163 Viking Ocean Viking Sun Luxury Cruise Reviews

The staff was excellent - from the captain to the housekeeping gals & guys. Each and every one was willing to do whatever was needed for the guests. Our cruise director (Vicki Van Tassel) was the best! She made every event memorable. ... Read More
The staff was excellent - from the captain to the housekeeping gals & guys. Each and every one was willing to do whatever was needed for the guests. Our cruise director (Vicki Van Tassel) was the best! She made every event memorable. The Viking Sun is elegant - lots of beautiful wood & leather furniture plus floor-ceiling windows in most common areas. The Sun never felt crowded. You could always find a spot to relax with friends or a book. The spa is amazing and never crowded. The lecturers were all very informative and not at all boring! Really liked that the lectures were all available to watch on TV in case we missed them. We both enjoyed the entertainment and we attended all but 3 performances. The food in the dining room and the specialty restaurants was excellent. The pool grill was especially good and even the buffet was well above average. The celebrations for Christmas & New Years were over-the-top and far above our expectations (and any past experience on larger ships). We enjoyed all of the ports as they were new experiences for us. In each port (except 1) we did the included excursions. Only one was below our expectations. This was a segment of the 245 day Ultimate World Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
The Viking Sun is a beautiful ship with luxury amenities. Staff is very friendly and will strive to meet any requests. The food is very good (we did have some bad experiences at Chef’s Table) and menus are varied with top quality ... Read More
The Viking Sun is a beautiful ship with luxury amenities. Staff is very friendly and will strive to meet any requests. The food is very good (we did have some bad experiences at Chef’s Table) and menus are varied with top quality ingredients. The spa and fitness center were far above our expectations. The size was impressive and robes, sandals, extras provided. The spa hot tub was massive and the snow room quite a surprise. Lots of exercise equipment. Included shore excursions were usually very good. Unfortunately, in several cases the transportation time was so long our time at the destination was very short. Not enough time to enjoy the location or shop. We did several extra excursions, 2 were great, 1 was terrible. We noted our disappointment and Viking removed the fee. They do an excellent job organizing the tours providing water, modern, clean buses, and guides proficient in English. Always had a red carpet, tent, and plentiful staff at disembarkation. Often had staff in the main town to assist. The included wine and beer during meals was very generous. The quality was good and a specific type of wine could be requested (merlot, moscato, etc.). We were surprised that no type of limit was imposed and waiters frequently asked about refills. Entertainment was generally very good. Besides the larger productions there was a guitar player/singer, 4 piece band, and stringed duo that played in various locations on the ship. The music was almost exclusively from the 60’s and 70’s which became too repetitive so we stopped going to the shows. Even the room radio stations were stuck in this time warp. A printed newsletter was delivered to the state room every evening that listed all the coming day’s activities, weather, exchange rates, etc. We arrived in Santiago 4 days early. We did this portion of our trip on our own. Viking arranged the airfare however they will not provide transportation to the departure city. If going straight from the airport to the ship, this transportation is included. No exceptions to this. The cost can be quite expensive - almost $200 in our case. The staff is amazing, always smiling, and take time to chat. Many remember your name after only a few interactions. Every day we woke up and said “we are so lucky to be here”. This was our first Viking Cruise and we are already looking at booking another. Cannot stop talking about this wonderful experience. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
The itinerary is what first attracted us to this cruise and decided last April to book it through 6 Star Cruises. We have previously done many cruises with Regent, Azamara, Oceania and Seabourn, all of which we have enjoyed. This is the ... Read More
The itinerary is what first attracted us to this cruise and decided last April to book it through 6 Star Cruises. We have previously done many cruises with Regent, Azamara, Oceania and Seabourn, all of which we have enjoyed. This is the first with Viking but were very impressed indeed - the itinerary, ship, food, staff and value for money were all excellent and we'll be looking to sail with them again. The ship, Viking Sun, was only around two years old and it showed in every way with a very thoughtful and efficient layout which showed the design reflects what cruise passengers want. The ageing Renaissance class ships of Regent etc couldn't hope to compete with this particularly when you look at the cost of Regent cruises these days which definitely do not represent value for money. Even when you add in all the included shore trips, which they seem to have cut back costs on, I feel they are starting to price themselves out of the market. Just a few negatives :- • Although the retractable roof over the pool area was a fantastic idea, enabling the pool area to be covered in inclement weather, I found that even with the roof open in hot climates there was a distinct lack of air movement making the area rather hot and stuffy. This was strange given that there appeared to be many vents around that area but with no air seeming to be coming through them - maybe there was something wrong with the system. • Given the above, it would have been nice to have had some shaded areas up on the sun deck where you could sit on a lounger and enjoy the view and sea air without having the sun beating down on you. • I loved sitting on our balcony, reading and enjoying the view and sea air but found the hard, poorly shaped, balcony chairs to be desperately uncomfortable - they need to have detachable cushions for the base and backrest. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We chose this cruise for several reasons: the Viking reputation, the cruise itinerary and the mixture of excursions and sea days. We were not disappointed. We had a penthouse veranda cabin, which was roomy with plenty of drawers and ... Read More
We chose this cruise for several reasons: the Viking reputation, the cruise itinerary and the mixture of excursions and sea days. We were not disappointed. We had a penthouse veranda cabin, which was roomy with plenty of drawers and storage space. This was important for a 27 day cruise. The ship is lovely - at no time did we ever feel crowded. There was plenty to do on sea days - I found a group to play Mah Jongg with. My husband found a group for board games - including Catan. There were opportunities to take bridge classes, knitting classes, and watercolor classes. The lectures were superb. The resident pianist, guitarist, cellist and violinist provided wonderful music during the late afternoon and evenings. Shore excursions were very organized with detailed information. Service was outstanding - from our room stewards - to dining - to guest services - to excursion staff. All questions were answered, all concerns addressed. The food was terrific - plenty of fresh vegetables, fruit and fish - a biggie for me. Viking planned appropriately for the holidays - we expecially appreciated the attention given to Friday evening Shabbat services (a separate space, kosher wine, challah, and prayerbooks) and Hanukkah (menorah, latkes, fried doughnuts, and wine for 8 nights). We loved our cruise and have planned another with Viking. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This is the second Viking Ocean Cruise for us.. We have cruised over 100 times on various lines. The word we like to use for our Viking Ocean Cruise is "seamless". From the time of booking there is no detail that was not ... Read More
This is the second Viking Ocean Cruise for us.. We have cruised over 100 times on various lines. The word we like to use for our Viking Ocean Cruise is "seamless". From the time of booking there is no detail that was not perfectly performed by Viking: air arrangements and transfers, embarkation procedures, room accommodations, menu choices and meals, hospitality desk assistance, room stewards, dining/beverage servers, visibility and friendliness of officers, shore excursions and shore excursion staff, gym/spa facilities, comfortable and inviting public spaces around the ship and the quality of on-board lectures. We are early risers and early to bed meaning we usually do not attend evening entertainment. The quality of the included shore excursions was appreciated and the guides were excellent! We are still managing business transactions and appreciated the WiFi and can't say enough how important that is to us. The hospitality desk was so helpful in helping us. Thank you! The itinerary was over the winter holiday season. I was so looking forward to having a slice of Stollen with my morning coffee. I did not see it at the Living Room coffee bar or at the World Café. I asked if Stollen was ever on the menu and to my absolute delight and surprise I was personally presented with a superb loaf of Stollen by the head pastry chef himself! WOW!!! In talking with other passengers during the cruise we were pleased to hear affirmations of our same positive thoughts and experiences. There is never a doubt we will thoroughly enjoy whatever itinerary we choose to sail and we are looking forward for our next opportunity to book another Viking Ocean cruise! Thank you Viking for your excellent ships and crew! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Why did we choose this cruise? Honestly, it was a last minute decision based on a really good price offered by Viking. We have been on two River Cruises with Viking, and knew that Viking was 5 star all the way. We were not ... Read More
Why did we choose this cruise? Honestly, it was a last minute decision based on a really good price offered by Viking. We have been on two River Cruises with Viking, and knew that Viking was 5 star all the way. We were not disappointed. The ship was lovely, our room was perfect, and the amenities on the ship were stellar. Particularly, we enjoyed dining at the Chef’s Table. The multi-course menu with wine pairings was something we had never experienced before. And, they change the menu every 3 or 4 days. We also enjoyed the smaller ship with less than 1000 passengers, and adults only environment. Our cruise director, Vicki Van Tassel was also outstanding. She organized some outstanding entertainment. We were on board over Christmas and New Year’s and Viking arranged outstanding Chocolate buffets on Christmas Eve, and an amazing brunch on New Year’s Day. We will certainly cruise with Viking again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We will only sail with Viking. The longer the cruise the more opportunities for things to happen beyond anyone's control. We had a couple of those happen (missed port to due weather) but Viking is well prepared to adjust and ... Read More
We will only sail with Viking. The longer the cruise the more opportunities for things to happen beyond anyone's control. We had a couple of those happen (missed port to due weather) but Viking is well prepared to adjust and compensate for those changes. The consistent effort by all Viking employees to make the passengers feel appreciated and important was evident here. We love the specialty restaurants. Manfredis' is a sure thing for great food; the Chef's table is always an adventure. Dining there introduced me to food I never would have tried or for that matter, encountered, and probably never will again, but we were SO glad we had the opportunity...delicious and amazing!. The poolside grill does a great hamburger and the gelato at the World Cafe is the most popular place on the ship. We are not an especially social pair and we find we can join any number of activities when we desire, yet have all the privacy we want.(without spending all day in the cabin) Lastly, the shore excursions. Some are better than others...but some locations are better than others. We find the variety of opportunities to be excellent, the included tours are always worthwhile, but caution reservations for excursions are made by cabin class and Viking is not always able to "just add another excursion" as some suggested. They are limited to what is available locally. Sailing with Viking is easy. So easy we have three more cruises planned with them. ALWAYS check on board for deals on future cruises...the deals are worth it! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We flew from Miami to Buenos Aires. We where lined up in an orderly fashion to go through customs when suddenly a mass of passengers from another area of the airport poured into the area and totally disrupted the line. It was chaos. It ... Read More
We flew from Miami to Buenos Aires. We where lined up in an orderly fashion to go through customs when suddenly a mass of passengers from another area of the airport poured into the area and totally disrupted the line. It was chaos. It took over two and one half hours to get through customs. Embarkation went smoothly once we got through Argentina customs. Viking representatives gathered our luggage and got on buses to the ship very quickly. We have traveled on Viking ocean ships in the past and are familiar with the layout of the ship and cabins. We had a jr. suite on deck 8 which was a good location. We like the size of the suite and the fact that Viking stocks the refrigerator at no extra charge.We were close to the pool deck, reading areas, the Winter Garden restaurant and the pool grill. Dining on Viking is a great experience. The food preparation is excellent and there are many different restaurant to chose from. Our favorites were the Winter Garden, grill and more formal The Restaurant. We enjoyed the variety and professionalism of the lecturers, Viking Band, singers dancers and theater staff. The cruise director Vicky was terrific. She was easy to get to know and accessible. She is a talent proformer. Service was excellent. What a friendly and professional staff. Many of the staff knew our names and went out of their way to be helpful. We hope to see them again on our next cruise with Viking. As always the ports and Shore excursions were designed for almost everyone tastes and abilities. We disembarked in Los Angeles and Viking went over above expectations. We had a late night flight back to Orlando, FL and we had to be off the ship by 9:00 am. Viking provided a free tour of La that lasted until early afternoon. Then provide a large room for guests awaiting their flights from LA at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Food and beverages were provided gratis. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Wanted the itinerary that it offered and the price was right as it included r/t air. The Viking Cruise ships are furnished with blonde wood throughout; comfortable nooks and crannies are found around the ship and all have curated ... Read More
Wanted the itinerary that it offered and the price was right as it included r/t air. The Viking Cruise ships are furnished with blonde wood throughout; comfortable nooks and crannies are found around the ship and all have curated libraries -- amazing book collections abound; contemporary art work hangs on most public space walls, including interesting photo collections; there is an emphasis on Nordic culture and history in displays throughout the ship; the cultural amenities include a cellist and piano duo playing music each evening while a huge screen displays photographs of the work of the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. On board pianist and guitarist also play at various times and venues thoughout the ship. The staff are friendly, accommodating, and well-trained. The food is good to excellent depending on the choice of dining venue. Two speciality restaurants are available for no extra charge. The Spa is also available with no extrs charge for the sauna, steam bath, whirlpool and hot tub. There is even a snow room to get the Scandinavian thing going after a stop at the sauna. The shore excursions are generally well thought out and there is always one free excursion at each port stop. We signed up for two additional cruises while on board -- we were quite taken with this introductory Viking cruise. We have previously cruised on Oceania and Star Clipper. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
My name is Michael J (Mike) Murphy and I do the background research on Viking Cruises for my wife, Sheri and I, so we can make informed choices regarding our cruises. We decided on this particular cruise for several reason: The timing was ... Read More
My name is Michael J (Mike) Murphy and I do the background research on Viking Cruises for my wife, Sheri and I, so we can make informed choices regarding our cruises. We decided on this particular cruise for several reason: The timing was right for us as I had been laid up for the past 2 years due to several surgeries; The route interested us very much, going from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Santiago, Chile; several family members (younger the us) had very serious health problems and so we decided to travel while we still could as I am 73 and Sheri is 72; and lastly, we have now been on 3 cruises, 1 River and 2 Ocean, all with Viking and enjoyed them so much we didn't see any reason to look at any other company. A wonderful young man at Viking booking in California, has helped us arrange all 3 tours and has been marvelous to work with. His help and suggestions really made our voyages enjoyable. I have some difficulty walking distances so he arranged our cabins so that they were very convenient for me to get around. The Viking Sun was fantastic, clean, quiet, convenient, with the staff from the Captain down went out of their way to make the trip enjoyable for all aboard. The Captain did make 2 adjustments to our itinerary due to inclement (dangerous) weather and we appreciated his actions. Our cabin was great, with everything we needed. We took most meals at the World Café as we preferred the casual atmosphere and the food and service there is great. The entertainment & activities were to our taste and we really enjoyed the shore excursions. We are trying to plan several more Viking Cruises. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
After well over thirty ocean and river cruises, we were excited to board the Sun for our first ocean adventure with Viking, From the moment we were greeted at the airport, Viking made us feel like honored guests. Everything was well ... Read More
After well over thirty ocean and river cruises, we were excited to board the Sun for our first ocean adventure with Viking, From the moment we were greeted at the airport, Viking made us feel like honored guests. Everything was well planned with little delay (OK there's not much anyone can do about the traffic between LaGuardia and midtown Manhattan at 5 PM on a Friday). Our stateroom was spacious with plenty of storage areas. The bathroom was well apportioned with a sizable glass enclosed shower (plenty of storage there, too). The veranda was spacious allowing plenty of room to maneuver around the two chairs and table. The cabin steward cleaned the glass daily. Due to the tail effects of a recent hurricane our first couple days at see were a bit rough, but we found plenty to do and enjoyed relaxing in the room and at the Explorers' Lounge. Dining was a nightly 'event' the food was prepared to order and well presented. We found the wine selection was just right or our tastes. The planned a couple of tours on our own, which we enjoyed, but the included excursions were great, too. While onboard we booked another cruise (24 Days) on the Viking Sky for later this year. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Viking cruises both River and Ocean are a very worthy investment and adventure. If you are wanting to experience travel on a new level and hassle free, this is the cruise line for you. -Wonderful team members look after your every ... Read More
Viking cruises both River and Ocean are a very worthy investment and adventure. If you are wanting to experience travel on a new level and hassle free, this is the cruise line for you. -Wonderful team members look after your every need and detail. - Cabin stewards are very attentive -Dining is fabulous, 5 star quality meals. -No wait times in restaurants, dine alone or join a group and make new friends..wonderful experience -Speciality dining.. Manfredi's and Chef’s Table excellent venues at no additional cost to guest. Just another Viking Perk! -Excursions are educational and open up experiences for guests -Always lots to do on sea days...educational seminars and talks, bridge, dance classes - Pre and Post cruise options are also wonderful and worth the price. Went to Patagonia on this trip and I can you it was a trip of a lifetime. Absolutely beautiful. Spa facilities are phenomenal...great amenities Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We sailed from San Juan , 1000 miles up the amazon river, hit cities in Brazil including Rio; visited Montevideo and Buenos Aires. Great itinerary. The crew were all great, without exception. We say the hotel GM every day. The Captain ... Read More
We sailed from San Juan , 1000 miles up the amazon river, hit cities in Brazil including Rio; visited Montevideo and Buenos Aires. Great itinerary. The crew were all great, without exception. We say the hotel GM every day. The Captain made a point of visiting several times during the cruise - before this, I only say the captains on formal nights or as a special exception. The stewards were, likewise, very friendly and efficient. Filtered water every day, plus we asked and received two bottles of water every day. The refrigerator had snacks and soft drinks replenished daily. Guest lecturers included historians, anthropologists, geologists, biologists and even an photographer giving daily insights. These were all available later in-cabin so there is no need to miss anything you'd like to hear. This made the trip and ports far more interesting and provided a lot of interesting insight about the area in general. Other daily activities included bridge lessons, games, singles meetings and other get-togethers for people with similar interests of all types. I'm not a smoker, but my SO is, and they had a nice area outside furnished with tables, couches, a fan, and coffee/bar service thought the day and night. Excursions were very well done, overall, with some minor exceptions that Viking immediately responded to, usually with a refund. One excursion in each port is "included" at no extra cost. Some of these were very well attended, but it appeared that Viking would expand the available spaces to be sure everyone could be accommodated. The excursion operators were pretty much all above average with some excellent Viking seems to take passenger safety and enjoyment a high priority. Food was excellent. Even the buffet had a wide range of changing options with sushi, crab legs, and prawns available every single day. Lobster was featured several days in a variety of ways. The main dining room was the best dining experience by far. Great service, excellent food. The two specialty restaurants were very good with menus that varied every few days. Overall, the Amazon river was fascinating and a huge contrast with the other cities we visited in Brazil. The stops and excursions gave us a great view of culture, social, and historical issues especially when combined with the variety of guest lecturer talks. The way the two rivers form the huge Amazon river -- keeping colors well delineated for miles -- never gets old. Piranha fishing was great fun (I caught one) that also provided some touring of smaller tributaries and locals living off the river. I heard the over night Cayman viewing was an experience as well. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We looked forward to our first Viking ocean cruise after a lovely Viking River Cruise earlier this year. We’ve traveled extensively on other ocean cruise lines and were extremely disappointed in this 48 day cruise. Starting with ... Read More
We looked forward to our first Viking ocean cruise after a lovely Viking River Cruise earlier this year. We’ve traveled extensively on other ocean cruise lines and were extremely disappointed in this 48 day cruise. Starting with Embarkation, the tone of the cruise was set. Viking booked the cheapest airfare with a 3-1/2 hour layover at DFW airport which is a haven for storm-related delays. We were delayed 8 hours arriving at the ship at 3:30am. No one was at the port entrance to let us in so we waited for 45 min with our luggage until we gained access. We had to cancel our paid excursion that started at 8 am because we didn’t get to sleep until 5 am. The itinerary said we had two days in San Juan. We ended up with 1/2 day due to the delays. We aren’t home yet but they booked our return flight in the cheapest seat possible on an 11 hour red eye next to the bathroom with seats that don’t recline. We had to pay $200 Extra to get reclining seats!! Three missed ports. 1st Recife because they had to go slower coming out of the Amazon due to water level (although announced water level was the same going in as going out about 650 ft). 2nd was Puerto Madryn because there was some storm near the Falklands the captain was trying to avoid. Yet I searched every maritime weather report and could find nothing within 1000 of miles. The 3rd was Puerto Montt. The captain said it was too rough to tender passengers. Yet as I sit here I’ve watched all of the Holland American passengers, who arrived in port after us, get tendered to shore as we sail off to who knows where. Poorly executed excursions. Most of the excursions that we wanted to book were sold out even though I we went online literally the first minute with my choices ready. We spent $6000 on excursions and were extremely disappointed. All the buses in the Amazon were filthy, stinky and none had A/C in the 90 F 99 % humidity weather. The excursions throughout were a stretch to provide anything halfway interesting. Their description of what you will see on paid excursions is false advertising. They quoted seeing certain waterfalls or type of penguins on one excursion when I asked the guides they said it was on the another one. Food was disappointing. Compared to other cruises the food was nothing like you would expect e.g., New England Clam Chowder was like runny cream of celery soup with a few clams. Their menus lacked variety and the only way to get a grilled chicken breast was to order room service. They tried to get fancy in the Chef’s Table but there was nothing but weird creations that didn’t taste good with at least two servings containing alcohol. For someone with shell fish allergy the menu was very limited with 3 out of 5 entrees containing shellfish. I had to ask because even the daily sushi bar didn’t identify which had shellfish and they obviously don’t have any concept of cross contamination. Onboard entertainment was lacking. Enrichment lectures were OK if you like history. The other entertainment was the worst I’ve ever seen on any cruise. It’s not over yet, but I’ve already made up my mind that I will never cruise Viking again even if they offered it for free. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Looked forward to this So American sojourn as we have never been to So America previously. The port destinations and the available tours were excellent. We particularly liked the 1,000 miles into the Amazon. There is a gem of a show put on ... Read More
Looked forward to this So American sojourn as we have never been to So America previously. The port destinations and the available tours were excellent. We particularly liked the 1,000 miles into the Amazon. There is a gem of a show put on by locals at your second Amazonian port! This is your normal, Viking extraordinary trip, with only two blips on the radar. This itinerary is rich with sea days, and they needed to cancel the Recife Port due to slow timing in the Amazon. It was disappointing, as it seemed that time could have been made up. We had an extension In Buenos Aires, and the hotel check in and tours information during the extension left MUCH to be desired. Not to be missed if you stay in Buenos Aires is the evening dinner & tango show in a historic building, a perfect experience! I must comment that when we shared our disappointment with Viking, they did their utmost to make it right. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
This was such a unique itinerary that we felt compelled to book as soon as we saw it! This was a once in a lifetime trip which really informed us about our big, big neighbors to the far south. The ship was as we expected since ... Read More
This was such a unique itinerary that we felt compelled to book as soon as we saw it! This was a once in a lifetime trip which really informed us about our big, big neighbors to the far south. The ship was as we expected since we had been on the Viking Star two years ago and were familiar with the layout and amenities. The staff were exceptional in attitude and service, going above and beyond to ensure we were safe, comfortable and happy. We particularly enjoyed the Lectures which gave us a good introduction to Local history, culture and customs. And of course the included and optional tours were a great way to learn even more. The spa, with so many free amenities was greatly appreciated! There was so much to do on the ship, that sea days were Fun, busy and welcome too. Bridge classes, knitting classes, get togethers for painters, tap dancing lessons, writing lessons,,,, the list in the Viking Daily was endless. The food, well, we were very happy with the many restaurant options, and visited all of them. Such exceptional service, variety and always delicious! Free wine with lunch and dinner too! And what a fun experience we all had at the Crossing the Equator Ceremony! Thanks for the certificate and all the laughs that day! Well there are some things missing from a cruise with Viking.... There’s no added costs, there’s no “sales pitch” there’s no casino! It’s a different kind of cruising and we love it. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
The itinerary of this cruise was great and as it was a segment of the world cruise the entertainment and lectures were superior Our cabin was upgraded to a penthouse suite from a veranda This gave us more space for the longer ... Read More
The itinerary of this cruise was great and as it was a segment of the world cruise the entertainment and lectures were superior Our cabin was upgraded to a penthouse suite from a veranda This gave us more space for the longer cruise. Additionally we enjoyed complementary drink package so that we could have cocktails anytime of the day and not just beer and wine at lunch and dinner. My wife enjoyed being part of the Viking Choir while in the cruise. We greatly enjoyed the cruise director and the enrichment lectures. The chef cooked local delicacies in port which added to the meaningfulness . The service was superior with all the staff friendly and greeting us throughout the day. Having one shore excursion included at each port with additional shore excursions available was a plus. We have been on other cruise lines and definitely feel that Viking and in particular Viking Sun is a great value for the money. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Viking is our cruise top pick. We loved the ship and it's crew. Included tours need some work. Stops on the buses were poor, Dominica and Tortola were excellent. I understand some of the islands were destroyed during the ... Read More
Viking is our cruise top pick. We loved the ship and it's crew. Included tours need some work. Stops on the buses were poor, Dominica and Tortola were excellent. I understand some of the islands were destroyed during the hurricanes but more beach scenes or longer stops are needed. Not enough time to enjoy the views. This is our 3rd Viking Cruise and the included shore excursions were excellent on tne first 2. Sea food was truly excellent.. Too much salt in some of the choices. Our feet were swollen. Extremely relaxing. We are going to Cairo next year on the nile river cruise and looking forward to it. 5 stars for the cabin attendents. Service though out the ship was impeccable. The ship was very clean, Ship layout was very well planned with easy accessibility . Loved the decks Number of passengers was perfect, never felt cramped or had to wait in line lines for food service. Thanks Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Our first Viking ocean cruise and it lived up to all expectations. We loved the "smaller"ship feel and all crew members we encountered went above and beyond to make sure everything was perfect. I also loved the more casual ... Read More
Our first Viking ocean cruise and it lived up to all expectations. We loved the "smaller"ship feel and all crew members we encountered went above and beyond to make sure everything was perfect. I also loved the more casual atmosphere as opposed to other cruise lines. .When we arrived at the airport Viking representatives were right there to greet us and embarking the ship was seamless. Also disembarking was very well organized. I also like that Viking includes complimentary shore excursions in all ports. the "no charge" specialty restaurants were excellent. In fact, my husband had one of the best steaks he had eaten in the specialty Italian restaurant. There was never an "push" to sell things to you...photos, drinks etc. We did a both a galley and bridge tour that was very informative We have sailed with Princess over 32 times but I hope to exceed that with Viking. In fact while on board we booked another cruise for Oct. 2020. The only comment would be more transfers to the airport. Our flight did not leave until 3:00PM but we were shuttled out by 8:30AM which meant a long time at the airport not a great way to end your vacation. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We chose this cruise to firstly explore New York for a couple of days before embarking on a wonderful trip to Bermuda and the Virgin Isles. Our dining experience was always excellent wherever we ate, as the service and choice of food was ... Read More
We chose this cruise to firstly explore New York for a couple of days before embarking on a wonderful trip to Bermuda and the Virgin Isles. Our dining experience was always excellent wherever we ate, as the service and choice of food was excellent throughout the ship. Our cabin was great and so were our stewards, who catered for our every need. The ship was spotless in every area and the politeness and friendliness of the staff couldn’t be faulted. There was plenty to do onboard and the entertainment was very good . The highlight for me was the spa , particularly the ice room! The choice of wine was excellent. We had the silver package and it was well worth the extra. Embarkation and disembarkation was the best I have ever experienced. I have no hesitation in recommending Viking Cruises if you want first class service and attention to detail. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
With over 300 sea days on Holland America, we felt it was time for a change, and wanted to try out Viking Ocean. We could not have been more pleased with the overall experience. Check-in was swift and easy, with our documents awaiting ... Read More
With over 300 sea days on Holland America, we felt it was time for a change, and wanted to try out Viking Ocean. We could not have been more pleased with the overall experience. Check-in was swift and easy, with our documents awaiting us. We were also able to access our cabin earlier than promised. Our cabin was a Deluxe Verandah - nicely laid out, great bathroom with heated floors (also useful for drying wet clothes!), modern and clean. The TV systems are state of the art, and extremely useful - an example being the replay of lectures, etc. shortly after they are done live. It would be nice if the system had real-time data on navigation items such as course / speed / wind etc. Be aware that drawer space is somewhat limited, even with the extra ones in the closet on Sun, but the beds are high enough that even large suitcases are easy to store there, and can be used as additional storage. Our only cabin knock was the proximity of the closet to the bed - somewhat awkward to get at. Larger cabins don't have either of these two issues. Dining was excellent - the quality of food was high, and there are multiple choices. The open faced sandwiches in Mamsen's are exceptional - except for the calories, you could live on them! World café is good, with limited crowding, and would be excellent when the weather permits dining outside on the stern deck. The Restaurant is fully open seating, but we never waited more than a few minutes, even at peak times. The serving systems in the Restaurant seem to have multiple "handoffs" between the staff, and occasionally resulted in a missed request, but they were speedily corrected. Of the two specialty restaurants, we loved Manfredi's (Italian) - be sure to reserve as early as you can, as it's very popular. The Chef's Table was good, not great - some excellent dishes, some mediocre. We largely relied on the included shore excursions, as they tended to do an overview tour, and allow personal exploration afterwards. The two optional tours we used were well organized. Service levels throughout the ship were outstanding - even on a short cruise, the staff quickly learned to recognize us, and were always eager to assist. While we missed the chance to get to know our dining stewards as well as we have previously in a fixed-seating environment, we were able to make a few connections over the trip. Being so new, the ship is pristine and very stable and quiet. Maintenance is discreet, and not intrusive. And, the internet service put every other cruise line that we've been on to shame - a real leg up for staying in touch. Bottom line - we've booked two more voyages! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Great cruise line. Awesome ship and service. One of the best designed ships we have ever been on. Wraparound Promenade deck. Thermal spa outfitted with more different treatment areas (whirlpools, snow room, dry sauna, steam room, etc). ... Read More
Great cruise line. Awesome ship and service. One of the best designed ships we have ever been on. Wraparound Promenade deck. Thermal spa outfitted with more different treatment areas (whirlpools, snow room, dry sauna, steam room, etc). Great fitness room. Most rooms between the common areas on decks 1-2-7-8 limiting how many stairs to traverse to get between rooms and common areas. Ship had no feeling of crowding anywhere. Common services desks designed to address client needs. Ship was largely digital meaning that many things could be accomplished through television set in the stateroom. Service was exemplary in every way. Wait times throughout the ship were short or non-existent. Service was highly anticipatory. All administrative activities including embarkation and debarkation, as well as port visits were professionally and efficiently handled. Very good food, using fresh, high quality ingredients. Food was well prepared and tasty. Special requests were handled by the culinary staff with aplomb. World Cafe had most items of the Restaurant + some additional surprises. Mamsen's deli was okay, but the Pool Grill was outstanding. Both Manfredi's and Chef's Table were very good. Could have offered more traditional desserts. On-board activities, while not lacking, could have been more robust. Afternoon tea was great featuring more than 12 types of tea. Enrichment lectures were good also and were recorded for later viewing in the staterooms. No casino or bingo which was a plus. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We enjoyed the 2017 cruise on the Viking Sea so much, we just had to do it again. Second time around was more enjoyable than the first. After all the previous In the Wake of the Vikings was our first cruise. Now we know what to do and ... Read More
We enjoyed the 2017 cruise on the Viking Sea so much, we just had to do it again. Second time around was more enjoyable than the first. After all the previous In the Wake of the Vikings was our first cruise. Now we know what to do and what to expect. Maybe someday we will try a third time! The Viking Sun was great and we certainly appreciated our free suite upgrade. The staff in our favorite eating spot, the World Cafe, was superb and they responded perfectly to our teasing. They were always willing to go the extra mile to make us more comfortable, such as moving us quickly from the only available table back to our favorite table when it suddenly opened up. As always, we tried to fill our time with the fun and enlightening excursions so we fell into bed after dinner. The best part of that was Viking doesn't mind if you do what you want to do even if it means missing some of the wonderful entertainment and activities they offer. When the weather prevented us from seeing the Shetland Islands (Lerwick), the captain substituted a fantastic cruise through Prince Christian Sound (Greenland) with its fjords and glaciers. This proved to be a high point of the whole cruise even though Lerwick was one of the reasons for repeating this cruise (now this is on our list for a future cruise!). Viking ships feel just like home to us; we couldn't be more comfortable. We are already planning our next Viking cruises! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We had a wonderful Viking River Cruise on the Danube and were curious about their ocean cruises. In particular, the Viking River service and logistics were outstanding. The food was fine but not outstanding. The tours were well organized. ... Read More
We had a wonderful Viking River Cruise on the Danube and were curious about their ocean cruises. In particular, the Viking River service and logistics were outstanding. The food was fine but not outstanding. The tours were well organized. The cost of optional tours was reasonable. ...Viking Ocean does not disappoint. The Sun is a lovely ship with generous public spaces. The service was outstanding. The food was really good consistently. The chefs and staff did special meals around the pool at noon on several days. The Italian restaurant was outstanding! Often the cafe menu was better than the restaurant menu in terms of special offerings, but the main restaurant was our go-to choice for dinner--menu variety, nice portions, excellent service, lovely setting. The included wines and beers were quite good. ...The cabin was very nice as was the bathroom. TV service and the Internet were generally reliable even at sea in the North Atlantic. Shipboard TV programming was okay but not extensive. Given the weather, we did not use the veranda but it would be nice to use in warmer climates. The laundry room was nice to have for those who pack lightly. The spa was great to have to refresh after a day of touring. The main jacuzzi-type pool became a daily destination before dinner. Entertainment was quite good for a small ship. Our cruise director was the best one we ever had on any line. We qualified for free air which helped with the costs. Even with that discount, the cruise was our most expensive vacation ever. Except for the weather, the cruise was our favorite ocean cruise. We'd do Viking again and again if we can find destinations that appeal. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This is our first cruise with Viking and we are converts! We have cruised with most other lines and while we don't consider ourselves "cruise people", we do end up taking a fair amount of cruises. We really enjoyed the low ... Read More
This is our first cruise with Viking and we are converts! We have cruised with most other lines and while we don't consider ourselves "cruise people", we do end up taking a fair amount of cruises. We really enjoyed the low key luxury decor of the ship. I read an interview with the CEO of Viking and he described his line as "the thinking man's cruise rather than the drinking man's cruise." I think that this sums it up perfectly. The library on the ship was amazingly well thought out and the educational presentations were outstanding. We also were blown away by the thoughtful touches on the ship - like a free laundry room on each floor. A special shout out goes to all of the staff - they were so helpful and friendly. I never felt like they were chiseling for tips. Truly, Viking felt like a Four Seasons Hotel at sea. We will definitely be back. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Viking Sun Ratings
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Cabins 5.0 4.7
Dining 5.0 4.6
Entertainment 4.0 4.2
Public Rooms 5.0 4.8
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.4
Family 1.0 4.4
Shore Excursion 4.5 4.1
Enrichment 4.5 4.4
Service 5.0 4.7
Value For Money 5.0 4.3

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