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Viking Octantis Review

5.0 / 5.0
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A Unique and splendid cruise

Review for Canada & New England Cruise on Viking Octantis
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Sail Date: Aug 2023
Cabin: Nordic Junior Suite

Where to start...what a wonderful experience. The Octantis is a beautiful ship and the crew was fabulous. The food was well prepared and varied. There is a small buffet (Mamsen's) in an area separate from the main buffet that focuses on delightful Norwegian dishes. We indulged in special soups at Mamsen's several afternoons after returning from shore. We booked a Junior Nordic Suite, which is more like a hotel room than a long narrow ship cabin. The cabin was well appointed and always sparkling clean and the common areas throughout the ship were light and bright. The ship never seemed crowded and at times we had the Explorer's Lounge all to ourselves. This is not a cruise for individuals who want a lot of nightlife and entertainment. The evenings are relaxed and quiet and perfect for a glass of wine while reading a good book (there are several in the ship's library) or conversation with fellow passengers. Since the Octantis is an expedition ship, the emphasis for shore excursions is on nature, adventure and discovery; however, we had the opportunity to visit the cultural offerings in Cleveland, Detroit, and Green Bay (i.e the Rock and Roll Museum in Cleveland, the Ford Museum in Detroit, and Lambeau Field in Green Bay). Each shore excursion bus had a member of the Viking expedition team on board to insure that nothing goes wrong. When not on the tours, these team members are leading Special Operations Boat, Zodiac, and Kayak expeditions tours. The overall itinerary was excellent. We started in Toronto and finished in Duluth. The cruise sailed on all five great lakes, we transited through two separate sets of locks, we visited the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, and visited several small out of the way communities on both the US and Canadian side of the lakes. It was a cruise like no other!

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