This was our third cruise with Viking ocean. We chose this trip for the itinerary. We had never been to Asia and liked the ports in both Asia and Alaska. Crossing the Int’l Dateline added to the attraction. We were in the Orion in Jan-Feb visiting New Zealand, Tasmania and Australia. This crew was better trained and worked well together. We were pleased with most aspects of the ship. A few little things need work, but nothing major. You know what you get with Viking-it is an older crowd but activities/entertainment were sufficient for us. While some of the entertainment was the same, they did a good job at adding new entertainers. As Viking enters new parts of the world they are learning their way with shore excursions and local customs. Shore excursions were well managed. They do a good job at calling people at the right time and keep waiting times to a minimum. Checkin staff did a great job. Local guides were good. A sufficient level of activities were offered.
EMBARKATION a breeze. You can arrive well before your checkin time. You are greeted with a glass of champagne and invited to use the open restaurants. Your luggage will be in your room by your assigned checkin time.
DISEMBARKATION-we had a curve thrown as we could not stay in port because of too many ships in Vancouver. Luggage was offloaded in the middle of the night. We didn’t hear a thing. We disembarked via tender according to flight times. Full breakfast services available. You had to be out of your stateroom by 10am. Tenders left according to schedule with staff assisting everyone. Our luggage was waiting at our terminal at the airport. One of the most efficient operations we have experienced.
Cabins are standard throughout all the ships. They are a little crowded when you have to get into the single wall closet. Not a lot of room between the bed and closet. We find the refrigerator and lift up desk to be very inconvenient. I would much rather have a set of drawers where the refrigerator is. We don’t make use of the sodas. The nuts they refrigerate get a rancid taste. Bathroom is roomy and the shower is large enough. Not like the old days of getting wrapped in a shower curtain! We have the coffee machine moved to a higher shelf as we get our coffee at the lounges around the ship.
Shopping capital of Alaska!
We had visited this port several times in the past.