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Viking Octantis Review

5.0 / 5.0
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Antarctica was Amazing

Review for Viking Octantis to Antarctica
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2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Mar 2022
Cabin: Deluxe Nordic Balcony
Shore landing @ Brown Station in Paradise Bay
Chillin with my new friend @ Brown Station

We previously went on a Viking river cruise to Europe (Rhine) and had a wonderful time. We then saw that Viking was offering Expedition cruises to Antarctica and thought what better way to visit a part of the world that we always wanted to see. We got an email from Viking in January 2022 offering good deals on the Antarctica Sojourn cruise to New York and decided to go for it. The cruise was beyond our expectations and the time in Antarctica was unbelievable. This is the only place on the planet still largely controlled by Mother Nature. The scenery was beyond belief with mountains, glaciers and icebergs everywhere you looked. The scenery however took a back seat to the incredible amount of wildlife we saw. We saw approximately 200 Humpback, Minke and Orca whales. A few of the Humpbacks surfaced within 25 feet of our boats. On the island landings we observed many different species of penguins, seals and birds in their natural habitat. On one Zodiac excursion we witnessed a 15 minute performance put on by a fur seal that started on a small iceberg and ended with the seal swimming around our boat and popping up to look at us several times. Viking has about 25 expedition team members including marine biologists, geologists, artic explorers, ornithologists, wildlife photographers and even a maritime historian. When these expedition team members were not accompanying us on excursions, they gave many lectures about Antarctica and the wildlife in the onboard Aula theatre. We learned as much on the ship as we did on the many varied excursions we took in Antarctica. As usual Viking treats all guests like royalty and the food options onboard were amazing. I believe anyone with the resources to take a Viking expedition cruise to Antarctica should definitely add this to their bucket list.

Cabin Review

Deluxe Nordic Balcony

King bed was very comfortable. Even though cabin seemed small the storage space was more than adequate for our clothes for the 42 day cruise as well as all of our Antarctica gear. The drying closet worked amazingly well to dry our wet gear from the excursions in just a few hours. The bathroom was laid out nicely and the shower provided plenty of room for my 6' 3" 240 lb frame. The floor to ceiling window in our cabin that you could open provided for many incredible views during our cruise.

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