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.

World Cruise Prequel

Los Angeles to London isn’t quite a World Cruise, so in addition to the 29-day extension, Judi & I had discussed also booking the pre-World Cruise Trans-Atlantic. Therefore, the only part we would miss is the Trans-Canal from Ft Lauderdale to Los Angeles. A couple of relaxing weeks aboard Viking Neptune sailing across the Atlantic, fly home for Christmas, Hogmanay and our grandson’s birthday, before flying to Los Angeles and rejoining the ship. Simply perfect.

So often in life, timing is everything, well Viking published the Viking Neptune’s pre-World Cruises last week, when Judi and I were discussing some options for heading over to UK for my dad’s celebration of life. We haven’t finalised that event yet, but one of the options meshed perfectly with this cruise. Please click “Continue Reading” for the itinerary.

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Scandinavia and The British Isles

Viking Ocean Cruise Ship – courtesy of Viking

We booked the 2023 World Journeys cruise from Los Angeles to London, aboard Viking’s newest ship the Viking Neptune. In fact, this ship is so new they haven’t even laid the keel yet. In addition to the World Cruise, Judi and I have discussed staying on after the World Cruise for a European cruise and/or a prequel, with a Trans-Atlantic from the shipyard to Ft Lauderdale.

Last month, Viking finally published some additional Viking Neptune cruises, so we booked this 29-day Scandinavia & The British Isles cruise. Please click “continue reading” to discover this amazing itinerary.

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Hawaiian Island Sojourn

Viking Orion – courtesy of Travel Pulse

Sitting in our Whistler condo (Worldmark Sundance) on a very gloomy and soggy day, it is the perfect time to catch up with some long overdue blog posts. As I alluded to in my previous post today, we have certainly been checking out cruises and may even have kept our excellent Travel Agent rather busy, these past few months.

You may ask, what does Viking Orion have to do with the post title – Hawaiian Island Sojourn – click “Continue Reading” for the answer.

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2023 Viking World Journeys – 450 Days To Go

2023 World Journeys

OMG!!! we booked this cruise over 10 months ago, and we still have 450 days, until we board the magnificent Viking Neptune, in San Pedro, for our 3rd World Cruise. The number of days to go started at 760, so we have already passed 3 significant milestones – 700 days, 600 days and 500 days.

We booked the day the cruise was published, and immediately started contacting our many friends from previous cruises, with at least 6 other couples signing up. In adition to our Canadian & US friends, we also have friends from Sweden, who were our neighbours on the 2020 WC. We also have many of our blog readers, who followed along with our adventures on the Magical Mystery Tour (2020 WC), who have also signed up. Needless to say we are already developing a significant group on our very active Cruise Critic Roll Call.

I also produce a World Cruise Album, which is a Viking World Cruise tradition, and we already have 26 couples, who have contributed information and a photo. Please click on the link to view the album template.

Since booking this cruise, we have been busy reviewing additional cruise options, all which are with our new preferred cruise line – Viking Ocean. Rumours are circulating we may even have booked something, so check out the next posts.

Summer/Fall 2021 – British Columbia Staycations

Humpback Tail Off Victoria

Having been cooped-up in the house since returning from the 2020 World Cruise, on Viking Sun, Judi and I decided it was time to start returning to our somewhat pre-COVID nomadic lifestyle. No fancy cruises or trips across Canada in the RV this year, but we did book some time locally in our RV and a couple of our local timeshares.

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F-450 King Ranch (Brute 3) – On Order

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The current F-350 Dually

On Tuesday, we depart for Osoyoos, in British Columbia’s wine country, and this will be our final RV’ing trip with Brute # 2, a Ford F-350 Lariat, CC, Long Box, 4×2 Dually. This truck was factory ordered and delivered shortly after we returned from the 2015 World Cruise, so it is almost 6 years old.

Rubbing the crystal ball, I see a 2022 Ford F-450 King Ranch, CC, Long Box, 4×4 Dually in our future. Read on to check out our sweet deal.

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2023 Viking World Journeys Itinerary

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.

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World Cruise # 3 – 2023 or 2025???

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Viking Cruise Ship – courtesy of Viking Cruises

Since returning from the curtailed 2020 Viking World Cruise in April, our wanderlust lifestyle of extensive travel, has seen a significant change. We can’t cross the border and International travel isn’t recommended, so last summer when our local COVID numbers were excellent, we enjoyed a week in Victoria and another in Whistler.

Unfortunately, with COVID numbers recently taking a turn for the worse, our Health Officer has recommended travel be limited to only what is essential. Therefore, last week Judi & I cancelled our reservation at our Victoria condo for next month.

So, you may ask, what does all this have to do with another WC in 2023 or 2025 – read on, for breaking news.

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Andy & Judi’s 2020 World Cruise Review – Vol III

Viking Sun in Noumea

This is a continuation of our 2020 World Cruise Review, which is based on a similar format that I used after our 2015 World Cruise. Volume III of the 2015 Cruise covered the negatives, or areas needing improvement, but after many hours of post cruise reflection, we can only think of 1 negative – missing most of the ports, but this was completely outside the control of the cruise line. Therefore, Vol III will address even more positives:

  • Ship – Viking Sun
  • Meals

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Andy & Judi’s 2020 World Cruise Review – Vol II

Ship's Sections

Viking Sun Schematic

Welcome to Vol II of our 2020 World Cruise (WC) summary. The review of our 2015 WC discussed positives in Vol II and areas for improvement in Vol III. However, with the exception of completing the itinerary, the 2020 WC is all positive. Therefore, I will align the 2020 summaries, with same headings as 2015, but both posts discuss positives.

This post, will cover the following areas:

  • Itinerary
  • Master
  • Officers and Crew
  • Cabin
  • Entertainment

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