Viking Sea Cruise Review to Europe - Northern Europe

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Experience
7+ cruises

Review
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10

5 out of 5

Awesome cruise

Sail Date: May 22, 2016

Reviewed: 5 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Cabin: 3028

The ship was fantastic.. The best part were the Viking employees. They were always smiling and always trying to make the cruise the best. One day we went on a train trip in Flam and it was raining when we returned to the ship. There were probably 20 or more smiling crew members waiting outside the ship and made a covered walkway with their umbrellas so we would not get wet from the rain.They also had Champagne waiting for us. During the excursions, the guides were extremely knowledgeable and friendly. The captain took a fantastic "side trip" down a fjord when we left Flam. It was beyond awesome viewing numerous waterfalls; rock cliffs  the fjord was an absolute spectacular plus to our trip. As we left the fjord, the ship sounded it horn which echoed off the steep rock walls. To say is was spectacular is an understatement. The ship's captain could not have ended our trip in a better way, Make sure you are on he upper deck to see the awesome site.  

Cabin / Stateroom
The cabin was very nice with and awesome bathroom. I think the shower is almost as large as my home shower. It was always kept extremely clean. The balcony was perfect. Also the large shampoos, etc were a real plus. The room was awesome.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Both the Embarkation and disembarkation went extremely well. No problems with either. Done quickly and easily. Perfect coordination and planning. VERY pleased.
Ship Quality
One of the best ships I have been on. Extremely clean and well designed. A 10 out of a 10..
Destinations and Excursions
All the excursions were excellent. The tour guides were great. I would not have enough to mention all the good excursions.
Onboard Activities
There was always something going on. My only suggestion is that they have a movie every night for those that want to just relax and sit out at the pool or theater.
Entertainment
Very good live entertainment. Movies in the pool and theater on some night, but always in your cabinet. The Paul Frederick's Show was excellent with great singing and humor.
Service and Staff
I cannot say enough great things about the staff. They were always trying to help and could not do enough for us. Our room was kept very clean and the buffet staff was amazing. When we left the ship, there were hugs and some tears. It was like we were leaving family.
Food and Dining
You will definitely eat more than you planned. The food was great. The three restaurants were absolutely great. Manfred's & The Chef's Table were really great. The buffet was a great verity of excellent food. You can order a personal omelet every morning.
Stockholm, Sweden
During the excursion, we were driven around to the different areas of Stockholm seeing many of the 54 bridges that connect the 14 islands that make up the center area of Stockholm. We saw the Stockholm Palace and the 13th century Gamla Stan or Old Town. We saw many beautiful buildings, government offices, bridges and homes. We had a nice time.
Helsinki, Finland
We took the Tour of Helsinki, Porvoo & Haikko excursion. We viewed the City buildings, walked around Helsinki Senate Square, the beautiful huge white “Helsinki Cathedral”, memorials and little shops. Very nice excursion. We also saw the Greek Orthodox Church located on top of the large hill. The outside of the church was very impressive and the inside was amazing.
St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
We saw the golden dome of St. Isaac’s Cathedral. It was magnificent. Peter and Paul Cathedral. The cathedral was a magnificent building with a tall gold spire. We stopped and walked around the magnificent onion domed Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood. A beautiful church.
Tallinn, Estonia
We took the “Tallinn Old Town Walking Tour. We were able to enter Alexander Nevsky Greek Orthodox Church. It was a magnificent church with statues, pictures and many other beautiful items. We saw many quaint shops and stores as we walked along. A great excursion
Gdynia (Gdansk), Poland
We went on the Gdansk City Tour. We saw St. Mary’s Church, believed to be the largest brick church in the world, with the interior vault supporting 37 windows, over 300 tombstones and 31 chapels. It can hold up to 25,000 people and took 159 years to build. The exterior bell tower is enormous. The entire structure is spectacular. We also walked to Oliwa Cathedral. We were lucky enough to be able to enter since no service was being held. Inside we were able to see spectacular architecture including its’ 18th century organ, which is one of the largest in the world. The organ has 7,896 pipes. Also seen was a fantastic altar and the handmade pews, which were fantastic. A great excursion.
Warnemunde (Berlin), Germany
We went on the Berlin Your Way excursion. You get to walk along the Berlin Wall. Very thought provoking. We also continued to drive around the city seeing Checkpoint Charlie, monuments to those that died during the wars, Berlin TV Tower, Berlin Cathedral, Brandenburg Gate and many of the city’s attractions. We entered the main city square which has large domed churches on both sides. A very good time.
Copenhagen, Denmark
We went on the Copenhagen City Tour. We started by driving past the Copenhagen Mermaid Statue at the exit of the harbor. We continued past the Tivoli Gardens, past the Ny Carlsberg Glytotek Museum, which was the location of many city and art sculptures, Christiansborg Palace, Danish Parliament, Supreme Court and many Dutch Renaissance architecture buildings. We drove over a bridge that viewed the colorful homes of Nyhavn and New Harbor. It was an awesome excursion.
Aalborg, Denmark
Our excursion -" Copenhagen City Tour”. We started by driving past the Copenhagen Mermaid Statue at the exit of the harbor. We continued past the Tivoli Gardens, past the Ny Carlsberg Glytotek Museum, which was the location of many city and art sculptures, Christiansborg Palace, Danish Parliament, Supreme Court and many Dutch Renaissance architecture buildings. We drove over a bridge that viewed the colorful homes of Nyhavn and New Harbor. A really nice excursion.
Stavanger, Norway
Our excursion - Alborg Walking Tour” . We walked to the city center, entered the New Square and saw the 1624 home of Jens Bang. We past the 1762 Town Hall and went into the 14th century Cathedral of St. Bulof. The church was built in 1060 AD. The cathedral was amazing with a huge organ, beautiful statues, massive wall displays & pulpit, very unique pews and a beautiful altar. We walked through the Alborg Castle. We entered the Vor Frue Kirke Church. In the church, we saw two large tombs, enormous wall displays, a huge pipe organ and an altar that was fantastic.
Flaam, Norway
Take the full day train ride to Voss. Absolutely fantastic. Take a camera. The train actually stops at the Kjosfossen water fall. It is breath taking. You can get off the train for pictures and feel the mist from the water from the fall.
Bergen, Norway

Tip

Plan ahead and enjoy your trip. Viking and the ship's crew will do everything to make it the best. The full day train ride in Flam is beyond awesome. Make your reservations so there is room for you on them. They fill pretty quick.



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