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Viking Orion Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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Excellent Cruise...Except for the Included Tours

Viking Orion Cruise Review by Off Shore

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Nov 2018
  • Destination: Australia & New Zealand

We have sailed on Viking Ocean before, and will do so again. Check-in and debarking was excellent. We had a PS3 cabin, which was worth the money. The food was quite good; although they should have more green salads, and the included wine were very drinkable; a Tempranillo from Spain, and a red from the Vaucluse in France. The entree portions were often quite small. The food in Manfredi's was OK, but the Chef's Table was awful; miniscule portions, and we headed up to the buffet for desert. We found the lecturers to be quite good, particularly the Astronomer Dr. Wright. The Planetarium was enjoyable, but the 'shows' could have been done on an Imax, and pushed the obsolete 'Orion Mars Project'. There were a lack of some of our favorite activities: Zumba at 7PM!!!!; and no ballroom dance lessons (the entertainers reduced to 4 from 8 on our last voyage) were busy learning their new routines. The band, while good for some types of music never played real dance music in Torshaven. No tangos or rumbas, and very few swings or cha-chas. The cabin was magnificent; and service by our attendant the best we've had in years.

The only problem with the cruise were the Awful!!! included tours, except for the one in Bali, which was fine. Komodo was a disaster; we saw three drugged dragons and the heat was very bad; I saw two people pass-out from the heat; one waiting for a tender, and one in the jungle. The crewman in the jungle stood there mouth and did not know what to do. There was no way to call for help. Eventually the passenger was helped up.

Overnight in Darwin: Tours arrived at museums 45 minutes before they opened, sometimes expecting you to stay 90 minutes at a small exhibit. Awful guides.

Thursday Island: Nothing to do, but walk around a dreary village. Included tours in Cairns and Townsville were also 'misses'. The tour staff stopped giving out rating sheets.

Brisbane was wonderful, but only a long day.

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Cabin PS3 6023

Wonderful; perfect size. Splendid bathroom.

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