Viking Sea cruise ship review

Viking Sea, the new ocean ship from Viking Cruises, a sister ship to Viking Star, is another triumph says Cruise International Editor Liz Jarvis

From the moment you step on to Viking Sea it feels as though you’re in a haven of Nordic tranquillity. Cool blonde wood, designer chairs and soft furnishings including the much-coveted Scandinavian rugs and cushions abound; this is a ship designed for total relaxation as you cruise to your destinations.

Highlights include the main swimming pool area, which feels like a chic St Tropez beach resort; the Wintergarden, a soothing space for afternoon tea; and the Explorer’s Lounge, with its fabulous views. All of the public areas have a stylish vibe, but manage to be welcoming; the Living Room, with its books and café, and the atrium, its stunning staircase and gallery, set the tone for the rest of the ship.

Everything feels well made and designed, without being fussy or contrived. The Star Theatre, with its movie star-themed cushions and the Torshavn bar are elegant and classy. The restaurants on Viking Sea, as on Viking Star, are superb, with the steaks at the Italian restaurant Manfredi’s an absolute joy; and Mamsen’s, the deli inspired by the Norwegian recipes cooked by the mother of Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen, is a daily must-do.

Little touches in the staterooms make all the difference. The heated floors in the bathrooms, the spacious showers, the incredibly comfortable beds and easy-to-use coffee makers add to the boutique hotel feel.

Viking Sea is a wonderful ship, made for those who want to travel the world in luxury, but it’s also unpretentious and welcoming. Another triumph for Viking Ocean Cruises.

GETTING THERE: An eight-day Romantic Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona to Rome departing on 8 January 2017 costs from £1790pp, including flights (vikingcruises.com).

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