273 Viking Ocean Viking Orion Cruise Reviews

Before booking our Alaskan cruise with Viking, my husband and I did extensive research about not only Viking, but many competitors as well. We feel, we got exactly what we expected and found that some of the complaints we did hear were ... Read More
Before booking our Alaskan cruise with Viking, my husband and I did extensive research about not only Viking, but many competitors as well. We feel, we got exactly what we expected and found that some of the complaints we did hear were from passengers who had no idea what they signed up for and then complained about it. Viking was a great experience for us and exactly what we wanted in an ocean vacation. Viking was enticing to us for what it offers, but for many things it does not offer as well. We wanted a cruise with no casinos, no children, no photographers snapping pictures constantly which we've lived through before, only a very small area for smokers, no rides/fancy water slides,and no charge for self-service laundry or drinks. My husband and I are avid life long learners. We wanted a cruise with like minded travelers who were interested in learning as much as possible. We got that! We enjoyed the many learning opportunities including the small Viking museum on board, port talks, enrichment videos on the cabin television, and Explorers' Dome. There were also guest lectures and talks with the Viking resident historian. We ran out of time to do all those educational options, but will next cruise! We really enjoyed all the dining experiences. Our room service for breakfast was right on time and what we ordered, The World Cafe offered a variety of food. We always enjoyed what we got and the many seating options affording us amazing views. We ate at Manfredi's twice and The Chef's Table three times. Manfredi's is an Italian restaurant, and the food was superb. We truly enjoyed The Chef's Table experience which we will caution is not for everyone. There's a set menu with paired wine for each course. You need to really be a foodie and be adventurous with your palate. We are, so we loved trying new food and wine. Again, we researched the dining options and knew exactly what we were getting. Plus all menus are posted on the cabin tv's, Voyager app, and outside the restaurants. The Restaurant was an excellent dining option as well. We enjoyed everything we ordered. One of our favorite treats was at Mamsen's. We went down early for breakfast several mornings and had their traditional Norwegian waffle with coffee where we could sit in the front of the ship relaxing with an ocean view and exceptional service. We did not purchase the optional alcoholic beverage package, but instead opted for the included wines. We really enjoyed the variety of wines from various parts of the world we were offered at lunch and dinner. We never had to wait long for a table or our food. The reason we didn't give dining a five star, we would have given it a 4.5 star if it were an option, is we felt there should have been more Alaskan food options which was advertised. We truly enjoyed the LivNordic Spa with snow grotto, steam sauna, jacuzzi, mineral pool, and heated loungers. It was so refreshing and relaxing. We went to the spa eight out of our ten days and were able to enjoy it each time with minimal passengers present. The staff was always making sure everything was in tip-top condition and took the time to get to know us and chat with us for as long as we wanted to continue talking. The service was exceptional. All crew members seemed genuinely happy and had amazing memories. When we entered many of the eating venues, the servers knew our preferences without even asking and greeted us warmly. They always treated us with respect and would spend many minutes just chatting with us. They took very good care of us. They not only greeted us, asked us how we were doing, attended to any concerns we had, but also kept the ship very clean in all the public areas and our cabin. As we've said before, we knew exactly what to expect for all our shore excursions. Again, we heard some complaints from passengers who didn't read what they were buying and then complained it wasn't what they thought. All of our purchased excursions were a five star except one. We did a whale watching tour, kayaking among the glaciers, bus/train ride to the Yukon, and Zodiac experience. We would give all those excursions a five star. The taste of Juneau was a bit disappointing as it was suppose to be more hands on cooking and learning about Alaskan cuisine than what it was. We did three free excursions and enjoyed two of the three. It would be nice if Viking had two free options - one for people with mobility issues and one for people who can do a tour that's moderate and above. We understand to make the free excursion available to everyone, it had to be a bus tour with easy walks, but it would have been nice to have more variety for the free excursion. Passengers also need to remember the amount or variety of animals seen on excursions is not within Viking's control nor is the weather. Come prepared. We were grateful to see what wild life we saw. We enjoyed the entertainment. The pianist and violinists that performed in the atrium were very talented. We also went to most of the shows in the theater where we could sing along and enjoy very fun performers. The cruise director and assistant cruise director were so warm and welcoming. They did a superb job both performing and making sure all activities ran smoothly. We also noticed how many passengers were into fitness and taking the stairs rather than the elevators. That was refreshing as well as not having to walk through several smoking areas to get to our destination. We met so many friendly passengers from all over the world. While we were among some of the youngest, we're both 52, we felt very comfortable and enjoyed ourselves. There were many opportunities to visit other passengers if we wanted during meals or the Wintergarden's tea time which we thoroughly enjoyed as well as opportunities to find a quiet, private spot where we could just enjoy each other. We were happy with all aspects of our cruise. Although there were some minor issues, there was nothing that would deter us from going on Viking again. It was truly a memorable voyage. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
heard the Viking ocean cruises are higher end luxury cruises and our experience lived up to that...the crew on all fronts were awesome, helpful, wonderful inviting attitudes. the ship itself is beautiful and thoughtful in its decor and ... Read More
heard the Viking ocean cruises are higher end luxury cruises and our experience lived up to that...the crew on all fronts were awesome, helpful, wonderful inviting attitudes. the ship itself is beautiful and thoughtful in its decor and design. Our cabin was surprisingly spacious and efficiently designed while still being luxurious. We loved the World Cafe for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Also loved Manfredi's for dinner. Loved the indoor pool area, along with the high tea served there. Also loved the outdoor infinity pool and jacuzzi amongst the awesome snow capped mountains surrounding the ship...the scenery was spectacular and to experience it on this floating luxury hotel/resort made it even better...definitely enhanced the experience. The spa is first class as well as the gym/fitness facilities. Loved the indoor jacuzzi pool, steam room, sauna, plunge pool and the freezing room. We could have stayed on board for a month...maybe even longer Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
I lived in Alaska as a child so I was super excited to go back and see it as an adult. I have sailed with Viking 7 times before the Alaskan cruise and absolutely love what Viking has to offer. After we arrived in Anchorage, we had a two ... Read More
I lived in Alaska as a child so I was super excited to go back and see it as an adult. I have sailed with Viking 7 times before the Alaskan cruise and absolutely love what Viking has to offer. After we arrived in Anchorage, we had a two hour bus trip to Seward. The views were amazing! My luggage was already in the room waiting for me as I used the Luggage Forward company. As always the food was delicious and since we were in Alaska, we had crabs and lobster and fish available frequently. My friend and I met two other couples at the bar and therefore ended eating a lot in the pool cafe and the casual restaurants. We had chosen great excursions such as whale watching, riding in various zodiacs, taking the train up the mountains and several catamarans to see the glaciers and whales, seals, and birds. I found the towns at the various ports quite delightful with plenty of shopping after our excursions. One night it was so foggy, you couldn't see out of the front window at the main bar. All night long you could hear the Orion's foghorn to ensure safe passage. The entertainment consisted of young performers singing and dancing but they were fun to watch. I hated for the cruise to end because we had made such good friends onboard and I wanted to see more. The disembarkation was not much fun since there were at least 5 cruise ships also there. The airport was packed. It took 2 hours to get through United etc. but when we finally got through I saw the sign that said "Welcome to the United States" and I pulled out my Global Entry card and was through in 2 minutes. I am seriously thinking about taking the cruise again with different excursions. The ambiance of the Orion is special. The spa with the pool, cold bucket of water dump, the snow room were so much fun. To sit in a room where it snows on you and then to hop in a warm pool was exhilarating. Around the spa are several shops where I bought a beautiful rain jacket and travel backpack. Also on this floor is a baby grand piano where a young man would play at different times during the day. We would get a tasty drink at the bar there and sit and listen to him almost every evening. The tearoom was packed during "high tea" every day at 4. They served delicious teas and sandwiches with many sweet macaroons and cakes while we sit and meet so many new people. Service on the Orion was fantastic. They always have a smile on their face and are so willing to help you. The bartenders can make any drink you want and love to talk with you. I love sitting at the main bar at the front of the ship as you sail towards the next destination. But all of us who ended up hanging around together felt the Bloody Marys at the bar on the first floor were the best!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
My husband and daughter always wanted to go to Alaska. Chose Viking because we had a previous trip with them from Amsterdam to Budapest which was awesome. Small ship, great service and beautiful sites. Already booked this May 2020 for ... Read More
My husband and daughter always wanted to go to Alaska. Chose Viking because we had a previous trip with them from Amsterdam to Budapest which was awesome. Small ship, great service and beautiful sites. Already booked this May 2020 for Homelands Trip. Customer service was excellent and provided us with updates on our luggage which was lost on airlines. Meals were excellent with a variety to choose from and coffee bar available throughout the day. Explorers lounge had a wonderful view and service was outstanding Cabins were cleaned twice a day and Daily bulletin was delivered every night. Morning Room Service was delivered on time each morning with a hot cup of coffee and whatever we ordered the previous night. Highly recommend Viking Cruises and would not travel anyt other way. Beautiful ship, clean with excellent staff of people. Great rooms with excellent views from balcony and easy access on board ship. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We wanted to see Alaska. This cruise hit all the high points, plus we took the six day Denali extension. That was the highlight! We only travel with Viking since our first cruise several years ago on the Viking Star's second ... Read More
We wanted to see Alaska. This cruise hit all the high points, plus we took the six day Denali extension. That was the highlight! We only travel with Viking since our first cruise several years ago on the Viking Star's second voyage in the Mediterranean. This was our fourth Viking cruise and we have another on the calendar.We like that all the ships are exactly the same, so once on board, we feel very much at home. The ships are just the right size, not overwhelming. All on board are adults, so no kids running up and down the passageways. Sooo relaxing when you're at sea! The food is excellent and the staff is very attentive. Great dining options available from white tablecloth to casual buffet. We love the simple, clean, comfortable, functional Scandinavian design of the cabins and ship. The Explorers lounge forward is a very relaxing place to read and enjoy the passing scenery. . We like adventurous excursions and Viking provided them! Kayaking twice, zip lining, hiking, ATV driving in the back country, helicopter to the Mendenhall Glacier, plane ride around Denali, we did it all! Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Alaska was a location we had always wanted to visit and when we received advance notification from Viking in December 2016, we booked immediately. We have cruised with Viking before (river and sea) and everything they offer is first class. ... Read More
Alaska was a location we had always wanted to visit and when we received advance notification from Viking in December 2016, we booked immediately. We have cruised with Viking before (river and sea) and everything they offer is first class. Their smaller ships allow access to ports that larger ships cannot access and the Alaska cruise was one that goes further north than the 'normal' cruises. The ship is fantastic and offers so much - outside cabins for all; superb restaurants - from the World Café to the Chef's table and Manfredi's - all offer superb food with no additional charge for the last two restaurants - great quality and a little bit special. The ship also offers a great spa and two swimming pools (one an infinity at the back of the ship). There are plenty of areas to sit and relax - the Wintergarden or the Explorers' Lounge are so comfortable - either to read, nap or just take in the 'views'. The staff are so warm and friendly and really can't do enough for you - they genuinely want you to have a great time. Entertainment on board is excellent - from the shows in the theatre, to the musicians who perform in the Atrium and the Torshavn 'nightclub' - they all provide entertainment that is brilliant. Viking provide inclusive shore visits at all ports and are always worth utilising - they provide a great insight the place you are visiting and the use of local guides helps provide so much information. We would certainly do this cruise again, Alaska is a fantastic and unique place to visit! Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
I have wanted to see Alaska and the Inland Passage for years, but not via a floating hotel with 4,000+ strangers. When we learned Viking was going to have ships with a capacity of just under 1,000, I said "Sign me up!" Any ... Read More
I have wanted to see Alaska and the Inland Passage for years, but not via a floating hotel with 4,000+ strangers. When we learned Viking was going to have ships with a capacity of just under 1,000, I said "Sign me up!" Any smaller ship would have been prohibitively expensive and not of the quality of Viking. Although Viking was still feeling its way into this new venue - 2019 was its first Alaskan cruises - its service was excellent. Food quality and variety were up to the standards to which we had been exposed on our Rhine River cruise. Staff is friendly. Daily activities abound for both aboard and on shore. The variety of on shore excursions was very good, although a couple we had wanted to do were sold out on the first day (!). Nonetheless, we still had a grand time. Some other pluses for adult travelers are no mobs of kids and comfortable staterooms. And, there are no inside rooms, so every room has a view to the outside world. On board laundry (free) means you don't have to overpack. Aside from the wide selection of food, there is also a variety of eating venues, all of which we found quite pleasant. Daily evening entertainment was provided...if you were able to stay up after a long day's worth of activity. Our cruise was from Vancouver, B.C. to Seward/Anchorage, AK. We opted to spend a couple of days extra at each end of the trip to explore. And I highly recommend doing so. Both areas have many sights to see and are friendly. This was one trip that neither Chris nor I wanted to return home from. She and I both wanted to stay! Next time we will arrange to see Denali also. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Our first cruise on a larger ship, we have only ever been on expedition ships. Although 930 passengers the ship never felt crowded, lots of large public areas. Excellent meals in all restaurants, no extra charge for the specialist ... Read More
Our first cruise on a larger ship, we have only ever been on expedition ships. Although 930 passengers the ship never felt crowded, lots of large public areas. Excellent meals in all restaurants, no extra charge for the specialist restaurants, Chefs table and Italian. Lovely spa area, even a snow dome!! Excellent gym facilities and equipment. A free excursion in every port with optional extra’s available. All excursions were well organised and excellent guides. All staff were friendly, smiling and enjoyed their work. Just the right amount of entertainment in the theatre, with quality singers. Lovey infinity pool at the stern of the ship. Casual smart dress for the restaurants, which suited us. Free wine and soft drinks available with lunch and dinner was a bonus. Very nice afternoon teas served around the indoor pool area. The indoor pool area had a retractable roof, very nice in good weather. Would definitely use Viking again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
My husband and I really wanted to do something special for our 40th. We were so glad that we booked the pre trip to Vancouver. The hotel Hyatt Regency was in the perfect location in the center of the downtown area. We upgraded and ... Read More
My husband and I really wanted to do something special for our 40th. We were so glad that we booked the pre trip to Vancouver. The hotel Hyatt Regency was in the perfect location in the center of the downtown area. We upgraded and popped for a room on one of the high floors where we had a gorgeous view of the city even into the harbor. When the Hyatt learned we were celebrating our anniversary they sent up a complementary cheese platter and two glasses and a half bottle of wine. Just a little inside tip, we booked Vancouver foodie tours independently for our 2nd day. Our host Nadia treated us to some of Vancouver's finest dining. We also enjoyed the included City tour with its highlights of Stanley Park, the Lion Gate Bridge and Chinatown. We fell in love with the city and we're so glad that we had an extra two days to explore. Before I go any further I'd like to mention some tips for packing. I suggest you pack for everything from rainy weather to sunny skies. I can't emphasize enough how important layering is in Alaska. I tend to get cold easily and was grateful that I had brought along a packable lightweight down jacket for the cruise on the Misty fjords. Embarkation was a nightmare! I don't blame Viking, I believe for safety reasons we didn't embark until late in the afternoon. We had a deluxe Veranda stateroom which is more spacious than one would guess. We love The Veranda with the table for 2 and there's plenty of storage area in the room under the bed. The bathroom is wonderful! Heated floors great pressure in the shower and no fog mirrors. Ketchikan: We chose to cruise the Misty fjords as our optional Excursion. I was a little disappointed to be honest. (Spoiled I had sailed the Norwegian fjords just the year before on my Homelands tour.) Sitka: my husband and I both enjoyed the Alaskan cultural Discovery Excursion. First people dancers and the new Archangel dancers were a nice contrast to each other. Juneau: Do not miss the taste of Juneau Excursion! We had so much fun. The highlight was a visit to Tracy's King Crab Shack where we enjoyed the sweetest crab we have ever tasted. Skagway: Our favorite Excursion of the whole trip was the White Pass Summit in the luxury car. It was a lot of money but worth every penny! Gourmet food, excellent commentary in the most comfortable seats that swivel for viewing the scenery. Icy Strait point: My husband particularly enjoyed the stream fishing Excursion. All of the gear was provided for including the fishing license. My husband was very proud of the cutthroat trout he caught there. Valdez: My husband and I split up for our excursions here. I did the Columbia Glacier cruise and my husband did the Valdez Glacier by kayak Excursion. We both had a wonderful time. Seward: We chose the behind-the-scenes at the Alaska sealife Excursion. It was disappointing! We thought we were going to see behind scenes throughout the aquarium. Instead we were parked in a small room with a few fish tanks and a long, sometimes boring lecture. I think we would have enjoyed the included tour more. Disembarking went smooth. As usual Viking made the transfers seamless. I encourage everyone to try all of the restaurants on board. Our favorite as foodies was Chef's Table. It was worth paying a little extra for the specialty wine pairings. Manfredi's cooks the best steak anywhere! The Restaurant has an unbelievable selection to choose from every night. One of our favorite places for a simple bite is Mamsen's. The open face salmon sandwiches are delightful! My husband has a sweet tooth and could not resist the wonderful pastries at this Norwegian Deli in the Explorer's Lounge. My husband and I each had two massages while on board. Best massages ever! The beautiful Spa area it's not to be missed. I was a little hesitant but decided to try the Nordic bathing ritual. Alternating between the heat of the sauna and a quick dip in a cold bath didn't sound appealing. I gave it a try and was pleasantly surprised how relaxed I felt afterwards. All in all I think you will really enjoy your Alaska and the Inside passage Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
One of three Viking cruises we did in 2019, and was most memorable for nature! The ship was five star comfort, crew and meals Michelin, and excursions fantastic. We strongly recommend Denali Post excursion. Our guide Alexandra was ... Read More
One of three Viking cruises we did in 2019, and was most memorable for nature! The ship was five star comfort, crew and meals Michelin, and excursions fantastic. We strongly recommend Denali Post excursion. Our guide Alexandra was like a doting Mom, always making sure we enjoyed ourselves and became immersed in the places we visited. By all means treat yourself to all the wildlife in Alaska, I was charged by a moose!, and come to Northern Heaven. We tried the Restaurant, but it was not as much fun as the World Cafe. Each day the menu changes making choices always different. Orion has a planetarium on board, and we loved the programs put on by the resident astronomer. Every day are Port talks for the second day ahead, not tomorrow. We never got used to that timing..... historians always kept us delving into the places and people we were to meet. Fun we’re the few times we used the small ships for the smaller ports. While close quarters, we were whisked away in little time. A blessing was the smaller ship size of Orion......those huge ships must take hours to transport passengers. Our only regret was not having Finse on board so we can get a photograph of him to show to our puppy! Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Choose Viking cruise based on positive prior Viking tour experience and smaller ship size. Ship personnel, amenities and dining experience more than met our expectations. Land tours were interesting and at a reasonable pace with adequate ... Read More
Choose Viking cruise based on positive prior Viking tour experience and smaller ship size. Ship personnel, amenities and dining experience more than met our expectations. Land tours were interesting and at a reasonable pace with adequate free time. On board included spa was exceptional, relaxing and regularly available. We got to know the dining staff who regularly went out of their way to accommodate our dining and drink likes even if they were not on the menu. The daily buffets offered a wide selection of food and dessert selections. Daily room service provided went smoothly. Daily news letter outline the on board and land tour itineraries to help in planning activities. On-board shows and talks were entertaining and educational. The mid ship pool area offered drinks, snacks and special pool menu. Pool area provided seats and lounge chairs over looking large windows in which to view whales, mountains and ports. Open mid ship area offered live music and games. Front explorer lounge offered drinks snacks, food and views. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
My wife and I have been on numerous Viking cruises. We have been on three river cruises and this was our third ocean cruise. We have never been disappointed. The ships are beautiful and a size that is not overwhelming. The passengers ... Read More
My wife and I have been on numerous Viking cruises. We have been on three river cruises and this was our third ocean cruise. We have never been disappointed. The ships are beautiful and a size that is not overwhelming. The passengers have plenty of room to move about and not feel crowded in any space. The staff is courteous, friendly, and very efficient. Having been on other Viking ocean cruises, we found some old 'friends' working on this ship as well. It was wonderful to re-connect with so many, especially Angela! She's a real doll! The food on the ship was wonderful. The buffet is always full of gourmet food. The specialty restaurants make the ship's experience even more special. Passengers have the opportunity to be as social as they want to be and not feel pressed upon. My wife and I are concerned with the current problem of climate change, and wanted to take this cruise to Alaska to see this part of nature while we still can. As artists, we take our travel experiences and insert it into our work and our gallery shows. Viking's excursions have provided us with many images to include in our work. We have already booked our next trip and are looking forward to being on board once again! Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We chose this cruise, because as our 49th state, Alaska seemed to offer a foreign type of experience in an American context, that we had not previously explored. We both enjoyed the balance of excursions that provided a historical ... Read More
We chose this cruise, because as our 49th state, Alaska seemed to offer a foreign type of experience in an American context, that we had not previously explored. We both enjoyed the balance of excursions that provided a historical perspective of the indigenous cultures as well as the Russian influences that preceded our purchase, and the contemporary reality of a new Alaska. Visits to museums, indigenous villages and totem pole parks, as well as exhibits showing the flora and fauna of the state had a high educational value. The total take away of this cruise was extremely enriching and surpassed our expectations. The dining experience was very eclectic. The five on board restaurants offered cuisine that encompassed tastes of the local fare, as well as interpretations on Pacific Rim fusion, Italian, American basics (fried and BBQ chicken), and a buffet that changed daily. All the food was well prepared, but our recommendation would be to take advantage of the Chef's Choice Restaurant for their five-course menus and wine pairings -delicious! The on-board entertainment and activities included so many options that it would be almost impossible to experience all of them. Among my favorites were the fitness room, the sports deck( where shuffle board, mini golf, and ping-pong tables were available), and the indoor pool area which could be enjoyed even during inclement weather. Service throughout the ship was impeccable. I always felt that there were no problems on the ship, only solutions. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
After four previous Viking River Cruises and four Viking Ocean Cruises, all overseas, my wife and I had high expectations on our Alaska cruise on the Viking Orion. We were delighted with the total experience - onboard accommodations and ... Read More
After four previous Viking River Cruises and four Viking Ocean Cruises, all overseas, my wife and I had high expectations on our Alaska cruise on the Viking Orion. We were delighted with the total experience - onboard accommodations and service, onboard sightseeing (the Orion "nuzzling up" to glaciers was an incredible experience!), and shore excursions. The quality of food & drink at the buffet, plus at the reservations-required specialty restaurants, was amazing! Impeccable service by Viking's wonderful ship officers and support staff was superb, and our familiarity with the ship and its services made for a very comfortable experience throughout. A benefit of cruising on a cruise ship that's relatively uncrowded (compared to other "mega" cruise ships): we had no problems providing "how to" tips to other travelers who were traveling Viking Ocean for the first time. We took the post-cruise Denali Extension and were glad we did, recommend that highly. The only item that was sub-par: due to port overcrowding at Vancouver, embarkation was prolonged and not entirely pleasant - a one-time incident to be sure but which could have been eased by more planning and on-scene management. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Our cruise to Alaska was wonderful. We have travelled with Viking before. They are focused on ensuring you have a wonderful experience both on and off the ship. The ship is lovely and has multiple areas to gather, engage in activities, ... Read More
Our cruise to Alaska was wonderful. We have travelled with Viking before. They are focused on ensuring you have a wonderful experience both on and off the ship. The ship is lovely and has multiple areas to gather, engage in activities, read, watch the scenery pass by, So we could be as active or relaxed as we wanted. Onboard we have found the service to be excellent no matter what level of cabin you book. The food offerings are extremely good and vary from very healthy to very decadent. The Spa and workout facilities are also top-notch. You have the option to include you flights at a very reasonable price and they will work with you ensure a reasonable schedule. We enjoyed the port talks on board the day before we docked in a particular area as it gave us an understanding of history and ecology. Boarding the ship was smooth and without problems. Our Penthouse Veranda cabin was spacious (for a ship) and having the balcony and expansive windows were great for viewing the incredible scenery. We loved the entertainers at each of the bars and there was a good variety of shows in the evening with very talented members. It was fun to attend the shows. We have already booked another cruise with Viking for December 2020. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We had originally booked a shorter cruise of the inside passage when we found this longer cruise for less money because it was a repositioning cruise. I was able to show my wife beautiful parts of Japan before sailing on to Russia. ... Read More
We had originally booked a shorter cruise of the inside passage when we found this longer cruise for less money because it was a repositioning cruise. I was able to show my wife beautiful parts of Japan before sailing on to Russia. Russia was very cold in May and many people had respiratory issues, but the churches were gorgeous. Alaska was much better and warmer and very scenic.Everywhere we looked there was scenery to die for and usually wildlife flying, swimming or roaming around in front of us. We spent time in several ports and cruised the inside passage on our way to our final destination. Vancouver is a beautiful city that I want to spend more time in but we were just there long enough to go to the airport and fly home. I see a future trip to Vancouver and possibly a trans-Canadian rail journey to Toronto, Montreal and Quebec. On Viking Ocean cruises all cabins feature verandas. The cabins are well appointed for their size and the cabin stewards are very attentive. All dining venues are included in the price of the cruise so just pick and choose. The food was very good in every venue, but do try the Chef's Table for a treat. Embarkation and debarkation were both very easy on Viking. There were port talks the day preceding each port visit and shore excursions included in the price as well as optional excursions. The fitness and recreation options are excellent with the snow grotto as a stand out feature. Onboard the public rooms are very attractive and conducive to meeting people and having conversations. The service is really a stand out feature of Viking Cruises and simply adds to the great value for the money that you spend. I highly recommend Viking for the Thinking person as a quiet alternative to loud and boisterous ships with children on board. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
The itinerary matched exactly the route (North Pacific) we desired especially Tokyo embarkation and Vancouver disembarkation ports. We had sailed on many Viking River cruises and we were confident that Viking Ocean would not disappoint. ... Read More
The itinerary matched exactly the route (North Pacific) we desired especially Tokyo embarkation and Vancouver disembarkation ports. We had sailed on many Viking River cruises and we were confident that Viking Ocean would not disappoint. We were not disappointed! The ships are beautiful, well appointed and with only 900 passengers they are a proper size for us. We love children but it was very nice and relaxing to have ALL passengers in the adult category. The mix of passengers were well traveled and so very nice to share dinners with strangers whom became friends before the evening was finished, The lectures were enjoyable and educational. Some of the best lecture programs on any cruise line we have been on. The entertainment was simple and extremely professional. The singing/dance performers were only 4 but gave us a better performance than big over the top huge groups on other luxury cruise lines. No photo taking....no casinos, no bingo, great lounge areas for relaxing are all pluses. A retractable roof over the pool and outdoor entertainment area is surely a plus. We were very pleased with all the food and eating venues on the Viking Orion but believe all Regent ships and on some Oceania ships the overall food is a small touch better. Since the completion of our first Viking Ocean cruise we have voted our approval by booking our next 2 Viking ocean cruises namely in January 2020 to the Caribbean and another cruise in May 2021 "Into the Midnight Sun". Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
What a wonderful experience!! This was our second Viking cruise on their luxurious 930 passenger max vessel. We are so proud to have been passengers aboard the Orion. The Viking Ocean cruise Team was outstanding in planning, ... Read More
What a wonderful experience!! This was our second Viking cruise on their luxurious 930 passenger max vessel. We are so proud to have been passengers aboard the Orion. The Viking Ocean cruise Team was outstanding in planning, execution, frequent pre-trip communication, airport transfer process, and the luxurious on board experience. Our cabin was a deluxe veranda style and very comfortable. Having been guests for cocktails in a friends cabin suite, we have recently booked our next cruise for a penthouse junior suite. The excursion selections were numerous and covered a nice variety of time and exertion. Our area helicopter tour at Valdez was excellent. The on board Viking Resident Historian lecture program was absolutely a “cannot miss” daily experience. Great subjects, content and presentations by Mr. William Simpson, resident historian and Howard Parkin, astronomer. The post lecture round tables were perfect for our more detail questions. The on-board planetarium was like being on a space flight to the cosmos. We even met for a midnight viewing experience of the International Space Station fly over and searched for Northern Lights viewing. Wow! Fitness center was excellent and equipment inventory was never a wait situation. Massage facilities and personnel were excellent. We enjoyed the wave pool facility. 4 PM tea was never missed. Our dining experiences in all restaurants was 5 star. Staff, selection, ambiance, and prompt service was outstanding. Manfredi’s (thanks to Ian and his staff), Chef’s Table, Restaurant were a great variety of cuisine. Evening entertainment was Hollywood quality and a great time. Overall the cleanliness and strict attention to sanitation was very important and they ship personnel did a discreet and outstanding performance. Thank you to Cesar, our Viking Tour advisor from beginning to end. The overall cruising experience provided by Viking Ocean Cruises was absolutely outstanding. Move this intinery up on your bucket list. You will never forget it. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We chose this cruise because it included a lot of the places we wanted to go. It started in Tokyo, and ended in Vancouver. All the ports were wonderful. But the ship is what it is all about. Viking have the same layout with all their ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it included a lot of the places we wanted to go. It started in Tokyo, and ended in Vancouver. All the ports were wonderful. But the ship is what it is all about. Viking have the same layout with all their ships so this was a second cruise with them and we felt instantly at home. Checkin is always quick and very friendly and happy. A glass of bubbles as soon as you step onto the ship. Up to the buffet for lunch, then to your balcony stateroom. Our stateroom was a Penthouse Verandah, about the second from the bottom in their categories. It was very big with heated bathroom floors and mirrors. Plenty of storage space, wardrobes, drawers etc. room for our cases under the bed. Plus included mini bar, refilled daily, alcohol was included in our category. A pod coffee machine. All the crew were exceptional, remembering and using our names every day. The food was second to none. The specialty restaurants are included at no extra cost. The entertainment was very good with a few international performers and their own performers. We were very well entertained throughout the whole cruise. The best part is, there are no kids, no casino, and no pesky photographers taking your pic with every move you make. A free shore tour in every Port. Plus the thermal spa is complimentary, with its big thermal pool, saunas, ice bucket, snow grotto. Complimentary laundrette on all decks. Washer, dryer, laundry detergent, irons and ironing boards. Viking are very classy ships. We have been spoilt for any other cruise line. We have tried several others. But it will be Viking for us from now on. I can't say a bad word about Viking. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Chose this cruise because we wanted to visit Japan, Eastern Russia and the Behring Sea. The ship was second to none, and I've sailed on many ocean cruises: 4 times on Princess (reasonably good for the money, but certainly not ... Read More
Chose this cruise because we wanted to visit Japan, Eastern Russia and the Behring Sea. The ship was second to none, and I've sailed on many ocean cruises: 4 times on Princess (reasonably good for the money, but certainly not great), 1 time on Celebrity (very good cruise line!), 1 time on Orient (now out of business - and with good reason), and 3 times on Oceania (also a very good cruise line -- but with several negatives which makes me wonder if I'll ever sail with Oceania again). But the best, by far, was Viking's Ocean ship - the Orion. Here's why: OLDER TRAVELERS. I'm a senior citizen (age 67 at the time) and this ship was great for older folks -- which is not to say that it's not also great for folks from about 35 years and older. But no children are permitted, so there was no crying children to cope with. My wife and I interacted with many others on this cruise and everyone was pleasant or nicer. I can't, of course, control who can sail on this cruise line, and one small group bothered me. I overheard them in the buffet restaurant complaining about a long delay to sail away from an Alaskan port -- and they were correct; it was a long delay. But they unanimously and loudly decided it was those "lazy union workers" at the port who were responsible even though there was no way for them to know. I've never been a union worker but to accuse anyone of something without evidence is just ignorant. I guess it takes all types to make a passenger list. SHIP. The ship is very well laid out. I love libraries on ships and on Viking there were little libraries all over the ship -- all with comfortable chairs and loungers, and friendly, attentive, unobtrusive drink service. Besides great libraries the décor was expensive but very tasteful. So many interesting pieces of art all over the ship, and great photos too. The interior of the ship was done in very warm, cozy colors. The gym was fantastic with just about any kind of machine you can want -- European style. I loved the fact that there was NEVER a line at the elevators! The stairs are right there, but if you want the ride, the elevators are fast and readily available -- even at meal time. FOOD. This is always of interest to travelers. I found that the food in the main dining room ranged from superb to rotten. Of course if you don't like your menu choice you can always get something else from that menu -- so you always have something at least "pretty good" to eat if not superb. The specialty restaurants were superb every time we went, and they don't cost extra to get in. But you do need reservations and at least BEORE the cruise you are limited in the number of reservations you can make in those specialty restaurants. After you're on the trip you can get extra reservations if available at the time you want. Another thing I liked about Viking Ocean cruises is the fact that in the restaurants (but not the buffet) if you're an anti-social sort (like me) you can always get a table for just you and your traveling companion. You can always opt to dine as part of a larger group, and if you want to dine with specific friends, that's always possible (if your friends like you enough). One other thing about the main dining room: it is NOT one large room; it is divided into five (or was it seven?) separate seating areas, so you never felt like you are eating in an airplane hangar or, ugh, a barn. The main dining rooms always felt cozy and service was great. CABIN: This was our first cruise with Viking, so I can't say much about the other cabins on the ship, but ours was enormous. Wasn't quite big enough for a full basketball game with referees and such, but very spacious and well-appointed. Of course the cabin steward and helper were so very pleasant, respectful (he wouldn't call me by my first name even though I insisted) and efficient. However, since my wife and I were in a large suite it was strange (after cruising on Oceania) that there was no "butler" service. I'm not a butler-type guy; I'm sweet and gentle and never demanding. But butler service on Oceania was so wonderful, and I missed it on Viking -- especially in our pricey cabin suite. But the cabin steward and his helper were great, and when we had laundry to do -- it always came back within 24 hours even though the schedule said it would take 48 hours. Go figure. POOL. I never went in the pool, but I loved the fact that the pool had a retractable roof so that when it was closed it was comfortable for swimming even in cold climates. As always on this ship, a library was right nearby and I did sit at poolside very content to read in peace and quiet. (Yes, fellow travelers did use the pool in every climate we visited.) ENTERTAINMENT. I can't say enough about the entertainment! I tend to choose lectures and science-oriented movies and there were 3 (count 'em, THREE) auditoriums (auditoria?). One very large one and there were always seats available for whatever was going on there, and two smaller ones for movies and lectures. Again, never a problem getting seats in these smaller places. The two smaller ones were closed off from the very large auditorium by a moveable wall - so during very popular entertainment presentations the seats in the small auditoriums became part of the already-large largest auditorium. FUTURE CRUISES. There is a "future cruises" office available (on a rather limited time schedule, unfortunately), and the discounts for those wanting to book future Viking cruises (both Ocean and River, I think) while on a current cruise are great! My wife and I were so impressed with Viking Ocean cruises that we booked another cruise at this "future cruises" office. The fellow who worked there could have been a little better informed on certain matters, but he was knowledgeable enough. Maybe he was filling-in for somebody else. But, as I said, his schedule in that office was very limited and you really needed to make a reservation in advance. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We have cruised on numerous ocean cruises over the past ten years including Princess, Regent, Oceania, and National Geographic. Viking Ocean will now be our "go to" cruise line unless we are seeking an expedition cruise. ... Read More
We have cruised on numerous ocean cruises over the past ten years including Princess, Regent, Oceania, and National Geographic. Viking Ocean will now be our "go to" cruise line unless we are seeking an expedition cruise. Everyone's cruising style is different, but Viking is perfect for us. Our reasons include what they don't have, no children, no casino, no Vegas style shows, no butlers, and no formal nights, to what they do have - sleek, Scandinavian design with room for everyone, focus on educational lectures, focus on classical music, the most amazing spa and fitness center at sea, fabulous food with no charge speciality restaurants, and wine and beer with lunch and dinner. We had a penthouse veranda and it was wonderful. Maybe a bit more closet space would have been nice. The bathroom was our favorite ever with it's roomy shower and heated floor. I would chose the same cabin when we cruise with them again. As mentioned by others, Viking needs to work on their shore excursions. We were on a new itinerary so maybe that was part of the problem. They definitely need to invest in new listening devices. But overall, we have found our new favorite cruise line and can't wait to sail with Viking again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We wanted to explore this part of the world but only had a limited amount of time. The cruise gave us a great itinerary and covered a lot of territory. It was great to have the tours prearranged as well. This was our first Viking Ocean ... Read More
We wanted to explore this part of the world but only had a limited amount of time. The cruise gave us a great itinerary and covered a lot of territory. It was great to have the tours prearranged as well. This was our first Viking Ocean cruise. We loved the ship and the friendly and attentive crew. We appreciate an elegant but casual experience. We never had to dress up for dinner. We could just be ourselves and be comfortable. We found the fellow passengers to be very friendly and engaging. We did have a couple of challenges with the overnight shore excursions. The trip to Phnom Pehn was challenging as we ended up spending 13 hours on the bus, round trip meaning that we had very little time in the city for the overnight. The hotel was a beautiful historic hotel. The bus, on the other hand was sketchy at best with little air conditioning and windows that did not open. In fairness, we were told that this was the first time Viking had sailed this itinerary and it turned out to be a learning experience for all. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Wanted to try an ocean cruise with Viking. Hadn't been to SE Asia before. The staff onboard was fabulous. Especially enjoyed the head waiter and wait staff.Food was fabulous.Attention to detail with cleaning when norovirus was ... Read More
Wanted to try an ocean cruise with Viking. Hadn't been to SE Asia before. The staff onboard was fabulous. Especially enjoyed the head waiter and wait staff.Food was fabulous.Attention to detail with cleaning when norovirus was discovered was excellent.When we had concerns with a shore excursion, our concerns were listened to respectfully and notes taken. I lost my diamond from my engagement ring and the staff was very helpful in looking for it. The mechanical department even came to our cabin and took apart the drains to see if it might be in one of the drains. The staff asked me repeatably when seeing us in the hall if we had found the missing diamond. Never did. The embarkation was seamless. Very quick and efficient. Appreciated having a laundry room on each floor. The overnight to Phnom Penh was a lot of driving for just a few hours there. However, we did get to see the countryside. The bus air conditioning could not keep up with the outside temperature. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We had always wanted to visit destinations listed in this itinerary and it fulfilled that desire. It just so happened that it was aboard the Viking Orion, our first Viking Ocean Cruise. The ship was all and more than we expected. Our ... Read More
We had always wanted to visit destinations listed in this itinerary and it fulfilled that desire. It just so happened that it was aboard the Viking Orion, our first Viking Ocean Cruise. The ship was all and more than we expected. Our stateroom 6050 was comfortable, roomy, storage for suitcase under the bed, large closet, great layout in bathroom, balcony, very nice bed. On top of all this the ship was very quiet. Since this was an Asian cruise food specialties were available to fit the region visited beside the regular fare. We had most meals in the World Cafe as we enjoyed the large selection of food available but you could order whatever you wanted. Both food, service, beverage were very good and made for an e enjoyable experience. Cities visited mostly required fairly long bus rides. Our best experience was an overnight on the Mekong River, a side trip offered and highly recommend if offered. Ha Long Bay was beautiful. Great cities, friendly experience and destination we'll never forget. NOTE: If you take this trip fly in to Bangkok a day early, we lost a day because our flight arrived in Bangkok after midnight and we didn't get to the ship until 3am, the tour to Bangkok was at 7am and after being awake for 30+ hours we never made it into Bangkok which was a 2 hour bus ride each h way. Great trip, fantastic ship and excellent crew. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
I had been to Thailand before and really enjoyed the trip. This cruise brought me into contact with several other countries of interest to me. We took the pre cruise in Bali, the hotel was fabulous and the tours very interesting. Since I ... Read More
I had been to Thailand before and really enjoyed the trip. This cruise brought me into contact with several other countries of interest to me. We took the pre cruise in Bali, the hotel was fabulous and the tours very interesting. Since I am not familiar with Hindu and Buddhist religions I was interested in learning more. Although the trip was outstanding my one complaint is that the 'free' excursions were mostly city bus tours. The more interesting tours had to be paid for. One of the iconic places in Bangkok to see is the Grand Palace, the excursión did not go there. I was disappointed. I like the Viking cruise because it was not a party boat. I am not a joiner, not fond of the pool or dancing but love to travel comfortably. This fit me well. It is a smaller ship which I really appreciate having been on a couple several thousand passenger cruises during spring break, never again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019

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Viking Orion Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.7
Dining 5.0 4.4
Entertainment 4.0 4.1
Public Rooms 5.0 4.8
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.4
Family N/A 4.4
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 5.0 4.3
Service 4.5 4.6
Value For Money 5.0 4.1

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