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I had only been on one cruise before and it was fine, but didn't leave me with a huge desire to go on another cruise anytime soon. My partner had never been on a cruise before. Both of us were blown away by our Viking Ocean Cruise ... Read More
I had only been on one cruise before and it was fine, but didn't leave me with a huge desire to go on another cruise anytime soon. My partner had never been on a cruise before. Both of us were blown away by our Viking Ocean Cruise experience. The ship is stunning and spotless. The food completely exceeded our expectations. The crew was incredible friendly and always smiling. I would go on another Viking cruise in a heartbeat. We're thinking of going on a river cruise to see the difference between the ocean cruise. Here are some of the features aboard the Viking Jupiter: -The Jupiter has four reservation restaurants for a more formal dining experience, just be sure you make reservations a day or two in advance. -World Café, the buffet restaurant, is open 3 times a day and available at the passengers’ leisure. Let me tell you, the food served at the buffet is outstanding. -Beer and wine are included with meals, and, believe it or not, you can even bring your own wine/alcohol aboard and enjoy in your room or take it to dinner with you. - If you want more top-shelf spirits, wine or champagne, you can pay by the drink, or buy a drink package and consume as much as you wish during the cruise. The Silver Spirits package, which we had, is quite affordable at about $28 per day, so if you have 2-3 drinks per day, it’s well worth it. -There is a lovely spa aboard in which we both had massage treatments after one of our shore excursions. -There are a couple of pools on the ship; one is an outdoor negative edge at the stern. The other is in the middle of the ship with a retractable roof for warmer climates. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
My wife and I have always wanted to visit the Baltic and this cruise was the perfect fit. We researched many other cruise lines and Viking offered the best itinerary. We joined the Vikings group on Facebook and read all of the reviews and ... Read More
My wife and I have always wanted to visit the Baltic and this cruise was the perfect fit. We researched many other cruise lines and Viking offered the best itinerary. We joined the Vikings group on Facebook and read all of the reviews and found that many of the reviewers were repeat Vikings Cruisers who rated Viking as their preferred cruise line. The Jupiter was a new ship that received high reviews. We liked the fact that Viking would handle our flight arrangements and included cultural excursions at most of the ports of call. We chose to purchase additional excursions and was extremely pleased with the two day excursion in St Petersburg which just so happened to coincide with my wife’s birthday. (an added benefit). The food and beverage selection was exceptional. I have a dietary restriction and the Food and Beverage manager did everything in his power to accommodate me. All the staff on the Jupiter were professional, friendly and accommodating. Our suite was well appointed and comfortable. Our suite attendant was extremely attentive and went above and beyond to ensure our every need was met. The free laundry service was a huge benefit. We have cruised on many other cruise lines and can without qualification state that Viking ranks at the very top of the list. We will definitely cruise with Viking again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Have always wanted to see this part of the world and this cruise gave me a sample of several countries. I have taken and loved 4 Viking River cruises and this Viking Homeland Ocean Cruise did not disappoint. The food, cabins, crew and ... Read More
Have always wanted to see this part of the world and this cruise gave me a sample of several countries. I have taken and loved 4 Viking River cruises and this Viking Homeland Ocean Cruise did not disappoint. The food, cabins, crew and service and most of the included tours were great. One disappointment was the fact that we only got 1 reservation in each of the special restaurants. I know that is done by cabin level. Everyone said it wouldn’t be a problem to book more after we got on the ship, but we were always told no vacancies, even though we could see empty tables later in the evening. Easy embarkation and disembarkation. I wish Viking would stop handing out plastic water bottles. Too much plastic in our world. I would like for them to give each passenger a container that could be filled and taken instead of the plastic. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Every detail about the Homelands Cruise was planned and carried out to an excellent standard. The use of Viking Air made getting from my home city to the city of embarkation very easy. I was met at the airport and taken by transport ... Read More
Every detail about the Homelands Cruise was planned and carried out to an excellent standard. The use of Viking Air made getting from my home city to the city of embarkation very easy. I was met at the airport and taken by transport directly to the ship on time for the first day of the cruise. Embarkation ran smoothly and efficiently. Departing the ship at the end of the cruise also ran smoothly and the transport to the airport was pre-arranged and on time. The stateroom was spacious and well maintained by efficient and friendly stewards. The restaurants and buffet served excellent meals with top notch service. The tours were well organized and there was minimal waiting or lining up to board transports or to enter/exit the ship. The tour leaders were knowledgeable, friendly, entertaining and helpful. The ship itself was spotless and inviting in all areas. The entertainment was excellent and the main theatre was very comfortable. I found the service in all areas of the ship to be excellent. Staff were willing to help and answer any questions. I highly recommend the Homelands Cruise on the Viking Jupiter ship to anyone who wants to see the Baltic Sea area of the world. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
I chose the Viking Homelands Cruise, because Scandinavia was on my bucket list and I was impressed with Viking's ocean ships. I knew Viking's quality from 4 river cruises. The Jupiter is an amazingly beautiful vessel. Our ... Read More
I chose the Viking Homelands Cruise, because Scandinavia was on my bucket list and I was impressed with Viking's ocean ships. I knew Viking's quality from 4 river cruises. The Jupiter is an amazingly beautiful vessel. Our cabin had amply storage and I enjoyed the balcony. The entire staff was outstanding. Onboard talent was impressive. We especially enjoyed the Elvis night. Food selections were excellent. Our only disappointment was that we could not get an additional reservation for Manifreds. We enjoyed the Explorer's Lounge each evening - very good bartenders and easy listening music from Matthew. There are so many options, you will never be bored on the Jupiter. The itinerary was very good and many options. Local guides were very knowledgeable. So many wonderful memories. Viking does a fantastic job making sure everything runs smoothly. I would recommend this cruise to everyone interested in visiting Scandinavia and the Baltic. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
i wanted to check out these northern European countries as i'd never been before. we lucked out and the weather was better than expected. Viking was organized, the food was great and plentiful, service great. My only ... Read More
i wanted to check out these northern European countries as i'd never been before. we lucked out and the weather was better than expected. Viking was organized, the food was great and plentiful, service great. My only 'complaint' was that the trip cost more than we expected. many of the included tours were 'sold out' and we checked in to get tours as soon as tours were available. that being said, some of the tours we paid for were well worth it as we got to see areas we wouldn't have normally seen on a cruise. we were pleasantly surprised with the level of entertainment we experienced each evening--the staging, singing and dancing were very entertaining. and we enjoyed going to the nightclub each evening to listen to music. we used the spa 3 different times and were not disappointed in the services, especially the massages. and of course, never minded doing some shopping on board, as well as in the individual countries. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This was our third Viking cruise. We had previously enjoyed two European River Cruises with Viking, and our initial Ocean Cruise, the "Viking Homelands", turned out to be a phenomenal experience. We selected this cruise ... Read More
This was our third Viking cruise. We had previously enjoyed two European River Cruises with Viking, and our initial Ocean Cruise, the "Viking Homelands", turned out to be a phenomenal experience. We selected this cruise because of the itinerary. The variety of ports offered was very appealing. Equally,as interesting as the ports we visited was the opportunity to experience different cultures, lifestyles, and political philosophies. Our ship, the Viking Jupiter, was new to the Viking fleet of ocean vessels and was absolutely first class. Modern technology along with beautiful staterooms and common spaces made the journey comfortable and enjoyable. The variety of dinning options was expansive and the usual high standard of Viking service by the entire staff could not have been more accommodating. The daily menu of activities including shore excursions and nightly entertainment, and lectures combined with the on-board spa and fitness facilities assured guests that there were always great choices from which to choose. Overall, this cruise was just a terrific experience in every way! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
It was Viking which turned out to be out 6th time with Viking and they had the itinerary we wanted. The ship was new and was outstanding. The crew and amount of crew was very impressive. Dining was absolutely delicious with several ... Read More
It was Viking which turned out to be out 6th time with Viking and they had the itinerary we wanted. The ship was new and was outstanding. The crew and amount of crew was very impressive. Dining was absolutely delicious with several great dining options. The things I like about Viking is no kids under 18. Most of their clientel consists of well traveled and educated people. Even though the ship had 900 on board, it was so spacious and well appointed that you never realized there were that many people on board. Our cabin was well appointed and we had a wonderful balcony. There were lots of private spaces where one could just sit with a cup of coffee or and drink and read. They had a planatarium which we made good use of. The explorers lounge was one of our favorite places. We've only done one other cruise on a major cruise line and we hated it, felt like cattle. Viking is awesome. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
I love the quiet, relaxing and stress free cruise! No lines or waiting for anything at all! No photographers or kids running around made us Viking loyalist! The ship was the cleanest in the entire fleet. Our other cruises were no where ... Read More
I love the quiet, relaxing and stress free cruise! No lines or waiting for anything at all! No photographers or kids running around made us Viking loyalist! The ship was the cleanest in the entire fleet. Our other cruises were no where near the quality of Viking. The excursions were top notch and we enjoyed every one of them! Thank you so much! The only problem we had was no entertainment. A guitar player or cello players were not interesting or satisfying. I think there should be a nightly show or different entertainment. Like the other cruises only on a smaller scale? My room stewards were so amazingly tipped them $200 each! I will take another Viking cruise soon! We enjoyed the ocean cruise better than the river cruises. We didn’t like the food at all on the river cruises. And the availability of food on the river vs the ocean, the ocean was much better! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Prior river cruise experience with Viking was excellent. We wanted to visit the Baltic ports and expected the same level of experience on Viking's ocean cruise ships. There was almost a complete lack of on board entertainment. ... Read More
Prior river cruise experience with Viking was excellent. We wanted to visit the Baltic ports and expected the same level of experience on Viking's ocean cruise ships. There was almost a complete lack of on board entertainment. Most consisted of a string duet, a pianist and guitarist playing classical music. Only 5 shows in the theatre on a 14 day cruise and nothing during two deadly boaring sea days. The shows that were performed were reminiscent of karaoke. Enrichment was poor and consisted mainly of trying to pitch shore excursions. The main dining room was excellent for both the menu and service. The specialty restaurants are best avoided. Average food variety and quality with exceptionally poor service. The passenger demographic could be best described as ancient which nay have influenced the entertainment. Overall, the cruise was disappointing. At the price point, there are much better choices, even non premium lines would be superior. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
The cruise was nice, but it fell a little short of my expectations. Most all of the staff was very friendly, but being in the explorer suite we expected a little more of a personable experience like we have received on other cruise lines. ... Read More
The cruise was nice, but it fell a little short of my expectations. Most all of the staff was very friendly, but being in the explorer suite we expected a little more of a personable experience like we have received on other cruise lines. Our suite had several mechanical issues (we got locked out of our room twice, tv was serviced three times but still did not work properly, outside door hatch was not latched properly and banged open and closed all night, toilets didn’t work one morning). It would be nice to have a butler service like other cruise lines, and a direct phone number to that person if they are needed. The entertainment most evenings was only at 9:15 pm. We are accustomed to having the option of an early or a late show. We were not interested in waiting until late evening to see a show. A 6:30 and 9:15 would be a much better option. Not everyone wants to stay up that late. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
As a reasonably well travelled couple around mainland Europe we were looking forward to travelling a little further afield and so chose The Viking Homelands cruise whilst on our second river cruise with them. From the minute of booking ... Read More
As a reasonably well travelled couple around mainland Europe we were looking forward to travelling a little further afield and so chose The Viking Homelands cruise whilst on our second river cruise with them. From the minute of booking to coming home everything was superbly handled by all the Viking staff we had dealings with. The Viking Sky herself did not disappoint,I can find nothing about it to complain about.It was furnished exactly to our style being modern and elegant without being 'flashy' or too simple.Even on sea days it did not seem crowded. We got to meet several like minded fellow passengers who we would bump into again and again as the cruise progressed.Passengers seemed to be mostly from the US but there were also a fair number of Canadians and Australians.We only came across six other Brits. The main restaurant on deck 2 is the best place we found to meet new people and also The Living Room in The Atrium.(especially around the jig saw puzzle table on level 2.) All the staff seem very happy to be on the ship,it shows on their faces and they always greet you with a smile and say hello. Our favourite place on board was the upper level of the Explorers Lounge closely followed by the comfy loungers facing outwards with sea views in the area at the side of the main pool. The sad faces and fond farewells on disembarkation morning said it all. No one wanted to leave.We cannot wait to sail again and actually rebooked for next year whilst still on board (Australia and New Zealand) Many wonderful memories to savour over the coming winter months . Watching the sun rise and set over the ocean everyday is sadly missed at the moment in my land locked home location. Thank you Viking for yet another special holiday. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We loved everything about the Viking Homelands tour. From airport pickups to tours to see the cities, it was all run like clockwork. Getting on and off the ship at every port was easy and never any lines (except for when we all returned on ... Read More
We loved everything about the Viking Homelands tour. From airport pickups to tours to see the cities, it was all run like clockwork. Getting on and off the ship at every port was easy and never any lines (except for when we all returned on the train from Berlin, but we were greeted with champagne and the crew dancing and welcoming us back....my own family doesn't welcome me home like the Viking crew did!) We took advantage of all the included tours (many were walking tours) and the guides were knowledgeable and gave insights into the history as well as the current events of the cities. The added tours we choose were all wonderful...very well run and friendly guides. We loved all of the areas of the ship and it never felt crowded; our favorite was the explorer's lounge for the cool vibe and sweeping views. Cabin was comfy and roomy and the bathroom floor was heated. The rooms were serviced twice a day and was always spotless. Dining was excellent; so much variety and, while you could eat decadent meals every day, there are healthy delicious options, too. And, wine with lunch and dinner was a nice treat with a great variety of wines. We also enjoyed the special poolside meals of seafood. Entertainment was top notch...I expected it to be cheesy and corny but it was not. From talented singers to special guests, it was all five-star. Our last night brought a Bergan violinist and we were listening to a virtuoso in the finest concert hall. All the ports were interesting with plenty to see and in most towns there is shuttle bus to get you back to the ship if you want to explore the town on your own. We really appreciated that. Fitness center, spa, and pools were wonderful and we took advantage of all of them,. The service exceeded expectations; Viking really takes care of you and makes you feel special. We would definitely go on another Viking trip; and we booked a Viking River cruise to Egypt while on board! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Friends who had travelled on many cruise lines before suggested that Viking was now one of the top - so well worth considering if we wanted to cruise. The entire cruise and the staff who looked after us were superb. The ship never ... Read More
Friends who had travelled on many cruise lines before suggested that Viking was now one of the top - so well worth considering if we wanted to cruise. The entire cruise and the staff who looked after us were superb. The ship never seems crowded / no queuing in the restaurants. A thoroughly enjoyable experience. More expensive than some other cruise lines but you only get what you pay for! The shore excursion guides were very knowledgeable but I did wish on occasions that we had been given more time to explore the various places by ourselves as in Nice and Monaco Perhaps not to have combined both places in one tour would have given us the additional time we should have liked to look around that particular place. The food on board was superb. Excellent choices and everything so perfectly presented whether at the buffet or service at the table. The wines offered as part of the all inclusive are of extremely good quality - so much better than one might have anticipated as a freebie! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
The cruise went to all the cities we have wanted to see for several years. Our hotel stay in Stocholm was lovely and in the perfect location for walking. The Viking Sky is a beautiful ship. Our cabin couldn't have been nicer. We ... Read More
The cruise went to all the cities we have wanted to see for several years. Our hotel stay in Stocholm was lovely and in the perfect location for walking. The Viking Sky is a beautiful ship. Our cabin couldn't have been nicer. We had plenty of room and storage in our cabin. Our bath had nice a nice heated floors. Our refrigerator was refilled everyday with drinks and snacks. The excursions and tour guides were excellent. The ballet in St Petersburg was exceptional. The disembarkation was very well organized and easy to do. The enrichment talks on board were very informative and helpful to understanding the cities on the tours. The food was exceptional featuring local cuisine and wines and beers. The young entainers were extremely talented with a variety of shows. Everything about this cruise was exceptional and couldn't have been more perfect. The staff were all so friendly and helpful. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We were celebrating our anniversary and this trip made a stopover in Aalborg where my beautiful wife’s family lived before coming to America. The ship was beautiful and spotless. The staff were excellent and so accommodating to our ... Read More
We were celebrating our anniversary and this trip made a stopover in Aalborg where my beautiful wife’s family lived before coming to America. The ship was beautiful and spotless. The staff were excellent and so accommodating to our every desire. The entertainment and food could not have been more enjoyable. We were not able to get into the port at Gdańsk, Poland because of the weather but the trip was very comfortable. All of the restaurants were very enjoyable and the fact that all the restaurants were included in our room charge was a welcome surprise vs other cruise experiences. The artwork aboard the ship was very enjoyable to view. The music performances were all done with great taste and enjoyed by all the guests we met on this trip. We also really appreciated the diversity of shore excursions and the fact that all ports had at least one excursion that was included in your original fare. All of the ports were unique and the historians aboard gave us great reviews before we left the ship for our tours. We will be using Viking for another trip next September. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
The Viking Homelands itinerary seemed perfect for us and though we hadn’t been on a Viking Cruise before, had always heard good things. The experience from start to finish was amazing and, now that we have been thoroughly spoiled, would ... Read More
The Viking Homelands itinerary seemed perfect for us and though we hadn’t been on a Viking Cruise before, had always heard good things. The experience from start to finish was amazing and, now that we have been thoroughly spoiled, would find this cruise line hard to beat. The friendly staff’s prompt attentiveness and professionalism, exceptional logistics from embarking to disembarking (and all in-between), well planned tours in each country and variety of dining options exceeded our expectations. The ship is so well laid out that you can find quiet getaway areas or seek out activities to join, as you’d like. It never felt too crowded. The Viking staff take all feedback to heart and they seem to be continually looking for ways to achieve the wow factor for all of their guests. It was quite relaxing to leave all of the details to Viking and we are delighted to have had such a positive experience. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We chose this cruise because we love cruising. We find this way of travelling very relaxing and at the same time interesting. You can visit many cities and have a general idea of all the places the ship stop. The ship has all you need to ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we love cruising. We find this way of travelling very relaxing and at the same time interesting. You can visit many cities and have a general idea of all the places the ship stop. The ship has all you need to have a fantastic vacation time. We never have to wait for a table to eat. The restaurants, all of them are amazing. The chef Ivan, from Chile took really good care of us. He showed as the kitchen and we were surprised how everything was being prepare for each meal in all of the restaurants. The cabin was very comfortable, as well as the bed and pillows, but the best part in the cabin was the bathroom. Really big for a ship bath with warm floor. They have service twice a day to keep the cabin always tidy and clean. We love the entertainment, the 4 young vocalists were exceptional, same as the pianists and the 2 girls who played stringed instruments. We only were sad because the ship couldn't stop in Poland port due to weather conditions.The excursions were very interesting same as the guides, specially Helen in Saint Petersburg. We did some included excursions and some prepaid ones. We already booked a future trip to Egypt in a Viking river for 2021. We recommend the pre and post cruise extensions, both great options, we enjoyed them a lot. We value very much; the quality of service Viking has. Although we did many other cruises with other companies, this last one was overall the best ever. Thanks Viking crew and everyone on the ship for a great experience and a phenomenal vacation. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This was a great cruise, exceptional staff. Went to many ports all beautiful. Went to Sweden, Finland, Russia, Denmark, Germany, Estonia and Norway. We missed Poland due to rough water, but we would have been there five hours. Food was ... Read More
This was a great cruise, exceptional staff. Went to many ports all beautiful. Went to Sweden, Finland, Russia, Denmark, Germany, Estonia and Norway. We missed Poland due to rough water, but we would have been there five hours. Food was great and we saw a lot of country. We did many of the optional tours and some included tours, plus we did some walking tours on our own. The weather could have been better in some places but that is out of everyone’s control. On ship we had a massage which was great but a bit overpriced. We also went to the steam bat, the snow grotto, the thermal pool, the sauna and the cold pool. My traveling friend was Norwegian and Swedish and I am German and Finnish so it was great we went to all four countries. I was very happy to get to see the where the Berlin Wall was and Checkpoint Charlie. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This was a thrilling cruise! I have always wanted to visit Scandinavia. The three destinations in Norway were varied and interesting. In Scavanger we visited the Nature Centre and not only experienced incredible exhibits but were treated ... Read More
This was a thrilling cruise! I have always wanted to visit Scandinavia. The three destinations in Norway were varied and interesting. In Scavanger we visited the Nature Centre and not only experienced incredible exhibits but were treated to a panoramic tour of the north which I found thrilling to watch. Bergen was a wonderful way to end the cruise and when there we experienced plus 30C sunny weather! The highlight for me was the Pulpit Rock Cruise, in Eidfjiord Norway. I loved experiencing the fiords from the top of the boat! We loved visiting the varied destinations taking in St. Petersburg, Russia, Berlin Germany, Estonia, Finland and Denmark. Our tour guides were very knowledgeable and pleasant. I learned so much about the history of these historic destinations. Stockholm is a beautiful city. Visiting there was a wonderful way to begin the cruise. We were blessed for the most part with fabulous weather which made our excursions, especially the walking tours, very pleasant. While on the ship we were able to meet many of our fellow passengers and enjoyed socializing with them. The entertainment on the ship was fabulous too! For example, the four young people who performed for example, the Abba Medley were outstanding as was our talented cruise director, the pianist, guitarist, and string duo and Viking Band and singers. The atmosphere on the ship was so pleasant that when sea days occurred, it was a pleasure just to stay on the ship. Guest services was extremely helpful, not to mention friendly. We felt we could go there for any concern. The Viking Sky is a well designed ship and I particularly appreciate the fa that it is a smaller ship than some ocean liners who carry thousands of passengers. In summary, the Itinerary was terrific and the luxury of the ship, friendliness of the crew made this the most memorable of my cruises thus far. I would highly recommend this cruise to family and friends. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Exploring the Baltic, Scandinavia and Russia have long been on our bucket list. No better way than on a "small" cruise ship, especially one with Viking's reknowned reputation. Our embarkation was smooth, both pre and final ... Read More
Exploring the Baltic, Scandinavia and Russia have long been on our bucket list. No better way than on a "small" cruise ship, especially one with Viking's reknowned reputation. Our embarkation was smooth, both pre and final boarding of the ship, with the always courteous and very welcoming crew. Once aboard viewing the bright spacious interior with its many appointments, amenities and services assured us we were to be pampered, spoiled and well fed for the duration of our adventure. Our stateroom, a "Deluxe Veranda" appeared and was always kept neat clean and comfortable. Given the opportunity to pre-book reservations in both "Manfredi's" and the "Chef's Table" restaurants we not disappointed. Fine dining with "French" style service and meals prepared to perfection. Of the on-board activities we frequented the "Spa" and "Fitness Centre", attended the informative port talks and knowledgable and historic lectures. The cruise itinerary and choice of excursions provided us a wide selection of interesting activities at every port. Not having experienced an "ocean" cruise we weren't sure what to expect. We were definitely not disappointed, never bored and the time did not pass by too fast or slow. Despite our first impression of being a "big" ship we found it to be as intimate as the Viking longships we've cruised on. Thank you Viking for the wonderful experience ! We've already booked our next cruise ! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
we choose this cruise for the ports.the one thing we were disappointed about was not being able to stop in Poland. The various tours offered each day were all great, some days it was hard to decide what to do. I personally would prefer ... Read More
we choose this cruise for the ports.the one thing we were disappointed about was not being able to stop in Poland. The various tours offered each day were all great, some days it was hard to decide what to do. I personally would prefer not to have to pay for all the additional tours but to have them included in the initial price. We were given the option to upgrade to a suite which was wonderful. our cabin steward was very accomodating . Diner each evening was delicious. we enjoyed the Italian restaurant and the main dining room. The lectures each evening about the next day's port were amazing, I highly recommend attending. Evening entertainment was also quite good. The staff in general went above and beyond to make each guest feel at home. I would love to know how Viking recruits such friendly helpful staff from the porters to the captain. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We had travelled on the grand European river cruise and this was another cruise with friends. The food was excellent at all locations. The bartenders were really good, especially in the explorer lounge. We found the tour guides went ... Read More
We had travelled on the grand European river cruise and this was another cruise with friends. The food was excellent at all locations. The bartenders were really good, especially in the explorer lounge. We found the tour guides went from great to so so. Tallin was the best guide. Now for the problems, they put us on a bus to the airport and we saw them literally take our luggage off of the bus. We arrived at the airport without luggage and had to wait over an hour for it to arrive by cab. The absolute worse part was the room. We bought the most expensive suite on the boat #5001. There was a large mirror in the bathroom that was heated. Unlike a regular room, there is now way to flow fresh air through the bedroom. The heat output of the mirror was so high that the AC couldn’t keep up. We spent all of our nights sweating on top of the covers. We were told that there was no way to turn the heat off. No switch or breaker. Looking back I should have broken the mirror on the first day and cut the wires. Paying for the damages would be well worth being able to sleep. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. We always wanted to visit St Petersburg. Also we had been on a Viking River cruise and were impressed with ship and service. The Viking Sea crew are superb the service was excellent. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. We always wanted to visit St Petersburg. Also we had been on a Viking River cruise and were impressed with ship and service. The Viking Sea crew are superb the service was excellent. One tip if the Hermitage museum is important to you, book a private tour. Our group included folks with mobility issues difficulty with stairs etc. Although Viking made it clear there was lots of walking and stairs. Also the museum was very crowded and a couple of our group members drifted off. The tour guide wasted time looking for them. So overall this highlight was a disappointment As was Vikings practice of handing out plastic bottles of water to every guest at each stop. Therefore thousands of plastic bottles left behind in ports and busses to end up who knows where. A great disappointment for a company who claim to be concerned about the environment. Easy fix to provide reusable bottles. Be aware that the average age (on ours anyway) was about 70. Just a few younger people and likely not s good cruise for singles. Although there are 850 + guests on board there was always space for a quiet read and or drink. Apart from breakfast in the World cafe, never felt over crowded. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
I have waited a lifetime to discover the Baltic and this cruise didn’t disappoint. The service and accommodations were amazing and, as always the Viking staff went above and beyond. My travel partner and I really enjoyed the spa area ... Read More
I have waited a lifetime to discover the Baltic and this cruise didn’t disappoint. The service and accommodations were amazing and, as always the Viking staff went above and beyond. My travel partner and I really enjoyed the spa area and the bar and dining choices. The spa area not only offers lots of included amenities, but also services that make one feel pampered. I really enjoyed having a facial on our sea day. We tried all of the restaurants and enjoyed each one. It was nice to have so many choices from which to choose. My only disappointment were some of the excursions that didn’t live up to my expectations. Viking cruises are relaxing and educational at the same time and I learned so much on this cruise. Having experts onboard who offer lectures makes the experience different than other cruise lines. I look forward to my next Viking cruise. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
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