Carolyn Spencer Brown
Editor in Chief
PS Viking's only marketing in North America at the moment -- will launch sales in the UK & AU in fall.
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Carolyn, we were invited to this but family committments kept us from accepting the offer of a trip to the West coast. Am very anxious to see just what they offer in itineraries. Really hope this venture is not more than they can handle financially. Pat
Itineraries are pretty good. However I’d expect something more interesting: e.g. they start from Istanbus. Why Black See ports were not included? Or the Holy Land? We’ve been to almost all ports advertised but will definitely book something either next year or in 2015.
... I would imagine that with one ship they might be more limited...Swan Hellenic has 1 ship too but their itineraries look more across-the-board.
War Eagle, believe the Viking referral program for River cruises works, another CC couple who had sailed Viking gave us a referral..as I understand we will both get a SBC from Viking.Colonel Wes, that too, but talking about expanding the overall loyalty program. Will be interesting to see what they do.
JiminyC..either Stockholm to Bergen or Maiden are wonderful itineraries...but as the movie Titantic mentioned, imagine being the first VS guests to enjoy the luxurious linens in your suite, first guests to use the tableware in dining venues--maiden will be a special voyage.Colonel,
Roy, Welcome to the maiden voyage. Now with Ida, I, Harbormaster/John & Kathy, we also have RachelG/George and Rachel, and Sue and Ron. Am betting our Maiden group will be about 20-40 folks by May 2015. Am working with our TA to gently nudge Viking leadership to adopt Cruise Critic for a formal Meet & Greet. Not withstanding this development, will take the lead--when we did the maiden crossing for Silver Spirit in Jan 2010--we jump started our wonderful maiden comraderie by having a cocktail hour at one of our pre cruise hotels. Am considering Viking pre stay, but need to do homework on Bergen hotels. We will arrive Bergen at least a full day early.
Propose that we have our meet & mingle the first night on board since we have numerous port days in a row. How about 6:30-7:00pm the first nite in the Explorer's lounge (upper level if available, deck 9)?
Also, heard back from CC Community Mgr, and asked her to give Viking their own thread identity on the P-Z ocean lines--she said stay tuned.
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