Viking Sky Cruise 11: Cruise Director a man of many talents

ABOARD THE VIKING SKY – Over the years, I’ve seen cruise directors who sing. A few even dance. But I have never seen a cruise director who sings, dances, does handstands and flips into a hot tub filled with ice. That is our Viking Sky Cruise Director Aaron Syfert. He is a man of many talents. On our cruise, Aaron makes the morning announcement to tell us the ship has been cleared to go ashore. He usually …

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Viking Sky Cruise: Visiting the ship’s surprising Snow Grotto

ABOARD THE VIKING SKY – I should have known better. The sign said very clearly “Cold bucket shower.” But I pulled the chain. And it definitely was cold. Very cold. But not nearly as cold as the Snow Grotto. On a ship, for goodness sake. The first one I’ve ever seen. It is definitely an unusual spot on the Viking Sky. I’ll tell you more about those later. But first, I want to describe the wonderful spa, …

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Stolichny Salad compliments of Viking River & Ocean Cruises & AllThingsCruise

  This Russian dish, often served on New Year’s Eve, and also known as Olivier Salad, was invented in the 1860s by Lucien Olivier, chef of Moscow’s celebrated Hermitage restaurant. It became the restaurant’s signature dish–a blend of vegetables, chicken and two popular Russian staples, sausage and sour cream. Doktorskaya (“doctor sausage”) is so named because of its exceptionally nutritious meat. Ingredients Dice the following ingredients to the size of peas: 4 oz (100 g) cooked chicken …

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Viking Sky Cruise 9: Peaceful man killed when he was tricked and didn’t fight his cousin

ABOARD THE VIKING SKY – What amazing stories must lie buried here, including one about the man for whom this magnificent cathedral was built and whose bones are said to be interred in one of the walls. “St. Magnus Cathedral is known as ‘The Light in the North,’” said tour guide Thelma. “The cathedral is the center of the town and was built for the martyr St. Magnus.” When our ship docked in the Orkney Islands in …

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Viking Sky Cruise 8: Ornate Italian Chapel in Scotland built by WWII POWs

ABOARD THE VIKING SKY – The ornate chapel seems oddly out of place in this quiet countryside. And the story behind it is even more surprising. “It was built during World War II by Italian prisoners of war,” said tour guide Thelma. “They used whatever materials they could find and you’ll be amazed at what they were able to do.” Thelma was certainly right. It all began in 1939 when a German U-boat slipped undetected into Scapa …

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Viking Sky Cruise 7: Mamsen’s is loving tribute to Viking founder’s mother

ABOARD THE VIKING SKY – Don’t know what I like best. The beautiful décor with sofas adorned with fur throws and soft cushions, the flickering light of a fireplace (safely burning on hot vapor) and the ever-changing sea scene outside the two-story windows. Or is it the delicious Nordic comfort food. Salmon on dark bread with mustard dill sauce. Liver pate on rye with bacon and fried mushrooms. Split pea soup. Traditional Norwegian butter cookies. Slice of …

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Viking Sky Cruise 6: Discovering Rosslyn Chapel and the Da Vinci Code

ABOARD THE VIKING SKY: Back in the Middle Ages, it was believed that a rich man could buy his way into heaven. All he had to do was build a magnificent place of worship and give money to the church. “That was to make sure he was in God’s good books,” said tour guide Gail on our shore excursion from the Viking Sky in Edinburgh. “That way he could escape purgatory or hell and go straight to …

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Viking Sky Cruise 5: Touring Edinburgh, seeing Dolly the famous cloned sheep

ABOARD THE VIKING SKY: His poor little nose is slowly being rubbed off. And her frozen face seems to have a permanent perplexed look. Thinking back on my day in Edinburgh, those two images of famous animals are what keep coming to mind. Strange how those Scottish critters affected me so strongly in a city that is chock full of wonders. After arriving in Edinburgh, we had a choice of interesting shore excursions. So much to see …

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Viking Sky Cruise 5: Exploring the award-winning ship

ABOARD THE VIKING SKY – When I first stepped into the ladies’ room near the atrium of the Viking Sky, I thought a window must be open. I heard birds singing. But the bathroom has no window. Instead, the music of seabird songs is piped in for the pleasure of passengers. That is a very small thing, perhaps, but it is all the big and small things together that make Viking such a standard for cruising excellence. …

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Viking Sky Cruise 4: Tower Bridge a spectacular sight

ABOARD THE VIKING SKY – Other people plan for it. They check the schedule, arrive in plenty of time and find a prime location for a good view. They have their cameras aimed and ready. They try to leave nothing to chance. I, however, saw it all by sheer luck. Strolling along the River Thames, I saw the mighty structure open to allow a tall ship to pass through. Watchers oohed and aahed in appreciation. In truth, …

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