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  1. You are not too early for the Roll Call. It has been started and there are a number of folks already talking. The Meet and Mingle probably won’t be posted until we get closer to sailing date.
  2. Snorkel lover Thanks for this post. This will help us better plan our time in London. We are on the same cruise (hopefully) and have started our excursion planning even though it’s a year out. Time flys and now we have something to look forward to.
  3. A lot of good ideas/alternatives have been surfaced on this thread re: Château dinners. I like the idea of going on our own or private guide for wine tasting, buying a good bottle or two and have dinner on the ship. We were on large group RCL excursion that included lunch in London. Very rushed with not enough time to enjoy the meal. We try to avoid this type of excursion.
  4. BBfromCA Thanks for your response. It kind of confirms what I read on TripAdvisor about Château Du Tertre. Two people posted on TA that the meal was less than impressive but the wines were great. The Chateau management response was the meal was selected by the cruise ship to better fit American tastes. I would guess it had more to do with price point. No mention of which cruise ship company on TA. There were also two good reviews on Château Kirwan dinners. However, those excursions were offered by Viking River and staffed by Viking. We have a few weeks to decide what to select, if at all.
  5. We are booked on this cruise and was recently notified by our TA that excursions can be booked in a few weeks. Of all the excursions available I'm curious about two in Bordeaux. Regent is offering an evening dinner/tour of Chateau Kirwan or Chateau Du Tertre. Has anyone been on these excursions? Did you have a good experience and was it worth the cost? I've looked in Ports of Call and didn't find anything.
  6. Hopefully I’m not too far off topic but for those that were “lucky” enough to be selected for MVJ 2.0 did you still have to enter a CC number for each excursion in your basket at checkout since the CC that you register can not be used for MVJ website purchases. The reason I ask is that it was recommended on this site to not wait until all your excursions were in your basket to check out and then enter your CC number. It was also recommended to pay for a few in the basket and then enter a few more. Some people that waited until the very end of their selection process found some of their excursions were “stolen” i.e no longer available or the times not available. I found that the pay-as-you-go process is time consuming but we got the excursions we wanted. Hopefully Viking will read this😊
  7. Agree with the need to periodically check your flights/schedules. A good TA should be able to keep up on changes since they work closely with Viking Air. However, they can get busy and may miss a change or not think it’s a big deal. Our cruise last year our departing flight changed to 3 hours earlier than what we had scheduled due to “equipment change”. At least that’s what the airline told me. I got it sorted out and actually got a better flight. The earlier you book the more need to check IMHO.
  8. Lanyards are good if you don’t mind it being around your neck. I carry my key card in a pocket but have to make sure not to put it in the same pocket as my cell phone. The phone will de-magnetize the card and will require a visit to guest services to fix the card. I learned this the hard way😊
  9. We did the Homelands Cruise last April and connected two times through AMS. KLM outbound and Delta for the return. We had a 90 minute connection time for the outbound segment and had no problems. The return flight we had a 2:45 hrs. connection time and had plenty of time once through security/passport control (slow). The problem we experienced was at the Delta gate. No organization or control on the boarding. People gang rushed the gate trying to be the first to board. We were flying Delta One class and it had no effect as to when we could board. We just patiently waited our turn knowing there would be a nice cocktail (or 2) waiting for us. 🍷
  10. We did the Homelands Cruise this year, Stockholm to Bergen. In hindsight, I wish we would have started in Bergen and ended in Stockholm. We arrived in Stockholm the afternoon of Day 1. That pretty much eliminated any touring that day. Since the ship departed port at 2:30 PM (all aboard @ 1:30) on Day 2 that pretty much restricted us to a Viking bus tour and a short private walking tour of the Old Town. We didn’t get to see many of the sights in this great European city. When I realized the little time we would actually have in Stockholm it was too late to change the air, without significant penalties. It was all my fault since I booked our air travel. Additionally, my TA was little help and I now have a new TA. Flying out of the small Bergen airport on an early morning weekday departure was stressful. People that did Viking Air were directed to the “Priority” line, as were most of the other non Viking folks. The check-in desk was understaffed and slow As was security checks. I believe, based on what I have read, that the Stockholm airport would be a better experience since it is larger, with more flight options, than Bergen. Overall, the cruise was great and St. Petersburg was a highlight. We used TJ Tours. We were on deck 5 Aft since we like to have a deck above and below us not near any public areas. I learned some things to look for when cruise planning and look forward to our next visit to Stockholm.
  11. We completed a VO this past June out of Stockholm from LAX returned from Bergen. When we were planning for air our TA advised against NorwegianAir. She stated a number of her customers had issues when NA cancelled flights and moved them to another low cost airline. I didn’t want to worry about making the cruise departure so we went with a large mainstream airline that had good partner airlines (Sky Team). KLM was particularly good and their business class was outstanding.
  12. A TA would be a helpful resource if you booked with one. They would have a vested interest in helping a customer.
  13. Suggest you check out 2020 Oct/Nov roll calls for this itinerary even if there isn’t one started for your particular cruise. I did and found a lot of good info as to what other folks are doing re: excursions. It also saved me some leg work researching.
  14. https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2396928-where-will-viking-star-dock-in-stockholm/
  15. With the recent tragedy of a fire on a dive boat off the SoCal coast where 30+ people died, I’m trying to remember what Viking Ocean has in the form of emergency lighting and directional signs. It may have been covered during the muster drill but I don’t recall it.
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