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  1. Our April 5 Viking Orion Bali to Bangkok cruise was canceled by Viking on February 19. In addition to a refund, we were given a $500 future cruise voucher each, good for a year. Additionally, there was another $500 pp voucher good until March 9, if we rebooked by then and transferred our payment, rather than taking the refund. Your mileage may vary, but I’m guessing they will offer some kind of goodwill gesture.
  2. Really? That’s bizarre! Anyone know why they do that?
  3. Some cruise lines are offering free repo cruises to firefighters, first responders, disabled veterans etc. I think they get some tax breaks. Viking has a last-minute sale list here: https://www.vikingcruises.com/oceans/limited-availability.html I’ve never seen any super deals there, but under the circumstances you just might get lucky!
  4. We are also disembarking at Laem Chabang. This will be the day after an overnight stay in port, so I was thinking that the ship would already be cleared for immigration. If there is a long wait for customs or immigration, I may have to rethink our transfer time. Was the long wait after an overnight in port, or just after arrival?
  5. Thank you, lextrvlr. I will contact them and see if they are willing to customize a tour. Have you worked with them? Were they flexible?
  6. Hmmm, good points. I appreciate the excellent feedback and experiences. If anyone can recommend a private tour or driver that lets you completely customize the itinerary, that might be my best bet. All the ones I’ve found go to all the same places. Otherwise, it’s sounding like the included tour might be safest.
  7. Thank you, Heidi. We have 10 hours in port, but would certainly be cognizant of traffic. I hear it’s very bad in Malaysia and Indonesia. Glad to hear again that it’s OK to leave the included tour. I agree — Viking’s options, even the paid ones, are lackluster for KL port. It’s a dilemma — do we pay more, only have time to do a couple of things, and worry about time; or do we take a boring tour, our first and probably only time, in a port that has fun things to do. Ugh 🙁
  8. Thank you, Peregrina. Visa is not an issue for Americans visiting Malaysia, so this might work. Glad to hear it wouldn’t cause difficulties.
  9. Our Viking Ocean cruise docks quite far from Kuala Lumpur, in Port Klang (1:15 travel time, one way taxi fare approx. USD $80). The included tour is short and doesn’t look too interesting, but I can’t find a private tour visiting the sites that interest me. My sites of interest (Islamic Arts Museum, Orchid Garden, lake, Bird Garden, Masjid Jamek, maybe Menara KL) are all easy to visit on foot or with short taxi rides, once you are in the city of KL. I was thinking about taking the included tour for a while, then letting the guide know we would find our own way back. Then touring DIY, then looking for a driver back to Port Klang. However, I don’t want to cause any problems for the tour guide. Has anyone ever ditched the included tour, basically using it as a shuttle? Would this be very bad form? Thanks for any suggestions and advice 🙂
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