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  1. Bruges is lovely and easy to stroll on your own. If Viking offers a shuttle or another way to get there take it. I bought this little book in London before our train left for Belgium and it is with my sister now for her visit to Bruges. Very helpful maps that fit in a pocket. https://www.amazon.com/Bruges-PopOut-Map-Maps/dp/1910218316/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=bruges+pop+out+map&qid=1567112240&s=books&sr=1-1 I posted a few photos I took in 2012. I am hoping to create our own Bruges extension to our Danube cruise next year.
  2. What river cruise lines would you recommend?
  3. That payment is a killer. Not being a cruiser I did not expect to have to book so far in advance and make that payment so early. I guess if they had trouble filling the ships Viking would change that model.
  4. The flight from Iceland to Toronto sounds easy to us! Traveling to Bergen from southern California was tough. Had I to do it again I think I would look into to flying to London and spend a couple of nights in Windsor to adjust then fly on to Bergen.
  5. Here it is: https://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=660288&et_cid=3214772&et_rid=24473151&et_referrer=NULL I had issues when trying to post so it made me evaluate children's programs (of which there are none) and would not allow me to add photos.
  6. You are very welcome. Your cruise leaves from Copenhagen doesn't it? I would consider arriving early to recover from jet lag and have more time to tour the city. I would have liked visiting Tivoli at dusk (did that 35 years ago) and spending time at Rosenborg Castle and shopping on the Stroget.
  7. I had only been to Copenhagen and that was many years ago so it was all new to us. My Swedish friend recommended we sail in June or July and in June we had the midnight sun which was interesting. We did 4 excursions, 3 included and 1 optional. We toured Bergen on our own including the funicular (go there first if the weather is good and avoid lines). Sailing in Eidfjord is beautiful. We did the included tour to the nature center. The included tour of Oslo was interesting and we had an excellent guide. The second day in Oslo we went to the Viking Ship and Folk Museums on our own. We had Viking customer service call a taxi for us and it worked out for us to share it with another couple. We met a friend who toured us in Gothenburg and we did enjoy the botanical gardens. DH and I were feeling some pain at the end of the trip so decided to take a bus excursion in Copenhagen. Between aches, pain and the weather (was 85 degrees the day we spent there) we would not have enjoyed touring on our own. Jens, the guide, was very good and the tour stopped at the Little Mermaid, Amalienborg Castle and the opera house for photos and to hear more from Jens. We returned to Nyhavn via the Viking shuttle in the afternoon but the area was hot and crowded. We took some photos then tried to walk away from that area but were confronted by a large area of Metro construction and gave up. We went back to the bus and relaxed on the ship. We upgraded our cabin one level and were glad we did for the extra space. The ship is beautiful and rarely felt crowded. Food and service were good, I especially enjoyed The Restaurant for its quiet and attractive space. DH preferred World Café in part because we are not used to having the level of service offered on Viking and felt sort of fussed over in the other restaurants. We dined outside of World Café on deck as we sailed out of Oslo--just wonderful. My review was just posted, I'm happy to answer any questions that you have. https://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=660288&et_cid=3214772&et_rid=24473151&et_referrer=NULL
  8. My husband and I just completed this cruise and we had to put our packed luggage out side our room by 10pm the night before disembarking. We were allowed to keep our carry-on bags with us overnight and took them on the Viking Shuttle to the airport our selves. Our assigned time to leave the Viking Sky was 5:45am for our 9:40am flight from Copenhagen to Paris so no problem getting off the ship at 6am. In Paris we boarded a nonstop for Los Angeles.
  9. Michael219, I submitted my review to Cruise Critic but have not heard that they have posted it yet. Would not allow me to post photos along with the review. If you are interested send me a message and I will send you a link to the blog I wrote during the cruise.
  10. Yes it was. I think it was the Viking Sea. It arrived ahead of our ship so got the premier landing. We had to tender to our excursions. We did the nature center and just enjoyed the views. The railways and Flam sounded great but just too long a day.
  11. I'm working on it but jet-lag hit me hard! Here's a photo from Eidfjord where we tendered to the shore.
  12. I don't think I could work in the Churchill extension with that. Wish I could skip Bergen and the islands and start in Scotland. Better yet Viking could combine Churchill's Britain with the Oxford & Highclere Castle extensions for a really nice land tour. 😉
  13. I'll join you in whining CharTrav. I am interested in a British Isles cruise with the new Churchill extension from London but I really don't want to fly to Bergen again (doing that next month with Viking). Wish they had an option to fly to Edinburgh and join the cruise in the Highlands. Thank you for sharing your research.
  14. Um that’s the back of the tag. The front has a lot of personal info on it. 😉
  15. Received our cruise packet this week and the Viking luggage strips for the cruise are very sturdy paper, 2"x8.75". There are also 2 red leather(ette?) tags that buckle onto your checked luggage for the flight. Not sure we'll use the latter as our bags are already tagged.
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