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  1. Elizabetho55

    Into the Midnight Sun

    We are doing this cruise in July and would like some advice on excursions. We want to see as much of the fjords as possible. We are considering the The Trollfjord by Traditional Wooden Boat in the port of Lofoten. Has anyone done this tour and if so would you recommend it? Did anyone do an excursion that you loved and recommend? Thank you for your input! Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  2. MSEm

    Viking Sun Cabin 5080

    We booked a DV guarantee for the British Ilse Explorer Just learned we are in cabin 5080. It looks like a good location. Does anyone know the window/sliding door for this cabin? Thanks for the info.
  3. taman

    Vking Sun

    Just back from 12 days aboard the Viking Sun. Lisbon to Miami, stopped in the Azores and Bermuda. Ship was beautiful , staff was great. food was good. Viking does a good job. We did the Manfredis and it was very good, The Chefs table was also good, restaurant and buffet did a good job.. Lots of choices. I had no complaints.
  4. premaasi

    Viking Sun World Cruise 2019

    Hello, This is the inaugural post for the Viking Sun World Cruise 2019!!! Less than 2 weeks to go. Looking forward to seeing everyone on January 3rd. Please post and comment here. Woot Woot!!!
  5. knoxclone

    Viking Sun Veranda Doors

    I have been reading about the difference in balcony doors on the Sun. Is there a way to determine which rooms have sliders vs. fixed open swing doors? Thanks!
  6. Islandbc

    Viking Sun cabin 3027?

    If you have been in this cabin, could you please tell me if you found it to be quiet at night? Wondering if there is crew door opposite it that is used frequently. Thanks
  7. chrisruthsmith

    Viking Sun hair salon

    Hello, A quick question about the Viking Sun hair salon, can anyone tell me whether they do hair colouring? In the brochure/website I think it just mentions, hairstyling, cut and blow drying. Also I wondered if anyone could give me an indication of prices. I've never cruised with Viking before and have quite a few newbie questions. Christine
  8. cjanansky

    1,600+ photos of Viking Sun

    Good evening, cruisers! We have another Viking Ocean Cruises photo gallery for you, this time from Viking Sun: https://www.cruisecritic.com/photos/ships/viking-sun-1192/ We hope you enjoy! Please let us know what you think in the comments 😊 Cheers, Christina ______________ Christina Janansky Producer Cruise Critic
  9. TheRoadie

    Viking Sun Luggage Tags

    Is there someplace I can download a luggage tag for the Jan 3 Sun Voyage?
  10. We are just off the Viking Sun and thought I would offer my perspective on the cruise. The ship is beautiful, the food and dining service were impeccable, and the wine flowed freely with lunch and dinner. We enjoyed Manfredi's specialty restaurant very much, the Chef's table, not so much. The bar service was first-rate and the prices were reasonable for a cruise line. The cabin and balcony were spacious and nicely appointed. The bathroom was fine, especially the shower which was among the best I have found on a cruise ship. The amenities were first rate as well. The musicians and lecturers were very professional. The shore excursions were well-planned and managed, although our guide in Merida was less than professional. We especially liked the fact that the number of passengers on each excursion was kept to around 20 rather than the sometimes 40 or so you find on other lines. The art collection throughout the ship was museum quality and I often stopped just to admire the many works displayed. We wee less impressed with the cabin service. We found trash under the desk which is less than acceptable on a five star cruise line. Additionally, there was a large stain on the carpet in the hallway a few doors down from our cabin. After three days I took it upon myself to ask at guest services if it was going to be cleaned. This was handled promptly after I mentioned the problem. I suspect the cabin attendants never reported the stain. Both our traveling companions and I discovered charges for liquor on our statement which we did not order. A complaint to guest services and the charges were quickly removed. Embarkation and disembarkation were flawless and painless. As was the well-organized transfer to the airport. All in all, I would rate the voyage as a 4 and 1/2 star experience.
  11. If you are on the Viking Sun now, I would like to know if there is a "Crew Only" door opposite cabin 3027. On our previous cruise, we found the opening and closing of one of these doors near our cabin somewhat noisy during the night.
  12. As I have for other previous cruises, and since I didn't see any recent "live" thread, I thought I would begin chronicalling our journey. Today (June 10) we fly Norwegian from JFK to OSL and connect to a flight to BGO, arriving in Bergen on Monday afternoon. We board Viking Sun on Tuesday and overnight in Bergen. As we go along please ask me any questions you might have about the trip that I haven't written about (ship, shore excursions, food, etc.) and I'll do my best to answer them.
  13. Hi All. We are boarding Viking Sun in LA on Friday. There are considerable World Cruisers already on board from Miami. There is no way I can document such a trip by myself so I encourage all my fellow cruisers and those creative souls that are already posting on the Viking Sun Roll Calls to pitch in here and feel free to speak their minds. Also, any and all "lurkers" or other Cruise Critic users that are interested just jump in and post comments and/or questions here. I will try my best to answer or there will be others who will give it a go. As you might guess, this trip has been long in the planning stages. In fact ours goes back to a Transatlantic Crossing on QE2 in the 1990's. We were going back to visit family in England and picked up a World Cruise brochure. This, of course, led to comments about "some day". Well, due to a combination of events and over 20 years tucking money away, "some day" is now. Some would say "now or never". You never know what the future brings health wise. We have already "met" many fun people on the Roll Call and look forward eagerly to meeting the real people. Early reports from the Viking Sun are, for the most part, extremely good. I will try to post information at least daily (internet service willing) so ask anything that comes to mind. For now, finishing up yard work, bill paying :eek: and laundry for packing. More later.
  14. Hello all. I'm starting this thread to "Meet & Greet' any and all that will be sailing with us on this cruise. Our names are David & Linda. We look forward to becoming friends before we become sail mates. Linda retired before I did, but I'm proud to say that I retired at AGE 48 ! We've done the Viking Grand European river cruise, numerous other cruises, 4 cross-country road trips which lasted 30-40 days each, including a 35 day Route 66 trip (book in progress), We've toured Ireland for 3 weeks, Alaska rail/cruise for 3 weeks, toured America on Amtrak for 30 days, island hopped in Hawaii for 20 days, and when Linda retired before I did, spent 3 months in Europe hitting 17 countries. We've camped, hot air ballooned, zip lined in 3 different countries and even segway'ed. There's not much we won't try. So let's break the ice here and get to know each other before we CRUISE THE WORLD. Now you know a little about us, so jump on in and introduce yourself.
  15. glo3479

    Viking Sun, Caribbean Dress

    We are new to Viking Ocean and are set for the Dec 27, 2018 Caribbean cruise. Can you tell me what the dress code each evening is like. We will not be eating at the Buffet but in the Resturant. Any suggestions would be great. We will be on the ship for New Year Eve.
  16. travel09

    Viking Sun,World Journey

    I am beginning to have second thoughts on what was to be a very exciting journey. Sydney to Greenwich UK, part of the 2019 World Journey . South Africa being the very exciting part of 56 days ...however, already many of the Shore Excursions in South Africa are showing as Sold Out, I am assured that this is not the case, by Viking Ocean,and they will be available when our time to book comes around [ In a Veranda DV ]..I understand that those on the complete World Journey ,will of course have first choice and rightly so, but with the Viking booking system ,it seems unlikely there will be places left ,except for the "Free Excursions", which guarantee a place for everyone. Safari adventures ,which are the reason for going ,I am concerned, may not be possible. Until final payment there is no way of knowing .Perhaps someone with more experience could share their views..
  17. DW and I returned several weeks ago from a wonderful cruise on Viking Sun: the British Isles Explorer itinerary from Bergen, Norway to Greenwich, England.  A complete day-by-day blog and lots of pictures are posted here: jazzbeauxbritishislescruise2018.wordpress.com  Here is the text of the review [last post on the blog]: This was our 19th cruise, on ships ranging from 100 to 2,852 passengers, putting Viking Sun at the smaller end – but it always felt like a much bigger ship in terms of space [never crowded], seaworthiness [a very smooth sailer], and options [dining and entertainment]. Our first reaction on boarding Sun was: Wow! She is so elegant and luxurious [Four Seasons, rather than the snide claim of IKEA], and very well laid out. Soft, unobtrusive music plays in the background in public areas [so much nicer than the jarring music on Celebrity lately]. As we explored the ship throughout the cruise, every area was just stunning! Not just to look at, but even to touch: soft coverings, e.g. leather on all the handrails, gave an elegant feel. Cabin: Our cabin, 5082 [PV1 category] was spacious, bright, and well appointed with unusual touches like the heated bathroom floor [now adjustable] and the self-opening drapes. Plenty of storage [and we pack heavy]. The location was quiet and convenient. Staff: This was the one area where Viking didn’t quite measure up to the best of the other cruise lines we have sailed. Our cabin attendant [who was very good] was the only person on board who learned our name throughout this 14-night cruise. We have been spoiled by Azamara, so it felt odd that we never saw the ‘stripes’ out mingling with the guests – that provides easy avenues for feedback on Azamara [which is acted on immediately] and also gives the ship’s staff a personality. Food: The food was excellent, and being able to visit the specialty restaurants as often as we liked [at no extra charge] made the cruise feel very luxurious. We dined in the main dining room [imaginatively called The Restaurant ] six times, The World Café once, Manfredi’s twice, [on shore once], and – to our surprise – the Chef’s Table four times [because the menu changed every two days, so there were no repeats]. Not every dish was a hit [duck was always dry and I had to send one steak back], but we enjoyed every meal and would rate the food on Viking Sun up there with our best prior cruises including AmaWaterways, Azamara, and Celebrity’s Luminae suites restaurant. Most of the included wines were acceptable, and if you didn't like them you had three choices to upgrade: the beverage package [no good for us because both cabin mates have to buy it], buying a bottle from the wine list [fairly priced], or even bringing wine on board [no corkage fee – very unusual on ocean cruises!] The Chef's Table was a real highlight. The portions are small enough that DW didn't feel stuffed, and the presentation is stepped up a notch from the MDR. The premium wine pairings were well chosen [and since DW doesn't drink at all, they were comped for me – which made them taste even better!] Note that you can only make two reservations each for Manfredi’s and the Chef’s Table in advance, but once on board we had no trouble making all the additional ones we wanted. Entertainment: Small ships generally have smaller budgets for entertainment – but Viking Sun again punched well above its weight. The four main show singers were as talented as any we have seen at sea [maybe the fact that they didn’t have to dance much allowed the casting director to focus on singing], and the show band was excellent and sounded like there were more musicians than we could see. The specialty acts were very good, and it was especially apropos that the first one played Norwegian music as we overnighted in Bergen. Most surprising was the amount of enrichment: four speakers on a wide range of topics. Casino, Art Auctions, Photographers, Kids: One of the nice things about Viking Ocean ships is that they don’t have any of these! It makes for a much more refined and laid-back atmosphere, and it frees up more space for general public use. Shops: We browsed a very little bit and weren’t tempted by anything. But we really enjoyed that no one was pushing us to buy ‘gold by the inch’ or anything else. Most times we walked by the boutiques, the salespeople were standing around talking to each other – so maybe Viking could free up even more public space by cutting these functions down [or out]. Itinerary: This was the British Isles Explorer itinerary, from Bergen, Norway to Greenwich, England. Viking uses Bergen as the start or end port on many of its cruises – both because this is their ships’ homeport and because Norway’s status outside the EU means they don’t have to worry about charging VAT onboard. But Bergen isn’t the easiest city to fly into, so we started our trip in Oslo and took the scenic train across Norway: an excellent decision! After that, we enjoyed every port and felt that the itinerary was very well thought out to give a well-rounded introduction to the British Isles [and Ireland]. Starting in the North was also a good decision, as the scenery began with stark beauty and became more lush as we went along; that also worked well with late-summer weather, although we had ‘fine soft weather’ almost every day. And ending in Greenwich gave us a very scenic [narrated] sail up the Thames. Excursions: Viking justifies the prices on its ocean ships in part because of the included excursion in each port – but after studying the available options we ended up not taking any of them. They also offer a wide range of optional choices, but most of them seem like the standard tours available on other cruise lines [at similar prices]. So we followed our usual practice of arranging private tours and lowering the price by sharing with members of our Cruise Critic Roll Call – this worked out well for us, but it is sometimes difficult on Viking Ocean because fewer people are looking beyond the ‘free’ choices. We did take four Viking optional excursions, because they were things that couldn’t be done easily or safely on our own. A Taste of Norwegian Farm Life was excellent, and gave us a nice glimpse of living in the countryside near Bergen. The Knockan Crag Hike in Ullapool was also very good [despite the infestation of midges that drove us crazy] – we could have done this on our own, but the short tender call would have made getting back to the ship stressful. Ancient Castle & Abbey Tavern in Dublin was much less satisfying; Malahide Castle was worthwhile, but the time in Howth was entirely devoted to a pub and the guide and driver were not ready for prime time. London and the London Eye was well-planned, but torrential rain put a wet blanket on it [I like my puns intended ]. Summary: Viking Ocean joins the short list of cruise lines we hope to sail again. There are only two things that may prevent that: (1) the prices are high if you don’t take the included excursions, and (2) the itineraries are mostly pretty plain-vanilla – we have reached the point that we want intensive itineraries that really let us get to know a country or area [like the Azamara Costa Rica-intensive cruise we did last January, or the circumnavigation of Iceland we are doing on Ponant next year]. I hope that as Viking adds more and more ocean ships, they will get more adventuresome with their itineraries – because we would like to be back! Again, you can find a complete day-by-day blog and lots of pictures here: jazzbeauxbritishislescruise2018.wordpress.com
  18. I have been asked by a few to compare experiences onboard Viking Oceans and Seabourn. We were fortunate to sail the first 4 months of this year on Viking Sun. After three weeks home we sailed Seabourn Sojourn in Alaska. Both itineraries are well documented in other posts and both have plenty of Wow! so I will not get into that here. I have had some problems posting long threads so will post this in smaller segments.
  19. When on the Sky in 2017 there was only one channel that played music, the bridge camera if I recall correctly. Have they added additional channels on the Sun?
  20. jpkindergarten

    Viking Sun

    Is there a "roll call" for the Viking Sun Mediterranean cruise leaving from Barcelona on October 20, 2018? I have been unable to locate one, but maybe I'm just looking in the correct place. Thanks!
  21. 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!
  22. suspaul

    Into the Midnight Sun ?

    I have a few questions for those who have done this cruise, we’re thinking of booking and need to make a final decision today, thanks in advance for any help. Having done many Viking river cruises and 3 oceans, were wondering if the towns/cities visited are close to the docking spots, we’ll more than likely do some of the tours but are interested in being able to walk around on our own. Also, if doing tours thru the ship, did you feel you had time to enjoy the ports afterwards or prior to tours? Again, thanks! Sent from my iPad using Forums
  23. 5/17/2018-6/2/2018 including Pre-Cruise Oslo & Bergen This was our first Viking Ocean cruise. We went with my parents who have cruisedViking River many many times. Ages inour party are 46, 43, 67 and 71. Westarted planning this trip in September 2016. We knew we wanted to do a Baltic Cruise on a smaller sized ship. We researched Regent, Oceania, Silverseas andViking. We decided on Viking for manyreasons but the most important was the more relaxed atmosphere, my parents pastexperiences with Viking, and the newness of the ship. All four of us are avid cruises with Princessand Holland America primarily. We wantedto try something new. It’s funny…while on the cruise there were a few littlethings that annoyed me (I will get to that in a minute) but since being home(four weeks now), all I can think about is when can I go on another VikingOcean cruise again. We will probably bedoing one in 2020. We are bookedcurrently on a Princess cruise for 2019 and although we are excited for it andgot a good deal, we are a little concerned that now that we have tried Viking,we won’t enjoy anything else. The Not as Good – I don’t want to say bad because it wasn’tbad, just observations: We did the pre-cruise through Viking for onenight in Oslo, scenic train to Bergen than one night in Bergen before boardingthe ship on May 19th. Thepre-cruise was ok, but pricey and I think we could have done better and seen moreon our own. Especially now that we knowthere are services that would have taken our bags to the ship and we wouldn’thave had to lug them around with us. There were times on board when you couldn’t getany food other than room service. I amnot used to this. The World Café wouldclose at 10:00am and not reopen until 11:30am for lunch. On the rare occasions (it was a jam-packedschedule) that we could sleep in late, we kept missing breakfast. We were quite young for this cruise. There were very few couples or people aroundour age or younger onboard. We knew thisgoing in but were a little surprised how much younger we were (46 & 43)than most of the people on board. VikingOcean is wonderful and I think they should do some more marketing to younger (Istill consider myself young) demographic. The Good: The food was very good. We loved our evenings relaxing over dinner inThe Restaurant. We also enjoyed our 4visits to the Chef’s Table and 2 visits to Manfredi’s. Some of the Chef’s Table menus were a littlescary to some of us, but we powered through and enjoyed the experience. The only small complaint with The Restaurantis that sometimes the food came out not quite hot enough…more on the luke warmside. The Silver Spirits Package – we are a little bitof wine snobs. Not that we need to drinkexpensive wine every night, but we like the taste of good wine. We did not like the included wines on the firstnight and decided, what the heck, let’s splurge on the drink package. We are so happy we did. We were able to take full advantage of this. The Entertainment – the production shows werevery good. They had a Fabba Four Show(Beatles and Abba music) and a 60s show. The singers were great. We alsowent to the Polish Polka Dancing show while in Gdansk and that was very nicelydone. The magician was just ok. His tricks were a little basic for our taste. The Excursions – we did some included and someextra. For the most part, they lived upto expectations and didn’t disappoint. The only exception to this was the Lubeck & Wismar optionalexcursion in Germany. The description ofthe tour was not quite accurate and we were quite disappointed with it. One optional tour that we loved and wouldhighly recommend was in Tallinn – The Soviet Flashback Tour. It was wonderful. The Outstanding: The Service – I cannot say enough about theservice. It was phenomenal. By day 2 or 3, they knew us by names. The moment we sat down in the Living Room,Simba (our wonderful waiter) would stop by to see if we wanted our usualpre-dinner drinks or something new today. After the first day, we didn’t even have to tell him our cabin #, heknew it. It was so nice walking througha ship and having employees always smiling and greeting you by name. We were all blown away by the level ofservice we encountered. The Ship is gorgeous. I can’t even describe it. I loved everything about it. The clean lines. The soft tones. The high end touches. I felt so at home on her. From the first moment we boarded, we feltwelcomed. The Stateroom – we had a Penthouse Veranda andit was wonderful. Storage wasgreat. The bathroom was huge (comparedto most ship bathrooms). The bed wasvery comfortable. The extra room andstorage was worth the extra money in our opinion for the Penthouse Veranda. The Itinerary – WOW…we saw so much. We were exhausted by the end of it but it wasall worth it. Every penny spent wasworth it. And I would do it allagain. I think that about covers it. I would be happy to answer anyquestions. Overall, my recommendationis…BOOK A VIKING OCEAN CRUISE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! You won’t be sorry.
  24. jiminyC_fan

    Into the Midnight Sun

    I am extremely close to booking our next cruise with Viking, Into the Midnight Sun. Last one was the Homelands cruise which was outstanding. I am not really familiar with the ports and the cruise itself. I am guessing that it is concentrated more on the fjords and scenery than the towns. Am I correct? That is what we are most interested in. We've seen so many palaces and churches and just want a change of pace. We thoroughly enjoyed Eidfjord for the experience and peacefulness and I am thinking it will be more like that. Thank you in advance for your input.
  25. We recently sailed on the Viking Sky’s “Into the Midnight Sun” cruise from London to Bergen, departing on July 7th. It was a great cruise with relatively good weather and calm seas the whole trip. We only had one day with any signifiant rain, and that was in Molde. Even that cleared up in time for a beautiful sail out. I’m not going to do a review here because there have been several “live” reports on this itinerary, but I will make a few comments for what they are worth. First, we were very happy that we sailed from London to Bergen. We were more interested in the Norway half of the trip and we were glad the trip “peaked” with Geiranger as the second to last stop. We had an incredible sail in and out of the Geirangerfjord, with bow access both times, and the scenery was just stunning. I would have happily forfeited London and Edinburgh for a few extra days in Lofoten and Geiranger! (Although we would have hated to miss the sunset sail out of London, again with bow access as we passed the Thames Barrier.) The Sky was great, as was our crew. The cruise was listed as “sold out” but the ship never really felt crowded. In fact, some days it seemed downright deserted! We probably did half the included excursions and some of the optional ones, and most were very worthwhile. For what its worth, we particularly enjoyed the nature hike on Mousa Island (Shetland Islands), as well as the included tour there. The excursion to Nusfjord in the Lofoten Islands was also very good, made even better by our guide. The included trip to Nordkapp in Honningsvan was worthwhile, if for no other reason than to say you pretty much visited the end of the world (or at least the northernmost point of Europe). One optional tour that I might reconsider was the London Eye at Night tour on the day we arrived. Viking really needs to change the description — we were back on the ship by sunset so it really wasn’t a view of London lit up at night. In fact, as the sun was going down it made it very hard to even see much of London because the sun was in our eyes the whole time. It was a nice ride up and down the Thames, though, and the ride on the London Eye was interesting. So, not a bad excursion, just not London by night. All in all, we felt we had a good mix of tours and time on our own to visit the various ports. The Blue Nose Ceremony when we passed the Arctic Circle was also fun, especially seeing the uninitiated officers take the icy plunge in their formal uniforms. There were quite a few passengers who joined in and we had beautiful weather so the pool roof was open as we sailed. (The captain also kindly gave us plenty of advance notice when we were going to pass the Arctic Circle navigational marker, which we did at 11:00 a.m.) We also had a bit of drama the next night when a passenger had to be evacuated for medical reasons while were on a sea day. The weather was a little rough, with thunderstorms in the area, and the passenger had to be airlifted off the ship by what appeared to be a Norwegian Coast Guard helicopter. The helicopter couldn't land on the ship, so they had to hover over the ship and hoist the passenger up using a cable. The captain explained to everyone what was going to be happening and asked that everyone stay off the top decks. From all appearances, the crew (Viking and Coast Guard) did a great job under some challenging conditions. Hopefully the passenger is okay. I asked a crew member how many times he had seen this and he just sort of shrugged and said “two or three times.” This event definitely made my think more seriously about buying trip insurance! The low point of the cruise was definitely the way it ended, with a 4:00 a.m. disembarkation time. We were booked on a 6:30 a.m. flight out of Bergen, with a five-hour layover in Amsterdam, for the trip back to Atlanta. Getting up at 3:00 a.m. is just not the best way to end a great vacation! :) If anyone wants to get an idea of some of the things we saw along the way on this cruise, I’m included a link to some photographs here: (there are also galleries for other Viking cruises on my website). If anyone has specific questions about the cruise, please feel free to contact me. I heartily recommend this Viking Ocean itinerary.P.S. At the Explorers Society gathering our "future cruise consultant" said that 63% of the passengers on this sold-out cruise were repeat Viking customers. That speaks well for Viking.