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Viking Orion

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Itineraries for this ship
17 Night Cruise to the Caribbean
Departure date
Sunday, 06/02/22
Los Angeles, Pacific Ocean (Cruising), Pacific Ocean (Cruising), Cabo San Lucas, Pacific Ocean (Cruising), Pacific Ocean (Cruising), Pacific Ocean (Cruising), Corinto, Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera), Pacific Ocean (Cruising), Colon (Cristobal), Cartagena (Colombia), Caribbean Sea (Cruising), Caribbean Sea (Cruising), Cozumel, Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
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Passengers: 930   |   Crew: 550
Passengers to crew: 1.69:1
Passengers to space: 51:1
Launched: 2018   


Cabin size: 225 - 280 sq. ft.
Connected rooms: 0
Accessible rooms: 0
Maximum passengers: 2
Number of cabins: 418

Activities & entertainment

Activities (15)
  • Live Music
  • Cooking Demonstrations
  • Enrichment Lectures
  • Fitness Center
  • Hot Tubs (2)
  • Hydrotherapy Pool
  • Interactive Games
  • Lanai
  • LivNordic Spa*
  • Nordic Ice Room
  • Pools (2)
  • Salon*
  • Shipwide Books
  • Sports Deck
  • Trivia
Entertainment (6)
  • Atrium Performances
  • Pap's Explorers' Lounge
  • Planetarium
  • The Theatre
  • The Viking Living Room
  • Torshavn
Dining (12)
  • The Chef's Table - Rotational
  • Armagnac Tasting*
  • Wintergarden - Afternoon Tea
  • Aquavit Terrace - Casual
  • Theatre Bar - Cocktail Bar*
  • Viking Bar - Cocktail Bar*
  • Pool Grill - Fast Food
  • The Kitchen Table - Interactive
  • The Restaurant - International
  • Manfredi's Italian Restaurant - italian
  • Mamsen's - Norwegian
  • Pool Bar - Pool Bar*
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RonDog82 wrote a review Aug 2021
Houston, Texas370 contributions139 helpful votes
I am going to break this review into sections. SAFETY/COVID - The process to get a Bermuda Travel Authorization is similar to other countries, but they very strict about getting a COVID test within the 4 day limit before the cruise. We had our test results, COVID vaccination cards & passports ready at all times during the cruise. They tested us at the airport again so we got the results after boarding the ship. Once onboard & passed the Bermuda airport test, Viking's safety protocol included temperature testing at every food venue plus hand washing (not a change). Every morning, we had tubes in the cabin to do a saliva COVID test. The day before departure, we did the saliva test & that was the test used to reenter the US. Viking was very diligent in cleaning everything. We felt very safe given all of the procedures & tests. The cruise was a 7 night cruise that originated in Hamilton & ended back in Hamilton. It was originally a three port cruise within Bermuda, but the two days in St George were deleted so we were either in Hamilton, the King's Shipyard or at sea for two days. THE SHIP & CABIN - The Viking Prion id s pretty new ship built in 2018. It is the same design as the other ocean cruise ships with the exception of The Dome. It was a venue to see one of three different subjects & although we did not see it, others raved about it. We were offered an update on our cabin the week before the cruise & we upgraded to a penthouse junior suite which was great. It has a nice sitting area & the shower was twice the size of penthouse veranda's shower. We are now spoiled. FOOD - The World Café was our main place to eat most of our meals. The food was very good including steaks & other high-end items. Instead of the pre-COVID self serve, the servers prepared your plate. We also ate dinner at The Restaurant twice. Our first dinner was the least favorite of the cruise. We both got the roasted chicken which was dry & chewy. The mash potatoes & cream spinach were like from a cafeteria. The second dinner was much better with the prime rib & pasta dishes. Our last night, we had dinner at Manfredi's which has be the best food on previous cruises. I had the recommended ribeye & it was delicious. My wife had the meatballs & pasta & it was also very good. All in all, great food with the one exception. STAFF - As on our previous cruises, the staff was outstanding. From the first check-in folks to our steward, everyone was courteous, friendly & prompt. Our steward, Coney, was outstanding. ONBOARDED ACTIVITIES - On previous cruises, the lectures have been mixed on information, delivery & entertainment. We attended two lectures conducted by Dr. Michael Fuller. The first was on shipwrecks & other marine disasters & the second was on the revolutionary war. Both were very good in the content, delivery & engagement by the historian. THE CRUISE - The cruise was was confined to Bermuda so we felt safe & protected. In the two days at sea, we just cruised around the North Atlantic for a day & night. SHORE EXCURSIONS - We have been disappointed in some of the excursions, but the three we participated were all great. The first was a boat cruise around the Hamilton Harbor. Our guide was very entertaining with fun jokes, but with a substantial amount of information about the islands & the history around many of the beautiful homes. We were also entertained by our guide & captain in songs about Bermuda. Fun excursion. Our second excursion was a catamaran cruise that dropped us at a protected cove. It was very pretty with clear green water for floating & snorkeling. Our last excursion was billed as Bermuda's Mysterious Triangle bur was a a great rips around most of the Bermuda islands with an informative & friendly narration by our guide, Paul. We visited the Underwater Exploration Center where we viewed the history & stories of the many shipwrecks & other stories of the Bermuda Triangle. We did visited the Bermuda Museum & zoo which were interesting. The best part of the excursion was Paul giving a personal view of life & the history of Bermuda. All in all, the cruise was a fun & relaxing time with no fear of COVID.
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LynnThomasDostal wrote a review Jun 2021
Homosassa, Florida65 contributions31 helpful votes
After two separate attempts to get permission to fly, Bermuda was not helpful in giving us (and maybe others) travel authorization. After two unsuccessful attempts to get through the Covid testing, we stopped trying and requested a refund. Viking was gracious to give us a full refund despite the fact that we did not take travel insurance. The full story is this. I take responsibility for our first failure to get authorization. I was a day early for getting our covid tests. The second time I was on time but the Country wanted specific testing protocol where I could not specify that protocol. Now they still owe me $300 for 4 applications. Avoid Bermuda at all cost. Viking rating are based upon the 5 prior trips, since we never got to go. WE have gotten a full refund. This trip at the feet of Bermuda was a total night mare!
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BoardingPass772354 wrote a review Apr 2020
College Station, Texas15 contributions32 helpful votes
All Viking Ocean ships carry a max of 930 passengers (no children under 12) and all staterooms have ocean views. The staterooms are spacious and have loads of storage space. A heated bathroom floor is a special treat. Our recent cruise to New Zealand and Australia was supposed to dock in Sydney, Australia on March 20, but in spite of ports being closed when COVID-19 struck, we got special permission to dock in Melbourne on March 16. That night Viking was able to secure plane reservations for 700+ passengers. By 6:00 am next morning, we were on the way to the Melbourne Airport. Viking takes care of its passengers!
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Randy P wrote a review Mar 2020
6 contributions5 helpful votes
We were on the Viking Orion starting March 6th. Their sanitary measures and cleaning were extordinary and we felot very safe and well taken care of. We had just left port in New Zealand headed for Austalia when Australia announced it was closing its ports. Our cruise was basically ending on March 15 with 5 days to go. Nonetheless, Viking continued their usually stallar service and kept us all informed as to what the plan was. We wound up docking in Melbourne on March 16th. Viking got the 700+ passengers through Australia customs, rebooked on flights back "home", and arranged transportation to the airport so that we were all off the ship by the morning of March 17th. An unbelievable task that was done with grace and calm. Guest Services and Viking Travel had to be stressed beyond imagination, but I never saw anyone loose their calm and efficient demeanor. Thank you Viking for being THE BEST. We will be cruising again when all this is over.
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Peter Sweeney wrote a review Mar 2020
Lawson, Australia9 contributions3 helpful votes
A 5 star hotel on the ocean. Friendly staff, excellent speakers, great food and very good shore excursions included.
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