74 Stockholm Luxury Cruise Reviews

The cruise was nice, but it fell a little short of my expectations. Most all of the staff was very friendly, but being in the explorer suite we expected a little more of a personable experience like we have received on other cruise lines. ... Read More
The cruise was nice, but it fell a little short of my expectations. Most all of the staff was very friendly, but being in the explorer suite we expected a little more of a personable experience like we have received on other cruise lines. Our suite had several mechanical issues (we got locked out of our room twice, tv was serviced three times but still did not work properly, outside door hatch was not latched properly and banged open and closed all night, toilets didn’t work one morning). It would be nice to have a butler service like other cruise lines, and a direct phone number to that person if they are needed. The entertainment most evenings was only at 9:15 pm. We are accustomed to having the option of an early or a late show. We were not interested in waiting until late evening to see a show. A 6:30 and 9:15 would be a much better option. Not everyone wants to stay up that late. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. We always wanted to visit St Petersburg. Also we had been on a Viking River cruise and were impressed with ship and service. The Viking Sea crew are superb the service was excellent. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. We always wanted to visit St Petersburg. Also we had been on a Viking River cruise and were impressed with ship and service. The Viking Sea crew are superb the service was excellent. One tip if the Hermitage museum is important to you, book a private tour. Our group included folks with mobility issues difficulty with stairs etc. Although Viking made it clear there was lots of walking and stairs. Also the museum was very crowded and a couple of our group members drifted off. The tour guide wasted time looking for them. So overall this highlight was a disappointment As was Vikings practice of handing out plastic bottles of water to every guest at each stop. Therefore thousands of plastic bottles left behind in ports and busses to end up who knows where. A great disappointment for a company who claim to be concerned about the environment. Easy fix to provide reusable bottles. Be aware that the average age (on ours anyway) was about 70. Just a few younger people and likely not s good cruise for singles. Although there are 850 + guests on board there was always space for a quiet read and or drink. Apart from breakfast in the World cafe, never felt over crowded. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
I choose this ship for two reasons. One I liked the itinerary and two I wanted to try a luxury cruise line. The itinerary was good in that it started in Stockholm allowing me to spend two days before departure exploring the city without ... Read More
I choose this ship for two reasons. One I liked the itinerary and two I wanted to try a luxury cruise line. The itinerary was good in that it started in Stockholm allowing me to spend two days before departure exploring the city without rushing and it ended in Copenhagen where I did the same thing. It also included two overnights ( 3 full days) in St. Petersburg where there is so much to see. I have sailed on Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and the now gone Renaissance cruises. Renaissance was actually a wonderful cruise line with beautiful small ships that was the closest to this experience. As far as the actual cruise I will say it was wonderful not having to wait and crowd into elevators, the ship was a great size not to large, not to small. It was great not having to fight for a pool chair or make reservations for everything. Loved not being asked to have my picture taken every five minutes, and not having shops with sales. The ship itself was new and immaculate. The suite with balcony was gorgeous. Bathroom was large, walk in closet with enough drawers and hangers was great. On the downside the entertainment with the exception of two shows was far from great and there was really no other activities. The service was great, the liquor flowed freely, afternoon tea was nice, tapas was great, caviar on request was a nice touch too. What was a huge disappointment was dinner in the dining room which most nights was fair at best. The Grille was only available for guests to reserve one night. It was excellent. The other nighttime restaurant was outside and it was too cold for that. Did not try the sushi restaurant. I was very surprised that the food in the main restaurant was no better than I had on other much less expensive cruise lines. The on deck cocktail party was wonderful, food was very good there. So was it worth the extra money. Not sure I could say yes. Given the intensive itinerary it was great to return to the ship and not have to wait for things and not have to rush and be able to be very comfortable in the room, but on another type of cruise I might have been bored and the lack of activities/entertainment combined with mediocre food would have been more problematic on a cruise with more sea says or less intensive itinerary. Did all private shore excursions or just the HOHO bus ship excursions were very expensive. Highly recommend Alla tours in St. Petersburg. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Destination, ports and season always win out over cruiseline loyalty. 12 days Stockholm to Southampton. 3 days in St. Petersburg was the highlight. Booked 3 day small group tour with Russian agent. Elisabeth of TJ Tours was outstanding! ... Read More
Destination, ports and season always win out over cruiseline loyalty. 12 days Stockholm to Southampton. 3 days in St. Petersburg was the highlight. Booked 3 day small group tour with Russian agent. Elisabeth of TJ Tours was outstanding! Recommend Nautica overnights in Stockholm Amsterdam and Copenhagen and to include a port in Norway to see the fjords.. Oceania does offer best cuisine at sea. Carlos the Maitre'D from Portugal and his gracious assistant from Thailand always greeted us by name and remembered our seating preferences in the Grand Dining Room, Breakfast Buffet Service and choices were well presented and tastefully prepared. Fine dining excelled in the specialty restaurant venues although reserving a time before 8:30 was difficult. Disappointed that Polo Grill had run out of prime rib, however the ribeye steak substituted was delicious. Adolfo from Milan was charming in Toscana. Off hours we appreciated 24/hr limited room service menu and/ casual Waves. Loved the small ship, but Nautica does need a QM2 solarium/ covered outside pool . Like verandas, outdoor pool was useless for Baltic/North Seas. Nautica band, vocalists and dancers were talented. Horizon happy hours and afternoon tea were wonderful. Having customs agent for UK on board for passport control was expeditious. It was delightful not to be pursued by omnipresent ship photographers. Overall/service attentive staff were excellent, gracious and accommodating. Except for challenges convincing Lisiam to accept our time preferences. Bundled laundry service was terrible, he returned clothes dirty and wet so I ended up redoing all in Deck 7 guest laundry. Ship excursions promotions on TV were $$$$$, inferior, laden w disclaimers. Dr. Roger Cartwright's port talks were anecdotal, boring, off topic. We used local onboard agent to plan our port visits with great independent guide experiences. Shore excursion staff was helpful, but Oceanic Club Ambassador was curt. Cruise director marketed ship activities zealously. Free internet was nearly useless despite the best effort of the IT professional on staff who was often confronted by unhappy frustrated guests. Email messages could be received but not sent. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We took an Athens-Rome Mediterranean cruise on Marina in 2017. Loved the ship and the experience. We purchased this cruise on board. Nautica is much smaller than Marina but is dated and lacks the feeling of space and luxury of Marina. ... Read More
We took an Athens-Rome Mediterranean cruise on Marina in 2017. Loved the ship and the experience. We purchased this cruise on board. Nautica is much smaller than Marina but is dated and lacks the feeling of space and luxury of Marina. Embarkation at Stockholm was quick but there was no welcome cocktail. Our room (B2) on deck 6 was adequate. The bathroom was tiny and had only a shower protected by a cheap shower curtain (no bathtub as on Marina). Storage space was adequate. Our room was cleaned spotlessly every day. One person commented that a verandah is unnecessary on cruises to northern climates and during cooler seasons, and I agree, even though we had spectacular weather (Europe had its warmest weather on record). Our stateroom was near the rear elevator (closer to the restaurants) which was convenient. Nautica has only two specialty restaurants, so we were only allowed two such meals on a 12-day cruise (no surcharge). Oddly, each time we went, there were many empty tables. It should be noted that Nautica and the other three smaller (older) ships are being "reimagined" over the next year or two and the design looks attractive. Try to hold off until the ships are done. The interiors of Nautica are dated and frumpy. For example, on Marina there were real Picasso and Miro prints, and some delightful avant-garde works of art. On Nautica, the art looked like it came from a neighbourhood art show. Yes, this is a "first world" problem, but Oceania are among the most expensive cruises on the market. PA announcements were appropriate and brief and the cruise director was excellent on them. I was also impressed by the performers. The shows were appropriately scaled and tasteful, like a nightclub rather than Vegas. On Oceania, apart from a promotional package (cabin credit, 6 excursions/cabin, etc.) everything is extra. The wine lists are extensive and extremely expensive, starting generally at US$50 (one or two bottles) and shooting up from there. There is a 7-bottle wine package for US$350.00 and the choices were decent, but I did some research and found the majority of them cost in the range of US$10-20. Huge markup. Oceania permits bringing alcohol on board, as long as it is consumed in your cabin (there is a $25.00 corkage fee if you want to bring your bottle into a restaurant). Excursions are ridiculously expensive. Imagine 30 people paying US$300 each to board a bus for a day excursion. Typical. In St Petersburg, Russia, we went on one such excursion but were allowed only to get out of the bus at certain stops to take exterior pictures. The Hermitage, which we were looking forward to as a highlight, was too brief (actually only about 2.5 hours viewing) and of course it was massively overcrowded, which is not Oceania's fault. Tour guides were generally good, except in one case we signed up for a tour of modern Scandinavian architectural landmarks in Copenhagen but the tour was a disaster because the guide was subbed in at the last minute (with apologies) and had no time to prepare, so she showed us a few buildings near where she lived and in central Copenhagen then reverted to a tour of historic buildings because the time allotment was not used up. You would think these tours would all be pre-planned so anyone with some background could step in. We were also promised a tour of a "design factory" but were taken to a retail outlet instead which lasted about 10 minutes. Having said that, the food really is, with minor exception, the best of the cruise lines. One day the head chef made his rounds in the restaurant and I had a suggestion, which he implemented. The median age of the guests on oceania is probably about 70, and the food selections especially in the buffet area were appropriate. There were a few theme days, but most guests didn't seem to take advantage. Compared to Marina, Nautica's staff were a little too relaxed and familiar for my taste. Service can be personal but it should be deferential and non-intrusive. This is trivial, but one waiter asked me as a joke if I wanted ground pepper in my dessert, which was a bit of sarcasm over always having to offer ground pepper. We laughed but I had never experienced that on Marina. There is a merit/reward system for staff, and some of them seemed a little over-anxious about making an impression. My main complaint is with their marketing and sales. Oceania spends a lot of time trying to induce people to book on board, but the actual discounts are only about 5% for cruises that may be a year or more away. They also try to pressure you with the threat of "price increases" and are not flexible dealing with repeat customers. (Our travel agent enquired about how much an upcoming price increase would be, which was refused. That's not respectful of a customer who is looking at laying out $10-$20,000.00 per cabin and up.) Their online published prices are also misleading; when we enquired about a future cruise, they quoted the price for a stateroom two levels higher than the one we specified; when our travel agent enquired we were told it was for the "extra" package that was previously complementary. These cruises generally fill up and I don't see why they need to engage in high-pressure tactics. They tout their "loyalty" programme a great deal but benefits don't really accrue until you are over 10 cruises, and even then it might amount to free laundry. We each got a lapel pin worth about $5.00 and a free cocktail at a Captain's reception for our second cruise (22 cruise days total). The rest is window-dressing. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Overall we had a lovely vacation and enjoyed the ports of call...We also met some wonderful people to spend time with...Suite upgrade we paid for was well worth it and were very happy with the room layout...Our butler and his assistant ... Read More
Overall we had a lovely vacation and enjoyed the ports of call...We also met some wonderful people to spend time with...Suite upgrade we paid for was well worth it and were very happy with the room layout...Our butler and his assistant very helpful...Was expecting above and beyond when it came to quality of food but not the case...On 3 separate occasions I ordered filet mignon at various restaurants to be served medium rare and all 3 times it was overcooked...A filet mignon is supposed to be a THICK cut and they basically cut it in half lengthwise therefore it requires quicker cooking time and they couldn't achieve it, even at the difficult to get into La Dame restaurant...Thus in my opinion, (additional paid for restaurants) good, not great and certainly not worth paying for...Something should have been offered in consideration but was not even offered a glass of wine...Best restaurant on board by far was La Terrazza...Quality of food and service exceptional and maitre de and waiters/waitresses always on hand...Highly suggest breakfast there as well...We ate at all the restaurants and placed Atlantide in second but our group of friends seemed to always settle at La Terrazza due to the menu and again, quality of food...The Grill restaurant where you cook your own fish and steak is quite silly...They bring sides that get cold and you cook your main entree on a stone...Loved all the ports we visited...The Peterhof Estate in St. Petersburg was my favorite and enjoyed visiting Copenhagen and Skagen Denmark as well...Dining in both of these ports was fabulous...Local fresh fish available...The Russian ballet was a disappointment as it was NOT what was expected...Felt like we had attended a high school or slightly better show...I was hoping this was going to be one of the highlights for me as a dancer...And I had not even mentioned my disappointment to anyone who attended until others stated their feelings about it...Wine/alcohol is included but can certainly use some upgrades!...Fitness area a mess...Have to leave doors open to outside because there is no air in the rooms...They are well aware of the situation and don't seem to care...This is supposed to be a 5 star cruise!...Ship size is perfect with 600 appx. passengers...Would go again but hope my input provides additional food for thought for Silversea management to review. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We were expecting a lot from this cruise based on ratings and friends and travel agent recommendations. We previously cruised 5 times on Oceania, so can't help but to compare. First the positives, the service at the bar and ... Read More
We were expecting a lot from this cruise based on ratings and friends and travel agent recommendations. We previously cruised 5 times on Oceania, so can't help but to compare. First the positives, the service at the bar and restaurants from waiters were exceptional, staff seemed happy, relaxed, efficient and everywhere. The quality of wine and hard liquor were top class. If you do not like the wine they were serving, you just tell sommelier what you like and they will bring you a bottle that closely describes your taste. The cigar lounge was wonderful, an excellent VSOP cognac served there as well as anything you want. This part of the cruise was better than Oceania as well as a little bigger cabins, however a little dated we thought. The disappointments were numerous, first the services of a butler and a room stewart. I would call them inconsistent at best. The room stewart was changed in the middle of the cruise and the butler although always available, did not do things fast. He would relay our requests to stewart, things did not get done or we had to remind it 2 or 3 times. A simple thing as keeping water glasses in the room was problematic, one day they were there and another day they disappeared. I understand that this problem was with our cabin as other people were raving about their butler and cabin stewart. The ship itself was very nice, but compared to Oceania, not as grand. The art decorating the walls was not as nice and there were no 2 story foyer and staircases that are picture worthy. Food is definitely less impressive than Oceania. All restaurants, including the dining rooms with no reservations required had a menu that would not change, so the same thing was served day after day, after day. Oceania had a new menu at Grand dining room every day and only specialty restaurants had it the same. We also thought the the restaurants themselves were less impressive than Oceania in terms of decor and chic. So to summarize the food was not bad, just was not as good. When during the mid cruise review I mentioned that our dinner at LaDame was 3 hours long, which was a little eccessive, I got a phone call from a food and beverage manager who clearly did not give a dumb and also was approached by all restaurants manager who was a little better. Both said they will talk to the La Dame manager. The better way would have been to invite us there again to make sure that we were satisfied. Other guests did not experience such long waits, so this issue was isolated to our particular day, 2 day of a cruise. Gym and saunas were a total disappointment, small, dated and unisex. There were no lounges to relax between the steam room and a shower, in fact no lockers and hardly a place to hang a robe. This is not to say that we will not travel on Silversea again, but it is simply a matter of value, given the same, we would go back to Oceania. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
The itinerary and the suite determined our choice criteria. We were disappointed in the food. While it was incredibly presented. The quality and portion size were very average or just par. The service everywhere was fantastic, as was ... Read More
The itinerary and the suite determined our choice criteria. We were disappointed in the food. While it was incredibly presented. The quality and portion size were very average or just par. The service everywhere was fantastic, as was everything but the food. They would have receptions where the alcohol was plentiful but not serve food or you would see a few trays get passed that were consumed well before they got to you. It seemed stingy and surprising given we have only been on one other luxury cruise and never experienced the food being so guarded and ordinary. The spa staff were incredibly, Had one of the best massages ever. The fitness instructor was average but certainly good enough for a cruise. Entertainment was very good but didn't start until 10 pm which after a full day sightseeing was too late so consequently we only went to 1 show. It was excellent though. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We chose this cruise do to past experience with Viking river cruises and their excellent service. It also had the itinerary we wanted. The ship is only 3 years old and in perfect condition. Really appreciate the free water bottles and ... Read More
We chose this cruise do to past experience with Viking river cruises and their excellent service. It also had the itinerary we wanted. The ship is only 3 years old and in perfect condition. Really appreciate the free water bottles and included beer and wine at lunch and dinner. Staff spoke excellent English and addressed any needs that came up. Also appreciate the smaller passenger count and very seldom felt crowded except on a couple of occasions. Dinning was generally excellent except for a few poor entrees. Appreciate the no extra charge for the specialty restaurants. For dinners would have appreciated two entree sizes because a number of times because of the size of the servings I felt food was wasted. Would have liked all liquors included with the price as it is on other luxury cruise lines. Because of weather we did not get to stop in Poland which is something we were looking forward to. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We are Interested in the Nordic countries and the Baltic. Also Findland, Russia and Poland. Food was very good but the standard white wine (a French Blanchard was not very good). It would have been nice to very the complimentary wines. ... Read More
We are Interested in the Nordic countries and the Baltic. Also Findland, Russia and Poland. Food was very good but the standard white wine (a French Blanchard was not very good). It would have been nice to very the complimentary wines. Service was very good particularly room service. We were disappointed we missed Gdańsk Poland because of weather. Our room steward was excellent. The free excursions were generally good but could have been more extensive. The Berlin excursion left too much free time and did not stop enough at the major attractions. The optional excursions were excellent but a little pricey. This being said the buses and loading were well organized. Embarkation and debarkations were well managed and quick.! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We chose Viking because of it's fine reputation for quality and service. The smaller ship size made the trip more intimate with a relaxed atmosphere free from queueing and crowds. We chose this particular cruise as it had ports in ... Read More
We chose Viking because of it's fine reputation for quality and service. The smaller ship size made the trip more intimate with a relaxed atmosphere free from queueing and crowds. We chose this particular cruise as it had ports in both Karen's and my homelands. So, we had an opportunity to visit our roots. Unfortunately, due to winds???? the Captain cancelled our stop in Gdansk Poland. Being 100% Polish I was unable to visit my homeland. Quite a disappointment. This was the only negative we experienced. The food was outstanding and the personalized service was extraordinary. Brian Rodriguez our Cruise Director was the finest Director we have ever had the pleasure of sailing with...and what a voice!!! I found the guides on our tours to be extremely knowledgeable and very courteous. Docking locations were very convenient to transportation and town centers. This eliminated the need for long walks on piers and to tour buses. Thank you to the Viking team for making this a memorable trip. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and for the Viking reputation. I was somewhat disappointed with the stage entertainment - specifically the the costumes for the women did not fit properly and one of the men in a tuxedo with no ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and for the Viking reputation. I was somewhat disappointed with the stage entertainment - specifically the the costumes for the women did not fit properly and one of the men in a tuxedo with no socks. The dining room waitstaff was also a disappointment. With all the pomp of presenting the menus in foreign languages, the waitstaff does not serve form the right and pick up from the right (which I have been told is Viking Corporate training). They also often reach across across, in front of the guest, to refill drink classes. Most of our meals were taken in the buffet as the food was as good as the other venues and we didn't have to deal with mediocre waitstaff. On the plus side, the tours were outstanding and the ship was impeccably maintained. The staff were always pleasant and many got to know us by name within a few days. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We wanted a short cruise that would allow us to visit St. Petersburg at some length, and allow us to spend significant land time in the two most interesting Scandinavian cities, Stockholm and Copenhagen. This cruise was for 7 nights, ... Read More
We wanted a short cruise that would allow us to visit St. Petersburg at some length, and allow us to spend significant land time in the two most interesting Scandinavian cities, Stockholm and Copenhagen. This cruise was for 7 nights, with three of them in St. Pete. And, it departed from Stockholm and disembarked in Copenhagen. Because we are quite old, and it is painful for us to keep up with group tours, we ordered private cars through the Silversea program for that. As well, we wanted a pretty small ship. With just over 600 passages the Silver Spirit was, compared with other ocean-going cruise ships a pretty small one. Some of this was probably worth it - 8 hours in new Mercedes with driver and also good guide in St. Pete for $500. We took that for each of our three days in Russia. Some of it was a rip-off, but we were offered no other viable option, for the half-day the ship was in Finland. Just 4 hours in in new Mercedes with driver and also good guide in Helsinki for fully $700 - FOUR hours for Seven Hundred Dollars. For our Five times in ports, including a half-day in Tallin, Estonia, we had to spend an additional $2700. Given a good discount by Silversea, we paid extra to fly First Class, or Business Class, whatever the top class is called for the major carriers - about $1400 extra for each of us. That would have been Fine, EXCEPT that we had no choice as to the timing of our flights. When flying to Europe before, we we have done over 50 times, we never took a flighst that departed earlier than 9 pm, and usually significantly later, allowing for a goodly number of hours ASLEEP on the plain. This flight left just after 5 PM, allowing us to sleep for only an hour or, at most, two. Our first two days in Stockholm were compromised by this bad mandatory timing. If we ever go on Silversea again, we will NOT "take advantage" of their air programs. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Sun is the most beautiful ship. Decorated in luxurious Scandinavian style, she absorbs people well. The cabins are nice, with a seating area and a small balcony (deluxe veranda level). Service is great, as is the food, generally, although ... Read More
Sun is the most beautiful ship. Decorated in luxurious Scandinavian style, she absorbs people well. The cabins are nice, with a seating area and a small balcony (deluxe veranda level). Service is great, as is the food, generally, although it is sometimes difficult to get a table at dinner, especially when they have two shows on the same night. The included excursions are usually basic orientation coach or walking tours. The optional excursions are pricy, but the Flåm railway was amazing!. You can buy a drinks package which gives you all your drinks rather than the rather basic quality wines (also beer and soft drinks) with lunch and dinner. Bar prices are steep and subject to a service charge. We did the Viking Homelands cruise which covered the Baltic and some Norwegian Fjords. The day in Berlin (from Warnemünde) was not enjoyable. We were put on a scruffy old "ersatz" train for over two hours in each direction. No Aircon so you had to open the windows and the noise was terrible. Then a coach tour (sit on the right or you'll see nothing). They dropped us in Gendarmenplatz which was a long way from anywhere. Tourist attractions are mostly museums. When we got back, because we were the last people off the train (due to our carriage not actually stopping next to the platform) and being rather slow walkers, we were right at the back of a queue of some 700 people. It took nearly an hour to get everyone on board, by which time it was after 9pm and all the restaurants were full. This was pure bad organisation on the part of Viking, who made no concession to the large number of slow walkers - these guests could easily have been put in carriages nearer the other end of the train, minimising the walking distance. Unlike on the river cruises, there are no slow walking tours. I'm not sure why, when most of the tours have multiple groups. Read Less
Sail Date July 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
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
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
We have sailed on many Viking River cruises and decided to do a different type of itinerary which could be accomplished only on an ocean cruise. Our experience with Viking led us to take this cruise. We were originally booked on the ... Read More
We have sailed on many Viking River cruises and decided to do a different type of itinerary which could be accomplished only on an ocean cruise. Our experience with Viking led us to take this cruise. We were originally booked on the 5/26/2017 cruise, but due to a computer crash on British Airways we had to cancel and we re-booked for this cruise. We thought we would take the "free air" this time through Viking and try to save money. Viking air does not offer convenient flights..always has several lay overs and makes the travel day miserable. One couple we met had to take a 6 am flight from Bergen home. The savings were not worth the inconvenience and for such a high caliber cruise line I was surprised. We also did not know our room number until a week before our sail date. No one could tell us why. The ship is beautiful, clean and well run. Although only 2 years old the furniture in the room was starting to show wear as well as some of the chairs in the World Cafe dining room were stained and worn. The staff in every department are wonderful. They always have a smile and want to help. The cruise manager makes himself seen and is always receptive. Director of Guest Services, Martha is so helpful and caring. The wait staff can never do enough for you. We booked most of our excursions through Viking. We met through Cruise critic wonderful people and one member seemed to have done enormous research and had booked some independent tours and we followed his lead. We book the 2 day St. Petersburg tour through Alla tours and the cost was almost half of the Viking tour. We paid $270.00 USD for 2 days of touring. Alla gets you into the Hermitage early, and it was empty! By the time we left you can see the crowds waiting to get in. All of the tour directors that Viking uses were wonderful. My major complaint is the starting time of the tours. Some started at 7:15 am. Some days you are only in port for a few hours. I would rather have more time in the port and not go to as many destinations. We also did an independent tour on our last day Norway in a Nutshell which when looking at one might feel confused as to what to do. It is very clear and easy to follow. The food was excellent. Many choices. We did not like the menus at The Chefs Table and cancelled our second visit there. You can see the menus in advance which we were not aware of. They have all the menus through 2018, so if you are thinking of experiencing that restaurant, check the menu first. Manfredi's had many choices. The Restaurant- the main dining room is only opened for lunch on one day which made the World Cafe crowded and difficult some days to get a table when many excursions return at the same time and you are leaving port. Twice we stayed in town for lunch. Would definitely go recommend this trip but it is very exhausting. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
This was our first Viking OCEAN cruise and it was a beautiful ship, very easy to navigate. Although we were planning to eat mostly fish, the beef was some of the best we have eaten and stuck to that. The service was good but not ... Read More
This was our first Viking OCEAN cruise and it was a beautiful ship, very easy to navigate. Although we were planning to eat mostly fish, the beef was some of the best we have eaten and stuck to that. The service was good but not great. Viking needs to spend more time training their wait staff. Many times the tables remained dirty. Even when they came by your table they would leave the dirty dishes sitting there. The Italian restaurant and Chef table had much better service and were the best places to dine. The upstairs buffet was good and always a safe bet with a great variety of items. This is where the wait staff needs to be on top of the tables. The main "Restaurant" had terrible service and always had problems. Viking needs to get this venue working correctly, it was very disappointing. When choosing the "liquor package" Viking needs to have all the wines included on that package at all the bar areas. At times it would take 30 minutes for the bar to get the bottle of wine. The shore excursions were just OK, nothing special. One of the excursions that tried to create a tour that did not exist and we took a taxi to the town. The Spa and gym were very good. Overall we enjoyed our time and the suite was very comfortable. We would take another cruise. We did not have the transfer to the ship included so we got the dock with our luggage. No one offered assistance with our luggage and had to take the bags to the room ourselves. Never had to experience that on any other ship. Viking needs to keep a better eye on things like that. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Particularly enjoyed Catherine's palace and Gardens in St.Petersburg Also the Helsinki ice bar and dog sledding was a unique experience. One complaint : On the included tours we always seemed to be in the first group which meant ... Read More
Particularly enjoyed Catherine's palace and Gardens in St.Petersburg Also the Helsinki ice bar and dog sledding was a unique experience. One complaint : On the included tours we always seemed to be in the first group which meant getting up early. That wore us down by the end if the trip. Dissappointed not to dock in Gdansk. I think some compensation should have been offered, like a special credit on a future cruise. The service by the crew was excellent everyone was very friendly and helpful. The Viking sky is a beautiful ship and we were never bothered by the much larger volume of passengers compared with a river cruise. The excursions were very well organized, with a good selection of tours to choose from. Enjoyed the educational lectures. Also enjoyed the cream teas in the Atrium when we were around to attend. Our interest in the Viking Homelands was sparked by the Vikings series on the history channel. We highly recommend Viking and this cruise to all we talk to. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Since Viking has been rated #1 Ocean Cruise, we wanted to compare it to Crystal, Oceania, etc. Great ship - very good food - friendly staff. Entertainment was superior on Crystal (Broadway shows). The ship was quite comfortable and ... Read More
Since Viking has been rated #1 Ocean Cruise, we wanted to compare it to Crystal, Oceania, etc. Great ship - very good food - friendly staff. Entertainment was superior on Crystal (Broadway shows). The ship was quite comfortable and smooth sailing. Hoped to visit Poland but the poor weather did not allow us to dock there. The cruise director was extremely friendly and easy to reach. Liked the sessions on jewelry. Especially liked open seating for dining and easy to reserve specialty restaurants. Would have liked more Broadway Shows although the entertainment was very good. The shops provided great assistance. Crystal does have more interesting designer clothing on board, however. Sometimes had a bit of a wait for land tours and could have used more seating for disabled or elderly guests. Overall, we would recommend Viking to anyone looking for a luxury cruise. If it were more affordable, we would sign up again! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We thought it would be interesting to visit this part of the world. We had never cruised with Viking before but had heard good things about it. The size of the ship made it a pleasant experience since you did not have to compete with ... Read More
We thought it would be interesting to visit this part of the world. We had never cruised with Viking before but had heard good things about it. The size of the ship made it a pleasant experience since you did not have to compete with thousands of people. We enjoyed most of the cruise but were a little disappointed in some things. For example, we booked our tours as soon as they were available to us, but the one in Germany was "sold out" although it was an included tour. Also,while not Vikings fault, we were not able to dock in Poland (weather). That extra day at sea was boring and there was a mad rush to use the laundry facilities. Overall the food was very good. There were a few bumps in the road but considering all the meals they have to prepare and the variety they provide, they did a good job. We had afternoon tea a few times and it was delightful. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Realized how important the optional tours were. Some of the tours need new descriptions. The food was really good at every meal. the ship included fun for our whole group of six. Several used the sauna and gym facilities, a couple ... Read More
Realized how important the optional tours were. Some of the tours need new descriptions. The food was really good at every meal. the ship included fun for our whole group of six. Several used the sauna and gym facilities, a couple like the destination highlights, and several took in the entertainment until midnight. It was nice that the ship was smaller and only held 900 passengers and so many staff members in all areas of the ship. The staff members were friendly and did their best to accommodate special requests. They could even understand and "take a joke". That is important to Midwestern travelers. My husband and I have signed up for another excursion and are exited about going although it will be 2019. I was pleased with the loyalty discounts that are available to passengers on the ship. I hope that Viking Lines continues to grow and prosper because Viking would be my ship of choice. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
This was my second cruise, both with Azamara. I'm not sure how I venture to another company to make a comparison as Azamara is just delightful. We spent 4 days in Stockholm before boarding which was excellent, such a beautiful city. ... Read More
This was my second cruise, both with Azamara. I'm not sure how I venture to another company to make a comparison as Azamara is just delightful. We spent 4 days in Stockholm before boarding which was excellent, such a beautiful city. We found our cabin to be very comfortable, clean and well looked after by our lovely room attendants. Dining onboard is very good. Lots of options and the specialty restaurants and Chef's Table experience are well worth indulging in. The ports were all excellent, even the little town of Skagan where the local bands played on the dock as we sailed out. The ship docks so close to the destination cities you literally walk off the ship and you're in town. We only did Azamara shore excursions in St Petersburg and while they are a little pricey we would highly recommend the "meet a local" tour. A small group of us had afternoon tea with a delightful lady in her family home where she happily chatted about life and answered our questions. It was a great insight into the similarity and differences of life. Without a doubt the jewel in the crown for Azamara is their staff. Every single person you encounter from your room attendants to the Captain are open, friendly and totally engaged. The senior staff are very visible and interact freely with guests, always happy to chat and answer questions. I believe it's the human factor that creates a sense of loyalty to Azamara. I look forward to them adding a New York to Montreal route so I can book my next cruise with them. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017

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