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  1. Peregrina651

    Tips for New Viking Ocean Cruisers

    Each port is slightly different. This past December, our plane arrived in Rome at 7am. As soon as we cleared customs (which was very quick since we were able to use the RFID in our passports), we were met by the Viking rep. There was one other couple arriving at the same time and we were put into a small van for the hour drive to the ship. We arrived before they were finished disembarking the departing guests and check in wasn't even open at that point. Not long after we arrived, a rep came around to the few couples who where now waiting with us, collecting some information and explaining the game plan. By 10 am, the ship had been cleared and boarding of arriving guests began. By 10:30 am, we were in the Living Room Bar, huddled over cups of coffee and waiting for the World Cafe to open for lunch. Sometime after lunch-and certainly well before the 2pm stated in the literature, we were in our DV cabin, our luggage having already been delivered. Just remember that each port has its own routine, so boarding time can differ but it is never later than 11am. The other thing to note that our cruise was part of a B2B scheme and not all of the passengers were departing as we arrived, so preparation for the new pax did not mean having to turn over all 400+ cabins. Also, Viking's goal is to have all of the cabins ready by 2pm, so if you arrive early, it can't hurt to go immediately to your cabin to see if it is ready. The worst that can happen is that it won't be ready. There is only one cabins are ready announcement and that is when they are all available.
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    OSAKA

    Osaka is a new port for Viking. I'm not sure that they have made their first visit there.
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    Tips for New Viking Ocean Cruisers

    If you aren't planning on carrying the whole daily sheet with you each day, you can take a picture of the day's information on your smart phone. Delete yesterday's so you don't get confused. 😉
  4. Peregrina651

    Tips for New Viking Ocean Cruisers

    Of course you can! And this applies to anyone reading this. Just ask your TA to send it to you. It is a pdf file and should take no time at all. It contains contractual information that you should be aware of (such as the cancellation schedule) and should have a copy of it -- and your TA has no reason not to send it to you. You should also get an updated copy of the Viking invoice when you make your final payment. If they give you grief, tell them, nicely of course, that your next step is to contact Viking directly in order to get a copy of it (TellUs@vikingcruises.com, include your Viking booking number). Hopefully that will do the trick---because they really don't want you going directly to Viking to get something they should be providing.
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    new to cruises, specific Viking questions

    1. Google Maps' Directions can answer this question. The hitch is knowing where you will be docking--and even then it can change without notice.. 2. There are no restrictions on footwear (although I haven't yet tried wearing my bunny slippers to dinner on those nights when my feet are really hurting). DH and I both travel in Sketcher Go Walks and have never been refused seating at any meal in any venue. 3. We use WhatsApp, which works over wi-fi. Our phones stay in airplane mode, which works with wi-fi and GPS. I download Google maps to use offline and I can follow where I am to where I have to get to without having to turn on data and dialing. In case of emergency, I would simple turn on data and dialing and make any call I need to make; it is cheaper than paying for a plan (although I do have a plan on my Verizon phone that charges me $10 for 24 hours, see Verizon for details). Also, most phones these days work overseas and although you will pay more per call, there is nothing to stop you from just calling the ship. For just a short call or two, it is probably cheaper than paying for an International Calling plan. 4. Your guide can probably call a cab for you but it is on your nickel. Or point you in the direction of the nearest taxi rank. 5. Contact Viking at tellus@vikingcruises.com and discuss this directly with them. They will either get you an answer or put you in touch with the right department.
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    Viking Orion -Reviews for excursions getting worse???

    BRAVO! Probably the most insightful comment in this whole discussion. Viewed another way, if all you have traveled with Viking are the ports of Europe, then the smaller ports of the less American/European tourist-focused nations will have a hard time competing.
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    No more flexibility on final payment dates?

    Pushka, is this the AUS/NZ market or US? I'm asking because the different markets have different policies and different levels of flexibility.
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    Full payment due a year in advance True? Or not

    For the record. This is an old thread and much of the information shared here changed dramatically on November 1, 2018 when Viking did an abrupt about face on its final payment due date. At least on paper, it is no longer possible to ask for and receive a final payment date of 6 months. This is not a new policy for Viking but rather a return to older policy. Perhaps it is time to close this thread and let the conversation continue on threads that are more up-to-date: No more flexibility on final payment dates? Viking’s new payment policy is RIDICULOUS( River Cruising but the policy is the same) Final payment a year in advance of the trip
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    One service Viking is lacking

    Don't give up so quickly! You've only heard from a few people--and you haven't even given the West Coast a chance to get home from work, it is past bedtime in the UK and I think the Aussies are just getting out of bed. A good conversation takes time to develop.
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    One service Viking is lacking

    Ditto! Plus we use it to communicate with our 'kids' back home, usually text messages and baby photos but it also does phone calls. And it is one less app on my phone.
  11. To clarify, coffees plain and fancy, teas and hot chocolate are free 24/7--except any specialty coffees that include spirits, which are charged like bar drinks. Soft drinks, house wines and house beers are included/free with lunch and dinner only. Premium wines and beers are available for purchase at meals (or are free if you have the drinks package). Ready to Sail!: Latte, espresso and cappucinos are free. There are DIY machines in the World Cafe and espresso machines in all of the bars --Living Room, Mamsen, Aquavit (not open at breakfast). I stopped drinking coffee in the Restaurant a few days into our first cruise; I drink decaf and it was awful. My personal preference is the Living Room bar, although I noticed on my last cruise that the decaf espresso wasn't as good as it has been in the past and switched to regular. In other words, unless you are a big drinker or have definite preference in wines, you don't really need a drinks package--unless you like it just for the convenience. Note that bar prices include gratuities and so does the package. From the Viking website FAQ: Can I upgrade the complimentary beverages? Yes. We offer complimentary house wines, beers and soft drinks with onboard lunches and dinners, plus specialty coffees and assorted hot teas are available 24 hours a day. For those who would like to upgrade and enjoy unlimited beverages, Viking offers a Silver Spirits beverage package, which covers any drinks (excluding champagne) up to $15.00, including premium wines by the glass, cocktails, all house pouring wines, beers, liquors, well drinks, mixers/long drinks and soft drinks throughout the day for a flat fee per guest. You may purchase the package prior to sailing or once you are on board. You can also use the Silver Spirits Beverage Package Order Form (PDF) to purchase the package for yourself or as a gift for another Viking guest. Please note you must be 21 years of age or older to purchase and consume alcoholic beverages. Both guests in a stateroom must purchase the package for the full length of the cruise in order for it to be valid. Can I upgrade the complimentary beverages? Yes. We offer complimentary house wines, beers and soft drinks with onboard lunches and dinners, plus specialty coffees and assorted hot teas are available 24 hours a day. For those who would like to upgrade and enjoy unlimited beverages, Viking offers a Silver Spirits beverage package, which covers any drinks (excluding champagne) up to $15.00, including premium wines by the glass, cocktails, all house pouring wines, beers, liquors, well drinks, mixers/long drinks and soft drinks throughout the day for a flat fee per guest. You may purchase the package prior to sailing or once you are on board. You can also use the Silver Spirits Beverage Package Order Form (PDF) to purchase the package for yourself or as a gift for another Viking guest. Please note you must be 21 years of age or older to purchase and consume alcoholic beverages. Both guests in a stateroom must purchase the package for the full length of the cruise in order for it to be valid.
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    Viking Sun Cabin 5080

    That's right. No room in a DV for both a slider and a door, so just a slider. Congrats. That is a nice upgrade and a nice location--aft and just far enough from the elevators.
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    Deviation fee and airport transfer

    Mine were delivered on January 30 for our March 19 cruise. I was not expecting them until the end of February.
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    Deviation fee and airport transfer

    This is from the doc booklet for our upcoming cruise. We are arriving early, so no transfer. The transfer between ships is part of the itinerary, not the flight plan. At the end of the trip, we have a transfer to the airport:
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    Everything Viking France: Normandy, Paris, Provence

    Where we dock. http://wpc.475d.edgecastcdn.net/00475D/PDF/portlocations.pdf AVIGNON: LYON: PARIS: Just to give you an idea how far it is from the dock into Paris here is a screen shot from Google with directions on public transportation (on a Sunday):
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