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6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
Enjoying immensely our 141 day world cruise, which is Vikings first. First class in every way except the included shore excursions - so don't consider that shore excursions are included when weighing up if this is the cruise for you. ... Read More
Enjoying immensely our 141 day world cruise, which is Vikings first. First class in every way except the included shore excursions - so don't consider that shore excursions are included when weighing up if this is the cruise for you. You have to buy your port excursions through Viking or independently online unless you want crap and don't mind wasting your time. They may look great in print, but this has been our experience port after port. We have sprung for some of Vikings upgraded tours and they have been adequate. We have also booked online through Viator and had wonderful experiences. Amazing cruise director Heather Clancy. Far more things to do on board than we ever expected. Most not needed in our opinion. More wheelchairs and scooters onboard than we ever expected too, since you read in Vikings info that they are not allowed. People who are not able bodied, but who still attempt shore excursions beyond their ability have added to our frustration as large groups are slowed to the speed of the least able bodied. Food is wonderful. Staff fantastic! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
We chose Viking because we had cruised with them on the rivers of Europe. We chose the 141 day World Cruise so we could see the world. We were not disappointed on either goal. Many friends asked before the cruise if 141days was too much ... Read More
We chose Viking because we had cruised with them on the rivers of Europe. We chose the 141 day World Cruise so we could see the world. We were not disappointed on either goal. Many friends asked before the cruise if 141days was too much and we weren’t sure but now that it is done we could recommend it without reservation. The ship was brand new and a beautiful design, elegant but comfortable, plenty of places to find a quiet spot to read. There were bridge lessons and duplicate play which was a surprise. The entertainment was fantastic and quite varied. Food was outstanding. Viking doesn’t nickel and dime you with a lot of extra expenses. On such a long cruise we actually got to know the crew well and crew members actually left the ship before we did and the good bye ceremonies were great. Our Cruise Director, Heather Clancy, was the most amazing talent and amazing person. As we left the ship to come home at 4:45AM in London, she was there to say good bye and give us a hug, as were the other Officers. She also led our Christian Worship each week. The house Band was amazing and backed up a wide range of entertainers on the stage at night and performed afternoon concerts in the atrium. The whole 141 days was the trip of a lifetime. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
Inaugural world cruise that gave me an opportunity to see the world on a beautiful new ship. The ship is beautiful and has so many spaces for meeting friends or spending some quiet time alone. The crew was always helpful and went out of ... Read More
Inaugural world cruise that gave me an opportunity to see the world on a beautiful new ship. The ship is beautiful and has so many spaces for meeting friends or spending some quiet time alone. The crew was always helpful and went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable and had everything we needed. The guest speakers were excellent and the entertainment was excellent. Lots of local entertainers and a variety throughout the cruise. The captain was very friendly and gave a noontime status report. In every port we were provided with many options to fill our time. The dining options were very good and several local chefs joined the cruise to provide local favorites. Our cabin was comfortable and the staff were constantly checking to make sure we had anything we wanted. Viking went out of their way to make sure we had a memorable vacation. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
Viking has thought of everything to make this World Cruise the best of everything. The entertainment, excursions, enrichment, and food have all been exceptional. Viking has staffed this World Cruise with their best people in every ... Read More
Viking has thought of everything to make this World Cruise the best of everything. The entertainment, excursions, enrichment, and food have all been exceptional. Viking has staffed this World Cruise with their best people in every department. Thus service is excellent. We have enjoyed cooking classes on days at sea. The enrichment program speakers have been very good and come from a variety of backgrounds including art history, government, retired military, and even a cookbook writer. Please note that this cruise is not for handicap or elderly people. The excursions require quite a bit of walking, climbing stairs, and stamina. No excursion is wheel chair, scooter, or walker friendly. Getting around the ship can be maneuvered easily when the seas are calm. We have encountered quite a few days of rough seas when even able bodied guests have struggled to stay on their feet. All in all our expectations have been more than met on this wonderful Viking Sun. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
We've always wanted to go on a world cruise (150 days) - and we had heard such wonderful things about Viking. Also, the Viking Sun was a new ship with modern electronics. The ship was a smaller one with less than 1000 passengers, ... Read More
We've always wanted to go on a world cruise (150 days) - and we had heard such wonderful things about Viking. Also, the Viking Sun was a new ship with modern electronics. The ship was a smaller one with less than 1000 passengers, which was great for us. All the appointments on the ship were clean, new and comfortable. A goodly number of dining venues was available and all were very good. The ship planned many, many daily activities just in case the shore excursions weren't enough. And at every port, there was always one included excursion. There were also a varied quantity of other excursions if you wanted to go in a different direction. The nice thing about the ship being smaller was that we rarely had to be tendered into port. Also, we visited ports that larger ships couldn't go to. Initially the Wi-Fi was too slow, but the management listened and arranged to have it augmented and sped up. Much happier after that. The en suite TV electronic system was marvelous. The service was wonderful and the crew always cheerful and attentive. Getting on and off this ship was much easier than the larger ships by far. Will definitely sail with Viking again. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
It was happening when we wanted to go, and to places that were on our bucket list. And we had previously been on a Viking River cruise . Which was totally outstanding. The ship was brand new, it was its maiden voyage. The ... Read More
It was happening when we wanted to go, and to places that were on our bucket list. And we had previously been on a Viking River cruise . Which was totally outstanding. The ship was brand new, it was its maiden voyage. The restaurants on board were magnificent, there wasn’t a detail that was missed. I don’t think you could ever beat how terrific the crew was, it was like a family. And you were welcomed home after your day ashore. This was a World Cruise, we were gone for 141 days, it was sad to leave the ship. The way the ship was set up, public areas, it was like going into someone’s private living room or library. The different lounges were absolutely amazing. We enjoyed this cruise so much, we booked another, a back to back. Starting in Stockholm and doing the Baltic and ending in Bergen and then going to the top of Europe and back to Greenwich. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
We have always enjoyed cruising with Viking. First with their river cruises and then Ocean cruise. We initially were skeptical about a 120 day ocean cruise but we were. very happy that we chose to take this cruise. I had some food allergy ... Read More
We have always enjoyed cruising with Viking. First with their river cruises and then Ocean cruise. We initially were skeptical about a 120 day ocean cruise but we were. very happy that we chose to take this cruise. I had some food allergy issues but the staff were very good to make sure my needs were accommodated. The staff of the ship were excellent. From the Barista who made us Capuchinos, to the bartenders and all the dining staff in the various restaurants. The Captain had a good sense of humour and kept us informed of what was going on. The Cruise Director was outstanding in all aspects and readily available to talk to anyone. The entertainment throughout the cruise was excellent. The enrichment lectures were very good for the most part. The shore excursions surprised as and were very good. Overall, no complaints at all. I would gladly recommend this cruise and Viking to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
We had planned for this Viking inaugural round-the-world cruise two years earlier, but we decided to get married one week before our departure - so it became our extended honeymoon and what a memorable honeymoon it turned out to be. ... Read More
We had planned for this Viking inaugural round-the-world cruise two years earlier, but we decided to get married one week before our departure - so it became our extended honeymoon and what a memorable honeymoon it turned out to be. Before signing up for the cruise, we studied the countries and ports we will be visiting. We were very impressed with the ports that Viking has chosen since most of them were not the frequently picked by the usual crowd. We were also glad that Viking has taken the chore of obtaining all the necessary visas at no cost to us. The entire embarkation and disembarkation process was a breeze and we were the envy of the passengers of other cruise ships docking nearby. Everything was top notch, services such as dining, entertainment and excursions, to the ship and cabin. Viking has always been rated numero uno for their river cruises, but after launching world cruises three years ago, Viking has been rated numero uno already for 2016 and 2017 - very impressive. Viking has won us over as life-long clients. Well done, Viking! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
The Viking Sun is a beautifully designed ship. It is a combination of class and simplicity. Even with 900 plus passengers on board we found few occasions where crowding was a problem. The port selection was very good. Although we had ... Read More
The Viking Sun is a beautifully designed ship. It is a combination of class and simplicity. Even with 900 plus passengers on board we found few occasions where crowding was a problem. The port selection was very good. Although we had been around the world two years earlier, there were a lot of ports we had not visited. We loved seeing the pyramids, Shanghai, Sydney and Singapore just to mention a few of the ports. The staterooms are well designed however they are small as compared to other ships. If you need a wheelchair, walker or electric scooter, the veranda class staterooms are too small. In my case I had to lift the walker over the bed to get it out to the door. If that won't work out for you, you will have to go up a step or two for adequate room The stateroom storage is adequate for an around the world cruise. I may not bring as many clothes as Dee, however I make up for it in electronic devices. Viking understands that need by supplying a multiplicity of USB ports and 110 outlets throughout the cabin One of the untold benefits to the Viking ship is the heated bathroom floors. In colder weather it is a real boon, not to mention when you are just getting out of the shower The pool areas were great as were the hot tubs. The Infinity pool located aft is a blast. The main pool area is beautiful. There is plenty of space to lay around. One of the positive points of this area is In inclement weather the pool’s roof can be closed and that is a real blessing. The public areas are also beautifully designed. The atrium has great acoustics so you can hear the music even on the third deck of the atrium. This world cruise was unique for Viking. It was their inaugural world cruise as well as one of the first cruises for this ship. Given this, the cruise benefits were more than their usual. All world cruisers received the silver package. This added mixed and speciality drinks to their already standard wine and beer availability. Free laundry was also included for this cruise. I am told that both of these will not be available for free on subsequent world cruises. The staff was outstanding. Like all long cruises the service gets more personal the longer you are on board. In some cases it was like sailing with friends. There was some staff turnover during the cruise however aside from the new faces there was no change in the quality of service. There is little doubt that the better you know and respect the staff the more personal the service. Viking offers free WiFi on their cruises. For todays traveler this is a great benefit. I would love to tell you that it is as good or better than others, however it is not. At least three to four times a day wifi was just not available. As the trip neared its end the WiFi interruptions increased and the service became worse. Free WiFi is an included benefit but this WiFi benefit wasn’t worth even free. The same interrupted service was true with the television. On numerous occasions during the day the signal was just flat unavailable in the rooms. I include the ship board services in this category. Frankly it appears their whole IT system shuts down as everything including port talks, weather, education programs, and even the bow Camera was unavailable. They even went so far as to end 30% of the service 24 hours before the cruises final day. The food is excellent in all their venues. The World Cafe is the buffet venue. Each evening however they have destination type menus on the Aquavit Terrace related to your itinerary. The Restaurant is not only esthetically pleasant, but the food and wine are excellent as well and the staff was outstanding as well. The design of the Restaurant really may not lend itself to meeting friends or new people. The majority of tables were for two, and after a while shared tables were not offered. The specialty restaurants were excellent in variety, preparation, service and are at no additional cost. If you like Italian Manfredi’s is excellent. If you are more adventurous we would suggest the Chef’s Table. Room service was also very good. From the call to delivery it usually takes about 20 minutes to an half hour which is very reasonable. The one negative issue about their food and wine services was that they often ran out of items. It is certainly not a deal killer and may again be because of their unfamiliarity with this type of cruise and supply chain. The excursions were one of the few down sides of this cruise, in short they really need some work. They appeared to be very interesting on their face but on numerous occasions they didn’t live up to the hype. This may well be because they are new in this region of the world and they need to gain more experience. They do however offer one free excursion per port which is nice. Another thing Viking does well are the port talks. They not only introduce you to the next port, they also go over each excursion, what you will see, and the difficulty of the excursion. I would strongly encourage those with walking difficulties to listen to the port talks as what they classify as moderate may fall into the extreme category for you. The enrichment lecturers were excellent as well. There were a great variety of speakers available and their topics were timely and very interesting. Disembarkation however was very poorly handled. We were docked in the Thames River at Greenwich. For Viking it was a great PR move for getting off the ship it was a mess. Starting at about 2:00 AM they started ferrying passengers off the ship. At 8:15 AM it was our turn. Twenty minutes later they had the ferry filled and we started the 5 minute trip to the Greenwich stop. From there it was single file to the steep ramp. The steepness of the ramp caused problems for those with walking issues, in wheel chairs, or walkers with no one there to help. If it hadn’t been for a few kind locals it would have been a real trial for those in need. Once at the top of the ramp you walked into a park. 75% of the bags were sitting in the grass. Had it not been for the porters no one would have known where the bag sections were. The truth of the matter was if it hadn’t been for the porters it would have been a real mess. We have been on many cruises on a number of different cruises lines and in some cases Viking did not favorably compare to other cruise line we have traveled on. Over all Viking has the ability to give you a good ocean cruise experience but it has to do a lot of work to do before it meets it’s stated goals. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
I chose this cruise because it is special since it is Viking’s Inaugural World Cruise and stops at some places I have always wanted to experience and it is adults only. The ship is beautiful with “the best of everything “ in all ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it is special since it is Viking’s Inaugural World Cruise and stops at some places I have always wanted to experience and it is adults only. The ship is beautiful with “the best of everything “ in all areas. There are several choices of places to have delicious meals. I have never experienced such service. The staff bends over backward (with a smile) to make sure you have a wonderful time. There are always activities if you choose to participate or many places to relax if you would rather not. I was disappointed in many of the ports, although I presume to understand the reason. There were many industrial ports where you had to take a rather long bus ride into the city in order to take an excursion or explore on your own. My main disappointment was the time in some of the major ports. I had the expectation that, when there were overnights in a particular port, having 2 days in that port. One day for an excursion and another day for either another excursion to go into the city on your own. I am EXTREMELY disappointed that I had no time Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
We chose this cruise primarily for itinerary which included Cuba and some ports my husband and I had not visited before. We had previously taken a Panama Canal cruise prior to the opening of the new section. Ship and onboard experience ... Read More
We chose this cruise primarily for itinerary which included Cuba and some ports my husband and I had not visited before. We had previously taken a Panama Canal cruise prior to the opening of the new section. Ship and onboard experience was excellent. But ports of call experience was below our expectations. At several locations it appeared we were assigned docking locations that were less than prime which made it very difficult to explore shops or sites on foot just off the dock. We are used to taking a tour in every port, but then also being able to explore on our own near the ship if time allowed. In most of our ports we were not able to do this "right off the ship shopping/exploration" so our port experience was basically limited to the tours. Jamaica was substituted as a port after our Cuba port was changed from Havana to Cienfuegos. We loved Cienfuegos and Cuba but Jamaica was the worst port experience we have had on any cruise. We did take a tour, but our time would have been better spent if we had simply stayed on board in Jamaica. This was our first experience with Viking. Embarkation was the best we have EVER had! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
We have traveled on several Viking River Cruises in Europe that are fantastic. Friends raved about a cruise in the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas on the Viking Star. One look at the web shots of the Viking Sun convinced us to take the ... Read More
We have traveled on several Viking River Cruises in Europe that are fantastic. Friends raved about a cruise in the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas on the Viking Star. One look at the web shots of the Viking Sun convinced us to take the three-week cruise from Miami to Los Angeles. All of our expectations were exceeded. Transfer from the airport to the ship was efficient. Boarding took about 10 minutes and we met our friends who took the Viking Star cruise in the cafeteria. Food at all of the venues was terrific. There were even Chinese pork dumplings at breakfast. Manfredi's was especially scrumptious. Kudos for the lobster stir-fried noodles at 10 o'clock PM by the pool. The Scandinavian decor and accommodations on the entire ship were clean, sleek and comfortable. The Theatre was especially well-done. It was a perfect venue for he entertainment and lectures. The quality of the musicians, singers, magicians and lecturers was the best among the several cruise companies that we have used. The most impressive part of our experience was the friendliness of the staff from the cabin attendants to the captain. Some of the lecturers told us that they had never been welcomed as well or treated as well as they had on this cruise. They said that when the staff is treated well by the company it shows in the quality of their service for the passengers. We want to especially that our wonderful cruise director, who had a wonderful personality and a startlingly powerful mezzo suprano voice. Our staff guide on the trip to Havana was lovely and made the tour especially enjoyable. Later we learned that she was the captain's wife! Bus 49 forever! We meet terrific fellow passengers and were sad to leave half of them when we disembarked at Long Beach. However, we are enjoying their blogs during the rest of their round-the-world cruise. We've signed up for the Bergen to Iceland cruise on the Viking Star in 2019. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
Embarkation in Miami was disorganized. Our luggage from the hotel was put on two different buses and the port employed porters would not load the luggage until a tip was paid for each bag. The ship was beautiful and at no time did it ... Read More
Embarkation in Miami was disorganized. Our luggage from the hotel was put on two different buses and the port employed porters would not load the luggage until a tip was paid for each bag. The ship was beautiful and at no time did it seem crowded. Lots of areas to relax in a quiet spot when that is what you wanted. The stateroom was nice and the room steward was excellent. The food and service in all of the dinning venues was excellent. The service in the Explorers Lounge was sometimes hit or miss. Most of the shore excursions were good, but the Quiet Vox should be used on all excursions both on the bus and during the walking portion of the tour. Some of the buses had PA systems that were not very useful. All of the tour guides should be full trained on how to setup and use the Quiet Vox as we had to show a couple of the tour guide how to sync the individual units to the tour guides system. We are definitely going again with Viking on the 2019 World Cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
Viking has the overall highest rating for river cruises and now that they are into Ocean Cruises, they are the best! It felt more like a family than simply paying guests and crew. The crew and officers are top notched personnel ... Read More
Viking has the overall highest rating for river cruises and now that they are into Ocean Cruises, they are the best! It felt more like a family than simply paying guests and crew. The crew and officers are top notched personnel with years of experience and professionalism. Captain and his mates sailed the state of art ship into ports of call with the highest safety measures with easy disembarkation and embarkation. The ship is tastefully and beautifully laid out with plenty of space and hideouts for 930 guests. Extremely clean and the service was superb. Good array of food choices with great specialty dining to just simple sandwiches. Total food indulgence can be experienced on the ship's inhouse Kitchen Table cooking classes carefully attended and taught by experienced and friendly chefs, not to mention the great wine pairing afterwards. Classes of 10 to 12 participants made the cooking experiences intimate and casually fun! Great job, Viking! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
We have cruised before on several lines and had loved our experiences river cruising with Viking but a World Cruise was an entirely new experience for my sister and I. The itinerary was wonderful and covered several countries we had not ... Read More
We have cruised before on several lines and had loved our experiences river cruising with Viking but a World Cruise was an entirely new experience for my sister and I. The itinerary was wonderful and covered several countries we had not yet traveled to. It looked like a spectacular adventure so we said yes and booked.Viking exceeded expectations in every way possible! The crew was incredibly professional and every effort was made by each and every one of them to make our experience on the cruise flawless...and this cruise indeed was! My kudos to the cruise leadership team and each Viking team member we came into contact with. The cuisine was exceptional and provided variety and local food choices as well as elegant continental dishes. The customer service provided was second to none and the entertainment and on board expert lectures were extremely well presented. An opportunity to attend cooking classes and a first rate spa and gym completed the on board delites.If it is not obvious by now, I am a Viking Explorer for life and cannot wait to book our next trip! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
We choose this particular cruise, since we had traveled on the Viking Sky in February when it made its maiden voyage on the Mediterranean cruise. I had always wanted to visit the Caribbean and since we had such a great experience with ... Read More
We choose this particular cruise, since we had traveled on the Viking Sky in February when it made its maiden voyage on the Mediterranean cruise. I had always wanted to visit the Caribbean and since we had such a great experience with Viking Cruise Lines we decided to take another cruise with them. I was surprised to see that Viking was sailing the Caribbean, since I thought Viking only cruised in Europe. The cruise itself was great. You cannot ask for as better cruise line. I have taken a Viking cruise twice and there are no children, casino's or someone constantly taking your picture and trying to sell you something. It is a peaceful, tranquil, relaxing type of cruise. Viking has the highest standards with the services they offer and the staff is as friendly and very helpful as needed. There are a variety of amenities which are offered at no additional cost. There is a shore excursion at each port included with the price of cruise. There are other excursions which are offered at a price, but we chose to choose the ones included with the cruise. When we took the Mediterranean cruise we enjoyed all of the shore excursions except for the one in Tansania. This time with the Caribbean cruise, we choose the excursions which were included with the cruise. That was a mistake. Those excursions were beneath the standard which Viking has set for itself. I know with this being a ship out of its normal realm, they were relying on the local tourist companies to advise them as to what would be the best, but we basically saw nothing but poverty, poverty, poverty. The tour guides talked about the beautiful places but we never saw anything but run down shacks, dirt roads, and not once did I see anything that would make me want to come back and visit those places again. When we were in Merida, Mexico, we had to drive an hour to get to Merida and then the locals wanted to overcharge us for everything. We got caught in afternoon traffic going back to the ship then the bus's cooling system went out and we had to stop and exchange buses along the way. The tour guide made mention about how you could buy a two story modern home on the water for forty five thousand. I told my husband, if this is all there is to Merida, why would I want to buy a home here,. I would have to stay in my home to enjoy anything nice. So in summary, pay a little extra and take an excursion that will give you memories which you would like to share. For us, there is nothing about the Caribbean which makes me want to visit it again. Been there, done that. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
We booked this cruise due to the itinerary ... which was totally changed prior to the start of the cruise. We missed the stop in Key West due to weather. no big deal since we have been there in the past, but a cruise that was booked to ... Read More
We booked this cruise due to the itinerary ... which was totally changed prior to the start of the cruise. We missed the stop in Key West due to weather. no big deal since we have been there in the past, but a cruise that was booked to make 4 stops that only made one ... big disappointment! After 3 days they ship ran out of Chardonnay, 4 days ended all the Pinot Griseous, and on day 5 ... the Slovenian Blanc was depleted! on day 5 they also ran out of Makers Mark Bourbon ... the only liquor we drink. We bought a silver package ... and it did us little good. Great staff ... but it took forever to get the complimentary first glass of wine at lunch and dinner. I know this is a new ship ... and the bumps need to be worked out ... but there were obvious misses that a ship of this quality should not have missed. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
I have been passionate about Mayan History since I was little. I loved their rounded calendar that shows an understanding of the infinite nature of Time. I chose this cruise because I could visit Mayan ancient places in Belize and Mexico, ... Read More
I have been passionate about Mayan History since I was little. I loved their rounded calendar that shows an understanding of the infinite nature of Time. I chose this cruise because I could visit Mayan ancient places in Belize and Mexico, that included Cozumel, a sacred pilgrimage location dedicated to the Goddess Icthel and Chizen Itza, a protect UNESCO Heritage site. Everything about the cruise was well above expectations: Sky is beautiful and spotless. Every inch of space in the staterooms is smartly used. The entire crew is fantastic. Entertainment is abundant, talented and professionally done. We had an Embassador and a resident Historian presenting lectures on political History of the region and on Mayan and Aztec History. Beautiful artwork is all over the ship. I loved the little museum detailing Viking History on Deck 2. Ocean views everywhere and every passenger has a balcony. Drinks with meals are plentiful and free. We were greeted with champagne when boarding twice! Food is fresh and locally sourced. Gelato is made on board daily. Although I exercised daily and used as much ch restrain as I could muster, I still gained a few pounds. The crew is happy and report better treatment than in other cruise lines such as shorter contracts and free WiFi. I enjoy myself better when I know the people waiting on me are also happy with the job they’re doing. Shopping on board is interesting. A lot of very high quality jewelry, watches, fashion, perfumes. All tax free. On shore excursions are well organized using new buses and very knowledgeable local guides. Two of them were Mayans, so the insightful information we received about the sites was top notch. The only downside: I wish we had more time visiting the sites. Overnight stay at Cozumel and Progreso would be the best approach. And a warning: when buying any kind of bags in the Nordic shop, make sure they don’t contain extra merchandise. That’s where they keep their extra inventory. I learned that the hard way. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
Previous to the Sky cruise we sailed the Celebrity Eclipse in a suite, we found the comparison interesting. The Viking ocean ships are incomparable, plain and simple fantastic. Sometimes what is lacking enriches the quality of an ... Read More
Previous to the Sky cruise we sailed the Celebrity Eclipse in a suite, we found the comparison interesting. The Viking ocean ships are incomparable, plain and simple fantastic. Sometimes what is lacking enriches the quality of an experience. The Viking ocean ships have zero casinos, gyrating fat people in the Centrum and loud annoying music. The entertainment was certainly fantastic, nothing was of questionable taste or quality. The Centrum (minus the Macarena) included Jazz singers, string music and Viking folk music. Wow, what a difference. The theater featured beautiful acoustics and an excellent ensemble of singers although the dancers were somewhat disappointing. The highlight was a revisit to the Beatles favorites around the pool. Unfortunately, there were no seats, so we missed it. Viking's food options were similar to the river cruise version. The breakfasts and lido lunches were ordinary but the dinners were excellent. My only complaint is the lines and crowding in the main dinning room. Each passenger gets two or more visits to the specialty restaurants. The venues were interesting and the Italian restaurant was in an authentic setting. Vikings reputation for fine food turns on evening dinning, not breakfast and lunch. Our cabin was modern and squeaky clean but after a 340 square foot Celebrity suite, it seemed small. I did enjoy the techno-euro setup in the Sky cabin. It was squeaky clean. comfortable and Viking in feel.. On board the spa area was incredible. I didn't care much for the euro style strength exercise equipment, although the treadmills were excellent. The uniqueness was the t-pool area, where one could roll in the snow chamber and then choose two pools of various temperatures to heat up. This was a great, fun experience. Celebrity's suite class is also very nice and more private than our veranda on the Sky. In comparison, the food was probably better and the service more attentive in a Celebrity suite. Celebrity's Luminae dinning room is available for all three meals and the service is incredible. Celebrity also offers a dedicated lounge for its suites guests. The staff tries to make sure the guests favorite booze is always available. Both Celebrity suite class and Viking veranda are great at comparable prices, however, I'd probably choose Celebrity suites given the exclusivity of the service. There is no comparison between a Celebrity veranda and a Viking veranda, Viking is much better. There are no Macarena dancers, casinos or loud music on Viking. The level of taste is not mass market. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
My wife and I needed more warm weather before winter set in, so we looked for a Caribbean cruise. We liked our Viking river cruise and we were booked for an Adriatic cruise May 2018 on Viking. Since Viking was offering discounted pricing, ... Read More
My wife and I needed more warm weather before winter set in, so we looked for a Caribbean cruise. We liked our Viking river cruise and we were booked for an Adriatic cruise May 2018 on Viking. Since Viking was offering discounted pricing, we decided to check out what our May cruise might be like. We were not disappointed. Pluses for the cruise were the food, service, surprisingly good entertainment, the amount of open spaces around the ship, the room, the lectures, no casino and no children. The main restaurant was superb every night we attended. Once we were at a table for 6, the rest just the 2 of us. Like the river cruise, there is standard American fare offered every night. What makes Viking special is that they also have offerings with a local flare every night. Manfredi's is a fine Italian restaurant, a little on the noisy side, but that's what I expect for an Italian restaurant. My only complaint is that the portions are too big, although others may think that's fine. We did the Chef's table twice. This is a multi-course, fixed menu dinner with wine pairings for each course. Every three days the menu changes, so you can go more than once and not have the same meal. We found the portion size to be perfect. This meal venue is the most intimate on the ship. We ate at the World Cafe for breakfast and lunch only. Unlike the cafeteria-style restaurants on other ocean cruise ships, this is a pleasant place to eat. The number of guests and the civility of Viking's clientele probably has a lot to do with this. The food here was also top notch. If you want something different (more relaxed) for breakfast, go to Mamsen's and have the waffle with everything, including the goat cheese. You will not be disappointed. At 4 each day there is high tea served in the Wintergarden. It is worth doing once or twice. It is very popular, so get there early if you want a prime seat. There is live music from late morning until around midnight somewhere on the ship. All of it was much better than expected for a small ship. SInce it is Viking, much of the music is more of a classical nature. The exception was the band at Torshavn. It was an entertaining cover band for anyone between the ages of 45 and 75, which is the age range of the majority of the passengers. The theater shows are typical for a cruise ship. That said, the talent on our cruise was very high level. If you are into comics and magicians, you will be disappointed. Only very good singers and dancers perform on this cruise. Don't miss taking some time to visit the free parts of the spa. It is worth it. The spa is small so you will have to work around the crowds at times. If you have the courage, try the steam room/snow cave/water bucket ritual. It is refreshing and not as bad as it sounds. Finally, do sit in on a few lectures. Our speakers were topnotch experts in native central American cultures. There are no tests and you can enjoy your favorite adult beverages while listening. Much better than college. Minuses were the shore excursions. In Key West, we were docked at the naval base, so the only way on and off the ship was by bus. That is not convenient here since Key West is an easily walkable town. We took the included tour which was nice, but having to use the buses to/from the ship caused us to skip one of the museums to avoid the hassles. We took the river cave tour in Belize. It was nice but there was too much standing around once we got there. The tour guide was great, which we have now come to expect with Viking. In Cozumel, we took the tour of the ruins and the tequila plant. Here we had our best tour guide for the cruise. She was well versed in the local history and made sure everyone was accommodated, no matter what their mobility level. The one big plus for this stop was that the biggest cruise ship in the world was docked next to us. While their passengers were dragging themselves back to the ship, we were being greeted with champagne and warm towels. Progresso was terrible. We should have stayed on the ship. This port is not ready for cruise ships. Since we had been to the Mayan ruins on previous trips (which may make a difference at this stop), we chose a Progresso excursion. Unless there are big changes, don't take the kayak/beach excursion. The kayaking could be good, but the group was too big with a wide variety of skill levels. There were guests that had never kayaked before that ran aground, ran into each other and slowed the rest of us to a crawl. The beach time was spent a local beachfront restaurant. The area was tiny and not very clean. There was an half-buried tire in front of the first row of chairs. The only bright spot was our guide. This was Viking's first cruise to this part of the Caribbean. There is some work that needs to be done to improve the shore experiences. However, the time on the ship and the ship's crew make this cruise a wonderful vacation experience. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
We have sailed on Viking River Cruises, and decided to try Viking's ocean cruises. We have sailed on Norwegian, Princess, and Royal Caribbean for a total of 25 cruises. This would rank up there as one of the best. This ship was just ... Read More
We have sailed on Viking River Cruises, and decided to try Viking's ocean cruises. We have sailed on Norwegian, Princess, and Royal Caribbean for a total of 25 cruises. This would rank up there as one of the best. This ship was just the right size, with about 900 passengers. All of the public spaces were well thought out, and well laid out with just the right amount of furniture. The crew was very well trained, and truly made us feel welcome. The food in all of the restaurants was impeccable, in it's preparation and presentation. The embarkation went smoothly without a hitch, the cabin was great, and the itinerary was just where we wanted to go. They had several lectures on the ship on a variety of subjects, the people giving the talks were very approachable and easy to talk to. The lounges and other spaces on the ship were very, very nice and they were spread out so that ;the ship never felt crowded. The entertainers were talented and versatile and were very enjoyable. I would highly recommend Viking for an ocean cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
We wished to try this new ship as we are veteran cruisers. Ship met and exceeded all our expectations. Food wonderful except Chef's Table tasting menu where the food was overly salted (almost inedible) and wines did not match ... Read More
We wished to try this new ship as we are veteran cruisers. Ship met and exceeded all our expectations. Food wonderful except Chef's Table tasting menu where the food was overly salted (almost inedible) and wines did not match dishes. Even though no extra charge it was not worth wasting an evening. The entertainment was of very high quality with wonderful singers and dancers. Enrichment speakers were very good. Free excursions were very nice. Shore excursion personnel did not have good knowledge about excursions, particularly unaware of problems for people with restricted mobility. We raised complaints about the excursion issues and the Chef's Table disaster problems but these complaints were never responded to us by staff. Food and service in main dining room was excellent. Buffet was also excellent with wide choices and very limited lines due to efficient organization of multiple stations. Nevertheless, I would cruise with Viking Seas again. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
We had done two Viking river cruises and wanted to see how their ocean cruises were. Everything was first class - what we expected from Viking. The food was good- particularly liked Manfredi's, the Italian restaurant. Chef's ... Read More
We had done two Viking river cruises and wanted to see how their ocean cruises were. Everything was first class - what we expected from Viking. The food was good- particularly liked Manfredi's, the Italian restaurant. Chef's Table was a good dining experience, but check daily menu before committing. Service was generally excellent, but it was a little slow at times at dinner, especially when we were dining at an eight-person table. Bar staff in Explorer's lounge were extremely personable and made cruise more enjoyable. All day excursion to Chichen Itza was well worth the time and additional expense. The guides were superb.. Snorkeling in Belize was very efficient and very well run, allowing us time to tender into Belize for a self guided walking tour. The trolley tour of Key West was fine and gave us time to wander around, have lunch and a beer (maybe two) at Sloppy Joe's and get an excellent guided tour of the Truman ""Little White House". Also the spa seemed to be a well kept secret. Enjoyed a massage with none of the usual upselling we've experienced on other cruise lines. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
Our family of 9 opted for a destination Christmas, and for most of us it was our first cruise! We spent a week on the ship and enjoyed Key West, Belize, and Merida and Progresso in the Yucatan, Mexico. I'm spoiled, Viking is the ... Read More
Our family of 9 opted for a destination Christmas, and for most of us it was our first cruise! We spent a week on the ship and enjoyed Key West, Belize, and Merida and Progresso in the Yucatan, Mexico. I'm spoiled, Viking is the best. Excellent service, great excursions, the food is fabulous. Do make sure to bring cash on the excursions, however, needed for locker and water shoe rental, tips, etc. Bonuses: NO kids under 18 (can't say enough about this, made for a very relaxing and peaceful cruise), small ship size. We were able to develop friendships by the end of the trip. Crew was very dedicated to making sure our needs were met, dinner service was fun and delicious. The ship was kept immaculate. Thoroughly enjoyed the on board team trivia games, shuffleboard, infinity pool and sauna. Will definitely cruise Viking again, great value for the money. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
The Turquoise Seas cruise was a delightful break between Thanksgiving and Christmas; we chose it especially because it had two sea days in the itinerary so we could relax, plus we were able to get a really good prices at the time of ... Read More
The Turquoise Seas cruise was a delightful break between Thanksgiving and Christmas; we chose it especially because it had two sea days in the itinerary so we could relax, plus we were able to get a really good prices at the time of booking. We had not visited the ports-of-call previously, and Viking's included city tours gave us the opportunity for a no-stress visit. The smaller ship was quiet with mature but not elderly passengers and was just right for a relaxing break. It was an adult cruise for people over 12. Our booking and pre-embarkation experience with Viking was smooth and helpful. Our agent answered questions and helped us as needed. He was readily available both by phone and email. All cabins on Viking Sky are exterior with balconies; the room was clean, spacious, comfortable, and the bathroom was the largest and nicest yet of our cruise experience. All the staff were friendly, kind, and attentive. The food was some of the best yet--fresh, wholesome food attractively presented. We chose the dining room for most meals since a friend traveling with us had limited mobility. Dining room seating is not assigned, which worked most times. However, after an early show, there would be a crush at the dining room and the servers were stretched to provide attentive service. That is really the only negative of the whole trip, and the dinner/show scheduling conflict should be resolved. It was also a little disconcerting to be greeted by name one evening by a server we'd never seen before; they use small hand-held devices with your name, cabin number, and photograph. It was a little spooky the first time it happened; maybe it's done a lot and we had never encountered it before. Another less-than-wonderful experience was tea time on our first sea day. Everyone showed up for tea, so seating was competitive. The quiet afternoon tea was rather noisy and crowded, although the service and tea snacks were fine. We avoided tea time after that, more because of our scheduling than from the crowds. The included city tours were interesting and well-organized. We would have liked more time in Cozumel, but the length of time was about right for the other ports. We caught a beautiful sunset on the tender from Belize City to the ship--best photos of the trip! Viking includes free wifi, wine/beer with meals, city tours in each port, and other items that other lines charge for. There are a number of tours available if desired at reasonable prices. There were several enrichment lectures on Mayan culture, etc., as well as stage shows, the usual information sessions on buying jewelry in duty-free areas, etc., plus a movie on the deck that was lovely (outdoor movie in mid-December--what a treat!) Embarkation and disembarkation were smooth and care-free. We hit a snag trying to check-in at the Miami Airport (long lines with little organization at the cruise off-load area), but that is the airport's fault. The employees were not shy about asking for tips, which was off-putting. We would not hesitate to book another Viking cruise. We do plan to take a river cruise soon, and are looking forward to the great Viking service and itineraries. Read Less
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