Fabulous trip through the Amazon and Carribean

Viking Sea Cruise Review to Caribbean

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Review: 1
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Overall rating:

4.4 out of 5
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Viking Sea

21 Night From The Caribbean To The Amazon (San Juan Roundtrip)

Sail date: February 20, 2020

Ship: Viking Sea

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 4090

Traveled as: Large Group

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

This was a "bucket list" cruise. I don't expect that folks who have not already traveled significantly would want to do the Amazon but we found it interesting. Brazil has not maintained the Portuguese history they were left. Failure of the natural rubber industry caused loss of significant wealth. Brazilian cities are dirty and crime infested. The West Indies islands were a big boost after Brazil. Some of the islands we visited were a bit off the beaten path and were beautiful. Overall, an interesting 22 days and a great finish on a 5 star cruise ship.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Easy check in and speedy luggage delivery to stateroom

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
5 Star food in every venue. The Italian restaurant was especially memorable.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Viking does not do rock-climbing and children stuff. Minimum age of 18. Pools were nice. Fitness center was first rate but they need more eliptical machines. Reading and card playing areas were excellent.

Entertainment

4 out of 5
Excellent. All cast members including Cruise Director and Assistant Cruise Director were talented and performed well.

Children's Programs

No children allowed on board Viking Cruises.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Great bathroom with glass walk in shower.

Ship tip

We have three couples who travel together and book adjacent staterooms. Viking policy doesnot allow the balcony connecting doors to be open while the ship is under way. This reduces the value of adjacent stateroms.

Ports of call

San Juan, Puerto Rico

3 out of 5
Not very inteesting

Cruise Caribbean Sea

5 out of 5

Bridgetown, Barbados

4 out of 5
OK port but a little too touristy

Cruise Atlantic Ocean

5 out of 5

Iles Du Salut, French Guiana

3 out of 5
Interesting to see Devil's Island and the French penal colony

Cruise Amazon River

4 out of 5

Santarem, Brazil

2 out of 5
Excursion was OK.

Parintins, Brazil

3 out of 5
Good show at this port.

Manaus, Brazil

2 out of 5
Beautiful opera house but that's about it. Merging of the rivers and dynamics associated with this were interesting

Belem, Brazil

1 out of 5
Dirtiest place I've ever seen.

Scarborough, Tobago

4 out of 5
Beautiful Island and great tour.

Castries, St. Lucia

5 out of 5
I'd go back. Beaches are beautiful.

St. John's, Antigua

4 out of 5

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

4 out of 5
Expensive but it was good to get back to US soil

Disembarkation

3 out of 5
Very poorly organized customs and immigration process
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