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Cruising with Viking

Known for its river cruise fleet, Viking Cruises ventured into the ocean cruising market in 2015, and it's already earned acclaim for its inclusive luxury ships and engaging, destination-focused itineraries. Viking Ocean Cruises appeal to active and intellectual adults who are interested in learning about the history and culture of the destinations they visit. The cruise line's six identical 930-passenger ships include attractive perks, such as shipwide complimentary Wi-Fi and verandas for all cabins.

The smaller size of Viking's ships allows them to access more exclusive ports throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean and South America. Standard cruise itineraries range from eight to 93 days, while the line's World Cruise options can last up to 161 days. As part of Viking Cruises' inclusive fare, passengers are also treated to one complimentary shore excursion in each port of call.

 

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Known for its river cruise fleet, Viking Cruises ventured into the ocean cruising market in 2015, and it's already earned acclaim for its inclusive luxury ships and engaging, destination-focused itineraries. Viking Ocean Cruises appeal to active and intellectual adults who are interested in learning about the history and culture of the destinations they visit. The cruise line's six identical 930-passenger ships include attractive perks, such as shipwide complimentary Wi-Fi and verandas for all cabins.

The smaller size of Viking's ships allows them to access more exclusive ports throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean and South America. Standard cruise itineraries range from eight to 93 days, while the line's World Cruise options can last up to 161 days. As part of Viking Cruises' inclusive fare, passengers are also treated to one complimentary shore excursion in each port of call.

 

Pros & Cons

  • All cabins include verandas

  • Shipwide Wi-Fi access on every vessel

  • Complimentary excursion at every port of call

  • Ships don't offer children's programming

  • No 2020 itineraries for less than eight nights

  • High prices year-round

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  • 4.3Traveler Rating »
  • 4.5Health Rating »

Rankings

Viking Ocean Cruises has been ranked based on an expert evaluation of the line's level of luxury, as well as an assessment of user reviews and health ratings.

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On Board

Overall, the destination-heavy itineraries from Viking Ocean Cruises attract well-traveled, active adults and retirees who have the time to explore multiple ports of call. While you'll often find North American cruisers, many Mediterranean itineraries also attract Europeans. Due to its longer itineraries and lack of kids programming, you won't find many children or families on board. In fact, you may...
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On Shore

Each Viking Cruise rate covers one complimentary excursion in each port of call per passenger. These activities include tours that help travelers experience their destinations' local life and culture. Examples of excursions range from visiting wine cellars in Italy to exploring bustling streets by pedal cab in Ho Chi Minh City. Travelers can purchase extra excursions in addition to...
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Before You Book

  • A $500 deposit per person is required to secure a reservation on a Viking Ocean Cruise.
  • The date of your final payment is dependent on your itinerary and will be noted on your invoice.
  • If you cancel your cruise 120 days or more before your scheduled departure, you'll be charged $100 per person. Canceling closer to the cruise departure date will incur varying fees that are a percentage of the cruise fare. Visit Viking's Terms & Conditions page for more information on the cancellation policy.
  • If you have any medical needs associated with a disability, you must inform Viking at the time of booking. To inquire about accessibility, you can call 1-877-668-4546. Viking Cruises does not permit women who are more than six months pregnant on any of its ocean cruises.
  • Viking Cruises does not allow children 17 or younger on its ocean cruises.
 

Before You Board

  • You must have a passport valid for at least six months after your cruise ends, as well as any necessary visas in order to board. Passengers with health issues must bring any required inoculation records on board, as well as a certificate of fitness from their doctors. Refer to the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites to learn about recommended vaccinations.
  • You'll receive your travel documents about three weeks prior to your scheduled departure date. Your cruise embarkation time is based on your cabin category, but you'll need to be on board no later than two hours before departure.
  • You can make reservations for shore excursions, dining venues and spa treatments in advance on the My Viking Journey website. Booking windows open based on which cabin category you choose. For more information on when you can book, visit Viking's website.

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