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Everything posted by TayanaLorna

  1. I thought one of the maritime people would chime in. Figured it would be a very short season and too risky at times. A nice one way from Bergen with all those stops nonetheless.
  2. That would be fantastic if they would do it July-August. I like the Bergen to Iceland itinerary but it's too short. Would go back to Bergen and Lerwick in a heartbeat but would love to see the Faroes, Iceland, Greenland and the Canadian Maritimes.
  3. Santa Fe1. Agreed that In the Wake of the Vikings is a desirous cruise when I first discovered it over a year ago. However it is really a repositioning cruise and only done once a year by any given Viking Ocean ship depending on their cruise region. That's why it sells out very early. Traveling back and forth across the North Atlantic is not like say the Midnight Sun or Baltic cruise where they can go back and forth on a given route for 2-3 months.
  4. Loved your description of confused seas. In my experience as a small boat sailor, it is spot on.
  5. Great pictures. Loved The Shetlands. Included in 2018 was very good and The Rugged Beauty of the North optional was exceptional. Our guides on both tours were top notch. Saw Puffins!
  6. I've noticed that they have spa events a couple of times on a cruise. Usually at 8 pm, costs $39 and you have to sign up for it. They teach you the benefits of and proper way to perform the Nordic Bathing Ritual. I heard that they give you product samples and you have a choice of foot or scalp massage at the end. I hope selling the products and giving use directions doesn't replace that event.
  7. The two fellows who purchased the full kilt outfits, i wonder if they bought their family plaid colors.
  8. NHC 5pm report AST today has Dorian at 56.0 N and 45.5 W in 96 hours with 60 mph winds and dissapated at 120 hours. Going over Nova Scotia and Newfoundland as a Cat 1 or 2 hurricane Saturday into Sunday. You all will still be on the other side of the Pond.
  9. The article says the ship has ten fine dining venues. I can only come up with ten if I include the Wintergarden tea service, snacks at the Viking bar, the Aquavit Terrace as separate from World Cafe and the Kitchen Table.
  10. Lovely view of Dover from the Panomax camera. Can see the white cliffs well.
  11. At night you might see the string of lights on the bow but otherwise blackness. Night is dark.
  12. Bon voyage, Buen Viaje, happy cruising! Another armchair sailor here. Like CCWineLover especially interested on your tall tales of the BA to Santiago segment. Ours on the Jupiter is less then five months away. Will be watching the Sun web cam and your weather conditions. Safe travels.
  13. Ask for as many hangers you need. Utilize all drawers - two in bathroom, one each bedside table plus shelf, three in hall plus shelf w/o coffee maker. Can always leave one suitcase open under bed storing less used clothing. Can easily pull out like drawer. We brought a hanging three-shelf unit for the closet. Folds flat for easy packing. Depends on how long your cruise and how many weather seasons you must pack for.
  14. Taking this cruise in January 2020 so cannot say. There are many sea days where a person who is prone to motion sickness may feel its effects. Friend should not worry about the "around Cape Horn" horror stories of sailing ships of old. Viking will not be cruising offshore around it. It will merely be scenic cruising within the protected waters around the Cabo de Horno islands. How far out the captain takes the ship and for how long will be dictated by the conditions of the day. It is not an offshore passage which must be taken come hell or high water. Viking will sail the Beagle Channel to/from Ushuaia depending on your cruise (Valparaiso to BA or vice versa). I overcame my seasickness after sailing my own boat for 30+ years, however, i am still bringing ginger capsules, the pressure wrist bands and non-drowsy Bonine JUST in case. I also planned our cruise during the months where sea conditions are predicted to be most benign - January and February. So as they say in Outlander, do not fash yourself.
  15. Peregrina651. That's what I was thinking. That way people don't have to wade through all our meet & mingle, air travel, hi I joined this cruise stuff.
  16. What date do your excursions come up for viewing on MVJ? The date for the 1-24-20 sailing is Oct. 6. Yours must be at least a month prior...like soon. When i first booked Patrick Watts, i had a date typo in my email of Jan. 2 instead of Feb. 2. Based on the earlier date, he said penguins chicks will be born. So how cool will that be for you all to see newborns and still nesting parents. By Feburary, we will probably see food begging chicks and busy parents fishing. CCWineLover will you use this Roll Call to do your trip review or start another thread. I was thinking of starting a new thread under Viking Ocean to review the trip. It might be more accessible to future Viking travelers of this itinerary. I just need to learn how to put photos on here.
  17. Yes, wouldnt Antarctica be wonderful. I too wonder if Viking will add that. Before i booked our Viking SA cruise i looked at cruises to there. The only ships that had permits to actually land were small expedition cruises. I worried about being on a small ship in the Drake Passage and, when i learned that going ashore was in a Zodiac, i said no way. Why go to Antarctica if you dont go ashore? Then i followed the scubacruiserx2 thread of their cruise there on the Holland America Zaandam. They did not go ashore but oh their pictures were wonderful and they saw an amazing array of wildlife. I imagine what it would be like on an all inclusive Viking ship with all the big windows.
  18. We travel on the Jupiter from end of January to almost mid February. Chose January-February because i read the temperatures would be the warmest, the rainfall less and the seas the calmest. I watched the weather in each of the ports during the same time frame earlier this year and the temps ranged from a high 95-99 in Buenos Aires and Puerto Madryn to 45-55 in Ushuaia and the Falkland Islands. Valparaiso was usually 60-75 whereas Santiago being more inland was 85. Near the Amalia Glacier it could be near freezing. Add the wind and all bets are off as to how cold it might feel. I imagine December is not much difference. Patrick Watts in the Falklands told me that the penguin chicks would be hatched by end of December so activity should be good at any of the penguin locations on the cruise in January and February.
  19. I looked up the 22 day SA cruise itinerary and I would have done that one in a heartbeat if it was offered as a dedicated itinerary with a choice of dates throughout the Southern hemisphere summer months. But, alas, it is only offered once and as a segment to a longer cruise. I like the 2 days in Falkland, more days cruising the Chilean Fjords and added port. Vineyard View have fun with your planning. By 2021 there will be lots of info from Viking voyagers who have taken either cruise. Peregrina when did you do this cruise? Were you on the Viking Sun WC that went around SA?
  20. I think believe the longer itinerary with only one sailing is a segment of the Viking Sun World Cruise whuch commences August 31, 2019. The reason the ship sails from the Falklands to Ushuaia without rounding the Cape Horn islands is because it will probably be dark out. They then go back out to round Cape Horn (scenic cruising) and then back up the Beagle Channel to Punta Arenas. I don't have the time the ship is leaving Ushuaia but assume it would be daytime to see Cape Horn in which case it should be daylight also to cruise Glacier Alley. I am sailing the shorter itinerary on the Jupiter. It is a dedicated itinerary back and forth between Valparaiso and Buenas Aires. We do not stop in Puerto Chacabuco. There are two days scenic cruising the Chilean fjords including Amalia Glacier before Punta Arenas when the ship travels from Valparaiso. Cruising through Glacier Alley in the Beagle Channel will be in the early morning as arrival to Ushuaia is 11 am. In the opposite direction from BA, departure from Ushuaia is 4 pm i believe which means cruising through Glacier Alley would be early evening. Although it will not be midnight sun, sunrise will be very early and sunset very late. On both itineraries the ship cruises the Chilean fjords staying in protected waters when they can. Although it says "around Cape Horn" the ships do not round the Horn like sailing ships of old, its merely a scenic cruising event, weather permitting, where the ship circumnavigates las Islas de Cabo Horno. One can easily go to Google Maps to get an idea where the ports are located and get an idea of where the ship will navigate.
  21. Economies can rapidly change. What was in one year may not apply for current. I watched a short video on the econony of Argentina and it said that inflation in 2018 was 47%. Can you imagine that in the US?
  22. A Mexican menu has been added and we did not have that one. So new ones would be nice. We liked CT the best. We are adventurous diners and sometimes it was nice not having to decide what to order.
  23. Had 6072. Never heard noise from World Cafe or hallway.
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