Viking Jupiter Cruise Review by nucdaddy
- Sail Date: December 2019
- Destination: South America
The ship was new (in service Spring 2019) and clean. No complaints there. Included shore excursions were ok but generally a lot of bus riding. In Montevideo, time allowed us to purchase another excursion advertising the tango dance. Most the trip was revisiting what the included tour did in the morning and the tango dancing was at a bar with limited stage and seating facilities. The dancers were excellent though. The best tango exhibit occurred on ship in Argentina when a dance troupe (Junior Cervila) came on board- absolutely fantastic. In the Falklands, we added the Bluff Cove excursion to see penguins and was well worthwhile and significantly shorter than a full day excursion that did essentially the same at a different location. Included excursion at Puerto Madryn was a very long bus ride to a Welch Tea House. The tea service was very nice: but for me, not worth the long bus ride.
Fortunately we had great weather for the Cape Horn segment, from what I hear, most people are not so lucky.
The largest disappointment on this trip was the food. It seemed very repetitious and not as much flavor or taste as my last Viking trip. My consolation was the crab legs on the buffet line! Service in the World Café was not like the last ship either. The staff did not seem to have clear direction on what table they had to reset or provide beverages to. The staff did provide excellent service when something was requested. The steak in Manfredi's is highly recommended. Also, the coffee encrusted steak was very good.
In Chile, get used to toting the Chilean Declaration Form that nobody cares about until the last day. The included excursion to Puerto Varas was very nice. Unfortunately our weather precluded us from seeing the volcano. Chilean dancers came on the ship and were very entertaining. If you like dance, Maria, from the ship's entertainment squad, gave fun salsa lessons during the day.
Enrichment sessions were included but sometimes the schedules seemed awkward, typically next to dinner when the whole day was at sea with not much else to do.
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