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Viking Orion Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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Viking Orion Cruise Review by jpreed1954

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jun 2018
  • Destination: the Mediterranean

We chose Viking Ocean Cruises based on our experience with Viking River Cruises in 2015 and our desire to visit the western Mediterranean.

We ended up sailing the Orion on its maiden voyage.

The ship is absolutely wonderful. Viking has translated their river ship feel into small cruise ships. We really enjoyed the restaurants, public areas of the ship, stateroom, crew, cruise directors team, entertainment, cultural experiences, ease of travel, and the optional excursions.

Our only less than excellent experience was in the included excursions. This may be us comparing the included river cruise shore excursions with the ocean ones. The port cities on the Rhine may be more amenable for the included shore excursion experience than the ocean port cities. Also, we found that our optional shore excursions covered most of the same ground as the included shore excursions.

We are sailing with Viking Ocean Cruises again in April 2019. We will explore the Baltic and Russia on that trip.

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Cabin Review

Cabin DV5 4005

Very comfortable. Suited our needs well. We booked the same cabin on our scheduled 2019 cruise of the Baltic and Russia.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


Aix En Provence did not live up to the write up by Viking. It is major city not a quaint provincial town filled with charm.


Good tour. Unfortunately the guide had a very heavy accent and was hard to understand.

Monte Carlo Walking Tour

Excellent guide and locations.

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Nice & Eze

Excellent guide and locations.

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Florence & Pisa Tour

Excellent guide and locations. Highly recommend.

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Excellent. Private van picked us up at the ship and drove into Rome. We were met by a private guide for the Colosseum and Palatine Hill. We were then met by our original driver/guide in a golf cart. We then went to all the venues that we had arranged with iTer Italy and some that they recommended. We really saw and enjoyed Rome in one day. Highly recommended.

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Pompeii Walking Tour

We loved Pompeii. We were not overly satisfied with the guide.

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Nice drive to Sorrento. Once there we were taken to the city center and toured an excellent wood furnishings shop and then released for free time. We enjoyed a nice lunch and then reboarded the bus and left for Pompeii.

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Enjoyed the countryside, the coastal community and old Corfu. Good guide.


Excellent guide and venue. Learned a lot and really enjoyed seeing the old city and the area from the vantage point of the wall.


Great overview of Split and surrounding area. The venue for the cultural experience was excellent. Excellent guide and people at the venue.

Gondola Ride

The travel to and from the gondola dock was a little less hectic than the St. Mark's square tour described above. We enjoyed the gondola ride and through it got a better feel for Venice.

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St. Mark's Square

Time was too short in Venice. We arrived at noon and then disembarked for this excursion. Between the bus from the ship to the water taxi and the water taxi to the drop off for St. Mark's was over an hour. We had little time to explore given we had to get back to the ship for a quick dinner and then depart for our gondola ride. Plus the guide was not very interested in us. She seemed to be phoning it in.

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