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Viking Orion Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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Should Have Been Better

Viking Orion Cruise Review by Arthurg

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

Viking rated #1! Not for this cruise. Short amount of time in Bangkok. Included tour was much too short. For a city like Bangkok, more time is needed. Next stops, Kuala Lampur and Singapore needed much more time. Tours were ok, but guides needed a better command of the English language.

The time spent in Indonesia could have been put to better use by extending Bangkok and Singapore. Jakarta needed no more than an hour, not two days. While interesting, the poor infrastructure, horrendous traffic, extremes between poverty and wealth. The next two stops, in Indonesia, could have been avoided altogether to give us the needed time in Bali.

Bali, the enchantress of the Pacific, gee I wish we saw it!

The cruise description gave us the 10th and 11th in Bali. We were screwed! Ship arrives at 6:30 pm. We are told because of Viking Air arrangements we have to be out of the cabins at 8 pm, in the theatre at 9 pm and off the ship shortly after for a 1:05 am flight.

Transferred in pitch black, in rolling seas, via life boats to shore! To see all that we saw of Bali, the cruise terminal, and the road to the airport! We were physically on shore for a 20 minute bus to the airport, and 3 hours in the airports. What a horrible misrepresentation of the ports!

Viking Air really fouled up the flight times. It unfortunate that we used them for air, just to have a seamless experience in flights and transfers. Never again, if there is an again.

We were not the only ones upset, at least 40% of the people on our tender were totally angry over the same items I have mention.

Over the other hand, there were excellent pluses. The ship was modern, clean, well kept, good decorating and easy to navigate. The food was excellent and my dietary needs were well cared for. The buffet was as good as the sit down restaurants. Excellent food and service throughout the ship.

Cabins were well designed, very comfortable and had great bathrooms.

I liked and was very happy with the lectures and the dome. Comfortable furniture throughout the ship.

Note to Viking, improve your tours. Get guides with a better command of English. Make sure the air conditioning on the buses work well! Live up to your brochures and descriptions.

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Very comfortable. Bathroom very convenient, compact but at the same time, some what roomy. The shower was wonderful and you could turn around in it. The veranda was nice to use.

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