122 Viking River Viking Delling Europe - River Cruise Reviews

Traveling with two other couples having little prior river cruise experience, we suggesed the Avignon to Lyon cruise, and all had a great time. We landed in Marseilles and were met after claiming our bags by the Viking representatives. ... Read More
Traveling with two other couples having little prior river cruise experience, we suggesed the Avignon to Lyon cruise, and all had a great time. We landed in Marseilles and were met after claiming our bags by the Viking representatives. After being joined by a few other couples, we were transported by motorcoach on about an hour's journey to board the ship in Avignon. The ship was beautiful, well maintained and very clean. Cabins are small but organized so well that space is not an issue. The dining is superb as always and the service throughout the ship is excellent. The scheduled excursions hit the high lights of the region and with free time you can visit several other important spots. The cruise is a very good value, especially if you book early. . After a wonderful cruise, we rented a villa in Avignon for a week so we could explore more of the French countryside. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We have been on three Viking Cruises before this one. We thought we would enjoy seeing the Rhone River and we did. The crew was excellent and did a good job of sailing through the many locks on the Rhone. The water level on the Rhone ... Read More
We have been on three Viking Cruises before this one. We thought we would enjoy seeing the Rhone River and we did. The crew was excellent and did a good job of sailing through the many locks on the Rhone. The water level on the Rhone was also high so getting the ship under the bridges was also a challenge. They managed to do a nice job of it. The food was cooked well and there was the normal wide variety of dishes available. The lady in charge of the dining area was also excellent. She hurried the food dishes from the kitchen to the buffet table on many occasions. Without her energy, the buffet would have been lacking many items on several times. We loved visiting Lyons. It was a lovely towm with many areas to walk through. The medieval town of Perouges was also interesting. Vienne was also interesting. The Roman building with the Yoplait cow in front made a beautiful site and we took many pictues. We are going on another Viking Cruise next month. It will be our sixth Viking Cruise and we are looking forward to it. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
THIS WAS OUT FIRST CRUISE EXPERIENCE. On the plus side, Olivier, the Tour Director is energetic and very talented and entertaining as this Viking cruise provides little outside entertainment coming on to the ship. I was expecting 2 ... Read More
THIS WAS OUT FIRST CRUISE EXPERIENCE. On the plus side, Olivier, the Tour Director is energetic and very talented and entertaining as this Viking cruise provides little outside entertainment coming on to the ship. I was expecting 2 things and was disappointed. I expected a French speaking crew on the Rhone in France. I expected Cote du Rhone wine on a Rhone river cruise in France and was served German table wine of poor quality. The room and bathroom was well appointed for the space. Although we did not sit but once on the balcony, I would not want a room with just a port window. The entire staff was extremely friendly and energetic which was definitely a plus. I had looked forward to a port visit to Macon as it was the only city on the itinerary I had not visited before but were told it was impossible due to water levels. The cuisine was plentiful but average in quality. The beef was tough and inedible. The cream soups all tasted the same. The French pastry tea was very nice. With a basically German crew and Greek chef, German wine, I did not really feel I was in France for 7 nights. The ordinary cookies available with coffee or tea was disappointing. Although a relatively new ship, the lounge and dining chairs are showing wear. We enjoyed the experience and especially not packing up for 7 nights but there were downsides. Haven't decided if we will try another cruise in the future. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We have been on Viking cruises previous to this one......sailed from Amsterdam to Budapest 2 years ago and enjoyed that trip very much. We felt the quality of the food, service, and just the overall condition of the boats was better on our ... Read More
We have been on Viking cruises previous to this one......sailed from Amsterdam to Budapest 2 years ago and enjoyed that trip very much. We felt the quality of the food, service, and just the overall condition of the boats was better on our 1st trip We booked two trips...northern and southern France....and found the boats were in need of some attention. Our cabin had an odor of sewage that was really never resolved and also was in need of some updating. For the most part, the ports and shore excursions were wonderful. We did have a problem with the bus in Normandy that caused us to miss part of our tour. Nothing was done to make up for this, nor was an an apology offered. Also, we found any meal that was provided off the boat was just not good. I would compare it to cafeteria food. Embarkation and disembarkation for all trips were very well organized. We would consider booking another Viking cruise if it was on a newer boat. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We read about it in their brochures. Great price, great value. My husband and I talked to friends and travel agents about which cruise line to chose for our first river cruise. Viking Cruise Line was highly recommended. Viking also offered ... Read More
We read about it in their brochures. Great price, great value. My husband and I talked to friends and travel agents about which cruise line to chose for our first river cruise. Viking Cruise Line was highly recommended. Viking also offered the best value with the airfare included. Viking simplified every stage of the process from departure from our home city , to arrival at the airport in Lyon, transport to the ship, the voyage, service, room, food and excursions were superb and finally to our departure from Avignon made the whole experience easy and hassle free. My husband and I look forward the the next opportunity to take a Viking cruise. We would like to go to Prague and Budapest. We would also like to cruise the Danube and visit Vienna. We were especially impressed with how immaculate and comfortable our cabin was. We particularly liked the daily provision of fresh bottled water. The bathroom was very nice with plentiful shelving to accommodate all personal Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
My daughter and I chose this cruise because we had been to Paris and the Loire Valley several years ago, but we had never been to southern France. We were delighted with the service provided by the crew, beginning with being met at the ... Read More
My daughter and I chose this cruise because we had been to Paris and the Loire Valley several years ago, but we had never been to southern France. We were delighted with the service provided by the crew, beginning with being met at the airport as soon as we landed, and the service from then on was absolutely wonderful. Any request we made was taken care of, and the crew never seemed to mind that we asked. We arrived at the ship in plenty of time to explore Avignon, but, because I am 79 years old and had just had a long flight from Florida (USA,) I opted to take a nap instead of exploring the city. I knew we had a scheduled trip to the city in two days, anyway, so I knew I wouldn't miss seeing Avignon. We were especially impressed with our cabin and the servicing of the cabin. Whenever we left the cabin it was cleaned and the beds made. This happened several times a day! The shore excursions were well planned and led by locals who knew their town or city well, and since we opted for the leisure tours, the pace was do-able even for someone my age; and I didn't feel that we had missed anything by taking the slower pace. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone looking for a vacation cruise that was small enough that one could get to know their fellow passengers and the crew, without the hassle that comes with the larger ocean ships. Also, the food we were served during the entire trip was better than I've had on any other cruise. Even though my daughter is in her early 50's and has been on numerous ocean cruises, with tours that took all day, she found the slower pace and the history of the towns we visited very interesting, and wants to take another Viking Cruise Lines tour again soon. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
This was our first experience of any cruise and it will not be our last. There was attention to detail in all aspects of our week in Provence. The staff and the programme director Patricia were all so helpful and always charming. A good ... Read More
This was our first experience of any cruise and it will not be our last. There was attention to detail in all aspects of our week in Provence. The staff and the programme director Patricia were all so helpful and always charming. A good balance of included excursions along free time or optional additional trips. The ship being fairly new was modern and always clean. The food was very good with options to eat all meals in the main restaurant as well as the closed or open lounge areas. The cabin while small was well designed with good use of space. We were in the lower deck with only a window but this was not an issue for us as its only a flight of stairs to the other decks. We met some great people and the seating at tables or 6 or 8 means everyone chats and shares experiences . There were daily updates on the events for the following day and a written page in the cabins as a reminder of times etc. I must say everyone kept to the agreed schedule at all times so no hanging around for 1 or 2 people at coach or pick ups. The Quitevox and earpiece was great for following the commentary of the guides . The only minor niggle was the absence of rose wine for most or the trip which in Provence is surprising but we made do with champagne instead! Many thanks to all at Viking and we hope to see you again soon. PM Read Less
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
Sail Date August 2016
My husband and I no longer want to drive in foreign countries so a river cruise was perfect for us. Arriving at a new port every day was effortless and exciting. The ratio of staff to passengers was perfect - we are not interested in a ... Read More
My husband and I no longer want to drive in foreign countries so a river cruise was perfect for us. Arriving at a new port every day was effortless and exciting. The ratio of staff to passengers was perfect - we are not interested in a large ocean cruise - ocean cruise destinations do not interest us with the possible exception of the Greek Islands. Our cabin included a French Balcony - wall to wall sliding glass doors providing a full view of the river and ports. There were several other areas on the ship where we could relax, get some sun and meet other passengers. Dining - food was excellent and varied - one could opt for a buffet or full .service meal. We met some wonderful people at each meal and conversations were spontaneous and easy. Excursions - we appreciated the way the tour guides provided hearing devices so they could talk normally to our group - no shouting to disturb others or locals. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
My sister and I decided to travel together. When we sat down to discuss plans, we both pulled out the Viking River Cruise brochure! Our bucket list trip - cruising the Rhone in the south of France! Viking could not have made this ... Read More
My sister and I decided to travel together. When we sat down to discuss plans, we both pulled out the Viking River Cruise brochure! Our bucket list trip - cruising the Rhone in the south of France! Viking could not have made this experience easier from our arrival in Marseilles to our departure in Lyon. The ships, accommodations, staff and crew, excursions, cuisine - just perfect. Now, keep in mind, due to heavy rains in France, the rivers were exceedingly high. River traffic was closed because ships could not move safely in the fast running currents, pass under bridges or through locks! Though our "cruising" was limited to moving from bridge to bridge in order to re-position the ship, Viking made certain we did and saw everything we had contracted to do and more! Halfway through our trip, we were transported to Lyon where we boarded a sister ship (those passengers were transferred to the Delling) and continued our adventure. Other than having to pack our bags once more, the change of venue was seamless and the Heimdel was just as comfortable, welcoming and efficient as the Delling. As I sit here writing this critique, I realize that there is nothing I could complain about. Faced with a situation clearly out of Viking's control, this organization went above and beyond to see to the comfort and pleasure of their guests. Would I travel with them again? My sister and I are planning to cruise the Romantic Danube next year! I simply cannot wait! Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
best vacation i've had in years. crew was excellent as was the dining experience.i must say, the entire cruise was a pleasure. we've met many guest who will be friends for life.i hope to take another Viking cruise next year.Our ... Read More
best vacation i've had in years. crew was excellent as was the dining experience.i must say, the entire cruise was a pleasure. we've met many guest who will be friends for life.i hope to take another Viking cruise next year.Our cabin was very comfortable and clean with daily care.we always had hot water for showers and personal needs. great having a small refrig. for snacks and wine for our evening rest on our veranda.The food choices were on a par with our dining experiences in Paris. we had a great time singing and dancing in the evening after dinner. i must say, the wine selection at dinner was excellent.Our cruise will be a fond memory for many years.Our excursions upon leaving fhe ship were well thought out and comprehensive. We found the guides were extremely friendly and had great knowledge of each tour we experienced. In short, i must say my wife and friends had a most pleasurable time on our cruise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
In my mind the south of France sounded like a good choice for our first river cruise. Both embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly; and during the course of the cruise we appreciated easy and continual accessibility to the staff. ... Read More
In my mind the south of France sounded like a good choice for our first river cruise. Both embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly; and during the course of the cruise we appreciated easy and continual accessibility to the staff. The architectural beauty of the region, the food, the pace of life all contributed to our choice. To be able to drive by castles and the stone homes so beautifully landscaped and full of colorful flowers and then take a tour of same - exquisite. The food of the region is delicious, and we enjoyed eating (and looking at the beautiful presentations) of what Viking served on the ships (we were on 2 due to the swollen rivers). The dining room, by the way, was filled with light, so our breakfast before departing for the morning tour was so comfortable. The tours offered to us each morning well defined each village and destination, and the tour guides were quite knowledgeable and personable, and they didn't rattle off too many unnecessary "facts". The ships were both clean and attractive with plenty of light; the public areas were comfortable and encouraged us to mingle with other passengers. Our cabin was adequate for our needs; the bed linen was lovely, really lovely. We enjoyed the choice of ports especially Arles, Vivier, Avignon, and Lyon were our favorites. Since we were berthed across the street from the old city in Avignon we were able to enjoy extra time there. We enjoyed the musicians each evening, but our favorite was the group of 4 singers/musicians who treated us to French opera and the most beautiful chansons. I have never heard a male tenor sing "La vie En Rose" , and this tenor did justice to the song. Would I go again? You bet!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Despite the fact that we were not able to cruise at all (by order of the French government), we had a wonderful time. All of the crew and staff did an excellent job of reacting to the situation. We never missed one excursion - it just ... Read More
Despite the fact that we were not able to cruise at all (by order of the French government), we had a wonderful time. All of the crew and staff did an excellent job of reacting to the situation. We never missed one excursion - it just took a longer time to get places having to use busses for everything and the bus rides were longer because of not being able to cruise to the next ports. Basically we had a "floating" - but not moving - hotel/restaurant. The "ship swap" went smoothly and having two women from the Delling come with us, made it very comfortable. All of the meals were excellent, the activities planned on the boat were interesting and fun. We did the three day extension in Paris and were very impressed with all the support we had from Viking staff in the hotel, the train stations, and at the airport. We will definitely travel with Viking again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
When discussing our next vacation we decided to visit France. Since we had previously sailed with Viking we decided that a river cruise in the southern part of France would be exactly what we wanted. Having enjoyed our previous cruise ... Read More
When discussing our next vacation we decided to visit France. Since we had previously sailed with Viking we decided that a river cruise in the southern part of France would be exactly what we wanted. Having enjoyed our previous cruise through The Netherlands & Belgium we had high expectations for this cruise which went from Lyon to Arles with many stops along the way. I am happy to say that all our expectations were not only met but greatly exceeded. All of our arrangements were made directly through Viking. Our flight, which had two connections went smoothly. Someone met us at the airport in Lyon and within two hours we were on board the Viking Delling. From that point everything from the friendliness and attentiveness of their entire staff was refreshing. The stops and tours were all exactly what we hoped for. We could not have been more pleased. As you will see I have rated everything as excellent to rate any category less would not be a fair representation of how we felt about our trip. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We started out in Paris and were bused to Dijon and Lyon, we were supposed to board the vessel and sail to Macon, but the Soane was flooded so we were bused there. The people on the buses were terrific, the food and ship's crew were ... Read More
We started out in Paris and were bused to Dijon and Lyon, we were supposed to board the vessel and sail to Macon, but the Soane was flooded so we were bused there. The people on the buses were terrific, the food and ship's crew were exceptional. The food was excellent. I was a little disappointed that the river was so commercial, not as scenic as I would,have liked. I was getting a little tired,of all the bussing. We enjoyed all the sights and places we saw. The local guides are very knowledgeable and spoke good English. We extended our stay with additional time in Nice, which is a beautiful city. We took a side trip to Eze and Monaco driving along the Riviera, it was gorgeous. Most of the hotels were top rate. Except for the Mercure, not what I expected from Viking Overall I would recommend Viking to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Wanted to see Avignon and Arles and also Monaco and Nice. The food and service were terrific. Was hoping for a more scenic trip, but it is what it is. The tour guides were extremely knowledgeable and helpful. We got many good tips ... Read More
Wanted to see Avignon and Arles and also Monaco and Nice. The food and service were terrific. Was hoping for a more scenic trip, but it is what it is. The tour guides were extremely knowledgeable and helpful. We got many good tips where to. Have lunch from the guides. The waiters and bartenders were also extremely attentive and we had a good time with them. I hope more people have the opportunity to travel with Viking. I've made arrangements for our fourth trip for next spring on the Danube and we can't wait. All the places we visited were easily accessible even for those with mobility problems. We really enjoyed walking thru all the old towns with their narrow streets and great restaurants. The town squares are really good for people watching and having a cold beer or glass of wine. The side trip to Nice and Monaco were well worth the cost. Great hotels and tour guide. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
The dates above apply only to the "cruise" portion of our vacation. Viking also arranged our air transport from Houston, TX on 20 May to Paris, our stay in Paris (2 days), and a bus tour of southern France through Burgundy to ... Read More
The dates above apply only to the "cruise" portion of our vacation. Viking also arranged our air transport from Houston, TX on 20 May to Paris, our stay in Paris (2 days), and a bus tour of southern France through Burgundy to Lyon (2 days). Each element of the vacation was excellent and, though we met with some rain at the beginning of the trip, Viking (from drivers, to guides, to choice of locations visited, to hotels, to our fellow passengers) provided an excellent experience for us. Our ship, the Delling, was magnificent. The staterooms were beautifully designed and well-appointed, light and airy, surprisingly roomy, spotlessly clean, and maintained by a well-trained, polite and cheerful staff, eager-to-please and to accommodate our needs. The Rhone portion of the trip was amazing. We began the cruise portion of our trip late in the day, while passengers were asleep. The movement of the vessel was so smooth and quiet that we could only tell that we were moving the next morning, when we looked out to see southern France gliding by our stateroom window. Hardly any vibration at all from the engines. Our guides on the various tours were knowledgable about their subjects (wines, produce, architecture, history and cultural significance of the areas visited). The tours themselves were well-organized and interesting. There was adequate time for photography en-route, meal stops, and the onshore sites chosen were perfect. Our guides handled questions superbly. Our tour directors, onshore and on the Delling, were top-notch. The electronic devices permitting us to hear the tour guides while ashore worked well. While onboard, we heard talks on various subjects of interest (silkscreening, how the galley was run, etc.). We were fortunate to have been able to attach ourselves to a congenial group of eight passengers from all around the United States, who enjoyed each other's company. And so we often dined together in the evenings, toured together, and had a grand time. We stay in contact with some of them even today. The cruise attracted some interesting, well-educated people who work, or worked, in a variety of fields, and who became engrossed in the history and culture of southern France. Our dinner conversations included discussions of what we had seen on a given day, and each of us was able to bring additional perspective on what we viewed that day to the dining table. Our fellow passengers were certainly a highlight of our Viking experience. All meals on the Delling were perfect. For breakfast, we generally chose the lighter fare in the forward restaurant (croissants, juice, fruit and coffee) on most days. The food was fresh and the tables and serving area were kept spotless by an able and accommodating staff. This, and buffet-style lunches dining when we were not on an onshore tour and lunching ashore, provided us with the opportunity to meet and visit with other passengers. Luncheon fare, whether hot or cold, had considerable range of ingredients, and the variety of fresh foods was excellent. All dishes were well prepared, and beautifully displayed. The staff encouraged us to sample from a range of offerings. Dinners were a special treat. Choices were surprisingly broad and made of fresh materials. Our chef was amazing. One of our number at dinner had a condition that prevented her from consuming a particular (and common) type of food, and so our chef managed to accommodate her dietary needs. If another member of our dinner group needed a change to some element of his meal, the waiters carried the message to the chef and he altered the meal for that person. The wine list featured local wines as well as the usual ones, and was quite broad. The food quality was equivalent to that in a four star restaurant, in my opinion. Service was excellent. I don't think that even on a single occasion, a "wrong" meal turned up in place of what was ordered, and I'll note that requests for individual modification of the menu in some manner were fairly common in our group of diners. Desserts were a special part of the meal. Scrumptious in taste and beautiful in presentation. How chef managed that in his modest-sized kitchen was amazing. At all times, we felt completely secure on the cruise. The staff carefully and conscientiously manned the gangplank at both ends of shore excursions, screening arrivals, and they knew their passengers well. And tour bus pickup points were kept close to the docked vessel and to the sights visited. This was a particularly important consideration for us this turbulent year. We followed the Viking cruise with an extended stay in Avignon, our point of disembarkation, and to which city we had flown our son and his family to continue our exploration of southern France. This, and rental of a small villa on the coast in Frejus was, in some ways, a repeat of a similar trip we took when he was very young, four decades ago. I will say that this portion of our trip, though well- and carefully-planned, was much more hectic for us without the assistance of the staff and facilities aboard the Delling. And we were constantly trying to find "parking" for our vehicle at our lunch, dinner, and cultural stops during that ten day period. What a distraction that was!!! All-in-all Viking provided a more luxurious and restful vacation for us than we had anticipated. Thank you for a great experience and the opportunity to meet your group of loyal and efficient employees, and such interesting fellow passengers. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This Viking River Cruise from Lyon to Avignon was part 2 of Viking's "Frances Finest". Due to a train strike we took a daylong bus ride from Paris to Lyon instead of a two hour train ride. It would have been nice if Viking ... Read More
This Viking River Cruise from Lyon to Avignon was part 2 of Viking's "Frances Finest". Due to a train strike we took a daylong bus ride from Paris to Lyon instead of a two hour train ride. It would have been nice if Viking had included lunch for us, but otherwise it was an acceptable transfer and we arrived safely. The cruise ship Delling is well maintained with wonderful cabins, attentive staff, and delicious food up to Viking's usual high standards. The tour guides for the ports and shore excursions were excellent and very knowledgeable. I was impressed with the number and variety of shore excursions. We took a number of optional ones. They included The Abbey of Cluny, the Town of Perouges, the Pont du Gard Aqueduct, and Les Baux & Carrieres de Lumieres. All were excellent and very informative. The on-board activities and entertainment were very good. We had a full schedule everyday which we enjoyed. We would enthusiastically recommend this cruise. It was our fourth Viking River Cruise and lived up to the excellence we have come to expect from this company. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This was the second cruise with this basic Itinerary. Because of the larger ship this time, every destination was a little bit different. We enjoyed the daily excursions. We tried the "leisure walk" option once, but found ... Read More
This was the second cruise with this basic Itinerary. Because of the larger ship this time, every destination was a little bit different. We enjoyed the daily excursions. We tried the "leisure walk" option once, but found that the normally paced tours were more to our liking. On more than one occasion we took advantage of being tied up in the city center to explore on our own. The meals were very good, and the featured dishes were often typical of the region where we were traveling. Having complimentary beer or wine with lunch and dinner adds to the ambience. There was even an herb garden on the sun deck. There were two venues for lunch, which gave a choice of an outdoor buffet or indoor dining room with table service. The larger ships make possible larger cabins. Ours was quite nice. We always enjoy the Viking cruises. They are expensive, but we think we get a fair deal for our money. This was our seventh time With Viking. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This was our second Viking River cruise and we chose France because we wanted to see more of France. We did the pre-cruise in Paris for 3 nights and the post cruise in Nice for 3 nights. The ports were wonderful. The pace was perfect. ... Read More
This was our second Viking River cruise and we chose France because we wanted to see more of France. We did the pre-cruise in Paris for 3 nights and the post cruise in Nice for 3 nights. The ports were wonderful. The pace was perfect. We especially like the fact that the shore excursions are a half day and are included in the cruise cost. Also drinks are included. There was plenty of time to relax in the afternoon or go on optional tours if we were interested. Oftentimes, we preferred to relax on the boat and read and rest so we didn't feel like we needed another vacation when we arrived home! The service was the best and the staff made the cruise so memorable. We're thinking about doing our next cruise on a Viking Ocean cruise to the Baltic. Otherwise, we'll look forward to another Viking Cruise - maybe Portugal and Italy. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
I chose Viking with a destination in Avignon, as well as a 3 day pre-trip to Paris. I have significant health issues and I wanted a cruise line with a good reputation that would take care of everything, and so I would not have to be ... Read More
I chose Viking with a destination in Avignon, as well as a 3 day pre-trip to Paris. I have significant health issues and I wanted a cruise line with a good reputation that would take care of everything, and so I would not have to be packing up and traveling from town to town. I wanted a small ship with quiet amenities, and preferably no children to nearly eliminate noise. Most of our passengers were in their 70s, I would say. I am 60 so thereby a youth in comparison, but it was fine. Many of them were in much better shape than me! They were very friendly. My birthday had occurred at the start of the trip, so the wait staff brought me a very unusual cake with a large sprinkler -- and they all knew my name. Every person at my table got a piece of cake and a glass of champagne, even though my husband and I didn't know them. It was a lot of fun. The cruise was wonderfully done. Every member of the crew, including the captain, would help you find whatever you needed. I asked our very young housekeeper to find me some very soft towels, and she did (notice Viking: buy some new un-scratchy towels)! She also found us a top sheet for our bed (these seem to be not the style in France). Our cabin was very pleasant; however, we had a king-size bed and I think it took up too much of the room! I would have been happier with a Queen size and have a little more space in the room! The bed was very comfortable. But as I say, ALL the staff was wonderful. We had a verandah but sadly we never used it because the weather was often chilly and somewhat rainy. The food was excellent; you could choose how much or little you wanted of everything. The excursions and tour guides were mostly excellent, but I was not well enough to go on all of them. In fact, I think there were too many, making it difficult to just see a town on one's own, shop, etc. Of course you could skip an excursion to do that if you wanted. OK, cons:They now charge for some excursions, which from what I was told was not the case in the past. They seem to go quickly from from port to port, which I understand in order for people to see as much as they can, but I would have spent say two days in four ports rather than a day in seven ports. The ads you see on PBS with lovely old houses on either side was not the case on this tour (Lyon to Avignon). There was only scrub brush, some small trees and a nuclear power plant on the sides of the Rhone River. This was a big disappointment. I had been told by someone on the Danube tour that there had been classical and baroque music in the evening. We did not have that -- only "easy-listening" type music. The 3-day pre tour they offer is actually 3 nights. It includes the day you land on the plane, which was 4 PM for us, and of course we were all exhausted. The Air France plane we took, arranged by Viking, was almost unbearably cramped. I could not reach my bag on the floor from my seat. My knees touched the back of the seat in front of me and I am 5'5". The toilets smelled awful later in the trip, so I assume they had not been re-filled or treated in between flights. I was told Delta was the same. I brought my own healthy snacks, fortunately. Apparently this is air flight in the new age, but it was horrendous. I think I might go again because the travel itself on the ship was so pleasant, but I might in some other case arrange for spending more time in each place by using a different method of transportation. It was pretty expensive even with discounts, so I would have to take that into account -- and find a plane that will "let" you pay for more leg room -- only $800 round-trip for two people. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We chose Lyon and Provence for food and wine experiences and were not disappointed. The food and wine on the Delling were both quite nice, and we dined at a brasserie in Lyon run by Paul Bocuse, a three-star Michelin chef. I have to ... Read More
We chose Lyon and Provence for food and wine experiences and were not disappointed. The food and wine on the Delling were both quite nice, and we dined at a brasserie in Lyon run by Paul Bocuse, a three-star Michelin chef. I have to admit that we were somewhat spoiled by our prior Viking cruise on the Forsetti since we had a sommelier, Frankie to help us with our local purchases. We were on our own this time, although the front desk and concierge were somewhat helpful in finding decent wine shops. We had some really good shore excursions, but the night tour in Vivier was not so nice since we could not see much and photography was pretty much a waste of time. The ship was essentially identical on each of the two cruises, which gave us a sense of comfort since we knew where everything was. As usual, the crew was most excellent and helpful. We really enjoyed the service of Gabor in the dining room. We travelled with another couple with no children. The cruise director, Oliver, who doubled as "Pierre" was the best we have ever had! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Viking Delling Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.5
Dining 4.0 4.6
Entertainment 4.0 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0 4.7
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.4
Family 1.0 3.4
Shore Excursion 5.0 4.6
Enrichment 4.0 4.2
Service 5.0 4.8
Value For Money 4.0 4.4
Rates 4.0 N/A

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