The Viking Ocean Cruises' fleet welcomed Viking Orion in 2018. This award-winning and intimate all-veranda ship cruises around the Mediterranean, Alaska, the Far East, Southeast Asia, Australia, India, and beyond with a maximum of 930 guests aboard. Viking Orion's ten passenger decks are lined with international dining venues, vibrant bars and peaceful lounges, a stunning two storey atrium, pool area with retractable roof, lanai, and hot tub, a fun sports deck, serene spa, and multi-purpose theatre. Each of the staterooms and suites feature a veranda with ocean views, a 42-inch flat-screen LCD TV, minibar with soft drinks, water, and snacks, luxury robes and slippers, 24-hour room service, Wi-Fi access, and a large bathroom with walk-in shower and premium Freya toiletries. Viking Orion also docks at amazing ports of call, where you can join a guided shore excursion or explore independently.
The Restaurant serves a menu of daily-changing dishes and chef's specials. Discover round-the-world flavours including American classics, Chinese fare, European cuisine, Japanese sushi, and much more in the casual World Café; enjoy alfresco dining in the evening at the adjoining Aquavit Terrace. Mamsen's, at the heart of Explorers' Lounge, serves a selection of Norwegian-inspired dishes including pastries, cakes, waffles, sandwiches, and late-night soups. Feast on open-air, freshly-cooked burgers and pizzas at The Pool Grill or savour a traditional afternoon tea and light bites in the Scandinavian-style The Wintergarden. Rustic Tuscan dishes are served in Manfredi's Italian Restaurant. Book into The Chef's Table to sample a destination-inspired multi-course tasting menu with paired wines. 24-hour room service and private dining are also available on request.
Relax with a freshly-brewed coffee or a glass of aquavit or craft beer as you take in the views from the two-deck-high Explorers' Lounge. Sip ice-cold drinks just steps from the water's edge at Pool Bar or enjoy alfresco tropical cocktails on Aquavit Terrace. Viking Bar is the perfect place for pre-dinner drinks, people-watching, and socialising with new-found friend until late. Complimentary speciality coffees, teas, and bottle water are available 24 hours a day. Welcome Cocktails and a Farewell Reception plus beer, wine, and soft drinks with both lunch and dinner are also included at no extra cost.
Invigorate your circulation in the snow grotto and sauna at The Spa or kickback in the hot tub by the Main Pool. Take an invigorating stroll around the 360-degree promenade deck or join in the fun at the Sports Deck. The Kitchen Table offers an optional interactive culinary journey with shopping/cooking events with world-class chefs on days in port and cooking classes on days at sea. The Viking Cruise's Enrichment Program features world-class lectures on art and history, wine tastings, and traditional performances and music acts; many of which can be enjoyed - alongside destination-driven movies - from the comfort of an armchair in The Theater. Visit The Living Room for music from the pianist at the Steinway piano. Torshavn nightspot is perfect for night owls with live music and late-night dancing to the resident band.
Day 1: Fly UK to Bali, Indonesia
Fly from your selected UK airport to Bali and be transferred to the port to embark on board Viking Orion.
Day 2: Cruise the Bali Sea
Day 3: Surabaya, Java, Indonesia
Indonesia’s second largest city, Surabaya is rich in cultural charm and ancient history. This bustling city combines impressive Dutch colonial buildings with a city atmosphere. Stop by the awe-inspiring Heroes Monument commemorating those who died in Battle of Surabaya. Visit the Sanggar Agung Temple and gaze in awe at the mesmerising god and goddess statues on display inside. Alternatively, head to the House of Sampoerna, a unique clove museum and watch as women hand-roll cigarettes. You can also savour authentic Indonesian cuisine inside the historic setting. Explore Subrarya Zoo and come face to face with indigenous animals or make a splash at one of the biggest water parks in Southeast Asia, Ciputra Waterpark.
Day 4: Semarang, Java, Indonesia
Nestled on Java’s north coast, Semarang is Central Java’s largest city and commercial capital. Made up of two parts, the lowlands and the highlands, you get to enjoy striking architecture and scenic landscapes. Pay a visit to the old quarter and view the Lawang Sewu landmark or head to the majestic Sam Poo Kong temple in Chinatown. Escape to the idyllic surroundings of the tree-lined Simpang Lima in the modern city centre. Semarang is also your gateway to Borobudur Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the world's largest Buddhist monument. This awe-inspiring temple is home to amazing stone carvings and affords panoramic views across lush green fields and distant hills thanks to its hilltop location.
Day 5-6: Jakarta, Java, Indonesia
Jakarta sits on the northwest coast of the Indonesian island of Java. This vibrant capital city is a fusion of Chinese, Indonesian, Malay, and Dutch cultures and is the perfect place to spend the day. Step back in time at the National Museum of Indonesia and Maritime Museum or gaze in wonder at the National Monument Tower. Admire the Dutch colonial buildings in the Kota Tua old town, explore the Glodok Chinatown area, and see the traditional wooden schooners dock at Sunda Kelapa old port. Immerse yourself in Batavian cultural heritage at Setu Babakan village to the south of Jakarta and taste amazing cuisine from a street food stall. There's also family-friendly fun on the menu at Ancol Dreamland amusement park, the Taman Mini Indonesia Park and Dunia Fantasi theme parks, and Ragunan Zoo.
Day 7: Cruise the Java Sea
Day 8: Singapore
Singapore is one of the most popular destinations in Asia for tourism and it is very easy to see why. A modern day metropolis with a wide range of cultural diversity and a huge emphasis on technology all coming together to attract people the world over. Take a shopping trip down Orchard Road, a shopper’s paradise of designer shops and department stores you will be spoilt for choice for what to buy, journey to the Singapore Botanical Gardens with 120 acres showcasing some weird and wonderful plants or head to the world famous Raffles Hotel and relax with a Singapore Sling Cocktail. Singapore is a city that you will want to visit again and again.
Day 9: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia. The city's most famous landmarks - the 451 metre tall Petronas Twin Towers and also the 421-metre high Menara KL Tower – both offer city-wide views from their observation decks. Spend a few hours at the Bukit Bintang shopping and entertainment district or enjoy the 7000 artefacts on display at the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia. Escape to the tranquil surroundings of Kuala Lumpur Bird Park or admire the Hindu temple at Batu Caves. Kuala Lumpur's British colonial past comes to life at the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station and the Sultan Abdul Samad Building.
Day 10: Cruise the Andaman Sea
Day 11: Cruise the Gulf of Thailand
Day 12-13: Bangkok, Thailand to UK
Disembark in Bangkok and be transferred to the airport for your flight back to the UK