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dwlmg

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About dwlmg

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  • Location
    Ocean Pines, Maryland, USA
  • Interests
    Photography, Genealogy, Scuba Diving
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Star Clippers, Viking Ocean
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    French Polynesia

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  1. The CDC should be consistent in their requirements for Free Pratique (permission to enter and debark passengers in the US). Cruise ships cannot. Airlines have to prove no positive COVID tests within 3 days of arrival for all aboard. If they are true to their concerns, International air travel to the US should be shut down as well. It is not much of a stretch to consider the Covid variants arrived via air rather than by sea.
  2. It is very disappointing that Viking could support the Around England, Bermuda, and Iceland cruises as quickly as they did on My Viking Journey while support for the Mississippi cruises has been 'Coming Soon' for a year.
  3. If you can access CNBC, The interview plays here. https://www.cnbc.com/video/2021/04/09/viking-restarts-limited-cruise-operation-with-vaccine-and-testing-requirements.html?&qsearchterm=Tor%20Hagen
  4. I chatted with a well informed travel agent. The Russia cruises were cancelled because of the uncertainty of receiving the required visas for the river trips. Saint Petersburg does not require a visa if you tour with a recognized guide, so the visa is not a problem and the port visit should not be cancelled for that reason.
  5. I have seen online menus for Chef's Table meals. At the time online reservations open up, is there an indication as to which menu will be served on a specific night? Example - If I am looking for the Xiang menu, will the reservation system tell me which nights it will be served?
  6. So as the dust settles on this day (6 Apr), Viking has announced they are not going to Russia this year. I chatted with a My Viking Journey agent about our Aug 31 Homelands cruise which has a 2 night port call in Saint Petersburg, Russia. They said as yet, the cruise has not been cancelled but nothing more. I REALLY hope there is some kind of itinerary adjustment and the cruise still goes. I was looking forward to St. Pete but...
  7. So as the dust settles on this day (6 Apr), Viking has announced they are not going to Russia this year. I chatted with a My Viking Journey agent about our Aug 31 Homelands cruise which has a 2 night port call in Saint Petersburg, Russia. They said as yet, the cruise has not been cancelled but nothing more. I REALLY hope there is some kind of itinerary adjustment and the cruise still goes. I was looking forward to St. Pete but...
  8. So the CDC issued 'Technical Instructions' for compliance to resume cruising on Friday, 2 April after 5 months of silence. Someone should tell the CDC that the current Covid variants did not arrive in the US on cruise ships and they should address the risk posed by the most likely vectors by which the variants arrived - airlines. The Technical Instructions probably have killed the US cruise industry for this year and will force the US cruisers to look off shore to find cruise opportunities.
  9. If several miracles happen and we do get to take our June 2021 Alaska cruise, It could be far less crowded in port than in 'normal' times with all the cruises that have already been cancelled by other 'big ship' lines.
  10. Right you are. The airlines have not had any reported COVID incidents in recent times. I was thinking about the 'Flight from Hell' article reported on 60 Minutes. I have since realized the flight was a repatriation of cruise passengers. I do believe that there were instances of new infection on the flight, but it predated the practice of masking. That said, the CDC could say masking iaw airline practice is a requirement and open cruising without a vaccination requirement and be consistent with risk management protocols on aircraft carrying more than 100 passengers.
  11. The CDC again briefed the need to limit travel on Monday, 29 Mar. If they were true to their spots, they would limit air travel to airplanes with less than 100 passengers as they do to the cruise industry. Even with an empty middle seat, I am far closer to more people than I am on a cruise. There are certainly several reports of issues with plane loads of people where the response paralleled the experience with the Diamond Princess.
  12. It appears our June 2021 Alaska cruise is not going to go. My booking is locked on MyViking Journey and VIking no longer lists any 2021 Alaska cruises on their web site. We are planning for 2022 and with our voucher, trying to decide if we should do a cabin upgrade. One of the benefits of the upgrade is earlier access to excursions. I am interested in the photo safari. a) Anyone have experience with it? and b) does it sell out fast?
  13. Over time, I have experienced multiple instances where My Viking Journey (MVJ) has had various glitches and problems. Sometimes the page with my air reservations is found, sometimes it is not. The site frequently gives me a page and then locks up. There are itineraries where support on MVJ have been 'coming' for over a year (see Mississippi and expedition cruises). People are reporting you cannot book excursions on MVJ where other people report they can. I am beginning to seriously wonder about the security for the credit card and echeck data we put on that site.
  14. I am sure Viking will be as proactive and reactive as they can be on this issue. If a country/port says cruise visitors will all be vaccinated, then Viking has no choice if they wish to call there. I also believe if this is the case in one port, it will be the case in many ports and then Viking will tip towards full vaccination on all cruises. It may also be easier to book shore excursions with providers if Viking can represent the ships as fully vaccinated. The shore excursion risk from Covid would be mitigated somewhat if full vaccination was the case. It may also be the case that airlines
  15. My impression here is that Viking contracts with carriers every so often for fares on their preferred airlines. Many times the contracted fare is below what you can get on your own but... because these fares are contracted, a fluctuation in the market can drive fares available outside Viking below their contract price. We ran into this with business class fares. The 'on your own' fare was considerably cheaper than Viking's quoted fare. We were booked through VIking. I also believe Viking books refundable fares so you may find non-refundable fares on your own to be cheaper. Also, in these t
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