Sail Date: December 2018
I enjoyed the cruise very much. Even with the rioting in Paris, Viking kept everyone safe and comprimised with excursions to everyone’s satisfaction. Staff was wonderful,as was all the excursions they offered. The ceremony at Normandy ... Read More
I enjoyed the cruise very much. Even with the rioting in Paris, Viking kept everyone safe and comprimised with excursions to everyone’s satisfaction. Staff was wonderful,as was all the excursions they offered. The ceremony at Normandy Beach was very moving. I don’t have any negative comments to give about this cruise. The ports and all the sights were very enjoyable. The ship was very clean and laid out very well. The food served was excellent. The embarkation and disembarkation all was very smooth, and handled very well by the ship staff. I have sailed Viking before and have two additional cruises booked right now. I would very highly recommend Viking to anyone and everyone. I recommend both the river cruises as well as the ocean cruises. The service and ports of call are all well thought out and are offered at no cost in most instances, also the free WiFi and the beverages offered for no additional cost at meal times is a great plus. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
We saw Viking advertisements while watching Downtown abbey on PBS. We felt it best served our needs to the countries we wanted to see and they had wonderful food and excursion choices. We absolutely had a fantastic time. Our cruise ... Read More
We saw Viking advertisements while watching Downtown abbey on PBS. We felt it best served our needs to the countries we wanted to see and they had wonderful food and excursion choices. We absolutely had a fantastic time. Our cruise director, chefs etc were amazing!!! They were so kind!! The small things they did really impressed me! When arriving back from an excursion they offered hot lemon towels and hot broth or juice! I thought that was just a special touch! The food was absolutely amazing. We had a chef helping on our cruise I believe from Serbia and he would recommend certain dishes each night that we always tried and they were amazing! Along with a special thanksgiving dinner as well!! The accommodations were amazing, the captain and crew were amazing. Loved Bea, Mia, martins , the captain and all of them!!!!! We are planning on another cruise in the fall!! Thanks for the wonderful experience!!!! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
As past travelers with Viking we expected and received the best treatment. This trip we did the pre-extension in Paris which allowed us to see so many more local sites before our cruise began. Thus, more time to experience the great ... Read More
As past travelers with Viking we expected and received the best treatment. This trip we did the pre-extension in Paris which allowed us to see so many more local sites before our cruise began. Thus, more time to experience the great "City of Lights". From the Eiffel tower, Notre Dame, St. Chapelle, Montamare Hill's Sacre-Coeur Basilica and too many more to mentioned. When we travel we try to take in as many sites as time will allow. Once onboard the staff, as experienced in the past, were always courteous and personable. The shore excursions are always a hi-light and we always try to take in the majority The local guides are always knowledgeable which helps to enrich the experience. The food on the Rolf was great in all respects, but my absolute favorite this trip were the Black Mussels. one word, Fabulous. Again, we were blessed to have met some wonderful new acquaintances, thanks to the small ship atmosphere. Just so I don't miss this the embarkation and disembarkation went extremely smooth. Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2017
We had an absolutely fabulous time on this cruise. We have only done Carnival before, so this was a bit of a change. Our party was my husband and me, his parents and our three children, our ages range from 73-12. Everyone had a great time. ... Read More
We had an absolutely fabulous time on this cruise. We have only done Carnival before, so this was a bit of a change. Our party was my husband and me, his parents and our three children, our ages range from 73-12. Everyone had a great time. The included shore excursions were fantastic, and the staff was AMAZING!! Loved them all but especially Peter, Dragos, Boris, David, Lionel and Bea. The saddest part about leaving day was leaving them and I have to say we were a bit jealous seeing the new guests come on. Our plane was 2 hours late and Viking had a shuttle van waiting at the airport for us. It was a quick trip to the dock and the adventure began. All the stops are fabulous but don't miss the Rouen included tour during the day, and then be sure to go back to town in the evening for the light show on the Cathedral! The guides at each stop were incredibly friendly and knowledgeable and the audio devices work very well. We have sailed Carnival many times and you have to pay for every excursion (Carnival led or not obviously) so having one or two included every day is great. Monet's garden is a not to miss. Actually, they all are. Viking hit this one out of the park! The food was very good, the different cheeses every day were very good. David the Piano Man is awesome and Peter is the best bartender ever. We had 3 port window rooms and my in-laws had a verandah room. We were perfectly fine with the window room and we were NEVER in our room. If we go again I would book the same room. The verandah room was nice because it had a sitting area but we would never have used it. What we didn't know until the last day was that room had beer and pop in the refrigerator and ours did not. It didn't matter though because we bought the drink package, which is a great deal. Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2017
The cruise was very enjoyable and very busy. There are so many bucket list excursions that you fill up your itinerary and have very little down time. It was a phenomenal trip made even better by the Program Director Mimi. We were a ... Read More
The cruise was very enjoyable and very busy. There are so many bucket list excursions that you fill up your itinerary and have very little down time. It was a phenomenal trip made even better by the Program Director Mimi. We were a large group of 11 traveling together so we were a hard group to miss, but most of the staff (especially waiters, housekeeping and Mimi) greeted you by name most of the time. we had a range of ages from 10 to senior citizen and the staff did a wonderful job of accommodating all ages and physical ability levels perfectly. The excursions were excellent. The Paris at Night excursion was fully booked, but they added a bus for us. We inquired about the excursion that morning and by lunch they had another bus arranged. I dropped an earring down the drain and went to the desk to ask Mimi to see if there was someone that could help. Before i made it back to my room an engineer was waiting at my door with the earring in his hand. he had already disassembled the pipe and fixed it back. There is not a single thing the staff of the Viking Rolf could have done better! The only complaint would be that having to get up so early for the return flight home is not enjoyable. I don't expect to stay til 9 or 10 in the morning, but leaving at 4:30a is a tad early. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2017
My husband and I wanted to cruise along the Seine River. I especially like the river cruises, because the passenger list is small compared to the large cruise ships. The cabin space was just the right size for two of us. And, the dining ... Read More
My husband and I wanted to cruise along the Seine River. I especially like the river cruises, because the passenger list is small compared to the large cruise ships. The cabin space was just the right size for two of us. And, the dining room close by. Food was delicious with lots of options to chose from. The guides were well informed, and the bus drivers funny and friendly. Beautiful sites, and walking the old ruins was an experience like walking back in history. Everything was well orchestrated and kept everyone together and back to the ship on time for sailing. Back on board the staff had refreshments and warm hand towels. Loved the entertainment, and that the staff dressed up as Parisians. I have traveled with Viking before and I highly recommend it. You experience the past, present, and future all the same day. The architect from days past fascinates me especially that it is still standing. The roads, culture, food, folkloric dancing, are a part of that country you are visiting. So fascinating. Pampered is what I was, and I enjoyed it extremely. Thank you for a wonderful experience. Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2016
We chose this Viking cruise because we wanted to see Paris for the first time and to visit the Canadian landing beaches in Normandy. As always on Viking cruises we were not disappointed. We had done the Grand European a year earlier and ... Read More
We chose this Viking cruise because we wanted to see Paris for the first time and to visit the Canadian landing beaches in Normandy. As always on Viking cruises we were not disappointed. We had done the Grand European a year earlier and were as happy this time as the first time. We were picked up at the CDG on time early in the morning and taken straight to the ship where lunch was ready and then a bus into Paris for the afternoon of sightseeing. The staff on the ship totally spoil all the guests with their kindness and service.We love the casual atmosphere and the size of the ship. We recently completed a cruise on a Celebrity line and were not as happy with the size of the ship. Too big! We have now booked two back to back cruises for 2018. One being Paris to Zurich and then to Amsterdam. Our one and only disappointment was the cost of the visit to Versailles - money vs value was not there at all. If we do it again we will give it a miss. The other shore excursions were wonderful and the guides knowledgeable. A favourite was the bus tour around Paris. A huge plus for this included tour. The day trip to Normandy cannot compare to anything else. A must do for Canadians. Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2016
We chose this cruise due to our previous positive experience with a Viking River Cruise. We found the cruise line to be value priced considering the included tours, included beverages, included evening educational talks, demonstrations ... Read More
We chose this cruise due to our previous positive experience with a Viking River Cruise. We found the cruise line to be value priced considering the included tours, included beverages, included evening educational talks, demonstrations and entertainment. Any problems or issues with the timing of river locks, or tours were no problems for the guests. The on board staff had work around plans and deftly implemented no plans seamlessly and with no interference to the guests. The ship was very accommodating about tours of the kitchen and the bridge. The dinner staff went out of their way to enhance the dining experience. While the dining room is open seating, after several meals on board some couples would tend to look for one another at dinner time, but this did not preclude your joining different groups throughout the cruise. We found a lot of commonality with other couples and dinner conversations flowed well past the end of the meal. Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2016
I was interested in seeing Normandy and the Normandy beaches. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. As soon as you came on board the ship, you felt relaxed. I loved the culture of the cruise. The tours as well as the tour ... Read More
I was interested in seeing Normandy and the Normandy beaches. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. As soon as you came on board the ship, you felt relaxed. I loved the culture of the cruise. The tours as well as the tour guides were excellent. We had many questions during the tours, and the guides answered all of them. The entire staff was professional and certainly met all of our needs. This cruise was smaller than the ocean cruises we have been on in the past, but it was more personable. The ship was indeed excellent in finding your way around. The cabin was comfortable. I enjoyed our veranda. It was relaxing sitting with a glass of wine on the veranda watching the beautiful sites. Because we did not have assigned seats at dinner, I enjoyed the company of your many other guests. I also liked the Silver Spirit package. I have been on many cruises in the past; this by far was the best. I will indeed cruise again with Viking. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2016
We went with 3 other couples and we had decided to take the Paris to Normandy cruise for it historical value. We couldn't have been more pleased with our choice. The accommodations were excellent and the food was exceptional. Although ... Read More
We went with 3 other couples and we had decided to take the Paris to Normandy cruise for it historical value. We couldn't have been more pleased with our choice. The accommodations were excellent and the food was exceptional. Although the weather was cold it never stopped us from going on our excursions at every port. Our tour guides were knowledgeable and entertaining. The trip to Normandy was without exception the highlight of the trip for all of us and one spot every American should see. The cruise along the river was smooth and quiet and gave us a interesting view of the cities along the river. Our staff was personable and entertaining. Each evening before dinner they would provide a little entertainment and tell us about our dinner and the wine selections and the Drink of the Day which were all wonderful. The evening entertainment was fun. We will be doing another cruise with Viking. We also did the pre-cruise 3 day stay in Paris and that gave us a wonderful understanding of the city. We would recommend that as well. Read Less
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