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Viking Orion Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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North, to Alaska!

Viking Orion Cruise Review by RetiredInHouston

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jun 2019
  • Destination: Alaska

My wife and I enjoy Viking cruises. This one was no exception. The ship is geared to folks who are, i would say, in their mid-50's and older. Calm, not loud and noisy. No casinos. My wife had taken a similar cruise 50 years ago, just before we were married, and we decided that this would be a great way to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary, and it was. Dining on board is really good - i did manage to hold weight gain to 5 pounds. Good basic food in all dining venues, and complimentary wine and beer with lunch and dinner. We almost always take a shore extension at the beginning of the cruise - lets us get used to the time zone before the cruise starts. This extension was in Vancouver - just wish that it had been a day or two longer. The Hyatt Regency was very nice and centrally located. The city tour was fine. We do excursions in virtually every port, and there were many to choose from in addition to the free guided walking tour provided in each port. The White Pass (Yukon) Railroad trip out of Skagway was especially enjoyable. The salmon were late this year, meaning that there were fewer bears than otherwise. Seeing remnants of the 1964 earthquake and tsunami, including the petrified trees and the fact that the town of Valdez was literally recreated about 20 miles away, were fascinating. Saw some whales, seals, and sea otters, as well as bears (not as many), goats, and a zillion bald eagles. We are signed up for a couple more Viking cruises (river and ocean) and recommend them to anyone making inquiry. What I really like, after many years of business travel, is having everything planned ahead of time. From the time that you land at the airport and are met by a Viking representative at the airport until you board your flight home, you are on auto-pilot virtually the entire time.

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Cabin penthouse veranda 4023

A little bit larger than the Veranda. Nice balcony. Four small bottles of alcohol as well as a couple of cans of beer are supplied free of charge each day. Very nice television with lots of movies included, as well as information about the next day's port and excursions. The bed is very, very comfortable. My wife loves the heated floor in the bathroom. For the time that we are in the cabin, not much, it is what we need.

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