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  1. We are on British Isles Explorer next year- no upgrade showing yet. Would be a fantastic surprise!
  2. We did not get an email confirmation, just kept checking our bank statement and saw the deposit. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  3. Here’s a listing for PV cabins I got a while ago.
  4. We canceled two cruises and have received one partial refund already and second on the way. Excursions were included. We also got a voucher for future cruises. We made our own flight arrangements on one and are working on a refund. Our other flights were thru Viking and that’s being refunded. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  5. We are booked on June 5 Alaska cruise and waiting to see what is offered for a cancellation. We are not particularly interested in cruising at this uncertain time.
  6. Depending on our plans for the morning, we will either leave the luggage at the hotel or drop it off at the “holding area” on the dock. If you leave it at the Viking holding area, they do have the area staffed. I believe we also got a claim ticket to get our luggage when we were ready to board. We were in Sydney several days in advance, so just went directly to check in. It was the worst checkin and boarding experience ever- we were in line for at least 40 minutes before getting on the ship where there were more delays. Oh, and it was very hot and some of the older passengers had to be seated under an awning. No explanation given, but Viking got an earful on that one. Part of the problem was due to the use of laptops to check people in and the WiFi kept failing. The other problem was the people working the checkin were local contract people and had few resources. Hopefully your experience will be very smooth!
  7. When we book a future cruise while onboard we tell the Viking agent the name of our travel agency and they put that in the record. We also email or text our travel agent and she confirms that she has it. Everyone wins.
  8. That must be very frustrating. The combo of ocean and river sounds very good! I’m not sure-is this a relatively new option? Do you have a travel agent who can negotiate for you? Talking with the person with the highest authority could be helpful and sometimes a travel agent has more leverage than the rest of us. Good luck- I hope it all works out for you!
  9. Phillw1776 pretty much nailed it. There are a number of companies that do the St. Petersburg tour and do a good job. In Tallinn we did the Soviet Flashback and got a really informative understanding of the Soviet time. We, too, did the walk of Tallinn and thought it was great. The Grieg house and concert was nice- beautiful setting. We did a couple f the castle tours and thought Malbork was one of the best. Friends did the Berlin excursion and, as Phil says, very long day. When our friends did it a few years ago they were dropped off in town and were on their own. I would suggest you check if a guide is included or if you should arrange for a tour guide n your own. Our cruise started in Copenhagen and we went a few days early so we could get a little acclimated. Had a great time on a canal cruise, the Vasa museum, and other sites before boarding the ship. Helped with jet lag, too.
  10. Many tour guides and shops accept US currency, but it’s useful to have Euros. If you use dollars or euros in a country not in the EU, you’ll generally get change in that country’s currency. You can also use credit cards in many places, just be sure to register your trip with your credit card company.
  11. So happy to see you off and cruising again! I know you’ll find some great adventures and looking forward to reading about them. we are currently sailing to New Zealand after having been in Australia. Our first New Zealand stop, in Dunedin, was canceled due to high seas. Passing that by and going to Christchurch. Look forward to seeing you onboard sometime!
  12. At the time I wrote my original post, I took the wording directly from the website. I checked the wording of my post multiple times against the Opera House site before posting it. The Opera House may have changed the notice since my original post.
  13. I just wrote what was stated on the Sydney Opera House website. If it’s “hyperbolic” you might want to contact them and ask them to be more specific.
  14. The Sydney Opera House has just announced it will be closing in February 2020 for a major refurbishment. No reopening date has been provided as of now.
  15. We were on Viking Ocean for Easter one year- blow out decorations, beautiful service in the theater. Christmas should be delightful!
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