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Viking Rinda Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Nice Cruise but Le Peq is a distance from Paris

Viking Rinda Cruise Review by kjones121

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jun 2016
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: Veranda Superior

France's Finest started in Marseilles and went to Lyon. Then a transfer by TGV (high speed train to Le Peq to catch the Rinda. The first comment that I have is that Le Peq isn't Paris, or even very close. The times that we took the bus in to Paris it took just over an hour each way, because of traffic. Destroys tours that are slated to be four hours. The optional tour for the City Highlights and the Louvre is a waste of time and money. After five hours of 'touring', we saw the inside of Notre Dame and had lunch. Lunch, at a café, was a very dry piece of white meat partially covered in tomato sauce. Could have been from a can. There was also a scoop of very undercooked rice. Two passengers thought for sure it was Minute Rice. The best part of the lunch was that you could get a beer. Ultimately we had less that one and three quarter hours in the Louvre. We really only had time to see the big three (Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo and Winged Victory) and a couple of other things the guide thought were interesting. Again, the tour was a waste of time and money. Do a pre or post extension and do the Louvre on your own. Also, on the option tour of Versailles, with a worker strike warning for the day of the tour, the time was shortened by an hour. They offered to cancel and refund the money and we took that option. The tour did get in but only for three hours. We did the tour during our post extension and spent an entire day there and we could have spent more time in the gardens.

All the other packaged tours were very good. The all day Normandy tour was excellent. We would have liked more time there but it took over two hours each way to get there by bus so I understand why times were as they were.

The other thing that bothered us some was that there were basically four nights in Le Peq and two nights in Rouen. All four nights in Le Peq we had a very nice view from our veranda of a parking lot, police station, brassiere, and super market.

I would also like to add that the dining room staff was excellent. Since we always sat in the same section, our servers figured out what we liked and met those needs. Also it would be nice if there were tables for two or four. Sometimes, you just feel like having a quiet dinner for two rather than having to converse with for or more other people.

I don't think I would take this section of the cruise again. I might think about doing a few days in Paris and then stay in the Normandy are for a couple of days to see more sights there.

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Cabin Review

Veranda Superior
Cabin A 331

The cabin was very good. Should have a second chair, even if it is just a straight chair. Service was excellent by the cabin stewards.

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City Tour

The hour plus bus ride each way made this for a very short optional tour. The only stops were at Notre Dame and a quick photo stop of the Eifel tower. Everything else was just a drive by. The lunch at the café provided by during the tour was terrible at best.

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The Louvre

With less than 1 3/4 hours in the Louvre, really only had time for the guide to take us to see the big three. There was no real free time to explore on your own.

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