Q&A with Chris Cruises

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While we still have five nights remaining aboard the delightful Viking Sky with Viking Cruises, it’s a perfect moment to address some inquiries from our readers. Let’s get started.

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Roger C from Tulsa inquires “Are there any benefits to booking while on the cruise?”

Absolutely, Roger. Secure these advantages by booking onboard:

  • Lowered Deposit of $25 per person
  • Onboard credit of $100 per person
  • Extension of the final payment date, providing an additional 6 months for payment
  • Option to transfer the booking to your travel agent, who will manage it from deposit to sailing.
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James B from Orlando wondered: “How’s the internet speed on board? Fast or slow?”

Noteworthy is that the internet is complimentary. Let that sink in for a moment. There are no package selections, pre-purchase discounts, or restricted sites to manage while communicating with loved ones or sharing vacation photos. Viking explicitly states that their internet service relies on satellite connections, which may vary in speed and accessibility. In urgent cases, ship-to-shore calls can be arranged, assuming you’re not unfamiliar with cellular phones. They’re quite handy. I am able to maintain updates on this site daily while traveling without any issues. Some online forums unfairly criticize this aspect.

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Sal Z asks: “What if a tour is fully booked? Do you reserve with other operators instead of MyVikiingJourney.com?”

Personally, I wouldn’t. Choosing to book through Viking either in advance (suggested) or while on the cruise carries specific benefits:

  • Viking automatically reimburses your payment if the tour gets canceled, unlike external providers who tend to delay refunds.
  • Shore excursions meticulously crafted by Viking to reflect your dream destinations are a key part of the Viking experience. Additionally, there’s a daily selection of red and white wines that change to complement the visited locales.
  • Viking’s tour prices remain competitive within the industry.
  • Viking’s preferred docking locations in most ports significantly reduce travel distances to reach your excursions, a crucial factor for travelers with mobility challenges to consider.
  • Medical center visits are fee-free. I incurred significant expenses for a medical consultation on a different mainstream cruise.
  • Adult-focused environment eliminates disturbances caused by children, a welcome relief for those who have experienced noisy hallways on cruises in the past.
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Jim R from Denver is curious: “Did you opt for Viking Air or manage your own flight arrangements?”

Given the complimentary international airfare offer, we decided to utilize Viking Air, particularly because of our subscription to Viking Air Plus. This $150 Air Plus fee per person covers a variety of services and offers flexibility during unpredictable air travel scenarios, such as the current situation. When contacting Viking about air-related issues in transit, this is likely the first question you’ll encounter. Should a flight be delayed or canceled, Viking guarantees prompt transportation to meet the ship, even if it means catching up at a subsequent port of call.

While jotting this down, we are currently docked at Scrabster, a quaint Scottish port. Today’s lone available tour is the comprehensive inclusive overview excursion, which thoroughly covered the area. We appreciate the local guides appointed by Viking at each destination, maintaining the thematic focus of our voyage and its relevance to the regions we explore. At this juncture, we are visiting the northernmost point in Great Britain, another highlight of our British Isles Explorer journey.

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