5 Viking Ocean Viking Sea Cruise Reviews for Family Cruises to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

Before our cruise began in Rome, we spent 3 days in Tuscany - Florence, Siena and San Gimignano. Tuscany was beautiful. Seeing all of the old towns and buildings, shopping, having a glass of wine or a beer as we people watched and eating ... Read More
Before our cruise began in Rome, we spent 3 days in Tuscany - Florence, Siena and San Gimignano. Tuscany was beautiful. Seeing all of the old towns and buildings, shopping, having a glass of wine or a beer as we people watched and eating the local foods, pasta, pizza etc. was great! Once in Rome and boarding the Viking Sea, everything involved with this Viking Cruise with just outstanding. The entire ship was unbelievable - 1st Class! Although not a large ship, just 900+ guests, there was plenty of room all over that you never felt crowded. The room was great, the food was great and the people providing service throughout the ship were just so nice and friendly. We visited Naples, Crete, Israel (Haifa and the old town Jerusalem), Cyprus, Rhodes, Mykonos and Athens. Walking the streets of old Jerusalem and being at the Acropolis were memories that we will never forget. I have done the Viking River Cruise which was also 1st Class, but I can't wait for our next Viking Ocean Cruise, maybe the Vikings Homelands cruise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We chose Viking because we have cousins who reported very favorably on the River Cruises, but also because we wanted to go to Istanbul. So it was a big disappointment that we had to cross off both of the Turkish ports of call. But the ... Read More
We chose Viking because we have cousins who reported very favorably on the River Cruises, but also because we wanted to go to Istanbul. So it was a big disappointment that we had to cross off both of the Turkish ports of call. But the stops along the Adriatic were little-known and excellent in their own way. We did feel a bit let down at the embarkation process in Venice, where we arrived in pouring rain and were told to wait for a bus that never arrived. We also discovered too late that it was actually harder than necessary to get from our hotel in Venice to the Maritime Terminal, and that we therefore had to pay a lot for a water taxi that we could have avoided if we'd stayed in a better located hotel. But those turned out to be minor troubles. The first thing that impressed us was the ship itself. We were astonished at the attention to detail and at the helpfulness of the staff. When baggage handlers broke the "foot" off my suitcase, the Viking Sea's carpenter picked it up at my stateroom and fixed it quickly and perfectly. We got great advice, too, from Guest Services on the ship. We had feared that in Athens we would get stuck with an expensive ride into Athens (where we were going to stay a couple of extra days), but both Jojo and Bruna were exceedingly helpful in advising us about how to get things done much more cheaply. The ship was also exceedingly quiet, with only the faintest throbbing from the engines rather than the louder and more dramatic pulsing that we were used to. In our stateroom we were instantly impressed by the style and attention to detail in every small item, from toothbrush holders to showers, from pillows to the wonderful bed. Our cabin steward was also great: efficient, friendly, unobtrusive, and very good at cleaning up even the smallest mess. The Nordic theme was evident throughout the ship from the Bayeux tapestry in the stairwells to the wonderful Mamsen's Cafe, which nearly brought me to tears of joy at the authentic Norwegian cuisine available for breakfast and lunch (I'm a Norwegian American). We did not avail ourselves of much of the official entertainment on the ship, but we loved the quiet corners scattered here and there, where one could choose a book from the carefully curated collection or read aloud to each other from a book that we'd brought with us. No crowds, no noise, just calm. The restaurants were also great. On our first night the food and service were great in Manfredi's, but the raucous guests made it hard for us to hear ourselves talking. When we mentioned this to the Maitre d'h of Manfredi's, he said, "Let me make it up to you," and he did. When we returned, we had a window table of perfect calm. That was our experience in the other restaurants, too. We should also praise the care we got from the marvelous Chef's Table -- a quiet table with amazing menus. We never felt rushed or crowded, and the food was fantastic. We went on many of the "included" tours (the ones that were free) because we had never been in these ports before, and so it did not seem to make sense to us to go off into the interior when we had not even seen the port city itself. We were impressed that hundreds of guests (tourists) could be sorted out so efficiently onto the waiting buses, all of us outfitted with the "Silent Vox" speaker system that allowed us to stray a little bit away from the guide and still hear what he or she was telling us. The local guides were terrific -- they were locals with good English and a truly excellent knowledge of the locale. Usually these tours were a good choice, but a couple of times we felt that so many other guests were more interested in photo ops and taking selfies that we felt we had chosen badly and would have been better served if we had gone off to a historically or archeologically more demanding destination, such as the archeological site at the south end of Santorini. We wished we had toured that. I would especially single out the tours of Koper, Zadar, Olympia, and Athens as excellent. The popular tourist traps of Dubrovnik and Santorini were less enjoyable for us just because there were so many thousands of others there, just like us. We had hoped that going in September would reduce the crush of tourists, but those two places are so small that crowds can easily become oppressive. Over all, we just loved our cruise, the ship, the food, the ports of call, and the attention to detail and our comfort. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves on the Viking Sea, a beautiful new ship. The trip was planned in conjunction with 12 other cruise guests over 2 years ago. The ports of call, for the most part were very interesting. The port ... Read More
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves on the Viking Sea, a beautiful new ship. The trip was planned in conjunction with 12 other cruise guests over 2 years ago. The ports of call, for the most part were very interesting. The port talks helped to make each stop more enjoyable. We dined at nearly every restaurant and found the food quality and service to be superb. The fitness center and spa had very nice features including windows to view the outside while exercising. We also enjoyed the sport deck as well a deck four for covered walking outdoors. Furthermore, the open areas within the ship were well designed for social interactions. From the Wintergreen for high tea to the Explorer's Lounge Levels 1 & 2 were very inviting to mingle with other passengers or simply enjoy. Because our berth was on deck 7 we really enjoyed the short walk in the morning for a cup of coffee with pastry. We highly recommend Viking when planning an ocean or river cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Viking has many things included for one price. We had a large family groupe (10) and Viking did well with that. The reason I say that is they are set up for couples and smaller groups. They have Wonderful service and Excellent food. The ... Read More
Viking has many things included for one price. We had a large family groupe (10) and Viking did well with that. The reason I say that is they are set up for couples and smaller groups. They have Wonderful service and Excellent food. The entertainment director Heather did an outstanding job. The entertainers were excellent and friendly. The excursions were very good, for being new in the sea cruise business Viking understands how to do this. Some rough spots but for the most part educational and enjoyable. Free Wifi, beer and wine includes with meals is awesome! Smaller ship was really intimate and much friendlier than the mega ship trend going on now. Unfortunately I think Viking Ocean Cruises has spoiled me to my old favorites Princess and Royal Caribbean. I believe that Viking will be seeing more of me, they are the best that I have cruised with. Thank you Viking Ocean Cruises for an enjoyable and memorable experience! Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We have been on numerous cruises on many different lines, and we think Viking tops them all. Embarkation was inviting, efficient, and organized. Tours at every port were on time, well-led by absolutely outstanding tour guides and ... Read More
We have been on numerous cruises on many different lines, and we think Viking tops them all. Embarkation was inviting, efficient, and organized. Tours at every port were on time, well-led by absolutely outstanding tour guides and well-organized. I keep saying organized, but Viking never leaves a passenger wondering or wandering. Guides in the ports are clearly marked. Embarkation and disembarkation features many Viking stafff holding signs "pointing the way" to the 'correct' bus. The Viking Sea is elegant and spotless from stem to stern. No casino was a welcome gift. No photographer in your face every day and selling pictures was another welcome gift. An all-adult cruise line was another welcome gift. We dined in each of the four restaurants during our cruise; the food was superior, and the service was equal. I could go on and on listing individual servers and crew who deserve our highest accolades. They are superbly trained and superbly helpful and generous with their time, service, and interminably kind demeanor. Our Deluxe cabin had a spacious balcony which we enjoyed. The bed was most comfortable, and there was a large wardrobe, and plenty of drawer space. My wife and I are professional musicians, and the entertainment was top drawer. For example, a young tenor singing "Nessun Dorma" is a rarity on a cruise ship, but Constantine 'nailed it' (and I have accompanied many a singer twice or thrice Constantine's age that didn't sing it any better). My wife and I would go on a Viking cruise again in a heartbeat...we're already scheming, in fact, to see if we can manage a trip on Viking's next new ship in 2017 (this was the maiden voyage of the Viking Sea, and we are eager to see the Viking Sky and the Viking Sun, one each in 2017 and 2018). 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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