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Viking Octantis Review

Some highlights…but also lowlights

Review for South America Cruise on Viking Octantis
6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Mar 2023

This was our fourth Viking cruise but first expedition with our earlier experiences being river cruises. I would give the river cruises the highest possible rating which might be why this cruise did not live up to our expectations. First, the air transportation provided by Viking was abysmal. The flights involved many seemingly extra connections and in Chile, couples did not get seats next to each other. Viking advertised a visit to Buenos Aires but we arrived in the city at 6:30 pm after 15 hours of travel and had to put our luggage out for the next flight at 3:45 am ( we did not get our luggage until 8pm) so we really had no time to see the city. A group of us got on the ship with suspected food poisoning from the final leg.

Once on board, the ship is gorgeous. Unfortunately, one has to truly “go with the flow” on this cruise. Stops were cancelled for understandable safety issues, the ship had to curtail activities and reroute for medical emergencies, understandable but disappointing. Viking advertises kayaking, special operation boat tours and submarine rides but we were only able to do the boat tours..which were great with wonderful tour guides.

The staff was fabulous, the food delicious, the views wonderful, the accommodations including a heated closet great. But work has to be done on the itinerary and it appears some changes have already been made.

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