Sail Date: August 2018
The itinerary for this cruise was exceptional. We visited 10 countries, 16 ports of call, and too many UNESCO World Heritage sites to count. The list of highlights alone would take up all the room allowed for this review. One exceptional ... Read More
The itinerary for this cruise was exceptional. We visited 10 countries, 16 ports of call, and too many UNESCO World Heritage sites to count. The list of highlights alone would take up all the room allowed for this review. One exceptional point was that each port of call had an included excursion that was part of your fare. There were also extra excursions available for a surcharge. Those were generally much better for immersion in the local culture. The ship was elegant and stylish. It felt very comfortable. The crew were unfailingly friendly and efficient. The cabin stewards were so nice, they became friends. There were many days at sea on this cruise. The shipboard activities were top-notch. Guest lectures were very useful for understanding the culture of the upcoming ports of call. The food and dining options were amazing. You could choose between cafeteria, sit down dinner, or even specialty gourmet dining. All of them included options featuring the local cuisine of your last port of call. I would book another cruise with Viking Cruise Lines in a heartbeat. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
We had done 4 River Cruises with Viking and enjoyed them very much. The staff was friendly and had great Stewarts. We enjoyed most of the tours, except the Saint Catherine Monastery, which we felt it was not worth the time on the ... Read More
We had done 4 River Cruises with Viking and enjoyed them very much. The staff was friendly and had great Stewarts. We enjoyed most of the tours, except the Saint Catherine Monastery, which we felt it was not worth the time on the bus (7 hours) for a 30 minutes tours of the monastery. Waste of time and money. Enjoyed the tours in Greece and Jerusalem. Petra was wonderful, the pyramids was fabulous, Luxor was great and had a wonderful time the days at sea. The food was excellent through out the restaurant with a varaity of choices. we also enjoyed the scandinecvian restaurant, Mamsens, and trying those Norwegian delights made my wife very happy. She is Norwegian descendant. We also enjoyed the high tea, the spa and the specialty restaurants. Overall we were very impress with Viking Ocean cruises and have already reserve two additional trip for 2019 and 2020. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
My friends were going on this trip and I was sure it was a lifetime opportunity to see countries I would never see on my own Every detail of the ship was first class and beautifully designed. My cabin spacious and with view over bow of ... Read More
My friends were going on this trip and I was sure it was a lifetime opportunity to see countries I would never see on my own Every detail of the ship was first class and beautifully designed. My cabin spacious and with view over bow of ship from bedroom window. Additionally I had a deck to the side and got up to watch sunrise and entry into each port. I liked not feeling claustrophobic. The service was immediate and continuous for any personal need. Staff friendly. Room service free at any time. The food was varied in choices and artfully prepared and delicious. There was always varied entertainment, or spa available as well as lectures on subjects related to the tours. There was a great choice in tours and I was able to snorkel in two ports. I viewed the Pyramids, Sphinx, Taj Mahal, WadiRum, and a lot of famous old forts. I always felt safe on tours and sailing around the horn (Somalia) as additional measures were taken. I would have preferred more shopping experiences in port, frequently taken to state run shops that were terribly expensive and limited, and we were given maybe 15 minutes to hurry and choose with staff breathing down our necks "to help". We all preferred to shop in regular venues on the streets. I did love the factories in India for rugs and clothe, to see demonstrations handmade goods. Although I am not a fan of busses but they were ok. Sometimes I felt crowded for leg room as mine are long. A few of the tour guides were not great and disappointing, but on the whole they, the guides were good. For the amount of people onboard there were no long lines and the ship was extraordinarily clean!!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
Having done a few river cruises with Viking, we decided to try one of their ocean cruises. I was worried about getting on and off the boat with so many people and indeed it is a logistical challenge compared to the river cruises, but ... Read More
Having done a few river cruises with Viking, we decided to try one of their ocean cruises. I was worried about getting on and off the boat with so many people and indeed it is a logistical challenge compared to the river cruises, but they did an excellent job of minimizing our thumb twiddling or line standing. So that was alright, I thought. Eight or nine hundred people is still a lot to have on shore so they tried to spread us out with many different excursions. All our optional excursions were good, but the included excursions were mostly marginal and a couple were pretty bad compared to anything on a river cruise. Dining was excellent. The main restaurant was great and not hard to get into at all. They have a more adventuresome fixed menu (changes every other day) place that we loved and had no trouble getting into with a couple of days ahead reservations. But the buffet restaurant seemed to be the most popular and it was a fantastic buffet for sure, but we usually ate elsewhere. Personally, I recommend the wine upgrade. We started in Athens and went on to Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Oman and India. In Egypt we had three stops and had optional excursions to the Pyramids, Cairo Museum, Luxor and the Valley of the Kings, as well as snorkeling and boating. In Jordan there was an excursion to Petra. We just stayed near and enjoyed the water, which is spectacularly clear in the Red Sea, but the reports from those who took the bus rides to the grand sites was very positive. Personally, I recommend the Nile river cruise though, to avoid the long bus rides from the sea. Before exiting the Red Sea and dashing past Somalia to Oman, we took on board a small contingent of mercenaries (British it seemed), and stopped at sea to pick up their equipment from another ship. The crew also strung razor wire to make it more difficult to board from another boat but personally I think the mercenaries and their equipment made us completely safe. My wife talked to one of the young men a few times over the few days they were on board, and she found him to be very nice and he was very informative. It added a bit of adventure to our 4 days at sea going from Jordan to Oman. We visited Salala and Muscat in Oman. Muscat is very pretty and the people there are pretty relaxed and friendly for an Arab country. Then to Bombay, where we got off. There were as many Australians as Americans on this itinerary. Why is that? Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
The cruise provided the opportunity to see the Parthenon, the Holy Land, the pyramids, the Temple at Karnak and the ruins at Petra as well as meet the wonderful people who now live in and around these ancient places. The ship provided a ... Read More
The cruise provided the opportunity to see the Parthenon, the Holy Land, the pyramids, the Temple at Karnak and the ruins at Petra as well as meet the wonderful people who now live in and around these ancient places. The ship provided a wonderful base to strike out from to visit each of these places and a safe, comfortable "home" to come back to at the end of each day. The ship's crew were always helpful, courteous, cheerful, and saw to our every need. The food was delicious in the various venues, and the activities on-board during the days at sea left us no time to be bored. The exercise facilities were first class. Viking Ocean Cruises are exceptional in that they have an intimate feel due to the limited number of passengers compared to the mega-ship cruise lines. We will be sailing with them again in the near future. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
We chose this cruise primarily because we were interested in Croatia and Corfu, and this itinerary included both. We were able to work with our agent, Enzo, to accommodate a deviation so we traveled independently through Europe and arrived ... Read More
We chose this cruise primarily because we were interested in Croatia and Corfu, and this itinerary included both. We were able to work with our agent, Enzo, to accommodate a deviation so we traveled independently through Europe and arrived in Venice to embark. The ship was immaculate, service outstanding, meals perfect for our dietary needs, and the shore excursions were well-organized and interesting. I was amazed at the efficiency with which so many passengers were shuttled to their many destinations. We also booked the post-cruise extension in Athens which was also worked out well for our needs. Our Viking representative at the hotel was very helpful in recommending a fabulous restaurant within walking distance and making suggestions for arranging our sight-seeing desires. My only criticism, and it is just a personal one, is that I wish there were shore excursion options that would provide guidance to get passengers safely from the ship and back with a self-guided itinerary recommended. I would not be comfortable trying to find my way back and forth to the port, but I am an independent tourist and found many of the guided tours too tedious and the guides "long-winded." I enjoy visiting at my own pace, reading signage and guidebooks, rather than being lectured. Perhaps there were options like that, but we were not made aware of them. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
We chose this cruise because we wanted to visit the destinations of Venice, Croatia and Greece and explore the Adriatic region. Every detail of this trip exceeded our expectations. Our cabin , the penthouse veranda, was beautiful and ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to visit the destinations of Venice, Croatia and Greece and explore the Adriatic region. Every detail of this trip exceeded our expectations. Our cabin , the penthouse veranda, was beautiful and spotlessly clean. Food onboard was excellent and plentiful and the wait staff is superb . We met so many wonderful young people from many nations working together to meet our every need. Shore excursions were well planned and the tour guides were so, so good and ready to answer any question and shared from their personal experiences in their homelands. The Orion was only 2 months old when we sailed so it was sparklingly beautiful in every way. I cannot say enough that would do justice to our wonderful experience celebrating 40 years of marriage with the Viking family. This was our very first cruise ever and we are ready to “set sail” as soon as we can! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
The trip was splendid. Two years ago, we took a marvelous Viking river cruise up the Danube that covered the eastern side of the former Yugoslavia (now Serbia & Croatia), so we chose to go down the western side (Croatia and ... Read More
The trip was splendid. Two years ago, we took a marvelous Viking river cruise up the Danube that covered the eastern side of the former Yugoslavia (now Serbia & Croatia), so we chose to go down the western side (Croatia and Montenegro) when we saw that the Orion was going to make the trip. Having lived in Europe for about 10 years, and having been to Venice and Athens 3 and 4 times, we found visiting them again was splendid as we got the opportunities to observe change as well as explore other locations within those cities. We found our shore excursion guides in Split, Dubrovnik, Kotor, and especially Olympia, to be superb. The visit to Corfu, while not "awful", was not up to the standards set by the other visits. The service by the crew was especially good, be it for the cabin, dining, activities. The "entertainment", particularly its academic side (be it astronomical or historical reviews of destinations) was first rate--not too much and not too little. We especially liked the libraries. The gym and the bars were first rate. Viking, by holding its passenger size down to less than a thousand, has made the trips reasonable. I travel to the Caribbean islands about once a year (but not by ship) and am astounded by several vessels coming in, each carrying multiples of thousands. The same goes for visiting cities like Venice and Athens. I fear that too many people at one time may ruin a good thing. So would I go again? Rivers? Definitely! Seas and oceans? Not so sure... Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
We chose this cruise because my wife's family if Serbian-Croatian and we wanted to visit her ancestor's homeland. The trip exceeded our expectations in every way. The Viking staff; from arrival at Venice airport, to our ... Read More
We chose this cruise because my wife's family if Serbian-Croatian and we wanted to visit her ancestor's homeland. The trip exceeded our expectations in every way. The Viking staff; from arrival at Venice airport, to our departure in Athens, could not have been more accommodating and helpful. Seamless transfers to and from the ship are always welcomed; be it the days of embarkation or debarking or the day trips available through Viking. The food; oh my, the food. Spectacular at every meal and every venue whether it was room service breakfast, sit down dinners at the Chefs Table, or (my preference) cruising the buffet at every meal. The Viking staff cannot be surpassed; everyone was courteous and knowledgeable. I have even exchange emails with one of your staff since we have returned home and hope to keep in contact with him in the near future. Thank you Viking for making our experience so memorable. We cannot wait to cruise with you again! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
This was our first ocean cruise after having enjoyed two river cruises with Viking. The standards of high quality were across the board. Really enjoyed the entire cruise experience. The ship was outstanding. Loved the Explorer’s Lounge ... Read More
This was our first ocean cruise after having enjoyed two river cruises with Viking. The standards of high quality were across the board. Really enjoyed the entire cruise experience. The ship was outstanding. Loved the Explorer’s Lounge and pool areas. We liked the general dining even more than the restraints requiring reservations, which I think speaks to the general quality of the food offerings. The amenities and services were the quality we’ve come to expect Fromm Viking. Love all of the decorating and fine finishes, especially our room. Our room steward room wonderful care to ensure that things were tended to properly. Also enjoyed the room service feature which we used to enjoy breakfast from our veranda as we pulled into port each morning. The excursions are nice but I wish there was an accelerated option. We like to move through things a bit faster. The only disappointing part of the trip was the post extension hotel selection. Did not care for the Athens Hilton. 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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