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  1. We were Viking Sky passengers who remained onboard throughout the crisis until the ship reached Molde. Although we never met the author, reading the book we realized that we were in the same group in the atrium under the supervision of the cabaret singer. We found his account of the harrowing experience to be an accurate reflection of our own experience.
  2. Ellume + Azova is another antigen self test/video observation combination.
  3. NPR review title says that Kwak "...,turned a cruise ship ordeal into a metaphor - and memoir," so the book is not just a recounting of the facts of the emergency. Reading the entire book with this understanding will provide answers to these questions.
  4. We're not exactly thrill-seekers but even with us there are those *moments* within gratifying travel experiences (yet another queue, yet another delay as examples) that we'd classify as boring. We've read the entire book with great pleasure, which helps place such excerpts in clearer context. The author elaborates, "Once accustomed to the dopamine hit that a new locale brings each day, your brain begins to take the novelty for granted. You develop a sudden aversion to the mundane. I did, anyway."
  5. A relationship with a reputable travel agent can have benefits far beyond bookings and pricing - for example, when things go wrong, During the Viking Sky emergency, Viking representatives were naturally overwhelmed addressing concerns and arrangements for the 900+ passengers. We were anxious about not getting information about our return home and (forgetting the time difference after the ordeal) sent an SOS to our TA. She got up in the middle of the night to investigate, negotiate, confirm, and call us with all the details. Earlier in the emergency, the TA met personally with our family at home to answer questions and facilitate communication among us, with our travel insurer, and with Viking.
  6. Spoiler alert... Given that, in response to Mr. Hagen's generous offer, the author writes, "There's no way in hell I'm setting my foot on another cruise ship," we suspect that we'll have to buy the book for ourselves.😉
  7. Perhaps a little literary license. A few hours into the emergency he writes, "Hell, I’d give anything to go back to the boredom of just a few hours ago."
  8. The author has also posted a Spotify playlist to accompany the book - selections include a little Greig along with more contemporary works. http://www.largeheartedboy.com/blog/archive/2021/06/chaney_kwaks_pl.html
  9. Thanks, OTJ, for bringing this book to our attention. How fortunate we are that such a gifted writer both chronicled our harrowing experience and set it into a broader perspective.
  10. Thanks, OTJ! Just purchased and downloaded the Kindle version, and oh how the chills and memories are flooding back.
  11. In November 1999 Renaissance ran an ad in the LA Times offering a 15 night voyage from Istanbul to Barcelona starting at $499/pp two months later (due to cancellation of a middle east itinerary). Renaissance had a great reputation for its small informal non-smoking ships; the bargain price sealed the deal.
  12. Appreciate your sharing the link - interesting information and photographs. 6092 is indeed under the 'wings' but on the port side of the ship.
  13. We were in 6090 on the Viking Sky and never noticed noise from the cafe above.
  14. We enjoyed staying at the Radisson Blu. It's right in Bryggen, within easy walking distance of ships, sightseeing and good food. The design of our upgraded room echoed the historic architecture surrounding us. Breakfast was first rate (as is often true in Norwegian hotels - they really do compete for the title of "Best Breakfast in Norway"). We hope to stay there again when we return to Bergen.
  15. Here's to us all - long may we thrive and soon may we travel!🤞🏼
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