Viking Orion is the fifth cruise ship in the ocean fleet of Viking Ocean Cruises. Designed and developed by Fincantieri, it is the sister ship to Viking Star, Viking Sea, Viking Sky and Viking Sun.

Viking Orion was floated out in September 2017 and delivered to the owner in June 2018. It was initially named as Viking Spirit, but renamed as Viking Orion during the christening ceremony held at Livorno, Italy, in June 2018.

The cruise ship is specifically designed for the customers looking for relaxation and exploration.

Viking Orion design and features

The design of Vikinig Orion cruise ship is similar to that of its sister ships. The hydro-dynamically optimised hull of the ship features sleek lines. The design and onboard safety systems comply with the navigational and Safe Return to Port (SRtP) regulations.

Sophisticated and elegant interior designs were developed by SMC Design and Rottet Studios draw inspiration from the Scandinavian culture.

The ship has a length of 754ft (227m), beam of 94.5ft (28.8m) and gross tonnage of 47,800t.

Viking Orion staterooms

Viking Orion features 465 cabins, which can accommodate up to 930 passengers in five different types of staterooms, including Owner’s Suite, Explorer Suite, Penthouse Junior Suite, Penthouse Veranda, Deluxe Veranda, and a Veranda Stateroom.

The Owner’s Suite is the biggest stateroom on the vessel with an area of 1,448ft². It is a multi-room suite with a spacious private veranda. The size of the Explorer Suite ranges between 757ft² and 1,163ft², while the Penthouse Junior Suite measures 405ft². The Penthouse Veranda, Deluxe Veranda, and Veranda measure 338ft², 270ft² and 270ft² respectively.

“Viking Orion offers several entertainment and wellness facilities such as The Theatre and Bar, The Spa, Infinity Pool & Hot Tub, Aquavit Terrace and a main pool with retractable roof.”

All the staterooms are supplied with a king size Viking Explorer Bed with luxury linens and pillows, free Wi-Fi connectivity, 42in LCD television sets, mini-bar, satellite phone, spa treatment, premium toiletries and master bathrooms.

Other amenities offered to the guests include a bottle of champagne, in-suite binoculars, traditional Norwegian Marius-weave blanket, coffee brewer, private library, boardroom, laundry service and 24-hour room service.

Dining and entertainment venues

The Viking Orion cruise ship houses renowned multi-cuisine restaurants such as World Cafe, Mamsen’s, Manfredi’s Italian restaurant, and Pool Grill. It also features private dining spaces on deck one.

The Kitchen Table, The Chef’s Table and the Manfredi’s are located in the first deck, while World Cafe, Pool Grill, Winter Garden and Mamsen’s are stationed in the seventh deck. The Restaurant occupies a large area in the second deck and offers a range of culinary specials to the customers.

Viking Orion offers several entertainment and wellness facilities such as The Theatre and Bar, The Spa, Infinity Pool & Hot Tub, Aquavit Terrace and a main pool with retractable roof.

The vessel also features a planetarium called the Explorers’ Dome, which screens space and exploration shows and 3D movies, and offers a high-definition 7K planetarium experience to the explorers.

Propulsion

The cruise ship is powered by two 5,040kW MAN 9L32/44CR and two 6720kW MAN 12V32/44CR diesel engines. It is also equipped with two electric propulsion motors having a combined capacity of 14,500kW.

The total installed power of the ship is 23,520kW. The propulsion system provides a maximum speed of 20k.

Viking Orion itineraries

Viking Orion sailed on her seven-day maiden voyage from Rome-Civitavecchia to Barcelona in June 2018. The cruise ship embarked on her inaugural expedition in July 2018.

The inaugural cruise itinerary will be followed by a series of voyages through Asia, Australia, and Alaska.