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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
We booked this cruise due to the itinerary ... which was totally changed prior to the start of the cruise. We missed the stop in Key West due to weather. no big deal since we have been there in the past, but a cruise that was booked to ... Read More
We booked this cruise due to the itinerary ... which was totally changed prior to the start of the cruise. We missed the stop in Key West due to weather. no big deal since we have been there in the past, but a cruise that was booked to make 4 stops that only made one ... big disappointment! After 3 days they ship ran out of Chardonnay, 4 days ended all the Pinot Griseous, and on day 5 ... the Slovenian Blanc was depleted! on day 5 they also ran out of Makers Mark Bourbon ... the only liquor we drink. We bought a silver package ... and it did us little good. Great staff ... but it took forever to get the complimentary first glass of wine at lunch and dinner. I know this is a new ship ... and the bumps need to be worked out ... but there were obvious misses that a ship of this quality should not have missed. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
Have done Viking River and decided to do an Ocean voyage. We liked the itinerary to several islands in the eastern Caribbean. We fly on a red eye to San Juan. Transfers went smoothly. Once on board we were impressed by the clean lines ... Read More
Have done Viking River and decided to do an Ocean voyage. We liked the itinerary to several islands in the eastern Caribbean. We fly on a red eye to San Juan. Transfers went smoothly. Once on board we were impressed by the clean lines and décor of the ship. We stayed in a V1 balcony-we figured that with a port intensive cruise we wouldn't be in our room a lot. The room was plenty spacious and the bath was nice. Because of the hurricanes several passengers had cancelled so the ship was not crowded at all. We also were given $250 ship board credit due to changes in schedule and perhaps to encourage people not to cancel. Having been on several other cruise lines we were very happy with-no photographers, no casino, no art auctions etc. The ship was beautiful and the staff was very friendly. We enjoyed the food and managed to go to Chefs Table and the specialty restaurant also. The excursions were nice overviews and included. We only did one optional excursion in St Kitz. for a walk in the rain forest. I think the highlight of our cruise was midway when returning from an excursion we were greeted with champagne and ~1/3 of the crew out cheering and dancing to the music from the band on the ship. They were high-fiving all of us. Just a nice touch showing their appreciation. Also ever day we left on an excursion at least 1-2 officers were there to wish us well. We enjoyed the entertainment even though it was a small company. We thought they were talented and enjoyed the shows. They weren't big productions but that was fine for us. Overall we really enjoyed the cruise and the ship. We will most likely travel again on Viking Ocean for the smalller size and service. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
I have heard so much about how great Viking Ocean Cruises are that we just had to try it. It was one of our best cruises ever. We enjoyed the ship so very much. It was a quieter cruise than what we have experienced on other cruise ... Read More
I have heard so much about how great Viking Ocean Cruises are that we just had to try it. It was one of our best cruises ever. We enjoyed the ship so very much. It was a quieter cruise than what we have experienced on other cruise lines. The ship is beautiful and we really enjoyed all the quiet places we could go to relax, read, talk and just enjoy. The food was very good and we enjoyed the specialty restaurants as well. One of my favorites was the Norwegian waffles served in the Explorer Lounge area in the mornings. Our favorite restaurant was Manfredi's where we had a steak that I would rate as the best steak I have ever had. Overall the whole experience on this ship was just outstanding. We look forward to another ocean cruise on Viking. We did book a river cruise while on the ship and got a very good deal. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
This was our second Viking Star cruise, first the Inagural year Venice to Istanbul. We arrived in Athens three days early an toured on our own. Once we boarded the Star, we felt we had arrived home. The most welcoming part was several of ... Read More
This was our second Viking Star cruise, first the Inagural year Venice to Istanbul. We arrived in Athens three days early an toured on our own. Once we boarded the Star, we felt we had arrived home. The most welcoming part was several of the bartenders remembered us from two years prior. When you are addressed as Mr. Lang and welcome back, that was it, this was going to be a great trip. Tours— Highly recommend Mykonos by 4X4 vechicle trip, Nazareth & Sea of Galilee Shore Excursion, and last and most memorable From Naples The Vistas & Villages of the Amalfi Coast Shore Excursion. The last one stops in Sorento shipping and Delightful 3 Star restaurant lunch. The road trip along the coast were as advertised most scenic, I finally got the Amalfi Coast off my bucket list after 3 prior visits. Food— My favorite Restaurant is Manfredi’s, memorable fine dining, Chef’s Table was disappointing both trips, the Restaurant is better. My breakfast and late night treat was Mamsen’s in the Explorer Lounge on Deck 7. Interesting note the Executive Chef David McDonald is the only cruise chef I have ever seen throughout the ship we’re food is served- “inspecting the troops”, so to speak, everyday. He has the time to talk to guests- a mark of a true professional. Future bookings and discounts were not available on this cruise because of the official reservations agents departure, a letter was given to some Explorer Members to use this code. I missed the window due to health issues, but will try now on an Amazon Cruise in December 2019. The staff in all corners of the ship were very professional, I believe this is due in part to the original crew who set and maintain a high standard for all new members. All in all Viking out got it right, I hope this experience is transferred the new Ocean ships coming on line. Last — This is not a family cruise for younger folks, I believe as it was modeled this way. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
We have done several river cruises with Viking and were curious about Viking Ocean. The price was good and had free air. We then continue to Cuba on a back to back for a total of 18 days. We found the staff outstanding, the went out of ... Read More
We have done several river cruises with Viking and were curious about Viking Ocean. The price was good and had free air. We then continue to Cuba on a back to back for a total of 18 days. We found the staff outstanding, the went out of there way to make your cruise enjoyable. The entertainment was very good. The food was very good, and we enjoyed having the option of dinning rooms without additional charges. Our favorite was Manfredi's. As expected, the ports on the Transatlantic were limited, and the shore excursions were a disappointment. However, I enjoyed the Cultural Cuba ports and shore excursions. The Background information and speakers were very good, and made the sea days enjoyable. I had a knee replacement, so I found the main pool hard to get into, and only used it once. The infinity pool at the back of the ship is small, but very enjoyable. The spa therapy pool is very nice, my used it every day. The seating around the the pools were very comfortable. We enjoyed sitting outside the Wintergarden, it was very quiet and comfortable. The pool grill had a great selecton of hamburgers and the onions rings are great. Afternoon tea was fun, and the pastries in the Explorers' Lounge were outstanding. The cabin and balcony was comfortable, but our closet was in an awkward location next to the bed. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
The food was great! Not the kind of food that you have to have alot of. The smell, visual and taste was enough to satisfy. There was no expensive "umbrella drink" hard sales, or casino (which was good). We were surprised that our ... Read More
The food was great! Not the kind of food that you have to have alot of. The smell, visual and taste was enough to satisfy. There was no expensive "umbrella drink" hard sales, or casino (which was good). We were surprised that our lecture speakers were all old, white men (5 of them). Is there no woman that has something interesting to speak about to (dare I say...) a ship full of women???? My largest disappointment was that the Viking bed sheets gave me contact dematitis. The soap they use and the scratchiness of the sheets surprised me! When I asked my steward if there were other sheets on board that were less scratchy she said "no"! On day 3 (after mentioning the concern each day) I was given 2 pillows that were washed without laundry soap. This helped...but I still continued to get rashes fron the sheets themselves! I would have thought that a line (like Viking) would have soft, allergy-free linens. We thoroughly enjoyed the French cooking class (extra $) worth the experience. The wine at lunch and dinner was a nice touch, except it was all French wine...and the same taste each day. It would direct you to purchase the beverage package for "the experience" of dining/pairing. If you are just looking for wine without a pricetag...it is fine. The music offered on the ship was perfect for us (guitarist, pianist and 3 piece orchestra. Evening shows were good. Loved the movie afternoon with popcorn. For us...one of the greatest things Viking offered was the cappacino bars. What a treat! So...we had the great and the missed on this trip...our expectations being met in some areas and fell wayfully short in other areas. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
Just did the Mid Atlantic crossing on this ship from Lisbon to Miami. First off the ship in nicely laid out. Really liked all the quiet areas of the ship where you could play games or read a good book. We had a deluxe verandah cabin and it ... Read More
Just did the Mid Atlantic crossing on this ship from Lisbon to Miami. First off the ship in nicely laid out. Really liked all the quiet areas of the ship where you could play games or read a good book. We had a deluxe verandah cabin and it was very comfortable. Especially liked the heated bathroom floors. Our cabin steward was the best one we have had after 17 cruises. I really liked the promenade deck, one time around was 1/4 of a mile. The two specialty restaurants were very good. Service in these restaurants was good to excellent. Embarkation was a breeze, again the fastest we have had in 17 cruises. I would have liked a ship with a casino but we knew that this did not exist on the Viking Sun well before we boarded. Ate dinner in the main dining room two nights, the first night the service was poor. They failed to deliver all of our group of 6 appetizers on time as well as some being appetizers that we did not order. The next visit we made was vastly improved in service. We did however eat at a different table with different waiters. The world buffet restaurant was okay but the passenger flow in this area can be congested especially for breakfast. The waiter service on both pool areas was poor to good. Almost seemed short staffed in a way and or not sufficiently trained. Because of inconsistent service I found myself clearing the table of dirty dishes and getting myself something to drink. Sat by the main pool 5 days reading a book, I was offered water twice but not once did a waiter or waitress ask me if I wanted something to drink. By the way I had purchased the silver spirit drink package before the cruise. So if I wanted alcohol I would have to go to the bar and get it myself. I have been on Oceania cruises before and this was never an issue. Getting off the ship did not go well, we were supposed to be off the ship at 7:00AM and on our bus to the airport at 7:30. We could not leave ship until 7:25AM, so something went wrong here. Not sure what the problem was. I was debating to rate this ship either 3 or 4 and decided on 4 because of an overall nice layout and design of the ship. I still prefer Oceania and Celebrity but would consider Viking again if the deal and itinerary were right. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
We chose the cruise to see how Viking compared with the other transatlantic we have done. Other than Azamara, this was the smallest ship we sailed in. The Sun was spanking new and nicely decorated, with much Scandinavian art on ... Read More
We chose the cruise to see how Viking compared with the other transatlantic we have done. Other than Azamara, this was the smallest ship we sailed in. The Sun was spanking new and nicely decorated, with much Scandinavian art on display. It was a comfortable ship even on the few days we had some moderate waves. We especially enjoyed the entertainment, provided by the very talented but small group of singers and dancers. The ship's house band, and especially its pianist-conductor, were very good and all the shows were very entertaining. We appreciated hearing some classical music. The lecturers aboard were fairly interesting, but seemed to be scheduled at odd times. We especially enjoyed the ones given by a gentleman who was an author and filmmaker and showed scenes from old movies. Our major disappointment was with the food on the ship. We did not care for the menu selections in the main restaurant, nor did we think the selections both in the buffet and the main dining room were very well prepared and/or tasteful. On the occasions that we ate in the speciality restaurants, we were much more pleased. Another disappointment in the main dining room, was the problem in sitting at a table that we could shared with others. We enjoy doing this in order to meet more people, and this did not seem to be encouraged on this ship. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
We were returning from a driving tour of Scandinavia. The timing of the cruise met our needs. Viking River Cruise experienced; looking forward to a Viking ship. The Viking Sun is a first class experience. Right sized. Lots of space. ... Read More
We were returning from a driving tour of Scandinavia. The timing of the cruise met our needs. Viking River Cruise experienced; looking forward to a Viking ship. The Viking Sun is a first class experience. Right sized. Lots of space. Area for improvement- on board booking for future sailings. After an informative one hour overview, only one representative on board, was insufficient. No email contact. Response to a hand written inquiry on a 2018 cruise from Tokyo to Vancouver was via a voicemail to our Cabin. No return voicemail available. We were advised we were ‘wait listed’. Would receive no on ship booking incentives. Oh well. That said... The overall facilities are fantastic. The Crew was well educated with experience on Regent and Celebrity where we had sailed. We continually thanked the Crew for their ever present smiles and thoughtfulness. Looking forward to our next Viking Salinger experience. Alaska? Asia? Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
We were looking for a transatlantic cruise for relaxation and comfort. Viking Sun exceeded our expectations. The well trained staff offered excellent service, not only with fulfilling our requests but anticipating our needs. The design and ... Read More
We were looking for a transatlantic cruise for relaxation and comfort. Viking Sun exceeded our expectations. The well trained staff offered excellent service, not only with fulfilling our requests but anticipating our needs. The design and decor of the ship was very attractive with attention to color and comfort detail. Bookshelves stocked with books that would appeal to anyone were scattered throughout the ship. There was always a cozy quiet place to read or simply relax. Dining venues and options were always available from the specialty restaurants to the less formal World Cafe, Pool Grill and Mamsen's. There was something for everyone. The entertainment was diverse - lectures on a variety of subjects, cooking classes, wine tasting classes, ballroom dancing, board games, music, theater shows, movies, and much more. Very impressive to us was that there was absolutely no pressure to buy anything. Attractive stores were available to buy duty free items but so sales pressure. And, there were no photographers ready to snap and urge one to buy. Having heard of these things from fellow travelers on other cruises, this was a big plus for us. If it sounds like we are impressed with Viking - we are, very much so. In fact we have already signed up for another of their cruises next spring. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
We really like the ocean crossings and traveled once before on Viking. This cruise was as wonderful as the first. Embarkation went seamlessly and we were allowed into our cabins a bit early. Cabin was roomy and comfortable. All dining ... Read More
We really like the ocean crossings and traveled once before on Viking. This cruise was as wonderful as the first. Embarkation went seamlessly and we were allowed into our cabins a bit early. Cabin was roomy and comfortable. All dining venues are really good on board Viking. We enjoyed Manfredi's and ate there a few times; we skipped the Chef's Table after eating there once on a prior cruise -- just don't like not being able to have a choice of things. The main dining room is definately as good as the specialty dining. The movies in the room were good and we enjoyed the facilities on board. Service is outstanding -- the entire crew really goes above and beyond. Our one real disappointment was the transportation following disembarkation in Florida. We arranged with Viking for a private car to take us to the airport. This was prepaid and not cheap. We followed instructions from two different Viking reps inside the cruise terminal for finding the car only to discover that there was no car, and the representatives outside the cruise terminal had no idea what we were talking about or where to find this car. Of course, you cannot go back inside the terminal to get a Viking person. After literally an hour (seriously, an hour -- we were afraid of missing our plane!), finally a Viking person seemed to find that someone had indeed ordered a car. He called it and 30 minutes later it appeared. Will NEVER use Viking transport again -- we'll take cabs or call an Uber. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
This was a Trans Atlantic Cruise, the first for The Viking Sun, but not the first for my spouse and I. The ship is lovely in every way. It's comfortable, uncrowded, quiet, and supremely well appointed. If it were rated as a hotel (and ... Read More
This was a Trans Atlantic Cruise, the first for The Viking Sun, but not the first for my spouse and I. The ship is lovely in every way. It's comfortable, uncrowded, quiet, and supremely well appointed. If it were rated as a hotel (and after all an ocean cruise ship today is a floating hotel/resort) it would be 5 star. The spa is beyond belief. It is open to all passengers unlike on most other cruise ships we have been on. The spa pool is wonderful, as are the hot and cold rooms. The fitness center overlooks the side of the ship instead of the front or rear. It took a bit of getting used to this view while using some of the exercise equipment. The equipment was all new and very state of art. The service in the room was outstanding, with water and towels being provide without needing to ask. What was lacking were daily classes such as a morning stretch class, or ab class, or something such as this. There were classes, but they did not take place daily and weren't specifically stretch, or something like that. The main dining room, called "The Restaurant" needs a new name. The service was excellent, the quality was very good, but the preparation was not up to the standards that one expects on a luxury cruise cruise or fine hotel. As for the alternate dining at Manfredi's Italian was marginal and way too noisy. We dined there twice and both meals were not very good and most certainly not very Italian except by name. The Chefs Table is best described as silly dining. The menu items were interesting and a few of the dishes were quite good. But the dishes didn't work together to make a meal. I would not waste my time eating a dinner in this restaurant. The World Cafe offers the best prepared food on the ship. We don't enjoy buffet dining. But we found ourselves eating at the Cafe one evening after a long day ashore. We had to go back there a few more times because their menu was the same as in "The Restaurant" and was prepared better. As for "The Restaurant" my recommendation is to change the name to "The Dining Room" Fine hotels don't serve fine meals in a restaurant! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
Everything was perfect. Excellent room - Penthouse Jr suite , Fantastic food, excellent crew and no crowds .You always felt welcomed by the entire staff no matter where you were on the ship. Everyone was so helpful and polite. The ... Read More
Everything was perfect. Excellent room - Penthouse Jr suite , Fantastic food, excellent crew and no crowds .You always felt welcomed by the entire staff no matter where you were on the ship. Everyone was so helpful and polite. The Penthouse suite was so comfortable and spacious with every possible amenity. The bathroom had double sinks , heated floors and towel rack. The room had two separate areas - each with it's own big flat screen TV. A spacious balcony with table and chairs and a great view. We were on the forward, starboard side of the boat on the top floor. It was extremely quite and private but yet accessible to everything. The food was first class all the way as was the wait staff. Nothing was a problem and they were always there to help through out the meal. When you asked for something specific your wish was always granted. All and All you can not do better than a Viking Ocean Cruise. We love Viking so much we just booked 2 Viking Cruises over the next year.When you are with the Best stay with the Best !!!! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
I Had travelled a Viking river cruise earlier in the year for the first time and really enjoyed the trip so, when this transatlantic special came out in my email I thought I would give it a try. I am so glad I did. The staff, food, ... Read More
I Had travelled a Viking river cruise earlier in the year for the first time and really enjoyed the trip so, when this transatlantic special came out in my email I thought I would give it a try. I am so glad I did. The staff, food, rooms, and ship were amazing. Truly a wonderful experience. The entire staff was more than helpful and friendly. The accommodations were also more than expected. I especially liked the room service, the food was always hot and prompt. The entertainment was also very talented. I really can't think of anything negative. As for the excursions, we also enjoyed them, but would have liked to spend a little more time in Bermuda. There really was just barely enough time to enjoy the port. We enjoyed our trip so much that we booked another trip on the Sun for Nov 2018. Can't wait to go again. Oh and we are leaving for our second viking river cruise in 25 days! I think that says it a lot for Viking. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
We've heard so much about Viking Ocean that we wanted to give it a try. The price was right as was the itinerary: Lisbon to Miami. The pre-cruise stay was at a hotel in the heart of the downtown area, thus, far more expensive than ... Read More
We've heard so much about Viking Ocean that we wanted to give it a try. The price was right as was the itinerary: Lisbon to Miami. The pre-cruise stay was at a hotel in the heart of the downtown area, thus, far more expensive than the type of hotel we would normally use. The city tour was a bit short for the price. This was our 3rd visit to Lisbon, and it's a great city to visit. Dining options: Restaurant: superb menu with food prepared superbly World Cafe: Buffet: amazing -- "hot" breakfast food was actually hot; evening dinners were varied and, to be redundant, superb Manfredi's Italian: best food on the ship, where almost all food was superb Chef's Table: fixed menu, not much in the way of choices. Mistake to even try it, a mistake we won't ever repeat. Room: we were upgraded to a 'junior suite" which happened to be a handicapped accessible room. For a wheelchair dependent person, it would have been superb. For us, the deficiencies (no place to put the soap, shampoo, etc) outweighed the positives. In addition, the ship was on its initial mid-Atlantic cruise. Ship had too many repairs in and around our room. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
This was our first Viking Ocean Cruise (We had previously been on a couple Viking River Cruises.) and our first Atlantic crossing. It won't be our last! Everything was perfect from booking to disembarking in Miami. Because the ... Read More
This was our first Viking Ocean Cruise (We had previously been on a couple Viking River Cruises.) and our first Atlantic crossing. It won't be our last! Everything was perfect from booking to disembarking in Miami. Because the Atlantic crossing has few ports to visit, my wife and I were both concerned about so many days at sea. We should never have been concerned as we were kept busy beginning in the morning with a great breakfast followed by a workout in the beautiful fitness center and spa. The pool, lectures and other provided activities kept us busy throughout the day. Lunch either poolside or in one of the dining areas was always great. Dinner in the evening was followed by a show and then either dancing and drinks in Torshavn, a movie under the stars or maybe a brisk walk around the deck. We have cruised with at least 6 other cruise lines in the past, but none compared with Viking. From the absence of photographers always wanting to take your photo to complimentary beer, soda and wine provided at lunch and dinner it quickly sets Viking apart from the others! The free speciality restaurants were amazing. If you like steak, don't miss the ribeye at Manfredi's! Entertainment was low key but always fun and entertaining. Don't expect a Vegas casino type production, but do expect to have an enjoyable hour of entertainment. We enjoyed our first ocean cruise with Viking so much we have our second one planned for October. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
This was the maiden crossing for this ship, and it was amazing to be on board a brand new vessel. The rooms are very nice and cleverly designed. The ship itself is stunning. The food was consistently excellent. Very impressive, ... Read More
This was the maiden crossing for this ship, and it was amazing to be on board a brand new vessel. The rooms are very nice and cleverly designed. The ship itself is stunning. The food was consistently excellent. Very impressive, considering the price point. Only slightly below Seabourn in quality, although far less fussy. The wine choices could have been better. Service was good, but it was clear that many people were still learning their roles on such a new ship. I noticed that other passengers were not very polite or patient on this point, and some were rude and outspoken: they paid full price, and didn't expect anything less than full service. If I have any major complaint, it actually regarding my fellow passengers. Too many were rude and that made my uncomfortable. I've rarely seen that type of behavior on other ships, and it left me wondering if Viking attracts a certainly type of personality. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
After much research we decided on an Atlantic crossing to get a bit of flavor of the old-time crossing cruises. We needed the relaxed atmosphere and the amenities of this cruise line to convince us to try ocean cruising. We enjoyed every ... Read More
After much research we decided on an Atlantic crossing to get a bit of flavor of the old-time crossing cruises. We needed the relaxed atmosphere and the amenities of this cruise line to convince us to try ocean cruising. We enjoyed every bit of the time on board. We relaxed, exercised, ate and relaxed some more. We enjoyed every minute, and were ready to come home to the winter holiday rush! Embarkation and discharge went smoothly, as did the two ports of call. The food variety was delightful. We really felt like we "knew" the ship after a few days. The small swimming pool at the stern of the ship was lots of fun. We especially liked the variety of food choices, and the fresh fruits and vegetables available with every meal and snack. The one HUGE burger we had was delicious!! We will do another crossing voyage with Viking in the future, probably going in the opposite direction from Puerto Rico to Spain. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
Always wanted to cross the ocean and Lisbon was a bonus for us. Spent five days there before the crossing. Thoroughly enjoyed the cuisine in all venues. Such great food and superb service. Like that it is all inclusive including the ... Read More
Always wanted to cross the ocean and Lisbon was a bonus for us. Spent five days there before the crossing. Thoroughly enjoyed the cuisine in all venues. Such great food and superb service. Like that it is all inclusive including the spa which is lovely and relaxing. Only have rave revues for this beautiful ship, crew and amenities. The entertainment was great each night and often during the day. I like that it is so clean and I don't have to block my ears with dirty humor or words. The lectures during the day were interesting. We really liked the four talks by the man who rowed the Atlantic, and Pacific. Amazing and perfect as we crossed an ocean. I liked using the spa, hot tub, sauna and snow room as well as big pool which was a wave pool one day as we rolled with the sea. The two stops were great, seeing the Azores and Bermuda which we had never visited. Interesting tour in the Azores. included. A surprise which we enjoyed was the ability to watch tv In Our room and see the series of Downtin Abbey. You see, we liked the whole experience and the Viking Sun is a lovely new ship. Thank you for a perfect cruise. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We took this ship after four river cruises in Europe with Viking. It was a good cruise but a rough beginning when we hit a Tropical Storm out of New York and immediately began to bounce around. One window in the spa area was smashed in and ... Read More
We took this ship after four river cruises in Europe with Viking. It was a good cruise but a rough beginning when we hit a Tropical Storm out of New York and immediately began to bounce around. One window in the spa area was smashed in and a passenger injured. Sher was helicoptered out the next day. The ship is very small for rough weather and doesn't ride well. Our cabin was small and had only three drawers for a 14 day cruise. Enough said. Food was great and service was in a one seating usually 6 - 9. That worked well for us, we took a table for two but always wound up in good conversation with other twosomes. We liked the table arrangements. We used room service a lot with a nice balcony and as the seas grew calmer, and meals and service were standard. Entertainment was great, too, with very qualified and interesting lectures plus many production numbers at night. The theater is excellent with visuals that are stunning. Aaron the cruise director was perfect for this ship, low key and not flashy, but very on-top of everything. Activities were pretty standard with trivia the most interesting. Days were not filled with frantic activity and the pace was very calming. The ship has limited public rooms that are very well done, with a three story atrium as the focal point. Shore excursions were reasonably priced and a pretty standard variety. Embarkation in Brooklyn was not good, clambering up the gangway in a heavy rain with no cover and transfers were less than acceptable. Couple that with heavy seas when we left port made for a Rough Start. We were very unhappy with our air arrangements. Our return flight from Miami to Orlando, about 50 minutes, meant we had an 8 hour wait at the airport, so we prevailed on our grandson to drive down from Rockledge to pick us up. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
The new ship is well appointed with commodious rooms, heated bathroom floors, desk, and a proper balcony. The food was excellent for dinner but lunch and especially breakfast were ordinary and sometimes unimaginative. The entertainment was ... Read More
The new ship is well appointed with commodious rooms, heated bathroom floors, desk, and a proper balcony. The food was excellent for dinner but lunch and especially breakfast were ordinary and sometimes unimaginative. The entertainment was intimate and excellent overall. The Munch drawings and tapestry recreations gave the ship a classy look. Drinks were reasonably priced when not free during lunch and dinner. The only real downside were the poorly scheduled airline bookings and communication about those changes that was not well communicated and unapologetic. For instance the first two bookings had us arriving after the ship left NY or with not enough time to get to it before departing. Returning, we learned one day before landing in Miami that the original schedule made months before, would not have allowed enough time to board the aircraft. No personal notice was provided and only the first leg of the return flight was reflected until I brought it to their attention. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
We choose this cruise because we hadn't been to the islands before and the cruise was half price with free air. This is our second cruise with Viking. We really enjoy the small ship. There are no big crowds. It's very ... Read More
We choose this cruise because we hadn't been to the islands before and the cruise was half price with free air. This is our second cruise with Viking. We really enjoy the small ship. There are no big crowds. It's very relaxing. The only problem with this cruise was that the first day we were in a storm and it was pretty rough. Once we got through that it was great, although we had to skip Bermuda, which was a disappointment, but Viking compensated us with credit towards our next one, which will be up the Rhine in 2019. The crew is very good. They are attentive and fun. We got to know the cruise director and his assistant through hte trivia contests each day at sea. That is also how we got to meet other people from different walks of life. We also loved that we could have dinner any time we wanted and anywhere we wanted. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
The Viking Sky has unique touches not found on any of the other lines we've cruised with. One clear diference is they run it more like a river boat, with all the civilized included features like free wine & beer with meals, a ... Read More
The Viking Sky has unique touches not found on any of the other lines we've cruised with. One clear diference is they run it more like a river boat, with all the civilized included features like free wine & beer with meals, a free shore excursion in every port (there are other, more active excursions you can pay for), free self-laundry and mini bar, and - best of all - UNLIMITED INTERNET!!! We added the "silver package" for mixed drinks at a reasonable price, compared to Holland America or Princess, for example. What they don't have is all those obnoxious ads for jewelry drawings, art auctions, etc. They also don't have a casino or bingo games (although their very healthy Trivia competition attracts an enthusiastic crowd). The theme of the ship is Norse. Besides the Scandinavian tapestry-type wall art, paintings and a Viking relics decor, even the washrooms take you to the north woods, complete with beautiful birdsong recordings. The Norwegian artist, Edvard Munch, is featured nightly in the atrium, complete with terrific musical performers. Our cruise started in New York City and the seas got very bumpy the first night and next day. If you have any level of motion sickness, I'd recommend you get trans dermal patches from your doctor, a wrist band or even just non-drowsy Dramamine. That way you don't lose a day feeling bad. We went through a pretty severe tropical storm that prevented us from visiting Bermuda, but we all received an email with a large credit toward a future cruise, which was thoughtful of them. My suggestion is to avoid the first-deck gym if there's a really bad storm - I was on the treadmill when a huge wave smashed through a large window. Scary! But makes a good story afterwards. They had it fixed in a matter of minutes. The crew and performers are pretty typical - kind of a United Nations of servers. They're all very attentive and nice. I was impressed that many of them remembered our names by the second or third day! There is both a promenade and an upper track for walking or jogging, plus shuffle board and golf. The scheduling of enrichment lectures and activities was a little off, but when I complained, Guest Services pointed out that everything is available on your in-room TV screen by the same evening. So you don't actually have to miss anything due to conflicts. The big movie screen "under the stars" plays pretty good films, and you get cord-free Bose headphones to listen with so the sound's not blaring and disturbing others. The food in The Restaurant was okay, but nothing to write home about. Manfredi's Italian restaurant is terrific - they have the same, good-sized menu every evening but there's always a fish of the day and pasta of the day. Some people loved the Chef's Table, where you just go in and sit down, and they take your through a gastronomical adventure, but take a look at the menu before you make a reservation. There is no choice once you sit down; you just go with the flow. Food-lovers Alert: We discovered that the buffet at dinnertime actually served the best food of all, with lots of choices every night, including an awesome seafood/sushi station! On nice evenings we could even sit outside on the back of the ship. Delightful. Getting onto the ship was a piece of cake, but disembarking in Miami was a little messy. I think this was Miami's fault, though, and not Viking's. We are looking forward to our next Viking journey (maybe minus the storm at sea) and would recommend Viking to anyone without kids. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
Have been trying to get on a ocean viking cruise for sometime have done a lot of river cruising with viking and enjoyed them .. however this cruise was the best for food and service...loved all the open space and comfort areas...Room ... Read More
Have been trying to get on a ocean viking cruise for sometime have done a lot of river cruising with viking and enjoyed them .. however this cruise was the best for food and service...loved all the open space and comfort areas...Room service was very fast and the food was hot.....amenities were good.. the restaurants were good. Manfreidas ..was amazing..while the world buffet was great..you could ask for almost anything...the movie nights were cool and loved the popcorn....We really enjoyed the explorer lounge so comfortable and the bar staff were fantastic the living room was so open..and still cozy and had nice coffee bar with snacks always.....one thing that stood out was all the staff was friendly and spoke to you and asked if you were having a good day or needed anything..we have been cruising for over 35 years so we have seen it all.. we had a really horrible start and missed Bermuda but it turned out ok..... Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
This was the best cruse we have ever been on. Beginning at the time we boarded until we very reluctantly disembarked we could not have been more pleased. The service was impeccable. The food unbelievable. The overall experience was ... Read More
This was the best cruse we have ever been on. Beginning at the time we boarded until we very reluctantly disembarked we could not have been more pleased. The service was impeccable. The food unbelievable. The overall experience was most satisfying and rewarding. Someone asked us about the food on board. Our answer is imagine the best place you have ever eaten - well, we ate there 3 meals a day for 2 weeks! The smaller ship sailing experience is quite remarkable. When getting on and off at ports it was a breeze. On other cruses with thousands of passengers it can be a real pain and extremely slow. We might have waited 2 minutes one time at the gangway. Everything is run like an extremely well oiled machine and the passenger is the sole focus of the crew. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we booked a future ocean cruse with Viking while on board. We won't be going back to the crowded big cruise liners in the future. We are SPOILED by and HOOKED on Viking. Read Less
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