6 Viking Ocean Viking Sea Cruise Reviews for Cruises for the Disabled Cruises to Mediterranean

We just returned from a fabulous cruise from Barcelona to Barcelona, including Monte Carlo, Rome, Corsica, Sardinia, Algiers, Tunis and Valencia. The itinerary was interesting and a bit off the beaten track. The new Viking Ocean ships ... Read More
We just returned from a fabulous cruise from Barcelona to Barcelona, including Monte Carlo, Rome, Corsica, Sardinia, Algiers, Tunis and Valencia. The itinerary was interesting and a bit off the beaten track. The new Viking Ocean ships are extremely comfortable, beautiful to look at, and filled with marvelous public spaces, many with glass ceiling enclosures. The Penthouse Junior suite was roomy and very well-equipped. The beds were divine. Our cruise director, Heather Clancy, was remarkable. She brought us all together to greet new friends and she has a fantastic Mezzo Soprano voice, which entertained us so well. All of the entertainment was above average....musicians and dancers alike. Do yourself a favor and try one of the Viking Ships. The weight you gain from the delicious food will be worth it. The relaxation on board will renew your spirit. The spa is lovely with a good workout space and there is an entire deck to walk or jog on. Enjoy this experience. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Several years ago, we wanted to try a "something different" type vacation and chose to do a river cruise. We chose Viking Cruise Line and the Danube River. They "wowed" us !! Would history repeat itself if we ... Read More
Several years ago, we wanted to try a "something different" type vacation and chose to do a river cruise. We chose Viking Cruise Line and the Danube River. They "wowed" us !! Would history repeat itself if we chose the Rhine River and Viking Cruise Line ? Oh my, my, my did it ever repeat !! Recently retired and celebrating 3 decades of being married to an awesome woman, we decided to try out Viking Ocean Cruises and chose the Grand Mediterranean Tour. Folks, I will be brief. . . the Viking Sea is simply a beautiful ship, the staff are the friendliness people you will meet and their service is impeccable, the selection of food and wines are 5 star, the entertainment was superb, and the excursion guides must've received their doctorate in that country's history. Please note: When looking at booking excursions, if your excursion has an E, walking will be easy. M is for moderate. D is for demanding. Folks, D is demanding due to steep inclines, rough and long walking. Our cabin steward cleaned and refurbished our towels and toiletries twice a day ! If we needed something like extra hangars, he returned within 3 minutes with whatever we needed. Our cabin was immaculate our entire cruise. In my review's title, I wrote ". . .Exceeding Our Expectations". Whether a river cruise or an ocean cruise, if you want to get "wowed", turn to Viking Cruise Lines. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
A excellent experience, from embarkation, where they copy your passport picture into a shipboard computer system. When you buy something or order dinner, your picture and name are on their hand-held units. More on this later. Luggage ... Read More
A excellent experience, from embarkation, where they copy your passport picture into a shipboard computer system. When you buy something or order dinner, your picture and name are on their hand-held units. More on this later. Luggage arrived very promptly, had a great tour of the room by the steward. Surprised by the amount of storage space, compared to other cruises. Liked the ability to store empty suitcases under the bed. We were in a standard room in the middle of Deck 4. Good location as you don't have to walk too far to the all important elevators. More expensive rooms do increase your sq footage a bit, and do give you more wardrobes. Penthouses do give you considerable room but if you are not entertaining, regular rooms are fine. Larger rooms are a walk to the elevators that you seem to be on constantly. Food was delicious on all meals. The world cafe is a walk up buffet, no lines, you can also ask for custom things. One guy wanted prawns for breakfast. Open most of the time except for late night. Dining room is very well appointed and you can ask for 'neighbors' or not, thus eating by your self. Food was well presented, hot and varied. Italian restaurant was very nice, different wine from the dining room, which changed once in the middle of the cruise. Didn't use the captain's table. Note that the wine and drinks flowed only at dinner and lunch. If you need to carry a drink around with you, you could buy a $20. p/p package. Better use $40 of liquor per day per couple. You can buy al a carte. Entertainment was as you will read in other reviews fairly basic. In Rome we had 4 excellent vocalist on faculty of a Rome school of music. Most of the ship board troupe was OK, shows relied on a big digital screen for back drops and 3D programs. Great sound and technology in the showroom. Get there early for seating. There is a 250 seat cinema on both sides of the theatre and the walls open to offer this seating, when needed. Lost our english TV when in Alger's, and Tunisia, nothing Viking can do. Very slow internet in both ports which Viking apologized for early. We also had armed police in front of and behind our caravan of busses. Also armed escort into the harbor of both countries. Off putting to some, but par for the course in these neighborhoods. I agree with other comments re tours. You can always do better $$ wise on your own, by either booking yourself on shore, cab drivers, or just walking around. I find I spend a lot of time with guides hearing a lot of stuff I'll never remember. Use Wikipedia for dates and info you need which are solid. I'm convinced that the guides make some stuff up and aren't laser perfect with dates either. Cruise director was a star, literally. She appears as an opera stand in around the world. Her solo program was excellent. Also a very good communicator over the PA system and telling us what's up next. If you want the big reviews with scenery, bands and large casts this isn't the cruise for you. These were understated but very enjoyable. Public rooms are just what you see on the 360 degree views on line. Beautifully appointed. We didn't have much time to just lounge around. Ship is basically asleep by 11:30, as they cater to the 55 and up crowd, with no kids. I spoke with younger folks on board and they seemed comfortable with all the grandparents. Embarkation was quick and easy. Luggage was either taken to busses if they were taking you or if you just need to take a cab to your hotel (much cheaper) just pick your bags up in the terminal. They were protected by cruise staff, who asked for id when you picked them up Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We spent two nights in Barcelona before the cruise and two nights in Rome at the end of the cruise. Both cities have so much culture and good food. The Viking reps at the hotels helped set up excursions, gave us maps, set up dinner ... Read More
We spent two nights in Barcelona before the cruise and two nights in Rome at the end of the cruise. Both cities have so much culture and good food. The Viking reps at the hotels helped set up excursions, gave us maps, set up dinner reservations. We have always been very pleased with Viking; this was our second ocean cruise with them. The staff on the ship was wonderful; our cabins were clean and comfortable; the food was delicious, as always; the excursions were informative and fun. We did a lot of walking, which is what we like. We used the gym on the ship three times, but we used to pool only once, because we were so busy on excursions and staying in town. We didn't see any entertainment for the same reason. We are already planning a river cruise for fall 2018 and an ocean cruise for 2019. We have been on three river cruises w/ Viking. We have never had a complaint w/ Viking, it is a wonderful company. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We are "orphaned" older adults with no immediate family to share the holidays with so we opted to treat ourselves to this wonderful cruise. On the whole it was a fabulous experience, but we have some unique travel needs that ... Read More
We are "orphaned" older adults with no immediate family to share the holidays with so we opted to treat ourselves to this wonderful cruise. On the whole it was a fabulous experience, but we have some unique travel needs that made it a bit challenging. My husband has a back/leg/foot disability and uses a cane to walk. While he can walk a good amount and good distances he cannot walk fast or carefree, especially on cobblestone streets. We have been used to joining "the leisure group" (slower walking, less hills) on Viking river cruises and sorely missed that there was no such option on the big ship. Most tour excursion guides took off and never looked back as he struggled to keep their pace. We gave up on organized excursions in several cases to be able to go on our own and move at a slower pace best for him. Also, the big ship experience wasn't best for him due to the amount of walking required not only on the ship (cabin to dining rooms distance) but the distances to walk to disembark, cross huge cruise terminals, across parking lots for tour bus loading, etc. We learned he has to be careful in how he expends his energy on a trip of this magnitude. Walking the cobblestones is a big challenge, but the addition of extra steps expended just to reach all the cobble streets is another! A (normal) embarkation to start the cruise in Venice was not possible due to fog and repositioning the ship to Trieste was the only option. 900+ passengers disembarked as 900+ tried to embark. The embarkation was a nightmare but we learned later that the Trieste port authority was mostly responsible for that disorganized snafu as they would not allow Viking to oversee a more organized approach to embarkation. And Viking has tried to make up for that experience too, so we do not fault Viking. But the experience was a worst case scenario for a disabled person. Surviving in a throng of people all trying to get access to ship entry at the same time was dangerous. It was sort of a "survival of the fittest" situation. Disabilities are not accorded the same respect and assistance abroad as we are used to in the US and there was no organized system to help the disabled in Trieste. Personally advocating for him (begging for assistance to any "official" I could find) finally helped us get him on board sooner than later, but had I not pursued it, he would've been in the throngs of the crowd for another two hours. He was about ready to collapse under these conditions so we were lucky the authorities finally allowed him to go ahead of hundreds of other guests. In addition, the long lines to re-embark the ship after port visits was also very hard on him. Long, slow moving lines ..... Again, no head of the line for disabled persons. Lessons learned for us. The ship was beautiful. We did find service in the ship restaurants slow on the whole (except for Manfredi's) in relation to water and coffee needs vs. the immediate and fast attention we are used to on the river boats. Dinner in The Restaurant was a little too prolonged. The World Cafe offered fresh food, lots of choices but a busy place and less relaxing. Staff there (World Cafe) seemed to be well trained to spot and see and help disabled persons with seating and carrying their plates to the table for them. On the whole we loved the trip, but river cruising is much more safe, convenient, easy and organized for our needs. It's doubtful we will be able to sail a big ship again and in relation to big ships, the Viking Sea is small, with only 900+ passengers versus the thousands of very large cruise ships. River cruising is tops in our book and under our special needs. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We went on a Viking three week river cruise in 2014 and found it excellent so we, myself, husband and eldest daughter, booked on a Viking Ocean Cruise for 50 days departing Istanbul on 3rd April 2016 After we had booked, we found out that ... Read More
We went on a Viking three week river cruise in 2014 and found it excellent so we, myself, husband and eldest daughter, booked on a Viking Ocean Cruise for 50 days departing Istanbul on 3rd April 2016 After we had booked, we found out that this would be the Viking Sea's maiden voyage and were a little apprehensive but decided that we would trust the Viking company and made our plans to have a few days in Istanbul and then board the vessel on 3rd April, 2016 We had booked a Junior Penthouse Suite and our daughter had Deluxe Verandah right next door on Deck 7. We chose the Penthouse Suite because of the large area of 405sq.ft and it was close to lifts, swimming, dining and the winter garden area. We were welcomed aboard at 11.00am. our boarding time without any problems of hold up. Our luggage was taken onto the boat and the thing that impressed us on boarding and indeed on the whole of the 50 day trip, was the smiling welcome and greeting that everyone from the Captain, the officers, all the staff and crew gave you every day. It was so welcoming and you immediately felt like 'family' aboard and with every single member of the ship smiling and asking how was your day, etc. you responded with an equal smile and answer. Viking are to be praised for training all their employees in this manner. Our cabin was perfect, the bed and down pillows comfortable. We had two television sets, a refrigerator stocked with drinks and goodies, our own coffee pod machine and plenty of drawers and wardrobe space. The cosmetic and jewellery drawer that lit up with LED lights when opened so you could put your make up in the mirror in its lid. It was so good I drew out the design and measurements hoping to have something similar constructed in our own home when we got back. The bathroom/ensuite was another thing. Heated floor, two basins, huge heated towel rails and a big acrylic shower recess which was huge. Love the tap where you could just adjust the temperature and flow of the water and it was always hot whenever you wished to shower day or night. Toiletries were provided and were of a high standard as were the huge white soft towels changed as often as you wished. The restaurants, bars and grills where you could always find somewhere available to eat and the food was just out of this world. We tried all the restaurants and each was really special in its own way. We did use the World Cafe mostly for breakfast and lunches as it was on our deck level. The food variety was fantastic and you could have as much or as little as you wished. Never in the whole 50 days of our cruise did we have to queue up with no more than two or three people at the counter. The Chefs Table was a five course degustation menu with complimentary wines with each course. Bookings were essential but there was never a problem getting in. The Restaurant was delightful and a really comprehensive menu as was Manfredis with an Italian menu. The Pool Grill and Mamsens were also incredible as was the High Tea served every afternoon at 4.00pm in the Wintergarden. The entertainment provided was world class bringing in international artists on the piano, violin, singing and dancing which was augmented by the permanent entertainers, four male and four female giving many evenings of opera, music, dancing which kept us enthralled. There were several other musicians, pianists, a three piece band, a three piece classical group, and a guitarist which played in various sections of the ship daily and there was always the resident vocalist and Viking Band setting the scene with toe tapping numbers to take you to the dance floor every evening till midnight. There were so many information talks with specialist experts on board enlightening us with information on the geology, history, ships and their development from little rafts to the great ships of today, We learnt all about the European Union, and I could go on and on about all the interesting facts and talks that were available if you wish to attend. The Port Talks availing you of everything about the next port you would be visiting and all the amazing excursions provided with competent guides and drivers with their big comfortable buses. Viking Sea Cruises are advertised as an enrichment cruise about the history and culture of the many places and countries you visit. In our case of 50 days it was 18 countries and 38 ports. The cruise is definitely more for the mature 50 plus traveller and there are no children on board under 18 as there are no facilities for them. Being retired and not as agile as earlier years this was the perfect cruise for my husband and self and our daughter who is 57. Once on board everything is covered with your initial fare. Wine and beer was supplied at lunch and dinner and there were numerous VIP cocktail parties where plentiful drinks were supplied. Gratuities were included in your fare and as one cruiser said, he had been on board for three weeks and hadn't spent a penny. Of course a visit to the hairdresser, beauty salon, massage etc. incurred a fee as did the items in the jewellery shop and Viking shop, but to spend there was purely a choice. They did have another shop where you could purchase necessities like toothpaste, some medications for colds or sore throats and any other little things you might have forgotten to bring or had used up. I should mention here that Viking are incredibly particular about cleanliness and hygiene. There were many little hand spray machines scattered all over the ship where you could sanitise your hands and definitely before entering any of the dining rooms. They always had a lovely smiling crew member welcoming you to wherever you were going to eat and they would remind you so politely to disinfect your hands before eating. There was a doctor on board but we managed to go the 50 days without any problems with health or catching any colds or tummy upsets. To my knowledge the ship was pretty free of any nasties for the whole cruise. Our cabin stewards cleaned every vertical and horizontal surface in our cabin daily, Mirrors, walls, balcony, ensuite, nothing was missed and it was vacuumed daily, sometimes even twice a day. Towels and sheets were changed on a daily basis and all in all we were treated like I think the Kings and Czars and their families were looked after in the magnificient palaces we visited on our excursions. All I can say, for people who want to have a really interesting cruise without gambling, big water adventure equipment and other enticements, Vijking have got it right. With a passenger maximum of 930 people, nothing was ever crowded and there was always plenty of room wherever you wanted to be. I can only recommend them as a exciting and marvellous cruise operation and especially as I commenced this review, the smiling and welcome and great to assist you attitude of all their officers, staff and crew really makes your day such a pleasant and happy time. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Viking Sea Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.8
Dining 5.0 4.6
Entertainment 3.5 4.2
Public Rooms 5.0 4.9
Fitness Recreation 4.5 4.4
Family 1.0 4.4
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.2
Enrichment 4.0 4.4
Service 5.0 4.8
Value For Money 5.0 4.4

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