3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
With two weeks to utilize at the holidays, and with the desire to catch a restful break from daily routine while also getting to see some of the wonders of Australia and New Zealand, the Viking Orion offered the perfect solution. The ship ... Read More
With two weeks to utilize at the holidays, and with the desire to catch a restful break from daily routine while also getting to see some of the wonders of Australia and New Zealand, the Viking Orion offered the perfect solution. The ship is beautifully designed in every way. The public areas are spacious and elegant, while still warm and welcoming. The beautiful light wood covering the walls is soothing and clean, with a minimum of bric bracs and ornamentation resuting in a ship which conveys a refreshing study in classy elegance. The main dining room (The Restaurant) is similarly tasteful, wrapping around a good portion of the ship in intimate dining spaces, rather than being one big, cavernous central eatery. The World Cafe (cafeteria style service) provides a wondrous array of foods of different types and nationalities. With the excellent Italian restaurant, Manfredi’s, and the addition of the Chef’s Table option, travelers always have at least four terrific options for food. High tea in the classy Wintergarden is also a daily option, and there’s a selection of good snacks in the Explorer’s Lounge. The personnel at all these areas is unfailingly helpful and pleasant. Other unique amenities on the ship include the surging wave machine in the spa pool, the “IMAX” style dome theatre, the warmed infinity pool outside the World Cafe, and a wealth of niceties (spa access, wine with dinner, soft drinks, organized panorama shore excursions) which are all included in the fare for the trip. We loved the requirement that all travelers be t least 18 years old, and also loved the absence of casino or ever-hovering photographers. It was, far and away, the best cruise we have ever experienced. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We selected our destination first, then we chose Viking because of the limited number of passengers and Because there is no casino, no photographers trying to sell pictures, no pressure to buy other items, no children, and because we ... Read More
We selected our destination first, then we chose Viking because of the limited number of passengers and Because there is no casino, no photographers trying to sell pictures, no pressure to buy other items, no children, and because we looked forward to hearing excellent speakers. We were on one previous Viking cruise and enjoyed it immensely. The food is outstanding and there is no formal dining requirement, but one can dress up for dinner if desired. The World Cafe is always good and the hours are very accommodating. Great gelato. The included tours, which is one of the reasons we chose Viking, were not all stellar. But the purchased tours were great. The days are sea were good, with lots of options for activities. We went to 3 of the movies in the dome, and the lecture in the dome by the astronomer, and all were excellent. There seemed to be some reluctance on the part of the customer service staff to share information about the dome viewings. Not sure what that was about, but it took a real effort to get access. We enjoyed the trivia contests also. We did not attend many of the musical entertainments, but that was just a personal choice. The embarkation and disembarkation process were very orderly and speedy. I thought they did Christmas with the appropriate amount of music and gaiety, but it was not over the top, and that was just right. The decorations on board were lovely. Our 50th anniversary was recognized in a very delightful way. Since this was a tour with an older crowd, there seemed to be someone falling every day and there were several injuries. Perhaps people should take the advisories about activity levels more seriously. Read Less
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3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Our experience on the Orion lived up to Viking River Cruise Standards in every way. Onboard entertainment was surprisingly good for such a small ship [ 900+ passengers]. The Viking Band performed every night in the ships different venues ... Read More
Our experience on the Orion lived up to Viking River Cruise Standards in every way. Onboard entertainment was surprisingly good for such a small ship [ 900+ passengers]. The Viking Band performed every night in the ships different venues and were excellent as were the four Viking vocalists who usually performed every night in some type of production on the ship's main stage. A bonus was the other individual performers ,such as Daniel [ an acoustical guitarist ], who performed every night before and after dinner in the ship's various lounges. No shortage of entertainment thanks to cruise director Bevan and asst. director Ian. Food quality/service met or exceeded Viking river cruise standards. The Restaurant [no reservations] never had a wait although early reservations are advisable at Manfredi's and the Chef's Table. Cruise personnel were well trained and courteous at all times. Viking never ceases to amaze me at how well they handle all logistics from booking, cruising,shore excursions etc. with little to no error. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Our 4th Viking Ocean cruise (on four different ships). It's been interesting to see the minor 'tweaks' to each edition of ship that Viking has rolled out. But overall the Viking Ocean ships are amazing in our ... Read More
Our 4th Viking Ocean cruise (on four different ships). It's been interesting to see the minor 'tweaks' to each edition of ship that Viking has rolled out. But overall the Viking Ocean ships are amazing in our opinion. Not a huge 'mega' ship with thousands of passengers, but still offering excellent dinning choices and impressive stage/auditorium facilities. Always have interesting guest lecture series. And I am a big fan of their spa facilities. Specifically on this ship, the Orion, Viking has installed a small planetarium which was a nice option for entertainment (although they need to improve the 'caliber' of what they show as to content. One show 'Mission to Mars' may entertain a 8-10 year old, but to the average Viking passenger..... I'm not so sure. Try harder to entertain in the planetarium. To score the planetarium itself, I would give the facilities themselves a 100% score. Content to the movies shown inside? A score of around 75%. Always wanted to go to Australia/N. Zealand area. From someone who has had multiple Viking Ocean cruises, the one common area that I see they need improvement in is excursions. I'm not saying they are horrible. In comparison with other areas of the ship that I would grade between 95-100%, excursions would be graded in the 85-95% area. That's why I scored as I did. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Amazing trip down under on Viking Orion. From the Sydney Harbor bridge climb and Opera house tour to welcoming in the new year in Auckland the most beautiful scenery you could imagine. Included tours were mostly city tours, botanical ... Read More
Amazing trip down under on Viking Orion. From the Sydney Harbor bridge climb and Opera house tour to welcoming in the new year in Auckland the most beautiful scenery you could imagine. Included tours were mostly city tours, botanical gardens were the equivalent of cathedrals in Europe, a tour of one on every stop. Optional tours offered chances to get away from the cities and see the beautiful countryside including interacting with the animals you expect to see. There were several chances to tour wine country and interaction with locals. Optional tours were a bit pricey but worth it to take some to get a better feel for the country. Scenery from ship sailing into and out of ports was “worth the price of admission”. Incredibly beautiful sights of the countryside. Ports also gave us a peek into what is being shipped out of the country. All this in Viking comfort with wonderful attention to all the details. The ratio of passenger to crew means everything thing you may need is taken care of by an upbeat person who seems to enjoy what they do. Cabin was always in top condition. We enjoyed the casual World Cafe for breakfast and most lunches but ended up having most of our dinners in the restaurant. Plenty of choices, one menu available everyday as well as a different menu each day. (We thought the Wiener schnitzel offered one night was the best we ever ate!) Entertainment on Viking isn’t too showy. Cruise director, Bevin, and other entertainers were very talented. The afternoon carol sing, lead by entertainers and holiday show on Christmas Eve were wonderfully warm. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We had taken a river cruise with Viking and were happy with the experience. We wanted to try an ocean liner with fewer passengers and Viking fit the bill with the Australia and New Zealand destinations. The ship was wonderful! We found ... Read More
We had taken a river cruise with Viking and were happy with the experience. We wanted to try an ocean liner with fewer passengers and Viking fit the bill with the Australia and New Zealand destinations. The ship was wonderful! We found everything to our liking. No crowds, few lines, short waiting times for tables, many places to just sit and relax. And, of course, there was High Tea in the afternoons. The fact that this was an adult cruise with no casino, but a myriad of activities if you wished to be involved is definitely a strong point.. I could easily have stayed on for another 2 weeks. Viking could easily become our cruise line of choice, depending on destinations and itineraries. Our only disappointment was with some of the tours. Maybe we needed to know what to expect before booking tours. We felt there was too much bus time and a couple of driver escorts who were more talkative about their exploits as children or the relative costs of houses.Favorite tours were in Sydney: the Aborigine cultural tour to an island in Sydney Harbor and lunch prepared on board our small ship.Next was the tour out of Hobart to a wildlife sanctuary and to the small town of Richmond. Napier was another bus trip but with 2 nice wineries and tour guide. Would have liked more time to explore the city on my own. Best tour of all! Tauranga: Explored Maori culture with efficient guide, learned and sang a Maori song, and at the end we were entertained by a school group in tribal dress. I wish I had paid more attention to the enrichment activities. On my to-do list for next time. We are looking now for 2020 trips. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We love to cruise on the small luxury ships - Silversea, Regent, Seabourn (no children!) and this was our first time on Viking primarily due to the time of year and the destination. We were truly impressed and we are hard to please. We ... Read More
We love to cruise on the small luxury ships - Silversea, Regent, Seabourn (no children!) and this was our first time on Viking primarily due to the time of year and the destination. We were truly impressed and we are hard to please. We booked a Penthouse Jr. Suite vs our typical veranda suite due to the 16 day trip. The dual vanities, heated floors in the bath was a great use of space and the room had enough space to be comfortable. I thought we would miss the walk-in closet we had on other ships, but it wasn’t an issue, especially because bathroom was a much better use of space. We also took full advantage of the free laundry and dry cleaning. A very nice perk. We have never eaten in a buffet restaurant on any other ship, it’s never good and we like to be served.... However, one night we didnt feel like getting “ready” for dinner so we ate at the buffet restaurant (the World Cafe) and it was great - so much so that we ate there several more times. The chefs in the World Cafe are in the kitchen freshly preparing the food as items get low and there is a chef who makes fresh to order Asian noodles at night or pasta during the day. I could also not say more about the bakery. It was second to none vs. any other ship we have ever been on. It’s fresh at every meal and thrown out in between. The pool has a retractable glass roof which makes the space usable rain or shine and there are cushioned lounge chairs that line the perimeter of the ship giving you a full view of the sea while you are relaxing on sea days. We are not excursion people so don’t have anything to say on that other than feedback from others we met on board indicates this is Viking’s short coming. We will definitely be booking Viking Ocean again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
The ship was elegant as was the cabin. I enjoyed the choice of dining options and the housekeeping staff just awesome. Perhaps the only thing I feel could be improved upon were some of the free excursions. We felt that they could be more ... Read More
The ship was elegant as was the cabin. I enjoyed the choice of dining options and the housekeeping staff just awesome. Perhaps the only thing I feel could be improved upon were some of the free excursions. We felt that they could be more in-depth with more of a chance to explore the shops and perhaps to eat at the local restaurants. Otherwise the trip was worth the money and I would do it again. The trip allowed us to see another part of the world which was as beautiful as portrayed. I would recommend this trip to anyone wanting to see Australia/New Zealand. Viking delivered the experience of a lifetime. The entertainment and activities were of a wide range and enjoyable. Also, being on ship Christmas Day was even more special. The crew had all hands on deck for fun and enjoyment which was just awesome. If you are thinking of cruising consider Viking. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
The positive points are as follows: beautiful ship, laid out very nicely, and very clean; crew personnel were very friendly, polite, people oriented, caring, and a great asset for Viking; entertainment staff were excellent and we greatly ... Read More
The positive points are as follows: beautiful ship, laid out very nicely, and very clean; crew personnel were very friendly, polite, people oriented, caring, and a great asset for Viking; entertainment staff were excellent and we greatly enjoyed their performance, and their interaction with the passengers; cabins were very comfortable especially the bathrooms which were very spacious and loved the heated floors; restaurants offered great selection and service and food were excellent with the exception of the Chef Table - we were very disappointed with the food choices and service in the Chef Table. Our negative points are as follows: for the most part, the excursions (most of them were ones that we paid for) failed to meet our expectations. Several excursions were rushed and passenger's time were cut short or rushed to maintain schedule. Based on our experience, we feel the excursions were too pricey for what we received. We would be glad to provide specifics and those that we feel were not worth the money and failed to meet our expectations. We also feel that our last day in Auckland could have been better planned to provide more opportunities to see more of Auckland prior to our departure, rather than sitting in a conference room in a hotel for 6 or more hours. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Wanted to visit Bali and Australia. Requested special diet for all the flights and NONE were passed on the airlines. For some unknown reason, Viking decided to cancel our return flights from Melbourne, and never told us. On board the ... Read More
Wanted to visit Bali and Australia. Requested special diet for all the flights and NONE were passed on the airlines. For some unknown reason, Viking decided to cancel our return flights from Melbourne, and never told us. On board the kitchen was limited on what they could prepare for special diets (GF), meaning only gelato and fruit for dessert. Excursions were poorly executed to really nice places. Some bus drivers great, others were awful. Service in the main Dining Room was spotty, ask for sparkling water and you are re-filled with regular water. Place your dinner order and wait anywhere from 20 to 45 minutes for main course. Tours in Bali were way to long (10 hours on day after flying for 30 hours), were told to pack for 2 days for next stop and rest of luggage stored until ship arrived; AFTER we completed the 10 hour tour. On the post cruise, we were booked on super cheap airline and had to pay a lot for all the flights because Viking did not cover the excess baggage at time of booking. Very sloppy. Would NEVER let Viking do AIR or pre-tours on the Ocean Cruises. 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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