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78 Night Australia & New Zealand Cruise from Sydney

78 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
  • Day 18
    Bali
  • Day 19
    Surabaya
  • Day 20
    Semarang
  • Day 21
    Jakarta
  • Day 22
    Jakarta
  • Day 23
    Cruising (Java Sea)
  • Day 24
    Singapore
  • Day 25
    Kelang (Kuala Lumpur)
  • Day 26
    Andaman Sea
  • Day 27
    Cruising
  • Day 28
    Bangkok (Laem Chabang)
  • Day 29
    Bangkok (Laem Chabang)
  • Day 30
    Bangkok (Laem Chabang)
  • Day 31
    Koh Samui
  • Day 32
    Koh Samui
  • Day 33
    Cruising
  • Day 34
    Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
  • Day 35
    Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
  • Day 36
    Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
  • Day 37
    South China Sea (Cruising)
  • Day 38
    Hue
  • Day 39
    Hanoi
  • Day 40
    Hanoi
  • Day 41
    Haikou
  • Day 42
    Hong Kong
  • Day 43
    Hong Kong
  • Day 44
    Hong Kong
  • Day 45
    Cruising
  • Day 46
    Taipei (Keelung)
  • Day 47
    Cruising
  • Day 48
    Nagasaki
  • Day 49
    Kagoshima
  • Day 50
    Beppu
  • Day 51
    Hiroshima
  • Day 52
    Hiroshima
  • Day 53
    Osaka
  • Day 54
    Shimizu
  • Day 55
    Shimizu
  • Day 56
    Tokyo (Yokohama)
  • Day 57
    Tokyo (Yokohama)
  • Day 58
    Tokyo (Yokohama)
  • Day 59
    Cruising
  • Day 60
    Hokkaido
  • Day 61
    Hokkaido
  • Day 62
    Cruising
  • Day 63
    Okhotsk
  • Day 64
    Petra
  • Day 65
    Petra
  • Day 66
    Cruising
  • Day 67
    Bering Sea
  • Day 68
    Dutch Harbor
  • Day 69
    Cruising
  • Day 70
    Kodiak
  • Day 71
    Seward
  • Day 72
    Valdez
  • Day 73
    Cruising
  • Day 74
    Cruising
  • Day 75
    Sitka
  • Day 76
    Ketchikan
  • Day 77
    Inside Passage (Cruising)
  • Day 78
    Vancouver

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 chose this cruise because it encompassed both my husband's bucket list of the Komodo Dragons on Komodo Island and my bucket list of snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef. All the other stops were the cherries on the sundae. Komodo ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it encompassed both my husband's bucket list of the Komodo Dragons on Komodo Island and my bucket list of snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef. All the other stops were the cherries on the sundae. Komodo Island was rough, dry and dusty. It was exactly what we were told to expect. We were able to observe five of the dragons at a watering hole. We, also, saw a couple of juvenile lizards along with other species that are indigenous to the island. Our guides had our safety uppermost in their minds but also to give us a good experience. Very knowledgeable and answered all questions. The two snorkeling adventures that we were able to attend were far beyond anything that I could have imagined. Both snorkeling boats were comfortable and the crews were experienced in handling all comers from the most qualified scuba divers to the beginner snorkeler. I brought back so many pictures of vibrant corals and fish. Couldn't click the camera or turn my head fast enough. We went on many of the included excursions and found the guides to have a true love of their city or region. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Chose this cruise because of the itinerary. Embarkation was kind of chaotic but the disembarkation was very smooth. Viking does not administratively handle single people well. I guest this is not their market. However, more and more ... Read More
Chose this cruise because of the itinerary. Embarkation was kind of chaotic but the disembarkation was very smooth. Viking does not administratively handle single people well. I guest this is not their market. However, more and more people are widowed and traveling alone. Cabin and service was excellent; entertainment and activities were on the low side; dining was good as was expected; included shore excursions were nothing to write home about; optional (paid) excursions were good and some above my expectations. The specialty restaurants were included in the cruise fare and were average. I was expecting a higher class of restaurant. The ship was well appointed and very comfortable. This cruise was on a different level as far as the what the destination has to offer than a European cruise and people have to recognize the history of the area to get the most out of this trip. Viking will have to change their singles policy before I would travel on their Ocean Cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We choose this cruise because of the pricing and the inclusion of the flight in the price. It was a trip of lifetime made within our reach. Also, Viking is a “no” children cruise line something we prefer. The ship is beautiful ... Read More
We choose this cruise because of the pricing and the inclusion of the flight in the price. It was a trip of lifetime made within our reach. Also, Viking is a “no” children cruise line something we prefer. The ship is beautiful (cabin sufficient, clean and comfortable. Loved the sunrise in Sydney from our balcony), food very good (we loved Manfredi’s), shows “cruise ship” entertainment, crew absolutely wonderful. Embarkation and disembarkation easy and well organized. One issue was the “description” of excursions in Indonesia. Lombok was listed as an excursion to Senggigi where you can stroll beaches, explore the shops and business along High St. etc....We were driven to a large chain hotel, beach resort. There were no shops, no businesses. Your choices were to walk the beach, swim or each in their restaurant. The Komodo NP was great however it was over 100 degrees F and 90% humidity. Many people were not prepared for the hike. There were no rest stations along the way with water or seating for people. The staff however were sitting in shaded area and some actually offered their seats to those struggling. Needs to be better planned (taking weather into consideration) or described. I don’t think people understood “demanding.” Also, if you have traveled with Viking before you expected each excursion to have different level available. Other excursions were very informative and fun. I would like to have had more time in the embarkation city, Bali and disembarkation city of Sydney. We did stay an additional couple of days in Sydney on our own since the cost under Viking was about 5x that of what we could do on our own. My issues are not with the cruise but with the planning and Viking Air. They did not seem to have any idea what had and had not been done. We paid the extra amount to do reservations early, no one seemed to know that (travel agent issue?). We came into Bali just after midnight and were told we would be picked up by Viking and taken to a hospitality suite to rest and refresh before going to the ship later in the day. After not receiving a confirmation for the hotel, etc. I called again. No one knew anything about that and we were told we would have to take care of that...after a conversation with a supervisor, etc. we were told again were would be picked up and taken to the Sofitel Hotel. Still no confirmation received. I called the day before our trip to make sure all was set only to find out we were being picked up by Viking but would be taken to the pier to await or ship...3 women on a pier at 1:00am awaiting embarkation! Seriously! After a long discussion, a call back and another after hours call, the transportation and hotel were confirmed and paid by Viking. All went smoothly from there. I don’t know if I would use Viking Air again even though air being included is what made the trip affordable since it was an issue from start to finish. My previous working with Viking had always been so smooth and easy. I will say everyone we spoke with were very nice and wanted to help so not sure what happened once the calls were disconnected! I truly enjoy Viking adventures and yes would travel with them again and hopefully will do that again in the near future. Thank you for a wonderful, unforgettable adventure of a lifetime! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
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