31 Viking Ocean Viking Sea Cruise Reviews for Luxury Cruises to Norwegian Fjords

My wife chose this as many of her ancestors came from that part of Europe. We had a great experience. The staff and service was fantastic and were the friendliest group of people I have ever been around. This was a cruise that I was very ... Read More
My wife chose this as many of her ancestors came from that part of Europe. We had a great experience. The staff and service was fantastic and were the friendliest group of people I have ever been around. This was a cruise that I was very sad to see come to an end as we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves in an elegant and relaxed atmosphere. Our daily excursions were very organized and very worthwhile. Every night as we returned to our cabin, the bed was turned down for us and we had our next day Viking News waiting for us. This publication was very well done and filled with valuable information. This staff is very professional, friendly, and organized. The entertainment and lectures were excellent and much preparation went into making it that way. When we left the ship for our excursions, the staff always wished us a good day and offered us a bottle of water. On our return, we were given a warm welcome home and offered a nice warm cloth to refresh ourselves. On our return from Berlin, the entire staff was outside the ship welcoming us home with warm welcomes and glasses of champagne. On our final night on the ship at the farewell reception given by the captain, there was not only entertainment and champagne, but the entire staff was present which I thought was fantastic. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
My wife and I had done a dozen or more ocean cruises and 2 Viking River cruises, but we'd not yet done a Viking Ocean cruise. We'd seen how they'd received Travel & Leisure magazines top ocean cruise line all four years ... Read More
My wife and I had done a dozen or more ocean cruises and 2 Viking River cruises, but we'd not yet done a Viking Ocean cruise. We'd seen how they'd received Travel & Leisure magazines top ocean cruise line all four years they'd been in existence, so we thought we should give it a try. The ship was just right. Not huge like many we'd been on, but with all the amenities we cared about. Nice dining rooms, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, showroom, bars & lounges, a gym and thermal spa, and countless places to sit and hang out. The food and drink in all of the eating areas (World Cafe, Restaurant, Manfredi's, & Chef's Table) were excellent. The staff were friendly and attentive. We had a Deluxe Veranda cabin and it was exceptionally spacious compared to what we're accustomed to. The entertainment staff were very talented and versatile. We made it a point to make every evening's show and were never disappointed. The included excursions were overall great and the extra excursions we chose were wonderful. The ports and surrounding areas we visited were tremendous. Every country on this trip (England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Norway, Scotland, and Wales) was special in its own way. The Viking extension option we chose in Bergen had us in a hotel that was right in the heart of the 'happening' part of Bergen (Bryggen). Trip of a lifetime! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
The itinerary was exactly what we were looking for. Having an overnight in Bergen, Norway at the beginning and another overnight in Greenwich, London at the end of the cruise was an added plus. Cruising several Norwegian fjords up to the ... Read More
The itinerary was exactly what we were looking for. Having an overnight in Bergen, Norway at the beginning and another overnight in Greenwich, London at the end of the cruise was an added plus. Cruising several Norwegian fjords up to the North Cape over the Arctic Circle was on our bucket list. We also enjoyed our time in the Shetlands, Orkneys, and Edinburgh. The Viking Sea is the most beautifully appointed ship that we've cruised on. Our cabin was very comfortable and the public areas were quiet and plentiful. Although the weather and seas were mostly calm, the Viking Sea was very smooth and quiet. The food was excellent, although the service in the main dining room tended to be very slow. We found an excellent waiter, Nagesh, who tried very hard, but he didn't seem to get the help he needed from his assistant. We found the resident historian to be excellent. The shore excursions were mostly excellent, although those that were included as free tended to be somewhat superficial. in all we would definitely sail on the Viking Sea or another Viking ship. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Wanted to tour the Norwegian fjords. Service was marvelous. Ship was almost new. Food was very good and lots of selections. Especially liked the heated bathroom floor! The self service laundry was very busy. Liked the fact there ... Read More
Wanted to tour the Norwegian fjords. Service was marvelous. Ship was almost new. Food was very good and lots of selections. Especially liked the heated bathroom floor! The self service laundry was very busy. Liked the fact there was no casino or a photographer who followed you around taking pictures one didn't want or need. This was, I believe, a cruise for older travelers, i.e., very nice indeed. No problems in getting off or on the ship at each port of call. Lots of help if such were needed. Had to use a tender in a couple ports. Some travelers with limited ability were able to navigate the tender experience. Did the extension to Oslo. Not good. Would not recommend. Learned it was "over booked" so that might explain why we did not get an express train, the hotel mentioned, or the tour guide who was to be available at the hotel during our time there. Hotel was barely a two star. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
I wanted to go to Scotland and up north so this seemed like a good choice. We liked going up into the midnight sun and seeing the area north of the arctic circle. The cruise allowed us to take separate outings and yet spend lots of time ... Read More
I wanted to go to Scotland and up north so this seemed like a good choice. We liked going up into the midnight sun and seeing the area north of the arctic circle. The cruise allowed us to take separate outings and yet spend lots of time together. We met lots of nice people our age and had excellent food. We liked the fact that the boat is smaller than usual cruise boats and didn't have casinos and family style entertainment. We were busy all the time and even though we ate plenty we actually lost a couple of pounds! A couple of the excursions were not very active or exciting, and some of the active ones had people who shouldn't have gone on them because they weren't fit enough. For the next cruise we booked at a higher level so we could get into some of the better trips that filled up before we could sign up. The fitness center was too busy and we just used the excellent track outside. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We love Viking river cruises and have done several, so naturally we wanted to go with them on a sea voyage. We have wanted to see Noways Fjords for a long time. We also went to Scotland, the Orkney Islands, and ended up in Greenwich, ... Read More
We love Viking river cruises and have done several, so naturally we wanted to go with them on a sea voyage. We have wanted to see Noways Fjords for a long time. We also went to Scotland, the Orkney Islands, and ended up in Greenwich, England. We absolutely loved the ship, the decor, the crew, and the food. The lectures and cultural highlights aboard the vessel were enlightening and added true enrichment to the experience. There were even Viking displays of museum quality. We enjoyed the "living rooms" and entertainment very much, as well as the entertainers and the Spa. The excursions, both included and optional were a good variety. One of the neatest things was to go up the Thames River in a Cruise Ship, turn around in the river and dock in Greenwich! Viking built the ships to measurements that would allow just that very thing. To embark, we just stepped on the ship, no lines or waiting, and the transfer to the airport flawless. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We had a mid ship DELUXE VERANDA....I was expecting a better cabin. THE VIKING SEA has a major shortage of storage space in the cabins. They know about it and have done nothing...What could be done? Hutches on the desk, a small chest ... Read More
We had a mid ship DELUXE VERANDA....I was expecting a better cabin. THE VIKING SEA has a major shortage of storage space in the cabins. They know about it and have done nothing...What could be done? Hutches on the desk, a small chest of drawers in the closet, replace night stands with real shelf space. SCHEDULING OF MAJOR ACTIVIES and DINING: 6:30 -7:15 pm is the guest lecturer in the theater; after which a mob descents upon the “ anytime” RESTAURANT. If you scoot out a few minutes early- you're more apt to get a table right away. The major entertainment shows start at 9:15 pm back in the theater (there's only one show) - The problem- the kitchen is SLOW. We rarely made it to the show on time. AND when we did- there were NO SEATS!! What can be done?: We discovered the World café as a substitute to the dining room. Food was excellent and the Seafood was plentiful (Shrimp and King Crab Legs), However, my husband and I enjoy being served…so when we opted for the Restaurant- there was a conflict with time. What can be done? Viking could start the guest Lectures (which were excellent) earlier, perhaps at 6pm and start the show a little later, perhaps at 9:30 pm. The itinerary (INTO THE MIDNIGHT SUN) was wonderful. Ports were excellent and the VIKING SEA included tours were basically panoramic bus drive around with a guide. It included “photo op” stops but no real sightseeing. Anything in depth was an additional tour with an additional charge. ONE SMALL SAFU: We were travelling with friends, two women who were recently widowed. They signed up for a special tour in Edinburgh: Tour of the Royal Yacht. They were assigned a bus number that was incorrect. So- when that number was called…their tour had already left. They were instructed by the crew staff to take a cab…and were told they would be reimbursed. We are talking about two women in there upper 70’s. They were already upset and once the cab left the dock they worried about having enough GBP to pay. Fortunately they just had enough but had forgotten to obtain the taxI receipt. They did miss a small amount of the included sights along the way and were feeling uncomfortable about being rushed. They wanted their money back in full. The Officer in charge gave them a really hard time in obtaining a refund. At first he offered only a partial refund …and refused to refund the cab fare without a receipt. As their travelling companions, my husband and I could not understand why the process took so long- at least 4/5 days. We were told the cruise staff had to clear it with the home office in Los Angeles. Really? This was small potatoes in my mind. And I still don’t understand why VIKING does not allow the office onboard to deal directly with these small problems. Basically we were pleased with most aspects…The Food was very good, The entertainment was hit and miss- but fine. The Lectures were very interesting and the Lecturers were great and shared their time with passengers. The Cruise Director: Heather Clancy was fabulous. And the Ports for INTO THE MIDNIGHT SUN were terrific. NO TRAVEL AGENT GIFTING ALLOWED...How about this- I am an experience cruiser...having used the same agent for years. Every cruise I have gotten a card with a ship credit or a bottle(s) of wine. On this voyage- no note- no gift. I thought this to be an error...so I notified my TA...He responded that VIKING does not allow Travel Agents to do on board gifts or ship credit... #VIKING CRUISES -WHY???? Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We chose this intinerary with the thought of great vista and deep fjords. We were not disappointed as the daily sights were stunning with some interesting tours, both included and the extra excursions. We started in London with a sail ... Read More
We chose this intinerary with the thought of great vista and deep fjords. We were not disappointed as the daily sights were stunning with some interesting tours, both included and the extra excursions. We started in London with a sail down the Thames with fantastic weather. A day of sailing and the following morning we pulled into Edinburgh with a nice trip and walkabout through a great old city. The next two days were in my opinion more enjoyable with the travels through the smaller towns of the Orkney Islands and the Shetland Islands. There was a great amount of history that we learned in these two days as we visited the Stones of Stennes. Next we crossed above the Arctic Circle with beautiful but stark scenery looking out from the north cape. Chilling site and the weather was still holding good for us. The trip brought a new delight each day and I would highly recommend this itinerary for those that enjoy deep fjords and beautiful vistas. The nightly entertainment was very enjoyable with a different show each evening by a very talented group. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
After an excellent Med cruise on the Viking Star, We knew we wanted to use another Viking cruise ship for our next trip. The Viking Sea is identical and the perfect ship to see the beautiful coastline and fiords of Norway. Great Ship. ... Read More
After an excellent Med cruise on the Viking Star, We knew we wanted to use another Viking cruise ship for our next trip. The Viking Sea is identical and the perfect ship to see the beautiful coastline and fiords of Norway. Great Ship. Great itinerary. We found it easy to get into the speciality restaurants multiple times. The menu does not change in Manfredi's Italian restaurant, but there are many dishes to choose from on it and they are perfectly prepared. The main Restaurant was excellent; never a wait for a table, even though we were often a large group. The challenge was to choose. The World Cafe had fresh shellfish most nights - King Crab and freshly cooked mussels on the terrace. The entertainment was just right - a group of young, energetic performers gave it their all. And the cruise director, Heather Clancy, was the best we have experienced in 40+ years of cruising. Not sure when she slept. She made sure we had every opportunity to enjoy ourselves. Our cabin was kept spotless by a friendly steward who we rarely saw - never came back to an unmade bed. While the ports were fun, the heart of this cruise was the scenery that we could enjoy from the deck or our veranda. The Captain kept us informed of upcoming sites. And, there were lots of them. We are already booked on the Viking Sea again in 2018 to continue the Viking path from Bergen to North America. Vikings"s one shortfall was their airline scheduling. Despite the fact that we made our cruise reservations over a year in advance, Viking was unable to get us on the nonstop flight from Seattle to Amsterdam. We ended up paying several hundred dollars extra to fly a day early (to get on a nonstop) plus being on our own from the Airport to Bergen, and paying for a hotel there. Viking should have picked up these costs if the plane was full. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Beautiful ship, a work of Art. Excellent food and breathtaking scenery with wonderful excursions at each port. We managed to get a cancellation and our stateroom was marvellous. All the public areas of the ship are beautiful. The service ... Read More
Beautiful ship, a work of Art. Excellent food and breathtaking scenery with wonderful excursions at each port. We managed to get a cancellation and our stateroom was marvellous. All the public areas of the ship are beautiful. The service from the wonderfully friendly staff could not be faulted. The dining options were varied and we enjoyed the speciality restaurants although our preference was to eat on deck informally as the weather was excellent and the views were the best you could get. The entertainment was a bit too American although we enjoyed the Beatles, ABBA and Rat pack nights. Similarly the enrichment lectures were really only of interest to Americans as it was difficult to see the relevance of lectures about Ronald Reagan. The talks on the destinations and culture and history were informative. All in all an excellent cruise which could not really be faulted. We will definitely book another Viking cruise. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
After three days in London we transferred to Harwich Port to the new Viking Sea. Embarkation was flawless and quick, we boarded and found our stateroom to be excellent. The ship is all veranda staterooms, the bathroom floor and mirrors ... Read More
After three days in London we transferred to Harwich Port to the new Viking Sea. Embarkation was flawless and quick, we boarded and found our stateroom to be excellent. The ship is all veranda staterooms, the bathroom floor and mirrors are heated. Plenty of drawer, shelf and hanging space for two weeks. We required extra hangers which were provided in a flash. Wine and beer are provided with all meals, so we opted out of the "Silver Spirits package" and bought an occasional cocktail. Meals were excellent, open seating in the main self service dining area, reservations recommended for the Restaurant, plus two specialty restaurants with limited reservations depending on your stateroom class. The menu in the Restaurant was usually reflected in the self service dining as well as multiple extra choices. Local selections from whatever port we were in were featured, which meant great seafood, duck, lamb, beef...... On-board lectures covering Viking and Norse history and architecture as well as Scotland and The Isle of Mann were additions to the Port talks for every port. Multiple shows performed by the excellent cast were very entertaining. Each port has an included tour as well as multiple specialty extra cost tours. Frequently the entertainers join with some crew personnel on the tours, giving us insight into the very friendly relationship between crew and passengers and even the owners. The Captain was everywhere and very open and personable, frequently joining random tables to share a meal. The itinerary was well planned and of course the scenery was spectacular. Especially the side, unscheduled trip into the Trollfjord, only 30 meters clearance on each side, then a turnaround. All in all an excellent experience. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Everything was exceptional. The food selection was excellent and the presentation was as you would get in the finest restaurant. Accommodations very comfortable and the many enrichments lectures were a fantastic bonus. The public rooms ... Read More
Everything was exceptional. The food selection was excellent and the presentation was as you would get in the finest restaurant. Accommodations very comfortable and the many enrichments lectures were a fantastic bonus. The public rooms were quite nice, the entertainment way above what you would expect in a ship of this size, and the spa was fantastic. The cruise to the North Cape was gorgeous and we loved being able to see scenery most of the way. We added the pre-cruise package the Iceland and the post-cruise to Oslo, and so glad we did. We were apprehensive at first about the midnight sun, but what a bonus to have eight days with the son not setting. Also, we were pleasantly surprised that the weather north of the Arctic typically does not get too cold, due to the trade winds, and didn't need all the heavy jackets we brought. Can't wait to go on another Viking Ocean cruise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We choose this cruise because of the itinerary, the midnight sun and the baltics (Two cruises were combined into one). We were not disappointed. Scotland and Norway (the first half of our cruise) were natural wonders. Beautiful scenery ... Read More
We choose this cruise because of the itinerary, the midnight sun and the baltics (Two cruises were combined into one). We were not disappointed. Scotland and Norway (the first half of our cruise) were natural wonders. Beautiful scenery and photography. The second half (the baltics) was more citified but also wonderful. The food on the Viking Sea was first rate. The restaurant has dedicated staff to serve you and the food was varied but the seafood deserves special mention. It was top notch. Manfredi's again delivered great service and great food. Waiters always greeted you with a smile and remembered your special requests. The ship is beautiful, with spaces where you could get away if you wanted to or mingle with other guests. The common areas are light and airy and easy to relax in. Lectures were informational on many different topics of interest. Entertainment was varied from great shows, to more intimate venues where music and song were performed in the atrium. Our cabin was lovely and our cabin stewardess was one of the best we have ever had. Looked out for us like family and always had a smile. The ports were varied, the excursions good but somewhat large in size especially the included tours. Optional tours were somewhat smaller and mostly good. There were a wide range of interest in the tours from hiking, to kayaking, to visiting monuments to bus tours. From active to sedate. The gym was great, the pools relaxing, There was something for almost every taste especially their gelato (a perfect 10). A few hiccups here and there but overall wonderful Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Heard about Viking starting Ocean cruising when on a Viking River Cruise 2 years earlier and thought we'd try it. The embarkation went very smoothly as we were taken from Heathrow to Harwich by taxi with another couple. The Viking ... Read More
Heard about Viking starting Ocean cruising when on a Viking River Cruise 2 years earlier and thought we'd try it. The embarkation went very smoothly as we were taken from Heathrow to Harwich by taxi with another couple. The Viking Sea was brand new and had state-of-the-art technology. Cabins were roomy as were the bathrooms which had underfloor heating. The food was excellent and so was the entertainment. Staff were extremely friendly and learned our names by heart very quickly. Best thing was that we didn't have to spend a penny extra as everything was included and, as we don't drink much alchohol, the included wine and soft drinks at mealtimes was sufficient. The included shore excursions were excellent. We were most impressed by the sliding roof over the main pool area and by the many seating areas and lounges on board. We would like to go on one of these new Viking ships again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We chose a month-long cruise that focused on the Norwegian fjords and the Baltic -- it was a combination itinerary that satisfied my desire to cruise the fjords and my husband's to visit the ports of the Baltic. It was the Viking ... Read More
We chose a month-long cruise that focused on the Norwegian fjords and the Baltic -- it was a combination itinerary that satisfied my desire to cruise the fjords and my husband's to visit the ports of the Baltic. It was the Viking Sea's second voyage -- and it was fantastic. The ship was beautiful; the crew were friendly and helpful; the shore sightseeing options were plentiful and the staff very helpful in making arrangements. Every stateroom had a balcony, and the ship had many quiet, lovely places to sit and read or gather with friends for a friendly game of cards or Scrabble. We loved the quiet, serene atmosphere. The food was excellent, with a choice of two specialty restaurants, a Scandinavian deli, a cafeteria and a casual pool deck grill in addition to the main restaurant. The menu changed depending on where we were with local food highlighted at every port. The entertainment was fine -- a classical trio, a pianist, a guitar player and a small band of singer/dancers handled most of the shows, but special artists were brought on as well. There were interesting lectures and good port talks to get you ready for your next adventure. The on-board spa was wonderful, and we both got good haircuts at the beauty salon. From beginning to end we felt like royalty -- and Viking provided the smoothest embarkation and debarkation experience we have every had on a cruise. We cannot prais them highly enough. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This was a great cruise. The ship is a masterpiece of mid-century modern Scandinavian design. The food was excellent throughout the ship and there was never a crush for service. The excursions were were well organized and the staff were ... Read More
This was a great cruise. The ship is a masterpiece of mid-century modern Scandinavian design. The food was excellent throughout the ship and there was never a crush for service. The excursions were were well organized and the staff were both pleasant and helpful. From our first hour on the ship we were impressed by the thought that had gone into its design and execution. Starting with the original art on the walls and continuing through the decor in all the public spaces, everything was beautifully coordinated. We chose this cruise for the chance to travel the whole coast of Norway on an upscale cruise ship and were not disappointed. The scenery was eye opening from the forested fjords do the south to the barren islands near the North Cape. The opportunity to take several bus rides into the interior to experience the mountain roads, waterfalls, valley overlooks and glaciers was also added to the experience. We look forward to travelling on this ship again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We wanted a luxury cruise to that area. Having experienced Viking River cruises we know we could be assured of excellence in every respect. We were certainly not disappointed. It met every one of our expectations. Our Suite was large ... Read More
We wanted a luxury cruise to that area. Having experienced Viking River cruises we know we could be assured of excellence in every respect. We were certainly not disappointed. It met every one of our expectations. Our Suite was large and well equipped with every comfort. The public areas are elegant and very comfortable. The spa area is a delight and the variety of pools, saunas and snow-room excell. The restaurants meet every need from informal buffet to specialist restaurants. The Italiam restaurant was for us was an example of excellent cuisine with an enormous variety of choice. The buffet restaurant serves an outstanding sushi menu every evening with the food prepared as you select it. The wines served at all meals are complimentary, and although not outstanding are delightful easy drinking wines that you can drink with confidence. In short, this cruise was luxury from floor to ceiling wall to wall and suites to public areas. We have rebooked for 2017! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
I was told about this cruise by my brother who had previously been on several Viking cruises and enjoyed them for their food and service. It was a n opportunity to cruise with a company that had recently squired a new and interesting ... Read More
I was told about this cruise by my brother who had previously been on several Viking cruises and enjoyed them for their food and service. It was a n opportunity to cruise with a company that had recently squired a new and interesting ship. The ship was of the latest design and unique in many respects reflecting Scandinavian design and culture.Moreover this fit well with the itinerary of the cruise which took us to many of Norway's most interesting and beautiful ports. It was a grand way to see Norway as well as the Islands of northern Scotland. Everything about the cruise was well planned and executed. Port facilities and tours were excellent .Our room was spacious and neat with ample attention from the cabin crew. The dining facility s were first rate as was the cuisine . Reservations or lack thereof were never a problem and the variety was excellent.All in all one of the best cruises I have been on to date. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This was our first Viking Ocean Cruise, a fifteen night journey on the Viking Sea from Bergen to Harwich taking in the Norwegian fiords, the North Cape, Shetland, Orkney and Edinburgh. We booked the holiday nineteen months ago before the ... Read More
This was our first Viking Ocean Cruise, a fifteen night journey on the Viking Sea from Bergen to Harwich taking in the Norwegian fiords, the North Cape, Shetland, Orkney and Edinburgh. We booked the holiday nineteen months ago before the keel of the ship had even been laid! Even then it was almost fully booked and we had to settle for a more expensive cabin than we had originally planned. The attraction for us was the itinerary and the chance to sail on what some reviewers had called one of the most elegant ships at sea. Our first impressions was of a a ship larger than we had anticipated for little more than 900 passengers, the reason being that there are no inside cabins and all of them have a balcony. The Viking Sea is the essence of cool Scandinavian design. We had not come across an infinity pool nor a spa with a snow room (with real snow) before. We also liked the decision to dispense with a library in favour of placing books on shelves and in alcoves of just about every public room All the public rooms are light and airy with beautiful furnishings and our cabin- though not exceptionally large - was well designed with a very comfortable bed, plenty of storage space and the best bathroom we have ever had at sea. (The heated floor was a particularly nice touch). There was open dining although reservations were required for the two speciality restaurants.The food was of a high standard at all the venues and the house wines were so good that we didn't feel it necessary to trawl the wine list. Our only advice to those using the main restaurant would be to avoid any tables close to the exits from the kitchen. As there are no "waiter stations" meals are brought out directly to diners - as in a conventional restaurant. The problem is that a few hundred diners eating five courses results in hundreds of movements out of the kitchens at every sitting. Watching this traffic does not make for a relaxing occasion!. The theatre entertainment that we sampled was good and the musicians that played throughout the day at various venues were very impressive. The majority of our fellow passengers were from the USA. We were told that Viking advertise extensively over there and all the Americans that we met seemed to have travelled on Viking river cruises and were now taking the opportunity to try out the new ocean going ships. There was no formal dress code and all passengers simply responded to the request for smart casual attire in the evenings. Embarkation, disembarkation and all tours went very smoothly as far as we were concerned but an apparent breakdown in communication over pre-booked tours caused disappointment and irritation to some passengers. The safety briefing wasn't particularly intensive and although there are arguments for dishing out life jackets at muster stations, we still prefer to have ours in our cabin! All the staff seemed to take great pride in their new ship and they could not have been more friendly and helpful. Everyone has their own ideas about what a ship should have but for us it was what the Viking Sea didn't have that impressed. No casino, no art auctions, no photographers popping up all over the place, no children, no pressure to buy expensive drinks or spa treatments and an absolute minimum of public announcements - all in English. It was not cheap but when we took in to consideration that all our excursions, mealtime drinks, speciality restaurant reservations, spa access and (for early bookers) gratuities were included, we considered the overall price to be value for money. This is the second of six identical ships being built for Viking and if there is another itinerary that we find attractive we would have no hesitation in travelling with them again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Friend of our have been on the Viking Star and recommended it. The Viking Sea is a sister ship to the Star, so having never been on the ship, we felt at home based on what our friends told us. The food was excellent and the dining venues ... Read More
Friend of our have been on the Viking Star and recommended it. The Viking Sea is a sister ship to the Star, so having never been on the ship, we felt at home based on what our friends told us. The food was excellent and the dining venues were diverse enough to be interesting. The ship was very clean and well maintained and our room steward was very helpful. The entire staff was courteous, however, there was one dining experience were the service was extremely poor. It was in their main dining room and when seated, we waited over 20 minutes for any kind of service. In defense of the floor captain, I think he was over whelmed. I hate to dwell on this one bad experience, because overall, everything was great. I have no reservations about recommending Viking to friends, family and anyone who will listen. This was our first Viking Ocean cruise and previously we had been on several river cruises, the Yangtze, Rhone, Rhine and Seine. All great trips. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This was Viking Sea's inaugural voyage up the coast of Norway so glitches were to be expected. The ship itself is a marvel of design and the shipbuilder's craft. The onboard service was top shelf. Aside from general minor ... Read More
This was Viking Sea's inaugural voyage up the coast of Norway so glitches were to be expected. The ship itself is a marvel of design and the shipbuilder's craft. The onboard service was top shelf. Aside from general minor annoyances, such as poor flight scheduling resulting in our bags getting delayed in Copenhagen, the main problem was in the shore excursions which failed to live up to what one would expect of Viking. I'm sure they'll get it sorted out, but for this trip, unfortunately, we were the guinea pigs and the results were poor/average at best. Our other big complaint is not directed specifically at Viking, but at the cruise industry in general and their kowtowing to the ADA. We are in our 70s so I'm sure we'll get there, but the level of decrepitude of the clientele that we encountered on this cruise was stunning, and their sense of entitlement even more so. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We have been on many Viking River cruises and greatly enjoyed all of them, and we always wanted to see the Fjords, so this was a perfect fit. Embarkation and disembarkation went well, although the embarkation lines were very long, and ... Read More
We have been on many Viking River cruises and greatly enjoyed all of them, and we always wanted to see the Fjords, so this was a perfect fit. Embarkation and disembarkation went well, although the embarkation lines were very long, and we had to wait for our stateroom to be ready. The ship was new and beautiful, with many amenities. The cabin was very comfortable and had plenty of space and storage. The food was excellent, and we were able to order some things that we wanted that weren't actually on the menu. The entertainers were excellent, and the shows were varied. We didn't participate much in any other on-board activities. The service was fine - our porter was very pleasant and accommodating. The ports were interesting, and the views not only at the ports but especially during cruising were gorgeous. The only problem we had was being able to book the "included" shore excursions, which were mostly "sold out" by the time we tried to book them before the cruise. This involved much disappointment and confusion, but in the end they actually were able to include everything they originally had said they would, so it all worked out. We would not go again, as there are other places we have yet to experience. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
I have no complaints. It was all we expected. Well managed and fun. It was really great having Turstein, Karine and Finske aboard much of the cruise with us. Spoke with both Turstein and Karine. They are both gracious and great ... Read More
I have no complaints. It was all we expected. Well managed and fun. It was really great having Turstein, Karine and Finske aboard much of the cruise with us. Spoke with both Turstein and Karine. They are both gracious and great communicators. Even met the camera crew. Really enjoyed the crab safari. Would recommend this to anyone. Choices of dining were difficult to make because the food was fabulous in all venues especially the World Cafe and The Restaurant. No complaints on the service and everyone was helpful to my handicapped wife. We would love to go again, but the price is a little high, so we may have check other cruise lines. we met great people and the way the seating was, it was great for meeting the guests next to us. Loved Ferrell's presentations and we became friends with her and her husband Michael. Presentation on global warming and US security were also enlightening. They did not push their views, but presented facts so it was easy to draw our own conclusions. We saw all the entertainment and really enjoyed the Rat Pack. Heather, Constantine and Garrison all did fabulous jobs. Got to meet them all and made friends with Heather. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
I like smaller ships. I have been on 5 Azamara cruises. We wanted to try something a little different. The Viking Sea is a new ship and it was an area of Europe where we hadn't been. All that being said the ship was wonderful. I ... Read More
I like smaller ships. I have been on 5 Azamara cruises. We wanted to try something a little different. The Viking Sea is a new ship and it was an area of Europe where we hadn't been. All that being said the ship was wonderful. I can say that I will never use Viking Air again that experience was terrible. Our original flights from Chicago to Bergen had a 50 minute layover in Heathrow. Anyone that has been through Heathrow knows its not possible. We brought that to our travel agents attention and Viking Airs several times in March. We were told that the flight from Heathrow to Bergen was a Viking charter and they would wait the plane until we arrived. That still didn't sound right but we went along with it. We then bought upgraded seats on the flight and the four of use were in the same side behind each other. We even went to far as to check for other flights with different connections and Viking Air said they only dealt with British Air and American. We found a flight on KLM through Amsterdam with a much better connection and told them about it but they said no way. Five days before our departure we were looking at My Viking website and it appeared that our flights were being changed. We called our travel agent they knew nothing about it. Then we called Viking Air what a mess we didn't know our flights until a day before we left. This is stress not needed when you pay 20,000.00 for a cruise. These people need to get their act together. I was almost ready to cancel. Viking Air was rude, very unprofessional and down right mean. We ended on the KLM flight through Amsterdam and the four of us were all over the plane. At check-in in Chicago we were at least able to get seats together for the couples in different areas in economy. I have never had this kind of issue on Azamara using their Choice Air. Upon arrival at Bergen we were taken to the ship and embarkation went smoothly. Once on board we bought the Silver liquor package which was twice a much as Azamara, but it did include a better wine selection at meals. The ship was amazing. There was a lot of thought that went into it and the interior flowed very nicely. The larger areas where broken up so that small groups of people could meet and talk almost like being in your living room. I guess thats why the call the large atrium area the Living Room. Very nicely setup and spaced out and decorated beautifully. Another area the Explorers Lounge was a great space to sit and have a cocktail was we progressed up the coast of Norway. The entertainment was wonderful, a classical guitarist, a pianoist and 3 piece classical group. They moved around the ship in the ship and played a hour or so in each location. It was very nice and it wasn't the same all the time. I had made an appointment for a spa treatment before the cruise on MyViking when I got aboard they said they didn't have my appointment listed. They asked me if I wanted to make an appointment and I was pissed. My answer was no. I made it at home where I could see all my tours and reservations and to get on board and they didn't have it. I guess they have a problem there to work out. The spa was amazing when we took a tour of it and the workout area. To busy doing other things on board. The dining areas were very nice. I liked the way they broke the main dining room up into smaller areas. You didn't feel like you were in a very large room. Manfredi's was my favorite place to eat. The staff and food was just great. The Chef's Table was OK but lacked something. The menu changed every 3 days to a different taste/type/style. Some just didn't hit the mark. The Restaurant was very good. They had nice selections and portions that weren't too big. The World Cafe was very nice. But I don't know what it is about a buffet but the passengers were rude, broke in front of you, I guess I need to be as forceful and rude but its not in my nature. It was like a feeding frenzy most days so we tried to avoid it most the time. I can say that what we had was wonderful the night time seafood bar was wonderful, crab legs, crab claws, shrimp, sushi, king crab legs, seafood salad. I had a tendency to eat too much when we ate dinner there. The Pool Grill was great to get a hamburger, pizza, corn beef sandwich, lite salad, etc. They had a great shrimp salad sandwich with onion rings. One thing that was a little of a problem, we had the liquor package but when we asked to an upgraded wine they all handled it differently and some of the staff didn't know what we were talking about. After several conversations in several venues things kinda got better but The Restaurant was always an issue unless you got a waiter that was familiar with it. We didn't go into Torshavn the nightclub room except for a tour. We were told our liquor package was not good in that room and you had to pay for all drinks. Not going to pay twice. We didn't go to the show lounge at all. The shows were early and we like to eat late. Most show were over before we were done with dinner. The bar staff was a little stiff at first but as the cruise progressed they loosened up and were a lot of fun. We got to know several bar tenders and most the serving staff. Once they knew we had the liquor package they would ask if we wanted the usual. I know they had everything we did on their iPods. Every server on the ship had an iPod and if they helped you they had your room number they knew what you eat and drank. Most of the shore excursions were fun and insightful. How they handled them was a bit of a mess. We were at one port that used a tender. We gathered in the show lounge as requested. When the tour was ready they said head to the tender 300 people got up and headed for the exit. After the hall was packed they said they could only take 80 people at a time. Why didn't they say that before everyone got up. It took 45 minutes to get out. Just a mess. Not a good experience on a ship. Each room had two Quite Vox tour headsets that sat in a rechargeable base so you always had the same one. These headsets were not issued on the bus for you tour, unless you forgot yours. They worked well. Most the tour guys were well versed for their tour. We took tours at every port. We intermixed our tours between the ones included by Viking and the ones that were extra. We only had one tour were the majority of the group did not like the guide. There were a lot of complaints when back aboard and the tour fee was credited to our rooms. Overall we really enjoyed the ship and crew. There were a few glitches but we worked through them because we said it was a new ship and crew. In talking with the crew they said about half of the crew came from the Viking Star and the other half was new. The crew were extremely friendly and pleasant in all areas. It didn't matter if it was you room attendants, waiters and servers in the restaurants, bar staff, cleaning people, officers, etc. We are considering taking another Viking Ocean cruise but we have two more on Azamara before that will happen. The passengers on this cruise were older. I guess thats what to expect on a pretty expensive cruise with no children for two weeks. It was mostly retired people not many couples can get that much time off at once, if they are working. Viking Air a mess Viking Ocean Cruises very nice... Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
My wife and I selected this cruise because of the itinerary and Viking Cruises, having been with Viking for four previous river cruises and one ocean cruise. This cruise was on the Viking Sea, the sister ship of the Viking Star, our other ... Read More
My wife and I selected this cruise because of the itinerary and Viking Cruises, having been with Viking for four previous river cruises and one ocean cruise. This cruise was on the Viking Sea, the sister ship of the Viking Star, our other Viking ocean cruise. Viking established a standard of excellence on river cruising and that has carried over to the ocean cruises but not without some small issues that I'm sure will be remedied in future sailings. Several of the issues have been mentioned in other reviews. There were computer problems with scheduling excursions and there were delays in use of tenders to get into the ports but when all was said and done, Viking performed extremely well and they will learn from the experience. Computer problems caused some previous excursion arrangements to drop from the system and Viking had to make adjustments to satisfy everyone. I experienced part of that issue but by the time the excursion was to take place, Viking made the proper adjustments and I took the tour as scheduled. Regarding the tenders, I was told by a crew member that they had to keep a certain number of tenders at the ship for emergency use (makes perfect sense) so could not just simply use all of them to get people from the ship to shore. I suspect that in the future, Viking may have to have transportation from the port to help with the requirements but I don't know all the details so will resist offering other suggestions. In one case, Viking just scheduled too many things to happen at the same time and when the anchorage was further distant from the dock, time issues ensued quickly. Individuals who were not on scheduled tours and wanted to simply go ashore had issues of tender availability also. Having mentioned those two concerns, let me now turn to all the great things of the cruise, of which there were many and the reason why I did not downgrade the rating from 5 stars. The itinerary was fantastic. We actually started in Oslo (pre-cruise extension from Viking) and after one night there, took the Bergen Express train from Oslo to Bergen (almost 500 kilometers). The views of the countryside were incredible as we climbed to around 4000 feet in Finse and then back down as we approached Bergen. Track maintenance required us to leave the train in Voss but Viking had bus transportation immediately available to get us the rest of the way. Arrival in Bergen was on schedule but the hotel staff had not gotten our luggage to our rooms by the time we arrived. They took our luggage from the hotel in Oslo the night before so they had plenty of time to get the bags to the rooms. I fault the hotel staff and the Viking representative on scene for that problem. The representative at the hotel was apparently a contracted person who didn't understand her responsibilities and really let the ball drop on that one. The problem was solved and the luggage was delivered albeit a bit late. After a night in Bergen in the hotel (part of the pre-cruise extension), we were able to board the ship and begin the cruise. The sights to be seen as we made our way from Bergen to the North Cape and then back down the coast before crossing the sea to the UK were breath-taking and provided a daily opportunity to explore and photograph (my real interest) the wonders of the world around us. Spectacular on the list of stops was Geirangerfjord where our tour took us to multiple viewing locations that offered panoramas of the local fjord that were very special. Our port call in Tromsø provided yet another spectacular panorama from the top of the cable car lift to Mount Storsteinen. As much of Norway, Tromsø is made up of a series of islands and you could see all of them from the 1,378-foot summit of Mount Storsteinen. Crossing the Arctic Circle was greeted with appropriate pomp and circumstance and all on board were issued a certificate providing proof that the bearer had crossed that north latitude. The port call of Honningsvåg provided the opportunity to take a tour to Nordkapp or North Cape, the northern most point of Norway where cliffs rise more than 1000 feet from the water below and the Norwegian and Barents Seas meet. Other port calls provided similar opportunities to see uniquely Norwegian landscapes and other buildings such as the stave churches which are increasingly rare. Ålesund was our last port call in Norway and like the others, it is a fascinating blend of the new and old. Like many Norwegian towns, the city has had to deal with devastating fires but has rebuilt itself with new life and different architecture. Ålesund provided another opportunity to view the landscape from a mountain (really big hill). Crossing from Norway to the UK, we visited the Shetland and Orkney islands before cruising to Edinburgh. While good weather greeted us in most of Norway, we were not as fortunate in Scotland. The rain made for more difficult tours but that is just something you have to plan for under the best of circumstances. Even though this cruise was in June, you need to be prepared for a wide range of temperatures and conditions. Temperatures ranged from mid-80s in Oslo to the high 30s in the North Cape. Layers are the way to go and you will be comfortable. As I mentioned, rain is always a possibility so be prepared for that also. The crew was exceptional. Clearly, Viking trains their crew members to take care of the passengers. They anticipate your desires and make every effort to satisfy them, sometime even before you know them. We ate in the specialty restaurants twice and thoroughly enjoyed each experience. The main restaurant competes very favorably with the specialty restaurants and provides excellent food. The ship is a work of art with open spaces and fresh uncluttered decor. The Viking Sea and the Viking Star are essentially the same in layout and design. Having been on one, you are immediately familiar with the other, making for immediate recognition of where things are located on the ship. A number of the crew on the Viking Sea had been on the Viking Star and became the "launch team" for the new ship. Familiarity from one ship to the other eased transition and made for a very enjoyable experience on the newly launched Viking Sea. Viking provides great value for your money. They cater to older travelers. They do not have activities for younger people. The bottom line is that I have enjoyed each and every cruise I have taken with Viking and plan to continue cruising with them. If fact, I have two future cruises already booked, one ocean and one river. I have cruised with other cruise lines and will in the future, depending on itineraries. My recommendation is to consider the itineraries and the style of cruise provided by Viking and weigh it against any other available offering. You can depend on Viking to provide a fantastic cruise at a reasonable price point without much of the "extras" found on less expensive cruises. Read Less
Sail Date June 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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