Once we decided on a 2023 WC, rather than the previously booked 2022 B2B, we had another decision to make:
- 138 Days Ft Lauderdale to London, departing Dec 22nd 2022, or
- 121 Days Los Angeles to London, departing Jan 8th 2023
Judi really doesn’t like spending Christmas away from home and we have both been through Panama many times – Judi about 10 and me 25+. Only 2 of the ports were new ports for us – Cozumel, which we have no desire to visit and Leon in Nicaragua, a country we have visited a number of times.
Therefore, it was a quick and easy decision, our preference was the 2023 Viking World Journeys, departing L/A (San Pedro) on Jan 8th 2023. Read on for the detailed itinerary and some Viking links.
Check out Viking’s promotional film, which I believe is narrated by the Chairman’s daughter, who is a Senior Vice-President.
To view the cruise on Viking’s website, click here
2023 Viking World Journeys Itinerary
I include the detailed itinerary and since Viking don’t provide port arrival/departure times until you book, I will include those for anyone interested in this cruise.
- Day 1 San Pedro, USA ETA – 05:00 ETD – 23:59
- Day 2 Santa Barbara, USA ETA – 08:00 ETD – 17:00 (Tender)
- Day 3-7 At Sea
- Day 8 Honolulu, Oahu, USA ETA – 08:00 ETD – 23:00
- Day 9 Nawiliwili, Kauai, USA ETA – 07:00 ETD – 14:00
- Day 10-14 At Sea
- Day 15 Bora Bora, Fr. Polynesia ETA – 11:00 ETD – 18:30 (Tender)
- Day 16 Moorea, Fr. Polynesia ETA – 07:00 ETD – 23:00 (Tender)
- Day 17 Tahiti, Fr. Polynesia ETA – 07:00 ETD – 20:00
- Day 18-22 At Sea (miss Jan 28th x’ing Dateline)
- Day 23 Bay of Islands, NZ ETA – 08:00 ETD – 18:00 (Tender)
- Day 24-26 Auckland, NZ ETA – 08:00 ETD – 20:00 (Overnight x 2)
- Day 27 Tauranga, NZ ETA – 07:00 ETD – 16:30
- Day 28 Napier, NZ ETA – 12:00 ETD – 18:00
- Day 29 Wellington, NZ ETA – 09:00 ETD – 18:00
- Day 30 At Sea
- Day 31 Scenic Cruising Milford & Doubtful Sounds
- Day 32/33 At Sea
- Day 34 Hobart, Australia ETA – 08:00 ETD – 16:00
- Day 35 Phillip Island, Australia ETA – 18:00 ETD – 23:59
- Day 36 Melbourne, Australia ETA – 07:00 ETD – 18:00
- Day 37 At Sea
- Day 38 Eden ETA – 08:00 ETD – 16:00
- Day 39/40 Sydney, Australia ETA – 07:00 ETD – 18:00 (Overnight)
- Day 41 At Sea
- Day 42 Brisbane, Australia ETA – 08:00 ETD – 17:00
- Day 43 At Sea
- Day 44 Whitsunday Is, Australia ETA – 07:30 ETD – 14:00 (Tender)
- Day 45 Cairns, Australia ETA – 08:30 ETD – 23:00
- Day 46 At Sea
- Day 47 Thursday Is, Australia ETA – 08:00 ETD – 18:00
- Day 48-50 At Sea
- Day 51 Komodo Is, Indonesia ETA – 08:00 ETD – 16:00
- Day 52-54 Bali, Indonesia ETA – 12:00 ETD – 22:00
- Day 55 At Sea
- Day 57 Samarang, Indonesia ETA – 07:00 ETD – 18:00
- Day 58-60 At Sea
- Day 61-63 Saigon, Vietnam ETA – 08:00 ETD – 18:00 (Overnight x 2)
- Day 64 At Sea
- Day 65 Koh Samui, Thailand ETA – 08:00 ETD – 16:00 (Tender)
- Day 66 At Sea
- Day 67/68 Singapore ETA – 12:00 ETD – 20:00 (Overnight)
- Day 69 At Sea
- Day 70 Phuket, Thailand ETA – 08:00 ETD – 18:00 (Tender)
- Day 71 At Sea
- Day 72-74 Yangon, Myanmar ETA – 08:00 ETD – 1800 (Overnight x 2)
- Day 75-77 At Sea
- Day 78/79 Colombo, Sri Lanka ETA – 08:00 ETD – 18:00 (Overnight)
- Day 80 At Sea
- Day 81 Cochin, India ETA – 07:00 ETD – 18:00
- Day 82 At Sea
- Day 83 Goa, India ETA – 07:00 ETD – 18:00
- Day 84-86 Mumba, India ETA – 12:00 ETD – 14:00 (Overnight x 2)
- Day 87/88 At Sea
- Day 89 Salalah, Oman ETA – 08:00 ETD – 14:00
- Day 90-93 Aqaba, Jordan ETA – 08:00 ETD – 18:00
- Day 94 Safaga, Egypt ETA – TDA ETD – 22:00
- Day 95 At Sea
- Day 96 Suez Canal Transit
- Day 97/98 Haifa, Israel ETA – 07:00 ETD – 18:00 (Overnight)
- Day 99 At Sea
- Day 100 Rhodes, Greece ETA – 08:00 ETD – 18:00
- Day 101 Kusadasi, Turkey ETA – 08:00 ETD – 18:00
- Day 102/103 Istanbul, Turkey ETA – 18:00 ETD – 22:00 (Overnight)
- Day 104 At Sea
- Day 105 Piraeus, Greece ETA – 08:00 ETD – 18:00
- Day 106 At Sea
- Day 107 Messina, Italy ETA – 08:00 ETD – 18:00
- Day 108 Naples, Italy ETA – 08:00 ETD – 18:00
- Day 109 Civitavecchia, Italy ETA – 08:00 ETD – 18:00
- Day 110 Monte Carlo, Monaco ETA – 10:00 ETD – 23:00
- Day 111 At Sea
- Day 112 Barcelona, Spain ETA – 07:00 ETD – 17:30
- Day 113 Cartagena, Spain ETA – 12:00 ETD – 18:00
- Day 114 At Sea
- Day 115 Lisbon, Portugal ETA – 08:00 ETD – 17:00
- Day 116/117 At Sea
- Day 118 Le Havre, France ETA – 07:00 ETD – 21:00
- Day 119 Dover, UK ETA – 07:00 ETD – 17:00
- Day 120/121 Greenwich, UK ETA – 03:00 (overnight)
Itinerary – Compared to 2020 WC
- 2020 departed L/A for 8 days at sea, so we negotiated waiving the deviation fee to arrive early. If we missed the ship, Viking was responsible to get us to the ship in the South Pacific. One couple lost their luggage, which arrived on day 10, in Tahiti. In 2023, they have a day in Santa Barbara, for stragglers or late baggage, before heading to Hawaii.
- Meddy – In 2020 we had minimal ports in the Meddy, while 2023 has an excellent Meddy itinerary. This comes with less coverage in SE Asia, as we miss China, Hong Kong, Philippines, Cambodia and Bangkok.
- We have 66 out of 121 days in port, with port intensive cruises being a Viking hallmark.
Hi Andy and Judi. My wife, Caroline, and I will be on the World Cruise starting December 22, 2022, embarking in Fort Lauderdale. See you on the Neptune! I am also interested in blogging during the journey. How much time do you spend blogging while you are cruising?
Hi John – Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. The time taken to write each post doesn’t take too long, as I have a template for sea days and another for shore-ex. Most time is taken preparing the photos, which must be converted from RAW to .jpg, re-sized and compressed to reduce the file size. If the exposures are way out, I might also do some quick fixes.
All in all probably, I work at least a couple of hours a day on the blog, but not all at the same time. I am often seen walking around the ship with my laptop. Even in the Theatre, waiting for a lecture, I will flash up the laptop and work on photos.
On Cruise Critic we have an active group that we started the day the cruise was published. Lot of returning World Cruisers and also first timers. Please consider stopping by and joining the discussions. We also have an album, which is a Viking World Cruise tradition that you can join.
Andy and Judi – We received our first draft of the directory, and really appreciate what you’re doing! This will be such a handy reference guide when we are FINALLY sailing the world on the Neptune!
Have a great day and thank you! Jayne and Matt Bonzella
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Hi Andy & Judi…We called Viking yesterday about the ‘23 WC and there was one Penthouse Veranda available. We feel this is meant for us…haha…since someone must’ve canceled recently. We are big cruisers but never for this long. Would love to hear pre-planning details…packing, preparing taxes, banking, destination research, etc. details from experts like you since we are 90% sure we’ll book it! Should I join your CC group, or am I currently in the correct place? Thank you!
Hi Jayne & Matt,
Thanks for leaving a comment and looking forward to meeting you on the WC. My suggestion is to join the Roll Call in Cruise Critic and ask lots of questions. We have lots of repeat World Cruisers, so lots of experts and they are all willing to share their experiences.
I’ve so enjoyed reading about your adventures. Twas fun to have a bit of travel stories during the pandemic.
Looking forward to following along in 2023.
Looking forward to being on the Neptun with you!
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Andy, you do a great job on your blogs. I am trying to learn from you for my 2021 World Cruise!
Thanks Jim – Those of us booked on 22/23 will be following you on the 21/22. Enjoy
If you REALLY liked us, you’d have a few cold ones with us in Florida. Be that as it may, we’ll see you guys 18 days later. Say howdy to Judi for us.
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HaHa Nick – We must really like you guys, we just booked to spend another 4 months with you & Linda on a cruise ship.
Once we board in L/A, we can meet for lunch and you can update the 2020 re-union group.
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Tahiti! NZ! Myanmar!! Egypt! Suez Canal!! The Med!
This is going to be a great cruise! Personally, I think this will be a hard one to wait for 🙂
Yes, Myanmar (Burma) is a new country for me. Looking forward to spending 3 days.
Just got your latest blog on your next WC and it looks Wonderful. We completed the 1st Viking WC with you and it’s something Nancy and i will always remember .and will follow your adventures with keen interest.
Because of all that’s going on in the world , Nancy and I are looking forward to Viking’s New 14 day Mississippi River Cruise with Great Enjoy xpectations
Enjoy your travels and stay safe .
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Wow!!! Looks awesome! It’s nice to have something to look forward to in these times. We are home, being safe. Have a TA booked for end of Nov 2021 on the Sea…Rome to San Juan. Have doubts about it. We will see as we get closer. I look forward to following your adventures vicariously.
Thanks – hope your TA sails. Being end of November it should be OK.
Are there segments on this World Cruise?
At this time, no segments were published, although the itinerary is set up to create segments. If the cruise is selling well, similar to the 2018 & 2022 WC they may not require segments to fill the ship/
That would be great if no segments. The folks on the first world cruise sure loved it that way!
Yes, I read many positive comments from the 2018 WC and have discussed it with Jim. With the 2021 WC cancelled, the 2022 was quickly sold out, so they also don’t have segments.
The 2023 is selling well, so far, with all suites sold in the first week and most of the V cabins sold. With still over 2 years to go, we can always hope for a segment free WC. However, we had segments in 2020 and we were all pax on the same ship, having a great time. Unfortunately, some of our new friends left in Sydney.
Thanks for posting the arrival & departure times. So glad we are in Singapore overnight.
Hi Deb – You are very welcome