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Viking Sky: Rome to Barcelona Cruise

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The Wintergarden on Viking Sky Cruise Ship |Iconic Western Mediterranean Cruise
The Wintergarden

The Viking Sky cruise ship sails to ports in Italy, France, Monaco, and Spain on the “Iconic Western Mediterranean” Viking cruise itinerary. Beginning in Rome, the 8 day cruise has an overnight in Tuscany before stopping at ports along the southern coast of France. The trip ends with a second overnight in beautiful Barcelona. Our review of the Viking Sky Rome to Barcelona cruise will help you decide if this Viking Mediterranean cruise is right for you.

 

Montserrat Abbey, Barcelona  on a Viking Cruise Excursion | European Travel
Monserrat Abbey, Barcelona
Viking Sky Rome to Barcelona Cruise At A Glance | European Travel

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Infinity Pool & Marseille Cathedral, France | Viking Sky Cruise
Infinity Pool & Marseille Cathedral

VIKING SKY CRUISE SHIP OVERVIEW

The Viking Sky is owned by Viking Ocean Cruises. The ship holds 930 passengers in 465 cabins. The Iconic Western Mediterranean cruise features an itinerary that hits 4 countries in 8 days.

 

Randy and I took the Iconic Western Mediterranean cruise in June of 2023. The ship is spacious, comfortable, and tastefully designed. As a small ship, the Viking Sky is able to pull into many ports that larger ships are not allowed to. We think Viking best describes the atmosphere on a Viking Ocean Cruise with its description of what it is not.


Image of What Viking is Not - Credit: Vikingcruises.com | Iconic Western Mediterranean Viking Cruise
Credit: Vikingcruises.com

 VIKING ICONIC MEDITERRANEAN CRUISE MAP

Iconic Western Mediterranean Map - Credit: Vikingcruises.com
Map - Credit: Vikingcruises.com

VIKING CRUISE TRANSPORT

On a Viking Ocean Cruise passengers can choose to purchase airfare through the Viking Air program or on their own. Transfers are included with a Viking Air package.

 

If you choose to purchase airfare on your own, you can click here to compare the price of airfare from your home city and estimate transfer costs.


Viking Sky Cruise Ship in Port on a Rome to Barcelona Cruise
Viking Sky in Port

ICONIC WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN ITINERARY

Here was our Viking Sky cruise itinerary:

DAY

PORT

TIME IN PORT

Day 1

Embark in Rome (Civitavecchia)  

Embark. Depart 8pm

Day 2

Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy 

Arrive 9am. Stay overnight.

Day 3

Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy 

Depart 6pm

Day 4

Monte Carlo, Monaco

 8am to 9pm

Day 5

Marseilles, France

 8am to 6pm

Day 6

Montpellier (Sete), France  

 8am to 9pm

Day 7

 Barcelona, Spain  

Arrive 8am. Stay overnight.

Day 8

 Barcelona, Spain  

Disembark


Ponte Vecchio Florence | Viking Cruise Review | European Travel
Ponte Vecchio, Florence

VIKING CRUISE EXCURSIONS

On our Viking Mediterranean cruise ship there was one free excursion offered in each port. The included Viking cruise excursions were usually 2-3 hour tours that gave an overview of the area. The optional tours that are available for an added charge tend to be more interesting, exciting, and active. The advantage of booking excursions through Viking is that the cruise line has a vested interest in making sure you return to the ship before it leaves port.


Dining Aboard the Viking Sky | Viking Sky Restaurants on a Viking Ocean Cruise
Dining Aboard the Viking Sky

For days in port, you also have the option of booking excursions independently. Often, tours similar to Viking’s can be booked at significant cost savings. Also, if you are in a less-expensive stateroom and find the excursions you want are sold out before your booking window opens, independent tours can be the solution (this happened to us).


The Colosseum in Rome on a Viking Mediterranean Cruise, European Travel Blog
The Colosseum in Rome

When booking independent tours, take care to book with a reputable company. When in Europe we like to book through GetYourGuide. Here is a sampling of excursions available for the Iconic Western Mediterranean itinerary:

 

Florence/Pisa (Liverno)

 

Monte Carlo

 

Marseilles


 Montpellier (Sete)

 

Barcelona


Placa Reial, Barcelona Spain | Viking Sky Cruise Rome to Barcelona
Placa Reial, Barcelona Spain

 VIKING CRUISE STATEROOMS

On the Viking Sky cruise ship there are six classes of staterooms; all with ocean-side verandas. In each cabin there is a mini-bar with drinks and snacks that are restocked daily.  Toiletries in bathrooms, free wifi, in-room safes, and on-demand movies on a large screen TV are all included. The smallest Veranda staterooms are 270 square feet.


Balcony of Viking Sky Veranda Stateroom | Iconic Western Mediterranean Viking Ocean Cruises
Balcony Veranda Stateroom

VIKING SKY PASSENGER MAKE UP

On our Viking Sky cruise, the passengers were largely made up of English-speaking working professionals and retirees. There are no children under 18 allowed on the cruise.


Viking Sky Sun Deck on a Mediterranean Cruise | Luxury Cruise Ships
Sun Deck

VIKING CRUISE DRESS CODE

Viking ocean cruises adhere to a more relaxed dress code than some other luxury cruise lines. There are no formal nights. The dress code is casual during the day (golf club chic), and smart-casual (dressier) during the evening. Avoid tee shirts, tank tops, flip flops.


Lornano Winery, Tuscany | Viking Sky | Viking Cruise Excursions
Lornano Winery, Tuscany

VIKING SKY RESTAURANTS

Viking cruises are known for their exceptional dining experience. For being one of the smaller sized luxury cruise ships, the Viking Sky has plentiful dining options. At meal time, (most) beers and wines are included. There are set dining hours, but no assigned seating.

 

Dining options include: The Restaurant; Manfredi’s Italian Restaurant, The Chef’s Table, Aqiavit Terrace, Mamsen’s, The Winter Garden, Pool Grill, Room Service, and The Kitchen Table.


Terrace Dining on the Viking Sky Rome to Barcelona Cruise
Terrace Dining

VIKING CRUISE ENTERTAINMENT

On the Viking Sky cruise ship there was a small theater where nightly singing and dance shows were featured. Each day, there was an enrichment lecture centered around the upcoming port. On some evenings, the ship brought in local musicians to entertain.

 

In general, the entertainment was low key and relaxing. There is a spa, library, and deck games on board. We spent hours lounging in the pool area and on sundecks.


Movie Night on the Viking Sky | Viking Cruise Itinerary on a Rome to Barcelona Cruise
Movie Night

VIKING CRUISE COST

An 8 day Viking cruise to the Mediterranean is more expensive than on many other cruise lines. However, when comparing prices, it is important to consider the many included features of a Viking cruise. The cruise line has a “no nickel and diming” policy and the savings add up.


Sports Deck Viking Sky | Viking Cruise Review | European Travel
Sports Deck Viking Sky

Viking cruises include: one complimentary excursion in each port, free wifi, free beer/wine/soda with lunch and dinner, port taxes and fees, lectures, shows, launderettes, room service, specialty dining, free toiletries, and free on-demand movies.

 

One thing we wish that Viking would improve is including more shore excursions that are free – similar to the program the Silverseas Cruise line is currently running.


Deck 7 Main Pool & Hot Tub | Viking Sky Cruise Ship on a Mediterranean Cruise
Deck 7 Main Pool & Hot Tub

VIKING ONBOARD RESERVATIONS

Once you have booked your Viking ocean cruise it is important to get active on the Viking “My Viking Journey” website. The portal is where you book shore excursions, spa treatments, specialty dining, and beverage packages (for between meals). Viking’s tiered system of reservations (where the most expensive cabins book much earlier than others) means that as soon as your booking window options, you should reserve. 


VIKING SKY OVERALL IMPRESSION

Our Viking Sky cruise provided a relaxing, high-quality cruising experience in an elegant atmosphere. Highly recommended.


Living Room Lounge on the Viking Sky Cruise Ship | Iconic Western Mediterranean Viking Cruise Review
Living Room Lounge

 May all your Viking dreams come true, Laura and Randy

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