1 Viking Ocean Viking Sea Cruise Reviews for Luxury Cruises to Caribbean - Eastern

After three Viking River Cruises we were intrigued by the concept of taking the RIver Cruise idea to the Ocean Cruises and seeing if it was possible to make it work; IT WORKS! I was not sure that any Ocean Liner could pull off drinks ... Read More
After three Viking River Cruises we were intrigued by the concept of taking the RIver Cruise idea to the Ocean Cruises and seeing if it was possible to make it work; IT WORKS! I was not sure that any Ocean Liner could pull off drinks with lunch and dinner plus includes tours just like they do on the rivers, BUT Viking seems to have done a good job of it so far. With only 930 people checking on the embarkation process seemed smooth and seamless . We arrived at 11:30 from our hotel since we chose to do a 2 day extension prior to sailing from San Juan. Our Hotel was the Caribe Hilton, but that is another review (See Tripadvisor). When we arrived our documents were ready and we were allowed to go aboard within 15 minutes of arrival. Our stateroom was ready when we got aboard. After arrival we just dropped our things and went to lunch at the Buffet area (World Cafe). Very good food at our first and every meal after that. after lunch we set off to explore the ship. By the time we returned to our cabin at 2 our luggage had arrived and our stateroom stewards were there to introduce themselves; they turned out to be the two best we have encountered during our travels. Dining: The World Cafe is the Buffet and is available for all three main meals - food is good and plentiful, limited only by how much you can carry. Some of the items always great for breakfast are the Waffles on the port side and Eggs Benedict. At lunch you can usually get what they call Prawns and I call large, not even jumbo, shrimp. Not on the line, you have to ask for them and there is a sign saying that. The Restaurant is an upscale dining area and casual attire is still allowed (no shorts or jeans) and you are served at the table. Orders are given as with any restaurant and the setting is less relaxed, but still very casual and fun, reservations NOT needed or taken. Different menu every night, but some items available all the time. Mamsen's is sort of a Norwegian sandwich shop. Waffles covered with a dollop of sour cream and a mountain of fresh berries, sandwiches and desserts. It is important to know about this place near the Explorer's lounge if you miss the regular hours for breakfast. Herring cheeses, and other items also at breakfast for extended hours. Manfredi's Italian Restaurant, is one of two speciality places to DINE. A very extensive Italian menu and food is very good, but it does not live up to the hype IMO. However if I had tried the Ribeye Steak the first night we ate there I would have had that every night. Without a doubt that was one of the BEST STEAKS I EVER HAD ANYWHERE! the Ribeye and the Calamari were outstanding. Pasta Fagioli was very good as far as a soup went but soups in the other restaurants were SO much better. THE CHEF'S TABLE is without a doubt a unique culinary experience, not just dining. The menu is set and changes every three days so if you have a chance to go back, do it. Wine pairings were good if you did not have the Silver Spirits Package and if you did they were outstanding! (You can upgrade to the best wines if you do not have the Silver Spirits package for $25 per). Shore Excursions: there is one included at each port - at least in the Caribbean. In the Eastern Caribbean they were all about the same: Leave the ship, board a bus, ride around the island, stop at tourist trap shopping areas, and return to the ship after taking numerous pictures. I not saying the tours were bad in the least, just many of the same BUT interesting. There are also MANY optional tours available. Throughout the day and evening there are NUMEROUS activities all over the ship: Lectures, movies, entertainment etc, if you get bored BOOKS in so many places it is unreal. At 4:00 p.m. every day there is High Tea in the Wintergarden Tea, finger sandwiches, and mini desserts plus music and fellowship. So many great teas to choose from also, my personal fav - Baghdad Chi! Service: The crew of any ship is what makes it a unique ship, not the metal, plastic and fabric. Viking Star has some of the best, friendliest staff on any oceangoing ship ever. They earn their tips and your smiles at every turn. One MINOR thing I would love to see changed - CLOCKS! Put a few up. There are none anywhere. Smoking - there is one very small smoking area on Deck 8. it is exposed to sun and weather all the time. one detail you may not notice at first - NO KIDS. Each stateroom is set up for TWO people ONLY and no children. Read Less
Sail Date November 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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