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  • Viking-Ocean-Ship-Explorer-Suite-Bathroom.jpg -  The bathroom of an Explorer Suite on Viking Ocean Cruises.
  • viking-sun-in-aalborg.jpg - Viking Sun at dockside in Aalborg, Denmark.
  • Viking-Ocean-Ship-Antigua.jpg - Sail to Antigua on a Viking ocean ship.
  • Viking-Sun-docked-in-Stockholm.jpg - The stern of Viking Sun at dockside in Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Viking-Sun-docked-canon.jpg - Viking Sun at dockside during a Scandinavia cruise.
  • Wintergarden-on-Viking-Sun.jpg - Head to the restive Wintergarden on Viking Sun for high tea at 4 pm each afternoon.
  • Explorers-Lounge-telescope.jpg - A golden-colored telescope stands at the fore of the Explorers Lounge on Viking Sun. Go ahead, it works!
  • Peterhof-Palace.jpg - The magnificent Cascade at Peterhof Palace begins at 11 am each morning in St. Petersburg.
  • voringfossen-waterfall-Eidfjord-norway-2.jpg - The magnificent Vøringfossen waterfall in the town of Eidfjord, Norway.
  • Viking-Sun-spa-2.jpg - Relax in the solitude of the LivNordic Spa on your Viking voyage. Entry is free.
  • cathedral-interior.jpg - The altar of Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • Evelin-classical-trio-Viking-Sun.jpg - Evelin, the flutist in the classical trio, performs in the Explorers Lounge on Viking Sun.
  • Viking-Sun-Singers-2.jpg - The Viking Sun Singers during a tribute to the Beatles in the Star Theatre.
  • Buildings-in-gdansk.jpg - A parade of colorful rowhouses in Gdansk, Poland.
  • digital-screen-in-stateroom.jpg - Check on your itinerary, restaurant reservations and onboard account on the digital screen in your stateroom on Viking Sun.
  • goat-on-turf-roof-Eidfjord-norway2.jpg - A mountain goat on the turf roof at the Norwegian Nature Centre in Eidfjord, Norway.
  • Nyhavn-copenhagen-tour-boat.jpg - A tour boat plies a canal in the Nyhavn neighborhood of Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Nyhavn-copenhagen.jpg - Crowds throng through Nyhavn, the popular neighborhood that lines the canals of Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • operatic-performance.jpg - Members of the Mariinsky Theater Singers from Russia perform in the Star Theatre aboard Viking Sun.
  • Viking-Sun-docked-in-Stockholm.jpg - The stern of Viking Sun at dockside in Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Viking-Ocean-Ship-The-Restaurant-window.jpg - Watch the passing landscapes from the Restaurant, the main dining venue on your Viking ocean ship.
  • samosa-at-manfredis.jpg - A samosa appetizer at Manfredi’s restaurant on Viking Sun.
  • pineapple-and-carpacchio-appetizer-at-the-restaurant.jpg - A pineapple and carpaccio appetizer at The Restaurant on Viking Sun.
  • Manfredis-dining-room-2.jpg - Guests begin to fill up Manfredi’s Italian Grill aboard Viking Sun.
  • breads-at-Manfredis.jpg - Enjoy (but don’t fill up on) these scrumptious breads at Manfredi’s Italian restaurant on Viking Sun.
  • brownie-dessert-at-Manfredis.jpg - Save room for a decadent brownie dessert at Manfredi’s on Viking Sun.
  • chefs-table-appetizer.jpg - A coconut shrimp appetizer at The Chef’s Table aboard Viking Sun.
  • chefs-table-chilled-mango-cream-dessert.jpg - A chilled mango cream dessert to finish a five-course meal at The Chef’s Table on Viking Sun.
  • chefs-table-wok-fried-beef.jpg - A main course of wok-fried beef at The Chef’s Table on Viking Sun.
  • chilled-cucumber-soup-at-Manfredis.jpg - An appetizer of chilled cucumber soup at Manfredi’s Italian Grill on Viking Sun.
  • restaurant-on-viking-sun.jpg - The Restaurant, the main dining room on Viking Sun, begins to get busy.
  • waffle-at-mamsens.jpg - Begin the day with a freshly cooked waffle at Mamsen’s on deck 7 of Viking Sun.
  • waiter-at-chefs-table.jpg - Fernando, a waiter in The Chef’s Table aboard Viking Sun.
  • Viking-Sun-sushi.jpg - Indulge in fresh sushi any night at the World Cafe on Viking Sun.
  • Viking-Star-Manfredi - Viking ocean ships feature six restaurants, including Manfredi's, perhaps the best Italian restaurant at sea.
  • Viking-Ocean-Ship-The-Kitchen-Table.jpg - On Viking, the Kitchen Table is an exclusive shopping and dining experience that lets passengers cook with the chef for a fee.
  • Viking-spa-fireplace-1.jpg - Cozy up to a fireplace in the LivNordic Spa on your Viking Ocean Cruises ship. The spa area is open to all guests at no charge.
  • Viking-Star-Main-Pool-roof-closed - Travelers will have three swimming pools to choose from, including a main pool that features a retractable roof.
  • viking-main-pool-chairs.jpg - When they're not stopping at exotic destinations around the world, passengers will be able to soak up some sun at the main pool.
  • Viking-Star-Explorers-Lounge-1.jpg - The pretty bar in the Explorers' Lounge observation deck on your Viking Ocean ship. (This was taken on Viking Star.)
  • viking-living-room.jpg - Read in relaxation in the Living Room on your Viking ocean cruise.
  • Viking-Sun-spa-2.jpg - Relax in the solitude of the LivNordic Spa on your Viking voyage. Entry is free.
  • Viking-Sun-spa.jpg - You’ll find a pool with whirlpool jets, a sauna and cold room in the LivNordic Spa on Viking Sun.
  • Viking-Sun-Singers.jpg - The high-energy Viking Sun Singers during a performance in the Star Theatre.
  • Viking-Sun-Singers-2.jpg - The Viking Sun Singers during a tribute to the Beatles in the Star Theatre.
  • Viking-Sun-pianist-Olga.jpg - A recent sailing on Viking Sun featured nightly performances by pianist Olga.
  • Viking-Sun-Living-Room.jpg - A recessed area of the Living Room in the atrium of Viking Sun.
  • Viking-Sun-Living-Room-2.jpg - The Living Room of Viking Sun during a cruise to Scandinavia.
  • viking-sun-life-preserver.jpg - A life preserver on Viking Sun, which is registered in Bergen, Norway.
  • cocktails-on-viking-sun.jpg - A cosmo and sex on the beach cocktail in the atrium of Viking Sun.
  • classical-trio-in-atrium.jpg - A classical trio performs in the atrium of Viking Sun throughout the sailing.
  • Explorers-Lounge-telescope.jpg - A golden-colored telescope stands at the fore of the Explorers Lounge on Viking Sun. Go ahead, it works!
  • Explorers-Lounge-serpent-figurine.jpg - A serpent figurine in the Explorers Lounge on Viking Sun.
  • Evelin-classical-trio-Viking-Sun.jpg - Evelin, the flutist in the classical trio, performs in the Explorers Lounge on Viking Sun.
  • Inside-Explorers-Lounge.jpg - Inside the tastefully decorated Explorers Lounge aboard Viking Sun.
  • Infinity-pool-in-St-Petersburg.jpg - The infinity pool overlooking St. Petersburg, Russia, during a Viking Sun sailing.
  • infinity-pool-and-whirlpool.jpg - The infinity pool and surrounding Aquavit Terrace aboard Viking Sun.
  • munch-artwork-in-atrium.jpg - Artworks by Edvard Munch and other Scandinavian artists are displayed on the digital screen in the atrium of Viking Sun.
  • wintergarden-treats.jpg - Treats and fingerfoods served in the Wintergarden on Viking Sun.
  • Wintergarden-copper-coffee-maker.jpg - A classic copper coffee-maker in the Wintegarden on Viking Sun.
  • Viking-Sun-computer-area.jpg - A passenger takes advantage of free Internet in the atrium of Viking Sun.
  • Viking-Sun-captain.jpg - Capt. Lars Kjeldsen during the Captain’s Welcome Reception on Viking Sun.
  • Viking-Sun-bartender.jpg - Elisa, who hails from Peru, tends bar at the Explorers Lounge on Viking Sun.
  • Viking-ship-model.jpg - Model of Viking ship from the Middle Ages in the Explorers Lounge on Viking Sun.
  • Viking-Sun-shuffleboard.jpg - Guests playing shuffleboard on the sports deck of Viking Sun.
  • Viking-Sun-pool.jpg - The main pool of Viking Sun is covered by a retractable roof.
  • Viking-Star-Wintergarden.jpg - Wintergarden, the lounge on your Viking ocean ship where afternoon tea is served daily, sports a light-filled look.
  • Viking-Sun-Singers-Beach-Boys-medley.jpg - Two of the Viking Sun Singers in a Beach Boys medley on Viking Sun.
  • Viking-Sun-Singers-Sound-of-60s-2.jpg - The Viking Sun Singers perform “The Sound of the Sixties” on Viking Sun.
  • Viking-Sun-Singers-Sound-of-60s-3.jpg - The high-energy Viking Sun Singers during a performance in the Star Theatre.
  • Viking-Sun-Singers-Sound-of-60s.jpg - The Viking Sun Singers perform “The Sound of the Sixties” on Viking Sun.
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  • Explorers-Lounge-Windows-Stairs-Night.jpg - The two-story Explorers Lounge on a Viking ocean ship is the perfect place to watch the twilight in an exotic destination.
  • Main-Pool-Promenade.jpg - Relax with a book or watch the scenery in a lounge chair next to the main pool on your Viking ocean voyage.
  • viking-ocean-ship-aquavit-and-pool.jpg -  Grab a bite at the Aquavit Terrace or hop into the infinity pool on your Viking ocean ship.
  • Viking-Ocean-Ship-Aquavit-Terrace.jpg -  Dine with a cool ocean breeze on your face at Aquavit Terrace on Viking Ocean Cruises.
  • Viking-Ocean-Ship-Explorers-Lounge.jpg - Share a cocktail, linger over a Norwegian breakfast or check out a nautical history book at the Explorers Lounge on Viking ocean cruises.
  • Viking-Ocean-Ship-Salon.jpg -  The salon reception area on your Viking ocean ship.
  • Tallinn-cityscape-3.jpg - The charming cityscape of Tallinn, Estonia, recalls its medieval past.
  • Waterfall-Henganefossen.-Lysefjord.-Norway.jpg - The Henganefossen waterfall in the Lysefjord fjord in Norway.
  • voringfossen-waterfall-Eidfjord-norway.jpg - The 600-foot-tall Vøringfossen waterfall in Eidfjord, Norway.
  • Tallinn-cityscape.jpg - The charming cityscape of Tallinn, Estonia, recalls its medieval heritage.
  • Tallinn-cityscape-2.jpg - The charming cityscape of Tallinn, Estonia, recalls its medieval past, with buildings that date to the 13th century.
  • Nyhavn-copenhagen.jpg - Crowds throng through Nyhavn, the popular neighborhood that lines the canals of Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Nyhavn-copenhagen-2.jpg - Scenic buildings line Nyhavn, 17th-century waterfront, canal and entertainment district in Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • QuietVox.jpg - The QuietVox audio receivers on Viking Cruises let passengers hear the tour guide even dozens of feet away.
  • lake-Bergen-Norway - Lille Lungegårdsvannet in Bergen, Norway.
  • Moonrise-Helsinki-Finland - Moonrise near Helsinki, Finland.
  • Viking-Ocean-Ship-St-Kitts.jpg - Sail to St. Kitts on a Viking ocean ship.

Viking Sun: Midsize ship offers tons of included perks

Snapshot

Since Viking Ocean Cruises launched its first ocean ship in 2015, the fabled cruise line has won a slew of awards. In July 2018 Travel + Leisure readers voted Viking the #1 Ocean Cruise Line for ships carrying 600 to 2,199 guests. (All of its ships carry 930 guests, so Cruiseable classifies Viking Sun as a midsize ship, while other publications consider it a small ship.)

The 600-foot-tall Vøringfossen waterfall in Eidfjord, Norway.
JD Lasica / Special to CruiseableThe 600-foot-tall Vøringfossen waterfall in Eidfjord, Norway.

I was fortunate to voyage on Viking Star not long after her launch in 2015. Viking Sun launched two years later, and during my just-completed two-week sailing, it was like catching up with an old friend. Nearly all aspects of the Viking ocean ships are identical, and why not? They're spectacular from bow to aft. Viking Sea and Viking Sky round out the foursome.

Throughout our Scandinavia voyage, we reveled in the fine dining, the intriguing itineraries and the ship's uncrowded public spaces. The décor is honest and modern, featuring clean lines, light-filled venues and Scandinavian flourishes, a tribute to the company’s Nordic roots.

Viking Sun is spry enough to fit into smaller ports of call, which means you won't get overwhelmed by hordes of cruisers at destinations that are off the beaten path. And while the fare is higher than you'll find on the major cruise lines, you get more for your money. Here's what is included in your base fare:

  • All 465 cabins are balcony staterooms of at least 270 square feet in size.
  • Fine dining at two alternative restaurants, Chef's Table and Manfredi's, at no extra charge
  • Access to the LivNordic Spa with its large whirlpools and thermal suite
  • An included shore excursion at every destination
  • House wine and beer at no extra cost during lunch and dinner, and you get plenty of free water in your stateroom
  • All port charges and government taxes are included in your fare
  • Free (albeit very slow) WiFi

Who will like sailing on Viking Sun

Viking Sun is perfect for those who enjoy leisurely sailings with knowledgeable expert guides at destinations that you may not have visited before. (On our voyage, we'd never heard of Eidfjord or Stavanger, two pretty coastal villages in Norway.) On our sailing the passengers were all white (we were visting Scandinavia, after all) and the vast majority in their golden years — and while cruising attracts a homogenous crowd, an emphasis on attracting a more diverse clientele would be most welcomed. On board were 733 Americans, 67 from the UK, 31 Australians, 23 Canadians and a smattering from Europe and Chile.

Where Viking Sun sails

Viking Sun sails Scandinavia, the Baltic Sea, the British Isles and throughout the Mediterranean and Caribbean. 

 

Ratings & awards

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Best Large Ocean Line, Travel & Leisure World's Best Awards (2017, 2018)

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Ship highlights

Our sailing on Viking Sun featured nightly performances by pianist Olga.
JD Lasica / Special to CruiseableOur sailing on Viking Sun featured nightly performances by pianist Olga.

Viking Sun features a fair-size swimming pool and small infinity pool at the ship's aft, a glorious two-deck Explorers Lounge observation venue and the Wintergarden with afternoon tea time in a relaxed setting amid the strains of classical music.

Port talks in the Star Theatre were both entertaining and informative, with great run-downs of local history and culture and terrific previews of shore excursions without a commercial come-on. The entertainment at night punched above its weight (see below).

The environmentally friendly ship includes several of the popular features of Viking's river ships, the al fresco dining venue Aquavit Terrace, lots of outdoor space on the sun deck and a promenade that encircles the ship.

A tour boat plies a canal in the Nyhavn neighborhood of Copenhagen, Denmark.
JD Lasica / Special to CruiseableA tour boat plies a canal in the Nyhavn neighborhood of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Destination-focused itineraries

Because Viking Sun is a smaller ship, she has direct access into most ports so guests have efficient embarkation and debarkation — we didn't have to tender in even once. Itineraries include a lot of overnight stays and opportunities for having dinner in port. We enjoyed bantering with Viking's tour guides who live in the countries we visited and know the region and its history well. 

The magnificent Cascade at Peterhof Palace begins at 11 am each morning in St. Petersburg.
JD Lasica / Special to CruiseableThe magnificent Cascade at Peterhof Palace begins at 11 am each morning in St. Petersburg.

Where we went & what we loved

Our two-week Scandinavia itinerary called on these ports: Stockholm, Sweden; Helsinki, Finland; St. Petersburg, Russia; Tallinn, Estonia; Gdansk, Poland; Warnemunde with a train to Berlin, Germany; Copenhagen and Aalborg, the Netherlands; and Stavanger, Eidfjord and Bergen in Norway. We enjoyed sunshine every day except the last day in Bergen, where it rains 231 days a year. Sweden, were told, was baking in its hottest summer in 230 years.

We loved each and every stop, with St. Petersburg, Tallinn and Copenhagen particular favorites because of their history and rich architecture. We found a canal cruise of St. Petersburg and Copenhagen to be a refreshing way to take in the local landmarks and cityscapes.

The Viking Sun Singers during a tribute to the Beatles in the Star Theatre.
JD Lasica / Special to CruiseableThe Viking Sun Singers during a tribute to the Beatles in the Star Theatre.

Entertainment & activities on board

Viking Star is not a ship that parties late into the night — and that's fine, since you'll likely be up at the crack of dawn preparing to hit another port. That said, there's plenty to do on board. Some highlights:

  • In the Star Theatre, the Viking Sun Singers — an engaging foursome (three from the UK, one from Norway) — gave multiple high-energy performances that were worthy of a 5,000-seat venue. With two acts per night on three occasions during our voyage, they laid down a flawless performance of '60s classics, hits from the Beatles, Abba and more. You can also catch a movie in the Star Theatre or on deck on some evenings.
The Living Room of Viking Sun during a cruise to Scandinavia.
JD Lasica / Special to CruiseableThe Living Room of Viking Sun during a cruise to Scandinavia.
  • The Living Room, on the first floor of the three-deck Atrium, always seemed to be thrumming, with a small ensemble in the evening or Olga on grand piano as paintings by Edvard Munch fill up the atrium screen. Turn to your left and you'll see guests gather around a lively little bar or steal some quiet moments in a cozy alcove.
  • The two-story Explorers' Lounge, forward on deck 7, offers sweeping vistas as the ship glides into new ports. The second floor brims with artifacts that honor Viking heritage and depict ancient trade routes. 
  • The Infinity Pool at the ship's aft was busy most afternoons. Though small, it affords you an unobstructed view of the surroundings. I hopped in while we were pulling away from St. Petersburg. 
Relax in the solace of the LivNordic Spa on Viking Sun. Entry is free.
JD Lasica / Special to CruiseableRelax in the seclusion of the LivNordic Spa on Viking Sun. Entry is free.
  • The Spa, run by LivNordic, a Sweden-based company (a nice change from the Steiner spas found on most cruise ships), was a highlight. The room includes a whirlpool, sauna, ice water bucket and the first snow room at sea.  
  • The stylish and light-filled Wintergarden offers high tea, finger sandwiches and biscuits at 4 pm daily.
  • We didn't spend any time in the nightclub, Torshavn, where the music seemed especially low key. 
A main course of wok-fried beef at The Chef’s Table on Viking Sun.
JD Lasica / Special to CruiseableA main course of wok-fried beef at The Chef’s Table on Viking Sun.

Dining

While luxury lines such as Silversea, Seaborn and Oceania win raves for their cuisine, Viking Sun is knocking on the door. Some guests aren't aware that you can make as many reservations as you'd like in the fabulous alternative restaurants The Chef’s Table and Manfredi’s Italian Grill — at no extra charge — until the venues fill up. So we wound up spending only three nights in the main dining venue, The Restaurant. Breakfast, meantime, was a daily delight at Mamsen's. And we took full advantage of the fab weather and enjoyed al fresco dining in Aquavit Terrace at the aft of the ship for both lunch and dinner.

 

The Restaurant, the main dining room on Viking Sun, begins to get busy.
JD Lasica / Special to CruiseableThe Restaurant, the main dining room on Viking Sun, begins to get busy.

The Restaurant

The Restaurant, the mainstay dining venue on the ship, serves standard Continental and American fare with added splashes of regional specialties. During lunch and dinner, I loved the floor-to-ceiling windows that offered an al fresco ambience. 

On my first night, I made the mistake of ordering the rib eye steak, which was thin, overcooked and lifeless. (Wait until Manfredi's, which serves one of the best steaks at sea.)  A second dinner proved more rewarding, with a well-seasoned samosa appetizer, Pad Thai and crepe dish. And on a third night, we opted for group seating and had a rip-roaring conversation with folks from North Carolina and Texas while enjoying duck breast and nicely textured ravioli.  Service was smart and efficient, and the house wines (one red or white) proved up to the task on all three occasions. (We passed on the wine at lunch.) 

Indulge in fresh sushi any night at the World Cafe on Viking Sun.
JD Lasica / Special to CruiseableIndulge in fresh sushi any night at the World Cafe on Viking Sun.

World Café & Pool Grill

We wound up having dinner most nights at the World Café, given its informal vibe and wide-ranging variety of global cuisines and regional specialties. Have sushi, or a Scandinavian dish, or pizza, or that odd-looking Asian delicacy that you have to ask the name of. Cappuccino and espresso drinks are also available, gratis. 

In the mood for a burger or salad? Head right outside the World Cafe's doors to the Pool Grill next to the ship's main pool, where we had some wickedly leisurely lunches.

Save room for a decadent brownie dessert at Manfredi’s on Viking Sun.
JD Lasica / Special to CruiseableSave room for a decadent brownie dessert at Manfredi’s on Viking Sun.

Manfredi’s Italian Grill

We managed to score two fantastic meals at Manfredi’s Italian Grill. The restaurant offers a range of Tuscan and Roman dishes, but one of the best meals of the voyage was a succulent, finely seasoned rib-eye steak paired with a nice French blend. (As a Californian, I did wish there were some Cabernet Sauvignon selections in the nightly lineup; the offerings were Euro-centric even though the passengers were 81 percent North American.)  

A chilled mango cream dessert to finish a five-course meal at The Chef’s Table on Viking Sun.
JD Lasica / Special to CruiseableA chilled mango cream dessert to finish a five-course meal at The Chef’s Table on Viking Sun.

Chef's Table & Kitchen Table

We had two equally memorable meals at The Chef's Table, where we lingered over a five-course dinner in a cozy, hushed room. The Chef's Table features theme dinners, one of ours was "A Gastronomic Journey Through Time," with a nod to the Roman Empire. Our courses included an amuse bouche, a Gallic Oxtail Consomme (which was better than it sounded), a granita to cleanse the palate and a Renaissance-style lamb filet, topped off by a nut brownie. Each course was exquisite. We went for the premium wine pairing for $25 apiece, with a Riesling, Sangiovese, Tinta Barroca and Grenache Noir. Wonderful all around.  

We didn't pony up the extra $299 per person for dinner at The Kitchen Table, where a handful of guests accompany the chef into a market to select fresh, local ingredients to prepare for their dinner, held in a spartan room resembling a test kitchen.

Mamsen's

Begin the day with a freshly cooked waffle at Mamsen’s on deck 7 of Viking Sun.
JD Lasica / Special to CruiseableBegin the day with a freshly cooked waffle at Mamsen’s on deck 7 of Viking Sun.

Mamsen's, on deck 7 forward in the Explorers' Lounge, became our go-to spot for breakfast right off the bat. I loved the Norwegian waffles served with fresh fruit and berries (sometimes I gave in to the cream) while taking in the surroundings of a new port. Oatmeal, pastries and other fare are also on tap. It’s also open for lunch and after-dinner snacking. Mamsen's, inspired by the recipes of Viking founder Torstein Hagen's mother, remained largely a hidden gem throughout the voyage, never crowded and always mellow.

Service

The crew on board was smart and affable, with our room steward, Julio (from Cusco, Peru), doing an estimable job during both morning clean-up and evening turndown service. Staff members were professional and courteous throughout. The only missteps came when we were at the pool for more than an hour without spotting a steward and a couple of times when a waiter or chef forgot our order.

 The bathroom of an Explorer Suite on Viking Ocean Cruises.
Courtesy of Viking Cruises The bathroom of an Explorer Suite on Viking Sun.

Staterooms

All-Veranda Staterooms: Guests can choose from five stateroom categories, starting from a 270-square-foot veranda stateroom. All staterooms have private verandas, king-size beds (or optional doubles), large, classy showers (with a diffident hot-cold water temperature), nice robes and 42-inch flat-screen TVs that let you call up your dinner reservations or onboard account at a glance. A really nice selection of movies (new releases, James Bond flicks, etc.) and TV channels (MSNBC, Fox, Sky News) is available, though both TV shows and films frequently cut out when the ship lost contact with its satellite feed.

Explorer Suites: Viking Sun features 14 Explorer Suites, which are two-room suites ranging from 757 to 1,163 square feet that offer sweeping views from wrap-around private verandas as well as the most amenities and privileges of any category on board.

Dress code

During the day, guests wear casual attire. At night you'll see more sport coats and dresses, and a collared shirt is required in the restaurants during dinner, but the overall vibe is relaxed. There are no formal nights on Viking Sun. 

Sustainable features

Designed with the environment in mind, Viking Sun features energy-efficient hybrid engines, hydro-dynamically optimized streamlined hulls and bows for maximum fuel efficiency, onboard solar panels and equipment that minimizes exhaust pollution and meets the strictest environmental regulations.

Elisa, who hails from Peru, tends bar at the Explorers Lounge on Viking Sun.
JD Lasica / Special to CruiseableElisa, who hails from Peru, tends bar at the Explorers Lounge on Viking Sun.

Internet on board

First, the good news: WiFi is available throughout the ship, including your stateroom, and it’s free. Now, the bad news: The VSAT satellite connection is disappointingly slow. I measured download speeds of 0.16 to 0.39 mbps and an upload speed of 0.39 mbps — with frequent dropoffs. It's an industry-wide problem that needs solving for those of us who like to share photos and videos during the trip.

Disclosure

J.D. Lasica sailed on Viking Sun as a guest of Viking Ocean Cruises. See Cruiseable's Ethics & disclosure policy. 

Your take

Have you cruised on Viking Sun? What was the highlight? I'd love to hear about your own experience in the comments below.

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I'm co-founder, Editor and chief cat herder at Cruiseable. Follow your cruise bliss to any land where it may lead. Let's connect! I'm @jdlasica on Twitter.

Top highlights on this ship

  • What: LivNordic Spa
  • Where: Deck 1

  • What: Wintergarden
  • Where: Deck 7

  • What: Destinations
  • Where: Tallinn, Estonia

Top dining options on board

The Chef's Table

  • Style: Menus change nightly
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Dinner

Manfredi's

  • Style: Upscale Italian
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Dinner

The Restaurant

  • Style: Varied
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

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Fast facts

930 Passengers [?]
550 Crew
14 Decks
2017 Maiden voyage
47,800 Tonnage [?]
745 Length in feet
95 Width in feet (max beam)
23 speed (mph) [?]

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