April 2016 - 14 Night Passge Through Western Europe Northbound (Barcelona To Bergen) Cruise on Viking Sea
Time to try Oceania
Eight of us who met on a Viking River cruise decided to do it again. The ship was splendid, the crew first rate and the food good. so why never again. Most of us book predicated on the ports of call and the ship et.al. a means to see these places. For openers the itinerary was changed shortly before departure so "visiting Norway" consisted on arriving in Bergen and 8AM and being bused to the airport for the flight home. Viking has never reviewed any of the trips and some were absolutely horrible. We complained and thereafter a crew member attended but for them the first time as well. The excursions were not well planned and many times did not allow us to visit the city whose port at which we arrived. River trips allow you to arrive in most cities whereas ocean trips often necessitate long bussing. This trip based on the excursions and how many were misdescribed was horrible and we're done with Viking, very done! Having to take water taxis was another issue, sometimes a bit dangerous to which a gash in my head will attest. If you traveling only to be aboard a ship, Viking is the answer.