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Dark Avenger

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  1. Viking Homelands 8/13 seriously considering canceling - Mid April. Prepaid Business Class airline tickets, no insurance (my situation). While an extended offer to cancel for credit is a step in the right direction - a two year, non-transferable credit, coupled with a one year airline credit is just too risky. Too many "life related" things can happen and get into the way to discount the true value of that credit. I am not as worried about the ship related health risk, as I am about canceled ports and excursions. For example - what if Viking is forced to cancel St. Petersburg? Certain
  2. We are on a Baltic cruise in August with a pre-trip to Berlin. Our plan is to fly direct Denver to Frankfurt and then take the ICE DB train to Berlin. There is a discount plan called the Rail&Fly program - has anyone taken advantage of it? How about this train? Sounds like the ICE train station is next to the Frankfurt Main airport. Wonder how long is prudent to schedule between flight arrival and getting on the Berlin train? Sounds like due to the popularity of this train, it's important to have a seat and ticket prior to arrival, even though they run hourly.
  3. We are on the Homelands Aug 13th Star Cruise with a pre-trip to Berlin. Our plan is to fly direct Denver to Frankfurt and then take the ICE DB train to Berlin. There is a discount plan called the Rail&Fly program - has anyone taken advantage of it? How about this train? Sounds like the ICE train station is next to the Frankfurt Main airport. Wonder how long is prudent to schedule between flight arrival and getting on the Berlin train? Sounds like due to the popularity of this train, it's important to have a seat and ticket prior to arrival, even though they run hourly.
  4. Piggy backing on the topic - where do I find my election (sign-up) date for excursions? PV-1 Penthouse Veranda and the Homelands departure date is August 7th / Stockholm Just booked my airfare and I will probably do some private tours this time around. Does that make me a little anal retentive? On a related note: How early is too early for signing up for say St. Petersburg with someone like Alla? Have not taken the deep dive yet into all the analysis, but I need to prior to the Viking excursion sign up deadline for my cabin class.
  5. I always like that old saying, "if you aren't flying first class, your children will" . Same applies to premium economy, which always sounded like an oxymoronic term. My new goal is to try business class on my next long distance flight to Europe.
  6. First time on this board. Planning airfare for a cruise next August - Starts in Stockholm ends in Oslo. Berlin (on our own) is first stay. Start (leave) from Denver. Like Lusitania/United and the Denver Frankfurt route is a good one for us. I'd like to avoid the east coast and Heathrow. Cheap business class tickets(2) on the 787 Dreamliner for the long leg of the trip would be the dream. Some time in my life I would like to fly business class before I die, but don't want to take out a second mortgage to do it. I am tempted by the business class fares advertised the t
  7. Trying to plan our airfare and total vacation for a Homelands cruise starting in Stockholm next August (have the Viking part nailed down). I've read somewhere that the Stockholm portion is quite limited time wise - I think the sail out time (day two) is around 2:30 in the afternoon and part of the first day is of course oriented around boarding. We will be coming from a couple of days in Berlin and I am thinking about adding a day or two in Stockholm - thoughts? Just time and money right? On another matter - I'd love to fly business class on vacation one time in my life and w
  8. On the August 13, 2020 Homelands / Star Cruise Wondering what the boarding time will be on the front end - Stockholm and the disembark time on the final day - Bergen, with a Viking 2 day Oslo train extension Cabin type is Penthouse Veranda
  9. About ready to book an early August 2020 Stockholm to Bergen Homelands cruise - PV1 Any part of that deck, or any suites on that deck less desirable, or more desirable? Close but not too close to the laundry room? Same for elevators? Port / Starboard? Much too anal retentive? Get a life? At least all the ships are the same.
  10. Trying to decide if I want to "spring the trap" on a June 2020 Homelands Cruise. Viking wants full payment August 31st which seems extreme to me. Think I have read about TA's offering shorter final payment dates on this very site. Also, current promotion is the Explorer's Club deal, but they won't guarantee to match any future pricing promotions (reductions). The "early committers" are disadvantaged under that kind of policy. They claim I am also getting the return customer $800/person discount. How common I wonder is it to get the opportunity to do a cabin upgr
  11. Contemplating Viking Homelands next June/July – thinking about “pulling the pin” soon. 2nd cruise on Oceans for us. Will be traveling from Denver and prefer to avoid US east coast connections. Thinking about 3 days on the front end in Berlin. Perhaps a couple of extra days on the back end (Stockholm, or Bergen, or Oslo). Lufthansa flies out of Denver to Frankfurt and Munich and we like them. Icelandic Air does also as does Norwegian. Heard mixed reviews on both. United flies to Europe, but we’ve had bad experiences with Heathrow. Not married to one carrier. Questions – Which
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