About oriana77

We are retired and enjoy travelling and seeing the world. On the highways and byways of North America you'll find us in a Ford F350 towing our very comfortable Redwood 5th wheel, which we share with our 2 dogs and cat. In addition we love to cruise and make extensive use of our Worldmark Timeshare.

Day 18 – 22nd January 2020, Tonga Tour

28 West coast blowholes 5

Today is the first of our private tours, which I researched extensively. The ship’s tours were all shorter and focussed on one specific area, but we wanted more of an overall tour around the entire island.

We booked a 6-hour tour of the island with “Toni’s Tour” and he definitely didn’t disappoint. OMG, in 8.5 hrs we almost saw the entire island. Yes, we started at 08:00 and he returned us to the ship at 16:30.

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Day 17 – 21st January 2020, Arr Nuku’alofa Tonga

Afternoon tea and scone

Afternoon Tea with Fruit Scone, jam and cream

Today the weather abated significantly, but we are still at the edge of a Cat 3 Tropical Revolving Storm (Cyclone), so the ship is still rolling & pitching somewhat. We arrived in Nuku’alofa Tonga just after Noon, for an overnight stay.

With only a couple of days to organise, the ship did an excellent job arranging a fleet of shuttle buses to a local resort and an onboard performance from a local troupe.

Read on for photos of the performance, walk around Nuku’alofa and afternoon tea.

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Day 16 – 19th January 2020, Cruising South Pacific

03 Viking Sun at anchor

Today I have managed to get the little point & shoot camera working, so I will be including more daily pictures from around the ship. The full frame 5D is great for taking photos, but with a power drive and separate flash, it is just too heavy to carry everywhere around the ship.

Enjoy a few new photos.

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Day 15 – 18th January 2020, Cruising South Pacific

03 Altered onto final approach with fresh beam wind

Judi wishes the seas were this smooth out here

Today we were scheduled to anchor off the Cook Islands, participating in the included excursion and an optional excursion. However, the deep depression currently passing through the area dictated we head directly to Tonga, so today is another relaxing sea day.

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Day 14 – 17th January 2020, Cruising South Pacific

Viking World Wonders Cruise Map

Itinerary Map now out of date

Today we received the news of our first schedule change of this cruise. Cruise ships frequently miss the Cook Islands due to weather and based on the Captain’s announcement, we are heading directly to Tonga, where we will enjoy an overnight.

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Day 14 – 17th January 2020, At Sea

At today’s Noon announcement, the Captain advised of heavy weather around the Cook Islands and to the South of us. It would not be possible to safely conduct tendering operations in the Cook Islands.

Therefore, tomorrow’s call is cancelled and we are now steaming weather avoidance courses direct to Tonga, where we will dock a day early, giving us an overnight.

By steaming weather avoidance courses, the Captain predicts we will experience about 20 kt winds, but the previous courses would have put us in 45 kt winds and 15-18′ seas. They provided written confirmation in our cabin, with the Captain providing 2 chartlets showing isobars, wind arrows and the 2 course option.

Personally, I never expected to reach the Cook islands, as it is often skipped due to weather. Viking have handled this issue extremely well.

Day 13 – Bora Bora, Fr Polynesia – 16th January 2020

52 Tiki Bar weather forecast

Port – Brought up to Anchor about 07:30

After a short 160 mls steaming from Papeete, we were awakened by the tender preparation, one of which is directly below us. With a cabin above the tenders, the neighbours are quiet, but you can experience a little banging before tender ports – minor inconvenience in the overall experience. Today we signed up for the “Included” excursion, thoroughly enjoying a brilliant cruise around Bora Bora.

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Day 12 – Alongside Papeete, Tahiti – AM Tour

Judi at our 4x4

Baby 4×4 Mazda Truck

With an overnight and full day in Papeete, we signed up for the AM 4×4 excursion to the volcano caldera and rain forest. We have completed tours around the island on previous visits, so this time we fancied a trip to the interior.

This excursion definitely did NOT disappoint, being way above our expectations.

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