Viking’s newest cruise ship Orion, set to debut in July 2018, will be the fifth 930-passenger ship for this world-leading ocean cruise line. Previously referred to as the Spirit, the Orion was re-named in honour of the ship’s Godmother and former NASA astronaut, Dr. Anna Fisher, along with the legendary constellation we all recognise so well in our starry skies.
The all-veranda accommodation follows the same elegant Scandinavian design as its four siblings with almost identical features; giving continuity to the brand and maintaining a formula that clearly works but perhaps lacks excitement and innovation for discerning clientele seeking new onboard experiences.
Of course, the carefully curated itineraries will appeal to the high expectations of well-travelled Viking customers. Shore excursions are included in all ports; absorbing the classical heritage of the Mediterranean as well as the vibrant cultures of Asia and stunning Alaskan landscapes.
Dining is of the highest calibre, with favourites like Manfredi’s and The Chef’s Table firmly regarded as standouts in the Viking experience.
Accommodation is equally fine; with veranda, deluxe veranda and suites offering a range of first-class amenities and benefits. The Explorer Suites have bathtubs, sweeping balconies and a host of fabulous perks.
Our Cruise Crush is the Owner’s Suite private sauna.
The main pool area is surrounded by lounge chairs with an overhead, retractable roof for inclement weather. A second infinity pool is located at the back of the ship.
As with all Viking cruise ships the Nordic-inspired Spa has a complementary thermal suite, snow grotto and treatment rooms.
As excitement builds for the launch of Viking’s fifth ship, Orion, it’s clear Viking are basing their expansion on the solid foundations of success they have forged over recent years. But does this safe play risk losing customers who have become accustomed to the Viking cruise ship features and are seeking something more? Only time will tell. In the meantime we relish another addition to the Viking stable and celebrate the cruise line’s formidable growth.
Photos courtesy of Mary Quincy, Charissa Fay and Viking Cruises.