Viking Orion Review

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Sail Date: Jan 2024

The Viking Orion ship is beautiful and peaceful and provided a luxurious background for our visits to ports in Australia and New Zealand. We added the 3-day Sydney extention and arrived on New Year's Eve. Without prior planning, it's not possible to secure a spot to view the fireworks over the bridge and opera house. But we were delighted that we could see the fireworks in the sky from our hotel room. The Mariott at Circular Quay is a nice hotel with a sumptuous breakfast buffet included. It's walkable to the harbor and the heart of downtown. The transfer of our luggage from the hotel to the ship was very disorganized and the worst part of the trip. Everything else went smoothly. We took most of the included excursions and a couple of the additional ones. All of that was well organized and most of the guides were terrific. But getting a bad guide, which we did a couple of times, can ruin the experience. One of our port stops, Melbourne, was changed in advance of the trip to Geelong, which was forgettable. Highlights included the Blue Mountains and the Tasmanian devil wildlife refuge in Australia, the majestic beauty of everywhere in New Zealand, tours of the prison compounds, and demonstrations of Maori dancing. Our stateroom was roomy and comfortable, with plenty of space for us to unpack and store everything we brought with room left over. Laundromats were convenient and easy to use but very busy! The food onboard was delicious and all the service was excellent. Our favorite place to eat was The Restaurant, which is a fine dining experience and no reservations needed. Overall the ship never seemed crowded. The passengers dressed very casually, even for dinner. Many people wore jeans, even though Viking asks you not to. No one was challenged about their clothing choices. There is not a lot of entertainment on board, and on sea days, most people napped, read, or played games.

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