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lextrvlr

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  • Location
    Virginia
  • Interests
    enjoy good food, wine, travel and a good tennis match (as a spectator)
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Windstar, Star Clippers, Regent, and now Viking
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Europe

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  1. Thank you Ray. Not a beer drinker so no need for the keg! However, do like my wines. Is there as wine list for purchases other than the "free" offerings? Again, many thanks.
  2. Please advise if there is bar service on these ships and, if so, when available. I see none in the photos and no mention of beverage service, ??? Thanks.
  3. We were extremely pleased with Dancing Bear Tours in St. Petersburg. We engaged them for a two-day individual tour (just 2 of us, a knowledgeable guide and a driver). With this arrangement we were able to plan an extensive itinerary as the guide was always with us while the driver was able to drop us at the entrance of all attractions and, by communicating with the guide, pick us up when ready to leave. There was no waiting and no long walks from and to parking lots. A look at their website and a quick email to Julia would be worth while. Undoubtedly the best treatment we have ever received on any tour, anywhere.
  4. Though posted elsewhere, I'll repeat here. Kudos to Viking! We canceled our paid December 2020 cruise on April 27. Though we were then told that our refund would take “about 45 days” the full amount was electronically deposited to our account on May first. We have not yet received the promised voucher covering the cancellation and travel protection fees. Viking's response could not have been more prompt or gracious. We will be booking again when the coasts are clear (and open).
  5. Kudos to Viking! We canceled our paid December 2020 cruise on April 27. Though we were then told that our refund would take “about 45 days” the full amount was electronically deposited to our account on May first. We have not yet received the promised voucher covering the cancellation and travel protection fees. Viking's response could not have been more prompt or gracious. We will be booking again when the coasts are clear (and open).
  6. We too have a booking on the 12/20 sailing but are a bit apprehensive with regard to COVID being "over" by then. Also concerned with the possible lingering COVID situation in the ports of this itinerary. 100% sea days would be fine with me but probably not with the Mrs. Have you no concerns?
  7. This battle has been fought previously. SeePre-set Tables in World Cafe Is Creeping Me Out first posted April 6, 2019.
  8. and making way at only 7 kn in calm seas. ???
  9. You might want to consider using this as a “sea day” especially after 4 busy days on a pre-cruise extension. We did this after an Umbria extension and were delighted enjoying the ship with very few other “stay-aboards.”
  10. Thanks chengky75. Now Viking, any chance of circumnavigating the marketing department and telling us what is going on?
  11. Viking Sky has been noticeably missing multiple ports on its recent 7-day cruises out of Miami. Also, she seems to be making progress at less than normal speed. Is the Sky having propulsion problems?
  12. Thank you for these forthright observations. They are quite helpful.
  13. From my earlier post: Just returned from our first Viking cruise which included the Umbria extension. As promised here are my thoughts on same. Outstanding in almost every way. Having made our own air arrangements, we were immediately met by Viking representatives while waiting for our bags at the carousel. Our bags were gathered by them and we were introduced to two others who had arrived . It was about 8:30 AM local time. We were informed that the arrival of four others would be delayed because of flight delays. We were escorted to the airport Hilton where we where provided a nice buffet breakfast. With the arrival of the delayed four, we were bused to our castle with our host Andrea (male) who was indeed with us throughout. The Castelo Monterone was all that could be expected and then some. We were greeted and individually escorted to our rooms by members of the staff. While we rested, others arrived, some late airport arrivals via shuttle and others independently from Rome. We were 18 plus Andrea. Dinner that evening at the castle. It should be noted that the schedule was not as shown by Viking. According to Andrea it never has been. Another Viking communication breakdown. First two nights dinner at the castle. Third night dinner at a delightful winery. Tour of Perugia replaced Todi. Todi has not been included because of problems getting up to it. All else as given. All included meals, breakfast lunch and dinner, were outstanding with lunches and dinners properly served on linen and included three or more courses. I will not spoil the many wonderful surprises. I will note that the only possible negative was that the final lunch lasted so long that our bus didn't reach our ship until 5:00 PM, just a half hour before muster drill. This for me was the best part of our Viking experience. On a scale of 1 to 10, the Umbria extension gets a 10 while I give the cruise itself an 8+. Hope this helps.
  14. If in St. Petersburg you are interested in a truly private tour over 2 or 3 days (just you and your spouse with a driver and a knowledgeable guide) I would suggest contacting Dancing Bear Tours. We were extremely pleased with these folks and they will work with you in planing every aspect of the tour, replete with suggested reading.
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