8 Viking Ocean Viking Sea Cruise Reviews for Senior Cruises to Europe - Western Mediterranean

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
A Critique of the Ship Viking Sea : I and my wife were recently on this ship for a cruise from Rome to Barcelona via Tunis and Algiers. The cabin space and the balcony size were adequate, but not enough drawer or shelf space. The ... Read More
A Critique of the Ship Viking Sea : I and my wife were recently on this ship for a cruise from Rome to Barcelona via Tunis and Algiers. The cabin space and the balcony size were adequate, but not enough drawer or shelf space. The desk had a lid which lifts up to access the drawer but became a nuisance because it lessened desktop space. There was no sofa bed. The TV had good quality, and the controls, and software were good. They have an app for the iphone for you to look up daily events, schedules and bookings, which was really a nice feature. They have Fox News, CNBC, MSNBC, but no CNN. However no TV whilst in port at Tunis. The Bathrooms and Showers were good and spacious. But no second set of towels. The Sink is square and shallow, has a flat bottom, so shaving cream does not drain out. The Drinking Water was free and plenty in the cabin, both bottled and in a large container. The Refrigerated Soft Drinks were also free and plenty and renewed daily. The Architecture was all straight lines or rectangles, with hardly any curves or rounds. The Design was all Scandinavian with simple bland pastel colors. Everything is square cornered: on the sink, table light, wall light, handles, faucets, shower head, etc. There was no Casino on board. Games such as bridge or chess had to be played in open spaces. There was no closed private room, and it was Impossible to play Mah-Jong. The maximum Capacity was 900. There were 850 passengers, with no kids. The Service was good with one service personnel for every two passengers which was really appreciated in the dining room. The Wine was free at lunch and dinner, and of good quality, with endless refills, like on their river cruises. Good only for wine lovers. The Food was generally good, similar to Oceania and Crystal, but the choice is less. The World Café is a clean lengthy cafeteria, one on each side of the ship, with the kitchen in the center of the ship between the two sides. They appear identical, but on closer look, the 2 sides serve different items, e.g. Ice creams, seafood, and sushi, only on one side, which you might miss if don’t visit the other side. However, the Sushi is very fresh and good, all the time. Like ice-cream, only on one side The Specialty Restaurants were difficult to book, but there were plenty of vacant tables, which were wasted, so their booking system needs to be improved. The Manfredi’s, - an Italian Restaurant, was quite good, almost as good as on Crystal’s. You could have all the following items for hors d'oeuvres, if you want: mussels, fried calamari, crab cakes, pate de foie gras, and escargot. The Chef’s Table – another specialty restaurant, was a joke. It is designed to promote Scandinavian cooking, and although they offer a different menu every 2 days, the flavor is just too bland. Can you imagine, the high-light on their menu was the Poached Salmon! After we tasted the main course, we walked out, and then ate again at the World Café whose average daily menu was much better. The owners would be well advised to convert this restaurant into French or Asian. The City Tours – were free and very well organized, similar to their River Cruises, usually 3 to 4 hours in the mornings, which was enough. For 800+ passengers, I counted 29 buses lined up at the quay side. The takeoff was staggered, and was quite a sight. In the city tours of Malta, Caglieri, Tunis and Algers - really nothing much to see. The worst experience was in Caglieri – where there was only one bathroom for 4 bus loads of passengers, which took over an hour. The Ship – has only 8 floors. The Pool has a roof that is openable. The Elevators take only 8 persons with comfort, not 14 as noted. All the office areas, computer stations, shops, and bridge and chess areas - are open on the corridor side with no privacy. They are open spaces, not rooms. The Dining Rooms were clean and bright, but no lunch is provided there. There were only 2 Shops, so you could not spend any money. They give no on-board credit, because their basic price was fairly low. They do not offer any Foreign Exchange so you must bring all the cash in Euros you might need. The Shows and Entertainment – were good on average, but not spectacular, with only 6 dancers and 2 singers who perform every other day. Life Jackets – are not stored inside the cabins. Peter Fan. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
I had never been on a Ocean cruise. More than that, I did not want to go on a Ocean cruise. You see, I get seasick. Not just "seasick" but "stay in the cabin in misery" seasick. But I had been on many of Viking's ... Read More
I had never been on a Ocean cruise. More than that, I did not want to go on a Ocean cruise. You see, I get seasick. Not just "seasick" but "stay in the cabin in misery" seasick. But I had been on many of Viking's river cruises and I know them to be first class. And, my wife wanted to go on a cruise. So I said O.K. if I'm going, it's going to be good, someplace that I've never been. Barcelona, I've never been there. So we booked the 7 day Romantic Mediterranean, now called the Iconic Western Mediterranean. Barcelona to Rome. I can tell you that it was as easy as it gets. The flights that Viking arranged were perfect and the transportation to the ship was smooth and easy. The ship, the Viking Sea was far better than I had imagined in all respects from the food, cabin, dining and entertainment. Shore excursions were well thought out and planned with ample free time to explore on our own. The service was excellent from the wait staff, couldn't be any better. The food was very diverse and of excellent quality. Reservations at the specialty restaurants were easy and the food was great. We were there for "Lobster Night" which I understand is the second night of your cruise. Watched a movie, listened to the band and watched the Ocean go by. All in all a very pleasant experience. My cabin DV5 - Perfect! We had book a Veranda which was a lower class and Viking upgraded us prior to sailing. I've booked the next one already and by the way, I didn't get seasick! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Originally, we planned this cruise to complete the circle of the Mediterranean following our earlier cruise from Barcelona to Rome. Sadly, mechanical issues resulted in our cruise going from Barcelona, almost to Toulon, France, and then ... Read More
Originally, we planned this cruise to complete the circle of the Mediterranean following our earlier cruise from Barcelona to Rome. Sadly, mechanical issues resulted in our cruise going from Barcelona, almost to Toulon, France, and then back to Barcelona for 12 days. We were offered the opportunity to remain on board with access to free shore excursions, free shuttles to and from the city, and of course, all the services of the ship. What could have been a huge disappointment turned into one of our best travel experiences. We explored Barcelona and the surrounding area with gusto. The staff and crew were nothing short of amazing, never letting us feel mistreated. There were unexpected financial considerations made as well, so in all, we felt not cheated, but rewarded. Viking Ocean is certainly our first choice for future cruises (we have in fact already booked another), and we anticipate more, positive experiences. We did not partake of the on-board entertainment, with one exception, but anecdotal feedback from other cruisers indicated a great deal of success.The exception was the staff bringing a flamenco experience on board for our viewing pleasure, and they were a total delight! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We had an excellent experience on our Viking Ocean cruise called the Mediterranean Odyssey. The ship was the appropriate size for our interests, The included land tours were a highlight for us. We enjoyed the dining options in the ... Read More
We had an excellent experience on our Viking Ocean cruise called the Mediterranean Odyssey. The ship was the appropriate size for our interests, The included land tours were a highlight for us. We enjoyed the dining options in the evenings. We would recommend this cruise for anyone who wants to do more than just sit on a ship and watch the waves! We went to ports that had special attractions for us. The ship crew made sure we had a good experience on all our tours. One of our most favorite tour was a guided bike trip into the mountains on the Greek island of Corfu. We had an opportunity to meet the local folks in their own homes. Our cabin was an appropriate size with an include veranda. Each of the suites had a veranda which made for arrivals and departures from a port more interesting since you could watch the action of the crew. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Scandinavian décor (Norwegian Ship). Clean and spacious staterooms as well as the Junior suite we had,(Suite 8001). No one forward of us or above us. Super quiet! Food was good and ports and excursions were exceptional as well as ... Read More
Scandinavian décor (Norwegian Ship). Clean and spacious staterooms as well as the Junior suite we had,(Suite 8001). No one forward of us or above us. Super quiet! Food was good and ports and excursions were exceptional as well as stimulating. We were on an ocean cruise from Barcelona to Venice. We just completed a AMA Bordeaux cruise and found it to be inferior to Viking (comparison) is unfair as one was ocean going and the other was a riverboat). We intend to stick with Viking in the future. Viking dining was same as AMA excepting the Chef's Kitchen at the aft of the AMA ship. It was close to being a Michelin rated dining venue. We have to more Viking cruise next year and have reserved suite 8001 on both. I have lots of years cruising, but most of it was big gray ships with big guns and missiles. Cruising is a heck of lot better on these vessel than the US Navy.. 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
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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