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  1. I called Viking yesterday to inquire about the sale. They offered $500 off per person for an 18 day cruise (DV). We book our own air so I didn't look at that. Was hoping for an included silver spirits package or OBC.
  2. We stayed at the Thon Opera February 2019 following our "In Search of the Northern Lights" cruise. We disembarked in Bergen, stayed one night at the Thon Orion, then took the scenic train to Oslo. The Thon Opera is right next door to the train station. Great hotel chain as others mentioned, clean, free breakfast. We stayed in Oslo for three nights before returning home. We toured the Opera House, Peace Museum and Fortress. The art museum was closed for renovations. Hope you enjoy your cruise and time in Norway!
  3. Yes, once on board you could stop by the concierge desk and let them know that you have a special dinner, etc planned to celebrate your anniversary. Congrats!
  4. We’ve never had to wait more than a minute or two at the MDR but I look forward to that night when there is a line and champagne ! 🍸
  5. Now that’s a great idea and a helpful suggestion! 👍
  6. Same thing happened on our last cruise (Viking Sky) — 40 registered and 10 showed up. Lots of crew, drinks, and appetizers but not much mingling. We were pretty excited but it turned out to be sort of a non-event. 🙁
  7. We love the Chef’s Table! We’re not foodies but for us it’s all about the atmosphere and the experience, such fun! We’ve enjoyed 4 of the menus so far, including the 2 you’re looking at. The hot and sour soup was very good, not particularly spicy. We did find the fried prawns to be very spicy and hailed the server for glasses of water! We’ve also enjoyed the Norwegian and the other Asian menu. Looking forward to dining there during our next cruise in March!
  8. You might also want to try Mamsen's. We got up late on a sea day and enjoyed a delicious waffle there. They are open at different hours throughout the day with a limited menu of breakfast items, sandwiches, desserts, and late night snacks. Another option for lunch is the Pool Grill; nice salad bar, burgers, hot dogs, and sandwiches. On some nights the area adjacent to the Pool Grill was open with specialty offerings. Check the daily news!
  9. Have your friend check out this site — insuremytrip.com. Enter your criteria and it gives you a list of companies and their prices. I bet he/she will find something that works. Good luck!
  10. It is a long, scenic train ride (7 hours). We did the trip in reverse, disembarked in Bergen and took the train to Oslo. We paid a few dollars extra for "Komfort class" tickets - assigned seats and free coffee and tea for the duration of the trip. There was also a snack bar that offered sandwiches, cookies, and soft drinks.
  11. It’s a 20-25 minute walk. Certainly doable but we took a taxi.
  12. Just wondering, why are these your only options? A quick look at both of these 2021 cruises shows vacancies in many of the cabin categories. We book DV cabins and are happy with them.
  13. We did the Northern Lights cruise Feb 6, 2019 (London to Bergen). We had a very nice time but unfortunately didn't see any lights. Highly recommend that you arrange a few private small group excursions to "chase" the lights. We did the Viking excursions but due to a variety of reasons (too many people, not enough time), it didn't seem like the best approach for this type of activity. You need to be flexible, find the right location, and be prepared to stay out late. I think a small group would give you a better chance to see the lights. We didn't think the temperatures were crazy cold but came prepared with long underwear, snow pants, down parkas, boots, hats, and gloves. We spent several late nights on deck and it was very windy. In Bergen (post cruise) we stayed at the Thon Hotel Orion. We took the train from Bergen to Oslo and stayed a few nights at the Thon Hotel Opera. Sign up for the (free) Thon loyalty program to save a few dollars on your stay. Hope you have a great time!
  14. The DV cabins are actually quite spacious. The bathrooms are very nice and have separate shelves and drawers on both sides of the sink. You can store suitcases under the bed so they don't take up any floor space. The Viking ships are beautiful and even with 900 people it never feels crowded, lots of quiet public spaces. Hope you have a great time!
  15. Lots of good ideas! Thanks so much for your help!
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