Sail Date: November 2018
We have friends that have sailed on Viking and gave us rave reviews and boy they were not kidding. The service, the cruise, the excursions and especially the staff were excellent. Food is my biggest concern especially when away for seven ... Read More
We have friends that have sailed on Viking and gave us rave reviews and boy they were not kidding. The service, the cruise, the excursions and especially the staff were excellent. Food is my biggest concern especially when away for seven days. I was very happy with the food on this boat, there was a huge selection at every meal and the staff was the most accommodating that I have ever experienced and we have stayed at some very nice places. I would also like to comment on the excursions as the staff on board the buses as well as the bus drivers were excellent. I was very impressed with this trip and would highly recommend Viking to anyone who has high standards in a vacation trip and I have been known as a tough critic. I am not, I simply think you should get a true value for the money you spend and this one hit the mark. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
Since I was very young I wanted to visit Paris and the Normandy beaches, then Viking gave me the opportunity. We had a previous Viking River Cruise and thought Viking could not top that trip but the Paris-Normandy was equal or better. The ... Read More
Since I was very young I wanted to visit Paris and the Normandy beaches, then Viking gave me the opportunity. We had a previous Viking River Cruise and thought Viking could not top that trip but the Paris-Normandy was equal or better. The trip was a combination of a great customer service, a modern, clean facilities, World-class tours and tour guides, and the best menu and food served the way each passenger wanted. The crew, especially the dining staff, quickly become friends instead of servers. The person that takes care of your room greets you each day with a smile and when you return you have a room that is clean and comfortable. The chef and his staff went out of their way in proving good food but a great dining experience. Highlight of all cruise are the tours. We had tour guides that spoke English, were very knowledgeable at each site, and always pleasant when answering questions. The other members of the staff were exceptional as well. Again we had a great time and it was hard to leave the boat. We are already planning our next Viking River Cruise and cannot wait for our adventure to begin. Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2018
Our family, of four, wanted to take a special trip to celebrate our high school senior's graduation. She chose France. As a senior citizen I wanted a relaxing tour, yet one which included the famous monuments, museums, and palaces. ... Read More
Our family, of four, wanted to take a special trip to celebrate our high school senior's graduation. She chose France. As a senior citizen I wanted a relaxing tour, yet one which included the famous monuments, museums, and palaces. We found the perfect combination in the Paris-Normandy Viking River Cruise. We took the extended cruise and spent three days in Paris, visiting the special attractions in The City of Light. By chance we were there on Bastille Day and the day France won the World Cup! When we boarded the Rolf, we were delighted to find our ship and cabins to be just what we needed: immaculately clean, comfortable and with adequate storage space. We enjoyed eating in the lovely dining-room and on the more casual aquavit terrace It was fun to experience delicious new foods and delicacies while watching the shore roll by. We had cautioned our teen that she might be the only young person on the ship, but were amazed to find many of high school and college age on board. The activities and excursions were outstanding. I appreciated that while the younger members of the family could go on those that required more energy and endurance I could chose those that were easier or even remain on the ship with friends. Surprisingly, one of the excursions I enjoyed the most and will always remember was to the Monet Gardens. They were absolutely gorgeous. Normandy, Omaha Beach and the American Military Cemetery were very meaningful for each of us, but especially to me, since I was a child during WWII. The entire trip was definitely beyond expectations. I have been recommending Viking to all my friends. Our family would love to go on another river cruise and have even been discussing it. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
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: July 2017
My family likes to have annual summer vacations and this year it was decided we would take a river cruise in Europe, specifically the "Paris and the Heart of Normandy" itinerary that sails the Seine river in France. We had a ... Read More
My family likes to have annual summer vacations and this year it was decided we would take a river cruise in Europe, specifically the "Paris and the Heart of Normandy" itinerary that sails the Seine river in France. We had a total of 8 people: two in their young teens (12 and 16) two in their late 20's (myself and brother at 28 and 29) two in their 40's (my sister and brother-in-law) and our parents, in their late 60's and early 70's. To give some perspective, my brother and I have done multiple ocean cruises so we have some experience with cruising. This was a whole 'nother animal though, and for the most part, we all loved it. Demographics: Going into it, we knew that the demographics would be way off what we are used to. Most people were in their 50's and 60's with a few past that. There were a few children, and maybe a total of 6 teenagers, all with their families. My brother and I were definitely the only ones in their mid-to-late 20's (besides the staff) and if we were there for a "party" atmosphere and vacation, we would have been disappointed. This time however, we knew it would be port intensive and we would be sticking with the family for the most part. This allowed us to enjoy the food and sights (and drinks) more so than on ocean cruises. For the most part, all of the passengers were very friendly. We met a few people that we would talk to everyday and quickly became friends with. There were a few however that I could tell really did not like the idea of young people being around. One passenger walked up to my 12 year old niece and yelled at her for running around on the deck after 10 p.m. and ruining his sleep (turns out, it was different younger girl) and it really struck a nerve with us, he never apologized after he realized his mistake and we made a habit of staying away from him. Other than that, everyone was really nice, and in the evenings once the crowd had some drinks in them, it could get "lively" in the lounge, until about 11 p.m. After this time, the ship is pretty much dead and there is no real late-night entertainment. Ship and Cabin: The boat was very nice. We knew it wouldn't be a mega-liner and would be used mostly for sleeping and eating, which it was more than adequate for. I stayed in the inside cabin, it was small but comfortable. I would say it was about 75% the size of a standard inside ocean cruise cabin. The bathroom however was MUCH nicer. Heated floors, a real shower, and plenty of toilet space really made it much nicer than the typical inside stateroom. It did have a small window, though it did not get much use as we were rarely in the cabin. My sister and brother-in-law had the french balcony, which was pretty much the same as the standard cabin, just with a bigger window you could open. The parents got an actual balcony cabin, and it was very swanky. The top deck of the boat had two mini-golf holes and a shuffleboard station, that was about it other than some chairs. Once again, it was port-intensive cruise so this was not really an issue. Staff and Dining: This is where the cruise really shined. All the staff members were fantastic, especially our waiters, bartenders and customer service reps. I would like to give a shout-out to Drago, Alex, Milen, Alexie (I know I spelled that wrong, sorry!) Peter, and Alexandra who all provided fantastic service while we were there. The cruise director was also fantastic (I am so sorry I forgot her name!) They worked ridiculously hard to keep everyone happy and I witnessed first hand just how some of them were thanked for their hard-work (not so nice). I understand some of the people are used to being waited on hand and foot, but a little recognition seems the least they could do. The food was absolutely fantastic, and I made sure to go out of my comfort-zone on some nights. I did not order from the "always available" section once, though a few of my family members did, and they reported it was still very good. I took a ton of photos which I will try to upload at some point, but everything was very good. I would die a happy man if I could have some of that fried-brie one last time. A few of us managed to get sick (not Noro!) while we were there, and Alexandra made sure we had some chicken soup waiting for us in our cabins when we needed it. I truly believe that without this crew and staff, it really would not have been the same. Entertainment: Dave the piano man was the only real entertainment on the boat, and he did not disappoint. Going from modern songs like Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars to the classics was no problem for him, and he really kept the boat alive until around midnight. I would see him on the top deck when he was not on the clock and he was always super friendly and would make sure we were having a great time. Other than that, there was not much entertainment to be had on the boat outside of drinking in the lounge (great service by Dragos and Peter!) and relaxing on the sun deck. There were a few enrichment programs while we were there, though we did not attend any of them, so I cannot speak to how they are. As mentioned before, the ports were the real draw of the boat, so this was once again not a problem. Ports and shore excursions: So this is what most people come on these trips for, and for the most part they were pretty great, with some caveats. It should be noted that most of the included excursions are walking tours and may require a bus ride. For Paris, our family skipped the walking tour and did our own thing. As such, I can't speak to how the official excursion went, but Paris was a fantastic day trip for us just walking around and seeing the sights. The next day was Giverny and a tour of Monet's house. The property itself was amazing, the gardens are a true sight to behold. The tour however was a little rough, though this is no fault of Viking. It was absolutely packed, with tour groups everywhere making it impossible to stay together and taking your time to see everything. We were whisked around and so thoroughly stuffed together that if you have problems with tight spaces, you may get a little antsy. It was cold that day, which was probably a blessing, since I could only imagine being stuffed with so many people on a hot and humid morning. Rouen was next, and Notre Dame did not disappoint. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and led us on a walking tour of the city of Rouen that was absolutely fantastic. The sights of the city truly made this a great excursion. I missed the light show that was apparently amazing (I've seen my family member's videos!) unfortunately because I had started to feel pretty sick.The next day was Normandy, and I have to preface this by saying this was the peak of my sickness on the trip. I was running on two hours of sleep and had a fever, but I still made the trip. The beaches and museums were very cool and the cemetery was absolutely beautiful. Viking had a special ceremony and gave out flowers for us to put on a grave of our choice, which was very nice. The cemetery really put things into perspective and I truly felt humbled being there. As such, I feel bad complaining at all about this excursion, but the one problem was the time in the bus. As I mentioned, I was feeling terrible so this definitely exacerbated the issue, but in total, we were probably sitting in the bus more than outside of it. It's 2 and a half hours (at least) each way, plus multiple shorter trips (one about 45 minutes, a few others in the 20-minute range) between stops. This meant we were couped-up in the bus for about 6 hours, which was absolutely exhausting. I absolutely think it was worth-it to see Normandy, and I understand that this may not be avoidable, but I still think it is worth mentioning. After Normandy was Les Andelys, which was my favorite stop. The trek to Chateau Gaillard took about 30 minutes, which meant we got to walk through the picturesque town and see the sites. Our tour guide, Fred (a woman), was great and joined us for a drink at the the local cafe after the tour. The castle was amazing, and the views were top-notch. The last tour we went on was Chateau de Malmaison. It was a very pretty property with some cool things to see, however this may have been the least eventful tour. Worth the longish bus ride, but compared to the rest of the excursions, not my favorite. All in all, I was very happy with the tours, and I would only try to lessen the amount of time on the buses, which I understand may not really be possible. All the tour guides were great (though the one from Normandy totally thought I just did not want to be there and glared at me the entire time, I think she thought I was hung-over or something....nope, just really sick thank you very much!) Most tours required a listening device where you follow a lolly-pop holding guide, but you are also free to explore on your own if you choose. In conclusion, as a family vacation, this was great. I know my niece and nephew had a great time as well, and really enjoyed seeing France. The food, both on the ship and off, was amazing. The staff and crew were great and the boat was very nice. Cruising the river was very relaxing and I enjoyed the little entertainment they had on board. The ports were great and the people of France were very nice. This has made us want to go on another trip with Viking, and we are looking at one in Germany, particularly sailing the Rhein. If you are looking for a family trip for all ages (and you don't mind the cost!) where you know your kids, I would say 12 and up, can appreciate the ports and lack of real on-board entertainment, then this would be a great pick. 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: June 2017
Viva Service, excursions and accommodations were excellent. I would have liked more time at Normandy i.e. Tour of Utah Beach. The visit to the Normandy cemetery was a high light, but very emotional. The excursions to Paris, Monet gardens, ... Read More
Viva Service, excursions and accommodations were excellent. I would have liked more time at Normandy i.e. Tour of Utah Beach. The visit to the Normandy cemetery was a high light, but very emotional. The excursions to Paris, Monet gardens, Vernon and Normandy were excellent. The option to order from the menu or take the delicious buffet for breakfast including customized omelets was always excellent. Lunch from the menu and salad buffet with wine and beer selections was also excellent. The dinner offers were always excellent and it was usually wise to select the chefs suggestions. The evening briefings a on what to expect for the next day were always information and it is recommended that you attend.The entertainment was limited, but the all participant were were very enjoyable. We added the excursion to Versailles that I would recommend. The state rooms are small, but the room is used very efficiently and are comfortable. The state room attendants were very friendly and thorough in keeping the rooms clean. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2017
My family and I wanted to visit Normandy and its historical involvement of WW2. And we also wanted to visit Paris and all that it has to offer. The cruise personnel are top notched. The food is to die for and the variety of the food ... Read More
My family and I wanted to visit Normandy and its historical involvement of WW2. And we also wanted to visit Paris and all that it has to offer. The cruise personnel are top notched. The food is to die for and the variety of the food offered it great. Paris was beautiful especially at night. The hotel in Paris was centrally located and we were able to walk to the subways and to walk other venues that were close by. The other tour stops were just as beautiful. My only negative thing is you were not allowed enough time to spend at each scheduled stop. Also, please, please do not penalize single travelers by having them pay full price plus for another nonexistent passenger for the same cabin. You offer two for one but nothing for single travelers. On a positive note the staff during the meals are very professional and they make you feel welcomed. The personnel at the front desk are so very helpful Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2016
The entire trip starting with our arrival in Paris was fantastic. The entire Viking family takes service to the highest level. Every member of the Rolf's crew went out of their way to insure the passengers had all of their needs met. ... Read More
The entire trip starting with our arrival in Paris was fantastic. The entire Viking family takes service to the highest level. Every member of the Rolf's crew went out of their way to insure the passengers had all of their needs met. We enjoyed the fact that the menu had items that were common foods in the local region. Also since their were passengers with a wide range of ages and fitness Viking insured that there were shore excursions for people of every fitness level. Also, Viking uses local guides that live in the area not guides that traveled with the ship and read out of a tour book so they are able to answer almost any question based on first hand knowledge. Since there are only about 185 passengers this was a great opportunity to meet people from all over the US and make new friends. The departure was also handled very well, a Viking employee accompanied passengers until you reached the security checkpoint at the airport to assist if there were any issues. We have already booked our next Viking cruise. Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2016
To see Normandy and the France river views, etc. Dining was outstanding at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Servers, waiters and those in charge were very personable and willing to assist in any manner to ensure our trip was pleasant and ... Read More
To see Normandy and the France river views, etc. Dining was outstanding at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Servers, waiters and those in charge were very personable and willing to assist in any manner to ensure our trip was pleasant and accommodating. Rooms were very, very clean and kept that way the entire trip, while we were on or off the boat. Add on trips off the boat were very well done and articulated by the leaders. My only, and it is the only, complaint is the requirement to pay so much of the money up front and ahead of the scheduled cruise dates. We have already booked one for next July and have had to pay our total amount by June 30th of this year. While this is really not a cruise issue in itself, it is a negative with some our our family whom we are trying to get to join us on future Viking cruises. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2016
To enjoy the flavor of France plus visit Normandy. The staff was fantastic and the ship was on the maiden voyage. It had every amenity that made the trip worry free. The food was delicious and I enjoyed being able to sample so many of the ... Read More
To enjoy the flavor of France plus visit Normandy. The staff was fantastic and the ship was on the maiden voyage. It had every amenity that made the trip worry free. The food was delicious and I enjoyed being able to sample so many of the local wines at lunch and dinner. Everything was clean and tidy. The staff assisted us in special excursions like a meal at the oldest restaurant in Europe and first class tickets to the top of the Eiffel Tower. We had ample time for shopping at each city and enjoyed the special Boutiques along the way. We went to the homes of great artists like Van Gogh and Monet, learning about their incredible lives and influence on the world of Impressionism and still art. I loved the tours of Paris and Normandy, which satisfied my love of old world and post WWII history. The tour gave us choices to visit memorable places, which included a fabulous trip to Versailles. I also had the opportunity to meet and talk with many interesting people aboard our ship. This trip was a very memorable one! Read Less
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