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Viking Radgrid Review

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I wish I could give it 10 stars

Review for Viking Radgrid to Europe River
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2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Jul 2021
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The Eiffel Tower, taken with an iPhone from the ship's sundeck while we were docked in Paris.
Part of the sundeck and herb garden on the Ragrid.
This is where we eat most of our meals. THere is also a more formal dining room, but we like this sunny terrace.
A moment in the light show at the Cathedral in Rouen
Me in Monet's Garden
Typical view while sailing the Seine
The food is both delicious and beautiful.
Except for the hall with the Mona Lisa and one or two others, much of the Louvre was nearly deserted when we were there.

We were privileged to be on the maiden voyage of the Radgrid in July 2021, just as both Viking and France began to reopen after the worst of COVID.

I cannot say enough good about the incredible crew and how well Viking treated us. This was our fourth Viking cruiseso we are familiar with their superb standards, but this was extraordinary. Because the world was just re-opening and Viking had just annouced these cruises, there were only about 35 passengers on the ship. Rather than cutting back, Viking upgraded our cabins and pulled out the stops to make it an amazing experience. My husband and I were the only two people who had signed up for one of the optional tours -- and Viking sent us anyway, for what became our own personal tour of a farm in the Normandy countryside.

Some of what we experinced can't be repeated -- for instance, ours was the only tour bus parked at Monet's Gardens. But everything that makes Viking great is always there. We had a lovely view of the Eiffel Tower from the balcony of our (upgraded) stateroom at the Viking dock. The tour guides were exceptional, extremely knowlegable about the history and culture. The food is so good that there is never a reason to eat in a restaurant. I had escargot for the first time, and loved it.

Cabin Review

Viking gave us a free upgrade, so it was a chance to see how others eperience these ships. We ordinarily stay below the water line, and we continue to be fine with that. It was lovely to have a balcony with a little sitting area, but we honestly didn't use it that much. Viking makes its lounge so comfortable and pleasant that we still preferred to hang out there. On the other hand, it was nice to know during COVID that we could retreat to our private space if we wanted.

Viking cabins are spacious. They feel like hotel rooms. The queeen beds have excellent mattresses and very nice lighting options, especially for people who like to read in bed. My only quibble about the room is that there was very little room between the foot of the bed and the bureau, making it difficult to pull out the bottom drawer. The bathroom a bit cramped but has nice, fullsized shower (and a clothesline for those who like to do their own laundry on board).

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This is an absolutely charming village, with the ruins of a castle of King Richard the Lion-Hearted. We loved hiking up and exploring the ruins.

Everyone who values freedom owes a debt to what the Allies did at Normandy in 1944. The American Cemetery there is a profoundly moving place to ponder whether we are living up to the ideals for which they died. The coast is also spectacularly beautiful, with long beaches stretching almost into infinity. Everywhere you look are reminders of history and people who preserve the bonds of friendship with America. The Viking tour is only able to give a brief overview of all that there is to explore, but it provides a solid introduction.

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