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    Paso Robles, CA
  • Interests
    Travel, Wine, Walking
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Viking Ocean Cruises
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  1. Depends on a lot of factors such as where are you cruising to for starters.
  2. Wondering though that if you get the regular air with Viking, can you then do the upgrade on your own? i.e. call the airlines and use miles or dollars to upgrade? And this would be the way to get Premium or Business the whole flights? Have people done this? Maybe it is even less expensive than a Viking partial upgrade?
  3. Even if all passengers and crew have been vaccinated, my concern is that too many countries/cities prefer we stay home & won’t allow us in. I think we might be looking at 2023 before cruising gets back to “normal”.
  4. As stated, you can get made to order espresso drinks in the atrium bar early morning. Personally I loved the Nespresso coffee maker in our stateroom. Enjoyed delicious, strong coffee in bed each morning but I do drink it black. For me, their everyday coffee is not drinkable. I’m sure you could get room service to provide you with real cream. Another place I enjoyed espresso drinks was in the Explorers Lounge but that was later in the morning when it was staffed. My only experience with luggage is that was delivered to our room from the airport.
  5. Sadly, I would not be very optimistic. We have a Viking cruise booked for July 2021 & unless there is a vaccine, we don’t plan on going. I really don’t want to spend a lot of money to be on a ship wearing a mask & social distancing. Part of the fun of cruising is engaging with other people. But, a lot can happen between now & when you set sail so for now, keep your fingers crossed.
  6. We have been on many Viking Cruises & as stated, the included is typically a 2 or 3 hour bus or walking tour of the town. We have done a mix of both included & paid Viking tours depending on the port. The cost of the paid tours really varies depending on the length & what it entails. Some tours are less than $100 and some $200 plus. We have also had good luck getting together with fellow cruisers on Cruise Critic and booking tours through local tour operators. Do your homework & explore the options available to you. Good luck.
  7. We also prefer to dine alone and with Viking that is no problem. The Chef’s Table & Manfredi’s require reservations & there are plenty of twosome tables. The main dining room doesn’t require a reservation but again, plenty of twosomes they can seat you at. For all other dining options you can wander in and pick out your own table.
  8. Albert Heijn is a major supermarket chain in the Netherlands with lots of locations. We’ve been to Amsterdam numerous times and they were our “go to store” for food & wine, etc. Looking on line they appear to have a store fairly close to the cruise terminal. I recommend you check them out.
  9. From our research & looking at Viking’s website showing deck plans, you will see that those staterooms are located directly above the tenders on deck 3. I have read on various CC posts that some passengers hear the “creaking” of the tenders especially in rough seas. We have been on 4 Viking cruises & have purposely stayed away from staterooms located above tenders.
  10. We have taken 4 Viking cruises & booked 3 for this year. Sadly, 2 have been officially cancelled. Have our fingers crossed for our December cruise. Obviously we are fans of Viking. The pros: small ship, no children, exceptional crew & service, nicely appointed stateroom that includes a veranda, a large variety of dining options, the relaxing Nordic spa experience that is included, and the exceptional guest lecturers. They provide such a wealth of information regarding the history & culture of the various countries. Regarding the included tours, they tend to be either city walking t
  11. Would liked to have read the article but must be a WSJ subscriber to do so.
  12. Physically yes, but not sure they will open up 4 staterooms based on something we observed. On last year’s cruise our neighbors did just that between 2 stateroom balconies but within 2 nights the balconies were closed off to each other during the entire rest of the cruise.
  13. My husband and I went on the Valparaiso to Buenos Aires cruise in December and at 70 & 68 respectively, we felt “young”. For many, just getting on and off a bus was an ordeal. I admired these folks for getting out there and seeing the world and a cruise is realistically their best option. I certainly hope that Viking survives this crisis financially since we would like to continue sailing with them well into our 70s & 80s even if we have to pack our walkers😀
  14. I have read various posts that the same itinerary for next year is costing them more. You maybe one of lucky ones getting a better deal. We have three cruises booked for this year and figure that they will get canceled. We have our fingers crossed that if it’s possible to rebook for next year we won’t have to pay more but won’t be surprised if that’s not the case. The cruise industry will need to recoup their losses somehow.
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