Getting Settled On the Brand-New Viking Orion
Onboard: We arrive excited for a new adventure on the inaugural cruise of Viking Orion, Viking Ocean Cruises' fifth ship. Viking Ocean Cruises is a newer line from the popular brand that made river cruising explode in popularity across the globe. Viking Orion is a 930-passenger ship that offers most everything included in your cruise fare. It's our second time on one of the line's ships, as we sailed on Viking Sky a couple years ago during a voyage that included a visit to Tunisia.
As always, when traveling from the U.S. to Europe, we struggle with a bout of jet lag. After checking in on the brand-spanking-new Viking Orion cruise ship after our all-night flight from to Rome, I was delighted to be reunited with the comfy beds on these Viking Ocean vessels. I plopped down and had a recuperative 5-hour nap right up until muster drill.
That meant my only meal of the day would be dinner and the almond mix that is available in the minifridge in our suite.
Eating at The Restaurant, we had wonderfully fulfilling meals and conversations with our fellow cruisers. I had a delicious strip steak and tried the Aegir IPA. Aegir is a Norwegian beer offered onboard in cans. I'll be sampling more varieties during this cruise. It's a great addition to have this local flavor that fits right in with the Viking heritage and history of the cruise line.
After dinner, we head up to the Explorers' Dome (pictures below) to check out an amazing feature of this cruise ship: a 26-seat planetarium. That's right, the ship offers planetarium shows with a resident astronomer onboard setting the program and giving talks on what can be seen in the skies during your cruise, as well as showing films in the theater.
Ashore: We did nothing on embarkation day except take a bus ride from the Rome airport to the port of Civitavecchia.