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...we should try Viking Ocean.

 

We are a couple that cruise often, mostly in the Caribbean and in suites. Our last two cruises (December and January) were on Oceania and Celebrity. One we found really boring but the food unbelievably good. The other offered excellent suite perks, much better entertainment, and the food was very good to pretty good to okay.

 

So for those who have cruised on Viking Ocean please convince us that we need to give this line a try. We are about to book so your input would be appreciated.

 

Thanks so much.:)

 

Katie

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Hi Katie,

It's hard to say why exactly you should try Viking Ocean as we don't know what things are most important for you.

I can tell you how we compare these cruise line products (overall) as we have cruised on all of them.

Viking Star 4.5* (currently on the ship)

Oceania Riviera 4.0* (Smaller ships 3.0*)

Celebrity Solstice class 3.5*

Celebrity Reflection subclass 3.0*

 

For the "luxury" or "near luxury" category, this ship is a breakthrough as it is for the first time since Crystal Serenity that a small (or relatively small) ship is designed as a real cruise ship, not as an expensive nursing facility packed into a small floating sink.

 

The ship has a couple of unfortunate misses in design but it does not prevent it from being well above Oceania and Celebrity overall.

 

The food quality (overall) will be just slightly below Oceania and above Celebrity.

The entertainment - similar to Oceania (almost non-existent by cruise industry standards).

 

Celebrity is just a floating hotel.

 

Viking is a real cruise ship.

 

I will post a short review on this board and the full review in my cruise blog.

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Try it because you are tired of mindless entertainment.

Try it because you don't need a casino.

Try it because you are sick and tired of the nickel-and-diming.

Try it because you can live without other people's children.

Try it because you are more interested in the ports of call than in partying until dawn.

Try it because you are never asked to pose for photos.

Try in because you like cruising among friendly people.

Try it because you are invited to BYO wine, beer or other potables.

Try it because you don't have to hide in your room to drink your BYO.

Try it because there is no corkage fee in the dining rooms.

Try it because specialty dining is included.

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Try it because you are tired of mindless entertainment.

Try it because you don't need a casino.

Try it because you are sick and tired of the nickel-and-diming.

Try it because you can live without other people's children.

Try it because you are more interested in the ports of call than in partying until dawn.

Try it because you are never asked to pose for photos.

Try in because you like cruising among friendly people.

Try it because you are invited to BYO wine, beer or other potables.

Try it because you don't have to hide in your room to drink your BYO.

Try it because there is no corkage fee in the dining rooms.

Try it because specialty dining is included.

Peregrina, We will take Viking Homelands cruise in July - this is our first cruise with Viking. I love this post - if we were not already booked, we would probably do so because of your thoughts. I have followed threads for months, and you are a wonderful source of information.

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Try it because you are tired of mindless entertainment.

Try it because you don't need a casino.

Try it because you are sick and tired of the nickel-and-diming.

Try it because you can live without other people's children.

Try it because you are more interested in the ports of call than in partying until dawn.

Try it because you are never asked to pose for photos.

Try in because you like cruising among friendly people.

Try it because you are invited to BYO wine, beer or other potables.

Try it because you don't have to hide in your room to drink your BYO.

Try it because there is no corkage fee in the dining rooms.

Try it because specialty dining is included.

 

 

Viking should lift this quote for it's advertising

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Viking should lift this quote for it's advertising

 

:oAw, heck, I was hoping that people would just add to the list. You know, "Try it because ___________" I'm sure that there are plenty of things I missed.

 

Viking is welcome to the material but really, don't you think they say the same thing in their ads --and with much more finesse and class?

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:oAw, heck, I was hoping that people would just add to the list. You know, "Try it because ___________" I'm sure that there are plenty of things I missed.

 

Viking is welcome to the material but really, don't you think they say the same thing in their ads --and with much more finesse and class?

 

 

I'll bite:

 

Try it because folks like Peregrina651 are on board.

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I'll bite:

 

Try it because folks like Peregrina651 are on board.

 

Try it because there is no formal night.

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Try it because you are tired of mindless entertainment.

Try it because you don't need a casino.

Try it because you are sick and tired of the nickel-and-diming.

Try it because you can live without other people's children.

Try it because you are more interested in the ports of call than in partying until dawn.

Try it because you are never asked to pose for photos.

Try in because you like cruising among friendly people.

Try it because you are invited to BYO wine, beer or other potables.

Try it because you don't have to hide in your room to drink your BYO.

Try it because there is no corkage fee in the dining rooms.

Try it because specialty dining is included.

 

 

Try it because there is no bang-bang music.

Try it because there are nooks and crannies everywhere to read, relax, and just be.

Try it because the tables in the cafe (buffet) are set with silverware and napkins and a beverage server comes to take your order as soon as you sit down.

Try it because room service will deliver delicious coffee and juice, even on debarkation day, within 10 minutes of your call.

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Some very good answers above.

 

We found the food to be very good and the whole experience on the Sky great.

 

Okay, so I have a follow up question. "Tell Me Why" some subject titles are so short and not descriptive?

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I'll bite. I'm a potential Viking Ocean cruiser. Tell me why I should take the "included" shore excursions instead of booking the optional excursions?

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I'll bite. I'm a potential Viking Ocean cruiser. Tell me why I should take the "included" shore excursions instead of booking the optional excursions?

 

 

Based on our ONE Viking Ocean cruise - the included will always be larger groups which by design MIGHT reduce some of the places you go. The paid ones will be more focused on what they are going to cover. It still might be a large bus, or maybe more if lots sign up for it. I would say you have to review what is offered and decide what points of interest are important to you.

 

I made a mistake on our cruise and should have done the included ship tour to Pompeii. Generally, so many tours ended up similar to ABC tours - "Another Bloody Church". LOL!

 

We have recently begun to appreciate a calming day onboard while everyone else runs around to see things and take hundreds of pictures because they will forget what they saw by the next morning. They then of course forget where the pictures are -LOL!

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Thanks so much to those who added helpful posts. Our input is greatly appreciated. We booked our first Viking today!

 

Katie

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Okay, so I have a follow up question. "Tell Me Why" some subject titles are so short and not descriptive?

 

Whatever, I accomplished my mission thanks to a bunch of helpful people.

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I'll bite. I'm a potential Viking Ocean cruiser. Tell me why I should take the "included" shore excursions instead of booking the optional excursions?

 

Take them because they are going where you want to go.

Take them because you want a relaxing day at a mellow pace.

Take them because you can't spend everyday of the cruising racing from place to place to see as many things as possible in the short amount of time you have in port.

Take them because you don't mind touring with a busload of people.

Take them because you get to meet other people on your ship.

 

We do a combination of included tours, optional tours and doing it on our own. It depends on what the included tour is, where we are and what we want to accomplish at that particular port of call. We do not take them just because they are free; if we aren't interested in the program, we will do something that we are interested in.

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I'll bite. I'm a potential Viking Ocean cruiser. Tell me why I should take the "included" shore excursions instead of booking the optional excursions?

 

There is no answer to this.

Your taste for excursions may differ. The optional excursions are in my view pricey but they involve more time and more special places to see than the included which is usually a walking tour or short bus tour with a couple stops. Read the details and consider.

Enjoyed over 95% of the tours we've taken with Viking and we've done both types.

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Take them because they are going where you want to go.

Take them because you want a relaxing day at a mellow pace.

Take them because you can't spend everyday of the cruising racing from place to place to see as many things as possible in the short amount of time you have in port.

Take them because you don't mind touring with a busload of people.

Take them because you get to meet other people on your ship.

 

We do a combination of included tours, optional tours and doing it on our own. It depends on what the included tour is, where we are and what we want to accomplish at that particular port of call. We do not take them just because they are free; if we aren't interested in the program, we will do something that we are interested in.

Love, love, love. Sums it up perfectly for us!

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We have recently begun to appreciate a calming day onboard while everyone else runs around to see things and take hundreds of pictures because they will forget what they saw by the next morning. They then of course forget where the pictures are -LOL!

 

Absolutely.

My term for "port-intensive" cruises: "port-exhausting" cruises.

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I just loved being on the Viking Sea. It was relaxing on the ship (we are nutballs about touring at every port but on our "Quiet Season" cruise that still left lots of time on the ship and lots of time to try all the things that are available on the ship. Many on our cruise came because they liked their Viking River cruises (we did too!). Our lowest level cabin had a balcony and enough room for us, food was good (not quite Oceania but better than RCL), and as said by many nice nooks and crannies to relax in. For early risers, the Explorer lounge and Mamsens (get coffee at the World Cafe before about 6:30 or 6 way downstairs) are delightfully quiet and enjoyable. There was some nightlife on our cruise as there were several groups but the shows were enough for us (they were the usual but the comfortable seats and blankets were nice. I did not see dancing but we almost never do. I did not miss all night entertainment but there was some late night stuff if passengers wanted it and some excellent lectures (on our cruise on sea life and art). The included excursions were mostly fine (we took one last of the day excursions that left late and cut it short but the rest were fine). However, these walks around town on their river cruises are always pretty good. On the ocean cruises, they were mostly good but we were not anywhere near downtown in most ports and not everyone like having to be bused for part of the tour and having the in town part somewhat abbreviated. Still, I am looking for another Viking Ocean cruise (problem is finding one with new ports for us) for the time on the ship alone.

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I too believe port excursions are more of a personal 'taste'. My wife and I have cruise on the Star twice (once on the Homelands and once on the West Indies) and both times we mixed both the included and non-included excursions. For example on our Homelands cruise we elected not to take the included tour into Berlin primarily because of the large time commitment, including long stretches on a bus both going and returning. But again, that's us. Most all excursions we've taken, both included and not, have been wonderful.

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I too believe port excursions are more of a personal 'taste'. My wife and I have cruise on the Star twice (once on the Homelands and once on the West Indies) and both times we mixed both the included and non-included excursions. For example on our Homelands cruise we elected not to take the included tour into Berlin primarily because of the large time commitment, including long stretches on a bus both going and returning. But again, that's us. Most all excursions we've taken, both included and not, have been wonderful.

 

Agree. Making the same decision. Word up is that now Viking does Berlin via train, not bus.

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Agree. Making the same decision. Word up is that now Viking does Berlin via train, not bus.

 

I'll bet that cuts down on the travel time!

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