16 Seward Viking Ocean Viking Orion Cruise Reviews

Great experiences previously with Viking River Cruises and wanted to try their ocean small ships. This ship was 4 times larger than the Viking longships, but we never felt crowded. There were so many places to find a quiet spot to ... Read More
Great experiences previously with Viking River Cruises and wanted to try their ocean small ships. This ship was 4 times larger than the Viking longships, but we never felt crowded. There were so many places to find a quiet spot to hang out, it felt like a private resort. Spa was excellent with full use of hydro therapy circuit at no additional charge. Food was excellent. Never had to wait for anything with open seating. Main dining room was large and fairly noisy. We we traveling as a group of nine and found the World Cafe buffet dining to be more than suitable for our group. Infinite choices, never rushed, attentive service by staff at all times. Explorers Lounge on top deck was wonderful place to sit and have a snack/drink at any time of day. Never crowded. All staff were excellent. Never without a smile on their face and showed true desire to meet your needs. Including the captain who was happy to stop and talk while walking his rounds on deck. We loved the experience and have already booked our 2020 Viking cruise from Bali to Sidney. Can't wait to go! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
The Viking name has been synonymous with excellence. We were so happy when they announced they were sailing in Alaska. It was our dream come true! This was a special cruise for my husband’s 70th and his retirement. Everything and ... Read More
The Viking name has been synonymous with excellence. We were so happy when they announced they were sailing in Alaska. It was our dream come true! This was a special cruise for my husband’s 70th and his retirement. Everything and everyone on this ship exceeded our expectations. The twice a day housecleaning made it that more special. The dining was easy and never included lines for buffet and we always got into the Restaurant with a group of six. We appreciate that Viking ocean cruises require passengers to be 18 or older. Our one included shore excursion at Icy Strait was not of the caliber that I expected. High school students performing a story was sweet but wasn’t what was described in material. We did enjoy the nightly entertainment and noticed all the entertainers participated almost every morning in the disembarkation and return to ship by handing out water, towels etc. I can’t wait to go on another cruise. Hopefully we will be in France river cruise in two years. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Love Viking. Always wanted to go to Alaska. Room is a little small. A/C is so so. Love the drink package, speciality restaurants, shore excursions. Internet a little slow. Crew is very nice. Food is great. Boat is beautiful and so clean. ... Read More
Love Viking. Always wanted to go to Alaska. Room is a little small. A/C is so so. Love the drink package, speciality restaurants, shore excursions. Internet a little slow. Crew is very nice. Food is great. Boat is beautiful and so clean. Already booked another cruise. Can fit luggage under bed. Has more drawer space. Loved our balcony. Do the helicopter ride to Mendenhall Glacier and dog sledding. Loved the train ride and the excursion on the Deadliest sea boat. Manifred I had excellent steaks. Loved not always having announcements, no children, and older crowd. This was our 2nd cruise with Viking. The spa is wonderful. The pools excellent. Bar service is above all other. Entertainment could be a little better. Love having wine, beer, soft drinks included. And being able to stay pre or post at beginning and end ports. Airfare is great. Top of the line in cruises as far as I am concerned. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We joined my brother Mike Martin, his wife Sherry on this cruise. My brother had wanted to sail the Inside Passage on an Alaskan cruise. My husband and I had cruised to Alaska on two other occasions but enjoyed it so much that we were ... Read More
We joined my brother Mike Martin, his wife Sherry on this cruise. My brother had wanted to sail the Inside Passage on an Alaskan cruise. My husband and I had cruised to Alaska on two other occasions but enjoyed it so much that we were glad to go again. The embarkation went smoothly. I was glad we didn't have to wait to board ship when we arrived at the dock. For desembarkation I suggest that passengers be made aware that they can wait onboard until their color group is called My cabin review is below. Our dining experience was excellent due to the expertise of the kitchen staff. The consistently provided us delicious meals. The wait staff were always very friendly and attentive to our needs. We thoroughly enjoyed the Orion Vocalists performances, especially the ABBA Songbook and the Beatles Songbook. We also very much enjoyed the Viking Classical Duo performance of Movie Magic. We enjoyed our shore excursions especially the Kenai Fjords by boat near Seward, the Columbia Glacier Cruise near Valdez and the Potlach Totem Park near Ketchikan. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Everything about the cruise was top notch. Accommodations were outstanding and we really enjoyed the variety of dining options and special events. We especially enjoyed trying the steam and regular saunas, cold plunge pool and ... Read More
Everything about the cruise was top notch. Accommodations were outstanding and we really enjoyed the variety of dining options and special events. We especially enjoyed trying the steam and regular saunas, cold plunge pool and 'snow' room ... quite a unique experience. There were learning experiences at every turn from pictures with explanatory plaques lining the hallways to the displayed artwork with attached narratives. However, the thing that continues to make Viking our favorite cruise line is the service. We didn't encounter one surly or indifferent crew member. We were so amazed that we ended up asking the ones we became close to why they chose Viking and, to a person, they said that the overall package and treatment Viking extends to them is far better than cruise line(s) they had worked for before. The theme was that Viking was 'family' and they were treated as such. We couldn't have been more pleased with our experience. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Alaska has been on our bucket list for years, and when Viking announced they would be sailing to Alaska we jumped at the opportunity, having experienced a Viking River Cruise in 2014, the Romantic Danube. The Viking Orion had not yet been ... Read More
Alaska has been on our bucket list for years, and when Viking announced they would be sailing to Alaska we jumped at the opportunity, having experienced a Viking River Cruise in 2014, the Romantic Danube. The Viking Orion had not yet been completed when we made our reservations, so watching her development was exciting. Viking truly has transported the finest of their river cruise ships into their ocean cruise ships, and it felt like coming home when we boarded at Seward. One aspect of the cruise that was attractive to us was the specific itinerary that included more of Alaska than just the fabled Inside Passage. We did the pre-cruise extension in Anchorage, where Viking picked us up at the Anchorage airport and transported us to the Anchorage Hilton for 2 nights, then onward from Anchorage to Seward to join the ship. The weather was not always cooperative and in Seward it was raining and chilly outside, but warm and welcoming onboard. Embarkation was smooth and fast, and the primary downside was the distance we had to walk from the point where we cleared security to the ship itself mostly in the rain. From then on the weather was either cloudy and cool or clouds and sun. Valdez was beautiful, sunny and clear; overcast at Hubbard Glacier and Icy Strait Point and Skagway, sunny and warm at Juneau, mostly sunny at Sitka, cloudy at Ketchikan, and gloriously sunny on arrival at Vancouver. Of the many attributes offered by Viking, having all outside cabins with balconies was a definite plus, the small size was wonderful with just 930 passengers, and perhaps the one consistent comment we heard was how thankful our shipmates were that there were no children (us included). Folks, this is not a party ship, yet it packs in more entertainment options than are possible to sample in the 11 days we had available. We would definitely cruise again with Viking Ocean and River Cruises. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We have had the opportunity to go on two Viking River cruises and wanted to try an Ocean Viking Cruise. Alaska has been on our bucket list for years and we knew Viking was the way to go. Viking has EVERY THING covered. From the moment you ... Read More
We have had the opportunity to go on two Viking River cruises and wanted to try an Ocean Viking Cruise. Alaska has been on our bucket list for years and we knew Viking was the way to go. Viking has EVERY THING covered. From the moment you are met at the airport you are taken care of. The ship was beautiful and sparkling clean. Our cabin spacious and room Stuart outstanding. Dining choices were plentiful, delicious with fabulous service. We never felt crowded and enjoyed all the different spaces to relax. So happy to be on a smaller cruise ship. We were so glad not to fuss with formal nights. The enrichment program provides all kinds of wonderful experiences and opportunities. The included and optional excursions were plentiful with so many choices, we could of spent numerous days at any one port. Loved all our excursions. The My Viking Journey web link was great! We were prepared, organized and well informed. I thoroughly enjoyed reading and exploring on the link. Making reservations for excursions and special dining plans helpful. My husband and I even made reservations for our next Viking cruise to the Mediterranean! Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Chose Viking because of a wonderful experience with their Danube cruise. Viking has very well trained individuals working with them. We too picked the Orion as it was one of the smaller vessels in the Alaskan area with only about 900 ... Read More
Chose Viking because of a wonderful experience with their Danube cruise. Viking has very well trained individuals working with them. We too picked the Orion as it was one of the smaller vessels in the Alaskan area with only about 900 guests. Many times we wondered where all of the people were... The Orion has so many quiet areas where you may sit or lounge. Our cabin steward was fantastic, almost overly so. The Orion was fairly new and so very well decorated. Would love to go on more Viking cruises. Wish they had a cruise just sailing in and around the Greek Isles. We too might look at the New Zealand and Australian cruise. I was not impressed with the handling of the arriving and the check in at our departure hotel. The Viking associates were not very helpful there. When we took the Danube cruise, the post hotel experience was wonderful with sight seeing and dining suggestions. Glad that we did not have fancy or dress up nights. I believe that Viking has the best overall product on the market. Cabin steward =10 Food = 10 Entertainment= 6 Talks =8 Spa=10 general staff=9 Room=10 Shore excursions offered=10 gelato offered at every evening meal=10 Specialty restaurants=10 cleanliness of entire ship=10 quiet areas on board=10 Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
The cruise ship was up to Viking normal high standards. The cabin was well prepared and continually tidied and readied..the cabin service usually forgot we didn`t wanted our beds turned back etc but minor point. We were very ... Read More
The cruise ship was up to Viking normal high standards. The cabin was well prepared and continually tidied and readied..the cabin service usually forgot we didn`t wanted our beds turned back etc but minor point. We were very fortunate with some excellent weather throughout the voyage. The atmosphere on board was very relaxed throughout. The food was excellent and we much prefer the more relaxed format in the self service area as standards are not compromised at all. Mrs Wood`s hair appointment was average. Some of the included excursions were disappointing and the game needs to be upped here as we felt this was part of pushing you to pay for the far better extras ones.One of them just dropped us off in town to do our own thing.Juneau excursion was unnecessarily rushed and we had little time to enjoy the glacier facilities etc.Our extra whale watching at Icy strait Point was very good indeed. The lectures and talks were generally very good and the delivery was interesting and relaxed with most but not all of them.Kathy Slamp we found the best of them. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Priori river cruise with Viking and had a wonderful experience. Food was fantastic, service was stellar, everything was fantastic. The ports of call were interesting, shore excursions were very good (although, pricey, but that is common ... Read More
Priori river cruise with Viking and had a wonderful experience. Food was fantastic, service was stellar, everything was fantastic. The ports of call were interesting, shore excursions were very good (although, pricey, but that is common in Alaska). Loved the fact that they had a non-denominational Sunday service for those who were interested in attending and unable to get to a place of worship due to cruise schedule. Staff goes to great lengths to ensure you have everything you need. Disembarkation and embarkation procedures were thoroughly explained and went smoothly. My only two suggestions for improvement would be instead of having to use the room key for everything, arm bands with the chip would be much more convenient, and more show times for the on board planetarium. Fitness center was awesome, plenty of equipment. I took advantage of the opportunity for a massage and the spa was wonderful as well. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We were on Viking in the Caribbean and it was great so we decided when they open up the Alaska cruise we are going so we booked it two years ahead time . The flight in should have been earlier we lost the first day because the flight was ... Read More
We were on Viking in the Caribbean and it was great so we decided when they open up the Alaska cruise we are going so we booked it two years ahead time . The flight in should have been earlier we lost the first day because the flight was so late in the day , but the ship was nice and the cabin was clean and roomy the dining was really good . The ports were great and organized for the excursions . The service is bar none they know you name and your wine choice at the dining rooms after a day or two. The servers are very friendly and get to know you . The cleaning crew is also wonderful doing anything to make you feel at home. I would highly recommend this cruise with Viking they make the overall trip special and memorable. We have already booked another cruise with Viking this January in the Caribbean on the Viking Star or third ship with Viking. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
I chose this cruise because my husband and I wanted to see Alaska--but not on a huge ship. The Orion was perfect with passengers numbering about 950. The ship was beautiful and our deluxe veranda cabin was great. The ship had ... Read More
I chose this cruise because my husband and I wanted to see Alaska--but not on a huge ship. The Orion was perfect with passengers numbering about 950. The ship was beautiful and our deluxe veranda cabin was great. The ship had everything a person could ask for. The dining options provided ambience, amazing choices, and delicious food. There was plenty to do onboard--special presentations, cocktail lounges with musical entertainment, dancing, and shows with terrific talent. There was a pool and games on deck and in the lounges. My husband also used the fitness center which was very important to him since he interrupted a physical therapy regimen to go on the trip. Finally, the staff was above compare. The included excursions were fine but carefully chosen extra excursions really added to the trip. We chose the helicopter/dog mushing in Seward (expensive but worth the splurge), glacier sightseeing by boat, Skagway by Streetcar, the railroad ride to White Pass, and whale watching. One suggsestion for couples traveling together. Book the same category room. My husband and I booked the deluxe veranda but my cousin and her husband, with whom we were traveling, booked one level up--the deluxe veranda with more square footage. We did not know that they would be able to book restaurants and excursions 10 days before we could. We had planned our choices ahead of time, but most of what we had chosen was not available to us 10 days after they booked. However, we enjoyed this trip so much that we booked a river cruise (our second cruise) with Viking for next year. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Have done Viking Ocean before and realized that this was the first year that they were doing the Alaska route. We were so impressed with our previous experience, we wanted to try them again. The Viking Orion is a beautiful ship and the ... Read More
Have done Viking Ocean before and realized that this was the first year that they were doing the Alaska route. We were so impressed with our previous experience, we wanted to try them again. The Viking Orion is a beautiful ship and the staff keep it looking brand new every day. We particularly enjoyed the various dining options - the World Cafe, The Restaurant and the pool side cafe. Each has its own ambience and type of service, but each is equal in quality and service. We also enjoyed a session in the planetarium which is new for Viking Ocean. Something different that we enjoyed. Spent several sessions in the Spa and had wonderful treatments. Felt like new people when we left. We spaced them between the more demanding excursion days so that we would be relaxed after those days. Treatments were professional and awesome. Thought the overall experience was wonderful! Wouldn't hesitate to recommend. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Before booking our Alaskan cruise with Viking, my husband and I did extensive research about not only Viking, but many competitors as well. We feel, we got exactly what we expected and found that some of the complaints we did hear were ... Read More
Before booking our Alaskan cruise with Viking, my husband and I did extensive research about not only Viking, but many competitors as well. We feel, we got exactly what we expected and found that some of the complaints we did hear were from passengers who had no idea what they signed up for and then complained about it. Viking was a great experience for us and exactly what we wanted in an ocean vacation. Viking was enticing to us for what it offers, but for many things it does not offer as well. We wanted a cruise with no casinos, no children, no photographers snapping pictures constantly which we've lived through before, only a very small area for smokers, no rides/fancy water slides,and no charge for self-service laundry or drinks. My husband and I are avid life long learners. We wanted a cruise with like minded travelers who were interested in learning as much as possible. We got that! We enjoyed the many learning opportunities including the small Viking museum on board, port talks, enrichment videos on the cabin television, and Explorers' Dome. There were also guest lectures and talks with the Viking resident historian. We ran out of time to do all those educational options, but will next cruise! We really enjoyed all the dining experiences. Our room service for breakfast was right on time and what we ordered, The World Cafe offered a variety of food. We always enjoyed what we got and the many seating options affording us amazing views. We ate at Manfredi's twice and The Chef's Table three times. Manfredi's is an Italian restaurant, and the food was superb. We truly enjoyed The Chef's Table experience which we will caution is not for everyone. There's a set menu with paired wine for each course. You need to really be a foodie and be adventurous with your palate. We are, so we loved trying new food and wine. Again, we researched the dining options and knew exactly what we were getting. Plus all menus are posted on the cabin tv's, Voyager app, and outside the restaurants. The Restaurant was an excellent dining option as well. We enjoyed everything we ordered. One of our favorite treats was at Mamsen's. We went down early for breakfast several mornings and had their traditional Norwegian waffle with coffee where we could sit in the front of the ship relaxing with an ocean view and exceptional service. We did not purchase the optional alcoholic beverage package, but instead opted for the included wines. We really enjoyed the variety of wines from various parts of the world we were offered at lunch and dinner. We never had to wait long for a table or our food. The reason we didn't give dining a five star, we would have given it a 4.5 star if it were an option, is we felt there should have been more Alaskan food options which was advertised. We truly enjoyed the LivNordic Spa with snow grotto, steam sauna, jacuzzi, mineral pool, and heated loungers. It was so refreshing and relaxing. We went to the spa eight out of our ten days and were able to enjoy it each time with minimal passengers present. The staff was always making sure everything was in tip-top condition and took the time to get to know us and chat with us for as long as we wanted to continue talking. The service was exceptional. All crew members seemed genuinely happy and had amazing memories. When we entered many of the eating venues, the servers knew our preferences without even asking and greeted us warmly. They always treated us with respect and would spend many minutes just chatting with us. They took very good care of us. They not only greeted us, asked us how we were doing, attended to any concerns we had, but also kept the ship very clean in all the public areas and our cabin. As we've said before, we knew exactly what to expect for all our shore excursions. Again, we heard some complaints from passengers who didn't read what they were buying and then complained it wasn't what they thought. All of our purchased excursions were a five star except one. We did a whale watching tour, kayaking among the glaciers, bus/train ride to the Yukon, and Zodiac experience. We would give all those excursions a five star. The taste of Juneau was a bit disappointing as it was suppose to be more hands on cooking and learning about Alaskan cuisine than what it was. We did three free excursions and enjoyed two of the three. It would be nice if Viking had two free options - one for people with mobility issues and one for people who can do a tour that's moderate and above. We understand to make the free excursion available to everyone, it had to be a bus tour with easy walks, but it would have been nice to have more variety for the free excursion. Passengers also need to remember the amount or variety of animals seen on excursions is not within Viking's control nor is the weather. Come prepared. We were grateful to see what wild life we saw. We enjoyed the entertainment. The pianist and violinists that performed in the atrium were very talented. We also went to most of the shows in the theater where we could sing along and enjoy very fun performers. The cruise director and assistant cruise director were so warm and welcoming. They did a superb job both performing and making sure all activities ran smoothly. We also noticed how many passengers were into fitness and taking the stairs rather than the elevators. That was refreshing as well as not having to walk through several smoking areas to get to our destination. We met so many friendly passengers from all over the world. While we were among some of the youngest, we're both 52, we felt very comfortable and enjoyed ourselves. There were many opportunities to visit other passengers if we wanted during meals or the Wintergarden's tea time which we thoroughly enjoyed as well as opportunities to find a quiet, private spot where we could just enjoy each other. We were happy with all aspects of our cruise. Although there were some minor issues, there was nothing that would deter us from going on Viking again. It was truly a memorable voyage. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
heard the Viking ocean cruises are higher end luxury cruises and our experience lived up to that...the crew on all fronts were awesome, helpful, wonderful inviting attitudes. the ship itself is beautiful and thoughtful in its decor and ... Read More
heard the Viking ocean cruises are higher end luxury cruises and our experience lived up to that...the crew on all fronts were awesome, helpful, wonderful inviting attitudes. the ship itself is beautiful and thoughtful in its decor and design. Our cabin was surprisingly spacious and efficiently designed while still being luxurious. We loved the World Cafe for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Also loved Manfredi's for dinner. Loved the indoor pool area, along with the high tea served there. Also loved the outdoor infinity pool and jacuzzi amongst the awesome snow capped mountains surrounding the ship...the scenery was spectacular and to experience it on this floating luxury hotel/resort made it even better...definitely enhanced the experience. The spa is first class as well as the gym/fitness facilities. Loved the indoor jacuzzi pool, steam room, sauna, plunge pool and the freezing room. We could have stayed on board for a month...maybe even longer Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
My husband and daughter always wanted to go to Alaska. Chose Viking because we had a previous trip with them from Amsterdam to Budapest which was awesome. Small ship, great service and beautiful sites. Already booked this May 2020 for ... Read More
My husband and daughter always wanted to go to Alaska. Chose Viking because we had a previous trip with them from Amsterdam to Budapest which was awesome. Small ship, great service and beautiful sites. Already booked this May 2020 for Homelands Trip. Customer service was excellent and provided us with updates on our luggage which was lost on airlines. Meals were excellent with a variety to choose from and coffee bar available throughout the day. Explorers lounge had a wonderful view and service was outstanding Cabins were cleaned twice a day and Daily bulletin was delivered every night. Morning Room Service was delivered on time each morning with a hot cup of coffee and whatever we ordered the previous night. Highly recommend Viking Cruises and would not travel anyt other way. Beautiful ship, clean with excellent staff of people. Great rooms with excellent views from balcony and easy access on board ship. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Viking Orion Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.6
Dining 5.0 4.3
Entertainment 4.0 4.1
Public Rooms 5.0 4.8
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.4
Family N/A 4.4
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.8
Enrichment 5.0 4.3
Service 4.5 4.6
Value For Money 5.0 4.1

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