128 Viking River Viking Kadlin Cruise Reviews

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
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
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
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 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
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
We explored Paris for 3 days in the pre-cruise part of the tour (stayed at the Marriott Opera Ambassador Hotel, which was very nice & located within walking distance of the Galerie Lafayette & other shopping areas). The VIking ... Read More
We explored Paris for 3 days in the pre-cruise part of the tour (stayed at the Marriott Opera Ambassador Hotel, which was very nice & located within walking distance of the Galerie Lafayette & other shopping areas). The VIking guides were excellent - we did tours of Montmartre and other tourist areas of Paris during the 3 days. Viking Kadlin was excellent - the cabin/service and the restaurant/food was great throughout (a lot of local French food choices, e.g. escargot which we normally would not be trying!). The onshore tours were uniformly enjoyable, especially memorable was the visit to the gardens of Monet at Giverny (although the place was packed with tourists!). This was a really enjoyable trip overall in terms of comfort on the boat (excellent cabin and very friendly companions on the cruise). We will definitely do other Viking cruises in the future (although we may try a Viking Ocean cruise next time). Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
This was our second Viking river cruise. As expected, the entire experience was wonderful. Embarkation was smooth, the crew very friendly. Shout out to Urska, the hotel manager. She was great, always smiling and willing to assist. Chef ... Read More
This was our second Viking river cruise. As expected, the entire experience was wonderful. Embarkation was smooth, the crew very friendly. Shout out to Urska, the hotel manager. She was great, always smiling and willing to assist. Chef Jozsef and his chefs did a lovely job with the food. Added treat, dinners on the Aquavit terrace while sailing. Glad to see a wider variety of shore excursions offered, like cycling and canoeing. Highlights were Monet’s Garden in Giverny and the D-Day Beaches. Included tour of Paris covered the highlights and gave us time to have lunch in Ile Saint-Louis. There were other opportunities to visit Paris at the end of the tour as well. One of the most enjoyable parts of the trip was being able to use the sun deck. Our first river cruise was on the Danube in November. Way too cold for the sun deck! Transfers to and from the airport were smooth. Another great cruise! Viking, we’ll be back! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
My first experience with Viking and it did not disappoint. Both the travel and the service was first class. The food was excellent and the cultural experience was wonderful. Each of the excursions guides were well versed, provided helpful ... Read More
My first experience with Viking and it did not disappoint. Both the travel and the service was first class. The food was excellent and the cultural experience was wonderful. Each of the excursions guides were well versed, provided helpful ideas for venturing off on your own, and had special local knowledge that enhanced our visit. No request was dismissed by the crew or the cruise director. We immediately booked our next Viking cruise before departure. The arrival and departure itself was well organized and Viking personnel made the transition easy and efficient. The lounge entertainment in the evenings was fantastic and our group (known as the Texas Mafia) closed the bar down every night. The cultural meetings held on the ship as either a preview or enhancement of excursions was both entertaining and educational. The dining service was exceptional as the crew made a significant effort to connect with the guests. The menus were varied and the food was excellent. Everything about the trip made us want to come back again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
A great compromise between me and my husband, especially saving money by booking well in advance. He got fulfilled his dream to view the historic WW2 Normandy battlegrounds, and I got to accomplish my dream to experience the charm, the ... Read More
A great compromise between me and my husband, especially saving money by booking well in advance. He got fulfilled his dream to view the historic WW2 Normandy battlegrounds, and I got to accomplish my dream to experience the charm, the beauty, and the history of Paris and the gorgeous sights along the Seine while the excellent tour guides, tour drivers, and Viking crew orchestrated a wonderful trip itinerary from the airport arrival gate all the way back to the departure desk at CDG airport. The boat was beautiful, spacious, and provided a wonderfully smooth ride along the river. We spent much time on the upper deck enjoy the scenic French countrysides. We always had access to staff and crew to help with translation, tours, food, and service. This was an excellent introduction to Paris by seeing many sights and smoothly being guided through the entrance gates and constantly able to see and hear our guides while touring at an easy pace around each scenic and historic venue. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
For a very long time I have wanted to visit Monet's house and garden at Giverny and the visit was well worth the wait , even the the weather was unseasonably hot. Also had an unforgettable day at the Normandy beaches. The ceremonies ... Read More
For a very long time I have wanted to visit Monet's house and garden at Giverny and the visit was well worth the wait , even the the weather was unseasonably hot. Also had an unforgettable day at the Normandy beaches. The ceremonies there was so reverent and respectful to the heroes of that campaign who should never be forgotten. It was our first Viking cruise and it was nearly flawless from start to finish. It won't the last as Viking exceeded our expectations at every turn. The service level couldn't be better as the entire staff was accommodating, friendly, and knowledgeable. We are very seasoned (50 years) travelers and both the tours and the guides were the best we have ever experienced. Every day was interesting and unique from the others. My wife has a medical issue that necessitates a rigid diet at all times. The maitre'd and his staff went above to ensure her needs were met while providing excellent meals all of the time. The only negative was we had to catch an early (0700) flight From Paris to London for a connection to return to the states. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We had a terrific time. And the crew on board were wonderful. Special hats off and thanks to Anett, Brenton, Blondie, Zoltan and his twin (Stephen? So sorry I forgot), and Captain Cedric. Entertainment band De Capo were terrific, too. ... Read More
We had a terrific time. And the crew on board were wonderful. Special hats off and thanks to Anett, Brenton, Blondie, Zoltan and his twin (Stephen? So sorry I forgot), and Captain Cedric. Entertainment band De Capo were terrific, too. Food: terrific. Wines: Terrific (recommend you get the upgrade package, well worth it). Shore excursions: Terrific. Have already booked another one in Netherlands, wish we could take Anett, Brenton, et al. along. The Normandy tour was very good, wish it was longer. Walking tour of Rouen was very nice, too, ending at park where Joan of Arc was burned; her church there was very impressive. We also did the 3-day extension (before the cruise) in Paris, stayed at little boutique Hotel Rochester, which we highly recommend -- a short two blocks off Champs Elysees. The ship herself was immaculate stem to stern. Our only regret: That we couldn't stay aboard for another 25 or 30 trips. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Our first Viking River Cruise was the experience of a lifetime. The Kadin was a lovely boat. Clean, elegant and beautiful. We enjoyed not having a large crowd and many decks. Our ports from Paris to Giverny to Rouen to the beaches of ... Read More
Our first Viking River Cruise was the experience of a lifetime. The Kadin was a lovely boat. Clean, elegant and beautiful. We enjoyed not having a large crowd and many decks. Our ports from Paris to Giverny to Rouen to the beaches of Normandy provided adventure, as well as magic. France is far more beautiful than anticipated. We fell in love with Paris as a city. Our visit to the Louvre and private tour provided by Tours by Locals was outstanding. Our guide shared excellent views, exhibits and historical facts with us. While cruising, we greatly enjoyed meeting new friends, and were very impressed by the impeccable service of the Kadin crew. Housekeeping was stellar. The meals were excellent. Breakfast was our favorite meal of the day, and we don’t eat breakfast at home! We would certainly take another Viking River Cruise. If there is a last minute vacancy deal list, sign us up! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
I am of a military family (Army), and have learned about the D-day invasion from family and books. I also am very excited about history and reading is an important part of my life. So, when this experience was offered by Viking, I jumped ... Read More
I am of a military family (Army), and have learned about the D-day invasion from family and books. I also am very excited about history and reading is an important part of my life. So, when this experience was offered by Viking, I jumped at the opportunity. This cruise made me feel like I stepped into the history books that sit on my desk. Notre Dame, the Louvre, King Richard the Lion Hearted, Giverny and Monet, Vernon, Rouen, and very emotionally - Omaha Beach, the invasion plans inscribed in the memorial, and the white cross against the kelly green green grase and dark green trees in American cemetery. The night before each excursion, the staff would describe what we were about to see the next day, so that when we stepped on shore, the history books, the staff descriptions, and the scenery all blended into a fabulous experience. An awesome experience! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We chose this cruise to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. We'd cruised the Danube with Viking before and had a great experience. Janet wanted to see Paris and i was eager to tour the Normandy beaches, so we both got something we ... Read More
We chose this cruise to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. We'd cruised the Danube with Viking before and had a great experience. Janet wanted to see Paris and i was eager to tour the Normandy beaches, so we both got something we wanted. I crashed in bed when we arrived on the Kadlin but Janet & another passenger took a shuttle into the city to explore on their own. I strongly recommend using Viking Air for your flights. We had no problems & the layovers were not too long or too short! We had a standard cabin and it was very comfortable-what little time we spent in it (other than sleeping & showering). We don't cruise to spend time lounging in our cabin. The meals were exquisite - tailored to the cuisine of the regions of France we were seeing. Staff were great, helpful & attentive! Activities and excursions were well organized and informative & entertaining. We would certainly do another Viking cruise! They know how to do it! ...Joe Zima Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Our ultimate goal was to see the beaches at Normandy, and since we had such a great experience on a Viking Ocean cruise, we decided to try Viking's River Cruise from Paris to Normandy. The embarkation and disembarcation were done ... Read More
Our ultimate goal was to see the beaches at Normandy, and since we had such a great experience on a Viking Ocean cruise, we decided to try Viking's River Cruise from Paris to Normandy. The embarkation and disembarcation were done very smooth, as we have come to expect from Viking. We were not prepared for the enormou size of the Charles DeGalle Airport. Since this was a river boat and not an ocean liner, we knew the cabin would be small, but not that small! Only one of us could pass at a time in the narrow space between the end of the bed and the dressers. However the bathroom was certainly up to Viking's high standard, including the heated floor. I love a balcony, but having a cabin on the 2nd deck put our window even or just below the port sidewalk. I felt I was on display. My bigget disappointment was that since we did nearly all of our cruising at night, there was really very little time to sit on the balcony and watch the scenery go by. All of our meals were up to Viking's high standards and the menus always included fresh ingredients and used many French recipes. I did miss the opportunity of dining at alternative resaturants like those on Viking ocean ships. The service staff, from our wonderful stateroom attendant to the front desk and the waiting staff were all superb. There were plenty of opportunities for activities and entertainment if you wanted it. The tours and exursions were thoughfully planned, very well run, and immensely educational. I missed the onboard enrichment sesions that Viking ships have. WARNING: Be sure you have plenty of Euros at the end because we had to put our gratuities on a credit card and with the conversion charges, etc. we wound up paying close to $500! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We were interested in returning to Paris and visiting the Normandy coast. We booked the pre-extension in Paris and found the tours offered were what we were looking for. The Viking representative in the hotel couldn't have been more ... Read More
We were interested in returning to Paris and visiting the Normandy coast. We booked the pre-extension in Paris and found the tours offered were what we were looking for. The Viking representative in the hotel couldn't have been more helpful.We have taken other Viking River Cruises and never been disappointed. The food is great as is the service. The staff are very friendly and activities and entertainment on board are good.The cabin, though small, is efficiently arranged and very little time is spent in the cabin. There are lovely lounges on the ship.The top deck provides a way to get some exercise as well as lovely views of the surrounding country side. Our trip to the Normandy coast was very educational as well as moving. Because of a celebration at the American cemetery, we did not have enough time to go through the museum on site, which we regret. The port stops and excursions at each port were excellent. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We chose Viking for two reasons: first, their support of PBS and secondly because of the ratings. We felt that we would get good value for the money and we were thrilled with the entire arrangement. First, the cabins were very well ... Read More
We chose Viking for two reasons: first, their support of PBS and secondly because of the ratings. We felt that we would get good value for the money and we were thrilled with the entire arrangement. First, the cabins were very well appointed and comfortable. We did have some plumbing questions about gurgling as we were on a lower deck, but that was minor. The heated floors and mirrors in the bath were a nice touch as were the storage options in the cabin. The ship itself was really well designed with a lot of space to relax and chill. The tour guides were the best! They really knew the areas, most were locals and had an incredible grasp of history, secret spaces, and layout. After the arranged tour we had plenty of time to explore on our own with a great orientation from the tours. There was no evidence whatsoever that Viking was trying to cut any corner at all in anything from food to accomodations to scheduling. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We selected to cruise from Paris to Normandy as my wife wished to celebrate her birthday with a review of the Eifel Tower. On my bucket list was to visit the beaches of Normandy, and we both were excited about our side excursion to Oxford ... Read More
We selected to cruise from Paris to Normandy as my wife wished to celebrate her birthday with a review of the Eifel Tower. On my bucket list was to visit the beaches of Normandy, and we both were excited about our side excursion to Oxford England to visit the very castle where Downton Abby was filmed. Overall, a great cruise experience and the staff and crew were fantastic. We met loads of new friends and cruising buddies along the way. The ship was very easy to get around on and all meals were exceptional. Our shore excursions could not have been any better and the tour guides were phenomenal. We got to peek inside with a much better perspective at all of the side excursions that we would not have had access to if doing on our own. Great job to Viking and it's crew and staffs. Our education levels were raised to new heights because of Viking and it's staff. Will book again on Viking!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
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