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On the next cruise we don't get to Venice until noon, so it all subjective. If you are in port all day, the included will have at least one departure in the afternoon. If the shore excursions are long(ex. Berlin--12 hours), you must get an early start. Some of the patd excursions also have more than one option.
Hope that helps.
If you plan on doing a longer tour, like 6 hours or so then it will be obviously starting early
depending what time you are in port.
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Fine by me. A calm quiet ship is a destination in itself. We'll probably go ashore for a wander but won't be rushing around to see lots of old churches and palaces.This makes me question the question in the first place.
Just be aware that Viking markets themselves as a destination focused cruise line, with tours included plus a wide selection of optional tours, and not as an entertainment cruise line. That said, the ship will seem serenely empty and private to those few onboard after the tours depart.Wonderful! That's just what we are looking for. No tours for us free, included, or not.
Do all the tours start at crack of dawn? We would be seriously deterred from coming if we thought we'd have to be rushing about just to catch an early bus for sightseeing.The only one that felt like the "crack of dawn" for us was Berlin. Gathering time was 6:30am in order to accommodate a 2 hr each way train trip. There was a couple I knew on the Star who we first met 2 yrs before on the Grand European Tour who never left the ship for any excursions. Which is how Bob and Jan liked it.
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Do all the tours start at crack of dawn? We would be seriously deterred from coming if we thought we'd have to be rushing about just to catch an early bus for sightseeing.You could choose your time. We booked excursions that started around 9:30-10 am and some even later. It gave us time to enjoy our yummy room service breakfast and then still have some time to wonder around after the excursion. We also wanted to relax and we had a great time on the almost empty ship. The cruise was an exploration for us of the places we would want to return to. We had a fantastic trip!
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This makes me question the question in the first place.A very astute observation Dauntless
We've been on many previous river and sea cruises and have worked out what we look for and enjoy.
It was good to hear that there are some later start times for some tours. We might think about some of those.