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    Viking
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    Barcelona

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  1. https://www.vikingcruises.com/oceans/my-trip/current-sailings/index.html update on Viking website
  2. We were also on the Oct 2018 sailing from NYC. The location of the ship was easy wLking distance to the Intrepid museum. We had an early flight and walked there after dropping our bags off.
  3. On the crossing in 2019, how were the seas? What activities did they offer during the ar sea days?
  4. Just got off the Sea yesterday in San Juan, Puerto Rico: Everyone received color coded luggage tags and a disembarkation letter a couple days prior to the end of the cruise. This cruise overnighted in San Juan. I will paraphrase. Preparing your luggage - Tagged luggage needed to be placed outside the cabin by 10:00 p.m. for the transfer to the cruise terminal. Any luggage not placed outside is your responsibility to transfer off the ship. Passports, medications, breakables and valuables should be kept in your possession or in your hand luggage. Vacating your Stateroom - all staterooms must be vacated before 8:00 a.m. Due to local requirements, all guests must disembark the vessel no later than 9:30 a.m. In our last Viking Daily, the disembarkation schedule was detailed by colored tag: All groups meet in Atrium on deck 1, gangway was on deck A. Aqua 1 4:45 a.m. Green 1 5:00 a.m. Orange 1 5:15 a.m. Red 1 5:45 a.m. Aqua 2 6:15 a.m. Green 2 6:45 a.m. Orange 2 7:15 a.m. Red 2 7:30 a.m. Aqua 3 8:00 a.m. Green 3 8:30 a.m. Purple 1 9:00 a.m. White 1 & 2 9:15 a.m. Black 1 At leisure, directly ashore from 5:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. (We had a late flight 3:38 p.m. and were in White 2.) Dining(breakfast) was offered: Room Service 24 hours Viking Bar 4:00 - 10:15 a.m. Mamsen’s 6:30 - 9:30 a.m. Aquavit Terrace - closed The Restaurant 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. World Cafe 5:00 - 9:00 a.m. Viking arranged a ship visitor pass after disembarkation. We were allowed to return to the ship and relax in the public areas until we were transferred to the airport at 12:30 p.m. The World Cafe and the Pool Grill were open for lunch at 11:30 a.m. The 9:30 disembarkation included: leaving the ship, retrieving our luggage from the color coded group, and processing thru U.S. customs, with nothing to declare and showing our US passports. Viking loaded the luggage onto a truck for transport to the airport. Once everyone was off the ship, we traded our passports for the visitor pass and returned to the ship, spending time in the Explorer’s Lounge, having a light luncheon at the near empty pool grill since most of the other visitors went to the World Cafe. It was interesting to watch the next group of cruisers arriving and wandering around in awe. Around 12:15, we were called from the Atrium for our final walk out the gangway, retrieved our passports and climbed on buses to the airport. Once we got to the airport, we retrieved our luggage which had already gone thru the USGA screening. Then proceeded to airline checkin, TSA security, etc. Overall and well executed process.
  5. You can download it early but it is only useful when connected to the ship’s WiFi. We find it to be a very useful, but not perfect app.
  6. It was offered on the last At Sea day of our 15 day cruise. We still have a week before disembarkation.
  7. It was offered in the MDR last night aboard the Sea. We ate in a completely deserted World Cafe.
  8. My brother and sil booked a river cruise in July, used my name for a referral, each received $100 discount. Viking said I could apply their referrals ($200 total) to my existing booking prior to final payment. It is available for my use when they complete their guest information form.
  9. In MyVikingJourney, the sample bar menu: Champagne & Sparkling Wine Viking Sparkling Wine 75cl $25, GLS 15cl $5.50 Prosecco Casa Burti $35, $8 Drappier Carte D’or, Brut $55, $16 Veuve Clicquot, Brut $82 Veuve Clicquot Rose, Brut $138
  10. Very interesting! I will be visiting a number of these ports with Viking in 2019 and 2020. I really appreciate this advance information.
  11. House wine are $5, beer is $5-$6.50. Charged to stateroom, OBC can be used.
  12. The benefits of booking onboard (Viking Sky April 2018) - Receive all current promotions & Explorer Society Discount - A bonus discount from $200-$500 per person based on Cruise length 7-9 days $200 10-12 days $300 13-15 days $400 16+ days $500 - Receive an onboard credit for THIS voyage up to $500 (Based on how many cruises you book: $100 for 1, $250 for 2, $500 for 3) - Deposit onboard $500 per person, and final payment will be moved to 6 months prior to departure - Flexibility to change to any itinerary (River or Ocean) or date up to 4 months prior to departure - you can reserve directly through your travel agent onboard
  13. This tour was high on my husband’s must do list. His father was in Patton’s army and came to France in August following D Day. I contacted two companies in January for our April tour. - Overload put us on a waitlist to see if there was enough interest. Never heard from them again, but I did see their vehicles at some of the locations. - Normandy Guided Tours was more responsive and we were very pleased with Francis Paz, our guide. The cost was €880 for a 7 passenger van. We had three couples, so the cost based on the exchange rate was less than what Viking charges ($199). Deposit of €100 held the reservation. Balance was due in euros at end of tour. We found the other two couples via our CC roll call. Normandyguidedtours.com Hope that helps your research. We did take a number of Viking included tours but felt a small group tour was a better use of our time for Normandy.
  14. Once onboard, there is a station as you enter the World Cafe portside where you can make additional reservations, check the menus, etc. they want everyone to have the opportunity to make reservations in the specialty restaurants. There were 8 different menus in the Chef’s Table that changed every 2 days during our 14 night cruise. In Manfredi’s, the menu didn’t change but they offered daily pasta and daily fish specials. Also download the Viking Voyager app, you can make reservations, check menus, review your appointments, shore excursions, read the Viking daily and more.
  15. We were on the Sky last month. There were at least two male massage therapists.
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