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  1. We did this on our very first cruise (leaving Venice), however our cruise does not leave on the first day - we have an overnight in San Juan on the ship, leaving the next day at 2 pm. I would feel safe with the additional 24 hours.
  2. Hi all, We did a cruise in February where we had to travel from Cleveland to San Juan, PR. That required us to wake up at 2 am, get a ride to the airport at 3 am for a 5:30 am flight, which got us down to San Juan about 2:30 pm. Needless to say it was a very long day and wiped us out for that day. We are signed up for another cruise where once again we will leave from San Juan. My question is this: if you do Viking Air Plus, can you fly down to a connecting city (leaving at a much more reasonable time), stay overnight, and then catch the San Juan flight the next day? Or is this considered two distinct flights instead of the one with a connection? And even if it is two distinct flights will Viking Air Plus accommodate us? Thanks!
  3. We have done two cruises on Viking Ocean, with another one signed up for. We have generally liked the menu options available onboard, and we do recognize the limitations of having a floating kitchen, but as we head into our third cruise (still a year off), I would like to see how much interest exists for some sort of menu variation onboard. The world cafe has many different kinds of dishes, but they can usually do only 5 to 7 different types of entrees, Manfredi's is Italian, and the Restaurant is nicely done American (steak, salmon, and chicken). I wouldn't mind a small amount of rotating genres of dishes - Thai, Mexican, Japanese, Chinese, etc. I know the Chef's table does offer specialty dishes, but you take what is offered. Even if it is only for room service and then only a couple of dishes a night.
  4. We did a cruise in 2018 where the final payment was due 6 months before sailing. We did another cruise in 2020 where the final payment was due 8 months before sailing. We just signed up for a cruise in 2022 where the final payment is due 12 months before sailing. Wondering if people have had the same experience?
  5. Thanks all - today (June 30) is the end of one promo cycle - tomorrow is the start of the next. Will see what is different (if anything) tomorrow.
  6. On Viking's webpage where the give the details of the itinerary, there is usually a blurb that goes along the lines of "On board ship credit of $1,000 plus airfare from $999", and is then followed by "offer expires June 30, 2020". I have been following some of the potential cruises for awhile now, and I can't say that I have seen very much difference between a current offer, and say one that shows up on July 1. I thought I would put it out to this group what their experience is with "offer expires" - have you ever noticed a significant difference (except when the cruise is actually getting closer to the sailing date)? Is it just a promo pitch to get you to sign up early, or do they really have a different offer?
  7. Greetings all, Each time a shore excursion wraps up, we fill out a questionnaire about our experiences (you know, on a scale of 1 to 5 how did you like...). Are those available anywhere even in summarized form? I am sure Viking won't give it out as raw data, but something/anything would be helpful in avoiding the duds. Like letting the travel agents see something! Of course, there is always this forum, but not everyone has done each excursion, so comparison shopping is hard. Thanks, Pat
  8. Not sure what to say to that. I would think the pressure for a phase 4 clinical trial here in the states would be tremendous. My guess is the second tier manufacturing company would get a buy out offer that they would find hard to refuse. What would be far more interesting is to see how it gets priced. If it is $1,000 a hit here, and it is $100 in Canada, I'm off to Canada.
  9. There is a very promising article in today's NYT on a vaccine for covid-19 Here is the gist: Most other teams have had to start with small clinical trials of a few hundred participants to demonstrate safety. But scientists at the university’s Jenner Institute had a head start on a vaccine, having proved in previous trials that similar inoculations — including one last year against an earlier coronavirus — were harmless to humans. That has enabled them to leap ahead and schedule tests of their new coronavirus vaccine involving more than 6,000 people by the end of next month, hoping to show not only that it is safe, but also that it works. The full article is at: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/27/world/europe/coronavirus-vaccine-update-oxford.html?action=click&module=Spotlight&pgtype=Homepage
  10. If memory serves me correctly, there is a law that requires ships plying American waters to be flagged as American (not a lawyer but I remember this was a problem getting supplies to Puerto Rico after the hurricane). I think Viking rented some ships to comply with that. Their Mississippi river boats are being built in America and will be flagged as American. Once they come online, I think the rented boats disappear.
  11. Read it also - great article. Might end up helping Viking as after reading that article there are definitely some other cruise lines I would avoid.
  12. Thanks Tim, I am going to print out your reply and store it (because by the time Viking posts 2022 sailings, this post will be at the very back of the boards). It is excellent to have the input, but I am not sure what shore excursions are going to survive in a post covid world. I am heartened by your description of life on board on during sea days, especially that there was space on the sunnier decks during the day. January and February in Cleveland tend to be very dark and gloomy, and I really like getting out in the sun. As a thought, you could always move your veranda table and chairs into the room, take a towel and just lie on the veranda. Once Viking posts the 2022 schedules and assuming we can get a spot (I am sure priority will be given to those who were on cancelled cruises), I might contact you and get more info. Thanks, Pat
  13. Thanks Tim, I guess I have two main areas for questions - given the number of sea days (which for us is an attraction), I was wondering what Viking does for its passengers on those days? I was also wondering, with all passengers on board and awake how crowded some parts of the ship got? Especially the parts of the ship that are out in the sunshine. The second is, after 2 cruises, we have found that some shore excursions are hit/miss. In the promo paragraph, they all sound great, but some work much better than others. Did you have a favorite? Thanks, Pat
  14. Went the parochial route - Gesu, St. Iggy, John Carroll. Northwood is gone and is now a city park. We haven't done a cruise on a different line, so I can't say you will like it more than... But, we have been very happy with our cruises on Viking, they take very good care of you. There is enough of a variety to make the meals interesting (check out the Chef's table). In response to lextrvlr, I think what Viking will do, is first (obviously) lock down the ship, making sure everyone coming on is clean and clear. How they do that I am not sure, but if I was an investing man, I would be on blood tests getting a lot better. Next, they will have to lock down the shore excursions - shopping will be out, beach time (on appropriate cruises) will be on isolated beaches. Tour guides will have to be clean and clear, and tour vehicles will have to be disinfected between uses. And no mixing with the local populace, no matter what. I suspect that will be the norm through at least the early part of 2021. Hopefully by then a vaccine will either be ready or nearing the end of clinical trials. Fingers crossed!!
  15. Life long University Heights resident (so I would be in the Heights High district). My wife and her siblings all graduated from Heights High (I think she was in the class of '77), I am a St. Iggy grad myself. Except for the model of cars, the Heights would look very much the same as when you went to school here. However, Heights High got a complete makeover so it looks very different. The first cruise we did in 2018 had a couple of unplanned sea days because bad weather kept us from going into the port. The second cruise we did in February we did a shore excursion every day, and while it was fun we realized we liked the days off, hence our interest in this cruise. Prior to Covid, I am not sure if this was a cruise Viking would offer again, as shore excursions are a large part of both the attraction and revenue stream. They do not have it listed for 2022. Now with Covid, I suspect they will offer it again, and have other cruises with more sea days.
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