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389 Viking Ocean Rome (Civitavecchia) Cruise Reviews

Everyone from the cabin steward the wait staff, the tour assistants the bartenders , everyone helpful and pleasant. The people the food the ship it was all amazing. the ship was decorated for the holidays and the new years eve ... Read More
Everyone from the cabin steward the wait staff, the tour assistants the bartenders , everyone helpful and pleasant. The people the food the ship it was all amazing. the ship was decorated for the holidays and the new years eve celebration,and new years day brunch were excellent. cabin was roomy enough and laid out conveniently the dining room offered a nice variety and was relaxing ,the world cafe offered a wide selection, and always the gelato. Room service was very punctual. it was nice to have several areas to go for a breakfast. again all staff were helpful never any problem to go the additional step to please us. the ports/excursions were wonderful and the guides in Pisa, Monte Carlo and Barcelona were great. The ship was laid out so that all was convenient and the activities and entertainment was diverse. thanks for a great trip. We had sailed with Viking river in the past and loved it all. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This was our first time to Rome and Barcelona and we fell in love with the beauty, history and people of these iconic cities. We loved all the ports and wish the cruise would have been a couple of days longer to see more sites. Ship ... Read More
This was our first time to Rome and Barcelona and we fell in love with the beauty, history and people of these iconic cities. We loved all the ports and wish the cruise would have been a couple of days longer to see more sites. Ship was beautiful, stateroom was great- although we didn't spend much time in it. For us, cruise director was lacking in ability, personality and knowledge. (Please learn how to accurately pronounce names before referencing them publicly.) Palace of the Popes tour should have included audio / visual aid available at site to bring this historical place to life. We do believe food / menu options lacked a great deal...with the exception of the New Year's Day Brunch which lived up to the hype. Given we were in Italy, France and Spain - the food should have been SPECTACULAR...it wasn't; it was mediocre and repetitive....Viking should really consider upping their menus / quality of food in the World Cafe (previous cruise lacked variety as well). While shore excursion options were terrific, Viking should institute a 'waiting list' so as to better accommodate guests when tours initially sellout. (i.e. without a prior wait list, how do you know if additional buses / spots need to be arranged). While Viking did a good job of providing options to experience Barcelona before cruise ended, no chance to experience Rome unless you added days prior to embarkation- that is a HUGE misstep.... All in all, this is a great trip with so much to see and experience. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
My sister and I had not been on a cruise for quite a few years and had heard about Viking Cruises, so when got a special offer, we decided to go. Everything seems to be planned pretty well, but if we had it to do over, we would have gone ... Read More
My sister and I had not been on a cruise for quite a few years and had heard about Viking Cruises, so when got a special offer, we decided to go. Everything seems to be planned pretty well, but if we had it to do over, we would have gone a couple days early so we could have visited Rome. Our room steward, Tito, provided very good room service. We always had a clean towel or ice when we needed it, and he was friendly and helpful no matter what we asked. We did think the stateroom was a little small, esp. with 2 beds. I don't like to say this, but we were a little disappointed in the food and service in some dining rooms. We tried to eat at the different ones. I thought there could have been a couple special shows in the theatre but if there was, we missed it. They had great fun music on New Years Eve along with horns and hats to go with it. The shore excursions we went on were good, but several times the walk from the bus to the site and back was long and not always safe. My sister fell and cut her head and had to spend 2 hours in Medical when we got back to the ship, getting stitches and treated for her injury. Embarkation and disembarkation went well. We loved the swimming pool area with the overhead cover and the light still came in. And having lunch there was very relaxing. We also enjoyed the brunch that was served on New Years Day. All in all, the trip was very nice. But the flight from Seattle to Frankfurt and return was so long. Very tiring. I would go again but maybe at a warmer time of year. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We wanted a cruise over the holidays for our family, including our son and daughter in their mid twenties. We chose this as we had never been to Athens and our son had never been to Rome. We wanted a family trip over the hoiidays to ... Read More
We wanted a cruise over the holidays for our family, including our son and daughter in their mid twenties. We chose this as we had never been to Athens and our son had never been to Rome. We wanted a family trip over the hoiidays to interesting places and not just beaches. We got off to a bad start with travel complications and rather than arriving at 1:00 PM we did not arrive until close to midnight. Once on board the rooms were very nice and the food was great. We had only done river cruises before and liked the small size of those ships so wondered a bit about being on a larger ship with 900 plus people. It was surprisingly uncrowded, there were several bar areas and food options and it never seemed crowded. Unlike the river cruises, you did not see the same people repeatedly. There were several times where I met interesting people and hoped to see them again and did not. You needed to get names and contact information if you wanted to see them again, it usually did not happen by chance. December 24 the sea was quite rough and it was a bit of a challenge walking around the ship. We did have a lot of family meals together which was nice. We enjoyed most of the shore excursions, the first day walking the Acropolis with a great guide was nice. At Ephasis the guide gave the impression Viking had endorsed the carpet market we were taken to and there was huge pressure to buy a carpet as we were the last ship of the season. Viking should have made it clear in advance about this situation. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We went on a cruise 30 years ago and swore we would NEVER cruise again. We heard wonderful things about Viking and decided to give it a try. We are so happy we did. From the time we boarded the ship to the last step off, everyone was ... Read More
We went on a cruise 30 years ago and swore we would NEVER cruise again. We heard wonderful things about Viking and decided to give it a try. We are so happy we did. From the time we boarded the ship to the last step off, everyone was wonderful. Our cabin steward, James could not have been more attentive. We dined in all the restaurants and enjoyed each one. We did select the Silver beverage package and received special wine parings with all our meals. It was well worth it. The included excursions are good as a survey of the area. We ended up doing quite a few purchased tours such as making pasta in Florence. We did the Gaudi special access tour in Barcelona. The first of the tour was very nice being able to access his first work before it opened to the public. However, later when touring one of the later works after it opened to the public was not so nice. We only made it to the 2nd of 4 floors and didn't feel safe. The hallways and stairs were very narrow most of the way and were packed wall to wall with people. It did not feel safe at all. We ended up leaving the group and going on our own to explore the city. Keep in mind, crowds do not bother me at all. I am not claustrophobic at all. We have been to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, times square in New York, and many other places with high populations in small areas, so for this to bother me tells you it was very bad. I would not recommend this for anyone who has trouble walking or standing for extended periods of time. Back to the good stuff. The cabin was very spacious. We were not lacking for storage at all. Each night, we would receive a brochure of the next days itinerary. Disembarking was very smooth. Buses were waiting for us at each port and the transition was went very quick. Again, we had the most amazing trip and would recommend Viking to everyone. We plan to try a river cruise with Viking next year. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Excellent cruise, just as expected from Viking. Everytime we cruise, the service, food is consistent! Wonderful New Years Eve party and incredible brunch New Years Day, including an omelette and pasta station. We really enjoy relaxing ... Read More
Excellent cruise, just as expected from Viking. Everytime we cruise, the service, food is consistent! Wonderful New Years Eve party and incredible brunch New Years Day, including an omelette and pasta station. We really enjoy relaxing in the restaurant as well as eating at World Cafe. We love that at World cafe you can order steaks, etc and they are made fresh as you wait. Embarkation was quick, and we were on the ship within 10 minutes enjoying the buffet and drinks. Excursions are always well run and timely. The included excursions definitely give you a nice experience of each port. We usually do an included then either walk around or paid tour as an additional. The little details that Viking provides really helps you feel pampered. No nickel and dime costs. There is always Bottled water waiting for you when you are heading to your excursion, and while we waited for our tender in Monte Carlo, there was pastry, coffee and tea. This is all included, no up charge!!!! We truly enjoy the shows, Viking usually brings local entertainment onboard from the port your in when it’s an overnight stay, this is a nice touch. On this cruise in Barcelona Viking had La Bamba dancers. Disembarkation and transfers were just as smooth and organized as every other aspect. We already booked another cruise for 2021and will be going on Viking again in August 2020! We Can’t wait to enjoy another cruise. After long searching we found our go to cruise line. We feel that with all the added touches included with your cruise, the cost is definitely worth it Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This was our 3rd Viking Cruise and it did not disappoint. It was so great! The Viking Staff members in each and every phase of the cruise are friendly and polite and excellent at their jobs. The food is always delicious and the ... Read More
This was our 3rd Viking Cruise and it did not disappoint. It was so great! The Viking Staff members in each and every phase of the cruise are friendly and polite and excellent at their jobs. The food is always delicious and the excursions run like clockwork. Viking takes special care to hire the best excursion guides, most of whom have first-hand knowledgr about whatever country we are in. Our rooms are elegant and comfortable and we love having a veranda. All in all Viking ranks 1st in our Hall of Fame for cruise lines and we hope we can sail with them again. Although we were disappointed not to get to see Rome, the New Years Eve party on the ship more than made up for it. We love the size of the ship and we enjoyed putting a jigsaw puzzle and playing cards on deck 2, We added a family member to our usual foursome, my husbands brother and his wife, and it was so much fun to watch them learn to love the Life of Cruising as much as we do, Good Job, Viking! . Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This was our very first cruise of any kind, having been an owner of a sailboat. We thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the cruise. We had been watching PBS for years, always seeing the ads for Viking River Cruises. And we were pleasantly ... Read More
This was our very first cruise of any kind, having been an owner of a sailboat. We thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the cruise. We had been watching PBS for years, always seeing the ads for Viking River Cruises. And we were pleasantly surprised how much we enjoyed this cruise. We kept looking for a great deal. When one came online, we jumped at the chance. The ship was impeccably clean. Our cabin was kept in pristine condition. The food was fabulous- large assortment to choose from. Every night we were eager to see what was on the menu. W were so impressed with the quality of all the food. The meats and seafood was so fresh and tender. Cooked to perfection. And presented beautifully. The fruits were flavorful and presented at their peak.The staff was there to cater to our whims, and the excursions were very informative. We will plan on saving enough money to take a river cruise in 2021. Can’t wait. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
The cruise offered three days in Israel; it offered free excursions at every port; it served free wine or beers at most meals; etc. Viking also has an excellent reputation, and the cruise went at a most convenient time for us. My wife has ... Read More
The cruise offered three days in Israel; it offered free excursions at every port; it served free wine or beers at most meals; etc. Viking also has an excellent reputation, and the cruise went at a most convenient time for us. My wife has traveled on river cruises with Viking and loved them, but this was the first time either of us had a Viking sea cruise. We especially enjoyed the Italian restaurant but not so much the Asian restaurant. The menus for the main dining room were very varied and enabled us to enjoy our favorite dishes. We did not avail ourselves of the fitness room, but my wife did have some service at the spa, such as a massage and hair dressing. The lecture on the Bayeau tapestry we found very informative, especially as most of the elevator stages had exceollent, enlarged c opies of panels from the tapestry. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
My husband and I have always wanted to experience a Mediterranean cruise. We are so pleased that we booked with Viking. What an amazing trip for a couple 50+ partners. Service was excellent. Employees were very friendly and available ... Read More
My husband and I have always wanted to experience a Mediterranean cruise. We are so pleased that we booked with Viking. What an amazing trip for a couple 50+ partners. Service was excellent. Employees were very friendly and available from the time of waking to turning in at night. Josephine took special care of our room -twice a day and refilled our fridge (complimentary) daily. The stateroom was very spacious with a full balcony. The bathroom with heated floors and full pressure shower was amazing. We enjoyed the spa area and also participated in a viking bathing ritual for a small fee. Everything was clean and tidy. The food in all locations were superb. Our favorite was Manifreds. I also participated in a cooking class taught by the ship chef. The only complaint is that I ate too much food. (Ok, no complaints) The excursions were well organized and Viking employees were everywhere to assist. We couldn't have asked for anything different. Finally - let's talk people and atmosphere. The ship felt like a home away from home. The atmosphere was relaxing and fun; from tea in the Wintergarden room to the nightly entertainment and meeting others. We met so many wonderful people. If we ever get the opportunity, Viking will be our choice. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
I saw the December cruise from Rome to Athens advertised in August. It was a good deal so I booked the cruise for my husband and me. We had taken a Viking River Cruise in 2018 and have a Viking Alaska cruise booked for June 2020. Our ... Read More
I saw the December cruise from Rome to Athens advertised in August. It was a good deal so I booked the cruise for my husband and me. We had taken a Viking River Cruise in 2018 and have a Viking Alaska cruise booked for June 2020. Our first ocean cruise was fantastic, despite the fact that we missed the Naples port and our Pompeii excursion due to 65 mph wind and 17 ft seas in Civitavechia. We sailed directly to Sicily on the following morning-definitely the correct decision by our delightful Captain, " a Viking from Norway". The ships are beautifully decorated in clean Norwegian style. The Christmas decorations were beautiful! There is no feeling of being crowded on these ships because there are so many places to "hang out". The staff was fantastic! Service is great in every way and everyone is so genuinely friendly! Our cabin steward, James, saw that my husband uses a C-pap and ordered demonized water for him-without having been asked. We had great service from and great conversations with my husband's favorite bar-tender, Apri, and Margerite, the adorable server who introduced me to a Proscecco and raspberry liqueur drink: Fantastic! And the best part is that Apri is scheduled to be on our Alaska cruise in June! Shore excursions were very good. Tour guides were knowledgeable and spoke good English. The only excursion that disappointed was in Turkey. Not being familiar with the geography, we booked a tour to St. John's Basilica and the Temple of Artemis-not realizing they are outside of the ancient city of Ephesus, so we did not visit Ephesus. Also the last step of the tour w a s to a carpet store, where the sales people were very high pressured! Food was good. Manfredi's and the Chef's Table were very good. I had one of the best burgers I've ever had at the pool grill. I did not think the choices in The Restaurant were as good as on the River Cruise. You could always have steak, but I usually prefer the Regional offerings. Entertainment was fine. We became groupies for Mark, who went entertained in the lounges. The Viking band was very talented and the four young entertainers that did the Abba and Beatles shows were great. I'm not into casinos and lots of shows, so the entertainment was great to me. I liked the port talks before dinner each night on the River cruises better. The Times varied for them on the ocean cruise. The his experts talks were good. There were no lines at demarcation. Going through security leaving and returning to the ship was easy. Again, there were no lines. We love Viking so much that we don't consider taking other cruise lines. Since returning, we have booked a Viking cruise to Australia and New Zealand in January 2021, so we are now eagerly anticipating two cruises. We are also planning to take another Viking River cruise within the next two years. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We chose this cruise because it covered so many ports with Roman and Greek history. Other than missing our port in Naples due to high winds, this was an excellent tour. From the Naples to Athens you see so many archaeological sights and ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it covered so many ports with Roman and Greek history. Other than missing our port in Naples due to high winds, this was an excellent tour. From the Naples to Athens you see so many archaeological sights and learn so much about this ancient history. I highly recommend the 4 day Athens extension - it is well worth the money. This was our first ocean cruise and I was impressed. The food (as always with Viking) was delicious. The port talks provide you with all the information you need about the excursions the next day. There is also an on board historian that gives lectures on topic to the areas you are going to. We were usually too exhausted to attend much of the night activities but we did go to the Tribute to Abba and a Legends musical performance. Both excellent. We learned to line dance and my daughter and I learned how to tie scarves (other than the way most of us tie them). Every tour guide we had provided us with so much information, especially the one we had in Athens for 3 days. Excellent job Viking! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We took the Rome pre-extension and were very pleased with the beautiful hotel. We specifically wanted to see the no-line Coliseum underground tour, and visit the Pantheon. We had always wanted to see the Acropolis in Athens and the ... Read More
We took the Rome pre-extension and were very pleased with the beautiful hotel. We specifically wanted to see the no-line Coliseum underground tour, and visit the Pantheon. We had always wanted to see the Acropolis in Athens and the added bonus of Italy, Greece, Crete, Sicily and Turkey were wonderful. This Journey to Antiquities was wonderful. The only negative was that due to weather conditions, leaving port was delayed from 5 PM to the next morning. As a result we missed seeing Naples and either Pompeii or Herculaneum. This was a huge disappointment, but we were grateful that our safety was the main concern. So the morning we should have been in Naples, we departed for Sicily and had an entire extra sea day. There were activities on board, such as line dancing classes and other activities. Plenty of things to do. I was pleased with the restaurant choices and afternoon tea in the Wintergarten. There was live music played by duo violinists, and piano, and guitar in other places.. I think perhaps they rotated where the entertainment was during the day. The shops were interesting. We were given a printed newsletter the night before of the following day's activities This was very helpful. I received a menu the night before to give to the restaurant in case there were food choices not compatible for me. All staff were extremely attentive with smiles and great attitudes. They certainly made you feel special. When I went to the spa for the first time, the staff took their enough time to explain everything to me. They were extremely helpful. I didn't feel rushed, nor did any of my questions go unanswered. This being my first ocean cruise I didn't know what to expect with over 900 passengers on board. Unbelievably the ship seemed almost empty, as there was plenty of space, no lines for dining. Most of the time I used an elevator, I was the only person, or perhaps maybe total of 3 at one time. The shore excursions were fine except for the very first one, where the local guide did not hold her 'Viking" sign high enough, and my travel companion and I lost her and missed out on some of the excursion. I loved this cruise and the Viking experience. Based on previous Viking River cruises, I knew the staff would be friendly and attentive. I was not disappointed.. I can't wait to take another Viking cruise. I really enjoyed not having children on board, nor the casinos, bingo, or other activities larger ships have. There was enough entertainment to choose from and we were very pleased with all activities. Our cabin attendant was wonderful. I think the Viking Ocean cruise has spoiled me and I would not want to be on a larger ship with thousands of people and kids and teenagers. I rated the fitness//recreation a 4 because the 3 pools were 5'10" deep, and being only 5'2" you either had to swim, tread water, or hold onto the sides. The heated spa pool was relaxing and the snow grotto a delight. Viking - you are amazing. Am taking one of your river cruises in 8 weeks, but can't wait to go on another ocean voyage with you. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We chose this trip to get a bit of winter sun and to visit some on the historic sights we hadn’t seen from other travel. From the start Viking provided excellent service - we were met in the airport and the Viking representative helped ... Read More
We chose this trip to get a bit of winter sun and to visit some on the historic sights we hadn’t seen from other travel. From the start Viking provided excellent service - we were met in the airport and the Viking representative helped sort out lost luggage and get us on our transfer. We did the pre-excursion to Umbria which was fantastic. Small group of people, staying in a castle with excellent meals and fully included excursions - what more could you ask for? Guides were all very good and knowledgeable. We were then transferred to the ship in Rome. We found the ship to be stylish and relaxed; we’ve been on other ships and felt this was the perfect size for our needs. Our cabin (penthouse veranda) was lovely with lots of space and amenities. Onboard dining was very good, with options to choose from for all meals, we never had a bad meal and it was nice having wine included. Excursions - both the included and not included - were also good with very good guides. The ship staff was excellent; we never felt pressure to buy products or do additional things like you do on other cruise lines - it was just excellent service. The entertainment was limited, but honestly for us was fine. I think if it had been a longer cruise the entertainment would have gotten stale. We added the few days in Athens at the end, and again the Viking staff proactively met our needs by getting us a late checkout and individual transportation to the airport. We would definitely choose a Viking again; they are a bit more expensive but the service and included items make it worthwhile. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
The service was excellent aling with all of the food at the main restaurant and the World Cafe. The tea at the Winter Garden was lovely. The size of the shop is substantial and with only having 930 passengers it never feels crowded. ... Read More
The service was excellent aling with all of the food at the main restaurant and the World Cafe. The tea at the Winter Garden was lovely. The size of the shop is substantial and with only having 930 passengers it never feels crowded. The crew keep the ship spotless and maintained. It was never a problem getting off and on the ship when it was at port. The included excursions give you a nice taste of the area. For more in-depth exploring, the optional excursions are the ones to go on. We really enjoyed the included tours for Messina and Crete but the highlight for us was the included tour of Ancient Ephesus in Turkey. It is always easy to find a relaxing spot on the ship to enjoy some relaxing quiet time and the cabins are spacious if you decide to stay in. We prefer Viking as there are no children on board so it does create a very relaxing and calming atmosphere. The service from all crew members is outstanding and beyond compare. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
The land excursions were amazing. Not only did I learn about Greek and Roman culture, I learned how olive oil and silk are harvested. I cannot think of anything that should be improved upon with the excursions. Disembarking and embarking ... Read More
The land excursions were amazing. Not only did I learn about Greek and Roman culture, I learned how olive oil and silk are harvested. I cannot think of anything that should be improved upon with the excursions. Disembarking and embarking were very easy, fast and efficient. Ship was always clean and in superb shape. Only once we we slightly disappointed, as we could not find the shuffleboard equipment. It wasn’t a deal breaker as we thought is might be fun to try. The bar tenders Yoga and Allen could not have been more accommodating, we asked lots of questions and they were able to answer or find answers for us on each topic we inquired about. Amazing experience and never any pressure for rating the staff or suggestions for tipping as I have experienced on other cruise lines. The food was In the main cafe was good, not excellent. However, we did enjoy chefs table twice and Manfredi’s twice. Overall an outstanding experience, so much so that we are booked for another in 2020. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
As always, Viking ships, excursions and food are unbeatable! Ports of call fabulous and the crew were spectacular! Would definitely travel Viking again for my 4th time! On this trip only one disappointment, but nothing could be done. ... Read More
As always, Viking ships, excursions and food are unbeatable! Ports of call fabulous and the crew were spectacular! Would definitely travel Viking again for my 4th time! On this trip only one disappointment, but nothing could be done. Weather didn't allow us to visit Naples which I was most looking forward to. Tour guides are so professional and knowledgeable. Transportation is always great and they take our luggage from airport to room and back! Viking also offers free beer and wine with lunch and dinner. Each afternoon we are at sea they have tea in the Wintergarden. This is a great attraction while at sea.If you ever have the chance to try a Viking cruise you must experience for yourself. One last item I must mention. I left a few small things and a pair of glasses in my room. Viking had them shipped to me and I got them back within a month! That made me very happy! Thank you, Viking! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This was our first Ocean cruise with any company. We have previously been on 3 river cruises, all with Viking. We were attracted to to the small size of the ship. I would not want to be confined with 5000 passengers on a standard ... Read More
This was our first Ocean cruise with any company. We have previously been on 3 river cruises, all with Viking. We were attracted to to the small size of the ship. I would not want to be confined with 5000 passengers on a standard cruise ship. Our boarding was quick and painless, and we quickly found our cabin. The cabin size was actually larger than the hotel room we had in Rome the previous 3 nights. During the 7 day cruise the crew was always friendly and very helpful. Meal choices were a buffet line, a sit down restaurant, or reservation only specialty dining. We had most of our meals in the restaurant, enjoying the leisurely pace and excellent food. One of the best parts about Viking is that most everything is included, without extra fees. We signed up for a couple of the optional shore excursions, and also took 2 of the "included" tours. Both the included and optional tours were excellent. We had some very good local guides, who spoke excellent English. Getting to the excursions was always painless. Viking has the logistics down to a science. Getting on and off the ship was always easy. Overall a great first ocean cruise. We would definitely do it again with Viking Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Not only was this our first Viking cruise, but it was our first cruise period. Loved the ports between Rome and Athens. The best port was Ephesus and it was AMAZING. The tour guides were all very pleasant and knowledgeable. It was nice ... Read More
Not only was this our first Viking cruise, but it was our first cruise period. Loved the ports between Rome and Athens. The best port was Ephesus and it was AMAZING. The tour guides were all very pleasant and knowledgeable. It was nice that they were all locals, so could give a very authentic experience. Our stateroom was wonderful. The staff was excellent. They were on top of our every need or desire at any time. Food was great. Loved how the food offerings changed throughout the trip to mirror the ports we were seeing. The spa was great. Both my wife and I enjoyed a massage and a facial. The onboard phone app was a very nice way to book events (at the spa, dinners, excursions, etc.), check the schedule and the weather. We have another Viking cruise booked for later on this year and can't wait for it. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Great price. Opportunity to see countries that I wanted to see. Food was delicious The ship was spotless, staff friendly and courteous. All details were handled flawlessly. Excursions were well organized with great tour guides. Weather ... Read More
Great price. Opportunity to see countries that I wanted to see. Food was delicious The ship was spotless, staff friendly and courteous. All details were handled flawlessly. Excursions were well organized with great tour guides. Weather was in mid 60 There was entertainment at night-loved the Beatles review. Also enjoyed sitting in explorers lounge to relax We had invited friends and felt responsible for their enjoyment. Luckily they loved it too They especially enjoyed relaxing outside on our days at sea. We each bought a beautiful rug in Turkey which we enjoy looking at now every day. It reminds us of our great trip. This was our first ocean cruise having done 2 river cruises. We would do another one as long as it is calm water. I did get a little seasick the first morning but used patches behind my ears and was fine the rest of the trip. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This was only me and my wive's second cruise. The first cruise was last year on the Norwegian Bliss. Although both were great, they each were very different experiences. Probably the biggest difference for us was that Viking ... Read More
This was only me and my wive's second cruise. The first cruise was last year on the Norwegian Bliss. Although both were great, they each were very different experiences. Probably the biggest difference for us was that Viking doesn't allow kids. This made for a bit more pleasant onboard experience. On the Bliss, kids were running around unattended everywhere. Food is also better on Viking. (Although the Norwegian Bliss had many more options. Of course, you had to pay extra for all). I also really liked that it never felt too crowed on the Viking Star. Although Viking doesn't have the entertainment options of Norwegian, it makes up for it with longer stays in port and great excursions. There was also one included excursion at every port. Speaking of excursions, the itinerary on this trip was amazing. We were able to start our trip with a few days in Rome. Then we traveled to Sicily, Crete, and Turkey and wrapped up with several days in Athens. It was an all around great trip! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We wanted to see Spain and Portugal. This Cruise fit the bill. We don’t especially like big ocean cruises, so we liked the smaller ship idea. I can’t really fault the ship, but since we have only been on one other “ocean” cruise, ... Read More
We wanted to see Spain and Portugal. This Cruise fit the bill. We don’t especially like big ocean cruises, so we liked the smaller ship idea. I can’t really fault the ship, but since we have only been on one other “ocean” cruise, it certainly was far better than the ocean cruise we were on previously. Unfortunately, we have been on three Viking River Cruises and found ourselves comparing our experience to. That of the River Cruises, which isn’t really rare. We love the intimacy of the river cruises vs. the ocean cruise. We felt the food on the Ocean Cruise was not as good as on the River Cruises...not enough diversity and quality was okay. We travelled with another couple, which was a good thing....otherwise we would probably be dining by ourselves most of the time...we like meeting people. We loved the entertainment, and the spa and gym...big pluses. We were always treated exceptionally, but never got to really know any of the staff the way we do on the River Cruises. we also felt, the “included” excursions had little substance. Also, don’t like the “class system” where if you have a more expensive room, you get first dibs by about 10 days on the optional excursions. Maybe not fair to compare, if we had never been on River Cruise....this would have been a better review. That being said, I don’t really want to go on an Alaskan Cruise, but my husband does, so if I do cave in and go on an Alaskan Cruise, I would do it on ?Viking, Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We have been on four Viking River cruises (China, Russia, Passage to Eastern Europe, Windmills and Tulips) and two Viking Ocean Cruises (From the Caribbean to the Amazon and Western Mediterranean Explorer). We make our choices of cruises ... Read More
We have been on four Viking River cruises (China, Russia, Passage to Eastern Europe, Windmills and Tulips) and two Viking Ocean Cruises (From the Caribbean to the Amazon and Western Mediterranean Explorer). We make our choices of cruises based on itinerary. We have traveled on brands of ships with 50 and 100 passengers which we enjoyed very much. The only cruise ship bigger than a Viking Ocean was on a Disney Cruise trip with my extended family including young children. Compared to Viking River Cruises, the Viking Ocean cruises have bigger cabins and all have verandas. There are more choices of restaurants (no upcharges) and free room service. Entertainment includes an assortment of shows in the theater, atrium, Winter Garden tea, Explorers Lounge, and Torsham bar plus enrichment lectures and TED talks. There are no casinos, no one under 18, and no official photographers. Beer and wine are included with lunch and dinner in restaurants. There is extensive spa including snow grotto (even in the Amazon!) and a full size pool that can be covered with a retracting roof. There is a launderette on some decks. The detergent is included but you may want to bring some fabric softener sheets. They can be crowded or empty depending on your timing. Check what your cabin 'class' includes. Mine included ironing and shoe shining which I took advantage of. Dry cleaning is available for a reasonable price but I won't pay what they charge for doing laundry. You will need to allow a day and a half if you have them do ironing, laundry, or dry cleaning. The highest 'class' cabins include all of it. Dress is 'resort casual'. Men must wear a collared shirt for dinner in The Restaurant, The Chef's Table, and Manfredi's. I highly recommend Manfredi's. If you want more nights in either The Chef's Table or Manfredi's, more slots are available on board. We also love Mamsen's and the Pool Grill for light, casual meals. There is never a dress code for those two or The World Cafe which is their buffet restaurant which serves food similar to The Restaurant but without the tablecloths and waiters. You can wear shorts and flip flops there any time if you wish. There are no formal nights but a few guests like to wear a suit or a cocktail dress in the evening. We often took room service for breakfast to save time getting to our earlier excursions. And, if you have back to back to excursions, order a box lunch the night before from Guest Services to take with you. Speciality coffees at no charge are available throughout the day and evening from any lounge such as the Livingroom on Deck 1 and the Explorers' Lounge on Deck 7. The Livingroom has snacks available all day and evening but the wine and beer at lunch and dinner is not included there even if you are making it your meal. Go to Mamsen's instead in the Explorers' Lounge and have the same sandwich with a beer or glass of wine. The Pool Grill has a small salad bar and delicious hot sandwiches with a full bar. The included excursions are sometimes good but avoid any that say Panorama. They just drive you past the sights. The extra excursions are varied and interesting but you can always book your own. There is always a free shuttle into town unless you are within an easy walking distance. Yes, some extra cost excursions sell out quickly. I use mostly Viking excursions because it is simpler and, in the Caribbean, our ship did delay its departure by nearly an hour one time because a Viking tour was late returning from the other side of the island. Excursion reservations are easier if you have a higher 'class' plus the refrigerator is restocked with hard liquor, beer, and soft drinks daily and one bottle of champagne for the trip. By the way, if you prefer one soft drink or liquor over another, you can specify what you want. This is meaningless, of course, if you have the Silver Spirits beverage package because you can drink virtually anything (including champagne) whenever you want. The snacks in the refrigerator are a joke - tiny pieces of chocolate and small bags of nuts or trail mix. For the most part, I don't feel the Silver Spirits beverage package is worth the extra cost. I just can't drink that much after the wine and beer with lunch and dinner plus possibly what is in my cabin refrigerator. If I want an occasional cocktail or upgrade to premium wines in The Chef's Table, it is cheaper to just pay as you go. The bar prices are located on Viking's webpage so you can easily make your own judgement based on your needs. One important thing I learned is to ASK if you need something whether on the Viking Ocean or Viking River cruises. The Viking staff really want to please. My bed was too hard on my first Viking Ocean cruise and the stewards were actually hurt that I hadn't said anything until a mid-voyage evaluation was turned in. The hotel manager came personally to assure me that they would find a solution and checked later that I was happy. On a river cruise, I wanted to see some sights not included. The concierge figured out how I could manage seeing them by staying in town after the morning tour and then rejoin the group in time for our evening show in town. So, ASK! The other important thing is to not miss the Port Talks. On the Viking Ocean cruises, if you miss one, it is on your cabin's television a few hours later. There is frequently some important information and/or tips for the next day that you don't get anywhere else. It was amazing to talk to people on an excursion that had no idea that there were no restroom breaks on that two hour drive because they hadn't listened to the Port Talk when all of that and more was explained. Forgot one thing that is important to us. The Wifi is free and good. Make sure that you put your smartphone on AIRPLANE MODE from the time you take off from the USA until you return. When on the ship, connect to the Wifi. If you keep it in airplane mode for your entire trip and only use wifi on the ship and in the hotels, you will have no data charges. Also, if you need a bigger screen or don't carry a device, there is a row of computers available on Deck 1 that are tied to a printer. Make sure you use the My Viking Journey application before the cruise and the Viking Voyager application on the cruise. My Viking Journey can be used on a computer or a portable device. The Viking Voyager is for your smartphone or tablet using wifi. Both show your personal calendar including excursions. Viking Voyager also includes onboard information. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Itinerary was just what we were looking for. These ports are not to be missed. All events from embarkation to dis-embarkment and everything in between went smoothly and we have no regrets. Cabin lovely, cabin attendants were ... Read More
Itinerary was just what we were looking for. These ports are not to be missed. All events from embarkation to dis-embarkment and everything in between went smoothly and we have no regrets. Cabin lovely, cabin attendants were attentive, food excellent and served with professionalism, many options for dining, decent wine served with meals. We love Viking because it caters to a mature guest. Although casual, there are no rowdy guests or inappropriately dressed guests. Other passengers had minor complaints such as "the light over the puzzle table wasn't bright enough". I think that says it all! The included tours allowed good exposure to the various ports. Only one guide had difficulty with the English language. He was virtually unintelligible. Interesting that he did not hand out the typical port comment card that the other guides passed around. One of our paid excursions was cancelled due to no fault of the cruise line (cave experienced flooding). We were automatically reimbursed and put onto an included tour. If I could find one complaint that I wish the cruise line would take into account: it is not really acceptable to schedule a tour for 4+ hours and tell the guests that there is free time to explore, then instruct those needing a restroom break (not unusual in a four-hour tour) to go find a cafe someplace and buy a coffee or bottle of water and use the facility. I believe that a cruise line of this caliber should take into account that guests will need a restroom and have that figured out. One other little glitch: my husband had his birthday during the cruise. At dinner, without our mentioning the birthday occasion, the waiter informed us that there would be a cake sent to our cabin. We did not ask for this (and really, did not particularly want it--the desserts on the menu are great), but when we returned to our cabin the cake had not been delivered and ultimately never was. We thought that strange and sort of a disappointment after all. To be fair, there had been a bottle of wine put in our room at lunchtime with a card from the staff. A nice, unexpected touch. I only mention it because, although not anticipated, it would have been nice to receive what was promised. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN EXPLORER ON THE VIKING SKY We were 2 couples (65+) on this wonderful cruise. Having 5 countries and 11 ports & cities to visit was amazing. Previously we had been on 3 Viking River Cruises and 1 Viking Ocean ... Read More
WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN EXPLORER ON THE VIKING SKY We were 2 couples (65+) on this wonderful cruise. Having 5 countries and 11 ports & cities to visit was amazing. Previously we had been on 3 Viking River Cruises and 1 Viking Ocean cruise. We all agreed it was a great trip. Viking handled everything from beginning to end perfectly. It was an amazing itinerary. The Sky is a great ship, with excellent dining, an exceptional crew, and rating by us of 9.5/10!! Some tips-things we learned. Being in the lower Veranda Deck cabin meant we had the last choice for selecting Included Excursions. Knowing this I got on-line at 3 p.m. EST when the day arrived for us to book the Included Excursions. TIP- Check every day for included excursion openings and changes. DINNER RESERVATIONS AT SPECIALTY RESTAURANTS. Our cabin V-2 Veranda did not have pre-cruise reservations. On board the first night we did make reservations for Manfredi’s and the Chef’s Table in person at the front desk of the World Café. Better yet, use the on screen capability in your cabin to make reservations. It also gives the daily menus for all dining venues. We had 1 visit to each specialty restaurants. There were a number of tables that never got occupied. Suggest you go directly to the venue you want and see if they will seat you. Dining- You will not go hungry on this cruise. The World Café (deck) is causal and buffet. The wait staff supply drinks and table clearing. Always there. The Restaurant is a fixed menu with a more formal sit down service. The selection of entrees at dinner from the World Café is large. It also has a nice Sushi selection, good size shrimp and crabs legs. You will see all this when you get there. It’s all very good. Recommend Chef’s Table the “Asian Panorama” menu. At Manfredi’s try the bistecca fiorentina-rib eye steak. ENJOY AND HAVE FUN IN GENERAL- • We booked in advance with SPAIN DAY TOURS for Barcelona (1/2 day), Seville, and Granada. If interested more information and booking can be found at their website. Use the following link www.SpainDayTours.com • Our cruise had a roll call on Cruise Critic of about 25 participants. Some very active who also arranged other tours and posted them on CC. The Meet and Mingle had a sign up of 60. • Hope this helps and happy cruising. BruceB NYC Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
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