Guest Blogger: J Dutton-Smith
When Viking Cruises expanded into the ocean cruise market, they quickly set a new standard for service, comfort and style.
Viking’s fleet of river and ocean passenger ships are where it all begins. Built and designed to convey a sense of intimacy, in a modern, non-fussy Scandinavian sort of way, each ship is just that – warm, inviting, and most of all, relaxing.
Key to this welcoming atmosphere is the Viking stateroom. Perhaps more than any other space, each passenger’s stateroom is where you should feel most at home, and in this, Viking seems to have succeeded.
The Balcony cabin is the “standard” accommodation on all Viking ocean cruise ships. Known as a Veranda Stateroom, it is roomy, has ample storage space, plenty of creature comforts, a large bathroom and shower, and of course, a private balcony.
Quick Facts: Viking Sky
- Viking ship – Viking Sky
- Room type – Deluxe Veranda Stateroom
- Room Number – 4004
- Days onboard – 8-days
- There are six types of stateroom accommodations to choose from – Veranda, Deluxe Veranda, Penthouse Veranda, Penthouse Junior Suite, Explorer Suite, and the Owner’s Suite.
- Each room type offers various perks and amenities. Veranda and Deluxe Veranda staterooms come with the following amenities and inclusions:
270 square-feet stateroom (inc veranda)
- Luxury robes, slippers & premium Freyja toiletries
- Large bathroom with oversize glass-enclosed walk-in shower, heated bathroom floor & anti-fog mirrors
- Spacious closet & drawer storage
- In-suite binoculars (Deluxe Veranda staterooms only)
- 42″ flat-screen LCD TV loaded with free entertainment
- King-size Viking Explorer Bed with luxury linens
- Security safe, hair dryer, 110/220 volt outlets & ample USB ports
- Direct dial satellite phone & cell service
- Mini-bar with soft drinks, water & snacks replenished daily
- Purified water refilled daily
- 24-hour room service
- Free Wi-Fi
- Shore excursion reservations available up to 60-days prior to departure (Deluxe Veranda staterooms only)
Viking’s Deluxe Veranda Stateroom: Features and Amenities
1. King-Sized Bed
Each stateroom has a super comfortable Viking Explorer King-Size bed (which can convert to two king singles), complete with quality linens, four pillows and either a 100% New Zealand wool throw blanket or cashmere blanket – perfect for those cooler days when you need a wrap on the balcony.
2. Adjustable bed head reading light
Above the bed, a handy adjustable personal reading light can be manoeuvred for the perfect angle, as well as dimmed to just the right glow – perfect when you don’t want to disturb your sleeping partner.
3. Room Service Breakfast Menu Waiting
Imagine your Room Service Menu left on your pillow each evening.
On your bed each night, you will find a room-service breakfast order form. Fill this out and leave it on your outside door knob before 1am with your nominated delivery time.
4. Power Outlets
Within easy reach from the comfort of the bed, are power outlets, the master light switch, and a most helpful feature, the on/off control for the heated bathroom floor.
An American power socket and larger universal power port (110/220 volt) are suitable for most multi-country adaptors. The ever-handy double USB port makes it easy to charge your electronic devices such as phones, laptops and cameras.
5. Closet Space
The generous closet space is large enough for the contents of two suitcases. You will also find two satin padded hangers, 15 wooden shirt and trouser hangers, an umbrella to take onshore with you, plus a full-length shelf above the hang space for extra storage.
The floor of the closet provides plenty of space for shoes and suitcases. An interior closet light illuminates when the sliding doors are opened.
Quick Tip – To maximise your stateroom real estate, bring along suitcases that fit within one another. That way, once unpacked, storage space is required only for the largest suitcase.
6. Drawers & Storage
The entryway to the veranda stateroom features a convenient nook with storage shelves, drawers, a small safe for valuables, and space with a coffee maker.
In one of the three drawers, you’ll find amenities like a laundry service bag, a hair dryer, shoe horn and lint roller.
Quick Tip – There’s no need to pay for laundry service on Viking. There is a self-serve laundry area available for use, with washing machines, clothes dryers, as well as ironing stations. The convenient laundry area is found on the port (left) side, mid-ship, decks 3 to 6.
7. In-Room Safe
The safe is a standard digital combination lock and is large enough to fit a small laptop and other personal items.
8. Coffee Nook
Coffee pod machine with Villeroy & Boch cups and saucers.
In Deluxe Veranda stateroom category and above, you will find a personal Paulig coffee pod maker, with Villeory & Boch cups and saucers. The small selection of coffee and teas are replenished daily, with further pods available upon request.
The only drawback for me is the artificial ‘coffee creamer’. I prefer fresh milk or long-life milk (available on request). You could always bring a carton or jug of milk from one of the restaurants or bars and store it in your room’s refrigerator.
Quick tip – Filtered water is provided daily in the room. The pod maker also has a hot water function for the tea lovers amongst us.
9. Lounge Area
The lounge area between the bed and veranda is compact, but functional, with two comfortable armchairs and a surfboard shaped coffee table. This is restful area to read, enjoy a coffee or room service.
10. Work Desk & Mini Bar
A writing desk ads to the functionality of the room. The desktop also lifts, to reveal a concealed storage area for makeup, jewellery and other small personal items. It is here that Viking stores the in-room set of binoculars, which can be used on tours, or to look out to sea.
Beneath the writing desk, the mini bar and refrigerator houses various drinks and snacks items. It is restocked daily. Have a preferred drink or snack of choice? No problem, just let your cabin attendant know and they will do their best to stock it.
Mini-bar is replenished daily with soft drinks and snacks.
11. QuietVox Headsets
Each room is equipped with a pair of QuietVox headsets. Used on some shore excursions, the device allows travellers to connect with the tour guide in order to hear their commentary.
The veranda stateroom has one of the largest bathrooms available on a cruise ships standard cabin. The bathroom is stocked with Freyja toiletries, which include shampoo, conditioner and a lovely body wash and hand lotion.
The sink is actually large enough so as not to get the floor and countertop wet with every use.
The shower is a good size too, with a sturdy glass door to prevent water seepage on to the bathroom floor. A soap dish would have been handy, but the small shower ledge works fine all the same. The shower is equipped with a quality shower head, which offers great pressure.
And the heated bathroom floor is simply heaven on a chilly morning, especially when cruising through the Scandinavian fjords!
13. Veranda (Balcony)
Every stateroom has a private veranda. Two chairs and a table make it comfortable to sit outside and admire the passing scenery.
Quick Tip – All room-service is complimentary. For the perfect start to the day, order room-service breakfast (or lunch, dinner or midnight snack!) and enjoy it on your balcony.
14. In-Room Dining
Fresh salads delivered to your room.
Breakfast in bed? A quite dinner on your private veranda? How about a midnight snack? The 24-hour room-service menu can be found on your TV round-the-clock.
Purely in the name of research, we had to try several room-service food combinations.
For an indulgent breakfast in bed, try pancakes, juice and coffee delivered fresh. Ordering room-service breakfast also doubles as a great wake-up call, and convenient for those days when you have an early morning shore excursion. Just remember to leave your order on the outside door knob by 1am (menu is left on your bed).
Personal Tip – One of my favourite meals for dinner was the Viking recommended dish – Chairman’s Norwegian poached salmon fillet with cucumber salad and baby potatoes. This beautiful dish was soft, delicate, moist and bursting with flavour.
The stateroom TV offers a wealth of information and entertainment options. The options include:
- Live TV – Sky News, BBC, MSNBC, sports and Prime one
- Movies – new release and classics, with approximately forty to choose from including documentaries
- TV Series – several popular full TV series are loaded onboard including, of course, Viking’s
- TED Talks – pre-recorded TED Talks across a range of topics
- Music Library – choose from various albums ranging from classical to jazz, pop, rock and more
- Shore Excursions – view all the shore excursions available throughout your cruise
- Weather updates
- Ship tracker – shows a live tracking map of your cruise
- My Calendar – see what bookings you have for restaurants and shore excursions
- Onboard Account – View your account anytime throughout your cruise
- Viking Daily – your daily planner is uploaded to your TV so you can plan your day from the comfort of your stateroom
Overall, I found the stateroom roomy, comfortable and relaxing. While the size of the room is not much larger than your standard balcony cabin on other cruise lines, the oversized bathroom, heated tile floor, water pressure, free Wi-Fi, and other extras made the value of this cabin well worth it.
All I can say is if the “standard” Veranda cabins are this good, I can only imagine what lay in store for cruisers in the higher cabin categories!
To book your next Viking Ocean or River Cruise, simply contact our Cruise Solutions Specialists on 1300 657 948
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