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Speaking of documents and files from Viking, I've received a package containing luggage tag and a booklet. Are we expected to get another mailing approximately three weeks before the sailing as stated on myVikingjourney.com?


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Originally posted by sleepybobo
Speaking of documents and files from Viking, I've received a package containing luggage tag and a booklet. Are we expected to get another mailing approximately three weeks before the sailing as stated on myVikingjourney.com?

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Did you receive a fairly sizable box? The booklet should have been printed expressly for you. And relatively thick. It contains everything about your trip - flight itinerary etc including info on optional pre and/or post extensions (hotels etc).

I find that box is a keeper. Use it, after we get home, to store all the little things accumulated during the cruise. Ticket stubs etc. I maintain and carry with me on the trip a 3 ring binder (1/2" or 1") containing printed copies of all the pdf docs received from Viking (latest invoice, excursion bookings etc) and 3 or 4 plastic pocket dividers to hold all the things accumulated during the cruise inc every Viking Daily, maps, pamphlets, etc. And then transfer all the small stuff to the sturdy silver Viking box after we get home.


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Originally posted by sleepybobo
Speaking of documents and files from Viking, I've received a package containing luggage tag and a booklet. Are we expected to get another mailing approximately three weeks before the sailing as stated on myVikingjourney.com?


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Yup, that is the box you have been waiting for. Sometimes they get things out a little early.

The box should contain a pair of red luggage tags, strip luggage tags pre-printed with your name and cabin number (these go on the bag right before you hand your luggage over for transfer to the ship), a red circle sticker if you have Viking transfers (put it as you leave customs; it helps the staff find you and point you in the right direction) and one booklet full of helpful information about your cruise. There are no vouchers in the box. Your personal cruise details are printed in the booklet (one for each guest). You do not need to bring both booklets with you.

The booklet answers a lot of questions -- like what pier you are embarking at, what your flights are if you are using Viking Air, telephone numbers/e-mail for the ship, hints on what to pack and what the dress code is, how gratuities work on the ship, money and currency issues and a whole bunch more. Some of that 'whole bunch more' is about the port cities or the optional tour, so I take one of the booklets and tear our all the stuff I will need while I am away and I leave everything else home.
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Originally posted by Viking Cruises
Dear Peregrina651,

We appreciate your invitation to clarify.

In general, all guests with the Silver Spirits Beverage Package will receive mini-bar replenishments of alcoholic beverages - regardless of cabin category. This service is a recent addition to the package’s amenities.

Our World Cruise, however, will operate a bit differently. Specific details will be released to guests as the sailing approaches.

Thanks again for the invite. We hope this response has been helpful and want to take the opportunity to remind the Cruise Critic community that we are always happy to answer questions or clarify concerns at [email protected].

Kind regards,
Viking Cruises
Found the post with change in replenishing the mini bar..hope this helps everyone
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Originally posted by Peregrina651
Yup, that is the box you have been waiting for. Sometimes they get things out a little early.

The box should contain a pair of red luggage tags, strip luggage tags pre-printed with your name and cabin number (these go on the bag right before you hand your luggage over for transfer to the ship), a red circle sticker if you have Viking transfers (put it as you leave customs; it helps the staff find you and point you in the right direction) and one booklet full of helpful information about your cruise. There are no vouchers in the box. Your personal cruise details are printed in the booklet (one for each guest). You do not need to bring both booklets with you.

The booklet answers a lot of questions -- like what pier you are embarking at, what your flights are if you are using Viking Air, telephone numbers/e-mail for the ship, hints on what to pack and what the dress code is, how gratuities work on the ship, money and currency issues and a whole bunch more. Some of that 'whole bunch more' is about the port cities or the optional tour, so I take one of the booklets and tear our all the stuff I will need while I am away and I leave everything else home.
I suggest pasting the red sticker on your forehead so you won't be missed!
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Originally posted by philw1776
I suggest pasting the red sticker on your forehead so you won't be missed!

Make sure you show your passport to each other before you leave the house for the taxi to the airport too! Speaking from experience with a forgetful husband. Fortunately we're only 10 miles from the airport and arrive a good 2.5 to 3 hrs in advance. Paying extra ($100) to check in both his bag and mine while he caught a taxi home to retrieve his passport is no fun and nerve wracking to me while I waited for him at the gate. The rule now - at his request btw - is to ask him to show me his passport as we leave. Not just ask if he has it as I did the 2nd time this happened. Ain't love grand?


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Originally posted by CharTrav
Make sure you show your passport to each other before you leave the house for the taxi to the airport too! Speaking from experience with a forgetful husband. Fortunately we're only 10 miles from the airport and arrive a good 2.5 to 3 hrs in advance. Paying extra ($100) to check in both his bag and mine while he caught a taxi home to retrieve his passport is no fun and nerve wracking to me while I waited for him at the gate. The rule now - at his request btw - is to ask him to show me his passport as we leave. Not just ask if he has it as I did the 2nd time this happened. Ain't love grand?


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LOL, we all have our own systems for getting this job done. In our household, I'm in charge of paperwork and that includes passports. Fortunately, our passports spend their down-time together in the same drawer (along with our stash of travel euros) and gathering them up for packing does not involve a mad "now where did he hide it this time" kind of a hunt. He's in charge of the "did you remember?" list before the limo arrives--because, really, I'm the ditz in this relationship. Yes, love is grand.
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Originally posted by Peregrina651
LOL, we all have our own systems for getting this job done. In our household, I'm in charge of paperwork and that includes passports. Fortunately, our passports spend their down-time together in the same drawer (along with our stash of travel euros) and gathering them up for packing does not involve a mad "now where did he hide it this time" kind of a hunt. He's in charge of the "did you remember?" list before the limo arrives--because, really, I'm the ditz in this relationship. Yes, love is grand.

Note that I let HIM suggest the fix.


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Originally posted by CharTrav
Note that I let HIM suggest the fix.


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And he KNEW that you would not let him get away with having you take charge of the passports.
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RIVER DAYS: 2010/Viking River Cruises "China's Cultural Delights" ~ 2013/Viking "Footsteps of the Cossacks" ~ 2015/Viking "Passage to Eastern Europe"

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I have a question about the pools on the Viking Ocean ships. Are they salt water or fresh water?

I’ve heard that they are deep - too deep for most people to stand. I can tread water for a good while in salt water, but not as long in fresh water. DH unfortunately doesn’t do well in water over his head. Do they allow floatation devices? Can you sit on the side? It looks like there’s a ledge with water on it. That would work.

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Originally posted by Cyber Kat
I have a question about the pools on the Viking Ocean ships. Are they salt water or fresh water?

I’ve heard that they are deep - too deep for most people to stand. I can tread water for a good while in salt water, but not as long in fresh water. DH unfortunately doesn’t do well in water over his head. Do they allow floatation devices? Can you sit on the side? It looks like there’s a ledge with water on it. That would work.

I’m counting down to our cruise! Viking Sea here we come!


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The pool on the Viking Sky was very small and few people used it on our trip in July. I can't remember if there was a ledge to sit on, but someone could sit on the steps entering the pool. The hot tub is beside the pool and gives a great view of the ocean. I think the pool was fresh water.
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Originally posted by Vikingfan#1
The pool on the Viking Sky was very small and few people used it on our trip in July. I can't remember if there was a ledge to sit on, but someone could sit on the steps entering the pool. The hot tub is beside the pool and gives a great view of the ocean. I think the pool was fresh water.


Thanks! We are going to be in the Caribbean so I suspect more people will be using it.


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Originally posted by Vikingfan#1
The pool on the Viking Sky was very small and few people used it on our trip in July. I can't remember if there was a ledge to sit on, but someone could sit on the steps entering the pool. The hot tub is beside the pool and gives a great view of the ocean. I think the pool was fresh water.

There are two pools. There's a larger one inside under a retractable roof surrounded by the Winter Garden. Big enough to do laps in. The very small one with the hot tub looking out over the ocean is in front of the Aquavit Terrace and called the Infinity Pool. Both are fresh water and on the same deck. The one inside is heated for sure; don't know about the Infinity Pool but would think that with a hot tub alongside, it probably is heated too.


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I was only in the Infinity Pool...it was deep maybe about 5 feet...husband 6-2 had no problem. I am 5-2 and treaded water, bobbed, held on to the side or DH but I am very comfortable in the water over my head.
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Originally posted by deec
I was only in the Infinity Pool...it was deep maybe about 5 feet...husband 6-2 had no problem. I am 5-2 and treaded water, bobbed, held on to the side or DH but I am very comfortable in the water over my head.

Only 5’. When I heard it was deep I was thinking I’d have to tread water. Mind you on an Alaska cruise I’m probably not going in anyway. Fresh water is much more difficult to float in than salt but much nicer.
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I'm planning on bringing a couple inflatable noodles for the pool. They're not big or bulky. Hopefully theyre allowed.
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Originally posted by dcsam
I'm planning on bringing a couple inflatable noodles for the pool. They're not big or bulky. Hopefully theyre allowed.


That’s what I was wondering. As I said, I can tread water but DH is not a great swimmer. He’ll be holding on to the sides


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Originally posted by dcsam
I'm planning on bringing a couple inflatable noodles for the pool. They're not big or bulky. Hopefully theyre allowed.
Before you pack them, why not contact Viking and ask. Or, maybe they will see this and respond.
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Outdoor fresh water infinity pool is deep. You need to be well over 6 feet to stand. People hold onto the edge.
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