Top 10 Free Inclusions with Viking Cruises, Number 10 will shock you!

When it comes to cruise holidays Viking Ocean Cruises just do things a little differently! For a start this is a brand new fleet of ships, all the same model, shape and size, designed for the thinking traveller. All rooms have private verandas and onboard there is a maximum of 930 guests.

You can now experience Viking closer to home. Viking Orion launched in 2018 and will call New Zealand & Australia home for summer 2021/22 and summer 2022/23. With homeports in Auckland & Sydney Viking Orion will offer a popular series of local summer voyages.

You won’t find Water slides, casinos, photo galleries or even children on Viking Ocean Cruises and better still you won’t be asked to put your hand in your pocket for multiple extras. Let’s take a look at what is included on a local Viking Orion itinerary. Number 10 is likely to shock you.

Viking Orion Top 10 Inclusions and remember all staterooms include your own private veranda!

1> One complimentary shore excursion in every port of call. On local Viking Orion cruises from Auckland this means 9 free excursions!

2> Free Onboard Wi-Fi (connection speeds may vary but we found on our Viking cruise this worked a treat from in-cabin to on-deck)

3> Alternative restaurant dining at no extra charge. Make sure you book ahead for Manfredi’s, you will love the scrumptious Italian menu

4> 24-hour room service. You totally have to try breakfast on your own veranda at least once, it’s the perfect start to the day!

5> Beer, wine & soft drinks are included with onboard lunch & dinner (Plus if you want to upsize to drinks any time, there is a super reasonable silver beverage package you can add on pre departure)

6> 24-hour specialty coffees, teas & bottled water. PLUS in-room mini bar replenished daily with soft drinks & refreshments

7>Access to the top-rated spa & state of the fitness centre. You simply have to try the Scandinavian Sauna, hydrotherapy pool and snow grotto they are the perfect end to a busy day sightseeing.

8> Self-service launderettes, perfect for those longer voyages where you don’t want to overpack

9> All onboard gratuities, port taxes & fees, so no hidden extras appearing on your room bill

10> FREE Business class Airfares from Auckland to Sydney or vv when you book & deposit by 31 March 2021

Aqavit Terrace on Viking Ocean ships
Aquavit Terrace “Al Fresco” dining

Maybe its the fresh sea air that gives us such a healthy appetite, combined with the opportunity to sample amazing food every day. Dining on-board Viking Orion is a delight to the taste buds and for a relatively small ship there are a fantastic choice of venues.

The Restaurant is the main dining venue and offers regional cuisine from where your ship is sailing using locally sourced ingredients. Plus there are always available classics. The included wine and beer is available with lunch & dinner. The large french windows are often open to the wrap around promenade deck, so you get that Al Fresco feeling while dining.

Aqavit Terrace is a beautiful outdoor setting surrounding the infinity pool on the rear deck. This was our go-to place for breakfast or lunch on sunny days, a perfect spot for a relaxing start to the day.

Mamsen’s. Located in the uber cool Explorers’ Lounge and named after the Hagen family Matriach. A great spot to sample Norwegian Specialties for breakfast, lunch, an afternoon snack or an evening treat. You have to try their amazing waffles, which match perfectly with the morning coffee. All served on traditional design Norwegian dinner ware.

World Cafe. This is no ordinary ships buffet! A beautiful choice of fresh produce with live cooking in an open kitchen. Premium sushi/seafood and a wide range of international flavours. PLUS want something extra on top of your pasta? It won’t be an issue the chef will whip it up for you. We couldn’t resist adding some freshly cooked sizzling prawns to the top of our carbonara! World Cafe opens out on to the Aqavit Terrace so you can dine indoors our out.

Pool Grill. This is a pool grill with a difference with some of the best burgers at sea! Located midships by the main pool it is the perfect venue for a quick lunch as you return from a shore excursion, or after a dip in the pool. The legendary Viking burger has seared Ahi Tuna and much more. They also offer a choice of tasty salads for something lighter.

Wintergarden. This is a beautiful Scandinavian designed space under a canopy of trellised wood that resembles a tree spreading its branches. The venue for the legendary Viking afternoon tea of fresh cut sandwiches and tasty scones, to the gentle strains of a string quartet.. A great opportunity to catch up with your fellow travellers.

Manfredi’s Italian Restaurant. With amazing food at every venue on the ship you would wonder how Manfredi’s could do any better. It is, believe us when we say you will want to lock in dinner here at least once during your voyage. The fresh Italian flavours will transport you straight back to Italy.

The Chef’s Table. This is an innovative culinary experience on-board that allows you to trust the sommeliers and culinary masters at the Chef’s table. A multi course tasting menu that allows you to sample select vintages carefully chosen to match the thoughtfully prepared dishes. On a longer voyage the menu will change at least once, so check this out and see if you can try this option a couple of times during your stay onboard.

The Kitchen Table. You will pay a small extra amount for this venue but think of it more as an optional extra shore excursion and dining experience combined. You will shop for fresh food with the chef, then return to the onboard interactive cooking school where you will learn first-hand how the world-class chefs bring the culinary flavours alive. You then enjoy the meal, literally from market to table, it doesn’t get much fresher than that!

Viking Auckland to Sydney

Let’s take a look at the Viking Orion itineraries that will be available locally from Auckland & Sydney for Summer 2021/22 and Summer 2022/23

15 Nights Auckland to Sydney choice of dates
27 December 2021, 24 January 22, 21 February 22 & 22 December 22
Auckland | Tauranga (For Rotorua)| Napier | Wellington | Christchurch | Dunedin | Hobart, Tasmania | Melbourne | Sydney 
Veranda Stateroom from AUD$7995pp / NZD$8795pp on current r.o.e
Deluxe Veranda from AUD$8795pp / NZD $9675pp on current r.o.e
Penthouse Veranda from AUD$10795pp / NZD$11875pp on current r.o.e
Book Risk Free Now for just AU$500pp / NZD$550pp deposit

15 Nights Sydney to Auckland choice of dates
10 January 2022, 07 February 22 & 08 December 2022
Sydney | Melbourne | Hobart, Tasmania | Dunedin | Christchurch | Wellington | Napier  | Tauranga (For Rotorua) | Auckland
Veranda Stateroom from AUD$7995pp / NZD$8795pp on current r.o.e
Deluxe Veranda from AUD$8795pp / NZD $9675pp on current r.o.e
Penthouse Veranda from AUD$10795pp / NZD$11875pp on current r.o.e
Book Risk Free Now for just AU$500pp / NZD$550pp deposit

Book & Deposit by 31 Jan and you are also covered by the Viking Risk-Free Guarantee.

Viking are offering a limited-time offer—the most flexible of any cruise line—so that you can plan your voyage with peace of mind. The Risk-Free Guarantee allows guests to change their cruise date up until 24 hours before their planned departure—and Viking will waive any fees. This offer covers all Viking reservations that are made between May 1, 2020 to January 31, 2021.

* Change Your Cruise Date Up To 24 Hours Prior To Departure
* All Change Fees Are Waived
* The Ultimate Flexibility: You have 24 Months to Select Your New Cruise Date
* Combinable with All Other Viking Offers

Viking Health & Safety Program

Developed in coordination with an international team of scientific and medical advisors, the Viking Health & Safety Program is one of the most well-researched and comprehensive COVID-19 prevention and mitigation plans in the travel industry.

* Daily PCR testing for all Viking guests and crew, processed in full-scale Viking-dedicated laboratories
* New air purification technology installed on all Viking ships, which have always featured independent air handling units for all guest staterooms
* Additional health checks, sanitization and physical distancing to protect Viking guests and crew at all points of the journey

HOOT Tip! Viking Ocean cruises do not offer online booking, but you can hold a “No Payment Option” on any of the above cruises by contacting our HOOT Cruises team. This is perfect to give you a no pressure timeline to finalise your trip plans with the rest of the family, knowing you have your fare and cabin choice locked in. 

Remember this fantastic Viking Ocean sale ends 31 March 2021, if you would like to add the Viking Risk-Free guarantee, simply pay your deposit by 31 January 201.
If you have any questions, feel free to talk to our friendly Hoot Cruise Champions, we are happy to help!  FreePhone: 0800 99 44 88

Just quote your AA SmartFuel or AA Membership Card Number at the time of final cruise payment for savings at the pump! This discount will be applied to your AA SmartFuel account within 48 hours. T&C apply

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  • Prices are per person in AUD and will be converted to NZD based on the current exchange rate at time of payment, based on double occupancy and correct at time of printing. Our team will be happy to advise current exchange rate and NZD pricing at time of payment. Prices include all advertised discounts and all offers are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. All offers are only valid for new bookings and only on selected departures made between 29 December 2020 – 31 March 2021 unless sold out prior.
  • *Included Flights will be booked by Viking and with Viking’s choice of airline from major gateway cities in Australia and New Zealand. Should the applicable airfare be higher than the value of the Included Flights guests are required to pay the difference. Any unused portion of the Included Flights is forfeited and cannot be transferred towards any other portion of the booking or any other person. Flights are subject to availability. Flight offers only valid if booked in conjunction with a selected Viking River or Ocean cruise. All offers only valid on new bookings made between 29 December 2020 – 31 March 2021 unless sold out prior.
  • Included one-way Business class flight up to the value of $900 per person includes airline/airport taxes and is subject to availability. Business class applies only to the international leg of the flight and does not include transfers on the segment where there is no Viking Air component.
  • A non-refundable deposit of AU$500 per person is required to secure a confirmed reservation within 3 days of booking otherwise the reservation may automatically cancel. For bookings with an air component, a second non-refundable deposit of AU$1,000 per person is required 10 months prior to departure or at the time of flight booking, whichever comes first. This is in addition to any costs to be paid where the applicable airfare is higher than the value of the Included Flight or the Flight Credit.
  • A 72-hour air schedule notification will be sent for review before we proceed with ticketing. Any changes requested after the 72-hour air schedule notification are subject to a fee of AU$50.00 per person in addition to any change fee the airline charges. Guests who make bookings more than 10 months prior to the departure date are permitted to make one complimentary change once the 72-hour air schedule notification is received. Guest information form is to be completed before the flights are scheduled
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