11 Viking Ocean Viking Sea Cruise Reviews for Repositioning Cruises to Caribbean - All

We took the recent repo cruise from Manhattan to San Juan. We started out with the easiest and fastest embarkation we have ever experienced. Kudos! We had heard all sorts of rave reviews about Viking Ocean and wanted to try it ourselves. ... Read More
We took the recent repo cruise from Manhattan to San Juan. We started out with the easiest and fastest embarkation we have ever experienced. Kudos! We had heard all sorts of rave reviews about Viking Ocean and wanted to try it ourselves. The ship was very nice with the furnishings "Danish Modern." It was not as lush as I was expecting. The public areas were kept very cold, to the point that people were wearing sweaters in the Caribbean. We had a Deluxe Veranda which was a pretty standard room, nothing special. It definitely needed more drawer space. The bathroom had a heated floor, which I am sure is a delight when cruising the Norwegian fjords, but in the Caribbean, it turned the bathroom into a sauna. We found out the last day that this could be turned off if you asked. The food was excellent, but the Main Dining Room could had a more varied menu. We usually don't go to the shows, but did see the excellent pianist. The crew was fantastic, no complaints. We did not take advantage of the shore excursions, having been to these islands many times before. The ship was very noisy, at least in our cabin in any but he smoothest of seas. It made bumping, popping and banging noises; very annoying when trying to sleep. The buffet was excellent at breakfast, with a large selection of choices and eggs made to order. The ice cream was good and a must after lunch. Overall, we enjoyed our first time on Viking, but would probably not go again. BTW, this was our 48th cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We are Viking groupies, I suppose! This was our 10th Viking Cruise---8 River and 2 Ocean, and while we have thoroughly enjoyed every one, this Atlantic crossing was the most restful of all. Sea days give one the opportunity to de-stress ... Read More
We are Viking groupies, I suppose! This was our 10th Viking Cruise---8 River and 2 Ocean, and while we have thoroughly enjoyed every one, this Atlantic crossing was the most restful of all. Sea days give one the opportunity to de-stress and and enjoy the luxury of having no absolute schedule that must be kept. We arrived a day early and had an afternoon to walk around Old San Juan and had a lovely dinner in a very small traditional l restaurant. Embarkation in San Juan went smoothly and quickly, as do all Viking embarkations. The ship is just the right size to offer a variety of restaurant and snack options, entertainment nightly in the theater, shopping for fun and necessities, a small night club for that late-night drink, entertaining band and vocalist and dancing. There were many lounging areas on board in the common areas and on deck, so after a couple of days I began to notice some of the guests had gravitated to their own little nests time after time. We especially enjoyed the educational lectures and the fact that we could catch them on the TV in our stateroom if we happened to miss one. And speaking of TV, for someone who rarely watches a movie on TV at home I found myself watching several full-length features as well as every episode of certain series (especially The Vikings, of course!) and documentaries as well. The in-room options for entertainment were excellent, including the satellite live TV (most of the time). The service by the staff, especially our stateroom attendants was wonderful. The only time we observed a little break in the usual friendly, efficient service of the staff was in the Tea Garden where some of the servers seemed inefficient and bored. We had a Junior Penthouse suite that was spacious, 2 large flat screen TV's. sofa and two lounge chairs, very comfortable bed, good lighting for reading and makeup. My husband did say he would have preferred better lighting in the bathroom for shaving. I however, was very happy with the dressing table and lighted mirror. The sleeping area could be closed off from the sitting area and outside deck by full-length drapes. The exercise equipment area could have been larger with more treadmills, as they were in great demand on sea days. The two specialty restaurants made dining a more special event, especially the Chef's Table, but all the food on board was well-prepared and well-presented. We appreciate the absence of young children on board, as well as no noisy, smoky casino! We were very pleased that an Easter Sunday religious service was held in theater (well-attended, with projected backdrop on the stage area that made it appear we were in a large church with stained glass windows. And on Easter Sunday every stateroom had a chocolate bunny placed there as a surprise. I also understand that Passover was also celebrated as well. The excursion in Madeira on the cable car and visit to the botanical garden was worthwhile. If you have never been to Tangier, the included tour by Viking is a good thing to do. We recommend visiting the Historic American Legation building--fascinating history. All the included tours give an excellent overview of the various cities. The last evening gathering of the ship's company and guests for meet and greet, entertainment and farewells on the main deck of the multi-level atrium left us all feeling that we had somehow become a family in our short time together. Disembarkation is a carefully planned and executed experience, and we highly recommend Viking's transportation to and from the airports rather than deal with expensive taxis. One other thing to note is that my husband, a 36-year career U.S. Navy Captain is ALWAYS pleased to see how well-maintained the ship is and ALWAY points out the crew cleaning, sanding, painting, etc. The cruise was everything we hoped it would be and are already planning our next Viking adventure.. As already mentioned, the stateroom was very comfortable, well-appointed and absolutely spotless, thanks to our stewardess and steward. We liked the location because it was near the explorer lounge, the theater, the fitness center and the Tea Garden. The only drawback for the location was the necessity to walk through the pool deck to go to the restaurants at the other end of the ship.. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
San Juan to Barcelona spring crossing. Overall...a great trip, enjoyed everyone we met—staff and cruisers. Positives: 1. Crew, especially our Indonesian cabin steward. 2. Dining. We ate dinner in the Main Dining Room + the ... Read More
San Juan to Barcelona spring crossing. Overall...a great trip, enjoyed everyone we met—staff and cruisers. Positives: 1. Crew, especially our Indonesian cabin steward. 2. Dining. We ate dinner in the Main Dining Room + the 2 specialty restaurants. All were excellent, and our favorite was the Main Dining Room with its 6-person “shared” table. Great opportunity to meet new friends. 3. Entertainment. Very pleasantly surprised! We enjoyed all the evening shows — plenty of variety, but each show was filled With enthusiasm and joy. P.S. Quality was “Triple A” in baseball terms. Terrific young performers “moving up” and developing their craft. If you need the Met every night, go to New York. If you love variety...sail on the Viking Sea. 4. At Sea for 7 days? Great. Always busy, yet still relaxed. Very refreshing Disappointments: 1. Half-day tour on St. Martin. Our 3-hour island tour was all about devistation and destruction on the Dutch side following the Sept 2017 hurricane. If Viking’s goal was to add tourist dollars to help restore the economy, then it was B- tour. If it was to show-off a beautiful Carribean island, then the grade was a D. Note: due to road construction that day, it to 45 minutes to move 500 yards. 15% of tour group gave up and walled back to the ship. 2. Tangier, Morocco. The city tour had the possibility of being a B+, and then we met our local guide. His goal was to get to all our scheduled stops as quickly as possible...so he could “get rid of us.” One bright spot — the very professional and enjoyable stop at the rug merchant and leather goods store. Overall a C. 3. Barcelona: We booked the 2-day post cruise. Loved it! But...we were told by the LA office and the Viiking Sea onboard team that we would be off the ship at 9 AM, and the bus ride to the Barcelona hotel would take one hour. So, I booked a 1:00 local tour. Unfortunately, the 1 hour tour took 3 hours! Then, 1 hour check-in. Result...missed our downtown tour. Lesson learned: do not book a tour too quickly on your post cruise. Overall: A-. Very Happy we took this tour. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We had been wanting to sail on a transAtlantic cruise for some time and also wanted to try Viking Ocean cruises. We enjoyed our trips on Viking Ocean cruises and loved the cruise format that has been adopted for the ocean cruises. There is ... Read More
We had been wanting to sail on a transAtlantic cruise for some time and also wanted to try Viking Ocean cruises. We enjoyed our trips on Viking Ocean cruises and loved the cruise format that has been adopted for the ocean cruises. There is a great deal of value in an inclusive pricing model as well as the superior accommodations and service. We loved all the spaces available for relaxation. The ship was full but we never felt any space was crowded. Afternoon tea was a delight. The upper level of the Explorers Lounge is a great place to unwind with a book, puzzle or just the view. The winter garden is a really special place to sit with friends or to people watch. The garden room is exquisitely decorated. The specialty restaurants are very good if a little overly creative in their menus. Our favorite was the Chefs Table. We especially enjoyed the little extras like the Viking museum,the accomplished musicians, the first run movies and the excellent lectures. It was a delight to be able to enjoy the spa and gym areas without feeling pressured to spend money and the included tours were good overviews of the various ports we visited. In all, Viking is now our favorite cruise line for ocean and river cruises. We have been cruising for several years now, mostly long cruises to less traveled places, and had settled in to continue on another line. That all changed with our first experience on Viking. Now Viking is our preferred cruise line. It is simply a superior experience. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We liked the itinerary and looked forward to an ocean experience of quiet, relaxing days at sea. There were many lectures and wonderful entertainments on board. We enjoyed the restaurant choices as well. No required dress-ups. We met ... Read More
We liked the itinerary and looked forward to an ocean experience of quiet, relaxing days at sea. There were many lectures and wonderful entertainments on board. We enjoyed the restaurant choices as well. No required dress-ups. We met very interesting people on board. We enjoyed the afternoon teas. The buffet choice for meals turned out to be our favorite. No waiting in line and it was very well organized. If you wanted linguine with shrimp for lunch, you simply went to that station (no line) and ordered it and then watched the chef prepare the dish right in front of you - delicious, fresh, the pasta perfect. The lectures were not just good - they were outstanding. And a great variety - adventurers who had sailed around the straits of Magellan with a crew of 8, oceanographers whose knowledge was overwhelming of saline and the environmental concerns today for our world's seas. The only underwhelming experience on board was to listen to the cruise pianist - played with the music in front of her - could not improvise - and every tune sounded the same in the same repetitive style. But she looked very Scandinavian if that made a difference. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Always wanted to take a trans-Atlantic cruise. We were greeted by cruise personal at the airport and professional processed to the pier for boarding. On board the cruise staff was supper helpful and kind. Our stateroom was well appointed ... Read More
Always wanted to take a trans-Atlantic cruise. We were greeted by cruise personal at the airport and professional processed to the pier for boarding. On board the cruise staff was supper helpful and kind. Our stateroom was well appointed and very clean. During the cruise, we were most fortunate to have had perfect weather the entire time (2 weeks). The port stops were great and interesting. I would have preferred the Casablanca stop over Tangiers stop as was originally programmed, but that's life. On board I discovered very comfortable areas outdoors and spent restful time reading and resting. The spa facilities were great especially the fantastic facial. Appreciated the "no hard sales" from any department especially the retail areas. A recommendation on my part is to have all denominational services available on Sundays and religious holidays. As it turned out, Easter services were provided by popular demand. And, as always, the food was excellent and beautifully presented. Thanks you for a most enjoyable 2 weeks. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We booked this cruise not long after we did our first Viking river cruise in August of 2016. We loved that whole experience so much, we knew we wanted more Viking. We also wanted something different from what mainstream cruise lines ... Read More
We booked this cruise not long after we did our first Viking river cruise in August of 2016. We loved that whole experience so much, we knew we wanted more Viking. We also wanted something different from what mainstream cruise lines offer. We like the smaller ship with only 930 passengers. The itinerary for this cruise was originally: San Juan, Tortola, St Kitts, St Lucia, Barbados, Guadeloupe, Antigua, St Martin/Maarten, St Thomas, then back to San Juan. The back to back hurricanes last fall, did a a lot of damage on quite a few of the ports, so we finally ended up with: San Juan, St Croix, St Kitts, St Lucia, Barbados, Guadeloupe, Antigua, St Martin/Maarten, St Thomas, then back to San Juan. Tortola was off the list, replaced by St Croix. Like the previous reviewer, Azulann, I loved the look of the Viking ships from the very first brochure I received - both river and ocean. The Viking Sea did not disappoint. The clean modern decor feels warm and inviting - never cold and unwelcoming. The public areas are spacious with lots of comfy seating, and the ship never felt crowded. Viking pays a lot of attention to details - interesting artwork, small plants and succulent arrangements, interesting sculptures and Viking themed artifacts, electronic games, traditional game boards, and lots of books. This is true through all aspects of the cruise. The crew were fantastic - all friendly and accommodating. You rarely ever hear the word, "no," unless it's part of the phrase, "no, problem!" They quickly learned our preferences and often anticipated our needs. I have to say, I honestly don't know why Viking is considered Premium by some and not Luxury. Sure felt like Luxury to us. Embarkation in San Juan was a easy-peasy. We had flown in the night before, but did not do a Viking extension. Getting from the hotel to the ship was no problem. We were whisked aboard with no lines, no waiting. Short walk along Viking's Red Carpet and we were onboard with a glass of bubbly in our hands! Everyone can board after 11:00am (at least in San Juan - other ports may vary), but rooms are available on a sliding basis according to room category with the Explorer Suite rooms first, down to the Standard Veranda. We had booked a Deluxe Veranda (DV4), starboard side, deck 4, but about a week before, we got an offer to upgrade to a Penthouse Veranda (PV1) for $199 each. We were extremely pleased that we did. The room was wonderful! By the way ALL Viking Ocean rooms have a veranda. There are no inside or ocean view rooms. Until your room is ready, you are free to have lunch, and the included wine and beer in the World Cafe, or out on the Aquavit Terrace (our preferred spot). And after lunch, you can explore the ship - which we did. As on the river cruise, we found that Viking does a lot of small things right. They have washing stations with sinks, soap and cloth towels by some restaurants in addition to sanitizing stations (which give you a light mist, not glob of goop in your hand). Restrooms are plentiful, always clean and quite lovely with birdsong background sounds. Booths have full doors. There are cloth towels by the sink, and a paper towel dispenser as you leave, so you can use a towel to open the door. There is a disposal bin right under it. At the World Cafe buffet there is no need to juggle your drinks and a plate. Get your food, have a seat, and they will bring you whatever beverage you want. If they see you headed out and they are going that way, they will carry your plate to the table. You can request a warmed plate at the carving station (which is the made to order egg station in the morning) - even if you are not getting food from there. They had pieces of bread in the bottom of the bacon and sausage trays to absorb the grease. And everything on the buffet is in small trays so it's not sitting getting yucky forever. Want something you don't see - just ask. Likely they will get it for you. Viking Ocean seemed a world apart from the mainstream cruise lines we've been on. There are no towels in your room that must be accounted for. Towels can be found on every lounge chair by the pool, and by the towel stations. They are left in your room if you have a swim or snorkel on your excursion. There are also towels next to the ship exit as you leave just in case you forgot one. Bottled water is available each time you leave the ship. They hand out cool towels when you return, and sometimes a glass of bubbly. Once we had a full reception committee with music and dancing! The food at all the venues ranged from good to fabulous. Everything we had was delicious. Food arrived hot, and plates were brought out individually, not on big trays with covers. We were told that each meal in the restaurants is prepared to order - and I think it's true. We ate breakfast and lunch in the World Cafe and dinner in the Restaurant. We also ate at Manfredi's and did the Sweet and Salty menu at the Chef's Table. Everything was really wonderful. Service was friendly, quick and attentive. We went for the Silver Spirits package, which we did not have on our river cruise. On an ocean cruise, we tend to do more mixed drinks, so we found it worth the $20 per person, per day. Drink prices are reasonable, if you decide not to go that route. And Viking allows you to bring wine, beer, soft drinks, liquor with no problem. And then there are the things Viking does not have - crowds, lines, children running around, art auctions, gold by the inch, 2 for 1 tee shirt sales, multiple announcements every hour about bingo or slots tournaments or hairy chest contests. Viking does not charge for room service, WiFi, beer, wine or soft drinks (at lunch and dinner), specialty coffees (unless there is booze in them). There is no charge to use the spa unless you get a treatment, nor any extra charge for the specialty restaurants. The only time we saw a crowd was at muster drill (which was held in the restaurant and the theater) and on the last day while people were waiting for their group to be called to leave ship. Leaving was as easy as boarding, but not nearly as exciting! The only line you might find is perhaps 2 or 3 people ahead of you at the Gelato (so tasty!) station. Even in the buffet - there might be 2,3 maybe 4 people in each section - cold, hot, breads and dessert. You don't have to wait. People take what they want and move on. If you forget something, just go back and get it. You might have a person or 2 ahead of you at the made to order stations throughout the buffet, but the staff will tell you how long the food will be so you can go get other food and come back and pick up your order. There are no casinos - sorry, if you need one of those, you need to look elsewhere. There are shows in the evening, but not big production shows like some cruise lines have. I know some people look for those, but we were quite happy with the Viking Band that played in Torshaven (lounge) and also with the guitarist, piano player and the classical trio that played throughout the ship. They did bring on a fantastic steel drum band in St Lucia! There was a fairly wide age range from people in their 30s to people in their 80s. You often hear that Viking attracts an older crowd, but I think that's changing - at least on Viking Ocean. It was a wonderful cruise that exceeded the expectations we had from our river cruise. We have another ocean cruise and another river cruise booked with Viking. Oh and Viking does a fabulous Cruise Critic Meet & Mingle - there was shrimp! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Decided to try Viking ocean cruise because of the small capacity of passengers. It met all our expectations. Ship is sleek and beautifully designed. Many different spaces to enjoy; Wintergarden for tea, Explorer Lounge for cocktails ... Read More
Decided to try Viking ocean cruise because of the small capacity of passengers. It met all our expectations. Ship is sleek and beautifully designed. Many different spaces to enjoy; Wintergarden for tea, Explorer Lounge for cocktails before dinner to the Spa and lots in between. Beautiful art work throughout the ship. There are so many small details that you notice something different each time you pass through the same space. Cruising in the Caribbean, it was nice to have a pool with a retractable dome as showers pop up and there is no need to run for cover. Food outstanding. The Chef’s Table is a must as well as the waffles in the morning at Mamsen. World Cafe food was excellent Enjoyed a Caribbean themed dinner on deck while in Aruba. Staff does an amazing job. Embarkation and debarkation effortless. We have found our cruise line! Booked another cruise while onboard. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Have done Viking River and decided to do an Ocean voyage. We liked the itinerary to several islands in the eastern Caribbean. We fly on a red eye to San Juan. Transfers went smoothly. Once on board we were impressed by the clean lines ... Read More
Have done Viking River and decided to do an Ocean voyage. We liked the itinerary to several islands in the eastern Caribbean. We fly on a red eye to San Juan. Transfers went smoothly. Once on board we were impressed by the clean lines and décor of the ship. We stayed in a V1 balcony-we figured that with a port intensive cruise we wouldn't be in our room a lot. The room was plenty spacious and the bath was nice. Because of the hurricanes several passengers had cancelled so the ship was not crowded at all. We also were given $250 ship board credit due to changes in schedule and perhaps to encourage people not to cancel. Having been on several other cruise lines we were very happy with-no photographers, no casino, no art auctions etc. The ship was beautiful and the staff was very friendly. We enjoyed the food and managed to go to Chefs Table and the specialty restaurant also. The excursions were nice overviews and included. We only did one optional excursion in St Kitz. for a walk in the rain forest. I think the highlight of our cruise was midway when returning from an excursion we were greeted with champagne and ~1/3 of the crew out cheering and dancing to the music from the band on the ship. They were high-fiving all of us. Just a nice touch showing their appreciation. Also ever day we left on an excursion at least 1-2 officers were there to wish us well. We enjoyed the entertainment even though it was a small company. We thought they were talented and enjoyed the shows. They weren't big productions but that was fine for us. Overall we really enjoyed the cruise and the ship. We will most likely travel again on Viking Ocean for the smalller size and service. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
I have heard so much about how great Viking Ocean Cruises are that we just had to try it. It was one of our best cruises ever. We enjoyed the ship so very much. It was a quieter cruise than what we have experienced on other cruise ... Read More
I have heard so much about how great Viking Ocean Cruises are that we just had to try it. It was one of our best cruises ever. We enjoyed the ship so very much. It was a quieter cruise than what we have experienced on other cruise lines. The ship is beautiful and we really enjoyed all the quiet places we could go to relax, read, talk and just enjoy. The food was very good and we enjoyed the specialty restaurants as well. One of my favorites was the Norwegian waffles served in the Explorer Lounge area in the mornings. Our favorite restaurant was Manfredi's where we had a steak that I would rate as the best steak I have ever had. Overall the whole experience on this ship was just outstanding. We look forward to another ocean cruise on Viking. We did book a river cruise while on the ship and got a very good deal. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
A cruise departing from NYC was appealing. This was our third Viking ocean cruise on the same ship. The cruise was extremely enjoyable and the ship 1/2 full due to port changes and apprehension of the possible of post hurricaine ... Read More
A cruise departing from NYC was appealing. This was our third Viking ocean cruise on the same ship. The cruise was extremely enjoyable and the ship 1/2 full due to port changes and apprehension of the possible of post hurricaine ramifications. Overall most things were fine. The crab claws availability was not as prevalent as med cruises. As always on a cruise ship, the pizza is not worth eating. Wine service at lunch was slow. Plenty of servers but they need more training as to being observant and speedy. The Italian restaurant is wonderful. Mamsens is a great space for sea days. Hamburgers by the pool are too thick. Tea time at 4 is a real treat. It would be nice to have definitive up front rules on where and for what hours the wine is included at dinner time as in "only at an eating table" in Mamsens, "anywhere in the buffet as long as they are serving food", what area around the pool as long as food is served. Overall a great cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
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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