Sail Date: July 2018
Viking always is top notch cruise experience. The ship is always in immaculate condition has the most space per passenger I've experienced. You can sit by yourself at dinner if you choose because there's always enough space for ... Read More
Viking always is top notch cruise experience. The ship is always in immaculate condition has the most space per passenger I've experienced. You can sit by yourself at dinner if you choose because there's always enough space for everyone to have there own table. The food is excellent and the service staff is very attentive. The accommodations are very comfortable and well appointed. The room has everything you want and is setup in an efficient way. The cabin cleaning staff is excellent and attentive. The food is fantastic, excursions are great and the staff is super helpful/friendly. Entertainment is very good with fantastic shows nightly. The fitness center is good with lots of high tech aerobic machines, dumbbells and cable machines. i would have liked some more free weights, but probably not too safe on a ship.. Highly recommend to travelers who want a excellent all inclusive, relaxing and enriching cruise experience.. Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2018
It was one of your flash sales and again a great time -service was excellent, meals were great and just another great experience.There is no other cruise line that comes close to being as good as Viking.The daily trips were very good lots ... Read More
It was one of your flash sales and again a great time -service was excellent, meals were great and just another great experience.There is no other cruise line that comes close to being as good as Viking.The daily trips were very good lots of activities to do and places visited were beautiful. Tour guides were great at making sure the pace was right for all to enjoy the natural beauty of where ever we were visiting. Can NOT say enough about the service whether the meal staff or our room people--everyone was very friendly professional and could not do enough to insure we were satisfied with everything they were doing and offering to make a great experience. Will NOT hesitate to book another cruise with Viking in fact we took advantage of the special offer Viking offered for a future cruise when we were on this cruise--so we definitely took advantage of the great savings offered for a future cruise. Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2018
We had gone on Viking a few times and really loved it. We were wanting to see Italy so we chose this one. We were not disappointed. Viking hss fantastic food with free wine and beer at lunch and dinner. You can even eat in your room for ... Read More
We had gone on Viking a few times and really loved it. We were wanting to see Italy so we chose this one. We were not disappointed. Viking hss fantastic food with free wine and beer at lunch and dinner. You can even eat in your room for free. Free tours in every port plus excellent optional tours that you pay for. The Spabis to die for and I never felt crowded at any time. Friendly helpful staff Plenty of places to sit if you want to be alone or with people Nightly live music and other entertainment. High level of security Many options for eating and lots of choices at each place. There is entertainment but it is not a party ship. It's for serious travelers. The daily lecture explain what you will see next day. One of the best things is transportation to and from airports. Everything is very well organized and all your needs provided Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
Viking's reputation and satisfied friends and family members led us to this outstanding first Viking Cruise. We have cruised many times before on other cruise lines. Should you want first class service, a relaxed atmosphere, ... Read More
Viking's reputation and satisfied friends and family members led us to this outstanding first Viking Cruise. We have cruised many times before on other cruise lines. Should you want first class service, a relaxed atmosphere, pleasant surroundings, happy crew members, excellent entertainment and culinary delights this is the cruise line for you. This was our first time in Italy. I can't imagine being exposed to the ancient culture, history, and timeless beauty of this country in any better fashion. We finished our cruise with a Rome extension. The hotel was up to Viking standards with Viking's own concierge there to answer any questions. We took advantage of five dining opportunities: 1. The main dining room (excellent) 2. The buffet dining room (similar fare to the main dining room but easy and quick) 3. The poolside burger bar (very good for lunch after a shore excursion) 4. The Italian specialty restaurant Manfredi's (Mmmm good ribeye) 5. The Chef's table ( unique cuisine) Bravo Viking! We'll be back! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
Timing. Ports of interest. Some of the included tours could have been better in Naples and Messina. Probably a guide to excellent shopping for the wife would have been nice. We enjoyed the World Cafe, high tea, evening ... Read More
Timing. Ports of interest. Some of the included tours could have been better in Naples and Messina. Probably a guide to excellent shopping for the wife would have been nice. We enjoyed the World Cafe, high tea, evening entertainment. Our mistake was not taking some of the longer tours, which would have been more interesting. Not Viking's fault, but ours.. Lesson learned. We met several couples on the ship and with them each evening we would go the to top level Explorers' Lounge to watch the ship leave port. The crew, housekeeping, dining, etc., was excellent. Couldn't ask for more. We really enjoyed the World Cafe and Manfredi's. Great desserts ( My highlight) We have told many friends about Viking and the service. Friends just went to see the Northern Lights on Viking. Not sure what cruise or ship. Other frends went river cruising, which we did several years ago from Lyon. Keep up the good work and we will return.. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
We chose Viking because of all the cruise lines we have been on, it was the best in every way. They took care of every detail -- from the time we boarded our plane from home to the time we got back home. The personnel were outstanding - ... Read More
We chose Viking because of all the cruise lines we have been on, it was the best in every way. They took care of every detail -- from the time we boarded our plane from home to the time we got back home. The personnel were outstanding - personal, attentive, friendly, and service oriented. Our room was always clean and attended to, the food servers wonderful and we most especially like our wine steward. The people we met while we dined and were on our excursions with were so nice -- it added to the fun of the trip. We like that there are no small children aboard as the focus is adult food and ambiance. The fitness and recreation also geared toward adults - excellent. The excursions we chose were wonderful. I especially loved the excursion to the winery in the Calabria region as it took me back to my roots - Pompeii a little bit of history. No matter where we were the tour guides were attentive and informative. We extended our tour in Tuscany. That part of the tour far exceeded my expectations. We had a guide, Daniel, who tended to those of us who stayed at the villa from the time we disembarked the ship until we boarded our plane home. In between the excursions, the ambiance, the people at the villa -- I cannot say enough good things about the whole experience. We will always choose Viking Cruises over any other cruise line. Read Less
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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
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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
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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
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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
Viking Orion Ratings
Category Editor Member
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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