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Viking Orion Review

Wonderful ship and crew but too many sea days.

Review for the Panama Canal & Central America Cruise on Viking Orion
6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Mar 2022

Fort Lauderdale to L.A. Through the Panama Canal. The canal was outstanding and a tic off our bucket list. Everyone should experience this marvel of humankind.

This was our 3rd Viking Ocean Cruise. As always the ship and crew were outstanding. So were the lectures and excursions. But, there were simply too many sea days for us. Not really Viking's fault. One port was closed because of Covid - Nicaragua. We only had about 2 hours in Cabo San Lucas because of a detour to offload a Medical emergency in Mazatlán. Total of 10 sea days on a 17 day voyage. As nice as the ship is, for us it got a little boring. Others really enjoy the down time, however.

The entertainment is low key - which we like. The shipboard reviews (ABBA, Beatles, etc.) are the same as on previous cruises and getting a little tired. The guest entertainment was very good. The resident historians and lecturers were really good and gave interesting perspectives of the building of the canal, American history from the eyes of a Canadian historian, and a wonderful astronomer. Manfredi's specialty restaurant, as always, was superb, as were the selections in the World Café and the Ship restaurant. Don't miss the selections from The Poolside Grill.

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