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  1. Optional tours always seem expensive, but here's what we paid for the ones we took: Lerwick-"Ancient Civilizations of the Shetlands," $99, 4 hr. Edinburgh-"Holyrood Palace & Edinburgh Castle," $159, 7.5 hr. (includes fairly expensive entrance fees to both) Belfast-"Giant's Causeway", $99, 5.5 hr. (includes another fairly expensive entrance fee-the Visitors' Center and round trip ride from there to the scenic area Liverpool-"Roman City of Chester," $169, 7.5 hr. (includes lunch) Dover-"Canterbury Cathedral and Leeds Castle," $179, 8 hr. (includes both entry fees and ride on the little train from/to parking area) London-"London & the London Eye," $169, 2.5 hr. (includes fee to ride London Eye)
  2. Our cruise is June 8, 2021. The schedule Viking included in our invoice said the ship leaves Vancouver at 5:00 pm the same day we board. Interestingly, every port is listed as a "tender."
  3. We plan to use Viking Air and their transfer to the airport, so it looks like a bus ride for us. However, we likely will pay the "deviation fee" (that sounds so scandalous) and fly to Vancouver a day early just in case there are problems with the flights. Every other VO we've been on spent the first night in the embarkation port, but I guess since Vancouver is a tender port, that this one's different.
  4. The best flight (and I use that term loosely) from Anchorage to Atlanta on disembarkation day (via Delta) is at 7:45 pm! Hope there's lots to do there in the airport, because Viking will probably bus us there very early. Oh, well.......
  5. Thanks, Jim and aungrl for that information. Flights from Anchorage to Atlanta aren't offered at the best times of day, but at least the bus ride sounds enjoyable.
  6. On the Viking Alaska cruise at the end from Vancouver to Seward, has anyone taken the Viking transfer from Seward to the airport in Anchorage?? Looks like a long day.
  7. The Jupiter is a lovely ship and we loved it. We were in a PV2 because of the extra space and mainly because the closet is across the room instead of right next to the bed. We've been in 2 DV rooms and they also are very nice. Deck 5 is our favorite and all our trips have been on this deck--good views from balcony and easy to walk up to World Cafe. There is now a dial in the bathroom to adjust or turn off the heated bathroom floor (we kept it on). We attended 2 of the 3 shows in the Planetarium (now called the Dome, I think). They were okay, but not sure if this new addition is a keeper. Enjoy your cruise!!
  8. We're going on the Mediterranean Odyssey cruise in September 2020, and some friends would like to join us. However, the cruise is now sold out. Does Viking have waiting lists they can go on?? And what might be the chances they'll get a place??
  9. Seriously?? You mean we spent all that time in shops for nothing??? LOL Well, dang. I know the Daily said daily that British Pounds could not be purchased or exchanged, and I just assumed we couldn't get change either. Thank you, thank you for that wonderful information! And, Viking, I apologize for criticizing you when it was user error instead.
  10. I enjoyed this cruise and am happy to share any info. It was a real pain to spend so much time trying to get coins/change. One of my few complaints about Viking is this----they request that we tip the tour guides and bus drivers, and I'm happy to do this. But I really wish Viking would have a way for us to get change onboard if they want us to do this. We had Euro coins from previous trips, but Euros were only needed in Ireland. Hope y'all have a great time---it's a wonderful cruise!!
  11. Yes. When I ordered British Pounds from our bank, they only sent an array of paper money (5's, 10's, 20's pound notes). It was the one and two-pound coins that we were trying to get.
  12. On our just-completed (July 14-28) British Isles cruise, we were surprised that some shows were on at 6:30 and repeated at 9:15, like ABBA and the Beatles Songbook. Same show, different foursome as on our last cruise. One other repeat was "Decades"-popular songs from the 50's, 60's, and 70's by the same 4 vocalists. Otherwise, the main show was on at 9:15 (and ended at 10:00).
  13. Loved Viking Homelands--that was our first Viking cruise. -Loch Ness monster--don't think you'll have any trouble finding this toy in many different sizes, styles, etc. We did the free tour to Inverness and had lots of free time to explore the town and visit lots of shops. There was also an optional tour, "Loch Ness and Historic Urquhart Castle" if you want to try to see the real thing. Cashmere throw-We were cautioned that cashmere is quite expensive, so if prices seem "cheap," check for information about the amount of cashmere in the item. We saw these in the shops in Inverness. We had time to visit one shop in Lerwick, but I don't recall if they sold these. We didn't shop in Edinburgh, but I would think you can find cashmere throws there. Most tours in Edinburgh include a good bit of free time. Wish I could give more information about these items. We were mostly busy trying to buy cheap items like postcards in order to break British Pound notes into coins to use as tips for the tour guides and bus drivers. This was further complicated by the information we got that Scotland prints their own "British" pound notes, and some shops in England will not accept them. So any pound notes we got in change in Scotland, we tried to spend in Scotland. (whether this is a big concern or not, we decided not to risk it). Enjoy your trip!
  14. Loved Viking Homelands--that was our first Viking cruise. -Loch Ness monster--don't think you'll have any trouble finding this toy in many different sizes, styles, etc. We did the free tour to Inverness and had lots of free time to explore the town and visit lots of shops. There was also an optional tour, "Loch Ness and Historic Urquhart Castle" if you want to try to see the real thing. Cashmere throw-We were cautioned that cashmere is quite expensive, so if prices seem "cheap," check for information about the amount of cashmere in the item. We saw these in the shops in Inverness. We had time to visit one shop in Lerwick, but I don't recall if they sold these. We didn't shop in Edinburgh, but I would think you can find cashmere throws there. Most tours in Edinburgh include a good bit of free time. Wish I could give more information about these items. We were mostly busy trying to buy cheap items like postcards in order to break British Pound notes into coins to use as tips for the tour guides and bus drivers. This was further complicated by the information we got that Scotland prints their own "British" pound notes, and some shops in England will not accept them. So any pound notes we got in change in Scotland, we tried to spend in Scotland. (whether this is a big concern or not, we decided not to risk it). Enjoy your trip!
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