36 Vancouver Viking Ocean Viking Orion Cruise Reviews

The best cruise we’ve been on so.. The entertainment was first rate especially the Viking Oaseas band and singers. We danced away the evening virtually every night. The specialty restaurants are included without extra charge. The ... Read More
The best cruise we’ve been on so.. The entertainment was first rate especially the Viking Oaseas band and singers. We danced away the evening virtually every night. The specialty restaurants are included without extra charge. The Chefs Table had great local cuisine with a menu change every three days. The new observation deck included some interesting shows, our favorite was the Artic sky. The area around the pool deck was spacious and with only 950 passengers on board it was rarely crowded even on sea days. The roof was convertible so if the weather permitted it was open Port days were interesting and well planned lines to enter or leave the ship were nonexistent unless you came back late. One of the best features you can chose between included and optional tours the seaplane ride was one of our favorites An amazing feature was the spa area it included a heated indoor soaking pool,a hot tub, sauna and freezer room. If that wasn’t enough of a shock try the ice cold bucket of water. Exercise facilities were state of the art and rarely packed. Viking as always had interesting learning discussions on various topics of interest. No children on board made for relaxing peaceful voyage Crew members always had a smile and greeting for you. All this and more wine and beer supplied at meals with no extra charge. Best of all no surprise bills at the end of cruise All in all by far the best cruise we have ever been on Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We are in our mid fifties, very active, and chose this 23 day cruise because of the itinerary. It is a repositioning cruise, with 9 sea days. I was a bit nervous that I'd be bored during the sea days. In fact, I wish we'd had ... Read More
We are in our mid fifties, very active, and chose this 23 day cruise because of the itinerary. It is a repositioning cruise, with 9 sea days. I was a bit nervous that I'd be bored during the sea days. In fact, I wish we'd had more of them! The ship is beautiful. There are relaxing places to hide away, yet plenty of activities if you wish to be social. Make sure to do your research about the ship's facilities so you don't miss out on the many pleasures. So many people I spoke to had no idea the Nordic spa facilities existed - such a fabulous place and totally free of charge. Viking Orion caters for people who are intellectually curious, prefer reading books to gambling, and like a relaxed ambiance. The 7 lecturers on this cruise gave stimulating insights into geopolitics, nature, history, astronomy, art, and space travel. They made our sea days special. We particularly enjoyed Dr Jeffrey Hoffman, an ex NASA astronaut, who gave awe inspiring talks on his role with NASA, Hubble telescope, Mars exploration, and effects of space travel on the human body. Given that we were travelling the Pacific Ring of Fire, it might have been interesting to have had some talks about local Volcanoes, geology etc. Other daytime activities include Trivia ( great way to meet other people, we had several Trivia team Dinners), Bridge lessons, Dancing lessons, bean bag challenge, craft group, plus usual mini golf, shuffle board etc. The gym was well patronised. All the dining venues on the ship are excellent. The World Cafe is the buffet. It was occasionally crowded, but not like other ships. Sushi and crab legs are served in the evenings, but not on both sides of the buffet. Lots of variety, with some of the main restaurant items also turning up in the buffet ( not as prettily presented tho'). Breakfast was similar most days, but plenty of choice. Both speciality restaurants are free of charge. Although we were only able to make one reservation for each restaurant prior to the cruise, once you are on board you can basically go as many times as you wish, depending on availability. Booking through the cabin TV system is easy. Manfred's is Italian, with generous portions. Nobody minds if you have 2 starters, half portions of main courses ( steaks are large), or 3 desserts! Just ask. The Chefs table offers a 5 course degustation. The set menus change every 3 days. Portions are smaller, but still filling. We initially found the frequent details given by staff about the food and wine a bit fussy. Once you work out this restaurant is all about trying different flavours, textures, and seeing what works for you, then it becomes a food adventure. We went 5 times. The Restaurant offers plenty of choice, and is a great way to control food intake (unlike the buffet where you can easily scoff too much). Lots of tables for 2, or option to share with others. On sea days there were often themed lunches on the pool deck. My only complaint is that there is no food service between 2.30 - 4pm except for the Pool grill (or room service). This caused some lengthy waits at the pool grill when tours ended just after 2.30pm. Viking could consider opening Mamsens between these hours. We used the Fitness centre every other day. Its clean and spacious, with up to date equipment. The Pilates classes were very beneficial. Lily, our instructor, pushed us hard, and everyone kept coming back for more! Each Pilates session cost $10 . There are also Yoga and Aqua aerobics classes. The Nordic Spa was the quietest, most relaxing part of the ship. Incredible facilities - Steam room, snow grotto, Thalassotherapy pool, heated tile beds etc. Even a spin dryer to wring out your swimming costume. The Spa manager can give you a tour and show you how to use the facilities. You pay a fortune on other ships for this - here its free. Evening entertainment was varied. Our Cruise Director David, was extremely professional, with a great sense of humour. At least 6 guest entertainers were brought on board, each doing 2 shows. Ventriloquist, Don Bryan was a standout. The 4 Viking singers did 3 Musical Shows ( Abba, Beatle, and Motown). These shows are a medley of themed songs, and though very enthusiastically performed by the 4 talented singers, were not particularly entertaining ( however, lots of other guests loved the shows). The Viking Band were excellent, and when joined in Torshavn by vocalists Speedy and Kristelle, the party definitely started! The group assessed the demographic carefully, so a lot of 60's and 70s hits were played, along with some disco. The most modern hit was 'Uptown Funk'. The band really made a huge effort to please everybody - Thanks guys! The Pool Deck dance party was also well attended and fun. We purchased the Silver Spirits beverage package which was good value, especially with all the sea days. Bar staff were prompt, friendly, and willing to go the extra mile to get favourite drinks. Special mention to Ivan, for his wicked Gin cocktails. The staff have great customer service skills, even with those occasional guests who don't know how to say 'please' and 'Thank you'. Quality of service during the cruise was excellent. We did a mixture of included and optional tour excursions. The excursion Director gave realistic descriptions of the tours after the Port talks (these can also be watched on the room TV). Russia was more basic because of the remoteness of the area and because tourism is underdeveloped in the region visited. Everyone was given realistic expectations for remoter parts of Alaska and Russia ( and still some people whinged!) . The optional tour standouts for us were the "Alaskan Glaciers by helicopter' in Valdez, and Zip Lining in Ketchikan. Dutch Harbour had no organised tours, but turned out to be a hidden treasure. There were shuttle buses to town, stopping at a couple of small but fascinating museums. We learned about the Japanese bombing of Dutch harbour, and the terrible displacement of the Aleut people of the region. We then climbed Mt Ballyhoo and found the ruins of the WW2 defences, along with spectacular views. I would recommend Viking start grading their larger tours into fast, medium or slow walking groups. This works well on the river cruises, and allows for less able-bodied folks to mobilise safely, and for energetic passengers to see and do more. The cruise was excellent - look forward to sailing with Viking again, and would recommend this itinerary to those wanting a mixture of relaxation, education, and amazing scenery. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
An outstanding cruise which combines a repositioning with multi country/culture adventure. Seeing Alaska, Russia and Japan all while gaining extra sleep every other day made this relaxing. This ship (like all the Viking cruise ship) is as ... Read More
An outstanding cruise which combines a repositioning with multi country/culture adventure. Seeing Alaska, Russia and Japan all while gaining extra sleep every other day made this relaxing. This ship (like all the Viking cruise ship) is as near perfect as you can get. Comfort, food, service, public spaces, what’s included and what’s not ( no casino, kids, photos, auctions, crowds, etc) makes it a top cruise line. The entertainment was very good and varied as they pick-up up new entertainers all along the 22 days. But the talks were the best. Especially the NASA mission specialist / astronaut who took 5 trips into earth orbit and worked on the Hubble telescope. The planetarium was a nice change but needs better shows. Specialty restaurants were outstanding. We ate there many times but also loved the dining room. There were many nationalities represented on the cruise with the majority being Australians the Americans. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We were very well taken care by the staff. Enjoyed the ports that we stopped. Great food available at all dining locations. The cabins were clean and neat, The cabin steward was friendly and called us by name the first day.He quickly ... Read More
We were very well taken care by the staff. Enjoyed the ports that we stopped. Great food available at all dining locations. The cabins were clean and neat, The cabin steward was friendly and called us by name the first day.He quickly learned our routine and had our cabin cleaned and ready for us. Enjoyed the smaller cruise ship, because you got to know the other guests and seemed that you didn't have to rush to an event. It was wonderful to have an included tour of each port. After taking the city tour, later you you could go back to something that interested you. The only area that we felt needed was in the selection of extra tours. Because of the way these tours are assigned most of the tours are sold out before we were able to any of the tours. The process of assigning these tour by the among of money you spent for cabin. We have been a loyal guest of Viking for several trips and have two more scheduled this year, we feel that Viking could use the date the cruise was booked as fair system to assign these extar tours. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
The ship was immaculate, the food was superb, the spa was wonderful and the service without parallel! So nice to have free drinks and spa! Loved the pure water in my room every day! The special restaurants were wonderful and we dined there ... Read More
The ship was immaculate, the food was superb, the spa was wonderful and the service without parallel! So nice to have free drinks and spa! Loved the pure water in my room every day! The special restaurants were wonderful and we dined there more than once without a fee each time! The staff was very friendly and made a point to learn our names. The food was much better than the other 3 cruise lines we’ve been on. MUCH Having free on demand television with current movies and some of our favorite television programs like NCIS (all 3) was also a nice touch! They gave us a shore excursion at every port, it is nice to have but some were less than exciting and you still pay for anything decent. I was afraid I’d miss the entertainment as we have done many Disney cruises but we found plenty to do and the entertainment that was provided was excellent, we especially enjoyed the classical musicians. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We Carefully Choose viking Orion for our Alaska cruise when first available in 2016 because of ships open vista views and as a small ship also very importantly the itinerary and full package details . As our first Viking voyage we have ... Read More
We Carefully Choose viking Orion for our Alaska cruise when first available in 2016 because of ships open vista views and as a small ship also very importantly the itinerary and full package details . As our first Viking voyage we have been very satisfied and loved the ship it’s ambience decor space and lovely staff. With the amazing Alaskan scenery and fantastic wildlife and wilderness al around us we had one of our best ever holidays thank you viking, We started with a pre cruise in Vancouver lovely city, wonderful hotel by the bay , the pre cruise tour and lunch alfresco after boarding and sail out was lovely with seaplanes landing and taking off around us , and boats of all descriptions paddle steamers , sailing and small pleasure cruising craft to other ships then the cruise up the inside passage humpbacks sighting wonderful scenery sunsets and all enhanced by the ship! Really very good food right through the voyage onboard Orion majority of our meals we ate seafood,. Enjoyed all of the restaurants onboard, open seating only waited the once for a table but seated in restaurant reception with offers of drinks! There’s also a bar in the restaurant where you can have a pre dinner drinks . We enjoyed all our ports of calls and trips with only one complaint about the lunch on our Haines bear search and wildlife tour which was dealt with with a small refund to compensate however no bears seen but then that’s wildlife although we were probably not going to see any as Haines had hosted the state fair a few days earlier, trip highlights amazing Juneau glacier helicopter and dogsledding and glacier and whales trips , Valdez sail out amazing beautiful weather swimming in the infinity pool and hot tub and escorted out by high speed coast guard rigid inflatable with machine gun mounted and manned past all the Valdez salmon fishing fleets which were laying nets ! A James Bond moment! Dinner that evening a favourite with to start soft shell crab , lobster Thermidor and desert a lovely soufflé , with lovely wines and all made exceptional by Alaska delivering with beautiful scenery and Orca’s seen alongside during dinner !!! A Most memorable evening I must also thank the staff on Orion Nearly all were fantastic except for the future cruise lady? The shows on board such a small ship were all delivered by the Orion team and were excellent thank you to Jade And Karine and speedy and the viking band also bar waiters stewards Ivan and Corrinia ? Overall a fantastic holiday experience one of our very best highly recommend this voyage and ship if viking can keep price correct Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
After two river cruises we wanted to see Alaska. The Orion was like a large longboat, very familiar and comfortable but with room for many more amenities. We enjoyed the many lounge areas and dining choices. The spa was relaxing and ... Read More
After two river cruises we wanted to see Alaska. The Orion was like a large longboat, very familiar and comfortable but with room for many more amenities. We enjoyed the many lounge areas and dining choices. The spa was relaxing and invigorating and the gym was well equipped. The restaurants were well run, the food was excellent and the staff was incredible, always there when needed with a smile. There was always something to do if didn't want to stay in the room. Walking around the ship we always discovered something new, from the sports deck to the shops, the outdoor lounges, the Explorers Lounge, the atrium with its music and game tables, or just having a drink while watching the water. We wish we had been able to reserve more optional shore excursions but many had already been full. The embarkation and check in was lengthy but well organized. We had a quick meal and our luggage was waiting for us in our cabin. Disembarkation was also very organized and we were sorry to get on the bus to leave. Overall it was a very worthwhile trip in the Viking tradition. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Always wanted to do an Alaska cruise. As this year was our 50TH wedding anniversary we chose to celebrate by going to Alaska with Viking. We were not disappointed. Overall I would rate the cruise as excellent. Up to Viking standards, we ... Read More
Always wanted to do an Alaska cruise. As this year was our 50TH wedding anniversary we chose to celebrate by going to Alaska with Viking. We were not disappointed. Overall I would rate the cruise as excellent. Up to Viking standards, we had gone on a Viking River cruise in 2014 and had a great time. Couple of things - the excursion included for the Rocky Narrows Point was a bit thin, the native dancers were great. The dinner island cruise was a disappointment, we were promised a gourmet feast, the food was OK but not gourmet and we had to ear at 4pm. Consider changing this to a lunch cruise. The extended stay in Anchorage at the Hilton was not up to Viking or Hilton standards, the hotel was old and tired and the hallways were dirty. When it was time to get off the ship we were told we had to have our bags out the night before. This was a major inconvenience -- put this in the information kit that we get before we leave for the cruise as it was a surprise. But overall we had a great time and Viking did a great jog, food was great, staff were excellent, lots of good memories. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
The ship is lovely, public spaces really well designed, and many of them. Lecture program was outstanding, if anything there were too many different lectures but they covered every possible aspect of the areas we travelled through as ... Read More
The ship is lovely, public spaces really well designed, and many of them. Lecture program was outstanding, if anything there were too many different lectures but they covered every possible aspect of the areas we travelled through as well as very interesting space topics. Food varied. Loved Manfredis but not impressed either time we went to Chefs Table, mainly service rather than food, and cancelled our third booking. Every night the buffet featured Alaskan crab, plentiful and beautiful. We often called in there for a drink and a snack before going to the show. Food in The Restaurant varied, but there is an always available menu so could always find sonething to suit. Unl8ke some cruis3 lines with included drinks, drinks were very generous and filled often. Included shore excursions varied greatly, in some ports you were given tickets to the attractions, in others you had to pay for youself. All 5he 'better' excursions you had to pay for which I had not 3xpected when I booked. Our only complaint was the cabin. Based on the official Cruise Critic review we chose a deluxe balcony cabin which they had praised.. Never before have I had to keep delving into my suitcase for things that would not fit in the wardrobe. Deluxe bacony and balcony cabins in all grades are exactly the same, just in different positions on the ship. Storage space is woefully inadequate, one narrow full length hanging space and another half length. Unfortunately you had to reach over the bedside table to access the main wardrobe door which was very inconvenient. Bedside tables had one drawer and the rest was just space! Thankfully there were other two sets of drawers. Had a look at the Penthouse cabin, and although the wardrobe space there was also inadequate I would recommend going for this if you can manage it. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We were reluctant to ever take a cruise base on varied feedback from friends and associates. Ship way to crowded, restaurants busy and crowded. Being nickeled and dimed, etc... THEN WE CAME ACROSS Viking Cruises opening up Ocean routes ... Read More
We were reluctant to ever take a cruise base on varied feedback from friends and associates. Ship way to crowded, restaurants busy and crowded. Being nickeled and dimed, etc... THEN WE CAME ACROSS Viking Cruises opening up Ocean routes with new vessels. Alaska intrigued us and of all that we had heard we heard all GREAT on Viking River Cruises. So we said lets give a cruise with Viking a go! Wow, we were overly impressed about everything from boarding to disembarking on the last day. Our cabin was spectacular. Our dining experiences were splendid. We especially enjoyed the reservations required dining. The food was mouth watering the service was attentive and always seeking to please. The evening entertainment. We almost could not wait for the next evening to attend another event they were so good and so entertaining. Excursions at every port were provided plus many that could be purchased . Provided excursions were good, a couple perhaps a little less so -- BUT still good! Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Wanted to visit Alaska for years for the scenery. This cruise was everything we could have hoped for. We did a Rockies extension beforehand and that was a great idea as we made good friends on that part of the holiday who we were able to ... Read More
Wanted to visit Alaska for years for the scenery. This cruise was everything we could have hoped for. We did a Rockies extension beforehand and that was a great idea as we made good friends on that part of the holiday who we were able to meet up with on the ship. Our stateroom was very roomy 8019 and we had complimentary laundry service which was very useful. Staff on board were brilliant and we can’t fault any aspect of the service. Food was excellent, although there could have been more variety of potatoes available at dinner. Attended two talks which were very interesting and a couple of shows in the theatre. Excursions were very good value for money and not too crowded. As usual they were well organised. An excellent cruise which enabled us to enjoy our holiday of a lifetime. We’re already booked on another ocean cruise next year. Thanks Viking! Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We chose Viking for the tranquil atmosphere and small ships. The service was top notch. The food in all the restaurant was excellent. The included excursions were ok, but the paid excursions were much much better. It was my husband’s ... Read More
We chose Viking for the tranquil atmosphere and small ships. The service was top notch. The food in all the restaurant was excellent. The included excursions were ok, but the paid excursions were much much better. It was my husband’s first cruise. We liked it so much that we have signed on for two more Viking cruises! We traveled with family, which made the cruise even more enjoyable. Our cabin steward was always there and attentive. Laundry service was a pleasant surprise. The binoculars in the cabin could have been bigger though. Oh - One other thing - For our bus trip at the end of the cruise from Seward to Anchorage we were not told we we going to making sightseeing stops along the way. We thought we were going directly to Anchorage, and had made our own plans there that we had to cancel. Next time we would like to have all the information ahead of time. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Arrived in Vancouver and went directly to the ship. Our luggage was at our state room when we arrived. we were greeted by ship staff. we enjoyed a beverage on our balcony as we departed. we enjoyed all breakfast ,lunch and dinners ... Read More
Arrived in Vancouver and went directly to the ship. Our luggage was at our state room when we arrived. we were greeted by ship staff. we enjoyed a beverage on our balcony as we departed. we enjoyed all breakfast ,lunch and dinners aboard the Orion. We were pampered in every way possible. All the ports that we attended were very interesting and very well organized. This is one of the best trips that my wife and I have ever been on travelling with Viking. One of our favorite excursions was the dog sled training area. Also the Hubbard glacier was amazing and to be so close to it. We seen it calve 2x while we were there. The entertainment was fantastic. We watched each night in the Star Lounge the young and gifted entertainers put there musical talents to work. The ships band was awesome as we were entertained by them each in in the Torshavn. I recommend this trip to anyone. Don't wait till your to old to enjoy the beautiful Alaska sites. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We had been on many of the cruise lines in the past but really preferred the river cruise to the save my pool lounge chair mentality. So we thought we would give Viking Ocean cruise a try due to the number of people. We are so glad we ... Read More
We had been on many of the cruise lines in the past but really preferred the river cruise to the save my pool lounge chair mentality. So we thought we would give Viking Ocean cruise a try due to the number of people. We are so glad we did... specialty dining was so great. Easy dealing with food allergies too. The World Cafe was our choice most of the time. Great selection and after a full day of excursions we enjoyed cocktails and casual dining. The spa is the surprise. Beautiful facility open for all for free without scheduling a service. We enjoyed that daily. We also took advantage of the silver package. The wines and top shelf vodka was such a deal!! We are planning our next and will be going with Viking again. Alaska vista was indescribable, the captain did an amazing job getting us so close to Hubbard glacier and rotating 360 so everyone had a front row seat! Thanks to all Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
The Buffet restaurant was fantastic. The choice and quality of food was amazing. On several occasions I was moved to say this is the best ....... I have ever tasted. The main restaurant was not so good if you wanted to eat later. The ... Read More
The Buffet restaurant was fantastic. The choice and quality of food was amazing. On several occasions I was moved to say this is the best ....... I have ever tasted. The main restaurant was not so good if you wanted to eat later. The staff were a little slow with drinks even though we were on the package. The ship was spacious and spotlessly clean The cabin was very comfortable and again kept spotless on a daily basis. The disappointment for me was Alaska as apart from trees and glaciers there was not much to see. Every port was full of shops selling jewellery and tee shirts etc just like the Caribbean If I decide to go on an Ocean cruise again I would likely go with Viking as they are great quality although for the sake of my waistline I need to visit the buffet less often. I like the drink package too. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
The ship, staff and food were over the top. The variety of food was always tasty and beautifully displayed. Loved the gelato and the changing of flavors everyday. The staff is expertly trained and you couldn't help but fall in love ... Read More
The ship, staff and food were over the top. The variety of food was always tasty and beautifully displayed. Loved the gelato and the changing of flavors everyday. The staff is expertly trained and you couldn't help but fall in love with them; from the cooks, bartenders, housekeepers, and coffee/tea servers. No matter where you went it was never too crowded. The infinity pool and sauna were a delight as we sailed past glaciers and beautiful scenery. Had a Nordic treatment with heat and the ice room and it was amazing. For the price and the experience it was so worth it. That memory reruns in my mind often. Loved, loved, loved this trip! We had two excursions that went to private islands and they were awesome. Everything is well planned and executed to perfection. Yes, we paid for extra for the excursions, but they were wonderful. The entertainment was wonderful, and we enjoyed the staff's night when they all came out. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
This was my first large ocean cruise and my first time to Alaska. I reviewed other cruise lines and Viking had the best overall rating for money spent and I would 100% agree. The ship was spotless at all times. It was roomy and we never ... Read More
This was my first large ocean cruise and my first time to Alaska. I reviewed other cruise lines and Viking had the best overall rating for money spent and I would 100% agree. The ship was spotless at all times. It was roomy and we never felt there were more than 100 people on board when in actuality there were over 900. There were so many quiet spaces to read or just rest. I rarely spent time in my room other than to sleep. The staff was amazing!! They were all professional, friendly, and attentive but not smothering. The food in all restaurants was superb. It was fresh from beginning of the trip to the end. The included excursions were good, some better than others but the extra cost ones were wonderful. There was so much to do each day if you wanted to join. The spa was wonderful and well worth the extra money spent. I highly recommend Viking Alaskan cruise to anyone who wants a trip without a 24/7 party, huge lines, and kids. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We visited Canada and the Inside Passage to Alaska, and it truly met our expectations and more. We have 7 days pre cruise in the Rockies which was outstanding with lovely hotels and scenery. The ship was excellent with plenty of room ... Read More
We visited Canada and the Inside Passage to Alaska, and it truly met our expectations and more. We have 7 days pre cruise in the Rockies which was outstanding with lovely hotels and scenery. The ship was excellent with plenty of room and open spaces. The restaurant food was delicious, and we tended to eat there most nights, as we prefered it to the set menus of the Chefs Table. the service was superb, and all the staff were very friendly. Our room service was also excellent. We requested a kettle for tea instead of coffee machine and extra hangers on arrival, and they came within 10 minutes. The staff were used for most of th evening entertainment and were very good. My husband particularly enjoyed the daily lectures. We do not feel that we could have had a better experience on any other cruise line. We have already booked further cruises with Viking Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
My father always wanted to go on an Alaskan cruise. My mom passed away last year so we decided to bring him on the Orion. It was amazing. We all loved the relaxing atmosphere. My dad especially loved not being rushed when eating. We could ... Read More
My father always wanted to go on an Alaskan cruise. My mom passed away last year so we decided to bring him on the Orion. It was amazing. We all loved the relaxing atmosphere. My dad especially loved not being rushed when eating. We could sit back and enjoy the company. The food was wonderful. There were so many choices and it was great to try new things.The staff was professional while also being friendly and available at all times. We just needed to ask for something and they helped right away. I could have sailed around the world on that ship...I never wanted to get off. The excursions were ok. We saw wild life and were able to explore new cities. The show's each night were great. They were the perfect length! The music was fun...I wish we had a sing along night. I highly recommend this cruise line and we plan on going on many more. Thank you so much. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We previously sailed on the Viking Idi/Viking Kvasir on the Rhine Getaway river cruise in June, 2016 and had such a great time we immediately booked the Alaska and the Inside Passage cruise on the Viking Orion as soon as this itinerary ... Read More
We previously sailed on the Viking Idi/Viking Kvasir on the Rhine Getaway river cruise in June, 2016 and had such a great time we immediately booked the Alaska and the Inside Passage cruise on the Viking Orion as soon as this itinerary became available in April, 2017. We were not disappointed. We have sailed on two previous ocean cruises (before Viking Ocean ships were launched) and this was by far the best. From every aspect, from trip planning and booking through shore excursions, dining, cabin, embarkation and disembarkation, our trip was virtually flawless. My wife has celiac disease and is therefore strictly gluten and soy free. We made this aware to Viking early on and Viking ensured that no matter where we dined onboard, from the Restaurant, though the World Cafe, Manfredi's and the snack bars, she was accommodated. Our restaurant manager, Ariel Aribella, ensured that no matter which venue we dined in on a particular day, my wife as able to view the next days gluten free options and select her meals in advance. The ship itself was beautiful and spotless. I have read virtually every review of the Orion since its maiden voyage and was frankly surprised at some of the negative comments. Most negative comments, not all, seemed to reflect personal preferences of the reviewer, such as food quality, cabin layout, excursion locations and guides, etc. We experienced none of these issues, except for one minor problem on the Juneau included excursion, which we believe was incorrectly described. More on that later We selected our excursions the day they became available after creating our wish list on the My Viking Journey website and each of these was available. We chose three optional and four included excursions. The best ones were the optional excursions in Sitka, Icy Strait Point, and Skagway. Our only disappointment was as stated above, the included Salmon Hatchery and Mendenhall Glacier Experience. The salmon hatchery was fine, but our only view of the Mendenhall Glacier was from an observation point five miles away and the only way we knew it was the glacier and not a cloud was because our guide told us it was. Other people on this tour had the same comments and we made our issue known to Viking Guest Services. They acknowledged they had had similar complaints and we received a phone call the next day from Viking promising to address the issue. All of our other excursions were great, from the History and Native Animals of Sitka, to the Bear Search in Icy Strait Point, and especially the White Pass Railroad in Skagway. The outstanding weather during the last two added immensely to our enjoyment of these excursions. Cabin: From our virtual exploration of the Orion on the My Viking Journey website, we pretty much knew what to expect from our Penthouse Veranda Stateroom, and we were not disappointed . The cabin was spacious for our needs, the storage spaces were more than adequate, even for our way overpacked suitcases (lesson learned). The bathroom was well laid out and we never felt crowded. The balcony was large enough and had plenty of space. Our cabin attendant, Romantino and his assistant were outstanding. Every need was immediately attended to and the cabin was spotless each time we returned. The cruise director, Spence Robson was fantastic. Not only was he constantly available around the ship, he introduced all of the activities, including the port talks, the entertainers, and the production shows, he also is a great performer. We enjoyed the production shows by the Viking Oasis show band and the Viking Vocalists. They were very professional and enthusiastic. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We had always wanted to visit Alaska and when Viking announced in Dec of 2016 we booked. It was exciting counting down the days, all 888 of them. Viking and their staff were wonderful. Every one we came in contact greeted you warmly and ... Read More
We had always wanted to visit Alaska and when Viking announced in Dec of 2016 we booked. It was exciting counting down the days, all 888 of them. Viking and their staff were wonderful. Every one we came in contact greeted you warmly and were glad to be of service. The excursions department were able to accommodate our requests. The food was great, especially the Specialty restaurants. We ate at The World Cafe alot. The good was as good there as in The Restaurant. Viking really had the tenders organized. We never wanted more than 15 minutes to set to poer. This was one area we were really worried about; however, they had worked it out. We are booked on the Southern Crossing in March and before this cruise we were considering cancelling. After the experience on Viking Orion we are looking forward to the Viking Jupiter, our 3rd Viking ship. I cannot say enough good things about Viking and the overall wonderful experience aboard Viking Orion. I would highly recommend Viking and look forward to many trips with them. I would love to submit except all 1200 were deleted trying to photograph and eagle in flight on the last night. Will have to enjoy other's photos. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
My wife and I enjoy Viking cruises. This one was no exception. The ship is geared to folks who are, i would say, in their mid-50's and older. Calm, not loud and noisy. No casinos. My wife had taken a similar cruise 50 years ago, just ... Read More
My wife and I enjoy Viking cruises. This one was no exception. The ship is geared to folks who are, i would say, in their mid-50's and older. Calm, not loud and noisy. No casinos. My wife had taken a similar cruise 50 years ago, just before we were married, and we decided that this would be a great way to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary, and it was. Dining on board is really good - i did manage to hold weight gain to 5 pounds. Good basic food in all dining venues, and complimentary wine and beer with lunch and dinner. We almost always take a shore extension at the beginning of the cruise - lets us get used to the time zone before the cruise starts. This extension was in Vancouver - just wish that it had been a day or two longer. The Hyatt Regency was very nice and centrally located. The city tour was fine. We do excursions in virtually every port, and there were many to choose from in addition to the free guided walking tour provided in each port. The White Pass (Yukon) Railroad trip out of Skagway was especially enjoyable. The salmon were late this year, meaning that there were fewer bears than otherwise. Seeing remnants of the 1964 earthquake and tsunami, including the petrified trees and the fact that the town of Valdez was literally recreated about 20 miles away, were fascinating. Saw some whales, seals, and sea otters, as well as bears (not as many), goats, and a zillion bald eagles. We are signed up for a couple more Viking cruises (river and ocean) and recommend them to anyone making inquiry. What I really like, after many years of business travel, is having everything planned ahead of time. From the time that you land at the airport and are met by a Viking representative at the airport until you board your flight home, you are on auto-pilot virtually the entire time. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
2.5 years ahead of time, it sounded great! Just to let you know - typical age range on this cruise was 70+ Don't expect the number of distractions on board as you might get on another cruise line or larger ship. There were ... Read More
2.5 years ahead of time, it sounded great! Just to let you know - typical age range on this cruise was 70+ Don't expect the number of distractions on board as you might get on another cruise line or larger ship. There were basically 4 selections for music on the ship that moved around. The entertainment was tailored more to the age group - think 'Rat Pack' entertainment. I personally liked the cruise director, but if you didn't go to the nightly events, you didn't see him, and this was reflected in the ratings he got, and he quit after our cruise. The assistant cruise director they brought in 1/2 way through the cruise was talented, but favored songs he sang in a foreign language (a big turn-off for me). The included shore excursions were OK, if all you cared about was totem poles, their stories, and their history. How many times must you be subjected to the same &*$P? Take a tip and book some non-included excursions. Our best was the sled-dogs of the Iditerod in Seward. Wish we had done some others. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
My second trip to Alaska, husband’s first, our first Viking cruise. Sailed out of Vancouver but had no time to explore the city. Seamless embarkation process. Staff was amazing all over the ship, room stewards perfect, dining attendants ... Read More
My second trip to Alaska, husband’s first, our first Viking cruise. Sailed out of Vancouver but had no time to explore the city. Seamless embarkation process. Staff was amazing all over the ship, room stewards perfect, dining attendants very attentive, even the chefs in the buffet would fix something extra on the spot. Cabin was very comfortable, bathroom great. So many gathering places and quiet areas to hang out. Only went to one evening show but we highly recommend the Explorer Dome, sign up for all 3 shows as soon as you board. The ports were all interesting, mostly did the included but did book two private ones. They had interesting speakers who presented talks on the history and people we were visiting. The debarkation process was much appreciated. We were put on a bus in Seward and driven to Anchorage where we had access to a meeting room at a Hilton until it was time for them to take us to the airport. We got some good discounts when we booked another cruise while on board, now just have to wait till 2021 to do the British Isles. Can’t wait to be back on a Viking ship! Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
This was our second Viking Ocean cruise (our first was Viking Homelands in 2017--awesome!), this time on the Viking Orion. As with the Viking Sea, the ship is simply stunning. It is very elegant, tastefully appointed, and so well-designed ... Read More
This was our second Viking Ocean cruise (our first was Viking Homelands in 2017--awesome!), this time on the Viking Orion. As with the Viking Sea, the ship is simply stunning. It is very elegant, tastefully appointed, and so well-designed that it never seems crowded. You feel like you are staying at an elegant, boutique hotel. On par with the ship itself, was the crew--without exception friendly, helpful, and unobtrusive--and the food, which was excellent. The Orion has a planetarium (the Explorer's Dome), which honestly was not particularly impressive and unfortunately took up space that on the other Viking ships is better occupied by the upper floor of the Explorer's Lounge. The only downside was that this was Viking's first season in Alaska, and in some respects it showed--we had to tender in several places rather than dock being the new guy, and a few of the included shore excursions need some fine tuning. (Valdez is not visited by many cruise ships for a reason--but with a new pier and terminal it has a lot of potential, and does have a fascinating history. Definitely recommend scheduling an optional excursion here). But these were very minor hiccups that in no way detracted from a great experience. Viking is our cruise line of choice from now on. 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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