Viking Orion Review

Surprising Bali and Australia

Review for Australia & New Zealand Cruise on Viking Orion
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2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Dec 2019
Seaside temple
Rainforest tree.
Sunrise Sydney

We chose this cruise because of the December sailing dates and because we wanted to snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef. It's our first Viking cruise, and we were not disappointed. From the pre-cruise stay in Nusa Dua at a lovely hotel, with a great tour to three temple sites, to the interesting shore excursions, we were very pleased with the cruise. Our cabin was spacious and we had a great steward. Dining options were plentiful, and we actually preferred the variety and choice of portion size in the World Cafe for most meals. The specialty menus offered at one of the restaurants were delightful. We particularly enjoyed the lectures and music offered on board, especially the Classical Duo. We chose several "adventurous" excursions: visits to rainforests and snorkeling trips were led by good guides and were educational as well as recreational. It was a pleasure to have a NASA astronaut on board, and his lectures were fascinating. We took advantage of the walking track on Deck 2 and the sauna (and cold pool and hot tubs) throughout the voyage, but especially on sea days. Entertainment in the big auditoriums was good and not too flashy for our more casual style. Service was impeccable. There was only one shore excursion we're glad we avoided: the trip to Komodo Island wasn't well planned, and it was very hot and crowded for those who chose the included tour that day. We were happy to have gone snorkeling instead on a lovely pink beach. We were surprised at how much we enjoyed all our time in Indonesia, especially in Bali. We liked this cruise so much we're signed up for a New Zealand trip in the future.

Cabin Review

Cabin was spacious and it was particularly nice to have a curtain to divide the seating and sleeping areas. Balcony was large and pleasant.

Port Reviews

Komodo Island

We chose to snorkel at the pink beach instead of seeing dragons, and we were very happy we did that. The crowds on the pier waiting to march through the jungle in the heat to see the Komodo dragons were daunting, and we learned that several people had more than a little trouble with the heat. However, our beach wasn't crowded and was pleasant. The snorkel equipment available wasn't of the highest quality, but it worked OK. The underwater sights were just OK, but it was great to be in the water!

Thursday Island

Such a little place...but I was primed to see a textile artist (Rosie Ware) right at the pier with her block printed scarves and table linens. The small museum had interesting art to see, and the very small town had a few stores. The one "department store" even had fabric by the yard. But again, beastly hot, so not a fun place to spend a lot of time.

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