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grimsbybud

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    Niagara, Ontario
  • Interests
    History, Culture and Wines
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Viking
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Amsterdam

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  1. FYI: I have just sent the following e-mail to tellus@vikingcruises.com, and to both our Viking agent, Andrea Collier and Oscar Santander at Viking Customer Services: If I get anything back I will post here. Bud Hello again, I have just sent the following Email to tellus@vikiing…. As you can see in the message, wee have grave concerns about our ship’s ability to perform safely…Can you advise? Bud (Hardy) Hightower. Hello Viking, Eva and I are booked on the June 3rd sailing of the Viking Sky (Bergen to Iceland. This will be our first Viking Ocean Cruise after 3 previous Viking River Cruises. As this is going to be a completely new adventure, I have been going to Cruise Critic Roll Call threads on this sailing and looking at other Viking Sky threads. What I have just seen is VERY DISTURBING; that is that the Viking Sky seems to be having Engine Power Plant issues and is unable to sail at full cruise speed meaning that some of the ports of call on the current Caribbean cruise have been missed. As it was problems with the engine systems which caused the near loss of a Sister Ship off Norway, I am concerned. As a result of this, I am asking for responses to the following questions: *What is the actual problem? *What is the planned, and appropriate solve to this issue. * In the event that tis problem is not resolved and the ship is not able to safely make our departure, what alternatives does Viking Have available to all of us who have signed on and PAID for this cruise. I do hope to hear from you about this as it is a genuine worry for us and others.. Bud (XXXXXXXXX, Booking Number: XXXXXXX
  2. Thanks, very much! Eva and I look forward to meeting you, Liz and all the rest of the CC vagabonds! Have you heard of the issue, ongoing now in the Caribbean, with the Viking Sky and engine failure issues impeding speed and maneuverability in the last week while doing the Caribbean route?? ASdd'l from posts on the current thread on this:
  3. Thanks, very much! Eva and I look forward to meeting you, Liz and all the rest of the CC vagabonds! Have you heard of the issue, ongoing now in the Caribbean, with the Viking Sky and engine failure issues impeding speed and maneuverability in the last week while doing the Caribbean route??
  4. That would be grand, Liz. Eva and I look forward to meeting you and your friends (in person!). We are going in to Oslo two nights early to get clocks in order. Having been to Oslo ( on a previous-self planned and visiting with family in Sweden, Estonia, Finland and Denmark, a ferry from Copenhagen to Oslo was a great extra) we really liked Oslo. Walking is great, not as up and downish as Stockholm. The sculpture garden of human figures is a marvel! As you note, we are informed that the Hotel Opera is the one, but not etched in stone. One e-mailing we have received from Viking noted the Hotel Bristol in the mix. other are 4+Star so I am sure comfort awaits. On our River Cruises, we were able to find wine shops along the way and always had our own wine in the stateroom ( we are Wine, only, folks and with the free wines at lunch and dinner work with our wine to enjoy mid-afternoon so don't find the Silver Package worth while). So, we'll be stocking up in Bergen. I contacted the Hotel Tron Opera and found there are two very good shops nearby, as well. If we rattle, you'll know why! Look forward to setting things up in May plans to book Ship Restos as soon as we can. Note you're not on the Meet and Mingle list for our cruise. B
  5. Liz Masterson. You are doing the Oslo stay before the rain to Bergen as are we... Perhaps a get together for a meet, drink, dinner?
  6. Peregrina651, I will learn... Are you on June 3 Iceland's majestic....?
  7. Can anyone tell me how I can send a message in this RollCall thread? All I get is a window telling me I haven messages available to send? techno-Lluddite, I am but.......
  8. Peregrina651 and Liz Masterson, Pls link with me to plan for embarkation Liz, we will be on the Oslo early and train to Bergen...Let's meet in Oslo?? Dinner?
  9. Copied from another thread and 2019 pricing but, if you are going to be on the Iceland's Majestic Landscapes and are trying to sort out tours and options pricing, this will give you a good idea of what Viking will be charging for optional tours all along the way. Have looked at many on the separate tour operators, and compared costs using this information. It helps deciding. we have doe 3 Viking river (VR) cruises and find that the group sizes were are not at all a challenge (30 or so) with the "Quiet Boxes" on need to be close to the guides and, in fact, at Strasbourg, or guide had to gather people together periodically and it was all too easy to become mesmerized by something and lag behind..In one instance a "puddle of people" were 3 blocks back! As we are retirees, we need to be a bit circumspect with what we spend on so we can go again in future.
  10. Wonderful!! Thanks to all from both of us!!
  11. Liz, You mentioned in #68, you were adding a link to another thread about "Oslo, the train and Bergen" Could you re-post as that link didn't appear for me, B
  12. I meant to type $230US...Age and fingers with a mind of their own... B
  13. Thank you retiredman and peregirna651. Will have a look, peregrina651 although, if it is $320pp (US I assume) I doubt we can squeeze the wallet that tight! B
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