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  1. Viking Orion has now departed for Bodrum in Turkey, ETA 17th April.
  2. Thanks, good to see that the cameras are coming back online, as when I checked them last year, if online they only showed the day they docked. Something else to watch😀
  3. So much for that idea, as she has now departed Rijika and is bound for Ancona, which is where Viking Venus is completing her build. Ancona has Fincantieri & Palumbo Group yards, so could still be heading for a drydocking.
  4. Since Viking Sea is a 2016 build, she is due for her 1st Special Survey. While they had a number of drydocks in Trieste, I didn't see her use one of them. Could be heading to the S/Y at Rijeka to complete her 1st Special Survey. Couldn't see the point of Orion heading to a S/Y, other than for ship repair/modifications, but Viking Sea could be heading to one of the 2 floating drydocks. Will watch Marine traffic for the next few days.
  5. Used to enjoy the sail in to San Juan, which we did once per month, while doing the Acapulco to San Juan shuttle. Haven't been there for many years, but is definitely one of the ports I hope to see again. If Viking offers a TA on Viking Neptune, hopefully San Juan will be one of the ports, as we are considering booking that one before the World Cruise.
  6. We even heard about the Florida situation on our local news. If/when the CDC permits cruising to resume in US Waters, the Florida Governor's recent decisions would prevent us from considering any cruise to/from any Florida port.
  7. Some FCV have different terms & conditions, but in general, they may only be used for a single booking. A booking can be a single cruise, B2B or butterfly cruises, but multiple cruises must be on a single booking number. Any outstanding value, after paying the cruise/air must be used before boarding the vessel. Therefore, you can prepay tips, purchase the beverage package, purchase shore-ex, purchase pre/post excursions, etc. However, if any value is outstanding when you board, it is lost. We did a River/Ocean combo with almost 2 weeks between the cruises, which the
  8. I wouldn't believe everything the vacation planner (aka salesman) says, as they probably haven't read the Fleet Regulations. Making a pax cabin announcement at 02:00 was a guarantee of a flight home from the next port, which was highly detrimental to career prospects, as you didn't get another ship. When you work on the Bridge of a ship, the Deck Officer's follow the direction of the Captain & Fleet Regs, not somebody in an office. Prior to spending almost 30 yrs as a Captain, I worked as a Princess Deck Officer for 7 years and we NEVER made P/A announcements in pax areas at ni
  9. Thanks. A wetdock is what I would expect, as the 1st Special Survey shouldn't be due until next year.
  10. As most of you know, my experience is British tonnage for the 70's, particularly the P&O ships. The SS Canberra website has recently been updated, so thought I would pass on the link if anyone is interested. http://www.sscanberra.com/index.html
  11. We also prefer smaller ships, but our preference is 750 to 1,000 as they still have multiple entertainment options. We also enjoy a more inclusive experience.
  12. Jim - As an outsider, I am having extreme difficulty understanding why the CDC carries any weight in the ongoing pandemic. I believe they are responsible for ensuring the health & safety of US citizens. No disrespect to our many good friends South of the border, but the numbers of infections and deaths in the US are not great figures to promote the ability of the CDC to control the pandemic and why they should be taken seriously for restarting the cruise industry. I firmly believe that more infections are possible on aircraft, but the airline industry has continued
  13. Enjoy the cruise. Atlas is a cruise line that I'm not aware of, so will check them out.
  14. Looks like Viking Sun has moved from the Pax Berth to a shipyard. Hopefully @Cruise Wonderlandcan confirm, as the AIS picture in that area has a GPS error.
  15. Being April 11th, it is now a year since the final 8 of us disembarked the Magical Mystery Cruise and arrived back in Canada. Wow!! at the end of the World Cruise, we thought we had arrived in a new World, when ashore in Gibraltar, as life ashore was such a contrast to our experience on the Viking Sun. I can only hope we don't experience another year like the last one and that we can get back to some semblance of normal cruising and travelling in the not too distant future. Time to enjoy an early afternoon libation, while reminiscing the great memories of ou
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