Sail Date: November 2018
We chose this cruise because we liked the itinerary, and we've taken three Viking River Cruises in the past, and we were very impressed with the river cruises we'd taken. The ship was beautiful and very easy to get around. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we liked the itinerary, and we've taken three Viking River Cruises in the past, and we were very impressed with the river cruises we'd taken. The ship was beautiful and very easy to get around. The cabin was roomy and very comfortable. The dining was fabulous - the food excellent in the regular dining, the buffet and the specialty restaurants. We typically had the same table or close to it in the evening dining room, and the wait staff were terrific! The service was great, our cabin steward was very attentive and thorough in attending the cabin. We enjoyed the ports we visited and the shore excursions. The included shore excursions were typically pretty crowded - the buses seemed to be full and all left at the same time and returned the same time, which resulted in long lines to get back on the ship. This was about the only down side to the cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
We so enjoy traveling with Viking. We have been on their ocean and river cruises. The ocean vessels are lovely ships, with great staff and good food. Rooms are well equipped and nice size. We also enjoy the entire interior look of the ... Read More
We so enjoy traveling with Viking. We have been on their ocean and river cruises. The ocean vessels are lovely ships, with great staff and good food. Rooms are well equipped and nice size. We also enjoy the entire interior look of the ships. It is nice hat the layout on each ocean vessel is the same so when you cruise, it feels like you are coming home. Smaller ship, less people, no casinos, peaceful surroundings. We also appreciate Viking’s policy of guests must be over 18 years of age. No running, screaming kiddos roaming the ship. We find on shorter cruises there is a different clientele which was a little disappointing this time. Many folks we ate with talked about the lack of following the dress policies at the dining rooms. Viking needs to watch that this abuse doesn’t continue to ruin the cruise experience for others. People coming to the restaurants in bathrobes, minimal bathing covers and torn shirts and pants are unacceptable. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
Small ship experience very good however staff attentiveness is much less than on Viking River Cruises. Dinning options were very good. However, trying to get a coffee refill at breakfast was nearly impossible. Shore excursions were again ... Read More
Small ship experience very good however staff attentiveness is much less than on Viking River Cruises. Dinning options were very good. However, trying to get a coffee refill at breakfast was nearly impossible. Shore excursions were again not as good as the river cruise excursions - ship staff were not on top of local tour guides. Quality of shore guides was very inconsistent. Often excursions were delayed starting because local guides were not all there. Ship staff seemed unconcerned about this. Cabins were very comfortable and amenities good. Cabin staff excellent and responsive Public spaces beautifully designed and comfortable. Onboard shops were interesting and had unique items. The most attentive staff was in the perfume shop; she was friendly and engaging. The steam room and snow cave were very relaxing and a unique experience. Viking needs to focus on staff training to make sure that each staff member treats each guest as a valued person - start with a smile and a pleasant hello. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We chose this cruise because of Viking's excellent reputation for river cruising and hoped it carried over to the ocean. It did - everything about this brand new ship is beautiful. The artful design of every space is stunning. The ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of Viking's excellent reputation for river cruising and hoped it carried over to the ocean. It did - everything about this brand new ship is beautiful. The artful design of every space is stunning. The amenities are all you can ask for and the service is warm, friendly and efficient. Mark the cruise director could not be more pleasant. The excursions have all been very informative and enjoyable. The included excursion in Crotone (the only port where we did not book an optional excursion) was just OK. My favorite excursions were the olive grove in Bari, and Pompeii in Naples. The one place where they FAILED MISERABLY is the specialty restaurant reservations that are "guaranteed" with certain cabin levels. We attempted to book them online within 2 hours of when they opened (in August) but were told that all tables for 2 were already booked and we could not book a seat at a shared table online - that would have to be done onboard. While frustrating, we were assured we could book any time once onboard. When we arrived at the ship the first day we were ushered to lunch upon arrival. When we finished lunch we went to the cabin and immediately called for our shared table reservations. The line just rang and rang for several attempts. We went to guest services and they said that you could only make dinner reservations during breakfast and lunch hours (which were now over for the day). The experience of trying to reach someone by phone and just hearing it ring was very frustrating and could have easily been avoided by adding a message stating the hours that reservations are accepted and not making me walk to guest services to find that out. The next morning we had an early excursion and didn't get to attempt to book our two "guaranteed" reservations until early afternoon on the first day of the cruise. At that time we were told that all reservations in the specialty restaurants were already taken and we would be put on the waitlist. I explained that we had booked a better cabin on the ship so that we would be guaranteed reservations in Manfredi's and the Chef's Table and they just said sorry - they are already all booked. We were put on the waitlist and on the last night were finally given a time slot at the Chef's Table restaurant. It was very good and I would have loved to try Manfredi's as well. Maybe next time. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
An unexpected maiden voyage of this beautiful ship. While many joked that it had a new car smell, we would have appreciated knowing in advance that we were the guinea pigs. That said, there were very few teething problems, and the ship ... Read More
An unexpected maiden voyage of this beautiful ship. While many joked that it had a new car smell, we would have appreciated knowing in advance that we were the guinea pigs. That said, there were very few teething problems, and the ship operated smoothly. In particular, the universally pleasant, cheerful, helpful, and polite staff were a cut above other ships. They made a big difference in our day. The cruise went from Venice to Athens. We spent a few days in each outside the cruise. The ship was expected to be a recharging interlude, but the ports and tours were so good that we were kept hopping every day. Embarkation at both ends was a breeze, with many staff pointing out the direction to go in a potentially confusing port. Our junior suite was well laid out, with a balcony that actually allowed you to move around and stretch a bit. It included laundry service and a well stocked mini bar. Room service was excellent. We had breakfast sent up most days. The food won't win any awards, but it is certainly adequate. It's a smaller ship, so there's a buffet and two upscale restaurants. One focused on Nordic food, which didn't appeal, leaving only the other Italian style option. There's also a grill at the pool, and small bistro in the explorers lounge. The buffet is adequate, but choices are limited. The lineup for the gelato bar in the desert section is a tip off that the rest of the selection isn't much. There’s a magnificent Nordic spa area with huge bubble pool, saunas, steam room, cold plunge pool, a cold bucket splash and snow room. Alas the large bubble pool broke the first day and didn’t get fixed until the last. A major disappointment as it figured in our decision to take this ship. The steam room needs more light. It’s dark to the point of unsafe. I wish the saunas weren’t on timers during opening hours, as you sometimes have to wait a while for them to heat up. The gym is very well equipped. The hot tub jets in both the main and infinity pools were often broken, but the heat did work. There’s a broad range range of books throughout the ship. The public areas are surprisingly peaceful, with the explorers lounge having a two level view forward. Bars are never far away, and wait staff are attentive. Liquor and wine prices were very reasonable, and often included. Entertainment was low key. A classical trio, pianist, and a string player are the mainstays. No rock bands into the wee hours here. The included shore excursions were excellent. We took 3 which all had a bus and walking tour in groups of around 25 people for 2-3 hours. The optional excursions were equally good. We took two, and the Kotor trip through the mountains is not to be missed. While not Viking's fault, a couple of ports were swamped with people. Kotor is a small town, and 4 cruise ships dumped 5,000+ people into it. We escaped via an optional tour, but even when we returned some hours later, our guide could hardly get us around the town. Corfu wasn't much better. Oh, and don’t miss afternoon tea. It sounds quaint, but is well done. Read Less

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