Viking Cruise Line. You have seen their river ships in the media, and they have done a great job of helping that segment of cruising grow, to be sure. They cruise the oceans, now, too! 5 ocean vessels in the small to moderate size (400-1,199 passengers) are winning “best” awards from cruise critic in 10 of 12 categories. Wow.
I had the pleasure of attending a marketing event in Cincinnati at the Hoffbrau Haus restaurant to learn more about the product, and I thought it would be good to share the knowledge with you. It may speak to you enough that you add it to your travel list of “must experiences”. As always, I suggest that you browse the website for great information and then contact your cruise specialist to send you a real-time quote. These small ships require advance consideration for the best choice of cabin location. Two years in advance is not too soon to begin the planning.
Seeing a movie about a ship and having great stories told by the business managers who presented Viking to us during the program did a wonderful job explaining to us some of the little differences in Viking Ocean as compared to other companies and ships, and I loved what I saw! Check out this link for some wonderful videos.
One distinction of ocean cruises with Viking is that it is just for 18 years and older…no kids allowed. I LOVE children, but sometimes a luxury experience is not appreciated by them, you know? And on these ships, food is a highlight. And all-inclusive means no added fees to dine in the Ala-carte restaurants. The Chef’s Table has a different menu every day!
The decor is very Scandinavian. Lots of light, beautifully-designed furniture, and even the dishes are in a design just like the family of owner Tor’s mom. The pattern name is Viking. Grin.
I just loved the Aquivit outdoor dining aft, outside the buffet area. if I am on a cruise ship, I want to see the ocean from every possible seating area.
They have some of the best bathrooms at sea. The Penthouse Junior Suites have two sinks. The Deluxe Verandahs can have either a king size bed or two larger twin beds. Explorer Suites have tubs, and the Owner’s Suites have floor to ceiling windows in the private sauna. The bathroom amenities ( Freya) have specially designed containers with font that can be read without glasses on! Ha, loved that for my old eyes.
Spa at Sea: NO charge for entrance to the spa for any category, and absolutely no pressure to book treatments.
Internet is free for unlimited access.
They offer an included excursion in most every port of call, as well as “Privileged Access” choices for the ultimate experiential activities.
There are no inside staterooms, no art auctions, no formal nights, no casinos, no charge for launderette, and no photographers.
Inclusivity: There is no charge for beer of wine at both lunch and dinner, and they have no corkage fees, so you may feel free in each port to bring on your own purchased wine, beer or liquor without having it confiscated and returned on the day you disembark.
One thing that may matter greatly to you is that no scooters are allowed on either the Viking ocean or river ships. Sorry, but we will need to choose a different line for you.
By 2020 Viking will be the largest luxury ocean company in the world, with 5 ships, one due in 2019, and two due in 2021 and 2022. That’s a great distinction.
Where in the World?
Barcelona to Rome, both Western and Southern itineraries, West Indies 10 nights round trip San Juan, Cuba 7 nights RT Miami, Southeast Asia and Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand, Alaska Vancouver to Seward 10 nights. And if you have the time and the bank account, look very carefully at the 128 day world cruise voyage from London to Miami the long way around!
I hope this encourages you to consider Viking for your next ocean cruise. I would, as always, love to assist you in choosing the best fit for you and your traveling companions. When you compare apple to apples, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better value.