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Forum: Ask a Cruise Question Today, 01:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 239
Posted By aquilegia
Agree with YoungDubFan. You really can't compare...

Agree with YoungDubFan. You really can't compare the two but we love them both. It's lovely to glide along the river with things to see on either side, rather than being ou on the ocean with only...
Forum: River Cruising Today, 01:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 310
Posted By aquilegia
We found the bed on a Viking longship just fine. ...

We found the bed on a Viking longship just fine. I don't remember details but I don't think it can have been very soft, because we don't like soft beds. But when you're buying a new bed, you don't...
Forum: River Cruising July 17th, 2014, 01:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,235
Posted By aquilegia
River cruising is totally different from ocean...

River cruising is totally different from ocean cruising and I think you're going to find that they all include tours. But the first thing to say is that they are not all bus tours. Because river...
Forum: River Cruising July 16th, 2014, 04:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 794
Posted By aquilegia
I imagine you must be thinking of narrow boats,...

I imagine you must be thinking of narrow boats, which are popular for holidays on canals in the UK. Barges here are cargo vessels (except for odd historic or ceremonial vessels like the Royal...
Forum: Spain Ports July 15th, 2014, 03:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 281
Posted By aquilegia
We hired a car at Lanzarote. We hired online...

We hired a car at Lanzarote. We hired online from Cicar, they have an office on the dock. We drove up to the volcano and took the park bus tour which is included in the entrance price. The roads...
Forum: River Cruising July 14th, 2014, 05:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,376
Posted By aquilegia
I don't think any insurance company would insure...

I don't think any insurance company would insure you against this, or if they did the cost would be astronomic. Disruption to river cruises in Europe due to high or low water is so common that it...
Forum: Italy Ports July 14th, 2014, 08:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 335
Posted By aquilegia
I staayed at the Smeraldo a few years ago. The...

I staayed at the Smeraldo a few years ago. The rooms are small but that's typical of Italian hotels, other than the luxury ones. I'd be happy to stay there again. It's a very convenient location...
Forum: First Time Cruisers July 13th, 2014, 06:59 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,532
Posted By aquilegia
Princess certainly doesn't attract a young party...

Princess certainly doesn't attract a young party crowd. If that's what you want, you'd be better off with Carnival. Otherwise, take everything with a very big pinch of salt. It's the type of...
Forum: River Cruising July 12th, 2014, 11:12 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,324
Posted By aquilegia
We did the Romantic Danube itinerary on the...

We did the Romantic Danube itinerary on the Viking Freya in April and would thoroughly recommend it. The stops were very varied and there is some lovely scenery along the way.
Forum: Northern Europe & Baltics July 9th, 2014, 08:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 570
Posted By aquilegia
I really enjoyed Oslo, far more than Stockholm...

I really enjoyed Oslo, far more than Stockholm though that may be a minority view. As it's not either or, I'd go for the itinerary which allows you to visit both, particularly if you're not going to...
Forum: British Isles/Western Europe July 8th, 2014, 12:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 986
Posted By aquilegia
The new security checks relate to electronic...

The new security checks relate to electronic items such as mobile phones and computers, not electrical items in general. There's no way I'm putting my hair straighteners in my checked luggage and...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question July 7th, 2014, 01:56 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,296
Posted By aquilegia
I'm another one who never even knew there was a...

I'm another one who never even knew there was a members list. Unless there's some tangible benefit to being on it, I'm not bothered whether I'm on it or not. I'm not sure why the OP feels that his...
Forum: River Cruising July 7th, 2014, 01:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,656
Posted By aquilegia
I don't choose one over the other, it's always...

I don't choose one over the other, it's always about the itinerary. I actually don't have any problem with the size of the very large ocean cruise ships. But they are totally different experiences...
Forum: River Cruising July 7th, 2014, 01:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,874
Posted By aquilegia
That seems very strange. If it was me, I'd try...

That seems very strange. If it was me, I'd try calling again (as if for the first time) and see if you get a different answer from a different rep. By the way, I wasn't aware that Viking have more...
Forum: Italy Ports July 3rd, 2014, 05:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 503
Posted By aquilegia
If Civitavecchia is one of our port stops, be...

If Civitavecchia is one of our port stops, be aware that because of work being done the port shuttle is currently going to a temporary stop, rather than the old port gates. So to walk from the new...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question July 1st, 2014, 04:42 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,986
Posted By aquilegia
My TA has never added a surcharge for paying for...

My TA has never added a surcharge for paying for a cruise by credit card. If yours does, I suggest you find a different TA.
Forum: River Cruising June 29th, 2014, 12:52 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,420
Posted By aquilegia
Well, on ocean cruises I've been on where...

Well, on ocean cruises I've been on where gratuities are added automatically, they are always based on the number of nights, so that's how I've computed the tips for river cruises.
Forum: River Cruising June 29th, 2014, 06:17 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,052
Posted By aquilegia
Thank you. We've been in a French Balcony cabin...

Thank you. We've been in a French Balcony cabin on Viking and I really like that type of cabin. I've had a look on the Vantage website and the amenities look broadly similar, so we'll certainly...
Forum: River Cruising June 28th, 2014, 12:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,052
Posted By aquilegia
Thank you for your review. Can you give an idea...

Thank you for your review. Can you give an idea of what the cabins were like, please?
Forum: River Cruising June 28th, 2014, 12:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,761
Posted By aquilegia
House wine is included on the ship at lunch and...

House wine is included on the ship at lunch and dinner every day.
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question June 26th, 2014, 03:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 765
Posted By aquilegia
The laundry rooms shut around 10pm each night.

The laundry rooms shut around 10pm each night.
Forum: River Cruising June 17th, 2014, 12:04 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,611
Posted By aquilegia
The Viking Douro cruises spend the first 2 nights...

The Viking Douro cruises spend the first 2 nights in a hotel in Lisbon. This is not a tour extension, it is a fixed part of the itinerary included in the basic price.
Forum: Italy Ports June 16th, 2014, 11:12 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,070
Posted By aquilegia
There have been a number of threads on this. ...

There have been a number of threads on this. Seemingly, it is supposed to be a temporary change while building work is going on at the main port entrance but I haven't seen any estimate of how long...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question June 16th, 2014, 10:58 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 6,242
Posted By aquilegia
The UK certainly does. It would be a breach of...

The UK certainly does. It would be a breach of the Data Protection Act.
Forum: Royal Caribbean International June 13th, 2014, 04:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 445
Posted By aquilegia
Thank you both! Hopefully I'll convince her now!

Thank you both! Hopefully I'll convince her now!
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