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  1. Our group of six was aboard the Viking Sea for 22 days in February, docking in Sa Juan as all cruise lines were shut down. We have a question. Anyone know the names of the 4 singers on board the Sea? Outstanding but forgot 2 of their names.
  2. This article appeared in today's Washington Post -- highly recommended. It looks at how the cruise industry dealt with COVID, starting with the outbreak on the Diamond Princess and continuing through the other well-publicized debacles. (If you're up against the Post's paywall, you can sign up to read a limited number of articles for free -- including this one.) https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/politics/cruise-ships-coronavirus/?itid=hp_hp-top-table-high_cruisefallout-1020am%3Ahomepage%2Fstory-ans
  3. Hi Everyone, I’m sailing on The Sea in 2021, as I understand the Sea is a few years old at this point and will be about 7-8 years old by the time I cruise on her. How is the interior holding up? Carpet, upholstery etc...everything I have read indicates that it looks great but I just wanted to hear a few opinions. Thank you.
  4. We are just off the 22-day inaugural Viking Sea “From the Caribbean to the Amazon” cruise (Dec. 16, 2017 to Jan. 6, 2018). While comments about this voyage exist in several threads across the CC boards, I thought I would provide my review in a separate, purpose written site. Having completed 37 cruise with Princess, this was our 3rd Viking Ocean cruise. I’ll try to keep this short and to the point. Summary: Wonderful ship,excellent pols and spa, nice fitness center, great crew and staff attitude, splendid staterooms, very good food. Long mealtimes (too few table staff), and weak, boring at times entertainment. Only two guest entertainers in 22 days! The Amazon ports are uninteresting and some were plain filthy and sketchy (several passengers were victims of pickpocketing and theft – jewelry pulled from their person resulting in mild injury along the way). The Good: Cabins are nice size, comfortable beds, excellent TV entertainment system, and depending on cabin class, either plenty of drawer storage or not enough, a binary choice. The ship is nicely laid out and appointed. The Holiday decorations were tastefully done, nothing extravagant. The food quality is by and large excellent, with a few misses but hey, that’s life. Nicely prepared, reasonable portions, and interesting. The two specialty restaurants are a nice, price-included option if you like the menu choices. The steak in Manfredi’s is superb, but be sure to peruse the fixed menu of the Chef’s Table for the day you want to make a reservation to be sure it’s something you like. The buffet, Pool Grill and Mamsens turned out great food, and the nice al fresco eating area on deck was a favorite hangout of ours. The Caribbean ports were a nice visit, and the Boi Bumba folkloric include show ashore in Paritins, Brazil on Christmas Day was spectacular. The enrichment destination lecturers remain a stalwart of strength in the Viking offering, excellent stuff there all the time. There was an excellent couple singing pop tunes for dancing in Torshavn, if you could find room to dance. Areas for improvement: One needs to remember you are not cruising the Med, and the ports have neither the history nor the ambiance of a Barcelona or Florence. However, the Amazon ports were generally reflective of an impoverished area. Dirty streets, crumbling infrastructure, and a populace looking to make a living off of the visitors, either by selling to or taking from. I had one tour-stop store submit a $480 charge to my credit card bank for a $43 purchase. This issue is under dispute now. A few passengers fell victim to theft and mugging. Some of the price-included Viking tours were crude walk-bys while others were very well done. We took only one extra excursion, Meeting of the Rivers and it was fine. My biggest gripe remains the poor entertainment package. On some nights it consisted solely of a movie in the theater that was also available on your TV. How does the movie “Some Like it Hot” qualify as ship-wide entertainment after dinner? We had only one couple for dancers and three male and three female singers. They were talented and put on a good show, except three of the shows set in the theater were previously done on earlier cruises as specialty acts in Torshavn, the inadequately small, windowless box of a nightclub with a very tiny dance floor. The two production shows were fine. Guest entertainers were limited to two. Mel Mellers is credible funny-man magician who did 2 acts, and Lee Bradley wowed us twice with his operatic tenor singing. He was outstanding. But…that’s it for 22 days. Oh, they threw in two sessions of Balderdash and one of Majority Rules. Seriously, do audience participation games really make up a credible evening main entertainment? Surely not for the prices paid for this cruise they don’t. Sea day afternoon activities were also seemingly light. Recommendations: Return to the earlier dining room staffing levels so it doesn’t take 2 or 2.5 hrs to have dinner. Have more waiters roaming the open air dining tables on deck 7 so you can get your drinks with your meal and not have to wait so long that either you have finished before they arrive, or you wait till the food is cold for the beverage to come. And find a useful purpose for Torshavn, but move the dancing up to the Explorers Lounge. This is a much better venue. And please improve your afternoon and after- dinner activity offerings beyond just one at each time. Also, link the live TV to the gym video screens equipment rather than the street scenes making it seem as if you are cycling among the pedestrians. I have never written such a negative review of a cruise in all our voyages, and it pains me to have to write this. We have a reservation on the Viking Sun 2019 World cruise made last July while sailing the Into the Midnight Sun aboard Viking Star, but this Amazon River cruise has badly shaken us and we are re-considering. We could not stand 127 days like the 22 we just endured.
  5. Greetings Viking CC's, Our ship tour video of the Viking Sea is now live on Youtube. A great watch especially for Viking first time cruisers, just as we were on this cruise. Link to the video is below. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiE5jVyeIzQ
  6. Hi Team, always lots of information here, but search did nor reveal a definitive answer on Barista Machine type coffee and which bar/restaurant/cafe serves it on the Viking Sea, if it is different to other vessels of the same class. A daily coffee from the Barista type machine is a thing the other half loves, so interested on where on the Viking Sea to find it. Also if a cafe serves the frothy coffee/Latte type, is it a drink charge or complimentary? Our first Viking Cruise so a bit unfamiliar with what is where and details around some of the details and it appears there is always somebody out there way more experienced than us Brian T
  7. I am new to Viking. I will be taking a Viking cruise with my parents and sister in October of 2020. I know it is very early to start worrying, but I am a compulsive planner! I have a question for you seasoned Viking cruisers. Can the beds be separated into twins? We have a Deluxe Veranda (DV2) cabin. I don't particularly want to share a bed with my sister. I have already started to consider the logistics of us sharing a room for the first time in 30 years. Thanks in advance for any help you can offer me!
  8. Good afternoon fellow cruisers, I am due to set sail on the 07/03/18 from San Juan for an 11 day Caribbean cruise. I'm a first time cruiser and happily aware that Viking's Sea ship isn't really about entertainment. That being said I was wondering if anyone recently has done this trip and wanted to know if there was daily evening entertainment and what to expect? also do they offer the movies under the stars on board? Many thanks
  9. Viking does it right. We had a wonderful cruise sailing the Baltic Sea! Even on a full sailing the ship never felt very crowded. EMBARKATION- Super smooth. Rep at Stockholm airport and they put us in a private transfer to ship. About 45 minute ride. On ship in a minute after arrival Stockholm- Took included tour. Bus tour around city with quick photo stop at city hall. We then went to Vasa Museum on our own which is highly recommended. Viking provided a complimentary shuttle back to the ship every half hour from in front of the opera house. QUICK TIP: If departing from Stockholm in the morning, get up for the sail away. We left at 5:00am and the first couple hours of cruising we just idyllic St. Petersburg- We did the included bus tour with short stops at Church of Spilled Blood and St. Isaacs Cathedral. We also did the Canal Cruise which was a little disappointing. We really enjoyed the actual canal cruising but that only lasted 1 hour of a 5 hour shore excursion. The rest of the time was spent inside the 2 aforementioned churches. For $100 a person we would have enjoyed more time cruising the rivers QUICK TIP: BE VERY CAREFUL with your passport. If you lose passport you have to drive to Moscow to get a new one. Thousands of dollars and a missed cruise later you may have a story to tell but not one you want to have to tell Tallinn- This was actually our favorite port on the cruise. Such a well preserved Old Town really transports you back in time. The included tour is mostly walking with a short bus ride. We stayed on our own in the Old town area before catching the complimentary shuttle back to the ship Visby- A really surprising delightful island. About a 2 hour walking tour through the town. Loved seeing all the ruins. Highly recommended QUICK TIP: It is really windy outside the town walls. Once you get inside the walls it is more bearable Bornholm- Bus tour through the countryside with two 30 minute stops along the way in small fishing towns. We didn't particularly love this tour, although the countryside is really pretty there isn't much to see in the towns. There were amazing fields of yellow flowers in bloom. Copenhagen- 3 hour walking tour. Walk alongside the harbor to Little Mermaid statue, through Kastellet grounds, Amelienborg Palace and ending in Nyhaven area. This tour is pretty demanding and we were exhausted by the end of it. In reality you could just see these sights on your own at your own pace and with only one day in Copenhagen if I were to do it again that's what I would do. Shuttle service all day from near Nyhaven street. In the afternoon we went back into city and rented bikes. The city bikes (bycyclen white bikes) are a great way to see the city. Bike paths are everywhere so it feels pretty safe. Also they have electric engine assist which made it very easy to ride. About $3 per 30 mintues and there are stations throughout city to drop the bikes off- Highly recommended DISEMBARK- Smooth and helpful with staff everywhere assisting. The main downside is they transfer you to airport SOOO early. We arrived at CPH at 9:30am for a 1:30pm flight. The checkin counter didn't even open until 11:30am. Just be aware if you book transfers with Viking you will get there way too early, but I guess its better than the alternative. Dining- We thought the food was excellent overall. We ate most meals in world café because we enjoy the convenience of picking a little of everything. We did have 5 meals in the specialty restaurants and each was a very special experience. Manfredis was probably our favorite venue but beware portions are huge and room is loud. Chefs table is a much quieter environment with 4 course food/wine pairings. Don't miss Mamsens waffles in Explorers Lounge! The only item that was disappointing throughout the ship was the brewed coffee. It was awful. We ended up getting lattes and cappuccinos from the Viking Living room bar on Deck 1 each morning. Those were very tasty. Entertainment- Don't expect large productions but there was some performance each night. Our favorites were the Russian dancers who came onboard as well as two opera singers in Russia as well. If you don't make it out in St. Petersburg to see a ballet or other show its nice that Viking brings that local entertainment to you. Also Cruise director Bevin had a performance one night which was outstanding. The 4 piece singing group was just ok. Production was a little bit cheesy at times. Ship- Perfect size ship. Never felt crowded. Weather was nice so we enjoyed some meals outside on pool deck. Also be sure to go to Spa for steam room and ice room. Work out those sore muscles. Hope this review helps those considering this itinerary. You really cant go wrong with Viking and we keep coming back to this cruise line for the amazing food, attentive service, long times in port, no screaming kids and plenty of space onboard to relax and enjoy family and friends
  10. We are midway though our second sea day after leaving San Juan on 3/29/19 headed for Barcelona. So far lovely cruise with beautiful weather as you can see in the picture. The first picture is our last sight of land as leaving Sint Maarten on Saturday. If anyone has any Sea specific questions, i’m happy I try to track down an answer for you.
  11. So after a wonderful week in New Zealand , we are heading across the Tasman Sea. Last night was a bit bumpy; we have had a few bumpy nights on this cruise already. As Stretchcruz mentioned, we left Dunedin two hours late. Not sure if the ship was traveling faster last night to make up for the lost time, hence the rougher passage. There are a few white caps; I made sure that I put a patch on last night so that I wouldn’t get seasick. It’s hard for me walking around but folks seem to be OK. So this might be a better passage than what Little Monty experienced. We have been lucky & had very good tour/bus drivers throughout our NZ week, including yesterday in Dunedin. We were the early City Tour which started late because we got into port late. We also ran almost three hours instead of 2.5 hours. I’m sure the PM city tour groups were frustrated w/ the delay w/ the PM tours. We definitely needed 3 hours & could have spent more time @ the railroad station than what we were allowed. I gave that as our feedback. There was a free shuttle that we could have taken back if we wanted to stay in Dunedin longer (& the rail station was in walking distance) but the ride back to Port Chalmers is 30 minutes & we were tired & hungry (we had skipped breakfast). From my perspective, Tauranga, Napier, & Dunedin were the best ports. I understand that Christchurch was one of the missed ports on an earlier cruise. Lyttleon is a really small harbor w/ a narrow opening. It was quite interesting to watch the Orion maneuver into port. Can understand if there was any wind why the port would be skipped. Too much of a chance to take out one of the piers. There wasn’t that much to see in Christchurch, lots of newer buildings, empty lots where buildings once stood, a heavily damaged Christchurch Cathedral (which will be restored to its former beauty). The ship is gorgeous. Staff is really wonderful. Food is very good, not exceptional. I think I have been spoiled by Oceania’s cuisine. Manfredi’s was very good, but we found the service to be very slow. We had a 6:00 PM reservation, took two hours for dinner. We went to the Chef’s Table last night. Service was much better. The México menu was fine, but not something I would sign up for again. We were disappointed on the Baltic w/ the Asian Peking Duck dinner as well. On this trip, we will also try the Thailand & the other Asian Cantonese menu. On a very positive note, there’s a food station opposite the WC bar that does omelets for breakfast, pasta for lunch & Asian for dinner! The Asian offerings include a different stir fry dish every night & every night, pork dumpling soup, chicken noodle soup, dan dan noodles. The pork dumpling are the best. It’s actually pork wontons w/ a very thin egg noodle wrapper. Almost as good as any Cantonese-styled pork wontons. Between the sushi, sashimi, & this Asian station, I am set. We usually don’t go to the Restaurant since we think it takes too long, so I sympathize w/ others on the slowness of that venue. Since it is a Sea day, we will chance the Restaurant for lunch as a change. The pool grill is excellent and we just love the gelato offerings. Haven’t had a chance to have afternoon tea yet. Internet has has been pretty good. Logging on was easy, your cabin # & last name. It easily re-establishes connection when you come back on. In fact, outside of the ship, on a bus, I was still getting WiFi. My Apple Map gps only works in port. Apple News doesn’t load so I haven’t been reading my usual news feeds. That’s all for now.
  12. Shortly after the Captain’s daily noon time announcement today, the trivia contest was interrupted by the ding dong ding and him asking for everyone’s attention to inform us of a serious incident. As you can imagine after last week’s events on Sky, there was immediate silence. The Captain informed us that a storeroom has flooded and most of the toilet paper aboard was no longer usable. He asked guests to come to the Living Room to pick up their cabin’s ration of what was left. He stated he would need to use it sparingly as we have five more days before we get to Madeira. Most of us in the theatre started laughing recognizing the April Fool’s Day joke but apparently many folks (including my DMIL actually went to the Living Room where housekeeping was handing out rolls! Shortly thereafter, the Captain came on and wishes everyone a Happy April Fool’s Day!
  13. Itinerary: June 10,2020 DAY 1 Rome, Italy June 11, 2020 DAY 2 Florence/Pisa, Italy June 12, 2020 DAY 3 Florence/Pisa, Italy June 13,2020 DAY 4 Monte Carlo, Monaco June 14, 2020 DAY 5 Marseille, France June 15, 2020 DAY 6 Montpellier (Sète), France June 16, 2020 DAY 7 Barcelona, Spain June 17, 2020 DAY 8 Barcelona, Spain This is a "reverse" itinerary...anyone else flying into Rome early or has anyone done this in the past. Any tips/suggestions greatly appreciated. We are looking at Air BNB for rooms; but are open to local hotel sites also. No big name brand hotels! :) Hint One: I am packing only half a suitcase (or trying to anyway, ha ha) - one thing we learned on our first Viking experience (River Cruise 2018) is that weather is not what it has been historically. We hit unseasonably hot weather for October in Europe. Most passengers had packed mostly "cool weather" clothing. On this cruise, we will be hitting many great shopping spots, I will buy what I need when there AND have a souvenir! Now to keep to that plan!
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