Our second Viking cruise. We are already booked for a small ship ocean cruise with them this year. Everything Viking does is highest standard. Rooms are small but to be expected. Bathrooms are well designed. Plenty of closet and drawer space. We had a veranda and enjoyed sitting out on it and observing the many sites on the shoreline as we cruised. Very relaxing atmosphere.
The daily tours were well organized. On a few occasions, we left the tour and wandered off on our own. There was usually afternoon time for self-touring as well. We did not take any of the additional tours as we were well entertained in each town on our own. The tour guide was very helpful in directing us to things to do as well. I liked that these were included with our cruise rather than having to pay additionally for every single excursion as is true with many cruise lines.
The evenings were very informal with simple entertainment and presentations from locals. We liked the low-key atmosphere. Because of open-seating at meals, we met many interesting people and have made several long-term friends--one couple with whom we have booked other Viking cruises together.
The food was incredible. I thoroughly enjoyed the choices and the wines which come with the meal. The wines which were included with our cruise fare were very nice. Occasionally we purchased local wines and they served them to us at dinner without a corkage fee. First class operation
The ship crew could not have been better on both Viking cruises we have experienced. They get to know everyone and their tastes and try very hard to make everything go smoothly and make you feel at home.
I totally appreciate that all transfers are handled by Viking. Even if the hour of the morning is too early, at least we knew that they were going to take care of EVERYTHING and we had NO worries.
We added the Paris 3-day tour and loved the Hotel Westminister. It was a beautifully restored old hotel with exceptional location. It made touring Paris extremely easy. The tour guide who met us at the hotel took care of everything and gave us excellent advice about using our time in Paris wisely.
I only have praise for the Viking River Boat experience. As a retiree, I like the small boat and small group. It meets our needs perfectly.
We loved Lyon. Arrived the day that the French people were celebrating the arrival of the Americans during WWII to free the city. There were grand celebrations everywhere and we were treated like royalty. The town was lovely and our guide gave us much insight into the gratitude of the French for being liberated. A gentleman on our cruise was excited to come to Lyon because his brother had been among the Americans who were part of the liberation. Once the French re-enactors out, they put him in a general's cap and seated him in the front jeep of the parade. We all enjoyed watching Richard celebrate his brother and the liberation. What a magnificent day it was. Fireworks over the bridge that night was the end of a perfect day.