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Viking Orion Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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Australia---interesting and relaxing

Viking Orion Cruise Review by Ketcham

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Dec 2019
  • Destination: Australia & New Zealand

Location---never been to Australia. Had a great experience before on a Viking cruise.

Dining is awesome. Love the Italian option, but spread it around with main dining room and Chef's Table. Bars really fun. Cabin amazing, but common areas so appealing that we really did not need the size cabin we took. Entertainment was awesome on some nights and mediocre on others. The Viking singers were awesome with song and dance. But they only did a few shows. The comedian/magician was also great. I'd love for there to be great entertainment every night, not just about half the nights. But the half that were great were really great.

Could use an extra day in Cairns. Generally, the excursions were at least good and sometimes amazing. Always well organized and on time.

Most memorable experience was in Brisbane when we had cocktalis while an incredible lighting show was happening over the mainland. Finally, the wind got so strong that the heavy chairs and tables on the deck actually started blowing around. Deck crew got us inside about 10 seconds after the rain hit and we got 100% soaked. Too much fun.

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Bali seemed exotic, but was not as cool as I imagined.

Senggigi Beach

Nothing all that special and trip to beach was long and uninteresting.

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Thursday Island

We hiked the island, but it was not that amazing.

Skyrail Tour

The entire day was awesome. Seeing the rain forest from teh sky tram was fantastic. The town at the top was fun. The waterfall was amazing. We took the chance to do two hikes at the top and they were great. And the train trip down was also good, but we were lucky to get a fairly uncrowded car. If we'd been in a fully booked one, that would have been miserable.

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Great Barrier Reef Tour

Phenomenal. Trip out was great. Snorkeling off the pontoon was amazing. Trip time was exactly right. Great day.

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Not that much wildlife to see, even though that was advertised. Driving across the sand-dune roads was great for a while, but got old. It was high tide when we arrived so we had to go cross island, not on the beach. The drive back on the beach was awesome. Picnic on the beach was great.

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Beaches are great. We got in a bit of walking which we enjoyed. But not much else to see in Newcastle.

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Jumping Crocodiles

Really great way to see the crocs and also bird life and the Adelaide River.

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