After hearing such great things about Viking cruises (having been on Holland America, Carnival, Royal Caribbean), my mom and I splurged on a Viking Ocean Cruise. It seemed great: trips included and nice ship. However, I would not recommend ... Read More
After hearing such great things about Viking cruises (having been on Holland America, Carnival, Royal Caribbean), my mom and I splurged on a Viking Ocean Cruise. It seemed great: trips included and nice ship. However, I would not recommend this cruise. My mom and I will be sticking with Holland America. I'll do Royal Caribbean with friends.
Entertainment: The 6 singers and 2 dancers were good, but the shows were mostly opera-type music. Other entertainment options each night was a violin player and guitar player. That was about it. No outside performers were brought in (so no comedians, no other shows...nothing). The night-club duo was good - but that was 3 45-min sets.There were no "extras" that you find on other cruises: no dance classes, no bingo, no family-trivia, no food and wine lectures.
Food: The food was good, but there is no food available after 9pm (except room service). They have "snacks" from 10pm-12am - which is split pea soup and dried out meat and bread every night.
The restaurant was horrible. You aren't assigned a specific table each night (like other ships) - so the service is impersonal. The waiters don't know you by name. And you have to stand in a long line each night as you wait for them to seat you. Waiters place order on cell phone - very impersonal.
Cabin: Cabin was nice - but room stewards weren't anything special. On other ships, when you put up the "room available for cleaning" sign, your steward comes. Here - we would have the sign up for 3 hours and they still wouldn't come. They come at pretty much the same time every day, so matter what. And don't expect the fun towel animals or chocolates you find on other ships.
Hot tub and pool: Horrible. The hot tub is cold (colder than my baths at home) and the whirpool inside with jets is cold like a pool. We asked the staff to turn up the temperature, and they informed us they don't make it any warmer.
Tours: Included (free) tours were okay. Mostly driving around the islands for 2 hours with a tour guide. Yes, they were nice - but nothing special.
Ship: Ship is nice - but many areas are "dark" or "closed." The winter garden is beautiful, but way too cold. The pool area is dark after 5pm, so you can't hang out there at night, and the inside area by the winter garden is beautiful, but only open for tea. Plus, the library is very small.
Free drinks: Yes - they give you free wine at every meal. And they have 2 cappuccino/expresso machines. But expect to wait a few minutes each and every time you want one, because there is always a line.
Deck: Deck is only okay. It's not wood, so it's always wet. The crew does clean it, but not until 8:30am or later, so expect the deck to basically always have huge puddles on it, or crew to always be out there with a loud machine whisking away the water.
Overall: This cruise wasn't worth the price. Great if you like to sit around, drink wine, and talk with friends or other couples. If that's not your taste, save the money and choose Princess or Holland America or Royal Caribbean. Read Less