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  1. If you are able to travel and move freely around Norway, suggest you book a private tour to chase the lights. We did the Northern Lights cruise in February 2019 but didn’t see the lights. So disappointed. Love Viking but the group tours had too many people and were too short on time to view. Folks who booked small shuttle bus tours to Finland did see the lights. That’s what we’d do if we made the trip again.
  2. We sailed on Orion to Australia in 2020 and enjoyed two of the planetarium shows. We had to reserve tickets in advance and both shows were “sold out”. I thought the planetarium was a cool feature but it did take some space from the lounge.
  3. Hi, we are booked on the August 28, 2022 sailing to the Arctic on Polaris. Really looking forward to it! Here’s the roll call info: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2779809-arctic-adventure-august-28-september-9-2022/
  4. Disclaimer - our cruises with Viking were pre-Covid so things may have changed. When our date came to make dinner reservations, I signed into My Viking Journey and was able to see which menu was available on a specific date. We're not "foodies" by any means but we've enjoyed every meal we've had at the Chief's Table. It's the entire experience, not just the food, that is so much fun.
  5. I sometimes have problems coming up with fingerprints too. A gate agent told me to drink some water before de-planing, it worked. Many airports now have the facial recognition machines which are great. Unfortunately, I’m short so sometimes it just takes a picture of the top of my head! Agree that you need to enter your Known Traveler Number when purchasing tickets. If pre-check isn’t listed on your boarding pass for whatever reason, you can try to get through Pre-Check by showing your GE card to the agent.
  6. Global Entry includes TSA Pre-check. From their website: TSA PreCheck® provides expedited security screening benefits for flights departing from U.S. Airports. Global Entry provides expedited U.S. customs screening for international air travelers when entering the United States. Global Entry members also receive TSA PreCheck® benefits as part of their membership. Global Entry is $100 for 5 years. TSA Pre-check is $85. We just renewed our Global Entry. We felt a little guilty bypassing hundreds of people in line but got over that quickly! Well worth the money.
  7. Happy to hear you enjoyed your cruise. Any idea when midge "season" ends?
  8. I think this is article saying the same thing the CDC has been saying for the past 18 months. Older people are most at risk. That’s why states vaccinated seniors first. I think folks who booked the Welcome Back cruises did so with full knowledge. Use good judgement, wash your hands, and wear a mask. Safe travels.
  9. In my experience (4 cruises with Viking), no changes can be made to your original booking agreement. Some of the earlier Welcome Back cruises received the Silver Spirits package or free airfare, others did not. I don’t think Viking is specifically trying to target solo travelers, it’s just their policy.
  10. At breakfast in the World Cafe we met a couple and started chatting about the food. The woman shared that they ate all their meals there because her husband refused to wear anything except jeans. They spent thousands of dollars for the cruise but never experienced the Restaurant, Chef’s Table or Manfredi's, how sad. I couldn’t believe a man in his late 70s didn’t own a real pair of pants. Pack some Dockers or travel pants and enjoy your trip.
  11. Whatever precautions you can take prior to your trip are a good idea. But you will be traveling to and through the airport, on a plane with 300+ people for several hours, and then another airport. I really think that’s when you’re most vulnerable. Safe travels.
  12. I think it’s interesting what people focus on. When I looked at Clay’s photo, I saw the beautiful cup and saucer from Mamsen’s. Miss cruising.
  13. I think you’ll have better luck once you’re on board. We’ve sailed in a DV cabin on the 4 cruises we’ve done with Viking. As others advised, check with the Explorer’s Desk and put your name on the waiting lists for the included excursions. They will find a place for you. For dinner reservations, you should be able to make 1 advance reservation at both the Chef’s Table and Manfredis. Book them and if the time is not to your liking, once you’re on board talk to the person manning the desk at that restaurant (sometimes they’re stationed in the World Cafe). We were always able to get the times we wanted plus additional dates at the Chef’s Table. We’ve never experienced a “class system” on Viking and have always been treated as if we’re in the Owner’s Suite.
  14. Yes, Torshavn is a lounge/bar with a live band and dance floor.
  15. Hi Patti, sounds like you’re ready to roll! Can’t wait to read all about your trip, have fun!
  16. I think it’s too soon for anyone to guess what the world situation will be 7 or 8 months from now. Right now it looks like Australia is pretty much locked down. Just wanted to let you know that this is a great cruise you’ve booked! We were aboard Orion when Australia closed its borders in March 2020. We completed NZ but missed Tasmania and Australia. Beautiful country. We left a few days early and did Hobbiton and the glow worm caves on our own, very nice! I hope you get to sail.
  17. Andrea, what “tour medication” did Viking send you?
  18. The SS package was included on one of our ocean cruises. I enjoyed ordering wines at dinner and an occasional after dinner drink in the Explorer’s Lounge. Neither of us are big drinkers, usually just a glass of wine with dinner on vacation, so it wouldn’t be cost effective for us to purchase the package. Based on research with other cruise lines, Viking’s plan is a very good deal, if you’re even a moderate drinker.
  19. We love the Chef’s Table! My BF is a picky eater and on our first cruise I was hesitant to even book a table. Well, he loved it, ate everything that was served, and we had a great time! It’s such a fun and unique experience. We’ve tried 7 menus over 3 cruises and enjoyed them all. At Manfredi’s we’ve learned to order half portions of the entrees or it’s just too much food. I was surprised to find that my allergy information was loaded into my profile after the first cruise. At the Restaurant, the waiter checked his device and said, “I see you’re allergic to strawberries, we’ll make sure you don’t get any!” I was impressed. You can also pre-order your meals if you have specific medical requirements. I think Viking does an exceptional job in this area. Looking forward to our next cruise!
  20. If you regret not having travel insurance, go online and purchase it ASAP. Try Travel Guard or InsureMyTrip.
  21. Thanks for taking the time to make and post this video, very nice. I miss sailing with Viking! We’re doing an expedition cruise next year, can’t wait to see Polaris!
  22. How about ‘forvise’. ‘Du er forvist fra dette skipet’ (you are banished from this ship). These Covid-related issues - vaccines, testing, masks, bubbles - were included in the information for the Welcome Back cruises. If you want to travel this year, you need to follow the rules. I think Viking is trying their best to keep you safe and to keep their ships afloat.
  23. We enjoyed the 3 presentations on Orion but wished they had been more site specific. We were on the Northern Lights cruise and was hoping to see something on the Arctic.
  24. Agree with the others that once things get back to normal, I think you’ll feel very comfortable with Viking Ocean. Don’t know if you’re interested in a Viking river cruise, but I bet that would be even easier for traveling solo. There are only 190 passengers and the dining room has mostly larger tables (at least they did before Covid).
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