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242 Viking Ocean Rome (Civitavecchia) Cruise Reviews

My sister recommend it. She had done a River Cruise and wanted try this one. She loved them both. The cruise included my three sisters and I. We felt so spoiled the whole time. The staff were always so sweet, courteous and efficient with ... Read More
My sister recommend it. She had done a River Cruise and wanted try this one. She loved them both. The cruise included my three sisters and I. We felt so spoiled the whole time. The staff were always so sweet, courteous and efficient with good sense of humors and memorized our names wherever they would see us. The food and drink was amazing, so many delicious options. The entertainment was great. The band in the lounge were so talented and fun and the cover ABBA group were incredible. The ship was always so clean and spot less, our cabins were always kept up and clean and well stocked. We went on quite a few excursions, which were amazing and there were so many great options to choose from. This was a trip of a life time and I would do it again in a heartbeat, especially with my lovely fun beautiful sisters!! Thank you Viking Star!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This cruise was to celebrate a special anniversary, our 50th and we wanted a very special cruise to a place we had never been. The 7 Night Iconic Western Mediterranean cruise did not disappoint. We felt pampered in every way. The ship is ... Read More
This cruise was to celebrate a special anniversary, our 50th and we wanted a very special cruise to a place we had never been. The 7 Night Iconic Western Mediterranean cruise did not disappoint. We felt pampered in every way. The ship is beautiful. The food was delicious and all of the Star's employees were always eager to please the passengers in every way. The entertainment on board was wonderful. The bathroom in the stateroom exceeded my expectation. It put a smile on my face every time I want in it and the heated floor was such a treat. All of the toiletries were high quality. I didn't have to use any that I brought, which I always do just to make sure. An especially nice perk is that every deck has three washer and dryers for guests to use free of charge, including detergent and an iron and ironing board. I was able to come on board with clean cloths and leave with clean cloths. I would highly recommend a Viking cruise. You will not be disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Overall it was a great cruise. The internet was extremely slow. Although we watched little TV in our cabin, when we did operational is was slow to respond.The walking tours were great and most of the guides we good.The only on shore ... Read More
Overall it was a great cruise. The internet was extremely slow. Although we watched little TV in our cabin, when we did operational is was slow to respond.The walking tours were great and most of the guides we good.The only on shore tour we would eliminate was Sete. It is a fishing village and does not offer much. The bus tour of Barcelona was good and gave us a heads of on where to go in the city. We stayed two extra days on our own. One of the best paid tours for the money was the Ca Lunae winery tour . It was excellent. The tea service was great. Maybe too much food. The pool area was crowed at times but manageable The wine served was very good and plentiful. Best meal was served at Manfredi's. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We wanted to explore Rome, Barcelona, and points in between; this cruise afforded us the opportunity to travel safely and with few worries. The Viking Star was the cleanest ship imaginable, and our cabin was immaculate. Staff members ... Read More
We wanted to explore Rome, Barcelona, and points in between; this cruise afforded us the opportunity to travel safely and with few worries. The Viking Star was the cleanest ship imaginable, and our cabin was immaculate. Staff members Made and Maha kept it that way the entire cruise, and accommodated our few special requests. We enjoyed all restaurants and cuisine we tried -- World Cafe, Manfredi's, and the Chef's Table. Dining al fresco was a special treat for the four of us. We enjoyed lectures available on board, and also the evening entertainment in the Star Lounge. An unexpected acknowledgment and recognition of the Viking staff on our last night onboard by the cruise director was a very poignant moment. (Good job!) The spa was a favorite activity, as was the infinity pool. Shore excursions were exceptional, if not a little tiring. We were very impressed with very smooth embarkation and disembarkation experiences, thanks to Viking's top-notch staff. And we look forward to our next Viking cruise! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We chose this cruise to try out Viking Ocean cruises. It was a very nice experience! Low key luxury & excellent service! We chose a penthouse veranda for the extra space. It was super nice! This was a port-intensive cruise - ... Read More
We chose this cruise to try out Viking Ocean cruises. It was a very nice experience! Low key luxury & excellent service! We chose a penthouse veranda for the extra space. It was super nice! This was a port-intensive cruise - Livorno, Monte Carlo, Marseille & Barcelona - so no sea days. But we still managed to use the pool, gym & restaurants. All good except Chef’s Table - we didn’t care for Lotus Menu. This would not be a cruise for those desiring nonstop action. Music & dancing were available but no Big Shows, acres of shops, or rock climbing walls... Quiet, classy & no kids under 18 allowed. The ports were amazing - it was hot weather, but that’s summer...we loved Florence & Marseille especially. We only did 2 Viking excursions - in Marseille (Chateau Flauguerges wine tasting) & a panoramic tour of Barcelona. The former was extra & the latter included. Others we booked on our own. A great cruise! Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
This was a 25th wedding anniversary cruise. The boat was amazing. Room was a wonderful size. We had a deluxe veranda. The food was 5 star quality and was absolutely delicious. No need to eat off the boat. The meals served were from ... Read More
This was a 25th wedding anniversary cruise. The boat was amazing. Room was a wonderful size. We had a deluxe veranda. The food was 5 star quality and was absolutely delicious. No need to eat off the boat. The meals served were from the region we were visiting - and did I mention they were outstanding! The excursions were good. I would choose differently on some of them now that I have been the the Iconic Mediterranean cruise. We added a pre-excursion in Rome and so glad we did. The concierge at our beautiful hotel arranged a night bus tour and fabulous meal at a restaurant in Rome. One of our highlights. The staff on the boat were extremely kind and funny. Always smiling and willing to help in any way. The only port we stayed on the boat was Montpelier. I wish we could have skipped that stop and had two days in Barcelona. Our flight on the way home was the only bad experience but not the fault of Viking. Took us 28 hours to get from Barcelona to Pittsburgh. Hope we can travel with Viking again. Loved every minute. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
This was our 4th cruise on Viking and each cruise gets better and better. Service, food, friendly atmosphere, tours, the ship and rooms are all top notch. We decided to stay in a PV3 cabin and really enjoyed the extra space usually we ... Read More
This was our 4th cruise on Viking and each cruise gets better and better. Service, food, friendly atmosphere, tours, the ship and rooms are all top notch. We decided to stay in a PV3 cabin and really enjoyed the extra space usually we stay in a DV cabin. We decided to mainly take this cruise for the 3 days in Israel and we were not disappointed. We decided to do a private tour in Israel as there were 10 of us and we booked through Guided Tours of Israel who did an excellent job. We could not ask for a better tour guide and driver. My least favorite port was Naples - quite dirty. The lectures on board were very interesting - especially the ones about Israel. The lectures were well attended, the lecture ended at 6:30 pm and everyone headed for the dinning room we did not have a long wait but Viking served champagne to all waiting in line and they did this several times - this is just an example of their service. They had several lunch specials around the pool , such as grilled salmon, mussels, and a fantastic brunch on one of our sea days served from 10 am to 1 pm. Excellent food stations and they served Bloody Mary's, champagne and Mimosas! Viking is a excellent cruise line, they care about the passengers and again you can not beat the service - we have booked 2 additional cruises with Viking. Entertainment is good, we always enjoyed going to the Living Room around 6 pm for a cocktail and the music. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We had an extraordinary experience on the Viking Star, exciting enough to book this trip on the Jupiter before we disembarked from the Star! And the Jupiter was fantastic, thus we booked our third cruise for 2020! The Jupiter is a new ... Read More
We had an extraordinary experience on the Viking Star, exciting enough to book this trip on the Jupiter before we disembarked from the Star! And the Jupiter was fantastic, thus we booked our third cruise for 2020! The Jupiter is a new ship and it had a few "new ship" blips; our volume on our tv was intermittent for 24 hours and the closet light wouldn't go off. Both of these were handled by our room steward Harias with speed and effectiveness. His service put Viking ahead of other cruise lines. Also, the delivery of the next day's menu for ordering vegetarian dinners did not always arrive to our stateroom in a timely manner. Marko, the dining room manager explained the situation but it was a bit frustrating. Staff were exceptional. Our waiter, Budi was the person who took care of us on the Star. He remembered us, remembered our preferences and we were served dark rolls for dinner and our beverages choices were ready when we sat down. Vegetarian options were available, nicely prepared but admittedly the dining room manager was not as involved with us. Entertainment by Viking Classical Trio was also a wonderful, repeat surprise. The pianist and guitar player on board, were also excellent but admittedly we are groupies of the Trio and went to as many of their performances as was feasible. Excursions were very good. Guides were exceptional but for one tour. Viking does a great job of vetting their guide services and we appreciate it. We travel for the experience of history and seeing the sites thus we appreciate that tours do not include "shopping" but rather Viking builds in "free time" in a location that can be explored with interest which may include, but doesn't focus on tee shirt shopping. In summary, Viking Ocean has proven to be service oriented, dedicated to making our experience worthy of repeating so we can travel to yet unseen locations. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
The ship was new and very well decorated. 930 guests on board and no area was crowded. The crew was most gracious and Ships Captain to me a retired US Navy Captain invited me for a tour of the bridge. The ships hosted Stacy was beyond ... Read More
The ship was new and very well decorated. 930 guests on board and no area was crowded. The crew was most gracious and Ships Captain to me a retired US Navy Captain invited me for a tour of the bridge. The ships hosted Stacy was beyond fantastic, extremely helpful and extremely gracious!!! Our stateroom was well decorated, airy, well maintained and very comfortable. Plenty of room for our clothing, suitcases and "stuff". We absolutely enjoyed the balcony. Dining was rather disappointing. While the food was well prepared and tasted good each day was the same. Both the buffet as well as the dinner menu. It became rather boring on our 15 day cruise. We did not attend most of the entertainment (no not stick in the mud's, just enjoyed the "ship" itself more. What we did see was most enjoyable. Service was excellent by our house keeping staff, food service staff and especially by Stacy our ships service staff. There wasn't a situation she she did not easily solve. I turned 77 the night in Athens and she even came to my dinner party to wish me a happy birthday. We think she is AWESOME!!!!! The ports were excellent. Unfortunately, when we became eligible to call and select the shore excursions, ALL the good excursions had already been sold out. We were on deck 5 and guess even though we were paying a lot of money for the cruise our deck was not important enough to allow for the "good" tours. We had to select private tour companies to explore the "high demand" tours. I would especially recommend our tour in Israel. We never had children so if we had some with us, I thing my wife would shoot me ha ha ha, Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Recommendation of friends to take this cruise with them. Visiting interesting Mediterranean ports including Israel. We also liked this being a 15 day cruise - prefer this to seven day cruise so commonly offered by cruise lines. Once we get ... Read More
Recommendation of friends to take this cruise with them. Visiting interesting Mediterranean ports including Israel. We also liked this being a 15 day cruise - prefer this to seven day cruise so commonly offered by cruise lines. Once we get aboard we like to settle in for awhile. The Viking Jupiter has an excellent layout for the cruiser. Enjoyed all the public spaces and dining options. Entertainment included excellent guest lectures. This ship has a planetarium which is not to be missed. The ships staff are all very polite and do an excellent job. We took advantage of the free shore excursion and several ports and were not disappointed. The sold excursions were very good value compared to other cruise lines. I had a massage early in the cruise and was not impressed - to rough and I had to tell the massage therapist to back off. Actually hurt my upper left leg. All drinks are free on the ship - yet, we purchased the premium beverage package since our group enjoys higher end wines. This was a excellent value. My wife and I took advantage of Viking Air to arrange business class travel to and from the cruise. Very pleased with this decision as Viking Air got us good seats on top tier carriers at better prices than we could arrange. The service was excellent. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This was my very first cruise and one I will never forget! Everything about it was breathtaking and Viking did everything from the ship, food, entertainment, excursions, staff with such class! We felt like royalty♥️ all the ports ... Read More
This was my very first cruise and one I will never forget! Everything about it was breathtaking and Viking did everything from the ship, food, entertainment, excursions, staff with such class! We felt like royalty♥️ all the ports we stopped at were amazing (especially Tuscany and Rome) it was chilly in March so next time we would go a month or two later. The staff on the ship were amazing and were from all over the world. We celebrated our anniversary on the ship and they even made us our own personalized cake!! We relaxed in the spa, jacuzzi, sauna, etc in the evening after a full day of sightseeing. Then had a sumptuous dinner with wine and great shows and professional singers. There was plenty to do on the ship without casinos and other things that much larger ships provide. We were very satisfied. Viking will be my first choice in the future. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
The Viking Jupiter is lovely, lovely new ship. I believe we were its third sailing. Since the ship carries less than 1000 passengers I was surprised how big it was when we first pulled up in Civitavecchia. After being on board a couple ... Read More
The Viking Jupiter is lovely, lovely new ship. I believe we were its third sailing. Since the ship carries less than 1000 passengers I was surprised how big it was when we first pulled up in Civitavecchia. After being on board a couple of days you realize that the size for that number of passengers results in many public spaces to relax. In fact, with so many areas for folks to enjoy you get the sense that you are on a ship with many less people. In tandem with that concept it seems there is a lot of staff available. A side note here, most of the good cruise lines, big and small, have good staffs. The Viking staff may be the best as any I have encountered in over 20 cruises. A difference is that there are so many of them to meet the passengers needs. I wish I knew the ratio. For example, when someone leaves the pool area almost instantly an attendant shows up to remove spent towels and add new ones. As a result, it is easy to spot open chaises and just makes the whole area appear more attractive. Most of the staff's demeanor is friendly but not so much as to be even a little bit over friendly (a fine line that may be most appealing to their older clientele). You do get the sense and we were even told that the staff is very happy to be working for Viking. As for appearance, the ship appropriately is done in Scandinavian style with blond wood, leather and pleasant blues throughout. Their towels and blankets (both very plentiful) were in the same color scheme and felt very high quality (note to self: why didn't you ask to buy a blanket?). The result is a calming and pleasant setting in every area of the ship. It is an easy ship to get to know and the elevators and stairs were never crowded even when folks were leaving for port excursions. Signage is generally excellent except for a couple of floors where arrows pointing to lounges would have been more helpful. A neat feature is the sign between elevators shows you where to disembark for excursions. The pool area in many ways is the star of the ship. Since it has a roll back roof, it is used for buffets, special events and just relaxing when the outside temperature would be too low to sit out. Examples: embarkation day -- poolside grill open for passengers with grill and salad bar doing a great job; two special evening events -- a seafood buffet night and a tapas with excellent sangria night BEFORE dinner. Both were excellent with plentiful staff clearing tables and pouring wine. Never thought I would do afternoon tea but enjoyed it greatly on the other side of the pool with a tremendous staff serving inside the Wintergarden and in the poolside lounge. Doretty (spelling?) from Peru took excellent care of her area. It should be mentioned that the crew really is an international crew with staff hailing from Asia, Europe and South America all of whom spoke impeccable English. The dining room is gorgeous, the two specialty restaurants Manfreddi's and Chef's Table were very lovely with our enjoying the Chef's Table a bit more. Maybe, it was the service of Ivan and his assistant waiter, maybe their innovative twists of food, or maybe the best damn dessert I ever ate. We would have loved to go back but ran out of time. The World Cafe is just plain wonderful. It is the spot most people chose for breakfast. Great, great, great. Entertainment is appropriate for the clientele. Shows start kinda early and generally by 9:30 are ended. The shows themselves were very well attended and met the needs of the passengers, i. e. high octane shows featuring music of the Beatles, ABBA and the eighties. Every show we saw got a standing ovation. Later on there is continuing music and dancing elsewhere. Not to be ignored is the very beautiful and calming chamber music trio, pianist and guitarist that seem always to be playing. This is in the Living Room which has a bar whose staff is particularly talented at making drinks and making guests feel very comfortable. By the way, they have the most innovative system of taking orders; the staff member notes choices on what looks like an early model cell phone which immediately is sent to the kitchen or bar. The result is instant service of your drink or meal! The fellow passengers were basically all middle age and above Americans who understood the kind of ship they were on. People were always dressed appropriately and it gave the ship a feeling of a country club even though I don't belong to a country club. As eluded to earlier, service was impeccable in every area of the ship. The senior staff works as hard as their assistant waiters! We were in a Penthouse Veranda. If funds allow, choose this upgrade. It is near perfect sizewise, plentiful storage, refreshed mini bar with little bottles of liquor, soda, beer and snacks. Closet lights go on when the door is opened. Hurray, for electricity -- there are USB ports throughout and the lighting is innovative. The bathroom has a heated floor! Example of the level of service: we found the shower head moved when full force water was turned on, a trip to customer service (24 hours) had it fixed in twenty minutes. Room stewards were good. Service in customer relations by Nichert was superb. We used the laundry and ironing facility. Another example of Viking services: wind made stopping at the Port of Sete impossible. Within a half hour a new daily calendar with adjustments was printed and distributed. This sail day actually was a blessing since even though it occurred past midway of the cruise it actually gave us time to enjoy the ship's amenities: spa, pool, wonderful exercise room (never more than four people), etc. Even on this day with everyone on board, it was easy to find quiet area to sit and read or sit poolside in shade or sun. I guess I could go on and on about the ship but suffice to say, it probably will be the cruise one will always remember since I strongly believe that Viking will uphold this level of service and luxury. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Wanted to visit several countries in a short period of time. A taste of southern Europe so to speak. Everything about this company, ship and service were top notch. The cabin gave us everything we needed. We spent a minimal amount of ... Read More
Wanted to visit several countries in a short period of time. A taste of southern Europe so to speak. Everything about this company, ship and service were top notch. The cabin gave us everything we needed. We spent a minimal amount of time there. The Dining was exceptional: Buffet was of high quality, the main dining was gourmet and the other "price included" restaurants were fantastic. The activity portion was good but we spent more of our time resting for the next day. The service was the best!! Apollo in the pool bar, Aura in dining, Sofia seemed everywhere and Hector in dining were some of the standouts. Our Cabin folks (Annabelle, Faree) were efficient and pleasant and do a super job! Our excursions were excellent with both walking tours and bus tours offering plenty of experience opportunities. If I would offer any suggestion it would be to allow more time for shopping, wandering (hop on, hop off stuff) café experiencing. We will go with this company again. Truly memorable. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We chose this cruise because we considered it would be a step up from the typical large ship pandemonium. We wanted adults, few pool games, less hysteria at food buffets and just an overall cleaner, calmer experience. We were not ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we considered it would be a step up from the typical large ship pandemonium. We wanted adults, few pool games, less hysteria at food buffets and just an overall cleaner, calmer experience. We were not disappointed. Since we wanted to spend a few days getting used to the time change in advance, we selected the pre-cruise extension - Ultimate Italy. This was three days in the Tuscan hillside with two full days of escorted tours in Florence, Sienna, and San Gimignano. It was worth every penny. It also allowed us to plan for a more relaxed visit when arriving in the Livorno port upon the ship. We would not have to repeat these cities. There were 30 of us on the pre-cruise extension. We came to know one another and were able to continue those connections on the cruise. Saturday morning we took a coach bus from our villa to the port in Civitavecchia. Arriving at the port there was a bit of a delay. The computers connecting the ship to the desks at the port were not communicating. Viking did their best processing all of us through, admitting about 20 at a time and sending us to the ship to check in at the guest services desk. It ended up working out just fine. We were very pleased with our room - a penthouse veranda category. Plenty of space for everything we needed and by far the nicest bathrooms of any cruise ship. Everything was very clean and crisp. The mini bar was stocked and remained stocked throughout the cruise. We loved all the food on the ship. Our favorite entree was the Bistecca Fiorentina (rib eye) served in Manfredi's. However, our second favorite experience was the king crab legs served every single evening in the World Buffet. We went to The Restaurant our first evening. It was great. However, we found that all the food on the menu there was also served in the World Buffet and you could be on your own schedule. They also always had two items that they made to order. For us it was frequently the New York strips. Mamsen's offers some unusual treats for breakfast and snacks. My husband fell in love with the pickled herring at breakfast there. We did not choose the Silver Spirits beverage package and found we certainly didn't need it. Beer and wine flow freely at lunch and dinner in any location where food is served. This includes the buffet and Mamsen's. And you can take what you haven't finished with you when you leave. We enjoyed the entertainment on the ship, though we are definitely not needy in this regard. The Viking band and singers performed a Beatles show and an Abba show that were fantastic. Seating in the auditorium is plentiful. And not a bad seat in the room. You don't have to dodge pillars and obstructions to your view. There is also usually light entertainment in the atrium area on the first floor. We found that a great place to hang out and watch the ocean or port activities. We enjoyed hanging out in the evenings in the Explorer's Lounge. When we were lucky enough to get seats in front of the water vapor fireplace we were delighted! The service on the ship is exceptional. These folks are definitely hard workers and eager to make your cruise enjoyable. Ports and Shore Excursions: Livorno/Florence - as mentioned, we had been to Florence on our pre-cruise extension. We took the optional excursion to the Leonardo da Vinci museum and to Lucca. This was the only disappointing experience of the cruise. The first stop in Vinci was at the childhood home of Leonardo and is nothing exceptional. The museum portion of that is just a holographic video. The second museum experience is a few miles away and is a museum of Leonardo's mechanical inventions. It is interesting, but rushed. Unfortunately, it was raining in Lucca so it put a damper on the enjoyment. That was not the tour guide's fault. Our second day in Livorno we took the included tour to Pisa. It was fantastic. The Monaco day was great. We took the included tour in the morning and Nice on your Own in the afternoon. The included tour covered a walk up the seaside with highlights of the history of the royal family and the city. It does not go to the casino Monte Carlo, but they do allow you to break off from the tour and head there on your own. We were in a bit of a hurry because we needed to get to our second tour. The trip to Nice was worth every penny. On the Marseilles day we took the included tour and then spent time on the ship. It was a great time to take advantage of the spa/steam room/snow room. Very exhilarating. Our only hiccup to the cruise itinerary came on the Sete port day. The winds prevented us from safely making port. Our captain made it a very comfortable day by taking us out to less choppy waters and giving us an unplanned day at sea. The staff got creative with a few impromptu talks and lessons. We also found an unexpected treat in the Explorer's Dome (above the Explorer's bar.) If you enjoy planetarium experiences, look for the three different shows they present in the dome. They require reservations but are easy to get on your viking app. Barcelona is a beautiful city/port. We were lucky to port at the World Trade Center so our ship was easy to walk off/on and right into the city. On this day we took our favorite excursion - the Gaudi Architecture tour. If you want to see the INSIDE of the La Sagrada Familia, this is the tour to take. Of the 800 photos we took during our vacation, 200 of them were inside this cathedral. We then continued the tour at Park Guell, another fantastic Gaudi creation. Because of the timing of this tour, we couldn't take advantage of the included tour but feel our decision was absolutely the best. After our first night on the Jupiter, we knew that Viking was to be our future. We met with the onboard cruise consultant who was very knowledgable about all the options for future tours. The discounts and access to popular cruises early make it worth considering booking your next cruise onboard. We ended up selecting the Grand European tour for next May, 2020 to see how Viking River compares with Viking Ocean. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We chose this cruise as our first adventure on Viking. We have been on 13 other previous cruises with other lines and wanted to see how Viking compared. We were blown away at how much we enjoyed literally everything about it. The ... Read More
We chose this cruise as our first adventure on Viking. We have been on 13 other previous cruises with other lines and wanted to see how Viking compared. We were blown away at how much we enjoyed literally everything about it. The device was top-notch. The food was fantastic. Not having to wait in line and deal with hundreds of people at every turn was fabulous. No lines getting on the ship or off at port. The tours - both included and paid - were great. It was absolutely the best cruise we’ve ever been on! The staff was there to help at every turn, although we had zero issues. We waited for about 2.5 seconds to check in before boarding the ship, and I was literally the first person to disembark as we had an early flight back to the States. I cannot day enough good things about this ship. Truly. To the previous poster who complained about there being “nothing to do” - for the other 929 of us aboard this ship, we got exactly what we wanted - relaxation without kids running amuck, shows to keep us up at all hours of the night, and pool and relaxing chairs every single time we ent on deck to find one. We are 47 and 54, empty nesters who have earned our peace and quiet! We were busy with ports and tours, and we were able to actually relax the remainder of our time on the ship. Loved it. Oh, and our bill at the end of the cruise? $2.50 for one item we bought on board. That was it! Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We went with two other couples and had a wonderful experience. The ship was beautiful and all staff were well prepared to meet our every need. Our excursions were led by well informed guides who could answer every question. We went on all ... Read More
We went with two other couples and had a wonderful experience. The ship was beautiful and all staff were well prepared to meet our every need. Our excursions were led by well informed guides who could answer every question. We went on all included tours and some optional ones. You just couldn't get enough of the beautiful views. Bottled water was given each time you left ship and the welcomed hot towel on return was a nice touch. Food was exceptional and staff in all dining areas made sure you had everything needed. We ate at both of the optional restuarants and preferred Manfredi's. It was also a nice extra to have hand sanitizing stations as you entered eating areas and other locations throughout the ship. We got lucky and had beautiful weather in the 70's and sunny everyday. We only went to two shows and the entertainment was average for cruises. We just can't say enough about our first Viking experience. We will definitely book more Viking cruises. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We chose this trip because of past experience with Viking River Cruises, the Itinerary and the duration. We had never been on an ocean voyage and thought this would be a good way to take a step in that direction. We opted for an Explorer ... Read More
We chose this trip because of past experience with Viking River Cruises, the Itinerary and the duration. We had never been on an ocean voyage and thought this would be a good way to take a step in that direction. We opted for an Explorer Suite (ES1) are were thoroughly pleased. The room was over the top. Very spacious, excellent amenities, views were fantastic and room service for breakfast every day was timely, hot and tasty. With the ES1 class suite, we had 3 nights in each of the specialty restaurants and early selection to shore excursions. Menus were sufficiently different each night so that dinners were all unique. We were traveling with a group of 8 but the others only had 1 night in each specialty restaurant. For each of the combined groups' night in a restaurant, they placed us in the private dining rooms which was a very nice touch. Onboard activities were fun as we mainly took advantage of the night life. Basically three groups of musicians, a solo artist, a string group and a rock band (from Ukraine). All were fun the listen to and watch. The fitness facility has all enough cardio equipment to get in a workout, stretch and/or lift prior to the activities of the day. As this was our first ocean voyage, we did not do a good job selecting shore excursions but that was on us and not Viking. Already looking and planning shore excursions on next Viking Ocean cruise. Overall, very pleased with trip. It is expensive staying in an ES1 suite but highly recommend spending the extra money especially when the cruise is 10 days or longer. The extra space was appreciated. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
chose this because of itinerary and length. we had done a river cruise and were not happy with the small size of the ship and the limited food choices. jupiter was the perfect size with more dining venues and wonderful selections. the ... Read More
chose this because of itinerary and length. we had done a river cruise and were not happy with the small size of the ship and the limited food choices. jupiter was the perfect size with more dining venues and wonderful selections. the buffet was great for breakfast, lunch and the occasional dinner. one of the ports was poor (sete) but others were new for us and we enjoyed the included excursions. service was great, air worked out well, food was wonderful, low key dress was certainly a plus. love having a self serve laundry on board! and love having "free" internet. overall, great time. we are booked on another viking ocean next april. wish it was not as expensive as it is, but what the heck....no kids, small ship....can't ask for more. viking does a very nice job with shuttling to and from airports and making quick changes to port excursions. Marseille was "on strike" and we could not dock for a few hours...no problem. excursions were adjusted...seamlessly. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We celebrated a recent retirement with a "sampler cruise" of ports on the Western Mediterranean. Spent two amazing days in Rome before boarding, staying at the beautiful Marriott Flora hotel. We then were escorted to the ship on ... Read More
We celebrated a recent retirement with a "sampler cruise" of ports on the Western Mediterranean. Spent two amazing days in Rome before boarding, staying at the beautiful Marriott Flora hotel. We then were escorted to the ship on a comfortable coach, and welcomed graciously by the ship staff. Once we embarked, we enjoyed stops and excursions in Italy, Monaco, France and Spain. All accommodations on this Viking Ocean Cruise were first class, all our guides knowledgeable and inspiring, all the excursions were a window into the people and culture of the regions. The Viking staff go above and beyond in ensuring a memorable trip, and the food, entertainment and activities on the ship delightful. Also plenty of helpful information via the Room TV and daily updates delivered to our room. We were so pleased with our trip that we have booked another cruise (Viking River) next Fall. A class act from start to quit! Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We booked this cruise in order to coincide with our daughter's holiday break. She is a professor at Tex A&M and was visiting Egypt with her husband. They joined us in Rome for the cruise. This was our sixteenth cruise, and ... Read More
We booked this cruise in order to coincide with our daughter's holiday break. She is a professor at Tex A&M and was visiting Egypt with her husband. They joined us in Rome for the cruise. This was our sixteenth cruise, and second Viking Ocean one, having just been on a 14 day cruise on the Orion in SE Asia. Overall, we found the service and quality of the facilities on both to be outstanding. Perhaps the most noticeable difference on this one was the very slow service in both of the specialty restaurants. Everyone loved the understated Scandinavian design and relaxing public spaces on the ship. We were all attracted to the itinerary, especially the port call in Algiers, and were not disappointed with that stop. The tour to Tipasa was outstanding! Unfortunately the weather and holiday season conspired to put dents in some other port calls. Naples on the first of January meant everything was closed, including Pompeii. Nevertheless, we spent a second day there as the forecast for strong winds convinced the captain to cancel the next port call in Trapani, Sicily. Kudos for the ship's doctor/staff are also in order. My son-in-law became suddenly very ill during our day in Valencia, and the ship's doctor was exceptional in providing a thorough exam and recommendations. Without his insight, we could have arbitrarily been directed to have him treated in the city instead. All things considered, this was still one of the best cruises we have enjoyed. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We waited a long time for this vacation, and selected it for its ports of call. Sadly, Tunisia was removed from the itinerary as was Sicily. Naples was a poor substitute for Tunis, as it was visited on a holiday and mostly closed, ... Read More
We waited a long time for this vacation, and selected it for its ports of call. Sadly, Tunisia was removed from the itinerary as was Sicily. Naples was a poor substitute for Tunis, as it was visited on a holiday and mostly closed, besides being very dirty. A real disappointment. We missed Sicily due to bad weather and stayed in the port of Naples for a second day. The visit to the archaeological museum was very good. The ports of Valencia and Barcelona far exceeded our expectations. We loved both cities and were lucky enough to stay in Barcelona for 2 extra days. A real gem. On the downside, the magnificent city of Rome was very crowded (holiday) and filthy. The crowds were due to the New Years holiday, but overflowing trash bins, dumpsters, etc. , a real disappointment. Shame on you, Rome. The ship and crew were superb. The service was excellent . Food outstanding. Public areas were beautifully decorated and very comfortable. The ship was large enough, yet cozy. Loved the heated bathroom floor, the really hot shower, the product line in the bathroom, thick towels, and the silky linens on the bed. Our only criticisms: stated in the cruise information was the average temperature for each city, and that was how we packed. In fact, it was much colder. If you go in winter, pack a winter coat, not a spring jacket. The dress codefor dinner was for business casual or casual chic. Many passengers were dressed in jeans at dinner, and very sloppily. Kind of disrupts the magic of it all. While we are grandparents and love our grandchildren, were were glad this was an adults only cruise. That being said, it was largely older folks on the boat. I couldn't give you an average age; my husband thought maybe 70ish. The guides we had were all excellent. We did feel that there wasn't enough free time to look around and enjoy where we were. We would definitely do another Viking trip. It was expensive, but worth it. Our first cruise was in 1990. A completely different cruise this time. Worth the wait, although I would not want to cruise to all destinations, as the experience of a longer visit vs. A quick in and out is dramatic. VIKING did everything to make the boarding and disembarkation experience smooth. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
It was an amazing trip with many great ports to visit and journey through. The diverse cultures, people and foods that we came in contact were eye opening and gave us a greater appreciation for life in the European ports. From Italy to ... Read More
It was an amazing trip with many great ports to visit and journey through. The diverse cultures, people and foods that we came in contact were eye opening and gave us a greater appreciation for life in the European ports. From Italy to Algiers and then to Spain we were able to see a sample of these cultures and see a day in their lives. We were able to first hand see POMPEI which was an amazing site of devastation in the still looming Mt Vesuveus. We visited the Vatican with the Basilica and St Peters Church. Then we toured ancient Rome which has always been interesting to me with the ancient culture. The food and the service were amazing and first rate. The ships crew treated us like we the most important people they had ever met. We ate like Kings and the wine was always flowing. The entertainment was amazing and the facilities such as the spa were maintained flawlessly. We left saying we will be back again soon. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We have sailed on ocean cruises for the last 19 years and this ship was hands-down the best! Even though we chose the least expensive cabin, it was glamorous and larger than some hotel rooms! We have sailed Viking River with another ... Read More
We have sailed on ocean cruises for the last 19 years and this ship was hands-down the best! Even though we chose the least expensive cabin, it was glamorous and larger than some hotel rooms! We have sailed Viking River with another couple and so expected things such as included shore excursions, wonderful service. This Ocean cruise just took the service to a higher level. The included excursions were acceptable although to be honest, we were shut out of buying any additional ones, especially in Algiers, due to demand and not being able to reserve ahead of boarding. This beautiful, off the beaten port, was a delight, so much that we want more! On the other hand, our port call of Tunis was replaced by Naples before sailing - disappointing. Due to weather, high winds, we couldn't sail to Sicily as planned which was hugely upsetting to all. Naples was a total bust, in our opinion, especially having to stay two days. Thankfully, the other ports of Sardinia, Algiers and Valencia made up for that. Gorgeous and we would return to all of these. Entertainment was ok, although there was a dynamite duo that sang upbeat dance songs in the Torshavn lounge along with the Superb Viking band. We really enjoyed all the smaller lounges, gathering areas, and of course, lovely afternoon tea in the Wintergarden. Even the interactive game tables offered us a chance to "gamble" with our travel friends. Spending New Years Eve onboard this dreamy ship was so much fun!! For New Year's Day, a huge banquet brunch was prepared that lasted hours! The food selection included something for everyone - Asian, seafood, breakfast items, bakery, desserts, As for the dining, all meals were exquisite! We honestly have not had better selection or dining on any other cruise line. The guest services staff were able to secure us a reservation for both the Chef's Table and Manfredi's, the specialty restaurants. Initially, again because our cabins were just standard, we couldn't reserve ahead online. After embarking, we immediately inquired to reserve and were told there was no availability for Manfredi's during our entire cruise. We expressed our extreme dissatisfaction but the staff came through and got us a spot late in the cruise! I think we all preferred Chef's Table and the Venetian menu to Manfredi's. We are ready to book another! Just waiting for a good deal. :-) Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We are finally home and the laundry is done. Other than tackling the army of dust bunnies that have taken over the house we are getting settled into our regular routines. We were on the Sky for the Southern Mediterranean Discovery ... Read More
We are finally home and the laundry is done. Other than tackling the army of dust bunnies that have taken over the house we are getting settled into our regular routines. We were on the Sky for the Southern Mediterranean Discovery itinerary and as is usually the case with our Viking trips, we had a great time. The Sky was familiar as we did the British Isles last summer but I have to admit that it did seem like a different ship! There were a lot of crew changes and things ran in the usual sharp and efficient way we have come to expect from Viking. There were some “misses” on our trip in the summer and although they were nothing of any great significance, they were notable. It was nice to see the improvements this time around! The ship is beautiful; elegant and understated. Our PV stateroom felt like home as this was our third cruise on the 5th level port side! There was ample room for storing our things and plenty of room under the bed for the suitcases. Our stewards were a great team; efficient and worked very hard to insure that we had everything we needed throughout the cruise. We ate at both of the specialty restaurants and enjoyed them both but would love to see some updates to the menu at Manfredis ... after four ocean cruises we have pretty much tried most of the menu items and would love to see something new next time! We did ask to have the steak (yes the famous steak!) cut in half one night … they were very obliging and the two halves came to the table done perfectly and both of the plates were dressed as though they were original. It was nice to be able to enjoy the steak without the guilt of leaving so much on the plate uneaten … it is a very large steak! We missed our stop in Sicily (Trapani) because of weather concerns and that was disappointing, but the extra day in Naples afforded us the opportunity to visit the archeological museum courtesy of Viking. They planned the outing everyone seemed to enjoy it immensely. We planned a mix of included and optional excursions. The included ones were as expected but we did notice that some of the optional ones were a bit less than expected. Our experience with Viking excursions has generally been positive; the busses are comfortable and they never seemed to fill up the busses to capacity making for a more comfortable experience when the rides are long. This time it seemed as though every bus was filled to capacity which of course meant that the tours were much more crowded as well. We have also noticed that the descriptions and discussions of the excursions during the port talks included information and details that were not part of the descriptions in MVJ. Things like “there are no bathroom stops on this excursion”, or “there are more than 50 stairs to be navigated inside the house”. Some of this information would have made it easier for passengers to select appropriate excursions prior to sailing. The day before it is too late to change or cancel without penalty. This was especially so in the case of our stop in Algiers! Our “stroll” through the Casbah was much more rugged than the written description would indicate. The port talk was far more detailed in the description but there were some on board for the excursion that apparently missed the port talk and frankly had no business participating. Sure enough, one woman fell along the walk and was taken by ambulance back to the ship for the doctor there to assess whether or not she needed hospitalization (Imagine ending up in a hospital in Algeria!). Never heard what ultimately was decided. Time onboard was lovely, as usual. We participated in a wine tasting in Manfredi’s one afternoon and another we enjoyed a matinee in the Star Theater … Bohemian Rhapsody … which I had been wanting to see! It was well attended and enjoyed … a matinee would be a great idea for a sea day! We enjoyed time in both the Explorer’s Lounge and the Living Room Bar (I had my first lemon drop martini!) and of course we had a few waffles at Mamsen’s! All in all we enjoyed our cruise immensely and are looking forward to “Into the Midnight Sun” this coming summer … on the Jupiter! Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Having greatly enjoyed our Viking Cruise of the Northern Mediterranean, we wanted to enjoy the experience of the destinations in the Southern Mediterranean, knowing the fine service and accommodations Viking provides. And we were not ... Read More
Having greatly enjoyed our Viking Cruise of the Northern Mediterranean, we wanted to enjoy the experience of the destinations in the Southern Mediterranean, knowing the fine service and accommodations Viking provides. And we were not disappointed. Our cabin was beautiful and fully appointed, the service from EVERYONE on the ship was excellent, and the destinations very interesting. And, nicely, each destination was more interesting and beautiful than the one preceding, culminating in Barcelona. The smaller size of the Viking cruise ship makes for a very personal and efficient travel experience. We had total comfort at all the bars and dining areas. The food, whether fancy or casual, was terrific. Our excursions were well managed and the local guides in every instance were excellent. We particularly enjoyed our tour to the Argiolas Family Vineyards in Sardinia, as it showed us both the city and rural areas of the island. The Casbah Stroll tour in Algiers was unforgettable but be warned, it is a lot of walking on uneven pavement and steps. Well worth it for anyone, even older people, with no difficulty walking. We recommend that people extend in Rome before the cruise to avoid the stress and fatigue that come with arriving on the same day as boarding, and that people extend in Barcelona because it is one of the most fascinating cities in the world. We would love to do this cruise, or any Viking cruise, again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
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