Documents, Airfare and My Viking Journey

Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Today, I’m flying to Bucharest, Romania to embark Viking River CruisesViking Embla as part of the line’s 10-day Passage to Eastern Europe cruisetour itinerary. Because it’s a long day – and because I have just over 16 hours to kill between my departure from Canada and my arrival in Romania – I wanted to talk about a few subjects that rarely get covered: documentation and airfare.

A New Way To Plan Your River Cruise

One of the things I’ve always liked – really liked – about Viking is that the line still believes in printed documentation. To me, this adds an enormous amount to the cruise experience. Getting your cruise documents in the mail a’la the days of old heightens the anticipation. It solidifies that idea that yes, you really are going on a cruise!

In the past, Viking sent out a documentation booklet with need-to-know information, a few generic luggage tags, and a leather luggage tag. It also sends out two gigantic adhesive stickers to slap on your shirt as you exit baggage claim at your arrival airport. Personally, I never do that. I look dorky enough on my own, and don’t need a sticker to add to that.

Viking’s documentation is a real winner – and recently, the line has updated its documentation once again, introducing a very cool, personalized booklet that outlines details about your flights, your hotel stays (if applicable), transfer information (if applicable), itinerary information, shipboard information, deck plans, and available shore excursions.

My Viking Journey makes it easy to pre-book shore excursions - even the complimentary ones.

My Viking Journey makes it easy to pre-book shore excursions – even the complimentary ones.

Viking has also introduced a dedicated section of its website called My Viking Journey. Here, booked guests can personalize their river cruise like never before. You can pre-select all of your excursions ashore, even the complimentary ones that are included with your journey. You can also select your optional excursions and pay for them in advance of your voyage – a truly nice feature for those who, like myself, prefer to budget for trips by booking and paying for certain things in advance so as to avoid a massive bill on the last day of the voyage.

From My Viking Journey, you can also pre-book Viking’s Silver Spirits Beverage Package that, for a small cost, makes all beers, wines, premium wines, spirits, premium spirits and soft drinks complimentary throughout the voyage.

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Our Voyage Report from onboard Viking River Cruises’ Viking Embla in Eastern Europe will begin tomorrow from Bucharest, Romania! Be sure to follow along on twitter @deckchairblog or using the hashtag #LiveVoyageReport.


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