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  1. The ship is really stunning, and I like the Viking approach to travel so much that I'm tempted - and it's very odd to me to think that I could drive 15 minutes and board a Viking vessel 🙂 Living along the Mississippi all of my life, I've never given it much thought as a vacation. Growing up near and spending tons of time in Hannibal, MO - it would be really cool to see the town and the tourist sites through new eyes! But when looking at the pricing, I'm sure that we'll pick other places around the world first before doing one of the Mississippi itineraries. I do predict that Viking will be *very* successful with this new venture! Jeff
  2. We just yesterday postponed our April 18 Trade Routes cruise and moved it to the Oct 2020 reverse sailing. Very glad that we are settled with a new date, but darn it that 25% would come in handy to help cover the cost of the longer pre-cruise we booked. The two Oslo-Bergen 2 day trips were sold out, so we opted for the four day version. Still haven’t gotten the bill yet for the extra fees, so maybe we’ll get lucky? Doubt it, but good on Viking for doing the right thing!
  3. Just booked our first Viking Ocean trip for April (Trade Routes) due to China River being cancelled through June. Booked a PV2 on level 5, which seems to have the window/door arrangement (5010). I can't see what major difference it will make, but I guess that I'll find out soon. Sooo looking forward to experiencing our first ocean cruise, and our first Viking Ocean trip 🙂 Jeff
  4. Hello! Viking offered us a full refund, or a credit of $500.00 per person if we booked another cruise. We took advantage of the offer and had funds transferred to a Viking Ocean booking, and the difference owed was reduced by the $1000.00 credit given. We will definitely plan China again-maybe in 2022? 2021 is already booked 😀 Jeff
  5. All of the above. And US Dollar too 🙂 Jeff
  6. Greetings! Did this cruise with Viking last year and loved it. TONS of information for you here in last year’s Roll Call thread https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2536236-all-viking-2019-passage-to-eastern-europe/ Enjoy! Jeff
  7. Update - we just received official word from Viking. Right now, all Viking Yangtze cruises through June of 2020 have been cancelled. They are offering either a full refund, or a $500.00 PP rebooking credit on a different itinerary. We had already made our mind up to rebook on an ocean cruise, so hopefully they'll honor the credit there. Jeff
  8. We are scheduled for Viking China in early June, but have started the conversation of what we want to/can do. Hoping to have more clarity this week. Ugh. Jeff
  9. FYI - we've used Viking's pre and post excursions many times, and have been happy with all of them. I'm a trip planner, and would be quite comfortable making arrangements, but it is soooo nice to not have to worry about it. Next year we are taking our first post-cruise deviation on our own - 3 days at Disney Shanghai 🙂 Word of caution - pre and post excursions sell out frequently, so book them ASAP. Happy travels! Jeff
  10. Just to add to the conversation - our early April Danube cruise from Budapest to Bucharest encountered heavy winds lasting a few days that created problems, delays, schedule changes and nearly cancelled three days of cruising. So yes, water levels are definitely a thing, but wind events can be an issue as well. Who knew? We had a fabulous time (Viking handled the last-minute changes exceptionally well I might add), but I never considered that a wind event could be so problematic. Jeff
  11. FYI, I believe that some of the newer Longships have more. That is, if I recall correctly! Our Rhine cruise in 2017 was on a ship that was only about a year old, and I believe that it had more USB ports than the slightly older ships. Don’t quote me on that 😀 Jeff
  12. China next year, and we just booked the Douro River for Spring of 2021. Clearly, we are addicted 😃 Jeff
  13. We cruised the Bordeaux region in 2016 with Viking and it was a wonderful trip. Would love to go back and do it all over again, actually. Not a ton of actual cruising, but it was a great itinerary. Jeff
  14. We did the Budapest-Bucharest itinerary in April of this year with Viking, and did the following: In Budapest (since we were there for a couple of days) we got some Forints at an ATM for small purchases. We also used our CC for larger purchases In Croatia, we paid for the few items bought in US dollars (vendors here, including winery in Ilok took both Euros and USD as well as local currency) In Belgrade, we again got a small amount of Dinar at an ATM, but used our CC here as well. In Bulgaria, we just paid with CC. And in Romania, we used the ATM again for a small amount of Lei to use on little purchases, but used the CC for larger purchases. We found that most smaller vendors pretty much throughout the trip would take USD, Euro or local currency and were happy to accept whatever you had. At the end of the trip, I think that we only had a 5 Lei bill left over 🙂 LOVED this trip, and your money goes *very* far in this part of the world. Enjoy! Jeff
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