Line: Viking Ocean Cruises Launched: 2017
Size: 47,800 tonnes Passengers: 930
Crew to passenger ratio: 1 to 1.7 Cabin sizes: 21-123 square metres ADULTS-ONLY AREA: The whole ship. Viking boasts “no casinos, no kids”.
FOOD: 10 dining venues, open seating and unfussy international dining with a Nordic bent. The Dining Room is the main place to eat, and there are plenty of smaller venues. Manfredi’s Italian is the specialty restaurant. We lunched on a seafood plate with salmon and crab claws, a choice of lamb or salmon for main, and Italian desserts. Delicious and healthy.
ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT: . The 250-seat theatre is reserved for Ted lectures and local entertainers. There is a good library, a nice main pool and a beautiful infinity pool on the back. The spa is brilliant with a Snow Grotto, based on the holistic wellbeing philosophy of Nordic culture, which features extremes of hot and cold. There is even a “fireplace” – amazingly authentic and a great place to sit back with an akvavit.
BEST FOR: Adventure seekers who are not too concerned about ultraluxe offerings but like comfort. The destination is the point and the ship is a very nice means of getting there.
OUR VERDICT: Sydney will be getting Viking Orion – but not to worry, Viking’s ships are all the same. The line’s philosophy is that the destination is the focus, and identical ships mean guests feel right at home. The ships are beautifully designed, with art works, light woods and a very contemporary vibe. We felt the basic cabin was a tight squeeze, so if you like travelling with lots of luggage definitely upgrade. Good value.