August 2015 - Viking Hermod to Europe
The Hermod ship is very nice, the crew is excellent and seems to go beyond the call of duty to give a great service experience. The problems is the Cons outweigh the Pros. Areas that need improvement: Food quality, menu choices, this boat sat in ports way to much, you need more cruising, less hotel on water sitting. The included tours are ok, the crowd is primarily The Geritol Group, if you like young upbeat, party, laughing, energy? Don't take this cruise. France is beautiful, if you don't speak their language, good luck with that, it seems they don't favor us Yankees. Viking seems like a pretty good company, again, great Crew and Staff. Their Hotel selection before in Paris and After in Neice SUCKS!!! Not worth it, book your own hotel. You pre pay and book with Viking, they tell you how awesome it's going to be, you get to the LeMeriden Hotel and they only let you check in on time if you up grade the room for $90 more Euros per day or wait and get a room overlooking the back parking lot and dumpster. Similar situation in Paris at the Pullman Hotel. 3 Star Hotels at best, probably 2 Stars. Air France Sucks too, fly a domestic carrier or British / Virgin. Lost our bags coming home, lousy food, rude service going, they don't like Americans. That's the vibe. Coming back was ok, cause I paid to upgrade to business class. All in all, Viking is ok, think you could do better for a $20,000 trip.