Jump to content
Cruise Critic Community
roothy123

Tips for New Viking Ocean Cruisers

Recommended Posts

On 4/7/2019 at 11:25 PM, Clay Clayton said:

“Dent” 😂

 

And this ad appears on the top of this CC post

 

 

29FA231F-DCEA-47D1-AEFD-327401D50A90.thumb.jpeg.e334f5df1aa68cde0652afd3f6b9686e.jpeg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, vnb2003 said:

Thank you both!!!  🙂

 

I have to pay deposit on Tuesday.

 

Heidi13, if I remember correctly, you will be embarking on Jan. 4th, 2020 and we will be disembarking from Sun that day 🙂

 

 

Affirmative, we board Jan 4th.

 

Have already arranged a handover ceremony with Jim that might involve some thirst quenching. We are getting together on the afternoon of Jan 3rd at the British Pub - The Whale & Ale. Rumour has it we may even visit the Craft Brewery.

 

Welcome to join us.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, Pushka said:

 

And this ad appears on the top of this CC post

 

 

29FA231F-DCEA-47D1-AEFD-327401D50A90.thumb.jpeg.e334f5df1aa68cde0652afd3f6b9686e.jpeg

Great catch Pushka.  After paying my Viking tab I have no debt to consolidate.  That would imply money left.....🍸

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, Heidi13 said:

Affirmative, we board Jan 4th.

 

Have already arranged a handover ceremony with Jim that might involve some thirst quenching. We are getting together on the afternoon of Jan 3rd at the British Pub - The Whale & Ale. Rumour has it we may even visit the Craft Brewery.

 

Welcome to join us.

Thank you! I might take you on this...🍻

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
16 hours ago, vnb2003 said:

Thank you! I might take you on this...🍻

Perfect - check out some of the chat on the Roll Call - either the 245 day or 2nd half (LA - Greenwich)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 4/15/2019 at 12:19 PM, Heidi13 said:

Perfect - check out some of the chat on the Roll Call - either the 245 day or 2nd half (LA - Greenwich)

Thank you! Already did :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Does anyone know if magnetic hooks work on Viking Sun? We took them along on one of our cruises and the walls were not metal so they didn't work.  Lots of added weight if they don't work.  Thanks

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 minutes ago, doxielover47 said:

Does anyone know if magnetic hooks work on Viking Sun? We took them along on one of our cruises and the walls were not metal so they didn't work.  Lots of added weight if they don't work.  Thanks

Yes they do on some surfaces.  We used Command Adhesive hooks with no problems.  Lighter too. 🍸

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
12 minutes ago, Jim Avery said:

Yes they do on some surfaces.  We used Command Adhesive hooks with no problems.  Lighter too. 🍸

 

Found suction hooks that work great on the glass in the bathroom (but not on the walls); better than the closeline for drying. Bought Command Adhesive for our last river cruise and never used them; I didn't even get a chance to check them out. It turned out we just didn't need them--but at least I was prepared!! Have never found magnetic hooks that didn't slide right down the wall when I tested them at home. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We've used magnetic hooks (big ones and smaller ones) on the Star three times, and all the walls worked fine for magnets (not the bathroom)/

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
55 minutes ago, Jim Avery said:

Yes they do on some surfaces.  We used Command Adhesive hooks with no problems.  Lighter too. 🍸

Great idea! Thanks!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
33 minutes ago, Peregrina651 said:

 

Found suction hooks that work great on the glass in the bathroom (but not on the walls); better than the closeline for drying. Bought Command Adhesive for our last river cruise and never used them; I didn't even get a chance to check them out. It turned out we just didn't need them--but at least I was prepared!! Have never found magnetic hooks that didn't slide right down the wall when I tested them at home. 

Also a great idea for the bathroom, thanks!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have some magnetic clips I got from Bed, Bath and Beyond and they worked great on the walls on the Viking Sea. I used them mostly for the excursion tickets and invitations to the M&M, specialty restaurant reservation reminders - things like that. Sometimes I needed more than 1 so they didn’t slide, but they were pretty strong. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We like to carry 2 strong magnetic hooks so we can hang jackets near the door and lighter clips for the Viking Dailies (I like keeping them all together--probably not a great idea for a world cruise, tho)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I take both magnetic hooks and clips and don't know how I'd do without them!  Jackets, robes, and anything else that can go on a hook, frees up closet space.  The clips were fantastic for keeping all the paperwork neat and in clear view.  I made a chart for all the times at home and locations we would be in and clipped it on the wall.  It was easy to take a quick glance to see what time it was at home for texting or calling, also what time it was at our next port if the time zone was different.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

And for (most) cruisers and crew members going to New Zealand starting Oct. 1, 2019, don't forget to get your electronic travel authority, which is something new.   See:  https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/media-centre/news-notifications/government-confirms-electronic-travel-authority-details

 

I'm assuming Viking doesn't purchase this for anyone, but I could be wrong.  It's something you download to your smartphone or download to a pc and print.

Edited by IWantToLiveOverTheSea

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
7 hours ago, IWantToLiveOverTheSea said:

It depends on the cruise. On most cruises Viking doesn't provide Visas, but World Cruises & Grand Voyages, they employ a Visa procurement company to acquire all required Visas, based on Nationality.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Viking also uses a visa procurement company to facilitate purchases of Cuban visa paperwork.  The Viking website had a link to the procurement company's website.  You filled out the form online, paid by credit card, and received a confirmation number.

 

Representatives of the company were aboard ship at embarkation with the completed forms. Show your ID, and receive the paperwork with a receipt.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

And keep in mind that some countries require an actual visa, others just a travel authority, and some nothing.  Sometimes the requirement applies to Americans and sometimes it doesn't.   Names of these documents, and who they apply to (Americans? Canadians? Europeans?) isn't always consistent and things can be confusing.  Some documents can be obtained easily right before travel, others not.  Occasionally a country requires a traveler to pay an entry fee at the airport.  All this can be confusing but usually gets sorted out by the time I travel.  The cruise line, Ports of Call section of Cruise Critic, and websites of embassies can be helpful.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, IWantToLiveOverTheSea said:

And keep in mind that some countries require an actual visa, others just a travel authority, and some nothing.  Sometimes the requirement applies to Americans and sometimes it doesn't.   Names of these documents, and who they apply to (Americans? Canadians? Europeans?) isn't always consistent and things can be confusing.  Some documents can be obtained easily right before travel, others not.  Occasionally a country requires a traveler to pay an entry fee at the airport.  All this can be confusing but usually gets sorted out by the time I travel.  The cruise line, Ports of Call section of Cruise Critic, and websites of embassies can be helpful.

 

I have found the US Department of State website to be one stop shopping for US citizens seeking information about the countries they will be visiting. Includes Visa requirements and much more such any required vaccinations. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've found the State Department travel site to be superb for visa etc information, but less effective for medical information.   The Centers for Disease Control site is extremely up to date, and often has information lacking on the State Department site.

 

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Forum Jump
    • Categories
      • SAIL-AWAY GIVEAWAY - Enter Now for a Chance to Win a 7-day Cruise for Two
      • Q&A with InsureMyTrip
      • Forum Assistance
      • New Cruisers
      • Cruise Lines “A – O”
      • Cruise Lines “P – Z”
      • River Cruising
      • ROLL CALLS
      • Digital Photography & Cruise Technology
      • Member Cruise Reviews
      • Special Interest Cruising
      • Cruise Discussion Topics
      • UK Cruising
      • Australia & New Zealand Cruisers
      • North American Homeports
      • Ports of Call
      • Cruise Conversations
×
×
  • Create New...