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Viking Sun Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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Viking Sun Cruise Review by Fishgerbil

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Apr 2019
  • Destination: Around the World

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.

There were many sea days but they passed quite nicely with lectures, pool time and spa appointments. The thermal spa and snow room can be used without appointment and were never crowded. A highlight of one sea day was crossing the Equator at the Prime Meridian complete with a fun ceremony for first time equator crossers among passengers and crew.

The staff and crew are attentive and friendly. Our cabin steward was GREAT.

We were blessed with pleasant weather and calm seas. We had made friends during our pre-cruise safari and came on board knowing 18 people. We found our fellow passengers to be pleasant and courteous. The ship is well run.

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Port Elizabeth

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.

Cape Town

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.

Table Mountain

We took the ships excursion to Table Mountain with sunset cocktails. I really enjoyed the tour though the lines for the funicular to and from the top of Table Mountain were quite long. As a result some passengers missed the sunset. Viking credited all passengers with a small refund.

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Walvis Bay

We took the ship excursion to Dune 7. The ship had cocktails ready at the base of Dune 7.


Due to expected bad weather, this port was cancelled.


We had been to Vigo before and so chose to have a pleasant time walking around the town.

Portsmouth (England)

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.

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