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    Viking
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Mediterranean

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  1. This particular cruise was only a four day. I will keep HAL in mind for next time. It looks like they even have sailings out of Boston and Montreal which are both driving distance for me.
  2. I'll be on the Viking Sky in 37 Days for Scandinavia and the Kiel Canal itinerary. My first Viking cruise was on the Sea and the second was on the Star. I'm trying to work my way through all of the ships but they're building them faster than I can earn the money to go. LOL
  3. This cracks me up. I never had an interest in ocean cruising until I learned of Viking Ocean Cruises. After a couple of Viking cruises, I figured I would give Carnival a go as we were trying to schedule a short affordable vacation that we could share with friends. While I can't say that I hated the Carnival cruise, I was rather annoyed by the napkin waving sing alongs in the dining room. One night, a man at the table next to us stood on his chair, put his foot on the table and waved his napkin and sang along with the staff. He then decided to dance with the waitress in a manner that nobody should attempt with a stranger.
  4. I just cruised with Carnival for the first time this month and the smoke from the casino spilled out into the surrounding areas which made it unpleasant to attend events that were in the vicinity of the casino. There was also an outdoor smoking area near the pool that was awful to walk by.
  5. I just checked the Carnival site and I think you are right. I can only see 3 and 4 day cruises listed for those ships. Thanks
  6. When I look in the Meet & Mingle section for Carnival Inspiration, it is not listed in the list of ships. I also noticed that the Inspiration is not there. Maybe others are missing too but I'm not sure of all of the ships they have. Is this an oversight or intentional? Do they have Meet & Mingles on the Inspiration?
  7. I can't speak to the Explorer Suite question but we were on Deck 8 in a Penthouse Junior Suite last January and I found the location to be perfect for our needs as we enjoyed the proximity to the upper level entrance of the Explorer Lounge/Mamsen's. The two issues we had were that there are 2 televisions so close together and sometimes you would try to turn one on and the wrong one would come on. You'd press the button again and both would be on. Then when you tried to turn the other one off, both would go off and you'd start all over again. I just ended up getting out of bed and closing the curtain. The other issue was a neighbor that always had their TV cranked up too loud all of the time but that's just the luck of the draw regardless of which cabin you are in.
  8. As a person who prefers hoppy beers, I was disappointed with the selection on our Viking cruises. Since we had the Silver Spirits Package, I was able to try all different types of drinks and found some new favorites. My favorite was called La Bastille which was on the menu in January 2017 but not on the menu in January 2018. Luckily, one of the bartenders was able to find the recipe and recreate it for me. It consisted of Armagnac, Cointreau and lemon juice if I remember correctly. (or perhaps Grand Marnier instead of Cointreau) One great thing about Viking is you are free to bring alcohol on board so if you find a nice beer in port, it's never a problem to bring it back on the ship to drink. We did this with wine a few times.
  9. Congratulations! We got upgraded from a DV2 to a PS1 back in January and the best part was the complimentary laundry service. We spent the week after the cruise in Barcelona and Ireland and had all of our clothes laundered before we left the boat so we had clean clothes for the next week.
  10. in January of 2017, after our one week Mediterranean cruise, I ran out of Naproxen Sodium while in Paris. It had never occurred to me that it wasn't available over the counter in Europe. The Pharmacist there sold me 400 mg Advil which, interestingly enough, isn't available here in the US over the counter.
  11. We deviated our return trip and only lost the return transfer. Viking still picked us up for the arrival as we purchased our air through them. We were able to add the return airport transfer right through Viking for and additional $50 pp from the Civitavecchia port to Rome FCO airport.
  12. I recently booked an April 2019 cruise (Scandinavia and the Kiel Canal) through a travel agent and got a $500 Viking air promotion. If I can now upgrade to air plus for $50 per person, I assume I need to do that through the travel agent. If I do this, will I do all of the negotiating of the flights through the travel agent or do they connect me straight to Viking's air department with no middle man?
  13. While I am disappointed that we will not visit Algeria and Tunisia on the January 4th sailing, I am excited about visiting Naples and maybe making it to Pompeii or Herculaneum. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  14. I will be visiting Algiers aboard the Viking Star in January 2018 so the answer is yes. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  15. Thank heavens. I hate it when a computer beats me up like that. Too bad I didn't have enough sense to name the file something like Viking Room Service Menu instead of Galena St. My scanner keeps the name of the last file you named and just ups the count by 1. Galena St is a mixed spice from Penzey's spice company that I was scanning a label for. Oh well, maybe I'll remember next time to change the name but at least the upload worked that time.
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