2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Before we departed on our trip, excursions were cancelled by Viking. So we arranged independent tours only to have to cancel these excursions because Viking cancelled 2 ports during our cruise. Imagine being on board and having to call ... Read More
Before we departed on our trip, excursions were cancelled by Viking. So we arranged independent tours only to have to cancel these excursions because Viking cancelled 2 ports during our cruise. Imagine being on board and having to call tour companies and tell them our port was cancelled and can we get our money back within a 24 hour notice of cancellation. This was a nightmare. Christ Church and Hobart, Tasmania were cancelled during our cruise. These cancellations caused disappointments for every person on board. Viking said they would give us a credit. You won’t believe what they offered us. A $250 voucher to use on another cruise. Seriously this was a very expensive trip and we missed seeing Mt Cook and Tasmania. Also our room was wrong. The photo on the Viking website was not the room we were assigned. Viking has corrected the photo our incident. This photo has been wrong for several of their ships. And the pricing was wrong too. I can’t tell you the number of calls to Viking that it took for us to get our refund. This is not our first trip on Viking. And there have been problems on every trip. This first Viking River Cruise we were stuck at a horrible port for 2 nights in Passau, Germany. We were given a voucher to use on another trip. That’s why we took another Viking cruise and only to spend more money with Viking. We have refused the Australian- New Zealand voucher because I refuse to give Viking anymore money. And if we accepted the voucher they wanted us to sign a non-disclosure letter. We decided to not accept the voucher so that we could share our disappointing experiences with Viking Yes the ship is gorgeous, but the customer service is horrible and you can not believe that what you buy from Viking will actually happen. Viking has no problems in cancelling excursions, cancelling ports and docking in crummy ports. And they will not refund you your money. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Wanted to visit Bali and Australia. Requested special diet for all the flights and NONE were passed on the airlines. For some unknown reason, Viking decided to cancel our return flights from Melbourne, and never told us. On board the ... Read More
Wanted to visit Bali and Australia. Requested special diet for all the flights and NONE were passed on the airlines. For some unknown reason, Viking decided to cancel our return flights from Melbourne, and never told us. On board the kitchen was limited on what they could prepare for special diets (GF), meaning only gelato and fruit for dessert. Excursions were poorly executed to really nice places. Some bus drivers great, others were awful. Service in the main Dining Room was spotty, ask for sparkling water and you are re-filled with regular water. Place your dinner order and wait anywhere from 20 to 45 minutes for main course. Tours in Bali were way to long (10 hours on day after flying for 30 hours), were told to pack for 2 days for next stop and rest of luggage stored until ship arrived; AFTER we completed the 10 hour tour. On the post cruise, we were booked on super cheap airline and had to pay a lot for all the flights because Viking did not cover the excess baggage at time of booking. Very sloppy. Would NEVER let Viking do AIR or pre-tours on the Ocean Cruises. Read Less
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22 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
As a background, we have taken numerous Viking River and sea cruises. This cruise had been not to Viking standards. Very disappointed and would not recommend. One takes Viking for convenience of travel, to see destination and not just to ... Read More
As a background, we have taken numerous Viking River and sea cruises. This cruise had been not to Viking standards. Very disappointed and would not recommend. One takes Viking for convenience of travel, to see destination and not just to stay on the ship for the duration of the trip. The itinerary for this trip from Bali to Sydney was poorly thought through and poorly organized. The trip was essentially a stay on the ship for the duration of the cruise. The shore excursions were a total disaster. Staff was not knowledgeable and unable to help much. It takes a long flight to get to Bali and Sydney from US. To take long flights just to stay on the ship is not the objective. The Komodo National park excursion was a total disaster. One can see Komodo Dragons in a bird sanctuary in Ubud. The shore excursions are very expensive. One can book the same excursion on line for substantially less. We have done this extensively as well as several fellow passengers. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
The Viking Orion is a beautiful ship with good food and stylish cabins BUT.... I would bet that none of the staff have ever been on one of their included shore excursions to test it out. If they had, none of the included tours would ... Read More
The Viking Orion is a beautiful ship with good food and stylish cabins BUT.... I would bet that none of the staff have ever been on one of their included shore excursions to test it out. If they had, none of the included tours would have been included for this trip. The tours were worthless. This is a new itinerary for Viking and they have not been able thus far to put an itinerary together that is worthwhile. 1. The 3 bus tours we took had the driver as tour guide. They are obviously bus drivers and not tour guides. Plus, the intercoms on the buses were so bad that unless you sat in the first 3 rows, you couldn't hear what was said. So we drove around aimlessly in older busses with no bathrooms and no tour guide. 2. We paid for an upgraded tour for a boat ride through the mangroves in Darwin and the tour description said we would walk from the port a few steps to get on a tour boat. It was over 100 degrees that day, about 90% humidity, and low and behold, the ramp for our tour boat was out of operation and we were sent on a forced march for 1.5 miles to get to the tour boat. No shuttle bus was provided. We were told by the Viking crew not to worry, a shuttle bus would pick us up to return us to the Orion. NO! No one showed up and the tour boat dropped us at a different spot than the pick up point and it took us about an hour to find our way back to the ship. And for this torture we paid $139/person. 3. At Komodo Island, we were again taken on a march around the island for 1.5 hours, again in 100 degree heat. There was nothing to see except brush and dirt until finally we came to the watering hole for the Komodo Dragons. We spent 10 minutes looking at the dragons and then it was a short 5 minute walk back to the ship from the watering hole. So, everyone was wondering WHY? Why not just take us directly to the Komodo watering hole. On the forced march, 2 people in our group were overcome by the heat and had to be helped out. When we got back to the tender, an emergency tent had been set up and one person had to be evacuated by air. What a disaster. Still can't figure out why they just didn't take us directly to the watering hole. 4. Thursday Island. There is nothing to see there except a pub. We had a whole day of doing nothing because there was nothing of interest. Tell me again why we stopped at Thursday Island? Everyone we spoke to had the same complaint. 5. The excursion on WhitSunday Island was canceled due to rough sea, but no other excursion or activity was scheduled in case of bad weather. So we had again nothing to do and the Excursion staff neglected to tell us that we would need a drivers license on Hamilton Island if we wanted to tour the island. 6. We were never able to get a reservation at Manfredis except for an 8:30 reservation on the day of the captains farewell. So we had to skip Manfredis to go to the captains fairwell. And, everytime we peeked into the restaurant there were numerous empty tables? Even at 7-7:30 each night, the place was half empty! What??? DO NOT BOOK THIS TOUR unless you want to just stay on the ship for the 15 days. If you are expecting anything else, forget this tour. Even the upgraded paid for tours were not up to par. Waste of time and money. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
This was our 3rd cruise on Viking Ocean, before on the Star & the Sea. Both were quite enjoyable. This one not so much! We boarded the ship in excellent health (and I have the blood work to prove it having been tested just 48 hours ... Read More
This was our 3rd cruise on Viking Ocean, before on the Star & the Sea. Both were quite enjoyable. This one not so much! We boarded the ship in excellent health (and I have the blood work to prove it having been tested just 48 hours prior to embarkation). Within 48 hours on the ship, developed ottis media (inner ear infection) which was a cause of concern. Went to sick bay & the treating doc gave me 500 mg of amoxicillin 3 times a day for 7 days. The interesting thing is while in sick bay, the nurse was a bit frazzled since they had a big emergency the evening before, no other details were provided. I can only guess. A day or two later the ship was put under quarantine and all swimming pools, and the spa were put off limits for 3 days. In The restaurant, no more self serve at the buffet. Consequently long lines developed as the staff was not equipped to handle this. After taking the amoxicillin I went again to sick bay, and requested anti diarrhea medicine as I was under the impression it was a side effect of the amoxicillin. I was told in no uncertain terms "no way this was possible" and in turn was quarantined to our cabin. Anyone can google "side effects for amoxicillin" and diarrhea is a common side effect listed. What were they talking about? So I in turn was quarantined for 3 days to my stateroom. They told me I was contagious. Guess what, my wife slept with me and stayed in the room with me for 3 days, she never developed diarrhea. And the bland food they sent up, frankly was inedible. Regarding the ports of call, we couldn't even sit out on our terrace as the air in the ports they took us to had an extreme foul smell! Fortunately we stayed in a penthouse veranda which made our 3 days incarceration a bit more comfortable. However we were warned by the ship's captain if we left the cabin we would be subject to being kicked off the ship and returning home would be our problem. Nice, you would think I could order reasonable food instead of their inedible "bland diet". Finally we gladly disembarked in Bali. Frankly we should have just booked our stay here and by passed the Viking ship. Upon returning I contacted their customer service to articulate my concerns. The person I spoke to seemed unaware that the ship was under quarantine for 3 days and she would research it and get back to me. She never did return the call, hence the impetus for my posting. We are now almost two weeks being home and are just getting over whatever we contracted on the ship. My wife while on the ship developed a cough and also ear infection which she to this day still has. Viking offered us a $300 pp credit for our next trip. A mere pittance considering we had spent in excess of $20,000 on our trip. For those considering booking this trip, it certainly did not replicate our past experiences with this line and I dare say it will be a long time before we re-book another cruise with them., Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
My husband and chose to go on Viking’s Orion Bangkok to Bali cruise with our good friends. They have been on a number of Viking river cruises and we have been on 6 cruises however not with Viking. The ship is beautiful and the rooms ... Read More
My husband and chose to go on Viking’s Orion Bangkok to Bali cruise with our good friends. They have been on a number of Viking river cruises and we have been on 6 cruises however not with Viking. The ship is beautiful and the rooms were as expected, small but nice. However, the “free excursions” were terrible! The ship docked so far away (1.5-2 hours each way) from what they included in the sites that the tours were mostly bus rides to, from and around the cities. We could not take one of the included tours and also pay for one of the extra tours in one day because they were scheduled so that they overlapped my 1/2 hour. Which means when the pool was closed because of the norovirus (yes, norovirus was part of this cruise) and you were back from one tour, there was not much to do other than playing games because the pools were closed and they did not add any extra activities. The crew was very attentive and friendly however there were problems that could be attributed to management (room service tray only picked up after 2 phone calls and finally put out in the hall, ice requested never delivered, unresponsive staff at pool cafe (requests for sweetener and refills) and serving out of date diet sodas in all areas of the ship dispite that being pointed out to servers). But the most unbelievable event was that we had an opened bottle of bourbon on our desk. We had 2 drinks but noticed 4 days later that the bottle was half full. We did not say anything even though we had not had another drink. A few days later, we noticed the bottle was 3/4 empty. We reported it to guest services, who said they would investigate. The next day we were told the only people that went into our room, was us! When my husband said that clearly was not true (someone came in to clean and another came in to fill mini bar) the response was that it could not be the crew because “ they are not allowed to drink”. No apology, basically we were called liars. The cruise was called Bangkok to Bali. We arrived in Bali at 6pm. There was no included excursion there because we were required to leave the boat at 8am the next morning. If we had not scheduled an extra stay there, we would not have seen anything of Bali. I would definitely not do this cruise again. I would tell anyone that if they were interested in seeing any of the cities included in the cruise to just fly to that city and hire a car to take you to the sites (as we did in Bali). We have written to Viking Cruises and although we did get a call from a representative, we were not satisfied with what she said and requested that her supervisor call. That was 6 weeks ago. It appears that Viking does not care about customer satisfaction. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
This is a pretty ship however, we were in CODE RED for the majority of our journey as there was a GI outbreak on the ship. This ship is odd, there is an unease among the crew on this vessel. You never see any of the officers or anyone ... Read More
This is a pretty ship however, we were in CODE RED for the majority of our journey as there was a GI outbreak on the ship. This ship is odd, there is an unease among the crew on this vessel. You never see any of the officers or anyone socializing on the ship. The dance bar is near empty at all times. It's just a very very dull ship. I mean I'm all for elegant but 2 weeks with a near pin drop quiet ship is a bit much. It felt like God's waiting room. I may be old but I'm not entirely dead yet! I would have like some life on this ship. They did the odd thing where they have the staff on the gangway clapping in your face like a bunch of indentured servants deprived of their breaks. I also saw officers and cruise directors etc. working the gangway which would seem to make it appear that they don't have enough people working on the ship and have to use these people to hand you hand towels etc. Seemed very odd. This just wasn't a happy environment and that combined with the GI outbreak on such a new vessel, will send me elsewhere for my next cruise. Nice concept Viking but you've taken quiet ship to a new level and made it dullest ship on the sea. Not my cup of tea. Also the entertainment on the ship is very minimal and it looked as though our entertainers had just gotten out of school, very simple shows, not great compared to other lines like Oceania or Regent. Clear they did not put much money into it. I just expected more atmosphere and quality of entertainment. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
We choose this cruise for our honeymoon because of the positive reviews we had seen on various websites. Prior to booking, my wife confirmed multiple times that they will be able to accommodate vegetarians and me being allergic to eggs. ... Read More
We choose this cruise for our honeymoon because of the positive reviews we had seen on various websites. Prior to booking, my wife confirmed multiple times that they will be able to accommodate vegetarians and me being allergic to eggs. Unfortunately, the Viking sales representatives had not communicated our dietary restrictions with the actual cruise chef staff; thus, there were very limited food options available for us to eat, with most of the food that we could eat being very salty and bland (think canned goods variety). Honestly, our honeymoon food experience was one of the worst food experiences we have ever had to the point that we were subjugated to buying food on the Excursions to make sure we had at least one decent meal during the day. While on the ship, we ended up eating snacks we had bought from home for the entirety of the cruise as the dining onboard was atrocious. When we attempted to complain of the issue towards the end of the cruise, our concerns were heard calmly by the head chef in the cruise who did manage to ensure we had one good meal while we were onboard. However, after having one good meal, things ended up reverting back to the mean, with most of the restaurant chefs/staff making us feel very uncomfortable because we had complained about the food options. To make matters worse, some of the staff seemed to dismiss our concerns about the food chalking it up to us “being of Indian descent”, as if to imply that our palate did not appreciate the “fine European dining” they were attempting to emulate on the ship. In short, the food was abysmal for vegetarians/non-egg eating vegetarians; and when we brought up the issue, we had modest success in rectifying the issue with some of the staff insulting our ethnicity in implying that Indians are not capable of appreciating the fine dining European experience they were attempting to provide on the ship. A horrible nightmare of a cruise! Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
My wife and I go on a cruise almost every year. We have cruised with Crystal, Regent, Ocena, Princess, Cunard, Holland America over the years. Crystal has always been our preferred cruise line. We chose this cruise for three main reasons: ... Read More
My wife and I go on a cruise almost every year. We have cruised with Crystal, Regent, Ocena, Princess, Cunard, Holland America over the years. Crystal has always been our preferred cruise line. We chose this cruise for three main reasons: (1) I badly wanted to visit my mother's grave in Hobart (Tasmania) and this cruise included Hobart in its itinerary; (2) we wanted to go to Australian Open tennis tournament after the cruise; and (3) we wanted to see the main cities of New Zealand and Australia. Additional considerations for us included the newness of Viking Orion, good reviews of Viking ocean cruises, being only for adults and no requirement for formal attire. Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. The ship was beautiful; eveything on the ship had been tastefully designed. Our cabin was on deck 6 and classified as deluxe veranda; its size was perfectly satisfactory, the bed was very comfortable and the bathroom was fine. There was an excellent fridge in the room and the WiFi signal was acceptable. In commen areas WiFi worked very well about 80% of the time (10-15 Mbps), which is excellent considering the remote areas we were sailing at. Dining: There were two specialty dining venues in addition to the main dining room and the "world cafe" where food was served buffet style. There were also three other locations where one can have open sandwiches, hamburgers etc. Entertainment: Compared to other cruises there was minimal entertainment of relatively low quality. Since we didn't much care about the generally low quality stage performances on cruise ships this was not an issue for us. The lectures were fine. Now, why do I give this cruise only 2 stars: The captain decided not to go to Christchurch and more importantly Hobart for weather related reasons. In his announcements he repeated that "our safety was his main priority" and provided only scant reasons for his decisions, which didn't satify anybody because weather, as far as we could determine, was not particularly bad at either port. That is two ports of call out of seven. I was very disappointed and angry as I wondered when will I ever have another chance to go to Hobart. So we ended up spending two extra days at sea and one extra day in Melbourne, which meant nothing to us because we were going to be in Melbourne for Australian Open anyway. The food was prepared by non-specialist cooks and the quality was in general quite poor. Our first dinner on board was just awful and I knew right at the outset we were going to have problems with food quality. Dinner on December 31st, New Year's Eve, was nothing special. They made no effort whatsoever to celebrate the arrival of the new year in the dining room. The variety of the food items included in the menus of the main dining room and the World Cafe became absolutely monotonous and boring. Fruit selection consisted of melon, watermelon, pineapple, apples, and strawberries all of which were tasteless. There was plently of meat but very little edible seafood. They even managed to cook salmon welldone! Shellfish was also plenty but tasteless. Imagine, you are travelling in the middle of summer in places that are well known for their vegetables and fruits (e.g. kiwi fruit, mangos, peaches, grapes) and none of them made an appearance at our dinner table. Same for seafood. The fish served were all of European origin and frozen - that's probably why they always cooked the fish until it was compeletly dry. Barista coffee was bad - we were told by one of the coffee baristas that the machines, not the coffee beans, were to blame. The staff clearly needed more training and better language skills. Often they did not understand what we asked for. Poorly selected music (rock, country etc.) played loudly on deck 7 where everyone congregated most of the time. The cover over Deck 7 would often be closed when the weather was hot with no wind making the place like a sauna and open when it was windy and cool. I mentioned this to staff and got no response. The included shore excursions were good. We received an email from Viking offering us $250 credit towards a future Viking cruise for missing out on two ports of call. I also received a phone call from a Viking representative after we returned home who tried to sell me another Viking cruise by offering "additional (to $250) cruise credit as further compensation". That is not an acceptable service recovery in my book. I will not go on another Viking Cruise and my wife feels the same. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We chose the Viking Orion cruise because we have wanted to go to Australia and New Zealand for a long time and because of the excellent reputation of Viking ocean cruises. We will not take another Viking cruise. Although we have no ... Read More
We chose the Viking Orion cruise because we have wanted to go to Australia and New Zealand for a long time and because of the excellent reputation of Viking ocean cruises. We will not take another Viking cruise. Although we have no complaints about the ship or our cabin, we were shocked by the lack of worthwhile activities and the poor quality of the included excursions. The so-called enrichment lectures were a total bore and the speakers were not at all interesting or entertaining. One of the speakers never looked up from her prepared presentation which she read word for word. During the four sea days there was very little to do. We spent most of our sea days watching TV in our cabin. However, we did enjoy the 30 minute dance classes taught by one of the young Viking singers and the trivia game that was run by the assistant cruise director. We were disappointed that trivia games were only held on sea days. On other cruise lines that we have traveled with (I.e., Oceania, Crystal and Regent), trivia games were held on every day of the cruise. We went on two of the included excursions on the first ports, but the tour guides were so bad that we decided to explore other ports on our own. I thought that the food was generally good but my wife was very unhappy with the poor quality of salads in the buffet. On a positive note, the entertainment in the evening was very good, especially the shows that were put on by the cruise director, the assistant cruise director and the Viking singers. Read Less
Viking Orion Ratings
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Cabins 5.0 0.0
Dining 5.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 5.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 5.0 0.0
Family N/A 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 5.0 0.0
Service 4.5 0.0
Value For Money 5.0 0.0

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