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  1. It is true that some people may not like the fixed menu style of Chef's Table (we do!), but it is also possible that you might like some menus but not others. I think we have eaten at the Chef's Table five times. One we didn't care for, two we liked, one we loved, and one was perhaps the best meal I have ever eaten. We really love the whole experience. It is different from our usual choices at home, but that is why we travel!
  2. For those who might not know, portions in the Chef's Table are generally small, even if there are multiple portions and multiple wines. It's one of the many reasons I love it.
  3. This is just a guess at an explanation on my part. Viking is relatively new to ocean cruising, and has been extremely popular. They have pushed a rapid expansion to tap in to the demand for their product. I suspect that they are using our money to build new ships. Works for me, but then ever since our first cruise, we have always had another one booked. That allows us to secure 6 month final payment on new bookings.
  4. Things are so complicated in these early stages! All of these new Mediterranean itineraries begin and end in Valetta, so I assume that the government in Malta must have been easier to work with in getting things up and running. I hope it works well, as I would love to get to Malta with Viking sometime after our two cruises in 2022.
  5. I understand the wish to see every bit that you can in St. Petersburg, and would have happily spent hours more in the Hermitage than we did on our Alla tour. The Monday visit sounds ideal. We very much enjoyed the restaurant lunches we had on our three day tour with Alla. All three were nice restaurants with very good food, and gave us a welcome chance to relax for a while. Having the three day visit on the Russia and the Baltic Seas cruise allowed us that luxury, without causing us to miss any of the places we wanted to visit.
  6. This is the first time I have seen these details. Of course, I do understand, but would surely miss the old World Cafe. Any idea how this will work? Does it just become another restaurant with fully plated dinners? No more "May I have some of this and some of that?" as an option? No more sushi?!?!?!
  7. I think they are still requiring masks on buses, subways, and airplanes, but I doubt that would translate over to cruise ships.
  8. Now that we are fully vaccinated I wish we were joining you lucky folks on one of these Welcome Back cruises. However, instead I have scheduled hip replacement surgery for June so that I will be able to enjoy our two scheduled cruises for 2022! I hope this new cooperation with Malta for restarting cruises will result in that country's regular inclusion in Viking's cruise itineraries. That has been on my wish list for quite a while.
  9. So true. Couple that with a legitimate need to replenish lost revenue and this should surprise no one. Glad we have two booked for 2022, and the funds from three cancellations to pay for them!
  10. Even though we are not booked for cruises until 2022, I am still thrilled that Viking is working to resume modified cruising to select areas again. It's funny, I remember my initial thoughts a year ago that I wouldn't like to cruise if I had to wear a mask etc. Spending all this time unable to visit the places I love has certainly changed that opinion! I will wear a mask, spit in a test tube, and go ashore in my Viking bubble (in addition to my covid vaccine) just to have the chance to resume sailing again. I will do my part to reduce the risk to fellow shipmates and residents of the places I
  11. If you aren't prepared to deal with things that change when you travel, you are setting yourself up for disappointment. For me, planning is so I know what the possibilities are. However, surprises can make the best memories of all.
  12. Repeat ports require extra research, so you can find something different to do. Plus, with your World Cruise, you have so many visits to plan, it must take two years!
  13. I can't believe how much time I have spent researching the ports for our two cruises that are a year and eighteen months away. Yes, I think we are all antsy!
  14. Glad to hear that Viking has established vaccine requirements for this next batch of cruises. Thanks to all of you who contacted TellUs to support that idea! I don't know if that was an influence on their decision, but I am pleased with the outcome.
  15. We have also taken the Trade Routes cruise, and in spite of some very challenging weather (which added another sea day when we could not dock in Falmouth) we really loved that cruise. On a fifteen day cruise, I want a couple of sea days, and two would be perfect. We were prepared for three, as there is plenty to do on the ship, but the extra missed port was a disappointment. I loved the variety of places we visited. Bruges was on our bucket list and it did not disappoint. We took Viking's Bruges On Your Own excursion and found the city really easy to navigate. From Le Havre we ski
  16. We love the program of the resident historian and the lecturers, and attend many of them. For those new to Viking, they do have a small troupe of entertainers who appear around the ship, in Star Theater, and in Torshaven (the small nightclub). We have found these musicians, singers, and dancers quite talented, and there is a real range of offerings from classical to rock. We have only ever sailed with Viking, but I do gather that the offerings on the large cruise ships are certainly more elaborate. We never felt a lack of something to do onboard ship, including the time spend with
  17. You are so right that this is a personal preference, but for us it also changes from place to place. We did a private group tour for our three days in Saint Petersburg, but for the most part, we stick to Viking's excursions. We sometimes use the included tours as long as there is a walking component, and sometimes optional ones. We have never been on a bus with more than 30 people, and we like the convenience of Viking taking care of everything. We like having a guide, but often stay after a tour and return on the Viking shuttle to get time on our own. In Brugge we did a "Brugge on your Own"
  18. Even if you don't have the drinks package or pay the supplemental fee for that meal in Chef's Table, you still get five different wines, paired to each course. It is different from the daily selection served in the other dining venues, just not the premiere wines served for the upgrade.
  19. We also have two cruises booked for 2022, both replacements for cruises canceled during this past year. The thing that makes this so complicated is that, in our cases, we are trying to look ahead to something that won't take place for fifteen months. If you think of it, fifteen months ago, most of us had never heard of a coronavirus! Who knows where we will be by then? Will we all be getting booster shots for the vaccine? Will variants of the disease be disrupting our lives all over again? At this point, I think that I would be reluctant to cruise unless all passengers and crew are
  20. Oddly, this is something I had not really considered. Of course we will be vaccinated (finally get our first shots on our March 22 anniversary!), so we will have the protection from serious risk of illness from covid . I hadn't thought about the disruption to a cruise if unvaccinated people are included in the mix. So count me in with the group who will only travel if Viking requires vaccines. We are scheduled for two cruises in 2022, so they have some time to get this right!
  21. Just on a side note, the Viking video I saw on the testing program indicated that it is a saliva based test, not a nasal swab. That should be less objectionable.
  22. I am one of Viking's biggest fans, so I have lots of emotional support invested in their survival. However, anyone who doesn't at least acknowledge the risk that a cruise line may not survive the financial stress of the shutdown is not being realistic. I have deposits on two cruises with Viking for 2022, but have tried to avoid paying final balances by moving scheduled cruises forward. I hope to continue to do this until ships are sailing again. We are lucky that we have booked both cruises when we had one already under deposit, so we only have to make that final payment six months befor
  23. Sounds like an excellent suggestion. Thanks for the photos. Eutruscan tombs and an Italian hill town. Can't go wrong!
  24. I would really love to see Civita di Bagnoregio or Hardrian's Villa, and it is hard to pass on Rome (a personal favorite) even for just a day, but all involve long travel time. This is a 15 day trip with no sea days, so I think it best to plan some shorter excursions. Our schedule has a long day in Civitavecchia ( 7 AM to 11 PM, I think), but not an overnight. If you had to choose only one of Ostia and Tarquinia, did you have a favorite? I am hoping by 2022 we may be able to have some freedom to wander on our own!
  25. Oh, thanks for that information. We have scheduled two different back to back cruises for 2022, and know there is a turn around day in Rome that doesn't show any excursions. I have started researching some on our own options, but it's good to know there may be Viking excursions.
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