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  1. Got a question for those who have done the Amazon cruise: We are booked on the February 25 San Juan to Manaus cruise, and the potential shore excursions listed today are pretty much the same ones when we booked in spring of 2020. On the first three days of the cruise, you hit the Caribbean islands and there are plenty of shore excursions. Once you hit Brazil the number of daily shore excursions drops a lot - in some cases, just 1 a day. As I was contemplating Brazil's situation with Covid I looked at those shore excursions and noted that pretty much (and remember these are from
  2. Got a question for those who are booked on cruises happening soon... I have read the Viking pr stuff about tracking covid while onboard (which sounds very impressive), but there is another spot where crowds are unavoidable - airports. Does anyone know if Viking Air is attempting to avoid certain airports or otherwise minimize risk? Our cruise in February has (or will have) a connecting flight in Sao Paulo, which is a covid hotspot. Thanks!
  3. Actually - you just answered one of my big questions, when you have to fill it out. I think as more people have to fill it out we can get some more info.
  4. Buried deep on the Viking site is a tidbit about a health survey (My Viking Journey / Before you go / Viking Health and Safety Program): Your journey begins before you ever leave home, with a digital Health Survey that you will complete on MyVikingJourney.com. Developed by scientific and medical advisors, Viking’s new Health Survey takes only a minute to submit and verifies your wellness prior to travel. Depending on your dates of travel, Viking may require you to submit verification of COVID-19 vaccination status as part of the digital Health Survey. Has anyone encoun
  5. I believe the answer is yes - we have done only ocean cruises, but our second and third cruise we got a class upgrade. Since the river cruises are in the same price range as the ocean cruises, I can't picture why they wouldn't.
  6. Hi all, Viking has a staff person onboard a cruise (at least the ocean ones) who can book you on another Viking cruise. What is the enticement to booking it onboard as opposed to going home and booking it as you normally would? I suspect you get a class upgrade (but I am not sure), but we already get a class upgrade by having done Viking cruises before. Thanks!
  7. Fingers crossed - on the United flight I bought the fully refundable ticket. On the Delta flight (the one from Manaus) I am (at least in theory) able to change the flight with no fees. I was ok with that since we can use the flight for other travel. Hopefully I won't need to do either, but we shall see.
  8. I think I got the answer I was looking for: Viking prices business class according to what the price is expected to be at the time they make the reservations (about 90 days out) however if you are willing to buy your tickets as soon as they are available (about 330 days out) you can save (excuse the pun) a boatload of money. Viking wanted $3500 pp for Manaus to Cleveland. I was able to buy business class for that leg plus premium economy for the flight from Cleveland to San Juan for $1500 pp by buying as soon as they went on sale.
  9. Greetings! Very quick question - hopefully someone who has done this (or tried to) can answer this question. We have decided to book our own flights (and saved a ton of money doing so). When we get to San Juan, we are comfortable taking a taxi. However, when the cruise ends in Manaus, Brazil, we definitely want to do the Viking transfers to get us to the airport. We have $500 pp Viking promotional OBC, and will have the travel agent's OBC, so we have a lot of OBC. The Viking OBC can be spent ahead of time (not sure all the rules, but definitely shore excursions). S
  10. Hey you folks doing the world cruise (or extended cruises) - which unfortunately I am not part of. I have been watching the countries Viking sails and some are doing very well with the virus and/or vaccinations, and well some - not so much. Any word on how Viking might handle this? I know the World Cruise is a really big deal for Viking, and I doubt they want to cancel it, but they may be doing some dancing to pull it off.
  11. My answer is very simple - when I am no longer reading obits of people I know who have died of covid. Most were older who had caregivers who tested positive and passed along the virus. Right now, I go where I want, say what I want, and feel no impingement on my liberties. I love my neighbors and want to be part of the solution.
  12. Hi all, Got a quickie question - we have done 2 cruises but because we had shore excursions every day we never got around to the spa. Now we will be doing a cruise with some sea days and thus some free time. I know that spa treatments require a reservation (and cost), but the spa facilities - the sauna, whirlpool, and grotto, do you need a reservation if you are not getting a message or a facial? On the webpage it does not say, nor does it say if there is a fee for using the facilities. Thanks!
  13. Thanks! I have to admit that after the first cruise we did (Venice to Athens), how crowded a tour was likely to be floated to the top of my decision tree. I now look at it - does the port have such an interesting destination that it outweighs the 10 tour buses from 3 different cruise lines each with 60 people in it, with another 10 tour buses coming in an hour? Would I do the Louvre or St Peter's with a ton of other groups? Absolutely. Would I do the Hapsburg's castle again? Nope Interesting though - while the Caribbean is a hot cruising area, there are usually enough places t
  14. Hi all, Since cruising doesn't begin for another 2+ months, here is a question to get you in the mood and provide me with info. Knowing up front that this is a personal preference, but wanting to get your input anyways - on the shore excursions, do you prefer a fully guided tour? A tour with a guide during transit but on your own once you hit your destination? Or a day long trip to a destination that leaves you on your own (think a beach)? We have done the Venice to Athens cruise and the Caribbean cruise, and on the Venice to Athens cruise we and every other cruise sh
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