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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
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
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
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
Sail Date September 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
Sail Date July 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
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this cruise because it provided a diverse selection of countries since it was a relocation cruise for the Viking Sky .Our cabin was very comfortable and although the door to the balcony had a bit of a rattle the staff responded ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it provided a diverse selection of countries since it was a relocation cruise for the Viking Sky .Our cabin was very comfortable and although the door to the balcony had a bit of a rattle the staff responded quickly to our complaint. They had to come back several times because it was a problem that kept reoccurring. The 24 hour room service was excellent and the breakfast served in our cabin helped us plan our daily activities in advance. Housekeeping was excellent and the staff was always ready to assist us in all our needs. Dining was something to look forward to every day since food was prepared exquisitely in all of the dining venues throughout the ship. Shore excursions were very well carried out with plenty of time to enjoy each port of call. We were forced to skip Porto due to bad weather and that was disappointing but the rest of the cruise was delightful. Cruising the Kiel Canal was an unforgettable experience as we sat in our balcony sipping wine and enjoying the sights. I would not hesitate to do it again because Viking offers an excellent cruise with all your needs very well taken care of. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly and the crew 's assistance was excellent. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Wonderful itinerary, with highlights in Spain, Lisbon, a pleasant surprise in St. Helier, Amsterdam and the Keukenhoff, St. Petersburg, and Stockholm. The ship was superb, and the Captain and Crew top notch The food was fantastic as was ... Read More
Wonderful itinerary, with highlights in Spain, Lisbon, a pleasant surprise in St. Helier, Amsterdam and the Keukenhoff, St. Petersburg, and Stockholm. The ship was superb, and the Captain and Crew top notch The food was fantastic as was the selection for wines and beer with the meals. One area of improvement is to have a more transparent system for reserving the specialty restaurants. it seemed that a small amount of people kept others of us from having more reasonable opportunities to dine in those venues, but otherwise, superb. Manfredi's was fantastic, but would have liked the opportunity to dine there a time or two more. The resident historian and guest lecturers were fantastic.The ability to learn and enrich around stops and environs was something I really liked. The entertainment overall was well done, although a few shows I would have preferred a different theme, and what a gift it was to have our cruise director, Aaron with the entertainment background. What a voice? The gym was a welcome addition, and well run. I really needed this on a cruise of this length. The ports were well selected, and logistically, they went generally smooth. We weren't able to get into Porto because we were weathered out, but sometimes that happens. Overall, my wife and I commented the other night that this was our best cruise so far, and it really had to do with the selection of ports (itinerary), the ship and crew, and the duration (which accented the trip). Bravo, overall. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Magnificient small, large ship - 930 passengers but never felt like that many people including little on/off wait time. 11 countries, great destinations. 90% Americans, nearly all > 50, no children. Boarded several hours before ... Read More
Magnificient small, large ship - 930 passengers but never felt like that many people including little on/off wait time. 11 countries, great destinations. 90% Americans, nearly all > 50, no children. Boarded several hours before published time, bring cruise confirmation document. Security screening re-boarding at every port similar to boarding an airplane. Nice to have 5-6 days here and there at sea for a break from daily tours with plenty to do onboard including informative lectures. Booked 10 days before departure. Had 0 excursions booked before departure, made excursion requests upon boarding, wait listed for some but eventually got everything we requested. Free tour at every port plus 6-12 optional daily tours at extra cost (suggest budget $25-$75 per person per day). Need to book some fee tours to get full experience. Free shuttle bus into town (and free time but not in Russia due to Visa limitations) at most ports, even in-town docking was still generally too far to walk (unlike many river cruise ports). Some ports are distant (3 hours one-way complimentary bus or train) from major cities (Paris, Berlin) with optional more local tours. Some passengers met online via Cruise Critic prior to trip and booked private excursions. We were unable to dock at Porto, Portugal due to weather. Cabin was excellent, Internet surprisingly available much of the time, works best for email and searches but not good for large downloads. Beware that your international calling packages from your phone company likely does not not cover calls made from sea. 3 self-serve washer/dryer units on each level (laundry detergent free) allow you to pack less. Our room was near elevator, no noise, very convenient. Use in-cabin safe for valuables. USA electrical outlets, no power converters required in cabin. Food very good. No extra charge for food. Complimentary wine at meals. Probably 6 places to eat, 2 require reservations - book these prior to your trip or asap after boarding. Despite free on board food, we enjoyed grabbing lunch in outdoor cafes in town to feel in the environment and to sample local cuisine. Pools, Nordic center, exercise equipment. No art auctions, no selling photographs, no casinos, etc. Crew tips are automatically added to your checkout invoice. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
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
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