Viking Orion

Viking Orion Review and Specifications

Specifications of Viking Orion

Year built2018 new ship
Flag state Norway
BuilderFincantieri (Ancona, Italy)
ClassViking Ocean
Building costEUR 340 million (USD 400 million)
OwnerViking Cruises
OperatorViking Ocean Cruises
Speed20 kn / 37 kph / 23 mph
Length (LOA)227 m / 745 ft
Beam (width)28 m / 92 ft
Gross Tonnage47842 gt
Passengers930
Crew465
Passengers-to-space ratio52
Decks9
Cabins464
Decks with cabins6
Sister-shipsViking Ocean ships
Christened byAnna Lee Fisher

Current itinerary of Viking Orion

Viking Orion current cruise is 28 days, one-way from Tianjin to Laem Chabang. The itinerary starts on 21 Oct, 2018 and ends on 18 Nov, 2018.

Date / TimePort
21 Oct      Departing from Tianjin, Beijing, China   
23 Oct     Dalian, China   
24 Oct     Qingdao, China   
26 Oct - 27 Oct     Shanghai, China   
29 Oct     Naha, Okinawa Island, Japan   
30 Oct     Ishigaki Island, Japan   
01 Nov - 02 Nov     Xiamen, China   
03 Nov - 05 Nov     Hong Kong, China   
06 Nov     Haikou, Haidian Island, China   
07 Nov - 08 Nov     Halong Bay, Vietnam   
09 Nov     Da Nang, Hue, Vietnam   
11 Nov - 13 Nov     Phu My, Ho Chi Minh City-Saigon, Vietnam   
15 Nov - 16 Nov     Sihanoukville, Cambodia   
18 Nov      Arriving in Laem Chabang, Bangkok, Thailand   

Review of Viking Orion

MS Viking Orion cruise ship (formerly "Viking Spirit", launched in 2018) is the 5th in a series of 10 identical vessels built for Viking Ocean Cruises. in 2017, with 5 already built ships, Viking Ocean planned a fleet-expansion to 10 vessels, with scheduled deliveries Orion (2018), Jupiter (2019), Tellus and Venus (2021), TBN1 (2022) and TBN2 (2023).

History - construction and ownership

The 47,800-ton, 930-passenger cruise ship Viking Orion offers destination-oriented cruising experience, with few at-sea days, long in-ports days and more exciting overnights in key spots. Ship's features include complimentary Wi-Fi, free shore excursions, wine and beer with no charge at dinner and lunch.

Viking Orion cruise ship

Each of the Viking Ocean ships offers many ticket price-inclusive / complimentary amenities and services, such as all shore excursions, transfers, Wi-Fi, wine and beer (at lunches and dinners), access to Nordic Spa (steam room, thalassotherapy pool, hot tub, snow room / grotto, sauna, cold plunge pool). The infinity pool (resistance swimming pool located aft on Deck 7 / at the ship's stern) is another unique and complimentary facility.

All Viking Ocean liners were built according to the latest maritime navigation regulations and equipped with latest marine safety systems, including “safe return to port”. The ships also implement some of maritime industry’s latest technologies, including energy-saving hybrid engines (diesel generators and gas turbines), optimized hulls and bulbous bows for max fuel efficiency. Ship design also features the common for Viking River Cruises longships solar panels (installed on the magradome pool cover) additionally minimizing vessel’s exhaust pollution.

Viking Ocean cruise ship (aerial)

Cruise itinerary program

Viking Orion itinerary program includes Around the World cruise and Alaskan cruises (during summer).

Cabins

Viking Orion has a total of 465 cabins (of which 47 Suite, 32 Penthouse, 386 Balcony rooms) in 18 grades. All cabins are balconied and at 270 sq.feet, are 20 % larger than the average standard staterooms. The new all-veranda ship is engineered for easy embarkation and debarkation.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Viking Orion offers the following dining venues: Restaurant (dining room), buffets (Viking Deli, World Cafe), Aquavit Terrace (al fresco), specialty (Italian Grill, Chef’s Table), Private Dining (2 rooms). Viking Orion deals are inclusive of shore excursions, complimentary alcohol (wine and beer at lunch and dinner) and Wi-Fi.

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

On board, Viking Cruises Viking Orion ship offers two pools - main pool and Infinity Pool, covered pool area (with jacuzzi, bar & grill), Spa & Fitness Center, Beauty Salon. The Sea also features a piano lounge, wintergarden and aquavit terrace. Not to forget the sports deck, star theatre and bar, lobby bar, various shops. The walk-around promenade deck fully encircles the ship. The two-deck airy Explorer’s Lounge offers observation area which is a feature that lots of today’s cruise ships lack. Many of the new features reflect a boutique hotel feel - the fire pit and Nordic-influenced spa offering sauna and snow room are an example.

Next YouTube video is a Viking Ocean cruise ship review (by Jim Zimmerlin). It which shows all the ship's main onboard facilities and also provides information on most amenities.

All Viking Ocean ships have an onboard "snow room". The 2013-launched Viking Grace (2800-passenger ferry ship operated by Viking Line) was the ever first vessel with a snow room. Viking Cruises' "Snow Grotto" is a spa retreat with powdery snow falling down from the ceiling. The experience (touted beneficial to the body's blood circulation) includes heating in a sauna (steam bath), then walking into this small room fitted with benches and with dark stone walls illuminated by blue light. The snow on the floor is kept at sub-freezing temperatures. This Arctic-themed facility is part of the ship's thermal suite (within the spa complex). This relaxation area has also 1 hot tub, sauna room, heated ceramic loungers, therapeutic showers, salt-water thermal pool. Snow Grotto access is complimentary to all passengers.

The Dome planetarium

MS Viking Orion is world's 2nd ship (after Cunard's liner RMS Queen Mary 2) with onboard planetarium. Named "Explorers' Dome", this theater-like venue is circular, with capacity 26 seats and located forward on Deck 8, facing Explorers Lounge. It uses latest video projecting technology to show constellations and other space-related 3D videos on its domed roof.

  • Resolution quality is 7K HD. Dome's equipment includes 5x laser-beam projectors and studio-quality speakers with 2D and 3D sound options.
  • Signature shows offered here are "Journey to Space" (space travel history-themed) and "Under the Arctic Sky" (northern lights-themed). The Dome and its programming are complimentary. 3D glasses are provided, also complimentary.
  • Ship's resident astronomer (in addition to its resident historian) leads 2 lectures per cruise, themed on current sky events and also on themes determined by passengers preference.
  • In 2018, Viking Cruises partnered with the US-based company "Evans and Sutherland" - developer of advanced computer graphics for digital planetariums and cinemas, and distributer of world's largest database (library) of fulldome shows. The company also provides access to live feeds, including from the International Space Station and current space missions.

The cruise liner also has a portable telescope (electronically stabilized) that provides live night sky views projected at The Dome. The telescope is generally fixed, located on either side (forward) on Deck 9. Ship's astronomer organizes there outdoor stargazing sessions.

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  • All Viking Ocean ships offer destination-rich itineraries featured with the line's new "small ship cruise" tour and onboard experience. Compared to similar class ships operated by other lines, Viking Ocean itineraries feature fewer sea days and longer port days, with many overnight port stays.
  • Among the vessel’s innovative marine technologies are its energy-saving hybrid engines, top-deck solar panels, pollution-minimizing exhaust system. This ship also uses seawater as a lubricant for its propeller shaft bearings. This technology lowers the vessel’s maintenance costs and also the risk of pollution. Replacing the biodegradable oils, the water is being directly discharged into the ocean.
  • Viking Ocean ships represent a "smaller ship" concept. The relatively shallow draft (21 ft / 6,3 m), design (hull and superstructure) and technology allow the ship to directly access even small ports. The ship's smaller size also guarantees an easy and faster passenger embarkation / debarkation process. Another unique feature for the "affordable luxury" ocean cruising market is that regardless of cabin categories, all Viking Ocean deals are price-inclusive of the shore excursions in all ports in the cruise ship itinerary.
  • All passenger cabins are with a private veranda, and about 1/5th larger than average standard staterooms on the ocean cruising market. Interesting feature of the ship is the dining room. This venue could be transformed into an outdoor casual dining place thanks to its floor-to-ceiling sliding windows.
  • For Viking Ocean ships' interiors were contracted SMC Design (London-based interior design company) and Rottet Studios (LA-based hotel design company).
  • Viking Cruises deals (on all river and ocean ships) are inclusive of shore excursions (land tours), onboard entertainment and dining (including at specialty restaurants), drinks and alcohol (beer, wine /at lunch and dinner), 24-hour room service, Wi-Fi.
  • On February 15, 2017, at the Fincantieri's Ancona shipyard was held the official keel laying ceremony that started the ship's construction. During the ceremony, a 280-ton block (length 11 m, width 29 m) was lifted by a crane and put into place.
  • On October 4, 2017, Viking Ocean announced the name of its 5th ship (formerly "Viking Spirit") - "MV Viking Orion". Boat's namesake is the Lindblad-owned ship National Geographic Orion (launched in 2003).
  • Fincantieri delivered the boat on June 7, 2018, in Ancona. The christening ceremony was on June 14 in Livorno. Ship's godmother is Anna Lee Fisher - former NASA astronaut, chemist, emergency physician. The naming ceremony was attended by Torstein Hagen (Chairman) and Karine Hagen (Senior Vice President) of Viking Cruises. The event featured a display of Orion mythology, live performances by Swedish musicians, a man flying a jet pack around the ship, fireworks show.
  • As of June 2018, Viking Orion was Fincantieri's 84 cruise ships (built 1990-2018).

Inaugural cruise itineraries 2018-2019

Viking Orion's "Inaugural Cruise" itinerary was scheduled for July 08, 2018 (7-days Mediterranean / Rome to Barcelona). The following tables show all maiden voyages and world cruises (2018 and 2019) as ports of call (sequences, arrival / departure dates).

6 nights / 7 days "Inaugural cruise " (2018 maiden voyage) from Rome-Civitavecchia to Barcelona (prices started from USD 3600 pp)

08 Jul      Departing from Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy  
09 Jul - 10 Jul     Livorno, Florence-Pisa, Italy   
11 Jul     Monte Carlo, Monaco   
12 Jul     Saint-Tropez, France Riviera   
13 Jul     Marseille, France Riviera   
14 Jul      Arriving in Barcelona, Spain   

6 nights / 7 days repositioning cruise from Rome-Civitavecchia to Venice (prices started from USD 3600 pp)

05 Aug      Departing from Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy  
06 Aug     Naples, Italy   
07 Aug     Messina, Taormina, Sicily, Italy   
08 Aug     Crotone, Italy   
09 Aug     Bari, Italy   
10 Aug     Sibenik, Croatia   
11 Aug      Arriving in Venice, Italy   

7 nights / 8 days repositioning cruise from Venice to Athens-Piraeus (prices started from USD 3600 pp)

13 Aug      Departing from Venice, Italy   
14 Aug     Split, Croatia   
15 Aug     Dubrovnik, Croatia   
16 Aug     Kotor, Montenegro   
17 Aug     Corfu Island, Greece   
18 Aug     Katakolon, Olympia, Greece   
19 Aug      Arriving in Piraeus, Athens, Greece   

62 nights / 63 days "World Cruise 2018" from Europe to Asia (Athens-Piraeus to Tianjin China / prices started from USD 24800 pp)

20 Aug      Departing from Piraeus, Athens, Greece   
22 Aug - 23 Aug     Haifa, Tel Aviv, Israel   
24 Aug     Port Said, Egypt   
26 Aug     Safaga, Egypt   
27 Aug     Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt   
28 Aug     Aqaba, Jordan   
02 Sep     Salalah, Oman   
04 Sep     Muscat, Oman   
07 Sep - 09 Sep     Mumbai, Bombay, India   
10 Sep     Mormugao, Goa, India   
12 Sep - 13 Sep     Colombo, Sri Lanka   
17 Sep     Pulau Penang Island, Georgetown, Malaysia  
18 Sep     Klang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   
19 Sep     Singapore   
21 Sep     Koh Samui Island, Thailand   
22 Sep - 24 Sep     Laem Chabang, Bangkok, Thailand   
25 Sep - 26 Sep     Sihanoukville, Cambodia   
28 Sep - 30 Sep     Phu My, Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon, Vietnam  
02 Oct     Da Nang, Vietnam   
04 Oct     Halong Bay, Vietnam   
05 Oct     Haikou, China   
06 Oct - 08 Oct     Hong Kong, China   
09 Oct     Xiamen, China   
10 Oct - 11 Oct     Ishigaki Island, Okinawa Island (Naha), Japan 
13 Oct - 14 Oct     Shanghai, China   
16 Oct - 17 Oct     Incheon, Seoul, South Korea   
18 Oct     Qingdao, China   
19 Oct     Dalian, China   
20 Oct      Arriving in Tianjin, Beijing, China   

13 nights / 14 days Inaugural cruise from China (Tianjin to Hong Kong / prices started from USD 5800 pp)

22 Oct      Departing from Tianjin, Beijing, China   
23 Oct     Dalian, China   
24 Oct     Qingdao, China   
25 Oct - 26 Oct     Incheon, Seoul, South Korea   
28 Oct - 29 Oct     Shanghai, China   
31 Oct - 01 Nov     Keelung, Taipei, Taiwan   
02 Nov     Xiamen, China   
03 Nov      Arriving in Hong Kong, China   

28 nights / 29 days repositioning cruise from Asia to Australia (Laem Chabang / Bangkok to Sydney) - prices started from USD 9100 pp

19 Nov      Departing from Laem Chabang, Bangkok, Thailand   
22 Nov     Klang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   
23 Nov     Singapore   
25 Nov - 26 Nov     Jakarta, Java, Indonesia   
27 Nov     Semarang, Java, Indonesia   
28 Nov     Surabaya, Java, Indonesia   
29 Nov - 30 Nov     Benoa, Bali, Indonesia   
01 Dec     Lembar, Lombok, Indonesia   
02 Dec     Pulau Komodo Island, Indonesia   
04 Dec - 05 Dec     Darwin, NT Australia   
07 Dec     Thursday Island, Queensland Australia   
09 Dec     Cairns, Queensland Australia   
10 Dec     Townsville, Queensland Australia   
11 Dec     Hamilton Island, Queensland Australia   
13 Dec     Brisbane, Queensland Australia   
15 Dec     Newcastle, NSW Australia   
16 Dec      Arriving in Sydney, NSW Australia  

13 nights / 14 days Inaugural cruise from Australia to New Zealamd (Sydney to Auckland) - prices started from USD 6000 pp

17 Dec      Departing from Sydney, NSW Australia   
19 Dec     Melbourne, Victoria Australia   
21 Dec     Hobart, Tasmania   
24 Dec     Dunedin, Port Chalmers, New Zealand   
25 Dec     Christchurch, Lyttelton, New Zealand   
26 Dec     Wellington, New Zealand   
27 Dec     Napier, New Zealand   
28 Dec     Tauranga, Rotorua, New Zealand   
29 Dec      Arriving in Auckland, New Zealand   

78 nights / 79 days "World Cruise 2019" from Australia to Canada (Sydney to Vancouver) - prices started from USD 32400 pp

10 Mar      Departing from Sydney, NSW Australia   
11 Mar     Newcastle, NSW Australia   
13 Mar     Brisbane, Queensland Australia   
15 Mar     Hamilton Island, Queensland Australia   
16 Mar     Townsville, Queensland Australia   
17 Mar     Cairns, Queensland Australia   
19 Mar     Thursday Island, Queensland Australia   
21 Mar - 22 Mar     Darwin, NT Australia   
24 Mar     Pulau Komodo Island, Indonesia   
25 Mar     Lembar, Lombok, Indonesia   
26 Mar - 27 Mar     Benoa, Bali, Indonesia   
28 Mar     Surabaya, Java, Indonesia   
29 Mar     Semarang, Java, Indonesia   
30 Mar - 31 Mar     Jakarta, Java, Indonesia   
02 Apr     Singapore   
03 Apr     Klang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   
06 Apr - 08 Apr     Laem Chabang, Bangkok, Thailand   
09 Apr - 10 Apr     Sihanoukville, Cambodia   
12 Apr - 14 Apr     Phu My, Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon, Vietnam  
16 Apr     Da Nang, Vietnam   
17 Apr - 18 Apr     Halong Bay, Vietnam   
19 Apr     Haikou, China   
20 Apr - 22 Apr     Hong Kong, China   
24 Apr     Keelung, Taipei, Taiwan   
26 Apr     Kagoshima, Japan   
27 Apr     Nagasaki, Japan   
28 Apr     Busan, South Korea   
29 Apr - 30 Apr     Hiroshima, Japan   
01 May     Kobe, Osaka-Kyoto, Japan   
02 May - 03 May     Shimizu, Shizuoka, Japan   
04 May - 06 May     Tokyo, Japan   
08 May - 09 May     Muroran, Japan   
10 May     Korsakov, Sakhalin Island, Russia   
12 May - 13 May     Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Kamchatka, Russia   
16 May     Dutch Harbor, Unalaska   
18 May     Kodiak Island, Alaska   
19 May     Seward, Alaska   
20 May     Valdez, Alaska   
22 May     Icy Strait Point, Hoonah, Alaska   
23 May     Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska   
24 May     Ketchikan, Revillagigedo Island, Alaska   
27 May      Arriving in Vancouver, BC Canada   

9 nights / 10 days Inaugural Alaskan cruise (2019) from Vancouver to Seward AK (prices started from USD 4700 pp)

26 May      Departing from Vancouver, BC Canada   
28 May     Ketchikan, Revillagigedo Island, Alaska   
29 May     Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska   
30 May     Juneau, Alaska   
31 May     Skagway, Alaska   
01 Jun     Icy Strait Point, Hoonah, Alaska   
03 Jun     Valdez, Alaska   
04 Jun      Arriving in Seward, Alaska   

Godspeed to the new ship!

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Viking Orion Itineraries

The below listed Viking Orion cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Viking Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2018 Oct 21 28 days, one-way from Tianjin to Laem Chabang Tianjin
2018 Oct 21 14 days, one-way from Tianjin to Hong Kong Tianjin
2018 Nov 04 26 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Benoa Hong Kong
2018 Nov 04 14 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Laem Chabang Hong Kong
2018 Nov 18 28 days, one-way from Laem Chabang to Sydney Laem Chabang
2018 Nov 18 12 days, one-way from Laem Chabang to Benoa Laem Chabang
2018 Nov 30 16 days, one-way from Benoa to Sydney Benoa$5799
2018 Dec 16 14 days, one-way from Sydney to Auckland Sydney$6799
2018 Dec 30 14 days, one-way from Auckland to Sydney Auckland$6999
2019 Jan 13 14 days, one-way from Sydney to Auckland Sydney$7199
2019 Jan 27 14 days, one-way from Auckland to Sydney Auckland
2019 Feb 10 14 days, one-way from Sydney to Auckland Sydney
2019 Feb 24 92 days, one-way from Auckland to Vancouver Auckland
2019 Feb 24 14 days, one-way from Auckland to Sydney Auckland$7199
2019 Mar 10 78 days, one-way from Sydney to Vancouver Sydney
2019 Mar 10 28 days, one-way from Sydney to Laem Chabang Sydney$11998
2019 Mar 10 16 days, one-way from Sydney to Benoa Sydney$7299
2019 Mar 26 26 days, one-way from Benoa to Hong Kong Benoa$10998
2019 Mar 26 12 days, one-way from Benoa to Laem Chabang Benoa$4799
2019 Apr 07 14 days, one-way from Laem Chabang to Hong Kong Laem Chabang$6399
2019 Apr 21 36 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Vancouver Hong Kong
2019 Apr 21 14 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Tokyo Hong Kong
2019 May 05 22 days, one-way from Tokyo to Vancouver Tokyo$8499
2019 May 26 10 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver$4799
2019 Jun 05 10 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward
2019 Jun 15 10 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver
2019 Jun 25 10 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward
2019 Jul 05 10 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver
2019 Jul 15 10 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward
2019 Jul 25 10 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver
2019 Aug 04 10 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward
2019 Aug 14 36 days, one-way from Vancouver to Hong Kong Vancouver$15298
2019 Aug 14 22 days, one-way from Vancouver to Tokyo Vancouver$8599
2019 Sep 06 28 days, one-way from Tokyo to Tianjin Tokyo$11298
2019 Sep 06 14 days, one-way from Tokyo to Hong Kong Tokyo$6799
2019 Sep 20 14 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Tianjin Hong Kong$4799
2019 Oct 04 28 days, one-way from Tianjin to Tokyo Tianjin$10798
2019 Oct 04 14 days, one-way from Tianjin to Hong Kong Tianjin$4799
2019 Oct 18 14 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Tokyo Hong Kong$6299
2019 Nov 01 28 days, one-way from Tokyo to Laem Chabang Tokyo$11498
2019 Nov 01 14 days, one-way from Tokyo to Hong Kong Tokyo$5799
2019 Nov 15 26 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Benoa Hong Kong$9998
2019 Nov 15 14 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Laem Chabang Hong Kong$5999
2019 Nov 29 28 days, one-way from Laem Chabang to Sydney Laem Chabang$9798
2019 Nov 29 12 days, one-way from Laem Chabang to Benoa Laem Chabang$4299
2019 Dec 11 16 days, one-way from Benoa to Sydney Benoa$5799
2019 Dec 27 14 days, one-way from Sydney to Auckland Sydney$6799
2020 Jan 10 14 days, one-way from Auckland to Sydney Auckland$7299
2020 Jan 24 14 days, one-way from Sydney to Auckland Sydney$7299
2020 Feb 07 14 days, one-way from Auckland to Sydney Auckland$7299
2020 Feb 21 14 days, one-way from Sydney to Auckland Sydney$7299
2020 Mar 06 92 days, one-way from Auckland to Vancouver Auckland$39494
2020 Mar 06 14 days, one-way from Auckland to Sydney Auckland$7299
2020 Mar 20 78 days, one-way from Sydney to Vancouver Sydney$32495
2020 Mar 20 28 days, one-way from Sydney to Laem Chabang Sydney$10498
2020 Mar 20 16 days, one-way from Sydney to Benoa Sydney$6499
2020 Apr 05 26 days, one-way from Benoa to Hong Kong Benoa$10398
2020 Apr 05 12 days, one-way from Benoa to Laem Chabang Benoa$4299
2020 Apr 17 28 days, one-way from Laem Chabang to Tokyo Laem Chabang$12998
2020 Apr 17 14 days, one-way from Laem Chabang to Hong Kong Laem Chabang$6399
2020 May 01 36 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Vancouver Hong Kong$15298
2020 May 01 14 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Tokyo Hong Kong$6999
2020 May 15 22 days, one-way from Tokyo to Vancouver Tokyo$8599
2020 Jun 05 10 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver$4999
2020 Jun 15 10 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward$4899
2020 Jun 25 10 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver$5299
2020 Jul 05 10 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward$4999
2020 Jul 15 10 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver$5299
2020 Jul 25 10 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward$4999
2020 Aug 04 10 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver$5299
2020 Aug 14 10 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward$4999