1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2016
Went from Paris to Normandy. Visited the Louvre, Museum D'Orsay, Eifel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, and shopping in Paris. Our tour guide, Ken, was all world. The first day we said after him, Bon Jour, siv vous ple. The ... Read More
Went from Paris to Normandy. Visited the Louvre, Museum D'Orsay, Eifel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, and shopping in Paris. Our tour guide, Ken, was all world. The first day we said after him, Bon Jour, siv vous ple. The French people could not have been more welcoming, hospitable and helpful. Then to Monet;s home and gardens. Awesome, beautiful, spectacular. Son Brian =, an artist, took more than a150 dazzling pictures of the flowers and gardens. The colors of the flowers jumped out at you! The river journey was smooth and almost comforting. Then to Rouen, and a tour of Notre Dame Cathedral and a newly constructed church in the shape of a boat. The story of Joan of Arc is different than what we learned as children. She must have been one great lady with faith much greater than mine. Then on to Normandy. It was overwhelming. When we came back to the ship, our room was ship shape, and the food and wine at dinner were better than good. When you arrive at the cemetery (we were at the American), it reminds you of the true cost of war. All those young men, probably an average age of 22, from so many countries who gave their lives for their nations. They had veterans in the group come up, and then saluted them with the crowd singing the Star Spangled Banner. Tears were like raindrops on a light day. I am so thankful to those who served and those who sacrificed their lives so that we were able to come to Europe as free men and women. Viking was top shelf. As the old American comedian would say-Try it, you'll like it! Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
This was our first cruise and we wanted a relatively short and close to home one in case we didn't like it. How foolish we were! It was remarkable. Not only were the other passengers most interesting, but the crew were a delight ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we wanted a relatively short and close to home one in case we didn't like it. How foolish we were! It was remarkable. Not only were the other passengers most interesting, but the crew were a delight and most important, efficient and helpful. The food was varied and very good, with two places to eat which had slightly different menu styles. I had forgotten how beautiful Paris is and the tours we had showed this beauty off to the full. All our destinations on the cruise were chosen carefully and the transit and guides could not be faulted. I particularly wanted to visit Monet's home and garden and I was not disappointed. Even with the number of other visitors there it was not too bad. We will definitely take another river cruise and possibly one at sea sometime. This was an excellent introduction to get us the holiday path to cruising. Thank you Viking. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2016
My father was the 13th man to jump over normandy beach during the D-Day invasion. This trip has a deep personal meaning to me and my family. The history, monuments, museums were all deeply moving to our family. Both my brother and our ... Read More
My father was the 13th man to jump over normandy beach during the D-Day invasion. This trip has a deep personal meaning to me and my family. The history, monuments, museums were all deeply moving to our family. Both my brother and our wives enjoyed a spectacular historical walk back in time that made this a very special event in our lives. In addition to the travel and historical experience, I must say that the crew on board was nothing short of first rate. Beginning with the activity director to the dining executive, the wait staff and servers were in a class by themselves. While I probably would have rated this trip highly just on the locations and destinations, it was the quality and attention to detail of the cruising staff that took this trip into a 5 star range. Kudos to everyone associated with this trip - thanks for making this special in so very many ways. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2016
We had always wanted to go on a river cruise and with some good friends decided to go on the Paris and Normandy trip. We extended our trip 3 days on the front end to be able to acclimated to the time change, and to explore Paris on our ... Read More
We had always wanted to go on a river cruise and with some good friends decided to go on the Paris and Normandy trip. We extended our trip 3 days on the front end to be able to acclimated to the time change, and to explore Paris on our own. The Viking rep at our hotel was extremely helpful in assisting us with our daily planning. Transfer from hotel to ship went very smoothly. Once on the ship, we loved being able to sit up top and watch the beautiful scenery. The food was absolutely outstanding, the staff more than attentative and the tours extremely interesting and educational. We very much enjoyed the size of the ship--smaller than ocean cruises which allowed us to meet more people and make lasting friends with some. Being able to sit wherever we wanted at meals also gave us the opportunity to meet a variety of people. While every day was my favorite day on the trip, I especially enjoyed Giverny and walking through Monet's gardens...absolutely beautiful! We have our next trip booked already! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2016
We chose this river cruise because it had something of particular interest to each of us - Giverny for me (Monet is my favorite) and Normandy for my historian husband. We arrived a few days ahead and toured Paris, included was a wonderful ... Read More
We chose this river cruise because it had something of particular interest to each of us - Giverny for me (Monet is my favorite) and Normandy for my historian husband. We arrived a few days ahead and toured Paris, included was a wonderful guided tour of a historic district. Viking handled everything so smoothly, all transfers - plane to hotel to ship to airport - making it all very easy. The ship was perfect, our cabin with a veranda very comfortable, the staff helpful and cheerful (the bartenders remembered what we wanted to drink...), the food delicious. Every port included a walking tour of the area with knowledgeable local guides; several other tours were included to Giverny, Normandy and others, with optional other tours for purchase. Each evening there was entertainment, lectures and demonstrations to further understanding of the area. The ship was smaller than an ocean ship and seemed very cozy and populated with such nice people. We came away with new friends with whom we continue to stay in touch. Undecided? Try it, you'll like it!! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2016
We have always wanted to go on a river cruise and Viking seemed like a good choice. We were right and we had a wonderful time. We hope to go on another river cruise in the future. The staff was very friendly and efficient. The cruise ... Read More
We have always wanted to go on a river cruise and Viking seemed like a good choice. We were right and we had a wonderful time. We hope to go on another river cruise in the future. The staff was very friendly and efficient. The cruise director, Ken, was absolutely fabulous. We had great shore excursions. Even the weather was fine. Our time in Paris was very memorable, so much so that we cannot wait to return. The views from our cabin were just wonderful. Being able to sit on our balcony and watch the Siene come to us was terrific. We met some wonderful traveling partners, that we hope to travel with again, in the future. The food, on board was great. I could go on and on. The best thing that I can say is that I highly recommend this or any river cruise to anyone who asks. And I would certainly recommend that if they take one, go with Viking River Cruises. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
The primary reason we took the cruise was to visit Normandy. We did the pre stay in Paris. The hotel was in an ideal location next to the Eiffel Tower. It was also close to a metro stop that allowed easy access to all of Paris. Also ... Read More
The primary reason we took the cruise was to visit Normandy. We did the pre stay in Paris. The hotel was in an ideal location next to the Eiffel Tower. It was also close to a metro stop that allowed easy access to all of Paris. Also close to several bus routes. The location of the ship in Le Pecq is not real convenient. Shuttles into Paris are provided. Since we had explored so much of Paris prior to boarding this was not an inconvience. We took the provided transportation from the hotel to the ship. There is the option have them transport your luggage and stay the remainder of the day in Paris since the ship does not sail. Take the train to the ship later in the day which gives more time in Paris. The ship and accomodations are what we experienced on previous Viking cruises. The staff was very friendly and helpful. No complaints. Cruising feels minimal after cruising on the Rhine/Danube. We did experience some river issues. Have to be prepared for interruptions by Mother Nature. The crew is great at making adjustments in schedules when these interruptions occur. The highlights of the trip were the visit to Giverney and of course Normandy. Loved the gardens at Givereny and the tour of Monet's home. Viking guides are excellent and very informative. The visit to Normandy was a very moving experience and one that I will never forget. Viking does a wonderful job making this quite memorable. If you want to visit the visitor center budget your time as there is security screening to enter. Must be aware of this in many places now. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
Paris and the Heart of Normandy aboard the Viking Rinda. April 20-27, 2016 OK, we’re not rookies at this… this is our fifth Viking cruise, and this was our least favorite of the batch. Not Viking’s fault, it’s just that ... Read More
Paris and the Heart of Normandy aboard the Viking Rinda. April 20-27, 2016 OK, we’re not rookies at this… this is our fifth Viking cruise, and this was our least favorite of the batch. Not Viking’s fault, it’s just that this itinerary wasn’t the greatest – the river is tree-lined, not much traffic compared to other rivers. There was one castle (Richard the Lion Hearted), whereas the Danube and Rhine have one every couple of miles, it seems, with more open banks to see the sights. The crew was fine and professional, but former crews made me feel very “long-lost cousin” welcome (sneak you another pudding?) that had me reaching deep into my wallet at the end of the wonderful week. Two memorable visits to Giverny and the D-day beaches, some ordinary towns. Changes we didn’t appreciate: bring back the bordello lavender soap, you cheapskates! Introduce the crew, for crying out loud! Those dishwashers deserve their moment in the sun, and so do the cooking staff- we’ve had standing ovations in the past for the soup chef and baker….. You’re in France, don’t you think you can get some better wine? I sure can, even if it’s not made by my cousin…. Have a wine tasting, then call ahead to get a few cases of the winners for dinner that night – how hard is that? What happened to the tour the kitchen and shop with the chef? Don’t use liability as an excuse…. There’s some pretty good shopping across the bridge in La Peq – isn’t anyone going to tell the passengers? Maybe a map? Log of the journey: April 20 – Arrive CDG at 1:00, bus with 6 people total, two of whom live in our old home town. Arrive at longship at 2:00 in beautiful downtown La Peq(just kidding). Light lunch of sandwiches, artichoke soup (not that good). Looks like the baker is a winner. 3:00 – bus up hill to Ste Germaine a mile away. Don’t miss this trip, the castle is pretty good and the museum in the chapel is worth the trip. Specializing in stone carvings going back to Roman times. Church across street is good, where James II died, maybe. Dinner: cheese plate, sea bass, chocolate pudding. Very good Camembert…. And to jet-lagged bed. April 21 – Possible tour of Paris, maybe back for lunch (hour each way) or lunch on your own. SUGGESTION for Viking: for anybody comfortable on your own, run a shuttle the mile to the RER station and we’ll take care of ourselves! Since we were in Paris for a few days last year, we opt for the feet up and relaxing day. For lunch, on the internet and find Creperie La Peq. Directions: out the ship, turn left and go downriver a couple hundred yards on the walkway until the sidewalk ends at the apartments, then turn right a block and go to the main street. See the shopping center across the street? Top floor has the creperie and an organic grocery. The proprietor greeted us with a Kir / cider, then we split a Cheese / ham crepe, then ended with a Calvados flaming apple crepe, washed down with some more cider. Know your NBA, the chef’s a fan. He gave us all the drinks as a welcome, and I rarely leave a 40% tip, but I want this guy to stay in business…. Go there! Stop at the flower shop and price flowers for the stateroom, decide to do without. Go to MonoPrix, buy some cough drops for my cold and some brandy for the stateroom. Dinner: boullabaise (ex), shrimp(ex), veal tenderloin(ex), and a Grand Marnier soufflé for dessert. Gonna be a long week if they’re all this good. Meanwhile, we’re cruising – up river where we’re pointing, through the locks to a place wide enough to turn around, then back through the locks. Maybe use a shorter boat, like on the Doure? Some discussion at briefing and dinner about the docking in La Peq vs. the promised “next to the Eiffel Tower”. My view is that the manager whose palm had been greased died/ retired/ got caught, since it is hard to believe that the size of the longship was never matched to the size of the river. Some people heard about La Peq in advance, some didn’t. We didn’t, but we read cruise critic, and you should, too. April 22 – Vernon and Giverny. Giverny – magnificent gardens even in late April (pansies and a lot of bulbs – the gardeners here know their stuff) Be aware that in summer you get in a long line and shuffle your feet for a couple of hours to get around the ponds, because everyone wants a selfie on the bridge. Silk scarves a decent buy, according to the missus. Lunch: Mussels! Normandy mixed pork fry, chocolate fountain, olives/ tapenade/ cheese board. Dang! Vernon: waddle out on tour of the timbered houses. Houses lean on each other for support. Decent tour, old church has most of its windows blown out in WW II, replaced by poor modern designs. Caution: irregular floor in church. Stop at the memorial next to the ship, read, and thank a veteran – British in this case. Dinner: Cheese, dry pork t-loin, some asparagus soup that never came, wanted flan but got ice cream. Crummy wines. During dinner, we move so we’re the 3rd ship out from the pier now. April 23 – Vernon to Rouen. Up at 7 for some coffee and birding in the lounge. Lecture on the life of Joan of Arc at 10, half listen while I have the binoculars at the ready. Lunch: Smoked fish, 2 kinds! Dang… Arrive Rouen, walk around. Have one of the guides who stops every block to deliver a 15 minute lecture, so I go on my own again, and see 2 churches that the group doesn’t (the Abbey has a good art museum inside), finally meet up with my wife again at the Joan of Arc church (modern, cool..) Decent street market near the Joan of Arc. Pretty decent town, and the cathedral is not to be missed. The carillon was down for repair, and that whole business was fascinating (science teacher, what can I say…) Dinner: Grilled shrimp with flavorless soufflé / hollandaise, halibut with underdone risotto, chocolate tart. Another great cheese plate. Should put the cheese guy in charge of the wine, too. April 24 – Dday beaches on the bucket list. Breakfast moved up to 6:30 to help with the 2 hour bus ride starting at 8. View Juno beach, then the Omaha museum. Rush through the museum to get an idea, then get in line for the movie, then you get another half hour for the museum parts you like. Building has tanks and artillery on outside, view of sunken piers rusting offshore (see, I have binoculars…) Toilet across street is decently clean, donation requested. Walk a block to restaurant, lunch upstairs (ordinary chicken and vegetables, lot better wine than the ship). Back on the bus, off to the bunkers, then the memorial gardens and a few thousand white crosses to ponder, all younger than you. Viking gives you a rose to place wherever you choose, so Ernie from Michigan is awarded the honor. And geez, there’s a lot of “known but to God” crosses….. Back in the bus for one more minor stop, then the 2 hour grind back to the ship. A double aquavit from the bar gets my temperature back up to normal (40, misty, windy) Dinner backed up a half an hour: onion soup, beef burgundy, chocolate pudding, all good. April 25 – Rouen to Les Andelys. Leisure breakfast, cruising. I generally have the same thing every morning –a coffee from the machine (better than the dining room), then a couple of croissants to start with the excellent butter, a couple of salmon plates (take a fork along to get extra onions), then some of the salami and cheese. The fruit is pretty much unripe at this time of year. Disembarking briefing at 10, lemon tart demonstration at 11 (hard area at end of bar, if you want a good seat). This is when I find out from the director that we’re skipping Conflans “to give more time to Les Andelys”. When we dock after lunch, I last one block on the tour as we PASS the church to go someplace else. I quit, enter and enjoy the church, then hike inland a bit (the town is in a valley about 3 blocks wide, can’t get lost) I see the veteran’s memorial and cemetery in town, the tour didn’t. I wasn’t going up to Richard’s castle, since it’s still 40 and windy anyway. There’s a little bit of souvenir shopping a block from the ship, but not much. Dinner: 5 course. Pot pie chicken, lobster Bisque, Filet, Crepe suzettes/brulee, cheese – all good to ex. April 26 – back in La Peq, and visit pharmacy near MonoPrix for some allergy meds. Lunch is fish/chips, mushy peas, chick consommé (good) Shuttle to Paris at 2, and we get dropped about a mile from the island. Hike there, downwind, and we’re getting some hail/snow (groppel) on the way, buy our soccer shirts for the grandkids, and return upwind with no snow but misty. 45 minute walk…. Last dinner: Escargots (in pastry, not that good), Lamb shanks (ok) with some kind of carrot mash, raspberry cake(ex). Same crummy wines. April 27 – departure is professional and swift, Viking knows how to do it. On our last Viking cruise on the Rhone, we got in the habit of buying a bottle of 10 euro wine, a mini-baguette, some olives, a piece of Rocquefort (we were with friends). We’d return to the ship about 4, and the bartender would open the wine and give us 4 glasses. I recommend that. Warning: we had a 2nd deck veranda, even though it was April and we figured we’d never use it. In La Peq, the pier came right about the level of our guardrail for 2 days. On three days, we were the “2nd ship out from the pier” and our nice big window faced another nice big window 10 feet away, and you have to climb up to the top deck and cross over the other ship, then back down one flight. This is not particularly handicapped friendly for anyone, so be warned. If you use a chair/walker, you’re in trouble. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2016
I really can't say one negative thing about this cruise. From the moment we stepped on the boat, everything was runs so perfectly and efficiently I was amazed. Just as advertised for once! The service was great, the cabin spotless ... Read More
I really can't say one negative thing about this cruise. From the moment we stepped on the boat, everything was runs so perfectly and efficiently I was amazed. Just as advertised for once! The service was great, the cabin spotless and well planned and organized. The beds were very comfortable and the bathroom big enough. The public areas were beautiful and spotless. The dining room had open seating, and a very good wait staff. Food choices were just right, and servings just right, not too little, not too much. They are very generous with wine serving during meals also. Entertainment is limited, but I did not expect much in that area, nor did I want it. Day tours were very well run and the guides were excellent. I would not hesitate to take another. As a matter a fact, I am already signed up for my next one in 2017. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2016
This is our 4th Viking River Cruise and was just what we wanted. It was very laid back and relaxing. Bordeaux is a beautiful city and the cruise gave us just enough interest to want to go back to the city for a longer visit. Viking has ... Read More
This is our 4th Viking River Cruise and was just what we wanted. It was very laid back and relaxing. Bordeaux is a beautiful city and the cruise gave us just enough interest to want to go back to the city for a longer visit. Viking has such a good reputation for all the right reasons. First, the staff are always great. On every cruise, the staff are always smiling, happy and helpful. They truly enjoy their jobs and embrace getting to know the passengers. This really makes a difference in your enjoyment. We booked the least expensive room and were still very pleased with the large flat screen tv, the pillows and linens which were very comfortable and way our room was kept spotless by the cabin stewards. The lounge entertainer was very good! He was a professional opera singer and entertainer with a great voice. The opera singers who came on board were a treat. The Captain had 30 years experience and was very approachable and nice. Even the sailors were all smiling and have a good time. The tour guides are always great and this cruise had some exceptional ones who really know their subject. Our waiters were fantastic and always going the extra mile. Viking is known for being all inclusive and it is so nice to have them always offering you a bottle of water for your excursion, bringing around free appetizers during the before dinner captain's get together and just being attentive. We had a problem with noise our second night due to the mooring at the dock and during the night were upgraded to different room with a balcony by the hotel director. No question about it, Viking goes the extra mile to please their customers and we know we can count on that on every single cruise. We have the Viking Douro River cruise already booked, have been on the Viking Star Ocean and currently are booked on the Viking Sea for December so we love it. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2016
Although we have taken a number of ocean and Caribbean cruises, this was our first river cruise and our first visit to Paris. Bottom line: This was a very enjoyable trip, and that was essentially the comment we heard from everyone on the ... Read More
Although we have taken a number of ocean and Caribbean cruises, this was our first river cruise and our first visit to Paris. Bottom line: This was a very enjoyable trip, and that was essentially the comment we heard from everyone on the cruise with whom we spoke. A few people were unhappy that the Rinda docked in Le Pecq, rather than Paris as originally advertised, and had we not opted to take the 3-day pre-cruise extension in Paris I’m sure we, too, would have been. We made our reservations direct with Viking. Because this involved a number of firsts for us we purchased the air arrangements from Viking, along with an air “deviation”. And because of the deviation we chose we lost the airport transfer for our arrival in Paris, even though we were scheduled to arrive at about the same time as flights that Viking arranged. That’s Viking’s policy; however, after 3 attempts I got to someone at Viking who offered to try to get an exception for us. She succeeded. (Things did not go smoothly at the airport – it became obvious that we were swimming against the tide – however they did get us on one of the vans going to the hotel.) The pre-cruise hotel was 2 short blocks from the Eiffel Tower, 2 blocks from a Metro station, one block from an RER (suburban/regional railroad) station, and less than half a mile from a self-service laundromat. The Rinda is a clean, modern ship with a superb crew and staff. Everyone was competent, courteous, helpful, efficient and pleasant. The meals and wines were quite good. The one-man entertainment (Peter) was superb! All of the shore excursions were satisfactory; not as comprehensive as Road Scholar (Elder Hostel), which is to be expected, but on a par with (and better than some) excursions we have taken on other cruises. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2016
Recommendations of family members and friends led us to the VIking River Cruise. We were not disappointed! We loved the smaller ship, the somewhat slower pace. Everything was perfect! We have been on several larger ships for ocean ... Read More
Recommendations of family members and friends led us to the VIking River Cruise. We were not disappointed! We loved the smaller ship, the somewhat slower pace. Everything was perfect! We have been on several larger ships for ocean cruises, and enjoyed them, but we have "matured,' and are now much more happy with a smaller, more compact space. We also appreciated the somewhat slower pace of the shore excursions, and the increased free time. The food was delicious, as was the wine (we purchased the silver spirit package,) and the bar service was attentive and prompt. We enjoyed relaxing on our balcony, as well as on the upper deck; the views were amazing! We liked the open seating in the dining room, and enjoyed getting to know many different travelers on the cruise. Due to the limited number of passengers, we felt more "connected" with the folks onboard, and we were ble to get to know the crew and staff, as well. Was it a good experience? Well, we have already booked 2 more VIking cruises! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2016
This was our fourth Viking cruise and we had enjoyed every other one in the past. The ships are always lovely and the staff is attentive. Each guest is made to feel special. The cabins are kept very clean and have plenty of storage. ... Read More
This was our fourth Viking cruise and we had enjoyed every other one in the past. The ships are always lovely and the staff is attentive. Each guest is made to feel special. The cabins are kept very clean and have plenty of storage. The food is fabulous and chef makes a point of serving local dishes. We love being able to dine outside, especially at lunch time. The excursions are well organized and educational. Guides are local and well informed. We spent several days in Paris after the cruise and the hotel Viking used, Pullman, was well located, close to the Eiffel Tower. Rooms were very nice and a wonderful breakfast was included. There were many good restaurants within walking distance. Viking had a man at the desk able to help us with questions about the city and transportation. We have recommended Viking to many of our friends and will continue to do so! We are already planning our next trip. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
I have been on two river cruises in Europe with two different companies and can't help but compare. While we enjoyed our cruise with Viking, I felt Uniworld was a better experience. First, as others have noted, docking in Le Pecq ... Read More
I have been on two river cruises in Europe with two different companies and can't help but compare. While we enjoyed our cruise with Viking, I felt Uniworld was a better experience. First, as others have noted, docking in Le Pecq instead of Paris is very inconvenient. Their smaller ships can dock in Paris, so why not ditch the longship and dock in Paris? The shuttle Viking provides to/from Paris were often at inconvenient times, and not frequent enough. On the last day, we went into Paris on the shuttle at 9 am, and returned via taxi at about 3, and it cost us 50 euros and took 50 minutes. If you went back during rush hour, it would cost a lot more since in Paris the meter runs when you're stuck in traffic. They don't provide enough information in advance of the cruise about the shuttle and the fact that there is a briefing at 6:15 pm followed by dinner at 7 pm on the first day. I had to write to the ship's concierge to find out how late we could get to the ship from Paris, where we were spending the day, and to find out that the Viking shuttles would leave Paris at 5 and 9 pm on boarding day. Too late in our opinion, so we arranged for a van to take the four of us and our bags to the ship, which cost us 90 euros. Decor: I find the Scandinavian wood-laden decor a bit stark and blah. Uniworld's ships are more opulent, and each cabin is decorated differently. While the Uniworld ship I was on was a bit over-the-top in the decor category in my opinion, it still gave a more luxurious feel. Crew: Both crews were very nice, friendly, and efficient. But there was a certain something about Uniworld's crew that beats Viking. They have a butler in a tuxedo who greets you for dinner every night. They introduce the dining room crew and chefs on the first night in a humorous and fun "show." The captain made himself visible at dinners on Uniworld, whereas the captain on Viking was invisible except for briefly on the last night. I felt more taken care of on Uniworld, for instance water glasses were always kept full. But to be fair, we had some great waiters on Viking and made a point of sitting in their section every time. The Viking cleaning crew did a great job and always greeted us in the hallway, but on Uniworld they greeted us with our names. Small things like that add up. Dining: The food on Uniworld is gourmet all the way -- I never had anything that wasn't OUTSTANDING. On Viking, I would say the food is good, but usually nothing to write home about. On the Uniworld cruise, the chefs -- they have their own pastry chef too -- were French and really spectacular. There is one more course on Uniworld too -- salad/soup. Many times on Uniworld at lunch the pastry chef created something special, like homemade ice cream, and served it herself. Itinerary: One good thing about the Viking itinerary is that they give you an extra day in Paris at the end. Previously, they spent the last day in Conflans. Hmmm, Conflans versus Paris -- Paris wins, hands down! I think they made this change to help make up for the docking in Le Pecq situation. They also gave a night tour of Paris, which helped make up for it too. At the D-Day beaches stop, Viking gave us each a rose to leave on a grave of our choice, and they organized a really nice ceremony at the American cemetery. We sang the National Anthem, had a moment of silence, and a French woman from the cemetery said a few words of thanks to the American people. They called up the veterans on the cruise to the front and said a few words of thanks to them. It was all very moving. The Giverny stop is a must-see, and I highly recommend going after April 1 when it's open. Overall, we had a good time on the Viking Rinda. Good, not great. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2016
We chose this cruise because we wanted to go back to Paris and go on a river cruise. This was a great choice. The transfers from the airport to the ship was very smooth as well as the embarkation procedure. The crew were very friendly and ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to go back to Paris and go on a river cruise. This was a great choice. The transfers from the airport to the ship was very smooth as well as the embarkation procedure. The crew were very friendly and welcoming. The ship was clean and very comfortable. Our cabin was very well maintained. The food was ok, however I expected better considering we were in France. I especially expected better desserts. We loved all the ports we visited. They were charming and inviting. We would have like to spend more time in the cities we visited, especially Giverny, Les Andelays and Arromanches. The excursion were very informative and the guides were wonderful. Not the type of cruise for children, as there is not a lot of entertainment. I would definitely love to do another river cruise on Viking. The only thing I would complain about is that the internet connection was terrible. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2016
This was a great choice. We have heard about the river cruises for years. Our experience could not have been better. There is not one aspect of this cruise that I would criticize. It was simply all we expected and we were not ... Read More
This was a great choice. We have heard about the river cruises for years. Our experience could not have been better. There is not one aspect of this cruise that I would criticize. It was simply all we expected and we were not disappointed. The ports we stopped at were very educational and we enjoyed having free time. On board the staff tended to every need we may have. Very friendly and knowledgeable . Our stateroom was pristine, our housekeeper was delightful. The towels folded on the bed reading a book was such fun. Leaving the ship was easy to follow and very well organized, as we're the bus trips to the planned sites. The speakers on the bus were fascinating to listen to. They had all the answers to questions that were asked. Again, we could not have asked for a better experience with Viking. Hope to sail again. David and Karen Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2016
Picked this cruise because it was on our bucket list to go to the Normandy D-Day beaches. The cruise director, Ken Dermer, was excellent and made us feel right at home. The crew was great. Service was terrific and the stewards were ... Read More
Picked this cruise because it was on our bucket list to go to the Normandy D-Day beaches. The cruise director, Ken Dermer, was excellent and made us feel right at home. The crew was great. Service was terrific and the stewards were wonderful. Nothing could have been better. It exceeded all of our expectations. All of the shore excursions were very good and the guides were excellent. We particularly liked the Normandy Beaches and the Omaha Beach Military cemetery. Another big highlight was Les Andeles and climbing up to Richard the Lion Heart's castle (Chateau Gailard) and actually meeting him. (not really him but an actor dressed to the hilt as a Knight). Everything was well organized and, if we wanted information, someone was always available to provide what we needed. Prior to sailing, we took the city tour of Paris and left the tour group at Notre Dame to visit the tomb of St. Catherine. A long walk and then back to the Petit Palais to get the shuttle back to the ship. The shuttle was a wonderful addition for a lot of people because it gave us the opportunity to explore Paris on our own. Another highlight was Vernon and Monet's house and gardens. Imagine seeing the Water Lilly pond made famous in his paintings. We will certainly travel with Viking again. In fact we just booked a Viking Homeland Ocean cruise tour for 2017 which starts in Stockholm, Sweden, then visits St. Petersburg, Russia, Gdansk, Poland, and a number of other citeis ending with Bergen, Norway. Can't wait. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2016
This was a trip to remember. It was part of my bucket list to visit the d-day beaches of Normandy. That alone was enough to rate a 5 star rating. The ship was immaculate and the crew and officers did everything to make the trip ... Read More
This was a trip to remember. It was part of my bucket list to visit the d-day beaches of Normandy. That alone was enough to rate a 5 star rating. The ship was immaculate and the crew and officers did everything to make the trip wonderful. The room was always clean and prepared for us. The cabin stewards were super and remembered our names from the moment we arrived, an amazing feat of memory. Food was great and the service was perfect. Our dinner waiter went out of his way to make us feel valued as customers and more like friends. Our tour director, Ken, was great and was a wonderful guide. He always was available to assist and recommend things we really should see and do. All the shore excursions were terrific including the tour of Normandy and the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach where This was the first time we traveled with Viking and will definitely travel with Viking again. In fact, we just booked a Viking Ocean Cruise to Scandinavia for next December and can't wait to go. Thank you, Viking, for a great trip. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2016
The adverts looked very appealing...and the time fit in with a visit to Italy. We were disappointed that the boat was NO WHERE NEAR PARIS...and their offered tour of Paris was more or less a drive by view from a bus. Being a fairly ... Read More
The adverts looked very appealing...and the time fit in with a visit to Italy. We were disappointed that the boat was NO WHERE NEAR PARIS...and their offered tour of Paris was more or less a drive by view from a bus. Being a fairly seasoned traveler, I was forearmed and our group was able to schedule our own time pre-cruise in Paris thereby enabling us to spend more quality time at must see sites. The ship tours were ok, but Monet's garden was not yet open (the beginning of season)...which is great in other respects, i.e. smaller crowds at sites. ...so a compromise in that respect. At least we avoided the torrential rains! All in all, I would give Viking another chance, preferably in nicer weather so we could more full enjoy the amenities such as the outdoor dining, and such. The staff and crew could not have been more enjoyable. Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2015
Viking offers the most in depth cruise I have ever been a part of. From the staff, the ship, the local tour guides and the delicious food I could not have asked for more. They really do treat you like royalty on these cruises and I would ... Read More
Viking offers the most in depth cruise I have ever been a part of. From the staff, the ship, the local tour guides and the delicious food I could not have asked for more. They really do treat you like royalty on these cruises and I would recommend this to all my friends. By the way, this was right after the Paris attacks and I could not have felt more safe on and off the ship. The European Union is really trying its best to secure all its borders and make traveling as safe and easy as possible. The food on board was really good too, we had a choice every night of a seafood, a meat(chicken,lamb, or steak) and a vegetarian. My waiter saw that I was a big eater and offered double portions on all my meals or asked if I would like to try multiple meals all at once for dinner. It did not feel awkward at all, they were extremely accommodating. I even bought some local French cheeses and the chef offered to vacuum seal them so I could keep them fresh on the way back to the states. Every night before dinner the program director, the hotel manager and the chef were truly amazing. They really seemed to enjoy their job as they presented day in and day out. On a side note we went during the Christmas markets and they were fantastic. We did not get to see the Monet Gardens but they made up for it by taking us to where Van Gogh was nearing the end of his troubled life and it was a beautiful little town and a nice walk on the countryside. Can't wait for my 3rd Viking Cruise! Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2015
We love the river cruises because they are so relaxing and you see so much more of the countryside. We had been on the Grand European Cruise the year before and absolutely loved it, So we decided to go on another cruise. We always wanted ... Read More
We love the river cruises because they are so relaxing and you see so much more of the countryside. We had been on the Grand European Cruise the year before and absolutely loved it, So we decided to go on another cruise. We always wanted to go to Normandy so the is why we chose Paris to Normandy.. Were really enjoyed all the sights, especially Normandy. Normandy was very moving emotionally but very rewarding. We loved it. It was a long day, but totally worth it. Paris was wonderful and the sights are marvelous! We always had plenty of time on our own. The other ports were wonderful also. The food was delicious and the wines always complimented the food. The people on the cruise were all so nice and friendly. The crew was exceptional. They were so accommodating to us. The cruise line has the departure plan down to a science and it works beautifully. This was a wonderful cruise to celeste our 50th wedding anniversary. Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2015
We did the Grand European Cruise in 2014 and absolutely loved it, so we decided to do another one, which was Paris to Normandy. We had a suite which was very roomy and comfortable. The rooms were keep very, very clean and well supplied ... Read More
We did the Grand European Cruise in 2014 and absolutely loved it, so we decided to do another one, which was Paris to Normandy. We had a suite which was very roomy and comfortable. The rooms were keep very, very clean and well supplied with toiletries. There is plenty of closet space too. We enjoyed all of the ports and the the tour guides were very friendly and informative, which we were very, very happy with this also. The crew was very friendly and helpful. They would go out of their way to help us and accommodate us.We found that the travelers were all so friendly too. There is no rushing and we absolutely loved that we did not have to dress up dinner. The food was delicious. Disembarking the ship was so easy. You have it down to a science. We are looking forward to another river cruise or even an Ocean cruise with Viking in the near future. Read Less
Viking Rinda Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 3.0 0.0
Public Rooms 5.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 1.0 0.0
Family 1.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 4.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 3.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 N/A

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