17 Viking Ocean Viking Sea Cruise Reviews for Entertainment Cruises to Caribbean - All from San Juan

We chose to travel on the Viking Sea (10 day cruise) from San Juan, Puerto Rico to San Juan, Puerto Rico, because we liked the look of the itinerary, and the fact that it has been voted the top cruise line for the last 4 years. We were ... Read More
We chose to travel on the Viking Sea (10 day cruise) from San Juan, Puerto Rico to San Juan, Puerto Rico, because we liked the look of the itinerary, and the fact that it has been voted the top cruise line for the last 4 years. We were amazed by the ship on embarking. It is a stunning, beautiful ship decorated in a Scandinavian style. Our first reaction was that this was going to be a wonderful cruise. Unfortunately, it all went down hill from there. For an expensive 6* cruise line the cabins are tight and drawer space is at a premium. When comparing the cabins to Azamara for example they do not seem any bigger, although the bathrooms are a significant improvement. I am guessing that they have improved the bathroom size at the expense of draw space in the cabin. We like to eat on deck under the stars. This facility was not available on board the Viking Sea, unless one ate at the back of the ship adjoining the buffet restaurant. However, in this case there is no waiter service. Guests had to take food from the buffet. Service around the pool deck was almost non existent until I complained. It was then significantly improved. In addition the service outside at the back of the ship was also poor. Sometimes it was impossible to find a waiter, but at other times it was better. Most of the sun loungers around the pool deck have no mattresses, and the towels are very small. They cover the upright back of the lounger, and possibly a third of the horizontal part of the seat. They are grossly uncomfortable and I am sure contributed to a back problem I currently have. The policy on the ship seems to be to close the roof on the sun deck at the merest hint of rain. The temperatures in the Caribbean hover at around 30 c and closing the roof for no very good reason serves to make the conditions on deck almost intolerable. I can only assume that they are scared of getting the deck wet. In the main the food offering is very good. However, one of the specialist restaurants (Chef’s Table - Asian Fusion), we found very challenging. There is no choice - it is a fixed menu. Although it is changed every three days. We ate there twice, and on both occasions found that there were courses we could not eat. The entertainment was meagre. There were no outside entertainers. There were just 3 production shows, the cruise director doing an Elvis impersonation, and the Assistant cruise director doing a show (she was superb). Other entertainment was the Super Bowl (not very interesting to non- Americans), and a televised Oscar ceremony. Turandot was shown two days running, and 2 other films. Really, it was all rather poor. Around the ship was a classical string duo, and a classical pianist. Most of the time the music took on a funereal quality. The result was the lounges were very often empty or near empty. In fact we often said the ship felt a little like a ghost ship. There was also a guitarist. On him I can make no comment as I never heard him play. Apart from enrichment lectures, and trivia quizzes held rather bizarrely at 20.15, no other on board activities were offered. There is no card room or organised or disorganised bridge. We asked at guest relations if they could provide us with some playing cards. All they were able to come up with was an old pack held together with a rubber band, and a non matching set of picture cards. We were also told that we would have to sign for these - mind boggling. The crew were very friendly and smiling. There were simply not sufficient. Viking runs their ship with approx 2 guests to 1 crew member. Other lines with similar reputations have between 1.5 and 1.7 crew per guest. This probably is the main cause for the service difficulties we encountered. We have travelled on Crystal, Silversea, Seabourn, Azamara, and Oceania. All comparable products. Unfortunately, Viking does not meet the standards of its competitors, and feels like it is being run on the cheap. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Chose this cruise not only for islands visited but also because of my age (66) so wanted to relax and enjoy the beauty of the islands and be spoiled by the ship and the crew ! Embarkation was seamless. Shore excursions were well organized ... Read More
Chose this cruise not only for islands visited but also because of my age (66) so wanted to relax and enjoy the beauty of the islands and be spoiled by the ship and the crew ! Embarkation was seamless. Shore excursions were well organized and always on time. On ship the staff were courteous and helpful. Ship was especially clean. Food excellent. I’m not much on late nights but did stay out a night or two. Entertainment was very good. I only wish I had taken advantage of the “extra” shore excursions. Some looked wonderful and I had friends who said they were exceptional. Room service !! Excellent. So nice to enjoy coffee early every morning on the private outside deck !!! Pools were not crowded and there were always lounge chairs available. Quiet areas to mingle with friends or read-or visit the bar and get to know other passengers. The Spa !!! Oh my !! Wonderful massage after a busy day ! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We had done three river cruises with Viking and throughly enjoyed them. This was our first ocean cruise with Viking and the experience was excellent (food, cultural enrichment, customer service, excursions). They always treat you ... Read More
We had done three river cruises with Viking and throughly enjoyed them. This was our first ocean cruise with Viking and the experience was excellent (food, cultural enrichment, customer service, excursions). They always treat you special. They know you name and your likes and dislikes. Our Veranda Suite was great. It was spacious and very modern. The rooms were well appointed and having the mini bar included was great. The restaurants were excellent and had a good variety of food. The shore excursions were excellent, especially the whale watching in Dominica. We also had an included tour each day that gave us a good overview of each island. We feel that Viking provides the best cruises both ocean and river. They focus on cruises for adults and have appropriate activities. We highly recommend Viking cruises due to the overall experience. We will be planning more cruises with Viking in the future. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
I chose this cruise because I wanted a smaller ship. The ship was very nice, but the main pool only had the roof partially open so there was no breeze making it unbearable hot. The entertainment in the evenings was nice but needed more ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I wanted a smaller ship. The ship was very nice, but the main pool only had the roof partially open so there was no breeze making it unbearable hot. The entertainment in the evenings was nice but needed more variety. The same 4 singers did shows 4 nights on the cruise. Two other nights were the cruise directors singing. Two nights (first and last) didn't have a show. The movie in the pool area was never used except for the dancing under the stars to show everyone dancing. It would be nice if they had more variety in the shows (comedian, impressionist, hypnotist, etc.). There were no cute audience shows (i.e. newlywed game) which can provide quite a few laughs. The included excursions were not great but paid excursions were awesome. The destination was the Caribbean so there wasn't much difference between each of the islands which may be why the included excursions were just ok. Each island seemed a repeat of the previous island. The service was fabulous and I loved the balcony. Also loved that it was easy to walk everywhere. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Nine islands in 11 days from San Juan, with a “small” ship and wonderful staff. It helped us complete our Caribbean “bucket list.” And made it all easy-from the airport to our return. Viking does a great job on getting you from ... Read More
Nine islands in 11 days from San Juan, with a “small” ship and wonderful staff. It helped us complete our Caribbean “bucket list.” And made it all easy-from the airport to our return. Viking does a great job on getting you from one place to another. And the embarkation/disembarkation processes were exceptional! Specialty dining was great, and formal/informal dining shared menus, unlike many other lines-so you could stay informal and still enjoy top quality food all day. Could use a late night option. On board entertainment was not geared for younger passengers, but the shoes and the strings/guitarists/singers in the lounges were very talented. The daily included tours gave us good representations of the islands, and options for other experiences were easy to book and provided what they said. The cabin was large enough for us, and service was there at the drop of a hat. Bar staff took good care of us and were helpful, engaging and showed an interest in all of the passengers...and great memories for names and drinks! Viking cruises aren’t for all - the relative age and options on board are geared for adults and actually older adults seem to have found a place here. This is not a kids’ trip. We had a group of 30 friends traveling together and the ship was extremely accommodating - even turning one of the lounges over to us for two hours for a private party on Halloween. If you’ve taken a Viking River cruise, the seaward experience is quite comparable. Well planned, on time, and promising the opportunity for education as well as a new experience in each port. This was our first Viking sea trip, but we will have others! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Have never been to the West Indies so this was our first sojourn into that part of the world. This is our first Viking ocean cruise thoughWe’ve done the Rhine River Cruise several years ago. Always love the experience of a Viking ... Read More
Have never been to the West Indies so this was our first sojourn into that part of the world. This is our first Viking ocean cruise thoughWe’ve done the Rhine River Cruise several years ago. Always love the experience of a Viking journey. Even with 900 passengers aboard it never felt crowded. The staff in every aspect of the ship were so friendly and helpful. It was a pleasure dealing with them. As for entertainment , The singers on this cruise were absolutely sensational. we actually went to ABBA twice. The spa and pool facilities were wonderful. We took advantage of The pool bar and quick stop eatery nearly every day and it was so relaxing. Because of an important family event we had to disembark one day early and the process was handled beautifully. Also, having a laundromat on every deck was very convenient; due to the warm temperatures even late in October, those facilities were definitely needed. In summary it was a wonderful experience. I always recommend Viking. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Well, we are back from our first Viking Ocean cruise – 10 days West Indies Explorer on the Viking Sea March 2019. We arranged our own flights, so we got to San Juan PR and made our way to the ship. Check in was easy-peasy and so ... Read More
Well, we are back from our first Viking Ocean cruise – 10 days West Indies Explorer on the Viking Sea March 2019. We arranged our own flights, so we got to San Juan PR and made our way to the ship. Check in was easy-peasy and so different than what happens on other lines. I’ve sailed Carnival (platinum), Royal Caribbean, and NCL in the past, so this was not my first check-in. Of course 930 passengers vice 3000-5000 makes quite a difference. Our room stewards Teddy and Emm were great and met us when we arrived and explained features of our room. They always greeted us if they were about and ensured we had everything we needed. Even though it was about 3:30PM, we found the pool grill had wonderful and we got our first wine and beer (free with lunch and dinner). Waiters were available and checked on us often. This continued throughout the entire cruise in all dining venues! Great job. On the second night onboard, just as we were getting ready to leave San Juan behind, we had our Cruise Critic Meet and Mingle – an invitation was left in our room with the Viking Daily the day before. The Captain and his command staff were busy, but every available senior staff officer attended. We had a very nice chat with Tom Aberg (Hotel General Manager), Edgar de Jaspi (Beverage Manager) and John Cunningham (Restaurant Manager) while enjoying free drinks and finger foods. From that evening on, we were always greeted by these senior officers. Surprisingly, a few days later we got another invitation to another Meet and Mingle. We went and when we asked, we were told by another Cruise Critic member, that they missed the first one – apparently they didn’t realize they had to sign up for the M&M on CC prior to arriving onboard, so they didn’t receive an invitation. But the staff wanted to ensure that they were not left out, so we had a second get together with all the trimmings and all the senior staff. (Now what other cruise line would do that???) At this meeting, in addition to Edgar and John, I had a nice talk with Jenn Beaudoin (Cruise Director) and Mara Buga (Guest Services Manager). I had a special request of Jenn and she made some calls had made arrangements. Thank you Jenn and thanks for Fredrik Svensson for taking time out of his busy schedule to talk to another Engineer! I’m not going to do a day to day accounting of my experiences, but I will make a few comments. First, the food and drink onboard is outstanding. All venues were excellent, but we always like the Restaurant and had wonderful meals in Manfredi’s and at the Chef’s Table. Service was impeccable regardless of where we ate. Secondly, I was so impressed by the Senior Staff. On most lines, one does not even see the Hotel Manager, Restaurant Manager, Financial Officer or Beverage Manager, but on this ship/line, they were highly visible and jumped in anytime there was need. For example, Tom, John or Edgar often were escorting guests in the Restaurant or in the Theater. (Again, where else have you ever seen this happen?) Third, I was somewhat concerned about taking the included excursions thinking they would be boring. Not so. The guides were obviously well vetted and could answer any question thrown at them. In many of the ports, the tour at a specific time was broken into smaller groups which worked well and kept wait time to a minimum. I learned something at every port! We also did a 3 optional tours and they were wonderful! Only thing I questioned was at all these wonderful Caribbean ports, there were no Scuba diving tours… hmmm. Fourth, was the general ‘we want you to learn something’ on this cruise vibe on the ship. There was a resident historian onboard who had some wonderful lectures and round table discussions. There was also a Geologist who gave talks on how the islands were formed and such. Really interesting! If you happened to miss the talk, don’t fear, it was recorded for on-demand broadcast on the in cabin TV along with lots of other great informative programs, news stations and movies. Fifth, the entertainment onboard was wonderful – singers and musicians were top notch. Shows were excellent. A steel pan group was brought onboard at one port to play by the pool for an afternoon show. We also had Line Dance lessons. Unfortunately, I have 2 left feet when it comes to this! But it was enjoyable! Overall, it was a GREAT Experience and it will not be our last Viking Ocean cruise! Great Job by everyone onboard! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This was our third sailing on the Viking Sea, and my wife and I have become very fond of this spectacularly beautiful, well-designed, and immaculately-maintained ship! The staterooms are setup just right to accommodate our needs, the ... Read More
This was our third sailing on the Viking Sea, and my wife and I have become very fond of this spectacularly beautiful, well-designed, and immaculately-maintained ship! The staterooms are setup just right to accommodate our needs, the public spaces are excellent and abundant, and the crew seem uniformly happy and eager to please. The food and entertainment are very good, and the other amenities (wifi, pool, spa, fitness center, sports deck, lounges, laudromat, and shops) are very good. We chose this particular cruise because of the itinerary (Caribbean and South America) included some ports that we hadn't visited previously (Santo Domingo, Cartagena, and Santa Marta), two ports that I hadn't visited for more than 60 years and was eager to enjoy again (Aruba and Curacao), two places that we are very familiar with (San Juan and St. Kitts), as well as opportunities to enjoy two At-Sea days. Viking Cruises handled the arrangements for our air transportation, our transfers between the airport and cruise terminal prior to our embarkation, and also after debarkation. When we arrived at the airport in San Juan, it took a while for all of the expected passengers to obtain their baggage and to check-in with the Viking representatives.. The bus that was brought us to the ship had a door malfunction, and it took a long time for us to get through the San Juan rush hour traffic.. But everything fell into place as soon as we arrived at the cruise terminal -- welcome, check-in, champagne, dinner, meeting our stateroom attendant, and having our baggage delivered to our cabin. This was our 23rd ocean cruise, and we have observed the cruise industry's trend toward increasing large cruiseships, and increasingly large numbers of passengers onboard those ships. On the mega-ships, it seems that one must spend a large amount of time waiting for elevators,.and searching for a quiet place in public areas to read or talk. But this is NOT the way things are on Viking Oceans cruises! We are impressed at the variety, beauty, and comfort of public spaces on Viking Oceans ships! The Atrium, Wintergarden, Explorer Lounge, Pool Area, and decks are superb! Viking Oceans ships offer several dining alternatives, including The Restaurant (the ship's elegant main dining room), the World Cafe (buffet), Manfredi's (Italian food), The Chef's Table (gourmet food & drink), Mamsen;s (Scandinavian deli), and the Pool Grill (hamburgers, etc.). My wife has certain food sensitivities, and the ship's wait staff were quite knowledgeable about those issues, and very accommodating to her needs. The food was sometimes excellent, and always at least very good. My wife and I enjoyed walking the outside decks every day, and I also worked-out in the ship's excellent Fitness Center every day! We enjoyed the musicians and singers that entertained us onboard the ship. As musicians ourselves, we appreciated the variety of musical styles that were presented, as well as the musicianship of the performers. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We had been on a wonderful cruise on the same ship last year and LOVED it. The room was a nice size...all rooms have verandas. The fridge is stocked each day, the bathroom floor is heated, the staff is excellent, the food is exceptional! ... Read More
We had been on a wonderful cruise on the same ship last year and LOVED it. The room was a nice size...all rooms have verandas. The fridge is stocked each day, the bathroom floor is heated, the staff is excellent, the food is exceptional! Love this cruise line because there are no theme nights, casinos, or children. Our disappointment was with a couple of excursions with terrible guides. On one, we were on the bus for 2 1/2 hours.....didn’t have a bathroom break....never got off the bus to take pics, walk in a church, or eat or get a drink. Bus got stuck on a one way street. It was awful. We saw two attractions: a lighthouse and a church. Was told there “was a beautiful beach but we’re not going there!!!” All we saw was the slums of that island. We know it’s not the cruise line’s fault....they don’t hire the guides themselves. I see that that cruise is not offered in 2019 or 2020. I would take another cruise with Viking again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We booked this cruise not long after we did our first Viking river cruise in August of 2016. We loved that whole experience so much, we knew we wanted more Viking. We also wanted something different from what mainstream cruise lines ... Read More
We booked this cruise not long after we did our first Viking river cruise in August of 2016. We loved that whole experience so much, we knew we wanted more Viking. We also wanted something different from what mainstream cruise lines offer. We like the smaller ship with only 930 passengers. The itinerary for this cruise was originally: San Juan, Tortola, St Kitts, St Lucia, Barbados, Guadeloupe, Antigua, St Martin/Maarten, St Thomas, then back to San Juan. The back to back hurricanes last fall, did a a lot of damage on quite a few of the ports, so we finally ended up with: San Juan, St Croix, St Kitts, St Lucia, Barbados, Guadeloupe, Antigua, St Martin/Maarten, St Thomas, then back to San Juan. Tortola was off the list, replaced by St Croix. Like the previous reviewer, Azulann, I loved the look of the Viking ships from the very first brochure I received - both river and ocean. The Viking Sea did not disappoint. The clean modern decor feels warm and inviting - never cold and unwelcoming. The public areas are spacious with lots of comfy seating, and the ship never felt crowded. Viking pays a lot of attention to details - interesting artwork, small plants and succulent arrangements, interesting sculptures and Viking themed artifacts, electronic games, traditional game boards, and lots of books. This is true through all aspects of the cruise. The crew were fantastic - all friendly and accommodating. You rarely ever hear the word, "no," unless it's part of the phrase, "no, problem!" They quickly learned our preferences and often anticipated our needs. I have to say, I honestly don't know why Viking is considered Premium by some and not Luxury. Sure felt like Luxury to us. Embarkation in San Juan was a easy-peasy. We had flown in the night before, but did not do a Viking extension. Getting from the hotel to the ship was no problem. We were whisked aboard with no lines, no waiting. Short walk along Viking's Red Carpet and we were onboard with a glass of bubbly in our hands! Everyone can board after 11:00am (at least in San Juan - other ports may vary), but rooms are available on a sliding basis according to room category with the Explorer Suite rooms first, down to the Standard Veranda. We had booked a Deluxe Veranda (DV4), starboard side, deck 4, but about a week before, we got an offer to upgrade to a Penthouse Veranda (PV1) for $199 each. We were extremely pleased that we did. The room was wonderful! By the way ALL Viking Ocean rooms have a veranda. There are no inside or ocean view rooms. Until your room is ready, you are free to have lunch, and the included wine and beer in the World Cafe, or out on the Aquavit Terrace (our preferred spot). And after lunch, you can explore the ship - which we did. As on the river cruise, we found that Viking does a lot of small things right. They have washing stations with sinks, soap and cloth towels by some restaurants in addition to sanitizing stations (which give you a light mist, not glob of goop in your hand). Restrooms are plentiful, always clean and quite lovely with birdsong background sounds. Booths have full doors. There are cloth towels by the sink, and a paper towel dispenser as you leave, so you can use a towel to open the door. There is a disposal bin right under it. At the World Cafe buffet there is no need to juggle your drinks and a plate. Get your food, have a seat, and they will bring you whatever beverage you want. If they see you headed out and they are going that way, they will carry your plate to the table. You can request a warmed plate at the carving station (which is the made to order egg station in the morning) - even if you are not getting food from there. They had pieces of bread in the bottom of the bacon and sausage trays to absorb the grease. And everything on the buffet is in small trays so it's not sitting getting yucky forever. Want something you don't see - just ask. Likely they will get it for you. Viking Ocean seemed a world apart from the mainstream cruise lines we've been on. There are no towels in your room that must be accounted for. Towels can be found on every lounge chair by the pool, and by the towel stations. They are left in your room if you have a swim or snorkel on your excursion. There are also towels next to the ship exit as you leave just in case you forgot one. Bottled water is available each time you leave the ship. They hand out cool towels when you return, and sometimes a glass of bubbly. Once we had a full reception committee with music and dancing! The food at all the venues ranged from good to fabulous. Everything we had was delicious. Food arrived hot, and plates were brought out individually, not on big trays with covers. We were told that each meal in the restaurants is prepared to order - and I think it's true. We ate breakfast and lunch in the World Cafe and dinner in the Restaurant. We also ate at Manfredi's and did the Sweet and Salty menu at the Chef's Table. Everything was really wonderful. Service was friendly, quick and attentive. We went for the Silver Spirits package, which we did not have on our river cruise. On an ocean cruise, we tend to do more mixed drinks, so we found it worth the $20 per person, per day. Drink prices are reasonable, if you decide not to go that route. And Viking allows you to bring wine, beer, soft drinks, liquor with no problem. And then there are the things Viking does not have - crowds, lines, children running around, art auctions, gold by the inch, 2 for 1 tee shirt sales, multiple announcements every hour about bingo or slots tournaments or hairy chest contests. Viking does not charge for room service, WiFi, beer, wine or soft drinks (at lunch and dinner), specialty coffees (unless there is booze in them). There is no charge to use the spa unless you get a treatment, nor any extra charge for the specialty restaurants. The only time we saw a crowd was at muster drill (which was held in the restaurant and the theater) and on the last day while people were waiting for their group to be called to leave ship. Leaving was as easy as boarding, but not nearly as exciting! The only line you might find is perhaps 2 or 3 people ahead of you at the Gelato (so tasty!) station. Even in the buffet - there might be 2,3 maybe 4 people in each section - cold, hot, breads and dessert. You don't have to wait. People take what they want and move on. If you forget something, just go back and get it. You might have a person or 2 ahead of you at the made to order stations throughout the buffet, but the staff will tell you how long the food will be so you can go get other food and come back and pick up your order. There are no casinos - sorry, if you need one of those, you need to look elsewhere. There are shows in the evening, but not big production shows like some cruise lines have. I know some people look for those, but we were quite happy with the Viking Band that played in Torshaven (lounge) and also with the guitarist, piano player and the classical trio that played throughout the ship. They did bring on a fantastic steel drum band in St Lucia! There was a fairly wide age range from people in their 30s to people in their 80s. You often hear that Viking attracts an older crowd, but I think that's changing - at least on Viking Ocean. It was a wonderful cruise that exceeded the expectations we had from our river cruise. We have another ocean cruise and another river cruise booked with Viking. Oh and Viking does a fabulous Cruise Critic Meet & Mingle - there was shrimp! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Had cruised with Viking in the Adriatic in October. So enjoyed that experience that upon our return booked this cruise in the southern Caribbean. This was a newer itinerary for Viking. The onboard experience was excellent. The excursions ... Read More
Had cruised with Viking in the Adriatic in October. So enjoyed that experience that upon our return booked this cruise in the southern Caribbean. This was a newer itinerary for Viking. The onboard experience was excellent. The excursions could use a little fine tuning. A number of the tour guides were not as good as those we have previously experienced. The crew on board were exceptional. They recognize and acknowledge you when you encounter them as they go about their duties. Viking and their staff try exceedingly hard no to say no. We very much enjoyed the guest speakers they had on board. Their presentations were very interesting and added color to the ports we visited and the Carribean in general. As always the food served on board was outstanding. Their ships have so much public meeting spaces that we enjoyed using many of them for cocktails prior to going to dinner. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We’ve cruised for 20 years on most of the major lines. This was our first Viking ocean cruise, taken after enjoying their Rhine river cruise in 2017. We had heard - incorrectly- that there wasn’t much going on evenings. We were ... Read More
We’ve cruised for 20 years on most of the major lines. This was our first Viking ocean cruise, taken after enjoying their Rhine river cruise in 2017. We had heard - incorrectly- that there wasn’t much going on evenings. We were afraid that TED Talks might be the most exciting option. Even saw such an opinion in an article here on Top Luxury Cruises. Both dead wrong. We were very pleasantly surprised at the high quality evening shows on the Viking Sea. They had the best singers and shows we’ve heard on any ship. We met one of them who was in the world tour of “Beauty and the Beast”. No boring evenings! See for yourself in these videos I made on board.... http://capecodphotoalbum.com/vikingsingers/ We immediately booked another cruise on the Sea for next February. The overall atmosphere here is very peaceful... we never felt crowded at all. Food was top shelf with plenty of good choices. Open dining, no set schedule, no stress. Wine and beer free with all meals. You can order your favorite bottle of wine as we did on Valentines Day, but spent $60 for it, so caveat emptor. (A red wine, “7 Deadly Zinns”, which we had tried and enjoyed in a wine tasting on board) Free WiFi saves you $300 you’d spend on other lines. Overall, for what you get included here, we feel Viking is a good value! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
This was our fourth cruise and our first Viking Cruise. Were we ever surprised and pleased with the quality of the service and care provided. No detail was spared and we were not nickel and dimed for “additional” service. Ample rooms ... Read More
This was our fourth cruise and our first Viking Cruise. Were we ever surprised and pleased with the quality of the service and care provided. No detail was spared and we were not nickel and dimed for “additional” service. Ample rooms with verandas were a staple. We could eat at any dining room with a bit of planning at no extra charge. There was included a guided shore excursion at every port with no added cost. And the staff were uniformly service oriented. The customer was always first... no cliche here! To single out exceptional staff, the Cruise Director was sensational, a good communicator, hard worker, affable, ubiquitous, funny, available and approachable. The 8 entertainers (groups of 3 men, 3 women and a dance pair) were superb, well trained and highly skilled. This was, indeed, a truly apleasurable cruise. Looking forward to (and have already booked!) my next Viking Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
As first time cruise folks, we were quite involved in asking the more seasoned fellow cruisers their opinion of what we were experiencing on this trip. We never heard one comment of negativity. We chose Viking due to the overall ratings ... Read More
As first time cruise folks, we were quite involved in asking the more seasoned fellow cruisers their opinion of what we were experiencing on this trip. We never heard one comment of negativity. We chose Viking due to the overall ratings that this cruise line keeps receiving. We were not interested in gambling or having a wide range of ages on board. Viking seemed to fit the bill. The ship was impeccable, the staff pleasant and accommodating,the food outstanding, and finally, the entertainment was outstanding. Hats off to Viking for giving us the cruise of a lifetime. Your representation as a high tiered line is justly deserved. Our Cabin Steward went out of his way to assist me on the first night of the cruise--sea sickness! Each day he made contact with me to meet any other needs that we had( not to mention the superb work in our stateroom!). The best Viking band and all the musicians and singers made us laugh, dance, sing along, inspired, and brought back many memories of our younger years and the music . The port calls and educational talks were quite informative and added to the depth of our knowledge for which we are thankful. Hats off to the entire crew and staff of Viking Cruise line for a very memorable and fantastic cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and we loved Viking River cruises and decided to try the Viking Ocean Cruise. We were pleasantly surprised and the ship was everything we like, Small Ship, No Casino, No young children and free ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and we loved Viking River cruises and decided to try the Viking Ocean Cruise. We were pleasantly surprised and the ship was everything we like, Small Ship, No Casino, No young children and free style dining. Embarkation was efficient and hassle free the best we have ever had. Disembarkation was not as good because of all the walking and climbing stairs, but that was due to the port and customs not Viking. The Crew was excellent and very friendly. Entertainment was varied and quite professional. The chamber music trio did a great job of playing relaxing music in the living room. The ship including the cabins was very clean. The food was average but I liked the local cuisine that was offered every evening. The poorest part of the whole experience was the tour in Cartagena, Columbia, very disorganized and poor guides. the whole cruise was very relaxing and we met a lot of wonderful people. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Selected because we had not been to any of the locations except for St. Kitts, which was a substitute for Venezuela. We had taken one Viking cruise previously and that was the river cruise from Prague to Paris. While we LOVED the river ... Read More
Selected because we had not been to any of the locations except for St. Kitts, which was a substitute for Venezuela. We had taken one Viking cruise previously and that was the river cruise from Prague to Paris. While we LOVED the river cruise, it was more about the excursions and the fantastic job the guides did. The ship was great, the meals were great as was the crew. Europe is full of history and antiquity. The excursions on our Caribbean cruise were rather primitive in contrast to historic Europe. While we enjoyed experiencing the local flavor, it was nothing in comparison to our European trip. However, the ship was a fantastic experience! This included the nightly entertainment and the facilities. We saw every show and got to know who our favorites were. A tremendous Beatles review and a phenomenal Abba concert. The restaurants were superb and the facilities (gym,spa, sauna, steam room, and ice palace) were over the top. I used the sauna and ice palace on 4 different occasions. The director of activities on the ship was a delightful individual and kept us in stitches. We had previously taken two cruises with Celebrity. Food was mediocre, service was ok, and there were too many people on board. The Viking Sea was a perfect size and handled very well. We did the river cruise with my sister and husband and they joined us on the Caribbean cruise, along with my daughter and husband. Viking is the only way to cruise. We are having a difficult time deciding on our next voyage. Thank you, Viking! You're the best! Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Started our cruise by flying to Puerto Rico to catch the ship. This went very smooth and able to get in our room as soon as we got there. The ship is magnificent with all of the amenities. Compliments to the chef for fabulous meals. The ... Read More
Started our cruise by flying to Puerto Rico to catch the ship. This went very smooth and able to get in our room as soon as we got there. The ship is magnificent with all of the amenities. Compliments to the chef for fabulous meals. The restaurants treat you like a king. Each stop had an included shore excursion which was great. This cruise was right after the hurricane and the Captain had to make some last minute changes which ended up being great. Lastly the crew went above and beyond to make us feel welcomed. We will definitely cruise with Viking again. This was our first sea cruise with Viking after experiencing a river cruise with them. I highly recommend Viking for both river and sea. We have already booked another Viking cruise. This fall we are taking a cruise called Eastern Seaboard Explorer. Looking forward to sailing with the Viking Star. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Viking Sea Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabin 5.0 N/A
Dining 5.0 4.6
Entertainment 3.5 4.2
Public Rooms 5.0 4.9
Fitness & Recreation 4.5 N/A
Family 1.0 4.4
Shore Excursions 4.0 N/A
Enrichment Activities 4.0 N/A
Service 5.0 4.8
Value for Money 5.0 N/A

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