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stcroixguy

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  1. We did this last year. It was all booked up before we could get excursions, I checked with a private tour and needed more people (I can’t remember how many), this was also less expensive than the Viking tour. So I posted on our meet and mingle but no one there was interested, so we lost the private tour. I kept watching Viking and luckily there was more availability one day. Booked right away and in a few hours all availability was gone. My understanding is, since the Alhambra has limited entry, Viking can only get so many tickets. It was a wonderful place to visit. Good luck.
  2. I didn't ask because it was almost 6 months out already and I don't think they would ever gone less.
  3. I just talked to them about an ocean crossing and at a v level cabin it was an additional 500 per person discount.
  4. Last year ( 2 couples) did a private a private tour, they picked us up at the ship and at the end they dropped us off at the Sagrada Familia they had gotten us tickets for a timed entry for an English speaking guided tour. While waiting for the time, we had a nice lunch about a block away. Took a cab back to the ship. Very easy and solved all of our timing issues
  5. We did this two years ago and enjoyed it tremendously. We did some included tours but did private tours in Naples (the Amalfi Coast),Sicily ( Taormina) and an extension in Rome three private tours. Weather was great and the crowds were not to bad, we went in August.
  6. Norris, thank you for the great review. It warmed me up as I am reading from western Wisconsin, that received record breaking snowfall in February and is forecasted to receive an additional 12-15 inches of snow on Saturday.😢
  7. Not sure about how to solve the bathroom issue, however in our travels, we have often found private tours to be less expensive than the ship tours and the ability to customize them is a plus.
  8. Thank you for the posting, Cuba is on my bucket list.
  9. We used Barcelona day tours also. They were excellent. They booked tickets for us for a skip the line guided tour of the interior too. Amazing.
  10. Thanks for all of the info. We have been on several Viking Ocean trips and have been ruined for others. I have been looking at this trip, but have yet to pull the trigger. I wish Viking still allowed full payments 6 months out. I have a friend that does a tour out of Skagway, Tom and Michelle Strand, trail of 98 tour. Check them out for a private tour, I am not employed by them.
  11. What I have heard and read is that TSA and other critical jobs will be required to work but will not receive pay, unless after funding is approved Congress votes to pay them. What a sad state of affairs.
  12. My wife and I were on the verge of booking an Alaska cruise with Azamara for next July, and had contacted our TA to set it up. After reading so many negative comments, we did not book it and went with Viking instead. I am sure the ships are wonderful, but in our mind there is no reason we need to take the risk and put up with poor customer service.
  13. Ethereal are two speciality restaurants, the chef’s table and Manfredi’s. Manfredi’s is the most popular
  14. We just returned for the Viking sky, Amsterdam to Barcelona. Use the app when you get on board to book additional dining requests. No line, menus available to see and very quick. We got all of the additional speciality dining we wanted. "The Restaurant" was excellent also. More variety then Manfredi's.
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