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Saturday, 22 November 2014

Memories of Mandalay cruise....

We followed this cruiser last year on "Disappointing Cruise to South America".   Now we are going to follow him on a cruise and land trip to Bangkok/Myanmar.  He lives in Florida, and went on the cruise between September 17 - October 7th/2014. 

In his own words, "Overall, I was pleased with the cruise".   Here is his blog:

When I made a tentative reservation for this cruise, Viking gave me three days to finalize it.  After thinking about the price, I intended to let the reservation go; it was more than I wanted to pay.  Shortly before the reservation lapsed, about 11:30 at night, Viking called me and I explained that the price was too high.  Viking put me on hold for what seemed like five minutes and when they returned, gave me a price of  25% less than the original amount.  The trip seemed special to me, and much more inviting at the lower cost. 

Here are the costs - remember, American money:
Air:  $1795   Land:  $3000  Cruise:  $4275
Pre-extension 2 nights:  $449   Post-extension 2 nights:  $449
Myanmar Visa:  $91    Travel insurance:  $665  
Foreign immunizations:  $192                                 Total  $ 10916 

 Yes, I had a single cabin and room during the entire trip. 

Viking used United Airlines (UA) and their partner airlines for the flights. On September 17th,  I departed from Jacksonville, Florida, early in the morning to Houston, and then  to Tokyo’s Narita Airport.  This aircraft was a modern Boeing 777, and there were only about 60 passengers on board.  

Then I waited for a little over 5 hours.  I boarded an All Nippon Airways (ANA)  bound for Bangkok;  just about 7 hours.  The aircraft was another modern Boeing 777, and the flight was totally packed.   ANA conducts a much better flight than UA - better service and better food with complementary wine.   We arrived at about 11 pm, and didn’t get to the Shangri-La Hotel until after midnight


Total flight time was more than 22 hours plus another 5 hours waiting at Narita; the total miles were 10,347.

Now let's follow the cruise.....  

Photos belong to Phil Bianco.

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