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21 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
This beautiful ship with a great service crew FAILED TERRIBLY ON MULTIPLE LEVELS at sea during a storm we should never have been in. Prior to the mayday we noticed several things that we found “sloppy” or unusual for a top cruise ... Read More
This beautiful ship with a great service crew FAILED TERRIBLY ON MULTIPLE LEVELS at sea during a storm we should never have been in. Prior to the mayday we noticed several things that we found “sloppy” or unusual for a top cruise ship. The lights on the ship continually flickered and a huge banging sound continued for 30’hours prior to the engine failure. The crew was amazing, but handicap auto doors were not functioning, dining room doors slid open on their own during the storm and waves blew a door open to the dining room injuring multiple people. Prior to the engine and power failure, we noticed sloppy things that we have never seen on Disney, Cunard or Pinang - on the top level promenade stairs the crew had a makeshift and dangerously messy “fix” for slick stairs by using random carpet strips taped and towed to the stairs with twine. The makeshift stair pads were dangerous to step on and moved with every strep. Also, after refueling in Tromsø, we walked deck hours later and no one had bothered to take down the refueling signs and ropes blocking the promenade. There were also dangerous design issues in our three cabins - especially the heavy, finger-smashing closet doors that became uncontrollable during the storm, slamming to and forth with every move of the ship - eventually breaking from their track on the bottom. We were also told the ship did not have as many safety signs as other ships because management didn’t like the look of the signs. That being said, their lack of normal foresight to read the weather and reroute the ship, asking with their tragic mistake of having too little oil on the engines for high seas is unforgivable. We all love luxury, we all love great service, but we should hold cruise lines accountable for their critical decision making and putting the lives and safety of their passengers and crew first. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
Unpacking once and being able to experience multiple ports of calls by simply stepping off the ship was wonderful. The food overall was delicious and we had many choices of cuisine and restaurants. . It was fun to taste the local cuisine ... Read More
Unpacking once and being able to experience multiple ports of calls by simply stepping off the ship was wonderful. The food overall was delicious and we had many choices of cuisine and restaurants. . It was fun to taste the local cuisine at lunch and dinner in each port of call. The guides were so knowledgeable and having the Port talks and Q&As helped tremendously. It enabled the experience of the historical sites to be all we hoped they would be. The Cruise Director gave us little tops for each stop. My favorite spot Eidfjord,Norway, was beyond spectacular as we viewed it from our balcony at sunrise. It had been a life long dream to see the Fjords and it surpassed all of my expectations.The most wonderful part overall was the total relaxation on this beautiful luxurious ship. There was nothing you could want for, from the throw blankets everywhere to the popcorn and movies at night to be taken care of at every moment by a very efficient, friendly crew. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
Very unhappy with service and food. Food was less than average and service was worse. Had one hot meal at dinner on a 16 day trip. Majority of staff unattentive and not well trained .Asked server at pool bar what types of beer were ... Read More
Very unhappy with service and food. Food was less than average and service was worse. Had one hot meal at dinner on a 16 day trip. Majority of staff unattentive and not well trained .Asked server at pool bar what types of beer were being offered and he replied, "I don't know." Got the same answer at one of the specialty restaurants. Neither server made an effort to find out. Cabin #6025 was spectacular. The ship is beautiful and state of the art. Attention to detail in decor was 100%.Toilet in our cabin leaked. It was fixed immediately. Shower did not work well. The problem was addressed and taken care of after two attempts. Enjoyed the excursions themselves but staff seemed very disorganized in getting them organized. Have been on two Viking river cruises. Enjoyed them very much. Food not much better on river cruises verses ocean. One night a cheese platter served with baguettes was ordered.Cheese was served with Ritz crackers! That is unacceptable! Wait staff uses hand held devices to order food. So impersonal and tacky, in my estimation. Spent a good sum of money for this trip...NOT a good value for what I spent. VERY disappointed.Came home and cancelled two future trips with Viking. I will go elsewhere. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
After all the publicity regarding the Viking Sky off the coast of Norway and the impact on the passengers, it appears that it is not widely recognized what happened to us on the Viking Star in early October of 2016. Our captain, and I am ... Read More
After all the publicity regarding the Viking Sky off the coast of Norway and the impact on the passengers, it appears that it is not widely recognized what happened to us on the Viking Star in early October of 2016. Our captain, and I am sure Viking, went directly in a significant storm when sailing from Iceland to Greenland in the North Atlantic. According to the captain, who I spoke with directly after we had come through this ordeal, the seas were as high as 45 feet and the winds were gusting to 90 mph. The captain said that they had to strap him into his chair since he had fallen off the chair and hit his head. Why would he not turn around and weather the storm in Reykjavik harbor is beyond me? Everything that was not secured fell or was smashed. It started when we were in the dining room and our table kept moving into a table closest to a wall. A door in the dining room blasted open and had to be held closed by a person from the crew until it could be jammed closed with a piece of wood. An entire tray of desserts in the kitchen fell over as did a large wine rack. In our room a pitcher and glasses were swept of a table and our sliding door closet doors hit the frame so hard they cracked the wooden frame. I was on the deck with the buffet later in the evening and could barely stand as I was thrown around. Stacks of dishes smashed on the floor. Talking to other passengers the next day, one woman said that she was bounced out of bed with her mattress and I heard that someone had a broken leg. Apparently this disaster was kept quiet and never reached the notoriety that the Viking Star has reached. In addition to this harrowing event the clock system was not working for two days waking people up two hours earlier than requested among other little issues. We were in the last group to be tendered to a major Viking site in Canada when the captain aborted the tender operation. He later apologized and said that we could have safely been tendered to shore and back. The Star is a beautiful ship and many of the amenities are great, yet Viking was not ready for ocean cruising and it seems it still is not ready. For all what happened and other screw ups during the cruise, we were offered a $100 credit per person, which is a joke and something we would never use. Viking should stay on the rivers and out of the ocean. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2016
We have sailed with Viking before to China and on the Tulip river cruise. We wanted to enjoy a larger boat with more options for eating and recreation and evening entertainment. We also wanted to go to a New Itinerary and the "Into ... Read More
We have sailed with Viking before to China and on the Tulip river cruise. We wanted to enjoy a larger boat with more options for eating and recreation and evening entertainment. We also wanted to go to a New Itinerary and the "Into The MIdnight Sun" looked like great ports to see in Norway and Scotland - we also went first to Iceland and later for a couple of days in London area after the cruise so the choice to go somewhere new and also end in London to visit with friends was perfect itinerary for us. We thought the food was superb and the roominess of the cabin as well as the public spaces. we never had to wait for an elevator, loved the friendliness of the staff. They helped us with a couple of personal issues and would and have already recommended the trip, ship and Viking to others. Thanks for one of the best trips we have every experienced! Loved it! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2015
the ship was great, the workers were great, the food was great. very expensive. can get the about the same trip for a lot less. when we signed up for this trip there wasn't hardly any company doing it. now there are a lot of ... Read More
the ship was great, the workers were great, the food was great. very expensive. can get the about the same trip for a lot less. when we signed up for this trip there wasn't hardly any company doing it. now there are a lot of companies doing this for a lot less. the excurions that they offer as free are the same time as the optional ones that cost nicely. Germany was a long ride in a bus that didn't have air to get to berlin. I complained to the ship and to Viking management and got "sorry". for 14k I thought I would get more than sorry. no discounts and no rebates. the ship broke down on the next run, s\thank goodness for us. I love the river cruises and always will. we only need a few more to complete Europe. never will go back on an ocean cruise with them. entertainment was okay. the spa area was superb but the steam room and snow grotto broke about half way. the pool on the fantail was so great that it was my favorite place. the pools are never crowded if it's not real warm and Viking caters to the older group. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2015
While the ship was great, the excursions and tours were a great disappointment. I had been on the river cruise and Viking had that down. I told everyone I could how great it was. I had read poor reviews and called, and was assured ... Read More
While the ship was great, the excursions and tours were a great disappointment. I had been on the river cruise and Viking had that down. I told everyone I could how great it was. I had read poor reviews and called, and was assured everything was fine. I went on this trip to see the countries, so the ship niceties weren't as important to me, but the ship was beautiful and staff was very good. Unfortunately we were the guinea pigs for the ocean cruises. It wasn't just the four of us traveling on the ship, there were so many people recommending other cruise lines. Sad that Viking hadn't listened to the criticisms of previous tours and we wasted our time and money on this. They just don't have the excursions down. That is what they do so well on the river cruises. The guides don't use the voice boxes, so you can't hear anything. After about day 7 they started doing surveys because they had so many complaints. Whatever you do do not go to Berlin. They stuck us on a bus for 8 hours and wouldn't let us off until some women started screaming. The extra excursions are about twice the price as other tours doing the same thing. They spend so much time rushing you back to the ship to sit and wait for departure rather than enjoying the town you are in. I called to complain and they offered me $500 each for my inconvenience. I declined and won't be traveling Viking again. I laughed when reading the reviews, especially since they were so bad before I departed. I hope they do let people know how much bus cruising this trip is. If you bought the insurance, back out now. I didn't and I regret that. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2015
Short version embarkation poor low secirity not staffed had to find our way staff not professional do not attempt to assist. Rude disposition food low quality servers not attentive to guests striped suits walk around not connected ... Read More
Short version embarkation poor low secirity not staffed had to find our way staff not professional do not attempt to assist. Rude disposition food low quality servers not attentive to guests striped suits walk around not connected to guests wine we bought package for better wine BUT they are out of good wine and had to fight for any service attention only paid to comped guests promoting the ship Stateroom very small 3 drawers 3 inches deep for 2 guests dump designer wasted space still on ship for 6 more days over rated river boats much better, 4 river cruises we have done would expect more here Read Less
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
My wife and I have cruised many times with Celebrity and always received 1st class service. We have completed many of the popular cruises more than once so was looking for alternative itinerary's. We booked an Explorer Suite with ... Read More
My wife and I have cruised many times with Celebrity and always received 1st class service. We have completed many of the popular cruises more than once so was looking for alternative itinerary's. We booked an Explorer Suite with Viking (similar price to a Penthouse with Celebrity) expecting a premium cruise experience but how wrong we were. We opted for the flight and cruise package just in case of any delays etc but unable to pre-book our seats so we could not sit together. Check-in was OK but the welcome champagne was an inch in a glass and no member of staff to show us our suite. The suite was as expected, sensible size decorated with furniture from Ikea. The one big issue was trying to keep the room warm as the outside temperature was as low as -18. We had all the curtains closed, all heating including an electric panel heater on full, blankets on the bed and still cold. The same for the pool area and the world café, you needed a sweater or fleece to eat your lunch. Service was very slow with many dirty tables waiting to be cleaned and members of staff just walking past. Must say food quality and variety was good. Room service was very slow to start, 1230pm and still no clean, 8.40pm no clean or turn down. After a couple of complaints this did improve. Shore excursions a complete joke, they were either cancelled or changed at the last moment and those that did proceed were poorly organised. I complained to Judi Buikman the shore excursion manager as she cancelled Northern Lights tours as not dark enough, tidal water phenomenon as it was low tide and a train and snow mobile tour as there was a road incident at 7am and she was worried the bus could not return passenger's back to the ship at 4pm. When I pointed out she failed to do her homework on the excursions, she replied "fair comment". We had arranged dinner reservations prior to sailing for the specialty restaurants but then refused to alter the seating from 2 to 4 persons as we had met new friends. After a sharp conversation with the Hotel Manager and Restaurant Manager this was changed but it should not be this way. The service in the Lounge Bar was very slow if at all, quicker to order drinks at the bar. The evening entertainment was fine for us, either a guitar or piano entertainer. One day the Cruise Director Drew Raitch performed his song book for us, it was embarrassing, the man cannot sing at all so please don't try. Viking Ocean Cruise are a new start-up cruise line (not river cruises) and it shows. The staff are not trained or experienced at ocean cruises and require constant direction from the Officers who themselves require more training. The ship itself was very well maintained but then it is only 2 years old, it is however very noisy when in rough seas and when using the bow thrusters, no pods fitted to this ship. My wife and I really wanted to like Viking as our new "go to" cruise line with different itinerary's but not a chance. Viking are now what the cruise industry was 10 years ago and customers paying premium rates for the top suites and Penthouses demand service. Celebrity have a Butler who takes care of everyday issues such as excursions, dinner reservations, laundry etc. They also have a dedicated restaurant and lounge bar with concierge for suite guests only and unlimited use of the speciality dining rooms. We are so glad we booked Alaska with Celebrity in May and not Viking, we would have been so disappointed. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
This was our first Viking cruise. We cruise about 5-6 weeks a year and usually cruise Celebrity but have also enjoyed Royal Caribbean. For a change of pace and because the reviews were good, we decided to give Viking Ocean a try. We booked ... Read More
This was our first Viking cruise. We cruise about 5-6 weeks a year and usually cruise Celebrity but have also enjoyed Royal Caribbean. For a change of pace and because the reviews were good, we decided to give Viking Ocean a try. We booked the 14 night "In the Wake of Vikings" cruise from Bergen to Montreal. Well, let's just say we're not drinking the Viking Ocean Kool-Aid. We do not see the value in Viking compared to the price. The reason for my low rating is based on many things. First, (but not the primary reason) we missed 4 out of 8 ports! And the ONLY reason we chose this cruise is because we had not been to 6 of the 8 ports. We missed 4 of the 6. The first missed port was understandable due to (somewhat) rough seas. But the following day the Captain announced that he was cancelling 3 ports towards the end of the cruise because there was a forecast of bad weather later on. Well, as it turns out, there was no bad weather later on. In fact, we had surprisingly calm weather for that sea. I just think that decision was made way too hasty. Note: Viking did offer a partial credit voucher to be used on a future cruise. So, guess what happens when you cancel 4 ports?? You end up with 4 EXTRA sea days! WHICH, on any other cruise line wouldn't be so bad. We actually love sea days on Celebrity, Royal Caribbean and even Princess. But on Viking, there is NOTHING to do! There's virtually no evening entertainment (and no I don't count the "classical trio" as entertainment night after night). There's no casino, no shows, and much less space to hang out in. What they do have, is lectures. Lots and lots of lectures. And I know a lot of people love educational lectures and in fact I would still recommend Viking if that's what you're into, but there has to be more than that imo. Another reason we didn't like Viking, and I know this only applies to a small minority of cruisers, is the suite. We paid more for our Explorer Suite (ES1) on Viking that we paid for ANY of our Penthouse Suites on Celebrity or Royal Suites on RCL. It was a joke. We were at the very front of the ship, and although there was a balcony out there, we weren't allowed to use most it. We only had use of the side balcony and none of the front. So much for the great views. The size of the Viking Explorer suite was half the size of the Celebrity Penthouse suite but the worse part was that there are no valuable perks for the upper suites. No drink package, no concierge, no butler, no prepaid gratuities. As far as dining, on a smaller ship, well, there are smaller choices. Not near as much variety. The quality was on par with Princess but not with Celebrity. The "included" excursions were all either walking tours or bus tours which are only fine if there's not much to see in the port. We took a few but in most ports we had to pay for optional tours to really explore a port. So basically, if we had purchased a smaller cabin I don't think we would have been as disappointed. But don't waste your money (6 times as much) on an Explorer Suite. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
We enjoyed our on board experience but were VERY DISAPPOINTED with several of the excursions and especially the paid-for excursions. My main reason for this trip was to see Berlin. We took the "Historic Berlin" tour for ... Read More
We enjoyed our on board experience but were VERY DISAPPOINTED with several of the excursions and especially the paid-for excursions. My main reason for this trip was to see Berlin. We took the "Historic Berlin" tour for $418 for both of us. We wanted to see the Wall, the Brandenburg Gate, and go to the American Allies Museum which were all included on this tour. We saw the Wall and the Brandenburg Gate and several other "drive-by" monuments before lunch. After lunch all we had left was the Allied Museum. As we were arriving at the museum, our guide told us we had 15 minutes to see it. 15 MINUTES!! Obviously we really couldn't really absorb the details there and we were really disappointed. Then we spent 30 minutes at a souvenir store on the "Kdam." Perhaps we could have spent 30 minutes at the museum and 15 minutes at the store. We paid for and took the "Trail of the Vikings" tour in Stavanger, Norway. This tour was so bad for so many reasons, Viking refunded half of the money immediately to several who took the tour. We should have received all of it back. "Glimpse of Helsinki" was 3 hours on a bus with a guide who put us all to sleep. Luckily, this was an included tour so all we lost was our time. Viking should send an employee on the tours to observe what their clients are experiencing to insure quality. Viking promotes "enrichment" as a priority but there seems to be a disconnect between the ship and the shore experience. We really appreciated there was no casino on board, no photographers hawking pictures, and no beauty consultants interrupting our meals to sell spa treatments. The trip was good, but the trip would have been amazing if the tours matched the ship's experience. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
We were very disappointed with our 2 week British Isles cruise on Viking Sun. Viking pricing and advertising would lead one to expect a premium, e.g. Crystal, Silversea, Seabourn, cruise experience. Not even close. Viking offers a ... Read More
We were very disappointed with our 2 week British Isles cruise on Viking Sun. Viking pricing and advertising would lead one to expect a premium, e.g. Crystal, Silversea, Seabourn, cruise experience. Not even close. Viking offers a somewhat smaller cabin with a nice, by cruise-liner standard’s, shower. No tubs or walk in closets here. Occasionally good, but generally poor to mediocre food. You pay for liquor except for complementary beer and rather dull wines at lunch and dinner. It says a lot about the claim to be a luxury company when you end complementary wine and beer at the poolside grill when the inside dining rooms are not open. The crew is very warm and pleasant but unprepared to deliver the level of service one gets from the other mentioned cruise lines. One gets the feeling that the onboard management is more concerned with the bottom line than with passenger happiness. Profitability issues should be left at the home office. Tipping is not included, it is charged to your onboard account. Onboard entertainment is skimpy. On our voyage, a 4 man show band and 4 singer/dancers performed 2 shows on 2 evenings. There were 3 guest entertainers who each performed 1 show on 2 different evenings. Unfortunately, the show theatre cannot accommodate all the guests at one seating. At the “one performance only” shows late coming passengers stood or squeezed into seats. A classical trio, a pianist, and a guitar player perform at various onboard venues. There is no casino. 1000 piece puzzles, scrabble games, checkers, dominoes, and several other physical and digital board games can be found in an area called the Atrium. Internet access is free for all guests and lots of passengers are playing games or otherwise busy on their cell phones. The so called enrichment lectures are a tall tale. There are accomplished lecturers speaking on topics that are of very little interest to the vast majority of passengers. Lecture attendance averaged 15 to 30 people. Bottom line, unless you really want a Viking itinerary, you can do a lot better for your money by shopping elsewhere. Read Less
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