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Viking Orion Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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Viking and Alaska - Well Suited To Each Other

Viking Orion Cruise Review by CanTex1

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

We have had four Viking cruises so far, with a fifth on the horizon. It’s an adult-level cruise and they treat their guests accordingly. The operation of the vessel was seamless - the passengers never had to worry about any of the details, they just showed up.

Meals were perfectly handled. Some cruise lines like to make people sit around big tables so you “can enjoy the company of others”, whereas Viking has tables-for-two where it’s your choice to engage with people at the next table or not. Funnily enough, our favorite food item was the European-style bread - vastly superior to North American bread.

There was no nickel-and-diming on Viking cruises. The included self-serve laundry, the wine/beer, Internet, each not expensive but it raises a tiny bit of guilt on other cruise lines - on Viking we just get to enjoy the cruise. We traveled with a group of 20, mostly relatives, and saw them only when we wanted to, our choice.

Shore trips were well-vetted before Viking guests landed. All were well done. I’m still working through the hundreds of photographs I was able to take on shore excursions and each one brings back happy memories.

Cabins were perfectly done. Clean, modern, very functional. There was no need for a fancy suite for our purposes because we primarily just used them to sleep - we were out and about most of the time.

(Not for this cruise, but the Viking Sky cruised by Mt. Stromboli, an active volcano north of Sicily, just in time to see a major eruption in the dark of the evening. Well planned, Viking!)

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Cabin Review

Perfect for the purpose, well-designed, well-maintained. Our big suitcase, opened up, fit nicely under the bed. Oh and the wooden shoe horn, nice touch.

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SeaLife Center

Well done.

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