Viking Octantis Review

Good But Not Great

Review for South America Cruise on Viking Octantis
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10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Sep 2023

This review is primarily for people contemplating Viking Expeditions Panama and Scenic South America cruise. This is only my opinion. We are frequent cruisers and habitual Viking Ocean customers (1 river and 7 Viking Ocean cruises). We booked this one as it was relatively inexpensive for a lot of days (18) on a new Expedition class ship. We wanted to experience it and decide if we would invest in a much more expensive Antarctic expedition. The design of the ship was quite impressive. Everything was beautiful with the kind of detail that Viking excels at. Plenty of spaces to be almost alone and areas for interaction. The World Cafe design would be wonderful on all their ships with somewhat separate areas for buffet, sushi, fish, and the fabulous steak and lobster producing grill. It is clearly designed for expeditions and that is something of a problem on repositioning cruises such as ours. There simply is not much to do without expeditions. The Aula is great for lectures but does not have a stage big enough for any entertainment. We had one native dance show and two solo performers who each did 2 shows. That’s it. For 17 nights. There was a classical duo and a mediocre soft rock duo for background music in the living room or explorers lounge.

On to “toys”. When booking I had to ask multiple times whether the Zodiacs, Expedition boats, kayaks or subs would be used and I finally got an answer - “No”. That was ok but later I noticed on my invoice:

“Submarine Dive: Please note, the destinations you will be visiting on your itinerary will not allow us to deploy our submarines. However, we will still be able to offer our extensive shore excursion program and other expedition activities-including the special operations boats, zodiacs and kayaks in select ports along your voyage.” Viking needs to correct this.

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Ours was the least expensive Nordic Balcony which is the same size as almost all the cabins on this ship but located forward on deck 2. The Nordic balcony is neat. There was little need to ever put down the window as it was too warm in the Caribbean and too cold in the Pacific. The wide unobstructed view though, is quite good. We found the cabin to be a bit tight since we are used to the larger standard Ocean ship cabins and often a PV1 category. Cabin troubles are detailed above.

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