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About travelingduo

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    Cool Cruiser

About Me

  • Location
    Palm Springs, CA area
  • Interests
    traveling, fine dining
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Seabourn, Regent, Silversea
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    Viking Air Plus and Upgrading with miles

    We booked our business air flights with Viking as soon as the window opened. They were able to confirm our requested flights and seats immediately without ticketing them. We are flying on 3 different airlines, all Sky Team members. Our TA told us that Viking has an arrangement with the airlines that allows them to book and reserve seats even though they don’t actually issue the tickets until 90:days out. Whenever I check our reservation they are still there and we don’t leave until April.
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    Seabourn Encore vs Silver Muse

    We absolutely agree. The Muse is lovely for all the reasons expressed, but the dining is a deal breaker. We enjoyed our cruise on the Muse, but won’t go back for that reason.
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    Viking Air Upgrade With Miles

    I agree with other posters. I have had luck sometimes and no luck other times. Depends on the flights, when they are ticketed, and the type of ticket the cruise lines negotiate (there are actually special codes just for cruise discounted fares). We have had very bad luck with AA. Haven’t been able to use our miles for upgrades or reward travel for over a year! There have been recent articles on travel blogs indicating that AA has become one of the worst airlines for reward travel. Sorry to be pessimistic. We decided that we would not take a chance on our upcoming cruise and just booked it with the Viking air plus folks (via our TA). Got great flights and no worries— even have our seat assignments. Some folks don’t care and just want to 'get there.' Others care a great deal how we get there based on a variety of issues and needs. Good luck. Sent from my iPad using Forums
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    Viking Air Plus question

    Call Air Plus. They are great and will answer all your questions. We booked our air and had seat assignments 325 days out. Our final payment is not until October 1. Viking won’t actually ticket until 45-90 days out. Hope that helps. Sent from my iPad using Forums
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    Explorer suites on Alsvin, need advice

    Thank you! We’re doing it[emoji16] Sent from my iPad using Forums
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    Explorer suites on Alsvin, need advice

    Prudence Passenger, thank you for taking time to share your detailed response and experience. You have given us good information to consider and it is much appreciated. Sent from my iPad using Forums
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    Explorer suites on Alsvin, need advice

    Thanks Phyllygirl3. This is our first river cruise after 70+ ocean voyages. I spoke with some friends who have sailed several times on the Viking long ships. While they weren’t in an Explorer Suite, they never heard anyone complain about vibration in the Suite. They also said that the suites were wonderful and they were envious of the occupants! Happy sailing! Sent from my iPad using Forums
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    Explorer suites on Alsvin, need advice

    We are booked in the Explorer Suite on the Jarl and have the same question. Sent from my iPad using Forums
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    JMO - Don't book early on Seabourn

    It’s not a waste of time to try! Don’t know about the 'not combinable' as all the cruise lines make special offers when sailings are light or?...... Our cruise went down by $2,000 per person. I called our TA and he had an adjustment in less than an hour. This WAS prior to final payment. Just our experience. Sent from my iPad using Forums
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    Viking final payment

    I learned a very valuable lesson from these boards years ago. Many trip insurance providers allow you to simply insure your deposit and then give you until 14 days after your final payment to add the rest of the trip total. If you insure your deposit within 14 days of making it, you will (in most cases) qualify for the pre-existing waiver. We have now done this for years. We use InsureMyTrip for quotes. They are just agents for the insurance companies but they are all licensed and VERY knowledgeable. Their website is excellent and explains everything, but they are wonderful to talk with. BTW- I told our TA about this when we declined their insurance. He did some research and told me he can do the same thing through his insurance company. Another great benefit was that when I dealt with InsureMyTrip for a cruise in April of 2020, they told me that the rate for the entire trip cost would be the same rate as if I paid for the entire trip today and all I had to do was insure the deposit. That makes a difference as the rates are based on age and we will all be older in two years! [emoji16] Hope this helps some of you as it has helped us. We would have never known about this if we hadn’t read the CC Boards! Sent from my iPad using Forums
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    New to River Cruising

    I would add that the itinerary is really important. Not all lines do the same itineraries. I think that should be another consideration. Sent from my iPad using Forums
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    Explorer suites on the Viking River ships?

    Viking has a video of the suite. I think the question was whether or not it really looks like the video! Glad someone chimed in. Sent from my iPad using Forums
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    Viking Silver Spirits package

    Thanks! Sent from my iPad using Forums
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    Viking Silver Spirits package

    According to the Viking website a gratuity is added to bar/wine services. I am assuming this is included in the Silver Spirit package. Am I correct? Do you need to sign for all your cocktails/wine? This is our first time having this package. Thanks. Sent from my iPad using Forums
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    Viking River Final Docs

    Our TA receives them and then brings them to our house or takes us out to lunch to collect them[emoji16] Sent from my iPad using Forums