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4 Viking Ocean World Cruise Reviews

We chose to do the last segment of a World Cruise because of its southern African Itinerary. The highlight of this journey was the pre-cruise extension, a safari to Krueger National Park in South Africa. This extension was well worth the ... Read More
We chose to do the last segment of a World Cruise because of its southern African Itinerary. The highlight of this journey was the pre-cruise extension, a safari to Krueger National Park in South Africa. This extension was well worth the time and money. We chose to let Viking plan our air travel and we were very happy with our flights (NYC to Heathrow and then on to Johannesburg). Viking had us start in Johannesburg for an overnight and then we flew to Krueger Park. Our group of 18 went to Inyati Game Reserve. We saw Africa’s “Big 5” and more. The accommodations were lovely, 5 star all the way. If you were to rely solely on the port excursions you would not have a safari experience. The Viking Sun is a lovely ship. Our cabin, (a deluxe veranda) was sleek and comfortable. We enjoyed the dining venues, pools and spa. A BIG disappointment was that many optional shore excursions were sold out before our cabin class could even book. These included several animal based excursions to coastal South African game reserves and excursions to Boulder Beach (home to the penguin colony). We were able to arrange for 3 private excursions that mimicked the sold out excursions. We were able to go on each included port excursion but these did visit wildlife venues, just overviews of the port cities. This is the main reason for a less than 5 star rating. One goes to South Africa for the animals. There were many sea days but they passed quite nicely with lectures, pool time and spa appointments. The thermal spa and snow room can be used without appointment and were never crowded. A highlight of one sea day was crossing the Equator at the Prime Meridian complete with a fun ceremony for first time equator crossers among passengers and crew. The staff and crew are attentive and friendly. Our cabin steward was GREAT. We were blessed with pleasant weather and calm seas. We had made friends during our pre-cruise safari and came on board knowing 18 people. We found our fellow passengers to be pleasant and courteous. The ship is well run. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We traveled with Viking before and liked the way they did things The food was great the staff and crew weee wonderful attentive Although overworked! The crew and staff did their best to ensure everyone’s safety Some of the ... Read More
We traveled with Viking before and liked the way they did things The food was great the staff and crew weee wonderful attentive Although overworked! The crew and staff did their best to ensure everyone’s safety Some of the passengers were obnoxious demanding and very rude to the crew and staff More disciplinary actions should have been taken towards those obnoxious passengers though The ports of call were fantastic and there was so much to see We felt safe at all times Some of the passengers came on board sick and their coughs and colds spread like wild fire The medical staff was excellent and caring ensuring the health and stability of the passengers I wish though that some of the staff would not have been so negatively chatty with the passengers One in particular was the female singer who talked about the passengers in a very negative way She was the opera singer and thought she was the “star” of the Viking Sun She was very negative Unfortunately she is on the new around the world cruise this year 2019 that left early January Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
My embarkation experience was okay. I had no problems with my flights. My suitcase was damaged between the airport and the ship and delivery was delayed until quite late . I thoroughly enjoyed my time on board. I liked the decor and ... Read More
My embarkation experience was okay. I had no problems with my flights. My suitcase was damaged between the airport and the ship and delivery was delayed until quite late . I thoroughly enjoyed my time on board. I liked the decor and available amenities. I frequently walked on the decks and used the gym. I used many of the public areas throughout the day. I especially enjoyed the upper level of the Explorers' Lounge when I wanted a quiet spot and I enjoyed the pool area when I felt more social. My cabin was comfortable and most importantly had enough storage. I ate breakfast and lunch in the World Cafe. The food was good and I enjoyed the variety and ate out on the Aquavit Terrace as often as possible. I often had dinner in The Restaurant and was pleased with the selections offered. I enjoyed multiple meals at Manfredi's and they were awesome. I often enjoyed tea in the Wintergarden and the scones were excellent. I also ate at the Pool Grill on days I returned late from an excursion and my food was cooked to order. I thought the entertainment was exceptional. The variety of guest entertainers was great. I believe new entertainers arrived every six days. Each of the three acts performed two nights so that after six days they left the ship. The Viking Band was awesome. They usually played with the guest entertainers on stage and played in Torshavn Lounge after the stage show. I have great memories of many nights listening and dancing to the music of these talented musicians in the Viking Band. The band sought requests and socialized with guests. I enjoyed The Viking Trio, the guitarist Laslo and the pianist Ferry. who played between 5:00 and 11:00 each day. Concerts in the Atrium we excellent.All the service was exceptional - bar staff, waitstaff, & housekeeping were the best. Educational speakers were excellent. There were too many out of the way industrial ports requiring long commutes to the desired destination. Excursion descriptions were glorified and inaccurate. The complimentary wifi was pitiful and it was very difficult to post on my blog. I preferred this ship to the larger options and would consider cruising with Viking again. Since this cruise was Viking's first World Cruise, I hope they learn from experience and improve in the area of shore excursions with accurate descriptions. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Enjoying immensely our 141 day world cruise, which is Vikings first. First class in every way except the included shore excursions - so don't consider that shore excursions are included when weighing up if this is the cruise for you. ... Read More
Enjoying immensely our 141 day world cruise, which is Vikings first. First class in every way except the included shore excursions - so don't consider that shore excursions are included when weighing up if this is the cruise for you. You have to buy your port excursions through Viking or independently online unless you want crap and don't mind wasting your time. They may look great in print, but this has been our experience port after port. We have sprung for some of Vikings upgraded tours and they have been adequate. We have also booked online through Viator and had wonderful experiences. Amazing cruise director Heather Clancy. Far more things to do on board than we ever expected. Most not needed in our opinion. More wheelchairs and scooters onboard than we ever expected too, since you read in Vikings info that they are not allowed. People who are not able bodied, but who still attempt shore excursions beyond their ability have added to our frustration as large groups are slowed to the speed of the least able bodied. Food is wonderful. Staff fantastic! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
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