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  1. Thank you Kent and Pam... The Sky is a Royal Class ship, so will have about 3600 onboard. The capacity is much larger than VO ships. We have sailed on the Royal and Regal Princess extensively and really enjoy everything they have to offer. Yes, they can feel a bit crowded at times, but they're well designed so we don't notice it too much.
  2. Hi Kent and Pam... Thank you for providing the timeframe for when you noticed the October 2020 TA on the Sky availability...very helpful. I also plan to check weekly. As for west to east TAs... Although we love TAs, we've limited ours to east to west for two very important reasons: The 27-day Rome to Miami TA is very port intensive on the front end...as are most TAs. The multiple sea days after Libson and then the Azores are soooo very relaxing and rejuvenating. Not so on a west to east TA where the sea days come first and ports of call come at the end. Gaining six hours over the length of the TA portion is most welcome...again, not so on a west to east TA where six hours are lost. Whichever direction you sail, being on the sea is the best!! You'll enjoy either...
  3. It's true, most cruisers are not even aware of Cruise Critic let alone participate in its roll cals. However, we're flying to Rome in about 10 days in advance of the Sky Princess 28-day inaugural TA...as of this morning there are 7400+ posts on its roll call. Thank you... There's some useful information there.
  4. I'm thinking you're correct... I notice the roll call for the Rome to Lisbon segment of our TA in 2020 was started in February of this year, so it looks like it will be early in the next year at the earliest. I'll just have to keep checking...
  5. This isn't the correct place to start a roll call. For the correct location, click here: Viking Jupiter Roll Calls Do a search for your roll call there before you start a new one....
  6. One can find negatives in just about everything... I can tell you in 170+ cruising days around Europe, when touring privately more than 90% with private providers, we have never experienced a breakdown or someone not paying their fair share if they could not make the tour for some reason. I wish I could say the same for some of the ship sponsored tours we have taken...a two-hour delay when a bus broke down in the mountains outside Ponta Delgada and having to wait an hour and forty minutes on the bus in Amsterdam because some fellow travelers didn't feel the meeting time applied to them. Sometimes ship's tours work best, but we have found private tours with reputable companies are best for us most of the time. Touring with a group of eight and customizing the tour to our liking is a huge plus for us.
  7. We've booked our first VO cruise...a fall 2020 TA Rome to Miami. When can we expect Viking to make 2021 Med to USA TAs available for booking? Thank you for any insight experienced VO veterans are able to provide...
  8. You don't mention the cost, but the better private tour operators currently charge €650 for an eight person van for a comparable tour. That comes to €81.25 per person. How does that compare with what Viking is charging?
  9. You can call anywhere while on Wi-Fi, but it's not free to all numbers. See below from the AT&T website... Wi-Fi Calling is billed based on the number you call no matter whether you’re using Wi-Fi® at home or while traveling abroad. Calls to U.S. numbers can be made at no additional charge. Calls to international numbers are billed at your international long distance rates. If you’re traveling abroad, this includes calls to the country you’re in.
  10. Thank you for pointing that out. You might also have noticed that at other ports only a stateroom keycard is suggested...no ID of any kind. That's a bit too minimalist for me as we should all have some form of ID on our person when in port.
  11. No...it's not always better to book two 7-day itineraries as one 14-day cruise. Run the numbers to determine which works better for you. Refaring in the event of a sale may work out better for you when you book the two 7-day cruises separately. You'll receive the same number of cruise credits regardless of which way you book. You'll pay two deposits for two 7-day cruises...one for a 14-day cruise. The total of the two deposits will likely be more than for the 14-day cruise.
  12. Were you specifically instructed to bring your passport? In 2017 there was no such requirement. We leave our passports in our safe and carry only our driver's license and a photocopy of our passport information page.
  13. We're on AT&T and when we have an issue with cell service in Europe I tap Settings on my iPhone, then Cellular then change the provider. This usually fixes a service issue...
  14. That has not been our experience. I believe you would have to claim and recheck your luggage, after going thru security as we were required, before onward travel. FRA is a huge disjointed airport which we try to avoid at all costs. 90 minutes could very well be cutting it too close for comfort.
  15. Couldn't find a thread on this? How about the other one you started?
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