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  1. Hi Team, always lots of information here, but search did nor reveal a definitive answer on Barista Machine type coffee and which bar/restaurant/cafe serves it on the Viking Sea, if it is different to other vessels of the same class. A daily coffee from the Barista type machine is a thing the other half loves, so interested on where on the Viking Sea to find it. Also if a cafe serves the frothy coffee/Latte type, is it a drink charge or complimentary? Our first Viking Cruise so a bit unfamiliar with what is where and details around some of the details and it appears there is always somebody out there way more experienced than us Brian T
  2. I am new to Viking. I will be taking a Viking cruise with my parents and sister in October of 2020. I know it is very early to start worrying, but I am a compulsive planner! I have a question for you seasoned Viking cruisers. Can the beds be separated into twins? We have a Deluxe Veranda (DV2) cabin. I don't particularly want to share a bed with my sister. I have already started to consider the logistics of us sharing a room for the first time in 30 years. Thanks in advance for any help you can offer me!
  3. Good afternoon fellow cruisers, I am due to set sail on the 07/03/18 from San Juan for an 11 day Caribbean cruise. I'm a first time cruiser and happily aware that Viking's Sea ship isn't really about entertainment. That being said I was wondering if anyone recently has done this trip and wanted to know if there was daily evening entertainment and what to expect? also do they offer the movies under the stars on board? Many thanks
  4. Viking does it right. We had a wonderful cruise sailing the Baltic Sea! Even on a full sailing the ship never felt very crowded. EMBARKATION- Super smooth. Rep at Stockholm airport and they put us in a private transfer to ship. About 45 minute ride. On ship in a minute after arrival Stockholm- Took included tour. Bus tour around city with quick photo stop at city hall. We then went to Vasa Museum on our own which is highly recommended. Viking provided a complimentary shuttle back to the ship every half hour from in front of the opera house. QUICK TIP: If departing from Stockholm in the morning, get up for the sail away. We left at 5:00am and the first couple hours of cruising we just idyllic St. Petersburg- We did the included bus tour with short stops at Church of Spilled Blood and St. Isaacs Cathedral. We also did the Canal Cruise which was a little disappointing. We really enjoyed the actual canal cruising but that only lasted 1 hour of a 5 hour shore excursion. The rest of the time was spent inside the 2 aforementioned churches. For $100 a person we would have enjoyed more time cruising the rivers QUICK TIP: BE VERY CAREFUL with your passport. If you lose passport you have to drive to Moscow to get a new one. Thousands of dollars and a missed cruise later you may have a story to tell but not one you want to have to tell Tallinn- This was actually our favorite port on the cruise. Such a well preserved Old Town really transports you back in time. The included tour is mostly walking with a short bus ride. We stayed on our own in the Old town area before catching the complimentary shuttle back to the ship Visby- A really surprising delightful island. About a 2 hour walking tour through the town. Loved seeing all the ruins. Highly recommended QUICK TIP: It is really windy outside the town walls. Once you get inside the walls it is more bearable Bornholm- Bus tour through the countryside with two 30 minute stops along the way in small fishing towns. We didn't particularly love this tour, although the countryside is really pretty there isn't much to see in the towns. There were amazing fields of yellow flowers in bloom. Copenhagen- 3 hour walking tour. Walk alongside the harbor to Little Mermaid statue, through Kastellet grounds, Amelienborg Palace and ending in Nyhaven area. This tour is pretty demanding and we were exhausted by the end of it. In reality you could just see these sights on your own at your own pace and with only one day in Copenhagen if I were to do it again that's what I would do. Shuttle service all day from near Nyhaven street. In the afternoon we went back into city and rented bikes. The city bikes (bycyclen white bikes) are a great way to see the city. Bike paths are everywhere so it feels pretty safe. Also they have electric engine assist which made it very easy to ride. About $3 per 30 mintues and there are stations throughout city to drop the bikes off- Highly recommended DISEMBARK- Smooth and helpful with staff everywhere assisting. The main downside is they transfer you to airport SOOO early. We arrived at CPH at 9:30am for a 1:30pm flight. The checkin counter didn't even open until 11:30am. Just be aware if you book transfers with Viking you will get there way too early, but I guess its better than the alternative. Dining- We thought the food was excellent overall. We ate most meals in world café because we enjoy the convenience of picking a little of everything. We did have 5 meals in the specialty restaurants and each was a very special experience. Manfredis was probably our favorite venue but beware portions are huge and room is loud. Chefs table is a much quieter environment with 4 course food/wine pairings. Don't miss Mamsens waffles in Explorers Lounge! The only item that was disappointing throughout the ship was the brewed coffee. It was awful. We ended up getting lattes and cappuccinos from the Viking Living room bar on Deck 1 each morning. Those were very tasty. Entertainment- Don't expect large productions but there was some performance each night. Our favorites were the Russian dancers who came onboard as well as two opera singers in Russia as well. If you don't make it out in St. Petersburg to see a ballet or other show its nice that Viking brings that local entertainment to you. Also Cruise director Bevin had a performance one night which was outstanding. The 4 piece singing group was just ok. Production was a little bit cheesy at times. Ship- Perfect size ship. Never felt crowded. Weather was nice so we enjoyed some meals outside on pool deck. Also be sure to go to Spa for steam room and ice room. Work out those sore muscles. Hope this review helps those considering this itinerary. You really cant go wrong with Viking and we keep coming back to this cruise line for the amazing food, attentive service, long times in port, no screaming kids and plenty of space onboard to relax and enjoy family and friends
  5. We are midway though our second sea day after leaving San Juan on 3/29/19 headed for Barcelona. So far lovely cruise with beautiful weather as you can see in the picture. The first picture is our last sight of land as leaving Sint Maarten on Saturday. If anyone has any Sea specific questions, i’m happy I try to track down an answer for you.
  6. Shortly after the Captain’s daily noon time announcement today, the trivia contest was interrupted by the ding dong ding and him asking for everyone’s attention to inform us of a serious incident. As you can imagine after last week’s events on Sky, there was immediate silence. The Captain informed us that a storeroom has flooded and most of the toilet paper aboard was no longer usable. He asked guests to come to the Living Room to pick up their cabin’s ration of what was left. He stated he would need to use it sparingly as we have five more days before we get to Madeira. Most of us in the theatre started laughing recognizing the April Fool’s Day joke but apparently many folks (including my DMIL actually went to the Living Room where housekeeping was handing out rolls! Shortly thereafter, the Captain came on and wishes everyone a Happy April Fool’s Day!
  7. So after a wonderful week in New Zealand , we are heading across the Tasman Sea. Last night was a bit bumpy; we have had a few bumpy nights on this cruise already. As Stretchcruz mentioned, we left Dunedin two hours late. Not sure if the ship was traveling faster last night to make up for the lost time, hence the rougher passage. There are a few white caps; I made sure that I put a patch on last night so that I wouldn’t get seasick. It’s hard for me walking around but folks seem to be OK. So this might be a better passage than what Little Monty experienced. We have been lucky & had very good tour/bus drivers throughout our NZ week, including yesterday in Dunedin. We were the early City Tour which started late because we got into port late. We also ran almost three hours instead of 2.5 hours. I’m sure the PM city tour groups were frustrated w/ the delay w/ the PM tours. We definitely needed 3 hours & could have spent more time @ the railroad station than what we were allowed. I gave that as our feedback. There was a free shuttle that we could have taken back if we wanted to stay in Dunedin longer (& the rail station was in walking distance) but the ride back to Port Chalmers is 30 minutes & we were tired & hungry (we had skipped breakfast). From my perspective, Tauranga, Napier, & Dunedin were the best ports. I understand that Christchurch was one of the missed ports on an earlier cruise. Lyttleon is a really small harbor w/ a narrow opening. It was quite interesting to watch the Orion maneuver into port. Can understand if there was any wind why the port would be skipped. Too much of a chance to take out one of the piers. There wasn’t that much to see in Christchurch, lots of newer buildings, empty lots where buildings once stood, a heavily damaged Christchurch Cathedral (which will be restored to its former beauty). The ship is gorgeous. Staff is really wonderful. Food is very good, not exceptional. I think I have been spoiled by Oceania’s cuisine. Manfredi’s was very good, but we found the service to be very slow. We had a 6:00 PM reservation, took two hours for dinner. We went to the Chef’s Table last night. Service was much better. The México menu was fine, but not something I would sign up for again. We were disappointed on the Baltic w/ the Asian Peking Duck dinner as well. On this trip, we will also try the Thailand & the other Asian Cantonese menu. On a very positive note, there’s a food station opposite the WC bar that does omelets for breakfast, pasta for lunch & Asian for dinner! The Asian offerings include a different stir fry dish every night & every night, pork dumpling soup, chicken noodle soup, dan dan noodles. The pork dumpling are the best. It’s actually pork wontons w/ a very thin egg noodle wrapper. Almost as good as any Cantonese-styled pork wontons. Between the sushi, sashimi, & this Asian station, I am set. We usually don’t go to the Restaurant since we think it takes too long, so I sympathize w/ others on the slowness of that venue. Since it is a Sea day, we will chance the Restaurant for lunch as a change. The pool grill is excellent and we just love the gelato offerings. Haven’t had a chance to have afternoon tea yet. Internet has has been pretty good. Logging on was easy, your cabin # & last name. It easily re-establishes connection when you come back on. In fact, outside of the ship, on a bus, I was still getting WiFi. My Apple Map gps only works in port. Apple News doesn’t load so I haven’t been reading my usual news feeds. That’s all for now.
  8. Itinerary: June 10,2020 DAY 1 Rome, Italy June 11, 2020 DAY 2 Florence/Pisa, Italy June 12, 2020 DAY 3 Florence/Pisa, Italy June 13,2020 DAY 4 Monte Carlo, Monaco June 14, 2020 DAY 5 Marseille, France June 15, 2020 DAY 6 Montpellier (Sète), France June 16, 2020 DAY 7 Barcelona, Spain June 17, 2020 DAY 8 Barcelona, Spain This is a "reverse" itinerary...anyone else flying into Rome early or has anyone done this in the past. Any tips/suggestions greatly appreciated. We are looking at Air BNB for rooms; but are open to local hotel sites also. No big name brand hotels! :) Hint One: I am packing only half a suitcase (or trying to anyway, ha ha) - one thing we learned on our first Viking experience (River Cruise 2018) is that weather is not what it has been historically. We hit unseasonably hot weather for October in Europe. Most passengers had packed mostly "cool weather" clothing. On this cruise, we will be hitting many great shopping spots, I will buy what I need when there AND have a souvenir! Now to keep to that plan!
  9. The Viking Sea was scheduled to dock at St. John's, Antigua, in the Caribbean today Feb. 24. The winds were up to 40 knots this morning and the Captain let us all know they were going to see if the winds died down. The Captain and Viking were both quite good in informing the passengers the status on-going and after multiple 360 degree turns outside the channel that is the harbor, the Captain let us all know the we would be skipping Antigua and sailing on to the next port, St. Martin. I have to say, I was very impressed with the way Viking handled this situation. The Captain was quite detailed in letting us know his options and what the issues were. For example, even if he were able to make it into the channel and dock - he had to consider whether he would be able to turn around and leave in the afternoon - and with more cruise to go, that was a large factor. Also a factor was the wind direction, which would have made it difficult, he said, to dock. (One thinks about the recent Jupiter experience in high winds trying to dock into them in Greece recently). All the passengers seemed to understand. A great example of good information flow! The cruise director and staff made a quick change in all the ship's activites and put out another Viking daily in just minutes. Kudos! So we'll dock in St. Martin at 5 PM and get to spend the night there and the next day. Another reason to go with Viking - they are looking at safety first.
  10. Looking at travelling in the Med on Viking Sea with a group of 8 friends. Have cruised before with the same group on the Silver Muse where we loved sitting outside after dinner in comfortable seats having a few post dinner beverages. Does the Viking Sea have comfortable outdoor seating near a bar? The bars I have seen in the interactive plans all seem enclosed. Thanks for any info.
  11. Hello again. I just wanted to add some interim thoughts about trip so far (Auckland NZ to Sydney Aust on Orion). Firstly the itinerary. It is good, for us DW retired on 21 Dec and we booked this in April 2018 to coincide with her retirement. We were just looking for a couple of weeks, low stress, itinerary not so important. We have been to NZ probably more than 10 times (manly South Island for skiiing .. we are too old to ski now). The itinerary is good, but it could be much better. I know theses things are planned years in advance and any change would be years away .. but if this was a 16 night cruise and not 14 it would allow a visit to Doubtful Sound (on the west coast) and an overnight in Hobart. Doubtful Sound is magnificent (quite similar the the fjords of Norway, on slightly less grand scale). Tasmania is also a magnificent pristine environment and there would be no worries fill up an overnight stay with great excursions. So there for what it is worth .. the addition of an extra 2 days would turn a very good itinerary to something really special. I will write this on my Feedback form, please feel free to let Viking know if you agree. For those of you in Europe / USA etc .. in my humble opinion 4 sea days are too many for a 14 night cruise. It doesn’t bother us as DW is just looking to chill out for 2 weeks, but for you to travel all this way for this itinerary, I just don’t think it does justice to these beautiful parts of the world. Just my opinion of course. We knew when we booked crossing the Tasman Sea from Dunedin to Hobart would be a challenge. Grab a map and find Invercargill on the far southern tip of the South Island. We cruised in the general area of Invercargill but did not visit. On you map look south from Invercargill - nothing for a 1000 miles till you reach Antarctica. Now look east or west from Invercargill - either way the first land you will reach is Argentina. This is wild, open ocean. I had convinced myself that the seas would be kind, but the last 2 days have been very uncomfortable. For the first part of the trip out of Dunedin we were buffeted by a big swell coming from the Southern Ocean. We were heading south then west and we were right in its path ( hitting us on the port side with much side to side rolling. Once we cleared NZ the swell seemed change to be more directly into us. We had a dream run on Star for Viking Homelands in 2017 and only one sea day (which was dead calm). For this one we left Dunedin at 6pm Saturday night. We were at sea all day yesterday and again today. Tomorrow we reach Hobart at midday ... 66 hours on the open ocean (although we arrive in Hobart via the Derwent River which should be calm), The seas between midnight last night and 6am where worse than anything I have experienced in my very limited cruising career. The banging / shaking / rolling kept me awake all night. I have have been taking seasick medication supplemented by ginger tablets for the past couple of days but even with that I felt very unwell this morning. I have been drinking green tea to settle my tummy and thankfully now (11am) the swell does seem to be less fierce. Unless you are a very experienced cruiser / yachtsman etc I would be surprised if you don’t find this crossing a challenge. These conditions are apparently quite common - but of course there would be days when seas are calm and some will wonder what all the fuss is about. And of course most importantly, I am a bit of a wimp and if anyone was going to feel unwell, it was me. I have spoken to others and they have confirmed there are a number on board who are under the weather so at least I am not alone. Dont let me put you off - please come to this lovely part of the world .. but please do be prepared. Most of you will likely have no problems at all and most of you have much more experience with the open ocean than I do .. any no doubt know how to deal with the situation. We just hit two really big waves (not over the bow big, but big enough). I might go and have a lie down 💤 😴 Regards, Monty
  12. Our first ocean cruise but have done VR previously. Thanks so much to those who contribute to the boards on Cruise Critic as I felt very prepared in terms of expectations. Ship was very lovely and the staff was absolutely amazing. How these folks remember peoples names, drink preferences, etc is beyond me. Was worried that 900 guests was too big but we never really saw crowds except a couple of times in World Cafe where we had to circle a couple of times to get a table. Agree with others that have posted that some of the included excursions were not all that great especially compared to what we've experienced on river cruises. We did a combination of included, a couple of optional and just our own thing. Some of the port areas were somewhat disappointing in that you would need to take a taxi to get somewhere for other than shopping. We enjoyed the caves in Barbados, kind of wished I had skipped the train in St Kitts and done Nevis instead as people raved about it. We did a private tour in St Lucia which was wonderful. We did a beach day in St Martin. In retrospect I wish I had booked one of the catamaran tours. Food was mostly pretty good although I thought there were a few things that could have been better - more spice or flavor to shrimp dishes, lobster dinner was abit overcooked, some beef not so tender - I did think their NY strip was much better than their rib eye. We ate at both specialty restaurants twice and enjoyed them both. Loved room service for breakfast. There was a small outbreak of norovirus during the cruise which the staff/crew handled amazingly well and were able to contain quickly although there was obviously some impact to the guests. We had a PV which was lovely so if we do ocean again I'm now probably spoiled and won't want to downsize. All in all a very good way to experience VO and a smaller cruise experience, great weather, beautiful islands, met some wonderful people and were totally spoiled by the staff.
  13. We are going on the Viking Sea on one of their West Indies Explorer cruises - this one starting from San Juan, Puerto Rico on March 9th , 2019. We heard a lot about the beauty of the Andromeda Gardens in Barbados, and as Viking does not provide any excursions there, we had thought of taking an excursion from another tour provider. We have the details and timings of that excursion, the tour excursion starts at 8.00-8.15am and it lasts for five and a half hours. The agent we spoke to on the phone said a pick-up at the cruise port could be arranged but she has to be sure that the ship docks in time for us to catch the excursion. The problem is finding the time Viking Sea docks at Bridgetown, Barbados on March 14th. We went onto port information websites like www.cruisemapper.com , and although we found that the Viking Sea is listed as docking there on that particular day, unlike other ships listed, there is no arrival and departure times mentioned. That seems rather odd. Surely, Viking would have known its schedule, especially when they have been plying this route so regularly for a couple of years. We dare not book the excursion until we know that the Viking Sea is docked at Bridgetown in time for us to go on it. It would be appreciated if anyone of you have any information about this (Viking Sea arrival/departure schedule on March 14th). Also, as this is a regular Viking cruise, if you have been on this cruise in the past, perhaps you might recall what time Viking docks and what time it leaves. We looked for the Viking Rollcall for the West Indies Explorer cruise starting March 9th, 2019, but it does not appear to be there yet. So we could not ask anyone in the roll call. May we take the opportunity to wish everyone a Happy New Year!
  14. We are booked on the Mediterranean & Adriatic Sojourn sailing on the Sea from Barcelona to Athens starting May 6, 2020. This is a b2b2b cruise that overlaps 5 other cruises: Barcelona to Rome (Iconic Western Med), Rome to Venice (Italian Sojourn), Venice to Athens (Venice, the Adriatic, & Greece), Barcelona to Venice (Mediterranean & Italian Sojourn), and Rome to Athens (Italy, the Adriatic & Greece). Of course, these same cruises operate in the opposite direction. Regardless of direction, the excursion offerings for the 2019 and 2020 sailings are the same. I've started a roll call for our sailing with plans to share my roll call with roll calls for the other five (only 2 started right now). But then I got thinking that if the excursion offerings are the same for 2019 and 2020, I should post where I can reach those who are taking or planning to take these 12 (counting the reverse) cruises in 2019 or 2020. So I’m posting here on the general VO forum. As part of my now normal (since we started river and ocean cruising a few years ago) pre-cruise planning process I prepare a set of materials to help select which excursions to book (optional) or reserve (included) using initially the material provided at the Viking site (the itinerary with daily narrative and excursion descriptions) and later, when My Viking Journey goes live, adding times and costs. All the daily narratives and excursion descriptions (with durations, times, and costs) go into a Word document. The excursion data (port, name, date, start and end times, cost, duration, etc) go into an Excel spreadsheet initially using the basic list of excursions and itinerary provided with the cruise invoice and then expanded after MVJ goes live. We use it to indicate our preferences and estimate the total cost after spending time reading the excursion descriptions gathered together in the Word doc. I just finished the initial process last night. As I have done for past cruises I saved the consolidated excursion report in PDF and uploaded it to DropBox to share. You can download it from here, no Dropbox account required: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/i2htjserg89tovd/AAB8eRRjK7Pe6jBPXPGC9hF5a?dl=0 For those who are booked on or considering doing any of these cruises involving Venice on the Sea (ending, starting, going through), please note I found errors in the narratives and lists of excursion offerings for our cruise. To put it mildly, they were simply wonkers. To figure out what they should be, I inspected the daily narratives and excursion offerings for the other 4 cruises that end, start, or go through Venice. Some were ok in all respects; some had the correct narrative but the wrong list of excursions while others were the inverse. Prepared a spreadsheet with the results of my review along with the corrections to make and provided it to my Viking TA to pass on to the folks who maintain the VO web site last week. They haven’t been applied yet; checked last night. Until they do, have uploaded the spreadsheet with the corrections I gave Viking to Dropbox, available at the same link as above, which is to a folder not a specific file. The consolidated excursion report contains the corrections I sent Viking. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  15. We are booked on the Viking Sea for the Sept 21 2020 Venice to Athens cruise. The last forward port side PV1 cabin was 6002 which is only two cabins from the Bridge. Any thing bad we should know about this location and does the Bridge block any of the balcony views?
  16. I just posted some info on this roll call regarding TJ Travel excursion in St. Petersburg. The info my be helpful if you are stopping in this port.
  17. We are new to Viking and also to smaller ship cruising. We have a Caribbean cruise this spring on Viking Sea category PV1 on hold and not sure what the best cabin selection would be. We currently have 5084 but wondering if there is any advantage to being on Deck 6 forward or aft. I read somewhere about differences in the windows or patio doors? Also wondering if motion would be more of a concern in one location or the other. Would appreciate any comments or recommendations.
  18. Viking says they don't know yet :eek:. Port authority has list of other cruise ships docking location for Jan 2019 in San Juan. Anyone taken the West Indies cruise and where did the Viking ship dock in San Juan- pier 1,2,3 or 4? Thanks-DebbyLA
  19. Well I finally got the video finished and published to You Tube. Here is the link to my You Tube Channel If that doesn't work, just go to You Tube and search either Into the Midnight Sun or just Midnight Sun. There are 3 parts, each about 10 minutes long (You Tube wouldn't let upload the whole video at once). Part 1: Bergen to Tromso Part 2: Honnigsvag to Edinburgh Part 3: London Note: Since there are SO many videos of the ship my videos focus on the destinations. I provide information on both excursions booked through the ship and those booked privately. Enjoy! p.s. I'd really appreciate it if you would subscribe to my channel. That way you won't miss any of our upcoming trips: "19-Night Holy Land and Arabian Gems" (Athens to Dubai) on Seabourn Encore, "Grand European River Cruise"Budapest to Amsterdam" on Viking Vali, "Magnificent Capitals" (Athens to Venice) on Viking Sea. Let me know if you have any questions!
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