Part 3...New bookings...A new country...A new lease on life!...More tomorrow...

In 2013 we sailed on a similar itinerary but this 29-night Viking cruise offers additional ports of call which appeal to us.  Also, other than Antarctica this was my favorite itinerary, sailing through the Middle East and the Gulf of Aden.
"Fascinating Fact of the Day About Ireland"
"In 2007, Ireland saw 40 straight days of rain."
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To ensure we'd get the full flavor of the country of India we decided to spend about 60 days traveling to several locations and staying a few weeks at each.  As mentioned in a prior post, we'll attempt to spend little time in the cities with the most population, commotion, and traffic.

In India, the massive population in the big cities is one of its attractions bringing tourists from all over the world.  Certainly, we won't miss out on this fascinating opportunity.  
Indoor pool.
Our days of staying in one location for many months, other than a few here and there, are over.  After my recent heart surgery, we felt we needed to take advantage of each and every day.  Staying in one holiday home for long periods, wouldn't provide us with the quality of experiences we're seeking at this point. 

Since I'm not yet 100% of my former self, how often we move about will be based on how I'm feeling down the road.  It's difficult to determine right now.  In several months, we'll know more and be able to plan accordingly.
Lounge area on the main deck.
When we knew we'd be in India, Tom got to work trying to find a cruise to and from Mumbai.  This is a preferred departure point by many but most cruises are outrageously expensive and beyond our reach.

His continued research resulted in him finding the cruise we're describing here today, which we've booked with a bit of hesitation due to the cost but with considerable excitement over the ship and its luxury feel, its amenities, and the fact its a 29-and day journey.
One of two outdoor pools.
With many amenities included in the cost, such as unlimited high-speed WiFi, only 930 passengers, free specialty restaurants, complimentary self serve laundry (soap included) and no children under the age of 18 allowed.  

Don't get me wrong, we enjoy children but on cruises, the running in the halls and public areas and the seeming constant screaming distracts from the otherwise adult experience.  Relaxation is the key along with adult conversations and activities.
This is the type of cabin we booked.  All cabins on the Viking Sun have a veranda.
The ship offers many educational sessions in the theatre as we approach port after port.  Since we've already visited a portion of the ports of call, we'll venture out to see the more obscure locations or, if we'd like, stay aboard the ship when there are no tours befitting our preferences.
Comfortable theatre.
At each port, one tour is included in the cost.  Most certainly, we'll take advantage of these, even if it is a bus tour of the city.  We'd already visited Petra in 2013 and making that long hot trek (45C, 113F or more) once again isn't necessary.  It was a fabulous once-in-a-lifetime experience.  

To see our posts and amazing photos from Petra, of which there are several, please start at this link.
The Chef's Table, a special dinner made for a small group in a kitchen on the ship, included in price.  It will be tough to get a reservation for this but we'll try.  Also, we may be concerned if the special meal will work for me.
Today, we're busy getting ready for two guests for dinner.  We're doing it easy upon their insistence and based on my current limitations.  Thus, I won't have to spend the entire day in the kitchen standing on my feet.

Tomorrow, we'll be back with more to include the pricing on today's cruise along with some peculiarities Viking Cruise Line insists upon with passengers during the booking process.
There are many lounge areas throughout the ship.
Please check back tomorrow.  For the ship's list of amenities, please scroll to the bottom of today's post.

Have a fantastic Saturday, wherever you are, whatever you do.  Thank you for stopping by!
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Viking Sun

Ship Rating:
Expand your horizons on the 930-passenger Viking Sun. This ship features all veranda staterooms and a unique onboard experience, from the peaceful Wintergarden area around the main pool, perfect for a calming cup of tea; to The Spa, a sanctuary of wellness; to the Explorer’s Lounge, where passengers can share their latest adventures. Also included are inspiring onboard talks that help you understand every destination in depth. The Viking Sun was built with understated comfort and elegance in mind and ensures you will explore every destination in comfort.

Viking Sun is dedicated to adults and therefore does not carry children or teenagers under the age of 18.
Viking Sun

Ship Statistics
Year Built 2017
Tonnage47,800 tons
RegistryMalta
Length745 feet
Beam95 feet
Passenger Capacity 930
Crew Size465
Total Inside Cabins0
Total Outside Cabins465
Cabins & Suites w/ verandas465
Suites47
Maximum Occupancy per room2
Age RestrictionsAll must be 18-20 or one must be 21 or older
Dinner Seatings1
Seating Assignments
in Main Dining Room
Open
Dining Hours6:30 PM
Dining Room Dress CodeDining
Tipping Expected?Yes
Tipping Guidelines
Viking recommends $15.00 per day, per guest. These amounts may be given to the onboard staff in cash, or you may charge them to your credit card at the end of the cruise. Bar gratuities should be made at the time of purchase.
Onboard CurrencyUS Dollar
   
Services & Amenities
Bars/Lounges Yes
Beauty Salon/Barber Shop Yes
Casino No
Chapel No
Disco/Dancing No
Elevators Yes
Hot Tub Yes
Cell Phone Service No
Internet Center No
Wireless Internet Access Yes
Laundromats (self service) Yes
Laundry/Dry Cleaning Yes
Library Yes
Movie Theatre Yes
Outdoor Movie Screen Yes
Onboard Weddings No
Shops Yes
Showroom Yes
Spa Yes
Video Arcade No
Fitness & Sports Facilities
Basketball Court No
Fitness Center Yes
Golf Driving Net No
Golf Simulator No
Ice Skating Rink No
Jogging Track Yes
Mini-Golf Course No
Rock Climbing Wall No
Swimming Pool 2
Tennis Court No
Water Slide No
Water Sports Platform No
Cabin Features & Amenities
24-Hour Room Service Yes
Hair Dryer Yes
Safe Yes
Telephone Yes
Television Yes
Kids Facilities
Babysitting No
Children's Playroom No
Kiddie Pool No
Supervised Youth Program No
Teen Center No
Water Playground/Splash Park No
Special Needs & Requests
Adjoining Cabins
     (private connecting doors)
No
Kosher Meals No
Single Occupancy Cabins No
Single Share Program No
Wheelchair-Accessible Cabins 2

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Photo from one year ago today, June 29, 2018:
The sunset changed second by second, each scene more beautiful than the last while at Aamazing River View Restaurant last night.  For more photos, please click here.

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