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Clockwise, from upper right:

Purser’s Square. It’s no Centrum, but it was very comfortable, and well appointed.

A category “M” outside cabin of “A” deck. We had booked a cat “H” and this was the cabin given to our friends, two ladies in their 80’s. With only a double bed, We thought it better to exchange cabins giving them the cabin with the two twin beds. We were glad to do it, but Ugh….this was really, really small! We used to invite in friends who were complaining about the size of their staterooms, just to show what small really was. They all went away relishing the space about which they had previously been complaining. After the first few minutes though, we grew into it and became quite comfortable, never actually in need of more.

The Promenade. It completely circled the ship, a feature, many new ships would do well to emulate. Notice the crowds on this day at sea. According to the critics, this deck would be alive with people because of the high density of the ship. It never happened!!

Crossing the Equator. If you look carefully, you can see the faint line…………..

The Sun Viking looked to be a jewel from the air. Here we see the funnel, as it used to be, The Viking Crown, cantilevered from it.

The pool area, as seen from above. The ship alongside is Star Cruises, Star Pisces.



Clockwise, from upper right:

The stairway to the Viking Crown Lounge. Now, only a memory, these lounges, once, were the trademark of the line.

Sports Deck, in the shadow of the funnel.

The Annie Get Your Gun Show Lounge. Unlike many ships of the era, this one actually had pretty good site-lines. There was the occasional pillar from the sides, but overall, this was a good venue for taking a show.

The HMS Pinafore Dining Room. Dining on Sun Viking was a wonderful experience. Aside from the usual delicious Royal Caribbean breads, and the standard menus, Sun Viking also offered a special dish, prepared in the tradition of the day’s port of call. Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand were well represented in the dining room, and, contrary to custom on board cruise ships, some of the dishes were quite hot and spicy.

Sun Deck. Again, notice the crowds the critics would have you believe, making it impossible to find a quiet area on deck. Absolutely untrue! Although not fancy, Sun Viking seemed to hug you as you came on board, and never let go. I hope she is treated well by her current and future owners.

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