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Viking Sun Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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Great relaxing and interesting cruise of the South Pacific

Viking Sun Cruise Review by Nancy STARKEY

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Feb 2019
  • Destination: South America

This was not a typical Vicing ocean cruise - it was the 30 day second leg of the round the world cruise, going from Valparaiso, Chile to Sidney, Australia. We chose it specifically to see Australia and New Zealand, and also Easter Island, all on our bucket list. There were only ~300 passengers booked on the entire round the world tour, and only ~400 additional who rode the second leg like us, so only 700 of possible 930 passengers.

Because of the distances involved 20 of the 30 days were at sea cruising, unlike most shorter cruises that are primarily shore stops with few days at sea. With fewer passengers and long time together, everyone. crew and passengers alike, were soon really friends.

Several activity had been set up because we were all going to be aboard together so long (bridge club, knitting and needlework club, veterans groups, etc.) that are not normally done on shorter cruises.

The entertainment was excellent, primarily because several outside entertainers were brought onboard rather than only having the ship's entertainers.

The dining was excellent,in keeping with the usual Viking standards, especially in the Chef's Table, where the menu changed every 3 days so many more options wee available than on the usual Viking Ocean cruise.

The only disappointment ws that we were not able to land at Easter Island due to rough water but we had a great narrated circumnavigation of the island instead.


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Cabin Review

There is more than ample storage space in this category stateroom, even for this long duration cruise which had the need to bring clothes for two entirely different seasons.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Easter Island

N/A - water at dock was too rough for tenders to safely land. We learned that this is very common problem at this location. The Viking local official was able to board and we had an interesting narrated tour arroun the island instead.

Second disappointment was finding that the famous heads actually face inland, and were mooning us out at sea.

Auckland

informative nd interesting but nothing special

Sydney (Australia)

interesting and informative but nothing special


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