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#21
Nottingham, England
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The opportunity to travel is just awesome, I'm sure I was a gypsy in a former life!

I can see a Western Med itinerary in our future in 2015 so the Med Odyssey looks good but I am a bit obsessed with the Eastern Med and seem to need a regular fix of going there and we are a big fan of Istanbul too!
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#22
New Jersey
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Joined Jun 2009
Hi Everyone! Just wanted to drop by and say hello. Looking forward to seeing you in this forum!
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#23
Southern California
214 Posts
Joined Mar 2010
What do you think the average age will be on the ship? We did a Oceania cruise to the Med and loved it but the shore excursions were with some older folks with walking difficulties. We have also done a river boat trip in Europe but the average age was younger. I am wondering how the excursions will be handled with the passengers? We are considering the Baltic in May or July.
#24
Sydney, Australia
88 Posts
Joined Apr 2009
Thanks Wes,

I will let you know if we are going to book & maybe I can be your next referral.

Caroline
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#25
Nottingham, England
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Joined Sep 2009
I showed the Mr the new ship and he liked it a lot.... waiting for that UK website to launch!
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#26
South Florida
444 Posts
Joined Aug 2010
Originally posted by Little Rascal
What do you think the average age will be on the ship?
Viking is targeting the same demographic for Oceans as for their River Cruises so it seems likely the age distribution will be similar. But who knows until the tickets are sold.

In their FAQ on the web site, the information for passengers with disabilities does not seem encouraging. Here's what they say.
Viking Cruises welcomes disabled guests but wishes all guests to understand that challenges will exist on board and during shore excursions. Viking Star has elevators, but there may still be thresholds that could make movement difficult. Shore excursions may require movement over cobblestones or up and down stairs; accordingly, a physically challenged guest will require the services of a responsible adult since crew availability is limited. Guests need to provide their own wheelchairs, except in an emergency. Motorized scooters are not typically suited on erernational (sic) cruises and cannot be accommodated.
If I had mobility issues and read this, I'd be looking for another line for my cruising.

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#27
Southern California
214 Posts
Joined Mar 2010
I am thinking about booking the Viking Homeland tour but my travel agent said we have to pay this December for the entire cruise. That seems very early for full payment. Have all of you that booked have the same terms for your cruise? Usually we have to pay the balance within 90 days. I have other trips to pay for for 2013 and 2014. We may wait and book later.
#28
Atlanta
5,839 Posts
Joined Jun 2004
Little Rascal, don't know if it makes a difference (agree it is hard to make final payment 18 months+ out) pls note last paragraph in the post below. Yes, Viking Oceans policy of early final payment is first in our dozen cruises where final payment
is required more than 120 days prior to sailing.

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Default Glitches in the reservation system
I asked my TA to book a V2 cabin on the 6/27/15 cruise. The price should have been $4,999 per person according to the VS website, but my reservation form showed a price of $5,149 per person. That price does not mach up with any price listed on the VS website; the next higher category is a V1 cabin, for $5,199 per person. So I asked my TA to check with Viking. Viking said "Good catch!" It appears that the computer programming has a flaw that will be addressed shortly. They fixed the price on my confirmation so it matches the V2 website price.

So, if you book something, double check the pricing (which you would probably do anyway but now you have something to look for). Also, I received a $300 per passenger past-passenger discount.

Other tidbits: the deposit is fully refundable through 12/31/13 with no cancellation charge applied. After that date, the full payment is refundable up to 121 days out, less a $100 per person cancellation charge.

Gerry
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#30
Mill Creek, WA
140 Posts
Joined Apr 2013
Andy, thanks for this forum! Look forward to the next two years of discussion. We've booked Viking Star for Sept 27th 2015 Venice to Istanbul with 2 days pre and 3 days post. On our first Viking River Cruise this Aug 17th Basel to Amsterdam with 2 days pre and 2 days post (Lucerne) Have picked up a lot of good information so far and looking forward to our Viking experience!
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#31
British Columbia, Canada
88 Posts
Joined Mar 2013
Hi Everyone,

My wife (Dianne) and I have just booked on the Sept 15, 2015 sailing from Barcelona to Istanbul. Have a hard time believing we have booked this far in advance having been a big fan of last minute vacations.

We have never taken an ocean cruise before and only this May we had our first river cruise. The river cruise was with Viking and we had such a good time and were so impressed with Viking that as soon as we saw the Viking Ocean brochure and were able to decide on the itinerary we climbed on board.

Note to Kikki21 - I see you live in Leicestershire. My wife spent her childhood in Leicester (am I right this is the same vicinity?) but she has not been back in some time. Perhaps we will meet if you decide to try Viking.

Ed
#32
Welland Ontario Canada
54 Posts
Joined Jan 2009
My husband and I are considering Viking Homelands 15 day cruise starting July 25th with pre and post extensions. We like the idea of a 'smaller' ship. We have a 24 day trip to China next month Sept 15th so are looking forward to our first Viking tour. 2 years is a long time to book for the Ocean cruise but apparently they are booking up quickly. We have until end Dec to pay. This forum is a great place to gather so much information about the trip and the people we will meet.
Lori
#33
DFW, Texas
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Joined Sep 2002
Can't believe I just found this. We have sailed on Azamara, Silversea, and Seabourn and love the smaller ships and prefer Veranda suites. Just today, I got a pop up and decided to check it out. My wife and I are going to have a discussion tonight. One that looks intriguing to me so far is the Venice to Istanbul itinerary.

Prices and offers look pretty attractive. A little disappointed that tips were not included, but hey, we realize it all comes down to dollars and cents in the total overall cruise fare.

Who knows, maybe a new cruise line in our future.
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#34
Staffordshire, UK
224 Posts
Joined Aug 2013
I have booked on the Empires of the Mediterranean cruise from Venice to Istanbul in Sept 2015. Viking have only just released booking to Uk customers in the past few weeks. I was wondering if any of the contributors who may have booked this cruise are aware how the extension bookings are going. I am interested in the Italian Cities 3 night extension pre-cruise as well as the two night Istanbul extension post cruise but I have not yet booked them. The delay in booking is a mixture of a) to limit the amount paid so far in advance and b) I may possibly travel on the Orient Express from London but the train operator have not released their 2015 Timetable yet (no surprise!). I don't wish to leave it too late to book and find the extensions fully booked as I have read elsewhere for earlier cruises in this maiden season. All comments welcome.
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#35
Staffordshire, UK
224 Posts
Joined Aug 2013
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#36
Staffordshire, UK
224 Posts
Joined Aug 2013
Originally posted by cruisinsince75
Can't believe I just found this. We have sailed on Azamara, Silversea, and Seabourn and love the smaller ships and prefer Veranda suites. Just today, I got a pop up and decided to check it out. My wife and I are going to have a discussion tonight. One that looks intriguing to me so far is the Venice to Istanbul itinerary.

Prices and offers look pretty attractive. A little disappointed that tips were not included, but hey, we realize it all comes down to dollars and cents in the total overall cruise fare.

Who knows, maybe a new cruise line in our future.
In the UK the cruises are being offered including tips if booked by the end of 2013. I have already booked the same cruise as you are considering for a September 2015 departure and I agree the pricing/offer looks attractive. If you believe the website it seems to be selling well!
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#37
Mill Creek, WA
140 Posts
Joined Apr 2013
Made final pymt for 2015 Viking Ocean Cruise. Viking Star Sep. 27 to Oct .6, 2015 Venice to Istanbul.

Found some more current 10/11 2013 stuff on the build progress on both new Ocean class ships with (2) more being talked about. Will look forward to seeing where Viking expands with these new ship routes?


Meeting (Happy Hour) with Michael Weldon (Dir Bus Dev) of Viking Cruises next week and look forward to hearing about this. We hope to link up with others on this Ocean Cruise. Bob & Margie

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-relea...227092451.html


http://www.themeditelegraph.com/en/2...8pK/index.html



http://www.prnewswire.com/news-relea...235374211.html
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2020 Tauck China, the Yangtze River& Hong Kong
2019 Tauck Blue Danube
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3/18' Viking Sea Mar 17th San Juan to San Juan
8/16' Viking Sea Aug 23rd Venice to Barcelona
9/15' Viking Star Sept 27th Venice to Istanbul
8/13' Viking Rinda Aug 17th Basel to Amsterdam
8/09' Norwegian Pearl 7 day - Glacier Bay




#38
1,601 Posts
Joined Jun 2013
We will be joining Viking Star on May 2nd in Barcelona for 29 days ending in Stockholm. My husband and I so much enjoyed our Amsterdam to Budapest River cruise on a Viking that we decided to take the plunge. We look forward to this amazing paid for so far in advance vacation!
#39
1,601 Posts
Joined Jun 2013
We will be joining Viking Star on May 2nd in Barcelona for 29 days ending in Stockholm. My husband and I so much enjoyed our Amsterdam to Budapest River cruise on a Viking that we decided to take the plunge. We look forward to this amazing paid for so far in advance vacation!
#40
Mill Creek, WA
140 Posts
Joined Apr 2013
Viking Star receives first 2 of its 4 new engines. Nice video and update on (2) more new Viking Ocean Cruise sister ships, Viking Sea and Viking Sky.

We're so excited, ready to book another Viking Ocean Cruise for 2016.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cO1Or4wmTNk

http://www.corporate.man.eu/en/disco...uise-ship.html

http://worldmaritimenews.com/archive...e-ocean-ships/
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2020 Tauck China, the Yangtze River& Hong Kong
2019 Tauck Blue Danube
9/18' Viking Sea Sept 18th Montreal to New York
3/18' Viking Sea Mar 17th San Juan to San Juan
8/16' Viking Sea Aug 23rd Venice to Barcelona
9/15' Viking Star Sept 27th Venice to Istanbul
8/13' Viking Rinda Aug 17th Basel to Amsterdam
8/09' Norwegian Pearl 7 day - Glacier Bay