193 Viking River Viking Rinda Cruise Reviews

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
Sail Date March 2016
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
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
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
Sail Date December 2015
It was our 44th Wedding Anniversary on the 18th December so my husband and I thought that the River Seine itinerary would be perfect for such a romantic occasion. As we had travelled with Viking on previous occasions, we knew that we ... Read More
It was our 44th Wedding Anniversary on the 18th December so my husband and I thought that the River Seine itinerary would be perfect for such a romantic occasion. As we had travelled with Viking on previous occasions, we knew that we would not be disappointed in any way. This turned out to be an accurate assumption. On arrival we were given an immediate stateroom upgrade, which was a lovely surprise. We also knew some of the staff from an earlier river cruise, so it was great to get reacquainted and hear of career successes and promotions. As expected the whole vacation went along beautifully, we were lucky to have some super weather for the month of December and our trips out to the Normandy Beaches and on another occasion to learn about Van Gogh's last days in Chalon sur Ouse was very moving. Making friends with like minded people is always easy on Viking cruises so we soon were able to find good company each evening. Our meals were scrumptious as usual with chef's suggestions always a hit so too the choices for accompanying wines. Finally, the staff, they have to be congratulated on their care and attention to every detail. They also were great fun and their attention to each individual holiymaker was something to behold. In short their contributions to our holiday made it very special. As for our anniversary evening on board, a cake was presented to our table with lots of singing and good cheer. It was really heartwarming. Thank you to Carlos and his team on Viking Rinda. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
This was our third cruise with Viking, and once again we had a great time. We were met by a Viking representative and literally whisked through the Paris airport, We were met at the ship with smiles from the staff, offered drinks and ... Read More
This was our third cruise with Viking, and once again we had a great time. We were met by a Viking representative and literally whisked through the Paris airport, We were met at the ship with smiles from the staff, offered drinks and given warm towels for our hands. The food was excellent and there was always a variety at breakfast and lunch. Dinners were wonderful with always an alternative to whatever was planned. Paris and the Eiffel Tower was spectacular at night! We were also there at the time of the Christmas markets in Paris where we found beautiful hand blown glass made by a local artist. The highlight of our trip was Normandy. It was the most emotional experience we've ever encountered. Seeing firsthand the remains of the German pillboxes above Omaha Beach and the guns gave us a glimpse of how they were able to kill so many of our servicemen. The American cemetery which is beautifully kept seemed to go on forever. It was hard to comprehend that so many of our military are buried there. A special service honoring our servicemen took place at the cemetery where relatives were acknowledged and every person was given a rose to place on a grave. We chose a Pennsylvania soldier since we live in that state. The museum was also very interesting and educational. Although it was December, we were fortunate that the weather was actually warm for the season. Our cabin's accommodations with the veranda was comfortable and very attractive. It was beautiful scenery as we glided down the river. Although it was a little too cool to totally take advantage of sitting out on the veranda most of the time, we still enjoyed the view. We couldn't ask for more in both quality and service throughout our trip. As in our other cruises,we have found that the staff has always been very helpful with any questions and courteous at all times. The evenings have always been very enjoyable - no matter what the entertainment might be. In every cruise, we met other couples who we could converse with about so many different travels we all have taken. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
The boat, food and crew were excellent. The overall experience was very positive but thought some things needed to be said. First off, as in other reviews, leaving from Le Pecq and not Paris was a huge disappointment. The area in Le ... Read More
The boat, food and crew were excellent. The overall experience was very positive but thought some things needed to be said. First off, as in other reviews, leaving from Le Pecq and not Paris was a huge disappointment. The area in Le Pecq was really awful and our veranda room looked at a area under the dock for much of the time. We couldn't even use it because an RV was parked outside with people living in it. (Viking needs to have that removed). Actually for the 8 days we only stepped on the balcony a couple of times since the views were of docks, other boats, or it was night time with nothing to see. For this itinerary, the extra $1000 for the room over a French Balcony was wasted. The bus ride to Paris was almost an hour with traffic. Made the bus time too long versus site seeing time. Shore excursions were good, just be prepared with good shoes and to ride buses and walk a lot. The local guides were awesome. The Van Gogh excursion was great but thought it was weird that the boat traveled the river to meet us at our next destination so we missed that whole area of the Seine. Normandy excursion to Omaha beach was the highlight, but it was a long bus ride leaving at 8am and getting back at 645pm. We took the bus to Normandy from Rouen which made no sense since we had so much of the Seine to see north of the city. Didn't really understand why the boat seemed docked more than cruising and actually only went Le Pecq to Rouen and back to Le Pecq. Only had two times where scenic cruising was and it was of the same area going North and South. Guillermo the Director was good at explaining the plans and the chef, Bogdan and Hristo were also great in the dining area. Bottom line is if you want relaxing river time this itinerary is not for you. We will book again with Viking for the Rhine, Main or Danube trips. Met some great people on the trip and have some great memories. The hotel used for the 3 day post cruise was awesome and in a great location. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
We chose this cruise because we wanted to see the beautiful city of Paris, the beautiful French countryside and local towns along the Seine River and the emotionally moving American Cemetery at Normandy and the battlefield sites. The ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to see the beautiful city of Paris, the beautiful French countryside and local towns along the Seine River and the emotionally moving American Cemetery at Normandy and the battlefield sites. The staff was excellent, exhibiting personalized care and friendliness, great service professionalism. The food was excellent , with great selections and other optional choices if needed. The portions were great and the availability of options wonderful. The wine servings were excellent. The local tours along the way on the cruise were exceptional. We saw many,many small,yet beautiful French towns, beautiful cathedrals and palaces and wonderful countrysides as we cruised. Normandy is both beautiful and amazingly emotional. Here, indeed, you truly see the total sacrifices and courage of the American and Allied forces of World War 2. The cabin was small, but efficiently arranged. The cabin was immaculate and the room staff wonderful. All in all I will always travel with Viking Cruises. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
We had a marvelous time. The ship, our cabin, the staff, the meals and alcohol...all of these exceeded our expectations. The town stops and the tours were all excellent. The service was extraordinary; we have never experienced such good ... Read More
We had a marvelous time. The ship, our cabin, the staff, the meals and alcohol...all of these exceeded our expectations. The town stops and the tours were all excellent. The service was extraordinary; we have never experienced such good service anywhere or anyplace. The only confusion and downside was that we ended up sailing from Le Pecq which is a port on the far western edge of Paris. I understand now that Viking River cruises are dependent upon the French government for the port placement and the scheduling of the port that they sail in and out of. Apparently this gets shifted around a lot and the company has no control over this aspect of the river cruise business. I imagine that this must be highly irritating for Viking River cruises to contend with in scheduling and in dealing with customers. Our fantasy had been to sail from Port Alma in central Paris which would have been a grand exit and entry point. As we arrived a week early to explore Paris, this port change meant we had to take a taxi from the 7th arrondisement to Le Pecq which was quite a trek. (Viking River Cruise gave us a substantial shipboard voucher for drinks for our trouble which was quite nice). As it turned out, we were there during the attacks of November 13th and Le Pecq was a good place for us to be situated as docking in central Paris would not have been possible nor desirable. On that note, I must say that the shipboard staff handled that whole dreadful situation with calm, ease and aplomb. There was no heightening of anxiety but it was all taken quite seriously even so. They managed, at the last minute, as Paris was in lockdown, to get a tour for everyone to see Chartre cathedral. I found this quite remarkable and it reveals a powerful efficiency. Another note. I was absolutely appalled by and ashamed for many of my fellow American travelers. The staff, bartenders, table staff, room cleaning staff, tour guides and all the people in the kitchen are dependent upon the gratuity that the passengers contribute. The suggestions in the handbook that you will receive is an excellent guide. If you can afford to go on a river cruise and disembark for the daily tours then you can afford to pay the suggested gratuity! Given that it was the absolute best service we have ever received the gratuity was ENTIRELY reasonable and amounted to about E300 plus what we gave seperately to some extraordinary individuals. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
My wife and I sailed on the Rinda, "Paris and the Heart of Normandy" on November 9. While we had read some less-than-complimentary reviews about the ship not docking in Paris, we were met right outside the Customs area gate and ... Read More
My wife and I sailed on the Rinda, "Paris and the Heart of Normandy" on November 9. While we had read some less-than-complimentary reviews about the ship not docking in Paris, we were met right outside the Customs area gate and taken directly to the ship. The little village of Le Pecq was delightful, and we purchased wine at the Monoprix, a less than 5 minute walk from the ship. An ATM was directly across from Monoprix. Lunch was provided and then a walking tour of LePecq. All tours were just as the brochure reported. We enjoyed them all and had exceptional guides. Normandy cemetery and Omaha beach were especially moving, as I am a veteran. Food was delicious, plus lunchtime and dinnertime beer and wine was a very welcome addition. Someone had previously posted that the wine was "ordinary" but we thought it was quite good. Though variety is not as large as ocean going cruise lines, we felt the food overall was significantly better. The cruise director, Michael, was a gem. We so much enjoyed his historical, and sometimes comical, talks on the next day's excursion. On the 2nd to the last day, Paris was attacked. The crew of the Viking could not have been more supportive and compassionate concerning the disruption of some of our plans as well as the concern for the people of Paris. Anyone wanting to call back to the States to reassure family members could do so at Viking's expense. Tours for the last day had to be cancelled as Paris was on lock down. The staff then arranged a wonderful tour to the cathedral at Chartres, at no expense to any of us. We felt that cocktails and drinks from the bar were very reasonably priced with no additional service charge added. Likewise, there was no hype or pressure to buy additional items or services on the ship. All crew members were very pleasant, helpful, and competent. Following the cruise, Viking transported us directly to our Paris accommodations at absolutely no cost to us. We can't think of any thing negative and we would definitely sail with Viking again. The ship and crew were truly exceptional. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
We cannot praise Viking highly enough. We chose the package that included a three day stay in Paris before the cruise and that was a wise choice. The hotel was a 5 star establishment and was wonderful. The transfers from the airport to ... Read More
We cannot praise Viking highly enough. We chose the package that included a three day stay in Paris before the cruise and that was a wise choice. The hotel was a 5 star establishment and was wonderful. The transfers from the airport to the hotel and from the hotel to the ship were smooth. Even though we booked very late and got the last cabin on the boat (way down below), we found the room comfortable and efficiently laid out. The staff and crew were outstanding. They were always helpful and friendly and made our trip a pleasure. In particular, Michael Bright, our Program Director, was terrific. His historical knowledge was most welcome and his humor (especially his exchanges with Chef Ricky) was always a daily highlight. Speaking of Chef Ricky, his meals were truly fabulous. I always followed his recommendations (there were several other choices) and I never regretted one of them. The excursions along the way to and from Normandy were very good - knowledgeable and friendly guides, interesting sites, and enough free time to explore. But what made this trip sadly memorable was the attack in Paris while we were in Rouen. The Viking staff was very reassuring though they must have been feeling the stress of it. Since excursions scheduled (Versailles, for us) for when we returned to the Paris area had to be cancelled, Viking was able, between Friday night and Sunday morning, to arrange a tour of Chartres Cathedral - buses, tour guides, admissions - under what must have been very difficult circumstances. They went above and beyond what might have been expected. They earned five stars! Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
I just have to say it - we had an amazing time on the Rinda. All the staff worked hard to please the passengers. The food was excellent, the rooms were fine. Service over all was a 4 or 5. However, as wonderful as the experience on ... Read More
I just have to say it - we had an amazing time on the Rinda. All the staff worked hard to please the passengers. The food was excellent, the rooms were fine. Service over all was a 4 or 5. However, as wonderful as the experience on the ship was, it was overshadowed by the terrible customer service provided by Viking's customer service. You already know (if you've read other reviews) that the advertisements for Paris & the Heart of Normandy Tour did not really dock in Paris as expected by the advertising. They actually send you a letter after you book informing you that they were denied a docking permit. News flash: unless you take their airport transfers their answer on how to get to the ship is to spend approx. 50 Euros to take a cab from Paris (more if directly from the airport). Our experience is that we were flying in a few days early, and declined paying for Viking's Paris extension. We were delighted to see on the website a few days before we left that there was now a shuttle bus provided to take ship passengers to Paris, and back to the ship so a day of shopping could be enjoyed. We called Viking to confirm that we would be accepted on the shuttle, and after three phone calls had confirmed the time and location (which turned out to be incorrect). On the proper day, we were at the site, however no bus. Three more phone calls to Viking (now at international minutes on our cell phone) netted three hangups, even though we provided our cell phone number on the third call. We finally took a cab to the ship. While on the way to the ship I turned on the data on my cell phone, and discovered that someone had written me back (not called - did they care that I was standing in the cold?) to tell me that there was no shuttle from a hotel (that's not what I asked for), and that I should take a cab. Once at the ship, they were distressed to learn that I was given the incorrect location, and that they saw no reason why we couldn't be included on the shuttle. They also reimbursed our cab fare. I actually spoke to the customer service rep that emailed me after that cruise was over, strictly by chance when I called Viking to complain. His position was that the shuttle would not have let me on anyway, since I hadn't paid for a transfer, and that the prior customer service reps that I spoke to before the trip had no right to give me that information. My position is that if a company provides false advertising as to the location of their ship, they should provide transportation from where the ship should have been located to where it really was. And if the folks at Viking send you an email with times and locations, you need to back it up. Also, even if you book your air through Viking air, you will never hear from them if the airline changes the itinerary (and they did for many of us). Viking clearly states it in their booklet, so keep checking the airline website regarding your reservation. Moral of the story: If you're going to go with Viking, do it all with Viking. The folks who did had fewer complaints. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
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
Sail Date October 2015
We took the Paris and the Heart of Normandy cruise on October 26. Our real disappointment was the location of the dock. It was several miles outside of Paris which made it hard to visit the City whenever we wanted. That being said, the ... Read More
We took the Paris and the Heart of Normandy cruise on October 26. Our real disappointment was the location of the dock. It was several miles outside of Paris which made it hard to visit the City whenever we wanted. That being said, the cruise, the staff, the food, and the scenery was wonderful. One of the best stops was the home of Monet and viewing his beautiful garden. Even though it was the end of the season (winter was fast approaching), we could still see the beauty in the garden. From every angle there was a new scene to paint or photograph. No wonder Monet spent so much time there. The next favorite thing was the shopping trip to a local market with the Chef. It was most interesting and informative. Of course, the main destination and main attraction was the Cemetery and Beaches of Normandy. We toured Omaha beach and the American Cemetery, where we had a private tribute to the brave men who gave so much there 70 years ago. This was one of the most moving and emotional parts of the trip. Visiting the almost 10,000 graves of American Soldiers who died there and seeing the wall listing the thousands of names of those who could not be located. We were disappointed only in that our visit was too short. We wish Viking would allow 2 days to see all of this. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Cruise from Paris to Normandy and back. Unfortunately we were unable to depart from the normal location in Paris and had to go to a place about 45 minutes from Paris; thus limiting our ability to explore the sights of that wonderful city. ... Read More
Cruise from Paris to Normandy and back. Unfortunately we were unable to depart from the normal location in Paris and had to go to a place about 45 minutes from Paris; thus limiting our ability to explore the sights of that wonderful city. The cruise was wonderful and the food exquisite. As always, the crew was magnificent. The sights along the Seine were magnificent. I enjoyed the scenery along the cruise better than any other cruise on which I have sailed. Every view was like a painting. The colors, the trees, the homes and cottages were all beautiful. I especially enjoyed the tour of Monet's garden and pond. What a beautiful place. And, the American Cemetery at Normandy was terribly moving. It's hard to imagine what really happened there so many years ago. What brave and dedicated soldiers. My only complaint was we didn't get enough time at Normandy, the highlight of the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
We took the Viking Rinda cruise (Paris to Normandy) that departed on 19/October/2015 and had the time of our lives. The rooms are beautiful and there is so much storage (you can store your bags under the bed, nice size closets, drawers ... Read More
We took the Viking Rinda cruise (Paris to Normandy) that departed on 19/October/2015 and had the time of our lives. The rooms are beautiful and there is so much storage (you can store your bags under the bed, nice size closets, drawers and a refrigerator). Nice bathroom with Le Occitane bath products (very nice). The ship itself is also beautiful - very bright with lots of windows and doors. On the upper deck in addition to the sitting areas there is a track that many people walked either in the mornings or while we were under sail. What really made this cruise so fabulous was the crew. Every member of this crew went above and beyond for everyone on the ship. The food was fabulous and once again, the crew would go out of their way if you had a special request. We upgraded to the Silver Spirits package (my husband was in the wine business) and the wines were outstanding but I am not sure this is really necessary. Every evening during "Happy Hour" the activities director would update you on the following day's events and then the Chef would come out and talk to you about their specials for the evening. The tours were fabulous too. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and spoke perfect English. The buses that were used were well maintained (with restrooms) and they always had bottled water on board. The trip down to Normandy is an all day affair but was wonderful and obviously very emotional. We took the trip to the Palace of Versailles which was fabulous but my favorite excursion was the day we went into Conflans with the Chef to visit the Farmer's Market. Like others we were disappointed the ship was not docked in Paris but this is not the fault of Viking and hopefully that will change in the future. We loved our trip and can't wait to take another one. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Our trip was Paris or LePeqto Normandy and back. I loved the crew, the food and the ambiance. I celebrated my birthday on the cruise and loved the cake. The guides for the trip were excellent - American Cemetery in Normandy and the ... Read More
Our trip was Paris or LePeqto Normandy and back. I loved the crew, the food and the ambiance. I celebrated my birthday on the cruise and loved the cake. The guides for the trip were excellent - American Cemetery in Normandy and the tour of Monet's Gardens exceeded my expectations. Since so little time was spent on the ship. I am glad that I did not spend the extra money for a balcony. I loved docking within walking distance of town. loved the singers on board and I really liked the cooking demonstration - I learned to prepare pastry. The food was excellent and the chef taking the time to tell us about the food was great idea. I loved having wine with my dinner. I liked the evening tour of Paris which was added to our package to make up for not docking in Paris. I appreciated the transportation at the end to the airport. I was not expecting that perk. I worried about being the only person of color on the ship - not a worry. The staff couldn't have been kinder. I will definitely sail with Viking again. Great trip! Great value!!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
As a Francophile, I wanted to be able to experience as much French as possible. I enjoyed the sites we saw, the tour guides were excellent, but the thing I enjoyed the most was getting away from the ship and going out on our own to see ... Read More
As a Francophile, I wanted to be able to experience as much French as possible. I enjoyed the sites we saw, the tour guides were excellent, but the thing I enjoyed the most was getting away from the ship and going out on our own to see what we could discover. If you are an adventurous person, this might not be the cruise for you. It was mostly older Americans, and since my cabin mate was in her 40's, we started calling it "The Senior Citizens' Float Trip." I was disappointed that I couldn't speak French on board, as most of the staff were not Francophone, even though they were lovely young people from all over. We actually did very little cruising, which I also should have anticipated, since Normandy is not that far from Paris. Overall, I would recommend this cruise if you want someone to do all of your planning for you and you want to be well taken care of. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
This was our second cruise with Viking Cruise Lines! Both cruises were in France. Our 2014 cruise was the Bordeaux wine cruise in the South of France. We were so impressed with our first cruise, we quickly booked our second ... Read More
This was our second cruise with Viking Cruise Lines! Both cruises were in France. Our 2014 cruise was the Bordeaux wine cruise in the South of France. We were so impressed with our first cruise, we quickly booked our second cruise! The 2015 cruise was on the Seine to Normandy, Monet gardens, Palace of Versailles, and an awesome night tour of Paris, the City of Lights! The size of the boats allowed for us to easily meet and make friends with a number of people, many of which we still hear from. The both boats were awesome...beautiful, airy, bright, easy to stroll. One couldn't ask for finer food and wine service! On our first cruise, I mentioned I liked blue berries at breakfast...Every morning after, there was a bowl of blue berries served to me! The crew is not only polite but friendly and caring! Trips on shore exceeded our expectations and were led by very knowledgeable guides. The pace was perfect and the sites extraordinary! The wine tours were a valuable learning experience. We learned not only the intricacies of wine making but the value of "terroir" . The wine samples were ample and delicious! The Normandy cruise is a wonderful history lesson which all people should have the opportunity to experience. (Be sure to take a tissue with you to wipe your tears away!) On to Monet's gardens and home...Oh so beautiful! And, the Palace of Versailles is breath taking. Viking does it right! We'll book Viking again! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
My father had landed on Omaha Beach during the summer of 1944. I wanted to see where he had been and try to imagine what it must have been like. The Museum at Arromanches was excellent. I have worked in museums all my life and I was ... Read More
My father had landed on Omaha Beach during the summer of 1944. I wanted to see where he had been and try to imagine what it must have been like. The Museum at Arromanches was excellent. I have worked in museums all my life and I was impressed with the story they tried to tell. I was particularly struck with the faces on some of the manikins - they were so young! Going to see where my dad had been so many years ago meant taking a cruise along the Seine and then a bus to the beaches. It was a very moving experience for me and I felt that Viking did the ceremony at the American Cemetary with great sensitivity. I am glad a took the opportunity to go on this trip, The cruise as a whole was excellent, I enjoyed the food, particularly the dishes from Normandy that we got to try. The tours were also very good, they went interesting places and the pace was such that you got to see everything. I appreciated the fact that the boats had a "leisurely" option for those guests who did not feel able to walk with the rest of the group. While I went with the regular tours, on a previous river cruise, I had had to take the leisurely option and I feel I saw everything the others had seen. That is a great idea. Viking is doing a good job and I feel certain I will take another river cruise before to long. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Rinda is clean, big and new. Excellent dining options. Staff is courteous, entertaining, knowledgeable and always willing to help. Our cruise director Michael is clearly enthusiastic about the subject matter (he's a history buff), and ... Read More
Rinda is clean, big and new. Excellent dining options. Staff is courteous, entertaining, knowledgeable and always willing to help. Our cruise director Michael is clearly enthusiastic about the subject matter (he's a history buff), and gave many informative lectures. The staff also gave up tips on our destinations - to expect huge crowd at Versailles and the Louvre, and how to budge our free time. You will learn a lot, see a lot, and do a lot on this cruise. Everything was excellent, except for the following nit-picks: Viking could only secure docking rights for their Long Ships at Le Pecq, so all our Paris excursions came with two hours' worth of commute, and that eats into our valuable time for exploration. Our second-to-last day excursion to Conflan, likewise, started at Le Pecq and took 1 1/2 hours away. It kind of defeats the purpose of being on a river cruise - where you can dock next to the city you're traveling to, and save time on getting there. The fact that Rinda is big also meant we got less chance to mingle with other cruisers. One of our favorite things about river cruising is that you get to know your fellow cruisers on a personal level - being trapped on a 150-passenger vessel for two weeks does that - but going on a short cruise on a big ship means we only got to know a few of our fellow cruisers well. Compared to our previous cruise (also with Viking, but on the Grand European Tour, on a smaller ship that has since been released from the fleet), the Paris and Normany cruise is certainly more comfortable, but lacks the charm that comes with riding a boat into all our destinations with a small group of like-minded travelers that we (eventually) know well. One more, even tinier beef: the Long Ship lacks an acoustic piano that travelers could use. In our last cruise, I enjoyed playing "on the beautiful blue Danube" on the beautiful blue Danube, but I was disappointed not to be able to play "under the Paris sky" under the Paris sky. :) Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Following our first river cruise with Viking from Paris to Normandy in spring 2015 we decided to some day take another. The availability, timing and opportunity to join previous Viking cruise friends made an easy decision of cruising again ... Read More
Following our first river cruise with Viking from Paris to Normandy in spring 2015 we decided to some day take another. The availability, timing and opportunity to join previous Viking cruise friends made an easy decision of cruising again in fall 2015 experiencing the Grand European River Cruise. We met our friends and made many new friends. Food was great and offered the best of the regions we passed. Our third Viking cruise is just ahead this fall. The Viking arranged 4 day pre-cruise in Paris was exceptional. Viking provided their own Consigier, in addition to the hotel's Consigier. His recommendations were exactly correct and allowed us to maximize our opportunities to visit museums and events without waiting in museum lines. The restaurants recommeded fit our daily needs without exception. The Viking Cruise staff are obviously chosen by top management to ensure knowledge, language, humor, entertainment and absolute responsibility to us - the passengers. An unexpected pleasure was the routine professional guest professors and subject matter experts who provided lectures with slide presentations and often attire and examples of the products of the region. Not having to pack and unpack daily is an underestimated surprise experience. A walk down the deck to the restaurants following daily pre-briefings of the next day's opportunities became a daily favorite for us and our friends. The following dinners could not have been better in quality, quantity and variety. Exquisite in setting and presentation, yet casual in attire and atmosphere. Do read the advanced literature to know what to expect for weather, clothing and comfort. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Viking Rinda Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabin 4.0 N/A
Dining 4.0 4.6
Entertainment 3.0 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0 4.7
Fitness & Recreation 1.0 N/A
Family 1.0 3.5
Shore Excursions 4.0 N/A
Enrichment Activities 4.0 N/A
Service 4.0 4.9
Value for Money 3.0 N/A

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