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829 Viking Ocean Bergen Cruise Reviews

Nothing is perfect, but this trip was lovely. We joined the ship in Bergen and enjoyed every aspect of our trip. This is not to say that there weren't some areas in need of improvement, but our room (very well sound-proofed!) was ... Read More
Nothing is perfect, but this trip was lovely. We joined the ship in Bergen and enjoyed every aspect of our trip. This is not to say that there weren't some areas in need of improvement, but our room (very well sound-proofed!) was fine (though could have been a bit larger) and kept immaculate, the food wonderful and varied, the crew extremely well-trained, pleasant, and accommodating, and the ambiance delightful. We met many friendly people and any complaints we heard were minor indeed. The quality of the excursions was determined by the accuracy of the description provided to us by Viking as well as by the person leading the tour. In some cases, the tour guides imparted information with personality, humor, and warmth. In one particular case, (Stockholm city tour) the guide acted like she had many more things on her mind that the trip we were on. All in all, it was a good trip, and one we both enjoyed. If we had it to do over again, we might enjoy the ship more and book fewer and more meaningful excursions. Hopefully, Viking will provide more complete descriptions to enable making those choices a little easier. When we tried to book some excursions on-line we were told they were full and we added them to a "wish" or "wait" list. We never heard anything more about those trips, so assumed they remained unavailable, and later learned that passengers were able to book these same trips at the Explorers' Desk onboard ship. If only we had known to do this in time. One woman at the Explorer's Desk we did speak to was not very pleasant when added a trip. She did it, but seemed to be a great hurry (no one else was waiting) and impatient. Perhaps she was going "off shift"? One thing that would be wonderful for future trips would be if the rooms could be ready for embarking passengers as, generally speaking, they are exhausted from traveling and in need of naps! Another suggestion would be that options for non-stop travel be given; changing planes in Heathrow is no fun. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
This was my first adventure to Europe and I couldn't have picked a better introduction. For an inexperienced overseas traveler, it was wonderful not to have to worry about ANYTHING! Language, money exchange, what to see, where to ... Read More
This was my first adventure to Europe and I couldn't have picked a better introduction. For an inexperienced overseas traveler, it was wonderful not to have to worry about ANYTHING! Language, money exchange, what to see, where to go, and how to get there. Anything I needed was at my fingertips. Helpful, informative staff was available. The tours were great. All the guides were local people, so could add a lot of insight and answer questions with real experiential knowledge. The food was fantastic! The World Cafe had every choice you could want. Easy, simple or gourmet, whatever your tastes. The service was spot on. I'm going to rate everything excellent and it isn't hyperbole. Everything really was excellent! I absolutely recommend Viking to every experience level of traveler. You're free to do as much, or as little, as you wish. The ships are elegant, but informal and no stress. This year I'm going to enjoy a river cruise...and I have many more Viking trips on my waiting list. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
We had been on 3 previous Viking River cruises and were anxious to try the new ocean cruise, so we decided to go on the new Viking Homeland cruise and boarded in Bergen. We spent 3 days prior in Iceland.While Iceland was nice, the weather ... Read More
We had been on 3 previous Viking River cruises and were anxious to try the new ocean cruise, so we decided to go on the new Viking Homeland cruise and boarded in Bergen. We spent 3 days prior in Iceland.While Iceland was nice, the weather was not. Cold, cloudy, overcast. the boarding of the Star was great. the ship is fantastic in every way. At the airport, there were a lot of Viking people there to get you going in the right direction. It would have been nice if the bus would have been a little closer to get on but that was minor. There was plenty to eat and the quality was great.. the ship is very relaxing and the staff is wonderful. I know that there were a number of negative reviews of the ship and the Viking company in general but I did not find any of them to be valid. I certainly would not cancel my trip because of those reviews. I most definitely would travel on the star again. My only negative would be the description of the shore excursions. They need to be more descriptive, especially if there is a lot of walking and stair climbing involved. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
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