Wall Street Journal had an article about the Bangkok to Bali cruise. Our friends asked us to join them on the cruise to celebrate birthdays. If your birthday falls during the cruise, you may request a special gift. We had a lovely bottle of champagne and a delicious chocolate cake. Everything was great except for the travel arrangements made by Viking. The ship was beautiful with lots of public space and plenty of room for dining. Food selections were plentiful and delicious. The Explorers Lounge and Dome were a plus and the lectures on our cruise were superb.
We should have insisted that we arrive in Bangkok before noon on the sailing date 11/29. We arrived at 1:00 am on 11/30 and missed the welcoming dinner and presentation and other amenities of the ship. Then we had return flights scheduled at 12:30 am on the date of departure from Bali on 12/11. We docked in Bali on 12/10 at 6:00 pm and needed to leave the ship for a 9:30 pm arrival at the airport. We were not able to take any evening excursions because of the flight booking. We should have had bookings after the ship disembarkation time.
I realize that location of the ship's berth near the city is not always close for excursions but Viking should reassess the time spent in ports. One day in Singapore should have been two days.