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    Harry the Viking Star

    No, don’t be silly, I haven’t started working in the Norwegian porn industry – yet!

    What I have done is to have some remarkable luck. Back in June I was just checking out for any new threads on the forum and spotted that forum member mgrant54 (Maria) had posted a link for a cruise competition, as she so often has.

    I invested the next minute of my time entering the competition before moving on to the burning issues of the day. Then in mid July I answered, what I expected to be, yet another sales phone call but was from Classic FM telling me that I had won their competition. It took around 10 minutes for the poor girl on the other end to convince me it was not some kind of wind up. She told me that I would get a call from Viking Ocean Cruises who would then take over the details for the booking.

    When I received the call I was told that I had won a cruise entitled ‘West Indies Explorer’, a 10 night cruise to 9 Caribbean countries including all flights and transfers on the all balcony stateroom ship the Viking Star. This is the first ship, launched last year, of the new cruise operator Viking Ocean, who are an extension of the vastly popular Viking River cruises that operate 62 riverboats. They have already launched their 2nd ship – the Viking Sea and will launch two more next year and another the following year, all of the same design. This itinerary is being operated for 12 cruises and is their first time in the Caribbean.



    A big part of Viking’s ethos is to connect passengers with the journey and destinations. They demonstrated this by the route they took from Europe to the Caribbean, by following the routes that Viking longships had taken, travelling via Iceland, Greenland and Canada. Part of the offering is to include an excursion at each port of call whilst still offering extra paid for options.

    Whilst booking our trip, the consultant said there was very little availability for the January and February cruises and asked if we could go in October on the inaugural Caribbean cruise. This sorted we were allocated a Deluxe Veranda (DV4) mid ships (4054). The home port for this season is San Juan, Puerto Rico which, as there are no direct scheduled flights from the UK, involves flying via a USA hub airport. Our flights were arranged via New York using Virgin/Delta flights arriving at 9:40pm on the embarkation day. The ship has 2 days in San Juan, with the first being changeover day and the second as the ‘port of call’. This is very sensible as it allows for the possible delays from the many connecting flights.



    A little idea of the customer service that we might come to expect was when a package arrived in the post of some luxury toiletries to thank us for our booking! Later, when our documents arrived, they were in a fabulous travel pack with a personalised itinerary booklet for each of us. We also received a couple of calls from Viking to ensure everything was fine and that we had ESTA’s etc.

    The itinerary for this trip is; San Juan – Tortola – Antigua – Saint Lucia – Barbados – Guadeloupe – Saint Kitts – Saint Maarten – Saint Thomas – San Juan (disembark)



    Although we are now back at home, I will be ‘blogging’ ‘as it happened’ for the next few days for anyone interested to follow. I will cover the ports of call and different aspects of life on board each day.

    Although I am tremendously grateful to Classic FM / Viking Ocean (and of course Maria) for this prize, I will be covering the trip as if I had been a paying customer.


    #2
    Congratulations on your prize! I'm interested to learn about Viking, mainly because we have friends working on board. I look forward to your blog. Judith

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      #3
      Wow! That's one unsolicited phone call I wouldn't mind getting.

      Well Done................Wilba
      Wilba

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        #4
        What a brilliant prize! Look forward to hearing about your trip. Jen

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          #5
          Congratulations on your good luck. I've lost count of the amount of competitions that I've entered to win a cruise.

          I look forward to your 'blog'.
          2018-
          Queen Victoria - Mediterranean Explorer

          2019 -
          NCL Getaway - Norway and Iceland
          Adventure of the Seas - Fall Foliage

          2020 -
          Jewel of the Seas - Abu Dhabi & Dubai
          Magellan - Panama Canal

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            #6
            Wow! what a fantastic prize. Looking forward to your blogs Harry,

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              #7
              Well done you, I shall look forward to the blog. Jan.

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                #8
                Hello Harry

                I remember you sharing this with us while on another freebie. Its been quite a year for you with 2 free cruises with very little outlay.

                Really looking forward to seeing this trip unfold over the coming days which will bring plenty of cheer with these dark mornings and evenings.

                Give our regards to Mrs H.
                www.wansbroughs-cruise-blog.me.uk

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                  #9
                  Hi Harry

                  Congratulations, what a prize.

                  I am looking forward to your updates as Viking Oceans look to be an excellent option.

                  John

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                    #10
                    Wow! Always good to hear of people who actually win competitions, I've entered dozens but only ever won a pen! Looking forward to reading your blog, to bring a bit of cheer as it's a very grey day here in Cornwall .

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                      #11
                      That's fantastic, lovely to hear of a competition winner and on our forum too.

                      I shall look forward to the blog, hope it was fabulous!

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                        #12
                        Fantastic, really pleased for you :-)
                        I always say someone has to win so its worth entering, looking forward to the blog

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                          #13
                          [QUOTE=Harry, Hastings;760661]No, don’t be silly, I haven’t started working in the Norwegian porn industry – yet!

                          What I have done is to have some remarkable luck. Back in June I was just checking out for any new threads on the forum and spotted that forum member mgrant54 (Maria) had posted a link for a cruise competition, as she so often has.

                          I invested the next minute of my time entering the competition before moving on to the burning issues of the day. Then in mid July I answered, what I expected to be, yet another sales phone call but was from Classic FM telling me that I had won their competition. It took around 10 minutes for the poor girl on the other end to convince me it was not some kind of wind up. She told me that I would get a call from Viking Ocean Cruises who would then take over the details for the booking.

                          When I received the call I was told that I had won a cruise entitled ‘West Indies Explorer’, a 10 night cruise to 9 Caribbean countries including all flights and transfers on the all balcony stateroom ship the Viking Star. This is the first ship, launched last year, of the new cruise operator Viking Ocean, who are an extension of the vastly popular Viking River cruises that operate 62 riverboats. They have already launched their 2nd ship – the Viking Sea and will launch two more next year and another the following year, all of the same design. This itinerary is being operated for 12 cruises and is their first time in the Caribbean.



                          A big part of Viking’s ethos is to connect passengers with the journey and destinations. They demonstrated this by the route they took from Europe to the Caribbean, by following the routes that Viking longships had taken, travelling via Iceland, Greenland and Canada. Part of the offering is to include an excursion at each port of call whilst still offering extra paid for options.

                          Whilst booking our trip, the consultant said there was very little availability for the January and February cruises and asked if we could go in October on the inaugural Caribbean cruise. This sorted we were allocated a Deluxe Veranda (DV4) mid ships (4054). The home port for this season is San Juan, Puerto Rico which, as there are no direct scheduled flights from the UK, involves flying via a USA hub airport. Our flights were arranged via New York using Virgin/Delta flights arriving at 9:40pm on the embarkation day. The ship has 2 days in San Juan, with the first being changeover day and the second as the ‘port of call’. This is very sensible as it allows for the possible delays from the many connecting flights.



                          A little idea of the customer service that we might come to expect was when a package arrived in the post of some luxury toiletries to thank us for our booking! Later, when our documents arrived, they were in a fabulous travel pack with a personalised itinerary booklet for each of us. We also received a couple of calls from Viking to ensure everything was fine and that we had ESTA’s etc.

                          The itinerary for this trip is; San Juan – Tortola – Antigua – Saint Lucia – Barbados – Guadeloupe – Saint Kitts – Saint Maarten – Saint Thomas – San Juan (disembark)



                          Although we are now back at home, I will be ‘blogging’ ‘as it happened’ for the next few days for anyone interested to follow. I will cover the ports of call and different aspects of life on board each day.

                          Although I am tremendously grateful to Classic FM / Viking Ocean (and of course Maria) for this prize, I will be covering the trip as if I had been a paying customer.

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                          Oh wow wow wow, congratulations, and how fantastic to hear that it is some one on here that has won. Really looking forward to sharing your cruise with you .................................................. ........................Carol

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Wansbrough, North Somerset View Post
                            Hello Harry

                            I remember you sharing this with us while on another freebie. Its been quite a year for you with 2 free cruises with very little outlay.

                            Really looking forward to seeing this trip unfold over the coming days which will bring plenty of cheer with these dark mornings and evenings.

                            Give our regards to Mrs H.
                            Hi M,

                            Certainly helped the wallet this year! Good news is it's made funds available for more adventures in the New Year.

                            Very different on this trip but missed the gang when it came to the late night / early morning antics!

                            Regards to N

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                              #15
                              i think the September Cruise although short was excellent and really made our year, great to meet fellow cruisers, hope Cruise.dot and MSC do something again. Would be good for others to experience it.

                              I guess this one feels different as i guess you are the only winner and its as if you had paid for it and its a normal cruise?

                              I think we are having withdrawal symptoms here as we havent booked anything yet for next year, waiting for the right price although we have booked seaside for 2018 but that feels too far away

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