A hugely enjoyable cruise - arrangements, outings, activities, cabins, food all excellent. Staff including captain, manager, concierge, kitchen, bar and waiting staff, domestic service, all first rate. But especially the outstanding ... Read More
A hugely enjoyable cruise - arrangements, outings, activities, cabins, food all excellent. Staff including captain, manager, concierge, kitchen, bar and waiting staff, domestic service, all first rate. But especially the outstanding director, Guillaume, friendly, helpful, always easy to approach, energetic, knowledgeable, amusing and resourceful.
Ballad of the Viking Cruise
They say that ‘any group will do’,
It’s up to you to choose;
Just mind you take with your box with you,
And wear some comfy shoes.
Columbus sailed the ocean blue,
His boat the Pinta’s named,
But ours is long and clean and new,
For which the Rinda’s famed.
Her registration may be Swiss,
Her staff United Nations;
The Seine’s her home, in spite of this,
Its waves send good vibrations.
The Viking crews did desperate deeds,
They killed and robbed and raped;
But our crew’s here to meet our needs,
Now Viking’s got them taped.
Chef Ricky bakes hot mushroom tarts
Made with the lightest touch;
We’re coached in our French-speaking parts,
But ‘Rouen’ is just too much.
We zap Parisian tourist traps,
Trawling the Latin Quarter;
No bars, lest we taste things perhaps
We sorta didn’t oughta.
At Notre Dame it’s like a zoo,
Lines wind half round the square;
Our tickets spare us from the queue -
No chance to stand and stare.
The Bourbons’ home we’ll not forget,
Gosh, their pad’s ultra-posh;
But did poor Marie-Antoinette
Tell peasants, ‘Eat your brioche’?
At Giverny, the pond holds still,
With lilies’ pale reflets;
And faintly looming, on the hill,
The tomb of Claude Monet.
We saw the beach where young men died,
And lie now side by side;
While Bayeux stitches Norman pride
In tales told by our guide.
In Caen, some parts recall the blitz,
Where hearts that broke still ache;
Nearby, brave Joan defied the Brits,
Fried friendless on the stake.
Les Andelys stands on a bend,
Beneath the castle walls;
The path looked easy to ascend,
But caused some painful falls.
They say that any group will do,
And we don’t need to choose;
But here’s the thing our group found true –
Choose Viking for your cruise.
Any group: some days they let you join any of the tour guides. Box: headset used for guided tours. Rinda: name of our vessel. Chef: produced one four course meal all based on mushrooms (there were other choices). Coached: Guillaume, the excellent program director, couldn’t get people to say Rouen right. Bourbons: day-trip to Versailles. Nearby: Rouen. Painful falls: two of the party (including me) tripped up on the path up to Chateau Gaillard. Should read Viking™ perhaps. Read Less