Fodor’s Expert Review

Ship Overview

Viking
Cruise StyleLuxury
Ship SizeMidsize
Prince Range$$$$
Sails To Venice (Fusina)
Venice (Fusina)
Sails From Rome (Civitavecchia)
Rome (Civitavecchia)
Duration8 days

Launched in 2016 and in service since 2017, the Viking Sky provides plenty of unfussy luxury and sleek, Scandinavian style. All ten liners in Viking’s ocean fleet share an almost-identical layout, hitting the sweet spot in size between small and medium. Here, there are no inside cabins — everyone gets a balcony.  Read More

The high percentage of cruisers who return to the line again and again, is a testament to the functional yet stylish design. It carries Scandi-cool comfort and clean lines throughout, with natural light maximized wherever possible. That’s especially true in the Explorer’s Lounge, a favorite gathering place, particularly as afternoon fades into evening. Set on the top decks at the fore of the ship, two stories of windows showcase sea and sky, as guests gather at the bar, maybe a sun setting outside, an entertainer strumming a guitar or playing the grand piano. People also love the Wintergarden, a bright, elegant spot right next to the main pool, where the crew serves a daily afternoon high tea.

And the Sky’s thermal pools are the stuff of Nordic dreams. Soak in cold and hot pools, and spend time in the steam room, under the cold-water bucket, or even in the snow grotto (exactly what it sounds like). Then wrap yourself in a robe before heading back to your room to get ready for a big meal at Manfredi’s, and maybe a show afterward, in the Star Theater.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

Pros
Cons
The main swimming pool features a retractable roof, so you can get in the water in (almost) any weather                
While providing a luxury experience, things never get too formal on board, so you can sail without ever feeling stuffy 
Public spaces are configured for any type of cruiser, so you can always find a place to hang with friends, or a quiet corner to read a book 
You won’t find any big, glitzy, over-the-top family features, like zip lines, surf machines, water slides, or rollercoasters on this adults-only ship     
Some cruisers crave the chance to get dressed up in evenings gowns and tuxedos, but Viking voyages don’t include any formal nights    
None of the restaurants are open late, although room service is always available

What to expect on board

Staterooms & Cabins

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State rooms are spacious and extremely well-designed, even if you opt for the entry-level Veranda Suite, which has 270 square feet of space and (like every cabin) a full balcony. They include a small, separate sitting area with two bucket chairs and a table, a desk with a lamp; they can be configured into two twins or one king. These are rooms that won’t let you down, with many creature comforts and plenty of practical, helpful features. The palate of cream and burgundy and blue is soothing, and you’ll find more than enough places to plug in your phone and other electronics, ample drawer and closet space to fold and hang up your clothes (with soft-close doors), a big flat-screen television with both movie and TV series options, ranging from travel shows and documentaries to dramas and comedies. Bathrooms have large showers and lovely heated floors (plus, fog-less mirrors, perfect for styling your hair after your pre-dinner shower).

Crew are not permitted to lift or push wheelchairs, so guests with physical limitations need to travel with a companion that can help. Wheelchairs shouldn’t be wider than 22 inches, and Viking asks that an Accessibility Form be filled out and submitted at least 30 days before the voyage. The Sky has elevators, but Viking notes that thresholds could challenge movement, and encourages people to call them with any questions. 

Food & Drink

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Bars

With seven individual restaurants, you’re spoiled for choice on the Sky. After a full day’s shore excursion, a quick dinner at World Cafe, the buffet, is always a good option, with a rotating menu and specialty nights tied to specific ports-of-call on the itinerary. (Pizza, crab legs, shrimp, Caesar salad, ice cream and other favorites are available, every night.) The Restaurant, the ship’s aptly named main dining room, also keeps things fresh, with new options every night for soups, salads, mains and desserts. Servers relay orders to the kitchen with wireless devices, speeding up the service. Seating in all venues is always open, and no reservations are needed except at the specialty restaurants. These include the Chef’s Table, with its five-course tasting menu, as well as Manfredi’s, a true crowd-pleaser. The latter features Italian-American fare, with the very best meatballs and Florentine steak you’ll find at sea.

No matter where you turn, you’ll find a place to whet your whistle. The Viking Bar on deck one is a popular spot to grab a drink before listening to a live performance in The Viking Living Room. In the Explorer’s Lounge, order a cocktail with friends on the first floor, or find your own quiet corner on upper floor, where you’ll find a library penned by legendary leaders of polar expeditions, as well as maps and other memorabilia. On the stern, you’ll find an open-air bar and hot tub. And things heat up every night at Torshavn, where the house band plays some of your very favorite songs until midnight. (It’s also home to the biggest collection of Armagnac you’ll find on any cruise ship.) A menu of free-flowing beers and wines are available with lunch or dinner, but if you think you’ll have more than two drinks per day, opt for the Silver Spirits package, which includes most cocktails and an upgraded wine and Champagne menu.

Entertainment

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This is a ship that sings (and plays, and dances, and jams, until late). Broadway-style performances take place in the Star Theater, with a four-person troupe (two men, two women) performing rousing renditions of songs we know and love, from ABBA to the Beatles. But that’s just the beginning. Public spaces on board are frequently filled with song. A stringed duo often performs in the Viking Living Room. A resident guitar artist plays and sings around the ship, including a nightly happy hour in the Explorer’s Lounge. And the house band rocks Torshavn, playing two sets nightly. While you won’t find the sprawling sets and massive venues you’ll experience on the big ships, the quality here is high, everyone delivering with passion and talent.

Spa & Fitness

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Occupying the stern side of the first deck, Liv Nordic Spa and Fitness includes a well-equipped gym, where treadmills and other top-of-the-line Technogym equipment looks out of floor-to-ceiling windows, to the sea. But more fun: a full spa menu, carried out in six different treatment rooms. And an absolute must—the thermal suite. Here, you can relax and unwind in a series of pools, including a hot and cold plunge and a large, communal therapy pool. In between soaks, pull down the cold-water bucket over your head (experts say alternating hot and cold is good for both body and soul), take a steam, and then gather your gusto for the snow grotto, where you can test your mettle against the white stuff, and subzero temperatures, before retreating back to the warm pool.

Key cruising tips

Health & Safety

Viking has been a leading line when it comes to COVID protocols. Each ship (including the Sky) has a built-in PCR lab, and guests are tested frequently (in many cases, daily) through self-administered saliva tests. 

In addition, all passengers must be fully vaccinated (boosters are strongly recommended), and they may be asked to provide proof of vaccination prior to embarkation.

 

Dress Code

There are no formal nights on Viking voyages. During the day, guests feel comfortable around the ship in shorts and a t-shirt. Evenings are “elegant casual,” which mainly meansno jeans in the sit-down restaurants and the Star Theater, although that’s not the case in World Cafe.

Junior Cruisers

Viking ships are adults-only. Minimum age is 18.

Service

The crew on board the Sky provide impeccable service, delivered in friendly fashion. While there are no butlers, cabin attendants go the extra mile to ensure your needs (and wants) are met. Excursion and guest services staff are attentive and informative and will attempt to fulfill all requests.

Tipping

A gratuity of $15 per person, per day is automatically added to shipboard accounts, although this is flexible and can be adjusted through guest services. A 15 percent is also added to orders from the bar.

QUICK FACTS

SHIP STATS
Entered Service
2017
Number of Cabins
465
Passenger Capacity
930
Crew Members
465
Passengers to Crew Ratio
2.00
Gross Tons
47800
Width
94.5 feet
Length
745 feet

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