154 Paris Viking River Viking Rinda Cruise Reviews

We really wanted to visit Normandy Beach and cemetery because of the history. The scenery was a bonus! As always, Viking takes GREAT care of all of its passengers - fantastic food, great customer service, very reliable ... Read More
We really wanted to visit Normandy Beach and cemetery because of the history. The scenery was a bonus! As always, Viking takes GREAT care of all of its passengers - fantastic food, great customer service, very reliable transportation, fully-stocked bar, shore excursions, transportation to & from the airport, etc. The crew - bar, dining, cruise director, ALL of them - did a great job! We had the "spirits" package and I was very excited that they had the same "nik weis" wine on this cruise that I fell in love with on our 1st cruise. As soon as I would walk into the bar, the bar manager was already pouring a glass for me! This is our 2d European river cruise with Viking and are already planning our 3d cruise with them. Our booking agent did a great job - took all of our wishes into account, anticipated many of our questions, provided books with information, etc. He ensured that all of our needs and wishes were met. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
My wife's father was in the D-day invasion and we wanted to visit the Normandy beaches. Pros of this line and ship: Excellent staff Good itinerary Good food Clean Excellent handling of air reservations and pick up ... Read More
My wife's father was in the D-day invasion and we wanted to visit the Normandy beaches. Pros of this line and ship: Excellent staff Good itinerary Good food Clean Excellent handling of air reservations and pick up and drop off at airport Informative enrichment programs Cons Wi-Fi is not secure Staterooms were tiny Only four TV stations: Sky Sports 1 CNN Fox News and CNBC. Four other stations did not work. I am somewhat disappointed with Viking. Most of my complaints are minor. However my biggest complaint was that they advertise a stay on the boat in Paris on the first and last nights. The boat was NOT in Paris. It was in a suburb resulting in a bus ride of anywhere from 30 minutes to as long as 2 hours. This is not good. Added to shore excursions that were too long made for an exhausting and not relaxing vacation. Shuttle buses to and from Paris were only pick up and drop off separated by six to eight hours. Thus on our own on day one we chose to pay for a cab to return to the boat early. I don't care if they charge more. They absolutely need to dock closer to the city. The promotional information is therefore misleading. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
This was our first river cruise, first time with Viking, and first trip to Europe. Throughout the entire journey, the Viking staff was very attentive, well-trained and polite. They truly want their passengers to have a good experience. ... Read More
This was our first river cruise, first time with Viking, and first trip to Europe. Throughout the entire journey, the Viking staff was very attentive, well-trained and polite. They truly want their passengers to have a good experience. The room: We were in Veranda Cabin 339 toward the end of the ship, but still convenient to everything. The room was clean, and up-to-date, with everything working properly. (same with the rest of the ship). We chose to have the balcony room, but I think we would have been fine with the lower level small upper window. However, it was nice to have a view of the shore, and keep an eye on the weather. Good sound-proofing; rarely heard any outside noise. The bathroom is small, thick and thirsty towels, and good bath products. Water pressure was fine, even to wash and rinse my long hair. Hairdryer is provided. The food: Food was very good, featuring the regional favorites, which I enjoyed since almost all our meals for the 8 days would be onboard, and I wanted some French cuisine. Each night there are varying chef specialties on the right hand side of the menu. The Chateaubriand was incredible. My favorite was the Goat Cheese Souffle. I ordered two! Order them while you can, because they are not repeated. The left side of the menu has more basic items, that are repeated each night. A similar light buffet is also an option. Alcoholic Beverages: We opted not to get the Silver Spirits Beverage package, but those who did, said it's a better value than other cruise lines. We occasionally ordered a drink, since I like sparkling wines, and they were not offered in the free wine that comes with lunch and dinner. In addition, there are times the crew provides free bubbly for toasting, or a small cocktail sample as we returned from a shore excursion. There were also free mimosas on the breakfast buffet. Crowding: There is none. You don't have to rush anywhere to save a seat. Getting on and off the ship is a breeze. Not like the cattle call of an ocean liner. Just show up where you need to be and there will be room for you. We booked our excursions in advance, but I believe that on most of them, you could still sign up the day of. Onboard Entertainment. There is a low-key piano man in the lounge. Plus a few other nightly programs such as learning French phrases, learning about cheeses, and one we didn't do: a watercolor painting class. Also dancing one night. The entertainment is one area that could use some improvement, however, it was not a high priority for us. As for in-room TV, I watched a few travel videos, but didn't spend any time watching TV or movies. Hey, it took me 58 years to get to France, and I'm not going to watch movies. In our limited free time, I planned our next day and wrote down our adventures in my travel journal. Wi-fi was not great, but this was my time to disconnect. Shore Excursions: We did the following included tours: Napoleon's Chateau de Malmaison (very interesting), Vernon Walking Tour (visited a Cathedral, with a little free time to shop), Monet Foundation Giverney (my absolute HIGHLIGHT of this trip--the Gardens were SPECTACULAR! with enough time to enjoy them), Normandy Beaches US. (good overview, but not much time spent at each stop). Panoramic Paris day trip (saw some highlights of the City, but yikes, only 15 minutes at the Eiffel Tower !?!). We paid extra for some upgraded tours: Rouen Farm and Countryside (toured the apple farm, watched a border collie herd sheep, sampled hard cider and Calvados apple brandy with a few light bites including a small apple tart.) La Roche Guyon (nice ride in the countryside to tour a Chateau, probably the least memorable of our excursions) and Paris by Night (hmm...City of Light? Saw many of the same buildings as the day trip, and only 10 minutes at the Eiffel Tower) Tour Guides & Devices: All of our tour guides did a good job, definitely looking out to not lose anybody in narrow streets and passageways. Helping those with mobility issues. You're provided an audio device to wear for each guided tour that you keep charged up in your room. Considering retirees are not always the sharpest in learning electronics, these were pretty easy to use, with minimal problems getting people hooked up, and we could hear well throughout each excursion. Weather: there is a reason Europe is so green and beautiful. It rains a lot. So be prepared with layers. Viking crew members hand you an umbrella as you depart for each excursion, if you want one. We knew the forecast for our trip was not great, but decided to have a great time anyway, and never really got poured on. Only had about a day and half of sunshine. Shipmates: At age 62 & 58, my husband and I were one of the youngest couples onboard. Almost all retirees, but fun, active, well-behaved pleasant people we enjoyed getting to know. Almost all of them had taken multiple Viking cruises! It's open seating, so use the opportunity to get to know some wonderful people and find out about their travels. Their are no children on Viking ships. I also noticed that not one person had any complaints about anything not working properly in their rooms or on the ship. Everyone seemed to be very happy. Crew: None stood out at huge personalities, but all were attentive and if anyone had a need, they were on it. Magali, our activities director, was working hard around the clock to make sure everyone was happy with their experience. Oftentimes, the Captain himself and other crew members greeted us as we returned each day. The Executive Chef was always present too, with food demos, explaining the specials, and even helping load luggage as we departed. Everyone seemed to be very happy. If there were any behind-the-scenes problems, we were never aware of them. What you don't have on the Rinda: No spa, no pool, no fitness center, no casino, no sales pitches. Negatives: The itinerary for Paris and Normandy lists Paris three times. The reality is that you will be nowhere near the heart of the city on the first two days. Timing was bad to have the only full day and night there on the last day of the cruise. If you really want to explore the main attractions in the heart of the city, you would need to add additional days. Tips to Viking: A photographer would be a nice addition to capture trip highlights. Although I don't need a full-service spa, a couple massage therapists with a massage chair would be awesome to work out those aches and pains. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
I choose this cruise because I wanted to go to Normandy to celebrate being this year marked 75 years since World War II. I had cruised prior with Viking on the Danube and I knew the type of cruise experience they provide. This cruise was ... Read More
I choose this cruise because I wanted to go to Normandy to celebrate being this year marked 75 years since World War II. I had cruised prior with Viking on the Danube and I knew the type of cruise experience they provide. This cruise was no exception. Viking provided excellence in customer service which began with the airport transfer to the hotel, the transfer to our longboat, and the transfer back to the airport. Once we boarded the boat, we were all were treated as if we were royalty. Our stateroom was wonderful, and we found it to be quite roomy with lots of storage space. Our steward was terrific and he got to know us by name. Each day he kept the room tidy and well stocked of supplies. He was always asking what else he could do to make our cruise memorable. Each evening he provided turn down bed service with chocolates on the pillow case and a schedule for the following day. The food on the cruise was truly exceptional with a variety of selections offered. I especially enjoyed tasting the local flavors as we docked in various parts of the country. The wine was complimentary with each meal and the deserts were never ending. We found all the food service personnel from the waitresses, waiters, cooks, and food director truly exceptional providing exceptional customer service. Everyone wanted to make sure your dining experience was memorable. The Concierge, Program Director, Tour Director, and the Ship's Captain were also very cordial and customer service focused. The Tour Director provided lots of information and historical references on our cruise as well as providing recommendations of places we should visit at each of our stops. During our stops we took advantage of the optional tour excursions. Everywhere we were greeted by locals who reached out and said "Welcome Back and Thanks for helping to liberate them." Two of the more memorable shore excursions included traveling to the countryside of Giverny and seeing Monet's home with the beautiful paintings and the gardens and visiting the legendary D-Day Beaches of Juno, Gold, and Omaha and the American Cemetery which is the final resting place of 10,000 US soldiers. The local tour guides were exceptionally versed on their local history which increased the educational significance of this trip. One of the guides provided us with her family history of how her grandfather led the French resistance in her community during the war and had kept a daily journal from which she is now reading and writing a book. I would recommend this cruise for any traveler wanting to experience Normandy and WWII History. We made so many friends on our cruise which made it so much more enjoyable. We stay in contact with several families and are looking forward with traveling with them in the future. We are set to depart on another cruise this April: Majestic Fjords and Vibrant Cities and two of the families we met are going on the same cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We planned this cruise as a commemoration of my late father-in-law's D-day service. My husband had spoken of taking such a trip for several years and we finally decided to just do it. So happy we did. As someone who finds war ... Read More
We planned this cruise as a commemoration of my late father-in-law's D-day service. My husband had spoken of taking such a trip for several years and we finally decided to just do it. So happy we did. As someone who finds war disturbing on every level, I must admit the Normandy Beaches outing was surprisingly moving. The sincere appreciation demonstrated by the French people is touching, as was the reaction of many of our fellow travelers. With Viking taking care of all the logistics, we were able to relax and appreciate the experience. The dining was exceptional, with outstanding menu selections tailored to the regions we were traveling through, as well as attentive staff to keep us fed and entertained all at the same time. All in all, the Viking experience has spoiled us, and we're looking forward to determining where we should go next. The warmth of the staff and fellow travelers made all our original reservations melt away and we would highly encourage anyone who is "one the fence" to just jump in and try it. We are so happy we did. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We had received brochures from Viking for several years, but until we both retired we didn’t take them “seriously”. Once we made the decision to book a cruise we researched the options, spoke with friends who had taken Viking trips ... Read More
We had received brochures from Viking for several years, but until we both retired we didn’t take them “seriously”. Once we made the decision to book a cruise we researched the options, spoke with friends who had taken Viking trips and chose the Rinda Cruise along the Seine. The trip was beyond our expectations...the food, the accommodations, the attention to detail. We felt so comfortable on the excursions, liked the “audio-box” communication on the excursions, the staff were terrific, the food great. The itinerary sheets delivered to our room for the next day were very helpful and the evening meetings pertaining to the next days’ excursions were very appreciated. We intend to take another Viking Cruise in the future, although at this time we have not booked a trip....personal health issues have a bearing.....We highly recommend the Viking Cruise excursions! We hope to take a cruise along the Rhine River and maybe a Southern France trip. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We wanted to experience Paris and all of the history in the area. We thought a river cruise was the best way to accomplish this. We were not disappointed! Museums, castles, palaces were fabulous. Normandy was emotional. Wish you held the ... Read More
We wanted to experience Paris and all of the history in the area. We thought a river cruise was the best way to accomplish this. We were not disappointed! Museums, castles, palaces were fabulous. Normandy was emotional. Wish you held the Paris at night tour earlier in the week because people are preparing to leave early the next morning. Each stop had a great tour and lots of information about the area. The menu varied daily with the specials, and it was very good. I think the kitchen staff did a great job. The staff was very friendly and I was impressed that after the first day, they always said my name. Accommodations were very comfortable and it was easy to sleep at night. Hardly knew we were moving. Staff did a great job cleaning the room. Loved the balcony and the view. Overall, great experience and I’ll travel with you again! Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We are experienced ocean cruisers, but this was our first river cruise. We were originally scheduled on the Danube on Avalon. Due to low water levels, Avalon offered a refund which we accepted and chose this Seine trip on Viking instead. ... Read More
We are experienced ocean cruisers, but this was our first river cruise. We were originally scheduled on the Danube on Avalon. Due to low water levels, Avalon offered a refund which we accepted and chose this Seine trip on Viking instead. We were very pleasantly surprised by Viking, having heard some negatives, but we were so impressed we have booked our Danube trip on Viking for next year and hope to do an ocean cruise with Viking after that. Our verandah suite was perfect for us, except storage was more limited than we expected. We will pack differently next time—we didn’t need any of our “dressier” clothes and in the suites you have included same day laundry service so packing light should be easy. (There may actually be more drawer space in the regular cabins, based on quick peaks we were able to get on occasion while walking by.) We sat in the same area of the dining room each night and relied on our excellent waiter to recommend our meals and he did a great job; he was totally honest about what we should avoid. We had no complaints about the included shore excursions or guides. We found river cruising to be stressless and fun and educational, and we appreciated the staff’s expertise in every department. Well done, Viking. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Viking gave impeccable service as usual, the ship was clean, cabin comfortable and warm,and the staff friendly and efficient.Excellent cuisine, with staff very accommodating with my food intolerances. Our shore excursions were well ... Read More
Viking gave impeccable service as usual, the ship was clean, cabin comfortable and warm,and the staff friendly and efficient.Excellent cuisine, with staff very accommodating with my food intolerances. Our shore excursions were well planned, although we would have liked a a little more free/explore time in some of the quaint towns. We did the extension tour to the Loire valley, our guide was fantastic and she was so knowledgeable as well as flexible. I think the whole group would have willingly skipped La Tours and spent more time at Leonardo de Vince’s home and maybe Viking can allow that in the future. Embarkation and Disembarkation are a non event with Viking -fast, smoothly executed and well organized. We have cruised a lot but Viking, either river or Ocean is by far superior to any of the other lines. All the guides are local, very qualified and are fluent in at least 2or 3 languages. They have at least one degree in history and give you real ,accurate information (not “legend”-I was in the tourist industry as a guide, to in Europe and a lot of information we heard given was less than accurate) Viking employers the best and makes each journey memorable. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
I experience severe motion sickness due to an inner ear disorder. Goin on a cruise was never something I ever considered. Friends asked us to go with them on the Viking River cruise from Paris to Normandy. As my husband is a student of ... Read More
I experience severe motion sickness due to an inner ear disorder. Goin on a cruise was never something I ever considered. Friends asked us to go with them on the Viking River cruise from Paris to Normandy. As my husband is a student of history and I an artist and it was our fortieth anniversary we agreed. I had my trepidation's due to my motion sickness but was willing to try. All I have to say is that the experience exceeded our expectations. everything about the trip was wonderful, the ship, the accommodations, the experiences and the Staff and Crew. I can't say enough about the crew, they were absolutely wonderful. the food was outstanding and the effort to meet dietary restrictions was phenomenal. And the food, oh the meals were wonderful. We had such a pleasant time meeting other people and finding out just how small the world is. Did I have any difficulty with my motions sickness, yes to a minor degree. Will I go on another Viking River Cruise, yes definitly. Thank You Viking Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
A friend and I were invited to join other friends who were taking the Viking Rinda cruise on the Seine October 3rd. I loved the itinerary. The food was delicious and especially enjoyed the dining option off the bar area.the Aquavit buffet ... Read More
A friend and I were invited to join other friends who were taking the Viking Rinda cruise on the Seine October 3rd. I loved the itinerary. The food was delicious and especially enjoyed the dining option off the bar area.the Aquavit buffet and terrace. The ship was spotless and the staff were always friendly and helpful. Our stateroom was tiny but we were not in there much. One night I stayed after dinner and participated in the music contest and dance that included the staff. It was fun. One of the most helpful things about the trip was Viking providing transportation to and from the airport. The Viking rep that took a group of us to CDG walked us through the process of using Air France's kiosks, attaching our baggage tag and took us to the luggage drop off and on to security - where he could go no further; that was all so helpful. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We’ve never been to Paris and we wanted to experience the beaches at Normandy. We are so happy we chose this trip! We met wonderful people and saw places we’ve always dreamed about. We especially loved Giverny, Rouen and Normandy. Our ... Read More
We’ve never been to Paris and we wanted to experience the beaches at Normandy. We are so happy we chose this trip! We met wonderful people and saw places we’ve always dreamed about. We especially loved Giverny, Rouen and Normandy. Our trip to The Louvre was outstanding! All our guides were so knowledgeable. For us, it was a fabulous anniversary trip. We were tremendously grateful for our experiences onboard as well. Service, helpfulness and friendliness made each day a joy. Also our cabin was comfortable and so spacious! We also loved our heated floors. We are already planning our next trip! We had heard so much about Viking. Nothing was overstated. The food was amazing! Each day we were more delighted than the day before! The menus had so many choices. My husband I would order different items so we could sample more things. Onboard concerts of opera singers and lectures about Impressionism after we visited Giverny enhanced our trip greatly. We enjoyed every minute of our Viking cruise. We have described it to all our friends and family as the trip of a lifetime. I also kept a daily journal of our activities. I’m so glad I did! It allows me to relive our days together in France. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We Choose this cruise because of the mix of history, art and scenery. We were not disappointed. Each day was a new adventure. Mornings as we cruised on the river were sublime. The fog gave the scene a magical feeling. The places we ... Read More
We Choose this cruise because of the mix of history, art and scenery. We were not disappointed. Each day was a new adventure. Mornings as we cruised on the river were sublime. The fog gave the scene a magical feeling. The places we stopped at were picturesque and historical. Each stop was led by a knowledgeable and friendly guide. They not only explained the historical and cultural significance of the sites, but also the present day life of the inhabitants. The highlight was the excursion to the Normandy Beaches and Museums. Standing on Omaha Beach were the infantry had to cross that open ground under heavy enemy fire was humbling. The Food on board was great. We had a variety of dishes, highlighting the local dishes. All of the wines were delicious, and not boring. The staff were professional and helpful. Each night featured and entertaining look at the plans for the next day. The tour director was extremely entertaining and knowledgeable. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
The ship and staff were awesome. Pleasant, professional, wonderful energy. The cruise director and program director were first rate. The food was ok. The chef was very accommodating to some special diet issues I had. The excursions both ... Read More
The ship and staff were awesome. Pleasant, professional, wonderful energy. The cruise director and program director were first rate. The food was ok. The chef was very accommodating to some special diet issues I had. The excursions both included and optional were very good with qualifed and pleasant guides.The itinerary was perfect for our needs. Tailor made for us. This was our first ever cruise so we had no idea what to expect in terms of cabin and service. Everything was first class. Next time we will take a suite.We did not travel with children. We took the pre-excursion package in Paris and our hotel was great as was the Viking concierge. Very helpful. We also appreciated the assistance at the airport. We were very much attended to, as we navigated to the gate. We particularly enjoyed meeting our fellow cruisers and learning about their lives, experiences etc. We had fun and also had very endearing conversations throughout the week. We would definitely take another river cruise and we have no interest in trying another line. Great job "Mr. Viking"! (I know that is not his real name!) Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We chose this cruise because it included Paris, Normandy beaches—and then, on part two, Provence—Arles and Avignon. On a prior cruise—“Romantic Danube”—we particularly enjoyed stops at smaller towns along the river. This trip ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it included Paris, Normandy beaches—and then, on part two, Provence—Arles and Avignon. On a prior cruise—“Romantic Danube”—we particularly enjoyed stops at smaller towns along the river. This trip did have those stops, and we liked them a lot! Every tour guide we had was EXCELLENT. The on-board cuisine did well to give us what would be “local fare.” The only meal I really did not like was NOT due to flavor, but due to “logistics”—that is, serving a meal that was totally—i.e. all courses—buffet style was not good. Cumbersome, slow, and not as conducive to a good sampling of the local fare as I think Viking thought it was. All of the included tours we went on were VERY WELL led, with guides who were personable and knowledgeable. Our only “glitch” was not being fully informed about our train “get off” point in Lyon—our guide did tell us to get off at Lyon the last train station, but did NOT tell us that Lyon had. TWO rail stations. So we got off the train when it arrived in Lyon. This was not right! While the subsequent scramble we experienced to get from Lyon rail station #1 to the docking point for our Viking boat was an adventure, I’m not sure all Viking travelers would have recollected it in such amusement as did we! It’s great to “let go and let Viking” in terms of most ALL of the travel details. Thank you! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We chose a double Viking cruise for our 25th wedding anniversary & they met all expectations! Michael, our cruise director was outstanding & was off board for all the walking & specialty tours, making as many as any one person ... Read More
We chose a double Viking cruise for our 25th wedding anniversary & they met all expectations! Michael, our cruise director was outstanding & was off board for all the walking & specialty tours, making as many as any one person could possibly accomplish. His nightly next day shore excursion talks were delightful & coupled with Veronica, the sommelier's talk & backed up by the chef, it was a real entertaining laugh. I looked forward to it every night. Veronica gave us extra table talk on wines each night on the Silver Spirits package. Rooms are simple and clean with lots of storage space. Our cabin steward was meticulous to cleanly detail each day. We had a veranda which allowed for shore views when not on deck. The excursions all had excellent guides, as would be expected in this pricey range. The connection to Paris by high speed rail was excellent, as Viking staff took personal care of our luggage leaving the ship, tagging & then escorting us to the train station & even punching our ticket & boarding the train. A second Viking rep was waiting for us at the end of our journey. Dinners had a great selection & themed for the locale. Breakfasts & lunches were a bit repetitious as we were on a double cruise. Our waiters were friendly & witty ! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
My wife had never been to France even though we’ve travelled on six continents. So we planned this week on the Rhône to be followed by a week on the Seine, and then a week in an apartment in Paris. We arrived in Avignon a day early ... Read More
My wife had never been to France even though we’ve travelled on six continents. So we planned this week on the Rhône to be followed by a week on the Seine, and then a week in an apartment in Paris. We arrived in Avignon a day early and stayed near the dock. In the morning I walked to 5he ship and was pleasantly surprised that our room was ready. The Viking employee that helped us with our luggage was one of our waiters from the Grang European Viking cruise we had taken two years before. Surprisingly, he remembered us! As usual, the tours were well organized and interesting. We didn’t do any of the optional tours but since our ship was well located, we were able to entertain ourselves in the towns we visited. The ship was well maintained. No nicks or scuffs or other signs of wear. The food was outstanding. I also thought the evening entertainment was good, but the tv coverage wasn’t up to the standard of our previous trips with Viking. If you’re interested in France, I’d recommend this trip with Viking. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Having enjoyed the Budapest to Amsterdam cruise we chose Viking again to see Paris. We did the pre cruise stay. We used city taxied to get around and found them to be friendly and mini tour guides. We had tickets for the Eiffel Tower and ... Read More
Having enjoyed the Budapest to Amsterdam cruise we chose Viking again to see Paris. We did the pre cruise stay. We used city taxied to get around and found them to be friendly and mini tour guides. We had tickets for the Eiffel Tower and went to the top and had a glass of champagne to celebrate. It was beautiful! We had a dinner cruise at night that was exceptional. The lights on the Eiffel Tower at night were spectacular. Paris at night was special. Monet’s Gardens were paintings come to life. It was great throughout the cruise that Viking takes you on tours early- usually least crowded times. The informative talks about the following days destinations were well done and I learned a lot of things I didn’t know. I really enjoy the Joan of Arch history. Our tour of the beaches of Normandy was inspiring and there was not a dry eye after the ceremony at the American cemetery. We had 2 WWII veterans on our cruise so it added something special. I cannot say enough about how wonderful the Viking crew was. My sister and I are handicapped. Our guides were thoughtful and made very attempt to make our visits to museums and sites especially in the Louvre and Versailles where crowds were difficult to be exceptional. They helped us maneuver through the crowds with our scooters. We never felt unsafe as the French had a very visible police and military presence at all tourist destinations. The meals on the ship were very good but we missed the variety of cookies we sampled on our previous cruise. This was France and no Macaroons. I loved France and Viking helped me have a great experience. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We enjoyed the pre-tour of Paris. It gave us time to relax and adjust to the time change before we sailed. The tour director was great, always available to help with our questions. We liked the choices of tours included with the cruise. ... Read More
We enjoyed the pre-tour of Paris. It gave us time to relax and adjust to the time change before we sailed. The tour director was great, always available to help with our questions. We liked the choices of tours included with the cruise. The food was very good, with very helpful waiters for custom requests. This was our third cruise followed by our fourth on Viking after we took the bullet train to southern France for another cruise. We appreciate the fact that almost everything was included in the price. The evening entertainment was good when there was something available but we would have would have enjoyed more local entertainment brought in and more talks on the local food and culture. Always having beverages available was a nice convenience - especially including cookies or muffins or some type of snacks we could just go and pick up. We are looking forward to one of your ocean cruises. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We arrived a few days early to explore Paris on our own. After boarding the ship, we enjoyed our time on ship and explored Le Pecq (port city). Our experience in Normandy was very moving as Viking gave us flowers to place on the grave of ... Read More
We arrived a few days early to explore Paris on our own. After boarding the ship, we enjoyed our time on ship and explored Le Pecq (port city). Our experience in Normandy was very moving as Viking gave us flowers to place on the grave of our choice and conducted a service in memory of our troops who lost their lives. Viking's longboats are very comfortable, the staff is always working to make life onboard fun, the food is excellent and the excursions are informative/educational. We traveled with a group of 18 who took our own excursions, but joined together in the evenings for cocktails and dinner. The dining staff was very helpful in securing a section for our group to assure we had the opportunity to dine together. When we returned to Paris, our group chose to take the fast train to Lyon and connect with another Viking ship to Avignon. We were coached to the train station and a Viking representative was with us until we boarded. A Viking representative was waiting for our arrival in Lyon where we were coached to our new ship. Well done, Viking! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We chose this cruise because we have always wanted to visit Normandy and the American Cemetery to honor the fallen there. But it was so much more than that. We loved the size of the ship, and the service was great. All the tours were so ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we have always wanted to visit Normandy and the American Cemetery to honor the fallen there. But it was so much more than that. We loved the size of the ship, and the service was great. All the tours were so well organized and interesting, the scenery was amazing and we had great weather. We have done nearly 20 Ocean cruises and have spent well over a year at sea. But this was our first River cruise. We chose Viking based on reviews, word of mouth, and ships with roomier cabins. We seldom had time to sit on the veranda because we were out and on the go, but it was nice to have it. A French Balcony would have worked fine as well. We also enjoyed having fewer passengers and getting to know many of them well. We will definitely plan another river cruise. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We often saw Viking river cruise ads while watching PBS channel. Everything about the trip, ship, destinations looked great. The ship was in great shape. The crew was exceptional, they saw to everything we wanted. We enjoyed the food and ... Read More
We often saw Viking river cruise ads while watching PBS channel. Everything about the trip, ship, destinations looked great. The ship was in great shape. The crew was exceptional, they saw to everything we wanted. We enjoyed the food and especially liked the nightly chef creations. We opted for the drink package, which we would highly recommend if you enjoy relaxing with a cocktail after an excursion, dinner, or just relaxing. cabin was average size for cruises. They are well maintained and provide all you need while cruising. We had great nights of sleep in the comfortable cabin. The excursions were terrific, and offered a variety of experiences for a first time visitor. Another trip just to spend more time in Paris is likely, the bus tours were great,but just not enough time to explore the sites thoroughly. We expect to do another cruise in the future and would recommend Viking to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
My husband and I recently made our second Viking cruise. Both trips were wonderful. The excursions and ship entertainment were both enjoyable, but the most outstanding thing about both trips was the service. So many situations come to mind ... Read More
My husband and I recently made our second Viking cruise. Both trips were wonderful. The excursions and ship entertainment were both enjoyable, but the most outstanding thing about both trips was the service. So many situations come to mind when I say service but one was most memorable. At about 9:00 PM on a Wednesday evening I realized that I had not packed enough insulin for my husband. Immediately, I went to the front desk to ask about medical possibilities for getting a new prescription on France. The attendant called a doctor who came to us. He examined my husband, wrote us a script, and said that we needed to have it immediately. Now the most amazing part: a young ship employee actually ran from where we were docked to a pharmacy to get our medicine! he had it back to us in almost half an hour. Now that is service! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
This was a "Congratulations on Your Retirement" cruise to myself and I took one of my daughters. Very different to the two Ocean Cruises that I had take before, which I expected, and I welcomed the change of experience Most of ... Read More
This was a "Congratulations on Your Retirement" cruise to myself and I took one of my daughters. Very different to the two Ocean Cruises that I had take before, which I expected, and I welcomed the change of experience Most of the cruise was wonderful - see other sections of this review for specifics. We cruised from Paris (wonderful to see), and the end destination was the Beaches at Normandy which was so moving. Lots great stops along the way in small villages and at Monet's Garden - fabulous, brought a print home to remind me of this trip! Truly loved all of the old architecture. Everything was wonderful about this vacation with the following exceptions: One of the reasons that I booked this trip was the option to see "Downton Abbey", It ended up near the end of the booking that this side excursion was not available. It turned out that Viking knew all along that this excursion might not be an option, they just hoped it would be available for booking. I felt kind of duped, but such is life and our Travel Agent was able to book us on a similar experience. The food was less than expected. Some meals were very good, some were mediocre. The chicken at dinner had no flavor and tasted like it had been boiled. The scrambled eggs at the breakfast buffet were always cold. Desserts were always excellent!! Not everything can be perfect. The worst experience happened after our return and it is the reason I will not cruise with Viking again. I purchased binoculars at the ship's store as a gift to my granddaughter who was interested in bird watching. When I got home I found that the piece on top between the lenses that you use to focus never did become clear. It was also difficult for me to move that piece and would have been impossible for a 6-year old. They sent me another pair but in spite of asking that they check it for this problem, it arrived with the same issue. I then asked for a refund, and was told that I'd have to mail the defective binoculars back to them and I would have to pay for the postage. I questioned the "Customer Service" agent, Kayla, and while she wasn't overly rude. she stood firm that this was their policy. So, for what should have been a $19 refund, I got a $7.37 refund after postage. This isn't about the money, it's about their requirement that I cover the postage to return something I bought from them that was defective. After what I spent on the cruise it seems unbelievably cheap. For the sake of $11.63 postage, they have lost a future customer. Doesn't seem like good business to me!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We took two teenage grandsons with us, and that was when they could go. We took the cruise as a high school graduation present for the 18 year old one and took the 14 year old one too. All 4 of us had a great time, and the cruise met and ... Read More
We took two teenage grandsons with us, and that was when they could go. We took the cruise as a high school graduation present for the 18 year old one and took the 14 year old one too. All 4 of us had a great time, and the cruise met and exceeded our expectations. We thought the food, service by the wait staff and presentation of the food was outstanding. The shore excursions and the talks before them were great. Those talks prepared us well for the excursions. We all learned quite a bit about the places we visited. Since the cruise was primarily for the boys, not knowing whether they would ever get back to Paris, the Normandy beaches and the wonderful towns on the Seine, they will have lasting memories of the places we visited and have the desire to return to France at a later date. Those were our primary purposes of the cruise, and the were fulfilled. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Viking Rinda Ratings
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Cabin 4.0 N/A
Dining 4.0 4.6
Entertainment 3.0 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0 4.7
Fitness & Recreation 1.0 N/A
Family 1.0 3.5
Shore Excursions 4.0 N/A
Enrichment Activities 4.0 N/A
Service 4.0 4.9
Value for Money 3.0 N/A

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