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  1. Did you try Googling "Flam Railway" for pictures of the train? I saw a couple that might be helpful, including this one. What I did not see on any of the cars was an open platform.
  2. I would not have given you the address if I did not think that they would respond.
  3. If you haven't already, try contacting Viking at tellus@vikingcruises.com. Include your booking number(s) and your phone number.
  4. Just goes to show that each situation is different and that there is no "one-size-fits-all" answer to the question. And no way of getting around the dreadful "do the math."
  5. Exactly! And you don't have to buy the most expensive cabin in order to get access to exclusive spaces or services--because there aren't any. Once you leave your cabin, no one knows if you are sleeping in the Owner's Suite or a Veranda. Everyone is treated as if they were in the Owner's Suite.
  6. Let's be honest, not a complete absence. Viking is not perfect and people will always find something to complain about.
  7. You're welcome! I, too, had pretty much given up cruising. I had had enough of the Caribbean and the steel drums and hoopla and noise but wasn't really ready for the luxury lines (butlers, white gloves and fancy dress are too much for me). We had actually started river cruising and found them much more to our taste -- a quiet, floating hotel taking us to places we really wanted to see. Then Viking opened its Ocean division. We felt confident that Viking could translate its river product into an equally as satisfying ocean product. Viking Oceans is river cruising writ large. We booked our first Ocean cruise (Into the Midnight Sun) before Viking had even sailed its first season on a ship that wasn't even built yet --and paid for it 18 months before we even sailed. Then we actually sailed. We were hooked. No more experimenting. Viking itineraries will keep us in cruises for the foreseeable future -- and taking us to places we never thought we would see.
  8. Wishing you a Bon Voyage! E-check gives you 3.3%--and those 10ths of a penny can add up. The question is what other benefits does your card offer that you would use, that aren't already covered by the trip insurance that you just purchased? Is it just cancellation insurance or does it have other benefits? (on $10,000 you save $330 with Viking vs $300 with your card). Personally, I have been using e-check on my last few trips. I don't have a fancy credit card, so I'm not making anywhere near 3% cash back on the sale. My trip insurance covers everything. It is an easy decision for me. Some people are concerned about giving their banking numbers out. I have a separate checking account that I use for travel (ATMs, etc.) and that is also what I use for e-check. It is a way of protecting my other accounts (and the money in them).
  9. Peregrina651

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    Depends on what you are drinking -- and where, since prices are in the ship board currency -- yuan in China, rubles in Russia, euro in Europe, etc. Perhaps someone will post photos of a current bar menu. Package does not include bottles of wine or drinks over a certain price point (and I don't know what that price point is because they don't post the details on the website; once you book, you may find the details on MyVikingJourney.com) Viking includes free tea/coffee and hot chocolate all day long, house wines, beers and soda at lunch and dinner. Viking also has a very liberal BYO policy. This is also covered in the FAQ on the Viking Rivers website.
  10. However, when we did the included tour in Lyon, we skipped the Old Town portion of the cruise in favor of the juried Art Show that sets up on the bank of the Saone River on Sundays right where the bus let us off to tour the Old City. Bought a lovely painting of the city. Google maps street view is very helpful for exploring the cities and their streets. A pciture is worth a thousand words Avignon: rough walking in the Old City. The included tour is entirely a walking tour, from the ship, into the city, around and around on the cobblestones from the gate to the Palace, to Les Halles and then back to the ship. Popes' Palace has a number of staircases that cannot be avoided. I have vague recollection of a choo-choo train tour that takes you around the city; might be worth looking into. Ponte de Gard tour from Avignon. Doable if you can walk the distance. Museum has elevators, mostly flat display area. Walk from Entrance to the bridge and out onto the bridge is smooth walking but a considerable distance. Plenty of time at the location, so no need to feel rushed. IMHO, do the bridge first and then decide if you want to do the museum or just grab a snack and sit until it is time to go. Arles: another very long walk over cobblestoned streets. The Viking ship does not dock in Arles proper but a few miles up river. There are shuttles to and from the city. Viviers. Can't comment about the included tour or the town. We did the all day optional tour. Charming Ardeche, which we found to be general easy walking except for the walk at the end of the day through the village of Vogue, which was lovely but there was not a single cafe along the walking route where we could just and wait for the group. Tournon: Steam train was a beautiful ride through the valley. Only issue might be getting on and off the train. Vienne: I missed the included walking tour so I can't comment. Lyon: We did two optional tours in Lyon. The one to Perouges, which is definitely not the place to go if you aren't steady on your feet, and the one to the Chateau des Flecheres, which I would love to urge you to see, but there are steps to climb in order to get to the second floor and you would miss the best half of the house if climbing them would be too much of a challenge. In retrospect, I am sorry we went to Perouges and didn't spend more time exploring Lyon itself.
  11. LOL, I thought is was just because you were trying to pack light for this cruise
  12. A couple of observations. First, Heidi13 is talking about having booked a World Cruise and he is talking about booking in Canada. Those two factors can make a big difference in the conversation. The insurance regulations in Canada are different than in the US. It is these differences that made it necessary for him to go with the Viking insurance. At least, it gave him a chance to be able to explain the policy to us. Most of the rest of us will not be in this situation when we go to buy insurance. Second, if you or any family members have existing medical conditions, buy your insurance within 14 days of booking to make sure that those conditions will be covered in the event that you must cancel. Claims adjusters look for any reason not to pay a claim and "pre-existing conditions" is one of their favorite reasons. Third, keep in mind that actual cancellation penalties do not kick in until 120 days prior to sailing (180 days on voyages over 35 days). Until the penalty phase kicks in, you get everything back less $100pp/$1000pp depending. See the info below copied from Viking's Terms&Conditions: It is not that complicated really. Most important is to buy your insurance within 14 days of booking in order to cover "pre-existing conditions" -- and in my book, old age itself is a "pre-existing condition" let alone the other documented medical issues that my parents both have. Beyond that one stricture, you have choices. Cancel for any reason insurance is expensive and perhaps not necessary if parental health is already covered without the rider. For example, most of the reasons we would cancel for are already covered without the "any reason" rider. Moreover, without the "any reason" rider, we are covered 100% of our cruise fare, etc. We figure that we have up until 4 months prior to departure to simply change our minds and get all but $100pp back --and that is a lot less than the 50% additional we would pay for the "any reason" rider. However, the penalties are different for a longer voyage and we might might a different decision were we to book one. Bottom-line, we each have to decide for ourselves what is the right choice for coverage. In the US, insurance is regulated on a state level. Coverages and premiums will differ from state to state. There are websites out there that will help you compare policies. Don't just buy the cheapest. Buy the policy that covers your needs. Some people consult the insurance website for each trip they take. I have found a company that I like and have stuck with them over the years; the only thing I do with each trip is review the coverages for the policy I like to make sure that they still meet our needs. It isn't just about cancellation. It is also about medical coverage while you are traveling -- and about covering the catastrophic expenses that are not covered by your medical insurance or you homeowners -- medical evacuation or repatriation of remains. Don't assume. Read the fine print of the policy you are about to buy and understand, as best you can considering that it is written in legalese, what you are buying and what is covered.
  13. Loved the ride up to Mt. D and the view back down to the fjord. So many times along the way I would have loved to have been able to stop along the side of the road to take pictures but we took a bus tour up there (with Geeirangerfjord Services, not Viking). DH will not drive on vacation, so it was our only choice. It was cold with a biting wind up there. Even with winter gear we did not spend a lot of time enjoying the view. The little white line on the water is the Viking Sea.
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