9 Viking Ocean Viking Sea Cruise Reviews for Romantic Cruises to Europe - Western Mediterranean

We had sailed on Viking Rhine River cruise and loved it and were intrigued by the ads for the Viking Ocean itineraries. The ship was fabulous, it was truly the nicest ship we had ever sailed . It was wonderful.Food was excellent, although ... Read More
We had sailed on Viking Rhine River cruise and loved it and were intrigued by the ads for the Viking Ocean itineraries. The ship was fabulous, it was truly the nicest ship we had ever sailed . It was wonderful.Food was excellent, although the Chef Table could use a better ways of serving...we felt very rushed, as our wine glasses kept adding up on our table, while we were eating. A restaurant fashioned like this needed to slow down between courses. But my biggest complaint was the lack of time in each port.We would have been better off having on or two less ports, and spending longer days or more overnights in the others. In our itinerary, if we didn't go to Coruna, which basically a waste, we could have spent more time in Portugal. We whisked around Lisbon and Porto so fast, that I hardly remember half of what we saw. But overall, it was otherwise a wonderful voyage and we are already booked for your Turquoise Caribbean cruise out of Miami in December Looking forward to it, and anxiously awaiting your newest itineraries for 2019. Hope there are some new choices.. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Good cruise, great food and wonderful cabin. A few of the included tours didn't meet the standards for the rest of the cruise. Especially in Porto, the tour guide did not need the level of the tour guides in other cities. Had a ... Read More
Good cruise, great food and wonderful cabin. A few of the included tours didn't meet the standards for the rest of the cruise. Especially in Porto, the tour guide did not need the level of the tour guides in other cities. Had a great time in Paris, the tour guide was very knowledgeable. Food on the shop was was great! The spa was very comforting as well. This is our second Viking Ocean Cruise and I rate them very highly. Suburb quality. Met several wonderful people in the wait staff. Going off season was not a disadvantage. We dressed accordingly and had a wonderful visit. Actually much better than in season when the temperature is much hotter. I love Barcelona! All of the sightseeing is great there. I'm a fan of Gaudi. He's absolutely fantastic. What a great mind! Service in the restaurant is fabulous, the quality of the food in restaurant is suburb. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose Viking because they had the best Med stops as well as the level of luxury and service. Viking is a top notch company. We have been so pleased with the river cruises so we gave their ocean cruise a try. Wonderful overall ... Read More
We chose Viking because they had the best Med stops as well as the level of luxury and service. Viking is a top notch company. We have been so pleased with the river cruises so we gave their ocean cruise a try. Wonderful overall experience!!! Having done over 15 ocean cruises this was by far the best! We loved the size of the ship. We never felt like a number at all, in fact the staff knew us and would often greet us by name! The embarkation was effortless. The bar service wonderful. The shore excursions were all really good and they allowed us to change one of our excursions due to an injured ankle in our party. The dining options were spectacular! The buffet was over the top good! Fresh sushi every night! Our stateroom was like being in the lap of luxury! The disembarkation was easy and we didn't have to wait in any long lines, that is very rare! We would defiantly cruise with Viking Ocean Cruises again! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We had never been on a cruise so we talked to our travel agent in Casper. She said she had heard good things about Viking so we thought we would give it a try. Boy were we happy that we did! The food, the tours, the attendants and most ... Read More
We had never been on a cruise so we talked to our travel agent in Casper. She said she had heard good things about Viking so we thought we would give it a try. Boy were we happy that we did! The food, the tours, the attendants and most of all the way everything just went so smooth. We will definitely go on another cruise with Viking. We have told all our friends how great it was. Our room was fabulous and the view from our veranda was great. The shore excursions were very interesting. We had never been to the Mediterranean so we got to see things and people that lived there. The food on shore was okay but of course we were spoiled with the food on the ship. We had a stop in Madrid before our initial cruise and it was great. The hotel there was fabulous. and the trip to Barcelona on the fast train was fun..and fast! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Our ship was christened on Thames in London. We were told the history of Viking and our ship The Viking Sea. It was absolutely spectacular, complete with champagne and fireworks. All tours that day were complimentary. We all ... Read More
Our ship was christened on Thames in London. We were told the history of Viking and our ship The Viking Sea. It was absolutely spectacular, complete with champagne and fireworks. All tours that day were complimentary. We all received a wonderful gift of books and treats. Each of the complimentary tours were excellent. We were blessed with perfect weather throughout the whole trip. Meals were exceptional. The staterooms were just wonderful. The one thing i think we enjoyed most was the heated floor in the bathroom. Staff were top notch as were all other services. It was a great experience to have the use of a washer and dryer on each floor. Entertainment was first class. Absolutely no negatives. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. We will definitely be travelling with Viking again. This was our first ocean cruise with Viking but we had two wonderful river cruises as well. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We were excited to see Mediterranean region for the first time. We spent the first days in Venice & had both tours & opportunities to explore on our own. Everything went very smoothly, from our air trip over, pick-up from the ... Read More
We were excited to see Mediterranean region for the first time. We spent the first days in Venice & had both tours & opportunities to explore on our own. Everything went very smoothly, from our air trip over, pick-up from the airport & embarkation. This was our first ocean trip with Viking and we were very impressed with many thoughtful details in the ship as well as the attentive staff. We have traveled with Viking many times on the river cruises and find that they keep refining both the cabins and the overall ships. Having traveled on both large and mid-sized ocean liners, we loved the smaller ship. Overall, we would rate the guides and tours as excellent. One of the best tours was Nice, which was an "on your own". That being said, the guide made certain we had a meeting place with free bathrooms, complementary snacks, great view of the promenade and then proceeded to give us a wonderful tour of the old market area of Nice. She made certain that we were aware of what was available in the area in our areas of special interests. The restaurant staff was exceptionally well informed and both they and the cabin staff went over and above throughout the trip. We look forward excitedly to our next ocean cruises. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Viking Ocean is by far the best ocean cruise line we have taken. We have cruised with NCL, Princess and Celebrity and the level of service provided by Viking is a cut above the rest. First of all, we like their itineraries. We took the ... Read More
Viking Ocean is by far the best ocean cruise line we have taken. We have cruised with NCL, Princess and Celebrity and the level of service provided by Viking is a cut above the rest. First of all, we like their itineraries. We took the “Empires of the Mediterranean” tour from Istanbul to Venice and went to some fascinating venues including Santorini and Dubrovnik. Since there had been recent terrorist attacks in Istanbul for safety reasons, Viking Ocean cut short that visit and substituted Troy instead. Luckily, we had a pre-cruise booked for Istanbul and we did find Troy interesting. Viking Ocean appeals to us because it does not have the Las Vegas strip look of other larger liners. Passengers on our ship the Viking Sea, numbered around 600 because of people cancelling due to fear about terrorism in Istanbul, but the ship only has a capacity of around 940 passengers. Amenities such as elevator service equals that of larger ships. The stateroom we had was DV5 level and had 270 square feet plus a verandah. It was quite roomy and elegant. In fact, elegance of understated Scandinavian style would describe the Viking Sea. Everywhere there are little surprise nooks to sit in and read and art pieces to admire. The tone of superior service was set upon our arrival when we were greeted with champagne and the strains of music played by a classical trio. Our favourite hang out was the 2 level Explorer's Lounge with 180 degree views of the ocean. Viking Ocean is considered more expensive than other cruise lines, however I like the fact that all the costs except gratuities are pre-paid and you are not nickeled and dimed to death like on other ships. There are no continuous merchandise sales or photography sales pushed upon you. Amenities such as Internet, wine and beer with meals, and two hour free excursions are included in the price of the fare so there are no surprises when you get your bill. As we are not big drinkers we found that the wine veritably flowed! The food is excellent. The World Café serves buffet style and it included an ice cream and gelato bar, and a latte machine at no additional charge. Other lines charge for these items. Above all the regular coffee is very good. With other cruise lines the coffee was so awful I had to get a specialty coffee card. At night this buffet served excellent sushi, crab legs and other seafood. There is an outside grill plus wonderful specialty restaurants such as Manfredi's which serves Italian fare and the Captain's Table where you can do food sampling and wine pairings. They have a more traditional restaurant plus a buffet or grill when the specialty restaurants get booked. You are allowed 2 bookings of each specialty restaurant and unlike other cruise lines you are not charged extra for these. Another surprise was Mamsen's where you could pop in for a heart-shaped waffle for breakfast. Also, there was the Wintergarden where everyday they served tea time pastries, sandwiches and scones to the strains of the classical trio. Most of the time we took the more lengthy paid excursions instead of the 2 hour free ones however the level of the free ones that we took were good. There were fascinating enrichment lectures on naval warfare, art and music aboard ship. We attended sessions on naval battles that fit with the territory we passed including Gallipoli. These warfare talks were given by a Rear Admiral of the British Navy. The entertainment was with one exception of an outside singer, provided by the ship's singers and dancers. They were a small but a mighty talented troupe. We thoroughly enjoyed their performances particularly the way troupe members mingled jovially with passengers, Loads of fun! We especially enjoyed the trio of male singers who put on a tribute to the "Rat Pack" in the Torshaven Lounge. The house band was terrific too! Since this was the maiden voyage of the Viking Sea there was a glitch with our air conditioning that was resolved to our satisfaction. The gym is small and there are no classes but enough equipment to get the job done. We loved this voyage so much that we have booked another Viking Ocean trip called "Barcelona, the Baltic and Beyond" for 2017! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
First cruise. Fantastic Ship, all staff were wonderful except Guest Services people. They were just OK. Our small room was great. Did not need much more. Good size bed. The bathroom was a nice size as well as the shower. Our room had a ... Read More
First cruise. Fantastic Ship, all staff were wonderful except Guest Services people. They were just OK. Our small room was great. Did not need much more. Good size bed. The bathroom was a nice size as well as the shower. Our room had a nice TV, desk, coffee table and chairs as well as a out side veranda. A lot of different places to eat. All were very good. The restaurants where you made reservations were fantastic. The main dinning Hall had different stuff everyday as well as some of the same favorites each day. The Excursions were mostly very nice. Some of the guides were hard to understand but over all very good. The ship was beautiful and had so much for you to do. Or it was also a great setting to do nothing at all. Pools, Spa, Bars, and entertainment were all very nice. I never thought I would enjoy a cruise as much as we did. Both me and my wife thought 9 nights were going to be a little long. We now believe we good go on one that was 15 nights. Yes we would go again and probably will. Soon Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We liked the size of the ship. It's layout was very easy to navigate and the itinerary was just what we were looking for. Our cabin was very comfortable with a great lay out and a beautiful , sleek color scheme. We really enjoyed our ... Read More
We liked the size of the ship. It's layout was very easy to navigate and the itinerary was just what we were looking for. Our cabin was very comfortable with a great lay out and a beautiful , sleek color scheme. We really enjoyed our veranda in the early morning and late at night sitting quietly and reading. The food was incredible and we enjoyed the specialty restaurants to the utmost. High tea was extra special with it's accompanying music. The pools were wonderful and I especially liked the ice room and hot tub. The entertainment was very enjoyable as well as the lectures. The service was outstanding and met our every need with a lot of personal attention. The staff was most accommodating, friendly and courteous. The ports and shore excursions were very good, but we really could have used more time in at least two of the ports. We highly recommend the Viking Ocean Cruises as well as their river cruises. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
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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