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 37 – 10th February, Arrival Sydney

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Approaching the Iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge

Wow!! the general consensus around the ship is we experienced a rough night last night, as many hardly got any sleep. Not me, turned the light out and was asleep in seconds, waking up about 05:00. The gentle rolling and shuddering just enhanced the sleep.

Having missed Melbourne, today we arrived in Sydney, a day early, to enjoy 3 days in this amazing city. Read on to enjoy the photos on entering one of my favourite ports world wide.

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Viking Sun – Deck 8

Viking Funnel

This is the 2nd installment of the Viking Sun ship tour, by individual deck. Deck 8 is a combination of:

  • Lounge – upper level of Explorers’
  • Cabins – 20 cabins (PS1 and DV 1) immediately aft of Explorers
  • Open Decks – easy walking track and lots of seating

Read on to view the deck plan and photos.

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Day 36 – 9th February 2020, At Sea

Seas while crossing TasmanHaving already covered today’s big issue, the itinerary change, in a separate post, this one will be shorter than usual. The ship has been moving considerably, so it isn’t conducive to carrying a big camera around, so no new photos today.

The weather also curtailed this evening’s entertainment, as it wasn’t safe to perform on the stage.

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Viking Sun World Cruise – Revised Itinerary

With the current public health issues, predominantly in Asia, especially China and Hong Kong, a number of pax are getting restless regarding any potential itinerary changes. Honk Kong is also the end of the next segment, so will have about 400 pax departing and 400 newbies arriving.

Well this morning, the Captain has issued a revised itinerary, as China and Hong Kong have closed their ports indefinitely.

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Viking Sun – Deck 9

Viking Sun Bow

I have wandered around the ship snapping a few photos, so starting today, on sea days, when I am caught up with the regular posts, I will present photos of one deck at a time. This is a follow on to my earlier post looking at the cabin.

This morning, I am starting at the upper most deck – Deck # 9, which is known as the Sports Deck. Enjoy. Continue reading

Day 35 – 8th February 2020, At Sea

Vats of Prawns and Crab legs with Boody Marys and Mimosa

Seafood Galore at Pool Deck Brunch

The Main Dining Room was closed today for both breakfast and lunch, which is most unusual for a sea day. Up on the Pool Deck they hosted an exceptionally well presented and comprehensive Brunch, with multiple stations throughout the pool area and Wintergarden.

Read on to enjoy the photos.

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Day 34 – 7th February 2020, Hobart

Australian flag with fabric structure

Welcome to Australia

Having completed our voyage through New Zealand, today we arrived in our first Australian port – Hobart, Tasmania. We will spend the next 2 weeks cruising up the East Coast and across to Darwin.

Judi headed out on a ship’s tour, while I visited a local liferaft manufacturer.

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Day 33 – 6th February 2020, Cruising Tasman Sea

Ship's position Feb 6th

Our Current Position

We expected another quiet routine sea day, but no, the Master, Officers and Crew of the magnificent Viking Sun had a few curves to throw at us today. Although the wind died down to < 10 kts, the ship continues to be a rockin’ an a rollin’ in the SW’ly swell.

Read on to determine the curves in our otherwise routine sea day.

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Day 32 – 5th February 2020, Tasman Sea

Viking FunnelThis cruise started with lots of sea days, as we crossed the vast Pacific Ocean and we were so looking forward to seeing ports. However, after 8 very busy port days, I am really enjoying getting back to the quiet sea day routine. Today is our 2nd of 3 sea days, as we pound across the Tasman Sea towards Hobart, Tasmania.

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Day 31 – 4th February 2020, Scenic Cruising

Clearing Doubtful Sound

Bye Bye New Zealand

This brings an end to an exceptional 8 days in New Zealand, one of my favourite countries in the world. After spending 2 months on the NZ Coast, on my first rip to sea, I could easily have moved here, had I not gone to Canada. The climate is great, scenery tremendous and the people are simply magnificent.

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, as we continue this great adventure, pounding across the Tasman Sea, bound for Australia.

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