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  1. I have so much sympathy for the crew on board who were looking forward to seeing their families. Several of the crew are from the Philippines and from having spoken with them on past cruises, those who are working on ships that travel to their home area are thrilled beyond belief to have the opportunity to see family members while the ship is docked there. Now that opportunity no longer exists and they must carry on until their contract ends. So for the passengers affected, please accept the changes and remember that you are traveling on a Viking cruise with a loved one. What could be better? Enjoy yourselves no matter where you travel.
  2. We were in 5111 last year. The room itself is the same as all DV staterooms. We loved the view off the aft facing veranda and would select that room again. It was so quiet back there that we never saw anyone coming or going from the rooms around us over our 15 day cruise. The supply room for the room stewards is directly across the hall, but do not let that worry you. You will never hear any noise from them. We actually like seeing several of the stewards there in the morning getting ready to start their day. It gave us the opportunity to talk with several of them and they were all a joy. Enjoy your cruise!
  3. You can almost always find chocolate cookies. They will be in the World Cafe at lunch and dinner or at the Viking Bar on deck 1. As mentioned above there is also chocolate gelato available at lunch and dinner in the World Cafe. In the main dining room or Manfredi's there is almost always a chocolate option for dessert and if not, head up to the World Cafe for dessert. Also there are chocolate bars in your mini bar which are replenished daily depending on your room category. We had a wonderful chocolate buffet one evening, but that was on a Christmas cruise, so not sure if that is always offered. The Chef's Table may not always have a chocolate dessert as it is a set menu. If not, once again, head to the World Cafe for dessert.
  4. We were on the same cruise last Christmas. The ship is decorated for Christmas, but in Viking style, the decorations are very tasteful and tend to blend in with Viking's minimalistic look. The decorations are beautiful but not "in your face". The shows and food are the same as they normally would be. We did have Christmas caroling one night in the atrium with a wonderful chocolate buffet afterward. We are currently ending 15 days on the Viking Sea and did not have the chocolate buffet and have not had it on previous Viking cruises, so I assume it was for Christmas. As far as the weather is concerned, the seas were quite rough as soon as we left Lisbon and remained that way for several days. Things improved the further west we went. Just be prepared. One of our cabin attendants told me to eat a green apple each night before I went to bed which apparently will calm your stomach. Although there are activities during the day, be prepared for a lot of down time. There were several people on the cruise who were working on quilts, knitting, reading, etc but it is a very relaxing cruise. Have a a good time.
  5. CCWineLover, We each have an iPhone and an iPad so we do not have to log off of one to log onto the other, just as it was when Viking Ocean originally started. More recently we would have to log off of one before we could log onto the other, but you are correct in saying the process was easy and quick. We have had no problems with connections or speed, and today was a sea day so we probably would have noticed it today. I do not remember which thread it was on, but I did read on Cruise Critic in the last 1-2 weeks were the Wi-Fi service was shut down for a period of time one day to make updates. Wonder if this is what they were working on.
  6. We are currently aboard the Sea and received the following information upon arrival: "Please note that guests can operate two devices per person in the stateroom. Should you wish to use third device, simply log on to the Viking Wi-Fi and you will have the option to log off from either of the connected devices." So internet access has recently been changed back to two devices per person.🙂
  7. I have previously taken care of these tasks at 3:00 a.m. as I live on the east coast. I thought I saw something on Cruise Critic about the times changing but cannot find it. Can someone please confirm what the current time is to sign up for excursions/specialty restaurants for the east coast. Thanks so much for your help.
  8. Thank you to all for your help. I guess the key is to just be patient. Hopefully all will go well.
  9. Thank you very much Cole Thornton. I will use the cell phone lot.
  10. I have been asked to pick up friends as they disembark from the Gem in Boston. Can anyone tell me what this is like or give me any helpful tips? I can only imagine the congestion. They will not take public transportation to a more convenient location and ask that I pick them up right at the port. Any help is greatly appreciated.
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