So we jumped at a sale to go along the Northern Portugal river in mid-December.
We usually drive to Florida from NY for the winter. We decided to drive down, leave our packed van with friends, fly to Lisbon, have three days there and then a week on the cruise. And then come back for our winter in Florida.
Viking booked the air for us.
But they would not tell us the details of that flight until the last minute.
They knew the details two months ago. We got them yesterday, with some begging.
Here is the Itinerary:
Tampa to Dulles Wash DC to Munich to Lisbon.
Quite a round-a-bout way. It is going to be a long trip.
Well, it is a not open for any negotiation, and I guess I understand that, but get this absurdity.
We could leave our van in Washington DC and just take the Washington DC to Munich and Munich to Lisbon legs. We'd come back to DC and finish the drive to Tampa.
Seems reasonable. No real change in anything except we free up a seat for some other passenger from Tampa to Washington and later from Washington to Tampa. For the same money the airline gets to add a customer on those legs on both the flight over and the flight back. Should be win-win for every one.
It would cost us $350 each to make that change. $350 to not fly quite so much.
So next time we'll just wander over to Europe on our own and meet the boat. On the boat, Viking is all about the customer, at least that was our one time experience. But booking air they are all about bureaucratic obscurity and absurdity.
And they seem to want us to spread the good word. Well, we will. We talk to a lot of travelers. I even do a bit of freelance travel writing. So, I'll get this out to a few thousand folks. Starting here.