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  1. 28 minutes ago, Porcupine 52 said:

    I don't want to stop any one from THINKING about getting a Virus shot or a booster,  no comparison to get the virus....  I woke up last night and my arm was hurting....scale of 1 to 10... maybe a 3 to 4.  Better this morning when I got moving around and a heating pad.  Much better this afternoon.  I think the odds of me getting the real Pfizer virus shot and booster shot very early has just gone up... I think I will head to Lost Wages next week!!

    Agreed!  I know folks that contracted the virus last year and so pleased that there is a vaccine available this year! Thanks for participating in the Pfizer trials.  Hope you feel better soon...

     

  2. 2 hours ago, deec said:

    I am worried about the timing of boosters and winter travel plans.  Maybe the cruise ship will have access to some doses.

    My husband and I are participating in the Moderna Phase 3 blinded trials here in Northern California.  We started the trial in late July and received one jab then and a second jab 30 days later.  Blood work done every three months and weekly symptom updates done via the phone app.  We were unblinded in January and my husband had received the vaccine and I received the placebo, but I was able to receive the vaccine at that time.  We also recently inquired about the booster trial and they implied it may start sometime this summer.  

  3. We have done the Bergen to Oslo train and would highly recommend the trip!   There will be plenty of taxis available at the Bergen cruise terminal (or have Viking rep call one for you) and depending on the time of day, it's about 10-15 minutes taxi ride to the train station.  Train tickets can be purchased 90 days in advance via the Norwegian train service .  We selected the comfort class for more leg room and luggage storage.  

     

    We have stayed at the Hotel Christiania Teater.  As mentioned by @LindaS272, it's a great location across from a park, walking distance to many sites, funky breakfast buffet and great pizza restaurant at night.  The Nationaltheatrat train station is two blocks from the hotel and has direct service to the Oslo Airport.  

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  4. We took the Bergen to Oslo train on our own in August 2018 after our Viking Homelands cruise.  Train tickets are available 90 days in advance thru https://www.vy.no/en.  We reserved Comfort Class tickets as it provided more leg room and luggage storage space.  Seats can be selected at time of booking and sent via email or mobile download.   We also stayed at the Thon Opera next to the Oslo Central Station and took the express train to the airport.
    It's a spectacular train journey -- enjoy!
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  5. 2 hours ago, BluebonnetTexan said:

    Peregrina, I recall reading about a luggage service also. However, once we decided to do the Viking Flam railway tour, we decided taking the direct train from Bergen-Oslo didn’t warrant using that service. But it is definitely an option if you can reduce to basically an overnight bag and send your big bags ahead and spend a couple of days doing NiaN less encumbered. 

     

    3 hours ago, Peregrina651 said:

     

    I have a vague recollection of reading somewhere on these threads and roll calls of talk of a luggage service that will take of getting your luggage from Bergen to Oslo. Considering how many threads and rolls calls that covers, I wish it were more than just a vague recollection.

    We did the Bergen to Oslo train on our own in August 2018 after our Viking Homelands cruise.  Tickets are available 90 days in advance thru https://www.vy.no/en.  We reserved Comfort Class tickets as it provided more leg room and space.  Seats can be selected at time of booking and sent via email or mobile download. We spent an extra day in Bergen and made the short walk from our hotel to the train station, but as others have stated, taxis were available from the ship directly to Bergen Station.  We did not pack light, but were able to lift (2 steps) our suitcases (45 lbs) onto the train.  There was plenty of luggage storage space in Comfort Class.  We considered using the Porter Service,  but thought it would be easier to lug our two suitcases and daypacks.  Pickup service early am and delivered to hotel by late evening and appears to be priced per item (300NOK/33USD).  

    It's a spectacular train journey -- enjoy!
     

  6. 19 hours ago, BluebonnetTexan said:

    Does anyone know if the "stateroom upgrade" for the Independence Day offer is within a category i.e. DV4 to DV3 or is it to the next category i.e. DV to PV? Or if book PV1 will they upgrade to PS? Seems like I read something about suites excluded when I got the initial email, but can't find it now. 

     

    I just chatted with Viking and the agent stated that the "stateroom upgrade" for the JUL4 offer is within the same category.  I asked for further clarification, and he stated that the price quote was the same for all DV cabins, DV6 to DV1.  I did not inquire about the suites, as we usually book a DV cabin.

  7.  I've sailed in staterooms 4078 and 4067 and never heard any noise from the tenders.  However, on both cruises we had very smooth seas so this may have accounted for the lack of creaking or noise from the tenders.  We like being on a lower deck, mid-ship for lack of motion and easy access to the stairs/elevators.  

  8. While on Viking Homelands (August 2018) we took the included Viking train (very comfortable) and then met our private guide  at  approx.10:30am at Ostbanhof station.  The Viking included tour continued on via bus with drop off at Hilton Hotel at Gendarmenmarkt.  We were a group of six and reserved a private walking tour and had our guide drop us at Gendarmenmarkt at approx. 3:00pm for the Viking bus back to the train station.  Viking used different train stations for arrival and departure, I believe the departure station was Gesundbrunnen.  It was very well-organized by Viking with guides on each train car, morning coffee and afternoon beer/wine on the train.   Enjoy your time in Berlin!

     
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  9. While on Viking Homelands (August 2018) we got off the Viking train at  approx.10:30am at Ostbanhof and met our private guide.  The Viking included tour continued on via bus with drop off at Hilton Hotel at Gendarmenmarkt.  We were a group of six and reserved a private walking tour and had our guide drop us at Gendarmenmarkt at approx. 3:00pm for the Viking bus back to the train station.  Viking used different train stations for arrival and departure, I believe the departure station was Gesundbrunnen.  It was very well-organized by Viking with guides on each train car, morning coffee and afternoon beer/wine on the train.   Enjoy your time in Berlin!

     

     

     

  10. 40 minutes ago, Nicnoll said:

    We are on this cruise in September.  I was looking at booking with Rødne cruise for their 2:00 cruise to Pulpit Rock. It says it lasts three hours and our ship is scheduled to leave at 6. Has anyone done this before?  Want to be sure we have enough time.  Thanks!

    We did this tour last September and it was wonderful!  No problem getting back to the ship prior to departure.  Rodne's dock is approximately 100 yards from the Viking dock near the tourist information center.  Enjoy!

  11. Bradpole and travelingman - thank you for your reviews!  We are sailing on this same itinerary Venice to Athens in September.  Would be curious to know more about your excursions; which included tours did you take and which optional tours did you take?  Which optional excursions seem to be full or sold out?  

     

     

     

  12. On 4/16/2019 at 8:58 AM, jmc27 said:

    Thanks for sharing this - really enjoyed reading about the history of the ocean ships. Heading to the Orion this weekend, will check out the remote control which doesn't require a teenager to work it!!!

    Agreed!  One more item to add to our long list of things we love about Viking!  

    Enjoy your cruise on the Orion!

  13. Yes, Viking does provide a shuttle bus in Copenhagen.  Last summer we were on the Viking Sea docked at Langeliniekaj and the shuttle bus stop was next to the Royal Danish Theater at Kongens Nytorv.  As mentioned above, the other option is city bus #26.  Enjoy your time in Copenhagen!

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  14. We did the Viking Homelands August 2018 and did a mix of Viking tours, private tours and DIY tours.  

     

    Stockholm - arrived few days prior to cruise, so had ample time to explore, but the highlight was definitely the Vasa Museum.  It's very easy to do on your own, short ferry ride to the museum and used the excellent audio guides.  The museum does get crowded, so the earlier the better.  Second favorite was the Stockholm City Hall tour.

     

    Helsinki - we did the included tour, which was OK, but a bit too much time on the bus.  We then explored on our own and walked to the Rock Church.  Well worth the time, as the included tour did not stop there.

     

    SPB - we did a two-day private tour with Tzar Travel.  Excellent!  We (group of eight friends) enjoyed a custom tour and moved at a much faster pace than a large bus tour.  So much to see, but we all loved the subway ride, Hermitage and canal boat ride.

     

    Tallinn - we also did the Tallinn Palmse Manor tour, which was wonderful.  Nice excursion and allowed us time to tour the old (Upper and Lower town) of Tallinn after the tour.  

     

    Gdansk - we did the included tour, some bus and some walking.  It was a short visit, but had a wonderful guide that lived in the old quarter of Gdansk.  

     

    Rostock - we all opted for the Berlin excursion.  Yes, it is a very long day, but Viking executed the excursion details with great efficiency.  The train was fun, as they had local college students assigned to each car to answer questions and provide details.  We  (group of eight) had a private walking tour upon arrival in Berlin and returned on the Viking train. 

     

    Copenhagen - we explored on our own and did a canal boat ride, which was great!  Easy (flat) walk from the ship past the Little mermaid to the historic center. 

     

    Aalborg - several in our group did A Day in the Life of A Viking  tour and thought it was great fun.  I did the walking tour and it was interesting, but wished I had taken the other excursion.

     

    Stavanger - as Philw1776 stated above, take the Rodne boat excursion to Pulpit Rock!  

     

    Eidfjord - we did the included tour and then a short hike in the afternoon.  Beautiful area, so you can't go wrong with most of the excursions. 

     

    Bergen - we explored on our own with a guide book.  As stated above, take the tram to the top and walk down.  Beautiful city and easy to navigate on your own.  

     

    Enjoy your cruise!  

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  15. I did not have any problems with the WiFi, but I did not expect the lightning fast speed I have at home. I agree with previous posts that it seemed faster in the Explorers Lounge, especially early mornings while enjoying my waffle at Mamsen's! I also found a router in the laundry room, which was a pleasant surprise.

  16. Just back from our Viking Homelands cruise from Stockholm to Bergen on the Viking Sea. We were so pleased to have selected this direction, as we had a few days before the cruise in Stockholm to adjust to the time and further explore the wonderful city! Second, we thought it would be better to have our two very long days in St. Petersburg at the beginning of the cruise and the spectacular Norwegian scenery at the end of the cruise. I can't comment on the Bergen airport, as we took the train to Oslo - spectacular ride, followed by a few days in Oslo. This was just my experience, but regardless of direction, Viking Homelands is a wonderful itinerary. Enjoy!

  17. What did you think of Hotel Duquesa de Cordona?

     

    We have reservations for the night before our cruise in April.

     

    Twitchly,

    I enjoyed both hotels, but preferred the Pulitzer due to it's more central location for sightseeing and price. Hotel Duquesa is a bit more upmarket than the Pulitzer, good location for short taxi to the port and beautiful rooftop bar/pool. If you need more information you may want to compare both hotels on Trip Expert:

    https://www.tripexpert.com/barcelona/hotels/hotel-duquesa-de-cardona-vs-hotel-pulitzer

     

    Enjoy your stay in Barcelona and your cruise!

  18. I have stayed at the Hotel Pulitzer twice. Great location, a half a block from Placa Catalunya. A taxi stand across the street, HOHO bus nearby and at the end of Las Ramblas. I alwayed book directly with the hotel using their web site.

    I would call it middle price for Barcelona for a great location.

    Lovely hotel with roof top bar and great front desk folks and service.

     

    I have been to Barcelona several times, but not related to pre or post cruise stays. I stayed at the Hotel Pulitzer last September and agree with Azulann regarding perfect location, wonderful staff and lovely rooftop bar. On other occasions, I've stayed at the Hotel Yurbban Trafalgar and Hotel Duquesa de Cardona. The later would be closer to the pier, but for my taste and mid-range budget, I preferred the Hotel Pulitzer. Regardless, Barcelona is a wonderful city, so enjoy your visit.

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