199 Viking Ocean Viking Sea Romantic Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise to celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary. Previously have had three cruises with Cunard. This fared better for us as there were no formal nights. Had two nights at the Chefs table and two at Manfredi’s an Italian ... Read More
We chose this cruise to celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary. Previously have had three cruises with Cunard. This fared better for us as there were no formal nights. Had two nights at the Chefs table and two at Manfredi’s an Italian themed restaurant. The food and service was excellent in every respect including the buffet restaurant. Dining outside at the Aquavit was particularly enjoyable and the themed evenings were a bonus where the chefs cooked outside. The ship is very modern and very tastefully adorned with its Viking theme. It was unobtrusively cleaned to a high standard. Our stateroom was pristine at all times. All staff were courteous, friendly and professional at all times. As soon as we arrived at San Juan Airport we were met by Viking staff who kept us fully informed of the procedure for embarkation and we had the same experience when it came time to leave. The entertainment in the theatre was excellent, we particularly liked the ABBA and Beatles themed evenings. There was also a classical pianist and a violin duo, both very competent and played alternatively in the Atrium. This was adjacent a bar where you could either sit and talk or relax in lounge seating and listen to their music. Dancing under the stars and the Steel band were both thoroughly enjoyable. A very good range of excursions was on offer. All professionally executed. What we particularly liked was that the ship was not too large, there were no casinos, no children under 18, no gratuities, excursions included and the silver drinks package. We enjoyed this cruise immensely and have no hesitation in recommending Viking to our friends. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We decided to escape winter for a bit and took our second Viking ocean cruise because of the great itinerary.....2 nights in Puerto Rico and a port a day. It didn't disappoint, with perfect weather. We had included bus transfer from ... Read More
We decided to escape winter for a bit and took our second Viking ocean cruise because of the great itinerary.....2 nights in Puerto Rico and a port a day. It didn't disappoint, with perfect weather. We had included bus transfer from our hotel to the port, and the embarkation was the simplest ever....we walked up to a table and they gave us our room keys and tickets for our shore excursions. The ship is for adults, elegant and easy to explore. Our cabin was ready early and it already had our luggage in it. We had a deluxe veranda cabin on deck 4 and it was comfortable and spotless. There is a lack of drawer space, but the bathroom is very spacious. Our cabin attendant, Michael, was unobtrusive but was always there for us if we needed anything. I loved the soft, squishy pillows but my husband wanted a firmer one, and it was provided almost immediately. The breakfast and lunch buffets had a varied assortment of food and the pool grill had good burgers and a salad bar. We ate dinner most nights in The Restaurant and the food was uniformly good. It was especially nice having a destination menu every night. The service seemed more harried than our last cruise, it seems like they have less staff because our first 3 waiters didn't even have time to introduce themselves, talk about the food or check back with us. We finally found Singh and Azri, who were excellent. We had the beverage package, so the sommelier, Enea was very helpful and knowledgeable making recommendations from the premium wines. We ate 2 nights at the Chef's Table and both meals and wine pairings were delicious. Mamsen's during the day has delicious desserts. The entertainers on-board were all talented, especially the Viking Band and the guitar player Pablo. We would listen to them every night in Torshavn and they played a wide range of music with no repeats in their set-lists, unless they had a request. It was fantastic not hearing the same songs over and over. They were some of the most talented musicians we've seen and really made the cruise for us. The optional shore excursions were fun, especially the Secret Sand Beach Break in St. Thomas. It was the one of the most relaxing, peaceful beaches we've been to. We like that there is a container for wet towels when you get back on-board and that water is provided as you leave the ship. We had an issue with one of our other shore excursions and it was resolved more than satisfactorily right away. We really appreciated the excellent customer service. We had a small Meet and Mingle in the Wintergarden and Viking did a great job. It was nice to meet so many officers and the appetizers and drinks were very tasty. The fitness center is very clean and the included spa saunas and pool and worth doing. The staff and service are what make Viking cruises so excellent. The people are helpful and friendly and we hated to leave them. We have 2 more ocean cruises booked with them. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
This was our third cruise with Viking, one river cruise, one Adriatic ocean cruise. The ship staff from the valet to the captain were outstanding. Always friendly & helpful. The ship was great, too. Easy to navigate with lots of ... Read More
This was our third cruise with Viking, one river cruise, one Adriatic ocean cruise. The ship staff from the valet to the captain were outstanding. Always friendly & helpful. The ship was great, too. Easy to navigate with lots of amenities. The size of ship is perfect for the ports we visited during the cruise. The number of passengers is excellent without kids & needless entertainment. If you want casinos or shows, this is not your cruise line. The entertainment was outstanding. Excellent musicians & classy, comforting music. The food is consistently good, but after several days, the selection was getting limited. We ate at The Restaurant most of the meals, but also at Manfredi's where the food was outstanding. Bar area in Atrium on first deck is always fun. Now the excursions. We have been to about half of the islands on the cruise so we did not select excursions for Tortola, St Kitts, St Martin/Sin Maarten or Barbados. For our second day in Puerto Rico we did the Ell Yunque Rainforest which was a good excursion. Guide was very good. We did not leave the boat at Tortula. At St Kitts, we taxied to the Carambola Beach Club instead of a cruise excursion. Relaxing time. In Dominica, we did the Freshwater Lake & Hot Pools excursion. Our guide was very good, but the lake & hot tubs were pretty disappointing. In Barbados, we got a taxi tour with another couple. It was one of our favorite onshore day having visited The Crane Resort at Crane Beach, a cross-island tour & a visit to the Sandy Lane high-end resort & golf course. Over the top in luxury! In St Lucia, we did a cruise excursion on a catamaran & lunch at The Ladera Resort which was over the top, too. Beautiful view of the Piton peaks & a great lunch. This was by far the best Viking excursions for the cruise. In Antiqua, we did the Amazing Antiqua cruise excursion. Our guide was very knowledgeable & friendly, but the tour was lots of boring driving. The Shirley Heights & Nelson's Shipyard were interesting. We have done St Martin so we stayed on the ship. Our last day was in St Thomas & we took a taxi to Megens Bay beach which was very pretty & relaxing. Overall, a very enjoyable cruise. We will do more Viking cruise in the future. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
The Viking embarkation and disembarkation process were fast, efficient, no hassle, no long lines. From the luggage area to and from the airport, Viking representatives were always at hand. Such a smooth and relaxing process! Everywhere ... Read More
The Viking embarkation and disembarkation process were fast, efficient, no hassle, no long lines. From the luggage area to and from the airport, Viking representatives were always at hand. Such a smooth and relaxing process! Everywhere at the ship, cabin, spa, dining areas, evidently portrayed ELEGANCE and LUXURY! Our penthouse veranda cabin was always kept clean and the refrigerator stacked with water, sodas and snacks. Our room stewards were always on their toes! So impressed with their efficiency. The Atrium Bar and Explorer’s Lounge were our favorite hangouts due to their excellent service! We were constantly at the Atrium Bar to order drinks and stay for an hour or two talking to other guests, and to amazing Carlos and his wonderful staff. The classical music was much appreciated. Pablo, the incredible guitarist, was our favorite entertainer. The tea time was a great addition to a relaxing afternoon. Dressy casual was required at all dining venues and at the theater except at the World Cafe. We appreciated the complimentary excursions. The sites were well planned and the guides were so knowledgeable. Viking’s high standards far exceeded our expectations! The best service we ever encountered in a cruise line. We were so pleased with our first Viking cruise that we already booked our next one for August 2020. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Viking's West Indies Explorer was just the kind of cruise we were looking for. We like to spend more than one day in a particular area, which is hard to do on many cruises. The Lower Antilles brings a series of Caribbean ... Read More
Viking's West Indies Explorer was just the kind of cruise we were looking for. We like to spend more than one day in a particular area, which is hard to do on many cruises. The Lower Antilles brings a series of Caribbean destinations together in close proximity so we never completely left the islands, and we were able to visit a different one every day. Perfect! Viking always offer an included excursion in every port. These always seem to focus on local geography, scenic points, and local culture. These are often not extensive in duration, so Viking arranges some much more immersive tours starting with some reasonably priced excursions into natural areas, historic landmarks sometimes recognized as UNESCO World Heritage site, or local industry or artists. For a bit extra we stepped up to a few more indulgent tours involving some great sailing on a catamaran, or special local cuisine. Every cabin has a veranda, so we always had a quiet place with a fresh breeze to relax for an hour or just for fifteen minutes. The standard cabins aren't terribly large, but we never felt like we were cramped - the bath was arranged so effectively that even the shower had plenty of room. So much better than some of our cruises on other lines. The ship, of course, was beautiful - there's something very simple and clean about Scandinavian design. It's pretty much our definition of elegant. Viking's open buffet dining is about the best of any line we've tried, and the main restaurant always offers the opportunity to meet new people or have a quiet dinner as a couple. Every passenger has the opportunity to book one or more meals in a smaller specialized restaurant. The Italian dishes in Mancuso's are among the best we've had anywhere, and we've found some pretty wonderful places in Rome and New York. Somehow we overlooked booking before our trip but a young lady named Grace, on the restaurant staff, persistently watched for an opening to get us in and called to tell us. The service of the Viking staff is consistently excellent, and you can see that they're always happy to make you feel welcome. This was our third Viking cruise, the first was along the rivers of central Europe, and the second in the western Mediterranean. Not a hint of disappointment with any of them. When I finally retire, we'll certainly take a few more. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Had heard positive reviews from friends.Boy were they right. EVERYTHING from flights,hotel,embarkation,excursions,dining etc was top notch.Our pre excursion Caribe Hilton and Viking concierge were better than expected. Transportation from ... Read More
Had heard positive reviews from friends.Boy were they right. EVERYTHING from flights,hotel,embarkation,excursions,dining etc was top notch.Our pre excursion Caribe Hilton and Viking concierge were better than expected. Transportation from airport to hotel then to the ship was seamless .Our cabin was kept immaculate by Dewa and asst. Could not be more pleased. San Juan excursions ,sights, and weather were wonderful.Dining venues were all so good we had a hard time picking a favorite.Manfredi's and Mamsens do standout .The entertainers were all very accomplished.We really liked "ABBA" "The Beatles" and the famous songwriters shows in the theater. Pablo on guitar ,the piano player, and string quartet kept us entertained at a very nice tea and other lounges. Public spaces and bars were always clean and service was immediate. All crew members including officers never failed to say hello and make sure everything was ok.We could not be more pleased and are planning our next sailing with Viking now. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and island destinations. This was our first cruise so we only had online research to help us. Once we were onboard and speaking with other guests -most of which were Viking Explorers which means ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and island destinations. This was our first cruise so we only had online research to help us. Once we were onboard and speaking with other guests -most of which were Viking Explorers which means repeat guests- we knew how lucky we were to have chosen this line. No up-sell. No one in your face. Attentive service with amazing food. Every port included a free excursion which helped to educate the guests about the country, local population and tour some of the sights. The cabins all have balconies. Repeat, all. They are lovely with enough room to feel at home. I admit, we had sticker shock when we saw the price compared to the discounted competition that floods the internet and our emails. Again, we learned what the Viking experience provided versus the unexpected pay as you go options. We enjoyed the adults only atmosphere with luxury spa facilities of which a large part were free to use as you wish. Specific treatments etc were pay as you go. The entertainment crew was creative and beyond talented. Something for everyone and at various times to suit personal schedules. We will definitely choose this line and travel method again....they have so many options... Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Our 23rd cruise and first with Viking was most enjoyable , 10 nights around the Eastern Caribbean in and out of San Juan . Having cruised with P & O , Royal Caribbean , Cunard , Norwegian & Oceania before we felt it compared ... Read More
Our 23rd cruise and first with Viking was most enjoyable , 10 nights around the Eastern Caribbean in and out of San Juan . Having cruised with P & O , Royal Caribbean , Cunard , Norwegian & Oceania before we felt it compared favourably with most of them with Oceania the nearest comparison . Loved the small ship feel , never busy , loads of space , never having to wait for a table and at times it felt like our own luxury ship . Adults only was a plus and sunbeds were always freely available , no having to rush for one on this ship . No casino or towel cards , water freely available , excellent drinks and included excursions were good . We paid extra for 1 excursion in Antigua and throughly enjoyed a catamaran trip with lunch down the west coast . Food was very good ( not quite Oceania standards but still very good ) entertainment was a little lacking but I guess that is because it is a small ship . Pablo the guitar was superb and the Viking band and singers were also very entertaining in my opinion much better than the main 4 singers . Very few complaints from us , the swimming pools are deep throughout so you cannot stand up unless very tall and the main pool area gets very very hot when the roof is closed but small issues . Staff are the happiest we have encountered on any cruise ship and there seems a great connection between them and the officers/senior management . Cabin was very comfortable although a little short on storage , but great bathroom with heated floor , excellent lighting and USB charging points by the bed . The only negative we would say is coming from the UK we had flights via JFK New York and these were very hard work , 2.5 hours getting through immigration going out and delayed flight coming back meaning we had to take a later flight back to the UK which was stressful and hassle . We would love to cruise with Viking again but would only consider the Caribbean again if we can get direct fights . This however did not spoil our cruise which was one of the best relaxing cruises we have been on and it was lovely not to feel herded about . Viking treat you as individuals and also as an adult ! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We chose this cruise because it stopped at all the islands we were interested in. My husband will only cruise with Viking, and this cruise did not disappoint us. The crew, all treat you like royalty. Something I have not experienced on ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it stopped at all the islands we were interested in. My husband will only cruise with Viking, and this cruise did not disappoint us. The crew, all treat you like royalty. Something I have not experienced on other cruise lines. The cabin was kept very clean and supplied with whatever we requested every day. The food, you just can't say enough about the food and the presentation! Exceptional. We took a tour of the galley and that was extremely interesting to see, well worth the time. We like Viking as there are no kids allowed under 18, makes it so much more pleasant for us. The excursions we took were great, some better than others. Embarkation and Disembarkation is a breeze with Viking. So much so, we forgot a bag at the terminal, and the crew were amazing and brought the bag to us at the airport. I can't rave enough about Viking!!! We have 2 more cruises already booked!!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We had done three river cruises with Viking and throughly enjoyed them. This was our first ocean cruise with Viking and the experience was excellent (food, cultural enrichment, customer service, excursions). They always treat you ... Read More
We had done three river cruises with Viking and throughly enjoyed them. This was our first ocean cruise with Viking and the experience was excellent (food, cultural enrichment, customer service, excursions). They always treat you special. They know you name and your likes and dislikes. Our Veranda Suite was great. It was spacious and very modern. The rooms were well appointed and having the mini bar included was great. The restaurants were excellent and had a good variety of food. The shore excursions were excellent, especially the whale watching in Dominica. We also had an included tour each day that gave us a good overview of each island. We feel that Viking provides the best cruises both ocean and river. They focus on cruises for adults and have appropriate activities. We highly recommend Viking cruises due to the overall experience. We will be planning more cruises with Viking in the future. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
From the moment we arrived at San Juan airport- to be greeted with a champagne reception- the cruise, crew, rooms, facilities, excursions and food were fantastic. This was our first ever cruise, and now we are hooked. Loved the attention ... Read More
From the moment we arrived at San Juan airport- to be greeted with a champagne reception- the cruise, crew, rooms, facilities, excursions and food were fantastic. This was our first ever cruise, and now we are hooked. Loved the attention to detail with the rooms and lounges on the ship. The crew were so attentive- nothing was too much trouble. Loved the low key entertainment- pianists, violinists, guitarist in the lounge areas. The food in all the restaurants was amazing- but we especially loved the Chef’s Table for challenging our taste buds and ideas about food. We did all of the included excursions- which are designed to give you a taster of what the island has to offer. All were great- with good to excellent tour guides. We paid for the St Kitts railway experience- which was worth the money- and we all had a great time. Overall the cruise exceeded our expectations. We never felt crowded on the ship. There were always quiet lounge areas if you wanted peace and quiet. The spa is brilliant- loved the snow room and jacuzzi hot tubs. The only negative was the post-cruise stay at the Caribe Hilton. We were taken to the hotel at 8:30am and not given a room until 4pm. With no secure place to store handluggage we had no option but to sit in the hotel lobby for 8 hours. Once we were allocated our room it was dirty with a broken safe. Housekeeping and security were sent to resolve the problem- but I would not recommend the Hilton- and felt it didn’t mirror the values and quality of Viking. It made a disappointing end to a fantastic cruise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Had a great time from start to finish. Everything went smoothly after the arrival at the airport in San Juan. We were immediately transferred to the ship. Check in was a seamless process at the port. Our room was ready as soon as we ... Read More
Had a great time from start to finish. Everything went smoothly after the arrival at the airport in San Juan. We were immediately transferred to the ship. Check in was a seamless process at the port. Our room was ready as soon as we boarded and our luggage arrived to the room about an hour later. We ordered room service that night as we were tired from traveling and it was delicious. The rooms was lovely and very spacious. It was nice having a balcony to watch the sunset or arrival at the next port. We had a great time on all the included and optional excursions that we booked. The best was on the island of St. Martin at the Timon Parfumerie where we created our own perfume and cologne. The trip to Harrison’s Cave on Barbados and the hot baths on Dominica were great too. The food was wonderful at each of the restaurants onboard. From the World Cafe buffet to the Prix Fixe chef’s menu at the Chef’s Table. This is the second Viking cruise we have been on, the first being a river cruise in Europe. On both cruises, Viking’s attention to detail and customer services was outstanding. Customs at the port in San Juan at disembarkation demanded that the ship be cleared by 9:00 am, so Viking arraigned a hospitality suite at a nearby hotel for the people who had a later flight to relax and have refreshments until it was time to go to the airport. I would not hesitate to travel with Viking in the future, and in fact booked two more cruises while on board. If you book while on board there are discounts and perks available. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We chose this cruise to see a different island every day which appealed to us rather than spending several days at sea without visiting another port as most other cruise lines offer. The ship size is perfect. It was never crowded, even at ... Read More
We chose this cruise to see a different island every day which appealed to us rather than spending several days at sea without visiting another port as most other cruise lines offer. The ship size is perfect. It was never crowded, even at meal time. Unlike an experience with another cruise line, the ship is quiet and we were able to sleep whenever we desired. The variety of dining options was great. We ate at the buffet often, but also enjoyed the formal dining experience two nights. In the mornings, we enjoyed room service before our daily excursions. Every evening we attended one of the entertainment options: piano, guitar, stage performances, or violin. We enjoyed the variety and the quality of the performances. We are planning a Viking riverboat cruise later this year, and another ocean cruise following that. We recommend Viking as a cruise line of choice for adults. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Our pastor and his wife recommended Viking as they did a re-positioning cruise. They told us all about the different foods to try and to make sure we went on both sides of the buffet lines. I loved to order the grilled shrimp at ... Read More
Our pastor and his wife recommended Viking as they did a re-positioning cruise. They told us all about the different foods to try and to make sure we went on both sides of the buffet lines. I loved to order the grilled shrimp at lunch time. I did not like the rocky nights with the ship. It was very rocky every night. We did not get a tour or explanation of our room from our steward. That was disappointing. We went with 2 other couples and they told us about the rooms. I LOVED the heated bathroom floors. Our cabin was cleaned daily. The staff was very friendly and personal. We were celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary. The Chef made us a delicious cake for that. We loved the entertainment, Abba, and The Beatles night. My most favorite place on the ship was the Spa. The mineral pool, Steamy sauna, snowy room and heated loungers. First class ship for sure. Loved the Tea Time with the yummy scones and mini sandwiches. You are never hungry that's for sure. Oh and we loved Edwina who served the ice cream and gelato. We feel she deserves a huge raise. We are sure gonna miss her smiling face. It was a little hard getting use to driving on the opposite side of the rode and the NARROW roads, when we went on our excursions. The guides were very informative. I enjoyed it the most being a retired Teacher in all. We met the Executive Chef and he took us on the galley tour. Loved every minute of it. We were shocked to see an escalator down there. Also all the stainless steal. So clean every where We appreciated the laundry room that was available to us.. We would of loved a sea day or 2 so we could of relaxed. We would definitely go on another Viking Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
This was our third Viking Cruise. We have previously been on two other cruise lines, but now we’re hooked on Viking. The ship is modern and spacious. Our balcony cabin was comfortable and the amenities are terrific. Everywhere you turn, ... Read More
This was our third Viking Cruise. We have previously been on two other cruise lines, but now we’re hooked on Viking. The ship is modern and spacious. Our balcony cabin was comfortable and the amenities are terrific. Everywhere you turn, the Staff is wonderful! The staff are friendly, helpful, and truly believe in the best possible customer service! The food is always freshly prepared and delicious. There are a variety of options — something to please everyone! Sometimes we grabbed a quick meal at The Grill or The World Cafe, and sometimes we enjoyed a more leisurely dining experience at the Chef’s Table, Manfredi’s (Italian), or The Restaurant. We enjoyed the food, service, and ambiance at all of these dining choices. The excursions are very well organized, fun, and educational. Viking sponsors “port talks” so that we can learn about the destination that we’ll be stopping at the next day. (The live presentations are recorded so you can watch them on your big screen TV in your cabin at your convenience.) Every day we went on at least one excursion. Viking always offers at least one excursion included with the cruise. Sometimes we took the free excursion and sometimes we paid extra to do something really special. We were never disappointed. The Viking cruises have truly been the most wonderful trips of a lifetime! I hope you get to have the same amazing experience! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We actually were invited on this cruise by family, who had previously cruised with Viking. This was our first Viking Cruise. We were very excited by the itinerary, stopping in a different port each day, and the daily included excursions ... Read More
We actually were invited on this cruise by family, who had previously cruised with Viking. This was our first Viking Cruise. We were very excited by the itinerary, stopping in a different port each day, and the daily included excursions that provided a look into the beautiful places we were visiting. Everything was amazing. The ports, the ship, the staff were all outstanding. The The ship was beautiful, our cabin was spacious and comfortable. The amenities aboard were great, such as the 24 hour room service. The staff definitely went above and beyond for the passengers. Everyone was outstanding, friendly and helpful. The dining was very pleasurable, you didn't feel rushed at all at dinner. The food was great, rather you were eating in one of the specialty restaurants or in the cafe. We enjoyed the talent of the onboard entertainment groups. The quieter, more refined tone of the cruise was very relaxing, just what a vacation should be, while on the other hand, we were so active exploring our stops with our included daily tours, we got to see and do so much. The variety of extra excursions you could choose from included a huge variety of things so that everyone was sure to find something that suited their own interests. I was able to try several new things. Loved it!!!!Every aspect of our cruise was amazing. We highly recommend Viking will definitely cruise with Viking again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Chose cruise for itinerary and climate. As previously experienced on another Viking Ocean cruise, the ship was magnificent. All of the amenities are excellent and a very comfortable experience. Most importantly, the staff from the Captain ... Read More
Chose cruise for itinerary and climate. As previously experienced on another Viking Ocean cruise, the ship was magnificent. All of the amenities are excellent and a very comfortable experience. Most importantly, the staff from the Captain on down was excellent, very attentive and could not do enough. The dining experience in all restaurants was a pleasure and very satisfying. The ambiance throughout the ship was so relaxing. The spa and fitness areas are just beautiful and make for a complete experience. In our opinion, no other cruise line provides this type of luxury for the price. The shore excursions, for the most part are educational and adequate. When traveling internationally there is always anxiety concerning airport transfers. Viking makes that transition easily adaptable and seamless. One area for improvement would be regarding Sunday religious services. When we arrived at the location for the service there was no clergy to facilitate the service so we improvised. A passenger was able to lead us in prayer. Would be nice if the cruise director had a prepared service and had a crew member availability to facilitate.These cruises are great to experience with friends and family. We are now planning on taking a river cruise later this year in Europe. Looking forward to this experience. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
This was our 5th Viking Ocean cruise. Great ship and warm competent staff. The ship is very spacious and never seemed crowded. Love the long jogging deck where you can accumulate mileage without getting dizzy. The decor and feel of ... Read More
This was our 5th Viking Ocean cruise. Great ship and warm competent staff. The ship is very spacious and never seemed crowded. Love the long jogging deck where you can accumulate mileage without getting dizzy. The decor and feel of Viking is very unique - like being in someone's home. A plethura of book and accouterments give the ship a warm and cozy atmosphere. This is an adult cruise with no children under 18. As a result, the experience is quite tranquil... no scream kids or babies; no elevators for all decks have been called; no running in the halls etc. There is no "selling" on-board so massages are peaceful; no queues for photographers; no obnoxious announcements touting "deals" etc. A shore excursion in each port of call is included in the price - a very nice feature and, again, avoids selling. The staff is uniformly experienced and professional with a solid command of English. Personable and congenially, the staff greatly enhances the cruise experience. We look forward to our next Viking cruise this June. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Have never been to the West Indies so this was our first sojourn into that part of the world. This is our first Viking ocean cruise thoughWe’ve done the Rhine River Cruise several years ago. Always love the experience of a Viking ... Read More
Have never been to the West Indies so this was our first sojourn into that part of the world. This is our first Viking ocean cruise thoughWe’ve done the Rhine River Cruise several years ago. Always love the experience of a Viking journey. Even with 900 passengers aboard it never felt crowded. The staff in every aspect of the ship were so friendly and helpful. It was a pleasure dealing with them. As for entertainment , The singers on this cruise were absolutely sensational. we actually went to ABBA twice. The spa and pool facilities were wonderful. We took advantage of The pool bar and quick stop eatery nearly every day and it was so relaxing. Because of an important family event we had to disembark one day early and the process was handled beautifully. Also, having a laundromat on every deck was very convenient; due to the warm temperatures even late in October, those facilities were definitely needed. In summary it was a wonderful experience. I always recommend Viking. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
I was given the cruise as a gift - my favorite place to visit is New York, his is San Juan so we got the best of both. Viking is a more laid-back cruise line, so I loved going to dinner whenever we wanted, the choice to sit by ourselves ... Read More
I was given the cruise as a gift - my favorite place to visit is New York, his is San Juan so we got the best of both. Viking is a more laid-back cruise line, so I loved going to dinner whenever we wanted, the choice to sit by ourselves or join others and not dressing up every night. The rooms are very spacious, beds are wonderfully comfortable, shower has room to move around, and the verandas are semi-private. The entertainment was very good - length of shows was about 45 minutes which was perfect. The service is unbeatable! We never had to ask for anything - our favorite waitress (Nadia) was always around to get us a drink, our cabin was always clean when we came back to it. The included shore excursions were interesting - we only signed up for one that was not included, but it was cancelled because it did not meet the minimum number of people (so we did it on our own). I did miss a sports bar to watch football and the baseball playoffs, but could follow the scores on my ipad. Our flight was one of the last ones out (4:45), so we didn't leave the ship until around 10:00. They had set up a hospitality room for us to wait at a hotel across from the pier with food and beverages. Love this cruise line and we are deciding on our next voyage with Viking! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
This cruise was a great fall break. The captain maneuvered the ship to avoid some rough seas on the first day as we departed for Bermuda The captain was always informative, giving us daily updates of the cruise. Bar servers Rosie and ... Read More
This cruise was a great fall break. The captain maneuvered the ship to avoid some rough seas on the first day as we departed for Bermuda The captain was always informative, giving us daily updates of the cruise. Bar servers Rosie and Nadia were always gracious and made our trip a lot of fun. The ship was the right size to dock close in to the port minimizing the walk down the pier. The piece and quiet made the trip great. No long lines ever. The dining rooms were beautifully decorated and again the service was great and the menu selection was outstanding. The ships stores were excellent. There was a scarf demonstration. At night we went to the theater and saw several good shows, then found a quiet spot for cocktail. Included shore excursions were excellent as well as the optional tours. The Viking crew assisted us getting us to the right tour and helping us catch a missed buss. There was always some activity going on all day. Our cabin was turned down each night and the next morning room service was nice to have coffee and rolls on the balcony. We couldn't wait to tell our friends and travel agent about our BEST small ship cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We chose the cruise because of the variety of excellent ports of call. It was our first Viking cruise, and we were very impressed by the beauty of the ship, the attention to detail, the variety of food choices and restaurants, and caring ... Read More
We chose the cruise because of the variety of excellent ports of call. It was our first Viking cruise, and we were very impressed by the beauty of the ship, the attention to detail, the variety of food choices and restaurants, and caring staff. Every port was different, and every one worth visiting. We were impressed by the quality of excursions offered, whether included or extra. Each was led by a knowledgeable tour leader, and both informative and enjoyable. The lectures were all excellent, and the speakers knowledgeable about the varied subjects. We enjoyed The Explorer’s Lounge...a perfect place to relax before dinner or enjoy the sunset. Our room was comfortable and very well maintained by our excellent and caring cabin steward.. we never wanted for anything. We enjoyed the restaurants, the variety of food, and the ability to decide where and when we would have our meals. We chose to extend our vacation..both before and after the cruise. Both hotels we stayed in were very good, as were the Viking representatives in the hotel lobby. Well done, Viking! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
My wife and I have cruised many times in the past. we usually cruise with some friends who decided that we all should cruise the Baltic for our annual cruise in 2019. They chose Viking Ocean cruises, due in no small part to the excellent ... Read More
My wife and I have cruised many times in the past. we usually cruise with some friends who decided that we all should cruise the Baltic for our annual cruise in 2019. They chose Viking Ocean cruises, due in no small part to the excellent reputation of which they had read and the fact that what could be better than to take a Scandinavian ship to cruise the Baltic. At the outset, we were shocked to find that the entire cruise needed to be paid at least one year before the cruise. That has never been our experience in sailing with multiple lines and future patrons need to be aware of this requirement. The ship is beautiful.The public rooms are wonderful especially the Explorer Lounge. Our cabin was quite roomy and the bathrooms excellent. special kudos for a lovely shower without having to step over a tub.I found the heated floors in the bathroom to be a nice touch. The spa area is spectacular and if going to a spa with virtually everything-hot tub, small therapy pool, sauna and ice room is your thing, this is your ship The company touts its multiple channels of communication available to those who are scheduled, but that is primarily limited to receiving one way announcements from them, done well, but not to any dialogue or getting personal support for questions which arise and may not be answered in their stock announcements.Poor communication seems to be common on these cruises. For example,special meals opportunities, lobster tail and steak, special buffets, at the grill were never announced well and one learned to look for these each day by dropping by the grill itself or asking of the crew in a restaurant or bar. The ships plan is good but when the special meals take place in the grill area there is inadequate seating for the number of cruisers wishing to partake in the meal. The seating in the cinema is wholly inadequate for the number of passengers. Quite a few performances occurred with many passengers standing in the back to observe the show. The back two side areas were totally inadequate both for seeing the show and hearing it.The need to get to the venue 30 minutes before shows began was difficult for those of us who tended to to eat dinner at about 7 to 7:30. I was quite disappointed to discover that we did not receive services comparable to what we had received ion either Oceania or Azamara in spite of the fact that the per night per person cost to sail with Viking was considerably more than either of the other two. My concern with the cabin service is that when I wished ice, I had to go to housekeeping, when I wished lime I had to go to room service and when I wished to change my complimentary liquor and the amount of tonic I needed to speak to the drink steward.This in my view is rather poor considering the price of the cruise and the plaudits from other cruisers. Viking offers one free shore excursion at each port.The walking tours we took, 4, were excellent, but those in a bus were not worth the time spent at all. I was quite disappointed in the meals in the Restaurant ,in the Chef's special restaurant both times and at Manfredi both times. To be fair, one night the prime rib served at the restaurant was amongst the best I have ever had. The waffle at the Explorer Lounge was exceptional. On at least 4 occasions the cookies offered with the buffet were stale. the wines with meals were acceptable if unremarkable. One could upgrade wine selection and liquor for an extra daily per person charge. The speakers/lectures seemed excellent, for those we could make, but we missed the largest number as they were scheduled during dinner hour or just prior to dinner hour. Getting on, on the day of sailing from Bergen, and off the ship in Stockholm, with our luggage, were superbly handled even though we left the ship at 6 am to make our plane. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
From the moment we embarked to the moment we disembarked we were so impressed with the friendly staff, the cleanliness and overall treatment we received The cabin was comfortable and we had everything we needed. Bathroom was bigger ... Read More
From the moment we embarked to the moment we disembarked we were so impressed with the friendly staff, the cleanliness and overall treatment we received The cabin was comfortable and we had everything we needed. Bathroom was bigger than expected. Our steward was excellent. Room was always clean , neat and he responded immediately when we requested something like extra wine glasses or extra moisturizer. The food on this cruise was by far the best we have had on any of the dozen, not Viking cruises we have been on. Simply put we loved the food. The numerous daily choices of where to eat was awesome for us. We enjoyed the specialty restaurants very much and had such great meals each night that we still talk about to this day. Entertainment was enjoyable Service throughout the ship was excellent . We love the excursions and having extra time in each port to wander on our own was a great way for us to see what we wanted at our pace. We walked 85 miles during our trip. We loved our experience so much that we booked three more trips with Viking. Two more ocean cruises and one river cruise. We are hooked 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
Viking Sea Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabin 5.0 N/A
Dining 5.0 4.6
Entertainment 3.5 4.2
Public Rooms 5.0 4.9
Fitness & Recreation 4.5 N/A
Family 1.0 4.4
Shore Excursions 4.0 N/A
Enrichment Activities 4.0 N/A
Service 5.0 4.8
Value for Money 5.0 N/A

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