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Viking Orion Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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Brief look at struggling countries

Viking Orion Cruise Review by Snoopy55

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Nov 2019
  • Destination: Asia

I went on this trip to get a sense of SE Asia first hand. We have been on many Viking ocean and River cruises, so the ship, cuisine, level of service and accommodation and amenities were as usual -excellent.

Our required VISA expenses $350 per person for short stops in Vietnam and Cambodia were a unpleasant experience. We had to send in our passports to a third party and pray they came back before our trip. After 25 days of waiting- our passports and VISA documents came back. If you travel a lot, then that may be inconvenient.

Our Viking Free Air package was a long haul from Dulles in Washington to Japan. From Japan to Hong Kong arriving on time 10PM. Traffic was very light at that time of night. a Excursions were available there, but we were too tired.

The excursion staff helped us add TUK TUK (four person carts pulled by a motorcycle) in our Cambodian port city. Due to heavy construction everywhere, of Chinese owned Hotels and Casinos, in Sihanoukville my husband said 'it was like being in a paint shaker'...

Our guides gave us a neck lanyard with an emergency number which made us thankful (or concerned) for our safety as we navigated the motorbike congested streets of central Saigon, Hanoi and Sihanoukville.

The planetarium shows were very different and the at Sea Days a nice change from some long excursion days. The humidity in SE Asia did keep us more inclined to not use the balcony or main uncovered pool area.

Check out the many longer excursions and overnight stays offered which seem well worth if , but may mean that you downsize your cabin . I find that local travel agents are not familiar with Asian cruise ports. Docking was in a less than scenic -container laden area. City center was at least one hour by bus. Smog and humidity made balcony use minimal.

We love Viking and want to try Iceland or Med cruising again. SE Asia is probably not our first choice.

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Cabin Review

Excellent , roomy, clean, comfortable beds. Large storage in closets and drawers.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Bought black silk PJs and foldable straw hats and chopsticks. Enjoyed the water puppet show!


Very rough TUI TUK ride. Nice river cruise, beach and drink stop. Visited home of fisherman and rice farmers.

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