Viking Rolf Cruise Review by Lowcountrygardener
- Sail Date: July 2017
- Destination: Europe River
The Rolf is a beautifully appointed new ship. Villeroy and Bosch fixtures, lots glass, comfortable quarters, great lounge and dining room -- we could not have been more impressed. I get sea sick, but you cannot feel the ship moving at all even through a lock.
The service was amazing. Our flight got in early so we were on the boat at 7:30 AM. We had a lovely breakfast and then our room was ready. They had expedited it since we were on board already. Beata, the hotel manager, was on top of everything. Lionel, our program director, was so efficient and best of all -- so much fun. I am a retired European History teacher and the guides were very knowledgable. Not one slip up or mistake. Ann Marie was our guide to a side trip to Honfleur in Normandie and she was excellent.
I would not have changed a thing about the itinerary. The Normandy beaches were just plain amazing and terrifying at the same time. I have no idea who anyone survived. Viking put on a special ceremony for us at the American cemetery and we were each given a rose to put on a grave. I cried the entire time. It was very very moving.
At the end of the cruise, we had signed up for the three day extension to the Loire Valley.
We were the only people who signed up and we had our own private Mercedes van, driver, and guide. I think the rest of the people wanted to see Hyclere House where Downton Abbey was filmed and I had just been to UK the month before. The Loire trip was like a dream. Pertrilla, our guide, was wonderful and so knowledgable about the chateaus and cathedrals. David, our driver, was terrific. I always end up driving on vacation since we usually go to UK and I am used to right hand drive. It was so nice not to worry about a thing.
In conclusion, I cannot say enough good things about Viking. Attention to detail, fabulous service, well planned trip -- it was all there and I was so relaxed at letting professionals handle every aspect of our trip!
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