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Barcelona Baltic Beyond = best bang for the buck; sailed to many countries; if we cross the Atlantic, we stay as long as possible on ship. Crew was the best Viking crew we have encountered altho all other Viking crews were very good. ... Read More
Barcelona Baltic Beyond = best bang for the buck; sailed to many countries; if we cross the Atlantic, we stay as long as possible on ship. Crew was the best Viking crew we have encountered altho all other Viking crews were very good. (previously 2 Viking river) Ate mostly in World Cafe; could not beat the selections; love trying different foods and the small plates at many stations were perfect. Love that the entree selections could also be sized down; entrees were amazing esp if you like meat, wild game; venison was excellent as was the duck and lamb; food station folks were beyond helpful, courteous and aimed to please; EVERYTHING was fresh and made on board including every piece of bread, pastry, and gelato. Five flavors of gelato daily with two flavors rotating daily. Table service was friendly and impeccable; servers took the time to learn about the daily wines the night before and were happy to explain them; also happy to keep your glass full. Captain and many crew also ate at World Cafe and were accessible to passengers despite trying to eat their meal. Ship is masterfully appointed and as another already mentioned, seemed lean, clean, and slightly more masculine than feminine in textures, colors, design. Fine by me, a female. Cabin crew were attentive, excellent, and cared about keeping us safe during a period of high winds and sea. Cannot think of a way to improve the ship or the itinerary. All but two tours excellent; mediocre Helsinki and Stockholm; tour these on your own. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
When we saw the itinerary for this trip we were immediately interested. It included 10 Countries and 15 cities, many of which we had not visited before. We signed on 3 weeks before the departure date because this package including air ... Read More
When we saw the itinerary for this trip we were immediately interested. It included 10 Countries and 15 cities, many of which we had not visited before. We signed on 3 weeks before the departure date because this package including air fare looked to enticing. We took a pre-tour package of 2 nights in Madrid. The ship is beautiful, its a great size with 900+ passangers. The crew is terrific, they do an amazing job day in and day out. We cant say enough good things about the crew. The food is very good. There is a good variety in the 5 restaurants, and the food is fresh, well prepared, and welll served. Each of the restaurants has unique offerings in and pleasing ambiance. Plus there is 24 hour room service. The cabin itself is a nice home base for this long of a trip. It is roomy and has many very nice features - like heated bathroom floor, the makeup desk, the good sized lanai, etc. The ports were a great selection and there was an included excursion at each port. The extra excursions we took were all good value for the money and well done. One highlight of the trip was the included excursion to Berlin. Viking chartered a private train to take the 700+ passangers that selected this included excursion. We had a very knowledgeable tour guide in each train car who explained where we were going, what we would be seeing, and what our options would be for the time we would be "on our own". When we arrived in Berlin we got a bus tour of the city with photo ops at the major tourist sites. After time on our own we were bused back to the train. On our train ride home our tour guide came thru the cabin offering water, wine, beer, pretzels etc. When we arrived back at the ship we walked into the terminal and were met by a German Band playing, singers singing, waiters with champagne and appetizers, and the entire crew lining the way to the gangplank in their best uniforms, clapping and singing us home. It was truly a special moment. When we got back to our cabin, we found a plate of cockiness waiting for us. It was the perfect end to a great day. The entertainment on the ship was surprisingly good. We have been on many cruises where the entertainment was "ok", but this was really good entertainment. The enrichment speakers were also really good, very knowledgeable, and interesting to listen to. Whoever lined them up did a great job. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
My husband spotted this itinerary about a year and a half before we sailed and it was hard to wait. The ship was new and clean and spacious - it never felt crowded (except sometimes a little when we went from the Star Theater to The ... Read More
My husband spotted this itinerary about a year and a half before we sailed and it was hard to wait. The ship was new and clean and spacious - it never felt crowded (except sometimes a little when we went from the Star Theater to The Restaurant. Our cabin was pretty spacious and well appointed. Our steward was fabulous and took very good care of us. He and the entire crew anticipated what we needed or wanted before we did! The food was delicious and there were plenty of choices. We enjoyed Manfredis a few times and The Kitchen Table once. Both were excellent. The only thing we didn't like about The Restaurant was getting seated near the kitchen. It was disruptive. I really appreciated having the gym on the ship. I worked out several days and that made me feel good. I have a regular exercise program at home. The entertainment and activities kept us engaged. My husband really enjoyed the lectures. The service was fabulous! As I said before the entire crew anticipated what we needed or wanted and provided it before we knew we needed it! The ports were great, but we were sorry we had to sail by Porto without seeing it due to rough seas. St Petersburg was especially wonderful. The included excursions were good, but most were sort of cookie cutter in that they were all basically windshield tours of the city. Chartering the train to Berlin was brilliant and you should think about doing the same thing for the trip to Paris (we didn't go on that because we did Paris and the Heart of Normandy in Aug 2015). Some friends went with us and were totally blown away. It was great not being photographed or nickled and dimed at every turn or having casinos on board. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this cruise because we were able to see many different countries in one trip. We were not disappointed.All of the included excursions were excellent. We only paid for one shore excursion (to London) and were a bit disappointed ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we were able to see many different countries in one trip. We were not disappointed.All of the included excursions were excellent. We only paid for one shore excursion (to London) and were a bit disappointed to miss the included excursion for that day. I was impressed with the quality of the service on the ship. The cabins stewards were pleasant, helpful, and efficient. The food was incredible. I could not believe the quality of the food in all of the dinning venues. Afternoon tea was a treat every day. The entertainment was outstanding. Having live music throughout the day enhanced the trip. The entertainers were friendly and available for conversation during the trip. I was particularly impressed by the expert lecturers on board. They were knowledgeable and open to questions. Their insights enhanced our experiences of the places we were seeing. I would recommend a Viking Ocean Cruise to anyone. It was a wonderful experience. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I have cruised several times on the big, now bigger, liners and I always came away feeling left a little short. I saw the Viking Star in Stockholm harbor last summer and thought wow... a ship docking so close to the city. I chose this ... Read More
I have cruised several times on the big, now bigger, liners and I always came away feeling left a little short. I saw the Viking Star in Stockholm harbor last summer and thought wow... a ship docking so close to the city. I chose this cruise because of the itinerary ( a real Trifecta: Rome, Israel and Greece) and the experience a smaller ship. Little did I know what lay ahead. A sense of peace and tranquility from the first step on board. I booked airfare through Viking. An excellent price which included transfers. Absolutely no hassles with plenty of Viking staff available to assist. My only regret was the return trip to the States on British Airways which has to be the worst airline operating today. Embarkation and disembarkation so smooth and I was onboard within minutes. Staterooms are available depending on class booked which was DV1, so my traveling partner and I enjoyed a beautiful meal and a tour of the ship. The Viking Ocean Cruiseships as I am told are essentially all alike in design. Absolutely beautiful. The attention to the plan and detail is outstanding. There are wonderful nooks and crannies on this ship at every turn. Small corners for privacy and larger areas for gatherings and never crowded by my standards...after all there are about 930 passengers on the Sky. The staff seemed to make a special effort to remember our names, but then again, I always called them by name. They are well trained and really seem to care; nothing seems impossible to them. Beautiful Spa with no upcharges except for specific personal services, gorgeous pool area, high tea served at 4:00 p.m. daily, included shore excursions, WiFi and so much more. Dining was the highlight of our day. The main dining room, (The Restaurant) unlike the big liners, was relaxed, elegant with amazing menu selections. I would classify it as "Anytime Dining" with never a wait. We purchased a Premium Beverage upgrade which if you enjoy nice wines and cocktails is a plus. Viking does include wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, however, at say The Chef's Table (a five course tasting menu with selected wines), a charge of $25.00 is made without the Premium package. If you like smaller meals The Chef's Table is fun and the themed menu changes every three days. We enjoyed Manfredi's (Italian). Beware that portions in The Restaurant and Manfredis are sometimes large. The World Cafe buffet is beautiful. One day we even watched our pasta and sauces being made from scratch. No need to stuff yourself on this ship as quality is the word and quantity never disappoints. One disappointment with the evening dining scene was that few people dressed for dinner. Viking describes appropriate dress as the equivalent of "smart casual". Can't you just change your all day excursion dress outfit? For some passengers, apparently that answer on Viking is "no". I could go on and on but others are critiquing as well. If your are tired of art auctions, constant marketing from the gift shops, endless photographers, casinos, long elevator lines, being nickle-dimed at every turn and multitudes of passengers, try Viking Ocean Cruise. Value is a excellent. Complimentary Wifi alone saved me several hundreds of dollars from my big ship experience last summer. Comparing prices, ok, however, this is a once in a lifetime experience. You deserve the best! Why would you sail with 2700- 5000 other passengers? Bigger is definitely not better! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We had never crossed the ocean by sea, so we were anxious to see if we liked several days at sea in a row. Verdict: The time flew by! The activities (not to mention the wonderful meals) made us forget about time and just enjoy ... Read More
We had never crossed the ocean by sea, so we were anxious to see if we liked several days at sea in a row. Verdict: The time flew by! The activities (not to mention the wonderful meals) made us forget about time and just enjoy ourselves. Well done, Captain Lokling and crew!! About the food--what can we say?! The quality, variety and choices were outstanding. When we felt casual--The World Cafe. When dressing up--Manfredi's or The Chef's Table. When feeling social--The Restaurant. And finally, when feeling lazy--room service!! Our Veranda cabin was quite comfortable and much larger than either of us anticipated. Adrian, our cabin steward, was efficient,very accommodating of the random nature of our on board schedule, and genuinely friendly. The spa/sauna/fitness center facilities were outstanding as well. Equipment was state-of-the-art. In conclusion, both my wife and I commented that we enjoyed the size of the ship and the limited number of passengers, as compared to other, much larger ships on which we have sailed. One example why: when when large gatherings, such as Suzanne's wonderful one-woman show, broke up, the Restaurant still managed to have the incoming crowd taken care of and seated quickly and efficiently. We joked that the only long line on the ship was the "gelato line" in the World Cafe! All in all, well done, Viking! We will be back! Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
It came along at a time we could go for a very good discount. My husband and I loved the smallness of the ship and the amount of people. The entertainment and cabin service were the best we have encountered. The food was very, very good ... Read More
It came along at a time we could go for a very good discount. My husband and I loved the smallness of the ship and the amount of people. The entertainment and cabin service were the best we have encountered. The food was very, very good especially in the Restaurant. Liked that wine and beer came with dinner. Our stateroom came with a mostly free mini-bar. But didn't always get restocked when it was supposed to be. The World Café was very good, but would have liked to see more variety. I loved most everything about the ship, except for the fitness area. Even we seniors like to stay fit these days. No room for the yoga classes, and not enough room to do yoga when others were working out. Was not conducive to doing yoga where music is blaring, people talking loudly, and weights clanging. I would have gotten a manicure and other services, but these were beyond my budget. We mostly went on the tours that Viking provided free, and were very happy with all of them except Casablanca. The tour guide for that trip was very good, but we did not feel safe there and there wasn't anything to see or do except the Mosque. The bus just rode around for hours, with nothing to see except roads and non-significant buildings. At one point they let us off the bus in the middle of an intersection. not good. The other tours in Madeira, and Spain were wonderful!!! We loved all the cities in Spain and stayed in Barcelona an extra few days. The majority of the "service" people were very accommodating and beyond nice. People were very friendly, and we met a lot of nice people from other parts of the U.S. and the world. We would definitely do another trip with Viking if we got a price as good as we did for this one. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Wanted to try a transatlantic cruise as an alternative to flying. And wanted to cruise on a smaller boat to avoid the long line-ups at embarkation and disembarkation. Although we were concerned that a smaller ship might experience a lot ... Read More
Wanted to try a transatlantic cruise as an alternative to flying. And wanted to cruise on a smaller boat to avoid the long line-ups at embarkation and disembarkation. Although we were concerned that a smaller ship might experience a lot of movement in the open ocean in poor weather, the weather was relatively good so we don't really know if rough seas would have been a problem. There was a good mix of enrichment lectures (politics, maritime history and commerce, nature, inspiration, science). No complaints about the food. We particularly liked the Restaurant and its emphasis on quality and not quantity. Mamsen's deli was a great place for oatmeal or waffles and open-faced sandwiches. This was our second ocean cruise with Viking and as all their ships are the same it was nice to immediately know where everything would be. We're not spa or salon people so that was a bit of wasted space for us. Better to enlarge the fitness centre - there were times when people had to wait for machines. Generally we were pleased with the sea days and their peace and quiet, and the chance to socialize with congenial fellow travellers. We found the entertainment enjoyable and better than we were expecting for a small ship. The stops at Casablanca, Cadiz and Valencia were very good because of their cultural attractions, St. Maarten did not have much to offer, and Funchal was also a bit limited, but we were in both on a Sunday and many places were closed. The guides on the optional excursions we took were superb (those on the included excursions less so). The ship staff were also first rate - uniformly helpful, courteous and willing to go the extra mile. We'll definitely be back on Viking and may even do this cruise again as an end-of-winter getaway. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We have taken several Viking River Cruises and were delighted with our experiences on those cruises. We have also taken more than 15 ocean cruises including two transatlantic trips. We have enjoyed our ocean cruises and were intrigued ... Read More
We have taken several Viking River Cruises and were delighted with our experiences on those cruises. We have also taken more than 15 ocean cruises including two transatlantic trips. We have enjoyed our ocean cruises and were intrigued when we saw the opportunity to travel with Viking on one of its new cruise ships. Our other ocean cruises were aboard larger ships than the Viking Star and we were wondering how traveling on a smaller vessel would compare with the larger ships. We were trilled with our trip on the Viking Star and don't think there will be more trips on the bigger ships in our future. Te ship is magnificent. It is sleek and modern but comfortable and homey The cabin, the common areas, the theater, the specialty dining facilities the World cake and the restaurant were all terrific. The spa and the fitness center were not crowded and offered a chance to relax or work out in an almost private setting. The food offered something for everyone. There was wonderful variety and even in the World cafe the staff was there to prepare items for for our personal taste. We can't say enough positive about the staff and crew. They were attentive, knowledgeable and always there to make our experience more enjoyable. The guest lecturers were all interesting and informative and kept us looking for more sessions throughout the cruise. Entertainment was excellent .and eve included a passenger guest choir that worked with the professional entertainers to put on a wonderful show at the end of the cruise. We met wonderful people and were sad to have to leave the ship when we reached Barcelona. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
It was a new wonderful experience crossing the Atlantic. However, the pre-trip to Puerto Rico was greatly overpriced by Viking. The room amenities were very sparse and there were no excursions included. Our Viking representative was ... Read More
It was a new wonderful experience crossing the Atlantic. However, the pre-trip to Puerto Rico was greatly overpriced by Viking. The room amenities were very sparse and there were no excursions included. Our Viking representative was not that good. For example, I needed a dentist and the representative from Viking was nowhere to be found. We had a medical issue on board. My husband's issue was treated by doctor, Aleksandar Avdalovic. He and his staff were very proficient and professional. Doctor Alex even telephone the room to check-up on my husband. Of course the food on board was excellent. The service providers were so friendly and helpful everywhere on the voyage. For example, my husband needed a piece of tap to mend something. He happened to be passing an electrician on board and asked if he had electrical tape. The electrician asked for our room number and soon I was able to get the tape to make the repair. I would have liked to see exercise classes provided. The only thing available were Yoga classes at a cost. It is your fault that I gained 4 pounds (ha,ha). Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Can't say enough nice about this ship, the crew and Viking in general. This is our fifth Viking cruise but our first Ocean. The ship is beautiful, just the right size (758 passengers on this transatlantic journey). Lots of sea days ... Read More
Can't say enough nice about this ship, the crew and Viking in general. This is our fifth Viking cruise but our first Ocean. The ship is beautiful, just the right size (758 passengers on this transatlantic journey). Lots of sea days so it was relaxing. Met up with some folks through Cruise Critic the night before the voyage. Best thing we ever did as we had automatic friends the whole time. Couple of downsides was that the wifi didn't work very well so couldn't download a book when I finished one on my iPad or pretty much look up anything on the internet. Thought it was just a problem crossing the ocean but never got any better no matter where I was on the ship. Could also have had better culture classes about what we would be seeing, like what Viking does on its riverboats. Oh, also the boutique could have had more Viking-related merchandise. Selection was very limited. Loved the snow room and the pools. Lots of places to sit in the common areas and not feel crowded. Food was excellent in all the venues and we ate everywhere. Loved the gelato. One of the great features of our room and all the rooms is a night light near the floor in the room and bathroom to guide you safely at night. Don't know why I loved that so much but first time I have seen it and really thought it was great. The last day of the cruise when we were arriving back from the included tour the crew met us on the deck with fun music and champagne. Appreciate that Viking has included tours. We did a mix of included and extra ones and loved all of them. Viking cruises are the best. The room was plenty large and had lots of storage space. Only wish that Viking had a rewards program that did some kind of upgrade for frequent past passengers. We did get a choice of gifts a few months before our cruises and a small discount when we booked. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Loved the fact that we were at sea for 8 days! Viking kept us busy. Weather was great so we sat out by the pool a lot. Guest lecturers were wonderful. My husband and I read three books and spent a lot of time meeting new friends. ... Read More
Loved the fact that we were at sea for 8 days! Viking kept us busy. Weather was great so we sat out by the pool a lot. Guest lecturers were wonderful. My husband and I read three books and spent a lot of time meeting new friends. Service was fantastic. We loved the crew and the officers. This is our 3rd time on the Viking Star--always feels like we're "coming home." We had a Penthouse Jr. Suite on Deck 7. I loved the fact that they took care of our laundry each day for no charge. Clean clothes for 15 days. Can't beat that! Food was absolutely delicious. Our suite included alcohol and mixers and snacks replenished daily; we also had all the beer and wine we wanted for lunches and dinners. We particularly always enjoy the free-of-charge specialty restaurants. Manfredi's, the Italian one, is the best eating venue on the ship. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We left from San Juan, Puerto Rico. We were among the group that flew in overnight, and Viking put us up in a hotel from about 6 AM to noon before transferring us to the ship. We really appreciated that. We did the Viking Homelands cruise ... Read More
We left from San Juan, Puerto Rico. We were among the group that flew in overnight, and Viking put us up in a hotel from about 6 AM to noon before transferring us to the ship. We really appreciated that. We did the Viking Homelands cruise on the Viking Sea with them last year, so we knew what to expect as far as the ship goes. It's just a beautiful ship, understated elegance everywhere in Scandinavian modern. There are a lot of cozy nooks and crannies for privacy and relaxation. It was a particularly nice ship to do a transatlantic cruise on because of that. We enjoyed all of the ports: St. Martin, Funchal, Casablanca, and then in Spain, Cadiz, Valencia, and Barcelona. We stayed on for two nights in Barcelona. Dining was outstanding in all venues. We're not fond of buffet restaurants, but we are pretty satisfied with the World Cafe. We generally only eat there for lunch if The Restaurant isn't open. Because this wasn't a full ship (about 700 instead of 930, we were told), it was easy to get extra reservations in addition to the ones we did ahead.online at the two specialty restaurants, Manfredi's and The Chef's Table. Both of them are excellent. We hadn't gone to The Chef's Table on the first trip, but decided to try it and really enjoyed it. It's a fixed menu with paired wines. Wine and beer is included at lunch and dinner in all venues, although you can buy a special package if you choose above that. Our cabin was 5033, Penthouse Veranda. We did the Deluxe Veranda last year and I was not happy with the space and storage. We were much happier with the Penthouse Veranda. It had more storage than I could use, did not feel cramped, and was in general more roomy and comfortable. We also enjoyed the balcony and the weather was mostly nice enough to enjoy it. A bottle of champagne was also included as well as daily alcohol, but the main reason for us was more space and storage. We understand that there were a lot of trainees on this ship, but the service was as good as on the Sea last year. Our room steward was very attentive. We ran into several of the crew who were on our cruise last year. Since it was a more leisurely cruise, we went to more of the entertainment. We enjoyed the daily trivia and went to the Rat Pack Show and the Paris Review. Those were pretty good, but my husband went to the Abba program and wasn't that impressed. The guitarist, pianist, and classical trio are all excellent and play at different areas of the ship at different times of the day. Our favorite areas of the ship are the Explorers' Lounge and Mamsem's. The Norwegian pancakes and cheese are not to be missed. We also enjoyed high tea several days. We enjoy the cappuccino, which is available around the ship, but don't care for the coffee. Embarkation and disembarkation were both smooth. Rooms are available according to the category of the stateroom. The tours ranged from very good to so-so. We enjoyed the tour in St. Martin, although it was Carnival and many things weren't open or available. The included tour and the Cable Car and Toboggan Ride on Madeira were both really enjoyable. We also enjoyed the tour of Casablanca, although I don't think we got into anything, just saw things. The tours in Cadiz and Valencia were more so-so. I don't understand why the one in Valencia ended in a food market. A lot of people dropped off as that one went on. The brochure talks about going through the Straight of Gibraltar, but it starts through at 11 PM so you won't see it. We could tell, though, as the wind picked up and we could see the lights on the coast of Africa as we went through. We stayed on in Barcelona and loved the city! We did the Hop On Hop Off and got to see a lot of the city and made stops at several different places. The Renaissance Hotel was very nice, with small European rooms, but in an excellent location, close to the Hop On Hop Off and not a bad walk from La Sagrada Familia (best to make reservations online ahead for that). All in all, this was really a wonderful cruise and we enjoyed the time at sea and the ports. I would highly recommend this cruise if anyone is interested in a transatlantic crossing, but there aren't many of them, so check them out early. We are doing another crossing in the fall from Bergen to Montreal on the Sea and are really looking forward to it! Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
The Viking Star was elegant and beautiful with enriching details that made the voyage a special experience. Our penthouse veranda room was very comfortable. Viking understands the modern traveller -- free wireless, lots of outlets to ... Read More
The Viking Star was elegant and beautiful with enriching details that made the voyage a special experience. Our penthouse veranda room was very comfortable. Viking understands the modern traveller -- free wireless, lots of outlets to charge devices in the rooms and interactive TV screen to keep us up to date on our schedules, options and lots of movies. Touches of luxury added to the enjoyable experiences -- from heated bathroom floor to soft throws to relax on lazy sea days which we enjoyed as we sailed across the Atlantic towards Europe from Puerto Rico. So many details contributed -- the decor, the spa (and the snow room) to making it a wonderful experience. But overall it was the Viking crew and their courtesy to passengers that made it so memorable. I will come back and am already looking forward to a river cruise soon. Fellow passengers were fun, interesting and so well travelled. Overall, a great experience. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We were attracted to the itinerary. 9 islands in 11 days gave us a nice sampling of the West Indies. Great food, nice ship, interesting excursions. We enjoyed the excellent room service. Prompt, delicious, and food was steaming hot. Loved ... Read More
We were attracted to the itinerary. 9 islands in 11 days gave us a nice sampling of the West Indies. Great food, nice ship, interesting excursions. We enjoyed the excellent room service. Prompt, delicious, and food was steaming hot. Loved the mini bar. The excursions were well organized, interesting, and well organized. We enjoyed the flexible dining options. We enjoyed eating with whomever we chose, wherever we chose. Having the opportunity to sample the specialty restaurants without an additional fee was nice. Airport transfers and embarkation was well handeled. We were never waiting long. Having the ElConvento Hotel to wait on disembarkation day while waiting for our flight was great. My husband enjoyed relaxing at the hotel and I cruised around Puerto Rico. We enjoyed the Entertainment on board the ship. The singers and dancers were fun to watch and talented and energetic. We would have liked to have an opportunity to take some casual pictures with the entertainers. It would have been a nice memory of the Rat Pack in costume for instance. All around great trip. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We were invited to come on this cruise while we were on an earlier cruise. It sounded like a great idea, so we signed up and were more than thoroughly delighted! The ship was so great that this was our second cruise on her. ... Read More
We were invited to come on this cruise while we were on an earlier cruise. It sounded like a great idea, so we signed up and were more than thoroughly delighted! The ship was so great that this was our second cruise on her. We've now signed up for a third cruise on her next winter. Our cabin was very nice, the dining never failed to be excellent, the service was of course first-rate, the entertainment and activities were fun, and the ports were fascinating. We'd never been to any of those ports, had always wanted to go to all of them, and were very glad we did so! It's hard to pick just one activity that stood out, but the scotch whiskey tasting was a favorite among the gentlemen in our group. As far as excursions went, they were all fascinating, and they were generally very well organized. Our favorite port turned out to be Barcelona, which was so wonderful that we could have stayed there a week. The other Spanish ports and Madeira all were very appealing. Casablanca was enjoyable, though I don't think we would beat a hasty path back; the Spanish ports were better. We would certainly take that cruise again, and we would take nearly any cruise that Viking Star offered. We'll be on a Mediterranean cruise on her next February. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Viking lived up to their reputation. This was the most restful cruise I have ever been on and the crew, although most were fairly new to ocean cruises, were very polite and helpful. The ship was beautiful with their spa like bathroom ... Read More
Viking lived up to their reputation. This was the most restful cruise I have ever been on and the crew, although most were fairly new to ocean cruises, were very polite and helpful. The ship was beautiful with their spa like bathroom (which included heated floors) and the cabin was very clean and modern. The toiletries were name brand and replenished regularly. Selection of movies great, but other TV shows catered to Europeans and not Americans. The food in the World Café was top notch with the food in the dining room being a little less than what I expected (not always hot). Loved having the shore excursions included. The extra touches they provided, like cold bottle water when leaving the ship and cold towels and some times champagne on the return puts them over the top. Shows were professionally done. Only complaint is if you didn't get tickets the second they were available (no charge) you couldn't get into some of the shows (like the Rat Pack) I will definitely be cruising with Viking again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
As with most of our adventures, this cruise was chosen with an eye to itinerary, schedule, and environment. A late season North Atlantic crossing, Bergen to Montreal, is almost guaranteed to be a nautical adventure. This cruise did not ... Read More
As with most of our adventures, this cruise was chosen with an eye to itinerary, schedule, and environment. A late season North Atlantic crossing, Bergen to Montreal, is almost guaranteed to be a nautical adventure. This cruise did not disappoint. The scheduled Faroes Islands stop became a "drive by" due to unfavorable winds and seas. Later that day and evening we were "privileged" to experience the force of an early fall North Atlantic gale with 40 foot seas and greater than 60 knot winds. The crew, and passengers, learned some lessons about securing for heavy seas through first hand experience. The ship did just fine, demonstrating an ability to navigate in any even marginally reasonable conditions. The ship was again a delight. The cabins are spacious, the cuisine excellent and the entertainment well presented. The common areas are pleasant, and generally available even when the ship is fully occupied. Particularly noteworthy on this itinerary were the many enrichment lectures and activities addressing Norse and Viking culture and heritage, and anticipated encounters with marine life. The theme "In the Wake of the Vikings" was well presented through out the cruise. The included shore excursions provided an overview of the ports while conserving time and energy of the participants. The daytime transit of Prinz Christian Sund in Greenland was a nautical delight that will be remembered for a long time. Cruise participants were "older" than those on many trips we have taken. There were probably several factors at work. Viking does not encourage children onboard. There are no programs for the young, and long Fall cruises conflict with school. This cruise sold out early in the year, months in advance of departure. Most passengers had taken previous cruises with Viking, and many had previously cruised in Viking Star. We will return to Viking Ocean Cruises any time their itineraries, our interests and mutual schedules coincide. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We wanted to visit places we would probably never go to on our own. Seeing Iceland, Greenland, and Newfoundland were a dream come true. Viking once again out did themselves with service, planned excursions, entertainment, and extremely ... Read More
We wanted to visit places we would probably never go to on our own. Seeing Iceland, Greenland, and Newfoundland were a dream come true. Viking once again out did themselves with service, planned excursions, entertainment, and extremely interesting lectures each day. The ship was beautiful and our cabin was roomy and gorgeous and complete with a fantastic view. The meals were always wonderful whether we ate in the dining room or the buffet. Loved being able to have wine/ beer for lunch and dinner with no extra cost. We attended every evening's entertainment and was never disappointed. The daily lectures were so very interesting with whale watching added. The daily introduction to the ports we stopped at were also very interesting and helpful and certainly added to the overall experience. Most of our fellow travelers were in our age group and this was another added benefit of meeting like minded people. Highly recommend any of the Viking cruises! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We enjoyed our impeccably clean modern cabins which were tastefully furnished and very comfortable. The bed was excellent. The ship offers a tremendous amount of enjoyable space throughout, a place for every mood, time of day, desire for ... Read More
We enjoyed our impeccably clean modern cabins which were tastefully furnished and very comfortable. The bed was excellent. The ship offers a tremendous amount of enjoyable space throughout, a place for every mood, time of day, desire for privacy or company. The food was excellent in all dining facillities, consistently fresh and of high quality. The Italian restaurant really stands out! Viking staff was very friendly, helpful and always capable. We much enjoyed being mostly in rather casual attire on a ship which offers room for every taste and fashion. On this trip we visited (or sampled) many countries from Norway to Athens, Greece. All excursions were well organized, enjoyable and informative. We probably 'overbooked' on this first cruise and will take it a little easier next time. Our airport pickup and dropoff was flawless. Viking was a really great overall experience. Our next Viking cruise in the West Indies is already booked. Go if you can! Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
My wife and I chose Viking Ocean cruises because of our previous 4 sailings on their River cruises and to see if the standard was as high. Which it was. Never having done an Ocean cruise before we did not know what to expect however ... Read More
My wife and I chose Viking Ocean cruises because of our previous 4 sailings on their River cruises and to see if the standard was as high. Which it was. Never having done an Ocean cruise before we did not know what to expect however that was soon rectified from arrival at the airport by Viking reps to the embarkation at the port which was seamless. The staff mostly all young were terrific. Once on board our cabin was a deluxe veranda which was spotlessly clean as was every other part of the ship. Dining on board was very good with 2 quality restaurants Manfredis Italian and the Chef table which were excellent. I should mention there are 2 pools on board one on the 7th deck with retractable roof and an infinity pool at the stern. Both great also they have a fitness suite plus on deck 2 Entertainment on board was great with an evening show in the theatre and an classical trio, solo pianist and solo guitarist who played during the day and evening in various parts of the ship. Every member of staff you spoke to or they saw you first were pleasant, civil , polite and attentive. Nothing was a problem to them. They were always smiling, Shore excursions were varied and good. I must mention the hygiene on board it was first class they were always cleaning from first thing in the morning till last thing at night. We will be doing another probably next year. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
This was not my first cruise, but considering every other cruise I'd been on was courtesy US Navy it certainly rates as the best. All kidding aside, I had always dreamed of going on a ship and not doing any work. For the type of ... Read More
This was not my first cruise, but considering every other cruise I'd been on was courtesy US Navy it certainly rates as the best. All kidding aside, I had always dreamed of going on a ship and not doing any work. For the type of experience I sought Viking delivered. After an eventful year I needed some time to simply decompress. If this is the experience you're looking for I recommend Viking. The Viking Sea (and its identical sister ship the Viking Star) is ideal venue for relaxation offering a comfortable, unhurried experience. If you're looking for hustle and bustle, constant stimulation, and amusement park experiences Viking is not for you. If you're looking for a family cruise Viking is not for you. The Viking Sea has no casino, no rock wall, no waterslides, no cross branding, no shopping malls, no photographers, and no kid zone. In fact the minimum age to sail with Viking is sixteen. If, however, you're looking for adult themed activities that stimulate the intellect and enrich the soul, if you're looking for comfort, if you're looking for charm and grace Viking is just what you're looking for. The ship is elegant but not gaudy. Straight lines, wood grain, and gentle pastels dominate the decor. You embark the ship on deck 1 directly into a central atrium that Viking calls the Living Room, and with good reason. Sofas and armchairs are scattered throughout this expansive, multi-level space, some creating conversation areas, others offering intimate privacy. Bookshelves line many of the walls inviting bibliophiles like myself to simply wander the space and peruse the titles. I spent many an afternoon in a little niche with the art albums. Other public spaces are just as inviting. My favorite by far was the Explorer's Lounge on deck 7. This two level lounge looked out over the bow of the ship and was a perfect spot for whale watching (I'm happy to report that whales and dolphins were both sighted during my voyage). It, like many other public spaces aboard, was graced by bookshelves lining the bulkheads. Nearly every evening found me stretched out on a sofa reading my latest find. My previous cruise line's spa facilities were subpar (believe it or not the US Navy doesn't have much in way of creature comforts). The spa facilities aboard the Viking Sea I found to be quite luxurious. Whether hot or cold, fresh or salt water, steam or snow, the Nordic Spa had it all. Yes, they had an actual snow grotto on board (though it was closed for one day for defrosting and maintenance). After about fifteen minutes in the steam room one would think that the snow grotto would be unbearably cold but it felt quite invigorating. Just outside the spa are some small luxury shops. While it was nice to be able to browse the items I never felt pressured to buy nor did I feel like I was in a shopping mall. There was a shop that sold toiletries and other sundries which was convenient. I must admit I did not go to many of the evening entertainment shows (though I made friends with several of the performers) so I cannot comment on the quality of the entertainment but the theater itself is nicely laid out with plenty of leg room between rows. This has the added bonus of not having to embarrassingly squeeze around people (or be squeezed around) if you have to leave for any reason. The last night of our cruise, though, our cruise director performed. It turns out she is quite an accomplished mezzo soprano. Her accompanying musicians performed in the pool area every afternoon as did the classical trio and the guitarist (though in different areas at different times). All were excellent musicians but their repertoire was limited. I could tell toward the end they were getting tired of playing the same songs. Possibly the biggest difference from US Navy cruise lines was the quality of the food. There were quite a few dining options (though not, I'm sure, as many as some of the larger cruise lines) and the quality of each of them was excellent. I particularly appreciated that there was no extra charge to dine in the specialty restaurants, though reservations are required and availability depends on stateroom class. Portions look small to the eye, but the food was so well prepared and there were so many courses that I was never left dissatisfied. I ate quite often at the World Cafe on deck 7. I appreciated the convenience of the buffet style serving. Waiters were always on hand to provide you with any beverage of your choice. Another of Viking's selling points is that beer, wine, and sodas are complimentary with your meal so I never felt as I was being nickel and dimed. This was a repositioning cruise for a newly commissioned ship so the itinerary was quite unique. One of the reasons I chose this particular cruise is because it offered a good mix of days in port and days at sea. I appreciated having some extended time at sea to be able to just experience the ship and not feel that I was simply being rushed from port to port. But the ports were magnificent. We departed Bergen and were originally scheduled to debark in Istanbul. Political instability in Turkey resulted in its cancellation which was disappointing but understandable (especially since the coup happened a week before our departure). Two ports in Spain were added which more than made up for Istanbul's cancellation. Between Spain and Portugal, for a few days I felt like I had traveled back to the Fifteenth Century. Wandering the cobblestone streets of medieval villages, basking in the glorious architecture of the churches, sipping coffee (or something a little stronger) on a sidewalk cafe. It was all quite seductive. It was as slow and leisurely a pace of life ashore as it was aboard. My only regret is that there was so little time in each port. Viking's ocean ships are small ships and are able to reach smaller ports that other cruise ships can't. This results in more of a cultural experience than a "let's move the party ashore" experience. I don't recall seeing one neon sign or pink cocktail with an umbrella and I'm happier for it. This mentality carries over to the ship itself both in its apportionment and the professionalism of its crew. It is, as I state in the title of this review, elegant but understated, an experience I highly recommend for those who seek a slow pace and civilized experience. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
I chose this cruise for the itinerary first and the ship and cruise line second. This was my 11th cruise. What made it stand out was the friendliest, happiest, most accommodating staff of all my cruises. They often offered more than ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the itinerary first and the ship and cruise line second. This was my 11th cruise. What made it stand out was the friendliest, happiest, most accommodating staff of all my cruises. They often offered more than what you asked for. Contrary to another reviewer, I thought cruise director Heather Clancy was the best. She was the friendliest, most visible, and most talented of all my cruises. She even performed a whole show herself, sang at other times, and even led the prayer service! The ship never felt crowded and lines were rare. However, it was only at about 2/3 capacity. I loved the blue and sand tones in the decorating. The bathroom was also the best of all my cruises. The rest of the cabin had plenty of drawer space, but I did miss the walk-in closet and full window area of another luxury cruise line. The food was wonderful. There were so many choices that I wasn't able to have some of my favorites at more than one meal. I was a little apprehensive about the Chef's Table, but I loved it both times I went. Also, the staff gives excellent service to people with special diets. The entertainment was all musical, no magicians or comedians. I especially enjoyed the Abba concert, Robyn North's show, and the ticketed Rat Pack show. The shore excursions were very well organized and paced and the local guides were all good. I wish we could have had a choice of included excursions at each port though. Now for a few things that weren't so good. First, luggage did not arrive with me and about 99 other people at the airport. After reading other reviews, I was prepared for this and had enough essentials to carry me through until it arrived. Bergen is a small airport, making transportation there more difficult. Lastly, there was a mechanical problem, so we arrived at our final port about a day late. We were compensated with a voucher during the week after the cruise. Still, this was unexpected with such a new ship. And in between, I wish there would have been TV reception in the fitness room, incentives for participation in activities, and menus to consult before making restaurant reservations for future evenings. Also, the first Meet & Mingle was not well attended because people didn't get their invitations. But then they scheduled a second one with an ample attendance of passengers and staff. All in all, this cruise was the best luxury cruise I've been on for value. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We chose this cruise because we hadn't traveled to several of the destinations previously and had experience on Viking river boats. We also had some experience on larger cruise ships which we found disagreeable at best, so we were ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we hadn't traveled to several of the destinations previously and had experience on Viking river boats. We also had some experience on larger cruise ships which we found disagreeable at best, so we were pleasantly surprised by our first reaction to the Viking Sea. This cruise was her second after being built and was outstanding. The ports of call and tours were handled extremely well and the on board lectures and lecturers were fantastic. It should be noted that this ship is not for people looking for climbing walls, water slides, or extravaganza entertainment. It's geared for travelers who want to experience the ports of call and learn some history along the way. The ship itself is beautiful as are the cabins. I believe all of the cabins are outside and most, if not all, have a small veranda. The food is delightful in both the restaurants (no extra charge) and the buffet which offers both indoor and outdoor seating. The staff is terrific and always went out of their way to make sure we were both comfortable and satisfied with the experience. We will be sailing again on this same ship this fall on a transAtlantic repositioning and are already excited. We've actually done a similar trip before on another lines huge, 3000+ passenger ship, which was one of the worst trips we've ever taken, so we're looking forward to revisiting some of the ports on the much smaller Viking as well as seeing several new ports. If you sail for the destinations and the ambience of a relatively small ship, Viking can't be beaten! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This was our second cruise with Viking the first was a river cruise & the second the ocean cruise. The room was fabulous - we were in a deluxe veranda with heated bathroom floors, mini bar, cappuccino maker, robes and slippers just ... Read More
This was our second cruise with Viking the first was a river cruise & the second the ocean cruise. The room was fabulous - we were in a deluxe veranda with heated bathroom floors, mini bar, cappuccino maker, robes and slippers just to name a few appointments. Food and service was excellent. They offer an excellent selection of wines & beers which are included with you meals. The staff always remembers your preference (i.e. I preferred a glass of white wine with the appetizer and red wine with the main course - impressive!) The shows were great and the lectures interesting. The spa, snow grotto & sauna were great - after spending time in the sauna you are encouraged to spend time in the snow grotto - this is a Swedish ritual. Then you can spend time in the spa or relax on heated lounge chairs. The ship also has an infinity pool & indoor pool. We can't say enough. We were so impressed that we have booked another cruise for 2018 & are considering other future destinations. They offer "loyalty" discounts & early booking discounts making the value hard to beat. Most itineraries offer free airfare or discounted rates. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
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