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Nursekmr

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    St. Paul, Minnesota
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    Travel! Reading, Biking, Walking/hiking
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Viking, Celebrity
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Europe

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  1. Does the Silver Spirits package include any other non-alcoholic drinks such as specialty coffees/teas, sodas, or are these no cost (outside of mealtime?). Have been on river cruises with Viking, but not ocean yet, so not sure what it is like for drinks compared to river cruises. First ocean cruise in August. Have never felt the need for a package on the river cruises. Usually 1 cocktail before dinner and then just the included wines. The 1 cocktail was cheaper ala carte than using a package. Also, assume water is given out freely like on the river cruises? I know on other ocean lines you need a drink package or they charge you for water, coffees, etc, nothing is free.
  2. We booked a St. Petersburg tour through Alla. I asked them about the need for rubles. Here is their response: (Q2) Also, do we need any rubles for this tour, or if we make a purchase somewhere are credit cards accepted most places? (A2) All souvenir shops accept major bank cards or foreign currency in cash: US Dollars and/or Euro. All street vendors accept foreign currency and many accept bank cards as well. So please do not worry about this. Still you might need a small sum of Rubles on your tour to pay for some stuff like postcards, stamps, maybe, beverages, ice-cream or such like. Apart from this, some restrooms are payable, you know. They are free of charge in the museums, but not on the route of your tour and I am afraid they do not take any foreign currency. In case of emergency, if you need to use a paid toilet, the fee is about 40-100 Rubles. They always have change but it is better to use small banknotes (50, 100 or 500 Rubles). If some Rubles are left unspent, you could use it as a part of tips for your guide or driver. We usually suggest having about $20 US per person exchanged to Rubles. By the way, it would be more economical for you to do it at home, rather than in Russia or on board a ship.
  3. Bruce, thank you so much for all your help!
  4. I have another question for those of you who have taken the Viking train and bus tour. As far as the bus tour part, are you able to tell me what you saw on the bus tour? And where did the bus stop? Did you feel you saw enough of the main sites or would you go back to them if possible during free time? We are contemplating a private guide tour during free time but wondering what is already sufficiently covered as we don't want to redo those sites in the short time we have. Thanks much.
  5. Thank you, Bruce! I have another question for those of you who have taken the Viking train and bus tour. As far as the bus tour part, are you able to tell me what you saw on the bus tour? And where did the bus stop? Did you feel you saw enough of the main sites or would you go back to them if possible during free time? We are contemplating a private guide tour during free time but wondering what is already sufficiently covered as we don't want to redo those sites in the short time we have. Thanks much.
  6. Bruce, is it easy for you to re-post your review of VH cruise? I find this website to be a bit cumbersome and haven't been able to find it. Thanks much. Appreciate everyone taking the time with such helpful information!
  7. Thanks for your reply Dauntless. Did you think the bus was worthwhile? When you say that the free time was a waste on your own, does that mean you recommend a tour after the bus? I hate to waste 4 hours when I have never been to this city. Looks like our drop-off and pick-up for free time is Gendarmenmarkt, so if we do a tour after bus would start at these spots. Thanks.
  8. On another note, (I posted this elsewhere but not sure if all of you will see it, so pardon the duplication), we are looking at taking the train to Berlin from Warnemunde. Were looking at getting a private guide in Berlin but just learned that Viking provides a 90 minute motor coach ride when we get there. Then 3.5-4 hours to explore on our own. Wondering if anyone did the train ride and motorcoach tour? Heard the train ride is fun, so we will do that, but wondering about the bus ride when we get there, and if we still need a private tour or not. Thanks!
  9. Thanks for the response re: Pulpit Rock. Another question: did anyone take the Viking included tour of a train ride to Berlin? If you did, did you also go on the 90 minute panoramic motorcoach ride? Was it good or just too much time on the bus with little chance to get off? We have been planning to take the train and then hire a private tour guide; hadn't realized that Viking includes this panoramic ride with the train. Thanks for whatever advice you have on this.
  10. Hi All, we are booked on Viking Homelands Bergen to Stockholm this August. For those who recommend taking the Rodne Pulpit Rock excursion (much cheaper) as opposed to the Viking one, my concern has been getting back to ship. I looked at Rodne site and there is a cruise from 10am to 1:00pm. Our ship leaves at 2:00. Is this a concern? Also, did anyone take the Viking excursion, and was that very crowded or did it include anything different? The price difference is considerable!
  11. Thanks all for your very helpful information. We are now confident in booking a tour! Thanks again.
  12. On Viking Homelands tour (Baltics) 8/2019. 2 days in St. Petersburg. We do NOT want to get a Russian visa so know we cannot tour St. Petersburg on our own. But can we do a tour with any tour company or does it have to be through cruise ship? Any recommendations? Would love a private tour if possible.
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