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36 Night Alaska Cruise from Vancouver

36 Night Alaska Cruise from Vancouver

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Vancouver
  • Day 2
    Inside Passage (Cruising)
  • Day 3
    Ketchikan
  • Day 4
    Sitka
  • Day 5
    Icy Strait
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Valdez
  • Day 8
    Seward
  • Day 9
    Kodiak
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Dutch Harbor
  • Day 12
    Cruising
  • Day 13
    Cruising
  • Day 14
    Cruising
  • Day 15
    Cruising
  • Day 16
    Petropavlovsk
  • Day 17
    Cruising
  • Day 18
    Cruising
  • Day 19
    Sakhalin
  • Day 20
    Hokkaido
  • Day 21
    Hokkaido
  • Day 22
    Cruising
  • Day 23
    Tokyo (Yokohama)
  • Day 24
    Tokyo (Yokohama)
  • Day 25
    Tokyo (Yokohama)
  • Day 26
    Shimizu
  • Day 27
    Shimizu
  • Day 28
    Osaka
  • Day 29
    Hiroshima
  • Day 30
    Hiroshima
  • Day 31
    Beppu
  • Day 32
    Nagasaki
  • Day 33
    Kagoshima
  • Day 34
    Cruising
  • Day 35
    Taipei (Keelung)
  • Day 36
    Cruising
  • Day 37
    Hong Kong
  • Day 38
    Hong Kong

Viking Orion

Viking Orion - Viking Ocean Cruises

Pros

Many perks included in cruise fare, including one-of-a-kind thermal suite and fine dining

Cons

People looking for traditional cruise activities -- casino, glitzy production shows -- will be disappointed

Bottom Line

A solid value on a cruise ship that focuses on exploration onboard and ashore


Cruise Reviews

8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
We previously sailed on the Viking Idi/Viking Kvasir on the Rhine Getaway river cruise in June, 2016 and had such a great time we immediately booked the Alaska and the Inside Passage cruise on the Viking Orion as soon as this itinerary ... Read More
We previously sailed on the Viking Idi/Viking Kvasir on the Rhine Getaway river cruise in June, 2016 and had such a great time we immediately booked the Alaska and the Inside Passage cruise on the Viking Orion as soon as this itinerary became available in April, 2017. We were not disappointed. We have sailed on two previous ocean cruises (before Viking Ocean ships were launched) and this was by far the best. From every aspect, from trip planning and booking through shore excursions, dining, cabin, embarkation and disembarkation, our trip was virtually flawless. My wife has celiac disease and is therefore strictly gluten and soy free. We made this aware to Viking early on and Viking ensured that no matter where we dined onboard, from the Restaurant, though the World Cafe, Manfredi's and the snack bars, she was accommodated. Our restaurant manager, Ariel Aribella, ensured that no matter which venue we dined in on a particular day, my wife as able to view the next days gluten free options and select her meals in advance. The ship itself was beautiful and spotless. I have read virtually every review of the Orion since its maiden voyage and was frankly surprised at some of the negative comments. Most negative comments, not all, seemed to reflect personal preferences of the reviewer, such as food quality, cabin layout, excursion locations and guides, etc. We experienced none of these issues, except for one minor problem on the Juneau included excursion, which we believe was incorrectly described. More on that later We selected our excursions the day they became available after creating our wish list on the My Viking Journey website and each of these was available. We chose three optional and four included excursions. The best ones were the optional excursions in Sitka, Icy Strait Point, and Skagway. Our only disappointment was as stated above, the included Salmon Hatchery and Mendenhall Glacier Experience. The salmon hatchery was fine, but our only view of the Mendenhall Glacier was from an observation point five miles away and the only way we knew it was the glacier and not a cloud was because our guide told us it was. Other people on this tour had the same comments and we made our issue known to Viking Guest Services. They acknowledged they had had similar complaints and we received a phone call the next day from Viking promising to address the issue. All of our other excursions were great, from the History and Native Animals of Sitka, to the Bear Search in Icy Strait Point, and especially the White Pass Railroad in Skagway. The outstanding weather during the last two added immensely to our enjoyment of these excursions. Cabin: From our virtual exploration of the Orion on the My Viking Journey website, we pretty much knew what to expect from our Penthouse Veranda Stateroom, and we were not disappointed . The cabin was spacious for our needs, the storage spaces were more than adequate, even for our way overpacked suitcases (lesson learned). The bathroom was well laid out and we never felt crowded. The balcony was large enough and had plenty of space. Our cabin attendant, Romantino and his assistant were outstanding. Every need was immediately attended to and the cabin was spotless each time we returned. The cruise director, Spence Robson was fantastic. Not only was he constantly available around the ship, he introduced all of the activities, including the port talks, the entertainers, and the production shows, he also is a great performer. We enjoyed the production shows by the Viking Oasis show band and the Viking Vocalists. They were very professional and enthusiastic. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
This was our second Viking Ocean cruise (our first was Viking Homelands in 2017--awesome!), this time on the Viking Orion. As with the Viking Sea, the ship is simply stunning. It is very elegant, tastefully appointed, and so well-designed ... Read More
This was our second Viking Ocean cruise (our first was Viking Homelands in 2017--awesome!), this time on the Viking Orion. As with the Viking Sea, the ship is simply stunning. It is very elegant, tastefully appointed, and so well-designed that it never seems crowded. You feel like you are staying at an elegant, boutique hotel. On par with the ship itself, was the crew--without exception friendly, helpful, and unobtrusive--and the food, which was excellent. The Orion has a planetarium (the Explorer's Dome), which honestly was not particularly impressive and unfortunately took up space that on the other Viking ships is better occupied by the upper floor of the Explorer's Lounge. The only downside was that this was Viking's first season in Alaska, and in some respects it showed--we had to tender in several places rather than dock being the new guy, and a few of the included shore excursions need some fine tuning. (Valdez is not visited by many cruise ships for a reason--but with a new pier and terminal it has a lot of potential, and does have a fascinating history. Definitely recommend scheduling an optional excursion here). But these were very minor hiccups that in no way detracted from a great experience. Viking is our cruise line of choice from now on. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
We booked this cruise directly through Viking in November 2017 - 18 months prior to departure. We were advised at that time we could upgrade flights as soon as flights became available. We duly did this through Viking. They organised the ... Read More
We booked this cruise directly through Viking in November 2017 - 18 months prior to departure. We were advised at that time we could upgrade flights as soon as flights became available. We duly did this through Viking. They organised the flights on our behalf. Five weeks prior to departure for Seward, Alaska we were contacted by Viking and advised that we would need an earlier flight to get us to Seward on time for the cruise. As we were taking a regional flight they advised that we could depart 24 hrs before the previous arrangements and spend a night and day at Heathrow airport. This was perceived as unacceptable. After much “discussion” we finally agreed to fly out to Alaska one day earlier than Viking had scheduled. Not an encouraging start to our cruise or to showcase their organisational skills. The cruise overall went well. Orion is a beautiful ship and our Stateroom on Deck 8 was very well appointed and we were looked after vey well by our Personal Stateroom Attendant. We were unfortunately disappointed overall with the standard of evening meals. Food in the Restaurant was as good as that in Manfredi’s but standards at the Chef’sTable were quite poor. Vegetables served were consistently overcooked in all restaurants and requests for veg to be served al dente were ignored. Evening meals were therefore variable. Service in the restaurants tended to be inconsistent and erratic. Requests for a pre meal drink whilst waiting to be joined by fellow travellers at the table took so long that the meal was alrady served before the wine arrived. We bought the premium wine package but standards of wine were no better than the standard package, although aperitifs / after dinner drinks etc were included in this plan. We were led to believe wine would be of a higher standard. We had the opportunity to make three reservations at the Chef’s Table. The one experience was enough - the menu was limited and standards not high enough. We booked extensive excursions, this being a once in a lifetime experience. Largely they were good but the Viking grading system was yet again inconsistent. Demanding, moderate, easy categorisation for excursions was variable. At Icy Strait Point we went on a “demanding” wilderness hike which compared with a gentle stroll so limited that the excursion leader stopped frequently to expand time taken. On our return we expressed concern with othe guests about our experience as on this occasion no evaluation sheets were dustributed. Viking staff reaction was disappointing. They did not want to know. At Juneau poor weather that had been forecast well in advance meant that our helicopter glacier trip could not go ahead. It was very obvious on that day that this would be the case though Viking required us to take the tender ashore, miss an opportunity to sign up for an alternative excursion only to be told that our excursion was cancelled as soon as we reached the shore. This experience could have been so much better if Viking communications were better. To be fair our trip was refunded but any valuable excursion in Juneau was lost. You will appreciate that we are unlikely to visit Juneau again so this was frustrating. When the cruise came to an end we had bought a post cruise extension organised by Viking in Vancouver. It cost £389 per person for 2 nights bed and breakfast. Our allocated hotel the Regency Hyatt was relatively disappointing particularly because breakfast was served to Viking guests in a large windowless conference room. The standard of food was poor but most importantly was diffferent to the standard of food served to non Viking guests in the main restaurant. For example the strawberries, fresh smoked salmon and extensive range were missing and replaced by cheap toast bread, melon as the only fruit available by way of example. Overall, the hotel on Burrard Street had a very tired feel although staff were very helpful. Viking did not ask for any feedback on this section if our experience. We gave feedback to the Viking rep at the Regency Hyatt who was lovely and very helpful but she explained we would have to contact Viking directly to complain. Despite this we enjoyed our tine in Vancouver it is a beautiful city. We tried to ignore our annoyance regarding lack of value for money. You may imagine we invested heavily on the cruise and prior to our experience were happy to do so. It did not overall live up to expectations. With hindsight we would have gone with another small ship provider or settled for a standard cabin as it was we were in a Junior Penthouse Stateroom (8003). As of writing we still have not received the refund from our abortive helicopter trip. Written contact via their contact form and a telephone call have unfortunately met with no response. We are not surprised given our overall experience of Viking Oceanic Cruises communications and organisation - or lack. Read Less
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