10 Tokyo (Yokohama) to Asia Viking Ocean Viking Orion Cruise Reviews

Visit family in Japan and tour Japan at same time! This was a way to see the majority of the major sites in Japan in a 2 week period. The cities of Nagasaki and Hiroshima were historical was very moving to experience. Tokyo was very ... Read More
Visit family in Japan and tour Japan at same time! This was a way to see the majority of the major sites in Japan in a 2 week period. The cities of Nagasaki and Hiroshima were historical was very moving to experience. Tokyo was very interesting and the Imperial palace was excellent to see. The ship was emasculate and the service was exceptional! The food was very good and the diversity of eating venues was excellent. The tours on the excursion were excellent. I would highly recommend this cruise. The pool on the ship had a retractable roof and that allowed use no matter the weather. The places we docked were overall very nice and the local schools performed for us on departures. This was very special, and there was no graffiti or liter anywhere. The Japanese people were so friendly. and helpful. The overall experience was very educational and exciting and enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Japan has always been on my bucket list. And Viking provided a very comfortable way to do that. The cabins are spacious and provide you with everything you’ll need. There is a comfortable bed, plenty of storage space and a desk which ... Read More
Japan has always been on my bucket list. And Viking provided a very comfortable way to do that. The cabins are spacious and provide you with everything you’ll need. There is a comfortable bed, plenty of storage space and a desk which encases a makeup area and mirror. All the amenities you’ll need from fresh water daily, a telephone, flat screen television and a very nice sitting area. In addition to free WiFi, usb charging outlets are provided right in your room. Your bathroom provides you with a nice shower, free amenities such as shampoo, soap et cetera. Plenty of delightful dining offerings. Everything from full course meals to pizza. Room service is always available. A visit to the winter garden for afternoon tea at 4pm is offered. Actives include shows, lectures, movies, and musicians in the atrium. There is a library on board, exercise room and spa facilities. There’s an indoor plunge pool in the spa area. Various tours are available at each port. But the best part of the Viking cruises are the staff. Staff members continually do their upmost to see that your every need is taken of. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
This was my third trip with Viking, and my first Ocean cruise. I loved everything! The shore excursions were great, well-organized, a variety of lengths and sites, friendly, knowledgeable and fun tour guides. The ship was beautiful and ... Read More
This was my third trip with Viking, and my first Ocean cruise. I loved everything! The shore excursions were great, well-organized, a variety of lengths and sites, friendly, knowledgeable and fun tour guides. The ship was beautiful and meticulously cared for. The LivNordic Spa was our favorite place on board to relax. The ship offered a wide range of dining options from the World Café (buffet) up to elegant Chef's Table and Manfredi's Italian Restaurant. One day while at sea, I registered for a cooking class and had a great time, assisting in preparation of a 3 course Italian meal, which we then shared as our small group lunch. The staff was very professional and caring and made the effort to learn our names and treat as very personally as their own guests. This trip was my gift to my 23-year old daughter for her college graduation, and even though she was one of the very few young people on board, she loved everything about the trip. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We had sailed on Orion once before and knew it to be a lovely ship with excellent facilities, good food and thoughtful, attentive service. Seeing Japan was new to us and Orion offered a number of interesting stops. As always with Viking, ... Read More
We had sailed on Orion once before and knew it to be a lovely ship with excellent facilities, good food and thoughtful, attentive service. Seeing Japan was new to us and Orion offered a number of interesting stops. As always with Viking, the ship was immaculate, the facilities well designed and visually appealing and the staff extremely friendly, gracious and accommodating. The gym/workout area was lovely and the indoor pool and snow room were a special treat. The Explorer's Lounge is particularly restful and relaxing and a great place to curl up with a good book and a drink. Dining was excellent as to the food, although service in the main dining room, while extremely gracious, could be slow at times. It caused us often to eat at the World Cafe, which usually had the same foods, or at the specialty restaurants, such as Manfredi's and the Chef's Table, where we preferred the former to the latter. Afternoon tea at the Wintergarden is always a delight and we especially enjoyed the outdoor nighttime dining experiences by the pool. One admittedly minor yet constantly recurring complaint...they never seemed to have salt cellars that worked, whether in the main dining, the World Cafe or the specialty restaurants. It became a running joke in fact as people at neighboring tables would inquire as to who had one that actually produced salt. Our conclusion was that Viking was simply being attentive to high blood pressure risk with its older passengers! Entertainment is generally what you expect on a cruise...mildly entertaining and constantly patronizing (let's only play 60's music because you're all old farts). And btw, this is a general complaint about all cruise ships and by no means specific to Viking. Its entertainment is clearly designed to cater to the average ages on board, yet hearing newer music more frequently would be appreciated. The trivia games were always fun, yet killer difficult as it was the first time we ever went winless on a cruise! We particularly enjoyed the Explorer Dome/planetarium and made a point of seeing each of the several episodes. The shore excursions were generally well done and pleasant, with a single exception in Hiroshima where we left the befuddled guide and struck out on our own -- and had a great time, too! At times it was too much bus ride time compared with too little enjoyable tour time, but that's also a general issue with cruising as opposed to anything directed particularly at Viking. Usually the guides were intelligent, pleasant and responsive to inquiries. Speaking of Viking, we are devoted patrons, are signed up for a two-week river to ocean cruise in the fall and a British Isles cruise in the spring of next year. They are by far our favorite cruise line and we've encouraged friends and family to try them as well...always with success. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
The overall experience with Viking Ocean Cruise was excellent. Having been on other ocean cruise lines, we appreciated the laid back but elegant atmosphere of Viking Orion. The service was also very good - everyone wanted to be as helpful ... Read More
The overall experience with Viking Ocean Cruise was excellent. Having been on other ocean cruise lines, we appreciated the laid back but elegant atmosphere of Viking Orion. The service was also very good - everyone wanted to be as helpful as possible. Things that could use a little improvement included the logistics of getting from the airport to the ship. There seemed to be a little more chaos then we experienced with our River Cruise transfers. In addition, it was unseasonably hot during the trip and we had some difficulty getting cold water sometimes in the World Cafe (one of the ice machines was broken) and in the pool area / Winter Garden finding someone to bring us water. That said, for the excursions, we were always provided with bottled water and encouraged to stay hydrated. Our cabin stewards we wonderful, as were all the bar and dining staff. We particularly enjoyed the food at the Chef's Table with the wine pairings. We indulged in the Silver Spirits package and were very happy with that. The excursion guides were all outstanding, providing comprehensive information on geography, history and culture. We did several of the included tours and thought they were quite good, especially Hong Kong. We were very impressed with our Viking Ocean cruise and would definitely use Viking again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We had originally booked a shorter cruise of the inside passage when we found this longer cruise for less money because it was a repositioning cruise. I was able to show my wife beautiful parts of Japan before sailing on to Russia. ... Read More
We had originally booked a shorter cruise of the inside passage when we found this longer cruise for less money because it was a repositioning cruise. I was able to show my wife beautiful parts of Japan before sailing on to Russia. Russia was very cold in May and many people had respiratory issues, but the churches were gorgeous. Alaska was much better and warmer and very scenic.Everywhere we looked there was scenery to die for and usually wildlife flying, swimming or roaming around in front of us. We spent time in several ports and cruised the inside passage on our way to our final destination. Vancouver is a beautiful city that I want to spend more time in but we were just there long enough to go to the airport and fly home. I see a future trip to Vancouver and possibly a trans-Canadian rail journey to Toronto, Montreal and Quebec. On Viking Ocean cruises all cabins feature verandas. The cabins are well appointed for their size and the cabin stewards are very attentive. All dining venues are included in the price of the cruise so just pick and choose. The food was very good in every venue, but do try the Chef's Table for a treat. Embarkation and debarkation were both very easy on Viking. There were port talks the day preceding each port visit and shore excursions included in the price as well as optional excursions. The fitness and recreation options are excellent with the snow grotto as a stand out feature. Onboard the public rooms are very attractive and conducive to meeting people and having conversations. The service is really a stand out feature of Viking Cruises and simply adds to the great value for the money that you spend. I highly recommend Viking for the Thinking person as a quiet alternative to loud and boisterous ships with children on board. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
The itinerary matched exactly the route (North Pacific) we desired especially Tokyo embarkation and Vancouver disembarkation ports. We had sailed on many Viking River cruises and we were confident that Viking Ocean would not disappoint. ... Read More
The itinerary matched exactly the route (North Pacific) we desired especially Tokyo embarkation and Vancouver disembarkation ports. We had sailed on many Viking River cruises and we were confident that Viking Ocean would not disappoint. We were not disappointed! The ships are beautiful, well appointed and with only 900 passengers they are a proper size for us. We love children but it was very nice and relaxing to have ALL passengers in the adult category. The mix of passengers were well traveled and so very nice to share dinners with strangers whom became friends before the evening was finished, The lectures were enjoyable and educational. Some of the best lecture programs on any cruise line we have been on. The entertainment was simple and extremely professional. The singing/dance performers were only 4 but gave us a better performance than big over the top huge groups on other luxury cruise lines. No photo taking....no casinos, no bingo, great lounge areas for relaxing are all pluses. A retractable roof over the pool and outdoor entertainment area is surely a plus. We were very pleased with all the food and eating venues on the Viking Orion but believe all Regent ships and on some Oceania ships the overall food is a small touch better. Since the completion of our first Viking Ocean cruise we have voted our approval by booking our next 2 Viking ocean cruises namely in January 2020 to the Caribbean and another cruise in May 2021 "Into the Midnight Sun". Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
What a wonderful experience!! This was our second Viking cruise on their luxurious 930 passenger max vessel. We are so proud to have been passengers aboard the Orion. The Viking Ocean cruise Team was outstanding in planning, ... Read More
What a wonderful experience!! This was our second Viking cruise on their luxurious 930 passenger max vessel. We are so proud to have been passengers aboard the Orion. The Viking Ocean cruise Team was outstanding in planning, execution, frequent pre-trip communication, airport transfer process, and the luxurious on board experience. Our cabin was a deluxe veranda style and very comfortable. Having been guests for cocktails in a friends cabin suite, we have recently booked our next cruise for a penthouse junior suite. The excursion selections were numerous and covered a nice variety of time and exertion. Our area helicopter tour at Valdez was excellent. The on board Viking Resident Historian lecture program was absolutely a “cannot miss” daily experience. Great subjects, content and presentations by Mr. William Simpson, resident historian and Howard Parkin, astronomer. The post lecture round tables were perfect for our more detail questions. The on-board planetarium was like being on a space flight to the cosmos. We even met for a midnight viewing experience of the International Space Station fly over and searched for Northern Lights viewing. Wow! Fitness center was excellent and equipment inventory was never a wait situation. Massage facilities and personnel were excellent. We enjoyed the wave pool facility. 4 PM tea was never missed. Our dining experiences in all restaurants was 5 star. Staff, selection, ambiance, and prompt service was outstanding. Manfredi’s (thanks to Ian and his staff), Chef’s Table, Restaurant were a great variety of cuisine. Evening entertainment was Hollywood quality and a great time. Overall the cleanliness and strict attention to sanitation was very important and they ship personnel did a discreet and outstanding performance. Thank you to Cesar, our Viking Tour advisor from beginning to end. The overall cruising experience provided by Viking Ocean Cruises was absolutely outstanding. Move this intinery up on your bucket list. You will never forget it. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We chose this cruise because it included a lot of the places we wanted to go. It started in Tokyo, and ended in Vancouver. All the ports were wonderful. But the ship is what it is all about. Viking have the same layout with all their ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it included a lot of the places we wanted to go. It started in Tokyo, and ended in Vancouver. All the ports were wonderful. But the ship is what it is all about. Viking have the same layout with all their ships so this was a second cruise with them and we felt instantly at home. Checkin is always quick and very friendly and happy. A glass of bubbles as soon as you step onto the ship. Up to the buffet for lunch, then to your balcony stateroom. Our stateroom was a Penthouse Verandah, about the second from the bottom in their categories. It was very big with heated bathroom floors and mirrors. Plenty of storage space, wardrobes, drawers etc. room for our cases under the bed. Plus included mini bar, refilled daily, alcohol was included in our category. A pod coffee machine. All the crew were exceptional, remembering and using our names every day. The food was second to none. The specialty restaurants are included at no extra cost. The entertainment was very good with a few international performers and their own performers. We were very well entertained throughout the whole cruise. The best part is, there are no kids, no casino, and no pesky photographers taking your pic with every move you make. A free shore tour in every Port. Plus the thermal spa is complimentary, with its big thermal pool, saunas, ice bucket, snow grotto. Complimentary laundrette on all decks. Washer, dryer, laundry detergent, irons and ironing boards. Viking are very classy ships. We have been spoilt for any other cruise line. We have tried several others. But it will be Viking for us from now on. I can't say a bad word about Viking. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Chose this cruise because we wanted to visit Japan, Eastern Russia and the Behring Sea. The ship was second to none, and I've sailed on many ocean cruises: 4 times on Princess (reasonably good for the money, but certainly not ... Read More
Chose this cruise because we wanted to visit Japan, Eastern Russia and the Behring Sea. The ship was second to none, and I've sailed on many ocean cruises: 4 times on Princess (reasonably good for the money, but certainly not great), 1 time on Celebrity (very good cruise line!), 1 time on Orient (now out of business - and with good reason), and 3 times on Oceania (also a very good cruise line -- but with several negatives which makes me wonder if I'll ever sail with Oceania again). But the best, by far, was Viking's Ocean ship - the Orion. Here's why: OLDER TRAVELERS. I'm a senior citizen (age 67 at the time) and this ship was great for older folks -- which is not to say that it's not also great for folks from about 35 years and older. But no children are permitted, so there was no crying children to cope with. My wife and I interacted with many others on this cruise and everyone was pleasant or nicer. I can't, of course, control who can sail on this cruise line, and one small group bothered me. I overheard them in the buffet restaurant complaining about a long delay to sail away from an Alaskan port -- and they were correct; it was a long delay. But they unanimously and loudly decided it was those "lazy union workers" at the port who were responsible even though there was no way for them to know. I've never been a union worker but to accuse anyone of something without evidence is just ignorant. I guess it takes all types to make a passenger list. SHIP. The ship is very well laid out. I love libraries on ships and on Viking there were little libraries all over the ship -- all with comfortable chairs and loungers, and friendly, attentive, unobtrusive drink service. Besides great libraries the décor was expensive but very tasteful. So many interesting pieces of art all over the ship, and great photos too. The interior of the ship was done in very warm, cozy colors. The gym was fantastic with just about any kind of machine you can want -- European style. I loved the fact that there was NEVER a line at the elevators! The stairs are right there, but if you want the ride, the elevators are fast and readily available -- even at meal time. FOOD. This is always of interest to travelers. I found that the food in the main dining room ranged from superb to rotten. Of course if you don't like your menu choice you can always get something else from that menu -- so you always have something at least "pretty good" to eat if not superb. The specialty restaurants were superb every time we went, and they don't cost extra to get in. But you do need reservations and at least BEORE the cruise you are limited in the number of reservations you can make in those specialty restaurants. After you're on the trip you can get extra reservations if available at the time you want. Another thing I liked about Viking Ocean cruises is the fact that in the restaurants (but not the buffet) if you're an anti-social sort (like me) you can always get a table for just you and your traveling companion. You can always opt to dine as part of a larger group, and if you want to dine with specific friends, that's always possible (if your friends like you enough). One other thing about the main dining room: it is NOT one large room; it is divided into five (or was it seven?) separate seating areas, so you never felt like you are eating in an airplane hangar or, ugh, a barn. The main dining rooms always felt cozy and service was great. CABIN: This was our first cruise with Viking, so I can't say much about the other cabins on the ship, but ours was enormous. Wasn't quite big enough for a full basketball game with referees and such, but very spacious and well-appointed. Of course the cabin steward and helper were so very pleasant, respectful (he wouldn't call me by my first name even though I insisted) and efficient. However, since my wife and I were in a large suite it was strange (after cruising on Oceania) that there was no "butler" service. I'm not a butler-type guy; I'm sweet and gentle and never demanding. But butler service on Oceania was so wonderful, and I missed it on Viking -- especially in our pricey cabin suite. But the cabin steward and his helper were great, and when we had laundry to do -- it always came back within 24 hours even though the schedule said it would take 48 hours. Go figure. POOL. I never went in the pool, but I loved the fact that the pool had a retractable roof so that when it was closed it was comfortable for swimming even in cold climates. As always on this ship, a library was right nearby and I did sit at poolside very content to read in peace and quiet. (Yes, fellow travelers did use the pool in every climate we visited.) ENTERTAINMENT. I can't say enough about the entertainment! I tend to choose lectures and science-oriented movies and there were 3 (count 'em, THREE) auditoriums (auditoria?). One very large one and there were always seats available for whatever was going on there, and two smaller ones for movies and lectures. Again, never a problem getting seats in these smaller places. The two smaller ones were closed off from the very large auditorium by a moveable wall - so during very popular entertainment presentations the seats in the small auditoriums became part of the already-large largest auditorium. FUTURE CRUISES. There is a "future cruises" office available (on a rather limited time schedule, unfortunately), and the discounts for those wanting to book future Viking cruises (both Ocean and River, I think) while on a current cruise are great! My wife and I were so impressed with Viking Ocean cruises that we booked another cruise at this "future cruises" office. The fellow who worked there could have been a little better informed on certain matters, but he was knowledgeable enough. Maybe he was filling-in for somebody else. But, as I said, his schedule in that office was very limited and you really needed to make a reservation in advance. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Viking Orion Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabin 5.0 N/A
Dining 5.0 4.4
Entertainment 4.0 4.1
Public Rooms 5.0 4.8
Fitness & Recreation 5.0 N/A
Family N/A 4.4
Shore Excursions 4.0 N/A
Enrichment Activities 5.0 N/A
Service 4.5 4.6
Value for Money 5.0 N/A

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