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  1. We have attempted that one three times, all as NYE cruises. They each had issues one sort or another but eventually we got to see the places we wanted to see. Viking tried to get it right but have subsequently removed it from mix entirely. When ship happens, there isn't much you can do about it, be it political unrest or just simply the weather.
  2. Yes, if you go to the bar between meals and request a soft drink, wine or beer, you will be charged. BTW, for the non-soda drinkers, there are also a couple varieties of bottled still and sparkling waters that count as soft drinks and will be served at meals if you ask.. However, the cans of soda in your mini-bar can be consumed anywhere on board and if you go to any of the bars and request a glass with ice, no one will stop you when you fill it with soda you brought from your cabin. Same goes for anything BYO, can be consumed anywhere on board; no need to hide in your cabin to consume it; no need to disguise it in a sippy cup/water bottle. Except for those in the V cabins, mini-bars are refreshed each day. You can request any mix of sodas. If you request another can of soda at the end of your meal, no one will blink twice if you carry out of the dining room when your meal is over. They will also top off your wine glass or bring you another beer. Also, Viking has a very liberal BYO policy and if you buy soda (or any potent potable) on shore, you can bring it on board.
  3. Custom Air and Air Plus are terms for the same fee, the fee for having a say in your flights. Add to that a deviation fee which allows you to arrive early and/or stay late.
  4. Right, when they re-position the Orion from Alaska to back to Australia/New Zealand.
  5. You should not have any trouble getting a seat one way or another.
  6. There are a couple of reasons for that. You have to be at the rally point (usually the Star Theater) for the tour 15 minutes prior to the start time. If your tour runs even the least bit late late, and you miss the second tour, you will be really upset when you don't get your money back Also, I think that the minimum gap is half an hour, HOW TO GET AROUND IT: There is nothing to stop you from getting off the morning tour at 1:30 and walking over to the Shorex folks who are working the dock (loading the buses) and asking if there is space on the 1:45 tour. If there is space, they will get you on the bus. And they will phone it to the desk to have the charge added to your account, so you don't have to go to the Shorex desk and then back to the bus. Also, if early tour has multiple start times, show up for the earlier start time and ask if you can get on one of the buses if there is room (especially if it is an included tour, there are always no-shows).
  7. Keep checking back daily. People change their minds and spaces open up. If one space opens up, snap it up. You will have a better chance of getting a second seat if you already have a foot in the door. Sometimes, you can work a second seat if you contact the folks at Tellus@vikingcruises.com -- but even they cannot sell what is not available. Just one caveat: Sometimes SOLD OUT does mean "No more seats available" but simply that they aren't running the tour at all -- and there is no way of telling which it means. Contact Viking and see what they say.
  8. Great story, Cienfuegos! NOTE TO SELF: Make sure that 24 hour phone numbers for Viking, TA, Airline and Travel Insurer/Concierge are on both our phones in the contacts, along with any reservation numbers and policy numbers.
  9. CHECK THIS OUT: From Community Manager Laura: InsureMyTrip is an unbiased travel insurance comparison site. Coronavirius is on everyone's mind; InsureMyTrip team members are available to answer your questions through February 25th. Ask Your Question: Q&A with InsureMyTrip ____________________ I have been to the forum and considering how often the topic comes up here in Viking Oceans, I am surprised at how few people are taking part. So, I thought I would bring it to the attention of all.
  10. Viking has been sailing this itinerary since 2015 and, to date, it has sailed more times than any other Ocean itinerary offered.
  11. Google maps is usually pretty good at answering this type of question: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/St+Petersburg,+Russia/Moscow,+Russia/@57.8251866,31.7690847,7z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x4696378cc74a65ed:0x6dc7673fab848eff!2m2!1d30.3350986!2d59.9342802!1m5!1m1!1s0x46b54afc73d4b0c9:0x3d44d6cc5757cf4c!2m2!1d37.6172999!2d55.755826!3e3!5m1!1e1 It says 4 hours on the train (BTW, it is an 8-hour drive one way) -- plus time to get you to the station in plenty of time to board the train before it leaves. IMHO, figure 10-10.5 hours spent dealing with the train (since Viking calculates tour time from the time you depart the dock until you return to the dock). That gives you 6.5-7 hours for lunch and actually seeing the sights in Moscow.
  12. Viking is marketed in US, Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand with US pax making up 2/3 or more of the passengers. As for the crew, it is hard to tell since name badges don't give nationalities. DITTO! Especially the description.
  13. You may still hear. People are usually happy to share their experiences.
  14. I admit that when it comes to operational questions like this one that I am not a fan of "phone a friend" or "poll the audience" because "but they told me on Cruise Critic" is not going to fix the problem if friends or the audience get it wrong. Since it is a question about Viking operations, I would ask the folks at Viking Air Plus directly --and I would call a couple of times asking to make sure that I get a consistent answer. I would take names each time I talk. I would ask exactly what they will do for me in such a situation and I would ask exactly what telephone number I have to call to get the prompt attention that such a problem will require. Then I would ask the people who handle the concierge service for my insurance company what service they would offer in such a situation. If you have to meet the ship in the next port or if you arrive in Miami late in the day, unless you are told that you will be met at the airport, plan on taking take a cab to the ship. Get a receipt and present it to Guest Services for reimbursement.
  15. They used to be on the menu in Manfredi's and I was so disappointed not to see see them there on our last cruise. I had already planned my dinner choices long before we boarded -- the mussels in saffron cream sauce and the lamb chops. Both had been rotated out. 😭 Fortunately, the lamb chops are Clay's favorite dish and he is fond of recommending them whenever he gets the chance, so I knew about their availability and was able to get them at breakfast instead. Thank you, Clay -- and Bon Voyage in just a few weeks!
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