1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
We had long wanted to visit many of the ports included in the Viking Homelands experience, but have, previously, planned our own travel trying to avoid anywhere with a ship in port! However, the prospect of smaller numbers and ... Read More
We had long wanted to visit many of the ports included in the Viking Homelands experience, but have, previously, planned our own travel trying to avoid anywhere with a ship in port! However, the prospect of smaller numbers and all-inclusive travel appealed, and we thoroughly enjoyed our first cruise experience! We cannot speak highly enough of the service we received! Embarkation was a breeze, the cabin every bit as lovely as the brochures promised, and the Sun itself is a work of art! Food was outstanding and the entertainment first class, whether in the public areas or theatre! We danced every night at Torshavn till they kicked us out!!! Travelling with another couple added enjoyment (we Aussies swept all before us at trivia!!) but we often went our own ways when in port and made many new friends. Unfortunately we lost two ports (and gained extra sea days) due to the weather, but this actually gave us more time to relax after busy times ashore. We did most included excursions, some of which were excellent, several optional ones with Viking and a brilliant two days in St Petersburg through Alla Tours (saw so much in a small group). It's expensive but we are so glad we took the plunge that we've just booked another! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
Because of the Itinerary and all of the inclusive's! We had an all inclusive including air fair, hotel and we had great transfers and pick up and drop offs were seamless. Beautiful ship, wonderful Interior Design and very well ... Read More
Because of the Itinerary and all of the inclusive's! We had an all inclusive including air fair, hotel and we had great transfers and pick up and drop offs were seamless. Beautiful ship, wonderful Interior Design and very well maintained, absolutely loved the spa!!! .City Tours were very informative, only issue I would probably offer people with disabilities a separate tour so enabled people could move quicker so people who move slower don't feel the need to move faster and visa versa. All guides were very well informed. Embarking and disembarking very smooth. Food in the Restaurant was the Best, had dinner in the specialty restaurants and was disappointed, love current presentations and techniques but they just left us flat. Great Concept, just needs work.Loved all the fresh seafood and the breads which I understand were made in house were wonderful! We enjoyed the experience so much we are going on an other Ocean cruise in 2020. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
We chose this cruise because we always enjoyed Viking River cruises. The ship's layout and rooms were very nice. It was very easy to get arround the ship. There were multiple restruants and they were varied enough to allow you to ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we always enjoyed Viking River cruises. The ship's layout and rooms were very nice. It was very easy to get arround the ship. There were multiple restruants and they were varied enough to allow you to schedule your meals around you activities. The food were excellent. The land tours were informative and well organized. We missed two ports due to weather issues which was disappointing. Service was excellent and all crew were happy and smiled when you addressed them. Land excursions were led by well informed guides who could answer every question put to them. They adjusted the pace of the tour to keep the group together and stopped as necessary to allow the questions to be answered in detail. Entertainment was minimal and could be improved. The shows and pre-tour discussions that we attended were good. This was an adult cruise with few if any children. Embarkation and disembarkation process were well organized and went smoothly. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Chose this cruise to see fall colors, especially in Quebec but due global warming previous fall temperatures had been too high for tree color to develop. We were disappointed that color change was delayed but we were not disappointed in ... Read More
Chose this cruise to see fall colors, especially in Quebec but due global warming previous fall temperatures had been too high for tree color to develop. We were disappointed that color change was delayed but we were not disappointed in our experience on Viking. We had wonderful service, superb food and a well-run Cruise. We especially enjoyed our three evenings at the The Chef’s Table with three different internal menus along with wine pairings. We did no purchase the premium spirits package and thus received the house selections of wine but they were all superb and nicely paired with each course. We also enjoyed lovely meals in the Restaurant and were able to request to be seated in our favorite waiter’s section. We enjoyed the classical trio from Serbia, made up of violin, cello and flute. The port enrichment talks were extremely helpful and we never missed the ship historians’ talks. We even attended a delightfully entertaining cooking class presentation by the ship’s head chef. He should have his own TV show on the Food Channel! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
Loved the itinerary. Viking Sun is a beautiful new ship with fabulous service, food, and included excursions. We loved the fact that there were fewer passengers. It wasn’t a cattle car that other larger cruise lines have. We loved ... Read More
Loved the itinerary. Viking Sun is a beautiful new ship with fabulous service, food, and included excursions. We loved the fact that there were fewer passengers. It wasn’t a cattle car that other larger cruise lines have. We loved not having young children running down the hallways like other cruise lines. No children under 18 are allowed. Highlights were the optional excursions- St Petersburg Ballet. And Norway’s Flam Railway. We loved the fact that everything is included. Such as fine wines and beers for lunch and dinner. Other cruise lines charge per soda, water bottle, glass of wine or beer. The staff are super hard workers who are very nice and friendly. The spa was beautiful and it was such a wonderful experience to treat myself to a massage and facial. Our cabin was super clean, quiet, and comfortable. We loved the heated bathroom floor. I look forward to taking another Viking Ocean cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
Our first Viking Cruise, we were drawn mostly to the Viking Homelands itinerary as these were some of the places we most wanted to visit. The included excursions were good, providing very good general background and historical, and ... Read More
Our first Viking Cruise, we were drawn mostly to the Viking Homelands itinerary as these were some of the places we most wanted to visit. The included excursions were good, providing very good general background and historical, and geographical, perspective. They can be very crowded as many groups seem to run together. The purchased excursions helped avoid crowds and provided more interesting information.The ship, however, is magnificent! It provided highest level of luxury and service, quality food in abundance and world class entertainment, all of which exceeded our expectations. Although the specialty restaurants were nice, I really enjoyed the rib eye steak at Manfredi's, The World Cafe on Deck 7 is outstanding. I think I ate fresh crab legs every day! Everything is fresh and they will even cook to order. Best of all, they offer twenty four hour room service as good or better than in any hotel. Be sure to go early to secure a good seat at the shows in the comfortable theater. They are highly enjoyable. I give this Viking Ocean Cruise a rating higher than 5! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
We chose this cruise after taking a lovely and memorable river cruise with Viking. We had wanted to visit the Baltic countries on this itinerary. We were taken care of from the time we arrived in Stockholm until we checked into the airport ... Read More
We chose this cruise after taking a lovely and memorable river cruise with Viking. We had wanted to visit the Baltic countries on this itinerary. We were taken care of from the time we arrived in Stockholm until we checked into the airport in Bergen. The cruise on the Baltic was as smooth as the river cruise. This surprised us, as we had been on a previous Caribbean cruise (not a Viking cruise) that was quite rocky. The Sun and it’s crew was spectacular! The ship design and artwork were stunning and the cleanliness impeccable. The staff, to a person, was positive, professional and personable. The hiring, training and quality assurance of personnel is top notch. The staff were a team that handled themselves with a high level of friendly decorum. We ate our lunches on the Aquavit and found the food options to be plentiful and delicious. I loved the salad and salmon choices and my husband loved the meat, pizza and pasta selections. The freshness and taste of the food did not fail to delight. We often frequented the sushi bar as appetizers with early evening cocktails- heavenly! The choices for dinner in the Restaurant were plentiful and delicious. We also thoroughly enjoyed the Chef’s Table (paired wines with each course) and Manfredi’s (Italian perfection). The many areas of the ship made the ambiance relaxing and personal. We enjoyed both the infinity pool and outdoor seating on warm days and the enclosed pool area on cool days. We loved the coffee/espresso/ cappuccino machine availability 24/7. Yes, I am a coffee fanatic! We enjoyed evening cocktails in Mamsen’s- beautiful live music and ocean views. Our stateroom was lovely. It was cleaned twice daily -when we left in the a.m. and at turndown while we were at dinner. The bathroom was spacious with drawer space for personal items. The bedroom had ample plugs for phone/iPad charging and two barrel chairs for sitting. The private balcony with table and chairs was sweet for watching the world go by. My only minor comment is that the drawer space was very shallow and hanging space limited for 2 people. Truth: I bring a lot of clothes. I appreciate the fact that there are washers and dryers and irons/ironing boards on each floor with detergent -included without extra charge. I have never felt so wonderfully indulged as I did on this cruise. Yes, we booked our next Viking Ocean cruise before we left the Sun! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
We chose this Viking cruise after our wonderful Viking river cruise last year. We wanted to try an ocean cruise and the Baltic looked like the perfect opportunity. The cabins were spacious, with everyone having a veranda. Dining was ... Read More
We chose this Viking cruise after our wonderful Viking river cruise last year. We wanted to try an ocean cruise and the Baltic looked like the perfect opportunity. The cabins were spacious, with everyone having a veranda. Dining was diverse and excellent. The dining room staff was amazing and it was nice having multiple wine stewards. Evening entertainment was top notch and definitely worth our time. The port excursions were about the right length. No children are allowed on Viking. What makes Viking special is the treatment from the time your plane lands until you are actually heading through security on your way home. The 3 day pre-trip in Iceland was amazing. Having local guides at each port is a plus as most are very entertaining and have great local stories, some of which are probably true. Also, the stop in Eidfjord, Norway was just gorgeous, with us having the time to take a leisurely walk in the country. We have already booked our next two Viking cruises, one river and one ocean. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
The ship was fantastic. Every meal, regardless of venue was excellent as was the service throughout. The ship (Viking Sun), one of the newer, modern designs in the Viking fleet is a perfect size. 930 passengers, never a wait or long ... Read More
The ship was fantastic. Every meal, regardless of venue was excellent as was the service throughout. The ship (Viking Sun), one of the newer, modern designs in the Viking fleet is a perfect size. 930 passengers, never a wait or long line for any restaurant, meal or activity. Everything was extremely well organized from the first contact when booking through the weather related flight disruptions and throughout the entire trip. The only minor negative was the Berlin port call, should not be on a Sunday, nothing was open except restaurants. It is also a VERY long day. Having said that, the sights and monuments were well worth the effort. Highly recommend the pool area in the fitness center to relax tired muscles after a good tour day followed by a good book and "refreshments" on glass enclosed forward observation lounge. Every port of call included an excellent, professionally programed tour. An especially nice added tour was the Ballet in St Petersburg. We have and will continue to recommend Viking to friends and family. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
We were looking for a special trip to celebrate our 50th anniversary. This cruise exceeded our expectations. We've cruised a number of times before but have never experienced the quality provided by Viking. One of the main selling ... Read More
We were looking for a special trip to celebrate our 50th anniversary. This cruise exceeded our expectations. We've cruised a number of times before but have never experienced the quality provided by Viking. One of the main selling points for this cruise was the small size of the ship, only 930 passengers. After cruising on ships that carried as many as 3,600 passengers, the small ship experience was great. Another feature we liked was the fact that a complimentary shore excursion was included at each port. Optional excursions were available at extra cost, but we found that other than the two-day excursion in St. Petersburg which we paid for, most of the included excursions met our needs. The guides for the excursions were some of the best we've experienced. While the cost of a Viking cruise is higher than many other cruise lines with similar itineraries, the amenities that are included such as the free shore excursions, the free beer or wine with lunch and dinner, the no extra cover charge for the outstanding alternative restaurants, the free mini bar stocked with sodas and snacks daily, complimentary Wi-Fi, make the cost difference minimal. The quality and variety of the food in all of the restaurants including the buffet was exceptional. The port talks where you actually learn about the port, not just the place to get the best deal on diamonds or tanzanite, were a welcome change from previous cruises we've taken. All cabins on a Viking Cruise are veranda cabins. There are no interior rooms. This cruise was without a doubt the best cruise we've ever taken. I would highly recommend the Viking Cruise experience. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
After a disappointing cruise with Celebrity in 2014, we vowed we wouldn’t cruise again in a hurry. Our faith in cruising has now been restored again thanks to Viking Sun! We embarked on the Viking Homelands cruise with friends in ... Read More
After a disappointing cruise with Celebrity in 2014, we vowed we wouldn’t cruise again in a hurry. Our faith in cruising has now been restored again thanks to Viking Sun! We embarked on the Viking Homelands cruise with friends in Stockholm for 14 nights. The embarkation process was a breeze & the staff very welcoming & friendly. Viking Sun is a very stylish ship. The Scandi styling throughout is very timeless, elegant & appointed with beautiful artworks. Our penthouse veranda room was very comfortable indeed & we enjoyed a fully stocked bar fridge which was topped up daily. We also enjoyed having access to laundry facilities on each deck with detergent included. The entertainment was fantastic...an energetic young & talented group who performed in the main theatre & a trio of musicians who performed throughout the ship on a daily basis. The cruise director Bevan was also a very talented performer & was very high profile in all facets of his role which was great. We enjoyed dining in all the restaurants. We particularly enjoyed The Restaurant, Manfredis & the Chefs Table. All of the food & beverages were of a very high quality & the staff were fantastic with impeccable service. There are some beautiful public areas on this ship, namely the Wintergarten, The Explorers Lounge, the Spa & around the main pool. I particularly enjoyed a Nordic Spa Experience one evening in which a group was shown the correct way to use the sauna & snow grotto onboard ...it was so envigorating! We did the included Viking shore excursions at most ports which we found to be a great introduction to each port destination. We did two paid excursions...the 2 day Ultimate St Petersburg & Lübeck & Wismar. These were fantastic excursions with amazing meals & guides, we were very well looked after. On previous cruises we have tired of continually being touted to spend more money in specialty restaurants & beverage packages etc. Cruising with Viking is a truly relaxing experience & it’s great that all is prepaid beforehand. There are no gimmicks on board, namely casinos & art auctions. It’s no wonder Viking is so highly rated...we found this cruise to be faultless. In our opinion they’re a hard act to beat! Would totally recommend Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
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
1) Norway was simply fabulous, breathtaking natural beauty! Estonia caught us off guard with its history and Tallin is one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe. The Old Town sections were fascinating. We participated in all the ... Read More
1) Norway was simply fabulous, breathtaking natural beauty! Estonia caught us off guard with its history and Tallin is one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe. The Old Town sections were fascinating. We participated in all the included excursions and found them to be interesting and well organized. We purchased the Peterhoff Palace & Gardens tour for the 2nd day in St. Petersburg and were very impressed with whole excursion. We felt most of the tour guides were top notch and did a great job keeping track of everyone. 2) For us, the Welcome Show with the fantastic singers/dancers gave us a warm friendly feeling. The Norwegian song, "Welcome Home" was very touching. The Captain's and selected crew members welcome was the best we've ever attended. It all seemed to set the stage for a wonderful cruise. 3) We really don't know of any criticisms of the ship. The ship is so beautiful and easy to navigate. We loved the smaller number of passengers onboard, it rarely felt crowded. We tried to enjoy the tapestries with explanations and artwork (Viking Art guide app). We visited all 3 pools, the spa, sauna, steam, snow grotto. We listened to all the talented musicians on board and attended quite a few of the theater shows. We listened to several of the informative speakers, port talks and viewed the speciality movies, like the documentary series about the Vikings. Things we missed: the afternoon tea, only because we were busy or too full to try it. The outdoor movie looked interesting and well set up but we selected other entertainment. 4) The food was outstanding in all 4 dining areas. The main restuarant was excellent and easily matched the speciality dining for quality. Of the 2 speciality dining options, we preferred Manfredi's over the the Chef's Table but it really is a matter of personal tastes. Even the World Cafe buffet style was tasty with large windows for enjoyable scenery. Of course, all the staff was incredible! 5) The Viking ship can't be beat and the itinerary was fabulous. As with most cruises you seem to get a sampling of each port and some cities begged for time to spent in them. But we were able to experience so much in 15 days so I wouldn't change anything. Recommendation: GO, don't wait to have a memorable journey! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
The Baltic was an area of the world we had not visited and thought what better line than to choose Viking, Their Homeland Cruise. Every country, every port was chosen with great thought and this cruise gave us a wonderful view of the ... Read More
The Baltic was an area of the world we had not visited and thought what better line than to choose Viking, Their Homeland Cruise. Every country, every port was chosen with great thought and this cruise gave us a wonderful view of the Baltic countries. The ship staff work so hard to provide us with a fabulous experience; nothing is too much for them to handle. The amenities are beyond comparison on the boat. The Scandinavian design and spa is extremely enjoyable at most times of the day. The food and restaurants available create dishes unique to the area and beyond. The wines available with meals are excellent quality. The port talks and educational lectures are extremely informative for the areas that we were visiting. This was our 4th cruise with Viking and we have two more booked for 2019. They are at the top of our list for Value and Excellence! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
Past experience with Viking put them at the front of our list of cruise ship companies. Our interests were in exploring and experiencing a part of the World that we had not visited previously or to this depth. While a one destination trip ... Read More
Past experience with Viking put them at the front of our list of cruise ship companies. Our interests were in exploring and experiencing a part of the World that we had not visited previously or to this depth. While a one destination trip will give one much greater depth of experience and understanding of a locale, a cruise such as this is excellent for giving a broader scope of a number of countries and their peoples. This trip showed us the rugged beauty of Norway's fjords and mountains, the rolling countryside and cities of Sweden, the lovely, fertile lowlands of Finland, Russia, Estonia, Poland, northern Germany and Denmark. It truly packed a unique, busy itinerary and frankly, dizzying assortment of countries into a 15 day experience. Especially interesting (and recommended) are the optional home visits available on this cruise - we visited two Danish families and one farm based one in Norway. These put a more personal face to the countries we visited. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
Beautiful ship; staff extremely pleasant and accommodating!! Loved Entertainment especially Luis and Viking Band( not a fan of classical music).. Some of the entertainers they brought on board were not my favorites. Ship entertainment ... Read More
Beautiful ship; staff extremely pleasant and accommodating!! Loved Entertainment especially Luis and Viking Band( not a fan of classical music).. Some of the entertainers they brought on board were not my favorites. Ship entertainment staff- very good. Great shows except forgot the Rollong Stones in the 60’s. Liked staying over in Stockholm, St. Petersburg and Bergen. Only one day at sea was great!! Food in specialty restaurants great!!! Liked the different menus at Chef’s Table- wonderful! Manfredi’s was great too! Buffet for dinner was not my favorite; not a fan of buffets anyway. Also thought people should have dressed better for dinner—upscale casual please! Beverage package worth it!! Loved the gym!! Thanks for such a nice one and well equipped. TV and internet in room- generally worked well; good variety of options to watch! Great cruise overall and very smooth. Tours in St. Petersburg ( Catherine’s Palace and Hermitage) were great! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 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
The VIking Sun is a fine ship. However, there were several areas where the service and amenities were poor. Dining -- The service at the main Restaurant was terrible. It was difficult to get a table when we wanted it, and because ... Read More
The VIking Sun is a fine ship. However, there were several areas where the service and amenities were poor. Dining -- The service at the main Restaurant was terrible. It was difficult to get a table when we wanted it, and because our one experience was so terrible,we only ate there once on the entire trip. We were led past an available table by the window and seated at an interior table for no apparent reason. The wait staff pretty much ignored us when we asked for things like missing silverware and refills of water and butter, When they did bring tour food, the service was rushed and very impersonal. -- The Chef;s Table restaurant was far too pretentious with a waiter reading the menu to us (It seemed she had no other function) and with tiny portions. We had to ask several times to get our wine glasses refilled and then the waiter filled only about 1/10 of the glass. -- By contrast, Manfredi's was excellent - both food and service. -- We ate almost all of our meals at the World Cafe as the default option. Food and selection were good, but of course it is self service with the result that our dining experience was far inferior to those of our previous Viking cruises where we got to know the wait staff and they got to know us and cater to our specific tastes. Excursions -- The guides varied considerably in quality from the high point, the Communist Flashback in Tallinn, Estonia, to the low point, the guide in Copenhagen sho spent most of his tour telling us how he hated tourists (we left the tour in the middke and continued on our own). Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
Our first Viking cruise was on the Danube River. It was great, so we decided to try the Ocean cruise. Good decision. The Viking Sun is a beautiful ship. We did the Homeland tour around the Baltic Sea, visitng many beautiful cities. If ... Read More
Our first Viking cruise was on the Danube River. It was great, so we decided to try the Ocean cruise. Good decision. The Viking Sun is a beautiful ship. We did the Homeland tour around the Baltic Sea, visitng many beautiful cities. If you like historic old towns, cobblestone streets, and beautiful mountains this is a great itinerary . Our cabin had plenty of space. The heated bathroom floor was nice. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly every day, even when large numbers of people returned from a tour. Dining was a pleasure. The service was very good. If you don't take the special spirits package, you can still ask for a different wine. Usually they offer a house white or red, but I prefer a rose and was given it when I asked. The food was excellent. The World Cafe had excellent selections as a buffet. We were able to make 2 resevations for the Chef's Table and Manfridi's the first day on board in addition to the one we made prior to boarding. We enjoyed the entertainment in the Theather. Port talks were helpful, but you can also watch them on the TV. The music shows were very enjoyable. We enjoyed all the tours but a highlight was the Home visit in Stavanger. It was great to visit with a local. We almost did not get to do it. Only 10 people go, one morning & one afternoon visit. Our afternoon visit was cancelled because not enough people booked it. They told us we could go to the meeting spot for the morning group and if someone did not show up we could go, Got very luckly that 2 people did not show up and we were added to the group. They will also wait list you if it is a few days in advance and someone cancels. So don't give up if there is a tour you really want. I would aslo recommed the Flam train tour in Norway. A long day but worth it for the beautiful views. 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
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
This cruise was in celebration of our 50 wedding anniversary. We had sailed a Viking river cruise and while the ocean cruise was considerably higher in price than other cruise lines based on our river cruise we felt at ease with spending ... Read More
This cruise was in celebration of our 50 wedding anniversary. We had sailed a Viking river cruise and while the ocean cruise was considerably higher in price than other cruise lines based on our river cruise we felt at ease with spending the additional money. With air and optional tours this cruise ended up costing $20,500. Was it worth the expense yes and no. Booking the air travel though Viking resulted in some problems but not of Viking making. Our original flight was cancelled forcing us to rebook with a less favorable schedule. Upon arrival in Stockholm we discovered SAS lost my wife's luggage. Viking did a good job of helping us to recover the luggage, they offered to wash my wife clothing on a daily basis at no charge, fortunately we got her luggage prior to our departure so all was good. Our room was small but like the river ships the bathroom floor was heated which on this cruise was a great feature. The scheduled itinerary was disrupted by bad ocean conditions forcing Viking to cancel two port of calls. We spend an additional day in Russia but were not allowed off the ship due to visa restrictions. We also had to ship a port due to heavy seas cause by gale force winds. This ship lacks a lot of standard ship board activities and normally this would not have been a problem but with three "sea" days two unscheduled time seemed to drag. The food was outstanding with lobster three days and prime rib several days. Beer and wine is included at all meals, as well as offered free several other times. There is a included tour at every port of call. They were mostly walking or bus tours narrated by a tour guide. We took a number of extra tours including one in Berlin. I would like to say they were all worth the extra money, but we were cheated by our tour guide in Berlin. He was totally unprepared walked away from some of the tour group at one point in general was not a good source of information. When we complained to Viking we never even got an apology. Basically they said Oh Well. The ship lacked keeping us informed as an example the was a scheduled event which was billed as a chocolate event. Due to heavy seas it never took place. Then two night later there it was a chocolate bonanza but because it was never announced many guests including us had a standard dessert at dinner and missed out. The cruise critic meet and greet was great they had drinks and snacks and the staff showed but they were gave any formal talks just made a appearance then left. I think they were a little confused as to what it was all about. Most days the entertainment met out expectations. The ship band and musical group did a good job of keeping us entertained. Our cruise director kept us entertained as well as he stared in one of the nightly shows as a singer and patio player. Due to missing two ports of call Viking has offered a $250 per person credit toward a future cruise, a pretty weak response to missing two ports of call. The ports of call we did visit were outstanding, the weather not so much, cold and windy. Would we go again? We booked a British Isle cruise for next summer, but not with Viking as we felt it was over priced for for a nice cruise on a new ship but lacking in the personal touch . Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
I’ve always been interested in seeing the Baltic countries. That is why we choose this cruise. We came over a day early so we could see additional sites in Stockholm. Our plan was to leave Old Towne to do with Viking since they had a ... Read More
I’ve always been interested in seeing the Baltic countries. That is why we choose this cruise. We came over a day early so we could see additional sites in Stockholm. Our plan was to leave Old Towne to do with Viking since they had a shuttle back to the boat. Well that day they didn’t have the shuttle so we totally missed touring Old Towne by foot. We were extremely disappointed and got no resolution from Viking. We also learned after the fact that everyone does NOT have the same excursion booking opportunity. Depending on the cost and location of your stateroom gives preferential excursion bookings. Even though we booked our cruise over a year an a half ahead of time we had the bottom of the barrel in excursion choices! On the river cruises this isn’t the way the excursions were done. So BEWARE! The ship and employees were great. My love of travel are the people and the sites of the countries we visit. It was the lack of the most popular excursions being available to us that was the biggest disappointment. This is why we are not really interested in the ocean cruises with Viking. We would do a river cruise because the excursions are so much more inclusive. On the ocean cruise we spent over $900 on additional excursions. Read Less

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