Arrival onboard Viking Baldur – In Style

One of the many Christmas trees onboard Viking Rivers' Viking Baldur, with Basel, Switzerland in the background. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

One of the many Christmas trees onboard Viking Rivers’ Viking Baldur, with Basel, Switzerland in the background. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

It was beginning to look a lot like Christmas when I stepped out the door this morning in preparation to flying to Europe to board Viking RiversViking Baldur for a weeklong Christmas Markets cruise up the Rhine.

It’s been a week of below-average temperatures in my homebase of Vancouver, Canada that culminated this morning with a thin blanket of lightly-falling snow. The East Coast and the Prairie provinces may laugh at us (as well they should), but even a centimetre or two of the white stuff is all things need to grind to a halt here on the ‘Wet Coast.’

We’re just not used to seeing snow.

Brrr! My Lufthansa A340-600 aircraft, registration D-AIhB, arrives in a wintery YVR. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Brrr! My Lufthansa A340-600 aircraft, registration D-AIHB, arrives in a wintery YVR. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

I was feeling very festive by the time I reached Vancouver International Airport, and it wasn’t just because of the weather. Today, I had the good fortunate to be the occupant of seat 7D on my Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt, in the airline’s Business Class cabin. And if you’ve ever been seated there before, you’ll know that’s as good as an early Christmas.

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Our Live Voyage Report along the Christmas Markets of the Rhine aboard Viking Rivers’ Viking Baldur continues tomorrow as we visit Breisach and Germany’s Black Forest.! Be sure to follow along on twitter by following @deckchairblog or the hashtag #LiveVoyageReport.

 

 

 

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