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389 Viking Ocean Rome (Civitavecchia) Cruise Reviews

Our past experiences with Viking have all been positive. We decided to enjoy our vacation with Viking...The staff was friendly and approachable at all times..The food is excellent, with a great variety of offerings... Unfortunately due ... Read More
Our past experiences with Viking have all been positive. We decided to enjoy our vacation with Viking...The staff was friendly and approachable at all times..The food is excellent, with a great variety of offerings... Unfortunately due to rough seas, we were not able to enjoy the pool and hot tub areas....the anticipated yoga and Pilates classes were a disappointment...they were not up to a standard that I have enjoyed here at home. Not worth the additional charge in order to participate. The speakers were interesting and we enjoyed Dr. Fuller and his offerings about the Vikings and their history. Our tour and lunch in the Azores was cancelled to our disappointment...we had been looking forward to learning about the agriculture and farming activities of the island. The substitute offering, which we chose, was just average and although it included lunch, we found that to be mediocre. We have eaten several meals in Portugal when on previous trips and enjoyed the local food immensely...The offering on this Azores tour was not representative of the excellent food that is available. All in all, we had a wonderful crossing and would do it again! PS. the disembarkation in Miami was not well done...probably due to the US customs people not there on time...but hoards of guests, with their travel gear, waiting in the hallways was not a good experience. We finally went up to Deck 7 just to get out of the crush. Since we had to vacate our rooms, they were not available, but you couldn't even get off the elevators at Decks 1 or 2, because of the crowded corridors of people waiting to disembark. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
The ship was excellent, looked brand new. Food was ideal and plenty of it, too much, my diet took a severe hit. The crew was very friendly and available for any request at any time. Responses from Guest Services were timely and complete. I ... Read More
The ship was excellent, looked brand new. Food was ideal and plenty of it, too much, my diet took a severe hit. The crew was very friendly and available for any request at any time. Responses from Guest Services were timely and complete. I really liked the fitness center, the equipment was excellent and in excellent shape. The spa was a special pleasure and we really enjoyed using the spa pool. The ship has plenty of space for everyone, I never felt crowed or that there wasn't a really nice spot to sit and read or just zone out. The dining area is spacious and we never had to wait for a meal. The preparation and menu had many items that we enjoyed and I actually sampled some things I would usually never eat. It was interesting in that respect, it was well prepared and timely. All in all this was an excellent experience and one I would recommend to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Overall our trip was great. The destination to Algiers was less than advertised. You can probably delete that destination in the future as it offered very little-monument to their Independence, Casbah was dirty and not very nice and ... Read More
Overall our trip was great. The destination to Algiers was less than advertised. You can probably delete that destination in the future as it offered very little-monument to their Independence, Casbah was dirty and not very nice and offered little. This is our second Viking Cruise and we thought the Grand European River cruise last year from Budapest to Amsterdam was outstanding. We're less enthused about the ocean cruises and would be doubtful to do another ocean cruise. We're thinking about another river cruise and this time in Russia and hope it's as good as described in the brochure. We thought the food was top notch, the destinations (except Algiers) were very good and well planned, the tour guides were also knowledgeable and very good. I like to exercise in the morning and am thankful for the ability to walk around the top of the boat in the morning and at least have a place to do my exercises. Although we're not big drinkers we appreciate being offered a glass of wine or beer with our dinner. I was surprised that the tips are not mandatory as in the past voluntary. We like to tip but were taken back that not it's a requirement. Thanks. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We were looking for a smaller ship that visited different ports than the larger cruise lines. We really enjoyed the smaller cruise ship. It was easy to get on/off at our ports, the optional and included shore excursions were very nice. No ... Read More
We were looking for a smaller ship that visited different ports than the larger cruise lines. We really enjoyed the smaller cruise ship. It was easy to get on/off at our ports, the optional and included shore excursions were very nice. No children made for a nice experience onboard. The only negative was the entertainment was not nearly as good as the bigger ships, but I didn't go on the cruise for the entertainment. The food is excellent, even having high end food like foie gras and lobster. The optional dining experiences (all included) were terrific - very much like eating at a very nice restaurant. Our cabin steward was excellent and made sure we had everything we needed. We booked the silver spirits package and enjoyed diet cokes throughout the day and a couple of cocktails at night. We booked a river cruise with Viking and hope they are as nice as this cruise ship experience. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
*Cruise chosen primarily for ports I had not been to before...specifically, Naples, Barcelona and Algeria. *Food in main restaurant was very good, including selections. Service was adequate. *Entertainment was up to highschool ... Read More
*Cruise chosen primarily for ports I had not been to before...specifically, Naples, Barcelona and Algeria. *Food in main restaurant was very good, including selections. Service was adequate. *Entertainment was up to highschool level...quite disappointing. *Surprised by additional charges for wine in main rooms...should have better perused info *Enjoyed indoor hot baths...very nice and rarely busy. *Shopping mediocre...poor selection. Would have loved to have more items from the geographies' visited. *Service in the bars was very good, attentive and friendly. *Lack of Holiday decorations was disappointing...ship was sterile in appearance (previously enjoyed Crystal cruises...Holiday trimming there was amazing!) *Scandinavian restaurant menu (fixed) was disappointing and we cancelled our second reservation. Believe the party we travelled with also cancelled their reservation...lack of choice primary reason. *When returning from Taste of Sicily shore excursion, all restaurants were closed except Grill...however due to the number of buses returning simultaneously, people were in the cue for 45-50 minutes...seems to me that the timing of this excursion should have been better managed by Viking. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We had previously cruised with Viking in 2017 on a river cruise from Paris to Normandy. The service, excursions, food, camaraderie, and outdoor dining was very relaxing for us, and educational. We still talk about what we saw and ... Read More
We had previously cruised with Viking in 2017 on a river cruise from Paris to Normandy. The service, excursions, food, camaraderie, and outdoor dining was very relaxing for us, and educational. We still talk about what we saw and learned. A Viking flyer sent to us detailed their new ocean cruises and brand-new ships. Their ratings were right at the top of the chart. We signed up and were truly happy with the congeniality, sincere friendliness (to include the usually behind-the-scenes crew) and stress free sailing. Many of their crew would remember our names to boot. All areas of the Sun were never crowded during both day and night activities. Alcoves to sit and talk without the din of crowds of other passengers was very welcome. No one pushing drinks constantly around the pool areas. What will keep us coming back is the absence of any photographers, no casino, and, sorry grandpa-ma, NO KIDS. The ship is QUIET. We are seniors, and the mega-ships being launched lately hold no appeal for us. Food is plentiful and healthful, but we avoid packing on the pounds by not ever taking the ship's elevators and walking extensively each day. Not many others did, as we usually had the walking deck to ourselves! Viking is the best value out there, bar none. Sorry again, no water slides! Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Western Mediterranean Cruise, 12 nights. Traveling solo. Rome to Lisbon Shore excursions were very good. Guides knew their subject matter. Viking Sun staff needs to recognize and treat solo passengers the same as other ... Read More
Western Mediterranean Cruise, 12 nights. Traveling solo. Rome to Lisbon Shore excursions were very good. Guides knew their subject matter. Viking Sun staff needs to recognize and treat solo passengers the same as other passengers. Except for one experience, dining staff were negligent and offhand to me as a solo passenger. At one dinner I was literally taken to the last table in the dining room, past all the other empty tables (I was early). I asked what was wrong with those tables. I was told they were for "the other passengers". Obviously I did not take that table. And I won't be cruising with Viking again. Generally recommended Mediterranean ports, eastern and western: Rome - a great walkable city Florence - spend time in the museums Valencia - very pretty Greek Islands - any of them, all beautiful Istanbul - see the Blue Mosque Malaga - see the Moorish architecture Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
First time on an Ocean Cruise...we are In our 60's and did not want to be on a cruise the size of a city. Viking is the best way to start and or finish. Will only take Viking as it is the BEST!!! Future booking are inevitable. We ... Read More
First time on an Ocean Cruise...we are In our 60's and did not want to be on a cruise the size of a city. Viking is the best way to start and or finish. Will only take Viking as it is the BEST!!! Future booking are inevitable. We want to sail the world with Viking!!! All of the excursions were so informative and thought/organized so well. On board entertainment nightly and the bar service was grand. All on board service was from breakfast/lunch/dinner was outstanding. I just can't say enough of the service, meals, onboard ship persons and utmost service from all. Spa, pools and on board amenities are a huge factor on why we booked along with only 940 guests on the ship. Food and dining was so fabulous with lobster, Peking duck, shrimp, steaks/filets, fresh vegetables and amazing deserts....so much variety that you can choose from. You will never be disappointed with a Viking Ocean Cruise. Book today....enjoy what life has to offer! You will love it!!! Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We enjoy cruising with Viking. They are first class and do not “nickel and dime” you. The service is excellent and the crew is very good. Everyone working on the ship is friendly and says hello with a smile. The food is outstanding ... Read More
We enjoy cruising with Viking. They are first class and do not “nickel and dime” you. The service is excellent and the crew is very good. Everyone working on the ship is friendly and says hello with a smile. The food is outstanding and the two specialty restaurants serve unique food . It is nice traveling with only adult passengers and also not getting harassed by photographers. The entertainment is average. We usually enjoy the lectures and classes , however, we did not enjoy them on this cruise. The topics were not interesting or relevant for us. I don’t care about somebody rowing across the Atlantic Ocean. The cruise port talks were not well done and the moderator seemed to be just reading his presentation. The two cruise directors were very friendly and personable- Mark and Heather. The two musical shows that Heather and her assistant, Brian Rodriguez, put on were very good. They both have beautiful voices . The glitches on our cruise were associated with the transition from one cruise to the other. It seemed that they forgot we were doing a B2B and we got no communication about the second half. There was a considerable change in the service for the second cruise and service wasn’t as good as the first part. There were long waits in the dining room for just service and food . Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
The Viking Sun is an absolutely gorgeous ship, furnished with Norwegian taste which is sleek and elegant in nautical blue and silver-beige. The public spaces are large and comfortable and beautiful, and don't seem crowded because ... Read More
The Viking Sun is an absolutely gorgeous ship, furnished with Norwegian taste which is sleek and elegant in nautical blue and silver-beige. The public spaces are large and comfortable and beautiful, and don't seem crowded because there are so many of them. Free access to high-end spa featuring Nordic options like a heated mineral water spa, sauna, steam room, cold plunge and snow room. The crew knows how to show you a good time and make it seem effortless. Food was extraordinary, with several restaurants to choose from, and menus that varied every day featuring local items like tapas while in Spain. Room service is also available 24 hours. And the excursions were managed efficiently and hosted by the best local tour guides. There is an included excursion in every port, plus many optional ones to choose from. Being in the Mediterranean in the off season was delightful. My friends commented that our photos showed well because they sights weren't overcrowded like they are in the summer months. The cruise was exquisite in every way. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
The cruise is advertised as off season which is great. The weather is still good and the crowds are significantly smaller. Only disadvantage is shorter daylight hours. It is a very busy cruise with no sea days and lots to see and enjoy. ... Read More
The cruise is advertised as off season which is great. The weather is still good and the crowds are significantly smaller. Only disadvantage is shorter daylight hours. It is a very busy cruise with no sea days and lots to see and enjoy. The service on Viking is always excellent. We enjoyed four dinners in the included alternate dining. The Chef's table is definitely a great experience with very tasty menus. They always have a wide variety of shore experiences which are also very informative and of good value. My only complaint is you are supposed to get an included tour , yet they do fill up and sometimes are not available which I feel is false advertising. The other suggestion I would have is schedule the tours so you could do both an included tour and an option tour if desired. The resident historian was great. If I had only had him in high school , I would have learned and retained a lot more about history. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
PROS: We picked this cruise for the length and itinerary--Rome to Miami 24 days. Iincluded tours in most locations were very good. The sea days were much appreciated after spending 14 days on a port a day. Getting on the ship was ... Read More
PROS: We picked this cruise for the length and itinerary--Rome to Miami 24 days. Iincluded tours in most locations were very good. The sea days were much appreciated after spending 14 days on a port a day. Getting on the ship was a breeze. The Sun is mostly identical to the Sky which we had been on in June, just newer. Very clean and well appointed. The Chef's Table had the best food. CONS: The included tours in Barcelona and Lisbon were a waste of time. Having been to both locations previously, we skipped out on both tours midway through and did our own thing. These could have been much better The exercise classes were very disappointing in selection and length. And the evening entertainment was hit and miss. Enrichment talks were often scheduled at the start of dinner. If you went to that, you would eat late and miss the entertainment. Getting off the ship in Miami was a nightmare--very disorganized and lack of communication. They kept reminding people to vacate their rooms but we couldn't leave the ship. And the people who were on their own (no flights, etc) were grouped to leave the ship first--just a bad end. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
This was my first venture across the Atlantic. My husband was in service and had visited some of the countries 50 years ago. When I suggested this cruise, he was interested to see what, if anything, had changed. We chose a pre cruise ... Read More
This was my first venture across the Atlantic. My husband was in service and had visited some of the countries 50 years ago. When I suggested this cruise, he was interested to see what, if anything, had changed. We chose a pre cruise extension in Rome which was amazing. We spent two days exploring with visits to the Colosseum and Vatican City, St. Peter's Basilica, shopping and restaurants. Our hotel was convenient to everything. The major positive of this experience was the fact that Viking was so organized, their employees very gracious, and the follow-up phone call from Vic was unexpected. We did not have one complaint about anything. We truly enjoyed our stewards - Viveck and Rinaldi (I hope I spelled their names correctly). We got to meet and enjoy the company of the entertainers: Tina, Shaun, Josh and Amelia. Truly exceptional voices and so friendly. Overall the entertainment was unbelievable including Minky G and her guitar. Enjoyed talking with Alex in Torshavn, and Suzannah in the SPA. The dining experience was beyond expectation. The tour guides on the shore excursions were so informative which enhanced the shore excursions' experiences. The people we met during our free time in the different countries were so nice to us. And of course, our ship, The Viking Sun, was fabulous. We did a one day post extension in Paris which was so memorable. While we got to the top of the Eiffel Tower at night, we were disappointed that we didn't have time to experience the Louvre except by night by taking photographs. I wish we could have done two days in Paris. My husband's sister and her husband have traveled several times with Viking River Cruises. They praised Viking for their attentiveness and graciousness. We would like to also "pay it forward" with our compliments to Viking, the crew, and the whole fabulous experience. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We were on the ship for 14 days. It was very comfortable and we enjoyed the cruise very much. We never felt like we were crowded. The public spaces were lovely and our cabin was a nice size with an amazing amount of storage. We were given ... Read More
We were on the ship for 14 days. It was very comfortable and we enjoyed the cruise very much. We never felt like we were crowded. The public spaces were lovely and our cabin was a nice size with an amazing amount of storage. We were given an upgrade to the Penthouse Veranda suite which was a wonderful surprise. The mini bar was generously refreshed daily and the linens were always crisp. We wanted to see Lisbon, Valencia and Lucca so chose this trip. It was very easy getting on and off the ship, there were no tenders which was fantastic. You could walk into most towns or Viking would provide a shuttle. Viking also provides included tours in all ports. Many ships do not. We did pay for a few extra tours. There were many to choose from. Unfortunately because of the protests in France we couldn't drive into Aix-in-Provence but we understand that those things happen when traveling. The Chef's Table is high end food cooked perfectly and presented beautifully with wine pairings. There is no cost for the special dining rooms which is unlike many other ships. We found that if we didn't have a reservation, if there was room you could be seated. The World Cafe buffet had many fresh and good tasting offerings for breakfast lunch and dinner. The Pool Grill had a surf and turf night that was delicious and the chocolate buffet in the beautiful Wintergarten was stunning. Although we did not try the free sauna and snow room other guests raved about it. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We have been Viking fans for many years but this was our first sailing on the Sun. Our biggest issue was intermittent sewer odors coming through the ventilation system (not from the bathroom area). Although maintenance and Engineering ... Read More
We have been Viking fans for many years but this was our first sailing on the Sun. Our biggest issue was intermittent sewer odors coming through the ventilation system (not from the bathroom area). Although maintenance and Engineering attempted to resolve, they did not resolve, possibly because this is a design issue or requires a bigger fix than they could do at sea. Either way, Guest Services management was totally unsympathetic and offered no apologies, etc. One really nagging concern is that we were upgraded from a Penthouse Veranda on deck 4 to a Penthouse Veranda Junior Suite on deck 8. I can't help but wonder if they had previous sewer odor issues with this room and this was their attempt to get by until they could get a permanent fix? Noise level in this room was unusually loud and apparently came from doors slamming immediately below the room in crew access corridors or ? Food service often was very lacking in the World Cafe (sometimes nearly had to tackle waiters for beverages) even though they appeared to be adequately staffed. Perhaps this was a training issue related to the rapid growth. The quality of entertainment from the on board musicians poor. Again, this was very different from all our previous Viking experiences. Optional excursions ranged from poor to good (but none "great") and most of our's were expensive (more than $200 pp). With tipping and other costs included, the Viking price point and value is not what it used to be. Although I left similar comments with Guest Services and on my end of cruise survey, I have yet to hear any response from Viking Management. We will likely stick to Viking river cruises going forward and look to other small ship cruise lines for ocean cruises. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and we had enjoyed our Viking river cruise several years ago. Also, we booked when Viking was offering reduced air. We loved the ship and especially ou cabin. We were upgraded from ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and we had enjoyed our Viking river cruise several years ago. Also, we booked when Viking was offering reduced air. We loved the ship and especially ou cabin. We were upgraded from deluxe to veranda a bout a week before cruise. We did not really care for dining in main restaurant. Service was very slow - not waiters fault- they just had too many tables to service. We have done a lot of cruising and prefer confirmed dining at same table with same waiters at same time (for dinner). We also missed the evening shows in the theater. The included excursions were tooearly for us, so we even missed the one optional that we paid for. We go on cruises to relax , and hurrying thru breakfast to get on a bus just wasn’t appealing. The air schedule was great going to Rome from Atlanta. Returning was a nightmare!!! We flew from Barcelona to JFK. OMG - what a horrible airport. Luckily we had a four hour layover - it took us almost three hours to maneuver customs , going thru security again and then our gate changed twice. We had to go outside and get a bus their to take us to correct terminal. A very nice ship but a bit disappointing. We had hoped to do Danube next year but not sure now. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Ever since I saw Diane Lane in the movie "Under the Tuscan Sun" I dreamed of going to Tuscany. This cruise made that dream come true. Not only did I get to spend a day in the beautiful Tuscan countryside for a day but every ... Read More
Ever since I saw Diane Lane in the movie "Under the Tuscan Sun" I dreamed of going to Tuscany. This cruise made that dream come true. Not only did I get to spend a day in the beautiful Tuscan countryside for a day but every port was absolutely fabulous. If I could give Viking Cruises 10 stars I would. Everything about Viking is top notch. The ship was gorgeous, the cabin luxurious, the food incredible and the service impeccable. The staff on our ship were highly trained and so informative on every subject. I was very impressed with the choice of Shore excursions. My husband and I were so blown away by Viking that we will be leaving in May on the Viking Homeland Cruise. With my research of this cruise I am confident it will be fabulous. I think Viking has definitely captured us as a satisfied customer and we look forward to many of their cruises in the future. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Wanted to visit friends in Barcelona and coupled this trip with seeing them after the ship docked there. Good ports -of-call with interesting sights to see. The only issue was the weather, which we had hoped would not be a major factor. ... Read More
Wanted to visit friends in Barcelona and coupled this trip with seeing them after the ship docked there. Good ports -of-call with interesting sights to see. The only issue was the weather, which we had hoped would not be a major factor. But is was. Lots of rain in this trip. The ship provided many great tours. The staff were attentive and friendly. The entertainment was super. Enjoyed the tours, which were both educational as well as interedting. One tour had an inexperienced guide who miscounted at the meeting place and left us behind. This made for a difficult time for us. We enjoyed meeting new people in the ship and touring the kitchen and Bridge were a real highlight. The food was exceptional and varied. The restaurants were terrific and the food was fantastic. We did not make it to the Italian restaurant as we did not know about it at first and then found it was booked solid. This speaks for itself. The ship was beautiful in every way. We enjoyed the seafood meal on the upper deck near the pool and went to several 4 o’clock teas. This was relaxing and fun. Thank you. Look forward to the next cruise! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
I chose this cruise because we love Viking and the value was second to none for the ports visited. It was fantastic and can’t wait to do another one. Embarkation was smooth and the state rooms are spacious and comfortable and well ... Read More
I chose this cruise because we love Viking and the value was second to none for the ports visited. It was fantastic and can’t wait to do another one. Embarkation was smooth and the state rooms are spacious and comfortable and well thought out. Lots of storage and amenities. Comfortable beds and the stewards are friendly and thorough. Dining was fresh and good with lots of variety. Always something new to try and plenty of places to eat. The ship itself is like a 5 star hotel with great staff and amenities. Lots of places to just hang out and have a drink. The entertainment was fun and well planned. Always something to see or do. The ports and excursions were smooth and first rate. Lots of choices and ample time at each port. The guides were knowledgeable and interesting. The best cruise line out there in my opinion. We will be taking many more Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Our friends have cruised with Viking before. It was highly recommended. I would definitely recommend to anyone. We hope to cruise with Viking again. I retired in January 2018 and this TRIP was my retirement cruise. What a great way ... Read More
Our friends have cruised with Viking before. It was highly recommended. I would definitely recommend to anyone. We hope to cruise with Viking again. I retired in January 2018 and this TRIP was my retirement cruise. What a great way to start off my retirement. Everyone was very friendly. Hard working staff. The shore excursions were top notch! Our transportation to and from the ship was pleasant and non stressful. Embarkation was easy. The ship arranged transportation for 10 of us to our hotel with ease. We were pleased with the great service. The meals were delicious and the staff was very accommodating to our food sensitivity. We found the lounge areas very calming and peaceful. I thought the entertainment was a pleasant surprise. Thumbs up to the staff! It was nice to have a balcony that was actually larger than I had anticipated. My biggest surprise was the size of the bathroom. Never expected it to be that big. Not to forget the washroom had a heated floor!! Thank you Viking for making my retirement cruise one to remember. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
My wife and I booked cabin 5083 originally, a penthouse veranda, as she was worried about motion sickness. A few days before the cruise was to depart, Our travel agent said that Viking had upgraded us to cabin 8007, a jr. penthouse suite. ... Read More
My wife and I booked cabin 5083 originally, a penthouse veranda, as she was worried about motion sickness. A few days before the cruise was to depart, Our travel agent said that Viking had upgraded us to cabin 8007, a jr. penthouse suite. After reading several reviews of the 8000 series cabins, all but one cruiser stated that they felt no or minimal motion on that deck. Apparently my wife is a little more susceptible to motion as we left Rome at 10pm to cruise to Livorno and my wife slept poorly. We spent two days in port and she was better, but as we left Livorno at 6pm for Monaco, the motion sickness became so bad she didn't sleep and we had to see the ship's doctor(an $85 fee) to get motion sickness pills. We missed the Monaco excursion, but Viking refunded the cost. We asked if we could move to a lower deck and since the ship was almost full, we took cabin 3031, a veranda stateroom. Viking stated that they would not refund the difference for what we paid for the original room and the lower grade room since it was a motion sickness issue. Between the pills and the lower cabin, we were able to finish the cruise in relative comfort. As many others have stated, the ship is beautiful, clean, and well maintained.Cabins were cleaned twice a day, no one asked us to but anything, and all staff members were friendly and courteous. Food was excellent and, plentiful, and varied. My only complaint with dining was that after my wife had a glass of coke with lunch or dinner, she was not offered a refill. The included shore excursions we took were rather dull and short; we took a few long optional excursions and enjoyed them. We enjoyed the Beatles and ABBA shows, but outside of those, there was not a lot of entertainment unless you like classical pieces or acoustic guitar solos. Singers in Torshaven, the night lounge, did a nice enough job though. I did spend a lot of time in the spa which is extremely well kept and is probably one of the best at sea. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Had been on a prior cruise and enjoyed the experience. Staff is courteous, friendly and helpful. I thought the buffet food was as good as the food served in the restaurants. The one exception was the italian restaurant in which we had ... Read More
Had been on a prior cruise and enjoyed the experience. Staff is courteous, friendly and helpful. I thought the buffet food was as good as the food served in the restaurants. The one exception was the italian restaurant in which we had an excellent meal. We also appreciated that we were in a ship w/less than 1,000 passengers! Everything was up to date. Loved the information we could access on room television. We did not take advantage of the ship's entertainment activities as we did as many tours as possible. Although I loved the Beatles show! We only had one disappointment during the entire week and that was the stop in Morocco where the guide was not helpful at all when we were trying to go into town. Out of the week that is not bad. Really enjoyed the whole experience in Marseilles a city I would not have chosen, yet it proved to be enchanting. Loved the xmas markets. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We decided we wanted to see some of Europe while we were still mobile. We are in our late 60's! We heard from several friends who had great experiences on Viking River Cruises, but also we wanted an ocean cruise. Viking's ... Read More
We decided we wanted to see some of Europe while we were still mobile. We are in our late 60's! We heard from several friends who had great experiences on Viking River Cruises, but also we wanted an ocean cruise. Viking's Iconic Western Mediterranean's itinerary was compatible with our interests and dates we were available. The start date also was the date of our friends wedding anniversary, so they joined us as well to celebrate their special event. We decided to book the Penthouse Veranda and splurge at bit. Our friends chose the Deluxe Veranda! We were so glad we chose the Penthouse Veranda as it was a much larger stateroom with plenty of storage for our luggage. It also had a stocked liquor mini frig with beer, wine, and hard liquor as well as candies. The frig was stocked frequently! Scotch Whiskey was stocked, but I prefer bourbon. The room stewards were unable to accommodate a request for bourbon, but that was perhaps one of my only disappointments. We were spoiled though by the stateroom stewards. Two are assigned to each room and your room was tidied up every time we stepped out. Every aspect of our trip was a delight, from the aspect of no children to the food quality and service. Excursions we chose perfect, both free and purchased! Viking has their act together! Only recommendation would be fewer ports and longer stays in each port. Barcelona, our last port, was our favorite and we left with a desire to revisit that wonderful city! Awesome entertainment and Viking is so organized with all activities as well and embarkation and disembarking. Oh,as a side note, a friend who recommended Viking received a $200 cruise credit and we received one when we also recommended Viking to a friend! If we were to do over, we would add more time before and after at those ports! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We were treated like royalty from the minute we stepped onto the ship. The cabin was always neat and clean. Any time of the day our room we clean, new towles on the rod and beer in the fridge. The food was so great, We both ate way ... Read More
We were treated like royalty from the minute we stepped onto the ship. The cabin was always neat and clean. Any time of the day our room we clean, new towles on the rod and beer in the fridge. The food was so great, We both ate way more than we should have. The captins table was AMAZING. The explorers lounge provided a quiet retreat with the most delicious deserts in the world. The view from this lounge is 180 degrees is pure pleasuer. The thing about the shore excursions, for us ,is the quiet box. with hearing loss it enables us to hear the guide clearly. English speaking guides was also a plus. We looked forward to the group excursions everyday, they aren't too long and we are fasinated by now much we learn about the city - country, we are visiting. Thank you all for making our cruise the most enjoyable ever. We look forward to our next cruise in Aug.2019. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Wanted to try a more inclusive cruise line with a smaller ship and higher quality over the main cruise lines. Viking really delivered. We were having lunch approximately 5 minutes of arriving at the cruise terminal. Ship is ... Read More
Wanted to try a more inclusive cruise line with a smaller ship and higher quality over the main cruise lines. Viking really delivered. We were having lunch approximately 5 minutes of arriving at the cruise terminal. Ship is beautiful, food was fantastic no crowds. I enjoyed every second. Loved the high quality Viking offers. The first night in the restaurant was one of the best meals in recient memory. The buffet for dinner was also fantastic. Lots of choices, king crab legs etc. they also set up a cooking station outside grilling fish and various meats. They also have great cappuccino machines. The room is very well designed with lots of room and first run movies My only complaint and hopefully it’s not a trend to start charging extra is they are charging $10 for fitness classes that used to be included. Getting off the last morning was so nice. We hate the other cruise lines that have thousands of rude passengers pushing and shoving all trying to leave at once. They wanted you out of your room by 8 am and off the ship at your leasure by 9:45. Viking might charge more than the bigger cruise lines but I think it’s more than worth it. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
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