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And I have taken several; why you wonder: #1 - I caught an intestinal illness on board, couldn't eat hardly eat anything but chicken soup and a little fruit for the last seven days of the cruise; it was an eleven night cruise. ... Read More
And I have taken several; why you wonder: #1 - I caught an intestinal illness on board, couldn't eat hardly eat anything but chicken soup and a little fruit for the last seven days of the cruise; it was an eleven night cruise. Couldn't determine if it was something I ate or if it was some inconsiderate passenger on board spreading disease; doesn't matter I caught it on board. I do want to commend the medical staff they were excellent and took very good care of me. #2- The ship didn't stop at any of the advertised ports. I wanted to see the Azores (never have) and go to Bermuda( had family party plans). Well all blown to smithereens; thank you very much. Viking would be shocked to know; we actually met repeat Viking Cruise passengers that had hedged their bets that the Mid Atlantic Crossing wouldn't make the port stops. They told us it was to late in the season for the ship to attempt such a journey. They won their bet, so Viking should watch who they give cruise points too. I paid thousands of dollars for a constant rough ride from Europe to Miami; I would have rather flown. #3- My opinion is that Viking should stick to the rivers, rivers are calm, high seas are not. The ship was very beautiful, well -appointed and luxurious; but not very safe on a rough high seas. They have no railage, nothing to hold on to in common areas. I have never been on a ship that didn't have an appropriate amount of railage. What were we suppose to hold on to "ART WORK" well, it doesn't work very well. The ship was rocking and so were the passengers. Several people fell; "oh well at least they landed on something beautiful." So I got off of my Luxury Viking Cruise with a sea legs, cruise cough, very upset intestinal status and the feeling of just being completely ripped off; “so Thank You Very Much Viking Sea Cruises”. Viking did try to pay me off to shut up. I turned them down because people need to know; money is not everything. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
As a solo traveller and first time cruiser, I did a lot of research before I chose this cruise. I was impressed that Viking included so much and that it had a good reputation for its crew, destinations, and for its food. The crew were ... Read More
As a solo traveller and first time cruiser, I did a lot of research before I chose this cruise. I was impressed that Viking included so much and that it had a good reputation for its crew, destinations, and for its food. The crew were all wonderful especially as I was very sea sick for the first two days. Unlike other times when I have been seasick this took me days to recover. Whether it was the injections I was given I do not know. So by day 5 I was looking forward to having some good food as well as checking out more of the ship. I was not fully recovered to see Madeira which was the first port of call. Madeira having been substituted for the Azores because of the weather. Well the food was a real disappointment. Inconsistent quality and cooking was a real letdown. Frozen seafood is just about tasteless when thawed. And my one night out at Manfredi's was spoiled by a racist sexist Trump supporter. Plus the food was lukewarm. I was at a shared table so had no idea that this awful pig of a man would be at my table. His wife and the two other people at the table were lovely but he was the sort of man that if you said something he would take it out on his wife later. So days 5, 6, 7, 8 were redeemed by being able to sit out on my balcony and be looked after by my cabin crew. By day 9 I had a very debilitating chest infection that had me coughing day and night. I have been home over two weeks and it has still not cleared up. One of the reasons I chose this cruise was because of stopping in Bermuda but weather intervened and no alternative port was offered so 9 days at sea. I am wondering where the chest infection came from as I was keeping pretty much to my cabin. I found the entertainment to be bland, not that much better than elevator music. And I didn't do any of the activities because I had been sick for the first 4 days. I did check out the spa but couldn't breathe down there, so no spa for me. The best part of the cruise was my cabin crew and that the cabin was so well designed. I could not recommend this cruise for it food or its entertainment. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We embarked from Lisbon on Dec.16th at 11:00 PM. On Dec.17th at 12:00PM the Captain made announcement we are unable to sail to the Azores due to stormy seas and for our passengers safety. We are sailing to Mederia and will be there ... Read More
We embarked from Lisbon on Dec.16th at 11:00 PM. On Dec.17th at 12:00PM the Captain made announcement we are unable to sail to the Azores due to stormy seas and for our passengers safety. We are sailing to Mederia and will be there tomorrow. The ship was rolling sideways all day long and into the night. I have been on 60+ cruises and I know when the stabilizers are not on, the ship doesn't roll side to side, up and down yes. Many passengers where sea sick and one female passenger was injured due to a fall. Why are the passengers safety at risk? Who is responsible? The Captain or Viking or both. On Dec. 19th the Captain states we are not sailing to Bermuda due to rough seas. Our friends on board the ship where supposed to meet relatives in Bermuda. They called their relatives and gave them the bad news. They stated the water around Bermuda was like a lake. Someone is not telling the truth. Why was our cruise ship traveling at 16 knots when cruising speed is 20 knots? The stabilizers were activated the day we left Mederia causing a drag on the ship and consuming more fuel. Viking made a decision to cancel Bermuda due to fuel consumption and to conserve fuel by traveling 16 knots or didn't have enough time for Bermuda and get back in time to Miami. The service was excellent. The food at breakfast and lunch was excellent. The food at diner was average. The Chef's Table should be closed, the food was terrible. The ship itself was beautiful and tastefully furnished with a lot of space to relax. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
One of the reasons we chose this particular cruise was because of the stop in Bermuda. Well, on embarkation, we found out we couldn’t go to The Azores because of weather. We went south to Madeira instead. But, since we went south and ... Read More
One of the reasons we chose this particular cruise was because of the stop in Bermuda. Well, on embarkation, we found out we couldn’t go to The Azores because of weather. We went south to Madeira instead. But, since we went south and then across the Atlantic from that point, we were too far south to go to Bermuda. We had hoped to see Bermuda to figure out where we wanted to go back and stay. Very disappointing. The wait staff knew much earlier than we did that we were not going. The Restaurant was very lovely. I don’t remember being asked ‘to share’ a table on the Sun. We were asked every night on this cruise if we’d share. The World Cafe was the same quality as the Sun. We enjoyed the ability to have wine or beer with our meals. Manfredis didn’t seem as good as on the Sun. And, the only way we could get a table was to share! We loved room service and had coffee in the room every morning. Predictable and good. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
I had never done an Atlantic crossing, and the itinerary looked great. And - it was on Viking, so I felt it would be the best experience. For the most part, it was really interesting and met/exceeded my expectations. Only a few drawbacks ... Read More
I had never done an Atlantic crossing, and the itinerary looked great. And - it was on Viking, so I felt it would be the best experience. For the most part, it was really interesting and met/exceeded my expectations. Only a few drawbacks for me: 1. Really bad weather and rough seas the first 4 days, obviously NOT Viking's fault, but I did not enjoy that much time being very seasick. Thank goodness meclizine was available free of charge. 2. Due to the weather, we stopped in Maderia rather than the Azores, no big deal except for the timing. We stopped there after one day of sailing, rather than 2 to the Azores. Then we sailed all the way to Miami with no other stop. That was a VERY long stretch at sea, and despite interesting speakers & presentations, it got boring. We seemed to have had ample to make a more southern Caribbean port call on the way to Miami, as we spent most of 2 days cruising in north-south runs to kill time. It would have felt better if the Captain had told us that we were unable to stop anywhere else due to contract issues, or whatever. Many people on the ship were unhappy about this situation. Otherwise - it was our usual fabulous time with Viking - great cabin, absolutely outstanding service, good food & wines. While I don't feel the need to do another Atlantic crossing, I certainly will continue to be a very loyal Viking fan, and have already booked my next cruise! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This was a transatlantic christmas cruise from lisbon to miami,florida. we chose it for the fact it was over christmas and we wanted to experience being at sea over the christmas season. It was all we expected and more. beautiful ... Read More
This was a transatlantic christmas cruise from lisbon to miami,florida. we chose it for the fact it was over christmas and we wanted to experience being at sea over the christmas season. It was all we expected and more. beautiful ship, viking sky. we spent two days in lisbon which was beautiful. the city was all decked out for this special time of the year. From the greeting at the airport and transfers to the hotel tivoli, which was also outstanding, to embarkation, everything was professionally handled. Our cabin was beautiful and very comfortable. lots of storage space. Breakfast and lunch at the world cafe was more than we expected with wonderful friendly service and choice of food. dinners in the restaurant were not the quality of the other venues. most dinners were warm, never hot, and choices were somewhat odd for our tastes. Entertainment good with a variety of choices. The first port was passed due to weather conditions, like the azores, bermuda was also missed. we did make funchal, which was lovely with one of the best tours in our many years of cruising. Viking is definately on our list for future cruising. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
My husband and I chose this cruise because it was an affordable way to check out Viking, and we hadn't taken a holiday cruise previously. We are experienced cruisers but not with Viking. We picked up the cruise partway through in ... Read More
My husband and I chose this cruise because it was an affordable way to check out Viking, and we hadn't taken a holiday cruise previously. We are experienced cruisers but not with Viking. We picked up the cruise partway through in Lisbon, so we had no time to explore before embarkation. The first 48 hours were rough. There were maintenance problems with our cabin (a blocked drain caused disgusting material to come into the shower) and the table on our verandah was unusable because it rocked back and forth. We also waited over an hour for our food at lunch in the restaurant on the first full day. Once the maintenance issues were fixed, things improved. The food was amazing; we ate most of our meals in the cafe and the service there was wonderful. We thoroughly enjoyed the ship's entertainers and musical productions. We went to movies and many ship lecturers' presentations. There was always something interesting to do if we wanted, and plenty of places to sit quietly and read a book if we wanted down time. The seas were very rough and due to rain we were unable to visit the scheduled ports of The Azores and Hamilton, Bermuda, so that was disappointing, but safety comes first. A stop in Madeira, Funchal was substituted, and the included excursion there was an excellent overview of the island. I found the cabin to be cramped compared to the other cruise line we have sailed most often. Storage was especially poor and there were several ways it could have been improved if the cabin had been designed better. We were especially impressed with the friendliness and accessibility of the ship's officers. We had never been on a ship where the captain made a point of stopping to talk with folks in the public areas; the cruise directors, hotel manager, and others did the same thing. While I would not recommend a Trans-Atlantic cruise in December, I highly recommend Viking and the Viking Sky!! It was a wonderful vacation. We now have two more Viking cruises booked for 2020 and 2021. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
I choose this trip to try out Vioking which always portrays itself as a luxury cruise line. It is not. I also choose this cruise for the stops at the Azores and Bermuda which did not happen so the trip was 14 days of Atlantic ocean. ... Read More
I choose this trip to try out Vioking which always portrays itself as a luxury cruise line. It is not. I also choose this cruise for the stops at the Azores and Bermuda which did not happen so the trip was 14 days of Atlantic ocean. The speakers were disappointing, the television and internet did not work including the computer system in the restaurant which created long lines and confusion. The "Explorer" Desk displayed a lack of knowledge and programs for solo travelers was non-existent. Additionally, they were painting the interior of the boat near the restaurant which only added to nausea for several passengers. Added to this was my knowledge that I had paid +68% for a single supplement that feels discriminatory and needless since there was 200 empty cabins. The crew, as with any other cruises I have taken were delightful except for the Dining Room Manager who did not know what a proper cappuccino was! The 24-hour room service was appreciated. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We wanted to see Spain and Portugal. This Cruise fit the bill. We don’t especially like big ocean cruises, so we liked the smaller ship idea. I can’t really fault the ship, but since we have only been on one other “ocean” cruise, ... Read More
We wanted to see Spain and Portugal. This Cruise fit the bill. We don’t especially like big ocean cruises, so we liked the smaller ship idea. I can’t really fault the ship, but since we have only been on one other “ocean” cruise, it certainly was far better than the ocean cruise we were on previously. Unfortunately, we have been on three Viking River Cruises and found ourselves comparing our experience to. That of the River Cruises, which isn’t really rare. We love the intimacy of the river cruises vs. the ocean cruise. We felt the food on the Ocean Cruise was not as good as on the River Cruises...not enough diversity and quality was okay. We travelled with another couple, which was a good thing....otherwise we would probably be dining by ourselves most of the time...we like meeting people. We loved the entertainment, and the spa and gym...big pluses. We were always treated exceptionally, but never got to really know any of the staff the way we do on the River Cruises. we also felt, the “included” excursions had little substance. Also, don’t like the “class system” where if you have a more expensive room, you get first dibs by about 10 days on the optional excursions. Maybe not fair to compare, if we had never been on River Cruise....this would have been a better review. That being said, I don’t really want to go on an Alaskan Cruise, but my husband does, so if I do cave in and go on an Alaskan Cruise, I would do it on ?Viking, Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We have been on four Viking River cruises (China, Russia, Passage to Eastern Europe, Windmills and Tulips) and two Viking Ocean Cruises (From the Caribbean to the Amazon and Western Mediterranean Explorer). We make our choices of cruises ... Read More
We have been on four Viking River cruises (China, Russia, Passage to Eastern Europe, Windmills and Tulips) and two Viking Ocean Cruises (From the Caribbean to the Amazon and Western Mediterranean Explorer). We make our choices of cruises based on itinerary. We have traveled on brands of ships with 50 and 100 passengers which we enjoyed very much. The only cruise ship bigger than a Viking Ocean was on a Disney Cruise trip with my extended family including young children. Compared to Viking River Cruises, the Viking Ocean cruises have bigger cabins and all have verandas. There are more choices of restaurants (no upcharges) and free room service. Entertainment includes an assortment of shows in the theater, atrium, Winter Garden tea, Explorers Lounge, and Torsham bar plus enrichment lectures and TED talks. There are no casinos, no one under 18, and no official photographers. Beer and wine are included with lunch and dinner in restaurants. There is extensive spa including snow grotto (even in the Amazon!) and a full size pool that can be covered with a retracting roof. There is a launderette on some decks. The detergent is included but you may want to bring some fabric softener sheets. They can be crowded or empty depending on your timing. Check what your cabin 'class' includes. Mine included ironing and shoe shining which I took advantage of. Dry cleaning is available for a reasonable price but I won't pay what they charge for doing laundry. You will need to allow a day and a half if you have them do ironing, laundry, or dry cleaning. The highest 'class' cabins include all of it. Dress is 'resort casual'. Men must wear a collared shirt for dinner in The Restaurant, The Chef's Table, and Manfredi's. I highly recommend Manfredi's. If you want more nights in either The Chef's Table or Manfredi's, more slots are available on board. We also love Mamsen's and the Pool Grill for light, casual meals. There is never a dress code for those two or The World Cafe which is their buffet restaurant which serves food similar to The Restaurant but without the tablecloths and waiters. You can wear shorts and flip flops there any time if you wish. There are no formal nights but a few guests like to wear a suit or a cocktail dress in the evening. We often took room service for breakfast to save time getting to our earlier excursions. And, if you have back to back to excursions, order a box lunch the night before from Guest Services to take with you. Speciality coffees at no charge are available throughout the day and evening from any lounge such as the Livingroom on Deck 1 and the Explorers' Lounge on Deck 7. The Livingroom has snacks available all day and evening but the wine and beer at lunch and dinner is not included there even if you are making it your meal. Go to Mamsen's instead in the Explorers' Lounge and have the same sandwich with a beer or glass of wine. The Pool Grill has a small salad bar and delicious hot sandwiches with a full bar. The included excursions are sometimes good but avoid any that say Panorama. They just drive you past the sights. The extra excursions are varied and interesting but you can always book your own. There is always a free shuttle into town unless you are within an easy walking distance. Yes, some extra cost excursions sell out quickly. I use mostly Viking excursions because it is simpler and, in the Caribbean, our ship did delay its departure by nearly an hour one time because a Viking tour was late returning from the other side of the island. Excursion reservations are easier if you have a higher 'class' plus the refrigerator is restocked with hard liquor, beer, and soft drinks daily and one bottle of champagne for the trip. By the way, if you prefer one soft drink or liquor over another, you can specify what you want. This is meaningless, of course, if you have the Silver Spirits beverage package because you can drink virtually anything (including champagne) whenever you want. The snacks in the refrigerator are a joke - tiny pieces of chocolate and small bags of nuts or trail mix. For the most part, I don't feel the Silver Spirits beverage package is worth the extra cost. I just can't drink that much after the wine and beer with lunch and dinner plus possibly what is in my cabin refrigerator. If I want an occasional cocktail or upgrade to premium wines in The Chef's Table, it is cheaper to just pay as you go. The bar prices are located on Viking's webpage so you can easily make your own judgement based on your needs. One important thing I learned is to ASK if you need something whether on the Viking Ocean or Viking River cruises. The Viking staff really want to please. My bed was too hard on my first Viking Ocean cruise and the stewards were actually hurt that I hadn't said anything until a mid-voyage evaluation was turned in. The hotel manager came personally to assure me that they would find a solution and checked later that I was happy. On a river cruise, I wanted to see some sights not included. The concierge figured out how I could manage seeing them by staying in town after the morning tour and then rejoin the group in time for our evening show in town. So, ASK! The other important thing is to not miss the Port Talks. On the Viking Ocean cruises, if you miss one, it is on your cabin's television a few hours later. There is frequently some important information and/or tips for the next day that you don't get anywhere else. It was amazing to talk to people on an excursion that had no idea that there were no restroom breaks on that two hour drive because they hadn't listened to the Port Talk when all of that and more was explained. Forgot one thing that is important to us. The Wifi is free and good. Make sure that you put your smartphone on AIRPLANE MODE from the time you take off from the USA until you return. When on the ship, connect to the Wifi. If you keep it in airplane mode for your entire trip and only use wifi on the ship and in the hotels, you will have no data charges. Also, if you need a bigger screen or don't carry a device, there is a row of computers available on Deck 1 that are tied to a printer. Make sure you use the My Viking Journey application before the cruise and the Viking Voyager application on the cruise. My Viking Journey can be used on a computer or a portable device. The Viking Voyager is for your smartphone or tablet using wifi. Both show your personal calendar including excursions. Viking Voyager also includes onboard information. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Itinerary was just what we were looking for. These ports are not to be missed. All events from embarkation to dis-embarkment and everything in between went smoothly and we have no regrets. Cabin lovely, cabin attendants were ... Read More
Itinerary was just what we were looking for. These ports are not to be missed. All events from embarkation to dis-embarkment and everything in between went smoothly and we have no regrets. Cabin lovely, cabin attendants were attentive, food excellent and served with professionalism, many options for dining, decent wine served with meals. We love Viking because it caters to a mature guest. Although casual, there are no rowdy guests or inappropriately dressed guests. Other passengers had minor complaints such as "the light over the puzzle table wasn't bright enough". I think that says it all! The included tours allowed good exposure to the various ports. Only one guide had difficulty with the English language. He was virtually unintelligible. Interesting that he did not hand out the typical port comment card that the other guides passed around. One of our paid excursions was cancelled due to no fault of the cruise line (cave experienced flooding). We were automatically reimbursed and put onto an included tour. If I could find one complaint that I wish the cruise line would take into account: it is not really acceptable to schedule a tour for 4+ hours and tell the guests that there is free time to explore, then instruct those needing a restroom break (not unusual in a four-hour tour) to go find a cafe someplace and buy a coffee or bottle of water and use the facility. I believe that a cruise line of this caliber should take into account that guests will need a restroom and have that figured out. One other little glitch: my husband had his birthday during the cruise. At dinner, without our mentioning the birthday occasion, the waiter informed us that there would be a cake sent to our cabin. We did not ask for this (and really, did not particularly want it--the desserts on the menu are great), but when we returned to our cabin the cake had not been delivered and ultimately never was. We thought that strange and sort of a disappointment after all. To be fair, there had been a bottle of wine put in our room at lunchtime with a card from the staff. A nice, unexpected touch. I only mention it because, although not anticipated, it would have been nice to receive what was promised. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN EXPLORER ON THE VIKING SKY We were 2 couples (65+) on this wonderful cruise. Having 5 countries and 11 ports & cities to visit was amazing. Previously we had been on 3 Viking River Cruises and 1 Viking Ocean ... Read More
WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN EXPLORER ON THE VIKING SKY We were 2 couples (65+) on this wonderful cruise. Having 5 countries and 11 ports & cities to visit was amazing. Previously we had been on 3 Viking River Cruises and 1 Viking Ocean cruise. We all agreed it was a great trip. Viking handled everything from beginning to end perfectly. It was an amazing itinerary. The Sky is a great ship, with excellent dining, an exceptional crew, and rating by us of 9.5/10!! Some tips-things we learned. Being in the lower Veranda Deck cabin meant we had the last choice for selecting Included Excursions. Knowing this I got on-line at 3 p.m. EST when the day arrived for us to book the Included Excursions. TIP- Check every day for included excursion openings and changes. DINNER RESERVATIONS AT SPECIALTY RESTAURANTS. Our cabin V-2 Veranda did not have pre-cruise reservations. On board the first night we did make reservations for Manfredi’s and the Chef’s Table in person at the front desk of the World Café. Better yet, use the on screen capability in your cabin to make reservations. It also gives the daily menus for all dining venues. We had 1 visit to each specialty restaurants. There were a number of tables that never got occupied. Suggest you go directly to the venue you want and see if they will seat you. Dining- You will not go hungry on this cruise. The World Café (deck) is causal and buffet. The wait staff supply drinks and table clearing. Always there. The Restaurant is a fixed menu with a more formal sit down service. The selection of entrees at dinner from the World Café is large. It also has a nice Sushi selection, good size shrimp and crabs legs. You will see all this when you get there. It’s all very good. Recommend Chef’s Table the “Asian Panorama” menu. At Manfredi’s try the bistecca fiorentina-rib eye steak. ENJOY AND HAVE FUN IN GENERAL- • We booked in advance with SPAIN DAY TOURS for Barcelona (1/2 day), Seville, and Granada. If interested more information and booking can be found at their website. Use the following link www.SpainDayTours.com • Our cruise had a roll call on Cruise Critic of about 25 participants. Some very active who also arranged other tours and posted them on CC. The Meet and Mingle had a sign up of 60. • Hope this helps and happy cruising. BruceB NYC Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
A Mediterranean ocean cruise- what could be better than that? Well, okay, perhap a Mediterranean cruise in the spring as opposed to the beginning of December - but weather be damned, Viking handled its part of the trip briliiantly! The ... Read More
A Mediterranean ocean cruise- what could be better than that? Well, okay, perhap a Mediterranean cruise in the spring as opposed to the beginning of December - but weather be damned, Viking handled its part of the trip briliiantly! The first jaw-drop was being greeted by name by so many of the crew. I used to teach and needed at least a couple of days with identification notes in order to know who's who, yet the crew actually knew us! The housekeeping staff was unparalleled! Partaking of included excursions might have been chancy on another cruise line but not on Viking. Each excursion was well-organized and, for the most part, the guides were outstanding. Indeed, there was a good mix of different people on each excursion so we weren't stuck trekking with the same people over and over again. I must confess, however, that it would have been nice if all of our shipmates were a bit more cognizant of their physical abilities. It is annoying to be on a Medium and/or Hard excursion with people that can barely keep up. The ship itself is basically a luxury hotel. Although we had no sea days, it was lovely returning to the ship in the evening to simply relax and enjoy. Food was plentiful and prepared well - particularly in the specialty restaurants. We appreciated the knowledge of the wine stewards (we had the silver package) and would have liked a group wine-tasting session such as those held on sea days. Caveats? I cannot really think of anything major. I'm a reader; however, perhaps providing more board games or videogames in the public areas would be nice. The theatrical entertainment was actually quite good, the musicians throughout the ship were enjoyable, and the port lectures are extremely interesting. So did we re-up? Yes, I have to admit that although we are not cruise aficionados, we did sign up for a river cruise. See you in 1-1/2 years! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We liked the combination of a Western Mediterranean itinerary followed by a relaxing trans Atlantic cruise over the Holidays. Our impressions were overwhelmingly positive and we would definitely cruise with Viking again, either River or ... Read More
We liked the combination of a Western Mediterranean itinerary followed by a relaxing trans Atlantic cruise over the Holidays. Our impressions were overwhelmingly positive and we would definitely cruise with Viking again, either River or Ocean. But I will point out two issues where this cruise did not match well with our needs. The excursions were top notch, and informational material made it clear that "moderate" exertion would be involved, with a lot of walking and standing, so I was prepared for that. What I did not expect was how long the walk at disembarkation/embarkation would be. Walking on/off ship was10-15 minutes at many ports, and a couple of times, I was pushed to my limits at the end of the trip. This concern was common among many on those tours, and we were not in the "limited mobility" category. And second, a more minor concern was with the gym/exercise area. I practice yoga, and there were mats, props and floor space available. But right next to those of us looking for a quiet practice were men grunting loudly while they lifted weights. I quit going to the exercise area early in the trip and practiced on the floor of my cabin. I would have gone to more classes or used the mat area independently if there had been a quieter space. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
From the moment we were greeted by Viking staff and crew to our departure, it was a terrific trip. The staff is warm and genuine and were so accommodating to any and every request. Truly exceptional individuals work for Viking. Tours ... Read More
From the moment we were greeted by Viking staff and crew to our departure, it was a terrific trip. The staff is warm and genuine and were so accommodating to any and every request. Truly exceptional individuals work for Viking. Tours were efficient and enjoyable. Loved the attention to detail in all the restaurants. Manfredi’s was a favorite. The Explorer Lounge was enjoyed before and after dinner. Tea time was great to experience and became part of our cruise experience whenever time allowed. We were also impressed by the talent exhibited when the gingerbread house village came to life. Was my first cruise ever but will not be my last. Viking is tops in every category! Special thanks to the staff who welcomed the Cruise Critic mingle which turned out to be a way to meet fellow travelers who had corresponded on line. A stand out for us was how everyone went out of their way to make passengers feel so comfortable and truly appreciated to have us as passengers. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We joined the Viking Sky at its first port Pisa due to an airline delay. From the minute we called to explain that we would join the cruise a day late Viking handled everything. They met us at Pisa airport drove us to the ship and found ... Read More
We joined the Viking Sky at its first port Pisa due to an airline delay. From the minute we called to explain that we would join the cruise a day late Viking handled everything. They met us at Pisa airport drove us to the ship and found and delivered our luggage that never made it to Pisa. Nothing was too much trouble for them. The food and wine was excellent with good service. We often went up to the World cafe before dinner just to get some sushi and jumbo shrimp. The living room bar was nice for an after dinner drink or coffee. The staff were friendly and attentive and even made my wife who had lost her voice a special tea that one of the waiters said his grandmother had made him when he was sick. We went on 2 included excursions and 2 excursions we paid extra for. The excursions requiring extra payments were definitely a cut above those included. The Spa was a highlight for us and we used the facility daily including the snow grotto. Overall Viking is our new favorite cruise line and we have already booked a cruise to Asia for April. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This is my 2nd cruise on Viking Jupiter this year. As with our previous cruise in July, Into the Midnight Sun, this 3 week transatlantic did not disappoint. Enjoyed seeing some previously unvisited ports, Malaga, Spain, Casablanca, ... Read More
This is my 2nd cruise on Viking Jupiter this year. As with our previous cruise in July, Into the Midnight Sun, this 3 week transatlantic did not disappoint. Enjoyed seeing some previously unvisited ports, Malaga, Spain, Casablanca, Morocco, Dakar, Senegal, Recife, Brazil and Montevideo, Uruguay. Lovely sea days for relaxing, enjoying spa and pools, programs and even a cooking class with a chef. As always, the staff/ crew service was amazing. Cheerful and always helpful. Our Junior Penthouse suite was spacious and kept immaculately. I enjoyed the complimentary laundry service, which surprised me. I am a little picky about how my clothes are handled. The wait staff was quite attentive, even during “rush” conditions. Complimentary wine and beer flowed at lunch and dinner. The quality and variety of the wines was good. Food was yummy with many local/ regional foods served throughout the cruise. The spas on Viking Ocean cruises are awesome and not to be missed. Many passengers new to the ship sometimes miss this area...so be sure to check it out. The snow grotto and the thermal beds are really amazing. We have three more future cruises now booked with Viking....I’ve said goodbye to the other cruise companies. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We chose this cruise because it provided an opportunity for us to visit cities and countries that we had never seen before. We had been on a Viking River Cruise before and was very pleased with the experience. We appreciated that the fees ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it provided an opportunity for us to visit cities and countries that we had never seen before. We had been on a Viking River Cruise before and was very pleased with the experience. We appreciated that the fees were all up front. The ship was clean, comfortable and the staff always polite and helpful. The service was impeccable. We especially enjoyed the meals at the Restaurant and the Chef's Table but all venues were very good. Beer & wine were included at lunch & dinner. Our cruise director was entertaining and very talented as well as her staff. The lectures were timely, interesting and appropriate for the cruise. We appreciated that every port had an included tour as well as optional tours. The included tours were O.K. and the optional tours we booked were very good. In Buenos Aires on debarkation day Viking set us up in a hotel banquet room till time to take us to the airport. We booked a private tour with local guide, Liz Andrea As it turned our, she twisted her ankle the day before so her associate, Patricia filled in. We had an extraordinary time with Patricia, who customize the tour to our interests. She was very knowledgeable and took us to the spots we talked about as well as others that she thought we would enjoy. We particularly enjoyed the stories and the architecture in the Recoleta and La Boca. The rose garden was beautiful. We wanted to shop & Patricia took us to a small shop where we felt no pressure to buy. We asked if we could try the Mate drink. Patricia prepared one at the shop. We learned about the brewing process, the culture and custom as we sampled the drink, a.fun experience. Our tour was 6 hours & we felt it was well worth the cost, We had a pleasant, informative day. We would highly recommend Liz Andrea at liz2arg@yahoo.com. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Service was excellent ,internet worked well ,enrichment programs were good. loved the spa Manfredi"s was excellent did not go to the chefs table it is a set menu & my husband didn't care for their choices Embarkation ... Read More
Service was excellent ,internet worked well ,enrichment programs were good. loved the spa Manfredi"s was excellent did not go to the chefs table it is a set menu & my husband didn't care for their choices Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly including at the port stops it was so nice to see the officers around the ship all the time and interacting with the passengers. the entertainment was varied and good The included tours were handled very well but read them carefully and ask questions some of them were not as extensive as I would have liked .For some of the ports we took the pay tours and found them to be better. It pays to go to the port talks on ship you get some usefulinformation Viking handle everything from our flights to our 2 day pre cruise trip and did an excellent job. One finale note our cruise director Heather was a real delight and a wealth of information Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
All activities were very good, food and services were excellent. All restaurants were great. The swimming pool with seawater was special; my wife went swimming at 5 am every date, even in stormy weather. The ship launderette to maintain ... Read More
All activities were very good, food and services were excellent. All restaurants were great. The swimming pool with seawater was special; my wife went swimming at 5 am every date, even in stormy weather. The ship launderette to maintain our clothing cleaned and ironed. The tea room was very nice, were all kind of teas were available served with scones and other delicacies. The on board theater and the planetarium were excellent and all presentations and shows were excellent.All excursions were exceptional. I enjoyed very much the transatlantic experience that made me remember my previous transatlantic trip as a war refugee. I recommend very much Viking Cruises for people looking for high quality cruise. Before departure we explored Barcelona and attended a Spanish spectacle with dinner which was very good. The embarkation and disembarkation procedures were smooth and orderly. I would like to mention the high cleanliness in all parts of the ship. The service crew were kind and efficient Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Friends invited us to join them on this cruise. We had cruised before, but never on Viking. It was by far the best, but also the most expensive. There was value for the price. The cruise manager and the entire crew were superior. The ... Read More
Friends invited us to join them on this cruise. We had cruised before, but never on Viking. It was by far the best, but also the most expensive. There was value for the price. The cruise manager and the entire crew were superior. The destinations were great. We made good use of the public spaces for playing games on sea days. The service was beyond expectations. The atrium concerts added to the experience. The sound level in concerts was NOT ear-splitting as on other cruises. We were glad there was no casino. We enjoyed the opportunity for alternative dining. But the Restaurant was our favorite. What was not to like? The two days to Iguazu Falls were wonderful, but the preparation for this excursion was by far the worst. Nothing was really entirely correct or adequate about this most memorable aspect of the cruise. The other excursions were shorter and guidance before far more adequate. All were good. Some guides were better than others. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Wanted to see all the cities that the cruise visited. Never been to any of them. It was an educational experience listening to historians on board and driving around to see the sights.We especially enjoyed the bridge lessons by an ... Read More
Wanted to see all the cities that the cruise visited. Never been to any of them. It was an educational experience listening to historians on board and driving around to see the sights.We especially enjoyed the bridge lessons by an excellent bridge instructor. The music at different venues was entertaining. The food at all the restaurants was fine and the portions appropriate.The drinks at the bars were well mixed. We enjoyed talking to all the help staff.The ship is well sized and very Scandinavian in interior design. No garish color and lights. Simple and and decorated with beautiful black and white photographs. Hallways and all the venues were kept clean. The nightly shows were very good. We were able to meet the entertainers after the shows and on the ship. We were able to talk at length to some of them. The shore excursions were very good although some of the guides’ English language knowledge and pronunciation could have been better. That is the only fault I found with the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
My wife and I were looking forward to the calm and restfulness of the sea days in addition to seeing some areas we had not previously visited. We had recently experienced the tragic death of our only Grandson and this was a much needed ... Read More
My wife and I were looking forward to the calm and restfulness of the sea days in addition to seeing some areas we had not previously visited. We had recently experienced the tragic death of our only Grandson and this was a much needed rest and distraction. Everything about the cruise, the ship, the crew, the accommodations, the weather and the ports were outstanding. We had the least expensive cabin, 3007, but never felt we were treated anything less than had we opted for the most expensive suite. We had previously gone on one river cruise with Viking to Russia and we have booked another European river cruise next July. I can't begin to tell you how pleased we were with the entire trip and I will certainly highly recommend Viking to others in the future. The only negative of the entire trip was the guide, Mohamad, on the included tour in Casablanca, He was totally useless and we spent an hour parked in front of a McDonalds rather than seeing anything. I would hope you NEVER use him again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We chose this cruise because it went to all the places we had always wanted to see in one trip and on a cruise line that is top rated. Excellent service, wonderful food, and great entertainment and the price was reasonable. What’s not to ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it went to all the places we had always wanted to see in one trip and on a cruise line that is top rated. Excellent service, wonderful food, and great entertainment and the price was reasonable. What’s not to like. The communication was timely and full of useful information. Being a new boat all the facilities and equipment were in excellent condition. Even so there was maintenance activities going on all the time. The room was reasonably spacious with an excellent shower, veranda, and the bed was very comfortable. We enjoyed having room service on the veranda while watching the ocean. The Restaurant and Kitchen Table were our favorites for the quality of the menu and service. The Aquavit was great for lunch. We did most of our exercising by walking on the second and eighth decks but the gym and spa were quite extensive. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Everything about this cruise was awesome..The best was the entertainment. The crew members were very talented and we had the best, and I say the best and most talented entertainers that I have ever seen on a cruise...and I have been on ... Read More
Everything about this cruise was awesome..The best was the entertainment. The crew members were very talented and we had the best, and I say the best and most talented entertainers that I have ever seen on a cruise...and I have been on many many cruises. The food was awesome.The bar service was awesome. Almost everyone on the ship called me by my name as we passed during the time that we were on the ship.Everything on the ship was very clean and it was set up so that it made you feel at home. There were seating areas everywhere on the ship where you could sit down,relax, have a drink,read a book, or just watch the water go by. The choices of food were awesome. You could always browse the buffet or sit down in the restaurant and be waited on. You also had the choices of the grill,the chefs table,the Italian restaurant or even a snack outside the explorers lounge. I would recommend this cruise to anyone and everyone. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
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