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We had done the Danube on a previous trip. The decision to choose Paris and the heart of Normandy was my husband’s wish to visit the Normandy beaches. It was a good decision. There was lots of interesting tours, both included and ... Read More
We had done the Danube on a previous trip. The decision to choose Paris and the heart of Normandy was my husband’s wish to visit the Normandy beaches. It was a good decision. There was lots of interesting tours, both included and optional. As expected, everything was perfect. Even though a first impression is the cabin is small, it works! The layout is efficient, it may take a bit of thought and organization though! There are not enough adjectives to adequately describe the service that is provided by every member of the staff. Everything anyone could have possibly wanted was provided, almost to the point of appearing as if by magic, anticipating everything! The food was out of this world. No one could have lost an ounce on Viking cruises. There were so many choices on the menu, local specialties, items that were available daily, as well as an ever changing dishes. Everyone on the staff should be commended. Each member of the staff treated us with kindness, taking time to stop and talk, or answer questions. No one was ever too busy to spend time with guests. This is the reason we will continue traveling with Viking. I can’t say enough glowing, wonderful, awesome, things. I just smile when I think of our trips and always, always tell people they MUST experience it for themselves. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
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
We wanted to see Normandy, the D-Day Memorial and visit Paris again. We did not stay in Paris before the cruise, as we have been to Paris three times. Our Embarkation and Disembarkations went very well. We had no delays or problems. ... Read More
We wanted to see Normandy, the D-Day Memorial and visit Paris again. We did not stay in Paris before the cruise, as we have been to Paris three times. Our Embarkation and Disembarkations went very well. We had no delays or problems. The ship was as we expected, as this was our third cruise with Viking. We like Viking because the crew is very helpful, the cabins are clean and the food is excellent. The dining was excellent. We knew what was being served. Viking always posts the menu outside the dining room everyday. We were on Emerald Waterways and they did not post the menus. The food was hot, appetizing and they have many choices. The head chef came out every evening and told us what his specialty was for that night and the wait staff were courteous and friendly. The entertainment was excellent. I loved the Opera singers, the games that we played, and Mia our cruise manager was excellent. All the major crew members were so much fun, as well as, informative. The crew on the Rolf were one of the best of the previous Viking Cruises we were on. The service was also excellent. Everyone was accommodating to our needs. The excursions were wonderful. Viking allows you to visit each town or city on your own and they ran shuttles to Paris from our mooring site. This is something that means a lot to us. On our cruise with Emerald Waterways, we were moored outside Amsterdam and they did not offer shuttles into the city. If you wanted to go on your own you had to get a taxi. Viking always seems to get it right. We enjoyed all the ports of call. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Could not have asked for a better trip. Smooth sailing, The ship was so easy to relax in. The service was above and beyond, friendly, accommodating and entertain and activities fit the bill. Room was comfortable and always kept clean. ... Read More
Could not have asked for a better trip. Smooth sailing, The ship was so easy to relax in. The service was above and beyond, friendly, accommodating and entertain and activities fit the bill. Room was comfortable and always kept clean. Ports and shore excursions were very well done Our favorite was visiting Normandy It was wonderful. I would highly recommend it to all My husband, who never travels, loved every moments. I must say the staff could not have been more wonderful. If you want a trip of a lifetime, take a Viking Cruise. The tour guides were so informatve and you were fillled with so much new knowledge. Food was excellent and your server made the food was to your taste. You will not be disappointed if you decide to embark on this wonderful cruise. We went with two other couples and they felt the same way. We are talking about another one next year. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Paris to Prague was a delightful itinerary, and the cruise had a very good price with free airfare. We normally book a veranda suite on Viking river cruises, but the explorer suite price was too good to pass up. In retrospect we should ... Read More
Paris to Prague was a delightful itinerary, and the cruise had a very good price with free airfare. We normally book a veranda suite on Viking river cruises, but the explorer suite price was too good to pass up. In retrospect we should have passed and stayed with a veranda suite. The explorer suite is beautiful, with lots of room and some nice extra perks, but once the ship is underway, the noise and vibration in the explore suite makes it impossible to get a good nights sleep. The explorer suite is in the the stern of the ship, and the propulsion system vibrates the entire suite like a magic fingers bed when the ship is moving at speed. For a relaxing cruise, choose a veranda suite as far forward in the ship as you can book. Our previous cruises in a veranda suite have been excellent from a noise and vibration perspective. For being the most expensive cabin on the ship by a wide margin, the explorer suite should definitely be avoided. In fact the other explorer suite on our cruise was empty, there are only two explorer suites on a ship, now we know why.. Viking is the class of river cruises, but the highest class cabin on their river ship should be avoided. The excursions were excellent which is usually the case with Viking. An excursion in every port is included, with several optional excursions you should consider. The food was good, there is not the range of options that you find on a sea cruise, but I never has a problem finding something I thoroughly enjoyed for lunch and dinner. Entertainment is as varied on a river cruise, but there was some entertainment every night in the lounge. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
10 Day Cruise: 2 nights at Paris Hotel before, 2 nights at Zurich hotel after. Exemplary staff were genuinely friendly and attentive and it set an overall friendly tone with all the cruisers. They truly went above and beyond to meet ... Read More
10 Day Cruise: 2 nights at Paris Hotel before, 2 nights at Zurich hotel after. Exemplary staff were genuinely friendly and attentive and it set an overall friendly tone with all the cruisers. They truly went above and beyond to meet every need. Your cruise director will be a visible presence through the entire trip to make certain things run smoothly. Our director, Serge, maintained his energy and enthusiasm throughout the entire trip. Ship and cabins were always clean and pristine. French Balcony cabins (125 sq ft) are small but efficiently equipped. Our 3 suitcases easily stored under the bed, ample closet and drawer space. Beds were comfortable. We slept soundly and cabin was always quiet. Laundry service was swift and excellent. Hair and bath products were excellent. If you're from the US, bring an adaptor for the hotels and the cabin bathroom. Had an opportunity to take a peak at the below water level cabins. They are slightly larger (150 sq ft) then the french balcony cabins but layout is exactly the same. If a room with a view is a low priority, these are an amazing value. The food was incredible and fresh. There is a standard menu and a region menu. The region menu changes daily. Lunch buffet was extensive, healthy or decadent if you wish. While in port watched crates of whole pumpkins loaded onto the ship. And the following day, pumpkin soup was at the buffet. Fresh cookies, pastry, muffins always available for snacking at all times. Our ship Chef moved to corporate after the cruise, so we may have had an edge. Tours were perfectly coordinated and guides were all charming, spoke perfect English and made excellent recommendations for restaurants and chocolate. Viking busses are clean, comfortable, seats recline some. We paid for several tours, but even the free tours are great. Guests are free to explore on their own if they like. Everyone in Paris was so polite and helpful. Our hotel was small, had a view of the Eiffel Tower and a memorable breakfast buffet. We were glad to have an experienced driver navigate the streets of Paris. Versailles is stunning but mosh pit crowded. Loved this City and wished we had more time to explore. The Alps tour was a 12 hour nightmare. The tour was overbooked so 2 bus loads of passengers were crammed into the lunch location and the food was awful. The cog train experience might have been worthwhile had there not been fog. We never saw the Alps. The final blow was 2 tour buses descending onto a wood carvers shop. Think 1 ride open at Disneyland in the summer but it was cold and raining. Given the circumstances, I wish we'd had a choice to cancel and spend more time in Zurich. The Zurich Lindt Tour was the perfect wrap to the trip. If you love chocolate, pay for this tour. We were given cleaned pressed white smocks and hats and shown into a beautiful workroom. There were 3 large temperers at each table with white, milk and dark chocolate. With instruction (Thank you Hans!) we made, decorated and packaged champagne truffles. We were then taken to the factory store and given a discount on all the wonderful candy. You cannot get chocolate of this quality in the US, thus I shamelessly brought home a chocolate dedicated suitcase. Lots of laughter going through customs. All trips have good days and bad, but with one exception this was a 5 star trip and the most memorable travel experience of our lives. Hoping to travel with Viking again and bring another empty suitcase ..... 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
Ship was clean and great. Ship’s captain was very friendly and informative. Was very interesting when the ship went through the water locks, and how the wheel house can be lowered when going under a very low bridge. The crew was top ... Read More
Ship was clean and great. Ship’s captain was very friendly and informative. Was very interesting when the ship went through the water locks, and how the wheel house can be lowered when going under a very low bridge. The crew was top notch, from the restaurant staff to the front desk. Food was outstanding itinerary was awesome. Monet garden, Eiffel Tower, Normandy Beaches, Joan of arch. To name a few. The country side was beautiful, the small towns were quaint, loved the pre war buildings and the locals were very nice. Many of the shops were rustic. Castles were beautiful. The sights along the river was beautiful Looking forward to cruising again. Other passengers were great. Weather was ok, couple of days was raining but what can you do. It still didn’t discourage from exploring. The only negative thing, was night in Paris. The bus driver, almost hit a couple of cars. Drove past a few sights to fast and we couldn’t see them. The tour guide couldn’t keep up. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
A River Cruise to Normandy has been high on our bucket list. Having been on previous Viking cruises, we chose Viking due to price and our previous great experiences with them. Our cruise originated in Paris. We did not do a Paris ... Read More
A River Cruise to Normandy has been high on our bucket list. Having been on previous Viking cruises, we chose Viking due to price and our previous great experiences with them. Our cruise originated in Paris. We did not do a Paris pre-Cruise extension as we had previous been in Paris 2 previous times. We did have a very nice day two included tour of Paris highlights before departing for Normandy. For our River Cruise the embarkation process is very simple, unlike large ocean cruise ships. Our ship, the Viking Rolf is named after the actual Viking conquerer Rolf who plundered the Normandy region of France until the King of France finally negotiated a treaty with him and gave him the Normandy region of France and renamed him Robert, the Duke of Normandy , a little trivia. Anyway the ship cabins are typical of most River Cruise ships, in general very nice and accommodating. Very comfortable for a week long cruise. The dining of the ship was very good, from the breakfast buffets in the morning to lunches on the terrace or in the dining room and finally the evening meals. We fully enjoy the local cuisine options on the dinner menu but you always have many other options for the evening. Unlike large ships, the evening entertainment was limited to primarily a piano player in the lounge but this was just fine. During a couple of days there were some daytime lecturers that were excellent. One of favorite things with Viking is their included shore excursions. Our tour guides were all excellent providing interesting insights into each of our visited stops. All of the crew, waiters, bar tenders provided fantastic service during our cruise making it extra enjoyable. For this cruise only my wife and I traveled, no children. Our experience on most European river cruises is that most travelers are older and generally no children. This cruise certainly meet our expectations with the highlight being our entire day of visiting the Normandy invasion beaches and of course the American Cemetery was a very serene moment of the trip. We will definitely continue to travel with Viking in the future based on our wonderful experiences. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
This was our first river cruise and it exceeded our expectations. From the moment we came off the plane we were met with people who had an attention to every detail. The ship was stylish and spotless. Our cabin was very spacious. The ... Read More
This was our first river cruise and it exceeded our expectations. From the moment we came off the plane we were met with people who had an attention to every detail. The ship was stylish and spotless. Our cabin was very spacious. The staff over the top meeting every request. The ports and excursions were enjoyable. The guides chosen were very knowledgeable and friendly. The food choices for lunch and dinner were great and the service in the dining room amazing. The staff was incredible, funny and experienced and made sure you knew what the activities for each day were about. Organized and attentive to every detail. On our last day we were driven to the airport where a viking rep was waiting to retrieve our luggage and escort us to the check in counter. It does not get any better then that. Luxury personified. We would absolutely travel with viking again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Highly recommend Viking River Cruise!! The staff was amazing, food was fabulous, organization was superb, housekeeping was perfect!!! Everything was wonderful! Embarking and disembarking were very smooth. Shore excursions were ... Read More
Highly recommend Viking River Cruise!! The staff was amazing, food was fabulous, organization was superb, housekeeping was perfect!!! Everything was wonderful! Embarking and disembarking were very smooth. Shore excursions were wonderful, with excellent guides, very informative. Cabin was wonderful, always clean and well taken care of. Margarite, our program director was fabulous!! Bartenders were excellent. Chef was fantastic - offering wonderful selections every meal, every day. Evening entertainment was wonderful, something for everyone. We did not travel with children, it was an adult only cruise, but very enjoyable. I would definitely take another Viking Cruise in the future and have recommended Viking to my in laws, uncles and aunts and many others. I was most impressed with the way the entire Cruise was organized and the trip was executed so smoothly. The daily briefings left in our room with the agenda for the next day were perfect. I highly recommend Viking River Cruises to any one interested in a top notch travel experience. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
My wife Joan and I went on our first river cruise this summer, The Paris and Heart of Normandy. From being met at the airport to our farewells it was the best vacation we have ever had. Everyone on the ship were so thoughtful and ... Read More
My wife Joan and I went on our first river cruise this summer, The Paris and Heart of Normandy. From being met at the airport to our farewells it was the best vacation we have ever had. Everyone on the ship were so thoughtful and professional. We felt like we were part of a family while on the cruise and many tours we took. The food at any meal was exceptional and it was intertwined with meeting many people of varying interest. As for the services on the ship we were quite happy with the staff whether it was the person attending our cabin, the exceptional wait staff, or the social director and cruise director. All were just wonderful. Our tours of the small cities and villages gave a a real insight of the French culture. The day trip to the beaches of Normandy were the highlight of an eight day cruise filled with memories that will last a lifetime. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Loved flying into Paris, spending time there, traveling to Germany, Luxemborg, Switzerland and altering further travel to Warsaw, Poland before returning home. The excursions were outstanding. Adequate timet to enjoy everything in the ... Read More
Loved flying into Paris, spending time there, traveling to Germany, Luxemborg, Switzerland and altering further travel to Warsaw, Poland before returning home. The excursions were outstanding. Adequate timet to enjoy everything in the countries' culture. However, Found onboard dining less spectacular than on Vantage. Chef Bobby was very friendly and food was lovely just less variety than Vantage. All else on ship was wonderful. Devin - our ship coordinator was SPECTACULAR!!!! The dining experience options outside the ship were not included as on Vantage. The experience was more costly but was a great cruise nonetheless. The service was fantastic as was the cabin staff. All needs were more thsn adequate. Thank you for this. The upper deck was superb. Enjoyed walking daily there! The Captain provided a great overall experience and it was nice seeing him assist other staff in loading supplies, etc. Everything was impecably clean and neat. Flowers were beautiful in various areas of the ship. Yes, I would recommend Viking! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
My wife and I have been on numerous cruises (22+) throughout the world on various cruise lines over the years. This was our fourth cruise with Viking; the previous cruises were in China, Egypt and the Grand European Tour. The Paris to ... Read More
My wife and I have been on numerous cruises (22+) throughout the world on various cruise lines over the years. This was our fourth cruise with Viking; the previous cruises were in China, Egypt and the Grand European Tour. The Paris to the Swiss Alps Cruise started in Paris on July 20, 2019. Our flight from Florida was arranged by Viking and flew through Frankfort, then to Paris. No problems. The Viking representative was waiting for us at the airport in Paris. We didn't add the Paris extension because we had been to Paris a few times previously. The Hotel in Paris was one block from the Eiffel Tower … great location. There were many good restaurants in the area and lots of touristy things to do. The Panoramic Tour of Paris was a whirlwind tour with some free time near Notre Dame to walk around. It was a nice tour that included most of the highlights of Paris from a bus. In the afternoon, we had lots of time to tour on our own or to just walk around the Eiffel Tower area. We added the Paris Cabaret with Dinner tour. It was great. The dinner was very good and the entertainment excellent … the type of show you would expect in a Paris Cabaret. The bus trip from Paris to Trier include a stop in Luxembourg then on to Trier. Luxembourg is an interesting city with an good economy and a large World War II cemetery. We learned a lot about the war and also about Luxembourg. Trier too was interesting … a very historic city. The city tour was very nice, as was the free time to tour around on our own. The ice cream in town is excellent. Boarding the Viking Kvasir was very easy in Trier; they were waiting for us. Our room was on the lower level towards the rear of the ship, room 125. This was near a stairway and an ice maker. Most points of interest are on 2 (dining room), 3 (lounge) or the sun deck (the roof). The crew resides on this deck too. Actually, there are no bad locations. The ship was a few years old and was very nice; very clean. The staff was great and the food was excellent. The chef would provide a little discussion of the dinner menu every night and appeared to be excited about the food and his staff. Breakfast was available in the dining room and also on deck 3 in the lounge in a reduced menu. It was similar for lunch. Beer and wine were provided during dinner and lunch. Coffee and cookies were available in two locations 24/7. Food was almost always available someplace. The ship provided complimentary water prior to every tour. The Program Director, Devin, provided information about tours and timing and basically everything you need to know on a timely basis. He even provided entertainment in the evenings when local entertainers were not on board. The ship had one entertainer on board who performed in the lounge several times during the day and in the evenings. He was very professional and an excellent musician. We generally just took the included tours, although we did pay to add the Bernkastel-Kues Wine Tasting. We tasted four wines … nice wine tasting and an interesting winery … cute town. The visited Ports of Call follow. Cochem, Germany – This tour included an entertaining wine tasting. The tasting was divided into two groups, so a lot of people were in one room. The owner ran the tasting and was comical. The city is very clean and very German looking … like of a tourist trap. The tour of the castle was especially interesting from the exterior but nothing too especial from the interior. Koblenz, Germany – The included tour was a walking tour of the city. Koblenz is just another nice looking German city. It was really hot during these tours (104 degrees F). After the tour, all we wanted to do was go back to the ship and cool off in our rooms. The temperature set the tone for the tour. Mainz, Germany – The included tour was primarily the Gutenberg Museum. It was very impressive with an interesting demonstration of the operation of the press. The tour include a few great churches too. Again, it was hot! Speyer, Germany – The included tour was similar to the Mainz walk around. Just another nice German town along the river with huge churches. It was HOT. Strasbourg, France – It's beginning to cool off a bit. Strasbourg is a very German city, but in France. It is different from the prior river cities visited, more interesting huge cathedrals. This is a good city to just walk around and explore. Strasbourg has great pastries. Basel, Switzerland – The weather is much better. The included tour of the city, both the bus and walking tours were very nice. A local guide conducted the tour. We had a nice lunch in town and enjoyed a Swiss beer. We then had a one hour bus ride to Zurich. It's interesting that the wages are high in Switzerland, the shopping is cheap in Germany and the living costs are lowest in France. Basel, being on the border of all three countries, benefits from all three. Zurich, Switzerland – The included tour included a tour of the lake in the morning … very nice. The city tour was interesting and we had lots of free time to explore the city in the afternoon. We are now off the boat and staying in a very nice hotel. Zurich is a nice city to visit. For many people, this was the end of the tour. We continued on to explore the mountains. This is a must do! The Glacier Express – We started the day on a bus to Chur to board the train. Our new guide, Astrid, was fantastic. She was from The Netherlands, but spoke perfect English, in addition to I don't know how many other languages. The train went through mountains and valleys that were just beautiful. It even stopped a few times for us to get out and take photos. The day started out cloudy but as we got closer to Zermatt, the skies cleared. Fantastic Day! Zermatt – The day started with another train; a cog-wheel to Gornergrat. The top of the mountain was over 10,000 feet and the views were out of this world. This was an unbelievably beautiful experience. The skies were a clear blue and the Matterhorn was so close you could almost touch it. Our photos are beautiful. Our guide, Astrid, showed us the most important views and also, took us to a lake to take photos of the Matterhorn. Some of us walked with her down to a little restaurant for a nice lunch in the mountains … next to the Matterhorn. Again, the photos are fantastic. This tour is a must do! Geneva, Switzerland – We left Zermatt on a train and then transferred to a bus to Geneva. On the way we stopped at a winery. This winery is at a beautiful location, the wines were good as was the lunch. The views from this winery were fantastic. Continuing to Geneva was on a bus. The hotel was very nice and the extension included tour on the lake. The tour included a bus and walking tour of the city. We also toured the Red Cross Museum. In the afternoon, we were free to explore on our own. We took a bus to France and took a gondola to an overlook of the city. On the overlook we had a nice lunch and also watched people hang gliding. Geneva is a fun city in Switzerland, surrounded by France. An easy city to get around by bus. Overall, the cruise and additional time in Switzerland was wonderful. You will see too many locks, vineyards, palaces, churches and castles; but you will meet many very nice people on the ship and also, tour guides and locals. You will also walk …. a lot. The joke on the ship was that this tour included the three Cs: Churches, Castles and Cobblestones. Most cities in this tour are paved in cobblestone … so bring good walking shoes. Viking really took good care of us; they were always there to make sure everything was taken care of during the trip. They really seemed to care. A great trip. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Booked this 3 generation cruise before Viking River raised age to 18. Our 14 & 16 yr old granddaughters loved it as did our daughter and her husband (1st time cruisers). We are river cruise veterans who were blessed by having our ... Read More
Booked this 3 generation cruise before Viking River raised age to 18. Our 14 & 16 yr old granddaughters loved it as did our daughter and her husband (1st time cruisers). We are river cruise veterans who were blessed by having our best Cruise Director Brenton and a super (English!!!) chef Martin Carter. Everyone loved their rooms, French Balcony & Veranda. The dinners were excellent with many choices to satisfy everyone and great service. We ate dinner together but everyone was able to do their own thing at breakfast & lunch, from Aquavit Terrace to the Restaurant, what they wanted, when they wanted it. The tours ranging from Paris itself to just strolling off the ship to walk through towns where we docked were all excellent. With 3 generations, everyone was able to choose what they wanted to do each day. Departure day the unannounced walk through St Germain-en-Laye was a great way to introduce touring to our family, a fun tour. In Rouen I choose to walk the city again on my own in the afternoon while others went on a farm tour or off to Honfleur. Of course, the highlight was Normandy. Not enough time but time well spent. We (Americans) opted for the Commonwealth Tour (British) because we wanted to see the historic Bayeux Tapestry before it moved to England. Another highlight of that tour was Pegasus Bridge where 3 gliders landed within 100 yards, then captured & held the bridge. The bridge is there as well as gliders and a museum. Very moving wreath ceremony at the gravesite. On the last day my wife & I skipped the Napoleon Estate tour and took Viking shuttle into Paris enjoying another wonderful day at the Musee D'Orsay and walking the Seine. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We wanted to see the sights and tour Normandy especially since 2019 was the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Also, wanted to experience a river cruise and it was exceptional!! Can't say enough about the service, the food, friendly staff, ... Read More
We wanted to see the sights and tour Normandy especially since 2019 was the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Also, wanted to experience a river cruise and it was exceptional!! Can't say enough about the service, the food, friendly staff, wonderful stateroom--was all first--class!! We enjoyed stopping at Claude Monet's home and gardens, taking walks in the small cities along the river and getting to meet some of the local residents. . Was great to sit on the deck and watch the scenery pass by. We stood and watched as we passed through several locks--amazing to see how that works. Meals were always something to look forward to each day from the variety of food choices,, the attentiveness of the waitstaff and the generous wine provided! Got to try lots of food from the region and many, many wonderful desserts. Our stateroom with veranda was great. The bathroom was compact, but had lots of extras that we enjoyed and plenty of room for our things. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Just returned from our first cruise with Viking. In all, there were amazing and some disappointing parts to the trip. On the positive, the food was close to the best I have ever had on a cruise. This was our first river cruise but we ... Read More
Just returned from our first cruise with Viking. In all, there were amazing and some disappointing parts to the trip. On the positive, the food was close to the best I have ever had on a cruise. This was our first river cruise but we have cruised with Royal Caribbean, Regent Seven Seas, Disney, and Norwegian. The cabins were nice and our cruise director, Jerome, was hilarious and great at what he does. The itinerary was good and if you get the chance to go to Prague, don't miss out. Absolutely fantastic. I took my wife and two teenage sons on the trip and I would say that the first strike against a Viking cruise is the focus on an older age group. My wife and I are in our mid 40's and we were very near the youngest people on the ship and most of the ship board activities and excursions were geared around an older age group. In fact, I heard but never asked, that Viking is not allowing people under 18 to cruise on their ships after this season. Not sure but I do believe they are going to steer the middle age group with families away from their product if they don't address this. I would not recommend this for anyone under the age of 40 unless they are traveling with a group of friends. We enjoyed all the people we met on the ship but there were not many people our age and only one other family with kids near our teenagers age. A second strike against Viking was never having enough time in each port to do things on your own. It seemed that we were always late to pull into a port and when there was free time allotted, it was usually only 30-60 mins at most. EVERY person we spoke to on the ship was disappointed in the lack of time to actually spend shopping and exploring. Each excursion included a lunch but European restaurants are not in a hurry to feed you and we would spend 1.5-2 hours at a meal which took all the free time away. I would strongly encourage them to offer a lunch box option for people who go on excursions and don't want to sit all afternoon for a meal. The worst example was Rothenberg. I was so excited to revisit this town that I remembered going to as a young boy growing up. We were late leaving the ship again, hit traffic, had a 1.5 hour lunch and were left with 45 mins to explore the city. We quit eating with the group and broke free on our own. We also played second fiddle to multiple other Viking cruises that pulled into port on the same day. For example, on our trip to Marksburg Castle, we actually left on time, got to the castle and the first of our groups to tour went into the castle. Then another Viking boat with a 50-60 people arrived late and they moved them ahead of us. This caused the remaining people in our group to have to wait outside in the 90 degree heat for about an hour until the other Viking tour group went through. Then came our final stop in Bamburg where other Viking ships ported before us and we were sent to a shipping yard outside of the city to tie up for the night. Had a beautiful view of metal shipping containers with something rotten in them that smelled awful. We couldn't get off the ship to explore Bamburg at night and didn't want to be on deck because of the smell and view. Not everything was bad but it was not what we were told to expect which was why I gave it a 3* rating. Excursions that we did..... 1) Panoramic Paris- great overview by bus. Problem was Paris traffic which makes a bus tour strenuous and we were supposed to have 1-1.5 hours on our own at Notre Dame (which reopened to view but not go inside) and St. Chappell. We actually had only 25 mins so we didn't explore 2) Luxembourg and American Cemetery- Amazing experience and the walking tour of the town was nice 3) Trier city tour- part bus and part walking and very nice with time to explore which was great. 4) Bernkastle-krus wine tour- great wine tasting but very little time left to explore the town which would have been amazing. 5) Koblenz Marksberg Castle- fantastic castle but being stuck as mentioned above in the heat because another Viking ship got to the castle late was frustrating for everyone. 6) Heidelberg- neat town but we finally realized that if we want to explore the town, we would have to quit eating the provided lunches so we left the group and toured it ourselves and had a blast. Heard the lunch was good but restaurant was not air conditioned well and very hot. 7) Rothenberg- as mentioned, was really looking forward to this and was very disappointed in the amount of time spent in the city. The boat was an hour late arriving to port so that removed all the time we could have had to see it. The trip to Wurzberg Castle was perfect but very few people on the Rothenberg itinerary went to the Castle and missed it. I thought it was great and would strongly encourage people to go. 8) Versailles- amazing castle but it is VERY crowded. Not Vikings fault but really difficult to enjoy when each room is packed with 80-100 people. Would have liked time to spend in the gardens but only had 30 mins sooooo...... 9) Cochem- castle was beautiful and had a bit more time to explore the city which was nice. 10) Nuremberg- bus tour as well as walking tour of city which was nice and we were given a bit of time on our own to explore. 11) Prague- this was truly the highlight of the trip. The hotel was spectacular ( Hilton Prague). The old city is spectacular and the tour to the Palace and downtown was worth the trip. If you get a chance, there is a fantastic 1930's style bar in old ruins under the city called the "Black Angel Bar" which was a real find and worth a stop in. We did the silver package and think it was worth the purchase but remember that house wines and beer are included with lunch and dinner. Top shelf wines are not and liquor is not included so many people choose not to get it and remember that all people in a cabin must be on the package. We stayed in a Veranda room but no balcony. The windows are full length and slide open for a nice view. Rooms were larger than most cruise ships with nice full showers and heated floors. Musical entertainment was a nice married couple that sounded great but all of the music was based around an older crowd as mentioned above. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We had heard about Viking from friends that had traveled with you previously. It didn’t disappoint. We purchased the 3 day pre excursion time in Paris. The Marriott Hotel in downtown was clean but old and tired. I was disappointed ... Read More
We had heard about Viking from friends that had traveled with you previously. It didn’t disappoint. We purchased the 3 day pre excursion time in Paris. The Marriott Hotel in downtown was clean but old and tired. I was disappointed in this. I spoke with someone who purchased the upgraded hotel option. I would have been willing to pay for this hotel as the standard. The Viking representatives doing our tours were wonderful. If you have time, I would strongly suggest seeing Paris before boarding. Off to the ship 3 days later. Magnificent is the word I have. The staff, the food, the service were impeccable. Our cabin was small but efficient. Our next trip on Viking, we upgraded one cabin to have a little more room. However, I would stay in the same state room again, this is a personal preference. The dining provided me choices to eat of things I’ve never had. The chefs would go into each town where we were in port and get fresh local culinary items. If you’re worried about not having enough to do, you will be fine. We never stopped. Each of the ports and excursions did not disappoint. The highlight of the trip for most was the day in the Normandy beaches. However, Rouen and Monet’s home and gardens are not to be missed. We are traveling again this year doing the Rhine Getaway. The last thing is that when you arrive at the airport, once you get through customs, you never have to worry about another thing until they take you to your gate upon departure. If you have the chance, travel Viking Cruise Lines. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Our cruise was wonderful! From the moment we stepped on board we were treated like royalty by the staff. We especially enjoyed Patricia, our cruise director. Her attention to us and our needs was top notch, and Viking if lucky to have her ... Read More
Our cruise was wonderful! From the moment we stepped on board we were treated like royalty by the staff. We especially enjoyed Patricia, our cruise director. Her attention to us and our needs was top notch, and Viking if lucky to have her on staff. The service was excellent and we even made some friends with staff and guests! I loved the dining options...al fresco, nothing but great views, small and large tables depending on your mood. Kind of felt like a place "where everybody knows your name" and I can't wait to go again. Best part is, you feel like a tourist but get a relaxing vacation all at the same time. Many times we opted out of excursions just to sit on top of the boat and watch the beautiful scenery slide by! Don't miss booking a room with a "juliet" balcony. The option to open the sliding glass door and watch the world go by morning, noon and night was amazing! Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Everything was wonderful, from the time we embarked in Paris until the end of our cruise. The ship is beautiful with spacious public areas and our cabin was very comfortable. I really enjoyed our own little balcony ! Dining was delicious. ... Read More
Everything was wonderful, from the time we embarked in Paris until the end of our cruise. The ship is beautiful with spacious public areas and our cabin was very comfortable. I really enjoyed our own little balcony ! Dining was delicious. We quickly made new travel friends and started dining together. We had good entertainment, and learned about the local culture in the process. We could not have had better service. We particularly appreciated Jorge, who always seemed to enjoy wherever we needed him! The ports and shore excursions were terrific! They were well planned and executed. I remember how we felt seeing the beach at Normandy and visiting the cemetery where so many Americans lie. It was so special, as we were there the week before D-Day and we actually have relatives who landed there 75 years ago. Paris is beautiful, but the best was seeing Monet’s gardens. What gorgeous flowers and the kitchen was to die for, with the blue and white tiles and copper pots. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Our cruise was so well done. First trip to Paris, I would have liked more time in the city of Paris. ( we had about fifteen minutes at the Eiffel Tower)We were blessed to see Notre Dame, it burned the following week. Truly, the trip ... Read More
Our cruise was so well done. First trip to Paris, I would have liked more time in the city of Paris. ( we had about fifteen minutes at the Eiffel Tower)We were blessed to see Notre Dame, it burned the following week. Truly, the trip there did not disappoint. All the excursions were terrific. On board, the crew was very attentive, polite and Always happy to help. Our room service was most excellent. The area of Normandy was incredible. Our cruise director held a small ceremony at the cemetery. Many veterans in our group, inspiring. My ONLY regret was not knowing I could have toured the stables at the Palace of Versailles, found out too late. (I have horses, this is of great interest to me) The meals and service were well done! Our tour guides enhanced each of the venues. I would highly recommend this cruise, it was our third Viking cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 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
We chose this cruise because of the extension of Zermatt and Geneva. We had been to Zermatt years before and the call of the Matterhorn was before us, We were not so interested in the small towns in Germany along the way so because of ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the extension of Zermatt and Geneva. We had been to Zermatt years before and the call of the Matterhorn was before us, We were not so interested in the small towns in Germany along the way so because of cold weather and rain, we stayed with the ship and did not go on walks in those towns. We disembarked in Basil and did a city bus tour. Places we have visted before have all, for better or worse, changed. Our last stop was Zurich before the extension. For the better part of the river cruise, I developed a cough. Passengers were very concerned and offered cough drops and we very caring. I asked our tour director, Boris, when we arrived at our hotel in Zurich, about where I could find a doctor. He didn't know and offered no assistance to answer my question. By then my condition was much worse. It was Raphael at our hotel who guided us to a pharmacy where physicians were great. After exrays and a blood test, my diagnosis was Pneumonia. The physician there warned that we were not to go on the extended trip and we did not. Viking found us a flight with Air Canada to Toronto and then to Philadelphia. It is the people who make your trip. It's not the sights, or the entertainment, but we have found that it is always people. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
This was our first river cruise and we wanted to see France, so the Paris to Normandy cruise was an attractive option. The shore excursions and the guides were wonderful. We did the optional Highlights of Paris shore excursion that ... Read More
This was our first river cruise and we wanted to see France, so the Paris to Normandy cruise was an attractive option. The shore excursions and the guides were wonderful. We did the optional Highlights of Paris shore excursion that included the Louvre - a good first-time experience. The watercolor painting class offered in Giverny was a great experience and started our hobby of painting. The tour of the Normandy beaches was very moving. We selected the Commonwealth beaches so that we could see the Bayeux tapestry and have a smaller group, a choice which turned out to be excellent. We also did the optional Loire Valley extension with a small group, which we would highly recommend. This included staying at a wonderful hotel that was a medieval chateau. Sites included Orleans and Amboise, final home of da Vinci. Of course, the food, drink, and hospitality on the ship were wonderful. The dinners included a standard menu as well as the chef's special for the day which was frequently designed to match a feature of the local area in which we were docked. The food was very well-prepared, and we were never disappointed. The service was very attentive, both during dinner and in the lounge before/after dinner. Activities were frequently planned after the day excursions and in the evening after dinner that provided opportunities to meet the other guests on the cruise. All-in-all, a wonderful experience that made us want to plan our next cruise with Viking soon. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
This trip was by far the best vacation my husband and I have ever taken. We added on the 3 day Paris excursion prior to departure and it made the trip even more amazing. The walking food tour is highly recommended. The rooms were more ... Read More
This trip was by far the best vacation my husband and I have ever taken. We added on the 3 day Paris excursion prior to departure and it made the trip even more amazing. The walking food tour is highly recommended. The rooms were more than adequately sized, the food was spectacular, and the staff onboard were all so attentive (and had a great sense of humor to boot). We did an excursion at every port and the guides were all informative and made our trip that much more enjoyable. We especially enjoyed Monet's Gardens and the day long Normandy excursion. We learned so much about France and its history while also having the most luxurious vacation we have ever taken. In addition, getting picked up and dropped off at the airport made our vacation stress free and seamless. We will absolutely be taking a Viking Cruise again in the future. I cannot recommend Viking highly enough! Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
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