Last night we heard the dreaded”Bing Bong” through the cabins/lounges, shortly after the all aboard time in Brisbane. Expecting the usual pre-departure announcement from Hotel Services for missing pax, of will Mr/Mrs ………… please contact Guest Services immediately to confirm you are aboard,
But no, this was Bevan the Cruise Director, with an important message from the Captain, These are generally rarely good news, so read on to learn our new itinerary.
Viking Corporate HQ are closely monitoring the rapidly changing situation in SE Asia and with the safety of the passengers and crew their priority, they have decided to bypass Singapore, Thailand and Philippines.
This is a very bold move and necessitates significant changes to the World Cruise itinerary. For the current segment, the new itinerary is:
Date Itinerary #2 New Itinerary
14-Feb Brisbane Brisbane
15-Feb At Sea At Sea
16-Feb Airlie Beach At Sea
17-Feb Cairns Noumea, New Caledonia
18-Feb At Sea Noumea, New Caledonia
19-Feb Thursday Island At Sea
20-Feb At Sea At Sea
21-Feb At Sea Cairns, Queensland
22-Feb Darwin Cairns, Queensland
23-Feb At Sea Airlie Beach – Whitsundays
24-Feb Komodo Is Townsville, Queensland
25-Feb Bali At Sea
26-Feb At Sea Thursday Island, Queensland
27-Feb Samarang At Sea
28-Feb At Sea Darwin, Northern Territory
29-Feb At Sea Darwin, Northern Territory
1-Mar Kota Kinabalu At Sea
2-Mar Kota Kinabalu Komodo Island
3-Mar At Sea At Sea
4-Mar Manila At Sea
5-Mar Manila Semarang, Java
6-Mar At Sea Surabaya, Java
7-Mar At Sea At Sea
8-Mar At Sea Bali, Indonesia
9-Mar Singapore Bali, Indonesia
The next segment, which now departs from Bali will still end in Bombay, but will also require a revised itinerary, as the ship is sailing further South. They are still confirming the schedule for the next segment.
Viking Air is making all the required flight changes for those that booked flights through Viking and Guest Services will assist passengers that didn’t use Viking Air, as they must change their own flights.
This is a major administrative burden on Viking’s Fleet Ops, as making such significant changes at this late date is never easy, as many ports are already fully booked. My hat is off to Viking for making such bold changes, which will cost extra fuel as we have to criss-cross to a number of ports, based on availability. The additional overnights may off-set the fuel costs, but they incur additional port charges.
I will post the new itinerary for the next segment upon receipt.