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About austinetc

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    Oceanside, CA
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    wine, books, motorcycle, baseball
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    The last one. Or the next one.

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  1. Sensationalism run amok. "Quarantined" does not have a time element. Was it for 30 minutes (big deal), or are they sitting in hotel rooms in Iceland for 14 days (ouch)? As long as Viking doesn't cancel my cruise due to low bookings, I'm overjoyed to have worried people delay their cruises until 2023. No criticism is intended. We live in interesting times (a traditional curse) and each of us must consider our priorities. Personally, I'm eager to be on a ship with 100% vaccinated passengers. Crazy as it seems, I'll feel safer than walking into my local grocery store.
  2. It now seems to me that when the ship discovered the positive result, they contacted the Coast Guard and/or the local authority, who then reacted in a way contrary to what the central government expected. I suspect if it happens again Viking will contact the Icelandic Health Authority and let them decide how to handle/distribute the news.
  3. This is sarcasm! It's unbelievable that Viking didn't visit every village and ask, "if one person on board tests positive for Covid, even though that person has been vaccinated, do you think passengers, wearing masks and maintaining social distancing, should be allowed to come ashore?" Moreover, why didn't the Icelandic government think to do this? I would not be at all surprised if someone actually did ask this question, and the villagers, anxious for tourist money, said "oh, that'll be okay". Then when reality hit, they did some reconsidering.
  4. This event has got me thinking about the Spirits Package. If there's a chance that I'll spend most of the cruise on board, I don't want to do it sober. When life gives me lemons, I make lemon drop martinis. (I apologize for making light of your predicament.)
  5. We have been on a Viking River Cruise where things did not work out due to low water. Viking gave everyone a 50% credit, which I frankly thought was more than we deserved. I had a great time in spite of the inconveniences. I'll be curious what Viking will do for Sky's Passengers.
  6. Were people allowed off the ship on the own? Could they still be ashore?
  7. We are booked on the Shores and Fjords cruise in 2023. We were booked on it for this year, but . . ., you know. I've been on the lower deck of Viking's riverboats and never noticed engine noise. I've also sailed in one of their two-room suites on the upper deck. Having a room to relax in while my SO naps was a nice option, but frankly it wasn't worth the cost for us. Regardless of the room, you should really plan to spend every daylight hour on a deck that gives you a view of both sides of the river. Distance up to the sun deck without an elevator could be a significant factor
  8. I remember that post too! I tell the story to people all the time. I encountered one couple who also did not normally read the trip documents ("don't have time to read all that") and walked through Machu Picchu in light sandals (in the rain).
  9. I do wish Viking would offer alternatives, such as "Free Air or $XXX off room cost." I'm not suggesting a one to one ratio, but they could at least throw a bone to those who can't take advantage of the free air incentive.
  10. I did a lot of research before my cruise was finally canceled and was intrigued that some cruises did not have any price increase and others did. In my own situation, the 2022 cruise was the same price as 2021, but the airfare incentive had gone down. I hadn't paid Viking for airfare on the cancelled booking, but added it to my rebooking. The 25% paid for it. Inflation and increased demand are things that happen. I don't think Viking is out to fleece the customer.
  11. We are dependent on three things: 1. The USA has to get its s**t together and reduce infections. Vaccination or not, I don't see other countries allowing entry of ships full of Americans if 50,000 infections a day are the norm. 2. Viking has to say No shot, No boarding to both passengers and crew. If I have to wear a mask on board 24/7, I won't be on board. (BTW, I'm doing my part to reduce infections, but I loath the mask!) 3. Countries will have to accommodate tourism beyond any bubble. Viking does have excellent tours, but they all have "free time" built into t
  12. If I had bookings on the ships that advertised low prices and mega-sized ships, I'd be asking for refunds vice credits, regardless of any incentives. But I'm not terribly worried about Viking.
  13. I immediately called and rebooked for the same cruise in 2022. Prices have increased, but even so, the 125% credit pays for most of the new booking's Viking Air cost, which we had opted out of for this year. I can't fault Viking for their customer service either, as the representative did the booking even though I was ahead of getting the actual credit voucher.
  14. At a time like this, it's best to listen to Sidney Freedman of Mash: "Ladies and gentlemen, take my advice: Pull down your pants and slide on the ice." On a plus side, I suspect the grumpy people of the world will continue to stay home. Only optimists will risk a cruise.
  15. I think the key issue for us will be excursions. It these are curtailed or limited in scope, we'll have to postpone. I travel to Travel, not sit in a stateroom. Kudos to Viking for all their efforts, which seem to vastly exceed other cruise lines, but the virus is calling the shots.
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