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herbanrenewal

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    travel, gardening, reading
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    whichever has itinerary i want at price i can afford
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    toss up between last one visited and next one to come

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  1. i've read that section of the FAQ and they have a lot of information like 4mm and prong descriptions, but when I'm buying adapters they categorize them as types, usually Type C is common in areas of Europe we have traveled, but I also see type N, E and F. I have C and N from other trips. I'm just trying to figure out if I need Type E or F. Also i know many newer ships have USB port adapters - if Tir has those I don't need any kind of adapter to charge my electronics. That is why I am asking if this ship has USB ports, or do i need an adapter i don't currently own. I actually called Viking but the sales person I spoke with couldn't answer this question - they did say I could probably buy what I needed in Europe - but i don't want to be on board and unable to charge my phone. Does anyone know for sure what type plug or if there is USB charge ports on Viking Tir?
  2. What electric outlet plugs are on the Viking Tir? I believe its probably 220v, and i think they may be type C plugs, but i know in Hungary they also have type E/F. Are there USB outlets for charging phones?
  3. Most cruise ship water is desalinated sea water. The process usually involves steam evaporation -- essentially turning saltwater into distilled water. Minerals may be added for flavor and chlorinated for extra safety. Some ships, which may include long boats, are fitted with a reverse-osmosis system for filtering and/or desalination. All water on ships is from the same source. However, there are no standardized criteria for bottling companies. Personally I prefer to use the tap water over unknown sources for bottled water.
  4. When on a Silver Seas Galapagos cruise we were given a metal screw top water bottle since Galapagos doesn't allow plastic. You could go to the bars or dining room to refill anytime. I realize there is a big difference between a 100 passenger ship and one with thousands so logistics for refilling are different, but by the same token, here's a lot more plastic garbage with thousands of passengers. I stopped buying plastic water bottles after that trip. As a side effect i found that stainless steel water bottles are insulted and my ice water stays cold all day. Good for the environment, better for quality of my drinking water, and saves me the cost of cases of water. Win, Win, Win. Environmental pollution is real. We each need to do what we can to decrease the damage we are doing to the planet. Certainly cruise companies should be able to get equipment to refill bottles.
  5. Some terrific answers here already! Regarding cabin choice I think whatever you usually like is the best guideline. There are strings of At-Sea days, so knowing how you spend your time with At-Sea days may be a guide. If you spend a lot of time on our balcony or in your room you need that. As someone who is comfortable without a balcony i wouldn't upgrade on a TA. I've found that sometimes balconies are too sunny/other times too cool. I prefer to go up to the decks that i can move from spot to spot to take advantage of the best location for me at any particular time. But i realize many really cant think of cruising without the balcony.
  6. I've searched on several cruise websites but can't find a transatlantic from Europe to USA in February 2021. Does anyone know of west bound Transatlantic cruise from Europe to USA?
  7. I had looked at these but i'm concerned about using them in the ocean. They seem great for relaxing, but wave action could pull you out further than you can swim back like those swan things. Although i can see using in pools (and ship pools don't permit them) I am apprehensive of using in the ocean. To anyone who has used them - are my fears justified? Have you been pulled out further than comfortable?
  8. I've done both cruise and land tours. One of my favorites was actually planned around availability of FF mile flights but seemed like what you may be interested in - we loved it. From Rome we took a train to Milan and spent a day there - beautiful city with lots to see and do. The train trip is along the coast and is interesting and fun way to see both the Tuscan countryside and the coastal region of western Italy. If you have time you can take a short train ride to Lake Como, nestled in Italian Alps. From Milan we took a train to Monaco, then another train to Andorra, before final leg to Barcelona. This added over a week to our trip. Of course the obvious quick trip is by air, but if you have the time and like train trips and seeing more this makes a terrific experience for combined cruise/land trip.
  9. Our first river cruise will be on Viking Tir in October B to A. On ocean cruises I've brought magnets for everything from leaving a memo to hanging laundered items. Are the walls or ceiling metal?
  10. I live about 2.5 hours from Baltimore, but i drive up the day before and stay in a hotel that will let me park my car for the cruise and provide shuttle to and from the port. For a longer cruise it may cost less to stay in the hotel for the night than the cost of parking for the duration of the cruise, But the main advantage is an easy start to our cruise.
  11. some of the other benefits are great, including trip cancellation (for medical reason) medical evacuation $100,00, medical emergency is just $2500 (but medicare plan f pays internationally), car rental insurance. I've saved on every trip since I got the card since I no longer pay for trip insurance.
  12. Even double - miles from airlines and charging on my chase card get points. I'm not booking with points or miles - its a credit card transaction. A lot of the negative reviews I've read complain about difficulty with changes needed in last 72 hours -I think everyone knows that non-refundable tickets are cheaper even when booked directly. Always read the contract before committing to know the terms you are agreeing to. I guess my primary point is that shopping and exploring alternatives can be worth the time and effort - especially since i retired and have more time available. Before I accept a package deal I want to know what my alternatives are, and can compare prices.
  13. My agent at alphaflightguru (not a consolidator who sells FFmiles) has saved me from 300 to over 1000 for each trip he booked over any deal i could find with extensive searching. When we flew to New Zealand and returned from Sydney Australia our business/first class tickets were less than economy class could have cost us. I think the important thing is being comfortable enough to thoroughly look at possibilities. When i fly to Brazil next month my credit card concierge came up with the best deal - free with accumulated points.
  14. I wish i could accept economy or economy plus seating - i'd be able to travel even more. But between my history of blood clots in my leg, and my friend's knee replacements, and both of us being tall with long legs the only safe way to fly longer distances is in business class. My last economy class trip led to several days hospitalized and months on blood thinners. Its ironic that we can happily enjoy cheaper cabin classes, including interiors on ocean cruises, and we find some great deals on airbnb - our 8 days pre and post cruise will cost less than the few days extensions from Viking. But business class airfare isn't a splurge but a necessity. Years of experience makes us very comfortable using public transportation and handling the single 22" suitcase so i don't need that service. What i love most about travel is that despite our differences we can all thoroughly enjoy sharing experiences and getting to know and enjoy our world.
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