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We are considering our first Viking Ocean. It will be a transatlantic. We have done 40 with Celeb one Oceania and are looking for something new. We found Oceania a little too quiet. Thank you for all the info here.

 

If anyone has recently returned from a Viking Ocean cruise, could you please add here your experiences.

 

You might get more responses to your request if you were to start a new thread with your request rather than burying it at the bottom of an older thread. Getting responses is about being seen by more people and more people will see a new thread than will return to read this old one.

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If anyone has recently returned from a Viking Ocean cruise, could you please add here your experiences.

Recently posted Cruise Critic reviews will also give you a good overview ... but of course take an overall perspective rather than being put off by one individual review (eg the reviewer who was 'bored to death').

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We are considering our first Viking Ocean. It will be a transatlantic. We have done 40 with Celeb one Oceania and are looking for something new. We found Oceania a little too quiet. Thank you for all the info here.

 

If anyone has recently returned from a Viking Ocean cruise, could you please add here your experiences.

 

you've done 40+ cruises but were any trans' crossings? If so then disregard the following ....

 

I'll not comment on Viking but will on a TransAtlantic ..... you have a number of days in a row with no port calls. Even on a LARGE ship this can be 'boring' for some. Unless you like reading and just watching the water go by a TA can be taxing - lectures, casinos, other 'special features' can help the time go by ..... and depending on the time of the year and route, going outside may be a COLD experience.

 

Our last crossing on QM2 was a west bound in June and it was too cold and too windy to do ANYTHING outside all but the last day.

 

And wrt to vessel size, in addition to 'what is there to do' consider that 'if the weather started getting rough' .... bigger is always better!!!!

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We are considering a Viking cruise because - this product provider does not fixate on overt class segmentation like Celebrity does.

 

This is why we now sail with Oceania as well.

 

Add this to the growing list of benefits of Viking.

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Also, Viking culture embraces continuous improvement so where a tour or something is below par, they work to improve it.

I saw this happen on a River cruise where a tour and tour guide seriously underperformed.

Even that sub par tour was OK, just not up to the quality level I've experienced on Viking tours.

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We have booked our first Viking ocean cruise, we have been on one Viking 21 day river cruise Amsterdam to Bucharest on the Embala, unfortunately the food was awful but we are convinced the food will be far superior to the river cruise which we felt was much to regimented for us. The crew were great but we got tired having to be at meals at the same time every day for 21 days and even thou we were in a Suite no room service at all the entertainment was the same piano player for the entire time. We were very disappointed considering it cost us 25k plus air.

 

 

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River and Ocean are an entirely different experience. I thoroughly enjoy the intimate nature of the River Cruise and how they are usually very close a a walkable city. The luxury and beauty of the Ocean product is that of a ship with 900 people onboard.

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Posted April 29th, 2017, 10:12 AM

 

I hope if you go on Viking you have a much better experience, but No matter what others say we will never take Viking again, and regret we did this time, but life goes on our next trip is on Princess 31 days in a Penthouse suite LA to Buenos Aries we are Elite status on Princess

 

 

 

Never, seems to be shorter than one would think.

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I hope if you go on Viking you have a much better experience, but No matter what others say we will never take Viking again, and regret we did this time, but life goes on our next trip is on Princess 31 days in a Penthouse suite LA to Buenos Aries we are Elite status on Princess

 

 

 

Never, seems to be shorter than one would think.

 

Could you please elaborate on your comment why you would never again sail on Viking Ocean...we have just booked our first for next winter after doing 40 cruises with Celebrity.

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Could you please elaborate on your comment why you would never again sail on Viking Ocean...we have just booked our first for next winter after doing 40 cruises with Celebrity.

 

My post was a quote from Goldenrod about a Viking river cruise last year where he said "he would never again sail on Viking"

 

My reply was that "Never" came quick.

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My post was a quote from Goldenrod about a Viking river cruise last year where he said "he would never again sail on Viking"

 

My reply was that "Never" came quick.

 

Good catch. Pretty funny!

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My post was a quote from Goldenrod about a Viking river cruise last year where he said "he would never again sail on Viking"

 

 

 

My reply was that "Never" came quick.

 

 

 

Sorry for not being specific, would never go on a another Viking River cruise, when I posted that knew nothing about Viking Ocean and was very unhappy

 

 

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Could you please elaborate on your comment why you would never again sail on Viking Ocean...we have just booked our first for next winter after doing 40 cruises with Celebrity.

 

 

 

We have been in numerous Viking cruises both river and ocean and I would go on either at the drop of hat. If you like Celebrity then you should like Viking .

My wife and I like to travel and visit faraway places not the Caribbean, for that I will book a hotel . The cruise ships have gotten too large and are trying to appeal to to the mass markets at the expense of the cruisers. Try Viking, don’t expect roller coasters or climbing walls, just good food, fair prices on your extras , and great service! What more could you want ?

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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.

 

 

 

You know, my wife and I did the Viking Homeland Cruise two years ago and the only issue I could come up with is, the cruise could have been two days longer so that we could enjoy the ship . Think about it, when was the last time you could SMS’s your that about your cruise . It’s a no brainer !

 

 

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Happy Anniversary!!

 

Or should it be
Happy Birthday
??

Whatever! Tomorrow, March 6, marks one year since OP Oville posed the question" Tell Me Why...we should try Viking Oceans" and I just want to thank her for posing such a thought provoking question and hope that her first VO cruise met her expectations.

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Happy Anniversary!!

 

Or should it be
Happy Birthday
??

Whatever! Tomorrow, March 6, marks one year since OP Oville posed the question" Tell Me Why...we should try Viking Oceans" and I just want to thank her for posing such a thought provoking question and hope that her first VO cruise met her expectations.

And that's another reason why you should try Viking Oceans: because such nice and thoughtful and interesting people sail on her ships.

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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?

 

Well, I didn't read the whole thread so somebody may have gotten to this already, but if not....."Try it because you'll only be sailing with 900+ people, rather than 2500+"

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Well, I didn't read the whole thread so somebody may have gotten to this already, but if not....."Try it because you'll only be sailing with 900+ people, rather than 2500+"

 

Good one! Thanks.

 

I don't remember if it has been mentioned and even if it has, it bears repeating.

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I've not sailed with Viking yet, but really am looking forward to the smaller ship atmosphere. I don't need some of the noise and hoopla that takes place on the larger ships.

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We took our first cruise on the Viking Sea cruise in January in the West Indies. We

have been on 4 other cruise lines. We enjoyed it

so much that we have little interest in booking other cruise lines for future cruises.

 

Gary and Nancy R.

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What Viking is Not from the Viking website "Why Viking" section. Sorry I can't post it here instead of making you go to the website to see it but blame it on Viking that does not share the URL for its images (so we can't post them on other websites). I don't know if this is a new graphic on the website, but I would like to think that they got the idea from our answers on this thread.

 

And, I would like to suggest, as a matter of truth in advertising, that they remove the item "NO lines." No one can promise no lines and the truth is that lines do form -- in the dining rooms, to disembark with a tour, to board a tender. You just can't avoid them no matter how small the ship. So, lets not make it an issue.

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What Viking is Not from the Viking website "Why Viking" section. Sorry I can't post it here instead of making you go to the website to see it but blame it on Viking that does not share the URL for its images (so we can't post them on other websites). I don't know if this is a new graphic on the website, but I would like to think that they got the idea from our answers on this thread.

 

 

 

And, I would like to suggest, as a matter of truth in advertising, that they remove the item "NO lines." No one can promise no lines and the truth is that lines do form -- in the dining rooms, to disembark with a tour, to board a tender. You just can't avoid them no matter how small the ship. So, lets not make it an issue.

 

 

Here’s their list for those who don’t want to follow the link:

 

No casinos

No children under 18

No umbrella drinks

No photographers

No art auctions

No charge for beer & wine at lunch & dinner

No charge for alternative restaurants

No charge for unlimited Wi-Fi

No charge for use of launderettes

No entrance fee for The Spa

No sales pressure for spa services

No inside staterooms

No smoking

No lines

No formal nights, butlers or white gloves

No nickel and diming

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I agree that they should remove the "No Lines" reference. We had several instances on our recent Star cruise where we had to wait for a table in The Restaurant. Mind you, the wait was not bad - maybe 10 minutes or so, but we did have to wait.

 

Also, I am confused about the claim of "No Children".

 

Here is a quote from Viking's Terms and Conditions:

 

Children/Minors

 

Due to the nature of our cruise and travel itineraries, the Carrier does not maintain facilities or services for children aboard cruise vessels or otherwise during the trip. On all cruises and cruise journeys, minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied and share a stateroom with a parent, legal guardian or other responsible adult over the age of 21. We reserve the right to limit the number of minors under the age of 18 years on board and on land excursions booked through us.

https://www.vikingcruises.com/terms-conditions/index.html

We didn't see any children on our recent Star cruise, but I'm wondering if they do allow children from time to time?

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They do and they don't allow children under 18.

It depends.

On Viking Homelands I talked with a family with 2 girls. Under 18 (16). They loved their cruise.

I called Viking this year and they said No passengers under 18 is and always has been the rule.

Go figure.

 

FWIW: no problem with teens on Viking River

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