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Fire protection standards are driven by SOLAS and then the Flag State develops Acts and Regulations consistent with SOLAS.

 

While many Regs are written as a response to incidents, others are developed based on risk assessment and consultations with industry.

 

Not aware of any incidents with the original Baked Alaskas, but on passenger ships I have responded to numerous small fires started by cigarettes or other open heat sources. Fortunately they are less prevalent these days. Normally hear more calls for Medical Party than the Fire/Assessment Party.

 

On the older ships they had significant quantities of wood and other combustibles, so had lots of fuel, once a fire started. On my last ship, we had no sprinklers, so all carpets and furnishings had to be fire rated, as non-combustible. When conducting major 1/4 life refits, if no fire rating was available I had to conduct flame tests on carpets and seats. These were at a local testing lab, with Transport Canada. Therefore, if we had a fire in a pax space, it should smoulder, but not ignite.

 

While these fire protection standards are now in place, they were not written back in the 70's & 80's.

 

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Try it because you are tired of mindless entertainment.

Try it because you don't need a casino.

Try it because you are sick and tired of the nickel-and-diming.

Try it because you can live without other people's children.

Try it because you are more interested in the ports of call than in partying until dawn.

Try it because you are never asked to pose for photos.

Try in because you like cruising among friendly people.

Try it because you are invited to BYO wine, beer or other potables.

Try it because you don't have to hide in your room to drink your BYO.

Try it because there is no corkage fee in the dining rooms.

Try it because specialty dining is included.

 

Thank you for this great post of we we should try Viking. We just booked a PV1 cabin for the Sept 21 2020 Venice to Athens cruise. Every statement you made above was why we booked with Viking.

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thank you for this great post of we we should try viking. We just booked a pv1 cabin for the sept 21 2020 venice to athens cruise. Every statement you made above was why we booked with viking.

 

sweeeet!!!

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On 10/6/2018 at 11:56 AM, terrydtx said:

 

Thank you for this great post of we we should try Viking. We just booked a PV1 cabin for the Sept 21 2020 Venice to Athens cruise. Every statement you made above was why we booked with Viking.

Try it because you are tired of mindless entertainment.

Try it because you don't need a casino.

Try it because you are sick and tired of the nickel-and-diming.

Try it because you can live without other people's children.

Try it because you are more interested in the ports of call than in partying until dawn.

Try it because you are never asked to pose for photos.

Try in because you like cruising among friendly people.

Try it because you are invited to BYO wine, beer or other potables.

Try it because you don't have to hide in your room to drink your BYO.

Try it because there is no corkage fee in the dining rooms.

Try it because specialty dining is included.

 

Yes indeed!  Every statement made by Peregrina651 is right on the nose!  Could not have said it better myself.

This is indeed why we booked Viking the first time and why have several more booked in the future.

 

Again - everyone has different interests and tastes.  Those that don't enjoy Viking either did not do their homework or were led astray by their travel agents, or simply wanted to try it the first time, and found they didn't care for it.

 

We love that fact that a Cruise Line decided to target this market niche, since no one else has!

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Hopefully there are no napkin waving sing-along productions during dinner by the staff!

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1 hour ago, Sue4LSU said:

Hopefully there are no napkin waving sing-along productions during dinner by the staff!

 

With the help of other members, the initial list has been amended many times since it was first posted. With the addition of your entry, it now reads:

 

Try it because you are tired of mindless entertainment.

Try it because you don't need a casino.

Try it because you are sick and tired of the nickel-and-diming.

Try it because you can live without other people's children.

Try it because you are more interested in the ports of call than in partying until dawn.

Try it because you are never asked to pose for photos.

Try it because you like cruising among friendly people.

Try it because you are invited to BYO wine, beer or other potables.

Try it because you don't have to hide in your room to drink your BYO.

Try it because there is no corkage fee in the dining rooms.

Try it because specialty dining is included.

Try it because there is no formal night.

Try it because there is no bang-bang music.

Try it because there are nooks and crannies everywhere to read, relax, and just be.

Try it because the tables in the cafe (buffet) are set with silverware and napkins and a beverage server comes to take your order as soon as you sit down.

Try it because room service will deliver delicious coffee and juice, even on debarkation day, within 10 minutes of your call.

Try it because the free spa area is unbelievable!

Take Viking because the staff can't help enough. If you have an issue they are quick, efficient and do their job with a smile.

Take it because even the service at the buffet is better than any other cruise ship.

Take it because you love English tea in the afternoon.

Try it because the entire staff knows your name after Day 1

Try it because you only need your ship card to enter your room or to leave the ship

Try it because everyone, including the crew, greets you with a smile

Try it because you never have to wait for a table either at the buffet or at The Restaurant

Try it because you are a guest, not just a wallet

Try it because the beverage package is a bargain

Try it because you'll only be sailing with 900+ people, rather than 2500+

Try it because there are no inches of gold tables blocking the Atrium

Try it because there is no karaoke

Try it because there is no bingo

Try it because people do not reserve / hog lounge chairs in pool area or open decks

Try it because you have seen your last flaming Baked Alaska parade

Try it because Orion has a Planetarium and a Resident Astronomer

Try it because the film screen on the upper deck uses individual headphones rather than deafening soundtracks that are heard throughout the ship--and free popcorn

Try it because of the Resident Historian and the enrichment program.

Try it because your last dinner has been ruined by a napkin-waving waiters sing-along

 

 

Edited by Peregrina651

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On 2/25/2019 at 4:20 PM, Sue4LSU said:

Hopefully there are no napkin waving sing-along productions during dinner by the staff!

This cracks me up. I never had an interest in ocean cruising until I learned of Viking Ocean Cruises. After a couple of Viking cruises, I figured I would give Carnival a go as we were trying to schedule a short affordable vacation that we could share with friends. While I can't say that I hated the Carnival cruise, I was rather annoyed by the napkin waving sing alongs in the dining room. One night, a man at the table next to us stood on his chair, put his foot on the table and waved his napkin and sang along with the staff. He then decided to dance with the waitress in a manner that nobody should attempt with a stranger. 

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20 minutes ago, Choose Something Fun said:

This cracks me up. I never had an interest in ocean cruising until I learned of Viking Ocean Cruises. After a couple of Viking cruises, I figured I would give Carnival a go as we were trying to schedule a short affordable vacation that we could share with friends. While I can't say that I hated the Carnival cruise, I was rather annoyed by the napkin waving sing alongs in the dining room. One night, a man at the table next to us stood on his chair, put his foot on the table and waved his napkin and sang along with the staff. He then decided to dance with the waitress in a manner that nobody should attempt with a stranger. 

 

You are going to be so amazed when you get to Viking... But you NEED to get there soon!

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31 minutes ago, Choose Something Fun said:

This cracks me up. I never had an interest in ocean cruising until I learned of Viking Ocean Cruises. After a couple of Viking cruises, I figured I would give Carnival a go as we were trying to schedule a short affordable vacation that we could share with friends. While I can't say that I hated the Carnival cruise, I was rather annoyed by the napkin waving sing alongs in the dining room. One night, a man at the table next to us stood on his chair, put his foot on the table and waved his napkin and sang along with the staff. He then decided to dance with the waitress in a manner that nobody should attempt with a stranger. 

When you say a short affordable vacation, do you mean a 3, 4 or 5 day cruise? If its a 7 day cruise you may want to try Holland America, no napkin waving or standing on MDR chairs! For a mainstream cruise line HAL comes closer to VO in size of ships refinement and demographics IMHO. HAL doesn't have shorter than 7 day cruises, however. We will use Viking when we want a special all inclusive special itinerary cruise and HAL for cruising with our kids and grandkids for Alaska, North America and Caribbean cruises. 

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2 hours ago, Dauntless said:

 

... But you NEED to get there soon!

 

 

Okay, I admit to being a bit thick sometimes but what do you mean when you say "you need to get there soon?"

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2 hours ago, Dauntless said:

 

You are going to be so amazed when you get to Viking... But you NEED to get there soon!

I'll be on the Viking Sky in 37 Days for Scandinavia and the Kiel Canal itinerary. My first Viking cruise was on the Sea and the second was on the Star. I'm trying to work my way through all of the ships but they're building them faster than I can earn the money to go. LOL

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2 hours ago, terrydtx said:

When you say a short affordable vacation, do you mean a 3, 4 or 5 day cruise? If its a 7 day cruise you may want to try Holland America, no napkin waving or standing on MDR chairs! For a mainstream cruise line HAL comes closer to VO in size of ships refinement and demographics IMHO. HAL doesn't have shorter than 7 day cruises, however. We will use Viking when we want a special all inclusive special itinerary cruise and HAL for cruising with our kids and grandkids for Alaska, North America and Caribbean cruises. 

This particular cruise was only a four day. I will keep HAL in mind for next time. It looks like they even have sailings out of Boston and Montreal which are both driving distance for me.

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21 minutes ago, Peregrina651 said:

 

 

Okay, I admit to being a bit thick sometimes but what do you mean when you say "you need to get there soon?"

 

I thought it was clear--------on a Viking ship.

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38 minutes ago, Choose Something Fun said:

This particular cruise was only a four day. I will keep HAL in mind for next time. It looks like they even have sailings out of Boston and Montreal which are both driving distance for me.

 

Yes but that only helps if they return to the starting port so that you can retrieve you car.

 

DD did the cruise. They started in Boston. Took a cab to the pier. When they got to Montreal, they rented a car to drive home (cheaper than flying).

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Posted (edited)

How is a World Cruise on  Viking?   Is it doable in a  Veranda stateroom?  Or move up to a Penthouse Suite?  Is it worth the extra cost?    I will be solo.

Edited by Kingofcool1947

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1 hour ago, Kingofcool1947 said:

How is a World Cruise on  Viking?   Is it doable in a  Veranda stateroom?  Or move up to a Penthouse Suite?  Is it worth the extra cost?    I will be solo.

Just finished 93 day grand pacific voyage with my DH on Viking Orion. Definitely doable in penthouse veranda.  That’s the room that has a couch and chair in seating area. All one room but more storage and “elbow room.” Closet in a better location in PVs   It gives you a great place to. hang clothes you don’t want to put through the dryer ( along the wall next to the bed). Our cabin steward taught us that trick. 

 

We also used the many public spaces to relax. If you are solo, regular veranda probably OK too. One of our cruise friends was traveling alone and had the smallest room. She did spend a lot of time in public spaces, but I think it was to have company. 

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I can't imagine the separation anxiety you would have after 93 days with your crew and servers.  I just came back from a 13 day cruise and I am torn up sad about losing my new friends after leaving the ship.  I was ready to adopt at least one of the servers.  I can't imagine after 93 days.  

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On 8/14/2017 at 4:07 PM, geospyder said:

OK - you people have us scared :eek: We will be on our first Viking (Star) cruise in January. We're afraid from all the above comments that cruising Viking might become habit forming :D

 

Number two Viking is coming up in six months.  We are doing a 21 day on the Viking Sea that will spend New Years in Manaus, Brazil, up the Amazon.  Twenty one days might sound long but we just got back from a 42 day trip.

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42 minutes ago, geospyder said:

 

Number two Viking is coming up in six months.  We are doing a 21 day on the Viking Sea that will spend New Years in Manaus, Brazil, up the Amazon.  Twenty one days might sound long but we just got back from a 42 day trip.

 

We did this trip last winter on the Sea and although it was an interesting experience, there were a lot of hiccups and a whole lot more 'over promising' and 'under delivering' as it went with the tours especially.  

I can say absolutely that if there's any mobility issues with you or your travel companions, this is going to be a tough trip with getting on/off the ship and through the pier locations which I'm more than happy to elaborate on if required

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22 hours ago, Kingofcool1947 said:

How is a World Cruise on  Viking?   Is it doable in a  Veranda stateroom?  Or move up to a Penthouse Suite?  Is it worth the extra cost?    I will be solo.

We are booked on the 2nd half of the 245-day Ultimate WC, departing L/A for 199 nights. We are in a DV, which at 270 sq ft is the same size as a Verandah cabin. We selected DV 4 based on cabin location.

 

Our previous WC in 2015, with another cruise line, we also had a balcony cabin, but the Viking cabin is about 50% bigger. We had no issues with cabin size on our previous WC.

 

My first ship we had 3 of us in a cabin that was about 8' x 10' for 4 months. Have also spent 9-months on a ship where the cabin was about 1/2 the size of the Viking cabins, so personally, I find the DV & V cabins sufficiently spacious.

 

We prefer to use the money saved for more excursions or more travel.🙂

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1 hour ago, Captain_Morgan said:

 

We did this trip last winter on the Sea and although it was an interesting experience, there were a lot of hiccups and a whole lot more 'over promising' and 'under delivering' as it went with the tours especially.  

I can say absolutely that if there's any mobility issues with you or your travel companions, this is going to be a tough trip with getting on/off the ship and through the pier locations which I'm more than happy to elaborate on if required

 I've read about the water rationing and the bugs but that's part of the adventure.  Can't be any worse than the MSC experience we had from South Africa in April.  We had a loose group of six couples and when asked if anyone would do MSC again it was a resounding "NO!" - unless there was a very interesting itinerary :classic_biggrin:.   No mobility problems.   I'm 75 and my wife is only 70.  We enjoy the outdoors doing a lot of day hikes.  In three days we will be going camping for a couple days.  We still tent camp hauling all our gear in the back of a 2 door Jeep Rubicon.

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1 minute ago, geospyder said:

 I've read about the water rationing and the bugs but that's part of the adventure.  Can't be any worse than the MSC experience we had from South Africa in April.  We had a loose group of six couples and when asked if anyone would do MSC again it was a resounding "NO!" - unless there was a very interesting itinerary :classic_biggrin:.   No mobility problems.   I'm 75 and my wife is only 70.  We enjoy the outdoors doing a lot of day hikes.  In three days we will be going camping for a couple days.  We still tent camp hauling all our gear in the back of a 2 door Jeep Rubicon.

 

Water rations were more an issue than the bugs between those issues, but even thats manageable if proper planning on all sides is observed.

Sounds like you'll be fine with the mobility side, which is good given the tender ports and having to traverse over and through local vessels, uneven surfaces, loading and unloading of small local boats, steep gangways, etc.  Not to mention the stop in Belem which was more akin to tendering into a local bus stop than a tender landing which many passed comment on, as well as the guests who went flying (literally) from their (plastic) lawn chairs on the local tenders when the vessel rolled a bit.

 

 

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