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Viking Ocean Cruises

6,289 Reviews
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About Viking Ocean Cruises

Viking Ocean Cruises is one of the youngest luxury fleets on the waves, with beautiful, largely inclusive 930-passenger ships that generally cater to adults 55 and older. Itineraries are packed with ports, and a shore excursion is included at every stop.

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Viking Jupiter
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10 Night
Scenic Scandinavia

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Viking Orion
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14 Night
Australia & New Zealand

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Viking Orion
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14 Night
Australia & New Zealand

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10 Night
Alaska & The Inside Passage

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West Indies Explorer

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Iconic Western Mediterranean

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12 Night
In Search Of The Northern Lights

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Ancient Mediterranean Treasures

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Mediterranean Odyssey

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Alaska & The Inside Passage

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17 Night
South America & The Chilean Fjords

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Atlantic Crossing

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Mediterranean Odyssey

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West Indies Explorer

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Italian Sojourn

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Viking Ocean Cruise Tips, Activities, and Overview

Who goes on Viking Ocean cruise ships?

Viking's passengers are generally English-speaking, well-traveled cruise veterans in the 55-and-older age bracket. They're active and want an itinerary packed with ports and ample time for meaningful exploration. Children younger than 18 are not allowed onboard.

Do I have to dress up on a Viking Ocean cruise?

Not really. Viking has no formal nights and daytime dress is casual, while evenings are "elegant casual." Women appear at dinner in dresses, skirts or slacks with a sweater or blouse; men show up in slacks and a collared shirt. Bathing suits, cover-ups and exercise clothing may only be worn on the pool and sports decks and in the fitness center.

Is everything free on Viking Ocean cruises?

No, but a sizable amount is. You'll have a free shore excursion in each port, unlimited free Wi-Fi access and all restaurants are complimentary, including room service. Free wine, beer and soft drinks are available at lunch and dinner and self-service laundry and access to the spa thermal suite are all complimentary as well.

You do pay for spa and salon services, optional shore excursions, beverages outside of lunch and dinner (except specialty coffees, teas and bottled water, which are free), and purchases from the shops.

What are Viking Ocean’s most popular activities?

Most Viking Ocean cruisers spend their time ashore exploring, and when onboard want to expand their knowledge of the destination they're visiting by attending port lectures, checking out the onboard collection of books and talking to experts who have been brought onboard and range from archaeologists and historians to former news commentators and scientists.

Cruisers also gather for performances that represent the destination, from traditional Greek dance to Italian opera. There are movies on the pool deck (with Bose headphones to control volume individually), and the thermal suite in the spa is a favorite, with its snow grotto, sauna, steam room, pools and flickering vapor fireplace.

Why go with Viking Ocean?

  • Destination-rich itineraries
  • Small ships that access unique ports
  • Nordic-influenced spa with snow grotto
  • Wraparound promenade deck

Best for: Mature cruisers who enjoy casual sophistication and want longer stays in ports

Not for: Families with children under 18; anyone looking for big cruise ship amenities

Viking Ocean Cruises Cruises Cruiser Reviews

Beautiful Cruise

We arrived early in the morning so Viking picked us up and took us to a conference hall for breakfast and to wait until we could board our ship.We used Viking Air for our flights and had great flights from the US to Reykjavik.Read More
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Edcoulter

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

Viking does not do Asia well

Far too much time spent in ports not good for cruises, far too little in interesting ports.Not only are you treated as a second class citizen but you get to hear the entertainment practicing any time from 7 am to 10 pm.Read More
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Chilicatx

10+ Cruises

Age 50s

Beverage Plan a lie

Second, if you want a premium glass of wine on the ship DO NOT buy the beverage package.While the ship is very nice and the crew is wonderful, Viking falls short in many categories.Read More
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gcookcjr

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

Transatlantic cruise

Food was five stars every meal.Variety of food was outstanding and delicious.Read More
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PortZinger

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

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