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Etexvrc

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About Etexvrc

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  • Location
    NE Texas
  • Interests
    Travel, Falconry
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Viking Ocean
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Iceland

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  1. Thanks for the great posts! We will be boarding 12/21 for the reverse itinerary. Can you tell us anything about the 'enrichment lecturers'? Would love to research before our cruise. Thanks Again.
  2. Yes. I can't say I LOVE the water bucket, but do partake after my steam room (as its only feet away). In the locker room, after my sauna, I end with a dip in the cold water pool. Now that took longer to build up the courage for! But the included spa area is my biggest draw to cruising with Viking.
  3. We are seasoned Viking Ocean cruises having been on 6 so far. One reason is I LOVE the spa area on Viking. We have been to Iceland and have been to both The Blue Lagoon and another that we stopped at on a non-Viking excursion. Promoted as a "Secret Lagoon". Also a great experience in that it was in a small community and more locals were attending. I've also been to Baden-Baden and had an incredible time. A unique experience, one not to be missed. I would like to go to Das Central in Austria. 10 different saunas & steamrooms! Sounds like my kind of place! Of course the last two are not on any Viking trips (that I'm aware of). My one piece of advice for any and all spas....Take your time. Don't be rushed. Relax, unwind and enjoy yourself. If we had it to do over again, we would most certainly re-visit these spas, only on our time schedule. I don't want to feel as though I'm 'racing the clock' and have to leave before I want to. That's what I love about the Spa on the Viking Ocean ships. I can visit as often as I want, and stay as long as I want. And it's all included in the price.
  4. We too enjoyed Jeremy Paterson's lectures. I believe he was on our Majestic Iceland cruise. But I've a question for you philw1776, you seemed to have a source for lecturers for upcoming cruises. Did you 'just ask' Viking? Or is it available publicly somewhere? I'd be interested in this information for upcoming cruise in South America coming up in late Dec. Wondering who the lecturers will be. Thanks in advance.
  5. We've been on 5 VOC. Would have to agree with Richard2 in that Homelands was great (our first), but our most recent Iceland trip was outstanding. In order of our enjoyment, 1) Homelands, 2&3 (Tie) Iceland & Australia/NZ, 4) Kiel Canal 5)West Indies. I think that the Homelands give the most 'experience' for the money. In other words, you visit several different countries in a whirlwind two week trip. It was our first experience in Norway and fell in love with the country (have been back several times, both with & without Viking). Estonia was a stop that we may have never enjoyed had it not been for the Homelands cruise. Iceland is simply incredible! We have traveled all over and have never seen natural scenery/beauty like that! We will return. Like many others here, we are scheduled to cruise South America in December (Santiago -> BA) so this list/order may change.
  6. We've cruised on the Star, Sun, Sky and (most recent) Orion. Starting their first year (2015). We've seen 'improvements' along the way. Some for the better, some not so favorably. But all are minor changes that we enjoy noticing. Little things like..... On the Star, their first ship, the drains for the showers in the spa dressing room wasn't designed with enough capacity so they tended to 'overflow'. But nothing a few towels couldn't take care of, and has been improved on other newer ships. On the Sun (I believe) they had installed automatic, powered curtain closers/openers. IMO more of a problem than a convenience. Only one ship we have been on had this feature. Probably a short-lived experiment. On the Orion the addition of the planetarium was a big plus, although a couple of the scheduled shows could be improved. One in particular 'Mission to Mars' I believe was the title, was more geared to something that would be enjoyed by a teenager than the typical Viking cruiser. Sometimes the Wintergarden on deck 7 is not as cold temperature-wise than other ships. We enjoyed the chocolate fest on the Orion (our last cruise in Dec 2018) and hope it's incorporated into all ships! As a photographer, the photos used during the port talks were distracting bad. Color saturation is WAY off. Beautiful photographs ruined by color manipulation. (I nit pick, I know) The menu at Manfretti's changed ever so slightly. Still very good (my favorite specialty restaurant), but our first couple of cruises was better. Hope they return to that original menu. We LOVE Viking Ocean cruising, and none of the above diminishes that love. It just gives each Viking ship it's own unique personality. We are excited about boarding the Sky in about 4 days to see what changes are on that ship.
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