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BruceB NYC

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    Opera
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    VIKING
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    Mediterranean

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  1. Cwb348 hi, Did the Viking homelands end of April start of May 2018. Best weather they Ihave a had in the Baltic. Weather was sunny every day in the 60s fantastic. Book this cruise as early as you can As it is one of the most popular Viking is offering. I have posted a day by day of what we did with tips that is somewhere on Cruise critic. If It cannot be found please let me know and I’ll be glad to repost it. 🛳good cruising. bruceb nyc
  2. Definitely. I get to have my own private table aft on the gelato side. Additionally, they leave the wine bottle. 👍🏻🛳
  3. SPB REVIEW VK HL May 2018-Superior 2 day Private SPB Tour in St. Petersburg. If you want a Superior 2 day customized private tour, SPB TOURS, is the one to go to. 2 couples on a Viking Homelands May 2018 Ocean Cruise. Wanted to include Impressionists Paintings now in a separate building from the Hermitage. Not part of any regular tours. Also wanted to see and ride the subway. SPB put together a great 2 day schedule. Had 2 included lunches that all liked. Loved the borscht!! The tour guide Kate & the driver Max were a superb team. They made excellent us
  4. As I noted above in my review of our April 2018 HL cruise, this all day bus and train excursion is "pricey." But if your not getting back there -DO IT. We may have been lucky that the guide we had was a local who made the bus portion a delight. She even sang us folk songs on the return bus ride. We like to do "on are own" where practical, or book a small group private tour like in St. Petersburg. In Eidfjord we had to go with Viking on this excursion. No regrets. This was a "big bucks" trip so for us, and the "Scenic Flam..." and the private SPB added expense was not an issue just part
  5. We're doing the Athens to Venice cruise April 2020. Plan to get to the Viking Star on arrival early morning. Can you recall if the Viking shuttle bus into Athens was available that first arrival day? Thanks, BruceB
  6. A good resource for port information is TOMS PORT GUIDES. Google and look for ports on your cruises. For Viking HL there is a guide for Bergen and one for Copenhagen. His guides have many maps and usually a walking tour. Enjoy.
  7. The two major bus stops I recall from are first Viking trip to Berlin are the Brandenburg Gate and the what is left of The Berlin Wall. At the gate you can walk around and take photos. Very little else is done. At the wall you have a little more time to walk around and view all the "art" on the wall. On our Viking HL return to Berlin we spent time back at the area around the Brandenburg Gate. There was no need to redo the wall. The Reichstag building and grounds offers a lot to see. In the four hours they give you, there is a lot that can be seen on your own. Do research in the area between th
  8. Here's a review I did with daily excursions taken. Great trip. We were 2 couples (65+) on this wonderful cruise. Having 8 countries and 11 cities to visit was amazing. Previously we had been on 3 Viking River Cruises together, so this was our first ocean cruise, All agreed it was a great trip. Viking handled everything from beginning to end perfectly. An amazing itinerary. Great ship, excellent dining, an exceptional crew, a rating of 9.5/10!! 1. PRE CRUISE IDEAS -Do research using Rick Steves “Northern European Cruise Ports”. Go on line and look at YouTube Videos of all ports an
  9. Hi Again, Glad to repost. It's a bit long. Also added a "Tip on Tipping". If other questions please don't hesitate. It was a great trip. VIKING SKY HOMELANDS REVIEW APRIL 28, 2018 VOYAGE We were 2 couples (65+) on this wonderful cruise. Having 8 countries and 11 cities to visit was amazing. Previously we had been on 3 Viking River Cruises together, so this was our first ocean cruise, All agreed it was a great trip. Viking handled everything from beginning to end perfectly. An amazing itinerary. Great ship, excellent dining, an exceptional crew, a rating of 9.5/10!!
  10. Hi Nursekmr, We did this cruise April 2018. On an earlier Viking trip we did the Viking Berlin bus tour which was fine for that trip. On the HL trip we went back on the train and skipped the included bus tour and did our own tour. I did a long CC review of this HL cruise. You may find it under Viking Sky reviews and if not I can post it again. You must do research if going to do Berlin and then after the trainViking bus the tour on your own. The 4 hours is good for seeing many sights. Skip a sit down lunch and take a picnic from the boat. If that's not your speed, take a private t
  11. Did Viking HL April-May 2018 and posted long CC Review. May be listed under “Viking Sky”. On the SP tour. Did a private 4 person tour with SPB Tour company. Needed to do some special stops. Particularly the French Impressionist Collection in a separate building and not part of regular tour. They were Excellent. A highlight for the 2 days. By far this is VIKING ocean best Itinerary. Happy Cruising.
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