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Viking Orion Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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Disappointed and Feeling Deceived

Viking Orion Cruise Review by davidt53

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

We took the 12 night trip from Bangkok to Bali. The disembarkation port is more than 2 1/2 hours away from the city of Bangkok by taxi. This made making a visit to Bangkok after boarding the ship an expensive and challenging proposition. There was no indication of the distance from the port by Viking prior to our actual trip.

Our next disappointment was with the beverage package.. My wife and I are wine drinkers. The advertisements for the beverage package indicates that "premium wines" up to $15 per glass was included in the package. In fact the most expensive wines by the glass were $ 6 from bottles that would cost $10 or less retail. They certainly were not "premium wines" by any stretch of the imagination. I have been on less expensive cruise lines with far superior wine offerings.

On a positive note, the food on board was generally very good at the main restaurant and the buffet. The "Chefs Table" was an exception. The food was mediocre and the service was atrocious. The other specialty restaurant ( Manfredi) was very good with excellent service.

The final disappointment came at the end of the cruise. The last evening and the final day were to be in Bali. This is a destination that we and many others signed on for. As it turned out , we arrived in Bali at about 6 pm on the last evening and set anchor a good distance from the port. Some passengers were shuttled to an optional excursion and others were shuttled to Bali for their flights home. The people flying out that night and the majority of us who stayed on board never had the opportunity to see Bali as part of the cruise experience. My wife and I booked a night at a resort in Bali for the final day. At least, we got to see the island. Viking did not give us any indication that would not even make port in Bali when it designated 2 days of our itinerary as being in Bali.

I do not see us cruising with Viking in the future.

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Cabin Review

Cabin was very good.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Bangkok (Laem Chabang)

The tour was ok. We spent the majority of the tour just getting to the city because of the distance from the port to the city

City Tour

Enjoyed seeing the Petronas Towers. The rest of the tour was not memorable and the tour guide was not particulary knowledgeable.

View All 43 City Tour Reviews

Not much to see and the tour operator was repititious and boring.

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