Preface and background: This was our 2nd river cruise and our first one on Viking. We sailed with Viking Ocean in 2019, so we knew what to expect with the feel and look of the ship. We had been in France for 5 weeks traveling independently when we boarded the Heimdal. This fact alone might explain many of my impressions of the Rhône cruise experience.
The Viking Heimdal was clean, sleek, and modern. The staff was accommodating, professional, and friendly…an outstanding team! 137 folks, primarily American, sailed with us in September. Almost all of the passengers had sailed with Viking before and are loyal to the cruising line. I must stress that this was an American cruise in France!
Health: We were required to have a PCR test before boarding, but France only required full vaccination to enter the country. We were tested each day by submitting a saliva sample and required to wear masks throughout the ship. In contrast, there were self-serve buffets at every meal.