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Sail Date: July 2018
To select a Scandinavian cruise, I created a spreadsheet of the top cruise lines going to Scandinavia. Looking at price, ship size, itinerary and ratings it was easy to select Viking as our top choice. It helped that I took the Viking ... Read More
To select a Scandinavian cruise, I created a spreadsheet of the top cruise lines going to Scandinavia. Looking at price, ship size, itinerary and ratings it was easy to select Viking as our top choice. It helped that I took the Viking Normandy River Cruise last year and loved it! I also like the fact that there isn’t a casino and the dining options are flexible. The food was outstanding. All of the Viking employees were so courteous and friendly. They always had a smile on their face and remembered our names (I don’t know how they do it!). The tours were excellent and we had great guides. We took some of the included tours and also took the optional tours. The spa was also fantastic. The entire experience was,low key but classy. I already have plans for future Viking cruises and have recommended this cruise to a friend. She’s already booked it. It’s a great value. I’m hooked! Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2018
Top notch cruise! The ship was beautiful with every comfort. Lots of variety of tours and local guides were excellent. All restaurants were great...food ,staff and service were outstanding.We chose a penthouse jr. suite which was ... Read More
Top notch cruise! The ship was beautiful with every comfort. Lots of variety of tours and local guides were excellent. All restaurants were great...food ,staff and service were outstanding.We chose a penthouse jr. suite which was spacious and comfortable. The region in the Baltic was very beautiful and interesting. All of the countries in the itinerary were worthwhile to visit. It happened to be very hot this year in July with temperatures running in the high 80 ‘s to low 90’s in Germany and St. Petersburg. You should bear in mind that air conditioning is not common in Europe and people that can’t cope with the heat should consider this when choosing the time to take this cruise. One thing not to be missed is entering our final port, Stockholm, sailing through the Achipelago of small islands on the approach. It was worth getting up at 5 AM to experience this serene and magical sight. The staff had told us the approximate time and it should not be missed. We had wonderful experience and highly recommend this tour. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
We chose this cruise because we wanted to experience Scandinavia and the other Baltic countries: Visiting the cities and countryside, enjoying local foods and spirits, understanding the culture and history, etc. Mission accomplished! The ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to experience Scandinavia and the other Baltic countries: Visiting the cities and countryside, enjoying local foods and spirits, understanding the culture and history, etc. Mission accomplished! The included excursions were insightful and hit the high spots. The train trip to Berlin, although long, helped us touch down in the past international events such as the Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, etc. And the tour guides were knowledgeable but also personable enough to add human dimension to facts. For instance, our guide to Berlin talked about his family being stuck in East Berlin after WWII, what that meant re communicating with family in the West, etc. But even more, the cruise itself was outstanding. The ship is beautiful! The officers and support staff were friendly, capable and eager to make our trip special. The food was exceptional, from The Restaurant and World Cafe to the Chef's Table and Manfridi's to afternoon tea. Our cabin was extremely comfortable and spacious enough that we could relax between outings, meals, port briefings and enjoying friends we met onboard. And the entertainment by the singers/dancers was some of the best we've had at sea with any cruise line. All in all, this was such a perfect trip that we (and many others) signed up for another cruise while onboard. Can't wait! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
Traveled with 2 other couples as a reunion, having met them 2 years ago on a Viking River Cruise. Loved seeing the fjords, Arctic Circle monument and far northern Norway. Very lucky that "The Midnight Sun" came out briefly at ... Read More
Traveled with 2 other couples as a reunion, having met them 2 years ago on a Viking River Cruise. Loved seeing the fjords, Arctic Circle monument and far northern Norway. Very lucky that "The Midnight Sun" came out briefly at 11:59 pm at the northernmost port area! The experience is entirely weather related, so one has to hope for clear weather. Really enjoyed the food choices, and the opportunity to eat outdoors on the Aquavit Terrace. Also liked the Sauna/Ice Room/Jacuzzi area for a true Scandinavian treat! Internet was spotty at times, but Guest Services sent someone to our cabin to add a booster and then it worked better. We enjoyed the included shore excursions and there were several good optional shore excursions to choose from. Cruise Critic Connections Party was in the evening with cocktails and appetizers! We booked several future cruises because we enjoyed this cruise so much! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
This was our first Viking ocean cruise and we very much enjoyed it. Started in Oslo at a lovely grand old hotel close to the park, then took the train to Bergen. Fell in love with Bergen, such a walkable city. We loved the lightness of ... Read More
This was our first Viking ocean cruise and we very much enjoyed it. Started in Oslo at a lovely grand old hotel close to the park, then took the train to Bergen. Fell in love with Bergen, such a walkable city. We loved the lightness of our ship, so many spaces for down time, very comfortable. Had two great dinners at Manfredi’s, got addicted to Norwegian waffles ar Mamsen’s...yum!!! Enjoyed most of our tours, Viking can not help with the weather. Enjoyed the thermal spa, the opera night. The staff were all wonderful and the captain was the most approachable of any cruise we have been on. It might be nice if more movies were offered in the smaller theaters. Maybe a bit more choice of food in the buffet line (and do not look at me as if I am crazy when I ask for cold milk rather than wine,beer,or pop...). Chocolate chip cookies would be nice. All in all, we plan on cruising with Viking again in the future. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
This was the first cruise my husband have ever taken. We were celebrating 50 years of marriage. With a degree in Russian history I have always wanted to visit St. Petersburg, Russia so this itinerary was important to me. We spend 5 days ... Read More
This was the first cruise my husband have ever taken. We were celebrating 50 years of marriage. With a degree in Russian history I have always wanted to visit St. Petersburg, Russia so this itinerary was important to me. We spend 5 days exploring Stockholm, Sweden before we embarked on the cruise. My husband worked for a Swedish/Finish company before retiring to was familiar with Stockholm and wanted to show me the area. The entire cruise was well planned and executed. Upon arriving at the ship, we were able to board without delay and our luggage was taken to our cabin. The cabin was well laid out with heated bathroom floors, lighted makeup mirror, large closet, loveseat and chair, veranda and large windows. Best of all, we could unpack and settle for 14 days plus enjoy all the ports and shore excursions. It was difficult to decide which shore excursions to take as they were all interesting. We often went to the onboard talks even if we didn’t go on a specific excursion. The restaurants were varied and of numerous types. One could have a quick meal at the buffet or slow leisure one at the speciality restaurants. The entertainment and activities appealed to all and were well attended. One could be entertained by Elvis, sing along with ABBA or dance the night away. Service...where to begin?! It was excellent and given with a smile. Our stewards worked around our schedule, behind the scenes. They called us by name and were always pleasant to talk with. We will go again on another cruise with Viking Cruises but are having trouble narrowing down which one. Planning and dreaming is part of the fun! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
Ship and amenities were all first class. The crew and restaurants were outstanding. Enjoyed the lectures and port talks, especially Michael Scott. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smooth and on board Services even arranged for a ... Read More
Ship and amenities were all first class. The crew and restaurants were outstanding. Enjoyed the lectures and port talks, especially Michael Scott. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smooth and on board Services even arranged for a car to take us to our stop over in London. Great help so everything went smooth. I can't say enough about the Ship, from the decor, facilities, crew, shopping and especially the entertainment. The pianist , guitar player and all the entertainment was so very enjoyable. Our cabin was great, roomy and our cabin attendant Alvin? couldn't have been nicer. It seemed like he always had the little extra that was needed. Even though the weather and fog kind of worked against us somewhat the cruise was still such a joy because of the ship, crew and the little things that made it so enjoyable. It was nice also to have so many extras built into the cruise package, like the drinks at lunch and dinner meals. Our dinning room attendants and servers were above and beyond, "Vicky and his helpers" were outstanding. We just hated to leave the Ship. Looking forward to our next adventure. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
I wanted to visit some of the Nordic lands I have not visited before. This is our second Viking Ocean cruise and we LOVE the Viking service and quality of the cruise. We have already booked another cruise with Viking! The excursions are ... Read More
I wanted to visit some of the Nordic lands I have not visited before. This is our second Viking Ocean cruise and we LOVE the Viking service and quality of the cruise. We have already booked another cruise with Viking! The excursions are prompt and well guided. There are ample options for excursions. The entertainment on board is exceptional and there is always something to do. The scenery from the ship is fabulous and I spent much of my time on my veranda enjoying the sounds of the water and the feeling of being at sea. The meals aboard the ship are very good. There are several restaurant options and we particularly enjoyed the World Cafe as we could sample many items and sit outside. The crew is amazing! We loved our room stewards---they were so attentive and the room and bathroom were clean clean clean! Very Scandinavian! I look forward to our next trip! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
We wanted to try a Viking Ocean Cruise, and wanted to visit Iceland, Norway, Scotland, and London. This cruise fit the bill for us. Everything about the cruise was good! The accommodations were excellent! Some of the best pillows I have ... Read More
We wanted to try a Viking Ocean Cruise, and wanted to visit Iceland, Norway, Scotland, and London. This cruise fit the bill for us. Everything about the cruise was good! The accommodations were excellent! Some of the best pillows I have had on a trip! The food options were great. Our room was always clean and ready for us. Our crew were fantastic -they were very helpful, extremely polite, and very friendly. Great representatives for Viking. The spa services we booked were also wonderful! Massages, and then time in the pools and saunas was very relaxing. I would highly recommend booking a massage, and definitely go down and use the spa area. The fitness room was nice as well as the outside walking track and the exercise equipment on the top deck. Since I try to eat a plant based whole food diet I was happy to find many good offerings in several of the restaurants on board the ship. The excursions that we took, both included and extras, were quite good. Entertainment on board the ship was great! Can’t wait to book our next trip! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
We have been on about 6 Viking River Cruises. Eight of us decided to try the new ocean cruise around Norway. We upgraded to a Junior Penthouse Suite, and it was an excellent decision. The staff and personnel were as gracious and ... Read More
We have been on about 6 Viking River Cruises. Eight of us decided to try the new ocean cruise around Norway. We upgraded to a Junior Penthouse Suite, and it was an excellent decision. The staff and personnel were as gracious and professional as you could ask. The food was always great and the staff tried to accommodate any request.. We have been on several of the very large ships, and we prefer this smaller size. The included tours were very good, and the optional ones offered different choices. Our group did not take all the tours together, so we had fun at dinner comparing our different sights and experiences.If you are looking for a leisurely, yet exciting cruise, I would recommend The Midnight Sun..Going to the northernmost point in Europe is a special opportunity. We were so impressed that we have signed up for another ocean cruise in 2020. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
After a handful of ocean cruises which we found to be less than rewarding than river cruising and at best, they took us where we wanted to go, Viking took us to a much better place. We went to places we wanted to see and we went in a way ... Read More
After a handful of ocean cruises which we found to be less than rewarding than river cruising and at best, they took us where we wanted to go, Viking took us to a much better place. We went to places we wanted to see and we went in a way that made us happy to be part of the journey. Viking has adapted the best things, the things we appreciate about river cruising, and included them within a reasonably sized ocean going vessel. Then they added a superior dining experience, with two specialty restaurants on board the ship. All this; excellent dining, outstanding specialty dining (Italian and Chef's Table), superior lectures and presentations, and included excursions (not everything is optional)and there is no additional fees, charges, costs, etc. You book the trip, pay for the trip, and simply relax and enjoy the trip. This trip, specifically, took us above the Arctic Circle. We felt the North Cape as it dampened our exterior, but lifted our spirits. We had tours that introduced to places we'd never been and free time to spend enjoying our new found favorite spot. Each day brought us a new favorite. Was it perfect..not perfect, but perfectly lovely and enjoyable? Yes! Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2018
Because we wanted to see Norway, starting with a pre cruise extension visit in Oslo and then an interesting train ride across Norway with passage through numerous tunnels to Bergen for embarkation on our cruise to the North of Norway (the ... Read More
Because we wanted to see Norway, starting with a pre cruise extension visit in Oslo and then an interesting train ride across Norway with passage through numerous tunnels to Bergen for embarkation on our cruise to the North of Norway (the NorthCape). We needed to experience a cool summer climate, and get away from home as we live in HOT Arizona. In addition we wanted to experience visits to The Shetland Islands, the Orkney Islands of Scotland, Edinburgh, and end in London for a direct flight home. The included tours were very well planned and were informative with the history of the areas visited. Of special interest to us, especially my wife, were the visits to the Shetland Islands and Orkney Islands thinking of ancestors of our family. For me, my special interest was in visiting the home of golf at St. Andrews, Scotland. On board the Viking Sea we cannot be more appreciative of the quality of service from the room stewards to the wait staff in the various restaurants available for meal time. We really liked the Chef's Table for dinner and of course Mamsen's for a quick lite lunch. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
The itinerary was exactly what we were looking for. Having an overnight in Bergen, Norway at the beginning and another overnight in Greenwich, London at the end of the cruise was an added plus. Cruising several Norwegian fjords up to the ... Read More
The itinerary was exactly what we were looking for. Having an overnight in Bergen, Norway at the beginning and another overnight in Greenwich, London at the end of the cruise was an added plus. Cruising several Norwegian fjords up to the North Cape over the Arctic Circle was on our bucket list. We also enjoyed our time in the Shetlands, Orkneys, and Edinburgh. The Viking Sea is the most beautifully appointed ship that we've cruised on. Our cabin was very comfortable and the public areas were quiet and plentiful. Although the weather and seas were mostly calm, the Viking Sea was very smooth and quiet. The food was excellent, although the service in the main dining room tended to be very slow. We found an excellent waiter, Nagesh, who tried very hard, but he didn't seem to get the help he needed from his assistant. We found the resident historian to be excellent. The shore excursions were mostly excellent, although those that were included as free tended to be somewhat superficial. in all we would definitely sail on the Viking Sea or another Viking ship. Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2018
BACKGROUND My husband and I have cruised on our own sailboat from the US Eastern Seaboard through the Bahamas and all the way down the Caribbean Island chain. Sometimes it was unavoidable anchoring our boat in the same harbor where the ... Read More
BACKGROUND My husband and I have cruised on our own sailboat from the US Eastern Seaboard through the Bahamas and all the way down the Caribbean Island chain. Sometimes it was unavoidable anchoring our boat in the same harbor where the ships docked. After seeing the cruise ships disgorge thousands of passengers on tiny islands, having to listen to their loud music and announcements, and smelling their stinky smokestacks, we swore we would never set foot on a cruise ship. A couple of sailor friends convinced us to join them on this itinerary promising that Viking was not your typical cruise line. We were not disappointed. FIRST IMPRESSIONS We did not use Viking Air as San Juan is not one of their hubs and we did not arrange for a transfer through Viking as we planned to fly into Bergen a day ahead of embarkation. Our trip began with an airline issue causing us to arrive a day later then planned and with missing luggage. From the moment we saw the tall Viking rep in a red jacket at the Bergen airport our trip improved. We were invited to take one of the waiting shuttles, were told that they would handle our luggage issue once we made the baggage claim report, and were whisked off to the dock for a quick embarkation procedure and greeted with a glass of bubbly once on board. What's not to like. True to their promise, Guest Services were on our luggage issue tracking their arrival, picking up each piece and delivering it to our stateroom. Fortunately the final bag appeared an hour before sail away. Since we had worn all the extra clothing in our carry on, Viking offered free express laundry and lent us sanitized clothing to wear in the meantime. Lost or delayed baggage is a common occurrence to them. Kudos to the Guest Services staff. SHIP We found the ship beautifully appointed, light and airy. There was ample seating along the huge windows where we were able to view the gorgeous scenery as we sailed through the Fjords. We enjoyed exploring every nook and cranny inside and outside the ship quickly learning our way around. I loved all the little surprises around the ship - the informative touch screens, the trolls or elves in the elevator, birdsong in the public restrooms, the numerous hand sanitizer or washing stations, the lichen garden under the staircase and the lovely artwork throughout. True to our friends promise, there was no loud music or announcements. Even when the gangway was open for going ashore, that announcement was made only in the hallways and public areas. If you were in your room, you had to open the door to hear it. The ship carried less then 930 passengers aboard not thousands. There was no stinky cloud emitting from the ship's stack. There was barely a noticable environmentally friendly fog from the stack. The Viking Star never felt crowded. STAFF Before long the staff was greeting us by name at the Restaurant, when returning through security and at our favorite Explorer Bar. At every turn we saw smiling faces whether officers, restaurant servers, housekeeping, security, guest services or shore excursion staff. When leaving for a day trip we were handed bottled water. Upon returning to the ship, we were given cloths with which to freshen up and often a glass of bubbly. Staff was always there to serve, answer questions, give directions or help embark or disembark whether from a gangplank, tender or bus. RESTAURANTS Our first dinner reservation was at the Chefs Table with premium wine pairing as allowed by our Silver Spirit Beverage package. The Scandinavian Bistro menu was a perfect intro to Norway. Although it was a pre fixe menu, our friend who didn't care for the lamb course was offered a different choice. The dinner was a reunion of friends and the staff patiently paced the wine pouring and course serving to our most enthusiastic conversation with our old friends. We so much enjoyed the creativity of the meal that we booked three more Chefs Table menus. Although the portions were small, we didn't leave hungry. We chose our first dinner at the World Cafe for the famed seafood buffet. Although the food was very good and the tableside beverage service prompt, I found navigating the buffet disorienting. We all decided that for dinner we much prefer being seated, chosing from a menu and being waited upon. The Restaurant became our go to for dinner where the staff quickly learned our table location and wine preferences. There was never a wait for a table no matter what time we arrived. Every meal was delightful. We were happy with our two visits to Manfredi's. I especially liked the small pasta course which allowed room for ordering an entree also. We dined here for my birthday and were presented with a lovely birthday cake and a song. Breakfast was either Room Service or World Cafe. Room Service was always on time and responsive to menu write in choices. My husband likes honey with his tea and I want half & half with my coffee, items which were not on the menu. It was great eating in the room while preparing for an early excursion. With almost 24 hours of daylight, there was always something to see outside. As early risers we always got a window table in the World Cafe for breakfast. If the buffet was not quite open the beverage station was and I loved the coffee machine. Although we tried the coffee maker in our room, it was so much easier to grab a cup in the World Cafe. We tried every dining option at least once even the Viking Bar on Deck 1 for cookies and snacks. The open faced sandwiches in Mamsen's were great as was the soup. We liked the sandwich and salad options at the Pool Grill but found the area much too hot for comfortable dining unless the pool roof was open which was only one time. On the other hand, eating on the Aquavit Terrace was too cold on this Arctic Circle itinerary. The World Cafe had abundant choices for lunch whether we wanted a hot meal or a selection of salads. Finally on a sea day we tried the 4 pm tea in the gorgeous Wintergarden and loved it. ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT We enjoyed the daily music throughout the ship - piano, classical trio and guitarist each rotating locations and times. One day we watched a Cha-Cha lesson which was fun, we saw an entertaining Magician/Mentalist after the Captains Greeting on another day, and caught the Viking Band one evening in Torshavn. I do wish the Viking Band would have played earlier in the evening in Torshavn. Other then the one 9 pm time, they did not begin until 11:30 pm much too late for us. We attended most of the Port Talks and found them to be much more entertaining in person then on our room TV after the fact. The Lectures we attended were excellent. We missed most of the shows in the Star Theatre because we were too tired after busy days. We didn't participate in the Trivia or watch any of the daily films as we were always busy doing something else. We thought the Movie Under the Stars by the pool a great idea but had already seen the nights showing. To much to do but so little time. However, we did not skip the Midnight Sun party in the Explorer Lounge even though it was an early docking the next day. I can't tell you how amazing it was to watch the sun set...set...set, never touch the horizon and then begin to rise again. Major cool. There was an After the Midnight Sun party the next evening but the sky was cloudier. There was a variety of different things to do and see more then we would ever have time. Everything we attended was excellent. PORT & SHORE EXCURSIONS Includeds We booked most of the included shore excursions missing only the ones in Bergen, the Orkney Islands and Edinburgh. For the most part they were coach trips with stops allowing enough time for a bit of a walkabout and a photo op. During the drives we had excellent guides describing points of interest as we passed, giving us history, social and political lessons, describing past and current life in that country - from Vikings to the Sami to World Wars to tunnels, bridges and the oil industry, we got it all and loved it. The only included I would rate on a lower scale was in the Lofotens. Although the drive through the Island was gorgeous, the stops at the beaches were too rushed and the stop at the fishing village left us at a gas station near a narrow view of the harbor. I was disappointed as there was no opportunity to take a picture of the Rorbuers as promised in the tour description. The Lofoten Islands are majestic and I wished I had taken one of the optional tours. My husband did the Tjorndalen Scenic hike into the mountains and captured some spectacular photos. Many people don't like coach tours but this Midnight Sun itinerary was more about getting out into the countryside rather then walking through historic towns like the river cruises. Even the optional tours included bus rides. However, if a person wanted to have a town walkabout or shop, there was always a shuttle from the port to town if the distance was not walkable. Optionals Bergen: Ole Bull Home, Lyse Abbey Ruins, Fantoft Stave Church and all around Bergen. Absolutely fantastic! Our guide, walking around the lovely sites, the learning experience, scenery - could not have been better. Shetland Islands: Here we had good timing to do the morning included of Shetland Ponies and island panorama as well as an afternoon optional. Again our included tour guide was excellent explaining the islands unpredictable weather, topography, industry adding many personal stories and touches. It was a good mix of sightseeing by coach with time at stops. Our optional for the afternoon was the Rugged Beauty of the North. This was another exceptional tour with an entertaining guide and a bus driver. I don't think I have ever experienced a more enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide. She was a wealth of knowledge and knew every single bird and animal that we saw. She described life on such a remote island in all seasons and shared the excitement of Up Helly AA. She was very jolly, humorous and seemed to know everyone we passed while driving. The local Tangwick Haa museum stop was charming, the Eshaness Lighthouse stop along the dramatic northern cliffs was starkly beautiful with an easy walk, and the tea/coffee stop at Braewick Cafe with homemade Shortbread was cosy. Both AM and PM guides in the Shetlands did show and tell during the driving part. They passed around the unspun wool and a finished woven slipper when talking about the sheep, we got to handle peat and the tool used to dig it when that industry was discussed, plus a bird identification guide was available to use. My big excitement was seeing Puffins finally as they have been on my birding bucket list for 30 years. And of course we heard about Jimmy Perez and the TV series Shetland as we passed through Lerwick where set location and buildings were pointed out - a must see series if you plan to visit the Shetlands. Orkney Islands: Our optional.was Orkneys Stone Age for Neolithic and Viking sites - Ring of Brogdar, Skara Brae & Skaill House with a drive by Scapa Flow and through Lerwick. One cannot visit these Northern Scottish islands without seeing some of the ancient standing stones and archeological sites. Tour was a very nice combination of coach sightseeing as well as ample but easy walking with no rushing about. Beautiful and educational both. Guide was very informative on the bus drive talk but too talky with the Quiet Vox on the walk. Edinburgh: Royal Yacht Brittania, Lunch at Edinburgh Hotel, Edinburgh Castle, Free Time. Never having been to Edinburgh we wanted to see some iconic sites. The Royal Yacht was an excellent self guided tour on which we spent every minute we had soaking it all in. Such an amazing vessel and life the Royals had. The lunch was very good and in a hotel near the Castle, however, I would have preferred popping into a local Pub for a beer and Scottish food sampling on our own. At Edinburgh Castle our guide gave us an informative lecture and suggestions of what to see which was fine. Apparently private guides are not allowed to guide groups around inside. We did the best we could seeing the Castle but the crowds were horrible. Fortunately we saw a short line for the Crown Jewels and passed through fairly quick as the line was really long afterwards. I got tired real fast of people walking without looking, bumping into me, and taking selfies! Our travel companion friends had the right idea. While we were trying to take photos they skipped out and found a nice Pub outside the Castle across from our coach pick up point. The coach tour between sites was through crowded streets with many construction detours, barely a glimpse at historic buildings before another coach blocked the view, and painfully slow. Because of the traffic jam, we never got our free time to walk on our own. The crowds weren't Vikings fault but if I had to do it over I would skip Edinburgh and take an excursion in the countryside. Quiet Vox Opinion: I may be an odd duck but I do not like the Quiet Vox walking tours. I find someone talking in my ear constantly very distracting especially when they are talking to someone else on the excursion. However I really enjoyed the talks on the coach prior to arriving at an area. Perhaps if the walking tour guides gathered their charges in a little group at a site, gave their informative talk and then allowed us to walk in silence and contemplation I would enjoy it better. SPA, FITNESS & PROMENADE I am not an exercise machine user but the gym was always well used and, like most areas of the ship, had large windows for viewing scenery. I did, however, use the thermal spa and loved it. The locker rooms provided towels, robes, rubber shoes and everything you needed to shower, dry your hair and change afterwards. There was even a centrifuge which spun your suit dry so that you need not drip all the way to your room. I especially liked the private women's sauna where you could sweat alone and then plunge into an icy pool. Some would prefer the big pool in the coed area to be warmer, but I found the temperature allowed me to stay in longer massaging my calves and lower back both sore from lots of walking. You have to slide around on the benches to find the jet positions you like. One corner of that pool even had a full body jet area where you could bubble your body into relaxation. Adjacent to this pool was a hot tub for those who prefer it hotter. The only extra charge was for spa services of which I did not partake. The full ship 360 degree promenade was a lovely feature we used on a sea day to keep the joints oiled and muscles warmed. It was just as I pictured from the classic ocean liner days. Embarkation/Disembarkation: First arrival and final departure from the ship went smoothly. Our flight home from London was early afternoon and I thought our departure from the ship was a bit early. However we were amazed that it only took us a tad over one hour to get from Greenwich to Heathrow. But then it was early on a Saturday. On a busy work day morning it could be double the time easy. All the excursion disembarkations were organized and orderly. When we had our own plans, getting off the ship was never a problem or a long wait even when we were tendering. The only delay embarking was at the Gerianger tender pier and not Vikings fault. The port would only allow one Viking tender at a time at the pier whereas another huge cruise ship of thousands hogged the remaining pier space. Miscellaneous: I appreciate that Viking is an adults only cruise with no children under 18 allowed. Given the older demographic, I also like that motorized scooters are banned and hope it stays that way. I like the open restaurant seating and love the casual dress code. It was fun dressing up when we wanted to do so. We loved all the included things like WiFi, wine/beer, specialty restaurants, the spa thermal suite, excursion per port and the fact that there were no privledged access areas. Will I cruise again on Viking? You bet! In fact in 2020 we have booked South America and the Chilean Fjords. We visited the top of the world, next is the bottom. Suggestion/Complaint If you made it through my lengthy review you may wonder if everything was hunky dory. It was not. My only complaint or suggestion is a less stressful clearing in process from Norway to The Shetlands. Everyone had to present passports and have a face-to-face with Customs before leaving the ship. Consequently all 900+ passengers had to line up before 9 am to do so. We snaked back and forth, up and down through the Atrium levels. Morning excursions were late and many worried that the delay would cause missing the on time afternoon excursions when AM and PM excursions were booked. Fortunately we had two and a half hours between ours. This process could have been better handled. Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2018
So the Cruise to Norway, Scotland and England was marvelous. The first day when we arrived in Bergen we toured the ship. Our cabin was wonderful and the balcony let us go out and sit and see the city. The cabin seemed just right for two ... Read More
So the Cruise to Norway, Scotland and England was marvelous. The first day when we arrived in Bergen we toured the ship. Our cabin was wonderful and the balcony let us go out and sit and see the city. The cabin seemed just right for two people. We walked around the Viking Star, saw the Restaurants, the Pool, the Lounge and everything was so nice. After dinner I left for a walk around Bergen. The town was amazing, the shops of different color, the Fort on the hill and all the sailing ships. After a stroll I looked at my watch and it was 22:30 so I thought it was time to head for the ship. As I turned and saw the sun setting in the west it looked more like 18:00. Back on the ship every day was a Port Talk where we learned about the next port and town we would visit. This helped us prepared for the Excursion the next day. Seeing the towns across Norway with the mountains and snow on them was beautiful. Visiting the Shetland Islands and seeing the ponies, the Orkney Islands and seeing the Ancient ruins, and Edinburgh with its Castles. Sailing to our last stop, London, we passed the Maunsell Sea Forts still standing and the Thames Barrier. Our last Excursion was the London Eye and the views of London are wonderful. Not sure when I will be on another Viking Cruise but I hope it's soon. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
We had had such a wonderful experience on Viking River Cruise, we decided to try the ocean cruise. It was more than we could have ever imagined. We enjoyed several days of the “Midnight Sun” and experienced the unbelievable beauty of ... Read More
We had had such a wonderful experience on Viking River Cruise, we decided to try the ocean cruise. It was more than we could have ever imagined. We enjoyed several days of the “Midnight Sun” and experienced the unbelievable beauty of Norway. The staff made us feel so special. The service was exceptional. With only 940 guests on the ship, you could always find a quiet place to curl up and read a book. This cruise is perfect for people who want to have time away from children, casinos and photographers. You won’t find any of them on Viking. Perfect get away for couples. Allows you time to focus on each other. There is always plenty to do. Great shore excursions, both included, or extras - or you may just want to spend some time relaxing at the pool or in the spa. The food was amazing! Service exceptional. I will never use another cruise line! Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2018
It was our first time on Viking Ocean Cruises. We were very lucky and received a complimentary upgrade to the Owner’s Suite from a penthouse suite. It was absolutely wonderful. We enjoyed our precruise to Iceland but then found the ... Read More
It was our first time on Viking Ocean Cruises. We were very lucky and received a complimentary upgrade to the Owner’s Suite from a penthouse suite. It was absolutely wonderful. We enjoyed our precruise to Iceland but then found the fjords to be extremely beautiful. The ship itself was beautiful and we enjoyed excellent wines and service aboard. We enjoyed the Viking attributes with no casinos, no art auctions, no ship photography, and a very relaxing Scandinavian atmosphere. Without a doubt we will go on another Viking ocean cruise. In fact we booked another one while on board. There were places on the ship where temperatures were controlled to satisfy warm natured as well as cold natured people and we have never seen that before on an ocean cruise. The service staff were outstanding in their treatment of passengers. We considered our upgrade to be extremely lucky but we would probably have booked more cruises with Viking even if we were in our originally book suite. Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2018
We had previous enjoyable experiences with Viking River Cruises and wanted to try the ocean cruises. Into the Midnight Sun cruise was something we had looked forward to do. It was not a disappointment. Cabin was excellent and spacious with ... Read More
We had previous enjoyable experiences with Viking River Cruises and wanted to try the ocean cruises. Into the Midnight Sun cruise was something we had looked forward to do. It was not a disappointment. Cabin was excellent and spacious with ample space for storage. Everything about the ship spoke to luxury. What was especially appealing was: no casino; no formal nights; no kids and no annoying photographers trying to peddle photos at every turn. The include shore excursions were excellent and there was ample opportunities to select additional excursions for an extra fee. What was especially striking was the fact that every member of staff seemed to be well trained and enjoyed their job. No request was too onerous and every request was met with a cheerful response. We took one of the available beverage packages which we found to be of excellent value and provided us with easy freedom to use at the various venues. For a relatively small vessel the entertainment standard was at a surprisingly high level. A thoroughly enjoyable experience and one we would cheerfully repeat in the future. Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2018
Such a wonderful experience on Viking’s new ocean vessel. It was our first experience on an their ocean vessel, but won’t be our last. Every part of the cruise was fabulous! Can hardly wait to book again. The entertainment was so ... Read More
Such a wonderful experience on Viking’s new ocean vessel. It was our first experience on an their ocean vessel, but won’t be our last. Every part of the cruise was fabulous! Can hardly wait to book again. The entertainment was so incredible—who would expect the cruise director and assistant director to jump in and sing !! I mean really sing. Oh my. Such a 5 star experience!!!! Both the food and the service were over the top!!! Fabulous!!!! Going on and on sounds phony, but no really everything was wonderful. We so enjoyed the spa. We enjoyed a massage, but the pools and ice room, etc, were all very lovely. All the extra services like laundry i. Every floor made the whole cruise experience nice. Thank you Viking. Money well spent. (Viking. Please consider this 150 word minimum. I can say what I need to in much less. I don’t understand this requirement) Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
The ship an all the amenities far exceeded our expectations. Cabin and the service we received from the support staff truly made us feel welcome and beyond comfortable. Each port held so many interests giving us the ability to choose ... Read More
The ship an all the amenities far exceeded our expectations. Cabin and the service we received from the support staff truly made us feel welcome and beyond comfortable. Each port held so many interests giving us the ability to choose from a variety of activity levels and educational adventures. We enjoyed each included shore excursion as much as the additional excursions we took advantage of. The Port Talks were not only informative and entertaining, but provided us will valuable information regarding customs etc. A much needed wealth of information. , a big thank you to Nolan Dean and Steven Louw. The disembarkation and embarkation went smoothly and the various greetings from the crew imbued a great feeling of returning "home". The many dining venues gave us of an opportunity to explore a variety of meals familiar as well as new. Anything beyond what was offered was provided with a smile. The various shows an enrichment lectures were wonderful. We especially enjoyed the fact there were no Big production entertainment. This made each show very intimate an extremely enjoyable. In closing, the entire crew made this vacation an experience of a lifetime. Each day flowed smoothly from beginning to end, so much so, we booked a River Cruise on-board with Michael Hannus. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
Our desire to see Midnight Sun, Norwegian Fjords, the Orkney Islands, Edinburgh Castle and travel on a Viking Ocean Journey were the prime motivators for choosing this trip. All of the above were spectacular. What was a surprise was the ... Read More
Our desire to see Midnight Sun, Norwegian Fjords, the Orkney Islands, Edinburgh Castle and travel on a Viking Ocean Journey were the prime motivators for choosing this trip. All of the above were spectacular. What was a surprise was the fabulous staff: Restaurant staff, Buffet Staff, room steward...literally everyone we encountered couldn't have been nicer or more helpful. Also the excursion on Shetland Island to Jarlshof was a surprise.....really interesting and well identified prehistoric archeological site. The Thames Barrier and the Imperial War Museum were also fascinating to see. Last, but certainly the least, was the food on board... delicious with lots of choices. We were also traveling with two other couples, who are our favorite people in the world. Our experience was certainly enhanced by being with them. The ship was quite wonderful. There were always more than enough places for the 6 of us to sit together, whether to enjoy our meals, enjoy the entertainment or just sit and talk. I was surprised by the entertainment...I really hadn't expected much, but it was top notch. Let also mention in this regard, the assistant cruise director. An amazing voice and a great entertainer. We probably enjoyed his performance the most. We also enjoyed the classical music trio. Superb musicians! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
We chose this cruise because we wanted to see fewer large cities and more scenery and that's exactly what we got! A lot of Europe is now overrun with tourists and this was a pleasant change. So, instead of experiencing large crowds, ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to see fewer large cities and more scenery and that's exactly what we got! A lot of Europe is now overrun with tourists and this was a pleasant change. So, instead of experiencing large crowds, we were able to go at times to fishing villages in small groups. There were also a wide variety of shore experiences for you to take advantage of depending on your interests and physical condition. We were also pleased with the dining options. We haven't been on many cruises, because we didn't want to be tempted by food constantly and prefer a healthier approach. The food was good AND you could always find low cal options. We really liked all the seafood entrees. We also liked the different levels of dining so that you could grab a casual dinner if you wanted. Finally, we often used room service if we had an early morning tour at no extra charge. Our food was delivered on time & without issue. The activities were varied and we took advantage of as many as we wanted. There were always overviews of the next day's excursions and sometimes historical perspectives of the areas we would be visiting. Musical groups also played throughout the ship in the evening. We thought the size of the ship was just right. There was no reason that you wouldn't be able to get around if you had mobility issues and it was large enough that you could get enough exercise on days where there were no shore excursions(plus there was a workout area). All the people that work on the ship couldn't have been more helpful or more polite. Viking really put together a great staff. Finally, we think it says a lot that we have already booked our Viking cruise for next year! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
We had been on Viking River Cruises and rated those highly. The late June sail date allowed us to experience the midnight sun which is a "have to be there to appreciate it" moment. The Viking Star was every bit as good as a ... Read More
We had been on Viking River Cruises and rated those highly. The late June sail date allowed us to experience the midnight sun which is a "have to be there to appreciate it" moment. The Viking Star was every bit as good as a Viking River cruise and perhaps better. The ship size could be configured to hold twice as many passengers, but Viking decision to not cram in more beds, made the ship feel more spacious and never crowded. Food was excellent in the cafeterias and even better in the specialty restaurants of which there was a nice variety. One sous-chef told us he move to Viking from another cruise line because Viking uses fresh, not frozen food. Entertainment was first rate. The service team was friendly, appeared sincere and accommodating. The champagne reception as we re-boarded the ship in Hönningsvag was a pleasant surprise. The celebration to commommorate crossing the Arctic Circle is a fun event you don't want to miss. Edinburgh presented us with more tours we wanted to go don than time allowed, so choose wisely. Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2018
Had an Interest in the area that the cruise covered, Iceland, Norway, Shetland Islands, Orkney Island, Edinburgh, Scotland, England..Had done a previous Viking River Cruise and was impressed with the accommodations and the service so ... Read More
Had an Interest in the area that the cruise covered, Iceland, Norway, Shetland Islands, Orkney Island, Edinburgh, Scotland, England..Had done a previous Viking River Cruise and was impressed with the accommodations and the service so decided to try an ocean cruise with Viking. Really enjoyed the pre cruise option of several days stay with included tours in Iceland. The Geysir hot springs and the Blue Lagoon were some of the places along with the Golden Circle Tour. Great and knowledgeable land guide in Iceland. The staff on board ship were very friendly and helpful, always greeting you with a smile and asking if you needed anything. The ship is very clean and well maintained. The food options were varied with choices for every taste. They accommodated my husband special diet without any fuss or extra work on our part. Wine, if you wished to have it, was included at dinner at no extra cost. The cabin was comfortable with a small sitting area with two chairs and a coffee table and a outside veranda. Our refrigerator was refilled daily with our selection of beverages.Liked the heated bathroom Floor and the king size very comfy bed. There was an included tour in every port but there were also optional tours available. Found all of the tours guides very knowledgeable of the area of the tour. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
Everything about cruising with Viking was worry free and delightful. We were met at the airport by Viking staff that took care of our luggage and escorted us to the coach that delivered us to the ship. Embarkation was quick and easy. Food ... Read More
Everything about cruising with Viking was worry free and delightful. We were met at the airport by Viking staff that took care of our luggage and escorted us to the coach that delivered us to the ship. Embarkation was quick and easy. Food was available all throughout the day to accommodate passengers arriving at different times. The ship was lovely and the cabins were large and comfortable. The choice of restaurants and dining experiences were excellent and the food was always delicious. The entertainment on the ship was top notch. We especially liked the guest lecturers. They were very interesting and knowledgeable. We enjoyed all the included excursions and many of the additional excursions that were available. We felt they were a great way to get acquainted with all the ports we visited.The entire Viking staff were very professional and helpful. We had so much fun that we have booked another Viking Ocean cruise this year - Majestic Fjords & Vibrant Cities. Read Less
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