29 Viking Ocean Viking Sea Group and Theme Cruise Reviews

Numb, as in unbelievable, Numb as in over whelming, Numb as in booked another cruise with Viking for next year. We had seen the TV documentary "Mighty Ships" showcasing the "Viking Sky" and a week later were booked ... Read More
Numb, as in unbelievable, Numb as in over whelming, Numb as in booked another cruise with Viking for next year. We had seen the TV documentary "Mighty Ships" showcasing the "Viking Sky" and a week later were booked for our cruise on the "Sea", I had Viking do all our bookings for our transportation to Oslo, as well as our Oslo and Bergen extensions. We were not disappointed, as everything went well, with ground transportation, the 2 hotels we stayed in, as well as the train trip between Oslo and Bergen. I beloved they saved us about $4,000 Cdn, (for 2 people) as I booked the airfare using a dummy account, and was well satisfied with the outcome, and that didn't include booking hotels or train trip. Upon our arrival at the cruise terminal, we were informed we would leave Bergen a day early (disappointed) and miss the Shetland and Faroe Islands (disappointed), but would have two extra ports in Iceland (Wow), due to stormy seas as the remainder of Hurricane Dorian hit the area. A few other changes were made due to rough seas, but Viking and the Captain made the changes ahead of time, allowing replacements and relocations so our cruise wasn't days at seas. This allowed us to cross the Arctic Circle, and spend extra time in Iceland, a place we might have never returned to, as well attended to the safety of the ship and passengers / crew aboard. I have mobility issues and use a walker. The tours we took, were OK for our limits, as we were allowed to wander at our own speed and were given a time and place to meet, which we adhered to. Getting on and off the ship was a breeze, except at Quebec City. I knew, as Viking stipulates in their "FAQ" area, you are responsible for getting yourself off and on without crew assistance, but at Quebec City no wanted to take my walker on or off, and it was a long stand waiting while the walker sat on the pier. The boarding ramp also in Quebec City was not handicap friendly due to the small steps (my ability of using steps, not the port or ship or anyone else's ability). All other ports, crew couldn't have been nicer or more obliging getting the walker on and off, and assisting on ramps and tenders. The ship was beautiful, simple lines but very elegant. We had so much space and a good choice of areas to sit, depending the mood and what we wanted to see or the hear the music provided by the onboard musicians. The "Living Room" was divided into smaller sitting rooms (about 8 to 10 seats), each with art work, a multitude of reading material, ornaments on tables and shelves and thro-blankets and cushions giving a very warm and at home feeling. The food overall, was very good, sometimes things weren't great or what we expected but that's standard wherever you go or even at home. The "Restaurant" had wonderful choices, with standard fare on the left side of the menu and seasonal / regional choices on the right side. We mostly ate from the right side, and enjoyed what we ordered. Service was professional, and the odd time things did get dis-jointed, but we always got what we wanted, and if something was forgotten, it was there in seconds. We never left hungry. "World Cafe" had a nice choice of foods, and they would prepare to order. We only had lunch there, as we preferred the "Restaurant" where portions are controlled, as we always filled our plates way to much, and hate to waste food. "Manfretti's" was wonderful, especially the rib-eye steak, but learned we can order or split portions if we choose. We were very pleased we could have 4 dinners there. We had one dinner at the "Chef's Table", which was Asian and wonderful, but we choose not to return for the Mexican themed dinner. At both specialty restaurants, the servers explained the menu to us in great detail, as well as the wines we ordered. We paid for the "Silver Spirits" package which included upgraded wines at meals, and any alcohol or soft drinks on board. The jury is still out, whether we would get it again. I kept of tally of what we ordered, and we broke even. The upgraded wines aren't a big deal for us, and we are not big drinkers, but ordered a few specialty drinks we wouldn't of had if we were paying for each drink. However, it was nice knowing you wouldn't get a large bill at the end. The crew were "amazing" and everyone on board made our holiday special, from their hellos in the hallways or greeting us by name in the food and bar service areas. They remembered our likes or dislikes or could predict whether we were having 2 black coffees or 2 Absolute and tonic. High Points: 1) no children 2) no up-selling 3) included internet (worked well most of the time) 4) no photography or photographers in your face 5) treated like responsible adults (not to many party people on board) 6) no pushing future cruises, it was made known you could book on ship (which we did because we wanted to, not because of pressure) There is much more to tell, bu the highlight was, Viking did us well, and we look forward to our next cruise in June 2020. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We chose this cruise as a way to spend some time with dear friends. The primary driver was the itinerary, but we were also looking for a ship that would not overwhelm us with vast numbers of people and activities as the primary ... Read More
We chose this cruise as a way to spend some time with dear friends. The primary driver was the itinerary, but we were also looking for a ship that would not overwhelm us with vast numbers of people and activities as the primary attractions were the destinations. The ship was wonderful as were the people serving us. Our cabin attendants were exceptional and the food and service throughout the ship were fantastic. We ate at all the restaurants on board and without exception I can say the quality was excellent, the best I have ever had on any previous cruise with other companies. There was plenty to do each day of the trip and always easy to find a private space to enjoy the journey. We really enjoyed the included tours and they were all expertly organized and completed on time. We will definitely return for another cruise in the future. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
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 traveled aboard the Viking Sea on their Eastern Seaboard tour beginning in New York City with stops in Boston, Halifax, Gaspe and Saguenay, Quebec, Quebec City and Montreal where we disembarked. Through Viking, we added a five night ... Read More
We traveled aboard the Viking Sea on their Eastern Seaboard tour beginning in New York City with stops in Boston, Halifax, Gaspe and Saguenay, Quebec, Quebec City and Montreal where we disembarked. Through Viking, we added a five night package to Ottawa and Toronto. At each port of call, an excursion is included in the price of the cruise. Additionally, there are many other tours one can purchase depending on past experience and special interests one might have. We love Viking and this was our third ocean cruise. We have also been on three river cruises with Viking. We had the “penthouse veranda” and we loved this cabin. There is more space and it is worth the extra money. There are several restaurants to choose from with two of them—Manfredi’s and The Chef’s Table—needing reservations. There is no extra charge for the specialty restaurants. Included with lunch and dinner are wine and beer also at no additional charge. The food is very good at all of the restaurants. My husband did not like one evening meal—poached salmon. Other than that, we joyed every meal. Service is excellent on Viking ships and the vessels are spotless. We are big fans of Viking and will return in 2020 for their Australia and New Zealand itinerary. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
In the Wake of the Vikings - Ocean Cruise (Sep 2018) Sep 01 - SAN DIEGO - FRANKFURT * Flew on Lufthansa First Class (excellent service) * Arrived in Frankfurt and was met at the plane with a wheel chair for Glenn and full ... Read More
In the Wake of the Vikings - Ocean Cruise (Sep 2018) Sep 01 - SAN DIEGO - FRANKFURT * Flew on Lufthansa First Class (excellent service) * Arrived in Frankfurt and was met at the plane with a wheel chair for Glenn and full assistance transporting us to our departure gate. (Excellent service) Had a couple of hours layover in Frankfurt. Ate lunch at airport. Sep 02 - FRANKFURT - OSLO * Flew to Oslo, Norway (short flight) * Our arrival was late afternoon. * Transfer from Airport to Hotel - provided by Viking - Private Mercedes Benz Limo. * Joe Christian was our driver. (Exceptional service) * Hotel was excellent. * Due to our arrival in the early evening our visit to Oslo was limited. Sep 03 - OSLO - BERGEN * Breakfast at hotel (Food was delicious, procedure for seating in dining room was chaotic) * Transfer from Hotel to Train Station via included Bus tour of Oslo - (Tour Guide was very good) * Train to Bergen - There was confusion regarding the seating on the train. * (The arrangement for lunch on board was unexpected, but the boxed food was hot and good) * Transfer from Train Station to Hotel did not go well. (Guide was late, unapologetic and very unprepared. * Bus driver and passengers were kept waiting with no explanation from the Guide). * Hotel was excellent. We had dinner in the bar as the dining room was full. Sep 04 - BERGEN * Breakfast at hotel (excellent) * Transfer to from Hotel to Ship via included Bus Tour of Bergen did not go well. * Tour Guide was not organized, very difficult to understand. * We literally drove in circles and passed the same locations two and three times. As a result we were not able to spend sufficient time at the Gamle Bergen Open Air Museum * Tour Guide did not clearly point out the difficulty of negotiating the open air museum to our physically challenged passengers. * This included tour has the potential to be so much better. Sep 05 - BERGEN * Breakfast on Ship * We chose to walk on our own from Ship to Funicular in the morning * Strolled through town back to ship seeing some sites along the way * Set sail in the evening for Lerwick, Shetland Islands (UK) Sep 06 - LERWICK - SHETLAND ISLANDS * We chose to skip the tours and took a shuttle bus from the dock to Downtown Lerwick. * We strolled the streets and enjoyed our visit. Sep 07 - TORSHAVN - FAROE ISLANDS ALTERNATE PORT - KOLLAFJORDUR * Our cruise hit a major snag here. After the Captain docked, he was informed by the port authority that we could not dock there. Apparently the dock was double booked and our ship eventually (after 2 hours of discussions) had to relocate to another port on the island. * After relocating we were finally able to disembark and take a two hour bus tour of the area. OK but nothing to write home about. Captain to be commended for his handling of the situation. * Sad thing was the town of Torshavn lost out on our visit entirely. And some of the tours had to be cancelled. * The alternate port was nothing more than a dock and no village. * Very disappointed that none of us were able to visit Torshavn due to the dispute with the port. Sep 08 - AT SEA Sep 09 - REYKJAVIK, ICELAND * We docked without incident at this port. * Glenn took a bus tour of the city. * Pat went to the Blue Lagoon. Very well done with one exception - we were told to bring a towel with us to the lagoon. However when we arrived at the lagoon we were informed that towels were provided as part of our tour package. * This was the only port of call where some of us encountered rain. Sep 10 - AT SEA Sep 11 - NANORTALIK, GREENLAND (aborted) ALTERNATIVELY - AT SEA * Due to bad weather conditions in the area it was decided to skip this port and continue to Qaqortoq, Greenland. * As a result we had an extra day at sea. * Because we had the time the captain took us through a couple of magnificent fiords on the way. Sep 12 - QAQORTOQ - GREENLAND * We woke up this morning in this charming village community. * We tendered in. * We opted out of any tours and wandered around the village on our own. * Viking did an excellent job of greeting us on shore. * The weather was picture perfect. Sep 13 - AT SEA Sep 14 - L’ANSE AUX MEADOWS, NEWFOUNDLAND (aborted) ALTERNATE PORT - SAINT ANTHONY, NEWFOUNDLAND * Due to dangerous weather conditions in the area we continued to an alternate port, St. Anthony, which proved to be a delightful and very friendly community. * Glenn stayed on board the ship. * I took a tender into town and did a lot of walking, exploring and hiking. * Another picture perfect day for weather. * This port should be on the itinerary Sep 15 - AT SEA Sep 16 - SAGUENAY, QUEBEC, CANADA * The scenery as we left the Seaway and went up the river to Saguenay was beautiful. * We arrived in the morning to great fanfare. Several of the town folk came to the dock to greet us with dancing and music. * Upon arrival we were taken in busses to a very large auditorium for a major theatrical production. Excellent. * The port provided wheel chair and electric cart service for the physically challenged from and to the ship. * The transfer from ship to theater and back to dock was a bit chaotic, but short. * Back on board we freshened up, had lunch and then did some walking along the harbor. * Our ship had the best docking location. * There were three other ships in port at the same time and they all had to tender in. * Crew and Staff were on shore to welcome us back to ship with music and champagne! * Another picture perfect day for weather. Sep 17 - QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC, CANADA * Pat toured the town on his own including a trip on the funicular and coffee and sandwich at Starbucks. * Glenn took a guided bus tour of the city. Excellent Tour and Tour Guide. * We did not get the ideal docking position but there was a shuttle that transferred us between ship and the city. * We felt that an overnight with an extra day in Quebec City would have been preferred. * Another picture perfect day for weather. Sep 18 - MONTREAL * Arrived in Montreal. Disembarkation went very well. Viking Staff there to help and give directions inside the Terminal. * Short Transfer to Hotel via a large van. * Settled into the Westin hotel and began our explorations on our own. * No included tours here. * We had lunch and dinner at the hotel. * The Hotel and Dining Room was excellent. Sep 19 - MONTREAL - Extended stay * Enjoyed our included breakfast at the Hotel. * We set out on our own and toured the city including a visit to the Bank of Montreal and Notre Dame Basilica. * As suggested by the Hotel concierge we had an excellent lunch at the Portus 360 revolving restaurant with commanding views of the city. * We then continued exploring the city on foot, including a visit to St. Patrick’s Basilica and the Olympic Monument. * We attended the night show AURA at Notre Dame Basilica followed by a delicious dinner back at the hotel. This should be highly recommended to all clients in advance so as to get a seat. Very popular. Reservations should be made well in advance. We purchased our tickets on line from home before the trip. Sep 20 - MONTREAL - PHILADELPHIA - SAN DIEGO * Enjoyed our included breakfast at the Hotel. * After breakfast Pat took one last walk through Montreal Old Town * We had a private included transfer from Hotel to Airport in the afternoon * Flight was late leaving Montreal - no one at the airport kept us informed * Arrived in Philadelphia and was met at the plane with a wheel chair for Glenn and full assistance transporting us to our departure gate. (Excellent service) * Arrived in San Diego late at night and took cab home. The ship - Viking Sea * It is important to note that there was a serious problem on board this ship. Based on our own personal experience and conversations with some of the passengers - there is a noise problem that needs to be addressed. * Our cabin, 4084, was so noisy we could not sleep at night. * We invited engineering into 4084 so they could hear the noise as well and they did. Not at all clear what the cause was but it was intermittent and even occurred when the ship was not moving. It was a very loud booming sound and vibrated one wall in the cabin. * After two nights in that cabin - Viking relocated us to cabin 5026 which was identical to 4084 except without any noise. * The staff was excellent. The public areas were comfortable. * Attention to detail could be better. Example: the tile floor in the World Cafe is chipped and cracked in places and the grouting appears dirty. Food Service & Entertainment * Food on board the ship in the main dining room and the World Cafe was creative and delicious. The food was not often hot and only mildly warm. Warm plates were offered as an alternative to the cold plates under the counters at the buffet. This needs attention and better notice. * For one of the meals in the main Dining Room Glenn had to ask the waiter for a replacement of the main course as the one delivered was barely warm. * Meals were creative, excellent presentation and flavorful. * Eric, the maitre’d, was outstanding. He was attentive and helpful. Prior to the cruise we were not able to get an earlier seating in the Chefs Table and Manfredi’s restaurants. Eric took care of that and we were able to dine earlier. * The Pool Grill provided nice simple options for meals. * The waffles in Mamsen’s were outstanding. * Both Alternative Dining Rooms were excellent. Service excellent and food excellent. * Wintergarden Afternoon Tea very well done. * The Afternoon Brunch in the Wintergarden was outstanding. They did run out of some of the items too soon. * Table 131 in the main Restaurant is a very bad table to sit at. There are glaring fluorescent lights from the kitchen area visible in parts of the dining area. Recommend a modification so the light is not visible to guests. * Entertainment on board was good. Drew, the Cruise Director, was amazing. His ability to sing, play musical instruments and his knowledge of the ports we visited - incredible. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
The Amazon always sounded so exotic to me and when I saw that Viking was doing a 21 day Caribbean to the Amazon it was a must try. Must try because we were on the Viking Sea in Norway July 2017 and were having a wonderful time (save that ... Read More
The Amazon always sounded so exotic to me and when I saw that Viking was doing a 21 day Caribbean to the Amazon it was a must try. Must try because we were on the Viking Sea in Norway July 2017 and were having a wonderful time (save that for another review). We booked on board the Viking Sea during our July cruise and were ready for our adventure 5 months later. The first and last part in the Caribbean were as expected with azure blue seas, tropical breezes and some snorkeling. The hurricane damage from the 2017 season was evident though. We were the only ship in port in St. Thomas. Never before for us! Arriving at the Amazon after 4 days at sea, port of Iles du Salut, French Guiana had to be pasted by due to delay of a container in Barbados. Major disappointment for most on board. Continuing 1000 miles roundtrip to Manaus, Brazil with 3 additional stops all hit the low bar. Included tours were below expectations with views of notable buildings only from the outside, slums and dirty rivers seen from the buses. The onboard entertainment with a relatively new cruise director was totally lacking. He told us that the owner of Viking expected us to be racing books. That astounded me! Glad we brought a board game from home or would have been ready to jump ship. The highlight for me was the Piranha fishing in Santarem, Brazil that I paid extra for. Viking has moved low on our list now but still have a 23 day river and pre-cruise scheduled with them this summer. This was our 39th cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
A chance to see and experience the amazing Amazon was the draw. The boat, the food, the cabin, the on board service - and the Amazon River - was excellent. FIRST CLASS. The on shore tours were generally mediocre. While this was ... Read More
A chance to see and experience the amazing Amazon was the draw. The boat, the food, the cabin, the on board service - and the Amazon River - was excellent. FIRST CLASS. The on shore tours were generally mediocre. While this was Viking's first time in the Amazon - IT SHOWED. Not even close to our experience on other Viking tours. (One big exception was the outstanding local pageant in Parentis. That was exceptional. The rest left much to be desired.) Many of the local guides were not at all fluent in English. The "Included" tour in Belem was a "march to hell". Virtually no commentary while walking (understandable, because we ran). Pleas to "slow down, you have a group of seniors" went unheeded. The shipboard lectures, however were top draw... as I would have expected from Viking. We took the Viking Montreal to NYC cruise last year. The experience was excellent. That is why we signed up for the Amazon. A real disappointment. The experience vs cost makes me seriously question another Viking Ocean cruise Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
My wife and I, both in our 70's made the cruise. Our pre-cruise visit to Bergen was great. We had Viking plan the air, which was a mistake. They routed us through Heathrow, which I avoid based on experience several years ago. It has ... Read More
My wife and I, both in our 70's made the cruise. Our pre-cruise visit to Bergen was great. We had Viking plan the air, which was a mistake. They routed us through Heathrow, which I avoid based on experience several years ago. It has gotten worse. It took over an hour standing in line with our carry-on luggage to get on a bus to take us from Terminal 3 to Terminal 5. We had reserved the Hotel Oleana in Bergen. It was conveniently located, nice staff, but the furnishings were spartan. Good weather and we ate well in the 3 days there before we boarded the ship. I thought embarkation went smoothly but my wife disagrees. We both were very happy with our stateroom, especially the heated bathroom floor. Wish I had one at home. I screwed up, not having looked at the ships plans/specifications enough beforehand. I thought it would be too cool to use the pool, so didn't pack a bathing suit. But the main pool and it's hot tub were protected and there were two more hot tubs plus the two pools and the sauna in the spa. Dining was great, with several options. I regret that they did not offer more choices of joining others when we went into The Restaurant. We met fewer other cruise travelers than we have on other cruises. We both took advantage of the talks and enjoyed them a lot. One speaker was so good that I regretted I was not going to be on the next leg (to New York) to hear some scheduled for it. All of the crew were helpful and pleasant to deal with. Security process for exiting and reboarding at the port stops was very efficient. I appreciated the steps they went to to help us keep our hands clean and prevent the spread of disease. There were several locations outside of the staterooms where people could relax and read. An ample number of books were available at multiple locations. In many of these one could be close enough to the performing musicians to have the music in the background. All of the musicians were top notch. Portable hearing sets were available to help people hear the excursion guides but they were awkward to use and were unnecessary except on one tour I went on. The size of the ship is large enough to have great facilities but small enough to go places larger ships cannot visit. We were already book for a Spring 2018 cruise on the Viking Sea when we booked this one. We liked it enough to book a cruise on the Viking Orion in December 2018. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
This was our 3rd Viking trip--two on riverboats and this one on an ocean cruise. We boarded the Viking Sea in Stockholm and spent 14 days visiting countries along the Baltic Sea. My husband has a rare form of Parkinson's Disease, ... Read More
This was our 3rd Viking trip--two on riverboats and this one on an ocean cruise. We boarded the Viking Sea in Stockholm and spent 14 days visiting countries along the Baltic Sea. My husband has a rare form of Parkinson's Disease, but he was able to participate in all embarkations and disembarkations, except for one when a rope handle entry ramp was used instead of the usual hard handle. The food was outstanding and we, of course. indulged ourselves a little more than needed. Both the ship and our cabin were kept in immaculate cleanliness and order by skilled, friendly cleaning people. Service was excellent. Someone was always there to meet our every need. The social director kept us well informed of all events and activities and made sure we met at the appropriate time for our group to go ashore. All shore excursions were led by guides who lived in the area, so each guide was quite knowledgeable about the history and events of the city and/or area in which we were traversing. A large number of additional excursions could be selected in addition to the included ones. We consider this one of the best trips we have had to date and we would definitely do a Viking excursion again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We chose the trip based on a review of the itinerary, the reputation of Viking, reasonable pricing and the accommodations. My friends, my wife and I enjoyed all of the included tours as well as the optional tours. The crew was ... Read More
We chose the trip based on a review of the itinerary, the reputation of Viking, reasonable pricing and the accommodations. My friends, my wife and I enjoyed all of the included tours as well as the optional tours. The crew was exemplary. The food was always perfect! The gym and spa proved to be extraordinary experiences! We survived the cold water bucket and the snow grotto! The lockers with the robes and sandals made all the difference in the world. Thank goodness for the Laundromats! We did not use them often, but they sure came in handy when we needed them! A singing cruise director was a novel experience. The tour guides all did a terrific job in keeping us together and interested. We took time with our friends to visit sites and restaurants on our own and had great experiences in each city. We look forward to future cruises with Viking and have let all our USA friends know about our great experience! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
First the food was over the top. Been on 10 Celebrity Cruises and Celebrity can't compare with the food, specialty restaurants, etc. The excursion and the daily lectures were very informative. The room, the pool, the lounges, the ... Read More
First the food was over the top. Been on 10 Celebrity Cruises and Celebrity can't compare with the food, specialty restaurants, etc. The excursion and the daily lectures were very informative. The room, the pool, the lounges, the exercise facilities were all great. Have taken over 10 Celebrity cruises and loved them all but this was our first Viking Ocean cruise and it was everything I expected plus more. Can't say enough about the food. Lunches, dinners, and even breakfast was something we looked forward to every day. And no charge for the specialty restaurants ... that's something celebrity doesn't offer. The other thing about Viking is they do not nickel and dime you like Celebrity. Water to take on the excursions-no charge. Specialty restaurants-charge. Excursions - no charge for o ne excursions per port of call. The passengers are a little older but that's OK. We found couples around our age (65) so it all worked out. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We wanted to see the Scandinavian countries and St. Petersburg so we chose this cruise which stopped in Sweden, Finland, Russia, Germany, Denmark and Norway. The cruise was great the only negative part was not getting to see the ... Read More
We wanted to see the Scandinavian countries and St. Petersburg so we chose this cruise which stopped in Sweden, Finland, Russia, Germany, Denmark and Norway. The cruise was great the only negative part was not getting to see the Polish port due to mechanical problems. The substitute of a small Danish island was nice but we would have rather seen Gdańsk. The included tours give one an overview of the port cities and when supplemented with additional tours more than fill the time at any port. The size of the ship allows docking in the center of most cities which enhances the overall experience. Our accommodations were perfect and the overall experience was very enjoyable. This was our second Viking cruise and are now looking forward to our third. That in itself should tell anyone that we enjoy Viking cruises. I would be remiss in this review not to mention the excellent staff and crew. They really seem to enjoy waiting on you and making your experience something special. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Good cruise, great food and wonderful cabin. A few of the included tours didn't meet the standards for the rest of the cruise. Especially in Porto, the tour guide did not need the level of the tour guides in other cities. Had a ... Read More
Good cruise, great food and wonderful cabin. A few of the included tours didn't meet the standards for the rest of the cruise. Especially in Porto, the tour guide did not need the level of the tour guides in other cities. Had a great time in Paris, the tour guide was very knowledgeable. Food on the shop was was great! The spa was very comforting as well. This is our second Viking Ocean Cruise and I rate them very highly. Suburb quality. Met several wonderful people in the wait staff. Going off season was not a disadvantage. We dressed accordingly and had a wonderful visit. Actually much better than in season when the temperature is much hotter. I love Barcelona! All of the sightseeing is great there. I'm a fan of Gaudi. He's absolutely fantastic. What a great mind! Service in the restaurant is fabulous, the quality of the food in restaurant is suburb. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We preferred the Viking river cruises but decided to try this one because it included Dobovnic, my husband's roots. It felt like we were on the river boat and included all the amenities we have come to expect. The ship was beautiful ... Read More
We preferred the Viking river cruises but decided to try this one because it included Dobovnic, my husband's roots. It felt like we were on the river boat and included all the amenities we have come to expect. The ship was beautiful and never felt crowded like other cruise companies. The service was perfect and the young lady who cared for us and our stateroom treated us like family, paying special attention to my elderly husbands wants and needs. Shore excursions were educational and interesting as we had never been to that part of the world. The meals were exquisite and special including a surprise celebration from the staff to celebrate our 39th wedding anniversary. The stateroom was comfortable and spacious and well appointed with very comfortable furniture. We really enjoyed the spa with its massages and saunas. The disembarkation went very smoothly, not the usual cattle call and luggage hunt that occurs on other ocean going boats. We can't wait for our next Viking experience. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
This was the first time on a Viking ship although we have taken several river cruises with Viking before. My wife and I wanted to try the Viking Sea because it was a small ship with less than 1,00 travelers and the itinerary looked ... Read More
This was the first time on a Viking ship although we have taken several river cruises with Viking before. My wife and I wanted to try the Viking Sea because it was a small ship with less than 1,00 travelers and the itinerary looked interesting. It was surprising how beautiful the ship was. The cabin room were more than adequate and the house keeping staff did an amazing job in cleaning and preparing our room. The lounges were comfortable with gorgeous views when looking out towards the sea. Enjoyable were the daily afternoon teas with snacks.There were several eating areas one could choose from whether it was breakfast, lunch or dinner. Th daily menu had an excellent choice of delicious food. There were also two specialty restaurants, one Italian and the other Oriental, that one had to make a reservation. All meals included a choice of wines. Heather Clancy did a remarkable job in keeping everyone advise as to what was going for the days activity and kept things organized so that there were no surprises. She also performed in a one person show that was most enjoyable and displayed her amazing talent as a singer and performer.She had a unique sense of humor and was truly a great and valuable asset to the ship's schedule and itinerary. The nightly entertainment by the other professional men and women was very entertaining. Of note was Alexis Semevolos singing "Time To Say Good-by" that was beautifully done and brought the house standing to their feet chanting for more. The cities we visited along the Adriatic Sea were interesting and were of historical significance. The most impressive cities were Santorini, Olympia and Athens (with 4 day extension which included a trip to Mycenae and Epidavros). The Greek and Roman civilizations which goes back to the 8th century BC still have a profound affect on our life today. This was a trip filled with interesting cities beautiful scenery sailing the Adriatic Sea and an abundance of ancient history. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
My husband and I chose this cruise as we love the Viking River cruises. The ship is beautiful, well appointed and easy to navigate. Well done!!! We enjoyed the game tables that helped pass time at our at sea day. We found that ... Read More
My husband and I chose this cruise as we love the Viking River cruises. The ship is beautiful, well appointed and easy to navigate. Well done!!! We enjoyed the game tables that helped pass time at our at sea day. We found that the ship's restaurant and Chef's Table staff are still learning the art of serving and customer service. Rather being served all at once at a large table, some waited for over 5 minutes for everyone to get their meal while our food got cold waiting for everyone to begin. Some staff offered many excuses rather than taking decisive action. The Restaurant was soooo loud it was like we were having a shouting match to hear. We found Manfredi's staff the best on the ship, very efficient and pleasant. We don't normally like buffet dining but we chose the World Cafe several evenings because it was quiet and the wait staff very friendly, attentive and accommodating. The food prepared on the Aft Terrace was always cold because of the weather. Perhaps, close it if temperatures do not permit a pleasant experience. Breakfast Room Service was always great and timely. We were anxious to feel the same "Valued Customer" feelings as we had onboard your River Cruises.Unfortunately, the sequence for booking excursions was extremely disappointing. If we didn't pay the higher stateroom cost, we got locked out of some of the optional excursions which forced us to find a private Tour Guide. It made us feel less than Valued Customers. We found out the Algiers Casbah excursion only had 60 seats. This is not very equitable for the other 800 passengers. 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 choose this cruise to celebrate the anniversaries oft of the couples in our group. The beginnings of the cruise were wonderful. The ship and cabins are great. the crew is very good and made every effort to provide a wonderful ... Read More
We choose this cruise to celebrate the anniversaries oft of the couples in our group. The beginnings of the cruise were wonderful. The ship and cabins are great. the crew is very good and made every effort to provide a wonderful experience. On the third day of the cruise the port promotions system failed and we were force to return to Barcelona and end the trip. Viking did their best to make this bad situation as good as possible. The service never changed even after they said we would get a full refund. the only weak point was Viking air. The return flights they found made for a very difficult and tiring trip. I realize it was a bad time of year but would like them to tell me what the new flights look like before I give up my old. I would have stayed more days rather than take the flights provided. Still like Viking and am going to take another cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
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
I'm a huge history and ancient mythology student and "fan". We went to so many of the places I've always dreamt of seeing. We could have had two days in Rome to have been able to see more of that wonderful city. ... Read More
I'm a huge history and ancient mythology student and "fan". We went to so many of the places I've always dreamt of seeing. We could have had two days in Rome to have been able to see more of that wonderful city. Every location had tours / activities with knowledgeable guides. Only one exception was in Cyprus, the guide was an archeologist in France and merely read the information from the signage, repeated herself, and interested in having coffee and visiting with locals at the sight. With some travels using walkers and canes, she did not insure their safety but let them "explore". Loved Rhodes and the cooking class, the guide with us, gave us hints on the town and shopping, reminded us of our timing and afterward let us shop and walk back to the ship. Jerusalem’s guide respected all religions and answered all questions on the historical locations and made it great. Pompeii was a dream come true to able to walk back in time in a city of pure history, when we were told we were only seeing a section and there were to more explore, let alone that a third remains unexcavated, you felt and were awed by the history. I've many people of the wonderful crew, so helpful and positive, the beauty of the ship, the cultural treasures in music, art and lectures available to you, the availability of the Spa, and lastly the indescribable cuisine available for each meal but particularly for dinner. We felt like we were going to the best restaurants in the Mediterranean every day. Our fellow explorers were as interesting as everything we did and made friends immediately which added to the magical experience. It was a small group of educated adults to share your time with. No children or teens and no hard selling of photos and other “items” so everywhere on cruises made you know that this is a quality experience. I came home planning my next Viking Cruise - No other cruise line could ever match the once in a lifetime experience of a Viking Cruise. You have spoiled my daughter and I for any other cruise be it river or ocean. We are anticipating a special river cruise when my grad-daughter earns her Doctorate in a few years. We can’t wait to enjoy the Viking experience again. Brava! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We have taken 3 river cruises with Viking and been very pleased with the experience, so naturally we considered them when we starting thinking of for a blue water adventure. We were continually amazed at the level of service, the array of ... Read More
We have taken 3 river cruises with Viking and been very pleased with the experience, so naturally we considered them when we starting thinking of for a blue water adventure. We were continually amazed at the level of service, the array of activities available on board and ashore in included and available excursions. A few negatives: 1. On shore experiences the guides spent altogether too much time making local shopping available to the passengers. Naturally, frequent rest room breaks are appreciated; but on a number of the excursions in Greece & Israel particularly, we were obviously & continually being dumped into souvenir shops. Most tourists want to take back souvenir items for themselves and acquaintances, but the amount of time spent in such shops could have been better spent on useful touring. 2. The tour of Haifa's Bahai Gardens is not worth the effort - amounted to peeking thru gates from the top of the hill for 2 minutes. If their religious strictures restrict the access to their facility, the limited time in port would be much better spent elsewhere. 3. In Jerusalem, as my wife is of Armenian heritage, she naturally wanted to visit the Armenian Quarter. There was no tour that offered even a brief foray into that area; therefore, she bolted the tour and ventured on her own to satisfy her desire. She is an experienced traveller and rejoined the tour as agreed after an hour's diversion on her own. You may consider accommodating that need in future tours. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Exceptional choice of ports serving regions of magnificent history and diverse cultures. Our second Viking experience coming after the Budapest to Amsterdam river cruise which was stunning. Fearing (only slightly) this would just have to ... Read More
Exceptional choice of ports serving regions of magnificent history and diverse cultures. Our second Viking experience coming after the Budapest to Amsterdam river cruise which was stunning. Fearing (only slightly) this would just have to be at least a little of a letdown, only because the river cruise was so perfect, we were not disappointed. First class all the way. The Viking Sea is the perfect size for this open water experience. Would recommend in a heartbeat! The staff who greeted us at the airport were highly visible, spoke perfect English and were so friendly and helpful. The same is true of the Viking crew who met us at the embarkation terminal and ushered us aboard ship. Our baggage arrived at our cabin door promptly. Our cabin steward immediately greeted us, carried our bags in and explained all cabin features and nuances. Throughout the entire cruise Jay (I think his name was) served us as though we were royalty. The food and service was top notch. Finally our Captain was utterly professional, and made him accessible and allowed us tours of the engine control room and bridge. FIVE STARS Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
For our 40th wedding anniversary, my wife and decided to take a Mediterranean cruise. I chose Viking because of the reviews. We couldn't have been more pleased with the choice. All the personnel I encountered in the planning stages ... Read More
For our 40th wedding anniversary, my wife and decided to take a Mediterranean cruise. I chose Viking because of the reviews. We couldn't have been more pleased with the choice. All the personnel I encountered in the planning stages were superb. When we arrived in Athens, we were met by Viking porters and were treated very well. Embarkation was smooth and without any issues. The ship was fairly new at the time. I believe it had been in service for just a few months. It was well maintained and looked new. When we arrived at our suite, I realized I made a mistake. The suite was designated as ADA. My wife and I do not need an ADA room. When I asked about being moved to a regular suite, we were moved within an hour to a different suite. The suite was great! King size bed, living area, balcony, a large bathroom with heated floors and a heated towel rack. What more could you ask for? The cabin stewards were excellent. Room service was great! All entertainment we attended was great. A board ship there were a few specialty restaurants (included in cruise fare) where we ate dinner a few times. Service and food was good. We chose to eat most of our meals at the buffet... which was awesome. Every shore excursion we took was great! We visited Athens, Mykonos (Greece), Rhodes, Cyprus, Israel (2 ports), Heraklion (Greece), Naples and Rome. I would have liked to have more time in the Holy Land, but we had been there before. Because we extended our cruise in the final port, we were required to get our own transportation to the B&B. I would highly recommend this cruise, the excursions, and Viking Cruise Line. Note: There were NO kids on board. The cruise is geared towards adults. I would not recommend taking kids on this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We wanted to see the Greek islands. We scheduled to leave out of Istanbul but the State Department warning level got too high and Viking was on top of it. They handled all changes to the itinerary very well including resets of the plane ... Read More
We wanted to see the Greek islands. We scheduled to leave out of Istanbul but the State Department warning level got too high and Viking was on top of it. They handled all changes to the itinerary very well including resets of the plane transportation. To compensate for the loss of some Turkish port stops, additional Greek and Adriatic ports were substituted along with the usual excursion/tour at each port. We only opted for an optional tour once (in Athens) as the included tours were excellent and covered much in each port. The Viking Sea is of course one of the new ships with under 1000 customers and therefor none of the stress of the larger ships (need to be someplace doing something at all times). Only the Sanorini tour suffered from an excess of people on other tours spoiling the experience. The accommodations were very good although to combat people like me leaving the slider deck door open all the time the off switch to the air conditioner is tied to it. The food was very well prepared with many choices. All staff was friendly and professional. Over 20 years ago I observed the staff response at a Ritz Carlton to each acknowledgement of them (thank you) to be "my pleasure". Likewise for Viking. Read Less
Sail Date August 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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