15 Viking Ocean Viking Sky Cruise Reviews for Repositioning Cruises to Caribbean - All

We booked this cruise due to the itinerary ... which was totally changed prior to the start of the cruise. We missed the stop in Key West due to weather. no big deal since we have been there in the past, but a cruise that was booked to ... Read More
We booked this cruise due to the itinerary ... which was totally changed prior to the start of the cruise. We missed the stop in Key West due to weather. no big deal since we have been there in the past, but a cruise that was booked to make 4 stops that only made one ... big disappointment! After 3 days they ship ran out of Chardonnay, 4 days ended all the Pinot Griseous, and on day 5 ... the Slovenian Blanc was depleted! on day 5 they also ran out of Makers Mark Bourbon ... the only liquor we drink. We bought a silver package ... and it did us little good. Great staff ... but it took forever to get the complimentary first glass of wine at lunch and dinner. I know this is a new ship ... and the bumps need to be worked out ... but there were obvious misses that a ship of this quality should not have missed. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We took this ship after four river cruises in Europe with Viking. It was a good cruise but a rough beginning when we hit a Tropical Storm out of New York and immediately began to bounce around. One window in the spa area was smashed in and ... Read More
We took this ship after four river cruises in Europe with Viking. It was a good cruise but a rough beginning when we hit a Tropical Storm out of New York and immediately began to bounce around. One window in the spa area was smashed in and a passenger injured. Sher was helicoptered out the next day. The ship is very small for rough weather and doesn't ride well. Our cabin was small and had only three drawers for a 14 day cruise. Enough said. Food was great and service was in a one seating usually 6 - 9. That worked well for us, we took a table for two but always wound up in good conversation with other twosomes. We liked the table arrangements. We used room service a lot with a nice balcony and as the seas grew calmer, and meals and service were standard. Entertainment was great, too, with very qualified and interesting lectures plus many production numbers at night. The theater is excellent with visuals that are stunning. Aaron the cruise director was perfect for this ship, low key and not flashy, but very on-top of everything. Activities were pretty standard with trivia the most interesting. Days were not filled with frantic activity and the pace was very calming. The ship has limited public rooms that are very well done, with a three story atrium as the focal point. Shore excursions were reasonably priced and a pretty standard variety. Embarkation in Brooklyn was not good, clambering up the gangway in a heavy rain with no cover and transfers were less than acceptable. Couple that with heavy seas when we left port made for a Rough Start. We were very unhappy with our air arrangements. Our return flight from Miami to Orlando, about 50 minutes, meant we had an 8 hour wait at the airport, so we prevailed on our grandson to drive down from Rockledge to pick us up. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
The new ship is well appointed with commodious rooms, heated bathroom floors, desk, and a proper balcony. The food was excellent for dinner but lunch and especially breakfast were ordinary and sometimes unimaginative. The entertainment was ... Read More
The new ship is well appointed with commodious rooms, heated bathroom floors, desk, and a proper balcony. The food was excellent for dinner but lunch and especially breakfast were ordinary and sometimes unimaginative. The entertainment was intimate and excellent overall. The Munch drawings and tapestry recreations gave the ship a classy look. Drinks were reasonably priced when not free during lunch and dinner. The only real downside were the poorly scheduled airline bookings and communication about those changes that was not well communicated and unapologetic. For instance the first two bookings had us arriving after the ship left NY or with not enough time to get to it before departing. Returning, we learned one day before landing in Miami that the original schedule made months before, would not have allowed enough time to board the aircraft. No personal notice was provided and only the first leg of the return flight was reflected until I brought it to their attention. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We choose this cruise because we hadn't been to the islands before and the cruise was half price with free air. This is our second cruise with Viking. We really enjoy the small ship. There are no big crowds. It's very ... Read More
We choose this cruise because we hadn't been to the islands before and the cruise was half price with free air. This is our second cruise with Viking. We really enjoy the small ship. There are no big crowds. It's very relaxing. The only problem with this cruise was that the first day we were in a storm and it was pretty rough. Once we got through that it was great, although we had to skip Bermuda, which was a disappointment, but Viking compensated us with credit towards our next one, which will be up the Rhine in 2019. The crew is very good. They are attentive and fun. We got to know the cruise director and his assistant through hte trivia contests each day at sea. That is also how we got to meet other people from different walks of life. We also loved that we could have dinner any time we wanted and anywhere we wanted. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
The Viking Sky has unique touches not found on any of the other lines we've cruised with. One clear diference is they run it more like a river boat, with all the civilized included features like free wine & beer with meals, a ... Read More
The Viking Sky has unique touches not found on any of the other lines we've cruised with. One clear diference is they run it more like a river boat, with all the civilized included features like free wine & beer with meals, a free shore excursion in every port (there are other, more active excursions you can pay for), free self-laundry and mini bar, and - best of all - UNLIMITED INTERNET!!! We added the "silver package" for mixed drinks at a reasonable price, compared to Holland America or Princess, for example. What they don't have is all those obnoxious ads for jewelry drawings, art auctions, etc. They also don't have a casino or bingo games (although their very healthy Trivia competition attracts an enthusiastic crowd). The theme of the ship is Norse. Besides the Scandinavian tapestry-type wall art, paintings and a Viking relics decor, even the washrooms take you to the north woods, complete with beautiful birdsong recordings. The Norwegian artist, Edvard Munch, is featured nightly in the atrium, complete with terrific musical performers. Our cruise started in New York City and the seas got very bumpy the first night and next day. If you have any level of motion sickness, I'd recommend you get trans dermal patches from your doctor, a wrist band or even just non-drowsy Dramamine. That way you don't lose a day feeling bad. We went through a pretty severe tropical storm that prevented us from visiting Bermuda, but we all received an email with a large credit toward a future cruise, which was thoughtful of them. My suggestion is to avoid the first-deck gym if there's a really bad storm - I was on the treadmill when a huge wave smashed through a large window. Scary! But makes a good story afterwards. They had it fixed in a matter of minutes. The crew and performers are pretty typical - kind of a United Nations of servers. They're all very attentive and nice. I was impressed that many of them remembered our names by the second or third day! There is both a promenade and an upper track for walking or jogging, plus shuffle board and golf. The scheduling of enrichment lectures and activities was a little off, but when I complained, Guest Services pointed out that everything is available on your in-room TV screen by the same evening. So you don't actually have to miss anything due to conflicts. The big movie screen "under the stars" plays pretty good films, and you get cord-free Bose headphones to listen with so the sound's not blaring and disturbing others. The food in The Restaurant was okay, but nothing to write home about. Manfredi's Italian restaurant is terrific - they have the same, good-sized menu every evening but there's always a fish of the day and pasta of the day. Some people loved the Chef's Table, where you just go in and sit down, and they take your through a gastronomical adventure, but take a look at the menu before you make a reservation. There is no choice once you sit down; you just go with the flow. Food-lovers Alert: We discovered that the buffet at dinnertime actually served the best food of all, with lots of choices every night, including an awesome seafood/sushi station! On nice evenings we could even sit outside on the back of the ship. Delightful. Getting onto the ship was a piece of cake, but disembarking in Miami was a little messy. I think this was Miami's fault, though, and not Viking's. We are looking forward to our next Viking journey (maybe minus the storm at sea) and would recommend Viking to anyone without kids. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Have been trying to get on a ocean viking cruise for sometime have done a lot of river cruising with viking and enjoyed them .. however this cruise was the best for food and service...loved all the open space and comfort areas...Room ... Read More
Have been trying to get on a ocean viking cruise for sometime have done a lot of river cruising with viking and enjoyed them .. however this cruise was the best for food and service...loved all the open space and comfort areas...Room service was very fast and the food was hot.....amenities were good.. the restaurants were good. Manfreidas ..was amazing..while the world buffet was great..you could ask for almost anything...the movie nights were cool and loved the popcorn....We really enjoyed the explorer lounge so comfortable and the bar staff were fantastic the living room was so open..and still cozy and had nice coffee bar with snacks always.....one thing that stood out was all the staff was friendly and spoke to you and asked if you were having a good day or needed anything..we have been cruising for over 35 years so we have seen it all.. we had a really horrible start and missed Bermuda but it turned out ok..... Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
This was the best cruse we have ever been on. Beginning at the time we boarded until we very reluctantly disembarked we could not have been more pleased. The service was impeccable. The food unbelievable. The overall experience was ... Read More
This was the best cruse we have ever been on. Beginning at the time we boarded until we very reluctantly disembarked we could not have been more pleased. The service was impeccable. The food unbelievable. The overall experience was most satisfying and rewarding. Someone asked us about the food on board. Our answer is imagine the best place you have ever eaten - well, we ate there 3 meals a day for 2 weeks! The smaller ship sailing experience is quite remarkable. When getting on and off at ports it was a breeze. On other cruses with thousands of passengers it can be a real pain and extremely slow. We might have waited 2 minutes one time at the gangway. Everything is run like an extremely well oiled machine and the passenger is the sole focus of the crew. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we booked a future ocean cruse with Viking while on board. We won't be going back to the crowded big cruise liners in the future. We are SPOILED by and HOOKED on Viking. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We chose this cruise to try out Viking Ocean Cruises. We have been on 35+ Princess and 1 RCL ocean cruises. We took a Viking River cruise last year and loved it so we wanted to see how they were for ocean cruises. For us, we loved this ... Read More
We chose this cruise to try out Viking Ocean Cruises. We have been on 35+ Princess and 1 RCL ocean cruises. We took a Viking River cruise last year and loved it so we wanted to see how they were for ocean cruises. For us, we loved this cruise. Embarkation was easy just needed ticket and passport. Only a little delay as the agent had trouble with his handheld passport scanner. Towelettes and champagne were waiting as we boarded. A week before we sailed we were notified that we had been upgraded to the penthouse junior suite. Among other things (like free laundry) our room was ready when we boarded. The ship is small but very modern, clean and bright, only 930 guests and 400 or so crew. There is a spa, fitness center, and 2 shops. There are 2 pools and a couple of hot tubs. A pool grill is open for lunch but closes about 5 PM. They serve tea every day at 4. Activities like ballroom dance classes, trivia, cooking shows, etc happen through the day. There is usually only one activity at a time, so no decisions to be made as to which to do. They had 5 speakers on board and thus many enrichment lectures. We had a live narration when leaving NY Harbour. Wifi is included and it is pretty fast. Our room was large, spacious. The room and bathroom is larger than some hotel rooms I’ve been in. The sitting area is separated from the sleeping area by a curtain. The room is equipped with both European and North American power outlets as well as USB connections by the bed. Plenty of drawers and closet space. Large bathroom, the shower can fit two people easily, 2 sinks and plenty of counter and storage space. The floor is heated. The balcony will sit 6 easily with room to move. Most rooms come with a mini bar that is replenished daily. It has soft drinks, alcohol and snacks. There is a desk vanity with a lift up lighted mirror and compartments to organize small items. They provide binoculars, umbrella, slippers, and housecoats for your use. There are 2 shops on board but nothing is pushed on you. Using the spa facilities is included in the fare. This includes the steam and sauna room, the snow grotto, and the whirlpool. Charges only apply for services. There are self-serve free laundry facilities including detergent. Dining is open seating, no fixed tables or time. Lots of tables for 2 along with larger tables should you want to share or eat with friends. The dining room is run just like a restaurant. No trays piled with 10 meals. You are served immediately and your food service is prompt. The food is excellent. Wine, beer and soft drinks are included with lunch and dinner. You can also bring your own wine for dinner without any corking fees. The specialty restaurants are awesome. Manfredi's, is Italian style and has steaks, chops and, of course, pasta dishes. The other one is the Chefs Table and has a preset menu consisting of 5 courses. Each course is paired with a wine. The food was beautiful to look at and tasted amazing. The menu rotates every 3 days. Lots of space to sit around the ship both inside and outside. We never were in an area where we couldn’t find a seat even at the pool and buffet. The service was exceptional. Staff are very friendly and did everything they could to make the trip wonderful. The theater can be section off at the back to provide 2 cinemas. Entertainment is in the theater as well as the Atrium and at the pool. Entertainers include a pianist, guitar soloist, string trio and a party band, there was a guest comedian as well. There are singers and dancers on board. Entertainers include a pianist, guitar soloist, string trio and a party band. There was a guest comedian as well. All the entertainers had a high caliber of proficiency and were very versatile. They do shows, but not production type. The shows are small song tributes and dance routines. There was a Beatles tribute night up at the pool. Very relaxed atmosphere. Oh yeah, no kids, no teens. There are no kid programs at all. There is no casino or bingo, and there are no annoying photographers on board. No prizes for trivia winners (you get a drink from the bar - non alcoholic I believe). Tours are run similar to other ships, some meet on shore and some in the theater. Water bottles are provided as you leave to take on the tours. There is one tour included for each port. Optional tours are also available. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Wanted to try a Viking Ocean Cruise. In 2007 we took a Viking River Cruise in Russia which was not great.......the ship, food, cabin, etc, were in general BAD. The destinations were most interesting but as a river cruise experience, we ... Read More
Wanted to try a Viking Ocean Cruise. In 2007 we took a Viking River Cruise in Russia which was not great.......the ship, food, cabin, etc, were in general BAD. The destinations were most interesting but as a river cruise experience, we have not been on one since. This Ocean cruise was GREAT except for some really rough weather. The programs and lectures were very interesting, frequent and varied. Accommodations in all areas of the ship were excellent. In particular the free wi-fi seemed to me like a no "brainier." Also the ship was not burdened with the usual jewelry/watch shops, or a casino, which did not please wife. The crew and staff were always courteous and helpful. I enjoyed the daily tea service and classical music throughout the ship. I thought the main pool was a bit small, however I guess it is commensurate with the ship's size. Food and restaurants were very good. Available laundry/dry cleaning service was also a nice extra. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
This ship has a surprising spaciousness for a smaller ship, and it took me almost a week to figure out why: every cabin is an exterior room with balcony, so there's lots of extra space inside. The decor is lovely - lots of Viking ... Read More
This ship has a surprising spaciousness for a smaller ship, and it took me almost a week to figure out why: every cabin is an exterior room with balcony, so there's lots of extra space inside. The decor is lovely - lots of Viking stuff - and the staff is great. Even though the weather out of New York started out very wet with rocky seas (it was a transition cruise and very low priced) everything calmed down after a couple of days. There's a retracting roof over the pool, and a big plus is the movie screen, where they play films under the stars (or roof, weather depending). Everyone gets Bose wireless headphones, so there's no extraneous noise. My three favorite things were the included wifi (so civilized), the sheer number of books around the ship available to read, and the seafood buffet every night up in the world cafe. Usually, we use the buffet for breakfast and lunch, and dine in a nicer restaurant, but it was hard to beat the dinner buffet. So we mixed it up between all the restaurants. We got a drink package, which was very reasonable, but even if you don't there's plenty of wine & beer at lunch & dinner. Also nice is having the option of an included shore excursion (they're usually your basic get-on-a-bus-panoramic tour) and you can often fit in the included tour plus an extra one that fits your particular interests. We liked being able to do our own laundry at no charge (you don't have to pack so much that way!) and having no "formal" nights is just fine. Dress up when you feel like it, or don't dress up at all. Your choice. The room felt a little tight at first, but once we moved in it turned out to have plenty of room for everything. The bathroom in particular has some great storage drawers and shelves. Downstairs, the spa is very good but I never figured out how to go into the snow room without slipping on the ice that builds up on the floor as it snows - actually snows. They might have fixed that out by now. The top deck is all sportsy and I enjoyed walking around the track, playing mini golf and shuffle board.The entertainment was terrific - between the stage shows and the smaller musical groups there was lots of variety. We can't wait to get back on board the Sky in just a couple weeks. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We had never cruised with Viking before but seeing photos of their new Ocean ships, we fell in love with the aesthetic and the designs of the ships. First impressions on board, the staff were so friendly and helpful, immediately had a ... Read More
We had never cruised with Viking before but seeing photos of their new Ocean ships, we fell in love with the aesthetic and the designs of the ships. First impressions on board, the staff were so friendly and helpful, immediately had a glass of wine in hand and we were off to a great trip. We were on the 8th floor in a deluxe Veranda Cabin. First time having a balcony on a cruise and loved it. We hit rough seas leaving New York and I was starting to wonder what we got ourselves into but once we arrived in the Caribbean it was calm and beautiful. The drink package was a great deal and allowed us to try many different new wines with dinner, the wine stewards were also very good with their suggestions. We did not partake in many activities on board, we enjoyed our team reading, going to the indoor spa and gym, and using the pools. The Spa was a nice touch and after a port day was very relaxing and enjoyable. The main dining room was always very good and I liked the regional tasting menus at each destinations. Manfredi's Italian was very good and I absolutely loved the Chef's Table, I wish I had tried all the different menus. I have booked another viking Cruise for December 2018 and can't wait. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We chose Viking based on what others have said at work. Our other 7 cruises have been with Royal Caribbean and when our friends asked us to compare the two, we simply told them that there was no comparison. Viking was superior in every ... Read More
We chose Viking based on what others have said at work. Our other 7 cruises have been with Royal Caribbean and when our friends asked us to compare the two, we simply told them that there was no comparison. Viking was superior in every aspect of the cruise. The first night was especially memorable since the ship headed into Hurricane/Tropical Storm Phillipe off the East coast. The ocean was extremely rough and many many of the passengers and crew were sick. Difficult times like this bring out the true character of a ship and its crew and Viking was totally up to the challenge and task at hand. The next few days after the storm, we did not hear a single disparaging remark, only praise. We feel that the attitude and professionalism of the crew, the spacious staterooms with many small amenities not found on other cruise lines, excellent food, had contributed to a truly delightful experience. In the future, we will sail exclusively with Viking on both river and ocean cruises. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
My husband and I were disgruntled Royal Caribbean customers: the service got worse as the ships got bigger. Our last RCI ship had 6,000 passengers (Viking carries 980 max) and 17 decks. Since positive reviews and chat rooms pointed to ... Read More
My husband and I were disgruntled Royal Caribbean customers: the service got worse as the ships got bigger. Our last RCI ship had 6,000 passengers (Viking carries 980 max) and 17 decks. Since positive reviews and chat rooms pointed to Viking, we booked the 14 night "Around the Caribbean" which covered Bermuda, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Curacao, Jamaica, Aruba, and Grand Cayman. We did an excursion at each port, all were outstanding, especially St. Lucia. Viking Sky, built this year, and had numerous seating areas with little quite nooks tucked in all around the ship. The chairs and sofas were very comfortable. Dining in all of the restaurants was a treat. Contrary to other lines whose specialty restaurants charge for their services, Viking did not. So we indulged in all of them multiple times. House wines and beer are included free of charge with lunch and dinner. Service was impeccable. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
This was our first Viking Cruise. We were continually impressed by the care and concern of all the staff. Meals had great variety and the varying ice cream treats were always tempting. Evening entertainment was top notch and if it was ... Read More
This was our first Viking Cruise. We were continually impressed by the care and concern of all the staff. Meals had great variety and the varying ice cream treats were always tempting. Evening entertainment was top notch and if it was scheduled to start at 9:15....it started at 9:15! The shore ports were fun and interesting and gave us a great opportunity to visit islands that we had not been to. The room was great and I'm still trying to figure out how they keep the bathroom mirror from fogging up when you take a shower! The free shore excursions were interesting and gave us an opportunity to see things we would not have seen if we had just gone ashore. Plus we had an opportunity to try helmet diving for and experience that few have even heard of. We are now Viking fans and looking forward to booking another Viking cruise this fall. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
I wanted a cruise that had a few more sea days. Because of the weather we wound up having a few more sea days than were originally scheduled. On Sunday and Monday the seas were rough between New York and Bermuda. Because of this, the ... Read More
I wanted a cruise that had a few more sea days. Because of the weather we wound up having a few more sea days than were originally scheduled. On Sunday and Monday the seas were rough between New York and Bermuda. Because of this, the Bermuda portion of our cruise was cancelled. By Tuesday the seas were calm and remained so for the rest of the cruise. The crew was magnificent during the rough seas and, from my point of view, even though the ship was tossing a bit, these days were enjoyable. The rest of the cruise was as planned and everything went well. The stops in St. Lucia, St. Kitts, Curacao, Aruba, Jamaica and Grand Cayman all had well planned and enjoyable excursions. Dining is excellent. The Restaurant meals were excellent and varied. The specialty restaurants are a pleasant change from the main restaurant. While The Restaurant serves breakfast and dinner, it does not serve lunch. The World Cafe on deck 7 serves 3 meals a day and is an excellent choice for breakfast. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Viking Sky 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 5.0 4.4
Family 1.0 4.4
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.1
Enrichment 4.5 4.4
Service 5.0 4.8
Value For Money 5.0 4.4

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