5 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
5 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
5 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
4 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
6 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
3 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
2 Helpful Votes
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
6 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
10 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
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We had been on Viking before so I am comparing this cruise to the Viking cruise we took last year - plus other cruises we have taken. Dollar for dollar you are not going to do better than booking a Viking cruise - we were so impressed that ... Read More
We had been on Viking before so I am comparing this cruise to the Viking cruise we took last year - plus other cruises we have taken. Dollar for dollar you are not going to do better than booking a Viking cruise - we were so impressed that we booked a river cruise for 2020. The food was very good (not 5* but definitely 4*) - The entertainment was surprisingly good - not as many entertainers or length of shows that you will see on other cruises - but very enjoyable 45 minute show. Here comes the miss - and it was a big miss - where I am only giving it 1*! Excursions: they were awful - totally unorganized - drivers that didn't stick to the itinerary - drivers and travel guides who were completely lost (subjectively and figuratively). Admittedly, the hot and humid weather and rain surely didn't help - but I have the feeling it would have turned out the same if the weather was different). Example of poor planning by Viking: one of our major excursions was to the island of Komodo - they tendered us in where we all joined groups to hike around the island. I would say that we were there about an hour to 1 1/2 hours. It was so hot and humid that a few people passed out. Arriving to the dock to get back on the tenders and (surprise) - no tenders. At this point there were over two hundred people waiting in line for the tender - none were in sight. The time from the ship to the dock was at least 20 minutes to perhaps 30 minutes. There was no protection from the sun and people were about to jump into the water to cool off (a few more people on the dock passed out as well). That evening the cruise director apologized but it was a little late. I am probably being generous by giving the excursions 1*. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
I love Viking Ocean. Well worth the money. We usually eat dinner in World Cafe since it has same menu Plus I like the seafood it offers. Sushi bar every night is good. Ten flavors of ice cream made on ship. I like you can order a steak at ... Read More
I love Viking Ocean. Well worth the money. We usually eat dinner in World Cafe since it has same menu Plus I like the seafood it offers. Sushi bar every night is good. Ten flavors of ice cream made on ship. I like you can order a steak at grill. I enjoy spending 3 hours for dinner in cafe eating and drinking wine. Great place to meet people. We will be on same ship in May for 21 day cruise. Have 40 day cruise in Dec. No longer do Celebrity. My only wish is that they do more games on sea days. They only throw the bean bag. I would like to see them do more minutes to win it games. Staff is very friendly. They all appear very happy. May be the free internet everyone has. I enjoy the shows each night. The local talent is also good.looking forward to next cruise. Read Less
25 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
As a background, we have taken numerous Viking River and sea cruises. This cruise had been not to Viking standards. Very disappointed and would not recommend. One takes Viking for convenience of travel, to see destination and not just to ... Read More
As a background, we have taken numerous Viking River and sea cruises. This cruise had been not to Viking standards. Very disappointed and would not recommend. One takes Viking for convenience of travel, to see destination and not just to stay on the ship for the duration of the trip. The itinerary for this trip from Bali to Sydney was poorly thought through and poorly organized. The trip was essentially a stay on the ship for the duration of the cruise. The shore excursions were a total disaster. Staff was not knowledgeable and unable to help much. It takes a long flight to get to Bali and Sydney from US. To take long flights just to stay on the ship is not the objective. The Komodo National park excursion was a total disaster. One can see Komodo Dragons in a bird sanctuary in Ubud. The shore excursions are very expensive. One can book the same excursion on line for substantially less. We have done this extensively as well as several fellow passengers. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
The Viking Orion is a beautiful ship with good food and stylish cabins BUT.... I would bet that none of the staff have ever been on one of their included shore excursions to test it out. If they had, none of the included tours would ... Read More
The Viking Orion is a beautiful ship with good food and stylish cabins BUT.... I would bet that none of the staff have ever been on one of their included shore excursions to test it out. If they had, none of the included tours would have been included for this trip. The tours were worthless. This is a new itinerary for Viking and they have not been able thus far to put an itinerary together that is worthwhile. 1. The 3 bus tours we took had the driver as tour guide. They are obviously bus drivers and not tour guides. Plus, the intercoms on the buses were so bad that unless you sat in the first 3 rows, you couldn't hear what was said. So we drove around aimlessly in older busses with no bathrooms and no tour guide. 2. We paid for an upgraded tour for a boat ride through the mangroves in Darwin and the tour description said we would walk from the port a few steps to get on a tour boat. It was over 100 degrees that day, about 90% humidity, and low and behold, the ramp for our tour boat was out of operation and we were sent on a forced march for 1.5 miles to get to the tour boat. No shuttle bus was provided. We were told by the Viking crew not to worry, a shuttle bus would pick us up to return us to the Orion. NO! No one showed up and the tour boat dropped us at a different spot than the pick up point and it took us about an hour to find our way back to the ship. And for this torture we paid $139/person. 3. At Komodo Island, we were again taken on a march around the island for 1.5 hours, again in 100 degree heat. There was nothing to see except brush and dirt until finally we came to the watering hole for the Komodo Dragons. We spent 10 minutes looking at the dragons and then it was a short 5 minute walk back to the ship from the watering hole. So, everyone was wondering WHY? Why not just take us directly to the Komodo watering hole. On the forced march, 2 people in our group were overcome by the heat and had to be helped out. When we got back to the tender, an emergency tent had been set up and one person had to be evacuated by air. What a disaster. Still can't figure out why they just didn't take us directly to the watering hole. 4. Thursday Island. There is nothing to see there except a pub. We had a whole day of doing nothing because there was nothing of interest. Tell me again why we stopped at Thursday Island? Everyone we spoke to had the same complaint. 5. The excursion on WhitSunday Island was canceled due to rough sea, but no other excursion or activity was scheduled in case of bad weather. So we had again nothing to do and the Excursion staff neglected to tell us that we would need a drivers license on Hamilton Island if we wanted to tour the island. 6. We were never able to get a reservation at Manfredis except for an 8:30 reservation on the day of the captains farewell. So we had to skip Manfredis to go to the captains fairwell. And, everytime we peeked into the restaurant there were numerous empty tables? Even at 7-7:30 each night, the place was half empty! What??? DO NOT BOOK THIS TOUR unless you want to just stay on the ship for the 15 days. If you are expecting anything else, forget this tour. Even the upgraded paid for tours were not up to par. Waste of time and money. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Combining factors reduced this cruise/tour to nearly unpleasant experience. The two factors were our lack of due diligence studying the time of year for down-under travel and Vikings failure to provide their reputed excellent service with ... Read More
Combining factors reduced this cruise/tour to nearly unpleasant experience. The two factors were our lack of due diligence studying the time of year for down-under travel and Vikings failure to provide their reputed excellent service with regard to air arrangements and shore excursions. Many other reviews refer to the shore excursions both free and paid-for so no real need to reiterate. We believe Viking learned a great deal from the negativity which we found to be quite vocal on this trip. Do not do an outback at this time of year, and Viking does need to look at their tour providers more critically. We were upgraded to a wonderful cabin, 8011, far above our pay-grade and that alone increased our rating and eased the other discomforts, but not enough to move to above average. We received four free special dining reservations which provided a lovely variation to main dining. Don't recommend "food-court" except for lunch. One really bright idea: the Maya Ubud Resort which hosted the 3-day pre-cruise. One not so good was Komodo Island which might handle a 200 passenger ship--they were overwhelmed with our numbers. Read Less
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4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
I also found not all passengers were treated the same. I think if you socialized with the crew you were treated better. If you spent time later in the evening with then and participated in their games, they greeted you and treated you ... Read More
I also found not all passengers were treated the same. I think if you socialized with the crew you were treated better. If you spent time later in the evening with then and participated in their games, they greeted you and treated you differently. Because of our age we thought this would be a good way to see Australia. Flight arrangements were terrible, sent us north to go west,long layovers. Food was very good and service excellent. Food in dining room was very good, specialty dining was excellent, World Café could have been better. Excursions could have been better, on some you spent more time on the bus than being able to enjoy the sight you were visiting. We've taken Viking River Cruises and I think the excursions and value for our money was much better. Also I think the crew was more attentive to all. We didn't have as many dining options but were excellent. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
The ship was glorious, the crew was very kind and attentive, the music, artwork, planetarium, movie under the stars, the speakers, afternoon tea, dining, a well pampered facial, accommodations and so much more were all wonderful. Within ... Read More
The ship was glorious, the crew was very kind and attentive, the music, artwork, planetarium, movie under the stars, the speakers, afternoon tea, dining, a well pampered facial, accommodations and so much more were all wonderful. Within the ship and crew, I have nothing but appreciation and thanks for jobs well done. So, making allowances for the "newness" of the ship, crew and excursions - any and all concerns I may have experienced dealt with some excursions (and I would guess Viking made appropriate adjustments). At Komodo, the steps on the dock and the rapidity of return of guests to the tender each rate review and improvement. Communications among the Komodo staff on the ground were obviously lacking when a guest was missing from the group (turns out that she or he had simply walked back and was fine) and in quickly locating the dragons. This becomes a safety concern - especially given the retirement age of some guests, environment and remoteness. The cancellation of trip to the Great Barrier Reef was disappointing (but rightfully so due to poor weather) - but the fees were refunded and a nearby aquarium visit was quickly arranged and a surprisingly good visit. Otherwise, I would prefer to forego visiting Thursday Island and perhaps Darwin in favor of spending more time in Sydney. Visits to the animal reserves were great! I was delighted to pet a koala and kangaroo - and see a duckbilled platypus and feed some jumping crocs. The photographs of wildlife and landscapes I took during this trip are amazing and creating a lifetime of memories! This also included "sharing" some of my lunch with wild cuckatoo on beautiful Hamilton Island! Would I go again - absolutely! I have been on multiple cruise lines, but Viking will be the only one I will travel with in the future. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Have enjoyed previous Viking River Cruises so much we wanted to try the Viking Ocean Cruise and wanted to see Australia before we got too old to travel that distance. We found the Viking Ocean Ships professionalism is not up to par with ... Read More
Have enjoyed previous Viking River Cruises so much we wanted to try the Viking Ocean Cruise and wanted to see Australia before we got too old to travel that distance. We found the Viking Ocean Ships professionalism is not up to par with the River Cruises. My wife is gluten free with some other food allergies which we had informed the Viking booking agent but the available foods for her on ship were below par. The ship was beautiful and functioned well but much of the staff seemed confused and inexperienced. A few of the tours, especially Komodo Island, where unorganized and actually dangerous as the steps necessary to access the docks were old and hazardous and times to load on the return exceeded one hour in very hot and sunny environment. Many were showing signs of heat exhaustion. Once again, the ship and the cabins were very nice. The entertainment was nice. There were many different food offerings as long as you do not have any food issues. The Viking booking agent made changes to our itinerary that the Viking Ship staff and we were unaware of that affected our post cruise itinerary causing us much distress.60 Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We have sailed on Viking Ocean before, and will do so again. Check-in and debarking was excellent. We had a PS3 cabin, which was worth the money. The food was quite good; although they should have more green salads, and the included ... Read More
We have sailed on Viking Ocean before, and will do so again. Check-in and debarking was excellent. We had a PS3 cabin, which was worth the money. The food was quite good; although they should have more green salads, and the included wine were very drinkable; a Tempranillo from Spain, and a red from the Vaucluse in France. The entree portions were often quite small. The food in Manfredi's was OK, but the Chef's Table was awful; miniscule portions, and we headed up to the buffet for desert. We found the lecturers to be quite good, particularly the Astronomer Dr. Wright. The Planetarium was enjoyable, but the 'shows' could have been done on an Imax, and pushed the obsolete 'Orion Mars Project'. There were a lack of some of our favorite activities: Zumba at 7PM!!!!; and no ballroom dance lessons (the entertainers reduced to 4 from 8 on our last voyage) were busy learning their new routines. The band, while good for some types of music never played real dance music in Torshaven. No tangos or rumbas, and very few swings or cha-chas. The cabin was magnificent; and service by our attendant the best we've had in years. The only problem with the cruise were the Awful!!! included tours, except for the one in Bali, which was fine. Komodo was a disaster; we saw three drugged dragons and the heat was very bad; I saw two people pass-out from the heat; one waiting for a tender, and one in the jungle. The crewman in the jungle stood there mouth and did not know what to do. There was no way to call for help. Eventually the passenger was helped up. Overnight in Darwin: Tours arrived at museums 45 minutes before they opened, sometimes expecting you to stay 90 minutes at a small exhibit. Awful guides. Thursday Island: Nothing to do, but walk around a dreary village. Included tours in Cairns and Townsville were also 'misses'. The tour staff stopped giving out rating sheets. Brisbane was wonderful, but only a long day. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We have come to avoid big ships, 1400+. We abhor having to walk through casinos and don't like the idea of a floating shopping mall, so we decided after 12 cruises on Holland America to try Viking. We may never go back. First and ... Read More
We have come to avoid big ships, 1400+. We abhor having to walk through casinos and don't like the idea of a floating shopping mall, so we decided after 12 cruises on Holland America to try Viking. We may never go back. First and foremost the ship, service and dining were impeccable. The crew was outstanding and international. The lectures and planetarium were superb. The ports were mostly good but shore excursions in two instances were not well done, but in Viking's defense, it was an itinerary that had never been done before. The cabins are slightly smaller than others, but since the other facilities on the ship were so comfortable we spent little time in our Veranda deluxe cabin. The cabin attendants were prompt and available at all times. We especially liked the diverse dining options in the World Cafe, Chef's Table, Restaurant and other eateries. It was a real variety. The venues were designed in such a way that you didn't have a view of two hundred people across a huge expanse. Much more intimate and comfortable. We booked another cruise next year on the new Viking Jupiter. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We loved our Viking river cruises. On this ship, the corridors were kept so cold so that, returning from outside temps of 85 to 95 degrees, we felt chilled. the food was good but people did send food back. The last two nights, the ... Read More
We loved our Viking river cruises. On this ship, the corridors were kept so cold so that, returning from outside temps of 85 to 95 degrees, we felt chilled. the food was good but people did send food back. The last two nights, the ocean was rocky and we heard a tapping all night and the crew told us it was the way the ship was constructed! The arrangements for getting us back from Komodo Island were poorly done and two people fainted waiting in the hot sun for another tender. The staff was good otherwise, particularly the housekeeping crew. viking does have a large medical center with good equipment. they have an EKG machine and EMT equipment. The doctors and nurses were interested in your problems. the cabin was clean and checked twice a day. Enrichment lectures and the planetarium were very interesting. The beds were just okay as we are used to Oceania's wonderful mattresses. The noise all night long would keep me away from this ship. Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
What a disappointment Viking proved to be. On a cruise from Bangkok to Bali and beyond thank goodness I got off in Bali and not beyond. The plus was the food was quite good. The penthouse veranda does not live up to its name and lacked ... Read More
What a disappointment Viking proved to be. On a cruise from Bangkok to Bali and beyond thank goodness I got off in Bali and not beyond. The plus was the food was quite good. The penthouse veranda does not live up to its name and lacked even sliding glass doors to the veranda. The ports of call were a bad choice on Vikings part most of which I am sure management never stepped foot onto. The included excursions were pathetic as there was nothing to see in theses container ports in Indonesia yet we only spent one day in Singapore and no overnight and in Bali there was no included excursion, the two highlight ports of the trip. The entertainment was mediocre luckily highlighted with Balinese dancers brought on the ship on the last night. Enrichment lectures lacked spunk and basic information on the ports of call. But if you like seeing reindeer hides, fireplaces, and the guest service dressed in Nordic sweaters while cruising through the tropics then this cruise is for you. Oh did I mention everything was shut down for a couple of days due to Norovirus? Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We were looking forward to a stellar Viking experience-such as we've had previously on Viking River cruises. This Bangkok, Bali & Beyond embarking from Bangkok on November 16, 2018, was a rather dismal journey. 1. The ports and ... Read More
We were looking forward to a stellar Viking experience-such as we've had previously on Viking River cruises. This Bangkok, Bali & Beyond embarking from Bangkok on November 16, 2018, was a rather dismal journey. 1. The ports and excursions were not that interesting nor enjoyable. The Viking contracted buses were almost shoddy and had no bathrooms (some of the drive times, exceeded 1.5 hours). We heard very negative reports from passengers who took the additional ($$) excursions. 2. After a norovirus break-out, the ship instituted CDC precautions--this is very understandable. However, this caused the serving staff to dole out the buffet food and many times it felt like high-school/college cafeteria lines. The serving staff seemed unprepared for this process, were not literate in English, and usually unattentive (backs turned) when one needed some particular food item. 3. Due to CDC precautions, spa and pools closed for a few days ( not Viking's fault, but again, disappointing). 4. At our reserved dinner at Manfredi's Italian restaurant, wait staff was particularly unskilled in serving. After our appetizers, we waited for almost 30 minutes for our main entrees to appear, but were only given the dessert menu!! at that point. Manfedi's staff seemed chaotic at times and not all the tables were in use. This dining venue had poor supervision. 5. A lovely classical violin/cello duo played in the evenings in the main atrium, but was situated a mere 15 feet from the noisy and at times boisterous bar and crowd?? I believe this cruise was not up to Viking standards. They have a beautiful ship and it's cruise was majorly marred by the the poor port/excursion planning and more than occasional, sloppy buffet/restaurant service. Disenchanted we were... Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
This was our third time to travel with Viking Cruises. In spring of 2017 we traveled the Danube river from Bucharest to Budapest. This was such a fun and exciting trip beginning in Bangkok with a two day pre-cruise stay. We enjoyed the ... Read More
This was our third time to travel with Viking Cruises. In spring of 2017 we traveled the Danube river from Bucharest to Budapest. This was such a fun and exciting trip beginning in Bangkok with a two day pre-cruise stay. We enjoyed the city market and the temples including our favorite, the Golden Reclining Buddha. The cruise journey found us visiting Jakarta, Singapore, several stopes in Malaysia and Indonesia. Bali and Komodo Island were exciting and then we were off to Darwin Australia. The first part of our curse we experienced very warm temperatures with high humidity which allowed us to spend most afternoons in the beautiful on board pools. From Darwin we experienced may beautiful cities as we cruised down the eastern coast of Australia with Cairns, Hamilton Island Brisbane and Sydney some of our favorite locations. The service was excellent throughout the ship. Our suite was top of the line with the wrap around balcony for outstanding views. The food was excellent in all of the locations, although Manfredi’s has always been our dining experience. The journey was not complete as we left Sydney on our way to Auckland New Zealand with these last fifteen days were the cherry on top of the wonderful trip. Beautiful landscapes, cities and people. Read Less
25 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We have taken numerous Viking river and ocean trips. I never write reviews, however travelers need to know this trip is not worth the time or money. Until this trip we have had wonderful experiences with Viking. Picked the Bangkok, Bali ... Read More
We have taken numerous Viking river and ocean trips. I never write reviews, however travelers need to know this trip is not worth the time or money. Until this trip we have had wonderful experiences with Viking. Picked the Bangkok, Bali and Beyond because we hadn’t been to this region and the ports looked interesting. The trip started off rough when we missed a connecting flight, bad weather, and the ship. No biggy, we made our own arrangements and connected with the ship at their next port stop. Our disappointment was the excursions consisted of riding around on buses and the points of interest were not interesting. One tour in Surabaya was terrible. We were suppose to see ancient temples and we went to a temple at a run down theme park! Seriously! The port stops need to be re-evaluated, maybe not stop at so many ports, and pick the quality stops and stay longer. The staff at guest services need more training about the region and Viking systems. This ships staff in general need more training in customer service. The biggest slap was when we learned after we were on board that the “two days” in Bali amounted to four hours before we disembarked for the airport and the flight home. The 13 day trip is really 11. Is Viking’s desire to grow their company impacting their quality for quantity! Would not recommend! Read Less
Viking Orion Ratings
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Cabins 5.0 4.6
Dining 5.0 4.3
Entertainment 4.0 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0 4.8
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.4
Family N/A 4.4
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.8
Enrichment 5.0 4.2
Service 4.5 4.5
Value For Money 5.0 4.0

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