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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 may only cruise with kids younger than 18 on 2019 sailings if you booked your voyage before Aug. 1, 2018.
All accommodations on Viking's five identical ocean ships feature verandas and Scandinavian-inspired designs that blend sophistication with comfort.
Measuring 270 square feet, Viking's standard Veranda Staterooms include floor-to-ceiling glass doors that lead out onto a furnished balcony. Amenities include king-sized beds, flat-screen interactive TVs that offer complimentary movies and bathrooms with heated floors and glass-enclosed showers. Additional perks, such as USB ports, hair dryers, safes and minibars, are provided as well. Those staying in Veranda cabins can access their cabins at 3 p.m. on embarkation day, and guests can book shore excursions 60 days prior to departure. However, Veranda Stateroom occupants will not have access to priority reservations for dining and spa treatments.
The same size as the Veranda Staterooms, Deluxe Veranda Staterooms include all standard amenities, as well as in-room binoculars, coffee makers and Norwegian Marius-weave blankets. Passengers staying in these cabins will also have their minibars replenished daily and can access their room at 2 p.m. on embarkation day – an hour earlier than those staying in Veranda cabins. What's more, Deluxe Veranda passengers can book their excursions earlier – 67 days before departure. They are also granted one guaranteed reservation at each alternative onboard restaurant. These reservations – as well as those for spa services – can be made up to 60 days before the sail date.
Occupying 338 square feet, Penthouse Veranda Staterooms offer passengers more room to sprawl out and more storage space than Veranda and Deluxe Veranda staterooms. In addition to the amenities offered in Deluxe Veranda Staterooms, Penthouse Veranda cabins include minibars with alcoholic beverages and a welcome bottle of Champagne. Guests in these accommodations can also take advantage of complimentary shoeshine and clothing pressing services. Passengers in these staterooms can access their cabins at 1 p.m. on embarkation day and are guaranteed two reservations at each alternative restaurant. Penthouse Veranda guests can book dining and spa reservations 70 days before departure and shore excursions 77 days prior to sailing.
These suites measure 405 square feet and include all of the amenities found in Penthouse Veranda Staterooms, plus additional TVs, double-sink bathroom vanities and free laundry and dry cleaning services. Travelers staying in the Penthouse Junior Suites can board the ship at 11 a.m. on departure day and are guaranteed three reservations at each alternative restaurant, which can booked 80 days in advance of sailing. Guests staying in these suites are also able to book spa treatments 80 days prior to their trip and shore excursions 87 days before departure.
These two room suites are among the largest on Viking ships (ranging from 757 to 1,163 square feet) and include separate bedrooms and living and dining spaces that can accommodate up to four people. Explorer Suites offer all of the amenities found in Penthouse Junior Suites, including flat-screen TVs, king-sized beds, complimentary Wi-Fi access, safes and bathrooms with heated floors. Guests in these suites are also guaranteed three priority reservations in each onboard restaurant; spots can be secured up to 90 days prior to sailing. Additionally, Explorer Suite passengers can book their spa treatments 90 days before sailing and their shore excursions up to 97 days before departure. Like Penthouse Junior Suite guests, those staying in Explorer Suites receive priority boarding at 11 a.m. on embarkation day.
Each of Viking's ocean ships is equipped with one Owner's Suite. The largest accommodation option on board, these suites cover 1,448 square feet and include expansive verandas, walk-in closets, pantries, dining areas for up to six people, 12-seat boardrooms and private libraries. These suites feature large master bathrooms with walk-in showers, separate bathtubs, heated floors, double-sink vanities and private saunas with ocean views, plus two guest bathrooms. Guests staying in an Owner's Suite also receive a welcome bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne, a complimentary shore excursion with a private driver and a dinner and guided tour with the ship's officers during their cruise. Daily personalized tea or pre-dinner cocktails are available by request as well. All Owner's Suite passengers receive four guaranteed priority reservations at each specialty restaurant, which can be booked up to 100 days before departure. What's more, spa treatments and shore excursions are bookable up to 100 and 107 days before sailing, respectively.
What's Included in the Price
Meals at Specialty Restaurants
On Viking Ocean Cruises, most of the activities and entertainment you'll find relates to the destinations on your itinerary. Each vessel is also equipped with a few cruise ship staples, such as pools and a spa.
Viking Cruises' destination-heavy itineraries are complemented by its onboard activities. Through the cultural enrichment program, in association with partners such as TED and The Metropolitan Opera, passengers will learn about the history and culture of the destinations they visit. Guests can expect lectures and roundtable discussions with experts, as well as daily office hours where passengers can meet one-on-one with experts to have their questions answered. Ships also offer Port Talks and Destination Insights, where guests can learn about must-see sights and watch original short films about the next day's port of call. Additionally, each passenger receives complimentary access to audio guides (available for both Android and Apple devices) that give more insight into the carefully crafted public spaces on the ship. Notably, Viking ships feature digital reproductions of Edvard Munch paintings that change daily.
Other onboard activities include treatments at the salon or Nordic-inspired spa, where guests can relax in the whirlpools, sauna or snow grotto, where falling snowflakes and chilled air stimulate the circulatory system. Passengers can also work up a sweat in the fitness center or on the track on the sports deck.
Additionally, cruisers can read or listen to the ship's resident classical musicians in The Viking Living Room, take a dip in one of two pools (including an infinity pool) and participate in culinary classes at the ship's Kitchen Table cooking school.
Destination-specific entertainment continues into the evening on Viking ships. Each itinerary features one or more Destination Performances, which are designed to showcase the unique culture of every port destination and range from Italian opera singing to traditional Greek dancing. Guests can also visit the theater for a movie or a "Met Under the Stars" performance. In partnership with The Metropolitan Opera, Viking's Live in HD productions include backstage interviews and insights into technical details. Cruisers can also catch a poolside flick at the Main Pool, enjoy live music at Torshavn and sip evening cocktails at one of multiple bars throughout the ship.
Meals at seven different dining venues are included in the cruise price. The main venue, The Restaurant, serves regionally inspired cuisine and American favorites for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Guests can also sample Italian cuisine at Manfredi's Italian Restaurant and Norwegian specialties at Mamsen's. What's more, passengers can visit The Chef's Table for a multicourse tasting menu that's curated by Viking's culinary masters and sommeliers.
For more casual dining options, cruisers can choose from World Café's international buffet (which can be enjoyed indoors or on the Aquavit Terrace), the Pool Grill's burgers and salads or Wintergarden's afternoon tea service (complete with scones and desserts). Room service is available 24 hours a day, and passengers can visit The Kitchen Table for culinary lessons with handpicked ingredients from local markets.
Although all dining is included in cruise rates, reservation timing at select alternative venues through the My Viking Journey website depends on which cabin category you're staying in. For example, while those staying in Veranda Staterooms aren't guaranteed any priority reservations, passengers in Owner's Suites can book up to 100 days before departure.
Food and Drink Packages
Cruise fares include complimentary wine, beer and spirits, as well as specialty coffees and teas. However, passengers also have the option to upgrade to premium alcohol through the Silver Spirits beverage package once on board or prior to sailing. Prices vary depending on the itinerary length, ranging from $139 (for seven-night cruises) to $979 (for cruises that last 49 nights). Full payment for these packages must be made at least seven days before departure.
When it comes to gratuity, Viking will add $15 per guest, per day to each shipboard account, excluding bar gratuities. All bar, beverage, wine and deck service tabs will automatically incur a 15 percent tip. Passengers can make changes to their shipboard accounts by visiting the Explorers' Desk. Viking notes that cruisers may want to tip their excursion guides and drivers in cash.
Catering to active travelers, Viking Cruises encourages a relaxed dress code. During the day, passengers can wear shorts (if the weather is appropriate), pants or jeans and shoes that are comfortable for walking tours and excursions. Itineraries don't include formal nights, and evening attire is classified as "elegant casual" after 6 p.m. in all dining venues except World Café. Ladies can wear a dress, skirt or slacks with a blouse or sweater while men can don trousers and a collared shirt. Ties and jackets are optional. Bathing suits, brief shorts, exercise attire and cover-ups should be reserved for the fitness center, sports deck and pool decks.
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