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28 Night Australia & New Zealand Cruise from Sydney

28 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
  • Day 10
    Thursday Island
  • Day 11
    Cruising
  • Day 12
    Darwin
  • Day 13
    Darwin
  • Day 14
    Cruising
  • 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
  • Day 24
    Singapore
  • Day 25
    Kelang (Kuala Lumpur)
  • Day 26
    Cruising (Java Sea)
  • Day 27
    Cruising
  • Day 28
    Bangkok (Laem Chabang)
  • Day 29
    Bangkok (Laem Chabang)

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

Just did Beijing to Hong Kong (October 2019). The Viking Orion is a beautiful machine, and the crew is superb. The food quality, preparation, and presentation are not good. Many of the meat dishes were not edible. The talk of the ship ... Read More
Just did Beijing to Hong Kong (October 2019). The Viking Orion is a beautiful machine, and the crew is superb. The food quality, preparation, and presentation are not good. Many of the meat dishes were not edible. The talk of the ship was: 'how can the #1 cruise line put out such a poor food product?' Guests who were staying on the ship for more ports in Asia were plotting pizza delivery to the ship. Particularly striking was the excellence of the non-food crew who were uniformly excellent. The ship remained perfectly on schedule. The passenger interfaces were excellent. The excursions were a 50-50 kind of thing -- half good and half poorly executed. In hindsight, I should have gone with recommendations from Trip Advisor. Particularly vexing was a repeated plan of dropping guests in some site that deserved ten minutes and saying 'we will have one hour free time now'. Cannot imagine that Viking can retain such a high rating with such poor food service! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We chose this cruise because we had never been to Japan. We would have appreciated more lectures and information in depth about the places we visited. The excursions were satisfactory, but they were very crowded with 30 plus people on the ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had never been to Japan. We would have appreciated more lectures and information in depth about the places we visited. The excursions were satisfactory, but they were very crowded with 30 plus people on the bus and some of the guides were difficult to understand. Some of the excursions were quite expensive and the included excursions tended to be good except that they were crowded. One guest lecturer was excellent, and one rather repeated the first lecturer. I would have appreciated more lectures. The entertainment was good in most cases, except for one vocalist. Our stateroom was lovely, and very comfortable. Our room attendant was excellent. The wine offered was of very low quality. The pool and spa area were terrific, as was the fitness center. Manfredi's was a very good choice for dining. The laundry service was excellent and very appreciated. I would not recommend going to Japan in September, as it was very humid and hot. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This was my third trip with Viking, and my first Ocean cruise. I loved everything! The shore excursions were great, well-organized, a variety of lengths and sites, friendly, knowledgeable and fun tour guides. The ship was beautiful and ... Read More
This was my third trip with Viking, and my first Ocean cruise. I loved everything! The shore excursions were great, well-organized, a variety of lengths and sites, friendly, knowledgeable and fun tour guides. The ship was beautiful and meticulously cared for. The LivNordic Spa was our favorite place on board to relax. The ship offered a wide range of dining options from the World Café (buffet) up to elegant Chef's Table and Manfredi's Italian Restaurant. One day while at sea, I registered for a cooking class and had a great time, assisting in preparation of a 3 course Italian meal, which we then shared as our small group lunch. The staff was very professional and caring and made the effort to learn our names and treat as very personally as their own guests. This trip was my gift to my 23-year old daughter for her college graduation, and even though she was one of the very few young people on board, she loved everything about the trip. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
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