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  1. Thank you, snoozecrooze ... awesome info and video.
  2. Photo Is not as clear as those taken by alphawave7, but here’s the Grand leaving under the Golden Gate this afternoon:
  3. Grand Princess seen leaving San Francisco Bay ... wishing it a safe journey.
  4. Always appreciate your comments, Chengkp75, which are always a fresh air, objective and balanced. Thank you.
  5. Thank you, cruisathoning, for bringing up such valid concerns about future cruising, especially your first point. Tossing around at sea with no sure route/passage home is a non-starter for me ... despite how much I love to cruise. You made great points - food for considerable thought.
  6. To azulann and photopro2–such wonderful memories of sailing with you on the Sea from San Juan to Barcelona. To Jim and Lois—so nice sharing drinks with you on that early segment of the Sun’s journey. Hoping we can all go ‘a Viking’ together. Soon. Again. Until then, safe travels to the entire Viking family. (Toasting with Aperol Spritz, with Golden Gate Bridge in distance.)
  7. Thank you, chengkp75, for your continued presence on these boards and for your incredible knowledge.
  8. Thank you, outerdog and sednabokos and others, for your screenshots/tracking of the Grand’s whereabouts. Great near real-time info.
  9. Alas, we also depart in Montreal. To CurlerRob - so nice to ‘meet’ you on this thread. To Tom from NC - I met a lot of nice men on the ship, asking them if they were you (the bearded ones), but finally gave up (out of embarrassment). To Mr. Avery - please keep us entertained and enthralled. And keep downing those Old Fashions! To all who are continuing on - wishing you fair winds and following seas. (And sea days when the roof actually retracts.)
  10. Enough thread drift, Mr Avery and MadMarine! Back to the important matter at hand, here is yet another fjord to add to CurlerRob’s portfolio: Saguenay Fjord, QE, Canada. (Yet another cold and rainy day.)
  11. Nice try, CurlerRob! The first two drinks are actually a Dark + Stormy and an Aperol Spritz. (The empty Manhattan and Martini belong to our inimitable Jim Avery.)
  12. In contrast to CurlerRob’s Name that Fjord, can you name the drinks below:
  13. There was a sighting of the aurora/northern lights last week, so perhaps you did see it on the webcam. The resident astronomer has been holding nightly sessions on deck 9 to spot the aurora. While we are a bit south, it’s still possible. Sunset tonight, which lasted 30 minutes:
  14. For those of you interested in the Bergen - Montreal segment of this world cruise (known as In the Wake of the Vikings), here are some observations so far, two-thirds into the voyage: - weather: cold, wet and grey - outside temps: 40 to 55 F - seas: rough - no. of days retractable roof has been open: 0 (I think) - no. of sea days: six, out of 12 sailing days ... which amounts to 50% sea days - no. of missed ports: two - most picturesque port: Tórshavn, Faroe Islands - biggest regret: not getting off the bus in Iceland to see the black sand and basalt beach (which was the main reason some passengers took this cruise) - nicest Viking gesture: greeting us with rum as we came back from a cold port - most unique experience: searching for the elusive aurora with the resident astronomer on deck 9 in the cold, starry night - most friendly encounter: meeting Jim and Lois at the Living Room bar Best place to be in the North Atlantic: Viking Sun (you saw that coming, right?).
  15. Stab in the dark: Chile, Norway, US/Alaska, Greenland, New Zealand, Iceland (in no particular order).
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