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  1. I gather a day room is just a private hotel room that you have for the day. A hospitality room is a large, common room (maybe a big conference room, a ballroom or the like, where you and your fellow passengers can hang out, store your luggage, have some refreshments, etc.
  2. Thanks for your clarification (and for reading CC posts and responding!). The notification did not include any reference to day rooms or distinguish in any way between day rooms and a hospitality room, so I think that is where the confusion started. The information provided here clears that up. Again, thanks for the additional information!
  3. My understanding from the notification from Viking is that the hotel is in Santiago, not Valparaiso, so only an hour away from the airport. I also note below that Viking has responded in this thread and clarified the situation, making clear that folks with transfers will be accommodated in the hospitality room and given a later transfer from there to the airport at the appropriate time.
  4. We are on Jupiter for the January 7, 2020, South American and Chilean Fjords Cruise. Apparently, many of the flights out of Santiago after disembarkation depart late in the evening. Our flight, which was arranged independently (not through Viking Air), departs at 9:50 p.m. on disembarkation day. We did, however, purchase Viking transfers to the airport. There have been some messages on CC suggesting that under similar circumstances Viking will often transfer passengers to a hotel hospitality room for the day, and then later take them to the airport nearer in time to their late-night departure. Yesterday, we received an email from Viking saying that they would indeed provide such a room, including city tours, and later transfers to the airport FOR PASSENGERS WITH FLIGHTS DEPARTING AFTER 11:15 p.m. Thinking this must be a typo, I called Viking and was told that in fact the 11:15 p.m. reference was correct. Of course, my reaction was that surely Viking did not intend to transfer us to the airport after disembarking at 9:00 a.m. for a 9:50 p.m. flight. Basically, I was told to talk to the folks on board the ship, and that it was likely they would agree to transfer us to the hospitality room and then transfer us to the airport from there later in the evening. Just thought I would pass this along. I don’t understand for the life of me why Viking would draw the line at 11:15 p.m., unless every other passenger leaving on Viking Air-procured flights that night depart after 11:15 p.m. (Our flight is a non-stop to Atlanta and I’m pretty confident other cruisers will be on that flight too.) I would understand treating folks differently if they were traveling on their own, but once a passenger has been allowed to purchase a Viking transfer, they ought to be treated like all the other passengers who are using Viking transfers. I’m hopeful, and even fairly confident, that Viking will take care of us and include us in the use of the hospitality room and later transfer to the airport, but I don’t understand why they wouldn’t just say so up front and not introduce unnecessary uncertainty into the process.
  5. We've stayed in 8017, which is essentially the same cabin on the starboard side. We found it to be extremely quiet. There is very little traffic in the hallways on the eighth deck. The layout on the website is not exactly correct. 8016 and 8017 are really right at the elevator lobby, rather than forward of the lobby as shown on the diagram. We never heard any elevator noise, though, and truthfully there are so few cabins on deck eight that the elevator rarely goes to that floor. Also, the exits from the upper deck of the Explorer's Lounge into hallway are rarely used (at least that was our experience). The cabin you are looking at is also located aft of most of the activity areas of the sports deck. (And frankly, on all of our cruises, the sports deck has been very underutilized.) So, at least in our experience, the PS cabins on deck eight were extremely quiet.
  6. We’ve been in PV-1’s on four cruises and always forward of the forward elevators. Very quiet, very little traffic and the forward stairs and elevators are usually very uncrowded. We have never had any noise issues at all. As mentioned by VNB2003, we also prefer the cabins with slider doors. Of the forward cabins, and not counting 6000 and 6001 (which I think are too close to the bridge “wings” when out on the balcony), the slider cabins are 6006, 6007, 6008, 6009, 6014 and 6015. I’m not sure where I read it, but I have a note that says to avoid 6061, 6063, 6060 and 6062 near the rear elevators due to noise. I haven’t stayed in those cabins, so can’t verify that they might be noisy, but I just throw it out there for what it’s worth.
  7. Thanks for your review. I was particularly happy to read the comment quoted above. I have raised this issue in previous reviews and to the good folks at “Tellus” that the port talks, which contain the most detailed information regarding excursions, come too late to be able to cancel existing excursions or swap them for another. This change definitely addresses that issue, and I applaud Viking for making the change. Great news indeed.
  8. We did the exact same thing. In general, whenever we opt to take an included tour in any port we try and get the earliest one so we an hang out on our own afterwards.
  9. There is only one “included” tour in Athens, which is a “panoramic” tour of the city. It is described on the Viking website as “See the highlights of Athens by motor coach and visit the National Archaeological Museum. From the port of Piraeus, journey with your guide into ancient Athens. You will pass the small harbor of Zea, whose 5th-century BC dock still survives, and the elegant promenade at Mikrolimano. In the center of historic Athens, you will see the Hellenic Parliament and Syntagma (Constitution) Square, as well as the distinctively uniformed Presidential Guard, or “Evzones,” at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Your scenic drive also includes views of Panathenaic Stadium and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Following the panoramic tour, you will visit the National Archaeological Museum, one of the world’s great museums. With more than 11,000 exhibits, it provides a panorama of Greek civilization from the beginnings of prehistory to Late Antiquity. If you would like, enjoy a coffee at one of the many local cafés during your free time.”
  10. There is another recent thread on this topic. I don't believe there is a specific answer to your question yet, but when it comes I suspect you'll find your answer here and on Viking's website:
  11. Just to be clear, sparkly hats are always optional! 🙂
  12. I can't speak specifically to Swiss Air, but there are many early morning flights out of Athens and I don't think you'll have any problems checking in around 5:00 a.m. We had a 6:10 a.m. flight out this past April on Air France and used the Viking transfer. They had us there by 4:30 a.m., as I recall, and we checked right in.
  13. This question has been the subject of much debate in the forum. The official Viking dress policy says: “During the day, dress is casual including shorts (if the season is warm), slacks or jeans and comfortable shoes for walking tours. Swimsuits, brief shorts, cover-ups and exercise attire should be reserved for the Fitness Center, pool areas and Sports Deck. There are no “formal nights” in the evening; evening dress is “elegant casual” for all dining venues, performances and special events. On these occasions, required attire for ladies includes a dress, skirt or slacks with a sweater or blouse; for gentlemen, trousers and a collared shirt. A tie and jacket are optional; jeans are not permitted. The evening dress excludes World Café where the dress remains casual after 6:00 PM.” My experience is that folks generally wear what they are comfortable wearing. The World Cafe is very casual for all meals. The dress policy is usually posted outside The Restaurant and the specialty restaurants, presumably to discourage shorts and jeans, but the policy is often ignored without consequence. You definitely do not need a suit or sport jacket — slacks and a button-down shirt are fine in any of the restaurants.
  14. And the waiters in the World Cafe always seem to have a carafe of orange juice in their hands so no problem getting plenty of refills!
  15. I have not done that particular cruise so I'm sure someone who has can give you a more definitive answer, but in most ports if the town is not "walkable" then Viking will generally run a shuttle bus from the port to the town center. There are not a lot of shipboard activities on port days - Viking's whole emphasis is on spending time in the port cities -- but the ship amenities are all available: spa, pools, restaurants, sports deck, games in the Viking living room, movies, etc. The limited shops are usually closed while in port and the ship is generally pretty empty and quiet.
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