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Viking Sea Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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1,339 Reviews

Caribbean Sun Getaway - our first Viking cruise and will not be our last

Viking Sea Cruise Review by DT_PB_all_at_sea

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Dec 2019
  • Destination: the Caribbean

We have travelled on larger ships with another line for over 23 cruises - Cunard. We wanted to try a different line that offered something a little different. We chose Viking Ocean, and we are glad we did. From booking to disembarkation the experiance was perfect. Friendly and efficient staff and crew, Perfect meet and greet at the airport, even at Midnight!! Glass of champagne and bags whisked away. Seamless and stress free embarkation - escorted to the cabin, no carrying flight bags. Perfect welcome. A bottle of welcome wine - canapes, sandwiches, cakes & pasties, and in invitation to call room service should we want something else. The ship was beautiful, modern but top end ScandiChic - expansive lounges and bar areas - spacious deck space - excellent indoor and outdoor pool plus hydro pool in spa. Beautiful Spa and excellent range of treatments. Plenty of bars. Lovely Jazz club. All the restaurants (including the speciality restaurants) were excellent. Perfect service, very good quality food, great wine selection (inclusive with meal plus a separate expanded wine/drinks package). A nice range of shops - unique and interesting items rather than the predictable offering. 2 cinemas and 1 theatre - the evening entertainment was more low key than the larger 'party' orientated lines, which we liked. All the tours, both inclusive and supplementary were excellent; the Caribbean is limited regarding transport facilities, sights and culture but they did well - small numbers; well organised and interesting. We love the cruise so much we are now booked on two more - both Ocean and River - the onboard future booking incentives are attractive. This was a successful first time cruise with Viking.

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Cabin Review

This cabin is a very large Junior Suite - but with a different layout to the norm as it is a disabled 'accesible' cabin. So extra space for a wheelchair when needed - in the cabin and in the huge bathroom: wet room with step free shower and shower seat with plenty of handles and support. Large balcony with automatic drop down step ramp for wheelchairs etc. Inclusive laundry, dry cleaning and fully stocked bar (beers, wines (Inc Champagne) soft drinks and snacks replenished daily.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Walking Tour of Old San Juan

An easy well organised walking tour of Old San Juan - left time for lunch on ship then a visit to the Art Gallery and a cafe.

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A nice overview of the island and a visit to a beach and time for cocktails and a light lunch - nice venue

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A leaisurly drive of island - water taxi to Nevis - a small bus tour of Nevis followed by lunch, cocktails and time on a lovely beach. Small number, comfortable transport, good venue and lunch.

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A short inclusive tour - nice to see the island again - allowed plenty of time ater tour for self exploration - good guide.

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Distillery Tour

Excellent tour of part of the island - a steam train trip to top of island - followed by a private tour and tasing or Rum distilllery - St Nicholas Priory - a nice day trip.

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The highlight of the cruise - a short walk to catamaran - leisurely cruise with rum along one side of island via harbours and inlets to the famous Pitons - a drive up to the lovely resort hotel Ladera Resort with the most amazing views of both Pitons - an nice cocktail and excellent lunch followed by a guided tour with the resort gardener of the grounds and explanation of the plants - then a tour of an amazing room

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A nice easy tour of the island with stop offs - beautiful

Not Vikings fault - but due to the ongoing French authorities being on strike - the tour only covered part of the island (missing the nice bit) but what we saw was okay and they added further stop offs - Viking did the best they could

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St. Thomas

Have visited the port many times and given that the cruise did not have any sea days we took this day as our substitute sea day. There is not much to see on many of the Caribbean islands so did not mind staying on the lovely ship - and exploring her,

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