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  1. 😎 Sea days... Open water sightings.. HA! Oh, Like when we pax start picking on others "cup of tea", or style of dress.πŸ˜‰ Me DW may comment on a skirt, I spy, to be too high for her comfort .😎 But if it's a swimming suit it's okay ?
  2. Sorry for shortening your post. But I found it ...nice. Besides, after all these years, found the term "CHOGS" posted for the first time. Was this your original acronym? I like it. Michael
  3. We have found NO pool deck staff. That is why pax actually stand around.
  4. Exactly ! Our Brazilian friends in Rio were the ones who told us, English was the international language of business. They asked us, to speak to their kids in English.
  5. WE applied and received our Brazilian visas just before the announcement, that they were no longer needed. In November, we will present them anyway.😊
  6. Funny... how pool deck attendants are no longer available. 😎 Only waiters, to sell drinks.
  7. About "swallowing' credit cards.,,, I've seen this happen to fellow pax. Banks do this for your own (and their) protection. Take a second card. As far as scams... (memories) One time in Rio, I gave a vendor a 50 reals note for a t-shirt and asked for change. He first tried to tell me I only gave him a 5, the cost of the shirt. When I told him I was going to punch him in the mouth, he said, he was only kidding, and gave me my change.🀣
  8. Sorry, I’m having issues with the Cruise Critic website. But me thinks I agree with you. No credit card should be needed for the pittance of cash we plan to use for taxi and drinks. WE are also digging out unused reals. I just hope they’re not obsolete.πŸ˜€
  9. We will be in Rio on a Friday, November 29, 2019. Plan on picking up Brazilian currency in Recife, a few days before. How much would we need? (A rhetorical question)
  10. clo, Just noticed your post. Our priority at this time is, the beach, and caipirinhas of course πŸ˜€ Keep in touch?
  11. WE have found that a cabin near the lift is much more convenient. And, no noise. https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=https%3A%2F%2Fi.ytimg.com%2Fvi%2F_QcnsW4KvaE%2Fhqdefault.jpg&imgrefurl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D_QcnsW4KvaE&docid=WPJqvhMISWdpIM&tbnid=aL0F6qPxkgRdoM%3A&vet=10ahUKEwirmq3hoPbjAhWnl-AKHWb_BRsQMwhVKAIwAg..i&w=480&h=360&hl=en&bih=913&biw=1280&q=long hallway the shining&ved=0ahUKEwirmq3hoPbjAhWnl-AKHWb_BRsQMwhVKAIwAg&iact=mrc&uact=8 and no unnecessary long walks.πŸ˜‰
  12. Nice post ! And years ago , I was robbed by a one-arm bandit in Reno. LOL Yes, Barcelona was just your bad luck. All over the world, people think WE have deep pockets.😎 BTW, I 😍 Mexico...just be careful.
  13. WE have been to Rio twice. We will be there again in November, 2019 for a short day visit, from the Viking Jupiter. ...just want to go to the beach for the morning, then get a couple drinks at a bar with a nice view. Any suggestions for maybe a day-pass at a hotel with good beach access ? If not, we'll just taxi from the cruise ship port to Copacabana Beach and "wing it".πŸ˜‰ Michael
  14. Your post reminds me of a quote... β€œAs far as new people, I love meeting others. Others; not you. β€œ 😚
  15. IMHO, Helicopter parents feel their offspring should be the center of attention on the cruise, and at the table. Me thinks, they should be left at home with grandparents.πŸ˜‰
  16. Children are not allowed on Viking, our next cruise, so no problem. I would be more apt to say, to a hostess, "Please, you sat us next to the busy galley/kitchen door yesterday. Could you find us a quiet corner whilst we wait?" Yes, we've had no problems with a change of seating.
  17. For the OP , we have never had an awful table mate. Some are just more interesting than others. Me thinks, if others agreed with us at every turn, it would be a rather boring evening..πŸ˜‰
  18. I was also confused by the title of this thread. We just booked Montserrat with β€œIn Out Barcelona β€œ. We did it through Viator, a Trip Advisor company. We have used them in the past. Pay with credit card in USDollars
  19. To respond, We have been to Barcelona a few times. The Cruise Port is very large. It's a wonderful city, with many specific destinations. This time we are focused on Montserrat. I understand. Taxi drivers have no problem finding the ship(s) since they are professionals, and the ships are large.πŸ˜‰ Our Cruise Critic roll- call for the Southern Atlantic Crossing is small... not much activity. We will be based on the Viking Jupiter, since it's staying in port overnight. Again, I just find it strange that Viking does not know their assigned berth, and thought there was a web-site that showed where all the ships would be docked..
  20. Since we will be on the Viking Jupiter, and NOT in a hotel, where will the "pick-up point" be? I'm told vendors are not allowed inside the secure port facilities, only taxis..
  21. OP... Please. If you are just another tourist (and not doing something illicit) Just go with the flow. Also, They also don't care what's in your 7 day pill case, unless U are a drug smuggler.
  22. Most ports only request that you have a photo ID and your ship card. But leave your cash or some other form of money for souvenirs before you leave.😢
  23. We will also be in Barcelona in November, 2019, for a cruise on the Viking Jupiter, and are focused on a Montserrat tour. Does anyone know of a web-site, where we may see the docking times and terminals for each ship? I understand that local tour companies are not allowed access to the Port, only Taxis. Viking reps say they do not know where the Jupiter will be docked.(?) This just seems odd to me, since most ships have assigned docking space many months in advance. Is this something that is peculiar to Barcelona, like last minute parking?πŸ™‚
  24. We once sat with a couple (sister-in-law and a friend that said cruises were boring). Yes. By the end of the cruise, he said he'd like to do this again.😢
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