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Viking Spirit (Retired) Cruise Review
3.5 / 5.0
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Paris and the Heart of Normandy

Viking Spirit (Retired) Cruise Review by MajorO

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Oct 2015
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Stateroom with Large Window

This was our second River Cruise with Viking, and everything lived up to our expectations. We had done a China River Cruise on the Yangtze a couple of years ago so were familiar with Viking. The accommodations were fantastic even on a fairly old ship. The Viking Spirit was apparently going to be retired from Viking late in 2015 so we were on one of its last voyages.

The cruise along the River Seine was very picturesque in spite of it being October.  The flowers at Claude Monet's home in Giverny were still blooming.

We stopped at several small towns and cities along the river, each one having something to  see that made it worthwhile.

Our stop in Rouen was the highlight of the trip as it included a day trip to the Beaches of Normandy.  Here's where Viking really outdid themselves.  Realizing that there were 4 Canadians on Cruise, they offered a special Commonwealth Tour of the Canadian and British aspects of Normandy.  We visited Juno Beach, the Canadian Cemetery, the British Pegasus Museum and the Bayeux Tapestry Museum, all different locations than the other excursion organized for American citizens.  

Everywhere we went, our guides were knowledgeable.  Our guide at the Louvre back in Paris was one of the best ever.  Even the entertainment on the ship itself was great.  In Paris, they organized a concert sung by 3 young opera stars for us.

We thoroughly recommend Viking for any River Cruise, and expect to return very soon.

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Cabin Review

Deluxe Stateroom with Large Window
Cabin A 314

Our Cabin was more than adequate, lots of storage and hanging space, even our suitcases could be stored under the bed to clear space in the room. There were no balconies on our ship, but the large picture window made up for it. We were even able to open the window. The only negative was the bedding. Even though the two single beds were moved together, each one only had a single comforter rather than a double width comforter.

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Our Guide made the Louvre a much more interesting place, giving us more of the history of the buildings than of the artworks. A thoroughly enjoyable tour


Our Cruise recognized that there were several Canadians on board, so put on a separate Commonwealth Tour of Juno Beach, the Canadian Cemetery and Museum, the British Pegasus Museum and the Bayeux Tapestry Museum

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