We chose to do the last segment of a World Cruise because of its southern African Itinerary. The highlight of this journey was the pre-cruise extension, a safari to Krueger National Park in South Africa. This extension was well worth the time and money. We chose to let Viking plan our air travel and we were very happy with our flights (NYC to Heathrow and then on to Johannesburg). Viking had us start in Johannesburg for an overnight and then we flew to Krueger Park. Our group of 18 went to Inyati Game Reserve. We saw Africa’s “Big 5” and more. The accommodations were lovely, 5 star all the way. If you were to rely solely on the port excursions you would not have a safari experience.
The Viking Sun is a lovely ship. Our cabin, (a deluxe veranda) was sleek and comfortable. We enjoyed the dining venues, pools and spa.
A BIG disappointment was that many optional shore excursions were sold out before our cabin class could even book. These included several animal based excursions to coastal South African game reserves and excursions to Boulder Beach (home to the penguin colony). We were able to arrange for 3 private excursions that mimicked the sold out excursions. We were able to go on each included port excursion but these did visit wildlife venues, just overviews of the port cities. This is the main reason for a less than 5 star rating. One goes to South Africa for the animals.
Again we were disappointed the our much desired ship excursion to Addo Elephant Park was sold out. We used a private tour company and had a wonderful trip
We had wanted to visit Tala Game Reserve but the ships excursion was Sold Out.
We booked an independent driver to show us Durban and its surroundings.
Sadly, the ships excursion to Boulder Beach was sold out. We booked with a private tour guide and had a fabulous time. The penguins are not to be missed.
We took the ship excursion to Dune 7. The ship had cocktails ready at the base of Dune 7.
A nice excursion with plenty of stops.
We had been to Vigo before and so chose to have a pleasant time walking around the town.
Due to expected bad weather in Bay of Biscay we had skipped Casablanca and so had extra time before expected arrival at Greenwich so we pulled into Portsmouth. Viking hastily arranged some ver nice excursions. We went to Arundel Castle and had a very enjoyable afternoon. We were able to spend a pleasant morning walking around Portsmouth.