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Traveler Reviews

A ship’s traveler rating is provided under license by Cruiseline.com , which manages one of the largest databases of cruise reviews and ratings by travelers. A total of 9 guests have reviewed Viking Orion, giving it a rating of 4.3 on a scale of 1-5.

Cruiseline Travel Rating:

4.3 out of 5(9 reviews)

Reviews by Traveler Type

Couples88.9%
Singles/Friends11.1%
Families w/older children0%
Families w/young children0%
Groups0%

Most Recent Reviews

Memorable journey, wonderful people, outstanding service

Dec 23rd, 2018

This was our fifth Viking cruise. Met wonderful people and saw new and interesting things. Staff and crew friendly, onboard entertainers very good. All crew diligently attempted to provide exceptional service. Please read details about the cruise ship and excursions thoroughly as many passengers had expectations not met, simply a result of poor and ineffective communication.

Traveler Type

Couple

Room Type

Balcony

Experience

7+ cruises

As much as we like Viking, I would not recommend this cruise

Dec 8th, 2018

I have no complaints about the ship or staff... food very good and they handled the norovirus outbreak very well. My complaint is the ports of call. They obviously got cheap port charges to lure them to some of these ports. I f you are considering a trip through Indonesia, check out Silverseas, their itinerary is far better.

Traveler Type

Couple

Room Type

Balcony

Experience

4-6 cruises

Great time

Nov 23rd, 2018

Loved the ship and staff. Food was great. Two of the ports were a waste of time and paying so much for a Visa for China was a waste of money since you don't need one for Hong Kong an Haikou had absolutely nothing to offer

Traveler Type

Singles/Friends

Room Type

Balcony

Experience

4-6 cruises

Great ship, mediocre evening entertainments, miserable excursions

Nov 18th, 2018

We have cruised on HAL, MSC, Princess, RCL, Celebrity, Costa, Oceana, and Azamara. This was our second Viking Ocean Cruise. The first Viking Ocean cruise was in the Mediterranean and North Africa and it was great. This cruise was 14 days from Hong Kong to Beijing. The ship, like her sister ships, is great. We were unhappily surprised by the lack of entertainment on a number of the evenings, including days at sea. This is a real issue when you have multiple days at sea and you are on a ship for 14 days. But the biggest issue was the very poor planning and quality of the included excursions. Overall, these were the worst excursions we have experienced on the 35 cruises we have taken, and inferior to what we have experienced on Viking Ocean and Viking River in the past. Viking claims that part of the problem was the lack of qualified tour agencies in China. We doubt that is the only issue. We have cruised in Asia before, including Viet Nam, and have experience in arranging our own tours with tourist agencies that were recommended on Trip Advisor. We were picked up promptly at our distant ports by drivers and tour guides that had to travel 2 hours or more to meet us. But a good tour agency sends qualified guides even when they have to be bussed in from far away cities, This is not how Viking and its agency did it in China. Local young people who barely knew English and knew even less about travel and history were the "guides" that were provided. On our last day of this Viking cruise, we arranged to be picked up at the port for Beijing by a private tour agency that was recommended on Trip Advisor. The guide and driver made a 2 hour plus trip to pick us up and drive us to Beijing. The guide was proficient in English and took care of us professionally. So we can only conclude that Viking either did not do their homework to contract with quality tour companies or that they'd not care about their passengers, or that they were trying to cut corners and save money on their self described luxury 5 star cruise. At the price point that Viking charges, these included excursions were miserable and reflect poorly on the organization. They need to make major improvements in their excursion departments. Given this experience, we would have been better off to have cruised with a Cruise line that did not provide excursions as part of the pricing and to then have arranged our own tours with fellow passengers with reputable local agencies as described on Trip Advisor. The ship is beautiful as are its sister ships. What a shame that Viking ruins the experience by providing mediocre entertainment at night and a miserable experience.

Traveler Type

Couple

Room Type

Balcony

Experience

7+ cruises

Ship was beautiful, staff was wonderful, food was very good, tours were a dissapointment.

Oct 28th, 2018

Ship, food and staff were excellent. Tours were in general poor. Hong Kong pre tour was poorly organized and over priced. Beijing extension was top shelf with wonderful sites and guides. Optional dinner was spectacular. Included lunches were very good.

Traveler Type

Couple

Room Type

Balcony

Experience

7+ cruises

Great Ports

Oct 26th, 2018

Awesome ship. The staff was very accommodating. The food was tasty but not so much for the fish other than delicious crab legs & sushi. We enjoyed the wine list as it was interesting to try different wines by the glass. This was something we enjoyed as they rotated the same wines over & over, We simply just got bored. The spa was absolutely wonderful but better than using space for a casino. The included tours were not great but somewhat acceptable. Not a luxury cruise but totally fine. I'm not sure that if I paid full price that I would've given it such good reviews.

Traveler Type

Couple

Room Type

Balcony

Experience

7+ cruises

Great Ports

Oct 25th, 2018

Awesome ship. The staff was very accommodating. The food was tasty but not so much for the fish other than delicious crab legs & sushi. We enjoyed the wine list as it was interesting to try different wines by the glass. This was something we enjoyed as they rotated the same wines over & over, We simply just got bored. The spa was absolutely wonderful but better than using space for a casino. The included tours were not great but somewhat acceptable. Not a luxury cruise but totally fine. I'm not sure that if I paid full price that I would've given it such good reviews.

Traveler Type

Couple

Room Type

Balcony

Experience

7+ cruises

Cruise of a life time...

Oct 2nd, 2018

This was the cruise of a life time for us and I would say the only downside would be the quality of internet available. When you are gone for an extended period of time you have to be able to pay bills at home and this was difficult due to lack of signal or it falling on its face just when you needed it the most. But that being said still better than when I actually paid for it!

Traveler Type

Couple

Room Type

Balcony

Experience

7+ cruises

French Riveira on Viking

Jul 29th, 2018

fun for adults, easy to find a location for every night to gather, would go again with Viking

Traveler Type

Couple

Experience

7+ cruises

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