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Having had a wonderful cruise on the Seine (Paris-North-Paris) we looked forward to the Portraits of Southern France. The Viking dock site in Chalon is not a beautiful but we enjoyed the walks away from the ship. We were surprised when we were told that we were having to hurry along to get to Lyon because we needed to pass through the locks before May 1 closures due to May Day. Since May Day arrives annually on May 1, we were disappointed that whoever made up the schedules hadn't taken this into account. Instead our itinerary was changed to get us to Lyon quickly. Lyon is a great place to visit and we enjoyed the walking tour. The Delling is lovely. We reserve the least expensive cabin when we travel because we only sleep in it. That means we enjoy what the rest of the ship offers. We appreciate that the libraries on the French cruises stock information, fiction, non-fiction that relates to the areas through which we pass. From Lyon we went to Vienne. And that was the end of our cruise. High waters caused the river to be closed. From then on we were on a bus tour. But with a bus tour, one progresses on one's journey. We had to travel the same roads every day for longer and longer times to access the rest of the itinerary, returning to the ship each night. Boring and tedious are not words that one should have to use to describe an expensive holiday. The program staff tried its best, but they lost sleep communicating with Viking land crew about changing itinerary and new arrangements for guides and midday meals. They also had to deal with answering questions to which there were no answers. They were stressed and it showed. We hadn't expected that we would have to be supplying moral support to staff on our holiday. Luckily the problems didn't affect the dining room and the food and service continued to be good. Viking does state in the fine print that gets mailed to guests that it cannot be responsible for weather and water conditions. True. But this is not pointed out when one books the cruise, not is there any mention of possible problems. And we are still trying to figure out how the May Day mix-up came about! Anybody who travels in Europe is aware of May Day closures. Viking offered compensation: $688.88 US on each ticket. We are Canadians and the Canadian dollar is worth about 80 cents to the American dollar. This offer was good for one year. We asked that it be a cash settlement instead since our holiday plans do not include annual cruises. Request denied. We asked that the offer be extended for the same reason. Request denied. Are we being cynical if we suggest that Viking uses bad sailing experiences as a means of selling next year's cruises by offering minimal compensation as a bait to spend thousands more dollars? We are rethinking our future holiday plans. A quality bus tour is beginning to look good! Balcony Boy

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2015
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Stateroom
Having had a wonderful cruise on the Seine (Paris-North-Paris) we looked forward to the Portraits of Southern France. The Viking dock site in Chalon is not a beautiful but we enjoyed the walks away from the ship. We were surprised when we were told that we were having to hurry along to get to Lyon because we needed to pass through the locks before May 1 closures due to May Day. Since May Day arrives annually on May 1, we were disappointed that whoever made up the schedules hadn't taken this into account. Instead our itinerary was changed to get us to Lyon quickly.

Lyon is a great place to visit and we enjoyed the walking tour. The Delling is lovely. We reserve the least expensive cabin when we travel because we only sleep in it. That means we enjoy what the rest of the ship offers. We appreciate that the libraries on the French cruises stock information, fiction, non-fiction that relates to the areas through which we pass. From Lyon we went to Vienne. And that was the end of our cruise. High waters caused the river to be closed.

From then on we were on a bus tour. But with a bus tour, one progresses on one's journey. We had to travel the same roads every day for longer and longer times to access the rest of the itinerary, returning to the ship each night. Boring and tedious are not words that one should have to use to describe an expensive holiday.

The program staff tried its best, but they lost sleep communicating with Viking land crew about changing itinerary and new arrangements for guides and midday meals. They also had to deal with answering questions to which there were no answers. They were stressed and it showed. We hadn't expected that we would have to be supplying moral support to staff on our holiday. Luckily the problems didn't affect the dining room and the food and service continued to be good.

Viking does state in the fine print that gets mailed to guests that it cannot be responsible for weather and water conditions. True. But this is not pointed out when one books the cruise, not is there any mention of possible problems. And we are still trying to figure out how the May Day mix-up came about! Anybody who travels in Europe is aware of May Day closures.

Viking offered compensation: $688.88 US on each ticket. We are Canadians and the Canadian dollar is worth about 80 cents to the American dollar. This offer was good for one year. We asked that it be a cash settlement instead since our holiday plans do not include annual cruises. Request denied. We asked that the offer be extended for the same reason. Request denied. Are we being cynical if we suggest that Viking uses bad sailing experiences as a means of selling next year's cruises by offering minimal compensation as a bait to spend thousands more dollars?

We are rethinking our future holiday plans. A quality bus tour is beginning to look good!

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Deluxe Stateroom
Cabin F
A basic cabin--just as we expected and paid for.
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