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  1. So very true. We had personal experience when my husband took me to the emergency room for a kidney stone and had a stroke while they were treating me. Needless to say they were able to administer the TPA almost immediately and he walked out in great shape. Sadly he had another stroke two weeks later and TPA couldn't be used again so soon ... he's okay but it took a lot of time and rehab.
  2. That was my understanding ... there were a number of sprains, strains, bumps and bruises coming from the same excursion and while I waited I heard then tell everyone that the services were free of charge if the injury occurred on a Viking excursion. I am guessing that the excursion operators insurance received a rather large bill but we were well taken care of at no charge to us.
  3. We had a great experience on the Star when my daughter sprained her ankle on one of the more rigorous excursions. They took xrays, provided a shot for pain and some medication to go ... they wrapped her ankle and arranged to have a bag of crushed ice delivered to our cabin. It was all free as the injury occurred on a Viking excursion. The staff was friendly, helpful and professional.
  4. We cancelled two cruises and used FCC for both to pay for another cruise next summer (fingers crossed). In addition we had used some "inconvenienced" cruise credits to pay for a portion of one of the cancelled cruises and they gave us credit for that as well. The rest of the $$$ that we did not use for the new booking was refunded to our credit card within a week or two. In both cases we cancelled before Viking did so weren't involved in any of the 125% deals. Just wanted to avoid the "rush" and make sure we got the sailing and room we wanted.
  5. We were in 8000 last winter and loved the location (we were able to access the upper level of the Explorer's Lounge right outside our door!) but did fine that the two rough sea days were pretty crazy up there! The movement didn't bother us at night while in bed asleep but found that getting up and out and down to the 2nd level was the best way to "weather" the rough seas. Fortunately the living room bar was open and the bartenders were very adept at mixing drinks despite the rough seas! Other than that it was a great location ... very quiet most of the time!
  6. Sorry ... I try to avoid political subjects but PLEASE do not refer to the COVID 19 Pandemic and the "China" pandemic! It has an official name and using the former is unnecessarily incendiary.
  7. Sorry, Peregrina ... a simple typo! Should have been Kevin Costner ... Mitina has solved the riddle as he/she apparently did not want the thread to wander off topic. "Kevin Costner" is a charming street vendor in Cusco who frequents the tourist areas of Cusco ... we met him at the train station. He was a lovely gentleman and I still wear and enjoy the bracelet I purchased from him! How many women can "boast" that they have a bracelet from "Kevin Costner"??
  8. Just curious ... were you issued a voucher right away? We cancelled our July 2020 cruise and rebooked for, July 2021. We are waiting for the voucher from Viking that was supposed to take 2 to 3 weeks. It is now four and no word. I wasn't sure why it would take so long to issue it but we are anxiously waiting to complete the re-booking process and lock everything in.
  9. Actually Peregrina, the audience for this thread may be larger than you think. I have been "lurking" in the background enjoying your research and planning vicariously. We did a Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu in 2015 with Adventures by Disney and loved it! We had hoped to do Ecuador and the Amazon in the winter of 2016 but had to cancel for health reasons. We loved Peru and got to spend some time in Lima at the front and back ends of the trip. Amazing country, wonderful food, and lovely people. I will just make one suggestion ... when you are in Cusco keep an eye out for "Kevin Kostner".
  10. We cancelled our July trip almost a month ago. We knew we were going to "miss out" on the potential of a 125% FCC or refund by cancelling before Viking did but we also wanted to avoid the "rush" when they did. We booked another trip with the 50% they refunded us but are still waiting for the FCC so we can finish the booking process. They said it would take 2 - 3 weeks to process the FCC but that "ship has sailed" (pun intended). May have gotten caught up in the rush after all!
  11. Glad I checked out this post! We are booked on the 12/20 cruise as well and are keeping our fingers crossed that we can go as scheduled. We have had to cancel one trip already and anticipating having to do the same with our July river cruise, so hope that by December we can go. We too enjoy sea days and frankly at that point we will be perfectly happy if we never had to leave the ship!!
  12. We have had wonderful experiences on all of our cruises ... people are really where Viking's strength lies! One of our all time favorite crew members was Alvin ... a waiter on a river cruise. It was the last cruise of the season and Alvin was wonderful! We sat in his section every day and got to know him well. His family was waiting to celebrate Christmas with him after he returned home. During dinner on the last night of the cruise we slipped him an envelope with a note expressing our gratitude for his wonderful service and a generous tip. The next morning as we grabbed a quick breakfa
  13. We may have to cancel our July cruise (we're in watch and wait mode) and will likely try to rebook for the same time in 2021. We paid for Trip-Mate insurance when we booked so assume that that would be part of our FCC ... wonder if we would have to pay again for TripMate ... what happens to the amount already paid? We also paid for SSBP and assume that could transfer as well. Guess we will have to be organized and have a list of questions ready when we talk to them. We also have a December cruise booked that has the same 24 hr. deal attached.
  14. molymoo


    http://crew-center.com/viking-crew-receive-goodwill-payment-new-hires-eligible-financial-support A sign of optimism perhaps?
  15. Although our early July itinerary (we’re watching carefully) is on the river we found that the same cruise in the same cabin would actually be $400 cheaper In 2021! Not necessarily all smoke and mirrors ... just Viking trying to encourage you to rebook and in SOME (not all) cases helping to cover cost increases where they exist.
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