76 Viking Ocean Viking Sea Entertainment Cruise Reviews

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 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
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
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
We chose this cruise because we have always wanted to see Iceland and wanted to go back to Bergen. So this was the perfect cruise for us. This itinerary was perfect as we got to visit Greenland, Newfoundland and Canada. We have been to ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we have always wanted to see Iceland and wanted to go back to Bergen. So this was the perfect cruise for us. This itinerary was perfect as we got to visit Greenland, Newfoundland and Canada. We have been to Antarctica so this was our chance to go to the Artic Circle. The service from the staff was great especially our cabin stewards and Ronald our waiter at Dinner. Every night at dinner he would go over the menu and discuss each dish by telling us what was in the dish and how it was prepared. We especially enjoyed the talks given on the Human Planet. What beautiful pictures and very interesting about how the photography was done. The excursions were very interesting to visit some of the old Viking villages to see how they lived. Also got to see a replica of an old Viking ship. Couldn't image how the survived in those boats. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
My wife and I have cruised many times in the past. we usually cruise with some friends who decided that we all should cruise the Baltic for our annual cruise in 2019. They chose Viking Ocean cruises, due in no small part to the excellent ... Read More
My wife and I have cruised many times in the past. we usually cruise with some friends who decided that we all should cruise the Baltic for our annual cruise in 2019. They chose Viking Ocean cruises, due in no small part to the excellent reputation of which they had read and the fact that what could be better than to take a Scandinavian ship to cruise the Baltic. At the outset, we were shocked to find that the entire cruise needed to be paid at least one year before the cruise. That has never been our experience in sailing with multiple lines and future patrons need to be aware of this requirement. The ship is beautiful.The public rooms are wonderful especially the Explorer Lounge. Our cabin was quite roomy and the bathrooms excellent. special kudos for a lovely shower without having to step over a tub.I found the heated floors in the bathroom to be a nice touch. The spa area is spectacular and if going to a spa with virtually everything-hot tub, small therapy pool, sauna and ice room is your thing, this is your ship The company touts its multiple channels of communication available to those who are scheduled, but that is primarily limited to receiving one way announcements from them, done well, but not to any dialogue or getting personal support for questions which arise and may not be answered in their stock announcements.Poor communication seems to be common on these cruises. For example,special meals opportunities, lobster tail and steak, special buffets, at the grill were never announced well and one learned to look for these each day by dropping by the grill itself or asking of the crew in a restaurant or bar. The ships plan is good but when the special meals take place in the grill area there is inadequate seating for the number of cruisers wishing to partake in the meal. The seating in the cinema is wholly inadequate for the number of passengers. Quite a few performances occurred with many passengers standing in the back to observe the show. The back two side areas were totally inadequate both for seeing the show and hearing it.The need to get to the venue 30 minutes before shows began was difficult for those of us who tended to to eat dinner at about 7 to 7:30. I was quite disappointed to discover that we did not receive services comparable to what we had received ion either Oceania or Azamara in spite of the fact that the per night per person cost to sail with Viking was considerably more than either of the other two. My concern with the cabin service is that when I wished ice, I had to go to housekeeping, when I wished lime I had to go to room service and when I wished to change my complimentary liquor and the amount of tonic I needed to speak to the drink steward.This in my view is rather poor considering the price of the cruise and the plaudits from other cruisers. Viking offers one free shore excursion at each port.The walking tours we took, 4, were excellent, but those in a bus were not worth the time spent at all. I was quite disappointed in the meals in the Restaurant ,in the Chef's special restaurant both times and at Manfredi both times. To be fair, one night the prime rib served at the restaurant was amongst the best I have ever had. The waffle at the Explorer Lounge was exceptional. On at least 4 occasions the cookies offered with the buffet were stale. the wines with meals were acceptable if unremarkable. One could upgrade wine selection and liquor for an extra daily per person charge. The speakers/lectures seemed excellent, for those we could make, but we missed the largest number as they were scheduled during dinner hour or just prior to dinner hour. Getting on, on the day of sailing from Bergen, and off the ship in Stockholm, with our luggage, were superbly handled even though we left the ship at 6 am to make our plane. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We had taken a Viking River cruise and loved. I wasn't sure what to expect on there smaller ocean ships. It was and incredible surprise. They offers so much entertainment and the staff was prefect, after several days you were on a ... Read More
We had taken a Viking River cruise and loved. I wasn't sure what to expect on there smaller ocean ships. It was and incredible surprise. They offers so much entertainment and the staff was prefect, after several days you were on a first name basis, every staff member spoke English which was very nice, you wanted for absolutely nothing. Port excursions were excellent and well organized. Being 67 I appreciated this is not a cruise line for children nor is it a cruse line for gamblers who spend there day in a casino. Minus kids and gamblers made for a great atmosphere of fun and conversation. On a late arrival back to the ship after and all day trip to Berlin were were greeted by 200 of the ships crew in line out side the ship with a welcome back, music, champagne and horderves. Upon arriving at our cabin we found a plate of finger sandwiches, deserts and a bottle of win which a letter from the captain apologizing for the German train system delay, they did this for all 600 people who were on that train. Tell me what other cruise line would do that. I will continue to be a loyal Viking customer. Big ships with 5000 of your closest friends are not necessarily better Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We were looking for a cruise that would allow us to see a variety of Fjords and Scandinavian cities. We checked other cruises and cruise lines and ended up going with Viking because the itinerary offered a good combination. We had ... Read More
We were looking for a cruise that would allow us to see a variety of Fjords and Scandinavian cities. We checked other cruises and cruise lines and ended up going with Viking because the itinerary offered a good combination. We had sailed with Viking on a River Cruise and wanted to try their Ocean cruises. Our room was a deluxe veranda which was fine. The bathroom was roomy with heated floors, the fridge was stocked with drinks and snacks that were included and the bed was comfortable, although we needed extra pillows. Storage and charging outlets were adequate. The main dining room was nice. The staff was attentive. The breakfast menu was fine, the same every day. The dinner menu had a selection of appetizers, entrees and desserts that did not change and also had menu choices that changed daily. The food was generally tasty, we had a few disappointments. The buffet was nice but there were a lot of lines and waiting. Sometimes the coffee service in the buffet was not great. We enjoyed the lunch and dessert options in the Explorer Lounge. Excursions: the included excursions were ok although some were more walking than was enjoyable for us. Attending the port talks was very informative. Taking the train to Berlin made for a long day. We were there during a heat wave, the train was not air conditioned, but the windows were able to be opened. However there were long stops both directions. We would recommend this cruise, the entire staff was great and we liked the lack of things like bingo and art auctions. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
I chose this cruise because I have always had an interest in visiting Norway because of the scenic nature of the country. The scenery is really amazing from the fjords to the mountains of this great country. We saw so much in such a ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I have always had an interest in visiting Norway because of the scenic nature of the country. The scenery is really amazing from the fjords to the mountains of this great country. We saw so much in such a short time period with included and optional tours in 8 different countries. I was amazed at the beauty of Estonia and Russia. Only disappointment was not being able to dock at Gdansk Poland because of the weather conditions. I was particularly interested in Poland because of my husband's German ancestry. Everything about the 'Viking Sea' was top notch. We where spoiled by the service offered .... room service, dining, entertainment, friendly staff and general organization. We liked the size of the ship, the rooms where awesome with the balcony to slip outside and take in the view. I really enjoyed the nightly entertainment, every bit as good as taking in a theatrical production in Toronto for me. Everything was top notch. Of course I would go again & actually have already booked an Alaskan Cruise for 2020 with Viking. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Well, we are back from our first Viking Ocean cruise – 10 days West Indies Explorer on the Viking Sea March 2019. We arranged our own flights, so we got to San Juan PR and made our way to the ship. Check in was easy-peasy and so ... Read More
Well, we are back from our first Viking Ocean cruise – 10 days West Indies Explorer on the Viking Sea March 2019. We arranged our own flights, so we got to San Juan PR and made our way to the ship. Check in was easy-peasy and so different than what happens on other lines. I’ve sailed Carnival (platinum), Royal Caribbean, and NCL in the past, so this was not my first check-in. Of course 930 passengers vice 3000-5000 makes quite a difference. Our room stewards Teddy and Emm were great and met us when we arrived and explained features of our room. They always greeted us if they were about and ensured we had everything we needed. Even though it was about 3:30PM, we found the pool grill had wonderful and we got our first wine and beer (free with lunch and dinner). Waiters were available and checked on us often. This continued throughout the entire cruise in all dining venues! Great job. On the second night onboard, just as we were getting ready to leave San Juan behind, we had our Cruise Critic Meet and Mingle – an invitation was left in our room with the Viking Daily the day before. The Captain and his command staff were busy, but every available senior staff officer attended. We had a very nice chat with Tom Aberg (Hotel General Manager), Edgar de Jaspi (Beverage Manager) and John Cunningham (Restaurant Manager) while enjoying free drinks and finger foods. From that evening on, we were always greeted by these senior officers. Surprisingly, a few days later we got another invitation to another Meet and Mingle. We went and when we asked, we were told by another Cruise Critic member, that they missed the first one – apparently they didn’t realize they had to sign up for the M&M on CC prior to arriving onboard, so they didn’t receive an invitation. But the staff wanted to ensure that they were not left out, so we had a second get together with all the trimmings and all the senior staff. (Now what other cruise line would do that???) At this meeting, in addition to Edgar and John, I had a nice talk with Jenn Beaudoin (Cruise Director) and Mara Buga (Guest Services Manager). I had a special request of Jenn and she made some calls had made arrangements. Thank you Jenn and thanks for Fredrik Svensson for taking time out of his busy schedule to talk to another Engineer! I’m not going to do a day to day accounting of my experiences, but I will make a few comments. First, the food and drink onboard is outstanding. All venues were excellent, but we always like the Restaurant and had wonderful meals in Manfredi’s and at the Chef’s Table. Service was impeccable regardless of where we ate. Secondly, I was so impressed by the Senior Staff. On most lines, one does not even see the Hotel Manager, Restaurant Manager, Financial Officer or Beverage Manager, but on this ship/line, they were highly visible and jumped in anytime there was need. For example, Tom, John or Edgar often were escorting guests in the Restaurant or in the Theater. (Again, where else have you ever seen this happen?) Third, I was somewhat concerned about taking the included excursions thinking they would be boring. Not so. The guides were obviously well vetted and could answer any question thrown at them. In many of the ports, the tour at a specific time was broken into smaller groups which worked well and kept wait time to a minimum. I learned something at every port! We also did a 3 optional tours and they were wonderful! Only thing I questioned was at all these wonderful Caribbean ports, there were no Scuba diving tours… hmmm. Fourth, was the general ‘we want you to learn something’ on this cruise vibe on the ship. There was a resident historian onboard who had some wonderful lectures and round table discussions. There was also a Geologist who gave talks on how the islands were formed and such. Really interesting! If you happened to miss the talk, don’t fear, it was recorded for on-demand broadcast on the in cabin TV along with lots of other great informative programs, news stations and movies. Fifth, the entertainment onboard was wonderful – singers and musicians were top notch. Shows were excellent. A steel pan group was brought onboard at one port to play by the pool for an afternoon show. We also had Line Dance lessons. Unfortunately, I have 2 left feet when it comes to this! But it was enjoyable! Overall, it was a GREAT Experience and it will not be our last Viking Ocean cruise! Great Job by everyone onboard! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We've sailed on two other Viking ocean ships, so we expected to enjoy ourselves. We did. The route through Caribbean islands and up the Amazon was new territory for us. Because of air schedule we didn't have time to see ... Read More
We've sailed on two other Viking ocean ships, so we expected to enjoy ourselves. We did. The route through Caribbean islands and up the Amazon was new territory for us. Because of air schedule we didn't have time to see San Juan, but had a good excursion into El Junque rain forest. Viking Sea is a splendid ship. All public areas are beautiful, open and light, comfortable to hang out at all times. There were 930 people on this "small ship," but you would never know it from the onboard experience; it was never crowded. We were in a smaller cabin but it was extremely comfortable, room for everything, well designed, great bathroom. And, of course, like every other cabin on the ship, it had a private balcony. We ate in all the dining venues; they were all good. To call the World Cafe a "buffet" gives a wrong impression. The food was always great, with a huge selection from crab legs and sushi on one end, through a choice of meats and fish, to the gelato station at the other end. Two scoops, twice a day, was my chosen prescription at the gelato station. The breads, pastries, and gelato are made fresh on the ship. The very best dining is in the Restaurant, while Manfredi's, Chef's Table, and Mamsen's were nice changes of pace from time to time. And if you can possibly stuff in a little more, we recommend the afternoon tea with special sandwiches and pastries in the Wintergarden. I like to eat, and I was always happy. There were many sea days on this itinerary. We were constantly entertained by Viking's selection of lecturers. Time simply didn't permit seeing every single lecture I would have liked to see. Others will have to discuss evening entertainment; we are early-to-bed folks and didn't see any of the evening shows. But the musicians playing around the boat during the day (string ensemble, pianist, guitarist) were just wonderful. What Viking does best is service. Every crew member smiled at all times and continuously offered to do anything we could imagine. It's uncanny for a bartender to remember your name on the second encounter, before you have ordered or mentioned cabin number. The captain greeted us daily over the intercom, and sometimes several times a day, with an incredibly cheerful and friendly account of what was happening and what was about to happen on "the friendliest and happiest ship on the seas, the Viking Sea." The first time I thought he was way over-the-top, but he always left people smiling. You just couldn't help it. His greetings added a lot to the enjoyment of the trip. Would I go with Viking again? You bet! Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We chose this cruise because it would be a once in a lifetime experience. To travel to such a remote area and yet be on such a wonderful ship was a great combination. We love the Viking Sea and all the crew. This was an adventure we’ll ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it would be a once in a lifetime experience. To travel to such a remote area and yet be on such a wonderful ship was a great combination. We love the Viking Sea and all the crew. This was an adventure we’ll never forget. We were very happy with our cabin, which was very comfortable. The food was delicious, including the gelato! The evening entertainment was always excellent, and the lectures were very interesting and informative. I enjoyed the games, Name That Tune and Trivia. Playing those is a good way to meet new friends. We are glad not to have children or a casino, and people smoking never were close enough to bother us. The pools are beautiful, and the entire ship is elegant and lovely. The shore excursions were interesting and informative. We do wish we had seen more Amazon wildlife, as we were not able to go on those excursions. We would have enjoyed excursions suited to the physically challenged,perhaps to the zoo where we could have seen animals. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
This was our third sailing on the Viking Sea, and my wife and I have become very fond of this spectacularly beautiful, well-designed, and immaculately-maintained ship! The staterooms are setup just right to accommodate our needs, the ... Read More
This was our third sailing on the Viking Sea, and my wife and I have become very fond of this spectacularly beautiful, well-designed, and immaculately-maintained ship! The staterooms are setup just right to accommodate our needs, the public spaces are excellent and abundant, and the crew seem uniformly happy and eager to please. The food and entertainment are very good, and the other amenities (wifi, pool, spa, fitness center, sports deck, lounges, laudromat, and shops) are very good. We chose this particular cruise because of the itinerary (Caribbean and South America) included some ports that we hadn't visited previously (Santo Domingo, Cartagena, and Santa Marta), two ports that I hadn't visited for more than 60 years and was eager to enjoy again (Aruba and Curacao), two places that we are very familiar with (San Juan and St. Kitts), as well as opportunities to enjoy two At-Sea days. Viking Cruises handled the arrangements for our air transportation, our transfers between the airport and cruise terminal prior to our embarkation, and also after debarkation. When we arrived at the airport in San Juan, it took a while for all of the expected passengers to obtain their baggage and to check-in with the Viking representatives.. The bus that was brought us to the ship had a door malfunction, and it took a long time for us to get through the San Juan rush hour traffic.. But everything fell into place as soon as we arrived at the cruise terminal -- welcome, check-in, champagne, dinner, meeting our stateroom attendant, and having our baggage delivered to our cabin. This was our 23rd ocean cruise, and we have observed the cruise industry's trend toward increasing large cruiseships, and increasingly large numbers of passengers onboard those ships. On the mega-ships, it seems that one must spend a large amount of time waiting for elevators,.and searching for a quiet place in public areas to read or talk. But this is NOT the way things are on Viking Oceans cruises! We are impressed at the variety, beauty, and comfort of public spaces on Viking Oceans ships! The Atrium, Wintergarden, Explorer Lounge, Pool Area, and decks are superb! Viking Oceans ships offer several dining alternatives, including The Restaurant (the ship's elegant main dining room), the World Cafe (buffet), Manfredi's (Italian food), The Chef's Table (gourmet food & drink), Mamsen;s (Scandinavian deli), and the Pool Grill (hamburgers, etc.). My wife has certain food sensitivities, and the ship's wait staff were quite knowledgeable about those issues, and very accommodating to her needs. The food was sometimes excellent, and always at least very good. My wife and I enjoyed walking the outside decks every day, and I also worked-out in the ship's excellent Fitness Center every day! We enjoyed the musicians and singers that entertained us onboard the ship. As musicians ourselves, we appreciated the variety of musical styles that were presented, as well as the musicianship of the performers. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We had been on a wonderful cruise on the same ship last year and LOVED it. The room was a nice size...all rooms have verandas. The fridge is stocked each day, the bathroom floor is heated, the staff is excellent, the food is exceptional! ... Read More
We had been on a wonderful cruise on the same ship last year and LOVED it. The room was a nice size...all rooms have verandas. The fridge is stocked each day, the bathroom floor is heated, the staff is excellent, the food is exceptional! Love this cruise line because there are no theme nights, casinos, or children. Our disappointment was with a couple of excursions with terrible guides. On one, we were on the bus for 2 1/2 hours.....didn’t have a bathroom break....never got off the bus to take pics, walk in a church, or eat or get a drink. Bus got stuck on a one way street. It was awful. We saw two attractions: a lighthouse and a church. Was told there “was a beautiful beach but we’re not going there!!!” All we saw was the slums of that island. We know it’s not the cruise line’s fault....they don’t hire the guides themselves. I see that that cruise is not offered in 2019 or 2020. I would take another cruise with Viking again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We were on the ship for 10 night South America and Caribbean. It was comfortable. But excursions in Cartagena and San Martha Colombia were difficult due to lack of planning and street people trying to sale souvenirs. Curacao, Aruba and ... Read More
We were on the ship for 10 night South America and Caribbean. It was comfortable. But excursions in Cartagena and San Martha Colombia were difficult due to lack of planning and street people trying to sale souvenirs. Curacao, Aruba and St Kitty we felt welcomed all the time and by tourist guides. Finally in San Juan PR we received a warmed welcome in any place we visited. Viking long walking excursion tour thru colonial city and its castles and fortress full Spanish history was exhausted. On board the Restaurant Chef's Table was high class and its Chef explained to us how to cook perfection combining the proper wine with every course.The World Cafe buffet had many fresh and good tasting offerings for breakfast lunch and dinner. in general we recommend dining on board in any of fine restaurants and buffet. A final comment: Viking Ocean Cruisers are focus in adult travelers of any age attracting customers from the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the U.K. but ignoring Latin Spanish spoken countries even there ships travel thru multiple ports in Spain and South America. I recommend to Viking planners to consider open offers to this potential market. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We sailed with the Viking Sea from London to Britain and then to the multiple Fjords in Norway. We were very impressed with everything Viking. Everything from embarkation to post cruise tour to Iceland went exceptionally well. It took us a ... Read More
We sailed with the Viking Sea from London to Britain and then to the multiple Fjords in Norway. We were very impressed with everything Viking. Everything from embarkation to post cruise tour to Iceland went exceptionally well. It took us a few days to get used to the quality of service we experienced. Everytime we took a shower, our steward would come in when we left and clean the entire bathroom and place all new towels. Every time we messed up our bed linen the sheets were always straightened and changed if needed. The food service in all Dining options was exceptional. At the start of our trip we thought we would want to have special dinners in the Restaurant or Manfredi's or at The Chef's Table. However, we ended up eating most often at The World Cafe "buffet" area, as the food was incredible. I love seafood, and there were always, crab legs and shrimp and sea bass or so many other delightful options. My husband and our friends we were with, also always found their favorites with so many options from salads to pizza to Prime rib to steaks or lamb. The service was great everywhere and even at the buffet after making our choices the servers still brought us wines and coffee's and bread or anything we requested. Everyone treated us like we were family. Loved It!!! The entertainment was all done by staff, from the Director to the assistant Director to other servers and staff. We were tremendously impressed by the talent that we were treated to. Viking knew the audience and played to them with Elvis Presley impressionist and many other awesome shows. Amazing. We also enjoyed the evening bar singers and that atmosphere. Our ship was so impressive and spotless! The infinity pool off the front deck was awesome and the pool on the top deck was perfectly heated. On the evening of the Midnight sun we were able to see the sun go down and come back up within two minutes on the same spot! The most impressive was the nature around us, such as the Sisters Falls and the hugh troll face carved into the side of the mountain. We enjoyed and excursion everday and always were totally impressed not only with nature but also with the preparations that Viking had made that made every trip PERFECT!!! We participated in the Iceland Excursion and was so impressive. Wow! Four days where we saw Geysers that erupted every 5 minutes to a Volcano crater we walked around, and a Hugh water fall with a salmon latter, as well as swimminng in the Blue Lagoon and having a facial with the mineral's found in the Lagoon. Writing about all of this makes me want to do it all over again. Absolute Perfection all the way around!!! You may think that because this review is so good that I am just a positive person. This is not quite true as people who know me know my opinion needs to be well earned. This one was! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
This was our 1st Viking Cruise. We are used to the large crowds on cruises, lots of kids running around and searching for a table at breakfast and lunch.. We enjoyed the peacefulness of this cruise with no one under 18. There were never ... Read More
This was our 1st Viking Cruise. We are used to the large crowds on cruises, lots of kids running around and searching for a table at breakfast and lunch.. We enjoyed the peacefulness of this cruise with no one under 18. There were never any crowds to encounter except when entering the theater and that was only for 5-10 minutes when the doors first opened. You can really relax. The towels in the public rest rooms were a treat. Towels were readily available in the pool area on the shelves which is very nice since you don't have to wait in line to get a towel show your room key and check out when done. The throws in the Living room and Explorer's lounge were a nice treat as the pillows in the theater. The lectures were very informative. The stateroom was great and the heated bathroom floors were a treat. We loved the included tours at every port, very convenient. and the lectures each day on the ports. We did miss the large production shows. The embarkation process was very smooth from the time that we picked up our luggage to our check in at the airport. There were plenty of Viking personnel on hand to assist. We have booked another Viking cruise since we returned in early Aug. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Ship and amenities were all first class. The crew and restaurants were outstanding. Enjoyed the lectures and port talks, especially Michael Scott. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smooth and on board Services even arranged for a ... Read More
Ship and amenities were all first class. The crew and restaurants were outstanding. Enjoyed the lectures and port talks, especially Michael Scott. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smooth and on board Services even arranged for a car to take us to our stop over in London. Great help so everything went smooth. I can't say enough about the Ship, from the decor, facilities, crew, shopping and especially the entertainment. The pianist , guitar player and all the entertainment was so very enjoyable. Our cabin was great, roomy and our cabin attendant Alvin? couldn't have been nicer. It seemed like he always had the little extra that was needed. Even though the weather and fog kind of worked against us somewhat the cruise was still such a joy because of the ship, crew and the little things that made it so enjoyable. It was nice also to have so many extras built into the cruise package, like the drinks at lunch and dinner meals. Our dinning room attendants and servers were above and beyond, "Vicky and his helpers" were outstanding. We just hated to leave the Ship. Looking forward to our next adventure. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We wanted to try a Viking Ocean Cruise, and wanted to visit Iceland, Norway, Scotland, and London. This cruise fit the bill for us. Everything about the cruise was good! The accommodations were excellent! Some of the best pillows I have ... Read More
We wanted to try a Viking Ocean Cruise, and wanted to visit Iceland, Norway, Scotland, and London. This cruise fit the bill for us. Everything about the cruise was good! The accommodations were excellent! Some of the best pillows I have had on a trip! The food options were great. Our room was always clean and ready for us. Our crew were fantastic -they were very helpful, extremely polite, and very friendly. Great representatives for Viking. The spa services we booked were also wonderful! Massages, and then time in the pools and saunas was very relaxing. I would highly recommend booking a massage, and definitely go down and use the spa area. The fitness room was nice as well as the outside walking track and the exercise equipment on the top deck. Since I try to eat a plant based whole food diet I was happy to find many good offerings in several of the restaurants on board the ship. The excursions that we took, both included and extras, were quite good. Entertainment on board the ship was great! Can’t wait to book our next trip! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We chose this cruise because it stopped in countries we wanted to see. We had never been to any of these countries and we liked the option of seeing all of them. We spent several days in Stockholm prior to departing. We were able to ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it stopped in countries we wanted to see. We had never been to any of these countries and we liked the option of seeing all of them. We spent several days in Stockholm prior to departing. We were able to leave our luggage at the port as we were too early for arrival, and visited a lovely photography museum at the port. We were very happy with our cabin; it was comfortable, plenty of room for our luggage. Loved the bathroom. The ship was beautifully appointed. We spent some time exploring the ship, all levels to get our bearings. The ship offers quite a few amenities: a spa, massage, two pools, quiet spaces for reading, The dining options were excellent. Two dining restaurants require a reservation, but you can go in if there are openings. The main dining room offered menu options and seating for 2-4-6 and 8. We enjoyed the company of several couples on board and hooked up with them for our evening meals. Shipboard entertainment was also excellent. The artists were quite good, the seminars by the historian were very helpful when preparing for a shore excursion. We took advantage of shore excursions at each port. The guides, the transportation, were all first class. We were able to sign up for most of the excursions we wanted. We would especially recommend the two day excursion in St. Petersburg. It included most of the sites covered by other excursions i that city and you don't have the overhead of leaving and returning several times in a day. You head out in the morning and return in the evening. Finally we want to commend Viking for their staff. They are friendly, knowledgeable; if they know what you like to drink, it will be brought to youj without your asking. Cabin staff make sure your room is always clean, towels and bedding are clean, and any particular needs have been addressed. Awesome. We will definitely travel with Viking again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
The ship was lovely. Common areas resembled living rooms or casual seating so you felt like you were at home. The broad expanse of windows in the Explorers Lounge was one the favorite gathering spots. The crew were very friendly ... Read More
The ship was lovely. Common areas resembled living rooms or casual seating so you felt like you were at home. The broad expanse of windows in the Explorers Lounge was one the favorite gathering spots. The crew were very friendly and called you by your name within a few interactions. Our steward was very attentive and eager to please us. The food was better than most cruise ships although their pizza could have used some help. We did the specialty dining most evenings without an additional expense. Wine, soft drinks and cocktails were available with your meals, which certainly beats what most ships offer. The laundry facility was very beneficial and unexpected. The Spa was a nice experience. The massages we had were excellent. The pool area was like a grotto of sorts and very soothing. The excursions were well planned and very interesting. We already have another Viking Ocean Cruise planned for December. We would recommend this cruise to mid-age to elderly travelers. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Wife and I have been cruising over 25 years. These days we prefer suites on longer cruises so we upgraded to the Explorer Suite. Well worth the money. Great room and largest balcony we’ve ever had. Viking Sea is only two years old so ... Read More
Wife and I have been cruising over 25 years. These days we prefer suites on longer cruises so we upgraded to the Explorer Suite. Well worth the money. Great room and largest balcony we’ve ever had. Viking Sea is only two years old so we were definitely spoiled. Ship is in great shape and many things on board are fascinating like the shower in the suite. It’s walk-in with no ledge. Great drainage via great design. Heated towel racks etc. were all as one would expect in the top-rated suites. Room came with lots of extras and as the brochures say, all is included. Room service was great for early breakfast when shore excursions were leaving early. Service was impeccable. Food was great. Entertainment was so-so. The night club was fun. The house band playing in the night club was probably the best musicians on the trip. Had a great couple singing just about anything you could name and they hit it out of the park. Bar tenders do the flippy thing with bottles which is fun to watch as well. Pools, gym, etc. was all new and great. This trip was Barcelona and Beyond, a three-week cruise I understand they will no longer offer. Itinerary hit the Baltic region where we’ve never been. I’ll be brief and say this was the best cruise we’ve ever been on in over 25 years, but there are a few things that surprised us. 1. Shore excursions: The literature says shore excursions are included. Wrong. One shore excursion is included at no additional charge at each stop, but that excursion usually consists of a 3-hour bus ride with the tour guide talking about a site as you drive by. These are also what you get if you take the transfers onto the ship and off. They use the 3 hours to kill while the ship gets ready for boarding or the hotel is ready for check-in. I’d probably take a taxi in the future. Plan on paying for excursions the old-fashioned way if booking through the cruise. You can book your own through somebody like Viator.com but if they don’t get you back in time you’re screwed and the boat leaves without you. One thing about Viking, they stick to a schedule as far as departures. 2. Tips: The literature states a daily rate is charged per person that goes to handle all tips. Not really. At the end of the cruise we wanted to help out the crew and give more money by charging it to our room account and directing that to be split between members of the crew. After I already made the payment, I was talking to members of the crew. Each individual told me the same story. They get the same amount in their checks regardless of how full the ship is with guests. They never see any variance in the amount which strikes me as unusual since I’m sure other guests probably had the same idea of adding more to the account. So, if you want to add to the base amount go old-school and get envelopes from the passenger service desk and stuff your cash in them for tips at the end for those you believe deserve the additional amounts. 3. Hotels for before and after: Viking did an excellent job picking hotels. At least 4 stars for each. 4. Before and after excursions: You’re on your own for these. Viking only books those that occur during the cruise. At least they did on this one. We arranged our own. 5. Web site: Very useful. Fill out all the information for express check-in in the My Journey site. Site also had good info and videos of stops etc. Study it well in advance of your departure. 6. Travel insurance: Viking offers insurance that is good for the trip, but could use more for medical. You might want to augment this coverage with a medical that offers additional coverage. For instance, in states I had to be airlifted after an accident which cost over $40,000. In Europe and other parts of the globe, should the unthinkable happen, anything that flies costs 4 or 5 times that, plus the additional cost to repatriate back to the states. Just something to think about Summary ….. it will spoil you taking other cruises. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We booked this cruise not long after we did our first Viking river cruise in August of 2016. We loved that whole experience so much, we knew we wanted more Viking. We also wanted something different from what mainstream cruise lines ... Read More
We booked this cruise not long after we did our first Viking river cruise in August of 2016. We loved that whole experience so much, we knew we wanted more Viking. We also wanted something different from what mainstream cruise lines offer. We like the smaller ship with only 930 passengers. The itinerary for this cruise was originally: San Juan, Tortola, St Kitts, St Lucia, Barbados, Guadeloupe, Antigua, St Martin/Maarten, St Thomas, then back to San Juan. The back to back hurricanes last fall, did a a lot of damage on quite a few of the ports, so we finally ended up with: San Juan, St Croix, St Kitts, St Lucia, Barbados, Guadeloupe, Antigua, St Martin/Maarten, St Thomas, then back to San Juan. Tortola was off the list, replaced by St Croix. Like the previous reviewer, Azulann, I loved the look of the Viking ships from the very first brochure I received - both river and ocean. The Viking Sea did not disappoint. The clean modern decor feels warm and inviting - never cold and unwelcoming. The public areas are spacious with lots of comfy seating, and the ship never felt crowded. Viking pays a lot of attention to details - interesting artwork, small plants and succulent arrangements, interesting sculptures and Viking themed artifacts, electronic games, traditional game boards, and lots of books. This is true through all aspects of the cruise. The crew were fantastic - all friendly and accommodating. You rarely ever hear the word, "no," unless it's part of the phrase, "no, problem!" They quickly learned our preferences and often anticipated our needs. I have to say, I honestly don't know why Viking is considered Premium by some and not Luxury. Sure felt like Luxury to us. Embarkation in San Juan was a easy-peasy. We had flown in the night before, but did not do a Viking extension. Getting from the hotel to the ship was no problem. We were whisked aboard with no lines, no waiting. Short walk along Viking's Red Carpet and we were onboard with a glass of bubbly in our hands! Everyone can board after 11:00am (at least in San Juan - other ports may vary), but rooms are available on a sliding basis according to room category with the Explorer Suite rooms first, down to the Standard Veranda. We had booked a Deluxe Veranda (DV4), starboard side, deck 4, but about a week before, we got an offer to upgrade to a Penthouse Veranda (PV1) for $199 each. We were extremely pleased that we did. The room was wonderful! By the way ALL Viking Ocean rooms have a veranda. There are no inside or ocean view rooms. Until your room is ready, you are free to have lunch, and the included wine and beer in the World Cafe, or out on the Aquavit Terrace (our preferred spot). And after lunch, you can explore the ship - which we did. As on the river cruise, we found that Viking does a lot of small things right. They have washing stations with sinks, soap and cloth towels by some restaurants in addition to sanitizing stations (which give you a light mist, not glob of goop in your hand). Restrooms are plentiful, always clean and quite lovely with birdsong background sounds. Booths have full doors. There are cloth towels by the sink, and a paper towel dispenser as you leave, so you can use a towel to open the door. There is a disposal bin right under it. At the World Cafe buffet there is no need to juggle your drinks and a plate. Get your food, have a seat, and they will bring you whatever beverage you want. If they see you headed out and they are going that way, they will carry your plate to the table. You can request a warmed plate at the carving station (which is the made to order egg station in the morning) - even if you are not getting food from there. They had pieces of bread in the bottom of the bacon and sausage trays to absorb the grease. And everything on the buffet is in small trays so it's not sitting getting yucky forever. Want something you don't see - just ask. Likely they will get it for you. Viking Ocean seemed a world apart from the mainstream cruise lines we've been on. There are no towels in your room that must be accounted for. Towels can be found on every lounge chair by the pool, and by the towel stations. They are left in your room if you have a swim or snorkel on your excursion. There are also towels next to the ship exit as you leave just in case you forgot one. Bottled water is available each time you leave the ship. They hand out cool towels when you return, and sometimes a glass of bubbly. Once we had a full reception committee with music and dancing! The food at all the venues ranged from good to fabulous. Everything we had was delicious. Food arrived hot, and plates were brought out individually, not on big trays with covers. We were told that each meal in the restaurants is prepared to order - and I think it's true. We ate breakfast and lunch in the World Cafe and dinner in the Restaurant. We also ate at Manfredi's and did the Sweet and Salty menu at the Chef's Table. Everything was really wonderful. Service was friendly, quick and attentive. We went for the Silver Spirits package, which we did not have on our river cruise. On an ocean cruise, we tend to do more mixed drinks, so we found it worth the $20 per person, per day. Drink prices are reasonable, if you decide not to go that route. And Viking allows you to bring wine, beer, soft drinks, liquor with no problem. And then there are the things Viking does not have - crowds, lines, children running around, art auctions, gold by the inch, 2 for 1 tee shirt sales, multiple announcements every hour about bingo or slots tournaments or hairy chest contests. Viking does not charge for room service, WiFi, beer, wine or soft drinks (at lunch and dinner), specialty coffees (unless there is booze in them). There is no charge to use the spa unless you get a treatment, nor any extra charge for the specialty restaurants. The only time we saw a crowd was at muster drill (which was held in the restaurant and the theater) and on the last day while people were waiting for their group to be called to leave ship. Leaving was as easy as boarding, but not nearly as exciting! The only line you might find is perhaps 2 or 3 people ahead of you at the Gelato (so tasty!) station. Even in the buffet - there might be 2,3 maybe 4 people in each section - cold, hot, breads and dessert. You don't have to wait. People take what they want and move on. If you forget something, just go back and get it. You might have a person or 2 ahead of you at the made to order stations throughout the buffet, but the staff will tell you how long the food will be so you can go get other food and come back and pick up your order. There are no casinos - sorry, if you need one of those, you need to look elsewhere. There are shows in the evening, but not big production shows like some cruise lines have. I know some people look for those, but we were quite happy with the Viking Band that played in Torshaven (lounge) and also with the guitarist, piano player and the classical trio that played throughout the ship. They did bring on a fantastic steel drum band in St Lucia! There was a fairly wide age range from people in their 30s to people in their 80s. You often hear that Viking attracts an older crowd, but I think that's changing - at least on Viking Ocean. It was a wonderful cruise that exceeded the expectations we had from our river cruise. We have another ocean cruise and another river cruise booked with Viking. Oh and Viking does a fabulous Cruise Critic Meet & Mingle - there was shrimp! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Viking Sea Ratings
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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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