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Viking Ocean Cruises

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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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  • Who goes on Viking Ocean cruise ships?

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Viking Orion
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22 Night
North Pacific Passage

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Viking Orion
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10 Night
Alaska & The Inside Passage

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Iceland's Natural Beauty

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10 Night
Alaska & The Inside Passage

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Viking Homelands

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Viking Homelands

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Alaska & The Inside Passage

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British Isles Explorer

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Atlantic Ocean Passage

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Journey To Antiquities

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Journey To Antiquities

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Alaska & The Inside Passage

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Southern Atlantic Crossing

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Ancient Mediterranean Treasures

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Cities Of Antiquity & The Holy Land

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Viking Ocean Cruises 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 Cruiser Reviews

Viking Ocean Cruises - Night Ancient Mediterranea

Regarding our excursions, although I'm not all that sure what Viking can do - considering the sailing age of some of the clientele, especially those who are more advanced in age or have specific disabilities that prevent them from participating - we had those issues on one, or two of our excursions where the guides were oblivious special needs of some of the guests.Additionally, I felt like the other restaurant choices or the kitchen (chief') table offered nothing particularly unique or memorable, which I found unusual for Viking.Read More
Cruise Veteran1

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 68s

Excellent ship, staff, and itinerary - Fabulous

I really can't rave enough about the overall management of the cruise and the excellent crew.This was our first ocean cruise with Viking - I can't think of enough superlatives to express what a wonderful experience we had.Read More
Purple Martin

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 68s

The good the bad and the disappointing

It was pretty much book some other cruise or lose the $$$$ you paid.The exception was desserts, which offered consistent quality and a few gems.Read More
zinny123

many10+ Cruises

Age 70s

Great BIE Experience

We had a great experience with Viking and are very much looking forward to another cruise next year.The dining options were great (accommodating varying schedules), and the food was consistently delicious (and such a great variety every day).Read More
Jana_A

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 64s

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