195 Viking Ocean Viking Orion Cruise Reviews

My wife and I planned this trip and were very happy with every aspect of our voyage The ship was magnificent. The service perfect The restaurants were the perfect size for the number of guest The tours were the perfect length ... Read More
My wife and I planned this trip and were very happy with every aspect of our voyage The ship was magnificent. The service perfect The restaurants were the perfect size for the number of guest The tours were the perfect length in time and information Our room was more than adequate The pools on ship were never crowded Fellow passengers were interesting to speak with The crew members were always ready to help and knew what to do to solve any problem Tour guide were very informative City visited were very interesting Ship was ready for boarding as advertised Well worth the money definitely would call cruise a luxury cruise. Food options in restaurants were varied and was always able to find food which I was willing to try. Extra exercisions were exciting and well worth the money Disembarkation was smooth and fast Would go on another Viking Ocean cruise in a heart beat Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
From the first embarkation, service onboard the ship was very professional and attentive. Choice of restaurants was also very good, although it took us all week to get a time to dine at Manfredis. The process to get a reservation could ... Read More
From the first embarkation, service onboard the ship was very professional and attentive. Choice of restaurants was also very good, although it took us all week to get a time to dine at Manfredis. The process to get a reservation could be improved. Despite this, all dining experiences were top notch. food quality very high. Silver Spirits package was definitely worth the extra money. The excursions were well planned and getting everyone out and organized every day was expedient and efficient. I really enjoyed the adult atmosphere and the classical music each day in the Atrium. Did not miss the lack of casino or late night shows. Would have liked having access to deck games in the evening. The ports of call were all interesting, in particular Dubrovnic and Corfu. Workout room was well appointed. I have always resisted going on a cruise due to the crowds, children, and noise. Viking has showed me there is another side to cruising! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
This was our first cruise ever, so we chose Viking because of our great experience on the Viking river cruise. The ambiance of the ship was classic and elegant; our room was luxurious; and the staff was so attentive that we felt like ... Read More
This was our first cruise ever, so we chose Viking because of our great experience on the Viking river cruise. The ambiance of the ship was classic and elegant; our room was luxurious; and the staff was so attentive that we felt like royalty! Every day we had excellent food in wonderful surroundings. There were plenty of private nooks and crannies so that we never felt that there were many others on board. The 24/7 room service was a really big hit with our group. No matter what time we returned to the ship, we knew we could always have a fabulous meal. Even the buffet had many "made to order" items that made us feel special. The excursions were excellently organized and we always felt that we knew where we were to go and how to get back. This was our first extended family vacation that included married spouses, but will definitely not be our last. We are already planning our next Viking cruise. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Wanted to try a more inclusive cruise line with a smaller ship and higher quality over the main cruise lines. Viking really delivered. We were having lunch approximately 5 minutes of arriving at the cruise terminal. Ship is ... Read More
Wanted to try a more inclusive cruise line with a smaller ship and higher quality over the main cruise lines. Viking really delivered. We were having lunch approximately 5 minutes of arriving at the cruise terminal. Ship is beautiful, food was fantastic no crowds. I enjoyed every second. Loved the high quality Viking offers. The first night in the restaurant was one of the best meals in recient memory. The buffet for dinner was also fantastic. Lots of choices, king crab legs etc. they also set up a cooking station outside grilling fish and various meats. They also have great cappuccino machines. The room is very well designed with lots of room and first run movies My only complaint and hopefully it’s not a trend to start charging extra is they are charging $10 for fitness classes that used to be included. Getting off the last morning was so nice. We hate the other cruise lines that have thousands of rude passengers pushing and shoving all trying to leave at once. They wanted you out of your room by 8 am and off the ship at your leasure by 9:45. Viking might charge more than the bigger cruise lines but I think it’s more than worth it. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Although we had been to the start and stop sites before several times, the intermediate stops in the Adriatic were new to us and quite interesting. The Orion is a lovely ship...just a few weeks old at our sailing so everything was ... Read More
Although we had been to the start and stop sites before several times, the intermediate stops in the Adriatic were new to us and quite interesting. The Orion is a lovely ship...just a few weeks old at our sailing so everything was impeccable. The service was probably the best ever experienced on a cruise, which was surprising given the newness of the vessel and crew. We found the casual dining to be more appealing than the main dining room, given the breadth of choices and the ability to sample many different tastes. Also, we made friends with servers there and made sure to it in their areas whenever possible. The entertainment was generally middling, typical cruise ship fare...although the professor who provided lectures on various topics was quite interesting and the planetarium was very novel and entertaining. Our younger son and his wife joined us for the second week from Venice to Athens and we all enjoyed ourselves immensely. The gym/spa area was the best we'd ever seen...loved the ice room and the steam rooms being so adjacent. And the common areas/lounges were quite comfortable, especially the Explorers' Lounge that was just a few steps from our cabin. The best indicator of our pleasure with the Orion is that we are booked for another sailing on it in the Orient in September of 2019...and are planning as well for a 2020 Viking combination river and ocean cruise in Scandinavia. Viking is, in our opinion, simply the best cruise line afloat. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We chose Viking because we have been on other cruise lines and didn’t like how crowded they were. The cruise itself was spectacular. The staff was attentive and friendly. The ship was clean and comfortable; not overcrowded. The food in ... Read More
We chose Viking because we have been on other cruise lines and didn’t like how crowded they were. The cruise itself was spectacular. The staff was attentive and friendly. The ship was clean and comfortable; not overcrowded. The food in the main restaurant was superb. By far the best restaurant on the ship is the main restaurant. We ate at the speciality restaurants as well but preferred the main restaurant. I enjoyed the fact that you could go to dinner whenever you wanted. There were no assigned tables, times or waitstaff. The only complaint I would have with Viking is their customer service reps that you deal with before the cruise. I found them to be rude and unhelpful once the cruise was booked. They were particularly rude when I was attempting to book excursions. I did not do any of the included excursions and had some difficulty getting the excursions I wanted. Instead of telling me to be patient because additional spots open up on excursions that are popular I was told I should have booked a more expensive room (I chose the deluxe veranda because I don’t spend much time in the room but didn’t want the base room either). I felt these people were overly rude which was completely unnecessary and made me dread going on the trip. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
A friend told me about Viking so I decided to try. It was our first visit to Europe so we thought this was a great way to sample countries. It was amazing! We added excursions at most of the ports and were not disappointed. The guides ... Read More
A friend told me about Viking so I decided to try. It was our first visit to Europe so we thought this was a great way to sample countries. It was amazing! We added excursions at most of the ports and were not disappointed. The guides were professional. We felt safe at all times. On the ship, the staff always remembered us and greeted us with smiles, jokes, and friendly conversation. Our cabin was always impeccably clean with specific soda and snacks tweaked to our specifications. Our room service order was magnificent and delicious. The spa was amazing from the plunge pool to the jacuzzi pool to the Nordic steam and snow room. We spent most late afternoons at one of the outdoor pools with cocktails after lunch at the pool bar. We can’t wait to book another cruise. We were depressed for a week after returning home. We were too spoiled. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We’ve always wanted to go on a cruise to Italy and this was the best one we could find for the dates we wanted. The cruise was excellent and the service was exceptional. The ship and cabins were exceptionally clean but this is a new ship ... Read More
We’ve always wanted to go on a cruise to Italy and this was the best one we could find for the dates we wanted. The cruise was excellent and the service was exceptional. The ship and cabins were exceptionally clean but this is a new ship for Viking. Our only complaint about the cruise is that some of the included excursions were bus tours of the cities which gave us few opportunities for taking photos. The tour guide were very knowledgeable about the places they showed us but were difficult to understand on the bus tours. If you want to spend time in Rome, I suggest you get there a day or two earlier or purchase the pre cruise package. Dining on the ship was excellent with some of the best European food we’ve had. With the buffet style World Cafè for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you should never go hungry. And did I mention that the food is awesome? This was our second time on a Viking tour (our first was a river cruise) and there is no doubt in my mind, there will be more. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We traveled with our good friends from Wyoming and decided to try an ocean cruise following a great river cruise we had to France about 2 years prior to this trip. We were overall very happy with the entire cruise with very few ... Read More
We traveled with our good friends from Wyoming and decided to try an ocean cruise following a great river cruise we had to France about 2 years prior to this trip. We were overall very happy with the entire cruise with very few exceptions. The ship was new so everything was wonderful from the cabins to the fitness area. We especially enjoyed the explorers lounge and the restaurants available each evening to enjoy wine and dinner with our friends. We were happy to dress up for the dinner each evening which added a special touch to the experience. In addition to the dining, we enjoyed the tours. We were especially happy that Viking provided plenty of education and information prior to touring each city on the cruise. We left feeling we knew so much more about the country and people. Our friends were a little disappointed with the reservation system for purchasing tours due to the fact there was limitation on numbers which did not allow us to choose the same tours for all of us on certain stops. They also were frustrated that exceptions were not made to accommodate adjustment to our tour schedules in order to allow us to be together even though we tried to call ahead of time within the guide lines and timelines. The consumer service department did help us at the last minute to grab a couple of spots on one of our tours and that was very helpful. We understand the priorities based on type of cabin, but the most popular options might be better to add additional seats rather than limit them based on a fixed number. Despite this issue we felt all the tour guides were very good and well prepared to deliver a quality tour experience. The buses and destinations for the most part were great and gave us a nice picture of the culture and people living in Italy. The entertainment was very good, however might have been geared more for an older group as we are all in our late 50s and early 60s and would like to see a bit more variety. Overall, however, we enjoyed most of the shows especially the opera night. We were very impressed with the detail to service throughout the entire boat. We had no bad service during the cruise and enjoyed being pampered during our stay. We plan use Viking every other year to allow us to tour more parts of the world. We feel that the cost is the only thing keeping us from traveling with you every year. We would have probably booked another trip, but we did not understand the savings of booking while on the boat until late in the process. We did not have time to get with your people and discuss due to the busy schedule at the end of the trip. Hats off to all the hard working people on the Viking ship!! we had a great time. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Rome was number one on my bucket list, and that wasn’t the only place in Italy I wanted to see. Many of my friends had been on various Viking Cruises including the first round the World on the Viking Sun. Heard nothing but excellent on ... Read More
Rome was number one on my bucket list, and that wasn’t the only place in Italy I wanted to see. Many of my friends had been on various Viking Cruises including the first round the World on the Viking Sun. Heard nothing but excellent on all their trips. Everything went so smoothly for a first timer. Was concerned about airlines but things went ok going to Italy. Stuck in Venice airport coming back to USA, but that was weather. Now the ship was wonderful and I normally get sea sick. Didn’t. So smooth. Cabin was like a small apartment. Plenty of room, drawers, closets....PV1 cabin. All food was good, but I really enjoyed the World Cafe. So many choices and I did not get anything that was not good. There is The Restaurant ( problems sometimes) and others that you need to make the reservations for that were excellent. All ports were great, some better than others. We didn’t have any problems with excursions, and loved Sicily and Croatia (Krka Falls). Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We began our trip with the extension in Tuscany, which was well worth both the time and money. Our Viking guide made it a very interesting and seamless time. The ship was very new, and the only problem was that the coffeemaker in our ... Read More
We began our trip with the extension in Tuscany, which was well worth both the time and money. Our Viking guide made it a very interesting and seamless time. The ship was very new, and the only problem was that the coffeemaker in our cabin was not working. No problem, as we loved having an American in the Living Room! The main dining room was excellent both for breakfast and for dinner. There is plenty of room in the public areas, so you never felt crowded. It is a very serene environment, just what we like after sightseeing. All of the staff was most eager to please, and provided service without intruding. We particularly enjoyed our excursions to Taormina, Bari and Venice. It was very hot, but they always had cold washcloths for us when we returned to the ship. This was our first Viking Ocean cruise after having taken two Viking River cruises. We enjoyed both experiences. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We had done two Viking River Cruises and wanted to experience a sea cruise. We were happy with our choice and the whole experience was wonderful including the food, the crew and the wonderful ship. We were impressed with the furnishings ... Read More
We had done two Viking River Cruises and wanted to experience a sea cruise. We were happy with our choice and the whole experience was wonderful including the food, the crew and the wonderful ship. We were impressed with the furnishings and the books were much appreciated as well as the extras such as blankets and cushions. We felt that we were very safe and cared for and that is important as we are seniors and far from home. Everyone on the ship were friendly and helpful. The entertainment was amazing and we think it surpassed any others we have had on vacations. The choices of music and dance were very good and also we do like the talks you gave us on our venues and some of the history. We really appreciated the Viking presence at the airports, the hotels for extensions and also in Venice at the ferry boats. We felt that though in a strange city we were always able to get advice and help when needed which is a great comfort. The cabin ard was very helpful and kept our state room amacculate and made sure our provisions were always replaced. Thank you for a wonderful experience. We hope to make another cruise in the near future. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We lived Viking River Cruises so we thought we would try an ocean cruise. Traveling around the boot of Italy sounded like a great first Ocean Cruise. We heard Viking’s Ocean Cruises were No. 1 so we decided t go with it. Great ... Read More
We lived Viking River Cruises so we thought we would try an ocean cruise. Traveling around the boot of Italy sounded like a great first Ocean Cruise. We heard Viking’s Ocean Cruises were No. 1 so we decided t go with it. Great decision!!! People were so nice, food was delicious, tours beautiful and the whole trip a wonderful experience. We highly recommend it to everyone we talk to. Breakfast was always very tasty and friendly service everywhere. When we had lunch onboard we always had choices around the ship. Dinners were the best! Special restaurants were available with gourmet meals and wines! Entertainment was always available with so much talent. Special bars were located all over the ship with very friendly and helpful bartenders. The pools were fun to jump into at the end of very hot days. Overall I just have to say that it was the best trip we have ever been on. Thank you for a trip of a lifetime! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Viking knows it’s business and excels at it. The new ships are elegant and (as usual) meals, service and entertainment were all excellent. Our embarkation in Rome was noteworthy as we were greeted at the airport and driven to the ship ... Read More
Viking knows it’s business and excels at it. The new ships are elegant and (as usual) meals, service and entertainment were all excellent. Our embarkation in Rome was noteworthy as we were greeted at the airport and driven to the ship in a singular car (not a bus). The restaurants were very nice, the food quality excellent and the staff friendly and respectful. We particularly liked Manfredi’s, but we’re also impressed with the selection and quality in the World Cafe and noted the kitchen staff’s hard work and obvious pride in presentation and service. The entertainment was “Near-Broadway”; the performers were very good and the staging and theatrics impressive. The ships public areas were beautiful; signage and directions done well (it’s a big vessel, getting disoriented was not uncommon); and elevators and stairwells adequate for the number of users. The rooms were large and well appointed; with a large bathroom, ample closet and drawer space and a very helpful and attentive “Butler.” Lastly, the payment methods for beverages and tips was a welcome improvement. The excursions were well executed, but we had mixed feelings about them in part due to one guests walking limitations. The excursion guides should be more explicit in describing the amount and difficulty levels of the excursion. Naples was ok, but the amount of walking was problematic. Sicily was great. Crotone was unimpressive. Bari was gorgeous and the walking tour well executed. Crotia was perhaps the most beautiful harbor, but the walking tour was too hilly and difficult. Venice was, unsurprisingly, mobbed. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Viking was wonderful! They met us at he airport and delivered us to the hotel in which we stayed in Rome. A beautiful hotel, which was part of their package. There were Viking agents there almost round the clock to help us with anything. ... Read More
Viking was wonderful! They met us at he airport and delivered us to the hotel in which we stayed in Rome. A beautiful hotel, which was part of their package. There were Viking agents there almost round the clock to help us with anything. They took us on to the ship. The embarkation was the best of any ship we have taken. Smooth and efficient. Then the ship was absolutely beautiful. Our bags arrived very promptly and our cabin steward was right there to make sure that we were settled in and aquatinted with everything. The cabin was spacious, beautiful and very comfortable, as was the bathroom. It is a beautifully appointed ship with ample comfortable and elegant seating throughout. The ships staff were welcoming and helpful. I really can’t say enough about this entire experience. We stayed two extra nights in Venice, as we have always loved that city, and although the hotel was across the water from St Marks, it was very pleasant. In fact the hotel itself was amazing and very comfortable. This was our first experience with Viking, but it certainly will not be our last. So many passengers on our ship were repeat clients. All sang the praises of both the ocean and the river cruises...our next adventure! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Excellent service on a previous river cruise allowed us to look forward to this ocean cruise with much happy anticipation. Our pre-cruise stay in Madrid was wonderful. Our hotel was near the public transportation line and we had no ... Read More
Excellent service on a previous river cruise allowed us to look forward to this ocean cruise with much happy anticipation. Our pre-cruise stay in Madrid was wonderful. Our hotel was near the public transportation line and we had no trouble traveling throughout the beautiful city. We spent two days at the Prado and surrounding area, and never tired of walking around the town. The bullet train took us to Barcelona for our cruise, but the scheduling allowed us a second full day to explore the city and enjoy the food before we left port. We enjoyed the various dining options on the ship. The main restaurant offered table service for breakfast and dinner with a good variety of selections. It had open seating, and we never had to wait more than a couple of minutes to be seated. The World Cafe on an upper deck had a huge selection of choices in a buffet setting with both indoor and outdoor seating. In addition, there is a grill near the main pool and Mamsen's, offering some lighter fare in the comfortable Explorers Lounge. Finally, the ship offers to specialty restaurants for which reservations are required. Manfredi's offers Italian themed dishes; while The Chef's Table serves a fixed, five-course, "themed" menu that changes every couple of evenings. There is an included shorre excursion in each port, plus numeroud optional choices at additional cost. We found all the excursion guides to be extremely knowledgeable and engaging. Giulia's "Art and Architecture" tour in Florence was fascinating and fun. Swimming in the Mediterranean Sea while docked in Monaco was another highlight of our trip. Our post-cruise stay in Rome allowed us to experience the beautiful city and see Michelangelo's David. Traveling on the "Hop on-hop off" bus gave us the opportunity to explore many of the historic sites. We've already booked our next cruise with them for the Viking Homelands. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
This was an excellent cruise line. One of the outstanding features is that it is really an adults only cruise. I have nothing against children but it's not relaxing when you have to listen to whiny children on a cruise you've ... Read More
This was an excellent cruise line. One of the outstanding features is that it is really an adults only cruise. I have nothing against children but it's not relaxing when you have to listen to whiny children on a cruise you've worked so hard to be able to pay for. Time and place, etc. It was educational as well. Shore excursions offerings were spectacular and educational. The guides provided were excellent and knew their stuff. Another plus with Viking is that they don't try to sell you things while you are on your vacation. Have cruised Royal Caribbean's Alaska Cruise. While that cruise was enjoyable, they were always trying to sell us things like liquor packages, pictures, etc. They did not do this on Viking. Also big plus was the size of the ship. It was smaller and more intimate yet inclusive. Staff was excellent. Meals were very good. So nice to have a veranda in every stateroom. Would highly recommend Viking and will go again in two years on another cruise. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
First, we, like many others on the ship, did not realize that the itinerary could be extended to 14 days and we disembarked at Civitavecchia. The embarkation in Barcelona was somehow affected by the local taxi strike, causing us to sit on ... Read More
First, we, like many others on the ship, did not realize that the itinerary could be extended to 14 days and we disembarked at Civitavecchia. The embarkation in Barcelona was somehow affected by the local taxi strike, causing us to sit on a bus (thankfully, air-conditioned) in the port for an hour rather than a lounge at the World Trade Center. Because the Viking Gaudi tour was already sold out, we booked a tour from Viatours, which we had to meet at Park Guell. Since the taxis still were not running, we were forced to use the metro & walk uphill to the park in the 90+ temperatures. However, Sagrada Familia was worth it! The other shore excursions were a mix of the free ones included by Viking & ones we purchased from Viking prior to the trip. In looking at similar tours offered by Norwegian, we noted that the Viking was significantly cheaper for the same excursion. Having taken the Norwegian cruise in the Hawaiian Islands last year, we noticed how many things for which Norwegian charged and Viking did not. As a person who drinks a lot of water, I was happy to find this was free; Norwegian charged $40 for a case of water on that cruise! We did not buy the upgraded drink package but were quite happy with the quality of the wines with lunch & dinner which followed the countries where we docked. Refills were offered in the dining venues. Drinks in the bar areas were an additional, but not unreasonable, charge. I was surprised that another reviewer criticized the food. I never encountered anything that I felt was over-salted, & I tend to under-salt our food at home as my husband has blood pressure issues. While getting into the 2 premium (but free) venues was not easy, we dined once in both. The Chef's Table was particularly elegant, with wine pairings for each course from the standard pours. One night when we could not get into The Chef's Table, we had to settle for Beef Wellington at the World Cafe! There was an additional buffet on the open deck area of the World Cafe/Aquavit Bar where local specialties were grilled to order. In all, we felt the quality and variety food was outstanding. Service was above average, and we certainly did not encounter anyone with an attitude. Having a free launderette on each cabin deck was an added perk. Soap was automatically supplied at the push of a button. Our biggest regret is that we did not make an appointment for one of the planetarium shows. We enjoyed the deck party and movies in the pool area. Regarding the pools, the depth was not graduated & more than 5' deep in the main pool, more than I prefer. However, we had plenty of other things to do since there were no days when we were not in a port. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
I have been on many many cruises in my life, but this Viking cruise was the absolute best. I have to say it’s spoiled me for amy other cruise line. The ship was gorgeous, but in a very classy way. No “Vegas type “ atmosphere. Just ... Read More
I have been on many many cruises in my life, but this Viking cruise was the absolute best. I have to say it’s spoiled me for amy other cruise line. The ship was gorgeous, but in a very classy way. No “Vegas type “ atmosphere. Just clean well thought out architecture. The service on Viking is outstanding. Cruise staff remembered my name every time and also remembered my drink order. The buffet was unlike any that I have encountered before. Clean presentation, portions that were realistic & service above reproach. The dinning room was also fabulous. The attention to detail was very apparent. The staff made you feel very welcomed. I have to say one of the highlights was the spa area. I was so unique & inviting. Many cruises just get you into this area to upsell their products. Not Viking, they really want you to enjoy their unique area..the snow room... fantastic! Our cabin staff was so attentive. If you needed anything, just ask. I was so impressed with Viking that we booked another cruise for next year ‘ Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Orion was immaculate, a new ship and the crew was together just two months prior to our sailing; so in essence, everyone was "new" onboard. In true Viking fashion, everything went very smoothly (for us). We essentially sailed ... Read More
Orion was immaculate, a new ship and the crew was together just two months prior to our sailing; so in essence, everyone was "new" onboard. In true Viking fashion, everything went very smoothly (for us). We essentially sailed what's now called Mediterranean Odyssey (Barcelona to Venice). Our cruise was somehow overbooked, so the ship seemed more crowded than usual, full capacity I'm sure. (We've cruised with Viking several times, both River and Ocean.) Nonetheless, they asked for daily real-time feedbacks and seemed to make adjustments along the way. Overall, the trip was very enjoyable. Unfortunately, just about every port we went to was extremely hot. The walking tours would have been wonderful strolls otherwise. Nevertheless, we saw and learned so much. The trip gave us what we wanted: an overview of the land for future visits. Things that were unexpectedly outstanding: the cruise director and the entertainment. The cruise director was very personable and talented. He also mixed with the crowd. We found the singing/dancing by the four young people at the theater totally amazing. When not performing, they greeted us at the theater doors, and impressed us as ordinary people, all from the UK. When on stage, however, they transformed into professional performers who sang ABBA, Beatles, and Broadway songs. Their choreography was excellent. I was transported back to the 60s/70s. Parts of the Broadway songs even brought tears to my eyes--just wonderful performance. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We selected this ship and its itinerary as we wanted to visit this part of the world and this cruise fit our schedule. I particularly wanted to see Barcelona and return to Monte Carlo. This brand new ship, the Viking Orion, was ... Read More
We selected this ship and its itinerary as we wanted to visit this part of the world and this cruise fit our schedule. I particularly wanted to see Barcelona and return to Monte Carlo. This brand new ship, the Viking Orion, was beautiful. I loved the design and openness of the ship and the various touches of technology. Food was first rate, and all of the staff were incredibly friendly and welcoming. My only complaint was that the entertainment, particularly the musicians, were not of the quality that I have come to expect on most ships. Given the competitive nature of auditioning to be selected as a cruise ship musician, I am surprised that they were not more skilled. It would also have been nice if there were more options on board the ship when we were "at sea". Shore excursions were wonderful, and it was a real treat to have WIFI, wine, shore excursions, etc. part of an all-inclusive fare. This is extremely enticing! All in all, a wonderful experience! I'm eager to go on another Viking Ocean cruise sometime soon. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
I choose this ocean liner as I have heard all good things, when booking I had excellent service. And through out the whole process it was incredible. We will never use any other ocean liner than the Viking we loved it far above our ... Read More
I choose this ocean liner as I have heard all good things, when booking I had excellent service. And through out the whole process it was incredible. We will never use any other ocean liner than the Viking we loved it far above our expectations!! The staff was helpful every time, food incredible and the staff their we’re superior. The food everywhere on the boat was increadible, fresh and wonderful. Pools were incredible. Boarding and unbarkkng were fast and easy and all transfers were organized and on time always. Activities on the boat were great too. All the service in the boat we can’t say enough good about it. Easy to use washer and dryers like having our own hair dryers in each room. We never used the coffee pots as we loved being out on the ship and eatting and drinking with others it was an incredible journey for sure! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Viking was our first and only choice for an ocean cruise. The Viking Orion is a smaller ship with only 930 passengers (a huge selling point for us). We did a 15 Day Grand European river cruise two years prior so we knew what level of ... Read More
Viking was our first and only choice for an ocean cruise. The Viking Orion is a smaller ship with only 930 passengers (a huge selling point for us). We did a 15 Day Grand European river cruise two years prior so we knew what level of service to expect. They did not disappoint! First class again in every way! We were welcomed at the Barcelona World Trade Centre by the Viking staff with smiles and cold bottled water. Viking is extremely organized and buttoned down. Check in was as smooth as silk. Our stateroom was not available until 2:00 p.m. so we were told to make our way to The World Cafe and lunch would be available. We were onboard the ship within minutes and welcomed with cold clothes and champagne. Nice touch! As an aside, this cruise was in recognition of our wedding anniversary. Viking delivered a bottle of chilled champagne and beautiful cake after we arrived in our stateroom. Both were very tasty! The ship overall is very beautiful and modern. You really feel like you are on a luxury cruise ship. Our stateroom was perfect for the two of us. It was extremely clean. The bathroom was a good size, lots of room in the shower. Plenty of storage space, heated floors, quality toiletries/towels, etc. all replenished daily. They provide luxury robes and slippers. The bed was super comfortable. I'm still trying to figure out how there wasn't one hint of a wrinkle in a pillow case or the duvet cover after they made up our room! There is plenty of closet and drawer space. We asked for extra hangers which were delivered within minutes. An added touch was having daily information about the cruise and ports of call on the stateroom television. Restaurant menus were updated daily so we could decide beforehand where we wanted to go for dinner. If we missed the evening talk about our next port of call, we could watch it later that evening or the following morning. You could also view the status of your account on board. There were several dining options available. Food selections at the specialty restaurants were plentiful. The Chef's Table was gourmet delicious! There were many choices offered from the buffet restaurant food stations and the Aquavit Terrace daily. Room service was always available. We had no complaints about any of the food offerings. Quantity, quality and presentation were outstanding! Especially the non-stop stop king crab legs offered nightly. They were a hit! Bar service was excellent. The bar tenders/servers were all very friendly and interesting to talk to. We purchased the Silver Spirits beverage package and enjoyed top shelf liquors and a great selection of wines. We did not use the swimming pools, spa or fitness centre however we did tour the spa. It's equipped with a snow room! The sports deck had mini-golf. A good selection of excursions were offered at each port of call; some included in the cruise and some not included. We did daily excursions at each port and stayed on land as long as we could exploring. All our tour guides were friendly, knowledgeable and some with a good sense of humor. The only excursion we were disappointed in was the visit to the village of Grimaud, France. With the time we had available, we saw mostly big yachts and villas. Time could have been better spent in St. Tropez. Viking is extremely organized in everything they do. Especially getting guests efficiently off (and back on) the ship and loaded on to awaiting buses. We were provided bottled water and wished a good day by senior Viking staff when disembarking at each port. When returning to the ship after each excursion we had to go through a security check (which is done efficiently). Cold clothes were handed out arriving back on board the ship. On our final day in Livorno port before heading to our final disembarkation destination, Civitavecchia (Rome), we were greeted back at the ship after touring all day with a red carpet, cold champagne and all the ship staff welcoming us back. They were all lined up dancing to the music was playing outside. Another nice touch! Entertainment on the ship was fine for us. After full days of touring in the heat, night life wasn't that important to us. If you're expecting to party at the all-night disco, or play the slots, this is likely not the cruise for you. No disco or casino. Entertainment was offered most nights by the Viking Singers in the Star Theatre as well as guest entertainers. The Viking Band played in the Torshavn Lounge for those that wanted to dance. There were movie nights and dancing under the stars pool side on select nights. The resident pianist, guitarist and classical duo performed nightly in the Atrium. We watched one 3D movie in the Explorers' Dome. It was visually amazing! There are only 26 seats available and you need to reserve at guest services. It does not cost anything. An added perk on the ship was the self-serve laundry/ironing facilities on each level. Viking may seem a bit on the pricey side but they are definitely worth the money. We would recommend Viking to anyone and will be looking at future travels with Viking again. Staff, service, dining, excursions, and overall experience on this cruise ... all first class! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We just returned from our fantastic Mediterranean Cruise onboard Viking Orión. The embarkation process was quick and as soon as you are onboard you are treated like royal. The food choices were numerous and great. We were a group of 8 ... Read More
We just returned from our fantastic Mediterranean Cruise onboard Viking Orión. The embarkation process was quick and as soon as you are onboard you are treated like royal. The food choices were numerous and great. We were a group of 8 and they were able to accommodate us on a table for 8 every night! The service at the restaurant was outstanding! There was plenty of wine and beer served during lunch and dinner. Our room attendant (Oki) was great. Our room was spacious for my husband and I with enough closet space. Love the heated floors in the bathroom. We never experienced long lines or crowded areas. They provide you with water when you leave to the shore excursions and again when you come back. We movies at the Dome were very interesting. We enjoyed our shore excursions and some great tour guides. Overall we had a great experience and would recommend to those thinking about going on a cruise. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We went from Budapest to Amsterdam on the Viking MAGNI two years ago, and loved every bit of that trip, so we knew of Viking's attention to detail and commitment to excellence from firsthand experience. In 2018 we originally intended ... Read More
We went from Budapest to Amsterdam on the Viking MAGNI two years ago, and loved every bit of that trip, so we knew of Viking's attention to detail and commitment to excellence from firsthand experience. In 2018 we originally intended to take the St. Petersburg-to-Moscow river cruise, but found it was during the time of the World Cup. For that and a number of other reasons, we (three couples who travel together) elected to see what other cruises Viking could offer us, even though our plans were completely changed fairly close to the departure date. Viking could not have been more helpful, and credited us with every penny we had already tendered them. We got three adjacent cabins with shared verandas on the maiden voyage of Viking ORION, with no penalties and, indeed, on most favorable terms. Viking service deserves its legendary reputation: every detail is smoothly, cheerfully and professionally attended to, from airport transfers to boarding to cuisine, entertainment, physical facilities, educational programs, and on-shore tours. The ships (in our case, the longship MAGNI and the ocean cruiser ORION) are engineered and planned down to the tiniest detail - doors and drawers (and toilet lids!) that don't slam, but slide gently shut; warmed floors and mirrors in the bathroom; perfectly arrayed tables in the dining areas so that efficiency and aesthetics are both well-served; cuisine that is fresh, imaginative and related to local products and produce; real honest-to-goodness libraries sprinkled throughout the ship with worthwhile and educational volumes on every conceivable subject. But the most treasured part of the Viking experience, for me at least, was the basic company-wide policy regarding quality of life on board: no children under 18; no casinos; no art auctions or other en masse blandishments, and essentially no smoking (one tiny spot on a mid-ships open weather deck was set aside for those poor souls). The heart of the Viking experience is really not even on board the ship; I think the company wants its passengers to travel primarily as a means to the end of learning more about the world and its fascinating places and people. Every stop on either the river or the ocean cruises will provide ample opportunities for a wide variety of tours and excursions, including some at no extra charge at every stop. For example: Having been to Rome a number of times in the past, that day we elected instead to visit Tarquinia, the Etruscan necropolis and museum. The day was one of the most memorable in my life - and I've lived a long, long time. The tour guide gave a three-hour nonstop monologue that integrated geology and geography, military history, theology, architecture, graphic art, archeology and politics, and imparted to us a priceless understanding of Etruria and its people, their (literally) central role in Mediterranean history before the Roman Empire, and the uniquely peaceful amalgam of cultures that their open society encouraged and created. Viking cruises are meant to be enjoyed by thoughtful adults who want to visit other lands and other peoples in order to learn about them. The comforts of their ships and the delights of the on-board experience are magnificent, but always in service to getting ashore and experiencing other lands. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Viking Orion Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.6
Dining 5.0 4.3
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 3.8
Enrichment 5.0 4.3
Service 4.5 4.6
Value For Money 5.0 4.1

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