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This cruise was a great experience from the day of our initial booking to our return flight from Paris to Chicago. Although it was our first experience at cruising and we have no way to compare other cruise lines, we were comfortable and well-cared for the entire time, beginning with the airport transfer in Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. We felt we were welcome guests on board the Spirit. The crew was very helpful and friendly. Our cabin was always well-maintained by housekeeping server, Dori. Now that we are home, we are already spreading the word that we highly recommend Viking River Cruise Lines. On our cruise, everything was very well coordinated. The on-shore excursions to various sites along our route to Normandy and Omaha Beach were timed so that we often had a presentation, some free time, and we were back on board the cruise ship in time for meals. The meals were delicious and healthy, too. Open seating afforded opportunities to meet other passengers. We agree that open seating is a great idea for beginning new friendships and sharing experiences. We liked everything about our Paris and the Heart of Normandy Seine River Cruise. The excursion tour guides were very knowledgeable about the history of the areas we visited. The entire cruise was a unique experience we will always treasure. Thank you to everyone who made our first cruise so memorable.

Paris and the Heart of Normandy Seine River Cruise

Viking Spirit (Retired) Cruise Review by Sights2Sea

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2011
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Stateroom with Large Window
This cruise was a great experience from the day of our initial booking to our return flight from Paris to Chicago. Although it was our first experience at cruising and we have no way to compare other cruise lines, we were comfortable and well-cared for the entire time, beginning with the airport transfer in Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. We felt we were welcome guests on board the Spirit. The crew was very helpful and friendly. Our cabin was always well-maintained by housekeeping server, Dori. Now that we are home, we are already spreading the word that we highly recommend Viking River Cruise Lines.

On our cruise, everything was very well coordinated. The on-shore excursions to various sites along our route to Normandy and Omaha Beach were timed so that we often had a presentation, some free time, and we were back on board the cruise ship in time for meals. The meals were delicious and healthy, too. Open seating afforded opportunities to meet other passengers. We agree that open seating is a great idea for beginning new friendships and sharing experiences.

We liked everything about our Paris and the Heart of Normandy Seine River Cruise. The excursion tour guides were very knowledgeable about the history of the areas we visited. The entire cruise was a unique experience we will always treasure. Thank you to everyone who made our first cruise so memorable.
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Cabin Review

Deluxe Stateroom with Large Window
Cabin A 321
Our cabin was very nice. We enjoyed being in a cabin on the top level with a large window that opened to let in the sounds and fresh air. We had plenty of storage space for our luggage and clothes. The only thing that was a little lacking was the size of the blankets because they were a bit short for a man of 6'3" height. I used my duvet as a pillow-top mattress. There was always hot water in the shower :) We managed well and we were comfortable.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Paris
    The ship was located near public transportation, the Metro train system. The Metro trains take you close to wherever you want to be in Paris.

    We enjoyed being near points of interest such as the Eiffel Tower and Little Miss Liberty. We arrived back in Paris at 6 pm when the Eiffel Tower was sparkling and Miss Liberty was lited. That was a beautiful end to a wonderful week of cruising the Seine River and visiting sites we have always wondered about.
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