and Rome trips even easier next year. Can't wait to go cruise again on the Viking fleet!!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Fantastic 1st crossing & to visit our son in Barcelona. So 1 way: San Juan to BCN was perfect. I am a yachtsman & navigator, so appreciate the perfect sized Viking Sky, while my darling spouse appreciates the top quality cruise ... Read More
Fantastic 1st crossing & to visit our son in Barcelona. So 1 way: San Juan to BCN was perfect. I am a yachtsman & navigator, so appreciate the perfect sized Viking Sky, while my darling spouse appreciates the top quality cruise amenities & modern stabilizers to glide the ship across the tropical Atlantic Ocean. Weather was far warmer than expected. Sea was calm or following after 1st 2 days. Food was always great. Breakfast in our suite was gratis & varied. I give a A+ to the on-board enrichment speakers: (3 are noted here). A professor on Christopher Columbus & his era, President Reagan's secret service retired guard & ocean life & whale expert who stayed on deck for many dawn & auspicious moments to spot & discuss sea life. This great experience has led us to again cruise Viking along the west coast of Europe from BCN to Denmark in April 2019. Bravo! Viking ships Read Less
Sail Date March 2018

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