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  1. Arrived very late Saturday night, 10:35 pm.  Quickly got luggage and went to "taxi Pickup".  Seems as though Juneau has 4 taxis.  Baranhof Best Western does NOT have a shuttle, therefore we had to get a taxi.  No Uber available. After about a 20 minute wait we got a taxi van that we shared with another couple to the Baranhof hotel. Cost was $12 per person CASH ONLY. No credit cards.

    Staff at Baranhof were helpful.  Had breakfast this AM. cost $18.95 + tax per person at the buffet.  Serviced 6:30 am to 10 AM. If you want a hot breakfast, be there at 6:30 am. We arrived at 8:30 am.  Eggs with cheese were very dried out. It looked like nothing had been replenished since it was put out at 6:30 am.  Scrambled eggs with cheese, plain scrabbled eggs, bacon, 2 types of sausage and fried potatoes.  Also had 2 types of bread to toast, 1 danish, and pound cake. Front desk said breakfast NOT INCLUDED with the ACL booking.  I will not pay $18.95 plus tax for breakfast again.  Several other breakfast places within 1 block of hotel.  Ice not available on 3rd floor, told to check for ice machine on 4th floor, if not there then try the 6th or maybe on the 7th floor.

    I would not stay in the hotel again. 

    Walked down to the Hanger on the Wharf for lunch.  Great Tempura fried Halibut with home fries. We split 1 order of the halibut with fries.  We also order a side of coleslaw.   Lots of local brewed beers on tap.

    After asking at the front desk, I was given a pack from ACL containing emergency contact forms and health forms.  Covid testing will be between 6 AM and 9 AM, a 15 minute process.  No location was given for the testing and front desk does not know anything about ACL plans.




  2. Some men will wear a sports coat to dinner, but most will not wear a sport coat nor a tie. My husband usually takes a sports coat when we travel in cooler destination cruises such as British Isle or Midnight Sun. At dinner if the temperature is cool, he wears the sport coat. During the day he wears a vest.  To wear or not to wear a sports coat or tie is your choice. 

    Enjoy your Viking cruise.

  3. The cruiselines do not use cots.  The ships contain 1 bed for each person allowed on the ship (by regulations)

    When I worked as a TA I booked 3 ladies (age 69) on an Alaskan cruise.  They wanted to be in the same cabin.  One of the ladies had to climb up the ladder to the upper bunk bed. Some mass market cruiselines will put a crib in a cabin for a baby or toddler.  Even if the parents bring on board all the food and other supplies for the baby, the cost is the same as any other 3rd person in the cabin. When counting the number of passengers on board the ship; a baby counts as 1 person just like a teenager or a retiree counts as 1 person.

  4. The best coffee drinks on Viking are in the Living Room Cafe (Deck 1?).

    You can check the daily menus in your cabin over the "TV". We always checked the main Dining Room and the World Cafe to decide where to eat. If you like ice cream check out the World Cafe ice cream bar in World Cafe. Flavors change everyday. (No extra charge)

    We often order a beer or wine at the end of a meal to carry back to our cabin.

    You will find a small refrig in the DV and higher level cabins.  It will be stocked with soft drinks, maybe some wine and beer. Soft drinks, nuts and chocolate bars in the refrig are no charge.

    Room Service is quick. Hot item will be hot and cold items will be cold. Once Room Service  called to ask if they could deliver15 minutes early.

  5. Extra cost: Alcoholic beverages from the bar and non "House" wine and beer.  We usually drink the "house" beer and wine.  We may order  other beers or wine during the cruise.  We find that we do not order enough to purchase the "Silver Spirits Beverage package" (that is an extra cost).

    There is no charge for any restaurants or room service. The self-service laundry are no charge.  The laundry rooms contain 4 washers & 4 dryers.  Also 2 irons and ironing boards.

    There are extra cost tours offered in each port.

    Be sure to join the "Roll Call" for your cruise. Also check for Meet & Mingle (hopefully M&M will be reinstated soon.

    We have joined several groups doing private tours. We find other people on the Roll Call for our cruise.

    Enjoy your first Viking Cruise.

  6. We did 4 days pre in London before our British Isles cruise in 2019.  On our 2nd full day in London we went to the "Churchill War Rooms".  There is a small snack bar in the complex.  We probably spent about 6 hours there including getting lunch at the snack bar. We booked tickets on line on the "Churchill War Rooms" web site. Just do some reading at the web site. There were several exhibits that were Churchill's speeches or radio addresses.

    By being on a tour, Viking should have your entery tickets for you.

    Enjoy the "Rooms" and your cruise.

  7. The USA is donating all of it's AstraZeneca vaccine and is also donating now the 3 vaccines that are currently being used in the USA.  The AstraZeneca is going (or has been sent) to Canada and Mexico. The other vaccine and also money is going to the world organization for vaccinations.

    The companies making the vaccines are always working to improve the vaccine. As the covid virus mutates, the vaccine will change. The quick development of the covid vaccine was the result of 10 or more years of work on vaccines against covid viruses that cause Eloba, SARS,  and other illnesses.



  8. Bring Dryer Sheets.  Viking provides the detergent but not fabric softener. I also use the dryer sheets if I wash anything in the sink. Also bring a few plastic hangers with clips and swivel tops. The hangers can be hung from the ledge at the top of the closet. Placing socks in a lingerie bag is a great tip.  There is also a place for the lost socks in the laundry room.

    Viking crew will be checking the laundry several times a day. Check for other post on the Viking Laundry.  Washers and dryers have temperature and type of wash settings.

  9. It seems that Viking Ocean has increased the "bonuses" for booking on board. 

    Because we have more than 1 future cruise booked my TA requested that our full payments  be changed to 6 months in advance.

    We have booked a total of 5  Viking cruises though 2023.  We booked early to get our preferred type of cabin and location. One is a BtoB on Great Lakes.  We booked very early so that we could have the same cabin for the BtoB. We also received the "Silver Spirits" beverage package as part of the early booking.

    If Booking on board works for you then take full advantage of on board booking.

  10. On our first Viking Ocean cruise we booked for another cruise.  If you booked with a travel agent, the new booking goes to that agent.If you are thinking of finding another travel agent, do not book on board.  We received an OBC to us on our current  cruise and I ended up purchasing earrings to use up the OBC from the new booking.  Also the "special" savings were the same as I could if book after getting home. I really did not find much advantage to booking on board.

    At this time, to get the cabin type and location we prefer we are booking 2023 cruises.

  11. 100% VS 95% vaccination rate required.  Viking Ocean is an adults only cruise line therefore all guest can and should get the Covid vaccination before sailing.  Many mass market cruiselines  will have all ages on board.  At this time covid vaccination is not available for children under 12 year old.  Hopefully this will be lower in the future.

  12. Be sure to sign up on Roll Call for your cruise.  We have had small 6-10 people taking a "private tour".

    We went to many of the same places as the Viking Optional tour.  We have also just booked a private tour for just us, but find have 6-10 people a wonderful size for the tours. Cruises will often post on Roll Call about private tours they are booking and wanting others to join to split the cost.

    Waffles, Living Room Cafe coffee to order, Winter Garden afternoon tea, room service full breakfast and heated bath floors. just a few reasons to cruise with Viking Ocean.

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