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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
we chose this cruise because of the fabulous destinations. The tour guides were all extremely knowledgeable, especially in Estonia and Russia. Should you choose to take this cruise, try to be assigned to Natalia’s group for the 2 Day ... Read More
we chose this cruise because of the fabulous destinations. The tour guides were all extremely knowledgeable, especially in Estonia and Russia. Should you choose to take this cruise, try to be assigned to Natalia’s group for the 2 Day Russian immersive experience. She is highly knowledgeable about both Russian history and art. The ship is absolutely beautiful and is kept in immaculate condition. Carla our housekeeper was friendly and kept our accommodations in excellent shape. She was responsive to special requests, and this seems to be a consistent trait among the staff of the Viking Star. Dining choices were plentiful and the cuisine was delicious. Each evening the chef prepared an entree representative of our port. Rai was our waiter frequently and his service was second to none. On two occasions we dined with three other couples in the private dining room where the service was also terrific. The public areas of the ship are beautiful and We never felt as if any place was crowded. There are numerous spots where you can get away to read, meet others, or have a beverage. Nancy offered tremendous service and was very engaging. The entertainment was engaging and the house band is made up of very accomplished musicians. The staff who checked us in and out of the ship each day were courteous and very efficient. Our Cruise Director and her assistant were both extremely helpful and energetic. Viking does an outstanding job in both hiring and training their staff members. In summation, the cruise had terrific destinations and the overall experience was simply outstanding. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
We chose this cruise mainly based on the destinations and Viking Cruise Line's reputation and it did not disappoint! This was an amazing trip from the great Viking tour guides to the activities, the fantastic menus and all of the ... Read More
We chose this cruise mainly based on the destinations and Viking Cruise Line's reputation and it did not disappoint! This was an amazing trip from the great Viking tour guides to the activities, the fantastic menus and all of the wonderful staff. Our room was kept immaculate all the time, every day. We were treated like royalty. I'm an exercise fiend and I was able to easily take care of my everyday needs. I enjoyed many opportunities to walk around the cities after the tours. The fitness room, pools, steam room and sauna were perfect. I even ventured into the ice igloo and more than once! We are major music lovers and there were many opportunities to sit back, relax and enjoy the tunes...or dance the night away! We found more than enough enriching activities to peak our interest, especially the onboard presentations by expert historians, geologists and more. The embarking and disembarking sealed the deal. Cruising is a great way to see the world and not have to deal with luggage. Kudos to Viking and their staff! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
Norway was as beautiful, filled with mountains, fjords, rustic old buildings,,as I had envisioned! The food aboard our Viking Star was wonderful! We were pleased that we could sit in small groups, dress comfortably in the different ... Read More
Norway was as beautiful, filled with mountains, fjords, rustic old buildings,,as I had envisioned! The food aboard our Viking Star was wonderful! We were pleased that we could sit in small groups, dress comfortably in the different restaurants and could eat gelato every day!!!! Yum! Our many tours were so interesting, easy walking to and from wonderful sights, and the tour guides were always pointing out important facts or areas of interest! The Viking staff was outstanding, from the room attendants to the Captain! Our ship was so comfortable, nicely decorated, and there even was a washing machine complete with detergent on each floor! We enjoyed our wonderful Viking Star cruise so much! The ships shops were filled with various goods the jewelry was pretty, some items were sort of expensive. I wish we could have had an oppurtinity to buy more Russian eggs, that were cheaper. The history of the Russian items was interesting...the lecturer was very interesting! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
This was our first Viking cruise and we have already booked another one for 2019. Viking certainly sets the standard for Ocean cruising and ship amenities. We had been on another cruise line that also catered to adults and was a small ... Read More
This was our first Viking cruise and we have already booked another one for 2019. Viking certainly sets the standard for Ocean cruising and ship amenities. We had been on another cruise line that also catered to adults and was a small ship. The 900-1000 passenger ships are much more accessible and you don't feel like you are waiting in line to eat or running into people as you move about the ship. Viking's restaurants are excellent, well spaced out around the ship and Viking does not charge extra for their specialty restaurants or the wine and beer served with lunch and dinner. I'm sure that cost is built into the fee, but it is nice not to get a huge bill at the end of the cruise. We enjoyed the choice of shore excursions but wish we could have spent more time in some ports. The included panoramic bus tours are OK but you don't get to see a lot. The more personal excursions are more expensive and sometimes fill up fast. There were great musical opportunities on this cruise - a Grieg piano recital, an evening performance at the ballet in St. Petersburg and a Sebelius concert in Helsinki. There are more extensive reviews listed but I would agree with many of them that all the crew took exceptional pride in themselves and their jobs and Viking holds them to a high standard. Everyone is always greeted with a smile. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
After 15 cruises on various mid to high end liners we went a level higher on this Viking ship. Viking is for adults. Ok, it is a bit more expensive than others, but it is well worth it. The ship is elegant but not flashy. Very ... Read More
After 15 cruises on various mid to high end liners we went a level higher on this Viking ship. Viking is for adults. Ok, it is a bit more expensive than others, but it is well worth it. The ship is elegant but not flashy. Very tastefully done in every corner. The size is perfect, no big crowds, long lines. Out room was very comfortable, the king size bad was better than the one at home. A great desk setup had all the USB charging plugs, lights for convenient "working" environment, coupled with fairly good WiFi along the trip. Dining was another wonderful experience. Besides the "normal" food, all the high end restaurants were fantastic. It was tough to decide where to go dining every night. Wine selection was very good, although they ran out of some of the most popular labels a bit early. The crew performed flawlessly. Cabin crew was always there when needed. The restaurant personal could serve in any 5 star restaurants. They were well trained, attentive and friendly. The entertainment was sized to the size of the ship. No big Hollywood productions, but perfectly entertaining and tasteful. The Hungarian Classical Trio played wonderful pieces from Grieg, Mozart, Bach, Dvorzak. Other observations No photographers in your face, ridiculous internet charges, free or very reasonably priced drinks, free shore trips (with optional paid for trips). No casino and loud action, no children running around. We are definitely going back. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
We selected this cruise for two general reasons (1) the countries it visited particularly including Norway and (2) Vikings reputation as a premier cruise line. The bottom line of this cruise is it exceeded every expectation at every ... Read More
We selected this cruise for two general reasons (1) the countries it visited particularly including Norway and (2) Vikings reputation as a premier cruise line. The bottom line of this cruise is it exceeded every expectation at every level. This is probably the first time I have ever said that of any cruise. We arrived in Bergen, Norway a day early which gave us some time to accumulate and time to walk around and enjoy the water front and people of Bergen. The next day we boarded the ship. The embarkation went very smoothly. We had our house cleaning staff member waiting for us when we got to our cabin. She welcomed us to the Viking Star and went over all the aspect of our cabin with us. She was a delight to interact with throughout the cruise. She was very helpful with any question or request we had. The ship itself was beautiful -- new within the last three years, clean and just the right size. The ship handled just over 900 passengers NOT a mega ship which we appreciated. Dining met our style -- casual, open seating and no reservations except in the two speciality restaurants which were both excellent. The service from embarking to disembarking was excellent. Every crew member from deck hand to captain was very friendly and helpful. Every one of the crew seemed to like their job and it showed. We had thirteen shore excursions during the cruise. We liked every one and were not disappointed in any of them. The challenge is there are so many optional shore excursions that it is hard to pick. I spent hours reading about each excursion, making a wish list and in concert with my wife working the list down to the final 13. There were no children on this cruise and while we love kids it was nice to have an adult only cruise. I believe Viking has positioned itself very well in the cruising market providing its customers with an outstanding experience at a reasonable price. For any future ocean or river cruises Viking will be our number 1 choice. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
This cruse was about the Viking Homelands. We were interested in the history, experiences and having a very memorable 25th anniversary. This was beyond our wildest imagination!! We were upgraded to another suite. Service was incredible. ... Read More
This cruse was about the Viking Homelands. We were interested in the history, experiences and having a very memorable 25th anniversary. This was beyond our wildest imagination!! We were upgraded to another suite. Service was incredible. I was very surprised that the staff could remember out names when we stopped in. We had a wonderful meal on our balcony to celebrate our anniversary. All the staff were so nice and very personable. I felt as if I was the most important person on the cruise without being crowded. The menu selections were wonderful and cooked to perfection. The wine selection was larger than I expected. WE enjoyed the tours and the guides that ran them. They were very knowledgeable on the Vikings, how they traveled, and the foods they had. It was interesting to taste some of the foods as well. The organization of the embarkation and disembarkation was very smooth and well prepared. We loved the ship and the dining experiences. The bar service and entertainment in the evening was very nice and relaxing. We will not forget this adventure for a very long time. This trip will be hard for us to every match again. Loved every moment. Even now after months of being home, we look at each other and say "WOW!" Thank you for the awesome anniversary! This was our second Viking cruise, and we do expect to do another Viking cruise. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
This cruise was going to destinations on my "bucket list". I had always dreamed of visiting Scandinavian countries. Norway was our favorite. We were very happy that we added extra days pre-cruise and Iceland post-cruise. Each ... Read More
This cruise was going to destinations on my "bucket list". I had always dreamed of visiting Scandinavian countries. Norway was our favorite. We were very happy that we added extra days pre-cruise and Iceland post-cruise. Each port was well planned and offered many choices for our enjoyment. I found that bus tours going into cities seem to work better than the afternoon choices due to increased traffic and congestion as the day went on. The specialty restaurants on this ship were exceptional. We ended up making reservations at them as often as we could. The bar areas were all different. I especially loved the Aquatic Bar on the back of the ship. Being able to look out as we cruised and enjoy a cocktail was a wonderful experience. We have a group of friends thinking about doing this cruise. I believe our input has reinforced their decision to move forward. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
We really enjoyed this cruise, our first Viking Ocean Cruise. It was nice not to have photographers, daily advertisements in our cabin and no gambling. Beautiful ship and excellent staff and the food was wonderful. Overall the premium ... Read More
We really enjoyed this cruise, our first Viking Ocean Cruise. It was nice not to have photographers, daily advertisements in our cabin and no gambling. Beautiful ship and excellent staff and the food was wonderful. Overall the premium excursions were excellent. I hope that the ‘included’ excursions improve to the quality that Viking River Cruises has provided for many years. Often these excursions were too short and we drove past sights but couldn’t go in to see and hear the history inside the buildings. On one day we did two different excursions which included a major cathedral. On the first one we drove through the parking lot and on the second one the bus parked and we walked around the cathedral and to the view point but never went inside. On the excursion to North Cape we didn’t even have a tour guide for the hour and a half drive (each way) that we could have received a lot of history of what we were passing and other details that make tours most interesting. I hope this improves. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
My DH and I chose this cruise for the itinerary, and the ship. Both exceeded our expectations. Viking incudes a night comming and going which offered us a chance to explore both Bergen and Greenwich. Our original travel plans were ... Read More
My DH and I chose this cruise for the itinerary, and the ship. Both exceeded our expectations. Viking incudes a night comming and going which offered us a chance to explore both Bergen and Greenwich. Our original travel plans were disrupted by airline mechanical issues so we disconnected in Amsterdam. What a welcome surprise to see so many red coated Viking agents when we arrived in Bergen. We had not arranged ground transportation but Viking let us take one of their busses and handled our luggage for a $50.00 fee. We stopped at duty free and got a bottle of wine for the cruise. The ship is everything and more. We loved our cabin 8012, DV1. It was a short walk up to the lounges and games on the sports deck. Down the hall was a back door to the Explorers Lounge. The theater was a quick elevator away, as well as the awesome spa. I had two wonderful massages and attended yoga twice. (sign up early) The reservation system is a bit cumbersome but we worked it out. We mostly ate at the World cafe which offered great service and a wide variety of choices. They had fresh king crab claws every night! This is the only cruise I felt like I did not pack on some extra weight because there were so many healthy alternatives. For example one night they had a table of heirloom tomatoes, mozzarella, balsamic and herbs and you got to choose your own tomatoes. Let me not forget Mamsens with the waffles, fresh berries and yummy brown Norwegian cheese. We had oatmeal and coffee on our balcony every morning. Can't say enough about the little touches, like birdsong in the public bathrooms. Elevators quick and noiseless, We did not buy the drink package and felt we came out about even. The mixed drinks were all under $10.00. The wine served ok. All coffee drinks, and water included which is huge. We loved the cruise director Adam and the entertaining shows There was always seating available, caught a movie or two under the stars, went to some lectures and enjoyed the most excellent classical guitar player, pianist and string quartet. The tv system had many choices as far as movies, BBC offerings and tv series. Our excursions were varied between the ship's offering and some booked by ourselves. We booked a 4 hr private taxi donald@orkneytaxis.uk.com for Kirkwall. This was a good call as we missed the crowds and saw the remarkable neolithic sites and still had time for St Magnus and the Italian chapel. We took a ship Bergen tour with the gondola up the mountain, WOW what an introductory view. We would definitely travel Viking Ocean again. We waited until the last day to book time with the future cruises, a mistake. The agent was very busy and we had not done our homework as they offered some good incentives. Watching the sunset from our balcony in Greenich on the last evening was the perfect ending to a perfect cruise, Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
This was our second cruise with Viking Ocean Cruises. The one big point is that you know what you are getting. They have six boats that are all duplicates. As oldest ship is four years, they are spotlessly clean. If you are looking for ... Read More
This was our second cruise with Viking Ocean Cruises. The one big point is that you know what you are getting. They have six boats that are all duplicates. As oldest ship is four years, they are spotlessly clean. If you are looking for casinos, multiple entertainment options, and constant activities, it is not for you. Age 50+ is the clientele, no children. Read recently that this policy has caused controversy, I do not understand as there are plenty of cruise options for younger families and children, Viking just does not cater to this group. Their focus is Baby Boomers and up! Service and attentions to detail is spectacular. Had often interaction with Management on the ship. Dining options are excellent, quality is very good. Main dining room quality is as good as the specialty restaurants. The staff goes beyond the call of duty, service is excellent. I was surprised how good the entertainment was considering being a small ship, the entertainment was better than what we had experienced on much larger ships. Norway is a spectacular country as scenery is breathtaking. Would highly recommend this cruise and Viking Ocean Cruises. Already have another trip planned early 2019 to Cuba. The one suggestion to future cruisers is that the complimentary excursions that are offered in each stop in some cases are lacking, most are say a drive around the city. Consider the other options even though you do have to pay. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
We chose this cruise because of its destinations and we wanted to try the new Viking ocean going cruises. The ship is beautiful and the food was absolutely delicious with a nice variety of food choices as well as locations on the ship to ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of its destinations and we wanted to try the new Viking ocean going cruises. The ship is beautiful and the food was absolutely delicious with a nice variety of food choices as well as locations on the ship to dine. Manfredi’s restaurant was superb. Even the food offered at every meal in the buffet was above average. The organization of everything involved from check in to disembarking was top notch. We thoroughly enjoyed all of the included tours as well as several premium tours. All well worth our time and money. We were also extremely impressed with the quality of the entertainment. The young singers and dancers were extremely entertaining. Our cruise director, Aaron, what is the best we’ve ever seen. Also, the guest lecturers were very interesting. Our only criticism would be the middle of the night and extremely early morning times that passengers had to disembark who were on Viking arranged airline transportation. I would definitely arrange my own transportation. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
Firat time on Viking, and we loved it. Booked 2 more cruises while on board. Love the decor, American cities and personal service on this smaller ship. Sure, more expensive, but worth it. The absence of young children, casino, ... Read More
Firat time on Viking, and we loved it. Booked 2 more cruises while on board. Love the decor, American cities and personal service on this smaller ship. Sure, more expensive, but worth it. The absence of young children, casino, photographers and art auctions were major advantages for us. Tons of beautifully appointed lounge areas for us to hang out and talk or read. Explorers Loung at front of ship was terrific. Spent almost every evening up there, enjoying the panaromic vistas while sipping on adult beverages. Service throughout the cruise was outstanding. Seemed like everyone knew are name after a day or two, and knew are preferences without prompting. Lots of hugs on the last evening. In summary, this is not about partying, shopping, or gambling. This is for mature folks that want to learn about our wonderful world and see it all first hand in ridiculous comfort. Thank you, Viking! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
The Norwegian Fjords have always captivated me so when this cruise was presented to me by Viking Ocean we jumped at it and we are glad we did. Having sailed with Viking River we knew we would have a great cabin and tremendous activities ... Read More
The Norwegian Fjords have always captivated me so when this cruise was presented to me by Viking Ocean we jumped at it and we are glad we did. Having sailed with Viking River we knew we would have a great cabin and tremendous activities and a wonderful cultural experience. We did! We were met at the airport and was assisted by friendly staff. Our transport to the ship was comfortable and luggage was taken care of by staff. Boarding the ship was easy and our cabin ready for us. Through the time we were on ship the entire staff was friendly and eager to provide service for our enjoyment. Afternoon tea, specialized dining options, shore excursions (included) were top notch. The entertainment was wonderful. An extremely talented group of young singers/dancers provided us with great shows and memories. there talents far exceeded that which you normally see on a cruise ship. The historians were a bit quirky but knowledgable. Our Cruise Director Aaron made our trip personal and enjoyable. Our Captain and his staff were visible and personable, especially the 3 stripers. The included shore excursions were mostly bus trips with stops to photograph the area. All the guides spoke English well and seemed to know the area enough to give us some information about the regions. Unlike many excursions, the scenery was the experience not like others that go to a specific building or experience. The North Cape experience was mind blowing. The Shetland ponies were the most memorable excursion, though Sami spec. house was fun. The food was GREAT! The chef and staff provided a large variety of dining options in the World Cafe for all meals. The chef's Table speciality restaurant gave us the chance to have things we would not ordinarily order. A wonderful experience. The only negative we experienced was at Schiphol Airport. We were directed to a small uncomfortable, non air conditioned waiting area for five hours until eventually being lead to an area that was a little more comfortable for the remainder of the wait. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
We chose this cruise mainly to experience Norway. We previously cruised the Baltic Sea but did not visit any cities in Norway and this was the perfect cruise to see it all. This was our first Viking Ocean cruise having cruised 5 times on ... Read More
We chose this cruise mainly to experience Norway. We previously cruised the Baltic Sea but did not visit any cities in Norway and this was the perfect cruise to see it all. This was our first Viking Ocean cruise having cruised 5 times on the River boats. We were on the Sky and loved the ship. We were in Penthouse Veranda and our cabin was wonderful. The size was perfect. On our last river cruise we were disappointed in the food at night in the dining room but we found the food on the Sky was very good and excellent in Manifredi’s restaurant. The desserts were wonderful with delicious gelato served everyday in the Buffett. We took the included shore excursion everyday only booking the optional one in London. We could not have been more pleased with this trip. The service was excellent and all of the staff were so friendly and helpful. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
We choose this cruise because of our prior experiences on Viking River cruises. We also choose it because of the excellent itinerary. Viking does it right! Our cabin was perfect. Viking offered us an upgrade at a small expense. It was ... Read More
We choose this cruise because of our prior experiences on Viking River cruises. We also choose it because of the excellent itinerary. Viking does it right! Our cabin was perfect. Viking offered us an upgrade at a small expense. It was well worth it. The crew is excellent. The meals were top notch as was the service. I can't wait to book another cruise. One very small critique-the performers on the shows were great but the music needs to be updated. The Rat Pack is my mother's era and she is 98. Overall I give it an enthusiastic "thumbs up". We enjoyed the shore excursions but felt that some of the descriptions in the brochure did not match the level of exertion for some excursions. The label demanding has to be printed in bold letters. The husky trek was more than we could handle at times but all in good fun. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
We have done several river cruises with Viking, but this was our first ocean cruise and as expected, we were NOT disappointed. We had wanted to cruise the Norwegian coast and when Viking added this cruise, we jumped on it. Our cabin with ... Read More
We have done several river cruises with Viking, but this was our first ocean cruise and as expected, we were NOT disappointed. We had wanted to cruise the Norwegian coast and when Viking added this cruise, we jumped on it. Our cabin with king bed, sitting area, veranda was great and the bathroom was very nice. We had plenty of storage space. I requested more hangers and got the right away. The Sky is gorgeous with plenty of space for everyone to spread out. The service was excellent. By the second day, many of the staff members knew our names and greeted us with a smile. If we needed anything, we had it in no time. There were plenty of options for dining. The food was wonderful and the waitstaff was excellent. We enjoyed all of our excursions. If we had to be tethered to land, they operated like a well oiled machine. The entertainment was varied and very good. We not only saw great shows in the theater, but had fun with the band up on the pool deck. There were many activities to choose from at any time. We would definitely recommend this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
We read so many great reviews about Viking, so we decided to use them for this cruise. My husband and I are both very impressed with Viking. We had a seamless embarkation in Greenwich, England, and a seamless disembarkation in Bergen, ... Read More
We read so many great reviews about Viking, so we decided to use them for this cruise. My husband and I are both very impressed with Viking. We had a seamless embarkation in Greenwich, England, and a seamless disembarkation in Bergen, Norway. The service is impeccable, and the ship is beautiful. We loved the restaurants and the food quality and selection. There was a nice free excursion at every port, and the ones we chose to purchase were all worthwhile. We have already booked a Viking River Cruise, and can't wait to sail with them again. The cultural entertainment was appreciated each evening, and we loved having a drink in the Explorer lounge while listening to the music. The late afternoon tea was lovely, and all of the lounges and bars were good. We ordered the Silver Beverage package, and were glad we did. If we had one complaint, it was only that we would have liked a better wine selection for dinner. Viking, by far, offered a better cruising experience than any ship we have ever been on. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
We have cruised Viking previously( River Cruises ) and found Viking to be professionally run excursions. This trip was no exception. We enjoy the individual attention afforded to us on the River Cruises and Viking has made Ocean cruising ... Read More
We have cruised Viking previously( River Cruises ) and found Viking to be professionally run excursions. This trip was no exception. We enjoy the individual attention afforded to us on the River Cruises and Viking has made Ocean cruising more enjoyable by having only 900 passengers on a ship that could accommodate many more. Viking Sun was a beautiful ship with plenty of options for us passengers. The food offerings and entertainment were exceptional. The itinerary was spectacular with once in a lifetime views. The staff on board were very attentive to our needs and very professional. The ship had many places to relax and were always available to passengers. The entertainment was excellent. Each night there was something different and appealing to different tastes.The main dining room and the specialty restaurants were well staffed and the quality of food was exceptional. The overall experience was beyond expectation and I would recommend this itinerary and this ship to anyone in the future. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
Viking did it again, just returned from our 4th Viking cruise, 3 previous river cruises and this was our first ocean cruise! Everything was wonderful, our cabin, the dining, the friendly and competent staff and of course the ports and ... Read More
Viking did it again, just returned from our 4th Viking cruise, 3 previous river cruises and this was our first ocean cruise! Everything was wonderful, our cabin, the dining, the friendly and competent staff and of course the ports and shore excursions! We love that there are no children and all of the supplemental lectures and great onboard entertainment, The embarkation procedure was very easy - best ocean cruise experence with it yet! I used the spa for a wonderful deep tissue massage. We really enjoyed Manfredi's restaurant, but were less thrilled with the Chef's Table, but perhaps it was the menu that was available on the night we went. Overall, food was outstanding! We had beautiful weather from start to finish! We traveled with two good friends who also had a wonderful time. Our next Viking cruise is also an ocean cruise to the Mediterranean - Barcelona to Rome...can't wait! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
So here is a (long) review of the Viking Sun Homelands cruise we just finished this week. I tried to break it all down as best I could. I would highly recommend anyone who would like this amazing experience to book it! Final views of ... Read More
So here is a (long) review of the Viking Sun Homelands cruise we just finished this week. I tried to break it all down as best I could. I would highly recommend anyone who would like this amazing experience to book it! Final views of Viking Homelands Cruise 1- We are aware that our joy about this holiday is influenced by the wonderful and unusual weather we experienced for the entire 32 days in Europe (except misty in Iceland and 50 F) (we spent 10 days in the U.K. with family). The temps were mid 70’s to high 80’s the whole time, with only one 5 minute rain shower in Stockholm. 2- Viking Sun. The ship is amazing. It is well laid out, and well decorated. The hard working staff is always cleaning and polishing. We enjoyed the pianist Olga, the string group, and Luis the guitarist being in different lounges each evening. The nightclub was fun each night and a great place to wind down. Iskra was the bartender who kept up with us- we had Silver Spirits drink package and it was nice to be able to experience different drinks whenever. (Rule of thumb- if you drink 2-3 liquor or upgraded wines per day, it is $$ worthwhile). 3- Stateroom. We had a Penthouse Veranda room- perfect size, lots of storage and drawers. Our cabin steward Fery and his assistant Jayson kept up with our every need. 4- Entertainment. We were very impressed with the quality of the evening entertainment. The cruise director, Bevin, and his assistant Matthew were everywhere! From morning excursions to port talks to evenings, they were always on point for what passengers needed. The entertainment in the theater included a magician, a comedian, and a singer that has played Jean Valjean in Les Mis in West End, so you know he is a powerful talent. The resident production team consisted of 4 highly talented and energetic performers who rocked the theater with a 69’s show, a musicals themed show and a Beatles/ABBA show (we WERE in Stockholm). They were also consistently visible and great ambassadors for the ship. There were other activities during the days and evenings- history and art lectures, team trivia, dance lessons, and more. 4- Food. We ate mostly at the World Cafe buffet- always great choices- sushi, crab legs, shrimp, Prime rib, mussels, tenderloin, oysters, whatever. The menus were posted on the online app so you could make your decision. We ate at the main restaurant a few times, the pool grill a few times, and Manfredi’s, the Italian specialty place once. It was fantastic. We didn’t get to the Chefs Table, the specialty restaurant with a set menu that changes every 2 or 3 days- the day we had reservations, Dennis wasn’t feeling very well- he caught a cold and was not up to it. 5- Shore excursions. We took mostly the included Viking and they were so well organized. Every stop had a free walking or bus tour, plus shuttles included if needed to get into and out of town. One of the best was the Berlin included- we thought we would be dumped on a train, dumped in Berlin, and then find our way back to the train on our own. Instead, the train was chartered and we had a local guy with us the whole time. When we got to Berlin, we were given an orientation bus tour for an hour before we were let off at a central square to wander on our own. After 2 hours or so, we met back at the square, and were bussed to the train. On the train back, we were served wine, beer and snacks, complimentary. It was much more than we expected for the free inclusion. We took 2 of the Viking paid excursions- Pulpit Rock and the Flam railroad. I would recommend both of those. We did a 2 day highlights tour with SPB tours in St Petersburg, which also gave us an evening out with “Go Out Like a Local”- we went to some trendy bars with a 30 something guide and then took an evening canal cruise- private boat- just 5 of us plus our guide, Russian rock music and a bottle of vodka. Skol! 6- a bit about each stop -Iceland. We did the pre-extension but Viking had us in a hotel too far from town. The Golden Circle was remarkable, with the plate tectonics going on, and the volcanic landscapes got the science geology nerd in me all happy. The Blue Lagoon was quite an experience as well -Bergen. Norway was on my bucket list and I understand why. The scenery all through Norway is breathtaking. Take the funicular up to the top of the mountain for great views. -Other 2 stops in Norway. Eidfjord has the Flam railroad which goes up and around the mountains and waterfalls. At Stavanger, we took the small boat out to look straight up those glacially formed cliffs. -Aalborg was just a few hours but another quaint medieval town. Copenhagen was a bit bigger and we took the walking tour and then a canal cruise. -Talinn Estonia- the history of that region is tough. The economy is struggling because of trade problems -Berlin- train and a chance to experience the history of a crazy man and his demented dreams and then how the Cold War took a toll on those in east Berlin. -Gdansk Poland. Another chunk of history. The ship was berthed at the spot where WW2 began. Sobering. Take a look at the Polish amber- it’s very beautiful -St Petersburg- this was actually my least favorite place, but a visit I wouldn’t have changed for anything. This is a huge city, crazy traffic, so many tourists, so much standing in line to get into all the important spots- Hermitage, Catherine’s Palace, Peterhof, Spilled Blood. -Helsinki- One of my favorite places. Very laid back, nice port town. Lots of green space and very nice people -Stockholm- Tied with Bergen for my favorite. This is a great city that doesn’t seem so big. Hop On Hop Off will get you anywhere you want to go. We stayed here a few extra days because there was so much to see here, and the cruise was ending. Vasa Museum, Abba Museum, IceBar- so much to see! All in all= I'm in the Viking cult! I have drunk the Koolaid and I'm all in. We have booked a river cruise for 2020. Hooray! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
The ship was great. The crew was wonderful. It was a very busy cruise with many wonderful ports to explore. The food was good and entertainment very enjoyable. Do your own laundry service available as well. The pool areas were very nice ... Read More
The ship was great. The crew was wonderful. It was a very busy cruise with many wonderful ports to explore. The food was good and entertainment very enjoyable. Do your own laundry service available as well. The pool areas were very nice and service outside was great. Food and dining options were just right and no extra charge for specialty restaurants. The ship had many nice areas in which to relax. The afternoon tea was lovely accompanied by a beautiful selection of sandwiches and sweets. There was a very nice spa and gym. Ship also had a sports deck and walking/running track. The staff did an incredible job getting 650 passengers off and onto a train to Berlin and returning. We were always greeted by staff upon return to ship. Water was always provided when leaving the ship for excursions. Very organized exit to excursions. The only thing I would change is the included excursions had too much bus time and not enough stops for walking about or picture taking. Cruise was wonderful. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
Loved all shore excursions and pre-cruise visit to Iceland. The ship was not overcrowded unlike other large cruise lines. So, we didn’t have to get in line for food, and we had no problem with making reservations for the restaurants of ... Read More
Loved all shore excursions and pre-cruise visit to Iceland. The ship was not overcrowded unlike other large cruise lines. So, we didn’t have to get in line for food, and we had no problem with making reservations for the restaurants of our choice. The buffet was always kept clean. Other cruise lines are too big for us and they offer too many different activities in which we have no interest. Optional excursions prices were reasonable. Viking offers privileged access to some attractions. For example, in St. Petersburg, we could get in Peterhof Palace before it opened for general public. Free shuttles were nice for exploring ports on your own time. We like Viking much better than others especially for the following reasons: No children under 18 (quieter and less mess) No charge for beer & wine at lunch & dinner No charge for alternative restaurants No charge for unlimited wifi No inside staterooms (all staterooms have verandas.) No sales pressure Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
It was a while since I had been to Sweden and Denmark, and my wife had never been. The trip was a perfect way to get a taste of many Baltic countries...and St. Petersburg, Russia. The weather was warm; not a day did it rain. Our ... Read More
It was a while since I had been to Sweden and Denmark, and my wife had never been. The trip was a perfect way to get a taste of many Baltic countries...and St. Petersburg, Russia. The weather was warm; not a day did it rain. Our accommodations and service was sensational, and the food was so good aboard ship, we chose to eat on board at every opportunity. The staff, from the Captain to those that took special care of our room and us, could not have been finer. They made you feel special. They went out of their way to do the little things that you remember most. The trip was five stars all the way. Our last two cruises were with Viking. We have already reserved for another trip next year and much to our joy, have learned many of the crew on this ship will be sailing with us from Rome to Barcelona. That will make us feel more like it is home, once again. I don't think we will sail on any other line. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
Viking cruise line lived up their reputation as being extremely fabulous!! Great ambiance! Great staff- so eager to please! Wonderful food! Informative tours! Viking does it right!!!! We took advantage of every included ... Read More
Viking cruise line lived up their reputation as being extremely fabulous!! Great ambiance! Great staff- so eager to please! Wonderful food! Informative tours! Viking does it right!!!! We took advantage of every included excursion! It would have been nice if they were more than just a couple stops for photo ops though! We especially enjoyed many of the waiters in The Restaurant! They were so polite and eager to please! The food was very good and menu selections were very adequate!! We loved Manfredi’s and the Italian restaurant! Nice to have variety! The ship was very beautiful! It was kept impeccably clean by the very hard working cleaning staff! Our room steward was so friendly and always considerate and polite! We so enjoyed our first ocean cruise and have booked two more! We have and will continue to recommend the Viking cruise line the family and friends! It is a pricey cruise line but so much is included- which helps!! Giving sizable price breaks/incentives to repeat customers would be very appreciated! We flew SAS- as arranged by Viking! NEVER AGAIN!! Horrible flight home!!! They lost our luggage for 6 days!!! Many we spoke with shared our concerns! They agreed and advised - avoid SAS!!!!! Read Less
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