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Galley Slave

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    Port Ludlow, Washington
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  1. We are considering this cruise for September 20, 2020. It sounds like the weather was not too bad for your cruise, the rain mostly in the northern ports. I wonder how often the ship misses getting into Falmouth? If you could take this over, would you go earlier in the year?
  2. Thanks for the prompt reply! Today is supposedly the last day to Book Now and Pay Later, not sure if Viking will extend that offer.
  3. We are looking at this cruise for 9/20/20. It sounds like the weather can be less cooperative later in the fall. How soon did you find out the port times? If we want to plan independent excursions we need to know the arrival and departure times from each port.
  4. There is a new Salish Sea boat that goes between Vancouver and Victoria. V2V Vacations. https://www.v2vvacations.com/cruises/ We saw this service last summer.
  5. Thanks for the honest input. We were considering the circumnavigation of Australia, so that is very helpful information. Would not want to go to a climate that is hot and humid without good A/C.
  6. Some of the reviews were from April and May of 2019. There is a mix of good and bad reviews. I think people write reviews if they had a very good or very bad experience!
  7. There are some concerns expressed in the Ship Reviews under the header Research. Has anyone who has been onboard recently heard about or noticed problems with the ship. Rust would not bother me, but plumbing, AC and heat issues would keep me from booking if they were widespread.
  8. Have you heard any complaints or concerns about the condition of the ship-- especially plumbing, heating or AC problems? We are considering a couple of cruises, want to be sure ship is in good working order. Thanks for the info, have a great trip! Hope the sun comes out more than it has here in Seattle. The Times said 69% of the daylight hours in July had cloud cover.
  9. My husband won’t let me book this cruise due to hurricane season in the Caribbean, anyone taken this cruise in October?
  10. Thanks to all of you for your informative responses. We are really late in planning a cruise for this year! I think we will be repeating ports no matter which HAL cruise we choose. We loved Flam, Alesund, Bergen, and Oslo.
  11. I remember reading once that your favorite cruise was up to the North Cape. Can you elaborate on this or tell me what was so memorable for you? We are looking at this cruise for July, but we have seen as far north as Flam, so not sure how the scenery changes as you go north. Anyone who has been on this cruise is welcome to add some information for us. I am not doing well with the Search tool on CC to find your original post.
  12. Thank you for your upcoming reports. We have two couples that are friends who will be onboard. We almost jumped on with very short notice! Hope you have smooth sailing and great weather!
  13. We heard everything in the next cabin with a connecting door on the Koningsdam. This included coughing, talking, television, spoons stirring in cups. I would never book a connecting room again!
  14. It sounds like there are more dogs on the ships. If someone is allergic to dog dander, are they deep cleaning the cabins where there have been dogs? This has also become an issue on airplanes. I wonder how HAL is handling it. Are passengers with dogs paying for the deep cleaning?
  15. There are Metropolitan Markets on the way or near the pier. One is at 100 Mercer and one at 3830-34th West in Seattle. The one on Mercer is on the way, the other one a little beyond the port. Taxi should know which to use, traffic should not be too bad but there are a lot of closures in Seattle on weekends for road repairs. Lots of smoke from forest fires this week!
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