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  1. I am tired of thinking about all the things we can't do. If you didn't have to worry about vacation time and finances and viruses and established cruise itineraries, where would you go? My own answer is easy: from Istanbul to Rome, with an itinerary that must include Ephesus, Rhodes, Santorini, Dubrovink, Taormina, and Valletta. Pre/Post extensions in Istanbul and the Ultimate Italy Umbria. Other ports as needed to complete the route. I think three weeks would be about right. P.S. Since I claimed finances were not a concern, let me add Business Class air to that scenar
  2. Sadly, the Paris to the Swiss Alps that kept me following this thread was canceled for this April. We replaced that one with an ocean cruise for next April. (fingers crossed) We do have a Lyon & Provence river cruise for next September, so I will have to reread this thread next year with that as my focus. (fingers still crossed) On a side note, we also like to use Heathrow as our connecting point, and BWI does have flights to London, but not every day. We do use that when we can.
  3. I have been updated to the new version of MVJ, which had just one of our two booked cruises showing. Through a drop down box I was prompted to enter another booking number, which I did, and the second cruise appeared. I did notice a new feature under Shore Excursions. Since we are way too early to be viewing them yet, they do have the Pre and Post cruise extension listed there. I notice one of them had a " Only One Available" (or something like that). I wonder if that literally means just one person, or would it be couple? I know I could contact Viking to ask that, but I figure th
  4. Okay, now I have to go check mine to see if I have been upgraded or if I am being saved for last!😉
  5. Right about now, I would settle for cruising on any one of the Viking ships, in any configuration!
  6. We were also on the Russian and the Baltic Seas cruise (May 2019 - great cruise). Even with the three day stay and many excursions to choose from, Viking does not offer a comprehensive three day tour of St. Petersburg, just a two day option. Their Ultimate Saint Petersburg covers a lot, but still not as much as we saw with Alla, and at a reduced price. This is the only non-Viking excursion we have taken so far (three cruises) and we selected it for all the reasons you listed. It was top notch, but as you mentioned, we have enjoyed our Viking excursions as well.
  7. Obviously I am not certain, but I bet that was a typo and the poster meant there should not be worries about that. At least that is my experience.
  8. Thanks, as always, for your detailed information about pricing for excursions and comparisons with private tours. It supports my instincts that Viking's are usually moderately priced, in my opinion. We also used Alla tours in St. Petersburg (great experience) for a variety of reasons, but mostly because we wanted to see as much as possible in what would likely be our only visit to St. Petersburg. We were not sure we could accomplish that with the individual Viking tours on offer, and the Viking full two day tour was considerably more expensive. Alla was a group that was very high
  9. You have been offered excellent advice from some of our most helpful posters here on the Viking forum. That is another thing I love about Viking. While the crew is stellar, I also find the other passengers to be a generally interesting and pleasant group. I`m not sure I noticed a few things covered so far. If you find you like Viking as much as we do, once you have one cruise booked, you can book another one with a final payment date just six months prior to sailing.You can also get that option when you book a cruise on board. We always have at least one cruise booked, and often
  10. I am happy that your refund experience was so prompt. Ours took considerably longer, but my expectations were that it would take time and I was patient, so I was not disappointed. We too are great Viking fans of Viking, and truly wish them the best as we all navigate these complicated times. I hope others reading of your experience will understand that your experience is not the norm right now. Having reasonable expectations can make waiting for a refund easier to handle. Looking forward to our next Viking cruise, hopefully end of April next year. It really must be tru
  11. Our international travel experience began in our mid 50's on a bus, with a guide. Yes, we were rather timid travelers back then, and we liked having someone hold our hands. We did have great times and met nice people on those trips. A cruise was the farthest thing from our minds. My siblings described their Caribbean cruises on huge ships in such a way that I began to wonder if I wasn't switched at birth. As we got a little older and grew tired of moving to a new hotel almost daily, we saw the famous (or is it infamous?) Viking river cruise commercials on Downton Abbey. That led
  12. We are in our late 60's, and relatively healthy. I had always thought that when we could not keep up with our normal level of activity, we would graciously "retire" from cruising. However, the current unexpected moratorium from travel has me reconsidering. While I wouldn't want to hold back the pace of other travelers, I can envision still wanting to go on trips even if we would not be able to participate at the same level that we used to do. We are just missing out on valuable travel time right now, and don't know when we will get to go again. There are still so many places I want to see, or
  13. Peregrina, Thanks for posting this. I'd like to think I would already know better than to give out my information this way, but if I was still waiting for my refund (already received, thank you Viking) who knows. There is so much on everyone's mind right now that mistakes could be made. It is distressing that there are people who will prey on others this way. Right now, it seems like every time I decide my opinion of the human race cannot go any lower, I am proved wrong. I guess it's too much time at home, too much news watching, not enough social interaction, and the concern
  14. This does not sound appealing to me, and yet the longer we have to go without a river/ocean cruise, the more my opinion may change. The set dining idea really seems futile to me. During the rest of the time you will mingle with other guests, and when you leave the ship you may come in contact with many people, so it seems rather pointless to restrict the normal mix of people in the dining room.
  15. When we took this cruise in 2018, in Portsmouth the included excursion was to the Naval Dockyards. We really enjoyed the chance to go on board Admiral Nelson's flagship from the Battle of Trafalgar. Quite amazing to see what conditions were for those sailors! The current excursions are somewhat different from the ones available on our cruise.
  16. We did this cruise in October of 2018, and while the weather was not co-operative, we did love the itinerary. We usually do a mix of included excursions and some optional ones, and we did so on this trip as well. I can offer a few suggestions based on what appealed to us. Of course, you might make other choices based on your preferences and travel history. We strongly recommend that you choose one of the optional excursions from Zeebrugge to get to Bruges, a charming city that is very walkable. From Le Havre, we chose another optional excursion. We went to Honfleur, a nearby fishi
  17. We just recently transferred a deposit from a cruise for this October to a different one for April of 2021 (fingers crossed). The process was seemless, and we only owed a small additional balance because the insurance was more since the trip was longer and more expensive. The final payment due date will depend. We already have another cruise booked for fall of 2021, and for customers who have a second cruise on the books, Viking will allow a six month before departure final payment date.That is what we were given, though I think I had to mention that to the agent. If this does not
  18. I think the point was the you can't predict how long it will take to develop a vaccine. If the search does drag on for years, I believe we will find ways to live an altered life in the time of corona. I can't picture what exactly it will be, and I am all for the current stay at home measures, but I honestly can't see spending the rest of my life in semi-quarantine.
  19. Thanks for the update. We were patiently waiting for a refund by check for an April 11 river cruise which we requested March 12. I suspected that refunds for echeck payments may take longer. However, I was watching for an actual check to arrive in the mail, and just as I was typing this, it occurred to me that they may do a direct deposit to our account. Lo and behold, they refunded our full amount on April 15! I second your opinion that my contacts with Viking have been both pleasant and efficient during this process, as they have always been when booking cruises. My actual intent
  20. Optimal temperature is an individual choice. For me, I would rather be a little chilly than too hot. I wilt in higher temperatures. Your options of mid April and early May would likely be similar in temperature if weather is in normal ranges. April would likely have increased chances of rain, and May increases the chance of unexpectedly warmer than usual temperatures. I think either one is an excellent choice, and it is just depends on which scenario suites you best. It's good to look forward to such choices again!
  21. We requested a refund to use that money to pay on an already booked cruise. However, I have my next one (after the two on the books) already planned: Mediterranean & Italian Sojourn. It's fifteen days, from Barcelona to Venice with a mix of many new ports and a handful of old favorites. Dreaming of early 2022. I thought this was just the virtual Explorer's Lounge! Is the rest of the ship open? If so, I could really go for some of the sushi in the World Cafe right now.
  22. I am also waiting for a refund from a cruise that was canceled by Viking. I requested a refund (by check) as of March 12. However, I am waiting with a considerable amount of patience as I recognize that these are not ordinary times. I too hope they don't run out of money, in equal parts because I want the money back and because I want Viking to survive. I want to use that money to cruise with them again one day. "Does that mean home work is slower?" Are you kidding? Have you ever worked from home? I am doing so some days now, and everything I do takes longer. Asking a question of a
  23. I was hoping someone who was more sure of this than I am would answer, but I think she had a refurbishing already. I have a vague memory of a discussion within the last year?
  24. I got my love of travel from my daughter. Of course, her idea of up close and personal is a little different from mine! Sri Lanka, 2017. I hope to follow in her footsteps one day. (She gave me permission to share her photo.)
  25. Thanks for the heads up. I didn't expect to see anything new as I figured Viking had their hands full. Since we can't actually travel now, I do like to spend time browsing and dreaming of the future!
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