1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
Excellent cruise. My only problem was the switch in the number of days in Barcelona. We were expecting two days in Barcelona. That was one of the reasons we booked the cruise, to see Barcelona. Then as soon as we paid for the cruise, ... Read More
Excellent cruise. My only problem was the switch in the number of days in Barcelona. We were expecting two days in Barcelona. That was one of the reasons we booked the cruise, to see Barcelona. Then as soon as we paid for the cruise, we were informed that the itinerary has been changed and we would only have one day in Barcelona. No explanation or adjustment from Viking. A little disappointing. I expected better service and communication from Viking on this important itinerary change. We were forced to book additional days at our expense, as a result of the change. The ship was beautiful! The staff was very helpful and friendly. The food was excellent. Lots of items to choose from for meals. Lots of places to eat. Guests need to explore the other locations for meals wile on board besides the dining rooms. Many things things to do on the ship and many excursions off the ship. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
While many in our group had visited most of the ports previously, we all wanted to visit the scheduled ports.We greatly enjoyed out pre-cruise in Madrid. The change of itinerary, costing us a night in Barcelona, was disappointing, though ... Read More
While many in our group had visited most of the ports previously, we all wanted to visit the scheduled ports.We greatly enjoyed out pre-cruise in Madrid. The change of itinerary, costing us a night in Barcelona, was disappointing, though Sète was lovely. The other ports were fantastic and the excursions, both included and optional, were well run and educational. We were a bit disappointed in the wine tasting at Valmagne Abbey (extremely limited amounts of wine to taste and quite discourteous servers), but the tour guides were all excellent and the locations provided great adventures and experiences for all of us. Toilets on all tour buses, regardless of length of tour, would be an improvement. One of the best things about the cruise was having an astronomer in residence; his expertise during star and planet gazing and when the international Space Station passed over the Orion was an amazing experience! We utilized and loved the included areas of the spa, including the cold room. The food and included wine was great and meals were leisurely, well served affairs. Both the spa and meal service are areas where Viking's luxury treatment of guests shines. The on board entertainment was good to adequate and provides Viking with an area in which to improve. We are looking forward to our next cruise with Viking. Our only real complaint stemmed from the flight arrangements going home. Viking needs to find a much better way to do flight arrangements, one that gives Viking far more control and the ability to provide much better customer service for dealing with problems and issues. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
We chose Viking for our first cruise ever due to hearing very good things about the service, ship, food and excursions. We were not disappointed! Our friends who cruise tell us that we will NOT enjoy cruising with any other cruise line. We ... Read More
We chose Viking for our first cruise ever due to hearing very good things about the service, ship, food and excursions. We were not disappointed! Our friends who cruise tell us that we will NOT enjoy cruising with any other cruise line. We found the food very good, enjoyed room service breakfast to allow us a little extra time to get ready for our excursions. We enjoyed that the ship did not feel crowded, we could always get a pool chair, dinner table, anytime we pleased. The service was impeccable. Our transfers were seamless as well. We look forward to cruising again with Viking! We upgraded our liquor package and thought that this was a bargain! The Destination Meals and wine in the Restaurant were awesome. We met a lot of nice folks on the cruise. Our tour guides were very well versed and gave us a much better experience than if we had gone to the French Riviera alone. Our only regret was that we did not have enough time to extend our trip in Rome! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
We chose the cruise because we enjoyed the river cruise we took in May of 2017. We also wanted to compare the ocean cruise to Princess ocean cruises. We liked the smaller ship, loved the free laundry. The entertainment was good for a ... Read More
We chose the cruise because we enjoyed the river cruise we took in May of 2017. We also wanted to compare the ocean cruise to Princess ocean cruises. We liked the smaller ship, loved the free laundry. The entertainment was good for a smaller ship. Princess entertainment is extravagant in comparison, due to the fact that they have been around longer and are experienced in it. Their sets are well designed and we enjoyed meeting the actors, seeing their rooms and finding out about what it takes to be an entertainer on Princess. We loved eating at the Chef's Table, Asian Panorama. We enjoyed the Winter Garden, the spa with the Snow Gratto. We enjoyed dancing on the deck under the stars and at the night club, danced from 8:30 PM until it closed. It was such a wonderful experience that we booked another Viking Ocean cruise in May of 2019. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
I had heard that Viking Cruises provided a higher cultural experience than other lines. I find that to be true. The music, lectures, art on board all lend to a extraordinary experience. The spa and fitness center are excellent. There ... Read More
I had heard that Viking Cruises provided a higher cultural experience than other lines. I find that to be true. The music, lectures, art on board all lend to a extraordinary experience. The spa and fitness center are excellent. There is no casino, water slides, blaring music or kids. The amenities included (WiFi, shore excursions, drinks at dinner) are well worth it. The free shore excursions are all walking tours of whatever port we are in. Those that we booked I found interesting. If you are in the last group that gets to book excursions you may find the best times sold out. The paid excursions are excellent especially if you like exploring the food and wines of the regions visited. Many excursions focus on these aspects of culture. On board activities and entertainment was good and varied with something for everyone. It ranged from lectures about upcoming regions, an ABBA music revue, Jazz concert, various musicians playing each night. I have already booked another cruise for 2020. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
This was my very first cruise experience. And While I thoroughly enjoyed the quality of the food, the service, the amenities, the decor, I had a difficult time understanding why the entertainment was so lacking. Starting with the ... Read More
This was my very first cruise experience. And While I thoroughly enjoyed the quality of the food, the service, the amenities, the decor, I had a difficult time understanding why the entertainment was so lacking. Starting with the complimentary tours-some of the guides were quite lackluster and not attentive to the group in terms of their need to maybe slow down or knowing whether or not everyone is keeping up. I don’t know that I was aware of any resource (besides Guest Services or booking an excursion) that I could utilize to locate points of interest at each of the ports. When I did approach guest services regarding things to do in a given port, all the person did was Google it. They didn’t seem to have any information readily available to relay. To me, it’s important to talk to people who have been to these ports, who have had experiences there, who have genuine recommendations for where to go. My favorite part was the bartenders and most of the wait staff at the bars. We found ourselves at the bar quite a lot because there wasn’t much else available in the evening that we enjoyed. The singers were doing their jobs but were rather cheesy. We found ourselves some nights just making the best of it. Having to shrug it off, laugh about it, then just try to enjoy it. I appreciated greatly the efforts to keep things and people clean and sanitized. Embarkation and disembarkation were always smooth and never any lines like I’d heard happens with other cruise lines. There were a few people who really stood out for us in terms of service. Zoran, Boban, Nicola, Martin, Vadim, Stefanjia. They were always smiling and happy to see us. Remembering our names, room numbers, what we liked to drink but they went over and above and we felt like we were their friends and they were welcoming us into their home. These people were more memorable to us than the ports we visited. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
Sailed for our 32nd Cruise , first with Viking Ocean having sailed on their Danube river cruise on their Longboats. Consistent non overbearing service...very different than other cruise lines. No children was a big plus. Beautiful ... Read More
Sailed for our 32nd Cruise , first with Viking Ocean having sailed on their Danube river cruise on their Longboats. Consistent non overbearing service...very different than other cruise lines. No children was a big plus. Beautiful furnishings and fittings. Outstanding open seating dinners in all restaurants. Veranda cabin was excellent: bed was firm, shower and toiletries were above average. Low key evening shows were great. Planetarium was a nice addition along with the on board astronomer who had a powerful telescope on the top deck for planet viewings. Embarking and disembarking was Very easy. Included tours were good. We went on 5 optional tours which were uncrowded and well done. Free spa pool was outstanding along with sauna and snow room...unique, not crowded and high end experience...used 2x. We traveled with 3 other couples we are in our mid 60s. Mostly over 40.. One fellow passenger told us he was 93 and was on a moderately active tour..did great. Cruise was in mid July 2018, 7 day Barcelona to Rome with a 2 day pre cruise in Madrid. Best summary: will are planning another cruise with Viking... Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
We chose this cruise for our honeymoon and could not be happier with our choice!!! The ship was absolutely breathtaking, everything we could imagine was available and then some (ex. The bathrooms in the staterooms have heated floors and ... Read More
We chose this cruise for our honeymoon and could not be happier with our choice!!! The ship was absolutely breathtaking, everything we could imagine was available and then some (ex. The bathrooms in the staterooms have heated floors and mirrors...). The amenities on board kept us entertained an interested, and we didn't even get to try everything. The dining was fantastic, specially restaurants were amazing and even the casual buffet style dining was better than we've ever experienced anywhere. The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful at all times, they always had a smile and were more than happy to help with anything we could ever want. The shore excursions were absolutely delightful and so very interesting!! Every one of them was inspiring and exciting. The tour guide companies Viking contracted with were wonderful, they were not difficult to understand, the headsets made it so nobody had to yell or strain to hear, and the guides always had more information than you could imagine. We haven't stopped talking about our cruise since we returned home and have even made purchases of household items that are similar to on the ship so we can pretend we're still there. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
I enjoy Viking cruises because it includes the most stops. I specifically enjoyed the having a few days in Barcelona before beginning the cruise. I enjoyed every stop it's hard to pick one.One of my favorite stops was Sete ... Read More
I enjoy Viking cruises because it includes the most stops. I specifically enjoyed the having a few days in Barcelona before beginning the cruise. I enjoyed every stop it's hard to pick one.One of my favorite stops was Sete (Montepiller) France. The port was unique because of all the flowers around the water ways. I also enjoyed the Van Gough excursion was very interesting. Our lunch at I believe Les Baux-Provence was very nice. Every excursion had lots of variety. Eze, Nice, and Monte Carlo were unbelievable. Our day in Tuscany was wonderful with a stop at a farm house and winery "Fattoria- San Donato". I enjoyed trying the various pasta dishes, roasted vegetables, cheese and especially the wine. Seeing the "Leaning Tower" for the first time was truly amazing. The ship and service were great. We had dinner at the various restaurants. All were very good. The food at the Italian restaurant was delicious. It was a great cruise! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
This was our first cruise. We fell in love with the Viking experience and have already spoken of future locations to look into..... All around fantastic experience, couldn't imagine cruising with another line. We chose the Junior ... Read More
This was our first cruise. We fell in love with the Viking experience and have already spoken of future locations to look into..... All around fantastic experience, couldn't imagine cruising with another line. We chose the Junior Veranda Suite and could not have been happier. Very roomy and the bathroom was well appointed and had more than enough room. Bed and furniture was quite comfortable and lines were very nice. Our cabin was cleaned twice a day and the free laundry service was fantastic. The dining was superb. From the World Cafe to The Restaurant you will not have a bad meal. We did dine at the Chef's Table and Manfredo's multiple times and our favorite was Manfredo. Food was excellent and authentic Italian. Simply loved the bread and olive oil paired with the hard parmeigiano reggiano cheese. Crew was personable, professional and above all, friendly! A wonderful experience from start to finish and I cant wait to book another trip!!! Read Less
Viking Orion Ratings
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Cabins 5.0 0.0
Dining 5.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 5.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 5.0 0.0
Family N/A 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 5.0 0.0
Service 4.5 0.0
Value For Money 5.0 0.0

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