164 Viking River Viking Kadlin Cruise Reviews

This was our first river cruise and it exceeded our expectations. From the moment we came off the plane we were met with people who had an attention to every detail. The ship was stylish and spotless. Our cabin was very spacious. The ... Read More
This was our first river cruise and it exceeded our expectations. From the moment we came off the plane we were met with people who had an attention to every detail. The ship was stylish and spotless. Our cabin was very spacious. The staff over the top meeting every request. The ports and excursions were enjoyable. The guides chosen were very knowledgeable and friendly. The food choices for lunch and dinner were great and the service in the dining room amazing. The staff was incredible, funny and experienced and made sure you knew what the activities for each day were about. Organized and attentive to every detail. On our last day we were driven to the airport where a viking rep was waiting to retrieve our luggage and escort us to the check in counter. It does not get any better then that. Luxury personified. We would absolutely travel with viking again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Booked this 3 generation cruise before Viking River raised age to 18. Our 14 & 16 yr old granddaughters loved it as did our daughter and her husband (1st time cruisers). We are river cruise veterans who were blessed by having our ... Read More
Booked this 3 generation cruise before Viking River raised age to 18. Our 14 & 16 yr old granddaughters loved it as did our daughter and her husband (1st time cruisers). We are river cruise veterans who were blessed by having our best Cruise Director Brenton and a super (English!!!) chef Martin Carter. Everyone loved their rooms, French Balcony & Veranda. The dinners were excellent with many choices to satisfy everyone and great service. We ate dinner together but everyone was able to do their own thing at breakfast & lunch, from Aquavit Terrace to the Restaurant, what they wanted, when they wanted it. The tours ranging from Paris itself to just strolling off the ship to walk through towns where we docked were all excellent. With 3 generations, everyone was able to choose what they wanted to do each day. Departure day the unannounced walk through St Germain-en-Laye was a great way to introduce touring to our family, a fun tour. In Rouen I choose to walk the city again on my own in the afternoon while others went on a farm tour or off to Honfleur. Of course, the highlight was Normandy. Not enough time but time well spent. We (Americans) opted for the Commonwealth Tour (British) because we wanted to see the historic Bayeux Tapestry before it moved to England. Another highlight of that tour was Pegasus Bridge where 3 gliders landed within 100 yards, then captured & held the bridge. The bridge is there as well as gliders and a museum. Very moving wreath ceremony at the gravesite. On the last day my wife & I skipped the Napoleon Estate tour and took Viking shuttle into Paris enjoying another wonderful day at the Musee D'Orsay and walking the Seine. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Our cruise was wonderful! From the moment we stepped on board we were treated like royalty by the staff. We especially enjoyed Patricia, our cruise director. Her attention to us and our needs was top notch, and Viking if lucky to have her ... Read More
Our cruise was wonderful! From the moment we stepped on board we were treated like royalty by the staff. We especially enjoyed Patricia, our cruise director. Her attention to us and our needs was top notch, and Viking if lucky to have her on staff. The service was excellent and we even made some friends with staff and guests! I loved the dining options...al fresco, nothing but great views, small and large tables depending on your mood. Kind of felt like a place "where everybody knows your name" and I can't wait to go again. Best part is, you feel like a tourist but get a relaxing vacation all at the same time. Many times we opted out of excursions just to sit on top of the boat and watch the beautiful scenery slide by! Don't miss booking a room with a "juliet" balcony. The option to open the sliding glass door and watch the world go by morning, noon and night was amazing! Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Our cruise was so well done. First trip to Paris, I would have liked more time in the city of Paris. ( we had about fifteen minutes at the Eiffel Tower)We were blessed to see Notre Dame, it burned the following week. Truly, the trip ... Read More
Our cruise was so well done. First trip to Paris, I would have liked more time in the city of Paris. ( we had about fifteen minutes at the Eiffel Tower)We were blessed to see Notre Dame, it burned the following week. Truly, the trip there did not disappoint. All the excursions were terrific. On board, the crew was very attentive, polite and Always happy to help. Our room service was most excellent. The area of Normandy was incredible. Our cruise director held a small ceremony at the cemetery. Many veterans in our group, inspiring. My ONLY regret was not knowing I could have toured the stables at the Palace of Versailles, found out too late. (I have horses, this is of great interest to me) The meals and service were well done! Our tour guides enhanced each of the venues. I would highly recommend this cruise, it was our third Viking cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
This was our first river cruise and we wanted to see France, so the Paris to Normandy cruise was an attractive option. The shore excursions and the guides were wonderful. We did the optional Highlights of Paris shore excursion that ... Read More
This was our first river cruise and we wanted to see France, so the Paris to Normandy cruise was an attractive option. The shore excursions and the guides were wonderful. We did the optional Highlights of Paris shore excursion that included the Louvre - a good first-time experience. The watercolor painting class offered in Giverny was a great experience and started our hobby of painting. The tour of the Normandy beaches was very moving. We selected the Commonwealth beaches so that we could see the Bayeux tapestry and have a smaller group, a choice which turned out to be excellent. We also did the optional Loire Valley extension with a small group, which we would highly recommend. This included staying at a wonderful hotel that was a medieval chateau. Sites included Orleans and Amboise, final home of da Vinci. Of course, the food, drink, and hospitality on the ship were wonderful. The dinners included a standard menu as well as the chef's special for the day which was frequently designed to match a feature of the local area in which we were docked. The food was very well-prepared, and we were never disappointed. The service was very attentive, both during dinner and in the lounge before/after dinner. Activities were frequently planned after the day excursions and in the evening after dinner that provided opportunities to meet the other guests on the cruise. All-in-all, a wonderful experience that made us want to plan our next cruise with Viking soon. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
River Cruising is very different than Ocean Cruising. We have friends that say you will love one and not care for the other. This was our second Viking River and we loved it. So much so that we're looking at the Ocean Cruise ... Read More
River Cruising is very different than Ocean Cruising. We have friends that say you will love one and not care for the other. This was our second Viking River and we loved it. So much so that we're looking at the Ocean Cruise itineraries. But about this cruise..... We are very interested in Impressionism - so the chance to visit Paris and the museums along with a visit at Claude's place was just spectacular. We took advantage of all the tours and the ship's crew were amazing. The Labor Day holiday occurred during our cruise so all the excursions were cancelled because everything was closed. The staff did a lot of digging and found a couple of places that were open - offered a FREE excursion that turned out to be fantastic. The Beaches of Normandy have been on my bucket list for years... We had a great guide and the weather was perfect. I wish shared one of my photos. Very humbling. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
This trip was by far the best vacation my husband and I have ever taken. We added on the 3 day Paris excursion prior to departure and it made the trip even more amazing. The walking food tour is highly recommended. The rooms were more ... Read More
This trip was by far the best vacation my husband and I have ever taken. We added on the 3 day Paris excursion prior to departure and it made the trip even more amazing. The walking food tour is highly recommended. The rooms were more than adequately sized, the food was spectacular, and the staff onboard were all so attentive (and had a great sense of humor to boot). We did an excursion at every port and the guides were all informative and made our trip that much more enjoyable. We especially enjoyed Monet's Gardens and the day long Normandy excursion. We learned so much about France and its history while also having the most luxurious vacation we have ever taken. In addition, getting picked up and dropped off at the airport made our vacation stress free and seamless. We will absolutely be taking a Viking Cruise again in the future. I cannot recommend Viking highly enough! Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
My husband and I have taken two Holland American ocean cruises in the past, but this was our first Viking cruise. Even though we enjoyed our HA cruises and would sail with them again, we will always look at Viking first to see if they have ... Read More
My husband and I have taken two Holland American ocean cruises in the past, but this was our first Viking cruise. Even though we enjoyed our HA cruises and would sail with them again, we will always look at Viking first to see if they have an itinerary to meets our desires first. All the positives you have heard are true: the service was excellent and exceeded expectations, everything was very well-organized, the food was superb, and the staff on the ship and the tour guides were helpful and knowledgable. Although Viking is more expensive than HA, we truly felt we received our money’s worth and that the value is greater. Rather than paying for expensive shore excursions and receiving a large bill on the last day, we knew exactly what we were paying ahead of time and, once we boarded the ship, we didn’t spend a penny except on souvenirs (we had pre-paid our gratuities and we didn’t purchase any hard liquor onboard). Others have written how wonderful Viking is, so here are some things I was curious about/looking for information about before the cruise but had trouble finding answers to. Perhaps others are wondering the same. Paris vs. Le Pecq: We were on the Paris and Normandy cruise which docked in Le Pecq. I understand Viking now has newer, smaller ships that are going to dock in “downtown” Paris, but I noticed the Le Pecq dockings are less expensive. I love Paris and have been several times. Let me clear: this cruise, regardless of where it docks, is not enough time to see Paris. If you really want to see Paris, you should book a hotel in Paris for several days and sightsee on your own. That is what we did. I would only plan on seeing Paris from a river cruise if that was absolutely the only way I was ever going to see it. You need at least an entire day (from opening to at least 5 pm) at the most popular attractions like the Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, Versailles, etc. On the first full day of the cruise, there was an all-day included Paris tour. If you preferred, you could take the bus into Paris with the tour group but then get off and spend the day on your own, which is what we did. I believe we were dropped off around 9:30 or 10 and we had to meet back at 3:30. I know from experience that this is not enough time to see any of the major attractions, so we choose to visit two smaller attractions. We also had our Metro pass from our time at the hotel before the cruise. The RER does travel to Le Pecq, and there are two stations about 15 minutes each walk from the ship. I had mapped these locations ahead of time and we bought the Metro pass that included Zone 5 for this reason. However, because of the provided bus, we did not need to use the RER. Yes, the bus was slower than the RER, but we would have to include the 15-minute walk into our travel time so we considered it a wash. Even with the RER, we would not have gained more time in Paris as the bus left right after breakfast and the ship left the dock right after the bus returned. There was also a similar bus into Paris on the last day if you didn’t want to do the included Malmaison excursion, but we did Malmaison. However, I remember hearing the times were about the same. My conclusion: Le Pecq is fine if you are doing Paris on your own before or after the cruise (which I recommend). If a river cruise is the only possible way you will ever visit Paris, then perhaps it might be worth more money to dock “downtown” as that would decrease your travel time into the city proper. Demographics/pace: This is definitely a cruise geared toward older adults. We are 40 and 44, and we were by far the youngest people on the ship. We anticipated this and weren’t bothered by it because, when we’re not sight-seeing, we like to sit and read and watch the scenery. While on board, we enjoyed the calm and the quiet. Room: We choose a French balcony room due to cost and we would do so again. Yes, the room is very tight with less floor space than even an interior room on HA but there was more storage. The Veranda rooms appeared to have very small balconies with two small, straight-backed uncomfortable-looking chairs. There was more than enough comfortable seating in the common areas - both indoors and out - that we never had any trouble finding a quiet seat in which to relax. WiFi: The WiFi was excellent, much better than on an ocean cruise. I had no trouble uploading pictures to Instagram. There was only one evening it was slow. Shore Excursions: Again, the guides were excellent, the buses were well-maintained, everything was well-planned and organized, and I especially liked the earpieces so that I could walk around and take photos while still hearing the lecture clearly. The best feature is that they were included in the cost of the cruise. I am removing a star, however, for the length of the excursions. Often, the ship would be docked at least half a day in a town and the excursion would only be a couple of hours including travel time. In fact, the only optional excursion we booked was because the included tour was only an hour (and that was the only tour that day), and we wanted to spend more time off the ship. The tours themselves were of a good length, but that left very little free time at the end to explore or shop. Usually, we only had about 15-20 minutes and you also had to walk back to the bus during that time. I’m not sure if this was a function of the older demographic and someone at Viking assumes one can’t or doesn’t want to walk around for another hour. Or perhaps it’s a matter of paying the guides/drivers by the hour. Regardless, there were many towns, shops, gardens, etc. that I would have loved to have visited and didn’t have time. (For the sake of completeness, when the ship is docked in a town, you may get off and explore on your own, which we did. I’m referring to other locations that we were bused to.) Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
This was our third Viking River Cruise (previously did 7 day Rhine and 7 day Danube, both of which I cannot recommend highly enough). Viking does an outstanding job, somethings I wish I had taken into consideration before leaving (which ... Read More
This was our third Viking River Cruise (previously did 7 day Rhine and 7 day Danube, both of which I cannot recommend highly enough). Viking does an outstanding job, somethings I wish I had taken into consideration before leaving (which are completely out of Viking's control). 1. Our cruise began on the Thursday before Easter, this led to crowds and closures at various points of our trip. 2. In preparation for the 2024 Olympic games, Paris has construction projects taking place everywhere, traffic getting in and out of the heart of the city is absolutely dreadful (this from someone born and raised in Los Angeles) 3. Another factor for crowds, a European explained to me, springtime is when many school children take field trips to various locations. 4. Finally, the fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral led to increased tourist traffic at other locations. The Viking staff from booking to final departure were fantastic. We did not take the extension on either side of the trip, but booked our flight to arrive in Paris in the late morning. This allowed us to get our bags on the boat and spend several hours at the Louvre, which otherwise (due to other booked excursions) we would not have been able to see. Embarkation was great, the ship staff are outstanding. Excursion highlights, we took every included excursion (except those that conflicted with paid excursions) - several stops (after leaving Paris) include houses built in the Middle Ages that are incredible to see (Vernon and Rouen). Monet's Garden is beautiful. Out of Rouen we paid for the Farm and Country Tour which was a nice view of the Normandy country side, the farm is a neat experience. The excursion to the beaches of Normandy will leave you with a sense of profound gratitude for the soldiers of the D-Day Invasion. Having studied the history, then touring the site, I still cannot fathom the courage of the men that day. Paris at night was a treat, especially seeing the Eiffel Tower lit up at night. Our cabin steward Filip was great, the room was always perfect. I've seen other reviews where people complain of the size of the cabin, it is not spacious, but sufficient. The only time we are in our cabin is basically to sleep. I cannot speak to the entertainment options in the lounge in the evening, we never attended. We try to stay in town as long, doing as much as we can, after dinner, we're ready for bed. Several people we talked to mentioned the different events were a good time. The food is always top notch and the dining staff attentive to your orders and requests. The guides at each of the locations are always outstanding, usually locals who give you some much more than a guide who read a book about where you are going. At the tour in Versailles, it was absolutely packed, (literally shoulder to shoulder, front to back with people in some rooms), almost impossible. Our guide (I forgot her name) went out of her way trying to keep us together, inform us about the artwork, history, etc, and made the most out of the trip, she was phenomenal there. We will undoubtedly taking Viking again (Portugal, Rhine at Christmas, and the Norwegian Fjords for starters). It was the crowds that took the shine off this trip for us. So if that is an issue for you, the Fall would probably be a better time to book this trip. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We had always wanted to see France and had been receiving information on Viking tours for years without paying much attention. However almost a year before sailing, as we entered our 45th year of marriage, we started talking about what we ... Read More
We had always wanted to see France and had been receiving information on Viking tours for years without paying much attention. However almost a year before sailing, as we entered our 45th year of marriage, we started talking about what we should do for our 50th. About that time we received another brochure and realized that with advanced booking, we could see Paris and much more at a pretty reasonable price and decided we shouldn't wait and looked into booking. Our travel agent had nothing but good things to say and we decided on an early April departure with a 3 day add on in Paris prior to embarkation. It turned out to be one of the best decisions we ever made. Viking saw to every detail, from plane reservations to safely returning us to the airport for the trip home. The ship was immaculate and the staff and crew was helpful and friendly. The cabin was well laid out and didn't seem crowded at all. The bed was really comfortable, the shower had plenty of hot water at any hour of the day and was really nicely lit. There was plenty of storage space for luggage and clothing and the Wi-Fi was as good as at home with no interruptions that we noted. The food and onboard entertainment were beyond excellent, it was like eating in a Michelin star restaurant for every meal. The shore excursions were wonderful, the local guides really made a big difference and they gave wonderful insights as well as facts about each port. Our pre-tour extension in Paris was amazing, in great part because of Viking staff at the hotel to greet us, give us the lay of the land upon arrival and suggest and arrange daily activities, restaurants etc. We really loved the trip and cannot say enough nice things about Viking. They made sure every aspect of our trip was as good as it could be, we felt very "taken care of". We would certainly like to take another trip with this amazing cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Had been recommended Viking for river cruising and I was not disappointed! We chose the Paris and heart of Normandy cruise as we wanted to follow the path of the first Viking visitors - King Rollo, a great favourite of mine. And we got to ... Read More
Had been recommended Viking for river cruising and I was not disappointed! We chose the Paris and heart of Normandy cruise as we wanted to follow the path of the first Viking visitors - King Rollo, a great favourite of mine. And we got to see his tomb on the grand cathedral in Ruoen. The longboat was superb, clean, great staff and much quieter than I thought it would be, oh and smooth - no seasickness here! Food and drink was superb, and we enjoyed a rich variety of meals, often eating chefs recommendations. Breakfast was very relaxed with a great selection of freshly made or buffet style choices. Then after breakfast it was the daily excursion. So well planned and our guides were very friendly and knowledgable (as would be expected), we went with a group who went at a slower pace which suited us better as our mobility is not as it once was. As I mentioned we took this cruise for the destinations and our ,love of the Vikings! Each port of call was very educational, from Parisd and the wonderful artwork in the Louvre, to Notre Dame Cathedral (before the fire!), to Monet's Garden, Bayeaux for the tapestry and the Normandy beaches in this anniversary year. Needless to say we enjoyed our trip very much. Would I recommend it, yes! Would I go again? In a heartbeat. In fact we are planning to go on another cruise with Viking in 2021! Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We wanted to try a river cruise AND enjoy a little time in Paris prior to sailing. The fact that itinerary included the opportunity to go to the beaches of Normandy was also a big decision point for us. During the tenure of this cruise we ... Read More
We wanted to try a river cruise AND enjoy a little time in Paris prior to sailing. The fact that itinerary included the opportunity to go to the beaches of Normandy was also a big decision point for us. During the tenure of this cruise we were able to walk in the footsteps of Joan of Arc, Richard the Lionhearted, Claude Monet and the greatest hero’s of WWII. To experience all that in one trip was an awesome and very emotional experience. Viking made it happen. It’s great to travel Viking where you don’t constantly get reminded of the “extra package” you didn’t pay for. Everything is pretty much included. The accommodations are first rate and staff and crew are exceptional. We really liked that the boat docks right in a village or town. If you don’t want to go on excursion you can spend the day wandering around the town on your own. No huge Cruise Ship crowds to contend with. Very nice way to travel. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We jointed friends who were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary and had a wonderful time. This was our first river cruise, and we loved the smaller number of people and the included excursions. The food was wonderful and the ... Read More
We jointed friends who were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary and had a wonderful time. This was our first river cruise, and we loved the smaller number of people and the included excursions. The food was wonderful and the service great. I'm already perusing the Viking brochures for my NEXT river cruise. The ship needed some refurbishing. The common rooms sofas, etc. were pulling apart at the seams, but I'm sure Viking has a refurbishing in mind soon. We found the shore excursions very informative, although some of the local guide's English was hard to understand, so one had to listen closely and I'm sure we missed some of the sightseeing information. We especially enjoyed the beaches at Normandy and happened there on a beautifully clear day in November. The acres of white crosses against the blue sky will be remembered forever. What a sacrifice by so many. Can't wait for our next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We really enjoyed our time on the Viking Kadlin and the itinerary to Normany. Visiting Normandy was truly a humbling experience. Meeting fellow passengers was delightful and the guided tours were superb. Our only disappointment was the ... Read More
We really enjoyed our time on the Viking Kadlin and the itinerary to Normany. Visiting Normandy was truly a humbling experience. Meeting fellow passengers was delightful and the guided tours were superb. Our only disappointment was the quality of the food at dinner. Maybe because it was the last cruise of the season on the Kadlin but it seemed like we were served a lot of leftovers and not exciting menus. We will definitely sail on Viking again and look forward to experiencing more exciting itineraries and hopefully an improved menu. Our veranda suite was great and our cabin attendant was excellent. As it was cold and raining many days we did not have the opportunity to enjoy our balcony very often. We would probably just save some money and reserve just a veranda cabin or even an river view as the lounge areas are very accommodating to all the passengers. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
My husband and I had enjoyed one previous Viking river cruise (Danube Waltz), and we planned and booked this trip nearly 21 months in advance. I have a particular interest in World War II history and have visited Pearl Harbor several ... Read More
My husband and I had enjoyed one previous Viking river cruise (Danube Waltz), and we planned and booked this trip nearly 21 months in advance. I have a particular interest in World War II history and have visited Pearl Harbor several times, so I was very much looking forward to spending time at the Normandy D-Day invasion sites and the American cemetery at Colleville-sur-mer. Our good friends and travel companions, of whom he is a retired U.S. Army brigadier general, had not traveled on Viking before this trip. We were proud to share with them all of the exceptional aspects of quality and attention to detail for which Viking is famous. Our cabin was perfect and always spotless. All of our meals were absolutely delicious, and we appreciated the variety available at each meal. "Blondie," the amazing gentleman who entertained us at the piano, was, by himself, worth going on the cruise. His talent and lovely personality enhanced every evening in the lounge. Nearly every crew member was pleasant and welcoming, and acted as though taking care of the passengers' needs was enjoyable and fulfilling for them personally. I know they all work hard and we tried to be very generous with them at the end of the cruise. Our shore excursions were delightful as well as informative; we particularly enjoyed Montmartre and Lyon. The highlight, of course, was the full day at the D-Day invasion sites. The sites, the commentary from our guide, and my feelings of deep gratitude mixed with sadness, will stay with me forever. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We had a large group of college classmates...average age 67...with their spouses. It was awesome to do the daily excursions together, meat for drinks and dinner and entertainment every night. The Viking Kadlin was so welcoming, clean, ... Read More
We had a large group of college classmates...average age 67...with their spouses. It was awesome to do the daily excursions together, meat for drinks and dinner and entertainment every night. The Viking Kadlin was so welcoming, clean, quiet. Our one-room cabin was roomy with lots of storage (who would have thought it?). The bathroom was spotless with a heated floor. The food was scrumptious and the service crew assiduous and polite...all spoke English very well even though most of them were Eastern European by birth. Each day we had a ship newspaper with the schedule of activities and meals and other events. One day we had a tour of the bridge with Captain (the vessel crew were all French)...the Kadlin is a very modern ship with all the bells and whistles of navigation and power systems to enable the Captain to ensure a smooth and safe trip. The excursion guides were all local experts...we learned so much of about the towns, battlefields and France. The activity director was super...funny, patient, and knowledgable. Wow! We were so impressed that we want to take another Viking Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
This was my 1st Viking cruise but my 9th cruise overall (including 1 prior river cruise). As a retirement present, my wife & I decided to break open the piggy bank for an upscale vacation in France. Viking's commercials are very ... Read More
This was my 1st Viking cruise but my 9th cruise overall (including 1 prior river cruise). As a retirement present, my wife & I decided to break open the piggy bank for an upscale vacation in France. Viking's commercials are very enticing, but the actual experience was somewhat disappointing. Overall, we had a good time in France, but based on previous cruises I expected more. Let's start with some positives: 1. Our program director, Brenten, was excellent. He seemed to be everywhere at once, always smiling, always active. 2. Captain Stuhl was a visible presence on board & open to interacting with guests. 3. The lounge performer, Blondie (not to be confused with Debbie Harry!), was a multi-talented gentleman with a good repertoire. 4. The included tours were good for the most part. Now for the not-so-good aspects of our cruise. The cabin was small, even by cruise ship standards. The bathroom was microscopic, with such a low ceiling that my hand scraped against it every time I brushed my hair. We paid a lot extra for a "deluxe" veranda room which is exactly the same as a regular veranda except for a more central location. On a ship this small that doesn't make a big difference. And we barely used the veranda because the terrace & the sun deck were so easily accessible. One thing that surprised me was the impersonality of the service. On prior cruises I got used to being treated as an individual & greeted by name, with my personal preferences noted & remembered. On Viking this was not true. Service was perfunctory at best, with little effort to personalize it or even act pleasantly toward guests. (I make an exception for 2 servers - Laszlo & Stela - who at least smiled as they worked). It was the same for cabin stewards. On all previous cruises the steward practically became a member of the family. This time there was no effort at personal communication or interaction. Finally, the food. Nothing was awful, but nothing exceeded banquet hall quality. We were asked about allergies on the 1st day but this was never honored. Each day my wife had to struggle to find enough on the menu that wouldn't make her sick. The worst was during our trip to Normandy. We were specifically asked about dietary needs in advance, as they needed to notify the restaurant where we were stopping for lunch. At least 3 crew members verified this information with my wife, yet at the restaurant she was presented with a platter filled with the one vegetable that she said she couldn't eat. In summary, I felt I overpaid for a substandard shipboard experience. Viking should spend less on commercials & mailings, more on training staff about making guests feel like guests. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
This was actually our 2nd Viking River Cruise as two years ago, my classmate and I also did the Viking River Cruise to Eastern Europe. Obviously, we enjoyed our pre-cruise stay in Prague and the cruise itself to Budapest, Croatia, Serbia ... Read More
This was actually our 2nd Viking River Cruise as two years ago, my classmate and I also did the Viking River Cruise to Eastern Europe. Obviously, we enjoyed our pre-cruise stay in Prague and the cruise itself to Budapest, Croatia, Serbia and Bucharest. And this October, six of us classmates will be doing the Rhine Ruver Cruise. Needless to say, we are happy and enjoy doing the Viking River Cruises! During our first cruise to Eastern Europe, we didn't have the leisurely walk which we joined during our Paris cruise. We hope you will have the leisurely group again for the Rhine Ruver cruise this October as the six of us classmates are 76 years old by then. In both cruises, we were very pleased with the tour guides. Please note that we have done leisure cruises with Holland America, Princess, Norwegian and Royal Carribean cruise ships since 2010. Viking Cruise is the only River Cruise we have joined and are very happy and satisfied overall. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Viking won our interest with a great itinerary including Paris, Giverny and Rouen along the Seine. After boarding the Viking Kadlin longship and settling in, we visited several of the highlights of Paris on the first day: Notre Dame of ... Read More
Viking won our interest with a great itinerary including Paris, Giverny and Rouen along the Seine. After boarding the Viking Kadlin longship and settling in, we visited several of the highlights of Paris on the first day: Notre Dame of Paris, Champs Elysees, and the Eiffel Tower. We loved the leisurely pace of cruising down the Seine. Our visit to Monet’s home, beautiful gardens and water lily pond was definitely a highlight of the week. The Seine meanders through France toward the English Channel. Charming homes, orchards and farms, and white limestone cliffs line the river’s edge. Not to be missed, our experience at the Normandy beaches and the American cemetery was impressive and moving. Our return trip to Paris included a stop in Les Andelys to visit a castle ruin built in the 12th century by Richard the Lionheart. Versailles and its awe-inspiring, extravagant rooms and gardens left us with a lifetime of memories. We topped off our final night at the Eiffel Tower which glowed in the Paris night. Our meals and entertainment onboard the Kadlin were fabulous! Such a good cruise! Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
I have always wanted to go to Paris. I searched different options and always went back to the Viking Paris to Normandy trip because we would see so many things in one vacation. I knew that Viking Cruises had a good reputation and decided ... Read More
I have always wanted to go to Paris. I searched different options and always went back to the Viking Paris to Normandy trip because we would see so many things in one vacation. I knew that Viking Cruises had a good reputation and decided to try them. Being new to that area it was attractive go with a trip that did all the planning for us. To insure that I did in fact see Paris, we added a 3 day stay there before our cruise on the Seine River. From the time we arrived at our ship, the Kadlin, until we departed for the airport our trip exceeded all of our expectations. The ship was so well planned. A place for any mood: outdoors for exercise, a little golf, walking or just sunning. A quiet lounge to read, socialize or enjoy the scenery as we glided down the river. Dining choices from formal to casual to al fresco. Every meal offered many choices and because I am gluten free, the maitre'd paid special attention to my every meal! Our cabin was perfect- we had a Veranda B. We found that the rest of the ship was so inviting, we did not need anything bigger. While the main purpose of our trip was the many cities and places that we visited, every evening there was something fun to do back on the ship. Our director was awesome and very entertaining while providing us with daily information about what to expect next. Every single person who worked on the ship was attentive, helpful, at our service! We enjoyed most shore excursions that were included in the ship and also added some optional excursions. Every one of them was well organized and entertaining. What can I say, I cannot think of one negative critique which is unusual for me:) We both loved it so much we have already booked our next trip. This time cruising the Danube River! I think the most important point I can make is that this trip was as carefree as it could be. A true vacation!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Though there was a good choice of tours, there was too much packed into the day. There was no time to browse. The Normandy day was long and not enough time at the museum if any..which is a shame because it was why we came. There was more ... Read More
Though there was a good choice of tours, there was too much packed into the day. There was no time to browse. The Normandy day was long and not enough time at the museum if any..which is a shame because it was why we came. There was more time at the English Museum. The guide was very hard to understand. The Giverny tour was very good. The tour of Notre Dame was too short with no time to browse and the tour guide spoke to us as if we were children. The Rouen tour was very good and the tour guide was excellent. The food was ok. The staff on board was excellent . The evening entertainment was pleasant. Both embarkation and disembarkation was smooth except at the airport when leaving. We were left at the wheelchair station with no interpreter and nearly missed our flight. It was very stressful. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We chose this trip especially for the Normandy experience. Every port and excursion was fabulous. Our guides were extremely knowledgeable. The day at Normandy was very moving and memorable. Viking arranged for special access and ... Read More
We chose this trip especially for the Normandy experience. Every port and excursion was fabulous. Our guides were extremely knowledgeable. The day at Normandy was very moving and memorable. Viking arranged for special access and ceremonies just for us! Viking guests were treated royally at every location. Our crew provided top notch service and it was very nice to have the same people every day. They really got to know you. The ship was spotless, food delicious, accommodations comfortable. We met so many fun and interesting passengers and made some long-term friends for future trips. We like the small ship 200 passenger experience and the majority of the passengers were in our general age group. There were no young children and this type of trip would not be appropriate for anyone under high school age. Enjoyed every aspect of the trip and highly recommend this adventure. We are planning to book another river cruise in 2020. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
The itinerary was beyond our expectations. We loved the tours we took, especially Giverny. The tour guides at each stop were so very informative. The dining service was exceptional. Maitre'd George and the kitchen staff did a ... Read More
The itinerary was beyond our expectations. We loved the tours we took, especially Giverny. The tour guides at each stop were so very informative. The dining service was exceptional. Maitre'd George and the kitchen staff did a wonderful job with avoidance of my food allergens. A special service at the American Cemetary in Normandy honoring fallen Americans was wonderful. The tour of the Normandy beaches was awe-inspiring. Paris is everything we were led to believe. Versailles, the Louvre, Notre Dame, the Eifel Tower were exceptional. We did the Eifel Tower tour at night, which was a lot of fun. Vernon was unique. At Rouen seeing their Notre Dame Cathedral light show on the front of the cathedral was amazing. The church and square where St. Joan of Arc was burnt was awesome as well. The whole cruise was well worth the price and a totally wonderful experience for both my wife and me. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We went June 25-July 6, 2018. We wanted that itinerary because of the WWII sites, Napoleon Bontepart’s home , Richard the Lionheart Castle, Paris and the quaint towns along the Siene. Their was a fabulous light /graphic show at 10:30 ... Read More
We went June 25-July 6, 2018. We wanted that itinerary because of the WWII sites, Napoleon Bontepart’s home , Richard the Lionheart Castle, Paris and the quaint towns along the Siene. Their was a fabulous light /graphic show at 10:30 at night on the cathedral walls in Rouen. The buses were comfortable and the guides were very good. The staff on the Kadin was the best we have ever had and went out of their way to make everyone feel special Everyone seemed to have a great and memorable time. The crafted cocktails were a real treat. The food was outstanding. Chef Joseph made a beautiful 4 th of July Cake. The Captain and Cruise Director were very gracious and professional and represented Viking very well. The Wait Staff were very good, remembered our names and what we liked. We look forward to going on another Viking River Cruise and try the Viking Cruise Ship in the future. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Paris and Rouen excursions were great, but this cruise was all about Normandy and the American Cemetery. Viking had a respectful and moving agenda at the cemetery, and I still get choked up telling the tale to friends. Service with Viking ... Read More
Paris and Rouen excursions were great, but this cruise was all about Normandy and the American Cemetery. Viking had a respectful and moving agenda at the cemetery, and I still get choked up telling the tale to friends. Service with Viking is always a key feature, and each member of the staff wants to make the customer happy. I never saw a staff member frown. We had some small transfer issues that the managers handled quickly and appropriately. The food was superb, and the enrichment activities and lectures were most informative. Every shore excursion, both included and pay as you go, were professional and sharp. One small disappointment. The Paris dock was more than 30 minutes from the city center. If you expect to walk off the boat and stroll to the Eifel Tower you will be let down. My first trip to Paris, and I want to go back! You will see the Louvre, Notre Dame, and Eifel Tower on day two... wonderful! Thank you, Viking... you always exceed expectations. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
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