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  1. we boarded the ship in Budapest a couple of years ago and didn't have any ship organized transfers. We just used Uber from the airport to our AirBnb apartment. Didn't need any local $$. Have a great trip!
  2. Just to be clear, we can now go to any bar from 5-7 and get unlimited drinks (that are on the "elite happy hour" menu)?
  3. We just flew back from Basel after Vantage river cruise. (we then connected through AMS) We arrived in Basel the day before, so not apples to apples (assuming you don't get there until the morning you disembark). Passengers started leaving the ship at 3am and we were in the last group off the boat at 1130am. The trip to the Basel airport took 15 minutes. Check-in was very easy at this "small" airport. We have only taken 2 river cruises (on 2 different lines) and they both arrived at final city the day before disembarkation...I didn't know some arrived the day of disembarkation.
  4. We used a local private tour company (I think we had 8 people in minivan)...our "driver" was a good of a guide as we have ever had! He did hand us off for our tour of the vatican, but his insights while we were with him were very insightful. With 2 hours of driving he covered a large variety of topics. To the OP...Is there a reason you don't want to use a local tour company that you arrange on your own or with others from this board?
  5. Just curious, why would it make any difference if ship has or hasn't been renovated as to the cabins being accessible to drop of bags??
  6. I don't know why they would have arrested the captain of the viking ship if the other ship did what you say... Viking hasn't been great on safety...at least I haven't read about other lines having 2 deadly crashes...maybe there have been others, but Viking really needs to figure out what needs to be changed.
  7. supervisor came and explained? that you couldn't do it, but they could? or they couldn't? do it? for you.
  8. did they also do away with the nightly elite cocktail get together or is that still a thing?
  9. Just an FYI, I used interview on arrival last week in MSP...couldn't have been easier...completed it while waiting for bags to get to belt, so it really didn't take any extra time. I checked a couple of days later online and went from "conditional" to "approved" (might not have been those exact words) So I would give this interview method high reviews.
  10. yes, prohibits it, BUT it really isn't that hard to find an TA that has online presence that offers perks that you will not get booking directly.
  11. Please post a link to obituary if you can...thanks...
  12. EXACT same with us...(only thing different was my wife has same passport as when originally applied and mine renewed last year..she didn't need interview, I do.)...I plan on doing my interview coming back to U.S. next month....hopefully it goes smooth...our layover isn't that long in our arrival city.
  13. That is why it is good to have a choice...If you need to make changes and are nervous about getting them done immediately, you should just book directly and not get the extra benefits that you get from booking elsewhere. For us, that never (yet) need to make changes we would rather get a cheaper cruise (or probably should say added "extras")...knowing that if something needed addressed it might take a couple of days.
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