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Viking Orion Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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Viking Ocean does not disappoint

Viking Orion Cruise Review by Mike1733

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

Hello, we just got back from our Viking Ocean cruise from Australia and New Zealand on the Viking Orion. First let me tell you it was well worth the time Money and experience. We had a great time on the ship and the ports of call. The crew is absolutely fabulous, they were the friendliest and most helpful staff I have ever cruised with (with about 12 cruises so far that saying something). The food is excellent and the preparation is 5 star. The rooms are spacious and well setup. Free use of the laundry rooms was a very nice perk for a 2 week cruise. The onboard entertainment is fun and professional. Brian the Cruise Director is a classical trained singer and has an exceptional voice. The embarkation and disembarkation was quick and organized well. With all the Virus scare going on they were very careful checking us in the first day.

Most of the included excursions are just a bus ride around the local city. The quality of the excursion is based on the quality of the driver who talks about the area and sights. He has to do this while driving so can sometimes loose his train of thought. All the ports were worth stopping at and exploring. We did 3 privet tours and one Viking paid excursion. All the passengers were friendly and had no problems with any of them. The only complaint I have is the constant changing of tables when dining (first come first assigned and rotated to balance out the restaurant. The plus side of this is you meet more people, The down side of this is you don't really make any real connections with your new friends and get to know them well over an extended cruise. The internet is spotty and weak and very bad in port.

We really enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere of the cruise and the enrichment lectures they had on the area and people we were going to visit. From the lands history to the origin of the people living there. Informative and relevant information was passed on to help you get the most out of each port.

We will be doing another Viking cruise in our future, both Ocean and River. The have earned their quality reputation.

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Cabin Review

We were upgraded to this cabin from a DV1 cabin (not sure why, but really liked it). The cabin is well laid out and very comfortable. The bed is a little hard but they broung in a pad and softened it up enough. Lots of storage. it is forward so had a little more bounce than the aft part of the ship.

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City Tour

Decent driver with lost of facts

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