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We chose this trip because of the opportunity to experience the Panama Canal. It was the highlight of the trip. This review will concentrate on the excursions - mostly because I found few reviews on Cruise Critic about this itinerary ... Read More
We chose this trip because of the opportunity to experience the Panama Canal. It was the highlight of the trip. This review will concentrate on the excursions - mostly because I found few reviews on Cruise Critic about this itinerary before I took it. The staff and service were excellent. The comments are about my personal reactions to the excursions. In general, the quality was high, but I enjoyed some more than others (as reflected in the reviews) since personal taste varies. Note. The Port Talks done on the ship the afternoon prior to each new stop were excellent. They described each of the excursions and gave a lot of details about the difficulty of walking or entering the vehicles (e.g, bus, boat, train etc). We used the Port Talks to make decisions to change our reservations several times due to physical limitations, and the tour desk was able to do so even though we were doing so after the deadline to make changes. I am very thankful for their attention to our needs. Feb 22 Key West. We took the included Trolley Hop-on/Hop-off tour. (They didn’t tell us in advance it was hop-on/off.) The narration was fun. We hopped off at the stop near the Butterfly and Nature Conservatory, paid the entrance fee, and greatly enjoyed the experience. I also walked a couple blocks to the spot designated as the most southern point in continental US from that trolley stop. After the butterflies, we took the trolley back to the ship for lunch. In the afternoon, I walked to the Truman Winter White House and took the hour-long tour. This was my favorite activity in Key West (I had investigated doing it on-line during my planning for the trip). I also had time for some shopping before returning to the ship. The ship was well located to allow passengers to explore the shopping and several major sites. (I was not interested in visiting Hemingway's house, but others easily did so.) My sister had planned to go on the optional glass-bottomed boat ride for that afternoon, but Viking cancelled that tour the previous evening (announcing that sea-conditions would not allow it). Feb 24 Cozumel. I took the included tour to the pre-Columbian Mayan site at San Gervasio. They split us into smaller groups to tour the ruins and learn about the history of the site. The guide did a good job on the lengthy bus ride to talk about what we were going to see and to answer general questions about life in Mexico. I don’t have much experience with Mayan ruins (except for their calendar system that made them such great astronomers), so this was essentially new for me. Feb 25 Belize. The included tour started by going ashore by tender, then a drive through the city that pointed out colonial-era buildings, and then a longer ride to the ruins of Altun Ha. There were quite a few buildings (one of which the group was invited to climb). They divided the 39 people on the bus into smaller groups with individual guides. It was a sunny day, and the bottles of water that Viking provided as we departed the ship were much appreciated since we spent over an hour walking around the ruins for the tour on a hot day. Again, the guide on the bus did a nice job of describing the town and the site, and answering questions about life in Belize. Feb 26 Roatan. We had planned to do the included tour for this day, but a few days before the cruise Viking announced that they were cancelling several tours and turning two optional ones into included tours. My sister changed to the tour that went to the rum and chocolate place, and I changed to the Gumbalimba Park excursion. This was one of my favorite excursions of the entire trip. There were lots of parrots, some macaws, resident monkeys that you could hold (who wanted to steal your earrings or buttons), and at least one sloth. They advertised a “rope” bridge to cross a pond, but it actually had wooden slats and sturdy metal “ropes”; it was a bit wobbly, but I felt quite safe. The park was quite lovely, although the walking paths were a bit rough sometimes. Again, the water bottle was appreciated. (For the monkey area, you had to remove your hat and store the bottle so that the monkeys wouldn’t steal them.) Feb 28. Costa Rica. We had signed up for two tours, the included one and the optional boat and train excursion. Viking had a letter waiting in our stateroom when we first boarded letting us know that the boat part for both tours was identical, and we might consider changing our reservations. We ended up discarding the optional boat and train excursion to do one called “All Terrain Vehicle Ride and Rain Forest Trek”. The monster bus had air conditioning and comfortable seats, and took us up to the mountains near the Banano River. It promised to lead us on foot into the rain forest, but we never actually left the roadway. I saw one tiny poisonous dart frog, and heard some birds, but there wasn’t much wild-life. The driver and the guide had built this bus themselves, and their explanation of how they did it was interesting. They had a nice “picnic” of fruit and snacks, a stop near a banana plantation where we learned a bit about how bananas are grown and harvested, and a scenic drive back to the ship along the coast. After lunch on the ship, we took the included tour that took us by bus to the Tortuguero National Park. The canal boat had a very talented guide that found various sorts of wildlife, such as howler monkeys and crocodiles. Although the description implied we would go into “heart of it all”, we were never out of view of the dock or manmade structures; that is, we didn’t go very far along the waterway/canal, and certainly never got to the point where the canals were “overgrown with jungle”. I found it a fun experience and enjoyed it more than the morning trek on the monster bus, but wished we had had a chance to go further along the canal. Again, the guide on the bus did a nice job of talking about Costa Rica. In spite of its limitations, this was one of my favorite excursions. Feb 29 The Panama Canal. Very cool experience for the ship to enter the canal, spend the day on the lake, and exit in late afternoon. The highlight of the entire trip. March 1 Panama. We did the included tour by bus to Panama City from our docked location in Colon, Panama. The guide pointed out important sites related to the canal and its administration before dropping most of us off near Casco Viejo (Old Town). Several passengers stayed on the bus rather than take the hour-long walk. We were able to enter the church and see the interior. Most of the shops were closed since it was Sunday morning. The guide pointed out some important historic buildings as we walked along cobblestoned streets, and then returned to the bus. The bus took a different set of roads back to Colon, including one through the national park where the jungle was thick. Again the guide was happy to answer questions beyond his prepared talk. March 3 Jamaica. Again we had booked two tours, one included and one optional. But after hearing the Port Talk on March 2, we cancelled the optional one we had planned (the 4X4 safari ride). We took the included trip to Rose Hall Great House, a restored Georgian mansion from the British colonial period. The tour guide spent a lot of time talking about the residents of the house and their evil actions and deaths. There were three flights of steps to enter the house, another three flights to go upstairs, and two flights to go to the basement. Some passengers skipped all the walking tour of the house. There was a shop at the house (15 minutes), and a stop at a shopping center near the house (30 minutes) before returning to the ship at Montego Bay. I really didn’t feel that we had much of an introduction to life in Jamaica or its history. For all locations, there was at least one included (no extra fee) excursion and several optional (various fees) available. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We chose to travel on the Viking Sea (10 day cruise) from San Juan, Puerto Rico to San Juan, Puerto Rico, because we liked the look of the itinerary, and the fact that it has been voted the top cruise line for the last 4 years. We were ... Read More
We chose to travel on the Viking Sea (10 day cruise) from San Juan, Puerto Rico to San Juan, Puerto Rico, because we liked the look of the itinerary, and the fact that it has been voted the top cruise line for the last 4 years. We were amazed by the ship on embarking. It is a stunning, beautiful ship decorated in a Scandinavian style. Our first reaction was that this was going to be a wonderful cruise. Unfortunately, it all went down hill from there. For an expensive 6* cruise line the cabins are tight and drawer space is at a premium. When comparing the cabins to Azamara for example they do not seem any bigger, although the bathrooms are a significant improvement. I am guessing that they have improved the bathroom size at the expense of draw space in the cabin. We like to eat on deck under the stars. This facility was not available on board the Viking Sea, unless one ate at the back of the ship adjoining the buffet restaurant. However, in this case there is no waiter service. Guests had to take food from the buffet. Service around the pool deck was almost non existent until I complained. It was then significantly improved. In addition the service outside at the back of the ship was also poor. Sometimes it was impossible to find a waiter, but at other times it was better. Most of the sun loungers around the pool deck have no mattresses, and the towels are very small. They cover the upright back of the lounger, and possibly a third of the horizontal part of the seat. They are grossly uncomfortable and I am sure contributed to a back problem I currently have. The policy on the ship seems to be to close the roof on the sun deck at the merest hint of rain. The temperatures in the Caribbean hover at around 30 c and closing the roof for no very good reason serves to make the conditions on deck almost intolerable. I can only assume that they are scared of getting the deck wet. In the main the food offering is very good. However, one of the specialist restaurants (Chef’s Table - Asian Fusion), we found very challenging. There is no choice - it is a fixed menu. Although it is changed every three days. We ate there twice, and on both occasions found that there were courses we could not eat. The entertainment was meagre. There were no outside entertainers. There were just 3 production shows, the cruise director doing an Elvis impersonation, and the Assistant cruise director doing a show (she was superb). Other entertainment was the Super Bowl (not very interesting to non- Americans), and a televised Oscar ceremony. Turandot was shown two days running, and 2 other films. Really, it was all rather poor. Around the ship was a classical string duo, and a classical pianist. Most of the time the music took on a funereal quality. The result was the lounges were very often empty or near empty. In fact we often said the ship felt a little like a ghost ship. There was also a guitarist. On him I can make no comment as I never heard him play. Apart from enrichment lectures, and trivia quizzes held rather bizarrely at 20.15, no other on board activities were offered. There is no card room or organised or disorganised bridge. We asked at guest relations if they could provide us with some playing cards. All they were able to come up with was an old pack held together with a rubber band, and a non matching set of picture cards. We were also told that we would have to sign for these - mind boggling. The crew were very friendly and smiling. There were simply not sufficient. Viking runs their ship with approx 2 guests to 1 crew member. Other lines with similar reputations have between 1.5 and 1.7 crew per guest. This probably is the main cause for the service difficulties we encountered. We have travelled on Crystal, Silversea, Seabourn, Azamara, and Oceania. All comparable products. Unfortunately, Viking does not meet the standards of its competitors, and feels like it is being run on the cheap. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We enjoyed Viking Reine cruise and wanted to try Viking Ocean cruise. Viking handled our flights, and transfers which went smoothly. The smaller Viking Sky was particularly enjoyable for us compared to the many larger cruise vessels we ... Read More
We enjoyed Viking Reine cruise and wanted to try Viking Ocean cruise. Viking handled our flights, and transfers which went smoothly. The smaller Viking Sky was particularly enjoyable for us compared to the many larger cruise vessels we have sailed on with other companies. All the support crew - housekeeping, bar and restaurant staff, and Customer Service staff, were particularly friendly and courteous. The entertainers - classical violin and cello, and piano, were superb and to our taste in relaxing music. The gym was good. While small, it served me well and was not crowded. Looked at the beautiful Spa but did not take advantage of it, as we were too occupied with other activities. We did a shore excursion at each of the six ports and we found every one educationally interesting. Our interest in Archeology was sated with visits to many Mayan ruins, and the geographic differences in the smaller Carribean countries was also of interest. The on-board restaurants were top notch. Having the options of the specialty restaurants as well as the dining restaurant and buffet, make meal time choices difficult as they were ALL excellent in terms of quality diversity, and service. The whole trip was run smoothly by Viking from end to end. We will certainly take advantage of another Viking adventure in future. One suggestion we have is that some cruises we have been on offer ATM Cash Machine service on Board. This cruise did not. As we did excursions at every port, there was not always time to find an ATM on shore. As we wanted to provide adequate gratuities to the excursion guides and drivers, it was sometime a struggle having adequate cash on hand without an ATM. An ATM on board the Viking Sky would be an added value service. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Selected this cruise line after much research. We are in our 60's and wanted an experience that was easy, comfortable and well planned. We splurged and went for a Penthouse Jr Suite that turned out to be better than we had expected. ... Read More
Selected this cruise line after much research. We are in our 60's and wanted an experience that was easy, comfortable and well planned. We splurged and went for a Penthouse Jr Suite that turned out to be better than we had expected. Plenty of room for two people to lounge around in with outstanding views from the large veranda. The added perks to a room like this were very fun, they do your laundry (nice to come home with clean clothes) , supply a fully stocked bar daily and the restaurant tables available were outstanding. We are not the most social type of people and found that it was a perfect blend where one could blend in without having to engage unless you wanted to. We were very surprised at the quality of the food available . Healthy choices were always available and this will probably be one of the main reason we return to this cruise line. Another important concept that we were impressed with is how much "everything" is included...no nickel & dimeing here! Wine/beer generously served at lunch & dinner, popcorn at the theater and all amenities though out the ship. This being our first cruise we picked some pretty tame excursions and usually had a great experience, would not be shy about trying more exotic ones next time. A notable point was how clean and well planned this ship was...we came away with the thought that this is exactualy what a cruise should be like...they do virtually everything right. Although it was expensive we both thought that we got our money's worth and are already thinking about where we will go next !! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
I had been on a River Cruise and loved it, it was perfect. So we decided to try a Viking Ocean Cruise. The best cruise ever. We have been on 5 different cruise lines before. No nickel-and-diming on Viking which we appreciated, no ... Read More
I had been on a River Cruise and loved it, it was perfect. So we decided to try a Viking Ocean Cruise. The best cruise ever. We have been on 5 different cruise lines before. No nickel-and-diming on Viking which we appreciated, no overpriced water, it was free. The alternative restaurants, especially the Chef's Table, was a wonderful experience. We also took 2 cooking classes on the ship with Chef Ryan as the teacher. We have decided to concentrate on Viking for our future cruises. Embarkation and disembarkation was the smoothest we have experienced. Loved the included shore excursions, we wanted to see how they were and we were very happy with them. Got to see a Mayan Temple so that can be checked of the bucket list. We did not explore Miami since we have been there before. The Terminal that Viking used was a small nice terminal. The interesting thing with the Viking Sky is that it looks exactly like the other Viking Ocean ships so if you been on one you will immediately be familiar with were everything is. Enjoyed the fact that there was NO Casino or Art show on the Viking Cruise. They came around with cold water the whole time that we were at the pool. Wine, beer and soft drink was included at lunch and dinner time. We opted for the Silver Package that was under $20/day. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Just returned from Viking Orion- Australia and New Zealand, plus a pre-cruise to Cairns. Over all our trip was wonderful. We were so blessed with good weather and mostly calm seas. Our flights took us from KC to Dallas, to Sydney. Then ... Read More
Just returned from Viking Orion- Australia and New Zealand, plus a pre-cruise to Cairns. Over all our trip was wonderful. We were so blessed with good weather and mostly calm seas. Our flights took us from KC to Dallas, to Sydney. Then to Cairns for our pre-cruise. I would recommend this pre-cruise because the northern part of Australia is beautiful with the Barrier Reef and rain forest. Our Sheraton resort was also quite luxurious and the town of Port Douglas is a great tourist area. Many artisan shops and reasonably priced restaurants. Our flight back to Sydney was delayed, so we did not get on the ship until close to 7pm. Others, who did the pre-cruise, wanted to do the evening dinner excursion that first night, but missed it due to the flight delay. The next day, we did the Sydney city tour and had free time in the afternoon. Unfortunately, our bus guide for the city tour was terrible, so we were disappointed that we did not learn more history etc., in Sydney. I did comment on the excursion review that our guide was a spacey 30 something more interested in her dare devil sports, then informing us about the area. Oh well. In Melbourne, we opted for a day long wine and animal park excursion. It was enjoyable, worth the money, but the time at the winery was too long. The wine presenter personally poured samples into 70+ glasses, which took close to an hour, with the cheese paring. After that we had lunch, which was delicious. The first group there had 30 folks, so their tasting went faster, and they finished lunch with desert in a timely manner. Our group rushed through the meal and some folks did not get desert, due to the timing. We were not affected by the fires or smoke that was happening between Sydney and Melbourne. Nor did we have any mention of the virus that has affected other cruise ships further north. We did the included tours in Hobart, Tasmania and Dunedin NZ. A lot of beautiful gardens, architecture, and nature to observe. In Christchurch, we chose to see the inland of NZ, and did the Lord of the Rings excursion. It was interesting to see the mountains and flat countryside as we drove about 2 hours. We were a bit disappointed in our lunch, probably because in the past, we have gotten great food in the additional excursions. Our stop was at a town hall were a couple senior aged women served cold sandwiches. There was fruit and sweets, but not the gourmet food you think about with Viking. In defense of the folks, in town, we were in the middle of nothing, so I get that resources were limited. My suggestion was to lower the price of the excursion and maybe state a simple lunch is served. We also stopped there on our way back for tea and sweets. At least the bathroom was clean. Our bus ( 1of 3) broke down on the way back, but the company was prompt to replace it and get us back to the ship in a timely manner. Our second bus had poor air conditioning, but we were all happy to be on our way. In Wellington, we went on the included city tour, and rushed back to the ship to watch the Super Bowl. Free beer was served that afternoon. Being from KC, we were delighted our team won. In Napier, we signed on for a winery tour, and were not disappointed in our choice. Clearview Estates provided an appetizer and wine pairing, along with a very interesting presentation by the owner/wine maker. Our second winery had more of a brief wine description and set out a tray of cheese and crackers. for all to enjoy. The other wine excursion did not have the food and wine paring that Clearview offered. Rotorua was the stop my husband and I did the kayak excursion. If you enjoy canoeing or kayaking, I would recommend this option. Fun drive out to the lake, fun folks at the kayak company, and fun time in the hot sulfur baths. We wore UV protected shirts, another thing I would recommend, although they had plenty of sun tan lotion for all to use. In Auckland, we did the included city tour and then the Sky Tower and Aquarium. The afternoon tour also took us past 3 places we saw on the included tour, so I thought we could have skipped that and just gone to the museums. Overall, we had enough time to see everything. The next morning we exited the ship about 8am. We had a late fight, so Viking asked us if we wanted to spend the day in a hotel, next to the airport, or go to the hospitality room ( in a hotel) in downtown Auckland, then be transported to the airport. We chose the day in downtown Auckland. We went with other folks to the art museum and had a great Mexican lunch. We were told the last bus to the airport was 4pm, which we board at 3:45. Because our flight was 10:55pm, we ended up at the hotel ( at the airport) anyway. It was nice to relax on a super comfy bed with regular TV, and really fast internet. If I knew that was the plan, I would have showered at the hotel and not packed like I was ready to travel the night before. Oh well, but thank you Viking for taking such good care of us. I hope this review helps those wondering about this cruise trip. We were very pleased and grateful to Viking for providing a wonderful vacation/holiday. If anyone has specific questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We have been on 2 Viking River Cruises, but never an Ocean Cruise, so we chose to try our first Ocean Cruise with Viking because of their reputation for excellence and we wanted a small ship experience. Overall the cruise was excellent. ... Read More
We have been on 2 Viking River Cruises, but never an Ocean Cruise, so we chose to try our first Ocean Cruise with Viking because of their reputation for excellence and we wanted a small ship experience. Overall the cruise was excellent. The ship was beautiful, open and airy with lots of huge windows and spaces to use without ever being crowded. All the Viking staff are top notch, which we love. The staff are genuinely happy to make sure the guest is having a great experience. On this ship, our Cruise Director, Bryan Rodrigues was wonderful, and the entertainers were exceptional. Such talent was beyond our expectations. The entertainment was so good, we often went to both the early and late shows, as they were so amazing. We cannot say enough good things about the Viking Experience as a whole. If we had to make any suggestions, we would offer two: First, have less lectures and more fun things to do with guests on "Sea Days". Second, it would be helpful to know about the docking situations in each port so that the guests can make a more informed decision regarding their excursions and times. Knowing how far the dock is from town and the time at port would be extremely helpful in planning one's day. We would have made some different decisions, had we known ahead of time some of these details. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
AVOID THIS CRUISE UNLESS YOU WANT TO STAY ON BOARD THE ENTIRE TRIP!!!!!!!!!!!! Great ship; good crew, with just a few exceptions. The problem is the excursions offered by Viking. Food is much better than Royal Caribbean and Carnival, ... Read More
AVOID THIS CRUISE UNLESS YOU WANT TO STAY ON BOARD THE ENTIRE TRIP!!!!!!!!!!!! Great ship; good crew, with just a few exceptions. The problem is the excursions offered by Viking. Food is much better than Royal Caribbean and Carnival, but nowhere near the quality offered on Oceania. I chose this trip based, in large part, on the Andes Mountains lake and mountain photograph on the Viking Cruise website and a desire to see penguins in the wild. Forget the excursions -- So far we have been on 3 excursions which were bait-and-switch from what was was advertised. We did see penguins -- but we were never able to get really close to them. (Of course, we did not expect to touch or pet them but I had been misled into believing they might be able to walk up to us). The Andes Mountains photo appearing in Viking's booking website was nowhere near where anyone on the ship could go to. Purportedly, this photo showed a mountain and lake in the region of Punta Arenas, Chile. In reality, the photo was taken hundreds of miles away. Comparable to booking an excursion to the Grand Canyon in Arizona, U.S.A. and spending your entire time in Phoenix. The train pictured for an excursion in Ushuaia, Argentina, was a luxury train, but NOT the train on which Viking passengers rode. The train on which the Viking passengers rode was the one previously used by convicts, crammed 3 to a seat facing three other passengers with knee contact with the passenger in front of you. The Peninsula Valdez tour for Puerto Madryn, Argentina described a "large elephant seal colony". Unfortunately, almost all of the large elephant seals spend the months of January and February about 200 km offshore, where they feed and do not return to shore. We saw maybe 20 elephant seals in two locations -- none of which were the large 8,000 lb. males highlighted in the tour description. The females with some very large calves were about 500 yards from us. Southern right whale? These whales are nowhere near the Peninsula Valdes during January and February. We did see a large colony of sea lions, but you needed a powerful zoom lens or binoculars to make out any of the animals at least 1/2 mile away from the viewing point. Total cost for a six-hour bus ride where the guide knew that the animals we wanted to see were not in the region: about $400 for the two of us. For Peninsula Valdez, we spent about 6 hours in a hot bus to have about 40 minutes of viewing the animals which largely were not there. We also had a one-hour lunch at a restaurant where the famed Argentine steaks were filled with grizzled fat and were cooked well-done. (My personal opinion -- I don't like eating a tough and grizzled well-done steak). We took the tour during the South American summer (January - February). We had hoped the weather would be good during the summer. Obviously, Viking cannot control the weather. Seas were often 30-40 feet+ Winds sometimes were in excess of 45 mph - 50 mph and more. Our tour to see penguins at Punta Arenas was canceled due to wind and sea conditions. When we booked the alternate excursion, we were advised by a Viking excursion staff member that we had a 50/50 chance of seeing something "very similar" to the lake and mountains depicted in the marketing materials for Punta Arenas. Our tour guide laughed when she heard this because there are absolutely no high jagged mountains in the Punta Arenas area which were anywhere close to where we could go in a single-day excursion. We could not disembark in the Falkland Islands and promptly pulled up anchor and left once the captain learned that the wind conditions were unsafe for the tenders in the harbor. The 300+ passengers who had already disembarked were herded up and required to return to the ship -- many of whom had not begun their tours. We are now traveling from Puerto Madryn to Montevideo, Uruguay in heavy seas and high winds. Lots of seasick passengers for this trip throughout the "calm" summer cruise. We were lied to continually by guest services and excursion personnel. Not enough exercise equipment for passengers. No swimming or hot tubs after 8:00 p.m. through 8:00 a.m. The swimming pools and non-spa hot tubs are surrounded by restaurant diners -- not a pleasing option for a cruise marketed to senior citizens. Think about it . . . . We spent about $45,000 for the cruise in the luxury suite and the after-cruise extension to Iguazu Falls. At this point, we realize we were ripped off because of Viking's fraudulent descriptions of its excursions. 20/20 hindsight: we wasted our money when compared to the value we received. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We chose the cruise because it took us to unfamiliar territory and had such elements of excitement about it. Imagine, to actually sail the Straits of Magellan! Our extra time in Valparaiso was well spent--we've never seen such ... Read More
We chose the cruise because it took us to unfamiliar territory and had such elements of excitement about it. Imagine, to actually sail the Straits of Magellan! Our extra time in Valparaiso was well spent--we've never seen such amazing murals (or ridden such interesting outdoor escalators). Our cabin was fine--the roomy shower much appreciated. The food was good everywhere. We enjoyed both Manfredi's and the Chef's Table. The entertainment was fun--the four singer/dancers were excellent. I loved Sarah Leanne's line-dancing class. The musicians were fine in the Living Room too, and the Munch displays were very nice. The service was always excellent. The smiles on the staff seem truly genuine; they are more than helpful. And the captain actually speaks with the guests. The shore excursions were ok, but maybe we didn't choose wisely. The Emerald Lake cruise boat was way too crowded as was our stop at the falls. The Puerto Madryn tea was very nice but the bus ride there and back was not. I wouldn't make that trip again--I'd go to the Wintergarden and have my tea! We couldn't visit the Falklands because of the weather; that was a disappointment. The high seas though showed us just how amazingly stabilized the ship is. Disembarkation wasn't good. Maybe it was because we were going on our own in Buenos Aires, but we had to wait an hour on the delivery dock for our luggage. We really like the passenger size of Viking ships. We've cruised with others--the more elegant Queen Mary II, for instance, but it's Viking we'll be coming back to. And quite soon! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Bucket List cruise, Around the Cape. Ship was just the right size, not real big. Cabins were great, roomy, all balconies. Dining when I wanted, not when I had to, and sit where I wanted was very convenient. The on board activities were ... Read More
Bucket List cruise, Around the Cape. Ship was just the right size, not real big. Cabins were great, roomy, all balconies. Dining when I wanted, not when I had to, and sit where I wanted was very convenient. The on board activities were what I wanted, to learn something. Not just play games. Alot of quiet time. Loved the Tea time everyday. Speakers were very noligable . Service and staff couldn't have been greater. Always there to help us when we needed it and out of sight when we didn't. The bar staff knew our names and drinks by 3rd day and always were fixing our drinks as soon as they saw us. We did mainly encluded excursions - Most were excellent. A couple were disappointing but ok. I love not having children under foot all the time. ( The 18 yr limit is great) We are already planning our next cruise on Viking. Just have to decide on river or sea. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We had done a Viking River Cruise and wanted to try the ocean cruise and see the Northern Lights. The ship was outstanding; the decor was very nice and not overdone. There were plenty of activities for all. The ports in Norway were all ... Read More
We had done a Viking River Cruise and wanted to try the ocean cruise and see the Northern Lights. The ship was outstanding; the decor was very nice and not overdone. There were plenty of activities for all. The ports in Norway were all very interesting especially Tromso, Alta, and Stavanger. In Tromso, the visit to the Planetarium was exceptional; the movies of teh Northern Lights and the description of the science behind them was exceptional. The food choices and quality in all the restaurants were excellent. The sandwiches in the Pool Grill were outstanding. All employees were cheerful, competent, and friendly. Ann at "The restaurant" was a superb hostess. Roman and Ogi were assistant waiters, but outperformed several of the more experienced waiters. They should be seriously considered for promotion. The service in all areas of the ship were outstanding; people were very helpful, courteous, and fun. Our cabin steward Madi was excellent. He was unobtrusive, but very efficient and friendly. Terrance Murtagh's lectures were the highlight of our onboard experience. He was extremely knowledgeable and informative. I got some good pictures of the Northern Lights as a result of his suggestions. We plan to do another Viking Ocean cruise. We were disappointed that we missed the port call in Bodo Norway because there was something there that we wanted to visit. We respected the Captain's emphasis on safety and appreciate him avoiding the dangerous weather in Bodo. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We chose the West Indian Explorer Cruise with Viking because it stopped at nine beautiful ports, only one of which we had seen before. Also, our previous Viking Rhine River Cruise was so great, we wanted to try Viking's Ocean ... Read More
We chose the West Indian Explorer Cruise with Viking because it stopped at nine beautiful ports, only one of which we had seen before. Also, our previous Viking Rhine River Cruise was so great, we wanted to try Viking's Ocean cruises. We especially liked the fact all cabins have balconies, the ship is smaller (930 passengers), has no gambling, smoking or anyone under the age of 18 - makes for a very peaceful vacation. Viking provides an included on-shore excursion at each port included in the cruise price and those excursions do a much better job than other cruise lines of providing history, economic and political information. A wide variety of added cost excursions allow for a broader choice of things to do if the included excursion isn't to your taste. OK, the food was also wonderful and the entertainment was too - just bring ear plugs if you have tinnitus or sensitive hearing! Our only disappointments were the lack of dance floor space and the music tended to frenetic "club" dancing rather than "ballroom". The "Viking APP" only partly worked on my Android cell phone and the cruise hosts couldn't get it to work either so we weren't able to track our schedule and other events as well as we should have been able to. Most cruise ships have friendly staff, but Viking's staff hit a new high - not a frown the whole trip! In short - we would do this again in a heart-beat! PS - this questionnaire would not allow me to add a photo - just saying.... Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
I loved this Viking experience. Smaller ship, no photos, no casino and I'm sorry, but no children. It was what we needed (we're Seniors). The "free to everyone Spa" is amazing! The hot room, the ice bucket of water, the ... Read More
I loved this Viking experience. Smaller ship, no photos, no casino and I'm sorry, but no children. It was what we needed (we're Seniors). The "free to everyone Spa" is amazing! The hot room, the ice bucket of water, the cold room, the big spa, the hot tub.... at first I thought I couldn't do it, but it was absolutely wonderful. The crew/staff was amazing beyond any expectations we had. Our dining experience could not have been better. Absolutely fabulous food - what a surprise from Princess and Carnival! Our waiter, Singh Untung Surya, Station 12, Table #151 made this cruise, OVER THE TOP. He was FABULOUS - the six of us that traveled together cannot say enough about what an amazing dining experience we had, with many, many accolades and thanks to Singh. He needs to be promoted or get a raise or something. Everyone that enjoyed the pleasure of being on one of his tables, all agreed, he is one very amazing person and a true asset to the Viking team. He made a huge difference to all of us! Way to go Singh....thank you for all you efforts to make this cruise extremely memorable for all of us! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We love the cuisine offered in terms of variety and quality. We love being cared for as if we were part of the family. Because the ships are so new, everything about our cabin was first class, new and surprisingly spacious. We felt ... Read More
We love the cuisine offered in terms of variety and quality. We love being cared for as if we were part of the family. Because the ships are so new, everything about our cabin was first class, new and surprisingly spacious. We felt that we could have lived there for more than the 11 days we traveled in total comfort. The Living Room became a second hangout place for us, with a place to get snacks, a drink or hear live music while we read and enjoyed the ambiance. Dancing was available in the lounge, and the band was great. Nightly variations with solo band members on an instrument, or the classical duo, were our style. Frankly, the shore excursions may have been great, but we went on this cruise to experience the ship ... so we didn't focus on those opportunities. That was our choice ... we had been to some of the islands before, so that was not our priority. Because we were met at the airport and delivered directly to the ship, we had a smooth embarkation experience. The disembarkation experience was ... different. We were bussed to a nearby hotel, and waited there for hours (as guests of Viking with sandwiches, cookies, beverages) to be bussed to the airport. As it turned out, that was a good thing because there was not a lot of amenities at the San Juan airport. However, several busses at a time, and waiting to board and load, were not ideal for my difficulty with walking and standing for a long time. It was, all considered, probably as good as it could be. The hotel (the San Juan Hilton) wasn't all I expected a Hilton to be, but that is not the fault of Viking. It is near the port, and their meeting rooms were clean and serviceable. We would go again in a heartbeat. We would not take our friends who think that the ideal ship is the 6,000 passenger big boat because they want a balcony overlooking the INSIDE of the ship, and 3 or 4 Broadway shows to choose from every night. So this was just what we wanted to experience in every way, but it is not for everyone. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We thought all parts of the cruise were excellent. Even with the rough Caribbean waters, earthquake in San Juan and missing two ports because of the rough seas and wind it was a terrific trip! We have two additional scheduled with Viking ... Read More
We thought all parts of the cruise were excellent. Even with the rough Caribbean waters, earthquake in San Juan and missing two ports because of the rough seas and wind it was a terrific trip! We have two additional scheduled with Viking and this being our test cruise with them convinced us we made a good decision to book more. We were on the Viking Sea with an Explorer Suite. The staff was very attentive, professional and provided great service to all. The dining was great but my only complaint would be that we missed the 90 day window to reserve one of the two specialty restaurants. We wanted to go to Manfredis three times but could not get in. The Chefs Table was good but you had a limited choice of food options. Although the food was very good i wish they would put a steakhouse or similar to provide more specialty options. The main restaurant was terrific and provided some of the other options for beef but again it was limited. The excursions Viking provided were walking tours but were very good and the guides were all very professional. The chosen ports were well thought out and gave us a good look at the southern Caribbean islands. We will not hesitate to recommend and use Viking well into the future. There is really a benefit only having 950 people with over 500 staff compared to 4000-6000 with 1500 staff! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Auckland to Sydney. The only disappointment was the final day in Sydney being too short, and apparent confusion amongst Viking staff about water shuttles from wharf to attractions. Arrived Sydney at 1PM, and cruise ended next morning ... Read More
Auckland to Sydney. The only disappointment was the final day in Sydney being too short, and apparent confusion amongst Viking staff about water shuttles from wharf to attractions. Arrived Sydney at 1PM, and cruise ended next morning .. only half a day for this great city. Directions we received from Viking shore team sent us as pedestrians thru an active working dock area to a non-existent shuttle. Wound up taking taxis at $60 to access Australian Maritime Museum, one wharf away from the ship. Otherwise, everything aboard ship, and all the organized shore excursions and enrichment sessions exceeded expectations. Food in all dining venues was excellent. Even had a special cake for 50th anniversary in Chefs Table. The Viking label Aquavit ( aged aboard a Viking ship on a round the world cruise) only available on Viking ships, was excellent ... much better than any other Aquavit aboard. Be sure to ask specifically for it, as they tuck away the bottle in the back of the bar fridge. Participated in the Kitchen Table experience with the Orion Executive Chef on a trip to the market in Melbourne, and dinner prepared by him that evening. Excellent commentary as we shopped in the market, and an enjoyable meal. A couple participants were disappointed that they did not experience hands-on slicing and dicing food preparation, as they were led to believe from the event description, but we, personally, were not disappointed ... who could top the preparation by the Viking kitchen? Also went on the Best of Australia extension to the outback. Terrific experience. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
On the positive side, the Viking Ocean ship was great and a nice size, only about 800 passengers. But it had high quality entertainment, great enrichment lectures, a great fitness area, and super public spaces. The food, like the river ... Read More
On the positive side, the Viking Ocean ship was great and a nice size, only about 800 passengers. But it had high quality entertainment, great enrichment lectures, a great fitness area, and super public spaces. The food, like the river cruises, was great, maybe even better than the Viking Long Ship in Europe. Service in all areas was superb, especially guest services, which I used a lot to get advice on all the tours. I again was so impressed with all the pleasant greetings every day reflecting just how good Viking training is in customer service. Visitors should take into account that this cruise is a little riskier than other Viking cruises because Cape Horn has some of the most turbulent seas in the world. Half the ports in Chile and Santiago were quite cool, mainly in the 50's, and one of the port visits was canceled due to high winds, resulting in four straight days in rough seas. The guides we had in two of the eight ports did not speak very good English and were not very polished. These were in two smaller cities in the southern parts of Chile and Argentina, challenging places to find good tour guides. The good ones we had, such as in Ushuaia, were from Buenos Aires. The guides in the bigger cities like Buenos Aires were fine. The port visits in the first half of the cruise, mainly Uruguay and Argentina, were boring, except for Buenos Aires and beautiful Ushuaia. There was just not that much of interest. If I were doing it again, I would cruise just the Pacific side of South America. The cruising in the Chilean Fjords and other areas such as the Puerto Montt area were gorgeous, and Valparaiso was the best larger size city on the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
This was the first Viking ocean and I wanted to see penquins and my husband wanted to go around Cape Horn in 30 foot seas. We did get around Cape Horn but not in 30 foot seas. The Viking Jupiter is a beautiful ship. Only 950 people and ... Read More
This was the first Viking ocean and I wanted to see penquins and my husband wanted to go around Cape Horn in 30 foot seas. We did get around Cape Horn but not in 30 foot seas. The Viking Jupiter is a beautiful ship. Only 950 people and decor was nice. Our room was what I expected and housekeeping kept it clean. The food was a good and there was a nice variety of food from the World Restaurant and the other restaurants. The only problem with The Restaurant was the meal took a long time to serve the courses. I understand this as some people like slow service where you can sit and relax. The italian restaurant was good but the portions were too large, so we asked for half portions. The bread was so good.. Loved the spa with the hot tub, steam room and snow room. Guest laundry worked out great because for a cruise this length I could not pack enough clothes. Have tto mention the WI-FI-It worked great 95%+ of the time. And its free with Viking. Activities and Entertainment- The entertainment was good and varied from night to night. Enjoyed playing Trivia on sailing days and it was a good opportunity to meet other people on the cruise if a team needed another member as the limit was 6. The best part of trivia was the prize....absolutely nothing. We booked another VIking ocean to the Viking Homelands 9/2021 Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Other reviews have quite adequately covered the cruise portion of South America & the Chilean Fjords on Viking Jupiter. My only comment would be to support the exceptional ratings given and echo the compliments given to the crew for ... Read More
Other reviews have quite adequately covered the cruise portion of South America & the Chilean Fjords on Viking Jupiter. My only comment would be to support the exceptional ratings given and echo the compliments given to the crew for their performance. I would add that on our cruise, we were not able to go ashore in the Falkland Islands nor were we able to go ashore on Magdalena Island (from Punta Arenas). The costs for our optional excursions were immediately refunded to our accounts and the money will be refunded after the cruise. While disappointing, safety was the highest concern of the Captain and he made decisions with that in mind. Rough seas and high winds are always a risk in that part of the world and he did the best he could to maximize our experience. With others covering the actual cruise portion, I wanted to address our pre and post cruise extensions as they do not seem to be mentioned in other reviews. We elected to go to Rio de Janeiro and Iguazú Falls before joining the ship in Buenos Aires. From the first time I saw pictures of Iguazú Falls on a TV special, I have had a visit to Iguazú Falls on my personal “bucket list.” A visit to the Galápagos Islands provided the post cruise extension. The Viking extension begins in Rio de Janeiro where Viking books you into the Belmont Copacabana Palace, a classic hotel right on the beach. The included tour of Rio was on the next day so on the first day, we hired a driver from the hotel to take us to places we wanted to see and knew would not be part of the next-day’s tour. I had several places I knew I wanted to see but then left it up to Mario Marino, our driver, to take us to places we didn’t even know about. His car enabled us to get to places that would be impossible with the bus the next day. He was great as a guide and added immensely to our understanding and appreciation of Rio. The included tour the next day took us to the iconic locations of Rio, e.g., Christ the Redeemer statue and Sugarloaf Mountain. With the tour arranged by Viking, we avoided long lines but still had the inevitable crowds at Christ the King. The views and experience made up for any slight inconvenience of the crowds. From Rio, we flew to Iguazú on the Brazilian side of the falls and stayed in the Hotel Belmont das Cataratas, actually inside the national park boundaries. Our hotel’s location facilitated our visit since we were already inside the park. One day visiting the Brazilian side of the falls and the next day from the Argentinian side provided spectacular views of the falls but did require some amount of walking. We also took the opportunity to see the falls from an optional boat experience on the river. You had “wet” or “dry” options depending on whether you wanted to pass by the falls or actually go through the water cascading from above. Even with the “dry” option, you can depend on getting a bit wet from the spray. After our visit to the falls, we flew from the Argentinian side of the falls to Buenos Aires where we joined our ship. As I said, the cruise portion has been adequately reviewed so I will jump forward to the end of the cruise where we arrived in Valparaiso. We did take the included tour in Valparaiso before packing up in preparation for the next part of the trip and that was the post extension to the Galápagos Islands. The included tour in Valparaiso was mostly a bus tour with a few stops for photographs. The next day, however, as part of the extension, we would have a more extensive tour of Valparaiso and much more before arriving in Santiago for our flight to Guayaquil, Ecuador. One note regarding luggage. The trip to the Galápagos only allowed one checked bag and a carry-on. Because of the length of the cruise and extensions, most of the people had two carry-on bags. Viking made sure we were aware that only one bag would go to the Galápagos and that a second bag (if there was one) would be transported by Viking from Guayaquil to Quito where we would find the second bag in our hotel room in Quito when we arrived from our time in the Galápagos. That took place as advertised. After we departed the ship, we began a walking tour of Valparaiso that provided an in depth look at some of the different areas of the city. It was a much better tour than the day before and covered many of the same locations but with more time to explore and take photographs. On leaving Valparaiso, we headed out of the city and to a vineyard where we would have a short tour and tasting and then a fabulous lunch on a terrace overlooking the vineyards, complete with wine pairings suitable for each course. After lunch, we continued to Santiago and our flight to Guayaquil. One night in the Hilton Colon Guayaquil and the next morning we took another flight to Baltra Island in the Galápagos. As soon as we landed in the Galápagos, we began an extraordinary visit to see wildlife of many varieties. We traveled by bus, small boats, zodiacs, and a yacht to experience the flora and fauna offered by these islands. For two days, we traveled by yacht to two separate uninhabited islands where we would have the opportunity to see and discover the particular species of birds and other animals on the islands. One word of caution is necessary here. Getting to the islands required leaving the yacht, getting into a zodiac, and then getting from the zodiac to the somewhat primitive stairs on the shore. The guides we had were excellent in helping with the transitions but if someone had significant difficulty walking, this would be quite difficult and the walks along the trails problematic. I cannot say enough good things about the time spent in the Galápagos. We stayed in the Finch Bay Galápagos Hotel and our host, Franco Pesantez, did an outstanding job of taking care of us (note that there were 18 on the extension from the cruise). From the Galápagos, we flew to Quito and then back home. Cabin - Penthouse Junior Suite. Lots of space to store clothes and other items. Dual sinks in bathroom with heated floor and towel rack. For a longer cruise, this was exceptional with plenty of room for relaxation and watching the playoffs of the NFL. They were also telecast in the theater but we watched some of them in the room. Two large screen TVs. Dining. We took advantage of the opportunity to eat in the specialty restaurants (no additional cost) and they were excellent. For the Chef's Table, the menu changed every three days but if there was something on the menu you really didn't like (but wanted the rest of the meal) they would make a substitution for you. Normally the Chef's Table is a fixed meal but they are flexible. Manfredi's is always good and don't miss the waffles in Mamsen's. Also, the grill by the pool provides an excellent opportunity for a light meal. World Cafe always provides a wide range of offerings to satisfy any taste. The staff is always ready to provide drinks and whatever else you need. Public rooms are quite pleasing, open and decorated in Norwegian style. Easy to find a place to just relax or talk with others. Service is excellent across the board. The rooms are services several times each day. Shore excursions provide opportunities to see and experience a wide variety of wildlife, landscapes and the cities. The included tours are mostly a bus tour and to get more in-depth opportunities, I recommend taking a careful look at the optional tours. My two favorites during the cruise were in Puerto Madryn where we visited the Punta Tomb Penguin Colony. The excursion requires a long bus ride (about 2.5 hours each way) but the ride is worth it when you are able to walk through the colony and observe literally thousands of penguins. My other favorite was in Puerto Montt, Chile, where we did the Osorno Volcano, Petrohué Falls and Puerto Varas. We visited the falls and had incredible views of the falls and volcano. The falls are not as spectacular as Iguazú Falls but few are even close. We observed the volcano from across the lake and then drove to about 4000 feet on the volcano to be able to see even more spectacular views of the area. The excursion is long but again very worth the time and expense. One note: During this cruise, we were not able to go ashore in the Falklands and we could not go ashore on Magdalena Island from Punta Arenas. Viking refunded our payment for the tours we missed. On-board experience. Viking provides elegant ships excellent service. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We are experienced cruisers, having done a Viking Ocean in 2018 (Rome to Lisbon on the Viking Sun), a Viking river cruise in 2015 (Budapest to Amsterdam) and since 1990,, 5 other cruises on Carnival, Princess and Holland America. Each of ... Read More
We are experienced cruisers, having done a Viking Ocean in 2018 (Rome to Lisbon on the Viking Sun), a Viking river cruise in 2015 (Budapest to Amsterdam) and since 1990,, 5 other cruises on Carnival, Princess and Holland America. Each of those ships were 1500 to 2000 passengers. On this cruise we arrived in LA a day early and met with several others who had set up the meeting through Cruise Critic. Our ship came in and docked close to our hotel, and after embarkation we left the ship to do a museum tour of the USS Iowa, a great Battleship permanently docked within a 10 minute walk. Our first 7 days of this cruise were at sea, as we made our way to Nuku Hiva, in the Marquesa Islands. None of our previous cruising had prepared us for the delights of several back to back days at sea. The weather was good, with a couple of lumpy days, and the activities on board were enough to keep busy. So much to do that you would need to go out of your way to get bored. We especially liked the musical entertainment, As Roger McGuinn, front man for THE BYRDS was aboard, and had a very good set of shows , starting with "Mr. Tambourine Man" a autobiographical walk down memory lane for our age group, and others that he presented later in the cruise. Also on board for a shorter journey was Louis Shelton, Lead guitarist of THE WRECKING CREW. He did a few shows that also took our age group down memory lane. In addition to those headliners, there were several younger musicians, all very accomplished, who put on great shows. And not least were the Viking vocalists, starting with our Cruise Director. There were also intellectual talks, put on by several lecturers well versed on the history of the south Pacific, the anthropology and the culture. All were the best I have encountered on any cruises. Service was superb at all times. After meeting some of the bar staff on the beach in Nuku Hiva, we got to know some of them far better than had been the case on any other ship. They all strive to give the best possible service at all times. Dining was excellent. In the "Chef's Table" restaurant, I had the best meal I have ever eaten. Manfredi's restaurant was also very good, as was the main Dining Room. Several times on the voyage a special meal was set up in one of the 7th level areas, and those were excellent as well. Ports and Shore excursions became challenging for the crew to set up once the weather prevented us getting to the Cook Islands. We got to Tonga early and a hastily assembled set of guides was not up to the task. Tonga is a very poor country, doesn't have much to attract cruise ships, so perhaps was not the best choice of destination. Fiji, was also disappointing. Our tour took us through many very poor areas of Suva, and though we still enjoyed getting to see Suva, I won't be going back to Fiji. All of the other shore excursions were excellent. We did a small bus tour to Rotorua that was a delight. We had front row seats at a Maori cultural display after touring the Geysers while they were quite active. New Zealand will likely get us going back. By restriction, passage to over 18s, not having a Casino, and having only a very few smokers on board, Viking has captured the essence of great cruising. Overall, this cruise exceeded our expectations by a mile. Time to start saving for the next one. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We chose this cruise because we had been on a Viking River Cruise the previous year and really enjoyed it. Viking had the best ratings. Almost everything about the trip was wonderful. The ship was beautiful, staff was super friendly and ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had been on a Viking River Cruise the previous year and really enjoyed it. Viking had the best ratings. Almost everything about the trip was wonderful. The ship was beautiful, staff was super friendly and helpful. The stateroom was exceptionally comfortable and well designed so that there was plenty of closet and drawer space. The ship was also very clean and well maintained. The food at all the restaurants was also excellent. With the Chef's Table being the best. Even the buffet restaurant was the best we tasted anywhere, compared to other ships on which we have sailed. What was lacking was good entertainment. The cruise director, Brensley, did one excellent show. She had a beautiful voice. There were four other singers who did shows, and they were very amateurish. The resident historian was very knowledgeable, informative and interesting. The tours were interesting also, but we would have liked a little more time on our own in each port. All in all, it was a very enjoyable trip. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We'd travelled on Viking Sky on our honeymoon, and knew the exceptional level of service that Viking aim to deliver, so this was a much anticipated opportunity to relax. Cabins are all outside, all with balconies and furniture, so ... Read More
We'd travelled on Viking Sky on our honeymoon, and knew the exceptional level of service that Viking aim to deliver, so this was a much anticipated opportunity to relax. Cabins are all outside, all with balconies and furniture, so there was a wonderful sea view all the trip,. Cabin was really well cared for by the housekeeper for our section, right down to fresh ice delivered twice a day, and swapping all our sodas for tonic water, to go with the gin we took with us....a g& t on board will cost you £11...if that's all you drink each evening take it with you, as the on board complimentary wine and beer witheals is excellent, and regularly topped up! Otherwise, stump up £15-£18.50 a day each for the silver beverage package, and all your drinks are included all day....there didn't appear to be anyone drinking the day through on our boat. Food is simply stunning. Emphasis on presentation, flavour and skilled, attentive service in all of the restaurants, again all included in the price. Pool bar grill doing fresh steaks, burgers & chicken, with a superb and varied salad bar was our favourite for lunch...world cafe self service for breakfast... although we never got to the restaurant for breakfast we intended to! Seating in the restaurant is done by maitre d ...tables for two the majority, or a few tables for four or larger.. menu is varied every day..some standbys..striploin steak, chicken breast, salmon fillet....along with a regional menu reflecting the current whereabouts of the ship, and a larger more fine dining menu. Collared shirt and trousers are the minimum dress required for any of the restaurants in the evening....this is a strictly above 18 cruise...no children anywhere!! It's wonderful!! There's a spa with snow room sauna and plunge pool...all included, plus evening shows in the theatre. Afternoon tea in the winter garden, accompanied by either the concert pianist, the string quartet or the classical guitarist every day. Two pools, small, but adequate for the 930 maximum passengers....and there's loads of secluded comfortable places around the ship to sit and read, relax, take in the view....our favourite is the upper part of the Explorer lounge, on deck 8 . Staff are welcoming, proficient, and plentiful....never had to wait long for anything! There are a wide range of excursions on offer, at least one included one in each port of call. On our honeymoon trip, we booked morning and afternoon trips, then found ourselves rushing to keep up with the schedule, and not giving ourselves time to enjoy the ship. This time we just did the inclusive tours, and were entertained and informed on each. I'd thoroughly recommend this for anyone in their active 50's, 60's etc who loves history, architecture, classical music, fine food& service, and a level of effortless comfort that makes your holiday a real break. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
This was our 3rd Viking Cruise and it did not disappoint. It was so great! The Viking Staff members in each and every phase of the cruise are friendly and polite and excellent at their jobs. The food is always delicious and the ... Read More
This was our 3rd Viking Cruise and it did not disappoint. It was so great! The Viking Staff members in each and every phase of the cruise are friendly and polite and excellent at their jobs. The food is always delicious and the excursions run like clockwork. Viking takes special care to hire the best excursion guides, most of whom have first-hand knowledgr about whatever country we are in. Our rooms are elegant and comfortable and we love having a veranda. All in all Viking ranks 1st in our Hall of Fame for cruise lines and we hope we can sail with them again. Although we were disappointed not to get to see Rome, the New Years Eve party on the ship more than made up for it. We love the size of the ship and we enjoyed putting a jigsaw puzzle and playing cards on deck 2, We added a family member to our usual foursome, my husbands brother and his wife, and it was so much fun to watch them learn to love the Life of Cruising as much as we do, Good Job, Viking! . Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This was our very first cruise of any kind, having been an owner of a sailboat. We thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the cruise. We had been watching PBS for years, always seeing the ads for Viking River Cruises. And we were pleasantly ... Read More
This was our very first cruise of any kind, having been an owner of a sailboat. We thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the cruise. We had been watching PBS for years, always seeing the ads for Viking River Cruises. And we were pleasantly surprised how much we enjoyed this cruise. We kept looking for a great deal. When one came online, we jumped at the chance. The ship was impeccably clean. Our cabin was kept in pristine condition. The food was fabulous- large assortment to choose from. Every night we were eager to see what was on the menu. W were so impressed with the quality of all the food. The meats and seafood was so fresh and tender. Cooked to perfection. And presented beautifully. The fruits were flavorful and presented at their peak.The staff was there to cater to our whims, and the excursions were very informative. We will plan on saving enough money to take a river cruise in 2021. Can’t wait. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We selected this cruise because Cuba was originally on the itinerary. Through no fault of Viking, this port of call was cancelled due to a change in government policy. We still kept the reservation, as we wanted to visit the Central ... Read More
We selected this cruise because Cuba was originally on the itinerary. Through no fault of Viking, this port of call was cancelled due to a change in government policy. We still kept the reservation, as we wanted to visit the Central American places on the itinerary, as well as part of the Panama Canal. We knew we had some days at sea, but because of winds and rough seas, in addition to the Cuba stop being cancelled, we didn't get to Honduras or Mexico either. Way too many days at sea for us. The food was generally good to excellent in the Restaurant, and the service was outstanding. We did wish there were more choices of included wines--two reds and two whites, for example. The dishes were always beautifully presented. The included excursions sometimes included lengthy bus rides and not a lot to see--Belize and Panama City, for example. We like adults only trips and appreciated the quiet and upscale atmosphere. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
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