The vessel, food, and staff are magnificent. The vessel is extremely handsome without being ostentatious.
Space per passenger is extraordinary; didn't feel crowded.
Buffet almost always had extraordinary choices. Specialty restaurants were good but often booked. The "standard" restaurant was excellent and we never waited more than 10 minutes to be seated; often no wait at all.
The bakery is astounding. My wife is French. We hardly ever find "real" croissant, pain au chocolat, or baguette outside of her country. Orion had all that. Also, perfect donuts and rolls. Desserts were varied and good. Cookies were awesome.
Three stars for value is because it's a premium experience for a premium price.
Their systems need some work. We booked three back-to-back cruises. We had different cabins for each leg. Didn't want it that way but had no choice. (That's not exactly a complaint, just setting context.) We booked excursions and restaurant reservations before leaving home. They lost reservations for legs 2 and 3. For seven weeks of cruising I wrote about five pages of troubles where things weren't right. I'm a nerd so doubt anyone else would have got to page 5 but I did.
Their capacity for taking passengers on and off is insufficient, slow.
Excursions were well run.
Entertainment was good.
The vessel, food, and staff are magnificent. I won't be surprised to book them again.
Excellent furnishings. Comfortable bed. Poor bathroom lighting for facial work. Excellent nighlight feature. First two cabins 5021 and 3031 were extraordinarily quiet. Last one 3030 was noisy due to being above 2nd floor public restrooms with slamming doors. If noise sensitive, avoid 3028, 3030, 3032.
Excellent. Well run. This one boasts out to an anchored pontoon with all equipment. Worked much nicer than previous trip with equipment on boat.View All 4 Great Barrier Reef Tour Reviews