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Viking Sea Cruise Review to Caribbean

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Overall rating:

4.7 out of 5
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Viking Sea

10 Night West Indies Explorer (San Juan Roundtrip)

Sail date: January 21, 2020

Ship: Viking Sea

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 6073

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Picturesque cruise. Perfect weather and smooth sailing. I am so happy to have had the opportunity to visit so many of the islands as it would be difficult to choose which "one" to go back to.

Embarkation

5 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
We loved all three main restaurants and were happy our room selection allowed us two reservations in each of the two specialty restaurants. With a cruise of this length it is important to have several good options. For lunch, we particularity enjoyed the food from the pool area although it was usually too warm to eat there.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
I heard the fitness center and spa were great, however, I choose to get all the exercise I wanted doing excursions. The main pool was very nice.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
We particularly enjoyed the steel band and Beatles night. Dance night was a lot of fun too and we heard a lot of good things about the trivia contest.

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
The staff ranged from good to mostly excellent. The two ladies who cared for our room were exceptional.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
This was our first "ocean" cruise and were able to easily navigate the ship. I was very impressed with how clean the ship was and how hard the staff worked to scrub down all the food areas. I noticed a complete scrub down was done every day.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Actually, we upgraded to a Penthouse Jr. Suite and enjoyed the extra room it provided. Additionally, we took full advantage of the laundry service.

Ship tip

Don't be afraid to make some of your own plans.

Ports of call

San Juan, Puerto Rico

4 out of 5
We really enjoyed the Taste of Old San Juan excursion. Also, I did the bio luminescent kayak adventure. That was too far away and too rushed to enjoy and not exactly what I expected. It was, however, a rare opportunity.

Tortola, British Virgin Islands

5 out of 5
Beautiful island. We did the included Tortola Tour and beach. My pictures are better than postcards and while the beach was crowded it was beautiful and there was plenty of shopping if you didn't want to swim.

St. John's, Antigua

5 out of 5
My husband's favorite island. We did the included amazing Antigua tour which was very good.

Castries, St. Lucia

5 out of 5
We did highlights of St. Lucia which provided a good opportunity to see the island.

Bridgetown, Barbados

5 out of 5
We did Panoramic Barbados which provided a good opportunity to see the island.

Roseau, Dominica

5 out of 5
A beautiful island. I did the freshwater lake and hot pools. Note, you only go look at the lake; you do not swim in it. The hot pools I would describe as various levels of warm. They were nicely done and in a scenic location. My husband did the Carib Indians and Natures Hidden Treasures and felt it was quite long.

Basseterre, St. Kitts

4 out of 5
We did the Safari Island drive and my main purpose was to visit the Caribelle Batik Studios. If your interest lies with sewing/quilting go on your own as you are not allowed enough time to ponder all your options.

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

4 out of 5
Much of the island still shows a lot of hurricane damage. An obvious tourist location. We did the St. Martin by Land and Sea. If you don't wish to snorkel you will be uncomfortable and bored on the sea portion. There were two areas to snorkel and one had very few fish. Sandwich lunch means just that. Nothing else but a drink.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

5 out of 5
We did the Scenic Island Tour and Mountain Top which was more of a wild ride than scenic drive which took us to a shop for tourists. Additionally we did the Legendary Kon Tiki which was nice.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Everything went smoothly and was well organized. A bit crowded in the common waiting areas so get there early if you want to have a seat.
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