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Always wanted to cross the ocean and Lisbon was a bonus for us. Spent five days there before the crossing. Thoroughly enjoyed the cuisine in all venues. Such great food and superb service. Like that it is all inclusive including the ... Read More
Always wanted to cross the ocean and Lisbon was a bonus for us. Spent five days there before the crossing. Thoroughly enjoyed the cuisine in all venues. Such great food and superb service. Like that it is all inclusive including the spa which is lovely and relaxing. Only have rave revues for this beautiful ship, crew and amenities. The entertainment was great each night and often during the day. I like that it is so clean and I don't have to block my ears with dirty humor or words. The lectures during the day were interesting. We really liked the four talks by the man who rowed the Atlantic, and Pacific. Amazing and perfect as we crossed an ocean. I liked using the spa, hot tub, sauna and snow room as well as big pool which was a wave pool one day as we rolled with the sea. The two stops were great, seeing the Azores and Bermuda which we had never visited. Interesting tour in the Azores. included. A surprise which we enjoyed was the ability to watch tv In Our room and see the series of Downtin Abbey. You see, we liked the whole experience and the Viking Sun is a lovely new ship. Thank you for a perfect cruise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
As a solo traveler this holiday was amazing. Embarkation in Southampton extremely well organised. Cabin 5006 lovely, food good sometimes outstanding.Top tips. Talk to strangers, there are some amazing people onboard. FOD, LGBT+ group at ... Read More
As a solo traveler this holiday was amazing. Embarkation in Southampton extremely well organised. Cabin 5006 lovely, food good sometimes outstanding.Top tips. Talk to strangers, there are some amazing people onboard. FOD, LGBT+ group at 5pm each evening was great. Spa pass brilliant. Flowers in my room, bottle of gin and some of my own wine made all the difference in my cabin. Also fresh coffee, melon and yoghurt with honey in my room at 7am. The passenger choir was great. Like any holiday it is going to be what you make it, if you sit in your room and sulk you will have an horrible time. Drinks very pricy and wifi, best lived without (kind of the point when two days from land.) Some of the entertainment was not quite my thing and I did not use the gym. Deiembarkation was slow, but so what. Overall an amazing holiday and busy saving up for my next trip. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Our second Azamara cruise and it did not disappoint. Incredible service, wonderful crew, excellent food. It is an absolutely wonderful cruising environment. It is so nice to be in a small "community" and be able to recognize ... Read More
Our second Azamara cruise and it did not disappoint. Incredible service, wonderful crew, excellent food. It is an absolutely wonderful cruising environment. It is so nice to be in a small "community" and be able to recognize and meet so many of the crew and passengers. Let me state, unequivocally, that this will not be our last Azamara cruise. So....the "but:" The ship is one of the Renaissance R1 ships and it is definitely showing its age. The cabins were renovated in 2016, but are already showing substantial wear and shoddy workmanship. The new wall covering was peeling in several places and the shower stall had walls that were delaminating. In speaking to fellow passengers, our situation was definitely not uncommon. Additionally, some of the public areas are badly in need of some TLC. The tile around the pool was cracked in several places and the grout was missing as well. Given the premium price one pays for Azamara, this is inexcusable. While we are in our mid-60's, we were definitely among the youngest passengers on this sailing, and it is clear that most of the entertainment was aimed at an older demographic. While we didn't sail on Azamara for the entertainment, it was a bit of a disappointment that we did not enjoy most of the cabaret shows. So....all in all, an absolutely wonderful sailing, but not flawless. We can't wait to return to Azamara! Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We love Crystal and were interested in exploring the Amazon River. For us, this is a once in a lifetime destination both because it is so exotic and because once was great but enough. The Amazon is very hot and humid, and the blast of ... Read More
We love Crystal and were interested in exploring the Amazon River. For us, this is a once in a lifetime destination both because it is so exotic and because once was great but enough. The Amazon is very hot and humid, and the blast of air conditioning was a welcome relief each time we returned to the ship. There is not a whole lot to see from the ship itself, because the river is so wide that we were close to shore only in ports. But the ports were interesting. The jungle hikes were billed as "strenuous" and we were probably more timid than necessary about them. The two "strenuous" activities we did were really not so bad, and we should have done more. They were the most interesting of our excursions -- the Rubber Museum and native village in Manaus and the Jungle Trek in Santarem. Crystal, as usual, did a fantastic job of providing a lot of interesting lectures and on board activities, especially on the sea days. And the food was outstanding. This was a Food and Wine theme cruise, so they added some cooking demonstrations and wine tastings, which were very nice. Crystal really shines in the service department. The crew were very attentive, and quickly learn the names and preferences of the passengers. When my husband walked into his favorite bar, his favorite drink would appear before him by magic. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
It seems that the Crystal crew seems to always anticipate your needs. They keep the ship spotless. I see them late at night cleaning hall baseboards while on their knees. Food in the regular restaurant is awesome. You don't ... Read More
It seems that the Crystal crew seems to always anticipate your needs. They keep the ship spotless. I see them late at night cleaning hall baseboards while on their knees. Food in the regular restaurant is awesome. You don't normally see JUMBO shrimp, lobster, filet mignon, caviar, crab over and over again on the menu. Nobo's menu in Silk Road specialty restaurant was great as was the menu in Prego's. All those at no extra charge. Drinks and gratuities were included and the drinks were not the normal bar type alcohol. Example for vodka Grey Goose was an option. High quality single malt scotches were also available at no extra charge. If I need to make one constructive comment to them it would be for them to cut down on the salt in soups and sauces and let us add what we need. But then that comment needs to be told to ALL cruise lines. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
I had read so many reviews for Cunard and decided that seeing I had to go to the States for family reasons I would try a ship instead of all the hassle of airports. The crew were first class, food great, entertainment superb. Force 12 gale ... Read More
I had read so many reviews for Cunard and decided that seeing I had to go to the States for family reasons I would try a ship instead of all the hassle of airports. The crew were first class, food great, entertainment superb. Force 12 gale and not much movement. The only downside was disembarkation in New York, they only had 4 immigration desks open for over 2000 passengers , this caused massive queues and some very irate passengers. The experience on board gave me an appetite for more cruises. Cunard certainly ticked the boxes and have been on the other Queens but took my wife ( never cruised before) she really enjoyed the experience for someone who is not a keen traveller. The idea of just being able to drive up to the ship in Southampton and leave your car and collect when returning beats buses ,trains and flights to join your cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We crossed the Atlantic from New York. Our 4th cruise on QM2 and it did not disappoint. QM2 never lets you down. The balcony cabin, close to mid-ship was superb with a bottle of wine waiting for us as we are Platinum members. Freshly ... Read More
We crossed the Atlantic from New York. Our 4th cruise on QM2 and it did not disappoint. QM2 never lets you down. The balcony cabin, close to mid-ship was superb with a bottle of wine waiting for us as we are Platinum members. Freshly laundered robes, shampoos etc supplied, chocolate on pillow every night. Very adequate shower. Comfortable King size bed. Coffee and tea making facilities. Don't be fooled by the coffee machine. It makes tea as well.Movies on the TVs. A little tip -go to the Pulsars desk to get a list and times of films. Our cabin Stewart, Bert, was efficient without being overwhelming. One night we could not sleep and ordered tea and toast at 3.00am. No problem and no extra charge. Shows in the theatre were good but a comedian would have been nice for a change. The food, well, it was wonderful. Lots of different dishes to choose from. If you didn't want to go to the King's Court buffet, check out the various bars that often serve wonderful, different food choices. Or the "pub" for fish and chips or shepherd' pie. We dined some evenings in the Britannia a Restaurant , the menu tended to be rather fancy but you could always order anything you liked as an alternative. Internet room was well stocked with computers with help on hand daily if needed. The library is the best at sea. Loads of books/Magazines. Comfortable chairs with sea views to sit on. The shops and spa are a bit pricey, but I think all ships are the same. The active casino is.a place to be avoided unless you don't mind loosing but occasionally winning.but in ether case the atmosphere is great. Embarkation was swift? We ignore our allotted time and always get off early with no problem. QM2 is an ocean going liner so just glides across the waves. The captain was superb, giving lots of interesting information at mid-day. He spoke very clearly and articulately. Nearly forgot afternoon tea in the Queens ballroom. This is a signature of the Cunard ships. I won't say anymore, just go and be surprised Finally, Cunard have a reputation sometimes for being "stuffy" . This is not the case. It has certain standards which benefit everyone. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Absolutely incredible!!!! The room size was great as was the size of the bathroom. The Bulgari amenities are a lovely touch. You event have a choice of the scent that is placed in your room. Sirena is a lovely ship and her crew ... Read More
Absolutely incredible!!!! The room size was great as was the size of the bathroom. The Bulgari amenities are a lovely touch. You event have a choice of the scent that is placed in your room. Sirena is a lovely ship and her crew ensured that we had a perfect experience!!! We are so happy with our sailing we have rebooked with Oceania on the Marina for 2019. The ports were wonderful on this sailing except for Nassau. It would be so much nicer if we had an overnight in one of the Spanish ports or Madeira and skipped that port all together. There were 6 other ships in dock that day (4 Carnival, 1 Disney, 1 Royal Caribbean). The enrichment sessions were wonderful and we went to almost every one! Entertainment was intimate and very good. Dining is excellent. We found the food in the Terrace Cafe and Grand Dining room to be excellent. Such attention to detail by Razvan and his dining room staff as well as Chef and his team!. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
The Bergen combination of Viking's apparent lack of awareness of a major bicycle race that had been scheduled for three years resulted in shore tours being cancelled and the ship having to berth in an industrial area away from the ... Read More
The Bergen combination of Viking's apparent lack of awareness of a major bicycle race that had been scheduled for three years resulted in shore tours being cancelled and the ship having to berth in an industrial area away from the downtown made for a rough start. The area boat tour that was arranged to substitute for the planned included tour was a fair recovery, but not a complete one. We had to find our own way to Bergen's stave church, only to discover that it had closed for the season two days earlier. We had to be helped by friendly Norwegians when the tram system didn't take cash, a point we could have been warned about. One of the highlights of any Viking cruise is the opportunity to visit a local residence. The Inuit hostess in Qaqortoq, Greenland, was wonderful, but the local guide was poor. The girl took off up a very steep hill at a pace that overwhelmed the 60-and-70-year olds that made up the group. One older couple arrived - apparently without having been missed - 20 minutes after the rest. Recognizing the difficulty of finding English speakers in such a remote location, the local guide was quite unable to translate our questions to the hostess and her answers to us. Then the girl took off to let us find our own way back to the ship. It was unfortunate that Nanortalik had to be bypassed, but the captain's decision was, I believe, well taken. Aside from these points of criticism, the rest of the cruise was wonderful. The menu choices in the restaurant were plentiful, well prepared and very professionally presented. That Viking could find so many high quality servers, especially the Macedonian contingent, was quite amazing. Not to be forgotten are the crews of the tenders; that nobody went overboard or got hurt while getting on and off the boats in rough seas was highly commendable. The performers and musicians who made up the entertainment team were absolutely superior. Great shows night after night with super special effects! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
My husband and I are both Scandinavian descent so we thought it would be fun to learn more about the Vikings and see where they lived. This is our second cruise with Viking Ocean and we knew that we really loved our other cruise to the ... Read More
My husband and I are both Scandinavian descent so we thought it would be fun to learn more about the Vikings and see where they lived. This is our second cruise with Viking Ocean and we knew that we really loved our other cruise to the Caribbean last December. We loved the decor of the Viking Ocean ships. The deluxe veranda rooms were a tad small but were well-appointed and clean, clean, clean. The linens were absolutely first class. The bed was very comfortable and there was sufficient closet space for all our things. The bathroom was surprisingly roomy with heated floors which came in handy since we were sailing the North Atlantic and Northern Countries. The weather was a lot colder than other cruises we have taken, but the room's HVAC was very efficient and responsive. Be sure to lift the desk top and collect the binoculars---we didn't find them until the day before we disembarked. The complimentary self-service laundry came in handy. They even supplied the detergents. Be sure to choose a good time on a day when you are not at sea. It seemed everyone chose that day to do their laundry. The food was wonderful. What more can you say?! Reserve your times early for Chef's Table and Manfredi's but we never were refused a request for our favorite time of 6:30pm. You won't be disappointed with the included excursions. We took 2 optional tours and loved them. The entertainers were terrific and very personable. Be sure to sign up for the tours of the Bridge, Galley and Back-Stage...great. Best of all were the crew. They cannot be beat. Fabulous. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
In general, the cruise and the ship was the best that we have ever experienced, and we have sailed on Princess (elite status), Celebrity, and Carnival (never again!). That the route was an ocean crossing, ending in a port far from the ... Read More
In general, the cruise and the ship was the best that we have ever experienced, and we have sailed on Princess (elite status), Celebrity, and Carnival (never again!). That the route was an ocean crossing, ending in a port far from the initial port is an excellent strategy. Embarkation and debarkation were smooth, although finding the host at the embarkation point was a bit difficult (posted signs at the street would have helped). The ratio of public space to passenger load is excellent, the wealth of books outstanding, and the size of the ship ideal. The lack of “nickel and dimeing” is unique and much appreciated, as was the lack of pressure to patronize the on-board shops. The included use of the Spa/thermal room was very enjoyable, and we used it often. The simple addition of beer/wine with lunch and dinner is an incredible luxury. High Tea was likewise a delight. The guitarist, the trio and the pianist were excellent, with a very good repertoire. Background music was well chosen and not obnoxiously loud. We did not patronize Torshaven, being neither night owls nor party goers. Minor suggestions and criticisms follow: Cabin: 1) A second towel rack for the hand towels would be very useful, either over the toilet or higher up on the wall over the existing one. 2) An open shelving unit in the back corner of the closet would help. The single shelf over the coffee maker is insufficient, even with the drawer space and the night stands. TV: 1) A “sea state” channel showing outside air temperature, sea temperature, wind speed and direction over the deck, wave height and sea condition would be appreciated, so that one could dress appropriately for deck sitting. 2) The ship’s course plots are very inaccurate, and in fact annoying as they show the ship crossing land! My GPS from my tablet was more accurate. Please improve this channel. 3) The online ship’s account does not show the 15% service charge per person per cabin per day, and should, so as to give a more accurate estimate of the account. Hiding this amount until late in the cruise is misleading. 4) It might be convenient for the Viking Today channel to be available from a local web server on board ship via WiFi, as well as the menus, etc. While it is obvious that the ship’s systems need to be completely isolated from anything the passengers can access via WiFi, perhaps a separate sub-network could be arranged. Food: 1) The coffee tends to be quite acid. Both the strength and the roast are fine, however. 2) The salad bar needs some redesign as parts are not accessible, and the staff have conflicting duties. 3) The morning omelet station needs a list posted of ingredients that can be requested. 4) Sushi for lunch would be nice, instead of just for dinner. 5) Posting the menus for the specialty dining venues early enough to be in time for successful reservations would be appreciated. We were just lucky that our reservation for the Chef's table consisted of a menu thankfully lacking in capseicin. Tours: 1) Bus logistics could be somewhat improved – buses need to wait for guests, not the other way around. As noted, all the above are really only minor things. We would, and have, recommended Viking Ocean to our friends, and will sail again (already booked for Alaska 2019). Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
As a retired 35 year History teacher traveling alone, I was searching for a cruise that would be more appropriate to the classroom experiences I had with my students. The Viking SEA cruise "In the Wake of the Vikings" filled ... Read More
As a retired 35 year History teacher traveling alone, I was searching for a cruise that would be more appropriate to the classroom experiences I had with my students. The Viking SEA cruise "In the Wake of the Vikings" filled that bill and more for me. The cruise began in Bergen, Norway, and crossed the Atlantic to Montreal. I took advantage of pre and post extensions in Oslo and Montreal for two days each and was not disappointed. Bergen was also a joy, and the fact that this pro cycling fan was there during one day of the week long UCI World Championships was a pleasure that was unexpected when I booked the cruise. To get to the ship, I traveled by train from Oslo to Bergen. The views were amazing, and definitely a harbinger of things to come on the cruise itself. The Viking SEA was easy to get around, and the staff was the best part of the entire experience! Whether it was my Steward, Tito, the food staff, or the security and boarding staff for the three tendering situations, they couldn't have been more patient or professional. The food was outstanding! When I arrived on the first night, I went to the Buffet ("World Cafe") expecting to pick up a burger and fries. Imagine my surprise when the offerings included Duck a L'Orange and Lamb Shoulder...the excellence and variety of the food was unchanged for the next two weeks. I got my first taste of Venison, and Caviar as well. Breakfast and luncheon offerings were equally as good. The 'reservation restaurants,' Manfredi's Italian, and the Chef's Table, were above and beyond expectations. A cautionary note: If you intend to hit the Casino, buy art, rock climb, or see extravagant Broadway type shows with large casts; this cruise is not for you. The stage time is taken with lectures on the History, Geography, and politics of the area served. We had four lecturers who touched mainly on the Viking legacy (it was the theme, after all), but also included climate concerns, political policy issues regarding whaling, oil, and other natural resources, and more recent Historical events. There were also "Port Talks," led by the Cruise Director. If you missed any of the lectures, you could watch them later on your cabin television. Entertainment was controlled by an eight person troupe, who brought a different show each night to the theatre. Despite the small size of the troupe, they handled their assignments very well. They, like the rest of the staff, were also very gregarious and thoughtful to the passengers off the boat. The Spa and exercise areas were excellent! The Deck 2 walking area was a quarter of a mile around, which surprised me, because I have been on much larger Carnival and Disney ships where the walking distance was identical. How did Viking do it? The Shore Excursion opportunities brought unexpected visual experiences. The beauty of the Shetlands, the Faroes, Iceland, Greenland, Newfoundland, and Quebec were the highlights here. The local guides were all knowledgeable and easy to converse with. The views from the ship were also amazing, especially going through the fjords in all of these locations. Prince Christian Sound in Greenland was at least equal, if not superior, to the views in Alaska's Inland Passage. Three glaciers, icebergs, and mountains around every corner kept the camera busy! The included tours usually were of the "Panorama" variety, where we took buses to various areas as an orientation of the location, with opportunities for stops for photo opportunities. I was most disappointed with the included tour of Reykjavik, Iceland, because we spent an inordinate amount of time driving through residential areas and were not allowed to stop at key locations because "we do not have time." I was also a bit frustrated with one of the onboard consultants informing me that the 'excursions in Saguenay, Quebec, were very helpful, because there isn't much to see in the town.' Two opportunities to walk proved to me that this was a very charming town, and there was much that we weren't able to see otherwise. Perhaps a reevaluation of the opportunities in this region for excursion purposes would be helpful. The optional tours were tremendous! In my case, a walk through the Shetlands' capital of Lerwick, a ride around the Faroes, a visit to a fur house in Qaqortoq, Greenland, a walk around the L'Anse Aux Meadows Viking settlement in Newfoundland,and walking and carriage tours in Quebec City were stunning! On three occasions, we had to "Tender" from the ship to the shore. The crew was excellent in getting us on and off board, but suffice it to say, the term "Tender" is now an oxymoron in my book...remember that the North Atlantic in mid September is not easy on good days. We also had to miss the Nanortalik, Greenland port due to treacherous wind and waves. Kudos to the Security and Boarding crew who had to deal with disembarking so many in limited time in all of the ports. The cruise was exceptional, and, despite a few minor issues, I would go again...In fact, while onboard, I signed up for a future Viking Ocean Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
My wife and I, both in our 70's made the cruise. Our pre-cruise visit to Bergen was great. We had Viking plan the air, which was a mistake. They routed us through Heathrow, which I avoid based on experience several years ago. It has ... Read More
My wife and I, both in our 70's made the cruise. Our pre-cruise visit to Bergen was great. We had Viking plan the air, which was a mistake. They routed us through Heathrow, which I avoid based on experience several years ago. It has gotten worse. It took over an hour standing in line with our carry-on luggage to get on a bus to take us from Terminal 3 to Terminal 5. We had reserved the Hotel Oleana in Bergen. It was conveniently located, nice staff, but the furnishings were spartan. Good weather and we ate well in the 3 days there before we boarded the ship. I thought embarkation went smoothly but my wife disagrees. We both were very happy with our stateroom, especially the heated bathroom floor. Wish I had one at home. I screwed up, not having looked at the ships plans/specifications enough beforehand. I thought it would be too cool to use the pool, so didn't pack a bathing suit. But the main pool and it's hot tub were protected and there were two more hot tubs plus the two pools and the sauna in the spa. Dining was great, with several options. I regret that they did not offer more choices of joining others when we went into The Restaurant. We met fewer other cruise travelers than we have on other cruises. We both took advantage of the talks and enjoyed them a lot. One speaker was so good that I regretted I was not going to be on the next leg (to New York) to hear some scheduled for it. All of the crew were helpful and pleasant to deal with. Security process for exiting and reboarding at the port stops was very efficient. I appreciated the steps they went to to help us keep our hands clean and prevent the spread of disease. There were several locations outside of the staterooms where people could relax and read. An ample number of books were available at multiple locations. In many of these one could be close enough to the performing musicians to have the music in the background. All of the musicians were top notch. Portable hearing sets were available to help people hear the excursion guides but they were awkward to use and were unnecessary except on one tour I went on. The size of the ship is large enough to have great facilities but small enough to go places larger ships cannot visit. We were already book for a Spring 2018 cruise on the Viking Sea when we booked this one. We liked it enough to book a cruise on the Viking Orion in December 2018. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
My husband and I chose this cruise for the itinerary as well as Viking's stellar reputation. We weren't disappointed. The cabin, food and service were exceptional. We've cruised with RSS and Celebrity but Viking ... Read More
My husband and I chose this cruise for the itinerary as well as Viking's stellar reputation. We weren't disappointed. The cabin, food and service were exceptional. We've cruised with RSS and Celebrity but Viking outperformed them both in these areas. We enjoyed a few days in Oslo prior to the cruise staying at the Hotel Thon Opera. We were a bit unhappy that our rooms weren't ready when we arrived at 3:00pm and we had to wait in the lobby for a bit. Other than that, the hotel was very nice and the breakfast they offered was sensational. And because we were inconvenienced by the delayed check-in, Viking arranged a very nice coach tour of the Oslo area, which included a stop at the the very interesting Viking Ship Museum. We took a very comfortable and scenic train ride from Oslo to Bergen to embark the lovely Viking Sea. Excurions: We highly recommend the Fish Farming and Maritime History tour offered while at port in Bergen. We toured a facility that builds beautiful wooden boats and makes rope, then drove through beautiful Hardangerfjord to reach the fish farm. We were then taken to the mountains, to Voss, for a delicious lakeside lunch. It was a great day! It was fortuitous that our tour took us out of Bergen because Bergen was hosting an international cycling event the day we were in port so most of the Bergen city tours were cancelled. (A boat tour of Bergen was substituted.) Viking provided everyone with a $200 ship board credit for being inconvenienced. Very nice of Viking. While in Lerwick, Scotland, we opted for the walking tour, The Nature Trail of Mousa Island. After a brief coach ride through town, we boarded a small boat for a 10 minute ride to Mousa Island. It was a beautiful day for a walk; scenic, sunny and very breezy. The 'trail' is over uneven grassy ground and a bit slippery and wet, so be aware. Make sure you have the appropriate shoes. But it was a wonderful experience seeing the Moussa Broch. The guide was knowledgeable. We're glad we chose this tour. We booked the Sea Safari tour while in Torshavn, but due to high seas, the tour was cancelled. Safety first! So we walked through town and toured on our own. We opted for the all day, Golden Circle tour, while at port in Reykjavik. It was well worth the time and cost. And the guide was very knowledgable. Such fantastic scenery! We had a wonderful salmon lunch too. I wish I could have spent a bit more time shopping at some of the gift shops. The most spectacular sight on the entire cruise was waiting for us in Greenland. We cruised slowly through the magnificent Prince Christian Sound. Breathtaking, really. Mountains, glaciers, bergie bits, seals, whales, sun, snow - fabulous! And no other ships around. We saw one person, a kayaker, on the 5 hour sail. Unbelievably harsh beauty. Wow! Due to weather, we were unable to dock Nanotorlik. But the ship was able to dock in Qaqortok. There is not much to see there, but we walked around town in the sunshine and found the grocery store to be an interesting visit. L'Ans Aux Meadows - was interesting. It gives you a real sense of the Viking life there, hundreds of years prior. Saguenay, Ontario - our least favorite excursion. We opted for Zodiac in the Park tour. We felt we spent too much time on a school bus there and back. The actual tour on the zodiac was brief and just ho hum. And a very rough ride. There is no food offered, so Viking should arrange snacks somewhere along the line. (We were gone from 10:00 until 3:00.) The guide didn't really offer insights or history of the area on the long rides. Beautiful scenery though. Quebec City - Many ships in port that day (8?) so it was very a very busy, crowded port. We opted for the included tour, which was fine with us. The streets were clogged with people so sitting on a coach with a guide telling us all about Quebec City was just about perfect for us on our last day. Food - we loved Manfredi's; left the Chef Table after the second course - not to our liking. But enjoyed every other meal everywhere else on the ship. We especially enjoyed the fresh seafood the chef arranged for us in Bergen. Mussels were yummy. And Mamsen's deli for waffles in the morning. And High Tea daily! And drinks at the Explorer's Lounge! We look forward to our next cruise in April. Love you, Viking! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
My husband was in the Air Force and stationed in Greenland during the Korean War. He said he would like to go back, so when I saw this Cruise I though it would be the perfect opportunity. His birthday is 9-25 and we were in Greenland that ... Read More
My husband was in the Air Force and stationed in Greenland during the Korean War. He said he would like to go back, so when I saw this Cruise I though it would be the perfect opportunity. His birthday is 9-25 and we were in Greenland that day and celebrated his birthday. I liked the fact that the Ports of Call were so different from other cruises. The scenery was amazing, actually breath taking. So far it was the best cruise we've ever taken. The ship was the perfect size and capacity, most new ships are overbearing in size and capacity. Manfredi's was the best, the food was excellent, I would say it equaled that of a fine dining Italian Restaurant. The service personnel was the best, they were there for all our needs. The tours were good but some could have been better organized. I have recommended this cruise to many of my friends and family. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
My wife and I have been on numerous Viking River cruises(5), and decided to try their Ocean Cruise. We picked Viking as our previous experiences were excellent. We picked this one, for the ports of call. We were completely satisfied ... Read More
My wife and I have been on numerous Viking River cruises(5), and decided to try their Ocean Cruise. We picked Viking as our previous experiences were excellent. We picked this one, for the ports of call. We were completely satisfied with Viking. We found that the Ocean Cruises, followed the same wonderful times we had with the River Cruises. Ship, food, staff ,were all excellent! Like a River Cruise, only in the Ocean. Staff was always smiling and very helpful. We highly recommend the Viking Ocean Cruises. The included trips were well thought out, and the guides were wonderful. Food service staff were most helpful, refilling juices, coffee, wine, water. Felt like we were eating in a 5star restaurant every day. Conveyed the "small ship" feel of the river cruise with the larger ocean ship. We always had a good berth and excellent shuttles to the towns and villages we visited. We are planning our next trip with Viking, as I write this review. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Our experience with a Viking river cruise was excellent and the ship's itinerary was what we wanted. The staff is excellent and is very friendly. The support staff works well together providing quiet and efficient service. I was ... Read More
Our experience with a Viking river cruise was excellent and the ship's itinerary was what we wanted. The staff is excellent and is very friendly. The support staff works well together providing quiet and efficient service. I was always greeted with a hello and a smile. Service was outstanding and our cabin steward was the best. The dining experience was outstanding with great food, excellent food presentation and food choices. Due to a medical incident I needed to visit you ship's medical facility. The care I received by Dr. Soric and his staff was outstanding. The shore excursions were disappointing and not up to my standards. Not enough time spent at the different stops, Sometimes it felt like it was a march or die excursion. You need to learn from the river excursions on how to improve the shore excursion experience. The enrichment lectures were only OK and could improve. Overall it was an excellent cruise and we will take another cruise with Viking. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
It was my first West bound transatlantic. The embarkation was very smooth. I recommend doing all forms on line before you leave. I sent a bag ahead with the while glove service. It worked prefect. I boarded the ship and my bag arrived ... Read More
It was my first West bound transatlantic. The embarkation was very smooth. I recommend doing all forms on line before you leave. I sent a bag ahead with the while glove service. It worked prefect. I boarded the ship and my bag arrived with in minutes. It is a beautiful and grand ship. The cabins were bigger. They added many new storage areas in the room. The service was unbeatable. From cabin steward to wait staff. The ship was clean and neat. It was very easy to get around. It was quiet and respectful. The entertainment was very talented and a good variety. Before I left I wondered about 7 days at sea. It was easy to stay busy or rest and relax. Your choice. I had read on cruise critic that west bound was easier. I totally agree. Each day at noon you gain an hour which was nice. Your on New York time when you arrive. The food was outstanding. We stopped one stop in LaHavre France. That was amazing port of call. At the end of our voyage we got in the end of a hurricaine. Yes, it was rain and high winds. But the ship is designed for such weather. The crew was always reassuring that the ship would be fine. For a non swimmer that helped me. That can happen. I would definitely recommend traveling on the Queen Mary 2. she is an elegant classy ship. You do need to be aware of the dress codes. The passengers do follow them. guys in Tux and women in long dresses on formal nights. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We picked the cruise for the itinerary, as i do not enjoy flying anymore. I had the choice as well as it was my belated 50th birthday present. The only way i feel i can do the review justice is do some comparison to Celebrity as they ... Read More
We picked the cruise for the itinerary, as i do not enjoy flying anymore. I had the choice as well as it was my belated 50th birthday present. The only way i feel i can do the review justice is do some comparison to Celebrity as they are our favourite cruise line. Embarkation had a little of a shaky start as the gangway malfunctioned, so we had a bit of a delay. Got on about 1pm. Disappointed no glass of champagne to greet us, which celebrity do. Our cabin was ready, when we got on which was great. The cabin was lovely we were happy with the size, very clean and that we had a sliding balcony door, which saves a lot of banging doors. Lots of clothes hangers as we ended up with too many as we always pack some of our own, I plead guilty in i took my own pillow and quilt with us, so cannot comment of the bedding. The cabin steward we had the first 3 weeks was excellent, we did the little things like clean the bathroom glass every day that we kept our toothbrushes in, as previous cruises and hotels, they do not. The steward emptied our mini bar fridge for us, as we know we will never drink any of it. When we get on board we always check out dining table as we do like a table of 2, so we can eat at our own pace. We were happy they had got this right. The 2 waiters we had for dinner were excellent, you could see they worked well as a team. We heard lots of comments that the service in Britannia restaurant could very hit and miss, as we found out when we decided to try breakfast, where the service and the food was terrible; the food was cold and once the waiter and taken our order and brought it out, we never saw him again. We never went back for breakfast in there again,. We did have room service breakfast as few times and that was always hot and on time. Lunch buffet in Kings Court, could be dull sometimes, the food was good and tasty, but does not even compare to Celebrity's buffet lunches on Oceanview Cafe and the late night snacks were very disappointing. We did have fish and chips in the pub Golden Lion, which was very good, but would not recommend going in when England are playing football; far too crowded. We did go to one afternoon tea in the Queens Room and was very disappointed, it was very noisy, the sandwiches were dry and curled and you had to keep getting the waiters attention if you wanted more. Not the glamorous experience we hoped it would be. The entertainment was excellent except one act (can't remember her name) but she was meant to be a stage show sensation, but she was dreadful. We had Roy Walker (commedian) but sorry he has had his day. The production shows where very good, and we were worried been on the ship so long, we would have lots of repeat entertainment, but we only had the 3 repeat production shows, on those nights we either went to the cinema or the Queens Room. We did learn that to get tickets for the Planetarium, with quite a lot of Americans on board, you have to queue half an hour before they put them out to get one. On our way over the Atlantic we had amazing weather and calm seas, except for the last 48 hours, where we caught the end of Hurricane Hose, so happy i was on QM2 for that, we manages the high seas so well, nothing moved in the cabin and we could walk around easily. The only time we noticed it was when we were in bed, when we felt like we were either floating or going to role out. The ports of calls were great except we had to change one port of call due to the Canadians slowing the speed limit down, so we ended up going to a Canadian port of Sept illes, and it had nothing; very disappointed. We were unable to dock in Rhode Island, due to bad weather, we took it in our stride, but many moaned, but the captain did try up to an hour to see if we could stay. We did excursions on all the ports of call except Sept Illes, and we enjoyed them all. All the days we were on board, we were not bored once, which has got us keen to save up for a world cruise one day. We did not realise how highly the Canadians think of the QM2 and it was great the greetings we received when we arrived and left; apparently QM2 was on the news in Canada when we arrived in most ports. The Captains cocktail parties felt a bit like, here is your free drink, speeches done, now go and have your dinner. Celebrity have free drinks galore and wonderful nibbles. We are disappointed with Cunards loyalty scheme as you do not really get any benefits with them for been loyal, where we get excited with Celebrity when we manage to go up a level, due to the extra perks you get. I agree with most reviews i have read, alcoholic drinks are very expensive, so we did not drink much alcohol at all. As we did a long cruise we did have trouble with the photography side of things as we always had to make sure each week our photo's were saved as they wiped them off as each week was considered a separate cruise, and trying to get the code to get the photos back into our folder could take a couple of days. My husband bought one of the welcome aboard packages and we had trouble with using the vouchers we had for money off spa and photo's as no one seemed to know how they were used, so we had to go the purser desk a few times to get our bill corrected. I liked QM2, as you had lots of places to go and would usually find a quiet spot to sit, as i know with celebrity that is harder to do, but the temperature difference around QM2 was quite frustrating as one minute you would be okay, but then you go to another part of the ship and you would feel cold. We did get woken up on at 7.10am on the morning before we got back to Southampton, with the Coast Guard coming to airlift someone off, which was a bit of a shock as the helicopter was very load. Would i cruise cunard again, yes definately. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Upon reading reviews of the Muse before leaving, we embarked with open minds; so glad we did! From the minute we boarded until we ended in Montreal, we loved this 6 month old ship and the dining options. Just being a couple who are in a ... Read More
Upon reading reviews of the Muse before leaving, we embarked with open minds; so glad we did! From the minute we boarded until we ended in Montreal, we loved this 6 month old ship and the dining options. Just being a couple who are in a service business, getting away alone is important. We have to be social at home but having the option each night to eat at a table for 2 without seeming antisocial was so nice. Of course we met lovely people at different venues and even our table next to others but for the most part we loved this set up. The work ethic of the entire Muse staff is incredible. Decided instead of full day excursions off the ship, much of the time we just took the provided shuttles into towns and got back on board for late lunch. Loved the ship so much booked another Muse in 2019. Only one suggestion to Silversea: early morning coffee a must in the Observation Lounge, please? Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Wanted to see Ireland and eastern Canada and this did both. The crossing was nice, 4 sea days in a row. A couple so-so ports like Sydney Canada (try and avoid) and western Canada is much more beautiful but still very nice. Loved the ... Read More
Wanted to see Ireland and eastern Canada and this did both. The crossing was nice, 4 sea days in a row. A couple so-so ports like Sydney Canada (try and avoid) and western Canada is much more beautiful but still very nice. Loved the French island of St Pierre. My comment to take or leave; the food is great in all the restaurants but they have raised the premium restaurants (La Dame and Keiseke) to $60 per person. For that you get nothing better than in the others. Food not better, service definitely not better, wine not better...what's the point for $120 extra. Try them if you like. Premium restaurant Champagne was $40 each a year and a half ago and you got a glass of Dom Perignan when you sat down. Not sure what their thinking is. You can get lobster and fois gras in other restaurants so...? Never went to a show, 10 minutes with an OK singer, so cannot comment on those activities. Could use more games on sea days. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
This trip it was up to my S.O. to chose the cruise line since I had in the past. Our last experience had been disappointing so he starting doing research with a vengeance. What he found were the Viking Ocean Cruises scoring the best and ... Read More
This trip it was up to my S.O. to chose the cruise line since I had in the past. Our last experience had been disappointing so he starting doing research with a vengeance. What he found were the Viking Ocean Cruises scoring the best and that the ships were brand new. We already knew of the itinerary we wanted and the approximate dates so once we put those 3 details together, we found our ship. We sailed the Baltic and did go to Oslo, Norway, a couple of days early, then took a train to Bergen where we boarded the ship. The embarkation was a piece of cake. We basically turned over the luggage and walked on-board, were allowed to go straight to our stateroom. We thought the meals were very good, not always the best except for the 2 specialty restaurants which were a cut above the dining room. Overall, no complaints about the food and we had many choices. The entertainment was a big surprise in that it was really great. The company who performed in the theatre was small but talented and the production numbers imaginative. There was also a pianist, guitarist and string trio who played in the atrium area where we also enjoyed music. Our cabin was big enough but the bathroom was a bit small, especially the shower and I could never get the shower head to co-operate with where I wanted it aimed. Nice touches were the heated floor which felt good on the cool mornings and the non-fog mirror. Materials used were all sleek and designed well to maximize the space. The veranda was quite small but there were few days with weather nice enough to actually go out and enjoy so it was ok. This was the first time that our excursions came at no extra charge if we wanted to avail ourselves. I have never been a fan of bus travel but it worked out and the employees who coordinated the excursions were extremely efficient. Several times we paid for an excursion that was more than the bus tour. We were super impressed with the staff. Everyone seemed to genuinely be enjoying themselves and the guests. We got to know a few who became our favorites because they went above and beyond expectations. I guess by the fact that we have signed up for a Viking River Cruise and another Ocean cruise it meant we were very happy with our total experience. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We love Viking. This was our third on Viking Ocean. We began with the pre-cruise in Oslo, did the Wake of the Vikings, then the post-cruise in Montreal. The tour in Oslo and train ride were very nice. There was no tour in Montreal. We ... Read More
We love Viking. This was our third on Viking Ocean. We began with the pre-cruise in Oslo, did the Wake of the Vikings, then the post-cruise in Montreal. The tour in Oslo and train ride were very nice. There was no tour in Montreal. We knew that, but many who were with us on the post-cruise did not. We had booked our own tours there. We were happy with the hotels--Bristol in Oslo, Radisson Blu in Bergen, and Westin in Montreal. We were lucky in Montreal as our room was ready within an hour of arrival, which wasn't the case for most. The cruise itself was wonderful. We loved the Chef's Table (4 seatings for us), Manfredi's, and World Cafe. The Pool Grill has good food, but the line can back up and take a while to be served. We also did the Tea time twice and loved that. The Spa was also terrific. We used it five times, enjoying the workout room and sauna/steam room/hot tubs each time. We only participated in a couple of the entertainment offerings--Abba and Broadway. Both were excellent. Our cabin was the same number as we have previously had and met our needs. All-in-all, we were very happy. The only downside for us was weather prevented us going ashore at two of the stops, but we understood the safety issues associated with trying to haul a bunch of "old" people in tenders in rough seas. Would not have been pretty. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Traveled with Viking several times before this cruise. Like Viking and cruise went to some places we had not visited before. Only let down was not being able to stop in Shetland Islands but it was because of bad weather Viking did give ... Read More
Traveled with Viking several times before this cruise. Like Viking and cruise went to some places we had not visited before. Only let down was not being able to stop in Shetland Islands but it was because of bad weather Viking did give us a full refund for the shore excursions missed. Liked the other shore excursions( many were included for no extra charge) All were lead by very informative guides and were well organized. Food on board was very good-ate too much. Also liked the fact that the cruise was casual dress. No dressy nights required unless you wanted. I am not one to go beyond smart casual attire. Really enjoyed the port talks the day before getting to that port( very informative). We also liked the various lectures about the people or the area that were presented during the cruise. Did not get into excercise or fitness ,thus no comment on that. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We were fortunate to travel with friends who all wanted to see these sites of interest from Bergen to Montreal, most of which we had not seen before. Also, we had heard such positive feedback from other friends who had experienced the ... Read More
We were fortunate to travel with friends who all wanted to see these sites of interest from Bergen to Montreal, most of which we had not seen before. Also, we had heard such positive feedback from other friends who had experienced the grandeur of Viking's new ocean liners. The ship was exquisite, modern and comfortable. Without exception, the entire Viking crew & staff were polite, considerate, smiling and most welcoming. Our cabin stewards were over the top in service, taking care of any of our needs and answering questions. The food was awesome. We appreciated the variety of dining options, the outstanding quality of everything from appetizers to desserts and the beautiful presentations of the meals. You felt like you did not want to mar the appearance of the dishes with a knife and fork. The excursions were handled in an organized way with the embarking and disembarking mostly flowing effectively, and our tour guides were very knowledgeable and informative. We thoroughly enjoyed the shipboard entertainment and shows in the evenings. Two of the highlights for us were the tour and scenery in Iceland, and the stop in Saguenay, Quebec, where the townspeople showered us with a grandiose welcome at the port and presented a fantastic musical and technological performance of the history of their community. It was a super trip. We have done Viking River Cruises previously, so it is quite difficult to say which we would opt for next. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017

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