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868 Mediterranean Senior Cruise Reviews

Wanted to see the many ports and was able to see the best of each city. Food,service,entertainment were all five star. loved that no one was always taking my picture and trying to sell it back to me. loved no one pushing drinks on me ... Read More
Wanted to see the many ports and was able to see the best of each city. Food,service,entertainment were all five star. loved that no one was always taking my picture and trying to sell it back to me. loved no one pushing drinks on me every 5 minutes and free water, what more could you ask for>? Not a mass of people on board and no kids.without 5000 passengers it was easy on and off with easy to get on and off at the ports. all rooms had a balcony. Compliment drinks were nice at meal time. in comparing viking to other cruise lines viking was far superior to all. THE FOOD WAS FIVE STAR AND I WAS ABLE TO TRY SOME EXOTIC FOODS I Normally wouldn't try. if i did not like it, it was still five star and maybe not something for my pallet, squid etc. and no charge for specialty dining. My best advise is book your trips and specialty dining early. VIVA LA VIKING Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this cruise to celebrate our golden wedding anniversary and booked the blessing at sea package and were not disappointed with everything that was included in it. Dinner with Captain John, his wife, one of his daughters and our ... Read More
We chose this cruise to celebrate our golden wedding anniversary and booked the blessing at sea package and were not disappointed with everything that was included in it. Dinner with Captain John, his wife, one of his daughters and our two friends was excellent and highly entertaining. The renewal of our vows ceremony the following afternoon complete with photography/video session (before and during), the blessing and cake cutting too was wonderful and managed well by Lindsay from Destination services and once again the welcome and entertainment that afternoon by Captain John was brilliant. Thanks to everyone concerned including Subin and his staff from Seascape photo galleries. As on previous cruises all the Thomson staff at the airports and port were extremely helpful and both embarkation and disembarkation went very well and surprisingly quickly. As many reviewers have and will point out the Thomson Celebration ship is a little tired in places but the crew are brilliant and to a man/woman are totally service orientated and our special thanks must go to Budi (our cabin steward), to Ali and Rommel the bar waiters in Hemingways and Broadway lounge and Carol in Horizons gave exemplary service. Our cabin on deck 2 was spotlessly clean, comfortable and sufficiently spacious for our two week cruise. Any adverse reports one may read about engine noise and vibration in the cabin, the age of the towels etc should be read in the context that one only uses the cabin to store luggage in, to sleep in, shower and dress and all these activities form a small part of the holiday overall. Sadly the food was a disappointment and often the hot food was cold or tepid and meats too often overcooked and chewy. An even bigger disappointment was the lack of the usual great entertainment in the bars and the management responsible for booking it really need to recognise that the audience (on average) are predominantly aged over 65 and the music played and songs sung therefore needs to reflect that fact. Aidan the guitar/vocalist in Hemingways clearly didn't seem to comprehend that and apparently preferred to entertain a handful of his personal followers. He would have been paid off in a great many social clubs in the North and North East of England! The band New Generation too were disappointing and not particularly good musicians either. The saving grace on the entertainment front were Ricky and Josie (R&J) the duo who shared the entertainment sets in Hemingways. They were brilliant and having worked other cruise ships around the world clearly understand the principle of getting to know their audiences and with a great repertoire were able to sing and play to delight. Similarly the two lasses who entertained in Horizons were superb. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We had a great experience on the Viking Sea. This ship began cruising in January 2017. Everything was clean and well maintained. We met so many wonderful peoples on the cruise. The ship is mid-size, but it offered a great many features ... Read More
We had a great experience on the Viking Sea. This ship began cruising in January 2017. Everything was clean and well maintained. We met so many wonderful peoples on the cruise. The ship is mid-size, but it offered a great many features the mega ships have, but not the crowds on shore excursions. Entertainment offered a good verity and we found it better than some other ships. Viking does a great job explaining the ports of call and the tour guides did a great job, We were able to book our next trip on-board at a special discounted price. It was actually a back to back trip of two different cruises. We will not need change our stateroom for the second leg of the cruise. We ate in the specialty restaurants several times during our cruise and found them delightful. I had a chance to deal with the medical department from the first hour on the ship. I had left my injectable medication on the airplane and the ship Doctor had a new prescription filled in a local pharmacy. They delivered my medication to my stateroom before we left port. Anytime that we travel, we bring a list of our medications just incase of this type of need. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
What started out to be a Viking River Cruise for us morphed into a Viking Ocean Cruise after a series of changes, flip-flops, and renditions. My wife wanted to visit Europe with her 81 year old mother, and neither had ever been. I had ... Read More
What started out to be a Viking River Cruise for us morphed into a Viking Ocean Cruise after a series of changes, flip-flops, and renditions. My wife wanted to visit Europe with her 81 year old mother, and neither had ever been. I had been to most of the ports we hit, but on Navy ships as a young Sailor, so let's just say I didn't have the good taste or cultural awareness then that I have now. My MIL's gentleman friend was also well-travelled in Europe, but mostly on short-term business trips. So we all hammered this idea out between us until what we decided on was the Mediterranean Odyssey on April 3, leaving from Venice. I have to say in a nutshell that Viking Cruise Lines and this cruise in particular exceeded almost all of our expectations greatly, and we feel like we have had the trip and vacation of a lifetime. Not perfect, but pretty darned good. The two things I didn't care for were the front man at Manfredi's, who was too pompous and self-important for my liking, and that Viking Air hooked us up with the flight schedule from hell on the way back to the US from Barcelona. No way should we have had a 5.5 hour layover in Paris. My fault for believing what the agent on the phone said, instead of having all the flight schedules in front of me to begin with. Other that those two things, no complaints. Special kudos to JoJo, Ruby, our cabin steward (whose name slips my mind), and all the other stellar crew members we came in contact with. They were top-notch employees, and made our stay aboard superb. The ship was immaculately clean at all times, in good working order, and quiet and comfortable. Understated elegance! The food was good, the shows were good, and the spa was OUTSTANDING. We managed to vegetate down there several times. Loved hanging out on the pool deck and in the Explorer's Lounge too. We took advantage of both the free and paid excursions, and used my previous port knowledge to tailor what tours were best for us. Favorite excursions were Amalfi, Florence (David/Uffizzi), Nice/Eze, and the Flamenco show in Barcelona. Least favorite was Corfu, but it would have been Toulon if I didn't know better already and had gone on that free port excursion. We opted for Cassis instead, which I was able to return to after 38 years. Still as awesome as in 1979! So if you are reading this, do yourself a favor and try a Viking Ocean Cruise aboard the Sky. Looks expensive on paper, but worth it with all the extras that are included. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Traveled with Viking River cruises previously. We were looking for smaller ship experience for our first trip to the Mediterranean. Everything exceeded expectations. Daily meetings in the theater were very interesting and informative ... Read More
Traveled with Viking River cruises previously. We were looking for smaller ship experience for our first trip to the Mediterranean. Everything exceeded expectations. Daily meetings in the theater were very interesting and informative regarding the next days destination and the various excursions available. Complimentary shore excursions were very good and informational. For more in depth exploration, good selection of additional shore excursions were available and well worth the additional expense. All excursion guides were very interesting and easy to understand. Variety of food and complimentary wines through each region of the cruise were very good. Almost good enough to qualify as a gourmet theme. Ship staff and personnel were very friendly and efficient. The cruise director was exceptionally great, both during his official presentations and when met unofficially around the ship. Enjoyed the pianist and classical string quartet during the evenings, both before and after the evening dinner. An unexpected impressive memory was sailing around Stromboli, the active volcanic island during our evening dinner, prior to arriving in Naples. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this cruise because it pretty much covered every place in the western Mediterranean that we wanted to see. Only one (1) sea day maximized the tour opportunities. Naples (Herculaneum) and Livorno (Pisa and Villa Puccini) were ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it pretty much covered every place in the western Mediterranean that we wanted to see. Only one (1) sea day maximized the tour opportunities. Naples (Herculaneum) and Livorno (Pisa and Villa Puccini) were fantastic but we will need to return to Rome - there's just too much to see and do in one day alone. Or cabin, deluxe veranda, was very room and comfortable - a great value. The food fantastic as well as the on-board entertainment. Our bags didn't arrive with us on the flight to Venice but Viking bent over backwards to help us and make it right. We added the two (2) day extension in Madrid after Barcelona. Viking sent a docent to accompany us all the way from the ship, on the train from Barcelona to Madrid and all the way to our hotel in Madrid. It was an absolutely enjoyable, worry-free Trip. It was a high speed rail and hit 302 KPH. The ships staff were the usual Viking team of Fantastics. They searched the ship and found the one (1) bottle of Port wine for me and Sopi (a wait person in the restaurant) was wonderful. We did not travel with children and I wouldn't advise it. We are retied. This is our time and, as with their river cruises, Viking seems set up just for us. We're thinking about doing this trip again but in the other direction. By the way, we just returned from a river cruise in July with Viking and plan another river cruise this coming June. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Smaller ship, less people but fantastic value! This was our first cruise & we thoroughly enjoyed it. The food was portioned just right & was of a gourmet menu selection. We never had a problem reserving a table in the ... Read More
Smaller ship, less people but fantastic value! This was our first cruise & we thoroughly enjoyed it. The food was portioned just right & was of a gourmet menu selection. We never had a problem reserving a table in the restaurants & it could all be done from our cabin if we so chose. They had an interactive menu on the television. We had a private balcony where we could view the shore from when we entered port. The cruise director-Heather was very entertaining & funny. We chose to do the included tours ( all walking tours) & it was good value for money. The public areas were never crowded even though we knew there were about 900 people on board. We would definitely go on another Viking cruise if the opportunity presented itself! The only complaint was that some walking tours were a little slow paced for my liking. I would have liked to walk a little faster. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
An honest review I wills start with the PROS I) Service in the bar and restaurants excellent. 2) The guy attending to our rooms was excellent 3) Service in the breakfast and dinner restaurants excellent 4) All transactions on ... Read More
An honest review I wills start with the PROS I) Service in the bar and restaurants excellent. 2) The guy attending to our rooms was excellent 3) Service in the breakfast and dinner restaurants excellent 4) All transactions on board very smooth. 5) Drinks of good quality 6) food in restaurant ok breakfast really good dinner ok not a great deal of choice buffet food not much different to average all inclusive. CONS 1) BE WARNED you will be kicked off the ship on your last day at 9am and bussed off to your airport, it happened to our party and our flight wasnt until 19.45 THEY REALLY DO NOT CARE. 2) Queed to get on board in Malta for over an hour made worse by groups of people stating that they where a party and nust board together (as many as 20 at a time and no children) when our group objected we had the comment " your only English" when we finally boarded the ship I was fuming and to see 4 staff members laughing and joking with their hands in their pockets I was even more annoyed. One man putting EVERY single item on a scanner another 2 members of staff confiscating the bottles they where taking on board. 3) Waited hours to board and you couldnt buy any food they did however supply juice after a long journey it was poor. 4) Paid nearly 20 Euros each for a trip to Marseilles and a short walk away we noticed a FREE shuttle bus service THAT IS A DISGUSTING WAY TO TREAT YOUR CUSTOMERS. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Not only was Empires of the Mediteranean a cruise to many places we had not been too before it was also on Viking. We had, and were impressed by, previous Viking River Cruises and wanted to try out their ocean offerings. The ship was ... Read More
Not only was Empires of the Mediteranean a cruise to many places we had not been too before it was also on Viking. We had, and were impressed by, previous Viking River Cruises and wanted to try out their ocean offerings. The ship was fantastic, smaller than most, and with Viking service included. The food, staff, ports of call were fantastic with a wide array of shore excursions that would suite almost anyone. They certainly suited us. Due to the situation in Turkey the original port if embarkation was changed form Istanbul to Athens and that was unfortunate. But it also gave us confidence that Viking was there not only to provide experiences but to also make sure they would be trouble free and enjoyable Soon we will be going on our second Viking Ocean Cruise to Cuba, and that should speak to how much we trust and enjoy this fantastic cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We sailed on the Viking Sea from March 26 boarding in Piraeus (Athens) Greece and disembarking in Bergen Norway on April 30. Everything about the cruise was perfect. Everyone from the Captain, Officers, wait staff, room attendants, and ... Read More
We sailed on the Viking Sea from March 26 boarding in Piraeus (Athens) Greece and disembarking in Bergen Norway on April 30. Everything about the cruise was perfect. Everyone from the Captain, Officers, wait staff, room attendants, and every other member of the crew on the ship is professional and efficient. The food was outstanding in The Restaurant and in the World Cafe. We dined at Manfredi's twice but did not find the food to be exceptional, and we dined at The Chef's Table once but did not find it to be to our liking. Our room attendants, Mochammed & Wilford kept our cabin in perfect order with twice daily cleaning and refreshing towels. We always had plenty of soap, body wash, shampoo & conditioner. The small bottles of liquor were replenished daily along with potato chips and two small candy bars. The port excusions had excellent guides (perhaps a little too much information at times), but, overall, the guides were great. The buses were clean and comfortable. I left my phone on the bus after the Florence excursion. When I notified Scott Kinney (the shore excursion manager) he went above and beyond to have to phone returned to me via DLH in Lisbon. I found that the in-room coffee maker was very cumbersome to use with very poor tasting instant coffee more suited for European taste rather than American taste. We ordered room service coffee every morning which was delivered promptly and tasted much better than the in-room coffee. This was our 20th cruise but our first Viking cruise. The Viking experience was far above any other cruise line that we have sailed, and we will book our next cruise with Viking soon. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We went with a couple that are celebrating there 50 years of marriage..We are so glad we went, it was so good we sign up in 2019 for Australia. Now we are looking at all the river cursies.. The food was fantastic, my favorite was the ... Read More
We went with a couple that are celebrating there 50 years of marriage..We are so glad we went, it was so good we sign up in 2019 for Australia. Now we are looking at all the river cursies.. The food was fantastic, my favorite was the morning waffles, 3 minutes and it is done..The entertainment was amazing, they should have there own tv series.. The cursie director was the hardest working person on the ship, she was so spot on with everything that was going on.. We will be coming back again, on the 49th day we did not want to go home, this was a wonderful trip. If we took this cursie again, we would past on some of the included tours and sign up for more exciting land options. Normandy was the only extra land cursive we did, that was worth the price we payed for.. The Viking people are all great, everyone is a professional in there field,,and I look at the work everyone is doing and what would be on this ship..Sadly There is not a job I can do on this ship. I'm just glad I'm retired and and have some money to enjoy this fine ship... See you soon...ven Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Decided to book a Viking ocean cruise taking advantage of an attractive promotional offer. I love cruising and have traveled the world on many different cruise lines. River cruising has never appealed to me so this was my first ... Read More
Decided to book a Viking ocean cruise taking advantage of an attractive promotional offer. I love cruising and have traveled the world on many different cruise lines. River cruising has never appealed to me so this was my first experience with Viking. Overall experience was excellent. Viking targets the 60+ demographic so almost all fellow passengers were mature Americans. The ship is stunning with a well designed layout offering many public spaces furnished with great attention to detail. A Viking cruise includes just about everything so hard to rack up a lot of charges on board. We were fortunate to have lots of sunshine and warm weather during the entire cruise. We ate lunch outside every day either at the back of the ship or by the pool grill. We sat outside every afternoon either on our balcony or by the pool. We found the included shore excursions to be adequate for the smaller ports on this itinerary. After the tour there was plenty of time to explore on your own. Complimentary shuttles allowed for flexibility to return to the ship. Because it was the beginning of the season we were the only cruise ship in port each day. Many of the cities we visited are quite small so this was a big plus. The food quality and selection is very good. I used room service for breakfast most mornings. The food arrived hot just as ordered. One morning we ate breakfast in the Restaurant and were disappointed. Other days we ate in the World Cafe which offers a wide selection. The lunch menu in the World Cafe changes daily with plenty of hot and cold choices. The homemade ice cream is very popular. We enjoyed lunch at the pool grill as well. We ate dinner in the Restaurant most nights. Very nice selection. Menu changes daily. Many wonderful meals. We tried Manfredi's once, but preferred the Restaurant for dinner. We enjoyed the Chef's Table Asian tasting menu which included Peking duck. The service throughout the ship is friendly and high quality. We encountered a few minor issues which were immediately addressed and rectified. It's very clear the staff is experienced and well trained to provide outstanding customer service. I really liked the spa and used it many afternoons. The pool is so relaxing. There were four guest speakers on board but we never found a topic offered that appealed to us. Would have liked to learn more about the history, culture, economy and politics of the countries visited. The cruise director Aaron is very talented and performed a one man show one night which was wonderful. We enjoyed the Beatles and Abba shows but felt the other shows could be improved. We will definitely consider Viking ocean for a future cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Food, crew, staff, cabin, lectures, tours, were ALL wonderful. Would choose Viking Ocean over ANY other line! And we have cruised a lot. The inclusive tours were a great way to get an overview of the port. The non-inclusive tours were ... Read More
Food, crew, staff, cabin, lectures, tours, were ALL wonderful. Would choose Viking Ocean over ANY other line! And we have cruised a lot. The inclusive tours were a great way to get an overview of the port. The non-inclusive tours were good but I would have appreciated more time at the work/concentration camp to be able to read the displays. Never felt we were being nickle and dimed for anything aboard SKY whereas many other ships have made us feel that way. The choices of restaurants were very nice although the Chef's Table was a bit too foo-foo for my personal taste. Definitely enjoyed being greeted at the gangway with towels or a beverage instead of some jerk in a costume accompanied by a photographer. Disembarking was a very positive experience in comparison to most other lines -- Disney has the absolute best disembarking process. Enjoyed the lectures but did not frequent the shows, etc. as they didn't appeal to personal tastes. A comedian would have been nice to experience. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We had been on our first cruise on the Azamara Journey the previous year and loved it. The Viking ships were a little larger (900/630 passengers). The extra space on the Sky was taken up by the communal areas, all light wood and stainless ... Read More
We had been on our first cruise on the Azamara Journey the previous year and loved it. The Viking ships were a little larger (900/630 passengers). The extra space on the Sky was taken up by the communal areas, all light wood and stainless steel and glass, very Scandinavian. Somehow it seemed more spacious than the Journey and quite beautifully done. There was also a string trio playing in the Atrim which added to the relaxed atmosphere The food was excellent, particularly the buffet with the daily sushi bar. I wasn't particularly impressed with the Italian speciality restaurant, and there were queues for the main restaurant, but with the buffet so good, who cares. Wine was decent and plentiful with a choice of at least two reds and two whites. High tea served at 4 pm was amazing, so much choice, but we did have to ask for an extra tea bag! Service was exceptional, very friendly and efficient. Amazing really as this was only the ship's third cruise, so well done all. Excursions were very reasonably priced and the ones we did were quite interesting. Kotor in Montenegro is stunning. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly, no queuing. We did the 2 day stay over post cruise in Venice which was very overpriced, as was the Hotel itself ( Hilton Molino Stucky). Should have arranged it myself, but there's the luggage... So, highly recommended, we would go back tomorrow given the opportunity. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We chose the cruise because of the small ship, fewer passengers, no kids and no casinos. And I wanted to go to Greece and the Mediterranean. Our cabin was amazing and included every possible need we could have. It was designed with all ... Read More
We chose the cruise because of the small ship, fewer passengers, no kids and no casinos. And I wanted to go to Greece and the Mediterranean. Our cabin was amazing and included every possible need we could have. It was designed with all our needs in mind. We loved having restuarants to order off the menu. I did not want a cruise with buffets and food in my face all day long. The tours were very interesting, well-paced with very well-informed tour guides who all spoke perfect English, which was a concern for me as I have an incredibly difficult time understanding accents. No problem with any of the guides. The decor of the ship was beautiful, airy and welcoming. It felt much more like a hotel than a ship. The walkways were not narrow and I had no sense of clostraphobia like I would have expected on a ship. We were amazed at how well organized everything was to the last detail. Having a personal tour of our room by our pursor/maid - Precious was so welcoming. She was always available and took care of every request promptly. We just loved her. What a sweetheart! The tours were so well organized and at no time did we ever feel like there was a crowd on the ship. It was so smooth. Having the talks each day about the next day's port was most helpful in having some context for the tour and where we were going. And the staff was beyond exceptional. They all were so excited for us; you would have thought it was their vacation! We appreciated the staff send-off each day and the amazing welcome parties we had upon return from the tours. What a hoot! Dancing, singing, champaign. Everything was truly beyond what we expected and we can't wait until we have enough saved for our next Viking trip. We'll be back! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
The Viking Sky is a beautiful ship, the food was excellent, service was also very good; the only negative comment about the ship would be about the size of our cabin..it was rather small. Had we realized how small we might have considered ... Read More
The Viking Sky is a beautiful ship, the food was excellent, service was also very good; the only negative comment about the ship would be about the size of our cabin..it was rather small. Had we realized how small we might have considered something larger. Embarkation and disembarkation both went smoothly; both were well organized, but all this was overshadowed by port and shore excursions that were a disappointment. The local tour guides were informative and entertaining, but the tours were far too short. Most tours were less than three hours long. We traveled a long distance to spend three hours in Barcelona. We expected the tours to be more in depth which is what we experienced on the Viking river cruise we took a few years ago. We realize three countries in a week can't be covered in great depth, however, some time to experience the local food and do a little shopping would have added to the experience. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We have always wanted to visit Venice, Italy and Athens, Greece so we were pleased to find this itinerary on Viking Ocean Cruises. In the past, we have enjoyed the casual/sophisticated formula of the Viking River Cruises and, having ... Read More
We have always wanted to visit Venice, Italy and Athens, Greece so we were pleased to find this itinerary on Viking Ocean Cruises. In the past, we have enjoyed the casual/sophisticated formula of the Viking River Cruises and, having discovered that Viking maintained the same formula for the ocean cruises,we knew we would not be disappointed by the ship, the food, the service and the excursions. The Viking ocean cruise had the same clean and contemporary style as the river cruises but had more dining, entertainment and educational options. We greatly appreciated that the ship was docked within walking distance of the main historic areas in both Zadar, Croatia and Kotor, Montenegro. Because of the size and type of ship, we only had to be tendered at Santorini, Greece. As a result of the cruise, we discovered what Croatia, Montenegro and Slovenia had to offer and hope to visit that part of the world again in the future. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Already did the western Mediterranean, wanted to try the eastern side. Had a great experience on Viking's river cruise, decided to give them a try for their new sea cruise offerings. WOW! They do things right, spectacular ... Read More
Already did the western Mediterranean, wanted to try the eastern side. Had a great experience on Viking's river cruise, decided to give them a try for their new sea cruise offerings. WOW! They do things right, spectacular attention to detail and service. Only 900+ passengers, almost 600 staff, so service was prompt, friendly and not frazzled like larger cruise ships. 3 year old ship, gorgeous, well-thought out physically. Focus seemed on the 55+ crowd interested in day destination tours, and evening relaxation. (no casino or water parks). Of course the prices were a bit higher for this luxury. Incidentally, the 'smaller' ship was very comfortable, but then again we were not subject to ocean-grade waves, and very often traveled with buffer islands protecting us. State of the art fixtures; A two deck tall LCD screen in atrium always had an interesting art or landscape display, the same for pool area. Theater stage was backlit completely by LCD screen, which provided the background scenary for shows. The theater itself was NOT a rows-of-movie-seats affair, but more of a dinner theater seating setup. Complimentary WIFI was wicked fast, and ALL staff were hooked up the ship's main computer. For instance, charging a drink was done by giving room number and having your photo pulled up to confirm (I considered finding someone who looked like me, and using his room number ;-) Buffets were fairly good, but the dining room meals were great- varied and tasty. The specialty restaurants were complementary, and even a step higher in flavor. No real allnight places to munch in. Alcohol was complementary at meals; the buffet had Sushi after 5- so we had a number of wine-and-sushi happy hours before a late dinner. These were our destinations: Venice-Koper-Zadar-Dubrovnik-Kotor-Corfu-Olympia-Santorini-Athens, perhaps will detail our experiences in a later review. We sailed from Venice down the Adriatic coast of Slovenia-Croatia-Montenegro through a few Greek seaport towns, and disembarked in Athens. (Istanbul was removed from the itinary months before, due to security concerns). Since the ports were rather close, there was no daytime cruising needed. The baseline walking/bus tours were free, and you were given a chance to purchase a more intensive site visitation. We found the walking tours great to get oriented, then spent the rest of day having a locale-specific lunch and brew in a town eatery. Viking allows you to bring bottles of local wine back to your room with no corkage fee. Each port visit was preceded by an evening presentation detailing what to look for in the next day's travels (with no advertising for connected vendors). So this was a near perfect trek, based on staff attentiveness, crew-to-passenger ratio, attention to detail, state-of-the-art fixtures, great food, and interesting destinations. Again, a little pricier than party cruises, but we were surrounded by similar thinking folk, ready for an enriching day of exploring local environments and relaxed evenings recuperating. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
WOW What a wonderful surprise to experience the excellence of Vikings expansion into ocean cruising. Felt pampered the entire time and especially enjoyed that catered to the more mature traveler. No children running around and no ... Read More
WOW What a wonderful surprise to experience the excellence of Vikings expansion into ocean cruising. Felt pampered the entire time and especially enjoyed that catered to the more mature traveler. No children running around and no children's activities, no blaring music.. NEVER had to search to find a lounger chair and table to enjoy the view. A lot of activities on board if we chose to attend. Had a spectacular spa area on the lowest passenger level with a salt water pool, large, deep hot tub, ice room,. steam room, heated lounger chairs along with regular lounger chair. At each port there was an included tour of the local town led by a local tour guide plus a representative from the ship's tour department. We had headphones to hear what the guide was saying without difficulty. They arranged tours to depart at staggered times so that there were only our tour group at each place. At some ports we were able to do two tours - one included and one at cost - if the timing worked. Many times we took the tour then went back to the ship for lunch and then walked back into town to do some personal exploration. At no port were we herded into tourist souvenir shops. Our room was on the stern - our choice - so our balcony was a little longer and wider than those on the sides and we were able to enjoy the views and take some wonderful photos. We found it very quiet since there were only 4 suites back there so no foot traffic past our room. The food was good, however the dining rooms tables were so close and the acoustics were poor so that talking across the table was difficult so people kept raising their voices to be heard which aggravated the situation,. I hope that Viking will correct that on future ships; Maitre'd said he'd been told that frequently. Embarkation and disembarkation was smooth and, again, they had it orchestrated so that we were not standing in long lines on the gangway. I've been on 15 previous cruises on assorted lines and this is the most comfortable ship I've ever been on. If the opportunity came up, to travel with them again, I'd gladly go. Sadly, I saw that they have increased the price for the same cruise I took in March 2017 by over $1500/pp. for those in September 2017. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
The voyage, The Mediterranean Odyssey, allowed us to visit several countries we’ve not seen before, all in a charming and relaxed way. We did not add days to our trip but now plan to return to Barcelona and Venice. The ship was ... Read More
The voyage, The Mediterranean Odyssey, allowed us to visit several countries we’ve not seen before, all in a charming and relaxed way. We did not add days to our trip but now plan to return to Barcelona and Venice. The ship was terrific in every way, out done only by the entire crew who were warm and friendly and who took such great care of us. We were fortunate to have an Explorer Suite which was 100% wonderful. It’s the nicest Suite we’ve ever been in. We got to know the entertainment cast, the young men and women who put multiple shows on daily, and their performances were energetic, lively, and excellently staged. Their voices were great also. We did all the ship provided shore excursions and were pleased with the tour guides and the free time we were allowed. We travelled in March and our weather was exceptional, that placed us one of the first cruise ships into ports. I think this is important because Dubrovnik, Split, Corfu and Venice can get over crowded later in the year, so we recommend off season. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We chose this cruise as it was extremely good valve for money. We secured it through Groupon and flew from Gatwick to Nice. Transfers smooth and on arriving at the ship our bags were whisked away and placed outside our cabin, let the fun ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it was extremely good valve for money. We secured it through Groupon and flew from Gatwick to Nice. Transfers smooth and on arriving at the ship our bags were whisked away and placed outside our cabin, let the fun begin! The ship is very ornate and the interior decorating a little offensive to those who like colour co-ordinated surroundings! However it was clean and the cleaning staff kept the whole ship slick and span. The waiter dining was good but could be a bit protracted in the evening's (we went for the early sitting as the 8 30 could mean queuing) As we got acclimatised we went to Deck 9 for meals as these are buffet style which was more to our liking. You get to see whats on offer and it was generally very good. One gripe of mine was the tomatoes! They weren't the lovely rich Italian ones, supermarket bland! The theatre acts were brilliant thoroughly enjoyed them. We enjoyed also the library and quiet areas. We did 1 excursion, Sorrento (which is beautiful) could have done without the Lemoncello factory experience as so much to see in Sorrento and would rather have skipped that and gone straight to Sorrento. We did hop on/off buses at Barcelona and Marseilles, great value for money and easy to book when we went ashore, so don't worry about doing them on board. We did the drinks package which we were pleased with, but be aware if you order a bottle of wine you will be charged, same with a bottle of water - by the glass you won't. This worked for us but of course of you want to sample wines from the extensive list you shave to bear t his in mind. Service charge. This is added daily so don't know if its worth enquiring paying at booking? May be discounted but not sure, one to ask travel agents. If we cruised again we would not try to see too much on going ashore as nearly missed the ship in Barcelona!!!! Just be aware that 5/6 hours, which you get in most stops, is not long. Long transfer on return. We flew out from Milan, lovely scenery on route, but had a long wait at the airport. This was not ant fault of Costa of course. In all we met some lovely people. Italian, French, German, Russian, Cuban in fact a very eclectic mix of nationalities! We really enjoyed this aspect of the cruise and although we both have only English it made for some hilarious conversations!!! Would I travel again with Costa? Most definitely. Why? Good cabins, good food and drink, good entertainment (would love to take my grandkids!) Excellent friendly "can't do enough for you staff), special mention here to Maria our cabin steward who was kindness itself! Lastly - great cruise if you can go Italian as very family orientated and relaxed. Loved it!!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
I am a 46 year old from Indiana. I traveled with my family which consisted of my wife, my 2 10 year old boys, my 70 year old mother and her 68 year old sister. We have all cruised before on Princess, NCL, Celebrity, Disney, and MSC. ... Read More
I am a 46 year old from Indiana. I traveled with my family which consisted of my wife, my 2 10 year old boys, my 70 year old mother and her 68 year old sister. We have all cruised before on Princess, NCL, Celebrity, Disney, and MSC. This cruise was in March and we had just cruised on the MSC Divina las October. I have no cruise status, but the family does travel alot. Embarkation was in Genoa. We learned last fall on the Divina that you dont need connecting rooms if you get balcony rooms next to each other. When you do this you can open up the divider on the balcony between the two rooms and use that to go back and forth between the rooms. The only downside to this was that one night it was pretty stormy outside and the divider banged made noise until I found a way to secure it. Embarkation was fst and friendly. My mother has a cane and once the MSC staff saw this they sped us all through the process and we did not have to wait at all. One nice feature about the ship picking up passengers at about every stop is that our room was ready for us as soon as we got onto the shop at noon. We knew pretty much what to expect with the ship prior to arrival because it is essentially the same as the Divina. I do have to say that the Divina seemed a little nicer than the Splendida. There were a couple more upcharge restaurants on the Divina, although we didnt eat at any of them on either ship. Coming from the USA where there is a mexican restaurant on every corner and a steakhouse on every other corner it was hard for me to justify paying more to eat mexican on the ship. We always get a balcony at the rear of the ship on the floor nearest the buffet. This allows us to grab food and return to our balcony if we cant find a table in the buffet. This was a problem on the Divina, but we never had a problem finding a table at the buffet on the Splendida. This also allows you to be a quick walk to the pool or hot tub without having to walk down a long hallway. The food at the Main Dining Room was so so. I definitely would not go on MSC for the food, but I definitely would not skip the MSC because of the food. It is no Celbrity, but it wasnt much worse than DIsney. My youngest got steak every night and the rest of us tried pretty much everything. The wait staff was friendly but not speedy. You have to expect long dinners in the Main Dining Room though. We only ate in here 4 nights. The evening buffet was smaller than the lunch buffet which was a real bummer. There were not as many choices for dinner than for lunch. There were always good pizza, hamburgers, and a good pasta. They had calamari everynight. I usually like calamari, but this was the fisshiest tasting, rubbery stuff I have ever had. The big disipoinment was not free lobster on the boat. Overall though I liked the food. It was in the 60's most days and people were not at the pools. I had the drink package and found that the pool bar was the place to be. Very friendly bar staff and no crowd. The ports were nice except for Marseille. Marseiile was the dirtiest place I have been. I have been to Beijing, Central America, and Chicago and found Marseille to be a huge waste of time. Not worth the bus ride. Palermo was the best, then Malta, then Rome, then Barcelona. I would do this cruise again in a heartbeat. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and the great price. We have cruised 15 other times but never on Viking, although we have seen their ships on our 2 river cruises on another line. I found that dealing with them that ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and the great price. We have cruised 15 other times but never on Viking, although we have seen their ships on our 2 river cruises on another line. I found that dealing with them that their agents were multi-purposed. The answered questions, made the reservation for the cruise, scheduled meals at the specialty restaurants and helped with optional excursion questions and reservations. Always had pleasant exchanges and I was never put on hold waiting for an agent. This is NOT typical in the industry! That said, those people did not alert us that there was a PROVIDED water shuttle service to take us from the port to St. Mark's Square - about as far as you would want to go away from the ship. That would have saved a lot of time and expense for many of us. I remember asking one of the agents about how far it was from the port to the sights. He told me that I would take the monorail to the transfer station then walk. We were greeted at the airport by staff and escorted to a waiting bus that took group to the ship as they arrived; not wait until the bus was full. Embarkation was easy and speedy. The staff on board were all very pleasant, seemed to always have a smile on their faces and were eager to help in any way. We were really impressed with the spacious feeling of the ship. We never felt crowded and could always find a deck chair or a couch to sit on and relax. We also were happy with the lack of "hawking" cutesy photos at outrageous prices, specialty drinks, etc I'd say that the target for this ship is mature adults, especially those who are retired or nearly so. Our room was comfortable and well appointed but not as spacious as some we've had. The bathroom was a tad small. Definitely not able to have two people in there at the sink at one time. Storage for folding clothes was a negative. Could definitely use some more shelves. Hanging space was enough. I'd suggest they install a row of shelves in the closet. A real PLUS is that the self-service laundry is free as is soda and snacks in the stateroom refrig. that is replenished each day. Enjoyed the Winterhaven peaceful atmosphere. High Tea served there each afternoon is lovely. Would have enjoyed enrichment activities. [On a HAL cruise there was a person from Microsoft who held classes almost every day on using some of the more unknown Microsoft programs]. Simple crafts, We were impressed with the spa on the lowest deck. It had subdued lighting which made resting easy. There was a huge salt water pool with sitting ledges along the side with water jets to soothe away aches and you could also swim short laps. Also a regular jacuzzi. A snow room with actual snow where you could sit and cool off after being in the sauna or the hot tub ~ typical Norwegian. Tour groups were small and organized very well. Groups met in the Star Theater and then led to the buses at staggered times so everyone wasn't in the same place at the same time. If multiple groups had the same itinerary, they tour guides planned their route to avoid having all the groups at the same place at the same time. Food was good but not outstanding. We found that the main dining room was designed with extremely poor acoustics. With that many people in there in relatively close proximity, it was hard to hear table mates. In order to be hear, you tended to raise your voice so the next table raised theirs a little and soon it was very problematic. They definitely should investigate some sound absorbing material. I did not enjoy my meal at the Chef's Table. There is a different cuisine each night and you don't know in advance what it will be. I think that should be announced prior to people making their reservations which are made up to 75 days in advance. The included [free] were educational as well as scenic; most were a walk around the city with a local guide relating pertinent history and often time for independent investigation. The optional tours were mostly good. There were a small number which I would not take again. We did not take advantage of much of the entertainment because after a day of excursions and dinner, we simply wanted to crawl in to bed. A wonderful added feature was free self-service laundry. That makes it possible to take fewer clothes. Communications on the ship was a negative. We were often told one thing in one announcement then something else in another and a third in the printed daily paper. Left us 'scratching' our heads wondering which was correct. We did not find that the staff at Guest Services were very helpful any time we contacted them. We did have contact with a staff member of management who was very helpful. We felt that the trip was wonderful and that Viking was an obvious success in river cruising and they are really making their 'mark' in ocean cruising. We definitely would sail with them at the next opportunity. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Boarding the ship in Venice was so easy. They took our luggage and said just come back later to board for cruise. We had stayed an extra night in Venice on our own. The only complaint we had was the Viking concierge at Hilton Molino ... Read More
Boarding the ship in Venice was so easy. They took our luggage and said just come back later to board for cruise. We had stayed an extra night in Venice on our own. The only complaint we had was the Viking concierge at Hilton Molino Stucky was not very friendly or helpful. Viking was going to charge us $50 apiece to ride ferry over to ship. We rode public transportation for 6 apiece. Was a little disappointed in that. Ship is new and beautiful. Spa is unbelievable. Our Deluxe room was very nice and spacious with plenty of room for storage. So nice to have water available every day and of course they give you one every time you leave the ship. Crew is always there to help and very courteous and professional. Service could not have been any better. We loved the buffet. We have never seen such a array of seafood that was delicious. Of course, the wine was good and they didn't skimp on filling your glass over and over! Also enjoyed the beer at lunchtime. Loved the gelato and all the desserts. Entertainment was ok but we only took in a couple of shows. We wished we had had more time at the Olympia port. So much to see and just didn't have enough time to see museum and the Olympic ruins. We had a very early flight but they take care of you - just like always. We have been on their river cruise and enjoyed that too but the food and entertainment on this ocean cruise was so much better. Loved, loved, loved the seafood that was offered every night. Better than the restaurant which would take at least 2 1/2 hours. Specialty restaurants were ok but again - the buffet beat them all. We love Viking and would definitely take another cruise with them. They take great care of you and you never had to worry about anything!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We have managed approximately 35 cruises on several lines all over the world, including numerous Viking River Cruises. This was the most pleasant, most well-appointed ship we have experienced. Beautiful design throughout. Good food. ... Read More
We have managed approximately 35 cruises on several lines all over the world, including numerous Viking River Cruises. This was the most pleasant, most well-appointed ship we have experienced. Beautiful design throughout. Good food. Convenient size. Very smooth sailing. Wonderful top front lounge (or crow's nest.) No casino (big plus.) Excellent itinerary. Tours were informative and easy to navigate. Exceptionally nice bathroom. Loved the artwork throughout the ship and in our room (including the child's sketch from them elementary school in China which we had visited on a Viking river cruise in 2009.) We had some difficulty with the specialty restaurant bookings but, once we understood the system, the problems were solved. We traveled with long-term friends who were not veteran cruisers. They too were impressed with the quality of the ship itself, the staff, the service and the ambience. Overall, this was our favorite ship and one of our favorite cruise experiences to date. We hope to travel again with Viking Oceans. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017

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