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Bordeaux is a beautiful city;we had been there before but enjoyed exploring more of it. It has the elegance of Paris without the traffic. Viking Forseti is a very comfortable boat with first class service. Everyone of the staff was extremely courteous. Touches such as the provision of umbrellas and a drink when we returned from excursions were appreciated.The food was ambitious and often a simpler meal would have been more successful. We enjoyed the upper deck lunches and would have enjoyed the dinners there even more if the starter could have been varied. The shore excursions were excellent, as were the majority of the guides. The evening tour of Bordeaux, the citadel at Blaye and the Gulf of Arcachon were particularly memorable.The scenery is not particularly striking on this cruise ( except at Arcachon) although river banks have their own calming influence as we hazarded guesses at the owners of large and small properties, but all the towns were fascinating. This was particularly important given some wet or grey days.There was a good balance between wine and chateaux. The onboard talks etc were less interesting and together with the briefings took up too much time which might have been spent reading and watching the world go by. it was always possible to skip the evening's entertainment but difficult then to find somewhere to sit and talk in a group without seeming rude. The cabins were too small to entertain friends. on warmer evenings it would obviously been possible to sit on deck.

The citadel at Blaye in a gale and the Gulf of Arcachon in sunshine

Viking Forseti Cruise Review by Tweskard

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: March 2016
  • Destination: Europe
  • Cabin Type: French Balcony
Bordeaux is a beautiful city;we had been there before but enjoyed exploring more of it. It has the elegance of Paris without the traffic.

Viking Forseti is a very comfortable boat with first class service. Everyone of the staff was extremely courteous. Touches such as the provision of umbrellas and a drink when we returned from excursions were appreciated.The food was ambitious and often a simpler meal would have been more successful. We enjoyed the upper deck lunches and would have enjoyed the dinners there even more if the starter could have been varied.

The shore excursions were excellent, as were the majority of the guides. The evening tour of Bordeaux, the citadel at Blaye and the Gulf of Arcachon were particularly memorable.The scenery is not particularly striking on this cruise ( except at Arcachon) although river banks have their own calming influence as we hazarded guesses at the owners of large and small properties, but all the towns were fascinating. This was particularly important given some wet or grey days.There was a good balance between wine and chateaux.

The onboard talks etc were less interesting and together with the briefings took up too much time which might have been spent reading and watching the world go by. it was always possible to skip the evening's entertainment but difficult then to find somewhere to sit and talk in a group without seeming rude. The cabins were too small to entertain friends. on warmer evenings it would obviously been possible to sit on deck.
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Cabin Review

French Balcony
Cabin D 26 (?)
Small but comfortable and well equipped
Middle Deck Balcony Cabins