Viking Cruise Ship Orion In Bermuda’s Waters

May 23, 2021

[Updated] The Viking cruise ship Orion has entered Bermuda’s waters and will be anchored in Grassy Bay in the west end of the island, local officials have confirmed.

The cruise ship was originally supposed to be in Bermuda’s waters on Friday, however we understand the ship delayed travel slightly to err on the side of caution due to the weather, with the first named storm of the season having formed.

Screenshot from an online tracker showing the Orion in the west end of Bermuda’s waters

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Speaking at a press conference earlier this week, Minister of Transport Lawrence Scott said the Orion will remain at anchor to complete its 14 day quarantine period.

The Minister said, “Viking will arrive with a crew of 460 and intends to sail with a reduced capacity of 50% on their first cruise. We want to assure the public that the Covid testing protocol onboard Viking is the most superior compared to any other cruise line. The Company has spent millions of dollars outfitting each ship to mitigate Covid-19.

“I am also pleased to announce that the Orion will arrive in Hamilton on the 27th of May and the crew is intending to stay on board to ready the ship for their first ‘Bermuda Escape’ 8-day cruise on 15 June. The ship will visit all three Bermuda ports in Hamilton, Dockyard, and St George’s.

Map via the Viking website showing the cruise route. The first cruise starts on June 15

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“It is intended that the Bermuda Escape Homeporting itinerary will conclude on 3 August. We are hopeful that the success of this summer’s program will lead to an extension of the Viking’s Bermuda Escape itinerary in addition to Bermuda becoming a more regular port of call for years to come,” Minister Scott said.

The company previously said that the cruises are “available exclusively for vaccinated guests,” and the itinerary shows the ‘Bermuda Escape’ 8-day cruise will visit all three Bermuda ports in Hamilton, Dockyard and St George’s.

Itinerary via the Viking website showing the ‘Bermuda Escape’ cruise 


Update 12.15pm:  In what marks the first time in over one year we have posted an image of a cruise ship in Bermuda’s waters, the Orion can be seen below in the west end.

Viking Orion cruise ship in Bermuda May 23 2021 (1)

Viking Orion cruise ship in Bermuda May 23 2021 (2)

Update 6.00pm: “Today’s arrival of Viking Cruises  ‘Orion’ signals the beginning of home-porting for Bermuda,” Acting Minister of Transport  Walter Roban said.

“The sight of a cruise ship returning to our shores brings with it the promise of much needed economic activity. Many sectors depend on business from cruise passengers and crew and through the successful realization of homeporting for Bermuda, the Government has taken another important step to get Bermudians back to work.”

“The Viking Orion will stay at anchor to complete ship quarantine until Thursday, 27 May. It will then relocate to Hamilton to prepare for its first Bermuda Escape cruise.

Viking Orion cruise ship in Bermuda at night May 23 2021

Minister Roban added, “It was good news to hear that Viking had arrived in Bermuda waters. We were all a bit concerned with the weather conditions, but the ship has made it safely to our shores, and we look forward to welcoming the first passengers on the island.

“We are pleased that Homeporting in Bermuda is officially underway, with a number of other ships planning to make calls to the island later this year. This is an exciting time for Bermuda, and we anticipate that Homeporting will provide a boost to our local tourism economy.”

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  1. Joe Bloggs says:

    8 days to go 30 miles or so. That seems a bit excessive.

  2. wahoo says:

    Well look how far we have gotten in the past 22 years…plp cruise to nowhere.

  3. Elizabeth Gumataotao Hussey says:

    Safe Travels…planning to be on the VIKING ORION in July…please keep all posted on excursions and if you were allowed to explore Beautiful Bermuda on your own. We are getting conflicting info from the travel agents.

  4. kathryn says:

    So happy to be arriving on Tuesday afternoon for the first cruise!
    I’ve been on the Viking ocean liner before it’s a beautiful shop and at half the capacity it’s going to be wonderful.
    Viking is the way to go I’m a huge fan and have done many of the River cruises also.

    • Loquat tree says:

      You are most welcome. Have a wonderful trip!

  5. kathryn says:

    What a bummer
    With everyone vaccinated and tested
    What more can we do!!!

    Dear Viking Guest,

    We look forward to welcoming you on board Viking Orion in Bermuda. We would like to take a moment to update you regarding a change in your itinerary.

    We have recently been advised of new port restrictions on the island which affect the availability of shore tender crafts at certain times of the day in Bermudian ports. This means we will not be able to maintain our tender call in St. George and some additional port arrivals and departures will need to be modified on other days as well. Please see the revised itinerary below.

    Original Itinerary

    Revised Itinerary

    June 15


    June 16


    June 17
    At Sea

    At Sea

    June 18
    St. George

    King’s Wharf, Ireland Island

    June 19
    St. George

    King’s Wharf, Ireland Island

    June 20
    At Sea

    At Sea

    June 21
    King’s Wharf, Ireland Island


    June 22


    Our shore excursion team is working to adjust excursion times so that we can keep as much of the original program in place as possible. Any changes affecting your shore excursion program will be advised once you are on board.

    Please note, we have also been advised that exploration on your own, beyond Viking-operated shore excursions, will now be permitted. Should you have any questions regarding independent exploration, please visit the Explorers’ Desk once on board.

    We apologize for any inconvenience these adjustments may cause; however, we trust you will enjoy the revised itinerary and exploring the island on your own. If you have any questions regarding this update before your departure, please contact your Travel Advisor or call us at 1-855-300-3970, Monday through Sunday, 5:00 AM to 7:00 PM, PT.

    We wish you a wonderful journey and are excited to welcome you back to Viking.