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4 Viking Ocean Repositioning Cruise Reviews

We picked this cruise because of its itinerary - "In the Wake of the Vikings" - a northerly transatlantic crossing, and we had to book it a year and a half in advance because it's only offered once a year. (Although, we ... Read More
We picked this cruise because of its itinerary - "In the Wake of the Vikings" - a northerly transatlantic crossing, and we had to book it a year and a half in advance because it's only offered once a year. (Although, we found out later that a 2nd Viking ship trailed this same itinerary by several days - so much for Viking's communications - more on that.) We did the 3-day pre-trip Iceland extension. Generally good, although we found out once there that there were 78 people on this pre-trip, and all but 8 of us had direct flights to Bergen to board the ship after Iceland. We were some of the unfortunate 8 - indirect flights thru Oslo. We asked the local Viking person (an independent travel guide, very helpful) "what did we do wrong to deserve this?" She said to call Viking, ask for direct flights, since another couple had done this, or have your travel agent do this for you. We emailed our US travel agent, asked her to to have Viking book us direct (like the 70 other people who had this done for them automatically). Viking's 1st response was that they would charge us $350/pp because this was a voluntary upgrade on our part! Gag me! We went back to our travel agent, she fought w/Viking and got the direct flights for no charge, like all the others (except a few who got stonewalled by Viking when they went direct to Viking). Other than that, the pre-trip was a nice way to explore Iceland - much more so than the planned one day shop in Reykjavik on the cruise. We did Blue Lagoon, Grand Circle tour, plus good tour around Reykjavik. Once we flew to Bergen, we found out (rumors among passengers on the bus ride to the ship) that we're not staying in Bergen, we're leaving a day early, i.e., right away, due to Hurricane Dorian, and we'll be skipping 1st two port stops (Shetlands and Faroes), in order to try and skirt hurricane on way to two new port stops in Iceland via two very rough sea days. Ironic, that we just left Iceland, flew to Bergen, to get on a ship and sail into a hurricane in order to go back to Iceland via rough seas. Why couldn't Viking let us know that back in Iceland and let us just rent a car and drive through scenic Iceland and catch up to the ship in 1st new Iceland port stop? This is 'classic Viking non-communication.' (Our only other Viking Ocean cruise was to go from Istanbul to Venice, only we found out 'by accident' that we weren't going to Istanbul, but cruise was going to start in Athens instead.) The Viking Sea ship is wonderful - small size - only 900+ passengers, great cabin attendants, great food, comfy beds, free wifi, free laundry, free beer & wine w/lunches and dinners, nice public areas. They offer two free specialty restaurants/trip - an Italian, plus a special Chef's Table. In keeping w/Viking's non-communications, we had booked one of each, only to find that Viking had somehow cancelled one of our reservations when we showed up for dinner. The two extra Iceland port stops were wonderful, but once we left Reykjavik, we were told that, due to storms off Greenland, that we'd be skipping the 1st Greenland port and have ... 2 more rough sea days! Prince Christian Sound (60 miles of interconnected fjords in S. Greenland) did make up for this, as it was a visual extravaganza. However, more of the same after Greenland - two more rough sea days due to bad weather off W. Greenland on our way to Newfoundland, and an alternative port once there. We heard from others on board that Viking has made this re-positioning trip 5 times, and has only made all port stops on its advertised itinerary only once! Seems like Viking needs to re-examine its repositioning trips - we understand that 2020 cruise goes in August, but I'm sure Viking is trying to maximize its profits with its Baltic cruises and didn't really want to leave that soon! Once home, we did receive a nice email from Viking saying, in effect, that they screwed up, and are offering a future voucher worth 40% of our trip cost on a future Viking cruise. We'll have to seriously consider whether we want to cruise Viking anymore. Their ships are great, and once onboard the crew and staff and accommodations are excellent, but Viking's communications with its passengers, especially pre-trip, STINK! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We choose this cruise, due to the many interesting ports, we'd not visited. Viking Oceans is trying to do, too much, too fast, and losing sight of the small details, involved in "Luxury Cruising". We'd sailed on ... Read More
We choose this cruise, due to the many interesting ports, we'd not visited. Viking Oceans is trying to do, too much, too fast, and losing sight of the small details, involved in "Luxury Cruising". We'd sailed on Viking River Cruises numerous times and on Viking Star, loving everyday. Not so with this cruise, Bay of Bangle, involved a different 'hurdle' daily. Embarkation in Mumbai was a total NIGHTMARE! No-one at the 'Guest Service' desk knew the definition of 'guest services'. We arrived late into ports, and therefore had the planned excursions rush. There wasn't any entertainment, as had been present of other Viking cruises. The food was, good. The service was delayed by staffing problems and a general lack of experience. We were given two days in Gao, India and one day in Singapore. Go figure! We had a three hour bus excursion in Georgetown. We drove around the same circle five times, without any potty breaks. There was a fort and a Palace, we couldn't get out and explore. Saving on port fees, we were two hours out of the city of Bangkok. This meant five hours on a bus, day one and 2 1/2 hours back the next day to the airport. Not a happy finish! We're going to give Viking Ocean more time to pull their act together, before any additional travel, on them. The ship is beautiful. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
My wife and I choose this cruise based on the itinerary. It was called "In the Wake of the Vikings". We left Seattle on Seattle on Sept. 15 the spend some time in Norway. We flew through Iceland to Oslo and took the train from ... Read More
My wife and I choose this cruise based on the itinerary. It was called "In the Wake of the Vikings". We left Seattle on Seattle on Sept. 15 the spend some time in Norway. We flew through Iceland to Oslo and took the train from Oslo to Bergern; a wonderful trip. We arrived in Bergen on the evening of the 17th with the intent of checking in on the Ship and doing some planned activities. We arrived at the pier about 10:15 AM, neither conveyor belts that scan your items was working, thus a full pat down. Once through we were told it would be 10:30 AM before we could check in. It turned out that the systems to check us in were down and we could not check in until 11 AM. It seemed like no one knew what was happening and it was hard to get straight answer. That should have been a hint. We got passed that and rode the funicular up the mountain, had lunch in the Fish Market and took a fjord tour by boat...a great day in Bergen! Since we were not sailing until the evening of the 19th, we took a farm tour that was included on the 19th and it was very enjoyable. Let me say at this point that we are experienced cruisers with this being our 26th cruise since the early 1990's. All ocean cruises, no river cruises and no Viking. We read great things about the Star, which turned out not be true. Our first stop was the Shetland Islands where we had a great tour and my wife bought wool (she is a knitter). Our second stop was the Faro Islands, which we had toW pass due to rough seas. Iceland was next and we had a great time in Reykivik; we had lunch at Cafe Loki where we had the traditional meat soup and several varieties of herring. For dessert we had Rye Bread Ice Cream (delicious). My wife bought more yarn and we bought some gifts. Nice Day. Then the fun began! We ran into a substantial storm that night with up to 45 foot waves and winds gusting to 80-90 mph. Lots damage on the ship and some people were hurt. Everyone had to hunker down for the night. Fortunately we were not seasick. Several items broke in our cabin. It was by far the worst storm that we have ever encountered while cruising. The next day was better, but 15 foot seas and 30 mph winds were not that much fun. Greenland had a stark beauty highlighted by a floating iceberg, a glacier and some very remote villages. We stopped at two very small Inuit villages and had to tender in since there was no dock to handle our Ship, even though we were under 1,000 passengers. After another sea day, we landed at L'Anse aux Meodows, a site of reconstructed Viking village. We were in one of the last two groups when the Captain cancelled the tendering due to rough seas. We felt we could have made since we have tendered in rough seas before. He later apologized since the seas did not get as bad as he expected. Needless to say we were very upset about missing this site. Our next port, Sagueny, Canada we took a paid tour of crafts, etc. At our first stop the bus broke down; end of tour Quebec City was really hopping and we had a good tour. Finally Montreal where we stayed in the Renaissance, a Marriott property which was outstanding. Especially using points and an upgrade to suite. I am a Platinum Elite, which is helpful. Here is our assessment: the Ship is beautiful, the staff is very attentive, but ineffective, the cabin is very well designed and the food ranged from horrible to very good. We ate in every dining venue. The phones have a clock, which was out for 4 days, thus when putting in a wake up call you were awakened two hours early until the problem was corrected. The wifi is free but very slow and not there several times. Everything you as for takes 2-3 to get it; making little things big things and gets you angry. There is no single point of contact like a concierge and/or a butler. At $7,000 per person one would hope for something like that. Entertainment was minimal, but surprisingly very good. We felt that Viking is not ready for prime time ocean cruising. Also DO NOT CRUISE THE NORTH SEA AND NORTH ATLANTIC IN SEPT-OCT. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
To be fair I would say the new ship was beautiful, the food was very good and the majority of people working the cruise was very good. However from there it went down hill. From the beginning it was very evident that the major attention ... Read More
To be fair I would say the new ship was beautiful, the food was very good and the majority of people working the cruise was very good. However from there it went down hill. From the beginning it was very evident that the major attention was given to returning Viking passengers and new ones like us received no special attention . What stood out for us was that it was very evident that the ship was hurried into service and the amount of technical issues with boat should not have been. It was further supported that Viking does not have the expertise and experience in ocean cruising as the boat was run like a 150 passenger river cruise boat. The quality and content of optional excursions was below par. The on board entertainment was equally below par and very limited especially for 4 days a sea with minimal entertainment options. There was no where to go on board ship other than your room to get away from the loud repetitive back ground music. Impossible to try to read in piece. Limited table for groups to meet and play cards. Boat tender from ship to port in London a disaster with a one point having to wait in the cold unprotected wind for one hour and not one Viking representative at the site to assist passengers. So the bottom line for us is that we paid for what was supposed to be a upper end quality cruise and found that Viking was no better than any of the other cruise lines we have used but certainly more expensive. Would not recommend to our friends nor would we use them again for a ocean cruise. Quick note when going to the tour information desks most of the people working them had limited knowledge of the tours. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
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