Kiev to Odessa on the Viking Sineus

Viking Sineus Cruise Review to River Cruises - Russia

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 24

Overall rating:

2.8 out of 5
Viking Sineus

10 Night Kiev To The Black Sea (Kiev To Odessa)

Sail date: August 05, 2018

Ship: Viking Sineus

Cabin number: 211

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

The trip has potential but...the staff needs more training and English lessons. DO NOT take the Silver Spirits package - they have nothing that's listed on their bar menu. At this time, I don't feel that the trip was worth the money.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
We were picked up in a timely fashion. The bus was stocked with water bottles and had a toilet!

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
We do not eat meat or chicken. The fish was often old and freezer burn. The quality of the food was not as high as on other Viking cruises. For example, the individual jam jars were not Hero, but a different brand; the ice cream was not as good, nor was the bread. Silver Spirit was a rip off. NO premium drinks, no mineral waters; often not even club soda.

Onboard Activities

2 out of 5
A couple of lectures by the program director and tour guides, 1 onboard concert, a music quiz, and an electric key board. Sigh.

Entertainment

1 out of 5
See above. The best entertainment was a sailing day when the waitresses dressed up, a receptionist sang, people danced and had a wonderful time while the cook made vereniki (boiled dumplings).

Service and Staff

2 out of 5
Wait staff and bar maids tried hard, but had no English.

Ship Quality

1 out of 5
One public toilet! Really? No toilet on first, third or fourth deck. The one elevator NEVER worked. Horrible planning for seniors.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Comfortable bed, as always. Every inch put to use. Bathroom had fabric, not glass, shower curtain. Breeding ground for mold!

Ship tip

Try to laugh, especially when there is a fly in your drink.

Ports of call

Kiev, Ukraine

5 out of 5
Wish we had had more time. The docking pier was great - at an amusement park. FUN! Went on the optional Jewish tour - seeing Babi Yar was a must.

Kremenchuk, Russian Federation

4 out of 5
The home visits are always interesting.

Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine

5 out of 5
Museum's exhibit on Russian/Ukrainian war was moving. Afternoon visit to Petrykivka was cute - touristy, but nice to see.

Zaporizhia, Ukraine

3 out of 5
The Cossack show was blatantly touristy and not particularly impressive.

Kherson, Ukraine

2 out of 5
They stop at Kherson to empty the sewage. Nothing much to see except the usual monuments and vendors selling their wares.

Odessa, Ukraine

5 out of 5
Gorgeous city. You MUST go to the Opera House - incredible! Consider NOT going on the tour to Ackerman Fortress; wander the beautiful city instead. Go to the Market. Even if you take a taxi, it will be cheaper than taking their optional tour. We took a public bus and walked back. Definitely go to the catacombs.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
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