I wanted to see what Russia was like. I learned a great deal about and saw a great deal of Saint Petersburg and Moscow and many of the very interesting sights between the two wonderful cities.
The excursions were excellent, but it would have been better if we had stayed in hotels while in Saint Petersburg and Moscow. Travel from the ship to the downtown areas was time consuming and detracted from the overall experience.
Dining with other guests throughout the cruise was very enjoyable and informative. I believe it is best that we were not seated at assigned tables, but were able to meet new people throughout the cruise.
We were interested in booking another cruise before we left the ship, but were unable to do so. It made it much more difficult for us to do so. It would have been better for us and for Viking if we could have done so.
Our own fault in selecting the least expensive available stateroom. The stateroom was good, but the view was limited due to its location.