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About ColonyGirl2

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  • Location
    Williamsburg, VA
  • Interests
    Traveling everywhere, bridge, mahjongg, reading
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Viking, HAL
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Vancouver, Copenhagen, St. Petersburg

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  1. We took the VO Russia & the Baltic cruise in 2019. It offered 3 days in St Petersburg and we booked a 3 day Grand tour with Alla. Our guide was Angie. Alla did a great job and Angie was the best guide we ever had-- very knowledgeable and a great sense of humor. The. Hermitage was wonderful but really everything we visited was. We saw everything on our "to see" list and more. Much better than anything Viking offered, as their tours were all one and done, so you had a morning tour, returned to the ship and then an afternoon tour. We left each morning at 8 and returned at
  2. We originally booked in July of 2019 while on board Viking Sky. They gave us the $200 pp past guest at that time. When we went to reschedule, they dropped it to $100. We had a current brochure that offers a double past guest discount so they honored that, and went back up to $200 pp. I think you have to quote the brochure, as they didn't offer it until we did. It is a new January 2021 brochure that we just received. It also quotes free air fare but that is for very limited sailing dates.
  3. Update. We were able to get the double past discount! The airfare was not free as the "fine" print said that was for one sailing only. We were still able to secure a discounted airfare and I am happy with the results. We will be paying a lower fare than our 2021 price,, though we did drop from a DV3 to a DV6. Glad that it is settled and looking forward to to our future cruises. The first one is in November 2021 and I hope that will be a GO!
  4. There really is no transfer over. It is basically a cancel and rebook so I don't think it is that. The fine print is always a problem. Especially when it is too fine to be found
  5. Do you know where we would find the EBD in the brochure? When we originally booked we got $200 pp for a past guest discount. They now are offering $100 because it now has been more than a year since our last travel. The double discount should make it $200 again. There is no qualifying criteria listed for either the doubled discount or the free airfare.
  6. Has anyone booked or have any information on this promotion? We are booked on a British Isles cruise this August and are looking at our cancellation options. Our TA called Viking yesterday about rescheduling the same cruise for August 2022. The new price would result in us paying more for a DV6 than our currently booked DV3. Not happy with those results. I have a current Viking brochure that lists the same prices I see on line for this cruise, but it clearly states a double past guest discount and free international air from most major airports, including ours as addition
  7. We did the HAL (Zaandam) cruise that you describe, from Santiago (San Antonio) to BA this past January. We really loved it and found Antarctica to be a magical place. We did have close up penguin encounters in Puerto Arenas (Magdalena Island) and in Stanley, FI. Both of those were wonderful but I really loved the scenery in Antarctica. We also saw a lot of whale activity. I knew I wanted to go back. We are now booked on a 24 day Seabourn Cruise in February 2022. It also starts in San Antonio and ends in BA but includes South Georgia. The Quest is a bigger ship (450) than a lot
  8. Hi All, Would like some advice from the experts here. I had a Hold on a cabin for a 45 day cruise in February 2022 that would expire this Wednesday, Nov 25. On Friday I decide to go ahead and pay the deposit which was huge because it was 25% down. The promotion was $1K OBC and 900 minutes of wifi per person (2). Fast forward to today and now the deposit has dropped to $500 per cabin. The promotion is still $1K OBC but no wifi. My TA says he can't do anything but cancel and rebook resulting in loss of the wifi. Is this typical of the way Seabourn works? I o
  9. I am just about to book my first Seabourn cruise. Why do some people have $400 referral coupons and some $250? Obviously would prefer a $400 but on the Seabourn site it says $250. Does it have to do with sailing dates? Thanks, Cathi
  10. Yes, Ford's Colony. Good guess, but I guess the Williamsburg address helped. We retired here 5 years ago and we love it, but are suffering from social withdrawal right now. Thanks for the info on the cruise length. I want to go to South Georgia and DH wants to see the Amazon so I guess we should be okay. I never heard of Manaus before but it looks interesting.
  11. Thanks for the feedback. Not what I want to hear, but "it is what it is." We have a January 2021 Caribbean cruise that is repeated in Feb, March and April. My TA tried to move everything to the April dates but no go. We booked it under a View & Veranda promotion so we would need to cancel and rebook under the present terms. It means we pay more total, have to increase our deposit by $400 and lose our OBC and wifi. Yes we get a drink package, gratuities, and special dinners but I just wanted to keep what we had. Now we will cancel completely before final payment
  12. Hi All, Any ideas what the promotion will be in starting in October? I am hoping for a View & Veranda. Thanks
  13. I actually did. It was expensive and long. I was hoping to try to use FlightEase. The airport there handles all flights into the Amazon so it must be busy. Thanks for your feedback on long cruises. I wasn't sure about our 22 day cruise but I loved it so much I think we can handle the 45 days.
  14. Thank you so much for the information @FlyingScotSailors. I have been leaning toward Seabourn for a couple of reasons and I think you have put it over the top. I had looked at true "expedition" ships like with Quark and Hurtigruten, which promise at least two landings per day, but like you, I decided one would be enough and when we get out of quarantine I am going to need to be pampered---a lot. The hot tub and wine sound wonderful. Now I just need to convince DH that the cost/time is worth it. Most of our big trips are about 3 weeks and our longest cruise was the 22 day Antarctica on
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