Sail Date: November 2018
We wanted to try Viking. Their food was very good. But we both agreed that Oceania's food is better. The cabin was comfortable. We had great cabin attendants. Always there to help. The mini bar was always stocked, extra towels ... Read More
We wanted to try Viking. Their food was very good. But we both agreed that Oceania's food is better. The cabin was comfortable. We had great cabin attendants. Always there to help. The mini bar was always stocked, extra towels if needed. The mustard drill was fast and very good. The ship was clean and the most comfortable ship that we have ever been on after more than twenty some cruises. Not crowded at all. There was always a comfortable place to sit and relax. Check in was fast and very easy. The staff was right there to help with any question. It felt like a very safe ship as well. The free excursions were nice. We had been to these places before, but not the very same locations. The ship is really the perfect size for us. Although, I have to admit that we like the small ships too. Like Sea Dream. I would definitely take another cruise on Viking. We haven't yet been on a River Cruise and would also like to try one of those soon. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
The ship is beautiful and the public area is plentiful and tastefully done. The spa area is excellent, I wish I have more time to explore the spa facility. The port Sete was not originally on the itinerary and it was not an interesting ... Read More
The ship is beautiful and the public area is plentiful and tastefully done. The spa area is excellent, I wish I have more time to explore the spa facility. The port Sete was not originally on the itinerary and it was not an interesting port for a stop. Shuttle service at Florence was not up to par. We were left at the bus stop for over an hour in the rain and we never received an apology for the mess up. The ride should have come every 30 minutes. On the positive note, the staff on board are excellent, not only did they carry out their duties perfectly, they are also very good in anticipating the guest's need and offer alternatives and help without being asked. The laundry facility is great, I just wish there's more of them, maybe one on each floor. We also had a mixed up in the reservation restaurant. We had to wait for a long time before we were taken care of. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
We choose this cruise because of the routing, and this time of year for the lighter crowds of the off season and cooler weather. We were pleased with both the weather and lack of crowds. Also everything was decorated for Christmas ... Read More
We choose this cruise because of the routing, and this time of year for the lighter crowds of the off season and cooler weather. We were pleased with both the weather and lack of crowds. Also everything was decorated for Christmas which made it even more beautiful. Over all both the tours provided and the extra excursions we purchased were excellant. However, on the Night of Flamenco in Barcelona, I felt the venue was a little too commercial. The dancing itself was excellant, but the tapas and sangria were mediocre at best. Except for the ham, cheese and olives, the rest of the tapas were not good, the sangria was not authentic and the creme brulee was burnt. Also, because we booked a morning tour for the Monseratt Abby, we could not also do the included tour of Barcelona, they overlapped by 15 minutes. It seems like they could have scheduled that better. Our pre and post extensions in Madrid and Rome were very nice. In Madrid there was an included 1/2 day tour of the city, excellent tour guide. In Rome however there was no included tour, I found this to be inconsistant. The food on the ship was excellent, fresh, delicious available. The Restaurant, their main dinning room, was order off the changing menu, and freshly prepared with service equal to any fine dining establishment. The World Cafe, the morning noon and night buffet was fresh, and delicious, with some prepared to order foods also. All of the other restaurants etc. were additionally as good, although, the lasagne in Manfredi's left something to be desired. Our Silver beverage package was worth every penny, (not expensive) it was basically an open bar the whole time on the ship. We are not heavy drinkers, but it was nice to have a cocktail or two before dinner or after an excursion. I loved that they charged us a flat fee daily, (15.00) for tips for everyone, without having to dig out cash everytime you turned around. The staff on the Ship were courteous, efficient, and friendly. The embarking and disembarking were efficient and easy. Never waiting, very organized. Over all a truly wonderful experience. Oh, and don't forget to try the Princess cake at Mumson's Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We wanted to see some of the Med coast and to visit Tuscany and were happy with prior Viking River cruises so we gave it a shot. Weather was cool but not really chilly and the seas were basically calm except for part of one evening. ... Read More
We wanted to see some of the Med coast and to visit Tuscany and were happy with prior Viking River cruises so we gave it a shot. Weather was cool but not really chilly and the seas were basically calm except for part of one evening. Very efficient meet up in Barcelona airport - certainly not a real busy place at about 8:00 am. Boarded the ship efficiently a little before the 11:00 am access to cabin on deck seven. Hung out in Mamsen's until cabin opened. Very relaxed and server was very pleasant. Cabin ready on time and was clean. Steward was very nice and showed us the features. He continued to be very helpful through out the voyage.. Liked the convenience of deck seven - very few cabins and virtually no traffic in the hallway. Very easy to get to World Cafe as well as to Explorer Lounge (there is a door from cabin hallway to the port side of the Explorers' Lounge. Liked the PV2 cabin - shower is very nice sized and twin sinks is nice. Having two TVs on ein bed area and one in sitting area, separated by very nice room divider curtain was very nice. Disembarking for excursions was handled very smoothly and without too much of a wait. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
We chose this cruise because we liked the itinerary, and we've taken three Viking River Cruises in the past, and we were very impressed with the river cruises we'd taken. The ship was beautiful and very easy to get around. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we liked the itinerary, and we've taken three Viking River Cruises in the past, and we were very impressed with the river cruises we'd taken. The ship was beautiful and very easy to get around. The cabin was roomy and very comfortable. The dining was fabulous - the food excellent in the regular dining, the buffet and the specialty restaurants. We typically had the same table or close to it in the evening dining room, and the wait staff were terrific! The service was great, our cabin steward was very attentive and thorough in attending the cabin. We enjoyed the ports we visited and the shore excursions. The included shore excursions were typically pretty crowded - the buses seemed to be full and all left at the same time and returned the same time, which resulted in long lines to get back on the ship. This was about the only down side to the cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
My wife and I chose this cruise because it includes a tremendous opportunity to see a lot of Art Galleries and Museums as well as locations that are historically and socially significant. As has been our experience with all of our other ... Read More
My wife and I chose this cruise because it includes a tremendous opportunity to see a lot of Art Galleries and Museums as well as locations that are historically and socially significant. As has been our experience with all of our other Viking cruises, all facets of travel - from arrival to departure and everything in between - were handled beautifully by the Viking organization. The setting was elegant, and the people were incredible! Our cabin was roomy and well kept. The food was delicious and plentiful. Vikings chefs really know how to cook a variety of food styles and can please the most picky eaters. The specialty restaurants offer an elegant setting to try new dishes, and the staff in them are friendly and personable. The entertainment was fun - really enjoyed the classical music in the Living Room in the afternoons and evenings as well as in Wintergarden during tea time. We found the service to be second to none. The included excursions were fun and informative, and the optional excursions offered a wide variety of experiences you don't find on other lines. All things considered, we can't wait for our next trip on Viking! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We like Viking because when we check out at the end of the cruise we don't have a huge bill to pay for wine, sodas, bottled water, spa, laundry and shore excursions. The ship is light and bright and cheery. We'll layed out ... Read More
We like Viking because when we check out at the end of the cruise we don't have a huge bill to pay for wine, sodas, bottled water, spa, laundry and shore excursions. The ship is light and bright and cheery. We'll layed out and functional. All cabins have a balcony and a shower instead of a bathtub... which we prefer. There is a laundry room on each level and soap and fabric softener is included and the machines are free. My only complaint is not being able to make reservations for the regular dining room. We have found it not as well organized as the Table and Manfreds. No one under 18 is allowed on the cruise. So adults can actually use the pool. Also the pre and post additions to the Viking cruises are very organized and well run. Otherwise everything is done well on the Viking cruises we have been on. We already have 3 more cruises book with Viking in the next 2 years. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
While we have done several Viking river cruises, this was our first ocean cruise. The ship is beautiful, love that everyone has a veranda cabin! The cabin was roomy, plenty of storage space, the bathroom is also a great size and has the ... Read More
While we have done several Viking river cruises, this was our first ocean cruise. The ship is beautiful, love that everyone has a veranda cabin! The cabin was roomy, plenty of storage space, the bathroom is also a great size and has the heated floor. Our friends were in the cabin next door, so our Housekeeper pushed the veranda separation panel back, giving the for of us one big veranda - nice! The public spaces are beautifully done, and we absolutely LOVED the Explorers Lounge! The views are floor to ceiling all the way around, and since we were sailing in November, the fireplace made a perfect place to end the day. While this ship is obviously larger than the river ships, it still manages to give you a small ship feel. The service was exceptional, as always, and everyone delivered excellence at every turn. Loved all the ports except Corfu. That stop did nothing for me, especially compared to all the other stops. We did the included shore excursion in every port and the were great. We still had plenty of time to play in that city afterwards. We went to a couple of the entertainment offerings and a couple of the enrichment offerings. They did not seem as good or relevant as on the river ships - that was a bit disappointing. Overall - an exceptional cruise experience, as compared to other lines I have used in the past. I will absolutely do a Viking ocean cruise again, and of course - more river cruises! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
The ship itself is great. Need more visible overhead hallway signage for elevators and, more importantly, REST ROOMS as these are impossible to find unless you are standing right in front of them. Need more overall bar service attendants ... Read More
The ship itself is great. Need more visible overhead hallway signage for elevators and, more importantly, REST ROOMS as these are impossible to find unless you are standing right in front of them. Need more overall bar service attendants any time passengers are on board and the ship is moving. The volume in the theater should be increased for movies and presentations. Repeat the presentations for in-cabin TV's. More American sports broadcasts, especially American football--it is a tradition on Thanksgiving Day. We were there over Thanksgiving and there were no decorations. Food in the main restaurant was fine but not so with the food on Deck 7. The food was never warm, let alone hot. Quality there was just fair. The burgers, however, were great ( this was the same situation as on our first Ocean cruise-Barcelona to Venice). Our Cuba tour guide was very difficult to understand-her accent was very heavy. Since Cuba wants more American tourists, signs with the photos in the Bay of Pigs Museum should also be in English. We did not have time to see the 20 minute film in the museum. No washcloths in the hotel (they don't have them). Hotel breakfast was great. The dinner before the show was fine and the show was spectacular! Would be good to have a "non smoking" area at the show facility, especially since they give out free cigars to all of the men. Americans are very accustomed to smoke-free areas in venues like this. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
We have done 3 Viking Cruises now, 2 river and 1 ocean. All three have been truly an experience to remember and all good. The ship was brand new which made it even better. The crew was very eager to make a good impression (which they ... Read More
We have done 3 Viking Cruises now, 2 river and 1 ocean. All three have been truly an experience to remember and all good. The ship was brand new which made it even better. The crew was very eager to make a good impression (which they did). All of the cabins have an ocean view with a veranda which make for excellent sightseeing as you enter and leave port. Not much else as most of the cruising is done at night away from shore. The cabins are roomy enough as little time is spent there since there are plenty of activities to participate in or entertainment to view. The service as always is impeccable and it always seems the staff is there just for you but they take care of everyone the same. Sitting in the Explorers Lounge on the bow or the Aquavit Terrace on the stern really allows an individual to relax and get to know your fellow cruisers or just sit and contemplate where you are and enjoy the view. This is not a family type cruise meant for young children and there is no casino or climbing wall or zip lines. It's for those that want to learn and think about their place in the world. Shore excursion are plentiful and there is at least one included in the fare each day with other optional one available. Sometimes it's hard to chose but you can;t do it all in one voyage. We are already signed up for another River Cruise in France for my 65th. Can't wait. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
Brand new ship on its second trip. Beautiful ship and very comfortable. The staff was new to the ship and many were new to their jobs but they worked very hard to make the trip pleasant. Overall our party of 4 were very pleased with ... Read More
Brand new ship on its second trip. Beautiful ship and very comfortable. The staff was new to the ship and many were new to their jobs but they worked very hard to make the trip pleasant. Overall our party of 4 were very pleased with the staff, most of whom were either from the Phillipines or China. All of the new staff were very friendly and seemed to enjoy the interaction between the cultures. Most of the Chinese were young and very friendly and very polite and eager to please. Shipboard experience was great! This was our fourth Viking cruise and first on their small ships. The only advice that we four travelers can give is DO NOT USE THE VIKING AIR SERVICES -- BOOK YOUR OWN FLIGHTS. We have used the Viking air services twice now but never again will we be so stupid. The first time we were forgiving and just wrote it off as a one time bad experience, but now that we used them twice, Viking proved to be totally a bunch of idiots. They choose bad schedules, bad airlines, and have zero flexibility of choosing good seats or getting upgrades. Houston to Toronto was on a small jet, and Toronto to Athens was miserable on Air Canada with no movies whatsoever, poor service, crappy food. Can you imagine 9 hours on a boring flight with no movies; we have been to Europe many times and never experienced no entertainment to pass the time. And, our party of four was booked on different flights with differing schedules as well. Overall a bad experience both leaving and returning to Houston -- NEVER AGAIN. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
This was our first Viking cruise. We had been on others with other cruise lines but Viking really knows how to create a relaxing vacation. They coordinated tours and activities very efficiently. Everything they put together on and off ... Read More
This was our first Viking cruise. We had been on others with other cruise lines but Viking really knows how to create a relaxing vacation. They coordinated tours and activities very efficiently. Everything they put together on and off the boat was perfect. The atmosphere on the ship was very quiet and calm. Maybe that''s because no kids were on board and there was no casino. Whatever the reason, we loved it! We spend extra time at both ends of the cruise to allow us to explore the cities. When we arrived at checkin, there were no long lines and we were ushered to the ramp to get on the ship. We were greeted with champaign which was much appreciated after a hectic morning getting checked out of our hotel (which we booked) and getting some shopping in. Our room wouldn't be ready for a while so we got a bite to eat and relaxed by the pool while listening to the live band. It set the tone for a great trip. I'm looking forward to our next Viking cruise! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2017
We chose this cruise when we saw the exceptionally great price and the itinerary to places we'd never seen. We were very impressed with the Viking staff who helped with the reservations and answering questions post cruise. When ... Read More
We chose this cruise when we saw the exceptionally great price and the itinerary to places we'd never seen. We were very impressed with the Viking staff who helped with the reservations and answering questions post cruise. When you talked to someone there, they knew or got the answers immediately and didn't switch me to another department. They always followed up the conversation with a confirmation of what they'd told me and ask if there is anything else they could do; assuring me that I should feel free to contact them again. The embarkation was seamless and we chose the room on the absolute stern which gave us great views, of both sides and quiet with on one passing our suite. We found that there was amply room for relaxation on the decks and the spa on the lowest deck with so many free amenities; snow room, two different pools, warmed relaxation beds and plenty of loungers w/pads and towels. Also had a steam room. Excursions were free at every port; there were paid for excursions but we found that the free ones suited our needs. We always had plenty of time to explore the cities after the walking tours of the town. Excursions were grouped in small numbers and left at staggered times so that everyone was not at the same place at the same time. Suite was good but storage space was not adequate for folding clothes. Shelf space was taken up with a coffee pot and cups. Beds in our upgraded suite was so close to the closet that you could barely get into it or even bend over to put on your shoes. That needs some addressed on future ships. Food and the restaurants were not that outstanding. Acoustics in all the restaurants were poor. Tables were so close together that talking with your table mates was difficult because everyone had to raise their voice to be hear which led to the noise increasing. The noise level needs some adjustment; perhaps some noise abatement panels. We found that the buffet restaurant was good, however. We ate there often. Every staff person really tried hard to please. Will definitely consider Viking Ocean when we travel again. Viking Ocean is so much better than Viking River. Read Less
Viking Sun Ratings
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Cabins 5.0 4.7
Dining 5.0 4.5
Entertainment 4.0 4.3
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 4.3
Service 5.0 4.7
Value For Money 5.0 4.3

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