Posted August 8th, 2013, 11:25 PM
I put my deposit on CC, and have been weighing out the CC benefits for the purchase vs, the 2% price reduction.
Regarding the pay in full policy for the 2 for 1 pricing, "ouch" to have to pay for something in full so far in advance. For me to commit to something like this over a year out is so far from how I roll. But I get it, space is limited and many folks want to do this type of a trip, and as one commented, Viking has to fund their expansion. The "2 for 1" is really a ploy in my estimation. When comparing Avalon, AMA, etc. they all fall within a few hundred dollars of each other, along with the Viking 2 for 1 price. So it doesn't really make sense. Who would pay the non 2 for 1 price anyway? For $9,000 pp we could probably hire a smaller boat and captain to take us up and down the river and to grandmothers house and back.
Regardless, we are looking forward to this trip. To awesome scenery, castles, food, cultures, our fellow travelers and some good stories to tell when we get back.
2007 Alaska: HAL ms Statendam
2010 West Med: Celebrity Constellation
2012 Bermuda: NCL Star
2014 Rhine river: Viking Gullveig