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16 Stockholm to Norwegian Fjords Cruise Reviews

this cruise is the BEST vacation I have taken to date. The ship was perfect. the ports and excursions were better then I could of hoped for. every port just got better and better. I highly recommend traveling Stockholm to Norway. the WOW ... Read More
this cruise is the BEST vacation I have taken to date. The ship was perfect. the ports and excursions were better then I could of hoped for. every port just got better and better. I highly recommend traveling Stockholm to Norway. the WOW factor of sailing into Norway is breathtaking. I tried to find something I would change and there was NOTHING. The crew was phenomenal the whole trip was! Food was excellent. once you take a Viking Cruise ship you will return . As much a we liked the river cruise, the Jupiter or Viking cruise line is the only way to go. Viking reputation stands tall with this ship and the ports it choice to visit. I truly cant say enough about this ship. my high light each day was having High tea in the garden room. The pool roof pulled back on sunny days was perfect. the spa was lovely. If I had to mark one thing down. the spa needed to keep an attendant in the spa area to show people the amenities. also for a luxury line, the amenities in the womens locker room was pretty scares. spa normally have brushes and combs. hair products. and not so much here. but was not bad enough to keep me away every day. There is NO add on fee to use the spa and a beautiful spa it WAS..... Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We wanted to cruise around Norway. Also we had cruised with Seabourne and Silverseas and we decided to try a cruise with Ponant We enjoyed the cruise and found the atmosphere great and staff very friendly. This came all the way down ... Read More
We wanted to cruise around Norway. Also we had cruised with Seabourne and Silverseas and we decided to try a cruise with Ponant We enjoyed the cruise and found the atmosphere great and staff very friendly. This came all the way down from the Captain who was remarkably attentive seeing us off and welcoming us from onshore excursions. The entertainment on the boat was excellent and the shore excursions were well chosen with excellent guides. We found the food on board adequate but it lacked variety. Also there was insufficient fresh local content. There were wonderful fresh berries in The market in Bergen yet we were never offered these berries for breakfast. Similarly we were not offered the varieties of fish, particularly herrings available onshore. The wines offered with meals were mediocre. I found this surprising on a French boat. It is true that I could have purchased better wine but I believe that if you serve good quality meals the wine should be of equal quality without the need to pay extra for a decent bottle of wine. At times the service in the restaurant on the sixth floor was poor. There were not enough waiters allotted to this restaurant and consequently water glasses were not replenished and used plates were not taken away in a timely fashion. My only other comment is in regard to the lectures on Scandinavia given during the cruise. I felt that these could have been improved. The images were difficult to see and the talk was not well organized Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Weboarded in Stockholm after a three day stay there, we met the ship at the address stated on our paper work, we were greeted by the captain ( a very dry and funny guy) they're still looking for my luggage ( just joking) his crew who ... Read More
Weboarded in Stockholm after a three day stay there, we met the ship at the address stated on our paper work, we were greeted by the captain ( a very dry and funny guy) they're still looking for my luggage ( just joking) his crew who were absolutely fantastic. We had a cabin on deck 6 which was close to the main dining area, perfect for us. We chose the starboard side but in hindsight it wouldn't matter which side of the boat you're on when travelling through the Fjords the scenery was fabulous. Dining was in two areas, the formal and not so formal and both areas had everything covered, the food was sensational and a want for nothing, the food varied always with wonderful breads and desserts, the wines with the meals were just right and if one wanted something more special that was also available at a price. The room service incase one slept in for lunch or dinner was also fabulous. The bars, which I think there were 3, are fantastic the bar tenders super knowledgable and speak multiple languages of course the cocktails were included in the fare so why not a Bloody Mary at 10 am and Pisco sours in the afternoon. The entrainment on the ship was a bit lame and boring it would have been nice if they had a dinner dance or if the musicians who played on the boat separately could have joined together in a band, I felt that the musicians and the opera singer were only there for their own holiday and a fill in. ( my opinion and really need to do some work on it) In the morning there were yoga classes and some dance classes which were fun the teachers had a great sense of humour. We didn't elect to go on any tours as we like to do our own thing when getting to port which was fine for us as we didn't miss the great lunches or cocktails!!! We didn't hear any complaints from people who did go on the tours, passengers weren't given the big sell and we felt very comfortable. The service we received on the ship was absolutely fantastic from George the cabin steward to the ships captain everyone was so obliging. Our cruise quite a mix of race of passengers mostly French who I might add were lovely and we tried to converse regularly, The ship was near capacity at 240 passengers and 142 crew - in my world - perfect - plenty of room to move around no one in each others pockets. I loved every minute of this cruise except for the so called world famous opera and the lame musicians, Please do something so that people can dance after dinner to reasonable music. My wife loved the yoga and dance classes All in all a fabulous time Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Our cise really was great. This was our second Viking Ocean Cruise, so we knew it would be. (We already had been on 7 Viking River Cruises, and have our 3rd Viking Ocean Cruise already booked :) . Viking takes care of you! We have ... Read More
Our cise really was great. This was our second Viking Ocean Cruise, so we knew it would be. (We already had been on 7 Viking River Cruises, and have our 3rd Viking Ocean Cruise already booked :) . Viking takes care of you! We have cruised on numerous Viking River Cruises and were so happy that they added Ocean Cruises to their offerings. We booked this Viking Ocean Cruise even before we sailed on our first one (Mediterranean Odyssey). We don't really cruise for the on-board experiences (although Viking does a really good job onboard) but rather for the onshore experiences, and Viking's tours are great. We see so much! A really appreciated amenity on the Viking Star, was the flexible and expanded dining options. We ate in the Word Cafe every meal, rather than the Restaurant. We liked the flexibility on WHEN we ate and WHAT we ate. We look forward to our next Viking Ocean Cruise (which is already booked). Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Friends had ask us to join them on this cruise and we thought it would be a dream come true to be able to see lands we never thought we would. Our ship was the Viking Star new to the Viking fleet and we were not disappointed. All crew ... Read More
Friends had ask us to join them on this cruise and we thought it would be a dream come true to be able to see lands we never thought we would. Our ship was the Viking Star new to the Viking fleet and we were not disappointed. All crew members were so helpful and there to take care of all our needs sometimes before we knew we needed anything. The shore excursions were most enjoyable especially St. Petersburg and Tallinn. These tours were just like stepping back in time and everything we had hope they would be. We loved seeing the old churches and see the Viking long houses as well as the new modern places. Seems as though the world is a much smaller place that we thought as many ports had the very same thing as we do here in the USA. Would we do it again...yes but a different cruise and different places to help us be able to see more of the world. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We booked the Baltic and the Fjords on what has been the best we've sailed on and therefore our favorite. Seabourn did not disappoint us. First time on the Quest, but we have sailed before on the identical sister ships the Odyssey and ... Read More
We booked the Baltic and the Fjords on what has been the best we've sailed on and therefore our favorite. Seabourn did not disappoint us. First time on the Quest, but we have sailed before on the identical sister ships the Odyssey and the Sojourn, as well on the baby sister, now sold, the beloved Spirit. The ship is only a few years old, beautifully designed and kept in prime condition inside and out. This was our tenth Seabourn cruise. Of course, we have also sailed over the years on Oceania, Silversea, Regent, HA, Celebrity, Cunard, Crystal and even once on Princess. Seabourn is the best by far we have ever experienced in so many critical areas of comparison with the luxury lines. This is the perfect size ship for us at 450 passengers capacity. Not at all like the behemoths and monsters so common on the seas today - that ruin visits for many to numerous ports. With spacious cabins and generous and inviting pubic areas. This ship's physical layout is perfect in every way. We start as we must, because that is where it all begins, with the crew, which is so hard working, efficient, pleasant and welcoming. Multi countries from around the world represented onboard. But all with excellent English language skills. How does Seabourn manage to hire such uniformly excellent people time after time, in all categories, we keep asking ourselves. After a day or two of our 19 day cruise( we took back to backs), most of the crew we encountered already identified us on sight and by name. This makes cruising with Seabourn especially inviting, and we love to engage individual crew members whenever we can, with great reciprocation. The basic cabins are first rate, at over 350 sq ft (365?), with generous bathrooms having double sinks and a spacious veranda. Large walk in closet. No noise from adjoining cabins. Heat and air-conditioning working perfectly. Nicely decorated and comfortable, with plenty of storage space. Stocked with selected alcoholic beverages.The verandas are now even more welcoming, with Seabourn just announcing its new, no smoking on the verandas policy - something long overdue, to make it even more of a complete no smoking ship. The food is first rate throughout the ship. We note that some prior reviews comment that the MDR menu is more limited. We did not find it that way. On a few nights yes there seemed to be a main course item or two lacking, but the Thomas Keller special dishes now added in the MDR most nights make up for perhaps fewer regular selection choices. These Keller dishes with a special touch, like the lobster dish, are a welcome addition to the MDR offerings. Most nights the food choices has what I would call a "continental" appeal, with French and Italian influence. But also steak and lamb available every night from its "classic" menu. The quality of the meats and fish and seafood offerings is very high. Very tender veal for example. The meals in the MDR were served by an excellent waiting staff working in teams, quick, efficient and very pleasant. Most of the time we had to ask the waiters to slow down the service between courses, it was that quick. The DR management would go out of their way to prepare some special dishes that my wife and I adore, and they do this so graciously on a day or two notice. The menu rotation is also very long, so very few times in our nineteen days did we have a repeat menu. The quality of the dishes in the MDR in our estimation is the equal in many dishes that the chefs prepare to Michelin starred restaurants cuisine. Nicely prepared, very tasty and attractively plated, which takes some extra time and effort. The F& B manager Enes and the B manager Jovan are to be commended. Their skills, ambience and team leadership abilities are quite obvious and the whole DR and kitchen staff under them is simply first rate. The caviar available is of top quality from a special purveyor in Uruguay and served on demand, with toast and lovely accompaniments. This feature formerly so common on many upper end cruise lines has slowly disappeared, but not on Seabourn. Excellent cheese course, with the selection varying each night. The new Thomas Keller experience in the renamed Grill was OK, but in our judgment needs some fine-tuning to make it a spectacular alternative dining experience. The room design is beautiful, but the room is restricted in its physical footprint. The food and service were fine, but the food not all that special as promoted and expected. I guess we just prefer the spaciousness, ambience, friendliness and quality of the food in the MDR night after night. The Colonnade, in the aft of the ship on deck 8, with great views, self service but waiter assisted hot and cold buffet at breakfast and lunch, and table service at dinner, is very good too. But we prefer the more relaxed atmosphere of the MDR even for breakfast and lunches, when there is time to enjoy. The quality and selection of the food offerings on the buffets is very high end, not like we have experienced on a number of other cruise lines. The outdoor grill on the pool deck is great for a quick hamburger or more involved selection from their limited buffet, but the weather must be fairly warm to enjoy this experience. We did have a number of days particularly before we got into the more northern fjord waters where we could enjoy this experience, particularly when we got back late from excursions and the Colonade had already closed. The pool itself, not used on this trip by anyone we saw, is lovely, fairly large for a ship this size, with wonderful lounge chair areas spread around in both exposed sun and shaded locations. Seabourn Square on Deck 7 is a unique concept for just sitting around, reading the morning papers like the WSJ and NYT or Financial Times that are taken down by the satellite system and printed onboard, meeting people, and having an expresso and piece of pastry or light sandwich, pretty much all day long. The bars are very nice and most of the time we got our drinks rapidly. One or two exceptions on a nineteen day cruise when the bars were especially busy is nothing to get excited about. Wonderful cosmos and mojhitos. Not an easy drink to make right!! Very comfortable seating. Marvelous entertainment from the Darlene and Raleigh duo, solid pros and a joy to listen to. The complimentary offering of liquors, wines and champagne throughout the ship in all bars and restaurants was mostly fine with us. Although a few nights and lunches we had to search a little more from the complimentary offerings to find the ones we would enjoy the most. We appreciate fine wines a great deal dining on the road at restaurants and at home, and although the comp wines are not of the same quality, they were more than sufficient. A premium wine list is there for those who choose to go that route, which we did not feel necessary. Nicolas Feuillette French champagne as the house champagne is very lovely. The Captain from our first cruise, the Baltic, Captain Larsen, is the best we have ever experienced in our many sailings. Something so unique and special about this man. Beloved by his crew, he and the Captain of the second cruise, Captain Nilsen, and their executive staffs were very open and welcoming to all guests. The main theater nighttime entertainment needs some work. We do not expect a performing troupe the size and quality of the behemoths and monsters, but a little more spice and better product would be a welcome addition. The group is a half dozen enthusiastic, young performers who mostly sing and not dance, and the performances we saw were not all that entertaining. Vet comedian we have seen before ( he will not like that jest !!) Jeff Stephenson is a very funny man with a great routine. We seem to recall a somewhat bigger troupe on our Odyssey and Sojourn sails, with some better production numbers, dancing, and even a piece or two of scenery and professional costuming. Cruise Director Handre is a real gem, the best we have ever encountered. Also a talented composer and pianist. He does great job. One additional thought about the internet available. We bought the package, and we were connected most of the time of our nineteen days, but in the northern Norwegian fjord waters for a few days towards the end of the cruise there was very tough reception because of the surrounding mountains and high cliffs blocking satellite signals for TV and internet. Not surprising, but we were forewarned. Once again, Seabourn proved itself to be the best there is. We are booked for both next year and 2018. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
I and my husband had never been to the northern homeland countries but I have had Swedish and Norwegian nannies take care of my children as they were growing. I always heard so much about the beautiful scenery and knew the people were ... Read More
I and my husband had never been to the northern homeland countries but I have had Swedish and Norwegian nannies take care of my children as they were growing. I always heard so much about the beautiful scenery and knew the people were wonderful and these nannies still keep in contact and have come to visit. The New Viking Ocean ships are fantastic. The amenities, the staff and the restaurants and variety of foods and entrees exceptional. The entertainment and afternoon and evening lectures and actors and actress entertainment was outstanding. The theater is great the multiple lounges and meeting places. The type of passenger were of a nicer appearance, education and demeanor than the over sized ocean ships. It was a stylish experience. I was also pleased that I was able to avail myself of the preferred beverage package as an individual because my husband does not drink alcohol and therefore is very happy with one glass of wine at dinner or lunch. Traveling with the Viking travel set up is also a benifit because we don't need to worry about planes and transfers. And I had the opportunity to jump out of the return and meet my granddaughter in Paris and return together to NY because of the travel agents at Viking. We have been on many River Boat Viking excursions but the Ocean ship was a total wonderful experience. Thank You Thorsen and Viking Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This cruise went to the Scandinavian countries and other ports of call I wanted to see. I was interested in a cruise and liked that this was a smaller ship with fewer people. Viking offered great prices at the time so chose them. I had ... Read More
This cruise went to the Scandinavian countries and other ports of call I wanted to see. I was interested in a cruise and liked that this was a smaller ship with fewer people. Viking offered great prices at the time so chose them. I had heard great things about Viking form others that had used their river cruises. One of the best things I ever did. The ship was wonderful - the rooms had verandas for viewing, they were so clean and well equipped. The staff was great - very attentive to detail, so helpful and friendly. The food was well prepared and presented at all the different restaurants. You had such a nice variety of eating arrangements available. The excursions were very well planned and organized. They provided a variety of options for choices. They also held informative seminars aboard the ship regarding different destinations. Getting to the ship and dissembarking were very well organized and comforting when you had long trips. This was our first cruise and I would do it again with Viking. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We have taken Viking river cruises and always had a wonderful time so we wanted to try one of the new ocean cruises. We weren't disappointed! The Viking staff and crew were amazing. They were always friendly and helpful. For example, ... Read More
We have taken Viking river cruises and always had a wonderful time so we wanted to try one of the new ocean cruises. We weren't disappointed! The Viking staff and crew were amazing. They were always friendly and helpful. For example, one day we returned from an excursion during a rain storm and they were all lined up at the embarkation area holding umbrellas and forming a long tunnel for us to walk through and offering us glasses of champagne.That's going above and beyond their duties!! The ship we were on was the Viking Sea and it was beautiful with tasteful and classy decor. The shore excursions were excellent and informative and the entertainment and cast were worthy of Broadway. I even got to go from a sauna to a snow room and back to the sauna, on the ship. And the food was the best we've ever had on a cruise on any line. Of course we didn't want the trip to end and we can't to go on the next one (in December). Thank you Viking for everything!!!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We chose this cruise because we had never been in the Baltic Sea area, or visited any of the Scandinavian countries. The visit to St. Petersburg & The Hermitage was a special attraction. We felt the cities would be beautiful & ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had never been in the Baltic Sea area, or visited any of the Scandinavian countries. The visit to St. Petersburg & The Hermitage was a special attraction. We felt the cities would be beautiful & offer a different picture from what we have seen on other trips to Europe. The ship is beautiful, our room was just lovely & we were taken with the attention to detail, by the company & the Viking crew. The restaurants & food on board were first class, & we met with people from all over the world. In the ports, there were a variety of shore excursions to choose from, or you could simply walk in the port area, & visit the local shops. The ship offered daily lectures about the history of the areas we would visit, and the entertainment in the evening was spot on, professional & great fun. My wife & I thoroughly enjoyed our trip. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We chose a Viking ocean cruise because we wanted a smaller ship, not one of those massive cruise liners. We arrived in Stockholm a couple days early to explore the city before boarding and were glad we did since there's a lot to see ... Read More
We chose a Viking ocean cruise because we wanted a smaller ship, not one of those massive cruise liners. We arrived in Stockholm a couple days early to explore the city before boarding and were glad we did since there's a lot to see there. Embarkation went smoothly and we were impressed with the ship. Everything was beautiful and our stateroom was perfect. Every staff member was very friendly and helpful every minute of every day. The food/restaurants were excellent - my husband and I are on diets now! The ports of call were well chosen and all of the excursions were well planned and executed. The guides passed on interesting information and were a pleasure at every port. We enjoyed the shows/entertainment on board - they were all very well done.This is our third Viking cruise - we've been on two river cruises prior to this - and we absolutely loved it. We will definitely choose Viking for future vacations and we always recommend Viking to everyone thinking of a cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We enjoyed our trip on the Viking Star so much. We had traveled with Viking on 8 river cruises and had such a good time. The ocean cruise with Viking was even better. I have many food allergies and never have to worry. The steward for ... Read More
We enjoyed our trip on the Viking Star so much. We had traveled with Viking on 8 river cruises and had such a good time. The ocean cruise with Viking was even better. I have many food allergies and never have to worry. The steward for our cabin helped me when I needed a container to soak my feet. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Regent claim six star all inclusive of premium wines. Ran out of French rose on third day. No NZ wines at all! We did two back to back cruises and despite re-stocking in Copenhagen they ran out of Sancerre and Pouilly Fuisse 13 days into a ... Read More
Regent claim six star all inclusive of premium wines. Ran out of French rose on third day. No NZ wines at all! We did two back to back cruises and despite re-stocking in Copenhagen they ran out of Sancerre and Pouilly Fuisse 13 days into a 20 day cruise. In the end we bought ourselves some wine in Kristiansund. If we could find a decent supplier why couldn't they? This was our sixth cruise (140 days) with Regent and the second one where they have run out of certain wines. The Regent standards are undoubtedly slipping. Service on board is still excellent but staff are embarrassed and very apologetic of situation. Entertainment was adequate apart from a terrible American comedian. We agree with other reviews regarding the shamble prior to tours. You can wait for ages in the theatre and be addressed as if we are in nursery school or old peoples home! Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
The trip started at the Stockholm Airport. The Viking team met us at the Airport and led us to the coaches that took us to the Docked Viking Star. The staff got on the bus at the dock in order to make our identification cards. This ... Read More
The trip started at the Stockholm Airport. The Viking team met us at the Airport and led us to the coaches that took us to the Docked Viking Star. The staff got on the bus at the dock in order to make our identification cards. This procedure kept us out of the rain while we waited to enter the Viking Star. The Viking Star staff greeted us with smiles, and a pleasant Good Afternoon. Our cabin was ready to enter and our bags followed a short time later. As we made a tour of the Viking Star the staff made us feel welcome. The food and service was excellent throughout the entire trip. The shore excursions were great. We were very busy enjoying the towns and villages on this tour. The cabin was very clean and comfortable. The veranda was great. It allowed us to get a feel for the new town before breakfast. The entertainment was great. We had some problems hearing the programs that were held in the swimming pool area. The disembarkation went very well. The staff helped us to get our luggage to the coach for the trip to the Bergen Airport. Thank you for making this a trip of a lifetime for us. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Where to begin; we spent 15 nights aboard the Viking star and it is an absolutely beautiful ship. Fantastic food. Nice guest rooms all with balcony, great staff and wonderful tours. A couple of glitches however to be expected. Service in ... Read More
Where to begin; we spent 15 nights aboard the Viking star and it is an absolutely beautiful ship. Fantastic food. Nice guest rooms all with balcony, great staff and wonderful tours. A couple of glitches however to be expected. Service in the upper deck bars was hit and miss. One of the extra tours (panzer tank tour) definitely not worth the exorbitant fee ($349 US) each, and a bit misleading to say one of the stops was Berlin which was actually a 6 hour bus ride one wsy! Overall the other yours especially st Petersburg were excellent. Overall a fantastic cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015

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