Embarkation was a nightmare as the ship docked about 100 yards from where it was supposed to be. Taxi driver frustrated. He finally went to a tourist information office who called the number in the Viking pamphlet provided to us by the cruise line and found out the new docking space. Meter kept ticking along! Strongly urge buying the transfer from the airport from Viking! We did so, on the ship, for the return to the airport and it was less expensive and more comfortable than a taxi.
There is so much storage space it is hard to believe. Don't worry about closets and drawers, there are plenty. Same for bathroom, which is roomy for a little boat.
Staff is friendly and efficient. Captain did not circulate at all but all the other officers did. Ship is very clean and neat. Wine and beer free at meals.
Take the galley tour, quite interesting and head chef very personable.
The Normandy beaches and American cemetery were the highlights of the trip. Even though we've all seen the movies and documentaries it is marvelous to walk around there. We all wished for more time in the museum located at the cemetery, otherwise it was a perfect excursion.
Viking charges for only four of the land tours. We didn't take them as those were places we had been to before. Walked around the towns while the others were gone. It was surprisingly cold and windy for April, we were prepared with extra sweatshirts, etc. Surprisingly it never rained, although it was forecasted for almost every day.
The piano bar was open every night. No other entertainment to speak of. It is one of the major things we missed, as well as real gourmet food. Because of that we will stick with the major cruise ships.
Other passengers very freindly, a little younger than we've seen on other cruises. Only one child aboard, no special activites for her at all.