Loved having happy hour in the Explorer's Lounge - nice and quiet. And the Spa facilities were fantastic.
Pack good rain gear for Norway. Pack more casual clothes than dress clothes.
Nothing can beat the buffet meals. The variety of food is unbelievable.
Try the tea service in the Wintergarden. They also serve the best cappachino on the ship.
All in all expect an excellent cruise, but be prepared for a few disappointments and problems too. No long vacation like this is ever perfect.
Arrive at Afternoon Tea early, they start serving at 15:50, and all seats are usually taken by 16:10. However, arrive after 16:35 and there will be spaces. Tea finishes at 17:00.
Don't assume anything is booked on board. Included excursions were only included if you specifically book them. They were free if you managed to get them booked. Our prior Viking experience was on a river cruise where these things just happened automatically. Not so on the ocean cruise. Included/free excursions would have been fine if you were tied up along a river in the central city as on most river itineraries. Caribbean ports weren't that accessible.
Get ready to enjoy a wonderful experience. Viking has researched ocean cruising and has hit a home run!!
The Explorer's Lounge is a favorite place to relax and has a wonderful view.
If you miss the Port Talks or lectures, you can view them on your TV at your leisure.
Take good walking shoes and comfortable, casual clothes.
Book your own shore excursions if you want to avoid bus tours w the cruise . However, we heard people were happy w the bus tours . Highly recommend this ocean cruise !
Take advantage of the Port Talks and Lectures. The best part is, they are all recorded and available on your room TV. Also...you can access everything on your TV via your tablet or smart phone while onboard!!! Did not realize this until the last day of the trip!
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
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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