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  1. We did this cruise in Feb. This is the only cruise I regret doing - in hindsight a land trip would have been much better. My main issue was that you pay a lot of money to be on a beautiful ship with a great crew but end up spending most of the time off the ship huddled in the dark hoping to see the lights. We rushed dinner most nights at the buffet to make our excursions. If your agenda is to see the lights I think you are better off on a land tour. Now, if you want to see the arctic in winter and perhaps catch a glimpse of the lights then you might really enjoy the trip - the scenery is spectacular and the day time excursions were great. Also, if you want to see the lights in as much comfort as possible and don’t care about the money this is a great way to do that. Keep in mind I loved the ship and will cruise with Viking again, just for me the value proposition of eating at the buffet and spending most of the night off the ship didn’t work. Your preferences might be different and this cruise could be the right answer.
  2. I’ve found the app Geotag Photos very good at that. It will log your location with no need for a data connection. It is geared toward adding gps coordinations to photos taken with a camera that doesn’t have gps built in but I use it for what you describe above.
  3. It would be very hard to make a 9am flight. One idea, which we did, is to hire a car to take you to tour Ostia which is right by FCO. The driver waited with our luggage while we toured the site and then dropped us at an airport hotel. You can then easily make a 9am flight the next day.
  4. We were in a PJS and I asked for wine for the mini bar. I was told that they could leave a bottle of wine but had to take all the other spirits. Since I drink cocktails and my wife drinks wine, I told them to never mine. I made a bad decision. Ended up running out at port to buy a bottle of wine. Seriously stupid policy on Vikings part. $20,000 room and they quibble over a $10 bottle of wine.
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