Viking checks every box for us. Since I first cruised in 2009 with Viking River in China, I have been so impressed with their organization of everything! I have cruised on many NCL, Cunard, Costa and Windjammer in the past & loved each one for different reasons. I worked on several, teaching tennis & arts & crafts staying in many different type staterooms. The Viking Ocean ships are spectacular and feel like home immediately...as all are the same identical decor & layout. We just completed our 5th Viking cruise of 22 days Crossing of the Southern Atlantic, and half of those were sea days. Never once did I feel "bored" or scared! In fact I was sad to disembark! Heather Clancy, very talented cruise director said that "we are travelers not tourist" which means we learn & appreciate the people and culture as well as the wonderful ports, and take a little part of that away with us in a positive manner. Viking is truly for the person who wants to learn & be enriched. To sum it all up...cruising with Viking means feeling like you have royalty status!