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  1. Izana You will find the Viking River or Great Lakes cruises very different from ACL. The food has been very good on all the cruises. You will find a small refrig in a Viking Cabin. In many cabins the refrig will be filled with a variety of soft drinks and water. In the Penthouse verandas and high there will also be beer and/or wine. The refrig will be restocked daily. The bath will have a nice size shower, lots of storage and Heated floor and fully bathrobe and slippers. Wine and beer will be served at lunch and dinner. Most Viking cruisers are very loyal to Viking. We had completed
  2. How do you sign up for the tours. Can you sign up before boarding or is all the sign up after boarding? Have a great time.
  3. We booked BtoB, Thunder Bay to Milwaukee, Milwaukee to Toronto for Sept 2022. The first Great Lakes cruses begin in Summer 2022. Viking Mississippi River Cruises begin in 2023. If you are thinking about booking one Now is the time to book, the cruises are filling quickly. Have you cruises with Viking before?
  4. Excellent info in Host Jazzbeau post on the length of the vessels. I have never sailed with Tauck but I did tour one of their vessels. I have completed 4 river cruises with Viking during the "off or Shoulder" seasons. Check for the total cost, are tips included in the fare or added to the ship board account. What are any additional cost. Having smaller groups when touring could be an advantage.
  5. I agree with the previous post. By cruising after Christmas you may actually see the islands and not just the tourist there. We lived outside of Athens for 14 months. The strongest winds were in October and November. The water around the islands is always cool. Just wear layers and make sure you have a good rain/wind jacket and sturdy shoes
  6. You may want to check out the number of passengers carried on the river boats. I believe the Tauck vessels have a lower number of guest on board. Also look for guest reviews on the Viking and Tauck. I really think both will be an excellent trip for you.
  7. Looking forward to cruising again.
  8. WOW, I booked 3 Viking cruises on April 30, 2021. One River for Fall 2021, An Ocean (Trade Routes of the MIddle Ages) for Spring 2022 and Mississippi Heartlands River for Summer 2023. We also have booked the Expedition cruise on the Great Lakes, a BtoB from Thunder Bay to Toronto in Fall 2022. So I have "saved" a lot of money by spending a lot of money. We were booked for Bali to Sydney for Nov 2021 but decided Australian travel may not happen and changed to the River cruise. Also TA could not find Air flights from Australia to USA.
  9. It is the Guest on board that must be fully vaccinated. I may have missed it but I have not seen anything about crew, staff, entertainers, tour guides and bus drivers required to be vaccinated. I hope I am wrong and all staff are required to be vaccinated.
  10. Welcome to the beautiful Viking Ships. A lot of thought was put into the layout and design of the cabins.from reading lights for the beds, phone charger plugs, etc. The Baths have a lot of storage. We bring some easily removable Command Hooks to place hats & Jackets. There is really no place to put items in the shower, therefore we pack a net bag to place in the shower to hold shampoo, conditioner, etc. My husband likes a bar of soap, so we always pack bath soap The only place in the shower is a small ledge. We place a note in the small refrig for our preferred replacement items
  11. Thank you for posting. Know you have a great time. Question on Snack. What was available for snacks? Any fresh fruit, veggies, or cheeses put out for snack? How was breakfast? Was it only order from the menu? Was there an omelet station?
  12. Thank you. My husband will probably take a sport coat for warmth. It will be a good change from wearing a vest all day. In cooler temperatures such as Alaska we usually wear "layers" of long sleeve shirts, maybe a sweater vest and/or a vest and always our rain/wind jackets on excursions. He will probaby wear long sleeve collared shirt, sports coat and dress pants. I usually wear black pants with colorful top and light jacket at night.
  13. Back to Back: Great Lakes & Niagara Falls We are booked to board in Thunder Bay on Sep 17, 2022 and depart the ship in Toronto on Oct 1, 2022. I was trying to decide which cruise to take when I "discovered " we could do both itineraries. Problem solved! Just put final payment date on the calendar for September 2021.
  14. Thank you. My husband may take a sports coat for wear at night. I guess the evening dress will be "country Club or business" dress not jeans. We have been on some river cruises we worn (and everyone) jeans. We got back from a tour and it was time for dinner. Know we will need to dress in layers during the day. The Alaskan waters will be cold and therefore the temperatures will be cooler.
  15. We are booked on the Juneau to Juneau Alaskan cruise for June. We would like to learn more about the tours offered on ACL Alaskan cruises. Any tours to recommend or to avoid? Thanks for any information on ACL Alaskan cruises.
  16. We are booked on the Constellation Juneau to Juneau cruise for June 12, 2021. This will be our first ACL cruise. What is the dress for the evening dinner? How formal is the dress at night on the ACL ships? Thanks for the help.
  17. Viking does not have any big "Shows" for entertainment. Viking offers 1 or more lectures each day. Lecture subjects are on local culture and history. On our New Zealand/Australia cruise one of the lecturers was an Astronomer from Tasmania.
  18. Having sailed on both Oceania and Viking, we prefer the smaller Viking ships. We enjoy the lectures that are also available on your cabin TV. The mini frig is great. There is a lot of storage even in the bath. Room Service has always been very quick with hot items arriving hot and cold items arriving cold. Breakfast room service has never been late. When our New Zealand/Australia cruise was quickly ended when Australia closed ports in March 2020; Viking quickly arranged to get passengers back to their homes. We would sail with Oceania if Viking did not offer a similar itinerary esp
  19. We have sailed in both the deluxe veranda and the penthouse veranda. We prefer the Penthouse Veranda with the extra space. Much easier to get into the closet in the penthouse veranda. Also we used the removable command hooks on the outside of the end of the closet. Made a great place to hang up jackets and hats. Also place a note in the little refrig for items to be removed or replaced.We also would pick up bottles of water to keep in or little refrig. Always pack some "ziplock" type bags.. Loved the cheese and fruit plate from Room service. One plate was more that we would eat in the
  20. What do we need as proof of completed covid-19 vaccinations? Do we just say "Yes" to the question "Have you been vaccinated?" Medicare was not involved in my vaccination. I was required to show Driver's License and complete paperwork with Name date of Birth, primary care doctor; address; and phone number.
  21. Any snacks such as fresh fruit and cheese?
  22. Is the Constellation Breakfast Room Service a Hot breakfast or is it just cold muffins and toast?
  23. Is there an ice bucket in the cabin? Will the bucket be filled?
  24. No the question is Which cruise line has made a major change in Covid Protocol less than 2 weeks before sailing? Did the lawyers tell ACL that it is BEST PRACTICE To change a major requirement to board less than 2 weeks before sailing. is it Best Practice to NOT TELL Travel Agents? is it Best Practice to NOT tell guest making final payment of the change? Is it Best Practice to NOT put this change on their web site? I have no problem with requiring guest to be fully covid vaccinated for June or later sailing. I have a problem with ACL NOT informing me
  25. i am very disappointed that the alternative menu option is a hamburger. I find this menu option "Cheap" and not consistent with a premium brand cruise.
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