4 Viking River Viking Delling Group and Theme Cruise Reviews

Our friends invited us on this cruise to celebrate their wedding anniversary. We've been on the big cruise ships prior, but this was our first trip with Viking. The staff on this ship are absolutely amazing. The level of service ... Read More
Our friends invited us on this cruise to celebrate their wedding anniversary. We've been on the big cruise ships prior, but this was our first trip with Viking. The staff on this ship are absolutely amazing. The level of service was the best we've ever experienced. The itinerary is great, with a good amount of down time to relax. The 'surprise' treats that happened on a few of the included excursions were delightful. The age of the average passenger was old enough that we (all being 50~ish give or take) were referred to as the 'young ones'. This means that the excursions were catered to a less active crowd than we may have chosen otherwise. Due to the small size of the ship getting on and off the ship at any time is always quick and easy but especially when embarking and disembarking. I loved being able to create more personal relationships with the staff throughout the journey. The biggest downside is what others might see as a benefit. Although the staff were from all over Europe, the language spoken on board was English. That makes things very easy and comfortable however I feel as though it was too easy to miss one of the best parts of France, the culture. I was happy that we had booked time following the cruise to travel in more of the country so that we could get a better experience of the French culture. I would definitely travel with Viking again, and loved this cruise though I would likely choose a different itinerary next time. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed a small ship. I thought I might get bored because there are fewer activities than on the big cruises, but found that the lack of activities gave me 'permission' to relax more and do nothing if I so chose. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
The only thing you have to think about is what you want to eat. The staff does everything for you that needs to be done. Excellent chefs. Food is so good. Wine selections are superb. Just they need to have more easer shore excursions ... Read More
The only thing you have to think about is what you want to eat. The staff does everything for you that needs to be done. Excellent chefs. Food is so good. Wine selections are superb. Just they need to have more easer shore excursions for elderly or handicapped passengers. Otherwise everything else is just perfect. Disembarkation and embarkation is very smoothly run. Cabins are small but you will not be staying in the cabins that long. Children would not like to cruise on a riverboat because there in not much for children to do.. This was my 4th river boat cruise and I would definitely go again. This time I sailed to France, France is not as pretty as other countries like Austria, Germany and Hungary. Since we stayed in Lyon for 2 days, I explored that city the next day. Lyon is the city that I had to embark on. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
While the weather was rotten, cold and wet more than sunny and warm, the trip was excellent thanks to a great crew and an fantastic trip director. The sights along the river were awesome, with lots of Roman ruins to explore and delightful ... Read More
While the weather was rotten, cold and wet more than sunny and warm, the trip was excellent thanks to a great crew and an fantastic trip director. The sights along the river were awesome, with lots of Roman ruins to explore and delightful shops to visit. The best part of the trip was a surprise, a night walk in Vivier. The Roman collosium in Arles was a pleasant surprise. Unfortunately we were not quite prepared for the weather, but the ship was always warm and comfortable, and being greeted wiith a warm cloth or hot drink on our return was appreciated by all. The entire trip was full of new experiences and places to visit. My husband and I are seasoned travelers but with this river cruise, there was always something new around the next bend. The local guides were all well versed in their communites and presented us with just enough information to give us a taste of each community, but not so much as to overloaded. We recommend it highly to all who appreciate the way Viking treats its travelers as family. Read Less
Sail Date November 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
Viking Delling Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabin 4.0 N/A
Dining 4.0 4.6
Entertainment 4.0 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0 4.7
Fitness & Recreation 1.0 N/A
Family 1.0 3.4
Shore Excursions 5.0 N/A
Enrichment Activities 4.0 N/A
Service 5.0 4.8
Value for Money 4.0 N/A

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