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Viking Neptune Cruise Review by Clare O'Neill

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Viking Neptune
Viking Neptune
Member Name: Clare O'Neill
Cruise Date: August 2010
Embarkation: Paris
Destination: British Isles & Western Europe
Cabin Category: E
Cabin Number:
Booking Method: Cruise Line
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Member Rating   2.0 out of 5+
Dining 2.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Cabins 4.0
Entertainment 1.0
Spa & Fitness 1.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 3.0
Embarkation 1.0
Service 3.0
Value-for-Money 2.0
Rates 1.0
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Clean but not fresh
The ship, Viking Neptune, was clean and comfortable and we were very glad to reach it after a very tiring journey from St. Pancras to Chalons-sur-Saone. A change of trains at Paris was organised by a Viking Representative, but at the second change in Dijon we were left to manage trains, platforms and luggage with no help or inforamtion.

At first the food seemed plentiful and good, but we quickly realised that none of it was really fresh. As we stopped at towns with some of the finest food in France, everything we ate came from the freezer. Fruit was unripe and bread was sometimes still frozen at the centre. Tours were organised daily, but half of them were 'optional' and extra fees were charged. Guides were knowdegable, but a great deal of walking was involved, and this prevented many of the older and less able passengers from participating. On-board entertainment was minimal, with little attempt to create an atmmosphere of enjoyment, and lectures were less than gripping - a talk on mustard, for example. TV offerings were minimal and old.

The majority of the crew were German, as were most of the pasengers, and announcements in heavily accented English were difficult to understand. Those crew members managing the reception desk were often less than courteous, and quite unhelpful at times. Cabin and waiting staff were very pleasant and efficient. This was our first river cruise, and will be our last with Viking.


Publication Date: 08/25/10
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