Sail Date: August 2017
The only river cruise I could get my husband to agree to because it was going to Normandy. However, we both loved the whole trip! The cabin, the food, the crew were all outstanding! The views of the French countryside were so beautiful! ... Read More
The only river cruise I could get my husband to agree to because it was going to Normandy. However, we both loved the whole trip! The cabin, the food, the crew were all outstanding! The views of the French countryside were so beautiful! It was such a delight to visit the small towns and villages along the Seine. Monet’s gardens were one of the many beautiful highlights! Each included tour at the different towns we docked at were led by very knowledgeable locals. The tour guides gave us the history of each of the French villages we visited as we walked along seeing the sites that the guides described. The ship itself was the perfect size, less than 200 passengers which made it easy to meet new friends and dinner mates. The food at each meal was so tasty and presented like a true first class restaurant. The service at meal time was amazing! The servers were very friendly and accommodating and their service was better than any we have had stateside and we’ve eaten at many restaurants! The cruise director was also amazing, he was so funny and delighted us with information about upcoming shore excursions as well as humorous comments about the daily happenings. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
We took this cruise to attack our "bucket list" and found it to be one of the most enjoyable experiences of our lives. Not only did we tour some of the most evocative sights in France, but we were treated exceptionally well by ... Read More
We took this cruise to attack our "bucket list" and found it to be one of the most enjoyable experiences of our lives. Not only did we tour some of the most evocative sights in France, but we were treated exceptionally well by arguably the most capable and entertaining crew imaginable. They truly made this cruise one for the books! The cruise director, chef, and other staff made the port briefings and subsequent evening dining a highlight and not merely the dissemination of information and provision of outstanding menu items. This is our third Viking cruise, and while they all have their own personalities, it is the interaction of the crew that will provided us with some of our more endearing memories. The excursions were exceptional as well, again because the staff worked so well together. Throw together iconic land destinations and the capabilities of the staff and you have an unbeatable combination. We'll see Viking again soon! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2017
We did the Viking Rhine cruise last year and wanted to see Paris & the Normandy excursion seemed to fit our needs this year. As usual, our cabin was nice & they kept it that way as well as the whole ship. We found the staff ... Read More
We did the Viking Rhine cruise last year and wanted to see Paris & the Normandy excursion seemed to fit our needs this year. As usual, our cabin was nice & they kept it that way as well as the whole ship. We found the staff extremely helpful & competent & all went out of their way to make us comfortable. The food was outstanding, the wines were good and the entertainment was very nice. Our shore excursions were just right and the guides were extremely knowledgeable & helpful. Our only complaint was the bed covering was a combination bed spread, sheet & blanket. It became too hot in the middle of the night, yet your only option was to throw if off & then it became too cool. A sheet would help, but at least have a light blanket in the closet that could be used to compensate for this poor design. Also, our tour guide to Versailles apparently lost his ticket and we were sidelined for about 30 minutes while he tried to telephone for a replacement. In the mean-time, about 3000 other people poured into the place while we just stayed out of their way. Other than that incident, he was quite competent. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2017
I wanted to sail on a river in France in order to visit all the beautiful towns in Provence and Normandy. It was a great experience I traveled with my 16 year grandaughter and she loved it even though she was the youngest aboard. She ... Read More
I wanted to sail on a river in France in order to visit all the beautiful towns in Provence and Normandy. It was a great experience I traveled with my 16 year grandaughter and she loved it even though she was the youngest aboard. She wants to go in another cruise next year. That is all I have to say. It was a great trip Great places the food is good not out of this world, not really gourmet, The service In the dining room was very slow as there were very few waiters and it was always crowded, there was one waiter for 3 tables, so it took quite a long time to be served. The breakfast served in the terrace was not very good, it did not have a good variety of dishes, But I really enjoyed it, I hope you can improve in the things I suggested as taking away the mini bar and put some drawers instead. Thank you Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2017
This was our first cruise; we chose to go "Viking top of the line" because the hubby said, "Well, if we never go again, we've gone in style" ! Within two days of being on board, he was already talking of when we would ... Read More
This was our first cruise; we chose to go "Viking top of the line" because the hubby said, "Well, if we never go again, we've gone in style" ! Within two days of being on board, he was already talking of when we would go again and where. The ship is gorgeoous; our veranda suite was the perfect mix of personal space and outdoor space- we spend a lot of time on the veranda just watching boats and scenery and enjoying the quiet. The food was extraordinary and very French.... every meal was delicious. Cultural lectures were wonderful, and very informative, even for a French teacher who already knew a lot about the country and the places we visited. Shore excursions were fun, guides very well informed and interesting - we will definitely travel with Viking again, and can't wait to explore other regions on their river cruises. Do it - you won't regret a thing! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2017
We decided to take a Viking River Cruise just because it looked like a good thing to try for our first trip abroad. And we were not disappointed! Starting with our flight. We chose the round trip air option from Viking on Air France, ... Read More
We decided to take a Viking River Cruise just because it looked like a good thing to try for our first trip abroad. And we were not disappointed! Starting with our flight. We chose the round trip air option from Viking on Air France, great airline. We were met on our arrival in Paris by Viking representatives and taken by motor coach to our ship The Viking Rinda, the ship was just beautiful. We were greeted graciously and checked in, then explored the ship a little and by the time we got to our very nicely appointed Veranda (B) cabin on the main deck our luggage was already there. Dining aboard the ship was an delightful experience. We looked forward to every meal on board ship. The entertainment and activities provided on board made us feel included with all that was going on. Our ports were very convenient and shore excursions were both beautiful and educational. Now about the crew... From the Captain to the deck hands, What a ride, smooth and comfortable. From The Head Chef to the waiters, food and drink we could not have enjoyed more. From the Program Director to the tour guides, knowledgeable and well coordinated. And from the Hotel Manager to the cabin attendants, very accommodating and attentive. We would like to say that the entire crew were courteous, hard working and eager to meet all our needs. None of our request went unanswered or unfulfilled. Would we go again? Absolutely, We are already looking for our next destination! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2017
We picked this cruise because Normandy was on my husbands bucket list. We were definitely surprised with how easy Viking made everything . . . met us at the airport, all the shuttle services, dropped us at the airport, walked us to our ... Read More
We picked this cruise because Normandy was on my husbands bucket list. We were definitely surprised with how easy Viking made everything . . . met us at the airport, all the shuttle services, dropped us at the airport, walked us to our check-in line, dealt with our air reservations . . . this is the easiest vacation ever planned! The crew was knowledgeable, helpful, attentive, and hilarious! Loved this crew - what chemistry! The food was beyond my expectations, not only the buffet but the ability to order off a menu . . . the chef took all likes, dislikes, allergies, gastro issues in to account. The food and wine was abundant and delicious. The rooms were clean, well-designed, the bed and pillows were so comfortable! Plenty of room to unpack and relax. Our only issue was that we booked for a cabin of 205sf, upon measuring (even including the veranda, closet, bathroom - wall to wall to water), the room did not measure - about 30sf short. Another guest who had a smaller room had done the same and said they were about 30sf short. Did ask how they measure, never received an answer, even from customer service when we returned. That being said, we are booked for another Viking cruise in May 2018. Cannot wait! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2017
First cruise and first time in France - LOVED this trip!!!! It was amazing and everything was fantastic - the ship/cabin was comfortable; the food was extremely good and I didn't even gain weight with all the food that was provided - ... Read More
First cruise and first time in France - LOVED this trip!!!! It was amazing and everything was fantastic - the ship/cabin was comfortable; the food was extremely good and I didn't even gain weight with all the food that was provided - loved all the excursions as they were a great way to get to know the area and cannot wait to go back and further explore Northern France. The staff was great about answering questions, and making the trip such a fabulous memory. I would strongly recommend Viking especially if you want to experience from a high level and travel abroad feeling safe. Everything was comfortable and enjoyable. It was truly a trip of a lifetime and cannot thank the Viking crew for all they did to make such a memorable excursion. I would definitely do this form of travel again as it was a perfect way to see and experience so many things about the country we were in - from history to present. Unforgettable!!!! Read Less
Viking Rinda Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.6
Dining 4.0 4.6
Entertainment 3.0 3.9
Public Rooms 5.0 4.7
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.4
Family 1.0 3.4
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.5
Enrichment 4.0 4.3
Service 4.0 4.9
Value For Money 3.0 4.4
Rates 4.0 N/A

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