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
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
We wanted to see World War II beaches/memorials primarily; also, spend 3 days in Paris prior to cruise. We like the convenience of unpacking once with good food and wine available.
However, we were surprised and somewhat disappointed ... Read More
We wanted to see World War II beaches/memorials primarily; also, spend 3 days in Paris prior to cruise. We like the convenience of unpacking once with good food and wine available.
However, we were surprised and somewhat disappointed that we spent as much time on buses to excursions and that itinerary seemed a bit confused, i.e., we went to Monet's Garden one day then the next drove by it again on way to beaches. We did not feel we had enough time at the Normandy sites. The lovely but totally unnecessary long lunch that day could have been simplified which would have given more time. Also, the embarkation village was a total non-event.....perhaps a more inviting place with something to actually see?
There were some real highlights: the trip to the apple farm with sheep dog demonstration was outstanding, our favorite sidetrip. The hostess was delightful. The light show at night at Rouen an unexpected treat and awesome. The time we did have at Normandy beaches was highlighted by the special program, very special..
As on our previous Danube cruise 2 yrs. ago, our fellow travelers were great and we enjoyed the company of 3 other couples every evening, with the splendid food and wine.
Our room on the second level was just right.....we enjoyed the large window. And the staff of the ship was outstanding. Read Less
In 2016, some friends and I enjoyed a Seine River Cruise that included the Normandy Beaches. That cruise was with Mayflower Tours and was aboard the Amadeus, chartered from Lueftner Cruises. No sooner did we disembark the ship than I ... Read More
In 2016, some friends and I enjoyed a Seine River Cruise that included the Normandy Beaches. That cruise was with Mayflower Tours and was aboard the Amadeus, chartered from Lueftner Cruises. No sooner did we disembark the ship than I swore I would definitely return. And I did just that this past June...sailing on a similar Normandy Beaches cruise but this time with Viking River Cruises. BIG difference between the two cruises.
Both river cruises included complimentary wine with both lunch and dinner, daily excursions, and basically similar stateroom amenities. However, the standard Viking Kadlin staterooms were MUCH smaller than the same category cabins on the Amadeus. Both ships were beautiful and immaculately maintained. The staff on both cruises were friendly and professional. To me the BIG difference was the quality and variety of the food, with the Viking Kadlin meals falling far short of Lueftner's Amadeus.
And the cost difference was quite surprising. The Viking River Cruise was quite a bit more expensive than the one offered by Mayflower Tours. It definitely pays to shop. Read Less
Note: You don’t dock anywhere near Paris. If you want Paris than you need to book another cruise line, not Viking. This is review of the Viking Ships, Rinda, Rolf and Kadlin as they all do the same route on different days. We were on the ... Read More
Note: You don’t dock anywhere near Paris. If you want Paris than you need to book another cruise line, not Viking. This is review of the Viking Ships, Rinda, Rolf and Kadlin as they all do the same route on different days. We were on the Kadlin departure on June 24, the boat embarks from Le Pecq, not Paris.
Arrival: very smooth. Meet the Viking reps wearing red jackets right outside of customs (if you purchased the Viking Transfer). BTW, we were not stopped at all in French customs. Very well organized transfer to Le Pecq, which is outside of Paris. About 45 minutes on a very ugly, graffiti filled highway. The town of a Le Pecq is a lovely, upscale suburb on the banks of the Seine. Check in very quick and easy. TIP: bring a clock, there is no clock in your cabin. If you use a curling iron or something that generates heat you will need a converter. Otherwise you have US electric current. Cabins are small, stash your suitcase under your bed. TIP: bring extra hangers as the closet is large, only 3 drawers. There is a fridge in the cabin. Nearby: the banks of the Seine towards the bridge are lined with flower gardens. The path in the other direction takes you to a school with outdoor exercise stations. No bathrooms anywhere at all in town. Always use the one on the ship first.
Be sure to pack and wear layers. It has been a rainy, chilly summer, dress for passing showers. Forget about fancy shoes as you will be walking across cobblestone streets.
Tour to St. Germaine n Laye: was wonderful and not to be missed. Sweeping views of Paris in the distance. Large park. 12 century castle and church. St. Germaine n laye is also an upscale small city filled with shops and outdoor cafes. It has a large commuter rail station (RER) from which you can take a train every 10 minutes to Paris. Takes 30 minutes. Huge train, spotless, easy to navigate with an upstairs deck. Buy your ticket right at the kiosk or at the “service desk” which is staffed by humans. Be sure to hold onto your ticket as you need to have it to exit the system. TIP: if you need or desire fast wifi, buy a hotspot to take along on the trip as the ship’s wifi is affected by travel. There are lots of free movies in your room if you want to chill. TIP: the tour guide will ask if you wish to walk back to Le Pecq from the castle. DO IT! It is an awesome walk straight down the beautiful terraces to the ship which is quite easy to see at all times. The walk along the Seine to the ship is a garden path.
TIP: sit anywhere you want in the dining room. Don’t be afraid to join a table by the window, as this is how you make friends.
Night: Welcome lecture and procedures from Program Director. Followed by dinner and opera singers (we went to bed)
Day two: Paris: The extended tour takes you thru the leafy suburbs west of Paris, which are a treat to see. TIP: sit on the left side of the bus, so that you can watch the lovely mansion go by situated along the Seine. Bring a small pair of binoculars for better viewing. We jumped off in Paris at the first stop which is the Eiffel Tower. From there it is an easy walk on either side of the Seine to anywhere you want to go. TIP: there is a bateaux mouche that has 8 stops along the Seine. You can hop on and off at will. Not sure of the fare.
We went to L’Orangerie to see Monet’s Water Lillies. This is located in the Tulleries garden. There are many sights and museums in the area. We went on a scenic battteaux mouche. Ours had a crappy PA system so we could not hear the narration. It is fabulous to see Paris from the river. Do it! We rode on the big ferris wheel at the Tullleries. It’s okay, not a must. The took a pedicab up Avenue George V to the RER station. TIP: The pedicabs are a fun, wild ride, but the fare quoted is per person, don’t be fooled as we were. The RER station is insane, hold tight to purses and wallets. The train outbound to St. G en Laye is on the lowest level. You can buy your ticket at the service desk. The train arrives every 10 minutes, and is clearly announced on the marquee overhead. Ours was labled “Zeus”. The train is huge and lovely with an upper deck. You jump off at the very, very last stop. Then you will need to walk downhill via the terraces to Le Pecq.
Night: cast off and cruise in the wrong direction towards Paris so that the boat can turn around. Lovely bucolic scenes, homes and parks. Bring your binoculars. TIP: you can eat on the deck where there are also cozy rocking chairs with heat lamps. The staff will bring you “blankies” as it is slightly chilly out there. The buffet is always available on the deck, not much variety though.
Day three: Wake up in Vernon an antique town on the Seine just inside of Normandy. Hop off and take a walk. Read the plaques about the Duke of Vernon and the destruction of part of the town by the allies in WW2. This theme will be repeated as the allies heavily bombed Normandy to deprive the occupying Nazis of trains, food and train lines. Sad to imagine. The area near the ship has medieval houses and small castle.
TIP: it is always freezing on the boat. Bring a lined jacket or a heavy shawl. Showers happen too so a folding umbrella or a hooded jacket is needed.
Trip to Giverny leaves bright and early. Thankfully, as Giverny becomes unbearable overcrowded by noon. Use the restrooms on the walk to the gardens, leave a small coin for the attendant. No words can describe the beauty of the gardens. Take a million pictures and enjoy. The guides will rush you, but that is okay, they are trying to move you ahead of the huge crowds. You can enjoy the gift shops and there are some nice boutiques outside the gardens. Transfer back to the ship for lunch.
Afternoon? The water color calls was excellent. Brigitte did a wonderful job of making you feel competent in a short time.
Night:? Stays light until 10 pm or later
Day four: cast off in the morning for Rouen. Lovely ride thru various locks upstream to upper Normandy. Look for a church built right into the limestone cliff. Arrive in Rouen. Lots of other cruise ships, not much to see. I don’t understand why they bother with this port. An included walking tour departs, or purchase the farm tour. TIP: do NOT book this trip if you are mobility challenged. Do not wear nice shoes, as you will be slogging thru the mud and worse. We went on the farm tour which was awesome. Lovely country villages and farms speed by the windows. It looks kind of like Amish country. Arrive at a 17th century farm. All organic. Sheepdog demonstration. Cider demo and tasting. Then on to another tasting of sparkling cider and Calvados. The most fantastic and flavorful Neufchatel cheese, and cinnamon apple tarts in croissant dough. Take a big nap on the one hour ride back to the boat.
Night? Some go to the light show at Rouen Cathedral. NOT TO BE MISSED!! It is not a laser show, or a simple slide show. There are two shows VIKING and IMPRESSIONISTS. Both are awesome, but the Viking show is more spectacular. Do not leave after the first show ends, but stick around for one minute until the next show starts.
Day five: early morning two hour drive to the beaches at Normandy. I was not at all excited for this tour, but it was fantastic. The seaside is lovely, with neat and picturesque cottages. The gardens are overflowing with roses and zinnias. The tour makes four separate stops at various places along the Normandy beaches. TIP: if you want to see the Bayouex tapestry take the Commonwealth tour. The museum is quite interesting and overwhelming. Spend some time thanking the dead quietly on the beach. TIP: good restrooms across from museum. The ones under the museum will have long lines. Leave a coin for the attendant. Ask which restaurant you are having lunch just in case you get lost like we did. Lots of fun boutiques along the pedestrian mall. TIP: if you have a food allergy bring a sign with you and put it next to your place. As the service happens very fast and there is no food choice. Then you arrive at the US Cemetery which is huge. If you wish to honor a specific soldier, find out PRIOR to leaving the where he/she is buried as the procedure at the cemetery is too cumbersome and you don’t have time. TIP: bring or buy a book for the two hour plus journey back to Rouen.
The staff puts on a lovely welcome back to the ship. Dinner, then don’t miss the Liars Club show which is hilarious fun. Second chance to see the Rouen light show. DO NOT MISS THIS. Tomorrow is a is a light day with a late breakfast so you can sleep in.
Day six: Get up late, breakfast isn’t until 7:30. Omelettes made to order, lots of menu choices or buffet choices. Be sure to go up deck and watch the holiday houses and villages slip by. You arrive in Les Andelyes at 1:00 or so. Be ready for the walking tours which depart at 1:45. You can take an easy walk down in the villages or trek up the hill to the Castle Gallaird. TIP: if you have a walking stick or telescoping hiking pole, bring it. It is quite steep in both directions, and not so nice to your knees. Lovely views up and down the Seine. We spied a big municipal swimming pool on the waterfront, so if you really want to go swimming, I am sure you could find it. It is right near the bridge.
Day seven: Wake up in Mantres-Les-Jolies, which is a pretty town with a medieval church and waterfront. It is so typical of the French that they don’t even remark on how nice this town is. Don’t waste the opportunity to explore the waterfront and centre of town. Many shops are open early and the locals look to enjoy kibitzing as there day begins.
We took the optional tour to Mal Maisson which allowed us to have a leisurely morning and return by 1 pm. It takes a brief half hour to get there, thru pretty leafy, upscale suburbs. Port Marly among them. Passing by the pump house and pipes that supply the fountains to Verseilles. Chateau Malmaison (named for the rowdy, misbehaving Normans) is pretty, loaded with history, and a very comfortable homey scale. Not grand and overwhelming. Back to the ship for lunch and time to sit in the rocking chairs up on deck. Grab a “blankie” from the storage bin in the lounge and watch the pretty shoreline slip by, a village, a race course, a nautical center, just waiting for a glimpse of old familiar Le Pecq. Also a cooking lesson at 3 and a tour of the galley at 4 given by the chef. Fill out your evaluations, pay your bills, fill up your gratuity envelopes, and say a tearful goodbye to friendly faces.
Departure Day: early rise and shine, put your bag tags on and put your bags out at the correct time (not earlier). Remember to arrange for a wake up call the night before. Just do as they say and things will go very smoothly. Breakfast is crowded, so get up early. Charles De Gaulle airport is massive and crowded. You cannot print out your boarding pass the night before, but maybe you can download it to your phone, not sure. You have to stand in a 10 ques but eventually you make it on board. There is a TON of shopping in CDG, so save room for souvenirs. Read Less
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
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
We chose this cruise because we wanted a new cruising experience. We had always been on big ships, in big ports, and wanted a change up.
Viking delivered on that change. The Kadlin was a beautiful ship and very comfortable. The staff ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted a new cruising experience. We had always been on big ships, in big ports, and wanted a change up.
Viking delivered on that change. The Kadlin was a beautiful ship and very comfortable. The staff was incredibly kind and accommodating. Our cabin steward was incredible!
The true winner of this cruise is the ports. For me, Rouen turned out to be the true gem. The city was beautiful and charming, the food was delicious, the people were so kind and friendly, and there was so much to see and do.
The excursions were all so wonderful. I highly recommend the walking tour in Le Pecq after you board. It turned out to be one of my favorites! The castle is absolutely stunning and the gardens are unlike I've ever seen.
If you do the Paris by Night Tour you wont be able to get many pictures. The tour is given in a closed bus and the glare from the windows ruin any type of picture, which was disappointing for me.
I thought that I (and my 16 year old) might find river cruising a little slow, but with all the excursions they had planned, and activities on the boat, we never had a second to be become bored.
Despite the brutal heat wave and high humidity we experienced, the cruise was an incredible experience and I highly recommend anyone curious about river cruising to give it a chance! Read Less
This is our third Viking River Cruise. We enjoyed the food and wine on this cruise. We also thought the captain and the cruise director were brilliant and fun. More importantly, the excursions were well organized with knowledgeable tour ... Read More
This is our third Viking River Cruise. We enjoyed the food and wine on this cruise. We also thought the captain and the cruise director were brilliant and fun. More importantly, the excursions were well organized with knowledgeable tour guides (particularly Leif).
Our only disappointment on this cruise was “the early bird” special mentality of the passengers. Guests rushed for the dining room frantically and grabbed the window tables. After say 2 hours, the waiters started to rush people out of the restaurant to clean up the dining room. On other cruises, we have had flexibility to tour a museum and arrive at dinner between 8 and 8:15 p.m. at a more leisurely pace. It was odd.
The cabins are tiny, but housekeeping was excellent. Indeed, the housekeepers work from morning to evening and supplies are attentively replenished daily.
Definitely take the tour of the wheelhouse. The captain is so charming when he tells how everything works. Read Less
I chose this cruise because of it's ports of call. It had everything I was interested in seeing in this part of France. The service, food and accommodations were outstanding. This was the second Viking Cruise I have been on and it ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of it's ports of call. It had everything I was interested in seeing in this part of France. The service, food and accommodations were outstanding. This was the second Viking Cruise I have been on and it was better than the first. I found the food, service and entertainment to be excellent. The ports were just as I expected them to be and the guides were very good. No stone was left upturned. The shopping was good and such a good time was had by all in out party. The enrichment options were very good and lent to the over all experience of the trip. And the ship, the ship was clean and well managed. Not a spot seemed out of place. The experience was relaxing as you were always able to find a place to just soak up the scenery. I know there will be a third cruise with Viking sometime soon. Read Less
This was a birthday celebration. I have wanted to get back to Paris for many years and my wife had never been there. This looked like a good way to do it. We had been looking at Viking material for quite a while. It seemed the time was ... Read More
This was a birthday celebration. I have wanted to get back to Paris for many years and my wife had never been there. This looked like a good way to do it. We had been looking at Viking material for quite a while. It seemed the time was right.
Hard to say anything negative about the onboard experience or the support we received to get to the ship and then back to the airport. Exceeded our expectations.
The tour guides we had were outstanding. But, if we do it again we might not do as many of the tours since they often involved a fair amount of time on a bus. I think I would opt for spending time in the small town ports or get the bus into Paris when in that area. Not that the tours were bad - they were outstanding. I just wasn't prepared for the amount of time we would be on the bus. We took all of them thinking it would maximize our time. I should have been a little more particular and spent more time off the bus.
The food was wonderful and I can't say enough about the crew. Everyone was attentive and pleasant. The small number of passengers was a plus. Made some new friends and it always felt like the ship was our home.
Joel, our advisor when making the reservations was also excellent. I did suggest to him that he make sure people who take this cruise fully understand what is involved with each tour so they can make a good decision.
We will definitely do a Viking cruise again someday. Lots of places we would like to see and I really liked the idea of cruising on the river. Very enjoyable. Read Less
The cruise was beautiful and the side trips was wonderful. The Normandy trip was particularly heartwarming. I had a number of uncles who were in the invasion during D-day. The American Cemetery and the landing on Omaha beach brought ... Read More
The cruise was beautiful and the side trips was wonderful. The Normandy trip was particularly heartwarming. I had a number of uncles who were in the invasion during D-day. The American Cemetery and the landing on Omaha beach brought tears to my eyes.
The food was very good, but needed more French food. The service was exceptional. However, the room was very tight with almost no room to move.
The trips to Monet's gardens and the Heart of Normandy were not for those who have any difficulty walking. I got a wheelchair and felt embarrassed because I could walk but I was too slow.
The trip did not leave from Paris. So when we got off the train and logged out our luggage, we tried to get a cab to take us to the location of the cruise ship. No one knew where the location was, including the cab drivers because it was not in Paris. Anyone going on this cruise absolutely arrange from transportation from Paris and back, if needed. Read Less
The good: The ship is beautiful. The food was good to very good. The crew was efficient and personable. The itinerary alternated between early days and sleep-in days. There was a good mix of sailing during the day to enjoy the stunning ... Read More
The good: The ship is beautiful. The food was good to very good. The crew was efficient and personable. The itinerary alternated between early days and sleep-in days. There was a good mix of sailing during the day to enjoy the stunning views and sailing at night for efficiency. The heated bathroom floor was really nice. Refrigerator in the cabin. I enjoyed all of the ports.
The bad: The beds were very firm - too firm for me to sleep well. Though it's an option, the French Balcony cabin was not large enough for a twin bed configuration. I don't think the beds were twin sized, they felt like toddler beds. I ended up having to upgrade to my own cabin (luckily available) because the cabin was just too small for my dad and me. There are no tables smaller than six ppl in the dining room. I think Viking needs to provide at least a few two seater tables. The wine included was usually Chardonnay or Merlot and neither were very good. The bathroom nightlight (which can't be turned off) and other power buttons glowed at night which was frustrating. And finally, the ship does not dock in Paris as other cruise lines do.
Viking is a solid choice but I'd also check into other cruise lines if I had to do it over. Read Less
We chose this cruise for the history of WWII and the Normandy Beaches. But it was so much more! The Excursions were the best, being disabled I rarely am able to see places except for in the buses. The tour guides were excellent, easy to ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the history of WWII and the Normandy Beaches. But it was so much more! The Excursions were the best, being disabled I rarely am able to see places except for in the buses. The tour guides were excellent, easy to understand and using the sound boxes made listening very easy. From Monet's Garden to Rouen's Joan of Arc each step of the way was even more interesting. My wife is retired Army and the ceremony at the American Cemetery was very well done and emotional. the Food was very good and pastries were fresh each morning you couldn't wait to get up! Our room is the same on each boat heated bathroom floors and everything you need provided. The TV had been upgraded since our last cruise and many more selections added. The on board entertainment was really an excellent piano player. Not you ship if you want entertainment. We stayed in Paris 2 nights following the cruise, we were shown how to use the subway ah so easy and clean. The Hotel was next to many great bakeries and restaurants. Great shopping! When it was time to go to the airport they picked us up in a Jaguar! All went very smoothly, looking forward to another adventure! Read Less
I would have rated this cruise as excellent except that our port of embarkation was changed at the lat minute. Instead of leaving from Paris, we were relegated to a port in Le Pecq and were denied the numerous advantages of being in Paris ... Read More
I would have rated this cruise as excellent except that our port of embarkation was changed at the lat minute. Instead of leaving from Paris, we were relegated to a port in Le Pecq and were denied the numerous advantages of being in Paris before and after cruising. This was a major disappointment and, frankly, we believe that we should have received some sort of refund for the inconvenience of being in Le Pecq. Other than this, the cruise experience was wonderful.
The ship, food, and service were all excellent and made for a great experience. The visit to Versailles was disappointing but that was largely due to the strike that was occurring and resulted in us entering the facility late. This made for a rushed and crowded tour that was not at all worth the $149 that each of us paid for the experience. The tour in Le Pecq was just a time filler and added little to the overall tour experience. Read Less
We were interested in seeing Paris and the Normandy Beaches. Had never been to either of the locations before. We were somewhat disappointed in Paris but enjoyed the rest of the trip immencely.The food was not quite up to par with ... Read More
We were interested in seeing Paris and the Normandy Beaches. Had never been to either of the locations before. We were somewhat disappointed in Paris but enjoyed the rest of the trip immencely.The food was not quite up to par with previous experiences but it was understandable being a new ship and crew. We found the French people to not be as warm and friendly as all the residents of other countries we have visited with Viking and other tour companies. This includes Australia,China,Russia and many others.The fact that we did not dock directly in Paris was quite disappointing and resulted in wasted time commuting between the ship and the city. Maybe if we had known this before booking the trip we would have gone with a different company. Viking has too much competition these days to make these mistakes. Perhaps the ship is too large for this tour. Never the less,we will travel with Viking again if the itinerary interests us. Read Less
Chose it because it was a deal! Having everything included in price made it so much more enjoyable. Food, schedule, daily tours so good. People onboard were friendly, smart, well traveled and easy to converse with. Met peope I'd like ... Read More
Chose it because it was a deal! Having everything included in price made it so much more enjoyable. Food, schedule, daily tours so good. People onboard were friendly, smart, well traveled and easy to converse with. Met peope I'd like to stay in touch with forever. Havinf flight and shuttles included gave less time figuring things out, more time enjoying! Even daily included guided yours made it so easy and gave my brain the extra time to take in all I was seeing, hearing and tasting.
I did think the onboa d evening entertainment was not the quality of other amenities. I liked that local people sometimes provided, but perhaps some time foe them to have a mic to tell of their life at that site, so more human interest from the locals.
Food choices, delivery and taste were wonderful, and I liked having local taste influence our offerings.
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