We recently tested the new M/S Viking Grace from Turku to Stockholm and back. Our expectation were high while booking one of the luxury suites at bow of deck seven. Appearance wise the cabin was everything we expected, spacious with lovely views, a complimentary minibar and selection of fruit. To our absolute horror, however, the moment the ship prepared to depart, the entire suite turned into a metal work factory in terms of sound effect. If it had been just the one time or even just the departure and arrival that the whole clatter and bang noises appeared, it may have been bearable but unfortunately the same earsplitting soundtrack was played no less than 6 times (twice in the middle of the night when docking and departing from Mariehamn and at the crack of dawn in Stockholm). Do not select this cabin if you expect to sleep soundly.
The ships other facilities performed as well as can be expected. However I would offer a word of warning to anyone with high expectations of the Spa area. It is no more a spa than any other swimming pool on any other ship. In fact, there is no swimming pool just two jacuzzis and a couple of sauna's. There isn't a lot of room so the experience is not at all exclusive if crowded. And for all those with moving difficulties or limitations, please don't waste your money on the entrance unless you just want to try out one of the saunas. The ladders to the jacuzzis are made for mountain climbers. Do bring your own footwear, the floors are slippery beyond belief. The treatments were relative to the price level, not amazing and not too expensive.
A visually beautiful ship, excellent breakfast at Oscar a la carte.
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