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Derek and Lauri are booked for viking homelands but can't remember end of june or july! Oh well its 2 yrs away! I've got plenty of time to figure it out :o

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Derek and Lauri, although we are off to Viking's China Explorer in less than 3 weeks, I am trying to figure out what to take for the July 25th 2015 Viking Holemand Cruise. Just joking because of your comment. Let us know here on the forum when you find our the date.

 

Lori and John

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I love the Northern Europe Itineraries and the size of the ship but I can't believe they are already sold out for the less expensive cabins! Maybe we can plan for 2016 or 2017!?!

 

Lesley

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Lauri, we are on the same cruise as you! We did the Danube with Viking last year and the Rhine with them this year and loved both trips. This ship and the ports look great. Only 23 more months til we sail. We are Pam and Hank from Memphis.

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Lori and John are now booked on Viking Homeland Stockholm to bergen July 25, 2015!!

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Rblevow,

Roy, I've been trying to reach you and tracked you down here!:rolleyes:

Need to communicate with you re: Komodo tour in Jan, please email me at

jeani at j18ktleo dot com

 

thanks so much!

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I mined the postings as best I could and came up with a list of cruisers posting to CC who are booked on the Viking Star. The list is contained in the attached pdf file. I'll try to update the list periodically until it either gets too large to be manageable or we get separate roll calls for each of the cruises. Please respond to this thread with any additions or corrections.

 

-- roy --

 

Sir: My wife and I have booked the May 2nd, 2015 voyage on Viking Star.

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Yep - Viking does NOT offer the best prices ... and I am not writing about

small perks like xfrs, dinner, hotel for a night, etc. I saved just under $1000 on accommodation in same cabin for the Rhine Getaway for May, 2014 and $1500 on similar PS1 suite on Viking Star for Viking Homelands, May 2015.

 

Not earth shaking - but it pays for the Liquor Package and xfrs.

 

Shop around!

 

 

:)

 

H

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We are canceling our VS Homelands (Apr 15th) voyage.

 

Hope y'all still have a wonderful cruise on the new VS.

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We booked the Passage Through Western Europe last May 21, 2013. Earlier this year my husband said that the London Eye and Eiffel Tower were still on his bucket list, so I should look out for a trip with both of them. We received an email last April re. this ship, and when I looked at the itineraries,....there it was!!! We have done river cruises, and like the ambience, so the inclusion of wine, excursions, casual dining, etc. was familiar for us. So, we will be seeing some of you on May 2, 2015. We are Jack & Betsy from Grand Junction, CO

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We are signed up for the June 27 Stockholm to Bergen cruise. Haven't been on an ocean cruise for 25 years! We did do a Danube river cruise this summer and loved it. But there were only about 100 passengers on the trip. I am hoping there will be enough buses to serve everyone on a 900 passenger ship!

I am also wondering about the flights. Our TA says that we cannot upgrade at this point because the cruise lines haven't even finished their contracts with the airlines, let alone set prices for the upgrades when fuel costs are unknown. Anyone have comments on that?

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We are signed up for the June 27 Stockholm to Bergen cruise. Haven't been on an ocean cruise for 25 years! We did do a Danube river cruise this summer and loved it. But there were only about 100 passengers on the trip. I am hoping there will be enough buses to serve everyone on a 900 passenger ship!

I am also wondering about the flights. Our TA says that we cannot upgrade at this point because the cruise lines haven't even finished their contracts with the airlines, let alone set prices for the upgrades when fuel costs are unknown. Anyone have comments on that?

 

We are on this trip as well. I didn't inquire about upgrades but I wanted to know if they would be doing deviations and if they used scheduled airlines. Both answers were yes.

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As I said in my earlier message, it has been eons since we took an ocean cruise. Can you explain what a "deviation" is? Thanks!

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As I said in my earlier message, it has been eons since we took an ocean cruise. Can you explain what a "deviation" is? Thanks!

 

If you're going from Boston to Istanbul, say, will they accommodate you if you want to break the trip into two legs, such as Boston-London and London-Istanbul a couple days later, and the answer apparently is "yes". Likewise to fly on a different airline, a different day, whatever. You'll pay a "deviation fee" (typically 75 dollars) plus whatever extra costs are incurred by your itinerary of choice.

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As I said in my earlier message, it has been eons since we took an ocean cruise. Can you explain what a "deviation" is? Thanks!

 

We like to come in a few days early (rid ourselves of jet lag and to circumvent anything going wrong with air etc.) and/or stay later. To change the air that the cruise line has scheduled, you have to pay a deviation fee plus any additional cost for the selected airfare if applicable. If you don't deviate than the cruise line will fly you in the day of embarkation and fly you home the day of disembarkation. You have to take a look at the total cost the cruise line is charging for the deviation versus what you can do on your own. We have a cost of $895pp with no deviation for this trip from Viking so we will have to wait and see what 2015 brings in the airline business.

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Hello All:

We are also booked on the Maiden voyage 50 nights Istanbul to Stockholm. Were based out of San Francisco CA. So if anyone near us give us a hello.

Looking forward to this cruise in Europe with a brand new ship which I hope will compete with Regent, Seabourn, and the others. I also booked 72 days on the 2016 but didn't like the idea of paying in full over two years in advance. So I let that booking expire. We will be the first ones to tell the tales of the high seas as we educate the staff on how a six star line is suppose to be operated...;-) just kidding, sort of.

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Since you will be flying from the West Coast as we will, and you will be going before we do, We would love to hear what airline you choose for the trip and what kind of upgrade if any. We flew Air France Premium Economy LAX to DeGaulle, and the seats were most uncomfortable. A number of the airlines have gone to these new molded seats because they are lighter, but they sure did not compare to the nuce cushy seats in Premium Economy on Qantas from LAX to Sydney!

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Add us to 6/13/15 list. We are new to Viking. Have not done river cruises only ocean so far. Lots of questions, hope to get more info as time passes. ( we are Bill and Dottie .)

 

Hi Bill and Dottie,

Chuck and I (from Tampa) are also booked on this cruise. I don't think I saw anyone else or that I saw its own roll call. I will set one up on the roll call page if I don't find one. We have done two river cruises on Viking and enjoyed them; also lots of ocean cruises but this new ship sounded like an improvement. We are doing Istanbul-Dubai on Oceania next November which should also be very interesting. The Viking line generally thinks of everything so we should have smooth sailing. I'm sending you my email (in two parts for safety) so write if you want to discuss things. cds208 here's the other part @lehigh.edu.

Glad to be in touch with someone else on the cruise. We will be celebrating our 45th wedding anniversary.

Christine

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Found some more current 10/11/12 - 2013 stuff on the build progress on both new Ocean class ships with (2) more being talked about. Will look forward to seeing where Viking expands with these new ship routes?

 

Meeting (Happy Hour) with Michael Weldon (Dir Bus Dev) of Viking Cruises next week and look forward to hearing about this. We hope to link up with others on this Ocean Cruise.

- Viking Star - Sept. 27, 2015 - Empires of the Med

Bob & Margie

 

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-relea...227092451.html

 

 

http://www.themeditelegraph.com/en/2...8pK/index.html

 

 

 

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-relea...235374211.html

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bcorre2, Thanks for the links! I have not seen any articles about the Viking Star since June. At least there seems to be progress, but the in service dates seem to be confusing. We have booked the Empires of the Mediterranean that departs April 11, 2015. It is reassuring that the yard is under utilized and looking for work, so that there is a good possibility that the ship will be ready on time. Keep us updated if you learn anything new. We just made our final payment, but know that many who have booked with a deposit will be glad to know that things are on track before paying the balance due

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...the in service dates seem to be confusing.

 

No kidding! We're on the same "Empires" maiden as you, we also just made final payment, and I got just a little frisson of dread when I saw them cheerfully saying she's on track to go in service SEPTEMBER of 2015? That BETTER be a typo or misunderstanding :mad:

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