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  1. Try clearing your browsers cache, cookies and history. Then re-type the link. Although it is recognizing you and calling you by name--that's weird. How are you accessing--- Safari, Firefox--what browser? Or are you going in via Yahoo or AOL?
  2. My only other thought would be to find out the details regarding if Viking's insurance allows you to cancel if your travel companion/cabin mate cannot travel for a valid reason. Maybe they could cancel and only be out the insurance, which is better than adding another $3K. I would also explore the travel insurance on the credit card used for payment. Obviously Viking insurance is primary but make sure that your friend explores the details of any coverage on their credit card.
  3. This thread may be helpful, similar except they did NOT have insurance. But it provides some detail on Viking's policy. https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2609710-urgent-question/?tab=comments#comment-56239382
  4. And another thing--the Tuna Tataki was amazing! Flavor, presentation was absolutely stellar.
  5. We enjoyed all the Chefs Table meals--but we are comfortable with trying new things and experimenting. If your husband does not like adventurous/spicy food, or trying new things, or a menu that does not provide options, then perhaps eat at the MDR (or Manfredi's or World Cafe). It seems a little counter-intuitive to go to the Chefs Table and then not eat what is offered (unless you have a food allergy). If it is not food that you or your DH like--why eat there? The whole point of Chef's Table is to eat a set menu that the chef has prepared with specific dishes and flavors. To knowingly go to what is a set menu (with items you know you won't eat) and then want substitutions on everything seems a little silly when you can go to the MDR or Manfredi's or World Cafe and get what suits your palate. Just my two cents. Seems a little like setting yourself up for failure. That being said--they are extremely accommodating and will try to serve you food that pleases. I know that I requested half portions and they were happy to oblige. We heard other diners asking for non-meat options.
  6. You should have priority check-in and Gold Track through security in Athens. Although--check to see the hours they are available.
  7. You may want to check FlyerTalk or TripAdvisor for Athens airport specific info--may have some guidance regarding security lines and lounge access if you have status on OneWorld or StarAlliance or Priority Pass. I sympathize with the early AM flight--sometimes you have to take them to get the award tickets.
  8. Lol--thanks for clarifying. I was ready to pre-pay to avoid an increase!
  9. When did it change from US $15 to $20? VO website still states $15 and on myvikingjourney.com it is showing $15 US. $165 for 12 day/11 night cruise in 2020.
  10. SwissAir website states check-in counter opens 2 hours prior at Athens. https://www.swiss.com/us/en/prepare/check-in/checkin-times# How are you transporting from port to airport--at that hour I am guessing taxi which is 40 minute ride? Personally--we always arrive 2 hours prior for international flights, unless someplace like Madrid where they advise 3 hours. You could call SwissAir and confirm the check-in counter and recommended check-in time. Also see if you can check-in online and if that will help, but not sure if they would have a self-check kiosk for bags that early in the AM.
  11. You definitely don't need a suit. And in summer, probably give the sport jacket a pass, unless you need it for any events in port or before/after the cruise. DH takes a sport coat in cooler weather and uses it as a jacket as well as for dinner. Probably would not do that in the summer unless we had fine dining plans pre or post cruise. FWIW, we have done 2 TA Viking cruises and I would say that about 1/4 to 1/3 of the men wore sport coats to dinner in the Restaurant or Manfredi's/Chef's Table. But a pair of non-jeans and a button down is certainly fine at any restaurant. As far as jeans, I would think about taking only one pair if you really must. If you are traveling in summer in warm climates they will be warm. They also are heavy in your suitcase and take forever to dry if you get caught in rain. I would stick with lightweight trousers that are multi-purpose, something that can be worn in any restaurant onboard and in port. At least one pair that is quick dry for rain or hiking type activities if that is something you enjoy. We try to travel light and that eliminates jeans since they can only be worn in World Cafe or Mamsen's. Easier to take lightweight pants that can be worn everywhere, and are lighter, cooler and quicker to dry. Just my 2 cents.
  12. To answer your questions--- 1. Tipping the person delivering your room service is optional and they do not expect it. We tipped a couple dollars for a meal order. 2. We were in PJS and they would stock wine on request in the minibar, but it would be in place of the 4 mini bottles of spirits. We had SSBP so not sure if this influenced the substitution.
  13. The Viking option is really expensive, as Peregrina pointed out. My experience is that we have done extensions on our own, with better locations and nicer hotels, for about 30-40% of the cost of Viking. But we have no mobility issues and are comfortable handling our bags. Look into the first class train tickets too---it will give you lounge access plus a meal and drinks on the train. I think we paid about $100USD each for Barcelona to Madrid on the high speed in April. Maybe your travel companions would be more comfortable if you pre-booked private car transfers? We have done that for late night arrivals when jet-lagged, and it was so worth the $$ to have someone standing there with our name on a sign and whisking our bags off to a private car for us. No taxi line or worrying if the taxi driver is ripping you off or doesn't speak English. Might be an option that would make it easier for inexperienced travelers who may be overwhelmed and tired.
  14. Fastest option for Bergen-Reno on google flights is 17 hours 45 minutes on multiple airlines with stops in Amsterdam and Seattle. There are other 2 stop routings with stops in Copenhagen or Helsinki---around 19-23 hours travel time. I think I have read that Viking routes some people via Oslo but that is influenced by your final destination. Not sure if Viking has any type of guarantee regarding number of stops, length of layovers, or total travel time. On a recent thread there was discussion of the long lines to check in at Bergen due to short-staffing and inability to check in on line due to the fare class Viking used. Do a search on this forum for 'Bergen air' and you will find more discussion. I'm sure some folks will weigh in with their experience with Viking Air from Bergen to US. We decided it was better to do Norway in a Nutshell Bergen to Oslo and spend a couple days in Oslo. We fly home from Oslo with one stop in LHR.
  15. We are doing the April departure---we can't travel over summer due to our last child home in the summer from college. It will be cooler, and when researching I was surprised to find that April is a relatively dry month in this region.
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