7 Viking Ocean Viking Sea Cruise Reviews for Fitness Cruises to Mediterranean

This was my spouse and my second cruise aboard the Viking Sea in four months. We had such a wonderful time on the first cruise, we couldn't resist the promotion to take another. The Viking Sea is like a luxurious boutique hotel on the ... Read More
This was my spouse and my second cruise aboard the Viking Sea in four months. We had such a wonderful time on the first cruise, we couldn't resist the promotion to take another. The Viking Sea is like a luxurious boutique hotel on the ocean. The ship's common areas are numerous and unmatched by any I've seen. The staterooms are nicely appointed and comfortable, with heated floors in the spacious bathrooms. Customer service aboard the ship is incredible. And one of the advantages of sailing the same ship is you get to sail with many of the same crew and staff, with which you have already developed a relationship. It was somewhat of a comfortable reunion. The itinerary of this particular cruise included stops in Valletta, Malta, Tunis, Tunisia, and Algiers, Algeria....exotic places I never thought I would visit. These ports of calls/excursions were very exciting and culturally enriching. Other stops included Cagliari, Italy, Valencia, Spain, with disembarkation in Barcelona. Although the Viking Sea is considered a small ship, accommodating a little over 900 guests, the number of quality entertainment options and activities are astounding. Absolutely lovely cruise! Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We have been on several Viking river cruises and enjoyed them, but this ship had a good layout with an excellent spa. The stationery bicycles in gym should have TV stations as in the room. Excellent array of food.Staff very ... Read More
We have been on several Viking river cruises and enjoyed them, but this ship had a good layout with an excellent spa. The stationery bicycles in gym should have TV stations as in the room. Excellent array of food.Staff very attentive.Good airport pickup. Entertainment was low key and enjoyable. The bus service from ports was on time and clean, however rest rooms in the buses would be a good idea and would cut down on stops. Even though the ship was at capacity for the most part it did not give you the feeling of being overcrowded.Although the man dining room had excellent food, the specialty dining was a real treat. Everything on the ship was in good working order, however the "snow room" was out of order for this cruise, a minor inconvenience. Being Jewish the crew was very attentive in preparing a room with wine and Challah to enhance the Shabbat experience. I have taken many cruises and this was one of the best. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Exiting ports of call & two ports in Africa Beautiful new ship with amazing crew Air transportation included with very few & necessary connections. Excellent pre boarding arrangements & timely document delivery ... Read More
Exiting ports of call & two ports in Africa Beautiful new ship with amazing crew Air transportation included with very few & necessary connections. Excellent pre boarding arrangements & timely document delivery Cruise ship with modern & excellent Nordic design as well as decorations Tasteful entertainment Fulfilling & informative lectures Free & fast internet connections almost throughout the cruise Great combination of casual & formal dining. My wife is a vegetarian & her needs were met at all times with smile & no fuss. Attentive & pleasant staff. Free & informative tours at almost all ports. Paid tours excellent alternative. Excellent gym, workout rooms, sauna etc. Room service with smile Free & excellent transport to the airport after the cruise. Ship layout easy & tastefully done.All rooms had balcony & we were constantly updated on points of interest along the way by public announcement. Overall one of the best cruise experience and am looking forward to my trips with this excellent company Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We chose this cruise because it was for New Year's in the Mediterranean and we wanted something different for New Year's 2017. Traveled without children. (The cruise was from Barcelona Spain, Toulon France, Monte Carlo Monaco, ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was for New Year's in the Mediterranean and we wanted something different for New Year's 2017. Traveled without children. (The cruise was from Barcelona Spain, Toulon France, Monte Carlo Monaco, Florence/Pisa Italy, Rome Italy, Valletta Malta, Tunis/La Goulette Tunisia, Valeencia Spain and back to Barcelona, Spain.) We arrived in Barcelona, Spain and were greeted by Viking personnel and transported to the ship 'Viking Sea' which was docked in the harbor. We booked a Veranda BUT were upgraded to a Penthouse Veranda, absolutely wonderful. Left the port the second night for Toulon France, when the Turbine went Kaboom. The Captain assured us that the ship was SAFE, and the Engineers are working on the problem. Next morning we woke up and we were in Barcelona,Spain harbor. The announcement came and 2 options were provided (ship was still save). Returned to Barcelona vs, Toulon harbor because of the repair that needed to be done. Option 1 - Return back home as soon as Airline reservation can be obtained and receive money back plus 50%. Option 2 - Stay on the ship for the endurance of the cruise in Barcelona and receive money back plus 50%. We decided to stay for the endurance of the trip. Viking provided daily additional shore excursions, shuttle service to go into town, live entertainment on ship, lectures, and other arrangements. The trip was wonderful!!! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We chose this, our first cruise, in particular because it traveled to Israel, where day excursions took us to many places in the holy land we never thought we would ever see. Originally starting from Istanbul, we could tell the few new ... Read More
We chose this, our first cruise, in particular because it traveled to Israel, where day excursions took us to many places in the holy land we never thought we would ever see. Originally starting from Istanbul, we could tell the few new port changes in itinerary were meant to fill in for days we were meant to spend elsewhere. We chose Viking because emphasis is on experiences at the destinations, not the Mickey Mouse review or the extreme water slide. (Nothing wrong with that if you have a young family.) I particularly appreciated the ability to use their travel service (for a very reasonable charge) to make our atypical flight arrangements. We arrived in Athens two days before boarding the ship, to account for any airline equipment issues, and to take a day to explore. After the cruise terminated in Rome, we spent another week in Italy, flying home out of Venice. Viking made all the arrangements without hesitation. Viking's agent called us a few weeks before our trip with an offer to upgrade cabins. We negotiated a good price, and moved from a standard cabin to a penthouse junior suite. This was key to enjoying the trip so much more, as it was half again larger than our original room, included daily laundry services, and a wonderful steward who took such good care of us. The room was spotless and always freshened, and amenities almost new. Our in-room services were personal, always cheerful, and complete. The bathroom was large, included a double-sized shower and towel warming racks. Again, storage was more than we needed. Dining options spanned a wide range of cuisine, from hot dogs and burgers to sushi to fine dining. While mostly good, onboard meals will leave true foodies a bit underwhelmed. But that's forgivable when you're trying to serve a thousand people several times a day. We ordered in-room dining for a couple of breakfasts when our excursions were early. They arrived at or before the requested time, complete, and well-prepared. We normally don't seek out entertainment options, so I can't really speak to that. However, I/we attended several speaker sessions, and found them excellent pre- or post-excursion talks. Shore excursions were well planned, and led by extremely knowledgeable guides. Group sizes were however many could fit on the bus (about 25 people). I was grateful for the short-range radio transmitters used on all excursions. Each passenger was given a receiver and an in-ear monitor, allowing everyone to hear the guide as he/she spoke in normal tones. Unfortunately, there were some places where it would have been nice to spend more time, but, trips like this are meant to provide a glimpse into these historic locations. We can (and will) return another time. The excursion to Galilee, Jerusalem, and Bethlehem was a very long day. I wished we had had two days to cover this religiously significant area. When we weren't on shore, there were abundant books to choose from. I was surprised by one aspect of the cruise, that being nearly all the passengers were American. I hoped for a greater cultural diversity to enrich the experience, but I confirmed with our steward (who has worked Viking cruises around the world) that, regardless of trip, Americans fill the cabins almost exclusively. When we felt like being away from crowds, it was easy to find many comfortable places on the ship where we wouldn't see another soul. There we would sit in the sun and read. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
A group invited us to join them and we were already familiar with the quality of the Viking Experience. But this was above and beyond! This was their inaugural sailing, supposedly to work out the "bugs". But where were the ... Read More
A group invited us to join them and we were already familiar with the quality of the Viking Experience. But this was above and beyond! This was their inaugural sailing, supposedly to work out the "bugs". But where were the bugs? We didn't see any. The embarkation port was not availble to tour with Viking and we left Istanbul as soon as all were on board, due to safety concerns about the situation in Istanbul at the time. Everthing went like clockwork. But Viking came up with another treat, a call at the port near Troy, which we would not have probably ever toured had this not occured. It was not as "touristy" a stop, very educational, and while we were disappointed about missing Istanbul, it was a worthy substitute. No kids! Yeah! Love kids, but this is not a cruise for them and the ability to find some quiet space for a nap, or a good book, was most relaxing. Tea in the afternoon was very special, with lovely strings in the background. The spa, fitness center, steam room were top notch, and we both used their facilities daily. Educational topics were raised before each landing, advising us quite well on navigating the upcoming shore adventures. Most excursions were well done, and when we expressed a disappointment about one of them, we were accorded a complete refund when we had not even asked for one. I suspect that guide will not be working for them again. Our room was state of the art with all we could have desired. If there was a need (I cannot think of one) our steward was always availble with the most cheerful, friendly demeanor. Everything was spotless, and I miss the attentiveness to our comfort. And the food! That was another delight. Our group of 8 cornered the market in the "special dining areas" and they were very accommodating. We could not have asked for more (except dessert!). One of the most impressive experiences was when we disembarked in Venice, a lady fell. Viking employees were right there, had an ambulance, off to the hospital for a thorough checkup and then within less than three hours, back to the airport and on our flight home. Her daughter was with her, they were accompanied all the time by Viking employees and her daughter's remarks were very favorable as to the caring, effiicient, treatment Viking had provided. And would we go again? We are desperately trying right now to get on the Viking Sky which is completely booked. Sure would! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
My wife and I retired in the summer of 2009, up to that point I had never taken a cruise. My main reason was that I didn’t want to be stuck on a ship with nothing to do. Well I must say, was I ever wrong. We have since taken eight ... Read More
My wife and I retired in the summer of 2009, up to that point I had never taken a cruise. My main reason was that I didn’t want to be stuck on a ship with nothing to do. Well I must say, was I ever wrong. We have since taken eight cruises to date, with more planned in the future. Our first experience with Viking was a City Lights River Cruise, from Paris to Prague. Needless to say it was an amazing trip. The views along the Rivers were spectacular as well as the ports we docked in. When it came time for our excursions, they were extremely well planned. I was impressed by the way the crew members who went on our excursions looked after us and made sure no one got lost. Back on board the food was great as well as the entertainment and sleeping accommodations. I have always wanted to explore the Mediterranean via a cruise ship and when we heard that Viking had just introduced the Viking Star, we booked our cruise a year and half ahead of time. When it came time for our cruise we were once again extremely impressed. Upon our arrival at the Istanbul airport, we were met by Viking representatives and escorted to our bus. From there we were driven to our ship and upon arrival at the terminal were quickly processed and boarded the ship “The Viking Sea”. The system they have for scanning our photographs and activating our room cards was completed in an instant. Once on the ship we were kept informed on all activities via scheduled talks in the theater or simply by utilizing our television in our cabin, were we were able to view events, movies, major network stations, planned excursions, recent presentations and even an up to date breakdown of our account. When it came to our scheduled excursions, once again it was a seamless process. We received cards for our excursions as well as a daily sheet with scheduled events. Once we showed up at our meeting place, we were escorted out within five minutes and taken to our assigned busses for our event. The listening devices that were issued were amazing, allowing us to hear everything from our guide while on our excursion. Speaking of excursions, there were numerous ones to choose from on every port we visited. I was most impressed upon our return to the ship where were greeted by the Viking crew giving out champagne, towels, music, dancing etc. To date the staff of Viking are second to none! At the end of each excursion we were given sheets to rate our excursion, which I know are carefully scrutinized by staff to determine which ones to keep as well as which ones to discard. Our dining experience was pretty much the same as on other cruises however, the free unlimited wine as well as beer served with lunch and dinner made it more special. Our waitress “Maria” was phenomenal, which made our dining experience that much more special. Half way through our twenty-day cruise we were met by six other family members. We requested a table for eight as well as Maria and were granted both. We had such a good time at dinner with Maria that we cancelled some of our request for other restaurants The day our other family members were scheduled to board the ship I advised Mohamad our assigned housekeeping person of their pending arrival. He made of point of getting their cabins ready and they were able to utilize them much earlier than scheduled. We found Mohamed quite expedient in caring for our cabin and was always available to tend to our needs. When it came to doing laundry, we made of point of timing it and never had to wait for a machine to become available. What made it even nicer was the free detergent. The ship is much smaller than a regular cruise ships and when it came to entertainment, it was every bit as good as any larger ship. I was impressed by the digital stage backdrop that constantly changed as each event unfolded. The entertainment staff were extremely talented and after each show were available for greetings and questions. We found ourselves being entertained during lunch, tea time as well in the lobby. It seemed that there was always something going on. We discovered that the passengers were for the most part older with very few young couples. However, it was the right fit for us as it was a more relaxing and subdued. This also was to my advantage when it came time to utilizing the gym. Although there were usually persons there working out, I never had to wait for the equipment. We are looking forward to booking another cruise with Viking in the future. I know that with Vikings continuous strive towards perfection as well as the extremely friendly and professional staff we won’t be disappointed. 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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