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10 Viking Spirit (Retired) Cruise Reviews

We are small ship cruise veterans, but this was our first Viking River Cruise. The cruise started and ended in Paris with a round trip to Rouen on the Seine. The staff was very friendly and motivated to go the extra mile. The ship was very ... Read More
We are small ship cruise veterans, but this was our first Viking River Cruise. The cruise started and ended in Paris with a round trip to Rouen on the Seine. The staff was very friendly and motivated to go the extra mile. The ship was very nice and comfortable. The fine dining was an emphasis. We picked the cruise to see the D-day landing site, the long drive and schedule did not allow us to see as much as we would have wanted. We did see a movie on the temporary harbor, a nazi gun emplacement, the US memorial at Omaha beach, and got down to a public beach along Omaha Beach that had a monument. We would have liked to see the American D-Day museum and Utah beach and related Normandy sites. We enjoyed Monet's gardens and a hands-on class on impressionism and day and a half in Rouen. While we were enjoying the history of Normandy, we were pleasantly surprised by a high tech laser light show against the facade of Notre Dame of Rouen. The guided tour of Versailles was fantastic despite being the only crowd scene we encountered. Bottom line: Great trip for enjoying the highlights of Normandy, however, if you want to see D-day landing sites thoroughly, find a separate trip. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
This was our first river boat cruise. I accompanied a wonderful gentleman to go back to Paris and the beaches of Normandy when he was in the service back in the mid to late 40's. Everything was nice, food was very good, and we ... Read More
This was our first river boat cruise. I accompanied a wonderful gentleman to go back to Paris and the beaches of Normandy when he was in the service back in the mid to late 40's. Everything was nice, food was very good, and we enjoyed visiting the towns along the way. I loved the rich history of all the places we visited. All the staff performed over and above my expectations of service. My only disappointment was that the two things my friend and I wanted to really do, was not available to us. One was to go up in the Eiffel Tower--we had no idea we would have to make a reservation ahead of time (as others on our ship did), and when we walked there from the ship, the lines for the tickets were over 2-1/2 hours which would not allow us to go up in the tower and be back to the ship on time. Very disappointing. My other disappointment was that we could not get seating for the Moulin Rouge show. When I asked, the only available was an 11 pm show the night before we were to leave the ship to go home. We had the get up at 5 am so how could be have attended an 11 pm show and get back, pack, and be up and ready to leave. We didn't know that we could have booked this evening way ahead of time (as others on the ship did). Some of our other friends who did other river boat cruise lines had these two excursions covered on their cruise. With this being the 125th anniversary of the Moulin Rouge, how disappointing it was that we did not get to go and see this celebrated show. We did, however, enjoy all the other towns and excursions we visited and were on. All the staff were very good and accommodated our needs in a professional manner. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
The trip was supposed to be from Paris Down the Seine to Normandy and back but as the river was too high we had to embark from further down river. However we did get into Paris on the return trip. The whole cruise was well organised, ... Read More
The trip was supposed to be from Paris Down the Seine to Normandy and back but as the river was too high we had to embark from further down river. However we did get into Paris on the return trip. The whole cruise was well organised, the crew were excellent, the excursions (whilst expense) had excellent guides and we got to see and experience lot more than we would have done travelling independently. The food was top class - I cannot think of a thing I would have changed, except some of the serving staff (whilst charming, delightful people) seemed a little inexperienced, they could have done with more experienced staff to support them. A very enjoyable trip which I would whole heartedly recommend. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
This was my first riverboat cruise vs. many ocean cruises. The cost is certainly more substantial than a ocean cruiser and I don't feel its worth it. True the tours are included with some optional tours at a cost as well as beer and ... Read More
This was my first riverboat cruise vs. many ocean cruises. The cost is certainly more substantial than a ocean cruiser and I don't feel its worth it. True the tours are included with some optional tours at a cost as well as beer and wine at meals only. And the wine and beer served is marginal at best. The ship is 10+ years old but the crew keeps it clean and shiny. The cabin was pretty roomy and the public rooms were nice as well. The crew on this vessel were second to none. From the Program Director- Annika to the Hotel Mgr.-Bea to the Maitre D- Brigetta. They were always visible and wanting to please. We didn't realize how good they were until we boarded the Viking Hermod for the second leg of the trip. It was like night and day. Read my not too good review of the Hermod. The trip was sold as a 14 day trip on the Spirit and Hermod. One issue was the Viking menu repeats every 7 days. So the dinners were the same on both trips-that was a disappointment. The other issue was the lack of entertainment in the evening. One night an opera troupe from Paris performed and the other was a music trivia night. Both were great but the other 5 nights there was no entertainment or programs after dinner. It was as though Viking wanted you to go to sleep after dinner or have an evening cocktail at your own cost. The WiFi worked very well in the cabin and public rooms. The tv in the cabin was a small flat screen and had a sports channel so we could watch both Wimbeldon and the World Cup. Unfortunately there weren't any tvs in the public rooms to watch with your fellow guests. I can't say enough about the crew-Viking should recognize the crew on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
This was our first river cruise and we recommend it and plan on river cruising again. We chose Viking because the catalog we received in the mail included an itinerary we had always wanted to do. The age demographic is largely 70+ . Being ... Read More
This was our first river cruise and we recommend it and plan on river cruising again. We chose Viking because the catalog we received in the mail included an itinerary we had always wanted to do. The age demographic is largely 70+ . Being considering younger we did make friends and connect with others our age We departed December 8, 2013 on the Paris Normandy cruise. We visited with family in UK prior to the trip so we did not do the pre stay or post stay in Paris. We did add on transfers once we arrived back in CDG and were very well taken care for our 30 minute ride to the ship. Our cabin was a corner one next to the staircases but was very well laid out and spacious and we liked it over the conventional cabins down the hall. Great storage and use of space. The staff were extremely courteous and helpful throughout the duration of the cruise. Each evening there was a debriefing of next day excursions or ship program. Very well organized. You leave the ship - you turn in your room key and get a pass which you turn in upon your return. This was a very efficient way of figuring out who was on or off the ship. There is only one dining time and it is open seating. The food was very good. Not excellent but very good. The portions are not those you would find on ocean liner cruisers, which is fine unless you are there for a food frenzy. The food was always elegantly presented . They tried hard to make it regionally based upon the day's visit. The breakfast buffet was very generous but repetitive, however, you could order a la carte. We lunched in the dining room most days vs. the buffet. I feel the lunch menus could have been a little bit more imaginative and did get the feeling that we were at the end of the season when coming to menu creation. At the captain's farewell cocktail they ran out of hors d'oeuvres after being passed to only half of the lounge. When pointed out they did bring more to the entire lounge. I admit I am a food and service snob and did note that one time they used a saucer as a serving dish and I suspect that the crab meat on crab cake night was fake crab meat. To my husband's delight one day they did serve hot dogs :(n For wine lovers such as us ...we would very often buy a bottle of wine at the many local wine shops and they either corked it right there at the shop or the ship would do it for you. There was not any question bringing it on board and they were happy to offer a corkage service at no charge. The entertainment on board is limited. There was a resident piano player who was somewhat engaged. They did have a spirit of Normandy night with local entertainers which was good. Most nights we were tired from daily activities we crashed after dinner. They did offer some "cultural" activities during sailing. Some things they listed as on board events were pretty lame. Would have liked to seen more educational topical info as in lectures relating to upcoming stops. The excursions were excellent and the guides were all fabulous. We opted not to do the intro to Paris half day tour the first day since we had been to the cite several times before and explored Montmartre and Ile st. Louis instead. Visit this small island on the seine by foot when you walk to the left side of Notre Dame and over the bridge. It is literally far from the madding crowd of tourists with small, and I mean, small restaurants and shops. Be sure and get ice cream! Beautiful gift shops and galleries. The Metro is extremely easy to use and in fact if you take the walking, get acquainted, walking tour the first day and the guide instructs you on how to use the Metro. Taxis are very expensive and Metro is the way to go. Our first excursion out of Paris was to the site of Vincent Van Gogh's last days. This particular day was bitter cold and we did not layer properly. Loved all we learned about this very troubled and brilliant artist. Rouen is great shopping. Wish there had been more to the Joan of Arc site. We did take advantage to leave the ship for dinner and dine at a local restaurant recommended by the ship. A Petite Auberge. A delightful culinary experience at what we thought was a very reasonable price. Recommend doing this to get a true local flavor outside of the ship dining experience. The highlight of our cruise was the visit to the Normandy Beaches. It was somewhat of a pilgrimage for us after losing my 95 year old Father-in-law this year who was a survivor of the Battle of the Bulge. You can read and study in history books, or online, but when you are there it is totally incredible. Very emotional day. They had a ceremony for our tour group at the monument which was very poignant. The day of the castle tour I chose to shop the two gift shops with other female companions. Two nice shops for last minute gifts. My husband did the castle tour which is ancient ruins on hillside and a challenging hike for most. This is a short 2 hour dock. The final day was Versailles. Our other reason for picking this itinerary. We opted for the whole day tour and I think this was a mistake. Unless you did not complete all you wanted to see in Paris prior to this point then opt for the half day tour. I really regret doing the full day. Half day or full day you get to see the same tour of Versailles Palace with free time to browse the gardens and gift shop. The whole day gives you 1.5 hours in the town of Versailles for lunch and shopping. Quaint but just more shopping and eating. Back to Paris on the bus and they drop you off for 2.5 hours at the Champs Élysées and return you to the boat at 0630 pm in time for dinner on the last night. Meanwhile the boat sails from Conflans to Paris during the afternoon and you leisurely enjoy the afternoon on the river. The coaches were all very clean. Follow the tipping guide .......if you are lucky enough to get Thierry as your guide in Paris or Versailles you are blessed and consider that a huge bonus. He is very entertaining! Dressing tips: Dining dressing is casual. Many do not change from day clothes. The captains toast/dinner was really no different than any other night. Ladies ..just take a different scarf and jewelry and wear the same outfit. Layer for those excursions at this time of year. Temperature in the cabin was a little erratic. I do have to say the linens and bed comforters were super soft and comfortable. On a final note. They only gave us a two hour window for check in at CDG and it was a very tight time frame. Long lines at check in and security and when we arrived at the gate they were boarding the plane. No duty free shop time! Would we travel Viking again? Possibly...it was great value for the money but I would explore other river cruises first. Bon voyage!   Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
Viking River Cruise to Normandy Beach. This is just one person’s opinion. I love being on the water be it a boat or a ship. And I’ve done many cruises on the bigger cruise ships. This was my first Riverboat Cruise. And my review is ... Read More
Viking River Cruise to Normandy Beach. This is just one person’s opinion. I love being on the water be it a boat or a ship. And I’ve done many cruises on the bigger cruise ships. This was my first Riverboat Cruise. And my review is only regarding the Paris to Normandy cruise. First, let me say that the Viking Spirit was clean; the food was good; and the crew was friendly and helpful. It’s an 8-day cruise including 2 days in Paris. So, it takes 6 days to go to Omaha beach and back to Paris. The trip stops along the way at towns with one or two churches, souvenir shops and restaurants. The cruise is really short hops from town to town until you get to the port for Omaha Beach. There, you get on a bus and take a 2+-hour bus ride each way to the beach and the adjoining American Cemetery. There, the ceremony for us was moving and well worth seeing and experiencing. It took 6 days of cruising to get to Omaha beach and back when it is just about a 3 hour drive to get there from Paris. It’s just me but for this particular cruise, I think I would rather do the day trip to Normandy and then see more of France in its warmer regions. Mind you, I haven’t given up on Riverboat Cruises. On the plus side, the Captain was cordial and very informative in the wheelhouse tour. The cruise director, Anaka was charming and efficient; and Eva in particular, and the rest of the dining staff were friendly and personable. The food was very good and just the right amount. Not too much. The recommendations for the main course by the chef each night was always a beef dish which I don't eat but the fish, chicken and vegetarian dishes were all very good. I have nothing bad to say about Viking. I would recommend Viking for River Cruises. Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
My wife and I are avid cruisers. This cruise was my 15th and it was my wife's 11th cruise. All of our previous cruises had been ocean cruises. We thought we'd try a river cruise because there are parts of Europe we'd like ... Read More
My wife and I are avid cruisers. This cruise was my 15th and it was my wife's 11th cruise. All of our previous cruises had been ocean cruises. We thought we'd try a river cruise because there are parts of Europe we'd like to see that are not easily accessed by an ocean cruise ship. We started this trip with a pre-cruise stay in Paris. The only things I booked with VRC (Viking River Cruises) was the cruise and a departure transfer. We stayed in a wonderful boutique hotel in the heart of Saint-Germain. Guests on our cruise who used VRC for the pre-cruise arrangements got to stay at the Le Meridian Etoile, which is a huge hotel with a modern decor. I was glad we opted to make our own reservations for a hotel in Paris. The Viking Spirit is a very comfortable ship. It doesnt take long to figure out where everything is because it is so small. The decor of the ship was consistent with what we paid for the cruise. Not overly fancy, just comfortable. The cruise was memorable, but I have to say that VRC didnt knock my socks off. VRC did an excellent job organizing the included excursions at each port of call. The tour guides were knowledgeable, friendly and easy to understand. The way their itinerary is arranged for the whole week works very well. They continued to be very organized when it was time for us to leave the ship. We were taken to the airport in plenty of time to catch our flight home and there was a staff member from the ship with us at the airport making sure we found our proper check-in point. What I found disappointing was the finer points of this cruise. VRC is very good at producing promotional videos. Leading up to my cruise on the Viking Spirit, I watched just about all of the promotional videos that are available on VRCs web site. A primary theme in the videos is the elegant travel that VRC provides. Ive been on a lot of cruises, some with excellent service and some with average service. The service on the Viking Spirit was a little disappointing. With the exception of the soups, which were excellent, the food was pretty average. We ate at a local restaurant one night when the ship was in Rouen. The meal at the restaurant was outstanding, which is what I would have expected of the food being served on the ship. The food on the ship just didn't seem to match what Id seen in the promotional videos. Another low point was the service in the lounge and in the dining room. One thing my wife and I enjoy when we are cruising is to have a cocktail in the ships lounge before dinner. At cocktail time, I almost always order the same drink. On cruises where I've been served by the same person on more than one occasion, the server will sometimes make a point to remember me and my preferred drink. Such was not the case on the Viking Spirit. In the lounge, I was served by one of 3 people during the entire cruise and no one remembered what I ordered each evening. What made it worse was that I frequently had to get the attention a server to take our order because no one would ask us if we wanted anything. This average level of service continued in the dining room. It was apparent that many of the ships staff members had multiple jobs. We would see servers from the lounge also working in the dining room. One evening, a server excused herself before we had finished our meal explaining that she had to start her second job. The same person who took our dinner order would serve the meal and would also bus the table. It became obvious that VRC had a minimum number of staff, which was just enough to get by running the ship. Dinners frequently took over 2 hours for 3 courses. Yes, we were not in a hurry to go anywhere, but it should not take that long to serve dinner to everyone on a ship that size. Little things like leaving the bread plates on the table through dessert and having a server stand on my right side and reach across my face to pick up a plate on my left side diminished the experience. I do not fault the staff on the Viking Spirit. They worked very hard and their hearts were certainly in the right place. VRC had not equipped them to do an excellent job. They hadn't been trained to serve properly and there was not enough staff to adequately handle the number of guests. After my cruise on the Viking Spirit, it was obvious to me why VRC had the money to christen 10 new ships at the same time earlier this year. They must be making huge profits off these cruises. My next river cruise may or may not be with VRC. Dont misunderstand me. I had a fabulous trip. But, I had such high expectations for VRC and what was ultimately delivered fell short of those expectations. Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
This was our second Viking River cruise, travelling back to back from the "Europe" Rhone/Saone cruise. Many of my comments are the same regarding the cabins, cleanliness, service, food. It would be really good if Viking ... Read More
This was our second Viking River cruise, travelling back to back from the "Europe" Rhone/Saone cruise. Many of my comments are the same regarding the cabins, cleanliness, service, food. It would be really good if Viking would put decent blockout curtains in the windows. On the nights in Rouen there was a carnival/funfair across the other bank of the river and the noise and lights were quite penetrating into our cabin, with the curtains doing little to keep out the bright and strobing carnival lights. Not Viking's fault I know, but blockout curtains would have removed the annoying flickering lights. We enjoyed the trip to the Normandy beaches but would have preferred it if the guides had promoted the information centre at the American Cemetery. There was at least an hour and a half worth of material there to be viewed and discovered and it was disappointing that we only found it in the last half hour of our time there. No emphasis was put on this centre whatsoever and yet it contains more information than the guides gave us at any time. There are also clean, queueless toilets on the lower floor which were greatly appreciated by those who found them. Our tour was a bit muddled because of a general strike which also involved lock masters - so we visited the ports in a different order than planned. It was good that the captain had this flexibility. Most of the little towns start to look a little bit the same after a while, but the guide who took our group on the tour of Auvers sur Oise made the town, and Van Gogh come alive - she was indeed "the best tour guide in the world"!! This cruise was calmer, easier and more relaxed than the first cruise we did the previous week. This may have been part due to familiarity with the vessel, some of the crew and many of the passengers, but I certainly found it a more pleasant cruise. And of course, time in Paris at each end of the cruise was well spent. We had an interesting experience when we, and others, were treated to a very sleazy display by a senior member of the ship's crew. Unfortunately it made it difficult to view this crew member with any respect for the rest of the cruise and as it was someone with whom one almost had to have daily contact, it was a little discomfiting. That wasn't Viking's fault either, just very poor judgement and behaviour by the person involved, which let down the company. Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
We embarked in Paris and spent the first full day and a half in the City of Lights. Our stateroom, not in the highest category, was superb. Lots of room! In fact, the highest category stateroom was the same size as ours. The staff did ... Read More
We embarked in Paris and spent the first full day and a half in the City of Lights. Our stateroom, not in the highest category, was superb. Lots of room! In fact, the highest category stateroom was the same size as ours. The staff did their best to help in any way they were able---friendly and informative. They began with a short tour of the area near the docking point in Paris (where we could see the Eiffel Tower from the deck!). This tour was an orientation to getting around the city--how to find the Metro; buying tickets for the Metro; how to read the Metro maps; grocery stores; drug stores; cafes; money. I found it very helpful. We took an optional tour of the Louvre which was my least favorite part of the week! Why? Sunday afternoon at the Louvre is best described as a madhouse! I know trying to convince someone NOT to see the Mona Lisa is futile but prepare to be jostled about. You will feel as if you are the midst of a cattle-drive. But the rest of the week was great! The meals were good, the service was good, the tours were good but highly dependent on the tour guide--- make sure you fill out a opinion card after your tours. We visited Monet's garden at Giverney--don't miss it! But I turned off the earphones for the guide--imagine hearing someone babbling the entire time you want peace--like at the pond area. The optional tour to Versailles was very good. We had an excellent guide who made things alive for us. We traveled from town to town sometimes in the morning or overnight. It was a really nice way to travel!! The only downside to this trip was a virus that went through the boat the last night. They brought a MD on board to see folks (at 120 euros each). At that point things became unpleasant as guests began to find fault with staff (i.e., "I saw someone cough into their hand" or "They should have ....you fill in the blank"). I work in healthcare and unfortunately, people get sick. And if you are in a confined area, more people get sick. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
Trip Review, Viking Spirit Amsterdam Roundtrip April 8 through April 15, 2005 Who we are: Bill and Sharon (64 and 62 respectively). Previous cruises include one Mississippi River cruise on the Mississippi Queen, and two ocean cruises, ... Read More
Trip Review, Viking Spirit Amsterdam Roundtrip April 8 through April 15, 2005 Who we are: Bill and Sharon (64 and 62 respectively). Previous cruises include one Mississippi River cruise on the Mississippi Queen, and two ocean cruises, one on the MS Volendam to Alaska, and one on the MS Maasdam to the Southern Caribbean. We are a laid back couple that enjoy the outdoors, and are both avid amateur nature photographers. The Trip: A seven day Tulip Festival river cruise starting in Amsterdam, and visiting the cities of Enkhuizen, Hoorn, Edam, Marken, Volendam, Arnhem, Dordrecht, and Rotterdam. The Boat: The Viking Spirit is a relatively new boat, built in 2001. There are a total of 75 cabins onboard, with a maximum passenger capacity of 150 people. Twelve of the cabins are "standard" cabins, of 120 square feet, and the rest are 'deluxe cabins" of 154 square feet. We had cabin # 238, on the middle deck. The forward end contains the lounge where you could sit and watch the river go by, the daily briefings were held, and nightly "entertainment". The aft end was the restaurant, where the meals were served in one seating, usually around 7pm. Amidships was a lounging area just up from the reception desk, and on the starboard side was a "library" area. The Cabin: Our cabin was well appointed with the beds pushed together forming a bed about queen size. As you enter the cabin immediately on the right was the "cozy" bathroom, on the left was a closet with enough room for about 15-20 hanging items (depending on how close you want them) with two upper shelves one of which contained your life vests, down the right side were about five additional shelves approximately 24 inches square. Next to the closet was a built in vanity with five drawers on each end that ended at the window. A large mirror was centered over the vanity, with one chair. In addition there was a night stand on each side of the bed. We found the storage to be more than adequate for our needs. The cabin is quite cozy for two people. If someone is sitting in the chair, the other person must go across the bed to get to the other side, or the person sitting must get up and move the chair under the vanity and then move themselves. The window is quite large, about five feet high and almost the width of the cabin, and one side does open if you wish. The bathroom is just large enough for one person. Don't even think about trying to get two people in it at the same time unless one is taking a shower. The shower is quite small as well, but sufficient. I recommend that you bring along your own shampoo as they only provide a combined shower soap and shampoo in liquid form. While it didn't work badly for showering, I was not happy with it as a shampoo. The Food and Service: We found the food excellent. The only disappointment was that there were no snacks available between meals or into the evening like on ocean cruiseships. But the meals were sufficient, and seconds could be had if you wanted them. The staff of the Spirit was top notch. Always smiling and very accommodating. If you needed something just ask and they will bend over backwards to provide it. Excursions: Amsterdam: We arrived in Amsterdam early on Sunday morning, and got to the boat around 9am. As the cabins would not be ready for occupancy until 3pm, we had decided that we would drop off our baggage and take public transportation to the Keukenhof Gardens even though the boat was providing a tour there on the last day. The boat was docked at the PTA terminal, which was about a 20 minute walk from Central Station. We walked up and caught a train to Lieden and from there a bus to the Gardens. The train cost was 9 Euros round trip for both of us, and the bus and entrance to the Gardens was 36 Euros for both. In hindsight I am very glad that we did this. The boat tour gave us only about two hours at the Gardens, which is not enough time to really see them. If you are in Amsterdam from late March to the end of May, I highly recommend spending one day of your time at the Gardens. Everything that we read about them is true. It is absolutely gorgeous and a trip not to be missed. The next day included a bus tour around Amsterdam, and trip to the Rijksmuseum followed by a canal cruise. The bus tour was very nice, and gave us a good perspective of areas that we wanted to visit later that day. The museum was interesting, but unfortunately most of it was closed off due to renovations so the tour was not as extensive as it could have been. The canal cruise however was very disappointing. The boat was extremely crowded and the chairs and tables so close together that you could barely move. Some people simply didn't bother and stood at the back. While it was interesting seeing the canals and the buildings along them, on a sunny day as we had, it was very difficult to see anything through the glass roof and almost impossible to take pictures because of the reflections. Personally, I would not recommend a canal cruise. You can see as much or more by walking the canals on your own. Enkhuizen and Hoorn: Enkhuizen is a delightful little town, where the Zuiderzee Museum is. This is not to be missed. The Zuiderzee is a replication of the original fishing town, with about 130 buildings. Well worth the trip there if you can make it. Hoorn is also very nice, with a quaint feel and lovely buildings. We were on our own in Hoorn but it's a small village that is easily gotten around. Edam, Marken, Volendam: At Edam we had a walking tour that ended near the center square, were you can purchase fresh Edam cheeses to take back with you. The taste of the cheese there was quite different from the Edam cheese bought in the states, and is well worth the money to purchase a couple of rounds to bring back with you. Marken included a walking tour and some free time. It is primarily known now for the manufacturing of wooden clogs. Volendam had no tours scheduled so we spent our time simply walking around. Arnhem: A bus ride away is the Paleis Het Loo, what used to be the home of the royal family. A beautiful palace with lovely garden views, and a very interesting place to visit. Dordrecht, Rotterdam: The highlight of Dordrecht is the Kinderdijk windmills tour. An area with 19 working windmills, one of which is open to the public for tours inside. You will get your fill of windmills here!! To be honest, our time in Rotterdam was only OK. We didn't have but a couple of hours there and by this time we were pretty well burned out on Dutch architecture. The last day was back in Amsterdam and the sponsored tour of the Gardens. The best part of the tour is when you get to the gardens, the bus will take a small back road right through the middle of the tulip fields. Have your cameras ready as it is a beautiful sight seeing rows and rows of tulips in every color imaginable. That about sums it up. If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask, we will do our best to answer them. Read Less
Sail Date April 2007
Viking Spirit (Retired) Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins N/A 4.8
Dining 3.0 4.8
Entertainment 4.0 4.1
Public Rooms N/A 4.8
Fitness Recreation N/A 3.5
Family 1.0 3.5
Rates 3.0 4.3

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