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  1. We have one booked for next year and sure glad we booked Italy in 2023 in March. I am wondering if the extensions will be upped in price.
  2. Well we enjoyed the Bonorong Wildlife sanctuary on Hobart a lot which we did via the Private Journeys upgrade. IMG_2354.m4v We were able to do the Hobbiton excursion on the one day Tauranga stop we had.
  3. We are signed up for the Midnight Sun next year. What are some of the must do's of the various ports? Also at the end all they have offered is the 4 day extension to Oslo. We don't want to spend another 2 days in Bergen when the ship is already overnighting there at the end so we are going to figure out an on your own train approach with our TA.
  4. I can easily imagine everybody would allow that in front of final payment just go to make a payment and make it a partial.
  5. I have never been required to make payments beyond deposit and final payments except for prepurchasing shipboard expenses or insurance.
  6. I am curious how much do you guys budget beyond the basic fare for a world cruise. Just like food I would expect at a certain point one slows down and try’s not to spend crazy at every port.
  7. While it wasn’t a world cruise I did try paying a final payment on a Viking cruise through my Chase card. I did a prepayment of the full amount which was way above the credit limit. I presupposed that meant my credit limit would have been higher because the initial negative balance but Chase would not bite. The trick would have been to have Viking charge in credit limit chunks and let them process from pending to transacted before doing the next chunk. I should have done that but I wound up splitting the charge among multiple cards.
  8. If you are in a PV or higher room they stock liquor in the room. As a newby to Viking my question is what Mini-bar choices do we have beyond the generic aspect of Coke/Vodka/Sevenup/beer? How much choice is there? Anybody have a list?
  9. I can't speak for Viking on this tour but we did Princess stopping in Tauranga 8AM to 6PM and did Hobbiton and we had plenty of time. Of course the distance from Tauranga is 55KM = 49min and the distance from Auckland is 179KM = 2 HR 15Min. If they have a scheduled excursion via the ship you should not have to worry as its all taken into account.
  10. We just booked the Italy, Greece, Adriatic sailing with a 3 day layover in Venice for 2023. This is going to be interesting people's comments before we get there.
  11. Regarding the entertainment when we weree younger and cruise Royal Caribbean and Princess we would hit almost all of the shows. That started to slow down and the last cruise we did was a cruisetour on Princess from Toronto to NYC. While we thoroughly enjoyed it we found we did not go to one production show. We spent most of the time in the bars talking to people even then the bars were so packed we just did not want to fight for seats. We are looking forward to our first Viking cruise next year.
  12. To me itinerary wins the debate. Oceania is very good in places like Australia and Viking wins in Europe.
  13. We are in the process of booking the "Italy, the Adriatic, and Greece" sailing and will add the Ultimate Tuscany per many comments I have read. I decided to change up our cruise regions because my wife is 100% 1st generation Italian but has never been and I figured we better hit it while she is still healthy. She is on her second kidney transplant and they don't last forever. The down side of the immunosuppressive drugs is they have finally pushed her into full blown diabetes so she has to be careful. For those that have done that Itinerary were there any opportunitie
  14. https://www.vikingcruises.com/oceans/risk-free-guarantee.html
  15. We did Celebrity in 2016 with the sailing starting on Jan 5. The weather was perfect the whole way. We arrived on New Years Day and stayed a few days in Sydney which was awkward because a number of things were closed. We also took the Celebrity overnight from Milford Sound through Queenstown to Dunedin. Absolutely loved that. We got to see a lot of stuff you would not see otherwise. They stopped at the famous bungy jump over a river gorge and allowed anybody who wanted to buy a ticket and do it. The hotel in Queenstown and the sheep shearing / steamboat ride was
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