I’m Late…Late For A Very Important Date

The elegant Viking Vidar at her berth in Cologne near Zoobrucke on July 15, 2015. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

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.

Cologne's Cathedral, or Dom, towers over the city. Heavily bombed during World War II, the process to rebuild Cologne - and the cathedral - was a long one. Photo ©  2015 Aaron Saunders

Cologne’s Cathedral, or Dom, towers over the city. Heavily bombed during World War II, the process to rebuild Cologne – and the cathedral – was a long one. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

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.
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