Viking Cruises unveiled its fifth ocean ship, Viking Orion, in June 2018. Measuring 47,800 gross tons, Orion is a upscale vessel with room for 930 passengers at double occupancy. Viking Orion is the latest in a series of vessels that Viking Cruises began rolling out in 2015 with the debut of Viking Star. Other ships in the series include Viking Sea, Viking Sky (shown here) and Viking Sun. The centerpiece of Viking Orion’s top deck is the Main Pool area, which is covered by a magrodome that can be opened on warm days. Viking Orion’s Main Pool area features a rectangular pool and an adjacent hot tub lined with lounge chairs. The hot tub adjacent to Viking Orion’s main pool is lined with small tiles with a lovely geometric design. Just off Viking Orion’s Main Pool is the Pool Grill, a casual venue that serves made-to-order gourmet burgers and sandwiches during lunchtime and also has a small salad bar. Seating for the Pool Grill fills one side of the Main Pool area under the magrodome (shown here in the closed position). Pool Grill seating includes comfortable wicker-like sofas with plush cushions. On the opposite side of the pool area from the Pool Grill is a small Pool Bar. A second pool area is located at the back of Viking Orion on Deck 7 and features an infinity pool with a glass wall facing the sea. The lounge chairs that line Viking Orion’s pool areas have a space-saving design that features a retractable foot rest. More lounge seating is located on the top deck of Viking Orion along the side of the vessel. Adjacent to the Main Pool area on Viking Orion’s top deck is the airy Wintergarden, a stylish indoor/outdoor lounge that is home to an afternoon tea service with finger sandwiches and pastries. The Wintergarden offers a quiet retreat at the top of the ship. Frank Gehry-designed Cross Check chairs are among the stylish touches in the Wintergarden. The focal point of Viking Orion’s interior is an elegant, three-deck-high atrium with a grand staircase. A resident pianist often plays in the evening in Viking Orion’s atrium. It is home to a Steinway grand piano. Viking Orion’s interior atrium is at the center of a comfortable, residential-like lounge area called the Viking Living Room. The Viking Living Room is filled with stylish Scandinavian furniture and broken up into a succession of cozy seating areas. Four large blue lounge chairs await passengers in one of the nooks in the Viking Living Room. In a nod to Viking’s Norwegian heritage, the Viking Living Room on Viking Orion is lined with original art by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. The Viking Living Room also is home to the Viking Bar, a central gathering point for passengers throughout the day and into the evening. The Viking Bar’s cafe-like seating areas feature classic Mario Bellini-designed leather Cab chairs, one of many high-design touches throughout the ship. Additional seating is available one deck up from The Viking Living Room along balcony areas overlooking the atrium. The second level of the Viking Living Room features a large puzzle table. Classic games including tic-tac-toe also are sprinkled around the second level of the Viking Living Room. A grand staircase leads down from the second level of the Viking Atrium to the main level. Overlooking the front of Viking Orion on Decks 7 and 8 is another focal point of the ship: The two-deck-high, forward-facing Explorers’ Lounge. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls wrap around the front of the Explorers’ Lounge, offering stunning vistas of the ocean while the ship is under way. The lower deck of the Explorers’ Lounge on Viking Orion features a semi-circular bar called Paps. It’s named after Viking founder Torstein Hagen’s father and serves a signature brandy drink that was a favorite of the elder Hagen. The bar at the Explorers’ Lounge offers self-serve coffee and tea in the mornings. Another nod to Viking’s Norwegian heritage on Viking Orion is Mamsen’s, a small food outlet in a corner of the Explorers’ Lounge that serves Norwegian specialties such as Norwegian waffles. It’s named after Viking founder Torstein Hagen’s mother. One side of the Explorers’ Lounge is filled with comfortable sofas and chairs as well as a row of tables where passengers can have a snack from the nearby Mamsen’s counter. Among the little touches that give the Explorers’ Lounge a residential feel are furs thrown over sofas. The second floor of the Explorers’ Lounge offers more stunning views over the ocean from forward-facing, floor-to-ceiling windows. An explorer’s theme runs through the decor of the Explorers’ Lounge, which features wall cases filled with antique objects and books that relate to exploration and adventure travel. The second level of the Explorers’ Lounge on Viking Orion is home to a high-tech planetarium. Viking Orion is only the second cruise ship from any line with a planetarium. Seating areas are located on both sides of the planetarium on the second level of Viking Orion’s Explorers’ Lounge. The second level of the Explorers’ Lounge on Viking Orion features NASA photographs of space missions to the moon. Adding to the cozy atmosphere of the Explorers’ Lounge are wool blankets draped over chairs. Located on Deck 1, Manfredi’s Italian Restaurant is one of two specialty eateries on the Viking Orion. Both are available to passengers at no extra charge. Named after Silversea Cruises chairman Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, a friend of Viking Cruises founder Torstein Hagen, Manfredi’s Italian Restaurant serves hearty Tuscan cuisine such as Osso Bucco and a Tuscan-style New York Strip steak. A portrait of Silversea Cruises chairman Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio cooking with Viking Cruises founder Torstein Hagen is on display in Manfredi’s Italian Restaurant. Also located on Deck 1 is The Chef’s Table, a second specialty restaurant on Viking Orion that is available at no extra charge. The Chef’s Table offers themed tasting menus that change every few nights. As of June 2018, 13 different menus were in rotation featuring the cuisines of different countries and regions. A seating area with a banquette is located along one wall of The Chef’s Table. Viking Orion’s main eatery, called The Restaurant, is located on Deck 2 and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. The menu of The Restaurant changes nightly and always includes a special starter, main course and dessert themed to the destination that the ship is visiting. Modern furniture is a hallmark of the design on Viking Orion, as seen here in a seating area just outside The Restaurant. The lounge area just outside The Restaurant is a comfortable place to wait for fellow passengers before dinnertime. Viking Orion also has a private dining room called Kitchen Table that is used for special culinary events. Located at the front of Viking Orion on Deck 1, the LivNordic Spa & Fitness complex touts ‘Nordic wellness’ and features a Nordic-style thermal suite that includes a salt water-filled thermal pool. Comfortable lounge chairs line the Nordic-style thermal suite. Perhaps the most unusual feature in the LivNordic Spa’s thermal suite is its chilled Snow Grotto, which features real snowflakes falling from the ceiling. A brief plunge into the space is touted as beneficial to one’s circulatory system. Another highlight of the LivNordic Spa’s thermal suite is the bucket dump, which plunges cold water onto spa-goers daring enough to give it a try. The LivNordic Spa thermal suite on Viking Orion includes a nook with heated lounge chairs. Male and female rooms in the LivNordic spa feature lockers, a sauna, showers and a cold plunge pool (shown here). One of the saunas found in both men’s and women’s locker rooms at the LivNordic Spa on Viking Orion. Viking Orion’s LivNordic Spa also is home to a hair salon with treatment areas for hair and nails. A corner of the salon in the LivNordic Spa on Viking Orion is dedicated to nail treatments. Adjacent to the LivNordic spa on the Viking Orion is a fitness area with more than a dozen treadmills, elliptical machines and other cardio-vascular fitness equipment. The fitness center on Viking Orion also has a dedicated area for free weights. Six TechoGym resistance machines are part of the fitness center. Viking Orion has five categories of cabins, not including its single Owner’s Suite. Among them are 104 Penthouse Veranda cabins, which measure 338 square feet. Amenities included with Penthouse Veranda cabins include two guaranteed reservations in the Viking Orion’s specialty restaurants. A desk area fills one wall of Penthouse Veranda cabins on Viking Orion. Penthouse Veranda cabins feature a large desk with a built-in minibar with complimentary drinks as well as a pop-up make-up mirror. There are 465 cabins in all on Viking Orion. Small bedside tables are found on both sides of the bed in Penthouse Veranda cabins. Just above the bedside table in Viking Orion cabins is an outlet with both U.S.- and European-style outlets as well as two USB connectors. Penthouse Veranda cabins have contemporary bathrooms with light stone tile walls and floors, glass-enclosed showers and built-in vanities. Viking Orion cabin bathrooms are stocked with Freyja toiletries. Showers in Viking Orion cabin bathrooms are relatively large for a cruise ship. Penthouse Veranda cabins have a built-in storage area with drawers and room for hanging clothes. The built-in closet in Penthouse Verandas comes with plush robes for use during the voyage. The top four of five categories of cabins on Viking Orion feature a minibar stocked with complimentary sodas and water. Complimentary alcoholic beverages also are included for passengers in the top three categories of cabins. Every Viking Orion cabin comes with a personal safe. A bottle of water is located on a desk top in Viking Orion cabins and replenished daily. Viking Orion’s main showroom, The Theater, features spacious lounge seating in lieu of traditional showroom seating. Viking Orion also has two small cinemas located just behind the main theater. The front walls of each of the cinemas are actually part of the back wall of the theater, and they can swing open to allow for extra main theater seating. Just outside Viking Orion’s main theater is a theater bar. A view of the magrodome covering the main pool in its closed position. A small sports deck with a putting green is located at the front of Viking Orion on Deck 9. Shuffleboard is another of the diversions on Viking Orion’s Sports Deck. Bocce is among the outdoor games to be found on Viking Orion’s Sports Deck. Also on the Sports Deck on Viking Orion is a ping pong table. The Sports Deck offers several small seating nooks. Viking Orion offers a casual, buffet-style eatery called the World Cafe. A soaring, two-deck-high bar area is located at the back of the World Cafe overlooking Viking Orion’s Infinity Pool. The entrance to the World Cafe on Viking Orion. Among little touches, a hand-washing station at the entrance to the World Cafe on Viking Orion offers cloth towels for drying. A coffee, tea and juice station at the World Cafe is open around the clock. It includes an automated espresso drinks machine that is available at no charge to passengers. World Cafe is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The World Cafe has outdoor seating that overlooks Viking Orion’s rear pool. Comfortable seating areas are located along the side of Viking Orion overlooking the back pool area. Each of the landings in the stair wells on Viking Orion features an image from The Bayeux Tapestry — a famous, 11th century embroidered cloth that depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England. Even Viking Orion’s out-of-the-way computer nook on Deck 1 displays high design with a row of iconic Charles and Ray Eames-designed, mid-century modern Aluminum Chairs. A concierge desk is located on Deck 1 of Viking Orion. A guest services area is located on Deck 1 of Viking Orion in a corner of the Living Room. Retired NASA astronaut Anna Fisher served as godmother for Viking Orion in a ceremony held in Livorno, Italy on June 14, 2018. Cabin decks on the Viking Orion feature launderettes with self-serve washers and dryers. Unlike on many ships with laundry machines, there is no charge to use them. Even the detergent is free in the self-serve launderettes aboard Viking Orion. The Viking Heritage area on Viking Orion features historic artifacts tied to Viking history. A nook on Deck 2 of Viking Orion near the central atrium offers a Viking Heritage display area that ties into Viking Cruises’ Norwegian roots. A walkway extending along the side of Deck 7 of Viking Orion passes by the windows of the ship’s World Cafe. An elegant promenade for walkers and runners encircles Viking Orion on Deck. Four laps makes a mile. The promenade on Deck 2 passes underneath Viking Orion’s lifeboats. A seating area is located at the back of Viking Orion on Deck 2. The Sports Deck area on Deck 9 features a large hump that is the top of the planetarium in the Explorers’ Lounge. A traditional name plate, located at the front of Viking Orion’s Sports Deck, notes the ship was constructed in Ancona, Italy by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri. It encloses several commemorative coins minted in the birth years of members of Viking’s founding family. In a bit of Viking humor, there is one for the family’s Labrador retriever. Viking Orion flies the flag of Norway, where it is registered. A buoy at the ready on the top deck of Viking Orion.