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Viking Star sailed to Norway above the Arctic Circle and gave us the opportunity to realize a dream and experience the northern lights. And we did see them--TWICE! We most enjoyed the optional excursion to visit the Sami people in their ... Read More
Viking Star sailed to Norway above the Arctic Circle and gave us the opportunity to realize a dream and experience the northern lights. And we did see them--TWICE! We most enjoyed the optional excursion to visit the Sami people in their wilderness camp and go on a romantic reindeer sleigh ride underneath a full moon. We loved the Viking Star and the comfort of the Explorer's Lounge, the fantastic food in all the restaurants, the fitness and yoga rooms, the lectures and learning opportunity, the entertainment, and friendly and efficient staff and crew. Your ceremony for initiating us into the Blue Nose Society to celebrate the Arctic Circle crossing was fun and delightful. The included bus tours were very good. I especially liked the Alta Cathedral and Borealis Alta exhibit, and Alta Museum and rock carvings. Tromso tour was good, but wished we could have gone inside the Arctic Cathedral. The Planetarium visit was also a highlight. We enjoyed all 4 Lecturers. The two best were Ian Ridpath and Tim Hodges was informative about photos. I learned about Vikings from Dr. Bazin, and conservation from Professor Mazour. We celebrated Ken's birthday on board ship and thank you so much for supplying the sparkling wine and birthday cake. It made him feel special and gave him a birthday to remember. The treadmills in the fitness center need to be serviced and calibrated. Include in brocure that clamp on for your shoes are necessary for this time of year. Sami excurstion should go straight to the camp in the day light instead of diverting to sight seeing the fjoids waste of time. Sleigh ride should be in the day light. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We chose to travel on the Viking Sea (10 day cruise) from San Juan, Puerto Rico to San Juan, Puerto Rico, because we liked the look of the itinerary, and the fact that it has been voted the top cruise line for the last 4 years. We were ... Read More
We chose to travel on the Viking Sea (10 day cruise) from San Juan, Puerto Rico to San Juan, Puerto Rico, because we liked the look of the itinerary, and the fact that it has been voted the top cruise line for the last 4 years. We were amazed by the ship on embarking. It is a stunning, beautiful ship decorated in a Scandinavian style. Our first reaction was that this was going to be a wonderful cruise. Unfortunately, it all went down hill from there. For an expensive 6* cruise line the cabins are tight and drawer space is at a premium. When comparing the cabins to Azamara for example they do not seem any bigger, although the bathrooms are a significant improvement. I am guessing that they have improved the bathroom size at the expense of draw space in the cabin. We like to eat on deck under the stars. This facility was not available on board the Viking Sea, unless one ate at the back of the ship adjoining the buffet restaurant. However, in this case there is no waiter service. Guests had to take food from the buffet. Service around the pool deck was almost non existent until I complained. It was then significantly improved. In addition the service outside at the back of the ship was also poor. Sometimes it was impossible to find a waiter, but at other times it was better. Most of the sun loungers around the pool deck have no mattresses, and the towels are very small. They cover the upright back of the lounger, and possibly a third of the horizontal part of the seat. They are grossly uncomfortable and I am sure contributed to a back problem I currently have. The policy on the ship seems to be to close the roof on the sun deck at the merest hint of rain. The temperatures in the Caribbean hover at around 30 c and closing the roof for no very good reason serves to make the conditions on deck almost intolerable. I can only assume that they are scared of getting the deck wet. In the main the food offering is very good. However, one of the specialist restaurants (Chef’s Table - Asian Fusion), we found very challenging. There is no choice - it is a fixed menu. Although it is changed every three days. We ate there twice, and on both occasions found that there were courses we could not eat. The entertainment was meagre. There were no outside entertainers. There were just 3 production shows, the cruise director doing an Elvis impersonation, and the Assistant cruise director doing a show (she was superb). Other entertainment was the Super Bowl (not very interesting to non- Americans), and a televised Oscar ceremony. Turandot was shown two days running, and 2 other films. Really, it was all rather poor. Around the ship was a classical string duo, and a classical pianist. Most of the time the music took on a funereal quality. The result was the lounges were very often empty or near empty. In fact we often said the ship felt a little like a ghost ship. There was also a guitarist. On him I can make no comment as I never heard him play. Apart from enrichment lectures, and trivia quizzes held rather bizarrely at 20.15, no other on board activities were offered. There is no card room or organised or disorganised bridge. We asked at guest relations if they could provide us with some playing cards. All they were able to come up with was an old pack held together with a rubber band, and a non matching set of picture cards. We were also told that we would have to sign for these - mind boggling. The crew were very friendly and smiling. There were simply not sufficient. Viking runs their ship with approx 2 guests to 1 crew member. Other lines with similar reputations have between 1.5 and 1.7 crew per guest. This probably is the main cause for the service difficulties we encountered. We have travelled on Crystal, Silversea, Seabourn, Azamara, and Oceania. All comparable products. Unfortunately, Viking does not meet the standards of its competitors, and feels like it is being run on the cheap. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
A friend had the Northern Lights on her Bucket List and I gladly accepted the offer to join her on this cruise. It all started out great until our first night at sea. The ocean wasn’t that rough, but the ship was rolling and rocking a ... Read More
A friend had the Northern Lights on her Bucket List and I gladly accepted the offer to join her on this cruise. It all started out great until our first night at sea. The ocean wasn’t that rough, but the ship was rolling and rocking a bit. This was when we discovered our cabin, #6054 had a serious noise problem. It sounded like Thor was banging his hammer on a huge metal pipe under our cabin’s floor. The vibrations from this clanging even appeared to break the floor tiles in the bathroom of our cabin. We asked our Room Steward to see if he could relay a message to maintenance to find the source of the noise. We also asked guest services about it. No one could explain why there was a noise like we were experiencing and never once did we get an apology from Viking during the remainder of the cruise. The noise only happened when the seas were a little to very rough and was loud up enough to interrupt sleep even while wearing ear plugs. On the bright side, we did see the northern lights in Alta, Tromsø and while passing by the port of Bodø (which was cancelled because of high winds). Norway is beautiful, the food on board the ship was acceptable, the entertainment and activities on board good, the cabin was beautifully appointed and excursions interesting. But the absence of any apology or explanation for the noise was unacceptable behavior by the staff and crew of the Viking Star. I most likely won’t be traveling with them on an ocean cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Visiting New Zealand was on my bucket list. The trip was a way to celebrate my retirement. I was impressed by the beauty and cleanliness of the ship. Every room had an outside balcony. The food was made from fresh ingredients and ... Read More
Visiting New Zealand was on my bucket list. The trip was a way to celebrate my retirement. I was impressed by the beauty and cleanliness of the ship. Every room had an outside balcony. The food was made from fresh ingredients and beautifully prepared! I went to the spa often and felt renewed each time. The staff were friendly, competent, and available. I enjoyed the presentations from the historians and the beautiful music from the musicians. Even though the Orion was at capacity, the ship never felt crowded. There were lots of cozy places to relax and visit. I participated in the Kitchen Table experience, meeting a chef and preparing a delicious meal. I loved both the included and extra excursions that I participated in. Handing out water to us each time we left the ship was helpful . As a nurse, I also appreciated the emphasis on washing hands when entering the restaurants. A fabulous experience!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We are experienced cruisers, having done a Viking Ocean in 2018 (Rome to Lisbon on the Viking Sun), a Viking river cruise in 2015 (Budapest to Amsterdam) and since 1990,, 5 other cruises on Carnival, Princess and Holland America. Each of ... Read More
We are experienced cruisers, having done a Viking Ocean in 2018 (Rome to Lisbon on the Viking Sun), a Viking river cruise in 2015 (Budapest to Amsterdam) and since 1990,, 5 other cruises on Carnival, Princess and Holland America. Each of those ships were 1500 to 2000 passengers. On this cruise we arrived in LA a day early and met with several others who had set up the meeting through Cruise Critic. Our ship came in and docked close to our hotel, and after embarkation we left the ship to do a museum tour of the USS Iowa, a great Battleship permanently docked within a 10 minute walk. Our first 7 days of this cruise were at sea, as we made our way to Nuku Hiva, in the Marquesa Islands. None of our previous cruising had prepared us for the delights of several back to back days at sea. The weather was good, with a couple of lumpy days, and the activities on board were enough to keep busy. So much to do that you would need to go out of your way to get bored. We especially liked the musical entertainment, As Roger McGuinn, front man for THE BYRDS was aboard, and had a very good set of shows , starting with "Mr. Tambourine Man" a autobiographical walk down memory lane for our age group, and others that he presented later in the cruise. Also on board for a shorter journey was Louis Shelton, Lead guitarist of THE WRECKING CREW. He did a few shows that also took our age group down memory lane. In addition to those headliners, there were several younger musicians, all very accomplished, who put on great shows. And not least were the Viking vocalists, starting with our Cruise Director. There were also intellectual talks, put on by several lecturers well versed on the history of the south Pacific, the anthropology and the culture. All were the best I have encountered on any cruises. Service was superb at all times. After meeting some of the bar staff on the beach in Nuku Hiva, we got to know some of them far better than had been the case on any other ship. They all strive to give the best possible service at all times. Dining was excellent. In the "Chef's Table" restaurant, I had the best meal I have ever eaten. Manfredi's restaurant was also very good, as was the main Dining Room. Several times on the voyage a special meal was set up in one of the 7th level areas, and those were excellent as well. Ports and Shore excursions became challenging for the crew to set up once the weather prevented us getting to the Cook Islands. We got to Tonga early and a hastily assembled set of guides was not up to the task. Tonga is a very poor country, doesn't have much to attract cruise ships, so perhaps was not the best choice of destination. Fiji, was also disappointing. Our tour took us through many very poor areas of Suva, and though we still enjoyed getting to see Suva, I won't be going back to Fiji. All of the other shore excursions were excellent. We did a small bus tour to Rotorua that was a delight. We had front row seats at a Maori cultural display after touring the Geysers while they were quite active. New Zealand will likely get us going back. By restriction, passage to over 18s, not having a Casino, and having only a very few smokers on board, Viking has captured the essence of great cruising. Overall, this cruise exceeded our expectations by a mile. Time to start saving for the next one. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We chose this cruise because we had been on a Viking River Cruise the previous year and really enjoyed it. Viking had the best ratings. Almost everything about the trip was wonderful. The ship was beautiful, staff was super friendly and ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had been on a Viking River Cruise the previous year and really enjoyed it. Viking had the best ratings. Almost everything about the trip was wonderful. The ship was beautiful, staff was super friendly and helpful. The stateroom was exceptionally comfortable and well designed so that there was plenty of closet and drawer space. The ship was also very clean and well maintained. The food at all the restaurants was also excellent. With the Chef's Table being the best. Even the buffet restaurant was the best we tasted anywhere, compared to other ships on which we have sailed. What was lacking was good entertainment. The cruise director, Brensley, did one excellent show. She had a beautiful voice. There were four other singers who did shows, and they were very amateurish. The resident historian was very knowledgeable, informative and interesting. The tours were interesting also, but we would have liked a little more time on our own in each port. All in all, it was a very enjoyable trip. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Everyone from the cabin steward the wait staff, the tour assistants the bartenders , everyone helpful and pleasant. The people the food the ship it was all amazing. the ship was decorated for the holidays and the new years eve ... Read More
Everyone from the cabin steward the wait staff, the tour assistants the bartenders , everyone helpful and pleasant. The people the food the ship it was all amazing. the ship was decorated for the holidays and the new years eve celebration,and new years day brunch were excellent. cabin was roomy enough and laid out conveniently the dining room offered a nice variety and was relaxing ,the world cafe offered a wide selection, and always the gelato. Room service was very punctual. it was nice to have several areas to go for a breakfast. again all staff were helpful never any problem to go the additional step to please us. the ports/excursions were wonderful and the guides in Pisa, Monte Carlo and Barcelona were great. The ship was laid out so that all was convenient and the activities and entertainment was diverse. thanks for a great trip. We had sailed with Viking river in the past and loved it all. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This itinerary was very poorly designed. Long 2-3 hour bus rides on excursions, through Indonesia slums and hot old buses. Stayed two days in Jataka, nothing to see but cheap for Viking to dock, Singapore was beautiful, we stayed 7 ... Read More
This itinerary was very poorly designed. Long 2-3 hour bus rides on excursions, through Indonesia slums and hot old buses. Stayed two days in Jataka, nothing to see but cheap for Viking to dock, Singapore was beautiful, we stayed 7 hours. The entire trip was promoted as as ending in Bali. We arrived at 6:00 pm, had to tender in, they overloaded tenders with to many people at 95 degree for a 30 minute ride each way, should of been docked. Trip ended next day at 8:00 am, so basically no Bali. Had an 2 room suite, large, nice bathroom, good king mattress, the living room was very poorly furnished on a new 2018 boat. Furniture was extremely modern made for 100 lb midgets, couch was 6" off floor and small, poorly designed, great 60" TV with movies and we sat on floor and no one cared. Suites get no special amenities like on Celebrity or Royal with special show seating reservations or dinner reservations. Food was good, not excellent, service varied a lot from fast and efficient to slow. Had on board ship credits from previous river cruise, would not honor on account only could use for feature cruises. Not ran nearly as well as River Cruises. Deferentially, not a luxury cruise, just a mini Carnival boat without a casino. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Itinerary was what we wanted to see with included excursions. Enjoyed the beverage inclusion. The tour guides were above average. We felt like we could relax when we wanted to and do activities when we wanted. The entertainment was fair ... Read More
Itinerary was what we wanted to see with included excursions. Enjoyed the beverage inclusion. The tour guides were above average. We felt like we could relax when we wanted to and do activities when we wanted. The entertainment was fair and would have preferred a higher level of singers. The one thing we would have liked was access to a sports channel for those of us that follow college football and basketball. We felt the air arrangements that were done for us were good and connections were efficient so we were not spending an inordinate amount of time in airports. The dining room food was very good and portion size was not overwhelming for small eaters. Our cabin steward was very attentive and connected with us daily. I took advantage of the fitness room which I felt was very small and had limited cardiovascular equipment for many that enjoy exercise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Chose this cruise not only for islands visited but also because of my age (66) so wanted to relax and enjoy the beauty of the islands and be spoiled by the ship and the crew ! Embarkation was seamless. Shore excursions were well organized ... Read More
Chose this cruise not only for islands visited but also because of my age (66) so wanted to relax and enjoy the beauty of the islands and be spoiled by the ship and the crew ! Embarkation was seamless. Shore excursions were well organized and always on time. On ship the staff were courteous and helpful. Ship was especially clean. Food excellent. I’m not much on late nights but did stay out a night or two. Entertainment was very good. I only wish I had taken advantage of the “extra” shore excursions. Some looked wonderful and I had friends who said they were exceptional. Room service !! Excellent. So nice to enjoy coffee early every morning on the private outside deck !!! Pools were not crowded and there were always lounge chairs available. Quiet areas to mingle with friends or read-or visit the bar and get to know other passengers. The Spa !!! Oh my !! Wonderful massage after a busy day ! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We saw an ad and decided to call and do it! This cruise happened to fall on our 50th Anniversary and we wanted to give our self a gift. We booked. I do believe, being our first time to use Viking, we spent much more than we maybe should ... Read More
We saw an ad and decided to call and do it! This cruise happened to fall on our 50th Anniversary and we wanted to give our self a gift. We booked. I do believe, being our first time to use Viking, we spent much more than we maybe should have and did not do everything we could have. After you go once, though, it is easier to understand the ins and outs in order to save money on the next one. Once in baggage, we were greeted by the Viking Staff and everything was handled from that moment on. We did a pre-cruise stay in Florence so we were taken straight to the Villa. We had a host guide and she was awesome. Our daily trips out and were seamless each day thanks to Roberta. We were taken by motorcoach to the port close to Rome and boarded our ship with absolute ease. We were allowed to go to our cabin almost immediately. It was neat, clean, streamlined. Our balcony was great. The refrigerator was fill of drinks, water, spirits. Since we had bought the drink package, it was refurbished as soon as we used something. Our cabin host was Hery and he was always asking if we needed anything. Our room was kept spotless. Dining was great. The buffets we appealing, clean and filled with great entrees, sides, deserts. They were really good. However, our favorite was Manfredi's. The steaks were cooked to perfection and melted in the mouth. The sides were great and desert awesome. The wait staff was so good to us. We enjoy putting together puzzles and liked doing that. We enjoyed the entertainment provided by the Viking Star crew and our Cruise Director, Jenny, was an integral part of the entertainment., We loved Mark who played the guitar in the lounge every night. He was willing to play whatever anyone asked for and was amazing. Our service at each and every place on the ship was absolutely stellar!! Our ports were great and our excursions extremely insightful. The only drawback about the excursions is that so much time was spent educating us on what we saw and the places we visited that there was very little other time to stroll on our own and shop. We would absolutely take time out to venture on our own next time. We met the most AMAZING people on our trip and made great friends. We all decided we will get together to plan our next cruise! So, obviously, we would go again. We did have a mishap or two which we know that the cruise line will take care of . Things sometimes don't go as planned but our review is of the overall cruise and that we will travel again with Viking! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
I love viking ocean. This was a 39 day cruise. We do back to back cruise. Have four more booked. Would like to have more games on ship. We did trivia on every at sea day. Would like minute to win it also. We like fun things to do. We ate ... Read More
I love viking ocean. This was a 39 day cruise. We do back to back cruise. Have four more booked. Would like to have more games on ship. We did trivia on every at sea day. Would like minute to win it also. We like fun things to do. We ate at world cafe nearly every night. Wonderful food and staff is even better. We do mainly viking ocean and we live in Port Canaveral with many cruise ships. Would love a viking ocean ship in our port. We feel viking ocean is the way to cruise. We continue to look for another cruise. Food is always great with good selection. Like the spa area. Everyone is very friendly. They are always willing to help you and remember your name. The concerts at 4pm on at sea days were great. Viking takes care of their employee and it shows. People are happy to work on viking. It is like family. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We had done three river cruises with Viking and throughly enjoyed them. This was our first ocean cruise with Viking and the experience was excellent (food, cultural enrichment, customer service, excursions). They always treat you ... Read More
We had done three river cruises with Viking and throughly enjoyed them. This was our first ocean cruise with Viking and the experience was excellent (food, cultural enrichment, customer service, excursions). They always treat you special. They know you name and your likes and dislikes. Our Veranda Suite was great. It was spacious and very modern. The rooms were well appointed and having the mini bar included was great. The restaurants were excellent and had a good variety of food. The shore excursions were excellent, especially the whale watching in Dominica. We also had an included tour each day that gave us a good overview of each island. We feel that Viking provides the best cruises both ocean and river. They focus on cruises for adults and have appropriate activities. We highly recommend Viking cruises due to the overall experience. We will be planning more cruises with Viking in the future. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
I chose this cruise because I wanted a smaller ship. The ship was very nice, but the main pool only had the roof partially open so there was no breeze making it unbearable hot. The entertainment in the evenings was nice but needed more ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I wanted a smaller ship. The ship was very nice, but the main pool only had the roof partially open so there was no breeze making it unbearable hot. The entertainment in the evenings was nice but needed more variety. The same 4 singers did shows 4 nights on the cruise. Two other nights were the cruise directors singing. Two nights (first and last) didn't have a show. The movie in the pool area was never used except for the dancing under the stars to show everyone dancing. It would be nice if they had more variety in the shows (comedian, impressionist, hypnotist, etc.). There were no cute audience shows (i.e. newlywed game) which can provide quite a few laughs. The included excursions were not great but paid excursions were awesome. The destination was the Caribbean so there wasn't much difference between each of the islands which may be why the included excursions were just ok. Each island seemed a repeat of the previous island. The service was fabulous and I loved the balcony. Also loved that it was easy to walk everywhere. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Looked forward to this So American sojourn as we have never been to So America previously. The port destinations and the available tours were excellent. We particularly liked the 1,000 miles into the Amazon. There is a gem of a show put on ... Read More
Looked forward to this So American sojourn as we have never been to So America previously. The port destinations and the available tours were excellent. We particularly liked the 1,000 miles into the Amazon. There is a gem of a show put on by locals at your second Amazonian port! This is your normal, Viking extraordinary trip, with only two blips on the radar. This itinerary is rich with sea days, and they needed to cancel the Recife Port due to slow timing in the Amazon. It was disappointing, as it seemed that time could have been made up. We had an extension In Buenos Aires, and the hotel check in and tours information during the extension left MUCH to be desired. Not to be missed if you stay in Buenos Aires is the evening dinner & tango show in a historic building, a perfect experience! I must comment that when we shared our disappointment with Viking, they did their utmost to make it right. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Nine islands in 11 days from San Juan, with a “small” ship and wonderful staff. It helped us complete our Caribbean “bucket list.” And made it all easy-from the airport to our return. Viking does a great job on getting you from ... Read More
Nine islands in 11 days from San Juan, with a “small” ship and wonderful staff. It helped us complete our Caribbean “bucket list.” And made it all easy-from the airport to our return. Viking does a great job on getting you from one place to another. And the embarkation/disembarkation processes were exceptional! Specialty dining was great, and formal/informal dining shared menus, unlike many other lines-so you could stay informal and still enjoy top quality food all day. Could use a late night option. On board entertainment was not geared for younger passengers, but the shoes and the strings/guitarists/singers in the lounges were very talented. The daily included tours gave us good representations of the islands, and options for other experiences were easy to book and provided what they said. The cabin was large enough for us, and service was there at the drop of a hat. Bar staff took good care of us and were helpful, engaging and showed an interest in all of the passengers...and great memories for names and drinks! Viking cruises aren’t for all - the relative age and options on board are geared for adults and actually older adults seem to have found a place here. This is not a kids’ trip. We had a group of 30 friends traveling together and the ship was extremely accommodating - even turning one of the lounges over to us for two hours for a private party on Halloween. If you’ve taken a Viking River cruise, the seaward experience is quite comparable. Well planned, on time, and promising the opportunity for education as well as a new experience in each port. This was our first Viking sea trip, but we will have others! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Have never been to the West Indies so this was our first sojourn into that part of the world. This is our first Viking ocean cruise thoughWe’ve done the Rhine River Cruise several years ago. Always love the experience of a Viking ... Read More
Have never been to the West Indies so this was our first sojourn into that part of the world. This is our first Viking ocean cruise thoughWe’ve done the Rhine River Cruise several years ago. Always love the experience of a Viking journey. Even with 900 passengers aboard it never felt crowded. The staff in every aspect of the ship were so friendly and helpful. It was a pleasure dealing with them. As for entertainment , The singers on this cruise were absolutely sensational. we actually went to ABBA twice. The spa and pool facilities were wonderful. We took advantage of The pool bar and quick stop eatery nearly every day and it was so relaxing. Because of an important family event we had to disembark one day early and the process was handled beautifully. Also, having a laundromat on every deck was very convenient; due to the warm temperatures even late in October, those facilities were definitely needed. In summary it was a wonderful experience. I always recommend Viking. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
The ship itself was outstanding, with great amenities. The Gym/ Spa area was outstanding, especially the "Thermal Spa" area. The restaurants were all outstanding and catered to different needs and tastes. An unexpected ... Read More
The ship itself was outstanding, with great amenities. The Gym/ Spa area was outstanding, especially the "Thermal Spa" area. The restaurants were all outstanding and catered to different needs and tastes. An unexpected surprise was the planetarium theatre where we saw a couple of shows about the universe and the aurora. The "common" areas provided space for quiet relaxation and opportunities for your choice of musical interludes. The entertainment selection was excellent, with many different types of music... classical (piano and strings), acoustic guitar, musical themed concerts, rock band. The individual cabins were just right in terms of space and amenities... and the heated floor in the bathroom was a nice touch. Being a smaller ocean cruise ship, all cabins had outside windows and balconies, which made the travelling more interesting. The Viking staff were all excellent! From the Captain to the cabin stewards, everyone had a smile on their face, catered to your every need and made you feel welcome. Awesome photo opportunities! We have already booked the next Viking Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We decided to do another Viking Cruise to celebrate my husband's retirement. He chose a cruise from Hong Kong to Tokyo with a 2 day extension in Hong Kong before our cruise began. Viking offered 2 Hong Kong included tours, one from ... Read More
We decided to do another Viking Cruise to celebrate my husband's retirement. He chose a cruise from Hong Kong to Tokyo with a 2 day extension in Hong Kong before our cruise began. Viking offered 2 Hong Kong included tours, one from the hotel and one from the ship. Both were very informative. We were also given information and opportunities to explore on our own, where to eat, the evening laser show, how to get around and what to be careful of. The Orion is a beautiful ship--all the Viking Ocean ships are the same so we knew our way around from our first ocean cruise. The food was excellent an a few nights were specialty dining. We mostly ate in the Restaurant or World Café, both have options for diet issues. As far as the entertainment went, there was more to do than we had time. There was a huge variety of excellent entertainment from lectures and port information, movies, shows, dancing, teas, spa and pools, music venues and miscellaneous activities. If we missed something we could watch it in our cabin later. Viking took care of every detail, we even had popcorn for the movies. Our cabin was small with a regular balcony. We like portside to enjoy arrival and departure. One night a brass band played as we left and another night there were fireworks for our departure. People gathered to wave us in and out. That was really special! The service on the ship was superior. We did all included shore excursions and we added a sightseeing excursion in Tokyo. Guides and tours were excellent, only 2 were a little disappointing, Osaka we wanted to see more and another place, it seemed the guide was a last minute substitute (I think it was Beppu). Viking is an adult only cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We chose Viking after talking with friends who have done Mediterranean cruises and recommended a smaller ship experience, as well as doing some research on the best cruise line rankings. We were not disappointed!! The ship is amazing ... Read More
We chose Viking after talking with friends who have done Mediterranean cruises and recommended a smaller ship experience, as well as doing some research on the best cruise line rankings. We were not disappointed!! The ship is amazing and comfortable. It is so easy to relax, or find things to do. What really makes the Viking experience stand out is the incredible staff! Everyone, and do mean everyone, is very friendly and helpful. Many of the waiters and bartenders knew our names after the first day and we had some amazing conversations with them about their home cities, working on the ship, ports of call, and our families. Amazing people! And the food was 5-Star! The chefs are incredible! This was our first time to Europe so we wanted to experience as much as we could in as many places as possible. That was why we chose to go on a ship, and chose this particular cruise with 10 ports of call. It was the trip of a lifetime! We did several of the included tours which gave a very good introduction to the cities, and then went off on our own exploration. Viking makes it very easy to get to and from the ship so you can explore as much as you like. We also upgraded our excursions in several ports and they were well worth it! Rome, Pompei, and Venice were some of the ones I would recommend looking into. The guides were all local and very good. The other great thing was that Viking had onboard historians that gave talks before each port of call. They were very entertaining and informative. It was also great to get the daily newsletter in our room with information on the next days activities on board and ashore, specific on excursions and times, and any specific details that we needed to be aware of in the next port. The overall experience exceeded my expectations on nearly every level! We are already looking into our next Viking cruise and have recommended them to all of our friends. It truly was the trip of a lifetime! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We chose Viking from reading many reviews from this and other cruise lines. The ship, cabin, dining, service, crew's attitude, and excursions were all exceptional. We were pleasantly surprised with the size and comfort of our cabin. ... Read More
We chose Viking from reading many reviews from this and other cruise lines. The ship, cabin, dining, service, crew's attitude, and excursions were all exceptional. We were pleasantly surprised with the size and comfort of our cabin. The ship is beautiful and clean and we could always find a quiet place to sit by ourselves and have a glass of wine. We applaud the hand sanitizers and sinks, soap, and towels outside all restaurants. The food and service were excellent in all the restaurants. We went on the galley tour and marvel at the efficiency and cleanliness of the kitchens. We also went on the bridge tour and were amazed to see how the ship is sailed. The excursions were very organized and ran with great precision. The entire staff and crew were always friendly and pleasant, with a smile on their face. We enjoyed sailing on a "smaller" ship and we are now planning a river cruise and possibly another small ship sea cruise with Viking. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Another family member had booked this cruise and we decided to TAG along. The food was excellent and well prepared and served. The workers at the buffet and the staff couldn't have been nicer and friendlier. The two girls that ... Read More
Another family member had booked this cruise and we decided to TAG along. The food was excellent and well prepared and served. The workers at the buffet and the staff couldn't have been nicer and friendlier. The two girls that serviced our stateroom were a delight. Couldn't do enough for us and were very friendly. The entertainment was excellent for a smaller ship with less room to put on quality shows like some of the mega ships we have cruised on. It was a nice touch when the performers engaged all the guests after they did their show. The Cruise Director was amazing both in the way she performed and her comedic approach in entertaining the people on the cruise. The unlimited "FREE" Wi-Fi was exceptional. We were able to stay in touch with our family and business both by phone and internet. We are use to PAYING for Wi-Fi on the bigger ships but you beat them there. We will definitely consider sailing again on a Viking Cruise Ship and also look forward to a River Cruise in the not so distant future. THANK YOU for an enjoyable two weeks Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
All the Viking cruises are of an excellent standard and all ships seems to be the same design so you feel at home very quickly. Staff are excellent, cabin spacious and well maintained. Wifi access good, food good. The only poor thing ... Read More
All the Viking cruises are of an excellent standard and all ships seems to be the same design so you feel at home very quickly. Staff are excellent, cabin spacious and well maintained. Wifi access good, food good. The only poor thing we have found on Viking recently is the quality of the musicians who play, usually as a duo or sometimes pianist. Do Viking not listen to them before they are engaged? The standard is so poor, the repertoire so limited and mostly more of a funeral type of music that we have found that we 'dodge' these 'musicians' who play in the open areas. Excursions are always excellent and well organised. Viking appear to be expensive, and their prices seem to be increasing considerably, but you do on the whole get good value for money. Viking do look after their customers well and pay attention to detail. Would recommend Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Every detail about the Homelands Cruise was planned and carried out to an excellent standard. The use of Viking Air made getting from my home city to the city of embarkation very easy. I was met at the airport and taken by transport ... Read More
Every detail about the Homelands Cruise was planned and carried out to an excellent standard. The use of Viking Air made getting from my home city to the city of embarkation very easy. I was met at the airport and taken by transport directly to the ship on time for the first day of the cruise. Embarkation ran smoothly and efficiently. Departing the ship at the end of the cruise also ran smoothly and the transport to the airport was pre-arranged and on time. The stateroom was spacious and well maintained by efficient and friendly stewards. The restaurants and buffet served excellent meals with top notch service. The tours were well organized and there was minimal waiting or lining up to board transports or to enter/exit the ship. The tour leaders were knowledgeable, friendly, entertaining and helpful. The ship itself was spotless and inviting in all areas. The entertainment was excellent and the main theatre was very comfortable. I found the service in all areas of the ship to be excellent. Staff were willing to help and answer any questions. I highly recommend the Homelands Cruise on the Viking Jupiter ship to anyone who wants to see the Baltic Sea area of the world. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We chose this cruise because we loved the Riverboat cruise that we took back in 2017 and though we would try the ocean line. The food and service was amazing -- rooms were lovely -- and I enjoyed the free wi-fi The entertainment is ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we loved the Riverboat cruise that we took back in 2017 and though we would try the ocean line. The food and service was amazing -- rooms were lovely -- and I enjoyed the free wi-fi The entertainment is geared to an older crowd - there wasn't enough entertainment and with a lot of wasted space on the ship -- I felt there should have been more to choose from. Spent most of my time watching TV in the room. One of the most popular ports was missed due to weather -- not the ships fault -- but we didn't get any extra time at any other port -- The included excursions were very boring and the timing left you with no time to do any other ones -- which was extremely disappointing - because the included excursions with the Riverboat cruise were amazing -- Finally we traveled with a group of people -- which 6 of us was escorted to the airport when it was time to leave -- but the last person traveling with us was told to leave an hour past us - then was just left to find her own way to the airport - having to take a train and a bus - not knowing where she was going and was extremely upset -- In closing - I will never travel with Viking Ocean line again - This was the most I have ever paid for a vacation and was left very underwhelmed Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
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