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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
This was the maiden crossing for this ship, and it was amazing to be on board a brand new vessel. The rooms are very nice and cleverly designed. The ship itself is stunning. The food was consistently excellent. Very impressive, ... Read More
This was the maiden crossing for this ship, and it was amazing to be on board a brand new vessel. The rooms are very nice and cleverly designed. The ship itself is stunning. The food was consistently excellent. Very impressive, considering the price point. Only slightly below Seabourn in quality, although far less fussy. The wine choices could have been better. Service was good, but it was clear that many people were still learning their roles on such a new ship. I noticed that other passengers were not very polite or patient on this point, and some were rude and outspoken: they paid full price, and didn't expect anything less than full service. If I have any major complaint, it actually regarding my fellow passengers. Too many were rude and that made my uncomfortable. I've rarely seen that type of behavior on other ships, and it left me wondering if Viking attracts a certainly type of personality. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
After much research we decided on an Atlantic crossing to get a bit of flavor of the old-time crossing cruises. We needed the relaxed atmosphere and the amenities of this cruise line to convince us to try ocean cruising. We enjoyed every ... Read More
After much research we decided on an Atlantic crossing to get a bit of flavor of the old-time crossing cruises. We needed the relaxed atmosphere and the amenities of this cruise line to convince us to try ocean cruising. We enjoyed every bit of the time on board. We relaxed, exercised, ate and relaxed some more. We enjoyed every minute, and were ready to come home to the winter holiday rush! Embarkation and discharge went smoothly, as did the two ports of call. The food variety was delightful. We really felt like we "knew" the ship after a few days. The small swimming pool at the stern of the ship was lots of fun. We especially liked the variety of food choices, and the fresh fruits and vegetables available with every meal and snack. The one HUGE burger we had was delicious!! We will do another crossing voyage with Viking in the future, probably going in the opposite direction from Puerto Rico to Spain. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
Always wanted to cross the ocean and Lisbon was a bonus for us. Spent five days there before the crossing. Thoroughly enjoyed the cuisine in all venues. Such great food and superb service. Like that it is all inclusive including the ... Read More
Always wanted to cross the ocean and Lisbon was a bonus for us. Spent five days there before the crossing. Thoroughly enjoyed the cuisine in all venues. Such great food and superb service. Like that it is all inclusive including the spa which is lovely and relaxing. Only have rave revues for this beautiful ship, crew and amenities. The entertainment was great each night and often during the day. I like that it is so clean and I don't have to block my ears with dirty humor or words. The lectures during the day were interesting. We really liked the four talks by the man who rowed the Atlantic, and Pacific. Amazing and perfect as we crossed an ocean. I liked using the spa, hot tub, sauna and snow room as well as big pool which was a wave pool one day as we rolled with the sea. The two stops were great, seeing the Azores and Bermuda which we had never visited. Interesting tour in the Azores. included. A surprise which we enjoyed was the ability to watch tv In Our room and see the series of Downtin Abbey. You see, we liked the whole experience and the Viking Sun is a lovely new ship. Thank you for a perfect cruise. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
The Viking Sky has unique touches not found on any of the other lines we've cruised with. One clear diference is they run it more like a river boat, with all the civilized included features like free wine & beer with meals, a ... Read More
The Viking Sky has unique touches not found on any of the other lines we've cruised with. One clear diference is they run it more like a river boat, with all the civilized included features like free wine & beer with meals, a free shore excursion in every port (there are other, more active excursions you can pay for), free self-laundry and mini bar, and - best of all - UNLIMITED INTERNET!!! We added the "silver package" for mixed drinks at a reasonable price, compared to Holland America or Princess, for example. What they don't have is all those obnoxious ads for jewelry drawings, art auctions, etc. They also don't have a casino or bingo games (although their very healthy Trivia competition attracts an enthusiastic crowd). The theme of the ship is Norse. Besides the Scandinavian tapestry-type wall art, paintings and a Viking relics decor, even the washrooms take you to the north woods, complete with beautiful birdsong recordings. The Norwegian artist, Edvard Munch, is featured nightly in the atrium, complete with terrific musical performers. Our cruise started in New York City and the seas got very bumpy the first night and next day. If you have any level of motion sickness, I'd recommend you get trans dermal patches from your doctor, a wrist band or even just non-drowsy Dramamine. That way you don't lose a day feeling bad. We went through a pretty severe tropical storm that prevented us from visiting Bermuda, but we all received an email with a large credit toward a future cruise, which was thoughtful of them. My suggestion is to avoid the first-deck gym if there's a really bad storm - I was on the treadmill when a huge wave smashed through a large window. Scary! But makes a good story afterwards. They had it fixed in a matter of minutes. The crew and performers are pretty typical - kind of a United Nations of servers. They're all very attentive and nice. I was impressed that many of them remembered our names by the second or third day! There is both a promenade and an upper track for walking or jogging, plus shuffle board and golf. The scheduling of enrichment lectures and activities was a little off, but when I complained, Guest Services pointed out that everything is available on your in-room TV screen by the same evening. So you don't actually have to miss anything due to conflicts. The big movie screen "under the stars" plays pretty good films, and you get cord-free Bose headphones to listen with so the sound's not blaring and disturbing others. The food in The Restaurant was okay, but nothing to write home about. Manfredi's Italian restaurant is terrific - they have the same, good-sized menu every evening but there's always a fish of the day and pasta of the day. Some people loved the Chef's Table, where you just go in and sit down, and they take your through a gastronomical adventure, but take a look at the menu before you make a reservation. There is no choice once you sit down; you just go with the flow. Food-lovers Alert: We discovered that the buffet at dinnertime actually served the best food of all, with lots of choices every night, including an awesome seafood/sushi station! On nice evenings we could even sit outside on the back of the ship. Delightful. Getting onto the ship was a piece of cake, but disembarking in Miami was a little messy. I think this was Miami's fault, though, and not Viking's. We are looking forward to our next Viking journey (maybe minus the storm at sea) and would recommend Viking to anyone without kids. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
Have been trying to get on a ocean viking cruise for sometime have done a lot of river cruising with viking and enjoyed them .. however this cruise was the best for food and service...loved all the open space and comfort areas...Room ... Read More
Have been trying to get on a ocean viking cruise for sometime have done a lot of river cruising with viking and enjoyed them .. however this cruise was the best for food and service...loved all the open space and comfort areas...Room service was very fast and the food was hot.....amenities were good.. the restaurants were good. Manfreidas ..was amazing..while the world buffet was great..you could ask for almost anything...the movie nights were cool and loved the popcorn....We really enjoyed the explorer lounge so comfortable and the bar staff were fantastic the living room was so open..and still cozy and had nice coffee bar with snacks always.....one thing that stood out was all the staff was friendly and spoke to you and asked if you were having a good day or needed anything..we have been cruising for over 35 years so we have seen it all.. we had a really horrible start and missed Bermuda but it turned out ok..... Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
This was the best cruse we have ever been on. Beginning at the time we boarded until we very reluctantly disembarked we could not have been more pleased. The service was impeccable. The food unbelievable. The overall experience was ... Read More
This was the best cruse we have ever been on. Beginning at the time we boarded until we very reluctantly disembarked we could not have been more pleased. The service was impeccable. The food unbelievable. The overall experience was most satisfying and rewarding. Someone asked us about the food on board. Our answer is imagine the best place you have ever eaten - well, we ate there 3 meals a day for 2 weeks! The smaller ship sailing experience is quite remarkable. When getting on and off at ports it was a breeze. On other cruses with thousands of passengers it can be a real pain and extremely slow. We might have waited 2 minutes one time at the gangway. Everything is run like an extremely well oiled machine and the passenger is the sole focus of the crew. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we booked a future ocean cruse with Viking while on board. We won't be going back to the crowded big cruise liners in the future. We are SPOILED by and HOOKED on Viking. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We chose this cruise to try out Viking Ocean Cruises. We have been on 35+ Princess and 1 RCL ocean cruises. We took a Viking River cruise last year and loved it so we wanted to see how they were for ocean cruises. For us, we loved this ... Read More
We chose this cruise to try out Viking Ocean Cruises. We have been on 35+ Princess and 1 RCL ocean cruises. We took a Viking River cruise last year and loved it so we wanted to see how they were for ocean cruises. For us, we loved this cruise. Embarkation was easy just needed ticket and passport. Only a little delay as the agent had trouble with his handheld passport scanner. Towelettes and champagne were waiting as we boarded. A week before we sailed we were notified that we had been upgraded to the penthouse junior suite. Among other things (like free laundry) our room was ready when we boarded. The ship is small but very modern, clean and bright, only 930 guests and 400 or so crew. There is a spa, fitness center, and 2 shops. There are 2 pools and a couple of hot tubs. A pool grill is open for lunch but closes about 5 PM. They serve tea every day at 4. Activities like ballroom dance classes, trivia, cooking shows, etc happen through the day. There is usually only one activity at a time, so no decisions to be made as to which to do. They had 5 speakers on board and thus many enrichment lectures. We had a live narration when leaving NY Harbour. Wifi is included and it is pretty fast. Our room was large, spacious. The room and bathroom is larger than some hotel rooms I’ve been in. The sitting area is separated from the sleeping area by a curtain. The room is equipped with both European and North American power outlets as well as USB connections by the bed. Plenty of drawers and closet space. Large bathroom, the shower can fit two people easily, 2 sinks and plenty of counter and storage space. The floor is heated. The balcony will sit 6 easily with room to move. Most rooms come with a mini bar that is replenished daily. It has soft drinks, alcohol and snacks. There is a desk vanity with a lift up lighted mirror and compartments to organize small items. They provide binoculars, umbrella, slippers, and housecoats for your use. There are 2 shops on board but nothing is pushed on you. Using the spa facilities is included in the fare. This includes the steam and sauna room, the snow grotto, and the whirlpool. Charges only apply for services. There are self-serve free laundry facilities including detergent. Dining is open seating, no fixed tables or time. Lots of tables for 2 along with larger tables should you want to share or eat with friends. The dining room is run just like a restaurant. No trays piled with 10 meals. You are served immediately and your food service is prompt. The food is excellent. Wine, beer and soft drinks are included with lunch and dinner. You can also bring your own wine for dinner without any corking fees. The specialty restaurants are awesome. Manfredi's, is Italian style and has steaks, chops and, of course, pasta dishes. The other one is the Chefs Table and has a preset menu consisting of 5 courses. Each course is paired with a wine. The food was beautiful to look at and tasted amazing. The menu rotates every 3 days. Lots of space to sit around the ship both inside and outside. We never were in an area where we couldn’t find a seat even at the pool and buffet. The service was exceptional. Staff are very friendly and did everything they could to make the trip wonderful. The theater can be section off at the back to provide 2 cinemas. Entertainment is in the theater as well as the Atrium and at the pool. Entertainers include a pianist, guitar soloist, string trio and a party band, there was a guest comedian as well. There are singers and dancers on board. Entertainers include a pianist, guitar soloist, string trio and a party band. There was a guest comedian as well. All the entertainers had a high caliber of proficiency and were very versatile. They do shows, but not production type. The shows are small song tributes and dance routines. There was a Beatles tribute night up at the pool. Very relaxed atmosphere. Oh yeah, no kids, no teens. There are no kid programs at all. There is no casino or bingo, and there are no annoying photographers on board. No prizes for trivia winners (you get a drink from the bar - non alcoholic I believe). Tours are run similar to other ships, some meet on shore and some in the theater. Water bottles are provided as you leave to take on the tours. There is one tour included for each port. Optional tours are also available. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
Wanted to try a Viking Ocean Cruise. In 2007 we took a Viking River Cruise in Russia which was not great.......the ship, food, cabin, etc, were in general BAD. The destinations were most interesting but as a river cruise experience, we ... Read More
Wanted to try a Viking Ocean Cruise. In 2007 we took a Viking River Cruise in Russia which was not great.......the ship, food, cabin, etc, were in general BAD. The destinations were most interesting but as a river cruise experience, we have not been on one since. This Ocean cruise was GREAT except for some really rough weather. The programs and lectures were very interesting, frequent and varied. Accommodations in all areas of the ship were excellent. In particular the free wi-fi seemed to me like a no "brainier." Also the ship was not burdened with the usual jewelry/watch shops, or a casino, which did not please wife. The crew and staff were always courteous and helpful. I enjoyed the daily tea service and classical music throughout the ship. I thought the main pool was a bit small, however I guess it is commensurate with the ship's size. Food and restaurants were very good. Available laundry/dry cleaning service was also a nice extra. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
This ship has a surprising spaciousness for a smaller ship, and it took me almost a week to figure out why: every cabin is an exterior room with balcony, so there's lots of extra space inside. The decor is lovely - lots of Viking ... Read More
This ship has a surprising spaciousness for a smaller ship, and it took me almost a week to figure out why: every cabin is an exterior room with balcony, so there's lots of extra space inside. The decor is lovely - lots of Viking stuff - and the staff is great. Even though the weather out of New York started out very wet with rocky seas (it was a transition cruise and very low priced) everything calmed down after a couple of days. There's a retracting roof over the pool, and a big plus is the movie screen, where they play films under the stars (or roof, weather depending). Everyone gets Bose wireless headphones, so there's no extraneous noise. My three favorite things were the included wifi (so civilized), the sheer number of books around the ship available to read, and the seafood buffet every night up in the world cafe. Usually, we use the buffet for breakfast and lunch, and dine in a nicer restaurant, but it was hard to beat the dinner buffet. So we mixed it up between all the restaurants. We got a drink package, which was very reasonable, but even if you don't there's plenty of wine & beer at lunch & dinner. Also nice is having the option of an included shore excursion (they're usually your basic get-on-a-bus-panoramic tour) and you can often fit in the included tour plus an extra one that fits your particular interests. We liked being able to do our own laundry at no charge (you don't have to pack so much that way!) and having no "formal" nights is just fine. Dress up when you feel like it, or don't dress up at all. Your choice. The room felt a little tight at first, but once we moved in it turned out to have plenty of room for everything. The bathroom in particular has some great storage drawers and shelves. Downstairs, the spa is very good but I never figured out how to go into the snow room without slipping on the ice that builds up on the floor as it snows - actually snows. They might have fixed that out by now. The top deck is all sportsy and I enjoyed walking around the track, playing mini golf and shuffle board.The entertainment was terrific - between the stage shows and the smaller musical groups there was lots of variety. We can't wait to get back on board the Sky in just a couple weeks. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
We had never cruised with Viking before but seeing photos of their new Ocean ships, we fell in love with the aesthetic and the designs of the ships. First impressions on board, the staff were so friendly and helpful, immediately had a ... Read More
We had never cruised with Viking before but seeing photos of their new Ocean ships, we fell in love with the aesthetic and the designs of the ships. First impressions on board, the staff were so friendly and helpful, immediately had a glass of wine in hand and we were off to a great trip. We were on the 8th floor in a deluxe Veranda Cabin. First time having a balcony on a cruise and loved it. We hit rough seas leaving New York and I was starting to wonder what we got ourselves into but once we arrived in the Caribbean it was calm and beautiful. The drink package was a great deal and allowed us to try many different new wines with dinner, the wine stewards were also very good with their suggestions. We did not partake in many activities on board, we enjoyed our team reading, going to the indoor spa and gym, and using the pools. The Spa was a nice touch and after a port day was very relaxing and enjoyable. The main dining room was always very good and I liked the regional tasting menus at each destinations. Manfredi's Italian was very good and I absolutely loved the Chef's Table, I wish I had tried all the different menus. I have booked another viking Cruise for December 2018 and can't wait. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
We chose Viking based on what others have said at work. Our other 7 cruises have been with Royal Caribbean and when our friends asked us to compare the two, we simply told them that there was no comparison. Viking was superior in every ... Read More
We chose Viking based on what others have said at work. Our other 7 cruises have been with Royal Caribbean and when our friends asked us to compare the two, we simply told them that there was no comparison. Viking was superior in every aspect of the cruise. The first night was especially memorable since the ship headed into Hurricane/Tropical Storm Phillipe off the East coast. The ocean was extremely rough and many many of the passengers and crew were sick. Difficult times like this bring out the true character of a ship and its crew and Viking was totally up to the challenge and task at hand. The next few days after the storm, we did not hear a single disparaging remark, only praise. We feel that the attitude and professionalism of the crew, the spacious staterooms with many small amenities not found on other cruise lines, excellent food, had contributed to a truly delightful experience. In the future, we will sail exclusively with Viking on both river and ocean cruises. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
My husband and I were disgruntled Royal Caribbean customers: the service got worse as the ships got bigger. Our last RCI ship had 6,000 passengers (Viking carries 980 max) and 17 decks. Since positive reviews and chat rooms pointed to ... Read More
My husband and I were disgruntled Royal Caribbean customers: the service got worse as the ships got bigger. Our last RCI ship had 6,000 passengers (Viking carries 980 max) and 17 decks. Since positive reviews and chat rooms pointed to Viking, we booked the 14 night "Around the Caribbean" which covered Bermuda, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Curacao, Jamaica, Aruba, and Grand Cayman. We did an excursion at each port, all were outstanding, especially St. Lucia. Viking Sky, built this year, and had numerous seating areas with little quite nooks tucked in all around the ship. The chairs and sofas were very comfortable. Dining in all of the restaurants was a treat. Contrary to other lines whose specialty restaurants charge for their services, Viking did not. So we indulged in all of them multiple times. House wines and beer are included free of charge with lunch and dinner. Service was impeccable. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
This was our first Viking Cruise. We were continually impressed by the care and concern of all the staff. Meals had great variety and the varying ice cream treats were always tempting. Evening entertainment was top notch and if it was ... Read More
This was our first Viking Cruise. We were continually impressed by the care and concern of all the staff. Meals had great variety and the varying ice cream treats were always tempting. Evening entertainment was top notch and if it was scheduled to start at 9:15....it started at 9:15! The shore ports were fun and interesting and gave us a great opportunity to visit islands that we had not been to. The room was great and I'm still trying to figure out how they keep the bathroom mirror from fogging up when you take a shower! The free shore excursions were interesting and gave us an opportunity to see things we would not have seen if we had just gone ashore. Plus we had an opportunity to try helmet diving for and experience that few have even heard of. We are now Viking fans and looking forward to booking another Viking cruise this fall. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
I wanted a cruise that had a few more sea days. Because of the weather we wound up having a few more sea days than were originally scheduled. On Sunday and Monday the seas were rough between New York and Bermuda. Because of this, the ... Read More
I wanted a cruise that had a few more sea days. Because of the weather we wound up having a few more sea days than were originally scheduled. On Sunday and Monday the seas were rough between New York and Bermuda. Because of this, the Bermuda portion of our cruise was cancelled. By Tuesday the seas were calm and remained so for the rest of the cruise. The crew was magnificent during the rough seas and, from my point of view, even though the ship was tossing a bit, these days were enjoyable. The rest of the cruise was as planned and everything went well. The stops in St. Lucia, St. Kitts, Curacao, Aruba, Jamaica and Grand Cayman all had well planned and enjoyable excursions. Dining is excellent. The Restaurant meals were excellent and varied. The specialty restaurants are a pleasant change from the main restaurant. While The Restaurant serves breakfast and dinner, it does not serve lunch. The World Cafe on deck 7 serves 3 meals a day and is an excellent choice for breakfast. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
A cruise departing from NYC was appealing. This was our third Viking ocean cruise on the same ship. The cruise was extremely enjoyable and the ship 1/2 full due to port changes and apprehension of the possible of post hurricaine ... Read More
A cruise departing from NYC was appealing. This was our third Viking ocean cruise on the same ship. The cruise was extremely enjoyable and the ship 1/2 full due to port changes and apprehension of the possible of post hurricaine ramifications. Overall most things were fine. The crab claws availability was not as prevalent as med cruises. As always on a cruise ship, the pizza is not worth eating. Wine service at lunch was slow. Plenty of servers but they need more training as to being observant and speedy. The Italian restaurant is wonderful. Mamsens is a great space for sea days. Hamburgers by the pool are too thick. Tea time at 4 is a real treat. It would be nice to have definitive up front rules on where and for what hours the wine is included at dinner time as in "only at an eating table" in Mamsens, "anywhere in the buffet as long as they are serving food", what area around the pool as long as food is served. Overall a great cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
Itinerary... and value! My brother and I have always wanted to visit Portugal and the Bahamas, which were both spectacular. The stop in the Azores was an additional treat! The crew was exceptional, and the entertainment surpassed my ... Read More
Itinerary... and value! My brother and I have always wanted to visit Portugal and the Bahamas, which were both spectacular. The stop in the Azores was an additional treat! The crew was exceptional, and the entertainment surpassed my expectations. (I am a musician, and have high expectations.) Well done in every respect. Even my trip to the Ship's Doctor for a sinus infection was a highlight! The speaker for the cruise was also a highlight, as was our visits to the two specialty restaurants. Our cabin was spacious and comfortable, and the public rooms were wonderfully laid out and beautifully decorated. Bravo! We especially liked the small - but very informative - exhibit on Vikings. Very well done, as was everything else on the cruise. We hope to do another Viking Ocean cruise in the future... having now done two river cruises and one ocean cruise. Viking is exceptional in every respect. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
Love Viking & loved the itinerary! Many of the ports we had not visited before. Also loved the idea of a few sea days as this ship is so comfortable. We were just ready to enjoy all that Viking had to offer on this remarkable ship...as ... Read More
Love Viking & loved the itinerary! Many of the ports we had not visited before. Also loved the idea of a few sea days as this ship is so comfortable. We were just ready to enjoy all that Viking had to offer on this remarkable ship...as we had been on it just a year ago. However this was our 4th Viking cruise. I recommend Viking to everyone. We love the richly rewarding historic lectures on the culture of the areas we are visiting! No Casinos and picture pressure! Truly a relaxing adventure. The entire trip was so very enjoyable, from Bergen Norway to Barcelona Spain! Viking does everything to ensure your comfort & safety. We did have to forego our Falmouth England port because of weather but thanks Captain for thinking of our safety first! The employees/crew are so friendly and will go out of their way to help in any way. Need more hangers for your clothes, pillows...how many?...done! On other cruise ship I have had to pack extra hangers or layer everything! Food was for the most part outstanding! In each dining room we were treated like royalty! We didn't enjoy the Chef's Table so much and I heard the same from many other people, we were still hungry after 4 courses. The included wines served daily with meals were plentiful, excellent quality & variety. Also appreciated the plentiful water whether on ship or off! Entertainment & lectures were simply outstanding! Viking only fell short on the included tours in a couple ports. River included tours are handled much better & make provision for a "leisure" tour selection for folks who have walking issues. The free time in Knokke, Belgium was a waste, very little open, prices no one could afford in very exclusive shops that were! Couldn't wait to board the bus! I never heard a positive comment. Wish we could have just explored the historical little town of Damme, I think it was, that we drove though. Other tours were exceptional! Guess you can't win them all but I think Viking needs to re examine this aspect. These included tours makes Viking unique in the the cruise industry but that could change quickly. Also our last day in Barcelona lacked communication on the optional "An Evening of Flamenco" ( not worth the $139 pp) as we had to switch docks late in the afternoon and that caused all types of confusion. They combined our included city tour with it as we had to change the time 2 1/2 hours and we wouldn't have known this if we hadn't have ask! Thus our city tour ended up in the dark, with very low visibility, right before our dinner. Hated to disembark and head for the USA...Looking forward to cruise #5 soon! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
As a retired 35 year History teacher traveling alone, I was searching for a cruise that would be more appropriate to the classroom experiences I had with my students. The Viking SEA cruise "In the Wake of the Vikings" filled ... Read More
As a retired 35 year History teacher traveling alone, I was searching for a cruise that would be more appropriate to the classroom experiences I had with my students. The Viking SEA cruise "In the Wake of the Vikings" filled that bill and more for me. The cruise began in Bergen, Norway, and crossed the Atlantic to Montreal. I took advantage of pre and post extensions in Oslo and Montreal for two days each and was not disappointed. Bergen was also a joy, and the fact that this pro cycling fan was there during one day of the week long UCI World Championships was a pleasure that was unexpected when I booked the cruise. To get to the ship, I traveled by train from Oslo to Bergen. The views were amazing, and definitely a harbinger of things to come on the cruise itself. The Viking SEA was easy to get around, and the staff was the best part of the entire experience! Whether it was my Steward, Tito, the food staff, or the security and boarding staff for the three tendering situations, they couldn't have been more patient or professional. The food was outstanding! When I arrived on the first night, I went to the Buffet ("World Cafe") expecting to pick up a burger and fries. Imagine my surprise when the offerings included Duck a L'Orange and Lamb Shoulder...the excellence and variety of the food was unchanged for the next two weeks. I got my first taste of Venison, and Caviar as well. Breakfast and luncheon offerings were equally as good. The 'reservation restaurants,' Manfredi's Italian, and the Chef's Table, were above and beyond expectations. A cautionary note: If you intend to hit the Casino, buy art, rock climb, or see extravagant Broadway type shows with large casts; this cruise is not for you. The stage time is taken with lectures on the History, Geography, and politics of the area served. We had four lecturers who touched mainly on the Viking legacy (it was the theme, after all), but also included climate concerns, political policy issues regarding whaling, oil, and other natural resources, and more recent Historical events. There were also "Port Talks," led by the Cruise Director. If you missed any of the lectures, you could watch them later on your cabin television. Entertainment was controlled by an eight person troupe, who brought a different show each night to the theatre. Despite the small size of the troupe, they handled their assignments very well. They, like the rest of the staff, were also very gregarious and thoughtful to the passengers off the boat. The Spa and exercise areas were excellent! The Deck 2 walking area was a quarter of a mile around, which surprised me, because I have been on much larger Carnival and Disney ships where the walking distance was identical. How did Viking do it? The Shore Excursion opportunities brought unexpected visual experiences. The beauty of the Shetlands, the Faroes, Iceland, Greenland, Newfoundland, and Quebec were the highlights here. The local guides were all knowledgeable and easy to converse with. The views from the ship were also amazing, especially going through the fjords in all of these locations. Prince Christian Sound in Greenland was at least equal, if not superior, to the views in Alaska's Inland Passage. Three glaciers, icebergs, and mountains around every corner kept the camera busy! The included tours usually were of the "Panorama" variety, where we took buses to various areas as an orientation of the location, with opportunities for stops for photo opportunities. I was most disappointed with the included tour of Reykjavik, Iceland, because we spent an inordinate amount of time driving through residential areas and were not allowed to stop at key locations because "we do not have time." I was also a bit frustrated with one of the onboard consultants informing me that the 'excursions in Saguenay, Quebec, were very helpful, because there isn't much to see in the town.' Two opportunities to walk proved to me that this was a very charming town, and there was much that we weren't able to see otherwise. Perhaps a reevaluation of the opportunities in this region for excursion purposes would be helpful. The optional tours were tremendous! In my case, a walk through the Shetlands' capital of Lerwick, a ride around the Faroes, a visit to a fur house in Qaqortoq, Greenland, a walk around the L'Anse Aux Meadows Viking settlement in Newfoundland,and walking and carriage tours in Quebec City were stunning! On three occasions, we had to "Tender" from the ship to the shore. The crew was excellent in getting us on and off board, but suffice it to say, the term "Tender" is now an oxymoron in my book...remember that the North Atlantic in mid September is not easy on good days. We also had to miss the Nanortalik, Greenland port due to treacherous wind and waves. Kudos to the Security and Boarding crew who had to deal with disembarking so many in limited time in all of the ports. The cruise was exceptional, and, despite a few minor issues, I would go again...In fact, while onboard, I signed up for a future Viking Ocean Cruise. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
My wife and I, both in our 70's made the cruise. Our pre-cruise visit to Bergen was great. We had Viking plan the air, which was a mistake. They routed us through Heathrow, which I avoid based on experience several years ago. It has ... Read More
My wife and I, both in our 70's made the cruise. Our pre-cruise visit to Bergen was great. We had Viking plan the air, which was a mistake. They routed us through Heathrow, which I avoid based on experience several years ago. It has gotten worse. It took over an hour standing in line with our carry-on luggage to get on a bus to take us from Terminal 3 to Terminal 5. We had reserved the Hotel Oleana in Bergen. It was conveniently located, nice staff, but the furnishings were spartan. Good weather and we ate well in the 3 days there before we boarded the ship. I thought embarkation went smoothly but my wife disagrees. We both were very happy with our stateroom, especially the heated bathroom floor. Wish I had one at home. I screwed up, not having looked at the ships plans/specifications enough beforehand. I thought it would be too cool to use the pool, so didn't pack a bathing suit. But the main pool and it's hot tub were protected and there were two more hot tubs plus the two pools and the sauna in the spa. Dining was great, with several options. I regret that they did not offer more choices of joining others when we went into The Restaurant. We met fewer other cruise travelers than we have on other cruises. We both took advantage of the talks and enjoyed them a lot. One speaker was so good that I regretted I was not going to be on the next leg (to New York) to hear some scheduled for it. All of the crew were helpful and pleasant to deal with. Security process for exiting and reboarding at the port stops was very efficient. I appreciated the steps they went to to help us keep our hands clean and prevent the spread of disease. There were several locations outside of the staterooms where people could relax and read. An ample number of books were available at multiple locations. In many of these one could be close enough to the performing musicians to have the music in the background. All of the musicians were top notch. Portable hearing sets were available to help people hear the excursion guides but they were awkward to use and were unnecessary except on one tour I went on. The size of the ship is large enough to have great facilities but small enough to go places larger ships cannot visit. We were already book for a Spring 2018 cruise on the Viking Sea when we booked this one. We liked it enough to book a cruise on the Viking Orion in December 2018. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
My husband and I chose this cruise for the itinerary as well as Viking's stellar reputation. We weren't disappointed. The cabin, food and service were exceptional. We've cruised with RSS and Celebrity but Viking ... Read More
My husband and I chose this cruise for the itinerary as well as Viking's stellar reputation. We weren't disappointed. The cabin, food and service were exceptional. We've cruised with RSS and Celebrity but Viking outperformed them both in these areas. We enjoyed a few days in Oslo prior to the cruise staying at the Hotel Thon Opera. We were a bit unhappy that our rooms weren't ready when we arrived at 3:00pm and we had to wait in the lobby for a bit. Other than that, the hotel was very nice and the breakfast they offered was sensational. And because we were inconvenienced by the delayed check-in, Viking arranged a very nice coach tour of the Oslo area, which included a stop at the the very interesting Viking Ship Museum. We took a very comfortable and scenic train ride from Oslo to Bergen to embark the lovely Viking Sea. Excurions: We highly recommend the Fish Farming and Maritime History tour offered while at port in Bergen. We toured a facility that builds beautiful wooden boats and makes rope, then drove through beautiful Hardangerfjord to reach the fish farm. We were then taken to the mountains, to Voss, for a delicious lakeside lunch. It was a great day! It was fortuitous that our tour took us out of Bergen because Bergen was hosting an international cycling event the day we were in port so most of the Bergen city tours were cancelled. (A boat tour of Bergen was substituted.) Viking provided everyone with a $200 ship board credit for being inconvenienced. Very nice of Viking. While in Lerwick, Scotland, we opted for the walking tour, The Nature Trail of Mousa Island. After a brief coach ride through town, we boarded a small boat for a 10 minute ride to Mousa Island. It was a beautiful day for a walk; scenic, sunny and very breezy. The 'trail' is over uneven grassy ground and a bit slippery and wet, so be aware. Make sure you have the appropriate shoes. But it was a wonderful experience seeing the Moussa Broch. The guide was knowledgeable. We're glad we chose this tour. We booked the Sea Safari tour while in Torshavn, but due to high seas, the tour was cancelled. Safety first! So we walked through town and toured on our own. We opted for the all day, Golden Circle tour, while at port in Reykjavik. It was well worth the time and cost. And the guide was very knowledgable. Such fantastic scenery! We had a wonderful salmon lunch too. I wish I could have spent a bit more time shopping at some of the gift shops. The most spectacular sight on the entire cruise was waiting for us in Greenland. We cruised slowly through the magnificent Prince Christian Sound. Breathtaking, really. Mountains, glaciers, bergie bits, seals, whales, sun, snow - fabulous! And no other ships around. We saw one person, a kayaker, on the 5 hour sail. Unbelievably harsh beauty. Wow! Due to weather, we were unable to dock Nanotorlik. But the ship was able to dock in Qaqortok. There is not much to see there, but we walked around town in the sunshine and found the grocery store to be an interesting visit. L'Ans Aux Meadows - was interesting. It gives you a real sense of the Viking life there, hundreds of years prior. Saguenay, Ontario - our least favorite excursion. We opted for Zodiac in the Park tour. We felt we spent too much time on a school bus there and back. The actual tour on the zodiac was brief and just ho hum. And a very rough ride. There is no food offered, so Viking should arrange snacks somewhere along the line. (We were gone from 10:00 until 3:00.) The guide didn't really offer insights or history of the area on the long rides. Beautiful scenery though. Quebec City - Many ships in port that day (8?) so it was very a very busy, crowded port. We opted for the included tour, which was fine with us. The streets were clogged with people so sitting on a coach with a guide telling us all about Quebec City was just about perfect for us on our last day. Food - we loved Manfredi's; left the Chef Table after the second course - not to our liking. But enjoyed every other meal everywhere else on the ship. We especially enjoyed the fresh seafood the chef arranged for us in Bergen. Mussels were yummy. And Mamsen's deli for waffles in the morning. And High Tea daily! And drinks at the Explorer's Lounge! We look forward to our next cruise in April. Love you, Viking! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
Our experience with a Viking river cruise was excellent and the ship's itinerary was what we wanted. The staff is excellent and is very friendly. The support staff works well together providing quiet and efficient service. I was ... Read More
Our experience with a Viking river cruise was excellent and the ship's itinerary was what we wanted. The staff is excellent and is very friendly. The support staff works well together providing quiet and efficient service. I was always greeted with a hello and a smile. Service was outstanding and our cabin steward was the best. The dining experience was outstanding with great food, excellent food presentation and food choices. Due to a medical incident I needed to visit you ship's medical facility. The care I received by Dr. Soric and his staff was outstanding. The shore excursions were disappointing and not up to my standards. Not enough time spent at the different stops, Sometimes it felt like it was a march or die excursion. You need to learn from the river excursions on how to improve the shore excursion experience. The enrichment lectures were only OK and could improve. Overall it was an excellent cruise and we will take another cruise with Viking. Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2017
We were fortunate to travel with friends who all wanted to see these sites of interest from Bergen to Montreal, most of which we had not seen before. Also, we had heard such positive feedback from other friends who had experienced the ... Read More
We were fortunate to travel with friends who all wanted to see these sites of interest from Bergen to Montreal, most of which we had not seen before. Also, we had heard such positive feedback from other friends who had experienced the grandeur of Viking's new ocean liners. The ship was exquisite, modern and comfortable. Without exception, the entire Viking crew & staff were polite, considerate, smiling and most welcoming. Our cabin stewards were over the top in service, taking care of any of our needs and answering questions. The food was awesome. We appreciated the variety of dining options, the outstanding quality of everything from appetizers to desserts and the beautiful presentations of the meals. You felt like you did not want to mar the appearance of the dishes with a knife and fork. The excursions were handled in an organized way with the embarking and disembarking mostly flowing effectively, and our tour guides were very knowledgeable and informative. We thoroughly enjoyed the shipboard entertainment and shows in the evenings. Two of the highlights for us were the tour and scenery in Iceland, and the stop in Saguenay, Quebec, where the townspeople showered us with a grandiose welcome at the port and presented a fantastic musical and technological performance of the history of their community. It was a super trip. We have done Viking River Cruises previously, so it is quite difficult to say which we would opt for next. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
We were interested in traveling to Iceland, Greenland and other small islands. We have traveled on Viking and think it is a first class operation. The meals were outstanding. We tried all of the restaurants and enjoyed "The ... Read More
We were interested in traveling to Iceland, Greenland and other small islands. We have traveled on Viking and think it is a first class operation. The meals were outstanding. We tried all of the restaurants and enjoyed "The Restaurant" the best - getting our favorite table was special. The entertainment and cruise director, Aaron far surpassed our expectations. The ports were lovely, educational and very enjoyable. We wish we could have spent more time at some of the stops. The residents made us feel very welcomed as we landed. We thoroughly enjoyed the live stage show in Saguenay. Outstanding! The disembarkation went smoothly considering how many people needed to leave at the same time. Returning to the ship sometimes took longer than we thought it should. Maybe having another security check-in would have speeded up the process. We would definitely consider another cruise on the long ships. However, the river boats are still our favorite cruises. Less people and smoother waters. Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2017
This is my third Viking Cruise, I have been on a River Cruise to China and a River Cruise from Prague to Berlin (excellent cruise). I chose this cruise for 2 reasons. First, I wanted to go to Norway, secondly I love Viking Cruises and ... Read More
This is my third Viking Cruise, I have been on a River Cruise to China and a River Cruise from Prague to Berlin (excellent cruise). I chose this cruise for 2 reasons. First, I wanted to go to Norway, secondly I love Viking Cruises and wanted to try the Ocean Cruises. Except for one terrible excursion and some not so great service in the restaurants, it was an extraordinary trip. The excursion that needs seriously rethinking is the one to Edinburgh. It's a great city, the fact that it was raining is not fault of the cruiseline or the excursion direction, but the fact that we had only ONE HOUR and a HALF in Ediburgh was ridiculous. There was no place we could go, no sites to see - we ended up going into the library for coffee until the bus came back for us. The other excursions (we chose the included ones except for one) were just enough. A couple of hours for an overview and then free time for us to wander around as we pleased. Since we are both photographers it was a wonderful way to see the cities or villages. Food was excellent. Service in the restaurants (not the buffet) was spotty at best. There were times I felt ignored, we ended up eating at the buffet most nights because it was easier and the selection was wonderful. The cabin was excellent as was our cabin steward. All in all an excellent trip. I have booked another Viking Cruise for next Spring, on a longship, my first longship. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2017
This was our second cruise on this ship. As with their River Cruises, Viking excels in attentive service on board and they did not disappoint. The staff, from the cabin attendants to the servers and entertainers make every passenger feel ... Read More
This was our second cruise on this ship. As with their River Cruises, Viking excels in attentive service on board and they did not disappoint. The staff, from the cabin attendants to the servers and entertainers make every passenger feel as though they are the only ones who matter to them. As expected, it was an older crowd - generally with an average age of 55-60ish. We did have a few younger couples, in their early 30s and they seemed to really enjoy themselves even without a casino and late night party atmosphere. One grandparent had their young granddaughters in their 20s, and they also seemed to have a good time, but I bet they would have preferred the more festive atmosphere of Princess or even Carnival. No children under 16 are allowed, nor would they enjoy themselves I suspect. It is an "upscale ship" aimed at the more sedate. (Particularly like the heated bathroom floors in the cabin). However, the days are active with included excursions in each Port. The ports were, Barcelona, Malaga, Lisbon, Porto (cancelled because of weather), A Coruna, Cherbourg, Le Harve, Southampton, and Haugesund, Norway. Bergen was simply the port used to disembark and get to the airport. Could have done without Haugesund - not much to see, and would have loved a day to explor Bergen. The weather was generally good. We did have a few rough sea days in the Bay of Biscay and the North Sea. The Captain did determine to not to try to dock in Porto Portugal as the winds were too strong and he did not think it was safe. An extra sea day at not charge! The included excursions in each port were generally very well done. The highlight of the trip for me was the "D Day" tour at the beaches in Normandy and the American cemetery overlooking the beaches with 9700+ American bodies lost during WWII in interred. Very moving. My wife thought the visit to Monet's gardens and the area surrounding Giverny France was worth the entire trip. If we did it again, I think I would spend some extra days in Barcelona prior to boarding. Not enough time there. 3 days would be the minimum, IMO. My wife forgot a prescription medication, and the ship's medical unit had no problem replacing it while at port in Spain. They were very accommodating and the medication cost 1/5th of what it is here - even without insurance. The on board "enrichment lectures" most every afternoon were by a former NASA Chief Engineer who talked about the Space Shuttle and the Space station and various space exploration issues and discoveries, a British military historian speaking about D Day and other WWII incidents, an art historian who spoke on Picasso and impressionist art and artists, and an historian steeped in Viking and European history. The live presentations are taped if you want to watch them later in your cabin during sea days. For entertainment, there is a cabaret which has a great band with singers and dancing at night, music at various times in the atrium and around the pool and various stage musicals and stage entertainers who perform one show most every night. The music is geared toward the clientele - either classical strings and piano or Motown, Beatles, Beach Boys and music from the 60s-80s. The flight arrangements from LAX to Barcelona through Viking for us were good. But in speaking to others many feel that this is the area where Viking falls on the job. Many had difficult connections and were routed way out of their way (from Miami to Chicago or Atlanta and then to England and Spain). On the return flights back from Bergen, Norway, many did not have enough time to make their connecting flights at Heathrow and missed them. Our previous cruise on Viking in the Caribbean had the same complaints about too short connection times and unresponsiveness from the Viking flight people. Again, I emphasis we had no problem, but only picked up on the grumblings of others. All in all, I highly recommend Viking Ocean Cruises for our age group - over 50. The ship is top notch and beautifully and tastefully appointed. The staff is the best I have ever experienced on a cruise line Only 900 passengers and the included items (excursions in every port, wine and beer at meals, free juice and soft drinks and candy in the mini-fridge in the cabin, free self-serve laundry as well as a reasonable fee for dry cleaning and pressing, etc.) far exceed any other cruise line we have taken. The two specialty restaurants are at no extra charge - and the cuisine wonderful. All restaurants are open seating and most tables accommodate couples and foursomes easily. And no dress up night ("resort casual" is the evening wear - no jeans allowed and collared shits but no coat or tie required for men, although some liked to dress up for dinner), There is no photographer chasing you around, no art auction or jewelry "sales" and no casino, but instead a nice string quartet or pianist in the afternoon while you have coffee, tea or wine and snacks, decent entertainment and quiet spots to read, visit, play cards or watch the stars and scenery. Not for everyone, but just right for us. Read Less
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