8 Viking Ocean Viking Sea River Cruise Reviews

WE are a retired couple that loves to travel. When we were offered a chance to visit the Amazon with Viking, we immediately booked our cruise. This was our first cruise on a Viking ocean going vessel. Having been on three river cruises, ... Read More
WE are a retired couple that loves to travel. When we were offered a chance to visit the Amazon with Viking, we immediately booked our cruise. This was our first cruise on a Viking ocean going vessel. Having been on three river cruises, we expected the best, but were surprised to find it even surpassed our expectations! I can tell you now, that we can't wait to book another ocean cruise with Viking. We have been on many other ocean going cruises with a variety of companies... but this was the BEST! The entire crew from room attendants up to officers ingratiated themselves being so helpful, happy, while also very professional. The numerous restaurants had not only quality food, but choices beyond our belief!! Even with a 22 day sail, we could not experience all they offered. We enjoyed the he excellent guest lecturers- all had very interesting programs. Entertainment aboard was varied and very much appreciated. There was always a variety of choices, and all very professional. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We’ve been on two previous Viking River cruises and this was the first Viking Ocean cruise – we have trusted and been happy with all aspects of Viking – we wanted to cruise the Baltics and our favorite stops were Tallin, Estonia – ... Read More
We’ve been on two previous Viking River cruises and this was the first Viking Ocean cruise – we have trusted and been happy with all aspects of Viking – we wanted to cruise the Baltics and our favorite stops were Tallin, Estonia – Gdansk, Poland – Aalborg, Denmark and all of Norway - all ports were easy to navigate on to shore (no tethering) most by bus but several were walk right off into the community like Aalborg, Denmark and Eidfjorde, Norway - after several free excursions by bus and the general 2-3 hour tour we started to appreciate some of the paid excursions that had around 20-30 people - more personable and enjoyable - we weren’t impressed with larger cities like St. Petersburg as tours to landmarks and museums were rushed and crowded - we are on vacation and do enjoy relaxation and that's what the ship offers in all areas - it's OK to skip a port and just relax on board as there is so much to do - the spa and fitness area offered programs and the top deck had the best fitness equipment and activities like shuffleboard - movie theatres provided themed movies in connection to the areas we cruised - on board musical entertainment was fun and vibrant from lounge shows to pool parties and the dining offerings ranged from great lasgna and an Italian menu at Manfredi’s to a wonderful wine and food pairing at the Chef’s Table – the Restaurant offered a wide range of choices from fish to steak and local favorites – the World Café offered a smorgasbord of main entrees – desserts and snacks – Mamsen’s served a wonderful daily breakfast with fresh pastries and fruit plus waffles and breakfast platters made to order - the lounge choices were fun – warm and friendly – relaxing views of the sea and countryside from the Explorer’s Lounge listening to a guitarist or pianist - to night time entertainment at Torshavn with shows like The Rat Pack – the Viking Bar and Living Room was a great place to hear music from highly skilled musicians and entertainers – we will be cruising another itinerary with Viking Ocean in the future and we highly recommend connecting with Cruise Critic through their Meet & Mingle on board – we have many friends just from that connection – we like the smaller ship with 930 cruisers and no casinos or themed gimmicks – this allowed us to meet so many great people - fun ship and wonderful staff !!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
The Viking ship is gorgeous with a very modern, sleek design. Outstanding that Viking makes the SPA area available to everyone which includes their sauna, steam room, SNOW room, therapy pool, etc. You only pay for personal services, such ... Read More
The Viking ship is gorgeous with a very modern, sleek design. Outstanding that Viking makes the SPA area available to everyone which includes their sauna, steam room, SNOW room, therapy pool, etc. You only pay for personal services, such as massages. This is so much better than most cruise lines that require you to pay a Spa fee just to use their spa area. The general Restaurant was very good. We prefer to eat "when you want" approach and we never really had to wait more than a few minutes. We had a choice of eating at a table for two or with a group which was nice. Excellent menus. Really liked their specialty restaurant, called Manifredi's. Their other specialty restaurant, The Chef's Table, was a bit too "fancy" for our tastes and you did not have a choice of menu. Good experience though to eat foods we have not tried before. We like the Viking approach of including excursions for each port as part of the basic cruise fee, but then also providing optional excursions that you pay extra for. We went on an excursion at every port, although this itinerary could have used a "Sea Day" for people to catch their breath. Several guests commented that this was the most port intensive itinerary they have been on which is great if you like lots of walking and activity. Some of the excursions involved much more walking that their description implied which was a problem for me who walks with a cane. Their excursion descriptions need to be more specific in terms of walking requirements. Most of the excursions we chose to pay extra for were great, but I would not recommend the boat option to see caves near Corfu - not worth the money. Crew and staff were excellent and always very helpful. Yes, we will travel with Viking on an ocean or river cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
This was my third Viking Cruise. I love the ship, ports, friendly staff, excellent cuisine. I could go on and on. I just keep coming back for more. Embarkation was well organized and efficient. Love Port Talks. Attend as many as ... Read More
This was my third Viking Cruise. I love the ship, ports, friendly staff, excellent cuisine. I could go on and on. I just keep coming back for more. Embarkation was well organized and efficient. Love Port Talks. Attend as many as possible. Those not attended were watched on the video feed. The ship was beautiful. It was well maintained and staff were always cleaning, painting scuffed areas. The staff was very accommodating and friendly. Any request was granted. The wines that were paired with the meals were excellent. Let me say that the Gelato was a big seller, always lines at that counter. Food was outstanding and they always offered something new and interesting. Enjoyed the Italian theme one night, the fresh fish fry, all just wonderful. The cruise director was also a gem. She had a beautiful voice and joined in the entertainment. We will keep coming back to Viking for more cruises. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Arrived in Athens 2days before departure and boarded the cruise ship with ease. Everything went very smooth and they had all the shore excursions well organized. Vey impressed. Only thing wrong was the transfers when we got to Venice (not ... Read More
Arrived in Athens 2days before departure and boarded the cruise ship with ease. Everything went very smooth and they had all the shore excursions well organized. Vey impressed. Only thing wrong was the transfers when we got to Venice (not good) but this was not done by Viking should have booked Viking transfers. All in all in was fantastic and will definitely go on another one. This was our second with Viking ,first ocean and the river cruise was aslo as great. We went from Budapest to Amsterdam and all the shore excursions were also great. Meals were fantastic and the alacart restaurants were nice to go to. The staff couldn't do enough for you always asking if everything is okay. Our cabin was very spacious and we enjoyed our terrace. It is also nice that you may bring the local wine on board to try or the local beers. Excellent holiday and will do it again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We had already enjoyed several VIking RIver cruises and we were curious to see a part of the world where we had never been before. Seeing Croatia, Greece, Montenegro, Slovenia etc were unique and full of history and some amazing towns and ... Read More
We had already enjoyed several VIking RIver cruises and we were curious to see a part of the world where we had never been before. Seeing Croatia, Greece, Montenegro, Slovenia etc were unique and full of history and some amazing towns and countryside. The Viking Sea (VS) was an amazing experience in itself. While it carries over 900 people, it felt less crowded and more personal than even the new Viking Longships. The VS has so many special places designed for getting away and just enjoying /relaxing. The choices for eating fit every possible preference from casual to formal and there were limitless varieties of food to choose from. Both the quality of the food and the staff that served it could not have been better. Two of the perks that the ocean ships have over the river ships, is a laundry and a medical clinic. Both great additions to the sailing experience. I was a bit concerned about sailing in the ocean as opposed to a river, but the VS was so smooth, that even with white caps on the water nor at night did we feel anything. Our one major suggestion to VIking would be that more detailed information was provided concerning the optional tours. Even just providing the time spent driving to the destinations would be very helpful. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
THIS cruise FAR exceeded our Expectations is every way. THAT is the highest of praise from people who have travelled widely over 50 years. VIKING is the BEST. Loved the trip, staff, cruise area but really LOVED the spa, spacious cabins and ... Read More
THIS cruise FAR exceeded our Expectations is every way. THAT is the highest of praise from people who have travelled widely over 50 years. VIKING is the BEST. Loved the trip, staff, cruise area but really LOVED the spa, spacious cabins and the entire lovely lovely ship! The ship is spacious with SO many little private alcoves and lounges to sit and read; high tea was informal and lovely. The Spa is gorgeous, no charge, and immaculate. The Ice Grotta was fun; the sauna and steam room so very nice and clean. The attendant in the spa was very attentive and was constantly asking us if we needed towels, a drink of water or anything at all that he could assist us with. In addition, the evening entertainment was so very nice: tasteful, relaxing and just right for the end of day soaking up the bright sunlight at midnight and seeing a new day in against the background of some of the most fantatic scenery in the world. We want to go again...and so do our friends who travelled with us. Here's hoping we can do it all over again! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This was our first Viking Ocean Cruise, but it will not be our last. The ship was new and very luxurious. All the small details of construction were first class from the a/c supply to the beautiful dining rooms. All cabins had an exterior ... Read More
This was our first Viking Ocean Cruise, but it will not be our last. The ship was new and very luxurious. All the small details of construction were first class from the a/c supply to the beautiful dining rooms. All cabins had an exterior balcony that allowed you privacy and a beautiful view of all cities and the fjords. You never to felt crowded or pressured to buy drinks like on many cruises, but the friendly staff was always available. Everything was well organized and run very efficiently. The food and wine selections were incredible. The open seating at meals was great and allowed us to visit with people from all over the world. The Viking singers, dancers, and musicians were first class and really enjoyed their jobs. All performances were top notch and all entertainers were so helpful and easy to visit with after their performances. The entire two week cruise was like staying and eating in a five star resort. I do not think anything could have been any better. 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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