Ship was beautiful, staff was wonderful, food was very good, tours were a dissapointment.

Viking Orion Cruise Review to Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)

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4.2 out of 5
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Viking Orion

14 Night Far East Discovery (Hong Kong To Beijing)

Sail date: October 07, 2018

Ship: Viking Orion

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 3045

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Ship, food and staff were excellent. Tours were in general poor. Hong Kong pre tour was poorly organized and over priced. Beijing extension was top shelf with wonderful sites and guides. Optional dinner was spectacular. Included lunches were very good.

Embarkation

3 out of 5
We partiipated in the pre -tour in Hong Kong. The hotel was fabulous but hte tour was awful and the embarkation process from the Hotel was utter chaos.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5

Entertainment

2 out of 5
Entertainment was poor except for enrichment program and planaterium which were excellent.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ports of call

Hong Kong

3 out of 5
Pre tour was awful and very over priced compared to Beijing post tour. Hong Kong was enjoyable.

Xiamen, China

3 out of 5
Xiamen included tour was acceptable. Optional tour to Hakka Toulu only visited two of the three sites detailed in all of the literature. No reason was provided. Box lunch was awful!

Ishigaki, Japan Did not visit port

Naha, Okinawa

3 out of 5
Included tour consisted of a park (nothing to do or see) for 30 mins., an overlook and 20 mins. at the Okinawa Memorial at which the Museum had already closed. Optional tour was excellent.

Shanghai, China

5 out of 5
Fabulous city with good included and optional tours.

Qingdao, China

4 out of 5
Excellent optional tour (German Heritage).

Dalian, China

2 out of 5
Not worth the stop. Included tour covered two parks and a bridge view. Guide was awful with poor language skills. Only highlight was Viking staff surprising us at one of the parks with tea and pastries.

Tianjin (Beijing), China

5 out of 5
The opposite of Hong Kong. Everything was first rate (guides, sites, logistics and lunches). A wonderful world class experience. These relates to the included tour and Beijing extension.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
The entire Beijing extension was wonderful!
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