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Viking Orion Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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406 Reviews

Love the ship, Excursions were mixed bag

Viking Orion Cruise Review by BobandGinny

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Mar 2019
  • Destination: Asia

We are loyal Viking River cruisers (5 trips) and decided to give Viking Ocean a try. We have traveled on other ocean cruise lines. Generally, things went pretty well for us, though there were a few bumps during the first couple of days.

We love the Viking Orion. With only about 900 passengers, it is small and intimate but still has everything we wanted. If you are looking for casinos or large Vegas-style reviews - the Viking Orion is not for you.

The good: wine and beer included with meals, free internet, free launderette, free excursion in each port, heated bathroom floors, comfortable beds, adequate sized cabins, alternate restaurants included, outstanding lecturers and speakers, friendly & efficient crew, good food selection and preparation, verandas on all cabins, the "Explorer Dome". Ample storage in cabins. Certain class cabins get free minibar and laundry. Awesome use of state of the art technology everywhere on board. Spa area. Many quiet comfortable spaces to read and relax. Infinity pool. Musicians and singers were all good.

What we thought could be improved: Dining Room was crowded - seemed like there were too many tables for the space. Excursions - We usually take the "Easy or Leisurely" excursions due to some mobility issues - Choices were limited. Need magnifying makeup mirror in bathroom or elsewhere in cabin.

Itinerary - Bali to Hong Kong - Sihanoukville, Cambodia is awful. Dirty, polluted - No reason for any passenger to go there. Singapore - Needed an overnight there - not just one day. Vietnam, Singapore, Kuala Lampur, Bangkok, Bali, Hong Kong were all very good . Indonesian ports other than Bali were just okay - not great.

We'll cruise again with Viking Ocean, but will carefully select the itinerary based on Mobility-friendly excursions.

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Cabin Review

Cabin penthouse veranda 6090

We reserved a guaranteed cabin and were upgraded to the Penthouse Veranda. Loved the cabin. Plenty of electrical outlets, spacious, free minibar, beds were very comfortable, lots of storage space. But, no magnifying makeup mirror.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


Gardens by the Bay, Sands at Marina Bay, river cruise, City tour -

City Tour

Excellent guide. Took us to all of the temples and palace. Riverfront lunch. Extremely helpful

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City Tour

Sihanoukville should not be on any itinerary. Dirty and polluted. Stay on board. regardless of the various excursions taken by other passengers, virtually all would have skipped the city.

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City Tour

City tour by bus and electric car, Hanoi Hilton, Walk through Old Town, Water Puppets

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No reason for this port . Dirty Polluted. Stay on board. Virtually all other passengers regardless of excursion agreed.

Hong Kong

Standard city tour. Weather was hazy so sights were limited.

Kelang (Kuala Lumpur)

Mosque photo stop, City Tower, Petronas tower, city tour by bus, lunch


good overview of countryside - Rice terraces, batik, wood carvers, history

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