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  • Location
    Tallahassee, Florida
  • Interests
    Travel, gardening, old movies, college sports, Boston Red Sox
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Viking Cruises
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    New England and Eastern Canada

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  1. Moatenote, we have stayed in both 6023 (once) and 6019 (twice). We loved them both. No problem with noise or (for us) problems with motion as it isn't as high as the PS cabins on decks 7 and 8. Being a little less expensive the the PS 2's and 1's and having the exact same benefits and accommodations is also something to be considered. The handicapped accommodations in 6020 and 6022 provide a different cabin and bathroom arrangement which are better suited to those really needing them. The location near the 2 forward elevators and stairs is no problem since they are not used as
  2. Hi Azulann, sorry to be so slow in responding. I just caught your posting this afternoon when scrolling back to see an earlier response. We will be flying into MSP sometime after noon or mid afternoon on the day of departure, September 17. Along with the included Viking transfer to the ship, I must regretfully decline your friendly and generous invitation to join you for lunch. It would be good to enjoy your fellowship and catch up on what we have been up to since we traveled together on our wonderful Transatlantic cruise on the Viking Sea. Hard to believe that was almost 3 years
  3. Clay, don't feel bad. I wasn't sure about the identification of the ship by the view from the low angle of the photo of the bow. But after studying it for a bit, I could see that it had the hull number and the ship's name "Viking Octantis" high on the bow. Just sowing off her ice "breaking" features.
  4. As a professional watcher and occasional poster on Viking's Cruise Critic boards, I want to add my thanks to Andy and Jim for being so kind and generous for their professional insights and comments on cruising and shipping issues in general! Many other regulars contribute so much to make these boards a regular "must read" habit. We, DW and I as cruising novices, signed up for Cruise Critic shortly before our 1st cruise aboard the Viking Sea in 2015. We have benefited greatly from the questions and comments asked and answered on this forum. Now, 8 cruises later (6 on Vik
  5. My wife and I are booked for the May 2022 cruise on the Octantis sailing from Milwaukee to Toronto. Looking forward to trying something different from Viking. We have sailed on six ocean (hopefully seven by the time this cruise happens) and two river cruises on Viking ships. A third river cruise is already booked on the Viking Mississippi for September 2022. It will be interesting to see and experience Viking's ventures into diferent markets with new ship types and adventures.
  6. Andy, Thanks for posting your review of your thoughts and observations of staying in an Explorer Suite aboard one of Viking's wonderful ocean cruise ships. It brought back wonderful memories of our accommodations and Transatlantic Crossing several years ago on the Viking Sea. We were fortunate enough to stay one deck below your suite in ES 3000 and find that our accommodations were exactly like the ones you showed in your review of ES 4000. We normally book Penthouse Jr Suites on deck 6, but splurged a couple of times for Explorer Suites. The other one was all the way aft in Suit
  7. Captain Knutson(sp?), he of the first world cruise aboard the Sun and various other Viking cruises, was the host of the presentation you are describing. At the end, he was answering questions that were sent in and was asked if he would be the master on another Viking world cruise in the near future. He responded with, "none currently planned", but that he would be leaving in a couple of weeks (just before Christmas) to join the Venus for her sea trials. It would seem that the Venus will be ready to start cruising with fare-paying passengers by the hoped for April 2021 date. Seni
  8. deec, Not sure, as we can only speak from our personal experience, but it seems that you can change to a different cruise after using your future cruise voucher. In our case we used the FCV from our cancelled March 14th TA cruise to pay for our previously booked March 2021 South Atlantic Crossing. Upon further consideration about the pandemic outlook, we decided to to change our booking to the November 2021 South Atlantic Crossing. It was done with the hope that the world will have this COVID-19 virus under control and cruising will resume with a high degree of safet
  9. photopro -- "We have been very fortunate in that we chose Viking as our first cruise line and Icannot see us travelling with anyone else." photopro, you and Azulann were both Viking novices. Though unlike you, she was a long time traveler on other cruise lines. She said she was trying Viking partially for comparison purposes. By the time the cruise was over she was thoroughly convinced that Viking offered a superior product much appreciated by their clients. Azulann was one of the shakers and movers that made the Roll Call, Meet & Mingles, and overall shipboard p
  10. Ruth, what a small world. Compliments of Uncle Sam, I spent 2 years in Anchorage between Thanksgiving day 1968 and the day before Thanksgiving 1970 at Fort Richardson. In July 1969, I flew to Miami, married my waiting bride, and drove 6,000 miles in 10 days (including 3 days driving the Alcan highway from Dawson Creek, BC to Tok, AK). We spent 16 months as a newly married couple in Anchorage while I finished my tour of duty there. Our return was part driving and included sailing on the Alaskan Marine Highway from Haines, AK to Prince Rupert, BC, stopping at many of the same ports as Viking'
  11. SanteFe, are you sitting near the fire place close enough to the windows on the starboard side to take in the beautiful view? We were wondering how one would feel on the small Galapagos expedition ship when compared with any of the Viking ships whether it was a river, ocean, expedition or the latest addition, the Mississippi River boat. Will it be able to meet Viking's high level of comfort and style or by the nature of the destination and limited accessibility, more spartan accommodations and amenities are the trade off for cruising to one of the most unique places in the world.
  12. Photopro2, Thank you for your kind words. We fondly recall that TA cruise as one of the best we have experienced. The cruise was great even though Tangier was substituted for Casablanca. That stop was an unexpected pleasure that, like you, we didn't ever expect to see. Funchal, Madeira and Valencia were also highlights. The Viking Sea was great and the crew wonderful, but the biggest surprise that made that cruise the best in our minds was our fellow cruisers. So many highlights and so much enjoyment in our many encounters. From the largest and most active M & M
  13. Ruth, it was good; quiet and peaceful as the experts recommend! Just the two of us with phone calls to and from our family. We have an Alaska and the Inside Passage Viking cruise bought and paid for coming up in August, but it is looking more and more like that one won't be happening. Either Viking will be cancelling it or we will. We are waiting until closer to the sailing date to make our decision based on the situation and the facts that present themselves. We are exploring future cruise opportunities with Viking in the meantime.
  14. Thanks Clay. For better or worse we do have Viking Air Plus for this cruise. Our concern is that Viking will be trying to book us on some circuitous and lengthy flights on some off brand airlines. From our research, American Airlines offers the best combination of 1 stop flights in both directions with reasonable connections in either MIA or DFW. The only problem is they are some of the most expensive. We don't have a lot of AA points, so that my not be of much help.
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