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16 Night Australia & New Zealand Cruise from Sydney

16 Night Australia & New Zealand Cruise from Sydney (Australia)

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Itinerary

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  • Day 1
    Sydney (Australia)
  • Day 2
    Newcastle (Australia)
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Brisbane
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Whitsundays (Airlie Beach, Hamilton Island)
  • Day 7
    Townsville
  • Day 8
    Cairns
  • Day 9
    Cruising (Coral Sea)
  • Day 10
    Thursday Island
  • Day 11
    Cruising (Arafura Sea)
  • Day 12
    Darwin
  • Day 13
    Darwin
  • Day 14
    Cruising (Timor Sea)
  • Day 15
    Komodo Island
  • Day 16
    Lombok
  • Day 17
    Bali

Viking Orion

Viking Orion - Viking Ocean Cruises

Pros

Many perks included in cruise fare, including one-of-a-kind thermal suite and fine dining

Cons

People looking for traditional cruise activities -- casino, glitzy production shows -- will be disappointed

Bottom Line

A solid value on a cruise ship that focuses on exploration onboard and ashore


Cruise Reviews

We loved the Viking River Cruises so wanted to try the ocean cruise and also wanted to see China. For the most part we were very pleased. The cabin and service were excellent. The food was good but not excellent. Their waffles were ... Read More
We loved the Viking River Cruises so wanted to try the ocean cruise and also wanted to see China. For the most part we were very pleased. The cabin and service were excellent. The food was good but not excellent. Their waffles were inedible. We tried the chef's table two times - both times the food was too spicy. Since there was a limited menu choice, we opted to skip eating there. Embarkation was ok but could have been better. Because we all landed too early to get on the boat, they took us to a hotel conference room. That was fine, but they had limited food which disappeared before everyone had a chance to get some. The people coming in after us, had no food. Most of the shore excursions were good, but others were lacking. The walking tour of Hong Kong was a total waste of time. The magic show and cultural history was fantastic. We had Viking book our airfare. We were very unhappy with their service. On one flight they put us in the very last row. There were plenty of seats available so I could move us, but was not pleased that they put us in the worst seats on the plane. On the American flight to Hong Kong from L.A. we were packed in like sardines in the most uncomfortable seating arrangement ever. I was disappointed that Viking did not reach out to us before the cruise about the situation in Hong Kong. I know a lot of people cancelled their trip. I had expected some information from Viking about the situation and how it might effect our time and safety in Hong Kong. We took the extended tour to Beijing. We were disappointed that Viking had not warned us that it was week of China's celebration of their country's 70th anniversary. The crowds were so large. Not sure we would have booked the extension if we had known. Overall we were very pleased with our cruise, but we feel Viking could have done better in some areas. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We went on this cruise because of the itinerary. Had not been to Hong Kong or Japan. We booked this cruise onboard our last ocean cruise over a year ago. We picked the stateroom we wanted (midships). Little did we know that choosing a ... Read More
We went on this cruise because of the itinerary. Had not been to Hong Kong or Japan. We booked this cruise onboard our last ocean cruise over a year ago. We picked the stateroom we wanted (midships). Little did we know that choosing a lower level cabin we would not have all the rights of people who booked higher levels. For example when it came my turn to book the bullet train it was sold out. When it came my turn to book dining the days and times were all sold out. This made me feel like a third class citizen. Just because we chose the area of the ship we were penalized and had to wait for the rich and famous to book their tours and dinner. Now you might think this is sour grapes, but this is my second ocean cruise and have sailed 4 times on the river with Viking. Now for some positive things about the cruise. The staff was very friendly and really made our cruise. The ship is beautiful with less than 1000 passengers. All and all I probably will not g on another Viking ocean cruise. The included shore excursions are really pretty bad. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
This was our second Viking Ocean cruise with similar experiences on both. Viking Ocean's ships are beautifully designed and maintained. The entire ship feels like a comfortable, high end living room, with cozy nooks throughout, ... Read More
This was our second Viking Ocean cruise with similar experiences on both. Viking Ocean's ships are beautifully designed and maintained. The entire ship feels like a comfortable, high end living room, with cozy nooks throughout, lovely Scandinavian furnishings and art work, and innovative larger public spaces (this extends to cabin decor as well). Cabins are well lit with very comfortable beds and well thought out enhancements (ie. a lit vanity storage area, heated bathroom floors, some of the largest showers at sea etc.). The entire staff is cheery, helpful and welcoming, never passing by without a warm greeting. The ship has an excellent 'culture'. BUT........our positive experience was marred by poor dining room service and, to some degree by weak food offerings/preparation/quality. While we had this impression on our first Viking Ocean cruise we thought this problem was unique to that ship but, to our great disappointment, we had a duplicate experience on the Orion. Dining room service was slow and disjointed. On both cruises breakfast in the dining room was a slow affair with dishes as simple as plain pancakes taking as long as 40 minutes to prepare. On this past cruise, on one occasion when I finally did get my pancakes, they were raw and oozing of batter. On the first cruise those same pancakes were presented cold after the long wait. On this cruise, on one occasion, we entered the dining room for dinner at 7:30 with our party of 6, got our appetizers in about 15 minutes, but, at 9:00 still hadn't received our main courses. We were told that there was a slip-up with the waiter's automated ordering system, yet the waiter didn't have the sense or initiative to check on things when they were going way too long! Other dinners dragged as well, with waiters needing to be reminded of how long we had waited. Food quality was 'spotty'. Steaks and hamburgers were consistently excellent. Fish was understandably freshest at the start of the cruise, but quickly dropped off to 'only acceptable' at best (in freshness and consistency). Prepared dishes were quite greasy, and it was difficult to find appealing choices on the daily menu (often resulting in our moving to the left side of the menu----standard dishes always available). Baked goods were always excellent. The buffet at the World Cafe was also inconsistent. At one breakfast my husband took a serving spoon full of the prepared scrambled eggs. When back at his seat he saw the bottom of the scoop was green and mushy and he called over staff to point this out lest there was some danger to eating them. Bacon was often so over-cooked it was beyond crispy, requiring great effort to cut into. Buffet choices at lunch and dinner often included a variety of 'rubber chicken', fish masked by a heavy sauce, some type of carved meat, and standards such as rice, veggies and potatoes. Salad offerings were varied and fresh tasting. The buffet sushi offering at dinner was always excellent. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
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