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Viking Sea Review

2019 Best Overall
2019 Best for Cabins
2019 Best for Dining
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Viking Sea
5.0 / 5.0
1339 reviews

Pros
Destination-focused ship with superb dining and service
Cons
Lack of entertainment features like casino might turn off some
Bottom Line
Inclusive cruise provides immersive experience without high-end luxury pricing

About

Passengers
930

Crew
550

Passenger to Crew
1.69:1

Launched
2016

Shore Excursions
614
Sails To
Mediterranean, Caribbean
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Colleen McDaniel
Cruise Critic Editor-In-Chief

Viking Sea Overview

Viking Sea, the second oceangoing ship from longtime river cruise stalwart Viking, is a stunning vessel that seamlessly integrates comfort and modern, Scandinavian style. The ship's small size means it rarely feels busy and is able to get into ports bigger ships can't reach.

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Sailing on Viking Sea feels a bit like you've been invited into a friend's home. The decoration is personal and elegant without being stuffy, and you really feel like you could flop just about anywhere to relax and be comfortable. So many of the decorative touches are personal to Viking chairman Torstein Hagen that you feel like you get a glimpse of him and his taste: from photos of him as a child, tributes to his mother and generally the things he loves, such as books, music and simple, clean elements. Decor shipwide relies heavily on shades of blue, gray and white, along with light wood and materials such as leather and wool. The company made a 3-million-euro investment in art onboard Viking Sea, with feature artists including Edvard Munch and Jakob Weidemann. (You can take a nifty art tour using your mobile device and the ship's free Wi-Fi.)

A cruise on Viking Sea focuses heavily on destinations, and passengers are entitled to one included excursion in each port the ship visits. Upgraded "premium" excursions also are offered and are excellent, but many passengers are content with the included option. Viking provides local guides who speak English and know the regions well. Onboard programming complements the excursions; lectures focus on port history and culture.

Because itineraries and time in port are so important on Viking Sea, the ship doesn't have a casino or splashy water features. The ship is unabashedly geared toward adults 55 and older. Programming and entertainment options match the target crowd, though the production shows offered onboard in the theater are a rare weak spot that could use some revamping.

The ship rarely feels crowded, as multiple spaces for relaxing are available throughout the ship, and everyone seems to have his or her favorites. They have their favorite restaurants, as well, and with alternative options such as Italian Manfredi's and an evening at The Chef's Table included in the fare, you will have to make reservations to get a seat. It's worth it, though: Dining onboard is fantastic.

Viking Sea is an innovative, special ship because of the thoughtfulness that went into every space. It's the things you never knew you needed but are thankful to have: USB ports and outlets in the atrium seating area, in case you need to power up your Kindle or camera; blankets in the theater; heat lamps poolside; outlets bedside so you can sleep with your phone charging next to you; even bookmarks left in your books if you're otherwise lacking. The little touches and the extraordinary service make sailing Viking Sea a delightful experience.


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Fellow Passengers

Passengers on Viking Sea are well traveled and seek new experiences. A large number of people have cruised Viking's riverboats in Europe, prompting their curiosity about the ocean product. Most passengers fall into the 55-and-older category. The minimum age to sail is 18.


Viking Sea Dress Code

Passengers onboard Viking Sea wear "resort casual" clothing, which in the evening means somewhat dressy, with men wearing slacks and button-down or polo-style shirts and women wearing dresses, skirts and blouses, or slacks and blouses. Viking Sea has no formal night, but some men do wear jackets to dinner, though it's certainly not required. During the day -- and anytime in the ship's World Cafe buffet -- more casual clothing such as shorts, jeans, T-shirts and capris are acceptable. Passengers tend to wear swimwear in the pool or spa area only.


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Viking Sea Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins5.04.8
Dining5.04.7
Entertainment3.54.2
Public Rooms5.04.9
Fitness Recreation4.54.4
Family1.0N/A
Enrichment4.04.4
Service5.04.8
Value For Money5.04.5

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Where does Viking Sea sail from?

Viking Sea departs from Piraeus, Piraeus, Laviron, Barcelona, Venice, Rome, Civitavecchia and San Juan

How much does it cost to go on Viking Sea?

Cruises on Viking Sea start from null per person.

Is Viking Sea a good ship to cruise on?

Viking Sea won 55 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 Entertainment
  • 2019 Best for Fitness & Recreation
  • 2019 Best for Fitness & Recreation
  • 2019 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2019 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2019 Best for Service
  • 2019 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2019 Best for Value
  • 2019 Best for First Timers
  • 2018 Best Overall
  • 2018 Best Overall
  • 2018 Best for Cabins
  • 2018 Best for Cabins
  • 2018 Best for Dining
  • 2018 Best for Dining
  • 2018 Best for Embarkation
  • 2018 Best for Embarkation
  • 2018 Best for Entertainment
  • 2018 Best for Entertainment
  • 2018 Best for Fitness & Recreation
  • 2018 Best for Fitness & Recreation
  • 2018 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2018 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2018 Best for Service
  • 2018 Best for Service
  • 2018 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2018 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2018 Best for Value
  • 2018 Best for Value
  • 2018 Best for First Timers
  • 2017 Best Overall
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  • 2017 Best for Cabins
  • 2017 Best for Cabins
  • 2017 Best for Dining
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  • 2017 Best for Embarkation
  • 2017 Best for Embarkation
  • 2017 Best for Entertainment
  • 2017 Best for Entertainment
  • 2017 Best for Fitness & Recreation
  • 2017 Best for Fitness & Recreation
  • 2017 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2017 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2017 Best for Service
  • 2017 Best for Service
  • 2017 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2017 Best for Shore Excursions
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Viking Sea Member Reviews

To The Skipper
Sail Date: May 2019
We booked the Viking Homeland cruise on the Viking Sea for May 2019. After booking the cruise we experienced their web site. It is one of the most professional sites I have used.... Read More
Redneck Zen
Sail Date: Jul 2019
My initial impression of life on the Viking Sea was supper at the buffet: Chilean Sea Bass? At a buffet? As much as you want?... Read More
Let us Go
Sail Date: Dec 2019
This was our first Viking cruise and we took the West Indies Explorer on the Viking Sea.... Read More
NittanyGal
Sail Date: Dec 2019
This was our third time on the 'Viking Sea', and we could envision all parts of the ship long before we began our cruise.... Read More

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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
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Viking Sun
5.0 / 5.0
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