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Viking Sea Cruise Review to Europe - Western Europe


Contributor Level: Third Mate
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 22

Overall Rating:

2.0 out of 5
14 Night Passge Through Western Europe Northbound (Barcelona To Bergen)
Sail Date: April 24, 2016
Ship: Viking Sea
Cabin Type: Suite
Traveled As: Large Group
Reviewed: 11 months ago

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.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Cheap wine, but the food was average to excellent.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Entertainment was anything but exceptional and they get the maximum out of their staff

Entertainment

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Top notch in every aspect of the trip, absolutely great!

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Doesn't get much better, a grand vessel!

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Perfect!

Ship Tip

Make absolutely certain that you are able to see the port cities as well as go on an excursion. Insufficient time to do both which left us all wanting. Time restrictions were too restrictive. I'm home a couple of months and hard pressed to share any vivid recollections. Still want to visit Norwa

1 out of 5
couldn't go on the one trip, London Fish Market, I really wanted to go on. They said they'd add another bus, but they did not and there were 50+ persons on the waiting list
1 out of 5
they cancelled this at the 11th hour
1 out of 5
would have been nice to spend a day or two there, never got to see it.
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