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Sail Date: March 2019
We chose this cruise for its Southern Carribbean itenarity. We visited 5 islands in 6 days with only one sea day which we liked as well. Starting in San Juan we flew in the day before to enjoy the city of Old San Juan. We stayed in the ... Read More
We chose this cruise for its Southern Carribbean itenarity. We visited 5 islands in 6 days with only one sea day which we liked as well. Starting in San Juan we flew in the day before to enjoy the city of Old San Juan. We stayed in the Sheraton OSJ which is a great location right across the street from "some" of the cruise terminals. Be advised that there are two different terminals in OSJ and our ship left from the Pan American terminal. This is across the bay from the hotel and will require a cab or uber. Embarkation was a breeze due to our late departure. This resulted in lots of free style choices to board the ship starting at 12:30pm and ending at 6:30. The ship layout is a bit confusing but after a couple days you can find your way around. The ship was very well maintained, clean, updated, and in my opinion managed. Buffet layout was a bit confusing, food was average. O'Sheenans food was great, hot and plentiful however service was lacking. We had dinner in Vinietian main dining on the back of the ship as we found less wait times and better table availability here over Aqua main dining. Entertainment was excellent, production shows were standard but enjoyable. The highlight shows were the magician, comedian, and elements. Ports of call all excellent with no tendering to get to the islands. Visiting St Lucia, Antigua, Barbados, US and British Virgin Islands. Freestyle disembarkation was a breeze as we had booked a excursion with airport transfer. I would advise that disembarkation times will adjust if customs has a back up which could lead to some stress with a tight flight schedule. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
Great process for embarkation. Smooth and fast Cabins clean and spiffy. Cabin Steward was always available but did not need to have him fix any problems with cabin. Refurb of ship is quite nice. Very evident they spent ... Read More
Great process for embarkation. Smooth and fast Cabins clean and spiffy. Cabin Steward was always available but did not need to have him fix any problems with cabin. Refurb of ship is quite nice. Very evident they spent attention to making inside beautiful However carpets are showing age in cabin and hallways. Dining was excellent. Pretty much no enrichment activities Excursions went well. Once canceled by weather and ship staff was great in reschedule. Time in port could of been more. Seemed they could of left later in the day. Check-in and Out from ship was swift and efficient. Explored San Juan before and after due to airline schedules. Stayed in Old San Juan and very satisfied with hotel. No hurricane damage evident in Old San Juan except some paint on buildings seemed to have been sandblasted off. Very evident most buildings were repainted. San Juan area east of Airport near casinos saw several hotels and buildings abandoned and awaiting repair. People of Puerto Rico are great and were happy we visited!. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We actually choose this cruise because of the unbelievable price and the beautiful islands we would be visiting. The staff were so friendly even if you were just passing them in a hallway, they would always have a smile and say hi. This ... Read More
We actually choose this cruise because of the unbelievable price and the beautiful islands we would be visiting. The staff were so friendly even if you were just passing them in a hallway, they would always have a smile and say hi. This one woman at the buffet providing hand sanitizer was the happiest person I ever met. She would greet each guess by saying “washy washy, happy happy!” The cruise director Richard was awesome, he would attended every bit of entertainment and would talk to everyone and tell funny jokes. The magician PJ Whn was awesome and Max the aerialist was unbelievably talented. The buffet could have been much bigger and a whole lot better. Ninja turtle our waiter at the Venetian was awesome and the food was tasty. We felt like the drink package wasn’t worth the $ because we were visiting 5 ports but next time we will definitely purchase it. The drinks are $10-$15 USA plus 20% gratuity on-board. The NCL site says you don’t need reservations for bamboo but I would strongly suggest too, our family of 8 was unable to get a seat the whole week. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
We wanted to try out Norwegian because we are trying out different cruise lines to see which we like. This was one of the largest we have been on. The shows were wonderful. The staff and crew were very customer oriented. They were always ... Read More
We wanted to try out Norwegian because we are trying out different cruise lines to see which we like. This was one of the largest we have been on. The shows were wonderful. The staff and crew were very customer oriented. They were always polite and greeted you with a smile. The ship was kept clean. The restrooms were never dirty. The food was great. We will definitely cruise with them again once we save up some money. I liked that there was as a huge area for kids to play in the pools and it had water slides. It was away from the main pools and hot tubs, but it had hot tubs for the parents/guardians who were watching them. The staff who watched the kids did a good job because any time I saw kids, they were well behaved and not disruptive, but yet were giggling and having a great cruise. Our kids are grown and when they were small, we never would have allowed the type of behavior we have seen on other cruise lines. Good job Norwegian and good job parents for keeping a close eye on your kids. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We wanted to try Viking out and this cruise seemed to meet our needs of a winter cruise, in some warm weather at a better price than Viking offers for its Med Cruises. Our travel was so tiring, with a drive to Manchester, an overnight, ... Read More
We wanted to try Viking out and this cruise seemed to meet our needs of a winter cruise, in some warm weather at a better price than Viking offers for its Med Cruises. Our travel was so tiring, with a drive to Manchester, an overnight, then a morning flight out to Philadelphia, then a 5 hour lay over as there was a delay, then a 4 hour flight to San Juan. Coming back was even worse as I drove back from Manchester coming off the overnight flight from Philadelphia. Unfortunately as good as the cruise was, we will not attempt that travel again, as you might have guessed we are not part of the younger generation. Embarkation at the port was so easy and very quick, probably helped by it being past midnight before we got there. Our standard balcony cabin was lovely, all mod cons in place including charging points, bed nice and comfy although my wife and our cabin steward (Bayu) did have a few attempts at getting the right mix of pillows. Bayu was excellent, smiling every day and nothing was too much trouble. He did his job well and worked round our timings in the cabin. Bathroom was modern and really well appointed with a big glass shower cubicle. We thoroughly enjoyed the inclusive trips, they were mainly an overview, but all our guides were really good and we felt safe in their company. Getting on and off the Ship was so quick and easy, next to no queues. Some of the docking places were a bit industrial, so a couple of times our view was the container park when other ships in seemed to have better berths on occasion. We are not big drinkers but had the silver drinks package, it was excellent. Pina Coladas, the best we have had on any ship, we don't like the brain freeze drinks so the bar staff would make it on the rocks with just enough ice, nice and creamy and used the dark rum. We visited Barrincha in Puerto Rico, where the Pina Colada was supposedly invented and the ones on the ship were every bit as good as there. Don't worry if your favourite tipple is not on the bar menu, they will make it if you or they know the ingredients. Doods deserves special mention for looking after us so well. if we wandered in there as our last call for a nightcap he knew what I wanted and a simple thumbs up meant my Toasted Almond arrived at our table. Food was generally excellent, probably the best we have had at Sea other than Oceania, so Viking need to just get that bit better and match them to be top of the league. We did have the occasional wobble, but it was excellently handled by the waiters and in Manfredis we were delivered our pasta and risotto dishes at the same time as our huge steaks. They removed the steaks immediately. Viking head of Departments all get given a cabin at random to look after, so we got Gary, the Executive Chef (recently joined from Oceania). He rang us every couple of days and saw us out and about. On learning of our dislike of the mashed potato he immediately changed the recipe and it was so good after that. He also insisted we re visit Manfredis after our earlier issue with the Steaks, he organised it all and we had the best service and food of the cruise. we were also left nice little surprises in the room on a few of the days. So well done to Viking, as Gary said, it helps him stay close to the Guests and he can jump on things quickly and he did. We never had to queue for anything, sun beds were always available around the pools, no queues at the Bars, restaurants straight in. Entertainment, the Singers were really good, but Viking did not make best use of them, I would like to have seen a show in the lovely theatre every night. Also after 10.30 the ship was even more empty, some guest duos brought on board to enhance evening entertainment would be better for us. Would I go with Viking again, yes if they can keep their prices competitive and home port the Ship in the Caribbean where we can get a direct flight from Britain. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Well, we are back from our first Viking Ocean cruise – 10 days West Indies Explorer on the Viking Sea March 2019. We arranged our own flights, so we got to San Juan PR and made our way to the ship. Check in was easy-peasy and so ... Read More
Well, we are back from our first Viking Ocean cruise – 10 days West Indies Explorer on the Viking Sea March 2019. We arranged our own flights, so we got to San Juan PR and made our way to the ship. Check in was easy-peasy and so different than what happens on other lines. I’ve sailed Carnival (platinum), Royal Caribbean, and NCL in the past, so this was not my first check-in. Of course 930 passengers vice 3000-5000 makes quite a difference. Our room stewards Teddy and Emm were great and met us when we arrived and explained features of our room. They always greeted us if they were about and ensured we had everything we needed. Even though it was about 3:30PM, we found the pool grill had wonderful and we got our first wine and beer (free with lunch and dinner). Waiters were available and checked on us often. This continued throughout the entire cruise in all dining venues! Great job. On the second night onboard, just as we were getting ready to leave San Juan behind, we had our Cruise Critic Meet and Mingle – an invitation was left in our room with the Viking Daily the day before. The Captain and his command staff were busy, but every available senior staff officer attended. We had a very nice chat with Tom Aberg (Hotel General Manager), Edgar de Jaspi (Beverage Manager) and John Cunningham (Restaurant Manager) while enjoying free drinks and finger foods. From that evening on, we were always greeted by these senior officers. Surprisingly, a few days later we got another invitation to another Meet and Mingle. We went and when we asked, we were told by another Cruise Critic member, that they missed the first one – apparently they didn’t realize they had to sign up for the M&M on CC prior to arriving onboard, so they didn’t receive an invitation. But the staff wanted to ensure that they were not left out, so we had a second get together with all the trimmings and all the senior staff. (Now what other cruise line would do that???) At this meeting, in addition to Edgar and John, I had a nice talk with Jenn Beaudoin (Cruise Director) and Mara Buga (Guest Services Manager). I had a special request of Jenn and she made some calls had made arrangements. Thank you Jenn and thanks for Fredrik Svensson for taking time out of his busy schedule to talk to another Engineer! I’m not going to do a day to day accounting of my experiences, but I will make a few comments. First, the food and drink onboard is outstanding. All venues were excellent, but we always like the Restaurant and had wonderful meals in Manfredi’s and at the Chef’s Table. Service was impeccable regardless of where we ate. Secondly, I was so impressed by the Senior Staff. On most lines, one does not even see the Hotel Manager, Restaurant Manager, Financial Officer or Beverage Manager, but on this ship/line, they were highly visible and jumped in anytime there was need. For example, Tom, John or Edgar often were escorting guests in the Restaurant or in the Theater. (Again, where else have you ever seen this happen?) Third, I was somewhat concerned about taking the included excursions thinking they would be boring. Not so. The guides were obviously well vetted and could answer any question thrown at them. In many of the ports, the tour at a specific time was broken into smaller groups which worked well and kept wait time to a minimum. I learned something at every port! We also did a 3 optional tours and they were wonderful! Only thing I questioned was at all these wonderful Caribbean ports, there were no Scuba diving tours… hmmm. Fourth, was the general ‘we want you to learn something’ on this cruise vibe on the ship. There was a resident historian onboard who had some wonderful lectures and round table discussions. There was also a Geologist who gave talks on how the islands were formed and such. Really interesting! If you happened to miss the talk, don’t fear, it was recorded for on-demand broadcast on the in cabin TV along with lots of other great informative programs, news stations and movies. Fifth, the entertainment onboard was wonderful – singers and musicians were top notch. Shows were excellent. A steel pan group was brought onboard at one port to play by the pool for an afternoon show. We also had Line Dance lessons. Unfortunately, I have 2 left feet when it comes to this! But it was enjoyable! Overall, it was a GREAT Experience and it will not be our last Viking Ocean cruise! Great Job by everyone onboard! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
It was amazing the first step on the platform. I was in aw. I was so excited to cruise around and see beautiful islands with my wonderful husband. It was beautiful almost every day. The ships staff were beyond helpful. I love the hibachi ... Read More
It was amazing the first step on the platform. I was in aw. I was so excited to cruise around and see beautiful islands with my wonderful husband. It was beautiful almost every day. The ships staff were beyond helpful. I love the hibachi food it was delicious. The aqua and Venician were good as well. There was a great show with acrobats and dancing and then after we got to thank all the crew members for the spectacular jobs. I thought that was fantastic. The islands would take too long to write about but they were Aaaaamazing. I want to go on a cruise every day. But I think maybe every couple years would be more realistic. Thank you for one of the best vacations I have ever had. Plus it was my honeymoon. The only thing I was sad about is that I left my picture I bought of my husband and I that we took on the ship. Oh and of course leaving the ship. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose this cruise because of it's ports, we came into San Juan same day (which is always a risk) but weather was not a problem, instead if it was a Boeing Jet that was. We fortunately had no problem and trip from SJU via a taxi ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of it's ports, we came into San Juan same day (which is always a risk) but weather was not a problem, instead if it was a Boeing Jet that was. We fortunately had no problem and trip from SJU via a taxi ($26) was effortless. Embarking the ship was the smoothest ever, we moved along nicely and were on ship quickly. Found deck chairs near pool side which is abnormal. Knew going in this was a smaller boat and having been on Breakaway, Getaway and Epic, there was going to be some size shock... Negatives: Bars and Restaurants were not going to be as plentiful, missed the Waterfront sitting areas w/ outside bars, no dueling pianos/comedy club. But what we did get was a Lively Group (St Pat's was Day One!) and due to small ship, if you met a couple, chances you were going to bump into them over and over. The Meet and Greet though small was the best we ever attended. Met several couples which we later had a drink, meal, excursion, and just a chat with. We kept commenting that this was "A FUN CRUISE!" You definitely need a compass to get around... Venetian is on deck 6 but you enter from 7, Los Lobos is hidden at end of buffet, needed to ask directions 2x. walk through Wine Cellar... MEALS: Breakfast was at buffet 2x (it's a buffet) and Venetian which was fine but lil slow due to volume. Had Lunch on Embark day which was fine. Dinner: Aqua and Venetian were both very good and dinner service was fine; Los Lobos was exception, service was Fantastic! Moderno was also very good, Cagney's left Alot to be desired. This was always one of our favorites, but medium was still alive, my porterhouse was loaded with grizzle and the sides were not cooked, getting a drink was impossible, major disappointment!... La Bistro was again exceptional, nobody would believe that a French restaurant would be my favorite of cruise... PORTS: All excursions were organized by me with a Big assist from CC reviews: St Lucia: went hiking at Pigeon Island Park... fantastic and Way cheap. A Plus (Andy) drove us there, supplied cold drinks and island lunch for $40 (total) and hiking to top of isle's to forts and the view was breath taking, then down to jump in crystal blue water! Barbados: Cat ride on Calabaza was the best cat ride I've ever been on, service:bend over backwards, feeding turtles: a must see! Highly Recommended! our best day by Far St Kitts: went to Marriott Resort cheap cab ride but weather didn't cooperate and rained most of day! Property was very nice w/ beach cabanas, food pricey and drinks were in line w/ ship. ST Maartin: Took ferry cheap and fun to beach... to the land of chair hawks, every 2 feet someone offering umbrella and 4 drinks for $20...at chairs vendors every couple minutes offering everything from massages to sea shell jewelry... Would look for a quieter beach next time. St Thomas: normally go to St Johns but due to beaches impacted by hurricane, went to town and walked around shopping and found a tour guide who took us around island, $20 ea) Picture ops, and a stop at Sunset Beach made for an unexpected good day ENTERTAINMENT: Very good with the Adult Comedy a Riot!!! Live entertainment around pool Band was nice, though I coulda done without the Beer Pong play by play. LOUD and just... WHY??? Saw 2 shows... seating was lil cramped, few seats were left open, very well attended and very entertaining Atrium Bar had piano most enjoyable if you could get a seat. Smoke tank little too close and not air tight. Pool bars were great with Topsider lunch buffet a nice touch. Bimini at high deck was perfect for watching islands disappear while sipping on cocktails. SERVICE: Excellent... from Rebecca who kept our room clean and organized, with towel creatures to bar staff, kept drinks flowing, waiters and waitresses waited on us hand and foot. very friendly! DISEMBARK: Were in no rush to leave, so eat at Venetian, and were able to virtually walk off ship. Not being a mega boat has it's advantage, Customs was extra friendly... welcoming to Puerto Rico, took a $10per van to airport which was right outside, had to wait to fill, which took couple minutes. TIP: need to have luggage screened by USDA, this is before check in. Would we go again.... YES! meet more friends, and great ports! out weigh the need to leave bread crumbs to get there from here and back :) Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We took this cruise because many of our NCL crew friends were together on the cruise. We have sailed eleven times on the Dawn. Living in central Massachusetts it is easy to sail out of Boston where the Dawn spent her Spring to Autumn for ... Read More
We took this cruise because many of our NCL crew friends were together on the cruise. We have sailed eleven times on the Dawn. Living in central Massachusetts it is easy to sail out of Boston where the Dawn spent her Spring to Autumn for the last eight years, This has allowed us to gain many staff friends from housekeeping to entertainers.. We left out of Boston 6 times. Taking advantage of the reduced flights we sailed out of San Juan arriving the afternoon the ship was to leave. The week before our flight was canceled due to the plane grounding. NCL changed our flight to Jet Blue which we were happier to fly with. In San Juan we met up with the NCL transport which was confusing when we arrived at the port they sent us get in line, then came back and told us to come get our luggage. Inside the terminal it was fast and easy on to the boat. We have done the Southern and Eastern Caribbean many times so most ports were on our own. On Barbados we did the Harrisons cave tour, My husband felt that was probably the best tour for the money we have been on. Unknown to us, if you do not take a tour with NCL you do not get the shore excursion credit. Being entitled to $200 obc we only received $50 credit. You get $50 per stateroom per port per excursion. Dinner reservations is one of the problems I have with the dining package. I tried to make reservations before I left. They showed up one day and were gone 3 days later. When we got on the ship I tried to make them at the desk, but were unable to get any reservation on our package. With some help from a staff member we were able to get reservations for two nights at 5p They offer to many more meal packages than they can accommodate. This is something that needs to be addressed and changed. Our mini Suite was as usual it fit us well. Our room Steward was excellent. Our evenings were spent watching Patti and Jose` and being served by Christine, Desiree and Katherine in the Java Café. We wanted to sail with Patti and Jose` again as they were leaving the ship when we did. These people are not only great entertainers, but they are also "Good People" they remember you from past cruises by name and will stop and speak with you. Afternoons were spent up in the Bimini the best Bar on the Ship. From past cruises we have made some nice friends up here. Jeffrey Escobedo, we have sailed with him 5+ times on 3 different ships from bar waiter to Bartender he is best they have. Irene and Ray Sandoval always going beyond to help with anything you might need. Making us laugh and constantly on the go serving with a smile Marlon Gomez, Jose Roly Sebua, Dubravlea "AKA Jessie", Alexander Araneta. And More I cant remember them all. The staff on this ship is the best of the nine NCL ships we have sailed. Disembarking was quick and easy using NCL transfer to the airport for our flight home on Delta. The Dawn is headed to New York and we will miss her and her staff. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
The ship is in excellent condition. The cabins are very nice and very clean and the bed was comfortable. The food was excellent and high quality. Filippo Bulgarini the Maître D is very good at insuring everything is perfect. All staff ... Read More
The ship is in excellent condition. The cabins are very nice and very clean and the bed was comfortable. The food was excellent and high quality. Filippo Bulgarini the Maître D is very good at insuring everything is perfect. All staff members have a excellent attitude and really care about insuring you have all your needs and wants met. Lots of area's on the ship to relax and enjoy the beautiful views. The on board credit was very easy to use and the store on the ship had a great selection of watches and clothing. We have travelled on many cruises. This was our first cruise with Silversea and we will return very soon because the overall experience was better than advertised. The ports of call were excellent and the extended stay in some of the ports was great because you did not feel rushed. The ship arrived on time to the ports of call everyday. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose this cruise cause it fit our time frame we wanted to go as well as the destination we wanted to go. We also liked it because there was only 1 day at Sea vs multiple days from other cruises and other cruise ports. This was my first ... Read More
We chose this cruise cause it fit our time frame we wanted to go as well as the destination we wanted to go. We also liked it because there was only 1 day at Sea vs multiple days from other cruises and other cruise ports. This was my first cruise and my GF's 3rd. I was astounded by the way we were treated. The entire staff was nothing short of phenomenal to us. Our Cabin was a Mini Suite with large balcony and it was great. Lots of room to move around for 2 people. The dining options were plentiful and all of them were great. Lots of different food options to choose from and plenty of room for all guests to enjoy. There was also a variety of entertainment options onboard. From game shows, to comedy shows to dance parties to something as basic as Bingo. All were enjoyable and family friendly(well except for late night comedy show, but that was hysterical) The shore excursions were very well planned. We had no issues with any of them. There were plenty of different options to choose from. Anything from relaxing on a beach to hiking up a mountain to snorkeling. There was plenty to choose from for each person's taste. None of the excursions were too full either. There was just enough people to make them fun. The only issue we had, had nothing to do with Norwegian staff, some moron decided that he liked my bag more than his after we debarked so he grabbed it. Luckily the staff at Norwegian were able to track it down within 15 minutes of me reporting it. Overall, we had a GREAT time. I would absolutely recommend this cruise to anyone interested in going to the Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We picked a cruise from Puerto Rico so we could spend a couple of days there beforehand and to minimize at-sea days. We've sailed on Norwegian once before and liked it. This was a really good cruise, the staff were great, the food was ... Read More
We picked a cruise from Puerto Rico so we could spend a couple of days there beforehand and to minimize at-sea days. We've sailed on Norwegian once before and liked it. This was a really good cruise, the staff were great, the food was delicious, and the shore excursions were mostly excellent. We had an obstructed oceanview room -- the view was actually pretty good, we could see the ocean over the top of a lifeboat. For some reason we were assigned an "accessible" cabin even though we hadn't requested one. Apparently these are a bit bigger, so we're certainly not complaining. Others have commented on plumbing problems on this ship. We had a problem with the shower running only hot and the toilet not always flushing, but the staff fixed it and so no big deal. We went during March break so there were quite a few kids but the ship has a good children's program and we seniors didn't find the kids annoying at all. It was good to have a wider variety of ages than often happens. The food was great, especially in the specialty restaurants, but the main dining room was really good as well. I don't know where the people who complain about Norwegian's food normally dine, but I certainly ate well on the cruise. Don't bother with the drinks package unless you drink a lot, the drinks on board are reasonably priced, at least for a cruise. The shore excursions were pretty good. The best was the catamaran sail, snorkel and beach lunch at St. John's. Good snorkelling with the ability to either take a long route (for experienced snorkellers) or hang around a reef close to the boat. Also swimming from a beach, a great lunch, and lots of rum punch. We had booked SNUBA at St. Thomas but as soon as we got on the ship there was a long form about medical conditions which, if you answered yes to anything, might result in you being barred by the operator with no refund, so we cancelled rather than risk that (as we both would have to answer yes to some things.) So don't book that one if you are on any meds. The Virgin Gorda and the Baths tour was a bit disorganized. Rather than have a guide with you, there are people directing you at various points, to the boat to Virgin Gorda, then safari buses to and from the baths. The guide on the boat seemed pretty confused about the times, but everyone did make it there and back and the sea caves are spectacular. Embarkation and debarkation were really quick and smooth, the best by far of the three cruises we've taken. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose to sail from San Juan, Puerto Rico in order to see the southern islands not normally available from the Florida ports. First off, the experience of boarding from San Juan was phenomenal. From the time we were dropped off, to the ... Read More
We chose to sail from San Juan, Puerto Rico in order to see the southern islands not normally available from the Florida ports. First off, the experience of boarding from San Juan was phenomenal. From the time we were dropped off, to the time we were on the ship took 25 minutes! Also, a small note that LYFT is not available in Puerto Rico so Uber or a taxi from Condado to the port was $22 for 4 people. We had sailed on the Dawn to Bermuda before so we were familiar with the ship. I prefer this size to the larger ships (getaway, breakaway) but there is not as many activities for kids on the Dawn and the pool is fairly small. Apart from that, we love the ship. The theater is easily big enough to accommodate the entire passenger size and you do not need to reserve a time to see any show. We particularly enjoyed the acrobats and the "Elements" show which featured the entire entertainment team. I will say that I was not that impressed with the singing and the Soul Rocking Nights was a broadway-stylized rock show and not very good. The islands we saw were St.Lucia- excellent, Barbados- good, Antigua- okay, St. Thomas- excellent, and Tortola-okay. The food is always good on the Dawn and I recommend the Venetian over Aqua for free dining. One thing I wish Norwegian would change is O'Shanihans which is dated and a limited menu. The cruise entertainment staff was very good including cruise director Richard and assistant Luz. I also enjoyed activities run by Mona and Samia. Overall, this was my fourth cruise on Norwegian and I am looking forward to the next one. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
As college spring breakers, Norwegian seemed attractive to us for its many perks such as getting free open bar for the entirety of the trip and free or reduced airfare. We chose the Norwegian Dawn and departed from Puerto Rico. As soon as ... Read More
As college spring breakers, Norwegian seemed attractive to us for its many perks such as getting free open bar for the entirety of the trip and free or reduced airfare. We chose the Norwegian Dawn and departed from Puerto Rico. As soon as we touched down in Puerto Rico, everything went as smooth as it possibly could. We went to the port and it literally took less than 20 minutes to get through everything and walk on to the ship. In my past experiences, embarkation took sometimes up to an hour and a half. Ship and Cabin: The ship was very nice and had a modern touch to it. The common spaces were all very nice and the ship was pretty easy to navigate. The outdoor spaces such as the pool were clean. The pool was relatively easy to get chairs at and service was quick. Our room was ready as soon as we got on and our bags were in our room within a couple hours of getting on the ship as well. The room was very clean and spacious and our steward introduced himself right off the bat and worked very hard. Dining: We tried both the Venetian and Aqua dining rooms and multiple occasions and both had amazing service and food. Elizabeth in Venetian was especially attentive and made our first couple nights very memorable. Bamboo also had great food and was quick, but you definitely need a reservation! Also, the buffett was very good and had tons of options for lunch and dinner every day. Poolside drinks were always flowing, especially from the awesome Alistar. This guy was amazing! He always had the biggest smile on his face and made every interaction that much more fun. Entertainment and Activities: The Bliss Lounge was by far our favorite place to hangout. There was always something fun going on in there such as a karaoke contest or some type of game. There was also a DJ until late night that took requests and always made for a fun time. Mouna and Geo were two of the best dancers we have ever seen and were always pumping up the crowd. Nemanja and Alistar were also bar waiters in here and were awesome! They remembered all of our names and favorite drinks night after night. Go see them! Also, the ship had theme nights every night like Carribean Night or a White Out night. This brought tons of people out to the deck for music and dancing under the stars. The shows in the Stardust theatre were amazing. Every single one had people on the edge of their seats the entire time. They were definitely worth the time to go and see every single one. We would 100% go again, and plan on it! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
Our first Windstar cruise, based on a recommendation from a friend who knows that we like smart and engaging people, don't like rowdy drunk crowds, and want a genuine experience. We learned a lot and immediately signed back up for ... Read More
Our first Windstar cruise, based on a recommendation from a friend who knows that we like smart and engaging people, don't like rowdy drunk crowds, and want a genuine experience. We learned a lot and immediately signed back up for more Windstar! What can I say other than "amazing!". While the large ship experiences bring their own attributes, this ship size, itinerary, and staff have us sold on Windstar, since they brought so many terrific benefits. I could go on forever, but I'll limit it to a few key topics, and a story of special coverage by the crew that was exceptional. SHIP: small, as cruise ships go, but never felt crowded, never waited in lines (except for the topside cookout in which everyone rushed the line but ten minutes later was cleared). There are plenty of places to get alone by yourself, do morning stretches, have a quiet moment with a loved one, etc. BARS: the outdoor topside bar was by far the most popular given weather, ability to spread out, but also to meet nice and interesting folks. FOOD: Terrific all around! Main dining Amphora was stellar every night. Candles night was intimate, delicious, and fantastic! Breakfast and lunch buffets are great, fresh, and the staff is totally focused on making your meal ideal, so just ask for anything special. All-day breakfast and sandwich counter made a great fill-in when we got back from sightseeing. OFFICERS, CREW, & STAFF: This is where I have to focus most. Incredibly nice, friendly, accommodating, and professional from top to bottom. Every individual we met was terrific. But the real story was about a bad situation that they made infinitely better. Just prior to the cruise, a family friend passed away, who was not only my godfather but also as much a father to me as my own, and in recent decades more so, and a dear friend. Our families consider each other extended family. The funeral had to occur during our cruise, on Day 8 of 10, so we worked with Windstar to allow us to disembark in Grenada, fly home to make the funeral, of which i was to officiate and sing. Needless to say, a very emotional situation. We had shared the fact that we were leaving early with staff that would be affected or those that simply asked and expressed condolences. We disembarked, went to the airport, and long story short, found that our flight was cancelled, and at 5pm found out that we would NOT be able to leave the island until the following afternoon, thereby missing the funeral we worked so hard to coordinate to make. With literally NO time to spare, we called the ship, asked if we could reboard, sailed through customs with the help of American Airlines staff, had a cab fly through town, and we made it to the pier with just minutes before Sail Away. Although devastated by the events so far, the next 24 hours were incredible. The Chief Pursor, front desk staff, Hotel Manager all met us and assured a smooth process, even to the extent of them asking if there was anything at all they could do to help. They were amazingly empathetic, and genuinely worked that day and the next to give us every assistance we could want, including calls, Internet, etc. The Dining staff gave us special attention, delivered us a wonderful in-room meal, and the bar staff brought us wine as we "licked our wounds". The next day, every staff member we came into contact expressed genuine concern, and went out of their way to help us enjoy this day at sea with tons of kindnesses and support. We were incredibly moved at the empathy and wonderfulness of the entire crew including officers, the bar team, the dining team, the breakfast cooks, and so on. While they may have forgotten us as they move forward to accommodate every guest every day, we will never forget them. Thank you Windstar! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Have done 8+ ocean cruises, 7 river cruises. This experience with Viking Ocean was the best we've had. Food was excellent, varied menus and lots of choices. Good excursions and options at each port. In retrospect we would have done ... Read More
Have done 8+ ocean cruises, 7 river cruises. This experience with Viking Ocean was the best we've had. Food was excellent, varied menus and lots of choices. Good excursions and options at each port. In retrospect we would have done more adventuresome excursions on our West Indies but no regrets. Staff on the ship is top shelf. The crew was just as good as could be. Have read previous reviews on CC with some complaints and negative comments about Viking Sea. If there were problems earlier there aren't now. Our evaluation, and that of others we sailed with: Viking Ocean a great experience, Far better than Oceana, Royal Caribbean, Princess etc. We noted that quite a few folks had done more than one Viking Ocean cruise already, just in their third year of operations. No casino, no kids, no pressure. No big shows. Nice events in the evening - a movie by the pool, a bit of classical music, some singers and dancers. Passengers were mostly 65+, about 1/3 from UK, 2/3 North America. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
This was our first ever cruise and we were celebrating a big birthday. Having heard about the ship, expectations were very high and it did not disappoint. We flew in to San Juan late in the evening and so just went to bed the first ... Read More
This was our first ever cruise and we were celebrating a big birthday. Having heard about the ship, expectations were very high and it did not disappoint. We flew in to San Juan late in the evening and so just went to bed the first night, but the embarkation was smooth and luggage was delivered quickly. As we arrived late, they put some sandwiches and fruit out for us along with a bottle of champagne and some red wine, and reminded us that we could order room service as well. As it was gone 1am and we had been up for 24 hours we passed! We were in a Deluxe Veranda cabin. We can't understand why anyone would complain about the size of these - it was very comfortably big enough for us. The bed was large and comfortable, the sitting area was ok, the bathroom was superb and it was great to be able to sit out on the balcony. On the first day we explored the ship which was all light and airy, not at all busy and just nicely laid back. We were always able to find places to sit and service was generally attentive. We ate mainly in the World Cafe as it was more casual and did not require us to dress up. The food was always nice there, usually a good choice of mains and some divine little desserts (as well as cookies and ice cream). We also sampled the Pool Grill where they did some delicious burgers and grilled tuna. We managed to have two meals at Manfredi's, the speciality Italian restaurant. The food was delicious and the plates were huge! We also had a special birthday meal at the Chef's Table which was a five course tasting menu, where every dish was exceptional, each of them paired with wines. We really enjoyed the entertainment on the ship. The main entertainment was from four young, energetic and very talented performers who put on three main shows - an ABBA show, a showcase of famous song writers and a Beatles show. One of them also did a solo show Divas through the Decades, and another did a jazz set Beyond the Sea - both of these were top quality. They were supported by a four piece band and two lounge singers who were ok. Other entertainment included a guitarist, a classical duo and a piantist, all of whom were ok. One of the real positives about the cruise was how friendly everyone was. It was impossible to pass any crew member without them greeting you, and it always seemed natural. The cabin service was exceptional with rooms serviced twice a day. We were surprised to read any negative reviews about this ship. Perhaps it does not have quite as much going on as some mega cruise ships, but for us this was close to perfect. A nice size of ship, never crowded, very attentive staff, good food and enjoyable entertainment. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
We have cruised with Carnival for many years and they don't have many perks for long time cruisers so we decided to try NCL. So glad we did. The trip was awesome. We had a mini suite with balcony which was pretty spacious for 2 ... Read More
We have cruised with Carnival for many years and they don't have many perks for long time cruisers so we decided to try NCL. So glad we did. The trip was awesome. We had a mini suite with balcony which was pretty spacious for 2 people. The bathroom was a little small with counter space but the tub/shower was great . No water on the floor. We left out of San Juan to Barbados, Antigua, st. Marten, st Kitts and St. Thomas. The staff was awesome . The food was great. The casino was a little cramped and would ha e liked a few more .25 machines. Embarkation and debarkation went smoothly. On and off within 1/2 hour. Even going ashore no lines leaving or returning to ship. Needless to say I will cruise NCL again.i am done with carnival. Our room steward was awesome we would leave and come back 1/2 later and room was done it was like he was hiding in the corner and knew we would be gone. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
Our cruise departed from San Juan and cruised to Barbados, Antigua, St. Kitts, St. Marteen, and St. Thomas. We flew to San Juan the day prior to sailing which allowed us time to relax and get to the pier at our leisure. My husband and I ... Read More
Our cruise departed from San Juan and cruised to Barbados, Antigua, St. Kitts, St. Marteen, and St. Thomas. We flew to San Juan the day prior to sailing which allowed us time to relax and get to the pier at our leisure. My husband and I stayed in the Aft-Facing Penthouse with Large Balcony - Room 8170. It was a very spacious room, with a large closet that opened on two sides. The bathroom was spacious and included a tub with shower. There was a "makeup" area outside the bathroom with a large mirror, had plenty of drawers for personal items, and had a small chair. My only disappointment with the room was that the balcony did not have lounge chairs - only two chairs and a small table. It was large enough for the loungers, so I don't know why they weren't there. In hindsight, I should have requested them. We found the entire ship to be extremely clean. Our room steward, Sheila is one of the hardest working individuals we met. Our Butler, Jonathan, ensured that we had everything we could possibly need (I should have mentioned the loungers:). Each day, he delivered snacks to our cabin. He learned what we liked (including champagne) and delivered something delicious to us everyday. He was very responsive and personable. We had room service one day - food was hot and delivered in a timely manner. Since we had a suite, we were able to have breakfast and lunch in Moderno. This was fabulous! We were only on-board for lunch one day, at which time we ate at Moderno. This was one of our favorite meals - with started with shrimp cocktail (large and tasty) and I had a burger which was delicious, and my husband had a steak, which he said was outstanding, For Specialty Dining we ate at La Cucina, Cagneys, and Los Lobos (three were included in our package). We found the food at all to be fresh and delicious! The guacamole in Los Lobas was one of the best we've ever had. One of the highlights of our trip, was the private dinner we were invited to with Alain Magnier, the Hotel Manager and three ship Officers - Alain's assistant, the CFO and Juan from the NEXT Desk. There were three other couples at the dinner which was held in a private room at Le Bistro. I have never been a fan of French cuisine, but the food here was outstanding! This was a special experience - we really enjoyed meeting the other guests and the ship officers. Alain is so enthusiast about his job - he really cares about his team and his guests and enjoys meeting as many as he can. Juan was an especially friendly person, and convinced me to go outside my comfort zone by trying new food - and I'm so glad I did! Escargot is one food item I've always said I'd never try - now it's one of my favorite! I also had the mushroom soup (would love to have it again), and Filet which was perfectly cooked. For desert we had the Chocolate Fondue and Napolean - both delicious. The perks that come with a suite are definitely worth the expense - we never waited in any lines (private escort given off the ship at each port) and all of our needs were catered to. We enjoyed the size of the Dawn - not too overwhelming but big enough that we didn't get bored. There were not many children on the ship - I wouldn't say it's one that caters to children, however they did have a nice pool/activity area for them. The Elements Show was Broadway worthy - very entertaining! We also had fun each night at the Bliss Lounge - a very fun place to listen to music, dance and meet other guests. The White Party, held out at the pool was especially fun. It's not necessary to wear white, however many people did. The Beverage Package was also included in our deal - we only had to pay the service charge which we did in advance. For vodka they carry Grey Goose and Absolute (probably others as well, but this is what we like). The house wine is also pretty good. We've been to all inclusive resorts before, and this is not always the case, so we were pleasantly surprised. They allow you to bring your own wine on board, but charge you $15 per bottle. When boarding, they will direct you to a table, where they tag your wine - the fee will show up on your bill. Alex at Los Lobos makes the best drinks! Definitely make a visit to see him - we really enjoyed meeting him. On Board Shopping - just an FYI - we purchased an item at the Duty Free Shop which was in excess of $800. Upon leaving the ship, and having our Ship Card swiped, we were escorted directly past all lines, to a separate room where we were asked to fill out a Customs Form declaring all purchases (it was obvious that our purchase was flagged in the ship's system). We look forward to our next cruise with NCL! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
In full disclosure I have only traveled on NCL so my review is based on comparison of NCL ships. My husband & I prefer the mid sized ships. We've been on the Pearl several times, the Jade, the Breakaway and now the Dawn. We were ... Read More
In full disclosure I have only traveled on NCL so my review is based on comparison of NCL ships. My husband & I prefer the mid sized ships. We've been on the Pearl several times, the Jade, the Breakaway and now the Dawn. We were initially choosing ships based on ports of call. That is still a high priority for us but everything & everyone on the ship can make or break your cruise. That being said, if you pick a cruise with Richard Matic as cruise director you're going to have a fabulous time. My favorite cruise was an 8 day ABC islands on the Jade in October 2018. Richard was CD on that cruise. I was so excited when I was onboard & saw Richard was now CD on the Dawn. The social element of your cruise on the Dawn will be really fun under his leadership. His team loves him & he always showcases his Asst.CD, Luz who's equally wonderful. The Dawn is an older ship & some areas reflect that. It's decorated in an Art Deco style (reminds me of the old Rainbow Room NYC). I like the pool deck's stadium seating. It's a great use of space so more people can see all the activities in the pool area. We found the food to be better on this ship than on previous ships. Usually after a few days of cruising the buffet becomes less appealing but there's always plenty to eat. Unlike the mega ships you can actually walk around the ship on several decks. Unfortunately, unlike the Jade or the Pearl there's nowhere to dine outdoors except in the pool area. On most mid size ships you can dine outside on deck 12 aft. The shows were all really good. I always love Elements & the aerialists. The main cast will be hired for An 8 month contract. Other entertainment might be on the ship for a sailing or 2 & then another will fill their spot. Book reservations for restaurants as soon as you get onboard. Spa treatments are cheaper on port days. If you tip your bartender he'll be loyal to you the whole cruise & will call you by name. The casino was fun & staff knew you by name pretty quickly. There were a lot of winners on our cruise so that always makes everyone happy. We were on deck 9 aft & sound proofing between rooms wasn't great in comparison to other ships. Overall, despite the ship needing better maintenance & being unable to hear announcements from your room unless you open the door it's a fun cruise with lots of activities. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
Planned this cruise about a year out based on some friends that were going to be onboard with us. They didn't end up making it but we still decided to go based on the itinerary. We flew into San Juan 3 days before the cruise and we ... Read More
Planned this cruise about a year out based on some friends that were going to be onboard with us. They didn't end up making it but we still decided to go based on the itinerary. We flew into San Juan 3 days before the cruise and we were able to enjoy the island before getting to the ship. Glad we did, because this time of year is known for bad weather. We were also informed on the first and only sea day that some had missed the ship in PR because of the weather delays and were having to catch the ship in Barbados. One more reason why I would never recommend flying on the same day. On embarkation day, I will say this is the smoothest and quickest that I have ever boarded a cruise. We arrived at the port about 20 minutes before our scheduled 12:00 boarding. Waited just a few minutes to drop off our bags and then through security. Once inside, we were immediately waited on to get our room keys and then proceeded directly upstairs. Past cruises we have had to wait to be called in groups. Not so this time as we boarded the ship immediately. We were onboard before noon and even had to wait for the Venetian dinning room to open for lunch. They made several announcements that rooms would be ready between 2-2:30, however, I think they actually had them ready right at 2 which was great as we were able to get right in with little wait time. Now, for the ship itself and itinerary: - This is one of the smaller ships in the NCL fleet so it was not hard to get around. And crowds weren't as bad as they sometimes are on the bigger ships. - We had a balcony room on deck 10 and it was worth every bit of it. Small, but still plenty of room for what the two of us needed. Which was a place to sleep, shower, and relax for a little bit. - Richard Matic (cruise director) was everywhere. Him and his crew did an awesome job at bringing the entertainment. - With the exception of breakfast, NCL continues to impress me with the food. Either this ship didn't offer it, or NCL changed some recipes on breakfast. In the buffet, the omelets were too greasy, and the pancakes tasted like they had been sitting out way too long. Some other little things had also changed about the breakfast but overall, meals were fantastic. - Would have liked at least one more sea day on the back end or in the middle, as this was filled with 6 ports in the 7 days. - Antigua was probably one port that we could have done without. This was the one of two ports (St. Thomas) that we decided not to do an excursion on and I wish we would have. Not a whole lot to see or do on the island without an excursion. Also the poverty on the island was sad to see and that was just outside the port. Spoke with others that had done an island tour and they had said it only got worse the further away from St. Johns. - Other ports along the way were fantastic. Even while some were still recovering from the hurricanes, they still offered a lot. Overall, would go again on NCL. Would more than likely not go on the Dawn again unless it was the itinerary that I was looking for. I personally like the ships that are a little bigger and offer more to do. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We like a more luxury cruise, without kids and casinos. The food was fantastic and all the dining options. The staff went above and beyond to make us feel welcomed and happy. The ship itself is beautiful, yet understated. A clean elegance ... Read More
We like a more luxury cruise, without kids and casinos. The food was fantastic and all the dining options. The staff went above and beyond to make us feel welcomed and happy. The ship itself is beautiful, yet understated. A clean elegance if you may. Thoroughly enjoyed our cruise director Jenna....she was a blast. We will go again on VIKING very soon. We have been on Oceania, and to date that was our favorite. One aspect lacking a tad were the included shore excursions, they really weren't worth getting off the ship for. There were plenty of other excursions offered which we did do and really liked. The wine at dinner flowed nicely but the quality was give and take, one night very good, next night almost undrinkable. It never felt crowded onboard, there were plenty of quiet spots to sit and just reflect at what a wonderful ship this is. Can't say enough good things about our trip to the Caribbean and being on a clean, beautiful ship. One very fun night was dancing under the stars, good music and lots of dancing. We took part in the Movies under the Stars as well, really liked the comfort and popcorn. The ship was spotless clean and all the staff were happy and welcomed us daily. We would give the highest stars to service, then food. We would like to try a suite at some point just to compare. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
We've been fortunate to have sailed on Royal Caribbean (Freedom and Oasis) in the past but once we saw the deal Norwegian had (free air fare for me and my husband and $99 for our daughters, drinks, shore excursion credit and free ... Read More
We've been fortunate to have sailed on Royal Caribbean (Freedom and Oasis) in the past but once we saw the deal Norwegian had (free air fare for me and my husband and $99 for our daughters, drinks, shore excursion credit and free wifi), we decided to take a chance on this cruise line. We're happy we did. ABOUT THE BOAT: This is a smaller boat so be prepared, especially at night, to feel the sway of the ship. It apparently was updated a few years ago and it shows: the decor is modern and clean. One of the main dining rooms (Aqua) looks like an upscale New York restaurant. There was only one pool but we never felt like sardines in it - there was enough room in and around it for everyone. There is another pool in the spa but you have to pay for it. We upgraded to a family suite since we have two teenage daughters. We expected they would share the pull out couch but we were thrilled to discover the suite has a pull out couch, a murphy bed AND a king bed. It was awesome! We didn't splurge on a balcony because being on the 12th deck we could easily walk to the pool deck. Our room also came with a nespresso machine which we loved. ABOUT THE FOOD: I read numerous reviews about the poor quality of the food and I totally disagree. The quality and variety of the buffet (Garden Cafe) was outstanding (better than either RC cruise we were on). One night they even had a huge spread of peel and eat shrimp and oysters. The coffee was always fresh and strong and they had lemon for the water. The options in the main dining rooms were also very good, even for one of our picky eaters. However, if you're hoping for lobster, you'll have to buy it on one of the islands since that's one thing Norwegian doesn't have. Some things to note: they told us that shorts weren't allowed in Aqua but that's not true. The majority of men wore shorts with no issue. Also, the only place we were able to find water was at the bar (if you ask) and at the buffet. The one benefit I liked on RC ships is that they have water dispensers at the end of each bar so you can take water when you want and not have to wait in line. ABOUT THE EXCURSIONS: We took two: one to a beach in St. Lucia and one snorkeling off of St. Thomas. The beach in St. Lucia was very nice; it was adjacent to a Sandals resort. We had to pay $10 for an umbrella but the lounge chairs were "free." Snorkeling was very cool. We went out on a catamaran and saw turtles, a ray, fish, coral and a shipwreck. The only thing about this though was that it was advertised as a 3.5 hour trip and we were back at the boat in less than 3 hours. We walked into Bridgetown in Barbados which was nice. Our favorite port was St. John in Antigua since we liked the market and historic section. ABOUT THE DEALS: We live in Vermont so booking airfare to anywhere is expensive. Free air fare was incredible. We had to fly out of Boston which was fine. The only thing I didn't like at all is that they offer you choice airports to fly out of and then get back to you with your flight times. With RC, I worked with the agent together to determine the best departure and arrival times for us. The Norwegian process was clunky. The other deal was for free drinks up to $15 per drink. Totally worth it. The only disappointment was even though my husband had free wifi, it was super slow. But we were supposed to be on vacation so it wasn't a deal breaker. All in all, we were exceptionally pleased. My parents have taken 13 cruises, 12 of which were on RC. After we shared our experience, my father has been looking into a Norwegian cruise for them. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Our experience with Viking started with a beautiful brochure that I received in the mail. The West Indies Cruise looked like the right cruise for us.....and it was! Jason, in reservations, was the first person I was in contact with ... Read More
Our experience with Viking started with a beautiful brochure that I received in the mail. The West Indies Cruise looked like the right cruise for us.....and it was! Jason, in reservations, was the first person I was in contact with from Viking. He was friendly, well trained and helped me find the right stateroom and date. Embarkation and disembarkation was a breeze. The ship was spotless and well cared for. What really sets this ship apart from other cruises that we have been on is the staff and crew! Everyone wants your cruise experience to be exceptional. They have a heart for their passengers. I can't even begin to name all crew that gave exceptional service! The managers(general, financial,beverage managers) and cruise director of the ship were always available to answer questions and inquire about your stay. Cheeney and Emanuel kept our room spotless and made sure we had everything we needed. Jeffery(room service) started the mornings on a happy note with a smile and breakfast in our room. Gwen(public areas housekeeping) was always busy working but welcomed us with a big hello and sweet smile. Marta, Jeffery, Ezekiel, Grace and many others created a wonderful dining experience. There was always something yummy to eat! The spa services were perfect and no pushy sales pitch. Alexandra was so good at styling my hair, that I went twice for a shampoo and style! I can also recommend Elsa for a mani, pedi, and facial. After two weeks and my nails still look nice! Of course, we had to do some shopping. We went to the Precious Gems seminar and found it educational and fun. Love the jewelry! We learned a lot from the educational talks and met many friendly fellow passengers. It was a fantastic cruise and we want to go again! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
We had taken our very first cruise about twenty years ago. That cruise was in the Caribbean and we thought revisiting would be fun. We had cruised for our first time with Viking last year, Bergen to Barcelona, and the experience was ... Read More
We had taken our very first cruise about twenty years ago. That cruise was in the Caribbean and we thought revisiting would be fun. We had cruised for our first time with Viking last year, Bergen to Barcelona, and the experience was delightful. Viking's ocean going ships are very new and the Scandinavian style decor and appointments are stunningly gorgeous. We found the crew to be extremely friendly and they went out of their way to make sure everything was perfect for our comfort and enjoyment. We enjoyed all of the shore excursions, both the included and premium ones.The islands are beautiful, even though the residents are still struggling to rebuild after recent hurricanes. The cuisine is quite good and accompanied by excellent service. Viking also offers dining in their smaller specialty restaurants which enhanced our dining experiences. Because Viking's ships are smaller (930 guests) the entertainment venue is smaller too. However, we found the four British entertainers were superb and really enjoyed their roles. Based on our two recent, wonderful Viking cruises we are looking forward to our next Viking voyage later this month, sailing from Montreal to New York City. Read Less

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