Viking Cruise Trans-Atlantic September 2019
Our cruises are always chosen for their itinerary, but after that, of course, the cruise line is a major consideration. We came across the “In the Wake of the Vikings” cruise with Viking Ocean Cruises, a line new to us, back in early 2018, but we were not free at the time, so we expressed an interest with Viking for the 2019 sailing, through our local Travel Agent.
We were not so happy, therefore, when we were eventually contacted by Viking to tell us that the cruise was finally open to the UK market, but, because it had been on sale in the USA for some time already, we had the choice of only one room in the category we wanted, a Penthouse Veranda room. It was, fortunately, in a good position, on the starboard side and forward, so we booked it immediately.
Penthouse Veranda rooms are spacious and well appointed, with ample storage, although the sliding wardrobe doors were not ideal in the rough weather we experienced, waking us one night until we threw cushions in the space! The bathroom was modern and attractive, with the benefit of a heated floor. The shower was powerful and pleasant to use with its glass panels.
A pod coffee machine was supplied in the room and I was also given a kettle and tea bags for tea, but we soon decided we preferred to walk to the World Cafe or other areas instead for refreshments, for a change of scene and exercise!
The room was well supplied with electrical outlets, including USBs by the bed, which were very helpful.
The two room stewards were very attentive and we were impressed by their efforts to keep the doors and balcony glass, inside and out, as clean as possible in the circumstances, which we appreciated.
The room was in a quiet location but not too far from the central stairs and lifts. We have opted for the same grade and a similar location on our next Viking Ocean Cruise.