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Australia, Asia, and Alaska (77 Days)

Cruise Line: Viking Cruises
Ship: Viking Orion
Sydney, Australia to Vancouver, BC, Canada
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DAY 1
Sydney, Australia

Arrive in Sydney and embark your ship. The capital of Australian New South Wales is celebrated for its magnificent natural harbor, the world's largest. Nestled at the foot of the Blue Mountains on the edge of the blue Pacific, Sydney is blessed with a natural setting few cities in the world can rival. Settle in to your veranda stateroom, and explore this culture-rich and much-loved city.

DAY 2
Newcastle, Australia

Visit Newcastle today, situated at the mouth of the Hunter River. This modern city was built on coal and remains a major exporter today. You will enjoy a scenic coastal drive, passing the old Fort Scratchley, the Newcastle and Merewether ocean baths, several picturesque parks and beaches, Queens Wharf, and more. Alternately, experience the viniculture of Hunter Valley, stopping to sample some recent vintages. Or, follow the Newcastle Memorial Walk to honor the memory of those lost during World War I.

DAY 3
Day-at-Sea

Trace Australia's renowned Gold Coast, lined with resorts and picturesque beaches. As you cruise today, mingle with newfound friends in The Living Room, browse the Scandinavian-inspired artwork throughout your ship and attend a talk about your upcoming ports.

DAY 4
Brisbane, Australia

Call on the capital of Queensland, situated on the Brisbane River and spread over hills rising from Moreton Bay. This picturesque city is known for its Queenslander architecture, a distinct style characterized by terraces and raised living spaces. A panoramic tour introduces you to its main sights, with ample opportunity to step out and take photos. See the historic Parliament House and Brisbane City Hall. Pass the botanical gardens and famed Wheel of Brisbane, and view the Cathedral of St. Stephen.

DAY 5
Day-at-Sea

Continue following the east coast of Australia today. Linger on the Sun Deck or on your veranda for vistas of azure and turquoise as you sail through some of the world's most beautiful waters. Perhaps you will take a dip in the Infinity Pool or stroll the Promenade Deck.

DAY 6
Hamilton Island, Australia

This morning, anchor in Cid Harbour off Whitsunday Island, part of a magnificent archipelago of the same name off the Great Barrier Reef. This dazzling canvas of turquoise waters, emerald hills, and pure-white shores is home to countless inviting beaches. Disembark today to wade in the soothing waters and relax on soft sands amid this paradisiacal setting. Or join a sailing expedition among the dazzling Whitsundays on a catamaran or Naiad vessel.

DAY 7
Townsville, Australia

Call in Townsville, the unofficial capital of North Queensland. A city tour introduces you to the beloved old architecture of this seldom visited coastal city. You will also see the Strand, pride of the locals, a long stretch of tropical beach lined with gardens. And visit the Museum of Tropical Queensland, featuring relics from the HMS Pandora, the sunken British warship. If you prefer, you can venture into the bush to pay a visit to the Nywaigi Aboriginal people at a cattle station.

DAY 8
Cairns, Australia

Call on Cairns today, built on the shoulders of gold prospectors. Today, it is a major sugarcane and fishing port, and gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Take in the major sights of Cairns on a city tour, featuring a stop at its historic Royal Australian Navy base, Cairns Botanic Gardens, and Palm Cove, a quaint, beach-loving community. Or, perhaps board a catamaran for an exciting sail to the magnificent reef, the largest continuous system of its kind on Earth, or join an excursion to the lush Daintree Rainforest.

DAY 9
Coral Sea, Australia

Sail the waters of the Coral Sea today, home to the world-renowned Great Barrier Reef. With crystal-clear waters lapping at atolls and a vast diversity of marine life, this pristine body of water is a paradise for divers and pure pleasure to cruise.

DAY 10
Thursday Island, Australia

Explore Thursday Island today, just off the northernmost tip of Australia's Cape York Peninsula in the Torres Strait. This picturesque island is home to a thriving artistic community. It once hosted an international pearl-diving industry, with divers coming from Japan, Malaysia, and India. You will have time to explore on your own today, and perhaps discover the history of the island's defense during a visit to Green Hill Fort.

DAY 11
Arafura Sea (Cruising)

Sail the shallow tropical waters of the Arafura Sea. Millennia ago, the floor of these waters formed a land bridge linking Australia and New Guinea, making migration easy between the two land masses. As you cruise today, enjoy coffee or a drink in the Explorers' Lounge or stroll the wraparound Promenade Deck.

DAY 12
Darwin, Australia

Arrive today in Darwin, Australia, the cultural hub of what is known as the "Top End" of the continent for its northernmost location. A panoramic city tour reveals the highlights of the largest city in the thinly populated Northern Territory state. You will pass Christ Church Cathedral, the seven-gabled Government House, and the Old Admiralty House. A stop at the East Point lookout reveals the coastal beauty of the Top End. If you would like, you can set out along the Adelaide River to view the area's famed jumping crocodiles.

DAY 13
Darwin, Australia

Enjoy another day among the charms of Darwin. Perhaps you'll visit the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, or MAGNT, to view an excellent collection of art and artifacts reflecting the region and its indigenous people. Or, stop by the Lyons Cottage on the Esplanade, one of the city's oldest buildings. Built in 1925, this restored stone house, also known as the British Australian Telegraph Residence Museum, provides a glimpse at life here in the early 20th century.

DAY 14
Timor Sea (Cruising)

As you sail the Timor Sea today, you might enjoy some yoga on the Sports Deck and indulge in a soak in the Thermal Pool of The Spa. It is thought that the early inhabitants of Australia "island hopped" to the continent across these shallow waters. In more modern days, in the late 1980s, skilled sportsmen and sportswomen raced 1,000 miles by junkung, or outrigger canoe, across the Timor Sea from Bali, Indonesia, to Darwin, Australia.

DAY 15
Komodo Island (Indonesia), Indonesia

Anchor among the stunning vistas of Indonesia's Komodo Island. You will go ashore to visit Komodo National Park and the Tamarind Woods, a magnificent menagerie of wildlife including the legendary Komodo dragon, the largest lizard in the world. These patient hunters can grow up to ten feet long and weigh as much as 275 pounds. You might also see the island's Timor deer, wild horses and boars, and giant fruit bats. If you wish, don a snorkel and mask and explore the vibrant underwater world at Pink Beach, so called for the rose-hued coral washed ashore and crushed to a fine powder by crashing waves.

DAY 16
Lembar-Lombok, Indonesia

Call on the port of Lembar on the Indonesian island of Lombok. Journey to the foot of Mt. Rinjani, the nation's second-tallest volcano, to the town of Senggigi. Here, you can spend the day relaxing on the island's best beach, stretching several miles along a green and lush coast. This resort town is quite young, making your leisurely visit an uncrowded affair. Alternately, you can tour the island's capital of Mataram, renowned for its pearl shops and excellent artisans. Or, explore two of the island's craft villages, where wood-carvers and potters keep rich traditions alive.

DAY 17
Bali, Indonesia

Explore the deeply spiritual island of Bali, with its colorful markets and rich culture of arts, crafts and traditional dance. You will tour its bustling provincial capital of Denpasar, admiring the enormous Bajra Sandhi, the people's monument that commemorates their struggle for independence. Take in the colors, flavors and fragrances of the local market, and explore the Bali Museum and the sublime Temple of Jagatnatha.

DAY 18
Bali, Indonesia

You have another day to experience the vibrant culture and magnificent landscapes of Bali. Continue uncovering the wonders of Denpasar, or opt to immerse yourself in the island's spirituality and arts during an optional excursion. Alternately, see how the traditional Balinese once lived and witness the creativity of talented artisans during an arts and crafts tour.

DAY 19
Surabaya, Indonesia

Explore the capital of East Java, central to the Indonesian War of Independence. View the Heroes Monument, then enjoy a panoramic tour that reflects the city's diversity, from its mosques and churches to its Arab and European districts. If you prefer, you can experience local culture during a flavorful tour through the Pasar Pabean traditional market—where fresh fish, vegetables, spices, and incense are traded—and to some of the city's authentic food spots.

DAY 20
Semarang, Indonesia

Call in Semarang today on the island of Java. Stop for photos of the Great Mosque of Central Java and visit the Sam Poo Kong temple, a historic Chinese Muslim temple. Alternatively, venture to Borobudur temple, the largest Buddhist monument in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You may walk in the footsteps of the devout, tracing the clockwise path along its round base and climbing to its apex, where sweeping views of four volcanoes reward you.

DAY 21
Jakarta, Indonesia

Arrive in Jakarta, Indonesia's bustling and colorful capital, for an overnight stay. The city has been important to trade since the 4th century, and served as the capital of the Dutch East Indies during its 150-year presence here. Discover its treasures during a city tour that takes you to the National Monument, Jakarta History Museum, Wayang Museum (dedicated to Javanese puppetry), Sarinah Thamrin Plaza, and enormous Fatahillah Square.

DAY 22
Jakarta, Indonesia

Enjoy another day in Jakarta. Uncover more of its cultural landmarks on your own, perhaps pausing for a lunch of Betawi cuisine, rich in the food traditions of nearby nations. Or, head up 1,000 feet to the town of Bogor to see its tea plantations and farms and explore its lush botanical gardens and safari park.

DAY 23
Java Sea (Cruising), Indonesia

Sail the Java Sea today in waters that were traversed by merchant ships from the Dutch East India Company throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. As you cruise, you will have a chance to sample some cuisine of the islands such as rijsttafel, a rice dish adopted by the Dutch and still enjoyed throughout The Netherlands.

DAY 24
Singapore, Singapore

Arrive in Singapore today. This city-state is spread across 63 islands at the tip of the Malay Peninsula and was established in 1819 for the British East India Company by Sir Stamford Raffles, after whom Singapore's famed hotel is named. Today, it is a diverse city of varied influences, as you can see during visits to the Colonial District, Little India, Arab Street, and Chinatown.

DAY 25
Port Kelang, Malaysia

Take in the beautiful cityscapes of Kuala Lumpur, the lively capital of Malaysia. From your berth in Port Klang, you will journey to KL, as the locals call it, for a panoramic city tour with many photo opportunities. You will pass the National Museum, the huge bronze National Monument, and the National Mosque of Malaysia. Stop in scenic Merdeka Square (Independence Square), the most photographed spot in the city, and view the impressive Petronas Towers, resembling a pair of steel-clad docked rocket ships linked by a towering catwalk.

DAY 26
Java Sea (Cruising), Indonesia

Sail the Java Sea today in waters that were traversed by merchant ships from the Dutch East India Company throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. As you cruise, you will have a chance to sample some cuisine of the islands such as rijsttafel, a rice dish adopted by the Dutch and still enjoyed throughout The Netherlands.

DAY 27
Gulf of Thailand (Cruising)

Gulf of Thailand: As you cruise the Gulf of Thailand today, perhaps you will indulge in a morning cup of coffee on your veranda, while keeping watch for marine life, or unwind on the couch with your favorite book. Later, meet new friends for stories and drinks in the Wintergarden.

DAY 28
Laem Chabang, Thailand

Arrive in Bangkok today. Settle in to your veranda stateroom and take time to explore your ship. Because we are berthed overnight in Laem Chabang, you will have much of the day tomorrow to explore the glittering Thai capital.

DAY 29
Laem Chabang, Thailand

Experience the cultural splendor of Old Siam, beautifully set on the Chao Phraya River. Take your time to enjoy the exquisite flavors of Thailand during a typical lunch. Then take in the other sights and sounds of one of Southeast Asia's most colorful and cosmopolitan cities on a panoramic tour that includes a stop for an exterior view of the Wat Arun and Wat Benchamabophit temples. Admire the city's many canals plied by traditional longboats and other small vessels. You will occasionally stop for photos as you enjoy the kaleidoscopic scenery.

DAY 30
Laem Chabang, Thailand

Experience the splendor of Siam of Old during an overnight stay. Cultural and political capital of Thailand, Bangkok is beautifully set on the Chao Phraya River. Marvel at the towering Wat Arun on the river's banks and the temples and elegant buildings of the renowned Grand Palace. Sample the famous Thai cuisine for lunch and take in the city's canals, bustling with traditional longboats. If you wish, visit the Dusit Palace complex and the Jim Thompson House, former home of the city's renowned silk merchant.

DAY 31
Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Call on Cambodia's coastal town of Sihanoukville, surrounded by stunning sand beaches and turquoise waters. Here, New Khmer architecture overlooks the comings and goings of modern tuk-tuks, carriages drawn by motorcycles. Visit Wat Krom with its colorful murals and Buddha sculptures, stroll Independence Beach, and explore a local market and fishing village. Sihanoukville is the gateway to Cambodia's stunning Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world and a supreme example of classical Khmer architecture. If you wish, you may join an overnight excursion to witness this magnificent sprawling temple complex.

DAY 32
Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Take the day to experience the authentic Khmer culture of Sihanoukville, ringed by stunning sand beaches and cerulean waters. Take in the local ambiance at the town's market, return to Independence Beach, or explore the beaches lined with colorful fishing boats. If you ventured to the magnificent 12th-century Buddhist temple complex of Angkor Wat yesterday, you will return today.

DAY 33
Gulf of Thailand (Cruising)

Gulf of Thailand: As you cruise the Gulf of Thailand today, perhaps you will indulge in a morning cup of coffee on your veranda, while keeping watch for marine life, or unwind on the couch with your favorite book. Later, meet new friends for stories and drinks in the Wintergarden.

DAY 34
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Call in Ho Chi Minh City today, formerly known as Saigon. Explore a heady mix of French and Vietnamese cultures here, where baguettes and croissants are sold alongside pho, Vietnam's beloved noodle soup. Browse the enlightening exhibits at the National History Museum, where galleries chronicle the nation's past. Or, view the Reunification Palace, Central Post Office, and Chinatown, and meet artisans at a lacquer workshop.

DAY 35
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

With two nights in Ho Chi Minh City, you will have ample time to immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the south. You might choose to tour the fabled Mekong Delta. Known to many as "Vietnam's rice bowl", it is one of the most fertile areas in the nation, overflowing with fruit, vegetables, and seafood, much of it sold at the many floating markets. This fascinating region seems untouched by the passage of time.

DAY 36
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Today, you will have ample time to immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the south. You might choose to tour the fabled Mekong Delta. Known to many as "Vietnam's rice bowl", it is one of the most fertile areas in the nation, overflowing with fruit, vegetables, and seafood, much of it sold at the many floating markets. This fascinating region seems untouched by the passage of time.

DAY 37
South China Sea (Cruising)

Sail into the South China Sea today, waters that have been navigated for thousands of years. Nanhai, or the South Sea, is one of the Four Seas of Chinese literature. In that literary tradition, it serves as mere metaphor. But the beauty of these waters and the enriching destinations to which they lead is very real.

DAY 38
Da Nang, Vietnam

Explore Da Nang, a sleepy backwater transformed into a US base during the Vietnam War and today a bustling cultural center. Witness typical Vietnamese countryside here, blanketed with rice paddies and dotted with water buffalo. Admire the city's colonial architecture, standing alongside ornate temples, and explore the fascinating Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture. You will also visit legendary China Beach, where US soldiers came for relaxation during the war. If you wish, explore the splendid architecture of Hoi An, spared from wartime bombing, or the treasures of Hue, once a dynastic capital.

DAY 39
Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Ha Long Bay is home to about 2,000 limestone islands rising from the water to astonishing heights. Legend says they were created by dragons who breathed out jewels into the bay to prevent enemy ships from coming ashore. Perhaps embark on a scenic and serene cruise on an authentic junk through one of the world's most magnificent landscapes. As we dock here overnight, you will have ample time to explore the bay and its surroundings.

DAY 40
Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Spend another day exploring Ha Long Bay, taking in dramatic views from your veranda, the Aquavit Terrace, or the Explorers' Lounge. If you would like, travel to Vietnam's northern cultural center of Hanoi, a richly textured city evocative of Old Vietnam. In its atmospheric Old Quarter, temples and storefronts date back centuries.

DAY 41
Haikou, China

Discover Haikou today, situated on Hainan Island off the southern coast of mainland China. During a tour of this vibrant city, you will visit the historic quarter and the city's inviting green parks. Admire a gleaming-white blend of colonial-era Portuguese and French façades alongside Southeast Asian architecture with Indian and Arabic accents.

DAY 42
Hong Kong, China

Cruise into dazzling Hong Kong this morning and admire the glittering forest of skyscrapers standing between soaring mountains, a bustling harbor, and offshore islands. See where deeply held Eastern traditions meet modern Western sensibilities during a panoramic city tour that takes you up Victoria Peak for sweeping views of the metropolis. An overnight stay in Hong Kong lets you explore further on your own or with one of our shore excursions.

DAY 43
Hong Kong, China
DAY 44
Hong Kong, China

Witness where deeply held Eastern traditions meet modern Western sensibilities during a Hong Kong city tour that takes you up to Victoria Peak for sweeping views of the metropolis. Continue to the former fishing village of Aberdeen, now a dense and fascinating cluster of residential towers. Or, perhaps you'll venture to nearby Lantau Island or visit the casino-laden port of Macau, the famous former Portuguese outpost.

DAY 45
East China Sea (Cruising)

The East China Sea welcomes you today. In the mid-1800s, British, French and American ships made their way to Shanghai across these waters. As you cruise today, enjoy regional cuisine in the World Café or treat yourself to a massage at The Spa.

DAY 46
Keelung, Taiwan

Visit the fascinating Taiwanese capital of Taipei on the island's northern shore. This city boasts a curious blend of Chinese, Japanese, and Western influences. Visit the National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, a monument dedicated to the founding father of Taiwan, and the National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine to those who have fallen in China's wars. You will stop for photos of Taipei 101, a stunning skyscraper that held the reign as the world's tallest building from 2004 to 2009.

DAY 47
East China Sea (Cruising)

Spend a relaxing day onboard as you cruise the East China Sea. Perhaps you will learn about your next destination, Japan, in The Library or at an enrichment lecture. Enjoy a Norwegian-inspired lunch at Mamsen's gourmet deli. This evening, savor wine pairings with your dinner at The Chef's Table.

DAY 48
Kagoshima, Japan

Situated on a scenic bay formed by a sunken caldera and overseen by the Sakurajima volcano, Kagoshima is often called the "Naples of the Eastern World" for its setting. During a city tour, head to the hilltop Shiroyama Park for splendid views of the city and of Sakurajima volcano, and visit the Reimeikan museum in the old city castle to view exhibits of Japan's history and culture. If you wish, you may join a ferry to get closer to Sakurajima volcano across Kagoshima Bay.

DAY 49
Nagasaki, Japan

Call in Nagasaki today, one of the rare cities in Japan where East and West intermingle, most notably in the delicious cuisine. Dutch traders resided here for two centuries after the shogun expelled missionaries spreading their religious beliefs. The city changed forever on August 9, 1945, destroyed by an atomic bomb. Take in views of today's modern city from atop Inasayama lookout point and pause at the Nagasaki Peace Park to stroll among moving statues. You will also see the Urakami Cathedral and the former island of Dejima that used to house European merchants.

DAY 50
Pusan, South Korea

Visit Busan, South Korea's "second city" after Seoul and one of the world's largest ports. Busan has been built on 17 centuries of history, yet its modernity is unmistakable and distinct. Get to know its treasures during a hop-on/hop-off bus tour, stopping along the way to explore bustling markets, beaches, parks, and other sights. You may also hop off to spend time at the Busan Museum or the Busan Museum of Art; however, admission is at your own expense. Alternately, journey to the magnificent hillside temple of Beomeosa and the coastal temple of Haedong Yonggung.

DAY 51
Hiroshima, Japan

Arrive in Hiroshima for an overnight stay, giving you time to ponder this resilient city. Once at the forefront of industry and education, it grew from the 19th century to become one of Japan's most important industrial centers. Its devastation on August 6, 1945, is hard to imagine today, so modern and forward-looking are its streets and its people. Contemplate the decades-long recovery at the burned-out shell of the Industrial Promotion Hall and the Peace Memorial Park. Later this evening, enjoy a tour of the illuminated city by night with a stop for a dinner of okonomiyaki, Japanese soul food and sake.

DAY 52
Hiroshima, Japan

Today, you may embark a ferry to discover the wooded hills and cherished Itsukushima Shrine on the picturesque Itsukushima Island. Widely referred to as Miyajima Island (Shrine Island), it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The main portal, a dramatic red torii gate, stands in the surf during high tide. The shrine's pagoda boasts five stories. If you prefer, you may explore more of Hiroshima on your own, perhaps paying your respects at the Children's Peace Monument; its Flame of Peace will burn until the last nuclear weapon on the planet has been dismantled.

DAY 53
Osaka, Japan

Home to two of Japan's oldest shrines, Osaka is a pilgrimage site for many devout followers of Shinto. Make a visit to Osaka Castle. Originally built in the 16th century and rebuilt twice since, it is a treasure trove of armory and artifacts. At Sumiyoshi Temple, admire the fine architecture that stretches back 17 centuries, a stark and elegant style with vivid red beams and columns. If you wish, you may journey to Kyoto, Japan's former imperial city of stunning shrines, bamboo forests, and the splendid Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion).

DAY 54
Shimizu, Japan

Arrive in Shimizu for an overnight stay, affording you time to get to know this historic city on the shores of Suruga Bay and explore farther afield to the famous Mt. Fuji. In Shimizu, visit the original burial spot of the first shogun, the Shinto shrine of Kunōzan Tōshō-gū. With its flamboyant design and bright colors, it is a testament to the status that these military dictators held in the eyes of the emperor who appointed them. You can view the suits of armor, tachi (swords), and other artifacts and enjoy sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean along the way.

DAY 55
Shimizu, Japan

You have another day to relax and enjoy the lush natural surroundings of Shimizu. You may also travel to the slopes of Mt. Fuji, Japan's highest peak. You will ascend to an elevation of 7,900 feet, passing pristine countryside and charming small villages. Pause your journey to view the work of famed artist Utagawa Hiroshige in a museum dedicated to the Japanese landscape master.

DAY 56
Yokohama, Japan
DAY 57
Yokohama, Japan
DAY 58
Yokohama, Japan

Call on Yokohama, gateway to Tokyo. Formerly known as Edo, today's Tokyo is the cultural and economic heart of Japan, residence of its emperor and a fascinating study in contrasts. Explore Tokyo on your own today. Perhaps you will explore Shinjuku Gyoen, a picturesque garden influenced by French, English, and Japanese styles. Or, ride the city's famous subway to the Ginza district, Tokyo's glittering shopping district of neon lights, luxurious shops, and bustling coffeehouses, anchored by the Wako store and its famous Hattori Clock Tower.

DAY 59
Tsugaru-Kaikyo Strait

Cross the Tsugaru Strait today in northern Japan, linking the Sea of Japan and the Pacific Ocean. More than a geographic boundary between Japan's two largest islands, it was also declared a zoological border when English naturalist Thomas Blakiston observed animals related to northern Asian species on Hokkaidō and others related to southern Asian species on Honshū. As you sail, enjoy Japanese-inspired cuisine at the World Café and perhaps sip some sake, a Japanese rice wine, this evening.

DAY 60
Otaru, Japan
Sapporo, Japan

Arrive in Sapporo for an overnight stay, allowing you ample time to immerse yourself in the fascinating culture of Japan's northern island. The city is renowned for its ability to transform the natural world into the highest art. Central to Sapporo's cuisine is miso ramen; the noodle dish was invented here and restaurants line the Ganso Sapporo Ramen Yokocho (Original Sapporo Ramen Street) to celebrate its many forms. The city's golden Sapporo beer is produced here in a 19th-century brick brewery. If you wish, you may attend a special dinner with a geisha performance this evening.

DAY 61
Sapporo, Japan
Otaru, Japan

A city tour takes you to the Hokkaidō Shrine, nestled in a deep forest, and to the Ishiya-Shiroi Koibito Park. Visit a chocolate factory where Sapporo's famous white-chocolate cookies, Shiroi Koibito, are made, and the bustling market, where you will get a true taste of local life. Alternatively, you may set out on a hanami outing, a "flower viewing" excursion to seek out the city's most beautiful blooms.

DAY 62
Korsakov, Russia

Cruise into Aniva Bay to berth at the southern end of Russia's Sakhalin Island. As you explore by motorcoach and on foot, you will learn about the city's original inhabitants, the Ainu people from Japan and Russia. Visit Lenin Square and enjoy a folkloric performance at the cultural center. If you wish, see more of the area during an island tour that reveals the mixed Russian and Japanese heritage.

DAY 63
Sea of Okhotsk

Cruise the waters of the Sea of Okhotsk today, named for the first Russian settlement in the Far East. This former whale-hunting ground once attracted whalers from as far as the United States and France. As you sail, perhaps you'll enjoy a soothing spa treatment or learn about your next destination during a lecture. Tonight, enjoy a fine meal with wine pairings at The Chef's Table.

DAY 64
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia

Call on the main cultural center of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, perched on the high scenic hills of the Kamchatka Peninsula. This fascinating, remote Russian town is surrounded by volcanoes and inaccessible except by sea and air. Soon after its founding, it grew into one of Russia's most important eastern settlements. Our overnight stay here lets you explore up close. Onboard, enjoy a Destination Performance that embodies the rich traditions of this city.

DAY 65
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia

Explore Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky today, set amid picturesque hills. Take in views of Avacha Bay from a scenic overlook, and learn about the area's natural history and heritage at the cultural museum. Enjoy a panoramic drive, stopping to visit the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity and concluding at Lenin Square, where you will have free time to explore. You might also venture into the rugged countryside to view the peninsula's soaring chain of volcanoes or visit a Koryak village to witness how native people have lived for centuries.

DAY 66
Bering Sea

Begin your crossing of the legendary Bering Sea today. By some accounts, the water level was once so low here that humans and animals migrated by foot across a land bridge, marking the first major migration into the Americas. You will journey by a far more comfortable means, perhaps relaxing with a book in The Library or sharing coffee or a drink with new friends in The Living Room.

DAY 67
Bering Sea
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Dutch Harbor, AK, United States

Continue your Bering Sea crossing. This northern body is named for Danish explorer Vitus Bering, who under Russian service charted these waters in 1728. Join an onboard lecture to learn about your upcoming Alaska ports today. This evening, listen to the strains of jazz over your favorite cocktail at Torshavn.
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DAY 68
Gulf of Alaska (Cruising)

Call in Dutch Harbor today, a charming town on the Unalaska Island of the Aleutians known to locals simply as "Dutch". This was home to the Aleut people for millennia. The Russian fur trade reached its shores in the mid-18th century, and the United States set up military bases here during World War II. There'll be time for you to go ashore and explore on your own, absorbing a rich island heritage in a picturesque island setting surrounded by snowcapped mountains.

DAY 69
Kodiak, AK, United States

Sail into the Gulf of Alaska today. You might enjoy a workout or yoga session in the Fitness Center or browse our onboard Viking Heritage exhibit as you cruise. Enjoy authentic Norwegian fare at Mamsen's gourmet deli for lunch and freshly prepared Italian dishes at Manfredi's Italian Restaurant for dinner.

DAY 70
Seward, AK, United States

Take in the magnificent setting of Kodiak, the major city on its namesake island. Inhabited by Alutiiq natives for seven millennia, it became the capital of Russian Alaska in the 18th century. A walking tour leads you past the Holy Resurrection Church, a Russian Orthodox church built in 1945, and the Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository, where artifacts chronicle the past of the native people. During a stroll along the harbor, learn about the city's booming fishing industry. Alternately, you might join an exciting bear safari by floatplane, perhaps spotting humpback whales during your flight to the Katmai coast.

DAY 71
Valdez, AK, United States

You have today explore Seward, renowned as the starting point of the world-famous Iditarod dogsled race. Explore the Alaska SeaLife Center, where you will learn about the marine world that thrives right off the coast. If you wish, venture farther afield to Katmai National Park to visit Exit Glacier or capture breathtaking aerial views from an optional helicopter excursion.

DAY 72
Yakutat Bay, Alaska, AK, United States

Call in Valdez today, named after a Spanish secretary of the navy. Explorers and gold seekers flocked to Valdez before it became Alaska's northernmost ice-free port. Today, it is the southern terminus of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline that carries oil south from Prudhoe Bay on the Arctic coast. Learn about the town's history during a walking tour. Or, opt for an excursion to the magnificent Columbia Tidal Glacier in Prince William Sound, and perhaps try your luck catching some of Alaska's famous salmon.

DAY 73
Hoonah, AK, United States

Yakutat Bay: Today you will witness some of Alaska's most breathtaking and pristine scenery. Cruise into majestic Yakutat Bay to the point where it narrows to become Disenchantment Bay, so named by its Spanish discoverer who was hoping to find the fabled Northwest Passage and instead faced the imposing icy wall of Hubbard Glacier. Today, the spectacular glacier steadily advances into the water, blocking tributary fjords and slowly pushing ice and debris down from the St. Elias Mountains.

DAY 74
Sitka, AK, United States

Discover the old canning station at Icy Strait Point today. Fully restored by the Native American Tlingit community from nearby Hoonah, it is an exquisite time capsule revealing how locals once earned a living from the rich fishing grounds. Celebrate the Tlingit culture during a cultural presentation by locals in traditional ceremonial dress. You might also join a whale-watching excursion to spot some of the many creatures that flock to these food-rich waters. Or, hop on a floatplane to soar over the breathtaking expanse of Glacier Bay National Park, just across the strait.

DAY 75
Ketchikan, AK, United States

Glimpse the Russian influence in Sitka, once the capital of Russian Alaska. Enjoy an enlightening walking tour to learn more about the fur trade that brought the Russians here. See the Russian Orthodox Cathedral and the Russian Bishop's House, built by the Tlingit with guidance from Finnish carpenters in the 1840s. As you explore, you will see many art galleries displaying the work of artists who have been inspired by the region's natural beauty for decades. If you'd like, board a plane or boat for inspiring views of Mt. Edgecumbe, an extinct volcano on a nearby island.

DAY 76
Inside Passage (Cruising), AK, United States

Discover "Alaska's First City", as it is the first one encountered by travelers coming by ship from the south. Ketchikan was home to the Tlingit long before the arrival of white settlers, as you'll see in the many old and new totem poles that grace the town. During a tour, walk in the footsteps of lumberjacks, fishermen, con artists, and ladies of the night in this once lawless frontier town, and embark an amphibious vehicle for a unique "Duck Boat" tour. If you'd like to venture beyond the town, visit Tongass National Forest and Misty Fjords National Monument, where seaplanes and 4x4 vehicles take you beyond the beaten path.

DAY 77
Vancouver, BC, Canada

Take in the natural splendor of one of Alaska's most scenic waterways, the famed Inside Passage. You will navigate the Strait of Georgia, the Seymour Narrows, and the Granville Channel, reveling in an endless canvas of beauty. Sail past rainforests spilling down steep cliffs to the shore. Keep a watchful eye for orcas, dolphins, and whales. Overhead, a wide array of birds take wing, from bald eagles and cormorants to several species of gulls, all feeding on the plentiful bounty of fish in the waters below.

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About the Ship

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Viking Orion

Viking Ocean Cruises boasts a fleet of new, all-veranda, state-of-the-art ocean ships. Each identical sister ship carries only 930 guests and is engineered at a scale that allows direct access into most ports. Classified by Cruise Critic as “small ships,” the fleet features understated elegance and modern Scandinavian design.

What's Included

Included

  • One complimentary shore excursion in every port of call

  • Unlimited free Wi-Fi

  • Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner

  • Multiple dining venues including alternative restaurant dining

  • 24-hour room service, specialty coffees, teas & bottled water

  • Top-rated spa and state-of-the-art fitness center access

  • Self-service launderette with iron/ironing board

  • All port taxes and fees

  • Airport transfers on embarkation/disembarkation day with purchase of Viking Air

  • Included features valued at $203 per person, per day

About Us

Viking® offers destination-focused river and ocean cruises to the world’s most fascinating locations on board elegant, state-of-the art ships. With Viking, guests will journey with like-minded travelers on The Thinking Person’s Cruise®, a culturally rich, immersive experience designed to help guests explore the most intimate nuances of their destination both on board and ashore—with enriching shore excursions, informative lectures and port talks, engaging Destination Performances, wine tastings and regional cuisine. Plus, Viking Inclusive Value provides guests all they need in one inclusive cruise fare.

Insider Tip

Viking has a variety of ways in which you can customize your trip including premium beverage packages, gift orders and making arrangements for special occasions.

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted. Pricing, dates, inclusions, and itinerary are subject to change without notice, and vary by departure date and cabin. Restrictions may apply. Ship are registered in: Switzerland, Germany, Portugal, Ukraine, China, Vietnam and Egypt.



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