25 Venice Viking Ocean Viking Orion Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise primarily because we were interested in Croatia and Corfu, and this itinerary included both. We were able to work with our agent, Enzo, to accommodate a deviation so we traveled independently through Europe and arrived ... Read More
We chose this cruise primarily because we were interested in Croatia and Corfu, and this itinerary included both. We were able to work with our agent, Enzo, to accommodate a deviation so we traveled independently through Europe and arrived in Venice to embark. The ship was immaculate, service outstanding, meals perfect for our dietary needs, and the shore excursions were well-organized and interesting. I was amazed at the efficiency with which so many passengers were shuttled to their many destinations. We also booked the post-cruise extension in Athens which was also worked out well for our needs. Our Viking representative at the hotel was very helpful in recommending a fabulous restaurant within walking distance and making suggestions for arranging our sight-seeing desires. My only criticism, and it is just a personal one, is that I wish there were shore excursion options that would provide guidance to get passengers safely from the ship and back with a self-guided itinerary recommended. I would not be comfortable trying to find my way back and forth to the port, but I am an independent tourist and found many of the guided tours too tedious and the guides "long-winded." I enjoy visiting at my own pace, reading signage and guidebooks, rather than being lectured. Perhaps there were options like that, but we were not made aware of them. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We chose this cruise because we wanted to visit the destinations of Venice, Croatia and Greece and explore the Adriatic region. Every detail of this trip exceeded our expectations. Our cabin , the penthouse veranda, was beautiful and ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to visit the destinations of Venice, Croatia and Greece and explore the Adriatic region. Every detail of this trip exceeded our expectations. Our cabin , the penthouse veranda, was beautiful and spotlessly clean. Food onboard was excellent and plentiful and the wait staff is superb . We met so many wonderful young people from many nations working together to meet our every need. Shore excursions were well planned and the tour guides were so, so good and ready to answer any question and shared from their personal experiences in their homelands. The Orion was only 2 months old when we sailed so it was sparklingly beautiful in every way. I cannot say enough that would do justice to our wonderful experience celebrating 40 years of marriage with the Viking family. This was our very first cruise ever and we are ready to “set sail” as soon as we can! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
The trip was splendid. Two years ago, we took a marvelous Viking river cruise up the Danube that covered the eastern side of the former Yugoslavia (now Serbia & Croatia), so we chose to go down the western side (Croatia and ... Read More
The trip was splendid. Two years ago, we took a marvelous Viking river cruise up the Danube that covered the eastern side of the former Yugoslavia (now Serbia & Croatia), so we chose to go down the western side (Croatia and Montenegro) when we saw that the Orion was going to make the trip. Having lived in Europe for about 10 years, and having been to Venice and Athens 3 and 4 times, we found visiting them again was splendid as we got the opportunities to observe change as well as explore other locations within those cities. We found our shore excursion guides in Split, Dubrovnik, Kotor, and especially Olympia, to be superb. The visit to Corfu, while not "awful", was not up to the standards set by the other visits. The service by the crew was especially good, be it for the cabin, dining, activities. The "entertainment", particularly its academic side (be it astronomical or historical reviews of destinations) was first rate--not too much and not too little. We especially liked the libraries. The gym and the bars were first rate. Viking, by holding its passenger size down to less than a thousand, has made the trips reasonable. I travel to the Caribbean islands about once a year (but not by ship) and am astounded by several vessels coming in, each carrying multiples of thousands. The same goes for visiting cities like Venice and Athens. I fear that too many people at one time may ruin a good thing. So would I go again? Rivers? Definitely! Seas and oceans? Not so sure... Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We chose this cruise because my wife's family if Serbian-Croatian and we wanted to visit her ancestor's homeland. The trip exceeded our expectations in every way. The Viking staff; from arrival at Venice airport, to our ... Read More
We chose this cruise because my wife's family if Serbian-Croatian and we wanted to visit her ancestor's homeland. The trip exceeded our expectations in every way. The Viking staff; from arrival at Venice airport, to our departure in Athens, could not have been more accommodating and helpful. Seamless transfers to and from the ship are always welcomed; be it the days of embarkation or debarking or the day trips available through Viking. The food; oh my, the food. Spectacular at every meal and every venue whether it was room service breakfast, sit down dinners at the Chefs Table, or (my preference) cruising the buffet at every meal. The Viking staff cannot be surpassed; everyone was courteous and knowledgeable. I have even exchange emails with one of your staff since we have returned home and hope to keep in contact with him in the near future. Thank you Viking for making our experience so memorable. We cannot wait to cruise with you again! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
This was our first ocean cruise after having enjoyed two river cruises with Viking. The standards of high quality were across the board. Really enjoyed the entire cruise experience. The ship was outstanding. Loved the Explorer’s Lounge ... Read More
This was our first ocean cruise after having enjoyed two river cruises with Viking. The standards of high quality were across the board. Really enjoyed the entire cruise experience. The ship was outstanding. Loved the Explorer’s Lounge and pool areas. We liked the general dining even more than the restraints requiring reservations, which I think speaks to the general quality of the food offerings. The amenities and services were the quality we’ve come to expect Fromm Viking. Love all of the decorating and fine finishes, especially our room. Our room steward room wonderful care to ensure that things were tended to properly. Also enjoyed the room service feature which we used to enjoy breakfast from our veranda as we pulled into port each morning. The excursions are nice but I wish there was an accelerated option. We like to move through things a bit faster. The only disappointing part of the trip was the post extension hotel selection. Did not care for the Athens Hilton. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We have taken two Viking river cruises and wanted to experience an ocean cruise with Viking. We were not disappointed!! It was even more than we hoped for in every aspect! T We enjoyed some time in a Villa before embarking. The new ship ... Read More
We have taken two Viking river cruises and wanted to experience an ocean cruise with Viking. We were not disappointed!! It was even more than we hoped for in every aspect! T We enjoyed some time in a Villa before embarking. The new ship had everything we could have asked for in the line of amenities and entertainment and gracious living! We were spoiled!! We especially like the spa, infinity pool and the daily afternoon teas. The shore excursions were handled very well and very educational. Our post extension in Athens was equally fantastic-sights, food and always help from the Viking Reps. The ship's food was fabulous and the entertainment was first rate. Embarkation went more smoothly than we thought possible. Our cabin, a deluxe veranda, was spacious and very comfortable. We traveled with two other couples and our rooms were adjacent to each other. Whenever we were in port, the staff came to turn down the veranda dividers so we could all visit without leaning over the dividers- we didn't even ask for them to do this. The staff and crew were always smiling and in good humor- at the ready to help and make our cruise a memorable one! And it was!! . Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
My wife and I were eager to try Viking as we've heard multiple stellar reviews (from friends and family both). As someone who has in the past been on a lot of cruises with multiple different cruise lines I can sum up our experience ... Read More
My wife and I were eager to try Viking as we've heard multiple stellar reviews (from friends and family both). As someone who has in the past been on a lot of cruises with multiple different cruise lines I can sum up our experience on this cruise by simply stating it exceeded our wildest expectations in every category and has ensured two new Viking customers for life. The ship itself is stunning, beautiful and spotless with hidden treats throughout (the planetarium and the snow grotto were two of my favorites). The food was consistently excellent and to my surprise we found ourselves frequently eating at the World Cafe simply to allow us to sample more choices (and as the location was so comfortable)! The lack of crowds anywhere on board was a special delight (especially compared to prior cruises), and on multiple occasions we felt as if we had private reservations to wherever/whatever we were doing at the time. I cannot praise the crew/staff highly enough! There was such authentic friendliness and attention to detail from everyone we interacted with. We were able to talk with the cruise director 1 on 1 multiple times and were never made to feel like anything we asked for or needed was an imposition (even if we just stopped them to chat we were never made to feel as if they had somewhere else to be). The head chef came out to check our happiness with the food (spoiler alert: we were!) multiple times as well, even stopping to chat with us at the tea service in the Wintergarden (which we went to every day!). The caliber of service so thoroughly exceeded anything we expected that again I cannot stress enough how impressed I was. I would be remiss if I didn't mention the entertainment. I've experienced cruise entertainment a lot in the past and pretty consistently find it to be sub-par. Based off the smaller passenger size of the ship I was expecting more of the same here and was yet again pleasantly surprised to discover otherwise! The shows were quite entertaining with some impressively talented singers and a special mention to the musicians as well (the classical duet was especially delightful!). The number of included services (free wi-fi, shore excursions, alcohol with meals, etc.) was also appreciated (nice not to feel nicked and dimed) and worth a mention. The Spa was a treat after a long (and hot!) Shore Excursion and here especially the lack of crowds really showed! Overall, we enjoyed every moment of our (all too short) experience on board the Orion and are counting the days to our next cruise with Viking! Cannot recommend Viking enough! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
All of the food was top notch. The only issue was the fact that the Chef's Table had a different menu each night. We do not eat DUCK so we had to cancel. There needs to be more of a selection at the Chef's table. The ... Read More
All of the food was top notch. The only issue was the fact that the Chef's Table had a different menu each night. We do not eat DUCK so we had to cancel. There needs to be more of a selection at the Chef's table. The excursions could have been improved if there were handicap assistance provided off and on the ship. Also the excursions were great but could have been improved if wheelchairs could be made available for the elderly and handicapped. The ship was terrific and the crew for the most part was outstanding with only a few exceptions. I would go on Viking again but I would review the restaurants food service more carefully. As for the wine selection, it was adequate but I would suggest at least provide more of a variety each night and make wine available at all areas of the ship free of charge unless you want a more premium wine. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
1st Viking cruise. Travelled Adriatic Sea from Venice. Did the pre cruise hotel stay at Hilton Molino Stucky and enjoyed the hotel and location despite it not being in Venice proper. Embarkation was smooth and we enjoyed our first ... Read More
1st Viking cruise. Travelled Adriatic Sea from Venice. Did the pre cruise hotel stay at Hilton Molino Stucky and enjoyed the hotel and location despite it not being in Venice proper. Embarkation was smooth and we enjoyed our first meal in the World Cafe. That became our favourite venue for dinner as the aft deck was wonderful to sit out for dinner and catch the sail out and the sunset every evening. We did have a gourmet dinner at Manfredis one night but could not resist sampling the delicious offerings at the World Cafe. The supervisor Casper came around each evening to make sure we were enjoying ourselves and had what we wanted as did the rest of the wait staff. The ship is stunning from bow to stern. We tried to check out each area and the Explorer's Lounge was a favourite for a relaxing drink while following our path. Viking has thought of everything a cruiser might want and some they don't even know they want. Our cabin was starboard 3rd deck. We treated ourselves to room service every morning and enjoyed coffee on the balcony as the sun rose in all our ports. Our cabin attendants Arvin and Rustille kept our room spotless and were in tune to our needs for sure. Lots of storage space in the cabin and bathroom. I took a hanging storage item but really did not need it. Amenities were wonderful and plentiful . Lots of USB ports and plugs. We had a mix of included tours, optional tours and private tours and were pleased with all we chose. They were very organized to get us all off the ship and in our proper busses and one day they had a big dance party to welcome us back! Always provided water to take with you and cold cloths to welcome you back. I really can't speak about the entertainment as we were always too tired to attend the events. Up by 6, breakfast at 7 and off the ship by 8. The heat necessitated a rest and a shower prior to dinner which always ended at 9 when the sun went down. After that it was back to the cabin to enjoy a drink on the balcony and look at the stars. The port talks are available on the TV which we watched at our leisure and they were repeated in the theater as you waited for your tour to be called. All the staff could not have been more professional and hospitable. Smiling as they go about their day offering to help you in any way. I trust they enjoy working for Viking. Do not hesitate to travel with Viking however do your research to determine the type of cruise you desire. If it's a huge pool and recreation, gambling and glitzy shows look elsewhere. If you want personal service, gourmet dining, relaxation and top notch port excursions then consider Viking. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We choose this cruise, due to the many interesting ports, we'd not visited. Viking Oceans is trying to do, too much, too fast, and losing sight of the small details, involved in "Luxury Cruising". We'd sailed on ... Read More
We choose this cruise, due to the many interesting ports, we'd not visited. Viking Oceans is trying to do, too much, too fast, and losing sight of the small details, involved in "Luxury Cruising". We'd sailed on Viking River Cruises numerous times and on Viking Star, loving everyday. Not so with this cruise, Bay of Bangle, involved a different 'hurdle' daily. Embarkation in Mumbai was a total NIGHTMARE! No-one at the 'Guest Service' desk knew the definition of 'guest services'. We arrived late into ports, and therefore had the planned excursions rush. There wasn't any entertainment, as had been present of other Viking cruises. The food was, good. The service was delayed by staffing problems and a general lack of experience. We were given two days in Gao, India and one day in Singapore. Go figure! We had a three hour bus excursion in Georgetown. We drove around the same circle five times, without any potty breaks. There was a fort and a Palace, we couldn't get out and explore. Saving on port fees, we were two hours out of the city of Bangkok. This meant five hours on a bus, day one and 2 1/2 hours back the next day to the airport. Not a happy finish! We're going to give Viking Ocean more time to pull their act together, before any additional travel, on them. The ship is beautiful. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
The cruise was fantastic. The room was comfortable, the crew was amazing, the food was great, the excursions were absolutely phenomenal. We had only been on a river cruise and were concerned that the bigger ship may mean long lines and ... Read More
The cruise was fantastic. The room was comfortable, the crew was amazing, the food was great, the excursions were absolutely phenomenal. We had only been on a river cruise and were concerned that the bigger ship may mean long lines and waiting. We needn't have worried. No lines and no waiting. It's difficult to choose a favorite stop: the many hued houses of Burano; the glass making in Murano; Krka national Park with the beautiful water falls (Do take this excursion. It's a pleasant foil to the old towns.); the old walled towns in Split, Dubrovnik (wow) and Kotor (what a view up the mountain!); and classic ancient Olympia and Athens! Make sure to add on the two days in Athens. I don't know what could have been better. The gentleman who took care of our room and the young lady whose area we sat in for meals were absolutely professional and wonderful.The excursions were well organized and all were very interesting. All the Viking employees are pleasant with a nice greeting every time you passed one in the hall. The entertainment in the central lounge was exceptional. Loved it while enjoying a drink after dinner. Didn't matter whether it was classical, piano, or jazz. Don't miss the hot tub after all the walking during the shore excursions. Wonderfully relaxing. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
It was our 25th Anniversary and we wanted something special. We had heard great reviews about Viking Cruises and they lived up to all of it. We stayed 4 days in Venice to visit relatives prior to the cruise. Embarkation and Disembarkation ... Read More
It was our 25th Anniversary and we wanted something special. We had heard great reviews about Viking Cruises and they lived up to all of it. We stayed 4 days in Venice to visit relatives prior to the cruise. Embarkation and Disembarkation were VERY smooth. We did not wait like we have in the past on other cruise lines. Ports and shore excursions were very good! We really enjoyed the fact we had extra time to do shopping or sightseeing on our own in most of the ports. Our cabin was perfect! We loved the space and king size bed! The Orion was new in 2018 and you could tell! Clean and comfortable! It was very cozy to lie on the deck or in the Explorer's Lounges with cozy blankets and amazing views. The staff really paid personal attention to us! Entertainment was good- band and Pablo but ended early. The Viking Spa and Bathing experience was also amazing! However we really did not discover it until last couple days. The welcome aboard with champagne and cool cloths was very refreshing especially since the temperatures were in the 90's! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We have taken Viking River cruises before and enjoyed them very much. We were anxious to take the ocean cruise on the new ORION. The embarkation and disembarkation were very smooth and easy. We appreciated the number of Viking staff ... Read More
We have taken Viking River cruises before and enjoyed them very much. We were anxious to take the ocean cruise on the new ORION. The embarkation and disembarkation were very smooth and easy. We appreciated the number of Viking staff that was available. The dining was very good and we enjoyed and appreciated the great service. We especially liked the World Cafe with the great choices of food. We were very impressed with everything about our room and the ship. The small areas like the library and the Explorers Lounge were great places to spend time. Also, we always enjoyed the views from the top decks. The shore excursions were interesting and the Quiet Vox (headphones) were great. The entertainment on board was good. I especially like the Broadway Hits sung by the Viking singers. We also like the Folkloric Group from Corfu. "Karyatides". With our Norwegian heritage, we felt at home with the decor of the ship. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
This was our second Viking cruise. Our first was a river cruise from Amsterdam to Basel. We had such an amazing time we decided to try an ocean cruise on Viking. The ship was beautiful and had everything we wanted. Excellent foods, great ... Read More
This was our second Viking cruise. Our first was a river cruise from Amsterdam to Basel. We had such an amazing time we decided to try an ocean cruise on Viking. The ship was beautiful and had everything we wanted. Excellent foods, great staff, great shore excursions. Our room was clean and comfortable. Enjoyed the pools, entertainment, spa. The countries we visited were amazing. Scenery was breathtaking!!! Visiting Venice, Croatia, Montenegro and Greece was wonderful. Seeing where the very first Olympics were held, climbing up to the Acropolis and visiting the museum there was so enjoyable. It was very hot and humid though!! I would recommend going when it’s cooler. And be sure to read about the shore excursions, Viking explains the degree of difficulty, because some people had a hard time with some that we were on.Viking makes you enjoy and relax with everything they do!!! Thanks to all the great staff on board!! You’re the best!!!! We will definitely plan another cruise in the future with Viking. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Our trip started with the 3 day Viking pre-excursion tour of Tuscany, Florence, and Siena. The 800 year old villa where we stayed was extraordinary! The food and tours were fantastic and embarkation was seamless. The Orion is a ... Read More
Our trip started with the 3 day Viking pre-excursion tour of Tuscany, Florence, and Siena. The 800 year old villa where we stayed was extraordinary! The food and tours were fantastic and embarkation was seamless. The Orion is a beautiful ship with so much to offer. We attended 2 different planetarium shows, live music shows in in the theater, a movie under the stars, and enjoyed tea time on several occasions. Staff kept our room emaculately clean and well supplied. We really enjoyed the balcony. The food was outstanding with excellent variety and good service. Loved the espresso/latte machines. The excursions were the highlight of the trip. We were glad we booked our choices early. The ports and historic sites were once-in-a-lifetime destinations. The tour guides were knowledgeable, the transportation (both by land and sea) was safe and comfortable. Disembarkation was well-organized and easy. We plan to schedule another Viking cruise soon. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
My wife and I planned this trip and were very happy with every aspect of our voyage The ship was magnificent. The service perfect The restaurants were the perfect size for the number of guest The tours were the perfect length ... Read More
My wife and I planned this trip and were very happy with every aspect of our voyage The ship was magnificent. The service perfect The restaurants were the perfect size for the number of guest The tours were the perfect length in time and information Our room was more than adequate The pools on ship were never crowded Fellow passengers were interesting to speak with The crew members were always ready to help and knew what to do to solve any problem Tour guide were very informative City visited were very interesting Ship was ready for boarding as advertised Well worth the money definitely would call cruise a luxury cruise. Food options in restaurants were varied and was always able to find food which I was willing to try. Extra exercisions were exciting and well worth the money Disembarkation was smooth and fast Would go on another Viking Ocean cruise in a heart beat Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
From the first embarkation, service onboard the ship was very professional and attentive. Choice of restaurants was also very good, although it took us all week to get a time to dine at Manfredis. The process to get a reservation could ... Read More
From the first embarkation, service onboard the ship was very professional and attentive. Choice of restaurants was also very good, although it took us all week to get a time to dine at Manfredis. The process to get a reservation could be improved. Despite this, all dining experiences were top notch. food quality very high. Silver Spirits package was definitely worth the extra money. The excursions were well planned and getting everyone out and organized every day was expedient and efficient. I really enjoyed the adult atmosphere and the classical music each day in the Atrium. Did not miss the lack of casino or late night shows. Would have liked having access to deck games in the evening. The ports of call were all interesting, in particular Dubrovnic and Corfu. Workout room was well appointed. I have always resisted going on a cruise due to the crowds, children, and noise. Viking has showed me there is another side to cruising! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
This was our first cruise ever, so we chose Viking because of our great experience on the Viking river cruise. The ambiance of the ship was classic and elegant; our room was luxurious; and the staff was so attentive that we felt like ... Read More
This was our first cruise ever, so we chose Viking because of our great experience on the Viking river cruise. The ambiance of the ship was classic and elegant; our room was luxurious; and the staff was so attentive that we felt like royalty! Every day we had excellent food in wonderful surroundings. There were plenty of private nooks and crannies so that we never felt that there were many others on board. The 24/7 room service was a really big hit with our group. No matter what time we returned to the ship, we knew we could always have a fabulous meal. Even the buffet had many "made to order" items that made us feel special. The excursions were excellently organized and we always felt that we knew where we were to go and how to get back. This was our first extended family vacation that included married spouses, but will definitely not be our last. We are already planning our next Viking cruise. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
The countries were those we hadn't been to. Most of the excursions were great. The rooms are spacious and clean. The service was excellent. We especially liked the 4X4 driving in Montenegro, the Fortification Walk, the National ... Read More
The countries were those we hadn't been to. Most of the excursions were great. The rooms are spacious and clean. The service was excellent. We especially liked the 4X4 driving in Montenegro, the Fortification Walk, the National Forest/Falcon Place, Olympia and the Murano Glass. We were with another couple and liked that there were tables for four. We liked the Italian dining room and the Chef's Table was good, but we would have preferred a few more choices (although we realize one menu is the point). The pools were lovely and the sitting area connected to them was awesome. Embarking was good and simple. Disembarking was disorganized and long. We did not care for the excursion where the boats going into the little caves. Not really much of an experience. Overall a great experience that we would recommend to others. Only thing I would do differently is choose a time that was less hot. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
It was one of your flash sales and again a great time -service was excellent, meals were great and just another great experience.There is no other cruise line that comes close to being as good as Viking.The daily trips were very good lots ... Read More
It was one of your flash sales and again a great time -service was excellent, meals were great and just another great experience.There is no other cruise line that comes close to being as good as Viking.The daily trips were very good lots of activities to do and places visited were beautiful. Tour guides were great at making sure the pace was right for all to enjoy the natural beauty of where ever we were visiting. Can NOT say enough about the service whether the meal staff or our room people--everyone was very friendly professional and could not do enough to insure we were satisfied with everything they were doing and offering to make a great experience. Will NOT hesitate to book another cruise with Viking in fact we took advantage of the special offer Viking offered for a future cruise when we were on this cruise--so we definitely took advantage of the great savings offered for a future cruise. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We had gone on Viking a few times and really loved it. We were wanting to see Italy so we chose this one. We were not disappointed. Viking hss fantastic food with free wine and beer at lunch and dinner. You can even eat in your room for ... Read More
We had gone on Viking a few times and really loved it. We were wanting to see Italy so we chose this one. We were not disappointed. Viking hss fantastic food with free wine and beer at lunch and dinner. You can even eat in your room for free. Free tours in every port plus excellent optional tours that you pay for. The Spabis to die for and I never felt crowded at any time. Friendly helpful staff Plenty of places to sit if you want to be alone or with people Nightly live music and other entertainment. High level of security Many options for eating and lots of choices at each place. There is entertainment but it is not a party ship. It's for serious travelers. The daily lecture explain what you will see next day. One of the best things is transportation to and from airports. Everything is very well organized and all your needs provided Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Viking's reputation and satisfied friends and family members led us to this outstanding first Viking Cruise. We have cruised many times before on other cruise lines. Should you want first class service, a relaxed atmosphere, ... Read More
Viking's reputation and satisfied friends and family members led us to this outstanding first Viking Cruise. We have cruised many times before on other cruise lines. Should you want first class service, a relaxed atmosphere, pleasant surroundings, happy crew members, excellent entertainment and culinary delights this is the cruise line for you. This was our first time in Italy. I can't imagine being exposed to the ancient culture, history, and timeless beauty of this country in any better fashion. We finished our cruise with a Rome extension. The hotel was up to Viking standards with Viking's own concierge there to answer any questions. We took advantage of five dining opportunities: 1. The main dining room (excellent) 2. The buffet dining room (similar fare to the main dining room but easy and quick) 3. The poolside burger bar (very good for lunch after a shore excursion) 4. The Italian specialty restaurant Manfredi's (Mmmm good ribeye) 5. The Chef's table ( unique cuisine) Bravo Viking! We'll be back! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Timing. Ports of interest. Some of the included tours could have been better in Naples and Messina. Probably a guide to excellent shopping for the wife would have been nice. We enjoyed the World Cafe, high tea, evening ... Read More
Timing. Ports of interest. Some of the included tours could have been better in Naples and Messina. Probably a guide to excellent shopping for the wife would have been nice. We enjoyed the World Cafe, high tea, evening entertainment. Our mistake was not taking some of the longer tours, which would have been more interesting. Not Viking's fault, but ours.. Lesson learned. We met several couples on the ship and with them each evening we would go the to top level Explorers' Lounge to watch the ship leave port. The crew, housekeeping, dining, etc., was excellent. Couldn't ask for more. We really enjoyed the World Cafe and Manfredi's. Great desserts ( My highlight) We have told many friends about Viking and the service. Friends just went to see the Northern Lights on Viking. Not sure what cruise or ship. Other frends went river cruising, which we did several years ago from Lyon. Keep up the good work and we will return.. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We chose Viking because of all the cruise lines we have been on, it was the best in every way. They took care of every detail -- from the time we boarded our plane from home to the time we got back home. The personnel were outstanding - ... Read More
We chose Viking because of all the cruise lines we have been on, it was the best in every way. They took care of every detail -- from the time we boarded our plane from home to the time we got back home. The personnel were outstanding - personal, attentive, friendly, and service oriented. Our room was always clean and attended to, the food servers wonderful and we most especially like our wine steward. The people we met while we dined and were on our excursions with were so nice -- it added to the fun of the trip. We like that there are no small children aboard as the focus is adult food and ambiance. The fitness and recreation also geared toward adults - excellent. The excursions we chose were wonderful. I especially loved the excursion to the winery in the Calabria region as it took me back to my roots - Pompeii a little bit of history. No matter where we were the tour guides were attentive and informative. We extended our tour in Tuscany. That part of the tour far exceeded my expectations. We had a guide, Daniel, who tended to those of us who stayed at the villa from the time we disembarked the ship until we boarded our plane home. In between the excursions, the ambiance, the people at the villa -- I cannot say enough good things about the whole experience. We will always choose Viking Cruises over any other cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We had been wanting to try Viking Ocean as an alternative to our previous favorites, Windstar (yachts, not sailing ships) and Regent, so we chose this one week itinerary from Venice to Rome and were joined by long time friends for the ... Read More
We had been wanting to try Viking Ocean as an alternative to our previous favorites, Windstar (yachts, not sailing ships) and Regent, so we chose this one week itinerary from Venice to Rome and were joined by long time friends for the voyage. We were aware that this was only the second sailing for the Orion and that there might be some rough edges still to be worked out. Indeed there were. For starters we got three different versions of when cabins would be ready. The first was in the cruise documents that were mailed indicating that because we were in a Penthouse Veranda stateroom we would have access by 1 PM. The second was at the embarkation desk in the terminal where we were told we could get in by 12. The third was at guest services where we were told no, it would be 2 PM. It finally turned out that a mass PA announcement about 2 PM was the only way we, and presumably all the other guests, knew that all the cabins were ready. To back up a step, the reason we were at guest services right after boarding was because a large portion of the cruise cards that were created at the terminal desk at check-in didn't work! A large group of people had to have their cards re-issued which temporarily overwhelmed the guest services desks. The next, admittedly small, irritant was when our cabin steward oriented us to the stateroom and pointed out that the Nespresso machine would only dispense hot water. Bummer. I had been looking forward to some tasty coffee selections without room service or going out of the cabin. I would simply say don't advertise in your marketing materials that there is a Nespresso machine in each cabin if all they do is spew out hot water for the instant Nescafe provided. Our biggest ongoing hassle during the entire cruise was in regard to the Silver Spirits drink package. Most of the wait staff were simply not familiar with it. They would try to locate something on their high tech tablets they use and then would say it's not available or "we've run out of it". Had it not been for an extremely competent wine steward, Enea, this might never have been straightened out. Admittedly, things did get better as the week progressed. But this feeling of disorganization and lack of familiarity with things carried over into the main dining room. Every evening we ate there I would characterize the scene as frenzied...waiters rushing around, staring at their hand-held devices. Just not calm and relaxing. That's not a knock on the people themselves. All of them were friendly, helpful, and a delight to talk with. The comment is really directed at management and the prior training of the staff in such things as the drink package. At sail away time the Explorers Lounge was understaffed, at times near impossible to get a drink. I observed one bartender who was so harried and overwhelmed that he picked up the phone and told his supervisor he needed more help. Then he decided it was time for his dinner break, I guess to escape the confusion. Many of the shore excursions were good to excellent. However, some comments were heard regarding the difficulty understanding some of the guides. My wife and her friend had the misfortune of being on the worst excursion of the week. It was titled "Alberobello, the Trulli Village". It was so disorganized and provoked so many complaints that Viking later sent a notice to the cabins saying they apologized and were giving a 50% refund. 50%? I'm not sure why if you are admitting the excursion was a bust you don't refund 100%, but anyway that was their decision. After spending over 600 words on the negatives, here are the positives. The ship is gorgeous! The cabins are generously sized with more than enough drawer and closet room. Bathrooms are relatively large and function well. All the public spaces are extremely attractive and spotless. The spa is first class. Entertainment, including the pianist, the string duo and the guitarist, was excellent. The stage band and the four entertainers who sang and danced were also quite good, especially the night they did the salute to Broadway. There are so many enrichment activities it's impossible to see them all. For example, we never made it to the observatory which was disappointing, but on a seven day cruise who has the time? The lectures were quite good and could be viewed on the TV later if you missed them. Being high-tech multimedia productions, the port talks were the best and most informative I've ever experienced. One of the attractions of this cruise for us was the more unusual ports we visited. Sibenik was the nicest, calmest Croatian port we've ever seen, probably because of the limited size of vessels that can stop there. Bari and Crotone are somewhat off the beaten track. Messina was okay. Naples was, well...Naples was Naples. The food was good to very good, but frankly not the best we've ever experienced. Being in a Penthouse Veranda we were offered two nights each in both specialty restaurants, the Chef's Table and Manfredi's Italian. I would not do two nights again at the Chef's Table, but would definitely repeat two dinners in Manfredi's. That was clearly the best food we had. As for service, again I will say that in general it was excellent. The crew was friendly, courteous, helpful and fun. Even the harried bartender in the Explorers Lounge was pleasant enough to the guests. He did not let his frustration spill over into his customer service. I would sincerely look forward to another voyage on Viking Ocean, whether the Orion or another of their ships. It might be interesting to see if the rough edges are worked out on the Orion, but whether it's Orion or another vessel next time I'd like at least a couple of days at sea to explore all that we did not get to experience this time. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
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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