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  • Location
    Paso Robles, CA
  • Interests
    Travel, History, Wine, Craft Beer, Genealogy, Golf, other Sports
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Viking Ocean
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Baltics, Stockholm, Amsterdam

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  1. I will echo what Dee says, as we are also on the March 2022 TA cruise. I think Viking is "parceling" out the cancellations month by month to stagger the refunds and FCV's processing. If this current cancellation is a guide (mid-Nov for Jan cancels), it might be mid-Jan before Viking cancels this cruise - unless of course, they do it earlier for logistical reasons.
  2. What would you like to know? How people used them? or plan to use them? How long they last? Options available? Ask a couple questions.
  3. I am glad that you are going to get away to Hawaii, but maybe I'm missing something. If the rough incubation time of carriers is 14 days, then how does a 72 hour negative test prove anything? It seems more realistic that people would need to hole up for 2 weeks in a hotel or something (like they do in Australia) ahead of their flights. But, money (revenue) talks.
  4. I do feel your pain . . . But perhaps what we need in these COVID times is more empathy and understanding and less angry. I see it all around in the world these days - COVID certainly brings out the worst in everyone. Things are not great to be sure. Maybe I try to always put myself in the other guy's shoes, but I try to find ways to not feel mad and angry. It serves little purpose in this crazy world. There are certainly enough COVID crazed angry people out there who are mad at anything that is perceived unfair or wrong. Certainly that is often true, but how will we get through thi
  5. I can only speak to what just occurred for us the past days. We had a June 2020 cruise that Viking cancelled back in April. We had special OBC's on it, and some good discounts. We took the 125 % voucher and applied it to the same cruise in summer 2021. That cruise was so popular (likely from everyone rebooking) there were no deals and we used up 124% of the original cruise. Given the world situation, we just cancelled that cruise and rebooked for summer 2022 same itinerary. Our original voucher was "reissued" as a new voucher with new numbers, amount based on the very original amount
  6. Peregrina - We had always discovered this to be this case (having 1 cruise on the books and the next booking is 6 months out). However, a new exception (at least to us) seems to be in place. If you are booking one of those special fare, promo, and discount cruises (like have been occasionally cropping up), then Viking is now telling us and our TA, that the 6 months thing is not valid. We did get them to agree to one year in advance though.
  7. Viking is very demand pricing oriented. I've wanted to do the Iceland trip, but it always appears to be the most popular in demand cruise, so I'm not surprised. The transatlantic cruises, on the other hand, don't seem as popular, and you can get great deals on them, before and after COVID. Demand and supply rules. Companies are too sophisticated now and can figure out how much they can charge and make depending on how many people are interested. This is the future - NOW. Everywhere.
  8. Interesting article in Forbes about Viking and the huge personal losses that Torstein Hagen has suffered. Wondering what the ramifications are, especially for those of us who have Future Cruise Credits . . . I guess we'll just have to see. https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidnikel/2020/09/24/viking-cruises-founder-loses-66-of-wealth-as-pandemic-hits-norways-richest/#7b05b9ed38e0 Sept 24, 2020: Viking Cruises Founder Loses 66% Of Wealth As Pandemic Hits Norway’s Richest
  9. Yes OTJ - love those cups to have latte's in. And accompanied by that amazing "almond-like" Mamsen's Norwegian cake! And, sitting up in the Explorer's lounge on a sea day late morning.. ahhhhh....
  10. The Plot Thickens! Perhaps Viking is scheduling 2 identical itineraries and planning on cancelling one of them, or combining them if not many people on them. Would be interesting to see if Bergen, and other ports actually show the Viking Sky and Venus in their schedules for those various dates.
  11. That's a good one. I had forgotten you were on that Sky cruise. . . .
  12. Dee - we were on the Sky and then the Sea for our first 2 Viking Cruises and I don't remember them at all on either. In fact, I took a lot of exterior pics on the Sky (our first cruise - Homelands) and the equipment doesn't show up.
  13. That's wonderful. That will mean one less couple vying for the mostly full Viking cruise itineraries! I do hope you enjoy it, but I do agree with Heidi13, don't just base your decision on one post. Everyone has different opinions about the same topic! I would encourage you to read as many as possible.
  14. Hi PasadenaDave - Glad you were able to get out! We just finished a 3 week long drive up through California to Oregon and Seattle to see primarily relatives - along with different scenery from our car! We were quite amazed at how nice people were (other than the very bad, mad, and fast drivers) in all the towns we visited! Just a change of pace helped our moods so much! Hope you are enjoying Pasadena. I grew up there and went to school there but live up the coast now. Always enjoy visiting though (but perhaps after COVID)... Meanwhile - here's to thinking about cruising ag
  15. CharTrav - I totally understand you! I also enjoy spreadsheets - use them all the time for everything now, even though retired! I also have many well meaning friends who have the Apple Mac religion, but I've spent so many years with Windows, just feel comfortable with it!
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