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BruceLovesSailing

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  1. We did the Miami to LA cruise over Christmas in 2017. The Panama Canal was a bucket list item for us. It was a wonderful trip. An added benefit is the departure and arrival are both US ports. Also there are a lot more flight choices. One suggestion is to book a starboard cabin. It’s a long trip up the Pacific coast with only the ocean for scenery.
  2. The “Classic Panama Canal Passage” is an 11 day cruise that starts in Ft Lauderdale and ends in Panama City on the Pacific side of the canal. It also sails the reverse direction. There is also Miami to LA cruise at 18 days.
  3. Sorry, that didn’t register in my mind when I read it originally. Have you checked to see if the Viking emails are automatically being put in a folder other than your inbox. Try searching for “Viking” in all folders. Hope you have resolved the problem by now.
  4. Try looking in your SPAM folder. Google may not like the Viking email address.
  5. Another attraction would be a Tampa Bay Lightning hockey game. Need to wait for the schedule to be published to see if a game is being played the night before a cruise. The arena is only half a mile from the cruise port. There are also two hotels 3/4 miles from the port. A trolly runs between the arena/hotels/Ybor. This would make a wonderful pre cruise extension. Go Bolts
  6. Originally Peter, Paul and Mary. However, James Taylor did a version later with slightly different lyrics.
  7. OTJ, this isn’t just an oldie, it’s ancient. Beyond the Sea by Bobby Darin.
  8. No, everyone just gives your cabin number and the computer figures out who to charge.
  9. There is no advantage to purchasing the SSP prior to boarding. Once on board go to customer service and ask your questions, then make your decision. If if all you want is sodas, pick up a few cans during meal time at the World Cafe and take them back to your cabin for later.
  10. Our ship departed Colon at midnight and arrived at the beginning of the canal at dawn. Since you are only going to Gatun lake and returning to the Caribbean, the timing will probably be different. The port timings are shown on your invoice. Check MVJ. I looked at your ferry excursion and it is on the day you are in Colon, the day before your ship goes into the canal. The timing may work but check with your Viking agent to be sure. The excursion looks to have a lot of bus travel, getting to Gamboa and getting from Balboa (on the Pacific side) back to Colon. I suggest you look at a map to get a perspective of their location. Bruce
  11. No, we did the Turquoise Caribbean Seas cruise in 2018. We did go through the canal in 2017 on the Sun going from Miami to Los Angeles.
  12. On Viking last year they used the larger and faster port tenders.
  13. On our cruises we found all restaurants loud if we were close to a table with a large party, 6+. THey seem to talk louder to be heard across the table. Enjoy your trip.
  14. Stop by the reservations desk at the entrance to the WC on the port side. They’ll make the reservations for you.
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