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mort&fran

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    HAL - at the moment
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    thus far, have enjoyed them all

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  1. Ditto for the one instance (which involved multiple purchases) I recall - I had notified the credit card company where we would be, so I presume that may have a factor in their being able to pounce upon it promptly. If I remember correctly, they merely sent me an email telling me of the charges and that I would not be responsible for them.
  2. My concern is as much for charges that I have not made being posted to one of my credit or debit cards. So, for all of our cards, I let them know what days we will be where.
  3. I unplug all electronics - TVs, computers, printers... Power surges are rare, but they do happen. Also, I sign up for our police department's "Vacation Watch" program
  4. (1) No self-service laundry, and laundry service prices on board were somewhat on the high side. Rinsed some wash-and-wear things in the bathroom sink; they were a bit slow to dry. (2) Most people in our group of 30 did OK in Tibet. One couple did have problems, and I understand that someone in another group was for some reason hospitalized. The hotel had an oxygen room, which a few (very few) of us used in the evening, my wife and I included. My wife also needed oxygen treatment once (done at the hotel for 100 RMB), but that might be my fault. (We had the meds; the instructions were to take 2 pills a day, I only had us take 1.) (3) The Great Wall is one of the locations that became crowded as we were leaving. (4) The bulk of our trip was in November; the temperatures were generally cool. A couple of the early mornings were a bit cold, and there were a few days when we wore short-sleeve shirts. As so many people have said, their fall weather is really like what we have here in Chicago (with out the blizzard).
  5. We returned from Roof of the World (a marvelous, exceptional experience, by the way) a couple weeks ago, having made our own air arrangements. Gave the specifics to Viking and they provided transfers for us for no additional charge. We arrived and departed at about the same times as people who had Viking make the air arrangements for them. Had that not been the case the story might be different.
  6. Weight is another issue. And just because your suitcase was acceptable on one flight doesn’t mean the same airline will accept it on another. One of our travels included 3 flights on Austrian airlines; same equipment (Airbus 320/ 321) on all 3, and same items in our carry-ons. Two flights, no problem; unacceptable on the third so we had to pay to have them checked. (And because our checked luggage had already been taken, we could not re-pack.
  7. Has anyone flown United non-stop between Chicago and Beijing, or Chicago and Shanghai? United’s site shows only one meal is provided on these flights even though the flight times are 13 hours plus. Really; only one meal? Thanks!
  8. The tragedy off the California coast last week reminded me of something I learned at a maritime law class I had years ago - The greatest hazard at sea is fire.
  9. We have not done that on our Viking cruises. Did it once* on a different cruise line (no longer remember which one) and did not notice any apparent difference in the service we received. (We make it a point to call the people by name and, because they most likely are very busy, to keep the conversations short.) *It was not a portion of the tip; did not reduce the tip at the end of the cruise because it,
  10. I am certainly no wine connoisseur, however the "included" wines we had on both of our Viking cruises were quite good.
  11. The recommended tip to the local guides and bus drivers (i.e., not the Escort who accompanies throughout) is $2 and $1 respectively. I presume USD is acceptable, but is/was RMB preferred?
  12. Thank you for relaying the info! No longer have a problem using Chrome.
  13. The 100 (Express) bus between Monte Carlo and Nice is a gem; the views are magnificent. Especially if you sit on the left side en route to Nice.
  14. I ran into the same problem using Google Chrome. Oceania advised to use a different browser. I tried Internet Explorer and it works.
  15. And we're taking Roof of the World in October of this year (2019), and so will also appreciate any info you provide. On any aspect of the cruise or land portion.
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