5 Viking Ocean Viking Sea Cruise Reviews for Luxury Cruises to Europe - Western Mediterranean from Venice

Cruise was booked whilst on the ship on another cruise in April. Original destination was Venice to Istanbul, changed to Venice to Athens (3 nights in Greece!). Not ideal as we had been to Athens & Greece before many times. Venice was ... Read More
Cruise was booked whilst on the ship on another cruise in April. Original destination was Venice to Istanbul, changed to Venice to Athens (3 nights in Greece!). Not ideal as we had been to Athens & Greece before many times. Venice was embarkation port so no excursions, departed for Slovakia that night and then down the Croatia coast to Greece and Greek islands, ending up 2 days in Athens. Half the cruise was thus wasted for us. Ship was full this cruise and the service had got a lot worse than the previous cruise which was only 80% full. Service in the World Cafe was poor most meal times, with waiters outnumbered by "managers" - with stripes on their uniforms, and none of them paying much attention to what the waiters were doing. Most waiters seemed to be sent down to serve in the main restaurant, which was always busy with queues to get a table. The ones left in World Cafe were not "on the ball" much of the time (some were very good, but many seemed to want to loaf around). (World Cafe was at dinner almost empty, but we were told by Viking the lack of service was due to the World Cafe being "extremely popular and busy"! Not true. Service in the rest of the ship was excellent - housekeeping staff are great and nothing is too much trouble, staff on the desks and in the spa are very good. Nobody on board seemed to have a clue as to what was happening to us when we disembarked, which was total disorganised chaos. Herded off the ship into a large "terminal" building to locate our suitcases, waited around for our turn, identified and watched them loaded onto trolleys before being walked out to coaches. Watched our suitcases loaded into another coach! Told that was OK, all coaches leaving for airport at same time. Untrue! Waited 40 minutes at airport after arriving for coach with our suitcases on to arrive! Then told to get ourselves checked in and leave. No proper organisation at all. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Service and accommodations were excellent! We stayed an extra couple of days in Venice before the cruise. Cabin was luxurious. Food was very good from specialty restaurants to general dining. We did not take full advantage of ... Read More
Service and accommodations were excellent! We stayed an extra couple of days in Venice before the cruise. Cabin was luxurious. Food was very good from specialty restaurants to general dining. We did not take full advantage of entertainment and on board activities. The shore excursions were well thought out and varied quite a bit in choices. Did not have any issue being locked out of selections. Smoothest disembark I've encountered. Would we go again? - We are in 2018 to Norway, on the same ship! This cruise was a celebration for being recently retired. Viking did not disappoint in making it special for us. Seeing the Mediterranean and ports in Italy, France was definitely a bucket list item. The only disappointment for the whole cruise was not having enough time in Barcelona, the final destination. We chose to add extra days in Venice at the start instead. To be honest, by the end of the trip we were ready to return home. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We had an excellent experience on our Viking Ocean cruise called the Mediterranean Odyssey. The ship was the appropriate size for our interests, The included land tours were a highlight for us. We enjoyed the dining options in the ... Read More
We had an excellent experience on our Viking Ocean cruise called the Mediterranean Odyssey. The ship was the appropriate size for our interests, The included land tours were a highlight for us. We enjoyed the dining options in the evenings. We would recommend this cruise for anyone who wants to do more than just sit on a ship and watch the waves! We went to ports that had special attractions for us. The ship crew made sure we had a good experience on all our tours. One of our most favorite tour was a guided bike trip into the mountains on the Greek island of Corfu. We had an opportunity to meet the local folks in their own homes. Our cabin was an appropriate size with an include veranda. Each of the suites had a veranda which made for arrivals and departures from a port more interesting since you could watch the action of the crew. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We were excited to see Mediterranean region for the first time. We spent the first days in Venice & had both tours & opportunities to explore on our own. Everything went very smoothly, from our air trip over, pick-up from the ... Read More
We were excited to see Mediterranean region for the first time. We spent the first days in Venice & had both tours & opportunities to explore on our own. Everything went very smoothly, from our air trip over, pick-up from the airport & embarkation. This was our first ocean trip with Viking and we were very impressed with many thoughtful details in the ship as well as the attentive staff. We have traveled with Viking many times on the river cruises and find that they keep refining both the cabins and the overall ships. Having traveled on both large and mid-sized ocean liners, we loved the smaller ship. Overall, we would rate the guides and tours as excellent. One of the best tours was Nice, which was an "on your own". That being said, the guide made certain we had a meeting place with free bathrooms, complementary snacks, great view of the promenade and then proceeded to give us a wonderful tour of the old market area of Nice. She made certain that we were aware of what was available in the area in our areas of special interests. The restaurant staff was exceptionally well informed and both they and the cabin staff went over and above throughout the trip. We look forward excitedly to our next ocean cruises. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Cruise was wonderful from start to finish. Each day got better and better. Would recommend to anyone who wants to feel special for two weeks. Food was fantastic. Spa was nicest I've been enjoyed. Enjoyed lounging on the deck ... Read More
Cruise was wonderful from start to finish. Each day got better and better. Would recommend to anyone who wants to feel special for two weeks. Food was fantastic. Spa was nicest I've been enjoyed. Enjoyed lounging on the deck during free time. Staff was flawless. Entertainment was great. Leaving and returning to the ship in port was handled with extreme efficiency and a memorable experience. Wanted to spend more time on ship and enjoy all the ammenities but didn t want to miss the wonderful shore excursions. Pre and post excursions are a little pricey but again the service and accommodations were excellent . Unfortunately we waited too long the encounter the Viking experience Booked another trip just a few months after our return to the US. This time we will be taking a river cruise.Looking forward to next trip. Will be interesting to compare the difference. The ocean cruise will be hard to beat. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Viking Sea Ratings
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Cabins 5.0 4.8
Dining 5.0 4.6
Entertainment 3.5 4.2
Public Rooms 5.0 4.9
Fitness Recreation 4.5 4.4
Family 1.0 4.4
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.2
Enrichment 4.0 4.4
Service 5.0 4.8
Value For Money 5.0 4.4

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