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We had taken a river cruise with Viking and were happy with the experience. We wanted to try an ocean liner with fewer passengers and Viking fit the bill with the Australia and New Zealand destinations. The ship was wonderful! We found everything to our liking. No crowds, few lines, short waiting times for tables, many places to just sit and relax. And, of course, there was High Tea in the afternoons. The fact that this was an adult cruise with no casino, but a myriad of activities if you wished to be involved is definitely a strong point.. I could easily have stayed on for another 2 weeks. Viking could easily become our cruise line of choice, depending on destinations and itineraries. Our only disappointment was with some of the tours. Maybe we needed to know what to expect before booking tours. We felt there was too much bus time and a couple of driver escorts who were more talkative about their exploits as children or the relative costs of houses.Favorite tours were in Sydney: the Aborigine cultural tour to an island in Sydney Harbor and lunch prepared on board our small ship.Next was the tour out of Hobart to a wildlife sanctuary and to the small town of Richmond. Napier was another bus trip but with 2 nice wineries and tour guide. Would have liked more time to explore the city on my own. Best tour of all! Tauranga: Explored Maori culture with efficient guide, learned and sang a Maori song, and at the end we were entertained by a school group in tribal dress. I wish I had paid more attention to the enrichment activities. On my to-do list for next time. We are looking now for 2020 trips.

The cruise was great! Some tours,included & paid for, not so great.

Viking Orion Cruise Review by Glenda Sandstrom

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We had taken a river cruise with Viking and were happy with the experience. We wanted to try an ocean liner with fewer passengers and Viking fit the bill with the Australia and New Zealand destinations. The ship was wonderful! We found everything to our liking. No crowds, few lines, short waiting times for tables, many places to just sit and relax. And, of course, there was High Tea in the afternoons.

The fact that this was an adult cruise with no casino, but a myriad of activities if you wished to be involved is definitely a strong point.. I could easily have stayed on for another 2 weeks.

Viking could easily become our cruise line of choice, depending on destinations and itineraries.

Our only disappointment was with some of the tours. Maybe we needed to know what to expect before booking tours. We felt there was too much bus time and a couple of driver escorts who were more talkative about their exploits as children or the relative costs of houses.Favorite tours were in Sydney: the Aborigine cultural tour to an island in Sydney Harbor and lunch prepared on board our small ship.Next was the tour out of Hobart to a wildlife sanctuary and to the small town of Richmond. Napier was another bus trip but with 2 nice wineries and tour guide. Would have liked more time to explore the city on my own.

Best tour of all! Tauranga: Explored Maori culture with efficient guide, learned and sang a Maori song, and at the end we were entertained by a school group in tribal dress.

I wish I had paid more attention to the enrichment activities. On my to-do list for next time.

We are looking now for 2020 trips.
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Cabin Review

Cabin 3065
Our cabin was great. More than enough room for the 2 of us. It was immaculate at all times with towel service, refrigerator service, and very nice attendants who never failed to say hello and ask about our day.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • City Tour
    We enjoyed the tour, but in many ways it was just another bus tour.
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  • Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
    This was a highlight of our tours. Well worth the bus ride.
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  • Richmond
    This stop was informative, and picture worthy. It gave us a chance to stretch our legs, see some scenery, and have an ice cream. Worth the stop.
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  • Puffing Billy Train
    Again a little disappointed in the length of the train ride due to bus schedule.
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  • Yarra Valley
    The wineries were nice with a lunch provided. Overall, the length of time that the trip required on a bus was not conducive to seeing anything else of Wellington.
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  • City Tour
    A great guide, with lots to say about the benefits of good living in Napier. It was fun to look at: artsy, deco, and clean. Would have liked time on the ground to look around, but tour schedules got in the way. The return to the ship was delightful with the vintage cars and folks entertaining in vintage dress with a brass trio. I had never heard ragtime and songs through a bull horn. THAT WAS FUN AND A WONDERFUL END TO THE DAY! Even some of the ships officers and entertainers were out to welcome us back.
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  • Winery Tour
    The first winery was nice, but the second, The Abbey was outstanding. Surrounded by flowers, trees, and grapevines, it was shady, floral, and completely right for wine tasting. The Abbey was also bringing out it's beer brewing experience. Good good place!
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  • Sydney (Australia)
    Vry educational and the food served was exceptional. I probably never would have asked for kangaroo meat pie, emu eggroll, crocodile hand pie, ,burrumundi kebabs, or caesar salad with crocodile bits. And did I mentuion the lemon cakes? All was present by an aboriginal Warriors. Inc. group to benefit all aboriginal children.
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  • Rotorua
    Our guide started our bus drive by educating us in Maori culture and what to expect at our destination. We learned and later performed a ritual song and felt prepared to be accepted onto their settlement. If interested in the Maori culture, please take this tour.. Two places were visited, the last being a school where we were entertained by students(14 - 17) in traditional dress. This tour is at the top of our list.
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  • City Tour
    Big city capitol with lots of different architecture. Basically your ordinary city tour, but with not very good directions if you wanted time to look around before finding the shuttles back to the ship. Might have been better with a tour guide added to the driver.
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