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Viking has a fine reputation. I've cruised with Viking before. This itinerary (Avignon to Lyon) was appealing because I did not know this area of France. Furthermore, the special airfare was a great deal. From beginning to end, arrangements were more than satisfactory. Being met at the airport in Marseille and driven to the Viking Buri in Avignon was great for the weary trans-Atlantic passengers. The crew were efficient and friendly. Meals were outstanding. Passengers were friendly. The small number on board was ideal for disembarking for excursions and for moving around to have meals with different people. The ship was well appointed and common areas were comfortable places to relax. The cabins were serviceable. (I'd been on rather Spartan ships in Russia and Ukraine.) The daily walks in the towns and cities with knowledgeable local guides were very enjoyable and not overly challenging. The optional tours were interesting, but on several days it was pleasant to wander as individuals around the old town centres. Activities on board were varied, entertaining and informative. The tour of the galley with the executive chef was educational; the cooking demonstration by the chef and the maître d' was humorous.. The pianist/singer was excellent. The daily briefings were very helpful.

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Viking Buri Cruise Review by Pamelia E.

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2016
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: French Balcony
Viking has a fine reputation. I've cruised with Viking before. This itinerary (Avignon to Lyon) was appealing because I did not know this area of France. Furthermore, the special airfare was a great deal.

From beginning to end, arrangements were more than satisfactory. Being met at the airport in Marseille and driven to the Viking Buri in Avignon was great for the weary trans-Atlantic passengers.

The crew were efficient and friendly. Meals were outstanding. Passengers were friendly. The small number on board was ideal for disembarking for excursions and for moving around to have meals with different people. The ship was well appointed and common areas were comfortable places to relax. The cabins were serviceable. (I'd been on rather Spartan ships in Russia and Ukraine.)

The daily walks in the towns and cities with knowledgeable local guides were very enjoyable and not overly challenging. The optional tours were interesting, but on several days it was pleasant to wander as individuals around the old town centres.

Activities on board were varied, entertaining and informative. The tour of the galley with the executive chef was educational; the cooking demonstration by the chef and the maître d' was humorous.. The pianist/singer was excellent. The daily briefings were very helpful.
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French Balcony
Cabin D
cosy but comfortable
Middle Deck Balcony Cabins