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3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Selected this cruise because of the amazing places it went that I never thought I would see—Athens, Croatia, Montenegro, and ending up in Venice. The Acropolis in Athens was a hard climb but so worth it in the end. The views from the ... Read More
Selected this cruise because of the amazing places it went that I never thought I would see—Athens, Croatia, Montenegro, and ending up in Venice. The Acropolis in Athens was a hard climb but so worth it in the end. The views from the top are wonderful. Visit to Olympia to see original site of first Olympic Games was interesting to see. Corfu was a very pretty coastal town. Dubrovnik and Split Croatia were great places to see and explore. But they were not as beautiful as Kotor Montenegro. That is such a gorgeous entrance into port and still a quaint town. Did an excursion up out of town, and even with a cloudy day, the views of town and harbor were wonderful. And stopped at small family run restaurant for included typical lunch with a sample shot or Grappa, which if very strong liquor. Then it was my dream stop of Venice! The sail into the city is very cool. The city itself with no cars and all travel by boat or on foot was as amazing as I had hoped for. St Mark’s Square and the Doge Palace are beautiful, but crowded. My favorite thing to do in Venice was to just wander the n narrow streets and visiting little shops, enjoying a coffee and hot chocolate sitting in a quaint square, and having lunch at a small family restaurant. Viking once again did a great job. Penthouse Veranda cabin very nice with lots of storage. Fridge in room with included minibar drinks is nice when you want to relax on Veranda and have a drink. Included excursions are really good, especially since ship pulls right up to cities to visit, much like a river cruise does. Loved that because I could explore on my own and then walk back to ship. Plenty of great food, especially the king crab legs each night, and varied entertainment venues. Loved the 3D Explorer Dome show. What a dream vacation. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
It was our 25th Anniversary and we wanted something special. We had heard great reviews about Viking Cruises and they lived up to all of it. We stayed 4 days in Venice to visit relatives prior to the cruise. Embarkation and Disembarkation ... Read More
It was our 25th Anniversary and we wanted something special. We had heard great reviews about Viking Cruises and they lived up to all of it. We stayed 4 days in Venice to visit relatives prior to the cruise. Embarkation and Disembarkation were VERY smooth. We did not wait like we have in the past on other cruise lines. Ports and shore excursions were very good! We really enjoyed the fact we had extra time to do shopping or sightseeing on our own in most of the ports. Our cabin was perfect! We loved the space and king size bed! The Orion was new in 2018 and you could tell! Clean and comfortable! It was very cozy to lie on the deck or in the Explorer's Lounges with cozy blankets and amazing views. The staff really paid personal attention to us! Entertainment was good- band and Pablo but ended early. The Viking Spa and Bathing experience was also amazing! However we really did not discover it until last couple days. The welcome aboard with champagne and cool cloths was very refreshing especially since the temperatures were in the 90's! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
Viking is a premium line, offering food and amenities that are a step above the main lines. We have sailed with Princess, HA, X multiple times and enjoy, but Oceania and Viking are our current first choices. Star is a lovely ship, very ... Read More
Viking is a premium line, offering food and amenities that are a step above the main lines. We have sailed with Princess, HA, X multiple times and enjoy, but Oceania and Viking are our current first choices. Star is a lovely ship, very clean and well maintained. Lots of folks talk about heated floor in the bathroom .. sounds like a minor thing, but it is really nice and makes a difference! This attention to details is what is great about Viking. Overall, we like the food and restaurant selections a bit better on Oceania, but Viking in MDR was very good, and many meals were excellent. We generally prefer formal dining at large tables on Princess and HA .. Viking is personal choice for dining, but tables for two are close to each other and friendly passengers make the experience similar and nice. We found "included" wine selection to be good enough. Included wines rotate each night to pair with menu, but we were always able to also get one of the choices from early in cruise that we liked - just ask.... We are most often on larger ships, and like cruising for ship time and sea days to relax. For first timers on Viking ... get ready, as they are much more "work" than typical main lines! Included tours were overall good, and you'll have a tour every day. This is part of the Viking experience, so don't pass it up. One tip .. included tours will have multiple groups with random assignments, and are identified (sign the guide carries) by the channel number on voicebox. If you're not fully thrilled with your guide, and see another group near by, then tune into their channel and see if you might like that guide and their descriptions better ... then you can wander over and switch it up. Ports in the Adriatic are all very interesting for history, and all are focused around the port areas. Be sure to do an in-depth (optional or private) tour in Athens to really experience the Parthenon and museum. We disembarked in Venice and stayed couple of additional days - arrangements thru Viking were good. We signed up for couple of different Venice Free Walking Tours (google it) which were great ... tour guides are often art students who take you around to places more off the beaten path, and can give you more of an insider perspective about life in the beautiful (and crowded!) city. Only cost is tip at the end... Viking air arrangements and support were good - we were pleased. Delay in outbound Austin-London leg for departure would have been a big problem ... British Air was completely unhelpful ... one of the supervisors at Viking support was able to get BA to re-ticket us correctly with alternative itinerary ... yea! Be sure to try afternoon tea onboard in the atrium at least once or couple of times .. it is quite nice! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
We chose this cruise because of it's itinerary. On the cruise, we could visit cities in five countries along the Adriatic and Aegean Seas. We were disappointed when we could not get into Koper, Slovenia and Viking did not offer any ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of it's itinerary. On the cruise, we could visit cities in five countries along the Adriatic and Aegean Seas. We were disappointed when we could not get into Koper, Slovenia and Viking did not offer any compensation. We did take the pre-cruise excursion in Tuscany and it might have been our favorite part. Beautiful villa accommodation and wonderful tours and dining in Florence, Siena and San Gimignano. Our third trip to Florence and we never tire of the beauty and history. Our time aboard the ship was very comfortable. Stateroom was comfortable and crew was very accommodating. We would prefer more entertainment in the evenings other than music in the bars. Other cruises have offered a variety of shows in the large theaters each night. Dining and service was exceptional. We made reservation in two alternative dining rooms and thoroughly enjoyed the small dining experience. We both like walking tours and mostly took these, they give you lots of free time to explore on your own. Viking's policy to not charge for beer, wine, speciality coffee, teas, etc is a welcome change from other cruise lines. Even tho we paid for it up front, I'm sure, did not have to deal with room key, etc to pay for any of these extras. We have taken three Viking Riverboat cruises and numerous other cruise line's ocean cruises. This was our first Viking Ocean cruise and were not disappointed in the ship or service. But we so enjoy riverboat cruises, probably will do those in the future. We did have one big glitch in our flight home, that involved missed flight, having to rebook in Zurich and while boarding in Chicago, were told we did not have a ticket. Our luggage was ticketed and boarding passes were issues all the way to Memphis, but we were not on the manifest. We had to purchase tickets at the gate. After filing claim with Trip Mate and having it denied, Viking did issue a full refund. We will travel with Viking again, but might be a little hesitant booking air with them. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
Previous Viking cruise was great so we tried them again, and once again it was great. From Venice to Athens with stops in Split, Kotar, Dubrovhik and Corfu before reaching Athens. Included shore excursions were excellent and the optional ... Read More
Previous Viking cruise was great so we tried them again, and once again it was great. From Venice to Athens with stops in Split, Kotar, Dubrovhik and Corfu before reaching Athens. Included shore excursions were excellent and the optional ones were well worth the cost. The effeiciency of the crew in handling embarking and disembarking is top notch. The dining options are all excellent and the staff, service and food are worthy of a fine restaurant. The spa provides excellent service at a reasonable price. The entertainment options are so varied that we could not sample them all, but those we did were very entertaining. The enrichment lectures greatly add to the enjoyment of experiencing the different towns, cities and countries. The nightly Port Talks really help orient you for the following day, and if you miss one you can watch it on your room TV later that evening. The only thing I can add is that my wife and I have already booked Viking Cruises fro 2018 and 2019. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
I travel with a small group of people. We choose this trip because we hadn't been to many of the destinations before. Although I had taken 3 Viking River Cruises before, this was my first ocean cruise with them. The Sky was ... Read More
I travel with a small group of people. We choose this trip because we hadn't been to many of the destinations before. Although I had taken 3 Viking River Cruises before, this was my first ocean cruise with them. The Sky was luxurious. There were so many places on the ship that you could go to relax. My favortie ended up being on the sun deck especially when we would leave each afternoon. We visited Greece (Athens, Santorini, Katakolon,Corfu), Dubrovnik, Montenegro, Croatia, Slovenia, and Venice. Each destination was beautiful and welcoming, especially the Greek isle of Santorini. The excursions were perfect for each country so you could get a feel for the people and the landscape. There were many extra excursions you could sign up for each day which were more specialized. Our guides were very interesting and provided a running diatribe as we viewed the various sights. One even included the local favorite alcoholic drink. My cabin included a balcony (all do) and we were able to open all three balconies while in port so we could sit and view the gorgeous scenery while sipping wine. The food on board was delicious in the main dining room, but you also had specialty restaurants, a tea room, various lounges and bars. They had tons of entertainment from dancing to various musicians and shows to see. We were so tired at night that we generally had a nightcap and went off to bed. The cabin was beautifully decorated and always tidied up every time we left. Having the cabin to myself was so relaxing. I always had a pot of coffee delivered to me each morning at 6 am. Yummy! Every morning I would walk around the top deck and then go to breakfast. I was not uncomfortable being by myself. Every Viking employee made me feel so welcomed. I loved going up to the Explorer's Lounge at the front of the ship and Stoyan would be waiting for me and make me the most delicious drink. Sometime the others would join me, but I always met the most delightful people to talk with every night. I LOVE traveling with Viking. I have reserved 2 more trips for 2018. I am taking two river trips next year to Holland, Belgium, and southern France. Can't wait!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2017
I had cruised the maiden voyage of the Viking Star in 2015 and was excited to sail on her again, with this Venice-Athens cruise. The ship is amazing, the crew is superb, the dining choices excellent, and guides are great. The Penthouse ... Read More
I had cruised the maiden voyage of the Viking Star in 2015 and was excited to sail on her again, with this Venice-Athens cruise. The ship is amazing, the crew is superb, the dining choices excellent, and guides are great. The Penthouse Veranda cabin is roomy and well-appointed. The ports and excursions are handled well, allowing time for exploring the wonders of the regions visited. Unbelievable sites from 700 BC were mind-boggling. We did the 4-day extension in Athens and are so glad we did. It enabled us to delve more deeply into all the historic sites in the area. Climbing to the Parthenon, traveling to explore the Peloponnese Peninsula, and going to Delphi to ascend to the Temple of Apollo were all memorable excursions. We had a free day in Athens and were able to use the Metro to travel to the Plaka District for some shopping. It was a seamless cruise and I would highly recommend Viking Ocean Cruises to anyone wishing to experience travel at it's best. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2017
We chose this cruise as an appropriate addition to a week of touring northern Italy. We had taken a Viking River Cruise on the Danube the prior summer and thoroughly enjoyed it. So we figured that the next logical step would be a Viking ... Read More
We chose this cruise as an appropriate addition to a week of touring northern Italy. We had taken a Viking River Cruise on the Danube the prior summer and thoroughly enjoyed it. So we figured that the next logical step would be a Viking Ocean Cruise. Little did we know how spectacular it would be. The ship itself was sparklingly new and fresh, with every amenity that we could wish. Our cabin was spacious and incredibly well designed, with plenty of room for storage. The selection of dining options was almost overwhelming, with everything from informal and casual to more formal and "fancy" and everything in between. We tried them all and were never disappointed with the selection and quality. The food was simply outstanding! Entertainment was delightful, with mostly on-board entertainers of top quality. Very enjoyable! Most important of all was the crew. In every respect, we were impressed by ship staff, dining staff, cabin crew, and on and on. All were friendly, helpful, courteous and generally likable. I can't say enough about them, from captain to housekeeper. Lastly, the shore excursions were flawlessly planned with knowledgeable and friendly guides and impeccable timing. My wife and I are already planning our next Viking Ocean Cruise. The hardest part is choosing which one! Read Less
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