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  1. I've been keeping an eye on the Ports of Call forum for threads of interest to us.
  2. Terry thank you for this information and all the links but could you also give us a link to the CC Board and post that you are referring to. I would like to read that post as well. Thanks in advance.
  3. Remember that on these two week cruises, the ship spends 6-12 hours in port most days. Without passengers and calls at ports to manage, they can sail a more direct route and they can sail 24/7.
  4. Sounds delightful! Sure covers a lot of ground (and sea). If you want to see Patagonia and/or Iguazu, a pre-cruise in Buenos Aires on your own may solve that problem. I checked flights and there don't seem to be direct flights from Santiago to Iguazu-- at least not on any airline we may feel comfortable flying on, so not as easily do-able from Santiago. We did around the horn with a week on our own pre-cruise in Buenos Aires and loved the entire experience. Stayed in a delightful 'guest house' in the San Telmo district (Rick's Place; not sure if they are still operating but they still show up on the map) and did an overnight to Iguazu Falls in the middle of it (stayed inside the park; spring for a falls view room).
  5. I think that is true for most health insurance plans, not just Medicare.
  6. I won't put down the deposit until I have read through the Viking invoice/guest statement (not the statement from my travel agent) and checked all of the information on it, especially the finally payment date. The invoice is the contract and not the conversations with my TA and Viking. Sorry. This image was not supposed to appear but I am having trouble with CC and will have to contact the Help Desk to have it remedied. In the meantime, with deletion of personal information, this is what the header of the Viking invoice looks like. The document itself is 4 pages of information that we agree to when we put down our deposit.
  7. My parents are in their 90s. I have made sure to get insurance for every overseas trip we have taken for the past 20 years. If I need to cut my trip short and fly home, I want the added expense covered -- and the added back up that my insurer's concierge service provides. If I fall ill while overseas, I want those expenses covered. Getting my cruise fare back is just one of the reasons for insurance. And I prefer not to get my insurance through the cruise line.
  8. Does not apply to the cruise certificates. Those go back on your account to be used on a future cruise. As for any questions about how vouchers work and what the rules are, take it up directly with Viking. It is their policy and they get to explain it and defend it. It is way too complicated.
  9. Maybe. IF you covered under the risk free policy and IF you are sure that you will be able to sail in the future because the Risk-Free policy at two days prior to sailing gives you 100% vouchers not cash back.
  10. The Risk Free Cancellation policy means that if you cancel your cruise during the penalty phase, you get a combination of cash and vouchers in accordance with the cancellation penalty scheme EXCEPT in the case where you have paid with a voucher, because once a voucher, always a voucher. (Also note, though probably not applicable to OP, once a voucher, it is not eligible for the 125% offer should Viking cancel your cruise). Viking insurance tends to be cheaper because they self-insure the cruise fare refund portion of the insurance by giving you vouchers if you cancel and a cash refund; they use a 3rd party insurer for the balance of the coverage. However, Viking insurance has to be paid for the full amount when you buy the insurance and may not be transferable to another cruise.
  11. Agreed. What you report is what we saw in advance of cancelling the July and August cruises. It may take a few days or it may be later today. BE SURE TO READ THE ENTIRE CANCELLATION E-MAIL: When we got our cancellation e-mail for our August cruise, it already included the 125% voucher, at the very end of the long e-mail. For those who want cash back, there is a deadline for requesting cash back. If some of your September cruise has been paid for with a future cruise voucher, it is not eligible for the 125% and it is not eligible for refund.
  12. Agreed. What you report is what we saw in advance of cancelling the July and August cruises. It may take a few days or it maybe later today. BE SURE TO READ THE ENTIRE CANCELLATION E-MAIL: When we got our cancellation e-mail for our August cruise, it already included the 125% voucher, at the very end of the long e-mail. For those who want cash back, there is a deadline for requesting cash back. If some of your September cruise has been paid for with a future cruise voucher, it is not eligible for the 125% and it is not eligible for refund.
  13. NO!!! You are not wasting your time staying extra time in Istanbul. Constantinople/Istanbul has a very long history and has been a key player in the history of both Eastern and Western civilization for millennia, sitting as it does with its feet on two continents.The architecture is amazing -- Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia and the mosaics in the Chora Church are top of my list. We visited Istanbul 20 years ago with Renaissance cruise line and loved it. We had three days in Istanbul and I have always wanted to go back to see more of the city and of the country. Also, I can't believe that if the ship is arriving at 7am on day 14 that there won't be tours offered that day. I would check with Viking and ask if that is correct; mistakes do happen on the website. Viking uses generic pages for the ports of call and it is easiest enough to load in the embarkation/disembarkation day page instead of the full day in port page for the same city. Between Day 14 and the extension, you have three days to check out Istanbul -- which is two more days than if you did not include the extension. If you don't think that two extra days is enough --and if you are comfortable doing it on your own -- you could do your own extension. You can still use Viking Air (which, until we get over this Covid thing, is probably the best way to handle flights) by simply paying the deviation fee to depart on the day of your choice (no transfers if you deviate). As for the descriptions of the tours and extensions, you have to read between the lines. Viking has its own vocabulary and just because it is mentioned in a description does not mean that you are going to stop there for a tour of the site. FROM VIKING WEBSITE: Day 1 - Istanbul Disembark your ship and enjoy a guided tour featuring many of Istanbul’s landmarks. See the remains of the Hippodrome of Constantinople, a sports complex that was once the center of Byzantine life. Admire the azure İznik tiles that adorn the interior of the “Blue Mosque” and marvel at the iconic Hagia Sophia. Visit the Grand Bazaar for a presentation on Turkish carpets and browse its many stalls. After, check in to your hotel. The evening is yours to spend at your leisure. Day 2 - Istanbul Enjoy a full day to explore Istanbul on your own. Stroll through the Old City’s narrow cobblestone streets and perhaps visit one of the many vibrant local markets. Or stop by a cozy café for a pot of Turkish coffee with some Turkish Delight, a tasty confection. A Viking Host is available to help you plan your time in Istanbul so you can make the most of your visit. (B) Day 3 - Istanbul After breakfast, check out of your hotel and proceed to the airport for your flight home. (B) This is what I read: Day 1 -- disembark the ship (no later than 9:45 am but no guess as to how early) and board a bus. Tour includes three stops with 2 interior visits (Blue Mosque (make sure you have socks on your feet since you will have to remove your shoes to enter) and the Grand Bazaar (skip the carpets unless you are buying). The Hippodrome is outdoors no matter what. Hagia Sofia reads like it will be a drive-by and not an interior visit. My guess says that you will arrive at the hotel after 3 pm, since that is when rooms tend to be ready for check in. I don't see any mention of lunch on the description; you will need to check with Viking to see if lunch is included or if you will have to take care of it yourself. (BTW, Viking will also work in needed bathroom stops; they know where the good places are). Day 2 is much easier to figure out: you are on your own. IMHO, hire a guide to take you to the places you want to see. Check out the ports of call section of these boards for recommendations.
  14. Not only did you not have a booking with Viking at the time of cancellation but you already claimed against the insurance.
  15. For years, before starting Viking Oceans, Viking's payment policy on its river cruises was pretty much pay in full at the end of the month in which you book as part of the pricing deal for that month. At that point, Viking was announcing its schedule a year at a time, so people weren't paying 18 or more months in advance of sailing. Viking pretty much followed the same plan when they launched, except that they were booking -- and filling their ships-- much further in advance. When we booked in June, 2014 for a June, 2016, we paid in full in December. 2014; I had expected to have to pay when we booked, because that what was stated in the brochure and because that is how it had been on past bookings. Then over the next few years, the pay in full day seemed to move closer and closer to the sail date, but never getting closer than 6 months in advance. Towards the end of 2018, Viking suddenly reverted to its old pay in full in the the month you booked policy. However, folks who know to ask have been able to negotiate a better date. The best I have heard -- and not for all itineraries -- is 12 months prior to sailing. Plus, anyone who books on board or who already has a future cruise booked, gets 6 months in advance. Also, note that this does not apply to World Cruises or Grand Voyages, which have an entirely different deposit, payment and cancellation scheme. You can see the details on the Viking website; just scroll to the footer and look for Terms and Conditions. Always negotiate the pay in full date before you put down your deposit; once you make the deposit, the negotiation period is over.
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