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  1. I believe, but not sure, that other river cruise lines offer or have offered deals on flights. I know I received recently an Emerald cruises email with selected air promos.
  2. Apology accepted, all is good...👍🏻
  3. I was speaking in general. no need to attack me personally, I did not mention if I was a Viking fan or not, or in agreement with their policy or not. It was a blanket statement. I have taken 6 Viking cruises, my most recent was one in the fall (Douro river) and the spring (Eastern European) - And I was not wasting energy on anything (as you post) - just stating a fact. And posting that the policy stinks, did not mean I was not or will not be, booking Viking. BUT I can understand why some people feel they do towards Viking payment policy, And now I will keep my thoughts to myself in the future.
  4. I agree with above posts...we did this with AMA waterways in 2011, and yes there were some muddy, steep, cut into the landscape slopes to access some of the river stops.
  5. Pretty much all of Viking’s 2019 itineraries are sold out...and really filling up for 2020 - so unless people refuse to stand up to their policy, it will continue, Our last Viking river cruise was booked before the new change this past Feb 2019, requiring bookings to be paid in full 1 year from sailing date. If you book on a promo, then the full payment deadline could mean you are paying more than a year in advance, in order to get the advertised perks/discounts/offers, When I booked last June 2018 for an April 2019 cruise, already Viking was pushing for immediate payment, pretty much one year out, Having travelled with them before, and knowing that you can request extension, I stood my ground. The best I could do was to get 6 months out. The policy stinks, but it seems they are doing well, despite people’s grumblings.
  6. on our last 2 recent Viking cruises, the Explorers Club cocktail party was really packed..... however, many of the travellers had been on Viking Ocean, many were on their first river cruise! All my travels on Viking have only been on river cruising...
  7. We have taken 6 Viking River cruises and one AMA (Mekong). We will soon be doing a river cruise with AMA in Europe, and will be better able to compare both lines re: European sailings. I will come back and give my thoughts as to how the 2 lines compare, or rather, where they differ, what sets one apart from the other.
  8. We were on Celebrity Millennium for Japan, Taiwan cruise in 2015, and really enjoyed it, Our friends who were on that sailing with us cruise Celebrity more than we do (we usually cruise HAL, but have been on Celebrity 3 times, once on Solstice class. Our friends wanted to return to Japan on a cruise and add more time on land pre-cruise. (We had done 11 days land on our own before the cruise,) They were skeptical of Millennium as it has gotten some bum reviews. They returned from their April sailing, and said the ship was really nice, it must have had a recent drydock, and decor was more open and fresh, We have been back to Japan on cruise (2017), along with transpacific crossing on Holland America and are returning again to Japan, some new ports in 2020. Hope this helps.
  9. Definitely remember Susan Wood (Toodle-loo!) CD Michael Headla was another very good CD, very personable and really interacted with guests.
  10. I just got this response from the Canada/NE board, where I also posedthis wuestion “They pad that 11am flight time quite a bit. Let's say the ship docks on time at 5am and is cleared conservatively at 6am. You're off, again conservatively at 6:45 with self disembarkation with your carry on. It takes about 30 minutes to get to the airport from the cruise port if you factor in a little traffic. If the bus left at 7:15 after loading up the first group, you would be to the airport by 7:45-- plenty of time for a 10:25 flight, especially given that Jean Lesage isn't a massive airport. I think you'll be fine. Even if the first bus didn't leave until 815-- you're still there at 8:45-- still plenty of time for your flight. HAL booked your flight so they know that you, and ostensibly others, have a tighter turn. Worth checking in with them a night or two before on board to confirm but I think you should be fine.”
  11. HAL arrives 5 AM, Quebec City - on a Sunday. We have a 10:25 AM flight from Quebec to Toronto, arranged through HAL on a promo. Seeing as there are 5 ships in port that day, and it is Sunday morning - I asked HAL about their transfer, and could book it with my cruisefare in Cdn dollars. Once on board, it would be same price but in US dollars 🥴  So now my docs say they do not recommend for flights leaving before 11 AM, When we booked it, my TA and I both called, and minimum time for flight is 5 hours from docking, no advance advice regarding earliest flight departures. . Now I am concerned at what time the bus will depart, in order to get to the airport on time. I will do my checkin online on the ship, hopefully print boarding passes. I hope to only have carry-on. I just wanted to avoid the mess at the port, lining up for cabs. We went over and over this, and now I get this *warning* advice. ————- I went looking through some notes I made, which determined my decision to go with HAL transfer. A post from 2018 regarding taxis : cabs were very few, but info booth inside cruise terminal can help. (Considering it is Sunday AM, probably not that many cabs? Also a LOT of people looking for cabs - hotels, airport, day tour/trips). 6 ships are in port.  Port schedule the day we dock, there are 6 ships in ! yikes! CARIBBEAN PRINCESS sep 15, 00:30 ZUIDERDAM sep 15, 05:00  VEENDAM sep 15, 07:00 ADVENTURE OF THE SEAS sep 15, 08:00 SILVER WIND C6FG2 sep 15, 09:00 CELEBRITY SUMMIT sep 15, 10:00 Any advice? Past experience? Thanks
  12. We have been to Naples a few times - Last time we took the ferry over to the island of Procida (some scenes from The Talented Mr. Ripley were filmed there) - once we were there, a taxi driver offered a tour around the island (it is fairly steep and hilly to get up to some sections) - beautiful coastal scene just like a postcard! (We had been to Capri on a previous trip). Also, a day trip by train to Paestum, to see Greek temples and small museum with artifacts/frescoes from the site. The Royal Palace of Caserta (fashioned after Versailles) was amazing, and not very many people (could be the day we were there). Recommend taking the bus to the catacombs of San Gennaro and San Gaudisio - they were very different from each other, and the guides did a tremendous job.
  13. I went looking through some notes I made, which determined my decision to go with HAL transfer. A post from 2018 regarding taxis : cabs were very few, but info booth inside cruise terminal can help. (Considering it is Sunday AM, probably not that many cabs? Also a LOT of people looking for cabs - hotels, airport, day tour/trips). 6 ships are in port. Port schedule the day we dock, there are 6 ships in ! yikes! CARIBBEAN PRINCESS sep 15, 00:30 ZUIDERDAM sep 15, 05:00 VEENDAM sep 15, 07:00 ADVENTURE OF THE SEAS sep 15, 08:00 SILVER WIND C6FG2 sep 15, 09:00 CELEBRITY SUMMIT sep 15, 10:00
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