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Sail Date: August 2016
After about a dozen ocean cruises we decided to try a river cruise. We chose Viking as they have a very good reputation. We had a French balcony on deck three and had ample room for all our stuff. We started with two days in Paris and ... Read More
After about a dozen ocean cruises we decided to try a river cruise. We chose Viking as they have a very good reputation. We had a French balcony on deck three and had ample room for all our stuff. We started with two days in Paris and ended with two days in Prague. Both cities were amazing. From the moment we got off the plane we were taken excellent care of by the Viking staff. We loved the layout of the ship and the food and included wine. The excursions were very well organized with excellent guides. Our Cruise Director, Bojan was truely delightful and he kept us laughing while also making sure that we were all accounted for at every stop. All the staff were friendly and professional. Although the river levels were high we were able to do the entire trip on the rivers. We purchased coupons for a future cruise with Viking and want to find one that includes Budapest. Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2016
This was our first river cruise. We were able to get a last minute deal with Viking River Cruises. Discounted prices for air and cabin. The French balcony cabin was clean and had adequate space. The food was very good. The excursions that ... Read More
This was our first river cruise. We were able to get a last minute deal with Viking River Cruises. Discounted prices for air and cabin. The French balcony cabin was clean and had adequate space. The food was very good. The excursions that were included in the cruise fare were very informative. The tour guides were very knowledgeable and spoke excellent English. The extra excursions offered at some of the ports were an added bonus. We went on a wine tour in Croatia. We visited a local wine cellar and had three wine tasting with cheese and bread. This was a very enjoyable cruise. All of the staff were very friendly and the food servers remembered our dinner/wine preferences. We have been ocean cruises that were very good, but the river cruise is less hectic, less lines and a few thousand less people sailing with you. I would recommend Viking cruises to anyone looking for a little culture and a lot of relaxation. Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2016
Love the small ship and many of the staff knew our name after the first few days. After the first day, when we went to pick up our shore pass cards, from the front desk, (we can't remember her name) would always greet us with, ... Read More
Love the small ship and many of the staff knew our name after the first few days. After the first day, when we went to pick up our shore pass cards, from the front desk, (we can't remember her name) would always greet us with, "Hello Mr & Mrs Wxxxxx from stateroom 209". That is a great way to start each day. We were not just a number with someone asking for our number. This was on our 40th Anniversary and Viking treated well with several people signing to us at Dinner, and flowers and towel swans in our stateroom. The Head Chef came and visited with us that night and later in the cruise also. We have cruised on 9 cruises and 4 different cruise lines before this cruise and find Viking the BEST. Viking treated us so good. Bottle of water each time we go ashore, welcome back snack or such. We also loved the one free tour each day where as we did not have to pay for every tour. We did purchase a few of the optional tours, and were glad they did not conflict with the free tour for time. The Tour Guides were all great. We are planning to be some of the first to cruise on the Mississippi River in the USA, with Viking. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2016
We wanted to go from Romania to Amsterdam and choose Viking. Our expectations were exceeded. River cruising is very different from ocean cruising... river ships are much smaller and do not have the big ship entertainment and spaces. That ... Read More
We wanted to go from Romania to Amsterdam and choose Viking. Our expectations were exceeded. River cruising is very different from ocean cruising... river ships are much smaller and do not have the big ship entertainment and spaces. That being said, the ship was lovely and the staff were very gracious and went out of the way to ensure we were comfortable and enjoying our time onboard and on excursions. We booked air with Viking and had the opportunity to change flights had we wished; however, the flights first booked were perfect with excellent connections. We did the pre-cruise trip to Transylvania, which we enjoyed. We were met at the airport by a Viking representative in Romania and escorted to our hotel, which was very nice and had an excellent breakfast selection with all fresh food - it was certainly one of the best breakfast selections we have had. The Viking representative in Romania was wonderful and remained with us until we left to board our ship 4/5 days later. We enjoyed all the included port excursions and booked a couple of the optional tours, which were very good. The food on the ship was good with plenty of choices. We will definitely do another river cruise with Viking. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2016
This was a last minute trip for my wife's 70th birthday. We loved the ship, food, service, and met many delightful people. Bordeaux is a lovely region of France, and we learned a lot about wine making and tasting. The atmosphere ... Read More
This was a last minute trip for my wife's 70th birthday. We loved the ship, food, service, and met many delightful people. Bordeaux is a lovely region of France, and we learned a lot about wine making and tasting. The atmosphere throughout the whole trip was relaxed, We enjoyed meeting new friends which is easy because the cruise only has a maximum of 200 passengers. They met us at the airport and took care of all the details in transition to the ship. The same excellent service was there for our departure. Get off the fence and go!! Viking cruises are totally great. Can't wait for the next one!! Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2016
Our first time traveling with Viking on our first river cruise was awesome! Everything went smoothly. The Rinda is a beautiful ship. We truly enjoyed sitting on our balcony when we were in our cabin. The cabin was lovely. The staff ... Read More
Our first time traveling with Viking on our first river cruise was awesome! Everything went smoothly. The Rinda is a beautiful ship. We truly enjoyed sitting on our balcony when we were in our cabin. The cabin was lovely. The staff and service was absolutely outstanding! Dining far far exceeded my expectations, as I am restricted to gluten free ... I was blissfully happy with the buttery flaky croissants I had each morning in addition to what I was able to order from the menu; and it just got better from there. That was such a huge and delightful relief for me The entertainment and activities were fun and light and enjoyable. Clearly, the staff enjoy working with each other. Our excursions were terrific and my husband and I reveled in all of them. A dream come true for me to visit the Eiffel, and shop in Paris. Learning so much history made me wish I had taken notes (for scrapbooking purposes later). Visiting Giverny and seeing the home and gardens of Claude Monet was wonderful. Visiting Normandy and stepping onto Omaha Beach, really there are no words to adequately describe the heroic sacrifices and what it felt like to be there. My husband and I cannot wait to choose another Viking River Cruise. We are even contemplating a Viking Ocean Cruise as well. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
This cruise was chosen for the itinerary. The Normandie landing beaches appealed to me, Monet appealed to my wife. We are experienced ocean cruisers but had never done a river cruise before. We enjoyed the experience immensely but found it ... Read More
This cruise was chosen for the itinerary. The Normandie landing beaches appealed to me, Monet appealed to my wife. We are experienced ocean cruisers but had never done a river cruise before. We enjoyed the experience immensely but found it quite different from an ocean cruise. The river cruise was more active with more tours, not as laid back as the ocean cruises. Also, not surprisingly, the ship, Viking Rinda, had fewer amenities but having completed the cruise, we understand why and, frankly, didn't miss them. The Rinda is a beautiful ship and it is beautifully maintained. The food and service were superb. A very special touch was being greeted by the ship's executive staff when returning from some of the tours. To approach the ship and see on the gangway the Captain, the First Officer, the Hotel Director, the Maitre'd, and the Executive Chef waiting to great you was, quite simply "wow." Our waiter, Ivan, was superior. The itinerary was fantastic and the tours were outstanding. The tour guides were superlative. For me, an extraordinary experience was in Vernon where during our tour an older woman leaned out her balcony and waved French, British, Canadian and USA flags. Our guide told us that she had lived there during the occupation and waved the flags whenever she heard an English tour in the square below her window. The Tour Director, Ken, was extraordinary and, it seemed, ubiquitous. In short, the Seine cruise to Normandie on the Viking Rinda was outstanding. We recommend it highly. Hard to imagine a better experience than what we had. As a result, we strongly recommend Viking River Cruises. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2016
We heard from several friends that Viking cruises were excellent and we now agree. This was our first cruise and we look forward to more. Our only regret is we probably won't see the same crew next time as they were great. The cabin, ... Read More
We heard from several friends that Viking cruises were excellent and we now agree. This was our first cruise and we look forward to more. Our only regret is we probably won't see the same crew next time as they were great. The cabin, the food and the ship in general were perfect for a relaxing vacation. The shore excursions were excellent and the option to stay on board or choose your own excursion was very useful. My wife is limited in her mobility and she was comfortable on board and on the excursions we took. The smaller number of passengers made it very easy to meet and socialize with many. We enjoyed meeting people from England, Texas and Hawaii as well as many other places. . The only black mark was due to Air France, our arrival and departure at DeGaulle was so inept and passenger unfriendly that cattle would have gone back to the barn rather than fly Air France. Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2016
We had heard about Viking and specifically this Rhone River cruise while on a river cruise from another company. We were very pleased. Service was excellent. It was the little things that impressed from handing out water as you left for ... Read More
We had heard about Viking and specifically this Rhone River cruise while on a river cruise from another company. We were very pleased. Service was excellent. It was the little things that impressed from handing out water as you left for you daily tour to a surprise cocktail when you returned or at lunch. Food was very good with different selections and dining options at most meals. We particularly enjoyed the regional cuisine that was offered daily. Most days we had lunch on the Aquavit Terrace where you could enjoy the outdoor weather. We also appreciated the all-inclusive nature of the cruise. Our last cruise experience had been on a popular American ocean cruise line where everything you wanted to experience had an additional fee attached. The itinerary was very interesting. Our favorite ports/destinations where Lyon, the Pont du Gard, and Avignon. We're now looking forward to a Danube cruise with Viking in the next year or two. Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2016
We have taken 3 previous European riverboat trips with other vendors & we had heard good things about Viking, so we decided to try it. Our previous trips had single beds on opposite sides of the room, while Viking provided a queen ... Read More
We have taken 3 previous European riverboat trips with other vendors & we had heard good things about Viking, so we decided to try it. Our previous trips had single beds on opposite sides of the room, while Viking provided a queen sized bed. We had a small balcony with a table & chairs & a wonderful view. The meals were excellent as were the wines they served. We were treated better by all personnel than we ever thought possible. There was always something to do in the evening evening including classes, discussions and various kinds of entertainment. I particularly liked the piano player in the lounge who played during lunches & dinner - very soothing and a very nice touch. Finally, the furnished tours & optional tours were educational and delightful. I can't think of a single thing to improve upon the experience. It was well worth the expense. Read Less
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