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  1. I wrote an extensive review after my cruise on the Antares last June. I did not like the ship at all, however some here have reported that there have been improvements. I don't recall any fitness equipment. I you have a choice, DEFINITELY go on the Ra. JMHO.
  2. Sorry milepig. I posted this since it is actually LIVE coverage and a passenger is posting.
  3. I'm doing research for Alaska 2020. I want to do around 2 weeks land/cruise. I put that in the filter and got 66 PAGES of results. I can see some of the differences, but I'm more confused than ever on how to choose. Can anyone recommend their favs and help me out? I'm also looking at other lines and like the Princess land portion because of their resorts, and Celebrity because one of their land tours is by train. THANKS 🙂
  4. The rivers don't go everywhere! The bus is required to get you there & THEN you get off and visit the destination.
  5. I have been on 4 VRCs. The "panorama tours" are usually in the big cities to give you an overview. Most of the included tours are to the sites you want to see, with preferred access, for example, The Forbidden City & Great Wall in China; Monet's Gardens & Normandy in France; all the Pyramids, temples, tombs & museum in Egypt; The Catherine Palace, Kremlin, Ballet, Hermitage in Russia. I have taken a few optionals like the dawn hot-air balloon ride over the Valley of the Kings, and Abu SImbal because I REALLY wanted to do them. Well worth it! I like Viking for river cruising, but I'm considering O for Alaska, and Med. for 2020. I think VO is overpriced, but still comparing.
  6. So far I have only done Viking's River Cruises and I always buy the Silver Spirits drink pkg. The cost depends on the length of the cruise and breaks down to between $20-30 per day/per person. So if you have 3 drinks a day (figuring about $10 per drink), or would like upgraded wine choices it works out better. As far as the food experience goes, in France it was spectacular, China it was Chinese food that I really liked, (dumplings - YUM!) but probably not considered "gourmet", but was so disappointed in Germany for 15 DAYS, that I mostly ordered from the right side of the menu (standard offerings such as steak, roast chicken, or fish). Most others agreed. When I spoke to the dining capt. I was told "Well, this is not France". That comment resulted in a formal complaint to Viking. I still remain loyal to Viking and am scheduled for Pharaohs & Pyramids for June. (Working out some kinks there, but that is on another thread.) :)
  7. I'm doing the Egypt cruise in June. I booked a flight one day early since it was $300 less, and that was the cost of one extra night at the Ritz Carlton (which is part of the cruise) so it was a $ wash. I'll get a decent night's sleep and will be able to enjoy the first day which is usually brutal for me. The thing is, I didn't use Viking Air only because the flights were ridiculously bad. Still, I get in at 12:01 a.m. the "official" first day. My TA leaned pretty hard on Viking and got them to agree (confirmed in writing) to pick me up at the airport .This will be my fourth Viking cruise, so maybe that helped, or maybe my TA did the trick.
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