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Viking Sun Review

2019 Best Overall
2019 Best for Cabins
2019 Best for Dining
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Viking Sun
5.0 / 5.0
404 reviews

A casually upscale ship that feels like a floating boutique hotel
Not the right choice for kids, gamblers or nightlife aficionados
Bottom Line
A terrific value-for-money cruise for travelers who crave a destination-immersive cruise




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Shore Excursions
Sails To
Baltic Sea, Europe, Mediterranean, Asia, Canada & New England, Australia & New Zealand
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Carolyn Spencer Brown
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Viking Sun Overview

Viking Sun, the fourth in Viking Ocean Cruises' largely identical series of cruise ships, offers the same standard of excellence found on its fleetmates.

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Viking Sun, like its brethren, is a divine home-away-from-home. All staterooms have private balconies. Decor is soothing in neutrals with lots of Nordic touches in the decor, ranging from the art collection to many cozy nooks meant to inspire relaxation. The spa offers Nordic-style services that reflect a passion for wellness.

What also sets Viking Ocean Cruises apart from competitors, like Oceania and Azamara Club Cruises, is that it offers one of the most inclusive cruise experiences at sea. Wi-Fi is complimentary to all. Soda, beer and wine are freely poured with lunch and dinner, at least one shore excursion in every port of call is included in cruise fares and restaurants charge no service fees. The spa facility is open to all, without charge (though, of course, you can opt to purchase treatments). Other money-making venues you'll find on cruise lines -- like casinos, onboard photo studios or private pool areas -- aren't found on Viking Sun or any other ships in its fleet.

The ship does have a few notable differences from its older fleetmates. Viking Sun is the first vessel in the fleet to host a full world cruise (its first, a 141-day trip, set sail in early 2018), so Viking made some tweaks to cabins, particularly in maximizing space with the storage needed for a multi-month cruise. The other notable change you'll see from the line's first ship in the fleet is an expanded fitness facility as a result of demand by Viking's passengers.

Fleetwide, entertainment and enrichment have improved dramatically in depth and substance since the first ship, Viking Star, originally launched. In addition, though the blend of dining options was just right from the start, the company has invested in improving quality, tweaking menus to reflect regions cruised and expanding its array of healthful options. We love that the updated shore excursion menu, regardless of itinerary, now reflects the desires of many of its passengers by offering more active and cultural tours.

That's about it. When designing Viking Star, its original vessel, the cruise line got so much right it hasn't needed to make major alterations. Plus, the company does not want change for change's sake. Its goal is to create a fleet of identical, well-designed ships that feel more like intimate boutique hotels than cruise vessels. Travelers are then able to place more focus on the destinations they're visiting than on the ship itself. Still, after a long day of exploring, it feels comforting to come home to such an inviting ship as Viking Sun.

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Fellow Passengers

Passengers aboard Viking Ocean Cruises are mainly 55-plus, though the line also has plenty of appeal for active, destination-focused, adult travelers of any age. The line attracts customers from the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the U.K. It does not market the experience to families, and kids under the age of 18 are not permitted onboard.

Viking Sun Dress Code

On Viking Sun, the dress code is relaxed casual -- varying only from day to night. During the day, passengers are very casual, wearing shorts and T-shirts, jeans, sundresses or khakis. Bathing suits can only be worn by the pools. At night, folks dress up -- a little bit. Shorts are not allowed, but casual slacks and open collared shirts for men, and breezy dresses and skirts for women are common. Formal garb -- tuxes, suits, long gowns -- are never required.

Viking Sun Inclusions

When Viking launched its ocean cruise line, it adopted an inclusive policy that is already popular with its river company. Cruise fares include a free shore excursion in every port of call (optional, extra-fee tours are available too); complimentary Wi-Fi for all passengers; and beer, wine and soft drinks that are served, no-charge, at lunch and dinner. There are never charges for dining in specialty restaurants (except for The Kitchen Table, a combo culinary shore excursion/gourmet meal). Self-service laundry is also free.

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Viking Sun Ratings

Public Rooms5.04.8
Fitness Recreation5.04.4
Value For Money5.04.3

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Viking Sun won 14 awards over the years, including Best Overall, Best for Cabins and Best for Dining in 2019.

Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice

  • 2019 Best Overall
  • 2019 Best for Cabins
  • 2019 Best for Dining
  • 2019 Best for Embarkation
  • 2019 Best for Entertainment
  • 2019 Best for Fitness & Recreation
  • 2019 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2019 Best for Service
  • 2019 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2019 Best for Value
  • 2018 Best for Cabins
  • 2018 Best for Embarkation
  • 2018 Best for Fitness & Recreation
  • 2018 Best for Public Rooms
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Viking Sun Member Reviews

Sail Date: Jun 2019
The Viking Sun was immaculate and had a soothing atmosphere. Our cabin was always spotless. The spa is fabulous. I enjoyed the lectures and port talks.... Read More
Sail Date: Sep 2019
The Viking Sun was great and we certainly appreciated our free suite upgrade. The staff in our favorite eating spot, the World Cafe, was superb and they responded perfectly to our teasing.... Read More
Sail Date: Dec 2019
The ship, Viking Sun, was only around two years old and it showed in every way with a very thoughtful and efficient layout which showed the design reflects what cruise passengers want.... Read More
Sail Date: Oct 2019
After well over thirty ocean and river cruises, we were excited to board the Sun for our first ocean adventure with Viking, From the moment we were greeted at the airport, Viking made us feel like honored... Read More

Viking Ocean Cruises Fleet

Viking Star
5.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating

1878 reviews

Refined, yet relaxed, with an emphasis on fine dining and long port days; highlights are free Wi-Fi, plus wine and beer at meals; holds about 1,000.

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Viking Sky
5.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating

Thoughtfully designed ship, with gorgeous pool and spa, carries 930 passengers on destination-focused cruises; fares include Wi-Fi, select shore tours and drinks with meals.

Viking Sea
5.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating

All-balcony ship carries 930 passengers and impresses with airy design, multiple dining venues and gorgeous pool deck; fares include wine with meals, Wi-Fi, tours, spa access.

Viking Orion
5.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating

Viking Orion is Viking Ocean Cruises' fifth 930-passenger vessel, which is almost identical to its predecessors.

Viking Sun
5.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating

The 930-passenger Viking Sun, will spend its maiden season sailing Viking Ocean Cruises' first world cruise -- a 141-day itinerary visiting five continents.

Viking Jupiter
5.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating

Launched in 2019, Viking Jupiter is the sixth ship in Viking Ocean Cruises' mostly identical fleet of 930-passenger vessels.

Viking Venus

Viking's seventh oceangoing ship has the same magic formula of smart inclusions and sumptuous Nordic design.

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