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2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
Always wanted to take a trans-Atlantic cruise. We were greeted by cruise personal at the airport and professional processed to the pier for boarding. On board the cruise staff was supper helpful and kind. Our stateroom was well appointed ... Read More
Always wanted to take a trans-Atlantic cruise. We were greeted by cruise personal at the airport and professional processed to the pier for boarding. On board the cruise staff was supper helpful and kind. Our stateroom was well appointed and very clean. During the cruise, we were most fortunate to have had perfect weather the entire time (2 weeks). The port stops were great and interesting. I would have preferred the Casablanca stop over Tangiers stop as was originally programmed, but that's life. On board I discovered very comfortable areas outdoors and spent restful time reading and resting. The spa facilities were great especially the fantastic facial. Appreciated the "no hard sales" from any department especially the retail areas. A recommendation on my part is to have all denominational services available on Sundays and religious holidays. As it turned out, Easter services were provided by popular demand. And, as always, the food was excellent and beautifully presented. Thanks you for a most enjoyable 2 weeks. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
Great accommodations, the room was beautiful, the balcony was perfect and relaxing, the drinks and snacks in fridge was wonderful. The chefs are attentive and food was surpurb, attentive table service and professional all around. The ... Read More
Great accommodations, the room was beautiful, the balcony was perfect and relaxing, the drinks and snacks in fridge was wonderful. The chefs are attentive and food was surpurb, attentive table service and professional all around. The ship was Beautiful and clean. Great excursions and well organized. We loved their organization getting on and off ship. We were so impressed with every staff member in how attentive to detail they were to each guest. Would love to go again anywhere but need to save save save. We are hoping to find something in our price range. Best vacation ever! The only negative is that we left my set of car keys in nightstand drawer. I contacted Viking 2 days later describing my set. They sent me someone else’s keys. I have discussed several times but no solution. I still have another persons keys. Without my knowledge they changed the file as “resolved” when it wasn’t. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
Transatlantic from San Juan to Barcelona with stops in Madeira, Tangier, and Cadiz. The ship is beautiful! The food was excellent no matter the venue. Enjoyed the entertainment and movies with discussion groups afterward. The Meet ... Read More
Transatlantic from San Juan to Barcelona with stops in Madeira, Tangier, and Cadiz. The ship is beautiful! The food was excellent no matter the venue. Enjoyed the entertainment and movies with discussion groups afterward. The Meet & Mingle was outstanding—cocktails, hot appetizers and officers who truly wanted to engage. There are outdoor fitness machines on the sports deck for those who prefer to enjoy ocean sounds rather than gym noises. Lots of nooks and small group gathering space on the outdoor decks. Loved having laundry facilities on each floor—including an ironing board. Let us pack less with no expense. Free detergent (or you can use your own). Great social spot as we waited for a washer or dryer to open up. Lots of men doing the laundry! Viking also lets you bring your own liquor and wine aboard with no corkage fees. Wine and beer offered freely at lunch and dinner but cocktails are reasonably priced. They treat adults like adults. One initial challenge was loud banging noises in our cabin. The first night there were six crew members including head of housekeeping in our cabin trying to figure out where the noise was coming from. Because cruise was sold out, told no other cabin. Next day, noise was worse. Someone had canceled so we were moved—no noise! Finally a good night sleep! Someone else had also complained about noise and was moved to our old cabin but said the noise was worse so moved back to their previous cabin. Two days later, we found the problem—a ratchet strap hitting the metal on a lifeboat which was right under a vent pipe at our old cabin. Suggested they pad it—maintenance showed up immediately and did so. End of noise. Responsiveness to our complaint was immediate and taken seriously. Commend housekeeping, maintenance and guest relations. Stellar. Loved the heated bathroom floors! Lovely cabins with luxurious bathrooms. Public spaces are inviting. Different music (not loud!) rotated between—a string trio, pianist, jazz, etc. My husband is a singer and would’ve liked a passenger choir to fill some of the Sea days. The CD said he’d been lobbying for one so would keep trying. All in all, loved this cruise. We met more people on this cruise than any other. Signed up for two more in future cruises. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
We booked this cruise not long after we did our first Viking river cruise in August of 2016. We loved that whole experience so much, we knew we wanted more Viking. We also wanted something different from what mainstream cruise lines ... Read More
We booked this cruise not long after we did our first Viking river cruise in August of 2016. We loved that whole experience so much, we knew we wanted more Viking. We also wanted something different from what mainstream cruise lines offer. We like the smaller ship with only 930 passengers. The itinerary for this cruise was originally: San Juan, Tortola, St Kitts, St Lucia, Barbados, Guadeloupe, Antigua, St Martin/Maarten, St Thomas, then back to San Juan. The back to back hurricanes last fall, did a a lot of damage on quite a few of the ports, so we finally ended up with: San Juan, St Croix, St Kitts, St Lucia, Barbados, Guadeloupe, Antigua, St Martin/Maarten, St Thomas, then back to San Juan. Tortola was off the list, replaced by St Croix. Like the previous reviewer, Azulann, I loved the look of the Viking ships from the very first brochure I received - both river and ocean. The Viking Sea did not disappoint. The clean modern decor feels warm and inviting - never cold and unwelcoming. The public areas are spacious with lots of comfy seating, and the ship never felt crowded. Viking pays a lot of attention to details - interesting artwork, small plants and succulent arrangements, interesting sculptures and Viking themed artifacts, electronic games, traditional game boards, and lots of books. This is true through all aspects of the cruise. The crew were fantastic - all friendly and accommodating. You rarely ever hear the word, "no," unless it's part of the phrase, "no, problem!" They quickly learned our preferences and often anticipated our needs. I have to say, I honestly don't know why Viking is considered Premium by some and not Luxury. Sure felt like Luxury to us. Embarkation in San Juan was a easy-peasy. We had flown in the night before, but did not do a Viking extension. Getting from the hotel to the ship was no problem. We were whisked aboard with no lines, no waiting. Short walk along Viking's Red Carpet and we were onboard with a glass of bubbly in our hands! Everyone can board after 11:00am (at least in San Juan - other ports may vary), but rooms are available on a sliding basis according to room category with the Explorer Suite rooms first, down to the Standard Veranda. We had booked a Deluxe Veranda (DV4), starboard side, deck 4, but about a week before, we got an offer to upgrade to a Penthouse Veranda (PV1) for $199 each. We were extremely pleased that we did. The room was wonderful! By the way ALL Viking Ocean rooms have a veranda. There are no inside or ocean view rooms. Until your room is ready, you are free to have lunch, and the included wine and beer in the World Cafe, or out on the Aquavit Terrace (our preferred spot). And after lunch, you can explore the ship - which we did. As on the river cruise, we found that Viking does a lot of small things right. They have washing stations with sinks, soap and cloth towels by some restaurants in addition to sanitizing stations (which give you a light mist, not glob of goop in your hand). Restrooms are plentiful, always clean and quite lovely with birdsong background sounds. Booths have full doors. There are cloth towels by the sink, and a paper towel dispenser as you leave, so you can use a towel to open the door. There is a disposal bin right under it. At the World Cafe buffet there is no need to juggle your drinks and a plate. Get your food, have a seat, and they will bring you whatever beverage you want. If they see you headed out and they are going that way, they will carry your plate to the table. You can request a warmed plate at the carving station (which is the made to order egg station in the morning) - even if you are not getting food from there. They had pieces of bread in the bottom of the bacon and sausage trays to absorb the grease. And everything on the buffet is in small trays so it's not sitting getting yucky forever. Want something you don't see - just ask. Likely they will get it for you. Viking Ocean seemed a world apart from the mainstream cruise lines we've been on. There are no towels in your room that must be accounted for. Towels can be found on every lounge chair by the pool, and by the towel stations. They are left in your room if you have a swim or snorkel on your excursion. There are also towels next to the ship exit as you leave just in case you forgot one. Bottled water is available each time you leave the ship. They hand out cool towels when you return, and sometimes a glass of bubbly. Once we had a full reception committee with music and dancing! The food at all the venues ranged from good to fabulous. Everything we had was delicious. Food arrived hot, and plates were brought out individually, not on big trays with covers. We were told that each meal in the restaurants is prepared to order - and I think it's true. We ate breakfast and lunch in the World Cafe and dinner in the Restaurant. We also ate at Manfredi's and did the Sweet and Salty menu at the Chef's Table. Everything was really wonderful. Service was friendly, quick and attentive. We went for the Silver Spirits package, which we did not have on our river cruise. On an ocean cruise, we tend to do more mixed drinks, so we found it worth the $20 per person, per day. Drink prices are reasonable, if you decide not to go that route. And Viking allows you to bring wine, beer, soft drinks, liquor with no problem. And then there are the things Viking does not have - crowds, lines, children running around, art auctions, gold by the inch, 2 for 1 tee shirt sales, multiple announcements every hour about bingo or slots tournaments or hairy chest contests. Viking does not charge for room service, WiFi, beer, wine or soft drinks (at lunch and dinner), specialty coffees (unless there is booze in them). There is no charge to use the spa unless you get a treatment, nor any extra charge for the specialty restaurants. The only time we saw a crowd was at muster drill (which was held in the restaurant and the theater) and on the last day while people were waiting for their group to be called to leave ship. Leaving was as easy as boarding, but not nearly as exciting! The only line you might find is perhaps 2 or 3 people ahead of you at the Gelato (so tasty!) station. Even in the buffet - there might be 2,3 maybe 4 people in each section - cold, hot, breads and dessert. You don't have to wait. People take what they want and move on. If you forget something, just go back and get it. You might have a person or 2 ahead of you at the made to order stations throughout the buffet, but the staff will tell you how long the food will be so you can go get other food and come back and pick up your order. There are no casinos - sorry, if you need one of those, you need to look elsewhere. There are shows in the evening, but not big production shows like some cruise lines have. I know some people look for those, but we were quite happy with the Viking Band that played in Torshaven (lounge) and also with the guitarist, piano player and the classical trio that played throughout the ship. They did bring on a fantastic steel drum band in St Lucia! There was a fairly wide age range from people in their 30s to people in their 80s. You often hear that Viking attracts an older crowd, but I think that's changing - at least on Viking Ocean. It was a wonderful cruise that exceeded the expectations we had from our river cruise. We have another ocean cruise and another river cruise booked with Viking. Oh and Viking does a fabulous Cruise Critic Meet & Mingle - there was shrimp! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
I was checking in to Vikings Website about my 2019 Alaska Cruise I have booked. While there I saw the "Last Minute Specials" and found a two week Trans Atlantic out of San Juan, Puerto Rico to Barcelona sale. At first I was ... Read More
I was checking in to Vikings Website about my 2019 Alaska Cruise I have booked. While there I saw the "Last Minute Specials" and found a two week Trans Atlantic out of San Juan, Puerto Rico to Barcelona sale. At first I was concerned about spending 6 days in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and finding something to do. Needless to say those were the best part of my whole trip. I was able to relax and enjoy myself the entire trip. One thing I've learned in life is that not all goes perfect every time, especially when your dealing with Mother Nature. Right away from when the boat pulled out of San Juan, Mother Nature wanted to remind us she was there. Seas were very choppy and it prevented us from being able to stop at Saint Martin the next morning. It also prevented some guest and entertainers from being able to get on to the ship there. (There had been delayed getting to San Juan and were gong to connect there). Fortunately, the seas calmed and we had a great trip across the Atlantic. The dining arrangements were fantastic. Most people follow the "business casual" dress request for dinner but you always have a few that figure those rules aren't for them. We ended up eating most of lunch and dinner meals in "The Restaurant" which is the main dining room. The foods were always outstanding and the staff was great. I recommend that if you like a particular waiter, that you request sitting in his/her area at each meal. It took a day or two to learn this but once you catch on it makes things a lot easier as he/she learns all your little secrets and requests. My only suggestion is that you make sure you give that waiter an extra tip and the end of your trip for helping to make it so special. The $15 per day that Viking charges your account is a mere pittance for all of the staff that you see helping making your trip special on this boat. The specialty restaurants are Manfredi's Italian which was very good. They have a fixed menu that will be the same every day except for the "Fish of the Day" and the "Pasta of the Day". I only ate there two nights and loved both meals Rib Eye Steak and Porchetta. Both meals were outstanding and can't wait to have them again on my next cruise. The "Chef's Table" I had booked for the first night of the cruise. My wife wasn't feeling well because of the water turbulence and I wasn't even more disappointed because I found out about their menu's changing every two days. I picked nordic night that meant just about everything had Salmon in it and that's not one of my favorites. The big thing about the "Chef's Table" is you don't select what your going to eat. It is all ready predetermined for you along with wines with each course. There were no real problems getting reservations here but after reviewing the different menu's we elected to spend most of meals in "The Restaurant" as the food quality and service are just as good. The entertainment was great with the Cruise Director Aaron doing a wonderful job. He also did a great show by himself with songs from Sinatra, Buble, etc. Viking had the Virginia Gentlemen, an A Cappella group on board for daily entertainment as well. These college students won the heats of almost every passenger and hopefully will become on regular on the Viking system. The Viking Band, dancers, entertainers all made the night end with an enjoyable show. We enjoyed out trip so much we booked a second trip for 2019 traveling from Rome to Athens next year. Because all Viking ocean ships are the same, once you get the lay of the land, it doesn't change going from boat to boat. This will make our Alaska and Rome trips even easier next year. Can't wait to go cruise again on the Viking fleet!!! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
My wife and I first cruised with Viking in Dec 2017 and absolutely fell in love with this cruise line. The value is unbelievable for all the extras you are given with no corners cut! Where do we start: * Outstanding price * Airfare ... Read More
My wife and I first cruised with Viking in Dec 2017 and absolutely fell in love with this cruise line. The value is unbelievable for all the extras you are given with no corners cut! Where do we start: * Outstanding price * Airfare included * Free excursion at each port * 24 hour room service * Gourmet food * Top notch entertainment * Heated floors in bathroom * Full size showers * Well appointed furniture in rooms and common areas * Unbelievable service in rooms, dining rooms, bars, etc * 2 to 1 ratio crew to customers * No children under 18 allowed We have been on many other cruise lines and Viking is the only cruise line we will use in the future for ocean and river cruises!!!!! Our next cruise with Viking will be a river cruise on the Rhine in Spring 2019 and this will be our first river cruise and looking forward to it. We have spoken to many people who have taken many river cruises with Viking and rave about them..we cannot wait! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
We wanted to do a transatlantic crossing. We liked that there was a minimum age...no youngsters running around and playing in elevators! We liked the idea of free beer & wine at lunch and dinner...we did not need the drink package! ... Read More
We wanted to do a transatlantic crossing. We liked that there was a minimum age...no youngsters running around and playing in elevators! We liked the idea of free beer & wine at lunch and dinner...we did not need the drink package! And having the laundry facilities was a plus. Here are some of my thoughts...and I know I'm missing some tips... The cruise was a pleasure. I liked that it was very informal...literally no "formal" nights, but you still had to dress appropriately for the "dining rooms"; you had the World Cafe buffet and the Poolside Grille if you did not want to get dressed. Seasick? I was worried about rough seas, but I did not feel sick at all. I got the "patches" from my pharmacy, but never used them. I used "Meclizine" ("Bonine"), taking one at night before bed. It was just enough to keep me feeling well and not making me sleepy. Check with your pharmacy and see if you can order a bottle of Meclizine instead of spending $$$ on the blister packs of Bonine. Years ago I got a bottle of 100 for $7. We upgraded to a Penthouse Verandah. Our mini bar had "liquor", but they took it out and gave us wine...red or white...daily...or as our bottle was gone. The Restaurant - Good variety of food..and tasty, too! They had a standard menu that did not change and an additional menu that changed daily. We ate one lunch and several dinners here. Poolside Grille - We ate here quite often. It opened before the other restaurants and you did not have to dress up. They have burgers and hot dog and the best onion rings...they do not list them on the menu..you have to ask for them...don't miss them! The Chef's Table - Speciality dining. My recommendation...know what the theme is for the night you choose for dining here. We enjoyed the "Chiang" night, but the Indes was not a favorite. If you do not get an option for booking before the cruise, you can sign up by the entrance of the World Cafe for other nights. Manfredi's - We enjoyed this Italian restaurant. Try their speciality steak...it is "to die for"! I enjoyed everything we ate here. Entertainment - They do not have big name stars, but the entertainment crew was good for us. They had "Enrico", the Hungarian guitarist, Olga & Geza (pianists), and a trio of ladies playing classical tunes with their cello, violin & flute. The University of Virginia's "Virginia Gentlemen" were on our cruise. They are the school's male a cappella group. They sang almost every day in the atrium and did a special show in the theater. Laundry - Take advantage of the laundry facilities on each floor and pack a lighter suitcase! They have (3) washers & dryers and the soap is included...free! They also have ironing boards and irons. NOTE: Check your washer carefully when it is done. I had a blouse that was stuck to the top of the machine. Had I not stuck my head inside, my blouse would have found it's way to either lost & found or someone else's suitcase! Gym - They had plenty of treadmills and other machines, free weights and other "torture devices". We usually walked on Deck 2...4 laps for a mile. But on cold or rocky days, we used the treadmills. We did not try any of the pools or spa...maybe next time. Flights - We wanted to fly to San Juan the day ahead, but Viking air services would not allow that option. Lucky for us, all flights were on time and our luggage made the ship. Not so lucky for some of our shipmates from Miami...their luggage never made it to the ship...at all! It was going to be in St. Maarten, but the seas were too gusty and we had to skip that port...and had to leave behind folk who had flight delays and were going to join the ship at that port. Next time, I will be adamant that we get to the port a day early! We spoke with lots of folk who booked the cruise in the last 30 or so days; we booked our March 2018 cruise in August 2017. Those late cruisers got good room deals and some had free airfare. One also bartered with the booker and got the premium drink package for free! We will try that tactic next time! Our Penthouse Veranda was great...and so were our room attendants, "Darius" and "Vive". We had plenty of hanging and drawer storage space. The bathroom and bedroom area had lots of space, too. Shore Excursions - We were disappointed with the bus ride in Funchal (Madeira) Portugal. We hoped to see more of the vicinity, but it was mostly driving to the point of interest...which was overcast and rainy. Still, we had some time to wander in the city before catching a shuttle back to the ship. Check out your ports and see what is available before you take the cruise. There are options for things to see that are not covered in some of the literature and talks you get. We look forward to saving our $$$ and finding our next Viking Ocean Cruise. If you want other details, send me a note with specific question and I will try to answer Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
We travel at least 3 months/year now. Our favorite trips usually involve a repositioning cruise, followed by a lengthily land stay. We loved our time at sea, never wish it would end. This was our first trip on Viking Ocean, and what a ... Read More
We travel at least 3 months/year now. Our favorite trips usually involve a repositioning cruise, followed by a lengthily land stay. We loved our time at sea, never wish it would end. This was our first trip on Viking Ocean, and what a delight! I can tell you all the good things we enjoyed on this beautiful ship, but I also want to tell you all the things we were thrilled to be without, like the miserable art auctions that take over the public spaces on other lines. No casino, no kids, and basically, no smoking too. Glorious! Beautiful music in the atrium throughout the day, wonderful guest lectures, movies and snacks at night and an utterly beautifully appointed ship. Superb service, varied and well prepared meals served with some very tasty wines. Internet was included in the fare, as were taxes and port charges. The internet was surprisingly good considering we were on the stormy Atlantic. The crew was extra special, as was the Captain. Leadership was apparent, and the entire experience with Viking was exceptional! It will be hard to ever go back to the other carriers, we really liked what we experienced on this journey. Hoping to sail with them on another repositioning trip this Spring, 2019. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
Our Departure was in Puerto Rico, we arrived early in the morning on the same day. Everything went as smooth as can be checking onto the cruise ship. We went up to our cabin and were so taken back at how beautiful the set up was especially ... Read More
Our Departure was in Puerto Rico, we arrived early in the morning on the same day. Everything went as smooth as can be checking onto the cruise ship. We went up to our cabin and were so taken back at how beautiful the set up was especially the balcony. The cabin stewards were pleasant and made sure our stay was enjoyable. The service on board the ship was awesome. The crew always greeted you with a smile or a gesture. The dining was absolutely delicious, food, service, variety, cleanliness...just perfect! The ports were enjoyable. My husband and I did a couple of excursions and were extremely happy with the tour guides. The entertainment was AWESOME, what a talented group of professionals. The shows were so enjoyable, great idea having the split of the men and women doing their own shows as well as together. I just want to draw attention to one of the entertainment crew Elora Von Rosch, she has such style, grace and can sing anything. We saw her in the shows in the theater, outside on the pool deck, the lounge, and in the atrium. She is such powerhouse! This Viking Ocean Cruise Ship was on my bucket list and were so glad we decided to go, crossing the Atlantic Ocean and not even releasing you were on the ship for 6 days straight was enjoyable because we went about the ship and enjoyed everything they had to offer. The Room service was excellent and delivered our food in a timely fashion. Would I do it again, YES!I Before we disembarked I booked a River Cruise for next year. It cannot come soon enough! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
My husband did the choosing. I was really against 6 days at sea. I mean what can you do doing nothing for 6 long sea days? Anyway, San Juan was wonderful. Our hotel was directly across from the Dock where Sky was berthed. I will admit she ... Read More
My husband did the choosing. I was really against 6 days at sea. I mean what can you do doing nothing for 6 long sea days? Anyway, San Juan was wonderful. Our hotel was directly across from the Dock where Sky was berthed. I will admit she was a beautiful site that morning from our hotel balcony. Boarding was a snap. Have crused 25+ times and this really was the easiest. We were greeted once onboard by the crew. In fact one of hem noted our look and asked us if we'd like a tour of the ship. WOW. I can go on and on, the singers were as good or better than any other ships entertainment. Ok, no glitz,,, however the singing was solid. Elvis was cool! The Beatles were totally entertaining. The crew is as good as it gets. One time we had an emergency. The crew , including the Dr ran to the scene. It was a minor item however they were totally on it.I heard later the DR stated with the patent all night in sick bay to make sure the person was ok. This ship is the opposite of the RCL Oasis class ones. As we were on the Oasis 7 days prior with our grandchildren I can tell you they are opposite. Yes we like them both. For very different reasons. The SKY is not a family fun ship. They do not play in that field. What I can say is they are the way my husband and I wish to travel the seas when we are not with the young family members. Our friends came with us.They to agree the SKY is the way to go. Ok, Food is solid. Loved the Buffett. Note: The sea conditions were a bit interesting. Between 3 and 10 meter swells all week. Anyway we Loved it all. Probably why we have 62 additional Viking Ocean days already booked. Team Viking, they are some of the best crew we have ever had the pleasure to cross paths with. Yes, i can name one or two on each cruise we have been on as being wonderful. The team on SKY are all that way. I cannot remember a bad experience. After 7 days at sea (missed St Martin due to heavy seas), you get to know people. . They are the reason why we booked more. Hats off to those who traveled so far to serve my husband and I up a WOW trip. Oh, remember my not wanting 6 days at sea? Well, we wanted a few more when we made it to Barcelona. It was a sad day leaving the SKY. If your wondering, do it. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
Where to begin? We chose to use the Viking air option. They used United which turned out to be very nice. The flight home from Barcelona was the best trans-Atlantic flight we ever experienced, movies, food, and wine, who could ask for ... Read More
Where to begin? We chose to use the Viking air option. They used United which turned out to be very nice. The flight home from Barcelona was the best trans-Atlantic flight we ever experienced, movies, food, and wine, who could ask for more? About the cruise, I have always wanted to cross the Atlantic Ocean by ship. To rise each day to look out on the ocean was just the beginning. We have sailed with many cruise lines, over 7, and were astonished by the amenities, the food, both variety and preparation and tastes, the accommodations, service and especially the crew. The crew greeted us daily by name and always seemed to look for a different way to serve. The ship was always clean, as were the staterooms. The extra amenities, wine or beer with meals, use of the spa facilities, every stateroom is at least a balcony stateroom, complementary use of the specialty restaurants, and complimentary excursions in each port of call. I'll mention the spa as an example of the over the top ship. Not only is there a steam room, but when was the last time you relaxed in a room with ice and snow? Or you can torture yourself dumping a bucket of ice water on yourself after the steam room. The mineral pool was very relaxing as well. Or you could use the facilities in the men's and women's locker rooms. That is only the beginning. The rest you will have to discover for yourself. Looking forward to our next Viking Ocean Cruise ! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
Decided to try Viking ocean cruise because of the small capacity of passengers. It met all our expectations. Ship is sleek and beautifully designed. Many different spaces to enjoy; Wintergarden for tea, Explorer Lounge for cocktails ... Read More
Decided to try Viking ocean cruise because of the small capacity of passengers. It met all our expectations. Ship is sleek and beautifully designed. Many different spaces to enjoy; Wintergarden for tea, Explorer Lounge for cocktails before dinner to the Spa and lots in between. Beautiful art work throughout the ship. There are so many small details that you notice something different each time you pass through the same space. Cruising in the Caribbean, it was nice to have a pool with a retractable dome as showers pop up and there is no need to run for cover. Food outstanding. The Chef’s Table is a must as well as the waffles in the morning at Mamsen. World Cafe food was excellent Enjoyed a Caribbean themed dinner on deck while in Aruba. Staff does an amazing job. Embarkation and debarkation effortless. We have found our cruise line! Booked another cruise while onboard. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
My traveling companion and I picked this cruise first of all because it was a Viking Ship and second because of the itinerary. Outstanding because: 1. Heated floor in bathroom. Ship was kept in spotless condition at all times. 2. ... Read More
My traveling companion and I picked this cruise first of all because it was a Viking Ship and second because of the itinerary. Outstanding because: 1. Heated floor in bathroom. Ship was kept in spotless condition at all times. 2. Excellent Service. Loved the staff to guests ratio. 3. Fantastic for the delicious food and the additional restaurants at no add'l cost. 4. Loved hearing the chirping birds in the public restrooms. 5. The choice of public spaces where you could enjoy being with others or being by yourself. 6. The bed linens were wonderful with excellent service by the room steward. 7. The inter-active tvs in the public spaces where you can get news, menus, etc. 8. Relaxing and beautiful decor. The gym was sufficient to handle the # of guests. 9. Refrigerator in room with soft drinks, candy and free bottles of water. 10. Informative shore lectures along with entertaining shore excursions all included. 11. On shore excursions, the "Viking" packet of handy wipes to keep germs from spreading. 12. Everything is included in one price - no add-ons (we did upgrade wine pkg which was very reasonable). I have sailed on many cruise lines and have now committed to only sailing on Viking!! Once you sail on Viking Ocean, you will not cruise on any other. No ship can beat Viking. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
Our interest was in the Amazon River and this cruise was the perfect way to see it. Traveled 1,000 miles up River to Manaus. Just what we Wanted. Several stops in the Carabbean islands which was a bonus Overall, the ship and crew ... Read More
Our interest was in the Amazon River and this cruise was the perfect way to see it. Traveled 1,000 miles up River to Manaus. Just what we Wanted. Several stops in the Carabbean islands which was a bonus Overall, the ship and crew may be the best on the seven seas! Very modern and very high tech. Servers use smart phones to send orders to the galley, WiFi everywhere, reservation set up for speciality restaurant was automated, . Ships design had no Casino, no bus stations in the dining rooms, Pool deck movable cover and an art collection that would keep One occurred for days. What was missing was the ground support team that prepared Everything before you got onboard. Really poor support and needs Lots of help in all areas of ground support. Basically you cannot do anything on you own. You must use your travel agent for any question or action of decision and including any air arrangements. Does not work. 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
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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
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
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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
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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
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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
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