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Nippy Sweetie

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  1. Thanks @Homerody. Not fans of cider but we'll certainly enjoy a glass or two of something local. We'll most likely wait till 2022 before venturing long haul anywhere. Strange times. Just off shopping, now where's my visor and mask...
  2. We're hoping to transfer our credit voucher to a European river cruise next year. Meanwhile we're off to a beautiful boutique hotel in the West Highlands (of Scotland) in October for a relaxing time in lovely surroundings accompanied by great grub. Nice to have something to look forward to. One day we'll make it to our Canada tour and Alaska cruise which we should be on right now. 😞
  3. Thank you SM77. That's reassuring. I'll wait it out with an easier mind. ☺️
  4. I've had an email from Viking saying that a future cruise credit would be issued. I'd asked for this more than 2 weeks ago. I asked again yesterday why I hadn't heard but was told one would be issued in the next 2-3 weeks. Why the delay? Surely its just a click of a mouse. Should I be concerned?
  5. I transferred my deposit to a FCV so it's not lost. We were sorry not to be able to do the Alaska cruise though. Currently wondering which to book next but are now wary of booking anything too far in advance. 🙁
  6. Hi jammy. Yes that's what the lady said. I'm not keen to have to pay in full first then hope to have it refunded. I'd rather just have my deposit turned into a FCV. Although we were really looking forward to the pre cruise trip and cruise to Alaska, even if it did go ahead we're not keen to be out of UK while this virus seems to be rampant and we hear such scary numbers coming from US. It's all awful!
  7. Still waiting for our FCV!
  8. Please don't worry Old Biddy. We had a lovely time looking forward to it and we might get there yet. I just phoned using the number on our booking form and pressed the relevant choice of department when offered. I discussed the situation with the nice woman who answered and she asked me to confirm by email to the address she gave me. I hope to receive formal confirmation soon. We'll be happy to rebook when we can but probably not as far in advance again!
  9. Well I've done it. With a heavy heart I've cancelled our Alaska cruise with 7 day pre extension trip booked for July. The final amount was due in May. The decision to cancel by Viking was not to be until June. I wasn't willing to pay the full amount in the hope that it would, somehow, be OK and risk potentially losing a lot more money. As Viking hadn't cancelled yet I couldn't have my deposit back but was offered a FCV valid for 24 months which was fine as we certainly want to sail on Viking again.
  10. I know it's not a UK company! I just wondered about any recompense being made by whichever govt it's registered under. Whatever, I'm not thrilled at what the staff are being paid.
  11. In UK the government is paying companies 80% of staff salaries up to £2500 per person per month for three months. Surely Viking is receiving something similar from the government of whatever country they are registered in. This offer of theirs doesn't look that great to me.
  12. We're on the previous cruise. I really can't see it going ahead. We were to have done the 7 day Rockies trip first. I'm going to phone on Monday. Final payment not due till next month but I want to clarify the situation as far as possible.
  13. We were due on an Alaska cruise on Orion in July and looking forward to being aboard. Oh well. Another time maybe.
  14. It's very different in UK. Eg final payment date for our July 2020 cruise is 1st May 2020. We just wouldn't pay in full as far in advance as you seem to have to in America. I'm not sure whether to cancel altogether or ask Viking to carry the deposit forward to a potential future booking when/if this situation ever improves.
  15. UK now talking about 6 months until return to some sort of normal.
  16. Deec, not entirely sure how long UK lockdown will last. 'shielded' patients not allowed out at all. Over 70s supposed to be restricted. The rest of us have to stay at home except for 4 reasons : key work (medics etc), food (only) shopping, pharmacy visits and one restricted walk for excerise a day. There's no time limit. The govt are basing potential reactions/restrictions on an algorithm based on numbers of cases etc. We're not expecting our July Alaska cruise to go ahead. 🙁 However, we're getting used to life under lockdown. Lots of Zoom meet ups and video chats. We'll all pu
  17. I know Viking does its best re hygiene and, clearly, Coronavirus has not reared its ugly head on the World cruise, but to an extent cruise ships are petri dishes. I've caught a bad cold on several Viking ships so far. It's always laughed off as 'the ships cold' but it does put a crimp in enjoyment. I should say that I'm scrupulous at the hand washing and using the sanitiser in the World Cafe but other passengers certainly were not. Its just a fact of life. Bugs (viruses) go round especially where people are in comparatively confined spaces.
  18. Only staying in for 14 days? We're stuck in for 12 weeks! Only 5 days in now and the thought of the next few months is awful. It's good to remember our time on the Viking Sun and our future booking on the Orion - doubt it'll be July this year though. I'm mentally in the Explorers lounge looking out at Stavanger. We'd quite unexpectedly loved Norway.
  19. Ah Newhaven. Our favourite restaurant is there. A tiny little place run by a husband and wife. We sit in the window if we can get that table and watch the tenders coming in and long line for buses. The Sun is the ship we were last on and we loved it. Surprised you had to BYOB though! Asda shopping isn't very exciting although they are a friendly bunch at that branch. Oh to be in the Explorer Lounge! Civilised and comfortable without being in the least pretentious. It's the Orion that we're supposed to be on in July but 'ah hae ma doots'. 😢
  20. Just back from shopping at our local M&S. Very scary. Felt like a science fiction film. Marshals on the door allowing one person in as another leaves. 30 minutes max permitted. However, it was well stocked and everyone was being careful to stay behind the hazard lines marked all over the floor. I'm in Scotland btw. Suspect our next cruise to Alaska will not be on. Lovely to come back to the explorers lounge. A hot chocolate would go down well right now.
  21. What a ghastly end to what promised to be a wonderful cruise. Hanging about waiting for planes and wondering how it will be back home must be very stressful. Good luck with it all. Soon you'll be home sweet home.
  22. Great idea. We all need a seat in the virtual explorers lounge right now. Can I sit near the window leaning back on one of those furry throws? I'd like an open sandwich please and a mimosa.
  23. The main thing that would be necessary (apart from trained and experienced staff) to make them into suitable places for Covid 19 patients is a supply of oxygen to each bed. Can this be fitted in time?
  24. I've not been contacted by Viking. I'm not due the full payment until May. Maybe things will be clearer then. If not, I hope I won't lose the deposit already paid. However, these are uncertain times for us all so will wait and see before I make a decision.
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