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Our flight arrived at Charles de Gaulle about 7:30 a.m. Sunday. Viking reps were waiting to welcome us, handle our luggage and get us (4) situated in a new Mercedes van, picking up two additional guests, then taking us on a casual motor tour through Paris enroute to the Viking Spirit which was docked within walking distance of the Eiffel Tower. We arrived at the ship between 9 - 9:30 (remember cabin is not ready until 2 p.m.). We were welcomed aboard like long lost relatives! We were directed to the lounge and shown how to operate the fantastic coffee, cappuccino, hot chocolate, hot tea, etc. machine, which is available around the clock with cookies and/or pastries. Didn't get to finish our first cup of coffee before we were advised that our cabins were ready! Our luggage was waiting for us in our cabin. The cabin and bath were clean as a pin - adequate shelves, drawers and safe. Luggage stored under bed. Bed was excellent. No verandas on this ship and no elevator. After a shower it was time for lunch, a very good buffet. Then we joined a walking tour of the area around the ship with instructions on using the subway. Dinner was outstanding - as it was every night,only to be equaled by breakfast and lunch. I was impressed that after one time at the bar the bartender started pouring Sapphire gin and tonic when he saw us coming. It is impossible to pay enough compliments to the crew. The only word not in their vocabulary is "no". When we left our cabin, if we happened to forget something and returned to the cabin, it had been straightened and "neated up" in the few minutes we had been gone. The attitude of the crew and dining can transform an average cruise into an outstanding one.(not that this cruise was average!) The ship experience was so good I almost didn't want to leave the ship to go on the excursions. The excursions were very good - excursion to Normandy beaches was outstanding. Viking had arranged a special memorial service at the American Cementary. Not a dry eye in the crowd. All excursion ground transportation was on luxury buses. We opted for the Lourve excursion - bus parked right under the museum - went right in with no wait. No delay in getting back to the ship. The day of debarkation we wanted to leave our luggage on the ship while we did more Paris sites as we couldn't check in our hotel (not through Viking) until later in the afternoon. Bea, the ship hotel manager, took charge of keeping our luggage and booked transportation for us to our hotel. When we returned to the ship at 5 p.m. Bea had our luggage already loaded in the van in the pouring rain, and welcomed us back on board to use the restroom and have cup of coffee before standing in the still pouring rain to wave goodbye to us as our van pulled away. So, did we like the cruise? So much that three weeks after returning home we booked the Grand European Tour for 2015. The only vacation even close to Viking was a canal barge trip in France in 2001.

Can't imagine how a cruise could have been any better!

Viking Spirit (Retired) Cruise Review by jellyroll

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Our flight arrived at Charles de Gaulle about 7:30 a.m. Sunday. Viking reps were waiting to welcome us, handle our luggage and get us (4) situated in a new Mercedes van, picking up two additional guests, then taking us on a casual motor tour through Paris enroute to the Viking Spirit which was docked within walking distance of the Eiffel Tower. We arrived at the ship between 9 - 9:30 (remember cabin is not ready until 2 p.m.). We were welcomed aboard like long lost relatives! We were directed to the lounge and shown how to operate the fantastic coffee, cappuccino, hot chocolate, hot tea, etc. machine, which is available around the clock with cookies and/or pastries. Didn't get to finish our first cup of coffee before we were advised that our cabins were ready!

Our luggage was waiting for us in our cabin. The cabin and bath were clean as a pin - adequate shelves, drawers and safe. Luggage stored under bed. Bed was excellent. No verandas on this ship and no elevator. After a shower it was time for lunch, a very good buffet. Then we joined a walking tour of the area around the ship with instructions on using the subway. Dinner was outstanding - as it was every night,only to be equaled by breakfast and lunch.

I was impressed that after one time at the bar the bartender started pouring Sapphire gin and tonic when he saw us coming.

It is impossible to pay enough compliments to the crew. The only word not in their vocabulary is "no". When we left our cabin, if we happened to forget something and returned to the cabin, it had been straightened and "neated up" in the few minutes we had been gone. The attitude of the crew and dining can transform an average cruise into an outstanding one.(not that this cruise was average!) The ship experience was so good I almost didn't want to leave the ship to go on the excursions.

The excursions were very good - excursion to Normandy beaches was outstanding. Viking had arranged a special memorial service at the American Cementary. Not a dry eye in the crowd.

All excursion ground transportation was on luxury buses. We opted for the Lourve excursion - bus parked right under the museum - went right in with no wait. No delay in getting back to the ship.

The day of debarkation we wanted to leave our luggage on the ship while we did more Paris sites as we couldn't check in our hotel (not through Viking) until later in the afternoon. Bea, the ship hotel manager, took charge of keeping our luggage and booked transportation for us to our hotel. When we returned to the ship at 5 p.m. Bea had our luggage already loaded in the van in the pouring rain, and welcomed us back on board to use the restroom and have cup of coffee before standing in the still pouring rain to wave goodbye to us as our van pulled away.

So, did we like the cruise? So much that three weeks after returning home we booked the Grand European Tour for 2015. The only vacation even close to Viking was a canal barge trip in France in 2001.
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    Enjoyed tour, but did not enjoy louvre. Too crowded. Understand we only saw about 2 - 3% of the museum. D'Orsay much better and easier in witch to get around - more room to view.
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