20 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
From the moment you arrive on the Viking Orion you were treated like royalty. The embarkation process was quick and painless. As soon as you step onboard you are handed a glass of champagne by the friendly staff and directed to the dining ... Read More
From the moment you arrive on the Viking Orion you were treated like royalty. The embarkation process was quick and painless. As soon as you step onboard you are handed a glass of champagne by the friendly staff and directed to the dining room for lunch, The bags were portered up to the room by the time we finished lunch. Although there is no casino there are endless choices of things to do on the ship. We started with a relaxing dip in the heated spa pool which is more like a giant jacuzzi with all the bubbles you could want. In addition there is a main pool and an infinity pool inthe back of the ship. The ports of call were all very good, The included and optional tours were all very interesting. The food choices were numerous and good. The staff was very polite and the service was exceptional. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
We chose Viking Ocean Cruises based on our experience with Viking River Cruises in 2015 and our desire to visit the western Mediterranean. We ended up sailing the Orion on its maiden voyage. The ship is absolutely wonderful. Viking ... Read More
We chose Viking Ocean Cruises based on our experience with Viking River Cruises in 2015 and our desire to visit the western Mediterranean. We ended up sailing the Orion on its maiden voyage. The ship is absolutely wonderful. Viking has translated their river ship feel into small cruise ships. We really enjoyed the restaurants, public areas of the ship, stateroom, crew, cruise directors team, entertainment, cultural experiences, ease of travel, and the optional excursions. Our only less than excellent experience was in the included excursions. This may be us comparing the included river cruise shore excursions with the ocean ones. The port cities on the Rhine may be more amenable for the included shore excursion experience than the ocean port cities. Also, we found that our optional shore excursions covered most of the same ground as the included shore excursions. We are sailing with Viking Ocean Cruises again in April 2019. We will explore the Baltic and Russia on that trip. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
We had a fabulous time on our Mediterranean Odyssey with Viking. It was our first trip to Croatia which we had heard was beautiful. It was beyond beautiful...just breathtaking. We spent our 44th anniversary in Monte Carlo and had dinner ... Read More
We had a fabulous time on our Mediterranean Odyssey with Viking. It was our first trip to Croatia which we had heard was beautiful. It was beyond beautiful...just breathtaking. We spent our 44th anniversary in Monte Carlo and had dinner in the Italian restaurant. It was a wonderful experience. We had taken two river cruises with Viking and this was the first ocean cruise with Viking. The level of service was was just as good although there were more people to take care of. The included excursions were first class and we were so pleased with the tours in each location. The tour guides were enthusiastic and professional and well informed. The food was incredible and the specialty restaurants were wonderful. You could have anything you like in the World Cafe we loved our meal there. We hope to take more cruises with Viking because of the wonderful sevice we have experienced and Viking has set the bar high enough that I am sure that we would be hard to please with any other cruiseline. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
We chose Viking because we have always wanted to see Europe and this seemed to be an economical and exciting way to see several different countries. We had a wonderful time and would definitely recommend Viking and the Mediterranean ... Read More
We chose Viking because we have always wanted to see Europe and this seemed to be an economical and exciting way to see several different countries. We had a wonderful time and would definitely recommend Viking and the Mediterranean cruise itinerary which included Spain, France, Monaco, Italy, Greece, and Croatia . We were on the maiden cruise of the Orion and the ship was beautiful, the food was delicious and plentiful, and the crew was awesome. Our cabin was very comfortable as was our bed. We had plenty of room. The cruise was aimed more at an older clientele and I wouldn't recommend it for young couples. The entertainment onboard ship was tailored mainly to the cultural aspect of our cruise and added to the enjoyment of the ports we visited. Viking included one excursion at each port that we visited in the price and we really enjoyed these trips which usually included a tour of the city we were visiting. I do wish they also included beach excursions as part of the experience. We saw many beautiful beaches and I really wished we had had the chance to visit and enjoy them. I also would have liked our tour guides to hand out emergency numbers in the event you became separated or needed help of some kind. We really loved the cruise and plan on taking a river cruise with Viking next year in the summer. Read Less
17 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
Having experienced a Viking river cruise 2 years ago, we thought we would try an ocean cruise. We arrived at the departure city 10 days in advance to explore and enjoy - then went to the ship. Vueling Airlines (normally I would not name ... Read More
Having experienced a Viking river cruise 2 years ago, we thought we would try an ocean cruise. We arrived at the departure city 10 days in advance to explore and enjoy - then went to the ship. Vueling Airlines (normally I would not name an airline - but this organization deserves to be mentioned) lost one of our bags and the folks at Viking went the extra distance (literally - from Monte Carlo to Nice) to recover the bag even though they were NOT part of the problem. Customer service was perseverant and excellent! Following the official christening a week prior, we were the first passengers to experience this brand new ship - and what a treat it was! These folks know what it costs to offer a 5 star trip and do not nickel and dime you along the way. Viking does not do anything on the 'cheap'. They truly make it a 5 star experience. Just prior to arrival, we were informed by e-mail that we had a complimentary upgrade to a Penthouse Veranda Stateroom (possibly because we had sailed with Viking in the past). Cabins are very comfortable and spacious with lots of storage within. Little things like a heated bathroom floor are abundant and well thought out. The cabin attendants are quick, thorough and very well trained. The ship graciously provides you with a list of the room's contents...and relative value should you decide to tuck something in your suitcase upon departure. You are free to bring whatever alcoholic beverages with you - unlike the other lines that depend on the 'booze packages' to top up their tills! Every palate is taken into account - from gourmet to buffet - the menus are fresh, innovative, varied and absolutely delicious. Evening menus featuring local cuisine, appropriate wines and attentive table service is spot on! For some reason, my wife and I expected an upper end IKEA atmosphere - instead, we got Neiman Marcus (on steroids). Each of Vikings ocean ships have their own unique venue within. In this case, it is an astrological domed theatre featuring well produced movies on space and the arctic experience. An intimate gathering with comfortable seating and about 6 projectors to generate a state of the art presentation. It is kept fairly cold so may want to bring a jacket - or the cashmere blanket from your stateroom! Every member of the staff from the Captain to the maintenance man looks you straight in the eye and says hello - and asks (sincerely) how your day is going. If a member of the staff is not working up to expectation - they seem to disappear for a day - then surface a day later with a broad smile, attitude adjustment and increased efficiency. They do not treat the passengers with an underlying distain that many cruise line staff seem to purvey. When asked "What's it like to work for Viking?" without fail, they are very complimentary about the personnel management policies, hours of work, perks and staff accommodation. The majority of the guides hired for the on-shore excursions are, educated, entertaining, enthusiastic, and experienced. Accents can be a bit of a challenge from time to time but Viking expects a report card at then end of the tour ensuring that the guide performed up to Viking expectations. Unfortunately the shipboard WiFi can be a little flakey if you are using your own laptop of cell phone. There is a bank of 6 hardwired computers on the main deck along with a printer should you happen to need one. In summation, we expected great - and got an 'over the top' experience. Viking deserves the accolades it receives from the various travel organizations. Would we spend this much again for a cruise? If it is with Viking, the answer is yes! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
My husband and I wanted to visit the Mediterranean area and felt this cruise itinerary was a perfect way to get a taste of many countries. We enjoyed all of the ports and felt prepared for each day due to the great info provided in the ... Read More
My husband and I wanted to visit the Mediterranean area and felt this cruise itinerary was a perfect way to get a taste of many countries. We enjoyed all of the ports and felt prepared for each day due to the great info provided in the shore talks. All of the staff were very friendly and attentive. The ship was beautiful and there were a wealth of activities for us. We enjoyed all of the musical options available every day. The food in the restaurants was diverse and delicious. We tried all of the restaurants. One of my favorite places was the restaurant we would go to for breakfast, can’t remember name, but you could eat your breakfast outside on the deck and enjoy the beautiful views and warm weather. I tell my husband all the time “I’d go back on that ship tomorrow!” We met many interesting fellow passengers onboard. In fact, we have continued to meet up with travelers from our area. Overall, this was an amazing trip and I enjoyed every minute of it! Thanks to all the Viking Orion staff for making this awesome trip possible. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
We thoroughly enjoyed being on a Viking riverboat and wanted to try a larger, ocean going Viking ship. It was amazing. Not only was it absolutely beautiful but it seemed music was everywhere. The central area seemed to have musicians ... Read More
We thoroughly enjoyed being on a Viking riverboat and wanted to try a larger, ocean going Viking ship. It was amazing. Not only was it absolutely beautiful but it seemed music was everywhere. The central area seemed to have musicians playing whenever we passed by, but there were great musical shows in the theatre as well. On board was an intimate planetarium with two movies literally surrounding the guests. We enjoyed all three pools, the infinity, the large indoor and the quiet spa pool, and found swimming was a great way to counter the absolutely wonderful food on Board. Every single dish we selected was delicious. We tried the Italian restaurant twice, and next time I will reserve it for even more nights. However, the brightly decorated Norwegian restaurant was the most fun, with limitless lax and other great entrees and desserts. As with the river cruise, we could go on free tours at every stop. We found them well-organized with excellent guides. Even at those ports we had been to in the past, the tours were so educational. We never felt rushed or crowded and were taken to unusual spots, like the most elegant wine-tasting in a noble’s manse. Our room was the nicest one we have ever had on a ship. It was a balcony room with more drawers that we could possibly fill up. But that was good to know, as we can’t wait to go on a longer trip and have made plans to go on the Viking’s Buenos Aires to Santiago cruise in Feb. 2020. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
We chose this cruise because it covered both the Western Med and the Adriatic Sea, going from Barcelona, Spain to Venice, Italy. Usually, you have to choose one or the other itineraries. We had cruised four times with Viking River Cruises ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it covered both the Western Med and the Adriatic Sea, going from Barcelona, Spain to Venice, Italy. Usually, you have to choose one or the other itineraries. We had cruised four times with Viking River Cruises so we knew what to expect from Viking. Viking did not let us down!!! The cabins were large with a veranda. Crew was fabulous - definitely up to Viking standards! Dining was extraordinary. Prepared well and the service was fantastic. Of course the included wine with every meal helped the meals go down smoothly! Enertainment was thoroughly enjoyable! Ranged form opera to a flautist to curent musical productions. Fitness room and sauna was exceptional. The 'snow room' in heir sauna aera was unique. It complemented the whirlpool and dry and wet saunas. Excursions at eah port of call were great. Embarkation and debarkation were handled as only Viking can do! Truly exceptional We only vacation with Viking now! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
We initially chose the cruise because of the itinerary was to places we wanted to visit. We didn't realize until onboard this was the maiden voyage. There were a few hiccups and some things that needed tending to -- as in ... Read More
We initially chose the cruise because of the itinerary was to places we wanted to visit. We didn't realize until onboard this was the maiden voyage. There were a few hiccups and some things that needed tending to -- as in "we are waiting for the shower door seals to catch up to us." Our cabin was very spacious and there was plenty of room to store all of our clothes and such. The bathroom as well had lots of space and the shower was very roomy. The balcony was spacious and allowed us to sit comfortably at the table and not feel cramped. The only downside was the coffee maker. It was a Nespresso but did not come with the pods. Instead there was instant coffee and tea. That was not the probleml. The problem was there were no clear instructions on how to operate when you don't stick a pod in. I thought I was following the instructions, but sometimes I got hot water and other times not. I am hoping this has been corrected. Dining was terrific. I think we just managed to hit all of the options. It was nice to be waited on and then have the option for burgers, deli or the buffet. Dining al fresco was also nice. Afternoon tea, when onboard, was delightful. There were plenty of activities to keep us busy onboard. Entertainment was great and the places to listen to music were many. The total surprise was the planeterium on board. We went every opportunity we could. The onboard astronomers were very knowledgeable and they were more than willing to share their expertise. They even scheduled extra nights so they could point out new stars/planets in the sky. The "educational" speakers, too, knew their subjects and made what could be a dry subject very entertaining. We tried not to miss them. All of the personnel were friendly and anxious to help you out. Our cabin steward was amazing. Any request, no matter how small, and he was delighted to fulfill them. My daughter used the fitness center and we partook of the spa and other areas. My only complaint was the sauna/hot tub area closed too early. We would have used it more, but time constraints with other activities forced us to choose them over relaxing in the spa. There were lots of excursions, almost too many, I wanted to go on several of them. It was hard to choose. I traveled with my parents and my daughter and all of us agreed it was a great experience. We will definitely be on another Viking cruise in the near future. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
Researched, seemed like it offered more, although pricey. Totally worth every penny! The staff was very professional, well-informed. We have to give great compliments to our main restaurant servers/attendants, Shendy, Hengky, Casper, ... Read More
Researched, seemed like it offered more, although pricey. Totally worth every penny! The staff was very professional, well-informed. We have to give great compliments to our main restaurant servers/attendants, Shendy, Hengky, Casper, Gorky, Zharko, Khadafi. I'm sorry, can't recall all, but these definitely stood out in service. The room service was also exceptional. Laundry room good, but needed staff to walk us through process as the signs were difficult to understand. The excursions were outstanding! The tours, guides were the best. We did get lost when my mother had to use the bathroom in Dubrovnik Walking Tour. Would have been nice if the guide waited as it was, I recall, a 4 hour tour, no bathroom break, just pointed to ladies room with long line ahead. Reason why we lost her. Also, cancellation of paid, not included tour policy is not acceptable for those that are unable to do, after previous day's tour. A lot of walking for my 87 year old mother that was too tired the following day to do the paid tour. Had to wait for refund, only if someone on waiting list. Luckily, one person was interested, therefore, we were refunded for the pricey tour excursion.Something that needs correction. All in all, we are going on another cruise in 2019, and 2020. Wouldn't do any other overseas cruise unless it's Viking! 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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