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Sail Date: October 2018
We had received brochures from Viking for several years, but until we both retired we didn’t take them “seriously”. Once we made the decision to book a cruise we researched the options, spoke with friends who had taken Viking trips ... Read More
We had received brochures from Viking for several years, but until we both retired we didn’t take them “seriously”. Once we made the decision to book a cruise we researched the options, spoke with friends who had taken Viking trips and chose the Rinda Cruise along the Seine. The trip was beyond our expectations...the food, the accommodations, the attention to detail. We felt so comfortable on the excursions, liked the “audio-box” communication on the excursions, the staff were terrific, the food great. The itinerary sheets delivered to our room for the next day were very helpful and the evening meetings pertaining to the next days’ excursions were very appreciated. We intend to take another Viking Cruise in the future, although at this time we have not booked a trip....personal health issues have a bearing.....We highly recommend the Viking Cruise excursions! We hope to take a cruise along the Rhine River and maybe a Southern France trip. Read Less
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: October 2018
We are experienced ocean cruisers, but this was our first river cruise. We were originally scheduled on the Danube on Avalon. Due to low water levels, Avalon offered a refund which we accepted and chose this Seine trip on Viking instead. ... Read More
We are experienced ocean cruisers, but this was our first river cruise. We were originally scheduled on the Danube on Avalon. Due to low water levels, Avalon offered a refund which we accepted and chose this Seine trip on Viking instead. We were very pleasantly surprised by Viking, having heard some negatives, but we were so impressed we have booked our Danube trip on Viking for next year and hope to do an ocean cruise with Viking after that. Our verandah suite was perfect for us, except storage was more limited than we expected. We will pack differently next time—we didn’t need any of our “dressier” clothes and in the suites you have included same day laundry service so packing light should be easy. (There may actually be more drawer space in the regular cabins, based on quick peaks we were able to get on occasion while walking by.) We sat in the same area of the dining room each night and relied on our excellent waiter to recommend our meals and he did a great job; he was totally honest about what we should avoid. We had no complaints about the included shore excursions or guides. We found river cruising to be stressless and fun and educational, and we appreciated the staff’s expertise in every department. Well done, Viking. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
Viking gave impeccable service as usual, the ship was clean, cabin comfortable and warm,and the staff friendly and efficient.Excellent cuisine, with staff very accommodating with my food intolerances. Our shore excursions were well ... Read More
Viking gave impeccable service as usual, the ship was clean, cabin comfortable and warm,and the staff friendly and efficient.Excellent cuisine, with staff very accommodating with my food intolerances. Our shore excursions were well planned, although we would have liked a a little more free/explore time in some of the quaint towns. We did the extension tour to the Loire valley, our guide was fantastic and she was so knowledgeable as well as flexible. I think the whole group would have willingly skipped La Tours and spent more time at Leonardo de Vince’s home and maybe Viking can allow that in the future. Embarkation and Disembarkation are a non event with Viking -fast, smoothly executed and well organized. We have cruised a lot but Viking, either river or Ocean is by far superior to any of the other lines. All the guides are local, very qualified and are fluent in at least 2or 3 languages. They have at least one degree in history and give you real ,accurate information (not “legend”-I was in the tourist industry as a guide, to in Europe and a lot of information we heard given was less than accurate) Viking employers the best and makes each journey memorable. Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2018
I experience severe motion sickness due to an inner ear disorder. Goin on a cruise was never something I ever considered. Friends asked us to go with them on the Viking River cruise from Paris to Normandy. As my husband is a student of ... Read More
I experience severe motion sickness due to an inner ear disorder. Goin on a cruise was never something I ever considered. Friends asked us to go with them on the Viking River cruise from Paris to Normandy. As my husband is a student of history and I an artist and it was our fortieth anniversary we agreed. I had my trepidation's due to my motion sickness but was willing to try. All I have to say is that the experience exceeded our expectations. everything about the trip was wonderful, the ship, the accommodations, the experiences and the Staff and Crew. I can't say enough about the crew, they were absolutely wonderful. the food was outstanding and the effort to meet dietary restrictions was phenomenal. And the food, oh the meals were wonderful. We had such a pleasant time meeting other people and finding out just how small the world is. Did I have any difficulty with my motions sickness, yes to a minor degree. Will I go on another Viking River Cruise, yes definitly. Thank You Viking Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
A friend and I were invited to join other friends who were taking the Viking Rinda cruise on the Seine October 3rd. I loved the itinerary. The food was delicious and especially enjoyed the dining option off the bar area.the Aquavit buffet ... Read More
A friend and I were invited to join other friends who were taking the Viking Rinda cruise on the Seine October 3rd. I loved the itinerary. The food was delicious and especially enjoyed the dining option off the bar area.the Aquavit buffet and terrace. The ship was spotless and the staff were always friendly and helpful. Our stateroom was tiny but we were not in there much. One night I stayed after dinner and participated in the music contest and dance that included the staff. It was fun. One of the most helpful things about the trip was Viking providing transportation to and from the airport. The Viking rep that took a group of us to CDG walked us through the process of using Air France's kiosks, attaching our baggage tag and took us to the luggage drop off and on to security - where he could go no further; that was all so helpful. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
We’ve never been to Paris and we wanted to experience the beaches at Normandy. We are so happy we chose this trip! We met wonderful people and saw places we’ve always dreamed about. We especially loved Giverny, Rouen and Normandy. Our ... Read More
We’ve never been to Paris and we wanted to experience the beaches at Normandy. We are so happy we chose this trip! We met wonderful people and saw places we’ve always dreamed about. We especially loved Giverny, Rouen and Normandy. Our trip to The Louvre was outstanding! All our guides were so knowledgeable. For us, it was a fabulous anniversary trip. We were tremendously grateful for our experiences onboard as well. Service, helpfulness and friendliness made each day a joy. Also our cabin was comfortable and so spacious! We also loved our heated floors. We are already planning our next trip! We had heard so much about Viking. Nothing was overstated. The food was amazing! Each day we were more delighted than the day before! The menus had so many choices. My husband I would order different items so we could sample more things. Onboard concerts of opera singers and lectures about Impressionism after we visited Giverny enhanced our trip greatly. We enjoyed every minute of our Viking cruise. We have described it to all our friends and family as the trip of a lifetime. I also kept a daily journal of our activities. I’m so glad I did! It allows me to relive our days together in France. Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2018
We Choose this cruise because of the mix of history, art and scenery. We were not disappointed. Each day was a new adventure. Mornings as we cruised on the river were sublime. The fog gave the scene a magical feeling. The places we ... Read More
We Choose this cruise because of the mix of history, art and scenery. We were not disappointed. Each day was a new adventure. Mornings as we cruised on the river were sublime. The fog gave the scene a magical feeling. The places we stopped at were picturesque and historical. Each stop was led by a knowledgeable and friendly guide. They not only explained the historical and cultural significance of the sites, but also the present day life of the inhabitants. The highlight was the excursion to the Normandy Beaches and Museums. Standing on Omaha Beach were the infantry had to cross that open ground under heavy enemy fire was humbling. The Food on board was great. We had a variety of dishes, highlighting the local dishes. All of the wines were delicious, and not boring. The staff were professional and helpful. Each night featured and entertaining look at the plans for the next day. The tour director was extremely entertaining and knowledgeable. Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2018
The ship and staff were awesome. Pleasant, professional, wonderful energy. The cruise director and program director were first rate. The food was ok. The chef was very accommodating to some special diet issues I had. The excursions both ... Read More
The ship and staff were awesome. Pleasant, professional, wonderful energy. The cruise director and program director were first rate. The food was ok. The chef was very accommodating to some special diet issues I had. The excursions both included and optional were very good with qualifed and pleasant guides.The itinerary was perfect for our needs. Tailor made for us. This was our first ever cruise so we had no idea what to expect in terms of cabin and service. Everything was first class. Next time we will take a suite.We did not travel with children. We took the pre-excursion package in Paris and our hotel was great as was the Viking concierge. Very helpful. We also appreciated the assistance at the airport. We were very much attended to, as we navigated to the gate. We particularly enjoyed meeting our fellow cruisers and learning about their lives, experiences etc. We had fun and also had very endearing conversations throughout the week. We would definitely take another river cruise and we have no interest in trying another line. Great job "Mr. Viking"! (I know that is not his real name!) Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2018
We chose this cruise because it included Paris, Normandy beaches—and then, on part two, Provence—Arles and Avignon. On a prior cruise—“Romantic Danube”—we particularly enjoyed stops at smaller towns along the river. This trip ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it included Paris, Normandy beaches—and then, on part two, Provence—Arles and Avignon. On a prior cruise—“Romantic Danube”—we particularly enjoyed stops at smaller towns along the river. This trip did have those stops, and we liked them a lot! Every tour guide we had was EXCELLENT. The on-board cuisine did well to give us what would be “local fare.” The only meal I really did not like was NOT due to flavor, but due to “logistics”—that is, serving a meal that was totally—i.e. all courses—buffet style was not good. Cumbersome, slow, and not as conducive to a good sampling of the local fare as I think Viking thought it was. All of the included tours we went on were VERY WELL led, with guides who were personable and knowledgeable. Our only “glitch” was not being fully informed about our train “get off” point in Lyon—our guide did tell us to get off at Lyon the last train station, but did NOT tell us that Lyon had. TWO rail stations. So we got off the train when it arrived in Lyon. This was not right! While the subsequent scramble we experienced to get from Lyon rail station #1 to the docking point for our Viking boat was an adventure, I’m not sure all Viking travelers would have recollected it in such amusement as did we! It’s great to “let go and let Viking” in terms of most ALL of the travel details. Thank you! Read Less
Viking Rinda Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 3.0 0.0
Public Rooms 5.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 1.0 0.0
Family 1.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 4.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 3.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 N/A

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