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Viking River cruises, WTF!
I know that Viking are not the preferred supplier for some people here, but
I didn't realise just how bad they were
Just booked myself, through a specialist TA a bespoke package:
7 night Nile cruise, 2 nights in Luxor and 6 in Cairo, 4* on the ship, 5* in
the hotels, £1600 single occupancy (I calculated that it would be about 1300
double occupancy - single supplements are well down ATM because of the
political situation there). Plus a nanny to guide me from place to place
(Oh I do hate that, but I suppose sometimes it's necessary).
What do Viking want for their nearest equivalent, 3 nights shorter, but
admittedly a 5* ship?
5595 pounds, double occupancy with wait for it, a 100% surcharge for single
occupancy (are they going to be buying me two seats on the flight FFS!?)
OMG. Only difference is that the Viking offer includes tours in Cairo,
which I am going to have to pay for/arrange separately. (and for which I
want to do my own thing anyway, if possible). Plus they include the
unlimited drinks package (on the boat) which I was offered at a not
particularly attractive 20 pounds per day, so I declined.
And as for the 5* ship, word on the ground is that I get a good chance of
being upgraded anyway because business is so bad not all of the ships
operate each week, and you can't downgrade the punters who have paid for a
Most amazing thing is, some dates for 2018 are already sold out!
How much research do these people do?
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