This cruise was a result of our excellent 2015 Grand European River cruise. We were impressed by the excellent service and attention to detail that is Viking's legacy. We decided to go on the Baltic cruise because of the reviews and responses from other Viking cruise passengers. We felt as though this cruise changed us from cruise passengers to members of the Viking family. As such, we have booked another cruise to the British Isles this summer to celebrate our 52nd anniversary.
This cruise was beyond excellent. We experienced Iceland for five days before the cruise and that in itself was a remarkable experience. Viking booked us into the Canopy by Hilton right in the "old town" portion of Reykjavik. This hotel was fantastic as it was in the heart of all major sights and it the accommodations were impeccable. While in Iceland the Viking arranged tours provided us with an exciting view of the country; from the geothermal grid to the calming Blue Lagoon.
After the smooth Iceland Air flight to Bergen we easily cleared through the airport with the assistance of the arrival Viking personnel. Our embarkation was very smooth and took very little time all because of Vikings' pre-planning. Our luggage was quickly transferred from the airport baggage pickup to our cabin without incident. The baggage transfer is a welcome event especially for senior travelers like us.
Our cabin on the Viking Sky was comfortable and over the top with personalized service. We had plenty of storage space for our clothing and the balcony was perfect for early morning coffee while still in pajamas.
We especially enjoyed the great food in the Dining Room. It was always prepared to perfection and was attractive on the plate. The Dining room and Buffet were always spotless and the attendants were plentiful. Service was great. We especially enjoyed Vikings policy of open seating which allows you to meet and enjoy other guests. This enabled us to develop friendships and collectively we decided to book another cruise in 2020.
The on board entertainment was perfect for this type of cruise. The cruise historian was packed full of knowledge but started out as though it was a detailed college lecture. On the next presentation her briefing was spot-on with helpful regional history. She made our trip more interesting.
We went on all of the included excursions and they were excellent. St. Petersburg was different as you could not just walk off the pier without a visa. We booked three additional tours beyond the included to see Peterhof Palace, The Hermitage and the Metro on Foot. These tours were excellent and gave us the chance to experience the Russian culture. While on Russian tours we were under the guardianship of the tour guide who made sure we did not drift away from the group. But even with these hindrances Russia was a beautiful visit.
All of the other included tours were well planned, timed perfectly and was hosted by competent guides. It was very satisfying to know that Viking was taking care of you in each port city whenever you would see the red canopy hosted by helpful Viking guides.
We were in Europe thirty some years ago to celebrate our boys graduating from college. Since we were unable to get there to see the wall coming down we purposely scheduled the train excursion to Berlin. This trip was a long day on the train but it got us right into Berlin to see all of the important sites. Our city tour by motor coach enabled us to see the major buildings and then it dropped us at the Brandenburg Gate. We were able to see the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Check Point Charlie, and other major sites of interest.There was plenty of time to see Berlin and our train trip back to the Viking Sky was comfortable. This excursion to Berlin was perfectly planned by Viking.
Viking takes this worry off your shoulders in cruise selection by allowing us to make all arrangements well in advance of the cruise sail date. Exceptional service, attention to detail and a high level of luxury are some of the major reasons we will return to Viking for all of our future cruises.
The cabin was exceptionally clean orderly and provided us with plenty of storage space for the 24 day cruise. The balcony was perfect for early morning coffee while still in pajamas.
Great tour by Motor Coach.View All 141 City Tour Reviews
Well planned. Even without a visa the motor coach tour gave us a chance to see the highlights of St. Petersburg.
Beautiful museums.View All 377 Hermitage Museum Reviews
Wonderful palace and grounds.View All 231 Peterhof Palace Reviews
Metro on Foot was a good tour and gave us the chance to see the fancy decorations underground. The tour was fantastic because we were on the city streets and then into the marble museum call the Metro.View All 204 Private Tour Reviews
Nice walking tour.View All 189 Old Town of Tallinn Reviews
Nice tour through the old town over the cobble stone streets.View All 9 City Tour Reviews
City tour was nice but we went to Tivoli Gardens on our own. Beautiful park.
Long day on the train but well worth the time to see beautiful Berlin.
Walked around town.
Walked off and toured on our own. Nice tour.
Beautiful city.View All 41 City Tour Reviews
Olympic site.View All 17 Holmenkollen Ski Jump Reviews
Nice port visit.
Tour was uneventful as fog covered the city so we just had a bus ride. After the tour we walked off to the fish market area for shopping.
Very interesting tour of the city.View All 57 The Old Town Reviews