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  1. Viking just require men to wear a collared shirt (and trousers of course!) in the restaurants. No rules about long/short sleeves and you sometimes see polo shirts - very, very, occasionally a man might be wearing a jacket, and even more rarely a tie. Actually, I don't recall ever seeing anyone wearing a tie on our last Viking cruise, which was a 4 week one earlier this year. You can eat in the buffet wearing casual gear (within reason) and the bars and other public areas have no restrictions that I'm aware of. Women also dress more casually on Viking in the evenings. For a two week cruise I would take a couple of dresses, but they're the sort that I could wear during the daytime as well as evening, plus trousers and tops which are also used during the day. Sequins were very rarely seen! So long as you're clean and tidy, who really cares what you're wearing? I wear what I would wear to go to a restaurant at home... no need for the diamonds and glitter. For me, it's a holiday and I want to relax, not worry about what to wear and what people think of my outfit. So I look forward to the first reviews of Discovery with interest, as I'd love to cruise from the UK again. (That's the downside of Viking, mostly you have to fly somewhere to board the ship).
  2. Thanks for the replies, especially about the 250 miles limit. As to the formal nights, it is still the main thing that is deterring me from booking. I find it old fashioned and pretentious! I really fancy the 35 night 'Fairy Tale of new York' Saga cruise this December, but the thought of about TEN nights when we'd be forced to don formal attire is really off-putting. And it says the dress code is enforced throughout the ship, so we couldn't even nip up to the buffet in our smart casual evening clothes. Mrs Miggins, as a fellow Viking afficionado, I look forward to hearing your views on your return.
  3. We live approximately 265 miles from the cruise port. I see that shared chauffeur service is included if the distance is less than 250 miles, but am unclear as to what happens if you have to make your way to Southampton on public transport... do Saga include a taxi to get me to the rail station or airport for example, and a transfer at the other end? Or - thinking laterally - could I pay for a taxi to take me to a town 16 miles from here to be picked up by the included chauffeur car service? We are Viking Oceans lovers, but are considering trying Saga's new ship, which seems to be similar. The only drawbacks I can see are the formal evenings. Been there, done that, and now have the (Viking) t-shirt! Thanks Janet
  4. Totally agree with you Nippy - I really do think it's inappropriate that cruise ships come so close to such a small and precious place. The Venice experience has been ruined by so many people invading it each day. Much as I enjoy cruising, especially on smaller ships like Viking's, I don't like the way it is starting to spoil places. Dubrovnik springs to mind... even though the port is some way from the city, you can hardly move when you get shuttled into town. Last time we were there, we stayed onboard. In Stavanger, Norway, a couple of years ago - a VERY small town - we could hardly move for cruise ship passengers. I looked at the ships in the dock and figured that their passengers alone numbered around 10,000. Mostly British. Yes, I know I'm part of the problem, but it IS a problem, and people should be aware of it and accept that change is needed! We can't change the past, but we can be more thoughtful about our future actions.
  5. So were my two sons! We lived in Cheadle Hulme at the time - are now on the coast. Have a wonderful time on Jupiter. I think you'll have Heather Clancy as your Cruise Director. If so, you are in for a real treat. Do not miss her show(s), she is an outstanding performer.
  6. Nothing much to add to the above, but just wanted to send greetings from Lancashire! We've done three Viking Ocean cruises now, including the last leg of the recent World cruise on which we had about 8 consecutive days at sea, plus many more sea days in between ports. There was a craft tutor on our last cruise, but I'm not sure if that's a regular thing. We were never bored. We liked HAL, but love Viking.
  7. We did the laundry tour on our last Viking cruise. I seem to remember them saying that if you run a warm iron over the stickers, it will soften the 'glue' so you can peel them off while it's still warm. By the way, I would highly recommend the laundry tour when available. It was fascinating to see the small space in which they work, and the various processes and procedures. It wasn't widely advertised, but we asked at Guest Services.
  8. Considering doing the Iconic Western Med cruise next April, immediately followed by the Trade Routes cruise. I'm wondering if you get double advance bookings in Manfredis and Chef's Table if you do this, or is it counted as one cruise by Viking? It's not a deal breaker by the way, I'm just curious! We've cruised 3 times already on Viking and never had a problem getting extra bookings once onboard.
  9. But no... we had the best lecturer on Viking Sun Durban to Greenwich recently. 😊 Charlie Walker, ASTRONAUT ! Absolutely fascinating, and such a nice guy.
  10. We're just back from the final segment (4 weeks, Durban - Greenwich) of the World Cruise. I wouldn't say that we felt "left out" but we were very aware that there was a difference in the way that the crew interacted with us - and most of the time we were more or less ignored by those passengers who had made the ship their home for the previous 3+months. For example, I have never previously noticed so much hugging and chatting between crew and guests. And, for the first time on a Viking cruise, the waiters didn't seem to learn our names and cabin numbers like previously - we put it down to their already having learnt so many! Close friendship groups had also formed amongst the passengers ('lifers' as some segmenters called them) but you have to accept that this is only natural when you are living together for so long. Not a problem. The cruise director (Heather Clancy - what a star) knew world cruise passengers by name - not so for the segmenters, but she was always friendly and cheerful to us, as were ALL the staff. Yes, some of the excursions for our segment had sold out before we got the opportunity to book, but we expected that and it didn't bother us. Those doing the full worldie had paid a lot of money for the privilege, and I do think they have every right to be at the front of the queue for trips and dining arrangements. Talking of dining arrangements, do NOT stress about booking in advance for Chef's Table and Manfredis. Once onboard, we were able to dine in each of them as often as we wished - ate at least 8 times in Manfredis and 4 in the Chef's Table. We made lots of new friends who also joined in Durban, and will stay in touch with some of them. Some were contacts we had made through the CC Roll Call, and met at Meet & Mingle, others were as a result of my attending the onboard knitting group on sea days. (Fantastic!) I would recommend either doing the daily Trivia Quiz, or joining Bridge/Knitting/cards/choir/fitness classes as a way to meet those on your segment with similar interests. Do not worry about it being a segment. We had the most wonderful time, one of our best cruises so far (and we've done quite a few!) Janet
  11. We’re on Sun at the moment. QuietVox are in the cabins and we’ve been asked to bring them on some tours, both included and optional. Size is about 6” long, less than 2” wide, and maybe 1” deep. weve also used them onboard as an astronomer has taken us up onto the top deck at night to explain stars and constellations. He uses a laser light pointer, and with the Quiet Vox system we can all comfortably hear what he’s saying. hth
  12. we stayed at the Greenwich ibis last summer for a few days prior to our Midnight Sun trip. On the morning of our embarkation, we walked with our luggage to the Viking tent (adjacent to the Cutty Sark), checked in and left our bags with the staff there, then went to do some more exploring of the area before boarding the ship at lunchtime. Totally agree with all that photopro2 has said about transport. As Brits who fairly regularly visit London, we avoid the tube wherever possible. The river buses and London buses are what we prefer, as you see so much more of the city whilst getting from A to B.
  13. Enjoying an unexpected extra sea day due to the cancellation of Luderitz. We joined the ship in Durban for the final segment and have found everyone to be very welcoming, though obviously those who have been onboard since the start have formed some firm friendships. I really appreciated meeting other ‘segmenters’ at the Meet & Mingle, a great way to start conversations which have continued over dinner and drinks since that meeting. Would I do a segment again?... like a shot! The atmosphere is even more laid back than a normal Viking cruise, and that’s saying something.
  14. On Sun at the moment, and have just been to muster drill. We thought there was more emphasis put on the section relating to life jackets than we’d previously noticed... colours for crew and passengers, where they were kept, how many there were, etc. Like previous poster has said, everyone was perfectly still and quiet as we listened... I guess a lot of us were thinking of recent events.
  15. Is there any vegetarian sushi?
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