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Overall the cruise and vacation in totality was a dream vacation. The ship is new and sleek. It's beautiful appointed. The staff are all well trained, friendly and utterly professional. The itinerary was amazing. The problems in ... Read More
Overall the cruise and vacation in totality was a dream vacation. The ship is new and sleek. It's beautiful appointed. The staff are all well trained, friendly and utterly professional. The itinerary was amazing. The problems in Chile are not Viking's fault, but the social unrest did curb our activities in Porte Montt, Valparaiso and Santiago. That said, there was an excursion for everyone. We enjoyed ours. There was a mass of people at the Buenos Aires ship terminal, but there was a Viking representative on hand to walk us through the crowds straight to the front of the line. Viking confidently took possession of our baggage at curbside. Our stateroom really could have been a wee bit bigger. Compared to Cunard, the room was too small. The area between he wall and the end of the king size bed was really just too tight, and there is no tub like Oceana offers. Some luxury lines offer tubs, some offer bigger rooms, Viking didn't do either. Other than the size of our stateroom our only other complaint, except for the last day in Santiago (See below), is about the dress code. Viking either needs to change the dress code and all their advertising including videos - or enforce it. Some of the people showed up to dinner in t-shirts. Flip flops with rhinestones on them aren't "smart casual". Many of the people had on hiking sandals and cargo, baggy shorts/capris in the evening at least at the beginning of the cruise. The food was wonderful. We enjoyed the Chef's Table and Manfredis, but frankly the quality, service and variety of food available in The Resturant was sufficient that we only ate at in the speciality restaurants a few times outside our initial bookings in them. We ate breakfast occasionally in the Explorer's Lounge's little, unknown resturant called Mamsum's (sp). The waffles are to die for! The afternoon sandwiches are delicate and much lighter than the ones in The World Cafe. The World Cafe, the buffet, was delicious. We ate there for breakfast and lunch. The omelettes were full of yummies and the salad bar was extensive and superb. Weird though, the water glasses in the World Cafe were plastic. I didn't care for that. We bought the drink package so we can't speak to the drink prices or complementary wines/beer at lunch or dinner. They gym was clean and well equipped. All the cardio machines were always stocked with water and a towel and the weight area had an ample supply of water and towels. I also joined an add on package for $50 for Pilates, yoga, cardio, guided meditation, etc. It got me out of bed and a nice little workout. I highly recommend it. I discovered that program by reading the Daily Viking. We both had 80 minute massages which are superb. I had a facial, mani and pedi. All were top notch. The ship's astronomer, geologists and historian were all excellent speakers. There is a planetarium above the Explorer's Lounge that the astronomer gave private talks (12 people or so) which was fun. The stairwells also had life-size renditions of the Bayeux Tapestry that the historian gave limited tours/talks about which was a wonderful time. NOTE: You have to go to the talks to find out about these add-ons. The Viking Daily doesn't advertise them. The ports of call were all wonderful. Just note, your activities will be curbed in parts of Chile due to the repeated warnings from excursion guide. And then there was the last day...F- all the way.... We were going to stay on in Chile for a few days, but we cancelled that after the civil unrest really started popping off. Viking offered a package where they'd take us to Santiago, give us a tour of the city, and then take us to a hotel's lounge where there would be a place to rest, eat, etc. to await our late-night airline departures back to the States. The bus ride to Santiago had one bathroom break. Once we made it to Santiago, we went our a several hour tour with NO WATER, NO BATHROOM BREAKS, NO FOOD AND NO WARNING THAT WE'D BE DOING THAT BEFORE THE HOTEL. Consequently, no one was prepared for the tour BEFORE the hotel. We finally revolted and told the tour guide to take us to the hotel. At the hotel it was an utter mess. Mind you we hadn't eaten since 7:30 a.m. or so and it was ow 2:30 p.m. All the "free" food had been eaten up. We ate in the resturant which we had to pay extra for. Then there was no place to sit except on the floor in the courtesy area - unacceptable and we did not sit on the floor. There was no water except for two, one gallon jugs of water that we had to nag them to fill. There was no real clear way to tell what was a clean glass and what wasn't because the hotel didn't pick up the dirty glasses/dishes from "lunch". Just a total, utter, disgusting mess. Save your money. Go to the airport hotel. Check in for a day. Take a nap. And get yourself to the terminal for your late night flight on your own. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and island destinations. This was our first cruise so we only had online research to help us. Once we were onboard and speaking with other guests -most of which were Viking Explorers which means ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and island destinations. This was our first cruise so we only had online research to help us. Once we were onboard and speaking with other guests -most of which were Viking Explorers which means repeat guests- we knew how lucky we were to have chosen this line. No up-sell. No one in your face. Attentive service with amazing food. Every port included a free excursion which helped to educate the guests about the country, local population and tour some of the sights. The cabins all have balconies. Repeat, all. They are lovely with enough room to feel at home. I admit, we had sticker shock when we saw the price compared to the discounted competition that floods the internet and our emails. Again, we learned what the Viking experience provided versus the unexpected pay as you go options. We enjoyed the adults only atmosphere with luxury spa facilities of which a large part were free to use as you wish. Specific treatments etc were pay as you go. The entertainment crew was creative and beyond talented. Something for everyone and at various times to suit personal schedules. We will definitely choose this line and travel method again....they have so many options... Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Our 23rd cruise and first with Viking was most enjoyable , 10 nights around the Eastern Caribbean in and out of San Juan . Having cruised with P & O , Royal Caribbean , Cunard , Norwegian & Oceania before we felt it compared ... Read More
Our 23rd cruise and first with Viking was most enjoyable , 10 nights around the Eastern Caribbean in and out of San Juan . Having cruised with P & O , Royal Caribbean , Cunard , Norwegian & Oceania before we felt it compared favourably with most of them with Oceania the nearest comparison . Loved the small ship feel , never busy , loads of space , never having to wait for a table and at times it felt like our own luxury ship . Adults only was a plus and sunbeds were always freely available , no having to rush for one on this ship . No casino or towel cards , water freely available , excellent drinks and included excursions were good . We paid extra for 1 excursion in Antigua and throughly enjoyed a catamaran trip with lunch down the west coast . Food was very good ( not quite Oceania standards but still very good ) entertainment was a little lacking but I guess that is because it is a small ship . Pablo the guitar was superb and the Viking band and singers were also very entertaining in my opinion much better than the main 4 singers . Very few complaints from us , the swimming pools are deep throughout so you cannot stand up unless very tall and the main pool area gets very very hot when the roof is closed but small issues . Staff are the happiest we have encountered on any cruise ship and there seems a great connection between them and the officers/senior management . Cabin was very comfortable although a little short on storage , but great bathroom with heated floor , excellent lighting and USB charging points by the bed . The only negative we would say is coming from the UK we had flights via JFK New York and these were very hard work , 2.5 hours getting through immigration going out and delayed flight coming back meaning we had to take a later flight back to the UK which was stressful and hassle . We would love to cruise with Viking again but would only consider the Caribbean again if we can get direct fights . This however did not spoil our cruise which was one of the best relaxing cruises we have been on and it was lovely not to feel herded about . Viking treat you as individuals and also as an adult ! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We chose this cruise because it stopped at all the islands we were interested in. My husband will only cruise with Viking, and this cruise did not disappoint us. The crew, all treat you like royalty. Something I have not experienced on ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it stopped at all the islands we were interested in. My husband will only cruise with Viking, and this cruise did not disappoint us. The crew, all treat you like royalty. Something I have not experienced on other cruise lines. The cabin was kept very clean and supplied with whatever we requested every day. The food, you just can't say enough about the food and the presentation! Exceptional. We took a tour of the galley and that was extremely interesting to see, well worth the time. We like Viking as there are no kids allowed under 18, makes it so much more pleasant for us. The excursions we took were great, some better than others. Embarkation and Disembarkation is a breeze with Viking. So much so, we forgot a bag at the terminal, and the crew were amazing and brought the bag to us at the airport. I can't rave enough about Viking!!! We have 2 more cruises already booked!!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
51st Wedding Anniversary trip for the most wonderful girl in the world. The Viking Sky is a beautiful vessel. The room stewards were very friendly and efficient, although we did lose our first steward because he was selected for the Round ... Read More
51st Wedding Anniversary trip for the most wonderful girl in the world. The Viking Sky is a beautiful vessel. The room stewards were very friendly and efficient, although we did lose our first steward because he was selected for the Round the World cruise and sent home on leave to be with his family before the extended voyage (the best of the best!). ( I showed him his home on Bali using Google Maps satellite imagery and we became friends.) Food service was excellent and we used the World Cafe for most meals- the staff and food selections fit us better then the other venues, and the ice cream and chocolate cookies were beyond description. We particularly enjoyed the Port Call briefings and the art, history lectures. The Met's "Aida" opera was a great delight and a pleasant surprise. Our off-ship tours were excellent, the Rhodes tour guide was especially good. The three Israel tours (Old City & Modern Jerusalem, Jerusalem and Bethlehem, and Nazareth & the Sea of Galilee) brought us both a sense of wonder at the Life of Christ and his time and place. were particularly outstanding. A port change from Ashdod to Haifa resulted in our included tour taking longer than originally planned, but a meal was provided off-ship, proving the logistics staff at Viking was on top of events. Oh yes, seeing Stromboli erupt during the night passage to Naples was a highlight of the voyage. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Friends invited us to join them on this cruise. We had cruised before, but never on Viking. It was by far the best, but also the most expensive. There was value for the price. The cruise manager and the entire crew were superior. The ... Read More
Friends invited us to join them on this cruise. We had cruised before, but never on Viking. It was by far the best, but also the most expensive. There was value for the price. The cruise manager and the entire crew were superior. The destinations were great. We made good use of the public spaces for playing games on sea days. The service was beyond expectations. The atrium concerts added to the experience. The sound level in concerts was NOT ear-splitting as on other cruises. We were glad there was no casino. We enjoyed the opportunity for alternative dining. But the Restaurant was our favorite. What was not to like? The two days to Iguazu Falls were wonderful, but the preparation for this excursion was by far the worst. Nothing was really entirely correct or adequate about this most memorable aspect of the cruise. The other excursions were shorter and guidance before far more adequate. All were good. Some guides were better than others. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We had done three river cruises with Viking and throughly enjoyed them. This was our first ocean cruise with Viking and the experience was excellent (food, cultural enrichment, customer service, excursions). They always treat you ... Read More
We had done three river cruises with Viking and throughly enjoyed them. This was our first ocean cruise with Viking and the experience was excellent (food, cultural enrichment, customer service, excursions). They always treat you special. They know you name and your likes and dislikes. Our Veranda Suite was great. It was spacious and very modern. The rooms were well appointed and having the mini bar included was great. The restaurants were excellent and had a good variety of food. The shore excursions were excellent, especially the whale watching in Dominica. We also had an included tour each day that gave us a good overview of each island. We feel that Viking provides the best cruises both ocean and river. They focus on cruises for adults and have appropriate activities. We highly recommend Viking cruises due to the overall experience. We will be planning more cruises with Viking in the future. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
From the moment we arrived at San Juan airport- to be greeted with a champagne reception- the cruise, crew, rooms, facilities, excursions and food were fantastic. This was our first ever cruise, and now we are hooked. Loved the attention ... Read More
From the moment we arrived at San Juan airport- to be greeted with a champagne reception- the cruise, crew, rooms, facilities, excursions and food were fantastic. This was our first ever cruise, and now we are hooked. Loved the attention to detail with the rooms and lounges on the ship. The crew were so attentive- nothing was too much trouble. Loved the low key entertainment- pianists, violinists, guitarist in the lounge areas. The food in all the restaurants was amazing- but we especially loved the Chef’s Table for challenging our taste buds and ideas about food. We did all of the included excursions- which are designed to give you a taster of what the island has to offer. All were great- with good to excellent tour guides. We paid for the St Kitts railway experience- which was worth the money- and we all had a great time. Overall the cruise exceeded our expectations. We never felt crowded on the ship. There were always quiet lounge areas if you wanted peace and quiet. The spa is brilliant- loved the snow room and jacuzzi hot tubs. The only negative was the post-cruise stay at the Caribe Hilton. We were taken to the hotel at 8:30am and not given a room until 4pm. With no secure place to store handluggage we had no option but to sit in the hotel lobby for 8 hours. Once we were allocated our room it was dirty with a broken safe. Housekeeping and security were sent to resolve the problem- but I would not recommend the Hilton- and felt it didn’t mirror the values and quality of Viking. It made a disappointing end to a fantastic cruise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Had a great time from start to finish. Everything went smoothly after the arrival at the airport in San Juan. We were immediately transferred to the ship. Check in was a seamless process at the port. Our room was ready as soon as we ... Read More
Had a great time from start to finish. Everything went smoothly after the arrival at the airport in San Juan. We were immediately transferred to the ship. Check in was a seamless process at the port. Our room was ready as soon as we boarded and our luggage arrived to the room about an hour later. We ordered room service that night as we were tired from traveling and it was delicious. The rooms was lovely and very spacious. It was nice having a balcony to watch the sunset or arrival at the next port. We had a great time on all the included and optional excursions that we booked. The best was on the island of St. Martin at the Timon Parfumerie where we created our own perfume and cologne. The trip to Harrison’s Cave on Barbados and the hot baths on Dominica were great too. The food was wonderful at each of the restaurants onboard. From the World Cafe buffet to the Prix Fixe chef’s menu at the Chef’s Table. This is the second Viking cruise we have been on, the first being a river cruise in Europe. On both cruises, Viking’s attention to detail and customer services was outstanding. Customs at the port in San Juan at disembarkation demanded that the ship be cleared by 9:00 am, so Viking arraigned a hospitality suite at a nearby hotel for the people who had a later flight to relax and have refreshments until it was time to go to the airport. I would not hesitate to travel with Viking in the future, and in fact booked two more cruises while on board. If you book while on board there are discounts and perks available. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We chose this cruise to see a different island every day which appealed to us rather than spending several days at sea without visiting another port as most other cruise lines offer. The ship size is perfect. It was never crowded, even at ... Read More
We chose this cruise to see a different island every day which appealed to us rather than spending several days at sea without visiting another port as most other cruise lines offer. The ship size is perfect. It was never crowded, even at meal time. Unlike an experience with another cruise line, the ship is quiet and we were able to sleep whenever we desired. The variety of dining options was great. We ate at the buffet often, but also enjoyed the formal dining experience two nights. In the mornings, we enjoyed room service before our daily excursions. Every evening we attended one of the entertainment options: piano, guitar, stage performances, or violin. We enjoyed the variety and the quality of the performances. We are planning a Viking riverboat cruise later this year, and another ocean cruise following that. We recommend Viking as a cruise line of choice for adults. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Ship’s guests were limited to less than 1000.+++ less crowded! Cabins have ocean view. Foods were excellent and never an extra charge. Service is top notch. Ports and shore excursions are all included. Our next trip are ... Read More
Ship’s guests were limited to less than 1000.+++ less crowded! Cabins have ocean view. Foods were excellent and never an extra charge. Service is top notch. Ports and shore excursions are all included. Our next trip are already planned with Viking. There was a slight delay on the embarkation due to the guests disembarking at that point and time. We can’t say enough of the great service we have had from the ship’s crew. Our kudos to the house keeping staff for the great work they did as well as the waiters and waitresses for the excellent service most especially for the food service staff. Shore tours are well planned and included. There’s also other tours that you can do if you decide not to go on the ones that are included. Tour guides should be more knowledgeable about historical events or facts concerning the sites that are visited. Extra tidbits are welcome. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Our pastor and his wife recommended Viking as they did a re-positioning cruise. They told us all about the different foods to try and to make sure we went on both sides of the buffet lines. I loved to order the grilled shrimp at ... Read More
Our pastor and his wife recommended Viking as they did a re-positioning cruise. They told us all about the different foods to try and to make sure we went on both sides of the buffet lines. I loved to order the grilled shrimp at lunch time. I did not like the rocky nights with the ship. It was very rocky every night. We did not get a tour or explanation of our room from our steward. That was disappointing. We went with 2 other couples and they told us about the rooms. I LOVED the heated bathroom floors. Our cabin was cleaned daily. The staff was very friendly and personal. We were celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary. The Chef made us a delicious cake for that. We loved the entertainment, Abba, and The Beatles night. My most favorite place on the ship was the Spa. The mineral pool, Steamy sauna, snowy room and heated loungers. First class ship for sure. Loved the Tea Time with the yummy scones and mini sandwiches. You are never hungry that's for sure. Oh and we loved Edwina who served the ice cream and gelato. We feel she deserves a huge raise. We are sure gonna miss her smiling face. It was a little hard getting use to driving on the opposite side of the rode and the NARROW roads, when we went on our excursions. The guides were very informative. I enjoyed it the most being a retired Teacher in all. We met the Executive Chef and he took us on the galley tour. Loved every minute of it. We were shocked to see an escalator down there. Also all the stainless steal. So clean every where We appreciated the laundry room that was available to us.. We would of loved a sea day or 2 so we could of relaxed. We would definitely go on another Viking Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
This was our third Viking Cruise. We have previously been on two other cruise lines, but now we’re hooked on Viking. The ship is modern and spacious. Our balcony cabin was comfortable and the amenities are terrific. Everywhere you turn, ... Read More
This was our third Viking Cruise. We have previously been on two other cruise lines, but now we’re hooked on Viking. The ship is modern and spacious. Our balcony cabin was comfortable and the amenities are terrific. Everywhere you turn, the Staff is wonderful! The staff are friendly, helpful, and truly believe in the best possible customer service! The food is always freshly prepared and delicious. There are a variety of options — something to please everyone! Sometimes we grabbed a quick meal at The Grill or The World Cafe, and sometimes we enjoyed a more leisurely dining experience at the Chef’s Table, Manfredi’s (Italian), or The Restaurant. We enjoyed the food, service, and ambiance at all of these dining choices. The excursions are very well organized, fun, and educational. Viking sponsors “port talks” so that we can learn about the destination that we’ll be stopping at the next day. (The live presentations are recorded so you can watch them on your big screen TV in your cabin at your convenience.) Every day we went on at least one excursion. Viking always offers at least one excursion included with the cruise. Sometimes we took the free excursion and sometimes we paid extra to do something really special. We were never disappointed. The Viking cruises have truly been the most wonderful trips of a lifetime! I hope you get to have the same amazing experience! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We actually were invited on this cruise by family, who had previously cruised with Viking. This was our first Viking Cruise. We were very excited by the itinerary, stopping in a different port each day, and the daily included excursions ... Read More
We actually were invited on this cruise by family, who had previously cruised with Viking. This was our first Viking Cruise. We were very excited by the itinerary, stopping in a different port each day, and the daily included excursions that provided a look into the beautiful places we were visiting. Everything was amazing. The ports, the ship, the staff were all outstanding. The The ship was beautiful, our cabin was spacious and comfortable. The amenities aboard were great, such as the 24 hour room service. The staff definitely went above and beyond for the passengers. Everyone was outstanding, friendly and helpful. The dining was very pleasurable, you didn't feel rushed at all at dinner. The food was great, rather you were eating in one of the specialty restaurants or in the cafe. We enjoyed the talent of the onboard entertainment groups. The quieter, more refined tone of the cruise was very relaxing, just what a vacation should be, while on the other hand, we were so active exploring our stops with our included daily tours, we got to see and do so much. The variety of extra excursions you could choose from included a huge variety of things so that everyone was sure to find something that suited their own interests. I was able to try several new things. Loved it!!!!Every aspect of our cruise was amazing. We highly recommend Viking will definitely cruise with Viking again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Chose cruise for itinerary and climate. As previously experienced on another Viking Ocean cruise, the ship was magnificent. All of the amenities are excellent and a very comfortable experience. Most importantly, the staff from the Captain ... Read More
Chose cruise for itinerary and climate. As previously experienced on another Viking Ocean cruise, the ship was magnificent. All of the amenities are excellent and a very comfortable experience. Most importantly, the staff from the Captain on down was excellent, very attentive and could not do enough. The dining experience in all restaurants was a pleasure and very satisfying. The ambiance throughout the ship was so relaxing. The spa and fitness areas are just beautiful and make for a complete experience. In our opinion, no other cruise line provides this type of luxury for the price. The shore excursions, for the most part are educational and adequate. When traveling internationally there is always anxiety concerning airport transfers. Viking makes that transition easily adaptable and seamless. One area for improvement would be regarding Sunday religious services. When we arrived at the location for the service there was no clergy to facilitate the service so we improvised. A passenger was able to lead us in prayer. Would be nice if the cruise director had a prepared service and had a crew member availability to facilitate.These cruises are great to experience with friends and family. We are now planning on taking a river cruise later this year in Europe. Looking forward to this experience. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
This was our 5th Viking Ocean cruise. Great ship and warm competent staff. The ship is very spacious and never seemed crowded. Love the long jogging deck where you can accumulate mileage without getting dizzy. The decor and feel of ... Read More
This was our 5th Viking Ocean cruise. Great ship and warm competent staff. The ship is very spacious and never seemed crowded. Love the long jogging deck where you can accumulate mileage without getting dizzy. The decor and feel of Viking is very unique - like being in someone's home. A plethura of book and accouterments give the ship a warm and cozy atmosphere. This is an adult cruise with no children under 18. As a result, the experience is quite tranquil... no scream kids or babies; no elevators for all decks have been called; no running in the halls etc. There is no "selling" on-board so massages are peaceful; no queues for photographers; no obnoxious announcements touting "deals" etc. A shore excursion in each port of call is included in the price - a very nice feature and, again, avoids selling. The staff is uniformly experienced and professional with a solid command of English. Personable and congenially, the staff greatly enhances the cruise experience. We look forward to our next Viking cruise this June. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
This was my first ever cruise and I'm told I'll only want to stay with Viking from now on. Everything exceeded my expectations. We booked air through Viking to take advantage of the transfer services which made flying to ... Read More
This was my first ever cruise and I'm told I'll only want to stay with Viking from now on. Everything exceeded my expectations. We booked air through Viking to take advantage of the transfer services which made flying to and from foreign countries much less stressful. Viking runs a tight ship (get it) and it shows. All transfers were smooth, easy, and on time. Getting right out of the airport and onto a van to take you directly to the ship is much easier than having to worry about taxis or buses. The ship itself looked brand new, which it might have been, a plaque said Anno 2019. Everything was clean and no detail was overlooked in the decoration. Cabins were comfortable and spacious, although the beds could have been more comfortable. I particularly enjoyed the heated floors in the bathroom. The private veranda was nice although I felt as though I didn't take full advantage of it because there were so many other cool places to hang out. The dining was excellent. Something for even the pickiest eaters. I enjoyed the destination menus. Manfredi's was just okay in my opinion. The pasta was very good, but the entrees were uninspiring. The huge portions didn't really win me over either. Entertainment was engaging and the Explorer's Dome was a fun touch. The service was EXCELLENT! It seemed like everyone knew my name after the third day. All of the staff had bright smiles and were fun to talk to. Friendships were fostered and it made leaving the ship that much harder. Already planning our next trip with Viking! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Our original intention was to take a river cruise but rooms sold out for the dates we could schedule, so we opted for the ocean cruise. The ports were good as well as the length of the cruise (12 days). Smaller ship but very quaint and ... Read More
Our original intention was to take a river cruise but rooms sold out for the dates we could schedule, so we opted for the ocean cruise. The ports were good as well as the length of the cruise (12 days). Smaller ship but very quaint and easy to get around. Restaurants were perfect for food selections and never waited for tables. Entertainment we witnessed was unexpected. It was grand and beyond our expectations. More to do then we could squeeze in. Staff was personable and extremely polite. Excellent pool and steam area. Fitness machines were so updates I could not figure some of them out. A few time when I went to the gym there were no lockers. Small area for amount of people on board. Appreciated the elegance of the ship without the youth running around you. We added 1 day in Venice and 2 days in Barcelona on our own. The cruise add on's were priced way out of line! We booked luxury hotels for less that half. Only drawback is you handle your our luggage. Boarding and debarkation was as smooth as we ever experienced. We wanted to see it all so port excursions became tiring. So many to choose from. New and very clean buses. Good excursion hosts. Drop off/pick up point in France was seedy and dirty with no shopping. Monaco was beautiful and clean. Needed more time there to enjoy the museum, casinos and shops. Overall our trip was beautiful and memorable! Thank you! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We booked the Viking Ocean cruise after gong on a Viking river cruise. We were impressed with the excellent treatment by crew members on that cruise as well as great meals and shore excursions. We found the ocean cruise the be a ... Read More
We booked the Viking Ocean cruise after gong on a Viking river cruise. We were impressed with the excellent treatment by crew members on that cruise as well as great meals and shore excursions. We found the ocean cruise the be a delightful experience as well. Our treatment by the crew, the excursions and other dealing made us want to take yet another cruise with Viking. We really enjoyed the specialty restaurants. The food and service were outstanding. The crew members called us by name and exceeded our expectations. We also liked the beverage package with the upgraded wine pairings. We appreciated the opportunity to dine in a variety of locations including the buffet, the pool grill, the Explorer Lounge and other locations. Shore excursions were well planned and allowed us to see prime locations in the ports/cities visited. We also like the low pressure, relaxing itinerary fo the entire cruise allowing time to relax and refresh. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Ports of Call were excellent! Ship was amazing! State rooms second to none! Food was mouthwatering! People were friendly! Excursions were fun and informative! On board entertainment was fun! The spa was wonderful, going from the ... Read More
Ports of Call were excellent! Ship was amazing! State rooms second to none! Food was mouthwatering! People were friendly! Excursions were fun and informative! On board entertainment was fun! The spa was wonderful, going from the snow room to the steam room and back and forth, followed by the hot tub and the cold water bucket challenge was refreshing and soothing! The guides on the excursions were excellent and the places we went were wonderful. Montserrat was beautiful and inspirational. Loved Barcelona, great walking city and so much to see. Florence was delightful as well. Weather cut short our Monaco stop but we still got to go into Monte Carlo and up to the Royal Castle. Even though we had to leave Monaco early, it gave us a chance to actually sail during the day as every other sailing was at night. The staff of the Viking Sun were extremely friendly and we enjoyed every minute on board! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
This trip was a 50th birthday present to myself and a first on Viking. They are very organized, from arrival to departure. We were amazed at the attention to detail. They definitely go above and beyond. The cabin was nice size, plenty of ... Read More
This trip was a 50th birthday present to myself and a first on Viking. They are very organized, from arrival to departure. We were amazed at the attention to detail. They definitely go above and beyond. The cabin was nice size, plenty of closet space. Loved the heated bathroom floor. We ate at all the restaurants. The food was excellent. I looked forward to gelato every evening. The winter garden was a wonderful place to unwind, have afternoon tea with scones and finger sandwiches. The extra drink package was worth the price. The excursions were also well organized and the headsets, which are provided, allowed everyone to hear the background in history of the areas we toured. The tour guides were from the area and well versed in local history/customs. I would have liked more free time in our destinations, but I do realize that they need to adhere to a schedule. The tours gave us just a taste of the local culture and left me wanting to come back to experience more. We had a great experience and can't wait to go on another Viking cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
After well over thirty ocean and river cruises, we were excited to board the Sun for our first ocean adventure with Viking, From the moment we were greeted at the airport, Viking made us feel like honored guests. Everything was well ... Read More
After well over thirty ocean and river cruises, we were excited to board the Sun for our first ocean adventure with Viking, From the moment we were greeted at the airport, Viking made us feel like honored guests. Everything was well planned with little delay (OK there's not much anyone can do about the traffic between LaGuardia and midtown Manhattan at 5 PM on a Friday). Our stateroom was spacious with plenty of storage areas. The bathroom was well apportioned with a sizable glass enclosed shower (plenty of storage there, too). The veranda was spacious allowing plenty of room to maneuver around the two chairs and table. The cabin steward cleaned the glass daily. Due to the tail effects of a recent hurricane our first couple days at see were a bit rough, but we found plenty to do and enjoyed relaxing in the room and at the Explorers' Lounge. Dining was a nightly 'event' the food was prepared to order and well presented. We found the wine selection was just right or our tastes. The planned a couple of tours on our own, which we enjoyed, but the included excursions were great, too. While onboard we booked another cruise (24 Days) on the Viking Sky for later this year. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
To celebrate our 30th anniversary, we chose the Viking Empires of the Mediterranean cruise and it was indeed fantastic. The Viking ship is beautiful and never feels crowded! The service is impeccable, the stewards are incredibly ... Read More
To celebrate our 30th anniversary, we chose the Viking Empires of the Mediterranean cruise and it was indeed fantastic. The Viking ship is beautiful and never feels crowded! The service is impeccable, the stewards are incredibly accommodating and personable, and the entire staff is to notch. The lounge areas are great, especially the Explorers lounge at the front of ship where we watched many a sun set while sipping cocktails. The restaurants are all fantastic and we also enjoyed room service breakfast every morning as we came into port at sunrise. The spa area is relaxing and fun with a unique snow room and cold bucket to experience Nordic traditions. The Winter Garden room for afternoon tea was a relaxing nice touch after a day of excursions. The ports and excursions were just unbelievable on this cruise highlighted by a gondola ride in Venice, the Acropolis in Athens, the sheer beauty of Santorini and the incredible walled fortress of Dubrovnik. We also did pre and post extensions with Viking which were very well run with interesting excursions, highlighted by a trip to Delphi and Olympus. Highly recommend Viking and this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Have never been to the West Indies so this was our first sojourn into that part of the world. This is our first Viking ocean cruise thoughWe’ve done the Rhine River Cruise several years ago. Always love the experience of a Viking ... Read More
Have never been to the West Indies so this was our first sojourn into that part of the world. This is our first Viking ocean cruise thoughWe’ve done the Rhine River Cruise several years ago. Always love the experience of a Viking journey. Even with 900 passengers aboard it never felt crowded. The staff in every aspect of the ship were so friendly and helpful. It was a pleasure dealing with them. As for entertainment , The singers on this cruise were absolutely sensational. we actually went to ABBA twice. The spa and pool facilities were wonderful. We took advantage of The pool bar and quick stop eatery nearly every day and it was so relaxing. Because of an important family event we had to disembark one day early and the process was handled beautifully. Also, having a laundromat on every deck was very convenient; due to the warm temperatures even late in October, those facilities were definitely needed. In summary it was a wonderful experience. I always recommend Viking. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Been on dozens of cruises on NCL, Royal Caribbean, Princess, Crystal, Regent, Celebrity, And Windstar but this was our first Viking. We had heard about river cruises with them but recently learned of their entry into the ocean voyage ... Read More
Been on dozens of cruises on NCL, Royal Caribbean, Princess, Crystal, Regent, Celebrity, And Windstar but this was our first Viking. We had heard about river cruises with them but recently learned of their entry into the ocean voyage market and heard great things. Ours was a Mediterranean trip from Barcelona to Venice - many ports we had previously visited but there were several new options if we were willing to travel a bit which we were. I’ll cover excursions later, but first the Viking Jupiter. This ship is brand new this year. It is beautiful. And they’ve worked out the kinks described in prior reviews. First, the crew is fabulous. Extremely hard working, pleasant and professional. They strike the right balance, not too aloof and not too obsequious. Friendly and attentive but mostly invisible until you need them. The Norwegian style is casual and luxurious with a living room environment rather than grandeur. We loved the cozy nooks with many gaming tables, puzzles, libraries, theme areas around opera, symphony, science ( we went to all 3 shows in the 3-d planetarium and a lecture by the resident astronomer astrophysicist). The cruise director is also a professional opera singer and WOW! There is no casino, included excursions at every port, included good wine and beer at lunch and dinner, no children programs, in fact no children, no formal nights. This isn’t for everyone. But it suited my husband and me. We are in our 50s and were definitely of the younger cruisers. The name that tune games that were hosted by the super talented 4 singers/dancers were tons of fun although a bit before our time(50s and 60s music). Buffet was top notch. tea time was not to be missed with live music in the beautiful winter garden next to the pool area every day at 4. The dining room is more intimate than the usual giant rooms on other lines. The 2 specialty restaurants are included. We liked the Italian but weren’t huge fans of French night at the Chefs Table. We aren’t big on fixed menus. We like to choose. The dining room we found to always have plenty of excellent options. Our favorite shore excursions were to Cassis France, Split Croatia, and Lucca Italy. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
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