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19 Viking Ocean Western Caribbean Cruise Reviews

Read many good things about Viking and wanted to try a different cruise line. The ship was beautiful. The passenger to size ratio was great. Never felt crowded. The light interiors were a welcome change from other lines we’ve cruised. ... Read More
Read many good things about Viking and wanted to try a different cruise line. The ship was beautiful. The passenger to size ratio was great. Never felt crowded. The light interiors were a welcome change from other lines we’ve cruised. Cabins were very nice. Loved the heated floor and mirror in the bathroom. Dining was mixed. We liked the World Cafe. Food was very good with lots of choices. The grill had a nice selection. Tea at the Wintergarden was enjoyable. We didn’t feel the main dining room functioned like a well oiled machine. Service was not smooth, the kitchen was very slow, and the food was average. The specialty restaurants were better. A poor first meal at the Italian restaurant was resolved with a second visit. Other than that the crew was excellent. The ship was great. The included excursions were very good. The tour guides were knowledgeable and very friendly. We’ll definitely do another cruise with Viking. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
I always wanted to take a Viking cruise and did so. Traveled with my husband and my two adult children to Key West and the Yucatan Peninsula. We departed from Miami and returned after a week to the same port. The weather was beautiful. ... Read More
I always wanted to take a Viking cruise and did so. Traveled with my husband and my two adult children to Key West and the Yucatan Peninsula. We departed from Miami and returned after a week to the same port. The weather was beautiful. The dining was excellent wherever we ate. The excursions were also excellent. We went to Key West (my favorite), Cozumel, Merida and Belize. The entertainment and activities were wonderful. We especially liked the trivia games, but were disappointed that prizes were not awarded - a ship key chain would have been nice. I love shopping, so was very disappointed that not enough time was provided in each port for shopping. After the tours, we had to get to the ship or tender and were given only 15 minutes to shop. Service was excellent and really appreciated not having to ever wait in line or stand to get service. Also, the free wi-fi was so appreciated. Was able to print our boarding airline pass with no problem. I would definitely go again. We traveled with my 30-34 year old children, and they were definitely in the minority age group, but they had a wonderful time. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We've done a river cruise with Viking and decided to try their relatively new ocean cruise line. We have traveled extensively with the larger cruise lines and found this to be so much more relaxing and attentive. The food was ... Read More
We've done a river cruise with Viking and decided to try their relatively new ocean cruise line. We have traveled extensively with the larger cruise lines and found this to be so much more relaxing and attentive. The food was outstanding; the staff was extremely friendly, accommodating and always smiling. With the included shore excursions wi-if, drinks, excellent entertainment, and smooth transitions to get on shore and return to ship, you are hassle free. In one port we were docked next to one of the behemoth cruise ships, and we felt like we were getting onboard our own yacht. Of note regarding the entertainment, there is no casino on board which was fine with us. Also, there is no huge theater production, just a small stage with young enthusiastic good voices singing their hearts out for you. Do not expect a loud music filled pool scene; instead it is quiet and reserved with people sitting around reading and conversing. Pre dinner music is classical or flamenco guitar in the atrium by the Explorer Bar where we enjoyed our cocktails with friends we made the first day. By the way, the silver drink package is well worth it if you enjoy good wine and cocktails. The nightclub is small with a good band and vocalists for dancing; no disco balls here. If you're looking for a more raucous type of entertainment, then this is not for you. The included Caribbean ports were interesting for their Mayan ruins, but I think we became Mayaned out after Belize and Cozumel. Belize City itself and Progresso/Merida were a disappointing trip and not worth the amount of time sitting on a bus. Would we use Viking again? The answer is yes, as we have another river cruise booked! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We wanted to visit the Yucatán Peninsula to see and learn about the Maya civilization. Thanks to the shore excursions and the onboard lectures we did learn some. Of course we learned how much we still did not know--but this was not the ... Read More
We wanted to visit the Yucatán Peninsula to see and learn about the Maya civilization. Thanks to the shore excursions and the onboard lectures we did learn some. Of course we learned how much we still did not know--but this was not the fault of Viking! We could have preferred the port excursions to be a couple hours longer, but certainly there are itinerary reasons that govern that. And it's probably always a good sign that one wants more! The cruise pampering was exquisite--always a treat. Crew members were consistently courteous and reaching out to help. Dining was delicious, and we loved the variety of offerings. The shows and performance were wonderful and professional quality; we enjoyed getting to greet the artists following the performances. I had not mentioned to anyone or at any point that my birthday would occur during the trip. But what a lovely surprise to have a beautiful slice of birthday cake delivered to our cabin on the evening of December 15! It was already a special day, but Viking's thoughtfulness was the ICING on the CAKE, so to speak. :-) Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
A friend from back East decided to take this cruise and asked if I could be interested in joining her and her brother. Once I found a room mate, I signed up. So very glad that I did. As it turned out, nature in the form of two ... Read More
A friend from back East decided to take this cruise and asked if I could be interested in joining her and her brother. Once I found a room mate, I signed up. So very glad that I did. As it turned out, nature in the form of two hurricanes would cause us to question our decision, but in the end, we stayed with it. Viking Sea was one of the first ships to sail into several of the Caribbean ports and in one case, we were the very first ship. The people on all the island were so very welcoming and hospitable, even as they were striving to regain normalcy to their lives. Perhaps having the tourists back helped in some small way. Since the major industry on the smaller island is tourism it was very helpful for us to be there, spending money and visiting the islands. The ship was fantastic as were all the crew members. The food was so very good. I'd sail Viking Sea again. It's a small ship and if you are used to a large ship with thousands of people, there is an adjustment. The room was fine, but lacked shelf space. The exercise room was small and closed at night (so that the crew could use it). Pretty much the ship closed down by 10pm. Like I said, there was some adjustment necessary for a smaller ship BUT the service more than made up for any adjustments... Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We had taken 2 Viking River Cruises and loved them. We wanted to experience a Viking Ocean Cruise. This cruise was at the right time, included destinations/ports we wanted to see, and offered free air fare. The public spaces were ... Read More
We had taken 2 Viking River Cruises and loved them. We wanted to experience a Viking Ocean Cruise. This cruise was at the right time, included destinations/ports we wanted to see, and offered free air fare. The public spaces were lovely, the dining options were very good, and the service was excellent. Tedhi, our room steward, was most accommodating and always available. The shore excursions were a bit disappointing. We felt that we never saw the beautiful beaches that are pictured in various brochures from that area. One of the best parts of this cruise was the on-board entertainment. Each evening there was a delightful show. Although there were only a few performers, they were able to put on a variety of performances. All of them were talented singers and dancers. Our very favorite thing on the cruise was the band. The four musicians and two vocalists in the band were outstanding. They played 60's and 70's music in the club every evening, and we danced until midnight each night. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Wanted t try an ocean cruise and like the fact that Viking had smaller ships. Did not want days at sea and liked that we would be in port every day. The crew were very friendly and respectful. Liked the variety of dining areas and the ... Read More
Wanted t try an ocean cruise and like the fact that Viking had smaller ships. Did not want days at sea and liked that we would be in port every day. The crew were very friendly and respectful. Liked the variety of dining areas and the variety of food. The meals were excellent and liked that extras could be ordered with no problem. Good variety of entertainment and very well presented. Really appreciated the excursions offered. The included ones were excellent with a lot of information on the area and the extra ones were very well,planned. There was one excursion that I was extremely interested in (not so much my fellow passengers). My husband and the couple we were travelling with received their passes with no problem but I didn’t get mine. When I mentioned this the problem was very promptly dealt with and I was able to receive my pass to attend at the time we had specified. Although we were told before the trip that two of the stops we were to do had been cancelled due to hurricanes, I was extremely pleased that they were added at the last minute. Much of the appreciation was that Viking understood the need of the people of those stops for the tourism to be continued as soon as possible. I would recommend Viking to anyone and everyone as one of the best cruise lines! Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Viking ocean had been recommended by relatives and friends. And their rave reviews were not even strong enough! The ship decor was so subtle and beautiful. There was no over the top gold, no loud music, food was beautiful but not ... Read More
Viking ocean had been recommended by relatives and friends. And their rave reviews were not even strong enough! The ship decor was so subtle and beautiful. There was no over the top gold, no loud music, food was beautiful but not overdone. Shore excursions were fun and interesting especially the tram through the rainforest, the tie dye demonstration,and our catamaran sail and lunch. Our stateroom was beautifully decorated. The Scandinavian decor beautiful. We appreciated the book in our stateroom detailing the art throughout the ship. All staff were anxious to help us any way we needed. The port talks helped prepare for the things we would see the next day. The upper lounge area was half library and half museum, totally fascinating and you could have spent much of your free time on board examining all of the Voyage of the Kon-Tiki memorabilia. We were also impressed with shore excursion planning so you were never in a crowd of tourists, always felt like you were on a small ship tour with 20-30 companions. You never had to wait in lines to leave on the excursions and there were never long lines on the pier to reboard at the end of the day. The only negative aspect of the cruise was not related to the cruise but the airline arrangements that Viking made for us. Had we known that we could have paid to have better fights, we could have avoided the need to secure nearly $500 of airport hotel costs at the beginning and end of our trip. We are currently booked on another Viking Ocean cruise with very good flights for about $130 extra. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We have only had one other experience with a cruise, a Viking River Cruise in 2014. We enjoyed the experience very much but the long flight to Europe was a little hard for us as we are in our 70's. When the opportunity to sail with ... Read More
We have only had one other experience with a cruise, a Viking River Cruise in 2014. We enjoyed the experience very much but the long flight to Europe was a little hard for us as we are in our 70's. When the opportunity to sail with Viking without the long flight came, we took it. The trip went very smoothly with no problems getting to the ship. The ship is really great with a wonderful staff. Our cabin was wonderful. We tried most of the dining areas and enjoyed each although we mostly went to the buffet with the great choices and wonderful view. We even had a great lunch packed for us when we found out we didn't have enough time between tours. It was delivered to our cabin. We are not the Casino and Night Life type of people so the Entertainment available perfectly suited our needs. I cannot emphasize how wonderful the service is. All the ports were very interesting and the included/optional excursions were very good. I wound not recommend booking multiple tours on the same day as they are quite extensive. Our only regrets were that our legs were not 25 years younger. We would definitely sail with Viking again! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
After hearing such great things about Viking cruises (having been on Holland America, Carnival, Royal Caribbean), my mom and I splurged on a Viking Ocean Cruise. It seemed great: trips included and nice ship. However, I would not recommend ... Read More
After hearing such great things about Viking cruises (having been on Holland America, Carnival, Royal Caribbean), my mom and I splurged on a Viking Ocean Cruise. It seemed great: trips included and nice ship. However, I would not recommend this cruise. My mom and I will be sticking with Holland America. I'll do Royal Caribbean with friends. Entertainment: The 6 singers and 2 dancers were good, but the shows were mostly opera-type music. Other entertainment options each night was a violin player and guitar player. That was about it. No outside performers were brought in (so no comedians, no other shows...nothing). The night-club duo was good - but that was 3 45-min sets.There were no "extras" that you find on other cruises: no dance classes, no bingo, no family-trivia, no food and wine lectures. Food: The food was good, but there is no food available after 9pm (except room service). They have "snacks" from 10pm-12am - which is split pea soup and dried out meat and bread every night. The restaurant was horrible. You aren't assigned a specific table each night (like other ships) - so the service is impersonal. The waiters don't know you by name. And you have to stand in a long line each night as you wait for them to seat you. Waiters place order on cell phone - very impersonal. Cabin: Cabin was nice - but room stewards weren't anything special. On other ships, when you put up the "room available for cleaning" sign, your steward comes. Here - we would have the sign up for 3 hours and they still wouldn't come. They come at pretty much the same time every day, so matter what. And don't expect the fun towel animals or chocolates you find on other ships. Hot tub and pool: Horrible. The hot tub is cold (colder than my baths at home) and the whirpool inside with jets is cold like a pool. We asked the staff to turn up the temperature, and they informed us they don't make it any warmer. Tours: Included (free) tours were okay. Mostly driving around the islands for 2 hours with a tour guide. Yes, they were nice - but nothing special. Ship: Ship is nice - but many areas are "dark" or "closed." The winter garden is beautiful, but way too cold. The pool area is dark after 5pm, so you can't hang out there at night, and the inside area by the winter garden is beautiful, but only open for tea. Plus, the library is very small. Free drinks: Yes - they give you free wine at every meal. And they have 2 cappuccino/expresso machines. But expect to wait a few minutes each and every time you want one, because there is always a line. Deck: Deck is only okay. It's not wood, so it's always wet. The crew does clean it, but not until 8:30am or later, so expect the deck to basically always have huge puddles on it, or crew to always be out there with a loud machine whisking away the water. Overall: This cruise wasn't worth the price. Great if you like to sit around, drink wine, and talk with friends or other couples. If that's not your taste, save the money and choose Princess or Holland America or Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We've been on 100 + - cruises over the past 22 plus years, but this was our first cruise on a Viking Ocean ship, although we have travelled on Viking River cruises. Our ocean cruises have been mainly on high-end cruise lines, and we ... Read More
We've been on 100 + - cruises over the past 22 plus years, but this was our first cruise on a Viking Ocean ship, although we have travelled on Viking River cruises. Our ocean cruises have been mainly on high-end cruise lines, and we were curious as to how Viking did things. We found the ship to be very spacious and comfortable, even though running at/near capacity. The food was very good as was the service. The "no kids, no casino" set up was fine with us, and the general no-pressure atmosphere was great. Our stateroom was very good, larger than expected, and the room service was excellent. Having all staterooms with balconies is a big plus. In general, we do not travel on ships larger than approx. 1,000, so this ship was right on our preferred size. We will travel again on Viking Ocean, and will recommend into our friends. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We had not traveled to the Caribbean and wanted to sail on the Viking ocean ship. We have traveled with Viking River Cruises for 10 river cruises, we wanted to check out the ship for future trips. The Islands are beautiful and the side ... Read More
We had not traveled to the Caribbean and wanted to sail on the Viking ocean ship. We have traveled with Viking River Cruises for 10 river cruises, we wanted to check out the ship for future trips. The Islands are beautiful and the side trips educational, our fall in love moment was spent on the ship. Lovely experience dining, choices of several restaurants, in addition to the main dining room, several outdoor dining areas for relaxing evening meals, room service offered 24 hours a day, and all at the same price, no extra charges. Wine was served at lunch and dinner included. Our room was spacious, beautiful Danish modern style with more storage than we actually needed. The staff was beyond expectations, friendly and attentive. We booked the trip we were planning to go on, The Homelands while we were on the ship, we will sail on the Viking Sky in late May. Viking, we are one of your biggest fans!! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We chose this cruise line to compare with our experiences on Seabourn and Silverseas. We're trying to find our sweet spot of luxury and excellence balanced with a certain casualness. Viking Ocean did very well. There were a couple of ... Read More
We chose this cruise line to compare with our experiences on Seabourn and Silverseas. We're trying to find our sweet spot of luxury and excellence balanced with a certain casualness. Viking Ocean did very well. There were a couple of weak spots (for example, embarkation was not as user-friendly as either Seabourn or Silverseas; cigar/cigarette smoking area was extremely sub-par; ) and several high notes. Our suite (Explorer Suite) was really lovely - spacious, gracious, comfortable. Food was generally very good, with just a few blips. We thought that the Silver Spirits package was worth every penny. Maybe the wines weren't top of the line all the time, but they were enjoyable, as were our nightly cognacs. It was nice not having to dress up all the time for dinner, though some people took "casual" a little too far. The entertainment was on part with other experiences. Service was generally good, though not always to the standard of Seabourn/Silverseas. We didn't do any of the included tours, though we heard from many others that they were just the usual bus tour. The people we met on board were the highlight of the trip, as fellow travellers on Seabourn and Silverseas always were. We would definitely try another Viking Ocean cruise. I would like to say that Viking should provide a better smoking area. It only has the one space, on one side of the ship with no protection from rain and no shade. It could be extremely uncomfortable. It was also difficult to get served drinks up there. My husband smokes cigars and you can't just rush through one of those things! In addition, it was a very social area, where we spent a lot of time with other like-minded sailors. Viking really should be able to offer better. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
I had never been on any kind of a cruise previously. I had a friend that had done a Viking River Cruise. We decided to try the Viking Ocean cruise. My friend had been on other cruise lines but like the Viking ships the best. We like ... Read More
I had never been on any kind of a cruise previously. I had a friend that had done a Viking River Cruise. We decided to try the Viking Ocean cruise. My friend had been on other cruise lines but like the Viking ships the best. We like the fact that the ship was smaller (less than 1,000 passengers). We didn't want to feel like cattle being herded from one place to another. The Viking personnel were great. Viking caters to a more mature guest. It is not a wild and crazy party ship. There is plenty to do but it is also a more relaxed atmosphere. While I was on the ship I scheduled another cruise with Viking for summer 2018. I also liked that all the cabins are veranda cabins. Also there is a free excursion in every port. There are also excursion at an extra cost if you want to do something extra special. All of the restaurants are excellent. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
My wife and I wanted to visit the Caribbean islands on a smaller cruise ship. We found that Viking had the best prices, and the places we wanted to visit. It was the PERFECT choice. We sailed on the Viking Star which is just 1 1/2 years ... Read More
My wife and I wanted to visit the Caribbean islands on a smaller cruise ship. We found that Viking had the best prices, and the places we wanted to visit. It was the PERFECT choice. We sailed on the Viking Star which is just 1 1/2 years old, very new, clean, but still big enough to get lost. The staff was always friendly and happy. Did I say friendly? Every staff member welcomed us, and said HI every time we passed by them. We enjoyed all the food on board. And their 'house' wines and beer were always available, and NO cost. It was great beer, but so-so wines. Before we reached each of the 10 islands the cruise director gave a 30 minute orientation of that day's destination island. It was great to learn about the local sights, and a description of each of the 'included' and other tours. We thoroughly enjoyed our daily no-cost 'included' tour which was typically a 2-4 hour bus tour of each island, to include many stops and sights. Always included a rum-punch at several stops. They made stops for additional photos when requested. Some time the tour-guide on the bus was not clear because of their accent, or sometimes just rambling via the PA system on the bus. Upon returning the ship, we were many times greeted by the staff on the dockside with songs and champagne for each of us. We always felt like we were kings and queens. They have 2 pools which I did not have time to swim, but we did attend several entertainment venues with great shows. One evening we watched a Beatles review, another evening was an Abba review. Another night was a 50s song-fest poolside. We fell in love with our cruise director Suzanne Gayle. What a fabulous lady she is, always available before, after all events, and greeting us each time we boarded or left the ship. She also did all shipboard announcements for the entertainment shows, the Port reviews, and sang. We felt like family members, both with Suzanne, and all the other onboard staff. We also heard how fabulous the river-cruises are, so we are next planning another cruise, this time a river-cruise on another Viking ship. Oh yes, don't worry about sea-sickness! There is almost no feelings of rocking or rolling in the sea. The ship is VERY VERY steady, and we sleep very well at night. I was eager each morning to exit my room to view and photograph our next island, and I was never disappointed. I give 100-stars to both Suzanne, and to Viking Ocean Cruises. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We went with another couple that had gone on a Viking river cruise and had enjoyed it so all 4 of us decided to try the Caribbean cruise. We loved it because it is a smaller ship not some many people no kids (love the grandkids just not ... Read More
We went with another couple that had gone on a Viking river cruise and had enjoyed it so all 4 of us decided to try the Caribbean cruise. We loved it because it is a smaller ship not some many people no kids (love the grandkids just not on the ship) no lines. The food was great the crew even knew us by our names within a day or two they were very nice,the cabins were nice and clean they cleaned the room twice a day the beds were very comfortable,the bartenders were great we had bought the drink package which was a good price,overall the service was great,the entertainment is not what you would find on a bigger ship but was ok, would not think twice about going on Viking again, we want to go on a Alaska cruise I hope Viking we get into that area soon with some of there new ships coming on line this year. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
What an enjoyable cruise. Each port visit was well planned. Even the port that was added to replace Tunis (which was a dangerous port at the time) was very enjoyable. The crew was great and from multiple countries, like other cruises, but ... Read More
What an enjoyable cruise. Each port visit was well planned. Even the port that was added to replace Tunis (which was a dangerous port at the time) was very enjoyable. The crew was great and from multiple countries, like other cruises, but unlike other cruise lines the spoke English we could understand. The food was very good, and lots of variety. The tours were very good, and most tour guides were very good,with a few that needed a little more English training. The one big problem was that (unlike their river cruises) they did not separate out those people with mobility problems. Yes they stated in the brochure that some tours were more difficult than others, but they did not make separate tours for those people. To the point that they let a wheelchair bound person on a tour of Herculaneum which was down a steep hill and the way around was uneven, rocky wagon paths. Most of Europe is not handicap friendly. The Viking river cruises had smaller tour groups for mobility challenged that got them as close as possible to places that were not walking friendly. We had our own personal problems. I had a tooth problem which handled extremely well. The restaurant missed giving my wife a special cake for her birthday. When they figured it out, the waiter stopped at the cabin with an apology and a large cake. The next day the head chief found us and apologized. That evening we found a huge bouquet in our stateroom. But the best part of the cruise is that almost all costs are upfront, so it looks a little more money, but turns out to be close to the same amount that we eventually paid for cheaper cruises, and was a much better cruise than the "cheaper" cruises. Airfare, taxes, transfers, port fees, drinks, internet and most important shore excursions (think I am forgetting something) are all in the upfront cost. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
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