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Line: Vik­ing Ocean Cruises Launched: 2017

Size: 47,800 tonnes Pas­sen­gers: 930

Crew: 545

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.

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