Passengers wear casual clothing during the day, when time is often dedicated to shore excursions. Almost anything goes, from jeans and T-shirts to summer dresses, shorts and capris. Poolside, swimsuits and cover-ups are the norm; swimming attire isn't worn in indoor spaces.
At night, it's country club casual, with women wearing dresses or dress slacks or skirts with blouses, and men in trousers with button-down or collared shirts. Ties and jackets aren't required and are rare though not unheard of. Those preferring to keep it more casual can dine in the ship's buffet, the World Cafe, which doesn't have a dress code in the evening. There are no formal or elegant nights on Viking Orion.
Viking Orion Inclusions
Viking Orion cruise fares include the basics like your cabin, all dining (even in the specialty restaurants) and entertainment. They also include a number of impressive add-on discretionary items that many cruise lines charge extra for, including Wi-Fi; self-serve laundry; one shore excursion in every port; and wine, soda and beer at lunch and dinner. On Australia and New Zealand sailings, gratuities are also included.
You'll pay extra for premium wines and spirits as well as beverages outside of lunch or dinner. The ship's Silver Spirits package is available for US$19.95 per person per day (including 15 percent gratuity); this covers any drink up to US$15, premium wines (and a premium pairing at The Chef's Table) and a 15 percent discount on beverages over US$50. Passengers are allowed to bring beverages -- alcoholic or otherwise -- onboard to drink as they please without paying a corkage fee.
Tipping is not included in your fare (when cruising outside Australia and New Zealand), and Viking will charge US$15 per person, per day, to your shipboard account to cover gratuities for restaurant and hotel staff. If you wish to adjust your gratuity, you can do so at the guest services area.
A 15 percent gratuity is added automatically to beverages purchased separately (not using the Silver Spirits drinks package). Tipping in the spa also isn't covered; you'll be given an option to tip when your service is complete and you are signing out. Also, tips for tour guides aren't included. Passengers wishing to tip guides and drivers can do so at the end of their tours, in cash.
The onboard currency is the U.S. dollar.