3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We had done two Viking Ocean cruises and have cruised other lines such as Princess, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and Oceana. We like the Viking River cruises better. We had a balcony but it was on the rear of the ship so we walked a lot. ... Read More
We had done two Viking Ocean cruises and have cruised other lines such as Princess, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and Oceana. We like the Viking River cruises better. We had a balcony but it was on the rear of the ship so we walked a lot. There were few hangers and not that many drawers to put things in. They kept the hallways very cold,the restaurants were cold and the theater was cold. We were in the Caribbean so it should not have been cold when it was warm outside. I was getting sore throat and had to take a lot of cough drops. We ate most of our meals in the World Cafe even though tipping is automatic. The specialty restaurants were included but you needed to make all of your reservations at the beginning of the cruise. I am a comfort food person, not a gourmet. The Mexican restaurant food was not like any Mexican food I had before. The portions were small and some of the food was unfamiliar to me even though I spent 30 years going to Mexico. The Italian restaurant menu was in Italian with extremely small print in English and I could not read it with my glasses on. I just asked for ceasar salad and Chicken Parmesan. The Restaurant seemed to serve the same menu pretty often. Viking gives you wine and beer with lunch and dinner and we had purchased the silver package using a credti from our travel agent and that was good. There were two Captains parties plus a sale away on the last night with champayne and snacks and this was very good. I had a problem about being invited to a mix and mingle even though I had started the role call. So I missed the first event but Mara from Romania, who was the head of Guest Services helped us out and there was a second mix and mingle that we did attend. It seems redundant that first you have to either start the role call or enroll and an exiisting role call and then also register for a mix and mingle, But I now know this and will be ready for the next cruise. I like the River cruises better because the ships are smaller, it was never too cold and we had people, who kept us fully informed on all events. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
The three best things about this cruise for me were the staff, the onboard facilities and the furnishing and fittings of the ship. But there was nothing that was less than excellent. The staff bent over backwards to make sure our ... Read More
The three best things about this cruise for me were the staff, the onboard facilities and the furnishing and fittings of the ship. But there was nothing that was less than excellent. The staff bent over backwards to make sure our holiday experience was as good as possible - nothing was ever too much trouble. Best of all was our lovely cabin steward Ayu. The staff were friendly, smiling and helpful. The Nordic sauna and swimming pools (one outdoor) were lovely and everything was immaculate, not a speck of dirt or dust anywhere. Meals were wonderful as well, with a huge choice of dishes, always including some local specialities. The excursions were well organized, enjoyable and informative. There was a wide variety of entertainment onboard as well, including a splendid professional pianist. I'd do this trip again without hesitation. I have tried hard to think of something but there was nothing I could possibly criticize. Even the haircut I had onboard was exceptional! Thank you, Viking, for a wonderful two weeks. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
The cruise itself was great but our cabin was not! See below. Besides the cabin, while we were getting ready to take our shore excursion early in the morning, one of the workers were on our balcony. There was no notice made, our ... Read More
The cruise itself was great but our cabin was not! See below. Besides the cabin, while we were getting ready to take our shore excursion early in the morning, one of the workers were on our balcony. There was no notice made, our curtains were wide open and I was so surprised to see him there. I quickly put on my shirt and pants. This was very inconsiderate of them. Another concern was when I asked for crème brulee when we were dining at World Café. I had them at World Cafe (I had to request for it) when we took a cruise last year and during lunch that day. The waiter said he would ask his supervisor. He came to our table and said that crème brulee was only available at the restaurant. I expressed my dissatisfaction and asked him if I had to go to the restaurant to get it. I also mentioned I had it during lunch and in my previous cruise without going to the restaurant (I had reservations at the restaurant but decided to dine at World Café). He then said he would get it for me. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2017
I had never been anywhere in Africa, and this cruise visited Tunis (the medina and a Roman aqueduct ruin) and Algiers (the botanical garden, the basilica, and the martyrs' monument), plus Valletta, Cagliari, Valencia, and a ... Read More
I had never been anywhere in Africa, and this cruise visited Tunis (the medina and a Roman aqueduct ruin) and Algiers (the botanical garden, the basilica, and the martyrs' monument), plus Valletta, Cagliari, Valencia, and a breathtaking view of Volcano Stromboli. Superbly co-ordinated transfers from Rome airport to ship and ship to Barcelona airport. Wonderful food. Excellent, informative lectures, on geology of Mediterranean and World War II in North Africa. Five computers with fast internet access. Beautiful ship with lovely artwork throughout. Tours ran on time and guides were excellent, and fluent in English. Heated towel rack and bathroom floor. On one tour, I left jacket in tour bus -- the guide found it and returned to ship lost-and-found where I claimed it. Spacious stateroom with bed fit for a king. Expert classical-music trio (violin, violoncello, and flute). Gracious, attentive, high-class service throughout, from EVERYONE. I had trouble (fault of the airline); could not print boarding pass last evening of cruise -- the guest service agent was helpful and comforting -- and (GASP!) -- he telephoned the airline and enabled me to talk with a REAL HUMAN BEING about the problem!! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
Initially it was the route we wanted. The idea of a Viking ocean Cruise was new to us, but the ship facilities looked excellent and turned out to be superb. The plan had been to spend a day and a half in Istanbul, but the political ... Read More
Initially it was the route we wanted. The idea of a Viking ocean Cruise was new to us, but the ship facilities looked excellent and turned out to be superb. The plan had been to spend a day and a half in Istanbul, but the political situation meant that we were immediately coached to the ship and sailed away. An interesting visit to Troy was introduced as a replacement which although a shame was very acceptable. Good to have the special dining venues available at no extra cost. Generally the seating and meal ordering and delivery process was very efficient, the food of course was very good. 2 memories stand out - the spaciousness and decoration of the communal areas on the ship - and the friendly attitude of all members of staff who always had time for a few words. Not realising we had booked a maiden voyage, it was clear that both the ship and crew had been through a first class work-up. We mostly used the complementary excursions which, although simple and short, were very acceptable and gave us free time to explore or rest. The paid excursions were well organised and interesting. As a result we have booked our first river cruise (with Viking) and await the next Ocean Cruise catalogue. Read Less
Viking Sea Ratings
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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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