We had gone on cruises on large ships and wanted to experience this particular cruise through France to the Normandy area.
We found the Viking cruise to be much superior to large ship cruises because they (Viking) allowed a much more personal experience, including personal time in cities throughout the cruise, less harried excursions, and all the touches you expect on a "cruise".
These experiences were lush food, with apparently local produce and sources, extraordinary guides on excursions and state of the art buses.
The excursions were executed on time, without problems even in slightly difficult driving conditions and weather. And our experience on this once in a lifetime trip was top drawer.
We appreciated shopping opportunities, as well as all the photo taking opportunities as well.
We had no problems with translating languages, as it seemed that most staff on board spoke at least 3 or more languages. It was extremely helpful, and added to our great time on Viking Cruise Lines.
Excellent Cabin, everything we needed. We were just above waterline which was very beautiful to us.