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Viking Orion Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating
406 Reviews

Improved tremendously by end of cruise

Viking Orion Cruise Review by ekochman

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jan 2020
  • Destination: Australia & New Zealand

Viking is noted for being an above average cruise line. Unfortunately this particular cruise started out substandard for Viking. I made comments early on in our cruise and was really pleased with the quick feedback and attention to my comments made by Viking staff. The staff on the ship were all exceptionally friendly and attentive. The food was very good-especially in Manfredi's-my favorite. Did not care for the Chef's table but that is more related to what was on the menu for the evenings I attended. The educational talks were excellent and it was great to be able to watch them on my own schedule, in my own cabin, on my own TV. The cabin was beautiful and comfortable with the best shower I have ever experienced (so much pressure). The amount of storage in the cabin was excellent--we did not even fill up all the drawers. The nightly entertainment was very good. The cruise director, Brian Rodriguiz was amazing--what a talent. For me I would have liked more options for shore excursions. I would have liked more hiking options-or other active excursions. I was disappointed in some of the included tours and found it unfair that on certain days I had to choose between included tours and optional tours rather than being able to do them both. This was due to scheduling overlap. This did not occur on the Viking River cruises we have taken. I was not happy with the arrival at the airport or the departure. This was disorganized. The post trip in Port Douglas was nice. The hotel was excellent. The ship is beautiful. I loved the itinerary and highly recommend it be added to everyone's bucket list. I do recommend Viking and the Orion is a beautiful ship. Love that no children are on Viking cruises. Love that everything is included on Viking cruises.

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Cabin Review

Everything about the cabin was excellent. The beds were very comfortable. The storage was great. The bathroom was roomy. The shower was great. The rooms were kept very clean.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Better than expected due to our very knowledgeable tour guide.

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Fun. Got caught in rain and got very wet in spite of rain coat. The tour company was very good. Would have liked to move a little faster.


I hiked on my own to top of cable car then took it down. The hike was beautiful and it was fun to take the cable car down.


Botanical gardens were beautiful. Our guide was very knowlegable but not very enthusiastic about relaying the information.

City Tour

Great tour guide.

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City Tour

Guide was excellent.

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City Tour

Tour guide was entertaining

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City Tour

Good tour but very warm that day

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City Tour

It was OK. Very dependent on the tour guide.

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