Thoman

Thoman
Second Mate

Hometown: Carlsbad, California
Joined: 09/08/2013
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About Thoman

Retired from Healthcare industry in 2013. We have always traveled, and now are doing it full time.


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Cruiseline: Holland America Line

Cruiseline: Princess Cruises

Thoman's Past Cruises

Viking Emerald

June 2015 - Viking Emerald to Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)

China on Viking

We just completed the Viking trip to China that started in Shanghai and ended in Beijing.    It included the terra cottas in Xian as well as the 3 gorges dam on the Yangtze.   It was an excellent trip and really well done by Viking.    We had not been on a Viking tour before, but it was definitely a great experience.   We plan on going on more in the future.   We were able to see all of the important things in China with this tour, which was well organized, great tour guides, and the weather cooperated for us as well.   The fellow travelers we had on the trip were also great, and we thoroughly enjoyed their company.   I would highly recommend this trip for anyone who wants to see all the highlights in China with a great tour group.    All of the hotels were 5 star, and excellent.    The in country flights that we took were also convenient and top notch.   We loved it.    

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Norwegian Star

August 2013 - Norwegian Star to Europe - Northern Europe

Balkins on NCL

We were very lucky to cruise in late August 2013, when the weather was very unseasonal and warm. It was a picture perfect 70+ degrees everyday. We had never been on NCL before, and the Star was a very nice ship. We liked the freestyle dining, and there were alot of options. We thoroughly enjoyed the cruise, the ship, and most importantly the destinations. I would recommend this ship and cruise to anyone who is flexible, not looking for perfection, but overall very good. This is not a cruise for someone looking for "top gourmet" food. There was a tremendous choice for music on board, and the performers were all very good. They had a selection for everyone, so if you wanted to dance, sing, be quiet and listen, you had those options. The cities we visited were very interesting, lots to see, and tended to keep you on the go constantly. It was a really good time, and we enjoyed it very much.

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Thoman's Tips

Chongqing, China - We disembarked here and got on a plane after a brief bus tour of the area.
Wuhan, China - We did not see Wuhan, as our trip was modified due to an accident on the Yangtze before we got there.
Cruise Yangtze River - That was really beautiful, and amazing to see what they did here in moving all of the people that were displaced.
Viking Emerald Viking Emerald - The boat was very comfortable, but do not expect a "cruise ship" experience. This is a standard river boat. China also has some hot and muggy weather, along with smog in their big cities. We found that this time of the year it is not bad, and we also had rain only one day.
Stockholm, Sweden - Not enough time there. The cruise in and out of the bay was about 2 hours and really fun to watch, You are cruising right by the shore.
Copenhagen, Denmark - We stayed for several days before near the Stroget, and it was so fun. Loved the city and easy to get around. We walked everywhere.
Norwegian Star Norwegian Star - We suggest you try every one of the specialty restaurants. they all have something different to offer, and they do a very good job in preparing it nightly.

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received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Star cruise review - Balkins on NCL

received a helpful vote on their Viking Emerald cruise review - China on Viking

received a helpful vote on their Viking Emerald cruise review - China on Viking

received a helpful vote on their Viking Emerald cruise review - China on Viking