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Guess I'll be posting an update but will wait until it's "official" on the viking website. Basically our cruise on Polaris in August has been cancelled because the ship is not ready. (Just got notice today) Am reading on the Viking Expeditions thread that sailings after ours have also been cancelled. Until I know for sure the extent of these cancellations, will hold off making any update to my spreadsheet. But going by the uniform "SOLD OUT" status on all Polaris cruises this Summer and Fall.....doesn't look good. 

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Decided to check the web site yesterday to see if the cancellations for Polaris were showing as more than SOLD OUT and the answer is "no".  Looks like the plans are to  shoot for a start in December in Antarctica.  Decided to check out everything (Octantis and all of VO) and there have been changes. 

 

Starting to extend Octantis' schedule in 2023: sailings of Great Lakes Collection in Aug and Niagara & the Great Lakes in Sept. Decision by Viking and posted to "Updates on Current Sailings" on  24Mar22 "to cancel all departures of our Ukraine and Russia river itineraries through 2023. We will also replace scheduled stops in Russia for all 2022, 2023 and currently open 2024 ocean itineraries."  Thus, Russia & the Baltic Sea (4 sailings) in June 2023 has been replaced by Scenic Scandinavia, affecting Jupiter & Neptune.  The  changes already made in 2022 to itineraries with a stop in St Petersburg or ports deemed too close to Russia will persist into 2023 (personal speculation).

 

As before, if you already have a copy of the spreadsheet, just use the link provided on the ReadMe tab to download a fresh copy from DropBox.  If you don't, use the link provided in my signature box (under General Stuff) or this direct link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/smx4xeq1yhq8ymi/Viking Ocean Cruises (2022 to 2024).xlsm?dl=0.  No DropBox account required.

 

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1 hour ago, CharTrav said:

Decided to check the web site yesterday to see if the cancellations for Polaris were showing as more than SOLD OUT and the answer is "no".  Looks like the plans are to  shoot for a start in December in Antarctica.  Decided to check out everything (Octantis and all of VO) and there have been changes. 

 

Starting to extend Octantis' schedule in 2023: sailings of Great Lakes Collection in Aug and Niagara & the Great Lakes in Sept. Decision by Viking and posted to "Updates on Current Sailings" on  24Mar22 "to cancel all departures of our Ukraine and Russia river itineraries through 2023. We will also replace scheduled stops in Russia for all 2022, 2023 and currently open 2024 ocean itineraries."  Thus, Russia & the Baltic Sea (4 sailings) in June 2023 has been replaced by Scenic Scandinavia, affecting Jupiter & Neptune.  The  changes already made in 2022 to itineraries with a stop in St Petersburg or ports deemed too close to Russia will persist into 2023 (personal speculation).

 

As before, if you already have a copy of the spreadsheet, just use the link provided on the ReadMe tab to download a fresh copy from DropBox.  If you don't, use the link provided in my signature box (under General Stuff) or this direct link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/smx4xeq1yhq8ymi/Viking Ocean Cruises (2022 to 2024).xlsm?dl=0.  No DropBox account required.

 

I  have booked the June12,2023 Viking Jupiter for Scenic Scandinavia. So happy to have three Danish ports of call with over night in Copenhagen. Going to get to visit the land of my ancestors at all last. 

With a year to research  pre- post and actual ports of call, It feels like pre COVID . 🤩

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CharTrav

I am new to VO cruises. I have one issue with VO website in that it has been reported to me by a VO rep. that if I want to know approximate arrive and leave times for individual ports as well as whether a ship will tender or dock I must be actually booked. My other cruises on RC and Azamara each posted this info on their websites. Is there a work around for this issue? 

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5 hours ago, gootie said:

CharTrav

I am new to VO cruises. I have one issue with VO website in that it has been reported to me by a VO rep. that if I want to know approximate arrive and leave times for individual ports as well as whether a ship will tender or dock I must be actually booked. My other cruises on RC and Azamara each posted this info on their websites. Is there a work around for this issue? 

not that i know of. the arrival and departure times are dependent on the direction of travel (sure of that) and may also (here am not so sure) be dependent on the exact date, i.e. the port arrival and departure times are set by the port in question. one “workaround” is to check on roll calls for a cruise you’re interested in and ask folks to share their itinerary. at the minimum this will serve as a good estimate of the actual port arrival & departure times for your cruise after you book it. 

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not that i know of. the arrival and departure times are dependent on the direction of travel (sure of that) and may also (here am not so sure) be dependent on the exact date, i.e. the port arrival and departure times are set by the port in question. one “workaround” is to check on roll calls for a cruise you’re interested in and ask folks to share their itinerary. at the minimum this will serve as a good estimate of the actual port arrival & departure times for your cruise after you book it. 

been thinking more about this and that is if you really have a number of cruises in mind for particular dates - is to ask for quotes for them from Viking. You can get these for free - no obligation to pay a deposit.The quote will include a complete cruise itinerary - port arrival and departure times etc. The quote will be good for I think 2 days. if you don’t s get  back to them with a deposit - poof! it goes away. Not sure what my Viking TA would do if i did this but yes - i have once or twice asked her to give me a quote for a potential trip that i then decided not to pursue beyond a quote. These have been basically singular quotes - not a whole bunch all at once. so…there you go. Have fun! 😁

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30 minutes ago, CharTrav said:

been thinking more about this and that is if you really have a number of cruises in mind for particular dates - is to ask for quotes for them from Viking. You can get these for free - no obligation to pay a deposit.The quote will include a complete cruise itinerary - port arrival and departure times etc. The quote will be good for I think 2 days. if you don’t s get  back to them with a deposit - poof! it goes away. Not sure what my Viking TA would do if i did this but yes - i have once or twice asked her to give me a quote for a potential trip that i then decided not to pursue beyond a quote. These have been basically singular quotes - not a whole bunch all at once. so…there you go. Have fun! 😁

I have done the same thing but not numerous quotes at once.  

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15 hours ago, gootie said:

CharTrav

I am new to VO cruises. I have one issue with VO website in that it has been reported to me by a VO rep. that if I want to know approximate arrive and leave times for individual ports as well as whether a ship will tender or dock I must be actually booked. My other cruises on RC and Azamara each posted this info on their websites. Is there a work around for this issue? 

Using Char’a idea to request quotes, you can do the same online and therefore not waste your TA’s time. Use the red “Price and Build” button and when you get to the payment portion, just click on the courtesy hold and you will get an emailed quote that will include the port times.  

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1 hour ago, Clay Clayton said:

Using Char’a idea to request quotes, you can do the same online and therefore not waste your TA’s time. Use the red “Price and Build” button and when you get to the payment portion, just click on the courtesy hold and you will get an emailed quote that will include the port times.  

Well, I'll be... didn't know that.

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Just got home from Mediterranean & Adriatic Sojourn 2 days ago. Had a great time and today thought I'd take a peek at what's changed in the 2023 and 2024 schedules for VO and VE.  Quite a lot!  I have something else I need to deal with this week but will work on updating the spreadsheet next week.  Just thought I'd give you a heads-up that an update is coming. Big question for me now is how long my "golfer's tan" acquired over 4 weeks will last!😀

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6 minutes ago, CharTrav said:

Just got home from Mediterranean & Adriatic Sojourn 2 days ago. Had a great time and today thought I'd take a peek at what's changed in the 2023 and 2024 schedules for VO and VE.  Quite a lot!  I have something else I need to deal with this week but will work on updating the spreadsheet next week.  Just thought I'd give you a heads-up that an update is coming. Big question for me now is how long my "golfer's tan" acquired over 4 weeks will last!😀

FYI-just got an email that they have published Expedition Cruises for 23 and 24 including a new itinerary that includes South Georgia Island.  Unfortunately the prices aren’t any cheaper😢

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1 hour ago, Clay Clayton said:

FYI-just got an email that they have published Expedition Cruises for 23 and 24 including a new itinerary that includes South Georgia Island.  Unfortunately the prices aren’t any cheaper😢

What magic do I need to peform to receive notifications like that? I've just been operating on the check the schedule periodically basis - and noticing if the number of itineraries for a given year or month have changed. I have a hidden tab where I track the number of itineraries by year and month and the number of sailings of each itinerary by year and month. Also by ship. 😊

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3 hours ago, CharTrav said:

What magic do I need to peform to receive notifications like that? I've just been operating on the check the schedule periodically basis - and noticing if the number of itineraries for a given year or month have changed. I have a hidden tab where I track the number of itineraries by year and month and the number of sailings of each itinerary by year and month. Also by ship. 😊

That I don’t know…Mike and both are on Viking’s email lists and his Mom’s emails from them come to me (don’t ask🤪) and it is very rare that we all receive the same email at the same time. If you want me to forward the email to you just drop me an email to BigNCBear@aol.com. 

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15 hours ago, CharTrav said:

What magic do I need to peform to receive notifications like that? I've just been operating on the check the schedule periodically basis - and noticing if the number of itineraries for a given year or month have changed. I have a hidden tab where I track the number of itineraries by year and month and the number of sailings of each itinerary by year and month. Also by ship. 😊

Forwarded you the email but got an unidentified bounce back that mail hadn’t been delivered. Can’t tell if it was the one to you.  Did you recieve?

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1 hour ago, Clay Clayton said:

Forwarded you the email but got an unidentified bounce back that mail hadn’t been delivered. Can’t tell if it was the one to you.  Did you recieve?

Yes. I did. Replied with a thanks too. Again today. 

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Have just updated and posted latest consolidated schedule for VE and VO.

 

With respect to VO ships -  no changes for Jupiter, Orion, Sky, and Neptune, which are scheduled thru Aug or Sept 2024.  Sea and Mars and Saturn now scheduled thru Aug 2024; Star thru Sept 2024. Added three new itineraries for 2024: Grand Fjords & Iconic Viking Shores, West Indies & Iberian Peninsula; West Indies & Mediterranean. 

 

With respect to VE ships, it looks like Viking still hopes that Polaris will be ready to sail by this October.  Everything up until then has been removed; however, Polaris' sailing of South America & Antarctic Discovery in Oct 2022 is nominally shown as SOLD OUT.  Both Polaris and Octantis are now scheduled through Feb 2024; however no Arctic Adventure 😭-- hopefully that will appear in the Summer of 2024.  Three new itineraries for 2023: Antarctica & South Georgia Island; Longitudinal World Cruise I; and Longitudinal World Cruise II.

 

As before, if you already have a copy of the spreadsheet, just use the link provided on the ReadMe tab to download a fresh copy from DropBox.  If you don't, use the link provided in my signature box (under General Stuff) or this direct link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/smx4xeq1yhq8ymi/Viking Ocean Cruises (2022 to 2024).xlsm?dl=0.  No DropBox account required.

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