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  1. I just have to chime in. For our cruise to Alaska in 2016 I worked very hard to find a minimally obstructed "obstructed view (OV)" cabin on the Crown. We ended up with E419 on Emerald deck. We were happy with the cabin, but after one night we were surprisingly moved to a balcony cabin due to some deficiencies in the bathroom that we didn't even notice. The balcony was nice, but completely wasted on us. We rarely ventured on the balcony and spent most of our time either in the port or on one of the open upper decks. So if you are on a tight budget, I recommend an OV or even inside cabin.
  2. I doubt that you would need gloves for Machu Picchu. We hiked the Inca trail to Machu Picchu a few years ago, and even that didn't involve any rock climbing. We did use hiking poles with rubber tips, which were required in order not to damage the numerous stone steps along the way. The ruins of Machu Picchu are very popular (and for a good reason!), and the nearby trails were all well maintained. The scenery is magnificent!
  3. You already have many pictures of Galapagos and Machu Picchu (which is really spectacular). Here is one from the Amazon jungle. We visited my aunt, a refugee from the Nazis who lived in Quito, about 35 years ago, when our kids were 4 1/2 and 6. We took a public bus from Quito to Tena, where we stayed in a run down hotel, and met these Indians on a walk through the jungle. They were very friendly and wanted us to join them for a volleyball game. Notice the men's hair covered in red clay. We were young and crazy then. If you get a chance, I would highly recommend that you spend
  4. For the July 6, 2020 cruise from Bergen to Reykjavik Viking could shorten the section in Norway (perhaps exploring the fjords while staying on the ship for a couple of days), and spend more time in and around Iceland. We would be fine with that, but others may not.
  5. We are doing the same itinerary as "Liz" and Peregrina, just a month later (Bergen to Reykjavik). I am not sure how much difference the direction of the cruise makes. We wanted to spend extra time in Reykjavik, because there may always be the chance to visit Norway, but not so much Iceland. We are adding two extra days on our own after the cruise, which we (you) could have also done pre-cruise. I have booked flights from Los Angeles to Bergen via Amsterdam on KLM, and from Reykjavik to L.A. via Philadelphia on American Airlines, with plenty of time for the connections. I used V
  6. O.K. I have seen those excursions on the Viking website. I guess Phil threw me off by talking about a long bus ride and not mentioning the train. Thanks for the explanation.
  7. Now I am confused. I thought that Flamsbana is Flam Railway. I don't know any Norwegian, but "bana" sounds like railway, being similar to the German "Bahn". Does Flambana also run buses in Flam?
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