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  1. Looking into 2021 Sky cruise only cabins available are dv4 cabins 4080 & 4082. Please, are their any obstructions or problems with this deck 4 location, aft port side?
  2. Just boarded Viking Sky in Miami for the 14 night transatlantic to Barcelona. I’m going to be posting in my blog (link in my signature) but will post The Viking Daily here and anything else of interest. If anyone has any questions just let me know. Embarkation was a breeze. Absolutely no line at checkin when we arrived at 12:40. There were at least five folks in red scarves begging us to come to their station. The medical questionnaire included questions about visiting Asia or Italy and then a nurse checked our temperatures.
  3. The Sky has been sitting off Fort Lauderdale beach for a few days now. Here’s a photo of her from my condo about two miles south of where she sits.
  4. My husband and I were on the March 2-14 Northern Lights cruise on the Sky. We've followed the stories of the problems and rescue of the passengers and crew of the next cruise. Because we were doing this cruise, I began following several other roll calls to get ideas and share information with others, especially since this was the first year for this route. The way Viking has handled the aftermath is really impressive. I wanted to start this thread because what passengers are posting on the March 14 roll call makes me love Viking even more. The reimbursement of passengers has been total and really very prompt. My hope is that some of you who were on the ship will share the information of the follow-up by Viking with the larger cruise community. Glad that you are all home now and recovering from your amazing adventure.
  5. Viking Sky has been noticeably missing multiple ports on its recent 7-day cruises out of Miami. Also, she seems to be making progress at less than normal speed. Is the Sky having propulsion problems?
  6. Just got notified of an upgrade on Viking Sky from Deluxe Veranda 4055 to Penthouse Veranda 6076. Checked the deck plans and saw that 6076 is right below the World Cafe! I called Viking to say I wanted to keep my original cabin, but the rep said 6076 will hear no noise from above - completely soundproof. Can anyone on here advise me about that? Also, will we potentially feel more motion in 6076 than 4055? 6076 is supposed to be bigger than 4055. Please help me decide what to do. Thanks!
  7. The buffet has a bar at the front and then an alfresco dining area. Does the bar and alfresco remain open all day for drinks and relaxing.?
  8. Having a wonderful time on Viking Sky. I have already written a post regarding this ship and our excursions for the first 5 days of our trip on June 8th roll call starting at page 6. I tried my best to paste below if you are interested in reading that and will continue my posts on this forum going forward per CC members request. . If you have any questions I will try to respond. We have just left Seydisfjordour which was beautiful and quaint. We just walked around the town, cute little quirky shops. I would not waste your time taking the included tour in this town since it is simply walking around town with a large group and guide, you can do it on your own very easily. We were very lucky, the weather was beautiful , we were able to eat outside for breakfast and lunch. Temps have been in 60’s and sunny. Unfortunately they have just just informed us that we are skipping Torshavn, Faroe Islands due to rough seas, so they are extending the days at sea to 2 in a row and adding a stop in olden Norway with a cruise of the Norwegian fjords . So little disappointed missing the islands, but as long as we got to see all of Iceland with great weather, I am quite satisfied with the captains decision. Will post later, again if you have any questions, I will try to answer.
  9. Viking Sky in bad weather is adrift off Norway. https://www.euronews.com/2019/03/23/cruise-ship-adrift-off-norway-to-evacuate-1300-passengers Here are some screen shots from Marine Traffic showing details and it's current position. Current time on scene is 1600 hours.
  10. Hi Everyone, We sail in February. We didn't really pick this itinerary. We were due to go to Cuba but were offered this instead. Would anyone happen to know if there are people hanging about the port that could take us to a beach nearby for Belize, Cozumel, Merida ( Mexico)? Honestly, I don't feel like doing any of the excursions - just want to go to the beach and swim and be a bum 🙂 Please advise. Thanks in Advance, Eliz
  11. I'm surprised that the Viking Sky "parked" in Ashdod today, given the rocket attacks. Here's a hope that the ship and all passengers and crew remain safe.
  12. We are headed to return to the Viking Sky on Dec 16. Does anyone have a list of the current staff onboard? Especially curious about the Cruise Director and band (that plays nightly in Torshavn
  13. We are currently onboard the Viking Sky enjoying Trade Routes of the Middle Ages. It’s a sea day today, and I’d be happy to answer questions or seek out information if anyone has something specific to ask. We are first time Ocean folks, so it’s all a wonderful new adventure for us.
  14. We have just received an email from Viking asking if we are prepared to register, confidentially, for a survey on behalf of the Accident Investigation Bureau of Norway, they would like to survey guests as they complete their investigation.
  15. My parents are sailing on the Viking Sky from Barcelona on October 30. They're starting to take note of the riots in Barcelona and the rest of Catalonia, and are, understandably, getting concerned about their pre-cruise arrival time as well as the cruise itself being disrupted. I suggested they start to think about Madrid or Valencia before the cruise and then just get to the port via driver on the day of. They have trip insurance, but they believe political disruptions are not covered. Has anyone spoken to Viking about this situation, or have there been other posts about this on other boards? Anyone been through something like this before? Any other suggestions? Thank you.
  16. Hello. Does anyone have photos to share of either cabin 6020 or 6021 on the Viking Sky, they’re ADA Penthouse Jr Suites. Thanks in advance. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  17. Did Viking do renovations to the ship during its repairs? Specifically, do the DV closets now have the 3 drawers similar to DV closets on the Viking Orion, or is it still just the 3 drawers under the safe and none in the closet?
  18. We have a “hold” on Viking Sky cabin 3041 till Wed. (2 days from now) on a 7-day Caribbean cruise. I had told the Viking sales rep that I wanted a cabin that was mid-ship and that had cabins on the deck above us, so that our cabin would be quiet. He assigned us a cabin on Deck 3, and when I looked at the ship’s deck plan, I see that Deck 2 has a shop, a piano bar, an atrium, a promenade, and a restaurant! So, I fear that there will be potentially lots of noise below us. The sales rep had told me that cabin 3041 was near a lift, but that should not pose a noise problem. Can anyone advise me about Deck 3 and the issues I’ve raised? Thank you!
  19. We are considering booking a cabin on the Viking Sky, cabin number 8106. I am concerned about a couple of possible noise factors and hope someone can give me some advice. This cabin is directly under the sports deck, so I am concerned about hearing pounding feet early in the morning. The other concern is that the fairly short hallway where 8106 is located leads to the upper entrance of the Explorer's Lounge. I don't know what to expect regarding likely noisy late nighters. Does anyone have something to say about either of my concerns? Thanks, Susan
  20. I'm thinking not but then I read something about only being able to eat in some of them once during a cruise (?)
  21. We will be on the July 21 cruise leaving from Copenhagen. I have assumed that there was only self-serve laundry service but I just read a post about the problem with the laundry stickers. So, is there laundry service and, if so, what are the prices like? Is there a laundry package which includes unlimited laundry service. I had this with Windstar and loved it.
  22. Ha anyone stayed in a forward Explorer suite on the Viking Sky? If so, was there noise from the Bridge located above #5000 or #5001 or other passengers above #4000 or 4001?
  23. I guess I should have seen this coming (and yet was kind of hoping it wouldn't)...will certainly be interesting to see how it plays out. https://abcnews.go.com/International/viking-cruises-faces-class-action-lawsuit-high-seas/story?id=62926477
  24. The tragedy of the Titanic put aside, it would really be interesting to know whether or not there have been other instances in recent history where cruise ships have either issued a mayday and/or been evacuated by helicopter. I did various types of searches on this but all that comes up is the Sky. Then I looked up 'cruise ships in bad storms', etc. and of course lots of different events show up, most recently the Royal Caribbean 'Anthem' that was in the hurricane. Still, can't help but wonder if this event qualifies as being unique. I'm betting that the mix of factors involved probably is - not so much just rough seas and wind, but can't help but wonder if the combination (at least partly) of the cyclone, loss of engines, and then drifting perilously close to a rocky coast might indeed be a one-of-a-kind situation.
  25. Warning: wordy post follows. Will attach photos later. Traveled in April 2018 ABOUT US (for context) We’re in our 50s, and this was our first cruise together. (I went on a cruise once long ago for work, which was a very different sort of experience.) We did it in honor of our 25th anniversary. We’re somewhat introverted. We enjoy meeting new people and chatting, but we’re also quite content to read a good book or do our own thing. We had put off cruising until now because the stereotypical image of cruising – casinos, Vegas-style shows, parties and games, glitzy shopping, crowds, constant socializing – didn’t appeal to us at all. I’d also traveled extensively throughout my 20s, living overseas and spending as much as 6 months at a time backpacking around the world on my own, and the whole packaged tour thing didn’t really appeal. But the more we learned about Viking Ocean, the more it seemed a different sort of animal altogether, and we finally decided to give it a try. We’re so glad we did! It was a world away from the kind of travel I’d done in the past, and I did find it hard to spend such a short time in each place we visited. But we both enjoyed the pampering and the ease involved in this kind of trip, and we definitely hope to do it again. ABOUT THE SHIP (VIKING SKY) The Room We had a penthouse veranda (PV) room on the 4th level (4019), which was actually a bit larger than I thought it would be based on the photos. Pros: The room was pretty quiet. We only occasionally heard our neighbors. The couch was full size, not a loveseat, and quite comfortable. There was plenty of storage for our stuff, with room to spare. (We brought two carry-ons and one regular suitcase, all of which fit easily under the bed.) The room has a thermostat, though it’s a little cryptic. We turned ours all the way down at night and found it comfortable. The bathroom is roomy for a cruise ship, roughly the size of a regular hotel bathroom. The heated floors and anti-fog mirror are very nice. With drawers and shelves, there was loads of storage here, too. The décor is understated and reflects the ocean vibe throughout the ship. We liked it very much. Cons: The bed was not quite as comfortable as we would have liked. It seemed to barrel in the center, so we rolled toward each other somewhat. The mattress and pillows were quite firm. We slept fine, however. The shower was possessed. It would swing from scalding to freezing with no intervention on our part and very little notice. A plumber came and worked on it (Viking is very responsive to complaints!) and there was some improvement initially, but within a couple days it reverted to its original state. The plumber came again but was unable to fix it. Fortunately, the shower is large enough that we were able to jump out of the stream of water when needed and wait until the temperature swung back to bearable. A couple of crew members mentioned that their showers did the same thing. There are two configurations of the Penthouse Veranda, and we had the one with the sliding glass door. The other configuration, with the hinged door and separate window (as appears in the marketing materials) looks like it would allow you to sit on the couch and look outside. Ours did not. I minded that more than I thought I would. Next time, I would try to get that other configuration. Public spaces on the ship As everyone says, it’s a lovely ship. In fact, it grew on us as the cruise went on. We loved the openness to the sea throughout much of the ship, with the exception of the Living Room with its atrium (ostensibly the heart of the ship). While the Living Room is quite lovely, it has sheers covering all the windows, which means it doesn’t offer any view. We much preferred to see outside during daylight hours, which extended until late evening on our cruise, so we ended up hardly using the Living Room at all. Our favorite indoor spot was probably the Explorer’s Lounge, a glass-fronted area in the front of the ship, which turned out to be an excellent place for a view when the ship entered and exited ports. The lounge is split into two levels, with a bar on the first floor and live music in the evening (which varied between a pianist, a guitarist, and a classical trio, all excellent) Like much of the rest of the ship, it featured lots of interesting books along the walls. One section had wonderfully comfortable chairs and couches alongside a very authentic-looking “fire” (there are no real fires on the ship due to safety concerns). We also liked the seating areas by the windows alongside the Wintergarden (very quiet most of the time) and the chaise loungers along the windows on both sides of the pool (piped-in music). The latter seats were very popular and difficult to get. The Wintergarden is the quietest interior public space on the ship when not hosting afternoon tea or other events. No piped-in music! The space is gorgeous, with bright skylight ceiling and intricate Nordic touches. (Look for the ravens.) But again, we used it less than we thought we would because it lacked those close-up sea views. It does offer views through other seating areas that flank it. The artwork throughout is interesting and engaging. I kept meaning to do the audio art tour and never got around to it, one of my regrets. And yes, the public bathrooms are delightful with their Scandinavian decor and piped-in birdsong. The elevator shaft near the Living Room is also fun, with its glass wall allowing you to glimpse trolls hidden among birch trees as you ascend to your room. Onboard activities and entertainment As I mentioned, we’re not the most social creatures on the planet, and planned activities aren’t really our thing. That said, we inadvertently ended up in the middle of a trivia game in the Explorer Lounge that ended up being a lot of fun. While DH didn’t care to repeat the experience, I did participate in another one later on. I also went to a scarf-tying “class,” which was really a way to get you into the Nordic shop but was both fun and informative. DH made good use of the spa and enjoyed its hot/cold Nordic routine. He also swam in the infinity pool and main pool using a tether, which gave him a good workout, and he used the gym as well. He says the massage he got was excellent (though expensive). We both used the walking track on sea days, which was enjoyable. There’s a sitting area off the track that was practically unused during our trip, probably because of the cool weather. It was the perfect spot to bundle up and ponder the world as you watch the sea go by. As for the entertainment, we absolutely loved the two local shows we saw at the beginning and end of the trip. In Barcelona, a gypsy musical group gave a wonderfully energetic performance with some mild humor thrown in, and in Bergen we got to listen to a very stirring violinist. We also attended a “sampler” performance at the beginning of the cruise, which featured numbers by the in-house entertainment crew, and we quickly realized this really wouldn’t be our cup of tea so didn’t attend any of the other shows. We also didn’t go to hear the band in Torshavn, the ship’s night club and can’t comment on the dancing there. In the evenings, various musicians played instrumental music in different public spaces on the ship (guitarist, pianist, classical trio) and they were very good. A real highlight for us were the enrichment lectures. We had three British historians on board, all professors who obviously loved their subjects (roughly, the natural world, nautical history, and art) and loved to teach. It showed. They were a wonderful combination of enlightening and entertaining. I’m not sure I could pick a favorite. The naturalist gave nighttime stargazing talks up on the top deck; two lecturers gave a wonderful historical tour of the port at Portsmouth from within the Explorer’s Lounge as we left the port. One of the gentlemen had a delivery that put me to sleep every single time, in spite of how interesting he was. Something about that soothing Scots voice just conked me out. In the end, I only watched his lectures later on the TV in our stateroom so I wouldn’t embarrass myself. The port talks, which we also primarily watched in our stateroom, were also reasonably well done and informative, a nice intro to where we were docking the next day. The food We ate twice at the two specialty restaurants, Manfredi’s and the Chef’s Table, and I’d have to say we ended up preferring the Chef’s Table. It really depends on the menu. We changed one of our reservations there to a day with a menu that looked more interesting to us and were glad we did. We tend to like creative dishes, and that’s what they had. Manfredi’s was fine, no complaints, but it didn’t feel as memorable to us as the Chef’s Table. The main dining room was also fine, and we ate there several times. It’s the spot where we were most likely to chat with other diners. Viking has cleverly set things up so that you can have your table for 2, but they’re close enough together that it’s easy to engage with folks around you. We had waffles twice at Mamsen’s, the Norwegian restaurant in the Explorer’s Lounge, and they were outstanding. Who would’ve thought of putting coriander in waffles?? The Norwegians did, obviously, and what a great thing it is. This was our farewell meal on disembarkment day. We also had open-face sandwiches there once, which were good, and “success cake,” which was outstanding. The only negative about Mamsen’s was the difficulty we had finding someone to serve us, especially in the evenings. The counter was frequently unmanned during open hours, and we would wait around for a while to see if someone would show up. Several times we just gave up. By far, we ate most of our meals in the World Cafe. The food changed daily and was far better than we expected for what’s basically a buffet. We took our meals outside when possible, which was lovely. We liked the casual atmosphere and the ability to see everything that was on offer. Dressing up and being served in a more formal atmosphere is fun once in a while but not, for us, something we’d want to do every day. The crew After the lovely aesthetics, I’d say the best part about the ship was the crew. They were friendly without being obsequious, and they were on top of everything. Our room stewards were helpful and excellent without ever intruding, though we did learn to put a “do not disturb” sign on our door if we didn’t want people knocking and walking in. (That was startling the first couple of times.) We usually got room service for breakfast due to our early morning excursions, and it always — every single time — arrived a few minutes earlier than we requested, and piping hot. The bartenders were great fun, and one of them up in the Explorer’s Lounge made the best Negronis I’ve ever had. He added a little soda to them, he said, and an extra twist of orange peel. We probably had our best discussions with them. Basically, everything was beautifully run. They simply do an excellent job. ABOUT THE PORTS Itinerary: Trade Routes of the Middle Ages Day 0: Pre-cruise private extension: An extra day in Barcelona Day 1-2: Barcelona, Spain Day 3: Cartagena, Spain Day 4: Malaga (Granada), Spain Day 5: Sea Day 6: Porto, Portugal Day 7: Sea Day 8: Falmouth (Cornwall), UK Day 9: Portsmouth, UK Day 10: LeHavre, France Day 11: Bruges, Belgium Day 12: Amsterdam, Netherlands Day 13: Sea Day 14-15: Bergen, Norway Day 16-17: Bergen to Oslo train ride extension and our own extra day in Oslo Day 18: Fly home Barcelona: We did the included tour, which was somewhat truncated because of a Catalan demonstration going on. (We hit demonstrations both days in Barcelona.) It was just OK. We ended up leaving the tour and going off on our own in the Gothic Quarter. Prior to the official start of the cruise, we bought tickets ourselves for the magnificent Palau de la Musica Catalana, which I highly recommend. We also walked the Barcelonetta, the local city beach, and had lunch there at one of the beachside cafes. Cartagena: We did the Wine and Tapas walking tour, which was probably our least favorite of the optional excursions on this cruise. Cartagena is a lovely town with pastel buildings and marble pedestrian streets, but our (sweet) Finnish guide was far too taciturn; we had to pull information out of her. And the 3 places we stopped for tapas weren’t that great. It’s very easy to walk off the ship and into town; I’d do this place on our own next time. Malaga (Granada): We took the optional excursion to the Alhambra, which was excellent. We had two guides, a fascinating German woman for the (long) bus ride and an equally fascinating Dutch man for the Alhambra itself. From the bus guide, a longtime resident of that area, we learned about the region and what it’s like to live there. The Alhambra guide directed our attention to details I would’ve certainly missed as he told us about the history of the place and herded us through the other hundreds of tourists in the place. I would love to go back and stay overnight or something when the place is less crowded. (This excursion was listed by Viking as the most demanding, probably because of the amount of walking and the uneven ground. I was a little apprehensive beforehand because I’m just an average walker, but it turned out I had no difficulty. I did hold my DH’s arm a few times on the rougher spots.) The included lunch at the Alhambra Hotel was easily the best Spanish food we’ve had, a touristy buffet that still managed to be excellent. Porto: A somewhat gritty city that looks like it has struggled economically. DH loved it and wants to return. We took the included tour, which included a nice amount of walking and left us free time in the historic district along the river. We stopped at a sidewalk cafe and had a fabulous drink made of white sherry and soda as we watched the Douro float past the famous sherry houses across the way. Falmouth (Cornwall): We took the optional tour of Cornwall that included Land’s End and the surreally picturesque artist town of St. Ives. When you think “British seaside holiday,” this is the place you picture. The tour featured probably our favorite guide (very fun as well as informative) and included the best fish and chips lunch I’ve ever had (massive pieces of perfectly fried cod, not greasy, very flavorful) at a cute little restaurant. It also allowed us plenty of free time in St. Ives, which we made good use of by wandering the windy streets and having an outstanding cream tea (tea with scones slathered with Cornwall cream) at an unassuming little place. Portsmouth: This is one of those ports most people get out of to view other areas. Unless you’re a big fan of British nautical history, you’ll probably want to take an optional excursion. London is the usual tour people take, but a marathon made it off limits during our trip. We took the tour of Stonehenge and Salisbury, which was reasonably good, though I think I’d have preferred more time in Salisbury and less at Stonehenge. The cathedral was interesting enough, and we were lucky to get to hear the choir rehearse. The tour also featured another wonderful lunch at the lovely White Hart Inn. LeHavre: If you don’t mind a long bus ride and a “panoramic” tour that doesn’t let you get out of the bus much, you can go to Paris from this port, but most people who did seemed to regret it. We took the optional tour to Giverny to see Monet’s Gardens, which were in spectacular bloom in late April and were a major highlight of our trip. Just wow. After the gardens we ate at an extremely picturesque restaurant in the countryside that used to be a mill; the meal was probably the best of our cruise. Another wow. Then we went on to the medieval city of Rouen, which was more interesting than I thought it would be. I broke off while the others went to see a cathedral, and I very much enjoyed wandering around the main square area. There are some nice perfume shops here, so I did some sniffing, which is something I enjoy. Bruges: What a city! We decided to do our own thing here. You have to take some sort of transportation to get from the ship into Bruges (about 30 minutes), so we booked a seat on a shuttle ahead of time. But it turns out you don’t need to do that; you can just show up and get a seat. Basically, you take a free shuttle from the ship to the gate of the port. Then you walk out the gates of the port, turn right, walk about 3 minutes, and you’ll see a place to get tickets for Bruges. The shuttle ran every half hour and was perfectly fine. Bruges itself is simply splendid. It has retained its historic architecture due to benign commercial neglect (it was once a port town but the coastline silted up) and a blind eye from the ****s, and it’s like walking around in a storybook. We had the famous Belgian fries for lunch in one of the main squares, did a little shopping (chocolates and soap), and just walked around. We definitely want to return to this beautiful city. Amsterdam: And now for our least favorite port on this trip. We did the included tour, which was fine and included a canal ride (though our fellow cruisers became inexplicably rude and talked right over the tour guide the entire time, something that thankfully didn’t happen anywhere else on our trip). Then we spent the rest of the day wandering around Amsterdam and continually stumbling into pot shops, tacky tourist stores, and women stripping in windows. We checked our map and no, we weren’t in the red light district, but it appears the zeitgeist of that district has spread a bit in central Amsterdam. We found it depressing, especially seeing all the stoned kids outside the head shops and all these women from Eastern Europe and various developing countries having to make a living like this. I suspect there are much more pleasant places in Amsterdam, but after walking about 5 miles we finally gave up and returned to the ship. If we were to return to Amsterdam, we would focus on the museums and probably find a way to get out of the coarse and gritty center. I especially wish we had gotten out into the Dutch countryside. Bergen: We were surprised by how much we loved Bergen. I think we were expecting another Reykjavik, which we had visited the previous fall and enjoyed but wouldn’t necessarily revisit. Bergen has a much more established and historic feel — and, frankly, more money. Both Bergen and Oslo felt rich to us, and not just because of the high prices of everything. We did two back-to-back optional tours here: in the morning we visited a tiny Norwegian farm, and in the afternoon we visited Grieg’s house and the (remade) Stave church. Both were good tours. I wanted to see the farm because my great-grandparents grew up on farms in Norway. The gentleman who owns this farm is really what made this excursion special: he’s an entertaining speaker and guide, and he creates a lovely experience for you, which includes a glass of excellent juice in his cellar, some wonderful pastries (he’s also a baker) in a quaint farmhouse, and a song or two on the piano. He also talks about what it’s like to farm in Norway, which I found very interesting. In the afternoon, the visit to Grieg’s house was fine but what I really enjoyed was the piano concert in the small, beautiful concert hall next door. Absolutely marvelous. The Stave church was a bit of a letdown; it was off season so we weren’t allowed inside. And it’s not original. But it was nice to see. Bergen to Oslo post-cruise: We also did this post-cruise excursion, which included a tour of Bergen itself; a highlight for me was a visit to the open-air folk museum, much like our Colonial Williamsburg. There was another marathon happening, which turned out to be more fun than problematic. At one point I saw a male runner in wearing nothing but some tattoos and a neon green G-string that didn’t actually do much toward hiding the family jewels. Hello, Norway! The hotel selected by Viking (Radisson Blu) was unremarkable and somewhat dark, but it’s in a fantastic location right on the wharf. We had an internal-facing room, which was a bummer; not sure how one gets an external room, but I would try to find out next time. The next day we took the 7-hour train trip to Oslo, which is nothing short of spectacular. While views are excellent on both sides, I would suggest sitting on the left if you want to take pictures out the window. We were on the right, and the sun created reflections that made picture-taking difficult. Also, I think there were more views out the right side, but the views out of the left side were more stunning, especially early on. You really can’t go wrong on either side, frankly. The extension included a quick tour of Oslo after the train ride followed by dinner along the harbor. We had a wonderful guide on the train (Viking rents out an entire car for its cruisers) and another guide once we got to Oslo. I highly recommend adding another day to Oslo if you can. We did, and it made everything more relaxing. Oslo is also a lovely city, and the hotel that Viking picked for us — the Hotel Bristol — is a wonderfully atmospheric historic place with loads of books and dark wood. (Though we once again had an internal room.) We had a nice dinner there. FINAL THOUGHTS (because this isn’t long enough already!) So that’s our first cruise. Would we do another? Yes, we’d like to. We both still work, and these trips aren’t cheap, so I don’t think we’ll become serial cruisers at this point like so many people we met. We also did find it a bit unsatisfying to spend so little time at so many places. I think we’d ideally like to mix it up a bit between doing whiplash tourism like cruising and following the more sedate approach of renting a place for a week or two to really get to know it and doing day trips. Both have their attractions. But as far as ocean cruising goes, with very few exceptions I don’t know how you’d improve on our Viking experience.
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