7 Viking River Viking Kadlin Group and Theme Cruise Reviews

We had a large group of college classmates...average age 67...with their spouses. It was awesome to do the daily excursions together, meat for drinks and dinner and entertainment every night. The Viking Kadlin was so welcoming, clean, ... Read More
We had a large group of college classmates...average age 67...with their spouses. It was awesome to do the daily excursions together, meat for drinks and dinner and entertainment every night. The Viking Kadlin was so welcoming, clean, quiet. Our one-room cabin was roomy with lots of storage (who would have thought it?). The bathroom was spotless with a heated floor. The food was scrumptious and the service crew assiduous and polite...all spoke English very well even though most of them were Eastern European by birth. Each day we had a ship newspaper with the schedule of activities and meals and other events. One day we had a tour of the bridge with Captain (the vessel crew were all French)...the Kadlin is a very modern ship with all the bells and whistles of navigation and power systems to enable the Captain to ensure a smooth and safe trip. The excursion guides were all local experts...we learned so much of about the towns, battlefields and France. The activity director was super...funny, patient, and knowledgable. Wow! We were so impressed that we want to take another Viking Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
My first experience with Viking and it did not disappoint. Both the travel and the service was first class. The food was excellent and the cultural experience was wonderful. Each of the excursions guides were well versed, provided helpful ... Read More
My first experience with Viking and it did not disappoint. Both the travel and the service was first class. The food was excellent and the cultural experience was wonderful. Each of the excursions guides were well versed, provided helpful ideas for venturing off on your own, and had special local knowledge that enhanced our visit. No request was dismissed by the crew or the cruise director. We immediately booked our next Viking cruise before departure. The arrival and departure itself was well organized and Viking personnel made the transition easy and efficient. The lounge entertainment in the evenings was fantastic and our group (known as the Texas Mafia) closed the bar down every night. The cultural meetings held on the ship as either a preview or enhancement of excursions was both entertaining and educational. The dining service was exceptional as the crew made a significant effort to connect with the guests. The menus were varied and the food was excellent. Everything about the trip made us want to come back again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
A friend of mine had taken Viking River cruises before and she was so happy with them I decided to try them. I don’t regret a minute. Food delicious, staff friendly and helpful. The activities in each city and tours allowed us to see ... Read More
A friend of mine had taken Viking River cruises before and she was so happy with them I decided to try them. I don’t regret a minute. Food delicious, staff friendly and helpful. The activities in each city and tours allowed us to see things that Ocean Cruises are not capable of doing. Cabin was always clean and ready for us after an active day. The transportation from to the ship and also back to airport were always on time and helped us check in. While on the Seine River it actually snowed. The head of the tour indicated it was the first time he saw it snow during the time of our tour. We even got video so we can have it as a memory of our trip. Normandy was very impressive and allowed us to capture a portion of what it was like during the invasion. I will never forget this River cruise Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We chose this cruise for the history of WWII and the Normandy Beaches. But it was so much more! The Excursions were the best, being disabled I rarely am able to see places except for in the buses. The tour guides were excellent, easy to ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the history of WWII and the Normandy Beaches. But it was so much more! The Excursions were the best, being disabled I rarely am able to see places except for in the buses. The tour guides were excellent, easy to understand and using the sound boxes made listening very easy. From Monet's Garden to Rouen's Joan of Arc each step of the way was even more interesting. My wife is retired Army and the ceremony at the American Cemetery was very well done and emotional. the Food was very good and pastries were fresh each morning you couldn't wait to get up! Our room is the same on each boat heated bathroom floors and everything you need provided. The TV had been upgraded since our last cruise and many more selections added. The on board entertainment was really an excellent piano player. Not you ship if you want entertainment. We stayed in Paris 2 nights following the cruise, we were shown how to use the subway ah so easy and clean. The Hotel was next to many great bakeries and restaurants. Great shopping! When it was time to go to the airport they picked us up in a Jaguar! All went very smoothly, looking forward to another adventure! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Wanted to visit Paris and see Monet's Garden and House as well as visit the beaches of Normandy. Our pre-cruise visit to Paris was wonderful and that we took advantage of the cooking schools that were available. Learned many ... Read More
Wanted to visit Paris and see Monet's Garden and House as well as visit the beaches of Normandy. Our pre-cruise visit to Paris was wonderful and that we took advantage of the cooking schools that were available. Learned many things from the chef's and visited the fresh food markets and learned correct food preparation as well as wine parings. Also had so much fun visiting the sights of Paris again. There is always something new. The weather was great, not to hot and not to cold. Enjoyed the walking tours Viking had for us as well. Next on to the ship. It was so clean and neat. The crew was wonderful. They could not do enough for you. The captain was very attentive to the passengers and we saw him so much. It is always nice to know that he was around and ready to answer your every question. The stops made were very interesting and the excursions were very informative. The guides were outstanding and very knowledgeable and friendly. Could not have asked for better tour guides. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We chose Viking River Cruise because I had heard wonderful things about them from others where I live in Colorado. I wanted to do the Normandy to Paris cruise because my father was a World War II veteran and I wanted to see Normandy and ... Read More
We chose Viking River Cruise because I had heard wonderful things about them from others where I live in Colorado. I wanted to do the Normandy to Paris cruise because my father was a World War II veteran and I wanted to see Normandy and parts of France including Paris. Furthermore, we took an Alaska Cruise tour last year and wife didn't enjoy being at sea, hence the river cruise. The Kadlin was wonderful, a new ship and our verandah stateroom (307)was great- I did spend some time on the balcony enjoying a glass of wine and watching the scenery- the observation deck was also great. I went for walks around its circumference and enjoy a beer or glass of wine while watching the countryside go by. The food was wonderful- all three meals each day. We traveled with some old classmates from Virginia and met another two couples that we shared dinners and tours with making the trip more enjoyable. The evening meals were, well, just excellent, and the wines well matched to the meals, the lamb was great and so was the seafood. We enjoyed the classes on cheeses, cooking and tour through the galley. Being an old Navy vet, I thoroughly enjoyed visiting with the Captain and seeing the pilot house. The service was also very good, our hotel staff was wonderful and we grew to enjoy our wait staff at the evening meals. The bar staff was also very good. The ports and shore excursions were very good, I would like to have spent more time or seen more of the Normandy beaches but understand the time limitations. The lunch venue was good, lending some local color to the excursion. We really liked our Rouen tour guide ( I wish I remembered her name, but she had studied in Australia, if I remember right). In general, the tour guides were very good and packed with local information and history. The bus tour of Paris was quite good, giving us a taste of Paris which were able to utilize when we spend additional time in Paris. We didn't travel with children, but do feel that this cruise would be appropriate for children in the their teens or older. We would definitely go again and can hardly wait for the next Viking River Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
My excitement began when we booked it in July 2015 and increased as time drew near! We had a great flight over on Delta service was wonderful . Met at airport by a very nice young man from Viking he saw to our arrival at the ship! From ... Read More
My excitement began when we booked it in July 2015 and increased as time drew near! We had a great flight over on Delta service was wonderful . Met at airport by a very nice young man from Viking he saw to our arrival at the ship! From their it was 1st class all the way food, service,and every tour. I have traveled all over , but Viking was extraordinary ! The cabin was always ready and beautifully kept space was very good. We had our every need met! The servers where above wonderful our cruise director was always their to see your needs where met with graciousness. The tour leaders were well informed and full of local lore as well as history and tidbits of info for shopping and restaurants. Can't wait till April 2017 our next adventure with Viking Cruise ! I have no doubt our every expectation will be met! Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
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