362 Stockholm Luxury Cruise Reviews

I am a former travel agent whom specialized in cruises, so needless to say I expect excellent service, and I am not one to write reviews unless I feel that the service was either exceptional, or horrible. We travel quite often, mostly ... Read More
I am a former travel agent whom specialized in cruises, so needless to say I expect excellent service, and I am not one to write reviews unless I feel that the service was either exceptional, or horrible. We travel quite often, mostly cruises, and for as many as we have been on, we have not found a cruise line that we have found fantastic enough for us to book our next cruise before we leave the ship, until NOW. As long as Viking keeps it's current cruise model we will be Viking loyal, and have already booked our next Italy cruise on board, prior to finishing the Homeland cruise The following will explain why: As for this cruise, every aspect was absolutely EXCEPTIONAL. We chose Viking because we were looking to find a cruise line that treated clientele as years past. We have been on SEVERAL cruises, with other lines, and have found that service, food, accommodations were lacking. I go on a cruise to "Escape" everyday life. Viking does this right. The food was excellent, the staff friendly, helpful and could not be more accommodating. Embarkation was a breeze. Our plane was delayed by 5 hours, which put us in a stressed out mood, also thinking we would miss most of our time in Stockholm. When we arrived at the Ship, we were greeted by an extremely friendly staff, handed our room keys, (which had been ready and waiting for us), there was no long line to wait on, and we quickly made our way to the ship, where we were greeted again, this time with Mimosas and champagne. With such an efficient embarkation, our stress melted away, and we were headed out to explore Stockholm, with plenty of time to see everything we needed to see. This is just a small example of the service you get with Viking. I can tell you that the staff, from the waiters straight to the Senior Officers were always ready to greet the passengers (BY NAME). This type of interaction has you feel as if you are their priority (and you are, everyone of the passengers). The dedication to detail is paramount. When you are in the theatre, there are blankets on the seats in the event you may be cold. This was also in the Mamsens lounge. If you want to watch an outside movie, there is popcorn waiting at your seat, and headphones, which allow anyone to be enjoying the outside area, whether or not you want to see the movie. By the poolside there are towels on each of the chairs, and even on sea days you can get a comfortable seat, no overcrowding or fighting for space. On your way to your excursions you are handed bottles of water (this is all no additional charge, it is important to note Viking DOES NOT nickle and dime its clientele) , there are umbrellas in your cabin, as well as a well stocked minibar, which gets restocked daily (No charge, but depending on cabin level will depend on what is in your bar. I was in a DV5 category, we had sodas and snacks). Beer and wine are plentiful at lunch and dinner. Viking has the best port talks I've seen. What I truly found helpful is that at their port talks, they use Google Maps, so that you can actually see where you will be traveling to in respect to the country, and where you are docked with the ship. For me, it gave me a better understanding of the travel time and what area of the country I was visiting. As far as the excursions, Viking makes sure that you get where you are going to with ease. Representatives are stationed throughout areas to make sure you get to the proper transportation. Disembarkation was just as seamless as embarkation. I booked a taxi to take us to the train station in Bergen. From previous experience I made sure that we left the ship in plenty of time to make our taxi. Well..... we put our luggage out the night before,- nothing new, next morning got up very early and made our way to disembark per our instructions. No long lines! We made our way down the gangplank, again Viking staff staged to help direct, when we got to where the bags were, a Viking staff member asked us our cabin number, then proceeded to walked us to our bags, which were all together. This was so quick and efficient, that we had an hour to wait for our taxi :). I could go on and on, but I will stop here. It would be easier to answer anyone's direct questions about the actual PORTS or Ship, because if I continued this would be a novel :). So please ask questions! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
I chose this cruise because there were many different ports and countries - and it included places we have never been like St. Petersburg, Tallinn, Helsinki, Berlin, Gdansk. The service was OVER the top! Everyone went out of their way to ... Read More
I chose this cruise because there were many different ports and countries - and it included places we have never been like St. Petersburg, Tallinn, Helsinki, Berlin, Gdansk. The service was OVER the top! Everyone went out of their way to make our cruise memorable. And although I was worried about seasickness in the Baltic, the sailing was perfect. Our cabin was much larger than we have had on other cruises and very comfortable. The ship was just immaculate as well. The many dining options offered so much variety - and the specialty restaurants do not incur an additional charge for a real gourmet treat! There were always things to do as well - use of the spa facility also did not carry an additional charge, and we loved the experience of "Nordic bathing." There were many enrichment lectures, activities, and fabulous entertainment that rivaled anything we have seen on Broadway! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
This was our third Oceania cruise; but it will not be our last. We chose this cruise because of the itinerary, with so many fascinating stops. Probably most passengers selected this particular line and cruise because of 3 days in St. ... Read More
This was our third Oceania cruise; but it will not be our last. We chose this cruise because of the itinerary, with so many fascinating stops. Probably most passengers selected this particular line and cruise because of 3 days in St. Petersburg; but it was the embarkation port of Stockholm and disembarkation at Amsterdam that made it even better for us; as we spent a few extra days at both ends, visiting Swedish and Dutch friends/seeing what they were most proud about in their hometowns. We like the larger Oceania ships because of the wider choice of specialty restaurants, Red Ginger being our favorite. We like the variety in the Terrace Café; but not the crowds, and only went there when we knew most passengers would be off on shore excursions. Main Dining Room has upped their game, and we no longer feel disappointed to not get into a specialty restaurant - the meals in the MDR are pretty darned good. The treat of a window seat at breakfast in the MDR can't be beat, even if you are eating alone. Our only complaint regarding food was the quality of the beef on this trip. After a few disappointments in Polo, Toscana and the MDR, we stayed away from steaks. A few weeks before our sail date, we were offered an upgrade from Penthouse to Oceania Suite, 11080. My husband has recently been having some mobility issues; so the additional space was welcome and the upgrade price was not off putting. We are among the passengers who take advantage of the butler service, for hot in room breakfasts, shoe shines, in room specialty restaurant dining and all the little touches that a butler can add. Roger, from Goa, was splendid. He was VERY attentive, whether in our suite or in the hallways. He always anticipated our needs. Our steward, Ludavina, and her assistant, Ilsy, were equally efficient and friendly. We took advantage of the classes in the Culinary Center and were delighted to have Annie Copps as the instructor. We had Annie on a previous cruise on the Riviera and love her style of teaching. The classes have been shortened by a half hour; although Annie generally goes a bit over. Everything we made was delicious. In our three cruises, we have yet to make it to the evening entertainment. We do love the live music in other venues. We did go to High Tea several times - lovely service of sweets and savory with a good choice of tea. We tried LuggageFree.com this time, pre-shipping our larger, heavier suitcases. They were at the door when we arrived at our room at noon on embarkation days. Disembarkation using this service did not go as smoothly; as most employees in the Port of Amsterdam were unfamiliar with the service. In the end, all was well, and our bags arrived at home a few days ahead of the promised delivery. We will use this service again. We took only two shore excursions with Oceania, Helsinki Panoramic by Water and Panoramic Gdansk. The tour guide on the first was boring and a bit hard to understand, and the tour was generally disappointing. The guide in Gdansk was exceptional, knowledgeable, good English skills and the tour was interesting. However, the tour was listed as Easy, with little walking, which was not the case. One person of the 13 on the tour actually choose to stay on the bus and napped, because he could not walk distances. More than an hour into a walk on cobblestone, I asked the guide how much longer we were going to be walking; as many of us had chosen the excursion because it was listed as having minimal walking. She responded by letting those of us who wanted to shop or get something to drink separated for 40 minutes - 6 of us went to a sidewalk café and had a cold beverage, 2 went off shopping, and the other 4 stayed with the guide. We did the first day of the 2-day Comfort Tour in St. Petersburg with Alla. It was very well done; but the long morning in the crowded Hermitage nearly did my husband in, even with his walker. Lunch at a nice small restaurant was delicious, canal cruise was lovely, and there was just enough time for souvenir shopping (World Cup stuff for my grandchildren). We did Bruges on our own - sharing a taxi from port to town with another couple. Loved our day there!!!! Hop On Hop Off in Copenhagen was a bit disappointing; but the shopping adjacent to the dock was great for gifts and amber. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Chose Oceania because of the itinerary (combination of Baltic Sea and Norway) and reviews. The itinerary was perfect. All ports were very interesting and added to our knowledge base (not one "bad" or "boring" port.) ... Read More
Chose Oceania because of the itinerary (combination of Baltic Sea and Norway) and reviews. The itinerary was perfect. All ports were very interesting and added to our knowledge base (not one "bad" or "boring" port.) The ship itself was perfect. Calling it "ship shape" would be doing it a disservice. Every inch of the ship was spotless, had beautifully decorated public rooms (including the bars), and was decorated with modern art (all over!!) Food was wonderful. Got to eat in each of the 4 specialty restaurants twice. Toscana was our favorite with Pepin's and Red Ginger a close second. The Polo Grill needed help with service. We are not buffet people but with the choices and special evenings at the buffet, we ate more dinners in the buffet area than the main dining room. In Vegas you would pay at least $50 per person for something like Marina's buffet. By the way, sign up for the galley tour - fascinating! Cabin was a Penthouse Suite (#11060). Perfect - - cleaned twice a day, Butler (Roger was great), large, and comfortable. Embarkation and Disembarkation was as easy as checking out of a hotel. Smooth. Only negative (and a major one for us) - - the Port and Shore Excursions. This trip was for "old" people with the average age being at least 70. Unfortunately, a lot of them are "infirmed" in some way and going on excursions slows down and limits what you are able to see. A 4 hour excursion is more like a 3 hour excursion - - people have trouble getting on/off the bus, in/out of their seats, slow walking, trouble hearing. Our best excursions were the ones we booked ourselves through the internet. My suggestion would be to book as many "private" tours as possible. With all this said, I would certainly cruise with Oceania again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We cruised the Baltic ports at the end of June on Journey. Previously we had sailed on Quest in Feb 2016, both ships being identical helped in navigating our way around. Both ships have been upgraded since and I was slightly disappointed ... Read More
We cruised the Baltic ports at the end of June on Journey. Previously we had sailed on Quest in Feb 2016, both ships being identical helped in navigating our way around. Both ships have been upgraded since and I was slightly disappointed that the BEIGE look in the cabins dominated, the heavy chairs in the dining room were ridiculously heavy and I needed help in getting closer to the table to eat. The Cabin stewards were wonderful and so helpful especially when i fell ill with sea sickness. My cabin steward brought me three cans of ginger ale and was so concerned about my well being. All crew were polite and willing to help. Food in the dining rooms was good, the speciality restaurants had gone up in price from $30 to $40 per person since we last cruised with Azamara. To be honest they were nothing special and I think the meals in Discoveries were far better. As for the entertainment, well, we didn’t bother as there was nothing to inspire us to go see and from the comments of other passengers we were correct in doing so. Surely, when docked in St Petersburg for three nights local Russian dancers could have been brough on to provide entertainment. The same in Tallin as we were in port until 10am. Cruise tours, no matter which line you travel on are always over priced. We booked a three day tour with Alla tours in St Petersburg which was excellent. So sad to say but, I think the luxury has gone out of Azamara and this worries me because we have a Christmas/NY cruise booked at the end on 2018 Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
This is my second cruise on Oceania and true to form all of the amenities they mention and all of the service they brag about is truly only available on their concierge suites or higher. If you are in a regular room you will not get the ... Read More
This is my second cruise on Oceania and true to form all of the amenities they mention and all of the service they brag about is truly only available on their concierge suites or higher. If you are in a regular room you will not get the best service or opportunities on the boat. A couple of examples. They rave about their great "specialty" restaurants. Priority is given to the upper suite classes and by the time you get on the ship or can book a reservation on line for the most part all of the reservations are taken and the best you can get is an 8:30 PM reservation just before they close. Another example you are warned repeatedly that if you are off the boat on a private tour not booked by the boat and you return to the ship late the ship will leave you. Except if you are in a penthouse suite. Our boat left late after they announced one of the penthouse guests to please contact them if they were on the boat and then an hour later a limo showed up with a family that ran and got on the ship. So if you are in the Penthouse even the rules don't apply to you. I just feel that Oceania has an attitude that they only care if you book the higher suites and spend more money. We tried to book excursions only to be told they were sold out and they put us on a waiting list but they would not tell you how the waiting list worked so how would you know if you even had a chance for an excursion. They say they have the best food of all cruises but I did not find this the case. The food is OK but unless you again are willing to spend a fortune on their "gourmet" dinners I have had similar and at times better food on other cruises. I just feel they over charge you for basic service with no real advantage to enhanced services and they don't mind letting you know because you didn't book the penthouse. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We picked this cruise mostly because of the itinerary. We wanted at least 3 days in St. Petersburg and this one gave us that, and also allowed us to see some of the less visited Baltic ports. There were no sea days and we were off the ... Read More
We picked this cruise mostly because of the itinerary. We wanted at least 3 days in St. Petersburg and this one gave us that, and also allowed us to see some of the less visited Baltic ports. There were no sea days and we were off the boat every day. It was an amazing trip. We did Oceania tours for three ports (Tallinn, Helsinki & Warnemunde) and Alla Tours for St. Petersburg, Riga, Klaipeda and Gdansk. The Alla tours were better: more intensive, were small groups, and were cheaper. St Petersburg was great, although I wish I had been able to more time (i.e. days) in the Hermitage, and I saw perhaps one too many gilded baroque palace and very little that dates to after the revolution. Riga was a very pleasant surprise as the Art Nouveau district was fantastic. The Curonian Spit and Malbork Castle were impressive and impressive. They were long days and long walks but I highly recommend them. The wife has celiac disease and we thought a smaller ship which focused on food might be a pleasant experience for her. We hit the jackpot and the cruise formed the heart of the best trip we’ve taken. Unlike our cruise last year on princess we didn’t get a menu for the next day’s meals. Instead we just had to ask the Maitre-D and he/she would tell us which were safe and which weren’t. They was usually a decent choice. This even worked in the Terrace cafe and we ate there often. Three of the speciality restaurants were good, similar to what we have seen on other ships, but the fourth, Red Ginger, was the best. The only negative note was the limited room service menu and hours for breakfast. WiFi was included and it was a relief not to worry about wasting precious minutes on unreliable login and logout systems. Streaming is blocked but we had downloaded enough content to get us through. The long satellite delays caused other services, like photo cloud syncing, to fail. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We selected the Viking Homelands cruise because of the Baltic countries we wanted to visit.The ship is beautiful and exceptionally clean. Embarkation excellent and was on ship about 12:00 noon. Announced all cabins available about 1:30. ... Read More
We selected the Viking Homelands cruise because of the Baltic countries we wanted to visit.The ship is beautiful and exceptionally clean. Embarkation excellent and was on ship about 12:00 noon. Announced all cabins available about 1:30. Although we were in a veranda cabin, we ate in Manfredi's three times and twice at Chef's Table. Food was excellent in all dining venues. Didn't buy drink package. The complimentary wines at lunch and dinner were good quality table wines. If you want 90+ rated wines, buy the beverage package. Service in all dining venues was excellent. Loved the hot dogs and burgers at the sports grill. Gelato station was a favorite. The Restaurant offers a large selection that should satisfy any taste. The Cruise Director, Aaron, did an excellent job. The entertainment was good and targeted for a 60+ audience. The included shore excursions were average. We purchased three Viking optional excursions. They were more in depth and informative than the included tours. We also purchased two independent tours, an all day tour in Saint Petersburg and a Pulpit Rock tour in Stavanger. The included coach tours were our least favorite. They included a drive by of the city historical locations with a couple of 10 minute stops for photos. The included walking tours were much more enjoyable. They were concentrated on the historical centers of the cities and you could walk around a get a better feel for the city. Overall a wonderful vacation and we will definitely consider another Viking Cruise in the future. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We chose this cruise as we wanted to cover northern Europe.We didn't want to be on one of those mega ships with thousands of passengers. Viking's ocean ships with a passenger capacity of 930 people is perfect. The itinerary in ... Read More
We chose this cruise as we wanted to cover northern Europe.We didn't want to be on one of those mega ships with thousands of passengers. Viking's ocean ships with a passenger capacity of 930 people is perfect. The itinerary in terms of countries we wanted to visit was ideal. We took advantage of the included tours at each port and also did many optional tours. (There are may optional tours offered depending upon what your interests). All of the guides were great and very informative. Our ship had multiple guest lecturers that talked about some of the history and other things of the places we were going to visit. Some of speakers where college professors and one was a doctor. All were great! The dining experiences were all very good and offered multiple choices. Service in general in dining and just in general on the ship was superb. We highly recommend this cruise and Viking in general. We booked our next cruise with Viking for next year while we on this cruise. Jim S Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We have been on 4 river cruises with Viking but this was our first 'big ship' experience. The ship is large, yes, but it is WAY smaller than so many of the gigantic, super-glitzy ships now afloat. This was classy, all the way -- ... Read More
We have been on 4 river cruises with Viking but this was our first 'big ship' experience. The ship is large, yes, but it is WAY smaller than so many of the gigantic, super-glitzy ships now afloat. This was classy, all the way -- everything on that boat was beautiful. And the food was terrific. We made reservations for two of the restaurants but never honored them because we so loved the cafeteria selections on the 7th deck, both inside and outside at midday. OUTSTANDING food. We enjoyed gelato with every lunch and every dinner. The stops were gorgeous and the guides well-informed and helpful. We did have one slightly negative experience in St. Petersburg with a guide who took a little bit too much delight in the confusion about 8 of us experienced when he was not at the pre-determined meet-up site for our return to the ship. He knew a side route and took it, leaving several of us furious when we were hot and tired to begin with. And the guide in Stavanger moved way too slowly -- in the rain -- when we really needed to keep moving. The wonderful sound system could have been put to better use there -- loved the fact that we could her the information offered by every guide, even if we weren't walking right behind them. Our final day of touring was really delightful -- a trip to a stave church and a concert at Grieg's lovely home. Our one disappointment was the flight arrangements out of Bergen. We paid the extra to have them route us through London so that we could meet up with family. But when we went to board the flight (the first of two after a LONG day at the Bergen airport), we were charged for our luggage. That has never happened on any Viking flight before and we were startled. Otherwise, this was an unforgettable trip. Outstanding. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We chose this cruise for the reputation and size of the Viking ships and for the itinerary. We were not disappointed in our choice. The ship and crew were outstanding and the food amazing. Our total experience was so positive that we ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the reputation and size of the Viking ships and for the itinerary. We were not disappointed in our choice. The ship and crew were outstanding and the food amazing. Our total experience was so positive that we have booked another Viking cruise next year. We thoroughly enjoyed the port talks, discussions and entertainment. The embarkcation was flawless and our cabin spacious and immaculate. The bed was extremely comfortable and the bathroom and shower spacious. What a nice touch to have so many USB ports and outlets in our room. The various restaurants were all wonderful and the hosts and wait staff friendly and helpful. The included wines at lunch and dinner were good quality. We loved that there was 24h room service available. Although this cruise line is more costly than many of the mammoth ships, it is well valued for what you get. The included excursions were well run although if we had any slightly negative things to say about the cruise, it would be the excursions. All in all, a vacation not to be missed. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We chose this cruise because we wanted to visit the Baltic area countries and a part of Russia. It more than met our expectations. The food and beverages were up to the highest Viking standards. The specialty restaurants were one of the ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to visit the Baltic area countries and a part of Russia. It more than met our expectations. The food and beverages were up to the highest Viking standards. The specialty restaurants were one of the trip highlights. The buffet meals contained such variety from appetizers to entrees, to desserts that anyone could enjoy a gourmet meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The focus on regional foods plus local beer and wines with lunch and dinner underline the quality of the food//beverage service. (As a seafood lover, I was even more impressed.) .The included tours were well organized, interesting and informative. We also enjoyed many of the entertainment and educational programs on board. The staff throughout the ship was always friendly, helpful, and welcoming, and the local guides were also friendly and knowledgeable. We have already scheduled another Viking cruise for the last two weeks of April, Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
This was a cruise to celebrate my Mother's 80th Birthday. Everything about the ship, staff, activities and food was top-notch. The cabins are spacious and very well thought-out. Every cabin has a veranda. The Cabin stewards are ... Read More
This was a cruise to celebrate my Mother's 80th Birthday. Everything about the ship, staff, activities and food was top-notch. The cabins are spacious and very well thought-out. Every cabin has a veranda. The Cabin stewards are attentive and thoughtful. The food was delicious, varied and plentiful. We especially loved the afternoon tea. the ship is so well thought out that you never feel as though you are among hordes of people--there are nooks to sit and read or nap. Bars and bartenders remember your name and beverage. The only advice we would offer is that if you are a person with limited mobility - for whatever reason - you have to be very very careful about the excursions you choose, and the excursion staff doesn't always have an accurate depiction of the walking involved on a particular excursion. Sometimes the buses are far away from the ship. Sometimes a shuttle from a town is a long walk from the city center. Sometimes the excursion itself has a description of "a short walk" that can be half a mile. My mother and I had to sit on the bus for over an hour during one excursion because the "short walk" to Grieg's home and a recital of his music was too far for her (after the first stop, which was also a "short" walk.) This was especially disappointing, because it was to be the highlight of her trip. I ended up losing money because excursions ended up being too difficult for her, and the 24 hour in advance cancellation policy prohibited a refund. All this being said, if you are able bodied, you will find this cruise to be exceptional. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We selected this Viking Ocean Cruise due to its extended Homelands Itinerary. Other lines do many of the same ports, but they don't do them all in one shot the way Viking does. We have done multiple River Cruises with Viking, so we ... Read More
We selected this Viking Ocean Cruise due to its extended Homelands Itinerary. Other lines do many of the same ports, but they don't do them all in one shot the way Viking does. We have done multiple River Cruises with Viking, so we were not apprehensive about trying the Ocean Cruising side with the company. Overall it was very good, albeit pricey. So, when comparing this itinerary to other lines, you get more ports, included and quality excursions, included wine and beer, and exceptional service. That being said, we have done other lines cruising Europe, and will continue to do so keeping an open mind. Viking is very good, but we have had just as much fun and enjoyment on those other lines. We primarily select a line for a unique itinerary, after that, if itineraries are same, we compare cost, value and quality. Viking is a more subdued experience with an older demographic. We are on the early age-side of their demographic, so sometimes we want more excitement, loud music, and some younger folks around us freely enjoying themselves rather than reading on a quiet deck with sipping a glass of something. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Ports of call in 8 countries on a small luxury modern ship. Only negative was that if we did it over again we would hire our own shore excursion guide in St. Petersburg and Berlin. The biggest problem with all cruise ships, and Viking is ... Read More
Ports of call in 8 countries on a small luxury modern ship. Only negative was that if we did it over again we would hire our own shore excursion guide in St. Petersburg and Berlin. The biggest problem with all cruise ships, and Viking is no exception, is that you never get enough time in port, arrive in morning and depart in evening. We would prefer to be able to spend an entire day or two in a port so we can see more sights and have dinner on shore. Also, we would have enjoyed more down time to be able to take advantage of all of the facilities on the ship. We were advised by friends who had taken this exact cruise the year before to book the Explorer Suite, which is something we would definately recommend if you can afford it. Being in the Explorer Suite gave us first crack at the upscale restaurants for dinner reservations, free refills in the mini bar liquor, free laundry and dry cleaning and first on/first off embarkation and disembarking. Also, we had first choice in booking shore excursions. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We chose this cruise because it stopped in countries we wanted to see. We had never been to any of these countries and we liked the option of seeing all of them. We spent several days in Stockholm prior to departing. We were able to ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it stopped in countries we wanted to see. We had never been to any of these countries and we liked the option of seeing all of them. We spent several days in Stockholm prior to departing. We were able to leave our luggage at the port as we were too early for arrival, and visited a lovely photography museum at the port. We were very happy with our cabin; it was comfortable, plenty of room for our luggage. Loved the bathroom. The ship was beautifully appointed. We spent some time exploring the ship, all levels to get our bearings. The ship offers quite a few amenities: a spa, massage, two pools, quiet spaces for reading, The dining options were excellent. Two dining restaurants require a reservation, but you can go in if there are openings. The main dining room offered menu options and seating for 2-4-6 and 8. We enjoyed the company of several couples on board and hooked up with them for our evening meals. Shipboard entertainment was also excellent. The artists were quite good, the seminars by the historian were very helpful when preparing for a shore excursion. We took advantage of shore excursions at each port. The guides, the transportation, were all first class. We were able to sign up for most of the excursions we wanted. We would especially recommend the two day excursion in St. Petersburg. It included most of the sites covered by other excursions i that city and you don't have the overhead of leaving and returning several times in a day. You head out in the morning and return in the evening. Finally we want to commend Viking for their staff. They are friendly, knowledgeable; if they know what you like to drink, it will be brought to youj without your asking. Cabin staff make sure your room is always clean, towels and bedding are clean, and any particular needs have been addressed. Awesome. We will definitely travel with Viking again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
went on a river cruise with Viking and wanted to see if it would be as nice . The staff was very courteous throughout the complete cruise. Food was good and the special restaurants had a very nice menu. The trip from the ship to Berlin was ... Read More
went on a river cruise with Viking and wanted to see if it would be as nice . The staff was very courteous throughout the complete cruise. Food was good and the special restaurants had a very nice menu. The trip from the ship to Berlin was out of this world and made an excellent shore excursion. Would recommend this cruise or any other Viking cruise to anyone that is planning on a cruise. All of the staff was very courteous inkling the cleaning crew . The personnel taking care of the cabin was of the highest caliber. Viking has a great job employing the correct people to handle all areas of the ship. The ship was kept clean throughout the cruise and everything was well taken care of. The shore excursions employed very knowledgeable personnel that kept the people enformed of the places we were at . A very nice cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
This was my second return visit to Sweden 40 years after having been an exchange student there. I spent a week prior to the cruise visiting friends there. The cruise was a relaxing way to explore parts of the Baltic I had not seen before ... Read More
This was my second return visit to Sweden 40 years after having been an exchange student there. I spent a week prior to the cruise visiting friends there. The cruise was a relaxing way to explore parts of the Baltic I had not seen before such as Finland, Poland, Estonia, Russia, and Berlin. No packing and unpacking along the way. Weather was beautiful for the entire trip. Service throughout the cruise was excellent. The food was excellent with the exception of the coffee. The coffee machines were adequate but not up to the standards of the rest of the offerings. I loved the decor of the ship. It was very simple and elegant. There were a number of quiet lounges and hideaways when you just wanted to read or quietly take in the beauty outside. My wife and I enjoyed the focus on shore excursions as opposed to lavish entertainment and casinos. There was plenty to chose from. We liked the smaller size of the ship. Viking is a good fit for us! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We have previously done river cruises with Viking and was quite impressed by the organisation and the facilities. Viking Sky did not disappoint. The ship is beautiful and the staff were excellent. Very personable and efficient. The food ... Read More
We have previously done river cruises with Viking and was quite impressed by the organisation and the facilities. Viking Sky did not disappoint. The ship is beautiful and the staff were excellent. Very personable and efficient. The food was varied and prepared and presented beautifully. Passengers can ask for small serves or, if wanted, double serves although the standard serve was more than enough. Only addition would be more vegetables. The cabin was well presented with more than enough storage. We were quite impressed by the water pressure has been a problem on previous ocean cruises. The only drawback was the ground tour organisations. We had a couple that were shockers and felt that Viking needed to review their ground partners. It wasn't only ourselves that were disappointed by the tours, a number of passengers were grumbling about the organisation and excution of the tours. The lectures / presentations on the ship were excellent and we highly enjoyed them. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Kudos to Viking for targeting this niche market - smaller ships with no children allowed and with a focus on learning and history. We picked the Viking Sky Homelands Cruise specifically for these reasons - and were not disappointed at ... Read More
Kudos to Viking for targeting this niche market - smaller ships with no children allowed and with a focus on learning and history. We picked the Viking Sky Homelands Cruise specifically for these reasons - and were not disappointed at all! We started in Stockholm and finished in Bergen Norway, with several ports in between along with one complete sea day on this 15 day trip. We knew the ports would be good, but we were pleasantly surprised at how nice the ship itself was, with meal selections, friendly people, entertainment, and more. We liked that all rooms have balconies. Perfect! Ours was 5043. Wonderful room on the starboard side - quite large for a cruise ship. Love the bathrooms with the heated floors. We liked that everything is included (except tips - and those are auto put on your final bill) - so no nickel and diming. We liked that there were specialty restaurants that you could enjoy and actually get into. (Yes at first they were booked solid, but after a few days things opened up considerably) We enjoyed the wonderful buffet meals where you could eat inside or outside. We like the entertainment in the evening. Yes it was not Las Vegas, but that was expected. In fact it exceeded our expectations - never an issue of finding a seat at the theatre. The entertainment was nice and short. Finally - the itinerary - this has to be one of the best ever - the Baltics! and St. Petersburg. Loved the tour excursions included (some were a little lame to be honest) but most were excellent! Helskinki wasn't so good whereas St Petersburg, Gdansk, Copenhagen were excellent. The optional extra charge tours were even better - highlighted by the all day Norway in a Nutshell tour out of Eidiford. Ahead of each port was a education presentation - you could see it live or watch later on room TV. Most were quite good (although some were a little salesy in trying to promote the add-on tours at cost). We never felt any crowds on the ship and could wander around at any time with ease (compared to many other cruise ships we've been on). Loved that there were no casinos and no formal nights! Getting on the ship and leaving were all quite easy and no waiting. With a smaller number of people and a higher crew ratio, you get a lot of attention. Again - Viking targets a specific audience here so anyone who complains about why not this and why not that did not read their brochures or reviews on what to expect. We have already booked 2 more cruises. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We had researched cruises and felt Viking would be a good fit for us and the Homelands itinerary of great interest. We met wonderful people, the service was unbelievable and the overall ambience was perfect for us. We felt the variety of ... Read More
We had researched cruises and felt Viking would be a good fit for us and the Homelands itinerary of great interest. We met wonderful people, the service was unbelievable and the overall ambience was perfect for us. We felt the variety of excursions offered was good. Two of our excursions fell a bit short of expectations due to time constraints and train breakdowns. Our room steward was exemplary as was our favorite waiter in The Restaurant. All of the wait staff and bartenders were very professional and accomodating. Our only disappointment in staff was the spa director and sone of his staff were silly and into themselves with banter and revelry instead of taking care of their guests. A couple of the Customer Service staff seemed a bit disinterested in us. The staff directly involved with us on a daily basis were THE BEST, which made up for the ones we felt fell short. We were celebrating our 40th anniversary and our children and also our TA had alerted the appropriate dept of this ahead of time, but we were not acknowledged in any way. That was a bit disappointing, but ok. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We have traveled with Viking before - river cruise. We have never eaten better in our lives, our stateroom was very good and well cared for. The executive chef was even able to prepare a special meal for our 60th Wedding Anniversary. I ... Read More
We have traveled with Viking before - river cruise. We have never eaten better in our lives, our stateroom was very good and well cared for. The executive chef was even able to prepare a special meal for our 60th Wedding Anniversary. I took two items off my bucket list - Faberge Museum and the Hermitage. I wanted to take the housekeeping staff home. Every aspect of the cruise was very efficient. The trip to Berlin was long - 1`2 hour day - but worth it. We loved the Dale Factory tour in Norway and the home visit in Stavanger. We have to pay off the mortgage in the next few years but will be looking forward to our next rive cruise. The views were beautiful and we had almost no rocking of the ship. Our eyes told us were were on the water but our feet told us we were on land. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
First time to Cruise and it was terrific! The staff excellent,food terrific and all the services top notch. The excursions were excellent and several to pick from. Departure for excursions well organized. Bus drivers and guides very ... Read More
First time to Cruise and it was terrific! The staff excellent,food terrific and all the services top notch. The excursions were excellent and several to pick from. Departure for excursions well organized. Bus drivers and guides very knowledgeable.Airport arrival and transportation well thought out and smooth. Departure at the end well. done no issues easy stress free! The whole trip very enjoyable can’t wait to go again! The weather was absolutely perfect. It was suppose to be rainy but never really rained and temperatures perfect.The ship itself very nice well kept up and spotlessly clean. The restaurants are very excellent and many choices service in each one is excellent. There was not a place aboard the ship where you could not find plenty of help for whatever you may need. Staff very friendly and anxious to help. Every where we went service with a smile.Would highly recommend Viking! Excellent Cruise and lots of memories to cherish. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
I had always wanted to go to St. Petersburg and Viking Ocean offered the itinerary, Viking Homelands, which is so much more than just traveling a typical route of Stockholm to Copenhagen, you have the additional of Norway: Stavanger, ... Read More
I had always wanted to go to St. Petersburg and Viking Ocean offered the itinerary, Viking Homelands, which is so much more than just traveling a typical route of Stockholm to Copenhagen, you have the additional of Norway: Stavanger, Eidfjord, & finally Bergen. I knew nothing about Norway and aside from St. Petersburg, Norway turned out to a real highlight of the cruise for me. We have already traveled on Viking river cruises, the Danube, the Seine, & the Rhone, all absolutely wonderful experiences, but had not done Ocean yet. I know that the very first season that Viking took on ocean cruising there were some growing pains but no more! For us, having no casino, no children, & limited evening entertainment, is the way we want to cruise. Our focus is on the ports, taking interesting excursions, having extraordinary service on board, and knowing that operations will be run effectively and efficiently. I'm excited that we had already booked two more Viking cruises for 2019! Let's start w/ the ship - it is beautiful, well-designed, even w/ 930 passengers & several hundred crew members, you never feel crowded. There are lots of places to tuck away and read your iPad or book. We never even went up to the top deck or use any of the spa facilities. Every cabin has a veranda, we were in the least expensive cabin on the third deck and it is just like every other cabin except for the larger suites. I loved being on the third level except that we were all the way up front over the Star Theater and if they were playing an action pack movie, you could hear the loud scenes or if there was a loud performance you could hear it - I'm surprised that no one else has ever noted the noise but I have really good hearing and can be bothered by sound. Otherwise, it was a very quiet cabin. The ship is extremely stable, even though we were in the calm Baltic, I only needed my patch traveling from Helsinki to St. Petersburg. I think deck 4 would be better but I would happily re-book on deck 3. The cabin is good sized, plenty of closet space, ask for more hangers, suitcases fit under the bed, you have 110 outlets & USB ports by your nightstand, another set by the desk, 110 outlet in the bathroom, plenty of lighting but you don't need it w/ the floor to ceiling glass doors to the balcony. Your flatscreen TV is your portal to everything - plenty of movies, tv shows, live tv, menus for each of the restaurants including afternoon tea, recorded port talks, daily briefing, lectures, etc. I love the recorded port talks, you don't have to sit through these overviews about the next day's port when they are held. Just check the TV later & the talk is there for the viewing. Dining is fine - the food is very good, not spectacular. I thought Manfredi's was very good, not exceptional like Crystal Symphony's Prego. I thought the Chef's Table was just OK - in fact we canceled our second reservation because we didn't want to dress for dinner. We only ate in the main Restaurant twice, the first night & the night real lobster was serve, why? Because in the World Cafe which is buffet - breakfast, lunch, & dinner, you didn't have to dress up, they served almost the same entrees that main Restaurant serves, you can pick & chose what you want & there is always cold seafood, sushi, variety of desserts, and homemade gelato! We loved that there is plenty of two person seatings throughout all the dining venues. We are not overly social so the fact that we could keep to ourselves and not have to repeat our life story at every meal was so relaxing for us! You can get hamburgers, hot dogs, & other casual meals by the poolside, there Mamsen's up in the Explorer Lounge for more Scandinavian fare, there's room service, the coffee bar by the Atrium. Best of all, afternoon tea is served every day in the WinterGarden. Real petite tea sandwiches, freshly made (and different every day), tiny pastries, & delicious raisin scones - the real deal. I felt like I was going to tea at a lovely hotel each time. So much better than Crystal's tea service which is not every day and only once during a cruise is there a variety of pastries & such (which is their Mozart tea service) - otherwise it is just crustless sandwiches & such. If we had tea, we skipped going to dinner. Coffee served in the World Cafe is very good - you are given a thermos on each table so no need for the waiter to come around to fill (unless you empty the pot) - there is an expresso/cappuccino machine available to make special coffees all day & night. Service by staff is outstanding, everyone is cheery, friendly, and very enthusiastic about making your cruise experience the best. Entertainment is fine. The string trio that plays in the atrium are wonderful, the guitarist is fine. I thought the theater entertainment was so-so - they have three male & three female singers but only one pair of dancers - the best night of entertainment was when the assistant cruise director did an Elvis show - he was outstanding - we skipped most of the night shows, especially after the night they butchered songs by the Beatles. There were onboard lecturers but I only went to one - Our main focus was each of the ports and the excursions we picked in which Viking excels. We used SPB Tours to visit St. Petersburg since they had the itinerary that we wanted for the two days - the comprehensive two day St. Petersburg tour by Viking included the ballet (which we didn't want) and did not include a canal ride. A couple of the ports, Aalborg & Eidfjord, I could not find much information on but OMG, Viking finds the port that is easy to dock at, easy to get off, and so charming to visit. Even though we were over 900, I felt like we were on a Viking river cruise, getting off right by the dock & walking into the town. Embarkation was a little hectic, we got in mid-day into Stockholm, lots of Viking staff to take us to the bus (a long bus ride to the port) - the port itself was very tight & lots of passengers coming on so it took a little bit of time but we quickly got through & warmly greeted w/ hot towels & champagne. Disembarkation was extraordinary - plenty of porters to load our luggage onto the bus, plenty of Viking staff to help us check in at the self-service Bergen airport - checking into Bergen is a little confusing but we got through it and appreciated the support by the Viking staff. Regarding dining, I know that folks appreciate exceptional dining and many upscale cruise lines focus a lot of their attention on the food. However for us, we are always trying to manage what we eat and how much so we don't want every meal to be exceptional otherwise we are overdoing it big time. And yes it is our vacation, but packing on several pounds every time we cruise (and we cruise at least twice per year) makes the rest of the year tough trying to take off that weight gain. Same with alcohol, the included wine w/ lunch & dinner is more than we usually imbibe and we don't feel that we are missing out if we decide to not to have wine. Now what is hard to pass up is the gelato... Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
This was my second cruise on Viking. We wanted to see Scandinavia, and having two days in St. Petersburg was a big plus. I absolutely love the sophisticated, simple elegance of the Viking ship’s interiors. The smaller size (900 guests) ... Read More
This was my second cruise on Viking. We wanted to see Scandinavia, and having two days in St. Petersburg was a big plus. I absolutely love the sophisticated, simple elegance of the Viking ship’s interiors. The smaller size (900 guests) means you can walk to town from many of the ports. We also never felt crowded and could always find a place onboard to curl up with a book in peace and quiet. The spa and specialty restaurants are beyond great. You can use the spa facilities at no extra charge, and we took advantage of the hot pool, sauna and unique ice cave. The food is very good and creative at the casual buffet restaurant (World Cafe) and first rate at the two specialty restaurants, Manfredi’s and The Chef’s Table. The main restaurant with table service serves more bland “meat and potatoes” type meals — not our thing. The fact that all the cabins have exterior verandas is really important. We stayed in a Deluxe Veranda and had 5 star service and amenities. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018

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