Making its foray into Australian waters, Viking Orion is set to shake up everything you know about ocean cruising.

Viking has long been recognised by their luxury river cruising, leading the way with their elegant, state-of-the art ships and intimate destination focused itineraries.

Now Viking is changing the way you think about ocean cruising, taking all the best components of their river cruising product to bring a new unique option to ocean cruising.

With sleek, intimate ships that host just 930 guests, Viking’s ships feel like a boutique hotel with sleek design that doesn’t compromise on comfort.

Best of all, now Australian agents can have their clients experience the best of the trans-Tasman on-board the newest ocean ship to join the Viking family – Viking Orion heading to Australia on its maiden home port season cruising Sydney to Auckland.

From the metropolitan cities of Melbourne and Sydney to the natural beauty of coastal New Zealand, guests will explore nine ports of call during this 15-day journey.

To ensure Australian Travel Advisors get familiar with all the amazing features and inclusions onboard Viking Orion, they were invited onboard to check out the Viking difference.
Here’s a few reasons we are loving the difference Viking are making in the Australian cruise market.

1. No Formal Nights


There’s no pressure to conform or feel like a fish out of water on Viking Ocean Cruises. Once you get on-board, their only mission is comfort, relaxation and your holiday – your way.

The best part about that is – no formal nights, no photographers pushing photo packages & no tactics to raise revenue. Genius!


2. Highly Inclusive Pricing


Okay, this is where Viking is absolutely leading the way towards luxury all-inclusive cruising.

Included in every fare is 24-hour room service, free Wi-Fi, complimentary shore excursions (at every port!), beer, wine & soft drinks included with lunch & dinner, specialty dining and free self-service laundry!


3. No Casinos & No Kids


Everyone loves kids but sometimes, it’s okay to want to holiday without them and now you can.

Not only that, you can holiday with the peace of mind that you won’t have other people’s kids running up and down the restaurant either. Que the silence.

There are also no casinos so there’s no pressure to gamble away your savings when you can be racking up souvenirs in port – it’s a win-win.


4. Veranda State-Room (included!)


We touched on the fare inclusions but the state-rooms are on a whole other planet.

Included, as standard, in every fare you’ll get a luxury king-size bed, private veranda, heated bathroom floor & anti-fog mirror, twice-daily housekeeping & a separate seating area to enjoy the serene views. Sounds like heaven – right?

Even better? There are no inside cabins meaning lots of natural light to illuminate your beautiful state-room.


5. Serene Scandinavian Design


The ocean ships are elegant, light-filled intimate ships, thoughtfully designed by experienced architects and designers to help guests connect with their destination in every way.

The 360-degree tours of the ship are available on the Viking website and give you access to explore the view from the Infinity pool located at the back of Viking Orion – it is unbelievable!

If the thought of that height makes you nervous, then be sure to check out the luxurious main pool area with a retractable roof to enjoy whatever weather comes your way.


6. Rewards by Viking


It’s like FlyBuys but for Travel Agents who sell Viking Cruises! Get points with every booking you make and register online to keep track of your sales for the year.

Be the Viking expert in your store! To find out more information on Rewards by Viking, click here.

Viking Orion is a game changer in the Australian Cruising market so make sure you check out what other Agents’ thought on their recent ship inspection!

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Were you one of the lucky agents to explore the Viking Orion? What was your experience?