Fodor’s Expert Review
Built in late 2022, this 930-passenger ship is the eighth entry in Viking Cruise’s Ocean Class, a sister ship to Jupiter, Mars, Orion, Sea, Sky, Star and Venus, and sports the same light-hued woods and other decorative details as its siblings. The first Ocean Class debuted in 2015 with Star, giving passengers greater access to Europe than the river cruises the line’s best known for. Marketed as an all-inclusive cruise line, and to “the thinking person,” Viking guests like that there’s no nickeling and diming. For example, WiFi is free; drinks are included, with extra fees for premium wines and spirits; and there’s at least one complimentary “Included” shore excursion is in every port, typically a short walking tour or half-day motor-coach excursion. Dining at specialty restaurants on board does not cost extra either. Daily lectures in history and culture provide a deeper immersion into ports where the ship is docked.Read More
Set to embark on a robust itinerary in the coming years, what sets this ship apart is its Mediterranean “sweet spot” during the “quiet season” (November through January) when temperatures are mild and there are few crowds. In spring and summer of 2023 and 2024, Viking Neptune is slated to sail Northern Europe itineraries to Iceland, England and Norway, along with Canada and Greenland; an 18-day Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles through the Panama Canal during the 2023 Christmas holiday; and a 13-day Eastern Seaboard sailing from Montreal to New York City during summer and early fall 2023. In short, there’s a sailing for every cruiser.
Past Viking guests on other Ocean-class ships will recognize the World Café (a very upmarket “buffet,” with a new made-to-order Asian-foods area), afternoon-tea service paired with string music, Manfredi’s (specialty Italian), The Chef’s Table (nightly chef’s menu that rotates) and a spa (The Nordic Spa) embracing Nordic-healing traditions, such as the Snow Grotto and Norwegian-inspired treatments. As with all Viking ships, large-format photography, framed visual art, Scandi design and live classical music set the tone for finer living.