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MJAdventures

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About MJAdventures

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  • Location
    Maryland
  • Interests
    Snowboarding
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Viking
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Dubrovnik
  1. We use www.visitacity.com to plan out our itinerary. For major cities you can create your own itinerary (use the Pisa Guides 1-2 days). You can then customize the itinerary: you can delete or add attractions, add your hotel/port, create your own stops, and create breaks. Set your dates and VAC will tell you what the best order is, times open or closed, travel time between sites and give a description/review of the attraction. You can download to the VAC app and use offline with maps. We use this whenever we travel even if not doing our own thing, just to see what’s available so we don’t miss anything. I'm using it for Athens next Saturday on our Jupiter cruise and planned 1 Packed day. It's all free. Now, they do offer paid tours - but I have never signed up for one of those. Happy Planning!
  2. Hi All, We have stayed in both PV slider and window/door rooms. We also preferred the PV slider room. While onboard last cruise, I was booking a cruise for 2020 and asked the onboard consultant which PV rooms were sliders, so I could book the right room. He gave me a list of the PV slider rooms - i''m attaching the list. Even rooms on port side/Odd rooms on starboard side. Of course, we just got an upgrade DV4 to PV1 for Jupiter cruise next Saturday Feb 16 and the PV room is window/door - but it's an upgrade so I'll take it! Viking PV slider rooms.pdf
  3. We will be boarding the Jupiter next Saturday Feb 16th, can't wait!!!
  4. if you are interested in a Viking Mississippi cruise you can log your interest on Viking's website here https://www.vikingrivercruises.com/contact/mississippi-cruises-form.html Viking signed a port deal to visit Mark Twain's home town https://www.travelweekly.com/River-Cruising/Port-deal-shows-Viking-US-plans-are-progressing this article indicates cruise will not start until 2021 or 2022
  5. Hi All, Back in the fall of 2016 and early 2017 I received two surveys from Viking. One was for a Mississippi cruise and the other for an Antarctica cruise. The surveys showed possible itineraries, room design, ship design and prices and of course asked my opinion on all. The Antarctica ship was a pretty cool design. After I finished with the surveys I was so mad that I didn't screen shot the pages! Every time I go on a Viking cruise I always ask about both the Mississippi and Antarctica. This past October the Cruise Consultant on my ship said that both were in the works.
  6. I don't believe they serve the same lobster dishes in the World Cafe. I've been on several 15 day viking cruises. on both, the first week we had the whole lobster dinner and the second week we had lobster thermidor. I enjoyed both. I do remember eating both in the main dining room. They do offer some items from the main dining room in the World Cafe but not everything. Now they did offer Lobster "something" in the World Cafe one night, but I can't remember what it was and as a lobster expert ... if I can't remember it, then it wasn't that good!
  7. Hi Nicnoll, We did it! We were on the Homelands cruise last September and hiked to Pulpit Rock – it was amazing! Yes, the time in port is very tight but it is doable if everything goes as planned. That is the key – have a plan, know your turn around time! And hope the weather cooperates. The weather on our day was questionable but we went anyway and it cleared up some later in the day and we had great views at the rock. We planned out and timed every aspect: ferry, bus, hike, time at top, hike back, bus back and ferry back. If at any time we were not on schedule, we had already agreed we would have to turn around. Although we also had a plan in case we missed the ship, which meant we would have missed the next stop and have to go to Bergen as not much options from Stavanger. We arrived in port at 10am and we were down at the disembarkment location ready to exit the ship. We were the first off at 10:15. We went straight to the ferry, which was departing at 10:40. There was a company at the ferry selling tickets for both ferry and buses on other end, but because we didn’t know how our time would work out, we choose not to pre-book any tickets. We purchased our ferry ticket while on board the ferry (just walk on board and someone comes around to check your ticket or we will sell you a ticket). We only purchased the single ticket for that trip, not a return ticket (we purchased the return ticket on the return ferry). When we arrived at Tau there were buses waiting to go to the Pulpit Rock parking lot. We walked up to one of the buses and purchased our ticket at the bus (they take credit cards). Check out the different bus companies online and look at their time tables; on the way back we took a green bus. Of course, it was not crowded when we went so we didn’t have to worry about the bus being full and having to wait for the next bus, which would have made us off our time schedule. If it will be crowded then I would have pre-booked the bus ticket. Once we arrived at the Pulpit Rock parking lot, we stopped for the restroom and started the hike. Yes, all information says the hike takes 2 hours up and back. However, we knew we had to do it in 1 ½ hours up and back with only ½ hour at the top. We did make it in 1 ½ hours up and 1 ½ hours back! You have to keep moving with only short stops for photos, which is hard because there are so many beautiful spots. It is a strenuous hike at that pace, there is a lot of vertical to climb but it is completely doable in 1 ½ hours if you are in decent shape. There is a clear path with mile/meter markers along the way. If you ever feel lost, look ahead to the next marker. There was 1 other person from the ship trying to make the climb (so there were 3 of us out of 930). We started out hiking together but we kept on our pace and soon left him behind (we saw him back on the ship and he did make it also). When we arrived at the top we only had ½ hours to enjoy the amazing views. There was a line to get a picture on the corner. Best vantage point would be one person waits in the line to sit on the corner and the other person is across from the rock (on the trail coming up) so you can see the magnitude of the drop. Have you seen the Mission Impossible movie – we sat right were Tom Cruse was hanging on the edge! I can’t state how breathtaking it was!!! Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to hike up farther -where you can look down on Pulpit rock. After ½ hour we started down. Goal was 1 ½ hours down. Even going down we kept moving to make the time schedule. We brought sandwiches to eat on the way down; at this point we knew we had some extra time so we stopped for 15 mins to eat. Also bring plenty of water; there are no bathrooms except in the parking lot at bottom. We made it down in 1 ½ hours with 10 minutes to spare before the bus left back to the ferry. The green bus was waiting in the parking lot near the bathrooms. We purchased our return bus ticket right on the bus. We made the ferry at 4:00 back to Stavanger (I was worried riding the bus back but it did make it to the ferry in 15 mins). We were back to Stavanger by 4:40pm with time to walk around town as we made our way back to the ship. Here was our time schedule: 10:40 Ferry from Stavanger to Tau 11:20 Bus from Tau to Pulpit Rock parking 11:45 Arrive at Pulpit Rock parking - start hike 1:15 Arrive at top 1:45 Start hike back down 3:15 arrive at Parking lot - we got back at 3:35; we stopped to eat on the hike down 3:45 Bus back to Ferry 4:00 Ferry back to Stavanger Our back up was the next ferry which left Tau at 4:40pm Know your turn around time! If you aren’t going to make the time schedule turn around and go back. We knew we had 40-minute leeway if we took the 4:40 ferry but we didn’t want to chance it. Also note: trying to make the hike in 1 /12 hours each way is strenuous. There are very steep parts to the hike which take a lot of leg strength. Both my partner and the other guy who went, their legs were hurting the next day. Both couldn’t take the stairs for several days. I exercise regularly and I didn’t have any pain or soreness. My partner said he would not do it again; he was really in pain. I on the other hand would do it in a second!! And I can’t wait to go back again, with more time to spend on the hike and at the top. We are leaving on Oct 21 for Viking cruise to China and we are planning a similar hike when we are in Qingdao port for 8 hours and trying to go hike Mt. Laoshan – another tight turnaround. Again, we have a plan and if at any point we will not make our time schedule, we will turn around and go back. Also, weather dependent. I'm happy to answer any questions. This was great to relive the hike! Good Luck Julie
  8. Hi I could see the menu on MVJ go to Dining then select the Chef Table. it lists the Menus. It says ... Mexico Amuse Bouche Tostadas De Pulpo First Course Tamalito De Pollo salsa verde Granité Nopales Con Limon Main Course Short Rib mole, pure de camote, miel de agave Dessert Chocolate En Texturas mousse, bisco
  9. We usually use Viking Air Plus but couldn't with the Bergen departure. We did leave it up to Viking. We are leaving this Friday Aug 25th for Homelands cruise but from Washington DC not Seattle. We fly United from DC to Stockholm with connection in Munich. Flight home is Bergen to London, then London to DC on British Airways. Not too bad without Viking Air Plus. Viking Air Plus is $50 more per person and you can choose your flights - we have done this for four other Viking cruises. Sorry we couldn't for this one. You can ask your travel agent to ticket your flight early (Viking usually does not ticket your flight until 75 days out). We usually ticket early so we can select our seats and or upgrade our seats.
  10. We took some cranberry juice from the World Café, stopped by the Pool Bar for a tall glass of ice. Back in the room we took vodka or rum, added Sprite and a splash of cranberry juice! Enjoy!
  11. We are not buffet people, we don't like mass produced food but that is NOT the World Cafe on Viking - they put out smaller portions and replenish frequently. We noticed them replacing a half full tray - so the food is always fresh. We did look at both sides of the World Cafe, although the main section is the same on both sides: one side has the pizza section, one side the sushi section and one side the gelato - the gelato selections change daily, so good! Each night in the middle section there are "made to order" items - they make it fresh for you!
  12. You can tell them what you want. We only wanted vodka and rum, so we left a note and got two small bottles of vodka and two small bottles of rum everyday. They only replenish four small bottles a day, so if you only drink three of the four, you only three get replenished. Some evenings we removed what we didn't drink and the next day they replaced all four - so we had extra stock for other days. In addition, the PV room gets one bottle of champagne - if you want a bottle of wine instead just ask your steward on the first day and they will replace the bottle of champagne with a bottle of wine (only one bottle for the whole cruise). You can also request what soda you get. We only wanted Diet, so we got only diet soda. I don't remember what type of beer (didn't drink that), but I'm sure if you ask your cabin steward they will replenish with your request if available. You get two very small candy bars and one bag of potato chips (not sure why only one bag with two people in the room). They will replenish whatever is missing! Enjoy!
  13. Viking does offer GTY rooms in the PV category. I contacted Viking directly to inquire about a Mediterranean cruise, the agent offered me a PV1 GTY; I put a hold on this and still have a copy of the booking. I didn't book this cruise but went with a different Med cruise and booked at V2 GTY. My impression with the GTY option is: if there are cabins available in higher categories Viking will offer GTYs to entice people to book the cruise at the lower price just to fill the ship. For the PV1 GTY I mention above, there were no cabin available in lower categories but there were cabins in all the Suite categories. I believe if we had booked this cruise and Viking didn't sell those suites we would have moved up. Go online and look at what is still available on your cruise in higher cabins - that will give you an idea of your chance of an upgrade. Also note Viking sells multiple levels of GTYs on the same cruise. On our Med V2 GTY we met a couple who booked at a DV GTY. So my impression is all GTYs would move up depending on which GTY level you are booked in: PV GTYs would get access to suites if available and then DV GTYS would get access to PV, etc. The DV GTY couple got a PV1 room and we got a PV3 room (our cruise was not full I think there were 750 on board). Of course watch out, once you are in a PV room on Viking with all the drawer space, extra room size and mini fridge liquor restocked daily - it's hard to think about going back to a lower room! We did book our next cruise in a PV room, heading out in two weeks!
  14. We were on the Viking Sea in March in a penthouse veranda with the small binoculars. We didn't bring our own binoculars because there was a pair in the cabin. We were so disappointed with the quality of the Viking provided small binoculars. We are traveling on the Viking Sky in August in a PV room again and we will bring our own binoculars this time.
  15. Returned from Med Odyssey March 5th and half way thru the cruise Viking delivered a letter to staterooms with a price list of the items; just in case one of them found their way into your luggage for the trip home. Didn't keep a copy of the letter, but the bathroom soap dish or tissue holder was $245!
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