Viking Sea Cruise Review to Europe - Western Europe

Experience
4-6 cruises

Review
1

Helpful Votes
4

2 out of 5

Time to try Oceania

Sail Date: April 24, 2016

Reviewed: 3 months ago

Traveled As: Large Group

Room Type: Suite

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.

Cabin / Stateroom
Perfect!
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Well done!
Ship Quality
Doesn't get much better, a grand vessel!
Destinations and Excursions
They totally failed this vital component, hired tour companies they knew nothing about (we learned from the tour director) they were overall boring but the fact they were not well coordinated was the worst part of the trip.
Onboard Activities
Entertainment was anything but exceptional and they get the maximum out of their staff
Entertainment
Service and Staff
Top notch in every aspect of the trip, absolutely great!
Food and Dining
Cheap wine, but the food was average to excellent.
Southampton (London), England
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
Haugesund
they cancelled this at the 11th hour
Bergen, Norway
would have been nice to spend a day or two there, never got to see it.

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



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