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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 five 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 245 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 five 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 245 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 2019 itineraries for less than eight nights

  • High prices year-round

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.

4.44Scorecard
  • 5.0Expert Rating »
  • 4.3Traveler Rating »
  • 4.0Health Rating »

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Viking Sea
Launched in April 2016, Viking Sea is the second vessel in Viking's Ocean Cruises fleet. Carrying just 930 passengers, the ship's small size is designed to allow direct access to smaller ports such as Bergen, ...
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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 generally find North American cruisers, some Mediterranean itineraries may 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...
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On Shore

Each Viking Cruise rate covers one complimentary excursion in each port of call per passenger. These activities include guided art, architecture and history tours, as well as more in-depth excursions that help travelers experience local life and culture. Examples of excursions range from culinary tours in Sydney to exploring bustling streets by pedal cab in Ho Chi...
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Before You Book

  • A $500 deposit per person is required to secure a reservation on a Viking Ocean Cruise.
  • Final payment is due no later than 90 days before your scheduled departure date. For special promotions and World Cruises, final payment may be due earlier.
  • 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 will not allow children ages 17 and younger on its 2019 ocean cruises and cruise tours unless you made your reservation before Aug. 1, 2018.

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.

Disclaimers about ship ratings: A ship’s Health Rating is based on vessel inspection scores published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If a ship did not receive a CDC score within 22 months prior to the calculation of its Overall Rating, its Health Rating appears as N/A; in such a case, the ship’s Overall Rating is calculated using the average Health Rating of all CDC-rated ships within the cruise line. All ship Traveler Ratings are based on ratings provided under license by Cruiseline.com.