Be prepared for all kinds of weather (hot, cold, rainy, sunny). Try to sit with different people at meal times to broaden your experience.
Very clean, comfortable. Felt like it was home. There were some cold days and the crew would come to you with wonderful warm wool blankets. What a great touch!!
Make sure you know what room you are booking. Several other passengers thought they were getting rooms with a balcony and were actually on the main floor with only a window barely above the water line. No problem getting a deck chair, no one really "saved" their seat. Plenty of places to sit & chat
When you've been traveling for more than a day, you're exhausted and want a shower, after the captain welcomes you aboard and tells everyone you can go downstairs to the restaurant, you can actually stay upstairs in the lounge and Aquavit to have a lighter fare and avoid the crowds before you crash! It is heavenly!
Carefully read the description of the "included" shore excusions when comparing trips. Some are MUCH MUCH better than others. This one was disappointing. We went to China with Viking last year and all of the shore excursions were interesting, robust and truly "included" in the price.
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