Viking Rinda Cruise Review by simonellium
- Sail Date: October 2015
- Destination: Europe River
- Cabin Type: Deluxe Stateroom
Everything was excellent, except for the following nit-picks:
Viking could only secure docking rights for their Long Ships at Le Pecq, so all our Paris excursions came with two hours' worth of commute, and that eats into our valuable time for exploration. Our second-to-last day excursion to Conflan, likewise, started at Le Pecq and took 1 1/2 hours away. It kind of defeats the purpose of being on a river cruise - where you can dock next to the city you're traveling to, and save time on getting there.
The fact that Rinda is big also meant we got less chance to mingle with other cruisers. One of our favorite things about river cruising is that you get to know your fellow cruisers on a personal level - being trapped on a 150-passenger vessel for two weeks does that - but going on a short cruise on a big ship means we only got to know a few of our fellow cruisers well.
Compared to our previous cruise (also with Viking, but on the Grand European Tour, on a smaller ship that has since been released from the fleet), the Paris and Normany cruise is certainly more comfortable, but lacks the charm that comes with riding a boat into all our destinations with a small group of like-minded travelers that we (eventually) know well.
One more, even tinier beef: the Long Ship lacks an acoustic piano that travelers could use. In our last cruise, I enjoyed playing "on the beautiful blue Danube" on the beautiful blue Danube, but I was disappointed not to be able to play "under the Paris sky" under the Paris sky. :)
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