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  1. And now that tips are charged, many including me still offer gratuties on top of the included tips. I expect in a few years it will be expected of all passengers or they will be considered chintzy. Seems to be the natural progression of things. In the U.S.take out restaurant and curbside delivery people expect tips and an area is included on all credit card charge areas. Even fast food counters have tip jars. To top it off, Mariott Hotels now asks guests to tip room attendants on their $300 a night room because maids are so poorly paid. Totally out of hand.
  2. Got a single guarantee Neptune category SC on Nieuw Amsterdam next april for $3,673, I think that was a bargain.
  3. Find a great travel agent. Good ones can almost always save you 8-10 percent plus various onboard credits and freebies.
  4. I can only assume those who insist on paying TA's full price with no discount or OBC also pay full published rates for hotel rooms, rental cars, brochure prices for cruises and sticker prices for new car purchases. After all, even large companies are nothing but collections of individual people trying to eke out a living for their families.
  5. Is that biscuit sandwich what passes now for scones, jam and real clotted cream?
  6. On those walking tours are there places for limited walkers to sit and drink coffee or at least sit and wait while the group finishes their hike?
  7. Can't figure out why they restrict Neptune from the attending the CO onboard event. Seems like a very minor thing to bother limiting.
  8. Even when they sometimes match price available on carrier, their fares being flexible are worth a fortune in this time of multiple cruise cancellations. Carrier fares are rarely refundable now when a cruise cancels and I've got so much future airline credit it will be hard to use it up before some of it expires. I've really learned to hate airlines.
  9. My friend called Viking and got us all linked to the same time
  10. After you read your books may we assume you then put it in the leave and take space?🙂
  11. How do you change/cancel online dining reservations for Viking Ocean cruise? I can't find any way to cancel one and rebook a different time/restaurant. Also, is there any way to connect and book another party at the same time and table?
  12. As did many of us until decrepitude arrived. (Falling off a roof didn't help).
  13. Do you think all those pictures are real? Some of them look computer generated to me.
  14. Booked those. There just aren't many offered. Searching for other operators or will hire taxis.
  15. Nice of Viking to offer free excursions in ports but do they all have to be walking tours? Some of us are past the point where we can hike a couple of miles a day or stand for an hour or so, (usually in the hot sun), listening to a tour guide. They are far from the only one. Most companies seem to only focus on walks and very few of those offer anywhere for someone to sit and watch the passing scene while waiting for groups to return from touring another palace, cathedral, castle, medieval town etc. There's more to travel than buildings and narrow streets.
  16. Just notified that our October 2, 2021 Budapest to Bucharest riverboat cruise has been cancelled. That's cruise number five gone over the last year. The airline cancels are the bigger mess since they only refund in future credit and it has to be used by middle/end of 2022. I guess we just have to fly around for the "enjoyment" of it to use them all up.
  17. Our waiter on our last cruise, (whenever that was - seems like years ago), said he had served one of the Tomahawks to a Granddad who took his family on a birthday cruise. One steak served eight people and evidently the ship made quite an impressive presentation of it.
  18. So, kill me for not being a great typist. I don't object to big deposit on cruises. I do object to big deposits for nothing more than a spot on a waitlist that may never clear. As to one cruise or back to backs, the trip was listed as a single cruise until it came time to pay the deposit when it suddenly became two and the waitlist deposit doubled. This was to be our first Oceania, (happy now?), cruise. We will look for another company.
  19. Just tried to book an $11,000 Oceanic cruise through TA for August 2022. Cruise was fully booked but was offered waitlist. Fine - except when TA called to list, Oceanic said deposit of $1,500 was required. That seemed alwfully high for a simple waitlist but ldokay we decided to accept. TA called back to confirm and was told Oops!, cruise is sold as one cruise but is actually back to back cruises so waitlist deposit would be $3,000. Neither TA nor I could believe that amount so he called to get a different agent. Apparently the $3,000 is correct. No deal. Sounds like a company desperate for cash to me. No way I would loan Oceanic $3,000 for over a year for nothing more than a position on a waitlist.
  20. What? Who even notices what other people are doing and who cares. Our waiter asked if we would like him to pack the chocolates and we accepted but I sure wouldn't hesitate to take them if he hadn't. As far as I know that is the only place on the ship to ge them.
  21. You might also consider one of the packages in the gifts and indulgences sections of the HAL website for your cabin. They have several that might apply including one specific for birthdays that consists of flowers and balloons.
  22. I keep expecting every year cruise lines to begin charging everything a la carte with maybe a "special of the day" prix fixe. They seem to be slowly implementing it through specialty restaurants and creeping extra fees everywhere else.
  23. Meaning they just put a swab up your nose. Took about 3 seconds.
  24. I was traveling with a couple but the hostess always asked if we wanted to share or stay separate. There are a few tables for two so I imagine you can choose whichever option you prefer. Woof
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