I’m Late…Late For A Very Important Date
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 This morning, as the hands of the clock struck ten, I embarked Viking River Cruises’ brand-new Viking Longship Vidar in the city of Cologne, Germany. For me, it’s Day 1 of my journey on this 15-day Grand European Tour that departed Amsterdam, Netherlands on Monday, but for the rest of the guests onboard, it’s Day 3. So why did I arrive three days late? Well, the benefit of being a travel writer is that you get to see the world. The downside is that you are subject to some very bizarre events. On my previous voyage – an exciting voyage through Arctic Svalbard which you can read about by clicking here – fog delayed our charter flight out of a remote place called Longyearbyen. By two days. That’s like having the Space Shuttle arrive late to rescue you from Mars. You’re that cut-off.
It turned into a spectacular adventure, and a real crowning achievement to our flawless voyage. But for me, it meant having to work ahead to reach Viking Vidar. And I learned a few things along the way:
- Double-check that the ship’s phone number is in your pre-cruise booklet. Mine wasn’t. If yours isn’t, call Viking and jot it down. It’s important to let the cruise line know you will be arriving late.