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  1. Raison

    Strategy for booking excursions

    Thank you, this is a great tip. We are travelling with friends who will be able to book their excursions before we can and I was wondering how to coordinate. Now when they book, I will put the same ones in our wish list and hopefully it will all work out fine!
  2. Raison

    Viking cruise to Australia and New Zealand

    If the cruise includes Australia in February, it will be hot and humid. I live a bit north of Sydney and we will often have 35 degrees celsius (or higher) for many days in February, and humidity along the coastal stretches will be high. If you go further north, humidity in Queensland will be higher again.
  3. I have been researching the various St Petersburg companies and they recommend tipping amounts of 10% guide and 5% driver. Can’t comment on what people actually do though.
  4. Raison

    Viking Homelands Cruise Review

    I have not been on my cruise yet, so I have no personal experience of the company, but Rodne Cruises seem to have morning departures, but not sure if they will be early enough for you to get back by 1.30. It is a 3 hour cruise, leaving at 10 am May to September.
  5. Raison

    Viking Homelands Cruise Review

    hi BruceB, Thanks for this, very helpful!
  6. Raison

    Bergen Disembarkation and Norway in a Nutshell

    Thanks for the info, the lookout sounds great. Will also check out Norway Active, thanks.
  7. Raison

    Bergen Disembarkation and Norway in a Nutshell

    Thanks for this information, we are planning Norway in a Nutshell, Bergen to Oslo after our Viking Homelands cruise next June. We are planning a night in Flam as well, so will be interested to hear your experiences. We have an overnight in Bergen before disembarkation and plan to spend disembarkation day in Bergen and then NIN the next day.
  8. Raison

    Just Booked Australia/New Zealand Dec. 2018

    As an Aussie, I hope you all enjoy your travels down under, an amazing part of the world! Welcome, welcome!
  9. Raison

    Viking Homelands Cruise Review

    Thanks Bruce, I have been reading your review and it is very informative. Great tips about booking shore excursions with Viking and doing some places under your own steam. This is what we are aiming to do as well.
  10. Raison

    Viking Homelands Cruise Review

    Having just booked the Homelands cruise for May 2019, Hubby and I have begun our research and we have found this thread to be very very informative. Oh my, very excited about this cruise. We are planning on doing our own post cruise Bergen to Oslo trip, probably with Norway in a Nutshell at this stage. Thanks for the great info in this thread!
  11. Raison

    Iceland - questions answered

    If you only have one day I would definitely do the Golden Circle. The Blue Lagoon is lovely for a relaxing few hours, but the sights on the Golden Circle are fantastic IMO.
  12. Raison

    Iceland - questions answered

    We were in Iceland on a cruise ship last August, we arrived about 9am and were away in our hire vehicle by about 10. We drove straight through to Vic and then made our way back stopping at various places (waterfalls, glaciers) along the way, then we headed back to Rekjavik via the Golden Circle in reverse. We got back to our ship about 9.30 that night, so it was a long day but fantastic! Have you contemplated spending a night off the ship? and staying on the south coast area somewhere and then doing the Golden Circle on your return to the ship? This would save a fair bit of travel time.
  13. Very sad for the crewman and his family. A reminder to us all of the fragility of life...
  14. Raison

    Private tours Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia

    Thanks for this info! We were considering doing something like that as we are not really beach goers. Being a tender port always makes things interesting. Do you remember if there were lots of taxis around near where the tenders disembark? Maybe that would be an option to have a drive around the island a bit and then explore Nathon a bit.