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    Viking Ocean, RSSC, Celebrity,

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  1. Hi CCWineLover, Thanks for mentioning the Thon properties, I just booked us into the Thon Rosenkrantz in Bergen for the night prior to boarding our Viking Sky. We are also booked at the Thon Opera in Oslo for a night there prior to heading down to Bergen. Still a chance we'll decide to spend a night in Flam but undecided at the moment. Any suggestions for a hotel in Copenhagen? 🙂
  2. Hi OceanPatter, thanks for your added comment about Norwegian Air - good to know you had a positive experience with them! I also like that they use newer 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
  3. Thanks for your insight and input, I too have some concerns about relying on a "low-cost/budget" airline. At least with a carrier like Lufthansa & others, there is some level of confidence that if a problem should arise, they'd be better equipped to handle it (e.g. replacement equipment, additional flight options etc.).
  4. Appreciate your comments and insight, all good and valid points! The pre-Oslo portion initially started as we were only seeing 3-leg flights to Bergen and we really want to avoid this. At this point I am fairly certain we will at a minimum extend in Copenhagen by 1 night to allow us a full two days to experience the city. We may also fly into Oslo (one connection) and take the train to Bergen, either the same day or after only one night in Oslo - this to avoid the double connection and also to enjoy what we've read to be a beautiful ride between the two cities. I think I saw a potential single connection option to Bergen on Norwegian Air - I do not know much about this airline so will need to research and ask if you or anyone else has flown with them.
  5. So we are currently booked on the pre-cruise "Oslo & Scenic Train" extension but now thinking that a post cruise 1-2-nights in Copenhagen might be a better option. Being that we will have an over-night in Oslo during the cruise we are uncertain if the extra two days in Oslo makes sense. Would appreciate anyone's insight/input on this thought process as we may not have the available time to do both a pre and a post extension. If we do, we'd consider the Norway in a Nutshell option with a night in Flam.
  6. Hi just_dont! Thanks for your reply and suggestion - we'll be there in late June/early July. I am looking at all options but we'll have a limited number of days over and above the cruise itself. We currently intend to fly into Oslo for 1-2 nights pre-cruise & take the train to Bergen. I will most definitely look at the potential to spend at least night in Flam - I like the idea of not cramming so much into a port day. Any hotel suggestions in Oslo and Flam?
  7. Hello Dauntless, Thanks or your post! As I was researching this, I came to find that there was some discounted pricing available for our cruise. In order to maximize the savings we needed to change the date which we had no problem with - so now we are departing from Bergen and ending in Copenhagen. We are currently booked on the Viking pre-excursion of Oslo to Bergen but have time to change this to a DIY experience. It certainly looks easy enough to book the train and more!
  8. Book while on-board and there apparently is a better timeline for final payment - or (as I've read elsewhere), have more than one cruise booked at the same time. We were just able to push our final payment out as (per my request) our TA reminded Viking that this reservation had originally been booked while we we were on their Italian Sojourn itinerary this past April. I'd asked this before but told the payment was the 12-months - - that said, I remembered something I was taught many years ago: "If you don't get the response you want, ask again as perhaps they misunderstood the question", or something like that! Now I am looking at a couple of days post cruise, taking the train from Bergen to Oslo for an extra night or two. No surprise that the post cruise excursion booked with Viking is much more expensive than if we do it ourselves. I'm in the midst of researching all of this now, for probable self-booking.
  9. Scootoir, waned to make certain to thank you, I read your review earlier - thank you for posting it.
  10. Scootoir, thanks so much for your comments, suggestions and review - all appreciated!! We are quickly approaching the dreaded 12 month in advance final payment date but that also means we're getting close to this fantastic trip!
  11. broker1217, what is your departure date? We are currently on the 7/28/20 cruise but still 'thinking' about the earlier June date which embarks in Bergen. I'm thinking we'll keep what we've got and extend a day or two and take the train to Oslo - all I've read says this is a great day trip & ride. Uncertain if we will book air on our own or via Viking, that is yet to be determined. We can utilize Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach or Orlando. We will not have the time to spend more than an extra day or two post cruise.
  12. Peregrina651 (forgive me as I forgot your name from last year when you offered great advice for Rome)... Thanks for your always relevant and quick responses and information! If we keep the itinerary as-is, we are considering the Bergen to Oslo train & a hotel as you suggest. Viking offers a post-excursion but as I found last year, it is less costly to do it on our own and we will have already been in Oslo overnight during the cruise as well as o/n in Bergen. Also will check to see if Viking offers any (included) transfers to Oslo if we've used Viking Air. Either way, we know we will have a great trip with Viking!!
  13. So glad to have found this string of messages as we are booked on the Majestic Fjords & Vibrant Cities cruise in 2020. Currently set to sail from Copenhagen to Bergen and have been a bit concerned about return air from Bergen (to South Florida). Have considered changing our sail date to reverse the itinerary as we'd prefer to have the more difficult air travel on the front end than when heading home (already tired) - perhaps a strange idea to some...? We are still 12+ months out so actual flights are not yet viewable - but for earlier dates I have seen more 2-stop flights than 1-stop. Also considering taking the train from Bergen to Oslo either on our own or as part of a Viking post cruise excursion. Would appreciate reading any thoughts/ideas any of you might have. This will be our second Viking Ocean cruise (Italian Sojourn in 2018). We just returned from Alaska, had originally booked Viking for 2021, wanted to go this year & Viking Orion was virtually sold-out (no surprise). We decided to try Regent Seven Seas Mariner - had a wonderful trip but happy to be going back on Viking Ocean next year!!
  14. Scootoir, looking forard your post-trip review!!
  15. Thanks for your reply - look forward to reading all about your trip! Wish ours was sooner, but we're heading to Alaska this year. Had originally booked Alaska for June 2020 while onboard in Italy last year (April 2018) but got the itch to go sooner. Viking was virtually sold out (other than Owners Suite) so we will be on RSSC Mariner in a few weeks. It will be interesting to gauge the differences between the two cruise lines. Enjoy your trip!!
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