Posted August 16th, 2018, 07:59 PM
I'm not going to complain about times. I just have difficulty with the whole idea that the "upper classes" get first crack at the excursions. Most cruise lines do just fine with letting first come first serve even if you are in steerage. We have gotten all our excursions (we are "middle level") but were on a Viking Med cruise on which we met people who could not get any included tours in Algeria--and you could not get off the ship without a tour.
It would also be nice if we could prebook a restaurant reservation for four. We are a party of four but prebooking is limited to one table for two. Yes, we can usually book on board, but it does feel like a put down.
It is what it is, but I wish it were different.
It's funny, this thread has certainly reminded me that we don't all see things the same way. We book the least expensive cabin, and don't object at all to the hierarchy for booking, only that I must get up at three in the morning to maximize my chances of getting an optional excursion!
We can not justify paying for a more expensive cabin, even if we lose out on an optional excursion. Once on board, everyone on a Viking ship is treated to the same wonderful experience, with access to all the same parts of the ship.
On your earlier Mediterranean cruise, whoever you heard claiming that they could not get an included excursion in Algiers was mistaken. Everyone is guaranteed a spot, and if all slots appear to be booked, then a call to Viking customer service will resolve the issue. If they waited until on board to try to fix such an error, then perhaps that could result in an inability to get a spot.