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9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
We went looking for a Norway/fjord cruise and an extension on our own for a couple of days in Iceland - this ship seemed to fit the bill. Virtually brand new ship and this was our first time on Viking. Our initial impression was that ... Read More
We went looking for a Norway/fjord cruise and an extension on our own for a couple of days in Iceland - this ship seemed to fit the bill. Virtually brand new ship and this was our first time on Viking. Our initial impression was that the decor and furnishings on this ship are excellent and well thought-out. The public area furniture is comfortable but not clunky and the general decor is Scandinavian modern minimalist. We liked all of the public areas, particularly the covered pool ( pretty chilly up in Norway even in the summer)and the spa area which has steam room, saunas and everything you could want. The staff was largely Asian and over the top in friendliness and quality of service. The passenger demographic was older but not incapacitated - no kids, no casino, no half-baked broadway reviews etc. Our stateroom on deck 4 was very comfortable, quiet and outfitted with the usual higher end amenities, flat screen TV, comfortable bed, well thought out lighting etc. Minor issue: I wish the max setting of the TV volume were a bit higher as my hearing is not what it used to be. And, while the shower (no bath) was great, it occasionally was beset by the temperature gremlins, turning hot and cold randomly. I was told that a fix for this is in the works. The food was overall very good to excellent - not quite as good as Crystal but close. Breakfast and lunch were in the buffet areas by the pool or the World cafe - sometimes I wish they would open the Restaurant for breakfast or lunch, but I can see the economics of not doing this. The regular coffee was surprisingly good for a cruise ship - first time in my experience and specialty coffees were available in various locations. We bought the Silver liquor package - this gives you 24/7 access to top shelf liquor and a large assortment of wines, but even if you don't get it, the per/drink prices are very reasonable. $15 pp/pday tips on your closing statement. The Chef's Table is a specialty restaurant where the menu is fixed and changes every day or frequently. We tried it one night and did not like the concept. We prefer the Thomas Keller type approach on Seabourne where at least some choices are available. The Italian specialty restaurant Manfredi's was fantastic - great Italian dishes and my personal favorite - Dover Sole meuniere. We booked our own side tours as we don't like the bus-tour experience. Overall, this is a lovely ship with user friendly systems and user friendly staff. We will be back. Fer shur. Happy trails. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We booked this cruise to see the Northern Lights. We did see the lights several times. Unfortunately our cruise was cut short due to losing engine power in the middle of a storm. We were evacuated by helicopter. All in all, Viking, the ... Read More
We booked this cruise to see the Northern Lights. We did see the lights several times. Unfortunately our cruise was cut short due to losing engine power in the middle of a storm. We were evacuated by helicopter. All in all, Viking, the crew, helicopter rescue crew, the Norwegian Red Cross, the support personnel, and the people of Molde were excellent in responding to assist us. Viking tried to minimize the unfortunate situation, looking after us physically and financially from start to finish. While on the cruise, we found the dining, service, and cabin to be excellent. The ship was very well laid out, and the wifi worked well. The entertainment, although limited was very good. It was supplemented with a number of seminars which were very informative. We have now taken a number of Viking Cruises, both river and ocean, and would definitely recommend them. The included shore excursions were mostly city type tours, but informative. The optional excursions for the ones we took were very good. A thing to remember is to make sure you book your excursions shortly after you are permitted by your booking. We had several people who could not get on the tours they wanted because they were already booked. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
We wanted to see Amsterdam and Barcelona and thought the other ports would be interesting. Our relatives accompanied us to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Our two days in Amsterdam were switched to our arrival day after traveling all ... Read More
We wanted to see Amsterdam and Barcelona and thought the other ports would be interesting. Our relatives accompanied us to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Our two days in Amsterdam were switched to our arrival day after traveling all night and we had to be on the boat about 5 for the emergency drill. So don't expect to see Amsterdam if you book only the cruise. I would never had booked this cruise if I knew we were not going to have time in Amsterdam. Of the nine full days of the cruise, we had three full days at sea and for two ports we were only there in the morning so the afternoon and evening were at sea. Plus, for some ports we were at sea for the evening. So we spent half of our time on the trip at sea and not in port. For example, in Portsmith we got to Portsmith about 9 and had to be back on our bus at 11:15...not enough time. Be prepared to not know anything about the tours until just a few months before your trip even though you book ten months ahead. Then you have to pay for the really good tours and, unless you have the most expensive rooms, the tours will be full when they allow you to book because they use a caste system- people who pay more for their rooms get the first choice of tours. The same is for the specialty restaurants. We had a disaster of a tour in Cartegena, one of the free tours. We went on a bus for an hour through a desert-like country side and were dropped off in a parking lot above the sea and told we had 15-20 minutes to take pictures. Then we had another hour returning with the highlights being seeing a golf course and strip mines. Finally, we got to the ruins which were walking distance from our ship! We had a short tour and had 15 minutes to explore the cute town before we had to leave and get back on the boat. Everyone was furious! We could have had the whole morning in town and instead were held hostage on a bus. Fortunately our relatives got the last two spots on the Segway tour there and they had a great experience. That tour was full when we tried to book. We could not get on the tour that had lunch at the Eiffel Tower so our Paris experience was a three and a half hour ride on the bus to get there, a walk to get lunch, a long walk, to the Eiffel Tower where we took some pictures, and then a cab back to the bus. We did have a nice hour long tour on the bus of the major sites which helped. We had hoped to see Notre Dame, but did not have time. If you can get them, the tours you pay for seem to be good. We did a cave tour and a national preserve tour in Spain and like them both. The four days at sea were very boring. Only one, maybe two days, was the weather good enough to use the pool. Other than the gym and spa, there were no indoor recreation spaces. I think they did offer yoga for a few. Other than lectures there were no activities except 3 times at lunch they offered trivia pursuit and onetime they offered a scarf folding workshop. That's the most creative they get. They offered a room to play cards and put out some decks of cards and water and coffee, but they did not organize it in anyway and people would come by and leave. We played hours and hours of cards with our relative since there was nothing else to do. There were three movies shown during the trip and I had already seen 2 of them. At night there was one show. Aside from the show, I can play cards,watch movies, listen to travel shows at home without paying over $1000 a day for the experience. On the plus side the ship was beautiful, the rooms clean (no drawer space though and very small), the food great, embarkation and debarkation ran smoothly, and the staff was wonderful. It is like seeing a play with beautiful sets and a terrible acting. So if you want to sit and do nothing on the four days at sea, this cruise is for you. I will never go on another Viking cruise. You cannot trust them to deliver what they promise. They have made no apologies about lying about Amsterdam. They act like it didn't happen. If you read reviews of their river cruises where guests spent most of the time on buses due to low water, you will see that this company has no ethics nor commitment to their customers. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
This is a long review. I've tried to be fair with my criticisms and compliments. Here goes... We just got home from our third Viking cruise (1 river, 2 ocean) sailing from Amsterdam to Barcelona on Viking Sky, departing on October ... Read More
This is a long review. I've tried to be fair with my criticisms and compliments. Here goes... We just got home from our third Viking cruise (1 river, 2 ocean) sailing from Amsterdam to Barcelona on Viking Sky, departing on October 6, 2018. We booked the cruise over a year ago and were initially very excited. It seemed to hit a lot of high spots for us--2 days in Amsterdam, 1 day in Paris, 1 day in England, several days in Spain including Barcelona, and passage through the Strait of Gibraltar. A few months out we noticed that the itinerary was changing. What had originally been marketed as 2 days in Amsterdam changed to arrival day only in Amsterdam and the 2nd day was now sailing at 7:00 a.m. This meant that since we arrived from the airport at about 3:00 p.m., and we knew there would be a mandatory safety drill, we would have only that evening for touring on our own as no excursions were offered. (Interestingly enough, the Viking Daily for day 2 in Amsterdam mentioned that the best way to get around Amsterdam was on foot. Really?? We were at sea!) Our day in England had originally been marketed with as many as 13 tours including Stone Henge and a tour of London as well as a number of other tours that all sounded wonderful. Checking the website before we were able to book our tours we saw that there were only two options--a walking tour of Portsmouth Port where we would be docking (and in fairness, those who took this tour were really impressed) and a bus trip to Winchester to tour the cathedral with a second stop to see King Arthur's round table (spoiler alert--NOT!). These two changes were enough to send off alarms for us. We contacted our travel agent who contacted her Viking representative. The representative told her to have us check back daily as things were changing. We weren't the only ones to voice concerns. Needless to say, things never did change. We had expressed our desire to cancel the trip and re-book another if the cruise didn't pull more in line with their original marketing. Our travel agent contacted Viking several more times and was told the same thing. Keep looking. Tours are being added. Eventually it was too late to cancel without losing our money, and nothing changed. This trip had become almost a full-time job. These are the things we knew before we got on the ship. After we got on board there were more surprises. The day in England was only 1/2 day as we were at sea again shortly after noon. The same was true in Cartagena. So, all told, we were 4 days at sea instead of the original two days. Short days in port and long bus rides for excursions also meant there was no free time. Of course, part of that is due to the excursions we chose, but most touted "free time" and "shopping", but there was none until Barcelona on the final day. Days at sea seemed to be days to encourage spa services, gemstone lectures and booking more cruises. We felt as though everything was very hurried. Half a day here, half a day there. Hurry. Get on the ship. We're sailing again. The Strait of Gibraltar was also mentioned in the original marketing. We had no idea when we would pass through, but this was also exciting to us. My husband was a teacher, and he loves anything history or geography related. You can see both Africa and Europe from our ship simultaneously, we were told. Well, we passed through between 1:00 and 2:00 a.m. We, and about a dozen other passengers, chose a good vantage point and hoped for the best. In the end, we aren't sure what we saw. Wouldn't this have been a good time to send a crew member to point it out to us? With radar assistance they would know exactly where it is. Those were the disappointments. Of course, we did have a wonderful time overall. As always, the food sand service were quite good. The staff is very accommodating. We had a once-in-a-lifetime lunch in the Eiffel Tower (though the bus ride to Paris was almost 3 hours each way--at least it was very scenic). We toured the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. We've seen a few churches/cathedrals in our travels, but this was spectacular. We went on 2 food and wine tours that were quite enjoyable. The tour guides were knowledgeable and friendly. While we understand that many things are out of the control of the cruise line--water levels, weather, etc.--we feel that our issues could have been handled with more honesty. Since Viking didn't address our concerns and the cruise shifted significantly from the original marketing, we think we will look into other options for our next overseas visit. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Okay. I still think Viking Ocean cruises are the best. Our first Viking ship - the Sky - broke down & our cruise was truncated. BUT, overall, our recent Amsterdam to Barcelona cruise was above average: The ship is beautiful and, even ... Read More
Okay. I still think Viking Ocean cruises are the best. Our first Viking ship - the Sky - broke down & our cruise was truncated. BUT, overall, our recent Amsterdam to Barcelona cruise was above average: The ship is beautiful and, even though this was a full cruise, there’s still some places I haven’t made it to... Torshaven - I’m looking at you! I love that this is an adults-only cruise for the discriminating traveler. I also liked that the line has retained its dress code of casual elegance for dinner... surprising but good! Now for some negatives, to help Viking retain its reputation as The Best: Improve the excursions!! I found both the included and optional to be lacking. The size of groups, pacing, and especially the guides could have been better!! One thing that might help is to do like on our River Cruise. Have one enduring group for the “go-getters” and at least one for the “handicapped and ‘slow-getters’ like photographers.” On that same line, my husband and I did not feel we got the value of our $99 ea Andalusia excursion. A large part of it was tasting the regional food, yet putting a whole bus-load of guests around a long cafeteria table with no choice of foods except the lackluster offerings served by lackluster cafeteria-type employees was an insult!! And the food was not tasty, much less plentiful. Limited to one glass of sangria... Really? 2) Other things noted: the restaurant service ON THE SHIP seems to have slipped since 2015, as well. On our first cruise the staff not only knew us by name but remembered something of our preferences! More training needed in these days?? Oh! And another biggie ( re: lack of personalization): I started in, I think it was April, to try to make the staff aware of a special double-70th birthday reunion for my former college roommate & myself. I wrote several times, spoke to some people and even filled out forms for the exact words I wanted on the cake (to follow our celebratory dinner at Manfredi’s.) I, of course, agreed to pay a hefty charge for this service, yet it was never correct!!! To Viking’s credit I don’t believe we ever got charged for the cake (?), yet we got one we never ate brought to our cabin as a welcome gift... compliments of ourselves?! They also brought us a small non-personalized cake following the dinner - but only after a special request from my husband to our waiter. It was not how I wanted this special dinner for a friend of 50 years to be! I never even got a response, much less compliance, to what I had requested. And finally - about food service: the first room-service breakfast we ordered was not tasty at all and everything was cold. On our second try we specified clearly what we wanted (“hot”, “browned” etc) and it was only minimally better. This was a favorite part of our first (2015) Ocean cruise with Viking!! 3). A couple of suggestions that would make the staterooms even more comfortable: have not only top sheets, but also thin blankets available for those who can’t adjust to the comforters in duvets Provide small microwaves to just re-heat stuff (ie. coffee, croissants) Cut out the Cruise Directors’ unnecessary morning-chatter-announcements... or at least make them later. They annoy us late sleepers. They woke me up - yet I couldn’t really hear them! I suggest only NECESSARY announcements piped into the rooms (not what we can also read in the Dalies/weather etc.) Just beef up the Viking app a bit more with daily changes, etc. 4) And one last complaint: that Immigration check in our Portsmouth stop was inexcusable! We decided that that was the one excursion we would skip (in exchange for a luxurious morning in bed) because we didn’t want to get up early for the immigration check and had such a short time in port anyway. Imagine our dismay at being rooted out with no time to put on makeup or anything! And it is unreasonable if you are not going ashore at all. Why can’t you just check for the necessary sticker when people LEAVE THE SHIP - or, at least, warn people of this crazy requirement in the pre-cruise literature?! SO, it seems with all of the above, I must have hated this trip. NOT SO! It was actually great in sum total, and I will continue to recommend Viking Ocean cruises to everyone I know!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
Cruise visited ports that were on my bucket list and all trips were great. The ship staff were excused everything about the ship is fantastic. The food is great and the choice of selecting restaurants at no cost allows for great ... Read More
Cruise visited ports that were on my bucket list and all trips were great. The ship staff were excused everything about the ship is fantastic. The food is great and the choice of selecting restaurants at no cost allows for great choices and room service is always available Great ship as there is a limit of 960 people, therefore there are no waiting lines for any activity. The tours are well organized as they leave at different times. The entertainment on the ship is entertaining and is available each evening There are no casinos and no children on the ship, making the trip a great place for people who just want to enjoy a relaxed quiet tour with like minded people The health club/spa are great place to enjoy at no cost. Ample space for relaxing by the inside pool or sauna. The stewards for your room are available to help and keep your room in tip top condition. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
Our first Viking Cruise, and what was the most memorable to us was the fact that there was no casino, no inch of gold, no constant announcements about tacky sales. What it did have was resident historians who provided lectures as well as ... Read More
Our first Viking Cruise, and what was the most memorable to us was the fact that there was no casino, no inch of gold, no constant announcements about tacky sales. What it did have was resident historians who provided lectures as well as informal opportunities to ask additional questions about the ports and their cultural and historical histories. I might also mention that our Cruise Director was a former Metropolitan Opera Mezzo Soprano who delighted us with several inspiring performances. If I had a single criticism, it would be that while we visited all the proclaimed ports, what was not known at the time of sign up, was the distance from the cities that they mentioned from our port dock. Paris was one of our featured 'stops.'....Paris was a 3.5 hour bus ride from the port each way for a couple of exploration hours. Also at odds with other cruise experiences was that you, upon payment, had to manage in advance the tours you desired. By the time we figured this out, the ones we wanted were already booked to capacity. We had a Jr. Penthouse Suite and the room and amenities did not disappoint. The dining experiences were always memorable, and the Chef offered cooking classes that I enjoyed very much. Embarkation was smooth and uneventful...the way it should always be. The Public Rooms were tasteful and the ship had a 'quiet' appeal that brought serenity to the sea. The spa experience with an actual 'snow' room was refreshing and should not be missed by any traveler. I would highly recommend Viking as a cruise experience provider. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
If you are searching for a European adventure, look no further than Viking's Amsterdam to Catalonia 10-day cruise! After cruising with Viking River Cruises in July 2017, we decided to give Viking Ocean Cruises a look-see. We were ... Read More
If you are searching for a European adventure, look no further than Viking's Amsterdam to Catalonia 10-day cruise! After cruising with Viking River Cruises in July 2017, we decided to give Viking Ocean Cruises a look-see. We were not disappointed! Although the ocean vessels are larger and accommodate more passengers, we enjoyed the same fantastic experience as on the river. Viking's attention to every detail of a cruise vacation is unparalleled. From embarkation in Amsterdam to disembarkation in Barcelona, we were pampered and treated royally. Each and every staff member was professional and courteous; their pride in the Viking brand shone through. We availed ourselves of a 2-day pre-cruise stay in Amsterdam. While the hotel chosen by Viking (Movenpick) was superb, it was a bit distant from the city center. It's location, however, made transferring from the hotel to the ship very easy as it was only a few hundred yards down the street. And, as with their cruises, Viking offered an included canal boat tour as part of the package, which was awesome. Once on board, everything was fabulous. Our veranda cabin gave the feel of an extra room and provided some fantastic views as we cruised from Amsterdam to Barcelona. The amenities were excellent and replenished as needed by our attentive stewards. At our accommodation level, mini-bar items were included. Each cabin has a set of binoculars, which cam in handy at times. The Viking dining experience is a treat. Our package afforded us the opportunity to dine in the two alternative restaurants; each was marvelous. In the main restaurant and at the buffet, the preparation was amazing and the range of choices more than enough. There is also an outdoors dining location. Did I mention that our cruise director was a trained opera club performer and actually was the evening's entertainment on two evenings. She was amazing! All of the activities and entertainment on board was carefully chosen and well executed. The included excursions were comprehensive and provided us with excellent looks into the local cultures and histories. Of special interest was our tour to Normandy and the D-Day beaches. This was a very moving experience. The tours in Portsmouth, Vigo, Malaga, Cartegena, and Barcelona were all excellent. We remained in Barcelona for the 2-day post-cruise extension which afforded us more time to roam this wonderful city. On this cruise we traveled with friends from Texas whom we met on our Viking River Cruise in 2017; they brought friends, and together our little group was inseparable. Every aspect of our trip, from airline bookings to pre- and post-cruise add-ons to the on-board experience was like a dream. We look forward to cruising with Viking again in 2020 (or sooner). Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
We've enjoyed Viking River cruises very much and wanted to travel to countries in the north where we've never been. This ocean cruise looked promising as it would take us to Denmark and Norway with only one day ay sea during the ... Read More
We've enjoyed Viking River cruises very much and wanted to travel to countries in the north where we've never been. This ocean cruise looked promising as it would take us to Denmark and Norway with only one day ay sea during the advertised week long sailing. This appealed to us as we are more interested in visiting new places than the amenities of a cruise ship. We also chose the optional add-on to Iceland offered by Viking. First of all, the ship, the onboard staff, the food, spa, etc. are outstanding. My husband and I travel light - one carry-on size roller bag each- so the free, self-service laundry aboard ship was a real advantage. The shore excursions however, were very disappointing. We opted for the 'included' excursions except for 'optional excursions' at two of the ports. First the 'included'; generally two-two and a half hours in length consisting of a very brisk trot through the town with no stops for photos or even time for questions for the guide who in one case explained she only had two hours to complete her tour. Needless to say, if you're interested in learning about local customs, culture or history, you won't get it on the optional tours. Viking does provide a selection of 'optional' tours at each port and depending on how much more you want to spend over and above the price of the cruise, airfare and insurance, these are available but not inexpensive by any means. We took two - one to the Kon Tiki Museum and the all-day railway excursion in Flam which was outstanding. The add-on trip to Iceland includes two full days of touring which were excellent. Fortunately, breakfast each day was included, otherwise meals are on your own. Be prepared for staggeringly high prices - a hamburger at a fast-food place was $25! Finally, logistics of trip arrival and departure, delays at airports for pickup, onboard check-in, were chaotic at best. With so many options for travel around, we will be looking elsewhere for our next trip. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
We chose this trip due to the Norwegian itinerary and the 7 day trip fit into our work schedule. We have cruised large ships and small, including very small ships of under 100 passengers and many of the larger lines with mega ships so we ... Read More
We chose this trip due to the Norwegian itinerary and the 7 day trip fit into our work schedule. We have cruised large ships and small, including very small ships of under 100 passengers and many of the larger lines with mega ships so we have a good basis of comparison. This was our first trip with Viking and the entire experience from embarkation to debarkation and everything in between was flawless. The ship is considered 'small' at 900 passengers. The boarding process was the fastest ever, and we have taken over 30 cruises! The ship itself is well designed, nicely furnished, but in that clean Scandinavian way. The staff was very friendly and efficiency abounded everywhere. The buffet area was well organized, and the food quite good. Despite having a nice main dining room, and two specialty restaurants, many guests enjoyed the themed dinners in the buffet without the need to change clothes from the days touring. The food came out of the open kitchen with service from two sides, and they were happy to cook to order if requested. The Italian restaurant was excellent as well, with service to match. The ships tours, many of which are included in the cruise fare were well organized and very good. We did some optional tours including the food tour in Oslo and bike riding down from Flam (actually Myrdal) after the train trip up. The guides were all excellent and again every aspect was well organized. This was great itinerary to get a feel for the Norwegian fjords, culture and people. Wish we had more time for a longer trip though! Our penthouse veranda was very comfortable, and well laid out. We even enjoyed the guest lecturers, one was an English journalist who was quite interesting and entertaining. We did not see the production shows though. Overall a great trip and would definitely take another Viking Ocean cruise again Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
We took our cruise on Viking Sun on July 7th leaving from Amsterdam, sailing to Bergen. Overall it was a wonderful cruise on a spectacular ship with a friendly crew to see unbelievable sights. The positive: We enjoy sailing on ... Read More
We took our cruise on Viking Sun on July 7th leaving from Amsterdam, sailing to Bergen. Overall it was a wonderful cruise on a spectacular ship with a friendly crew to see unbelievable sights. The positive: We enjoy sailing on smaller boats (less than 1,000 passengers) and have sailed with Princess, and Azamara. This, by far, was the best ship we have been on. Throughout the ship, it was just simple little touches that made everything so wonderful. There are plenty of spaces to intermingle and meet people, but also quiet nooks to escape and enjoy the solitude. The Explorer’s Lounge at the front of the boat is outstanding. We had a Penthouse Veranda suite and again, the little touches made it our best cabin ever. Everything from a heated bathroom floor, to a shower you can actually turn around in, to light switches beside the bed, everything was laid out with you in mind. We dined at Manfredi’s Italian Restaurant, the main dining room and the World Café. Mandredi’s was good, but not outstanding. The food in the main dining room and the World Café was very good. We found the main dining room too loud and took most of our meals at the World Café – with the outdoor seating. As we may not get back to Norway, we went on two excursions most of the days in port. Some guides were better than others but on the whole, all but one or two of the excursions were very good to outstanding. It was annoying that there was a last minute time change to one of our tours that made us miss going on both for that day. All of the crew members were friendly and helpful. They always took that extra step to see that you enjoyed your time on board. The less than positive: We signed up for the post cruise excursion of three days in Iceland. As it was considered part of the cruise, Viking made the travel arrangements. I do not think I will ever let Viking book air travel for us again. On Viking’s air web site, it states the best flights available, minimum connections standards of 60 to 90 minutes, most arrival and departure times ranging from 9:00am to 5:00pm local time and automatic seat request. None of that was true for our flights. Direct flights were available from Bergen to Iceland but we were routed through Copenhagen. We only had a 40 minute layover in Copenhagen. We had to leave the boat at 3:45am for a 6:00am flight and we were never given the opportunity for requesting seats. Also, you should note that when Viking makes the air arrangements, you still have to pay extra for luggage. All in all, it was a wonderful trip and one I would highly recommend. We have done both Viking river and ocean cruises and have enjoyed both. I would not hesitate to recommend Viking curises, just book your own air connections if possible. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
Viking provides a complete vacation experience. The Viking Sun is magnificent and easy to get around. You don't feel crowded even with 900 people on board. Service is excellent. Food is delicious and prepared just the way you like to ... Read More
Viking provides a complete vacation experience. The Viking Sun is magnificent and easy to get around. You don't feel crowded even with 900 people on board. Service is excellent. Food is delicious and prepared just the way you like to have it served. Eating in the normal dining room or a specialty dining room makes no difference. The waiters are top notch and make you feel like you are royalty. Crew is outstanding and you feel you are part of a family and not a customer. Entertainment is on a par with the best of " New York Broadway". The side trips are well planned and executed with efficiency and very interesting. The scenery in Denmark and Norway is beautiful and a photographers paradise. We have cruised on at least 16 different ships from 4 different cruise companies over the years and this adventure (the first on Viking Ocean) was the best we have experienced. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
Our cruise this year on the Viking Sun was our 2nd cruise on the ocean, the 1st being with Holland America to Alaska, and I can say that the Viking Sun was smaller and more intimate than the SS Zaandam. While the food was excellent on both ... Read More
Our cruise this year on the Viking Sun was our 2nd cruise on the ocean, the 1st being with Holland America to Alaska, and I can say that the Viking Sun was smaller and more intimate than the SS Zaandam. While the food was excellent on both cruises, the Zaandam had a more international selection of cuisine, while the Viking Sun was more continental. This is not a criticism, just a comment. As I said, the food on both ships was excellent. Since the Viking Ship Museum tour was filled before we got to sign up for it, we took the water taxi over to Bygdøy and walked up the hill to the museum. We had dinner in The Restaurant that night and met some people who had taken the tour and were unhappy with the length of time that they spent at the museum. But we were very pleased with our trip across the harbor and of course, getting to spend as much time as we wanted at the museum, which is certainly the high light of our trip. I feel it would help others if you informed them of this option when they tried to sign up for the tour and found it full. Our two other cruises with Viking were river boat cruises up the Rhine and the Elbe. But we recently booked a Med cruise with Viking and are looking forward to it. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
We had been on a Viking River Cruise the previous year and were so impressed with that experience, we thought we’d try an ocean cruise with Viking. Best decision ever! The ship was beautiful, well designed and had a great crew. We ... Read More
We had been on a Viking River Cruise the previous year and were so impressed with that experience, we thought we’d try an ocean cruise with Viking. Best decision ever! The ship was beautiful, well designed and had a great crew. We never felt crowded as there are numerous public spaces. Our room was comfortable and well-designed. Heated floor in the bathroom! The food at several restaurants provided us with lots of choices and was excellent. Every single crew interaction( yes, every one!) was positive; polite, professional and always helpful. We enjoyed the daily morning excursions although we always went off on our own in the afternoon to see the sites or sit in a cafe and people watch. We particularly enjoyed the Bluetooth system that allowed us to hear the guide clearly. Although we do enjoy children, we were very happy to NOT have any kids running around and disrupting our peace. We applaud Viking’s no kids under 18 rule. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
Wanted to see something of Norway and the fjords. We did spend a few days in Amsterdam before departure and a few days in Bergen after the cruise was ended. We have already signed up for a southern hemisphere cruise around Cape Horn for ... Read More
Wanted to see something of Norway and the fjords. We did spend a few days in Amsterdam before departure and a few days in Bergen after the cruise was ended. We have already signed up for a southern hemisphere cruise around Cape Horn for February 2020. There were no children on the cruise as far as I remember, and since there are no child-specific areas for play, etc., I would not recommend these cruises for children. The food was excellent and we really only used the Buffet restaurant because the selection was so wide ranging and the servers were friendly. No problems at all with embarkation or disembarkation - all ran very smoothly. The cabin was just lovely with our little balcony where we could sit outside, and the room attendants were delightful, as were all the people making life pleasant for us on the ship. And I remember there was a laundry room on our deck where I could do my own laundry! The entertainment was high quality, and I could dance in the Bar every evening after dinner. I became known as the "Dancing Queen"! :-) Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
We chose this cruise because we have always wanted to go to Norway, where my husband's maternal family is from. We had the bonus of his sister and her husband being able to join us on this cruise. We have really loved our Viking ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we have always wanted to go to Norway, where my husband's maternal family is from. We had the bonus of his sister and her husband being able to join us on this cruise. We have really loved our Viking river boat cruises on the Rhine and Elbe rivers, so were anxious to try a small ship. It was over so quickly, we are now looking forward to our Med cruise on Viking in spring 2020. The cabin was beautiful and we enjoyed having the veranda, especially since we had wonderful, warm weather. The only improvement for us would be more places to hang clothing and towels when showering, and a way to turn off the closet light so it did not wake the person still trying to get some sleep. The restaurants were very good, and we loved the main dining room for breakfast and dinner. We tried the special dining room for the Chinese dinner, but still preferred the view in the main dining room. But our favorite places were the Explorers Lounge where we went before and after dinner, and the back of the boat on the second floor with the couches and panoramic view while underway! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2016
We chose this cruise specifically for the itinerary and it was the third time we have taken this particular cruise.The crew is always helpful and the staff go out of their way to make sure everyone has a good time. We took a couple of ... Read More
We chose this cruise specifically for the itinerary and it was the third time we have taken this particular cruise.The crew is always helpful and the staff go out of their way to make sure everyone has a good time. We took a couple of complimentary tours and chose additional tours which went to places we had not seen before. We enjoyed all of them. The food was wonderful and we always enjoy the complimentary wine and beer with lunch and dinner. We also really enjoyed the lounge and piano player. There was always something going on in the lounge where you could participate or just watch. When boarding in Amsterdam, we did not have to wait long to get into our room and they upgraded our room to a French balcony which was a great surprise. We loved it. Leaving the ship was also easy. They let us know the time we would be called; we identified our luggage and got on the bus. It all went very smoothly thanks to the staff person who went with us right into the airport to make sure we had no problems. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2016
My wife and I had done Viking's "Romantic Danube River Cruise" from Budapest to Nuremberg in November, 2011, and the "Rhine River Getaway Cruise" from Basel to Amsterdam in November 2012. We thoroughly enjoyed both ... Read More
My wife and I had done Viking's "Romantic Danube River Cruise" from Budapest to Nuremberg in November, 2011, and the "Rhine River Getaway Cruise" from Basel to Amsterdam in November 2012. We thoroughly enjoyed both cruises- the sights, the shore options, the great food, and outstanding professionalism of the crew. We were treated as if we were royalty! The weather that time of year, though, left a little to be desired. So we thought we'd like to do the same thing, but at a different time of year. Viking's "Grand European Tour" gave us that opportunity. We sailed from Amsterdam up the Rhine River, then across the Main River/Canal in Germany (a new experience), and then down the Danube to Budapest. While many of the sights we saw were the same, there were some new ones. Besides, spending two nights in Vienna can never get too old, or seeing the magnificence of the Melk Abbey was worth it. And we got to experience the Middle Rhine and Wachau Valley part of the river cruise in sunshine instead of clouds and fog. I know Viking can't do anything about the weather, but cruising in the spring proved to be worth it. We had a great time experiencing the trip with our brother-in-law and his wife, but made many new friends (an easy thing to do on any cruise). We really like the 14 day length of the trip; it didn't feel like we had just boarded the ship and had to pack up to leave. A great itinerary! We'd highly recommend this tour and any of the Viking cruises- we've also done the Seine River Cruise from Paris to Rouen/Normandy and back, and the Viking Homelands Ocean Cruise from Stockholm to Bergin. We've been so satisfied with Viking, that we're signed up to take the "Elegant Elbe" River Cruise from Prague to Berlin next spring. Our fifth Viking cruise. And I'm sure there will be many more. Enjoy! Read Less
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