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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Viking Sky Cruise 3: Tower of London a forbidding structure

ABOARD THE VIKING SKY – Even the sun seemed to hide when we walked into the Tower of London. A clear blue sky suddenly darkened and a quick wind ate through my summer shirt. “It must have been miserable here in the winter,” a fellow traveler said, as we tried to walk a little faster. I’ll bet it was miserable here anytime. It also was the final residence for many people over the centuries. For my first …

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Viking Sky Cruise 2: Ship cabin is large, comfy, filled with wonderful extras

ABOARD THE VIKING SKY – Walking into a ship’s stateroom that will be my cruise home away from home is always exciting. Although I have seen online photos of my cabin, it is not the same as using my key card to open the door for the first time. Even before I opened my Viking Sky cabin door, I noticed a difference. The stateroom opening door handle is covered in leather as are most handrails on the …

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Something different: A Viking Ocean cruise through Canada and the Northeastern U.S.

In two days we will set off on another cruise adventure, and part of this trip visits a region that I haven’t visited by ship before: The Canadian Maritimes. We will be traveling on a 12-day itinerary called the “Eastern Seaboard Explorer” on the new Viking Sky. This will be our third trip this year with Viking. Last year at this time we spent two wonderful weeks venturing around the Baltic Sea on the line’s first ocean …

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