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About bcorre2

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    Cool Cruiser

About Me

  • Location
    Mill Creek, WA
  • Interests
    Family, Travel, golf and skiing
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Viking Oceans & Rivers Tauck
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Australia/New Zealand and Europe

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  1. We did NCL once on Pearl Alaska Adventure 2009. We've been Viking River/Ocean since. Have Viking River cruises # 6, 7 & 8 booked for 2021, 22 & 23. Last two on the Mississippi River. We enjoy Tauck for our land trips.
  2. Tauck.......5/1 Due to continued uncertainty about our ability to deliver the level of experience you expect from Tauck, and consistent with the latest guidance from the U.S. State Department, we’ve decided to cancel all land tours and cruises with departure dates through June 30, 2020. If you are scheduled to travel with us between July 1, 2020 and August 31, 2020, we have altered our policies as follows: For bookings paid in full: Any guests who wish to cancel their booking will have ALL cancel fees (including Guest or Cruise Protection Product premiums) issued back to them in the form of a travel credit to be used on any 2020-2021 Tauck journey. Airline change fees will not be covered for guests who voluntarily cancel. For bookings not paid in full: Final payment for guests booked on these tours is now due 30 days prior to departure. Any guest who cancels after making final payment will have ALL cancel fees (including Guest or Cruise Protection Product premiums) issued back to them in the form of a travel credit to be used on any 2020-2021 Tauck journey. Airline change fees will not be covered for guests who voluntarily cancel. If you are scheduled to travel with Tauck on September 1, 2020 and beyond: At present, all of Tauck's standard cancellation policies apply for our land tours and cruises scheduled for September 1, 2020 and beyond. We really enjoy the Tauck package. We're scheduled with them for Sept 2020. Hope to see them. Had our upcoming Viking Douro River June trip rescheduled for 2021.
  3. We have rebooked our cancelled Portugal's River Of Gold from June 2020 to June 2021 using Vikings 125% FCV. Still hoping our Tauck In Freedom's Footsteps land journey will go this September. Since then, we've booked two Viking Mississippi River cruises for 2022 & 2023. We'll enjoy the shorter flights.
  4. Viking sells out Mississippi River cabins for October 2022 cruise As I said, "Build it and they will come" https://www.thetelegraph.com/news/article/Viking-sells-out-cabins-for-October-2022-cruise-15211116.php
  5. TA booked Viking Mississippi for 2022 & 2023. Have moved to Viking (non NCLA) River Roll Calls Safe travels
  6. Our TA was able to cancel our June Viking River Cruise and just completed rescheduling for 2021 with ALL the same. Travel dates, Extensions pre/post, ship and suite. We didn’t hear anything about vouchers as we just re-booked. Some information we learned about the accounting magic Viking uses for re-booking vs refund that may help in your decision. The total for the 2019 departure for 2 people cost is what you would get if you just wanted a refund. Since we wanted to convert it to a credit, it’s that amount times 1.25 which was applied to our NEW Viking Cruise for 2021 with ALL of the same items as 2020. The overage difference can only be used for: Prepaid gratuities - $126 per person Silver Spirits beverage package - $150 per person Any premium excursions during the cruise that have a cost What you CANNOT use the overage for: They don’t allow it to be split for use on 2 cruises. So it would not be able to be used toward any other cruise, including any other Viking cruise you may want to add on before or after your affected cruise. If you have an overage and don’t want to use it for any of the items listed previously for the affected cruise, then you can put in a request for a refund of the difference. They don’t promise to allow it, but will look at it on a case by case basis. It can take up to 30 days for the credit to be applied to your new booking (doesn’t normally take that long, but since the whole world & their operation is in turmoil presently, it could take up to 30 days). The insurance cost has to be paid within 14 days IF you have any pre-existing health conditions that you think may make you have to cancel your cruise. If you don’t have any pre-existing health conditions that might affect you taking the new departure, then no action is needed on your part & we just wait for the credit to be applied whenever that happens. BUT if you or DO have a pre-existing health condition, that may affect you taking the new cruise, then you will want to pay for the insurance up front, out of pocket, to make sure it is paid within 14 days. New Viking reservation accounting Magic: Statement differences: Our Cruise Tour Fare, Booking Discount and Past Guest Discount changed from 2020 to 2021 to a net + $1,000 pp. I won’t go into detail as you wouldn’t believe it unless you saw it. This means our 25% overage was $2k less than we thought it might be. If you paid for your previous cruise with a debit card, you got a 3% discount for paying by e-check. That same discount is not applied when using a past credit for a new booking. Also, for doing the transfer of funds from the old booking, they either allow you to do that with 125% of your gross cancelled cruise cost OR let you use the Covid-19 special booking rate, but not both. As we really were looking forward to this Viking River Cruise we rescheduled and requested a refund on the overage. Too much $ to spend on the items Viking allowed as we are not heavy drinkers. Occasional beer and wine at meals. If we don’t get the refund applied, we’ll just tip and drink heavily and take every paid excursion we can handle. 😉
  7. Coral, We've both been in WA area for 70+ years and seen it all. WA, OR, ID & Canada. Sailed, boated and camped with our family and friends through out. Wonderful and easily accessible from our home. Built family homes in Bothell 5 mi South. Sold the ranch and downsized when we became empty nesters in 2004 and moved to Mill Creek. Love it here in our Condo-Home. Haven't been to the Heartland so looking forward to starting with the Viking St. Louis to St. Paul trip first (7th Viking River/Ocean Cruise) in 2022 and maybe follow-up with their New Orleans to Memphis in 2023. Just had our June 15 Douro River Cruise cancelled and rebooking for 2021. Would suggest any of the American Cruise Lines Pacific NW trips with Puget Sound or Grand at the top of our list. Columbia/Snake Rivers also great! Looking forward to visiting the Heartland and the Mississippi with Viking. Safe travels, Bob & Margie
  8. Viking now has a Viking Mississippi tab on their Viking River Fleet page. https://www.vikingrivercruises.com/ships/mississippi/viking-mississippi.html
  9. Build it and they will come. Asked our TA to book us. Time to move this to a CC Viking River Roll Call Article seems to carry the name listed in Wikipedia forward. 🙂 The company's first vessel on U.S. waterways, Viking Mississippi, will operate voyages along the Lower and Upper Mississippi River, traveling from New Orleans to St. Paul, Minnesota when it debuts in the summer of 2022.
  10. Listed on Wikipedia Viking Cruises Future ships Ship Maiden Voyage Builder Planned Flag Viking Mississippi 2022 Edison Chouest United States of America Offshore Service Vessels, L.L.C., doing business as Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) http://www.chouest.com/shipyards.html North American Shipbuilding (NAS) is a wholly owned subsidiary of by Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO)
  11. The newest post on CC. Great update! We'll be coming to Dubuque. https://www.cruisecritic.com/news/5115/ https://www.marinelink.com/news/inland-river-cruising-busy-462030 https://www.workboat.com/news/passenger-vessels/viking-to-add-cruise-ships-to-north-american-routes/ Rumors about Viking expanding into U.S. rivers have long been whispered, but according to the Associated Press, plans for a dock in in Dubuque, Iowa, are underway. The news agency reports the Dubuque City Council approved a 20-year agreement to share the cost of a nearly $1.8 million dock with Viking Cruises, located near Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark on Bell Street in Dubuque, Iowa. Set on the Mississippi River, the property is ideally located and a two-minute walk from the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. 😉🛳️
  12. We don't spend a lot of time on-board when river cruising. It's why we enjoy Vikings understated elegance with comfort in mind.
  13. You still have time. Why not Viking? Excursions are optional and we always enjoy going our own way. Works for us. Our 6th Viking experience since 2015 will be in Portugal on the Douro River June 2020. Google: The Viking River Cruise Experience and What Viking is not https://www.tripsavvy.com/the-viking-river-cruise-experience-1862438 https://www.vikingcruises.com/oceans/why-viking/viking-difference/viking-difference-wvin.html
  14. That's odd, all three links on my original post still work for me. Another way to see the newer posts: Dec 2019 Go to The Journal Times and search: La Crosse Viking Cruises Go to The Telegraph and search: Viking on course for 2022 cruises or Goggle each of these short statements. ACL has three new ships. Jazz, Song & Harmony with 190 guests. Can't wait to see Vikings 400 guest ship with itinerary. Move over ACL. My glass remains half full for Viking on the Mississippi.
  15. I for one don't pretend to believe anything that is written in these journals with this conflicting information. It's new information and take it for what you know. I'm excited as I've been waiting 5 years for some kind of update. Build it and they will come. I like the Viking Product. I won't be on the Mississippi until they come. Let the chatter continue.
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