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  1. Consider a obstructed deluxe balcony cabin. Some have larger balconies. Cabins E407 and E110 are available. E407 has no obstruction. E110 has metal instead of glass for the balcony edge. Regular deluxe balcony cabins D407 and D409 are available.
  2. Extend your stay in Budapest. It has one of Europe's largest and best Christmas markets. For our 1st river cruise we did Viking's pre-cruise stay in BP. The hotel that V used then was right next to the market. So we had a great introduction to Europe's tradition. I believe usually the itinerary will have a late night stay in Vienna which has a big market. The ship offered shuttles to the market even after dinner, I believe.
  3. Over 20 years, I don't recall an excursion sale or early booking discount. I have seen prices change for excursions, usually upward as sailing approaches. A couple of years ago, P started requiring prepayment of excursions booked pre-sailing. You could use OBC, if you had any, to pay for pre=sailing bookings.
  4. Thinking about mid-October cruise. How are the colors along the river? Thanks
  5. Based on the ports I have been to, I like the 2023 itinerary better.
  6. Discovery has fewer bars/entertainment areas than the Emerald.
  7. The Emerald is my favorite ship. It has more public venues than Discovery and better outside areas for viewing the glaciers. It is also smaller and has fewer passengers.
  8. Just wait. The deposit requirement will probably go down again. P raised deposits last Fall for about a month then reverted to the usual amounts. This seems to occur just as promotion ends and before a new one takes hold.
  9. Hopefully, we will sail on the Rhine in June with Viking. I am getting our air flights through V. I just received changes to our departing flight. They are not ideal. Do I have any option to make changes through V? Thanks
  10. We have a Rhine cruise scheduled to leave June 1, 2021. If V cancels the cruise and I leave the money with V, what can I expect for compensation? +25%? +50%? What did V offer with the latest cancellations? Thanks
  11. Viking is a pretty small percentage of my junk mail.
  12. Past guests get a regular discount of $100-200 pp when booking a new cruise, usually within 1 or 2 years of the last cruise. I have seen Viking have promotions when they'll double that. The key with Viking is patience and luck. They can run some good promotions (free air, free drink package, etc). Get on their mailing lists and see what interests you. That way you'll know a good price when you see it. Viking's cancellation policy in the past was onerous; not so bad now. Read the fine print!
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