As much as we like Viking, I would not recommend this cruise

Viking Orion Cruise Review to Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 7

Overall Rating:

3.7 out of 5
Viking Orion

12 Night Bangkok Bali & Beyond (Bangkok To Bali)

Sail Date: November 18, 2018

Ship: Viking Orion

Cabin Type: Balcony

Traveled As: Couple

Reviewed: 9 months ago

Review Summary

I have no complaints about the ship or staff... food very good and they handled the norovirus outbreak very well. My complaint is the ports of call. They obviously got cheap port charges to lure them to some of these ports. I f you are considering a trip through Indonesia, check out Silverseas, their itinerary is far better.

Embarkation

4 out of 5

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5

Entertainment

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5

Ship Tip

The itinerary is not good. Long drives from the port to the city. Included tours are a waste of time. Sitting on a bus the whole time stuck in traffic. Some ports of call just not worth seeing as nothing there and the pollution and garbage will make you sick.

Ports Of Call

Laem Chabang (Bangkok), Thailand

1 out of 5
We paid $259 C each for the 10 tour of the city. What we received was 6 hours on a bus... 3 hours there and back. No toilet on bus. Guide was good but not worth the money. We stopped at the big buddah and the grand palace.... too many people had only about half an hour there, just not enough time. A little cruise down the river in Bangkok was nice with lunch, but that is all we saw and then a long bus ride home.

Port Klang (Kuala Lumpur), Malaysia

4 out of 5
Hired a private driver from the port.. ( I usually do this months in advance but was booked to take the ships tour. After Bangkok we decided to go with private drivers. )and he took us to the Batu caves and all other places we wanted to go to. VEry reasonable.

Singapore

5 out of 5
Beautiful city, our included tour got all messed up because of the rain, the driver took us to the Gardens by the bay instead which was nice. But again didnt see anything else of this lovely city. And an early departure.

Tanjung Priok (Jakarta), Indonesia

1 out of 5
Two days spent here was an absolute waste of time. Not much to see and the city is smoggy and filthy. We went to a shopping mall!!!!

Semarang, Java, Indonesia

3 out of 5
It is good to stop here and take a private driver to Borobudur, that is definitely worth seeing. Not much in Semarang itself

Surabaya, Java, Indonesia

1 out of 5
This is the absolute worst port. Filthy and not a thing to see or do. We did take their excursion just to see but stuck in traffic the whole time, it is not sparkling surabaya as they advertise.

Benoa, Bali, Indonesia

5 out of 5
Bali was beautiful and we enjoyed it greatly. But we disembarked and stayed on the Island for 3 more nights at our own hotel that we chose. If you do not stay over you will see nothing of Bali. You arrive at 6pm , it is dark and then you fly home the next morning if you havent booked to stay at a hotel. So definitely book your own accomodations and private tours and stay a few days in Bali

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
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