When the catalog arrived at our house introducing the Viking Expedition Cruises, we eagerly read it from cover to cover and immediately scheduled an appointment with our travel agent to book our trip. Having previously experienced Viking Ocean and Viking River Cruises, we knew how Viking pays attention to detail and curates experiences that their guests can enjoy; they truly do allow you to explore the world in comfort!
The opportunity to go to Antarctica with Viking on the Octantis was a no-brainer, and we immediately booked for its inaugural season. We knew that we would be well taken care of, that they would offer opportunities for activities that other cruise lines didn’t have, that they would always look out for our health, safety and well-being, and that they would provide educational programming that would be engaging and thought-provoking. Most importantly, we knew that they would provide a variety of excursions that could be enjoyed by people of varying ages and fitness levels. Our expectations were exceeded.
The Octantis is a beautiful ship, with a phenomenal crew who make every day on the voyage special.
The cabin was very comfortable and well-appointed, with a large bathroom and sitting area, a drying closet to hang our outerwear (provided by Viking for each guest) after our shore excursions, a coffee maker, a good-sized writing desk, an easily accessible safe, quality binoculars, and a few books on topics relevant to our itinerary. The floor-to-ceiling window (in lieu of balconies on the Expedition Class ships) opened about halfway down so that you could experience the views and take photos without the glass interfering. The toiletries included sunscreen and lip balm, which are needed because of the possibility of sunburn from reflected sunlight.