1 Helpful Vote
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: 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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
Viking provided everything needed for this trip from arranging the air transportation, greeting at the airport, transportation from airport to hotel, bus from hotel to ship, outstanding local tour guides, delicious food, courteous staff ... Read More
Viking provided everything needed for this trip from arranging the air transportation, greeting at the airport, transportation from airport to hotel, bus from hotel to ship, outstanding local tour guides, delicious food, courteous staff & Captain, room service, etc. We are looking forward to book another trip with Viking. The excursions were guided by local historians that really added extra information that only a local resident would know. Each excursion was accompanied by a knowledgeable guide and we had an earpiece to hear everything that was said. Umbrellas were provided by Viking that were red and very easy to identify so not to stray from your group. Bottled water was always available to take on your excursion and we were always met with a warm beverage upon return to the ship. The food was all local flavors and the chef would purchase local food items at each port to prepare for the guests. The menu had so much to choose from including a simple burger to filet or fish. The servers were sensitive to the allergy needs of all guests. I loved the detail that was given to us and would highly recommend Viking. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2017
We did the Viking Rhine cruise last year and wanted to see Paris & the Normandy excursion seemed to fit our needs this year. As usual, our cabin was nice & they kept it that way as well as the whole ship. We found the staff ... Read More
We did the Viking Rhine cruise last year and wanted to see Paris & the Normandy excursion seemed to fit our needs this year. As usual, our cabin was nice & they kept it that way as well as the whole ship. We found the staff extremely helpful & competent & all went out of their way to make us comfortable. The food was outstanding, the wines were good and the entertainment was very nice. Our shore excursions were just right and the guides were extremely knowledgeable & helpful. Our only complaint was the bed covering was a combination bed spread, sheet & blanket. It became too hot in the middle of the night, yet your only option was to throw if off & then it became too cool. A sheet would help, but at least have a light blanket in the closet that could be used to compensate for this poor design. Also, our tour guide to Versailles apparently lost his ticket and we were sidelined for about 30 minutes while he tried to telephone for a replacement. In the mean-time, about 3000 other people poured into the place while we just stayed out of their way. Other than that incident, he was quite competent. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2017
We decided to take a Viking River Cruise just because it looked like a good thing to try for our first trip abroad. And we were not disappointed! Starting with our flight. We chose the round trip air option from Viking on Air France, ... Read More
We decided to take a Viking River Cruise just because it looked like a good thing to try for our first trip abroad. And we were not disappointed! Starting with our flight. We chose the round trip air option from Viking on Air France, great airline. We were met on our arrival in Paris by Viking representatives and taken by motor coach to our ship The Viking Rinda, the ship was just beautiful. We were greeted graciously and checked in, then explored the ship a little and by the time we got to our very nicely appointed Veranda (B) cabin on the main deck our luggage was already there. Dining aboard the ship was an delightful experience. We looked forward to every meal on board ship. The entertainment and activities provided on board made us feel included with all that was going on. Our ports were very convenient and shore excursions were both beautiful and educational. Now about the crew... From the Captain to the deck hands, What a ride, smooth and comfortable. From The Head Chef to the waiters, food and drink we could not have enjoyed more. From the Program Director to the tour guides, knowledgeable and well coordinated. And from the Hotel Manager to the cabin attendants, very accommodating and attentive. We would like to say that the entire crew were courteous, hard working and eager to meet all our needs. None of our request went unanswered or unfulfilled. Would we go again? Absolutely, We are already looking for our next destination! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2017
Everyone that had been on Viking River Cruises said they were wonderful. The Paris cruise was wonderful. Food was great, tours were easy, and the staff was more than helpful. Do not miss going on a Viking ship. They take care of ... Read More
Everyone that had been on Viking River Cruises said they were wonderful. The Paris cruise was wonderful. Food was great, tours were easy, and the staff was more than helpful. Do not miss going on a Viking ship. They take care of everything. Airport transfers were so easy. The ship was just the right size and easy to get around. Eating schedules were excellent. The trip to Normandy was well worth the cruise and the reason we went in the first place. Loved having guides with such great knowledge of all areas we toured. They have hired such great people to manage everything about your trip.Normandy is well worth the reason to go. We trip the Pre-package to Paris and glad we did. Wish we had taken even more days in Paris. There are so many museums to visit. Don't miss going to the top of the Eiffel Tower. The Hotel Rochester was a perfect location also with our daily tour guide. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
The Staff was so attentive, knowledgeable and pleasant to be around. The Ship was clean, Food was excellent. When you left for an excursion they handed you a bottle of water to take and upon coming back to the boat you were greeted with ... Read More
The Staff was so attentive, knowledgeable and pleasant to be around. The Ship was clean, Food was excellent. When you left for an excursion they handed you a bottle of water to take and upon coming back to the boat you were greeted with smiles, a glass of something or a hot soup. Lovely! The evening meal was always fantastic and had a lot of options. Our state room though small, was always clean, the shower fantastic and beds comfy. I only have 2 suggestions. It would have been nice to have a room with tables in it for those who enjoy games....i.e. Dominoes to spread out. There were several times when we had to leave the lounge area due to an meeting or cooking demonstration. 2ndly, I went on this cruise because I had never been to Normandy. They had a delightful sit down lunch, but not enough time for us to spend in the Museums on the beach. All in all I would highly suggest this cruise, and have scheduled the "Romantic Danube" for my beaux and me in 2017 Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
This was the second part of the France's Finest 14 day cruise we booked. The first leg was from Avignon to Lyon. We were taken to the train station in Lyon for the high speed train trip, first class, to Paris. This took about 2 ... Read More
This was the second part of the France's Finest 14 day cruise we booked. The first leg was from Avignon to Lyon. We were taken to the train station in Lyon for the high speed train trip, first class, to Paris. This took about 2 hours. We were met by a Viking representative and taken by small luxury van to the port in Le Pecq outside of Paris. Our embarkation was smooth and within minutes we were in our room. Lunch was also being served for the new passengers and it was nice to be well rested and able to take advantage of the ship at this time. This leg we also chose the lowest category as we did not wish to have a balcony due to the time of year (October) and being told that sometimes the ships are stacked and you are facing another ship. Considering how little time we spent in our room, we are glad we did not spend the extra money. We were in room 123, which was the opposite side from our room on the Delling the previous week. We preferred the even side as in most ports we were facing the river, not the port. The room is well planned and lit. There is room under the bed for luggage, a water bottled filled daily on your desk, small listening devices for the tours (make sure they are always charged and take them with you for every tour), as well as a real hair dryer, not like some that we have had on ocean cruises. The bathroom is small but plenty of room for toiletries and great water pressure in the shower. The room is impeccably clean and remained that way throughout the cruise. Let me say now that the staff on the Rinda was wonderful. From the captain to the kitchen staff, to the great Program Director, Susann, they could not have been more friendly or helpful. The; ship is beautiful and clean. The food is outstanding with so many choices. The wait staff if also amazing. We tried to keep the same server thoughout and we had the most wonderful waiter, Paul. He took care of our table of 5 women and one man with humor and perfect service. I highly recommend taking advantage of the included walking tours. They are filled with good information and will provide you a glimpse of the town where you may choose tor return on your own. Paris: We opted for the Paris City Tour with Louvre Optional Excursion, but you could simply do the city tour for free and stay in the city until the shuttle returned. By bus we drove through the city seeing the Champs-elysees, a photo stop at the Eiffel Tower and a stop at Notre Dame Cathedral. Here we had a tour and time to explore on our own. Due to the timing of this excursion, rather than returning to the ship for lunch, we had lunch at a local cafe which was included. It was cool but nice enough to sit outside. Nothing like sitting in an outdoor cafe in Paris! From here we continue on to the Louvre. We had a tour guide who showed us the highlights. We actually got to see the Mona Lisa up front as the crowds were so small in October. We had some time to visit an amazing chocolate shop within the Louvre, La Maison du Chocolat. Wow! Some of the best chocolate ever. Great tour. Vernon: We oped for the Monet Foundation tour in Giverny that included the house and gardens. We were concerned that in October there might not be much to see in the garden but we were wrong. Beautiful colors everywhere! We had plenty of time to shop both in the Monet shop and in the town and visit the church where Monet is buried. This was a fabulous, included excursion. In the afternoon we took the walking tour of Vernon. This turned out to be one of our favorite towns. Our guide was wonderful and the shopping was really good! Very scenic. Rouen: Took the walking tour of Rouen in the afternoon and it is a beautiful town where you can get right off the ship and explore on your own. Beautiful architecture and history and great shopping, too! The cathedral is beautiful and the church dedicated to St. Joan of Arc is modern but also beautiful. There was a festival going on and it was extremely busy and crowded but that didn't take away from our enjoying of Rouen. Rouen, day 2, to Normandy: The Normandy beaches tour is an all day tour and included. We began in Arromanches for a tour of the museum that included a movie about the Normandy invasion. Very informative and sobering. Lunch was included here and we did have time to shop in this beautiful seaside town. Next we drove to Longues sur Mer to see the various gun batteries along the sea. Many still remain and it is hard to believe such ugliness could have been in the beautiful place. We then went to the American cemetery. It is hard to describe this place and all that it means. When we got off the bus we were given long stemmed roses to place on a grave. My husband and I looked for soldiers from our state. There was a ceremony at the memorial where all veterans in our group participated. It was moving and very sad. When they played taps, there was not one person with dry eyes. Our program director was probably the most emotional and she isn't American. We had time to visit the museum here, too, and it is heartbreaking and moving but a must see. We then went to Omaha Beach were we could walk on the beach and view the beautiful memorial there. This is one of the most important tours we have ever taken. There is also a tour for Canadians and Brits. Highly recommended. It is a long day, but worth it. Les Andelys: Beautiful town. We did not take the walking tour as my husband got a virus and wasn't feeling up to climbing to the castle, which was OK by me! We walked the town on our own and did some shopping and returned to the ship. It was another beautiful day so I found a nice spot and read looking out over this picturesque town! Getting back to my husband, he did not make it to dinner that night because he wanted to feel better for our trip to Versailles the next day. I went to dinner and saw they were serving French onion soup and I asked our waiter if I could get a bowl to take to my husband. Not 2 minutes later, Susann, our Program Director, came to my table with a tray with soup and break and butter for him. I walked with her to our room to give it to him and he was so shocked an happy. From then on every time she saw us she would ask how he was. That is the kind of service you receive on this ship! Paris: We opted for the Versailles excursion. We drove to Versailles where we were put into groups for the tour. We had a great tour guide who was British and really knew his way around! His tour was informative and fun. We toured the gardens first and they were beautiful but Paris had recently had a frost and all the flowers were gone. Still beautiful in the October sun and blue sky! The inside tour was very informative and beautiful. If you don't want to pay for this excursion, the staff will happily show you how to get a bus from the port to Versailles. There you can pay your own admission but in busy times, this may not be the best way to go. We were there in October and it was still very busy and having a guide was very helpful. We returned to the ship for lunch. You could also opt to get a shuttle into the city and do your own thing all day until the shuttle returned at 6:00 PM. There were many folks who did this. There is a Paris by Night excursion and our friends had told us it was just drive by's. I guess if you haven't seen Paris at night it would be worth it, but just know you do not stop anywhere. Disembarking was quick and we were transported to the airport. Some were opting for an extension in Paris or on their own. There are many presentations throughout the week as well as food sampling and special menus for both lunch and dinner. There are games in the bar at night, music playing and many fun things to do. The majority of the people on this cruise are in their 50's or 60's although you may find younger people. But this doesn't mean quiet and stodgy! These people like to party! Most are very well traveled and very friendly. On such a small cruise you are bound to meet people that you will enjoy dinner with as well as the excursion. This was one of the best things about this cruise! We had the beverage package even though you do have wine and beer included for lunch and dinner. I'm glad we did but not sure I would to it again. We loved this entire cruise. People ask if we preferred the southern cruise over the northern and there is no way to answer that. They are both spectacular in the sites and experiences. We are so looking forward to our next Viking River Cruise next December for the Christmas markets. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2016
We were especially interested in the combination of Paris and the Normandy Beaches aspects. The ship, staff, food, shore excursions, and all travel logistics were excellent! Not as many castles as some other cruises, but very much enjoyed ... Read More
We were especially interested in the combination of Paris and the Normandy Beaches aspects. The ship, staff, food, shore excursions, and all travel logistics were excellent! Not as many castles as some other cruises, but very much enjoyed the Seine River views of French villages and countryside. Had time to explore Paris, both on our own and with guided tours, both before departure and last day before leaving for home. The Normandy Beaches full-day excursion was very educational, emotional, and moving. For us personally it was the best part of the cruise. So much to see, had to pick and choose what we most wanted to see. The tours of The Louvre, Versailles, and Monet's gardens and home were great, both visually and educationally. The tour guides were excellent. This was our first river cruise and it was wonderful. The combination of excellent food and wine, service, and accommodations made the Viking cruise a great experience. Will definitely do it again with Viking! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
This cruise was chosen for the itinerary. The Normandie landing beaches appealed to me, Monet appealed to my wife. We are experienced ocean cruisers but had never done a river cruise before. We enjoyed the experience immensely but found it ... Read More
This cruise was chosen for the itinerary. The Normandie landing beaches appealed to me, Monet appealed to my wife. We are experienced ocean cruisers but had never done a river cruise before. We enjoyed the experience immensely but found it quite different from an ocean cruise. The river cruise was more active with more tours, not as laid back as the ocean cruises. Also, not surprisingly, the ship, Viking Rinda, had fewer amenities but having completed the cruise, we understand why and, frankly, didn't miss them. The Rinda is a beautiful ship and it is beautifully maintained. The food and service were superb. A very special touch was being greeted by the ship's executive staff when returning from some of the tours. To approach the ship and see on the gangway the Captain, the First Officer, the Hotel Director, the Maitre'd, and the Executive Chef waiting to great you was, quite simply "wow." Our waiter, Ivan, was superior. The itinerary was fantastic and the tours were outstanding. The tour guides were superlative. For me, an extraordinary experience was in Vernon where during our tour an older woman leaned out her balcony and waved French, British, Canadian and USA flags. Our guide told us that she had lived there during the occupation and waved the flags whenever she heard an English tour in the square below her window. The Tour Director, Ken, was extraordinary and, it seemed, ubiquitous. In short, the Seine cruise to Normandie on the Viking Rinda was outstanding. We recommend it highly. Hard to imagine a better experience than what we had. As a result, we strongly recommend Viking River Cruises. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2016
My father was the 13th man to jump over normandy beach during the D-Day invasion. This trip has a deep personal meaning to me and my family. The history, monuments, museums were all deeply moving to our family. Both my brother and our ... Read More
My father was the 13th man to jump over normandy beach during the D-Day invasion. This trip has a deep personal meaning to me and my family. The history, monuments, museums were all deeply moving to our family. Both my brother and our wives enjoyed a spectacular historical walk back in time that made this a very special event in our lives. In addition to the travel and historical experience, I must say that the crew on board was nothing short of first rate. Beginning with the activity director to the dining executive, the wait staff and servers were in a class by themselves. While I probably would have rated this trip highly just on the locations and destinations, it was the quality and attention to detail of the cruising staff that took this trip into a 5 star range. Kudos to everyone associated with this trip - thanks for making this special in so very many ways. Read Less
Viking Rinda Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.6
Dining 4.0 4.6
Entertainment 3.0 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0 4.7
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.5
Family 1.0 3.5
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.6
Enrichment 4.0 4.3
Service 4.0 4.9
Value For Money 3.0 4.4
Rates 4.0 N/A

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