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118 Night Around the World Cruise from Los Angeles

118 Night Around the World Cruise from Los Angeles

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Los Angeles
  • Day 2
    Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Cruising
  • Day 9
    Nuku Hiva
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Tahiti (Papeete)
  • Day 12
    Tahiti (Papeete)
  • Day 13
    Bora Bora
  • Day 14
    Cruising
  • Day 15
    Rarotonga
  • Day 16
    Cruising
  • Day 17
    Cruising
  • Day 18
    Cruising
  • Day 19
    Tongatapu
  • Day 20
    Cruising
  • Day 21
    Suva
  • Day 22
    Cruising
  • Day 23
    Cruising
  • Day 24
    Waitangi
  • Day 25
    Auckland
  • Day 26
    Auckland
  • Day 27
    Tauranga
  • Day 28
    Napier
  • Day 29
    Wellington
  • Day 30
    Christchurch
  • Day 31
    Dunedin
  • Day 32
    Doubtful Sound
  • Day 33
    Cruising
  • Day 34
    Cruising
  • Day 35
    Hobart
  • Day 36
    Cruising
  • Day 37
    Melbourne
  • Day 38
    Cruising
  • Day 39
    Sydney (Australia)
  • Day 40
    Sydney (Australia)
  • Day 41
    Cruising
  • Day 42
    Brisbane
  • Day 43
    Cruising (Coral Sea)
  • Day 44
    Whitsundays
  • Day 45
    Cairns
  • Day 46
    Cruising (Coral Sea)
  • Day 47
    Thursday Island
  • Day 48
    Cruising (Arafura Sea)
  • Day 49
    Cruising
  • Day 50
    Darwin
  • Day 51
    Cruising (Timor Sea)
  • Day 52
    Komodo Island
  • Day 53
    Bali
  • Day 54
    Cruising (Java Sea)
  • Day 55
    Semarang
  • Day 56
    Cruising (Java Sea)
  • Day 57
    South China Sea (Cruising)
  • Day 58
    Brunei
  • Day 59
    Kota Kinabalu
  • Day 60
    South China Sea (Cruising)
  • Day 61
    Manila
  • Day 62
    Manila
  • Day 63
    Cruising
  • Day 64
    Xiamen
  • Day 65
    Hong Kong
  • Day 66
    Hong Kong
  • Day 67
    Hong Kong
  • Day 68
    Haikou
  • Day 69
    South China Sea (Cruising)
  • Day 70
    South China Sea (Cruising)
  • Day 71
    Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
  • Day 72
    Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
  • Day 73
    Cruising
  • Day 74
    Sihanoukville
  • Day 75
    Bangkok (Laem Chabang)
  • Day 76
    Bangkok (Laem Chabang)
  • Day 77
    Koh Samui
  • Day 78
    Cruising
  • Day 79
    Singapore
  • Day 80
    Kelang (Kuala Lumpur)
  • Day 81
    Penang
  • Day 82
    Andaman Sea
  • Day 83
    Bay of Bengal
  • Day 84
    Cruising
  • Day 85
    Colombo
  • Day 86
    Colombo
  • Day 87
    Cruising
  • Day 88
    Kochi (Cochin)
  • Day 89
    Cruising (Arabian Sea)
  • Day 90
    Goa
  • Day 91
    Mumbai (Bombay)
  • Day 92
    Cruising (Arabian Sea)
  • Day 93
    Cruising
  • Day 94
    Muscat
  • Day 95
    Cruising (Arabian Sea)
  • Day 96
    Red Sea (Cruising)
  • Day 97
    Cruising
  • Day 98
    Cruising
  • Day 99
    Cruising
  • Day 100
    Cruising
  • Day 101
    Aqaba
  • Day 102
    Safaga
  • Day 103
    Suez Canal
  • Day 104
    Suez Canal
  • Day 105
    Alexandria
  • Day 106
    Mediterranean Sea (Cruising)
  • Day 107
    Cruising
  • Day 108
    Malta (Valletta)
  • Day 109
    Malta (Valletta)
  • Day 110
    Sardinia
  • Day 111
    Algiers
  • Day 112
    Cartagena (Spain)
  • Day 113
    Malaga
  • Day 114
    Mediterranean Sea (Cruising)
  • Day 115
    Barca d'Alva
  • Day 116
    Atlantic Ocean (Cruising)
  • Day 117
    Cruising
  • Day 118
    Dover
  • Day 119
    Greenwich (England)
  • Day 120
    Greenwich (England)

Viking Sun

Viking Sun - Viking Ocean Cruises

Pros

A casually upscale ship that feels like a floating boutique hotel

Cons

Not the right choice for kids, gamblers or nightlife aficionados

Bottom Line

A terrific value-for-money cruise for travelers who crave a destination-immersive cruise


Cruise Reviews

3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
There are really two parts to this review. The first is about the awful virus that spread unchecked that ruined our trip. The second part is about what the ship is like if I don't factor in how sick so many of us were. My husband ... Read More
There are really two parts to this review. The first is about the awful virus that spread unchecked that ruined our trip. The second part is about what the ship is like if I don't factor in how sick so many of us were. My husband and I both became extremely ill on exactly the same evening about ten days into our trip-- we are both in excellent health and among the very youngest on the ship. We went from feeling fine to minutes later having fever, chills, nauseated, extreme disorientation, dizziness, terrible hacking cough. We were in our room for three days, I literally was so ill I didn't have the energy to order room service. When we finally were well enough to leave our room, we heard that half the ship had the same virus, there were lines at the doctor's office, you could hear the same hacking cough everywhere. I tried twice to see the doctor to see what the virus was and if we needed antibiotics-- the first time office hours were cancelled because "he had been up for 36 hours straight" and the second because during his office hours there was an emergency medical evacuation. It was getting to the end of the cruise and I thought we would be feeling better soon. Everyone we talked to had a story about either being sick themselves or listing all the people onboard who had the same virus, and people in our trivia group dropped out due to the virus. When I found out the virus had been going around the ship the whole time we were there with people onboard from the previous segment, I was so bothered that it had not been communicated sooner and that precautions had not been taken by the ship-- they were shaking hands with passengers regularly! Had I known I would have disinfected the room, never shaken hands, avoided the buffet, taken the immune building supplements I carry for travel whenever there is sickness spreading, etc. After we left the ship, whenever I tried to do anything for the remainder of our trip I became ill all over again, I couldn't eat, etc. Once we returned and I wasn't getting well (I was so dizzy I couldn't drive, could only eat soup and bread, couldn't concentrate on work, etc.) I called my doctor who wanted any background information on the Virus. I contacted Viking who said they didn't have to tell me because there were far fewer than 20 cases reported! Now, I literally spoke with more than 20 people who had had the virus. The customer service person was belligerent and accusatory, implying I wasn't really sick and said in a sarcastic tone that if I was sick he was sure I would have reported it. I told him we told the housekeepers we were too sick to leave the room and he said that didn't count. I also told him about trying to see the doctor twice and being prevented one time because of the emergency medical evacuation-- and he told me in a triumphant tone that there was no emergency medical evacuation during my cruise. I replied that it was pretty frightening that hundreds of people onboard were ill with the same severe virus and there was an emergency medical evacuation that hundreds of people watched since it was by the coast guard in open ocean and lasted hours-- yet Viking had a record of neither. I finally told him that since they have no record of this illness I was reporting it now, and he said that didn't count. After spending a fortune on this cruise, being so ill and trying to get information for my doctor, it was so dispiriting to be treated this way. I contracted this virus about a month and a half ago and not only have only started getting completely well in the last two weeks (after taking powerful antibiotics), but I'm still having all kinds of medical tests because of concerns that it was so severe it might have caused a mini stroke and other permanent damage. Now, if I had not gotten a horrible virus that I think could have been prevented, and not been treated so dismissively by Viking customer service? On the positive side, I would say the food was the best I've ever had on a cruise ship (and we are foodies used to high end cruises). As one example, they serve a full traditional tea daily, complete with tiered plates of mini sandwiches and sweets, plus scones every afternoon, just like a fancy tea you might pay for. On Oceania, the tea is from teabags with paper napkins with a few things passed around. Most notably, the general restaurant was as good as specialty restaurants on other ships. I'll compare again to Oceania where the general restaurant was so bad we couldn't eat there and you had to fight for reservations in the specialty restaurants. Another Viking plus was that you could get as many reservations in the free specialty restaurants as you wanted. Service overall was the best we've ever experienced on a ship. Loved that there is no corkage fee in the restaurants and they are delighted to open and pour what you bring-- while basic wine was free, we loved to pick up special bottles as we traveled and really appreciated this benefit. The cafe and main restaurant are also really well designed so that you can often get a window seat, and never get the sense of an overwhelming sea of people. They also did a lot of special things that were nice-- bringing local specialty foods aboard, etc. We enjoyed the trivia everyday in port (vs. bingo on some ships), loved not listening to announcements all day and no junky art shows, and the hairdresser was fantastic and very reasonably priced. Generally, a very high quality, lovely experience vs. some of the constant upgrading and rules on other ships-- they seemed super flexible and customer service oriented. On the negative side, be very weary of this boat, I would try the other Viking Ocean boats because this boat does two World Cruise Trips a year and if you do a segment as we did (unbeknownst to most people booking who didn't realize they were taking part of a world cruise) there are disadvantages. First, even with an upgraded room and the paid for perk of being able to get first choice on excursions etc. what this means when you travel with world cruisers is that you get to pick AFTER that half of the boat, so no real perk for upgraded rooms and many segment people were unhappy to see the excursion they wanted sold out on the very first day they were available to book. They were also unhappy to see the world cruisers at events they were not invited to and felt like second class citizens. However, depending on your age and health, the biggest disadvantage is that the average age on the boat seemed to be 70-90. I have never been on a cruise with so many old people and they were not healthy, active old people-- it was a sea of 4 prong canes and a very slow walk down any corridor. For many world cruisers this is a bucket list item, and they frequently didn't even get off the boat, kind of like a last hurrah. We didn't take any of the included excursions because they are basically all 3 hour motor coach rides, but segment people who did said half the time was spent with the old folks getting on and off the huge busses. To be honest, I felt like I was in a nursing home at times. The rooms were a mixed bag. They functioned beautifully and were very comfortable with a nice shower, but they just weren't special, they were very plain. We got the upgraded penthouse balcony for many thousands more and it was maybe a couple of feet wider but that's it, it looked like a very standard ship room-- this was not a worthwhile upgrade. For example, with Oceania the penthouse balcony for about the same amount to upgrade is luxurious and beautiful with special touches like a dining table for two and a huge closet-- I would call it romantic. Viking just isn't romantic. One issue my husband had was that many events were held in the pool area. However, when the roof was closed the chlorine gas was overwhelming and you simply could not be in that room-- yet this is where they were serving all kinds of specialty foods, like when they went ashore for local king crab legs, you could only get them in this area. My husband had to leave the superbowl get together because he couldn't breath the fumes anymore. Finally, I will say that many seemed to like the entertainment but we were disappointed. Too many of the shows were with their in house group and in house band which were both weak-- the vocals and instrumentalists were painful at times. The few shows they brought in from the outside were generally strong. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We were looking for a relaxing and fun way to start the new year. We were not disappointed! The crew was very friendly and took special care to make sure we were comfortable. The food was excellent with a lot of variety and choices of both ... Read More
We were looking for a relaxing and fun way to start the new year. We were not disappointed! The crew was very friendly and took special care to make sure we were comfortable. The food was excellent with a lot of variety and choices of both informal dining as well as more formal restaurants. Both lunch and dinner included wine, which was consistently of high quality and delicious. A pleasant surprise was the quality of the onboard entertainment — professional-level shows that presented selections from ABBA, the 60s, and the Beatles. We had a junior suite, which was very comfortable. The ship had many seating areas for taking sun and enjoying quiet conversation. There was also a well-stocked library. Finally, the gym was quite large with plenty of equipment, free weights and workout space. The one concern was that the embarkation dock was changed from J to F at the last moment, and we were not informed. Therefore, we had to scramble to get to the other dock and were worried about missing the ship. The high point was certainly the New Year's Eve party and dance! This cruise was truly an experience to remember! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We arrived directly from the airport where Viking personnel were easy to identify and directed us to a bus for transporting us to the ship terminal. The check-in process was very efficient and informative. We were allowed to board the ship ... Read More
We arrived directly from the airport where Viking personnel were easy to identify and directed us to a bus for transporting us to the ship terminal. The check-in process was very efficient and informative. We were allowed to board the ship right away but not go directly to our cabin until 2 PM, which was fine while we checked out the ship layout and enjoyed the beautiful view and day from the upper decks. For dining we generally ate at the World cafe for the ease of self service for food, dress code and no waiting for seating. The food was good but the variety was limited, same general menu the entire trip, with only a few changes from day to day, of course sampling from the dessert counter was the best part! The entertainment we attended was nice, but would have enjoyed additional talents as well. The activities menu was very limited to guest speakers, some interesting but not for everyone. Recommend advertising the on-board tours more, we stumbled onto them but only made the bridge tour on this trip, also offering helpful classes on ex: camera tips for better pictures, cooking cultural foods for pending ports, etc. would be great. We really appreciated not being bothered with a a sales pitch everyday for something (pictures, jewelry etc). The inclusion of Wi-Fi was truly a wonderful treat too. Service was impeccable, very friendly and accommodating staff. The most organized port and shore disembarkation that we have experienced so far among our three different cruise lines, probably helped with a smaller number of passengers too. We already have multiple future trips booked with Viking and look forward to cruising with you! Read Less
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