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  1. Alaska weather is so variable, it is impossible to provide a definitive answer. Having completed 2 seasons working Alaska on cruise ships, we normally went as pax in early/mid June. Not to many rainy days, don't recall any storms and not so busy. Have experienced temps in mid 90's even in June, so wouldn't be too worried about temp differences. With respect to Mosquitoes, never really noticed them, probably as we deal with them at home. Enjoy Alaska, especially as Viking should be getting into Glacier Bay by 2021.
  2. No complaints here, great news.🙂
  3. With a "New" moon the only ambient light would be from the light around the port. Never been in Norway, so hopefully all fairly small. Still 6 months to our first Viking Cruise, so can't comment on the effectiveness of the wind break.
  4. When in port it all depends on the ambient light. When considering wind on the decks of a ship you have to also consider the ship's course & speed. When the wind is astern, at same velocity as ship's speed, you have no wind over the deck. However, with the ship doing 20 kts and wind ahead, it is both windy on deck & chilly.
  5. Completed 2 full Alaska seasons, including September - expect more rain, cooler temperatures, shorter days and each year we experienced one of the first storms.
  6. We have an active roll call for this WC, come and join us. A number of us have booked the same hotel in San Pedro and we already have 1 private excursion fully booked.
  7. We carried some local currency, but mostly used Visa.
  8. Suggest posting on the UK Board https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/544-uk-cruisers/
  9. While the Government still says they are closing Komodo Island next year, nothing has been confirmed, as they are getting significant push back from the locals. While we have already had 3 ports cancelled on next year's cruise, Komodo is still on the schedule. Still hoping to visit the island.
  10. We have also changed cabins a few times on B2B's and found it fairly painless. When ready to move, got lots of help from the Stewards.
  11. Have to compare apples to apples and also consider fuel costs. Viking ships cruise at 17 or 18 kts, with a max speed of 20 kts. RCI's ship cruises at 22.5 kts, with a top speed of probably 24-25kts. With the distances involved, Viking could not schedule a cruise at the vessels top speed of 20 kts, as they require leeway for weather or other delays, so it would be scheduled at 17/18 kts. RCI transit at 22.5 kts is 2.5 days, while Viking require 3.5 days, which provides RCI 2 additional port days. Fuel costs are also a significant issue, as the Cuba cruises are scheduled at slow speed. ABC with longer high speed runs would incur significantly higher bunker costs and I doubt a fuel premium would be well received by pax already booked.
  12. ABC Islands are an excellent option, but if you are concerned with not changing home port and TAR dates/times, they are not feasible from Miami in 8-days. From memory Miami to Curacao is 1,300 to 1,400 n/miles, which is a little over 3 days steaming at 18 kts. Therefore it requires 7 days steaming at almost full speed to get there & back. Provides time for 1 port, but also requires a huge bill for bunkers.
  13. Congratulations on retirement - best job ever. Rather than having to pick a destination, suggest considering a World Cruise.
  14. With 40 years of both working and cruising as a pax, I have seen many changes, sadly few were to the benefit of the customer. Our 2015 World Cruise was our final cruise with any mainstream line. We researched most of the luxury/premium brands - Crystal, Seabourn, Regent, Silversea, Azamara, Oceania & Viking. Suggest this would be a meaningful exercise for the OP, as while they are generally smaller ships, have better service and quality meals, each of the Lines have specific appeal. Our final choice was Viking, with the following points standing them apart from some of the other luxury/premium lines: - More casual atmosphere, with zero formal nights. We used each Line's website/FAQ dress code and not info posted on reviews - No kids, Viking is 18+. While kids are rare on these lines, Viking stands alone at 18+. Note that Oceania is actively promoting kids on some Alaska cruises. - No Casino, we have no desire to use a casino, so on other ships it is a waste of space. Viking's ships with no casino use the space for other purposes. - Alcoholic/non-alcoholic drinks - Viking has zero restrictions on bringing drinks aboard at any port. They will even open and serve your bottles of wine in the restaurants, with no service charges. - Excursions, they provide a free excursion in each port. - Enrichment - Viking ships have a resident historian and/or astronomer. In addition, they screen informative TedTalks on cabin TV's and the Theatre. - Ship size - at 930 pax the size was right in the middle of our desired range of 750 to 1200. The really small ships have less entertainment options, so with 930 pax, Viking was a good a good compromise. All ships are identical and < 4 yrs old. When looking at any premium/luxury line, look at what is include, as the base fare will be significantly higher than a mainstream line. Our next World Cruise with Viking next year is about 60% higher base fare than our 2015 cruise, but since the Viking Cruise is all-inclusive, I predict the daily cost will be virtually identical.
  15. If they are changing the entire ports of call, they could just as easily change the home port.
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