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337 Viking Ocean Rome (Civitavecchia) Cruise Reviews

We chose Viking for the itinerary and the cost which included some excursions. It was more than we could have even hoped for. The ship, the crew, the food everything was top notch. Add to this the cities we visited and it was truly ... Read More
We chose Viking for the itinerary and the cost which included some excursions. It was more than we could have even hoped for. The ship, the crew, the food everything was top notch. Add to this the cities we visited and it was truly the trip of a lifetime. The cabin was spacious and comfortable, we loved the balcony. The cabin crew was wonderful and we had everything we needed quickly and efficiently. All of the crew on the ship was friendly and took good care of us during the entire cruise. The food in all the restaurants was incredible and I couldn't pick a favorite one, because they were all my favorites. The excursions were superior and the people that led them was knowledgeable and fun. We loved the smaller ship and we had the chance to meet other people that we have things in common with. We will book again and hopefully soon. Love, Love Viking Cruises!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
My wife and I very much enjoyed our 7 night western Mediterranean cruise! The ship was beautiful from stem to stern with great common areas and nice restaurants. The rooms were plenty spacious with good storage capabilities and a nice ... Read More
My wife and I very much enjoyed our 7 night western Mediterranean cruise! The ship was beautiful from stem to stern with great common areas and nice restaurants. The rooms were plenty spacious with good storage capabilities and a nice spacious (by cruise ship standards) bathroom. The ship's overall size was perfect. Not too big, not too small! The docking point in Monte Carlo was fantastic! It was one of the highlights. What a view to wake up to and look out on while eating breakfast! We took both the pre-excursion to Tuscany and the post excursion to Madrid! Both were very nice. For the pre-excursion in Tuscany we stayed at Villa I Barronci. It was nice, but I will say it was a bit below Viking standards. As I understand it, Viking had to make a last minute change to the Villa we were originally scheduled to stay at. But it was still nice. The breakfast was very good with lots of options. One surprise was how far from Rome the Port of Civitavecchia was. The boat was docked at the Port of Civitavecchia and getting to Rome for a quick one day excursion was harder than expected. So if you're planning to run to Rome for a day, be prepared for an hour and a half Uber ride each way. But we got to see the Coliseum and surrounding ruins and still make it back for all aboard. Otherwise, the rest of the excursions were very good and we enjoyed each one. Siena was one of my favorite old historical towns. Service throughout the ship was phenomenal the whole time, which is what you would expect from Viking. The post excursion to Madrid was fun, starting with a speedy train ride from Barcelona. And by speedy, I mean 186 MPH! We enjoyed Madrid much more than Barcelona and we had a good time in Spain. St Tropez was very nice as well and one of our favorite ports of call. But not sure they're going to continue stopping there on future western Mediterranean cruises, so we're happy we got to go into town. While we won't be taking this exact cruise again, we'll definitely be taking another Viking Ocean Cruise! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We chose Viking after watching way too many episodes of Downton Abbey and being brainwashed by all the commercials, and we chose the Iconic Western Mediterranean itinerary since it had so many places we had always dreamed about seeing. ... Read More
We chose Viking after watching way too many episodes of Downton Abbey and being brainwashed by all the commercials, and we chose the Iconic Western Mediterranean itinerary since it had so many places we had always dreamed about seeing. This was our first trip to Europe and first cruise ever, and we were not disappointed. The service on the ship is first class. It's like a Ritz Carlton on water. The excursions arranged by Viking were wonderful and informative (though my husband said he could do with a few less museums!) and we enjoyed every port of call, even the one where we just got off the ship and wandered around. The food was absolutely amazing. We mostly ate in the World Cafe although we did try all of the specialty restaurants. It was just so easy to pop in and grab a table and enjoy all the food. We never had to wait for a table. Ever. I was also impressed that the paella they were cooking on the deck was better than what we had on our outing in Barcelona! Ever since we've been home, we keep saying "I wish we were still on our ship!" We have already booked cruise #2 for next year! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Fabulous adult oriented cruise without the kids, art auctions, or casino junk. Best cruise we have ever been on. No lines to wait in. The staff was exceptional. We are spoiled and will never go back to the other guys. Some of the ... Read More
Fabulous adult oriented cruise without the kids, art auctions, or casino junk. Best cruise we have ever been on. No lines to wait in. The staff was exceptional. We are spoiled and will never go back to the other guys. Some of the moderate rated excursions were a little difficult for us older folks. We would like a few more leasurely easy excursions for some of us that can't walk or stand for 2 hrs or so. The food was so good in the restaurant we did not even go to one of the two specialty restaurants. We really enjoyed the explorers lounge with the live entertainment. Each day after our excursion we cleaned up and relaxed there before dinner. The next time we go we will be sure to use the sauna and cold room as well as the pools. We were not prepared for all this luxury and pampering. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
From the moment you arrive on the Viking Orion you were treated like royalty. The embarkation process was quick and painless. As soon as you step onboard you are handed a glass of champagne by the friendly staff and directed to the dining ... Read More
From the moment you arrive on the Viking Orion you were treated like royalty. The embarkation process was quick and painless. As soon as you step onboard you are handed a glass of champagne by the friendly staff and directed to the dining room for lunch, The bags were portered up to the room by the time we finished lunch. Although there is no casino there are endless choices of things to do on the ship. We started with a relaxing dip in the heated spa pool which is more like a giant jacuzzi with all the bubbles you could want. In addition there is a main pool and an infinity pool inthe back of the ship. The ports of call were all very good, The included and optional tours were all very interesting. The food choices were numerous and good. The staff was very polite and the service was exceptional. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Viking Star has more than we could do on one cruise. I suggest reading thoroughly through all the information to see what is available and included with the cruise and planning ahead. Included excursions were good except for one which ... Read More
Viking Star has more than we could do on one cruise. I suggest reading thoroughly through all the information to see what is available and included with the cruise and planning ahead. Included excursions were good except for one which started in Port Grimaud before many of the shops in the town were open, one in Mote Carlo with a rude guide (not Viking personnel), and the bus tour through Marseille which could have been skipped. Dining options were great and we found a team of servers in the main restaurant that were exceptional. No need to waste time having dinner at the buffet! Buffet good for breakfast and eating out on deck before the early morning excursions we signed up for. Steward was available and accommodating. Some issue with the plumbing required repair and extra attention to our bathroom, but all was taken care of quickly and to our satisfaction. Entertainment staff employed by the line was substandard but those hired from the locations were super as was the lecturer each night that spoke about the next day’s location. We would book with Viking again for ocean or river cruises. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
This was our first crucial and we did a lot of research before we picked it. We even went to the cruise show at the NEC. We wanted a small boat that was very informal and that is what we got. We loved it. We would go back and would ... Read More
This was our first crucial and we did a lot of research before we picked it. We even went to the cruise show at the NEC. We wanted a small boat that was very informal and that is what we got. We loved it. We would go back and would certainly recommend Viking. The ship is very understated. The decor is Scandinavia chic. The cabins are small but have everything you need. What is a bonus is the verandah where you can sit and admire the sunsets. Everywhere is spotless. However there is always somewhere to sit and read quietly. The pool are does get busy and we found it can be harder there to find a place to sit than say in the Explorers lounge. The staff are amazing. Someone somewhere is always working with a smile, saying hello and can I help you? Food- we tried all the restaurants. There is plenty of food and the quality is good, service can be a bit slow depending on who is serving you. Chefs table- worth going once, set 5 course menu with different wines at each course. Food a bit too rich for us. Manfreidis - again worth going to, more choice but very loud and busy. Restaurant- more formal but fine didning, excellent food. Worlds cafe - ate there mostly as it is very informal no need to dress up. Fantastic buffet you could just have a bowl of soup or a 3 course meal. Afternoon tea was delicious Explorers lounge - lunch and cakes in the afternoon. Good quality Pool grill mainly beef burgers but again good quality for lunch You can have drinks with your meals some didn’t bother having the drinks package. Trips- we only paid for Florence which is definitely worth the money. Stunning. Pisa - seeing the leaning tower was good fun Monaco- loved it and you can get around so easily you don’t need the tour St tropez- don’t bother with the tour waste of time. Not much to see and you can do that on your own Marseilles- again loved it so much to see but I wouldn’t bother with the tour as a shuttle bus is run from the ship and it is so easy to do your own thing. Barcelona again I would do my own thing as the tour is mainly a coach trip and 30mins in the city. Fellow passengers aged from 20-80 but 95% are American. Criticism - the flights having to change at Amsterdam when we are only flying from England to Rome and from Barcelona. It took us 14 hours to get home door. It was quicker to get to the states. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
My brother had booked the cruise and invited us to join. There ended up being 12 of our family members on the cruise. We had such a wonderful time. The included excursions were good. The optional excursions were exceptionally good! We ... Read More
My brother had booked the cruise and invited us to join. There ended up being 12 of our family members on the cruise. We had such a wonderful time. The included excursions were good. The optional excursions were exceptionally good! We enjoyed the Explorers Lounge each late afternoon. Manfredi’s was our favorite restaurant. We only tried The Chef’s Table one night and didn’t enjoy it as much. The pina colada’s by the pool are the best I’ve ever tasted! Kudos to each and every staff member! They had our names and likes down almost immediately! Our cabin was a deluxe veranda and we were very pleased with it. The balcony was roomy. The nightclub had good entertainment. This was the ideal cruise for the Western Mediterranean. There was so much to see! I can’t wait until our next trip! We are spoiled to Viking and will likely do many more trips with them! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We enjoyed all our previous Viking river cruises and were eager to have a Viking ocean cruise experience. We opted for the pre-cruise extension in Rome and soaked up the art and history of the Eternal City. Our hotel was a five-star ... Read More
We enjoyed all our previous Viking river cruises and were eager to have a Viking ocean cruise experience. We opted for the pre-cruise extension in Rome and soaked up the art and history of the Eternal City. Our hotel was a five-star property on the Via Veneto directly across the street from the US embassy. A Viking representative was on hand to help with reservations, etc. Our cabin on Viking Star was spacious and comfortable--an upgrade from the river cabins. Our steward (Cedric) was helpful and courteous. By the third day he anticipated our needs and remembered our preferences. There are several dining venues aboard the Star, and the cuisine is excellent. The Silver Spirits package is a good value. We were impressed with the variety and quality of on-board entertainment. It ranged from pop to classical. Land excursions were offered daily--some were included and some at extra cost--and afforded the opportunity to see the countryside. We visited Florence and Pisa in Italy, Monaco, St. Tropez, Nice, Aix-en-Provence, and Barcelona. All land travel was aboard modern Mercedes coaches. The local guides were knowledgeable and friendly. An important feature of Viking ocean ships is the size of the vessels--there are only 900 guests compared to 3000+ on the mega ships. A better experience all around. In Summary, we were delighted with our Viking Star experience and are already discussing our next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We did a river cruise a few years ago with Viking and decided to try their Ocean cruises. The Ocean cruise was the best. We wanted to see a little of Italy. It was a great cruise, Florence was the best. Some of the included tours were ... Read More
We did a river cruise a few years ago with Viking and decided to try their Ocean cruises. The Ocean cruise was the best. We wanted to see a little of Italy. It was a great cruise, Florence was the best. Some of the included tours were just ok. We tried to do a morning tour every day and we were able to get back to the ship on most days for lunch and had a relaxing time at the pool. The decor of the ship was unbelievable. It was one of the nicest ships that I have ever been on. The food was very,very good. We ate at the World Cafe almost every night. It was nice to sample all of the different food that was prepared. Because it was a small ship, getting on and off the ship was very easy. The entertainment was very good and enjoyable. We would definitely recommend sailing with Viking Cruises and we will plan a future cruise with them. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We chose this cruise to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. The cruise was described as Rome to Barcelona. We opted to stay 2 addt’l days at the end in Barcelona. However, had we known we wouldn’t see ANY of Rome, we would have ... Read More
We chose this cruise to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. The cruise was described as Rome to Barcelona. We opted to stay 2 addt’l days at the end in Barcelona. However, had we known we wouldn’t see ANY of Rome, we would have added on 2 days at the beginning as well. The ships departure port is 45min. from Rome. So there was no time to see the points of interest on our list. We also felt thatvsome if the excursion descriptions were a bit misleading. One in particular in St Tropez was called Culbary Walk. The description stated we would see food demonstrations and taste food from local chefs. We did taste crepes. But we did not see them being made nor was there any instruction on how to eat them or what to put on them. Some people in our group did not even know how to fold them. This was very disappointing. We also felt that if we were held to the dress code standard in the restraints then everyone should be. We witnessed a family of 5 dressed VERY casually in jeans and old t-shirts get seated. It was even posted at the check-in. We mentioned it to the Maitre ‘D and were told that some people didn’t know so we made an exception. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We're a couple in our mid-70's, and this was our first Viking ocean cruise after two river cruises (Danube and Rhine) as well as three ocean cruises with three different lines. Our cruise itinerary was east to west (Rome to ... Read More
We're a couple in our mid-70's, and this was our first Viking ocean cruise after two river cruises (Danube and Rhine) as well as three ocean cruises with three different lines. Our cruise itinerary was east to west (Rome to Barcelona). To be honest, the primary reason we chose this cruise was because of the pre-cruise offering in Tuscany, and it didn't disappoint. We were lodged at the Villa il Poggiale, an absolutely charming hostelry dating from the 1500s. Our hosts were wonderfully kind and accommodating, and our Viking host, Alessia, was extraordinary, the equal of any we've ever had. Unlike other pre- and post-cruise extensions we've had with Viking, most of the meals were included and were both bounteous and delicious. Thank goodness for all the walking we undertook on the tours. The first full day was a bus ride to Florence and a walking tour, including lunch. We had been to Florence back in 2002, and it was nice to see it again. April, however, is not a good time to visit since this is the time in Italy for school trips. The usual swarm of tourists, therefore, was greatly magnified by youngsters elementary to high school age. Shopping was nice, as always, and our free time began outside two affiliated stores, one for gold and the other for leather, with whom Viking has arranged a significant discount. The second day we went to Siena and San Gimignano with a wonderful lunch at a Tuscan farmhouse in between. Siena was crowded, of course, but even the large number of people could not diminish the magnificence of the Piazza del Campo, where the biennial races are run matching horses from some (but not all) of the 17 contrade, or sections, of the city, each of whom bears a fanciful name, from dragon to caterpillar. San Gimignano, like Siena, is perched on a hill, but is much smaller, consisting mostly of a main street that goes up one side and down the other. Wonderful views and more good shopping, including the locally grown lavender. We left the villa early Saturday morning for the bus trip to Civitavecchia, Rome's port city. It's always exhilarating to board a ship, but we were sorry to have to part with Alessia. The Viking Star, launched in 2015, has aged very well despite a stain here and a worn chair seat there. Embarkation was wonderfully smooth -- better even than Viking's river cruises. Our stateroom class (penthouse veranda) gave us access at 1 a.m., so our arrival at 11:30 gave us just enough time for a good lunch and a bit of a stroll around the ship. For information on our cabin, see below. Dining is primarily in the World Cafe (all buffet with the menu changing daily) and The Restaurant, where guests are seated and attended by very friendly and helpful staff. The food and service, I thought, were consistently better than in the World Cafe. Specialty restaurants were Manfredi's (Italian, very popular) and The Chef's Table (varying theme menus, kind of edgy and not as popular.) I think the Viking demographic (50 and up, sometimes way up, white Americans) had a sort of distrust of Chef's Table fare. There's no charge for these restaurants, but reservations are necessary. The breakfasts were excellent -- so many dishes from which to choose. Our only quibble is that the orange juice did not seem fresh, but rather more of an orange drink. We went to the entertainment only the first two nights, but both were excellent -- a quartet of opera and light classical singers and then a 12-member saxophone ensemble from a music school for teens. The enrichment activities were very appealing, but we didn't attend any due to time constraints. Day-long shore excursions and hearty suppers with wine made for early bedtimes. We did, however, go to a Cruise Critic "Meet and Mingle" party on the second afternoon. It was very nice, with most of the senior officers there, except that we and another couple were the only passengers to attend out of the 12 who had accepted the invitation. Shame on you people who weren't there. It was a bit awkward for everyone. Shore excursions (including one free one) were featured at every port of call. Our favorites were Scenic Lucca and Pisa (from Livorno), the Exclusive visit to Villa Rothschild (at Monaco), the Palace of the Popes at Avignon (from Marseille) and Montserrat Abbey north of Barcelona. We saw Lucca on a Sunday morning and, for once, there weren't any crowds -- at least until lunchtime. During our free time, had a good visit to Puccini's home (now a museum) and the gift shop. The Rothschild villa is splendid, but the real treat was a stroll through the breathtaking gardens capped by champagne and canapes al fresco. The papal palace is immense and only partially restored, but the part on view is most impressive. Montserrat Abbey is high in the mountains, about 4,000 feet above the plain, and we reached it by cog railroad. The jewel of the abbey is the Black Madonna, which we got to see up close. The complex is home to a school of young choristers famous through Europe. Bought a CD, of course. The only dud (and this wasn't Viking's fault) was the day on your own in Florence. It was a Monday, hence most of the major museums were closed, and the crowds prevented us from seeing much of anything else, including the Duomo, for which we had bought tickets in advance. Disembarking on the final morning was smooth, at least until we reached the train station for the journey to Madrid. Our guide had told us we'd probably be on Track Six or Seven. We got there only to find that we were really on Track One. Kind of harum-scarum. While the Madrid extension is billed as two days, it's really a day and a half since most of the first day is taken by a train trip from Barcelona. We were housed at the Intercontinental Madrid. Our room was tiny, smaller, I think, than our cabin on the Star, and the window looked out on a forest of rooftop television aerials and satellite dishes. Surely Viking could have insured us nicer accommodations. The bottom floors, however, are splended, indeed, with lots of mirrors and polished wood. The hotel is not smack in the center of the city, thus is not walking distance from the Prado art museum, the royal palace, or the Plaza Mayor. Still, it was in a good part of town, with plenty of embassies and lots of nearby restaurants that were affordable. There also were a couple of small art museums nearby, and the National Library had a very good exhibit on mass communication devises from hieroglyphics to flash drives. Dining at the hotel was distinctly unaffordable, for us, anyway. The tab for two Coke Zeros in the bar, for instance, was 17 Euros (over $20 USD). The main restaurant is similarly pricey, but the bar menu is much more in reach. The breakfast buffets (included in the rate) were wonderful. Altogether a wonderful trip, particularly the Tuscany extension. There were about 32 of us, and we achieved such camaraderie -- doubtless grape-fueled to some extent -- that we held a reunion party in the Explorer Lounge on the last night of the voyage and are keeping in touch with one another via email. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We had done two river cruises with Viking and decided to try the Ocean Cruise and selected the Mediterranean cruise for it's wonderful ports of call. By every measure Viking Star met or greatly exceeded all of our expectations. ... Read More
We had done two river cruises with Viking and decided to try the Ocean Cruise and selected the Mediterranean cruise for it's wonderful ports of call. By every measure Viking Star met or greatly exceeded all of our expectations. Beautiful ship, excellent service, wonderful food, great entertainment, and wonderful tour options. We already had a great experience with Viking on the river cruises - we can now add Viking Ocean to our list of wonderful experiences. The public areas of the ship were so welcoming and conducive to meeting with friends for a drink before dinner. The dining options were wonderful - Manfredi's was by far our favorite! However not to slight the other options, they were just as good with lots of options, ability to accommodate our large group at times. The shows were good and the entertainment at Torshavn was awesome! if I had one thing to find issue with would be the night the entertainment was by the pool. it was very difficult to get seating to see the performers - not sure why this was held there but it was not the best option as far as we were concerned to perform a show. We loved the lunches where the food was prepared out on the Aquavit terrace - such a great option! All in all a fabulous experience. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We spent 3 days in Rome before our Viking cruise! We chose Viking because of the size of ship and lower number of guest along with longer stays in ports. The dining was beyond excellent! The food was amazing! Our only criticism is that ... Read More
We spent 3 days in Rome before our Viking cruise! We chose Viking because of the size of ship and lower number of guest along with longer stays in ports. The dining was beyond excellent! The food was amazing! Our only criticism is that we were never able to get into Manfriedi’s restaurant which we would love to have gone. The staff/crew were amazingly accommodating, personable and attentive!!!! We wanted for nothing! We found all entering and leaving the ship and excursions to be well organized and managed. My absolute favorite time was the excursion to the winery Torre A Cenaia!!! The staff there made us all feel like home and were great!!! The Pitti Sangiovese was the best I’ve had and only wished I could get it in the USA. Please let the winery know they are the best and Viking made a great choice for an excursion! We will be taking more Viking cruises, both ocean and European river cruises. Next will be the Alaska cruise with Viking! Thank you for an amazing time!!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We have traveled with Viking before, on a river cruise, but this was our first ocean cruise. We spent several days in Venice and Rome before embarking and several days in Barcelona after disembarking. Once on the ship, we found the staff ... Read More
We have traveled with Viking before, on a river cruise, but this was our first ocean cruise. We spent several days in Venice and Rome before embarking and several days in Barcelona after disembarking. Once on the ship, we found the staff courteous and helpful, the food delicious, the excursions well-executed. We liked that the cabin was larger than the one on the river cruise. Our stewards attended to our cabin several times a day. We did lots of walking on our shore excursions and enjoyed relaxing by one of the two pools on our return to the ship. We enjoyed eating in the several restaurants and meeting with friends in the lounge or going to a show afterwards. The ports we visited from Rome to Barcelona -- Livorno, Monaco, St. Tropez, Marseilles -- were beautiful. We tell everyone how great Viking is. We are already planning our next cruise! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Wanted to try a Viking Ocean Cruise, so we picked the Mediterranean. It was very nice, but the crew were not nearly as friendly as on our river cruises. They didn’t smile much or talk to us much. Some seemed to have a hard time ... Read More
Wanted to try a Viking Ocean Cruise, so we picked the Mediterranean. It was very nice, but the crew were not nearly as friendly as on our river cruises. They didn’t smile much or talk to us much. Some seemed to have a hard time understanding English. And we also saw some actually being trained while we were on our cruise. Our cruise director was a great performer but he never came up to us to say hello and neither did the crew members. The food was good, but I think it’s better on the river cruises. We seemed to have more fun on and off the boat on the river cruises. The crew members went out of their way to be nice and friendly on and off the boat. And all crew members on our past 2 river cruises seemed to know what they were doing and looked like they enjoyed their jobs unlike this last ocean cruise. Probably won’t go on another Viking ocean cruise, but have already booked another river cruise! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
My wife and I always wanted to cruise the Mediterranean. And with the extraordinary river cruises we had taken through Europe thought the new Viking Ocean might be worth the try as we have truly enjoyed their river cruises. Wow, are we ... Read More
My wife and I always wanted to cruise the Mediterranean. And with the extraordinary river cruises we had taken through Europe thought the new Viking Ocean might be worth the try as we have truly enjoyed their river cruises. Wow, are we glad we did. The service level, ship appointments and design, the food, and the excursions were all done exceptionally tastefully and well. Staying in the Penthouse Jr Suite, the cabins were aesthetic, modern, and thoughtfully and wonderfully designed. And very comfortable. Though there are luxury cruises that cater more to the excesses of the ultra rich, Viking in my wife's and my opinion, has found the balance between great comfort and over the top opulence. All restaurants and food / wine were good to great. My wife especially loved Manfredi's (the Italian restaurant on board) and I particularly enjoyed the Chef's Table (with wine pairings). The Chef's Table is a bit more for the adventurous diner as you need to trust your chef. I did and was not disappointed. All Viking excursions are focused on the experience and on insights. For the curious mind. And their ships, staff and excursions reflect that focus and reward those that are still in a learning mode. From former teacher to corporate executive, the people we met were more of a similar mind ... explore, meet others from different backgrounds, and do so in a bit of comfort. And though the weather was about as bad as it could be in an area of 300 days of sun (it rained 6 of the 7 days on our sail), we bore in mind there is no bad weather, just poor clothing decisions. The Viking Sky amenities was so amazing we hardly noticed the weather between the pool, lounges, onboard wifi, libraries, fitness centers and spas. We enjoyed it so much we have booked 3 additional sails: Australia, Viking Homelands, and Around the Caribbean and can't wait to see if they maintain their high bar. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We chose this particular cruise for the itinerary. What a great lineup of destinations. We also stayed an extra couple of days before the cruise in Rome and a couple of days after the cruise in Barcelona, all arranged thru Viking. ... Read More
We chose this particular cruise for the itinerary. What a great lineup of destinations. We also stayed an extra couple of days before the cruise in Rome and a couple of days after the cruise in Barcelona, all arranged thru Viking. Booking the trip was so easy - one call to Viking and the cruise, flights and hotels were all arranged by them. The ride was very smooth: you would not think you were on a ship at all. The cabin was large and very comfortable. The restaurants offered a great variety of cuisines and our meals were always delicious. All of the staff were warm, personable and helpful. My wife and I enjoyed every aspect of the trip immensely. Except for one thing; and Viking cannot be held responsible for that. It rained eleven of the thirteen days of our trip, which put a damper on some of our touring. That aside, Viking gets a ten of ten. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We had always heard about how nice cruising was on Viking River Cruises, but were hesitant to try it. We had never been on a river cruise, but plenty of ocean cruises with another line, so we decided to try a Viking Ocean cruise first. ... Read More
We had always heard about how nice cruising was on Viking River Cruises, but were hesitant to try it. We had never been on a river cruise, but plenty of ocean cruises with another line, so we decided to try a Viking Ocean cruise first. We went on the Viking Sky and did their Iconic Mediterranean and absolutely loved it! Viking met our expectations and beyond! There was another couple with us who had never been on a cruise before. They jokingly (and part seriously) told us they were spoiled and would never sail with any other line. Viking's service, food, rooms and just about everything is top notch! We enjoyed it so much, that we booked a river cruise while on board the Sky. We'll be going in June to Amsterdam and sailing down the Rhine to Basel. There will be six couple in our party. Can you tell we love Viking? We can't wait! I would recommend Viking to all my friends. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We had a wonderful time. Everything was TOP NOTCH. The weather could have cooperated but no control over that. We tried to do it all but did not succeed. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! We scheduled a river cruise while on this trip. ... Read More
We had a wonderful time. Everything was TOP NOTCH. The weather could have cooperated but no control over that. We tried to do it all but did not succeed. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! We scheduled a river cruise while on this trip. This was our second cruise with Viking and we will travel with them again and again. The dining options and the food preparation were great. There was a wide selection to choose from, from morning to night. We enjoyed the gelato bar. We didn't feel like we had to go to the dining room every night. The World Cafe had plenty to choose from and it was very relaxing after a day of sightseeing. The excursions were planed well and ran smoothly. We had one hiccup, on our trip to Montserrat, in Barcelona but it was handled very professionally and we felt our guide an bus driver did a fabulous job. Great Trip! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
My sister and I went on this cruise together. We had a three day pre-cruise stay in Rome. Our accommodations were very comfortable and the hotel was located well for walking to all the sites in Rome. On board the ship, we were very ... Read More
My sister and I went on this cruise together. We had a three day pre-cruise stay in Rome. Our accommodations were very comfortable and the hotel was located well for walking to all the sites in Rome. On board the ship, we were very impressed with the service and care provided by all the staff on the ship. The cabin was very comfortable and the bathroom luxurious by cruise standards. We went on excursions each day and everyone was wonderful, educational, and fun! The excursion to Tuscany and visit to a Tuscan farm for lunch was our favorite! What a great visit with great food, wine, and conversation! On board, the dining was great! Having been on other cruises with other cruise companies, we found the dining much more thoughtful and presented beautifully. The special restaurants were yet another way to experience the locale cuisine for each port of call. Overall, it was a wonderful experience. We look forward to sailing again with Viking! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Most people love the Viking Ocean ships - I am in the minority. We have been on 5 Viking river boat cruises so obviously we really like Viking river. I brought the hype for the Viking Ocean and booked the Italian Sojourn. The Viking ... Read More
Most people love the Viking Ocean ships - I am in the minority. We have been on 5 Viking river boat cruises so obviously we really like Viking river. I brought the hype for the Viking Ocean and booked the Italian Sojourn. The Viking Sky is OK but no way would I call it luxury but the prices are. I was only able to book a "superior cabin" at a much higher price but the cabin was exactly the same as a regular cabin with the only difference being a pair of very cheap binoculars and bathrobes. Ship is a bit run down, stains on the carpet, varnish on the rails faded away, lots of small things. Ship feels sterile which is supposedly the Nordic style. We are likely spoiled by the Viking river boats. The river boats have a friendlier vibe; more intimate feel. River boat crews feel, to me, more professional, more interested in being helpful. Docking on the ocean boat means you are in an industrial area and generally not close to the city; as opposed to the river boats which dock in the city and, most of the time, you can walk into town. River boats have more included tours - the ocean has few. The ocean optional tours are relatively expensive (relative to other cruise lines). One of the included tours was "on your own" - in other words nothing. Food was nothing special but OK. Buffett ran out of items and the crew seemed uninterested in restocking. For example - Good Friday - one fish dish which they had ran out of and when I asked if they had more got a blank look. Buffet staff is inadequate - understaffed. We had tables with crumbs and food on them. Cabin steward (cabin 3071) was great; he saw that I had a CPAP and, without me asking, furnished us with distilled water. We had a pre-cruise stay in Rome and a post-cruise stay in Venice. They forced us off the ship for the post at 9AM and the hotel check in was 3pm - so we were on our own. No included tours in the pre or the post. River boat cruises pre and post have, in our experience, included tours. Bottom line - I am very unlikely to book another Viking ocean but I have already booked a future Viking river cruise. When returning from tours - Viking let the private security at the terminals abuse passengers - at one port the port security were harassing passengers who beeped the metal detector. Elderly people were forced to stand with legs apart and arms outstretched while the security personal ran their wands over their body. The person in front of me was going through this ordeal and the I could not get passed - the security person (uninformed started yelling at me to move - there was no where to move to. When the ship security did the screen it was not abusive. Last thing - river boat cruises bring on more local enrichment entertainment; ocean did have one but otherwise their idea was to have a passenger give lectures. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Overall, this was a good cruise. However, we were in an Explorer Suite, which commands a significant price premium, on an already premium-priced line. And this is where the Viking experience began to break down IMO. I have done ... Read More
Overall, this was a good cruise. However, we were in an Explorer Suite, which commands a significant price premium, on an already premium-priced line. And this is where the Viking experience began to break down IMO. I have done approximately 20 cruises, and found myself most comfortable on Celebrity, and Holland America — traveling in Royal Suites on the former, and Neptune Suites on the latter. Both of these lines provide their higher-end suite guests with a long list of extra services and priorities that greatly exceed those available on Viking. Yet, the suites on Viking are significantly more expensive. Premium guests on Celebrity are provided a concierge lounge, on Holland a butler. In both cases, a “go-to” person is available to take care of last-minute reservations, priority departures on shore excursions, priority seating at events, etc. Perks such as these are conspicuous in their absence on Viking. Even a separate boarding line to the vessel was not provided. While our Suite was large and attractive, a number of “shouldn’t happens” in fact “did happen”. Upon arrival our door keys did not work, the ice bucket was not filled, there were (and are) no plugs in the bathroom. Small issues, yes. Avoidable at these prices, yes. While this was a fine cruise with good food and service, if I sail on Viking again (unlikely), it will not be in a premium accommodation. The “First Class” perks available for comparable classes of passage on other lines were in short supply here. FWIW, we did not come away feeling “spoiled”, despite paying nearly $2,000 per night for the space. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
After our amazing Viking River cruise in 2011, we swore we'd never do an ocean cruise again! We eventually did do an Alaska cruise which was great, but the whole time we said, "It's not Viking!" So when Viking started ... Read More
After our amazing Viking River cruise in 2011, we swore we'd never do an ocean cruise again! We eventually did do an Alaska cruise which was great, but the whole time we said, "It's not Viking!" So when Viking started their ocean cruises we began looking for the best opportunity to sail with them again. We wanted to sail over spring break which narrowed down our dates and ended up on the Italian Sojourn cruise. We had always wanted to see more of Italy and the dates worked. Our first impression of the Sky was one of awe. This was a five-star floating hotel! Our cabin (5034 - PV2 cat) was beautiful and spacious beyond our expectations. The finishes on this ship are gorgeous - the wood, furnishings, and even the handrails are beautiful! We toured the ship and settled into the Explorer Lounge to await the arrival of our friends. It is the most special place on the entire ship -- chairs and sofas of the softest leather, a gas fireplace, a bar, and the most spectacular views. Our friends were next door to us in 5036 (DV2 cat) - noticeably smaller but spacious enough. The service on the Sky was nothing less than spectacular. Our cabin steward saw to our every need, usually before we asked. Every waiter, bartender, tour guide, and entertainer we came across was friendly, spoke perfect English, and anticipated our needs. The entertainment was just right for this ship - mostly soft, acoustic music in the common areas and restaurants (the piano, flute, violin, and cello players were amazing) and the shows like the Broadway review and Beatles shows were excellent as well. The food! Most cruises I've been on (with the exception of the Viking River cruise) have food that looks better than it tastes. The meals we had on board are equal to any luxury restaurant on land. How they manage to feed 900 passengers and make each meal more special than the last one is beyond me. The breakfast buffet in the World Cafe was plentiful. Snacks were available throughout the day, as was bottled water. Our meal in Manfredi's will go down as an all-time travel favorite. Our meals in The Restaurant were likewise memorable and anticipated. The itinerary was a great overview of southern Italy. I was shocked to see how industrial the port of Naples is and was glad we had taken the excursion to Herculaneum. We debated between that excursion and the one to Pompeii. Several on the Herculaneum trip had been to Pompeii before and thought Herculaneum was far superior. It was astounding! We took the excursion to Taormina in Sicily and that was delightful as well. We did not book an excursion in Crotone as the ones we wanted were sold out so we did the walking tour on our own (the bus takes you into the town and brings you back). This was the only port I was disappointed in and would highly encourage you to book an excursion on this day. Bari was stunning -- another included walking tour, but this one was amazing! I'm glad we stayed in the city for that one. In Croatia, we took a bus from Šbenik to Split to Diocletian's Palace. Highly recommended! And finally, we just did the Doge's Palace walking tour in Venice which gave us plenty of time to explore on our own. From door to door, our trip was perfect (even the predicted rainy weather held off!) and I am already looking forward to cruising with Viking again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We were interested in going on a high end cruise. Viking filled the bill! From start to finish you can tell the difference. They call it the thinking mans cruise, and they are right. No loud party atmosphere. Soft music playing, Impeccable ... Read More
We were interested in going on a high end cruise. Viking filled the bill! From start to finish you can tell the difference. They call it the thinking mans cruise, and they are right. No loud party atmosphere. Soft music playing, Impeccable service, 5 star food and accommodations. We have been on almost 30 cruises, this one was right up on top. Viking strives to deliver high quality tours. There is one free tour daily and they are good tours. The paid for tours were great, too. They are very organized. Beer and wine is free with lunch and dinner, this was a nice touch. The ship was beautiful and new, our room was large and efficient. We had a deluxe balcony, very nice. Even the bath products are classy, they are Elemis products, another plus. The heated floor in the bathroom was great, s it was a bit chilly in Italy in March. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
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