How A Cabin On Viking Is Better Than Other Cruise Ships

How A Cabin On Viking Is Better Than Other Cruise Ships


I want to give you a little tour of
a typical cabin on a Viking Ocean cruise. Now this is what’s known as a Deluxe Veranda cabin… And it’s one of the least expensive
cabin categories on Viking ships. There are some nice little things
that Viking has done with these cabins… That makes them better than the basic cabins you’ll find on most other cruise lines. First off, I should mention that every cabin
on every Viking ocean cruise ship has a balcony… And they’re all at least as big as what you see here. Some are quite a bit bigger
if you choose a higher cabin category… But the point is that there are
no inside cabins without windows… And no oceanview cabins
with just a window but no balcony. Can you imagine yourself sitting out on
this balcony enjoying the amazing views? We’re in the Caribbean this week
but no matter what itinerary you choose… Scandinavia, the Mediterranean, Alaska, Australia…
or even a world cruise… You’re going to love the views from your balcony. Inside the cabin, I want to show you a couple of
really nice things that Viking has done… On both sides of the bed there are electrical outlets and USB charging
ports. So, it’s easy to charge your cellphone
and wake up with it right next to you… Or to use a CPAP machine. You’d be really surprised at how many of the other cruise lines… Still don’t bother to put electrical outlets
and USB ports on both sides of the bed! At the desk, there are multiple electrical outlets
and five USB charging ports. I’ve never seen that on any other cruise line. Oh and I want my friend Emma to see my desktop background on my laptop this week. It’s the Viking sea with Emma there in the foreground! And there’s Wi-Fi throughout the ship. You can use it on all of the electronic devices
you brought with you… And all at the same time if you want. No need to log out of one device
before you log in with another. You can stay connected for
the entire cruise… On multiple devices at no additional charge at all. It’s all included in your cruise fare. And the Internet works really well! I uploaded big HD videos to YouTube
from the ship with no problem. Now there were times that the Internet service
wasn’t as fast as it was at other times, but… It mostly worked really well. I also want to show you how Viking has come up with
one of the best bathrooms I’ve ever seen
on a cruise ship in a
fairly low stateroom category like this. Remember, I’m not in some expensive suite here! What I’m about to show you is true on even
the least expensive cabin on a Viking Ocean ship. To appreciate how great the bathroom
on a Viking Ocean cruise is… We have to start down on the floor of the bathroom. It’s got radiant heating built in to it. So, when you step on it with bare feet
in the middle of the night it’s not cold…
it’s warm! And if you touch the mirror you realize it’s heated, too. Why would you want a heated mirror? Because it will not fog up
no matter how long of a shower you take. Speaking of the shower…
I’ve been in some teeny-tiny
cruise ship showers before. This is not one of them! It’s quite roomy and modern
considering that this is just a basic cabin, not a suite. And the shelf is nice for storing
shampoo and conditioner… Or for the ladies to prop up a leg for shaving. We’ll come back out here to the bedroom area
and show you the storage. They didn’t cheap out and try to save money
in building these cabins. The drawers have soft-close mechanisms. And the closet has a light inside of it. If you’re NOT one of those people that packs light
for a cruise and you need a lot of
extra drawers to store things… Step up just a little bit when you book
your cabin. The cabin category known as a penthouse veranda
has quite a few more drawers than
the two lower priced cabin categories do. I want to show you this sitting area over in the corner
of the cabin next to the window out to the balcony. This is the way it’ll be arranged
when you arrive onboard… And this is the way that I like to rearrange mine… To get that coffee table out of the flow of traffic… And give a more spacious feel. I want to show you the television. You can check the balance on your spending account. You can bring up a map to see where you are… Including being able to zoom in
and zoom out whenever you want which… I’ve never seen on any other cruise ships. You can get one concise list that shows you
every reservation you’ve made for both shore excursions and dinner reservations, all on one screen. But here’s the best part… A lot of cruise ships offer pay-per-view
movies on the stateroom TVs… But on Viking,
you don’t pay extra to watch a movie on demand. It’s all included in your cruise fare. One thing I should warn you about is that they don’t get the big American broadcast networks like… NBC, CBS, ABC, and Fox… So, set your DVR at home to record your
favorite TV shows while you’re away. For news, I was a little surprised to see that they did not have
CNN… But they did have MSNBC, CNBC, and Fox News. There’s a thoughtful design
to the desk in the staterooms. You just flip up the desktop to reveal a mirror
which is perfect for doing your makeup. And there’s some nice storage below the mirror for jewelry or any other little items that you might have. Under the desk, there’s a refrigerator… And Viking is not out to nickel-and-dime you
so help yourself to any of those
things in the fridge at no additional charge. In all but the lowest cabin category, they are refilled daily. If you’ve ever sailed with Carnival you know how the swinging balcony doors tend to slam shut quite loudly. Viking was smart to use sliding doors on all of their balconies. They close softly and quietly. Finally before I wrap this thing
up let me show you one of my little cruise tricks. I bring an indoor/outdoor thermometer with me… And attach it to the wall with a 3M command strip… Near the controls for the air conditioner. And I attach the wireless outdoor sensor… Out on my balcony up high where it won’t get any direct sunlight. This way it’s easy to see both the temperature of the stateroom and the temperature outside. I’m Jim Zim.
If you want to book a cruise on Viking
it’s very helpful to have a travel agent
doing the work for you. If you don’t already have a good travel agent,
use mine: Caitlin Gallagher of Ambren Travel. She’s really easy to communicate with,
she’ll take very good care of you… And she’ll watch out for you
and keep you from making any mistakes. Her fees are paid by the cruise line.
So, visit her website and put her to work for you…
at their expense!

65 thoughts on “How A Cabin On Viking Is Better Than Other Cruise Ships

  • January 27, 2019 at 9:01 am
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    First to comment and view!

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  • January 27, 2019 at 9:16 am
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    This looks wonderful and looks like a fun cruise to go on

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  • January 27, 2019 at 9:22 am
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    Cool!

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  • January 27, 2019 at 10:03 am
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    You had me at "radiant heating". Seriously, very nice, thorough video about the stateroom. I may be thinking "retirement gift cruise" for this line – 5 1/2 more years (it'll take me that long to save up enough money to afford this line, but it looks VERY worth it!). Best to you and your wife.

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  • January 27, 2019 at 11:19 am
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    5:22 worst movie to have on a cruise ship πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ

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  • January 27, 2019 at 11:38 am
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    WTF…C-pap machines…is this a cruise ship cabin or nursing home room review?

    And you need a bigger microphone…that one only covers half 'ur face 😁😁😁

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  • January 27, 2019 at 12:34 pm
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    HI Jim! I love how you added Emma… plus your timelapse videos are just great too! Regards from TWB!

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  • January 27, 2019 at 1:04 pm
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    wow, i like viking's business concept. prices inclusive of mini bar and wifi instead of trying to fleece more money out of passengers with additional charges like the other cruise lines. how do the prices compare with the others though?

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  • January 27, 2019 at 1:37 pm
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    Thank you for this review…..I have never considered this cruise line until now…..Definitely going to book a vacay on Viking….that Lavatory is a plus for me….the flip up mirror….the frig goodies…..the SLIDING BALCONY DOOR..Yes Yes Yessssssss…πŸ€πŸΎπŸ‘πŸ½πŸ’ƒπŸΏ..WOW…

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  • January 27, 2019 at 1:58 pm
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    Viking ships cabins are very nice indeed. The most special feature is the bathroom with heated floor, spacious shower stall, an cleverly arranged drawers. Not the best: limited storage space in the cabin, awkwadly placed closet.

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  • January 27, 2019 at 1:58 pm
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    You need a bigger microphone πŸ˜€

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  • January 27, 2019 at 3:12 pm
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    Another AWESOME video Jim! We are ready to do a Viking cruise after watching your video πŸ˜ƒ

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  • January 27, 2019 at 3:12 pm
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    Jim you have gotta try Holland America Line. Its has a lot of the same stuff and features.

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  • January 27, 2019 at 3:13 pm
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    Thanks for another great video! You mention CPAP machines a lot, are they really that commonly used?

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  • January 27, 2019 at 4:16 pm
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    Viking Ocean Cruise they go to the caribbean

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  • January 27, 2019 at 4:44 pm
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    I can't wait to go on Viking I am taking one for my 40th I about 4 and half years.

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  • January 27, 2019 at 4:53 pm
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    531 ms ping is bad for internet but for cruise lines it is fairly good

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  • January 27, 2019 at 5:22 pm
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    A bit deceptive to keep claiming that the "basic" cabin is so good compared to other cruise lines when you can get a SUITE for the same price as a Viking cruise low tier fare.

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  • January 27, 2019 at 6:06 pm
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    What's the cost like Jim compare to carnival?

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  • January 27, 2019 at 7:09 pm
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    Radio voice! πŸ™‚

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  • January 27, 2019 at 7:10 pm
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    Royal Caribbean could learn a few things about the electrical outlets by the beds…

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  • January 27, 2019 at 7:24 pm
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    Very nice and thorough video, Jim. My wife and I had been on 4 Viking river cruises before. Our first ocean cruise with Viking is in less than 60 days–Scandinavia & The Kiel Canal. We had been on about 15 ocean cruises since 2000 with Carnival, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, and Princess. Ah, those big ships do have their merits though. I suspect this upcoming one will be the best.
    Just some minor comments:
    1. Veranda is the less expensive cabin category and the goodies in the frig is filled once only–on the day you get on the ship. Deluxe veranda is the next one up, and the goodies get refilled everyday as you mentioned (in addition, you get 1 guaranteed seating at each of alternative dinning room (Manfredi's and The Chef's Table) but this should not be part of this video.)
    2. For most other cruise line, they give you the cabin price in large prints and then you have to go into the fine prints to find the port charges that is additional. For Viking, the fine print tells you that the port charges are included in your cruise fare.
    3. If someone has the flexibility, Viking's last minute offers (about 3 or 4 months) are just irresistible. For example, I have seen an 8-day last-minute January (2016 or 2017) cruise from Barcelona to Rome for about $2000 and free round trip airfare–the weather might not be ideal but what the hack. For our first river cruise (Cities of Light, form Paris to Prague), it was free air as well.
    4. If you buy the flights from Viking, their fare are very good. For example, round trip Europe for about $1000. To New York, Miami or Puerto Rice for $199, 299, or even free.

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  • January 27, 2019 at 7:44 pm
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    I’ve never considered Viking. After this video I may have to. Cheapest cabin looks great

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  • January 27, 2019 at 8:31 pm
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    The biggest microphone known to man-kind.

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  • January 27, 2019 at 9:32 pm
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    Love your vlogs Jim.. keep em coming

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  • January 27, 2019 at 10:24 pm
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    Jim, your voice is golden! It gets me at the start of every video. I couldn't help but notice the walkie-talkie looking devices charging at your bedside. Did I identify these devices correctly, or is it some other type of receiver? I mention this as I have considered purchasing and utilizing walkie-talkies as a means of family communication for our next cruise.

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  • January 27, 2019 at 10:28 pm
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    Hi Jim! First time if you were here and I must say I absolutely loved it! I had no idea the cabins on Viking had so many wonderful detail. Can you please tell me is that just on their newer ships that the cabins are designed that way? Or is that fleetwide? Thank you so much!

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  • January 27, 2019 at 11:26 pm
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    Nice view. But I rather save money and get the cheap room. It is not really saving money, I just can’t afford a room with balcony. I just walk to the outside for the views.

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  • January 28, 2019 at 1:00 am
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    are you on the ship with 31 passengers affected with norovirus

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  • January 28, 2019 at 2:56 am
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    I saw that there is a norovirus outbreak on the ship you are on. Is that true?

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  • January 28, 2019 at 4:11 am
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    Some very nice touches like those drawers! Thanks for sharing

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  • January 28, 2019 at 5:28 am
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    Can you tell us what walkie talkie you are using that's charging in the video? pair of black radio in charging stand.

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  • January 28, 2019 at 5:30 am
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    Love your voice. That stateroom sure puts the Oasis OTS cabins to shame.

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  • January 28, 2019 at 5:36 am
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    Your voice! πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘ŒπŸ½

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  • January 28, 2019 at 5:39 am
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    Idk why but I love watching this guys videos.

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  • January 28, 2019 at 10:53 am
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    Appreciated Jim. Never been on a cruise and I found this really helpful.

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  • January 28, 2019 at 12:03 pm
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    Jim you have some great pipes

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  • January 28, 2019 at 12:44 pm
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    Viking to Carnival or Royal Caribbean is comparing apples to oranges. Small ship luxury cruise line to a large ship economy cruise.

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  • January 28, 2019 at 5:50 pm
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    Lol Royal Caribbean cabins blow this away! Dude branch out!

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  • January 28, 2019 at 8:01 pm
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    Lovely stateroom

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  • January 28, 2019 at 11:34 pm
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    Love the mic:-)

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  • January 29, 2019 at 12:47 am
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    Thanks for another excellent video, Jim. You make Viking look very appealing. Is it true that Viking ships do not have casinos on board?

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  • January 29, 2019 at 1:17 am
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    That microphone 🎀 is HUGE! How do you pack it?

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  • January 29, 2019 at 2:29 am
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    Nice review Jim but please do not say things are free when they are included in your cruise fare. Trust me you are paying for the wifi but it is a hidden cost

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  • January 29, 2019 at 4:50 am
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    What would Freud say about that microphone?

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  • January 29, 2019 at 5:53 am
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    Man, your review was quite uplifting. Don't bite at or justify the critisism, lest we forget envy is one of the deadly sins. Let them wallow in their loathing and. jealousy.

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  • January 29, 2019 at 6:57 am
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    Did you inherit that enormous microphone from your grandpa, Jim?

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  • January 29, 2019 at 8:37 am
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    I seen this boat in Melbourne, still prefer P&O as all food is covered & premium drinks pack is awesome at just over $250 Aussie dollars

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  • January 30, 2019 at 9:10 am
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    Agreed 1000000000000000000% πŸ˜€

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  • January 31, 2019 at 6:11 am
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    Did you watch Titanic on a cruise? I hate MSM TV, I watch internet and read variety and clips.

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  • January 31, 2019 at 6:12 am
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    Looks nice.

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  • January 31, 2019 at 6:41 am
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    We really enjoy your videos. Probably the most enjoyable cruise review videos out there. Even an avid model railroad collector here as well. ❄️

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  • February 1, 2019 at 2:12 am
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    I saw that your Santa fa super chief has the words Go Pro on the top of the train, does that mean that there is a camera inside the train

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  • February 1, 2019 at 4:44 pm
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    I'd be curious to hear how the buffet and entertainment compare to NCL or Royal.

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  • February 5, 2019 at 11:35 pm
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    now that is a mic, geezzz lol great video as always.

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  • February 5, 2019 at 11:39 pm
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    amazing bathroom.

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  • February 6, 2019 at 6:15 am
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    I've been looking for a reason to go with Viking and you may have just sealed the deal. A gargantuan ship like most of the cruise lines are putting out don't appeal to me. Thanks for the intro.

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  • February 9, 2019 at 5:23 pm
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    We did our first Viking (river) cruise last year. The environmental conditions were not perfect due to the European drought and the cruise ending up being part river cruise and part bus cruise. Having been dealt a bad hand by Mother Nature, Viking absolutely excelled in dealing with the issues created by the low water and the resultant changes in the itinerary. I wonder how well the other river cruise lines do in adverse conditions. But given my positive experience with Viking, I wouldn't take the chance using any other cruise line.

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  • March 4, 2019 at 10:12 am
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    Mr. Zim,

    My girlfriend and I love your channel! We're both starving medical students, but we saved enough to go on our first cruise this past summer – a Carnival Caribbean cruise with a balcony stateroom. I'm very glad we spent the extra dollar on the balcony as it truly made the trip something spectacular.

    Thank you for all of your fantastic reviews, and I hope you and your wife are enjoying retirement to its fullest. You've earned it.

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  • March 7, 2019 at 5:18 pm
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    We have always sailed with Viking, and we use their travel department to make all our arrangements, including airline. If you know that you are going to stay longer at a port after the cruise is over they will even make the changes in your airline arrangements for date and even the place you fly home from at no additional cost.

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  • July 4, 2019 at 8:39 am
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    I have Mic envy.

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  • October 20, 2019 at 5:05 pm
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    You’re voice is amazing!!! So relaxing. Bob Ross of cruise ships! Love it!!! ❀️

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  • October 22, 2019 at 2:56 pm
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    The audio is outstanding! That mic is huge!

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  • November 25, 2019 at 2:39 pm
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    We are looking forward to our "30 day cruise from Mumbai to London" on the Viking Sun beginning April 3, 2020. The ship sails the Arabian sea, the Red sea. and the Mediterranean sea and stops at 12 ports along the way. We booked a Veranda Penthouse state room which was the last available cabin as all the other standard cabins were sold-out.

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  • November 30, 2019 at 8:17 am
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    Titanic on a cruise ship? Oh, the irony!

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