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  1. Quick question. We're leaving next Tuesday, YEAH!, headed to Puerto Rico, does the cruise documents booklet serve as our boarding pass? As I'm getting "my ducks in a row", I was wondering, do I need separate boarding pass, I couldn't remember from my last river cruise. We've always needed to print one for all our ocean cruises, but this is our first ocean cruise with Viking. Thx, Pat & Ken
  2. Let me restate. We'll get off on the train on a lower level, it is clear where you pick up your forwarded luggage, which is located one level up from the train level. From there how do you find your way to luggage check and flights? On the same level? I'm hoping they have luggage carts and a place to get help with husband. Than you. Pat
  3. Husband and I are taking Viking Rhine Getaway disembarking in Basel. From there we're travel/tour to Lucerne using Tours by Locals. We'll be getting on the Golden pass train to Montreaux then on to Basel and finally Zurich over a 6 day period #1 Easier question - we'll stay one night(I think) in Zurich. Do we stay near the airport or in town. Sometimes by the airport leaves you rather stranded with nothing to see and no where much to eat. It look like our flight will be late morning or early afternoon so we don't need to rush to the airport. I rather think near old town might be nice. Where have you stayed? #2 - We will be forwarding our large luggage to the Zurich bring our carry on for the train rides. Its a $12 fee plus since we'll be traveling 6 days. It says the luggage will await us in the lower level of the airport. Has anyone ever done this or had experience at this airport? I was wondering how difficult it will be to retrieve our luggage and get it to our gate. My husband has Parkinson's to the extent that luggage handling falls on me. And, I need a wheelchair to get him through the airport expediently. #3 - We may need help changing trains on the Golden Pass Scenic train, you have to off load and await the next train across the station? DH can walk but he's very slow, will there be help in the station, if I can, the only time 'll need to deal with this is Interlocken. Do you know if to get to the other side do you need to go down under and back up? That's how it was in other parts of Europe. Stairs are a problem yet. Thank you for any help you can give. Pat and Ken
  4. A bit confused about Honfluer, the ship comes into Le Havre and Honfluer is where? Sounds lovely.
  5. The thread below "What to do in Antigua for a day" gives several ideas on transportation including taxis.
  6. What he's referring to is when 2 or 3 ships tie up side by side in port. There is limited docking, especially with low water problems so one ship ties to the dock and others tie to the first ship. To get off and on you have to cross through other ships to get to yours or other folks cross through your ship, but only on 1 level. Rather inconvenient for balcony folks when we were rafting, trying to remember, like 6 of 13 days we did some rating part or all of the day. No bid deal.
  7. Are you talking about a ship excursion or an independent company? If ship excursion, which ship? quote=OCruisers;56846678]The excursion to De Palm Island is a favorite of ours. (y)
  8. OK, so it's our first time at Aruba and this Eagle Beach near Paradise Villa sounds like something we'd like. We need chairs and shade and a place for food and drink is nice. I assume we can catch a taxi there? If I ask to go to Eagle Beach next to Chalet Suisse will they know where to take us and are they likely to come back at a specific time when asked. Chalet Suisse is quite the restaurant, just looked it up, yum! Are there umbrella available? I assume this is an independent vendor settting these up? Thanks, Pat
  9. Same here I was hoping for some suggestions.
  10. Exactly, it was the logistics of motel stays, poorly handled by Viking in so many ways. Our cruise was not the only one with the issues I spoke of. It's in several reviews here on cruise critics. And, I was contacted by a cruiser who sailed the week prior to ours and they had the same issues. I kind of wished they had canceled the trip, I had insurance and I could have rescheduled it at a better time. A majority of the folks on our cruise were really unhappy by the end of our cruise because of so many poorly handled issue, all of which I won't go through. This wasn't meant to be a b---- session, again it was just information I was hoping might help or maybe confuse someone.
  11. These are a few things I wish someone would have mentioned before I choose to do a river cruise. I read many reviews and they were so very positive. I am NOT saying don't river cruise, I'm just giving folks things to think about, or maybe just confusing them. PLEASE don't fly in my face folks. I've cruised a lot, I know a cruise is in the eye of the beholder, again it's just things I didn't know. And, maybe if I had read these things I would have done the same anyway. Just an FYI. 1. If you are on the first floor of a river cruise boat it can be very noisy. Propeller noises from passing ships are passed through the hull, but not too bad. However, propellers turning off and on, the ships thrusters racket, as well as the planks bumping the lock walls, water gushing in and out of the locks is real loud and all night long for almost the whole trip. I was lucky and found earplugs in my luggage that allowed me to sleep. Now granted I am a light sleeper, but it bothered the husband too. 2. I didn't realize that it is not infrequent for high and low water to be a problem for river cruises with both possibly happening in one season. And, face it weather patterns are changing and not conducive to proper river levels. I was told by locals that low snow levels in the mountains in the spring in causing part of the issue. 3. I didn't think that I would care, but after 2 weeks I did have problems with dinner menu choices. The menu is heavy on the fish almost every night (2 out of 7 options). One offering was vegan (pretty tasteless, come on chiefs) really. Two servings were the same roasted chicken and rib eye steak very night. No pasta, almost no other chick preparations and almost no beef, now this is dinner I'm talking about. Now again I didn't think this would be an issue for us, I always thought people were being picky when they grumbled about food, but it was disappointing towards the end. 4. They can totally change the itinerary, change your mode of travel, alter where you stay, and change where and how you eat. 5. In attempting to keep you moving not floating, things keep getting in the way of your relaxing voyage such as - no help with luggage buses that don't show up on time, 1 hour or more late locked bathroom on buses 6. And, yes I did find packing and unpacking to change ships annoying We sailed 8/24/18 on the Skadi(loved the staff especially Marik). And, I knew we would probably have to change ships and I tried to bee positive, but this and other things that occurred just muddied up the trip.
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