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We chose this cruise primarily for itinerary as we wanted to start in Paris. We did a pre-extension on our own in Paris in order to see the beaches of Normandy, where my father in law spent the week after D-Day. We also did a Viking post-excursion 4 day trip in Switzerland. Embarkation, disembarkation, and all transfers were run exceptionally smoothly. Viking has a well oiled machine. Food sensitivities were excellently handled by the Maître D and dining staff throughout the cruise (was able to pre-order lunch and dinner at breakfast). Staff were very attentive at most times. Viking is much hyped on much social media so perhaps our expectations were heightened but we found the food to be nice but not exceptional. Dinner took 2 hours as expected however there would be 10-15 minute gaps between removal of first course dishes and arrival of 2nd course. Rooms were well kept. The included excursions were generally well run. Cochem and cruising the Rhine Gorge were the highlights for me. It was a first river cruise - I loved it, the quiet lap of water, the lack of swells, the novelty of locks. My husband, however, didn't feel there was enough of interest in the small port towns. Totally personal preference. Post-cruise trip to the Alps was delightful - despite rain and fog on our two attempts at the high Alps. Overall impression: well run ship and line; typical cruise industry food, eager to please staff, slow pace of service for dinner in dining room, able to handle special requests well.

Paris to Swiss Alps River + Land

Viking Hild Cruise Review by Blessed2CC

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2019
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: Veranda Stateroom
We chose this cruise primarily for itinerary as we wanted to start in Paris. We did a pre-extension on our own in Paris in order to see the beaches of Normandy, where my father in law spent the week after D-Day. We also did a Viking post-excursion 4 day trip in Switzerland. Embarkation, disembarkation, and all transfers were run exceptionally smoothly. Viking has a well oiled machine. Food sensitivities were excellently handled by the Maître D and dining staff throughout the cruise (was able to pre-order lunch and dinner at breakfast). Staff were very attentive at most times. Viking is much hyped on much social media so perhaps our expectations were heightened but we found the food to be nice but not exceptional. Dinner took 2 hours as expected however there would be 10-15 minute gaps between removal of first course dishes and arrival of 2nd course. Rooms were well kept. The included excursions were generally well run. Cochem and cruising the Rhine Gorge were the highlights for me. It was a first river cruise - I loved it, the quiet lap of water, the lack of swells, the novelty of locks. My husband, however, didn't feel there was enough of interest in the small port towns. Totally personal preference. Post-cruise trip to the Alps was delightful - despite rain and fog on our two attempts at the high Alps. Overall impression: well run ship and line; typical cruise industry food, eager to please staff, slow pace of service for dinner in dining room, able to handle special requests well.
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Cabin Review

Veranda Stateroom
Cabin B 215
Compact but well organized. Deceptively ample storage.in closet and shelving units / dresser. Both 220 and 110 volt outlets available. Furnishings in good condition. Compact shower but interlocking doors maximize space. Short clothesline in shower available. Bedding is bottom sheet and duvet; took a few nights to figure out the right temperature in cabin for optimal sleeping. August travel allowed use of the veranda balcony on numerous occasions. Good location; main deck about midway between reception and aft of ship. Quiet
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Basel
    This was an all day tour to Interlaken including transfer from Basel to Zurich. The bus portion allowed lovely views of the low Alps regions. Unfortunately, their was rain, fog, and clouds as we disembarked to cog wheel train and this excursion is primarily about the view - which was limited to the cows along the fence line (cute). The food was supposed to be typical farmer fare but everything on the plate and dessert was the same yellow color (cheese, pasta, custard, etc).
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  • Cochem
    Favorite port day of the Paris to Swiss Alps route. Kudos to Klaus; our guide and "keeper of the castle keys". Great tour of Reichsburg Castle, followed by walking tour of the town. Very brief free time (30 mins maximum), then transferred by bus to wine museum for 3-4 tastings. The Riesling was the most requested at dinner that night! I wished there had been just a bit more free time here. Charming town
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  • Walking Tour
    Good walking tour; mostly level ground, moderate distance. Ship docked near river confluence so easy to walk around a bit after the tour as port time permits
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  • The Gutenberg Museum
    Walking tour of town plus Gutenberg Museum. Gutenberg had such a significant role in history that couldn't help but be fascinated. Great market on the platz that day. Level ground. Town center 15 mins from dock
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  • City Tour
    Typical panoramic, overview bus tour of Paris. It was a quiet Sunday morning in late August which allowed us to see items of interest with significantly less traffic. The obligatory stop and wander/shop stop. Kuddos for stopping and letting us off at an area of interest to continue on our own
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  • Speyer
    Many beautiful churches in this town. Bonus - organ concert during free time at one of them. About 15 min walk from port to center of town. One incline but mostly flat
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  • Strasbourg
    What I saw was great and I would have loved to linger but felt very rushed; literally a photo op in Petit France and nothing else. Cathedral is not open for tours on Sunday mornings so if you would like to see this you need to plan to stay in town. Two options to return to ship: 11:30 am or 4:45 pm as ship repositioned in afternoon (northbound). There was a delightful Alsatian folk dance troup in the platz near the carousel which added a wonderful, happenstance feel to the day.
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  • Trier
    Very good walking tour of Trier. Some churches from the outside that I returned to under free time. Good Roman history. Good balance of structured vs free time.
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