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  1. It is good to see that Viking is doing some enhancements to My Viking Journey. I agree that it would be great is Viking disabled the transaction feature in MVJ once a cruise commences but still allow customers to see an archived view of the current and past cruises. It would also be good to have access to electronic PDFs of the Viking Daily from each cruise. I know I'm flogging a dead horse but you have to keep trying and hope that someone at Viking is looking.
  2. Yep, my mistake. I was looking at the first day of the cruise and there are no shore excursions. The date is there for day 2.
  3. We booked a cruise that starts in February 2020. I have searched everywhere in MVJ and I can't see a date when our Shore Excursions will be available to view.
  4. There are plenty of apps that let you book hotels and flights but many people use Viking to organise the pre and post cruise accommodation as well as flights. People should be free to choose what suits their needs. What is wrong with asking Viking if passengers can see the MVJ information for their past cruises, including the electronic copies of the Viking Daily from their cruise? What is wrong with using the MVJ portal to review cruise excursions and cruise operations rather than paper based evaluations?
  5. Hi Andy, you have a great travel blog but most people don't have the skill to set up a Wordpress site. All I'm suggesting is the ability or passengers to create an online diary blog within MVJ. The cruise itinerary, Viking Daily and information about excursions could also be there. A personal diary post will help people remember details, esp valuable if they can review their past cruises in MVJ. Viking could easy allow you to post two or three photos each day with a filter to limit image size. If you don't want to share it they will be personal and private. But if you want other people to be able to see your photos or blog tick a box and make them public.
  6. I'm sure this is not the case and the old cruise information is archived and never deleted. Old passenger information would never be deleted. Online storage costs would be minimal for Viking and I anticipate that are using hosted storage services rather than buying and maintaining their own server farms. Viking's customer base is an incredibly valuable asset for Viking. Nearly all of us are repeat customers and we keep coming back for more cruises. The question is what can Viking do to help us. I'd love to be able to go back and look at my past cruises. We did the Switzerland to the North Sea river cruise in 2016. That cruise doesn't exist now so I can't go online and reread the itinerary. Give me access to the cruise information and the Viking Daily with the anecdotes and crew names etc. Online storage space is cheap compared to other costs. Give me space to write my daily diary posts with the knowledge that it is saved in MVJ and only I can read it unless I choose to tick a box and provide access to Viking staff or other passengers.
  7. We currently use My Viking Journey to Update our passenger information Book shore excursions and the SS drinks package Check Viking air services and flight details Access information about the ship, dining and spa services Print cruise documents and itinerary summaries Make payments and check our account MVJ is a safe, secure platform that only Viking passengers can access. I hope that Viking will work with passengers and consider expanding My Viking Journey. Some of the new features I would like to see include: Provide passengers with ‘read only’ access to all their past cruises. Currently everything disappears as soon as the cruise starts and the cruise information can never been seen again. Just turn off the booking features and transaction portal when the cruise starts. Publish the Viking Daily to MVJ and provide online space for passengers to upload their photographs, write diary notes and review excursions. It would be great to do daily excursion reviews online as passengers could retain a copy as well as forward the review to Viking. Add check boxes to allow passengers to share notes, excursion reviews and photographs with Viking, MVJ members and/or public. Add forums for each Viking cruise so past Viking passengers can provide support and advice to 'new' Viking cruise customers. What do other Viking passengers think?
  8. Hi Bill, We board the Orion in Hong Kong and sail through to Vancouver. I'll find Kateryna at the bar and ask her for a 'Bill Bailey' special in your honour.
  9. Hi Bill, The Tasmanian Sojourn is advertised in the current online advertising for the Australia & New Zealand cruise - looks great. Shame it wasn't available for your cruise.
  10. Hi Stretch, the beef in Tasmania is outstanding - grass fed and packed with flavour. Hopefully the ship will feature Cape Grimm or Robbins Island beef on the menu when you are in Hobart.
  11. Hi Bill, if you had a scallop pie on the ship when you were in Hobart if probably came from Smith's Pies in Hobart. I'm glad you enjoyed it and I'm disappointed the oysters you tried were not better. We ate dozens of oysters in Tasmania and found the ones at Bruny Island to be the best. They were shucked while customers waited and they were absolutely delicious and served both natural and cooked and with a variety of sauces. I looked at the excursions that Viking offered for Hobart and wonder how much they charged for the 'Tasmanian Sojourn' excursion as this would have been my pick from the excursions on offer.
  12. The fresh Tasmanian oysters are excellent, especially when paired with a chilled chardonnay or pinot. I'm not sure if you will find a scallop pie near the Orion's dock in Hobart and suggest you ask a few locals near the dock if there is bakery nearby that sells scallop pies.
  13. Hi Bill, I just found this thread. Try to sample a scallop pie when you are in Hobart as they are a culinary delicacy unique to Tasmania. It will be Friday tomorrow so Salamanca Markets won't be open (Smith's Pies are excellent). If you do the Richmond excursion the local Richmond Bakery does an excellent scallop pie.
  14. Here is the link direct to page 18 of the January 13 2019 roll call. https://boards.cruisecritic.com.au/topic/2440286-search-for-northern-lights-jan-13-2019/?page=18
  15. Found it by accident. Posts while cruising start at the end of page 14.
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